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Trend-Spotting - Week 8

  Updated 10/29 by Chris Smith, Exclusive for Footballguys.com

All data used in this article begins week one of the 2003 season unless otherwise specified. All team information found within has been pulled from my own NFL team database. If you are interested in using this database for your own sports gaming / fantasy football / football pool research, or if you notice any inaccuracies or have any feedback (which is always encouraged) please contact me at smith@footballguys.com.


Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills

  • These two teams last played in 2006. The Bills won 24 to 21 thanks to 333 passing yards. The Texans had 394 total yards in the loss.

Texans Trends

  • Are 3-5 on the road against conference foes since last season
    • Averaged 22.1 PF and 26.6 PA
    • Averaged 258 passing yards and 212 passing yards against
    • Averaged 104 rushing yards yards and 144 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 362 total yards for and 356 total yards against
  • Are 11-27 on the road against conference foes since 2003
    • Averaged 17.1 PF and 25.6 PA
  • Are 2-0 in conference road games this season
  • Have scored 21+ points in all three road games this year
  • Had 416+ total yards of offense in all three road games this year

Bills Trends

  • Are 2-5 at home against conference foes since last season
    • Averaged 13.9 PF and 18.1 PA
    • Averaged 181 passing yards and 142 passing yards against
    • Averaged 119 rushing yards yards and 126 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 300 total yards for and 268 total yards against
  • Are 18-19 at home against conference foes since 2003
    • Averaged 18.5 PF and 18.5 PA
  • Have score 7 or fewer points in two of three home games this season
  • Have less than 290 total yards of offense in two of three home games this season
  • Have given up 393 combined rushing yards in past two home games

Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears

  • The Browns defeated the Bears 20 to 10 back in 2005. The Bears were held to just 90 passing yards in the loss

Browns Trends

  • Are 0-2 in non-conference road games since last season
    • Averaged 11 PF and 14 PA
    • Averaged 134 passing yards and 158 passing yards against
    • Averaged 102 rushing yards yards and 193 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 236 total yards for and 351 total yards against
  • Are 4-8 in non-conference road games since 2003
    • Averaged 15.2 PF and 21.3 PA
  • Have scored 6 or fewer points in three of four road games this season and the 4th game had just 14 points scored
  • Have had 200 or fewer total yards of offense in each of the four road games
  • Have given up 449+ total yards in three of four road games

Bears Trends

  • Are 2-1 in non-conference home games since last season
    • Averaged 18 PF and 15 PA
    • Averaged 202 passing yards and 215 passing yards against
    • Averaged 69 rushing yards yards and 81 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 271 total yards for and 296 total yards against
  • Are 8-5 in non-conference home games since 2003
    • Averaged 18.5 PF and 19.3 PA
  • Have won both home games this season despite not reaching 300 total yards of offense in a game.

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

  • The Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 34 to 9 last season thanks to 447 total yards of offense.

Seahawks Trends

  • Are 2-6 in conference road games since last season
    • Averaged 16.3 PF and 26.9 PA
    • Averaged 173 passing yards and 256 passing yards against
    • Averaged 86 rushing yards yards and 150 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 259 total yards for and 406 total yards against
  • Are 18-20 in conference road games since 2003 season
    • Averaged 21.1 PF and 22.0 PA
  • Have rushed for just 115 total yards in the two road games this season
  • Have given up 379 and 431 total yards of offense in the road games this season (to SFO and IND)

Cowboys Trends

  • Are 7-2 in conference home games since last season
    • Averaged 28.4 PF and 19.1 PA
    • Averaged 254 passing yards and 233 passing yards against
    • Averaged 117 rushing yards yards and 84 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 371 total yards for and 317 total yards against
  • Are 26-13 in conference home games since 2003 season
    • Averaged 23.9 PF and 19.4 PA
  • Have scored 21+ points in each of the three home games this year
  • Have rushed for a staggering 578 yards in the three home games this season
  • Given up 200+ passing yards just once in three home games this year (330 yards to the Giants)

St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions

  • The Rams won 41 to 34 back in 2006. The Rams passed for 321 yards and forced 3 turnovers.

Rams Trends

  • Are 1-7 in conference road games since last season
    • Averaged 11 PF and 31.9 PA
    • Averaged 174 passing yards and 225 passing yards against
    • Averaged 95 rushing yards yards and 157 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 269 total yards for and 382 total yards against
  • Are 0-2 in conference road games this season
    • Have been outscored 63 to 0 in the two conference road games this season
  • Have scored 7 or fewer points in three of four road games this season
  • Have given up 23+ points in three of four road games this season
  • Have passed for 170 or fewer yards in three of four road games this season
  • Have given up at least 96 rushing yards in each of the four road games this season

Lions Trends

  • In conference home games since last season
    • Averaged 15.5 PF and 31.9 PA
    • Averaged 174 passing yards and 261 passing yards against
    • Averaged 95 rushing yards yards and 120 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 269 total yards for and 381 total yards against
  • Are 1-1 in conference home games this season
    • Averaged 142 rushing yards in both games
  • Have not given up more than 28 points in a home game this season
  • Have not scored more than 20 points in a home game this season
  • Have rushed for at least 110 yards in all three home games
  • Have passed for 225 and 227 yards in each of the past two home games (Wash-win, Pitt-loss)
  • Have not given up more than 112 rushing yards at home this season and avg. just 86 rushing yards against per home game

Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens

  • The Broncos won the past two meetings by a combined score of 25 to 13. The Ravens committed seven turnovers in those two games.

Broncos Trends

  • Are 6-3 in conference road games since last season
    • Averaged 25 PF and 24.4 PA
    • Averaged 283 passing yards and 184 passing yards against
    • Averaged 119 rushing yards yards and 163 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 402 total yards for and 347 total yards against
  • Are 22-17 in conference road games since 2003
  • Are 3-3 in conference road games this season
    • Giving up just 11 PPG in these games
    • Gave up less than 100 rushing yards in all three games
  • Have given up 7 or fewer points in two of three road games (Cin, Oak)
  • Had 300+ total yards of offense in all three road games
  • Have not given up more than 311 total yards of offense on the road this season
  • Forced 6 turnovers on the road

Ravens Trends

  • Are 6-3 in conference home games since last season
    • Averaged 22.9 PF and 11.9 PA
    • Averaged 199 passing yards and 157 passing yards against
    • Averaged 152 rushing yards yards and 76 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 351 total yards for and 233 total yards against
  • Are 27-12 in conference home games since 2003
  • Are 2-1 in conference home games this season.
    • Had just 257 total yards against the Bengals but 479+ total yards in other two games (KC and Cle)
  • Scored 34+ points in two of the three home games (just 14 to the Bengals)
  • Rushed for at least 82 yards in all three games
  • Gave up 142 rushing yards to the Bengals but just 100 combined rushing yards to Chiefs and Browns

San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts

  • The Colts won 28 to 3 back in 2005. The 49ers had just 177 total yards and 5 turnovers

49ers Trends

  • Are 4-7 on the road since last season
    • Averaged 19.5 PF and 23.1 PA
    • Averaged 220 passing yards and 241 passing yards against
    • Averaged 71 rushing yards yards and 99 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 291 total yards for and 340 total yards against
  • 1-2 on the road this season
  • 1-2 in non-conference road games since start of last season
    • Scored just 40 points in the three games but gave up just 41 points (Buf, Mia and Hou)
  • Scored at least 20 points in all three road games
  • Have not rushed for more than 59 yards in a road game this season
  • Have not given up more than 94 rushing yards in a road game this season
  • Have not reached 300-total yards in a road game this year

Colts Trends

  • Are 7-2 at home since last season
    • Averaged 26.6 PF and 15.3 PA
    • Averaged 277 passing yards and 174 passing yards against
    • Averaged 90 rushing yards yards and 147 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 367 total yards and 321 total yards against
  • Are 2-1 in non-conference home games since last season
  • 11-2 in non-conference home games since 2003 season
  • Passed for at least 294 yards in both home games this season
  • Gave up just 228 and 279 total yards in home games this season
  • Have not rushed for more than 79 yards in a home game this year

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

  • The Dolphins have won two of the last three games against the Jets.
    • Dolphins won 31 to 27 earlier this year thanks to 413 total yards of offense
    • Dolphins won 24 to 17 in the final game last year thanks to 126 rushing yards
    • Jets won 20 to 14 last year thanks in part to an improbable toss-it-up for grabs touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Chansi Stuckey
  • The Dolphins are 2-4 in New York since 2003. Prior to last season's Dolphins victory, the Jets had won four straight home games against Miami.

Dolphins Trends

  • Won all three divisional road games last season
    • Averaged 26 PF and 11 PA
    • Averaged 206 passing yards and 156 passing yards against
    • Averaged 152 rushing yards yards and 81 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 358 total yards for and 237 total yards against
  • Are just 6-12 in divisional road since 2003 season (3-12 prior to 2008)
  • Lost both road games this season despite giving up just 42 combined points (scored just 20)
  • Dolphins have six turnovers in the two road games
  • Dolphins rushed for at least 96 yards in the two road games
  • Have not given up more than 69 rushing yards in the two road games

Jets Trends

  • Are 2-3 in divisional home games since last season
    • Averaged 17.4 PF and 19 PA
    • Averaged 169 passing yards and 168 passing yards against
    • Averaged 157 rushing yards yards and 128 rushing yards against
  • Are 9-11 in divisional home games since 2003 season
  • Have not scored more than 24 points at home this season in three games
  • Have not given up more than 17 points at home this season
  • Have not reached 150 passing yards in a home game this season
  • Have given up at least 83 rushing yards in all three home games but have not given up 300-total yards

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

  • The Giants have won three of the last four games in series
  • The Giants have not passed for more than 206 yards against the Eagles since 2006
  • The Eagles have rushed for 100+ yards in ten straight games against the Giants
  • The Giants have won the past four games in Philadelphia. They had 400+ yards of offense in three of those four games

Giants Trends

  • Are 3-1 in divisional road games since last season
    • Averaged 25 PF and 22.5 PA
    • Averaged 239 passing yards and 193 passing yards against
    • Averaged 124 rushing yards yards and 137 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 363 total yards and 330 total yards against
  • Are a strong 11-8 in divisional road games since 2003 season
  • Have scored at least 24 points in all four road games this year
  • Have given up 31+ points in two road games and 16 or fewer points in other two
  • Have given up at least 105 rushing yards in three of four road games including a 251-yard debacle vs. the Cowboys
  • Have rushed for at least 84 yards in all four road games and have at least 325 total yards in all four road games

Eagles Trends

  • Are 1-2 in divisional home games since last season
    • Averaged 30.7 PF and 21.7 PA
    • Averaged 185 passing yards and 193 passing yards against
    • Averaged 100 rushing yards yards and 170 rushing yards against
    • Gave up 200+ rushing yards in two of these three games (Giants, Redskins)
  • Are just 9-9 in divisional home games since 2003 season
  • Have scored 22+ points in all three home games
  • Given up 14 points exactly in two of three home games (48 points to the Saints)
  • Given up at least 85 rushing yards in all three home games
  • Passed for at least 249 yards in all three home games but have no 100-yard rushing home games

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

  • The Jaguars won 37 to 17 in Jacksonville earlier this season. QB David Garrard threw for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • The Jaguars have played in Tennessee six times since 2003 season, winning three of those games. The Jaguars have scored 17 or fewer points in four of those games

Jaguars Trends

  • Are 2-3 in divisional road games since last season
    • Averaged 18.6 PF and 21.2 PA
    • Averaged 183 passing yards and 233 passing yards against
    • Averaged 139 rushing yards yards and 112 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 322 total yards for and 345 total yards against
  • Are just 7-13 in divisional road games since 2003 season
  • Scored 12 total points in two of three road games (did manage 31 against the Texans)
  • Given up 14, 24 and 41 points in each of three road games
  • All statistics are all over the spectrum. No real trends

Titans Trends

  • Are 3-2 in divisional home games since last season but 0-2 this season
    • Averaged 23.8 PF and 21.6 PA
    • Averaged 184 passing yards and 243 passing yards against
    • Averaged 142 rushing yards yards and 79 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 326 total yards for and 322 total yards against
  • Are just 10-10 in divisional home games since 2003 season
  • Have given up 31+ points in each of two home games
  • Had a 240-rushing performance (vs Texans) and 90-yard effort vs. Colts
  • Given up 300+ passing yards in each of two home games

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals

  • The Panthers have won all five meetings between these clubs since 2003.
    • Panthers scored 20+ points in all five games
    • Cardinals haven't scored more than 23 points in a game
    • Cardinals have committed 17 turnovers

Panthers Trends

  • Are just 3-6 in conference road games since last season
    • Averaged 21.3 PF and 28.7 PA
    • Averaged 202 passing yards and 224 passing yards against
    • Averaged 136 rushing yards yards and 153 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 338 total yards for and 377 total yards against
  • Are 5-6 in road games since 2008 season
  • Are 23-16 in conference road games since 2003 season
  • Have 8 turnovers in three road games
  • Have 144 rushing yards in two of three road games (73 in third)
  • Have given up 124+ rushing yards in all three road games (including 212-stinker vs. Cowboys)
  • Have not given up more than 237 yards passing in a road game this year

Cardinals Trends

  • Are 4-3 in conference home games since last season
    • Averaged 26.6 PF and 24.4 PA
    • Averaged 293 passing yards and 222 passing yards against
    • Averaged 54 rushing yards yards and 128 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 347 total yards for and 350 total yards against
  • Are 21-16 in conference home games since 2003
  • Have score 16 or fewer points in two of three home games this year
  • Have passed for at least 259 yards in all three home games
  • Have not rushed for 45 yards in a home game this year
  • Have 6 turnovers in three home games
  • Given up at least 385 total yards in all three home games

MNF - Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

  • The Falcons won a game last year against the Saints but have lost five of last six games
  • The Falcons have been the road team against the Saints, six times since the 2003 season. The Falcons have won just once

Falcons Trends

  • Were 0-3 in divisional road games last season
    • Averaged 14.3 PF and 25.7 PA
    • Averaged 198 passing yards and 224 passing yards against
    • Averaged 107 rushing yards yards and 152 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 305 total yards for and 376 total yards against
  • Are just 6-12 in divisional road games since 2003 season
  • Scored 21 or fewer points in two road games and 45 points in the other (vs. 49ers)
  • Have given up 100 rushing yards in all three road games
  • Have given up at least 177 passing yards in all three road games
  • Have two road games with at least 124 rushing yards (58 vs. NE in the third)

Saints Trends

  • Were 2-1 in divisional home games last season
    • Averaged 28 PF and 26 PA
    • Averaged 311 passing yards and 255 passing yards against
    • Averaged 112 rushing yards yards and 160 rushing yards against
    • Averaged 434 total yards for and 415 total yards against
  • Are just 7-11 in divisional home games since 2003 season
  • Have averaged 39 points for and just 21.3 points against in three home games this season
  • Have averaged 304 passing yards and 147 rushing yards in those three games
  • Have averaged just 184 passing yards against and 83 rushing yards against in those three games
  • Scored 45+ points in two of three home games
  • Have at least 133 rushing yards in all three games
  • Have 493+ total yards in two of three home games
  • Have given up 244 or fewer total yards in two of three home games
  • Have forced 9 turnovers at home this season