Highlighting the most important, bizarre, strange, interesting and historic stats from this week in the NFL.
Week 10 of the 2013 NFL season is in the books. And as usual, the league wasn’t short on drama. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville earned their first wins of 2013, leaving the NFL with no winless teams and just one unbeaten (Kansas City). Health issues sidelined Denver coach John Fox, but the Broncos survived San Diego’s upset bid. Houston’s Gary Kubiak was also sidelined with health issues, and the Texans’ comeback bid against Arizona fell short.
Here are the most important, historic, interesting and bizarre stats from Week 10:
151: Total yards of offense for San Francisco
The Carolina Panthers defense made a big statement on Sunday in its 10-9 road win over the 49ers. San Francisco posted just 151 yards of total offense, the lowest total of the Jim Harbaugh era in the Bay (41 games). It marked just the second time Niners were held under 200 yards of offense under Harbaugh (170 versus Baltimore in 2011). Carolina sacked Colin Kaepernick six times and allowed just 2-of-13 third-down conversions. It was the biggest win of Ron Rivera’s coaching tenure with the Panthers and it was the team’s fifth straight win. Additionally, the one-point win was first close win of Cam Newton’s career. In games decided by three points or less, Newton had been 0-5 before Sunday’s win.
63: Calvin Johnson Detroit franchise record TD receptions
Herman Moore has long been the greatest wide receiver in Lions franchise history. He has caught more passes (670) for more yards (9,174) and more TDs (62) than anyone in Detroit football history. Until yesterday. Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the huge road win over divisional rival Chicago. He now has 63 career TD receptions and should pass Moore in both yards and receptions in the very near future. Johnson has 8.740 career yards receiving, trailing only Lance Alworth (9,019) for the most by any player in their first 100 games. Johnson’s career average of 87.4 yards per game is No. 1 all-time in NFL history. More importantly, the Detroit Lions are alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since Week 5 of 2005.
1: Mark Ingram career 100-yard games
Ingram rushed for 3,261 yards and 42 touchdowns in three seasons at Alabama. He won the school’s first ever Heisman Trophy and led his team to a national championship — both as a sophomore. He was a first round pick by the Saints in 2011 for a reason (28th overall). However, 29 games into his NFL career, Ingram had yet to rush for 100 yards. Against Dallas in a classic Superdome beat down, Ingram rushed 14 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. The Saints posted an NFL-record 40 first downs in the win. In fact, it was just the fourth time in his entire career that Ingram has rushed for at least 80 yards. New Orleans is 4-0 when Ingram rushes for at least 80 yards. Drew Brees threw for a Week 10-high 392 yards and four touchdowns in the 49-17 win as the Saints moved to 5-0 at home.
314: Tavon Austin all-purpose yards against Indianapolis
The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has been largely irrelevant through the first nine weeks of the season. But the Rams do-everything dynamo showed on Sunday why he was so highly touted coming out of West Virginia in the shocking 38-8 win over the Colts. He caught two passes for 138 yards, returned four punts for 145 yards, returned a kick for 27 yards and ran once for four yards. He scored on a 98-yard punt return, an 81-yard reception and a 55-yard reception. Before Sunday, he had 207 career receiving yards. At age 22, Austin became just one of three players 22 years or younger to score three times from at least 50 yards away in the same game (Gale Sayers in 1965 and Randy Moss in 1998).
10-0: Nick Foles TD-INT ratio over the last two games
One week after throwing seven touchdowns, Nick Foles responded with three more scoring strikes in the key road win over the Packers. It gives Foles 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions over that span, making him only the second play in NFL history to post a 10-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio over a two game stretch. The only player to match that feat was Tom Brady in 2007 when he threw five touchdowns against Dallas in Week 6 and then six touchdown passes in Week 7 without throwing a pick in either game. More importantly, Chip Kelly’s Eagles are tied for the NFC East lead despite an 0-4 home record. Foles is eighth in the NFL with 16 TDs on the season — more than Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Big Ben, Eli Manning or Robert Griffin III — and has yet to throw an interception.
371: Broncos NFL record for scoring in first 9 games
This is one that everyone has been tracking each weekend since Peyton Manning tossed seven touchdowns in Week 1. But the Broncos have set a new record for points scored (371) in a team’s first nine games. Denver is averaging 41.2 points per game after topping San Diego 28-20 on Sunday. The NFL record is 589 points set by the unbeaten Patriots in 2007, which accounts to 36.8 per game. Denver would blow past the previous record and finish with 659 points at their current pace. The previous record for points scored in the first nine games was the 1950 Rams with 358 (39.8) and actually scored more per game that year (38.8) than the ’07 Pats.
6: Consecutive games Andre Brown has scored a rushing TD
The Giants won their third straight game this weekend by topping Oakland 24-20 in the New Meadowlands. Brown returned to the field for the first time in 2013 since breaking his leg in the final preseason game. He carried 30 times for 115 yards and scored a rushing touchdown in his sixth consecutive game (dating back to 2012). It is the longest active streak in the league and only the fourth such streak in the NFL since 2010 (Stevan Ridley 2012, Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson 2011). After starting the season 0-6, the Giants are now just two games behind the division-leading Cowboys and Eagles.
4: Players to start at QB for Green Bay since 1992
Brett Favre’s first start was Sept. 27, 1992 in a 17-3 win over Pittsburgh. He started 253 consecutive games until Aaron Rodgers took over in 2008. Rodgers had started 86 out of 88 possible games before breaking his collarbone against the Bears two weeks ago. Matt Flynn got the other two starts (one each in 2010 and 2011) and was just the third player to start at QB for Green Bay since 1992 until Seneca Wallace got the start on Sunday against the Eagles. He lasted five passes before getting hurt. Wisconsin product Scott Tolzien played all but one series in the second straight home loss for the Packers. If the Packers do not find another option (which could be Flynn, actually), then the Packers will have as many starting quarterbacks in the last three games as they had in the previous 22 years combined.