Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Colts, Chargers could end playoff streaks
By Russell S. Baxter
• The two longest active playoff streaks in the league belong to the Indianapolis Colts (eight straight) and San Diego Chargers (four straight). And both of those runs are in jeopardy after each team (both 6-6) lost at home, to the Cowboys and Raiders, respectively.
• The New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady abused the supposedly-tough New York Jets defense Monday night every which way possible. Jets defenders have allowed 19 pass plays of 30 or more yards in 12 games (fifth-most in the league), after giving up just eight passing plays of 30 or more yards in 16 games last season.
• The Minnesota Vikings scored 31 first-half points in their 38-14 win over the Bills, a contest in which Brett Favre went out early and was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson. It should be noted that the 31 points were more than they had scored in any game this season. Unfortunately for Jackson, Favre still gets credit for the win because he started the game.
• No matter how many issues you have on offense, it’s hard to win a lot of games if your defense can’t get off the field. Case in point are the Buffalo Bills, who for the sixth time in 12 games gave up at least 200 yards on the ground. Teams allowing 200 yards rushing are 2-27 this season.
• It's taken some time, but the 2010 version of the Jacksonville Jaguars are starting to look like the '07 team that featured an overpowering ground game. The star has been (of course) RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who had 186 of Jacksonville's 258 yards rushing against the Titans, the fifth game in a row Jones-Drew has reached the century mark and the Jaguars have run for at least 130 yards.
• The Detroit Lions have amassed many losing streaks during the past 10 seasons, led by their current 26-game road losing streak. With their 24-20 setback to the Bears on Sunday, Detroit has now dropped 19 straight games in the division, a skid they hope to end next week against the Green Bay Packers.
• The St. Louis Rams evened their record at 6-6 this season with a 19-6 win at Arizona (snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Cardinals). St. Louis has EQUALED their win total from 2007-09 (6-42). And their Missouri brothers, the Kansas City Chiefs, are 8-4 this season, compared to a combined 10-38 the previous three seasons.
• Colts QB Peyton Manning, the four-time NFL MVP, has thrown 11 interceptions in his last three games, and 15 in 12 games this season. Manning’s career-high for interceptions came in his rookie season in 1998 (28), while his 15 interceptions in 2010 are as many or more than he’s thrown in eight of his previous 12 seasons.
• Ben Roethlisberger's recent success against the Baltimore Ravens continues. Since being pounded by Baltimore in 2006 (Roethlisberger was sacked 14 times, threw one TD and four interceptions and the Steelers lost twice by a combined score of 58-7), the two-time Super Bowl champion is 6-0 vs. the Ravens (including playoffs), throwing 10 TDs and just three picks while being sacked 20 times.