Active Team Streaks Going Into Week Four

Longest Regular Season Win Streak – since 12-23-2018 – five games

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • New England Patriots
  • LA Rams

Longest Regular Season Losing Streak

  • Denver Broncos – 7 games – since 12-09-2017
  • Miami Dolphins – 6 games – since 12-16-2018
  • New York Jets – 6 games – since 12-15-2018

Games with an interception thrown

  • Pittsburgh Steelers – 4 games – since 12-30-2018
  • Cleveland Browns – 2 games – since 09-16-2019
  • Dallas Cowboys – 2 games
  • Denver Broncos – 2 games

Passing Yards greater than 200

  • Kansas City Chiefs – 24 games – since 12-03-2017 (Mahomes started 12-31-2017)
  • Atlanta Falcons – 7 games – since 12-09-2018
  • New York Giants – 6 games – since 12-16-2018

Passing Touchdowns greater than or equal to two

  • Kansas City Chiefs – 14 games – since 10-14-2018
  • Atlanta Falcons – 7 games – since 12-09-2018
  • Indianapolis Colts – 5 games – since 12-23-2018

Rushing Yards greater than or equal to 100

  • Baltimore Ravens – 10 games – since 11-18-2018 (Lamar Jackson started)
  • Buffalo Bills – 4 games – since 12-30-2018
  • Minnesota Vikings – 3 games – since 09-08-2019
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 3 games – since 09-08-2019

With a Rushing Touchdown

  • Tennessee Titans – 3 games
  • Houston Texans – 3 games

With a Fumble Lost

 

With 400+ Yards From Scrimmage

 

With 30+ Points Scored

 

Opponent Passing Yards of 200+

 

Opponent with 2+ Passing Touchdowns

 

Opponent with 400+ scrimmage Yards

 

Opponent with 30+ Points Scored

 

Games with a -10 Score Margin

 

Opponent Scrimmage Yards 280 or less

Held Opponent to less than 20 points

 

Sacked Opponent 2+ Times A Game

 

Five Thoughts On the Data

  1. The Chiefs with Mahomes have an great active streak of 24 games with 200+ passing yards in a game. However to put that in perspective there are six expired streaks all-time that were longer. The Saints lead with  streak of 43 games that ended in 2013. The average streak of those six teams is 35 games.
  2. The Patriots will truly benefit from the bad luck of the Jets, the strange direction Miami’s front office has gone with their team, and playing the NFC East. These six teams hold the top seven spots for longest active streak of allowing 200+ passing yards per game.
  3. The Bears lead active streaks in limiting opponents to under 20 points in a game with seven games. Among the teams on that streak the Bears have played the hardest teams. The league is a more pass friendly game today. Since 1970 the current Bears streak would rank 59th with ’77 Steelers at first with 14 games. Since 2000 the active Bears streak is 15th with the ’06 Broncos at first with 10 games.
  4. Fans of the Giants and the Redskins are both looking forward to their game against each other this weekend. Teams have had success passing on these two teams. They both have active streaks of opponent passing for 200+ yards with the Giants at 5 games and the Redskins at 4. As far as streaks go the edge has to go to the Giants. The Giants have a  positive streak of six games with 200+ passing yards. Whereas besides the negative streak both teams share on opposing passing yards, the Redskins have as additional  three negative streaks. They have 4 games of opponent passing for 2+ touchdowns, three games of opponent scoring 30+ points and two games with a -10 score margin.
  5. Contrary to pre-draft chatter the Ravens look like they have got a good quarterback in Lamar Jackson. His passing has greatly improved from his rookie year. Yet he continues to provide that dual threat. The team’s ten game streak of 100+ rushing yards was fueled this year by two games of Mark Ingram going over 100 yards and one with Lamar Jackson.  since his start ten games ago Jackson has four games of 90+ rushing yards. Each one of those was a win.

Three Weeks Into the Season And All-Time Defensive Leaders

In Three Weeks Into The Season And All-Time Offensive Leaders we looked at the 2019 all-time leaders this season on offense for three weeks into the season.  Today we do the same on defense.

Sacks

Buccaneer Shaquil Barrett leads all players all-time in the number of sacks for three weeks into a season. He actually shares first place with former Jet Mark Gastineau  who both had eight sacks thru the first three weeks of a season. Browns Myles Garrett comes in at tied for tenth with six sacks on the season so far.

 

Tackles

Cardinal Jordan Hicks and Panther Luke Kuechly are tie with 36 total tackles for the year. That is good for tie for twelfth place all time for tackles thru the first three weeks of a season. Bobby Wagner of the Seahawks comes in at tie for 19th with 35 so far.

 

Buccaneer Shaquil Barrett comes in again in all time leaders for tackles for loss. His seven tackles for loss thru three weeks is tie for seventh all time thru the first three weeks of a season.

 

Quarterback Hits

Again we get Buccaneer Shaquil Barrett who is tie with Raven Matt Judon at nine quarterback hits for the season. That puts them both at tie for fifth all time thru three weeks. Also in the top twenty all time is Browns  Myles Garrett who comes in tie for 15th all time with eight QB hits.

 

Fumbles Forced

We have three players in the top 14 all-time for three fumbles forced thru three weeks of a season. They are Cardinal Chandler Jones, Bears Khalil Mack and Texans Whitney Mercilus.

 

 

Three Weeks Into The Season And All-Time Offensive Leaders

Having gone three weeks into the season I look at what 2019 players on offense have so far accomplished All-Time leading statistics for the first three weeks of a season.

Rushing

Viking Dalvin Cook and Giant Saquon Barkley are in the top 25 all-time for yards per rush attempts for 3 weeks into a season and minimum 36 attempts. Cook is at 17 with 6.58 yards per attempt and Barkley at 24  with 6.41 yards per attempt.

 

Raven Mark Ingram is in the top thirty all time for rushing touchdowns three weeks into a season with five.

Receiving

Charger Keenan Allen is 15th all time for receiving yards three weeks into a season with 404 yards.

 

 

Jaguar DJ Chark and Cowboy Michael Gallup are 11th and 13th respectively in receiving yards per target for three weeks into a season and minimum 12 receptions.

 

Patriot Phillip Dorsett and Raider Darren Waller are in the top 20 all-time for catch percent three weeks into the season and minimum 12 receptions.

 

Quarterbacks

Chiefs Patrick Mahomes, Cowboy Dak Prescott and Seahawk Russell Wilson are in the top 21 all-time for 2019 passer rating in three starts and three weeks into a season.

Query Results Table
Passing
Rk Player Pos Age Year Lg Tm G W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Y/A AY/A
3 Tom Brady QB 30 2007 NFL NWE 3 3 0 0 70 88 79.55 887 10 1 141.8 3 19 10.08 11.84
4 Patrick Mahomes QB 23 2018 NFL KAN 3 3 0 0 62 93 66.67 896 13 0 137.4 4 11 9.63 12.43
5 Aaron Rodgers QB 31 2015 NFL GNB 3 3 0 0 67 91 73.63 771 10 0 135.4 3 23 8.47 10.67
6 Patrick Mahomes QB 23 2019 NFL KAN 3 3 0 0 82 114 71.93 1195 10 0 134.9 3 18 10.48 12.24
7 Peyton Manning QB 37 2013 NFL DEN 3 3 0 0 89 122 72.95 1143 12 0 134.7 4 19 9.37 11.34
10 Alex Smith QB 33 2017 NFL KAN 3 3 0 0 65 84 77.38 774 7 0 132.7 12 68 9.21 10.88
11 Ben Roethlisberger QB 23 2005 NFL PIT 3 2 1 0 35 60 58.33 688 6 0 131.8 5 27 11.47 13.47
12 Dak Prescott QB 26 2019 NFL DAL 3 3 0 0 70 94 74.47 920 9 2 128.0 2 13 9.79 10.74
14 Chris Chandler QB 35 2001 NFL ATL 3 2 1 0 42 60 70.00 651 5 1 126.5 5 36 10.85 11.77
15 Daunte Culpepper QB 27 2004 NFL MIN 3 2 1 0 73 100 73.00 945 8 1 124.8 10 21 9.45 10.60
16 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 35 2018 NFL TAM 3 2 1 0 78 111 70.27 1230 11 4 124.8 5 28 11.08 11.44
17 Philip Rivers QB 26 2008 NFL SDG 3 1 2 0 57 85 67.06 844 9 2 124.8 2 7 9.93 10.99
19 Drew Brees QB 39 2018 NFL NOR 3 2 1 0 104 129 80.62 1078 8 0 122.2 5 42 8.36 9.60
20 Donovan McNabb QB 27 2004 NFL PHI 3 3 0 0 74 106 69.81 931 8 0 122.0 6 49 8.78 10.29
Rk Player Pos Age Year Lg Tm G W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Y/A AY/A
21 Ryan Tannehill QB 30 2018 NFL MIA 3 3 0 0 54 74 72.97 687 7 2 121.8 6 63 9.28 9.96
22 Tom Brady QB 40 2017 NFL NWE 3 2 1 0 71 110 64.55 1092 8 0 121.5 10 72 9.93 11.38
24 Andy Dalton QB 27 2015 NFL CIN 3 3 0 0 61 92 66.30 866 8 1 121.0 2 11 9.41 10.66
25 Aaron Rodgers QB 27 2011 NFL GNB 3 3 0 0 74 103 71.84 917 8 1 120.9 5 34 8.90 10.02
26 Peyton Manning QB 28 2004 NFL CLT 3 2 1 0 68 102 66.67 903 9 1 119.9 2 22 8.85 10.18
27 Tom Brady QB 38 2015 NFL NWE 3 3 0 0 96 133 72.18 1112 9 0 119.6 6 34 8.36 9.71
28 Russell Wilson QB 30 2019 NFL SEA 3 2 1 0 75 105 71.43 902 7 0 119.6 8 61 8.59 9.92
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/25/2019.

 

Chiefs Patrick Mahomes is fourth all-time in passing yards for three weeks into a season.

 

Chiefs Patrick Mahomes and Cowboy Dak Prescott are in the top 20 all-time for passing touchdowns three weeks into a season.

 

Cowboy Dak Prescott, Raider Derek Carr and Falcon Matt Ryan are in the top 20 all-time for completion percentage over the first three games of a season for quarterbacks that started all three games.

Query Results Table
Passing
Rk Player Pos Age Year Lg Tm G W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Y/A AY/A
4 Drew Brees QB 39 2018 NFL NOR 3 2 1 0 104 129 80.62 1078 8 0 122.2 5 42 8.36 9.60
5 Tom Brady QB 30 2007 NFL NWE 3 3 0 0 70 88 79.55 887 10 1 141.8 3 19 10.08 11.84
7 Alex Smith QB 33 2017 NFL KAN 3 3 0 0 65 84 77.38 774 7 0 132.7 12 68 9.21 10.88
8 Derek Carr QB 27 2018 NFL RAI 3 0 3 0 85 111 76.58 936 2 5 88.3 5 30 8.43 6.77
9 Matt Schaub QB 26 2007 NFL HTX 3 2 1 0 63 83 75.90 688 4 3 100.9 5 41 8.29 7.63
10 Drew Brees QB 31 2010 NFL NOR 3 2 1 0 85 112 75.89 856 6 2 107.6 5 35 7.64 7.91
11 Ben Roethlisberger QB 33 2015 NFL PIT 3 2 1 0 67 89 75.28 912 4 2 113.1 5 35 10.25 10.13
14 Philip Rivers QB 33 2015 NFL SDG 3 1 2 0 76 102 74.51 890 5 4 100.5 10 64 8.73 7.94
15 Dak Prescott QB 26 2019 NFL DAL 3 3 0 0 70 94 74.47 920 9 2 128.0 2 13 9.79 10.74
16 Tyrod Taylor QB 26 2015 NFL BUF 3 2 1 0 58 78 74.36 714 7 3 116.1 8 53 9.15 9.22
17 Drew Brees QB 29 2008 NFL NOR 3 1 2 0 84 113 74.34 980 5 3 103.9 4 34 8.67 8.36
19 Eli Manning QB 37 2018 NFL NYG 3 1 2 0 81 110 73.64 800 3 1 99.1 12 105 7.27 7.41
20 Aaron Rodgers QB 31 2015 NFL GNB 3 3 0 0 67 91 73.63 771 10 0 135.4 3 23 8.47 10.67
Rk Player Pos Age Year Lg Tm G W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Sk Yds Y/A AY/A
21 Eli Manning QB 36 2017 NFL NYG 3 0 3 0 86 117 73.50 825 4 4 89.9 8 53 7.05 6.20
22 Derek Carr QB 28 2019 NFL RAI 3 1 2 0 72 98 73.47 699 4 3 93.9 7 48 7.13 6.57
27 Daunte Culpepper QB 27 2004 NFL MIN 3 2 1 0 73 100 73.00 945 8 1 124.8 10 21 9.45 10.60
28 Ryan Tannehill QB 30 2018 NFL MIA 3 3 0 0 54 74 72.97 687 7 2 121.8 6 63 9.28 9.96
29 Peyton Manning QB 37 2013 NFL DEN 3 3 0 0 89 122 72.95 1143 12 0 134.7 4 19 9.37 11.34
31 Matt Ryan QB 34 2019 NFL ATL 3 1 2 0 89 123 72.36 928 8 6 95.2 5 42 7.54 6.65
32 Tom Brady QB 38 2015 NFL NWE 3 3 0 0 96 133 72.18 1112 9 0 119.6 6 34 8.36 9.71
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/25/2019.

 

For their 2019 season Chiefs Patrick Mahomes and Cowboy Dak Prescott are in the top 20 all-time for yards per pass attempt for three games into a season starting quarterbacks with minimum 60 attempts.

 

 

Week Four Games To Watch For Giants Fans

The Giants had a great game against the Buccaneers. As I mentioned in my post  The New York Giants And The Quarterback Transition last week the Giants were the eighth team outside of the playoffs of ten in the NFC. As hoped the Giants won and the Cardinals lost. At the site playoffstatus.com this moved the Giants from an 82% probability of not making the playoffs down to a 68% probability of missing the playoffs.  They moved from the eighth team outside to tie for the third team of ten outside the playoffs.

This week again hoping for a Giants victory against Washington. In the playoff hunt rooting for a loss by the any of the three teams outside the playoffs that are tie or in a better position. Those teams are the Vikings, Seahawks and the Bears. Since the Vikings play the Bears there will be one loss. It would be best if the Vikings lost but a Bear loss is okay too. The Seahawks play the Cardinals in Arizona.

For these three games I take a look at each team’s most exciting weapon.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had the second best completion percentage (80.65%) in week three with 25 completions for 231 yards and three passing touchdowns in their 31-15 win over Washington. His three touchdowns was also tie for second best in week three. The Bears defense also played exceptional for a solid all team performance. The Bears are the only team this season to have a +4 turnover margin game. There were a total of 14 games last season with a 4+ turnover margin. Here are those games over last season and this.

 

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is one of only ten quarterbacks that in their first career start had a 60% or better completion percentage, 300+ passing yards, 2+ passing touchdowns and 7+ passing yards per attempt. He was the only one among those ten that also had 2 rushing touchdowns. Here is the list sorted by rushing touchdowns.

 

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joins Daniel Jones as the only two quarterbacks in week three that had two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. In week three Wilson became one of four quarterbacks that have had 400+ passing yards in a game this season. Here are the four sorted by rushing touchdowns.

 

Cardinal rookie quarterback Kyler Murray is one of eight rookie quarterbacks all-time to have 800+ passing yards in their first three starts. Of those eight Murray had the fourth best passer rating with 79.

 

Viking running back Dalvin Cook leads all backs thru week three in rushing yards (375), in rushing yards per attempt (6.58), in yards from scrimmage (454), and is second in rushing touchdowns (4). For rushing yards per attempt a minimum of 11 attempts is used.  In NFL history there are only six running backs that for the first three games of a season had 300+ rushing yards, 4+ rushing touchdowns, 6.0+ rushing average and 50+ receiving yards. Here they are sorted in descending yards from scrimmage.

 

Redskins rookie receiver Terry McLaurin is one of only nine players all-time to have a receiving touchdown in each of his first three rookie starts. He is the only rookie receiver ever that thru his first three starts had 250+ receiving yards, a 65% catch percent, 10+ yards per target and 3 receiving touchdowns. Here are the all-time players that had a receiving touchdown in each of their first three starts.

Query Results Table
Rk Player From To Tm W L T W-L% Count
1 Charlie Brown 1982 1982 WAS 3 0 0 1.000 3
2 Martavis Bryant 2014 2014 PIT 3 0 0 1.000 3
3 Thurlow Cooper 1960 1960 NYT 2 1 0 .667 3
4 Andre’ Davis 2002 2002 CLE 2 1 0 .667 3
5 Glen Kozlowski 1987 1987 CHI 2 1 0 .667 3
6 Terry McLaurin 2019 2019 WAS 0 3 0 .000 3
7 Donte’ Stallworth 2002 2002 NOR 3 0 0 1.000 3
8 Chansi Stuckey 2008 2008 NYJ 1 2 0 .333 3
9 Daryl Turner 1984 1984 SEA 2 1 0 .667 3
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2019.

 

Week Three And Saquon Barkley Record Tracking

Saquon Barkley is on track to join other elite running backs in NFL history.

Today if he breaks 100+ yards from scrimmage he ties Edgerrin James in first place for running backs that have the most 100+ yards from scrimmage games within their first 20 games.

Query Results Table
Rk Player From To Tm W L T W-L% Count
1 Edgerrin James 1999 2000 IND 14 2 0 .875 16
2 Saquon Barkley 2018 2019 NYG 5 10 0 .333 15
3 Eric Dickerson* 1983 1984 RAM 8 7 0 .533 15
4 Ezekiel Elliott 2016 2017 DAL 11 3 0 .786 14
5 Billy Sims 1980 1981 DET 9 5 0 .643 14
6 Marcus Allen* 1982 1983 RAI 11 2 0 .846 13
7 Matt Forte 2008 2009 CHI 7 6 0 .538 13
8 Curtis Martin* 1995 1996 NWE 8 5 0 .615 13
9 Charley Taylor* 1964 1965 WAS 6 7 0 .462 13
10 Jerome Bettis* 1993 1994 RAM 4 8 0 .333 12
11 Doug Martin 2012 2013 TAM 7 5 0 .583 12
12 Clinton Portis 2002 2003 DEN 8 4 0 .667 12
13 George Rogers 1981 1982 NOR 5 7 0 .417 12
14 Ricky Watters 1992 1993 SFO 9 3 0 .750 12
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/22/2019.

 

Barkley is also on track to join three other backs in NFL history that reached 2500+ yards from scrimmage in their first 20 games. He only needs 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his next two games. If he hits 150 yards from scrimmage in each of the next two games he would be the third back to hit 2600+ yards from scrimmage in 20 games.

Going Into Week Three The Statistical Leaders

As week three has commenced I take a look at the statistical leaders both players and teams going into Sunday of week three.

Running Backs

The top running backs going into the third week are Saquon Barkley and Dalvin Cook. They are ranked third and fourth in rushing yards per attempt for backs with 10+ attempts. They have roughly twice as many yards as the backs at first and second. Cook and Barkley are first and fourth in yards from scrimmage respectively. They are two of four backs on track to break 2000+ yards from scrimmage. The other two are Austin Ekeler (LAC) and Christian McCaffrey (CAR).

Rk Player Age Tm Att Yds Y/A TD Y/G Touch YScm
3 Saquon Barkley 22 NYG 29 227 7.83 1 113.5 36 274
4 Dalvin Cook 24 MIN 41 265 6.46 3 132.5 46 311

 

Dalvin Cook’s highlights are NFL property and have to watched on youtube.

Receivers

The table contains the top ten receivers with 8+ targets sorted by yards per target.  Three additional receivers outside the top ten are included to show teams with two or more receivers with 10+ yards per target. The Chiefs are the only team to have three receivers in the top receivers for 10+ yards per target including the number one receiver, Demarcus Robinson.

Other teams with two receivers of 10+ yards per target are the Jaguars, Cowboys, Chargers and Ravens. The Ravens have the youngest top duo with Marquise Brown at 22 years and Mark Andrews at 23 years. Jacksonville has the surest hands duo with Chris Conley (80% catch rate ) and DJ Chark (83.3% catch rate). The Chiefs Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson leads the duos in receiving touchdowns with five between them. Dallas receiver Michael Gallup stands out with 113 yards per game, an 86.7% catch rate, 15.07 yards per target and only 23 years old.

Rk Player Age Tm G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt
1 Demarcus Robinson 25 KAN 2 8 7 172 24.57 2 86.0 87.5% 21.50
2 DeSean Jackson 33 PHI 2 9 8 154 19.25 2 77.0 88.9% 17.11
3 DJ Chark 23 JAX 3 18 15 277 18.47 3 92.3 83.3% 15.39
4 Michael Gallup 23 DAL 2 15 13 226 17.38 0 113.0 86.7% 15.07
5 Mike Williams 25 LAC 2 8 5 112 22.4 0 56.0 62.5% 14.00
6 John Ross 25 CIN 2 20 11 270 24.55 3 135.0 55.0% 13.50
7 Chris Conley 27 JAX 3 15 12 200 16.67 1 66.7 80.0% 13.33
8 Mark Andrews 23 BAL 2 17 16 220 13.75 2 110.0 94.1% 12.94
9 Marquise Brown 22 BAL 2 18 12 233 19.42 2 116.5 66.7% 12.94
10 Austin Ekeler 24 LAC 2 13 12 163 13.58 2 81.5 92.3% 12.54
15 Travis Kelce 30 KAN 2 17 10 195 19.5 1 97.5 58.8% 11.47
22 Amari Cooper 25 DAL 2 14 10 150 15 2 75.0 71.4% 10.71
26 Sammy Watkins 26 KAN 2 24 15 247 16.47 3 123.5 62.5% 10.29

Quarterbacks

The table shows the top eleven quarterbacks sorted by quarterback rating.

The youngest of the group, Lamar Jackson, leads with a 145.2 rating. Jackson almost doubled his passing yards per game from last year. In two games he has surpassed his passing touchdowns from the seven games he started his rookie season and is in a three way tie for most passing touchdowns. He still maintains his running potential. Jackson leads all quarterbacks in rushing yards per game by 23 yards over the next closest quarterback.

I included eleven rather than a typical top ten because Jets quarterback Luke Falk falls in at eleven. Last week Falk was on the Jets practice squad and got elevated from their third string quarterback to starting on Monday night due to Sam Darnold’s illness and Trevor Siemian’s injury.  Looking at the names that precede Falk in the table this is quite a feat. He had the second best completion percentage (80%) for the season among all quarterbacks. After getting drafted by the Titans in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, Falk failed to make the team. He was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins and then waived in the 2019 offseason., The Jets is Falk’s third team. For his debut on Monday night football he had a solid performance. This week he faces a tough opponent against the Patriots in his first career start. Tom Brady was Falk’s hero growing up. It was kind of ironic that Falk was drafted in the exact same spot that Brady was drafted.

Rk Player Age Tm Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int TD% Int% Rate Sk Y/A Y/G W L T 4QC GWD Att Yds Y/A TD Y/G
1 Lamar Jackson 22 BAL 41 57 71.93 596 7 0 12.3 0 145.2 3 10.46 298 2 0 0 19 126 6.63 0 63
2 Dak Prescott 26 DAL 51 62 82.26 674 7 1 11.3 1.61 142.9 1 10.87 337 2 0 0 9 81 9 0 40.5
3 Patrick Mahomes 24 KAN 55 77 71.43 821 7 0 9.1 0 136.3 2 10.66 410.5 2 0 0
4 Russell Wilson 31 SEA 43 55 78.18 495 5 0 9.1 0 134.5 8 9 247.5 2 0 0 1 1
5 Tom Brady 42 NWE 44 64 68.75 605 5 0 7.8 0 124.8 3 9.45 302.5 2 0 0
6 Case Keenum 31 WAS 56 81 69.14 601 5 0 6.2 0 111.2 2 7.42 300.5 0 2 0
7 Gardner Minshew 23 JAX 65 88 73.86 692 5 1 5.7 1.14 110.6 5 7.86 230.7 1 1 0 11 80 7.27 0 26.7
8 Jacoby Brissett 27 IND 38 55 69.09 336 5 1 9.1 1.82 107.8 5 6.11 168 1 1 0 1 1
9 Jimmy Garoppolo 28 SFO 35 52 67.31 462 4 2 7.7 3.85 104.8 1 8.88 231 2 0 0
10 Matthew Stafford 31 DET 49 75 65.33 630 5 2 6.7 2.67 102.6 3 8.4 315 1 0 1 2 1
11 Luke Falk 25 NYJ 20 25 80.00 198 0 0 0 0 99.7 2 7.92 198

 

Pass Rushers

Browns Myles Garrett and then Buccaneer Shaquil Barrett lead all pass rushers in sacks per game. They come in first (Garrett) and third (Barrett) in quarterback hits per game.

Through two weeks the team with the best pass rush as determined by sacks and quarterback hits is the Jaguars. The team with the worst pass rush is the Broncos. The AFC South, (composed of the Jaguars, Texans, Colts and Titans), has the best pass rush. They are followed by the AFC North (Browns, Ravens, Bengals, Steelers). The division with the worst pass rush is the NFC East (Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins). The four teams of the NFC East comprise the five lowest teams in combined sacks and hits  statistic.

In the table leaders are highlighted in yellow and low teams in orange. The figures are a sum of sacks and hits as a percent of the average. So for instance the Giants have one sack. That divided by the league team average of 2.2 gives a 0.45 sack number. They have 1.5 quarterback hits. That divided by the league team average of 3.4 gives a 0.44 hits number. The final total of 90 is the sum of those two.

Division Tm Sacks/Hits Normalized Total Division Sum
East
NWE 1.91
BUF 1.91
NYJ 1.42
MIA 0.90 6.14
West
KAN 1.94
OAK 1.76
LAC 1.19
Den 0.00 4.90
North
CLE 3.59
BAL 3.14
CIN 1.80
PIT 1.53 10.06
South
JAX 3.74
IND 2.43
HOU 2.10
TEN 2.05 10.31
East
WAS 1.19
NYG 0.90
PHI 0.75
DAL 0.52 3.36
West
SFO 2.84
LAR 2.02
SEA 2.02
ARI 1.87 8.76
North
MIN 3.28
CHI 2.69
GNB 2.32
DET 1.50 9.80
South
NOR 3.22
ATL 2.09
CAR 1.72
TAM 1.65 8.67

Solo Tackles

Tracy Walker of the Lions leads all players in solo tackles per game with 16 total. The Cardinals have the top duo of players with middle linebacker Jordan Hicks with 15 solo tackles and strong safety Budda Baker with 14 total. The Bears have the next top duo with inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan at 13 total each.

Rk Player Year Age Draft Tm Lg G Solo Ast Comb TFL solo/game
1 Tracy Walker 2019 24 3-82 DET NFL 2 16 3 19 2 8
2 Jordan Hicks 2019 27 3-84 ARI NFL 2 15 10 25 2 7.5
3 Blake Martinez 2019 25 4-131 GNB NFL 2 15 5 20 1 7.5
4 Joe Schobert 2019 26 4-99 CLE NFL 2 15 6 21 1 7.5
5 Budda Baker 2019 23 2-36 ARI NFL 2 14 5 19 0 7
7 Landon Collins 2019 25 2-33 WAS NFL 2 14 5 19 1 7
10 Thomas Davis 2019 36 1-14 LAC NFL 2 13 13 26 0 6.5
11 Terrell Edmunds 2019 22 1-28 PIT NFL 2 13 5 18 0 6.5
12 Brandon Facyson 2019 25 LAC NFL 2 13 4 17 0 6.5
13 Vernon Hargreaves 2019 24 1-11 TAM NFL 2 13 2 15 0 6.5
15 Cory Littleton 2019 26 LAR NFL 2 13 9 22 0 6.5
16 Roquan Smith 2019 22 1-8 CHI NFL 2 13 5 18 1 6.5
17 Danny Trevathan 2019 29 6-188 CHI NFL 2 13 4 17 0 6.5
19 Xavier Woods 2019 24 6-191 DAL NFL 2 13 4 17 0 6.5

Interceptions

The top six players in interceptions per game are shown in the following table. The Patriots lead the league in interceptions with five in two games. They are followed by the 49ers with four interceptions in two games.

Player Age Tm G Int Yds TD PD Int/Game
Desmond Trufant 29 ATL 2 2 10 0 3 1.00
Anthony Harris 28 MIN 2 2 0 0 2 1.00
Jamie Collins 30 NWE 2 2 74 1 2 1.00
Devin McCourty 32 NWE 2 2 0 0 3 1.00
C.J. Mosley 27 NYJ 1 1 17 1 2 1.00
Logan Ryan 28 TEN 3 2 0 0 6 0.67

Eli Man

Eli Spiderman
Eli Spiderman

Eli man, Eli man,
Does whatever a Tom Brady can.
Comes right back in the 4th quarter,
Unlike Beckham, he does like water.
Look out! Here comes the Eli Man.

Is he tough? Listen whiners –
Just watch him play the Niners.
Can he sling it when all looks dead?
Take a look at Tyree’s head.
Hey there! There goes the Eli man.

In the chill of Lambeau Field,
Or the SB scene of the crime,
The pigskin he will wield,
He completes just in time!

Eli man, Eli man,
Friendly neighborhood Eli man.
Hall Of Fame, he’s ignored—
Lombardi Trophies are his reward.

To him,
Life is a great big goodwill—
Wherever there’s a 2 min drill,
You’ll find the Eli man!

The New York Giants And The Quarterback Transition

Eli Manning

Thank You for an incredible run at quarterback for the Giants! Eli is a two time Super Bowl MVP and one of only five players all time with multiple Super Bowl MVP awards. He helped lead the Giants to two Lombardi trophies. Eli was 8-4 in the playoffs and is tie for third all-time in playoff 4th quarter comebacks and game winning drives. He is seventh in career passing yards and eighth in career passing touchdowns. Eli is ninth all-time in game winning drives. He was both a clutch player and an iron-man. The beating he took against the 49ers in the 2011 NFC championship game was unreal and yet he kept coming back and led the Giants to a victory.  Manning was sacked six times and hit 14 times. His clutch plays to beat the Patriots twice in the Super Bowls were things of beauty. In the 2007 Super Bowl run the Giants were a wildcard and had three playoff road victories to reach the Super Bowl. Here is a great article on Manning playing thru pain and injury to be the iron-man he was – Sports Illustrated Article.  The first one on start 42 is great as Manning comes back to play the week after suffering a separated shoulder on his throwing arm. It includes quotes from the late Jared Lorenzen. Manning’s on-field performance makes him a great quarterback. Off the field he was even better. He never blamed others or threw anyone under the bus. He was a good teammate and community citizen. Eli Manning exemplified the traits that young sports fans could look up to. He exemplifies all that is good about the NFL and in my book is a Hall-Of-Fame quarterback.

Daniel Jones, the Team and going forward.

Some people have written off 2019 for the Giants. They are 0-2 and now starting a rookie quarterback. Their defense has given up 63 points in two games. That is tie with Washington for the second most points allowed. They have one of their top two wide receivers recovering from a concussion and the other serving a four game suspension.  In the offseason they traded away their lead wide receiver and lead edge rusher – Olivier Vernon. They let their lead solo tackler, Landon Collins, walk in free agency. However how can a true fan ever write-off a season? As ex-Jets coach Herm Edwards emphasized in an old press conference shown below – “You Play to Win the Game!”.

 

Contrary to a popular sports radio announcer’s rant on the switch to Daniel Jones, there have been more than two teams that have had success with a rookie quarterback. Here is a list of rookie quarterbacks whose teams made it to the playoffs.

Rookie Team Season
Dan Marino Miami Dolphins 1983
John Elway Denver Broncos 1983
Bernie Kosar Cleveland Browns 1985
Jim Everett Los Angeles Rams 1986
Todd Marinovich Los Angeles Raiders 1991
Shaun King Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1999
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers 2004
Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons 2008
Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens 2008
Mark Sanchez New York Jets 2009
Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals 2010
T.J. Yates Texans 2011
Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins 2012
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2012
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks 2012
Connor Cook Oakland Raiders 2016
Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys 2016

The Giants have one of the best if not the best running backs in the league with Saquon Barkley.  He is one of only 41 players all-time to have 2000+ yards from scrimmage in a season and one of only three to do so in their rookie year. Even though it has been only two games his production is on track to crack 2000+ yards again in his second year. This year he has the third highest average yards per rush (7.8) for players with 10+ attempts. Last year he had the most 20+ and 40+ rushing plays. He is one of only ten players to have a 40+ rushing attempt this year.

Currently according to playoffstatus.com  the Giants are the eighth team out of ten that would miss the playoffs in the NFC. They are listed with an 82% probability of not making the playoffs. The Giants have to start the arduous task of scaling up that playoff list. This weekend I’ll be rooting for a Giant victory over the Buccaneers and a Cardinal loss to the Panthers.

Let the new era begin!

Andrew Luck to Announce Retirement

Sunday Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will officially announce his retirement from the NFL. “This is not an easy decision,” Luck said, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. “Honestly it’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.” Luck has been sidelined in the preseason with a leg injury. Word is that Andrew Luck is mentally worn down and ready to retire. Luck has said the dealing with the injuries has taken my joy of this game away.

Since starting for the Colts as a rookie in 2012, the Colts have ranked 31, 30, 29, 31 and 31 in quarterback hits. They have had over 100 quarterback hits every season. In 2016 they had their worst of the five year stretch with 128 quarterback hits when the league average was 87. When he is knocked down, Luck was in the habit of congratulating his opponent on the hit. luck missed the 2017 season following surgery on his shoulder.

In his six year career Andrew Luck made the Pro Bowl four times and led his team to the playoffs for four seasons. He led the team to the 2014 AFC Championship game where they lost to the New England Patriots. He was the NFL passing touchdown leader in 2014.

Luck’s career 89.5 passer rating is 15th all-time and his 275 passing yards per game is second all-time. Luck is also tie for third in career passes completed per game with 23.3.

Andrew Luck is a great quarterback that gave his all for the Colts. Unfortunately fans sometimes get too emotionally caught up in desire to win and overlook the effort and sacrifice players put in. When news of Luck’s retirement spread on social media during the Colt’s preseason game the boos reigned down in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and Luck will be honored for his career on the Colts.

(Update: Since Luck’s retirement leaked to social media on Saturday, Luck officially announced his retirement on Saturday)

Giants All-Time Great Quarterbacks

As the Giants prepare for the 2019 season the question arises as to when the transition to new rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones, will occur. It got me thinking about Eli Manning and other great Giant quarterbacks. I came up with a query on pro football reference to pull out some of the great quarterbacks that may or may not be recognized in the general population. The career query I used is

Yds/Pass Att >= 6.8 and
Passing Yds/Game >= 120 and
Passing TD % >= 4.3 and
Win % > 50%
Games Started >= 15

The above query yields ten quarterbacks for only the 2018 season:

Drew Brees
Jared Goff
Mitchell Trubisky
Patrick Mahomes
Philip Rivers
Tom Brady
Deshaun Watson
Andrew Luck
Russell Wilson
Ben Roethlisberger

When applied to career statistics since 1920 the query without the Win percentage yielded 96 quarterbacks. Applying a > 50% win percentage narrowed the list to 63 quarterbacks. I removed Bobby Hebert as while he met the criteria for his career he did not meet it on any one team. I added in Super Bowl quarterbacks that did not meet the career criteria but did meet the criteria on one team. They were Jim Plunkett, Jeff Hostetler and Jim McMahon. The final list has 65 unique quarterbacks and seven of those met the criteria on two teams for a total of 72 team instances.

Forty-four of the sixty-five quarterbacks played in a Super Bowl or championship game comprising 68% of the list.  Only seven Super Bowl quarterbacks did not make the list. They were as follows with the reason:

Joe Namath – Win %
Doug Williams – Win %
Troy Aikman – TD % (3.5)
John Elway – TD % (4.1)
Trent Dilfer – TD%, Win %
Brad Johnson – TD% (4.0)
Joe Flacco – Yd/Att (6.7), TD % (3.7)

The breakdown of quarterbacks on the list by teams are

4 with 0 NYJ BAL TEN JAX
7 with 1 ARI ATL BUF CHI DET NOR TAM
9 with 2 CAR CIN DEN HTX KAN MIA NWE SEA WAS
6 with 3 IND GNB MIN PIT SDG SFO
2 with 4 NYG CLE
3 with 5 DAL RAM RAI
1 with 6 PHI

 

Here are the four Giants quarterbacks that met the criteria and are arguably the best Giants quarterbacks in Giant history. it expands on a key achievement or attribute of each quarterback.

Eli Manning – “Easy Eli”

Clutch

Manning is eleventh in career 4th quarter comebacks with 27. He is ninth in career game winning drives with 37.  Eli Manning is tie with Joe Montana for third in post-season game-winning drives with five. He is tie at third for post-season 4th quarter comebacks with four. These statistics are maintained since 1960.

Manning is cool and collected. Nothing seems to rattle him. He will take a beating and keeps fighting. That was how it was in their 2011 drive to a Super Bowl victory. In the NFC Championship game against the 49ers Eli Manning took a total beating. Manning took 18 hits, was knocked down 12 times and sacked six times. The game was tie at 17-17 after the fourth quarter and went to overtime. The Giants win on a field goal following a forced fumble on the 49ers punt return.

The next game, Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants were down 15-17 when they got the ball at their 12 yard line with 3:46 left to play. On the first play of the drive Manning completes a career perfect pass to Mario Manningham near the sideline for a 38 yard gain. Manning then went on to complete 4 of 5 passes for another 36 yards. Interspersed were two Ahmad Bradshaw runs for eight yards. The drive was capped off by a six yard touchdown run by Bradshaw which the Patriots allowed to get the ball back with 0:57 left to play. The Giants held the Patriots and orchestrated one of the greatest Super Bowl 4th quarter comebacks.

Relatively recently in the 2016 season Manning had six game winning drives which was third best in the league.

Eli Manning

Precise , Accurate

Manning leads Giants quarterbacks in career completion percentage for quarterbacks with 300+ attempts. He has a career 60.3% completion percentage. Manning has a decent completion percentage on a high volume of career passing attempts. Of the 38 active quarterbacks with 300+ career passing attempts and a 60% or better completion percentage, Eli Manning is sixteenth in passing yards per game. Manning is fourth in Super Bowl completion percentage (75% in XLVI) and fourth in career Super Bowl completion percentage (66.2%). Eli’s last five seasons have a completion percentage above his career average and in 2018 Eli had a career high 66% completion percentage. That was good for 16th in the league. In December 2018 Manning was in the top ten for most throws 20+ yards downfield. He had the highest completion percentage for those throws on the list.

According to Pro Football Focus, in 2018 Eli had 75.8% of his passes as catch-able which was fifth best in the league.  Pro Football Focus also reports that Manning had a 76.2% adjusted completion percentage on third downs which was fourth in the league.

Phil Simms – “Tough as nails”

Tough

First let me say that most NFL quarterbacks or even players are tough. The Giants have a long history of tough quarterbacks including Charlie Conerly, Y.A. Tittle, Phil Simms and Eli Manning. I highlight Phil Simms as tough because that was one of his more outstanding attributes, whereas other tough Giant quarterbacks had other more outstanding achievements or attributes.

Simms was known for standing in the pocket to that last second to let the receivers get open and taking the hit. He is sixth all-time in times sacked (477). Of the top 100 quarterback all-time leaders in taking sacks Simms ranks tenth in sacks per games started with three. He leads all Giants in sacks per game for quarterbacks with 10+ career starts. (One note is that sack totals were not kept prior to 1965. So players such as Y.A. Tittle and Charlie Conerly are not in those calculations.)

When strength coach Johnny Parker introduced a new heavy lifting weight training program to the team, Phil Simms approached him and said he wanted to work with him. Parkman responded that he hadn’t developed a program for the quarterbacks yet. To which Simms responded that he wanted to do what everyone else was doing. So Simms was working out in the weight room with the linemen.

Simms was also mentally tough. He endured many boos starting with his draft selection and continuing through much of his career. He was always a backup quarterback away from being benched. He did not let that phase him. Phil battled thru injuries and missed 36 games due to injury in his first 5 seasons (including all of 1982). Yet he went on to lead the Giants to their first Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XXI. Phil Simms holds the record for the highest passer rating in a Super Bowl, at 150.92 in that Super Bowl. He went on to lead the Giants up to another Super Bowl before getting injured and replaced by Jeff Hostetler. Hostetler went on to help win the Giants second Super Bowl.

Phil Simms and Charlie Conerly are the two best Giant rookie quarterbacks. Phil Simms holds the record for Super Bowl Passer Rating (150.9) and Pass Completion Percentage (88%).

Phil did not have a nickname so I used a quote from Bill Parcells:

“Phil is the type of guy who you always want on your side because he’s as tough as nails, He’s got that soft blond fluffy hair, but you wouldn’t want to mess with him….”

Y.A. Tittle – “Old Reliable”

Bottom Line Guy

Y.A. Tittle has the highest win percentage (67%) among Giants quarterbacks and also the highest touchdowns per game at 2 touchdowns per game.  Tittle threw an NFL-record 33 touchdown passes in 1962 and then a year later threw for 36. The 1963 record stood until Dan Marino broke it in 1984.  Tittle had a 7.3% touchdowns to pass attempts for his four years on the Giants. Not only is that the best in Giants history but it would be third best among career TD% except the Giants was not all of Tittle’s career. Of the top 100 quarterbacks for career wins Tittle’s 66.67% win percentage while on the Giants would rank 12th in career win percentage. Of course Tittle’s career spanned more than just his four years on the Giants. His career win percentage puts him at 64th on the list. Tittle’s best years were on the Giants. In his four years on the Giants he led the team to three consecutive Championship Games. Unfortunately the were unable to win them.

Tittle was another tough player. He played through numerous injuries in his lifetime including a broken toe, a separated shoulder, a broken cheekbone, a broken arm, broken ribs and a cracked sternum. Tittle would stand in the pocket and take a hit not worried about the onslaught of defensive players but focused on his receivers downfield.

Charlie Conerly – “Chuckin Charlie Conerly”

Passing Touchdown %

When Charlie Conerly was a little boy in Mississippi he wanted to play professional football for the New York Giants when he grew up. Conerly would go on to go to Ole Miss where he started at quarterback in 1942. After the 1942 season he enrolled in the Marines during World War II and fought in the battle of Guam. He had a rifle shot out of his hands by a Japanese sniper. While in the South Pacific Charlie received word that the Redskins had drafted him as his class had graduated and he was eligible for the draft. After the War Charlie returned to Ole Miss in 1946 at the age of 25. He played two more seasons at Ole Miss where he led the Rebels to their first Southeastern Conference championship. That year he was a Consensus All-American and First Team All-SEC.

The Redskins traded Conerly to the Giants where Conerly played his rookie season in 1948 at the age of 27. Conerly was named 1948 NFL Rookie of the Year. He led all rookie quarterbacks that year in completions, touchdown passes and passing yards per game. Conerly and Phil Simms are the two best Giants rookie quarterbacks.

Like the other quarterbacks listed here, Charlie Conerly was tough. Sacks were not kept as a statistic back in Charlie’s time. However he had poor O-line protection for a lot of his years. In a 1952 game against the Eagles, Conerly was sacked 17 times. At age 32 Charlie retired. But new head coach Jim Howell promised Charlie to get better protection for him and convinced Charlie to return. During his rookie season, Frank Gifford watched Conerly suffer a terrible injury—and stay in the game:

He broke his nose really badly, they literally called a timeout and then they called another one while they stopped the bleeding, they stuck stuff up there until it would stop bleeding.

Charlie Conerly is first among Giant quarterbacks in career yards per completion (minimum 1500 attempts).  In his fourteen year career on the Giants Conerly was in the top ten in yards per completion in the league for eleven seasons. He was number one in 1959 with 15.1 yards.  He is number 26 on the all-time yards per completion record list with 13.7 yards. No current quarterback has a better career yards per completion.

Charlie Conerly is number nine on the all-time league TD percentage list. That is the percent of touchdown passes per pass attempts. Aaron Rodgers is the only current quarterback with a better percentage. Conerly is number one on the Giants list for TD % (minimum 1500 attempts).  Y.A. Tittle has a higher percent but only 1308 attempts.

Charlie Conerly was the oldest winner of the NFL MVP award receiving it in 1959 at the age of 38. Conerly stood as the oldest recipient until Tom Brady won the award in 2018.  He was the oldest quarterback to play in the NFL at 40 in 1961. He held that distinction until Earl Morrall took in 1976 at age 42. Charlie Conerly was a three-time All Pro quarterback. He guided the Giants to the NFL championship game three times and was a winner once. Many have said Chuckin Charlie Conerly is the best quarterback not in the Hall Of Fame.

In Conclusion

Here is the full list of quarterbacks that met the criteria sorted by team – QB Criteria. The quarterbacks that appeared in a Super Bowl or Championship Game are highlighted in yellow.

The Giants have a good history of great quarterbacks. These guys generally fit a type of tough leaders. Some have been quiet lead by example guys like Charlie Conerly and Eli Manning. All four have been tough players that played through whatever adversity came their way. I would consider them blue collar lunch pail type guys in the Giants tradition. The Giants new rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones, seem to fit that mold like Eli did. It is an exciting time for the franchise as one great quarterback attempts another shot at the playoffs and a new rookie practices for a future hand-off of the quarterback position.