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Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 02, 2013



WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 5

 

STILL IN THE MIXHistory 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, 23 teams have rebounded from a losing record after four weeks to qualify for the postseason. 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

 

-- NFL --

 

UNBEATEN: Five teams – DENVERKANSAS CITYNEW ENGLANDNEW ORLEANS and SEATTLE – enter Week 5 without a loss. A win by all five teams on Sunday, would tie for the most teams to start 5-0 in a single season in NFL history. Five teams started 5-0 in 2009 (Denver, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New Orleans and the New York Giants).

-- NFL --

 

MANNING ON THE MARK:  Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING has 16 touchdown passes, the most through the first four games of a season in NFL history. With three touchdowns passes on Sunday against the Cowboys, Manning will set the record for the most TD passes through the first five games of a season in NFL history.

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

MOST TD PASSES IN FIRST 5 GAMES

Daunte Culpepper

Minnesota Vikings

2004

18

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers

1996

16

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

2007

16

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

2013

16*

Many tied

 

 

15

Additionally, with one touchdown pass and no interceptions, Manning will surpass MILT PLUM for the most consecutive touchdown passes without an interception to start a season in NFL history.

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

CONSECUTIVE TD PASSES W/OUT INT TO START SEASON

Milt Plum

Cleveland Browns

1960

16

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

2013

16*

Don Meredith

Dallas Cowboys

1966

14

Randall Cunningham

Minnesota Vikings

1998

14

*Active

 

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

BELICHICK-BRADY CLIMBING CHARTS:  Last week, New England head coach BILL BELICHICK registered his 209th career win (including postseason) in the Patriots’ 30-23 victory at Atlanta.

 

With a win on Sunday at Cincinnati, Belichick can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL (209) for the fifth-most victories all-time among head coaches.

 

The most career wins all-time among NFL head coaches (including postseason):

 

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

W-L-T

WIN PCT.

Don Shula

Colts, Dolphins

347-173-6

.666

George Halas

Bears

324-151-31

.682

Tom Landry

Cowboys

270-178-6

.603

Curly Lambeau

Packers, Cardinals, Redskins

229-134-22

.631

Chuck Noll

Steelers

209-156-1

.572

Bill Belichick

Browns, Patriots

209-109-0

.657

 

Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY has 341 career touchdown passes. With two touchdown passes on Sunday, Brady will pass Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback FRAN TARKENTON (342) for the fourth-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

 

The quarterbacks with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:

 

MOST CAREER TD PASSES

Brett Favre

508

Peyton Manning

452*

Dan Marino

420

Fran Tarkenton

342

Tom Brady

341*

*Active

 

 

-- NFL --

 

J&J: New Orleans tight end JIMMY GRAHAM is tied for the NFL lead with six touchdown receptions in 2013 (WES WELKER, six) and ranks first among tight ends. With one touchdown catch on Sunday at Chicago, Graham can tie Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end MIKE DITKA (seven) and Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES (seven) for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end through a team’s first five games of a season in NFL history.

 

Cleveland tight end JORDAN CAMERON is tied for third in the NFL and ranks second among tight ends with five touchdown receptions this season. With two TD catches on Thursday Night Football against Buffalo, Cameron can tie for the most by a tight end through a team’s first five games of a season in NFL history.

 

The most touchdown receptions by a tight end through his team’s first five games of a season in NFL history:

 

TIGHT END

TEAM

YEAR

TD REC. THROUGH FIRST 5 GAMES

Mike Ditka

Chicago Bears

1963

7

Antonio Gates

San Diego Chargers

2010

7

Wesley Walls

Carolina Panthers

1999

6

Jimmy Graham

New Orleans Saints

2013

6*

Many tied**

 

 

5

                                                                        

*Through four games

**Including Cleveland’s Jordan Cameron through four games

 

-- NFL --

 

LIONS ROAR:  Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD will play in his 50th career game on Sunday at Green Bay. Stafford has totaled 14,069 career passing yards (49 games), the most passing yards in NFL history through a player’s first 50 games.

 

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards through their first 50 career games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST 50 GAMES

Matthew Stafford

14,069*

Kurt Warner

13,864

Marc Bulger

13,551

Dan Marino

13,514

Peyton Manning

12,939

*Through 49 games

 

                                  

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft has 87 career touchdown passes. With three touchdown passes on Sunday, Stafford can become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach 90 career TD passes in the first 50 games of a career.

 

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through their first 50 games of a career in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TD PASSES THROUGH FIRST 50 GAMES

Dan Marino

114

Kurt Warner

101

Peyton Manning

91

Johnny Unitas

91

Carson Palmer

90

 

 

Matthew Stafford

87*

*Through 49 games

 

 


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