Date: October 25, 2016

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Osweiler: 41 passes for 131 yards

Brock Osweiler threw 41 passes for only 131 yards in the Texans' loss at Denver on Monday night. The only player in NFL history who had fewer passing yards in a game in which he threw at least 40 passes is Jesse Palmer, who was 18-for-43 for 110 yards against the Panthers in the Giants' final game of the 2003 season. That was the third and final start of Palmer's NFL career and it was the last game of Jim Fassel's NFL head-coaching career.

Houston Texans


Anderson and Booker run over the Texans

C.J. Anderson ran for 107 yards and Devontae Booker added 83 more for the Broncos. It was the third time this weekend that NFL teammates each rushed for at least 80 yards in one game. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard did so for the Bengals on Sunday, as did Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber for the Buccaneers. Prior to this weekend there were no NFL games this season in which teammates did that. It is the first time since December 2013 that there were three such games in one NFL weekend

Denver Broncos



Alexander was great against the Flyers

Alexander Radulov, who returned to the NHL this season with the Canadiens after playing almost all of the past eight years at home in Russia, assisted on Montreal's first two goals and then scored the empty-net goal which wrapped up the Canadiens' 3-1 win over the Flyers. This was Radulov's fourth three-point game in the NHL but his first since Jan. 21, 2008, when he tallied two goals and one assist for Nashville against St. Louis. On Monday night Radulov was playing in only his sixth game for the Canadiens. He's the first player to score three points in a game so early in his tenure with the Canadiens since March 18, 2014, when Thomas Vanek did so in his sixth game, scoring three goals against Colorado.

Montreal Canadiens

The Blackhawks' penalty-killing is killing them

The Blackhawks' penalty-killing woes continued as they allowed two power play goals in their shootout loss to the Flames on Monday. Chicago has given up 14 power play goals in its seven games this season, with at least one in each game. That matches the highest total of power play goals allowed by an NHL team in its first seven games of a season over the last 23 years. Four other NHL clubs did that since 1993-94, all in the 2005-06 season when a crackdown on obstruction fouls led to a huge increase in the number of power play chances. Those four teams were Anaheim, Atlanta, Calgary and Washington. This is the first time that the Blackhawks have given up so many power play goals in their first seven games of a season since 1988-89 (also 14).

Chicago Blackhawks