Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are one of the most popular, and the most hated, teams in the National Football League. The fans of the team feel there is something genuine in the legendary silver and black mystique that surrounds it. The team has been a part of many of the most memorable plays and games in pro football history. Legend has it that many rules, from the rule prohibiting the use of Stick-um to the rule regarding using the helmet as a weapon, were put in place specifically because of the Oakland Raiders. There is a great deal known about the franchise, but here are five things you probably don’t know about the Oakland Raiders.

1. Raiders running back Marcus Allen was the first player in the history of the NFL to gain more than 10,000 yards rushing and more than 5,000 yards receiving during his career.

2. At the time that Raiders head coach John Madden retired from coaching he had coached in the league for ten years, won a Super Bowl ring, would eventually be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and was the youngest coach ever to reach 100 victories. Amazingly, he was also just 42 years old.

3. The Raiders franchise is the only NFL team to win championships in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

4. During the team’s second season of play in 1961, the Oakland Raiders played their home games across the bay in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

5. The Raiders Super Bowl XV win over the Philadelphia Eagles allowed them to become the first Wild Card team ever to win the big game.

From the sometimes strange and sometimes near genius moves and strategies of Al Davis to the team’s coaches and players, the personalities surrounding the Raiders have always been a large part of the team. Some of the more famous players that have worn the silver and black include Jim Otto, Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Marcus Allen, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, Mike Haynes, Dave Casper, Lyle Alzado, Randy Moss, Jim Plunkett, Lester Hayes, Ray Guy, Pete Banaszak, Cliff Branch, Tim Brown, Bo Jackson, Rocket Ismail, Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp, Otis Sistrunk, Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, Greg Townsend, Daryle Lamonica, Todd Christensen, Kerry Collins, Tom Flores, John Matuszak, Mark Van Eeghen, Rich Gannon, Tyrone Wheatley, Charles Woodson, Matt Millen, and Bob Golic. With characters and players like this is it easy to see how the Raiders have made their mark on the National Football League. The Oakland Raiders are one of the irreplaceable franchises in the NFL, and the love them or hate them, the league is better off because of their existence.

Seattle Seahawks 100 Yard Rushing Facts

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100 yard rushing games are still used as a gauge of a running back’s effectiveness. Here are some facts about the Seattle Seahawks and their 100 yard rushers.

-Quarterback Russell Wilson was the 20th different player to have a 100 yard rushing game for the Seattle Seahawks when he ran for 102 yards in a loss to the Colts in 2013.

-The five players in Seahawks history to have a double digit amount of 100 yard games for Seattle are Shaun Alexander, Chris Warren, Marshawn Lynch, Curt Warner, and Ricky Watters.

-The Seahawks have had 13 players in history rush for 100 yards or more in a game more than once while with the team. The top five are listed above and after them comes John L. Williams, Maurice Morris, Russell Wilson, Julius Jones, David Sims, Derrick Fenner, Justin Forsett, and Sherman Smith.

-The Seahawks had a record of 10-1 in games when Ricky Watters ran for over 100 yards.

-Sherman Smith was the first Seahawk to have a 100 yard rushing game. He had two during his career and both times Seattle got the win.

-2005 saw Shaun Alexander become the first Seahawks player to have a double digit amount of 100 yard games in one season when he finished the year with 11. Marshawn Lynch became the second to do so in 2012 when he had 10.

-Shaun Alexander was the first Seahawks player to have four consecutive 100 yard rushing games when he did so in 2005 against the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, and Giants. Marshawn Lynch would equal that team record when he had four consecutive against the 49ers, Lions, Vikings, and Jets in 2012.

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The Buffalo Bills’ Jim Kelly And His Fourth Quarter TD Passes

Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills was one of the most exciting quarterbacks of his era. He could manage a game, throw the long ball, and hit the quick slant as good as anyone. One of the best parts about getting to watch him play though was seeing him run the no-huddle offense, or K-Gun, that was used by the Bills while he was there.

Jim Kelly threw 237 touchdown passes during his NFL career with the Bills. He threw 60 of them in the fourth quarter. That’s more than he threw in any other quarter of play. The player who caught more of his fourth quarter touchdown passes than anyone else was Andre Reed with 14. In second was Thurman Thomas with eight, followed by James Lofton and Pete Metzelaars who each caught six fourth quarter touchdown passes from him over the years.

The team he threw more fourth quarter TD passes against during his career was the New England Patriots with a total of 11.

Five Fun Facts About The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into the league in the late 1970s, the same years as the Seattle Seahawks. They have had some ups and downs over the years including everything from a winless season to a Super Bowl victory. Here are some interesting Tampa Bay Buccaneers trivia items.

1. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost the first 26 NFL regular season games they played, not winning their first game until near the end of their second season in the league.

2. Tampa Bay would use their number one overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft to select a player that would never even show up for training camp, Bo Jackson. Jackson would instead choose to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals and re-enter the NFL Draft the next season where the Raiders would select him in the seventh round.

3. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers achieved their first win in franchise history over the New Orleans Saints on the road, their first home victory would come later in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

4. The Buccaneers won the last game ever played in Philadelphia’s famous Veteran’s Stadium, the 2002 NFC Championship Game victory over the Eagles.

5. The first Tampa Buccaneers player to have his jersey number retired by the team was defensive star Lee Roy Selmon.

Five Fun Facts About The Oilers / Titans!

The Tennessee Titans got their start as the Houston Oilers in the AFC in 1960. Here is a quick look at some interesting Oilers and Titans trivia.

1. Superstar Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon is the first quarterback to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after not being selected in the NFL Draft.

2. During the Tennessee Titans first three seasons after moving to Tennessee they played their home games in three different stadiums; Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Vanderbilt Stadium and LP Field.

3. Bruce Matthews, one of the best offensive linemen ever, played his whole NFL career for one franchise. He did however play under three different team names; the Houston Oilers, the Tennessee Oilers, and the Tennessee Titans.

4. The Houston Oilers were charter members of the American Football League and experienced early success, playing in each of the first three AFL Championship Games, winning the first two.

5. Tennessee is one of two teams currently in the NFL to have gone by the name Titans. When the New York Jets joined the American Football League in 1960, they played their first couple of seasons as the New York Titans.

Five Fun Facts About The Washington Redskins

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The Washington Redskins trace their history back to the early days of the NFL. Here is a quick look at some Washington Redskins trivia.

1. Legendary Redskins defensive back Darrell Green won the NFL’s fastest man competition four times in a row.

2. Joe Gibbs is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is one of the most respected head coaches in Washington Redskins history, few remember though that in his first year on the job the Redskins lost their first five games under their new head coach.

3. Running back John Riggins was the second player in NFL history to score more than 100 rushing touchdowns. The first player to do this was Jim Brown.

4. The Washington Redskins finished the 1983 season with a record of 14-2, their only two losses both occurred in Monday Night Football games.

5. The Washington Redskins won their first NFL championship in 1937, this was also the first year the team played in the nation’s capital.

Five Fun Facts At The New York Giants

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The New York Giants are one of the oldest franchises in the NFL. They have a fascinating history and have accomplished quite a bit over the years. Here is a quick look at some fun facts about the New York Giants.

1. The only person to be the head coach of both the New York Giants and the New York Jets is Bill Parcells.

2. The first rushing touchdown scored during a regular season game played outside the United States was scored by Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the team’s victory over the Dolphins in a 2007 game in London.

3. Giants running back Dave Meggett’s career passing numbers are four attempts, four completions, four touchdowns.

4. Giants quarterback Phil Simms was the first player to utter the line “I’m going to Disneyland” following the Super Bowl.

5. After a disappointing 1928 season and as a way to acquire new talent, Giants owner Tim Mara purchased the complete Detroit Wolverines roster and merged the two teams together to play under the name New York Giants.

Five Fun Facts About The Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals have not always been in Arizona and actually trace their history back to the early days of the NFL. Here is a quick look at some interesting Cardinals trivia.

1. During the 1944 NFL season, due to labor shortages because of World War II, the Cardinals and Steelers combined rosters. This new hybrid team failed to win any games that season.

2. Two of Babe Ruth’s then record 60 home runs that he hit during the 1927 baseball season were given up by pitcher Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Browns. Nevers also played running back for the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals.

3. In 2005, the Arizona Cardinals receiving duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin became only the third set of teammates to catch more than 100 passes in a season.

4. The Arizona Cardinals are owned by the Bidwell family who have owned the team since 1932.

5. In the twenty-eight years that the Cardinals played in St. Louis, they never once played in a home playoff game.

Five Fun Facts About The Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are one of the original AFL franchises from 1960. Over the years, the team has had some great successes. Here is a quick look at some interesting Buffalo Bills trivia.

1. Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas was known as an exceptional pass receiver out of the backfield, catching just less than 500 passes during his NFL career. During his entire college career at Oklahoma State University he had just two receptions.

2. Because the New York Giants and New York Jets both play their home games in New Jersey, the Buffalo Bills are the only one of New York’s three NFL teams that actually play their games in the state of New York.

3. Longtime Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson played for the team from 1973 through 1984. He then went on to play for three other NFL teams before retiring following the 1990 season. He would come out of retirement at the age of 45 in 1995 to play for the Canadian Football League‘s San Antonio Texans.

4. When Ralph Wilson decided to pursue the idea of purchasing a franchise in the American Football League, he was already a part owner of an NFL team, the Detroit Lions.

5. The first former United States Football League player to make it into the Professional Football Hall of Fame was Buffalo Bills star quarterback Jim Kelly.

Five Fun Facts About The Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers came into the NFL in 1995. In their short history, the team has had some great years. Here is a quick look at some Carolina Panthers trivia.

1. One of the first players to be cut by the Carolina Panthers in 1995 was future professional wrestling star Bill Goldberg who the team had claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.

2. In 1995 the Carolina Panthers became the first expansion team to defeat the previous year’s Super Bowl winner.

3. The first player to play for the Carolina Panthers and then make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was defensive end Reggie White who was better known for playing with the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers.

4. During the Carolina Panthers first year in the NFL, they played their home games in Clemson University’s Memorial Stadium.

5. Carolina Panthers coach John Fox’s first coaching experience in professional football came as part of the United States Football League’s Los Angeles Express.