Beyond the Stats: Week 2

Each week I uncover some interesting stats, tidbits and information that you may or may not know about. This week I take a look at key identifier stats from Week 1 and explain why Carlos Hyde is a good bet to finish in the Top 5. 

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Experience wins out - Six quarterbacks passed for 300+ yards in Week 1. Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Sam Bradford and Carson Palmer. The average age of those quarterbacks is 33.6 years old. Five of the six were 33 years or older. 

A sign of things to come?  Ryan Mallett was the only one of 11 quarterbacks with a QB rating over 100 that lost his game. 

Workhorse in Chicago - Matt Forte was the only running back to have more than one play of 20 yards or more in Week 1 - He did it three times. 

More rushing opportunities coming? Darren Sproles averaged 10 yards per carry on five carries in Week 1. Three of his five carries went for a first down. 

35 different quarterbacks threw a pass in Week 1 - every single one had a passing play longer than Matt McGloin's long of 14 yards. Interestingly enough, the next quarterback on the list was Peyton Manning, who's longest passing play was 18 yards. 

Is the sun setting on Peyton Manning? Manning has played in 17 Week 1 games in his career. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all but two, 2003 and 2015. The lowest passing yardage total of the 17 games occured last week, 175 yards. 

Here's a glance at Peyton Manning's Week 1 Stats through the years

Record: 13-4
Home record: 7-2
Road record: 6-2
As a Colt: 9-4
As a Bronco: 4-0
Most Yards Passing: 462 vs. BAL (2013)
Most Touchdown Passes: 7 vs BAL (2013)
300+ yard games: 4
400+ yard games: 2


Key Quarterback Stats

Passing Attempts Leaders

Passing First Downs

Passing Plays of 20+ yards


Key Rushing Stats

Yards per carry leaders (min 8 carries)

Carlos Hyde's Week 1 Performance in Perspective

Since 1995, 12 running backs rushed for at least 160 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry in Week 1. Carlos Hyde joins the list and he's in pretty good company. Of the 12 running backs, 11 finished in the Top 10 and 7 finished in the Top 5. 
 
Player Pos Tm GameResult Rsh RushYd Yd/Rush TD Rec RecYd TD Finshing PPR Rank
Carlos Hyde 2015 SF W, 20-3 26 168 6.46 2 2 14 0 ?
C.J. Spiller 2012 BUF L, 28-48 14 169 12.07 1 2 25 0 1
Arian Foster 2010 HOU W, 34-24 33 231 7 3 1 7 0 2
Adrian Peterson 2009 MIN W, 34-20 25 180 7.2 3 1 18 0 3
Michael Turner 2008 ATL W, 34-21 22 220 10 2 1 6 0 6
Chris Brown 2007 TEN W, 13-10 19 175 9.21 0 1 3 0 24
Willie Parker 2005 PIT W, 34-7 22 161 7.32 1 1 48 0 2
Curtis Martin 2004 NYJ W, 31-24 29 196 6.76 1 3 7 1 1
Duce Staley 2000 PHI W, 41-14 26 201 7.73 1 4 61 0 4
Garrison Hearst 1998 SF W, 36-30 20 187 9.35 2 2 38 0 1
Robert Smith 1997 MIN W, 34-13 16 169 10.56 1 1 5 0 9
Barry Sanders 1996 DET L, 13-17 24 163 6.79 0 0 28 0 1
 

Running Back reception leaders

Key Receiving Stats

The following receivers had at least six receptions and 75 yards

Most Receptions to Running Backs

  • 14 PHI, OAK
  • 13 NO
  • 12 DAL
  • 9 BAL
  • 8 DET, SD
  • 7 CAR, KC, CIN, MIN, JAC
  • 6 SEA
  • 5 NE, CHI
  • 4 TB, STL, NYG, DEN
  • 3 NYJ, ATL, HOU, SF, IND, BUF
  • 2 MIA, CLE, ARI, TEN, GB
  • 1 WAS, PIT

Most Receptions to Wide Receivers

  • 22 SD
  • 21 HOU
  • 20 SEA
  • 19 IND
  • 18 PHI, DEN
  • 16 MIA, ATL, PIT
  • 15 JAC
  • 14 OAK, NE, DAL
  • 13 GB
  • 12 NYJ, NO, ARI
  • 11 WAS
  • 10 CLE, NYG, MIN
  • 9 CAR, KC, CIN
  • 8 CHI
  • 7 TB, STL, DET, SF, TEN, BUF
  • 6 BAL

Most Receptions to the Tight End

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

 

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