TheSTN – NFL: What To Look For – Week 11

HOPE IS ALIVE: Since the current playoff format was instituted in 1990, 16 clubs with a losing record after nine games have made the playoffs. 

Most recently in 2011, the Denver Broncos had a 4-5 record through nine games before clinching the AFC West title and advancing to the Divisional Playoffs against the New England Patriots.

The 16 clubs to qualify for the playoffs since 1990 with a sub-.500 record through nine games:

YEAR TEAM RECORD AFTER NINE GAMES

FINAL RECORD

ADVANCED TO
1990 Houston Oilers

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card
1990 New Orleans

4-5

8-8

 

Wild Card
1992 San Diego

4-5

11-5

 

Divisional
1994 Detroit

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card
1994 New England

3-6

10-6

 

Wild Card
1995 Detroit

3-6

10-6

 

Wild Card
1995 San Diego

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card
1996 Jacksonville

3-6

9-7

 

AFC Championship
1997 Detroit

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card
2001 Tampa Bay

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card
2002 Cleveland

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card
2002 NY Jets

4-5

9-7

 

Divisional
2003 Green Bay

4-5

10-6

 

Divisional
2008 San Diego

4-5

8-8

 

Divisional
2009 NY Jets

4-5

9-7

 

AFC Championship
2011 Denver

4-5

8-8

 

Divisional

MANNING MOVING UPDenver quarterback PEYTON MANNING ranks second in the AFC with 2,705 passing yards this season. With 295 passing yards on Sunday against San Diego, Manning would register his 14th season with at least 3,000 passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the second-most such seasons in NFL history. BRETT FAVRE holds the record with 18 seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards.

The players with the most seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards:

PLAYER TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 3,000 PASSING YARDS

Brett Favre Green Bay, N.Y. Jets, Minnesota

18

Dan Marino Miami

13

Peyton Manning* Indianapolis, Denver

13

John Elway Denver

12

                                               *Active                          

SOUTHERN COMFORT: MATT RYAN and the Atlanta Falcons will host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and aim to improve to 5-0 at the Georgia Dome this season. Since entering the NFL in 2008, Ryan has a 30-4 (.882) career regular-season record at home, the best home winning percentage of any NFL quarterback who began their career in the Super Bowl era (minimum 25 starts).

The best records at home among quarterbacks who began their career in the Super Bowl era (minimum 25 starts):

PLAYER

HOME RECORD

WIN PCT.

Matt Ryan*

30-4

.882

Joe Flacco*

32-5

.865

Tom Brady*

72-12

.857

Terry Bradshaw

67-12

.848

Roger Staubach

49-10

.831

*Active

 

 

HEATING UP: Three active quarterbacks – the Dallas Cowboys’ TONY ROMO (20-3, .870), New England’s TOM BRADY (31-10, .756) and Baltimore’s JOE FLACCO (15-5, .750) – are among the best in November and look to improve their winning percentages in the month among starting quarterbacks (minimum 20 starts) in the Super Bowl era.

Romo, who ranks first overall among the group, and the Cowboys will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Brady’s (.756) and Flacco’s (.750) November winning percentages are currently fourth and fifth, respectively. Brady and the Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Flacco will aim to improve his November mark against the divisional rival, Pittsburgh Steelers.

The quarterbacks with the best records in November in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts):

PLAYER

RECORD IN NOVEMBER

WIN PCT.

Tony Romo*

20-3

.870

Daryle Lamonica

19-4-2

.826

Jim McMahon

18-5

.783

Tom Brady*

31-10

.756

Joe Flacco*

15-5

.750

*Active

 

 

        Note: Ties prior to 1972 did not count in winning percentage.

MILLER TIME: Denver linebacker VON MILLER has 21.5 sacks and will play in his 25th career game on Sunday against San Diego.

With two sacks this weekend, Miller can tie 49ers linebacker ALDON SMITH (23.5), who played in his 25th game last week, for the second-most sacks through a player’s first 25 games since 1982. Miller’s 21.5 sacks are currently tied with CLAY MATTHEWS (21.5) for the fourth-most sacks through a player’s first 25 games.

The players with the most sacks in their first 25 games since sacks became an official statistic in 1982:

PLAYER TEAM

YEARS

SACKS

Derrick Thomas Kansas City

1989-1990

25

Aldon Smith San Francisco

2011-2012

23.5

Shawne Merriman San Diego

2005-2006

22.5

Clay Matthews Green Bay

2009-2010

21.5

Von Miller Denver

2011-2012

21.5*

*Through 24 games  

 

 

YOUNG BUC: Tampa Bay rookie running back DOUG MARTIN has totaled 858 scrimmage yards in his past five games, the most by a rookie in a five-game span since EDGERRIN JAMES (914) in 1999.

With 142 scrimmage yards on Sunday at Carolina, Martin would join Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON and James as the only rookies in NFL history to total 1,000 scrimmage yards in a six-game span.

The most scrimmage yards by a rookie in a six-game span:

PLAYER

YEAR

MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIE IN SIX-GAME SPAN

Eric Dickerson

1983

1,066

Edgerrin James

1999

1,045

Eric Dickerson

1983

1,016

Edgerrin James

1999

1,003

LEADER OF THE PACKGreen Bay Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS (19,749) needs 251 passing yards on Sunday at Detroit to reach 20,000 career passing yards. Rodgers will appear in his 79th career game Sunday and can reach 20,000 career passing yards in the fourth-fewest games in NFL history.

The fewest games to reach 20,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

GAMES

Dan Marino

74

Kurt Warner

76

Peyton Manning

78

Aaron Rodgers

79*

                                                                       *Rodgers will appear in his 79th game this week

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