Saying goodbye to each NFL week with our latest edition of “Five Interesting Stats” during COVID is one thing that emotes positive feelings in a difficult year.
Here are five interesting notes to close out Week Four in the NFL.
Dak Prescott makes history again, but the Cowboys lose again.
Prescott’s thrown for 450 or more yards in three straight games (NFL record).
1,424 passing yards is the most for any three-game span in NFL history.
Cowboys Defense Suffering Through a Historical Implosion.
Set the team record for most points allowed over a three-game span with 126.
Allowed 38 points in three straight games for the first time since 1960.
Last Three Games
Cowboys 1-2 in those games
Tom Brady sets another NFL record
Brady threw for five TD in the Buccaneers win over the Chargers on Sunday. Brady (43 years, 62 days) passed Warren Moon (40 years, 342 days) as the oldest QB in NFL history to do so. All five of Brady’s TD’s went to different receivers.
Most Times Throwing 5 TD
SIngle Game, NFL History
W-L in Games
Those Little Town Blues
The New York Jets and Giants are both 0-4 in the same season for the second time since the merger. In 1976 both teams started 0-4 and finished their seasons 3-11.
Atlanta Defense is Historically Bad (Just like Dallas).
The Falcons are off to their first 0-4 start since 1999 (the year after they advanced to the Super Bowl). Their defense is the main culprit, as their 1,793 yards allowed in their first four games is a franchise record for most allowed in the first four games of the season.
The NFL begins Week Four of the 2020 season in New York, as the Jets host the Broncos.
Both teams off to 0-3 starts
The Jets started 0-3 for the ninth time in 2020, while Denver did so for just the fourth time (since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970). Both teams started 0-4 in 2019.
Not many. Both teams possess pitiful offenses. The Jets rank 32, and 30 in points scored and yards, while the Broncos rank 30th in points and 29th in yards.
The Jets -325 yard differential is the worst in the NFL, as is their -7 TD differential. Sam Darnold and Jeff Driskel both rank 31st among QB in Pro Football Focus with a 54.4 rating.
The Broncos failure to protect Driskel could cost them if the Jets can generate a consistent pass rush. Driskel’s 78 dropbacks generated 11 sacks for the opposition, while the Broncos rank fifth-worst in the NFL in QB pressure (31 percent of dropbacks).
Judging both teams through three games, look for this game to be decided on a turnover. I predict the Jets will force Driskel into a mistake, providing the deciding score.
Jets 17 Broncos 13
The only previous time the Jets and Broncos played on Thursday night, Tim Tebow ran for the game-winning score with 58 seconds remaining. Denver started on their five-yard line and went 95 yards in 12 plays culminating in Tebow’s 20-yard TD run.
Overall, Denver holds a 20-16-1 lead in the series. The Jets won the last meeting 34-16 at the Meadowlands in 2018. Sam Darnold threw for 3 TD in the victory.
As the MLB postseason moves along, here are some streaks that extended already or can extend or end on Thursday.
Twins postseason losing streak
After losing both games against Houston, the Twins have now lost 18 straight postseason games. The last time Minnesota won a postseason game was October 5, 2004.
Braves postseason series losing streak
As a result of their 13-inning, 1-0 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday, the Braves can end their streak of losing postseason series/Wild-Card games at ten. The last time Atlanta won a postseason series was defeating Houston in the 2001 NLDS.
Most Consecutive Series Lost
MLB Postseason History
>>Last win: 2001 NLDS
A’s losing winner-take-all games
Going back to the 2000 ALDS, the Athletics are winless in their last nine winner-take-all series games. They play the White Sox in another winner-take-all game on Thursday. They last won a winner-take-all game back in 1973.
Oaklad A’s, Since 2000
Winner Take All Results
2019 Wild Card
2018 Wild Card
2014 Wild Card
L, 9-8 (12)
2013 Game Five, ALDS
2012 Game Five, ALDS
2003 Game Five, ALDS
vs Red Sox
2002 Game Five, ALDS
2001 Game Five, ALDS
2000 Game Five, ALDS
Last Win: Game 7, 1973 World Series
Marlins Perfect Postseason Series Record
With their 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of their Wild Card series, the Marlins can extend their perfect postseason series record to 7-0.
In 1997, the Marlins defeated the Giants in the NLDS, Braves in NLCS, and Indians in the World Series. In their second postseason appearance in 2003, Miami (then Florida) defeated San Francisco again in the NLDS, Chicago in NLCS (thank you, Steve Bartman), and Yankees in the World Series.
Yankees set postseason record for most runs in first two games
On Wednesday, the Yankees completed their two-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Wild-Card Round. After winning Game One 12-3, the Yankees defeated the Indians in Game Two 10-9. The 22 runs scored set a postseason record for a team in their first two postseason games.
While the NFL gets ready to start Week Four on Thursday night, here is one final look at some stats and interesting facts from Week Three.
Last Look at Week Three in the NFL (*courtesy of NFL.com research).
Ravens lose to Kansas City, 34-20 in MNF showdown:
Another disappointing performance for 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson against Kansas City adds to questions about his ability to win big games.
Career, Starting QB
Rest of NFL
Russell Wilson continues to shine in Seahawks win over Cowboys
Wilson threw for five TD again (second time this season), and his 14 TD through the first three games is an NFL record. Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger own the most games throwing at least five TD since 2012, doing it five times each. He also joins Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and Daunte Culpepper as the only QB to throw five TD in consecutive games since the merger.
Most Games w/5 TD Passes
NFL, Since 2012 Season
>>21st player since 1970 w/multiple five TD games
in season (P. Manning owns NFL record w/4 in 2004)
Vikings teammates shine, but not enough in 31-30 loss to Tennessee
Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook ran for 181 yards, and WR Justin Jefferson recorded 175 receiving yards. The Vikings set an NFL record by becoming the first teammates with at least 175 yards rushing & receiving in the same game.* Despite their efforts, the Vikings fell to 0-3 for just the fourth time since the merger.
Fewest 0-3 Starts, Since 1970
Played in Every Season
Last 0-3 Start
Texans Fall to 0-3 as their defense can’t stop the run
Houston allowed 169 rushing yards in their 28-21 loss at Pittsburgh. The Texans are the first team since the 2009 Texans to allow 160 rushing yards in each of their first three games.* Their 545 rushing yards allowed is the third-most allowed in the first three games of a season since 2010.
Most Rushing Yards Allowed
First Three Games, Since 2010
Josh Allen leads the Bills back…again
After Buffalo failed to hold a 28-3 lead, Bills QB Josh Allen completed his seventh game-winning drive since the start of last season, the most in the NFL. Buffalo’s 35-32 win marks the second straight season they’ve started 3-0, the first time since 1991-92.