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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2014

The CHICAGO BEARS need three victories to become the first team in NFL history with 750 total victories. Chicago’s all-time record is 747-552-42.

The GREEN BAY PACKERS need two regular-season victories to become the second team in NFL history with 700 regular-season victories. The Packers (698-537-37) would join Chicago (730-534-42) as the only teams to accomplish the feat.

The WASHINGTON REDSKINS need 12 victories to reach 600 total victories. Washington’s all-time record is 588-564-27.

The DALLAS COWBOYS need three victories to reach 500 total victories. Dallas’ all-time record is 497-373-6.

The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS need five victories to reach 500 total victories. Indianapolis’ all-time record is 495-442-7.

The BUFFALO BILLS need 10 victories to reach 400 total victories. Buffalo’s all-time record is 390-451-8.

The TENNESSEE TITANS need one regular-season victory to reach 400 regular-season victories. Tennessee’s all-time regular-season record is 399-415-6.

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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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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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Countdown To Kickoff (9 Days)

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THE NFL IS SO UNPREDICTABLE THAT IN 2013

Nothing exhibits the unpredictability of the NFL more than the tightness of NFL games:

  • Games continued to be thisclose, as 68 percent were within one score in the fourth quarter.

    In 2013, 123 of 256 games (48.0 percent) were decided by seven points or fewer, the fourth-most of any season in NFL history.

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Preseason Concludes with Two National TV Games and Final Roster Cuts

All 32 teams in action on Thursday

Jets at Eagles and Seahawks at Raiders will air live on NFL Network

Final roster cut-down to 53 players set for Saturday at 4 PM ET

It’s the final week of the preseason and young players around the league know this is their time to shine.

With final NFL roster cuts to 53 players looming this Saturday, this week’s games are a last chance for many players to make the roster.

“Every single play from scrimmage is an opportunity to prove to the coaches that you’re not only good enough to play in the NFL, but you’re an indispensable part of the team,” says New York Giants wide receiver VICTOR CRUZ, who made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

For many of these young players, they know this is their last opportunity to make the final 53.

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Countdown To Kickoff (10 Days)

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NFL RATCHETS UP THE EXCITEMENT…HOPE IS ALIVE

The 2013 season was full of excitement, but that should be no surprise. Unpredictability is the norm in today’s NFL.

Scoring at an all-time high…new teams making the playoffs and winning divisions…consistent teams excelling once again…records falling…young players making their mark…and so much more!

“It happens every week in the NFL,” says New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY. “You look up at the scoreboard during the game, and say ‘Wow, they beat them?’”

The NFL is never short on surprises, and the 2013 season was no different:

A record 11,985 points were scored, with games averaging 46.8 points, the highest average in NFL history (46.5 in 1948).

In all, 1,338 total touchdowns were scored, surpassing the league-wide record of 1,297, which occurred in 2012.

Eleven teams scored at least 400 points last season – Denver (606), Chicago (445), New England (444), Philadelphia (442), Dallas (439), Cincinnati (430), Kansas City (430), Green Bay (417), Seattle (417), New Orleans (414) and San Francisco (406) – topping the previous record of nine in 2008 and 2012. Those 11 teams combined for a .668 winning percentage and nine qualified for the playoffs.

There were five new playoff teams in 2013: Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

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