Date: September 27, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

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Manning

MANNING OFF TO AN UNPRECEDENTED START

From Elias: Peyton Manning became the 1st player in NFL history to throw 3 or more touchdown passes without an interception in each of his team's 1st 3 games of a season, passing for 325 yards in the Colts' 27-13 victory at Denver. Manning had only 1 such game during the entire 2009 season.

Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

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Orton

ORTON'S EYE-POPPING TOTAL GOES FOR NAUGHT

From Elias: Kyle Orton, Manning's opposing QB, passed for 476 yards on Sunday. That was by far the highest total ever recorded for a team that scored fewer than 2 touchdowns in a game. The previous high was 441 yards by Joe Montana of the 49ers in a 14-6 loss to the Redskins in 1986.

Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins

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Rivers

BIG NUMBERS, BAD RESULTS

From Elias: Philip Rivers nearly matched Orton's pass yardage total with the same unsatisfying result, throwing for 455 yards in the Chargers' 27-20 loss at Seattle. There was only 1 other day in NFL history on which 2 players passed for at least 450 yards for a losing team: Jake Plummer (499 yards for the Broncos) and Peyton Manning (472 for the Colts) on October 31, 2004.

San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts

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Boldin

BOLDIN WOWS HIS NEW HOMETOWN FANS

From Elias: Anquan Boldin made a nearly unprecedented 1st impression by catching 3 touchdown passes in Baltimore's home opener, a 24-17 win over the Browns. Only 2 other players in NFL history caught 3 TD passes in the 1st home game of the season for a new team: James Lofton as a rookie for the Packers in 1978, and Terrell Owens for the Eagles in 2004.

Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles

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Brady Jr.

BRADY EXTENDS WINNING STREAK AT FOXBOROUGH

From Elias: Tom Brady threw 3 touchdown passes to lead the Patriots to a 38-30 win over the Bills and post his 22nd straight regular-season win at home. That tied John Elway for the second-longest such streak in NFL history. The record is 25, set by Brett Favre for the Packers from 1995 to 1998.

New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers

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Romo

MR. SEPTEMBER LEADS COWBOYS TO WIN IN BATTLE OF TEXAS

From Elias: Tony Romo passed for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Cowboys' 27-13 win at Houston. That raised Romo's career passer rating during the month of September to 98.6, boosting him past Steve Young for the highest such mark in NFL history (minimum: 250 passes in September).

The Cowboys bucked some long odds to post their first victory of the season over the previously unbeaten Texans. Over the last 20 years, teams with a 0-2-0 record have a 3-14 record when visiting a 2-0-0 team, and that record includes Dallas' win on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans

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Vick

VICK DOESN'T TAKE LONG TO GET SETTLED

From Elias: In his 2nd start as a quarterback for the Eagles, Michael Vick threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for another in a 28-3 victory at Jacksonville. Donovan McNabb had only 3 such games in 142 starts for the Eagles (that is, at least 3 TD passes and 1 rushing TD). Randall Cunningham did it twice in 107 starts. Ron Jaworski was 1-137.

Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins

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Bradford

BRADFORD GETS AN EARLY VICTORY

From Elias: Sam Bradford passed for 235 yards in the Rams' 30-16 win over the Redskins. Over the last 25 years, only 2 other QBs who were the 1st overall selection in the draft won a game in September of their rookie season: David Carr in 2002 and Matthew Stafford last season.

St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers

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Cassel

CASSEL SHOWS HIS PATRIOT FORM FOR THE CHIEFS

From Elias: Matt Cassel threw touchdown passes of 31, 45, and 18 yards in the Chiefs' 31-10 victory over the 49ers. The last Chiefs QB to throw 3 TD passes of at least 15 yards in the same game was Elvis Grbac against the Seahawks 10 years ago. Among the Chiefs QBs who never had such a game were Trent Green, Joe Montana, and for you old timers, Steve Fuller and Mike Livingston.

Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers

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Wallace

WALLACE SCORES TWICE FROM LONG DISTANCE

From Elias: Mike Wallace caught touchdown passes of 46 and 41 yards in the Steelers' 38-13 win at Tampa. Wallace was the 1st Steelers player to score on 2 pass plays of 40 yards or longer in the same game since Louis Lipps did it against the Houston Oilers in 1988. Wallace was the 1st player with two TD receptions of even 20 yards in the same game from Charlie Batch.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Hartley

BRYANT MAKES SAINTS PAY FOR HARTLEY'S MISS

From Elias: Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal attempt in overtime and the Falcons took advantage. Matt Bryant, who could surely sympathize with Hartley, kicked a 46-yard game-winner to give Atlanta a 27-24 win at New Orleans. Hartley's miss was the shortest in overtime since a 2005 game between the Falcons and Bucs in which both kickers missed short field goals. Ironically Bryant was 1 of them, missing a 27-yarder for the Bucs before redeeming himself with a 41-yard field goal with 15 seconds to play.

New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons

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Clausen

CLAUSEN FOLLOWS IN TRADITION OF THEISMANN, MONTANA

From Elias: Nearly 47 years ago, Daryle Lamonica led the Bills to a 45-14 victory over the New York Titans by having the good fortune to make his 1st NFL start on a day that Cookie Gilchrist rushed for 243 yards, an NFL record at the time. Well, it was actually an AFL mark that would later be adopted by the NFL.

We mention this bit of history not only to give a shout out to Gilchrist, a sometimes overlooked superstar of the AFL, but also because of its relevance in light of Jimmy Clausen's 1st NFL start in which the Panthers lost, 20-7, to the Bengals. Since Lamonica's Cookie-fueled victory, 14 of 15 quarterbacks from Notre Dame lost their 1st NFL start. The only victor among that group was Steve Beuerlein for the Raiders in 1988.

Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders

TITANS PITCH 2ND HALF SHUTOUT IN WIN OVER GIANTS

From Elias: The Titans scored 19 unanswered points in the second half for a 29-10 victory at New Meadowlands Stadium. That was 1 point short of the worst defeat ever inflicted on the Giants by a visiting team in a game that was tied at halftime. (The Falcons beat the Giants, 27-7, at Giants Stadium in 2003).

New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons

MLB

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Jeter

JETER IS A WINNER

From Elias: Only Mickey Mantle (2,401) has played more regular-season games for the Yankees than Derek Jeter (2,290), but as of today, no one has played in as many winning games for the Yankees as Jeter. With Sunday night's win Jeter (1,377) passed The Mick (1,376) for the most regular-season victories in franchise history.

New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox

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Cabrera

MVP CREDENTIALS IN DETROIT

From Elias: Miguel Cabrera's 2-run homer helped defeat the Twins in the Tigers' 2010 home finale. Cabrera, who also went deep on Friday and Saturday, was the 2nd player in Tigers history to homer in each of the team's last 3 home games of a season. Rocky Colavito hit home runs against the Kansas City A's in the last 3 games at Tiger Stadium in 1960.

Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins

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Braun

BRAUN AND FIELDER ARE FIRST SINCE RAMIREZ AND ORTIZ

From Elias: Ryan Braun hit his 24th and 25th homers of the season and Prince Fielder hit his 32nd of the year as the Brewers defeated the Marlins, 7-1. Braun and Fielder are the 1st pair of teammates in franchise history to both hit at least 25 home runs in each of 4 straight seasons (2007-2010). It's the longest streak of consecutive 25-homer season for any pair of major-league teammates since Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz had a 4-year streak for the Red Sox from 2003 through 2006.

Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox

BLUE JAYS WIN BATTLE OF THE BIRDS

From Elias: The Blue Jays completed a 3-game sweep of the Orioles to finish the season 9-0 against Baltimore at Rogers Centre. Toronto has won its last 14 home games against the Orioles, dating back to Aug. 8, 2009. That matches the longest home winning streak against a particular opponent in franchise history, which was also against Baltimore. The Jays had 14 straight wins versus the Orioles in Toronto from June 1998 through May 2000.

Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles

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Beltran

BELTRAN SHOWS PROMISE FOR 2011

From Elias: Carlos Beltran hit a pair of home runs to lead the Mets to a 7-3 victory at Philadelphia. Beltran has posted a .375 batting average (15-40, 1 2B, 1 3B. 4 HR) over his past 10 games while collecting a pair of extra-base hits in 3 of those games. Before that, Beltran had failed to record more than 1 extra-base hit in any of his previous 87 games (since a double and a homer on June 4, 2009).

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Cain

CAIN ELEVATES HIS GAME

From Elias: Matt Cain pitched a 3 hitter to lead the Giants to a 4-2 win over the Rockies in Denver. He was the 4th visiting pitcher to toss a complete game at Coors Field while allowing no more than 3 hits. Cain joined Pat Rapp (1 hitter for the Marlins in September 1995), Hideo Nomo (no-hitter for the Dodgers in September 1996) and Roy Oswalt (1 hitter for the Astros in September 2008). Interestingly, Rapp also threw a 3 hitter for the Marlins at Mile High Stadium in 1994, but it wasn┐t during September.

San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies

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Pujols

PUJOLS HOMERS AT WRIGLEY

From Elias: Albert Pujols hit his 42nd home run of the year and the Cardinals held on to defeat the Cubs, 8-7. It was Pujols' 5th homer at Wrigley Field this season, matching his career high (5 in 2004). Pujols fell 1 shy of the Cardinals single-season record of six home runs at Wrigley, set by Les Bell in 1925.

St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

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Brantley

PINCH-HIT GAME-WINNER FOR BRANTLEY

From Elias: Michael Brantley's 2-run pinch-hit double capped a 5-run 8th-inning rally to lift the Indians to a 5-3 triumph over the Royals. It was the 1st game-winning RBI for a Cleveland pinch hitter in more than 2 years. The last before Brantley's was by Jamey Carroll on Aug. 23, 2008 (an 8th inning single at Texas).

Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers

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Tolleson

TOLLESON HOMERS QUICKER THAN HIS DAD

From Elias: Oakland's Steve Tolleson hit his 1st career home run against his dad's original team (the Rangers) on Sunday, in his 48th major-league at bat. Wayne Tolleson, who homered for the 1st time in his 253rd at bat in the majors, finished his career with only 9 home runs in 2,322 at bats (an average of 1 home run every 258 at bats).

Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers

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Burnett

BURNETT FILLS THE WIN COLUMN

From Elias: Sean Burnett notched his 1st win of the season by tossing 2 scoreless innings while the Nationals rallied to beat the Braves. Burnett, who lost his 7 previous decisions this year, avoided the ignominy of setting an Expos/Nationals record for most losses in a winless season. That distinction still belongs to Matt Chico (0-6 in 2008).

Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves

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Weaver

WHITE SOX ERASE EARLY DEFICIT

From Elias: The White Sox came back from a 0-3 hole to defeat Jered Weaver and the Angels, 4-3. Weaver had won each of the last 8 starts in which he was staked to a lead of at least 3 runs.

Anaheim Angels, Chicago White Sox

PIRATES SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST

From Elias: The Pirates beat Houston at PNC Park in their home finale to cap a 7-2 homestand, their best of the year. It was the Bucs' best record in their last homestand of a season since 1987, when they won five of six games from the Cubs and Phillies to finish the year in a fourth-place tie with an 80-82 mark, 15 games behind the division-winning Cardinals.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals

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Votto

VOTTO HAS POWER TO ALL FIELDS

From Elias: Joey Votto homered to left field in the first inning of the Reds' 12-2 win at San Diego. It was Votto's 18th opposite-field home run of the season, the most in the majors by a wide margin. Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Howard are runners up, each with 13 opposite-field shots.

Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies


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