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What To Look For: Week 11

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 11

 

SUCCESS ON THE ROADFour teams have started the 2009 season with 4-0 road records: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and New Orleans.  All four of those clubs are in first place in their respective divisions and each will put its undefeated road record on the line in Week 11.

 

This Sunday, the Cardinals visit St. Louis, the Colts travel to Baltimore, the Bengals head to Oakland and the Saints will take a trip across the Gulf to face Tampa Bay.

 

If all four 4-0 teams win, 2009 will be the first season in history in which four clubs started 5-0 on the road.  If three of the four win, this season will tie for the most 5-0 road teams ever, which has occurred three times in NFL annals (1983, 2001, 2007).

 

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DRIVE TIME UPDATESustaining drives on offense has long been an indicator of NFL success.  When an offense, in the immortal words of Hank Stram, "matriculates the ball down the field," it helps the team win the field-position battle, gives the defense a rest, and, most importantly, can lead to points.

 

This year, the top five NFL offenses in yards per drive have a combined record of 36-9 (.800).  Four of those five teams currently sit atop their respective divisions – Indianapolis, New England, New Orleans, and Dallas.

 

The NFL’s two remaining undefeated teams, the Colts (36.8 yards per drive) and Saints (35.2), rank first and third in the category.

 

The top NFL offenses in average yards per drive in 2009:

 

TEAM

AVG. YARDS PER DRIVE

RECORD

Indianapolis Colts*  

36.8

9-0

New England Patriots*   

36.4

6-3

New Orleans Saints*  

35.2

9-0

Dallas Cowboys*  

34.7

6-3

Pittsburgh Steelers

33.4

6-3

* Division leader

 

 

 

-- NFL --

 

HANDY RANDY:  New England Patriots wide receiver RANDY MOSS leads the NFL with 891 receiving yards this season.  With 109 yards this Sunday against the Jets, Moss can join JERRY RICE as the only players in NFL history with 10 1,000- yard receiving seasons.

 

Currently in his 12th season, Moss has reached the 1,000-yard mark nine times, while Rice recorded 14 1,000-yard seasons in his 20-year career.

 

The players with the most 1,000-yard receiving seasons in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

SEASONS WITH 1,000 REC. YARDS

NO. OF 1,000-YARD SEASONS

Jerry Rice

SF: 1986-1996, 1998; Oak.: 2001-02

14

 

Randy Moss*

Min.: 1998-2003; Oak.: 2005; NE: 2007-08

9

 

Terrell Owens*

SF: 1998, 2000-03; Phi.: 2004; Dal.: 2006-08

9

 

Tim Brown

L.A./Oak.: 1993-2001

9

 

Jimmy Smith

Jax.: 1996-2002, 2004-05

9

 

* Active

 

 

 

 

MOSS GOES LONGMoss scored twice against the Colts this past Sunday, including a 63-yard touchdown catch.  Moss has 27 scrimmage touchdowns (rushing or receiving) of 50 yards or more, which ties him for second on the all-time list with Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH.

 

With a 50-yard touchdown catch or run this week against the Jets, Moss will take sole possession of second place.  JERRY RICE, who scored 36 such touchdowns in his career, is the all-time leader.

 

Buffalo Bills wide receiver TERRELL OWENS ranks fifth on the list and can tie Hall of Famer LENNY MOORE (25) for fourth place with a 50-yard score against the Jaguars in Week 11.

 

The players with the most 50-yard touchdowns from scrimmage (rushing or receiving) in NFL history:

 

PLAYER

50-YARD TDs

Jerry Rice

36

Randy Moss*

27

Lance Alworth

27

Lenny Moore

25

Terrell Owens*

24

* Active

 

 

-- NFL --

 

BE-WARE OF DE MARCUSDallas Cowboys linebacker DE MARCUS WARE has registered a sack in six consecutive games against the Washington Redskins, which ties him for the longest active streak in the NFL.

 

Ware will put that streak on the line in Week 11 when the Cowboys host the Redskins in a key NFC East game.

 

The players with the longest current streaks of consecutive games with a sack against a team:

 

PLAYER

OPPONENT

STREAK

DeMarcus Ware

Redskins

6

Chike Okeafor

Cardinals

6

John Abraham

Buccaneers  

5

Patrick Kerney

49ers

5

Many tied

 

4

 

-- NFL --

 

WHAT A CATCHSince joining the New England Patriots in 2007, wide receiver WES WELKER has 287 receptions in his first 39 games with the club.  Welker’s total already ranks as the most catches by any player in his first 40 games with a new team (rookies and veterans) in NFL history.

 

Welker, who is tied for second in the NFL with 64 receptions this season, can extend his record when he plays in his 40th game with New England as the Patriots host the Jets on Sunday.

 

The players with the most receptions in their first 40 games with a new team (rookies and veterans):

 

PLAYER

TEAM

RECEPTIONS

WR Wes Welker

Patriots

287*

WR Lionel Taylor

Broncos

269

WR Anquan Boldin

Cardinals

259

WR Terance Mathis

Falcons

239

RB Marshall Faulk

Rams

228

WR Tom Fears

Rams

228

* Through 39 games

 

-- NFL --

 

COLT COMBOThrough nine games this season, wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE (69) and tight end DALLAS CLARK (64) of the Indianapolis Colts have combined for 133 receptions.  If Wayne and Clark combine for at least four catches this Sunday against the Ravens, they will have the most receptions by a pair of teammates in the first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

 

The 1964 Chicago Bears tandem of wide receiver JOHNNY MORRIS (77) and Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end MIKE DITKA (59) currently shares the record of 136 combined catches through the first 10 games of a season with the 1995 Detroit Lions wide receiver duo of HERMAN MOORE (73) and BRETT PERRIMAN (63).

 

The most combined receptions by teammates in the first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

 

TEAM

PLAYERS (RECEPTIONS)

COMBINED REC.

1964 Chicago Bears        

WR Johnny Morris (77) & TE Mike Ditka (59)

136

1995 Detroit Lions

WR Herman Moore (73) & WR Brett Perriman (63)

136

2007 Cincinnati Bengals

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (76) & WR Chad Ochocinco (59)

135

1994 Minnesota Vikings

WR Cris Carter (77) & WR Jake Reed (58)

135

2007 New England Patriots

WR Randy Moss (66) & WR Wes Welker (68)

134

 

2009 Indianapolis Colts

WR Reggie Wayne (69) & TE Dallas Clark (64)

133*

* Through 9 games

 

 

 

If both Clark and Wayne maintain their current pace, they will amass 235 combined receptions in 2009, which would be the most by any pair of teammates in NFL history.  Wayne is on pace for 122 catches, while Clark projects to 113.

 

The most combined receptions by teammates in a season in NFL history:

 

TEAM

PLAYERS (RECEPTIONS)

COMBINED REC.

1995 Detroit Lions

WR Herman Moore (123) & WR Brett Perriman (108)

231

2007 New England Patriots

WR Wes Welker (112) & WR Randy Moss (98)

210

1995 San Francisco 49ers

WR Jerry Rice (122) & RB Derek Loville (87)

209

1994 Minnesota Vikings

WR Cris Carter (122) & WR Jake Reed (85)

207

2001 Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Jimmy Smith (112) & WR Keenan McCardell (93)

205

2005 Arizona Cardinals

WR Larry Fitzgerald (103) & WR Anquan Boldin (102)

205

2007 Cincinnati Bengals

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (112) & WR Chad Ochocinco (93)

205

 

2009 Indianapolis Colts

WR Reggie Wayne (122*) & TE Dallas Clark (113*)

235*

* Projected

 

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