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Tuesday trends: Turnovers and NFL stats leaders

Monday night provided a strange game with seven turnovers, but maybe we should have seen it coming. Plus, we look at the leaders in numerous categories after six weeks of NFL football.

That was a weird one Monday night, wasn’t it?

Maybe we should have seen it coming, maybe not.

We should have seen all the turnovers coming – seven between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants – if 2011-2013 was our guiding ear. Eli Manning threw eight interceptions that were returned for touchdowns during that three-year span, with only Matthew Stafford throwing more (10), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But since the beginning of last year, Manning had thrown only one pick-six, yet on Monday night the Giants turned the ball over three times, with one pick-six of Manning and another interception.

Prior to Monday night, the Giants had gone nine games with one or no turnovers, the best among any NFL teams entering their game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But the Eagles also had something we couldn’t have predicted based off this season to date – big runs from DeMarco Murray. Entering the Giants game, Murray had only three runs of 10 yards or more, per Elias. He equaled that on one third-quarter drive against the Giants with two rushes for 11 yards and one for 12 yards. He finished with four rushes of at least 10 yards in the second half alone.

What else happened in Week 6?

  • Aaron Rodgers became the quickest NFL quarterback to throw for 30,000 career passing yards, doing that in 3,652 attempts – 43 fewer than it took previous record-holder Johnny Unitas.
  • Philip Rivers, who threw for 503 yards against Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers in a losing effort, started his 150th straight game, one of only four quarterbacks with a streak that long.

NFL leaders

Quarterbacks usually get the first mentions, so let’s start on defense this week.

  • The Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap has taken the outright league lead with 6½ sacks.
  • The Colts’ D'Qwell Jackson has a 12-tackle lead on the field with 71 tackles through six games.
  • The interceptions leader also resides in Indianapolis, with safety Mike Adams leading the NFL with six – well, actually tied with Carolina’s Josh Norman and Oakland’s ageless Charles Woodson.
  • Buffalo has the top two leaders in passes defensed with Stephon Gilmore (12) and Ronald Darby (11).
  • Switching to offense, nobody has more targets than Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins, with his 89 leading the NFL by 14. Hopkins also leads the league with a 121-yard average per game and 726 yards overall.
  • Nobody is credited with more dropped passes than Atlanta’s Leonard Hankerson.
  • San Francisco’s Torrey Smith leads the NFL with his 23.07-yard average per reception.
  • San Diego’s Danny Woodhead leads the league with 362 yards after the catch.
  • The Chargers also have the receptions leader in Keenan Allen with 53.
  • Chicago’s Matt Forte leads the NFL with 507 yards rushing, but Chris Ivory, who has only played in four games, leads with a 115-yard average per game. Ivory also leads with 15 rushes of more than 10 yards.
  • Justin Forsett, second to Ivory in big-play runs, leads the league in stuffs for negative yards with 17.
  • The Titans’ Marcus Mariota leads the league with four fumbles lost.
  • Rivers leads with 2,116 passing yards and also has the most attempts (253) and completions (177).
  • Tom Brady has the best interceptions percentage, throwing only one interception in 197 attempts.
  • Russell Wilson has the most sacks on intended passing plays (26).
  • Luke McCown has the best completion percentage in “close games,” connecting on 81.3 percent of his passes in those circumstances.
  • Four quarterbacks share the lead with three fourth-quarter interceptions – Blake Bortles, Nick Foles, Mariota and Stafford.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has the lowest sacks per pass attempt at 1.2 percent.

(Stats from STATS LLC)


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