Date: November 1, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

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Bradford

BRADFORD REACHES A MID-SEASON MILESTONE

From Elias: Sam Bradford threw a pair of touchdown passes in the Rams' 20-10 win over the Panthers. They were the 10th and 11th TD passes of the season for Bradford, who became only the second rookie in NFL history to reach double-figures by the end of October. The first was Dan Marino in 1983 (13) .

St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers

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Garrard

GARRARD MATCHES MANNING'S 4 TD PASSES AT DALLAS

From Elias: David Garrard threw four TD passes in the Jaguars' 35-17 win at Dallas, six days after Eli Manning did the same. It was only the second time in Cowboys history that an opposing team scored on four or more TD passes in each of two consecutive home games. The first time it happened, the games were in two different seasons, and the QBs were Manning in the 2007 season opener and Jon Kitna, of all people, for the Lions in the 2006 finale.

Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Detroit Lions

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Garrard

GARRARD STARTS FAST IN JAGS' WIN

From Elias: David Garrard completed his first 12 passes in the Jaguars' win, the longest completion streak at any point in any game against the Cowboys since Steve Beuerlein started 12-for-12 for the Panthers in a loss at Dallas in 1998.

Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers

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Rivers

OCTOBER ENDS WITH A TREAT FOR RIVERS

From Elias: Philip Rivers passed for 305 yards in the Chargers' 33-25 win over the Titans, finishing the month with a total of 1,562 passing yards during October. That was not only the highest monthly total in Chargers history (any month, not just October) surpassing a record set by John Hadl 43 years ago (1,501 yards in October 1967); but Rivers set an all-time NFL record for single-season passing yards in October. The previous high was 1,555 by Dan Marino in 1988.

San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans

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Campbell

RAIDERS' CAMPBELL GOES OLD SCHOOL

From Elias: In a reminder of Raiders quarterbacks of old, Jason Campbell threw touchdown passes of 69 and 30 yards in a 33-3 rout of the Seahawks. No Raiders QB had thrown two TD passes of 30 or more yards in the same game since Kerry Collins did it twice in December 2004. Tom Flores had 10 such games for Oakland and Daryle Lamonica nine back in the day.

Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

RAIDERS OFFENSE HITS THE 500-YARD MARK AGAIN

From Elias: The Raiders gained 545 yards in their win over the Seahawks after gaining 508 yards in last week's rout of the Broncos. Oakland has recorded 21 games of 500 or more yards of total offense, but this is the first time in team history that the Raiders recorded back-to-back 500-yard games.

Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks

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Stafford

STAFFORD'S THIRD GO-AHEAD TD STICKS FOR LIONS' WIN

From Elias: Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes in the Lions' 37-25 win over the Redskins. Three of Stafford's TD passes gave the Lions a lead in the second half. Only two other players in NFL history threw three second-half go-ahead TD passes in one game, and this exacta would pay handsomely: Daunte Culpepper (Vikings vs. Bills in 2002) and Bruce Gradkowski (Raiders vs. Steelers in 2009).

Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers

WASHINGTON LOSES TO A PAIR OF PERENNIAL STRUGGLERS

From Elias: The Redskins are the first team to lose to the Lions and Rams in the same season since the Saints and Cardinals both did so in 2005. Only one other team in the last 15 seasons managed to do so by the end of October (the Cardinals in 2003).

Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals

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Jackson

FORGOTTEN JACKSON SHOWS FAVRE, PETERSON SOME GAME

From Elias: Tarvaris Jackson threw a one-yard touchdown on his first pass of the 2010 season, matching the number that Brett Favre has thrown on his last 74 passes, spanning three games.

Jackson ran 33 yards on his only carry of the game. Adrian Peterson has gained at least 33 yards on only one of his last 304 carries, dating back to November 2009.

Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots

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Carpenter

CARPENTER KICKS ANOTHER 5 FIELD GOALS

From Elias: For the second straight week, Dan Carpenter kicked five field goals without a miss and this time it produced a victory as the Dolphins topped the Bengals, 22-14. Only three other players in NFL history made at least five field goals in consecutive games: Richie Cunningham of the Cowboys (1997), John Kasay of the Panthers (1996), and John Carney of the Chargers (1994).

Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers

MIAMI EXTENDS ITS ODD HOME-ROAD SPLIT

From Elias: The Dolphins' victory at Cincinnati improved their record to 4-0 on the road, despite an 0-3 record at Miami. Only four other NFL teams won every road game and lost every home game over their first seven games of a season: the 2007 Panthers, 1982 St. Louis Cardinals, 1980 Seahawks, and 1972 Chiefs.

Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks

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Blount

ROOKIE BLOUNT SCORES TWICE IN BUCS' WIN

From Elias: LeGarrette Blount rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Bucs' 38-35 win at Arizona. Over the last 15 years, only one other Bucs rookie had a pair of rushing TDs in the same game: Cadillac Williams against the Panthers in 2005.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers

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Smith

SMITH GOES DEEP TIMES FOUR IN 49ERS' WIN

From Elias: Troy Smith passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the 49ers' 24-16 victory over the Broncos. Smith completed four passes for more than 25 yards┐twice as many as he completed in his NFL career prior to Sunday's game. He recorded only two completions of more than 25 yards on 89 total passes for the Ravens (2007-2009).

Smith was the first Heisman Trophy winner to score for the 49ers since O.J. Simpson scored the final TD of his career on October 7, 1979.

San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens

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Succop

CHIEFS GRIND IT OUT BUT NEED A LAST-SECOND FIELD GOAL

From Elias: Kansas City gained 274 rushing yards in its 13-10 win over Buffalo. But Kansas City's only touchdown was scored on a 1-yard pass, and the Chiefs needed every second of 75 minutes to down the Bills on a 35-yard field goal by Ryan Succop. It was the first time that a team gained that much yardage on the ground without rushing for touchdown since November 30, 1975, when two teams did it on the same day: the Raiders against the Falcons and the Broncos against the Chargers.

Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons

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Crosby

PACKERS PITCH A SHUTOUT OVER SOARING JETS

From Elias: Mason Crosby kicked three field goals to give the Packers a 9-0 victory over the Jets. Green Bay became the first visiting team to post a shutout against a host with at least five wins and no more than one loss since December 5, 1965, when the Bears defeated the Colts in Baltimore, 13-0. Baltimore entered the game at 9-1-1. Gale Sayers ran for 118 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown. Johnny Unitas was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a knee injury that kept him out for the rest of the season and led to running back Tom Matte starting at quarterback in Baltimore's loss to Green Bay in the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears

NBA

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Bosh

HEAT CAN TAKE SOME FIELD-GOAL LESSONS FROM DAN CARPENTER

From Elias: Chris Bosh shot 8-for-10 from the field; scoring 18 points in the Heat's 101-78 win over the Nets. Bosh was the first of Miami's three star players to shoot better than 50 percent in any of the team's first four games this season. The Heat have posted a 3-1 record to date, but Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James have collectively shot only 44 percent from the field.

Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets

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Millsap

MILLSAP LOOKS LIKE MAILMAN V 2.0, AT LEAST FOR ONE NIGHT

From Elias: Paul Millsap scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Utah's 120-99 win at Oklahoma City. During his 18 seasons with the Jazz, Karl Malone had 69 games with at least 30 points and 15 boards. Since Malone left Utah at the end of the 2002-2003 season, Millsap is only the third Jazz player to do it even once. Carlos Boozer had 11 such games and Mehmet Okur one (this was Millsap's first 30/15 game).

Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls

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Butler

MAVS ROLL OVER CLIPPERS WITH BALANCED ATTACK

From Elias: The Mavericks posted a 99-83 win over the Clippers at Staples Center, displaying something not often associated with recent Dallas teams: balance. The 16-point margin of victory was the largest in team history in a road win in which no player scored at least 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, or recorded 10 assists. Caron Butler led the Mavs with 17 points while five teammates scored in double figures; Jason Kidd led in rebounds (9) and assists (7) .

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers

MLB

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Bumgarner

BUMGARNER & POSEY ARE A RARE ALL-ROOKIE BATTERY

From Elias: Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were the first all-rookie starting battery in a World Series game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra started for the Yankees in Game 1 of the 1947 World Series. Shea defeated Ralph Branca and the Brooklyn Dodgers on that day in the first of Berra's major league-record 75 World Series games.

San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers

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Bumgarner

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

From Elias: So how'd they do? Bumgarner pitched eight innings in the Giants' 4-0 victory over the Rangers. He was the first rookie to start a World Series game and not allow a run since Les Straker of the Twins went six innings without earning a decision against the Cardinals in 1987. The last rookie starter not to allow a run while winning a World Series game was Gary Gentry for the Mets in 1969. And the last to pitch at least eight innings in doing so was Gene Bearden of the Indians in 1948 (a five-hit shutout of the Boston Braves).

Posey became only the fourth rookie catcher ever to hit a home run in a World Series game. The others were Wally Schang (1913 Philadelphia A's), Bill DeLancey (1934 Cardinals), and Rod Barajas (2001 Diamondbacks).

San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets

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Arrieta

RANGERS ROUTINELY ROUT ROOKIES

From Elias: Rookie pitchers were 3-8 with a 6.10 ERA in 14 starts against the Rangers this season. That was the highest ERA for rookie starters against any team in 2010. The only rookie starters to defeat Texas were Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, and David Pauley.

Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners


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