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Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 29, 2011
- Antonio Brown set a Pittsburgh franchise record for all purpose yards, compiling 2048 total yards, 1018 receiving, 989 returning, and 42 rushing.
- The Packers have had one of the league’s top six scoring offenses in 14 of the last 19 seasons, and haven’t ranked in the bottom 10 once over that span.
- Wes Welker is one of 18 players all time with 100+ catches and 1,500+ yards, Rob Gronkowski is one of three tight ends with 1,200+ yards and 10+ TDs, and Tom Brady is one of five QBs all time with 4,750+ yards and 35+ TDs.
- The 49ers are being outgained by 52.4 yards a game through the air, but they’re +14.9 on the only passing stat that really matters: Passer Rating Differential.
- Ray Rice needs 131 yards to hit the 2,000-yard mark in yards from scrimmage for the second time in his career; only 15 backs in history have done it more than once.
- Dan Orlovsky led the Colts’ comeback win in Week 16; it was just the fifth time since 1980 the Colts took over in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and scored a tying or game-winning touchdown on their way to victory.
- The Steelers’ defense always gets mad after a loss. Dating back to the start of 2010, Pittsburgh has eight regular-season losses, and the game after (all wins), they’ve allowed 10, 21, 3, 3, 0, 17, 17 and 0 points (8.9 PPG).
- Dallas was No. 22 on the Offensive Hog Index after Week 6; the Cowboys have climbed all the way up to No. 3.
- Tom Brady passed Joe Montana with his 34th game-winning drive.
- Alex Smith tied Y.A. Tittle for the most fourth-quarter comebacks in a season by a San Francisco QB (5).
- The Ravens are 8-0 at home for the first time ever.
- In their last three games, the Broncos are -8 in turnover differential, and have managed just one takeaway since Andre Goodman's game clinching interception in the 4th quarter in Minneapolis on December 4th.
- Andy Dalton’s 20th touchdown pass of the season put him in rare company for rookies that threw at least 20: Peyton Manning (26), Charlie Conerly (22), Dan Marino (20) and Cam Newton (20).
- Even with their recent slump, the Texans are in the top five in four key stats: turnover margin (fifth), point differential (fifth), passer rating differential (second) and yardage differential (second), and still rank No. 1 in our Quality Stats Power Rankings.
- The Lions threw 16 touchdown passes in 2009, 26 in 2010, and have 36 thus far in 2011.
- The Steelers’ 27-0 win over St. Louis was the second time this season that Pittsburgh has shutout an opponent without a takeaway. Only one other franchise has recorded two or more such games in their history (Indianapolis in 1971, 1992, and 2008),
- Carolina is a remarkable 33-18 against the spread in December since 2000.
- LeGarrette Blount will become the first starting running back in Tampa to average 4.2 yards per carry in consecutive seasons since Warrick Dunn's 1997 and 1998.
- The Patriots under Bill Belichick are 25-3 straight up when double-digit favorites at home, but only 9-19 against the spread. In other words, take the Bills +11.5, but chalk up the No. 1 seed for New England.
- The margin is awfully thin for the Bengals; they’re +1 in turnovers and an average of +5.3 yards per game. Not surprisingly, 13 of their 15 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
- If big plays aren’t getting made in the passing game, it’s not getting done for the Giants. They don’t have a kick return, punt return or rush over 40 yards all season.
- The Steelers have thrown for more net yards than their opponent in all 15 games this year.
- With his eight points against the Chargers Saturday, Jason Hanson passed George Blanda and Matt Stover for No. 4 all-time (2,009 points).
- The Falcons haven’t rushed for 100 yards in five straight games; this mirrored their 2010 season, which ended with five straight sub-100 efforts on the ground.
- Michael Vick’s return to the lineup has come with one conspicuous change; he isn’t running. He averaged 59.4 yards and 7.2 carries before going out with an injury, but in the three games back he’s averaging 17 yards and 3.3 carries.
- After 28 kick returns of at least 40 yards in his first five seasons, Josh Cribbs has only three in the last two seasons.
- The Colts, Rams and Bucs don’t have a single top-10 rank in any of our Quality Stats.
- The Cowboys have only played five games against Quality Opponents, fewest in the league; they’re 1-4 in those games.
- Cam Newton is responsible for a lot of Carolina’s offensive improvement, but the Offensive Hogs have done more than their share; they were ranked No. 31 last year, and are all the way up to No. 2 this year.
- Jason McCourty leads all NFL cornerbacks with 96 tackles; brother Devin of New England is fifth with 82.
- Rookie RB Daniel Thomas of the Dolphins has the unpleasant distinction of having the most offensive touches (163) without a touchdown. The record: Marcel Shipp managed 258 touches without a score for Arizona in 2003.
- The Chiefs have only allowed 12 more first downs then they’ve gotten (275-263), but have been doubled up in touchdowns (38-19).
- Blaine Gabbert is struggling (64.3 rating), but has only committed 15 turnovers in his 13 starts (11 interceptions, four fumbles lost).
- Reggie Wayne needs 113 yards in Week 17 to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the eighth straight season. He hasn’t missed a game since 2001.
- Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson had an average of 18.4 PPG in stints with the Rams and Lions. With Tampa? 18.0 PPG.
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