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Five stats you may not know about the Denver-Dallas shootout

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Tony Romo (en) at a Dallas Cowboys (en) preseason.

Tony Romo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys combined for 99 points and over a 1,000 total net yards in Denver’s 51-48 win over Dallas on Sunday. Dallas QB Tony Romo broke the team record for most passing yards (506), and Romo and opposing QB Peyton Manning combined for 920 passing yards and nine passing TDs.

Here’s a look at a few more stats of interest that you may not know from yesterday’s shootout.

1. With their 51 points, the Broncos became the 203rd team to score 50-plus in a professional game since 1940. Their three-point victory tied for the smallest margin of victory for a team scoring 50 or more points. On December 22, 1963, Oakland defeated Houston 52-49; twenty years later, the Seahawks scored 51 in a 51-48 win over Kansas City on November 27, 1983.

2. The Cowboys became the ninth team in NFL history to score 45 or more points in a game and lose. The aforementioned Houston Oilers hold the record for most points scored in a loss with 49. The teams that scored the most points in a loss:
49: Houston (12/22/63)
48: Kansas City (11/27/83); Cleveland (11/28/2004); Dallas (10/6/2013)
47: Washington (10/17/83)
45: Denver (11/22/62); Miami (9/21/86); Cincinnati (9/16/2007); Green Bay (1/10/10)

3. Romo became the 15th QB to throw five or more TD passes in a game and lose. Three players have tossed six TD passes in a losing cause: Charley Johnson (St. Louis 11/2/69); Dan Marino (Miami 9/21/86) and Carson Palmer (Cincinnati 9/16/2007). Teams are 148-15 in games their QB has five or more TD passes, a .908 winning percentage.

4. Romo also became the seventh QB to pass for 500 or more yards in a losing cause. Dan Marino holds the record with 521 yards passing in the Dolphins’ October 23, 1988 loss to the New York Jets. Those QBs with 500 or more passing yards in a loss:
521: Dan Marino (Miami, 10/23/88)
520: Matthew Stafford (Detroit, 1/1/2012)
513: Phil Simms (NYGiants, 10/13/85)
510: Drew Brees (New Orleans, 11/19/2006)
509: Vince Ferragamo (LARams, 12/26/82)
506: Tony Romo (Dallas, 10/6/2013)
504: Elvis Grbac (Kansas City, 11/5/2000)

5. Yesterday’s game was the 11th game in history where opposing quarterbacks each passed for more than 400 yards (Romo had 506, Manning 414). It was also the second time it happened this season: Philip Rivers (419) and Michael Vick (428) each eclipsed the 400-yard mark in the Chargers-Eagles game on September 15. Here are the 11 games where both QBs had 400 or more yards passing:
1-2-1982: Dal Foust (San Diego, 433) and Don Strock (Miami, 403)
12-20-1982: Ken Anderson (Cincinnati, 416) and Dan Fouts (San Diego, 435)
9-21-1986: Dan Marino (Miami, 448) and Ken O’Brien (NYJets, 479)
9-13-1992: Jim Kelly (Buffalo, 403) and Steve Young (San Francisco, 403)
9-4-1994: Drew Bledsoe (New England, 421) and Dan Marino (Miami, 473)
9-19-2010: Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia, 426) and Matt Schaub (Houston, 497)
9-12-2011: Tom Brady (New England, 517) and Chad Henne (Miami, 416)
1-1-2012: Matt Flynn (Green Bay, 480) and Matthew Stafford (Detroit, 520)
12-23-2012: Drew Brees (New Orleans, 446) and Tony Romo (Dallas, 416)
9-15-2013: Philip Rivers (San Diego, 419) and Michael Vick (Philadelphia, 428)
10-6-2013: Peyton Manning (Denver, 414) and Tony Romo (Dallas, 506)

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NFL 3-0 teams hope hot start leads to playoffs and Super Bowl

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The last time the New Orleans Saints and Coach Sean Payton started 3-0 they won the Super Bowl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Seven teams – the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks- are undefeated after the first three weeks of the 2013 season. For a few of these teams, the 3-0 start is something new. Here’s a quick look at the last time each of eight teams started the season 3-0.

Chicago: They won their first three games in 2010 and then lost their next contest to the New York Giants. They finished the season 11-5, made the playoffs and eventually lost to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game

Denver: Last time they started the season 3-0 was in 2009. They started that season by winning six straight, had the bye week and then lost eight of their last 10. They finished the season 8-8, missing the playoffs.

Kansas City: Kansas City started 3-0 in 2010. They ended the season with 10 wins and lost a Wild Card playoff game to Baltimore. The Chiefs went 3-0 in 2010, had the bye week, and then lost their next two games.

Miami: Of the current 3-0 teams, the Dolphins have had the longest wait for a 3-0 start; they last started 3-0 in 2002. Unfortunately, they lost their fourth game in 2002 and missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record.

New England: The last time the Pats went 3-0 was their 16-0 regular season in 2007. Their only loss that season was a Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the New York Giants, 17-14.

New Orleans: Saints fans are excited about this year’s 3-0 start because they hope it mirrors their last 3-0 start; in 2009 the Saints started 3-0, extended that record to 13-0 before losing their last three games, and then won three straight to win the Super Bowl that season.

Seattle: The Seahawks last started 3-0 in 2006. They lost their fourth game that year and finished the season 9-7. They made the playoffs and won one and lost one in the playoffs that year.

In the last two seasons (2011, 2012), six teams (three each year) started 3-0. Of those six, four made the playoffs; two did not.

Of the 24 playoff teams over the past two seasons, four started the year 3-0, 12 started the season 2-1, and eight were 1-2 after three games.

Taking a look at the past 94 Super Bowl teams, a 3-0 or 2-1 start has been most common of the title game opponents (this past year’s Super Bowl opponents were both 2-1 after Week 3). Eighty-four of the 94 Super Bowl teams were either 3-0 or 2-1 to start that season, (89.4 percent). If you add in the two teams that started 2-0-1, then 86 of the 94 (91.5 percent) Super Bowl teams were either 3-0, 2-0-1 or 2-1 in the first three games in their Super Bowl year.

Here’s a breakdown of the record of the Super Bowl teams after Week 3 of that season.

Record after three games, Super Bowl teams

3-0: 48 teams (22 won the Super Bowl; 26 lost the Super Bowl)

2-0-1: 2 teams (one won the Super Bowl; one lost the Super Bowl)

2-1: 36 teams (19 won the Super Bowl; 17 lost the Super Bowl)

1-1-1: 3 teams (one won the Super Bowl; two lost the Super Bowl)

1-2: 5 teams (four won the Super Bowl; one lost the Super Bowl)

Note: The last team to win the Super Bowl after starting the season 1-2 were the New York Giants in the 2007 season.

Scoreboard points to a Broncos Super Bowl visit

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Denver Broncos logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If disposing of the two previous Super Bowl champs in the first two weeks of the 2013 season is any indication, the Denver Broncos may be on the fast track to playing in this year’s Super Bowl.

The Broncos defeated last year’s champs, the Baltimore Ravens, 49-27 in Week One and then beat the 2011 season champs, the New York Giants, 41-23, yesterday.

Not that the Bronco faithful need any more ammunition to ignite their Super Bowl fever for this year, but here’s a couple of stats that will fuel their excitement.

Scoring 40-plus points the first two weeks of the season. By scoring 49 against the Ravens and 41 against the Giants, the Broncos became the seventh team in the Super Bowl era to open the season by scoring 40 or more points in their first two games. The last team to do so were the 2009 New Orleans Saints who just happened to win the Super Bowl that season.

Here’s a look at the teams that opened their season by scoring 40-plus points in their first two games and their season record.

1968: Oakland Raiders (finished the season 12-2; lost in the Conference Championship Game)
1971: Dallas Cowboys (11-3; won the Super Bowl that year)
1972: New York Jets (7-7; missed playoffs)
1975: Washington Redskins (8-6; missed playoffs)
2001: Indianapolis Colts (6-10; missed playoffs)
2009: New Orleans Saints (13-3; won Super Bowl)
2013: Denver Broncos (??????)

Winning first two games of the season by 17 or more points. The Broncos won their first two games this season by margins of 22 points and 18 points. They became the 14th team since 2000 to open the season with two wins of 17 points or more. Of the 13 teams to accomplish this feat prior to this year (and beginning in 2000), 11 went on to make the playoffs that season; three went on to play in the Super Bowl, New Orleans (2009), New England (2007) and Pittsburgh (2005). The Saints and Steelers won the Super Bowl that season.

Here’s a look at the teams that started their seasons with two wins of 17 points or more and how well they finished that season (scores of their first two games of the season are listed in parentheses).

2013: Denver (49-27, 41-23) ????????????
2012: Houston (30-10, 27-7) Ended season 13-3
2009: New Orleans (45-27, 48-22) Ended season 13-3/Won Super Bowl
2007: New England (38-14, 38-14) Ended season 16-0/Lost Super Bowl
2007: Pittsburgh (34-7, 26-3) Ended season 10-6
2006: San Diego (27-0, 40-7) Ended season 14-2
2006: Baltimore (27-0, 28-6) Ended season 13-3
2005: New York Giants (42-19, 27-10) Ended season 11-5
2005: Pittsburgh (34-7, 27-7) Ended season 11-5/Won Super Bowl
2003: Buffalo (31-0, 38-17) Ended season 6-10
2003: Denver (30-10, 37-13) Ended season 10-6
2003: Seattle (27-10, 38-0) Ended season 10-6
2002: San Diego (34-6, 24-3) Ended season 8-8
2001: Green Bay (28-6, 37-0) Ended season 12-4

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Ravens first Super Bowl champs to get ‘blown out’ in next game

Ravens win!

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For the sake of this column, let’s define a “blow out” as a game in which a team loses by 20 or more points. With that established, the Ravens 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos last Thursday night in the 2013 NFL season‘s first game was one of historic proportions: Baltimore‘s 22-point loss was the first time in NFL history that a Super Bowl champ lost their first game of the following season by 20 points or more.

The Raven’s 22-point loss was not the only “blow out” in Week One. The Kansas City Chiefs had the largest margin of victory in Week One with a 28-2 win over Jacksonville.

Since 2000, there have been 40 “blow outs” on Opening Weekend. Here’s a look at the teams which have won the most Opening Weekend blow outs and those teams which have lost the most Opening Weekend blow outs since 2000.

Most Opening Weekend blow out wins since 2000
3: Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego
2: Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New England, Seattle
1: Green Bay, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco, Tennessee

Most Opening Weekend blow out losses since 2000
3: Cincinnati, New York Jets, Oakland
2: Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, St. Louis, Tennessee
1: Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Minnesota, New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Washington

So… is a blow out loss on Opening Weekend a bad omen? Does a blow out win signal great things for the rest of the season? If we look at the 16 games in the last five seasons that were blow outs on Opening Weekend, we can come up with some interesting stats (these stats reflect games from 2008-2012):

* Of the 16 teams that had Opening Weekend blow out wins in the past five years, eight went on to make the playoffs. Of the 16 who started the season with an Opening Weekend blow out loss, only three made the playoffs that year.

* The 16 teams that had Opening Weekend blow out wins since 2008 had a combined record of 143-112-1 (.561 winning percentage) in that season. The 16 teams that suffered Opening Weekend blow out losses since 2008 had a combined record of 103-153 (.402 winning percentage) in that season.

For the record, since the start of the Super Bowl era, three teams lost their Opening Game by 50 points or more: Denver lost 51-0 to Oakland in 1967; New Orleans lost 62-7 to Atlanta in 1973; Pittsburgh lost 51-0 to Cleveland in 1989.

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50 stats Packers fans may not know

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The Green Bay Packers open up their 2013 regular season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. As you get ready for the opening game kickoff, here are 50 stats that you may now know about the Packers and some of their players (and coaches), past and present.

  1. The Packers have the best record of NFC teams in this century (131-77, .630). The New England Patriots have the NFL’s best record since 2000 (151-57, .726).
  2. Lindy Infante won 24 games as Packers coach from 1988-91. His 40 wins as an NFL head coach (he won 16 as head coach of the Colts) are the most by any NFL head coach with the last name starting with the letter “I.”
  3. The Packers are one of nine NFL teams that has had fewer than three head coaches since 2000.
  4. Mike McCarthy is tied for fourth with most seniority for current head coaches with 112 regular season games coached.
  5. Green Bay has a winning percentage of .795 since 2000 in games where their defense has two or more takeaways.
  6. The last time the Packers lost three straight games in a season was 2008. Only two teams (New England, 2002 and Atlanta, 2007) have a longer stretch of avoiding three-game losing streaks.
  7. Former Green Bay head coach Forrest Gregg is one of only two individuals who coached 160-plus NFL games and played in 160-plus NFL games.
  8. The Packers are 21-15 in non-Sunday games since 2000.
  9. The Packers will appear on Monday Night Football for the 21st straight season in 2013. Only the Denver Broncos have a longer streak (they will appear in their 22nd straight season this year).
  10. Green Bay is one of only five teams to have a winning percentage of .600 or better in games in September since 2000 (they are 27-19).
  11. Since 2000, the Packers are 42-6 (.875 winning percentage) in games when they don’t commit a turnover.
  12. The Pack has allowed 130 sacks in the last three seasons, fourth most in the league.
  13. Aaron Rodgers tossed four TD passes in the team’s Nov. 4, 2012, 31-17 win over Arizona, but completed less than 50% of his passes in that game. He became the 31st QB since 1966 to have four or more TDs passes with a completion rate under 50% in that game.
  14. Green has had eight starting quarterbacks in the last 25 years. The Bears have had 28.
  15. Sixteen different quarterbacks have had five or more playoff games with a 100.0 or better Passer Rating in that game. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers are both on this list. Favre had 10; Rodgers has five.
  16. Rodgers is the first QB in NFL history to have been sacked 50 or more times in a season and have a Passer Rating above 100.0 in that season twice.
  17. Former Green Bay running back Ahman Green is one of only nine running backs in NFL history to have 250 or more carries and 50 or more receptions in a season.
  18. The Packers have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ryan Grant in 2009. The Packers are one of six teams that did not have a 1,000-yard rusher in any of the last three NFL seasons.
  19. Greg Jennings last year became the fifth Packers receiver to have 400 catches and 50 TD receptions with the team (he joined Donald Driver, Sterling Sharpe, Don Hutson and Antonio Freeman). No other NFL team has five receivers with 400-plus catches and 50-plus TD receptions.
  20. Randall Cobb last season had 10 rushes, 80 pass receptions, 31 punt returns and 38 kickoff returns. That was the first time in NFL history that a player had attained those numbers in a season.
  21. Cobb became the sixth player in NFL history to have 1,000 or more yards from scrimmage and 1,000 or more yards in kick return yards in a season (he had 1,086 yards from scrimmage and 1,256 yards in kick returns).
  22. Former Packers placekicker Ryan Longwell is one of only nine kickers to have made 100 or more field goals with two NFL teams. He had 226 with the Packers and 135 with the Vikings.
  23. Mason Crosby is one of 22 kickers with a playoff field goal success rate over 80%. Crosby has made 83.3% of his playoff field goal attempts.
  24. John Kuhn and Jordy Nelson are active leaders in a unique TD category. Kuhn leads active players with the last name starting with “K” in touchdowns with 19. LeRoy Kelly leads all “K” players with 90. Nelson leads active players with the last name starting with “N” in TDs with 28. Ozzie Newsome heads the “N” list with 49 career touchdowns.
  25. The Packers have won four games since 1970 when they scored less than 10 points in a game. Buffalo and the Colts lead that category with 10 wins each when they scored less than 10 points in a game.
  26. Since 2000, Green Bay is 3-10 in games when they are scoreless at halftime.
  27. The Packers are one of only four NFL teams that has lost only two or fewer home games by 30 points or more since 1966.
  28. The Pack has scored 10 or more points in 35 straight games, the fourth longest active streak in the league.
  29. In the last five seasons, the Packers have scored 26 offensive TDs of 50 yards or more, most in the NFL. Jordy Nelson scored seven of those TDs.
  30. The Packers are tied with the Atlanta Falcons for most wins by an NFC team in the last three seasons (36). The Patriots top the NFL with 39 wins since 2010.
  31. From 1990-2012, the Pack are 15-9 in games after the bye week. They are one of only nine teams with a winning percentage of .600 or above in those games.
  32. Over the last five years, Green Bay has won 40 and lost 16 in games played in the Central time zone (a .714 winning percentage). In games played outside Central Standard Time, the Packers are 13-11 (.542) since 2008.
  33. Since the beginning of the Super Bowl era (1966) the Packers have been “one-and-out” in the playoffs six times. The Colts and Vikings have each been “one-and-out” in the playoffs in 13 seasons, tops in the league.
  34. Since 2000, the Packers have won three road playoff games. The Ravens lead the NFL with nine road playoff wins since 2000.
  35. Ryan Longwell was one of only nine rookie placekickers to score points in a Super Bowl game.
  36. In 2012, the Packers scored points in 70 of their 173 possessions.
  37. In 2012, Packers’ opponents scored on 62 of their 176 possessions.
  38. The last time the Packers were shutout in a game was Nov. 19, 2006. They have been shutout in only two games since 2000.
  39. The last time the Pack scored on a kickoff return was Sept. 8, 2011. The last time they scored on a punt return was Sept. 9, 2012.
  40. The last time the Packers won an overtime game on the road was October 29, 2007.
  41. Green Bay has scored 50 points or more in a game five times since 1966.
  42. The Packers last had a losing season in 2008. The Patriots lead the NFL having not had a losing season since 2000.
  43. Green Bay scored four rushing touchdowns in last season’s 55-7 win over Tennessee on December 23. It was the ninth time in Packers history they scored four-plus rushing TDs in a game. They have won all nine of those games.
  44. Mason Crosby’s 12 missed field goals last year were the most by a Packers placekicker since Chester Marco missed 14 in 1974.
  45. Receiver James Jones had three TD receptions in the Pack’s December 16, 2012 win over the Bears. Jones only had 60 yards receiving in that game. It was the 25th time since 1966 that an NFL receiver had three or more TD receptions with 60 yards or less of receiving yards in that game.
  46. The Packers are 63-18 (.778 winning percentage) since 2000 in games where one running back gets 20 or more carries in the game.
  47. On December 9, 2012, Aaron Rodgers had no TD passes in that game. It was the seventh time he started a game and had no TD passes (the Packers are 3-4 in such games). Brett Favre had 37 regular season games without a TD pass with the Pack. The team was 12-25 in those contests.
  48. The 28-point loss to the New York Giants last season on November 25 was the first loss of 28-plus points since December 23, 2007 when the Packers lost 35-7 to the Chicago Bears.
  49. In the September 13, 2012 win over the Bears, the Packers “D” had seven sacks and four interceptions. It was third game in team history where they had seven-plus sacks and four-plus interceptions in the same game. Last time was in September 24, 1978 when they defeated San Diego 24-3 with eight sacks and five interceptions.
  50. The last Packers runner to have 100 or more yards rushing in a season-opening game was Ahman Green in 2006 when he gained 110 yards.