The Rams and First Round Linemen

August 16, 2014 Trivia

Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays do a great job on their NFL podcasts. Yesterday, I listened to their NFC West preview, and it’s just stunning the amount of highly drafted talent the Rams have on both lines. We already know that the Rams have four former first rounders on the team’s starting defensive line, making […]

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Touchdowns in Losses

August 3, 2014 Trivia

A fun trivia question from Scott Kacsmar this week: The most TD passes a QB threw in one season in games he LOST is 25. Name the QB, and if you can, the year. Here’s the answer: Who is the career leader in touchdown passes in losses? Who is the single-season leader in rushing touchdowns […]

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Trivia: Pro Bowlers on NFL Champions, Part II

July 5, 2014 Super Bowl

Last weekend, we looked at the team with the most Pro Bowlers to win a championship. Today, we look at the reverse: the team with the fewest Pro Bowlers to win it all. As a technical matter, the Pro Bowl hasn’t always been around, so some pre-1950 teams and the 1960 Oilers (there was no […]

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Trivia: Pro Bowlers on NFL Champions

June 29, 2014 Trivia

Yesterday, we looked at the team with the most Hall of Famers in a single season in NFL history. That team, which won the NFL championship, had 8 of its players make the Pro Bowl. That’s a very high number, of course, but over 30 teams have won it all and had eight or more […]

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Most Hall of Famers on an NFL Team

June 28, 2014 HOF

Today’s trivia is a straightforward one: only one team in NFL history has fielded 11 players who are currently members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Can you name that team? Tweet

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Trivia: Single-Season Leaders in Net Rushing Yards

June 22, 2014 Rushing

At the end of my Seahawks-Saints playoff preview, I came up with (what I thought was) a pretty neat bit of trivia: New Orleans gained 4918 passing yards and allowed only 3105 passing yards. That 1813 yard difference is largest by any NFL team in history. The 1961 Oilers, led by George Blanda, Bill Groman, […]

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Weekend Trivia: Sack Differential

June 14, 2014 Defense

Last year, the Denver Broncos led the NFL in sack differential — that is, sacks recorded by the defense minus sacks allowed by the offense. Having Peyton Manning really helps, as the Broncos had essentially an average number of defensive sacks (41) but ranked first in offensive sacks (20). So Denver ranked 1st in 2013 […]

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Trivia: Receiving Yards per Game Over a Three-Year Period

June 1, 2014 Receiving

Over the last three years, Calvin Johnson has 5,137 receiving yards in 46 games.  That’s an average of 111.7 receiving yards per game, the most by any player over a three-year stretch in NFL history.  That mark comes with a bit of an asterisk, of course, as the Lions have attempted 2,040 passes since the […]

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Trivia: Rushing Yards with Multiple Franchises

May 25, 2014 Rushing

Only two players in NFL history have ever rushed for 5,000 yards with two teams. Can you name either of them? Here’s a couple of hints for the only player to rush for 5,300+ yards with two different teams. Here’s a couple of hints for the other player: One other player was really, really close. […]

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Receivers with 1,000 yards with multiple quarterbacks

July 27, 2013 Trivia

While reading the always excellent Football Outsiders Almanac, I was reminded that Brandon Marshall has had 1,000-yard seasons playing with Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Chad Henne, and Matt Moore (and, of course, Cutler again in Chicago). That’s pretty impressive for a player in his twenties, although regular readers know that I’m a big fan of […]

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Trivia: NFL Head Coaches

July 7, 2013 Coaches

In light of Shattenjager’s great post yesterday about Marion Campbell, I thought we should do some NFL head coach trivia today centered around losing. Let’s start with a tough one. With 165 losses, which coach has lost the most games in NFL history? Obviously, there’s something to be said for losing a lot of games. […]

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Quarterback Trivia: Passing Titles, MVPs, and Titles

June 29, 2013 Quarterbacks

Sid Luckman did it twice. Two Packers quarterbacks, Arnie Herber and Irv Comp, did it with help from Don Hutson. Sammy Baugh did it as a rookie in 1937. In five out of eleven seasons from 1936 to 1946, the league leader in passing yards also won the NFL championship. Otto Graham led the AAFC […]

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Longest Streaks without a 1,000-yard rusher

May 18, 2013 Trivia

Two weeks ago, I looked at the longest streaks where a team failed to have a player rush for 100 yards. Richie asked me if I could run the numbers on the longest streaks without a 1,000-yard rusher. The longest active streak in the NFL belongs to the Detroit Lions, who have not boasted a […]

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Trivia: Carolina Panthers With Over 1,000 Receiving Yards

March 23, 2013 Trivia

I took this Sporcle quiz the other day on receivers to gain 1,000 yards with multiple teams. I did fine, I suppose, naming 22 of the 30 receivers. As I was going through the list, I kept looking at the rows for “Buccaneers, Panthers” and “Panthers, Cowboys” and my brain operated in this way: “Steve […]

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Checkdowns: Making the Super Bowl with three different teams

March 16, 2013 Checkdowns

With Anquan Boldin being traded to San Francisco, he’ll have the rare opportunity to win the Super Bowl in consecutive years with different teams. Here’s another bit of trivia: if Boldin makes it back to the Super Bowl, he’ll become just the 11th player to ever make Super Bowls with three different teams. (man, the […]

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Can you name the last non-first ballot HOF Quarterback?

March 2, 2013 HOF

Kurt Warner will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2 years, making him a potential member of the Class of 2015. Warner is an interesting candidate, and while I suspect he does get in on the first ballot, it’s certainly not a given. Warner won more than 8 games just four times in […]

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, February 24th

February 24, 2013 Trivia

Eight teams in NFL history have rostered five players who — at some point in their career — gained at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season. The most recent three teams were the 2003-2005 Rams, who had Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, Kevin Curtis, and Mike Furrey. Furrey wouldn’t record 1,000 yards until […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, February 23rd

February 23, 2013 Trivia

Last year, Stanford’s David DeCastro was considered one of the safest picks in the draft. But despite being a dominant player that nearly every scout loved, because he was a guard, DeCastro fell to the Steelers with the 24th pick. This year, Alabama guard Chance Warmack projects to be an even better player, and some […]

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, February 17th

February 17, 2013 Passing

We all know that Tom Brady set the single-season passing touchdowns record in 2007, when he threw 50 touchdowns as the New England Patriots went 16-0. That broke Peyton Manning‘s mark of 49 touchdowns in 2004. And I think most of us know that prior to Manning, Dan Marino had set the NFL record with […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, February 16th

February 16, 2013 Trivia

It’s hard not to be amazed by the seasons that Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson had as first-year starters in 2012. It’s playing around with the cut-offs to an absurd degree, but prior to 2012, only six men in NFL history had ever: Averaged 7.9 yards per attempt on at least 200 […]

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Trivia: Leading rusher in two different Super Bowls

February 2, 2013 Rushing

A week before the Super Bowl, I asked if you could name the seven wide receivers to start for two different teams that reached the Super Bowl. In the comments to that post, JWL alerted me to a pretty cool piece of Super bowl trivia. Eight different men have been the leading rusher in multiple […]

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Trivia: Name the last team to start different QBs in consecutive conference championship games

January 20, 2013 Quarterbacks

In 2011, San Francisco made it to the NFC Championship Game with Alex Smith at quarterback; today, the 49ers will face the Falcons with Colin Kaepernick as their starter. This makes them the 9th team since 1970 to make the conference championship game in consecutive years but to start different quarterbacks in that game. Can […]

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, December 16th

December 16, 2012 Trivia

What do you give to the man who already has everything? How about a Comeback Player of the Year Award? Right now, the choice for AP Comeback Player of the Year is a two-horse race between Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson. If Manning wins the award, it will put him in pretty rare territory: he’d […]

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, December 2nd

December 2, 2012 Trivia

In case you haven’t noticed, Detroit’s Matt Stafford is throwing the ball a lot this year. He’s thrown the second most passes of any quarterback through 11 games in league history. In 2011, Stafford led the NFL with 663 pass attempts, the third most in NFL history. In my preview of the 2012 Lions, I […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, November 3rd

November 3, 2012 Trivia

On Sunday, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger will meet for the first time since Manning picked up his second Super Bowl ring. The game will be the 9th such matchup between two teams whose starting quarterbacks have each won multiple Super Bowls as starters. This is the third straight year where we have such a […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, October 27th

October 27, 2012 Rushing

Last week, I noted that Calvin Johnson was trying to become just the third player since 1970 to lead the NFL in receiving yards in consecutive seasons. The rushing crown is much more likely to go to the same player; in fact, ten rushing champions since 1973 also led the league in rushing yards in […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, October 20th

October 20, 2012 Receiving

Calvin Johnson led the league in receiving last season with 1,681 yards. Johnson is fourth in receiving yards this season behind A.J. Green, Wes Welker, and Reggie Wayne, but Johnson is 2nd in yards per game as the Lions have had their bye week while the Bengals and Patriots have not. If Johnson can lead […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, September 15th

September 15, 2012 Trivia

Three teams have started 0-2 and won the Super Bowl. In 1993, the Dallas Cowboys started 0-2 in part because Emmitt Smith was holding out for a new contract. In 2001, the New England Patriots — with Drew Bledsoe as starting quarterback — began the year 0-2, before Tom Brady got his first professional start […]

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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, September 9th

September 9, 2012 Rushing

Welcome back, NFL. The first of 17 great Sundays is upon us, and this is always one of my favorite days of the year. I’ll even put up with the garbage that is pre-game and post-game shows to watch football from 9 in the morning until after midnight. I’m sure many of you will do […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, September 8th

September 8, 2012 Receiving

Yesterday, I wrote about the interesting career of Anquan Boldin. If I had written that article a year ago, I would have noted that Boldin was the all-time leader in receptions per game in NFL history. At the time, Boldin had 650 receptions in 111 games, an average of 5.86 receptions per game. But after […]

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