Date: December 2, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Gordon Is NFL's First 200/200 Receiver

From Elias: Josh Gordon became the first player in NFL history to gain 200 receiving yards in each of two consecutive games and he did it with seeming ease. Gordon, who caught 14 passes for 237 yards against the Steelers last week, caught 10 for 261 yards in the Browns' 32-28 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday. Prior to Gordon's back-to-back 200-yard games, the highest total reached in each of consecutive appearances was 193 yards by Andre Johnson in 2009.

Gordon's back-to-back gems are the only 200-yard receiving games in Browns history. The previous team record was 191 yards by Ozzie Newsome against the Jets in 1984. The last NFL player to break his team's record for receiving yards in consecutive games┐and we're excluding teams in their first five seasons in the league┐was Bud Grant. Yes, the Bud Grant who later coached the Vikings to four Super Bowls set the Eagles' record for receiving yards in a game on November 30, 1952 (186 yards vs. Cardinals) and he did it again seven days later (203 yards vs. Dallas Texans).

Cleveland Browns


Foles Finally Connects At The Link

From Elias: Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes in the Eagles' 24-21 win over the Cardinals, snapping his streak of 16 consecutive TDs thrown in road games. That was the longest such streak in any single season in NFL history, and it was the third longest overall. Babe Parilli of the Patriots threw 19 straight TDs on the road in 1966-67, and Joe Namath had a streak of 18 in a row for the Jets in 1967-68.

Prior to his first-quarter touchdown pass to Zach Ertz, Foles had gone 101 passes at Lincoln Financial Field without a TD.

Philadelphia Eagles


Newton Captures Game Rushing Honors Again

From Elias: Cam Newton led all players with 68 yards rushing, including a 1-yard TD on 4th-and-goal, in the Panthers' 27-6 win over the Buccaneers. Newton has been the leading rusher┐for both teams, that is┐in each of his last three games. Over the last half-century, the only other quarterback to do so in three straight games was Randall Cunningham, and Cunningham did it twice (1986 and 1990).

During his three seasons in the NFL, Newton has converted 26 of his 29 third-and-1 or fourth-and-1 runs into first downs or touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers


Peterson Dominates The Bears

From Elias: Adrian Peterson gained 211 rushing yards in the Vikings' 23-20 overtime win over the Bears. It was Peterson's second 200-yard game versus Chicago; the only other players with even one 200-yard rushing game against the Bears were Earl Campbell, Edgerrin James, and Ricky Williams.

Peterson also became the first player to post four consecutive 100-yard games against the Bears. Nick Pietrosante, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, and Clinton Portis had three-game streaks.

Minnesota Vikings


Charles Is NFL's Best After 1,000 Carries

From Elias: Jamaal Charles made the 1000th carry of his NFL career in Sunday's loss to Denver, and his total of 5523 yards is the highest by any player in his first 1000 carries in NFL history. Charles broke a record that had been held by Jim Brown since 1961. It's important to note that Michael Vick already has more rushing yards than Charles (5859), and he has done it in only 825 carries.

Kansas City Chiefs


Manning Throws 5 TDs In Win At KC

From Elias: Peyton Manning threw five touchdown passes in the Broncos' 35-28 win at Kansas City. It was the eighth time that Manning threw at least five TDs in one game, tying Drew Brees for the most such games in NFL history. Manning threw the first six of his 5-TD games in a span of 15 months with Indianapolis in 2003-2004 then played seven seasons without one prior to his two 5-TD games for Denver in 2013.

Denver Broncos


Gostkowski's Long FGs Down The Texans

From Elias: Stephen Gostkowski kicked a pair of 53-yard field goals in the fourth quarter, including a game-winner with 3:12 to play, in the Patriots' 34-31 victory at Houston. Gostkowski became the first player in NFL history to kick game-tying and game-winning fourth-quarter field goals of 50 yards or more in the same contest.

New England Patriots


Brady & Belichick Unsurpassed

From Elias: The second of Tom Brady's touchdown passes on Sunday was the 353rd of his pro career, all for the Patriots under Bill Belichick. That broke the NFL record for career TD passes under a particular head coach; Dan Marino threw 352 TD passes under Don Shula.

New England Patriots


Tate Breaks Out Against Patriots

From Elias: Ben Tate ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns in the Texans' loss to the Patriots. Tate became the first player with three rushing TDs against New England since Ronnie Brown scored four times for Miami at Foxborough in 2008. Prior to Sunday's game, Tate scored only three TDs on his previous 206 carries, dating back to New Year's Day 2012.

Houston Texans


Vinatieri Makes The Difference

From Elias: Adam Vinatieri tied his career high with five field goals to lead the Colts to a 22-14 win over the Titans. It was the 87th time that Vinatieri accounted for his team's margin of victory, the second-highest such total in NFL history by a player at any position, behind only Morten Andersen (97).

Indianapolis Colts


Luck Hasn't Had A Losing Streak

From Elias: By helping the Colts to victory, Andrew Luck extended his career-long record of never having played in back-to-back NFL losses. Luck, who has started 28 games for Indianapolis, will soon own the second-longest such streak to start a player's NFL career since 1970. Dan Marino didn't lose consecutive games in his first 33 starts. Kordell Stewart had a 28-game streak to start his NFL career, but Luck is guaranteed to surpass that total with his next start.

Indianapolis Colts


Crabtree Makes Splashy Debut

From Elias: Michael Crabtree made his long-awaited season debut in the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams. Although Crabtree caught only two passes, he made a splash with a 60-yard reception in the third quarter. Over the last 40 seasons, only one other NFL player gained at least 60 yards on a reception in a season debut this late in the calendar year: Donte' Stallworth played only one game last season (Dec. 10, 2012 for the Patriots) and he caught only one pass (a 63-yard TD).

San Francisco 49ers

Dolphins Ride Balanced Attack To Win Over Jets

From Elias: Ryan Tannehill passed for 331 yards and Miami ran for 125 yards against the league's leading rushing defense as the Dolphins topped the Jets, 23-3. It was only the third game since 2000 in which the Dolphins gained at least 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards. That ties the Jets for the fewest such games in this century.

Miami Dolphins


Smith Throws Another INT

From Elias: The Jets replaced Geno Smith with Matt Simms for the second half of Sunday's loss to the Dolphins after Smith threw his 19th interception of the season. Smith has thrown nine INTs since his last touchdown pass (October 20). That's the longest such streak by a Jets quarterback since Ken O'Brien threw 10 interceptions between TDs in 1991-92.

Smith became the first quarterback with fewer than 10 completions in each of four consecutive starts since Tony Graziani did that for the Falcons from 1997 to 1999. Prior to Smith, the last QB to do so within one season was Doug Flutie in 1988. The last QB without either 10 completions or a touchdown pass in each of four consecutive starts in the same season was Greg Landry with the Lions in 1977.

New York Jets


Dalton Remains Perfect On West Coast

From Elias: Andy Dalton passed for 190 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 17-10 win at San Diego. Dalton now has a 3-0 record in the Pacific time zone, having previously posted wins at Seattle (2011) and San Diego (2012). Over the last 20 seasons, Cincinnati has a 2-12 record in the PTZ for other quarterbacks, with wins only by Jeff Blake (at Seattle in 1994) and Jon Kitna (at San Diego in 2003).

Cincinnati Bengals

Falcons Turn Takeaway Into OT Win

From Elias: The Falcons gained possession when the Bills fumbled the ball away on their second play from scrimmage in overtime, parlaying that turnover into a 34-31 victory. Only three of the last 25 regular-season overtime games were decided by points scored on a drive that started with a turnover.

Atlanta Falcons



Bosh's Treys Turn The Tide In Heat Win

From Elias: Chris Bosh made three late three-point field goals, helping to turn a 89-84 deficit into a 93-91 lead, and the Heat held on for a 99-98 win over the Bobcats. Bosh was the first player to hit three three-pointers, including a game-winner, in the final 3 minutes, since Gilbert Arenas did it for the Wizards in a victory over the Jazz in 2007.

Miami Heat


Durant's Double Dozen

From Elias: Kevin Durant recorded the fourth triple-double of his career in the Thunder's 113-103 win over the Timberwolves. But it was the first game in which Durant had at least 12 field goals and 12 assists, not an easy feat. Among players who never posted a "double-dozen" of that sort are Walt Frazier (23 triple-doubles), Mark Jackson (18), and Rajon Rondo (18).

Oklahoma City Thunder


Drummond Joins Elite Company

From Elias: Andre Drummond scored 31 points, collected 19 rebounds, and recorded six steals as the Pistons beat the 76ers at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Since the NBA began tracking steals in 1973, only a handful of other players had games in which they equaled or exceeded Drummond's totals in each of those three categories, and none did it since Hakeem Olajuwon in November 1990. Olajuwon is the only player with two such games; George McGinnis, Larry Bird, Xavier McDaniel, and Charles Barkley did it once each.

Detroit Pistons


Robinson Leads Denver's High-Scoring Bench

From Elias: Nate Robinson scored 23 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Nuggets to a 112-98 win at Toronto. Denver's bench, led by Robinson, scored 72 points; that's the second-highest point total for Nuggets non-starters in any game over the last 14 seasons. The only other game in which Denver substitutes tallied as many as 72 points over that span (2000-01 to date) was in a 168-116 blowout of the SuperSonics on March 16, 2008 in which the Nuggets bench accounted for 74 points.

Denver Nuggets


Warriors Guards Shoot 3's

From Elias: Klay Thompson made a career-high eight three-point field goals and Stephen Curry added five as the Warriors posted a 115-113 win at Sacramento. There have been only four NBA games in the current calendar year in which both of a team's starting guards made at least five three-pointers. Thompson and Curry accounted for three of them; Joe Johnson and C.J. Watson the Nets had the other last February.

There were no such games in 2011 or 2012, and the Warriors produced the only two in 2010: Curry with Monta Ellis in March and with Anthony Morrow in April.

Golden State Warriors


Pacers Overcome Griffin & Paul

From Elias: The Pacers continued to roll, improving to 16-1 with a 105-100 win over the Clippers, despite a typical strong performance by Blake Griffin (12 rebounds) and Chris Paul (10 assists) before their home fans. When Griffin has reached double-figures in rebounds and Paul has done the same in assists, the Clippers have a 22-5 mark at Staples Center, including 14 wins in their previous 15 such games.

Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers



Alfredsson Returns To The Scene

From Elias: Daniel Alfredsson, playing his first game in Ottawa since he left the Senators after 17 seasons to sign with Detroit as a free agent last summer, assisted on one goal and scored the empty-net goal that clinched the Red Wings' 4-2 victory. Alfredsson has been around so long that his first 15 home games for the Senators were played at the Ottawa Civic Centre. The Senators opened their current home rink, then known as "The Palladium," during the middle of Alfredsson's rookie season (1995-96).

Including his goal and assist on Sunday, Alfredsson has scored 582 points in 580 regular-season games in the building that is now called Canadian Tire Centre (228 goals, 354 assists). Alfredsson's point total there is the highest for any active player at one of the 30 current NHL home venues, though Jaromir Jagr had a higher total in a building that no longer exists, Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh (604 points).

Detroit Red Wings


Kesler Scores Twice In Canucks Road Win

From Elias: Ryan Kesler scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the Canucks' 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes at Raleigh. Kesler has registered three of the five multiple-goal games by a Vancouver player this season┐Henrik Sedin and Mike Santorelli have the others┐and all three of his multi-goal games have come on the road. Kesler's three multiple-goal road games are the most in the NHL this season.

Vancouver Canucks


Ference Scores A Clutch Goal

From Elias: The Oilers trailed, 2-1, in Dallas when defenseman Andrew Ference scored a tying goal with just over 5 minutes left in the third period and Edmonton went on to beat the Stars, 3-2, via a shootout. Ference, a 14-season veteran, has scored only 39 goals in his NHL career but more than half of them have come in third periods (21), and eight of his 21 third-period tallies have been score-tying goals.

Edmonton Oilers