NFL by the Numbers
Packers quarterback Brett Favre is 12-14 in his last 26 starts at Lambeau Field after going 75-12 in his first 87 home games. He's lost more home games since the 2003 playoffs than in his first 12 years with the Packers. In his last 11 games Favre has thrown six touchdowns and 23 interceptions and has a passer rating of 56.8.
Last weekend was the first in 23 years that three home teams were shut out. Then and now, the Bears were on the winning end of a shutout and the Buccaneers on the losing end of a 27-0 game. On Sunday the Ravens blanked the Bucs 27-0 in Tampa and the Bears beat the Packers 26-0 at Lambeau. On Monday the Chargers shut out the Raiders 27-0 in Oakland. The last time three home teams failed to score was Nov. 20, 1983, when the Bears beat Tampa 27-0, the Browns beat the Patriots 30-0 in Foxboro and the Giants beat the Eagles 23-0 at the Vet. Until last weekend the Buccaneers had gone 77 straight games, the Packers 124 games and the Raiders 212 consecutive home games without being shut out.
... 532, 533, 534
Amani Toomer and Tiki Barber combined to tie or break the Giants record for most career receptions 10 times Sunday. When their game with the Colts began, Toomer had a franchise-record 529 catches and Barber had 528. Barber then caught No. 529 to tie Toomer, Toomer caught No. 530 to reclaim the record, Barber caught No. 530 to again tie Toomer, Toomer caught No. 531 to again break the record, Barber caught No. 531 to tie again, and Toomer caught No. 532 to break the record again. Then it got interesting. Barber caught No. 532 and 533 to break Toomer's record. Then Toomer caught No. 533 to tie Barber and then No. 534 to break the mark. He now leads Barber 534 to 533.
Jeff Wilkins made six field goals Sunday and scored all 18 of the Rams' points in an 18-10 win over the Broncos. He became the second kicker in NFL history to make six or more field goals and score all his team's points twice in a career -- and the first to do it with two teams. In 1993 John Carney twice made six field goals in games in which the Chargers scored 18 points. Others to make six or more field goals and score all their team's points: Bobby Howfield of the Jets in an 18-17 win over the Saints in 1972, Tom Dempsey of the Eagles in an 18-17 win over the Astros in 1972, and Chris Boniol of the Cowboys in a 21-6 win over the Packers in 1996.
Edgerrin James on Sunday became the first Cardinals running back to rush for a first-quarter touchdown in nearly five years. James' one-yard TD run against the 49ers was the first of its kind for the Cardinals in 70 games, since Dec. 2, 2001, when Thomas Jones had a five-yarder against the Raiders in a 34-31 win.
The six 2005 NFC playoff teams combined for only five offensive touchdowns last week, with the Seahawks, Buccaneers and Panthers scoring none, the Bears and Redskins scoring one each and the Giants three.
Broncos running back Tatum Bell rushed 15 times for 103 yards against the Rams, his fourth game since Week 5 last year with 100 or more yards on 15 or fewer carries. During the same span, no other NFL back has more than one game with 100 or more yards on 15 or fewer carries, and only six other backs have done it once. Bell has five career 100-yard games, all on 17 or fewer carries.
Eagles receiver Donte' Stallworth had more touchdowns of 40 or more yards in his first half with the Eagles (one) than he had in his last two seasons with the Saints (none). His 141 receiving yards are the most by an Eagle on opening day in 22 years, since Mike Quick had 148 against the Giants in 1984.
Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has averaged 311 passing yards on opening day over the past eight years. Only one other quarterback, Donovan McNabb, has passed for 311 or more yards more than once in the same period.
35 years, 234 days
With the Jets' win over the Titans, New York head coach Eric Mangini -- who is 35 years, 234 days old -- became the third-youngest first-year NFL head coach to win his first game. Cincinnati's Dave Shula (33) and Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher (35 years, 121 days) both won their debuts. And both were on Sept. 6, 1992.
After throwing three touchdown passes and no interceptions in his emergency start against the Dolphins, quarterback Charlie Batch has more career games with three touchdowns and no interceptions as a Steeler (one) than Ben Roethlisberger (none), who has won 22 of 25 NFL starts.