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NFL: By the numbers

Seahawks opening-game winning average, worst in the league.

By BRUCE LOWITT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 6, 2002


Seahawks opening-game winning average, worst in the league.


2001 record (113-143) of Texans' 2002 opponents, easiest strength of schedule.


Percentage of games in 2001 decided by seven or fewer points.


2001 record (131-109) of Bills' and Chargers' 2002 opponents, toughest strength of schedule.


Percentage of wins by home teams in 2001 (136 of 248).


Winning percentage of teams (86-52) the past five seasons that scored a special-teams (punt-return or kickoff-return) touchdown.


Dan Reeves' winning average (27-8) on opening day as an NFL player, assistant and head coach.


Win needed by coaches Dan Reeves (Falcons) and Mike Holmgren (Seahawks) to reach 100 apiece.


Wins the Browns need to reach 400.


Stadiums opening this year (Ford Field, Detroit; Reliant Stadium, Houston; Gillette Stadium, New England; Seahawks Stadium, Seattle). Also, touchdowns the Raiders' Jerry Rice needs to become the first player to score 200.


Wins the Bears need to reach 650; wins the Cowboys need to reach 400.


Consecutive teams that changed uniforms and made the playoffs that season (Eagles 1996; Broncos, Bucs 1997; Jets 1998; Titans 1999; Giants, Rams 2000). The Bills, Seahawks and Redskins are changing theirs this season. Also wins the Raiders need to reach 400.


Wins the Seahawks need to reach 200.


Touchdown passes the Packers' Brett Favre needs to pass John Elway's 300 and move into third-place all time.


Consecutive opening games on the road, by Arizona, which plays its first game at Washington. Also: receptions the Raiders' Tim Brown to move past Andre Reed's 951 into third place all-time.


New NFL stadiums opened since 1992.


Shoe size of Cardinals guard Leonard Davis and Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.


Consecutive wins on the road, most of any team, by 49ers (1988-90). Rams enter the season with nine in a row starting with the final road game of 2000.


Height, in inches, of the Vince Lombardi Trophy that goes to the Super Bowl champion.


Games between the Broncos and Raiders decided by three points or fewer. Runners-up: 20 apiece by Bears-Vikings and Broncos-Chiefs.


Previous times since 1920 the NFL has played season openers on other than a Sunday (Thursday, 1; Friday, 14; Saturday, 15).; Also: Years since the Miami Dolphins perfect season (17-0 including the 14-7 Super Bowl victory over the Redskins).


Years since the "Immaculate Reception," Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw's pass that bounced off teammate Frenchy Fuqua and/or Jack Tatum of the Raiders and deflected to Franco Harris, who took it 60 yards for the Steelers' 13-7 win in an AFC Division playoff. Referee Fred Swearingen ruled Tatum had touched it. The Raiders said he hadn't, which, under NFL rules, would have nullified Harris' catch.


Seasons (out of 43) the Jets have opened on the road. They're at Buffalo this time.


Languages in which NFL games are broadcast.


Years since the "Ice Bowl," when the Packers beat the Cowboys 21-17 in the coldest-ever NFL game (temperature: minus-13; wind-chill: minus-48).


Receptions the Raiders' Jerry Rice needs to become the first player to make 1,400 career catches.


Years for the Chiefs in Kansas City. They began as the AFL Dallas Texans in 1960, shared the city with the NFL expansion Cowboys in 1962 and moved to Kansas City in 1963.


Average combined points scored in a Bengals-Titans game. Runner-up: 49.6 points in Jets-Dolphins game.


Receptions the Raiders' Tim Brown needs to join Jerry Rice and Cris Carter with 1,000 career catches.


Year anniversary of the Redskins, born the Boston Braves in 1932. Renamed Redskins in 1933 and moved to Washington in 1937.


Combined points (the record for an opening game) scored by the Eagles and Redskins in 1947. Philadelphia won 45-42.


Consecutive starts by Green Bay's Brett Favre, most by a quarterback since 1970. Second: 116 by Ron Jaworski.


Yards receiving in one game the Raiders' Jerry Rice needs to tie Lance Alworth's record five 200-plus-yard games in a career.


Countries to which NFL games are televised.


Yards from scrimmage the Raiders' Jerry Rice needs to pass Walter Payton's record 2,264 gained.


Consecutive games by the 49ers without being shut out, an NFL record. Runner-up: Vikings, 172.


Rushing yards the Cowboys' Emmitt Smith needs to pass Walter Payton's record 16,726.

1,965 and 406

Yards passing and rushing Steve McNair of the Titans needs to become the fifth NFL quarterback to pass for 18,000 yards and rush for 3,000, joining Randall Cunningham, John Elway, Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young.


Preseason and regular-season miles the Bengals will fly, fewest in the league.


Preseason and regular-season miles the Redskins will fly, most in the league.

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