What a first three weeks for the National Football League’s current campaign. There have been plenty of stunning comebacks, plenty of big plays from all three aspects of the game and one incredible offensive performance (or bad defense, depending on your perspective).
Week 4 begins on Thursday night at Lambeau Field and ends Monday night at MetLife Stadium with a battle between a pair of clubs that reached the playoffs in 2022. As usual, here are some fascinating numbers in regard to this week’s action.
It doesn’t bode well for the Broncos, Vikings, Bears and Panthers. In the long history of the NFL, there have been only six instances in which a team rallied from a 0-3 start to reach the postseason. The 1981 Jets, 1982 Buccaneers, 1992 Chargers (0-4), 1995 Lions, 1998 Bills and 2018 Texans all went to the playoffs after stumbling out of the gate. Of course, now each team plays 17 games, so stay tuned.
The Cleveland Browns are one of those eight teams that finished in last place in 2022, looking to rebound and reach the playoffs. That happened four times a year ago. As for Kevin Stefanski’s team, a revamped defensive line has been the catalyst for a strong start. In three games, the Browns have given up a total of 491 yards and just one offensive touchdown. Cleveland’s offense has had two turnovers returned for TDs.
In 2021, Kyle Shanahan’s team swept the Los Angeles Rams during the regular season but then fell in the NFC title game. Since then, the 49ers have had their way with their NFC West rivals and that includes a postseason win over Seattle. The Niners have won eight straight games over the Rams (3), Seahawks (3) and Cardinals (2) by a combined 250-112 score. Shanahan’s unbeaten club hosts Arizona on Sunday.
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Three weeks into this NFL season, there are 150 players with at least one full sack. This list is led by Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt (6.0), Minnesota’s Danielle Hunter (5.0), Cleveland’s Myles Garrett (4.5), Dallas’ Micah Parsons (4.0) and New England’s Matt Judon (4.0). Bears’ defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is on the list with one sack. Unfortunately for Chicago, it’s the lone quarterback trap for Matt Eberflus’ winless club.
This was a popular number for the Miami Dolphins last week against the Denver Broncos. A total of 10 times Mike McDaniel’s club reached the end zone and kicker Jason Sanders added the PAT. Miami’s 70-20 win over Denver has been much discussed. The bigger topic for McDaniel’s team this week is winning at Orchard Park. Including last year’s wild card clash, the Dolphins have dropped seven straight at Buffalo.