NFL Numbers for the Boardroom: Week 11
Week 11 in the NFL was full of surprises. Injuries hindered some teams, new starters got a chance to show their stuff and weaknesses were exposed. The biggest disappointment was Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez. After having a great game last week in his first start with the Eagles, he was trounced by the Green Bay Packers defense. He was sacked three times and threw two interceptions. The biggest shocker was the St. Louis Rams upsetting Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Manning only had one touchdown. The player who impressed me most was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. He lined up on the offense and scored Houston’s first touchdown of the game. On defense, he made a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. He also played on special teams, so he is playing on all three units of the game!
Numbers for the boardroom
Houston Texans defensive end, J.J. Watt played on the offensive side of the ball yesterday and scored another touchdown. He has 4 touchdowns for the season so far. This is the most touchdowns in a season by any defensive lineman since 1948.
The Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford, reached another milestone. He has thrown over 20,000 career passing yards. After yesterday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he has a total of 20,136 career passing yards. He was already the teams career leader in passing yards.
Matthew Stafford set a new record for number of games to throw for over 20,000 career passing yards. He completed it in 71 games. Hall of fame quarterback Dan Marino previously owned the record at 74 games.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued his streak and extended the record for consecutive touchdown passes without an interception in home games. He has played 29 home games without an interception.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw 5 interceptions in yesterday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers in which they lost 16-10. He had not thrown multiple interceptions since Week 2.
University of Wisconsin star running back Melvin Gordon set a new NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) single game rushing record. He rushed for 408 yards in the Badgers, 59-24 victory over the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. He broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s record of 406 rushing yards in a game.
Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football (MNF) is in Nashville, Tennessee tonight. The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) will play the Tennessee Titans (2-7). I am going with the obvious on this one and picking the Steelers. They have been inconsistent. Losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets, but consecutive wins over the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. Despite this, I believe that they will get back on track tonight against the Titans who are starting its third quarterback, rookie Zach Mettenberger. I predict Pittsburgh to win 24 – 10. MNF kicks off at 8:15 pm ET on ESPN.
Get in the game!