With Sunday approaching, some revealing numbers provide a hint as to what we might see.
» Some 2-0 records are more impressive than others. Take, for instance, the Buffalo Bills. They are the NFL’s only 2-0 team to win each of their first two games against teams that went to the playoffs last season. Buffalo opened with a win over Seattle, then followed up with a character-building win at Jacksonville.
» Now Buffalo gets Oakland, which has a goal of its own in mind. The Raiders are looking to go over .500 for the first time since they were 2-1 in 2004.
» Miami and New England play Sunday, and the Dolphins just happen to be the last team to beat the Patriots in the regular season, back in the 14th week of the 2006 season. On Sunday, it will be 743 days since the Patriots last lost a regular-season game.
» Former Chargers and current Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows all about playing the Broncos, as he will Sunday. In seven games versus the Broncos, Brees has posted a 2-5 record as a starter with two touchdown passes and five interceptions. In his past four starts against Denver, Brees has failed to throw for a touchdown.
» Not saying that the Browns should be worried yet. But worry isn’t far away. In 21 possessions this season, the offense has scored one measly touchdown. Dating back to last season, the Browns have only four offensive touchdowns in their past four regular-season games — to go along with their 1-3 record.
» Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is 40-27 as a starter in his career. But a remarkable 15 of those wins have been engineered with a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime.
» Everyone talks about the Giants‘ 12-game road win streak. But the Cowboys are 11-1 in their past 12 road games and their only road loss during that time came in Week 17 last year at Washington, when Dallas already had clinched home-field advantage through the playoffs and was resting many of its regulars.
» Close your eyes, St. Louis. In their last 29 games, the Rams have been:
Outscored by 16 points in 1st quarter
Outscored by 36 points in 2nd quarter
Outscored by 52 points in 1st half
Outscored by 76 points in 3rd quarter
Outscored by 143 points in 4th quarter
Outscored by 213 points in 2nd half and OT