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Needles From the Haystack - Week 3

  Posted 9/17 by Jeff Haseley, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


Are you a fan of interesting stats or tidbits of information about what's happening in the NFL? I make it my goal to unearth the most useful and useless stats that you can or can't think of. If that kind of thing excites you, sit back, relax and read on, because in the haystack of the NFL, I have found some needles.


Which QBs are averaging multiple TD passes per game?

3 TDs/gm

  • Jay Cutler
  • Phillip Rivers

2 TDs/gm

  • Drew Brees
  • Jon Kitna
  • Donovan McNabb
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tony Romo
  • Kurt Warner

Running Backs

Total TD leaders

  • 5 Brian Westbrook (3 rush, 2 rec)
  • 4 Marion Barber (3 rush, 1 rec)
  • 3 Willie Parker
  • 3 Michael Pittman
  • 2 Frank Gore
  • 2 Tim Hightower
  • 2 Marshawn Lynch
  • 2 Jason McKie
  • 2 Sammy Morris
  • 2 Clinton Portis
  • 2 Jonathan Stewart
  • 2 Michael Turner
  • 2 LenDale White
  • 2 Ahmad Bradshaw (1 rush, 1 rec)

Back with 20+ yards receiving per game (total receptions in parenthesis)

  • 87.5 Reggie Bush, NO (15)
  • 51.5 Mike Tolbert, SD (5)
  • 50.0 Kevin Faulk, NE (4)
  • 46.5 Frank Gore, SF (9)
  • 41.5 Fred Jackson, BUF (7)
  • 36.0 Darren Sproles, SD (2)
  • 36.0 Marion Barber, DAL (7)
  • 35.5 Steven Jackson, STL (10)
  • 31.0 Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC (7)
  • 26.5 Kevin Smith, DET (8)
  • 25.0 Justin Griffith, OAK (5)
  • 24.5 DeDe Dorsey, CIN (2)
  • 24.0 LaRon McClain, BAL (2)
  • 23.5 Ronnie Brown, MIA (5)
  • 23.0 Chris Johnson, TEN (5)
  • 23.0 Brian Westbrook, PHI (8)
  • 22.0 Kregg Lumpkin, GB (3)
  • 21.0 Jamal Lewis, CLE (4)
  • 20.5 Tim Hightower, ARI (4)
  • 20.5 Sammy Morris, NE (7)
  • 20.0 Pierre Thomas, NO (4)

Yards per rush

Minimum 15 carries (total carries in parenthesis)

  • 8.3 Earnest Graham, TB (25)
  • 7.6 Selvin Young, DEN (15)
  • 7.3 Michael Turner, ALT (36)
  • 7.0 Darren McFadden, OAK (30)
  • 5.9 Chris Johnson, TEN (34)
  • 5.8 Brandon Jacobs, NYG (36)
  • 5.7 Derrick Ward, NYG (17)
  • 5.6 Michael Bush, OAK (16)
  • 5.6 Jerious Norwood, ATL (20)
  • 5.5 Adrian Peterson, MIN (48)
  • 5.4 Andre Hall, DEN (17)
  • 5.4 Jonathan Stewart, CAR (24)
  • 5.2 Justin Fargas, OAK (27)
  • 4.9 Warrick Dunn, TB (21)
  • 4.8 Frank Gore, SF (33)
  • 4.7 Matt Forte, CHI (46)
  • 4.6 Willie Parker, PIT (53)
  • 4.5 LaRon McClain, BAL (19)
  • 4.4 Julius Jones, SEA (39)
  • 4.4 Thomas Jones, NYJ (39)
  • 4.2 Marion Barber, DAL (34)
  • 4.1 Ryan Grant, GB (27)
  • 4.1 Clinton Portis, WAS (44)
  • 4.0 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD (31)
  • 4.0 Brian Westbrook, PHI (37)
  • 4.0 DeAngelo Williams, CAR (29)

Did you know?

The Giants are the only team that has yet to complete a pass to a TE on their roster. Below is the pass distribution to TEs for every team, including the team TE leader in receptions.

  • ARI 6 - Ben Patrick 4
  • ATL 2 - Ben Hartsock and Justin Peelle 1 each
  • BAL 1 - Todd Heap
  • BUF 7 - Robert Royal 6
  • CAR 11 - Dante Rosario 8
  • CHI 8 - Desmond Clark and Glen Olsen 4 each
  • CIN 6 - Reggie Kelly 4
  • CLE 13 - Kellen Winslow 12
  • DAL 17 - Jason Witten 13
  • DEN 12 - Tony Scheffler 7
  • DET 3 - Michael Gaines 2
  • GB 6 - Donald Lee 5
  • HOU 3 - Owen Daniels 3
  • IND 9 - Tom Santi 5
  • JAC 4 - Marcedes Lewis 4
  • KC 11 - Tony Gonzalez 11
  • MIA 15 - Anthony Fasano 8
  • MIN 8 - Visanthe Shiancoe 4
  • NE 3 - David Thomas 3
  • NO 9 - Jeremy Shockey 8
  • NYG 0 - no TE catches
  • NYJ 7 - Bubba Franks 4
  • PHI 9 - LJ Smith 6
  • PIT 6 - Heath Miller 5
  • SD 11 - Antonio Gates 8
  • SF 3 - Vernon Davis 3
  • SEA 10 - John Carlson 10
  • STL 7 - Randy McMichael 7
  • TB 6 - Alex Smith 4
  • TEN 10 - Bo Scaife 7
  • WAS 7 - Chris Cooley 6

100-yard rushers and receivers in each of the first two games (most recent game first)

Rushers

  • Adrian Peterson, MIN (160, 103)
  • Willie Parker, PIT (105, 138)

Receivers

  • Calvin Johnson, DET (129, 107)
  • DeSean Jackson, PHI (110, 106)

First Downs

The Chargers could easily be 2-0, but here's one of the reasons why they are 0-2 - They are worst in the NFL in first downs allowed. (27.0 per game) The top 10 and bottom 10 in first downs allowed per game displayed below.

Bottom 10

  • 27.0 San Diego
  • 26.5 St. Louis
  • 22.0 Cleveland
  • 21.5 New Orleans
  • 21.0 Detroit
  • 21.0 Houston
  • 20.0 San Francisco
  • 19.5 Oakland
  • 18.5 Cincinnati
  • 18.5 Miami

Top 10

  • 8.0 Baltimore
  • 12.0 New York Giants
  • 12.0 Tennessee
  • 13.0 New England
  • 14.0 Philadelphia
  • 14.5 Carolina
  • 15.0 Arizona
  • 15.0 Tampa Bay
  • 16.0 Jacksonville
  • 16.0 Minnesota

Trivia question of the week

Rookie WRs Eddie Royal and DeSean Jackson have 14 and 12 receptions respectively. One other rookie also has at least 10 receptions, who is it? See bottom of page for answer.


So much for Rashard Mendenhall??

Carry margin of RB1 to RB2 for each team (listed alphabetically by team)

  • ARI Edgerrin James +26
  • ATL Michael Turner +16
  • BAL Ray Rice +3
  • BUF Marshawn Lynch +21
  • CAR DeAngelo Williams +5
  • CHI Matt Forte +32
  • CIN Chris Perry +34
  • CLE Jamal Lewis +31
  • DAL Marion Barber +22
  • DEN Andre Hall +2
  • DET Kevin Smith +22
  • GB Ryan Grant +13
  • HOU Steve Slaton +8
  • IND Joseph Addai +23
  • JAC Fred Taylor +11
  • KC Larry Johnson +26
  • MIA Ricky Williams +4
  • MIN Adrian Peterson +39
  • NE Laurence Maroney & Sammy Morris +0
  • NO Reggie Bush +8
  • NYG Brandon Jacobs +19
  • NYJ Thomas Jones +31
  • OAK Darren McFadden +3
  • PHI Brian Westbrook +32
  • PIT Willie Parker +43
  • SD LaDainian Tomlinson +22
  • SF Frank Gore +29
  • SEA Julius Jones +32
  • STL Steven Jackson +26
  • TB Earnest Graham +4
  • TEN Chris Johnson +1
  • WAS Clinton Portis +37

Week Three - Start these QBs?

Their opponents all have allowed 250+ yards passing per game

  1. Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) vs. STL - Rams have allowed 327.5 yards passing per game and 6 total pass TDs
  2. Brett Favre (NYJ) at SD - Chargers have allowed 293.5 yards passing per game and 5 total pass TDs
  3. Matt Cassel (NE) vs. MIA - Dolphins have allowed 272.5 yards passing per game and 5 total pass TDs plus a 147.0 QB rating against
  4. Drew Brees (NO) at DEN - Broncos have allowed 266.5 yards passing per game and 5 total pass TDs
  5. Jay Cutler (DEN) vs. NO - Saints have allowed 256.0 yards passing per game and 2 total pass TDs

Week Three - Start these RBs?

Their opponents all have allowed 150+ yards rushing per game

  1. Frank Gore (SF) vs. DET - Lions have allowed 220.5 yards rushing per game, 4 total rushing TDs and 6.1 yards per carry
  2. Michael Turner (ATL) vs. KC - Chiefs have allowed 213.0 yards rushing per game, 3 total rushing TDs, 6 rushes of 20+ yards and 5.7 yards per carry
  3. Brandon Jacobs (NYG) vs. CIN - Bengals have allowed 203.0 yards rushing per game, 3 total rushing TDs, 3 rushes of 20+ yards and 2 rushes of 40+ yards
  4. Chris Johnson/LenDale White (TEN) vs. HOU - Texans allowed 183 yards rushing in week one, including 3 rushing TDs to Willie Parker
  5. Maurice Jones-Drew/Fred Taylor (JAC) at IND - Colts have allowed 181.5 rushing yards per game, 2 total rushing TDs and 4.9 yards per carry
  6. Julius Jones (SEA) vs. STL - Rams have allowed 154.0 rushing yards per game, 3 total rushing TDs and 4.9 yards per carry

Targets

Players with at least one game of 10+ targets

  • 20 Brandon Marshall, DEN - week 2
  • 17 Reggie Wayne, IND - week 1
  • 15 Muhsin Muhammad, CAR - week 1
  • 13 Tony Gonzalez, KC - week 2
  • 13 Joey Galloway, TB - week 1
  • 13 Plaxico Burress, NYG - week 1
  • 13 Dwayne Bowe, KC - week 1
  • 12 Andre Johnson, HOU - week 1
  • 12 Anthony Gonzalez, IND - week 2
  • 12 Amani Toomer, NYG - week 2
  • 12 Calvin Johnson, DET - week 2
  • 11 Anquan Boldin, ARI - week 1
  • 11 Kellen Winslow, CLE - week 2
  • 11 Wes Welker, NE - week 2
  • 11 Eddie Royal, DEN - week 1
  • 11 Marvin Harrison, IND - week 1
  • 10 Greg Jennings, GB - week 2
  • 10 David Patten, NO - week 2
  • 10 Tony Scheffler, DEN - week 2
  • 10 Shaun McDonald, DET - week 2
  • 10 Brandon Lloyd, CHI - week 2
  • 10 Matt Jones, JAC - week 2
  • 10 DJ Hackett, CAR - week 1
  • 10 Calvin Johnson, DET - week 1
  • 10 Wes Welker, NE - week 1
  • 10 LJ Smith, PHI - week 1
  • 10 Santana Moss, WAS - week 1
  • 10 DeSean Jackson, PHI - week 1
  • 10 Matt Jones, JAC - week 1

10+ targets in each of the first two games

  • 22 Calvin Johnson, DET 10, 12
  • 21 Wes Welker, NE 10, 11
  • 20 Matt Jones, JAC 10, 10

Top fantasy RBs - PPR

  • 28.8 Brian Westbrook
  • 26.3 Marion Barber
  • 23.2 Reggie Bush
  • 23.0 Frank Gore
  • 21.2 Willie Parker
  • 20.7 Michael Turner
  • 20.2 Adrian Peterson
  • 18.7 Matt Forte
  • 17.9 Chris Johnson
  • 17.3 Earnest Graham
  • 16.2 Clinton Portis
  • 16.1 Marshawn Lynch
  • 15.7 Julius Jones
  • 15.5 Darren McFadden
  • 14.4 Thomas Jones
  • 14.2 Sammy Morris
  • 14.1 Kevin Smith

Top fantasy RBs - Non PPR

  • 24.8 Brian Westbrook
  • 22.8 Marion Barber
  • 21.2 Willie Parker
  • 19.7 Michael Turner
  • 18.5 Frank Gore
  • 17.7 Adrian Peterson
  • 15.7 Reggie Bush
  • 15.4 Chris Johnson
  • 15.3 Earnest Graham
  • 15.2 Clinton Portis
  • 14.5 Darren McFadden
  • 14.1 Marshawn Lynch
  • 13.2 Julius Jones
  • 12.5 Jonathan Stewart
  • 11.9 Thomas Jones
  • 11.2 Michael Pittman

Thank goodness for Manning

Peyton that is. The Colts have 40 first downs this season. Thirty of those first downs were passing plays, seven rushing and three by penalty


Speaking of first downs

The high powered Broncos passing game is actually 2nd in the NFL in rushing first downs (19).


Flawless so far

The Arizona Cardinals have not lost a fumble or thrown an interception yet this season. They are the only team yet to have any giveaways. Arizona is also leading the NFL with a +5 turnover ratio. The rest of the NFL is displayed below (2-0 teams in bold)

+5 ARI
+4 PIT
+3 BUF, GB, WAS
+2 TEN
+1 DEN, KC, PHI, TB, CAR
+0 ATL, CHI, MIA, MIN, NE, NYG, SD, BAL
-1 CIN, CLE, OAK, STL, NYJ
-2 HOU, DAL, IND, NO, JAC
-3 DET, SF
-4 SEA


Like brother, like....brother

Julius Jones and Thomas Jones are nearly identical through two games

  • Carries
    Julius 39
    Thomas 39
  • Rushing yards
    Julius 172
    Thomas 171
  • Yards per carry
    Julius 4.4
    Thomas 4.4
  • Receptions
    Julius 5
    Thomas 5
  • Rushing TDs
    Julius 1
    Thomas 1
  • First downs
    Julius 7
    Thomas 7
  • Carries more than the RB2
    Julius 32
    Thomas 31

Hines Ward, ruler of the red zone

The Steelers have had six red zone passes this year. Five of them have gone to Hines Ward.

2007 Steelers WR red zone targets

  • 24 Hines Ward
  • 8 Santonio Holmes
  • 6 Nate Washington

Trivia Answer

Rookie TE John Carlson, SEA also has 10 receptions.


Thanks as always - Enjoy the games!

Please feel free to send any comments to haseley@footballguys.com.