NFL Mid-Season Almanac – Offense

We are breaking down the NFL at the halfway point of the season. All the statistics do not include Thursday night’s game between Baltimore and Atlanta.

In a season that has not had much in the way of outstanding offensive performances, San Diego QB Philip Rivers (right) stands out at mid-season.

The Chargers are on their bye week, so Rivers won’t be able to scorch another NFL defense as he has through his first nine games. So far this season, Rivers has thrown for 2,944 yards. That’s an average of 327.1 yards per game. The NFL record for passing yards in a season was set by Miami’s Dan Marino in 1984, when he threw for 5,084 yards. At his current pace, Rivers will exceed that number and then some, with 5,234 passing yards.

Here are the numbers for the best and in some cases worst offensive performances of the season’s first half.

RUSHING

  • Most yards – 864 yards, Texans RB Arian Foster. That’s a pace to reach 1,728 yards on the season.
  • Most carries – 180, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. That’s a pace for 360 carries by the end of the year.
  • Best average per carry – (at least 75 carries) 6.4 yards, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.
  • Longest run – 80 yards, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and Cardinals RB Tim Hightower.
  • Most rushing TDs – 4, by six RBS – Arian Foster of Texans, Rashard Mendenhall of Steelers, Chris Johnson of Titans, Peyton Hillis of Browns, LeSean McCoy of Eagles and Jahvid Best of Lions.
  • Best rushing performance – 231 yards, Texans RB Arian Foster vs. Colts on September 12.
  • 100-yard performances – 59, by 30 running backs and one quarterback. Foster has five 100+ games. There are only six teams left that have not had at least one game where a RB has gained 100+.
  • Best rushing duo – 1,289 yards by Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones of the Chiefs.
  • Most rushing yards by rookie – 382 yards by San Diego’s Ryan Mathews and Chris Ivory of New Orleans.
  • Leading quarterback rusher – 261 yards by Philadelphia’s Michael Vick.
  • Record of teams with RB at 100 yards or more – 37-19.
  • Best rushing team – 179.6 yards per game, by the Chiefs.
  • Worst rushing team – 67.3 yards per game, Denver.
  • Most carries by team – 301, Oakland.
  • Team that runs the least – 162, Arizona.
  • Best average per carry/team – 5.1 yards per carry, Houston and Philadelphia.
  • Most rushing touchdowns – 12, Houston.

PASSING

  • Most passing yards – 2,944, San Diego QB Philip Rivers, a pace that will give him 5,234 yards on the season, setting a new NFL record.
  • Best completion percentage – 69.8 percent, New Orleans QB Drew Brees.
  • Best average per attempt – 8.95 yards, Rivers.
  • Most TD passes – 19, Rivers
  • Fewest interceptions – 0, Philadelphia QB Mike Vick.
  • Best passer rating – 105.3, Vick.
  • QBs with passer rating over 100 – 3, Vick, Tennessee QB Vince Young and Rivers.
  • Fewest TD passes – 6, Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck.
  • Most interceptions – 13, Minnesota QB Brett Favre.
  • Most passing yards in a single game – 497 yards, Texans QB Matt Schaub vs. Washington on September 19.
  • 400-yard passing games – 9, topped by Schaub’s 497-yard performance.
  • Record of teams with a 400+ yards passer – 1-8.
  • 300-yard passing games – 35, topped by 386-yard performance by Giants QB Eli Manning vs. Tennessee, September 26.
  • Record of teams with passer with 300 yards or more – 15-20. There are 11 teams that have not had a 300+ passer, including the Chiefs.
  • Most passing yards by team – 312.4 yards per game, San Diego.
  • Worst passing yards by team – 153.6 yards per game, Carolina.
  • Most passing plays – 398, New Orleans
  • Fewest passing plays – 207, Pittsburgh.
  • Best completion percentage – 69.8 percent, New Orleans.
  • Worst completion percentage – 51.5 percent, Carolina.
  • Fewest sacks allowed – 10, Indianapolis.
  • Best pass protection – a sack allowed every 36.1 passing plays, 361 plays and 10 sacks, Indianapolis.
  • Most sacks allowed – 32, Chicago.
  • Worst pass protection – a sack allowed every 8.7 passing plays, 277 plays and 32 sacks, Chicago.

RECEIVING

  • Most yards – 878 yards, Denver WR Brandon Lloyd. That’s a pace for 1,756 yards by the end of the season.
  • Most catches – 60, Indianapolis WR Reggie Wayne.
  • Best average per catch – (at least 20 catches) 23 yards, Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace.
  • Longest pass play – 89 yards, Chicago QB Jay Cutler to RB Matt Forte on September 12.
  • Most receiving TDs – 9, by San Diego TE Antonio Gates.
  • Best receiving performance – 225 yards, Tennessee WR Kenny Britt vs. Philadelphia on October 24.
  • 150+ yards performances – 19, by 17 different receivers.
  • Record of teams with receiver with 150+ yards or more – 7-12.
  • Best receiving duo – 1,394 yards from Denver WRs Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney.
  • Best receiving running back – 356 yards on 41 catches, Detroit RB Jahvid Best.
  • Best receiving tight end – 663 yards on 40 carries, San Diego TE Antonio Gates.
  • Best rookie receiver – 36 catches for 559 yards, Tampa Bay WR Mike Williams.
  • Most passing touchdowns – 19, San Diego.

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