Read interesting factoids about the 2015 NFL regular season.
The 2015 NFL regular season was certainly an interesting one. Now that it is over, we can reflect on fascinating stats from the year because what’s better than walking up to a friend and saying, “Hey did you know that…?”
1. Marcus Mariota was the only quarterback with a passing, rushing, and receiving touchdown. This factoid basically boils down to Mariota being the only quarterback with a receiving touchdown last season. In Week 14 against the New York Jets, the rookie caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tennessee running back Antonio Andrews.
2. A quarterback, not a running back, completed the longest rush of the season. In Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Marcus Mariota scrambled from a collapsed pocket and followed blocks from Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright for an 87-yard touchdown. Alright, enough about Marcus!
3. NFL teams attempted the most two-point conversions in league history with 94 total. For reference, last season there were 59 two-point conversion attempts, and two seasons ago there were 69 attempts. This sudden increase comes after the NFL Rules Committee pushed PATs from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, effectively making the extra point a 33-yard field goal attempt.
4. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney recorded his first NFL sack against the Miami Dolphins in their Week 7 matchup. Ryan Tannehill was his victim. Let’s not forget how Clowney awestruck the nation when he pummeled Michigan running back De’Veon Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl.
5. Allen Robinson reeled in the longest reception of the season (90-yards) against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. Robinson certainly went the distance in 2015 as he totaled 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
6. In 2015 there were only three players with zero dropped passes on 50 or more targets: Oakland tight end Clive Walford, Dallas tight end Jason Witten, and Detroit running back Theo Riddick. Amongst these three, Riddick had the surest hands, as he had zero drops on 80 receptions.
7. Danny Woodhead and Theo Riddick led all running backs in receptions (80) this season. Last year Matt Forte held this title with 102 receptions.
8. Per Chris Case of USA Today: ”The 20th ranked punter of 2015 averaged 45.2 yards per kick. In 1995, the league leader averaged 45.0. We are living in the golden age of punting. Savor it.”
9. The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were this seasons’ “bad boys,” as they led the league with 143 penalties. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings drew the fewest flags (90). It seems that the league has become more liberal with calling fouls. In 2015 there were 3,543 total penalties – markedly more than 2014 (3,388), 2013 (3,136), and 2012 (3,222).
10. The Miami Dolphins made the annals of football history, though, for a poor reason. Their four safeties allowed set an NFL record that will likely stand for many years. The Dolphins made an art out of this highly uncommon play in football. They allowed a safety three games in a row through Weeks 9 and 11 and set the record in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts.
11. Jameis Winston became the youngest player in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yard at the age of 21 years, 342 days. He went on to finish the season with 4,022 passing yards and is a candidate for rookie of the year alongside Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper, St. Louis running back Todd Gurley, Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters, and Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
12. Antonio Brown led the league with 2,074 all-purpose yards. He was closely followed by Jarvis Landry (1,947), Tyler Lockett (1,915), Julio Jones (1,871), and Ameer Abdullah (1,857). Julio Jones deserves an extra shoutout, as his 1,871 all-purpose yards were accounted for entirely by receptions. The other four players achieved their all-purpose yards via a combination of rushing, receiving, and punt/kick returning.
14. J.J. Wattled all defensive lineman in pass deflections last season with eight total. This number ties the pass deflections made by pro-bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson. Watt also led the league in sacks (17.5) and tackles for a loss (29).
15. Peyton Manning suffered one of his worst passing seasons. He finished the year with 2,249 yards, nine touchdowns, and 17 interceptions – second most in the league behind Blake Bortles’ 18 interceptions. Fret not though, Peyton fans. Manning is still the most valuable player in NFL history according to Pro Football Focus Approximate Value Stats.
16. Seattle Seahawks’ rookie running back Thomas Rawls led all rushers in DYAR, or defense-adjusted yards above replacement, with a score of 217 yards. By this estimate, Rawls gained 217 more yards than a replacement level running back. Meanwhile, Antonio Brown led all receivers in DYAR with a score 516 yards.
17. Delanie Walker became the ninth tight end in NFL history to record a 90-reception season. The other tight ends who accomplished this feat include: Tony Gonzales (5), Jason Witten (4), Todd Christensen (2), Dallas Clark (1), Jimmy Graham (1), Ben Coates (1), Martellus Bennett (1), and Rob Gronkowski (1).
18. Quarterbacks accounted for the ten richest NFL contracts of 2015. Aaron Rodgers topped the list earning $22,000,000; while defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ranked eleventh at 19,062,500. Rodgers seems to be winning in several aspects of life. Remember that he also dates supermodel Olivia Munn.
19. The Carolina Panthers far and away had the best turnover ratio in the league (+20). The Kansas City Chiefs (+14) and Cincinnati Bengals (+11) ranked second and third, while the Dallas Cowboys (-22), Tennessee Titans (-18) and Baltimore Ravens (-18) rounded out the bottom of the list.
20. Cam Newton was the highest scoring player in the 2015 Fantasy Football season (23.3 points/game, ESPN Standard Scoring). He was also the first player in NFL history to score 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season. Perhaps even cooler: Newton flipped over Houston cornerback Rahim Moore in Week 2.
Edited by Jeremy Losak.
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