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2012-10-30 12:19:35 PM  
We only lost two positions? Dammit, I was kinda hoping to be dropped further in order to cement us as roller-coaster team of the year.

Wilson continues to improve and the main problem with the team is that, while we're the best in the league at forcing third-and-long, we're the sh*ttiest at defending third-and-long. I actually root for opposing teams to gain yardage on first and second downs because we're better at stopping them if they're at 3rd and 2 than we are if they're at 3rd and 10 (or at least it feels that way).
 
2012-10-30 01:10:34 PM  
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Welcome, one and all, back to the trivia game where the stats are obscure, the host is drunk, and nobody cares about your score or who won!
Another crazy NFL week is in the books. Records have been set. Players have been injured. The Texans had a bye but nobody noticed.
Let's get right into the obscure statistical trivia. This week we have 3 categories, QBs, WRs, and Teams. Answers will be provided later in the thread when everyone has had a chance to call me an asshole and argue over the stats.


Name That QB:

1. Offensive Pass Interference is a penalty usually reserved for receivers. This Quarterback managed to draw a flag for Offensive Pass Interference this week - one of the strangest penalty calls in recent memory.

2. Thanks to another game of absolutely obscene statistics usually reserved for guys who complete 1 pass, this QB leads the NFL in completion percentage for the season.

3. This player is the story of two stats. He is statistically in the bottom 5 in QB Rating on the road. But at home, he has the best QB Rating in the NFL.


Name That WR

1. "Passes Not Caught for the season" is sort of a loaded stat. It doesn't account for poorly thrown balls or interceptions. However, this player leads the league in this unfortunate statistic, much to the chagrin of his Fantasy Football owners.

2. Yards per reception is a good way to determine who is functioning as the kind of deep threat that keeps defenses honest and opens up the running game. This player leads the NFL in Yards/Reception.

3. Some receivers are burners, some receivers are slot players. And some receivers do everything. This player epitomizes that concept. He leads WRs in both Receptions and Yards After Catch.


Name That Team

1. Jason Witten wowed the NFL this week with 18 receptions. One team, however, set the bar low by not only having fewer receptions than Jason Witten, but having the lowest reception total for the week.

2. Speaking of disappointing performances, this team became the first team in NFL history to allow 400+ yards for 7 consecutive games. Something to remember if you're looking for a fantasy defense to feast upon.

3. To round out this trifecta of failure, this team has the lowest sack total of the season. Sacks are certainly an important stat and if your defense isn't getting to the QB, you're probably losing. And this team certainly is losing.
 
2012-10-30 01:25:22 PM  
Also could we get this greenlit some time before the day is almost over? Lately these threads have been getting greened really late.
 
2012-10-30 02:28:52 PM  

Treygreen13: Also could we get this greenlit some time before the day is almost over? Lately these threads have been getting greened really late.


A little love from me has been sent in that general Di-rection. Let us see how things unfold.....
 
2012-10-30 02:44:33 PM  
I know we're only seven games in, and technically, it's not over yet, but I'm going to go ahead and call it:

graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2012-10-30 02:53:29 PM  
I can't believe the Cowboys moved up a spot. Seriously. WTF.
 
2012-10-30 02:56:13 PM  

Treygreen13: I can't believe the Cowboys moved up a spot. Seriously. WTF.


Surprised by that too. I've got the video on my phone of the brutal slow-mo hit on Romo by Canty. I watch it whenever I need a laugh.
 
2012-10-30 02:57:34 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Treygreen13: I can't believe the Cowboys moved up a spot. Seriously. WTF.

Surprised by that too. I've got the video on my phone of the brutal slow-mo hit on Romo by Canty. I watch it whenever I need a laugh.


Are you talking about the one where Romo closes his eyes? That was pretty awesome.
 
2012-10-30 02:58:40 PM  

Treygreen13: I can't believe the Cowboys moved up a spot. Seriously. WTF.


For once, the blurb explained it all. That WAS quite the spectacular comeback & the defense deserves an ass-ton of credit for it.
 
2012-10-30 03:02:25 PM  

Di Atribe: Treygreen13: I can't believe the Cowboys moved up a spot. Seriously. WTF.

For once, the blurb explained it all. That WAS quite the spectacular comeback & the defense deserves an ass-ton of credit for it.


I was going to argue that you shouldn't really move up after a loss, but I'm having trouble finding a team below them that would take their spot. The closest team that won was the Colts (who moved up 8 spots) and then the Bucs, but the Cows have a win over them. The Lions could be over them since they won.
 
2012-10-30 03:03:42 PM  
Heyo thanks for the earlier green, modmins.
 
2012-10-30 03:06:11 PM  

Treygreen13: 1. Offensive Pass Interference is a penalty usually reserved for receivers. This Quarterback managed to draw a flag for Offensive Pass Interference this week - one of the strangest penalty calls in recent memory.

2. Thanks to another game of absolutely obscene statistics usually reserved for guys who complete 1 pass, this QB leads the NFL in completion percentage for the season.

3. This player is the story of two stats. He is statistically in the bottom 5 in QB Rating on the road. But at home, he has the best QB Rating in the NFL.


Robert Griffin III
..ummm...Tim Tebow?
...Russell Wilson?

Team No. 2 is the Saints. That's all I know.
 
2012-10-30 03:07:58 PM  
Well, it's not Tim Tebow, though he's actually pretty high on passing lists if you go unqualified. But there are two correct answers for No. 2 on QBs!
 
2012-10-30 03:10:13 PM  
Hey Treygreen, I also found that, if ESPN's stats are to be believed, that the Bengals have recovered MORE fumbles than they've forced. (They've apparently recovered 6 and only forced 5).
 
2012-10-30 03:10:29 PM  
Alright, I gotta get something off my chest, here.

I was at the bar with the gf and some friends. All Packer fans except me. So I'm watching other games, too. I was watching Washington trying to go down the field near the end of the game. RG3 steps back in the pocket, throws and then I watch a defensive player take 3 steps and drill him into the ground. The pass was incomplete, and they had to punt. I couldn't believe no one threw a flag on it. Had it been Tom Brady there would have been 4 flags, National Guard and Bob Kraft's personal security detail on the field to haul the guy off to jail. I'm not a Redskin fan, but that pissed me off when I saw that.
 
2012-10-30 03:12:02 PM  
Damn, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Detroit have also recovered more fumbles than they've forced. Meanwhile, Miami has forced 11 and only recovered 3. That's messed up.
 
2012-10-30 03:12:30 PM  

IAmRight: Team No. 2 is the Saints. That's all I know.


Yup. Not even the Drew Brees era Saints can shake the team's long-standing tradition of blazing new frontiers in futility.

...

And WR #3 is Percy Harvin.
 
2012-10-30 03:12:31 PM  

IAmRight: Hey Treygreen, I also found that, if ESPN's stats are to be believed, that the Bengals have recovered MORE fumbles than they've forced. (They've apparently recovered 6 and only forced 5).


I've been going off the Washington Post's stats, because they keep the more obscure stats like 2nd Half Completion Percentage and Targets. Other places might keep them but they make them a pain to find.
 
2012-10-30 03:12:45 PM  

Treygreen13: I was going to argue that you shouldn't really move up after a loss, but I'm having trouble finding a team below them that would take their spot. The closest team that won was the Colts (who moved up 8 spots) and then the Bucs, but the Cows have a win over them. The Lions could be over them since they won.


Yeah, as I'm putting together the graph & sorting out the info, it looks like 24 teams either held steady or were dropped. So that's what 1/4 of teams that moved up? That seems out of balance, somehow. It was only one spot, so it's not like they made a bold move (like they did with the Colts).

Also, 5 teams hit their lowest rankings & 4 hit their highest. That's a lot for this late in the season. It should be more like 2 & 2.
 
2012-10-30 03:12:46 PM  

IAmRight: Treygreen13: 1. Offensive Pass Interference is a penalty usually reserved for receivers. This Quarterback managed to draw a flag for Offensive Pass Interference this week - one of the strangest penalty calls in recent memory.

2. Thanks to another game of absolutely obscene statistics usually reserved for guys who complete 1 pass, this QB leads the NFL in completion percentage for the season.

3. This player is the story of two stats. He is statistically in the bottom 5 in QB Rating on the road. But at home, he has the best QB Rating in the NFL.

Robert Griffin III
..ummm...Tim Tebow?
...Russell Wilson?

Team No. 2 is the Saints. That's all I know.


I think #2 must be Alex Smith, with his 18/19 performance last night.
 
2012-10-30 03:13:07 PM  
Bettingwise.....7-6.

New England -7 St. Louis (At London) 46.5
STL to cover, I don't think NE is as good as believed and Rams I think are better than perceived.

0-1


@Tennessee -3.5 Indianapolis 46.5
Indy, not sure why Tennessee is favored.


Colts by 6, 1-1.


@Green Bay -16 Jacksonville 45.5
yeeeeeeeeeeesh! Line of the year? Too many points at the NFL level, Jax to cover. I know Jax is playing awful but that's just too many damn points.


2-1. that's a college football line, not an NFL line.


San Diego -3 At Cleveland 41
anyways.....SD outright.

gaaaah. 2-2


@ Philadelphia -3 Atlanta 42
what? easy money. ATL outright.


3-2. how was philly favored?



@Detroit -2.5 Seattle 42.5
another puzzling line. detroit i guess should be favored but no. Seatown walks.

3-3 gaaaaaaaa



@ NY Jets -1.5 Miami 38.5
remember Bryan Cox walking into Joe Robbie or whatever they called it, pregame with his middle fingers out? that was awesome. Gonna say Miami here outright.

4-3. do they play again this year? Reggie Bush said yesterday that the Jets quit. That kind of stuff does not sit well in locker rooms.



@Chicago -7.5 Carolina 42
huh. should be more IMO. I'll say Carolina covers this as when a big line goes small, something's going on the public doesn't know, Carolina covers


5-3.


@Pittsburgh -4 Washington 44
odd number for this piont of the season.......gahh........Gonna say Wash covers.

5-4


@Kansas City -1 Oakland 42
man. a combined 3-9 record with KC with juts one win. the pride of East Bay walks.

6-4


NY Giants -2.5 At Dallas 48
NYG should be favored by 4 at least. BUT Eli hasn't gone full Eli in a while -- you know, the 2 TD, 4INT, 13-29, 110 yard Eli -- so I think Dallas sneaks by in this one but in low single digits. i'll say dallas outright in a minor upset (minor because frankly, NYG isn't thaaaaaaaat good and dallas i don't think thaaaaat bad).

gaaaaaaah!!!!! and if Dez Bryant's fingers are about what, 2 inches (if that) inbounds, i'm proven right. what a game. NYG got out to what, 23-0 off TOs? and then Cowboys stormed back?

and also, dallas stadium is beautiful in that afternoon light. shame they don't play more games with the light coming in like that.

6-5


@ Denver -6.5 New Orleans 55
Huh...........hmmm.......i don't doubt that the Donks will win but that number is off. doesn't feel right. against better judgment i'll say Donks outright. but that number is goofy.


7-5. weird. usually my "against better judgmetn" works against me. 20 point win.

and i think this game sealed teh West for the Donks (SD is in second place, and that team is just not doing anything) and also ended Saitns' season at 2-5


Monday Night Football Line
10/29 8:40 ET San Francisco -7 At Arizona 38
love my redbirds.....betting from the heart not mind i'll say cover.


ugh. i turend it off.


i hate being right.....the regression i predicted after the Rams loss is in full bloom and has no end in sight, with I believe @ GB, @ ATL, home Rams (rams are not as bad as they appear, their losses, while bad, are to legit teams: GB, Bears, Miami is better than appear, and Pats are "interesting") and then I think @ Cleveland. There's the real chance of a 7 game ( i think) losing streak.

annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd once again, we're in the QB stakes. thanks ken!
 
2012-10-30 03:13:15 PM  
Worst 7-0 team in NFL history!

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 
2012-10-30 03:13:19 PM  
The browns are just right - for now
 
2012-10-30 03:13:33 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I was at the bar with the gf and some friends. All Packer fans except me. So I'm watching other games, too. I was watching Washington trying to go down the field near the end of the game. RG3 steps back in the pocket, throws and then I watch a defensive player take 3 steps and drill him into the ground. The pass was incomplete, and they had to punt. I couldn't believe no one threw a flag on it. Had it been Tom Brady there would have been 4 flags, National Guard and Bob Kraft's personal security detail on the field to haul the guy off to jail. I'm not a Redskin fan, but that pissed me off when I saw that.


Um, you're from Arizona, you should be familiar with the rules for the rest of the league's QBs by now, and that unless your name is Brady or Manning, they don't care if you get hit.
 
2012-10-30 03:15:37 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Had it been Tom Brady there would have been 4 flags, National Guard and Bob Kraft's personal security detail on the field to haul the guy off to jail. I'm not a Redskin fan, but that pissed me off when I saw that.


Well RG3's not a national treasure.

Yet.


/don't tell any filthy redskins fans i said that
 
2012-10-30 03:15:45 PM  
The Carolina-KC game is going to be HUGE in deciding the first pick in the draft, but I think Jacksonville has a clear path to the bottom.
 
2012-10-30 03:16:20 PM  

bulldg4life: Worst 7-0 team in NFL history!

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


No national attention. Almost no respect. I'll take it. Hell, I am ready to go full Matt Chernoff and ring the bell on the division, but I won't because we know what will happen then.
 
2012-10-30 03:16:36 PM  

IAmRight: We only lost two positions? Dammit, I was kinda hoping to be dropped further in order to cement us as roller-coaster team of the year.

Wilson continues to improve and the main problem with the team is that, while we're the best in the league at forcing third-and-long, we're the sh*ttiest at defending third-and-long. I actually root for opposing teams to gain yardage on first and second downs because we're better at stopping them if they're at 3rd and 2 than we are if they're at 3rd and 10 (or at least it feels that way).


We do a hell of a lot better when teams run on 3rd and short. The short passing game is killing us. I think it's a function of young LBs teamed up with Leroy Hill, who might be the worst coverage LB in NFL history. Not to mention that Browner got used by Young all day on Sunday due to Young's speed. Again, most of those were short passes.
 
2012-10-30 03:17:19 PM  

IAmRight: Hey Treygreen, I also found that, if ESPN's stats are to be believed, that the Bengals have recovered MORE fumbles than they've forced. (They've apparently recovered 6 and only forced 5).


There have been several fumbles this year (at least 2 that I can think of) where the receiver was running well after the catch and just dropped the ball switching hands. That is an unforced fumble. So is a muffed punt/kick. So is a botched QB-Center exchange. So is a back running into his own man and fumbling.

/themoreyouknow.gif
 
2012-10-30 03:18:08 PM  

rickythepenguin: There's the real chance of a 7 game ( i think) losing streak.


Don't forget that you'll also get to play @Seattle and @San Francisco!

As I said at the beginning of the MNF thread, Cards are cooked with their upcoming schedule. Seahawks are primed to make a move (5 home games, all road games being winnable), provided that they fix their third-down defense. I was a bit optimistic going into Detroit, but it looked like they figured out how to play offense when the defense takes away Calvin Johnson (for the most part). Oh well. At least the offense looked competent despite missing a few WRs.

Except that one stupid INT.
 
2012-10-30 03:19:30 PM  

abmoraz: There have been several fumbles this year (at least 2 that I can think of) where the receiver was running well after the catch and just dropped the ball switching hands. That is an unforced fumble. So is a muffed punt/kick. So is a botched QB-Center exchange. So is a back running into his own man and fumbling.


Yeah, but I'm pointing out that holy sh*t these teams are lucky to be recovering all these fumbles.
 
2012-10-30 03:20:01 PM  

bulldg4life: Worst 7-0 team in NFL history!

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee



it really is remarkable. youll finish.....ehhh..........well let's take a look:

Dallas (win)
@ Saints (win)
Cardinals (win)
@ TB (win)
Saints (win)
@ Caro (win)
NYG (ehhhh)
@ DET (ehhhh)
TB (split, as you won't beat them twice)


you'll go 13-3 or maybe "just" 12-4, then host a GB or perhaps SFO team and get that ass ragdolled.
 
2012-10-30 03:20:14 PM  
I'm waiting for the beat down of the Cowpokes Sunday night
 
2012-10-30 03:23:03 PM  

KingKauff: I'm waiting for the beat down of the Cowpokes Sunday night



oh jesus christ. really? (just checked....ayup. Dallas @ ATL SNF.)


i know they're a national draw but.....when can NBC start flexing out of those games? that's supposed to be the marquee game.
 
2012-10-30 03:23:27 PM  

IAmRight: Treygreen13: 1. Offensive Pass Interference is a penalty usually reserved for receivers. This Quarterback managed to draw a flag for Offensive Pass Interference this week - one of the strangest penalty calls in recent memory.

2. Thanks to another game of absolutely obscene statistics usually reserved for guys who complete 1 pass, this QB leads the NFL in completion percentage for the season.

3. This player is the story of two stats. He is statistically in the bottom 5 in QB Rating on the road. But at home, he has the best QB Rating in the NFL.

Robert Griffin III
..ummm...Tim Tebow?
...Russell Wilson?

Team No. 2 is the Saints. That's all I know.


I would think number 3 QB would be Flacco.
 
2012-10-30 03:24:42 PM  

rickythepenguin: KingKauff: I'm waiting for the beat down of the Cowpokes Sunday night


oh jesus christ. really? (just checked....ayup. Dallas @ ATL SNF.)


i know they're a national draw but.....when can NBC start flexing out of those games? that's supposed to be the marquee game.


I would prefer the 4:00 time slot. I've gotta work the next day! Except this time. I took it off to go "hunting"
 
2012-10-30 03:24:46 PM  

rickythepenguin: KingKauff: I'm waiting for the beat down of the Cowpokes Sunday night


oh jesus christ. really? (just checked....ayup. Dallas @ ATL SNF.)


i know they're a national draw but.....when can NBC start flexing out of those games? that's supposed to be the marquee game.


It's not like the Cowboys are 1-6. They're 3-4. Plenty of season left.
 
2012-10-30 03:26:30 PM  
I hope Robsul is OK.
 
2012-10-30 03:26:37 PM  
the 49ers are too dang low!
 
2012-10-30 03:27:56 PM  

ATRDCI: I would think number 3 QB would be Flacco.


Maybe. I just remember Wilson is 6 TD, 0 INT at home and 4 TD, 8 INT on the road (thanks to this week's 2 TD, 1 INT - 2/7 split looks worse).
 
2012-10-30 03:29:22 PM  
THE RAIDERS AND SAINTS ARE not too far from where they belong actually. Saints maybe a spot or two high
 
2012-10-30 03:30:20 PM  
As a Bears fan...no way they should be ranked that high. Jeez, that Carolina game was scary bad. Defense can't score every game, can they?
 
2012-10-30 03:31:27 PM  

Treygreen13: It's not like the Cowboys are 1-6. They're 3-4. Plenty of season left.



true but your boys don't pass the eyeball test. now, that was an amazing comeback but......no.

the East is very intriguing. NYG is i think markedly overerated, the Eagles are being coached into a sub .500 season (andy, what the fark? why are you riding out vick? cliche approaching, but does Vick have "incirminating" photos of you? it is just bizarre how you are dead set on riding Vick out this year), and Dallas and Wash are just......i don't know.

Wash is interesting schedulewise. 5 of their final 8 are against the East: 2 vs Eagles, 2 vs Dallas, 1 vs NYG.

I wonder if Wash somehow catches fire to steal the East. I"m only saying that based upon how moribund the entire division is, including NYG. NYG has the luck of the irish it seems. gthey have no business being 6-2.
 
2012-10-30 03:34:30 PM  

rickythepenguin: true but your boys don't pass the eyeball test. now, that was an amazing comeback but......no.


Just seems like a slam dunk late game to me. The biggest NFL franchise struggling to stay in the race versus an undefeated Falcons team struggling to stay perfect.
 
2012-10-30 03:35:33 PM  
i want to say qb#2 is brady quinn, and #3 is Rivers.
 
2012-10-30 03:35:54 PM  
TOO DAMN HIGH

It's where the Chargers are.
 
2012-10-30 03:38:50 PM  

Treygreen13: Just seems like a slam dunk late game to me. The biggest NFL franchise struggling to stay in the race versus an undefeated Falcons team struggling to stay perfect.


What? There's nothing interesting about that. Now watch this graph:

i.imgur.com


Linkypoppybigger

Uninteresting factoids:

Change from Week 1 to this week :
Two 15 point drops: Saints & Chiefs
One 19 point jump: Vikings

Two teams ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE (back at their Week 1 rankings): 49ers, Cowboys*

Number of times rankings have changed:
12 teams have changed every week
7 teams have changed all but once
2 teams have moved thrice: Jaguars & Browns

Difference between high rank & low rank:
Lowest fluctuation: Jaguars with 2
Highest fluctuation: Vikings with 22
Average fluctuation: 9.813

Overall fluctuation travel:
Smallest: Jaguars & Browns with 4
Highest: Seahawks with 41

Teams hitting their highest rank this week: Raiders, Dolphins, Browns, & Colts
Teams hitting their lowest rank this week: Ravens, Eagles, Chargers, Bills, & Panthers

Ten teams did not change rank: I ain't listin all of 'em, dammit

Five teams have held the #1 spot 


*AND WE LET 'EM OFF THE HOOK
 
2012-10-30 03:39:36 PM  
My New England Patriots are such an anomaly. Despite the huge defensive and the occasional offensive identity issues, they're 5-3, same record as last year after eight games, and are actually statistically better on both sides of the ball than last year.

I figured they'd beat the Rams, but I figured it'd be business as usual in the secondary and Bradford would have a huge day.

Not sure what they are at this point. Second half of the season should be interesting.
 
2012-10-30 03:39:56 PM  
I see SF now has the best scoring defense, allowing only 3 more points than CHI with playing one more game than CHI.

Of course, Chicago's defense has scored 6 TDs, while SF has scored 0.
 
2012-10-30 03:40:02 PM  
Well I somehow managed to avoid a power outage due to the storm (despite seeing two downed power lines within a 5 mile radius during a drive earlier), which is fortunate as I need to gloat over yet another 10 win week. :) This brings the season mark up to a solid 74-43, including an eerily accurate Panthers-Bears prediction. Still not the perfect week which I know is coming soon, but good enough for government work.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings:
Aside from calling Christian Ponder Blaine Gabbert and predicting a final which was much closer than the actual score, nailed this one. Josh Freeman ended his streak of 300-yard games but still had a very strong outing, and Adrian Peterson's big game was held in check more by the score than by anything Tampa's defense did. Bucs rookie Doug Martin also notched his first career 100-yard rushing effort, as the Buccaneers offense is really clicking right now. 1-0

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears:
Jay Cutler did indeed have a bad game (first half, really) and Chicago bearly (HA!) managed to squeak out the win as proof of my wizadry. Newton had one of his best games this season from a statistical standpoint, but his two interceptions hurt the final line & Carolina's only touchdown came courtesy of Cam's fumble into the end zone. 2-0


San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns:
So after I hyped San Diego's #1-ranked run defense, Trent Richardson ran all over them to the tune of a 5.1 average on 24 carries. Philip Rivers avoided committing any turnovers, but his fnal line of 18/34 passing for 154 yards wasn't exactly Hall of Fame-worthy. The Browns notched consecutive home wins for the first time since weeks 16 & 17 of the 2009 season. 2-1


Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions:
It wasn't the ugly, low-scoring affair which I predicted, but the Lions managed the come-from-behind win behind a strong effort from Matthew Stafford and a career day for second-year receiver Titus Young. Meanwhile, the Seahawks lost while scoring more than 20 points for the first time this season. 3-1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers:
Once again, this is why I don't actually bet on football; Green Bay did indeed win, but not by anywhere close to the 20+ points I predicted. Blaine Gabbert posted his first career 300-yard passing game in the loss while the MJD-less Jaguars managed just 62 net rushing yards for the day. Aaron Rodgers was held under 200 yards passing in a non-injury start for the first time since week 8 of 2010. 4-1


Miami Dolphins at New York Jets:
What more can you say about the Jets than that they got blown out at home by the Miami Dolphins? How about this: Miami's three touchdowns came after drives of 0 (blocked punt), 32 (following Mark Sanchez fumble), and 40 (after a 57-yard kickoff return) yards. I'm starting to think that if something doesn't change in a hurry, this might be Rex Ryan's last season in New York. 4-2

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles:
Speaking of head coaches living on borrowed time, the Eagles lost coming off a bye week for the first time in Andy Reid's 13+ year tenure; this despite Philadelphia not turning the ball over a single time in the game (just the second time they've managed that this season). Not turning the ball over doesn't help so much when your defense doesn't get its first stop of the game until the latter half of the third quarter, though. The 7-0 Falcons don't face another team with a winning record until week 15 (NY Giants) 4-3


Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers:
As predicted, Ben Roethlisberger had little difficulty with the Redskins' 32-ranked pass defense, but perhaps most surprising in Pittsburgh's win was third-string running back Jonathan Dwyer notching his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance (again on only 17 carries). The unfairly maligned "old" Steelers' defense held Robert Griffin fully in check throughout the game and limited Washington's running attack to 86 yards. 5-3

New England Patriots "at" St. Louis Rams:
I said I expected the Pats to win this one pretty easily, but not even I expected 45 unanswered points in a 38-point blowout. Tom Brady looked as good as he ever has as St. Louis gave up 473 yards of offense to New England. Rams backup Kellen Clemens didn't throw a single incompletion in limited mop-up duty: one completion for 39 yards, and 1 interception. 6-3

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans:
So two teams who haven't shown much of any ability to stop opponents end up playing to a 13-13 tie at the end of regulation and the Colts manage an overtime touchdown to win with 19 points. Again, this is why I don't actually bet on football; this marked the first time this season that Tennessee has held an opponent under 20 points, and just the second time they've allowed less than 30 in a game. 7-3


Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs:
The Brady Quinn era lasted for exactly 4 pass attempts before he was pulled for a mysterious head injury, paving the way for Matt Cassel to finish the loss. Not only did the Raiders manage to contain Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs' rushing game, they utterly stonewalled them--Cassel wound up as K.C.'s leading rusher with 35 yards. Darren McFadden added season highs of 29 carries and 114 yards in the victory. 7-4


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys:
What a weird game. The Giants jump out to a 23-0 lead, then Dallas comes back with 24 unanswered before New York scores the final two field goals to win the game. Tony Romo throws for 437 yards on 62 attempts but completes 4 passes to the wrong team while Eli Manning goes just 15 of 29 for 192 yards and an interception of his own. Felix Jones runs for 19 yards to provide the Cowboys with 100% of their rushing total but 3 Dallas receivers go over 100 yards, including Jason Witten who hauled in 18 passes for 167. Dez Bryant also cracks 100 receiving yards, but manages to fumble twice (1 lost) in only 5 touches. Dallas is now 1-2 on the season when scoring more than 20 points. 8-4

New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos:
Sean Payton for Coach of the Year! Seriously, though...I cannot remember ever seeing a team tank this hard following a playoff season, at least not without suffering a slew of injuries and/or players lost over the offseason. And all Peyton Manning did in this one was break 300 yards passing for the fifth consecutive game, and throw 3 touchdowns for the fourth straight time; I think it's safe to say that he marks an upgrade over Timmysprinkles at this point. 9-4

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals:
Hurricane Superstorm Sandy made me miss this game, and judging from the stat line I missed one heck of a performance by Alex Smith. 18 of 19 (with the lone incompletion being a drop) for 232 & 3 touchdowns, while Arizona managed just 7 yards on the ground in 9 attempts. Put into a bit of perspective, Matt Hasselbeck of the Titans ran for 10 yards this week and he's 900 years old. 10-4
 
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