Daily Archives: July 22nd, 2013

99 Stats Until Kickoff (#54) Redskins’ ‘score-from-anywhere-on-the-field’ offense leads team into 2012 playoffs

From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)

Redskins primary logo 1972-1981, 1983-present

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One of the factors that led to the Washington Redskins 10-6 record last season had to be the Redskins offense having the capability to score from anywhere on the field. Washington tied with the St. Louis Rams for the lead in the NFL last year with eight TDs of 50 yards or more from scrimmage (Cincinnati was second with six; Jacksonville, Tennessee, Oakland and Tampa Bay each had five).

Receivers Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon each scored two TDs from 50 yards or more in 2012.

Those eight TDs of 50 yards or more were more than half of the Redskins’ total from the last five seasons (they had only six such TDs going into the ’12 campaign). The Green Bay Packers since 2008 lead the league with 26 touchdowns scored from scrimmage of 50-plus yards.

Following are the number of offensive scoring plays from 50 yards or more scored by each team in the last five seasons (2008-12).

Scores of 50-plus yards (2008-12), teams
26: Green Bay
25: Dallas
24: Tennessee
21: Oakland
20: Philadelphia
18: Carolina, St. Louis
17: New York Giants
16: Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minnesota
15: Baltimore, New England, Pittsburgh
14: Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Washington
13: Jacksonville, San Diego
12: Arizona, Miami, Tampa Bay
11: San Francisco
10: Denver, Kansas City, New York Jets
9: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Seattle
8: Chicago, Cleveland

Fourteen different players have scored six or more TDs from the opponents’ side of the field in the last five seasons. Leading the way is Tennessee’s Chris Johnson who has 13 TDs of 50-plus yards since 2008. Here are the players with the most 50-plus yard touchdowns (from scrimmage) in the last five NFL seasons.

13: Chris Johnson (Tennessee)
11: DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia)
9: Calvin Johnson (Detoit); Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh)
8: Deangelo Williams (Carolina); Adrian Peterson (Minnesota)
7: Miles Austin (Dallas); Jordy Nelson (Green Bay); Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis/Washington); Victor Cruz (N.Y. Giants)
6: Greg Jennings (Green Bay); Jamaal Charles (Kansas City); Santana Moss (Washington); Terrell Owens (Cincinnati/Buffalo/Dallas)

“99 Stats Before Kickoff” (Stats you need to know before the start of the 2013 NFL season) is available from e-book publisher Smashwords. Go to www.smashwords.com to download a copy, including a pdf version which can be viewed on your home computer. Cost is $2.99

99 Stats Until Kickoff (#53) How many points does it take to win a playoff game?

From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)

The Green Bay Packers at the San Francisco 49e...

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Looking at the 444 playoff games that have been played in the Super Bowl era (since 1966), here is a breakdown of win-loss records when teams scored a certain range of points.

Points, Record

0-9 points 3-107 .027

10-19 points 63-205 .235

20-29 points 192-112 .632

30-39 points 134-19 .876

40-49 points 43-1 .977

50 points or more 9-0 1.000

Here’s a few more stats:

* The most frequent score in the playoffs has been 17 points, which has happened in 69 of the 444 playoff games since 1966.

* Teams that scored 25 or more points in a playoff game since 1966 have won 263 and lost 49 (a .843 winning percentage).

* Teams were 66-312 (.175) when they scored under 20 points in a playoff game since ’66.

* Teams that scored 25-plus points in the 2012 playoffs were 7-5; teams that scored under 20 points were 1-5.

* Most points scored in a playoff game (since 1966) to lose a game is 45. Green Bay Packers’ fans will remember that loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2009 playoffs.

* Three teams that scored 30 or more points in last year’s postseason lost games: Denver, Green Bay and San Francisco (in the Super Bowl). This was only the second time in an NFL playoff season that three teams that scored 30-plus points in a game lost that contest. The first time was this happened was during the 2002 postseason.

“99 Stats Before Kickoff” (Stats you need to know before the start of the 2013 NFL season) is available from e-book publisher Smashwords. Go to www.smashwords.com to download a copy, including a pdf version which can be viewed on your home computer. Cost is $2.99