The NFL loves statistics! From Travis Kelce’s yardage gain in the presence of Taylor Swift to the chicken wings consumed at the Super Bowl, the US experts don’t miss a statistic. But what did the sporting events have to offer in week 12? sport.de tells you the most exciting statistics of the weekend.
The Giants’ inglorious victory
The New York Giants’ 10:7 victory over the New England Patriots was anything but a treat for fans of well-groomed NFL football. In fact, the G-Men’s victory was almost historic (bad). No team in the Super Bowl era has ever won a game with ten or fewer points, six sacks and fewer than 20 rushing attempts. At least until Sunday.
Cowboys cornerback breaks NFL record
Last week we mentioned in this format that Cowboys cornerback DaRon Bland was on the hunt for a record and had already set the NFL record for most pick-sixes after an interception.
And what must say? Bland added his fifth pick-six on Thanksgiving, securing the sole NFL record
Evans alone in the end zone
In the Bucs’ defeat, Mike Evans in particular defended himself against the bankruptcy with all his might and made things very easy for his quarterback in places. For his touchdown, Evans created 17.1 yards (!) of separation from the nearest defender. There had never been a greater separation for a touchdown pass into the end zone since data was collected by “Next Gen Stats”.
Speaking of the end zone and Mike Evans: The pass receiver has 78 end zone targets, the most in the NFL since 2018.
Thank Tush Push? Touchdown machine Jalen Hurts
The Philadelphia Eagles repeatedly drive their opponents to despair with the infamous “tush push”. The Eagles are almost unstoppable in short yardage situations and of course not at the goal line either. Accordingly, quarterback Jalen Hurts is “given” a touchdown every now and then.
But last but not least, his game-winning play in the win against the Bills shows that he can also score a “real” run touchdown. He already has eleven of these this season. He is the first quarterback to score ten or more touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.
Jake Matthews – The Falcons’ perennial favorite
Left tackle Jake Matthews is an absolute perennial favorite. The Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman made his 155th consecutive start in the Falcons’ win over the Saints. The last and only time this wasn’t the case was in 2014.
With his 155th consecutive start, he broke the Falcons’ franchise record and is also the league’s current record holder among active players. (Rank 2: Jason Kelce with 151 starts in a row).
Incidentally, the two are a long way from a possible NFL record. Brett Favre holds it with 297 (!) starts in a row.
TJ Watt can’t be stopped
In the win over the Cincinnati Bengals, TJ Watt recorded two more sacks. This season he has 13.5 sacks, leading the NFL.
But what is much more important is that they were sacks 90 and 91 in the pass rusher’s career, making him only the second player to break the 90-sack mark in his first 100 games (98). Only Hall of Famer Reggie White had previously achieved this feat (105 sacks in 100 games).
Williams with dream comeback
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams had to take a break for almost six weeks due to an injury. However, Williams returned impressively and scored more than 140 rushing yards (143), six receptions, more than 60 receiving yards (61) and two touchdowns. The combination is an NFL record.
And that’s not all, Williams caused another curiosity. He is the first player to record at least 140 rushing yards in two consecutive games (for him) against the same opponent. Before his injury, his last game was against the Arizona Cardinals.