NFL 2014: What To Look For Week 10
NFL 2014: What To Look For Week 10


Here's what to look for during Week 10 of the NFL 2014 Regular Season

Big Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters Week 10 after becoming the first player in NFL history with six touchdown passes in back-to-back games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. TITTLE (1962) as the only players with multiple six-touchdown games in one season.

In his previous three games, Roethlisberger has thrown 14 touchdowns, tied for the second-most touchdown passes through any three-week span in a single season in NFL history (PEYTON MANNING, 15 touchdowns in 2004).

With four touchdowns this week against the New York Jets, Roethlisberger would set the all-time record for the most touchdown passes in any three-week span in a single season.

The players with the most touchdown passes in a three-week span in a single season in NFL history:

Player Team Season Weeks TD Passes
Source: NFL
*Includes Roethlisberger in previous three weeks (Weeks 7-9, 2014)
**Current two week span
Peyton ManningIndianapolis200410-1215
Many tied* with 14
Ben Roethlisberger**Pittsburgh20148-912


International Affair

The NFL returns to London as the DALLAS COWBOYS take on the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS in the third and final installment of the league's 2014 International Series at Wembley Stadium. The contest marks Jacksonville's second visit to London for a regular-season game in as many years, while Dallas will play its first regular-season game outside of the United States.

The 10 regular-season games played at Wembley Stadium:

The 10 regular-season games played at Wembley Stadium:

Date Week Winner Opponent Score
Source: NFL
Oct 26, 20148Detroit LionsAtlanta Falcons22-21
Sep 28, 20144Miami DolphinsOakland Raiders38-14
Oct 27, 20138San Francisco 49ersJacksonville Jaguars42-10
Sep 29, 20134Minnesota VikingsPittsburgh Steelers34-27
Oct 28, 20128New England PatriotsSt. Louis Rams45-7
Oct 23, 20117Chicago BearsTampa Bay Buccaneers24-18
Oct 31, 20108San Francisco 49ersDenver Broncos24-16
Oct 25, 20097New England PatriotsTampa Bay Buccaneers35-7
Oct 26, 20088New Orleans SaintsSan Diego Chargers37-32
Oct 28, 20078New York GiantsMiami Dolphins13-10


It's How You Finish

In every NFL season since 1987, at least one team with a .500 or worse record through eight games has advanced to the postseason. Last year, two such teams -- Philadelphia (3-5) and San Diego (4-4) -- accomplished the feat.

Over the past six seasons, 14 teams started 4-4 or worse and rebounded to qualify for the playoffs. Seven of those teams, including the 2013 San Diego Chargers, won at least one playoff game.

The teams in the past six seasons (2008-2013) that started the season at .500 or below through eight games and earned a playoff berth:

Season Team Record
(8 Games)
Source: NFL
2008Indianapolis4-412-4Advanced to Wild Card
2008Miami4-411-5Advanced to Wild Card
2008Minnesota4-410-6Advanced to Wild Card
2008San Diego3-58-8Advanced to Divisional
2009Green Bay4-411-5Advanced to Wild Card
2009N.Y. Jets4-49-7Advanced to AFC Championship
2009Baltimore4-49-7Advanced to Divisional
2010Seattle4-47-9Advanced to Divisional
2011Denver3-58-8Advanced to Divisional
2012Cincinnati3-510-6Advanced to Wild Card
2012Seattle4-411-5Advanced to Divisional
2012Washington3-510-6Advanced to Wild Card
2013Philadelphia3-510-6Advanced to Wild Card
2013San Diego4-49-7Advanced to Divisional


Turnaround Teams

Three teams -- Cleveland (5-3; 4-12 in 2013), Houston (4-5; 2-14 in 2013) and Washington (3-6; 3-13 in 2013) -- have already matched or surpassed their win totals from last season.

In Week 10, two more teams -- Buffalo (5-3; 6-10 in 2013) and Detroit (6-2; 7-9 in 2013) -- can also match their 2013 win totals.

Looking ahead to Week 11, the Minnesota Vikings (4-5; 5-10-1 in 2013), who have a bye this week, can also join the list.

The teams that have matched or exceeded their 2013 win totals:

Team 2013 Record 2014 Record Week 10 Opponent
Source: NFL *Need Week 10 win to match 2013 win total
Cleveland4-125-3at Cincinnati
Buffalo*6-105-3vs. Kansas City
Detroit*7-96-2vs. Miami


Passing Fancy

NFL passers have been historically prolific and proficient in 2014. At the season's midpoint, the average of 487.8 net passing yards per game is on pace for the highest average of any season in NFL history (471.2 in 2013).

The league-wide passer rating of 91.2 is also on pace for an all-time high (86.0 in 2013), and the average number of touchdown passes per game, 3.43, is on pace for a new all-time record (3.27 in 1948).

A look at how the 2014 season is trending historically in three key passing categories -- rating, yards per game and touchdowns per game:

Season Rating Season Yards / Game Season TD Passes / Game
Source: NFL *Through Week 9


Sack Masters

Denver linebacker VON MILLER (.92) and defensive end DE MARCUS WARE (.84) rank second and fourth, respectively, in sacks per game in since 1982 (minimum 40 games played).

The players with the most sacks per game since 1982 (minimum 40 games played):

Player Games Sacks Sacks / Game
Source: NFL
Aldon Smith4342.00.98
Von Miller4844.00.92
Reggie White232198.00.85
DeMarcus Ware149125.00.84
Jared Allen164130.00.79


In their first season as teammates, Miller has posted nine sacks and Ware has eight sacks, becoming just the eighth pair of teammates to post at least eight sacks each through their team's first eight games.

If Miller and Ware each reach 10 sacks on Sunday at Oakland, they will become just the third pair of teammates to post 10 sacks each through the first nine games of a season since 1982.

The teammates to record 10 sacks each through the first nine games of a season:

Season Team Player Sacks Player Sacks
Source: NFL *Through eight games
2000Tampa BayWarren Sapp10.5Marcus Jones10
199849ersChris Doleman11Roy Barker10
2014DenverVon Miller*9DeMarcus Ware*8


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