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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.

Updated: November 7, 2006, 11:15 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NFL
• Raiders quarterbacks have been sacked 44 times this season, 15 more than the team with the next-most (the Browns, 29). In fact, only two other teams in NFL history have been sacked that many times over the first eight games of a season -- the 1969 Falcons (47) and 2002 Texans, a first-year expansion team (45).

The 1986 Eagles, the team that holds the single-season record for times sacked with 104, had "only" 41 over the first eight games, but 63 over the second half of the season.

 Andrew Walter
Walter
Andrew Walter was sacked seven times in the first half Monday. He was the first quarterback to be sacked as many as seven times in the first half of a game since Neil O'Donnell was dropped seven times in the first half in his Jets debut, the 1996 opener for the team that went 1-15.

• The Raiders have been shut out in both of their appearances on Monday Night Football this season, 16-0 by the Seahawks on Monday and 27-0 by the Chargers in their opener. Oakland is the first team to be shut out twice in one season on Monday Night Football.

On the other side, the Seahawks became the first team to hold opponents scoreless in consecutive Monday Night appearances. Seattle's previous MNF game was a 42-0 win over the Eagles last Dec. 5.

NBA
• The Mavericks lost to the Warriors Monday, dropping them to 0-3 on the season. Over the last 25 seasons, the only other team to lose its first three games of a season following an appearance in the NBA Finals was the 76ers, who dropped their first five games in 2001.

• The Bulls and the Bucks have met 197 times in regular-season competition since the Bucks entered the NBA in 1968. Monday's game gave Chicago a 99-98 edge in wins. Entering the game, it was the most games played in any NBA team-vs.-team series in which the games had been evenly split.

• The Wizards lost in Orlando Monday, which is nothing new. Washington has lost 18 of its last 20 games there and has posted an all-time record of 6-29 (.171). The only team with a worse record than the Wizards at Orlando is the Nuggets (2-16, .111).

• The Knicks have lost three of their first four games and have allowed at least 100 points in each one. It's been 18 years since the Knicks last allowed 100 or more points in each of their first four games. That team was coached by Rick Pitino and featured Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, and Mark Jackson.

NHL

 Ilya Kovalchuk
Kovalchuk
• The Thrashers have played only 17 games this season, but Ilya Kovalchuk has already tied an NHL season record by recording his second game of the season with at least three power-play goals. The only other players in league history with two power-play hat tricks in one season were Mike Bossy (1981-82 Islanders), Bernie Nicholls (1981-82 Kings) and Dino Ciccarelli (1985-86 North Stars).

• The Flyers lost, 4-1, to the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday to drop their record to 3-10-1 in 14 games this season. It's the earliest point that the Flyers have reached the 10-loss plateau in any of their 39 seasons. Before this season, the fewest games it took Philadelphia to reach double-digit losses was 17 in 1987-88 (4-10-3). Last season, the Flyers did not suffer their 10th regulation loss until Jan. 12, in their 44th game (28-10-6).

• Washington's Olaf Kolzig allowed three goals on five shots in the first 11:51 of the Capitals' game against Ottawa, at which point he was replaced in net by Brent Johnson. Kolzig's save percentage in Monday's contest (.400) was the lowest for any of the 613 regular-season games in his NHL career. Kolzig's previous low (.500) was in a game in Boston on March 8, 2003, when he faced six shots and allowed three goals in just over 10 minutes.

However, the Capitals came back to win Monday. In the last 10 years they have won only one other game in which they trailed by as many as three goals. That was a 6-5 win on March 11, also against the Senators.

• Filip Kuba's goal at 17:28 of the second period in Monday's game against the Islanders was the first by a Tampa Bay defenseman this season. The Lightning were the last team to get a goal from a defenseman this season.

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