NFL Mid-Season Almanac – The League


Over the next few days, we’ll break down the NFL over the first half of the season.

There’s no question that the first half of the 2010 NFL season has not seen any of the 32 teams elevate themselves above the field. Before Thursday night’s game, 25 percent of the league had at least six victories and 15 teams have winning records.

Maybe the hottest team in the league is the New York Giants and QB Eli Manning (above) who are currently on a five-game winning streak.

As these overall numbers show that other than scoring more points, the fastest way to win in the NFL is not giving the ball away. Teams that had no turnovers in a game won 85 percent of the time over the first half of the ’10 season. That’s really the only place where the Chiefs show up in these half-season numbers, and that’s for the fewest giveaways. Without those league leading number, there’s no way they are 5-3.

WINNING AND LOSING

  • Most victories – 6, Atlanta, Baltimore, Green Bay, New York Giants, New York Jets, New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh.
  • Fewest victories – 0, Buffalo.
  • Most losses – 8, Buffalo.
  • Fewest losses – 2, Atlanta, Baltimore, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh.
  • Most successful division – AFC South, with an 18-14 record.
  • Worst division – NFL West, with a 13-19 record.
  • AFC vs. NFC – The AFC leads the head-to-head competition 21-15.
  • Home teams are – 75-54, .586 winning percentage.
  • Longest ’10 winning streak – 5, by New England, New York Giants, New York Jets.
  • Longest ’10 losing streak – 8, Buffalo.

SCORING POINTS

  • Most points scored – 239, San Diego; 235, Oakland.
  • Fewest points scored – 88, Carolina; 130, Seattle.
  • Fewest points allowed – 123, Pittsburgh; 130, New York Jets.
  • Most points allowed – 232, Dallas; 233, Buffalo.
  • Best point differential – plus-78, Green Bay; plus-74, Tennessee.
  • Worst point differential – minus-96, Carolina; minus-83, Buffalo.
  • Biggest blowout – 45 points, Oakland 59, Denver 14, October 24.
  • Closest victory – 1-point, Baltimore 10-9 over N.Y. Jets on 9/13; Arizona 24-23 over Oakland on 9/26; Pittsburgh 23-22 over Miami on 10/24; Tampa Bay 18-17 over St. Louis on 10/24.
  • Average margin of victory – 10.9 points.
  • Games decided by 3 points or less – 39 of 130, 30 percent.
  • Games decided by 7 points or less – 65 of 130, 50 percent.
  • Games decided by 14 points or less – 98 of 130, 75.4 percent.
  • Games decided by 15 points or more – 31 of 130, 23.9 percent.

TURNOVERS

  • Victories by teams that finished plus in the turnover ratio – 85 of 130, 65.3 percent.
  • Victories by teams that finished negative in the turnover ratio – 24 of 130, 18.5 percent.
  • Victories by teams that finished even in the turnover ratio – 21 of 130, 16.2 percent.
  • Record of teams without a giveaway – 49-9, .845 winning percentage.
  • Record of teams with one giveaway – 35-28, .556 winning percentage.
  • Record of teams with two or more giveaways – 46-93, .331 winning percentage.
  • Fewest giveaways – 6, CHIEFS.
  • Fewest fumbles – 2, CHIEFS.
  • Fewest interceptions – 4, CHIEFS, Philadelphia and Indianapolis.
  • Best turnover ratio – plus-9, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
  • Worst turnover ratio – minus-11, Carolina.
  • Most giveaways – 25, Carolina.
  • Most takeaways – 21, Pittsburgh.
  • Most fumbles recovered – 10, Detroit, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, Washington.
  • Most interceptions – 14, Green Bay, Tampa Bay.

EXTRA STUFF

  • Best red zone offense – Detroit, 24 possessions, 17 TDs, 4 FG.
  • Worst red zone offense – Carolina, 16 possessions, 4 TDs, 4 FG.
  • Best red zone defense – Tennessee, 35 possessions, 10 TDs, 16 FGs.
  • Worst red zone defense – Houston, 26
  • possessions, 20 TDs, 5 FGs.
  • Best first down offense – San Diego, 286 plays for 1,958 yards, 6.85-yard average.
  • Worst first down offense – Detroit, 231 plays for 800 yards, 3.46-yard average.
  • Best first down defense – New York Giants, 194 plays for 737 yards, 3.8-yard average.
  • Worst first down defense – Houston, 241 plays for 1,594 yards, 6.61-yard average.

One Response to “NFL Mid-Season Almanac – The League”

  • November 12, 2010  - RW says:

    Superbowl 2011 participants:

    Pittsburgh over the NY Giants. Book it ‘Dano.




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