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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:
|Source: NFL |
*Includes Roethlisberger in previous three weeks (Weeks 7-9, 2014)
**Current two week span
|Many tied* with 14|
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:
|Oct 26, 2014||8||Detroit Lions||Atlanta Falcons||22-21|
|Sep 28, 2014||4||Miami Dolphins||Oakland Raiders||38-14|
|Oct 27, 2013||8||San Francisco 49ers||Jacksonville Jaguars||42-10|
|Sep 29, 2013||4||Minnesota Vikings||Pittsburgh Steelers||34-27|
|Oct 28, 2012||8||New England Patriots||St. Louis Rams||45-7|
|Oct 23, 2011||7||Chicago Bears||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24-18|
|Oct 31, 2010||8||San Francisco 49ers||Denver Broncos||24-16|
|Oct 25, 2009||7||New England Patriots||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||35-7|
|Oct 26, 2008||8||New Orleans Saints||San Diego Chargers||37-32|
|Oct 28, 2007||8||New York Giants||Miami Dolphins||13-10|
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:
|2008||Indianapolis||4-4||12-4||Advanced to Wild Card|
|2008||Miami||4-4||11-5||Advanced to Wild Card|
|2008||Minnesota||4-4||10-6||Advanced to Wild Card|
|2008||San Diego||3-5||8-8||Advanced to Divisional|
|2009||Green Bay||4-4||11-5||Advanced to Wild Card|
|2009||N.Y. Jets||4-4||9-7||Advanced to AFC Championship|
|2009||Baltimore||4-4||9-7||Advanced to Divisional|
|2010||Seattle||4-4||7-9||Advanced to Divisional|
|2011||Denver||3-5||8-8||Advanced to Divisional|
|2012||Cincinnati||3-5||10-6||Advanced to Wild Card|
|2012||Seattle||4-4||11-5||Advanced to Divisional|
|2012||Washington||3-5||10-6||Advanced to Wild Card|
|2013||Philadelphia||3-5||10-6||Advanced to Wild Card|
|2013||San Diego||4-4||9-7||Advanced to Divisional|
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|
|Buffalo*||6-10||5-3||vs. Kansas City|
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|
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|
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:
|Source: NFL *Through eight games|
|2000||Tampa Bay||Warren Sapp||10.5||Marcus Jones||10|
|1998||49ers||Chris Doleman||11||Roy Barker||10|
|2014||Denver||Von Miller*||9||DeMarcus Ware*||8|
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