What better way to welcome the 2016 NFL season than with a bunch of stat nuggets that you won’t see anywhere else! So let’s get started:
From the start of the 2009 season through the end of 2015, there have been 244 rushing plays of 51 yards or more (regular season only).
Oakland and Detroit have allowed 16 such runs each in that span. The Patriots? None.
You know what’s weird? The Patriots also hold the record for the longest OFFENSIVE streak of rushes without busting one for 51+ yards. On Dec. 27, 1998, Sedrick Shaw went 71 yards against the Jets.
After that run, the Pats ran the ball 4,065 times before Laurence Maroney’s 51-yard scamper on the final play of the first quarter against the Dolphins on Dec. 23, 2007, four days shy of nine years later. Then on the Pats’ very next possession, Maroney broke out for a 59-yard touchdown run.
Since that day, the only 51+ yard rush by a New England back was a 55-yard breakaway by Sammie Morris against the Jaguars on Dec. 27, 2009. The last five Patriots’ rushing plays of more than 50 yards have all come in December.
The Pats’ active streak of 2,750 rushes without one of more than 50 yards is the NFL’s longest, more than twice that of the second longest (NYG, 1,306).
Since November of the 2012 season, Julian Edelman of the Patriots has rushed 18 times for 189 yards, an average of 10.5 yards per carry, including runs of 47 and 25 yards. What’s more, he’s gained at least 2 yards on all 18 of those rushes, the longest active such streak in the NFL. The next longest current streak (active players) is 10, by Karlos Williams (late of Buffalo), Oakland QB Derek Carr, and the Jets’ Chris Ivory.
Since 2000, NFL teams are a combined 240-284 (.458) in the game after playing overtime the week before, including 12-28 (.300) in 2015. The Lions have been especially hapless after playing overtime games, going just 3-26 since 1987 the week after playing into an extra period.
Jacksonville QB’s have thrown 16 “pick six” touchdowns over the past four seasons, allowing at least three such scores each year. Here’s your context: The Patriots’ opponents have run back as many as three picks for touchdowns in a single season only once since the merger in 1970. That came in 1984.
Eight teams made it through the 2015 season without giving up a “pick six” touchdown, including Arizona. Before 2015, the Cardinals has allowed a “pick six” TD in 18 consecutive seasons, the second longest such streak since 1970. Only the Lions had a longer streak, serving up at least one “pick six” touchdown in every season from 1989-2013, stretching 25 years.
Buffalo now carries the longest current streak, having allowed an opposing defender to take an interception to the house in every season since 1999, an 18-year stretch.
At the other end of the spectrum, Seattle hasn’t allowed a “pick six” since 2012 and hasn’t allowed more than one in a season since 2000. Since 2001, the Seahawks have allowed only 9 such TD’s, while the Lions have allowed FORTY-ONE.
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