Week Six of the 2011 NFL Season had six quarterbacks pass for 300 yards or more.
Week Six of the 2011 NFL Season had eight running backs rush for 100 yards or more.
We have seen in previous weeks that passing the ball for 300 or even 400 yards does not at all guarantee wins. We have seen in previous weeks how successfully running the ball in the NFL directly translates into wins. Will Week Six of the NFL Season prove out the same results?
Quarterbacks who passed for 300 yards or more in Week Six, break down like this:
Brees, New Orleans 383 LOSS
Bradford, St. Louis 328 LOSS
Romo, Dallas 317 LOSS
Rodgers, Green Bay 316 WIN
Flacco, Baltimore 305 WIN
Freeman, Tampa Bay 302 WIN
The WIN/LOSS record for the teams of theses quarterbacks is 3 WINS/3 LOSSES, for a winning percentage of 50%. Not very impressive.
Take out Aaron Rodgers from this equation (because he is Aaron Rodgers), and the WIN/LOSS results for these quarterbacks becomes 2 WINS/3 LOSSES.
Running backs who rushed for 100 yards or more in Week Six break down like this:
Mendenhall, Pittsburgh 146 WIN
Gore, San Francisco 141 WIN
Turner, Atlanta 139 WIN
McCoy, Philadelphia 126 WIN
Jackson, Buffalo 121 LOSS
Graham, Tampa Bay 109 WIN
Bradshaw, NYGiants 104 WIN
Rice, Baltimore 101 WIN
The WIN/LOSS record for the teams of these running backs is 7 WINS/1 LOSS, for a winning percentage of 88%. That is downright dominating.
Tampa Bay had a 300 yard passer and a 100 yard rusher in Week Six (Freeman/Graham).
Baltimore also had a 300 yard passer and a 100 yard rusher in Week Six (Flacco/Rice).
Year-to-date, here are these statistics broken out:
500 YARD PASSERS
1 WIN/0 LOSSES 100% Winning Percentage
400 YARD PASSERS
3 WINS/7 LOSSES 30% Winning Percentage
300 YARD PASSERS
28 WINS/28 LOSSES 50% Winning Percentage
100 YARD RUSHERS
34 WINS/11 LOSSES 74% Winning Percentage
BOTH A 300 YARD PASSER AND 100 YARD RUSHERS
3 WIN/1 LOSS 75% Winning Percentage
Once again, the statistics are proving out what we have always known:
To be successful in football (and the NFL) a team needs to be able to run the ball consistently well.
(Statistics from NFL.com)
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