NFL Week 15: Stats and Trends

Ryan CallahanAnalyst IDecember 16, 2008

1. The Miami Dolphins have not allowed a touchdown in three consecutive weeks. They have let up 12, three, and nine points in those three weeks.

2. New England Patriot running backs combined for a 7.1 average yards per rush against the Oakland Raiders. Sammy Morris had 117 yards on 14 carries (8.4 average) and Lamont Jordan had 12 carries for 97 yards (8.1 average).

3. The New York Giants lost two consecutive games for the first time since starting last season 0-2 with a loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.

4. The Pittsburgh Steelers have allowed 13 points or less in five consecutive games.

5. Jacksonville wide receiver Dennis Northcutt had his first 100-yard receiving game since week 16 of the 2004 season.

6. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has four consecutive 100-yard receiving games, including 165 and 168 yard games. In 12 games this season, he has seven 100-yard receiving games, with two other games at 96 yards receiving.

7. The Kansas City Chiefs were beating the San Diego Chargers 21-3 in the third quarter, but ended up losing 22-21.

8. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw for a career-high four touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. His previous career high was two, which he only achieved twice in his three-year career.

9. Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell threw zero interceptions through his first eight games. In his past six games, he has thrown six interceptions.

10. Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis ran for seven touchdowns in his first seven games. In his past seven games, he has zero rushing touchdowns.

11. Keeping stats number nine and 10 in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Washington Redskins have lost five of their last six. In these five losses, they have scored the following point totals: 6, 10, 7, 10, and 13. This includes a loss to the 2-11-1 Cincinnati Bengals.

12. The Cincinnati Bengals play their best football against the NFC East. In four games against NFC East opponents they are 1-2-1. They took the New York Giants to overtime in week three before losing 26-23. The Bengals only lost to Dallas by nine points, and they tied the Philadelphia Eagles.

13. Bengals quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Bengals in rushing in three games this season. His totals when leading the team: 41, 23, and 29 yards.

14. Chris Henry caught his first touchdown pass since week 15 of the 2007 season.

15. The Detroit Lions have lost 21 of their last 22 games.

16. The Buffalo Bills started the season 5-1. They are now 6-8 after losing seven of their last eight games.

17. The New York Jets scored 10 points in the fourth quarter despite now recording a first down. This can be attributed to J.P. Losman's three turnovers in the final two minutes of the second half.

18. In beating the Denver Broncos, the Carolina Panthers went undefeated at home this season for the first time since 1996.

19. Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams averaged 7.3 yards per rush this week against the Broncos. Last week, against one of the best defenses in the league in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he averaged 9.8 yards per rush.

20. Chad Pennington only has six interceptions this season. The Dolphins' are on pace to break the record for least turnovers in a season.

21. The Arizona Cardinals' leading rusher's rushing yards the past six games: 22, 40, 21, 10, 32, 23.

22. The Minnesota Vikings' leading rusher's rushing yards the past six games: 192, 85, 80, 131, 105, 165.

23. With the New Orleans Saints' loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, they fell to 1-6 on the road this season.

24. Drew Brees needs to average more than 376 yards in his final two games to beat Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a season.

25. Tampa Bay Bucaneers' receiver Antonio Bryant has five 100-yard receiving games this season. He has six 100-yard receiving games over the previous four season combined.

26. Matt Ryan's QB rating in two meetings against the Bucs: 29.6 and 57.5.