NFL First Quarter Almanac: Defense & Special Teams

Over the last few days, we’ve broen 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.

DEFENSE

– Most tackles – 46, Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons.

– Most forced fumbles – 3, Cardinals DE James Hall; Steelers LB James Harrison; Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.

– Most individual takeaways – 3, Eagles S Nate Allen, Panthers LB James Anderson, Rams CB Bradley Fletcher, Panthers S Charles Godfrey, Giants S Deon Grant, Bengals CB Leon Hall, Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich, Seahawks S Earl Thomas and Giants CB Terrell Thomas.

– Most sacks – 7, Packers LB Clay Matthews.

– Most QB knockdowns & hurries – 16, Eagles DE Trent Cole and Packers LB Clay Matthews.

– Most interceptions – 3, Panthers S Charles Godfrey, Seahawks S Earl Thomas, Eagles S Nate Allen and Bengals CB Leon Hall.

– Most passes defensed – 7, Colts CB Jerraud Powers.

– Fumble returns for TD – 4 total, Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall, 32 yards; Dolphins LB Koa Misi, 0 yards; Colts DT Fili Moala, one-yard; Cardinals S Kerry Rhodes, 42 yards.

– Interception returns for TD – 7 total, Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant, 32 yards; Patriots LB Gary Guyton, 59 yards; Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers, 33 yards; Steelers DE Brett Keisel, 79 yards; Chargers LB Shaun Phillips, 31 yards; Packers CB Charles Woodson, 48 yards; Patriots S Patrick Chung, 51 yards.

– Record of teams with a defensive TD in a game – 10-1.

– Safeties – 1 each, Panthers DE Greg Hardy; Chargers DE Brandon Siler.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Most field goals made – 10, Falcons K Matt Bryant and Bengals K Mike Nugent.
  • Best field goal percentage – 100 %, by 10 kickers, led by Broncos K Matt Prater who is eight-for-eight.
  • Longest field goal – 59 yards, Jaguars K Josh Scobee (above.)
  • Field goals of 50+ yards – 16 FGs total.
  • Blocked FGs – 7.
  • PAT kicks missed – 1, Vikings K Ryan Longwell (blocked.)
  • Two-point conversions – 7 attempts, 5 conversions.
  • Most touchbacks on kickoffs – 11, Colts P Pat McAfee.
  • Onside kicks – 9, with 3 successful by Lions, Titans and Texans.
  • Best gross average punting – 48.4 yards, Raiders P Shane Lechler.
  • Best net average punting – 44.5 yards, Lechler.
  • Longest punt – 68 yards, Lechler and Dolphins P Brandon Fields.
  • Most punts – 24, Eagles P Sav Rocca and Browns P Reggie Hodges.
  • Total blocked punts – 6.
  • Most tackles in the kicking game – 9, Bears Corey Graham and Lions John Wendling.
  • Most takeaways on special teams – 3, Saints.
  • Most giveaways on special teams – 2, Cardinals and Packers.
  • Best kick return average – 40.4 yards, Seahawks RB Leon Washington.
  • Most kick return yardage – 601, Patriots WR Brandon Tate.
  • Most kick return touchdowns – 2, Seahawks RB Leon Washington and Patriots WR Brandon Tate.
  • Longest kickoff return – 103 yards, Patriots WR Brandon Tate.
  • Total kickoff return TDs – 8.
  • Best punt return average – 23.7 yards, Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster.
  • Most punt return yardage – 144, Seahawks WR Golden Tate.
  • Punt return touchdowns – 3, Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster, 94 yards; Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, 62 yards; Bears WR Devin Hester, 62 yards.
  • Longest punt return – 94 yards, Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster.
  • Record of teams with a special teams TD return – 6-3.
  • Best kickoff return team – 37.8-yard average, Seahawks.
  • Best punt return team – 17.8-yard average, Cowboys.
  • Best kickoff coverage team – 14.7-yard average, Chiefs.
  • Best punt coverage team – 1.8-yard average, Vikings.

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