History Says Under .500 Teams Aren't Dead Yet

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Nov 06, 2013



WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 10
From NFL Media Services

 

IT’S HOW YOU FINISHIn every season since 1987, at least one team with a .500 or worse record through eight games has advanced to the postseason. Last year, three such teams – Cincinnati (3-5), Washington (3-5) and Seattle (4-4) – accomplished the feat.

Over the past five seasons, 12 teams started 4-4 or worse and rebounded to qualify for the playoffs. Six of those teams, including the 2012 Seattle Seahawks, won at least one playoff game.

The teams in the past five seasons (2008-2012) that started the season at .500 or below through eight games and earned a playoff berth:

 

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

(8 GAMES)

FINAL

RECORD

PLAYOFF RESULTS

2008

Indianapolis

4-4

12-4

 

Advanced to Wild Card

2008

Miami

4-4

11-5

 

Advanced to Wild Card

2008

Minnesota

4-4

10-6

 

Advanced to Wild Card

2008

San Diego

3-5

8-8

 

Advanced to Divisional

2009

Green Bay

4-4

11-5

 

Advanced to Wild Card

2009

N.Y. Jets

4-4

9-7

 

Advanced to AFC Championship

2009

Baltimore

4-4

9-7

 

Advanced to Divisional

2010

Seattle

4-4

7-9

 

Advanced to Divisional

2011

Denver

3-5

8-8

 

Advanced to Divisional

2012

Cincinnati

3-5

10-6

 

Advanced to Wild Card

2012

Seattle

4-4

11-5

 

Advanced to Divisional

2012

Washington

3-5

10-6

 

Advanced to Wild Card

 

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TURNAROUND TEAMS I: At the midway point of the 2013 season, seven of eight divisions currently have at least one team in first place or tied for first place that did not win the division in 2012.

Three of the teams who currently own at least a share of first place in their respective divisions finished in last place or tied for last in 2012 – Detroit (5-3, NFC North), Kansas City (9-0, AFC West) and New Orleans (6-2, NFC South).

At least one team has finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last place for 10 consecutive years, the longest streak in NFL history.

Here is a look at the 2013 division leaders through Week 9:

 

DIVISION

2012 CHAMPION

2013 LEADER(S) THROUGH WEEK 9

AFC East

New England

New England (7-2)

AFC North

Baltimore

Cincinnati (6-3)

AFC South

Houston

Indianapolis (6-2)

AFC West

Denver

Kansas City (9-0)

NFC East

Washington

Dallas (5-4)

NFC North

Green Bay

Chicago (5-3), Detroit (5-3), Green Bay (5-3)

NFC South

Atlanta

New Orleans (6-2)

NFC West

San Francisco

Seattle (8-1)

 

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TURNAROUND TEAMS II: Three teams – Detroit (5-3; 4-12 in 2012), Kansas City (9-0; 2-14 in 2012) and Philadelphia (4-5; 4-12 in 2012) – have already matched or surpassed their win totals from last season.

In Week 10, two more teams – Arizona (4-4; 5-11 in 2012) and New Orleans (6-2; 7-9 in 2012) – can also match their 2012 win totals.

Looking ahead to Week 11, the Cleveland Browns (4-5; 5-11 in 2012) and New York Jets (5-4; 6-10 in 2012), who both have byes this week, can also join the list.

The teams that have matched or exceeded their 2012 win totals:

 

TEAM

2012 RECORD

2013 RECORD

WEEK 10 OPPONENT

Detroit

4-12

5-3

at Chicago

Kansas City

2-14

9-0

Bye

Philadelphia

4-12

4-5

at Green Bay

 

 

 

 

Arizona*

5-11

4-4

vs. Houston

New Orleans*

7-9

6-2

vs. Dallas

* Need win in Week 10 to match 2012 win total

 

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PASSING FANCYNFL passers have been historically prolific and proficient in 2013. At the season’s midpoint, games are averaging 485.1 passing yards per game, on pace to be the most of any season in NFL history (462.6 in 2012).

The leaguewide passer rating (86.5) is also on pace for an all-time high (85.6 in 2012), and the average number of touchdown passes per game (3.12) is on pace to be the highest since 1963 (3.21).

A look at how the 2013 season is on pace to rank historically in three key passing categories – rating, yards per game and touchdowns per game:

 

YEAR

PASSER RATING

 

YEAR

PASSING YARDS

PER GAME

 

YEAR

TD PASSES

PER GAME

2013

86.5*

 

2013

485.1*

 

1948

3.27

2012

85.6

 

2012

462.6

 

1963

3.21

2011

84.3

 

2011

459.4

 

1947

3.13

2010

84.1

 

2010

443.1

 

2013

3.12*

2008

83.2

 

1995

441.6

 

1962

3.09

* Through Week 9

 

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MEGATRONDetroit Lions wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON has 8,657 yards in 99 career NFL games.

On Sunday at Chicago, Johnson needs 24 receiving yards to surpass RANDY MOSS for the second-most receiving yards in the first 100 games of a career in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards through their first 100 career games:

 

PLAYER

RECEIVING YARDS

Lance Alworth

9,019

Randy Moss

8,680

Calvin Johnson

8,657*

Torry Holt

8,598

Jerry Rice

8,488

* 99 games played

 

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TONY TERRIFICAtlanta tight end TONY GONZALEZ leads the Falcons with 44 catches in 2013.

With six catches on Sunday against Seattle, Gonzalez would join Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (17) as the only players in NFL history with at least 16 career 50-catch seasons.

Gonzalez is the only player in NFL history with 15 consecutive 50-reception seasons.

The players with the most 50-catch seasons:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S), YEARS

50-CATCH SEASONS

Jerry Rice

San Francisco,1986-96, 1998-2000; Oakland, 2001-03

17

Tony Gonzalez

Kansas City,1998-2008; Atlanta, 2009-12

15*

Andre Reed

Buffalo,1986-94, 1996-99

13

Terrell Owens

San Francisco, 1997-2003; Philadelphia, 2004; Dallas, 2006-08; Buffalo, 2009; Cincinnati, 2010

13

Isaac Bruce

St. Louis, 1995-97, 1999-2004, 2006-07; San Francisco 2008

12

Marvin Harrison

Indianapolis, 1996-2006, 2008

12

* Active; 44 catches in 2013

 

 


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