Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Jan 2010

NYTimes: Titan Chasing a Rare Mark That Matters

Mike Tanier on why nobody cares about stat milestones in the NFL. (Free registration required.)

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 01 Jan 2010

6 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2010, 4:02pm by Jim Glass

Comments

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by andrew :: Fri, 01/01/2010 - 7:25pm

There are some that seem to hold some water....

Brett Favre's consecutive games started stat seemed to be worth repeated mention every time he plays, even long before he surpassed Jim Marshall (or Jeff Feagles, when that happens).

Beyond that, the only one i can think of that matters is "superbowl wins" as a stat...

spam filter still hyperactive. posting piecemeal (blocks post, so highlight last 75% and cut, post first 25%, it goes through, then edit, add what's in clipboard, post, blocked, go back and take out last 75%, repeat till it all gets through. This one took 7 edits. One of my earlier long ones took 20

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by Scott C :: Sat, 01/02/2010 - 5:31pm

I have tried to post about 6 different times in the last couple days, but gave up on trying to make it work.

The spam filter is completely broken right now.

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by zlionsfan :: Sun, 01/03/2010 - 3:42pm

I'd have to disagree with Mr. Tanier on one point: the style of play in baseball has most certainly changed over the years, in some cases dramatically. (Dead-ball era, pre-WWII, Gibson era, Henderson era, current era ...)

But yes, the schedule hasn't expanded nearly as much as it has in football, so season-length records are kind of comparable (even though the last time I saw a record book, MLB separated 154-game records and 162-game records if the 162-game record was better).

Same problem with the filter: had to attempt multiple times. I reported it.

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by DeltaWhiskey :: Mon, 01/04/2010 - 7:52am

Extrapolating Namath's 4,007 yds to a 16 game season results in 4,579 yds. being the equivalent target. Utilizing P-P-R.com's Player Season Finder, 15 QB seasons by 11 different QBs have achieved this mark.

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by Eddo :: Mon, 01/04/2010 - 1:03pm

In my opinion, Johnson's breaking of Faulk's yards-from-scrimmage record is more impressive than his hitting 2,000 yards rushing.

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by Jim Glass (not verified) :: Mon, 01/04/2010 - 4:02pm

Arguably the NFL's greatest record -- John Unitas' TD passes in 47 straight games, nobody else has come close even decades after all the passing rules were loosened up, the closest thing to DiMaggio's hitting streak which baseball fans revere -- isn't even mentioned.