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    2 is the new 1 in the NFL; 2-point conversion tries are up There have been eight entire seasons since 1994 in which there weren't 59 2-pont conversion tries and only four times has the total reached 100.Titans coach Mike Vrabel went for 2 points and the win instead of playing for the tie and failed in Tennessee's 20-19 loss to the Chargers in London.Giants coach Pat Shurmur went for it down 20-12 and also failed in a 23-20 loss to the Falcons.Ravens coach John Harbaugh was considering it but played for overtime and lost when Justin Tucker missed the first extra point of his career in a 24-23 loss to the Saints.In Week 5, Eagles coach Doug Pederson went for the 2-point conversion trailing by eight points and was successful. Philadelphia ended up losing to Minnesota but was in position to win the game with a touchdown and extra point after converting. Teams have a higher percentage of winning down six instead of down seven.Shurmur followed the same logic and more coaches might follow the trend in 8-point games because the success rate for 2-point conversions is nearly 60 percent and they could try again and get the tie on the next touchdown.Vrabel's decision was the toughest because kicking an extra point to send the game into overtime is the safer choice. However, that doesn't always work out as Harbaugh found out with a kicker who had been perfect to that point.Here's a look inside more numbers going into Week 8:UPHILL BATTLE: Bad news for the 14 teams with losing records. Since the current playoff format was introduced in 1990, 88 percent of teams who made the playoffs had a winning record through Week 7.ADAM'S MARK: Vikings receiver Adam Thielen has at least 100 yards receiving in each of Minnesota's first seven games this season, tying Charley Hennigan, who did it to start the 1961 season with Houston. Only Calvin Johnson had eight straight 100-yard receiving games at any point during a season. Thielen has 67 catches for 822 yards and five touchdowns.TEXAN TURNAROUND: The Houston Texans are the sixth team since 1970 to win Nike Troy Polamalu Jersey On Sale four straight games following an 0-3 start.TOPPING T.O.: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald needs 135 yards receiving to surpass Hall of Famer Terrell Owens (15,934) for second on the all-time list behind Jerry Rice.GORE'S GRIND: Colts running back Frank Gore is 105 JuJu Smith-Schuster White Elite Jersey scrimmage yards away from passing Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (18,190) for sixth on the all-time list. Rice is also Antonio Brown Jersey Cheap first in that category.NAIL-BITERS: Sixty-one games have been decided by one score and at least one game has reached overtime in each of the first seven weeks.___Sean Davis JerseyChristian Brown JerseyLadarius Green JerseyDaniel McCullers JerseySteven Johnson JerseyJerome Bettis JerseyMerril Hoge JerseyMartavis Bryant JerseyMatt Galambos JerseyChris Boswell JerseyMike Wagner JerseyLT Walton JerseyTerry Bradshaw JerseyMarcus Tucker JerseyNelson Adams Jersey
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    Interior strength of Hawkeyes to give Gophers another test There's a lot of work left to be done at Matthias Farley White Elite Jersey Minnesota, as evidenced by the conference opener at Maryland."You recruit speed, but you don't really develop strength until they get here, grown-man strength," Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said.Eight of the 11 starters currently on Minnesota's offense are sophomores or freshmen, and the Gophers showed their ages and weaknesses on Sept. 22 during a 42-13 defeat by the Terrapins. They netted only 94 rushing yards on 40 attempts, including the four sacks taken by quarterback Zack Annexstad that lost 34 yards.Though the front seven on the other side Nike LeRaven Clark Jersey On Sale of the ball has more experience, the foot injury that knocked star safety Antoine Winfield Jr. out of that game significantly diminished the defense. Maryland rushed 37 times for 315 yards, simply overpowering the Gophers Lee Hightower White Elite Jersey (3-1, 0-1) almost every time they handed the ball off."Our team believes in each other. They believe in our culture. They believe in our program. They believe in what they're doing, and they have become incredibly tight and close," Fleck said. "That doesn't fix a strength issue."The Gophers will give those muscles another stiff test on Saturday when the Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1) visit TCF Bank Stadium in their homecoming game and the annual battle for the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy.Their defense will face a Hawkeyes offensive line that has allowed four sacks, fewest in the conference. The offense will try to re-establish a rushing attack, as challenging as that might be with senior tailback Rodney Smith out for the rest of the year with a knee injury.Iowa is second in the Big Ten in Adam Vinatieri White Elite Jersey sacks, with eight different players recording at least one. The Hawkeyes lead the conference and are fifth nationally in the FBS with an average of 13 points allowed per game. They're second and third, respectively, with an average of 260.5 yards allowed per game.Gulp."Iowa is going to do what they do, and we have to do what we do, better," Gophers center Jared Weyler said. "We run the ball a lot. We've got to establish a physical presence, for sure."ANNEXSTAD'S ANKLEAnnexstad struggled through an ankle injury against Maryland after getting hurt in the previous game Miami of Ohio, throwing his first two career interceptions and losing a fumble. He was a big beneficiary of the break on the schedule last week, with Fleck pegging his health this week at 85 to 90 percent."They say a tough quarterback means you're going to have a tough team," Weyler said. "So he's Adam Vinatieri Jersey Cheap extremely tough."FANT, IOWA'S TYPETight ends have been another source of pride for the Hawkeyes under Ferentz, with nine of their 66 NFL draftees coming from that position since his first season in 1999. Noah Fant is the latest standout, with four of his 16 career touchdown catches coming this year. Two of them were against Wisconsin on Sept. 22, before Iowa's week off."There's been a lot written about Noah, rightfully so," Ferentz said. "Noah's a very talented player."RUNNING MENIvory Kelly-Martin returned to Iowa's backfield with 14 carries for 72 yards in a 28-17 loss to the Badgers , after missing two games with an ankle injury while Toren Young took the lead and Mekhi Sargent took some turns. Kelly-Martin has the most experience of the three sophomores."He's just a good football player," Ferentz said. "He's got a great attitude."TROPHY TALKThis will be the 112th edition of the rivalry, dating to the first matchup in 1891. The Floyd of Rosedale trophy was first awarded in 1935, spawned by a bet between the governors of the two states. The Hawkeyes, who will start a stretch of four out of five games on the road, are 13-4 in the last 17 meetings.___Nate Hairston JerseyChris Milton JerseyDeiontrez Mount JerseyRigoberto Sanchez JerseyJack Doyle JerseyAdam Redmond JerseyGrover Stewart JerseyAnthony Walker JerseyLavar Edwards JerseyRobert Turbin JerseyJosh Boyd JerseyDarryl Morris JerseyBrandon Williams JerseyJabaal Sheard JerseyJeremiah George Jersey