Peyton Manning has a losing record against only 4 quarterbacks (minimum 5 starts, including postseason), including the one he’ll face this week. Philip Rivers is 4-3 against Peyton -- including wins in both of their two playoff meetings. So if Rivers is The Riddler to Manning’s Batman, who, then, is The Joker? It’s not Drew Bledsoe (also 4-3 vs Manning) or Tom Brady (9-4), two Bill Belichick students who can also claim winning records against Manning. How about an Ivy League grad with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 4-1 mark against quite possibly the best QB in NFL history – Jay Fiedler? Yep, that Jay Fiedler owns the best record of any NFL quarterback against Peyton Manning.
The 6-3 Bengals lead the AFC North by 2.0 games over the Browns. The last time two Ohio teams were ranked 1-2 in a division was heading into Week 4 of the 2001 season in the AFC Central, when these teams were tied for first, at 2-1, along with the Ravens and Jaguars.
When the Seahawks rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers in Week 9, they matched the NFL’s largest comeback win this season. Adding in the Seahawks’ defeat of Houston Week 4 when they trailed by 17, Seattle owns two of the four largest comeback wins in the NFL this season.
Drew Brees vs. Tony Romo
Three quarterbacks have thrown 20+ touchdown passes this season. Two of them play against each other on Sunday night. Drew Brees has 21 TDs, while Tony Romo has 20.
Eli Manning’s Giants had 23 turnovers in first six games but had only 2 in their last 2 games, which were both wins. After throwing 15 interceptions in his first 6 games of the season, Eli has gone 2 games in a row without an interception. Yet he still leads the NFL in INTs.
LeSean McCoy's impact
What’s the magic number for Chip Kelly? The Eagles are 3-0 this season when LeSean McCoy has 26 or more touches (rushes/receptions), and 1-5 when McCoy has less than 26 touches.
Cam Newton’s 55 rush attempts and 251 yards through 8 games are the fewest in his career through his first 8 games. With 8 fewer rushes than 2011 and 96 yards less than 2012, Newton has led the Panthers to a 5-3 record. The Panthers started 2-6 in both 2011 and 2012.
Redskins vs. Vikings
When Robert Griffin III was intercepted by the Chargers’ Sean Lissemore in the Redskins’ end zone Sunday, it marked the 5th consecutive game the Redskins had allowed a defensive or special teams TD. The Vikings have scored 4 defensive or specials teams TD this season. Minnesota’s 3 special teams return TDs (2 kickoff return, 1 punt return) are the most in the NFL.
The Lions-Bears matchup on Sunday features three of the top five players this season in scrimmage yards per game: Reggie Bush (121.9), Matt Forte (121.8) and Calvin Johnson (117.3) rank 3rd, 4th and 5th, behind Jamaal Charles (123.8) and LeSean McCoy (121.9).
Too close to call
92 of 133 games this season (69.2 percent) have been within 7 points in the 4th quarter, the most games ever through the first nine weeks. The previous high was 89 in 2003.
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