After taking a very brief non-sports-related break, I was happy to see that the NFL had provided a whole slew of historical tidbits for me to write about. And thank god, because there are just some days when you wish the news will just fly into your lap, and luckily that's today. Anyway, that's neither here nor there:
- The Colts are 14-0. The Saints' loss to the Cowboys on Saturday leaves the Indianapolis Colts as the lone remaining undefeated team. Indianapolis is just the third team in NFL history to begin a season 14-0, joining the illustrious 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots, and their regular season winning streak is now at an all-time best 23 games. Indy has only the Jets and Bills to defeat to move to 16-0 on the year
- Indianapolis is 7-0 when trailing in the fourth quarter. No team in history has made as many fourth quarter comebacks in a single season as the Colts have this year. While it's hard to believe that either the Bills or Jets will manage to beat them, the Colts have cut it close so many times that it's not completely out of the question.
- Wow. Jim Brown who? Browns running back Jerome Harrison had a phenomenal game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, running for 286 yards and shattering the club record for rushing -- a mark previously held by Jim Brown. Harrison finished just 11 yards off of the all-time record of 297 yards, which Adrian Peterson ran for in a 2007 game against San Diego.
- Wow. Devin Hester who? The Cleveland Browns aren't usually associated with offense, yet they displayed a lot of it against the Chiefs. Not only did Harrison run wild on them, Josh Cribbs returned a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns; by the end of the first half, Cribbs had totaled 269 yards on kickoff runbacks and had set the lifetime record for kick-return TD's (8).
- Roethlisberger goes for 503. If a pair of Super Bowl rings and the most fourth quarter comebacks since 2005 hasn't shown you that Ben Roethlisberger is clutch, nothing will. On Sunday, Roethlisberger completed a game-winning touchdown pass to Mike Wallace with no time remaining, handing the Steelers an enormous victory over the Packers. Ben finished with 503 passing yards, setting a Steelers franchise record.
- Ricky's season just gets better. Ricky Williams is putting together one of the best post-prime resurgences we've ever seen in pro football. On Sunday, the 32 year-old Williams recorded his 1,000th rushing yard of the season, setting a mark for the longest a player has ever gone between 1,000-yard campaigns -- six years.
- Moss on par with Rice. With five catches, a touchdown and 70 receiving yards, Randy Moss did a solid job distancing himself from the reporters who claimed he dogged it last week. Not only did Randy save face, he tied the great Jerry Rice for seasons with at least 10 TD's (9). Moss already has the single-season touchdown record -- which he set in 2007 -- and is behind only Rice in terms of lifetime receiving touchdowns; however, he'll never be considered in the same ballpark as Rice until he wins at least one Super Bowl.
- Johnson still in contention for 2,000-yard year. Titans running back Chris Johnson has run for at least 100 yards in nine consecutive games, making him the eighth player in history to accomplish such a feat. Johnson, who leads the league in rushing with a phenomenal 1626 yards, needs another 374 yards to get to 2,000. While that'll definitely be a tough task, the Titans will need as much from him if they have even a prayer of making the playoffs.