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September 8, 2008

Pro Football Computer Simulation 2008–Week One

Pro Football Computer Simulation League Returns

 

Last year, the Pro Football Computer Simulation League proved to be the most popularly followed part of this blog.  The 1967 Oakland Raiders defeated the 1968 Dallas Cowboys in the Simulation Super Bowl.  This year, I will feature teams for each of the existing 32 franchises.  I’ve taken teams from the era of 1981 to 2007.  This will allow me to use the actual 2008 schedule to simulate games between the teams.  Thus, 2007 rules are being used, even though teams from the 1980’s played under some different rules (such as kicking off from the 35 instead of the 30).

 

Here is a rundown on the 32 teams chosen for year II:

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys:  1992—The Cowboys went 13-3-0 in the regular season outscoring the opposition by an average of 25.6 to 15.2.  They beat Philadelphia 34-10 and San Francisco 30-20 in the NFC Playoffs, and then demolished Buffalo 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII.  Emmitt Smith rushed for more than 1,700 yards.  Troy Aikman threw for 3,445 yards and 23 touchdowns with a 63.8% completion average.  Jim Jeffcoat and Tony Tolbert combined for 19 QB Sacks, and Kelvin Martin returned two punts to the house.

 

New York Giants: 1986—The Giants finished the season with a 14-2-0 mark, averaging 23.2 points per game and giving up 14.8.  In the playoffs, the Giants disposed of San Francisco 49-3, Washington 17-0, and Denver 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI.  Phil Sims threw for close to 3,500 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he did suffer from 22 interceptions.  Joe Morris topped 1,500 yards rushing, and Marc Bavaro proved to be the top possession receiving tight end with 66 receptions for 1,001 yards.  Lawrence Taylor was at the height of his career, leading the NFL with 20.5 sacks, and the Giants led the league with 59 total sacks.  The Giants benefited from a +15 turnover margin.

 

Philadelphia Eagles: 2004—The Eagles posted a 13-3-0 record and had an average scoring margin of 24.1 to 16.3.  They defeated Minnesota 27-14 and Atlanta 27-10 to advance to Super Bowl XXXIX, where the fell to the New England Patriots 24-21.  Donovan McNabb had his best year with a 104.7 passer rating (64.0%, 3875 yards, 31 TD, 8 Int.).  Terrell Owens caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards, while Brian Westbrook caught 73 passes and rushed for 812 yards.  Litto Sheppard picked off five enemy passes, returning two for touchdowns.

 

Washington Redskins: 1991—The Redskins were clearly the class of 1991, finishing 14-2-0.  They outscored opponents by an average of 30.3 to 14.0.  The ‘Skins cruised to the world championship by knocking off Atlanta 24-7, Detroit 41-10, and Denver 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI.  The real star of the offense was the offensive line.  “The Hogs” allowed just nine sacks all year, while opening up running holes that allowed the backs to average 128 yards per game.  Mark Rypien got ample time to pass the ball, and he completed 59.1% of his passes for 3,564 yards.  Unlike today’s short passing preference, Rypien was a vertical passer.  He produced more than 14 yards per completion.  Earnest Byner topped 1,000 yards on the ground, while the Redskin defense gave up just 84 rushing yards per game and produced 50 sacks and 27 interceptions.

 

NFC North

Chicago Bears: 1985—This team was the most dominating of any team until last year’s Patriots.  The Bears overpowered their way to a 15-1-0 record, averaging 28.5 points to 12.4 for the opposition.  Walter Payton led the Bears’ offense by rushing for 1,551 yards and nine touchdowns and catching 49 passes for two more scores.  Jim McMahon threw for just 150 yards per game, but the Bears controlled the clock.  Willie Gault averaged better than 21 yards per reception, often catching long bombs when defenses cheated up to stop the run.  Defensively, the Bears were the first team to use the “46 defense,” and opposing backs found the going tough trying to run against it.  The Bears gave up only 82 rushing yards per game, and the pass rush was just as strong, as the group recorded 64 sacks.

 

Detroit Lions: 1991—The Lions won the NFC Central Division with a 12-4-0 record (their best since 1962).  They averaged 21.2 points per game while yielding 18.4 (they were outscored 130-34 in their four losses).  Barry Sanders rushed for 1,548 yards and 16 touchdowns.  When he had a good game, the Lions won, and when he didn’t, the Lions lost.  The passing game was not that strong as quarterbacks Erik Kramer and Rodney Peete combined for 185 passing yards per game with 16 touchdowns versus 17 interceptions.  Mel Gray was a return weapon, leading the NFL in kick return average and finishing second in punt return average.  Ray Crockett and Terry Taylor combined for 10 interceptions.

 

Green Bay Packers: 1996—The Packers became Titletown USA again in 1996 winning the title.  The Pack finished 13-3-0, outscoring opponents by an average of 28.5 to 13.1.  Green Bay topped San Francisco 35-14, Carolina 30-13, and New England 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI.  Brett Favre was brilliant that year as he threw 39 touchdown passes against only 13 interceptions.  Eight different players caught over 20 passes, and it was hard for defenses to key on any one.  The running game featured Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens combining for 1,465 yards and a 4.3 per carry average.  Defensively, the Packers gave up less than 260 yards per game, and they were strong against both the run and pass.  Eugene Robinson intercepted six passes, while Doug Evans and LeRoy Butler combined for five each.  Desmond Howard was a game-breaking punt returner with three punt return touchdowns.

 

Minnesota Vikings: 1998—The Vikings finished the season with an NFL best 15-1-0 record, averaging 34.8 points per game to 18.5 for the opposition.  In the playoffs, The Vikings knocked off Arizona 41-21, but they were upset by Atlanta 30-27 in overtime in the NFC Championship Game.  Minnesota’s offense was top-flight with an excellent running attack and a superior passing attack.  Randall Cunningham had his career season, finishing first in the NFL with a 106.0 passer rating.  He teamed up with rookie Randy Moss 17 times for touchdowns, while hitting Cris Carter a dozen times for scores.  The dynamic duo finished with 147 catches for 2,324 yards.  Robert Smith ran for 1,187 yards, so defenses had to respect the run.  The Vikings gave up 317 yards per game, so the defense was adequate but not spectacular.  The kicking game was the best in the league.  Mitch Berger averaged 44.7 yards per punt, while Gary Anderson connected on all 59 of his PATs and all 35 of his field goal attempts (the only time any kicker has ever done this!)  However, he did miss one FGA in the playoffs, and it was the most important kick all year—it would have put them in the Super Bowl.

 

NFC Central

Atlanta Falcons: 1998—The Falcons posted the best ever record for a team that did not clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  Their 14-2-0 record was overshadowed by the Vikings 15-1 mark.  Atlanta outscored their opposition by an average of 27.6 to 18.1.  In the playoffs, Atlanta bested San Francisco 20-18 and then pulled off the huge upset over the Vikings 30-27 in OT.  They fell to Denver 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.  Journeyman quarterback Chris Chandler enjoyed his career season, finishing with a QB rating over 100.  He had more room to spot receivers because defenses had to concentrate on stopping the best running back in the NFC.  Jamal Anderson rushed 410 times for 1,846 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Terance Mathis and Tony Martin both topped 1,000 yards in receptions.  The defense was tough to run against, and they yielded just 75 yards per game.  The Falcons gave up almost 240 yards through the air, but that was because opponents had to pass the ball much more than normal.

 

Carolina Panthers: 1996—The Panthers pulled off a major surprise by finishing 12-4-0 and winning the NFC Western Division in just their second year of existence.  Carolina averaged 22.9 points per game and yielded just 13.6 points per game.  Carolina downed Dallas 26-17 before losing to Green Bay 30-13 in the NFC Championship Game.  Kerry Collins and Steve Beuerlein shared quarterbacking duties, combining for 3,333 yards and 22 touchdowns.  Wesley Walls, Mark Carrier, Willie Green, and Muhsin Muhammad shared the load at wide receiver, while Anthony Johnson carried the pig for 1,120 yards and six scores.  The Panthers were a QB sacking machine, as Kevin Greene and Lamar Lathon combined for 28 of the 60 sacks.

 

New Orleans Saints: 1987—The Saints had their best ever record in the strike year of 1987, winning 12 and losing 3 games.  New Orleans averaged 28.1 points per game and surrendered 18.9.  They lost in the first round of the playoffs to Minnesota 44-10.  The Saints went 10-2 in the 12 games played with their regulars, and quarterback Bobby Hebert completed 56% of his passes for 2,119 in those dozen games.  Ruben Mayes rushed for 917 yards (1,200+ if prorated to 16 games), while Dalton Hilliard added over 500 yards.  Eric Martin caught 47 passes for 778 yards and seven scores, while John Tice only caught 16 passes, but six went for scores.  Rickey Jackson and Pat Swilling teamed for 19 sacks in a dozen games.  The Saints picked off two passes per game.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2002—Tampa Bay enjoyed its best year in 2002, finishing 12-4-0 and outscoring opponents by an average of 21.6 to 12.3.  The Bucs went all the way in the playoffs, beating San Francisco 31-6, Philadelphia 27-10, and Oakland 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.  Brad Johnson passed for more than 3,000 yards and had 22 touchdowns against just six interceptions.   Mike Alstott and Michael Pittman teamed up in the backfield for a terrific inside/outside running threat.  KeyShawn Johnson was the primary receiver, but he had help from Keenan McCardell and Joe Jurevicius.  The defense held 11 of the 16 opponents to 17 points or less, yielding just over 250 total yards per game.  Kicker Martin Grammatica had a strong and accurate leg, as he connected on five field goals of 50 yards or better.

 

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: 1998—Since moving to the desert, this is the only Cardinals team to post a winning record and make the playoffs.  ‘Zona went 9-7-0 and qualified as a wildcard team.  In the playoffs, the Cards upset Dallas 20-7 before losing to Minnesota 41-21 in the second round.  Quarterback Jake “The Snake” Plummer led the offense, passing for 3,737 yards and 17 touchdowns.  Frank Sanders and Rob Moore caught 156 of those passes for 2,127 yards.  Adrian Murrell paced the offense with 1,042 rushing yards.  Kwamie Lassiter picked off eight passes, while Ronald McKinnon intercepted five more.

 

St. Louis Rams: 1999—The Rams began their offensive run known as “The Greatest Show on Turf” in 1999.  They finished 13-3-0 and sewed up home field advantage in the NFC.  The Rams averaged 32.9 points per game and yielded 15.1 points per game.  In the playoffs, St. Louis beat Minnesota 49-37, Tampa Bay 11-6, and Tennessee 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV.  Kurt Warner came from nowhere to replace the injured Trent Green, and all he did was pass for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns while earning the league’s MVP award.  Marshall Faulk was just as deserving of the MVP, as he rushed for 1,381 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 87 passes for 1,048 yards and five more touchdowns.  Az Hakim returned a punt for a touchdown, while Tony Horne took by two kickoffs for scores.  The Rams led the NFC with 57 sacks and Kevin Carter led the entire league with 17 sacks.  The Rams pass defense accounted for seven touchdowns in interception returns.

 

San Francisco 49ers: 1984—The 49ers won their second world championship in 1984 and almost went undefeated.  The 15-1-0 record was five games better than the second place Rams.  Frisco averaged 29.7 points per game and gave up 14.2.  In the playoffs, San Francisco defeated the Giants 21-10, Chicago 23-0, and Miami 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX.  Joe Montana directed the West Coast Offense with great results.  He completed 65% of his passes for 3,630 yards and 28 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions.  Running backs Wendell Tyler and Roger Craig were great dual threats.  They combined to catch 99 passes for 905 yards and rushed for a combined 1,911 yards at a 4.8 yard per carry average.  Dwight Clark, Freddie Solomon, and Earl Cooper were fantastic receivers and former world class sprinter Renaldo Nehemiah provided a deep threat in relief.  The defense was solid from front to back.  While they didn’t shine at any one part, they also had no weaknesses either.

 

Seattle Seahawks: 2005—The Seahawks won the NFC Championship and finished with a 13-3-0 record in 2005.  They averaged 28.3 points to 16.9 for the opposition.  In the playoffs, Seattle beat Washington 20-10 and Carolina 34-14.  They lost to Pittsburgh 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.  Matt Hasselebeck was a master of the West Coast Offense, as he passed for 3,459 yards while completing 65.5%.  Shaun Alexander was a major force carrying the ball as he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns.  Bobby Engram, Joe Jurevicius, and Jerramy Stevens were the main receiving threats, all of them catching 45 or more passes.  The offense turned the ball over only 17 times all season.  The defense was more of a bend but don’t break unit, but only one team scored over 28 points on them.

 

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: 1990—The Bills came within a missed short field goal of winning the World Championship in 1990.  They finished 13-3-0 and outscored opponents by an average of 26.8 to 16.4.  In the playoffs, the Bills beat Miami 44-34 and the Raiders 51-3 before losing Super Bowl XXV to the Giants 20-19.  Jim Kelly led the wide open offense by passing for 2,829 yards and 24 touchdowns against just nine interceptions.  Andre Reed was his main receiver, and he caught 71 passes.  Thurman Thomas rushed for 1,297 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.  Bruce Smith paced the defense with 19 sacks, and the defense forced 35 turnovers.

 

Miami Dolphins: 1984—The Dolphins possessed a nearly unstoppable offense in 1984.  That offense propelled the team to a 14-2-0 record.  The team averaged 32.1 points and gave up 18.6 points per game.  In the playoffs, Miami beat Seattle 31-10 and Pittsburgh 45-28.  They fell to the 49ers 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX.  Dan Marino passed for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns, which smashed the prior records.  Mark Clayton and Mark Duper were magnificent; both caught more than 70 passes for a combined 2,700 yards.  Clayton scored 18 touchdowns.  Woody Bennett, Tony Nathan, and Joe Carter were the running backs by committee, combining for 1,659 yards at a 4.6 yard average.  When the offense was finally stopped, Reggie Roby was the best punter in the AFC, finishing with a net punting average of 38.1 yards.  The defense was nothing like the past Dolphin teams, and this team got by on offense. 

 

New England Patriots: 2007—Last year, the Patriots did the unimaginable in running the table, finishing 16-0-0.  Most of those 16 wins were not close, as the Pats finished with an average scoring margin of 36.2 to 17.1.  In the playoffs, New England beat Jacksonville 31-20 and San Diego 21-12 before losing Super Bowl XLII in a big upset to the Giants 17-14.  Tom Brady had a once-in-a-lifetime season finishing with 4,806 passing yards for 50 touchdowns.  His QB Rating was 117.2.  On the receiving end of most of those passes were Wes Welker and Randy Moss, who combined for 210 catches for 2,668 yards and 31 touchdowns.  Laurence Maroney rushed for 835 yards when New England actually needed to run the ball.  The defense dumper opposing quarterbacks 47 times, and Asante Samuel picked off six passes, taking back one for a score.

 

New York Jets: 1998—The Jets last won the AFC East outright in 1998, finishing with a 12-4-0 record.  They averaged 26.0 points per game and surrendered 16.6.  In the playoffs, they beat Jacksonville 34-24 before losing to eventual Super Bowl Champ Denver 23-10 in the AFC Championship Game.  Vinny Testaverde passed for 3,256 yards and 29 scores with just seven picks.  Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet both topped 1,000 yards in receptions and 75 catches.  Curtis Martin was a tough back running for 1,287 yards.  The Jets’ best defense was their ball-control offense.  The defense was not on the field all that much.  When it was, the secondary was brutal against opponents’ passing games.

 

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: 2000—The Ravens were very one-dimensional in 2000.  That dimension was a defense that made offensive coordinators around the league cringe when they attempted to find a weakness that wasn’t there.  The Ravens won their last seven regular season games to finish 12-4-0.  They only averaged 20.8 points per game, but they yielded a paltry 10.3 points per game.  The Ravens were a wildcard, and they began their playoff run by beating Denver 21-3.  They then went on the road and defeated Tennessee 24-10 and Oakland 16-3.  They finished it off with a 34-7 blowout of the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.  Tony Banks began the season at quarterback, but an injury forced Trent Dilfer into action.  Dilfer started the last eight games and completed 59% of his passes for 1,502 yards.  Tight end Shannon Sharpe was the top receiving threat, catching 67 passes for 810 yards, while rookie Jamal Lewis paced the team with 1,364 rushing yards.  The defense rivaled that of any team in modern history.  They gave up just 60 rushing yards per game and recovered 26 fumbles.  Teams were forced to pass, pass, pass to move the ball, yet the Ravens gave up only 198 passing yards per game.

 

Cincinnati Bengals: 1981—The Bengals won their first AFC title in 1981, finishing with a 12-4-0 record.  Cinti averaged 26.3 points per game and surrendered 19.0.  In the playoffs, The Bengals bested Buffalo 28-21 and then downed San Diego 27-7 in a game played in even colder weather than the Ice Bowl in Green Bay in 1967.  In Super Bowl XVI, San Francisco edged them 26-21.  Ken Anderson led the NFL in QB Rating (3,754 passing yards, 29 TD/10 Int.).  Dan Ross and Chris Collinsworth teamed for 138 receptions and 1,919 yards.  Bruising back Pete Johnson steamrollered over opponents on the way to 1,077 rushing yards and a dozen scores.  He was almost automatic from the two yard line.  The defense was good but not great at stopping the run and a little better against the pass. 

 

Cleveland Browns: 1987—The Browns went 10-5-0 in the strike year of 1987.  They won the AFC Central and narrowly missed out on their first Super Bowl berth.  The Browns averaged 26.0 points per game and yielded 15.9.  They topped Indianapolis 38-21 to advance to the AFC Championship Game.  They trailed Denver 38-31 late in the game, when back Ernest Byner took a handoff from the Bronco eight and rambled toward the goal line for the tying score, forcing overtime.  At the two yard line, Bronco defensive back Jeremiah Castille realized he couldn’t tackle Byner, so he swept at the ball.  Byner fumbled, and Denver recovered to win 38-33.  It was the second consecutive year the Broncos pulled out a squeaker over the Browns in the final minute.  Bernie Kosar directed the offense and passed for more than 250 yards a game.  Byner and Kevin Mack teamed at running back to gain a combined 97 rushing yards per game, as well as seven combined receptions for another 65 yards.  Webster Slaughter, Brian Brennan, and Ozzie Newsome were the starting receivers, and the trio combined for 10 receptions and 149 yards per game.  Defensively, the Browns were tough to run against and average against the pass.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers: 2005—The Steelers won their fifth title in 2005.  They won four fewer games than they had in 2004, but the 11-5-0 was good enough to tie for first in the division.  They averaged 24.3 points and yielded 16.1 points per game.  In the playoffs, the Steelers defeated Cincinnati 31-17, Indianapolis 21-18, Denver 34-17, and Seattle 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.   Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for just 2,385 yards (he missed a game) and 17 touchdowns.  Willie Parker took over the principle rushing duties and ran for 1,202 yards.  Jerome Bettis came in to the game in short yardage situations and scored nine touchdowns.  Hines Ward was the key receiver, nabbing 69 passes for 975 yards and 11 scores.  The Steeler defense surrendered just 85 running yards per game, and they recovered 15 fumbles.  They were a little more generous against the pass, but they had a fairly good pass rush. 

 

AFC South

Houston Texans: 2007—2007 marked the first year the Texans finished at .500, finishing the season at 8-8-0.  The Texans averaged 23.7 points per game and gave up 24.0.  Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels gave the Texans their best ever production from the quarterback position, combining for 3,925 passing yards and 24 touchdowns.  Kevin Walter, Owen Daniels, and Andre Johnson all caught 60 or more passes for a combined 15 touchdowns.  Ron Dayne was the leading rusher, but he only gained 773 yards in the 13 games he played.  The defense gave up 344 yards per game, and that’s why the Texans missed out on their first winning season.

 

Indianapolis Colts: 2005—The Colts finally won it all in Indianapolis in 2006, but the 2005 team was clearly better.  They finished 14-2-0 and outscored opponents by an average of 27.4 to 15.4 points per game.  In the playoffs, the Colts were upset by the Steelers 21-18.  Peyton Manning passed for 3,747 yards and 28 touchdowns and completed better than 67% of his passes.  Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison both topped 80 receptions and 1,000 yards.  Edgerrin James rushed for 1,506 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis recorded 11.5 and 11 QB sacks respectively, as the Colts made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars: 1999—The Jaguars went 14-2-0 in 1999, losing both regular season games to Tennessee.  The Jags averaged 24.8 points per game to 13.6 for the opposition.  In the playoffs, Jacksonville blew Miami off the field 62-7, but they fell for third time to the Titans, losing 33-14 in the AFC Championship Game.  Quarterback Mark Brunell topped 3,000 yards passing and completed 59% of his passes.  James Stewart and Fred Taylor teamed up to give the Jags an excellent tandem at running back, combining for 1,663 yards and 19 touchdowns.  Jimmy Smith led the NFL with 116 catches for 1,636 yards, while Keenan McCardell caught 78 passes for 891 yards.  The defense sacked opposing quarterbacks 57 times, with Tony Brackens, Kevin Hardy, and Gary Walker all reaching double digits in sacks.

 

Tennessee Titans: 2000—The Titans actually had a better team a year after their Super Bowl appearance, finishing with an NFL best 13-3-0 record.  Tennessee averaged just 21.6 points per game but yielded only 11.9 points per game.  Tennessee controlled their playoff game with Baltimore for three quarters until a bevy of mistakes allowed the Ravens to win 24-10.  Steve McNair tossed for 2,847 yards and 15 scores, while completing 63% of his passes.  Frank Wycheck was the top receiver from his tight end/h-back position, catching 70 passes.  Derrick Mason added 63 more receptions, while running back Eddie George caught 50.  George ran for 1,509 yards and scored 16 total touchdowns.  The defense was brutal against the run, giving up 87 rushing yards.  Teams had to pass to beat the Titans, but they only yielded 173 passing yards per game.  Their 238 total yards allowed per game actually bettered the mark set by Baltimore’s great defense.

 

AFC West

Denver Broncos: 1998—1998 was one of the best years in NFL history with several teams having great years.  The Broncos were the best of the best that year, finishing 14-2-0 and taking their second consecutive title.  Denver averaged 31.3 points per game to 19.3 for their opponents.  In the playoffs, they defeated Miami 38-3, the Jets 23-10 and Atlanta 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.  John Elway played his last season and missed three games.  In the 13 games he played in, he completed 59% of his passes for 216 yards per game.  Rod Smith caught 86 passes for 1,222 yards, while Shannon Sharpe and Ed McCaffrey both caught 64 balls and both totaled 10 touchdowns.  The real star of the offense was running back Terrell Davis, who ran for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns.  As if that wasn’t enough offense, kicker Jason Elam tied the all-time record with a 63-yard field goal en route to a better than 85% field goal accuracy.  The defense was overshadowed by an offense that was impossible to stop, but they held opposing running games to just 80 rushing yards per game. 

 

Kansas City Chiefs: 2003—The Chiefs finished 13-3-0 in 2003, averaging 30.3 points per game to 20.8 for the opposition.  They fell to Indianapolis in the playoffs 38-31.  Trent Green topped 4,000 yards passing and 24 touchdowns.  Five players topped 40 receptions.  Priest Holmes was part of the quintet, and he also rushed for 1,420 yards and an amazing 27 touchdowns.  Dante Hall was the finest return man that year, finishing with a 16.3 punt return average and two touchdowns and a 25.9 kick return average and two more touchdowns.  The Chiefs couldn’t stop the enemy attack, giving up 147 rushing yards per game and 226 passing yards per game.  Jerome Woods returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

 

Oakland Raiders: 2000—The 2000 Raiders won the AFC West for the first time in 10 years, finishing 12-4-0.  The silver and black outscored their opposition by an average of 29.9 to 18.7.  In the playoffs, shut out Miami 27-0 before losing to Baltimore 16-3 in the AFC Championship Game.  Rich Gannon passed for 3,430 yards and 28 touchdowns on a 60% completion average.  Tim Brown was the key receiver, grabbing 76 passes for 1,128 yards and 11 scores.  Tyrone Wheatley topped 1,000 yards rushing, while backup Napolean Kaufman actually led the NFL with a 5.4 yard rushing average.  The defense allowed less than 100 rushing yards per game, but they gave up almost 250 passing yards per game.  Eric Allen and William Thomas both intercepted six passes.

 

San Diego Chargers: 2006—The Chargers were the class of the NFL during the 2006 regular season, finishing 14-2-0.  They averaged 30.8 points per game and gave up 18.9 points per game.  San Diego fell in the first round of the playoffs to New England 24-21.  The offense relied on running back LaDainian Tomlinson who rushed for 1,815 yards and 28 touchdowns.  Backup Michael Turner rushed for another 502 yards at a 6.3 average, as the Chargers rushed for 161 yards per game.  Quarterback Phillip Rivers passed for 3,388 yards and 22 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.  LT attempted three passes on option pass plays and completed two of them for touchdowns.  The receiving corps featured Antonio Gates and Eric Parker, who combined for 119 receptions.  The defense recorded 61 sacks with Shawne Merriman picking up 17 and Shaun Phillips adding 11.5. 

 

Week One Results

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

84 SF

7

10

10

0

 

27

98 Ari

0

0

7

7

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SF

Stat

Ari

 

 

 

 

20

FD

15

 

 

 

 

31-126

Rush-Yds

31-79

 

 

 

 

231

Pass Yds

182

 

 

 

 

19-29-0

Passes

15-28-1

 

 

 

 

1-7

Sacks

2-14

 

 

 

 

3-42.7

Punt

5-41.6

 

 

 

 

2-17

PR

1-6

 

 

 

 

5-43

Pen

4-35

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

61

Play

61

 

 

 

 

350

Tot Yds

247

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

98 Atl

0

3

14

10

 

27

91 Det

7

7

0

7

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atl

Stat

Det

 

 

 

 

19

FD

17

 

 

 

 

34-142

Rush-Yds

36-156

 

 

 

 

189

Pass Yds

161

 

 

 

 

15-28-1

Passes

16-31-2

 

 

 

 

0

Sacks

1-6

 

 

 

 

5-42

Punt

6-39.7

 

 

 

 

2-21

PR

1-14

 

 

 

 

2-10

Pen

4-25

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

62

Play

68

 

 

 

 

331

Tot Yds

311

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

00 Bal

6

0

7

7

 

20

81 Cin

0

10

0

0

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bal

Stat

Cin

 

 

 

 

16

FD

14

 

 

 

 

30-109

Rush-Yds

32-113

 

 

 

 

144

Pass Yds

133

 

 

 

 

13-28-0

Passes

14-27-1

 

 

 

 

1-8

Sacks

3-16

 

 

 

 

6-41.3

Punt

5-40.6

 

 

 

 

2-17

PR

3-28

 

 

 

 

7-60

Pen

4-37

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

59

Play

62

 

 

 

 

245

Tot Yds

230

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

90 Buf

7

3

0

7

 

17

05 Sea

7

10

7

0

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buf

Stat

Sea

 

 

 

 

16

FD

19

 

 

 

 

30-98

Rush-Yds

30-113

 

 

 

 

211

Pass Yds

203

 

 

 

 

17-32-1

Passes

15-26-0

 

 

 

 

2-13

Sacks

1-7

 

 

 

 

4-41

Punt

4-41.5

 

 

 

 

0-0

PR

2-18

 

 

 

 

4-30

Pen

7-60

 

 

 

 

2-1

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

64

Play

57

 

 

 

 

296

Tot Yds

309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

06 SD

0

0

14

0

 

14

96 Car

10

7

7

7

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SD

Stat

Car

 

 

 

 

16

FD

20

 

 

 

 

30-130

Rush-Yds

36-129

 

 

 

 

188

Pass Yds

247

 

 

 

 

16-29-2

Passes

16-27-0

 

 

 

 

3-22

Sacks

0-0

 

 

 

 

4-43

Punt

2-43

 

 

 

 

1-9

PR

2-41

 

 

 

 

5-42

Pen

4-30

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

62

Play

63

 

 

 

 

296

Tot Yds

376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

05 Ind

3

14

0

0

 

17

85 Chi

0

6

7

7

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ind

Stat

Chi

 

 

 

 

17

FD

17

 

 

 

 

30-96

Rush-Yds

32-138

 

 

 

 

208

Pass Yds

175

 

 

 

 

18-33-2

Passes

13-26-0

 

 

 

 

2-18

Sacks

1-6

 

 

 

 

5-41.4

Punt

5-44.2

 

 

 

 

2-17

PR

3-36

 

 

 

 

4-30

Pen

6-50

 

 

 

 

2-1

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

65

Play

59

 

 

 

 

286

Tot Yds

307

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

87 Cle

3

3

10

0

 

16

92 Dal

14

7

7

0

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cle

Stat

Dal

 

 

 

 

16

FD

21

 

 

 

 

30-89

Rush-Yds

34-141

 

 

 

 

190

Pass Yds

213

 

 

 

 

18-33-0

Passes

16-28-0

 

 

 

 

2-15

Sacks

1-7

 

 

 

 

3-42

Punt

4-41.5

 

 

 

 

2-14

PR

1-11

 

 

 

 

6-35

Pen

2-15

 

 

 

 

1-1

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

65

Play

63

 

 

 

 

264

Tot Yds

347

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

00 Oak

7

7

0

7

 

21

98 Den

7

14

14

0

 

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oak

Stat

Den

 

 

 

 

17

FD

23

 

 

 

 

30-104

Rush-Yds

42-211

 

 

 

 

266

Pass Yds

185

 

 

 

 

17-35-1

Passes

13-22-0

 

 

 

 

1-9

Sacks

0-0

 

 

 

 

5-44.8

Punt

2-39.5

 

 

 

 

0-0

PR

3-37

 

 

 

 

5-40

Pen

3-15

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

66

Play

64

 

 

 

 

361

Tot Yds

396

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

96 GB

14

10

3

7

 

34

98 Min

7

7

6

0

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GB

Stat

Min

 

 

 

 

20

FD

18

 

 

 

 

31-126

Rush-Yds

24-97

 

 

 

 

209

Pass Yds

311

 

 

 

 

15-27-1

Passes

24-43-2

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

2-17

 

 

 

 

1-42

Punt

3-40

 

 

 

 

1-8

PR

0-0

 

 

 

 

2-15

Pen

3-24

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

0-0

 

 

 

 

58

Play

69

 

 

 

 

335

Tot Yds

391

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

05 Pit

7

7

7

0

0

21

07 Hou

0

7

0

14

3

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pit

Stat

Hou

 

 

 

 

15

FD

17

 

 

 

 

32-110

Rush-Yds

33-97

 

 

 

 

194

Pass Yds

251

 

 

 

 

19-37-1

Passes

19-35-2

 

 

 

 

1-7

Sacks

3-16

 

 

 

 

5-42.4

Punt

5-42.2

 

 

 

 

2-24

PR

4-19

 

 

 

 

5-32

Pen

4-35

 

 

 

 

1-1

Fum

2-0

 

 

 

 

70

Play

71

 

 

 

 

297

Tot Yds

332

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

00 Ten

0

3

7

3

 

13

99 Jac

0

7

0

7

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten

Stat

Jac

 

 

 

 

13

FD

15

 

 

 

 

33-111

Rush-Yds

32-103

 

 

 

 

149

Pass Yds

178

 

 

 

 

13-26-1

Passes

17-32-1

 

 

 

 

2-17

Sacks

4-25

 

 

 

 

6-43.3

Punt

6-41.7

 

 

 

 

3-42

PR

2-17

 

 

 

 

5-44

Pen

4-30

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

2-0

 

 

 

 

61

Play

68

 

 

 

 

243

Tot Yds

256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

07 NE

14

17

7

7

 

45

03 KC

0

7

13

0

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NE

Stat

KC

 

 

 

 

28

FD

20

 

 

 

 

36-142

Rush-Yds

29-100

 

 

 

 

306

Pass Yds

189

 

 

 

 

18-26-0

Passes

19-36-2

 

 

 

 

1-7

Sacks

3-22

 

 

 

 

0-0

Punt

4-38.8

 

 

 

 

1-24

PR

0-0

 

 

 

 

3-15

Pen

4-32

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

63

Play

68

 

 

 

 

441

Tot Yds

267

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

84 Mia

6

10

3

3

 

22

98 NYJ

7

10

7

3

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mia

Stat

NYJ

 

 

 

 

18

FD

17

 

 

 

 

23-72

Rush-Yds

34-129

 

 

 

 

321

Pass Yds

188

 

 

 

 

27-44-1

Passes

15-24-0

 

 

 

 

2-16

Sacks

0-0

 

 

 

 

2-43.5

Punt

2-38.5

 

 

 

 

0-0

PR

1-17

 

 

 

 

2-17

Pen

1-6

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

69

Play

58

 

 

 

 

377

Tot Yds

317

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

87 NO

7

6

3

0

 

16

02 TB

0

14

7

6

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO

Stat

TB

 

 

 

 

16

FD

19

 

 

 

 

28-85

Rush-Yds

31-117

 

 

 

 

142

Pass Yds

180

 

 

 

 

15-27-1

Passes

16-29-0

 

 

 

 

3-17

Sacks

2-14

 

 

 

 

3-42

Punt

3-41.3

 

 

 

 

1-8

PR

1-11

 

 

 

 

5-52

Pen

3-20

 

 

 

 

1-1

Fum

2-0

 

 

 

 

58

Play

62

 

 

 

 

210

Tot Yds

283

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

86 NYG

7

7

6

0

 

20

91 Was

3

14

0

0

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYG

Stat

Was

 

 

 

 

17

FD

15

 

 

 

 

39-160

Rush-Yds

35-113

 

 

 

 

147

Pass Yds

184

 

 

 

 

13-24-0

Passes

15-27-1

 

 

 

 

1-5

Sacks

4-31

 

 

 

 

4-42

Punt

6-41.8

 

 

 

 

3-82

PR

1-9

 

 

 

 

4-26

Pen

5-35

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

64

Play

66

 

 

 

 

302

Tot Yds

266

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

04 Phi

7

14

0

7

 

28

99 Stl

10

14

7

6

 

37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phi

Stat

Stl

 

 

 

 

20

FD

23

 

 

 

 

35-136

Rush-Yds

26-107

 

 

 

 

194

Pass Yds

302

 

 

 

 

17-28-1

Passes

18-29-0

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

2-14

 

 

 

 

2-39.5

Punt

0-0

 

 

 

 

0-0

PR

1-8

 

 

 

 

4-25

Pen

5-34

 

 

 

 

1-1

Fum

2-0

 

 

 

 

63

Play

0

 

 

 

 

330

Tot Yds

395

 

 

 

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