Date: September 10, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Chip, Bulldog and Blood

From Elias: Chip Kelly's offense scored touchdowns of 34, 28 and 25 yards on Monday, making him only the third head coach in NFL history to see his team score three TDs of 25 or more yards on plays from scrimmage in his first game in charge. The 1962 New York Titans (as the Jets were then known) scored TDs of 80 and 64 yards on passes from Lee Grosscup to Art Powell and on a 64-yard pass from Butch Songin to Don Maynard in Clyde "Bulldog" Turner's first game as their head coach; and the 1937 Steelers scored three TDs of 25 or more yards in their first game with Johnny "Blood" McNally as their player/coach, including a 44-yard TD catch by McNally himself.

The Eagles set a blistering pace in the first half, running 53 plays from scrimmage - the highest total in the first half of an NFL game since Minnesota ran 56 plays against Baltimore on December 13, 1998.

LeSean McCoy carried the ball 31 times for 184 yards, including his 34-yard touchdown run on Monday. The only Eagles player with a higher total of rushing yards in a season opener was Duce Staley, who ran for 201 yards against Dallas in 2000.

DeSean Jackson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick on Monday, which was Jackson's seventh TD in 10 games vs. Washington - and at 25 yards, it was the shortest of those seven touchdowns! He had previously scored on receptions covering 88, 62, 57 and 35 yards, and also on a 67-yard run from scrimmage and on a 68-yard punt return.

Philadelphia Eagles


Hope you tuned in early for the Texans/Chargers game

From Elias: San Diego took a lead on Houston 15 seconds into its season opener, after Matt Schaub threw an interception on his first pass and Philip Rivers connected with Ryan Mathews for a touchdown on his first pass. Over the last 10 years, only two other players have scored a touchdown no more than 15 seconds into a season. Percy Harvin scored on a kickoff return 15 seconds into the 2011 season for Minnesota and London Fletcher scored on a fumble recovery 12 seconds into the 2006 season for Buffalo.

San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans

A new mark for TD passes in one week

From Elias: NFL players threw 63 touchdown passes this week, including four in the early Monday Night game and seven in the nightcap. That's the highest total of TD passes in any week in NFL history, five more than the previous record (58), done twice previously (Week 13 in 2004, Week 17 in 2007).


Everyone's doing the safety dance

From Elias: Alfred Morris was tackled in the end zone for a safety on Monday, for the fourth safety in the first quarter this season. There had never been more than two first-quarter safeties in any week of NFL games before this season.

Washington Redskins



Darvish loses third 1-0 game this season

From Elias: Yu Darvish allowed only one run in seven innings on Monday, but Gerrit Cole didn't allow any to lead the Pirates to a 1-0 win in Arlington. It's the third time this season that Darvish has lost a 1-0 game; he was also bested by Dan Straily on May 21 and Justin Masterson on July 27. That's the highest total of 1-0 losses in one season for a pitcher since Orel Hershiser suffered four such losses in 1989 (twice to Andy Benes, once to Frank Viola and once to Greg Maddux). The only other American League pitcher with three 1-0 losses in a season since the advent of the designated hitter in 1973 was Dave McNally for Baltimore, in the initial season with the DH.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers


Dodgers have whacking day against Diamondbacks

From Elias: The Dodgers smacked six home runs against Arizona on Monday, tying their third-highest total in any home game in team history. The Dodgers hit seven home runs at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2006 against the Padres (including four in a row to tie the game in the ninth inning and another to win it in the next inning) and also on May 25, 1979. The Dodgers hit six home runs at home two other times, in Los Angeles on Aug. 22, 2000 and in Brooklyn at Ebbets Field on June 1, 1955.

Juan Uribe had four hits, including three home runs, on Monday, making him the first Dodgers player to do that in a home game since Duke Snider had four hits and three homers at Ebbets Field on June 1, 1955.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks


Tillman reviving Baltimore's tradition of quality young starting pitchers

From Elias: Chris Tillman allowed only two runs in seven innings to improve to 16-5 this season in the Orioles' win over the Yankees on Monday. Since 1980, the only other Orioles pitcher to win more than 15 games in one season at age 25 or younger is Mike Mussina, who went 18-5 in 1992 at age 23 and 16-5 in the strike-shortened 1994 season. Four different Orioles pitchers won more than 15 games in one season at age 25 or younger in the 1970s: Jim Palmer, Ross Grimsley II (a.k.a. RGII), Wayne Garland and Dennis Martinez and seven did so in the 1960s (Chuck Estrada, Steve Barber, Milt Pappas, Wally Bunker, Dave McNally, Jim Hardin and Palmer).

Tillman struck out nine Yankees batters on Monday, tying a career high. He's had nine strikeouts three times in his last seven starts after not reaching that total in any of his first 73 starts in the major leagues.

The Yankees have lost each of their last six games in Baltimore. The Yankees have lost a half-dozen consecutive games on the road against the Orioles within one season only three times since the Orioles landed in Baltimore in 1954: 1982 (seven straight), 1969 (7), and 1966 (8).

Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees


Jimenez shuts down Royals

From Elias: Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 batters in seven innings in the Indians' win over the Royals on Monday, for his third 10-K game in his last four starts. Jimenez reached double-digits in strikeouts on August 23 against Minnesota and again on August 29 in Atlanta. In the last 35 years, the only other Indians pitchers to have 10 or more strikeouts three times in four starts are Chuck Finley (2000) and CC Sabathia (2008). No Indians pitcher has had four straight 10-K games within one season, but Bob Feller did so spanning 1938 and 1939.

Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals


Sale tops 200 strikeouts

From Elias: Chris Sale struck out eight Tigers batters on Monday to push his strikeout total for the season to 207. Sale, who doesn't turn 25 until next March 30, is only the third White Sox pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in a season before turning 27 years old, joining Hall of Famer Ed Walsh, who did it in 1907, and Tom Bradley, who did it twice (1971 and 1972).

Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers


Pinto catches on fire

From Elias: Twins rookie catcher Josmil Pinto went 3 for 4 on Monday, with all three hits being doubles, leaving him with 13 hits in 23 at-bats, a .565 batting average, in seven games in the major leagues. Since 1980, only one player has had at least 20 at-bats and a higher batting average than Pinto in his first seven games in the big leagues; Jay Bruce was 15 for 26 (.577) at that point of his career.

Minnesota Twins


Gonzalez takes no-hit bid to seventh inning

From Elias: Gio Gonzalez threw a one-hit shutout against the Mets on Monday, with New York's only hit being a seventh-inning single by a rookie pinch-hitter, Zach Lutz. Gonzalez is the fourth pitcher to take a no-hitter to the seventh inning for the Nationals since the team moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005, joining Ramon Ortiz (to the ninth inning on Sept. 4, 2006), Jason Bergmann (to the eighth on May 14, 2007) and Scott Olsen (who got one out in the eighth inning before allowing a hit on May 6, 2010).

Lutz is the only rookie to break up a no-hitter in the seventh inning or later as a pinch hitter this season.

Washington Nationals, New York Mets


Wood helps current team shut out former team

From Elias: Travis Wood and two Chicago relievers combined to shut out the Reds on Monday, for the Cubs' first shutout at Great American Ball Park since May 6, 2008. The Cubs' streak of 40 games without a shutout in Cincinnati was their longest since going 50 games at Crosley Field and Riverfront Stadium from 1965 to 1971.

Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds