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Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 01:12 p.m.

Mind-boggling stats for 2019 Week 15

Aaron Donald has 60 QB pressures this season, the Bears-Packers game will be the first teams in NFL history to play 200 games head-to-head, and Jimmy Garoppolo leads the NFL in yards per attempt (19.4) and TD rate (28.0 pct) on deep passes. See what else the numbers have to say with these mind-boggling stats for Week 15.

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  • History is not on the side of the Dallas Cowboys this week as they attempt to snap their 3-game losing streak. In the Sean McVay era (since 2017), the Rams are 5-0 against teams that entered their matchup on a losing streak of 3+ games, and have won those 5 games by an average margin of 20 points.

Aaron Donald has 60 QB pressures this season (most in NFL). Dak Prescott has 0 TD, 1 INT and a 54.7 passer rating when under pressure during the Cowboys’ current 3-game losing streak. Prescott had 5 TD, 2 INT, and an 84.5 passer rating when under pressure in Weeks 1-11. 8

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    History is not on the side of the Dallas Cowboys this week as they attempt to snap their 3-game losing streak. In the Sean McVay era (since 2017), the Rams are 5-0 against teams that entered their matchup on a losing streak of 3+ games, and have won those 5 games by an average margin of 20 points. Aaron Donald has 60 QB pressures this season (most in NFL). Dak Prescott has 0 TD, 1 INT and a 54.7 passer rating when under pressure during the Cowboys’ current 3-game losing streak. Prescott had 5 TD, 2 INT, and an 84.5 passer rating when under pressure in Weeks 1-11.

  • The Bears-Packers game will be chock full of history. It will be the 200th all-time meeting between the Packers and Bears (including playoffs), making them the first teams in NFL history to play 200 games head-to-head. The Packers have won the most NFL Championships in history with 13 (Bears are 2nd with 9), while the Bears have the most Pro Football Hall of Famers with 28 (Packers are 2nd with 25). 7

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    200th Meet

    The Bears-Packers game will be chock full of history. It will be the 200th all-time meeting between the Packers and Bears (including playoffs), making them the first teams in NFL history to play 200 games head-to-head. The Packers have won the most NFL Championships in history with 13 (Bears are 2nd with 9), while the Bears have the most Pro Football Hall of Famers with 28 (Packers are 2nd with 25).

  • The 49ers are the only team in the NFL ranked in the top 5 in scoring offense (30.5 PPG, 2nd in NFL), total offense (388.6 total YPG, 4th), scoring defense (17.6 PPG allowed, 3rd), and total defense (267.4 total YPG allowed, 2nd) in 2019. Since the 1970 merger, 19 teams have finished a season ranked top 5 in all 4 of those metrics — all of them made the playoffs, 9 of them (47.4 pct) made it to the Super Bowl, and 6 of them (31.6 pct) won the Super Bowl.

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown deep on just 6.4 pct of his pass attempts this season (lowest rate in the NFL). But Garoppolo has gotten great results when he has thrown deep, as the only qualified QB to complete over half of his deep passes (56.0 comp pct). He also leads the NFL in yards per attempt (19.4) and TD rate (28.0 pct) on deep passes. Part of Garoppolo's success on deep passes is due to his receivers averaging 3.2 yards of separation on such passes (0.8 more yards of separation than any other QB). 6

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    Success

    The 49ers are the only team in the NFL ranked in the top 5 in scoring offense (30.5 PPG, 2nd in NFL), total offense (388.6 total YPG, 4th), scoring defense (17.6 PPG allowed, 3rd), and total defense (267.4 total YPG allowed, 2nd) in 2019. Since the 1970 merger, 19 teams have finished a season ranked top 5 in all 4 of those metrics — all of them made the playoffs, 9 of them (47.4 pct) made it to the Super Bowl, and 6 of them (31.6 pct) won the Super Bowl. Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown deep on just 6.4 pct of his pass attempts this season (lowest rate in the NFL). But Garoppolo has gotten great results when he has thrown deep, as the only qualified QB to complete over half of his deep passes (56.0 comp pct). He also leads the NFL in yards per attempt (19.4) and TD rate (28.0 pct) on deep passes. Part of Garoppolo's success on deep passes is due to his receivers averaging 3.2 yards of separation on such passes (0.8 more yards of separation than any other QB).

  • The Ravens rank 1st in scoring offense and 5th in scoring defense this season. The last 3 teams to rank 1st in scoring offense and top 5 in scoring defense for a full season all made the Super Bowl. The 2007 Patriots did so with a perfect 16-0 regular season record, and the 1999 Rams and 1996 Packers both finished the season with a Lombardi Trophy.
Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in passing touchdowns (28) and leads all QBs in rushing yards (1,017) — a rare and prestigious accomplishment. The last QB to accomplish both those feats in a full season was Steve Young in 1994 (finished with 35 pass TD and 293 rush yards). Young won both NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP that season as he led the 49ers to a Super Bowl XXIX victory. 5

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    Leading the NFL

    The Ravens rank 1st in scoring offense and 5th in scoring defense this season. The last 3 teams to rank 1st in scoring offense and top 5 in scoring defense for a full season all made the Super Bowl. The 2007 Patriots did so with a perfect 16-0 regular season record, and the 1999 Rams and 1996 Packers both finished the season with a Lombardi Trophy. Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in passing touchdowns (28) and leads all QBs in rushing yards (1,017) — a rare and prestigious accomplishment. The last QB to accomplish both those feats in a full season was Steve Young in 1994 (finished with 35 pass TD and 293 rush yards). Young won both NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP that season as he led the 49ers to a Super Bowl XXIX victory.

  • Tom Brady's completion percentage, pass yards per attempt, and passer rating have declined in each of the last 3 seasons. The drop-off has been so stark that Brady has gone from MVP in 2017 to statistically below average in 2019. Brady's completion percentage (60.5), yards per attempt (6.6), and passer rating (86.5) are all below the league averages this season, putting Brady on pace to have a passer rating below league average for the first time in a season in his career as a starter. 4

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    Almost Below League Average

    Tom Brady's completion percentage, pass yards per attempt, and passer rating have declined in each of the last 3 seasons. The drop-off has been so stark that Brady has gone from MVP in 2017 to statistically below average in 2019. Brady's completion percentage (60.5), yards per attempt (6.6), and passer rating (86.5) are all below the league averages this season, putting Brady on pace to have a passer rating below league average for the first time in a season in his career as a starter.

  • Patrick Mahomes is 10-1 in his career against AFC West opponents. His .909 win percentage against the AFC West is the highest by a QB with a single team against divisional opponents since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 10 starts). 3

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    Ws on Ws

    Patrick Mahomes is 10-1 in his career against AFC West opponents. His .909 win percentage against the AFC West is the highest by a QB with a single team against divisional opponents since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 10 starts).

  • Deshaun Watson vs Ryan Tannehill is a somewhat surprising clash of strength vs strength. Watson's 120.7 passer rating against the Titans in his career is the highest by any QB with 80+ pass attempts against the Oilers/Titans franchise all-time. As for Tannehill, he has had 5 games with a 120+ passer rating this season (in only 7 starts), tied with Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson for most in the NFL.

Ryan Tannehill has been efficient on play-action passes, leading the NFL in completion percentage (76.7 pct), pass yards per attempt (14.1) and passer rating (137.5) when using play action this season. 2

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    Clashing Strength vs. Strength

    Deshaun Watson vs Ryan Tannehill is a somewhat surprising clash of strength vs strength. Watson's 120.7 passer rating against the Titans in his career is the highest by any QB with 80+ pass attempts against the Oilers/Titans franchise all-time. As for Tannehill, he has had 5 games with a 120+ passer rating this season (in only 7 starts), tied with Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson for most in the NFL. Ryan Tannehill has been efficient on play-action passes, leading the NFL in completion percentage (76.7 pct), pass yards per attempt (14.1) and passer rating (137.5) when using play action this season.

  • Drew Brees will be aiming for history this week on Monday Night Football — again — as he can pass Peyton Manning for most pass TD in NFL history with 3 against Manning's former team. Chances are good for Brees, as he already has 90 games with 3+ pass TD in his career and the Colts have already allowed 3+ pass TD in 3 games this season (to Jameis Winston, Matt Ryan, and Philip Rivers). If Brees does pass Manning (and possibly Tom Brady, who needs 4 pass TD to usurp Manning’s record on Sunday), he will be the all-time leader in completion percentage, pass yards, and pass TD. 1

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    Making History

    Drew Brees will be aiming for history this week on Monday Night Football — again — as he can pass Peyton Manning for most pass TD in NFL history with 3 against Manning's former team. Chances are good for Brees, as he already has 90 games with 3+ pass TD in his career and the Colts have already allowed 3+ pass TD in 3 games this season (to Jameis Winston, Matt Ryan, and Philip Rivers). If Brees does pass Manning (and possibly Tom Brady, who needs 4 pass TD to usurp Manning’s record on Sunday), he will be the all-time leader in completion percentage, pass yards, and pass TD.