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|
|1st Half||2nd Half|
|Total Net Yards (Includes Penalty Yards)||379||67|
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||Led, 17-9>>||Lost, 23-20 (OT)|
|at Tampa Bay||Led, 24-7||Lost, 38-31|
|at New Orleans||Led, 20-3>>||Lost, 30-27 (OT)|
|at Denver||Led, 24-3>>||Lost, 31-30|
|>>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.||69||108|
|Yards PG Diff.||29.3||102.9|
|>>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|
|vs Dolphins||Prior to Sunday|
|Total Points Allowed||28||24|
|>>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.
|Largest Yard Diff., Regular Season|
|Los Angeles Rams, Since Merger|
|11/1/20 at Miami||326||L, 28-17|
|11/11/01 vs Carolina||347||W, 48-14|
|12/1/19 at Arizona||351||W, 34-7|
|10/9/1988 at Atlanta||351||W, 33-0|
|11/4/1979 at Seattle||482||W, 24-0|
|12/4/1976 vs Atlanta||488||W, 59-0|