Posts Tagged ‘Countdown to Kickoff’

Countdown to Kickoff: 400-yard passing games

With 11 days until the 2011 NFL season kicks off, we will take a closer look at the 11 400-yard passing games from the 2010 season.

Data Points: Marshall trending downward

There are 21 days until the 2011 NFL season kicks off — and 21 is also the NFL single-game record for receptions. Brandon Marshall, then with the Broncos, set the mark in Week 14 of the 2009 season.

Data Points: Steel Curtain still going strong

There are 22 days until the 2011 NFL season kicks off –- and 22 is also the number of touchdowns allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, the lowest such total in the league.

Data Points: Longest winning streaks

We’re down to 23 days until the 2011 NFL season begins, and 23 also happens to be the longest regular-season winning streak in league history. By winning the final nine games of the 2008 season and starting the 2009 season with 14 consecutive victories, the Indianapolis Colts broke the record that had just been set a year earlier by their rivals, the New England Patriots.

Data Points: McNabb hits on 24 straight

We’re at T-minus 24 days until the 2011 season begins with the Saints visiting the Packers. And 24 also happens to be the number of consecutive passes completed by Donovan McNabb over a two-game stretch during the 2004 season — the longest streak of completions in NFL history.

Data Points: Feely’s scoring frenzy

The Countdown to Kickoff 2011 is at 25 days. And the number 25 is very special to Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely -– that’s the incredible point total Feely racked up last season in a 43-13 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 14. Feely kicked five field goals, four extra points and even ran for a 5-yard touchdown on a fake field-goal attempt.

Data Points: Green Bay’s red-zone defense

There are 26 days until the 2011 NFL seasons kicks off with the Saints visiting the Packers on Thursday, Sept. 8. And 26 is the total red-zone scores allowed by Green Bay in 2010 — the lowest such total in the NFL last season.

Data Points: Martz airing it out less

It’s 27 days until the start of the 2011 NFL season. And 27 was the average pass attempts per game last season for Bears QB Jay Cutler. Not only was that a career low for Cutler, but it’s the lowest such number for a starting QB under passing guru Mike Martz, Chicago’s offensive coordinator.

Data Points: Dominating differential

There are 28 days until the 2011 season kicks off with a Thursday night game between the Saints and Packers. And 28 also is the turnover differential recorded last season by the Patriots. Their plus-28 differential — which included a minuscule 10 giveaways — is tied for the third-best in NFL history.

Data Points: Sanchez in shaky company

The countdown to kickoff of the 2011 season is at 29 days. And 29 is where Jets QB Mark Sanchez ranked last season in completion percentage among starting quarterbacks. Sanchez completed 54.8 percent of his passes in 2010.

Data Points: The magic number is 30

It’s T-minus 30 days until the 2011 NFL season kicks off in Green Bay with a Thursday night clash between the Saints and Packers. And 30 is a good round number to use when talking about prolific passers such as the Saints’ Drew Brees and the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. In fact, Brees is the only QB who has thrown at least 30 TD passes in each of the last three seasons.

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