October 02, 2014


History shows that a losing record at this point in the season does not negate a team’s chances of making the playoffs.

Since the current playoff system (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 25 teams have rebounded from a losing record after four weeks to qualify for the postseason, including the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in 2013.

Four of those clubs advanced to their Conference Championship Games, including the 2001 New England Patriots (1-3) en route to their Super Bowl XXXVI victory.

Since 1990, teams that started 1-3 or worse and made the playoffs:

 

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

ADVANCED TO:

1990

New Orleans

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

1990

Philadelphia

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

1991

NY Jets

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

1992

San Diego

0-4

Divisional Playoffs

1993

Green Bay

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

1993

Houston

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

1995

Detroit

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

1995

Philadelphia

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

1996

Dallas

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

1996

Jacksonville

1-3

Championship Game

1997

NY Giants

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

1998

Buffalo

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

2000

New Orleans

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

2001

New England

1-3

Won Super Bowl XXXVI

2002

Atlanta

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

2002

Tennessee

1-3

Championship Game

2002

NY Jets

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

2002

Pittsburgh

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

2004

Green Bay

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

2005

Chicago

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

2007

San Diego

1-3

Championship Game

2008

Minnesota

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

2011

Denver

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

2013

Carolina

1-3

Divisional Playoffs

2013

Philadelphia

1-3

Wild Card Playoffs

The following teams fit the criteria:

 

New York Jets (1-3)

 

Tennessee Titans (1-3)

 

Washington Redskins (1-3)

 

New Orleans Saints (1-3)

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)

 

Cleveland Browns (1-2)

 

St. Louis Rams (1-2)

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)

 

Oakland Raiders (0-4)

The Cleveland Browns rank No. 11 in our Quality Stats Power Rankings, making them the *cough* odds on favorite to reach the playoffs, at least for the purposes of this discussion.

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October 01, 2014


The Dallas Cowboys are tied for first place in the NFC East with a 3-1 record and rank first in the NFL averaging 165 rushing yards per game.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray leads the NFL in rushing with 534 yards and five touchdown runs.

Murray has rushed for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in each of the team’s first four games and is one of only four players in NFL history to accomplish the feat. The other three – Jim BrownO.J. Simpson and Emmitt Smith – are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The longest start-of-season streaks in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards and a touchdown run:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

STREAK

Jim Brown

Cleveland

1958

6

O.J. Simpson

Buffalo

1975

5

Emmitt Smith

Dallas

1995

4

DeMarco Murray

Dallas

2014

 4*

                                                    *Active streak

 A look at the game-by-game rushing totals for each of the four players during their streaks:

 

JIM BROWN (1958)

 

O.J. SIMPSON (1975)

GAME

OPPONENT

YARDS

TDs

 

GAME

OPPONENT

YARDS

TDs

1

at LA Rams

171

2

 

1

NYJ

173

2

2

at Pit

129

3

 

2

at Pit

227

1

3

Chi Cards

182

3

 

3

Den

138

1

4

Pit

153

1

 

4

at Bal

159

1

5

at Chi Cards

180

4

 

5

NYG

126

1

6

NYG

113

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMMITT SMITH (1995)

 

DE MARCO MURRAY (2014)

GAME

OPPONENT

YARDS

TDs

 

GAME

OPPONENT

YARDS

TDs

1

at NYG

163

4

 

1

SF

118

1

2

Den

114

1

 

2

at Ten

167

1

3

at Min

150

2

 

3

at StL

100

1

4

Az

116

2

 

4

NO

149

2

 

This Sunday against the Houston Texans, Murray will attempt to pass Smith – the NFL’s all-time leading career rusher – and join Brown and Simpson as the only players to start a season with a streak of five games with at least 100 rushing yards and a touchdown run. 

 

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September 30, 2014


MVP FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE SEASON?

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had an 80-yard interception-return touchdown in the Texans’ 23-17 win over Buffalo. It marked the first interception-return touchdown for Watt in the regular season; he also had a 29-yard INT-TD in a Wild Card win over Cincinnati (January 7, 2012).

Watt is the only player in NFL history with at least 35 sacks (38.5), an interception-return touchdown and a receiving touchdown in his first four NFL seasons.

 

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BACK TO THE WEEK 4 STATS 

  • Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 29 of 41 passes (70.7 percent) for 393 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 123.3 passer rating in the Colts’ 41-17 win over Tennessee. Luck, who last week completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5 percent) for 370 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 140.4 rating in a 44-17 win over Jacksonville, is the first player in NFL history to post consecutive games with at least 370 passing yards, four or more touchdown passes, a completion percentage above 70 percent and one or no interceptions. 

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had seven catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis’ win. With 1,029 career receptions, Wayne passed Isaac Bruce (1,024) for the seventh-most receptions in NFL history.

  • Rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles of Jacksonville and Teddy Bridgewater of Minnesota each made his first NFL start today. Along with Oakland’s Derek Carr, three rookies have started at quarterback this season. It marks the fourth consecutive season (2011-14) in which at least three rookies started at quarterback in a September game. That is the longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.
  • Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 38-10 win over Carolina. Smith has 429 receiving yards this season, the most ever by a 35+ year old player through the first four games of a season.

Smith, who is the Panthers’ all-time leading receiver with 12,197 yards, is the second player in NFL history to have 100+ receiving yards in his first game against a franchise for which he had 10,000+ receiving yards (Torry Holt, October 18, 2009 against St. Louis).


GREEN BAY JOINS 700 CLUB

  • Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 302 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 151.2 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-17 win at Chicago. The victory was the 700th regular-season win in franchise history and the Packers join the Bears (732) as the only teams to accomplish the feat.

Rodgers, who now has 25,196 career passing yards, reached 25,000 passing yards in 3,065 attempts, the fewest attempts in NFL history to reach the mark. Kurt Warner, who previously held the mark, reached 25,000 yards in 3,076 attempts.

  • Green Bay’s Randall Cobb had seven catches for 113 yards with two touchdowns and teammate Jordy Nelson recorded 10 receptions for 108 yards with two touchdowns in the Packers’ win at Chicago. Cobb and Nelson are the first Packers teammates to each have at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the same game since December 21, 1969 (Carroll Dale and Boyd Dowler).
  • There were zero combined punts in the Green Bay-Chicago game, making it just the second regular-season game in NFL history without a single punt (Buffalo vs. San Francisco, September 13, 1992). There has been one playoff game in NFL history with zero combined punts (Kansas City vs. Indianapolis, AFC Divisional, January 11, 2004).



Redskins vs. Giants TNF Preview

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 23, 2014


The NFL approaches the season’s quarter mark beginning on Thursday night (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET) with the Washington Redskins (1-2) hosting the New York Giants (1-2).

Thursday’s matchup will be the 165th (including postseason) meeting between the NFC East foes. The Giants have won three of the past four games between the two teams and lead the all-time series 95-65-4. 

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Giants secured their first win with a 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans behind running back Rashad Jennings career-high 176 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Giants also received touchdowns from tight end Daniel Fells and wide receiver Victor Cruz, who had five catches for 107 yards.

“I’m excited, it’s a benefit for our offense to play on Thursday night, because we’re going to go out there and we’re going to play up-tempo,” says Giants tackle Justin Pugh on the team’s short turnaround this week. “We’ve got to go out there and go down to a hostile environment and win a divisional game.”

Heading into Thursday’s contest at Washington, New York quarterback Eli Manning has won six of 10 regular-season starts against the Redskins at FedEx Field. In those 10 starts, Manning has 185 completions for 2,289 passing yards, the most of any active visiting player at FedEx Field since he entered the league in 2004. Manning’s 10 touchdown passes on the road against Washington rank second among active players, trailing only Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (12).

The career numbers for Eli Manning at FedEx Field:

 

RECORD

YARDS

TD PASSES

RATING

6-4

2,289

10

83.9

 

Meanwhile in Washington, the Redskins look to bounce back from a 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. In the loss, quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Jackson now has 16 career touchdowns (11 receiving, three punt-return and two rushing) against NFC East opponents, tied for the most by any player since he entered the league in 2008 (Ahmad Bradshaw, 16). Of his 16 career touchdowns against the NFC East, seven (four receiving, two punt-return and one rushing) have come against the Giants, also the most by any player since 2008. 

The career numbers for DeSean Jackson against the NFC East:

 

RECEIVING

RECEPTIONS

YARDS

AVG.

LONG

TOUCHDOWNS

122

2,183

17.9

91

11

 

RUSHING

ATTEMPTS

YARDS

AVG.

LONG

TOUCHDOWNS

18

154

8.6

67

2

 

PUNT RETURNS

RETURNS

YARDS

AVG.

LONG

TOUCHDOWNS

37

553

14.9

72

3

 

 

WEEK 4 - THURSDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

NEW YORK GIANTS (1-2) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-2)

SERIES

 

GIANTS

REDSKINS

THURS. RECORD

13-7-3

6-8

SERIES LEADER

94-64-4

 

STREAKS

3 of past 4

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Coughlin: 15-8

Gruden: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 30-17 vs Texans

L 37-34 at Eagles

LAST GAME

12/29/13: Redskins 6 at Giants 20. New York WR Jerrel Jernigan has 139 scrimmage yards & 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Giants CB Trumaine McBride records 2 INTs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/1/13: Giants 24, Redskins 17. New York RB Andre Brown rushes for 2 TDs, including 23-yard score. Giants QB Eli Manning throws for 2 TDs, including 22-yard TD to TE Brandon Myers.

BROADCAST

CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Bob Wischusen, Mike Mayock, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (NYG), 92 (Was.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NYG), 226 (Was.). 

STATS

PASSING

Manning: 65-100-674-5-4-84.3

Cousins: 52-81-677-5-1-105.8

RUSHING

Jennings: 68-286-4.2-2

Morris: 59-253-4.3-2

RECEIVING

Donnell (TE): 18-182-10.1-1

Garcon: 22-227-10.3-1

OFFENSE

319.0

444.0 (2L)

TAKE/GIVE

-4

0

DEFENSE

364.7

282.7

SACKS

Ayers: 2

Kerrigan: 4

INTs

3 tied: 1

T. Robinson: 1

PUNTING

Weatherford: 41.3

Way: 51.3

KICKING

J. Brown: 16 (7/7 PAT; 3/3 FG)

Forbath: 21 (9/10 PAT; 4/5 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: QB Eli Manning aims for 3rd win in row vs. Was. Has won 9 of past 12 starts in series. Has started 154 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB…RB Rashad Jennings rushed for career-high 176 yards with TD last week…WR Victor Cruz has 18 catches for 315 yards (105 per game) & TD (77 yards) in past 3 meetings. Had 5 catches for 107 yards & TD last week. WR Rueben Randle had 37-yard TD in last Thurs. game (10/10/13 vs. Chi.). TE Larry Donnell leads team with 18 catches. TE Daniel Fells aims for 3rd in row with TD…DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 6 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in 6 career meetings. Has sack in 4 of 6 career games vs. Was. Is only DE in NFL with 2 INT-TDs since 2012. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had 75-yard INT-TD last year vs. Was. (10/27/13 with Den.). Had 1 of 3 NYG INTs last week (S Antrel Rolle & CB PRINCE Amukamara). Has 5 career INT-TDs. CB Trumaine McBride had career-high 2 INTs in last meeting…

 

REDSKINS: QB Kirk Cousins passed for 427 yards & 3 TDs last week. Is 2nd in NFC with 105.8 rating…RB Alfred Morris has 2 100-yard games vs. NYG. In 2 games on Thurs., has rushed for 252 yards (126 per game) & TD. FB Darrel Young aims for 4th in row with TD…WR Pierre Garcon had 11 catches for 138 yards & TD last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in past 4 on Thurs. WR DeSean Jackson has 7 TDs vs. NYG (4 rec., 2 PR, 1 rush). Had 5 catches for 117 yards & TD (81 yards) in Week 3 …LB Brian Orakpo has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. NYG & aims for 3rd meeting in row with sack. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB Ryan Kerrigan is 1 of 2 with 25+ sacks (28.5) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Has sack & INT-TD in career vs. NYG.



Philadelphia Eagles: Comeback Kings

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 22, 2014


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 21, the third week of the 2014 season, via NFL Media services ...

 

  • The Philadelphia Eagles overcame a 17-7 deficit to defeat Washington 37-34. The Eagles, who overcame deficits of 17 and 14 points in their first two games, are the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 and overcome a 10+ point deficit in all three games.

 

  • The Dallas Cowboys erased a 21-0 deficit to defeat St. Louis 34-31. This marked the fourth time this season a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win, tied for the most through the first three weeks of a season since the 1970 merger (2011).

 

This is the first time each of the first three weeks of a season has had at least one 17+ point comeback win since 1982.

 

  • The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 26-20 in overtime. The game was the sixth Super Bowl rematch in the following regular season and the first since 1997 (Green Bay vs. New England). The defending Super Bowl champion has now won four of the six meetings in the rematch.

 

  • Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5 percent) for 370 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts’ 44-17 win over Jacksonville. Luck and Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (November 12, 1967) are the only players in franchise history to complete at least 75 percent of his passes for 350 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a game. 

 

  • New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 234 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 16-9 win over Oakland. The win was Brady’s 150th career victory as a starting quarterback and he joined Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (169) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.  

 

  • Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith had five catches for 101 yards in the Ravens’ 23-21 win at Cleveland. Smith has 290 receiving yards this season, the most by a player in his first three games with the franchise. Anquan Boldin had 287 receiving yards in his first three games with the Ravens.

 

  • Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson had five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown (81 yards) in the Redskins’ loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson’s former team. Jackson, who had two 80+ yard touchdown catches with the Eagles, is only the third player in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner and Art Powell) with an 80-yard touchdown catch both for and against a team.

 

Jackson, who had an 88-yard touchdown catch for Philadelphia against Washington (November 15, 2010), has accomplished the feat for and against both the Eagles and Redskins.



September 22, 2014




September 19, 2014




New NFL Drug Policy For 2014

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 17, 2014


Here's what the new policy looks like following some revisions. 

 

  • HGH testing has been implemented immediately for this season. Testing is expected begin by the end of September.
  • Any appeal of a positive PED test (including HGH) will go in front of a third-party neutral arbitrator. "Appeals will be processed more expeditiously" under the new policy.
  • Retroactive discipline for three specific players -- Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick and Stedman Bailey -- makes each immediately eligible to return to their respective clubs.
  • Discipline for violations of the PED policy (including HGH) will be modified.
  • A first violation will be up to six games depending on the nature of the violation:
    • - Using diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game suspension.
      - Using steroids, stimulants, HGH or other banned substances will result in a four-game suspension.
      - Attempting to manipulate a test will result in a six-game suspension.
  • A second violation will result in a 10-game suspension.
  • A third violation will result in a two-year minimum banishment.
  • Testing positive for offseason banned stimulants will not result in a PED suspension; instead, the player will be put into the substance abuse program.
  • "In cases involving discipline for violations other than positive tests (for example, a violation of law), the Commissioner will retain his current disciplinary authority."



Comebacks Highlight Two Weeks Of NFL Action

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 16, 2014


Through Week 2, comebacks have been a theme around the NFL.  

Seven times – Atlanta, Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay, Miami and Philadelphia (twice) – teams have overcome deficits of 10+ points to win through Week 2. 

The last time there were more than seven teams with comeback victories of 10+ points through Week 2 was 1987 (eight).

The seven teams that overcame deficits of 10+ points to win:

 

WEEK

WINNING TEAM

OPPONENT

DEFICIT OVERCOME

GAME RESULT

1

 Atlanta

New Orleans

13-0; 20-7

W 37-34 (OT)

1

 Arizona

San Diego

17-6

W 18-17

1

 Miami

New England

17-7; 20-10

W 33-20

1

 Philadelphia

Jacksonville

17-0

W 34-17

2

 Chicago

San Francisco

17-0

W 28-20

2

 Green Bay

New York Jets

21-3

W 31-24

2

 Philadelphia

Indianapolis

20-6

W 30-27

 

Three teams – Chicago, Green Bay and Philadelphia – won after trailing by 17+ points, the most through Week 2 since 1999.

 

INTERCONFERENCE ACTION:  With the NFL’s late-season schedule packed with division games, the September slate features many exciting interconference matchups, including eight in Week 2. 

With a 30-7 victory at Minnesota on Sunday, the New England Patriots now have a 40-9 (.816) record in interconference games, the best mark of any team in the regular-season since realignment in 2002.

The teams with the top five interconference records since 2002:

 

TEAM

RECORD

WIN PCT.

New England Patriots

40-9-0

.816

Pittsburgh Steelers

33-14-1

.698

Indianapolis Colts

32-17-0

.653

Tennessee Titans

30-19-0

.612

Baltimore Ravens

29-19-0

.604

 

Birds Flying BackOn Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals outscored the New York Giants 15-0 in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 with a 25-14 come-from-behind win. Arizona, which outscored San Diego 12-0 in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 18-17 Week 1 comeback victory, is the first team since 1982 (Green Bay) to start 2-0 after trailing entering the fourth quarter in both games and not allowing a single fourth-quarter point.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles completed the NFL’s Week 2 slate on Monday Night Football by rallying for a 30-27 win after trailing the Colts 20-6 in the third quarter.

On Kickoff Weekend, Philadelphia was down 17-0 to Jacksonville before scoring 34 second-half points to defeat the Jaguars 34-17. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to win its first two games of a season despite facing a deficit of at least 14 points in the second half in each of those games.

 

TEXANS TWO-STEPThe Houston Texans (2-0), who followed last week's 17-6 win over Washington with a 30-14 victory at Oakland this week, became only the fifth team in NFL history to start 2-0 in at least five consecutive seasons:  Dallas Cowboys (1965-73), Los Angeles Rams (1966-70), Dallas Cowboys (1975-79), Chicago Bears (1984-91) and Miami Dolphins (1994-99).

Wide receiver Andre Johnson had six catches for 74 yards in Sunday’s win to bring his career total to 12,828 receiving yards, surpassing Irving Fryar (12,785) for 15th all-time in receiving yards.

 

 



Tampa Bay-Atlanta Thursday Night Preview

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 16, 2014


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Week 3 begins on Thursday night (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET) with the ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1) hosting the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-2) in an NFC South matchup.

Last week, Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 24 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. He has 62 touchdown passes since 2012, tied for the third-most in the NFL during that span. Of Ryan’s 24 completions, wide receiver RODDY WHITE hauled in five, helping the two combine for 530 career completions, the most by any quarterback and receiver duo in the NFL since Ryan entered the league in 2008. 

Heading into Thursday’s contest at the Georgia Dome, Ryan has won 37 of 47 regular-season home starts during his career. In six home contests against Tampa Bay, he has a 5-1 record with a 100.6 passer rating. Ryan has compiled a 3-1 record in Thursday games, throwing for seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

Following a 37-34 overtime win against New Orleans on Kickoff Weekend, Atlanta lost 24-10 at Cincinnati (2-0) in Week 2. 

“It was a tough loss, but in this league it’s about bouncing back,” says Ryan. “It comes quickly for us this week. We’ll take a quick look at this game and try to make some corrections and move on. It is a good thing we’re going on Thursday.”

Meanwhile in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers look to get on track after a 19-17 loss last week to the St. Louis Rams. The Buccaneers have won two of their past three games against the Falcons and lead the all-time series between the teams 21-20.

In the last matchup (November 17, 2013), Tampa Bay wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON had 10 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 41-28 victory. Since joining Tampa Bay in 2012, Jackson’s 449 receiving yards are the most of any receiver against the Falcons. Jackson is also tied with New Orleans tight end JIMMY GRAHAM for the most receptions (28) against Atlanta during that span.

Tampa Bay’s running back tandem of DOUG MARTIN and BOBBY RAINEY also seek to continue their rushing success against Atlanta. In three career games against the Falcons, Martin has rushed for 239 yards (79.7 yards per game) and three touchdowns. In Rainey’s only career matchup against Atlanta last season, he rushed for a career-high 163 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Since realignment in 2002, no NFC South team has won division titles in consecutive seasons.

The division winners in the NFC South since 2002:

 

SEASON

DIVISION WINNER

RECORD AFTER WEEK 3

FINAL RECORD

2013

Carolina Panthers

1-2

12-4

2012

Atlanta Falcons

3-0

13-3

2011

New Orleans Saints

2-1

13-3

2010

Atlanta Falcons

2-1

13-3

2009

New Orleans Saints

3-0

13-3

2008

Carolina Panthers

2-1

12-4

2007

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2-1

9-7

2006

New Orleans Saints

3-0

10-6

2005

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3-0

11-5

2004

Atlanta Falcons

3-0

11-5

2003

Carolina Panthers

2-0*

11-5

2002

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2-1

12-4

*Bye week in Week 3

 

WEEK 3 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1)

SERIES

 

BUCCANEERS

FALCONS

THURS. RECORD

2-3

5-4

SERIES LEADER

21-20

 

STREAKS

2 of past 3

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

L. Smith: 2-2

M. Smith: 8-4

LAST WEEK

L 19-17 vs. Rams

L 24-10 at Bengals

LAST GAME

11/17/13: Flacons 28 at Buccaneers 41. Tampa Bay RB Bobby Rainey rushes for 163 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Harry Douglas has 134 receiving yards, including 80-yard TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/20/13: Falcons 31, Buccaneers 21. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan completes 20 of 26 passes for 273 yards & 3 TDs (148.4 passer rating). Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers has 2 TD catches.

BROADCAST

CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Derek Rackley (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (TB), 92 (Atl.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (TB), 226 (Atl.). 

STATS

PASSING

McCown: 38-56-362-2-3-75.1

Ryan: 55-87-63.2-4-3-88.2

RUSHING

Rainey: 26-156-6.0-0

S. Jackson: 23-98-4.3-0

RECEIVING

Evans (R): 9-86-9.6-0

J. Jones: 14-204-14.6-1

OFFENSE

298.0

438.5 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

-3

-2

DEFENSE

336.5

472.0

SACKS

3 tied: 1

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INTs

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McClain: 1

PUNTING

Koenen: 45.7

Bosher: 47.0

KICKING

Murray (R): 7 (4/4 PAT; 1/2 FG)

Bryant: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

 

BUCCANEERS: In last start vs. Atl. (9/26/04 with Az.), QB JOSH MC COWN had 76.9 comp. pct. (20 of 26) & 97.9 rating. Tied career-high with 2 rush TDs last week…RB DOUG MARTIN has 3 rush TDs in past 3 meetings. In past 2 vs. Atl., has rushed for 189 yards (94.5 per game). In last meeting, RB BOBBY RAINEY had career-high 163 rush yards & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). Rushed for 144 yards last week…In past 2 vs. TB, WR VINCENT JACKSON has 20 catches for 303 yards (151.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Among active players (min. 200 catches), has NFL-best 17.3 rec. avg…Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player in NFL with 150+ tackles (161), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). In last meeting, DT GERALD MC COY had career-high 3 sacks.  Has 8.5 sacks in past 10. LB MASON FOSTER had 37-yard INT-TD in last game vs. Atl. S MARK BARRON is 1 of 3 S with 100+ tackles (103), 2+ INTs & 2+ sacks since 2013… 

 

FALCONSIn 6 home starts vs. TB, QB MATT RYAN is 5-1 with 100.6 rating. In career, has won 37 of 47 home starts. In 3-1 on Thurs. with 101.7 rating (7 TDs, 0 INTs)…RB STEVEN JACKSON has rushed for 347 yards (86.8 per game) & TD in past 4 meetings. RB ANTONE SMITH had 50-yard TD run in last game vs. TB. In last home meeting, RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had career-high 2 rec. TDs…In 4 meetings, WR JULIO JONES has 19 catches for 394 yards (98.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Since 2007, WR RODDY WHITE ranks 3rd in NFL with 636 rec. & 4th with 8,598 rec. yards. WR HARRY DOUGLAS has 13 catches for 283 yards (141.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 meetings…Since 2010, S WILLIAM MOORE is only S in NFL with 3+ sacks (3.5) & 14+ INTs (14). DE OSI UMENYIORA had 2 sacks in last meeting.






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