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    Franz Kafka

    [2021] Franz's Facts: Week 12

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    Welcome to Franz's Facts THE EXTENDED EDITION!

    Your weekly home for tidbits, nuggets, statistical leaders, and the like

     

    Due to my absence last week, this will be an extended version.

     

    WEEK 12 - STAT LEADERS

     

    Passing yards

    Christian Skaggs, CAR - 340

    Thomas Wheeler, TEN - 326

    Blake Shell, DET - 309

     

    Rushing yards

    Davey Jones, BAL - 120

    Troy McCray, SF - 108

    Chad Dess, LAR - 108

     

    Receiving yards

    Jeremy Cook, DET - 110

    Rex Walsh, DET - 109

    Curtis Henry, CAR - 109

     

    Tackles

    Daquan Darcey, NYJ - 8

    Akeel Morris, CHI - 7

    Cleveland Merrill, MIN - 7

     

    Sacks

    Louis Peterson, BAL - 2.0

    Brian Glenn, SEA - 2.0

    E.J. McQuarters, CIN - 1.5

    Gabriel Beauchamp, CLE - 1.5

    Quentin Smith, PIT - 1.5

    Carlos Washington, PIT -  1.5

    Doug Carolan, DET - 1.5

    Javier Grady, DAL - 1.5

     

    Interceptions

    No players had multiple INT for the third straight week.

     

    Third Down Conversions

    ATL - 6/11

    CLE - 6/12

    LAR - 5/10

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    CHI - 3/13

    MIN - 3/14

    BUF - 3/14

     

    Penalty Yards

    KC - 15

    NYG - 20

    BAL - 25

    BUF - 25

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    LAR - 86

    MIA - 78

    LV - 81

     

    The following 2021 top 10 picks appeared in the stats this week:

    (1) Shane Easley, OLB :chargers: - 3 tackles, sack

    (2) Tanner Bowman, QB :redskins: - 24/42, 290 yards, 2 TD, INT

    (4) J.C. Weldon, WR :dolphins: - 7 catches, 100 yards, drop

    (10) DeNorris Jackson, RB :buccaneers: - 17 rushes, 65 yards, TD

     

    WEEK 12 FACTOIDS

     

    This is the fewest players with 7+ tackles we've ever had in one week.

     

    For the first time ever, an NFC team had the top two (w/ ties) individual receiving performances

    :fibur: Jeremy Cook - 110

    :fibur: Rex Walsh - 109

     

    For the first time on Franz's Facts, we have a tie for the hottest temperature.

    Tampa, FL - 82 F :sunny: - :giants: vs. :buccaneers:

    Miami Gardens, FL - 82 F :sunny: - :rams: vs. :dolphins:

     

    The lowest OL rating this week was 7.5

    :bengals::bears:

     

    Teams with a higher OL rating than their opponents were an abysmal 6-7 this week

     

    There were 11 "severe" injuries this week

    :texans: Marvin White, WR - Severe Achilles Tendonitis

    :packers: Bernard Taylor, TE - Severe Calf Pull

    :titans: Tyler Jones, DE - Severe Elbow Fracture

    :panthers: Jermaine Bishop, WR - Severe Achilles Rupture

    :vikings: Paul Goodman, OLB - Severe Quadriceps Strain

    :redskins:Ricardo Reed, RB - Severe ACL Rupture

    :jets: Marques Warner, CB - Severe Elbow Fracture

    :raiders: Jamie Shank, OG - Severe Achilles Rupture

    :chiefs: Quinn Burr, OT - Severe Elbow Sprain

    :cardinals: Butch Harper, WR - Severe Shoulder Dislocation

    :dolphins: Marion Reeder, WR - Severe Hamstring Rupture

     

     

    ZERO teams had multiple severe injuries

    Spoiler

     

     

    Home teams were 9-6 this week

     

    Of the 15 games this week, 10 were decided by one score.

     

    Teams who out-gained their opponents through the air were only 8-7 this week.

     

    Teams who had a higher 3D% were 12-3 this week

    And the three losses were by a combined 20 points 

     

    Teams who out-sacked their opponents were only 5-4 this week.

     

    Teams who outscored their opponents in the 4th quarter were 8-2 this week.

     

    Non-humanoid animal-named mascots were 6-8 this week

     

    When the final score did not have an odd/odd or even/even pairing, the even teams were only 2-7

    (and 4-12 in Week 9 and Week 12 combined)

    :ravens: 35 - 30:bengals:

    :fibur: 31 - 20:bears: 

    :redskins: 26 - 17 :vikings:

    :buccaneers: 31 - 20 :giants:

    :titans: 34 - 31 :jaguars:

    :packers: 13 - 10 :vikings:

    :49ers: 35 - 30 :jets:

    :cardinals: 27 - 16 :seahawks:

    :falcons: 27 - 20 :colts:

     

     

    When a bipedal mascot faced off against a non-biped, the bipeds were an impressive 6-0.

    This includes animals who are bipedal on the ground and were determined by mascot name.

    :ravens: 35 - 30 :bengals:

    :eagles: 31 - 27 :panthers:

    :titans: 34 - 31 :jaguars: 

    :49ers: 35 - 30 :jets:

    :chiefs: 19 - 13 :broncos:

    :falcons: 27 - 20 :colts:

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    3 minutes ago, Franz Kafka said:

     

    Non-humanoid animal-named mascots were 6-8 this week

     

    When a bipedal mascot faced off against a non-biped, the bipeds were an impressive 6-0.

    This includes animals who are bipedal on the ground and were determined by mascot name.

     

    THIS ARE THE FACTS I COME HERE FOR!

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