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What To Look For: Week 9

Direct from the NFL through Bqltimore Beatdown to you, here is all the information you need to know about the games this weekend of the 2009 NFL season.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 9

CHANGES AT THE TOP:  Nearly halfway through the NFL season, division titles are up for grabs yet again.  Entering Week 9, seven teams (in six divisions) that did not win their division in 2008 either sit atop or tie for first place in their division.

Last season featured six new division winners, tied (2003) for the most since realignment in 2002.

The 2008 division winners and the division leaders entering Week 9:

  AFC NFC
  EAST NORTH SOUTH WEST EAST NORTH SOUTH WEST
2008 Miami Pittsburgh Tennessee San Diego N.Y. Giants Minnesota Carolina Arizona
2009 New England Cincinnati/

Pittsburgh

Indianapolis Denver Dallas/

Philadelphia

Minnesota New Orleans Arizona
                 
 

-- NFL --

MANNING-IFICENT DECADE: Three-time MVP PEYTON MANNING of the Indianapolis Colts is approaching several milestones. With 19 passing yards on Sunday against the Houston Texans, Manning will become the first player in NFL history with 40,000 passing yards in one decade.  With four touchdown passes, he will become the first player with 300 touchdown passes in one decade.

The most touchdown passes and passing yards by decade in NFL history:

DECADE (SEASONS) PLAYER MOST TD PASSES     DECADE

  (SEASONS)

  PLAYER MOST PASSING YARDS
2000s (2000-09) Peyton Manning 296     2000s (2000-09)   Peyton Manning 39,981
1990s (1990-99) Brett Favre 235     1990s (1990-99)   Dan Marino 33,508
1980s (1980-89) Dan Marino 220     1980s (1980-89)   Joe Montana 30,958
1970s (1970-79) Fran Tarkenton 156     1970s (1970-79)   Fran Tarkenton 23,863
1960s (1960-69) Sonny Jurgensen 207     1960s (1960-69)   Johnny Unitas 26,548
1950s (1950-59) Bobby Layne 151     1950s (1950-59)   Norm Van Brocklin 20,539
1940s (1940-49) Sammy Baugh 149     1940s (1940-49)   Sammy Baugh 17,002
1930s (1932-39)* Arnie Herber 57     1930s (1932-39)*   Arnie Herber 6,189
* Individual passing statistics were first officially recorded in 1932
 

-- NFL --

SUSTAINED SUCCESS:  The Pittsburgh Steelers have 99 wins since the start of the 2000 season.  With a victory in Denver on Monday night, the Steelers would become the third team this decade with 100 regular-season wins, joining the Indianapolis Colts (108) and New England Patriots (107).  The Colts and Patriots are within striking distance of the all-time win mark for a decade held by the San Francisco 49ers of the 1990s (113).

The teams with the most wins since the start of the 2000 season and the most wins in any decade in NFL history:

TEAM WINS SINCE 2000 SEASON   TEAM WINS (DECADE, SEASONS)
Indianapolis Colts 108   San Francisco 49ers 113 (90s, 1990-99)
New England Patriots 107   Indianapolis Colts* 108 (00s, 2000-09)
Pittsburgh Steelers 99   New England Patriots* 107 (00s, 2000-09)
Philadelphia Eagles 97   Dallas Cowboys 105 (70s, 1970-79)
Denver Broncos 91   San Francisco 49ers 104 (80s, 1980-89)
      Miami Dolphins 104 (70s, 1970-79)
      * Active  
 

-- NFL --

CJ GOES FOR 7.0:  Tennessee Titans running back CHRIS JOHNSON leads the NFL with 824 rushing yards and a robust 6.9 yards per carry average.  Johnson looks to become the first back since 1970 to lead the league in rushing through Week 9 with an average of 7.0 yards per carry.

Johnson’s 6.92 yards per carry average is the highest for the NFL rushing leader through Week 8 since 1970 by more than a full yard (JAMAL LEWIS, 5.89 in 2003).

The players in NFL history to lead the league in rushing with an average of 6.0 yards per carry:

PLAYER, TEAM YEAR YARDS PER CARRY RUSHING TOTAL
Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions 1997 6.1 2,053
O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills 1973 6.0 2,003
Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns 1963 6.4 1,863
Joe Perry, San Francisco 49ers 1954 6.1 1,049
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears 1934 8.4 1,004
       
Chris Johnson, Tennessee 2009 6.9 824*
* Leads the NFL in rushing entering Week 9
 

-- NFL --

SPINNING SACKMASTER:  Indianapolis Colts defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY has recorded a sack in each of the Colts’ first seven games of the season.  Freeney needs one sack on Sunday to tie ROBERT MATHIS (eight games, 2005) for the longest such streak since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The longest streaks of consecutive games with a sack to start a team’s season:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR STREAK
Robert Mathis Indianapolis 2005 8
William Fuller Philadelphia 1994 7
Shaun Ellis New York Jets 2003 7
DeMarcus Ware Dallas 2008 7
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis 2009   7*
*Active      
 

In addition, Freeney has recorded a sack in eight consecutive games overall, tying him for the fifth-longest streak since 1982. He aims to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE SMITH and KEVIN GREENE this week for third on the all-time list.

The longest streaks of consecutive games with a sack since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM(S) YEAR(S) STREAK
Simon Fletcher Denver 1992-93 10
DeMarcus Ware Dallas 2007-08 10
Bruce Smith Buffalo 1986-87 9
Kevin Greene San Francisco, Carolina 1997-98 9
Many tied -- -- 8
 

-- NFL --

ELITE EIGHT:  Rookie head coach JIM CALDWELL of the Indianapolis Colts has started his rookie season at 7-0, the second-best start to a season by a rookie head coach since 1930.  With a win on Sunday, Caldwell can tie POTSY CLARK (1931 Portsmouth Spartans) for the best start in the past 80 years.

The most consecutive wins to start a season by a rookie head coach since 1930:

HEAD COACH TEAM RECORD TO START CAREER
Potsy Clark 1931 Portsmouth Spartans 8-0
Jim Caldwell 2009 Indianapolis Colts 7-0
Many tied 6-0
 

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