Inside the Numbers: 25 Intriguing Stats from Week 12

November 23, 2014 • Ben Heck • Features, Front Page, Lists

There are a lot of interesting stats and facts from today’s NFL action, and we’ve got it all in one place for you. History is always fun, isn’t it? Here are 25 intriguing stats/figures from today’s slate of day games:

*Indianapolis’ kicker Adam Vinatieri hit all three of his field goal attempts today in a 23-3 win over the Jaguars, moving him past Matt Stover for fifth on the all-time made field goals list (he’s now at 473). Only Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Jason Hanson and John Carney remain ahead of Vinatieri on the list.

*The Eagles extended their home win streak to 10 games with a 43-24 win over the Titans. They are now 4-0 against the AFC South division this season.

*After claiming he was going to break the 2,000-yard barrier in 2014 this past off-season, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy just now recorded his first 100-yard game, 1 TD performance in their win over Tennessee.

*Eagles placekicker Cody Parkey was personally responsible for 19 of Philly’s 43 points against Tennessee (5/6 FGs; 4/4 XPs).

*Eagles rookie return specialist and wideout Josh Huff returned the opening kick-off back for a 107-yard touchdown, handing the Eagles an early 7-0 lead in their big win over Tennessee. This gave the Eagles the most return touchdowns in the NFL this season (3), as RB/KR/PR Darren Sproles has already returned two punts back for touchdowns earlier in the season. Sproles also scored his fifth rushing TD of the season today, accumulating 39 total yards on nine touches.

*During his tenure with the New York Jets, quarterback Mark Sanchez never had two straight 300-yard games. Mark has now had 300-yard games in each of his three consecutive starts with the Eagles. He started 68 games with the Jets over his career.

*Titans rookie QB Zach Mettenberger, in his fourth career start, set a franchise rookie record for most passing yards in a single game (345 against Philly today). He’s 0-4 in his short career as Tennessee’s starter over the last month.

*Through the first 11 weeks of the season, Detroit ranked No. 1 in scoring defense (156 points, 15.6 per game), 20 points less than the No. 2-ranked Arizona Cardinals. In their Week 12 loss, the Lions surrendered 34 points to the New England Patriots.

*On the 14-year anniversary of Tom Brady’s NFL debut (1/3, 6 yards in his first NFL appearance back in 2000), the Patriots beat the Lions 34-9…on this day 14 years ago during Brady’s debut, the Lions beat the Patriots by the same score, 34-9. What an odd coincidence.

*The Patriots clinched their 14th consecutive winning season with their victory over Detroit, and are now just one more win away from their 12th straight double-digit win season.

*Patriots TE Tim Wright caught two touchdown passes from Brady in the win today, giving him six for the season. As a rookie with the Bucs last season, Wright accumulated 571 yards and caught five touchdowns on his 54 receptions. This season, he already has a career-high six touchdown catches on just 23 receptions (220 yards). Wright became the fourth Patriots player with multiple TD catches in a game this season (most in NFL).

*The Falcons fell to the Browns 26-24 following a game-winning 37-yard FG from kicker Billy Cundiff as time expired (his 10th career GW field goal). The loss drops the Falcons to 4-7 on the season. All four wins came against the NFC South, while their seven losses all came against non-divisional opponents.

*The Falcons may have one of the toughest remaining schedules (Cardinals, Packers, Steelers, Saints, Panthers), and very well could end the season with a second straight 4-12 season.

*With RB Isaiah Crowell’s two rushing touchdowns today, the Browns now have 14 rushing TDs on the season (had just four all of last season). Their rookie RB duo of Crowell and Terrance West have combined for 10 of those TDs, as the undrafted Crowell now sits at seven for the season.

*Josh Gordon was targeted 17 times in Cleveland’s last-second 26-24 win over Atlanta (tied for most in a game this season––Alshon Jeffery, Bears). It was Gordon’s 2014 debut as he just returned from a 10-game suspension. His 120 yards (on eight catches) is the most receiving yards from any Cleveland Browns player this season.

*In his four games against the Minnesota Vikings, Packers RB Eddie Lacy now has three 100-yard rushing games. He ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in GB’s 24-21 win today, adding two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown through the air as well. He has scored a touchdown in all four of the games he’s played against Minnesota over his career.

*Bears RB Matt Forte passed Hall of Famer Gale Sayers on Chicago’s all-time rushing touchdowns list (40), as he’s now behind just Walter Payton, Neal Anderson and Rick Casares on the franchise’s all-time list.

*After breaking out for 200 yards receiving last week, Tampa Bay’s rookie wide receiver Mike Evans continued to impress this week. He recorded his fourth straight game with a touchdown catch, and now has 49 catches for 841 yards and 9 TDs on the year. Six of those nine TDs have come in the last four weeks. Mike Evans for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

*Bengals QB Andy Dalton to WRs A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu: 17/23, 169 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Dalton to all other receivers (Gresham, Bernard, Hill, Wright): 7/12, 64 yards. The Bengals held off the Ryan Mallett-led Texans, 22-13, despite Johnathan Joseph’s late 60-yard pick-6 of Dalton.

*Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) sat out in Arizona’s match-up with the Seattle Seahawks. The missed game ends his streak of 110 consecutive starts, and is the first time he’s missed a game since the 2007 season.

*The Cardinals fell to 9-2 on the season (tied with NE for best record in NFL) after the defending champion Seahawks knocked them off 19-3. After scoring 31 points against St. Louis two weeks ago, Arizona has combined for just 17 points the last two games, and they were limited to just 204 total yards against Seattle. The loss snapped their six-game win streak.

*Despite the loss, Arizona’s defense sacked QB Russell Wilson seven times and limited the ‘Hawks offense to just 1/5 in the red zone.

*The Dolphins had a spectacular game on the offensive side of the ball against Denver––36 points, 1 sack allowed, 0 turnovers, 4.6 yards per carry, 5/5 in red zone––but were simply just out-played by the Broncos, falling 39-36. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill has tossed for 12 touchdowns and just three picks over his last six games (4-2 record during that span, including today’s loss). Denver WR Wes Welker caught his second TD of the season in the win, while two-time Pro Bowl wideout Demaryius Thomas caught a trio of TDs, giving him nine on the season.

*With both Denver RBs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (foot) out for at least a few weeks, second-year undrafted RB C.J. Anderson made his second career start in Denver’s backfield against the Dolphins today. He ran for a then-career-high 90 yards in Denver’s win over Oakland a few weeks ago (201 yards on 39 carries this season prior to today). He ran for a career-high 167 yards with a touchdown for Denver today.

*Despite holding a 13-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Washington Redskins fell to 3-8 on the season after a 17-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers (7-4). RGIII struggled to stay upright in the pocket, getting hit eight times and sacked five times against San Francisco’s front seven. In his second start of the season following his nine-game suspension, SF pass-rusher Aldon Smith sacked RGIII twice. Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Aaron Lynch also recorded sacks in the win.

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