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Can Eagles QB Nick Foles pass his way into the NFL record book?

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has certainly given his team a boost with his 125.2 Passer Rating and a 5-1 record for the team as a starter. In addition, his 19 TDs without an interception has given him enough buzz around the league that his name is now being mentioned as a potential MVP for this season. His performance (and that of the Eagles) will likely determine if we are still talking about “Nick Foles, MVP” in four weeks.

But here’s a more thought-provoking question: Is it possible for Foles to end the season without an interception?

Foles is one TD from tying Peyton Manning’s record for 20 TDs without an interception to start a season. In addition, if the season ended today, Foles would set a record for most TDs without an interception in a season. The current mark is held by Steve Young who had 10 TDs and no interceptions in 1987. He started three games in ’87 subbing for Joe Montana, winning two of those three contests. Two other QBs, Charlie Batch and Todd Collins, finished a season with five TDs and no interceptions.

Here’s a look at the most TDs in a season with none, one, two, three, four and five interceptions.

No interceptions in a season: Steve Young, 1987, San Francisco, 10 TD passes.

One interception for the season: Damon Huard, 2006, Kansas City, 11 TD passes.

Two interceptions in a season: Boomer Esiason, 1997, Cincinnati, 13 TD passes.

Three interceptions in a season: David Garrard, 2007, Jacksonville, 18 TD passes.

Four interceptions in a season: Tom Brady, 2010, New England, 36 TD passes.

Five interceptions in a season: Steve Bartkowski, 1983, Atlanta, 22 TD passes.

What do you think? Can Foles end the season without an interception? Or, in which of the above categories might he take over the lead?

Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson: NFL’s ‘big play’ combo

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The big play in Green Bay‘s 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday was a 64-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson late in the third quarter that put the Packers ahead 16-3. The Rodgers-to-Nelson combination has become one of the best (if not the best) big play combos in the NFL… and we have numerical proof.

For the sake of this article, let’s define a “big play” as a run or pass from scrimmage that goes for 30 or more yards. Looking at this season, there have been 282 “big plays” through the first six weeks of the season. Over 84% of those big plays (238) have been passes; 44 have been runs of 30-plus yards.

The Philadelphia Eagles lead the NFL this season with the most big plays with 20. The Packers are a close second with 19 (more on team big plays in a moment). But let’s get back to Rodgers and Nelson.

If we look at which players have been involved in the most big plays this year, Rodgers and Nelson top the list. Rodgers leads all QBs with 15 big play passes. Nelson tops receivers with seven big play receptions.

Here’s a look at the top four players in three different offensive categories for big plays (plays of 30-plus yards).

Quarterbacks
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, 15
2. Joe Flacco, Baltimore, 12
3. Jay Cutler, Chicago, 12
4. Peyton Manning, Denver, 11

Receivers
1. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay, 7
2. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia, 5
3. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago, 5
4. Josh Gordon, Cleveland, 5

Runners
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 4
2. Alfred Morris, Washington, 4
3. Michael Vick, Philadelphia, 3
4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia, 3

With Vick, Jackson and McCoy as big play threats, it’s no surprise that the Eagles are leading the league so far in most big plays with 20. Following are the number of big plays from each team this season.

20: Philadelphia
19: Green Bay
15: Chicago
12: Cleveland, Denver, Baltimore
10: Minnesota, New Orleans, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
9: Buffalo, Miami, New England
8: Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Tennessee, San Diego, Seattle
7: Atlanta, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Oakland
6: Houston, Washington
5: Jacksonville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
4: Arizona, Carolina, Kansas City

Note: In last week’s games we had 46 “big plays” of 30-plus yards. The Packers had the most with five, followed by the Ravens, Eagles and Browns with four.

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Are we nearing the end of the 30-carry running back in an NFL game?

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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in Week One was a big part of the success enjoyed by his team as they stunned the Washington Redskins 33-27. McCoy amassed 184 yards on 31 carries. McCoy’s 31 carries was the first time a Philadelphia running back had 30-plus rushing attempts in a game since McCoy had 30 in an October30, 2011 contest against Dallas.

What’s interesting about McCoy’s stat line was the 31 carries. Not only did he have the most carries by a running back in Week One, but he was the only running back to have 30 or more rushing attempts. Week Two had no runners with 30-plus carries, and based on stats from the past several seasons, the 30-carry running back may become extinct. (Obviously the greater focus on the passing-game has been a major factor in teams not running a back 30 or more times in a game. That’s a topic for another time.)

Last season there were only nine games where a running back had 30-plus carries in a contest. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles and Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson both did it twice last season. The nine games was the lowest this century.

Going back to 2000, a game with a runner carrying the ball 30 or more times was more frequent. Here’s a quick look at the number of 30-plus carry games each season since 2000.

2012: 9
2011: 11
2010: 11
2009: 12
2008: 11
2007: 18
2006: 26
2005: 22
2004: 44 (most in a season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970)
2003: 36
2002: 26
2001: 23
2000: 34

The nine games last season was the lowest number of 30-carry games in the NFL since 1990 when there was only eight. Looking at stats from 1970 to today (1970 was the first year of the AFL-NFL merger) the decade of the seventies saw an average of 7.7 games with one running back carrying the ball 30-plus times in a game; in the 1980s, the average went up to 16.4 games per season; in the 1990’s the average increased again to 19.1 games per season; in the first decade of this century, that average skyrocketed to 25.2 games per season. Over the last three seasons (2010-2012) the average plummeted to an average of only 10.3 games per season.

As mentioned above, this was the first 30-carry rusher for the Eagles since 2011. The Miami Dolphins, have the league’s longest drought when it comes to a runner with 30-plus carries. The last time Miami handed the ball to one back 30 or more times was in a game in 2003 when Ricky Williams carried it 31 times against Dallas.

Following is the last time each NFL team had one runner with 30 or more carries in a game.

Last season with a 30-carry runner in a game
2003: Miami
2004: Detroit, New England, New Orleans
2005: Dallas, Indianapolis
2006: Arizona, San Diego
2007: Chicago, Tampa Bay
2008: Green Bay, St. Louis
2009: Carolina
2010: Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Tennessee
2011: Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Seattle
2012: Denver, Kansas City, Minnesota, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland, Washington
2013: Philadelphia

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#58) The game after the bye week

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From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)

The Philadelphia Eagles last season lost to the Atlanta Falcons 30-17 the week following their bye week. It was only the fifth time since 1990 that the Eagles have lost a game after the bye week. Even with the loss, the Eagles retained their lead as the NFL’s best team after the bye week. The Eagles are 19-5 in those games, a .792 winning percentage.

NFL teams were 15-15-2 after the bye week in 2012 with NFC teams going 8-6-2 and AFC teams going 7-9.

Following are the records of each NFL team in games following the bye week since it was added to NFL schedules in 1990.

AFC Team, record the week following the bye week (1990-2012)
Denver 18-6 .750
Baltimore, 12-5 .706
Buffalo, 15-9 .625
Pittsburgh, 15-9 .625
Indianapolis, 14-10 .583
Miami, 14-10 .583
New England, 14-10 .583
Kansas City, 13-11 .542
Tennessee, 13-11 .542
New York Jets, 12-12 .500
Jacksonville, 9-9 .500
San Diego, 11-12 .478
Oakland, 9-15 .375
Cleveland, 7-12 .368
Houston 4-7 .364
Cincinnati 6-17-1 .271

NFC Team, record the week following the bye week (1990-2012)
Philadelphia, 19-5 .792
Minnesota, 17-7 .708
Chicago, 16-8 .667
Dallas, 16-8 .667
Green Bay, 15-9 .625
Atlanta, 14-10 .583
New Orleans, 12-12 .500
Washington, 12-12 .500
St. Louis, 11-12-1 .479
Detroit, 11-13 .458
Tampa Bay, 11-13 .458
Carolina, 8-10 .444
San Francisco, 10-13-1 .438
Arizona, 10-14 .417
New York Giants, 9-15 .375
Seattle 6-18 .250

A few teams last season used their bye week to run off a slew of victories. The Denver Broncos won 10 straight after their bye week, followed by the Washington Redskins who won seven straight to end the season after their bye week. New England and Houston each won five straight games after their bye week; the Ravens won four straight after having a week off.

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NFL Conference Championship Game losers… What happened the following season?

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Quick… name the teams that lost in the two conference championship games after the 2010 regular season.

Did you remember?

If you answered the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets, good memory! But the interesting thing about the Bears and Jets is that neither team made the playoffs this year, the fifth time since 1966 that the losers of the conference championship games failed to make the playoffs the following year. The other years: 1985, 1989, 1991 and 2005.

Here’s a few more stats from the teams that lost conference championship games since 1966 (45 seasons, 90 teams):

* Fifty-eight of the 90 conference championship game losers made the playoffs the following year, 32 did not. Of the 32 teams, the Jets have now missed the playoffs three times after losing the conference championship game the prior year. Nine teams have done this twice: Cleveland, L.A. Rams, Chicago, Carolina, Minnestoa, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Miami and Denver.

* Nineteen teams have lost the conference championship game in consecutive seasons. The Jets did it in 2009 and 2010. The last NFC team to lose consecutive NFC title games? The Philadelphia Eagles. They lost NFC title games in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The other teams to lose three straight conference title games are the Los Angeles Rams (1974, 1975, 1976), Dallas (1980, 1981, 1982), Oakland (1968, 1969, 1970) and Oakland (1973, 1974, 1975).

* Eight teams lost a conference title game in a season and then won the Super Bowl the following year: San Francisco (1983), Chicago (1984), Washington (1986), San Francisco (1993), Dallas (1994), Green Bay (1995), Oakland (1975) and Pittsburgh (2004). Four teams lost a conference title game and then lost in the Super Bowl the following season: L.A. Rams (1978), Philadelphia (2003), Pittsburgh (1994) and New England (2006).

* Only once in NFL history did both the teams that lost the conference title game in a season then face off against each other in the Super Bowl the following year: That happened in 1994 when Dallas and Pittsburgh lost conference title games and then played each other in the Super Bowl the following season.

* Six of the last seven teams that lost in the NFC Conference Championship Game failed to make the playoffs the next season.