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Countdown to Kickoff: Stats and Facts from the NFL (Part 2)

Official release from the NFL

DIVISION TITLES UP FOR GRABS!

Unpredictable NFL?  It sure seems that way!

In the eight seasons since realignment in 2002, 29 of the 32 NFL teams have qualified for the playoffs at least once.  In that time, 26 different teams have won division titles.

"Competitive balance appears to be a very strong suit of ours at this time," says RICH MC KAY, president of the Atlanta Falcons and co-chairman of the NFL Competition Committee.  "The Saints won the Super Bowl last season, and that's the fifth team in the last 10 years to win a first-time Super Bowl for their franchise.  In 2009 we had five different division winners, and we had six different playoff participants from 2008, which we view as another indication that the competitive balance remains very strong in our league."

Following are the teams that have won their divisions and qualified for the playoffs in the seven seasons since realignment in 2002:

TEAM

PLAYOFF BERTHS

DIVISION TITLES

Indianapolis

8

6

New England

6

6

Philadelphia

6

4

San Diego

5

5

Green Bay

5

4

Pittsburgh

5

4

Seattle

5

4

New York Giants

5

2

Baltimore

4

2

Dallas

4

2

Tennessee

4

2

New York Jets

4

1

Tampa Bay

3

3

Carolina

3

2

Minnesota

3

2

Atlanta

3

1

Denver

3

1

Arizona

2

2

Chicago

2

2

Cincinnati

2

2

New Orleans

2

2

Kansas City

2

1

St. Louis

2

1

Jacksonville

2

0

Washington

2

0

Miami

1

1

Oakland

1

1

San Francisco

1

1

Cleveland

1

0

 

  

NEW LEADERSHIP ATOP DIVISIONS:  In 2009 there were five new division winners - Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, New England, and New Orleans - on the heels of the recording-tying six from 2008 (since realignment in 2002). 

 

AFC EAST

AFC NORTH

AFC SOUTH

AFC WEST

NFC EAST

NFC NORTH

NFC SOUTH

NFC WEST

2008

Miami

Pittsburgh

Tennessee

San Diego

N.Y. Giants

Minnesota

Carolina

Arizona

2009

New England

Cincinnati

Indianapolis

San Diego

Dallas

Minnesota

New Orleans

Arizona

 

  

BEST KICKOFF WEEKEND PERFORMANCES, PAST 10 YEARS
(2009 Performances in Bold & Italics) 

MOST RUSHING YARDS

YARDS

ATT

LG

TD

Michael Turner, Atlanta vs. Detroit, 9/7/08

220

22

66t

2

Duce Staley, Philadelphia vs. Dallas, 9/3/00

201

26

60

1

Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Cincinnati, 9/12/04

196

29

24t

1

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Cleveland, 9/13/09

180

25

64t

3

Chris Brown, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville, 9/9/07

175

19

42

0

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh  vs. Tennessee, 9/11/05

161

22

45

1

Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Detroit, 9/9/01

157

17

83t

2

Quentin Griffin, Denver vs. Kansas City, 9/12/04

156

23

47t

2

Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Atlanta, 9/8/02

155

27

38

0

Priest Holmes, Kansas City vs. Denver, 9/12/04

151

26

33t

3

 

MOST YARDS PASSING

YARDS

ATT

COMP

TD

INT

Kurt Warner, St. Louis vs. Denver, 9/4/00

441

35

25

3

3

Tom Brady, New England vs. Buffalo, 9/14/09

378

53

39

2

1

Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. San Francisco, 9/11/05

362

56

34

2

1

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. St. Louis, 9/7/08

361

33

21

3

0

Jeff Blake, Arizona vs. Detroit, 9/7/03

358

46

28

3

1

Vinny Testaverde, Dallas vs. Minnesota, 9/12/04

355

50

29

1

0

Tony Romo, Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants, 9/9/07

345

24

15

4

1

Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay, 9/7/08

343

32

23

3

0

Kerry Collins, N.Y. Giants vs. San Francisco, 9/5/02

342

45

28

0

3

Kurt Warner, St. Louis vs. N.Y. Giants, 9/7/03

342

54

34

1

1

 

MOST YARDS RECEIVING

YARDS

ATT

LG

TD

Anquan Boldin, Arizona vs. Detroit, 9/7/03

217

10

71t

2

Marty Booker, Chicago vs. Minnesota, 9/8/02

198

8

54

1

Randy Moss, New England vs. N.Y. Jets, 9/9/07

183

9

51t

1

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville, 9/13/09

162

10

39

1

Antwaan Randle El, Washington vs. Miami, 9/9/07

162

5

54

0

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. N.Y. Giants, 9/11/05

155

13

30

1

Laveranues Coles, N.Y. Jets vs. Tennessee, 9/10/06

153

8

41

0

Quincy Morgan, Cleveland vs. Kansas City, 9/8/02

151

9

44t

2

Randy Moss, Minnesota vs. Green Bay, 9/7/03

150

9

27

1

Shawn Jefferson, Atlanta vs. San Francisco, 9/4/00

148

7

48t

1

 

  

TOTAL MILES TRAVELED & NOTES ON 2010 TRAVEL 
(2010 preseason and regular season)

1.

San Francisco

35,219

 

17.

Philadelphia

14,696

2.

Seattle

25,192

 

18.

Minnesota

14,548

3.

Denver

24,958

 

19.

Indianapolis

14,052

4.

Oakland

23,441

 

20.

Tennessee

13,952

5.

Miami

23,025

 

21.

Carolina

11,858

6.

San Diego

22,384

 

22.

Atlanta

11,761

7.

Arizona

20,956

 

23.

Green Bay

11,213

8.

St. Louis

19,897

 

24.

Detroit

11,169

9.

Houston

19,072

 

25.

Washington

11,124

10.

Dallas

17,643

 

26.

Chicago

11,089

11.

Tampa Bay

17,083

 

27.

New York Jets

10,731

12.

Jacksonville

16,314

 

28.

Buffalo

9,715

13.

New York Giants

15,968

 

29.

Pittsburgh

9,654

14.

New Orleans

15,754

 

30.

Cleveland

9,537

15.

Kansas City

15,597

 

31.

Baltimore

8,037

16.

New England

14,723

 

32.

Cincinnati

6,688

 

  

NOTES ON 2010 NFL TRAVEL

  • The total distance traveled by all teams will be 507,050 miles.  That is 71,862 fewer miles than last year, when teams traveled a total of 578,912 miles.
  • The teams of the NFC West (101,264) have the highest combined mileage total of all divisions for the fourth consecutive season, while the AFC North (33,916) will travel the least for the second consecutive year. 
  • The remaining division totals ranking from highest to lowest are the AFC West (86,380), AFC South (63,390), NFC East (59,431), AFC East (58,194), NFC South (56,456) and NFC North (48,019).
  • The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (35,219) and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (25,192) will "travel around the world" at least once.  A trip around the globe is 25,000 miles.
  • Over the past two seasons, four teams - the 49ers (64,239), Seahawks (54,246), SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (51,012) and OAKLAND RAIDERS (50,673) - have each logged more than 50,000 miles during the preseason and regular season.