NFL TID-BITS WEEK 10

DETROIT AT CHICAGO

  • From 2008-2012, the Bears were 1-9 against the Lions, losing by an average of 9.9 points per game. Since the 2013 season, Detroit is 9-1 against Chicago, its best record against any opponent in that span (minimum 3 games).
  • Detroit was held to nine points in its Week 9 loss to Minnesota, its first time being held under 10 since a 17-6 loss in Week 15 of 2016 against the Giants. The Lions have failed to reach 10 points just twice in the last four seasons, tied for sixth fewest in the league.
  • The Bears crushed the Bills, 41-9, in Buffalo in Week 9, winning by at least 30 points for the second time this season. The rest of the NFL has combined for nine such wins, with no other team having more than one. The largest margin of victory by Chicago between 2013 and 2017 was 26.
  • The Bears are scoring 29.4 points per game this season after averaging 16.5 last season. Their +12.9 increase is the largest in the NFL this season. Detroit has dropped from 25.6 to 22.5, the sixth-largest decrease in the league.
  • Matthew Stafford finished with fewer than 200 passing yards last week for only the 14th time in his career but also the second time in his last four games. That had happened just twice in his previous 47 games combined.
  • Jordan Howard had two rushing touchdowns in the win over Buffalo, as he reached 20 career rushing TDs in 39 games. That’s the fastest a Bears player has reached 20 rushing touchdowns since Walter Payton did it in his 27th game in 1976.

 

NEW ORLEANS AT CINCINNATI

  • The Bengals hold a 7-6 edge in the all-time series against the Saints, including wins in four of the last five, dating back to 1996. New Orleans’ lone victory in that span came in its last trip to Cincinnati, winning 34-30 in 2010.
  • The Saints knocked off the previously undefeated Rams, 45-35, at home in Week 9. It was the most points scored against an 8-0 or better team in NFL history. The prior record was held by the 1953 Eagles, who beat the 11-0 Browns, 42-27.
  • The Bengals had a bye in Week 9 after beating the Buccaneers, 37-34, at home in Week 8. Cincinnati is 5-0 when scoring more than 21 points — only the Patriots (7-0) have more wins without a loss in such games this season.
  • The Bengals have gotten 18.5 sacks (of 21 total) from defensive linemen, more than any other team in the league. The Saints have allowed nine total sacks this season, the fewest of any team in the league.
  • Drew Brees is averaging 8.4 yards per attempt this season, his 17th as a full-time starter in the NFL. He’s only averaged more than that once – 8.5 yards per attempt in 2009 when the Saints won the Super Bowl.
  • Joe Mixon ran for a career-high 123 yards against the Bucs and scored two touchdowns for the first time in his career. He joined Jeremy Hill as the only Bengals in the past decade with 120+ rushing yards and 2+ rushing touchdowns in the same game.

 

ATLANTA AT CLEVELAND

  • Cleveland is 11-3 all-time against the Falcons, its best record against any active franchise. One of Atlanta’s wins came in its last trip to Cleveland, a 20-10 win in 2010. In the most recent matchup, the Browns won in Atlanta, 26-24, in 2014.
  • The Falcons beat the Redskins, 38-14, in Washington in Week 9, and have won three in a row following a three-game losing streak. Atlanta has two road wins by at least 24 points since the 2016 season (won by 28 in Los Angeles in Week 14, 2016) — only the Rams (3) have more.
  • The Browns lost to the Chiefs, 37-21, at home in Week 9, and have now lost four in a row. After each of their first five games were decided by four or fewer points, three of their last four have been losses by at least 15 points.
  • Both teams have struggled with tackling this season. The Browns have 68 missed tackles on plays from scrimmage, second most in the NFL behind Miami (73). Atlanta’s 60 are the fourth most.
  • Matt Ryan threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Washington. He’s reached those numbers four times in his career, including twice this season (374 yards, 5 TDs in Week 3 loss to New Orleans).
  • Baker Mayfield completed 69.0 percent of his passes in the loss to Kansas City, his highest completion percentage in his six career starts. His 29 completions tied the Browns’ rookie record — Tim Couch was 29-for-46 in Week 11, 1999.

 

JACKSONVILLE AT INDIANAPOLIS

  • The Jaguars have won four of the last five matchups against the Colts, outscoring them 158-77. However, three of those wins came with Andrew Luck not playing. Luck is 6-2 in his career against Jacksonville with five of the wins by 17-plus points and the two losses by a total of eight points.
  • The Jaguars have lost four in a row, getting outscored by 68 points. That’s the worst differential the team has suffered in a four-game span since Weeks 2-5 of 2014 (-85) – a stretch which saw Blake Bortles take over as QB in Week 3.
  • The Colts opened 1-5 but have since won two straight games, rushing for more than 200 yards in both. The last time the Colts had rushed for 200-plus yards in back-to-back games within a season was 1985. They’ve never done it in three straight games.
  • The Colts have 23 touchdown passes this season, tied with the Buccaneers for second-most in the league (Kansas City — 29). On the other side of the ball, the Jaguars’ defense has allowed only nine passing touchdowns this season, tied with the Cardinals for the fewest in the NFL.
  • Leonard Fournette is set to return for the Jaguars. Since the start of his career, the Jaguars have rushed 47.3 percent of the time when he has played and 38.9 percent of the time when he has been out of the lineup. That has translated to 28.7 more rushing yards per game (136.7 to 108.0) in the games with him.
  • Luck has thrown for at least three touchdown passes in five consecutive games, something he had never previously done in more than three straight games. He has not been sacked in three straight games, also the longest streak of his career.

 

ARIZONA AT KANSAS CITY

  • The Cardinals and Chiefs have met four times at Arrowhead Stadium with the Chiefs dominating the matchup, winning all four games by double digits and by an average of more than 25 points per game.
  • Arizona is 2-0 against the 49ers and 0-6 versus everyone else in 2018. The Cardinals average 23.0 points per game against San Francisco and 10.7 versus all other teams.
  • Kansas City has scored at least 13 points in the third quarter in four straight games. The only team in NFL history with a longer streak is the 1950 Rams (seven in a row).
  • The Chiefs have won 13 straight home games against NFC West opponents. The last NFC West team to win in Kansas City was the Los Angeles Rams on September 25, 1994. The Rams beat the Joe Montana-led Chiefs, 16-0.
  • Larry Fitzgerald (15,902) is 33 yards away from passing Terrell Owens (15,934) for second place on the leaderboard for most receiving yards in NFL history. Fitzgerald is coming off his first 100-yard game of the season and the 47th of his career,
  • Last week, Patrick Mahomes threw for 300 yards in his eighth straight game, tying Andrew Luck’s single-season NFL record. This week, Mahomes can tie the overall record (spanning seasons) held by Drew Brees (which Brees did twice).

 

BUFFALO AT NY JETS

  • The Jets have won three of the last four meetings in this series after losing each of the previous five. They are 6-2 at home against Buffalo since 2010, scoring over 20 points in seven of the eight contests while averaging 30.6 points per game.
  • The Bills lost their fourth game in a row with a 41-9 defeat to the Bears. Buffalo has scored fewer than 10 points in three straight games, tied for the longest such streak in franchise history (also 1987 and 1969), and has scored fewer than 14 in six consecutive games, the longest streak in team history.
  • The Jets scored and allowed their fewest points in a game this season in their 13-6 loss in Miami last week. It was only the second time in the last 15 seasons that the Jets did not score or allow an offensive touchdown, joining their 2010 Week 8 game against the Packers, a 9-0 Jets loss.
  • The Bills and Jets have not held a lead at any point in each of their last three games. Buffalo has committed a league-high 11 turnovers in that span while New York has had eight. For the season, the Bills lead the NFL with 22 giveaways while the Jets rank third with 20 (Buccaneers — 21).
  • LeSean McCoy has 24 rushing yards (on 24 carries) in his last three games, his fewest in a three-game span in his career. His previous career low in a three-game span was 64 yards in his rookie season.
  • After throwing a career-high four interceptions last week, Sam Darnold will miss his first career game with a foot injury. His expected replacement, Josh McCown, completed 67.3 percent of his passes in 2017, the third-highest single-season completion percentage in Jets history.

 

WASHINGTON AT TAMPA BAY

  • Washington had lost six straight regular-season games in Tampa before winning its most recent visit, 24-22 in 2012. The Redskins also won the teams’ most recent meeting, 31-30 in Washington in 2015.
  • The Redskins had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 38-14 home loss to the Falcons in Week 9. Since 2002, 59.8 percent of teams that started 5-3 went on to make the playoffs, while 80.3 percent of teams that started 6-2 qualified.
  • The Buccaneers have lost five of six games since beating the Saints and the Eagles in their first two games. Since Week 3, Tampa Bay has allowed an average of 35.7 points, most in the NFL in that span.
  • The Redskins have allowed seven offensive touchdowns of 25 or more yards, tied with the Rams for the most in the NFC. The Buccaneers have scored eight offensive touchdowns of 25 yards or more, tied with the Chargers for third most in the NFL behind the Falcons and the Dolphins (both nine).
  • Adrian Peterson is 120 rushing yards shy of becoming the ninth player all-time with 13,000. Peterson has averaged 115.5 rushing yards in four games against the Bucs, including 134 in Week 6 last season
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick leads qualified QBs in yards per pass attempt at 9.74 — Jared Goff (9.61), Patrick Mahomes (9.15) and Philip Rivers (9.09) are the only others over 9.0. The highest mark in any other season of his career is 7.96, in 2014 with the Texans.

 

NEW ENGLAND AT TENNESSEE

  • Including postseason, the Patriots have won seven straight meetings with the Titans, with each of the last five wins coming by at least 17 points. The last team to beat any opponent by 17+ points in six consecutive meetings was the Rams against the Packers from 1949-51.
  • After starting 1-2, New England has reeled off six straight wins. The Patriots have had a win streak of at least six games in each of the last five seasons; the only other teams to do that all-time were the 1989-95 49ers (seven straight) and the 2004-09 Colts (six straight).
  • The Titans snapped a three-game losing streak on Monday with a 28-14 win at Dallas. Tennessee went 11-for-14 (78.6 percent) on third down, the highest percentage by any team this season and the team’s highest since November 26, 1995 vs. Denver (9-for-11, 81.8 percent).
  • Tennessee and New England are first and second in the NFL, respectively, in both fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards this season. They also rank 1-2 in best average starting field position after a kickoff.
  • Since losing his first career start against Tennessee in 2002, Tom Brady has won seven straight against the Titans (including postseason). Brady has 16 touchdown passes and one interception in his career against the Titans, the best TD/INT ratio by any player against any opponent in the Super Bowl era (minimum 250 attempts).
  • Last week, Marcus Mariota had his first game this season with multiple touchdown passes and zero interceptions. His most recent such game had been against the Patriots in last season’s Divisional Playoff.

 

LA CHARGERS AT OAKLAND

  • In Week 5, the Chargers beat Oakland, 26-10, for their third consecutive win over the Raiders after losing the last four meetings while still based in San Diego. The Chargers’ longest-ever win streak over the Raiders is 13, from 2003-09.
  • The Chargers have won five consecutive games for their longest win streak since 2014. They haven’t had a longer one since winning their final 11 games of the 2009 season. Los Angeles is one of four teams to score at least 20 points in every game this season, along with the Chiefs, Rams and Saints.
  • The Raiders have won only once this season, the third-worst record through eight games in franchise history — Oakland started 0-8 in both 2014 and 1962. Their fewest wins in a 16-game season is two (2006).
  • Los Angeles’ 19 passing touchdowns rank third in the AFC and are tied for fifth in the NFL. Oakland has allowed 19 touchdowns through the air, tied for last in the conference with the Patriots.
  • Philip Rivers has thrown 19 touchdown passes this year and only three interceptions. He is one of five quarterbacks with at least 15 more TDs than INTs, along with Patrick Mahomes (+22), Drew Brees (+17), Matt Ryan (+16) and Andrew Luck (+15).
  • Derek Carr threw 28 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2016 for a touchdown percentage of 5.0 and an interception percentage of 1.1. Since then, he has thrown 32 touchdowns and 21 interceptions for a touchdown percentage of 4.0 and an interception percentage of 2.6.

 

MIAMI AT GREEN BAY

  • The last time these teams met in Green Bay in 2010, the Dolphins won an overtime thriller, 23-20. Since then, the Packers are 12-3 at home against AFC opponents, the second-best home record by any team against non-conference opponents (Seahawks — 13-2).
  • The Dolphins defeated the New York Jets in their last game, 13-6, their fewest points allowed in a game since 2014 Week 9 versus San Diego (37-0). They had four defensive interceptions, their first game with at least four INTs since 2016 and only the third since 2001.
  • The Packers lost to New England in their last game, 31-17, and have now lost four of their last six games. The last time the Packers were below .500 halfway through the season was in 2006 when they started 3-5 and finished 8-8, missing the playoffs. Green Bay hasn’t missed the postseason since 2008.
  • Green Bay has outgained opponents in total yards by 54.2 on average this season, fourth-highest in the NFL. Miami has been outgained by 78.2 yards on average, third-worst in football.
  • Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 2542 yards, second most by a Packers player through eight team games — Rodgers had 2619 after eight games in his 2011 MVP season.
  • Kiko Alonso has recorded 83 total tackles and three interceptions this season. Only two other active players have put up at least 80 total tackles and three interceptions in the first nine games of a season — Miami’s Reshad Jones in 2015 and Dallas’ Sean Lee in 2013 (Alonso also did it for Buffalo in 2013).

 

SEATTLE AT LA RAMS

  • The Rams defeated the Seahawks in Week 5, 33-31, in a game featuring five lead changes. It was the 41st meeting in the series (regular season and playoffs); the 64 total points are the fourth most in any game between the teams. The Rams have 75 points in their last two games against Seattle.
  • The Rams are the seventh team since 1950 to compile at least 4000 yards in their first nine games of a season, and the third Rams team to do so (1951 and 2000). They lead the NFL in rushing yards per game (144.3) and are fifth in passing yards per contest (302.8); no other team is in the top 10 in both.
  • The Seahawks are 1-4 this season in games decided by eight points or fewer, compared to 3-0 in games decided by nine or more points. During Russell Wilson’s tenure in Seattle, the team is 44-5 in games decided by at least nine points but just 25-29-1 otherwise.
  • The Seahawks (31.8) and Rams (30.2) are two of three teams that run the ball at least 30 times per game. The Seahawks’ rush percentage of 50.8 leads the league, and Los Angeles ranks third at 46.6.
  • Wilson enters play with 69 career regular-season wins, tied with Matt Hasselbeck for second in team history and one behind the franchise’s all-time leader, Dave Krieg. Since Week 7 of 2017, Wilson has an NFL-high 44 touchdown passes, but Seattle’s record is only 10-9 in that span.
  • Todd Gurley II has scored 35 total touchdowns since the start of last season, already the most by any player in a two-season span since 2006-2007 (LaDainian Tomlinson — 51). Gurley has scored TDs in 12 straight games; if he extends the streak to 13, it would be tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.

 

DALLAS AT PHILADELPHIA

  • Dallas won at Philadelphia in the most recent meeting, winning 6-0 in Week 17 last season after the Eagles had already clinched the NFC’s No. 1 seed. In the other meeting last season, Philadelphia rushed for 215 yards and won 37-9 at Dallas. The Cowboys have won five of their last six games in Philly.
  • The Cowboys have lost two straight and are under .500 halfway through the season for the first time since 2015. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), only 18 teams have made the postseason after starting a season 3-5 — no Cowboys team has ever done it.
  • Philadelphia has started a season 4-4 or worse 34 times and have only made the postseason five of those times. The most recent instances were in 2013 (3-5) and 2006 (4-4).
  • Philadelphia’s defense is allowing an average of 19.5 points, tied for third best in the NFC, while Dallas’ offense is averaging 19.3 points, third fewest in the NFC. The Cowboys average 4.84 yards per carry, second most in the NFC, while the Eagles allow 83.8 rush yards per game, second fewest in the NFL.
  • Carson Wentz has thrown two interceptions since making his season debut in Week 3. The only qualifying QBs with fewer INTs in that span are Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers (one apiece).
  • Dak Prescott committed two more turnovers last week. Since 2017, he is tied for the most games with multiple turnovers at 10, along with DeShone Kizer, Derek Carr and Jameis Winston.

 

NY GIANTS AT SAN FRANCISCO

  1. San Francisco beat New York in Week 10 last season, 31-21, for its first win of the season. This will be the second straight season that these teams meet with three or fewer wins between them — San Francisco entered 0-9 last season and New York entered 1-7.
  2. The Giants have lost five consecutive games within a single season for the fifth time since 2013. That’s equal to the number of single-season five-game losing streaks they had between 1981 and 2012.
  3. The 49ers beat the Raiders, 34-3, last week to snap a six-game losing streak, longest in the NFL this season. San Francisco rushed for 143 yards and has topped 100 in five consecutive games. The team hasn’t had a longer such streak in a single season since 2013 (eight straight games).
  4. San Francisco has allowed two offensive touchdowns of 25+ yards, fewest in the NFC. New York’s Saquon Barkley has three scrimmage touchdowns of at least this length, tied for fourth most in the NFL.
  5. Barkley is averaging 7.3 receptions per game, on pace for the highest ever single-season mark by a qualifying running back. He’s had at least nine receptions in three straight games, something only Saints wideout Michael Thomas has done this season.
  6. Nick Mullens made his NFL debut against the Raiders, throwing for 262 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He became the third player all-time to have 250+ passing yards, three-plus TDs and zero interceptions in his NFL debut, joining Hall of Famers Frank Tarkenton and Jim Kelly.