Turnaround Teams: 3 First Place Teams Finished Last In 2012

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Nov 12, 2013



 

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:

 

DIVISION

2012 CHAMPION

2013 LEADER(S) THROUGH WEEK 10

AFC East

New England

New England (7-2)

AFC North

Baltimore

Cincinnati (6-4)

AFC South

Houston

Indianapolis (6-3)

AFC West

Denver

Kansas City (9-0)

NFC East

Washington

Dallas (5-5), Philadelphia (5-5)

NFC North

Green Bay

Detroit (6-3)

NFC South

Atlanta

New Orleans (7-2)

NFC West

San Francisco

Seattle (9-1)

 

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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:

 

TEAM

2012 RECORD

2013 RECORD

Detroit

4-12

6-3

Kansas City

2-14

9-0

Philadelphia

4-12

5-5

Arizona

5-11

5-4

New Orleans

7-9

7-2

 

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PASSING FANCYNFL 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:

 

YEAR

PASSER RATING

 

YEAR

PASSING YARDS

PER GAME

 

YEAR

TD PASSES

PER GAME

2013

86.5*

 

2013

479.1*

 

1948

3.27

2012

85.6

 

2012

462.6

 

1963

3.21

2011

84.3

 

2011

459.4

 

2013

3.14*

2010

84.1

 

2010

443.1

 

1947

3.13

2008

83.2

 

1995

441.6

 

1962

3.09

* Through Week 10; one game left to play

 

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MEGATRONDetroit 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:

 

PLAYER

RECEIVING YARDS

Lance Alworth

9,019

Calvin Johnson

8,740

Randy Moss

8,680

Torry Holt

8,598

Jerry Rice

8,488 


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