Many sports fans are inclined to believe that team losses can be traced back to a curse or superstition. So who said or did something to ruin their team's chance at a win in Week 11? Let's take a look.
The Luck of the Irish
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was benched last Sunday on the same weekend his USC Trojans lost to UCLA. Teammate and Notre Dame alum Brady Quinn replaced Cassel as starting quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Irish are now ranked No. 1 in the nation. Guess who they play Saturday? Yup, USC. (Chris Ochsner/AssociatedPress)
A Starr is Born
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw five interceptions against the Arizona Cardinals. The Falcons still won 23-19. It's the first time a player has thrown five picks and won since Bart Starr did it with the Green Bay Packers in 1967. (John Bazemore/Associated Press)
The Buc Stops Here
Including the overtime coin toss, the Buccaneers have won 10 of 11 coin tosses this season (including both tosses vs. Carolina). Of their nine coin-toss wins before the opening kickoff this season, they have chosen to defer each time. (James D Smith/Associated Press)
Newly signed cornerback Aqib Talib wasted no time making an impact in his first game as a New England Patriot. He intercepted Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the second quarter for a 59-yard touchdown return that turned a close game into a blowout. (David Butler II/US Presswire)
Mr. Smith Goes for a Sack
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith had 5.5 sacks against the Chicago Bears on Monday for a total of 15 on the season, giving him an edge over Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller's tally of 13. (Tony Avelar/Associated Press)
What Rookie Curse?
The Washington Redskins had lost eight straight games against rookie quarterbacks until Sunday when they beat Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles 31-6. Doesn't hurt when you have a rookie named RG3. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)