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 13:
0 – Touchdowns scored by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter of seven consecutive games. Miami is 2-5 during that stretch.
2 – Consecutive loses by the Detroit Lions since they were 6-3. Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay recently defeated Detroit, and those teams have a combined 8-14 record.
4 – Fumbles by New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley this season, which is a league-high by a rusher. He has fumbled once in the Patriots’ past three games.
5 – Interceptions by Giants safety Antrel Rolle and cornerback Alterraun Verner, which is a league-high. However, Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has five interceptions, too.
6 – Touchdown passes by Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn during his previous start against the Detroit Lions on January 1, 2012. Flynn threw for 480 yards that day.
13 – Consecutive wins by the Seattle Seahawks at home, while quarterback Russell Wilson has a 117.0 passer rating at CenturyLink Field.
20 – Meetings between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, and the Lions have an 11-8-1 edge.
28 – Wins by the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day with 16 loses and one tie. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has won five of six starts on the holiday.
33.3 – Points per game average by the Philadelphia Eagles in November, while quarterback Nick Foles has a 152.8 passer rating, the highest by a player in any calendar month in NFL history (minimum 50 attempts). Foles leads the NFL with a 128 passer rating this season.
36 – Touchdowns by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, which marks the third time during his career he has registered 35-or-more touchdown passes in a season. He joins Tom Brady (three) and Brett Favre (three) for the most such seasons in NFL history.
80 – Receptions by Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, which is a league-high. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Steelers have never had a player lead the league in receptions.
200 – Career touchdown passes by Romo, which makes him the fifth undrafted player to reach that milestone. Romo joins Warren Moon (291), Dave Krieg (261), Jim Hart (209) and Kurt Warner (208).
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