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John Walters
November 18, 1996
Sunday was the most explosive offensive day in NFL history. The 28 teams that played combined for a league-record 714 points, from the Rams' high of 59 to the Bears' low of 12....
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November 18, 1996

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Sunday was the most explosive offensive day in NFL history. The 28 teams that played combined for a league-record 714 points, from the Rams' high of 59 to the Bears' low of 12....

In St. Louis's 59-16 thrashing of Atlanta, Rams rookie Eddie Kennison scored on a 78-yard punt return, his second return for a TD this year. Kennison is averaging 19.0 yards per return on 18 tries. During the Super Bowl era no return man with at least 20 returns has averaged more than 15.7 yards over a season....

Oakland, which was penalized 12 times during a 20-17 overtime loss to the Bucs—including a delay of game flag after a timeout—is on pace to amass 157 penalties, which would be an NFL record....

The Steelers, who sacked Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake 10 times in their first meeting, reached him only twice in their 34-24 loss on Sunday and then only because Blake tripped over his own feet. The difference: the improved play of rookie left tackle Willie Anderson, Cincinnati's first-round pick out of Auburn....

Déjà vu in Philly: Two years ago the Eagles stalled 7-2 before losing at home to an AFC team (the Browns). In that matchup the Philadelphia defense had no sacks while yielding 140 yards rushing and 18 first downs. On Sunday the 7-2 Eagles lost at home to the Bills and had no sacks while surrendering 140 yards rushing and 18 first downs. Philly's 1994 loss to Cleveland was the start of a season-ending seven-game losing streak....

The Jets are the only team with a losing record when one of their backs rushes for more than 100 yards. New York is 1-3 when Adrian Murrell, who gained 128 yards in a 31-27 loss to the Patriots, eclipses the century mark.

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