Twenty Six Days And 26 Records

Twenty -six days to the Hall Of Fame Game and the unofficial start of the NFL season. Today I look at records related to the number 26. All records are for regular season games only.

  1. Quarterback/Kicker George Blanda played 26 years in the NFL – the longest ever. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is now at 23 years and closing. Vinatieri would have to play until age 49 to tie Blanda.
  2. The average age of an NFL player is 26 years old.
  3. Detroit quarterback Mathew Stafford is the only active quarterback and one of only three ever to reach 20,000 passing yards by age 26.
  4. Free agent running back Marshawn Lynch, Bills LeSean McCoy and Redskin Adrian Peterson are the only active backs that rushed for 6,000 yards by the age of 26. They are three of just twenty-four backs that have accomplished that since 1950.
  5. Buccaneers Mike Evans, Texan DeAndre Hopkins, Falcon Julio Jones and Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald are the only active players that had reached 6,000 receiving yards by age 26. They are four of six total since 1950.
  6. Texan JJ Watt and Bronco Von Miller are the only active players that reached 60 sacks by age 26. They are two of only four that accomplished this since 1982.
  7. Texan JJ Watt, Buccaneer Lavonte David, Cardinal Terrell Suggs and Bronco Von Miller are the only players since 1999 that reached 80 tackles for loss by age 26.
  8. Panther Luke Kuechly and Buccaneer Lavonte David are the only active players that reached 400 solo tackles by age 26. They are two of only 16 players to accomplish that since 1999.
  9. The Steelers are the only team with an active streak of at least 26 games with a passing touchdown. They are at 27 games. The Chargers were the only other team in 2018 that had such a streak but it ended 12/13 at 27 games.
  10. The Panthers were the last team that had an active streak of 26+ games with 100+ rushing yards. Their streak ended in 2016 at 30 games. Before that streak was the Steelers whose streak ended in 1977. Only seven teams ever had a streak of 26+ games.
  11. The Steelers are the only team with an active streak of at least 26 games with 200+ passing yards. Their streak is at 38 games. Only six teams ever had a streak of 26+ games.
  12. The Buccaneers are one of only two teams ever that had a losing streak of 26+ games. Their streak ended in 1977 at 26 games.
  13. In 2018 two active streaks ended for teams with 26+ games that had a score margin of 7 points or less. The Browns had a 44 game streak end in November in which they went 3-40-1. The Raiders had a 28 game streak end in December in which they were 7-21. There were only 27 such streaks in NFL history,
  14. The Raiders are one of only five teams ever to have a streak of 26+ games throwing an interception. Their streak was the last one and it ended in 1976 at 27 games. Kenny Stabler was the quarterback for most of those games.
  15. The Raiders were the last team to have a streak of 26+ games in which their quarterback was sacked at least twice. The streak was 26 games and it ended in November 1983. Their quarterback was Jim Plunkett for most of those games. Plunkett was sacked a total of 87 times from 1981 thru 1983.
  16. The Packers are the only team since 1950 to have a streak of 26+ games with a rushing touchdown. Their streak was 35 games and it ended September 1962. Their backs were two Hall Of Famers of Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor.
  17. The Saints were the last team to have a streak of 26+ games of 300+ scrimmage yards. Their streak was 30 games and ended in November 2015. They are one of only nine teams to ever accomplish such a streak. This was accomplished with players such as QB Drew Brees, RB Mark Ingram, WRs Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston, Willie Snead, and TEs Jimmy Graham and Ben Watson.
  18. The Packers are the only team since 1950 with a streak of 26+ games limiting the opponent to 200 passing yards or less. Their streak was for 27 games and ended in September of 1978.
  19. Over the last five seasons two teams have had a streak of 26+ games limiting the opponent to two passing touchdowns. The Jaguars had a 26 game streak that ended in December 2017. The Steelers had a 28 game streak that ended in November 2017.
  20. The Rams had the last streak of 26+ games grabbing an interception. Their streak was for 26 games and ended in October 1969. They had defensive back Eddie Meador on the team. Meador is the Rams all-time interception leader with 46. Meador made the Hall Of Fame 1960 All Decade Team.
  21. Three teams have active streaks ongoing for 26+ games with a sack of the opponent. The Cardinals (52 games), Steelers (41 games) and the Browns (33 games) all have active streaks. The Chargers had an active streak of 32 games but it ended in November 2018. Since 1950 ninety-seven teams had an active streak of 26+ games.
  22. Only eight teams had a streak of 26+ games holding the opponent to 26 points. The last streak ended in 2002 with the Eagles’ thirty game streak.
  23. Two receivers have an active streak of 26+ games with 3+ receptions. Saints Michael Thomas has a 47 game streak and Browns Odell Beckham has a 57 game streak. Other streaks that ended in 2018 were Keenan Allen (36), Golden Tate (35), Jarvis Landry (41) and Larry Fitzgerald (50).
  24. Drew Brees has an active streak of 88 regular season games with a completion percent of 55% or better. That streak is next followed by another streak by Brees of 51 games that ended in January 2012. The next highest streak is Mathew Stafford at 37 games that ended in October 2017.  A total of eleven NFL quarterbacks all time have had a streak of 26+ games at a 55% or better completion percent.
  25. In 2017 three quarterbacks ended a streak of 26+ games in which they were sacked. Mathew Stafford and Matt Ryan had streaks of 35 games that ended in December and November 2017 respectively. Those streaks were the fifthe longest in NFL history. The other quarterback was Russell Wilson who ended a 29 game streak. In total there have been 28 quarterbacks in NFL history to have streaks of 26+ games with a sack. Phillip Rivers had two streaks of 32 games each which roughly spanned the seasons of 2012-2013 and 2015-2016.
  26. I wanted to conclude with a bang. So I checked for consecutive wins of 26+ games and got none. The record for the most consecutive regular season wins goes to the Indianapolis Colts who from 11/02/2008 to 12/17/2009 won 23 consecutive regular season games. The 2009 season they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the Saints. That Colts team had All-Pro players of quarterback Peyton Manning, tight end Dallas Clark and defensive end Dwight Freeney. The most recent streak of consecutive wins of 15+ games was the Carolina Panthers. They won every regular season game from 12/07/2014 to 12/20/2015 for 18 consecutive wins. They also went to the Super Bowl and lost to the Broncos with Peyton Manning. That Panthers team included All-Pro players of Cam Newton,  running back Mike Tolbert, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, and cornerback Josh Norman.



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