TheSTN – NFL: What To Look For… Week 4

FINE FINISHES: Close games have been a staple of the 2012 season as 28 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, tied with 1988 for the most such games through a season’s first three weeks.

If 10 games in Week 4 are decided by eight points or fewer, it will mark the most such games through the first four weeks of a season in NFL history. 

The most games decided by eight points or fewer in a season’s first three weeks and four weeks:

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER

 

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER

SEASON

THROUGH THREE WEEKS  

SEASON

THROUGH FOUR WEEKS

2012

28

 

2011

37

1988

28

 

1988

37

2011

27

 

2010

36

2010

27

 

1999

35

Five tied

25

 

Two tied

33

IT’S STILL EARLYIn the first three weeks of 2012, 30 of the 32 clubs (93.8 percent) earned one or more wins, including 27 (84.4 percent) which own a 2-1 or 1-2 record. Both are the highest such totals in a season through three games since realignment in 2002.

The 30 teams with at least one victory through Week 3 tie 2005 (30 teams) for the most through four games since realignment in 2002. If CLEVELAND (at Baltimore on Thursday Night Football) or NEW ORLEANS(at Green Bay) wins this week, 2012 will have the most teams with one or more victories through four games since realignment. 

The most teams to win one or more games through three games and four games in a season since 2002:

YEAR

TEAMS WITH ONE OR MORE WINS

THROUGH THREE GAMES

 

YEAR

TEAMS WITH ONE OR MORE WINS

THROUGH FOUR GAMES

2012

30

 

2012

30*

2005

28

 

2005

30

Five tied

27

 

Three tied

29

 

 

 

*Through three games

PERSISTENT PASSERS: Last week, New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES recorded his 46th consecutive game with at least one touchdown pass, while New England quarterback TOM BRADY extended his streak to 35 games. 

With one touchdown pass at Green Bay, Brees can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brady can tie BRETT FAVRE (36) for the third-longest such streak when the Patriots travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. 

The quarterbacks to throw one or more touchdown passes in the most consecutive games:

 

PLAYER TEAM DATES CONSEC. GAMES W/ TD PASS
Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts 12/9/1956-12/4/1960

47

Drew Brees New Orleans 10/18/2009-present

46*

Brett Favre Green Bay 11/4/2002-11/29-2004

36

Tom Brady New England 9/12/2010-present

35*

Dan Marino Miami 11/10/1985-11/22/1987

30

*Active streak      

SCORES GALORE: NFL teams scored 731 points in Week 3 to bring the season total to 2,287 points, the most scored in any three-week span of an NFL season. Teams combined to score more than 725 points in three consecutive weeks (791, Week 1; 765, Week 2) for the second time in NFL history (Weeks 10-12, 2010) and the first time to begin a season.

With 675 points in Week 4, the 2012 season will feature the most points of any four-week period in NFL history. The current record is 2,961 in 2004 (Weeks 12-15).

If 725 points or more are scored, it will be the first time the mark is reached in four consecutive weeks.

The most points scored in four consecutive weeks and through the first four weeks of an NFL season:

SEASON

WEEKS

TOTAL POINTS

 

FIRST FOUR WEEKS

TOTAL POINTS

2004

Weeks 12-15

2,961

 

2011

2,916

2011

Weeks 14-17

2,931

 

2002

2,719

2011

Weeks 1-4

2,916

 

2008

2,712

2007

Weeks 11-14

2,899

 

2009

2,628

2004

Weeks 13-16

2,894

 

2007

2,622

TOP CARDS: Sparked by the team’s best start (3-0) since 1974 (7-0), ARIZONA can become the ninth NFL franchise to reach 500 regular-season wins with a victory against Miami on Sunday

The Cardinals, who have won 10 of their past 12 games, can also reach 4-0 after starting the 2011 season 1-3. With the win, Arizona would become the 11th club in the past nine years to start a season 4-0 after beginning 1-3 or 0-4 the previous year. Nine of those 10 teams qualified for the playoffs.

Teams in the past nine years to start a season 4-0 after a 1-3 or 0-4 start the previous year:

YEAR

TEAM

PREVIOUS YEAR

SEASON RESULT

2004

Atlanta

1-3

Advanced to Conference Championship

2004

N.Y. Jets

0-4

Advanced to Divisional Playoffs

2005

Cincinnati

1-3

Advanced to Wild Card

2005

Tampa Bay

0-4

Advanced to Wild Card

2006

Baltimore

1-3

Advanced to Divisional Playoffs

2006

Chicago

1-3

Advanced to Super Bowl XLI

2007

Green Bay

1-3

Advanced to Conference Championship

2008

Buffalo

1-3

Advanced to Playoffs

2009

Minnesota

1-3

Advanced to Conference Championship

2011

Detroit

0-4

Advanced to Wild Card

2012

Arizona*

1-3

???
*3-0 in 2012

 

 

CHARGING CHARLES: Kansas City running back JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown (91 yards) in the Chiefs’ 27-24 overtime win at New Orleans. Charles, who rushed for 259 yards on January 3, 2010, has two career games with at least 230 rushing yards. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (three) has more.

Charles followed his first 230-yard rushing game with 92 rushing yards and one touchdown against San Diego in the 2010 season opener. In this week’s game against the Chargers, he looks to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. SIMPSON (203 rushing yards) for the most rushing yards following a 230-yard performance.

The players with the most rushing yards following a 230+ yard game:

PLAYER, TEAM GAME 1 OPP.

RUSH YDS.

TDs

GAME 2 TEAM

RUSH YDS.

TDs

O.J. Simpson, Buf. 11/25/1976 Det.

273

2

12/5/1976 Mia.

203

1

Jerome Harrison, Cle. 12/20/2009 KC

286

3

12/27/2009 Oak.

148

1

Corey Dillon, Cin. 10/22/2000 Den.

278

2

10/29/2000 Cle.

137

1

Walter Payton, Chi. 11/20/1977 Min.

275

1

11/24/1977 Det.

137

1

Jamal Lewis, Bal. 9/14/2003 Cle.

295

2

9/21/2003 SD

132

1

Mike Anderson, Den. 12/3/2000 NO

251

4

12/10/2000 Sea.

131

2

Corey Dillon, Cin. 12/4/1997 Ten.

246

4

12/14/1997 Dal.

127

1

     

   

Jamaal Charles 9/23/2012 NO

233

1

9/30/2012 SD

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