100 Facts to Dominate in 2014
The 2013 NFL season was a great one, so why not take some time to reflect on what we saw? In honor of the Talented Mr. Roto’s July Article “A Hundred Little Lies,” here are 100 facts, not opinions, about the 2013 season that you may have been unaware of. Use them to shock your friends during the postseason or to gain a decided edge when it comes to preparing for fantasy football 2014.
1. Matt Ryan completed 15.5% more passes this season than Tom Brady.
2. Matt Ryan completed 72.6% of his passes and had a 4.33 touchdown-to-interception ratio at home this season.
3. Aaron Rodgers has achieved both of those thresholds at home (minimum five home starts) just once in his career.
4. You always hear, “Joe Flacco throws a great deep ball, thus giving the Ravens big-play ability.”
5. Flacco ranked 35th in the league in yards per attempt. (Reminder: There are 32 teams in the NFL.)
6. Tom Brady accounted for multiple touchdowns eight times this season.
7. Nick Foles did so nine times … in five fewer starts.
8. There were 12 QBs who threw at least 550 passes. Philip Rivers was not one of them.
9. There were five QBs who completed more than 375 passes. Philip Rivers was one of them.
10. Peyton Manning threw 16 more touchdowns than Drew Brees (second place).
11. Russell Wilson threw 16 more touchdowns (to his own team) than Matt Schaub.
12. Matthew Stafford had six more incompletions than Russell Wilson had completions.
13. Russell Wilson averaged 165.8 passing yards vs. the NFC West this season, eclipsing the 200-yard plateau just once.
14. Conference realignment isn’t coming to the NFL, so Wilson will see those same three teams six times again next season.
15. Sam Bradford recorded at least three touchdowns in 42.9% of his games this season.
16. Tony Romo (26.7%) and Cam Newton (31.3%) did so much less frequently.
17. Seven quarterbacks finished the season averaging at least 7.70 yards per attempt; they all ranked in the top 11 in terms of average fantasy points per game.
18. Chad Henne threw for at least 300 yards three times, but only one pass in those three games resulted in six points.
19. Andrew Luck completed four more passes this year than during his rookie campaign … on 52 fewer attempts.
20. Geno Smith completed at least 63% of his passes six times this season.
21. Colin Kaepernick has completed at least 63% of his passes in four of his last 19 regular season games.
22. Andy Dalton finished the season as a top-five quarterback in most formats.
23. Eli Manning had a better touchdown-to-interception ratio within his division than Dalton did.
24. Alex Smith threw 43.5% of his touchdown passes before his 11th attempt of the game.
25. LeSean McCoy had 20% more rushing yards than the next highest total.
26. Peyton Manning led third place by 17.8% in passing yards.
27. McCoy’s rookie season: 195 touches – 945 total yards – four touchdowns.
28. Giovani Bernard rookie season numbers: 226 touches – 1,209 yards – eight touchdowns.
29. Andre Ellington gained at least 20 yards on 6.8% of his carries.
30. Game-breakers C.J. Spiller (4.5%), Reggie Bush (2.7%), and Jamaal Charles (3.3%) couldn’t approach that total.
31. Ellington averaged 7.7 yards per carry (8.8 yards per touch) when the score was within eight points.
32. DeMarco Murray gained the needed yardage for a first down on 27.2% of his carries.
33. Murray and Adrian Peterson both managed 59 first downs … AP had 62 more carries.
34. Jamaal Charles had 12 games with at least 100 yards and a touchdown.
35. Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy combined to have 12 such games.
36. Only seven running backs had more total yards and touchdowns than Fred Jackson (1,283 yards and 10 scores).
37. LeSean McCoy led the league in rushing attempts and rushing yards in 2013. It has been six years since the leader in either one of those categories led the league in rushing yards the following season (LaDainian Tomlinson).
38. Joique Bell found paydirt once every 17.4 touches.
39. Trent Richardson still averages 70.8 yards and 0.52 touchdowns per game for his career.
40. Frank Gore has caught 61 passes since the beginning of the 2011 season.
41. Frank Gore caught 61 passes in the 2006 season.
42. Montee Ball has as many seasons (minimum 120 carries) in which he averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry as Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch, and Ryan Mathews.
43. Ball was a rookie this season.
44. Ray Rice averaged fewer yards per carry this season than the plodding Rashard Mendenhall and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
45. Rice saw his percentage of carries resulting in a first down decrease for just the second time in his career, ruining a nice three-year run of progression: 2010 (16.6%), 2011 (17.9%), 2012 (19.8), and 2013 (13.1%).
46. LeGarrette Blount has managed at least 800 yards and five touchdowns in three of his four professional seasons.
47. In two full seasons, Alfred Morris has just two road games with less than 70 total yards and no touchdowns.
48. Knowshon Moreno managed just 2.9 yards per carry and didn’t score a rushing touchdown against AFC West teams.
49. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry and reached the end zone via handoff 10 times.
50. With each passing month (minimum 20 touches), Eddie Lacy averaged more yards per touch and scored more touchdowns than the month prior.
51. Reggie Bush had as many home games with at least 170 total yards and a touchdown as he did road games with fewer than 70 total yards and no touchdowns.
52. There were 67 players with a run longer than Chris Johnson’s season long (30 yards).
53. Two defensive players, eight receivers, two fullbacks, and six quarterbacks are on that list.
54. Johnson had not one … not two … but three carries of at least 80 yards last season.
55. One-third of the players with at least 70 catches did not play receiver.
56. Danny Woodhead has scored nine receiving touchdowns on 141 targets over the last two seasons.
57. Andre Johnson has nine receiving touchdowns on 345 targets over the last two seasons.
58. Torrey Smith, Keenan Allen, Michael Floyd, and Brian Hartline all eclipsed 1,000 yards this season.
59. Smith was the only receiver with at least 730 yards to catch fewer than 50% of his targets.
60. Smith finished with 1,128 yards, 17th most in the NFL.
61. They all also had fewer receptions than Pierre Thomas.
62. Hartline has more receiving yards over the last two seasons than DeSean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Marques Colston.
63. Antonio Brown averaged more yards per catch (14.22) in the fourth quarter than any other quarter.
64. Brown recorded eight receiving touchdowns; not a one was in the fourth quarter.
65. Marvin Jones caught twice as many touchdowns as Pierre Garcon despite catching 62 fewer passes.
66. Kenny Stills averaged a league high with 20 yards per catch, yet only 21.9% of his catches went for 20-plus yards.
67. On the flip side, 40.6% of Brent Celek’s catches went for at least 20 yards.
68. Anquan Boldin caught multiple passes in 15 games, yet he reached triple-digit receiving yards just twice this season.
69. Jarrett Boykin had seven multi-catch games and also went over 100 yards twice.
70. Marvin Jones notched 250 receiving yards and six touchdowns in a three-week stretch.
71. He totaled 462 yards and four touchdowns in his 13 other games (not to mention those six scores have accounted for 54.5% of his career TD receptions)
72. Of the 24 1,000-yard receivers, no receiver had a lower percentage of his yards after the catch than Brandon Marshall (20.5%).
73. Josh Gordon was the first receiver to lead the league in receiving yards that didn’t play in a top-10 passing offense since Steve Smith in 2005. #TeamDelhomme
74. Speaking of Smith, coming off of back-to-back seasons in which he recorded at least five games of 100-plus receiving yards, he failed to eclipse 70 yards a single time in 2013.
75. Wes Welker caught at least 111 passes in five of the last six seasons before suiting up for Denver.
76. It took him only 110 targets with Peyton Manning to set a career high in touchdowns scored.
77. Welker stands 5’9”.
78. The other 12 receivers that reached the end zone at least 10 times averaged a height of 6’3.5”.
79. One team had two receivers (must have played at least 14 games and 50% of the offensive snaps in those games) that recorded an aDOT (average depth of target) of at least 14.9 … the Buffalo Bills with Roberts Woods and T.J. Graham.
80. Julian Edelman tied for fourth in receptions.
81. Julian Edelman tied for 62nd in receptions of at least 20 yards.
82. Andre Johnson scored 100% of his touchdowns in two games.
83. Johnson recorded 37.6% of his receiving yards in three games.
84. Johnson averaged 87.9 receiving yards per game (eighth best in the league).
85. Josh Gordon averaged 88.5 more receiving yards per game than the Browns next receiver.
86. Jimmy Graham is the gold standard when it comes to pass-catching tight ends and he averaged nine targets per game.
87. In his six games with at least nine targets, Jordan Cameron totaled 473 yards and seven touchdowns.
88. Vernon Davis’ longest streak without a touchdown this season was one game.
89. Antonio Gates (last two seasons): 126 catches on 194 targets for 1,410 yards and 11 touchdowns.
90. Martellus Bennett (last two seasons): 120 catches on 186 targets for 1,385 yards and 10 touchdowns.
91. Charles Clay was targeted 103 times.
92. Julius Thomas was targeted 89 times and Vernon Davis 84 times.
93. Matt Forte was targeted 94 times and Darren Sproles 89 times.
94. Stevie Johnson was targeted 100 times and Roddy White 99 times.
95. Jimmy Graham (first four seasons of his career): 301 catches for 3,863 yards and 41 touchdowns.
96. Tony Gonzalez (first four seasons): 261 catches for 3,041 yards and 24 touchdowns.
97. Rob Gronkowski (first four seasons): 226 catches for 3,255 yards and 42 touchdowns.
98. The big difference? Gronkowski has missed 14 games in his four-year career. Graham has missed two games in his four-year career. Gonzalez missed two games in his 17-year career.
99. Greg Olsen and Tony Gonzalez are the only tight ends with at least five touchdowns in each of the last seven seasons.
100. Olsen will be suiting up next season while Gonzalez will not.