September 19, 2014




New NFL Drug Policy For 2014

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 17, 2014


Here's what the new policy looks like following some revisions. 

 

  • HGH testing has been implemented immediately for this season. Testing is expected begin by the end of September.
  • Any appeal of a positive PED test (including HGH) will go in front of a third-party neutral arbitrator. "Appeals will be processed more expeditiously" under the new policy.
  • Retroactive discipline for three specific players -- Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick and Stedman Bailey -- makes each immediately eligible to return to their respective clubs.
  • Discipline for violations of the PED policy (including HGH) will be modified.
  • A first violation will be up to six games depending on the nature of the violation:
    • - Using diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game suspension.
      - Using steroids, stimulants, HGH or other banned substances will result in a four-game suspension.
      - Attempting to manipulate a test will result in a six-game suspension.
  • A second violation will result in a 10-game suspension.
  • A third violation will result in a two-year minimum banishment.
  • Testing positive for offseason banned stimulants will not result in a PED suspension; instead, the player will be put into the substance abuse program.
  • "In cases involving discipline for violations other than positive tests (for example, a violation of law), the Commissioner will retain his current disciplinary authority."



Comebacks Highlight Two Weeks Of NFL Action

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 16, 2014


Through Week 2, comebacks have been a theme around the NFL.  

Seven times – Atlanta, Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay, Miami and Philadelphia (twice) – teams have overcome deficits of 10+ points to win through Week 2. 

The last time there were more than seven teams with comeback victories of 10+ points through Week 2 was 1987 (eight).

The seven teams that overcame deficits of 10+ points to win:

 

WEEK

WINNING TEAM

OPPONENT

DEFICIT OVERCOME

GAME RESULT

1

 Atlanta

New Orleans

13-0; 20-7

W 37-34 (OT)

1

 Arizona

San Diego

17-6

W 18-17

1

 Miami

New England

17-7; 20-10

W 33-20

1

 Philadelphia

Jacksonville

17-0

W 34-17

2

 Chicago

San Francisco

17-0

W 28-20

2

 Green Bay

New York Jets

21-3

W 31-24

2

 Philadelphia

Indianapolis

20-6

W 30-27

 

Three teams – Chicago, Green Bay and Philadelphia – won after trailing by 17+ points, the most through Week 2 since 1999.

 

INTERCONFERENCE ACTION:  With the NFL’s late-season schedule packed with division games, the September slate features many exciting interconference matchups, including eight in Week 2. 

With a 30-7 victory at Minnesota on Sunday, the New England Patriots now have a 40-9 (.816) record in interconference games, the best mark of any team in the regular-season since realignment in 2002.

The teams with the top five interconference records since 2002:

 

TEAM

RECORD

WIN PCT.

New England Patriots

40-9-0

.816

Pittsburgh Steelers

33-14-1

.698

Indianapolis Colts

32-17-0

.653

Tennessee Titans

30-19-0

.612

Baltimore Ravens

29-19-0

.604

 

Birds Flying BackOn Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals outscored the New York Giants 15-0 in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 with a 25-14 come-from-behind win. Arizona, which outscored San Diego 12-0 in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 18-17 Week 1 comeback victory, is the first team since 1982 (Green Bay) to start 2-0 after trailing entering the fourth quarter in both games and not allowing a single fourth-quarter point.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles completed the NFL’s Week 2 slate on Monday Night Football by rallying for a 30-27 win after trailing the Colts 20-6 in the third quarter.

On Kickoff Weekend, Philadelphia was down 17-0 to Jacksonville before scoring 34 second-half points to defeat the Jaguars 34-17. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to win its first two games of a season despite facing a deficit of at least 14 points in the second half in each of those games.

 

TEXANS TWO-STEPThe Houston Texans (2-0), who followed last week's 17-6 win over Washington with a 30-14 victory at Oakland this week, became only the fifth team in NFL history to start 2-0 in at least five consecutive seasons:  Dallas Cowboys (1965-73), Los Angeles Rams (1966-70), Dallas Cowboys (1975-79), Chicago Bears (1984-91) and Miami Dolphins (1994-99).

Wide receiver Andre Johnson had six catches for 74 yards in Sunday’s win to bring his career total to 12,828 receiving yards, surpassing Irving Fryar (12,785) for 15th all-time in receiving yards.

 

 



Tampa Bay-Atlanta Thursday Night Preview

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 16, 2014


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Week 3 begins on Thursday night (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET) with the ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1) hosting the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-2) in an NFC South matchup.

Last week, Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 24 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. He has 62 touchdown passes since 2012, tied for the third-most in the NFL during that span. Of Ryan’s 24 completions, wide receiver RODDY WHITE hauled in five, helping the two combine for 530 career completions, the most by any quarterback and receiver duo in the NFL since Ryan entered the league in 2008. 

Heading into Thursday’s contest at the Georgia Dome, Ryan has won 37 of 47 regular-season home starts during his career. In six home contests against Tampa Bay, he has a 5-1 record with a 100.6 passer rating. Ryan has compiled a 3-1 record in Thursday games, throwing for seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

Following a 37-34 overtime win against New Orleans on Kickoff Weekend, Atlanta lost 24-10 at Cincinnati (2-0) in Week 2. 

“It was a tough loss, but in this league it’s about bouncing back,” says Ryan. “It comes quickly for us this week. We’ll take a quick look at this game and try to make some corrections and move on. It is a good thing we’re going on Thursday.”

Meanwhile in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers look to get on track after a 19-17 loss last week to the St. Louis Rams. The Buccaneers have won two of their past three games against the Falcons and lead the all-time series between the teams 21-20.

In the last matchup (November 17, 2013), Tampa Bay wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON had 10 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 41-28 victory. Since joining Tampa Bay in 2012, Jackson’s 449 receiving yards are the most of any receiver against the Falcons. Jackson is also tied with New Orleans tight end JIMMY GRAHAM for the most receptions (28) against Atlanta during that span.

Tampa Bay’s running back tandem of DOUG MARTIN and BOBBY RAINEY also seek to continue their rushing success against Atlanta. In three career games against the Falcons, Martin has rushed for 239 yards (79.7 yards per game) and three touchdowns. In Rainey’s only career matchup against Atlanta last season, he rushed for a career-high 163 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Since realignment in 2002, no NFC South team has won division titles in consecutive seasons.

The division winners in the NFC South since 2002:

 

SEASON

DIVISION WINNER

RECORD AFTER WEEK 3

FINAL RECORD

2013

Carolina Panthers

1-2

12-4

2012

Atlanta Falcons

3-0

13-3

2011

New Orleans Saints

2-1

13-3

2010

Atlanta Falcons

2-1

13-3

2009

New Orleans Saints

3-0

13-3

2008

Carolina Panthers

2-1

12-4

2007

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2-1

9-7

2006

New Orleans Saints

3-0

10-6

2005

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3-0

11-5

2004

Atlanta Falcons

3-0

11-5

2003

Carolina Panthers

2-0*

11-5

2002

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2-1

12-4

*Bye week in Week 3

 

WEEK 3 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1)

SERIES

 

BUCCANEERS

FALCONS

THURS. RECORD

2-3

5-4

SERIES LEADER

21-20

 

STREAKS

2 of past 3

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

L. Smith: 2-2

M. Smith: 8-4

LAST WEEK

L 19-17 vs. Rams

L 24-10 at Bengals

LAST GAME

11/17/13: Flacons 28 at Buccaneers 41. Tampa Bay RB Bobby Rainey rushes for 163 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Harry Douglas has 134 receiving yards, including 80-yard TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/20/13: Falcons 31, Buccaneers 21. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan completes 20 of 26 passes for 273 yards & 3 TDs (148.4 passer rating). Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers has 2 TD catches.

BROADCAST

CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Derek Rackley (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (TB), 92 (Atl.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (TB), 226 (Atl.). 

STATS

PASSING

McCown: 38-56-362-2-3-75.1

Ryan: 55-87-63.2-4-3-88.2

RUSHING

Rainey: 26-156-6.0-0

S. Jackson: 23-98-4.3-0

RECEIVING

Evans (R): 9-86-9.6-0

J. Jones: 14-204-14.6-1

OFFENSE

298.0

438.5 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

-3

-2

DEFENSE

336.5

472.0

SACKS

3 tied: 1

---

INTs

---

McClain: 1

PUNTING

Koenen: 45.7

Bosher: 47.0

KICKING

Murray (R): 7 (4/4 PAT; 1/2 FG)

Bryant: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

 

BUCCANEERS: In last start vs. Atl. (9/26/04 with Az.), QB JOSH MC COWN had 76.9 comp. pct. (20 of 26) & 97.9 rating. Tied career-high with 2 rush TDs last week…RB DOUG MARTIN has 3 rush TDs in past 3 meetings. In past 2 vs. Atl., has rushed for 189 yards (94.5 per game). In last meeting, RB BOBBY RAINEY had career-high 163 rush yards & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). Rushed for 144 yards last week…In past 2 vs. TB, WR VINCENT JACKSON has 20 catches for 303 yards (151.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Among active players (min. 200 catches), has NFL-best 17.3 rec. avg…Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player in NFL with 150+ tackles (161), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). In last meeting, DT GERALD MC COY had career-high 3 sacks.  Has 8.5 sacks in past 10. LB MASON FOSTER had 37-yard INT-TD in last game vs. Atl. S MARK BARRON is 1 of 3 S with 100+ tackles (103), 2+ INTs & 2+ sacks since 2013… 

 

FALCONSIn 6 home starts vs. TB, QB MATT RYAN is 5-1 with 100.6 rating. In career, has won 37 of 47 home starts. In 3-1 on Thurs. with 101.7 rating (7 TDs, 0 INTs)…RB STEVEN JACKSON has rushed for 347 yards (86.8 per game) & TD in past 4 meetings. RB ANTONE SMITH had 50-yard TD run in last game vs. TB. In last home meeting, RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had career-high 2 rec. TDs…In 4 meetings, WR JULIO JONES has 19 catches for 394 yards (98.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Since 2007, WR RODDY WHITE ranks 3rd in NFL with 636 rec. & 4th with 8,598 rec. yards. WR HARRY DOUGLAS has 13 catches for 283 yards (141.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 meetings…Since 2010, S WILLIAM MOORE is only S in NFL with 3+ sacks (3.5) & 14+ INTs (14). DE OSI UMENYIORA had 2 sacks in last meeting.



Indianapolis-Philadelphia MNF Preview

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 15, 2014


MNF PREVIEW: SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)

SERIES

 

EAGLES

COLTS

MON. RECORD

28-25

23-13

SERIES LEADER

 

10-7

STREAKS

 

4 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Kelly: 0-0

Pagano: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 34-17 vs. Jaguars

L 31-24 at Broncos

LAST GAME

11/7/10: Colts 24 at Eagles 26. Philadelphia WR DeSean Jackson records 7 receptions for 109 yards, including TD reception. Eagles CB Asante Samuel has 2 INTs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/26/06: Colts 45, Eagles 21. Indianapolis RB Joseph Addai rushes for 171 yards & 4 TDs. Colts WR Reggie Wayne has 77 receiving yards, including 11-yard TD catch.

BROADCAST

ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Phi.), 92 (Ind.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Phi.), 226 (Ind.).

STATS

PASSING

Foles: 27-45-322-2  (T2C)-1-87.5

Luck: 35-53-370 (2L)-2 (T3L)-2-83.1

RUSHING

McCoy: 21-74-3.5-0

T. Richardson: 6-20-3.3-0

RECEIVING

McCoy (RB): 6-41-6.8-0

Wayne: 9 (T3L)-98-10.9-0

OFFENSE

420.0

408.0 (3C)

TAKE/GIVE

-2

-2

DEFENSE

306.0

361.0

SACKS

3 tied: 1

Walden: 1

INTs

---

---

PUNTING

Jones: 38.3

McAfee: 49.8 (3C)

KICKING

Parkey (R): 10 (T2C) (4/4 PAT, 2/2 FG)

Vinatieri: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/1 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: Last week became 1st team in NFL history to win by 17+ points (34-17) after being shut out & trailing by 17+ points at halftime (17-0)…QB Nick Foles had 138.4 rating last year on road (7 games, 5 starts), completing 122 of 180 (67.8 pct.) for 1,867 yards with 21 TDs vs. 1 INT…RB LeSean McCoy has 13 TDs (10 rush, 3 rec.) in past 13 vs. AFC. In past 2 on MNF, has 303 rush yards (151.5 per game) with TD & aims for 3rd MNF game in row with 100+ rush yards. RB Darren Sproles had career-long 49-yard TD run last week. Since 2011, leads NFL RBs with 236 rec., 1,995 rec. yards & 16 rec. TDs. In last game vs. Ind. (10/23/11 with NO), had rush TD & rec. TD. In 7 games vs. Ind. (incl. playoffs), has 7 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec., 1 KR, 1 PR)…WR Jeremy Maclin aims for 3rd road game in row with TD. Had 68-yard TD last week. In past 5 on road, WR Riley Cooper has 3 100-yard games & 6 TDs…DT Fletcher Cox had 17-yard FR-TD last week. LB Trent Cole recorded 80th career sack last week, 2nd most in team history…

COLTS: In past 5 vs. NFC, QB Andrew Luck has 1,295 pass yards & 9 total TDs (8 pass, 1 rush). Since entering NFL in 2012, leads AFC QBs with 10 rush TDs…RB Trent Richardson has 4 rush TDs in 8 career games vs. NFC…WR Reggie Wayne (1,015) needs 10 rec. to surpass Isaac Bruce (1,024) for 7th all-time. Since 2001, has NFL-best 13,664 rec. yards. In 3 career meetings, has 21 rec. for 281 yards (13.4 avg.) & 2 TDs…In past 5 vs. NFC, WR T.Y. Hilton has 25 receptions for 421 yards (16.8 avg.) & 2 TDs. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of those 5. WR Hakeem Nicks had 9-yard TD in Colts debut. In past 2 vs. Phi. (with NYG), has 193 rec. yards…S Laron Landry led team with 8 tackles last week.



Arizona Cardinals: The New Comeback Kings?

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 15, 2014


From NFL Media Services ...

  • Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller had a 102-yard kickoff-return touchdown and a 47-yard run as the Bills improved to 2-0 with a 29-10 win over Miami. He is the first player since 1973 to have a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown and 45+ yard run in the same game. Houston Oilers running back Bob Gresham had a 103-yard kickoff-return touchdown and a 52-yard run against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 23, 1973.

 

  • With the New England Patriots’ 30-7 victory at Minnesota, quarterback Tom Brady earned his 149th career win, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (148) for the third-most victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady now has a 149-46 (.764) record as a starter.

 

New England’s Bill Belichick became the sixth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins. Belichick now has a 200-106 (.654) record in the regular season.

 

  • The Arizona Cardinals outscored the New York Giants 15-0 in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 with a 25-14 come-from-behind win. Arizona, which outscored San Diego 12-0 in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 18-17 Week 1 comeback victory, is the first team since 1982 (Green Bay) to start 2-0 after trailing entering the fourth quarter in both games and not allowing a single fourth-quarter point.

 

  • Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-24 win over the New York Jets. Rodgers has 24,732 career passing yards and surpassed Pro FootballHall of Famer Bart Starr (24,718) for the second-most passing yards in franchise history. Brett Favre ranks first with 61,655 passing yards.

 

Packers wide receiver Jordsy Nelson had nine catches for 209 yards and a touchdown. Nelson’s 209 receiving yards are the most by a Packer in a non-overtime game since Billy Howton had 257 yards on October 21, 1956.

 

  • San Diego tight end Antonio Gates had seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ 30-21 victory against Seattle. Gates now has 90 career touchdown receptions and surpassed Larry Fitzgerald (87) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Andre Reed (87) and Don Maynard (88) for No. 11 all-time. He ranks second all-time amongst tight ends (Tony Gonzalez, 111).

 

  • Washington running back Alfred Morris rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 41-10 win over Jacksonville. Morris now has 3,064 rushing yards in 34 career games. He is the fastest player in franchise history to reach 3,000 rushing yards to begin his career. Larry Brown reached 3,000 rushing yards in his 41st NFL game with the Redskins.

 

  • Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-10 win at Tennessee. Bryant now has 307 catches in 61 career games. He is the fastest player in franchise history to reach 300 catches.

 

Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ win. Murray, who rushed for 118 yards on Kickoff Weekend, is the first Cowboy to rush for at least 100 yards in each of the first two games of a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith in 1999. 



September 10, 2014


New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 333 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, his 79th career 300-yard game, the second-most in NFL history (Peyton Manning, 84).

Brees has passed for 51,414 yards in his career, which ranks fifth in NFL history. With 62 passing yards against Cleveland on Sunday, Brees would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for fourth place all-time.

The players with the most career passing yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

YEARS

PASSING YARDS

Brett Favre

1991-2010

71,838

Peyton Manning*

1998-present

65,233

Dan Marino

1983-1999

61,361

John Elway

1983-1998

51,475

Drew Brees*

2001-present

51,414

*Active

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous At 50Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton completed 25 of 38 passes for 301 yards and a 98.7 passer rating last week against Baltimore. On Sunday, Dalton (11,661 passing yards in 49 career games) will play in his 50th game against Atlanta.

With 387 passing yards this week, Dalton would surpass Jay Cutler (12,047) for the fourth-most passing yards of any active quarterback through his first 50 games.

The active NFL quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their first 50 games:

 

QUARTERBACK

PASSING YARDS

Matthew Stafford

14,331

Peyton Manning

12,939

Carson Palmer

12,259

Jay Cutler

12,047

Aaron Rodgers

11,746

 

 

Andy Dalton

11,661*

*Through 49 games

 

Through 49 games, Dalton (81) already has the fourth-most touchdown passes of any active quarterback through his first 50 games.

The active NFL quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 50 games:

QUARTERBACK

TD PASSES

Peyton Manning

91

Carson Palmer

90

Matthew Stafford

88

Andy Dalton

81*

Aaron Rodgers

79

*Through 49 games

 

 



September 10, 2014


No Need To Panic: At the end of Week 2, no more than 13 teams will be able to claim a perfect 2-0 record, leaving at least 19 clubs at 1-1 or 0-2.

Since realignment in 2002, 86 of the 144 playoff teams (59.7 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including five of the eight division champions in 2013 – Carolina (NFC South), Cincinnati (AFC North), Green Bay (NFC North), Indianapolis (AFC South) and Philadelphia (NFC East).

A look at how playoff clubs in 2012 and 2013 began their seasons:

                                       2012                                                                                      2013

 

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

 

Team

After 2 games

Playoff Result

Atlanta

2-0

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

 

Carolina

0-2

Advanced to Divisional

Baltimore

1-1

Won Super Bowl XLVII

 

Cincinnati

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Cincinnati

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Denver

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII

Denver

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

Green Bay

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

Green Bay

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

Indianapolis

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Houston

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

 

Kansas City

2-0

Advanced to Wild Card

Indianapolis

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

New England

2-0

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

Minnesota

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

New Orleans

2-0

Advanced to Divisional

New England

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

 

Philadelphia

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

San Francisco

2-0

Advanced to Super Bowl XLVII

 

San Diego

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

Seattle

1-1

Advanced to Divisional

 

San Francisco

1-1

Advanced to Conf. Champ.

Washington

1-1

Advanced to Wild Card

 

Seattle

2-0

Won Super Bowl XLVIII

 

Comebacks GaloreKickoff Weekend delivered many games with teams demonstrating impressive turnarounds. Four teams – Atlanta, Arizona, Miami and Philadelphia – overcame deficits of 10+ points to win. The last time there were more than four teams with comeback victories of 10+ points in Week 1 was 2002 (five).

The four teams that overcame deficits of 10+ points to win:

 

WINNING TEAM

OPPONENT

DEFICIT OVERCOME

GAME RESULT

Atlanta

New Orleans

13-0; 20-7

W 37-34 (OT)

Arizona

San Diego

17-6

W 18-17

Miami

New England

17-7; 20-10

W 33-20

Philadelphia

Jacksonville

17-0

W 34-17

 

Interconference Action:  With the NFL’s late-season schedule packed with division games, the September slate features many exciting interconference matchups, including a Week 2 battle between quarterbacks Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles in primetime on Monday night (ESPN, 8:30 PM ET). Luck (Round 1, No. 1 overall) and Foles (Round 3, No. 88 overall) were both selected in the 2012 NFL Draft and led their teams to division titles last season.

Of the 32 games scheduled for Weeks 2 and 3, 12 will be interconference games, including eight this weekend.

The teams with the top five interconference records since realignment in 2002:

TEAM

RECORD

WIN PCT.

NEXT INTERCONFERENCE GAME

New England Patriots

39-9-0

.813

Week 2 at Minnesota

Pittsburgh Steelers

33-14-1

.698

Week 3 at Carolina

Indianapolis Colts

32-16-0

.667

Week 2 vs. Philadelphia

Tennessee Titans

30-18-0

.625

Week 2 vs. Dallas

Atlanta Falcons

29-18-1

.615

Week 2 at Cincinnati

 



September 10, 2014


From NFL Media Services ...

 

Belichick Moving Up:  On Sunday, the New England Patriots travel to Minnesota for an interconference matchup with the Vikings (CBS, 1:00 PM ET).

With a win on Sunday at Minnesota, Bill Belichick can become the sixth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 career regular-season victories.

The most career regular-season wins all-time among NFL head coaches:

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

W-L-T

WIN PCT.

Don Shula

Colts, Dolphins

328-156-6

.677

George Halas

Bears

318-148-31

.682

Tom Landry

Cowboys

250-162-6

.607

Curly Lambeau

Packers, Cardinals, Redskins

226-132-22

.631

Marty Schottenheimer

Browns, Chiefs, Redskins, Chargers

200-126-1

.613

Bill Belichick

Browns, Patriots

199-106-0

.652



Steelers-Ravens Thursday Night Preview

By Cold Hard Football Facts
September 10, 2014


Following an exciting opening weekend, Week 2 begins on Thursday night (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET) with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) traveling to take on the Baltimore Ravens (0-1).

The matchup marks the first of seven early-season Thursday Night Football broadcasts aired on CBS and simulcast on NFL Network.

Last week, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerset a team Kickoff Weekend record with 365 passing yards and improved his career record against the Browns to 18-1 (.947), the best mark of any quarterback against one team since at least 1970 (minimum 15 starts).

When the Steelers travel to Baltimore this week, Roethlisberger looks to extend his recent success on Thursdays. Since 2009, Roethlisberger ranks first in the league with 1,784 passing yards on Thursdays. Steelers tight end Heath Miller has been a reliable target for Roethlisberger on Thursdays, tallying the most receptions (34) and the seventh-most receiving yards (360) in the NFL over the past five seasons on Thursdays.

“It’s great to start this season off 1-0, and particularly 1-0 in the AFC North,” says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. “We have a short week as we push on to Baltimore. We’re going to work hard in preparation for Thursday.”

Meanwhile in Baltimore, wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had an 80-yard touchdown reception, tying for the longest of his 14-year career, in his Ravens’ debut. Smith totaled seven receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco has compiled a 3-0 home record as a starter on Thursday night. Since Flacco entered the league in 2008, the Ravens are 39-10 at M&T Bank Stadium, the second-best home record (New England, 42-6) in the NFL during that span.

The past five meetings and 10 of the past 12 regular-season games between the two AFC North division rivals have been decided by three points or fewer. In their last matchup (November 28, 2013), also aThursday Night Football pairing, Flacco connected with wide receiver Torrey Smith for six receptions, 93 yards and a touchdown in a 22-20 Ravens victory.

The career Thursday numbers for each team’s starting quarterback:

 

JOE FLACCO

 

BEN ROETHLISBERGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECORD

YARDS

TD PASSES

RATING

 

RECORD

YARDS

TD PASSES

RATING

3-2

1,345

8

86.4

 

6-3

2,513

12

101.8

 

 

WEEK 2 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-0) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (0-1)

SERIES

 

STEELERS

RAVENS

THURS. RECORD

10-13

3-4

SERIES LEADER

20-16

 

STREAKS

2 of past 3

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 9-7

Harbaugh: 6-8

LAST WEEK

W 30-27 vs. Browns

L 23-16 vs. Bengals

LAST GAME

11/28/13: Steelers 20 at Ravens 22. Baltimore WR Torrey Smith has 6 catches for 93 yards & TD. Ravens K Justin Tucker converts all 5 FG attempts.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/28/13

BROADCAST

CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Pit.), 93 (Bal.). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Pit.), 225 (Bal.). 

STATS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 23-34-365 (3L)-1-1-100.7

Flacco: 35-62-345 (3C)-1-1-71.0

RUSHING

Bell: 21-109 (2C)-5.2-1 (T2C)

Forsett: 11-70-6.4-1 (T2C)

RECEIVING

Wheaton: 6-97-16.2-0

Pitta (TE): 10 (T1L)-83-8.3-0

OFFENSE

490.0 (1C)

420.0 (2C)

TAKE/GIVE

-1

-2

DEFENSE

389.0

380.0

SACKS

3 tied: 1

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INTs

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PUNTING

Wing: 43.7

Koch: 42.3

KICKING

Suisham: 12 (3/3 PAT; 3/3 FG)

Tucker: 4 (1/1 PAT; 1/2 FG)

NOTES

STEELERSLast week, QB Ben Roethlisberger had 278 pass yards in 1st half, most of any player in 1st half of Week 1 game since 2008. Improved career record to 18-1 (.947) vs. Browns, best mark of any QB vs. 1 team since 1970 (min. 15 starts). Posted 29th career 300-yard passing game vs. Cle. (365), most in club history. Has 96-47 (.671) regular-season record as a starter, 3rd-best win pct. among active NFL QBs (min. 10 starts)…RB Le’veon Bell led NFL with 197 scrim. yards (109 rush, 88 rec.) on KO Weekend. Has rush TD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rush yards…In past 5, WR Antonio Brown has 30 catches for 512 yards (17.1 avg.) & 3 TDs, including 5 catches for team-high 116 yards (23.2 avg.) last week. WR Markus Wheaton had 6 catches vs. Cle., matching previous career total, for 97 yards (16.2 avg.). TE Heath Miller has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal… Rookie LB Ryan Shazier (No. 15 overall) became first rookie LB to start for Steelers on KO Weekend since 2001 (Kendrell Bell). LB Jason Worilds has 5 sacks in past 5…

 

RAVENS: QB Joe Flacco is 11-1 (.917) at home in September & 24-13 (.649) all-time vs. AFC North. Has won 4 of past 6 vs. Pit., passing for 1,342 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 88.6 rating in those games…RB Justin Forsett had 84 scrimmage yards in Ravens debut (70 rush, 14 rec.) & scored rush TD…WR Steve Smith Srhad 7 catches for 118 yards (16.9 avg.), including 80-yard TD catch (tied for career long). TE Dennis Pitta led team with career-high 10 catches for 83 yards last week…LB Terrell Suggs (94.5) is Raven’s all-time sack leader. Has 4.5 sacks in past 4 at home vs. Pit. Since 2013, LB Daryl Smith is 1 of 4 players in NFL with 5+ sacks & 3+ INTs…Since 2012, KR Jacoby Jones has 4 kick-return TDs (3 KR, 1 PR), tied for most in NFL.






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