Happy Staturday! With the NFL season quietly slipping away, I bring you 15 NFL stats and trends to peruse this weekend in case you getting misty-eyed about how there are only three weeks of the NFL season remaining.
1. The Buffalo Bills are 0-7 against the spread (ATS) versus teams below .500 on the road during the last three seasons. Back up the Brinks trucks on the Jags this weekend. Never thought I would say that this season.
2. The Washington Redskins are only 1-9 ATS as an underdog this season. With backup QB Kirk Cousins starting this week on the road, it looks like it will be 1-10.
3. The Indianapolis Colts currently hold the record for most consecutive regular season wins with 23 from 2008-2009.
4. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Merton Hanks neck led San Francisco 49ers won a record 18 straight regular season road games from 1988-1990.
5. Since the NFL began handing out the NFL MVP Award in 1961, only 3 winners have not been either a QB or RB: DT Alan Page (1971), Kicker (yes, a kicker won an MVP award) Mark Moseley (1982), and LB Lawrence Taylor (1986) because cocaine is a helluva drug.
6. RB Jamie Morris of the Redskins was a workhorse in 1988 setting the record for most rushing attempts in a game with 45 against Cincinnati. He only finished with 152 yards for 3.3 ypc.
7. For as mediocre as RGIII has been this season, he still holds the record for highest QB rating among rookies in NFL history at 102.4 set last season. Russell Wilson is #2 at 100.0.
8. The 1983 Green Bay Packers once went to OT a record 5 times in one season. Could you name one player from the 1983 Green Bay Packers? I sure couldn’t.
9. The shortest OT game in NFL history took place only 2 years ago when the Denver Broncos, led by Timothy Richard Tebow, beat the Steelers 29-23 just 12 seconds in the AFC Wildcard Round.
10. Since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, the Jacksonville Jaguars hold the record for most points scored in a post-season game when the Jags sent Dan Marino, his Isotoners, and Snowflake the dolphin into retirement 62-7 in 2000.
11. The New York Giants hold the record for most playoff appearance by any franchise with 31.
12. The Cincinnati Bengals hold the record for worst post-season winning percentage by any NFL team at .313 (5-11). Knowing the Bengals, this is not surprising at all.
13. Not surprisingly, the ultimate hanger-on Jerry Rice holds the record for most post-season appearances with 29 games.
14. Old Man Willie McGinest has the most career post season sacks at 16 in 18 career games.
15. One last trend for you to consider as you call your bookie or make an online deposit this weekend, the Seattle Seahawks are 7-0 ATS when favored by 3.5-9.5 points since last season. Seahawks -7 @ NY Giants.
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