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.
12 Missed Extra Points
Kickers across the league set a record yesterday, missing 12 extra point attempts in just one day. A few of them were blocked, but most of them were flat out missed. Lead by Mike Nugent and Robbie Gould who each missed two, 8 other kickers joined the fun. Even Adam Vinatieri got in on the action, finally breaking his streak, ending with 44 consecutive made field goals. Want some perspective? In 2014, the last year of the short extra points, there were 8 misses on the whole season. I suspect most defenses (and kickers) weren't even trying back then.
6 Missed Field Goals
Yes, more perspective, yes, more kickers. Across the league in week 11, kickers made 37 of 43 field goals attempted (86%), compared to the 47 of 59 (79%) on extra points. Leading the way is a guy who didn't miss a single kick all day, playing outside in the cold of Kansas City in late November. Roberto Aguayo has been sketchy most of the season but delivered 4 field goals when his team really needed it. Tampa's win on the road against the Chiefs is their best since week 1 in Atlanta. On the other side, maybe this will make Andy Reid do something to get his offense going - he can't rely on his defense to win every game.
88.40 Fantasy Points
We're finally getting good national games on a regular basis. Sunday night's Redskins - Packers game may not have been as close as the good ones last week, but it had plenty of fireworks. The game contained three of the top 5 fantasy players of the week - Rob Kelley, Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins, who combined for 88.40 points. If not for a Jared Cook fumble which instantly ruined the Packers comeback chances, there may have been even more points from Rodgers. Instead, we got a look at the backup QB.
1 Pick Six, 1 Return TD
Both the Lions and Vikings D/ST had a pair of touchdowns on Sunday afternoon. Both teams had a pick-six and a kickoff or punt returned, though the Vikings went for 100 or more yards on each of theirs. The Lions got the job done with shorter fields ahead of them. Holding on to first place, they will host the Vikings for the first Thanksgiving game coming up on Thursday. With first place at stake, I expect Matt Stafford and the Lions to do their best to shake the fact that they have trailed during the 4th quarter in every single game this season.
14 Fantasy Points
The high water mark for kickers in Week 11 so far is just 14 points, by the aforementioned Robert Aguayo. Only 4 kickers have reached double digits in fantasy points this week, though Janikowski plays tonight and always has a chance to score big points. Why did I make you read a third stat about kickers, you may be asking yourself. Well, I always try to match up a team's success to that of a fantasy position. This week, 7 of the top 8 kickers come from winning teams - three of them in games decided by less than a touchdown.