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THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 11

Posted Nov 20, 2012

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 11

SO CLOSE: To date, 85 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the second-most through the first 11 weeks of a season in NFL history.

 

The most games decided by eight points or fewer in a season’s first 11 weeks:

 

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY

EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 11

1988

86

2012

85

2006

84

2002

84

1999

84

Four tied

83

 

In four games last week, the winning points were scored in the final two minutes or overtime, bringing the season total to 36 such games.

 

The Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all won in overtime. The Cowboys won on a 38-yard field goal by DAN BAILEY with 6:07 remaining. The Texans, who scored twice in overtime, got the winning score on a 48-yard touchdown pass from MATT SCHAUB to ANDRE JOHNSON with 2:01 remaining. The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on their first possession of overtime capped by a 15-yard TD pass from JOSH FREEMAN to DALLAS CLARK with 10:40 remaining.

 

The Green Bay Packers scored their winning points with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard pass from AARON RODGERS to RANDALL COBB.

 

-- NFL --

 

MORE TIME: There have been 15 overtime games in 2012, tied for the third-most through Week 11 in league history.

 

Three games on Sunday – Tampa Bay at Carolina, Cleveland at Dallas and Jacksonville at Houston – went into overtime, marking the second time this season three contests were decided in overtime on the same day. It is the first time since 2004 (Week 5, October 10; Week 10, November 14) that two days in one season have each featured three overtime games. Three Week 3 games this season – Detroit at Tennessee, Kansas City at New Orleans and the New York Jets at Miami – were decided in overtime.

 

DALLAS (13-point deficit), HOUSTON (14) and TAMPA BAY (11) each overcame deficits of at least 11 points to force overtime and claim victory last week.

 

The NFL record for the most overtime games in a single day is four, which has happened twice (October 8, 1995 and October 20, 2002). Prior to this season, three overtime games most recently occurred on the same day on November 7, 2010.

 

The most overtime games in a season’s first 11 weeks:

 

MOST OVERTIME GAMES

SEASON

THROUGH WEEK 11

1995

19

2003

16

2012

15

2002

15

2010

14

1983

14

 

-- NFL --

 

PASS SUCCESS: In the Texans’ 43-37 overtime win against Jacksonville, Houston quarterback MATT SCHAUB completed a franchise-record 43 passes for 527 yards with five touchdowns for a 121.7 passer rating. Schaub’s 527 passing yards are tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (December 16,1990) for the second-most in a game in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN holds the record with 554 passing yards (September 28, 1951).

 

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in a single game in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

PASSING YARDS

Norm Van Brocklin

Los Angeles Rams

9/28/1951

554

Matt Schaub

Houston Texans

11/18/2012

527*

Warren Moon

Houston Oilers

12/16/1990

527

Boomer Esiason

Arizona Cardinals

11/10/1996

522*

Dan Marino

Miami Dolphins

10/23/1988

521

*Overtime game

 

 

 

 

Texans wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON had 14 catches for a club-record 273 yards with one touchdown and Jaguars rookie wide receiver JUSTIN BLACKMON had seven catches for 236 yards with one touchdown. It marked the first game in league annals in which two players each had 235 receiving yards. The pair combined for 509 receiving yards, the highest total for two players in one game. That is 64 yards more than the previous record of 445 combined receiving yards posted by Pro Football Hall of Famers BOB HAYES and CHARLEY TAYLOR in 1966 (November 13).

 

The most combined receiving yards for two receivers in a single game in NFL history:

 

DATE

PLAYERS

TEAMS

REC. YARDS

COMBINED REC. YDs.

11/18/2012

Andre Johnson

Houston Texans

273

509

 

Justin Blackmon

Jacksonville Jaguars

236

 

11/13/1966

Bob Hayes

Dallas Cowboys

246

445

 

Charley Taylor

Washington Redskins

199

 

11/26/1989

Flipper Anderson

Los Angeles Rams

336

443

 

Eric Martin

New Orleans Saints

107

 

10/28/1962

Del Shofner

New York Giants

269

427

 

Bobby Mitchell

Washington Redskins

158

 

9/23/2007

Kevin Curtis

Philadelphia Eagles

221

425

 

Roy Williams

Detroit Lions

204

 

 

Blackmon’s 273 receiving yards are the third-most by a rookie in a single game in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

REC. YARDS

Jerry Butler

Buffalo Bills

1979

255

Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers

2009

241

Justin Blackmon

Jacksonville Jaguars

2012

236

Eddie Kennison

St. Louis Rams

1996

226

Anquan Boldin

Arizona Cardinals

2003

217

 

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EARLY SACK-CESS: Second-year linebackers ALDON SMITH (5.5 sacks) of San Francisco and VON MILLER (3 sacks) of Denver posted the most sacks in Week 11. With six games remaining in 2012, Smith (29 sacks) and Miller (24.5 sacks) are already among the top-six for the most sacks registered in a player’s first two seasons. Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (31 sacks) and DERRICK THOMAS (30 sacks) rank first and second, respectively, while Smith currently has the third-most.

 

Smith’s 5.5 sacks on Monday Night Football are tied for the fifth-most in a game since 1982. He is one of only four players to record at least 5.5 sacks in a game since sacks became an official statistic. He is the first to accomplish the feat since 2007 (OSI UMENYIORA, 6 sacks, September 30).

 

The players with the most sacks in their first two seasons since 1982:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEARS

SACKS

Reggie White

Philadelphia

1985-1986

31

Derrick Thomas

Kansas City

1989-1990

30

Aldon Smith

San Francisco

2011-2012

29*

Shawne Merriman

San Diego

2005-2006

27

Jevon Kearse

Tennessee

1999-2000

26

Von Miller

Denver

2011-2012

24.5*

Dwight Freeney

Indianapolis

2002-2003

24

*Currently in second season

 

Miller (24.5 sacks), who played in his 25th game on Sunday, has the second-most sacks through a player’s first 25 games since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (25) has more sacks through a player’s first 25 games.

 

The players with the most sacks in their first 25 games since sacks became an official statistic in 1982:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEARS

SACKS

Derrick Thomas

Kansas City

1989-1990

25

Von Miller

Denver

2011-2012

24.5

Aldon Smith

San Francisco

2011-2012

23.5

Shawne Merriman

San Diego

2005-2006

22.5

Clay Matthews

Green Bay

2009-2010

21.5

 

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GRIFFIN SOARS: Washington rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III completed 14 of 15 passes (93.3 percent) for 200 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating and added 84 rushing yards in the Redskins’ 31-6 win over Philadelphia.

 

Griffin is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 200 yards, complete more than 50 percent of his passes without throwing an interception and post more than 75 rushing yards. His 158.3 single-game passer rating is the highest among rookie quarterbacks (min. 15 attempts) in league annals, surpassing BEN ROETHLISBERGER’s 158.0 passer rating on December 5, 2004.

 

Among all quarterbacks who threw for at least 200 yards with zero interceptions and rush for 75 or more yards in a game since 1970, Griffin is the only player to complete more than 75 percent of his passes and one of three all-time with four or more touchdown passes (MICHAEL VICK, November 15, 2010; RANDALL CUNNINGHAM, November 4, 1990).

 

-- NFL --

 

YOUNG BUC: Tampa Bay rookie running back DOUG MARTIN rushed for 138 yards and had four catches for 23 yards in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 overtime win at Carolina.

 

Martin has gained 1,019 scrimmage yards in his past six games and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1983) and EDGERRIN JAMES (1999) as the only rookies in NFL history to gain at least 1,000 yards in a six-game span.

 

The most scrimmage yards by a rookie in a six-game span:

 

PLAYER

YEAR

MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIE IN SIX-GAME SPAN

Eric Dickerson

1983

1,066

Edgerrin James

1999

1,045

Doug Martin

2012

1,019

Eric Dickerson

1983

1,016

Edgerrin James

1999

1,003

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