Turnaround Teams: 3 First Place Teams Finished Last In 2012
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 are currently in first place in their respective divisions finished in last place or tied for last in 2012 – Detroit (6-3, NFC North), Kansas City (9-0, AFC West) and New Orleans (7-2, 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 10 with Monday Night Football still to be played:
2013 LEADER(S) THROUGH WEEK 10
New England (7-2)
Kansas City (9-0)
Dallas (5-5), Philadelphia (5-5)
New Orleans (7-2)
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TURNAROUND TEAMS II: In Week 10, the ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-4) defeated Houston 27-24 and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-2) earned a 49-17 victory over Dallas. Arizona (5-11 in 2012) and New Orleans (7-9 in 2012) each matched their 2012 win totals and joined Detroit (6-3; 4-12 in 2012), Kansas City (9-0; 2-14 in 2012) and Philadelphia (5-5; 4-12 in 2012) as the teams to accomplish the feat this season.
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 had byes this week, can also join the list.
The teams that have matched or exceeded their 2012 win totals:
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PASSING FANCY: NFL passers have been historically prolific and proficient in 2013. At the season’s midpoint, games are averaging 479.1 passing yards per game, on pace to be the most of any season in NFL history (462.6 in 2012).
The league-wide 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 (3.14) 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:
* Through Week 10; one game left to play
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MEGATRON: Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON had six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 21-19 win at Chicago. Johnson, playing in his 100th career game, has 8,740 career receiving yards, the second-most in NFL history in a player’s first 100 games. He passed RANDY MOSS (8,680) today and only trails Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (9,019).
The players with the most receiving yards through their first 100 career games:
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