Week 7 What To Look For: A Look Back
October 22, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
PLAY 60: There have been many memorable comeback victories in the NFL so far this season – and it’s only October. Through the first seven weeks, 29 of 106 games (27.4 percent) have been decided by a fourth-quarter comeback victory. That puts the 2013 season on pace for the second-highest percentage of games with a fourth-quarter comeback victory since 1970.
The seasons with the highest percentage of fourth-quarter comeback wins since 1970:
* Through Week 7
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PASSING FANCY: Quarterbacks have been historically efficient through Week 7 of the 2013 season, combining for a league-wide passer rating of 87.1 and a completion percentage of 61.6. Both are on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history and would surpass records set in 2012 (85.6 passer rating) and 2007 (61.2 completion percentage), respectively.
The league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average, currently at 7.29, is also on pace to be the highest of any season in the Super Bowl era.
The seasons with the highest league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average in the Super Bowl era (since 1966):
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LUCKY 7: Kansas City newcomer ALEX SMITH has led the Chiefs to a 7-0 start following a 17-16 victory over Houston. With the win, Smith tied DIETER BROCK of the 1985 Los Angeles Rams for the most consecutive wins to start a season in a quarterback’s first year with a team since 1970.
The most consecutive wins to start a season in a quarterback’s first year with a team since 1970:
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON MNF: One more note to keep in mind for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Vikings and Giants…
RETURN TO SENDER: So far in Week 7, five teams – Buffalo, Carolina, Miami, New England and the New York Jets – all had interception-return touchdowns, contributing to a league-wide total of 30 this season, the second-most interception-return touchdowns through seven weeks since 1970.
With two more interception-return touchdowns on Monday night, 2013 would surpass 2003 for the most interception-return touchdowns through the first seven weeks of a season.
The most interceptions returned for a touchdown through week 7 (since 1970):