Welcome to Statistically (in)Significant, the place to find great stats that probably only matter at the water cooler (or bar). Each week I'll dig through the stats of the week gone by and deliver you some choice conversation starters.
The Raiders set a record on Sunday, committing 23 penalties for 200 yards. It took a herculean effort by Derek Carr (and almost all of OT) to put up such numbers. Carr put up a stellar 513 passing yards and 4 TDs, an amazing 35.82 points in a standard league. The Raiders are now 6-2 and in first place in the AFC West and are getting excellent fantasy play from their wideouts, in addition to their QB. Now if only their running back committee could get some kind of clarity.
Three of the top six wideouts in week 8 are a combined 12% owned, just showing that it really can be anyone on any given Sunday. J.J. Nelson, Tyreek Hill and Kendall Wright are these three - all owned in less than 6% of Yahoo leagues. This doesn't even include Andrew Hawkins, who found the end zone twice and is owned in 0% of leagues, though he won't be a waiver option like the others. Wide Receiver points were also spread out this week, with only Amari Cooper topping 20 points, but 23 total players reaching the double digit mark.
3 Overtime Games
Sunday saw three games go in to overtime, two of them being "island" games, so everyone could experience extra football. This was fun, in the case of Dak Prescott and the Cowboys managing a drive on the opening possession that resulting in a game winning TD. It was exciting, in the case of the Raiders and Bucs, mixing penalties and passing yards and giving us a long TD to win the game with under 2 minutes remaining. Finally, it was bad - and we exported a tied football game to England, something that only they were able to manage until now.
60 Rush Yards
Aaron Rodgers lead his team in rushing on Sunday, in both attempts, 6, and yards, 60 - a career high. With Lacy out for the season, he's easily the leading active rusher on the squad for the season with 156 yards. The recent moves that the Pack have made indicate that James Starks should be close to coming back, but he was averaging just 1.8 YPC this season. Rodgers is currently averaging 45 pass attempts per game, and this isn't likely to change much this week against Indy's poor passing defense.
It took 4 games for Patriots Tom Brady to throw a touchdown completion to a wide receiver this season. Clearly struggling, Brady is only on pace for 36 touchdowns in 12 games this season. OK, OK, maybe his 73.1 completion percentage, zero INTs and 4-0 record don't say struggling per se. What can I say, the Patriots are the only truly dominant team this season and this is just nitpicking. Brady is also leading the league in yards per attempt and QB rating - the Tom Brady middle finger tour is in full effect.