Interesting NFL Player Stats

This is showing interesting player stats, not the obvious facts/statistics (such as Aaron Rodgers and his team’s remarkable season).

Quarterbacks

Drew Brees (4780) and Tom Brady (4,593) are on pace to break Dan Marino’s (5,084) record for passing yards in a season.

4 QBs have a QB rating of at least 100.0 (Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Romo).

Matthew Stafford is 5th in passing yards.

Cam Newton has more passing yards than Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Josh Freeman (other younger/franchise QBs).

Alex Smith (5) and Tim Tebow (2) are the only quarterbacks (with double-digit starts) that have thrown less interceptions than Aaron Rodgers (6).

Top 5 QBs sacked the most: Alex Smith (39), Ben Roethlisberger (38), Blaine Gabbert (36), Aaron Rodgers (36), and Sam Bradford(36).

Least sacked QBs (with double-digit starts): Matt Hasselbeck (15), Matt Shaub (16), Michael Vick (19), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (19).

Cam Newton has 114 rushes on the year, Tim Tebow has 106. Newton is 2nd in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (13).

Running Backs

Maurice Jones-Drew leads the league in rushing, despite a rookie quarterback, fired head coach, and playing for a 4-10 team that trails most of the time.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is 7th in rushing yards with 1,033.

Ben Tate has 833 yards rushing as a backup to Arian Foster (1,066). He has more yards than starters: Rashard Mendenhall, Deangelo Williams, and LeGarrette Blount.

Before their injuries, Fred Jackson and DeMarco Murray averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Darren McFadden averaged 5.4.

LeSean McCoy has 17 rushing touchdowns on the season, 6 more the the next running back.

Wide Receivers

Victor Cruz of the Giants is 4th in receiving yards (1,194).

Rookie A.J. Green has 1,006 receiving yards on the season.

By season’s end, WRs Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson are on pace to join the 1,000 yard club.

These are the NFL’s best deep threats (yards per catch average): Malcolm Floyd (21.1), Johnny Knox (19.6), Jordy Nelson(18.6), Vincent Jackson (18.5), Julio Jones (18.0), Steve Smith (CAR – 18.0), and Torrey Smith (17.9).

There are 3 receptions of 90+ yards this season: Wes Welker (99), Mike Wallace (95), and Jordy Nelson (93).

Top 1st down targets in the league (1st down receptions): Wes Welker (66), Roddy White (65), Jimmy Graham (64), and Calvin Johnson (62).

Calvin Johnson leads WRs in receiving touchdowns with 16 (2nd in NFL). The only other WR with double-digit receiving touchdowns is Jordy Nelson (10).

Nelson’s teammate Greg Jennings is 3rd with 10. Gronkowski’s teammate Wes Welker is 4th with 9 as well. Other players with 9 touchdowns are: teammates Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson, and Jimmy Graham.

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski leads the entire league in receiving touchdowns (17).

Two tight ends are in the top 7 in receiving yards.

Jimmy Graham is 5th (1,171) and Rob Gronkowski is 7th (1,141).

Behind Graham and Gronkowski, the 3rd best tight end this season (statistically) is the ageless Tony Gonzalez.

Jake Ballard (15.9) and Anthony Fasano (15.7) lead tight ends in average yards per catch.

Graham (64) and Gronkowski (59) lead tight ends in 1st downs.

Special Teams

Patrick Peterson leads the league in punt return touchdowns with 4.

Devin hester has the best punt return average (18.5). Hester has 2 (2nd).

Top 3 kick returners this season: Joe McKnight, Ted Ginn Jr. and Randall Cobb.

David Akers has the most field goals made and attempted (38-44).

Kickers with highest field goal percentage: Mike Nugent (93.1), Connor Barth (92.3), Matt Bryant (92.0), and Josh Scobee (90.0).

Mason Crosby has the most extra points.

Shane Lechler (50.5)and Andy Lee (50.4) have the best averages per punt.

Lechler has the longest punt of the season of 80 yards.

Brandon Fields has the most punts downed inside the 20-yard line (29).

Jon Ryan (15) and Brandon Fields (14) have the most punts downed inside the 10-yard line.

Defense

London Fletcher has tallied the total most tackles this season with 146.

D’Qwell Jackson leads the league with 103 solo tackles.

Pat Angerer has the most assisted tackles with 65.

NFL sack leaders: Jason Babin 19, Jared Allen 18, DeMarcus Ware 16, and Jason Pierre-Paul 14 (All NFC players, 3 from the NFC East).

DE Charles Johnson and LB Kavell Connor are tied for the lead with 11 stuffs.

Kyle Arrington, Charles Woodson, and Eric Weddle are locked up for the league lead in interceptions with 7.

2nd in interceptions with 6 are: Dashon Goldson, Brandon Browner, and Carlos Rogers.

Most interceptions returned for a score (2): Brandon Browner, Aqib Talib, and Chris Houston.

Juqua Parker and Bryan Scott also have 2 defensive touchdowns on the year.

Terrelle Suggs and Cliff Avril have forced the most fumbles, 6.

Browner also leads the league in passes defensed.

Heading Into Week 16

It’s good to see some new names pop onto the scene. Games still need to be played and the competition for leading the league in a certain category is very high. Add the amount of teams in the playoff mix and, we have an exciting 2 weeks to round out this season of parody and surprises. There are plenty of game balls to go around!