Biggest spread ever? Broncos 28-point favorite over Jags
Sports books in and around Las Vegas make Peyton Manning and the Broncos a 28-point favorite over Jacksonville, unheard of in an industry where half-point swings can be huge.
Though Las Vegas' legal sports books don't keep historical records on such things - and the NFL refuses to even acknowledge that betting lines exist - those in the industry say the lopsided point spread surpasses the 26-point margin for favored Pittsburgh against Tampa Bay in 1976 and a 24-point pick over the Eagles in 2007, the year the Patriots made it through the regular season undefeated.
Don't think pink
The pink flags were part of the league's breast cancer awareness campaign but caused confusion with other pink gear on the field.
Taxi squadder gets keys
From practice squad to NFL starter: Quarterback Thad Lewis received the surprising news of his sudden promotion upon arriving at the Buffalo Bills facility for team meetings.
A day after working out free agents Pat White and Dennis Dixon, and losing out to Minnesota in a bid to sign recently cut Tampa Bay starter Josh Freeman, the Bills stayed in-house to replace injured rookie starter EJ Manuel.
Pickin' and grinnin'
Tramaine Brock is kicking himself for not having a third interception. He came oh so close. The San Francisco 49ers turned a prime-time showdown into an all-out pick party at The Stick. Brock perfectly read Matt Schaub's first pass of the night, jumped in front for an interception and ran 18 yards for a touchdown just 90 seconds into the game, setting the tone for a 34-3 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Schaub threw three interceptions in all.
Just when Oakland's seemingly safe lead appeared to be slipping away, Terrelle Pryor turned a broken play into a big one that helped seal the victory. Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and then set up a late field goal by turning a potential sack into a third-and-long conversion that gave the Raiders a 27-17 victory over the visiting San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.
- Inquirer wire services