Highlighting the most important, bizarre and historic stats from this week in the NFL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 53 points allowed by Philadelphia is the most the Eagles surrendered since a 62-10 loss to the Giants on Nov. 26, 1972.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).