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:
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O – Amount of quarterbacks – other than the New York Jets’ Geno Smith – since the NFL-AFL merger to have four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven games.
2 – Touchdowns scored by Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson since he was acquired via trade earlier this season. He has rushed for 228 yards and averages 3.0 yards per carry. 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 TDs this past Sunday.
5 – Teams returned interceptions for touchdowns in Week 7. Buffalo, Carolina, New England, Washington and the New York Jets each accomplished the feat, 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.
33 – Percentage of third-downs New England has completed this season, ranked 28th in the NFL.
35 – Career games Calvin Johnson has hauled in at least 100 receiving yards after 155 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati on 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, 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 starts.
123 – Scrimmage yards (86 rushing, 37 receiving) by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles during a win against the Houston Texas on Sunday. Charles has at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of the first seven games to start the season, joining Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson (1975) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
2008 – The last year Carolina was 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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