Week 14 Statistical Superlatives



A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 11, the 14th week of the 2016 season.

  • The DALLAS COWBOYS, who clinched a playoff berth last week, can win the NFC East division title with a victory at the New York Giants tonighton Sunday Night Football. With a victory, the Cowboys will also secure a first-round bye due to Seattle’s 38-10 loss at Green Bay.
  • Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL rushed for 236 yards with three touchdowns and had four catches for 62 yards in the Steelers’ 27-20 win at Buffalo. Bell is the second player in NFL history with at least 225 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 50 receiving yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (November 19, 1961).

    Bell, who had 298 scrimmage yards in today’s victory, has 1,616 scrimmage yards in 10 games this season, the second-most in a player’s first 10 games of a season. Brown had 1,704 scrimmage yards in his first 10 games in 1963.

  • Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 18 of 28 passes (64.3 percent) for 237 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 126.6 passer rating in the Falcons’ 42-14 win at Los Angeles. Ryan reached 4,000 passing yards (4,050) for the sixth consecutive season, tying PEYTON MANNING (1999-2004) for the second-longest streak in NFL history. New Orleans quarterback

    , who passed for 257 yards in the Saints’ 16-11 loss at Tampa Bay, reached 4,000 passing yards (4,170) for his NFL-record 11th consecutive season.
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS completed 18 of 23 passes (78.3 percent) for 246 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.8 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-10 win against Seattle. Rodgers, who has won 15 consecutive December starts at Lambeau Field, is the second player in NFL history to win 15 consecutive home starts in the month of December, joining TOM BRADY (19 games from 2002-2012).

    Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver JORDY NELSON in the win over Seattle. Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 57 touchdown passes, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and ANTONIO FREEMAN for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD rushed for a seven-yard touchdown with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Lions’ 20-17 victory over Chicago. Stafford has led eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, the most such drives by a quarterback in a single season since 1970.
  • Washington wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON had three catches for 102 yards and one touchdown in the Redskins’ 27-22 win at Philadelphia. Jackson, who had an 80-yard touchdown catch in the victory, has 22 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards, the second-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (23) has more 60+ yard touchdowns.

    Philadelphia’s DARREN SPROLES had a touchdown catch in the loss against Washington, his 30th career touchdown reception. Sproles is the first player in NFL history to have at least 30 receiving touchdowns (30), 20 rushing touchdowns (21), a punt-return touchdown (seven) and a kick-return touchdown (two).

  • Atlanta linebacker VIC BEASLEY JR. had three sacks, one forced fumble and a 21-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Falcons’ 42-14 win at Los Angeles. Beasley is the 10th player – and first Falcon – to record three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown in a single game since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.