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WARNER'S TURNAROUND OVERWHELMS BEARS
One week after throwing five interceptions in a loss to the Panthers, Kurt Warner threw five touchdowns in the Cardinals' 41-21 victory at Chicago. The most surprising thing about Warner's turnaround might be that three other NFL players tossed at least five TDs in their next game after getting picked off five or more times: Gary Danielson (1978), George Blanda twice (1965 and 1966) and Jim Hardy (1950).
Warner's only other 5-TD game came more than 10 years ago, on Oct. 10, 1999 against the 49ers. That broke Brett Favre's NFL record for longest gap between games with at least five touchdown passes by a margin of four weeks.
Warner also became the second player ever to throw four first-half touchdown passes against the Bears - two weeks after Carson Palmer became the first.
MANNING AND CLARK HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AGAINST TEXANS
Peyton Manning completed 26 of 40 passes, including 11 completions to Dallas Clark, in the first half of the Colts' 20-17 win over the Texans. That was Manning's career high for completions in one half, and it was the highest total for passes in one half of an NFL game since Rich Gannon threw 41 times for the Raiders in a 2002 game against the Steelers.
TURNER'S TWO LONG TDS HELP TO SUBDUE REDSKINS
Michael Turner scored touchdowns on runs of 30 and 58 yards in the Falcons' 31-17 win over the Redskins. Turner became the first player in team history with two rushing TDs of 30 yards or longer in the same game. In fact, only one Falcons player had two rushing TDs of even 20 yards in the same game: Michael Vick, against the Vikings in 2002.
BRADY CONNECTS WITH MOSS FOR THEIR LONGEST TD
Randy Moss caught a 71-yard touchdown pass in the Patriots' 27-17 win over the Dolphins. It was Moss' longest TD reception from Tom Brady, who is the fifth player to throw a scoring pass of 70 yards or longer to Moss. The others were Daunte Culpepper, Todd Bouman, Kerry Collins, and Matt Cassel.
Only two other players caught a TD pass of 70-plus yards from five different players: Joey Galloway (John Friesz, Jon Kitna, Quincy Carter, Brian Griese and Chris Simms) and Bobby Mitchell (Milt Plum, Norm Snead, George Izo, Dick Shiner and Sonny Jurgensen).
BENSON ROLLS OVER RAVENS FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON
Cedric Benson rushed for 117 yards in the Bengals' 17-7 win over the Ravens. Benson, who gained 120 yards in Cincinnati's first game against Baltimore this season, is the second player to record two 100-yard rushing games against the Ravens in one season. The first was Jerome Bettis, who did it twice (1996 and 1997).
BENGALS START WITH A DOUBLE-BANG FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
The Bengals scored touchdowns on drives of 73 and 80 yards on the first two possessions of their win over the Ravens. Last week, Cincinnati scored TDs on drives of 77 and 80 yards on their first two possessions against the Bears. No other team in the past 20 seasons has started consecutive games with TD drives of 70 yards or longer on each of their first two possessions.
ROOKIE FREEMAN LEADS BUCS TO FIRST WIN OF SEASON
Josh Freeman threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start to lead the Bucs (1-7) to their first win of the season, 38-28 over the Packers. The last rookie QB to start and win for a team with at least seven losses and no victories was Mike McMahon for the Lions in 2001.
BUCS HIT THE WIN COLUMN WITH 4TH-QUARTER RALLY
The Bucs trailed the Packers, 28-17, early in the fourth quarter. Only two other teams in NFL history posted their first win of a season after at least seven losses by overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit of more than 10 points: the Bears (0-7-0) in 1997 with a win over the Dolphins, and the Giants (0-7-2) in 1951 with a victory over the Packers.
CHAMBERS SCORES 2 QUICK TDS IN DEBUT FOR CHIEFS
Chris Chambers caught a pair of touchdown passes 91 seconds apart late in the fourth quarter of his debut for the Chiefs, in a 24-21 loss at Jacksonville. Chambers caught a total of 53 TD passes for the Dolphins and Chargers, including nine games in which he scored at least twice. But this was the first time he caught two TD passes within two minutes of playing time.
SAINTS STAY PERFECT WITH COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN
The Saints rallied from a 14-0 deficit to improve their record to 8-0 with a 30-20 win over the Panthers. Only two other teams in NFL history maintained a perfect record this far into a season by winning a game in which they trailed by 14 or more points: the Broncos trailed the Chiefs, 14-0, in their 13th win in 1998; and the Dolphins trailed the Eagles, 14-0, in their 11th win in 1984.
JACKSON JOINS OWENS & MOSS WITH 2 TDS AT GIANTS STADIUM
Vincent Jackson caught a pair of touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 21 seconds to play, in the Chargers' 21-20 victory over the Giants. Over the last five seasons, only two other Giants opponents caught two TD passes in a game at Giants Stadium: Terrell Owens and Randy Moss (both in 2007).
JOHNSON POSTS ANOTHER BIG NUMBER IN WIN OVER NINERS
Chris Johnson gained 135 rushing yards in the Titans' 34-27 win at San Francisco. Combined with his 228 yards against the Jaguars last week, Johnson posted the highest two-game rushing total by an Oilers/Titans player since Earl Campbell gained 368 rushing yards over two games in October 1981.
SEAHAWKS OVERCOME LIONS' EARLY LEAD
The Seahawks trailed, 17-0, at the end of the first quarter but rallied for a 32-20 win over the Lions. The last time the Lions held a 17-point lead was November 23, 2008 against Tampa Bay, and they lost that game as well. Over the last three seasons, no other NFL team has lost a game in which they led by 17 points.
BIG BEN MAKES LIKE RODMAN IN WIN OVER SIXERS
Ben Wallace scored only two points on a pair of free throws, but he grabbed 16 rebounds in the Pistons' 88-81 win over the 76ers. It was the fourth time in Wallace's NBA career that he had at least 15 rebounds in a game in which failed to score a field goal. The only other active players with more than one such game are Reggie Evans (4) and Jeff Foster (2).2
SUNS FRONTCOURT SHINES IN VICTORY AT D.C.
Channing Frye, Amar'e Stoudemire and Grant Hill each posted a double-double in the Suns' 102-90 victory over the Wizards. There were no games during the entire 2008-2009 season in which Phoenix's starting frontcourt all reached double-digits in both points and rebounds.
THUNDER OUTSHOOTS MAGIC FROM LONG-RANGE
The Thunder beat the Magic at their own game, shooting 9-for-16 from three-point range in a 102-74 win over Orlando. Over the last two full seasons, opposing teams made at least six more treys than the Magic just three times (the Knicks and Bucks last season and the Nets two seasons ago).
BLAZERS PASS IT AROUND IN WIN OVER T'WOLVES
The Trail Blazers were credited with an assist on 35 of their 41 field goals (85%) in Sunday's 116-93 victory over the Timberwolves. That was Portland's highest assist percentage in any game since March 1999.
HEDBERG DOES IT AGAIN IN THRASHERS' SHOOTOUT VICTORY
Rich Peverley and Slava Kozlov scored on both of the Thrashers' shootout attempts and Johan Hedberg stopped both shots by the Blues to earn Atlanta a 3-2 win over St. Louis. Hedberg has a 13-3 career record in shootouts, including a current streak of five straight wins dating back to March 2008. Hedberg's .813 winning percentage in shootouts is the highest by any goaltender who has played in at least 10 tiebreakers over the five seasons since the shootout was instituted by the NHL.
OILERS USE MANPOWER ADVANTAGE TO DEFEAT AVS
The Oilers scored four power-play goals, including three in the first period, in a 5-3 win at Colorado. It was only the fourth time overall, and the first time in more than 20 years, that Edmonton scored three first-period PPGs in one game. The last time was November 19, 1988, and the first two were scored by Glenn Anderson.