Explosive Charles, Brees, Brady, Luck, Bears D Top Week 16 Statistical Storylines

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 24, 2012

A look at Week 16 statistical highlights. The following information comes from the NFL:

Explosive Charles a rare bright light for Chiefs

Kansas City running back JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 226 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown, in the Chiefs’ loss to Indianapolis.

Charles has three touchdown runs of at least 80 yards this season, tied with CHRIS JOHNSON (2009 and 2012) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (1997) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

Charles, who averaged 10.3 yards per carry, has two games in his NFL career in which he has rushed for at least 200 yards, a 10.0+ average and a touchdown. 

Charles and ADRIAN PETERSON are the only players in NFL history with multiple such games.

Charles is also now officially the most explosive qualifying running back in NFL history (min. 750 attempts) with a career average of 5.82 YPA (770 carries, 4,483 yards).

The previous record, and now a distant second, was held by no less a phenom than Jim Brown with 5.22 YPA (2,359 carries, 12,312 yards).

We’ll have more on this story before the final Week 17 games.


Brees lights up Cowboys, record books

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 34-31 overtime win at Dallas. Brees has 4,781 passing yards and is the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,500 yards in three consecutive seasons.

Over the past three seasons, Brees has 14,877 passing yards, the most in any three-year span in NFL history.


Andrew Luck rookie passing leader, Comeback King

Indianapolis rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK passed for 205 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ 20-13 win at Kansas City. Luck has 4,183 passing yards and passed CAM NEWTON (4,051 in 2011) for the most by a rookie in NFL history.

Luck, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass to REGGIE WAYNE with 4:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, has seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.

That is tied for the most by a quarterback in a single season since the 1970 merger. The last QB to accomplish the feat was PEYTON MANNING in 2009. (CHFF’s Captain Comeback will have more on this feat this week.)


Janoris Jenkins joins Hall of Fame company

St. Louis rookie cornerback JANORIS JENKINS had a 41-yard interception-return touchdown in the Rams’ 28-13 win at Tampa Bay.

Jenkins has returned three interceptions for touchdowns this season, tied for the most by a rookie in NFL history. The other two rookies to accomplish the feat are both enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: LEM BARNEY (1967) and RONNIE LOTT (1981). 


Chicago Bears match NFL pick-6 record

Chicago cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN had a 10-yard interception-return touchdown in the Bears’ 28-13 win at Arizona.

It marked the eighth interception-return touchdown scored by the Bears, tied with the 1998 Seattle Seahawks for the second-most in a season in NFL history.

The 1961 San Diego Chargers of the old AFL hold the pro football record with nine INT-TDs.


Welker sets record for most 10-catch games

New England wide receiver WES WELKER had 10 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 23-16 win at Jacksonville.

Welker has 18 career games with at least 10 catches and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE and ANDRE JOHNSON (17) for the most such games in NFL history.


Brady ties Unitas with 47-game TD pass streak

Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY threw two touchdown passes, his 47th consecutive game with a TD pass. Brady tied Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS for the second-longest streak in NFL history.

Drew Brees holds  the record, which was broken earlier this season, with 54 consecutive games with at least one TD pass.

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