News, Analysis & UpdatesOctober 11, 2004


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Beyond the Headlines

By Arlo Vander

The Patriots set the NFL record with an amazing 19 straight wins. Daunte Culpepper threw for five touchdowns for the second time this season. Michael Vick was sacked six times in Atlanta’s first loss of the year. But you knew all that.

Rather than rehashing the weekend’s top stories, let’s look at a few tidbits that might not have made the headlines.

 
Despite allowing Jamal Lewis to run for 116 yards on 28 carries (a 4.1 average), the Redskins are still only allowing opponents to gain 2.8 yards per attempt, the best mark in the league

Among WRs with ten receptions or more, none picks up less yards after the catch than Brandon Lloyd (0.3 per catch).

After connecting on two field goals and four extra points against Jacksonville, Nate Kaeding still hasn’t missed a kick as a pro. Not a bad way to start your career…

This week’s seven solo tackles were Dan Morgan’s lowest mark of the year.

Sunday’s 69-yard effort marked the third time Reggie Wayne led the Colts in receiving this year. Brandon Stokley racked up the most yardage in the other two games. Notably missing from this list: Marvin Harrison.

New England defeated Miami despite allowing the Dolphins to convert seven of 19 third downs (36.8%). The Patriots themselves, on the other hand, were only successful on four of 14 tries.

Speaking of third-down conversion rates… St. Louis: 11-of-17. Seattle: 2-of-12.

Kevan Barlow stayed under 50 yards rushing for the third game in a row. Think he misses Garrison Hearst?

Houston’s JJ Moses led all returners with 169 yards, marking the fourth time he has gone over the century mark this year. He now ranks second this season in total return yardage, trailing only BJ Sams.

Minnesota rookie Mewelde Moore nearly rushed for 100 yards in his first NFL start, but he also led all RBs with 90 receiving yards. LaDainian Tomlinson, who was rested for most of the final quarter, finished second with 78.

John Abraham now has five sacks in the last two weeks. He’s not a free agent in your league, is he?

With Sunday’s two-touchdown, 211-yard performance, Drew Brees raised his QB rating to an even 100, fifth-best in the league.

Jerome Bettis is quietly leading the league in rushing touchdowns, tied with Priest Holmes and Warrick Dunn. Kudos to fantasy owners who drafted Bettis in spite of Duce Staley’s presence.

Washington’s Tom Tupa has now punted for 1552 yards, more than 250 more than the next-highest total (Scott Player, 1291).

Tom Brady only completed seven passes against Buffalo, finding David Givens four times and David Patten, Dan Graham and Kevin Faulk once each. When was the last time only four Patriots were credited with receptions? Back in the day when Steve Grogan was throwing to Stanley Morgan?

Tiki Barber, who led all RBs with nine fumbles in 2003, has yet to cough up the ball this year.

 
Arlo Vander didn’t let the flu keep him from enjoying this week’s games.

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