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Delving into PFR’s NFL Play Index: Week Two

Posted by Andrew McKillop on September 19, 2011

Now Updated with Week Two MNF Result

Post Highlights

  • Before their overtime loss to the Cowboys, the 49ers had won eight consecutive overtime games, going back to 2003.  They were tied with the 2000-03 New England Patriots for most consecutive overtime wins in NFL history.
  • The Packers have made it to the playoffs every season they have defeated the Panthers (seven different seasons).

 

This is the Week Two edition of Delving into PFR’s NFL Play Index.  Just like last week I will share some of my favorite queries I run on Pro Football Reference’s NFL Play Index during this week’s games, and other facts I found through my own research.

 

General Notes

Before this week’s games, only five QB’s had thrown for 400 yards or more in back to back games.  Amazingly this feat happened twice this week.  With the Patriots QB Tom Brady throwing for 423 yards, a week after throwing for 517 yards.  Panthers QB rookie QB Cam Newton passed for 432 yards, a week after throwing for 422 yards.

Back to Back 400+ Yards Passing in a Game

Player  Team Wks Year 1st Game Pass Yds 2nd Game Pass Yds
Dan Fouts SD 6-7 1982 W at 49ers 444 W vs Bengals 435
Dan Marino MIA 14-15 1984 L vs Raiders 470 W at Colts 404
Phil Simms NYG 5-6 1985 L vs Cowboys 432 L at Bengals 513
Billy Volek TEN 14-15 2004 L vs Chiefs 426 L at Raiders 492
Matt Cassel NE 11-12 2008 L vs Jets 400 W at Dolphins 415
Cam Newton CAR 1-2 2011 L at Cardinals 422 L vs Packers 432
Tom Brady NE 1-2 2011 W vs Dolphins 517 W vs Chargers 423

 

Tom Brady is the first QB to win both back to back 400+ yard passing games since Dan Fouts (the first passer with 400 passing yards in back to back games).

 

Early Sunday Games

Oakland Raiders 35 at Buffalo Bills 38

Historic second half for the Bills…

The Buffalo Bills only scored three points in the first half, but exploded in the second half for 35 points.  It’s only the 14th time since 1940, that an NFL team (second time for the Bills) scored 3 or less points in the first half, and 35 or more points in the second half.

 

Green Bay Packers 30 at Carolina Panthers 23

Struggling despite breaking a team record…

Panthers QB Cam Newton broke the Panthers single game passing yard record, but struggled with 3 interceptions, and only 1 touchdown pass.  The previous Panthers single game passing yard record holder, Chris Weinke, also struggled with 3 interceptions and 1 touchdown pass in the game he set the Panthers single game passing yard record.

Packers have made the playoffs every season they have defeated the Panthers…

The Packers have a 7-4 regular season record vs. the Panthers.  The Packers have made it to the playoffs every season they have defeated the Panthers.  On the flip side, they have missed the playoffs every season they were defeated by the Panthers.

 

Kansas City Chiefs 3 at Detroit Lions 48

The Chiefs woeful start…

In their first two games of the season, the Chiefs have allowed 89 points.  It’s the 6th most points ever allowed in the first two games of a NFL team’s season.  Check out the list below.

Rk Team Year Pts Allow Gm #1 Gm #2
1 Rochester Jeffersons 1923 116 60 56
2 Saints 1973 102 62 40
3 Raiders 1961 99 55 44
4 Steelers 1989 92 51 41
5 New York Yanks 1951 91 54 37
6 Chiefs 2011 89 41 48

 

Cleveland Browns 27 at Indianapolis Colts 19

The struggling Manningless Colts…

In their first two games of the season, the Colts have a combined 521 yards.  It’s the fewest yards gained by the Colts in their first two games since 1992.  It’s only the second time since Peyton Manning became a Colt, that the team didn’t gain a combined 600 yards or more in their first two games of the season.  The other time occurred in 2003 (562 combined yards).

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 at Minnesota Vikings 20

Historic recovery in the second half for the Bucs…

The Buccaneers were shutout at halftime against the Vikings, but came back in the second half to win the game.  It was the first time in 26 tries, that the Buccaneers have ever recovered from a first half shutout down by 17 points or more.

 

Chicago Bears 13 at New Orleans Saints 30

The Bears Jay Cutler was chucking the ball…

Bears QB Jay Cutler threw the ball 45 times for only 19 completions.  It’s the most pass attempts, with the fewest completions by a QB, since Eli Manning had 18 completions off of 53 attempts back in 2007.  Cutler’s is only the 7th QB since 1990 to throw the ball for 45 times or more, and only have 19 or less completions.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars 3 at New York Jets 32

The Jaguars McCown’s poor passing performance

Jaguars QB Luke McCown had a passer rating of 1.8 off of 19 pass attempts.  The last NFL QB to have a passer rating of 1.8 or less off of 19 pass attempts or more, was Rex Grossman (1.3 QB Rate) in 2006.   McCown’s 1.8 passer rating, is the worst ever by a Jaguars QB with at least one completion.

The Jets score a lot off of 283 total yards…

The Jets defeated the Jaguars by 29 points, despite gaining less than 300 total yards.  It’s the fifth highest margin of victory for the Jets, in a game where they gained less than 300 total yards.

 

Seattle Seahawks 0 at Pittsburgh Steelers 24

The Steelers winning streak against former Super Bowl victims…

The Steelers have now won their last seven regular season games against opponents they have once defeated in a Super Bowl.  They last lost to such an opponent in 2003, when the St. Louis Rams defeated them 33-21.

Note: In 2007, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Steelers, but the Cardinals victory against the Steelers came before the two teams met in the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks are the only NFC team to be shutout by the Steelers since 1985…

The Steelers have shutout 14 opponents since 1985.  Only two of those shutouts have come against a NFC opponent; the Seattle Seahawks both times.  It was only the second time that the Seahawks had been shutout since joining the NFC; with both shutouts coming from the Steelers.

 

Baltimore Ravens 13 at Tennessee Titans 26

The Ravens uncharacteristically fall apart in the second half…

At halftime the Ravens were tied with the Titans 10-10, but a poor second half led to a 13-point loss.  It’s only the third time in Ravens team history, that they led or tied a game at halftime, but lost the game by 13 points or more.

 

Arizona Cardinals  21 at Washington Redskins 22

Cardinals lose in again in a 1-0 vs. 1-0 matchup…

The Cardinals have only played in four games in which both them and their opponent had a 1-0 record.  They have lost their last three 1-0 matchups, with their only win in such matchups coming in 1991, when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-10.

The Redskins have won eight in a row vs. the Cardinals…

The Redskins have won their last eight games against the Cardinals.  It’s the longest winning streak the Redskins have ever had against the Cardinals (a series which dates back to 1932).  All but two of the Redskins eight straight victories over the Cardinals, has been by 8 points or less.

 

Later Sunday Games

Cincinnati Bengals 22 at Denver Broncos 24

Rookies are excelling early on…

Bengals rookie WR A.J. Green is the only the 5th rookie going back to 1960, to catch 10 passes or more in game, by at least their second career game.  Green also tied the Bengals record for receptions by a rookie in a game.  The last Bengals rookie WR to catch 10 passes in a game, was Cris Collinsworth in 1981.

Broncos have the Bengals number…

The Broncos have won 12 of their last 14 games against the Bengals, dating back to 1983.  The last time the Broncos lost to the Bengals in a game decided by one possession, was 1975 (16-17); it was also the last time the Bengals won in Denver (in 9 tries).

 

Houston Texans 23 at Miami Dolphins 13

Texans are 5-0 vs. the Dolphins…

The Texans are now 6-0 vs. the Dolphins.  However it’s been a close series, as this is the first time the Texans have defeated the Dolphins by 8 points or more. The Dolphins, Bears (2-0), and Panthers (2-0), are the only teams that the Texans have never lost to.

 

San Diego Chargers 21 at New England Patriots 35

Patriots continue to dominate the Chargers…

The Patriots have a record of 15-3 against the Chargers, dating back to 1973.

Norv’s trouble in big games continue…

Chargers head coach Norv Turner is 0-5 in 1-0 vs. 1-0 matchups.

 

Dallas Cowboys 27 at San Francisco 49ers 24 OT

The 49ers record overtime win streak is over…

Before their overtime loss to the Cowboys, the 49ers had won eight consecutive overtime games, going back to 2003.  They were tied with the 2000-03 New England Patriots for most consecutive overtime wins in NFL history. 

Tied in every sense of the manner…

It’s fitting that the Cowboys and 49ers played into overtime; the Cowboys evened the historic series at 16-16-1.

 

Sunday Night Game

Philadelphia Eagles 31 at Atlanta Falcons 35

Jeremy Maclin is in good company…

Jeremy Maclin’s 13 receptions, ties a record for the most single game receptions against the Falcons.  He joins Anquan Boldin (2003) and Jerry Rice (1990).

The Eagles score 21 points in the 3rd quarter, but falter in the 4th…

The Eagles scored 21 points in the 3rd quarter.  It’s the 8th time since 1940, that they have completed such a feat.  Going back to 1940, this is the first time the Eagles have lost a game, in which they scored 21 points in the 3rd quarter.


Monday Night Game

St. Louis Rams 16 at New York Giants 28

Another 0-2 start for the Rams…

For the fifth season in a row the Rams will start their season with a 0-2 record.  It’s only the 7th time in NFL history that a team has started five or more consecutive seasons with 0-2 records.  Checkout the list below.

Rk Team 0-2 Starts From-To
1 Colts 7 seasons in a row 1985-1991
2 Saints 6 seasons in a row 1972-1977
3t Bears 5 seasons in a row 1965-1969
3t Buccaneers 5 seasons in a row 1982-1986
3t Chargers 5 seasons in a row 1988-1992
3t Rams 5 seasons in a row 1959-1963
3t Rams 5 seasons in a row 2007-2011

 

Reference: Pro-Football-Reference’s Play Index, Box Scores from ESPN.com

 

2 Responses to “Delving into PFR’s NFL Play Index: Week Two”

  1. Stein said

    Great idea for a blog. Love these kinds of factoids.

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