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What to Look For -- Week 11

Posted Nov 16, 2013

What to Look For -- Week 11



WHAT TO LOOK FORWEEK 11

 

HOPE IS ALIVE: Since the current playoff format was instituted in 1990, 18 clubs with a losing record after nine games have made the playoffs

 

Most recently in 2012, the Washington Redskins (3-6) and Cincinnati Bengals (4-5) both had losing records through nine games before advancing to the postseason.

 

The 18 clubs to qualify for the playoffs since 1990 with a sub-.500 record through nine games:

 

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD AFTER NINE GAMES

FINAL RECORD

ADVANCED TO

1990

Houston Oilers

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card

1990

New Orleans

4-5

8-8

 

Wild Card

1992

San Diego

4-5

11-5

 

Divisional

1994

Detroit

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card

1994

New England

3-6

10-6

 

Wild Card

1995

Detroit

3-6

10-6

 

Wild Card

1995

San Diego

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card

1996

Jacksonville

3-6

9-7

 

AFC Championship

1997

Detroit

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card

2001

Tampa Bay

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card

2002

Cleveland

4-5

9-7

 

Wild Card

2002

NY Jets

4-5

9-7

 

Divisional

2003

Green Bay

4-5

10-6

 

Divisional

2008

San Diego

4-5

8-8

 

Divisional

2009

NY Jets

4-5

9-7

 

AFC Championship

2011

Denver

4-5

8-8

 

Divisional

2012

Cincinnati

4-5

10-6

 

Wild Card

2012

Washington

3-6

10-6

 

Wild Card

 

-- NFL --

 

THE WEST IS THE BEST: Sunday Night Football in Week 10 will feature an AFC West divisional matchup between the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs and the 8-1 Denver Broncos. The combined win percentage (.944/ 17-1) between Denver and Kansas City represents the highest for a game this late in the season since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger (minimum nine games each).

 

The last time a game featured a better combined record between opponents this late in the season was on December 7, 1969, when the Minnesota Vikings (10-1) defeated the L.A. Rams (11-0) by a score of 20-13.

 

The games with the highest win percentage in the NFL since 1970 (minimum nine games each):

 

DATE

 

MATCHUP

HIGHEST WIN PERCENTAGE

11/17/13

Kansas City (9-0) at Denver (8-1)*

17-1 (.944)

11/29/07

Green Bay (10-1) at Dallas (10-1)

20-2 (.909)

12/3/90

N.Y. Giants (10-1) at San Francisco (10-1)

20-2 (.909)

11/27/77

Baltimore (9-1) at Denver (9-1)

18-2 (.900)

12/24/05

Indianapolis 13-1 at Seattle (12-2)

25-3 (.893)

                                                                                 *Play on Sunday Night Football     

 

-- NFL --

 

MANNING UP: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING leads the NFL in 2013 with 33 touchdown passes.

 

With two TD passes on Sunday Night Football against Kansas City, Manning would register his third season of at least 35 passing TDs, tying TOM BRADY and BRETT FAVRE for the most such seasons in NFL history.

 

The players with the most seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes in NFL history:

 

 

PLAYER

 

TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 35 TD PASSES

Brett Favre

Green Bay

3

Tom Brady*

New England

3

Peyton Manning*

Indianapolis, Denver

2

Many tied

 

2

*Active

 

 

                       

-- NFL --

 

RUNNER’S WORLD: Running back ADRIAN PETERSON and the Minnesota Vikings will travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Sunday.

 

With one rushing TD, Peterson would join Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (eight) and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 10 touchdowns in at least seven different seasons.

 

The running backs with the most seasons with 10 rushing TDs in NFL history:

 

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 10 RUSHING TDs

LaDainian Tomlinson

San Diego

9

Emmitt Smith

Dallas

8

Adrian Peterson*

Minnesota

6

Marcus Allen

Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City

6

Barry Sanders

Detroit

6

*Active

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

OPEN THE GATES: San Diego tight end ANTONIO GATES has 52 receptions for 612 yards this season. In his 11th year out of Kent State, Gates ranks fourth in NFL history in both receptions (694) and receiving yards (8,933) by a tight end.

 

With six receptions and 67 yards on Sunday against Miami, Gates would join TONY GONZALEZ of the Atlanta Falcons, JASON WITTEN of the Dallas Cowboys and Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE as the only tight ends in NFL history with 700 receptions and 9,000 receiving yards.

 

The tight ends with 700 receptions and 9,000 receiving yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

YARDS

RECEPTIONS

Tony Gonzalez*

Kansas City, Atlanta

14,773

1,289

Shannon Sharpe

Denver, Baltimore

10,060

815

Jason Witten*

Dallas

9,480

853

 

 

 

 

Antonio Gates*

San Diego

8,933

694

*Active

 

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC: TOM BRADY and the New England Patriots will travel to Carolina to face the Panthers on Monday Night Football.

 

Brady (41) needs two touchdown passes to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (42) for the third-most TD passes on Monday Night Football.

 

The quarterbacks with the most career touchdown passes on Monday Night Football:

 

 

PLAYER

TD PASSES ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

GAMES

Dan Marino

74

38

Brett Favre

69

38

Steve Young

42

25

Tom Brady*

41

17

Peyton Manning**

36

17

Joe Montana

36

20

*Plays Monday

**Active

 

 


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