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WHAT TO LOOK FOR - WEEK 6

Posted Oct 10, 2013

WHAT TO LOOK FOR - WEEK 6



WHAT TO LOOK FORWEEK 6

 

SIX-AND-WHOA!: Tied atop the AFC West with 5-0 records, the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are two of three remaining undefeated teams in 2013. If both win this Sunday, it would mark the second time since the divisional structure was implemented in 1933 that two teams in the same division started 6-0.

 

In 1934, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, then members of the NFL’s Western Division, each started 10-0. Chicago finished 13-0 before losing the 1934 NFL Championship game by a score of 30-13 to the New York Giants. The Lions (10-3) finished second in the Western Division.

 

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SCORING IN BUNCHES: NFL teams have combined for 3,566 points in 2013, tied for the most points through five weeks in NFL history (2011).

 

That total equates to 46.31 points per game. If the current average stays at this pace, it would rank as the second-highest of any season in history (1948, 46.48 points per game).

 

The seasons with the highest scoring average in NFL history:

 

YEAR

POINTS PER GAME

1948  

46.48

1950  

45.88

2012

45.51

1960  

45.29

1962  

45.21

 

2013

46.31*

* Through Week 5

 

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CLIMBING BACK: Teams off to a slow start are justified in believing that they can turn it around. Since the current playoff format (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 14 teams have rebounded from being at least three games under .500 after the season’s first five weeks or later to qualify for the postseason. At least one team has done so in each of the past three seasons, including the 2012 Washington Redskins, who rebounded from a 3-6 start to win their final seven games en route to an NFC East title.

 

Since 1990, teams that were three or more games below .500 after Week 5 or later and made the playoffs:

 

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

FINAL RECORD

ADVANCED TO

1990

New Orleans Saints

2-5

8-8

Wild Card

1992

San Diego Chargers

1-4

11-5

Divisional

1993

Houston Oilers

1-4

12-4

Divisional

1994

New England Patriots

3-6

10-6

Wild Card

1995

Detroit Lions

2-5, 3-6

10-6

Wild Card

1995

San Diego Chargers

4-7

9-7

Wild Card

1996

Jacksonville Jaguars

3-6, 4-7

9-7

Championship Game

2002

Tennessee Titans

1-4

11-5

Championship Game

2002

New York Jets

1-4, 2-5

9-7

Divisional

2004

Green Bay Packers

1-4

10-6

Wild Card

2008

San Diego Chargers

4-7, 4-8, 5-8

8-8

Divisional

2010

Seattle Seahawks

6-9

7-9

Divisional

2011

Denver Broncos

1-4, 2-5

8-8

Divisional

2012

Washington Redskins

3-6

10-6

Wild Card

 

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DENVER DOMINANCE: Denver has won 16 consecutive regular-season games, tied for the fifth-longest streak in NFL history. With a victory against Jacksonville this Sunday, the Broncos would tie the 1933-34 Chicago Bears for the fourth-longest win streak in NFL annals.

 

The 2008-09 Indianapolis Colts, who were also quarterbacked by PEYTON MANNING, won an NFL-record 23 consecutive regular-season games.

 

The longest regular-season winning streaks in NFL history:

 

TEAM

YEARS

WIN STREAK

Indianapolis Colts

2008-09

23

New England Patriots

2006-08

21

New England Patriots

2003-04

18

Chicago Bears

1933-34

17

Denver Broncos

2012-13

16*

Chicago Bears

1941-42

16

Miami Dolphins

1971-73

16

Miami Dolphins

1983-84

16

Pittsburgh Steelers

2004-05

16

* Active streak

 

 

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COLT CLUB: Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE (996) needs four receptions against San Diego on Monday Night Football to become the ninth player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches.

 

The Colts can also become the first team in NFL history to have two players with 1,000 receptions each with the franchise. MARVIN HARRISON, who played his entire 13-year career with Indianapolis, ranks third in NFL history with 1,102 catches.

 

The top 10 players with the most catches in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

YEARS

CATCHES

Jerry Rice

49ers, Raiders, Seahawks

1985-2004

1,549

 

Tony Gonzalez*

Chiefs, Falcons

1997-2013

1,275

 

Marvin Harrison

Colts

1996-2008

1,102

 

Cris Carter

Eagles, Vikings, Dolphins

1987-2002

1,101

 

Tim Brown

Raiders, Buccaneers

1988-2004

1,094

 

Terrell Owens

49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals

1996-2010

1,078

 

Isaac Bruce

Rams, 49ers

1994-2009

1,024

 

Hines Ward

Steelers

1998-2011

1,000

 

Reggie Wayne*

Colts

2001-2013

996

 

Randy Moss

Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Titans, 49ers

1998-2012

982

 

* Active

 

 

 

 

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SACK ATTACK: Indianapolis linebacker ROBERT MATHIS (9.5) and Kansas City linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON (8.5) currently rank No. 1 and 2 in the NFL in sacks.

 

In Week 6, both players can challenge to rank in the top three for the most sacks by any player through a team’s first six games since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

 

The players with the most sacks through a team’s first six games:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

SACKS

Keith Millard

Minnesota Vikings

1989

12

Kevin Greene

Carolina Panthers

1998

11

Michael Strahan

New York Giants

2001

10.5

Many tied

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10

 

 

 

 

Robert Mathis

Indianapolis Colts

2013

9.5*

Justin Houston

Kansas City Chiefs

2013

8.5*

* Through 5 games

 

 


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