Thursday, December 13, 2007

By The Numbers

The Strange, Random Symmetry of Week 14 in the NFL ... Crunching the Stats, Checkin' 'Em Thrice

None, Zip, Zero, Nada, Zilch -- Number of eventual playoff teams faced by the Miami Dolphins during undefeated 1972 season.

None, Zip, Zero, Nada, Zilch -- Number of games period won so far by 2007 edition of Miami Dolphins.

Wee 3 -- Total number of yards gained on 14 carries by rookie sensation Adrian Peterson in Vikings' 27-7 win over San Francisco, which goes to show you don't need to be at your best to beat the 49ers these days.

7th Heaven -- Seven straight games with 100+ passer ratings for Cowboys QB Tony Romo ... seven straight wins for Dallas ... seven 300-yard games for Romo on the season.

3 Out Of 4 Equals 9 -- 3 Sacks by Seattle's Patrick Kerney in 3 out of his last 4 games, versus Bears, Rams and Cards, giving the relentless pass rusher a league-leading 13.5 on the season.

4 More Can Play This Game Too -- 100-yard games last week by four undrafted free agent running backs: Packers' Ryan Grant (156 yards), Broncos' Selvin Young (156), Steelers' Willie Parker (124), Bills' Fred Jackson (115).

13 Is Quite Enough, Thank You -- Games into season Falcons coach Bobby Petrino quits to become Arkansas University's new coach-in-waiting.

Fine 15 -- Catches by Cowboys TE Jason Witten in 28-27 win over Lions, breaking Cowboys single-game record of 13 held by WR Lance Rentzel, tying most catches ever by tight end (Mike Ditka, Kellen Winslow Sr.), while setting a career high for yards (138).

Keen 17 -- Straight games with TD pass for Tony Romo, breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record.

Number of the Counting Shall Be 23 -- Months in jail to be served by disgraced ex-Falcons QB Michael Vick on dog-fighting charges.

27 Somehow Sounds Right -- Opening line by which Patriots are favored over visiting New York Jets this week, a spread usually reserved for historic college mismatches like Oklahoma versus Yeshiva or Miami University versus Wilfred Beauty Academy.

35 No Jive -- Cowboy record for completions set by Romo, in 44 attempts, versus Lions, breaking Aikman's 34 set in 1997.

Scoring Double
7:29 -- Time remaining in regulation of Chargers-Titans game when LaDainian Tomlinson scores on 7-yard TD pass to cut Titans lead to 7 points.

7:29 -- Time remaining in overtime when LaDainian Tomlinson scores on 16-yard TD run to give Chargers 23-17 win.

9:24 Sure Doesn't Buy What it Used to -- Pittsburgh edge in time of possession over New England in Steelers 31-13 loss to Patriots.

18 Seconds Over Motown -- Duration of game Dallas led over Detroit in 28-27 win, thanks to Jason Witten's very late 16-yard TD catch, with the Cowboys overcoming deficits of 10-0, 20-7 and 27-14 to pull out their 12th victory.

1 comment:

jimithegreek said...

another good one! my weekly fave