Thursday, January 5, 2012
AFC North 2011 records and milestones
By Jamison Hensley
Here's a recap of the records and milestones for the AFC North teams, which comes courtesy of the NFL:
- Club qualified for the postseason for the third time under head coach Marvin Lewis (2005, 2009).
- Team won three games in which it trailed by at least 10 points at halftime, tied for the most such wins in a season in NFL history.
- Quarterback Andy Dalton finished in the top five among rookies all-time with 20 touchdown passes (tied for fourth) and 3,398 passing yards (fifth).
- Wide receiver A.J. Green recorded 1,057 receiving yards, the most by a rookie in team history. His 65 receptions were the second-most by a Bengals rookie (Cris Collinsworth , 67 in 1981).
- Dalton and Green became the first rookie quarterback-wide receiver duo in NFL history with 3,000+ passing yards and 1,000+ receiving yards.
- Running back Cedric Benson (4,176) became the fifth Bengals running back to reach 4,000 career rushing yards.
- Won the AFC North title for the first time since 2006 and secured a first-round bye.
- Team went undefeated against the AFC North for the first time.
- Posted a perfect 8-0 record at home in 2011.
- Running back Ray Rice recorded an NFL-best 2,068 scrimmage yards and became the first Raven ever to have at least 1,700 scrimmage yards in three consecutive seasons.
- Rice rushed for 204 yards in Week 13 and joined Priest Holmes (227 on November 22, 1998) and Jamal Lewis (295 on September 14, 2003; 205 on December 21, 2003) as the only players in franchise history to rush for 200 yards in a game.
- Tied a franchise record with nine sacks in a Week 12 victory over San Francisco.
- Team qualified for the postseason for the seventh time since realignment in 2002. Club has 33 postseason victories, tied with Dallas for the most in NFL history.
- Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had 4,077 passing yards and has recorded the only two 4,000-yard seasons in franchise history.
- Running back Rashard Mendenhall (29) surpassed Hall of Famer Franco Harris (28) for the most rushing touchdowns in the first four seasons of a career in franchise history. Hebecame the eighth player in Steelers history with at least 25 rushing touchdowns.
- Wide receiver Hines Ward became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 career receptions.
- Mike Tomlin became the sixth head coach to win at least nine games in each of his first five seasons since 1970.
- Tomlin joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Noll (193), Bill Cowher (149) and Raymond "Buddy" Parker (51) as the only head coaches in franchise history to reach 50 regular-season wins.