NFL: 5 Fun Facts to celebrate in advance of Week 5

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Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Thomas, Tyler Eifert, Adam Thielen and the incomparable Ezekiel Elliott comprise this week's Fun Facts for NFL Week 5.

During the 1980s, the late, great actor John Ritter hosted a series of educational videos for children and young adults (“Where There’s A Will, There’s An A”), offering various methods (or tricks) for retaining sizable nuggets of important information.

Among the key lessons, young minds should condense the material into shorter periods of processing, creating more opportunities to recall the first and last bits of information.

So, taking a cue from Where There’s A Will … There’s An A, we’ve reduced the number of weekly Fun Facts to an easily digestible five items.

In other words, we’re taking a Less Is More approach to gleaning top-shelf insight for your fantasy league.

By proxy, we’re also carving out more time for joyous things outside of the fantasy realm … like the mind-blowing gaming experiences at Activision Blizzard. Enjoy!

FUN FACT #1
Nobody’s perfect … but Ezekiel Elliott has certainly flirted with invincibility, when pondering the following nuggets:

**The eminently bankable Elliott (three straight NFL rushing titles) has notched 100 total yards and/or one touchdown in 14 consecutive games (including the playoffs).

**Elliott has a similarly sublime track record versus the NFC North.

Citing his six career outings against the Bears, Lions, Vikings and Packers (this week’s opponent), Elliott owns all-world averages of 142 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns.

FUN FACT #2
Everyone in NFL Nation saw Adam Thielen’s passive-aggressive rant toward Kirk Cousins last week, even though the Vikings star didn’t specifically name his quarterback when harshly addressing the media.

No one would dispute that Cousins had a pedestrian showing against the Bears (zero TDs, just 6.47 yards per attempt) … just like few would place the Giants’ shaky defense in the same category with Chicago.

Which brings us to this week’s juicy matchup: Thielen’s a virtual lock for big numbers against the Giants, citing their porous defense (fourth-worst in surrendering TDs to opposing wideouts) and recent history.

Charting his last eight regular-season road outings against non-divisional foes, Thielen boasts superb averages of 6.8 catches, 104 yards and 0.9 touchdowns.

FUN FACT #3
History implores us to forget about Odell Beckham’s two-catch, seven-target, 20-yard clunker from last week.

Charting his last 14 games in October, dating back to 2015, Beckham has collected eight-plus targets 13 times; and for his last nine October outings (all with the Giants), Beckham stealthily averaged 6.7 catches, 103 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.

FUN FACT #4
This might be the most attractive week of Tyler Eifert’s career, or at least before the injuries started hindering his physical prowess:

**The Cardinals defense owns bottom-3 tallies in all four major categories against opposing tight ends, including dead-last with receiving yards and touchdowns allowed (six in four games — double the rest of the NFL!).

**Covering the last three seasons (2016-18), Eifert has an impressive catch-to-target rate of 74 percent.

**Cincinnati’s battered offensive line hasn’t granted quarterback Andy Dalton much extra time for targeting wide receivers. As such, this could be/should be a big week for Eifert (Arizona can’t stop anyone right now) and tailback Joe Mixon.

FUN FACT #5
Sure, Drew Brees won’t be hurling the passes on Sunday, but there’s still plenty to love with Michael Thomas at the Superdome.

Charting his five career outings against the Buccaneers, Thomas holds elite-level averages of 9.4 catches, 11.4 targets, 107 yards and 0.2 TDs.

In fact, for last year’s two-game run versus Tampa Bay, Thomas posted an absurd catch-to-target ratio of 90 percent (27 of 30 receptions).

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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