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 15 of the NFL season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.