NFL Teams Combined For Most Points Through Seven Weeks in NFL History

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 22, 2013



SO CLOSEIn Week 7, nine of 15 games were within seven points at some point during the fourth quarter. Through Week 7, 74 of 107 games (69.2 percent) have been within seven points in the fourth quarter, the most such games through the first seven weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within seven points at any time during the fourth quarter through Week 7:

 

SEASON

MOST GAMES WITHIN SEVEN POINTS IN FOURTH QUARTER

2013

74

2004

73

2007

71

1984

71

2011

70

1999

70

 

 

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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 107 games (27.1 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

107

29

27.1*

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SCORING HIGHSNFL teams have combined for 4,928 points in 2013, the most points through seven weeks in NFL history. The previous high was 4,803 points last season. 

 

That record total equates to 46.10 points per game. If the current average stays at this pace, it would rank as the second-highest of any season in history (1948, 46.48 points per game).

 

Teams have combined to score 542 touchdowns, the most at this point in NFL history (529 in 2002). Of the 542 touchdowns, 331 have been TD passes, the most through the first seven weeks of any season. The previous high was 314 in 2012.

 

 

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RETURN TO SENDER: 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 (31 in 2003).

 

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THANK DEVINChicago Bears return specialist DEVIN HESTER returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown against Washington. Hester now has 20 total return touchdowns, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS for the most return touchdowns in NFL history (including the postseason).

 

The players with the most return touchdowns in NFL history (including playoffs):

 

PLAYER

MOST RETURN TDs, NFL HISTORY

Devin Hester

20*

Deion Sanders

19

Rod Woodson

17

Rondé Barber

15

Aeneas Williams

15

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In his career, Hester has 18 combined kick-return touchdowns (13 punt, five kickoff), the most in NFL history.

 

PLAYER

PUNT-RETURN TDs

KICK-RETURN TDs

COMBINED KICK-RETURN TDs

Devin Hester

13

5

18*

Brian Mitchell

9

4

13

Dante Hall

6

6

12

Eric Metcalf

10

2

12

Joshua Cribbs

3

8

11*

                                                            * Active

 

Hester’s 13 career punt-return touchdowns are the most in NFL history.

 

PLAYER

PUNT-RETURN TDs

Devin Hester

13*

Eric Metcalf

10

Brian Mitchell

9

Jack Christiansen

8

Desmond Howard

8

Rick Upchurch

8

                                                                                                            * Active

 

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CHARGING RIVERSSan Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS completed 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) passes for 285 yards and a touchdown for a 125.2 passer rating in the Chargers’ win over Jacksonville. Rivers has completed 20+ passes while completing at least 80 percent of his pass attempts in three games this season, tying for the most such games in a season in NFL history (BRETT FAVRE in 2009; DREW BREES in 2011). 

 

Rivers (30,023) became the 37th player in NFL history to reach 30,000 career passing yards and reached the milestone in his 123rd game, the fifth fastest ever. 

 

The players to reach 30,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 30,000 CAREER PASS YARDS

Dan Marino

114

Kurt Warner

114

Peyton Manning

115

Drew Brees

120

Phillip Rivers

123


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