NFL by the numbers – If it is Week 17, Cowboys will probably lose

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

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 17:

1 – Victory by the Detroit Lions since starting this season 6-3. The Lions are currently 7-8 and out of playoff contention.

2 – Wins and 11 loses by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17 since 2000, which is the NFL’s worst record during that time span, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

3 – Players in Eagles history have compiled 2,000 cumulative yards in one season. In addition to LeSean McCoy in 2013, the others were Brian Westbrook and Wilbert Montgomery.

4 – Outcomes must occur for Pittsburgh to make the postseason. Pittsburgh must defeat Cleveland, the Dolphins must lose at home to the Jets, the Ravens must lose at the Bengals and the Chargers must lose at home to the Chiefs.

5 – Average amount of wins each season by Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier since 2010. Frazier’s best season was 10-6 in 2012, but he recorded three wins in two separate seasons (2010 and 2011).

11 – Consecutive seasons that at least one team might a division title after concluding in or tied for last place the previous season. Three teams that finished in or tied for last place in their division in 2012 – Philadelphia (NFC East), New Orleans (NFC South) and Carolina (NFC South) – remain in contention for a division title entering Week 17.

30 – People were arrested during the 49ers’ final game at Candlestick Park, according to the Associated Press. Police officials did not release details about those arrests.

62 – Interceptions have been returned for touchdowns through Week 16, the second-most in a season since 1970. The record is 71, which was set in 2012.

107 – Receptions by Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk (106) for the most in a single season in franchise history.

116 – Games have been decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the second-most through 16 weeks of a season in NFL history (118 in 2002 is the record).

266 – Yards needed by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to surpass the single-season passing record of 5,476 yards set by Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) in 2011. Manning currently has 5,211 passing yards.

1,112 – Rushing yards by Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, which leads all rookies. Lacy also has 10 touchdowns.

- - - - - - -

Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

What to Read Next