Date: November 18, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Manning surpasses Moon and Favre

From Elias: With his first-quarter touchdown pass to Julius Thomas, Peyton Manning set a single-season NFL record for TD passes at age 37 or older (34). The previous mark of 33 TDs was set by Warren Moon in 1995 and it was tied by Brett Favre in 2009. Both Moon and Favre earned their share of the former record while playing for the Vikings.


McCoy is first to 1,000 yards

From Elias: LeSean McCoy gained 77 yards and scored twice on 20 carries in the Eagles' 24-16 win over the Redskins. That pushed McCoy's total to 1,009 rushing yards, as he became the first NFL player to reach the 1,000 mark this season. McCoy was also the first to reach 1,000 rushing yards in 2011; prior to that, no Eagles player had earned that distinction since Steve Van Buren in 1949.


Roethlisberger marches Steelers to victory

From Elias: Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a 97-yard game-winning scoring drive that ended with less than 5 minutes to play in a 37-27 victory over the Lions. That matched the longest scoring drive of Roethlisberger's NFL career, whether in the regular season or the postseason. He also led a 97-yard TD drive in the first quarter of a win over Cleveland in 2006.


Megatron disappears after huge 2nd quarter

From Elias: Calvin Johnson caught five passes for 163 yards during the second quarter of Detroit's loss at Pittsburgh, when the Lions scored all 27 of their points. That was the highest receiving-yardage total in one period since Lee Evans of the Bills gained 205 yards in the first quarter of a 2006 game at Houston. But like his team, Johnson was shut out by the Steelers in the second half. His total of 179 receiving yards for the game was the highest by a player who didn't catch a pass after halftime since 1992, when Jerry Rice gained 183 yards, all in the first half, in the 49ers' 56-17 win over the Falcons.


Undrafted McGloin shines in debut

From Elias: Matt McGloin threw three touchdown passes to lead the Raiders to a 28-23 win at Houston. McGloin was the first undrafted rookie with three or more TD passes in his first NFL start since Ed Rubbert did it during the players' strike in 1987. Prior to that, the last undrafted rookie to do so was John Stofa of the Dolphins in 1966, Miami's first season in the AFL. Also of note, McGloin wasn't intercepted on Sunday. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only one other rookie quarterback, drafted or otherwise, threw at least three TDs without an INT in his first NFL start: Todd Marinovich, also of the Raiders, in 1991.


Hartley replicates heroics vs 49ers

From Elias: Garrett Hartley, who missed four of six field-goal attempts over his previous three games, kicked three FGs in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The last of those kicks came as time expired, giving the Saints a 23-20 win over the 49ers. It was only the fifth NFL game in which a kicker capped three fourth-quarter field goals with a walkoff game-winner, but it was the second time that Hartley did it against the 49ers, having done so at Candlestick Park in 2010.


Glennon sets rookie mark for accuracy

From Elias: Mike Glennon completed 20 of 23 passes in the Buccaneers' 41-28 win over the Falcons (87%). That was the highest completion percentage ever recorded by an NFL rookie in a game with 15 or more completions. The previous mark was 84 percent by Charlie Batch of the Lions against the Packers in 1998 (16-for-19). Honorable mention to Robert Griffin III, who completed 14 of 15 passes against the Eagles one year ago today (Nov. 18, 2012).


Dalton throws 3 more TDs

From Elias: Andy Dalton passed for 93 yards and three touchdowns - yes, you read that right - in the Bengals' 41-20 victory over the Browns. Over the last 30 years, only two other players threw three or more TDs in one game without reaching the 100-yard mark: Jay Schroeder of the Raiders in 1992 and Jake Plummer of the Broncos in 2003. Dalton's total of 16 touchdown passes since October 13 is the highest over a span of six games in one season in Bengals history. The previous record was 15, set by Boomer Esiason in 1988.

Manuel evens the score vs fellow rookie QB

From Elias: EJ Manuel was the winner over Geno Smith in a rematch of rookie quarterbacks, as the Bills defeated the Jets, 37-14. New York won its home game versus Buffalo in September with the same starting QBs. This is the second straight season in which a pair of rookie QBs started two games against each other, which didn't happen even once from 1960 through 2011. Last season's pair was Robert Griffin III and Nick Foles.

Jets continue pattern of wins and losses

From Elias: As we reported yesterday, the Jets became the first NFL team to alternate wins and losses over their first 10 games of a season-a nice fun note. Here's the part that may prove more meaningful: The Jets have been outscored by 85 points this season, the largest differential in a 5-5 start in NFL history. The previous low was minus-83 points by San Francisco in 2006, when the 49ers lost four of their last six games to finish with a 7-9 mark.

Seahawks capitalize on turnovers

From Elias: The Seahawks forced four giveaways while playing a turnover-free game themselves to post a 41-20 victory over the Vikings. Seattle has never lost a game in which it had a turnover margin of plus-4 or better. With a record of 45-0, the Seahawks have recorded the third-longest winning streak in NFL history in games of plus-4 or better.

Palmer rescues Cards' weak running game

From Elias: Carson Palmer passed for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and it's a good thing for the Cardinals that he did. Arizona gained just 14 yards on 24 carries in its 27-14 win over Jacksonville. The Cardinals' average of 0.58 yards per carry was the third-lowest by a winning team since the merger in 1970 (minimum: 20 carries). The lower figures were posted by the Broncos at Oakland in 1972 (0.54) and by the Vikings on the road against the Giants in 2005 (0.57).


JPP scores another Int-TD

From Elias: Jason Pierre-Paul capped the scoring with a 24-yard interception return in the Giants' 27-13 win over the Packers. Pierre-Paul became the fourth Giants defensive lineman to score an Int-TD in consecutive seasons, following Tom Scott (1960-61), George Martin (1985-86) and Michael Strahan (1998-99). Pierre-Paul scored against the Cowboys last season.



Lillard is an OT sharp-shooter

From Elias: Damian Lillard made all three of his field-goal attempts in overtime as the Trail Blazers posted a 118-110 win at Toronto. That improved Lillard's career field-goal percentage in OT to 81 percent (13-for-16).


Rangers win and lose 1-0 games

From Elias: The Rangers accomplished a truly rare feat over the weekend, posting a 1-0 victory at Montreal and losing by the same score to the Kings at Madison Square Garden. Only one other team in NHL history won and lost (or lost and won) by a 1-0 score on consecutive days. The Sabres won at home against Ottawa and lost at Boston on January 28-29, 2000.


Scrivens records a first for the Kings

From Elias: Ben Scrivens, who posted a 2-0 win at New Jersey on Friday, registered his second straight shutout with a 1-0 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Scrivens is the first goaltender in Kings history to record consecutive shutouts in one season, both on the road. This isn't the first time that Scrivens has posted back-to-back shutouts in the NHL; he notched consecutive shutouts for the Maple Leafs last season (Feb. 16 vs. Ottawa, Feb. 18 at Florida).


Ovechkin's 80th 2-goal game

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in the Capitals' 4-1 win against the Blues. It was Ovechkin's fourth two-goal game this season and the 80th multiple-goal game of his NHL career. In the last 20 years the only other NHL player to reach 80 multi-goal games as quickly as Ovechkin (620 games) was his fellow Russian, Pavel Bure, who did so in March 2001 in his 586th career game.


Sharp's revival keys another Blackhawks win

From Elias: Patrick Sharp scored two goals (including the first penalty-shot goal of his NHL career) and assisted on a third goal to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the Sharks. Sharp got off to a slow start this season, with only five points in his first 11 games (one goal, four assists), but he's tallied 15 points in 10 games since then (six goals, nine assists). The Blackhawks have won eight of their last ten games and the only two games they didn't win were the two games in which Sharp failed to register a point.

Johansen & Tyutin power Blue Jackets' win

From Elias: Ryan Johansen and Fedor Tyutin both tallied a goal and an assist on power plays in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win at Ottawa. Over the last two seasons, only one other Columbus player recorded two power play points in a game. Rookie Boone Jenner did that earlier this season when he scored two power play goals in a 5-3 loss at Montreal.


Koivu does all the scoring for Wild

From Elias: Mikko Koivu scored both goals for Minnesota in its 2-1 victory against the Jets. It was the first time that a Wild player scored two or more goals in a regulation or overtime win in which he scored all of the team's goals since Owen Nolan did that in a 2-0 victory at Colorado on Jan. 4, 2009.


Lehtonen busy in victory

From Elias: Kari Lehtonen stopped 42 of 43 shots on goal in the Stars' 2-1 win at Vancouver on Sunday. Lehtonen's 42 saves were his highest total in a win since March 8, 2012, when he saved 45 of 48 shots in a victory against San Jose in Dallas. Lehtonen has a 26-13-6 career record in the 45 games in which he's faced 40 or more shots on goal, with the wins evenly divided between his two NHL teams (Atlanta 13, Dallas 13).