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Research and Doug: A look at NFL quarterbacks

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Redskins defeated the Giants 20-14. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Every week as part of my show prep (and because I’m genuinely interested), I read through as many research notes I can find. Sometimes I research my own stats to see if there’s a statistical trend that backs up what I think I’m seeing when I watch games. Unfortunately for my time-efficiency, occasionally those stats show me nothing and I throw them out.

Here are the stats (or interesting tidbits) from the NFL and college football that I’m using on the show this week.

1) The last time the Arizona won in San Francisco, the Cardinals hosted and won the NFC Championship game. –me

2) The last two times Carson Palmer had a rushing TD, Blane Gabbert was the opposing quarterback (2012 Raiders vs. Jaguars). — Cardinals press release

3) As great as Adrian Peterson’s career has been, he’s still 7,000 yards behind Emmitt Smith on the all-time list. — Peter King MMQB

4) The Cardinals are the only team in the NFL to have 15 different players score a touchdown. — Cardinals press release

5) Ben Roethlisberger’s 456 yards passing are the most given up by any Seahawk defense in the history of the franchise. — Peter King MMQB

6) Larry Fitzgerald needs eight receptions for 1,000 in his career which he could register at home versus his hometown team. — Cardinals press release and me

7) For the fourth straight week, the Cardinals are the only team in the NFL with a top-five offense and a top-five defense. — Cardinals press release

8) Tom Brady, Blake Bortles, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins are the only quarterbacks to throw a TD pass in all 11 games. — me

9) Carson Palmer has led 29 game-winning drives, ONE ended with him rushing for a touchdown. — Cardinals press release

10) Before Monday Night Football, the only game in NFL history to end on a “kick-six” happened in Ron Wolfley’s rookie year. — Elias and me

11) Chip Kelly is the only head coach since the merger to lose two consecutive games by at least four touchdowns to teams below .500. — Elias

12) The NFL rookie with the most touchdowns is David Johnson. — Cardinals press release

13) The only player in the NFL with 70 tackles and four interceptions is Tyrann Mathieu. — Cardinals press release

14) Antonio Gates has more two-TD games (21) than any other TE in NFL history and is eighth among all receivers. — NFL press release

15) The Arizona Cardinals defense became the first team in 261 weeks (over 5 years), to hold a 49er offense without a third-down conversion. — ESPN Stats & Info

16) Despite the Cardinals scoring more points as a visitor in the history of Soldier Field, the Bears haven’t given up more than 23 points in any of their last five games. — Peter King MMQB

17) Only one player has 30 career games with 125 yards rushing is not in the Hall of Fame; Adrian Peterson. — NFL press release

18) Only three quarterbacks have ever won four NFL games in a row after their 40th birthday: Hall-of-Famer Warren Moon, soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck. — NFL press release

19) The first time in the Arians era the Cardinals were out-rushed by their opponent, they lost, but have won 23 straight when they lead in rushing since. — Cardinals press release

20) Larry Fitzgerald only needs 55 yards Sunday against the Rams to be in the top 15 all-time. — Cardinals press release and me

21) On a side note, Jerry Rice is first on the all-time receiving list, 7,000 yards ahead of second place (Terrell Owens). — Cardinals press release

22) David Johnson has as many Cardinal touchdowns in his rookie year as Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin had in theirs. — Cardinals press release

23) Tackle Greg Robinson of the Rams leads the league in holding penalties. — CBS broadcast from two weeks ago I was watching off the DVR so I looked it up to see if it was current

24) All four of Tyrann Mathieu’s 2015 interceptions have come against divisional opponents. — Cardinals press release

25) The shortest reception in J. J. Nelson’s career is 12 yards, the other eight were all for at least 19 yards. — Cardinals press release

26) Kirk Cousins has an 11-to-2 TD/INT ratio at home and a 5-to-8 ratio on the road. — ESPN Stats & Info

27) The Saints were held without a touchdown for the first time in 10 years Sunday against Houston. — ESPN Stats & Info

28) Chip Kelly blitzed more often than any game in his NFL career and Matthew Stafford completed 16-of-24 passes for 206 yards and 3 TDs against the Eagles’ blitz. — ESPN Stats & Info

29) The last time the Eagles lost back-to-back games by 4 TDs or more was 1971. –ESPN Stats & Info

30) Marcus Mariota has thrown eight TDs against the blitz and eight TDs against standard pressure, the catch is he’s only thrown one INT against the blitz while the other seven have all come versus four or fewer rushers. –ESPN Stats & Info

31) In his last 26 games prior to Sunday, Alex Smith completed three passes that traveled 30 yards downfield and completed three such passes on Sunday. –ESPN Stats & Info

32) Matt Hasselbeck completed 7 passes Sunday with the ball traveling 15 yards downfield for the first time since the Cardinals played Seattle for the first time at University of Phoenix Stadium. –ESPN Stats & Info

33) DeAndre Hopkins has more receptions in the first 11 games of a season than any under 24 year-old receiver in NFL history. –ESPN Stats & Info

34) On the last 13 passes thrown 15 yards downfield, Nick Foles has completed one pass to a Rams’ receiver, one to a Bears’ linebacker and two to a Bengals’ defensive back. –ESPN Stats & Info

35) Stats or Super Bowls? Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning both have two rings but Phillip Rivers has 40,000 passing yards faster than every QB in history except Drew Brees, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. –ESPN Stats & Info and me

36) Miami called nine running plays Sunday, fewest in franchise history. –ESPN Stats & Info

37) Roethlisberger, Peyton, Brady and Rodgers are the only active QBs with a record 22-4 in a 26-game span but if the Cardinals win in St. Louis, Carson Palmer will join them. –ESPN Stats & Info

38) Before Big Ben came to town, the last time a Seattle defense gave up three passes that traveled 30 yards in the air was 2008 to the two-headed quarterback monster of Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart. –ESPN Stats & Info

39) Jerry Rice and Randy Moss are the only two players in history with more TD receptions in their first six seasons in the NFL than Rob Gronkowski. –ESPN Stats & Info

40) When Tom Brady starts and finishes a game, he had only lost once when earning a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter before losing to Brock Osweiler and the Broncos. –ESPN Stats & Info

41) When Matt Schaub is under center, he’s thrown 20 more touchdowns than interceptions but is -7 in his TD-to-INT ratio from the shotgun. –ESPN Stats & Info