From the NFL: What to watch for in Week 8

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 29, 2011



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WHAT TO LOOK FORWEEK 8
 
2011 GAMES ARE THISCLOSE:Seven games in Week 7 were decided by seven points or fewer, four of which featured pivotal scores in the game’s waning moments. Thus far in 2011, 54 games have been decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the second-most such contests ever through the first seven weeks
 
The most games decided by seven or fewer points through Week 7 and Week 8:
 
MOST GAMES DECIDED BY
SEVEN-OR-FEWER POINTS
THROUGH WEEK 7
  MOST GAMES DECIDED BY
SEVEN-OR-FEWER POINTS
THROUGH WEEK 8
1999 55   1999 62
2011 54   1983 60
2010 54   1987 57
1983 51   1988 56
1988 50   2010 56
1982 50      
 
 
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MORE SCORES: There have been 4,629 points scored in 2011, the most through seven weeks in NFL history. The 44.9 points per game average is the highest through seven weeks since 1970.
 
Nine teams in 2011 are averaging at least 25 points per game, on pace to tie 2008 for the highest number of teams to average 25+ points per game in NFL history.
 
2011 POINTS PER GAME LEADERS POINTS PER GAME*   MOST TEAMS TO AVG. 25.0+ POINTS
PER GAME IN A SEASON
New Orleans Saints 34.1  
Green Bay Packers 32.9   2011 9*
Buffalo Bills 31.3   2008 9
New England Patriots 30.8   2009 8
San Francisco 49ers 27.8   2007 8
Detroit Lions 27.7   1975 8
Houston Texans 26.0   1967 8
Baltimore Ravens 25.8   *Through Week 7  
New York Giants 25.7      
*Through Week 7        
 
 
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HOME IS WHERE THE START IS: The Buffalo Bills will play a regular-season home game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto for the fourth consecutive year when they host the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
 
Buffalo has won its first three home games this season, bettering or matching its home win total of each of the past three seasons. With a victory in Toronto, Buffalo would become the eighth team in NFL history to win its first four home games after starting the previous season 0-4 at home.
 
TEAM WINLESS HOME START NEXT SEASON HOME START
Cleveland Browns 0-4 in 1956 6-0 in 1957*
Cincinnati Bengals 0-6 in 1987 8-0 in 1988*
Atlanta Falcons 0-4 in 1997 8-0 in 1998*
San Diego Chargers 0-5 in 2000 4-0 in 2001
Chicago Bears 0-4 in 2000 4-0 in 2001
Carolina Panthers 0-5 in 2007 8-0 in 2008*
Kansas City Chiefs 0-4 in 2009 7-0 in 2010
     
Buffalo Bills 0-4 in 2010 3-0 in 2011
*Finished the season undefeated at home
 
 
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ONES VS. ONES: In Week 8, the NFL’s top passing and rushing attacks will face their defensive counterparts. 
 
Division leaders New England and Pittsburgh own the best passing offense (NE, 350.4 net pass yards per game) and passing defense (Pit., 171.9 net pass yards allowed per game), respectively, and meet this Sunday at Heinz Field.
 
In Week 14 of 2007, the Patriots and Steelers ranked first in the same categories entering their matchup, a game that resulted in a 34-13 Patriots’ home victory.
 
Sunday Night Footballfeatures an NFC East tilt between Philadelphia’s top-rated rush offense (170 yards per game) and Dallas’ top-ranked rush defense (69.7 yards allowed per game). 
 
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GIVE ME FIVE: Minnesota Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON leads the league in rushing yards (712) and rushing touchdowns (8) this season. Peterson, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl the past three years (2008-2010), needs 38 rushing yards this weekend at Carolina to register his fifth consecutive season with at least 750 rush yards and eight touchdowns. 
 
Peterson can join Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN andEMMITT SMITH and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON as the only running backs to register 750 rushing yards and eight touchdowns or more in five consecutive seasons to start a career.
 
RUNNING BACKS WITH 750+ RUSHING YD & 8+ RUSHING TD SEASONS
PLAYER TEAM MOST CONSEC. TO BEGIN A CAREER
LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers 8 (2001-2008)
Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys 7 (1990-1996)
Jim Brown Cleveland Browns 7 (1957-1963)
     
Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings 4 (2007-2010)*
*712 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns  
 
 
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CAM CAN:2011 first-round draft choices CAM NEWTON (No. 1, Carolina) and CHRISTIAN PONDER (No. 12, Minnesota) will start at quarterback in the Vikings-Panthers game. Newton, who started opposite of rookie quarterback BLAINE GABBERT (No. 10, Jacksonville) in Week 3, will become the first rookie quarterback selected in the first round to start against two first-round quarterbacks from his class since the advent of the common draft in 1967
 
Last week, Newton passed for 256 yards with one touchdown to record his fourth 250-yard passing game. If he passes for at least 250 yards against Minnesota, Newton will become the fourth quarterback since 1960 to reach 250 passing yards in five games during his rookie campaign.
 
QUARTERBACK ROOKIE YEAR TEAM 250-YD. PASSING GAMES
Peyton Manning 1998 Indianapolis Colts 6
Sam Bradford 2010 St. Louis Rams 5
Matt Ryan 2008 Atlanta Falcons 5
       
Cam Newton 2011 Carolina Panthers 4*
*Through seven games    
 
 
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CHIEF CHANGE:The Kansas City Chiefs started the season 0-3 and have won their past three games. With a win on Monday Night Football against AFC West rival San Diego, Kansas City can become the first team since the 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers to start a season 0-3 and win its next four games.

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