More nuggets from around the league:
Last night, the Panthers missed a 50-yard FG with less than 10 seconds to play that would have won the game against the Broncos. It was the 51st time since 1999 (regular season) that a kicker has attempted a FG of 50+ yards in the final 20 seconds of the 4th quarter that would have tied or won the game. Of those 51 tries, only 21 (41%) have been successful.
Carolina kickers are now 0-3 on such FGs since 1999, with last gasp misses against the Saints in 2005 (John Kasay’s 60-yard try was blocked), against the Falcons in 2014 (Graham Gano’s 63-yarder was blocked), and last night’s Gano miss.
Last night was the first time since 1999 that such a try was not successful in a game involving Denver as Broncos’ kickers have made both of their “Hail Mary” attempts and their opponents had also gone 2-2 until last night.
Since 1999, the only such FG try in a postseason game came in 2007, when San Diego’s Nate Kaeding missed a 54-yarder with three seconds remaining against the Patriots in San Diego.
From 2013-2015, NFL teams acquired the ball via fumble or interception only to give it back via fumble or pick on the ensuing drive 154 times. In particular, the Redskins did it 9 times, while the Raiders and Vikings derped it right back 8 times.
One team had no such possessions during that three-year span: The New England Patriots.
Since the start of the 2013 season (48 games), the Pats’ offense has come out following a turnover 60 times and run 313 plays without turning the ball over:
Know these things too: That 75% score percentage on drives where the Pats acquired the ball via turnover from 2013-2015 is the highest in the league, ahead of Seattle (69%), Chiefs (69%), and Jaguars (68%)… Don’t look now but the Patriots’ opening week opponents, Arizona, has also excelled at not giving back turnovers. The Pats (2013-2015) and Cardinals (2014-2015) are the only two teams that have not committed such a gaffe over the past two seasons.
Every year, about 3% of all drives start inside the offense’s own 5-yard-line. Those drives are turned into touchdowns about 10% of the time, which is about half the touchdown rate of all drives. Frankly, I thought the TD percentage would be lower than 10%.
Last year, five different teams scored two touchdowns on drives starting inside their own 5: Cardinals, Eagles, Seahawks, Texans, and Saints.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Jets have not scored a touchdown on a drive that started inside their own 5-yard-line since November 11, 2001, when Curtis Martin capped a 96-yard drive against the Chiefs with a 1-yard run. Vinny Testaverde completed five passes on the drive which was aided by two nice runs by rookie RB LaMont Jordan.
That means the Jets enter the 2016 season having gone 79 consecutive such possessions without a touchdown, easiest the longest current streak in the NFL (obviously STL is now the LA Rams):
Know this too: Since 2010, the Bengals have forced opponents to start 48 drives at least 95 yards from paydirt, by far the most in the league in that time (Jets, Chiefs 40 each). Cincinnati opponents have turned those drives into 4 TD and 3 FG… In those same six seasons, the Patriots have forced opponents into only 19 such drives, the league’s fewest, and have allowed scores on 32% of them, the highest/worst percentage in the league (3 TD, 3 FG).
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Enjoy your football weekend!