Here's an odd and interesting stat for you. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has only played once at home out of his four games where he took all or a large portion of the snaps this year. And guess what? It was his worst performance of the four. He threw three interceptions in front of the home crowd and two touchdowns while completing 56 percent of his passes. In his three away games, he's thrown a total of 5 touchdown passes, just one interception and completed at least two-thirds of his passes in each game. The home game was in his first start of the year, so it'll be interesting to see if the lower performance was due to inexperience or if it has something to do with nerves playing in front of his home crowd. We'll find out on Sunday.
When the downs marker is flipped to display the number 3 on the sidelines, it's pretty easy to figure out what the Colts are going to do. So far this season they've run 104 third-down plays, and only 12 have been runs. But here's one that might really surprise you. The Colts have faced 3rd and two yards or less 18 teams, and they've passed on 11 of those downs. They've successfully converted 5 of 7 rushing attempts in that situation (71 percent) and 9 of 11 passing (81 percent).
Here's another interesting fact about the Cowboys since Tony Romo took over at quarterback four weeks ago. During that stretch, Dallas' offense has been awful in the first quarter, scoring just 3 points total over the four games in the opening 15 minutes. And they aren't much better in the 3rd quarter where they've scored just 14 points over the last four games. By comparison, they've scored 39 and 37 total points in the 2nd and 4th quarters respectively.
Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney might only have 1.5 quarterback sacks after nine games, but that doesn't mean he hasn't had an impact on opposing passers. Freeney leads the Colts with 22 quarterback pressures. And his sack in the fourth quarter against the Bills helped preserve a one-point margin that was the difference in the game when time ran out. That sack helped make Bills kicker Rian Lindell's field goal attempt a bit tougher, which he pushed wide right. Buffalo didn't get a chance to touch the ball again.
Former Colts defensive back Von Hutchins in back in the NFL and is now wearing the uniform of an AFC South opponent – the Houston Texans. Hutchins was signed for depth after Lewis Sanders was lost for the season with a broken hand.
Speaking of the Texans, I thought the pickup of former Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds was going to make their offense much tougher since they already had the highly talented Andre Johnson on the roster. And while Johnson is second in the league in receiving yards with 808, Moulds has contributed just 343 so far on 34 receptions.
I had to laugh a bit this morning as I listened to broadcaster Dan Dierdorf being interviewed on NFL Sirius Radio. He's going to be covering the New England at Green Bay game, and he was very excited about the great atmosphere at historic Lambeau Field and about talking to Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Brett Favre about the recent talk of Favre returning for another season or two. But then Dierdorf mentioned something else that was really funny. He said it was going to be really interesting to interview Patriots coach Bill Belichick following two losses, sarcastically referencing that it should be a real fun time full of laughs and a very "expansive" interview. With a chuckle, Dierdorf said he was expecting a lot of simple "yes" and "no" answers to his questions.
AFC South foe Tennessee took a hit this week, placing wide receiver Drew Givens on injured reserve after he tore his ACL last Sunday in the Titans' loss to the Ravens. Givens, who signed a five-year, $24 million contract earlier this year as a free agent, made just eight catches for 104 yards and no touchdowns this season after missing the four games this year with a thumb injury. He was also limited in the preseason by a hamstring problem
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