TheSTN – NFL: What To Look For – A Look Back At Week 11

HEATING UP: Three active quarterbacks – the Dallas Cowboys’ TONY ROMO (21-3, .875), New England’s TOM BRADY (32-10, .762) and Baltimore’s JOE FLACCO (16-5, .762) – are among the best in November and improved 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, led the Cowboys to a 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns. Brady’s (.762) and Flacco’s (.762) November winning percentages are currently tied for fourth. Brady and the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 59-24 on Sunday. Flacco improved his November mark with a 13-10 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

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

PLAYER

RECORD IN NOVEMBER

WIN PCT.

Tony Romo*

21-3

.875

Daryle Lamonica

19-4-2

.826

Jim McMahon

18-5

.783

Tom Brady*

32-10

.762

Joe Flacco*

16-5

.762

*Active

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

MILLER TIME: Denver linebacker VON MILLER had three sacks in the Broncos’ 30-23 win over San Diego. Miller now has 24.5 career sacks, the second-most sacks through a player’s first 25 games since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (25) has more 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

Von Miller Denver

2011-2012

24.5

Aldon Smith San Francisco

2011-2012

23.5

Shawne Merriman San Diego

2005-2006

22.5

Clay Matthews Green Bay

2009-2010

21.5

SOUTHERN COMFORT: MATT RYAN and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 23-19 on Sunday and improved to 5-0 at the Georgia Dome this season. Since entering the NFL in 2008, Ryan has a 31-4 (.886) 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*

31-4

.886

Joe Flacco*

32-5

.865

Tom Brady*

73-12

.859

Terry Bradshaw

67-12

.848

Roger Staubach

49-10

.831

*Active

YOUNG BUC: Tampa Bay rookie running back DOUG MARTIN rushed for 138 yards and had four catches for 23 yards in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 overtime win at Carolina.

Martin has gained 1,019 scrimmage yards in his past six games and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1983) and EDGERRIN JAMES (1999) as the only rookies in NFL history to gain at least 1,000 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

Doug Martin

2012

1,019

Eric Dickerson

1983

1,016

Edgerrin James

1999

1,003

 

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