Week 3 of the 2009 NFL season had a number of great things to show. Brett Favre led the Vikings to a last second victory, the Detroit Lions won their first game since 2007 (!!!), rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has helped the New York Jets start the year off 3-0, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the runners up in last year’s Super Bowl the Arizona Cardinals handily, and the Cincinnati Bengals stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers. A great start to the season, after this coming weekend though it’ll already be 25% done. The football season just goes way too fast.
Here are some interesting football facts coming out of the third week of the 2009 NFL season.
-In their 21-7 Monday Night Football win over the Carolina Panthers, the Dallas Cowboys rattled off 212 rushing yards as a team. Despite the all time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, being on the Cowboys through the 1990s, this was the first time Dallas had rushed for more than 200 yards in two consecutive games since the Tony Dorsett era.
-The New York Giants beat Tampa Bay 24-0, this was the second shutout of the year after Seattle beat St. Louis 28-0 on the opening weekend.
-Weeks 1 and 2 of the season saw the NFL produce six 300 yard passers each, in week 3 seven quarterbacks were able to throw for more than 300 yards.
-The overall rushing production took a hit in week 3. The best performance in week one was Adrian Peterson’s 180 yards. In week two, San Francisco’s Frank Gore ran for 207 yards. In week three, the most rushing yards in a game was 126 by New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas, and in more than half the games there was no running back who broke the 100 yard game threshold.
-The first quarterback to break the 1,000 yard mark will happen next week as multiple players moved into the upper 800s and 900s in week 3. No quarterback has thrown for more yards in 2009 so far than Philip Rivers who sits at 991.
-The regular quarterback that has seen significant playing time but leads the league in the lowly category of fewest yards per game is the St. Louis Rams‘ Marc Bulger who is averaging just 113 yards per contest.
-The Dallas Cowboys leading rusher is Felix Jones with 212 yards. So far he has managed to attain an amazing 10.1 yard per carry average.
-In their loss to the New Orleans Saints, The Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman became the first non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in the 2009 NFL season. Unfortunately for Buffalo, that was their only score of the game.
-No team has scored fewer points through the first three weeks of the 2009 season than the St. Louis Rams’ 24.
-Through week 3 of the 2009 season, the lowest rated quarterback is the Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell who has thrown 75 times with 31 completions for 378 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions. This gives him a quarterback rating of just 39.8. He is the only NFL quarterback currently sitting below a rating of 50.
-Kevil Kolb’s 327 yards passing for the Philadelphia Eagles in their win over Kansas City was his second consecutive 300 yard passing game, not bad for a rookie. The only other rookie quarterbacks who have had two or more 300 yard passing games in their rookie season are Tony Banks, Marc Bulger, Kerry Collins, Jeff Garcia, Jim Kelly, Peyton Manning, Warren Moon, Carson Palmer, Jake Plummer, Matt Ryan, Mark Rypien, Dennis Shaw, Billy Joe Tolliver, and Jack Trudeau. He is halfway to tying the record of four 300 yard passing games during a player’s rookie season currently held by both Warren Moon and Peyton Manning.
-The team in 2009 that has had the fewest points scored against it so far is the Denver Broncos with 16.
-The team in 2009 that has scored the most points so far is the New Orleans Saints with 120.
-Matthew Stafford, the rookie quarterback of the Detroit Lions, has the team’s second most rushing yards so far this season behind Kevin Smith. This is thanks to in large part having the team’s longest run of the year at 21 yards.
-In the first three games of the 2009 season, the Cleveland Browns have been outscored by 66 points.