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Cold, Hard Football Facts for Nov 08, 2012



We’ve Got Your Numbers: A Matter of Facts (Week 10, 2012)

By Russell S. Baxter

Cold Hard Football Facts' Fact-Faction Leader

We’re now officially at the halfway point of the season as every team has played at least eight games in 2012.

But a look at this week’s card sees a plenty of divisional meetings, as well as some reunions between old teammates and former coaches.

And while one team strives for perfections, we maybe, just may be looking at a Super Bowl preview Sunday night in the Windy City.

Things are just beginning to get interesting around here…

Thursday Night, Nov. 8

Indianapolis (5-3) at Jacksonville (1-7): Consider the fact that the Colts, winners of two games all of last season, are currently on a three-game winning streak. Now consider that Mike Mularkey’s club, losers of five games in a row, have one victory to their name in 2012 and it came at Indianapolis. In fact, the Jaguars have taken three straight in this series but that was with traditional Colts nemesis Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield. And Jacksonville has now totaled 17 points or less in 18-of-24 games dating back to the start of last season. Ouch!...

Sunday, Nov. 11

Atlanta (8-0) at New Orleans (3-5): Eight down and eight to go for the Falcons, who scored only one touchdown on Sunday night but that and four Matt Bryant field goals were enough to hold off the Cowboys. This week, Mike Smith’s team heads to the Big Easy to face a team that has been anything but for Atlanta, who has dropped 10-of-12 to the Saints dating back to Drew Brees’ arrival in New Orleans. In those dozen meetings, the prolific signal-caller has thrown for 300-plus yards eight times, as well as 26 scores and only 11 interceptions. Intriguing indeed…

Buffalo (3-5) at New England (5-3): Chan Gailey’s team returned from its off week and found out that their offense didn’t make the trip to Houston, limited to three field goals in a 21-9 loss. The Patriots have had two weeks to savor that 45-7 win over the Rams in London and now take aim at a Buffalo team that they have outscored a combined 101-49 in the last two meetings, including a 52-28 win six weeks ago in which Bill Belichick’s club owned a 21-7 third-quarter lead. And the Bills have lost 11 straight games at Foxborough dating back to 2001…

Dallas (3-5) at Philadelphia (3-5): Talk about mirror images (with a few cracks)? Both the Cowboys and Eagles have identical records this season and both are 11-13 since the start of 2011. Tony Romo has committed 15 turnovers, throwing a league-high 13 interceptions, while much-maligned Michael Vick has done him one less, giving up the ball 14 times this season. Dallas’ run defense is just 15th in the NFL, while Philadelphia is 16th in the same category. Jason Garrett’s team has allowed 181 points while Andy Reid’s club has given up 183. Must I go on?...

Denver (5-3) at Carolina (2-6): Three is the magic number in Denver these days as John Fox’s club has won three straight and quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown exactly three touchdown passes in five consecutive games. The Panthers won for the first time since Week 2 as they stifled the Redskins in Washington. Manning (419) needs one touchdown pass to tie Dan Marino for second place on the NFL’s all-time list  and one rushing touchdown to tie Cam Newton’s career total of 18 (in just 24 games) in this clash between former number-one overall picks…

Detroit (4-4) at Minnesota (5-4): Six weeks ago, the Vikings snapped an 11-game losing streak to divisional opponents by taking advantage of the Lions’ porous special teams. These days, it is Minnesota’s defense that could use some help as Leslie Frazier’s club has allowed 30 or more points in three of their last four contests. After a 1-3 start, the Lions have gotten back to .500 and have been doing it in many ways. We’re still waiting for that first Matthew Stafford-to-Calvin Johnson touchdown connection this season, the duo combing for 16 scores in 2011…

N.Y. Giants (6-3) at Cincinnati (3-5): That three-game September winning streak by Marvin Lewis’ team is but a distant memory as the Bengals dropped their fourth in a row last week as they squandered a brief fourth-quarter against the Broncos. The Giants defense was pushed around for 158 yards rushing by the Steelers while Eli Manning and company was limited to 182 total yards in the loss. While Andy Dalton has thrown 14 touchdown passes this season, he’s also been picked off 11 times, including at least once in all eight games this year…

N.Y. Jets (3-5) at Seattle (5-4): The Jets return from their off-week losers of two straight and four of their last five games. Now they head to the Pacific Northwest to face the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense which has sprung a few leaks in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the turnover issues continue for quarterback Mark Sanchez, who’s given it away 11 times in eight games. But perhaps the bigger problem for Rex Ryan’s club will be Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who’s run for 100-plus yards in three straight games and 5-of-8 outings this season…

Oakland (3-5) at Baltimore (6-2): Both the Raiders and Ravens had their hands full with rookie running backs a week ago, only the former didn’t get enough hands on Tampa’s Doug Martin, who rumbled through the Silver and Black for 251 yards rushing and four scores in the team’s 42-32 win at Oakland. Trent Richardson did run for 105 yards vs. Baltimore but he and the Browns never found the end zone last week. There won’t be any surprises for Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, who owns a 9-4 lifetime record vs. the Ravens from his days in Cincinnati…

St. Louis (3-5) at San Francisco (6-2): Both the Rams and 49ers were off last week and each enters this game from totally different perspectives. When last we saw these clubs, Jeff Fisher’s club was losing by 38 to the Patriots in London, while San Francisco was drubbing the Cardinals, 24-3, on a Monday night in the desert. If you can run the ball on Jim Harbaugh’s club, you have a fighting chance as the Niners defense has given up 140-plus yards on the ground in both of their losses. Still, the Rams are just 3-11 in their last 14 meetings with this division rival…

San Diego (4-4) at Tampa Bay (4-4): The Bolts are 8-1 lifetime in this series and are a perfect 5-0 at Tampa. The Buccaneers have won only two games at San Diego, one over the Chargers and the other over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. But back to the present, which means Norv Turner’s team has to find a way to corral Tampa rookie running back Doug Martin, who’s rolled up 486 yards from scrimmage and six scores the last two weeks. Speaking of six touchdowns, that’s the exact total for former Chargers/turned Buccaneers wideout Vincent Jackson in 2012…

Tennessee (3-6) at Miami (4-4): Whoa. What has happened to Mike Munchak’s team and in particular, Jerry Gray’s defensive unit? While last week’s 51-20 loss to the Bears was a complete team effort, it’s still astounding that the Titans have given up a league-high 308 points in nine games, just nine points short of what the club allowed (317) in 2011. The Dolphins come off a tough loss vs. the improved Colts but Joe Philbin’s team is pretty improved as well. Miami has allowed 49 points in four wins (14 points or less in each win) and 100 points in as many losses…

Sunday Night

Houston (7-1) at Chicago (7-1): If both of these first-place teams play up to expectations, this third meeting between the squads will be a charm. Talk about a clash of styles per se. The Texans have committed an NFL-low 6 turnovers while the Bears have amassed a league-high 28 takeaways, including seven interceptions returned for touchdowns. But speaking of defense, Wade Phillips continues to do a great job in Houston, the Texans having allowed only 415 points in their last 24 regular-season games (compared to 427 points in 16 games in 2010)…

Monday Night, Nov. 12

Kansas City (1-7) at Pittsburgh (5-3): The Chiefs, losers of five straight games, now take on one of the league’s hotter teams in the Steelers, who have gotten 100-yard rushing performances by either Jonathan Dwyer or Isaac Redman in their last three games. Romeo Crennel’s club has been outscored a combined 61-6 in the first quarter this season and Pittsburgh has won 14 straight Monday night home games (by a combined score of 326-125) dating back to ’92. But all eyes will be on Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley as he faces his former team…

Off this week: Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay and Washington


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