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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#75) New York Giants not the only Super Bowl champs to have a rough Week 1 the following year

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With their 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last September 5, the New York Giants became the first defending Super Bowl champs to lose the first game of the next season after their title since 1999. The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl after the 1998 regular season and then lost their first game at the start of the ’99 campaign.

The Giants, however, weren’t the only previous Super Bowl champ to lose on the first week of the 2012 season. In fact, for the first time in NFL history, the last four Super Bowl champs all lost their opening game of the 2012 season. In addition to the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, the Packers, 2010 season champs, lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Week 1 of the 2012 season; the Saints, 2009 season champs, lost to the Redskins; and Pittsburgh, 2008 season champs, were defeated by the Denver Broncos.

Following are the Super Bowl champs who lost the most games to start the following season after their title.

Team, Season title year, Losses to start following season
New York Giants, 1986: Lost 5 straight to start 1987 season
Denver Broncos, 1998: Lost 4 straight to start 1999 season
San Francisco 49ers, 1981: Lost 2 straight to start 1982 season
Dallas Cowboys, 1992: Lost 2 straight to start 1993 season

In 2011 the Giants became the eighth team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl after starting the season with a loss (ironically, the Giants lost the first game of the season in three of the four years they won the Super Bowl). The Giants started the 2011 season with a 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. This past season’s Super Bowl teams, Baltimore and San Francisco, both won their first game of the 2012 regular season.

Here’s a quick look at the Super Bowl champs that lost their first game of the year in that title season.

2011: New York Giants (lost their first game that season)

2007: New York Giants (lost their first two games of the season)

2003: New England (lost first game of the season)

2002: Tampa Bay (lost first game of the season)

2001: New England (lost first two games of the season)

1993: Dallas Cowboys (lost first two games of the season)

1986: New York Giants (lost first game of the season)

1981: San Francisco 49ers (lost first game of the season)

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

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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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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#54) Redskins’ ‘score-from-anywhere-on-the-field’ offense leads team into 2012 playoffs

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One of the factors that led to the Washington Redskins 10-6 record last season had to be the Redskins offense having the capability to score from anywhere on the field. Washington tied with the St. Louis Rams for the lead in the NFL last year with eight TDs of 50 yards or more from scrimmage (Cincinnati was second with six; Jacksonville, Tennessee, Oakland and Tampa Bay each had five).

Receivers Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon each scored two TDs from 50 yards or more in 2012.

Those eight TDs of 50 yards or more were more than half of the Redskins’ total from the last five seasons (they had only six such TDs going into the ’12 campaign). The Green Bay Packers since 2008 lead the league with 26 touchdowns scored from scrimmage of 50-plus yards.

Following are the number of offensive scoring plays from 50 yards or more scored by each team in the last five seasons (2008-12).

Scores of 50-plus yards (2008-12), teams
26: Green Bay
25: Dallas
24: Tennessee
21: Oakland
20: Philadelphia
18: Carolina, St. Louis
17: New York Giants
16: Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minnesota
15: Baltimore, New England, Pittsburgh
14: Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Washington
13: Jacksonville, San Diego
12: Arizona, Miami, Tampa Bay
11: San Francisco
10: Denver, Kansas City, New York Jets
9: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Seattle
8: Chicago, Cleveland

Fourteen different players have scored six or more TDs from the opponents’ side of the field in the last five seasons. Leading the way is Tennessee’s Chris Johnson who has 13 TDs of 50-plus yards since 2008. Here are the players with the most 50-plus yard touchdowns (from scrimmage) in the last five NFL seasons.

13: Chris Johnson (Tennessee)
11: DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia)
9: Calvin Johnson (Detoit); Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh)
8: Deangelo Williams (Carolina); Adrian Peterson (Minnesota)
7: Miles Austin (Dallas); Jordy Nelson (Green Bay); Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis/Washington); Victor Cruz (N.Y. Giants)
6: Greg Jennings (Green Bay); Jamaal Charles (Kansas City); Santana Moss (Washington); Terrell Owens (Cincinnati/Buffalo/Dallas)

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#49) Houston Texans double-digit points streak ends at 61 games

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On December 23 of last year, the Minnesota Vikings surprised the Houston Texans by defeating them 23-6 in a game played in Houston. But an even bigger surprise from that contest was that the Texans could muster only a pair of field goals in the 23-6 loss.

This was the first game since September 13, 2009 that the Texans scored less than 10 points in an NFL regular-season game, a streak of 61 games. The New Orleans Saints currently hold the active streak with 73 games straight where they have scored 10 or more points in a game.

Following are the teams that have the longest active streak of games where they have scored 10 or more points in a game.

Active streak of scoring 10-plus points in a game, Team
73 games: New Orleans Saints
62 games: New England Patriots
47 games: Atlanta Falcons
35 games: Green Bay Packers
23 games: Minnesota Vikings; Washington Redskins
20 games: Cincinnati Bengals
18 games: Pittsburgh Steelers
16 games: Denver Broncos

There were 47 times in the 2012 regular season where a team scored less than 10 points. The Kansas City Chiefs topped that list with six games. Here are the number of times this past season each team scored less than 10 points in a game:

6: Kansas City
5: New York Jets
4: Arizona
3: Jacksonville, Philadelphia, San Diego
2: Buffalo, Chicago, Miami, Oakland, St. Louis, Tennessee
1: Baltimore, Carolina, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, New York Giants, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay
0: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Washington

Notice the nine teams above which were not held to less than 10 points this past season. Of those nine, seven qualified for the playoffs. The other five 2012 playoff teams each were held under 10 points in only one game.

Here’s a few more interesting notes:

* The last time a playoff team scored less than 10 points in a playoff game was last season when the New York Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24-2 in an NFC first-round game last year.

* The last time a Super Bowl team scored less than 10 points in the big game was Super Bowl XXXV when the Baltimore Ravens beat the Giants, 34-7 on January 28, 2001.

* The Washington Redskins last season scored 10 or more points in each of their 16 games last year. It was the first season since 1999 that the Redskins went the whole season without scoring under 10 points in a game.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#46) Teams with more field goals than touchdowns in a season

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In the 2011 season, the San Francisco 49ers went 13-3, qualified for the playoffs, and fell one game short of making the Super Bowl. An interesting stat about the ‘Niners 2011 season was that they had more field goals made than touchdowns scored for the regular season. They were the 62nd NFL team since 1970 to accomplish this feat, and only the 13th such team to make the playoffs in a season when they had more field goals than TDs.

Last season we saw two teams, Oakland and Kansas City, have more field goals than touchdowns during the 2012 regular season. The Raiders had 28 TDs and 31 field goals, while the Chiefs had 18 touchdowns and 28 field goals. The remaining 30 NFL teams had more TDs than field goals made.

Of the 64 teams that are now in this category (more FGs than TDs in a season since 1970), the 2011 49ers are the only team to win 13 regular-season games in that season.

Following are the 13 NFL teams since 1970 that had more field goals than touchdowns in a season when they made the playoffs.

Team, Year, Field Goals made/Touchdowns scored (playoff outcome)

San Francisco 49ers, 2011: 44/35 (lost NFC Championship Game)

Tennessee Titans, 2007: 35/28 (lost Wild Card game)

Baltimore Ravens, 2000: 35/32 (Won Super Bowl)

Miami Dolphins, 1999: 39/30 (Lost AFC divisional playoff game)

Carolina Panthers, 1996: 37/36 (Lost NFC Championship Game)

Indianapolis Colts, 1996: 36/30 (Lost Wild Card game)

Dallas Cowboys, 1996: 32/27 (Lost NFC divisional playoff game)

Los Angeles Raiders, 1993: 35/29 (Lost AFC divisional playoff game)

Detroit Lions, 1993: 34/28 (Lost Wild Card game)

Washington Redskins, 1982: 20/19 (Won Super Bowl)

Tampa Bay Bucs, 1982: 18/15 (Lost Wild Card game)

Green Bay Packers, 1972: 33/29 (Lost NFC divisional playoff game)

Washington Redskins, 1971: 29/27 (Lost NFC divisional playoff game)

Here’s a few additional stats about teams that had more field goals than touchdowns in a season:

* Of the 64 teams that had more FGs than TDs in a season, only 16 (25 percent) finished the season at .500 or above.

* The 44 field goals made in 2011 by the 49ers were the most FGs made by a team that had more FGs than TDs in a season. The Arizona Cardinals in 2005 had 43 field goals (and only 26 TDs) to rank second in that category.

* The 2011 49ers were a plus-nine in FGs over TDs (44 FGs/35 TDs). That was the ninth time since 1970 that a team had a plus-nine (or more) in that category in a season. Kansas City in 2012 became the tenth team in this category when they had 10 more field goals than touchdowns. Arizona’s plus-17 (43 FGs/26 TDs) in 2005 is the largest disparity of FGs to TDs in a season since 1970.

* The last season where no teams had more FGs than TDs was in 2006.

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