Here are 20 whimsical factoids — some positive, some negative — to digest before the Sunday/Monday slate of Week 14 games:
1. The Saints’Jimmy Graham has enjoyed a stellar run against the rival Panthers, averaging seven catches, 92 yards and 0.8 TDs in his last five outings. And each time, Graham rolled for 100-plus yards and/or one touchdown.
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2. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw for 400 yards and five touchdowns last week (against the Chiefs), holds similarly stellar averages of 356 yards passing and 3.5 touchdowns in six home outings this year.
3. Philly’sLeSean McCoy, the NFL leader in yards from scrimmage (1,523), has averaged 127 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his last four games.
Here’s another reason to love Shady this week: In two career meetings with the Lions, McCoy holds averages of 88 total yards and two scores.
4. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, who draws the Eagles — the NFL’s worst passing defense at 300 yards per game — has also notched 300 yards passing and/or three touchdowns in four of his last five road tilts.
5. It’s worth noting: Bills tailback C.J. Spiller (157 total yards, one TD last week) hasn’t notched 100 total yards and/or successive touchdowns in back-to-back games in a full calendar year.
6. For what it’s worth, Denver’s Demaryius Thomas (67 catches, 1,061 yards, 10 TDs) has tallied either double-digit targets, 100 yards or one touchdown in each of his last six games.
7. On Monday night, Matt Forte scores a dream encounter with the Cowboys, the NFL’s 31st-ranked rush defense since Week 9. Plus, of his last 17 games, the Bears tailback has cruised for 95 total yards or one touchdown 16 times.
8. Bengals wideout A.J. Green, who recently racked up five straight outings of 100 yards (and three touchdowns), draws a Colts defense that has surrendered 270 yards passing, per game, since Week 9.
9. Of his last 16 encounters with the Rams, Larry Fitzgerald scored at least one touchdown 11 times; and that includes his eight-catch, 80-yard, two-TD effort from Week 1.
10. PPR owners may be rejoicing over Roddy White’s Week 13 breakout against the Bills (10 catches, 14 targets, 143 yards), but let’s not lose perspective on the Falcons’ other wideout:
Of his last seven games, Harry Douglas has collected eight-plus targets five times and seven-plus receptions four times. He also boasts three 100-yard efforts and two touchdowns.
11. Of his last 21 outings, dating back to last year, Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles (1,463 total yards, 11 TDs) has easily crossed the threshold of 100 total yards or one touchdown 17 times.
12. Philly QB Nick Foles has accounted for averages of 342 total yards and 3.8 touchdowns in his last four games. That aside, last Sunday marked his first home TD passes of the year.
13. Bad news for Rashad Jennings or Darren McFadden owners: The Jets haven’t allowed a single 100-yard rusher all season (12 games).
14. Of his last six games, Calvin Johnson (72 catches, 1,299 yards, 12 TDs) boasts six outings of double-digit targets, five outings of 100-plus yards and eight touchdowns.
15. Of his last 22 outings at the Superdome, Saints QB Drew Brees (the only 5,000-yard passer in consecutive seasons) has amassed 300 yards passing and/or three touchdowns a staggering 20 times.
16. Titans tailback Chris Johnson, who’s averaging 114 total yards and one touchdown in his last three roadies, has never played a pro game in Denver’s Mile High altitude.
17. Including the Ravens’ magical playoff run, Joe Flacco recorded seven games of three or more touchdowns last season. This year, that number is zero.
18. Against NFC East foes this season, spanning three games, San Diego’s Philip Rivers has absurdly averaged 384 yards passing and 2.7 touchdowns.
19. Remember when tight end Jared Cook, making his Rams debut, torched the Cardinals for seven catches, 10 targets, 141 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1?
To date, the above tallies represent season highs for Cook … in all four categories.
And last but not least …
20. Tom Brady may be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, but he hasn’t dominated all comers throughout his illustrious career.
For example, in five career meetings with the Browns, Brady holds shockingly pedestrian averages of 225 yards passing and 1.2 touchdowns.