Archive for August, 2014

Countdown To Kickoff (4 Days)

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Countdown To Kickoff (5 Days)

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11-WIN TEAMS

Nine teams won 11 or more games last year, tied for the second-most in a season in NFL history – Denver (13), Seattle (13), Carolina (12), New England (12), San Francisco (12), Cincinnati (11), Indianapolis (11), Kansas City (11) and New Orleans (11). A record 10 teams won 11 or more games in 2005.

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2014 NFL Preseason Individual & Team Statistical Leaders

NFL preseason statistical leaders were tracked in 2014 by the Elias Sports Bureau, official statisticians of the NFL.

Listed below are the final preseason leaders in the American and National Football Conferences. Rookie running back LORENZO TALIAFERRO of the Baltimore Ravens was the NFL preseason rushing leader with 243 rushing yards. Rookie wide receiver ALLEN HURNS of the Jacksonville Jaguars led the league in receiving yards with 232. The leading passer was Seattle Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON with a 133.8 rating.

The Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2014 preseason with the top-ranked offense, averaging 455.5 yards per game. The Baltimore Ravens led the league in defense with a 245.8 yards-per-game average.

 

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Countdown To Kickoff (6 Days)

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 DIVISION TITLES? UP FOR GRABS

Unpredictable NFL? It sure seems that way!

In the 12 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 different teams have won division titles.

“There’s so much competitive balance in the NFL,” says Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH, who led the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and the playoffs last season after the team finished 2-14 in 2012. “The crazy thing with the NFL is that last year’s over with and this is an entirely new team and new year.”

Last season, first-year head coach CHIP KELLY guided the Philadelphia Eagles to their first division title since 2010, rebounding from a last place finish in 2012.

“The first time I met the players, I thought it was a special group,” says Kelly. “It’s an awesome feeling when you can work as hard as they worked and see it pay off. To be 10-6 and the division champs, it’s a real credit to those guys.”

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Countdown To Kickoff (7 Days)

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SCORING REACHED RECORD HIGHS IN 2013

A record 11,985 points were scored in 2013, with games averaging 46.81 points, the highest average in NFL history (46.48 in 1948).

The seasons with the most points scored and highest per-game scoring average in NFL history:

YEAR TOTAL POINTS   YEAR POINTS PER GAME
2013 11,985   2013 46.81
2012 11,651 1948 46.48
2011 11,356 1950 45.88
2010 11,283 1960 45.29
2008 11,279 1962 45.21

“This is an offensive league,” says Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator LESLIE FRAZIER. “People like to see points scored, although defensive coaches don’t. You have to try to find a way to slow those offenses down. You have a mindset that you’ve got to score ‘X’ number of points, and then on defense you’ve got to hold a team to ‘X’ number of points to have a chance. But that number, it is rising.”

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NFL Films-Produced Series ‘A Football Life’ & ‘America’s Game’ Return on NFL Network

Fourth Season of ‘A Football Life’ Includes Features on Sean Taylor, Ricky Williams, Eric Dickerson, Terrell Davis, Warren Moon, Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers

Three-Time Emmy-Nominated Series Premieres Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET with Hall of Fame DT “Mean Joe” Greene

Latest Edition of ‘America’s Game’ Profiles Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks – Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 PM ET

Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman & Head Coach Pete Carroll Recount Winning Franchise’s First Lombardi Trophy

Two NFL Films-produced series – America’s Game and A Football Life – return to NFL Network for the 2014 season.


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Celebrate 2014 NFL Kickoff With Back To Football Friday

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Celebrate 2014 NFL Kickoff With Back To Football Friday

 Fans May Upload Photos in Team Jerseys Using #NFLFanRecord to Set World Record on Friday, Sept. 5

Fans nationwide may celebrate the return of football and their favorite team in the NFL’s Back to Football Friday challenge. On Friday, September 5, fans may showcase their team spirit and excitement for the start of the season by uploading photos of themselves in officially licensed NFL team jerseys to NFL.com/backtofootballfriday or by tweeting using the hashtag #NFLFanRecord.

By submitting photos on Back to Football Friday, fans have the chance to help make history and attempt to set a Guinness World Record for “Most Jersey Photos in an Online Album.” Each photo counts as one World Record entry, regardless of the number of fans in the photo.


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‘NFL GameDay Live’ Added to NFL Network’s Sunday ‘GameDay’ Lineup

‘NFL GameDay Live’ Provides In-Progress Highlights, Analysis & Fantasy Updates of All 1:00 & 4:00 PM ET Games

‘NFL GameDay First,’ ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’ Return

Every Sunday during the NFL season, NFL Network presents a comprehensive lineup of shows providing all of the news, analysis and highlights fans crave. With a talent roster that features four Pro Football Hall of Famers, 11 Super Bowl rings, four NFL MVPs, two Defensive Players of the Year and one Super Bowl MVP appearing on five shows providing more than 15 hours of live programming – including a new addition, NFL GameDay Live – NFL Network offers more coverage of Sunday’s games each week than ever before.


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Countdown To Kickoff (8 Days)

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FROM WORST TO FIRST

Competitive balance, one of the hallmarks of the NFL, gives fans hope entering each season. Four 2013 playoff teams – the Carolina Panthers (12-4 in 2013, 7-9 in 2012), Kansas City Chiefs (11-5 in 2013, 2-14 in 2012), New Orleans Saints (11-5 in 2013, 7-9 in 2012) and Philadelphia Eagles (10-6 in 2013, 4-12 in 2012) – finished in last place or tied for last place in 2012 and combined for a 24-win improvement last year. Two of those clubs – Carolina (NFC South) and Philadelphia (NFC East) – won their division.

For an NFL-record 11th consecutive season, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 42 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 19 of them have done so in the past 11 years (2003-13), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

After finishing tied for last in the division the prior year, the Panthers won 11 of their last 12 games to close the 2013 campaign and claim the NFC South crown. After starting the season 1-3, the Panthers and Eagles both qualified for postseason play, becoming only the sixth and seventh teams since 2004 to make the playoffs after opening the season 1-3 or worse.

“There is something about big games that brings out the best in our team,” says Panthers head coach RON RIVERA. “Our team is just that in big games – a team. Even after starting 1-3, we didn’t panic.”

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NFL Update—August 27, 2014

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TITANS PARTICIPATE IN ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE IN HONOR OF FORMER PLAYER TIM SHAW

All football storylines took a back seat last Wednesday as the Titans’ organization accepted former Titans linebacker TIM SHAW’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Shaw, a two-time team captain who spent three years as a Titans linebacker and special teams ace from 2010-12, announced the day before on the team’s web site that he had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Doctors diagnosed Shaw in April of this year – a devastating verdict after he had been feeling weakness in his muscles since late in 2012.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to hear,” said Shaw. “Every thought runs through your mind, but as a man you have a choice. What are you going to do? Are you going to stand up and fight for your life, or are you going to accept what someone else tells you is reality? As staggering as that news was and as shocking is it was to hear, I made that choice to live life to the fullest.”

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