By: Michael Quinn
Cold Hard Football Facts Eagles Expert
Just a week after shocking the NFL world, the Eagles proved it wasn't a fluke. Chip Kelly's system clearly works, and he has the personnel to run it.
Despite the notion that his team needs a QB who can run a 4.5 40-time, Nick Foles has once again shown he has what it takes to lead the Eagles offense. For the second straight week he finished with only six incompletions, and has yet to throw an interception on the year.
Despite only starting in four games this year, Foles is tied for 8th place in the NFL with 16 TD's, ranking above big names like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. If the young passer were to stay on track, he'll be on pace for over 40 TD's by years end. Though it's not likely to happen, Foles looks to have a memorable year.
About a month ago I wrote an article on why Foles should be starting QB. One of the main reasons, was how often he was throwing touchdowns compared to Michael Vick. After his win in Tampa Bay, Foles was averaging a score every 6.8 completions. Well, two starts later, Foles is averaging a touchdown every 5.5 completions, surely a notable stat. When comparing that number around the league, his figures really stand out.
Peyton Manning: 7.9
Drew Brees: 9.8
Alex Smith: 20.8
Matthew Stafford: 12.0
Another key to Foles' success, has been LeSean McCoy. Whether he's flourishing or being stopped at the line, defenses must put their focus on McCoy. The five-year vet hasn't let any other rusher catch up to him this year as he leads the league with 932 yards.
This offense finally seems to be on the same page. In terms of Scoreability, Foles has helped his Eagles rise in the rankings even if just a little. They went from 16.53 YPPS (yards per point scored) to 16.4. It's a respectable stat, especially when compared to winning teams like the Bengals(16.1) and Lions(15.5).
For Bendability, or how well a team plays in situational football, the Eagles fell in the rankings despite keeping the Packers under 15 points. As of last week, the team was averaging 16.34 YPPA (Yards per point allowed) where as now they're averaging 17.0. The defense has been somewhat good keeping opponents out of the end zone, but still give up ridiculous yardage (already 4,170).
In the end, the Eagles have played surprisingly well this year. The defense hasn't been awful and the offense has managed to flourish the last few weeks. At the same time, they haven't exactly defeated some tough squads. The defense struggled against backup QB's like Mike Glennon and Scott Tolzien, and the offense has gotten plenty of breaks.
The Eagles have a divisonal home game against the Redskins coming up, and it's at this point the biggest match up of the year for them. They'll be heading into the bye-week afterwards, and need a win to grab lead of the NFC East beforehand. Considering they've lost their last 10 at home, it won't be an easy game for Chip Kelly & co. However, if his team can keep pace with the last few weeks, they should have no problem grabbing their third straight win.
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 10, the 10th week of the 2013 season. From NFL Media Services ...
- St. Louis rookie TAVON AUSTIN returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown and had receiving touchdowns of 81 and 57 yards in the Rams’ 38-8 win at Indianapolis. Austin is the first player in NFL history with a 95+ yard punt-return touchdown and two 55+ yard receiving touchdowns in the same game. No player had ever had a 95+ yard punt-return touchdown and one 55+ yard receiving touchdown in a single game.
Austin joined Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (December 12, 1965) and RANDY MOSS (November 26, 1998) as the only players age 22 or younger with three 50+ yard touchdowns in the same game.
Austin finished the game with 142 scrimmage yards (138 receiving, four rushing) and 145 punt-return yards. Austin and STEVE SMITH (December 8, 2002) are the only players in NFL history with at least 140 scrimmage yards and 140 punt-return yards in the same game.
- Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON had six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 21-19 win at Chicago. Johnson, playing in his 100th career game, has 8,740 career receiving yards, the second-most in NFL history in a player’s first 100 games. He passed RANDY MOSS (8,680) today and only trails Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH(9,019).
In his career, Johnson is averaging 87.4 receiving yards per game, the highest mark in NFL history (minimum 100 games).
With two touchdown catches today, Johnson (63) passed HERMAN MOORE (62) for the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history.
- Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 330 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 135.2 passer rating in the Broncos’ 28-20 win at San Diego. Manning has 33 touchdown passes this season, tied with TOM BRADY (2007) for the most through the first nine games of a season in NFL history. Brady set the NFL single-season record with 50 touchdown passes that year.
Manning now has eight seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes. Only BRETT FAVRE (nine) has more such seasons in NFL history.
The Broncos have scored 371 points this season, the most through the first nine games of a season in NFL history. The previous high was held by the 1950 Los Angeles Rams, who scored 358 points in their first nine games.
- Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES threw three touchdowns without an interception in the Eagles’ 27-13 win at Green Bay. Foles, who tied the NFL record with seven touchdown passes last week, joined TOM BRADY (2007) as the only players in league history with at least 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions in a two-game span in a single season.
Foles also joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. TITTLE as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw three touchdown passes in the game following a seven-touchdown performance.
This season, Foles has 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions. He joined PEYTON MANNING (20 in 2013 for Denver) and MILT PLUM (16 in 1960 for Cleveland) as the only players to start a season with at least 16 touchdown passes before throwing an interception.
- Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw for 287 yards, two touchdowns and a 134.6 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 33-10 win at Atlanta. The victory was Wilson’s 20th of his career and he is only the fifth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win at least 20 starts in his first two NFL seasons. The others to accomplish the feat are BEN ROETHLISBERGER (22), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (21), JOE FLACCO (20) and MATT RYAN (20).
The Seahawks are 9-1 for the first time in franchise history.
- Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER led the Steelers to a 23-10 win over Buffalo, his 90th career victory. Roethlisberger reached 90 career wins in his 135th start and is the fifth fastest to reach the milestone among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era. The four quarterbacks to reach 90 wins in fewer starts are TOM BRADY (115), Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (128) and TERRY BRADSHAW (129) and KEN STABLER (133).
- Arizona linebacker JOHN ABRAHAM had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Cardinals’ 27-24 win over Houston. Abraham has 127 career sacks and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (126.5) to move into 12th place in NFL history. Abraham leads all active NFL players in both sacks (127) and forced fumbles (47).
On the first play from scrimmage, Abraham sacked the quarterback and forced a fumble which was recovered by linebacker MATT SHAUGHNESSY, who returned it six yards for a touchdown.
By Adam Dobrowolski
Cold, Hard Football Facts Chief Mathletics Adviso
We kick off the Week 10 Stat Pack podcast by bullying Richie Incognito and the dismal Offensive Hogs of the Miami Dolphins.
Also, now that most teams are eight games through the season, it's time to put the money where the preseason mouth was talking.
Although there was no preseason Stat Pack podcast, there were some preseason expectations due to regression. Of note, the following were addressed:
- The rookie quarterback class (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and even Nick Foles included)
- The Colts' and Vikings' 2013 record
- The Eagles' pass defense, including its TD% and DPR
- The Bears' pass defense, including its INT return TD
- The Dolphins' Bendability
- Dez Bryant and Eric Decker's receiving numbers for 2013
To be blunt, not all the projections are living up to the billing. However, as it normally goes with the Mathletics, the majority of the predictions are well on track to being correct.
These projections go under the microscope for the mid-season Mathletics, but it's not the only projection we're doing on this week's Stat Pack. Host Adam Dobrowolski offers his six pack of teams that will be the best in the regular season's second half. This includes a pair of under .500 teams trying to make a playoff run and a quartet of contenders looking to hit a Super Bowl stride come January. Note that this doesn't project the season's end power rankings.
And, of course, there needs to be some commentary on another highly-publicized drama in the NFL: the reports claiming that Richie Incognito bullied his fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. While Dobrowolski doesn't want to get into much discussion about the accusation, he will say two things: (1) a real man doesn't need to bully (and just doesn't do it, period), and (2) the Cold, Hard Football Facts give us a telling picture of the dysfunction on the Miami O-line. Check out those facts, baby, and become a CHFF Insider while you're at it.
Onto the fun, only with this week's Stat Pack!
For those who are interested in checking out bits and pieces of this week's podcasts, every edition will include a "playlist" of sorts breaking down every segment from the podcast.
0:45 -- A factual take on Richie Incognito and the Dolphins O-line
7:00 -- Mathletics from Week 9: Midseason Report Card
16:55 -- Week 9 Big Board Highlights
21:35 -- The Six Pack Week 10 Power Rankings: Second Half's Best Teams
29:45 -- Week 10 Preview via the Intelligence Index
32:30 -- Six Pack of Top Games for Week 10
During a week with no games, the mainstream sports media is always hungry and ready to pounce on the big story. So when a white guy bullies and abuses a black guy, it's full-go.
I'm not defending what Incognito did or said, but let's be honest and consider that part of the reason this story won't go away is because it's chock full of black and white race issues.
Never mind that Incognito's teammates are defending him and not one black teammate has accused Incognito of being racist. I understand that Incognito used a racial slur, but so do rappers and that's never frowned upon by the holier-than-thou pundits.
The timing of Martin's decision to come forward along with the fact that he held onto the voicemails for so long is also highly questionable. A Boston Globe story suggests Martin might have plotted against Incognito.
Bottom line: ESPN and its partners in media crime have blown this story to the point that Brian Williams is reporting it on NBC Nightly News. And why ESPN feels the need to ask players such as Brandon Marshall about a situation he has no knowledge of is more fuel for the storyline fire.
And foolish writers online are crediting winning formulas in the NFL to a lack of hazing and bullying. Just a heads up to the writer: citing the Ravens and Giants as winning teams that don't haze is silly when their combined record in 2013 is 5-11. I'm not arguing teams should haze to win; I'm arguing that the writer's argument is veiled in nonsense.
The fact that I'm even bringing this up potentially makes me a hateful, vengeful and dare I say (shhh) racist person.
At least according to the fools.
In sickness and in health. In victory and in loss. Till death and taser do us part.
It's the classic love story. Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Boy loves Bears, girl loves Packers. Boy and Girl drink rail liquor at a sports dive bar during Monday Night Football and decide the losing team's fan deserves to be tasered. From the Chicago Tribune:
After the Bears beat the Packers 27-20, Grant and his wife, who police say had both been drinking, went outside to an alley next to the bar to smoke cigarettes. Grant tasered his wife twice in the buttocks while she filmed it with her cellphone camera.
Mayville police chief Christopher MacNeill said the woman was laughing during the first two taserings caught on video, but when Grant tasered her a third time in the thigh, this time not on video, she apparently considered that over the line. An argument ensued that led to the woman calling the police.
"You can taser me honey, but just don't taser me in the thigh. You do not touch my thigh with that taser!"
"Hey! What did I just say!? Not the the thigh, damnit!"
by Pat Imig
Cold Hard Football Facts' Video Game Historian (@patrickimig)
NFL Network rolled out it's "Randall Cunningham: A Football Life" episode on Tuesday night. What it failed to spotlight was the dominance of Cunningham in Super Tecmo Bowl as "QB Eagles"
"QB Eagles" was the most dominant video game football player this side of Bo Jackson in the original Tecmo Bowl. Why was he "QB Eagles" and not Randall Cunningham?
When Tecmo produced and released the game in 1991, Cunningham, along with Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, weren't members of the National Football League Players Association's marketing agreement. This prevented the NFLPA from licensing their likenesses.
And so, they were represented by generic names: QB Bills, QB Eagles, and QB Browns, respectively.
As far as "QB Eagles" goes, he's the most dominant and dynamic video game athlete with a generic name in the history of Nintendo football games.
So there's that.
By the way, if you missed this episode of A Footaball Life, you can watch various segments at the links below courtesy of NFL.com:
HALFWAY HOME: NFC MIDSEASON PROJECTIONS
From NFL Media Services
ARIZONA: WR LARRY FITZGERALD leads the team with 470 receiving yards and aims for his seventh career 1,000-yard season, the most in franchise history. Fitzgerald reached 800 career receptions in Week 8, becoming the youngest player in NFL history (30 years, 57 days) to accomplish the feat…Rookie RB ANDRE ELLINGTON has 43 carries for 333 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per carry. The franchise record for the highest rushing average in a season (minimum 100 carries) is 5.9 yards per carry set by John David Crow in 1960…QB CARSON PALMER has passed for 1,913 yards and is attempting to become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards with three different teams. He previously recorded 4,000-yard seasons with Cincinnati (2006 and 2007) and Oakland (2012).
ATLANTA: QB MATT RYAN is on pace to pass his own single-season club passing records for completions (450), attempts (664) and yards (4,884). Last season, Ryan set the team marks with 422 completions, 615 attempts and 4,719 yards. Ryan is on target for 30 touchdown passes, which would mark his fourth consecutive season with at least 28 touchdown passes…TE TONY GONZALEZ joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) as the only players in NFL history to record a catch in at least 200 consecutive games. Gonzalez’s current streak is now at 203 games in a row. With 44 receptions, Gonzalez needs six catches to extend his NFL-record streak to 16 consecutive seasons with 50+ receptions. Gonzalez and Rice (17) are the only two players in league history to have 15 50-catch seasons.
CAROLINA: QB CAM NEWTON, who played in his 40th career game in Week 9, is the first player in NFL history with at least 50 passing (53) and 25 rushing (26) touchdowns in his first 40 games. Newton’s 79 total touchdowns are the fourth-most by a player in his first 40 games…WR STEVE SMITH, who reached 800 career receptions this season, joined Tim Brown as the only players in league history with at least 800 catches (808) and receiving (66), rushing (two), punt-return (four) and kickoff-return (two) touchdowns…LB LUKE KUECHLY, the 2012 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, leads the NFL with 228 tackles since entering the league in 2012…DE CHARLES JOHNSON ties for second in the NFC with seven sacks and can become the first player in franchise history to record at least nine sacks in four consecutive years.
CHICAGO: WR BRANDON MARSHALL is second in the NFC with 53 receptions and is on pace for 106 catches, which would be the second-most in franchise history behind Marshall’s 118 in 2012. He has six receiving touchdowns and looks to challenge the team record of 13 held by Ken Kavanaugh (1947) and Dick Gordon (1970). Marshall (1,294) and WR ALSHON JEFFERY (1,242) are on target to become the first set of Bears to each record at least 1,200 receiving yards in the same season…RB MATT FORTÉ has rushed for 658 yards and caught 40 passes for 316 yards. Forté, who needs 26 yards to become the first Bear with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first six seasons, looks to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton as the only players in club history with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season.
DALLAS: QB TONY ROMO is on target for his fifth 4,000-yard season (4,538). Romo currently owns the only four 4,000-yard passing seasons in franchise history, including a team-record 4,903 yards last season. Romo has a 100.0 passer rating and can become the first Cowboy with two seasons with a 100+ rating. Romo and Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach are the only two in team history with one such season…WR DEZ BRYANT has eight receiving touchdowns and can challenge the team record of 15 set by Terrell Owens in 2007. TE JASON WITTEN, the franchise leader with 851 receptions, needs 547 yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the only Cowboys with 10,000 receiving yards…LB SEAN LEE can be the first Cowboy to lead the NFL in interceptions since Everson Walls in 1985.
DETROIT: WR CALVIN JOHNSON is on pace for his third consecutive 1,600-yard season (1,642) and would be the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Johnson is the only player in league annals with back-to-back 1,600-yard seasons (2011-12). Johnson has five 200-yard receiving games in his career, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most all-time…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD is on track for 5,234 passing yards, which would be the third-most in a single season in NFL history. Stafford, who had 5,038 yards in 2011, can join Drew Brees (three) as the only players to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons…RB REGGIE BUSH is on pace to become the first player in franchise history with at least 1,000 rushing yards (1,110) and 700 receiving yards (717) in the same season.
GREEN BAY: QB AARON RODGERS leads the NFC with a 108.0 passer rating and can become the first player in NFL history to post a 100+ passer rating in five consecutive seasons. Rodgers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young are the only players to record a 100+ rating in four seasons in a row…Rookie RB EDDIE LACY has rushed for 545 yards since October 1, the most in the NFL during that span. Lacy, who has 596 rushing yards in seven games, is on pace to surpass John Brockington’s franchise rookie record of 1,105 rushing yards set in 1971…WR JORDY NELSON has 716 receiving yards and looks to challenge the single-season team record of 1,497 yards set by Robert Brooks in 1995. Nelson has seven touchdowns and can become the first Packer with multiple 14+ TD-catch seasons.
MINNESOTA: RB ADRIAN PETERSON, the 2012 AP Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year, is on pace for 1,422 rush yards and 14 touchdowns. He can join LaDainian Tomlinson as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 900 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of their first seven seasons. Peterson has 12 career touchdown runs of at least 60 yards, including two in 2013, the most in NFL history…Rookie KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON leads the NFL with a 36.7 KR average, which would be the third-highest single-season mark in NFL history and the second-best by a rookie. Patterson has already returned two kickoffs for a touchdown, including a 109-yarder in Week 8, the longest kick return in NFL history and tied for the longest play all-time. No Viking has ever led the NFL in KR average.
NEW ORLEANS: QB DREW BREES is on pace for 5,344 passing yards, which would be the second-most in a season in NFL history behind the record (5,476) he set in 2011. It would mark Brees’ fourth career 5,000-yard season. Entering 2013, there have been six 5,000-yard passing seasons and Brees has three of them…TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads the NFL with 10 receiving touchdowns and is on target for 20, which would be the most by a tight end in NFL history. That total would also be the third-most in a season by any player, trailing only Randy Moss (23 in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (22 in 1987). Graham has 746 receiving yards and is on pace to set the record for the position with 1,492 yards. Graham (1,310) and Rob Gronkowski (1,327) are the only TEs in NFL history with 1,300 yards in a season.
NEW YORK: QB ELI MANNING is on pace for 4,334 passing yards, which would be the second-most in a single season in team history (Manning, 4,933 in 2011). It would also mark Manning’s fourth career 4,000-yard season. There have been five such seasons in franchise history and Manning owns three of them…WRs VICTOR CRUZ (1,354) and HAKEEM NICKS (1,042) are on pace to each record 1,000 yards in the same season for the second time (2011). Cruz and Nicks are the only duo in club annals to accomplish the feat. Cruz has 47 catches for 677 yards and four touchdowns. He is attempting to register his third consecutive season with at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Cruz owns the only two such seasons in franchise history.
PHILADELPHIA: QB NICK FOLES tied the NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes in Week 9. He completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 406 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark. Foles is the first player in NFL history to record a 158.3 passer rating and throw seven touchdowns in the same game. He also joined Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle as the only players to throw seven touchdowns without an interception in a game…RB LE SEAN MC COY leads the NFL in rushing with 777 yards and can be the first Eagle to win the rushing title since Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949…WR DE SEAN JACKSON leads the NFC with 823 receiving yards and is on pace for a team-record 1,463 yards.
ST. LOUIS: DE ROBERT QUINN leads the NFC with 10 sacks and is on pace to surpass the single-season franchise record (17) set by Kevin Carter in 1999. DE CHRIS LONG has 5.5 sacks and aims for his third consecutive 10-sack season. Quinn and Long, who each had 10+ sacks last season, can become the first duo in club history to each record at least 10 sacks in back-to-back seasons…Rookie RB ZAC STACY has rushed for 471 yards in five starts (94.2 yards per game), including 100-yard performances in Weeks 8 and 9. Over the past 20 years, Stacy and Steven Jackson (2004) are the only rookies in franchise history with consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Stacy can become the first Rams rookie to rush for at least 1,000 yards since 1993 when Jerome Bettis rushed for 1,429 yards for the Los Angeles Rams.
SAN FRANCISCO: RB FRANK GORE has rushed for 618 yards and seven touchdowns. He is on pace for his franchise-record seventh 1,000-yard season and is poised to set the club single-season record for rushing touchdowns (10) with 14…TE VERNON DAVIS (1,110) and WR ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,102) are each on pace to reach 1,100 receiving yards. Davis and Boldin would be the first set of teammates in franchise history to each record 1,100 receiving yards in the same season. Davis is on target to set team records for most receiving yards (1,110) and touchdowns (15) by a tight end…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has passed for 1,584 yards and rushed for 294 yards. He is on pace to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young as the only 49ers with at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in the same season.
SEATTLE: The Seahawks are 8-1 for the first time in franchise history…QB RUSSELL WILSON has won 19 of his first 25 career NFL starts and has posted a 99.3 passer rating. He is a perfect 12-0 at home – with a 114.5 passer rating – and can become the first quarterback to post a 16-0 home record as a starter in his first two NFL seasons to begin a career…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH is second in the league with 726 rushing yards and aims to be the first Seahawk to lead the NFL in rushing since 2005 when Shaun Alexander rushed for 1,880 yards and was named the AP Most Valuable Player…CB RICHARD SHERMAN and S EARL THOMAS are tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions. The last time a Seahawk led the NFL in interceptions was 1993, when Eugene Robinson tied for the top spot in the NFL with nine INTs.
TAMPA BAY: LB LAVONTE DAVID leads the team with 70 tackles and five sacks and is tied for second on the club with one interception. David, who led the Buccaneers with 139 tackles as a rookie in 2012, is on track to become the first player in club history with at least 100 tackles, 10 sacks and two interceptions in a season…WR VINCENT JACKSON has a team-high 634 receiving yards and is on pace to become the first player in franchise history with consecutive 1,200-yard seasons. Jackson recorded 1,384 receiving yards last year, his first season with Tampa Bay…RB DOUG MARTIN has rushed for 456 yards in six games. Martin, who had 1,454 rushing yards as a rookie in 2012, can be the third player in franchise history with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons joining James Wilder (1984-85) and Errict Rhett (1994-95).
WASHINGTON: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III, the 2012 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, is the only player in the NFL with a 90+ passer rating (92.7) and at least 1,000 rushing yards (1,072) since the start of 2012. He is on pace for 4,338 passing yards this year, which would be the most in franchise history…RB ALFRED MORRIS, who rushed for a team-record 1,613 yards as a rookie in 2012, is on pace for 1,372 yards and seeks to become the first player in club annals with 3,000 rushing yards over a two-year span…WR PIERRE GARÇON has 54 catches and is on target to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk’s team record of 106 receptions set in 1984…LB RYAN KERRIGAN is on pace for 13 sacks and would join Dexter Manley, Charles Mann and Ken Harvey as the only Redskins with 13+ sacks in a season.
HALFWAY HOME: AFC MIDSEASON PROJECTIONS
From NFL Media Services
BALTIMORE: QB JOE FLACCO aims to become the first quarterback to start a postseason game in each of his first six seasons in the Super Bowl era. Flacco, who has 2,167 passing yards, is on pace (4,334) to join VINNY TESTAVERDE(4,177 in 1996) as the only players in Ravens history to pass for 4,000 yards in a season…WR TORREY SMITH, who has a team-high 707 receiving yards, is on target (1,414) for the most receiving yards in a single-season in franchise history (MICHAEL JACKSON, 1,201 in 1996)…On defense, LB TERRELL SUGGS (nine) needs 6.5 sacks to surpass PETER BOULWARE (15 in 2001) for the most sacks in a season in club annals.
BUFFALO: Running backs FRED JACKSON (502) and C.J. SPILLER (478) can challenge to become the NFL’s first running back duo to register 1,000 rushing yards apiece in a season since the Panthers’ tandem of JONATHAN STEWART(1,133) and DE ANGELO WILLIAMS (1,117) in 2009. Jackson needs 498 rushing yards to register his second career season with 1,000 rushing yards (1,062 in 2009). Spiller aims to become the first Bills running back with consecutive 1,000 yards seasons since MARSHAWN LYNCH (2007-2008)…WR STEVIE JOHNSON, who has a team-high 423 receiving yards this season, can become the first Bills wide receiver to post four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons…DE MARIO WILLIAMS (11 sacks) can challenge Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE SMITH (19 in 1990) for the Bills’ single-season sack record.
CINCINNATI: Third-year QB ANDY DALTON is 25-16 (.610) as a starter, the highest winning percentage by a Bengals quarterback in franchise history (minimum 20 starts). Dalton has passed for 2,587 yards this season and is on pace (4,599) to surpass CARSON PALMER (4,131 in 2007) for the most passing yards in a season in Bengals history...Through Week 9, WR A.J. GREEN leads the NFL with 862 receiving yards and is on track (1,532) for the most receiving yards in a season in club annals (CHAD JOHNSON, 1,440). Green, who is in his third season, has totaled 3,269 receiving yards and can challenge to join RANDY MOSS (4,163) as the only players in NFL history to reach 4,000 receiving yards in the first three seasons of a career.
CLEVELAND: Through Week 9, tight end JORDAN CAMERON leads NFL tight ends in receptions (50) and ranks second among tight ends in receiving yards (600). Cameron can challenge Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end OZZIE NEWSOME (89 in 1983 and 1984) and KELLEN WINSLOW (89 in 2006) for the most receptions by a Browns player in a season. Cameron is also on pace (1,067) to join Winslow and Newsome as the only tight ends in Browns history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season…Second-year WR JOSH GORDON has a team-best 626 receiving yards and can challenge for the most receiving yards in a single-season in franchise history (BRAYLON EDWARDS, 1,289 in 2007).
DENVER: The Broncos (343) have the most points ever by a team through eight games and are on target (686) for the most points in a season in NFL history (New England, 589 in 2007)…Four-time MVP QB PEYTON MANNING has an NFL-best in passing yards (2,919) and touchdowns (29) this season. Manning is on pace for the most passing yards (5,838) and touchdown passes (58) in a single season in NFL history. Manning currently has the second-most career passing yards (62,406) and touchdowns passes (465) in NFL history, trailing only BRETT FAVRE (71,838 passing yards; 508 TD passes)…Newcomer WR WES WELKER (50; 100) is on pace to become the first player in NFL history with six 100-catch seasons. Welker (nine) needs six touchdown catches for the most touchdown receptions in a season in club history (ANTHONY MILLER, 14).
HOUSTON: Veteran WR ANDRE JOHNSON (three) is on pace (813; 1,626) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (four) as the only players in NFL history with four 1,500-yard seasons…First-year quarterback CASE KEENUM hopes to continue his development as an NFL quarterback. In his first two career starts, Keenum has passed for 621 yards with four touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 118 passer rating…RB ARIAN FOSTER, who has 542 rushing yards, is on pace (1,084) for his fourth consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards. Since 2010, Foster averages an NFL-best 121.3 scrimmage yards per game…On defense, Houston allows an NFL-low 273.5 yards per game through Week 9.
INDIANAPOLIS: The No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, QB ANDREW LUCK has totaled 6,219 career passing yards and is on pace (8,064) for the most passing yards in the first two seasons of a career in NFL history (CAM NEWTON, 7,920). Luck (10) has the most game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in the first two seasons of career since 1970…Second-year WR T.Y. HILTON leads the team with 533 receiving yards and is on target (1,066) to register 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the first time in his career…All-Star LB ROBERT MATHIS leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks and can challenge the league’s single-season sack record (MICHAEL STRAHAN, 22.5 in 2001).
JACKSONVILLE: QB CHAD HENNE has passed for 1,450 yards in seven games and is on target (3,107) for his second career 3,000-yard season (3,301 in 2010). Henne would become the first Jaguar to throw for 3,000 passing yards since 2009 (DAVID GARRARD, 3,597)…Third-year WR CECIL SHORTS has a team-best 565 receiving yards and can become the first Jaguars player to reach the 1,000-yard mark since 2005 (JIMMY SMITH, 1,023)…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY has a team-best 80 tackles and is on pace (160) to register 100+ tackles for the sixth consecutive season.
KANSAS CITY: The Chiefs are 9-0 for the second time in franchise history (2003)…The team record for victories in a season is 13 (1995, 1997, 2003)…Chiefs newcomer ALEX SMITH has 1,919 passing yards and can challenge to become the first Chiefs quarterback with 3,500 passing yards in a season since TRENT GREEN in 2005 (4,014)…RB JAMAAL CHARLES has rushed for 725 yards and is on target (1,288) to surpass 1,200 rushing yards for the third time in his career (1,467 in 2010; 1,509 in 2012)…On defense, LBs TAMBA HALI (nine) and JUSTIN HOUSTON (11) aim to become the first NFL duo to each register at least 15 sacks since Pro Football Hall of Famer CHRIS DOLEMAN (21) and KEITH MILLARD (18) did it with Minnesota in 1989.
MIAMI: Selected eighth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 1,977 passing yards and is on target (3,954) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO as the only quarterbacks in Dolphins history to pass for at least 3,900 yards in a season…In his first season with Miami, WR MIKE WALLACE leads the team with 480 receiving yards and aims to record his third season with 1,000 receiving yards (1,257 in 2010; 1,193 in 2011)…DE CAMERON WAKE(5.5) seeks double-digit sacks for the third time in his career (14 in 2010;15 in 2012).
NEW ENGLAND: Two-time MVP QB TOM BRADY has 2,256 passing yards and is on target (4,011) to join PEYTON MANNING (12), DREW BREES (seven), BRETT FAVRE (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (six) as the only players to have at least six seasons with 4,000 passing yards. Brady, who has a 143-41 (.777) career record, needs four wins to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (147-93, .613) for the fourth-most wins among starting quarterbacks in NFL history…DE CHANDLER JONES has 8.5 sacks in nine games this season and is on pace (15) to join Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker ANDRE TIPPETT (18.5 in 1984; 16.5 in 1985) as the only Patriots to record at least 15 sacks in a season.
NEW YORK JETS: Rookie QB GENO SMITH (1,997; 3,550) is on target for the fifth-most passing yards in a season in Jets annals. The West Virginia product needs 448 passing yards for the most passing yards by a rookie in franchise history (MARK SANCHEZ, 2,444 in 2009)…On defense, DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has a career-best eight sacks and is on pace for the third-most sacks by a Jet since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, trailing only MARK GASTINEAU (22 in 1984; 19 in 1983). LB DAVID HARRIS (68) aims to lead the team in tackles for the fifth consecutive season.
OAKLAND: Third-year QB TERRELLE PRYOR has 485 rushing yards through seven games and can challenge MICHAEL VICK (1,039 in 2006) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single-season. Pryor, who has two 100-yard rushing games this season needs one such game to tie Vick’s record (2004 and 2006) for the most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a season in league history…WR DENARIUS MOORE (513; 1,026) is on track to become the first Raider to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season since RANDY MOSS in 2005 (1,005)…On special teams, K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI (44) needs nine field goals of 50+ yards to surpass JASON HANSON (52) for the most career field goals of 50+ yards in NFL history.
PITTSBURGH: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is on target (2,330; 4,660) to break his own single-season club record of 4,328 passing yards in 2009. Roethlisberger (203) needs 10 touchdown passes to surpass Pro Football Hall of FamerTERRY BRADSHAW (212) for the most career touchdown passes in Steelers history…WR ANTONIO BROWN has 61 receptions for 701 yards and is on pace (122 receptions; 1,402 yards) for the most catches and receiving yards in a season by a Steeler…LB LA MARR WOODLEY (five) is on target (10) to become the first Steeler to register four seasons with 10+ sacks in franchise history (11.5 in 2008; 13.5 in 2009; 10 in 2010).
SAN DIEGO: QB PHILIP RIVERS has 2,473 passing yards and is on pace (4,946) to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTS (4,802 in 1981) for the most passing yards in a season in franchise history. Rivers currently has the second-most career passing yards (30,364) and touchdown passes (206) in Chargers annals, trailing only Fouts (43,040 yards, 254 TDs)…Rivers’ top target in the passing game, All-Star TE ANTONIO GATES (8,871), needs 333 receiving yards to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer CHARLIE JOINER (9,203) for the second-most career receiving yards in club history…Rookie WR KEENAN ALLEN leads NFL rookies with 527 receiving yards and can challenge for the most receiving yards by a Chargers rookie (JOHN JEFFERSON, 1,001 in 1978).
TENNESSEE: RB CHRIS JOHNSON (516; 1,032) is on track for his sixth straight season with 1,000 rushing yards. Johnson can surpass EDDIE GEORGE (five) for the most consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards in franchise history. Since entering the NFL in 2008, Johnson has an AFC-best 7,404 rushing yards…Second-year WR KENDALL WRIGHT leads the club with 502 receiving yards. Wright is on target (1,004) to become the first Titans player to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 2011 (NATE WASHINGTON, 1,023)...On defense, DT JURRELL CASEY leads the team with six sacks. Casey aims to join RAY CHILDRESS (13 in 1992) as the second defensive tackle in Oilers/Titans history to reach double-digit sacks.
THIS IS THE FIRST DRIVE OF THE GAME FOR THE RAMS DEFENSE
Chris Johnson rushes 23 yards on the first run of the game. It was Johnson's longest run of the season at that point.
Then the fun begins with three consecutive penalties!
-- Cortland Finnegan flagged five yards for holding.
-- Darian Stewart flagged 15 yards for horse collar tackle
-- Jermelle Cudjo flagged five yards for illegal hands to the face.
Followed up by ...
-- Shonn Greene touchdown run in which Titans tight end Craig Stephens was named "Lance Kendricks" twice over by Rich Gannon.
It's almost as if the Rams defense needs to commit penalties to get into a rhythm or wake up.
THIS IS THE FIRST DRIVE OF THE GAME FOR THE RAMS OFFENSE
That's Rams running back Benny Cunningham fumbling the ball when he's not even touched. Who needs Red Zone touchdowns when you can fumble it!
This is pretty much a microcosm for the Rams' existence. Just giving it away. Coughing it up.
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