There are many ways to look at the NFL, but the easiest - and most tedious – method to figure out what is going on is by examining the numbers.
Here is a numerical look at the league heading into Week 15:
0 – Punts by the Chicago Bears during a 45-28 victory against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. The Bears scored on their first eight possessions. The only reason it was not nine is because they had the ball for just one play to end the game. Chicago amassed 490 offensive yards against Dallas’ putrid defense.
3 – Consecutive victories by the Jacksonville Jaguars after beginning this season 0-8. Jacksonville has won four of its past five games.
4 – Amount of touchdowns thrown by Denver’s Peyton Manning and New Orleans’ Drew Brees with zero interceptions in Week 14. It marked the 29th time Manning accomplished threw four or more touchdown passes in a game, extending his current league record, while Brees (24) surpassed Brett Favre for the second-most such games in NFL history.
5 – Touchdowns scored by San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis in the past six games. Davis has caught a touchdown pass in the 49ers’ past four games.
6 – The rank of Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s defense. Dallas, the team that fired Ryan after last season, has the NFL's worst ranked defense. Ryan's current defense is giving up 313.6 yards per game, while his former team is allowing 426.8 yards under Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. More importantly, New Orleans is 10-3 and likely headed to the playoffs, while Dallas is 7-6 and its postseason hopes are fading.
10 – Regular season wins by the New England Patriots for the 11th consecutive season. The Patriots join the San Francisco 49ers (1983-1998; 16 seasons) as the only teams in NFL history to record 11 consecutive 10-win seasons. Indianapolis is third with nine consecutive 10-win seasons between 2002 and 2010.
11 – Touchdown receptions by Denver’s Julius Thomas this season, breaking Shannon Sharpe’s record for most touchdown receptions in a season by a Broncos tight end. Sharpe had 10 touchdowns twice in Denver (1996 and 1998).
15 – Turnovers by the Detroit Lions over their past four games. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown seven interceptions during that time span, while the team has lost eight fumbles. Detroit is 1-3 during that stretch.
50 – Points or more scored by the Denver Broncos this season. Denver recently defeated the Tennessee Titans, 51-18, scored 52 points against Philadelphia and 51 versus Dallas.
104 – Touchdowns were scored in Week 14, the most in a single week in NFL history. Ninety of those touchdowns were scored on Sunday, the most in a single day in NFL history.
1999 – The last time the Buffalo Bills made a playoff appearance. Buffalo currently has the NFL’s longest playoff drought. The Bills (4-9) have enjoyed only one winning season (9-7 in 2004) since 1999.
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