Who’s made an impact and who’s not in NFL Week 11 and more notes
Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is leading the NFL after racking up eight interceptions. It is the highest number of interceptions by a Chicago Bears player since former Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher posted a similar number in 2005. No Chicago Bears player has been able to hit a higher number of interceptions since 1990, when former NFL player Mark Carrier managed 10 in his rookie season.
New York Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning has hit a cold spot, having thrown 99 passes since he last made a touchdown pass. This is the longest-lasting touchdown drought of Eli Manning’s NFL career. So far in the season, Eli Manning has 11 interceptions, 12 touchdowns and a quarterback passer rating of 81.8.
The charm of 10 seasons
It’s been ten straight seasons since the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots have met in an historic rivalry. The Indianapolis Colts left the division, joining the AFC South in 2001, but somehow coincidental dating in the schedule has allowed this epic rivalry to survive and thrive.
Steelers vs. Ravens
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won in 9 of the last 14 games against the Baltimore Ravens with Ben Roethlisberger as their starting quarterback, and gone 0-4 without him at the spot. However, running back Rashard Mendenhall returns against the team that ranks 26th in NFL for pass rush defense (Baltimore Ravens).
Arizona Cardinals third-year inside linebacker Daryl Washington has eight sacks in the season. So far only three inside linebackers have managed over 10 sacks in a season in NFL history. Former New Orleans Saints inside linebacker Charlie Clemons was last to achieve the mark in 2001 with 13.5 sacks.
The Washington Redskins have been lost eight straight games against rookie quarterbacks since 2006. Last season, the Washington Redskins fell to Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton and Christian Ponder.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is just a nine yards short of breaking Carson Palmers’ 4,140 passing yards record set in 2007. Andy Dalton is also closing in on another Carson Palmer record for 32 touchdown passes in 2005.
Cleveland Browns are on an 11 road game losing streak since they last won one match on 18th September in Indianapolis last season.
Green Bay Packers have won the last eight straight matchups against NFC North teams, marking their longest winning streak against divisional rivals.
Last week’s tie between the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams marked the sixth tie in NFL since 1989.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who raked worst against the run in NFL last season have made a remarkable turnaround securing the top spot in the category this season.