Archive for October, 2011

Week 8 NFL Preview

HIGH-SCORING GAMES & COMEBACK WINS GALORE AS NFL ENTERS WEEK 8

BUFFALO HOSTS WASHINGTON IN CANADA AS BILLS TORONTO SERIES CONTINUES

What’s in store this week as the NFL concludes October? It’s anybody’s guess.

“The NFL is kind of like a soap opera-every week has big storylines,” says Houston Texans running back ARIAN FOSTER, who finished with 234 scrimmage yards (115 rushing, 119 receiving) in the Texans’ 41-7 win over AFC South rival Tennessee. “But you have to go out and prove it every single day in practice and every single Sunday.”

And the storylines continue as we approach Week 8. For example:

  • There are 22 teams with a .500 record or better, the most through the first seven weeks in NFL history.
  • Comebacks have been a constant trend in 2011. There have been 21 games this season in which a team trailed by at least 10 points and came back to win. That total is the second-most through the first seven weeks all-time (23 in 1987).
  • The points are piling up. There have been 4,629 points scored in 2011, the most through seven weeks in NFL history. The 44.9 points per game average is the highest through seven weeks since 1970.

“One of the great lessons you learn in football is the courage to keep fighting when you’re down, when you’re knocked down over and over again, you’re going to keep getting up,” says Broncos quarterback TIM TEBOW, who helped Denver become the first team to win a game after trailing by 15+ points with three minutes remaining since 1970.

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Week 7 What to Look For — A Look Back

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Seven from Sunday — Week 7

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 23, the seventh week of the 2011 season.

  • The NEW YORK JETS overcame a 21-10 deficit to defeat the San Diego Chargers 27-21 and the DENVER BRONCOS erased a 15-0 fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Miami Dolphins 18-15 in overtime.  It marked the 21st time this season that a team trailed by at least 10 points and came back to win the game.  That is the second-most through the first seven weeks of any season in NFL history (23 in 1987).

The Broncos also became the first team to come-from-behind and win a game after trailing by 15+ points with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter since 1970.

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Week 7 @NFLFootballInfo And @NFLHistory Tweets of the Week

The following release includes the “Tweets of the Week” from the @NFLFootballInfo and @NFLHistory Twitter feeds.

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What to Look For – Week 7

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AFC & NFC Players of the Week — Week 6

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NFL games rank as 13 of 15 most-watched shows this fall

Cowboys-Patriots on FOX Most-Watched Show of Week

NFL Games Top Local Ratings in 26 Markets

NFL games rank as 13 of the 15 most-watched shows of the fall television season.

The FOX national telecast (mostly Cowboys-Patriots) is the most-watched sporting event since Super Bowl XLV and was the most-watched program on television last week (Oct. 10 – 16) drawing an average of 28.4 million viewers.  Through six weeks of the season, NFL games have been the most-watched program of the week five times.


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Week 7 NFL Capsules

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AFC & NFC Notes — Week 7

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Week 7 NFL Preview

GREAT GAMES AND CLOSE FINISHES ON DISPLAY IN 2011

NFL RETURNS TO UNITED KINGDOM AS BUCCANEERS FACE BEARS IN LONDON

A big game in the UK…and lots of them in the states.

Included on the docket in Week 7 are the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers aiming for a 7-0 start, a rematch of two recent Super Bowls – Indianapolis Colts-New Orleans Saints (Super Bowl XLIV) and Pittsburgh Steelers-Arizona Cardinals (Super Bowl XLIII) – and the fifth regular-season game in London, England in as many years.

“It’s great,” says Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach RAHEEM MORRIS, speaking about his game at Wembley Stadium in London against the Chicago Bears.  “It’s big-game exposure and an opportunity to put our team out in the forefront of everything.  To get our guys in the international game, people love the game in the UK.  It’s a lot of fun for us to travel over there.  It creates a little excitement, creates a nice little buzz.  It’s a Super Bowl-like atmosphere, so it’s a bunch of fun for us.”

The Buccaneers and Bears both enter the game following impressive victories in Week 6 and aim to heat up as the second half of the season quickly approaches.

“Last year we were 4-3 after seven games,” says Chicago head coach LOVIE SMITH, whose club won the NFC North in 2010.  “We have an opportunity to be 4-3 after seven games here, but headed in the right direction coming off of two wins. I’m pretty happy where we are.  It’s not an ideal position starting the season, but where we are right now, coming off a big win, things look like they are headed in the right direction.  I like the direction of where we are going.”

What else is on tap for Week 7?  Close games and comebacks.

  • There have been 19 games through Week 6 in which a team trailed by at least 10 points and came back to winthe most at this point in NFL history.  Entering Week 7, 19 double-digit comebacks is already the second-most through the first seven weeks of a season all-time (23 in 1987).
  • With 47 of 90 NFL games (52.2 percent) decided by seven points or fewer entering Week 7, the league is trending towards the highest percentage of seven-point games since 1970 (1994, 115 of 224, 51.3 percent).

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