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 8:
O – Amount of quarterbacks other than New York Jets’ Geno Smith since the NFL-AFL merger to have four game-winning drives in fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven games.
2 – Touchdowns scored by Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson since he was acquired by a trade earlier this season. He has rushed for 228 yards, averages 3.0 yards per carry, and Cleveland’s front office seemingly outsmarted Indianapolis.
4 – Amount of times in NFL history two opposing players have rushed for three touchdowns in a game. Washington’s Roy Helu Jr. and Chicago’s Matt Forte each rushed for three touchdowns this past Sunday.
5 – Teams returned interceptions for touchdowns in Week 7. Buffalo, Carolina, Miami, New England and the New York Jets returned interceptions for touchdowns, contributing to a league-wide total of 30 this season. It is the second-most interceptions returned for touchdowns through seven weeks since 1970.
7 – Consecutive wins to start this season by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He has tied Dieter Brock of the 1985 Los Angeles Rams for the most consecutive wins to start a season in a quarterback’s first year with a team since 1970.
17 – Players in NFL history (since 1982 when the sack was considered a stat) have recorded at least 10 sacks in the first seven games of a season. Buffalo’s Mario Williams joined that list after two sacks against Miami this past Sunday.
20 – Returns for touchdowns by Chicago Bears specialist Devin Hester, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (19) for most in NFL history. Hester is also the all-time leader in punt-return touchdowns (13) and combined kick-return touchdowns (18 in the regular season and 19 overall).
30 – Loses by St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford since 2010. Bradford has only 18 wins and one tie.
33 – Percentage of third-downs the New England has completed this season, which is ranked 28th in the NFL.
35 – Career games Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson has hauled in at least 100 receiving yards after 155 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati this past Sunday. Johnson set a new Lions career record for most 100-yard receiving games, breaking the franchise record (34) previously held by receiver Herman Moore (1991-2001).
76 – Points scored by the Jacksonville Jaguars this season (worst in the NFL). Tampa Bay (87) is the only other team under 100 points, while Denver leads the NFL with 298.
100 – Career starts by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. The veteran currently has 27,747 passing yards, the most in NFL history by a player in his first 100 career starts.
123 – Scrimmage yards (86 rushing, 37 receiving) by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles during a win against the Houston Texas this past Sunday. Charles has at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of the first seven games to start the season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson (1975) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
2008 – The last year Carolina was actually above .500 at any point during the season. Carolina can advance to 4-3 and break that streak with a victory against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
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