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MOSS, ALWORTH, AND RICE
Randy Moss's 63-yard touchdown reception against the Colts was his 27th career TD of 50 yards or longer. That ties Lance Alworth for second place in NFL history in 50-yard TDs, behind only Jerry Rice, who had 36.
JOHNSON REWRITES THE OILERS/TITANS RECORD BOOK
What a day for Chris Johnson, who gained 132 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the Titans 41-17 win over the Bills. Johnson became only the second Oilers/Titans player to reach the 100-yard mark on rushing and receiving in the same game, following Billy Cannon in 1961. Johnson also became the first player in franchise history to reach 1000 rushing yards before the team's 10th game of the season-something neither Earl Campbell nor Eddie George ever did.
BILLS COUGH IT UP IN THE 4TH QUARTER AGAIN
The Titans broke at 17-all tie with 24 points in the fourth quarter for a 41-17 win over the Bills. Buffalo, which was outscored 22-0 in the final period of last week's loss to Houston, became the first team in NFL history to be outscored by more than 21 points in the fourth quarter of consecutive games.
TURNER CRACKS 100 YARDS WITH EASE
Michael Turner posted his third consecutive 100-yard game and needed only nine carries to do it, gaining 111 rushing yards in the Falcons' 28-19 loss at Carolina. Turner has averaged 7.6 yards per carry, 9.2 yards, and 12.3 yards in his last three games to become the third player in NFL history to record three straight 100-yard rushing games, averaging at least 7.5 yards per carry in each one. The others were Jim Brown in 1958 and Franco Harris in 1972.
HUNTER THE PUNTER CAN RUN AND PASS TOO
Hunter Smith, Washington's punter who moonlights as the holder on placekicks, threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sellers on a fake field goal in the Redskins' 27-17 win over the Broncos. Smith, who scored on an eight-yard run against the Giants on opening day, became the first punting specialist in NFL history to score a rushing TD and throw a TD pass in the same season.
FAVRE HELD TO ONE TD PASS, FALLS SHORT OF RECORD
Brett Favre passed for 344 yards but only one touchdown in the Vikings' 27-10 victory over the Lions. That snapped Favre's streak of 11 straight games at the Metrodome with at least two TD passes¿dating back to December 2000 and including his last eight games there with Packers. Favre fell one short of the longest such streaks in NFL history, but not to worry. He already holds a share of the record, with two or more TD passes in 12 consecutive games at Lambeau Field (1994-1996). Kurt Warner tied the mark in 1999-2000 at Trans World Dome (now known as the Edward Jones Dome).
SIDNEY RICE PLAYS LONG-DISTANCE CATCH WITH FAVRE
Sidney Rice caught seven passes for 201 yards on Sunday, the second-highest yardage total any receiver has compiled in one game on completions from Brett Favre. Don Beebe caught 11 of Favre's passes for 220 yards against the 49ers in 1996.
STAFFORD VS. FAVRE IS A RARE DUEL
Matthew Stafford was the starting quarterback for the Lions in their loss at Minnesota, as he was when those teams met at Detroit in September. Stafford in only the third number-one overall pick to start as a rookie quarterback against the player who, at that time, was the all-time NFL leader in passing yardage. The others were Peyton Manning, who started and lost twice to Dan Marino in 1998; and Jim Plunkett, the starting QB for the Patriots in a victory over Johnny Unitas and the Colts in 1970.
WOODSON STOPS ROMO AND THE BOYS WITH GOAL-LINE INT
Charles Woodson intercepted Tony Romo on a first-and-goal from the Packers' 1 in Green Bay's 17-7 win over Dallas. It was Woodson's 24th pick since leaving the Raiders to join the Packers in 2006, one short of Asante Samuel's NFL high during that time. No Raiders player has even half as many INTs as Woodson since 2006.
RIVERS AS SHARP AS BREES IN VICTORY OVER EAGLES
Looking like his predecessor, Philip Rivers completed 20 of 25 passes-a career-high 80 percent-in the Chargers' 31-23 win over the Eagles. It was the seventh time that a Chargers player completed at least 80 percent of his passes in one game (minimum: 20 attempts). Drew Brees accounted for four of those games.
ROOKIE WELLS RALLIES CARDINALS TO WIN OVER SEAHAWKS
Beanie Wells scored on second-half touchdown runs of 10 and 13 yards to help rally the Cardinals to a 31-20 win over the Seahawks. Wells became only the second rookie in franchise history with two TD runs of at least 10 yards in the same game. The other was Dave Mann in an intercity rivalry game between the Bears and the Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey Park in 1955.
BENGALS GO 4-0 AGAINST STEELERS AND RAVENS
Cincinnati posted an 18-12 win at Pittsburgh to complete a four-game sweep of last season's AFC conference finalists. The Bengals, who have already beaten the Ravens twice this season, also defeated the Steelers in September. Only two other teams have posted a 4-0 record against reigning conference finalists during the Super Bowl era (called division finalists in the AFL): the 2006 Chargers and 1967 Raiders.
SCOTT EXTENDS STEELERS' STREAK OF ALLOWING RETURN TDS
Bernard Scott scored the only touchdown in the Bengals' win at Pittsburgh on a 96-yard kickoff return. It marked the seventh consecutive game in which the Steelers allowed a return-TD, the longest streak in the NFL in 62 years-since the Redskins had a seven-game streak in 1946-1947.
SAINTS ROLL ON DESPITE GIVEAWAYS
The Saints improved to 9-0 despite a continued rash of turnovers. New Orleans has committed a total of 13 giveaways over its past four games, the highest total any team has recorded in four consecutive wins since the Rams had 13 turnovers in four straight wins in November 2003.
THE JETS HAVE A STRANGE WAY OF SAYING GOODBYE TO THEIR HOMES
Josh Scobee kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired to give the Jaguars a 24-22 win at the Meadowlands. As the Jets count down their final games at Giants Stadium, they have now lost three straight home games in which they led during the second half. The only other season in which the Jets lost three in a row at home in which they held a lead after halftime was 1983, their final season at Shea Stadium.
GORDON SHOOTS BLANKS IN LOSS TO MAVS
Ben Gordon shot 1-for-16 from the field in the Pistons' 95-90 loss to the Mavericks. The only other player in franchise history to take as many 16 field-goal attempts in one game and make only one (or none) was Isiah Thomas, who shot 1-for-17 against the Spurs in 1982.
JUSSI DOES HIS SHOOTOUT THING TO DEFEAT THE WILD
The Hurricanes blew a 4-1 lead but ended their 14-game winless streak with a 5-4 victory over the Wild when Jussi Jokinen scored the only goal in the shootout. It was Jokinen's 25th shootout goal (and third in four attempts this season), breaking a tie with Slava Kozlov to take sole possession of the all-time lead in that category.
SLAVA AWAKENS, THRASHERS TOP OILERS
Meanwhile, Slava Kozlov made sure there would be no overtime at Atlanta on Sunday, scoring with 8:01 left to play in the third period to earn the Thrashers a 3-2 win over the Oilers. The goal was Kozlov's first since April 5 last season, ending a 19-game drought that was the second longest of his 18-year NHL career. Kozlov went goalless in 23 consecutive games for the Red Wings in the 2000-2001 season.
MADDEN QUICK ON THE DRAW IN BLACKHAWKS' WIN
John Madden not only scored a game-tying goal in the second period of the Blackhawks' 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks, but he also won all nine faceoffs he took. Madden was the first Chicago player to go 9-0 or better on draws since Yanic Perreault had a 12-0 night against the Avalanche in October 2007.