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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Richard Dent was a member of one of the greatest defensive units in league history. And, in today’s NFL, it’s possible that Dent might have never gotten that chance.
Shannon Sharpe was a seventh-round draft choice in 1990 from Savannah State who would eventually become a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Broncos and Ravens. Even more significant is that Sharpe was one of the first to represent the current breed of NFL tight ends.
A total of 31 players in the history of the NFL have intercepted at least 50 passes. But few have done more after the theft than the always-exciting Deion Sanders.
When it came to being a dual threat, few were better than the versatile Marshall Faulk, who ranks among the league’s all-time leaders in total yards from scrimmage. But the versatile runner did more than just pile up real estate and proved to be a scoring threat both as a runner and a receiver.
You had to know Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was always going to find a way to get into the end zone. He began making a habit of it in his first NFL game.
When it came to amassing yards via both the ground and through the air, few have done it as well as running back Marshall Faulk, who will be enshrined next week in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Chicago Bears hold the distinction of having more Hall of Famers than any other franchise. We’re less than two weeks away from seeing the Class of 2011 enshrined, at which time Richard Dent will add to that impressive list.
Regardless of the era, the San Diego Chargers always seem to put an explosive offense on the field. And receiver Vincent Jackson has been a big part of the current edition.
With several teams seemingly uncertain about their status behind center and the fact that six quarterbacks were drafted in the first 36 picks in April — including four in the first round — we could be getting ready to see something in Week 1 that we’ve never seen before.