A drinkable case of Cold, Hard Football Facts
Posted on 6/27/2007 7:00:00 AM
Clearing out the fridge here in the Cold, Hard Football Facts rec room (a ping-pong table, 12 DVDs worth of porn and a Walter Payton poster), we came across a real find.
Way in the back, behind the vat of buffalo wings and the Korean barbecue, we found a case of factual refreshment: 24 bits from the 2006 season that bear repeating as we inch closer to the NFL season.
They're not the freshest cans of statistical whoop-ass we have to offer, but they still hit the spot on a hot, football-free summer day.
Chug em down, let out a nice big belch, and dream of September Sundays.
1. Marvin Harrison has averaged 1,402 yards over the last eight seasons, second-best in NFL history behind Jerry Rice, who averaged 1,443 yards from 1988-95.
2. Between them, Chargers tailbacks LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Turner cranked out 2,317 yards, 30 TDs and a 5.41 average in 2006.
Since winning it all after the 2000 season, the Ravens have earned 27 Pro Bowl berths ... and one playoff win.
The Saints haven't pieced together back-to-back winning seasons since 1991 (11-5) and 1992 (12-4).
With 721 receptions, Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez is already No. 1 all-time among tight ends; with 106 more catches, the 31-year-old will pass fullback Larry Centers (826 catches) for the top spot among non-wide receivers. Centers is 12th all-time in receptions. With an average of 72 receptions per season during his career, Gonzalez should surpass Centers in the middle of the 2008 season.
For the first time since 1996, the Seahawks failed to post a 1,000-yard runner (Shaun Alexander had 896) or receiver (Darrell Jackson had 956).
Every single one of Bill Cowher's 15 Steelers teams finished in the top half of the league in scoring defense and total defense. His best offensive rank was fifth.
8. The Jaguars ended up +97 in scoring differential, the second-best for an 8-8 team in NFL history (1988 Bengals, +119).
9. From 2003-06, the Patriots won 59 games, including playoffs -- tied for most all-time over a four-year span with the 1992-1995 Cowboys.
The Giants allowed 241 points in their eight games against quality opponents
in 2006 (30.1 PPG); in the eight games against teams .500 or worse they allowed just 120 points (15.0 PPG).
11. Eric Mangini became the fourth straight Jets coach to debut with more wins than his predecessor had in the prior season (Jets were 4-12 under Edwards in 2005 ... which, of course, earned Herm a plum gig in KC).
12. Fearless (and felonious) Pacman Jones had as many punt returns for touchdowns (3) as he did fair catches.
Green Bay WR Donald Driver is the leading pass catcher of all-time (421 grabs) among players who used to live in a U-Haul.
In 15 years with the Packers, Brett Favre has only endured one losing season.
15. The Panthers were last in both kickoff return average (19.4) and punt return average (4.6) in 2006.
The 49ers surrendered more than 400 points for the third straight season in 2006. From 1981 to 1997, the period during which they won five Super Bowls and were perennial championship contenders, they never surrendered more than 300 points in a season.
17. Michael Vick led the Falcons in rushing in seven games last year. Six of those games were losses.
Miami defensive end Jason Taylor has 89.5 sacks since 2000, most in the NFL.
The Houston Texans have never scored more than 31 points in a game in their five-year history. That 31-point outburst came back in the middle of the 2004 season.
The Cardinals have been 22nd or worse in scoring defense in 11 of the last 12 years (29th in 2006).
Arizona WR Anquan Boldin has had a league-high 323 passes thrown his way the last two seasons.
Former offensive genius Jon Gruden has yet to have a scoring offense ranked better than 18th in his five years in Tampa (31st last year).
The Lions haven't had a three-game winning streak since 2000, under interim coach Gary Moeller.
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin was born two weeks after the end of the Vietnam War. In addition to being younger than several of his players, he is younger than Enrique Iglesias, Tara Reid and the girl who played Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years."
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