FOX Sports South takes a whimsical and diverse look at 15 star-driven factoids for NFL Week 2 -- a gallery that can help shape fantasy-league decisions and/or inspire more real-world banter and barstool debates, among friends and kind strangers. (Photos: Matthew Emmons/Andrew Weber/John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)
Minor Trouble At Home
FUN FACT #1: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is a certifiable fantasy dynamo, but there are three noteworthy stats to lament here -- with two relevant for this weekend: 1) Rodgers has never eclipsed 300 yards passing in a home playoff game. 2) For his starting career at Lambeau Field, Rodgers has endured five streaks of four straight home games of under-300 yards passing. 3) Rodgers has never tallied a TD pass against the Jets (this week's opponent).
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FUN FACT #2: Here's some prodigious food for thought: The last time Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles (34 total yards in Week 1) completed a game with less than 40 total yards (Week 15 of the 2012 season -- at Oakland) ... he amassed 230 total yards (226 rushing) and one touchdown in the following week (against the Colts).
FUN FACT #3: The Panthers certainly put the clamps on the Buccaneers in Sunday's opener, yielding just 17 first downs and 264 total yards to Tampa Bay (on the road). Which brings us to this week's clash with the Lions and Calvin Johnson (left -- two TDs on Monday): In its last 10 non-divisional outings (including the playoffs), Carolina is a perfect 10-for-10 in surrendering less than 300 passing yards to the opposition. (Photos: Mike Carter/Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)
FUN FACT #4: Thanks to Peyton Manning (above) & Friends, the Broncos are closing in fast on the Chiefs' all-time head-to-head tally, with Kansas City only leading the overall series 56-52. We say "only" because from 1960 to October 1973 ... the Chiefs claimed 25 of the rivalry's first 27 games. Yikes!
FUN FACT #5: The Chargers have a steep mountain to climb in hopes of avoiding an 0-2 start, hosting the world champion Seahawks. But at least the Bolts have history on their side in one regard: Of the 49 previous head-to-head matchups from 1977-2010 (Seattle and San Diego used to be longtime division rivals in the AFC West) ... the Chargers have never lost when holding the Seahawks to single-digit points.
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Century Club Atmosphere
FUN FACT #6: Of his last five games against the Dolphins, Bills tailback C.J. Spiller (64 total yards, one TD last week vs. Chicago) has a rock-steady average of 117 total yards -- and that includes a 17-yard clunker against Miami last October.
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FUN FACT #7: Here are two quirky facts about Carson Palmer, who joined the NFL (No. 1 overall pick in 2003) one year after the league overhauled its realignment master schedule for all eight divisions: 1) Of his 138 professional starts, Palmer has never won a game in the Meadowlands area (old Giants Stadium and the current MetLife Stadium). 2) Palmer has only faced the Giants once in his career -- a September defeat in 2008 (with Cincinnati). (EDITOR'S NOTE: Hat tip to "jljdolphins" for the correction.)
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This Bears Watching
FUN FACT #8: The 49ers' first victory at Candlestick Park (circa 1971 -- can you believe that stadium was once viewed as state of the art?) came against the Chicago Bears, this week's opponent for San Francisco's official launch of Levi's Stadium. One more thing: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick tallied his first NFL win -- as a starter -- against the Bears in November 2012 (253 total yards, two TDs).
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They Call It The Streak
FUN FACT #9: Check this out: The Falcons defense has allowed 100-plus team rushing yards for 14 consecutive games -- including their thrilling overtime victory against the Saints on Sunday. (New Orleans combined for 139 ground yards.) Within that span, Atlanta has surrendered a staggering average of 148.2 team rushing yards.
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FUN FACT #10: Speaking of the Saints ... 1) Receiver Marques Colston (five catches, 110 yards in Week 1) has scored a touchdown in every career meeting against the Browns (Week 2 opponent). 2) Quarterback Drew Brees (three straight 5,000-yard passing seasons) has failed to throw for 300 yards in four of his last five outdoors games -- on grass. (Photos: Jason Getz/Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
The Exception To The Rule
FUN FACT #11: In his illustrious, Hall Of Fame-caliber career of 11 seasons, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has accounted for two Super Bowl rings, 34,470 yards passing, 235 total touchdowns (220 passing) and 30 outings of 300 yards passing (including playoffs). But Big Ben has never cracked the 300 threshold against the hated Baltimore Ravens.
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Accentuating The Positive
FUN FACT #12: The Cowboys (who travel to Nashville this week) suffered their first loss of the DeMarco Murray era in Week 1 -- when the Oklahoma product logs 20-plus carries. But that's not dire news from a fantasy perspective, considering Murray ended up with 143 total yards and one touchdown. It also serves as a good lead-in to the following stat: Of his last nine outings against AFC foes, the Dallas rusher has averaged 100 total yards and 0.78 TDs.
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Protecting Their Turf (Sort Of)
FUN FACT #13: The Buccaneers have been one of the NFL's most dormant teams over the last five-plus seasons, posting a 28-53 record in that span. But here's something to celebrate: Tampa Bay hasn't dropped back-to-back home outings -- on consecutive Sundays -- since 2009, when the Bucs fell to the Panthers and Patriots that October. That could change if Tampa Bay loses to St. Louis in Week 2.
FUN FACT #14: Let's keep this one short and sweet: Eagles wideout Jeremy Maclin (four catches, 97 yards, one TD last week, after a 21-month layoff -- knee injury) has collected nine or more targets in five straight games, dating back to the 2012 season. Within that span, he has notched two 100-yard outings and four touchdowns.
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The Ageless Long Snapper
FUN FACT #15: How young are the Vikings? The last time the Minnesota franchise held a home opener outdoors (September 1981 -- the old Metropolitan Stadium), the club got crushed by the defending world champion Raiders, 36-10. Fast forward to the present: Of the players currently on the Vikings' active roster, only long snapper Cullen Loeffler was alive back then -- by a mere eight months.