NFL Week 4: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know

Five teams are now undefeated after four weeks, while four teams are still looking for their first win.

footballThe Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia tidbits. Here’s your NFL Week 4 fast facts:

San Francisco 49ers 35, St. Louis Rams 11

The Rams were held to 18 rushing yards, the fewest in a game by a team so far this season. The Rams hadn’t been held to 18 rushing yards or fewer as a team since week 12 of the 2008 season.

Detroit Lions 40, Chicago Bears 32

The Lions 40 points against the Bears is the most they’ve scored against the Bears since scoring 55 in 1997.

Buffalo Bills 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

Flacco’s seven interceptions are tied for the 2nd-most through the 1st four games of the season by the defending Super Bowl MVP.

Kansas City Chiefs 31, New York Giants 7

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants -85 point differential is their worst ever through the first 4 games of a season.

Minnesota Vikings 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 27

Thanks to the Vikings, the Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968. Maybe now Adrian Peterson’s daughter will be happy.

Seattle Seahawks 23,  Houston Texans 20

This is the first time in franchise history the Seahawks have won a game in which they trailed by at least 14 points entering the 4th quarter; it is also the first time they have started the season 4-0.

 Indianapolis Colts 37,  Jacksonville Jaguars 3

Andrew Luck is tied with John Elway for the most wins (14) in his first 20 starts by a quarterback drafted No. 1 overall since 1970.

Arizona Cardinals 13,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

This is the tenth 0-4 start in franchise history for the Buccaneers.

Cleveland Browns 17, Cincinnati Bengals 6

After trading Trent Richardson, the Browns are tied for first place in the AFC North.

Denver Broncos 52,  Philadelphia Eagles 20

The Broncos are averaging 44.8 points per game; that’s more than the Buccaneers or the Jaguars have scored all season.

Tennessee Titans 38, New York Jets 13

The Titans are only the 2nd team in NFL history without a turnover in the first 4 games, the other was the 1995 Rams.

San Diego Chargers 30, Dallas Cowboys 21

The Cowboys have three defensive TD this season, matching their total from last season.

Washington Redskins 24, Oakland Raiders 14

The Redskins won despite the fact that Robert Griffin III had a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 38.1.

New England Patriots 30, Atlanta Falcons 23

This is the 2nd time both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have started 4-0 in the same season.

New Orleans Saints 38, Miami Dolphins 17

The Saints are 4-0 for the 4th time in franchise history; the last time they started this strong was in 2009 on their way to a Super Bowl title.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

NFL WEEK 3: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

footballInteresting few days of football. The Dolphins are 3-0, the Steelers are 0-3 and Rashad Johnson will now get 10% off manicures for the rest of his life.

The Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia. Here are your NFL Week 3 fast facts:

Kansas City Chiefs 26, Philadelphia Eagles 16
The Eagles have lost 8 straight home games; that’s the longest active home losing streak in NFL.

Cincinnati Bengals 34, Green Bay Packers 30
Aaron Rodgers is 5-17 as a starting QB in games decided by 4 points or less; on the plus side, he has at least 3 passing touchdowns in five straight games.

Dallas Cowboys 31, St. Louis Rams 7
The Cowboys have now won nine straight Week 3 games.

Tennessee Titans 20, San Diego Chargers 17
The last time the Chargers lost to the Titans was in 1992 when the Titans were the Houston Oilers.

Cleveland Browns 31, Minnesota Vikings 27
Brian Hoyer was the 19th different starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999, the most in the NFL over that span. How many Browns quarterbacks can you name?

New England Patriots 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
LeGarrette Blount, traded by the Bucs in the offseason, led the Patriots with 65 yards rushing.  Given the way the Patriots use RBs, this may have been his last game all season.

New Orleans Saints 31, Arizona Cardinals 7
The Saints’ defense has held its opponents this season to 17 points or less. Last season, New Orleans allowed 17 points or less in three games all season. The next 13 games for Saints opponents are gonna be a doozy!

Detroit Lions 27, Washington Redskins 20
After 21 games, the Detroit Lions have won their first ever game away at the Washington Redskins. It helps that the Redskins’ defense has allowed 1,464 yards through its first three games, most in NFL history,

Carolina Panthers 38, New York Giants 0
This is the first time since 1932 that both the Giants and Redskins have started 0-3 in the same season.

Baltimore Ravens 30 , Houston Texans 9
The Ravens are 6-1 all-time vs Texans (including the playoffs). Houston’s only win came last season, 43-13, the 3rd-worst loss in Ravens history.

Miami Dolphins 27,  Atlanta Falcons 23
The Dolphins have scored at least 20 points in each game, the first time they’ve done that since 2002. That is the last time they were 3-0.

New York Jets 27, Buffalo Bills 20
Geno Smith is the first Jets rookie with 300 yards passing in a single game. The Jets are the first team to win a game committing at least 20 penalties since the 1951 Browns.

Indianapolis Colts 27, San Francisco 49ers 7
Kicker Adam Vinatieri has made a field goal in 39 different NFL stadiums. Eleven more and he can finally retire.

Seattle Seahawks 45 , Jacksonville Jaguars 17
With Sunday’s win, the Seahawks are 3-0. The other 2012 NFC playoff teams have 3 wins combined.

Chicago Bears 40, Pittsburgh Steelers 23
The Bears have 10 interceptions returned for touchdowns since the start of last season, twice as many as any other team.

Denver Broncos 37, Oakland Raiders 21
Monday night’s matchup was the 17th meeting of the Broncos and the Raiders on MNF, breaking the record they already hold. Going into Monday’s game, Terrelle Pryor had 162 rush yards in 2 games this season. Peyton Manning had 167 rush yards in his last 10 seasons.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

NFL WEEK 2: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

footballA whopping twenty-two NFL games have been decided by 7 points or fewer in the 1st two weeks of the season.

The Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia tidbits. Here’s your NFL Week 2 fast facts:

New England Patriots 13, New York Jets 10
The last time the Patriots scored 13 or less points was September 20, 2009. October 18, 2009 marked their highest scoring game ever with a score of 59-0 against the Titans.

Buffalo Bills 24, Carolina Panthers 23
EJ Manuel’s touchdown pass with 0:02 seconds left to win the game was one of 5 come-from-behind wins this week. He had 296 yards passing in the win, that’s the most by Bills rookie since Dennis Shaw in 1970.

Baltimore Ravens 14, Cleveland Browns 6
Just over an hour before kickoff, Joe Flacco’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child.

Chicago Bears 31, Minnesota Vikings 30
For the first time in franchise history, the Vikings had a kick return touchdown and a fumble return touchdown in the same game.

Kansas City Chiefs 17, Dallas Cowboys 16
The Chiefs are 1st team to start 2-0 after winning two or fewer games the previous season since the 2002 Panthers.

Green Bay Packers 38, Washington Redskins 20
Running back James Starks is the first Packers RB with 100 yards in almost 3 years. That’s 44 straight regular-season games without a 100-yard rusher.

Houston Texans 30, Tennessee Titans 24
The Texans Titans game went into overtime after Texans’ kicker had 4 tries at a game-winning field goal; the first three didn’t count due to 2 timeouts and an offsides call.

Miami Dolphins 24, Indianapolis Colts 20
Andrew Luck had the NFL’s longest active streak with 165 straight passes without an interception before Brent Grimes picked him off. The NFL record is 358 passes set by Tom Brady during the 2010-11 season.

Philadelphia Eagles 31, San Diego Chargers 24
On Sunday, the Chargers and Eagles combined for 1,050 total yards. That’s just over a half a mile of offense.

Atlanta Falcons 31, St. Louis Rams 24
Osi Umenyiora’s 68-yard interception return is the longest interception return touchdown by a non-defensive back in Falcons’ history.

Arizona Cardinals 25, Detroit Lions 21
Cornerback Patrick Peterson both caught a pass and threw a pass in the Lions/Cardinals game.

New Orleans Saints 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
According to advancednflstats.com, The Bucs have lost 2 straight games where they had a greater than 95% chance of winning inside of the 2 minute mark.

Denver Broncos 41, New York Giants 23
This week is likely the end of Manning Bowl. Currently, Eli and Peyton aren’t scheduled to meet again in regular season play until 2017 (Peyton will be 41). Peyton is 3-0 when the brothers face off.

Oakland Raiders 19, Jacksonville Jaguars 9
In the first two games of the season the Jacksonville Jaguars have more penalties (14), sacks allowed (11), and punts (19), than offensive points scored (9).

Seattle Seahawks 29, San Francisco 49ers 3
Fans at CenturyLink Field set the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium when the noise level reached 136.6 decibels during the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. This broke the previous record of 131.76 decibels, set two years ago during a soccer game in Istanbul, Turkey.

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
The Steelers are 0-2 for first time under Mike Tomlin. The last four times the Steelers started 0-2, they ended the season with a winning record.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

NFL WEEK 1: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

footballFootball is back.

The 2013 NFL season began this weekend. Some teams won. Some lost. Others were just happy to field a team. Each week Sporcle will bring you trivia tidbits from each game.
Here are your NFL Week 1 fast facts:

Denver Broncos 49, Baltimore Ravens 27
On Friday morning, The Columbus Dispatch posted a headline that read “(John) Elway throws seven touchdown passes”. Elway hasn’t played in an NFL game since 1998 – the same year that Peyton Manning was drafted.

Kansas City Chiefs 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 2
Bryan Anger set a franchise record for the Jaguars on Sunday with 11 punts in a single game. The NFL average is 5 punts per game, and there has only been one game in NFL history where neither team had a punt during the game – Buffalo Bills vs San Francisco 49ers in 1992.

New England Patriots 23, Buffalo Bills 21
The last Buffalo Bills quarterback to beat the New England Patriots on Opening Day was Drew Bledsoe. Incidentally, no Bills head coach has ever won his season-opening debut.

Miami Dolphins 23, Cleveland Browns 10
The Cleveland Browns have the lowest league prices for tickets, beer, and parking. The Dallas Cowboys have the highest.

Tennessee Titans 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 9
The first score of the full opening day of the NFL season was a safety. Four different teams gave up safeties in week one games. There were just 13 in the entire 2012 NFL season.

St. Louis Rams 27, Arizona Cardinals 24
The Rams won their first season opener in 7 years. The last time the Rams won their season opener was against Denver with a score of 18-10.

Detroit Lions 34, Minnesota Vikings 24
Joique Bell rushed for 2 TD in the season opener. Only two other Lions have done so in the last 35 seasons: Billy Sims (1980) and Jahvid Best (2010).

Dallas Cowboys 36, New York Giants 31
Eli Manning’s first NFL career victory came at the Cowboys’ expense.

Indianapolis Colts 21, Oakland Raiders 17
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed for 112 yards, breaking the Raiders’ single-game rushing record by a quarterback. The previous mark was held by Rich Gannon who rushed for 85 rushing yards on Oct. 8, 2000, at San Francisco.

New York Jets 18, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
Geno Smith’s Quarterback Rating (QBR) jumped from 29 in the 1st half to a 69 in the 2nd half. It was the largest increase by a rookie in a season opener over the last 5 seasons. Geno Smith joins the list of 25 other starting Jets’ quarterbacks since Joe Namath retired; see how many you can guess in the New York Jets quarterback quiz.

San Francisco 49ers 34, Green Bay Packers 28
A fan fell to his death at Candlestick Park during the 1st quarter of Sunday’s game. In the last ten years, there have been more than two dozen cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States.

Chicago Bears 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21
New Head Coach March Trestman joined Hall of Famer George Halas, Neill Armstrong and Dick Jauron as the only coaches to win their Bears debut.

New Orleans Saints 23, Atlanta Falcons 17
Atlanta has lost seven of eight in New Orleans since Sean Payton became coach.

Seattle Seahawks 12, Carolina Panthers 7
Despite two dynamic quarterbacks, these teams often meet in a defensive battle. Last year’s score was a 16-12 win for Seattle.

Philadelphia Eagles 33, Washington Redskins 27
The Eagles had 26 points at halftime, a mark they reached just once last season.

Houston Texans 31, San Diego Chargers 28
During Monday night’s game, Andre Johnson broke the record for most 10+ catch games in NFL history.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

One Billion and Counting

One Billion Is Coming

After six years, hundreds of thousands of quizzes, and tons of fabulous users, we’re rapidly approaching the ONE BILLION play mark on Sporcle.com.

Milestones this big don’t happen very often, and we want you to join us as we count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the big moment. Check the Sporcle homepage to watch the play count rise in real time.  And even better, contribute to those growing numbers by participating in the Billion Play Contests.

Since we don’t know when ONE BILLION will hit, we’ll keep rolling out new contests and fun activities throughout the run. Keep up by checking this blogpost for new updates.

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Anatomy of the Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) takes the lives of more than 2,150 Americans each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.

One of those Americans was David Baranski, loving father of Sporcle Staffer Leanne Vassallo. David, or Mr B as he was known by his friends, worked as a Regulatory Specialist for Terumo Cardiovascular in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He spent his time and energy trying to help his fellow man combat this ongoing and terrible problem.

In honor of his memory, Sporcle is making a donation to Gift of Life Michigan. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Gift of Life Michigan is the state’s only federally designated organ and tissue recovery program. Any advertising revenue generated by playing the Sporcle quiz Anatomy of the Heart in 2013 will be donated to this worthy organization.

By playing this quiz you can help fund programs that promote organ and tissue donation, research grants, and aid transplant recipients in need.

For More Information:

American Heart Association:
Their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
www.heart.org

Gift of Life:
To improve and extend lives through quality programs which maximize organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
www.giftoflifemichigan.org

Play on Sporcle, Win a Kindle Fire!

Congratulations to the winner of the Sporcle Game of the Day contest – Kevin Day!!

Play the Five in One Quiz – the Sporcle Game of the Day and you just might win an Amazon Kindle Fire!

Here’s the deal: On Saturday March 24th, play Five in One. To be eligible to win, just log-in as a verified user and play that game. We will randomly pick one lucky winner from any of the Sporcle users who have played the game to win an Amazon Kindle Fire.
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Sporcle 10,000 Follower Twitter Contest

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Sporcle’s #10kFollowers Contest

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Introducing… the PAUSE button!

You’ve named 191 of the 194 countries.  You have only one more three letter body to come up with.  You’ve got all of the Super Bowl Champions except for 1973.  Then tragedy strikes!  The phone rings; there’s a knock at the door; the professor is asking you a question; the kitchen is on fire!  Starting over would be tragic.

Well now there’s a solution- the Sporcle pause button.  As of October 1st you’ll notice that our clock has changed and that there’s a button right next to it to pause the quiz you’re taking in case real life interrupts you in the middle of a quiz.

We’re confident that you won’t use it to cheat.

Sporcle Meetup

Start a Sporcle Meetup in your city!

There is nothing quite like meeting fellow Sporcle enthusiasts in person. That is why Sporcle is holding a local meetup in Seattle. It’s a great way to meet with other Sporcle fans and talk trivia offline.

If you’d like to jump in and get to know other Sporclers in your own city, you can organize a Sporcle Meetup. All it takes is a little planning.

Topics for a Sporcle meetup can range from general trivia, to tips and tricks on creating games, to discussing features you’d like to see on Sporcle. Really the idea is just to get together, perhaps play a game or two and spread the word about Sporcle.

If you are interested in putting together a Sporcle meetup, here are some handy tips:

Time and Place

The first thing to do is to set a date and time for your meetup, remember scheduling is a big determining factor for attendees. If somebody has already created a Sporcle Meetup in the same time range you’re considering, contact the organizer to see if you can collaborate. Next find a place to meet. Wi-Fi is nice, but not required depending on what you are planning to do. It might also be a good idea to give venue managers a heads up that you are meeting in case space gets tight.

Topics and Format

A Sporcle Meetup can take just about any shape. You could organize a Sporcle pub trivia night or just have an informal get-together with folks who love trivia.

Promotion

Facebook and Twitter are great platforms for promoting your meetup. Use the #sporclemeetup hashtag and create a Facebook event to help reach your audience.

If you plan to host Sporcle meetups on a recurring basis, it’s worth the time put in to make a Facebook Page, Twitter handle or website.

Steps for creating a Sporcle Meetup online:

1.     Visit Sporcle’s Meetup page.
2.     Find the Meetup community nearest you and click on the city name to find the Community Meetup page.
3.     Click “Create a new Meetup in this community.”
4.     Put in a topic for the Meetup.
5.     Give a date, time, place (venue) and short description of the Meetup.
6.     Spread the word by sharing your Sporcle Meetup on Twitter, Facebook and any other online community that fits the bill.
7.     Check back to the meetup page to answer questions and comments.