10 mind-blowing stats from Week 14 in the NFL
- Published: Dec. 5, 2012 at 03:01 p.m.
- Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 at 03:47 p.m.
The NFL Network research team provided NFL.com with hundreds of Week 14 stats. We picked out 10 that blew our minds.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has thrown a game-winning TD pass in the final two minutes of regulation or OT three times this season, the most ever by a rookie since at least the 1970 merger. With 11 TDs and no interceptions in Seattle, Wilson has the NFL's highest passer rating (122.0) at home this season. He is on pace for the third-best single-season passer rating at home in NFL history, which would place him behind Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, but in front of Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Steve Young and John Elway in the record books.
This season, Peyton Manning has completed 44.7 percent of his pass attempts to travel at least 20 yards in the air, the highest completion percentage in his career on passes of that distance. His previous high came in 2004 (43.8), the year he won his second NFL MVP award.
The 3-9 Panthers are 0-for-13 on coin tosses this season (0-for-2 in Week 11, including overtime flip). Since 1998, the Panthers are the first team to lose their first 13 coin tosses. The odds of losing 13 straight coin tosses are 1 in 8,192.
Colts QB Andrew Luck is averaging 41.9 pass attempts per game, the second most in the NFL. The rookie record is 37.7, set by Matthew Stafford in 2009. The NFL record for average pass attempts over a single season is 43.2, set by Drew Bledsoe in 1994. Luck would need to average 47 attempts in the final four games to break Bledsoe�s mark.
No charge left
The Chargers, who visit the Steelers in Week 14, are 0-14 all-time at Pittsburgh. No team in NFL history has more road losses to an opponent without a single win.
RG3 in a row
Robert Griffin III is the third Redskins quarterback to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants in consecutive games, in the same season. Mark Brunell and Sonny Jurgensen were the other two. RG3's feat has put Washington squarely into the NFC playoff mix, three weeks after it appeared as if coach Mike Shanahan had raised the white flag.
Inconsistent icon, entertainer
Since throwing for 422 and 432 yards in his first two NFL games, Panthers QB Cam Newton has not had back-to-back 300-yard games, a span of 26 games. After throwing for 306 yards against Philadelphia in Week 12 (his third 300-yard game of the season), Newton threw for 232 yards last week against Kansas City.
Eight is enough
After starting the season 3-1, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost eight straight -- their first eight-game losing streak under Andy Reid. The last time the Eagles lost eight consecutive games within a single season was in 1968, when Norm Snead was the QB and Joe Kuharich the coach. Kuharich won two of his last three games that year (just ahead of the Buffalo Bills, who earned the first pick in the 1969 draft and used it on O.J. Simpson), but it wasn't enough to save his job. The coach and new ownership agreed on a settlement for the final 11 years remaining on Kuharich's contract.
Lion down on the job
The Green Bay Packers this week host the Detroit Lions in an NFC North matchup. The last time the Lions won at Lambeau Field was Dec. 15, 1991, in a QB matchup involving Erik Kramer and Mike Tomczak. The following season, QB Brett Favre won the first of 13 straight regular-season games against the Lions at Lambeau.
Will we see AP2K?
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 1,446 rushing yards, the second most in a single season of his career. To reach 2,000, Peterson needs to average 138.5 rushing yards in his final four games. He has averaged 157.8 in his last six games. The Vikings close the season against the Bears, Rams, Texans and Packers; all four are in the upper half of the league in rushing defense.