Date: December 17, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Peterson romps in Vikings' win

From Elias: Adrian Peterson ran for 212 yards, including an 82-yard TD, in the Vikings' 36-22 win at St. Louis. It was 10th time in Peterson's six-year pro career that he scored on a run of at least 60 yards, setting a new NFL record. Jim Brown had nine TD runs of 60 yards or longer.

Peterson ran 82 yards for a touchdown in a 210-yard performance at Green Bay two weeks ago. He became the fourth player in NFL history with two TD runs of 80 yards or longer in the same calendar month, following Hugh McElhenny (Oct. 1952), Barry Sanders (Oct. 1997), and Chris Johnson (Nov. 2009).

The only other players with a pair of 200-yard rushing games in the same month were O.J. Simpson (Dec. 1973), Earl Campbell (Oct. 1980), Ricky Williams (Dec. 2002), and Tiki Barber (Dec. 2005).

Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams


Seahawks score big with rookie QB

From Elias: The Seahawks followed last week's 58-0 win over the Cardinals with a 50-17 victory over the Bills. Only two other teams in NFL history scored 50 or more points in consecutive games of the same season: the LA Rams and the Giants, both in 1950.

From 1960 through 2011, only two rookie quarterbacks started a game in which their team scored at least 50 points: Chris Chandler of the Colts in 1988 and Tony Banks of the Rams in 1996. Russell Wilson has now done it in consecutive weeks.

But that's not all we have on Wilson, who set the tone on Sunday with TD runs of 14 and 25 yards in the first 10 minutes and scored on a 13-yard run in the second quarter. Wilson was the first rookie to score three rushing TDs in the first half of a game since Joseph Addai did it for the Colts in 2006. Wilson was the first rookie in modern NFL history (that is, since 1933) with three TD runs longer than 10 yards in the first half of one game.

Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills


Cousins picks up where Griffin left off

From Elias: Kirk Cousins passed for 329 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 38-21 victory at Cleveland, one week after he relieved Robert Griffin III to lead Washington to an overtime victory over Baltimore. The Redskins are the first team in the NFL's expansion era to win consecutive games with a different rookie starting at quarterback in each.

Cousins and Griffin are the first rookie teammates each to pass for at least 300 yards in a game in the same season.

Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins

Giants held scoreless after routing the Saints

From Elias: The Falcons routed the Giants, 34-0, one week after the Giants posted a 52-27 win over the Saints. Only three other teams in NFL history were shut out immediately following a game in which they scored at least 50 points:

- In 1920, the Rochester Jeffersons played a 0-0 tie against the Utica Knights of Columbus one week after posting a 66-0 victory over Fort Porter.

- In 1973, the Falcons lost, 31-0, to the LA Rams following a 62-7 victory at New Orleans.

- In 2005, the Redskins lost, 36-0, to the Giants after a 52-17 win over the 49ers.

New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons

Two big shutouts by NFC South rivals

From Elias: The Saints shut out the Buccaneers, 41-0. Combined with the Falcons' 34-0 win over the Giants, it marked only the third time that teams from the same division posted shutout victories by at least 30 points on the same day. The Falcons and 49ers did it on October 21, 1973, when both played in the NFC West; and the Colts and Jets did it on December 14, 1997, when Indianapolis was in the AFC East.

Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Brees throws TDs to four different receivers

From Elias: Drew Brees threw touchdown passes to David Thomas, Darren Sproles, Lance Moore, and Joe Morgan in the Saints' rout of the Bucs. It was the 11th time that Brees connected on scoring passes with at least four different receivers in the same game, extending his NFL record. Only three players have done that even half as often as Brees: Tom Brady (8), Brett Favre (7), and Dan Marino (6).

New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Romo records a big number against the Steelers

From Elias: Tony Romo passed for 341 yards in the Cowboys' 27-24 overtime victory over the Steelers. Over the last nine seasons, only one other player passed for that much yardage in a win against Pittsburgh: Tom Brady, who did it three times.

Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers

Denver continues to win and win big

From Elias: The Broncos extended their winning streak to nine games with a 34-17 victory at Baltimore. All nine of Denver's wins have been by a margin of at least seven points. Over the last 10 years, only one other team posted at least nine straight wins by seven or more points in the same season. The common element between Denver and that team is the quarterback. Peyton Manning and the Colts won each of their first 13 games by at least seven points in 2005.

Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos


Jones scores three quick TDs

From Elias: Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to James Jones in a span of 11 minutes, 11 seconds of playing time in the Packers' 21-13 win at Chicago. There have been 184 regular-season games between the Packers and Bears. Jones became only the third player to catch three TD passes in any of those contests, following Mike Ditka for Chicago in 1961 and Jermichael Finley for Green Bay last season.

Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers


Johnson ties record for 10-catch games

From Elias: Andre Johnson caught 11 passes for 151 yards in the Texans' 29-17 win over the Colts. It was the 17th time that Johnson caught at least 10 passes in one game, tying the NFL record shared by Jerry Rice and Wes Welker.

Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts


Janikowski handles the scoring for Oakland

From Elias: Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals to account for all of the Raiders' scoring in a 15-0 victory over the Chiefs. Oakland tied the largest margin of victory in a NFL game in which no touchdowns were scored. The only other 15-point win in a TD-less game was a 15-0 victory by Tampa Bay over Chicago in 2002.

Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders


Lindley is eighth rookie QB to win this season

From Elias: Ryan Lindley was the starting quarterback in the Cardinals' 38-10 win over the Lions. Lindley was the eighth different rookie QB to start and win a game this season, a new NFL record. The others were Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Nick Foles, and Kirk Cousins. The previous high was seven, most recently in 2010 (Sam Bradford, Max Hall, Colt McCoy, John Skelton, Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow, and Joe Webb.)

Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions


Long run, long kick aid in Dolphins' win

From Elias: Reggie Bush had a 53-yard run and Dan Carpenter kicked a 53-yard field goal in the Dolphins' 24-3 win over the Jaguars. It was only the third game in the team's 47-year history in which Miami teammates had a field goal and a rushing play of at least 50 yards. The others were by Garo Yepremian with long runs by both Gary Davis and Freddie Solomon against Buffalo in 1976, and by Olindo Mare and Ricky Williams against the Jets in 2002.

Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars

Chargers suffer another big loss at home

From Elias: The Panthers routed the Chargers, 31-7, at San Diego. It was the second time this season that the Chargers lost a home game by 24 points, following Atlanta's 27-3 win in September. Over the previous eight seasons, the Chargers didn't lose a home game by more than 16 points.

San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers



Calderon ties a Raptors record

From Elias: Jose Calderon posted his second triple-double of the season, scoring 18 points, with 14 assists and 10 rebounds, in the Raptors' 103-96 win over the Rockets. Calderon has already tied the team record for TDs in a season, set by Damon Stoudamire in 1996-97 and tied by Marcus Camby a year later.

Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets

World Peace

World Peace stars in Lakers' win

From Elias: Metta World Peace scored 19 points and added 16 rebounds in the Lakers' 111-98 win at Philadelphia. It was MWP's first double-double in nearly three years, ending a span of 213 games without one. World Peace's only prior double-double for the Lakers was recorded on January 13, 2010 against the Mavericks.

Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers


Nuggets make the most of Koufos' time

From Elias: The Nuggets defeated the Kings, 122-97, outscoring Sacramento by 27 points (61-34) during Kosta Koufos' time on the court (22:15). It was the third time in this calendar year that Koufos played less than 25 minutes in a game in which he was plus-25 or higher.

Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings