Good morning. My usual Friday conversation with Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on XTRA Sports 910 AM got me thinking about the unusual:
Rams winning two straight: The Rams' 17-3 victory over Arizona on Thursday night gave St. Louis victories in back-to-back NFC West games for the first time since 2004. The 2004 team beat Seattle in Week 10. Then, after two games outside the division, those Rams defeated San Francisco in Week 13. That 2004 Rams team was also the last one to defeat NFC West opponents in successive weeks, as the 2012 version has done. The 2004 team beat San Francisco in Week 4 and Seattle the next week, giving the Rams a 3-2 record identical to their current one. That Rams team faced Miami in Week 7 and New England in Week 9. The current team faces Miami in Week 6 and New England in Week 8.
Niners by 34 on the road: The 49ers' 34-0 road victory over the New York Jets marked their most lopsided victory away from Candlestick Park since the team defeated New Orleans 38-0 on Jan. 6, 2001. The franchise won road games by 34-plus points only twice during the Bill Walsh era and four times with George Seifert as coach.
Cardinals held to three: Arizona's 17-3 defeat at St. Louis marked the first time since 2004 that the Cardinals failed to exceed three points in a game. The 2004 team lost 13-3 to the Jets and 6-3 to the Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals have been held beneath 10 points nine times during the Ken Whisenhunt era, right at the NFL average. The Rams (23 times) and Cleveland Browns (20) have failed to reach double digits more than any other teams during that span. Houston, San Diego, New England and New Orleans have had it happen only once during the time period in question (since 2007).
Seahawks lose with 179-plus: Seattle rushed for 179 yards while holding the Rams to 286 net yards, and still lost. The Seahawks are now 22-3 in their history when rushing for at least 179 and holding their opponents to 286 net yards or fewer. The 1996 and 1992 teams were the only other Seattle teams to lose despite those advantageous parameters.
Back in a bit. Here's hoping your Saturday is a good one.