The NFL trade deadline has come and gone. While the entire nation sits and waits while election results continue to count, we present the final look at Week eight.
Five Interesting Stats – NFL Week Eight
Jets Tie Worst Start in Franchise History Culminating with the Jets 35-9 loss at Kansas City, Gang Green tied the franchise record for most losses to start the season. Overall, the Jets are 21-51 since the start of the 2016 season. Another ringing indictment is how poorly Adam Gase adjusts his game plan. In the first half, the Jets moved the ball well in each of the last two games. The numbers drop drastically in the second half.
New York Jets Offensive Drives
Last 2 Games
Total Net Yards (Includes Penalty Yards)
Chargers Continue to Invent Ways to Lose The Los Angeles Chargers are certainly putting their fans through excruciating losses in 2020. Sunday marked the fourth time the Chargers blew a double-digit lead. Drew Lock’s GW TD pass to KJ Hamler with no time remaining, marked the third time Los Angeles allowed a game-winning or game-tying score in the final minute in 2020.
Chargers Blown Leads
vs Kansas City
Lost, 23-20 (OT)
at Tampa Bay
at New Orleans
Lost, 30-27 (OT)
>>allowed score in final minute
Steelers Tie Best Start in Franchise History The Steelers 28-24 victory at Baltimore helped them remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. Their 7-0 start matches the 1978 Super Bowl Champions for the best in franchise history, who finished 14-2.
Team Comparison, 1st 7 Games
Total Point Diff.
Yards PG Diff.
>>Best Start in Franchise History
Steelers Part 2 – Winning Ugly The Steelers victory on Sunday came despite registering a season-low 221 total offensive yards and 50 offensive plays. Since the merger, the Steelers are 4-17 when their offense produces such numbers.
Steelers Offensive Production, Regular Season
Fewer than 221 yards and 50 plays
Previous Win (Prior to Sunday)
11/06/05 at GB, 23-10
>>Regular Season Games, Since Merger
Rams Can’t Explain This Loss
Against the Miami Dolphins, the Los Angeles Rams defense allowed 145 yards and eight first downs. Since the merger, the Rams entered Sunday 9-1 when holding opponents to those totals. The Rams point differential in those ten previous games was +236.
The Rams 28-17 loss at Miami marked the second time since the merger they lost a game when holding opponents to such totals. Their other loss came on October 28, 2013, 14-9 hosting Seattle.
Rams Defense, Regular Season
Allow 145 yds & 8 1st Downs or Fewer
Prior to Sunday
Total Points Allowed
>>Included Seven Shutouts (Since Merger)
The Rams also outgained Miami 471-145, a difference of 326. Since the merger, the Rams were 5-0 prior to Sunday when such a drastic difference occured. Three of those wins came by shutout, while their point differential in those contests was +177.
As the days turn darker, so make the minds of many NFL fans. Week Six in the NFL saw further separation from the phonies to phenomenal as the season nears the halfway point.
Saying goodbye to Week Six and hello to Week Seven brings us another entry into Five Interesting Stats. (*courtesy of NFL.com research).
Big Ben Owns Browns – Ben Roethlisberger improved to 13-0 at home in his career against Cleveland. Roethlisberger’s 22 TD in those 13 games featured winning 11 of them by double-digits.
Career at home vs Cleveland
Steelers Double-Digit Wins
Jimmy Doesn’t Lose Twice in a Row – After a poor performance against the Dolphins in Week Five, Jimmy Garappolo and San Francisco rebounded against the Rams. Garappolo threw for 268 yards and three TD passes in the Niners 24-16 victory. In his career, Garappolo improved to 6-0 with a 72 percent completion percentage and 16 TD in the ensuing game following a loss.
Career following a loss
The Lock of the Broncos – *In Denver’s 18-12 victory over Bill Belichick’s Patriots in New England, QB Drew Lock threw two INTs. Lock joined Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner (11/18/01) as the only QB to throw multiple INT and win a road game against Belichick’s Patriots.
Opposing QB with multiple INT
Won at NE in Belichick Era
Drew Lock, DEN
Kurt Warner, STL
Seahawks Undefeated – Russell Wilson and Seattle did not play in Week Six, as they place their perfect record on the line against Arizona this Sunday. Despite starting 5-0, the Seahawks allow the most yards ( and own the smallest point differential of any previous team to start 5-0.
Most Yards Allowed
Teams to Start 5-0 Since Merger
2020 Seattle Seahawks
2018 Kansas City Chiefs
2013 Denver Broncos
2011 Green Bay Packers
Oh, Henry! – Titans RB Derrick Henry continued his exceptional season, running for 212 yards and two TD in the Titans 42-36 OT win against Houston. In his last eight games (postseason included), Henry has 1,176 yards rushing and ten rushing TD. Sunday’s game marked the second straight game Henry rushed for over 200 yards against Houston over that span.
Saying goodbye to each NFL week with our latest edition of “Five Interesting Stats” during COVID is one thing that emotes positive feelings in a difficult year.
Here are five interesting notes to close out Week Four in the NFL.
Dak Prescott makes history again, but the Cowboys lose again.
Prescott’s thrown for 450 or more yards in three straight games (NFL record).
1,424 passing yards is the most for any three-game span in NFL history.
Cowboys Defense Suffering Through a Historical Implosion.
Set the team record for most points allowed over a three-game span with 126.
Allowed 38 points in three straight games for the first time since 1960.
Last Three Games
Cowboys 1-2 in those games
Tom Brady sets another NFL record
Brady threw for five TD in the Buccaneers win over the Chargers on Sunday. Brady (43 years, 62 days) passed Warren Moon (40 years, 342 days) as the oldest QB in NFL history to do so. All five of Brady’s TD’s went to different receivers.
Most Times Throwing 5 TD
SIngle Game, NFL History
W-L in Games
Those Little Town Blues
The New York Jets and Giants are both 0-4 in the same season for the second time since the merger. In 1976 both teams started 0-4 and finished their seasons 3-11.
Atlanta Defense is Historically Bad (Just like Dallas).
The Falcons are off to their first 0-4 start since 1999 (the year after they advanced to the Super Bowl). Their defense is the main culprit, as their 1,793 yards allowed in their first four games is a franchise record for most allowed in the first four games of the season.
The NFL begins Week Four of the 2020 season in New York, as the Jets host the Broncos.
Both teams off to 0-3 starts
The Jets started 0-3 for the ninth time in 2020, while Denver did so for just the fourth time (since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970). Both teams started 0-4 in 2019.
Not many. Both teams possess pitiful offenses. The Jets rank 32, and 30 in points scored and yards, while the Broncos rank 30th in points and 29th in yards.
The Jets -325 yard differential is the worst in the NFL, as is their -7 TD differential. Sam Darnold and Jeff Driskel both rank 31st among QB in Pro Football Focus with a 54.4 rating.
The Broncos failure to protect Driskel could cost them if the Jets can generate a consistent pass rush. Driskel’s 78 dropbacks generated 11 sacks for the opposition, while the Broncos rank fifth-worst in the NFL in QB pressure (31 percent of dropbacks).
Judging both teams through three games, look for this game to be decided on a turnover. I predict the Jets will force Driskel into a mistake, providing the deciding score.
Jets 17 Broncos 13
The only previous time the Jets and Broncos played on Thursday night, Tim Tebow ran for the game-winning score with 58 seconds remaining. Denver started on their five-yard line and went 95 yards in 12 plays culminating in Tebow’s 20-yard TD run.
Overall, Denver holds a 20-16-1 lead in the series. The Jets won the last meeting 34-16 at the Meadowlands in 2018. Sam Darnold threw for 3 TD in the victory.
While the NFL gets ready to start Week Four on Thursday night, here is one final look at some stats and interesting facts from Week Three.
Last Look at Week Three in the NFL (*courtesy of NFL.com research).
Ravens lose to Kansas City, 34-20 in MNF showdown:
Another disappointing performance for 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson against Kansas City adds to questions about his ability to win big games.
Career, Starting QB
Rest of NFL
Russell Wilson continues to shine in Seahawks win over Cowboys
Wilson threw for five TD again (second time this season), and his 14 TD through the first three games is an NFL record. Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger own the most games throwing at least five TD since 2012, doing it five times each. He also joins Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and Daunte Culpepper as the only QB to throw five TD in consecutive games since the merger.
Most Games w/5 TD Passes
NFL, Since 2012 Season
>>21st player since 1970 w/multiple five TD games
in season (P. Manning owns NFL record w/4 in 2004)
Vikings teammates shine, but not enough in 31-30 loss to Tennessee
Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook ran for 181 yards, and WR Justin Jefferson recorded 175 receiving yards. The Vikings set an NFL record by becoming the first teammates with at least 175 yards rushing & receiving in the same game.* Despite their efforts, the Vikings fell to 0-3 for just the fourth time since the merger.
Fewest 0-3 Starts, Since 1970
Played in Every Season
Last 0-3 Start
Texans Fall to 0-3 as their defense can’t stop the run
Houston allowed 169 rushing yards in their 28-21 loss at Pittsburgh. The Texans are the first team since the 2009 Texans to allow 160 rushing yards in each of their first three games.* Their 545 rushing yards allowed is the third-most allowed in the first three games of a season since 2010.
Most Rushing Yards Allowed
First Three Games, Since 2010
Josh Allen leads the Bills back…again
After Buffalo failed to hold a 28-3 lead, Bills QB Josh Allen completed his seventh game-winning drive since the start of last season, the most in the NFL. Buffalo’s 35-32 win marks the second straight season they’ve started 3-0, the first time since 1991-92.
Want to make sports more exciting? Welcome to Playoff Drafts!
COVID brought all sorts of new ideas to sports. It may be the ultimate legacy to a botched public response to a global pandemic- new sports rules. Like? A baseball double header lasting 14 innings. If it goes extra innings? The inning starts with a guy on 2nd base. Everyone gets a DH, like the games are played in Oprah’s studio.
As a sport, baseball was way ahead of its rivals. They made fundamental short term changes to the game in order to have something that looked like a season. Football? Showed its true mentality. “SMASH! RUN!” was the Commissioners reaction grunt to how football would deal with fans and corona.
Two sports thought of a bubble. One thought of one without prostitutes, which may speak to the long run difference of being raised with one parent versus two.
But there was one change I would have liked to have seen be introduced in every sport. And not just this year, but going forward forever. That idea? Playoff drafts.
What’s a playoff draft? I’m not sure it even exists, so I get to totally create this new and brilliant idea. In theory, a playoff draft is a way to make playoff sports more interesting and exciting. How does it work? It goes like this:
Team A beats Team B in the playoffs. Fuck you, Team B, you pieces of shit! After A dispatches B, depending on the sport, Team A can harvest players off of Team B’s roster. How many players? Easy.
A smart team would select other players to cover for weaknesses. Is your running back average? Steal the better one! Did a star player get hurt? Take the equivalent?
Think back to when the Jets beat anyone in the playoffs. In 2010 Tom Brady would have been a Jet. That’s a big wow factor, no?
The player additions are also a per round total. If your baseball team wins the play in and the wild card? You have 4 new guys on your team.
Forever? No. You get the player back on your team after the postseason.
Do you have to take other players? No, its up to your GM and coach.
You may say “Since we won, why would we take a player from the other team?” The better question is- Why wouldn’t you? What, you think by sharing how you’re coached a guy or two will have the keys to your weaknesses? They just lost to you, so if they couldn’t figure it out then, one player wont break a code in an extra week or two. The only thing he may figure out is that his regular coach sucks.
No, this is about rewarding winning. About adding excitement for the fan. About offering the best product that you possibly can. Plus now you get multi city appeal. Derek Jeter on the 2004 Red Sox? New York will be watching that World Series.
For the players, it’s like a free agency window. You get to check out other teams operations first hand. Players should love that because it will push wages up when they jump ship for teams that they liked.
What if there is an upset? Holy cow is that a game changer! Say The LA Lakers lose in the semi finals. Suddenly you have LeBron James or Anthony Davis coming off of your bench in the next round. That’s sudden interest in an underdog team. And the more LeBron, the more ESPN exists.
What about the guys that they replace? Those guys get put into suspended animation on your roster. New guy gets injured? Fuck off. You’re down one. You have to give the suspended animation list a positive sounding name so it doesn’t sound like a punishment. Call it the “Recent Reserves” list.
The 2020 New York Islanders and their awful power play beat the Capitals. Top 5 bust Michael Dal Colle goes on the Reserves list, add Alexander Ovechkin to your lineup. Power play issues solved, maybe the Islanders beat Tampa Bay and add Braden Point to their team at forward, and Victor Hedman on defense. But Tampa won….bet Josh Bailey wouldn’t be in their top ten players to poach list.
Reunited with Trotz? Power play solved.
Players you take in a playoff draft? They get playoff money shares, a title ring, but their name isn’t added to your team history or on the Stanley Cup. Their stats however are added to their personal history. Say Pete Alonso is taken by the Braves and hits 4 playoff home runs? That’s all Alonso stats, not the Braves.
The Celtics beat the Sixers? Suddenly backing up at point for the Celtics? Ben Simmons! Makes the game more interesting, and the team stronger. This year in the NBA Kawai Leonard would have been picked up by Denver. How would that change their approach in the next round?
Plus, the selection process itself would be super exciting. All sports leagues make a big deal about amateur drafts. Imagine the headlines of a professional draft? It would be interesting to see who would get picked. Sorry, choking ass Clayton Kershaw!
And if you chose a player who was a bum? The second guessing would make a whole new world of sport talk what if’s. “Imagine how it would have turned out if the Yankees took Ichiro, Tim Hudson and Barry Zito in 2001? They win 6 World Series in a row!”
Think about the revenue opportunities available for sports teams. Sport leagues keep making money off of TV ratings. Why would they want to water down a product?
Could players throw games? Absolutely. That makes the selection more exciting- it’s the chance you take as a franchise. Plus, couldn’t a player throw a game in the playoffs anyway, or was John Starks that god awful bad versus Houston?
This idea is most definitely outside the box, and will insult sports purists. However, if would create dream teams in each sport, and that’s what fans want to see, right? So come on big leagues, time to grow a pair and start the playoff draft!