2009 Week 8 In The NFL – More Interesting Facts

We’ve made it through week 8 in the 2009 NFL season and are at the halfway point of the year for most teams, depending on when their bye week was. There are two undefeated teams left in the league, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, and thanks to wins by the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team left without a victory. Here is a look at some interesting facts that came out of week 8 in the 2009 NFL Season.

-Ted Ginn, Jr. of the Miami Dolphins returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the team’s the New York Jets. Only seven other players in history have done that: Timmy Brown of the Eagles in 1966, Travis Williams of the Packers in 1967, Ron Brown of the Rams in 1985, Tyrone Hughes of the Saints in 1994, Chad Morton of the Jets in 2002, Devin Hester of the Bears in 2006, and Andre Davis of the Texans in 2007.

-In the 30-13 win by the Tennessee Titans over the Jacksonville Jaguars, there were some amazing plays by the running backs of both teams. Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars had touchdown runs of 79 and 80 yards. Chris Johnson of the Titans had touchdown runs of 52 and 89 yards. This was the first time in NFL history that there were four touchdown runs of 50 yards or more in one game.

-In the first touchdown drive by the New Orleans Saints in their 35-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons, three different players rushed the ball and four different players caught passes.

-The Houston Texans defeated the Buffalo Bills 31-10 and moved to 5-3 on the season, their best record ever by the halfway point of the year.

-In the 38-17 win by the Dallas Cowboys over the Seattle Seahawks, four different players finished the game with 36 yards receiving. Deion Branch and John Carlson of the Seahawks, and Jason Witten and Sam Hurd of the Cowboys.

-With just over a minute and a half left in their 17-10 victory over the Detroit Lions, the St. Louis Rams’ Steven Jackson scored a touchdown on a 25 yard run. Even though this was their 8th game of the year, this was the team’s first rushing touchdown of the season.

-There are four quarterbacks that have thrown double digit interceptions at the halfway point of the season: Jake Delhomme of the Panthers (13), Jay Cutler of the Bears (11), Kurt Warner of the Cardinals (11), and Mark Sanchez of the Jets (10).

-Two players are averaging more than six yards or more per carry while getting significant play at the running back position: Chris Johnson of the Titans (6.9) and Correll Buckhalter of the Broncos (6.0).

-In the Indianapolis Colts’ 18-14 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Colts running back Joseph Addai threw a 4th quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne. This was the first Colts touchdown pass thrown by anyone other than Peyton Manning since tight end Ken Dilger threw one in 2001.

-The player with the most receiving touchdowns in the league is Vernon Davis, the tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, who has seven.

-There are only two teams in the league that are undefeated on the road, but not undefeated for the season: The Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals.

-The longest current winning streak by a team that is not undefeated belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers who have won four straight games.

-No kicker in the league has attempted more 50 yard field goals than Josh Scobee of the Jacksonville Jaguars who is two for five on attempts of 50 yards or longer.

-Halfway through the 2009 NFL season, the only two quarterbacks with completion percentages below 50% are JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders (48.4%) and Derek Anderson of the Cleveland Browns (42.9%)

-The New York Giants loss to their division rival the Philadelphia Eagles 40-17. They lost by 23 points even though they had more first downs, more passing yards, a better red zone percentage, and more time of possession.

-The team that runs the ball on first down the most so far this season is the Miami Dolphins (68 times).

-The longest run from scrimmage in the Minnesota Vikings‘ 38-26 win over the Green Bay Packers went for 35 yards and belonged to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

-Through week 8, only two teams in the NFL have a better than 50% conversion rate on third downs: Indianapolis (51.1%) and Miami (50.5%).

-Week 8 was just the second week of the 2009 NFL season that there was no shutouts registered by any team, this happened earlier in week 2.

-The Kansas City Chiefs have gone for it on fourth down 17 times so far this season. No other team has done that more than 12 times.

-The team that has had the most penalties called on them so far in 2009 is the Buffalo Bills, the team accumulating the most penalty yards though is the Baltimore Ravens.

-In the Carolina Panthers‘ 31-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the Panthers scored three touchdowns in the 2nd quarter. They scored them three different ways including rushing, receiving, and defensive.

-Week 8 had just two quarterbacks throw for more than 300 yards (Peyton Manning and Drew Brees) and just three receivers have 100 yard games (Reggie Wayne, Roddy White, and Vincent Jackson). That is the fewest players to accomplish either of those things in any week of the season so far.

-There are three teams in the league that have won just one game so far this season, and have also won that game while on the road: Cleveland, St. Louis, and Kansas City.

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