What to Look For: NFL 2012 Week 17
NFL 2012 Week 17
Through Week 16, NFL teams have combined to score 10,914 points (45.48 points per game), on pace to surpass the league record of 11,356 set last season. An average of 44.36 points per game were scored in 2011, the highest average in 46 seasons.
The most points per game in a season since 1965:
|Source: NFL *Through Week 16|
The Seattle Seahawks have won all four of their games this December, outscoring opponents by a 173-47 margin during the month. With at least 27 points this Sunday against St. Louis, Seattle would become the fourth team in NFL history to score 200 points in a calendar month.
The only two modern-era NFL teams to accomplish the feat were the 1950 Los Angeles Rams (220 points in October) and 2007 New England Patriots (217 points in October). In November of 1924, the Frankford Yellow Jackets scored 238 points in eight games, when it was common for NFL teams to play multiple games in a single week.
The teams to score 200 points in a calendar month:
|Source: NFL *One game remaining in month|
|Frankford Yellow Jackets||238||8||November||1924|
|New England Patriots||217||5||October||2007|
The Denver Broncos have won 10 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Each of those wins has come by a margin of at least seven points.
Denver is one of four teams in NFL history to win at least 10 games in a row by a margin of seven or more points in a single season. The Broncos, who host Kansas City this Sunday, can extend their streak to 11, which has only been achieved by the 1942 Chicago Bears (11) and 2005 Indianapolis Colts (13).
Teams that have won 10 straight games, all by seven or more points, in a single season:
|Team||Year||Consecutive Wins, 7+ Pts|
|Source: NFL *Active|
|San Francisco 49ers||1997||10|
Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood
Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS leads the NFL with a 106.2 passer rating in 2012. If he maintains his current pace when the Packers face Minnesota in Week 17, Rodgers will join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1991-94) as the only qualifying players in NFL history to post a 100+ passer rating in four consecutive seasons.
Rodgers (104.5) and Young (96.8) rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the NFL's all-time passer rating list.
New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES leads the league with 39 touchdown passes this season. With at least one TD pass against Carolina on Sunday, Brees would become the first player in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons. He led the league with 46 TD passes in 2011.
Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO is the only NFL player with 40+ passing TDs in multiple seasons (1984, 1986).
If he finishes the season as the NFL TD pass leader, Brees would tie BRETT FAVRE and Pro Football Hall of Famers LEN DAWSON, JOHNNY UNITAS and STEVE YOUNG (four) for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes in NFL annals. Brees has led the league in TD passes three times (2008-09, 2011).
Year of the Rookie QB (Part 1)
Two rookie quarterbacks -- Indianapolis' ANDREW LUCK and Seattle's RUSSELL WILSON -- have led their respective teams to playoff berths while winning 10 games each. Luck's Colts (10-5) host Houston on Sunday and have secured the No. 5 seed in the AFC. Wilson's Seahawks (10-5), who have clinched at least a Wild Card spot, face St. Louis in Week 17 and remain in contention for the the NFC West division title.
On Sunday, Luck and Wilson can both join BEN ROETHLISBERGER (13 wins), JOE FLACCO (11) and MATT RYAN (11) as the only starting rookie quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to win at least 11 games.
The starting rookie quarterbacks to win at least 10 games in a single season (since 1966):
|Source: NFL *Through Week 16|
Year of the Rookie QB (Part 2)
Washington's ROBERT GRIFFIN III ranks second among all NFL players with a 104.1 passer rating. If he maintains his current pace on Sunday night against Dallas, Griffin would eclipse BEN ROETHLISBERGER's rookie record (98.1 in 2004). Seattle's Russell Wilson (98.0) is right behind Roethlisberger's 2004 pace.
Prior to 2012, Roethlisberger and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (96.0 in 1983) were the only two qualifying rookies in NFL history to post a 90+ passer rating.
The rookies with the highest passer rating in NFL history (qualifying passers):
|Source: NFL *Through Week 16|
|Robert Griffin III||Washington||2012||104.1*|
Year of the Rookie QB (Part 3)
Seattle's Russell Wilson leads all rookies with 25 touchdown passes this season. With at least two TD passes against the Rams on Sunday, Wilson would surpass PEYTON MANNING's rookie record of 26 in 1998.
Three rookie quarterbacks have at least 20 touchdown passes in 2012, the most of any season in NFL history -- Wilson (25), Andrew Luck (21) and Robert Griffin III (20). Prior to 2012, only five rookies in NFL history passed for at least 20 touchdowns.
The rookies with 20+ touchdown passes in NFL history:
|Source: NFL *Through Week 16|
|Charlie Conerly||N.Y. Giants||1948||22|
|Robert Griffin III||Washington||2012||20*|
Buffalo's C.J. SPILLER (6.48) and Minnesota's ADRIAN PETERSON (6.04) rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among running backs in rushing average in 2012.
On Sunday, Spiller and Peterson could each join JAMAAL CHARLES (2010) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963), BARRY SANDERS (1997) and O.J. SIMPSON (1973) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,200 yards in a season while averaging 6.00 yards per carry or better. No two players have previously accomplished the feat in the same season.
Spiller, whose Bills host the Jets in Week 17, needs to maintain his current average and rush for at least 15 yards to exceed Brown's 6.40 yards per carry mark in 1963, the highest of any player with 1,200+ rushing yards in a season.
Peterson, who also needs 102 rushing yards to become the seventh player in NFL history with 2,000 in a season, faces the Packers on Sunday.
- Tom Brady Says Patriots Can Adjust Minus Injured Tight End Rob Gronkowski
- Ravens Linebacker Ayanbadejo Sparks 'Word War' with Patriots
- Tom Brady and Shane Vereen Lead Patriots Back to AFC Title Game
- Matt Bryant Field Goal Lifts Falcons Over Seahawks into NFC Title Game
- Colin Kaepernick Leads 49ers Past Packers into NFC Title Game
- 'Flacco Fling' Helps Ravens Stun Broncos
- Nate Silver Picks Seahawks vs Patriots for Super Bowl XLVII
- Ex-Jets Assistant Mike Westhoff Says Tim Tebow Situation a 'Mess'
- Michael Strahan Among 15 Finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Ex-Panthers Assistant Rob Chudzinski Gets Browns Coaching Job
- Seahawks Rookie Defensive End Bruce Irvin Gets Start vs Falcons
- Mike Mularkey Out as Jaguars Coach
- Cowboys Hire Defensive Coordinator
- Eagles Interested in Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly
- Mike Pettine Hired as Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator
- Chargers Name Tom Telesco New General Manager
- Ex-Falcons Personnel Director David Caldwell Named Jaguars GM
- NFL Final Eight Take Center Stage in Divisional Playoffs
- NFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Packers at 49ers
- NFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Seahawks at Falcons
- AFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Ravens at Broncos
- AFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Texans at Patriots
- Cowboys Dismiss Rob Ryan as Defensive Coordinator
- Tony Sparano Out as New York Jets Offensive Coordinator
- Robert Griffin III Suffered Partial Tear of Two Ligaments in Right Knee
- Seahawks Blast Redskins in NFC Wild-Card Game
- Boldin and Flacco Carry Ravens Past Colts in AFC Wild-Card Game
- Bills Select Syracuse's Doug Marrone as New Head Coach
- Chip Kelly to Stay with Oregon
- Aaron Rodgers Powers Packers Past Vikings in NFC Wild-Card Game
- Arian Foster Lifts Texans to AFC Wild-Card Win Over Bengals
- Post Lovie Smith, Bears Eye CFL's Marc Trestman as Head Coach
- Panthers Retain Ron Rivera as Head Coach
- Chiefs Reach Agreement with Andy Reid as Next Head Coach
- LSU Safety Eric Reid To Forego Senior Year, Enter NFL Draft
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: It's Playoff Time
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
- Wild Card Weekend Preview: Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins
- NFL 'Super Season' Kicks Off
- Best NFL Playoff Performances
- What to Look For: Wild Card Weekend
- Chiefs Expected to Hire Andy Reid as Head Coach
- Kansas City Chiefs Hold First Pick in 2013 NFL Draft
- NFL 2012 Regular Season in Review
- 2012 NFL Records and Milestones
- Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis to Retire After 17 Years
- 49ers Seek Alternative to Kicker Akers, Waive Jacobs
- Titans Stick with Coach Mike Munchak, Fire GM Mike Reinfeldt
- Chargers Dismiss Head Coach Norv Turner, GM AJ Smith
- Cardinals Fire Ken Whisenhunt, GM Rod Graves
- Bears Fire Coach Lovie Smith
- Eagles Fire Longtime Coach Andy Reid
- Jets Fire GM Mike Tannenbaum
- Rookies Carry Redskins Over Cowboys to NFC East Title
- Josh Freeman Guides Buccaneers to Upset Win Over Falcons
- Titans Set NFL Record for Touchdown Returns in Win Over Jaguars
- Jets to Dismiss Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano
- Browns to Fire Shurmur, Heckert after Steelers Showdown
- Sean Payton Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Saints
- Jets Coach Rex Ryan Denies Report He Would Welcome Firing
- All on the Line in Final Weekend of 2012 NFL Regular Season
- 2012 NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 17
- What to Look For: NFL 2012 Week 17
- Ravens Safety Ed Reed Escapes Suspension, Draws $55K Fine
- Grounded Jet: Critics Dampen Tim Tebow's Christmas
- Ex-Lions Lineman Lomas Brown Regrets Intentionally Missed Block
- Nine 49ers, Eight Texans Selected to Pro Bowl
- Coach Tom Coughlin Wants Giants to Play with Pride
- Debate: NFL 2012 Biggest Disappointments
- Michael Vick Seeks Win, Not Audition, in Upcoming Start
- Jets Start Search for New GM as Mike Tannenbaum on Way Out
- Foles Suffers Broken Hand, Michael Vick to Start Anew for Eagles
- Russell Wilson Throws Four TD Passes, Seahawks Clinch Playoff Spot
- Peyton Manning Throws Three TD Strikes, Broncos Blast Browns
- RG3 Returns, Leads Redskins to Brink of NFC East Title
- Tim Tebow to Join Jacksonville Jaguars Next Season
- Matt Ryan's Four TDs Help Falcons Clinch NFC's Top Seed
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