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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#83) Andrew Luck well worth the Colts pick as the overall number one

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Stanford’s Andrew Luck in the NFL Draft in April, 2012 became the 18th quarterback taken with the first overall pick since 1970 in the NFL draft. The Indianapolis Colts obviously hoped that Luck would deliver wins and playoff victories in the same manner as the man he replaced, Peyton Manning, who was also the first overall pick in 1998.

For many experts, Luck and the Colts exceeded expectations last season as the team won 11 games and made the playoffs, and Luck tossed 23 TDs for over 4,300 yards.

Based on the rookie year performance of the previous QBs who were the first overall pick in the draft, we probably wouldn’t have expected Luck’s first season as the Colts leader to be that successful? First, based on the win-loss records of the other 17 QBs in games they started their first season, there weren’t many wins that rookie season. The other 17 No. 1 picks won 55 and lost 132 for a .294 winning percentage in games they started their first season. In addition, those QBs passed for an average of 11.9 touchdowns their rookie season.

Following are the career win-loss records of the 18 quarterbacks who were the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL draft.

Year Drafted, quarterback, Career W-L Pct. (rookie year W-L)

1998 Peyton Manning… 154-70 .688 (3-13)

2012 Andrew Luck… 11-5 .688 (11-5)

1970 Terry Bradshaw… 107-51 .677 (3-5)

1983 John Elway 148-82 .617 (4-6)

2004 Eli Manning… 78-57 .578 (1-6)

1989 Troy Aikman… 94-71 .570 (0-11)

2001 Michael Vick… 56-44-1 .559 (1-1)

2005 Alex Smith… 38-36-1 .513 (2-5)

1993 Drew Bledsoe… 98-95 .508 (5-7)

1971 Jim Plunkett… 72-72 .500 (6-8)

1975 Steve Bartkowski… 59-68 .465 (4-7)

2004 Carson Palmer… 54-67 .446 (0-0)

1987 Vinny Testaverde… 90-123-1 .423 (0-4)

2011 Cam Newton… 13-19 .406 (6-10)

2009 Matthew Stafford… 17-28 .378 (2-8)

1999 Tim Couch… 22-37 .373 (2-12)

1990 Jeff George… 46-78 .371 (5-7)

2010 Sam Bradford… 15-26-1 .369 (7-9)

2003 David Carr… 23-56 .291 (4-12)

2008 JaMarcus Russell… 7-18 .280 (0-1)

Here’s a look at which of the 18 QBs had the most TD passes that first season.

Most TDs passes in rookie year by overall No. 1 QB

26: Peyton Manning

23: Andrew Luck

21: Cam Newton

19: Jim Plunkett

18: Sam Bradford

16: Jeff George

Did you know? Prior to Luck being selected as the first overall pick in last year’s draft, of the 17 QBs who were the No. 1 overall pick since 1970, Sam Bradford won the most games in his rookie season with seven. Peyton Manning lost the most games his rookie year with 13. Michael Vick was the only QB to have a winning percentage at .500 or above in his rookie year starts; he was 1-1. The other 16 signal-callers were all under .500 in their rookie year starts. Luck obviously now tops the list with 11 wins his rookie season (a .688 winning percentage).

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#81) A 5-0 start after winning the Super Bowl

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Will the World Champion Baltimore Ravens get off to a fast start in 2013, the year following their Super Bowl victory?

Let’s go back one year. The New York Giants won the Super Bowl after the 2011 season. In their first game of the 2012 season, the Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, not exactly the start they were hoping for after their Super Bowl win.

Go back another year; with their 25-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons on October 9, 2011, the Green Bay Packers became the seventh Super Bowl champion in NFL history to start the following season 5-0. The Packers eventually ran their record to 13-0 that season, becoming only the second Super Bowl champion in history to start the following season 13-0 (the Broncos first did it in 1998 after winning the Super Bowl at the end of the ’97 season).

But let’s take it a step (or two) further. Here are the seven Super Bowl champions that started the following season with at least a 5-0 record:

Team, Super Bowl season, Wins to start the next season

Chicago Bears, 1985, 6-0

San Francisco 49ers, 1989, 10-0

Denver Broncos, 1997, 13-0

St. Louis Rams, 1999, 6-0

New England Patriots, 2003, 6-0

Indianapolis Colts, 2006, 9-0

Green Bay Packers, 2010, 13-0

* Nine of the previous 46 Super Bowl champs had a losing record after their first five games the following season. One team, the 1987 New York Giants, were 0-5 after winning the Super Bowl the previous season.

* The 1999 Denver Broncos lost their first four games following their Super Bowl victory. They won Game Five.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#64) One and out in the playoffs

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Five teams that made the playoffs in 2012 had a quick exit from last season’s postseason. Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Washington each played only one game in the playoffs this season because they lost their first playoff game… a “one and out” experience. For the Bengals, it was the second consecutive season that they lost their first playoff game.

Here’s a look at the teams/franchises that have had the most “one and out” in the NFL playoffs during the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

Playoff seasons with ‘One & Out”

13 Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, Minnesota
12 Dallas

11 Kansas City

10 Miami, Tennessee/Houston Oilers

9 Denver, Detroit, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams

8 Cincinnati, Cleveland, New England, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

7 Buffalo, Chicago

6 Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Washington

5 New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle

3 Arizona/St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

2 Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville

1 Carolina

0 Houston Texans

Did you know? Three NFL franchises experienced three straight “One & Out” postseasons. Detroit went one and out in the playoffs in 1993, 1994 and 1995; the Baltimore Colts went one and out in 1975, 1976 and 1977; and Philadelphia went one and out in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

The Indianapolis Colts have the most “one and out” appearances in the NFL playoffs since 2000. The Colts have been one and out seven times since 2000. The Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Bucs have each been one and out four times since 2000.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#47) Scoreless at halftime… no problem!

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Let’s be honest, how many of you thought there was no way the Denver Broncos were going to come back and win the October 15 Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers? Especially down 24-0, and the offense had five possessions resulting in four punts and a turnover. Oh, and did I mention the game was being played in San Diego?

Going into that contest, since 2000 a team that was held scoreless at halftime had won only 88 games and lost 521, a winning percentage of only .144. Not a good omen for the Broncos as they came out of the tunnel to start the third quarter.

There was one key factor to a possible Denver comeback, however… Peyton Manning (more on that in a moment).

First, consider that of the now 95 wins (since 2000) that have resulted after teams were held scoreless at halftime, the Denver Broncos won five of those games, tied for third most on the list. In fact, of the 32 NFL teams, the Broncos have the second-best record since 2000 in games when they have been held scoreless through the first two quarters. They are now 5-8, a .385 winning percentage.

Here’s a look at each teams’ record since 2000 in games where they were held scoreless at half.

(6 wins) Indianapolis 6-8 .429; Baltimore 6-19 .240

(5 wins) Denver 5-8 .385; New York Giants 5-11 .313; Carolina 5-15 .250; New York Jets 5-16 .238; Dallas 5-19 .208

(4 wins) Pittsburgh 4-10. 286; San Diego 4-16 .200; Washington 4-19 .174; Detroit 4-24 .143

(3 wins) New England 3-6 .333; Philadelphia 3-12 .200; Cincinnati 3-6 .158; Green Bay 3-10 .231; St. Louis 3-14 .176; Jacksonville 3-19 .136; Chicago 3-23 .115

(2 wins) Houston 2-13 .133; Tampa Bay 2-14 .125; Tennessee 2-15 .118; San Francisco 2-22 .083; Oakland 2-23 .080; Arizona 2-24 .077; Buffalo 2-27 .069; Cleveland 2-33 .057

(1 win) New Orleans 1-7 .125; Atlanta 1-14 .067; Minnesota 1-19 .050; Miami 1-23 .042

(0 wins) Seattle 0-17 .000; Kansas City 0-22 .000

I’m sure by now you noticed which team was at the top of the list, Indianapolis. And what do the Colts have in common with the Broncos? Manning was the QB in Indianapolis for those six wins where the Colts had no points at halftime.

Note: In games from 2000-2012, teams that were scoreless at halftime are now 95-538, a .150 winning percentage.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#38) Placekickers with 100 field goals with two teams

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With his 29-yard field goal on December 12, 2011 in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks, Rams kicker Josh Brown joined an elite group of kickers in NFL history. With that field goal, Brown became only the ninth kicker in NFL history to have 100 or more field goals with two different teams. Brown’s field goal gave him 100 with the Rams; he had made 116 field goals during a seven-year career as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. (Ironic that Brown made history against the Seahawks, the other team he kicked for in his career.)

A fellow member of the 100-100 Club, Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri last season joined three other kickers in NFL history as the newest member of the 150-150 Club. On December 23, 2012, Vinatieri booted a 36-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs. That three-pointer gave him 150 field goals made with the Colts (he had previously made 263 during his career with the Patriots.

Following are the nine kickers in NFL history who have made 100 or more field goals with two different teams.

Active kickers (active in 2012)

Ryan Longwell… 226 with Green Bay; 135 with Minnesota

Adam Vinatieri… 263 with New England; 150 with Indianapolis

Josh Brown… 116 with Seattle; 104 with St. Louis

Retired kickers

Morten Andersen… 302 with New Orleans; 184 with Atlanta

John Carney… 261 with San Diego; 168 with New Orleans

Jim Turner… 151 with Denver; 153 with New York Jets

Gary Anderson… 309 with Pittsburgh; 109 with Minnesota

Matt Stover… 354 with Baltimore; 108 with Cleveland

Norm Johnson… 159 with Seattle; 105 with Pittsburgh

Three active placekickers may have had a chance to join the above group of kickers, but circumstances may leave them a few field goals short.

In Arizona, Jay Feely (who has made 299 career field goals) made 25 field goals with the Cardinals in 2012, giving him 68 in his career with the team. Feely already had 98 with the Falcons. Unless he finds himself back with the Falcons, however, Feely may eventually pass the 100-mark with the Cardinals yet fall two kicks short with Atlanta.

Atlanta’s Matt Bryant has made 233 field goals in his career, 98 with Tampa Bay and 95 with his current team, Atlanta. He will likely pass the 100-mark next year with the Falcons, but miss out on the 100-100 Club by two kicks.

Lastly, David Akers has 367 made field goals on his NFL resume, ranking him 11th on the all-time list, 294 of them with the Philadelphia Eagles. Akers had a rough season in 2012 with his current team, the 49ers, although he did make 29 FGs with San Francisco this past season, giving him 73 for his career with the team. Akers was in jeopardy of losing his job at various points in the 2012 season and his stronghold on the 49ers kicking position is at best tenuous for 2013. That may prevent his from reaching the 100-mark with the 49ers and inclusion in the 100-100 Club.

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