On Wednesday, I looked at the players who threw for the most yards and touchdowns against each franchise. Yesterday, I did the same with rushing statistics. Today we will close out the series with a look at the key receiving stats.
Let’s again start with some trivia.
Which player has the most career receptions against one franchise?
What about the most receiving yards?
And finally, any guesses as to the most receiving touchdowns?
Now that the most obvious trivia of the day is out of the way, let’s get to the career lists. Let’s start with the career receptions list.
Andre Reed (Colts, Dolphins, Jets) and Art Monk (Cardinals, Giants, Cowboys) got three out of four teams, but Marvin Harrison (Patriots) and Jason Witten (Eagles) stopped the clean sweep. Hines Ward is the career leader against Pittburgh’s three AFC North rivals, as is Reggie Wayne with respect to the AFC South. And in addition to Witten, Tony Gonzalez is the only other tight end on the list.
Rice takes the top three spots here, which is very Jerry Rice of him. Tim Brown still has the lead on his four division rivals, but Randy Moss and Carroll Dale stole the Packers and Lions from Carter. Dale was a good player, but he really shined against the Lions. Both of his career 200-yard games came against Detroit, and his fifth highest receiving yardage total also came against the Lions.
Don Maynard steals the Bills, Patriots, and Titans/Oilers franchise from Welker, Marvin Harrison, and Reggie Wayne, the receivers with the most receptions against those teams. In addition to Dale and Maynard, we get some other pre-merger players on here with Bob Hayes and Charley Taylor. Football Perspective favorite Jimmy Smith is on the list, as are ’80s stars James Lofton, Stanley Morgan and Roy Green.
A couple other surprising names are Carl Pickens and Terrell Owens. The latter isn’t surprising in the abstract, but seeing him against the Panthers is a bit unexpected. Only two other players have 1,000 yards against the Panthers — Joe Horn (1,094) and Roddy White (1,126), who should pass T.O. this year. Most of Owens’ damage against Carolina came when the 49ers and Panthers were together in the NFC West, although he also had 100-yard games against Carolina with both the Eagles and Cowboys.
What if we look at receiving touchdowns?
I’ll sign off and wait to hear your thoughts in the comments.