Sunday, November 7, 2010
Rookie Ford rallies Raiders
The Oakland Raiders' Jacoby Ford (148 receiving yards, 158 kickoff return yards, TD) is just the second rookie since the merger, joining Rickey Watts in 1979, to have 100 receiving yards and return a kickoff for touchdown in the same game.
Ford is also the second player in NFL history to have at least 140 receiving yards and 150 kickoff return yards in the same game. The other was Gary Ballman in 1963, who had 161 receiving yards and 159 kickoff return yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
From the Elias Sports Bureau: This was the Raiders first win in which they trailed 10-0 at halftime since 1992 against the New York Giants in the Los Angeles Coliseum. You have to go back to 1972 against the Buffalo Bills to find the last time the Raiders were shut out at halftime and trailed by at least 10 points and came back to win a game in the Oakland Coliseum. In that 1972 game, the Raiders trailed 13-0 at the half.
The Raiders are 3-0 in the AFC West, with wins over the Chargers, Broncos and Chiefs. The last time they beat every AFC West opponent was 2002, when they finished 4-2 in the division and reached the Super Bowl.
The last time the Raiders won their first three division games of a season was 2001, when they started 3-0. Overall, the Raiders have also won three straight games for the first time since they had a five-game win streak in 2002.
Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles have won 12 straight games following the bye week, the longest win streak since the bye week was implemented in 1990. Philadelphia has an NFL-best 18-4 record after a bye.
The New York Giants had a 35-0 halftime lead at Seattle, the first time they've scored at least 35 points in the first half since a 35-14 lead against the Houston Oilers in 1985. The Giants now have scored at least 40 points in consecutive road games for the first time since 1966.