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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 17 of the NFL season.

 

0

Kansas City's wide receivers finished the 2014 season with zero touchdown receptions. That's the first time in at least 50 years that has happened to an NFL team. According to The Sporting News, the Chiefs are just the fourth team in league history to lay the receiver TD goose egg, the last being the 1964 New York Giants. Dwayne Bowe's Dec. 8 (2013) TD was the last for the Chiefs. He was thought to have caught a TD on Sunday but fumbled it and it was recovered by Travis Kelce for the score.

 

7

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-3 to win the NFC South Sunday and became the first team in NFL history to make the playoffs, despite having a winless streak of at least seven games during the season. The 7-8-1 Panthers became the second sub-.500 team to win a division since the 2010 Seattle Seahawks (7-9).

 

1

New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. set a record for most catches (91) and receiving yards (1,305) in the first 12 games to start a career after catching 12 balls for 185 yards against Philadelphia Sunday. His nine straight games with at least 90 yards receiving tied Michael Irvin for the longest single-season streak in NFL history. Beckham missed the first four games of the year due to a hamstring injury.

 

5

Five teams that missed the postseason in 2013 – Dallas, Arizona, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore – advanced to the 2014 playoffs. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

 

9

Nine different quarterbacks threw at least 30 touchdown passes, the most ever in a season. The previous mark was five set multiple times. The nine quarterbacks with at least 30 touchdown passes this season: Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (40), Denver’s Peyton Manning (39), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (38), Dallas’ Tony Romo (34), New England’s Tom Brady (33), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (33), Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (32), San Diego’s Philip Rivers (31), and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning (30).

 

8

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Redskins at Washington to finish the regular season 8-0 on the road. They are the sixth team with a perfect 8-0 road record since the 16-game schedule was adopted in 1978. Four of the previous five teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.

 

20

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had three sacks and a safety in the Texans’ 23-17 win against Jacksonville, finishing the season with 20.5 sacks. Watt, who led the league with 20.5 sacks in 2012, is the first player with at least 20 sacks in two different seasons since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.  He is the first player in NFL history with at least three offensive touchdowns, two touchdowns on takeaways and a safety in the same season.

 

6

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a 139.6 passer rating in the Packers’ 30-20 win over Detroit. Rodgers finished the season with a 112.2 passer rating and is the only player in NFL history to register a 100+ rating in six consecutive seasons.

 

25

Rodgers threw two touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Detroit to finish the regular season with 25 touchdowns and zero interceptions at home.

 

40

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck had two touchdown passes in the Colts’ 27-10 win at Tennessee. Luck led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes in 2014 and is the eighth player in NFL history with at least 40 TD passes in a season. Since entering the NFL in 2012, Luck has 12,957 passing yards, the most of any NFL player in his first three seasons, and 86 TD passes, which ranks second only to Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (98) for the most in a player’s first three years.

 

12

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray ran for exactly 100 yards against Washington Sunday, and had 12 100-yard rushing games in 2014. Only Barry Sanders' 14 in 1997 is better in an NFL season.

 

1

With its 23-20 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, Tampa Bay earned the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. It is the first time since 1987 that the Buccaneers will select first overall. They took Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde then.

 

3

Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown had his third punt return for a touchdown since 2011 Sunday night against Cincinnati. Only Devin Hester and Patrick Peterson with four apiece have had more during that span.

 

200

New York Jets receiver Eric Decker had 221 yards receiving against Miami Sunday, becoming the first Jet with 200 yards receiving since Rich Caster in 1972.

 

29

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri was 29-for-29 on field goal attempts this season before missing one in the third quarter against the host Tennessee Titans Sunday.

 

97

Miami running back Lamar Miller's 97-yard touchdown run Sunday is tied for the third-longest run in NFL history, and was the longest since Ahman Green had a 98-yard run for Green Bay against Denver in 2003. Miller's run was the longest in Dolphins history.

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Post date: Monday, December 29, 2014 - 15:55
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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 16 of the NFL season.

 

5

New England clinched a first-round playoff bye with a 17-16 road win against the New York Jets. The Patriots have earned a first-round bye for the fifth consecutive season, the longest streak of any NFL team since the current playoff format began in 1990, surpassing Dallas (1992-95) and San Francisco (1992-95).

 

230

Patriots coach Bill Belichick earned his 230th career win, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau (229) for the fourth-most total victories by a head coach in NFL history.

 

4,000/35

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 318 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ 20-3 win at Tampa Bay. Rodgers has passed for 4,155 yards and 36 touchdowns, his third career season with at least 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns. He is tied with Drew Brees for the second-most such seasons in NFL history, trailing Peyton Manning (4).

 

Eddie Lacy

1

Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown, pushing his season totals to 1,039 rushing yards and 13 scrimmage touchdowns. Lacy is the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and score 10+ scrimmage touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.

 

2

With a 44-yard touchdown Lacy hit 1,000 yards rushing for the second time in his two-year career. The last Packer to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons was John Brockington (1972-72).

 

12

Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had a 19-yard touchdown catch in the Cowboys’ 42-7 win over Indianapolis. Bryant has a touchdown catch in 12 consecutive games against the AFC, extending the longest interconference streak since the 1970 merger.

 

8

Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson had six catches for 103 yards in the Lions’ 20-14 win at Chicago. Johnson now has 44 career 100-yard receiving games, the second-most in a player’s first eight NFL seasons. Only Randy Moss (45) has more.

 

11

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell notched his 11th win, tying Potsy Clark for the most victories by a first-year head coach in franchise history. Clark won 11 games (11-3) for the 1931 Portsmouth Spartans.

 

79

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, had eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ 37-27 win at St. Louis. He has 79 receptions, the most in NFL history for a player in his first 11 career games. Beckham is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 130 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in three consecutive games. Beckham (11) and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans (11) each have at least 10 receiving touchdowns, the first time in NFL history two rookie wide receivers have done so in the same season.

 

Andre Johnson167

Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson had six receptions for 65 yards in the Texans’ 25-13 win against Baltimore, becoming the 10th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches. Johnson, who has 1,002 receptions in 168 career games, is the second-fastest player to reach 1,000 catches, trailing only Marvin Harrison, who reached the milestone in 167 games. Johnson also surpassed Hines Ward (1,000) for No. 9 on the all-time receptions list.

 

17

Dallas was up 28-0 and had 17 first downs in a 42-7 win over visiting Indianapolis before the Colts collected their first first down of the game. Indy finished with 17 first downs to Dallas' 25. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had 16 straight completions that included four touchdown passes in the rout.

 

1

Miami became the first team in NFL history to record a go-ahead safety in the final minute of the fourth quarter when defensive end Terrence Fede blocked a punt out of bounds for a safety in a 37-35 Dolphins win over the Vikings.

 

5

Atlanta scored a 30-14 win at New Orleans Sunday to push its NFC South record to 5-0 while the Falcons are 1-9 against other teams this season. This was the first time Atlanta has swept New Orleans since 2005.

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Seahawks (11–3) at Cardinals (10–4)

All that's on the line for both teams is the NFC's top seed at best and the NFC West Division title at worst. Arizona secured its playoff berth in a touchdown-less win against St. Louis. It is the first postseason trip for the Cardinals since 2009, Kurt Warner's last season. And they could use Warner now as they will go into Sunday's game with third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley under center. The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks won the first meeting 19-3, which kick started their current four-game winning streak. Arizona is 7-0 at home this season, while Seattle is 4-3 on the road.

 

Falcons (5–9) at Saints (6-8)

OK, this is likely one of the farthest games away from being "can't miss," but who can turn their head away when passing by the train wreck that is the NFC South? Both teams are currently drafting inside the top 12 while at the same time playing for a division title. Back in Week 1, when both teams had optimism for a great season, the Falcons won 37-34 in overtime behind a franchise-record 448 yards passing from Matt Ryan. Atlanta, 4-0 in the division, enters on a two-game losing skid. New Orleans is 3-4 at home.

 

Chiefs (8–6) at Steelers (9–5)

This is a Wild Card-securing game for Pittsburgh, which still has the AFC North title in its sights with two more wins. The Chiefs need the win to keep their postseason hopes alive, but a number of scenarios have them alive even if they lose out. The Steelers are 7-3 in conference play with a 5-3 home record while the Chiefs are 6-4 against AFC opponents and 3-4 on the road. 

 

Ravens (9–5) at Texans (7–7)

Baltimore enters Week 16 as the third AFC North team holding down a spot in the "if the playoffs ended today" scenario. The Ravens currently have the final Wild Card spot, and will make the playoffs with two more wins; the division title is still within reach as well. Meanwhile, Houston is still in contention as the fourth team on the outside looking in, but will need two wins and some help. 

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 15 of the NFL season.

 

16-11

The New York Jets scored the first 16-11 victory in the history of the NFL when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday.

 

1

Cleveland rookie QB Johnny Manziel became the first Heisman winner to be shutout in his first career start since Danny Wuerffel did so with New Orleans in 1997. He was the first QB to be shutout in his first career start since Rusty Smith was blanked for Tennessee in 2010. The Browns fell 30-0 to visiting Cincinnati.

 

1977

Cleveland made it four straight games with zero touchdown passes and two or more interceptions. The last time that happened was when Tampa Bay did it over five straight games in 1977.

 

40

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has thrown a touchdown pass in 40 straight road games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. The next closest is Peyton Manning with 31.

 

6

The New England Patriots clinched their sixth-straight AFC East title on Sunday (2009-present), which is tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Only the Los Angeles Rams (seven, 1973-79) have posted a longer streak. The Patriots, who also won five consecutive division titles from 2003-2007, are the first team in NFL history to win 11 division championships in a 12-year span. New England has won 35 straight home games against AFC teams.

 

299

With the Patriots' win over Miami, coach Bill Belichick earned his 229th career win, including playoff wins, tying Curly Lambeau for the fourth-most total victories by a head coach in NFL history.

 

12

With its win at San Diego on Sunday, Denver has won 12 consecutive divisional road games, tying San Francisco (1987-90) for the longest such streak in NFL history. The Broncos have not been defeated by an AFC West opponent on the road since December 19, 2010 (39-23 loss at Oakland).

 

14

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning passed for 233 yards in the win and has 4,143 passing yards this season. It is his NFL-record 14th career 4,000-yard passing season.

 

1

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants’ 24-13 win over Washington. He is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 12 catches, 140 receiving yards and three touchdown catches in a game. Over the past seven games, Beckham has 61 catches for 866 yards and six touchdowns. His 61 catches are the most by a rookie in a seven-game span and his 866 receiving yards are the second-most by a rookie over a seven-game span (920 yards, Bill Groman, 1960). Beckham now has at least 90 receiving yards in seven consecutive games, extending his NFL record streak for a rookie.

 

10

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson each led their teams to wins Sunday, improving their respective teams' records to 10-4. Luck and Wilson are the only starting quarterbacks to begin their careers in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to guide their team to at least 10 regular-season wins in each of their first three NFL seasons.

 

34/21

Russell Wilson led Seattle to a 17-7 win over visiting San Francisco. In the regular season as a starting quarterback, Wilson’s 34 wins and 21 home victories are the most in the Super Bowl era in a quarterback’s first three seasons. He passed Dan Marino (33) and Matt Ryan (33) in wins and Ryan (20) in home victories.

 

7

Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown in the win over San Francisco to become the seventh player in NFL history with at least four consecutive seasons of 10 rushing TDs and 1,000 yards rushing.

 

5

San Francisco dropped to 0-5 when quarterback Colin Kaepernick gets sacked five or more times. He was dropped six times by the Seahawks Sunday. The 49ers are 24-8 in all of Kaepernick's other starts.

 

110

Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown had 10 catches for 123 yards in the Steelers’ 27-20 win at Atlanta. Brown, who leads the NFL with 115 receptions this season, is the fourth player in NFL history with consecutive 110-catch seasons, joining Jerry Rice (1994-95), Cris Carter (1994-95), and Wes Welker (2007-09, 2011-12). Brown’s 115 receptions are the most in a single season in Steelers history, surpassing Hines Ward (112 catches in 2002).

 

10

Detroit held Minnesota to 76 rushing yards, making the Vikings the 10th straight team the Lions have held under 100 yards on the ground. It is the franchise's longest streak since a nine-game span during the 1969 and 1970 seasons.

 

1

Arizona defeated St. Louis 12-6 last Thursday night in a game that saw no touchdowns. It was the first game since Oakland's 15-0 win over Kansas City in 2012 without a touchdown. It was the first time the Cardinals won a road game without scoring a touchdown since the 1935 Chicago Cardinals defeated the Boston Redskins 6-0.

 

900

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history with 900 career catches (903) in last week's win. He did so at 31 years old and owns the record by more than a full year over Andre Johnson, who reached the milestone last year when he was 32.

 

86

St. Louis saw its streak of 86 unanswered points snapped by Arizona last week. The Rams had gone nearly 145 minutes without allowing a point. The 86 consecutive points without being scored upon was the longest since Buffalo had 86 in 1992.

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 14 of the NFL season.

 

51

Peyton Manning's 51-game streak of at least one touchdown pass came to an end against Buffalo Sunday. It was the third-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees (54) and Tom Brady (52).

 

200

Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell had 235 scrimmage yards (185 rushing, 50 receiving) and three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Steelers’ 42-21 win at Cincinnati. Bell, who had at least 200 scrimmage yards in each of the past two games, joins Walter Payton (1977) as the only players in NFL history with 200+ scrimmage yards in three consecutive games.

 

7

Steelers rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant had four catches for 109 yards and one touchdown in the win over Cincinnati. Bryant, who has seven touchdown catches in seven career games, is one of four NFL players with at least seven TD receptions in his first seven career games, joining Harlon Hill (eight), Max McGee (seven), and Billy Howton (seven). Bryant is the first player to accomplish the feat since Hill and McGee in 1954. His 94-yard TD Sunday was the longest TD catch by a rookie since 1994 (Fred Barnett).

 

90

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had 11 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ 36-7 win at Tennessee. Beckham, who had at least 90 receiving yards in each of the previous five games, is the first rookie in NFL history to record at least 90 receiving yards in six consecutive games. Beckham has 723 receiving yards in his past six games and joined Bill Groman (1960) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 700 receiving yards in a six-game span.

 

43

Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson had eight catches for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 34-17 win over Tampa Bay. Johnson now has 43 career 100-yard receiving games, tied with Marvin Harrison and Torry Holt for the second-most in a player’s first eight NFL seasons. Only Randy Moss (45) has more.

 

12,501

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 294 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 25-24 win at Cleveland. Luck now has 12,501 career passing yards, eclipsing Peyton Manning (12,287) for the most of any NFL player in his first three seasons.

 

4

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton passed for 226 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards with one touchdown in the Panthers’ 41-10 win at New Orleans. Newton has four career games with at least 200 passing yards, multiple touchdown passes, 80+ rushing yards and a touchdown run. His four such games are the most in NFL history. Only two other players have accomplished the feat multiple times: Michael Vick (two) and Russell Wilson (two).

 

1925

Arizona defeated Kansas City 17-14 and improved to 7-0 at home. The Cardinals’ seven home wins are the most for the franchise in a single season since 1925, when the team won 11 of its 13 home games.

 

0

St. Louis defeated Washington 24-0, the team’s second consecutive shutout win (52-0 vs. Oakland). The Rams have recorded back-to-back shutout wins for the first time since 1945 (September 30 and October 7). St. Louis is the first team to post consecutive shutout victories since 2009 (Dallas, December 27 and January 3).

 

90

New York Giants receiver posted his sixth-straight game with at least 90 receiving yards in the team's win at Tennessee. No other player had an active streak above two games entering today.

 

10

New England's 23-14 victory against San Diego secured the Patriots' 12th straight 10-win season, which is the longest streak since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

 

41

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray had 41 offensive touches in the team's 41-28 win over Chicago. It was the most touches in a game since Jerome Harrison's 41 for Cleveland in 2009 (39 rushes, two kick return), and the most offensive touches since Shaun Alexander's 40 carries in 2006. Murray carried 32 times for 179 yards and caught a career-high nine balls for 49 yards.

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 13 of the NFL season.

 

1

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt became the first player with 10+ sacks (10.5) and 3+ touchdowns (4) in a single season since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Watt is the first NFL player with at least three offensive touchdowns (three receiving) and two or more touchdowns on takeaways (one interception return, one fumble return) in a season since Joe Golding of the Boston Yanks in 1948. Watt is the only player in NFL history with three touchdown catches, an interception-return touchdown and a fumble recovery-touchdown in the same season.

 

360/31

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers extended his NFL record streaks to 360 consecutive passes and 31 touchdown passes in a row at home without an interception in the Packers' 26-21 win against New England. His last interception at home came on Dec. 2, 2012.

 

1974

The game was also the first time Rodgers and New England quarterback Tom Brady faced one another. It is only the second time in NFL history that a pair of quarterbacks with at least 200 touchdown passes started against one another for the first time. The other instance was December 14, 1974, between Hall of Famers Len Dawson and Fran Tarkenton.

 

7

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes without an interception in the Saints’ 35-32 win at Pittsburgh. Brees has seven career games with at least five touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history.

 

6

Indianapolis scored six touchdowns of at least 30 yards in a 49-27 win against Washington. The Colts are the first team to score at least six touchdowns of 30 yards or more in the same game since Washington (seven) did so on November 27, 1966, against the New York Giants.

 

4,000

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 370 yards and five touchdowns and eclipsed 4,000 yards (4,011) for the season. He joins Peyton Manning and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards in two of their first three seasons. Luck has a career-high 34 touchdown passes and joins Manning and Johnny Unitas as the only players in franchise history with 30+ touchdown passes in a season.

 

1975

Minnesota scored two touchdowns on blocked punts in a 31-13 win over Carolina. Adam Thielen blocked a punt and returned it 30 yards for a score in the first quarter. Everson Griffen returned a punt blocked by Jasper Brinkley 43 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Vikings are the first team since the 1975 Detroit Lions (September 21 at Green Bay) to return two blocked punts for touchdowns in a half.

 

21

Jacksonville's 25-24 win over the New York Giants included a 21-point comeback that was the largest in the franchise's history. It also marked the fourth time in 2014 a team won after trailing by at least 21, which is tied for the most of any season in NFL history. Blake Bortles became the third rookie starting quarterback to help his team overcome a deficit of at least 21 points to win since at least 1970, joining Matthew Stafford (November 22, 2009) and Vince Young (November 26, 2006).

 

4

St. Louis rookie running back Tre Mason rushed for 117 yards with two touchdowns and had 47 receiving yards with one touchdown in the Rams’ 52-0 win over Oakland. Mason, who had rushing touchdowns of 89- and 8-yards and a 35-yard touchdown reception, is the fourth player in NFL history with an 85+ yard TD run and a 35+ yard TD catch in the same game. The other three to accomplish the feat are Jim Spavital (November 5, 1950), Joey Galloway (November 12, 1995), and Chris Johnson (September 20, 2009).

 

38

St. Louis' 38 points at halftime were the most the Rams had in any full game since Week 12 of last season. The 38-point deficit at the half was the largest in Raiders history. They went on to suffer their second-largest shutout in franchise history behind a 55-0 loss to the Houston Oilers in 1962.

 

4

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch ran for 104 yards in the Seahawks' win against San Francisco, marking the fourth regular-season game in which he has run for 100 yards against the 49ers in the last five years. All other players in the league combined have had only five 100-yard rushing games against San Francisco over that five-year span. Lynch also ran for 109 yards in the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco in January.

 

0

Kansas City, which lost 29-16 to the visiting Denver Broncos, still does not have a receiving touchdown by a wide receiver this season, while every other team in the league has at least five.

 

8

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has won eight straight regular-season starts against Kansas City, tying the mark held by Craig Morton when he was with the Giants and Broncos (1974, 1977-79).

 

6

Philadelphia remains the only unbeaten team on Thanksgiving of teams playing at least five such games. The Eagles moved to 6-0 with their win at Dallas. 

 

115

Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson became the fastest NFL player to reach 10,000 receiving yards when he did so in his 115th career game, passing St. Louis' Torry Holt. Megatron had 11 catches for 146 yards and two scores in the win over Chicago. 

 

8

Johnson also broke Cloyce Box's record for the most touchdown catches on Thanksgiving (7) in NFL history with his two against Chicago. Box played for the Lions from 1949-54.

 

13

Chicago's 13 rushing yards in the loss to Detroit tied the Bears' fewest since the 1970 merger. The Bears also had 13 rushing yards against Green Bay in 2011. It was the fewest ever for a team in a Thanksgiving game.

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Post date: Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:35
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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 12 of the NFL season.

 

14

New England's win against Detroit clinched the Patriots' 14th consecutive winning season. They became the sixth team in NFL history to post at least 14 consecutive winning seasons and are the first to do so since San Francisco (1983-98).

 

3

Peyton Manning became the third player in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in at least 50 consecutive games, joining Drew Brees (54) and Tom Brady. Manning passed for four touchdowns in the Broncos' 39-36 win over Miami.

 

1

The Broncos trailed the Dolphins by 11 entering the third quarter, and Manning leading the comeback marked the first time sine 2003 that he has won a game in which his team trailed by 11 or more points entering the final quarter.

 

50

Denver wide receiver Wes Welker collected his 50th career touchdown catch in the win over Miami, joining Antonio Gates (96) and Rod Smith (68) as the only undrafted players with at least 50 touchdown receptions in the common draft era (since 1967).

 

1970

Philadelphia scored on a kickoff return of 100+ yards for the second time this season on Sunday, making the Eagles the first team since 1970 Green Bay Packers to have multiple players with a 100+ yards kickoff return for a touchdown in a season. Josh Huff had Sunday's return of 107 yards while Chris Polk had a 102-yard return in Week 3. Nine different Eagles have now scored a return touchdown, tied for the most in a single season in NFL history.

 

3

Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for 300+ yards for the third straight game in Sunday's 43-24 win against Tennessee. He had never thrown two in a row prior to this season in the first six years of his career.

 

17

In his return from suspension and season debut, Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon had 17 targets. That tied Chicago's Alshon Jeffery for the most this season (Week 11 vs. Minnesota). Gordon finished with eight catches for 120 yards in a 26-24 win in Atlanta.

 

22

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks defeated Arizona 19-3 Sunday, giving Wilson his 20th career home win in his 22nd start. That is tied for the fewest starts needed to reach 20 regular-season wins at home among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era. The other three QBs to accomplish the feat are Matt Ryan, Marc Bulger, and Danny White.

 

28

Oakland running back Latavius Murray averaged 28 yards an attempt against Kansas City in Week 12, which is the highest averaged in an NFL game since at least 1933 with a minimum of four attempts. The four attempts is where it stopped for Murray after suffering a concussion. He had 112 yards and two TDs.

 

7

Chicago running back Matt Forte joined Ladainian Tomlinson as the only two players in NFL history with 800+ rushing yards and 40+ catches in each of his first seven seasons.

 

1

Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 125 yards with a touchdown and had two catches for 13 yards with a touchdown in the Packers’ 24-21 win at Minnesota. Lacy is the first Packers running back to record at least 100 scrimmage yards and a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games in franchise history.

 

10

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. became the third rookie since 1960 to have 10 receptions, 125 yards, and two touchdowns in a single game when he did so against Dallas Sunday night. He was 8-for-125 with the two scores in the first half, eventually finishing with 10 catches for 146 yards and the two scores.

 

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We all would like to budget wisely, and it's no different in daily or weekly fantasy football.

 

If you are playing in a salary-capped game at either FanDuel or DraftKings, here are a few value plays and bargains at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions for Week 11 of the NFL season that should allow you to hold on to some of that money to spend on the big-name studs.

 

Only two more weeks of byes. We lose four teams this week, two the next and then you have a full slate the rest of the way. Gone from your lineups this week are players from Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, and the New York Jets.

 

VALUE PLAYS (salaries in parenthesis are that of FanDuel's and DraftKings)

 

QUARTERBACKS

1.) Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee vs. Philadelphia ($6500/5300)

The Eagles are the second-friendliest team to quarterbacks over the last five weeks. They have allowed four starters in that span to average 295 yards per game with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Mettenberger has been relatively efficient for a rookie, completing 63 percent of his passes for 247 yards per game, including three scores and three interceptions in his three starts.

 

2.) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis ($7700/5600)

Bortles had his touchdown-a-game streak stopped two weeks ago against Dallas, but draws an Indianapolis team that has allowed 10 over the last four games. The Colts are surrendering 316 yards per game through the air with just two interceptions during this four-game run. Bortles had thrown for five TDs and seven interceptions in the four games leading up to the Dallas blanking. Bank on Bortles playing catchup and having at least another 20-point day like he did against Indy in Week 3 (223 yards, two TDs, two interceptions).

 

3.) Josh McNown, Tampa Bay vs. Chicago ($7500/6600)

The Bears have allowed the most TD passes over the last five weeks (four games) by surrendering 14 against just one interception. The 282.5 passing yards per game given up in this span is not too shabby either. McNown takes on his former team having thrown for 589 yards, four scores, and two interceptions in his last two starts.

 

RUNNING BACKS

1.) Tre Mason, St. Louis vs. San Diego ($5600/4200)

Mason has been a bell cow during his three starts, carrying 62 times the last three weeks. That is fourth most amongst RBs during that span. He has turned it into 75 yards per game on the ground. Mason draws a San Diego team this week that has faced two 20-carry backs this season - both coming in the last four games - and allowed 204 yards, a rushing touchdown, and 41 yards receiving to them.

 

2.) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee vs. Philadelphia ($5800/4900)

Like their passing defense, the Eagles' run defense has been pretty generous the last five weeks. Philadelphia is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game at 79.3 yards on the ground with three scores and 49 yards through the air with two scores in its last four games. Sankey has received the bulk of the carries the last six games, and has also added eight catches for 51 yards over the last three games. We are still waiting on the breakout game from the first running back selected in the most recent draft, and perhaps this is the week for it to happen.

 

3.) Jonas Gray, New England vs. Detroit ($6700/5600)

He is most certainly the hottest free agent pick up in most fantasy leagues this week after he torched Indianapolis for 199 yards and four scores. His 38 carries were ridiculous and old school, but he had averaged 14.5 touches on the ground in the two games prior. So Gray is there to be the workhorse. A repeat is certainly unlikely and Detroit is tough, but three of the five backs to hit the teens in rushing attempts against the Lions this season have scored TDs, and the group averaged 53.8 YPG.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

1.) Kenny Britt, St. Louis vs. San Diego ($6400/4600)

Do we believe in the Shaun Hill-to-Kenny Britt connection or was it a one-week wonder? The seven targets Britt received on his way to a 4-128-1 day was the third time he has received at least six targets in a game this season. The other two came in Weeks 3 and 5 when he turned 13 targets into eight catches for 137 yards and a score. The Chargers have allowed six receivers to hit at least that 68-yard average Britt had in his last two-game stretch. Four of those six have scored double-digit fantasy points.

 

2.) Kendall Wright, Tennessee vs. Philadelphia ($6400/4900)

Here are those Eagles again. If they are allowing solid passing days they must be allowing solid receiving days. Like they are to QBs over the last five weeks, Philadelphia is second friendliest to receivers in that span. Over the four games, the Eagles have seen five receivers go over 100 yards (average of 126.4 ypg) with four of them catching a TD. Wright is coming off a season-high 70 yards and went over eight targets for the fifth time this season.

 

3.) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Cincinnati ($6800/5000)

Hopkins’ consistent run did not slow much with the addition of Ryan Mallett under center for the Texans. He received at least eight targets for the fourth straight game. Hopkins is the eighth-most targeted receiver over the last five weeks (of those who have played four games). He has turned those 39 targets into 398 yards receiving and a score. Ride the hot hand.

 

TIGHT ENDS

1.) Charles Clay, Miami vs. Denver ($5200/4000)

Clay leads tight ends over the last five weeks with 12 red-zone targets, double what the next closest player has. He has turned that into one touchdown, and is averaging 4.4 catches for 40 yards in that span. The Broncos have allowed five TDs to the position over the last six games, and four TEs hit at least 54 receiving yards.

 

2.) Larry Donnell, New York Giants vs. Dallas ($5500/3900)

Streaking down the middle of the field, Donnell caught his sixth touchdown of the season in Week 11. He continues to be a popular target for Eli Manning. Donnell has 27 targets over the last four games. The Cowboys are the ninth friendliest to tight ends over the last five weeks (four games).

 

3.) Jacob Tamme, Denver vs. Miami ($5300/3400)

If Julius Thomas cannot go due to his ankle sprain, Tamme will get the bulk of the tight end work. Thomas is listed as day-to-day and sat out Wednesday's practice. Tamme had a season-high 10 targets last week, a number he had not seen since 2012. He got double-digit targets three games that season, averaging six catches and 56.6 yards. No team has thrown more TDs to the tight end than Denver (14). While that is mostly Thomas' supreme talent it also is a testament to looking for the position in the red zone.

 

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of football. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 11 of the NFL season.

 

Larry Fitzgerald1948

With Arizona's win over Detroit Sunday, the Cardinals are 9-1 this season and owners of the best record in the NFL. They are 9-1 for just the second time in franchise history, joining the 1948 Chicago Cardinals. Arizona is 6-0 at home this season for the first time since 1970.

 

322

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown 322 consecutive passes at home without an interception, which is the longest streak in NFL history. His 29 consecutive touchdowns at home without an interception is also the longest streak in NFL history. He threw three more without a pick in the 53-20 win against Philadelphia in Week 11.

 

28

The Packers scored 30 points in the first half of their win against the Eagles, and are the first team in league history to score at least 28 points in the first half of four consecutive home games.

 

50

Green Bay is just the fifth team in NFL history to score 50+ points in consecutive games. That has happened three straight seasons in the NFL as the Packers join the 2013 Broncos and 2012 Seahawks. However, it has never happened in three straight games. Up next for the Packers are the Vikings, a team they beat 42-10 at home in Week 5 and a team that allows an average of 22 PPG.

 

53

The 53 points allowed by Philadelphia is the most the Eagles surrendered since a 62-10 loss to the Giants on Nov. 26, 1972.

 

1

Green Bay's Julius Peppers became the first player in NFL history with 100+ sacks and four interceptions returned for touchdowns. He picked off Mark Sanchez and returned it 52 yards for a score in the Packers' rout of the Eagles. Peppers joined J.J. Watt and Danny Lansanah as the only players with multiple defensive touchdowns this season.

 

1921

New England undrafted running back Jonas Gray finished with 199 rushing yards and four scores in the Patriots' 42-20 win at Indianapolis and became the first NFL player since 1921 to record four rushing touchdowns in a game he entered with zero career rushing TDs. Evansville's Herb Henderson was the last to do so. Gray joined Priest Holmes as the only undrafted players to rush for four TDs in a game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

 

4

Gray's four rushing touchdowns against the Colts matched the entire NFL's rushing total for Week 11 (entering the Monday night game). Kansas City's Jamaal Charles had two, teammate Kniles Davis one, and Green Bay's Eddie Lacy one.

 

209

Tampa Bay rookie wide receiver Mike Evans had seven catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 27-7 win at Washington. At 21 years, 87 days old, Evans is the youngest player in NFL history with a 200-yard receiving game. The performance marked Evans’ third consecutive game with at least seven catches, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. He is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

 

2

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had five tackles, one sack, a forced fumbled, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown catch in the Texans’ 23-7 win at Cleveland. Watt is the second player in NFL history with two touchdown catches, an interception-return touchdown and a fumble-return touchdown in a season, joining Philadelphia’s Jay Arnold in 1938. He is the only NFL player to register a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown reception in the same game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

 

1

San Francisco rookie linebacker Chris Borland had 12 tackles and two interceptions in the 49ers’ 16-10 win against the New York Giants. Borland is the first rookie linebacker in franchise history with two interceptions in a game. He also joins Ken Norton Jr. (October 22, 1995) as the only 49ers linebackers with two interceptions in a game over the past 40 years.

 

2003

St. Louis' 22-7 win over Denver in Week 11, coupled with its 28-26 win over Seattle in Week 7 make the Rams the first team with wins against each of the previous season's Super Bowl contestants since Green Bay did so in 2003.

 

7

Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had seven catches for 103 yards in the Broncos’ loss at St. Louis. Thomas now has at least 100 receiving yards in seven consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history with Charley Hennigan (1961) and Michael Irvin (1995). Detroit's Calvin Johnson holds the NFL record with eight consecutive 100-yard receiving games in 2012.

 

Eli Manning7

Peyton Manning (2) and Eli Manning (5) combined for seven interceptions in Week 11. That is their second-highest one-day total. They had eight on Nov. 11, 2007 (Peyton 6, Eli 2). Peyton had his NFL record of 15 straight games with at least two TD passes snapped against the Rams. Eli joins Tony Romo as the only active QBs to throw five interceptions in a game twice.

 

152

Cincinnati rookie running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 152 yards in the Bengals’ 27-10 win at New Orleans. Hill, who rushed for 154 yards in Week 9 against Jacksonville, is the second rookie in franchise history with two 150-yard rushing games, joining Paul Robinson (1968).

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We all would like to budget wisely, and it's no different in daily or weekly fantasy football.

 

If you are playing in a salary-capped game at either FanDuel or DraftKings, here are a few value plays and bargains at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions for Week 11 of the NFL season that should allow you to hold on to some of that money to spend on the big-name studs.

 

Only two more weeks of byes. We lose four teams this week, two the next and then you have a full slate the rest of the way. Gone from your lineups this week are players from Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, and the New York Jets.

 

VALUE PLAYS (salaries in parenthesis are that of FanDuel's and DraftKings)

 

QUARTERBACKS

1.) Derek Carr, Oakland vs. San Diego ($6600/5100)

The Chargers are the third-friendliest team to QBs over the last five weeks (four games). Carr was part of that run when he threw for 282 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the teams' Week 6 meeting. Carr has since thrown five touchdown passes in four games, including two apiece in the last two games. He has, however, also thrown for under 200 in three of the last four, and two interceptions in each of the last two. The Chargers have not recorded an interception since picking off Carr in Week 6, and have just four this season.

 

2.) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota vs. Chicago ($6600/5900)

This is opportunity over talent, and let's see if the rookie can capitalize. The Bears have been blasted, historically blasted to the tune of back-to-back 50-spots against them the last two games. In those 50-pointers were 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Of course those quarterbacks were Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Bridgewater, who threw no touchdowns and three interceptions in his first three starts has bounced back with a scoring strike in each of his last three games to just two interceptions (both in Week 7). Even without the last two games for Chicago's defense, they were still surrendering the eighth-most points to QBs; they lead the pack now by more than 2 fantasy points per game.

 

3.) Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. Carolina ($7700/6400)

The Panthers allow the fourth-most points to QBs, and have given up multiple touchdown passes in seven games. Ryan has thrown for multiple TDs in just four games this season, but did do so against the Panthers in their Week 17 meeting last season (2 TDs, 1 INT, 280 yards).

 

RUNNING BACKS

1.) Ryan Mathews, San Diego vs. Oakland ($6200/4500)

Mathews is expected to make his return to the field for the first time since suffering a knee sprain on Sept. 14. In his return he gets a Raiders team that is third friendliest to RBs over the last five weeks (five games). Five rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, and 832 total yards from scrimmage have been surrendered to RBs against the Raiders over the last five games.

 

2.) Steven Jackson, Atlanta at Carolina ($6700/4400)

The Panthers have allowed the seventh-most points to RBs over the last five weeks (five games) and sixth most this season. Carolina has allowed eight of its 11 rushing touchdowns over the last five games, and 486 rushing yards in that span. Jackson has put together back-to-back double-digit games for the first time this season, rushing for 141 yards and two scores

 

3.) Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. New York Giants ($7000/4500)

Gore has underwhelmed this season, but is coming off of a 23-carry game last week in New Orleans. It produced 81 yards and a score for his best game since his last 20-carry effort (Week 4 vs. Philadelphia). The Giants have allowed the most yards (675) to running backs along with the third-most TDs (6) over the last five weeks (four games). 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

1.) Andre Holmes, Oakland vs. San Diego ($6300/3700)

Holmes torched the Chargers when he caught four balls for 121 yards and two scores on eight targets from Derek Carr in the Week 6 meeting. He plays just over 60 percent of the snaps, and had been targeted an average of 5.6 times per game until a one-target dud against Denver's corners last week. It is a complete flier, but one with a recent history of success against a San Diego team that has allowed the most fantasy points to WRs over the last five weeks (four games).

 

2.) Pierre Garcon, Washington vs. Tampa Bay ($6500/4000)

No team has been more generous to WRs this season than Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have allowed 14 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 yards to the position. Garcon has been a 50-50 guy this season in PPR setups and below average in standard leagues as he is no longer the X receiver for the Redskins under Jay Gruden. You are betting on the bargain, the recent history of what the Bucs allow, and the history between Garcon and Robert Griffin III.

 

3.) Kendall Wright, Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh ($6400/4600)

Wright has 50-plus yards receiving in each of his last three games, and three touchdowns over the last five weeks. The Steelers have allowed at least 70 yards to a WR eight times this season, including two Colts going for 113-plus in Week 8. 

 

TIGHT ENDS

1.) Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Chicago ($N/A/3600)

Rudolph (groin) is expected to return this week for the first time since September. If he plays Sunday, it will be against a Chicago team that has allowed the most points to TEs per game this season. The Bears have surrendered 352 yards (third most) and seven scores to TEs. Rudolph had a TD, seven catches and 69 yards in two full healthy games to begin this season. This would be his first action since Week 3.

 

2.) Larry Donnell, New York Giants vs. San Francisco ($5200/3900)

The 49ers are allowing the seventh-most points to TEs over the last five weeks (four games), having surrendered 231 yards and three scores. Donnell has received 21 targets over the last three weeks, the most of any Giants players, turning them into 15 catches for 141 yards and a score.

 

3.) Mychal Rivera, Oakland vs. San Diego ($5800/3100)

Rivera continued his hot streak in Week 10, posting his second straight double-digit fantasy day. He has 21 catches on 28 targets for 185 yards and three scores the last three weeks.  

 

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter.

 

Some fall on the sabermetric side of things, while others like to keep it simple and use the old eyeball test. In the football world, that means total offense, total defense and points scored versus points per play and defensive efficiency ratings. Rational and logical arguments can be made for the legitimacy and relevance of both sides of the stats spectrum.

 

With that in mind, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 10 of the NFL season.

 

1935

The AFC North is the first division in which every team is at least two games above .500 at any point in the season since the 1935 NFL Western Division.

 

 

1966

The 8-1 Arizona Cardinals hold the NFL's best record for the first time after nine games since 1966. This is the first time since 1948 the Cardinals are 8-1 and just the third time in franchise history (1925, 1948, 2014).

 

1994

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a game-winning touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 20-16 win against Miami. Detroit has scored the game-winning points inside of the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter to win in regulation in each of its past three games, becoming the first team to do so since the 1994 New York Giants.

 

70

Stafford, who passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, has 19,953 career passing yards in 70 games, the most of any player in NFL history in his first 70 games. Dan Marino, who passed for 19,179 yards in his first 70 games, previously had the most of any player. Stafford’s 122 career touchdown passes are tied with Johnny Unitas for the fourth-most of any player through 70 career games.

 

2

The Chicago Bears are the second team in NFL history to allow 50+ points in consecutive games after surrendering 55 to Green Bay in Week 10 and 51 to New England in Week 8. The other was the Rochester Jeffersons in 1923. The 55 points scored by Green Bay tied the most points for the Packers in a game at Lambeau Field. The team record is 57.

 

3

Green Bay became the third team in NFL history to lead by 42 or more points at halftime (42-0). The Packers joined the 2009 Patriots (45 against Tennessee) and the 1983 Packers (42 against Tampa Bay).

 

1

Seattle became the first team in NFL history to have a running back rush for at least four touchdowns and a quarterback with more than 100 rushing yards in the same game after QB Russell Wilson ran for 107 yards and a score and RB Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 and a career-high four touchdowns in Seattle's 38-17 win over the New York Giants. 

 

2

Russell Wilson joins Michael Vick (2004 and 2006) as the only quarterbacks with at least three 100-yard rushing games in a season in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

 

9

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 100 yards in the Cowboys’ 31-17 win against Jacksonville. Murray, who has nine 100-yard rushing games in 2014, is the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in nine of his team’s first 10 games to begin a season.

 

1

Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant became the first player with at least 150 receiving yards (158) and two touchdowns in the 11-game history of the NFL International Series in London. He has also scored a TD in 11 consecutive games against AFC opponents.

 

1

Joseph Randle's 40-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter was the first rushing touchdown by a Cowboys back not named DeMarco Murray.

 

48

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning passed for 340 yards and five touchdowns in the Broncos’ 41-17 win at Oakland, extending his own NFL-record streak of consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes to 15 games. Manning has also thrown a touchdown pass in 48 consecutive games, surpassing Johnny Unitas (47) for the third-longest streak in NFL history. Manning’s first touchdown of the game was a 51-yard pass, marking his 44th career touchdown pass of at least 50 yards, eclipsing Brett Favre for the most such TD passes of any quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

 

12

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas had two touchdown catches and leads all NFL players with 12 TDs this season. He is the first tight end in NFL history with back-to-back 12-touchdown seasons.

 

6,000

New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick passed for 132 yards with two touchdowns and added 39 rushing yards in a 20-13 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Vick now has 6,006 career rushing yards and is the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 6,000.

 

17

Arizona kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed his first field goal of the season in Week 10 after starting 17-of-17.

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We all would like to budget wisely, and it's no different in daily or weekly fantasy football.

 

If you are playing in a salary capped game at either FanDuel or DraftKings, here are a few value plays and bargains at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions for Week 10 of the NFL season that should allow you to hold on to some of that money to spend on the big-name studs.

 

This is another big week for byes as we lose six more teams. Gone from your lineups this week are players from Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New England, San Diego, and Washington.

 

VALUE PLAYS (salaries in parenthesis are that of FanDuel's and DraftKings)

 

QUARTERBACKS

1) Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia vs. Carolina ($6600/5400)
OK. I must admit that typing this just does not seem right. But the Panthers are allowing the sixth-most points to QBs, and have allowed multiple TD passes in six games, including a four-week stretch from Weeks 4-7. Russell Wilson is the only starting QB to dip below 25 points against the Panthers since Week 3, which is normal for the Seattle QB who has five such games this season.

 

2) Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. Tennessee ($7200/6900)
Flacco has been OK at home, OK enough to get you through a week with six teams on bye and spend your money elsewhere. He averages 274 yards with eight TDs and three picks in Baltimore. Save for the five-TD torching of Tampa Bay on the road, only three other scores have come away from Baltimore. The Titans have allowed a TD pass in all but one game this season, and have surrendered 257.4 yards passing per game. They allow just as many passing yards away from Nashville as they do at LP Field, and are 10th friendliest against QBs the last five weeks in fantasy PPG.

 

3) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland vs. Cincinnati ($6300/5900)
Cincinnati has allowed multiple TD passes from the starting QB in four of the last five games, and at least one TD from the starter in all but two games. The yardage has also been decent against Cicny at 265.4 yards per game. Hoyer has a TD pass in all but one game this year, is coming off his second multi-TD game of the season, and has gone 275+ yards in back-to-back games. The Bengals' cornerback situation is a little dicey with Leon Hall suffering a concussion last week and now facing a short week with a Thursday game. 

 

RUNNING BACKS

1) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta ($6700/4400)
He's not fantastic, but he is serviceable on a six-team bye week against the friendliest defense to fantasy running backs. Doug Martin looks to be no threat to Rainey, who has 41 yards on the ground and 64 in the air in the Week 3 meeting in Atlanta. He has since put together two double-digit days, including 121 yards from scrimmage last week at Cleveland. The Falcons have allowed a double-digit day from a RB in all but one game this season, and that was Baltimore's Justin Forsett finishing with 9.5.

 

2) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland ($6900/5900)
As mentioned, Rainey just put up 121 yards from scrimmage against the Browns, and Hill is coming off a 154-yard rushing day against Jacksonville. He had 24 carries with Giovani Bernard injured, and Bernard is out Thursday night. The Browns are the 11th-friendliest team against fantasy RBs, and have allowed at least 80 yards from a back in six of eight games.

 

3) Justin Forsett, Baltimore vs. Tennessee ($6500/5000)
It was mix and match once again for Forsett in Pittsburgh last week. He supplemented 38 yards on the ground with 67 through the air. It is the seventh time this season Forsett has posted at least 84 yards from scrimmage. The Titans allow the sixth-most points to running backs, and have already seen three rush for at least 123 yards in eight games. 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

1) Justin Hunter, Tennessee vs. Baltimore ($5400/4000)
If their connection in his first start was any indication, quarterback Zach Mettenberger loves him some Hunter. The rookie targeted the receiver 10 times in Week 8, and high targets against the Ravens has equated to pretty good results this season. Baltimore allows the second-most points to WRs, and of the 14 receivers that have seen at least eight targets in a game they are averaging 6.5 catches for 86.2 yards with six touchdowns.

 

2) Roddy White, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay ($6600/5100)
Seems weird to have to look at White as a value play, but the ups and downs leave him as a great value play this week. He's just inside a WR2 play in both FanDuel and DraftKings and draws a Buccaneers team that allows the most points in the league to receivers. White did not suit up when the teams met in Week 2 and it was Julio Jones hauling in nine balls for 161 yards and two scores on 11 targets. White's targets have fluctuated this season, but he has seen games of 12 and 15 this season with Jones in the lineup. Eleven receivers have seen at least six targets against the Bucs this season and they are averaging 5.5 grabs for 82.2 yards with eight scores. Three receivers have seen double-digit targets, and they average 8.3 catches for 116 yards with four scores.

 

3) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco vs. New Orleans ($6500/5600)
While it has not been pretty for QB Colin Kaepernick lately, Boldin is doing just fine. He has 90 plus yards receiving in two of his last three games ans has only gone below 60 once since Week 3. The Saints have allowed 11 receivers to post at least 69 yards receiving, and are second friendliest against receivers over the last five weeks.

 

TIGHT ENDS

1) Larry Donnell, New York Giants vs. Seattle ($5300/4400)
The Seahawks have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in five games this season, including Oakland's Mychael Rivera grabbing two last week. Donnell continues to be a volume target for Eli Manning, having garnered at least seven in five games this season along with 12 red zone targets. 

 

2) Owen Daniels, Baltimore vs. Tennessee ($5400/3300)
Tennessee seems to always have a knack for allowing tight ends to succeed, and particularly Owen Daniels in the Gary Kubiak offense. With Kubiak since 2006 and playing the Titans 12 times as a Texan, Daniels averaged 4.1 catches for 52.1 yards and three scores against Tennessee. He's had three games of at least 72 yards and six catches. Daniels is coming off a 6-for-53 game on nine targets. The Titans are fifth friendliest to the position over the last five weeks and 11th for the season. 

 

3) Mychal Rivera, Oakland vs. Denver ($5700/3800)
Ryvera has garnered 19 targets over the last two games after having seen 24 over the first six games combined. He has turned the last two games into 15 catches for 121 yards and two scores. The Broncos have allowed four touchdowns to the tight end position over the last three games have allowing one the first four games. Yardage has been decent against Denver with four TEs going for at least 64 yards, and Antonio Gates added two touchdowns to offset his 54 yards. 

 

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 9 of the NFL season.

 

2

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdown passes in a 42-23 win over Baltimore, marking the second straight week he has thrown six TDs for an NFL record 12 touchdowns over a two-game span. Roethlisberger had 10 TD passes in the first seven games of the season.

 

Tom Brady51,541

New England's Tom Brady surpassed John Elway for fifth-most passing yards all-time. He threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Denver. The win was Brady's 155th victory, the most of any starting QB through his first 200 regular-season starts.

 

1

When Brady and Denver's Peyton Manning met in Week 9 it marked the first game in NFL history to feature opposing starting quarterbacks with at least 150 career regular-season wins each.

 

2

Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns in the 43-21 loss to New England, and now has 2+ TD passes in 14 consecutive games. That is the longest streak in NFL history. It marked the 47th consecutive game with at least one touchdown pass, tying Johnny Unitas for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

 

400

Peyton Manning also set the NFL record with his 14th game of at least 400 passing yards, besting Dan Marino's 13. Manning threw for 438 yards in the New England loss.

 

59

New England tight end Rob Gronkowksi recorded his 50th career touchdown in his 59th game, tying Randy Moss as the second-fastest players in NFL history to reach 50 career TD receptions. Lance Alworth (54 games) is the only player to reach the milestone in fewer games.

 

59

The Patriots are now 59-0 all-time when leading by 20 or more points at halftime (regular and postseason combined). They led 27-7 at the intermission. The 27 points allowed by Denver at the break was more points than it had allowed in any game this season.

 

1974

With its 28-17 win over Dallas, Arizona is 7-1 for the first time since 1974 and also has sole possession of the best record in the NFC this late in the season for the first time since Week 11, 1974. This was the first regular-season win for the Cardinals in Dallas since Oct. 29, 1989.

 

1

Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin became the first player in franchise history with at least 150 receiving yards and multiple touchdown catches in back-to-back games in a single season. He was 6-for-158 with two TDs against Houston in Week 9 after going 12-for-187 with two TDs against Arizona last week. Maclin is the first player to go 150+ with two TDs in back-to-back weeks since Miles Austin did it in 2009.

 

21

All 21 Houston points in a 31-21 loss to the Eagles came via turnover. It began with an A.J. Bouye 51-yard interception return for a score. Jumal Rolle's interception setup the Texans' next score four plays later (Ryan Fitzpatrick to Arian Foster for 56 yards), and Houston recovered a fumble on a play in which Fitzpatrick was intercepted. Two plays later, Fitzpatrick found DeAndre Hopkins for a 7-yard TD pass.

 

3

Minnesota running back Matt Asiata rushed for three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 29-26 win against Washington. Asiata now has three career games with three rushing touchdowns, the most of any undrafted player in his first three seasons in the common draft era (since 1967).

 

20

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill rushed for 47 yards in Week 9, including a long run of 22 yards. He now has a rush of at least 20 yards in each of his past four games. Tannehill joins Steve Young and Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks with a 20+ yard run in at least four consecutive games in the past 25 years.

 

123

Miami's 37-0 shutout of San Diego was the Dolphins' first shutout in 123 games and their largest since a 42-0 win over Kansas City on Oct. 11, 1987. The Chargers were shutout for the first time since 1999, having scored in 241 straight games, which was the third-longest active streak.

 

4

Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston posted his fourth game with multiple sacks in Week 9. That is the most of any player in the league. Denver LB Von Miller is the next closest with three such games. Houston leads the league with 12 sacks.

 

154

Cincinnati rookie running back Jeremy Hill joined Corey Dillon as the only rookies in franchise history to run for at least 150 yards and two rushing TDs in a single game. Hill had 154 yards on 24 carries and two scores in the win at Jacksonville. It was the most rushing yards by a Bengal since Cedric Benson's 189 in 2009.

 

500

Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had six catches in a 24-10 win against the New York Jets and now has 503 career catches. He joins tight end Tony Gonzalez (916) as the only players in franchise history with 500 career receptions.

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, November 3, 2014 - 10:23
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-value-picks-bargains-and-sleepers-week-9
Body:

We all would like to budget wisely, and it's no different in daily or weekly fantasy football. 

 

If you are playing in a salary capped game at either FanDuel or DraftKings, here are a few value plays and bargains at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions for Week 9 of the NFL season that should allow you to hold on to some of that money to spend on the big-name studs.

 

VALUE PLAYS (salaries in parenthesis are that of FanDuel's and DraftKings)

 

QUARTERBACKS

1) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco vs. St. Louis ($7800/7000)
While Kaepernick is not even playing as QB1 through the first half of the season, the 49ers' signal caller does come off his bye getting to face an NFC West foe that is allowing the eighth-most points to QBs. The Rams have allowed multiple TD passes to QBs in five of seven games, including a season-high three to Kaepernick in Week Six, and have only picked off three passes, which is tied for second fewest.

 

2) Alex Smith, Kansas City vs. New York Jets ($7100/5700)
The Jets' defense, on the way to allowing the second-most points to QBs, has surrendered multiple touchdown passes in every game this season, including 3+ in five of eight games. The Jets have just one interception this season. Even miserable Alex Smith should payoff on his value this week against a New York team that has seen only rookie Derek Carr in Week 1 score below 20 fantasy points.

 

3) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston vs. Philadelphia ($6400/5700)
Outside of Eli Manning going all Eli Manning in Week 6, the Eagles have allowed 22+ points to every starting QB this season on the way to surrendering the third-most fantasy points to the position. They have given up three passing touchdowns in three games, two in three others, and then Manning happened. It takes a strong person to place Fitzpatrick in your lineup, but the combination of what Philly allows and the "Amish Rocket" having thrown a TD in all but one game this season does mean your bye-week cupboard is not completely bare, and can be one-week filled on the cheap.

 

RUNNING BACKS

Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 91) Alfred Morris, Washington vs. Minnesota ($6800/3900)
Morris had a season-high 91 rushing yards in the only game he and QB Robert Griffin III finished together (Week 1). With Griffin in the game last season, Morris hit 70+ yards on the ground nine times and scored five touchdowns. The Vikings have not played against a consistently productive back the last two weeks, but did allow Joique Bell 74 yards and a score in Week 6 and Eddie Lacy 105 yards and two scores in Week 5.

 

2) Justin Forsett, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh ($6500/5300)
The Steelers have allowed the third-most rushing TDs (7) to running backs, and five backs have posted at least 70 yards on the ground. Forsett, playing alongside Bernard Pierce in Week 2, averaged 7 YPC (8-56) and added four catches against Pittsburgh. A leg injury has him a little iffy this week, but he said he plans to play. Forsett has had multiple catches in five of seven games, has rushed for at least 60 yards in six games to go along with three TDs.

 

3) Denard Robinson, Jacksonville vs. Cincinnati ($6700/4800)
Robinson has put together back-to-back 100-yard games on the ground (108 and 127) with one touchdown. This week, the Jaguars draw a Bengals team that has allowed RBs to rush for 512 yards and five scores over the last four games, which has made them the second-easiest team for RBs to score against in that span.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

1) Terrance Williams, Dallas vs. Arizona ($6800/4900)
Arizona has allowed the second-most yards (1,537), third-most receptions (116) and are tied for 10th in WR TDs allowed (9). Williams matched a season high in catches last week (6) thanks to a few check downs in the fourth quarter. Whether it's Tony Romo (back) or Brandon Weeden looking Williams' way against a struggling Arizona secondary, there should be plenty of production for the Cowboys' No. 2 receiver. 

 

Fantasy football wide receiver value picks2) Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Carolina ($6700/3900)
It has not been the best of seasons for Colston with just one TD and two games above 65 yards. However, he and the Saints draw a Carolina squad that allows the fifth-most points to WRs. The Panthers have surrendered multiple TDs to the position in four of their last six games, and 220+ yards in three of those six games. Colston has posted double-digit days in five of his last six games against Carolina. He combined for 14 catches, 188 yards, and two scores in last year's two meetings.  

 

3) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland ($6000/4700)
The rookie receiver has been nothing if not consistent. He has four catches on the nose in each of the last five games and had five in the season opener. Evans has touchdowns in two of his last three games and averages 66 yards over those three outings. That's a perfect combo heading into Cleveland. The Browns have surrendered six touchdowns to receivers over the last four games, and five receivers have hit 60+ yards in those four games.

 

TIGHT ENDS

1) Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. New York Jets ($5400/4100)
The only thing limiting Kelce this season is usage, but he continues to produce despite playing just over half the team's snaps per game. Kelce has the most yards after the catches (248) amongst tight ends this season despite being just 13th at the position in targets received. He draws a Jets team this week that has allowed seven TDs to tight ends over the last five weeks and seven for the season. 

 

2) Larry Donnell, New York Giants vs. Indianapolis ($5400/4600)
Paging Larry Donnell. Paging Larry Donnell. Can we stay consistent after another strong performance, Mr. Donnell? The early-season darling of the tight ends after 137 yards and a score over the first two weeks, Donnell posted a season high in yardage and tied a season high in catches Monday night against Dallas. The 7-for-90 effort gives us hope with an Indianapolis team on the horizon that has allowed the sixth-most points to the TE position, including 321 yards and two scores over the last five games.

 

3) Jace Amaro, New York Jets vs. Kansas City ($5100/4100)
A tight end has scored a touchdown in five of seven games against the Chiefs, and Kansas City has given up seven to the position this season. Amaro, who has one score this season, has posted 50+ yards on four of his last six games.

 

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

Teaser:
Post date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 17:12
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/15-amazing-nfl-stats-week-8-2014
Body:

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 8 of the NFL season.

 

1

Tom Brady made his 100th career regular-season home start Sunday against Chicago, and in leading the team to a 51-23 victory won his 87th of those home starts. That is the most of any starting quarterback in league history in his first 100 home regular-season starts. Brady completed 30-of-35 passes (85.7 percent) for 354 yards, five TDs, and no interceptions. That stat line made him the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, a completion percentage better than 85, five-plus touchdowns, and no interceptions in a game.

 

3

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski tied a career-high with three touchdowns against Chicago. His performance marked the fourth individual game with three touchdown catches by a tight end in 2014, already the most for any season in NFL history. He joins Julius Thomas, Antonio Gates, and Larry Donnell.

 

21

Chicago's Jay Cutler is 21-5 as the Bears' quarterback when not throwing an interception, and 21-27 when throwing at least one. He threw one in the loss to New England.

 

3

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is now one of three quarterbacks since 1966 to start three games in which his team overcame a deficit of at least 21 points to win. He joins Brady and Drew Bledsoe. Stafford, who led the Lions to a 22-21 win over Atlanta with two passing touchdowns, also surpassed Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (118) for the most career TD passes (120) in team history.

 

5

Detroit's 22-21 victory against Atlanta in London came on the heels of the Lions overcoming a 21-0 halftime lead the Falcons had. For Detroit, which also overcame a 14-point deficit in a 24-23 win against New Orleans last week, became the fifth team in NFL history to win back-to-back games when trailing by at least 14 points one week and by 21+ points the following week. The Lions' win also marked the sixth time a team overcame a deficit of at least 17 points to win in 2014, the second-most such games through Week 8 of any season in NFL history (2011, eight games).

 

522

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 522 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions against Indianapolis. He is the first player in history with two 500-yard passing games, joining the 503 he threw for against Green Bay in 2009. The 522 passing yards tied Boomer Esiason for the fourth most in a single game, as Norm Van Brocklin's record 554 yards is still safe. He is the second player in league history with 500 passing yards, six passing touchdowns, and zero interceptions since Y.A. Tittle (1962). The Steelers (522) and Colts (385) combined for 907 net passing yards, the second-highest combined total in NFL history behind Detroit and Green Bay's 971 in 2012. Their 76 points combined is the most in an NFL game this season.

 

100

With the win, Roethlisberger improved his record to 100-50 as a starter in the regular season. He joins Tom Brady (116), Joe Montana (108), and Terry Bradshaw (102) as the only quarterbacks since 1966 to win at least 100 games in their first 150 starts.

 

Andrew Luck6

In the loss to Pittsburgh, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck did separate himself from Peyton Manning in one category. His 26-of-45 effort for 400 yards marked the sixth straight game in which he has thrown for 300+ yards, breaking a tie with Manning for most such games in franchise history.

 

0

New Orleans and Green Bay combined for no punts in the Saints' 44-23 home win. It marked the second time in 2014 this season a game has gone without a punt (Green Bay vs. Chicago, Sept. 28), and the third time ever a regular-season game has gone without a punt. Buffalo and San Francisco's punters saw no work in their 1992 meeting.

 

12

The Saints' win was their 12th straight prime-time home victory, which is the longest streak since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. New Orleans' 11 straight home wins since the beginning of last season is the longest home winning streak in franchise history.

 

4

Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr's forced fumble, fumble recovery, and 27-yard return for a touchdown in overtime marked the fourth overtime contest in NFL history that was decided by a fumble-return touchdown. His score 17 seconds into overtime, which led to a 19-13 win at Tampa Bay, was the quickest of any fumble-return touchdown since regular-season OT was instituted in 1984.

 

10

Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton was 10-of-17 for 238 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in the Bills’ 43-23 win against the New York Jets. Orton is the first player with at least four touchdown passes and 10 or fewer completions in a game since Pittsburgh’s Bubby Brister against Cleveland on December 23, 1990.

 

13

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-21 win against San Diego. He now has 13 straight games with two-plus touchdown passes, which ties for the longest streak by any QB since at least 1960. He is tied with Aaron Rodgers, Brady, himself, and Don Meredith.

 

31

Houston running back Arian Foster ran for 151 yards and two scores in a 30-16 win at Tennessee. The performance marked Foster's 31st career 100-yard rushing game, tying Priest Holmes for the most in NFL history by an undrafted player.

 

99

Kansas City's Knile Davis had a 99-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Chiefs’ 34-7 win against St. Louis. Davis, who also had a franchise-long 108-yard kickoff return touchdown as a rookie in 2013, is the fifth player in history with a kickoff-return touchdown of at least 99 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.
 

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Teaser:
Post date: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 08:29
All taxonomy terms: ACC, College Football, News
Path: /college-football/10-amazing-college-football-stats-week-8-acc
Body:

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:

 

8
With its 31-27 victory against fifth-ranked Notre Dame, second-ranked Florida State has now won eighth straight games against teams from AP's Top 25, tying the FSU teams that did that in 1992 and 1993. The Seminoles are currently riding a 23-game win streak.

 

32 
In its win against Notre Dame, Florida State was 5-for-5 in the red zone, and has now scored on 32 straight trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The Seminoles scored four TDs and a field goal against the Irish. They are 33-of-34 in the red zone this season.


58

The 58 points that FSU and Notre Dame combined for are tied for most in the series' history with Notre Dame's 34-24 win in Tallahassee in 2002. It also marked the first time in the eight times these teams have met that both teams scored at least 27 points.

 

0
The Clemson-Boston College tilt saw neither team turn the ball over as the Tigers posted a 17-13 road victory. It is the first time Clemson has played in a game in which neither team committed a turnover since the 2010 season; the Tigers lost that game, 20-16 to host North Carolina. The Boston College game marked the second time in the last three games Clemson has not turned the ball over.

 

8  
Louisville's Gerod Holliman collected his nation-leading eighth interception of the season on the final play of the Cardinals' 30-18 win against N.C. State. Holliman is now tied with Ray Buchanan (1991) and is two behind Anthony Floyd (2010) for most interceptions in a season by a Cardinals player. Louisville still has four regular-season games remaining.

 

14 

Virginia Tech entered its game at Pittsburgh second in the conference in third-down conversions at 49 percent (51-of-104). That success did not translate at Heinz Field as the Hokies were held to 2-of-14 for a 14 percent conversion rate in a 21-16 loss. Virginia Tech also entered the game eighth in the ACC in fourth-down conversions at 50 percent (2-for-4) but failed on both tries against the Panthers.

 

30
Syracuse fell behind 7-0 to host Wake Forest 9:31 into the game before reeling off the next 30 points unanswered in a 30-7 victory. The 30 points scored are the second most for the Orange in ACC play since scoring 34 against Boston College in their 2013 regular-season finale. Syracuse entered the game having averaged 15.5 PPG in its first 11 ACC contests.

33 
After a field goal with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter tied its game with Duke at 13 apiece, Virginia never advanced beyond the Blue Devils' 33 yard line in five more drives on the way to the 20-13 defeat. Duke only advanced past its side of the field once more in its five drives after the 13-13 tie, but once was a enough as it turned out to be a nine-play, 65-yard, game-winning TD drive with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter.


1.5
After averaging 20.4 PPG in the second half in its first five games, Virginia has averaged just 1.5 second-half point in its last two contests. The Cavaliers scored three points in the third quarter in its loss to Duke, and were shutout in its win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 4. UVa had scored 51 points in each the third and fourth quarters entering last week's Duke game.

38

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams had a school-record 38 completions in the Tar Heels' 48-43 victory against visiting Georgia Tech. Williams was 38-of-47 with an interception for 390 yards and four touchdowns. He added 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground. North Carolina scored touchdowns on seven of its 11 drives, while Georgia Tech had TDs on six of its 11.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

 

Teaser:
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 5
Post date: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:14
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/12-amazing-nfl-stats-week-7-2014
Body:

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 7 of the NFL season.

 

509

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning moved to the top of the list in all-time touchdown passes as he threw for four touchdowns and 318 yards in a 42-17 win against San Francisco. His second TD toss moved him past Brett Favre's 508 for No. 1 all time. Favre surpassed Dan Mario's mark of 432 passing TDs in his 245th game while Manning surpassed Favre's 508 in his 246th game.

 

11

Peyton Manning's four passing touchdowns in the win over San Francisco gave him 11 games with at least four TD passes since the start of last season. No other quarterback has five such games during that span.

 

1

He's been in this stats article every week for his 100-yard rushing performances, and now he owns the top spot alone. Dallas running back DeMarco Murray's 128 yards on the ground in a 31-21 win against the Giants made him the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his team's first seven games to start a season. He surpassed Jim Brown's six from 1958.

 

1

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson became the first player in NFL history with 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a game when he threw for 313 and ran for 106 in a 28-26 loss at St. Louis.

 

1

Buffalo rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins finished the Bills' 17-16 win against visiting Minnesota with nine catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He became the second rookie with at least 100 receiving yards and a game-winning TD with one second or less remaining in the fourth quarter since Tennessee's Kenny Britt did so against visiting Arizona in 2009.

 

3

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who completed 25 of 32 passes (78.1 percent) for 277 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and 48 rushing yards in a 27-14 win at Chicago, became the third player in NFL history with at least 275 passing yards, a completion percentage of 78+ percent and 45+ rushing yards in a single game. He joined Ken Anderson (Nov. 3, 1974) and Jeff Garcia (Dec. 14, 2003) in accomplishing the feat.

 

4

Aaron Rodgers joined Tom Brady as the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to have passed for at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in four straight games when he threw for three in a 38-17 win against Carolina. Rodgers became the only player in league history with at least 18 touchdown passes and one or zero interceptions through his team's first seven games to begin a season.

 

6

Indianapolis running back Ahamad Bradshaw caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season, making him the first running back with six touchdown catches in his team's first seven games of the season since San Diego's Gary Anderson in 1986.

 

10

Detroit coming back from a 14-point deficit to defeat New Orleans 24-23 marked the 10th time this season a team has come back from 14 down to win. That ties the second-most such comebacks since the  1970 AFL-NFL merger, and we're just in Week 7.

 

11

Cincinnati punted on 11 of its 14 drives in a 27-0 loss at Indianapolis. The Bengals opened the game with eight straight three-and-out drives and finished with 10 such possessions. They only finished two drives on the Colts' side of the field all day.

 

14

With Kansas City's 23-20 win at San Diego, head coach Andy Reid improved his record coming off a bye week to 14-2. The 14 wins are the most victories of any NFL coach in games following a bye week.

 

14,000

Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne pulled in four catches for 15 yards in the team's 27-0 win over Cincinnati and it made him the ninth player in league history with 14,000 career receiving yards.

 

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Teaser:
Post date: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 09:22
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/12-amazing-nfl-stats-week-6-2014
Body:

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 6 of the NFL season.

 

1

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt recorded his third touchdown of the season with a 45-yard fumble return for a score in the Texans' Week 6 loss to Indianapolis. Watt became the first player in 53 years with interception, fumble recovery, and receiving touchdowns in a single season. He joined Bill Stacy (1961), Jay Arnold (1938), and George Halas (1927) in that rare company. Watt also became the first defensive lineman to score three TDs in a season since William "The Refrigerator" Perry did so for Chicago in 1985. Perry had two rushing TDs and one TD reception. Perry never scored again after that rookie season.

 

2

With his two catches in Week 6, Dallas tight end Jason Witten became the second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions. Witten, who achieved the feat at 32 years, 159 days old, is only behind Houston receiver Andre Johnson, who did so at 32 years, 143 days.

 

6

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is tied with one of football's greatest. With his 115 yards in Seattle, Murray joined Jim Brown (1958) as the only two players in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of their team's first six games to start a season.

 

8

Indianapolis won its ninth straight Thursday night game with a 33-28 win at Houston. Of those nine consecutive wins, eight of them have come on the road for the Colts.

 

9

Denver tight end Julius Thomas added two more touchdowns in Week 6 to a season total that is now at nine. That ties him with Detroit's Calvin Johnson (2011) as the most of any player in NFL history through their team's first five games of the season.

 

11

New England's Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-22 win over Buffalo, and now has 11 career games with 350+ yards and 4+ touchdowns. That moved him past Dan Marino for third-most games like that in NFL history.

 

16:03

Baltimore's Joe Flacco became the fastest player to throw five touchdown passes in a game (since at least the 1970 AFL-NFL merger) when he did so in just 16 minutes, three seconds against Tampa Bay. The fastest to five had been Ben Roethlisberger, doing it in 28:09 in 2007 against Baltimore. Flacco finished with the five scores, no interceptions, and 306 yards. Flacco also became the first player since 1986 with four touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the first player since 2009 with five touchdown passes in a half. Minnesota's Tommy Kramer had four first-quarter TD passes against Green Bay in a Sept. 28, 1986 game, and Tom Brady threw five first-half TDs in an Oct. 18, 2009 game against Tennessee.

 

35

Atlanta backup running back Antone Smith is the first NFL player with six scrimmage touchdowns of 35+ yards in the first 25 touches of his career since the merger. He had a 41-yard scoring pass from Matt Ryan in the Falcons' 27-13 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears in Week 6. It was one of his six touches from scrimmage for the game.

 

74

The 74 combined points from Carolina and Cincinnati in their 37-37, double-overtime tie are the most ever in an NFL overtime game that ended in a tie. The game marks the most combined points in a tie game since the Boston Patriots tied the Oakland Raiders, 43-43, on Oct. 16, 1964, which occurred before the advent of NFL overtime rules in 1974.

 

Philip Rivers120

San Diego's Philip Rivers achieved a passer rating of at least 120 for the fifth consecutive game in a 31-28 win at Oakland, allowing him to pass Johnny Unitas and Kurt Warner for the longest such streak in league history (minimum of 15 pass attempts in each game).

 

203

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, playing in his 100th game, threw the 203rd touchdown of his career. The 203 are the second most of any player in their first 100 games, trailing only Miami's Dan Marino, who threw for 217 in his first 100. Rodgers' 25,616 passing yards ranks him fourth all time amongst player in their first 100 games.

 

750

The Chicago Bears became the first NFL franchise to reach 750 wins with their 27-13 victory over Atlanta. The organization is now 750-555-42 all time.

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:38
All taxonomy terms: ACC, College Football, News
Path: /college-football/10-amazing-college-football-stats-week-6-acc
Body:

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:

 

1
Louisville's defense leads the nation in total defense (230.2 ypg), rushing defense (58.3), pass interceptions (12), and third down conversion defense (23.1 percent).

 

1 
Clemson recorded its first shutout in the Dabo Swinney era in a 41-0 win against N.C. State. It was the Tigers' first shutout since 2008 (South Carolina State) and the first over an ACC opponent in 16 years.


2

With its 24-13 win over Pittsburgh, Virginia is 2-0 in ACC play for the first time since 2009. On the way to 2-0 within the conference, the Cavaliers ended a seven-game winless streak in the month of October. Saturday was their first victory in October since a 28-21 win against Miami in 2011.

 

10
With Florida State's 43-3 win against Wake Forest, Jimbo Fisher became the 10th coach in major college football history to reach the 50-win mark in his first five seasons. He did so in 60 games.

 

16  
On the way to a 34-17 win over North Carolina, Virginia Tech saw two of its four touchdowns scored by freshmen. That makes 16 of the first 22 touchdowns of the Hokies' season having been scored by freshmen (18 of 22 by underclassmen).

 

20 

Virginia has scored 20+ points in six straight games for the first time since 2003-04 (eight games), and scored 20+ in six consecutive games in the same season for the first time since 2002.

 

21
Florida State has won 21 straight games, the nation's longest current winning streak. The streak is also the ACC's longest winning streak, breaking FSU's own record during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Seminoles have won 18 straight ACC games dating back to a loss to N.C. State in 2012.

66 
Saturday’s win over North Carolina was the 66th ACC win of Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer’s storied career. That ties Clemson's Frank Howard for third place on the conference’s wins list. Beamer is only in his 11th season in the league, while Howard achieved his ACC total in 17 seasons. Beamer, whose 270 career wins are more than any other active coach in the FBS and rank sixth all-time, trails only Virginia’s George Welsh (85) and Florida State's Bobby Bowden (118) on the ACC all-time league wins list.


11.18
Clemson true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the nation in yards per pass attempt at 11.18. He is also second nationally in pass efficiency (197.6), and 10th nationally in pass completion percentage.

40:45
In its 28-17 win over Miami, Georgia Tech posted its seventh-highest time of possession in school history by holding on to the ball for 40:45 of the 60-minute affair. The Yellow Jackets ran 65 times for 318 yards.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

 

Teaser:
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 5
Post date: Monday, October 6, 2014 - 11:16
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/12-amazing-nfl-stats-week-5-2014
Body:

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 5 of the season.

 

3

Dallas' DeMarco Murray became the third player in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in each of his team's first five games to start a season. He had 136 in the team's 20-17 overtime win against Houston, and ties O.J. Simpson (five games in 1973 and 1975) and is one game shy of tying Jim Brown (six games in 1958).

 

7

Philadelphia now has seven total return touchdowns, the most of any NFL team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Eagles added two return TDs in their 34-28 win against St. Louis in Week 5.

 

7

Denver's Julius Thomas added two touchdown receptions in the Broncos' 41-20 win over Arizona Sunday. His seven touchdowns not only leads all NFL players this season but is also the most by a tight end in his team's first four games to begin a season in league history.

 

9

Indianapolis' Reggie Wayne caught for 77 yards in the Colts' 20-13 win against Baltimore and moved up to ninth on the NFL's all-time receiving yardage list. His 13,950 surpassed Cris Carter's 13,899 for ninth.

 

16

Chicago fell to Carolina 31-24 in Week 6, marking the Bears' 16th game decided by one score since the start of last season. That is the most in the NFL.

 

25

Cleveland posted the largest road comeback in NFL history by erasing a 25-point deficit in a 29-28 win against Tennessee. The Browns trailed 28-3 at one point. Only two other teams have posted larger regular-season comebacks (San Francisco came back from 28 down against New Orleans in 1980 and Buffalo rallied from 26 down against Indianapolis in 1997). Each of Cleveland's first four games this season have been decided by three points or less, the most of any NFL team since Washington did so in 2005.

 

92

San Diego's Antonio Gates caught two touchdowns in the Chargers' 31-0 win against the Jets, and surpassed Isaac Bruce (91) for No. 10 on the NFL's all-time career TD receptions list.

 

500

Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre (508) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 500 career passing touchdowns in Denver's win Sunday. He enters Week 6 with 503 career TD passes. In the win, Manning threw for a career-high 479 yards and four scores. It was his 13th 400-yard game, topping Dan Marino for most in NFL history.

 

854

Denver receiver Wes Welker had seven catches in Week 5 and now has 854 in his career, surpassing former Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith (849) for the most catches by an undrafted player in NFL history.

 

10,000

Dallas' Jason Witten became the third tight end in NFL history with 10,000 career receiving yards as his 59 yards in Week 5 gives him 10,014. He joins Tony Gonazlez (15,127) and Shannon Sharpe (10,060). Witten is the second-fastest tight end to reach the milestone (180 games). Gonzalez reached 10,000 yards in his 177th game, while Sharpe did so in his 203rd game.

 

40,000

New Orleans' Drew Brees became the fastest quarterback to reach 40,000 passing yards with one team when he hit the mark this week. Brees threw for 371 yards in a 37-31 overtime win against Tampa Bay, and is now at 40,307 for his career. He is the seventh QB in league history with 40,000 yards with one team, and did so in 132 games to surpass Dan Marino, reaching the mark in 153.

 

50,000

New England's Tom Brady became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 yards in his career after throwing for 292 yards in a 43-17 win over Cincinnati. Brady joined Brett Favre (71,838), Peyton Manning (65,779), Dan Marino (61,361), Drew Brees (52,284) and John Elway (51,475).

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1
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson became Clemson's first true freshman quarterback to record a win in his first career start after leading the Tigers to a 50-35 win over North Carolina. He threw for six TDs in the win, also becoming the first freshman QB in ACC history to throw for six scores and tied the ACC single-game record for TD passes. Only five ACC players have thrown six TDs in a game. Clemson won for just the fifth time in 17 tries when starting a true freshman QB.

 

3
Wake Forest's Tylor Harris set an FBS record by recovering three fumbles in a 20-10 loss at Louisville. No FBS player had ever collected three fumbles in a game since it became an official statistic in 1992. His sack, forced fumble, and recovery in the end zone gave Wake a 10-7 lead in the third quarter before the Cardinals reeled off 10 unanswered points on the way to the win. The nose tackle is one recovery away from Wake's season record of five.

8

Andrew Motuapuaka handed Virginia Tech its fastest ever touchdown in the Frank Beamer era when he returned a fumble of the opening kickoff 11 yards for a 6-0 lead eight seconds into the Hokies game with Western Michigan. It broke Andre Davis' mark of 18 seconds after his 74-yard TD catch from Michael Vick against Rutgers in 1999.

 

13
On the way to its 20-10 win against Wake Forest Saturday, Louisville picked off Demon Deacons QB John Wolford three times. The Cardinal's defense has now forced 13 turnovers in the first five games this season, which is the most through five contests since forcing 14 in 2005. Wolford was also sacked eight times, the most for the UofL defense since eight against Rutgers last October.

 

15  
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone suffered his first loss in 15 regular season career starts when the Blue Devils fell 22-10 Saturday at Miami. Boone tossed two interceptions, the final one in the fourth quarter helped the Hurricanes ice the game four plays later, and saw Duke's school-record tying 12-game regular season winning streak snapped.

 

24

N.C. State became the first-ever opponent to score 24 points in the first quarter against Florida State in school history - a span of 768 first quarters. In three previous games against the nation's No. 1 team, N.C. State had never lead at any point. On Saturday, the Wolfpack led 24-7 after one quarter and 24-21 at halftime. The Seminoles went on to win 56-41.

 

30 
With its 31-15 win against Syracuse, Notre Dame has scored at least 30 points in each of its first four games. That is a feat that has not been accomplished by the Irish since their 1943 national championship season. And for the fourth consecutive game in 2014, Notre Dame has held its opponent to 17 or less.

56
Since 2000, Florida State is 56-1 when it scores at least 40 points. The only defeat was 49-44 to Georgia Tech in 2009.


280
After gaining 64 yards over its first six possessions, resulting in five punts and an interception, Akron collected 280 yards and three touchdowns over its next five drives en route to a 21-10 win over host Pittsburgh. The Zips' seventh drive outgained its previous six alone when they went 75 yards to tie the game at 7 before halftime.

500
With its 45-13 win and 520 yards of total offense against Kent State, Virginia has registered 500+ yards in total offense in back-to-back games for the first time since 2004. The Cavaliers had a three-game span against Temple (504), North Carolina (549), and Akron (522) where they reached 500 to open the season on the way to an 8-4 season.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 4 of the season.

 

0

There have now only been two NFL regular season games without any punts after Green Bay and Chicago combined to keep their punters off the field in Week 4. The other came Sept. 13, 1992 when Buffalo and San Francisco did not punt in a game that featured 1,118 yards of total offense combined. An AFC Divisional matchup between Kansas City and Indianapolis (2004) is the only playoff game with zero punts.

 

1

J.J. Watt's 80-yard interception return for a score against Buffalo made him the first player in NFL history with 35-plus sacks, a receiving touchdown (Week 2 this year) and an interception touchdown return in his first four seasons.

 

1

Indianapolis' quarterback Andrew Luck completed 70.7 percent of his passes (29 of 41) for 393 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 123.3 passer rating in the Colts’ Week 4 win over Tennessee. Luck, who last week completed 79.5 percent of his passes for 370 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 140.4 rating, is the first player in NFL history to post consecutive games with at least 370 passing yards, four or more touchdown passes, a completion percentage above 70 percent and one or no interceptions.

 

2

With a punt return for a touchdown (Darren Sproles), a blocked punt return for a touchdown (Brad Smith) and an interception return for a touchdown (Malcolm Jenkins) against San Francisco Sunday, Philadelphia became just the second team in NFL history to pull off such a trifecta. In NFL history, teams that had three returns for TDs in a game were 71-1-1; the Eagles lost 26-21.

 

3

New Orleans was shutout in the first half for just the third time (2007, 2011) under head coach Sean Payton when Dallas took a 24-0 lead into halftime Sunday night. The Cowboys won 38-17.

 

4

Dallas' DeMarco Murray became the fourth running back in NFL history with 100+ rushing yards and 1+ rushing touchdown in each of the team's first four games, and the first since Dallas' Emmitt Smith did so in 1995. Jim Brown (1958) and O.J. Simpson (1975) are the other two. Brown stretched the streak to six games, while Simpson pushed it to five.

 

4

Rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles (Jacksonville) and Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota) made their first NFL start in Week 4. Along with Derek Carr (Oakland), three rookies have started at quarterback this season. It marks the fourth consecutive season (2011-14) in which at least three rookies started at quarterback in a September game. That is the longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.

 

8

With their 41-17 victory against Tennessee in Week 4, the Indianapolis Colts have won eight consecutive games within the AFC South. It is the longest active streak in the NFL.

 

9

Over Philadelphia's first nine possessions of its Week 4 game against San Francisco, the Eagles collected just five first downs on 37 plays. They picked up six first downs on 15 plays on their second-to-last drive of the day, which was halted on a fourth-and-goal pass play from the 2 for a potential game-winning TD pass. Philly finished with 213 total yards of offense, which is the second lowest under Chip Kelly, and 22 rushing yards, which is the lowest by any team this season entering Monday night's game.

 

13

Entering Week 4, Philadelphia was the best second-half team in the league with a +50-point differential while San Francisco was the worst at -49, including zero points in the fourth quarter. The 49ers outscored the Eagles 13-0 in the second half, including three points in the fourth quarter.

 

17

Since opening up with a 17-0 halftime lead in Week 1 against Philadelphia, Jacksonville has been outscored 152-41. The 0-4 Jaguars have scored 21 of those points in the first half.

 

700

With Green Bay's 38-17 win against Chicago in Week 4, the Packers posted the franchise's 700th regular-season win. They joined the Bears as the only two franchises to achieve 700 wins. Chicago has 732.

 

3,065

Aaron Rodgers needed the fewest attempts in NFL history to reach 25,000 passing yards when he accomplished the feat in Week 4. He hit the mark in 3,065 attempts, besting Kurt Warner's 3,076.

 

10,000

Baltimore's Steve Smith had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina, his old team, in Week 4. The 429 yards he has this season are the most ever by a 35+ year-old player through the first four games of the season. In addition, Smith is the Panthers' all-time leading receiver (12,197) and became the second player in NFL history to have 100+ receiving yards in his first game against a franchise for which he had 10,000+ yards. He joined Torry Holt.

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0
In its 23-17 overtime win against Clemson, Florida State kepts its streak of first-quarter shutouts alive. With a 3-0 lead over the Tigers after one quarter, the Seminoles are still unscored upon in the first 15 minutes in three games this season, and have not allowed any first-quarter points in a regular-season game — nine games — since Clemson's touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the Oct. 19, 2013 meeting. The shutout extends to 10 of the last 11 games counting Duke being blanked in the first quarter of last year's ACC title game. Auburn scored a TD with 3:07 remaining in the BCS National Championship Game.

 

2.1
Miami traveled to Nebraska having seen the most rushes of any ACC team (123) and yielding the lowest yards per carry (2.1) in the conference. That 2.1 defense must have stayed in Coral Gables. Nebraska, behind 229 yards from Ameer Abdullah, averaged 6.4 per carry (54-347) in a 41-31 win.

4

Georgia Tech entered Saturday's game tied for first in the ACC in fourth-down conversions, a perfect 3-of-3. The practice must have helped as no fourth down was bigger than the Jackets' final one. A Justin Thomas pass to DeAndre Smelter for 19 yards on fourth-and-15 with 2:30 left kept the game-tying drive alive. The Jackets followed with an interception on VT's ensuing drive, and seven plays later kicked the game-winning field goal. Georgia Tech is no longer perfect, however. The team failed on its other fourth-down attempt early in the second quarter — an incomplete pass at the Hokies' 37 that Virginia Tech turned into a 10-play TD drive for a 13-3 lead.

 

6
Mike Wever's 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter made the Wake Forest redshirt freshman 6-of-6 on field goals to start the season. That streak ties Tracy Lounsbury's school record set in 1969 for consecutive makes to start a career. Weaver is also a perfect 9-of-9 on extra-point attempts. Weaver's field goal cut Army's lead to 21-17 before the the Demon Deacons scored the game-winning TD with 6:45 left in the fourth.

 

17 
Virginia fell to host BYU 41-33 in a rare trip west of the Mississippi River for the Cavaliers. This was just the 17th game played west of the river in school history. The Cavs are 4-13 in those games. The last win west of the river was at BYU, 45-40 on Sept. 25, 1999. This was the first of five straight seasons in which UVa will play a game west of the Mississippi.

 

20

In a 40-10 win against Maine on Saturday, Boston College held its opponent to 20 rushing yards or less for the second straight week. On Saturday, Maine collected just 16 yards on the ground a week after Southern California was limited to 20 in a 37-31 BC victory.

 

40 
In its 42-0 win against Presbyterian Saturday, N.C. State posted at least 40 points in a third straight game for the first time in school history. The Wolfpack, 4-0 for the third time ever, scored 46 against Old Dominion and 42 against South Florida. It was also the first shutout thrown by N.C. State since a 2011 win against North Carolina, and the first against a non-conference opponent since a 2005 bowl win against South Florida.

71
All 71 yards of Duke's opening drive came via QB rushes Saturday in a 47-13 win against Tulane. Anthony Boone had four rushes for 27 yards, while Thomas Sirk ran for 44 yards on two carries, including a 1-yard TD. The two quarterbacks combined for 84 of Duke's 100 first-half rushing yards (Sirk 43, Boone 41), and Sirk collected a career-high 94 yards on the ground, including a career-long run of 50 yards. Boone finished with 42 yards on a season-high 10 carries, including 1-yard TD run to open the third quarter.


89
During Syracuse's 34-20 loss to former ACC member Maryland on Saturday, the Orange allowed its first sack of the season. The third-quarter sack of Terrel Hunt ended a streak of 89 straight pass attempts, dating back to 2013, without a Syracuse QB being dropped.

257
Syracuse's streak of offensive snaps without a turnover came to a resounding end against Maryland when quarterback Terrel Hunt was intercepted by William Likely in the second quarter. Likely returned in 88 yards for a score. It was the first turnover in 257 snaps when the Orange coughed it up in the first quarter of the 2013 Texas Bowl against Minnesota.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

 

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 3 of the NFL season:

 

0

After falling 26-20 to Seattle Sunday, Denver is 0-3 in overtime games, including playoffs, since Peyton Manning joined the team in 2012. The Seahawks are 4-0 in overtime the last three seasons, the most OT wins in the NFL over that span. Sunday was the first overtime in NFL history featuring the participants from the previous season's Super Bowl. There has still been no Super Bowl OT. Tim Tebow was 4-0 in OT games as the Broncos' QB in 2011 alone.

 

1

A week after throwing a 50-yard pass, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu threw a scoring TD pass. His 18-yard touchdown to quarterback Andy Dalton made Sanu the only player in NFL history with no incompletions, 2+ touchdown passes, and 150+ passing yards. He is 4-for-4, having completed one pass in each of his first two years, including a 73-yard TD as a rookie, and is 2-for-2 this year for 68 yards and a score. Sanu has thrown for 166 yards for his career.

 

3

Green Bay only managed to move across midfield three times in a 19-7 loss to Detroit, tying the fewest times the Packers have driven into opposing territory in any of the 97 games quarterback Aaron Rodgers has started.

 

4

With four catches against the Giants, Texans receiver Andre Johnson moved ahead of Art Monk and tied Derrick Mason for 12th on the all-time catch list (943). Passing Andre Reed (951) is the next rung in the all-time ladder for Johnson.

 

7

Philadelphia became the seventh team in league history to trail after the first quarter of its first three games and win all three. The last team to do this was the 1999 New England Patriots. Philadelphia has trailed by 14, 4, and 7 after each of the first quarters this season. The Eagles are also the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing by 10+ points in all three games.

 

10

In leading Seattle to the game's first touchdown in a 26-20 overtime win over Denver, quarterback Russell Wilson snapped a streak of 10 straight incompletions on throws of 30+ yards with his 39-yard scoring pass to Ricardo Lockett. The late second-quarter TD proved to be the game-winner.

 

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17

When Dallas erased a 21-0 deficit to knock off St. Louis 34-31 in Week 3, it marked the fourth time this season a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win. Philadelphia, Chicago, and Green Bay have also come back from 17+ down. That is tied with 2011 for the most through the first three weeks of the season since the 1970 merger. Dallas also tied its largest comeback in franchise history.

 

20

Devin Hester of the Falcons set an NFL record with the 20th touchdown return of his career during his team's win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The previous record was held by Deoin Sanders.

 

25

With a 101-yard receiving game at Cleveland Sunday, Steve Smith now has 25 career 100-yard receiving games on the road. Only Jerry Rice (39) and Marvin Harrison (26) have more since 1960. Smith passed Randy Moss, Isaac Bruce, Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens. The five catches for 101 yards pushed Smith to 290 yards for the season, the most by a player in the first three games with the franchise since Anquan Boldin's 287.

 

30

Arizona moved to 3-0 with a 23-14 victory against San Francisco in Week 3, and for the third straight week, the Cardinals had a shutout in the fourth quarter. Arizona has now outscored its opponents 30-0 in the final 15 minutes. San Francisco, which has outscored its opponents 55-37 in the first three quarters of the first three games, has been outscored 31-0 in the fourth quarter.

 

80

With his 81-yard touchdown catch against Philadelphia in Week 3, Washington's DeSean Jackson is only the third player in NFL history with an 80-yard TD catch both for and against his team. Jackson had an 88-yard TD catch for the Eagles against the Redskins on Nov. 15, 2010. He joins Charlie Joiner and Art Powell in pulling off the rare feat.

 

85

Tom Brady has an 85 percent completion rate when throwing to receiver Julian Edelman. The longtime Patriots quarterback is completing just 51 percent of his passes when throwing to anyone else.

 

150

Speaking of Brady, he nabbed his 150th career victory with Sunday’s win over Oakland. Brady joins Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (169) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

 

1967

With a 370-yard, four-touchdown day through the air against Jacksonville, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck (31-39-0) became the first Colts quarterback with 350+ yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 75+ completion percentage in a game since Johnny Unitas did so in 1967.

 

By Corby A. Yarbrough, @Corby_Yarbrough 

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10 Amazing CFB Stats from Week 3 in the ACC

 

1
Virginia's 23-21 upset of No. 21 Louisville Saturday marked the first win for the Cavaliers when facing a new ACC member for the first time in conference play. UVa upped its record to 1-6 in such games, dating back to Georgia Tech joining the ACC in 1979. The Cavs are 2-1 all time against the Cardinals.

 

2
South Florida amassed 92 yards of offense on its first two drives — 75 coming from a touchdown reception. However, the Bulls were limited to just two total yards over their final five drives of the first half. The 75-yard score tied the game at 7 before N.C. State went on a 28-0 run the rest of the half, a 42-0 run for the game, leading to the 49-17 victory.

4
Virginia Tech punted on all four first-quarter drives against East Carolina Saturday, while the Pirates scored touchdowns on three of their four first-quarter drives on the way to a 21-0 lead. ECU needed those three scores on the way to holding off the Hokies 28-21. Virginia Tech ended up punting on its first five drives, was intercepted on its next two, and missed a 37-yard field goal on its eighth possession.

 

5
In its 40-3 win against host Central Michigan Saturday, Syracuse scored 40 unanswered points thanks in part to a 5-for-5 effort inside the red zone. The Orange scored TDs of 4, 1, 3, and 1, and added a 23-yard field goal. Syracuse is now 9-for-9 for in the red zone this season.

 

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9
With its 41-3 win over Kansas, Duke moved to 3-0 for just the ninth time since 1960. The Blue Devils are 3-0 for the first time since 1994 (7-0), and the victory is the program's ninth consecutive non-conference regular-season win, the most in school history.

 

10

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets defeated Johnson's former team with a 42-38, comeback win against Georgia Southern Saturday. Johnson is the 10th active FBS head coach to coach against his former team, and joined the other nine in being victorious in their last meeting against their former schools. Johnson's first college head coaching gig was in Statesboro (1997-2001), winning two I-AA titles, and he was an assistant for the Eagles from 1983-86. This was the first meeting between the two schools.

 

49
The first four scores of the Wake Forest-Utah State game averaged 49 yards, and only one of them came from the offense. The Demon Deacons returned an interception 70 yards for the game's opening score before the Aggies countered with a 35-yard interception return, a 44-yard touchdown pass, and a 47-yard fumble recovery for a score and a 19-7 lead. Utah State pushed the lead to 29-7 before eventually winning 36-24. The final six scores of the game averaged 13.3 yards, including each team kicking field goals (26 and 30).

16
Pittsburgh fought back against host Florida International for a 42-25 win Saturday after trailing 16-0 entering the second quarter. The 16-point deficit was the Panthers' largest comeback win since Oct. 5, 1996. Pittsburgh erased a 19-point lead on that day to defeat Temple 53-52 after trailing 52-33 entering the final quarter.


201
Phillip Dorsett posted 201 receiving yards in Miami's 41-20 win against Arkansas State Saturday. The 201 yards marked the third time in Hurricanes' history that a player had over 200 receiving yards. Wesley Carroll had 208 yards at California on Sept. 15, 1990, and Eddie Brown had 220 yards vs. Boston College on November 23, 1984. Dorsett’s 201 yards came on just four catches — two of which were touchdowns, both 63 yards.

500
After being held to minus-6 yards of offense and falling behind 10-0 to Southern California over the first 11:44 of the game, Boston College went on an offensive tear. The Eagles posted 500 yards of offense the rest of the way, and outscored the ninth-ranked Trojans 37-21 for a 37-31 win and their first victory against a top-10 team since 2004.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

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