Thanks to two more overtime games on Sunday, the NFL has already equaled its season total from 2009 (13). As for an odd note, five of those 13 games have ended 23-20.
Last season, the NFL set single-season records for 4,000-yard passers and 300-yard passing performances. Entering Week 10, there had been just 43 300-yard passing game in nine weeks. In Week 10, there were 13 300-yard passing games, the most in one week in NFL history according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
So far so good for the Florida teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3), Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) and Miami Dolphins (5-4) all won at home on Sunday, all sport winning records and are a combined 16-11 this season. A year ago, Tampa Bay (3-13), Jacksonville (7-9) and Miami (7-9) won a total of 17 games, mostly because the Bucs were dismal.
Sunday was not the first time New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes sent an Ohio crowd home disappointed in overtime. As a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, Holmes caught a game-winning TD pass in overtime at Cincinnati in what proved to be Bill Cowher’s final game as Steelers head coach.
Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre continues his amazing turnaround from a year ago. Favre was guilty of all four of Minnesota’s turnovers in Sunday’s loss at Chicago, meaning the veteran QB has now coughed up the ball 21 times (16 interceptions, five lost fumbles) in nine games this season, compared to nine turnovers in 16 regular-season games in 2009.
Unfortunately for the Houston Texans, they once again appear to be in a midseason swoon after a promising start and, once again, can’t seem to handle their divisional rivals, especially defensively. Houston is 5-16 in its last 21 games vs AFC South teams dating to 2007 and has allowed at least 28 points in 15 of those games.
The Detroit Lions made dubious history with their NFL-record 25th straight road loss via a 14-12 setback at Buffalo to the then-winless Bills. Detroit is now 8-69 on road dating to 2001. That is astounding considering that the New England Patriots (obviously) won eight road games during their undefeated regular season in 2007.
Tom Coughlin's New York Giants were cooled off dramatically at home by the Dallas Cowboys in one of the weekend's more surprising results. Not surprising has been the sloppy play of Big Blue, who despite their 6-3 record, turned the ball over three times vs Dallas, the sixth time in nine games that the Giants have committed three or more turnovers.
Quick, the Eagles just scored again. Philadelphia's 59-28 Monday night win at Washington saw the Birds set a new record for points scored on Monday Night Football, and their 592 total yards were the second-highest total in Monday Night Football History. The teams' 87 combined points were tied for the second-most in Monday Night Football; the highest remains Green Bay's 48-47 win over (you guessed it) Washington in 1983 at Lambeau Field.