Stat O' The Week: Two Is Better Than One


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When Peyton Manning makes the Peyton Manning face, is it just called, The Face?

Big week. Lots of Hot Stove talk (which has Boston Red Sox fans smiling, mostly). Oregon and Auburn punched their National Championship tickets, the Heat got their act together, and Urban Meyer said he’s saying goodbye to the Gators (we’ll see if this one sticks). But in terms of sports stats trends, it was all about the number 2. No, not this one.

2 – Interceptions returned for touchdowns thrown by Peyton Manning in the Colts' loss to the Cowboys Sunday. That means Manning has allowed as many pick-6s (four) in his last two games as he did in his previous 117 regular season games combined. Ouch.

Second – Highest points per game (26.9) allowed in the NFL since Week 8 of the 2009 season by the Broncos, who went 5-17 during that time. That stat had to have factored into the firing of Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, who was let go on Monday.

2 – NHL players, besides Sidney Crosby, to have scored at least 500 points by their 400th regular season game. Crosby became the third Monday night, recording a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over the Devils. That gave him 554 career points, the most by any active NHL player through his first 400 games. Alex Ovechkin and Teemu Selanne are second and third on the list.

Second – Most ever wins by a head coach/starting quarterback combo, a feat achieved by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick after the Pats' 45-3 win over the Jets on Monday night. The win gave Bradychick (we just made that up) their 107th win, tying Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll for the No. 2 spot on the list. Dan Marino and Don Shula are No. 1, having won 116 games together.

2 – Number of touchdown passes Tom Brady has thrown – without an interception – in each of his last five games, a stretch that ties the second-longest streak of that kind in NFL history. Joe Theismann had a similar five-game streak in 1983 while Don Meredith had the longest, a six-game streak over the 1965 and ’66 seasons.

2 – Game-winning shots made with no time left on the clock made in the NBA Wednesday night. Andrew Bogut tipped one in as time ran out to give the Bucks a two-point win over the Pacers and Derek Fisher hit a game-winning layup to give the Lakers a two-point win over the Clippers. This marks the fifth time since the 2005-06 season that there were two game-winning shots with no time left on the clock made on the same day.

2 – Goals scored by Crosby Wednesday night as the Penguins beat the Maple Leafs, 5-2. That gave Sid the Kid a point streak of 17 straight games, the second-longest of his career. It also gave the Pens their 11th straight win, the second-longest winning streak in team history.