NFL Week 16: Stats and Trends

Ryan CallahanAnalyst IDecember 23, 2008

1. In last week's Stats and Trends, I mentioned that Jacksonville wideout Dennis Northcutt had his first 100-yard receiving game since Week 16 of the 2004 season. This week, he had his second consecutive 100-yard receiving performance.

2. The Miami Dolphins had not let up a touchdown in three consecutive weeks before letting up four touchdowns this week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

3. New York Giants' running back Derrick Ward carried the ball 15 times for 215 yards, an average of 14.3 yards per carry. This is the highest yards per rush for a single game in Giants' history. The Giants rushed for 301 yards as a team, their highest total since 1959.

4. DeAngelo Williams broke the Panthers' single-season touchdown record with his four touchdowns Sunday night. He has a total of 20 rushing touchdowns on the season.

5. The Cleveland Browns have not scored an offensive touchdown in five consecutive games, including this week's shutout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

6. The Cincinnati Bengals have not shut out an opponent since Week 12 of the 2006 season. The game was a 30-0 win, and also against the Cleveland Browns.

7. Cedric Benson posted a career high in rushing yards with 171. The Bengals are 3-0 when Benson rushes for 70 or more yards, and are 0-11-1 when he rushes for less than 70 yards or before he was on the team.

8. Baltimore Ravens' running backs Willis McGahee and Le'Ron McClain combined for 15 carries, 202 yards, and two touchdowns. McGahee averaged 11.2 yards per rush and McClain averaged 18 yards per rush.

9. Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware now has 20 sacks and is just 2.5 sacks away from the single-season sack record. Ware plays the Eagles on Sunday as he goes for Michael Strahan's record.

10. Minnesota Vikings' tight end Visanthe Shiancoe led the NFL in receiving this week with 136 yards and two touchdowns.

11. Since 2005, the St. Louis Rams are 4-20 against NFC West Division teams.

12. Through the first three quarters of San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill's matchup with the Rams, he had thrown for under 100 yards and three interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he threw for over 100 yards passing and two touchdowns to lead the 49ers to a comeback victory.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneer's wideout Antonio Bryant has 23 catches, 435 yards, and four touchdowns in his last three games.

14. LaDainian Tomlinson has just two 100-yard rushing games this season (105 and 106 yards). Last season, he had six 100-yard rushing games (132, 198, 177, 146, 116, and 107 yards).

15. Philadelphia Eagles' wide receivers dropped eight passes during their 3-10 loss to the Washington Redskins.

16. The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-6-1 in games decided by seven points or less. The lone win came in Week 14 against the Giants.

17. The Detroit Lions are the first 0-15 team in NFL history.

18. The New Orleans Saints were 11-of-12 on third down conversions against the Lions, and scored touchdowns on their first six drives.

19. In Brett Favre's last three games, he has thrown for one touchdown and six interceptions. He now has a league-leading 19 interceptions on the season. The New York Jets have lost three of their last four games.

20. The Denver Broncos outgained the Buffalo Bills 213 to -2 in the first quarter. Denver was up 10-0 and ended up losing 30-23. The Broncos outgained the Bills 532 to 275 for the game.

21. When the Raiders won their final home game against the Texans this week, it was the first time they had won their final home game since 2001. The Oakland Raiders are 23-72 since 2003.

22. The Kansas City Chiefs' defense allows over 28 points per game.