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A LOOK BACK AT THE GREATEST PASSING WEEK IN NFL HISTORY
From Elias: Before the NFL kicks off Week 11 with the Bears-Dolphins game on Thursday night, let's take a last look back at Week 10, which reached a fitting climax with the wild Eagles-Redskins game on Monday Night Football. As we mentioned earlier, despite the fact that four teams had the week off, the total of 13 quarterbacks passing for at least 300 yards was the highest in any week in NFL history; there had never before been a week in which there were more than 10 such games! But that was just the tip of the passing iceberg.
Last week's 14 games produced an all-time NFL high of 774.6 yards per game (considering weeks in which there were at least six games played, the previous single-week high was 739.9 yards in the 11th week of the 1987 season). In addition, the averages of 73.7 passes and 46.3 completions per game were both NFL records, as was the gargantuan average of 552.3 passing yards per game (far surpassing the previous high of 511.6 passing yards set in the second week of the 1989 season).
BOSH IS OFFICIALLY ONE OF THE BIG THREE
From Elias: Chris Bosh scored 35 points in Miami's win over Phoenix. Bosh is the third Heat player to score 35 points in a game this season, joining (who else?) Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Miami is the first team since the 1997-98 Lakers to have three different players score at least 35 points in a game within the first 11 games of a season. Eddie Jones, Shaquille O'Neal and Nick Van Exel did it for the Lakers that season.
AND IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, KOBE RESTED
From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 33 points for the Lakers Wednesday night despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. It's the most points Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime since Feb. 23, 2007 against the Celtics. Kobe scored 38 points in that game despite being a viewer, not a player, in the fourth quarter.
YOUNG GUNS SHOW THEIR STUFF
From Elias: Michael Beasley (age 21) scored 33 points for the Timberwolves Wednesday night; Eric Gordon (also 21) scored 30 points and Blake Griffin (another 21 year old) scored 26 points for the Clippers in the same game. It was only the fourth game in NBA history in which three players under the age of 22 each scored at least 25 points. The three previous such games all happened last season and all involved Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The players joining the Thunder duo were Tyreke Evans, DeJuan Blair and James Harden.
JAZZ SPREADS THE WEALTH
From Elias: Five players scored at least 15 points in Utah's 98-88 victory over New Jersey. It was the first time in team history that the Jazz had five players score at least 15 points in a game in which the team failed to score 100 points.
ANOTHER TYPICAL GAME FOR DUNCAN
From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the Spurs' win over the Bulls. It was the 202nd game of Duncan's career in which he had at least 15 points and 15 rebounds. Only two active players have more 15/15 games than Duncan: Shaquille O'Neal (235) and Kevin Garnett (204).204
RONDO KEEPS ON DISHIN'
From Elias: Rajon Rondo has handed out at least 10 assists in nine straight games. Only three active players had a streak of that kind within one season at any point of their careers: Deron Williams (six such streaks), Steve Nash (five) and Chris Paul (one).one
PAUL VS. KIDD
From Elias: Chris Paul and the Hornets defeated Jason Kidd and the Mavericks Wednesday night. Paul and Kidd have started against each other 16 times in the regular season; Paul's team won nine of those games. Paul has outscored (390-188) and out-assisted (167-144) Kidd in those 16 games.
GARDY IS FINALLY RECOGNIZED
From Elias: Ron Gardenhire has 803 wins in his nine seasons as a major league manager. Only five managers recorded more wins in their first nine seasons than Gardenhire, and all five are in the Hall of Fame for one reason or another: Sparky Anderson (863), Al Lopez (836), Joe McCarthy (828), Earl Weaver (812) and Frank Chance (810). Mike Scioscia, like Gardenhire, had 803 wins in his first nine seasons as a major league manager.
BLACK WINS N.L. MANAGER OF THE YEAR
From Elias: Bud Black, who appeared in 398 major league games as a pitcher, won the 2010 National League Manager of the Year Award. Only two other men who won Manager of the Year Award also pitched in the majors: Tommy Lasorda (26 games pitched, 1983 and 1988 N.L. Manager of the Year) and Larry Dierker (356 games pitched, 1998 N.L. Manager of the Year).
YOUNG AND OLD CONTRIBUTE FOR BRUINS
From Elias: Tyler Seguin (age 18) and Mark Recchi (age 42) each scored a goal for the Bruins in their win over the Rangers. Seguin and Recchi are only the fifth pair of NHL teammates, one 18 years old or younger and the other 40-plus, to score goals in the same game. The other young/old goal duos were Hartford's Ron Francis and Dave Keon in 1981, Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier and Kjell Samuelsson in 1998, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux (three times) in 2005, and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal and Gary Roberts in 2007.
TOEWS FIRST SINCE HULL
From Elias: With just over a minute gone in the second period of the Blackhawks' game in Edmonton the score was Jonathan Toews 3, Oilers 0. Toews was the first Chicago player to score the first three goals of a game since Bobby Hull did it against the Golden Seals in Oakland on Dec. 22, 1971.
STAAL HAS A FEW TRICKS UP HIS SLEEVE
From Elias: Eric Staal registered three goals and two assists in the Hurricanes' 7-1 win against the Senators. Staal did not record a hat trick in his rookie year (2003-04), but he has scored three or more goals in a game a league-high 11 times since then, with at least one hat trick in all six seasons (2005-06 to date).
`CANES GAMES DECIDED EARLY
From Elias: The Hurricanes haven't played any close games recently. Carolina's 7-1 victory over Ottawa was the team's fourth consecutive game decided by a margin of five goals or more. (Carolina's three previous games, in reverse order, were a 7-2 loss at Montreal, an 8-1 home loss to the Flyers and a 7-1 home win against the Oilers.) It's the longest such streak by an NHL team since November 1978, when the Colorado Rockies played four straight games decided by five-goal or larger margins (one win, three losses).
ST. LOUIS SPOILS CAPUANO DEBUT
From Elias: Martin St. Louis scored one goal and assisted on two more to lead the Lightning to a 4-2 win that spoiled the debut of the Islanders' interim head coach, Jack Capuano. Those three points pushed the career total for the Laval, Quebec native to 701. The only other active Quebec-born NHL player with 700 or more career points is his injured teammate, Vincent Lecavalier, with 748.
PENS GET THE MAX OUT OF TALBOT
From Elias: Maxime Talbot tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 3-1 win over the Canucks. It was only the 10th multiple-point game of Talbot's six-year NHL career. That's only one more than teammate Sidney Crosby's league-leading total of nine multi-point games this season! Crosby scored the first goal of the game on Wednesday, but that was his only point of the night.
CHIMERA IS FIRST STAR
From Elias: Jason Chimera earned first-star honors with a pair of assists for the Capitals in their 4-2 victory over the Sabres. Chimera has done most of his scoring this season against Northeast Division teams, recording two goals and four assists in seven games. (He has only one goal and one assist in 12 games this season against the rest of the NHL.) Chimera's total of six points vs. Northeast clubs is higher than the point totals produced by teammates Alex Ovechkin (2-3-5) and Nicklas Backstrom (2-2-4) against that division this season.
IT'S CLEAR: CLEARY IS HOT
From Elias: Daniel Cleary extended his goal streak to six games when he scored the first of his two goals for the Red Wings in their win against St. Louis on Wednesday. It's the longest goal-scoring streak in the NHL this season, twice as long as any previous goal streak in Cleary's NHL career, and the longest by a Red Wings player since Henrik Zetterberg scored in six consecutive games for Detroit in October 2007.
ANOTHER LATE COMEBACK FOR AVS
From Elias: The Avalanche trailed the Sharks, 3-1, in the third period but Colorado came from behind to beat San Jose, 4-3, in overtime. The Avs have earned seven points from games in which they trailed in the third period (three wins and one overtime loss), tying the Capitals for the league high this season.
VOKOUN PLAYS ROAD GAME IN USA
From Elias: Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves to lead the Panthers to a 2-1 win in Atlanta on Wednesday. It was Vokoun's sixth road game of the season but his first road contest of the 2010-11 campaign that wasn't played in Canada. Vokoun's five previous road games were at Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal. He did not play in the Panthers' game at Toronto on October 26.