The man who brought as much value to the position as anyone in football history, Smith is the career rushing leader with 18,355 yards. DeMarco Murray, the guy currently toting the ball for the team Smith helped win three Super Bowls, the Dallas Cowboys, isn't faring too poorly this season. Murray has rushed for at least 100 yards in all eight games, an NFL mark, and is on pace to gain 2,000 yards on the ground. Further proof, Smith says, that the running back is an important cog, even in today's pass-happy NFL.
So shrouded in mystery is the NFL’s all-time single-game passing-yards mark — 554, by Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams in 1951 — that there are no physical relics from the game in question at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Canton is full of memorabilia and artifacts from many of the other significant moments in NFL lore, and anytime these days a new mark goes down another piece is added to display. But its best passing game has but a few known photographs representing a mark that miraculously has stood for more than 63 years. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger made a gallant run at Van Brocklin this past Sunday, completing 40-of-49 passes (with a few clear drops) for 522 yards (tied for fourth-most all time), six touchdowns (a Steelers record) and no interceptions. [ Join FanDuel.com's $3M Week 9 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 26,405 teams paid ]
Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy option's matchup in every Week 9 game.
Jeff Brubach recaps Mark Ingram's big night and breaks down other news and notes from around the NFL.
(The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden moved Thursday to the precipice of declaring Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Minnesota, a big step forward from the coach's dancing around the topic on Wednesday. "The progress that he has made has had us put him in with the ones and prepare to be the starter," Gruden said of Griffin, who returned to full practice on Wednesday after missing the last six-plus games with a dislocated left ankle suffered early in the Week 2 rout of Jacksonville. ...
Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks keep saying all the right things. They have good memories of the Giants, their fans and their time around New York. Still, there are moments this week that Bradshaw and Nicks will confide Monday night's return to MetLife Stadium has a little more significance. ''Any guy in this business who played on a team that let you go, you always look forward to playing them,'' said Nicks, now a Colts receiver.
The best way for the New York Giants' offensive line to protect Eli Manning against the Indianapolis Colts might be to mimic the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers did a number on the Colts' defense this past weekend as Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns and Pittsburgh gained 639 yards in total offense in a 51-34 win over Indianapolis.
Chet Gresham takes you through all the targets and touches for Week 8 in the NFC.
INDIANAPOLIS (5-3) at NEW YORK GIANTS (3-4)
Bruce Arians is right behind a pair of division counterparts who have appeared in Super Bowls.

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