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How often have you heard an NFL head coach mention that his team needs to “limit the turnovers” and “protect the ball” to be successful in its upcoming game? Quite often, I bet.
In the 2012 season, there were 123 occasions when a team played a game without committing a turnover. In those games, teams were 98-24-1, an .801 winning percentage.
Eleven teams last season were undefeated in games in which they committed no turnovers. The Houston Texans topped the list, going 7-0 last season in games with no turnovers. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were close behind, going 6-0 in no-turnover games. Three teams, the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers, were 4-0 in those error-free games. (The San Francisco 49ers were 6-0-1 in games in which they committed no turnovers.)
Three teams led the league with most games with no turnovers: the Atlanta Falcons, Texans and 49ers each played seven games with no turnovers. The Oakland Raiders were the only team in 2012 that did not win a game in which it had zero turnovers. They were 0-1.
If we expand the parameters a little and look at how well teams have played in turnover-less games since the start of the century, we discover that NFL teams were 1025-291-1 in games with no turnovers, dating back to the start of the 2000 season. The New England Patriots top the list with 68 games played with no turnovers, while the Colts have the league’s best record in these games, going 39-2 (.951 winning percentage).
Following is a look at each team's record in games with no turnovers (from 2000-2012).
Indianapolis Colts: 39-2 (.951)
New Orleans Saints: 38-3 (.927)
Baltimore Ravens: 39-4 (.907)
Denver Broncos: 35-4 (.897)
Pittsburgh Steelers: 41-5 (.891)
New England Patriots: 60-8 (.882)
Green Bay Packers: 42-6 (.875)
San Francisco 49ers: 38-6-1 (.856)
San Diego Chargers: 41-8 (.837)
Cincinnati Bengals: 30-7 (.811)
Arizona Cardinals: 17-4 (.810)
Carolina Panthers: 32-8 (.800)
New York Giants: 39-10 (.796)
Tennessee Titans: 34-9 (.791)
New York Jets: 41-12 (.774)
Seattle Seahawks: 34-10 (.773)
Atlanta Falcons: 37-11 (.771)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 33-10 (.767)
Dallas Cowboys: 27-9 (.750)
Miami Dolphins: 27-9 (.750)
Jacksonville Jaguars: 36-13 (.735)
Chicago Bears: 25-9 (.735)
St. Louis Rams: 19-7 (.731)
Minnesota Vikings: 27-10 (.730)
Washington Redskins: 27-12 (.692)
Philadelphia Eagles: 26-12 (.684)
Buffalo Bills: 26-13 (.667)
Oakland Raiders: 23-12 (.657)
Houston Texans: 23-14 (.622)
Cleveland Browns: 19-12 (.613)
Detroit Lions: 19-12 (.613)
Kansas City Chiefs: 29-20 (.592)
Note: The Atlanta Falcons had the longest current winning streak in games in which they did not commit a turnover. The Falcons had won their last 19 straight turnover-less games, dating back to Sept. 28, 2008. They then were defeated 22-17 by Tampa Bay in a turnover-less game on December 30, 2012, thus ending their streak at 19. The Baltimore Ravens have the longest current winning streak of turnover-less games, with 12.
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