Commentary

The NFL season by the numbers

Originally Published: July 21, 2010
By Adam Watson | Special to Page 2

The NFL season is almost here!

Okay, it's actually still pretty far away. But camps do open this week, so it's perfectly acceptable to start ironing those Terrible Towels and complaining about your team's schedule. And Page 2 is here to talk a little football to help you through to the season opener. In preparation for the Vikings-Saints game on September 9th, we're giving you an early look at the NFL by the numbers.

48 -- The spot where Jimmy Clausen was drafted by the Panthers this spring. I thought he kept saying he was going in the top-10? Maybe he meant rounds.

45 -- The Super Bowl that will take place on February 6, 2011. The big game will be held at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Spoiler alert: The Cowboys won't be playing in it.)

32 -- The number of games Aaron Rodgers has started since Brett Favre left Green Bay. In that time, the Packers QB has thrown for over 8,400 yards and 58 TDs. That's all while being sacked 84 times! Maybe Rodgers isn't buying his offensive line nice enough watches after every season.

31 -- The age of reigning Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees. It's been a pretty good year for the Saints QB ... except for that unfortunate Oprah birthmark incident.

27 -- That's how old Jay Cutler is. But that's not important. What is important is that he was born 27 years ago in Santa Claus, Indiana. We're not making that up. That must be why he's so giving to other teams. The Bears QB threw 26 interceptions last season. If he does that again, we have a feeling Lovie Smith will fill his locker full of coal.

25 -- Where Tim Tebow was drafted this spring by the Broncos, much to the disappointment of many of his hometown Jacksonville fans. Fun fact: the Broncos travel to take on the Jaguars in Week 1. Will the crowd cheer or boo when Tebow throws a jump-pass to win it for Denver?

19 -- Brandon Marshall's new number with the Dolphins. The troubled wide receiver was traded to Miami in April and given a record four-year, $47.5M contract extension making him the highest paid receiver in NFL history. It's unclear whether or not Marshall has decided what type of tantrum he'll be going with when Chad Henne constantly overthrows him.

13 -- The league leading number of TDs scored by a tight end last season, courtesy of Vernon Davis. See how easy it is to be productive, Vernon, when you're not getting benched?

9 -- The number of years LaDainian Tomlinson was with the San Diego Chargers. Time it took for him to get a Jets tattoo on his leg after joining the team? Less than three months. Talk about your bad ideas. Good luck negotiating that one day contract with San Diego in a few years to retire as a Charger.

8 -- Roughly how many millions of dollars Reggie Bush is slated to make this year. That's pretty good for a guy who's never rushed for more than 600 yards in a season. But he also catches passes, you say? Well last season he caught just 47, a career low. So the equation seems to be big contract + low production = Super Bowl ring. Yeah that sounds fair.

7 -- The number of fumbles Adrian Peterson had last season. This guy must get manicures with extra virgin olive oil. We were going to predict how many fumbles A.P. would have this coming season, but didn't want to deal with all the expletive-riddled comments from Viking fans. (It's going to be a lot though.)

6 -- How many interceptions Darrelle Revis recorded last season. Although to hear people talk about him (especially his agent) you'd think that number was 60.

5 -- The number of teams Drew Rosenhaus would like you to believe have interest in Terrell Owens. T.O. proved he still has talent last season snagging 55 receptions and 5 touchdowns from a terrible Bills offense led by Trent Edwards then Ryan Fitzpatrick. That doesn't mean he won't call a press conference halfway through the season to bang out situps in his driveway, but it'll be enough to get him a job for one more season.

1 -- The position that Chris Johnson will be drafted in every fantasy football league this season. The Titans RB rushed for over 2,000 yards last year. There are only 6 people in the galaxy that have accomplished that feat. More people have walked on the moon! Look it up.

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