TheSTN – NFL: What To Look For… A Look Back

PATRIOT WAY: New England amassed 381 total net yards in its 29-26 overtime victory against the Jets yesterday. The Patriots have posted at least 350 total net yards in 16 consecutive games, tying the St. Louis Rams (1999-2000) for the longest such streak in NFL annals.

New England currently leads the NFL in total offense with 436.1 yards per game in 2012.

The teams with the most consecutive games with 350+ total net yards in NFL history:

TEAM YEARS CONSECUTIVE 350-YARD GAMES
New England Patriots 2011-2012

16*

St. Louis Rams 1999-2000

16

San Diego Chargers 1982-1983

14

Indianapolis Colts 2008-2009

13

San Diego Chargers 1981-1982

13

* Active streak  

 

PROLIFIC PASSERNew Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 377 yards with four touchdowns in the Saints’ 35-28 win at Tampa Bay. Brees has 16 career games with four+ touchdown passes and 300+ passing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the most in NFL history.

Brees registered his 62nd 300-yard passing game of his career, tying BRETT FAVRE (62) for the third-most 300-yard passing games in NFL history. Denver’s PEYTON MANNING (67 games) holds the record, while Marino (63) has the second-most all-time.

The players with the most 300-yard passing games in NFL history:

PLAYER 300-YARD GAMES
Peyton Manning*

67

Dan Marino

63

Drew Brees*

62

Brett Favre

62

Kurt Warner

52

* Active  

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNF:  Two more notes to keep in mind for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Lions and Bears…

PASSING FANCYQuarterbacks have been historically efficient to this point of the 2012 season, combining for a league-wide passer rating of 86.5 and a completion percentage of 61.9. With one game still to be played in Week 7, both are on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history and would surpass records set in 2011 (84.3 passer rating) and 2007 (61.2 completion percentage), respectively.

The league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average, currently at 7.23, is also on pace to be the highest of any season in the Super Bowl era.

The seasons with the highest league-wide yard-per-pass attempt average in the Super Bowl era (since 1966):

SEASON YARDS/PASS ATTEMPT

2011

7.20

1983

7.18

1989

7.15

1984

7.14

2004

7.05

 

2012*

7.23

* 1 game remaining in Week 7

WHAT A KICKIn the interest of player health and safety, the spot of the kickoff was moved up five yards from the 30- to the 35-yard line prior to the 2011 season. But there has been plenty of excitement on kickoffs since.

With one game still to play in Week 7, the league-wide kickoff-return average of 24.9 yards is on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history, which would eclipse the previous record set last season (23.8).

New England’s DEVIN MC COURTY helped buoy the average with a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Patriots’ 29-26 overtime win against the Jets yesterday.

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