NFL First-Quarter Almanac – The League


Over the next few days, we’ll break down the action over the NFL for the first quarter of the season, even though the Chiefs and three other teams have not yet reached their fourth game.

Plus, these numbers are without the Monday night result between the Patriots and Dolphins, one will score its third victory of the season.

WINNING AND LOSING

  • Most victories – 3, by the Chiefs, Jets, Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Bears, Falcons, Saints and Patriots or Dolphins.
  • Fewest victories – 0, by the Bills, Lions, Panthers and 49ers.
  • Most losses – 4, by the Bills, Lions, Panthers and 49ers.
  • Fewest losses – 0, by the Chiefs.
  • Most successful division – AFC South, with a 9-7 record.
  • Worst division – NFL West, with a 6-10 record.
  • AFC vs. NFC – The AFC leads the head-to-head competition 11-6.
  • Home teams are – 36-25.
  • Longest ’10 winning streak – 3, by the Chiefs, Falcons and Jets.
  • Longest ’10 losing streak – 4, by the Bills, Lions, Panthers and 49ers.

SCORING POINTS

  • Most points scored – 117, Colts; 113, Chargers.
  • Fewest points scored – 43, Vikings; 46, Panthers.
  • Fewest points allowed – 38, Chiefs and Vikings.
  • Most points allowed – 125, Bills; 118, Cardinals.
  • Best point differential – plus-45, Jets; plus-42, Chargers.
  • Worst point differential – minus-64, Bills; minus-60, Cardinals.
  • Biggest blowout – 34 points, Falcons 41, Cardinals 7.
  • Closest victory – 1-point, Ravens 10-9 over Jets 9 on 9/13 and Cardinals 24-23 over Raiders on 9/26.
  • Average margin of victory – 10.9 points.
  • Games decided by 3 points or less – 16 of 61, 26 percent.
  • Games decided by 7 points or less – 32 of 61, 52.5 percent.
  • Games decided by 14 points or less – 46 of 61, 75.4 percent.
  • Games decided by 15 points or more – 14 of 61, 22.9 percent.

TURNOVERS

  • Victories by teams that finished plus in the turnover ratio – 43 of 61, 70.5 percent.
  • Victories by teams that finished negative in the turnover ratio – 9 of 61, 14.8 percent.
  • Victories by teams that finished even in the turnover ratio – 11 of 61, 18 percent.
  • Record of teams without a giveaway – 23-3, .885 winning percentage.
  • Record of teams with one giveaway – 17-14, .548 winning percentage.
  • Record of teams with two or more giveaways – 21-44, .323 winning percentage.
  • Fewest giveaways – 1, Jets.
  • Fewest fumbles – 0, Chiefs.
  • Fewest interceptions – 0, Jets.
  • Best turnover ratio – plus-8, Jets.
  • Worst turnover ratio – minus-7, Ravens.
  • Most giveaways – 13, Giants/Cardinals/Panthers.
  • Most takeaways – 12, Steelers.
  • Most fumbles recovered – 7, Bears.
  • Most interceptions – 8, Falcons.

EXTRA STUFF

  • Best red zone offense – Philadelphia, 10 possessions with eight TDs, two FGs.
  • Worst red zone offense – Carolina, 8 possessions, two TDs, one FG.
  • Best red zone defense – Tennessee, 19 possessions, four TDs, 10 FGs.
  • Worst red zone defense – Oakland, 11 possessions, nine TDs, 1 FG.
  • Best first down offense – San Diego, 130 plays for 879 yards, 6.76-yard average.
  • Worst first down offense – Detroit, 117 plays for 444 yards, 3.79-yard average.
  • Best first down defense – Philadelphia, 115 plays for 427 yards, 3.71-yard average.
  • Worst first down defense – Detroit, 116 plays for 780 yards, 6.72-yard average.

One Response to “NFL First-Quarter Almanac – The League”

  • October 4, 2010  - Zac says:

    The Chiefs…near the top of meaningful statistical categories?! Aaamazing. Gotta stay safe with the ball vs the Colts and Manning. Do so and we have a chance. Careless and we’re in for a horrible wake-up call.




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