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HUMPHRIES DOMINATES THE BOARDS IN HOWARD'S ABSENCE
From Elias: The Nets completed a sweep of their home-and-home series against the Magic with an 82-74 victory. Nothing highlighted the absence of Dwight Howard as much as Kris Humphries' total of 21 rebounds. No player has grabbed more than 20 rebounds against a team that includes Howard since Alonzo Mourning did so in November 2005.
ELLINGTON STEALS THE SHOW FROM MIAMI'S BIG 3
From Elias: Wayne Ellington scored 25 points off the bench in the Grizzlies' 104-86 victory over the Heat. It's only the second time since the start of the 2010-11 season that a reserve from the opposition outscored each of the Heat's Big 3 (considering only games in which James, Wade, and Bosh all played). Chris Douglas-Roberts did it for Milwaukee two seasons ago.
HIGH-SCORING SUNDAY IN THE NFL
From Elias: Sunday was the 187th day in NFL history in which 12 games were played. The total of 614 points scored was the second highest recorded on any of those 12-game days. The high of 628 was set on October 25, 1987, which was the day on which NFL union players returned to action following a strike.
WILSON GOES 5-FOR-5 AT THE LINK
From Elias: Russell Wilson improved his record at CenturyLink Field to 5-0 in the Seahawks' 28-7 victory over the Jets. Wilson is the 21st quarterback to win his first five home starts during the NFL's expansion era (that is, since 1960). But he is the first one to do so without throwing an interception in any of those games. Wilson has thrown 111 passes without an INT at the Link.
MANNING SETS NFL RECORD FOR ACCURACY
From Elias: Peyton Manning completed 27 of 38 passes for 301 yards in the Broncos' 36-14 win over the Panthers. It was Manning's sixth consecutive game with at least a 70 percent completion rate (minimum: 20 completions), breaking a tie with Brett Favre for the longest such streak in NFL history.
REID FINALLY JOINS THE CLUB
From Elias: The Eagles extended their losing streak to five games, losing 38-23 to the Cowboys. That is Philadelphia's longest losing streak during Andy Reid's 14 seasons as head coach. Thirty-one individuals have at least 200 NFL games as a head coach on their resume. Until Sunday's loss, Reid was the only one of them never to lose five in a row.
COWBOYS SET TEAM RECORD FOR 3 FASTEST TDs
From Elias: The Cowboys erased a seven-point deficit with three touchdowns in a span of 2 minutes, 35 seconds in the second half in their win at Philadelphia. Those were the three fastest TDs in Cowboys history by a wide margin. Dallas' previous record was three touchdowns in 3 minutes, 52 seconds, also against the Eagles, scored by players whose names will bring knowing smiles from longtime NFL fans: Lance Rentzel, Bob Lilly, and Bob Hayes.
FALCONS LOSE THEIR PERFECT RECORD BY BLOWING LEAD
The last undefeated team in the NFL suffered its first loss of the season when the Falcons suffered a 31-27 loss at New Orleans. Atlanta took a 10-0 lead in the game's first six minutes and became the first team with a perfect record of 8-0 or better to lose by blowing a double-digit lead since Miami in 1984. The Dolphins were 11-0 when they lost, 34-28 in overtime, at San Diego, after holding a 28-14 lead in the fourth quarter. That game featured Dan Fouts passing for 380 yards and four touchdowns against Dan Marino in his second NFL season (338 yards, 2 TD).
PETERSON SETS NEW VIKINGS STANDARD AGAINST LIONS
From Elias: Adrian Peterson gained 171 rushing yards in the Vikings' 34-24 victory over the Lions. In 103 meetings between these longtime division rivals, that was the highest individual rushing total by a Vikings players versus Detroit. Peterson also held the previous high, with 160 yards against the Lions in 2010. But the three highest rushing totals in the series belong to three different Detroit players: Barry Sanders, 220 yards (1991); Mel Farr, 197 (1967); and James Jones, 174 (1986).
JONES HAS A RECORD-BREAKING CAREER IN SPAN OF 5 WEEKS
From Elias: Jacoby Jones, who tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return last month, scored on a 105-yard KO return in the Ravens' 55-20 rout of the Raiders. Prior to Jones, no NFL player scored on two kickoff returns of at least 105 yards in his career. Travis Williams came closest, scoring on returns of 104 yards for the Packers in 1967 and 105 yards for the Rams in 1971.
BUCS ARE SCORING AT A TEAM-RECORD PACE
From Elias: The Bucs continued to pile up points as never before in a 34-24 victory over the Chargers. Tampa Bay has scored 178 points in its last five games, for an average of 35.6 per game. Prior to that, the Bucs, now in their 37th season in the NFL, had never averaged more than 28 points over a five-game span in one season. They set their previous high in 1989 behind Vinny Testaverde.
PATRIOTS CONTINUE TO BEDEVIL THE BILLS
From Elias: The Patriots built a 24-10 lead by scoring on their first four possessions and then held on for a 37-31 victory over the Bills. New England also scored on its last seven possessions against Buffalo in September. The Pats' streak of 11 consecutive scoring drives versus the Bills was the longest by one NFL team against another since 2000, when the Rams scored on their first 11 possessions in a 57-31 win over the Chargers.
KICKERS FROM A TO Z MISS FGs IN OT
From Elias: The Rams and 49ers played a 24-24 tie at San Francisco in which David Akers (41 yards) and Greg Zuerlein (58) both missed a field-goal attempt during the overtime period. It was the sixth NFL tie in which both teams missed field goals in OT, and the first of its type since a tie in 2002 between the Steelers (Todd Peterson) and Falcons (Jay Feely).
There were 13 ties in the first 16 seasons after the NFL instituted regular-season overtime (1974-89), but there have been only five in the 23 seasons since then.
TITANS' DEFENSE TURNS THINGS AROUND AT MIAMI
On a day when NFL teams were scoring in bunches, perhaps the most unlikely performance was turned in by the beleaguered Titans defense. Having allowed an average of 34.2 points in their first nine games, the Titans posted a 37-3 victory at Miami. Tennessee was the second team in NFL history with an opponent scoring average that high at least five games into a season to hold an opponent to three points or less. The first was the New York Giants in a 49-3 win over the Packers at Wisconsin State Fair Park in 1948.
JOHNSON HITS THE 100 MARK AGAINST DOLPHINS
From Elias: Chris Johnson rushed for 126 yards in the Titans' victory, snapping a streak of 22 straight games in which the Dolphins didn't allow a 100-yard rusher. That was the longest current streak in the NFL and the second longest in Dolphins history.
BENGALS DEFEND THEIR HOME TURF AGAINST GIANTS
From Elias: The Bengals defeated the Giants, 31-13, improving their home record against New York to 6-0. Of course, that's six wins over a span of 41 seasons engineered by four different starting quarterbacks: Ken Anderson (1972 and 1977), Boomer Esiason (1985 and 1991), Jon Kitna (2004), and Andy Dalton (2012). But for the record, no other team in NFL history won its first six home games against the Giants. In fact, none won even its first four at home versus New York.
COUGHLIN'S GIANTS STRUGGLING AGAIN IN NOVEMBER
From Elias: The Giants' November nightmares continued with Sunday's loss at Cincinnati. New York has a 13-21 record under Tom Coughlin in November, compared to a sterling 30-6 mark in October. So is it the coach or is it the team? Or simply a random difference? Well, Coughlin had a much better record in November (19-12) than he did in October (13-19) during his eight seasons as coach of the Jaguars (1995-2002). But the Giants showed the same tendencies under their previous coach, Jim Fassel, as they have under Coughlin, posting a 15-12 record in October and a 10-18-1 mark in November. Then again, only two current Giants players remain from the Fassel era: David Diehl and Osi Umenyiora.