Daily Archives: October 2nd, 2014

Bonus stats from Week 4 of the NFL

49ers-Eagles

Here’s a few leftover stats that I didn’t get a chance to share from last week’s NFL games (Week 4).

* The Philadelphia Eagles lost to San Francisco 26-21. What was unique about that game was that the Eagles scored 21 points but none of their points came from their the offensive unit. Their scores came on a blocked punt return for TD, an interception returned for TD, and a punt return for TD.

The most points scored by a team that did not score a TD via a run or pass play is 30 points. It happened twice, once by Arizona and once by the Bears. Here’s a look at the teams that scored the most points in an NFL game without a rushing or passing TD.

30: Arizona (October 10, 2010) The Cardinals won 30-20 over New Orleans. The Cardinals scored on two fumbles returned for TD, one interception for TD, and three field goals.

30: Chicago (December 5, 1993) The Bears won 30-17 over Green Bay. The Bears scored on two interceptions returned for TD, one fumble returned for TD, and three field goals.

29: Seattle (September 26, 1999) The Seahawks won 29-10 over Pittsburgh. The Seahawks scored on an interception return for TD, a punt return for TD, and five field goals.

26: Baltimore (October 12, 2003) The Ravens won 26-18 over Arizona. The Ravens scored on a blocked punt return for TD, an interception return for TD, and four field goals.

26: L.A. Rams (December 18, 1983) The Rams won 26-24 over New Orleans. The Rams scored on two interceptions returned for TD, one punt return for TD, a safety, and a field goal.

26: Green Bay (November 8, 1981) The Packers won 26-21 over the New York Giants. The Packers scored on an interception return for TD, a punt return for TD, and four field goals.

* Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdown receptions last week as he faced his former team the Carolina Panthers. The 35-year old Smith has had three 100-yard receiving games in the first four games of this season. He became the 28th player in NFL history to gain 100 or more yards receiving in a game at the age of 35 or older.

Here’s a look at the players 35 years old and older who have the most 100-yard receiving games.

16: Jerry Rice
7: Charlie Joiner, Jimmy Smith
6: Tim Brown
5: Irving Fryar, Joey Galloway, James Lofton, Terrell Owens
4: Tony Gonzalez, Don Maynard
3: Henry Ellard, Drew Hill, Derrick Mason, Steve Smith

* Speaking of receivers with 100 or more yards in a game, the Green Bay Packers had two last week, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Nelson had 10 catches for 108 yards; Cobb had seven receptions for 113 yards. Both scored two TDs.

It was only the second time since 1966 (Super Bowl era) that two Packers receivers both had 100-yard receiving games and two TD receptions in the same game. It happened on December 21, 1969 against St. Louis when Carroll Dale (195 yards) and Boyd Dowler (102) yards also had two TDs apiece.

It was also the 20th time since 1966 that the Packers had two receivers with 100 yards in a game (regular season and playoffs). The Packers are now 13-6-1 in such games.

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The 2014 fall of the Boston Red Sox

Red Sox collapse

No team was happier to see the 2014 MLB season end than the Boston Red Sox. Last year’s World Series champs this season struggled for most of the year and finished 71-91 (.438 winning percentage) 25 games behind the division-winning Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox also finished in last place in the A.L. East.

If that wasn’t enough, there are a few other stats that help define the Boston collapse:

* Their .438 winning percentage after winning the World Series the previous year was the second worst following season after a World Series title in baseball history. Only the Florida Marlins had a worse drop after a world championship; in 1997 the Marlins won the World Series… the following year they were 54-108 (a .333 winning percentage). That’s the worst drop in winning percentage for a team winning the World Series one year to the next.

* The Red Sox became only the fifth team in MLB history to play under .500 one season, win the World Series the following season, and then finish under .500 the year after winning the title. The others:

L.A. Dodgers: 1987 (.451); won title in 1988; 1989 (.481)

Cincinnati: 1989 (.463); won title in 1990; 1991 (.457)

Florida: 1996 (.494); won title in 1997; 1998 (.333)

Anaheim: 2001 (.463); won title in 2002; 2003 (.475)

The 2012 Red Sox had a .426 winning percentage; they won the title in 2013; their winning percentage in 2014 was .438.

* Boston had the biggest differential in wins from 2013 to 2014. The Red Sox dropped 26 wins… from 97 in 2013 to 71 in 2014. The biggest gain in victories? The L.A. Angels with a +20; they went from 78 wins in 2013 to 98 this past season.

Here’s a look at the teams with the biggest gains (and drops) in wins from 2013 to 2014. (Notice how the top three spots in the biggest gainers are all A.L. West teams.)

Biggest gainers
L.A. Angels +20 (78 to 98)
Houston +19 (51 to 70)
Seattle +16 (71 to 87)
Miami +15 (62 to 77)
San Francisco +12 (76 to 88)
Baltimore +11 (85 to 96)
Chicago White Sox +10 63 to 73)
Washington +10 (86 to 96)

Biggest drops in wins
Boston -26 (97 to 71)
Texas -24 (91 to 67)
Atlanta -17 (96 to 79)
Arizona -17 (81 to 64)
Tampa Bay -15 (92 to 77)
Cincinnati -14 (90 to 76)

Note: Of the 30 MLB teams, 16 improved their win total in 2014 from 2013, one (Philadelphia) had the same win total in 2013 and 2014, and 13 saw a drop in victories from 2013 to 2014. Fourteen of the 30 MLB teams saw a change of at least 10 wins (more wins or fewer wins) from 2013 to 2014.

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