MEXICO CITY.- The National Football League this week reaches a significant milestone in its 103-year history, playing its first regular-season game in a fourth country outside the United States.
When the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3) take on the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5) at Allianz Arena in Munich on Sunday, the NFL will have played regular-season games in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Germany.
In February, after a competitive application process, the NFL selected Munich to host two of the four International Series games to be played in Germany over the next four years. Frankfurt will also host two matches.
This week’s Seattle-Tampa Bay matchup is one of five 2022 internationals, including a Monday Night Football game between San Francisco and Arizona in Mexico City next week, adding to the three already played. in the United Kingdom.
All 11 starters heading into week 10…
1. JOHNNY UNITAS’ COLTS AND 2022 EAGLES COULD SHARE A REMARKABLE FEAT. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-0) leads the NFL in turnovers (+15) and cuts (18) this season. This week, if he can finish his game in Monday Night Football with a positive turnover margin, he will join the 1958 BALTIMORE COLTS as the only teams in NFL history to start a season with a positive turnover margin in each of his first nine games. That year, the Colts beat the Giants 23-17 in the NFL Championship Game in what most have called the greatest game ever played, the first game decided in sudden-death overtime in league history.
And speaking of close games, the Eagles’ opponent this week, WASHINGTON (4-5), is 4-2 in games decided by seven points or fewer this season, tied with the Titans (4-2) for second-best mark. of the league. With a minimum of six games, only the Giants (5-1) have a better record in those matchups.
Through nine weeks this year, 72 NFL games were decided by seven or fewer points, more than any season through the ninth week in league history.
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 100. The number of sacks in their NFL careers that the Bosa family could reach this week. JOEY and NICK BOSA’s teams meet for the first time since the brothers entered the league when the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3) visit the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-4) in Sunday Night Football’s classic , and the family (99.5) needs just half a sack to reach 100. Joey Bosa has 59.5 career sacks in his seven seasons playing for the Chargers. Younger brother Nick Bosa has 33 career sacks for him since he entered the league in 2019. His father, JOHN BOSA, had seven career sacks for him between 1987 and 1989 with the Dolphins.
Since the individual sack became an official stat in 1982, the Bosa’s rank sixth among NFL families in combined sacks, behind JJ and TJ WATT (179.5); CLAY MATTHEWS SR., CLAY MATTHEWS III and CASEY MATTHEWS (163.5); HOWIE and CHRIS LONG (154), JOHN and ERVIN RANDLE (145.5); and ARTHUR and CHANDLER JONES (118).
3. THE BESTIAL NFC. The NFC East division is a combined 9-1 (.900) against the AFC this season, entering HOUSTON (1-6-1) against the NEW YORK GIANTS (6-2) on Sunday. The Giants and Eagles are 3-0 each against the other conference, while the Commanders are 2-1 and the Cowboys are 1-0.
Since the 1970 league merger created AFC-NFC interconference play, the best winning percentage in a season from one division against the other conference was the 1976 AFC Central, which went 7-1 (.875) against the NFC.
Since Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA embarked on his 1989 Most Valuable Player (MVP) season, a division has finished with an interconference record of .800 or better five times. In four of those five seasons, that division won the Super Bowl title (San Francisco of the NFC West in 1989, Washington of the NFC East in 1991, New England of the AFC East in 2004, and Seattle of the NFC West in 2013). .
4. UNDER THE SPOTLIGHTS – INDIVIDUAL CONFRONTATION. Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS over the past three weeks has 26 receptions, tied with TYREEK HILL for first in the NFL in that span, and is second behind Hill with 298 receiving yards. On Sunday at SoFi Stadium, Hopkins faces a secondary that includes five-time Pro Bowler JALEN RAMSEY, who will play in his 100th NFL game. Since the beginning of 2021, Ramsey has cut 25 passes. Only TREVON DIGGS (33) and JAMES BRADBERRY (28) have more in that time.
5. UNDER THE SPOTLIGHTS – TEAM SHOWDOWN. DENVER (3-5) at TENNESSEE (5-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Coordinator EJIRO EVERO and Denver’s defense have the best red zone defense in the league, allowing only five touchdowns on 19 opponent possessions (26.3 percent). Meanwhile, Titans coordinator TODD DOWNING has his unit ranked first in red zone offense, with 15 touchdowns on 19 possessions (78.9 percent).
6. TALKING STREAKS. The second-longest active winning streak in the NFL will be on the line Sunday when the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-1) visit the BUFFALO BILLS (6-2) at Highmark Stadium. Only PHILADELPHIA (8-0) has a longer active winning streak than the Vikings, who have won six in a row. After Sunday, Minnesota hosts DALLAS (6-2), NEW ENGLAND (5-4) and NEW YORK JETS (6-3), all at home.
This season, the Vikings are tied with the Giants for the most wins (four) after trailing in the fourth quarter. Overall, in the NFL this year, 42 games have been won or tied by teams that were trailing in the fourth quarter. That’s more than any previous NFL season for nine weeks.
7. DID YOU KNOW? Sadly, Hall of Fame punter RAY GUY passed away last week at the age of 72. Honoring the legacy of the three-time Super Bowl champion, those who have followed in his footsteps have collectively performed at an unprecedented level this season.
In 2022, NFL punts are averaging 42.1 net yards per punt, the highest mark through Week 9 since 1976, when net punts became an individual stat. NFL punters also average 47.5 gross yards per punt, the best in nine weeks of any season since the league merged in 1970.
When KANSAS CITY (6-2) hosts JACKSONVILLE (3-6) on Sunday, two of the best punters in the league will square off. The Chiefs’ TOMMY TOWNSEND leads the NFL with a 47.3 net punt average, while the Jaguars’ LOGAN COOKE (44.3) is fourth.
8. HISTORY UNDER THE RADAR. Since he entered the league in 2020, Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT has 19 games with at least 300 passing yards, tied for the most in the league. With 300 passing yards at San Francisco in Sunday Night Football, Herbert will surpass ANDREW LUCK (19) for the most 300-yard games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history . Herbert has thrived under offensive coordinator JOE LOMBARDI.
This month, the NFL honors Lombardi, a four-year active duty graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and all of our nation’s service members, veterans and their families in the annual Salute to Service initiative.
Based on deep partnerships with military and veteran support organizations, Salute to Service seeks to honor, empower, and connect with the United States military community. The military is an important part of the Lombardi family. His grandfather, Hall of Famer VINCE LOMBARDI, was an assistant at the United States Military Academy under the legendary Count “Red” Blaik from 1949 to 1953.
For more information on the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative, click here. For team-by-team nominees for the 12th Annual Salute to Service Awards presented by USAA, including a new fan voting opportunity, click here.
9. TREND. Including postseason, SEAN MCVAY of the Rams against Arizona is 11-1 (.917), the best winning percentage by an active coach against an opponent with a minimum of 10 games.
10. THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY. Nov. 8, 1987 (35 years ago): LAWRENCE TAYLOR records two sacks and intercepts Patriots’ STEVE GROGAN at the New York 15-yard line with just over a minute remaining to preserve a Giants 17-10 win. Hall of Famer Taylor highlights the first regular season game in NFL history to be broadcast on the then-new medium of television, cable TV. ESPN’s broadcast booth at the historic occasion features Mike Patrick, Roy Firestone and Larry Csonka, with Chris Berman in the studio.
11. AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST. Recent history has shown that every NFL team should have hope. One example: In each of the last five seasons (2018-22) and in 14 of the last 16 (since 2007), at least one club has set or tied its best start in franchise history after eight games. Last week, the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-0) extended the NFL’s winning streak. ARIZONA (2021), BALTIMORE (2019, 2020 and 2021), LOS ANGELES RAMS (2018), NEW ENGLAND (2019), PITTSBURGH (2020), SAN FRANCISCO (2019) and TAMPA BAY (2020 and 2021) have preceded the Eagles in the last five seasons in that category. And since 2007, 18 of the 32 NFL teams have broken or tied their best eight-game starts in franchise history.
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