With the 7th week of the 2009 NFL season completed, we are only a week or two away from the midway point. Week 7 had a lot of blowouts and went about as most people expected. Having six games on one weekend be decided by 28 or more points (4 touchdowns) tied an NFL record. The teams victorious in all those high margin victories were the Jets (by 38), Indianapolis (by 36), Cincinnati (by 35), San Diego (by 30), New England (by 28), and Green Bay (by 28). There were a couple good games with New Orleans coming back against Miami to stay unbeaten, Houston hanging on for a three point win over the 49ers, and Arizona coming into Giants stadium and leaving with a hard fought win. There were some great individual performances too during week 7.
Here are some interesting facts from week 7 in the 2009 National Football League season.
-In their 24-21 loss to the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers‘ tight end Vernon Davis caught all three of quarterback Alex Smith’s touchdown passes. This gives Davis six touchdowns on the season, leading all tight ends.
-In the Cleveland Browns‘ 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Browns quarterback Derek Anderson threw 12 completions on 29 attempts. This gives him a 43.8% completion percentage on the season (60 for 137) and is the lowest of any starting quarterback in the league.
-In the New York Jets’ 38-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Jets had two running backs go over 100 yards rushing in the game. Thomas Jones picked up 121 yards on 26 carries and Shonn Greene added 144 yards on 19 carries.
-In the 37-21 victory by the Dallas Cowboys over the Atlanta Falcons, Cowboys’ receiver Miles Austin caught 6 passes for 171 yards. This was the 6th most receiving yards in a game so far in 2009. Austin is the only player in the top ten twice, as the 250 yards on 10 receptions that he amassed in a week 5 win over the Kansas City Chiefs is still the number one overall performance of the year.
-In the Minnesota Vikings‘ 27-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brett Favre attempted 51 passes. This was the first time he’d attempted more than 50 passes in any uniform other than that of the Green Bay Packers. In his career he has attempted 50 or more passes in a game 12 times and has a record of just 3-9 when doing so.
-In their 46-34 comeback win over the Miami Dolphins, the New Orleans Saints‘ quarterback Drew Brees completed 22 passes on 38 attempts for 298 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, and two rushing touchdowns. Amazingly, this was the worst performance of the season so far for Drew Brees.
-No player has punted more times so far in 2009 than Dustin Colquitt of the Kansas City Chiefs who has done so 46 times already. Dustin’s father Craig Colquitt won two Super Bowl rings as the punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV.
-There are three teams in the NFL that have scored more than 100 points more than they have given up this season: New Orleans (111), Indianapolis (102), and New England (100).
-New Orleans Saints’ kicker John Carney is 5th in the NFL in scoring. He has only kicked 8 field goals so far this season, which ranks him in the bottom half among kickers, but because of the Saints high powered offense, he already has 28 extra point kicks.
-The only team with two players ranked in the top ten in receiving yards so far this season is the Pittsburgh Steelers with Hines Ward in 2nd place with 602 and Santonio Holmes in 10th place with 497.
-Larry Johnson, the running back for the Chiefs, is ranked 4th in the league in rushing attempts (132) but 19th in the league in rushing yards.
-Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is the quarterback that has been sacked the most so far in 2009, at 25 times.
-The St. Louis Rams have scored the fewest points in the leagues so far with 60, and also given up the most with 211. They are averaging getting beaten by more than 21 points each game.