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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#92) When was the last time your team won a divisional title?

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Of the eight NFL teams that won divisional titles this season, six of them also won that division title in 2011. The two teams that went to the top of their division this year (but not in 2011) were the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins.

The Falcons last won the NFC South in 2010. For the Redskins, this past season’s divisional title was a long time coming. The Redskins last won a division in 1999; that drought was tied for the fourth longest in the league.

Back in 2002, the NFL went to the current four divisions in each of the two conferences format. Of the 32 NFL teams, 28 have now won at least one division title since ’02. The four that are still looking for their first division championship this century are: Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Jacksonville. Browns‘ fans have been waiting the longest as their team has not won a division championship since 1989.

Following is a look at when each NFL team last won a division title.

Year of last division title, team(s)
1989: Cleveland

1993: Detroit
1995: Buffalo
1999: Jacksonville

2002: N.Y. Jets, Oakland
2003: St. Louis
2007: Tampa Bay
2008: Carolina, Miami, Tennessee
2009: Arizona, Cincinnati, Dallas, Minnesota, San Diego,
2010: Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle
2011: New Orleans, N.Y Giants
2012: Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, New England, San Francisco, Washington

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#86) Stop Factor Rankings reveal 2012 most effective defense in NFL

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Although the Chicago Bears did not make the playoffs despite a 10-6 record, their defense played at a high level in 2012. The defensive unit was third in the league in points allowed and fifth in yards allowed.

In a new defensive stat, however, the Bears finished the 2012 regular season as the top-ranked defense. In the Stop Factor rankings, the Bears defense stopped their opponents from scoring on almost 74 percent of their possessions. That number ranked first in the league ahead of the Seattle Seahawks who stopped their opponents’ offense from scoring on 72.4 percent of their possessions.

(The Stop Factor is based on the premise that it is the defense’s job to stop their opponents from scoring on each possession. To get a team’s STOP Factor, you divide the number of times a defense stops the offense from scoring – offensive unit TD or field goal – by the number of total possessions by the opposition.)

Following is each NFL teams’ Stop Factor for the 2012 regular season. Listed is how many times each team stopped the opponents from scoring, the number of possessions their opponents had, and the percentage of possessions that each team prevented the other team from scoring.

Team, Opponents’ scoreless possessions/opponents’ possessions, Stop Factor percentage

  1. Chicago 73.9 (139 stops in 188 possessions)
  2. Seattle 72.4 (118 stops in 163 possessions)
  3. Denver 71.3 (129 stops in 181 possessions)
  4. San Francisco 70.8 (119 stops in 168 possessions)
  5. Houston 70.5 (134 stops in 190 possessions)
  6. Arizona 70.3 (135 stops in 192 possessions)
  7. Cincinnati 69.1 (125 stops in 181 possessions)
  8. New England 67.6 (123 stops in 182 possessions)
  9. New York Jets 67.2 (121 stops in 180 possessions)
  10. Pittsburgh 67.1 (114 stops in 170 possessions)
  11. Cleveland 66.8 (123 stops in 184 possessions)
  12. San Diego 66.5 (115 stops in 173 possessions)
  13. Tampa Bay 65.9 (120 stops in 182 possessions)
  14. Atlanta 65.9 (110 stops in 167 possessions)
  15. Miami 65.7 (113 stops in 172 possessions)
  16. Green Bay 64.8 (114 stops in 176 possessions)
  17. Minnesota 64.0 (112 stops in 175 possessions)
  18. Baltimore 64.0 (119 stops in 186 possessions)
  19. St. Louis 63.2 (110 stops in 174 possessions)
  20. New York Giants 61.7 (100 stops in 162 possessions
  21. Washington 60.6 (106 stops in 175 possessions)
  22. Indianapolis 58.9 (99 stops in 168 possessions)
  23. Dallas 58.5 (96 stops in 164 possessions)
  24. Detroit 58.4 (104 stops in 178 possessions)
  25. Tennessee 58.3 (105 stops in 180 possessions)
  26. Buffalo 58.2 (99 stops in 170 possessions)
  27. New Orleans 58.0 (105 stops in 181 possessions)
  28. Philadelphia 57.7 (97 stops in 168 possessions)
  29. Carolina 57.4 (93 stops in 162 possessions)
  30. Jacksonville 56.8 (100 stops in 176 possessions)
  31. Kansas City 56.2 (91 stops in 162 possessions)
  32. Oakland 55.2 (95 stops in 172 possessions)

Average league Stop Factor: 64.0

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#85) POP Score rankings reveal 2012 most efficient offense in the NFL

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The New England Patriots were the NFL’s leading offensive team in 2012, ranking first in points scored and first in yards gained. They were also ranked the number one team in a new offensive stat that measured the offensive efficiency of each team. The Pats ranked first in the league in POP Score rankings for 2012.

POP Score is based on the simple premise that it is the offensive team’s objective to score a touchdown (or at the least, kick a field goal) in each possession. POP Score stands for Points per Offensive Possession.

Here’s how it works: The Falcons in Week One had nine possessions in their game. On four of the possessions, they scored a touchdown. On four of their possessions they kicked a field goal. They punted once. They scored 24 points on their four TDs (extra points are not included in Pop Score); 12 points on their four field goals. The Atlanta offense scored 36 points on nine possessions. By dividing the 36 points by the nine possessions, you get a POP Score of 4.0. Maximum POP Score is 6.0, which would indicate that a team scored a touchdown every time they had an offensive possession.)

Notice that eight of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season are ranked in the top 12 teams in this category.

Here’s a look at the POP Score rankings for the 2012 regular season.

  • Team, POP Score, (Season Offensive Scores/Possessions)
  • New England 2.53 (89 scores in 177 possessions)
  • New York Giants 2.21 (77 scores in 164 possessions)
  • Atlanta 2.17 (77 scores in 167 possessions)
  • Denver 2.14 (75 scores in 174 possessions)
  • Washington 2.11 (71 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Seattle 2.09 (67 scores in 157 possessions)
  • New Orleans 2.08 (71 scores in 179 possessions)
  • Green Bay 2.06 (70 scores in 173 possessions)
  • San Francisco 1.98 (68 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Dallas 1.86 (66 scores in 166 possessions)
  • Baltimore 1.83 (69 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Minnesota 1.82 (69 scores in 171 possessions)
  • Tampa Bay 1.81 (68 scores in 179 possessions)
  • Carolina 1.8 (57 scores in 163 possessions)
  • Cincinnati 1.8 (69 scores in 180 possessions)
  • Houston 1.78 (72 scores in 190 possessions)
  • Detroit 1.73 (70 scores in 187 possessions)
  • Indianapolis 1.68 (60 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Pittsburgh 1.64 (62 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Buffalo 1.58 (57 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Chicago 1.56 (59 scores in 174 possessions)
  • San Diego 1.51 (55 scores in 169 possessions)
  • Oakland 1.47 (59 scores in 177 possessions)
  • Philadelphia 1.41 (55 scores in 176 possessions)
  • Miami 1.41 (51 scores in 168 possessions)
  • Cleveland 1.4 (57 scores in 182 possessions)
  • Tennessee 1.32 (52 scores in 179 possessions)
  • St. Louis 1.32 (49 scores in 171 possessions)
  • New York Jets 1.21 (47 scores in 181 possessions)
  • Jacksonville 1.15 (50 scores in 187 possessions)
  • Kansas City 1.04 (45 scores in 178 possessions)
  • Arizona 1.0 (46 scores in 201 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average for 2012: 1.7

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#61) The Eagles are the kings of the Wild Card

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In 1970, the National Football League added a new element to the playoffs: the Wild Card team. In that season, the league allowed one non-division winning team in the postseason in addition to the three divisional champs. In 1978, two Wild Card teams were eligible for the playoffs; in 1990, the postseason included three Wild Card teams and the three divisional champs. In 2002, the league expanded to four divisions in each conference and added two Wild Card teams from each conference in the postseason. (Enough of the history lesson!)

Since 1970, every team except the Houston Texans has been a benefactor of a Wild Card playoff berth. The Cincinnati Bengals were the only repeat Wild Card teams this season from 2011.

Here’s a quick look at which teams have made the most playoff appearances as a Wild Card team since 1970.

11: Philadelphia

10: Tennessee

9: Dallas, New York Jets

8: Miami, Minnesota, St. Louis

7: Indianapolis, Washington, Denver, New York Giants

6: Detroit, Atlanta, Buffalo, Oakland, Kansas City, Green Bay

5: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Seattle

4: Cleveland, New England, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Jacksonville

3: Cincinnati, Tampa Bay

2: Arizona

1: San Diego, Carolina

0: Houston

These teams have not been a Wild Card team in this century (year listed is their last appearance as a Wild Card team): Oakland, 1993; Chicago, 1994; San Diego, 1995; Arizona, 1998; New England, 1998; Detroit 1999; Buffalo, 1999.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#34) Greg Jennings became fifth ‘400-50’ receiver for the Pack

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Former Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings has decided to travel west and become a Minnesota Viking, but it is noteworthy to mention that his last reception in the New Orleans‘ game on September 30 was a milestone for Number 85 while in a Packers jersey.

In the second quarter of that game, Jennings caught a nine-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers. It was the 50th receiving TD of Jennings’ career with the Pack and his 401st reception as a Packer. He not only became the fifth Packer to amass 400 receptions and 50 TD catches with the franchise, but he also became the 58th player in NFL history to have 400 catches and 50 receptions with one NFL franchise.

All total, 94 players are members of the 400 catches-50 TD receptions club.

Following are the five members of the Packers 400-50 Club.

Packers receivers with 400 catches and 50 touchdowns

Donald Driver: 738 receptions, 60 TDs

Sterling Sharpe: 595 receptions, 65 TDs

Don Hutson: 488 receptions, 99 TDs

Antonio Freeman: 431 receptions, 57 TDs

Greg Jennings: 425 receptions, 53 TDs

With Jennings becoming the fifth Packers player to join the 400-50 Club, the Packers now have the most members of any NFL team. Green Bay was tied with the Washington Redskins with four 400-50 members. Following are the number of players that have collected 400 receptions and 50 TD receptions with each NFL franchise.

5: Green Bay

4: Washington

3: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, San Diego

2: Arizona, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis

1: Buffalo, Houston, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tennessee

0: Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Tampa Bay

Three more players joined the 400-50 Club this past season. In Detroit, Calvin Johnson joined the club and now has 488 catches and 54 TDs; in Atlanta, Roddy White now has 622 receptions and 52 TD receptions with the Falcons; in New Orleans, Marques Colston joined the club in 2012 with his career total of 532 catches and 58 pass receptions for TD.

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