Published: September 24th, 2010 | Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Gates, Bill Walsh, Brett Favre, Chad Henne, Drew Bledsoe, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marv Levy, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, Ottis Anderson, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Roddy White, Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Owens, Tim Hightower, Tony Romo
Want to impress your pals when you gather to watch the Week 3 action Sunday? As we pored through the voluminous stack of notes prepared this week by the crack NFL Network staff for the NFL GameDay Morning crew to use, we pulled out a few nuggets you can use as fun facts or tough trivia:
» The Ravens outscored the Browns 50-3 in their two meetings last season and the Ravens defense outscored the Browns offense, 7-3, in those two meetings.
» The last time these teams met, the Cowboys’ starting QB was Drew Bledsoe (2006). Tony Romo came off the bench in that game and recorded his first career pass attempt, completion, and TD (3-yd pass TD to Terrell Owens).
» Cowboys have the lowest percentage of run plays in the NFL this season (29.6 percent) and their 100 pass plays this season is 13 more than any other team in the NFL.
» The 49ers have not won at KC since 1982, a 26-13 victory in which Hall of Fame 49ers head coach Bill Walsh defeated Hall of Fame Chiefs head coach Marv Levy.
» The Lions have lost their last 21 road games and with a loss at Minnesota would tie for the third longest road losing streak in NFL history. But the Lions already own the record, having lost 24 straight road games from 2001-2003.
» In his previous 18 years as a starter, Brett Favre has only started the season 0-3 once (0-4 in 2005).
» The Patriots have won the last 13 meetings in this series dating back to Week 17 of 2003. That’s tied with Chargers over Raiders for the longest active win streak by one team vs. an opponent.
» Of QB Matt Ryan’s 76 pass attempts through two games this season, 35 have been targeted for WR Roddy White.
» The Steelers are the only team that does not have a pass TD this season.
» Michael Vick has a 100-plus passer rating in back-to-back games for just the second time in his career when having 10-plus pass attempts. in each game (has never had 3 straight games with a 100-plus rating).
» With a rushing TD this week, Tim Hightower would become the first Cardinals RB since Ottis Anderson in 1985 to rush for a TD in each of the first three games of the season.
» QB Peyton Manning leads the NFL with 688 pass yards — his most ever through the first two games of season.
» Chargers QB Philip Rivers has at least 1 pass TD in 15 straight games, longest active streak in NFL.
» TE Antonio Gates needs one receiving TD to pass Shannon Sharpe for second all-time by a TE. Gates and Sharpe have 62. Tony Gonzalez has the most, 82.
» RB LaDainian Tomlinson has 6.3 yards per rush this season with 5 runs of 10-plus yards (14 runs of 10-plus yards in 14 games last season).
» QB Chad Henne has 0 INT in 49 pass attempts this season. Last year vs. the Jets, Henne was 2-0, with 3 TDs, 0 INT. The rest of NFL had 5 pass TDs, 17 INT vs Jets.
» The last meeting between these teams marked the only game last season that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers did not throw a TD pass.