Published: October 10th, 2010 | Tags: Brandon LaFell, Brian Griese, David Gettis, Hakeem Nicks, Jim Zorn, Jimmy Clausen, John Harbaugh, Josh Scobee, Julius Peppers, Justin Tuck, Kyle Orton, Max Hall, Stefan Logan, Terry Fair, Tony Romo, Vince Young
And now for our weekly look around the NFL by the numbers, a nod to the most notable numbers and best performances to come out of Week 5. With a loss by the Chiefs, there are no 4-0 teams in the NFL for the first time since 1970. Prior to this season, there were six teams that started 9-0 over the last five seasons. No such luck in 2010.
What we do have is the continuing trend of kickoff returns for touchdowns. Thanks to Stefan Logan (see below), there has now been a kickoff return TD in each of the first five weeks of a season for the first time since at least 1950. Again this week, the assist goes to George Li on the NFL Network research desk.
Lions 44, Rams 6
Logan’s 105-yard kickoff return for a TD is tied for the longest kickoff return in franchise history (Terry Fair also had a 105-yard kickoff return TD in 1998) and is tied for the sixth longest kick return in NFL history.
The Lions won for the first time in nearly a year, the last coming on Nov. 22, 2009, against the Browns. The Lions’ 38-point win is their largest margin of victory since Dec. 17, 1995.
Bears 23, Panthers 6
Try looking this one up: Bears DE Julius Peppers became the first player since at least 1991 to have an interception, a blocked field goal and two sacks in his first five games with a new team.
With Todd Collins – and later Caleb Hanie – at QB, the Bears outrushed the Panthers 218-85.
The Panthers started a rookie QB (Jimmy Clausen) and two rookie WRs (Brandon LaFell and David Gettis), the first time that’s happened since the Browns did the same during their expansion season in 1999. The Panthers and the Browns are the only two teams to do so since at least 1991.
Ravens 31, Broncos 17
The Ravens improved to 18-1 (2-0 this season) under John Harbaugh when scoring 24 or more points. Sunday’s win was all about the run — the Ravens outrushed the Broncos 233 to 39 and had 47 rushing attempts to just 13 for Broncos.
More big numbers from Kyle Orton, who completed 23-of-38 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns for his fourth straight 300-yard game (tying Brian Griese’s franchise record set in 2002).
Giants 34, Texans 10
As Justin Tuck goes, so go the Giants. The Giants have won the last 14 games (including the playoffs) when Tuck records a sack.
Hakeem Nicks posted career-bests in receptions (12), yards (130) and had two touchdowns.
The Texans entered the game as the second-best rushing team in the NFL (172.0 yards per game), but finished with 24 yards against the Giants, the lowest total in franchise history.
Colts 19, Chiefs 9
The Colts won despite posting season lows in points (19), total yards (341) and passing yards (244).
Redskins 16, Packers 13 (OT)
The Redskins have been held to 17 or fewer points in four of five games this season, but have won three of those four games.
This doesn’t happen often: The Packers lost despite outrushing the Redskins 157-51. Brandon Jackson led the way with 10 rushes for 115 yards.
Jaguars 36, Bills 26
Josh Scobee is on a tear. One week after his 59-yard game-winning field goal against the Colts, Scobee was 5-for-5 on field goals against the Bills, tying a single-game franchise record. Four of his five FGs were 40-plus yards.
Falcons 20, Browns 10
The Falcons picked up their first win in Cleveland since 1971.
The Browns have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.
Cardinals 30, Saints 20
Count on it: The Cardinals are 9-0 in their last nine games following a loss, including the playoffs.
The Cardinals won despite being outgained 373-194 by the Saints. They scored 21 points off four Saints turnovers in unconventional fashion: a fumble return for a TD, an interception return for a TD, and a 2-yard fumble recovery by LT Levi Brown.
Max Hall became the first undrafted rookie QB to start by Week 5 of his rookie season since Jim Zorn of the Seahawks started in Week 1 in 1976.
Raiders 35, Chargers 27
The Raiders snapped a 13-game losing streak vs. the Chargers, which was the second-longest active win streak vs. an opponent in NFL.
The Raiders scored 16 points off two blocked punts and a fumble return for a touchdown. They became the 10th team since 1970 to block two punts in a game.
The Chargers lost despite outgaining the Raiders 506-279. It’s the second time this season they’ve lost when having 500-plus total yards.
The Chargers have allowed six offensive TDs and six non-offensive TDs this season (two kick returns, two fumble returns, one punt return and one blocked punt return).
Titans 34, Cowboys 27
The Titans have won 11 straight vs. the NFC, the third-longest active inter-conference win streak in the NFL. Vince Young improved to 12-2 in his career against the NFC.
The Cowboys recorded 511 total yards, their most in a loss since Nov. 26, 1998 when they lost 46-36 vs. the Vikings on Thanksgiving Day (513 total yards).
Tony Romo had his first career 400-yard game (406) and was also sacked a career-high six times.
– Frank Tadych