NFL: What to Look For- Wk6

TURNAROUND TEAMS: Through the first five weeks of the 2010 season, seven of the eight divisions have at least one new team either in first place or tied for the top spot.

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WHAT TO LOOK FORWEEK 6

TURNAROUND TEAMS Hope springs eternal in the NFL.  Through the first five weeks of the 2010 season, seven of the eight divisions have at least one new team either in first place or tied for the top spot.  If that holds, it will be the most new division winners in a single season.

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Two teams that started 0-5 or worse in 2009, Kansas City and Tampa Bay, are sitting at or near the top of their respective divisions with 3-1 records.  If the Chiefs and Buccaneers both win this Sunday, this season would be the first in NFL history featuring two teams with 4-1 records that started 0-5 or worse the previous year.

Four teams since 1990 have rebounded from an 0-5 or worse start to a 4-1 or better record the following season.  All four finished 10-6 or better and advanced to the playoffs:

 

TEAM

WINLESS START

NEXT SEASON THROUGH

FIVE GAMES

NEXT SEASON'S

FINAL RECORD

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0-5 in 1996

5-0 in 1997

10-6

Atlanta Falcons

0-5 in 1997

4-1 in 1998

14-2

Washington Redskins

0-7 in 1998

4-1 in 1999

10-6

Cincinnati Bengals

0-8 in 2008

4-1 in 2009

10-6

Kansas City Chiefs

0-5 in 2009

*3-1 in 2010

??

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0-7 in 2009

*3-1 in 2010

??

  • Through four games

 

Two teams – St. Louis and Tampa Bay – have already matched or exceeded their 2009 win totals and three more clubs – Detroit, Kansas City and Washington – can do so this weekend:

 

TEAM

2009 RECORD

2010 RECORD

WEEK 6 OPPONENT

St. Louis

1-15

2-3

vs. San Diego

Tampa Bay

3-13

3-1

vs. New Orleans

Detroit

2-14

1-4

at N.Y. Giants

Kansas City

4-12

3-1

at Houston

Washington

4-12

3-2

vs. Indianapolis

 

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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 system (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 11 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.  That includes five 1-4 teams that ultimately won their division.

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

YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

ADVANCED TO

ADDITIONAL NOTES

1990

New Orleans Saints

2-5

Wild Card

Finished second in NFC West

1992

San Diego Chargers

1-4

Divisional

Won AFC West

1993

Houston Oilers

1-4

Divisional

Won AFC Central

1994

New England Patriots

3-6

Wild Card

Finished 10-6 (tied for best in division)

1995

Detroit Lions

2-5, 3-6

Wild Card

Finished 10-6

1995

San Diego Chargers

4-7

Wild Card

Finished 9-7

1996

Jacksonville Jaguars

3-6, 4-7

Championship Game

Won two playoff games

2002

Tennessee Titans

1-4

Championship Game

Won AFC South

2002

New York Jets

1-4, 2-5

Divisional

Won AFC East

2004

Green Bay Packers

1-4

Wild Card

Won NFC North

2008

San Diego Chargers

4-7, 4-8, 5-8

Divisional

Won AFC West

WHO'S ON (IN?) FIRST?:  Through Week 5, 13 NFL teams have at least a share of first place in their respective divisions – the most in NFL history at this point in the season.

The current crop of 13 includes all four AFC South teams – Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee – clustered at 3-2.  The four-way tie is almost certain to be broken this week as the Jaguars host the Titans on Monday Night Football.

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Several players and teams will put impressive streaks on the line in Week 6.  Here's a look at some of the most notable

 

GREAT GATES San Diego tight end ANTONIO GATES leads the NFL with seven touchdown receptions this season and has caught at least one TD in each of his past nine regular-season games, the longest streak in NFL history by a tight end. 

If Gates extends his streak to 10 games this Sunday at St. Louis, he would be the sixth player in NFL annals to accomplish the feat.  Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver JERRY RICE (13 consecutive games) holds the all-time record.

Players with the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception:

PLAYER

TEAM

YEARS

GAMES

Jerry Rice

San Francisco

1986-87

13

Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch

L.A. Rams

1950-51

11

Buddy Dial

Pittsburgh

1959-60

11

Carl Pickens

Cincinnati

1994-95

10

Randy Moss

Minnesota

2003-04

10

Antonio Gates

San Diego

2009-10

*9

  • Active Streak




 

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HANDLE WITH CARE:  With only one turnover through their first five games, the New York Jets can become the first team in history to commit one or fewer turnovers in the first six games of a season.  New York hasn't turned the ball over since Week 1, a streak of four consecutive turnover-free games.

The Jets are only the fourth team since 1933 with one or fewer turnovers in the first five games of a season.  The other three clubs to accomplish the feat were the 1960 Cleveland Browns (one), 1998 Cincinnati Bengals (one) and 2008 Washington Redskins (one).

Teams to commit the fewest turnovers through a season's first five games since 1933:

TEAM

TURNOVERS THROUGH FIVE GAMES

SIXTH GAME

1960 Cleveland Browns

1

3 turnovers

1998 Cincinnati Bengals

1

1 turnover

2008 Washington Redskins

1

3 turnovers


2010 New York Jets

1

???

 

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ROLLING HILLIS Cleveland running back PEYTON HILLIS has scored a touchdown in each of the Browns' first five games since being acquired via trade this offseason. 

Hillis is one of five players to score a touchdown in five consecutive games to start a season after joining a new team since 1970 (rookies and veterans).  With a touchdown this weekend at Pittsburgh, Hillis can tie former New England running back ROBERT EDWARDS for the longest such streak since the AFL-NFL merger.

 

The five players to score a touchdown in each of their new teams' first five games to begin a season (since 1970):

PLAYER

NEW TEAM

YEAR

TD STREAK

Robert Edwards

New England

1998

6

Peyton Hillis

Cleveland

2010

*5

Gary Anderson

Tampa Bay

1990

5

Charlie Brown

Washington

1982

5

Joe Cribbs

Buffalo

1980

5

*Active Streak

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY has won 22 consecutive games as a starter in the regular season at Gillette Stadium.  With a win against Baltimore, Brady can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY for the second-most consecutive regular-season home wins as a starting quarterback.

 

The most consecutive regular-season home games won as a starting quarterback:

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

YEARS

WIN STREAK

Brett Favre

Green Bay

1995-98

25

Tom Brady

New England

2006-present

*22

John Elway

Denver

1996-98

22

Bob Griese

Miami

1971-74

20

Randall Cunningham

Philadelphia

1990-94

20

  • Active streak

 

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DRIVE FOR FIVE Denver quarterback KYLE ORTON has passed for at least 300 yards in four consecutive games, tying BRIAN GRIESE's franchise record.  With another 300-yard performance in Week 6 against the New York Jets, Orton would tie for the fourth-longest streak in history.

The NFL quarterbacks with the most consecutive 300-yard passing games:

 

PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR(S)

STREAK

Steve Young

San Francisco

1998

6

Kurt Warner

St. Louis

2000

6

Rich Gannon

Oakland

2002

6

Joe Montana

San Francisco

1982

5

Kerry Collins

N.Y. Giants

2001-02

5

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2006

5

Kurt Warner

Arizona

2008

5

Tom Brady

New England

2009

5

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

2009

5

Kyle Orton

Denver

2010

*4

  • Active streak




 

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BLINK 182:   Pittsburgh wide receiver HINES WARD has caught a pass in 182 consecutive games dating back to 1998 – the fifth-longest streak in NFL history.  With a reception against Cleveland this weekend, Ward would tie ART MONK (183 games) for the fourth-longest such streak.

The players with the most consecutive games with a reception:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

YEARS

GAMES

Jerry Rice

San Francisco, Oakland

1985-2004

274

Marvin Harrison

Indianapolis

1996-2008

190

Terrell Owens

San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas,

Buffalo

1996-2009

185

Art Monk

Washington, N.Y. Jets, Philadelphia

1983-1995

183

Hines Ward

Pittsburgh

1998-2010

*182

  • Active streak

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