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Another modern-day NFL record was broken on October 12 when Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco threw the five fastest touchdown passes in history since NFL and AFL merged back in 1966. Flacco managed to connect on a career-high five TD passes in the first 17 minutes of the Ravens’ 48-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Flacco achieved the feat 12 minutes faster than anybody else as the fifth pass came in the second minute of the second quarter. No other quarterback has managed to connect on five TD passes until the first-half’s two-minute warning had sounded. Ben Roethlisberger held the previous record as he threw for five TDs in 28 minutes and nine seconds in a game against Baltimore in 2007.
NFL history was made on October 12 when the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers played to a 37-37 overtime tie at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The game sets a new record for the highest-scoring tie game in league history. It’s also the third consecutive year that the league has entered a tie game into the record books. The last time there was a tie game in three straight NFL season was from 1987 to 1989. The most recent stalemate between the Bengals and Panthers finished 34-34 after regulation time.
There were only three drives during the overtime period and both teams kicked a field goal with their first possession. Cincinnati took the lead with a 42-yard field goal in the opening drive and Carolina tied it up with a 36 yarder with 2:19 to go. Cincinnati then had a glorious chance to win the game late in overtime, but missed on a 36-yard field goal just as time ran out on the contest.
Unfortunately for the NFL’s Washington Redskins, the schedule maker keeps giving them Monday night home games. This isn’t a good sign for the club since they’re the worst in the league when it comes to Monday nights. Their 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week saw their Monday night record fall to 2-13. And that’s just at home since they moved into FedEx Field.
The Redskins’ own a winning percentage of just 11.3 in those contests, which is the lowest in the league for any club that has played more than two Monday night games at home. The Buffalo Bills are winless, but have only played twice at home on Monday nights. Looking at the league’s history, no other team in the NFL has lost at least 10 home games on Monday evenings. In addition, the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions have both won more Monday night home games than Washington even though they’ve hosted just five Monday contests.
College football star Todd Gurley of the University of Georgia was an early season favourite for the Heisman Trophy this year, that was until he was suspended by the school on October 9 for allegedly breaking NCAA rules. An investigation is still underway and Gurley will have to sit out until it’s been completed. It’s believed that the running back took a small amount of money earlier this year during a memorabilia-signing event and could now be banned for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Georgia fans aren’t happy with this turn of events and have decided to do something about it. The entertaining Gurley was leading the SEC in rushing with 773 yards at the time of the suspension and also had eight touchdowns, which ranked him as number six in the nation.
A lot of NFL fans aren’t too happy with Thursday night football games so far this season even though it gives them another night to watch their favourite sport and teams in action. Nobody’s complaining about the actual Thursday Night Football national telecasts, they’ve been disappointed with the action on the field instead. The three most one-sided games in the 2014 campaign have taken place on the past three Thursday nights.
In week three of the season the Atlanta Falcons blew the doors off of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by 42 points for the biggest margin of victory up to now. Green Bay beat the Minnesota Vikings by 32 points in week five and a seven days earlier the New York Giants manhandled the Washington Redskins by 31 points in a 45-14 rout. For neutral fans who like to see a lot of scoring you’d think these games might make them happy. But it appears that fans would rather watch more competitive contests on Thursday nights.
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