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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stats, Some Useful - Some Meaningless

Steve Smith went over 12000 yards this week, becoming one of only
twenty two players in the league to do so historically.
That gives him a bit more Hall of Fame credability for one day in the
future, but WR candidates are very difficult to get in and Smith's TD
numbers aren't great (42nd - ten more gets him to 27 - Reggie Wayne is
at 23. Is Reggie Wayne a Hall of Famer?), but that's nothing any of us
can do anything about. Smith's knack for the deep ball (along with an
incredibly high amount of being down inside the 5, including what seems
like were half of Deangelo Williams' 20 TDs in 2008) hasn't turned into
scores as much as they could've been.

Nonetheless, the bar is set incredibly high for anyone who would ever
want to achieve what Smith has in this uniform for any receiver. I
remember 1999-2000, Muhsin Muhammad's numbers looked hard to break, but
I don't know if anyone will ever break Smith's career numbers here.
It'd be a gift to have another guy like that.

Carolina beating Miami finally gives the Panthers a win over the other
31 franchises. They were 0-4 in prior attempts. While looking at that
- their greatest # wins all time are against the Saints (19) along with
highest points scored (770), their highest winning percentage is against
Indy and San Diego (4-1). They're an awful 1-9 (+1 playoff win) against

Don't look now, but with a win against Tampa, Cam Newton and Ron Rivera
become .500 - 22/22. I haven't pulled any win/loss games for Panther QB
starters, but only John Fox has a winning record as head coach here,
.507 thanks in part to the 2-14 slide in his final year. Fox, along
with Dom Capers and George Seifert, all started out at least 7-9 in year
one, and Fox and Capers had playoff success in year two, so Rivera's
non-winning first two years looked like an early recipe for disaster,
but safe to say he's turned it around for the moment.
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