Date: October 4, 2011

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

THE NFL IS PASS HAPPY

From Elias: Week Four of the 2011 NFL season featured 7,886 passing yards, the second-most in a single-week in NFL history, 60 yards shy of the record which was accomplished in week two of this season (7,946 passing yards). As a matter of fact, the first four weeks of the 2011 NFL season were the four highest single-week passing-yardage totals in NFL history: Week Two (7,946), Week Four (7,886), Week One (7,842), Week Three (7,772).

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Freeman

MORE LATE MAGIC FROM FREEMAN

From Elias: Josh Freeman has nine game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, including seven since the start of last year (five in 2010, two in 2011), tying him with Matt Ryan for the most over that span.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Painter

PAINTER'S FIRST TOUCHDOWN IS LONG

From Elias: Curtis Painter's first career touchdown pass was an 87-yarder to Pierre Garcon. Since the NFL/AFL merger, only two other quarterbacks had their first career touchdown pass go 87 yards or longer: Pittsburgh's Neil O'Donnell threw an 89-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Stone in 26-20 win against the Chargers in 1991; and Detroit's Charlie Batch threw a 98-yard touchdown pass to Johnnie Morton in a 31-27 loss to the Bears in 1998.

Indianapolis Colts

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Painter

...AND SO IS HIS SECOND

From Elias: Painter's second career touchdown pass was a 59-yarder to Pierre Garcon. Painter is the first quarterback to throw two touchdowns passes of at least 50 yards in his first career NFL start since Cincinnati's Jeff Blake on October 30, 1994. Blake threw a 67-yard TD pass and a 55-yarder, both to Darnay Scott in a 23-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Indianapolis Colts

DAILY DOUBLE IN TAMPA-ST. PETE

From Elias: The Buccaneers hosted the Colts at Raymond James Stadium on Monday night while the Rays hosted the Rangers at Tropicana Field. It's only the third time a Monday Night Football game and a Major League Baseball postseason game were played on the same day in the same metropolitan area. On Oct. 27, 1986, the Mets defeated the Red Sox, 8-5, in Game Seven of the World Series at Shea Stadium, while the Giants were beating the Redskins, 27-20, on Monday Night Football at Giants Stadium. And on Oct. 22, 2001, the Yankees defeated the Mariners, 12-3, in Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium, while the Eagles defeated the Giants, 10-9, at Giants Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MLB

DAILY DOUBLE IN TAMPA-ST. PETE

From Elias: The Buccaneers hosted the Colts at Raymond James Stadium on Monday night while the Rays hosted the Rangers at Tropicana Field. It's only the third time a Monday Night Football game and a Major League Baseball postseason game were played on the same day in the same metropolitan area. On Oct. 27, 1986, the Mets defeated the Red Sox, 8-5, in Game Seven of the World Series at Shea Stadium, while the Giants were beating the Redskins, 27-20, on Monday Night Football at Giants Stadium. And on Oct. 22, 2001, the Yankees defeated the Mariners, 12-3, in Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium, while the Eagles defeated the Giants, 10-9, at Giants Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Jennings

DESMOND GOES DEEP TWICE

From Elias: Tampa Bay rookie Desmond Jennings hit two home runs for the Rays Monday night. Jennings is the seventh rookie to hit more than one home run in a postseason game, the first since Evan Longoria in Game 1 of the 2008 American League Division Series against the White Sox.

Jennings, 24 years, 338 days old Monday night, is the third player in Rays history under the age of 25 to hit two homers in a postseason game. Evan Longoria (22 years, 361 days old) did it 2008 as did B.J. Upton (24, 46). All other major-league teams combined have only seven such players, and the mighty Yankees, who have played 343 more postseason games than the Rays, have only two such players: Charlie Keller (1939) and Tony Kubek (1957).

Tampa Bay Rays

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Napoli

NAP IS A HOME RUN HITTER

From Elias: Mike Napoli's two-run home run gave the Rangers a lead they never relinquished Monday night. Napoli has hit 96 home runs over the last four regular seasons, tied for 31st-most in the majors over that span, but his home run rate of one homer very 14.9 at-bats is fifth-best over that span among players with at least 75 home runs since 2008, behind Albert Pujols (one HR every 13.85 AB since 2008), Jose Bautista (14.30), Jim Thome (14.62) and Ryan Howard (14.86).

Texas Rangers

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Hamilton

JOSH IS FULL OF LEFTY

From Elias: Josh Hamilton's two-run bases-loaded single off left-hander J.P. Howell in the seventh inning turned a 2-1 Rangers lead into a 4-1 bulge. Hamilton has a hit in each of his last three bases-loaded at-bats against left-handed pitchers. He tripled off Boston's Felix Doubront on September 4 at Fenway Park and homered off Cleveland's David Huff 10 days later, before Monday night's heroics.

Texas Rangers

YOU SLEEP IN NOVEMBER

From Elias: Game Three of the Yankees-Tigers series was the first postseason game in which both starting pitchers were working on only two days rest between starts since Game 7 of the 1965 World Series, when the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax tossed a three-hit shutout to stop the Twins' Jim Kaat under those circumstances at Metropolitan Stadium. Koufax and Kaat started against each other in Game 5 of that series three days earlier at Dodger Stadium.

Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees

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Santiago

SANTIAGO HITS CC

From Elias: Ramon Santiago touched CC Sabathia for a run-scoring single in the third inning and an RBI-double in the fifth inning. Santiago had seven hits in 24 career regular-season at-bats against Sabathia, matching the fourth-most hits he has against any pitcher in his major-league career. Santiago has 11 hits off Bartolo Colon, nine hits off both Jake Westbrook and Scott Baker and seven hits off Fausto Carmona.

Detroit Tigers

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Young

IT'S OPPOSITE DAY FOR YOUNG

From Elias: Delmon Young has two home runs in the American League Division Series against the Yankees, both hit to right field. Prior to the 2011 playoffs, Young's last 38 homers were hit to either leftfield (36) or centerfield (2). Young's last opposite-field homer came on August 18, 2009 off Jason Jennings.

Detroit Tigers

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Verlander

GOOD MORNING, GOOD AFTERNOON AND GOODNIGHT

From Elias: Justin Verlander only needed 10 pitches to strike out all three Yankees batters in the fifth inning: Jorge Posada (three pitches), Russell Martin (three) and Brett Gardner (four). The last pitcher to retire the side via three strikeouts in 10 or fewer pitches in a postseason game was Arizona's Tony Pena against the Rockies in Game 2 of the 2007 National League Championship Series. Pena struck out Willy Taveras (three pitches), Kaz Matsui (four) and Matt Holliday (three) in the seventh inning of that game.

Detroit Tigers


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