There have been three games this season in which a team didn't punt. Two of those games were vs. the Cowboys, in Week 5 (Broncos 51, Cowboys 48) and Week 14 (Bears 45, Cowboys 28). The 1981 Packers are the only other NFL team since 1950 that faced two opponents who did not punt in a game.
Since 2000, when Bill Belichick took over as the Patriots head coach, New England has the best winning percentage in the NFL in December (.860). Belichick's Pats have fewer than half (8) the losses of the next-best December team, the Packers, who have 17 losses and a winning percentage of .702.
Josh Gordon leads the league in receiving yards (1,400) and yards per reception (19.7). He could become the first player since Torry Holt in 2000 with the St. Louis Rams to finish the season first in both categories.
Incredibly, Matthew Stafford is 1-22 in his career against teams that finished the season with winning records. Of the Lions' remaining opponents, only the 7-6 Ravens have a winning record.
Eli Manning has thrown 20 INTs, tied with Geno Smith for the most in the NFL and putting him on pace to lead the league in interceptions for the third time. Should his pace continue, he would join three other QBs who led the NFL in INTs thrice -- Joe Namath, Brett Favre and George Blanda. One QB has led the NFL in INTs four times -- Vinny Testaverde. (The Seahawks defense has 17 INTs this season.)
Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker are charter members of a most exclusive club. The Broncos are the first team in NFL history to have four players with 10+ touchdowns each.
Ominous sign for the Vikings and Cowboys' NFC East title hopes? Nick Foles throws a TD on 9.2% of his passes (best in NFL). The Vikings defense has allowed 29 pass TDs this season (worst in NFL).
Through 28 regular season games, Robert Griffin III has a losing record as an NFL starter (12-16). The Redskins have lost five straight games, their longest losing streak since losing six straight between Week 6 and Week 11 in 2011.Mike Shanahan is 24-37 as Redskins coach, 0-1 in the playoffs. He has posted one winning record in his last six seasons as a head coach. Shanahan 1-5 in the playoffs without John Elway as his QB.
Romo in winter
Tony Romo has a career record of 24-5 in the month of November. Romo is 12-17 in December and January combined.
The Lions and Ravens, who will meet in Week 15, have the NFL's two worst turnover differentials among teams with winning records. The Lions are at -10 (28th in NFL), while the Ravens are at -5 (25th). Only two other NFL teams have negative turnover differentials and a winning record: the Broncos (-2) and the Bengals (-1).
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