Coffin Corner: A look inside the numbers as you gear up for battles with clubs from the AFC.
NFL teams, all of them (including the NFC), threw for 7,842 net yards, the most in league history in Week 1. And you thought it wasn’t a passing league.
Jahvid Best has played four games in September in his career. In those four games he’s racked up 421 yards from scrimmage, an impressive number. Toss in his five total touchdowns (four rush, one receiving), and now we’re talking about an elite performer.
Tom Brady had quite the week. Not only did he throw for 517 yards, the fifth best single game mark in league history, he also became the 18th QB to reach 35,000 yards passing for his career (35,261). He picked up the AFC Player of the Week award for the 18th time, tied with Dan Marino for the second most in league history since the award was instituted in 1984 (Peyton Manning has 21). In terms of the matchup this week… Brady has won 28-straight starts at home, an all-time league record, and in his last five starts at home he’s thrown 11 touchdowns and not a single interception leading to a 126.5 QB Rating.
The Bills might not realize, but it’s certainly time that they do. Fred Jackson can be a star in this league. He ran for more than 100 yards for the 8th time in his career in Week 1. The Bills are 7-1 in those eight games. Since the start of the 2009 season, Jackson has averaged 64 rushing yards a game, a somewhat moderate total to be sure. But, he’s averaged a solid 4.4 yards per carry. Give him the ball Bills.
Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs face the Lions this week. In his last four meetings against NFC clubs Charles has racked up 484 rushing yards. His running mate, Thomas Jones, has seen better days, but history is on his side in terms of his production against the Lions. In his last three outings against the club from Detroit Charles has averaged 81 yards a contest.
Kerry Collins had a bad Week 1 for the Colts, though he’s hung around an awfully long time. He passed Joe Montana last week and has 40,638 yards in his career. Amazingly, Collins is now 10th in league history in passing yards. I know, it’s shocking. Collins faces the Brown this week. In three previous starts against the Browns Collins has six touchdown passes and three interceptions.
Do you know who is second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns behind Arian Foster since the start of the 2010 season? If you guessed the Patriots’ Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis you would be correct. He’s two behind Foster with 14 after scoring once in Week 1.
The Jets have three receivers on the cusp of statistical milestones. Santonio Holmes needs seven catches for 300 in his career. Plaxico Burress needs 83 yards to record 8,000 for his career. Derrick Mason needs 90 yards to reach 12,000 receiving yards in his career. Only 17 other players have gotten there.
Colt McCoy doesn’t exactly have a long track record as an NFL player, but in four starts on the road he has an impressive 92.7 QB Rating. He starts at Indianapolis against the Colts this week. You do remember how the Texans throttled that Colts’ defense in Week 1, right?
Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 24 times for 97 yards in Week 1. With the win in Week 1 the Jaguars are 8-1 since the start of last season when Drew runs for 90 yards. That number 24 makes another appearances with MJD. It’s the rushing attempts that he posted the last time the Jags faced the Jets. In that outing, he ran for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Darren McFadden rushed for 150 yards in Week 1. That was his 8th 100 yard effort in his career. Over his last 16 games, Run DMC has gone for 1,341 yards on an average of 5.2 yards per carry.
Rashard Mendenhall had a rough first week of the 2011 season, but he should get back on track in Week 2. Each of the last six times he has faced an NFC club he has scored at least one time. Dating back to last season, Mendenhall has scored four rushing touchdowns in his last four games.
Ray Rice has averaged 102 yards from scrimmage per game in his career. This week he faces the Titans who have a pretty good runner in their own right in Chris Johson. CJ2K has averaged 117.8 yards from scrimmage per game in his illustrious career. Johnson also averages 103 yards per game in 24 contests at home where this game is to be played.
Philip Rivers has three career games against the Patriots. In those three games he’s posted a QB rating of 96.4 while averaging 274 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception per contest. That QB Rating is nearly identical to the 96.5 passer rating that he’s posted in his career on the road when facing an AFC squad.
Jerome Simpson is far from a household name. In fact, there might be many of you out there who are reading this who honestly don’t know what team he suits up for (it’s nothing to be embarrassed about since it is the Bengals). It’s a tiny sample size, but over his last three starts Simpson has averaged 97 yards receiving per game. The Bengals are facing a Broncos club this week in Denver that sports the leagues leading receiver from 2010 (at least in terms of yards). Brandon Lloyd needs four fewer yards than Simpson has managed of late to reach 4,000 for his career, and he has averaged just about 10 yards less per game than Simpson over his last nine games at home (86.7 yards per game). Hopefully his groin injury won’t preclude him from continuing to have success this week.
Reggie Wayne caught seven passes in Week 1. He needs six receptions to reach 800 for his career. The last time Wayne faced the Browns he caught six passes for 97 yards.
Random Start of the Week
(That one player you would never consider starting but for some reason he might be worth a look if you’re desperate.)
Chad Henne passed for 416 yards against the Patriots in Week 1, so in the words of the internet he is now ‚Äútrending.‚ÄĚ Still, how many of you out there are considering playing him this week? Maybe you should reconsider and give it some serious thought. Henne is coming off a game in which he became just the 4th QB in league history to throw for 400 yards while rushing for 50 (he had 59). Moreover, in his last start against this weeks opponent, the Texans, he threw for 322 yards.
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