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NFL Fun Stats – Week Six

Find out what the numbers say about running the football as opposed to passing it.

Bo Marchionte

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NFL fun stats is put together to provide a wide range of number-oriented morsels for those who crave the delicacy and geek-dom of NFL statistics, news and notes. If you’re not quoting one note each week, I’m not doing my job. Here are your water cooler nuggets.

 

 

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– 100-yard rushing game recorded by San Diego Chargers rookie Branden Oliver. Against the stout New York Jets defense, the rookie carved out 114 yards rushing on 19 carries with one touchdown. He also added four catches for 68 yards and another score. His 100-yard rushing performance is one more than the guy listed below. Ever heard of him?

 

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– Is the amount of 100-yard rushing games recorded by Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles this season. It is worth mentioning Charles’ did not record his first 100-yard rushing game until he was five games into the 2013 season. He ended the year with four 100-yard games altogether.

 

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– Touchdown passes were caught by Antonio Gates in 2004. It remains the highest single season total of his 12-year career. That particular year Gates had four games with multiple touchdown catches. It also was the only season he reached three touchdowns in one game and also recorded a game with two touchdowns (multiple times). That was until this year, as Gates has duplicated the feat scoring two and three touchdowns in a single game. With 11 weeks to go, Gates is eight touchdowns away from tying his career-high at the age of 34.

 

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– Passes aimed by Drew Brees to running back Travaris Cadet over the last two weeks. Cadet has caught nine of those 11 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown. In Cadet’s previous two seasons, he was targeted ten times total. Cadet has been targeted 12 times after just four games this year. Keep an eye on Cadet who at 6-foot-1, and 210 pounds is one of the most explosive players in the NFL that isn’t a household name.

 

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– Straight games Antonio Brown has caught at least five passes for 50 yards. It’s the longest streak of its kind in NFL history.

 

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– Wins recorded by Brian Hoyer in his last seven starts. He was hurt against Buffalo last season but did start and the Browns went on to win the contest against the Bills. The Browns’ have not won more than five games in a single season since 2007 when they went 10-6 and missed the playoffs. Hoyer has 12 more opportunities this season to push Cleveland past the dismal five-win mark.

 

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– Is the winning percentage by the top rushing teams in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins are a combined 14-8 overall. Contrary to popular belief, the top five passing teams are a disappointing 11-13 overall (.458 winning percentage). The list includes the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins. That’s got to make Vince Lombardi smile.

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– Undefeated teams remain in the NFL after the New England Patriots beat the then undefeated Cincinnati Bengals 43-17. Mercury Morris and his 1972 Miami Dolphins teammates can pop another bottle of champagne as they remain for only perfect team from start to finish.

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– Catches by running back Matt Forte against the Carolina Panthers matched the total by the teams leading passing trio. In all Brandon Marshall (3), Alshon Jeffery (6) and Martellus Bennett (3) combined for 12 catches.

Bo Marchionte is an NFL writer for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade. His background includes being staff for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game as a talent evaluator for player personnel along with an internship scouting with the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the Canadian Football League. Bo’s draft background includes working for the NFL Draft Bible and currently owns and operates College2Pro.com. He has done radio spots on NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN and their affiliates in different markets around the country. Bo covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers along with other colleges in the northeast.

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