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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).
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
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)
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