NFL stats that stand out entering Week 2

Here are 10 of my favorite stats one week into the 2013 NFL regular season:

LeSean McCoy is the league's only healthy starting running back who was able to run for 100 yards in Week 1. Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor did it, as did Shane Vereen of the New England Patriots. But Vereen broke his wrist and is on the short-term injured reserve. Five running backs had 100 yards in Week 1 last season, and seven hit the century mark the season before. Is this a bad omen for running backs in 2013?

The Chiefs and Buccaneers had a combined 11 sacks in Week 1. That's 20 percent of their combined total from 2012 (54).

The Cowboys had three interceptions. That's 43 percent of their total from 2012 (seven).

Unbelievably, Michael Vick is the league's sixth-highest-rated passer. Then again, EJ Manuel is ranked eighth in the same category.

In Jared Cook's debut with the St. Louis Rams, he had his first career multi-touchdown game. It was also only his third career 100-yard effort and his fourth seven-plus-catch affair. Basically, after 59 games in Tennessee, he had the best one of his career as soon as he left. He's pulling a Martellus Bennett.

In his debut with the Kansas City Chiefs, cornerback Sean Smith surrendered zero completions on four targets. Granted, that was against Blaine Gabbert. But still, you don't see that very often. Against the Jets in Week 3 last year, Smith gave up no catches on a ridiculous eight targets, making him one of only six corners to pitch a shutout on four or more targets all season. 

Jay Cutler was sacked zero times in Week 1. According to Pro Football Focus, he was pressured on only 26 percent of his dropbacks despite the fact the Bears started two rookies on the offensive line. Oh, and that came against a Bengals team that finished second in the NFL with 51 sacks last season. 

Andy Dalton was on target with 88 percent of his passes in Week 1. He completed 26 of 33 but three were dropped. Bonus stat: Believe it or not, Robert Griffin III was the sixth-most-accurate quarterback in Week 1, but his receivers dropped a league-high six passes.

That Cincinnati-Chicago game had one sack and only nine quarterback pressures. There have only been two sack-less games since the start of 2010.

Only two Week 1 games were decided by more than 10 points. Last year in Week 1, seven games had margins of 11 or more. In 2011, eight were. 

Brad Gagnon

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.

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