Peyton Manning has led the Broncos offense to 127 points in 3 games, which is tied for the second most points scored in a team's first 3 games since 1940. Those 127 points are 7 points more than the combined totals of the 49ers (44 points), Steelers (42) and Buccaneers (34). The NFL team with the most points over its first 3 games, the 1968 Cowboys (led by QB Don Meredith), went 12-2 and averaged 30.8 points per game for the entire season.
In 2006, the Dolphins (and Head Coach Nick Saban) passed on chance to sign Drew Brees, trading for Daunte Culpepper instead. Since then, Brees has thrown for 34,592 yards and 250 touchdowns, won 72 games and hoisted 1 Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XLIV. Culpepper would go on to throw for 3,991 yards and 14 touchdowns, winning 4 games while losing 20. Monday night, Brees will attempt to tie his own NFL record of 9 consecutive 300-yard passing games. Culpepper last played football in 2010 for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.
There have been 18 fourth-quarter comebacks this season, the second-most through Week 3 of any season in NFL history. In Week 3, four teams rallied from fourth-quarter deficits to win. There have been 8 games this season in which a team was trailing and scored the game-winning points in the final minute of the fourth quarter, the most through the first 3 weeks of a season since at least the 1970 merger.
Big Ben meets Big Ben
On Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers meet the Vikings in London, where one Big Ben meets his namesake. Big Ben (the bell) is 7'2 and Big Ben (the quarterback) is 6'5. On October 29, 2005, the clock's mechanism was stopped for about 33 hours so the clock and its chimes could be worked on; it was the lengthiest maintenance shutdown in 22 years. Exactly one year later, on October 29, 2006, the quarterback threw 4 picks in a loss to OAK. In 2009, Big Ben celebrated its sesquicentennial; that same season, Roethlisberger recorded the best passing yardage season of his career.
Running against the Bills
Ray Rice has not topped 36 yards rushing in the two games he has played this season. Sunday, he plays a Bills defense that is allowing 138.0 rushing yards per game (30th in NFL). Two backs less accomplished than Rice, Shane Vereen and Bilal Powell, both have run for over 100 yards against the Bills this season.
Seven teams remain undefeated. Since 1990, 75.4 percent of teams (86 of 114) to start 3-0 have made playoffs. Since 1990, only 3 teams have started 0-3 and made playoffs.
The NFL player who leads the league in receiving yards among running backs and is tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns with Adrian Peterson was an undrafted free agent who has been released by the Bills, Colts, Saints and Eagles. At Wayne State, he won the Harlon Hill Trophy, Division II college football's version of the Heisman Trophy. A teammate with the Lions, Reggie Bush, won the actual Heisman Trophy. Who is it? Joique Bell, with 177 receiving yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.
NFL teams combined for 101 sacks in Week 3, the second-most in a single week in NFL history (102 in Week 11, 1986). Justin Houston (KC) had 4.5 sacks, Darnell Dockett (ARI), and Greg Hardy (CAR) each had 3.0 sacks.
The 0-3 Giants are last in the NFL, averaging 44.3 rushing YPG. Five players have had more rushing yards in a single game this season than the Giants have totaled (133 yards) over 3 games. The Eagles' LeSean McCoy, with individual games of 184 yards and 158 yards, has exceeded the Giants total twice. Two quarterbacks - Terrelle Pryor (198) and Michael Vick (187) - have more rushing yards than the Giants in 2013.
How does a team get to be 0-3? The Giants are tied for last in turnover differential at -9 with PIT (also 0-3). How does a team get to be 3-0? Chiefs turnover differential of +9 is best in the NFL.
RGIII vs. RGIII
Robert Griffin III has thrown for 300+ yards in all 3 games this season. The Redskins are 0-3. Last season, he threw for 300+ yards in a total of 3 games last season. The Redskins were 3-0.
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