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The worst pass defense in the NFL is played in the NFC South. The Panthers rank 22nd in the NFL in pass defense, the Buccaneers 29th, the Falcons 30th and the Saints 31st.

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Barry Sanderswas the NFL MVP in 1997 when he rushed for 2,053 yards and set a league record that season with 14 consecutive 100-yard games.

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Emmitt Smith also led the NFL in scoring in 1995 and was the key offensive player on three Super Bowl champions in Dallas. He also ranks first all-time with 78 100-yard rushing games.

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The Cowboys are 19-2 when QB Dak Prescott does not commit any turnovers. He committed two turnovers Monday night in a loss to the Titans. The Cowboys are now 6-13 in games Prescott turns the ball over.

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Ty Law intercepted Peyton Manning three times in the 2003 AFC championship game. In 1998 he became the first Patriot to lead the NFL in interceptions with nine.

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Jim Nance won back-to-back AFL rushing championships in 1966 and 1967 with the two best rushing seasons in league history. He was named the AFL MVP in 1966 when he rushed for an AFL record 1,458 yards, then followed that up with 1,216 rushing yards in 1967.

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Since 1960, the start of the game’s modern era, there have been 87 interim coaches in the NFL. Only 16 of them managed to win more games than they lost during their interim stints. Only two of the 87 took teams to the playoffs during those interim seasons.

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Indy’s blocking front has now gone three consecutive games without allowing a sack of QB Andrew Luck. He has thrown 97 passes during that stretch.

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Ronde Barber returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown against Donovan McNabb and the Eagles in 2003, then returned two more interceptions of McNabb for scores in a 2006 game.

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Detroit claimed Billy Sims with the first overall selection of the 1980 NFL draft. Barry Sanders was selected third overall in 1989. Sanders was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. So was Sims.

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A left tackle, Paul Gruber played 4,850 consecutive snaps over the first five seasons to start his career with the Buccaneers. He also played the entire 1989 season without allowing a sack.

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There have been 74 individual 300-yard passing games in the NFL this season and Dak Prescott doesn’t have any of them. There have been 112 individual 100-yard receiving games. The Cowboys have one of them.

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The Houston Texans are now playing to their potential after a rocky 0-3 start. QB DeShaun Watson and DE J.J. Watt have shaken off the rust of their season-ending injuries in 2017 and are playing to their Pro Bowl ability.

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Gale Gillingham went to the first of his five Pro Bowls in 1969 and was a two-time first-team all-pro. The 25-year window of his modern-era candidacy came and went without Gillingham ever becoming a Hall of Fame finalist. His wait is now at 37 years and counting.

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The Super Bowl champions annually have the shortest offseason of the NFL’s 32 teams. They also wear a bigger bull’s eye on their chest than any other team each fall. It’s difficult to win an NFL championship. It’s even more difficult to repeat…as the Eagles are finding out.

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