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 14 of the NFL season.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.