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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 NFL Historic Numbers & Statistics

Credit: Worldwide Sports Radio Network/Mark Everett Kelly

The 2019 NFL season is finally over, and the 100th anniversary of the NFL saw many teams and players produce historic numbers. 
Pittsburgh Steelers: No Player Finished with 500 Rushing Yards
The Steelers have built their legacy of six Super Bowls on an intimidating defense and a consistent running game. Since the merger, seven different Steelers ran for 1,000 yards; a mark Pittsburgh reached 22 times.  
For the second straight year, James Conner led the Steelers in rushing, finishing with 464 yards. The last time Pittsburgh failed to finish with a player recording 500 rushing yards was 1967 when Don Shy led the team with 341. 
Miami Dolphins Leading Rusher 
Ryan Fitzpatrick became the 8th QB since the merger to lead his team in rushing and the second QB to do so in 2019 (Lamar Jackson). However, Fitzpatrick finished with only 243 rushing yards. 
Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins set two records with the number. First, at 37 years & 35 days, he became the oldest player to lead his team in rushing. He surpassed Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, who led the Chiefs at 36 years & 272 days in 1996. 
Second, Fitzpatrick’s 243 rushing yards were the fewest for any team leader since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Miami became the first team not to produce a player to finish with at least 300 rushing yards over that span (the previous record was 311 rushing yards by Michael Haddix of the 1990 Green Bay Packers). Fitzpatrick finished 14 yards ahead of the NFL record since the merger, set by Ross Montgomery of the 1970 Chicago Bears. Montgomery led the Bears with 229 yards, finishing two yards ahead of Don Shy 
for the team lead (the second Don Shy reference). 

Philadelphia Eagles: 4,000-Yd Passer but Zero 500-Yd WR

The NFC East champion saw Carson Wentz became the first QB in team history to throw for 4,000 yards. 
However, Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson finished the season on IR, while Nelson Agohlar missed six of their final eight games. Jeffrey led all WR with 490 yards, helping the Eagles became the first team in NFL history to produce a 4000-yd passer without a 500-yd WR. 
Jameis Winston: Most Pick Sixes Thrown By QB in One Season
Despite becoming just the 8th player in NFL history to register 5,000 passing yards, Jameis Winston had a season filled with inconsistency.
He finished with 33 TD & 30 INT, becoming the first QB in NFL history to record a 30/30 season (the last QB to throw 30 INT was Vinny Testaverde, who threw 35 in 1988). 

Winston entered Sunday’s final game tied for most interceptions thrown returned for a TD in NFL history (6). Fittingly, Winston and the Bucs season ended with Deion Jones returning an interception 27 yards in overtime, marking the seventh time a player returned a Winston INT for a TD in 2019.
Baltimore Ravens: 3,000 Yards Rushing & Passing
Baltimore featured MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, who became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards & rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
The Ravens offense set an NFL record recording 3,296 rushing yards, breaking the record set by the 1978 New England Patriots (3,165). Jackson & company also threw for 3,225 yards, just 71 yards fewer than their total rushing. 
Christian McCaffrey: 1,000 Rushing & Receiving
McCaffrey became just the third player in NFL history to register 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. He joined Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk (1999) and Roger Craig (1985) as the only players to do so.Lamar Jackson

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