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Latest: Wednesday August 30, 2000 04:33 AM

.586 -- The combined 1999 winning percentage of Buffalo's opponents this season. The Bills have the NFL's toughest schedule. The next three teams on that list -- Dolphins, Colts, Jets -- are also in the AFC East. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning owns the record for most yards passing in the first two years of a career.
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.800 -- Jacksonville's winning percentage in openers (4-1). Of the non-recent expansion teams, Denver leads with a 25-14-1 (.638) record.
1 -- More interception-return-for-a-touchdown needed by Deion Sanders to tie Rod Woodson and Ken Houston for first all time at 9.
2 -- Games the Saints will have to play against teams that were over .500 last year. Actually, both those games will be against the same team -- the Rams.
5 -- Teams have donned new uniforms since 1996 and proceeded to make the playoffs the same year. The '96 Eagles, '97 Broncos and Bucs, '98 Jets and '99 Titans all made the postseason with new unis. Two teams hope to extend that streak in 2000: the Patriots and Giants.
8 -- Consecutive season openers won by Miami, the longest active streak in the league. The Dolphins went 9-1 in openers in the 1990s and are an NFL-best 26-4 since the 1970 merger.
9 -- Super Bowl-winning teams have missed the playoffs the following season. The 1999-2000 Denver Broncos are the most recent.
11 -- Opening day wins by the Falcons' Dan Reeves, the most of any active coach.
17 -- Number of interceptions thrown by Drew Bledsoe in the second half of last season against only six TD passes. That was after a 13 TD, 4 INT first half. It was the fourth largest difference in QB rating from the first half to the second of a season in history.
20 -- Years since a QB other than Joe Montana or Steve Young started on opening day for the 49ers. Jeff Garcia has the honors this weekend at Atlanta.
21 -- Teams had undefeated preseasons in the 1990s. Of those, 11 made the playoffs, two were in the Super Bowl and one was victorious (1990 Giants). Three teams went unbeaten this preseason: Denver, San Diego and Baltimore.
26 -- Years since an Ivy Leaguer started a season-opening game. Miami's Jay Fiedler becomes the first since Marty Domres started for the Colts in 1974.
31 -- Times the Jets have opened on the road in their 41-year history. The Jets play at Green Bay this weekend.
37 -- Yards needed by Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith to become the third player ever with 14,000 yards rushing.
53 -- Touchdown passes thrown by Carolina's Steve Beuerlein the last two years, tied with Green Bay's Brett Favre for tops in the league.
55 -- Points needed by Vikings kicker Gary Anderson to pass George Blanda as the NFL's all-time leading scorer.
75 -- Career TD catches by the Raiders' Tim Brown, one short of the club record held by Fred Biletnikoff.
87.2 -- Ryan Leaf's QB rating this preseason, after not playing in 1999 and posting a 39.0 his rookie season. Leaf has been named the Chargers' starting QB.
128.5 -- QB rating for Buffalo's Rob Johnson in his last three regular-season starts (55 of 77, 757 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs).
168 -- Career receptions by Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez in his first three seasons. That compares favorably with Chargers Hall of Fame TE Kellen Winslow, who caught 202 balls his first three years. Another Hall of Famer, Ozzie Newsome, had 144.
216 -- Yards rushing by Eddie George in the 1997 opener against Oakland. It was the highest opening game rushing total since O.J. Simpson's 250 yards against New England in 1973.
258 -- Yards receiving and three touchdowns by Ravens wideout Qadry Ismail the last time he played the Steelers, on Dec. 12, 1999. The Ravens open at Pittsburgh.
363.5 -- Career sacks between Carolina's Reggie White (192.5) and Washington's Bruce Smith (171), whose teams play this weekend. They are the top two sackers in NFL history.
554 -- Yards passing by Rams quarterback Norm Van Brocklin in the 1951 opener, the all-time single-game record.
586 -- Yards passing by Colts QB Peyton Manning in his first two season openers. His 7,874 career passing yards is the most for any quarterback after two seasons.
751 -- Yards passing by Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper this preseason, most in the league.
4,674 -- Receiving yards by Packers wideout Antonio Freeman the last four years, most in the NFL.
31,020 -- Air miles logged by the Cowboys by the end of the season. It's the NFL's highest total. Tennessee will travel the least with only 8,498 miles.



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