NFL football is the greatest reality TV program of all time. The Giants and Colts made sure of that back in 1958. Each NFL fall weekend is a completely new and original experience for every player, fan and coach alike. New stories, new personalities, new winners and new losers. And new statistics.
Here are the most important, most intriguing and most bizarre statistics from Week 9 of NFL play:
0: Interceptions thrown by Russell Wilson at home
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown eight interceptions in his first nine games as a pro quarterback. None of them have come at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Not surprisingly, the Seahawks are 4-0 at home in 2012. And his opponents were no joke, beating New England, Green Bay (sort of), Dallas and Minnesota. He has nine touchdown passes to go with those zero interceptions at home while only tossing four touchdowns against eight picks in his five road games. The Hawks have a 1-4 road record this fall.
433: NFL single-game rookie passing record set by Andrew Luck
Any excuse to get the No. 1 overall pick into the article is a good one. By throwing for 433 yards in the win over Miami on Sunday, Andrew Luck locked up another rookie record by breaking Cam Newton's 422 from a year ago. He is 5-3 as a rookie starter who wins on big fourth-quarter drives and poised pocket play. He is one of the single-most, game-ready, first-year players this writer has ever seen. Luck has now toppled two of his fellow four rookie starters (Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden), the only two such meetings of first-year signal callers to date.
15-to-1: Aaron Rodgers TD:INT ratio over the last four games
The Packers are on a four-game winning streak and much of it can be attributed to a rejuvenated Aaron Rodgers. He threw four touchdown passes in the win over Arizona this Sunday, which is topped only the six he threw in the primetime win over the previously undefeated Houston Texans in Week 6. Even more impressive, Rodgers has been doing it without Greg Jennings for the last month and Jordy Nelson for the second straight game. Additionally, the Packers registered two sacks, giving them an NFL-best 28.0 sacks on the season. Bears fans are certainly feeling good after a 7-1 start, but that one loss came courtesy of Green Bay, 23-10. The NFC North should be fun to watch in the second half.
306: Combined rushing yards by Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch
The league's top two rushers were on the field in Seattle this weekend and neither disappointed. Peterson entered the weekend as the NFL's leading rusher and after 182 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries — yes, that is over 10 yards per carry against Seattle — All-Day maintains his hold upon the rushing crown with 957 yards. Lynch is still No. 2 in the rushing standings with 881 yards thus far. Peterson is the planet's most physically gifted running back and his recovery from ACL surgery to lead the NFL in rushing is nothing short of miraculous. As a public service announcement, his given nickname for his entire life — All-Day Peterson — is why he should be called "A.D" not "A.P." So national talking heads, stop calling him A.P.
39-5: Gary Kubiak's record when Houston runs at least 30 times in a game
The Texans ran the ball 32 times for 118 yards in the not quite as easy as expected win over Buffalo and the NFL's worst rushing defense. When Houston runs the ball at least 30 times under Coach Kubiak, the Texans win 88.9 percent of the time (39-5). Arian Foster scored for the fifth straight game and carried the ball 24 times for 111 yards. It was Foster's 20th career 100-yard effort in 43 career games and his fourth trip over the century mark this season.
1980: The last year the Bears scored at least 51 points
There were many different amazing stats that led to the Bears starting 7-1 this fall after the 51-20 win over the Titans. The Bears scored a franchise record 28 points in the first quarter. Charles Tillman forced four fumbles — no, that isn't a typo. Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown, giving the Bears seven INT return touchdowns on the season. The Bears scored 61 points on Dec. 7, 1980 in a win over Green Bay.
41.7%: Eli Manning's completion percentage against the Steelers
In 129 career games, only nine times has Manning thrown for a lower completion percentage than his 10-of-24 performance in the home loss to Pittsburgh. Only one of those nine outings has taken place since 2007 — he was 9-of-27 in 2011 against the Jets. He is completing 62.6 percent of his passes this season and hasn't completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes in a season since 2007. He is a career 58.7 percent passer. Needless to say, it was a rough night for Manning and it cost them a key game against Pittsburgh.
251: Tampa Bay single-game franchise rushing record set by rookie Doug Martin
After gaining just 31 yards in the first half against Oakland, Martin exploded for 220 and four touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters of the Buccaneers' 42-32 road win over the Raiders. Martin finished with 251 yards on 25 carries (10 ypc), the most in a single game in Tampa Bay franchise history and the third-most by a rookie in NFL history. Only Adrian Peterson (296, 2007) and DeMarco Murray (253, 2011) have had more rushing yards as a rookie in a game. Martin, who scored on runs of 1, 45, 67 and 70 yards, joined Denver's Mike Anderson as the only backs in NFL history with at least 250 yards rushing and four scores in a single game. This record-setting performance comes on the heels of last week's game in Minnesota, in which Martin compiled 214 total yards of offense (135 rush, 79 receiving) and two touchdowns in the Bucs' win over the Vikings. For those keeping score at home, that's 486 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in two games for Martin, who was taken by Tampa Bay with the 31st overall pick in April's draft.
- by Braden Gall