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Fascinating Stats from Panthers' 2009 Season



This courtesy of the good statisticians at Panthers.com

http://www.panthers.com/news/article-1/2009-Postseason-Notes/660ca508-bc30-41d9-a3c4-308dc6f6a493

There are a lot more on the individual player accomplishments (see the link above), but these "Highs and Lows" for the team were what I wanted to bring to your attention.  I've bolded the ones that caught my eye -- they all pertain to the atrocious record of our Special Teams in Kickoffs and Punts, both receiving and defensively.  For us to average less than 20 yds in kickoff returns, in 3 out of the last 4 years, all under Danny Crossman, screams for his replacement.  That's a lot of field position to have to cover on every new possession after another team's score, or to start a half!

 

Panthers Highs and Lows:
• Three consecutive wins to end the season equal the second-most consecutive wins to end a season - previously accomplished in 2003. The team record is eight in 1996.
• Three consecutive losses to begin the season are the third-most consecutive losses to start a season behind the seven consecutive losses to begin 1998 and five consecutive losses to start 1995.
• Three two-point conversion attempts equal the second-most in a season - previously accomplished four times, most recently in 2003. The team record is four in 2001.
• Two successful two-point conversions equal the most in a season - previously accomplished four times, most recently in 2004.
• Two safeties equal the most in a season - previously accomplished in 1996.
• 14 first downs gained via penalty are the fewest in a season. The previous low was 17 in 2008.
• 1,023 total plays are the third-most in a season behind the 1,029 in 1995 and 1,025 in 1996.
• 5,297 total net yards are the third-most in a season behind the 5,686 in 1999 and 5,595 in 2008.
• 2,799 net yards passing are the second-fewest in a season behind the 2,694 in 2002.
• 11 fair catches equal the fewest in a season - previously accomplished twice, most recently in 2005.
• 51 kickoff returns are the second-fewest in a season behind the 50 in 1996.
• 1,015 kickoff return yards are the fewest in a season. The previous low was 1,083 in 2005.
• 19.90 kickoff return average is the third-lowest in a season behind the 19.10 average in 2007 and 19.35 average in 2006.

• 23 fumbles equal the second-fewest in a season - previously accomplished twice, most recently in 2005. The team record is 21 in 2006.
• 88 penalties are the third-fewest in a season behind the 84 in 2000 and 87 in 2001.
• 109 rushing first downs allowed are the third-most in a season behind the 115 in 1999 and 112 in 1997.
• 155 passing first downs allowed equal the second-fewest in a season - previously accomplished in 2002. The team record is 149 in 2006.
• 976 plays allowed are the fewest in a season. The previous low was 981 in 2005.
• 495 passing attempts allowed are the second-fewest in a season behind the 490 in 1997.
• 1,997 rushing yards allowed are the third-most in a season behind the 2,301 in 2001 and 2,133 in 1998.
• 4.44 average rushing gain allowed is the second-highest in a season behind the 4.56 average in 2000.
• 15 rushing touchdowns allowed are the third-most in a season behind the 19 in 2004 and 17 in 1995.
• 14 passing touchdowns allowed are the fewest in a season. The previous low was 15 in 2005.
• 193 opponent yards lost attempting to pass are the third-fewest in a season behind the 177 in 2007 and 167 in 2001.
• Opponents' 44.76 gross punting average is the third-highest in a season behind the 45.89 average in 2008 and 45.09 average in 2005.
452 punt return yards allowed are the third-most in a season behind the 579 in 2007 and 554 in 2002.
• 11.02 punt return average allowed is the third-highest in a season behind the 11.50 average in 2003 and 11.26 average in 1997.

• 51 kickoff returns allowed are the third-fewest in a season behind the 50 in 2002 and 32 in 1996.
24.84 kickoff return average allowed is the highest in season, exceeding the previous high of a 23.80 average in 2007.

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