The 2013 NFL season opener would make for a good source of SAT questions.
The Baltimore Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champions. Dallas Clark, Brandon Stokley, Marlon Brown, Ricky Wagner, Chris Canty and Elvis Dumervil are Baltimore Ravens. Which of the following statements are true?
That may be the reason no defending champion has won even a playoff game since the 2005 Patriots. It’s a much different team just seven months later. Many of the key Ravens on Thursday night — Clark and Stokley combined for 22 targets — had nothing to do with the team’s 2012 season.
Meanwhile the Broncos could supply the math questions as Peyton Manning had one of the most prolific passing games with 462 yards and 7 TD. Finally a post-merger QB hit the 7 TD mark and it took an absurdly stupid play by linebacker Danny Trifflin’ Trevathan to set up the situation for it to happen.
Manning (42) and Flacco (62) combined for 104 pass attempts, which set a record for the most combined pass attempts in a non-OT game in NFL history. In fact, it’s the second-most pass attempts ever in regulation as only these overtime games had as many or more attempts:
- 11/13/1994 New England vs. Minnesota (OT) – 112 attempts (106 in regulation)
- 11/22/2012 Detroit vs. Houston (OT) – 109 attempts (90 in regulation)
- 10/18/1987 Miami vs. NY Jets (OT; replacement game) – 104 attempts (82 in regulation)
- 9/6/1998 NY Jets vs. San Francisco (OT) – 104 attempts (95 in regulation)
If we included playoff games, then the 2011 NFC Divisional between the 49ers and Saints would be second with 105 attempts in regulation. This is probably a sign of things to come.
Manning now sits comfortably in this list that shows the leaders for having the most games with a certain number of TD passes (including playoffs):
A historic opener indeed, and a good start to my “year of the Broncos” prediction.
I will no longer be doing a writing recap in my weekly predictions as I am not writing for as many sites this season (though I did appear three places this week). Instead I will do a weekly update in the archives, so be sure to check that section out. It was the reason I started this blog.
2013 NFL Week 1 Predictions
Last season I went 168-87-1 (.658). Let’s shoot for better since I’ll have even more data to crunch this season. It’s a 1-0 start as I obviously had Denver beating Baltimore.
Winners in bold:
- Buccaneers at Jets
- Patriots at Bills
- Vikings at Lions
- Raiders at Colts
- Titans at Steelers
- Chiefs at Jaguars
- Seahawks at Panthers
- Bengals at Bears
- Falcons at Saints
- Dolphins at Browns
- Packers at 49ers
- Cardinals at Rams
- Giants at Cowboys
- Eagles at Redskins
- Texans at Chargers
I am not brave enough to pick it, but do not be surprised if the Chargers give Houston all it can handle late Monday night. Also it would not shock me if the Jets win and Rex Ryan can have a “shut the frack up!” week to the media.
Be sure to enjoy Sunday Week 1 as we only get to experience a finite number of these in our lifetime.