Beyond the Stats: Week 8

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 consistent quarterbacks, breakdown the five unbeaten teams, plus your weekly dose of Did You Know and much more. 

Did You Know?

FanDuel Helper - The Ravens and Jaguars are still top two teams in FG attempts allowed with 22 and 20 respectively. Baltimore hosts San Diego and kicker Josh Lambo. The Chargers are tied for 8th with 15 field goal attempts. Lambo has 9 made field goals in the last four games. Jacksonville has a bye week. 

Kicker Fade - The Titans have allowed only 3 field goal attempts in six games. They play at Houston and Nick Novak this week. 

Take a flier on Alex Smith and Matthew Stafford? The Chiefs host the Lions this week and the two have combined to allow 27 receiving touchdowns this year. To make Alex Smith a bit more enticing, the Lions allow opposing quarterbacks a 111.6 QB rating on average. 

Tennessee Slumpbuster? - The Titans had 8 touchdown passes in the first three games. They have 2 touchdown passes in the last three games. This week they play at Houston, who have allowed a league high 16 touchdown passes in 7 games. 

Times, they are a-changin' - The Saints have more rushing touchdowns (10) than passing touchdowns (8). 

Am I the only one who notices these things? The Texans have the lowest longest run from scrimmage (21 yards) and 2nd lowest longest pass from scrimmage (48 yards). 

If it weren't for penalties, Oof - The Lions have a league-high 23 first downs from defensive penalties. Conversely, Seattle has only 3. 

Tough Match-up - The Eagles have allowed only 3 rushing touchdowns this year. Two came last week against Carolina. Two of the three allowed have come from quarterbacks. Mike Tolbert is the only running back that has scored a rushing touchdown against Philadelphia. The Eagles are on a bye this week and play at DAL in Week 9.

He's pretty much a WR3 -Theo Riddick has as many catches (36) and touchdowns (2) as Jarvis Landry and only 2 less yards per catch. 

Wait, what?! Tom Brady has more rushing touchdowns (2) than Eddie Lacy, C.J. Anderson and Alfred Morris combined (1). 

#1 doing his thing - Cam Newton has more rushing yards (245) than the leading rusher for DET, HOU and TEN. 

Surprising stat - Only one of Mike Evans' 21 catches has come inside the red zone. 

Go time for Beckham? This week's opponent for the Giants is New Orleans. The Saints have allowed a wide receiver to score at least one touchdown in every game this year, except against Carolina. 

Big week for Forsett? The Chargers have allowed four 100-yard rushers this year. Three of those four occurred on the road. Justin Forsett and the Ravens host San Diego this week.

Start running backs against Atlanta - The Falcons have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns this year (all to running backs). This week's opponent is Doug Martin and the Buccaneers.

Big game coming for Greg Olsen? The Colts have allowed six consecutive games where a receiver has had 10+ targets in the game. 

Breaking Down the Unbeatens

After seven weeks of the 2015 NFL season there are five undefeated teams and all of them are 6-0, meaning they have already had their bye week. Here's how each team ranks based on various categories

Points Scored:

213 New England
182 Cincinnati
164 Green Bay
162 Carolina
139 Denver

Points Allowed

101 Green Bay
102 Denver
110 Carolina
122 Cincinnati
126 New England

Victory Point Margin

87 New England
63 Green Bay
60 Cincinnati
52 Carolina
37 Denver

Turnover Ratio

+6 Green Bay
+6 Denver
+5 New England
+4 Carolina
+3 Cincinnati

Consistent Quarterbacks

Most games with multiple touchdown passes

Six times

  • Tom Brady, NE
  • Philip Rivers, SD

Five times

  • Blake Bortles, JAC
  • Andy Dalton, CIN
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ
  • Carson Palmer, ARI
  • Aaron Rodgers, GB
  • Ryan Tannehill, MIA

Four times

  • Derek Carr, OAK
  • Brian Hoyer, HOU
  • Andrew Luck, IND
  • Eli Manning, NYG
  • Josh McCown, CLE
  • Matthew Stafford, DET

Three times

  • Joe Flacco, BAL
  • Colin Kaepernick, SF
  • Marcus Mariota, TEN
  • Cam Newton, CAR
  • Matt Ryan, ATL
  • Jameis Winston, TB

Two times

  • Sam Bradford, PHI
  • Drew Brees, NO
  • Jay Cutler, CHI
  • Peyton Manning, DEN
  • Tyrod Taylor, BUF

One time

  • Teddy Bridgewater, MIN
  • Kirk Cousins, WAS
  • Matt Hasselbeck, IND
  • Landry Jones, PIT
  • EJ Manuel, BUF
  • Matt McGloin, OAK
  • Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  • Tony Romo, DAL
  • Alex Smith, KC
  • Russell Wilson, SEA

Three touchdown pass games

Three times

  • Tom Brady, NE
  • Andy Dalton, CIN
  • Carson Palmer, ARI

Two times

  • Blake Bortles, JAC
  • Derek Carr, OAK
  • Brian Hoyer, HOU
  • Andrew Luck, IND
  • Eli Manning, NYG
  • Philip Rivers, SD
  • Aaron Rodgers, GB
  • Tyrod Taylor, BUF

One time

  • Sam Bradford, PHI
  • Kirk Cousins, WAS
  • Nick Foles, STL
  • Peyton Manning, DEN
  • Marcus Mariota, TEN
  • Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  • Tony Romo, DAL
  • Alex Smith, KC
  • Matthew Stafford, DET
  • Ryan Tannehill, MIA

Running Backs with 25 combined carries & catches in a game

Three times

  • LeVeon Bell, PIT
  • Matt Forte, CHI
  • Devonta Freeman, ATL

Two times

  • Justin Forsett, BAL
  • Doug Martin, TB
  • DeMarco Murray, PHI
  • Adrian Peterson, MIN

One time

  • Alfred Blue, HOU
  • Jamaal Charles, KC
  • Arian Foster, HOU
  • Todd Gurley, STL
  • Carlos Hyde, SF
  • Chris Ivory, NYJ
  • Marshawn Lynch, SEA
  • Ryan Mathews, PHI
  • Darren McFadden, DAL
  • Alfred Morris, WAS
  • Latavius Murray, OAK
  • T.J. Yeldon, JAC

 

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