|NFL 2013 Lookahead: Trends and Numbers|
by The NFL of PackerReport.com, September 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm ET
Green Bay Packers Profile
ON-THE-FIELD TRENDS: Last year, nearly 65 percent of the games were within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter. ... There were four new playoff teams in 2012: Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle and Washington. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.
A record 11,651 points were scored, with games averaging 45.5 points, the highest average in 47 seasons (46.1 in 1965)…An NFL-record 139 return TDs were scored…Nine teams scored 400+ points, tying the mark set in 2008… The league-wide passer rating (85.6) and TD-INT ratio (1.62:1) were both all-time bests…Games averaged an NFL record 694.4 total net yards per game…There were 126 individual 300-yard passing games, the most ever…20 of 32 NFL teams (62.5 percent) started the same QB in every game, the most in a season since at least 1970…12 QBs had 25+ pass TDs and six QBs passed for 4,500+ yards, both records…DREW BREES threw a TD pass in an NFL-record 54 consecutive games…CALVIN JOHNSON set an NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards…ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 2,097 yards, just nine shy of breaking the NFL record.
Rookie QBs set rookie records with 46 wins, 20,300 passing yards, 105 TDs and 1,713 completions…There were 71 INT-TDs, the most ever in a season…Chicago had eight INT-TDs, tied for the second-most in NFL history…Nearly 65 percent of games were within one score in the fourth quarter…All four AFC division winners were repeat champions…Three of the four new playoff teams finished in last place in 2011, combining for a 21-win improvement, and since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season…Washington rebounded to win its division after a last-place finish in 2011, marking the NFL-record 10th consecutive season a team went from "worst-to-first" in its division…And a record-tying 13 teams won 10+ games.
— MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: Records are made to be broken…So what records will be set this year? Some milestones that can be reached this season: Denver QB PEYTON MANNING needs 566 attempts and 1,875 passing yards to move into second place all-time…New Orleans QB DREW BREES needs 30 TD passes to become the first player in NFL history with six consecutive 30-TD seasons…New England QB TOM BRADY (48 games) needs to throw a TD pass in each of his next seven games for the longest such streak in NFL history (54)…Minnesota RB ADRIAN PETERSON needs two 200-yard rushing games to tie for the most in NFL history (six)… Atlanta RB STEVEN JACKSON needs 1,000 rush yards to become the fourth player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in nine consecutive seasons…Detroit WR CALVIN JOHNSON can become the first player in NFL history with three consecutive 1,600-yard receiving seasons…Atlanta TE TONY GONZALEZ needs 58 receptions to join Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history with 1,300 catches…Oakland CB CHARLES WOODSON needs one interception-return TD to tie Rod Woodson (12) for the most all-time…and Chicago's DEVIN HESTER needs one return TD (18) to tie Deion Sanders (19) for the most in NFL history.