2011 Week 3 – NFL Fun Facts!

Week three of the 2011 NFL season is complete and it looks like we’ve got a good season ahead of us. There were some great plays this week made by some great players. The Bills are 3-0! The Raiders look to be for real! What happened to the Dream Team?

Here’s a quick look at some fun facts from this past weekend’s games:

Interesting facts from Week 3 of the 2011 NFL season:

-Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert of the Jacksonville Jaguars got the first start of his NFL career against the Carolina Panthers. His first series found him getting sacked for a safety. His first interception was caught by Sherrod Martin of the Panthers. His first touchdown pass went for 36 yards and was caught by Mike Thomas.

-Wes Welker had 16 receptions for 217 yards in the team’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Those were both career best numbers. His previous best had been 15 receptions for 192 yards which happened in a 31-14 win over the New York Jets in 2009.

-Welker’s 217 receiving yards also set a team record. The old record was held by Terry Glenn who put up 214 yards in a 19-7 win over the Cleveland Browns in 1999.

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 373 yards in the team’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. This is the sixth most yards passed for in team history. Schaub also owns the top five spots on that list.

-The Minnesota Vikings became the first team in NFL history to lose three consecutive games in which they had double digit leads at halftime.

-Joe Flacco’s 389 passing yards in the Baltimore Ravens win over the St. Louis Rams were the most of his career and the second most ever thrown for in a game in team history.

-2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Chris Johnson still showed rust from his holdout as he put up his third sub-100 yard game in a row and second where he actually put up less than 30 yards. He finished the game with 13 carries for 21 yards for an average of 1.6 yards per carry. This was not however his lowest production day ever as he had previously rushed for 8 yards on 14 carries in a 2009 win over the Chicago Bears and five yards on seven carries in a 2010 loss to the Houston Texans.

-Mark Sanchez threw for 369 yards in the New York Jets loss to the Oakland Raiders. This was more yards than he had ever thrown for before in a game.

-The leading rusher for the Chicago Bears was quarterback Jay Cutler who carried the ball 3 times for 11 yards. The only other player to carry the ball was Matt Forte who rushed 9 times for 2 yards.

-Cam Newton finally had a game that was a little more normal for a rookie. It was his first game with less than 400 yards passing, but it was also his first game where he did not throw an interception.

-Mark Ingram scored the first touchdown of his NFL career and it gave his team the lead in its win against the Houston Texans.

-The last time both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills started the same season with 3-0 records was 1980. The Lions that year were quarterback by Gary Danielson and featured players like Billy Sims, Leonard Thompson, Freddie Scott, David Hill, Dexter Bussey, and Al Baker. The 1980 Bill had Joe Ferguson at quarterback and included players like Joe Cribbs, Roosevelt Leaks, Roland Hooks, Jerry Butler, Frank Lewis, Jim Haslett, Isiah Robertson, Reggie McKenzie, Bill Simpson, and Nick Mike-Mayer.

-In their 18-16 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey tied the rookie record for field goals in a game with six. The two other rookie kickers to have done that were Jeff Reed of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Garo Yepremian of the Miami Dolphins.

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