NFL Week 7 By The Numbers
NFL Week 7 performances, broken down into statistics and trends. Some of it is interesting in a good way, while others might show disconcerting trends depending on who’s looking at it.
The following individuals rushed for 100 yards or more in their NFL Week 7 games:
- Chris Johnson (195, 2 TD for Tennessee visiting Buffalo) [next highest runner on team: 8 yards]
- Adrian Peterson (153, 1 TD for Minnesota hosting the Cardinals) 
- Frank Gore (131, 0 TD for San Fran hosting Seattle) 
- Jonathan Dwyer (122, 0 TD for Pittsburgh visiting Cincinnati) 
- Alfred Morris (120, 0 TD for Washington visiting the Giants) [89 by QB RGIII]
- LaRod Stephens-Howling (104, 1 TD for Arizona visiting Minnesota) 
- Marshawn Lynch (103, 0 TD for Seattle visiting San Francisco) 
- Arian Foster (98, 2 TD for Houston hosting Baltimore) 
Buffalo had no one rush for over 100 yards, but Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller each ran for 70.
The Saints, Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Jaguars, Browns and New York Giants didn’t have anyone rush for 50+ yards
Arian Foster now has at least one rushing touchdown in 4 straight games. If touchdown receptions are included, Foster has scored in each game this season.
Alfred Morris has surpassed the 100 yard rushing mark in three of the last four games.
Adrian Peterson has surpassed the 100 yard mark for combined (rushing & receiving) yardage for the past 5 weeks, though his NFL Week 7 score was his first trip to the end zone since NFL Week 1. He is yet to touch the ball fewer than 18 times in a game.
LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jonathan Dwyer had previously not rushed for 100+ yards in a game this season.
Chris Johnson reached the end zone for the first time this season with his two scores rushing.
Passing Performances in NFL Week 7
Each of the following Quarterbacks surpassed 300 yards passing in their NFL Week 7 games:
- Josh Freeman (420, 3 TD, 0 INT for the Buccaneers hosting the Saints)
- Drew Brees (377, 4 TD, 1 INT for the Saints visiting the Buccaneers)
- Aaron Rodgers (342, 3 TD, 0 INT for the Packers visiting the Rams)
- Eli Manning (337, 1 TD, 2 INT for the Giants hosting the Redskins)
- Mark Sanchez (328, 1 TD, 1 INT for the Jets visiting the Patriots)
- Carson Palmer (298, 1 TD, 1 INT for the Raiders hosting the Jaguars)
The following Quarterbacks failed to throw for more than 200 yards in their NFL Week 7 games:
- Christian Ponder (58 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT for Minnesota hosting Arizona, with no other passers)
- Andy Dalton (105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT for Cincinnati hosting Pittsburgh, with no other passers)
- Jay Cutler (150 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT for Chicago hosting Detroit, with J.Campbell throwing 1 pass)
- Blaine Gabbert & Chad Henne (combined for 181 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT for Jacksonville visiting Oakland)
- Russell Wilson (122 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT for Seattle visiting San Francisco)
- Alex Smith (140 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT for San Francisco hosting Seattle)
- Joe Flacco (147 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT for Baltimore visiting Houston)
- Andrew Luck (186 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT for Indianapolis hosting Cleveland)
Drew Brees has thrown for at least 300 yards in three straight games, and five of his six this season. He has thrown at least 3 touchdown passes in four straight games, and five of his six this season. Four of his games this season have included both.
Josh Freeman has thrown for at least 300 yards in three straight games. He failed to surpass 250 yards passing in any of the three games prior to that this season.
Aaron Rodgers has thrown at least 3 touchdowns in four straight games and has surpassed 300 yards passing in two straight games.
Wide Receiver Performances in NFL Week 7
The following receivers surpassed 100 yards receiving in NFL Week 7:
- Vincent Jackson (216 yards and 1 TD on 7 receptions for the Buccaneers hosting the Saints)
- Victor Cruz (131 yards and 1 TD on 7 receptions for the Giants hosting the Redskins)
- Jordy Nelson (122 yards and 1 TD on 8 receptions for the Packers visiting the Rams)
- Lance Moore (121 yards on 9 receptions for the Saints visiting the Buccaneers)
- Jeremy Kerley (120 yards on 7 receptions for the Jets visiting the Patriots)
- Andre Roberts (103 yards and 1 TD on 7 receptions for the Cardinals visiting the Vikings)
Jeremy Kerley had previously not surpassed 100 yards receiving in a game this season
Victor Cruz now has a touchdown in each of the past 4 games and 7 TDs in the last 6 games.
Team Performances in NFL Week 7
Eight teams failed to score 15+ points, including both teams in the Thursday night game and the Monday night game. Of the losing teams on the list from the other games, two of the teams would’ve won the game with an additional touchdown, one of them would have tied the game with that extra touchdown… and the Ravens lost by 30 so one extra score wouldn’t help them much.
Three teams scored 35+ points in victory (Tennessee, Houston, New Orleans), whereas five teams hit that mark the week prior (Denver, Green Bay, Washington, Tampa Bay, New York Jets). Houston lost to a 35+ point-scorer in Week 6 before hitting the mark themselves in NFL Week 7, whereas the Buccaneers lost to a 35+ point-scorer in Week 7 after hitting the mark themselves the week prior.
Home teams had a record of 8 – 5 in NFL Week 7. When the home team won the game, they won by an average of 8 points (though taking the Houston / Baltimore score out of it, the margin was only 4 points). The average margin of score differential in games where the home team lost was 6 points. In NFL Week 7, home teams were 9 – 5, with wins by an average of 9.88 points and losses by an average of 11.6 points.
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