NFL Passing Game 2013: Higher Passer Rating, High Yards Per Attempt & More Pick-6's

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 21, 2013



Week 7 A LOOK BACK 
By NFL Media Services

 

PLAY 60There have been many memorable comeback victories in the NFL so far this season – and it’s only October. Through the first seven weeks, 29 of 106 games (27.4 percent) have been decided by a fourth-quarter comeback victory. That puts the 2013 season on pace for the second-highest percentage of games with a fourth-quarter comeback victory since 1970.

 

The seasons with the highest percentage of fourth-quarter comeback wins since 1970:

 

SEASON

GAMES

FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACKS

PERCENTAGE

1989

224

70

31.3

2001

248

67

27.0

1982

126

33

26.2

2008

256

67

26.2

1999

248

64

25.8

 

 

 

 

2013

106

29

27.4*

                                                                               * Through Week 7

 

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PASSING FANCYQuarterbacks have been historically efficient through Week 7 of the 2013 season, combining for a league-wide passer rating of 87.1 and a completion percentage of 61.6. Both are on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history and would surpass records set in 2012 (85.6 passer rating) and 2007 (61.2 completion percentage), respectively.

 

The league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average, currently at 7.29, is also on pace to be the highest of any season in the Super Bowl era.

 

The seasons with the highest league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average in the Super Bowl era (since 1966):

 

SEASON

YARDS/PASS ATTEMPT

2011

7.20

1983

7.18

1989

7.15

1984

7.14

2012

7.08

 

2013*

7.29

* Through Week 7

 

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LUCKY 7:  Kansas City newcomer ALEX SMITH has led the Chiefs to a 7-0 start following a 17-16 victory over Houston. With the win, Smith tied DIETER BROCK of the 1985 Los Angeles Rams for the most consecutive wins to start a season in a quarterback’s first year with a team since 1970.

 

The most consecutive wins to start a season in a quarterback’s first year with a team since 1970:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS TO START A SEASON

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

2013

7*

Dieter Brock

Los Angeles Rams

1985

7

Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings

2009

6

John Hadl

Los Angeles Rams

1973

6

Craig Morton

Denver Broncos

1977

6

Kyle Orton

Denver Broncos

2009

6

* Active streak

 

 

 

 

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNF: One more note to keep in mind for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Vikings and Giants…

 

RETURN TO SENDER: So far in Week 7, five teams – Buffalo, Carolina, Miami, New England and the New York Jets – all had interception-return touchdowns, contributing to a league-wide total of 30 this season, the second-most interception-return touchdowns through seven weeks since 1970.

 

With two more interception-return touchdowns on Monday night, 2013 would surpass 2003 for the most interception-return touchdowns through the first seven weeks of a season.

 

The most interceptions returned for a touchdown through week 7 (since 1970):

 

SEASON

INT-RETURN TDS THROUGH FIRST SEVEN WEEKS

2003

31

2013

30*

2012

29

1984

28

1983

26

2002

25

* One game remaining in Week 7

 

   

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