For the football stat junkies holed up in their basement with DirecTV, here are some numbers to crunch, then let's chew the fat:
NFL Kickoff Weekend games averaged 49.3 points per game, the highest ever for an opening weekend.
A total of 788 points were scored, the most ever for any weekend in league history.
There were 89 touchdowns scored, the most ever in Week 1, and 11 of the 16 games were decided by eight points or less -- another record -- 10 by seven points or less and six by three points or less.
So, after one week, here's the long and short of it:
There were 315 players tipping the scales at 300 pounds-plus on opening-day rosters, with the majority (233, or 74 percent) being offensive linemen. Dallas has the heaviest O-linemen (averaging 331.8 pounds per man), including the NFL's heaviest player -- tackle Aaron Gibson (410). ... And we see how well that played out for Quincy Carter.
Denver (no surprise there) has the lightest offensive line, averaging 291 ppm with only two 300-pounders. ... And that worked out quite well, didn't it, Mike Martz?
What does all this mean? Nothing. The Cowboys aren't as bad as they looked against Houston, and the Rams are better than their 16-point showing at Mile High. ... We think. But it is interesting that of the 10 teams with the most-beefy O-lines, six were winners (including Kansas City, which really lost ... didn't it, Dwayne Rudd?). Of the 10 teams with the leanest offensive lines, seven were losers.
Moral of this story: Minnesota, sign Bryant McKinnie, or again be faced with not having a fourth-quarter, clock-eating ground game necessary when holding a 23-13 lead -- on the road, no less -- only to lose 27-23.
New England @ N.Y. Jets -- 1 p.m. EDT Sunday
In the 83-game series, teams are separated by only two TDs (Jets 220, Patriots 218). New York has won four of the past five vs. New England, and five of the last six games were decided by seven points or less. Jets also have recorded 17 sacks and six INTs in the past four matchups.
Denver @ San Francisco -- 4:15 p.m. EDT Sunday
Since 1995, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan is the NFL's winningest head coach (73-40). Denver QB Brian Griese owns the league's longest current streak for TD passes in consecutive games (16), while 49ers QB Jeff Garcia has a 108.9 passer rating in the past four games vs. AFC opponents.
Philadelphia @ Washington -- 9 p.m. EDT Monday
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb has rushed for 348 yards and one TD in six games vs. Redskins, including a career-high 125 yards rushing, career-long 55-yard run and a TD on Nov. 26, 2000. Last week vs. Cardinals, Washington QB Shane Matthews was 11 of 11 for 120 yards and one TD on third downs.
Points separating Cincinnati and Cleveland in the all-time series. In 57 games, the Bengals are up 1,158-1,156.
Career-best consecutive regular-season passes that Green Bay QB Brett Favre has thrown without an interception.
Date of QB Rodney Peete's last win as a starting QB prior to Carolina's 10-7 victory against Baltimore.
When the Steelers play host to the Raiders on Sunday night, it will be a meeting of Notre Dame's all-time NFL rusher (Steelers' Jerome Bettis -- 10,911 yards) and the Irish's all-time NFL receiving yards leader (Raiders' Tim Brown -- 13,283 yards).
NFL games topped the local ratings in 22 NFL markets, including a staggering 42.2 rating in Houston (local affiliate and ESPN combined) for the Texans-Cowboys instrastate clash. The game was the fifth most-viewed program in cable television history (8.3 million households).
Titans DE Carlos Hall, a seventh-round draft choice, replaced the injured Jevon Kearse and had seven tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble in the Titans' 27-24 win against Philadelphia. That tied the record for most sacks in an NFL debut (Chip Banks, 1982).
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Donté Stallworth, WR, New Orleans
Tabbed 13th overall in April's draft, the selection marked the eighth time in Saints history that the team selected a player from the University of Tennessee. Stallworth is the first wide receiver taken by the Saints in the first round since 1982 (Lindsay Scott) and the fifth wide receiver taken in the first round in club history. He is an excellent in-traffic runner with quick feet and a blazing upfield burst after the catch; gets superb separation on his cuts and has great stutter setup moves and the ability to change directions instantly.
Last week vs. Tampa Bay: 4 receptions, 63 yards, 1 TD.
Users sounded off on assuming Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton's career rushing record, which RB is most likely to challenge Smith's mark:
Anthony Thomas: I know he may be only in his second season with the Bears, but the A-Train is a very physical and bruising back; he can do it. Coby -- Flora Vista, N.M.
Ricky Williams: I am a huge Cowboys fan and I will be so happy when Emmitt breaks the record, but I think Ricky Williams has a chance, as long as he stays healthy, to challenge Emmitt. Dean -- Bottineau, N.D.
Marshall Faulk: Assuming that Barry Sanders (the true greatest rusher ever) doesn't surprise us with a comeback, I would have to go with Marshall Faulk. Jeremy, Roanoke, Va.
Corey Dillon: Massive man, with sprinter's speed and great vision. Imagine what he could do wearing Rams uniform, and running on turf. Scary. George, Kettle Falls, Wash.
Shaun Alexander: He has shown some incredible natural skills as well as big numbers early in his career. With the nature of the NFL now, he will probablly find plenty of playing time in ball-control offenses where his yardage should add up like a defense department budget. Seattle would be well advised to hang onto him as their key player. Of course, injuries are ever the enemy of assuaults on records. Jon, Baltimore, Md.
Ahman Green: Biased I might be, but he came out early so he is still young. Plays for a coach who used to coach lineman (loves to run). Has Brett Favre to keep defenses from stacking the line. I think he is in for a string of six, seven 1,500-plus years. Todd, Stanley, Wis.
LaDainian Tomlinson: Has the makings of a great back if he stays healthy. Has Emmitt-like qualities. David, Chula Vista, Calif.
Curtis Martin: He's as durable as Emmitt and his rushing stats (except touchdowns) stack-up on-par with Emmitt at the same year in his career. If not Martin, then I don't believe there's a back in the league right now who can challenge. Andrew, Gaithersburg, Md.
Eddie George: He is a perennial 1,000+ yard rusher. He has been extremely durable over his career and when he was injured last year, he almost had 1,000 yards anyway. I just think that if anyone can maintain his exceptional ability for the amount of time it will take to compete for that crown, he can. Paul, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Edgerrin James: He's simply the best back in the game today. He racks up so many yards, it's unreal. Kody, Battle Ground, Wash.
This week's topic: Will Houston challenge Carolina (7-9 in 1995) for the best all-time expansion team record?