Week That Was
THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 7
Three teams – JACKSONVILLE, NEW ENGLAND and WASHINGTON
– won after trailing in the fourth quarter in Week 7, bringing the season
total to 30 times that a team trailing in the fourth quarter has won in 2015,
tied for the fifth-most ever through Week 7 in NFL history.
fourth-quarter comeback wins through Week 7 in NFL history:
FOURTH QUARTER COMEBACK
WINS THROUGH WEEK 7
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SO CLOSE: Close games have been a staple of the
2015 season as 57 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the
fourth-most such games through the first seven weeks of a season in NFL history.
Last week, 8 of 14 games were decided by eight
points or fewer, including the Jaguars’ 34-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills as
part of the 2015 NFL International Series at London’s Wembley Stadium.
games decided by eight points or fewer in a season’s first seven weeks:
MOST GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR
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FANCY: Quarterbacks have been historically
efficient through Week 7 of the 2014 season, combining for a league-wide passer
rating of 90.2 and a completion percentage of 63.9. Both are on pace to be
the highest of any season in NFL history and would surpass records set in
2014 (88.9 passer rating; 62.6 completion percentage).
yards-per-pass attempt average, currently at 7.32, is also on pace to be the
highest of any season in the Super Bowl era.
with the highest league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average in the Super Bowl
era (since 1966):
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NFL teams have combined for 4,893 points in 2015. That total
equates to 46.6 points per game. If the current average stays at this pace, it
would rank as the second-highest of any season in the Super Bowl era (2013,
46.8 points per game).
Teams have combined to score 553 touchdowns, the most at
this point in NFL history (552 in 2014). Of the 553 touchdowns, 337 have been TD passes, the second-most
through the first seven weeks of any season. The previous high was 357 last
STARTS: The CAROLINA PANTHERS and NEW
ENGLAND PATRIOTS joined the CINCINNATI BENGALS, DENVER BRONCOS
and GREEN BAY PACKERS as the only teams in the NFL with a 6-0 record
this season. Carolina won 27-16 on Sunday Night Football against
Philadelphia, while New England defeated the New York Jets 30-23. The Bengals,
Broncos and Packers all had a bye.
6-0 teams, the 2015 season surpassed 2009 (four) for the most 6-0 teams in a
GIANT: New York
Giants head coach TOM COUGHLIN secured his 100th victory as a Giant with
a 27-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Coughlin is the seventh head coach
with at least 100 victories and two Super Bowl wins with one franchise in NFL
history. In 20 seasons as a head coach (Jacksonville Jaguars, 1995-2002;
New York Giants, 2004-15), Coughlin has 180 career victories, the 11th most
wins by a head coach in NFL history (including postseason).
The coaches with at least 100 victories and two Super Bowl wins with one
QB MILESTONES: Below is a sampling of the quarterback milestones that were
reached in Week 7:
quarterback TOM BRADY completed 34
of 54 passes for 355 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 94.3
passer rating in the win. Brady (55,312) surpassed 55,000 career passing
yards and is only the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach the mark,
joining BRETT FAVRE, PEYTON MANNING, Pro Football Hall of
Famer DAN MARINO and DREW BREES.
performance marked the 17th time in his career that Brady had at least 350
passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, the most such games in NFL
- Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS completed 33 of 40
passes for 317 yards with three touchdowns for a 124.7 passer rating in
the Redskins’ 31-30 victory against Tampa Bay. Cousins’ third touchdown
pass, a six-yard completion to tight end JORDAN REED with 24 seconds remaining in the game, was his second
game-winning score in the final 30 seconds of regulation this month.
Cousins also threw a game-winning score to wide receiver PIERRE GARÇON with 26 seconds to play against Philadelphia in Week 4
and is the first quarterback since DREW
BLEDSOE (2005) to throw game-winning touchdown passes in the final 30
seconds of the fourth quarter twice in the same calendar month.
- Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 251 yards in
the Falcons’ 10-7 win at Tennessee. Ryan (30,168) surpassed 30,000
career passing yards in his 117th career game, the fifth-fastest in NFL
history. The only quarterbacks to reach 30,000 passing yards in fewer
games are Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN
MARINO (114), KURT WARNER
(114), PEYTON MANNING (115) and
AARON RODGERS (116).
- Miami quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 19
passes (94.7 percent) for 282 yards with four touchdowns, no interceptions
and a 158.3 passer rating – the highest attainable mark – in the Dolphins’
44-26 win over Houston. Tannehill completed his first 18 passes of the
game and, combined with his seven completions in a row to end the
Dolphins’ Week 6 game at Tennessee, set an NFL record with 25 consecutive
completions (DONOVAN MC NABB,
24 in 2004).
GRONK: New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI
had 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 30-23 victory
over the New York Jets. Gronkowski now has 60 touchdown receptions in 71 career
games, the third-fastest player to reach the milestone and the fastest tight
end to do so.
to reach 60 career touchdown catches in the fewest games:
FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 60 RECEIVING TDS
Hall of Famer
CATCHES: San Diego wide
receiver KEENAN ALLEN had nine catches for 89 yards against Oakland in
Week 7, bringing his season total to 62 receptions, the most of any NFL player
through his team’s first seven games to begin a season in NFL history.
HANGIN’ WITH MR. COOPER: Oakland rookie wide receiver AMARI COOPER (Round 1, No. 4 overall)
had five catches for 133 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ 37-29 with at
San Diego. It was Cooper’s third 100-yard receiving game this season, making
him the first rookie with three 100-yard receiving games in his team’s first
six games since Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE
DITKA in 1961.
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