Tuesday trends: Close-call weekend

The close calls from Week 4 happened in officiating and the close scores of games. Plus, a look at some team and individual leaders a quarter of the way through the 2015 season.

It took a controversial non-call on a bouncing ball in the end zone that was batted out and awarded to the Seattle Seahawks, but the Seahawks are now tied with the Denver Broncos for the best home record over the last four years.

In the waning minutes of Monday night’s win over the Detroit Lions, receiver Calvin Johnson was within a yard of what would have been the go-ahead touchdown when Seattle safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball out of Johnson’s grasp before he reached the goal line. The ball bounced toward the back of the end zone, where K.J. Wright intentionally batted it out of bounds, which is supposed to be a penalty that would have allowed the Lions to face first-and-goal inside the 1-yard line. Instead, the Seahawks were awarded the ball at the 20-yard line with less than two minutes to go to salt away the win.

The controversial 13-10 win gave the Seahawks a 24-2 record at home over the last four seasons, tying the Denver Broncos’ mark in that time span. The Seahawks also have a 10-game winning streak on Monday Night Football, the second-longest in the 46-year history of the series, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

But that was hardly the only close game in Week 4. The Seahawks-Lions game was the eighth game decided by three or fewer points in Week 4, the highest total in one week since 2011.

Here are some other highlights a quarter of the way into the NFL season:


Your statistical leaders through Week 4: The New England Patriots have the top-ranked offense and top-ranked passing offense. The best rushing offense belongs to the Washington Redskins. The Denver Broncos have the top-rated defense and top-rated pass defense, and the New York Giants have the best rushing defense.

The Carolina Panthers have the best turnover differential at plus-8. The Indianapolis Colts are worst at minus-9.

The Atlanta Falcons have the best touchdown percentage in the red zone, scoring six points on 80 percent of their tries inside the 20-yard line. The Cleveland Browns are worst at 27.3 percent.

The New York Jets have the best red zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 33.3 percent of opponents’ tries inside the 20. The Kansas City Chiefs are worst, allowing touchdowns on 81.3 percent of their opponents’ trips inside the red zone.

The Cincinnati Bengals are averaging 7.35 yards per play on first down, leading the rest of the league by more than a half yard. The Browns are worst at 4.16 yards.

The Denver Broncos are the best team defensively on first down, allowing an average of 3.74 yards. The Arizona Cardinals are worst at 6.44 yards.

The Minnesota Vikings have allowed the most rushing yards to a player in a game (Carlos Hyde, 168) and the longest rush in a game (Ronnie Hillman, 72) on separate occasions.


Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. played in his 16th career game, amassing 1,612 receiving yards in that time. That’s the highest total for any NFL receiver in his first 16 games.

Peyton Manning has seven 4-0 starts in his career, by far the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Fran Tarkenton is next with four.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has the highest passer rating (125.9) in the NFL, followed by Andy Dalton at 123. Dalton has the best fourth-quarter rating at 149.3 with Rodgers second at 145.3. Dalton also has the best third-down passer rating at 137.5.

Dalton also leads the NFL with 15 pass plays of more than 25 yards.

Adrian Peterson leads the league in rushing with 372 yards, but Matt Forte is only 5 yards behind.

LeSean McCoy has been stopped for no gain or lost yardage 13 times, most in the league.

Julio Jones leads the league with 38 receptions, but he’s tied with Antonio Brown for receiving yards (478). Jones also leads all receivers with 190 yards after the catch.

Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins has been targeted a whopping 60 times already, at least eight more than any other receiver in the NFL. He also leads the league with 29 passes thrown his way that haven’t been caught.

Carolina CB Josh Norman has double the amount of interceptions, four, than any other player in the NFL, returning two of those for touchdowns.

(Information from Elias Sports Bureau and STATS LLC was used in this report.)

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