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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 15

Posted Dec 13, 2012

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 15

STAYIN’ ALIVE:  With three weeks to play in the regular season, 24 teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLVII. That ties for the fifth-most teams remaining in contention with three weeks to play since the NFL instituted the 16-game schedule in 1978.

 

The most teams remaining in contention for a trip to the Super Bowl with three weeks to play since 1978:

 

YEAR

TEAMS REMAINING IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION

WITH THREE WEEKS TO PLAY

2004

27

1995

27

1982

27

2006

25

1994

25

2012

24

2009

24

1983

24

 

-- NFL --

 

ROOKIE RECORDS: Three rookie quarterbacks – Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON, Washington’s ROBERT GRIFFIN III and Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK – can move up the NFL’s all-time rookie touchdown pass list in Week 15.

 

Wilson has thrown 20 touchdown passes this season. With three touchdown passes this Sunday against Buffalo, Wilson can surpass CAM NEWTON (21 in 2011) and CHARLIE CONERLY (22 in 1948) for the second-most TD passes by a rookie in NFL history.

 

Griffin (18) and Luck (18) can each move into the top five with at least two touchdown passes Sunday at Cleveland and at Houston, respectively.

 

The rookie quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

 

MOST PASSING TDs BY ROOKIE QB

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

TDs

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

1998

26

Charlie Conerly

N.Y. Giants

1948

22

Cam Newton

Carolina

2011

21

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2012

20*

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati

2011

20

Dan Marino

Miami

1983

20

 

 

 

 

Robert Griffin III

Washington

2012

18*

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

2012

18*

*Through 13 games

 

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

LUCKY ROOKIE: Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK has passed for 3,792 yards this season and surpassed PEYTON MANNING (3,739 in 1998) last week for the second-most by a rookie in NFL history.

 

Luck needs 260 passing yards this Sunday against Houston to surpass CAM NEWTON (4,051 in 2011) for the rookie record for passing yards in a season

 

The rookie quarterbacks with the most passing yards in NFL history:

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY ROOKIE QB

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

PASSING YARDS

Cam Newton

Carolina

2011

4,051

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis

2012

3,792*

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

1998

3,739

Sam Bradford

St. Louis

2010

3,512

Matt Ryan

Atlanta

2008

3,440

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati

2011

3,398

*Through 13 games

 

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

YARD WORK: Three quarterbacks – Dallas’ TONY ROMO (3,928), New England’s TOM BRADY (3,833) and Denver’s PEYTON MANNING (3,812) – can reach the 4,000-yard mark in Week 15.

 

Manning has passed for 4,000 yards in an NFL-record 11 seasons. With 188 passing yards against Baltimore, he can extend his record to 12 4,000-yard passing seasons.

 

Brady has four seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards. With 167 passing yards against San Francisco, Brady will become the fifth quarterback with at least five such seasons. Brady can also join Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, DREW BREES and MATTHEW STAFFORD as the only players to pass for at least 4,000 yards following a 5,000 yard season.

 

Romo (three) can reach the 4,000-yard mark with 72 passing yards this Sunday against Pittsburgh.

 

The quarterbacks with the most 4,000-yard passing seasons:

 

MOST 4,000-YARD PASSING SEASONS

PLAYER

SEASONS

Peyton Manning*

11

Drew Brees*

7^

Dan Marino

6

Brett Favre

6

Tom Brady*

4

Warren Moon

4

Philip Rivers*

4

 

 

Tony Romo*

3

*Active

^Includes 2012

 

 

-- NFL --

 

COLTSTRONG: The Indianapolis Colts (9-4) can clinch a playoff spot this weekend and still have a chance to win the AFC South division. They face division rival Houston in two of their last three games.

 

With a win against Houston this weekend, the Colts can reach 10 wins following last season’s 2-14 record and become the fourth team in NFL history to win 10 or more games following a season with two or fewer victories.

 

The teams to win 10 games following a season in which they won two games or fewer:

 

TEAM

SEASON

RECORD

SEASON

RECORD

Miami Dolphins

2007

1-15

2008

11-5

Baltimore Colts

1974

2-12

1975

10-4

Oakland Raiders

1962

1-13

1963

10-4

 

 

 

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

2011

2-14

2012

9-4*

*Through 13 games

 

 

 

 

          

-- NFL --

 

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: The New England Patriots have won 13 consecutive regular-season games in December, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history (Dallas Cowboys, 13 from 1968-1972).

 

With a win on Sunday Night Football over the San Francisco 49ers, the Patriots can surpass the Cowboys for the second-most consecutive wins in the month.

 

New England has won 20 consecutive home games in December, the longest streak in NFL history.

 

The teams to win at least 12 consecutive regular-season games in December:

 

TEAM

YEARS

CONSECUTIVE DECEMBER WINS

San Diego Chargers

2006-2009

18

New England Patriots

2009-present

13*

Dallas Cowboys

1968-1972

13

New England Patriots

2006-2008

12

                                                 *Current streak

 

-- NFL --

 

GOLD RUSH: San Francisco linebacker ALDON SMITH leads the league with 19.5 sacks and has 33.5 career sacks, the most by a player in his first two NFL seasons since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

 

With two sacks, he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers LAWRENCE TAYLOR (20.5), CHARLES DOLEMAN (21) and REGGIE WHITE (21) for the fourth-most sacks in a season since 1982.

 

The players with the most sacks in a single season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

SACKS

Michael Strahan

NY Giants

2001

22.5

Jared Allen  

Minnesota

2011

22

Mark Gastineau

NY Jets

1984

22

Chris Doleman

Minnesota

1989

21

Reggie White

Philadelphia

1987

21

Lawrence Taylor

NY Giants

1986

20.5

 

 

 

 

Aldon Smith

San Francisco

2012

19.5*

*Through 13 games

 

 

 

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