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 16:
2 – Teams in league history have finished 11-5 and missed the playoffs (1985 Broncos and 2008 Patriots). Arizona (9-5) could become the third, according to AZCentral.com.
4 – Loses by the Detroit Lions in their past five games. Detroit was previously 6-3 and atop the NFC North, but are now 7-7 and in third place.
6 – Wins by the Cincinnati Bengals at home and no loses. Cincinnati will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. New Orleans (7-0), New England (7-0) and Seattle (6-0) are also undefeated at home.
11 - Straight seasons without a winning record by the Oakland Raiders. Oakland’s last winning season occurred during its 2002 Super Bowl year.
13 – Victories by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in December and January. Including the postseason, Romo also has 21 loses.
23 – Wins by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in his first two seasons, the most of anybody in the Super Bowl era. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is second with 22 wins, while Dan Marino is third (21).
25 – Interceptions by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning this season, tying his previous career high set in 2010. Manning has thrown 169 interceptions and 227 touchdowns in 10 NFL seasons.
146 – Career wins by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, which is fifth all-time among starting quarterbacks in NFL history. He is one victory away from tying Dan Marino for the fourth most all-time wins.
373 – Yards needed by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill to join Dan Marino as the only Dolphins to register a 4,000 yard passing season. He currently has 3,627 passing yards.
763 – Points scored in Week 15, the most scored in a single day in NFL history. The previous high was 759 points on January 1, 2012.
4,811 – Passing yards by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the most ever through the first 14 games of an NFL season. His 47 touchdowns are the fourth most single season total in league history.
5,094 – Receiving yards by Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson since 2011, making him the first player in NFL history to record 5,000-yards in any three-season span.
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