TheSTN – NFL: Game Capsules For Week 1

 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012

DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS

SERIES

COWBOYS GIANTS
SERIES LEADER 56-41-2  
STREAKS   6 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Garrett: 1-2 Coughlin: 12-8
LAST GAME 1/1/12: Cowboys 14 at Giants 31. New York QB Eli Manning throws for 346 yards & 3 TDs for 136.7 passer rating as Giants clinch NFC East.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/1/12
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Dal.), 93 (NYG). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Dal.), 226 (NYG.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Romo: 346-522-4,184-31-10-102.5 (3C) Manning: 359-589-4,933 (3C)-29-16-92.9
RUSHING Murray: 164-897-5.5-2 Bradshaw: 171-659-3.9-9
RECEIVING Witten (TE): 79-942-11.9-5 Cruz: 82-1,536 (3L)-18.7-9
OFFENSE 375.5 385.1
TAKE/GIVE +4 +7
DEFENSE 343.2 376.4
SACKS Ware: 19.5 (2L) Pierre-Paul: 16.5
INTs 3 tied: 4 Webster: 6 (T2C)
PUNTING C. Jones: 42.6 Weatherford: 45.7
KICKING Bailey: 135 (39/39 PAT; 32/37 FG) Tynes: 100 (43/43 PAT; 19/24 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYSAre NFL-best 34-17-1 (.663) on KO Weekend…QB TONY ROMO had 4,184 yards & has only 3 4,000-yard seasons in team history. Aims for 5th in row vs. NYG with 100+ rating & has 119.4 rating in past 4 vs. NYG…RB FELIX JONES has 350 scrimmage yards (116.7 per game) in past 3 meetings. RB DE MARCO MURRAY set team rookie record with 253 rush yards in Week 7…Since 2007, TE JASON WITTEN has 444 catches, most by NFL TE. Has led Cowboys in receptions 5 years in row. WR-PR DEZ BRYANT has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 PR) in 4 games vs. NYG. WR MILES AUSTIN has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 meetings…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 25.5 sacks in past 19. Since 2006, has 91.5 sacks, most in NFL. LB SEAN LEE led team with career-high 131 tackles & had 4 INTs, most by NFC LB. Rookie CB MORRIS CLAIBORNE (No. 6 overall) makes NFL debut & won Jim Thorpe Award at LSU…GIANTSHave 49 wins in home openers, tied for 2nd most all-time. TOM COUGHLIN is oldest head coach to win SB & is 2-0 in SBs…QB ELI MANNING is 5th player to win SB MVP 2+ times (XLII, XLVI). Set NYG record with 4,933 yards & had 15 4th Q TD passes, most in season in NFL history. Manning & HOFer DAN MARINOonly players in NFL history with 3+ 400-yard pass games in season. Is 5-1 in past 6 vs. Dal. with 101.6 rating…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW had rush & rec. TD in last meeting, 2nd time in career with rush & rec. TD in game…WRs VICTOR CRUZ (team-record 1,536) & HAKEEM NICKS (1,192) are 1st set of Giants to each record 1,000+ rec. yards in same season. Each had TD catch in last meeting. Cruz had club-record 7 100-yard games. Nicks is only player in team history with 75+ catches, 1,000+ yards & 7+ TDs in consecutive seasons…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 16.5 sacks, joining HOFer LAWRENCE TAYLOR &MICHAEL STRAHAN as only Giants with 16+ sacks in season. Has 3 sacks, safety, FF & blocked FG in past 2 vs. Dal.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT CHICAGO BEARS

SERIES

COLTS BEARS
SERIES LEADER 22-18  
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Pagano: 0-0 Smith: 1-2
LAST GAME 9/7/08: Bears 29 at Colts 13. Chicago RB Matt Forte scores on 50-yard run in 1st-quarter & LB Lance Briggs returns fumble 21 yards for TD as Bears win on Kickoff Weekend.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/04: Colts 41, Bears 10. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning throws 4 TD passes & RB Edgerrin James rushes for 204 yards & TD as Colts defense holds Bears to 224 total yards.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 91 (Ind.), 86 (Chi.). XM: 229 (Chi.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Luck (R) (Pre.): 41-66-522-3-2-89.3 Cutler: 182-314-2,319-13-7-85.7
RUSHING D. Brown: 134-645-4.8-5 Forté: 203-997-4.9-3
RECEIVING Wayne: 75-960-12.8-4 Marshall (Mia.): 81-1,214-15.0-6
OFFENSE 286.8 314.1
TAKE/GIVE -12 +2
DEFENSE 370.9 350.4
SACKS Mathis: 9.5 Peppers: 11
INTs Davis (Mia.): 4 D. Moore: 4
PUNTING McAfee: 46.6 Podlesh: 43.9
KICKING Vinatieri: 93 (24/24 PAT; 23/27 FG) Gould: 121 (37/37 PAT; 28/32 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: CHUCK PAGANO makes NFL debut as head coach…Colts have 34 victories on Kickoff Weekend, 2nd-most in AFC…No. 1 overall pick QB ANDREW LUCK finished NCAA career with 31 wins, most ever by Stanford QB…RB DONALD BROWN had career-best in rush yards (645) & rush TDs (5) last year. WR REGGIE WAYNE ranks 2nd in franchise history with 862 catches for 11,708 receiving yards (MARVIN HARRISON, 1,102 rec., 14,580 yards). In 3 games vs. Bears (incl. SB XLI), Wayne has 4 rec. TDs…Rookie TE COBY FLEENER (2nd round, No. 34), native of Lemont, IL, will make NFL debut…LB DWIGHT FREENEY has 102.5 career sacks, 3rd-most among active players (JOHN ABRAHAM, 112; JARED ALLEN, 105). Has 2 sacks in past 2 reg-season games vs. Bears. DE ROBERT MATHIS has 9.5+ sacks in 4 consec seasons (11.5 in ’08; 9.5 in ’09; 11 in ’10; 9.5 in ’11)…CB VONTAE DAVIS will make Colts debut after 3 years in Mia. Davis attended Illinois…BEARSHead coach LOVIE SMITH has 74 wins (incl. playoffs), 3rd most in team history behind HOFers GEORGE HALAS & MIKE DITKA…In past 2 Week 1 starts, QB JAY CUTLER has completed 45 of 67 (67.2 pct.) for 684 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.1 rating. Incl. playoffs, when Cutler has 100+ rating, his teams are 24-0…RB MATT FORTÉ is only player in NFL history with 900+ rush & 400+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. Is only player with 900+ rush yards & 50+ catches in each of past 4 seasons…WR BRANDON MARSHALL makes Chi. debut. Has 3 100-catch seasons & can become 4th player in NFL history with 4 100-catch seasons. Had 102 catches for career-best 1,325 yards in 2007 & career-high 104 catches for 1,265 yards in 2008, both with QB Culter in Den. Aims for 6th consec 1,000-yard season. WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER holds NFL record for most PR-TDs (12) & combined KR-TDs (17). Incl. playoffs, has 19 career total return TDs (12 PR, 6 KR, missed FG), tied with HOFer DEION SANDERS for most in NFL history…DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 100 sacks since entering NFL in 2002, tied for 3rd most. CB CHARLES TILLMAN has 28 FFs since 2003, most by NFL DB. Earned 1st Pro Bowl berth last year.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS

SERIES

EAGLES BROWNS
SERIES LEADER   31-15-1
STREAKS 5 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 3-0 Shurmur: 0-0
LAST GAME 12/15/08: Browns 10 at Eagles 30. Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb throws 2 TD passes & CB Asante Samuel adds 50-yard INT-TD. Eagles defense limits Cleveland to 57 rush yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/04: Eagles 34, Browns 31 (OT). Philadelphia WR Terrell Owens catches 2 of QB Donovan McNabb’s 4 TD passes & David Akers kicks 50-yard FG in OT road victory.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Phi.), 128 (Cle.). XM: 230 (Cle.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Vick: 253-423-3,303-18-14-84.9 Weeden (R) (Pre.): 24-49-297-0-1-59.7
RUSHING McCoy: 273-1,309 (2C)-4.8-17 (1L) Richardson (R) (NCAA): 283-1,679-5.9-21
RECEIVING Maclin: 63-859-13.6-5 Little: 61-709-11.6-2
OFFENSE 399.1 (3C) 288.8
TAKE/GIVE -14 +1
DEFENSE 324.9 (2C) 332.4
SACKS Babin: 18 (3L) Sheard: 8.5
INTs Coleman: 4 S. Brown: 2
PUNTING Henry: 42.9 Hodges (’10): 43.9
KICKING Henery: 118 (46/46 PAT; 27/27 FG) Dawson: 92 (20/20 PAT; 24/29 FG)

NOTES

EAGLESUnder head coach ANDY REID, Eagles are 102-17 (.857) when leading at half…Offense gained 6,386 total net yards, most in franchise history…QB MICHAEL VICK is 1 of 2 QBs in NFL history with 3,000+ pass & 500+ rush yards in consecutive seasons (RANDALL CUNNINGHAM)…RB LE SEAN MC COY led NFL with 20 TDs (17 rush, 3 rec.) & passed HOFer STEVE VAN BUREN (18 in 1945) for most total TDs in season by Eagle. Led NFL with 102 1st downs & 84 rush 1st downs. Had 14 runs of 20+ yards, most in NFL. Only NFC player with 1,000+ rush yards & 45+ rec. in each of past 2 seasons…Incl. playoffs,WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON has 30 TDs (23 rec., 4 PR, 3 rush) in career & averages 45.4 yards per TD (1,361 yards). Jackson (961), WR JEREMY MACLIN (859) & TE BRENT CELEK (811) were 1st trio in team history with 800+ rec. yards each…Eagles had 50 sacks, tied for most in NFL. DE JASON BABIN ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 18 sacks. Since 2006, DE TRENT COLE has 63 sacks, 3rd most in NFL. Has 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. 2-time Pro Bowl LB DE MECO RYANS makes Eagles debut. Is Texans’ all-time leading tackler (637)… BROWNSClub has won 2 of past 3 at home vs. NFC…QB BRANDON WEEDEN (No. 22 overall) will be 1st Browns rookie QB to start season opener in SB era…Rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON (No. 3 overall) set single-season records at Alabama in rush yards (1,679) & rush TDs (21) last season…WR GREG LITTLE recorded 61 catches in ’11, 2nd-most by rookie in club history (KEVIN JOHNSON, 66 in ’99). KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS (8) needs 2 KR-TDs to become 1st player in NFL history with 10. Posted career-best in rec. (41), rec. yards (518) & TD rec. (4) last year…TE EVAN MOORE has career-best 4 TD catches in ’11, tied for team-high (Cribbs)…T JOE THOMAS will make 81st consecutive start since entering NFL in ’07…Defense allowed 184.9 passing yds. per game in ‘11, 2nd-fewest in NFL…LB D’QWELL JACKSON led team with 158 tackles last season…DE JABAAL SHEARD ranked 3rd among NFL rookies with 8.5 sacks in ’11…CB JOE HADEN led club with 19 passes def. last year. CB SHELDON BROWN spent 8 seasons w/ Phi. (2002-09).

ST. LOUIS RAMS AT DETROIT LIONS

SERIES

RAMS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 42-38-1  
STREAKS 3 of past 5 5 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Fisher: 3-1 Schwartz: 1-1
LAST GAME 10/10/10: Rams 6 at Lions 44. Detroit RB-KR Stefan Logan has 105-yard KR-TD & CB Alphonso Smith returns INT 42 yards for TD in Lions win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/10
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (StL.), 94 (Det.). XM: 227 (Det.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Bradford: 191-357-2,164-6-6-70.5 Stafford: 421-663-5,038 (3L)-41 (3L)-16-97.2
RUSHING S. Jackson: 260-1,145-4.4-5 K. Smith: 72-356-4.9-4
RECEIVING S. Jackson (RB): 42-333-7.9-1 Johnson: 96 (3C)-1,681 (1L)-17.5-16 (1C)
OFFENSE 283.6 396.1
TAKE/GIVE -5 +11 (3C)
DEFENSE 358.4 367.6
SACKS Long: 13 Avrill: 11
INTs Laurinaitis, Mikell: 2 Houston: 5
PUNTING Hekker (R) (Pre.): 47.2 Graham (Arz., Det.): 43.8
KICKING Zuerlein (R) (Pre.): 22 (7/7 PAT; 5/6 FG) Hanson: 126 (54/54 PAT; 24/29 FG)

NOTES

GAME FEATURES No. 1 overall Draft picks SAM BRADFORD of StL (2010) & MATTHEW STAFFORD of Det. (2009)…

RAMSHead coach JEFF FISHER is 10-6 (.625) on KO Weekend…QB Bradford has posted 100+ rating 3 times in career & Rams are 3-0. Makes 3rd consecutive KO Weekend start…RB STEVEN JACKSONrushed for 1,145 yards & is 1 of 7 players in NFL history with 7+ consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Is franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 9,093 yards. Since 2006, averages 114.7 scrimmage yards per game (9,868 yards, 86 games), most in NFL (min. 60 games)…WR-KR DANNY AMENDOLA led NFL in 2010 with 2,364 all-purpose yards (1,142 KR, 689 rec., 452 PR, 81 rush). Has 2 2,000+ yard seasons & is 1 of 4 Rams to record 2,000+ all-purpose yards in year, joining Jackson & HOFers ERIC DICKERSON & MARSHALL FAULKDE CHRIS LONG led team with career-high 13 sacks. Has 10 sacks in past 10. Has sack in 7 of past 10. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS had club-best 142 tackles, his 3rd consecutive season leading Rams. CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN joins Rams after 6 seasons with Ten. (93 games, 79 starts)…LIONS:Have 49 wins in home openers, tied for 2nd most all-time. In 2011, won 3 games after trailing by 17+ points, most in season in NFL history. Scored 474 points, most in season in club history…QB Stafford set team passing records with 5,038 yards & 41 TDs, 1 of 3 seasons by QB in NFL history with 5,000+ yards & 40+ TDs. Is 2nd youngest QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards & 30+ TDs in season (HOFerDAN MARINO)…WR CALVIN JOHNSON led NFL with 1,681 rec. yards, 2nd most in team history. Led NFC with 16 rec. TDs. 1st Lion since HOFer BARRY SANDERS (1991) to score 15+ TDs in season. Joined HOFers LANCE ALWORTH & JERRY RICE as only players with 12+ rec. TDs in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Since 2008, has 45 TD catches, most in NFL. TE BRANDON PETTIGREW had 83 catches, most by Lions TE…DE CLIFF AVRIL led team with 11 sacks. 1 of 6 players in NFL history with 10+ sacks, FR-TD & INT-TD in season. Led NFC with 6 FFs. LB STEPHEN TULLOCH led team with 111 tackles. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 14 sacks, 3rd most by NFL DT…K JASON HANSON is 1st player in NFL history to score 2,000 points with 1 franchise (2,016 points).

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT HOUSTON TEXANS

SERIES

DOLPHINS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER   6-0
STREAKS   6-0
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Kubiak: 5-0
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Texans 23 at Dolphins 13. Houston RB Ben Tate rushes for 103 yards & QB Matt Schaub completes 21 of 29 passes, including 23-yard TD to WR Andre Johnson.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/12/08: Texans 29, Dolphins 28. Houston’s Jacoby Jones scores 70-yard PR-TD, WR Andre Johnson has 178 rec. yards & QB Matt Schaub scores rush TD with 0:03 remaining.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 112 (Hou.). XM: 551 (Hou.).

 

2011 STATS

PASSING Tannehill (R) (Pre.): 41-78-414-1-1-66.9 Schaub: 178-292-2,479-15-6-96.8 (2C)
RUSHING Bush: 216-1,086-5.0-6 Foster: 278-1,224 (3C)-4.4-10 (3C)
RECEIVING Bess: 51-537-10.5-3 Daniels (TE): 54-677-12.5-3
OFFENSE 317.4 372.1
TAKE/GIVE -6 +7 (2C)
DEFENSE 345.1 285.7 (2L)
SACKS Wake: 8.5 Barwin: 11.5 (3C)
INTs Smith, Starks: 2 Joseph: 4
PUNTING Fields: 48.8 (3L) Jones (St.L.): 44.3
KICKING Carpenter: 113 (26/26 PAT; 29/34 FG) Graham (Mia., Bal.): 26 (8/8 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: JOE PHILBIN will make debut as head coach…Club has 24-21-1 (.533) record on Kickoff Weekend…QB RYAN TANNEHILL (No. 8 overall) will be 1st Dolphins rookie QB to start season opener in club history. Registered last collegiate start at Reliant Stadium in Meineke Car Care Bowl & completed 27 of 40 passes for 329 yards with 1 TD in Texas A&M 33-22 win over Northwestern…RB REGGIE BUSH(1,086) reached 1,000 rush yards for 1st time in career last season & tied career-best with 6 rush TDs (6 in ’06). Dating back to 12/4/11, Bush aims for 5th consecutive 100-yard rush game. Posted career-high 12 catches vs. Texans on 11/18/07 (w/Saints). RB DANIEL THOMAS had career-high 107 rush yards on 18 carries (5.9 avg.) in last meeting vs. Hou…Since ’08, WR DAVONE BESS leads Dolphins in receptions (260) & receiving yards (2,669)…TE ANTHONY FASANO ranked 2nd on team with 5 TD catches in ’11…DE CAMERON WAKE led team in sacks for 2nd consecutive season last year (14 in ’10; 8.5 in ’11)…TEXANSWon AFC South title for 1st time in ’11 & clinched 1st playoff berth in club history…Club aims for 7th consecutive win vs. Mia… For career, QB MATT SCHAUB is 4-0 as starter vs. Dolphins. Schaub (98) needs 2 TD passes to reach 100 career…RB ARIAN FOSTER averaged NFL-best 141.6 scrimmage yards per game (1,841 total in 13 games) in ’11. Since ’10, Foster leads NFL with 26 rush TDs. Foster (1,224) & RB BEN TATE (942) were only NFL RB duo with 900+ rush yards apiece in ’11. Tate rushed for 103 yards in only meeting vs. Dolphins…In 5 career games vs. Mia., WR ANDRE JOHNSON averages 103.8 rec. yards & has 4 TD catches. Since ’03, Johnson ranks 2nd in NFL with 9,656 rec. yards (REGGIE WAYNE, 10,647)…TE OWEN DANIELS (299) needs 1 catch to join Johnson as only players in franchise history to reach 300 career…Defense set club season record in sacks (44) in ’11…LB CONNOR BARWIN had career-best 11.5 sacks in ’11, 3rd-most sacks in season in club history (MARIO WILLIAMS, 14 in ’07; 12 in ’08)…LB BRIAN CUSHING led team with 114 tackles last year. LB BROOKS REED (6) & DE J.J. WATT (5.5) combined for 11.5 sacks as rookies last season.

ATLANTA FALCONS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

SERIES

FALCONS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   5-2
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 1-0 Crennel: 1-0
LAST GAME 9/21/08: Chiefs 14 at Falcons 38. Atlanta RB Michael Turner rushes for 3 TDs & WR Roddy White catches 70-yard TD pass. Falcons defense forces 3 INTs to seal home victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/04: Chiefs 56, Falcons 10. Kansas City RBs Priest Holmes & Derrick Blaylock each rush for 4 TDs as QB Trent Green completes 20 of 27 passes in Week 7 win.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).

SIRIUS: 113 (Atl.), 137 (KC). XM: 232 (KC). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Ryan: 347-566-4,177-29-12-92.2 Cassel: 160-269-1,713-10-9-76.6
RUSHING Turner: 301-1,340 (1C)-4.5-11 Charles: 12-83-6.9-0
RECEIVING White: 100 (1C)-1,296-13.0-8 Bowe: 81 (T3C)-1,159-14.3-5
OFFENSE 376.6 310.8
TAKE/GIVE +8 -2
DEFENSE 333.6 333.3
SACKS Abraham: 9.5 Houston: 5.5
INTs DeCoud: 4 Flowers: 4
PUNTING Bosher: 42.7 Colquitt: 45.9
KICKING Bryant: 126 (45/45 PAT; 27/29 FG) Succop: 92 (20/20 PAT; 24/30 FG)

NOTES

FALCONSHave posted 4 consecutive winnings seasons for 1st time in team history. Head coach MIKE SMITH is 1st Falcons coach to lead team to playoffs in back-to-back seasons…For 2nd time in team history (1995), Falcons had 4,000-yard passer (QB MATT RYAN), 1,000-yard rusher (RB MICHAEL TURNER) & 1,000-yard receiver (WR RODDY WHITE)…QB Ryan had team-record 4,177 pass yards. Has 43 wins as starter, 2nd most since 1950 by QB in 1st 4 NFL seasons. Falcons are 23-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating (7-0 in 2011)…RB Turner rushed for 1,340 yards, 3rd Falcon with 3 seasons with 1,300+ rush yards. When he has 21+ att., his teams are 27-2 (.931). Had 104 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting…WR White led NFC with 100 catches, his 2nd consecutive 100-catch season. Since start of 2007, has 471 rec., most in NFC. TE TONY GONZALEZ had 80 catches, his NFL-record 13th consec season with 60+ catches. WR JULIO JONES led NFL rookies with 8 rec. TDs. Led rookies & ranked 4th in NFL with 17.8 rec. avg. (min. 50 catches)… DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 112 sacks, most among active players. LB SEAN WEATHERSPOON had career-high 127 tackles…CHIEFSClub has won 15 of past 23 home openers…Chiefs have 3-0 all-time record vs. Atl. at home…For career, QB MATT CASSEL has 10-4 record as starter vs. NFC, completing 258 of 430 passes (60 pct.) for 3,048 yards with 23 TDs vs. 9 INTs & 90.7 passer rating. Since ’10, Cassel has 9-4 record (.692) at Arrowhead with 17 TDs vs. 6 INTs. RB JAMAAL CHARLES averages 6.1 yards per carry in 49 career games. RB PEYTON HILLIS rushed for 2 TDs vs. Atl. on 11/16/08 (w/ Broncos)…WR DWAYNE BOWE (1,159) reached 1,000 receiving yards for 2nd consecutive season & 3rd of career. Bowe (4,927) needs 73 receiving yards to become 8th player in franchise history to reach 5,000 career. WR STEVE BREASTON has reached 700+ receiving yards in 4 consec seasons…TE KEVIN BOSS had career-high 2 TD catches vs. Atl. on 11/22/09 (w/NYG)…LB DERRICK JOHNSON recorded 179 tackles last season, highest single-season total in Chiefs history…PR-CB JAVIER ARENAS led AFC with 12.8 PR avg. in ’11.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS

SERIES

JAGUARS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER   3-1
STREAKS   3-1
COACHES VS. OPP. Mularkey: 0-0 Frazier: 0-0
LAST GAME 11/23/08: Vikings 30 at Jaguars 12. Minnesota LB Napoleon Harris returns fumble on opening kickoff 27 yards for TD as Vikings defense forces 5 turnovers in road win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/04: Vikings 27, Jaguars 16. Minnesota QB Daunte Culpepper rushes for TD & throws TD pass to WR Randy Moss. DT Kevin Williams seals win with 77-yard fumble return TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 104 (Jax.), 117 (Min.). XM: 233 (Min.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Gabbert: 210-413-2,214-12-11-65.4 Ponder: 158-291-1,853-13-13-70.1
RUSHING Jones-Drew: 343-1,606 (1L)-4.7-8 Peterson: 208-970-4.7-12 (T3L)
RECEIVING Robinson (Dal.): 54-858-15.9-11 Harvin: 87-967-11.1-6
OFFENSE 259.3 329.7
TAKE/GIVE +5 (3C) -3
DEFENSE 313.0 358.2
SACKS Mincey: 8 J. Allen: 22 (1L)
INTs Ross (NYG): 4 Sanford: 2
PUNTING Anger (R) (Pre.): 48.3 Kluwe: 45.7
KICKING Scobee: 93 (24/24 PAT; 23/25 FG) Longwell: 104 (38/39 PAT; 22/28 FG)

NOTES

JAGUARS: MIKE MULARKEY makes debut as Jax head coach…QB BLAINE GABBERT set franchise record among rookie QBs with 14 starts in ’11…RB MAURICE JONES-DREW holds team record with 74 career TDs (62 rush, 10 rec., 2 KR). For career, RB RASHAD JENNINGS averages 5.4 yards per carry (123 att., 661 yards)…WR LAURENT ROBINSON will make Jaguar debut. Robinson posted career-best in catches (54), rec. yards (858) & TD rec. (11) in ‘11. Rookie WR JUSTIN BLACKMON (No. 5 overall) was 2-time Biletnikoff Award winner as nation’s top college WR. WR MIKE THOMAS has led Jags in catches in each of past 2 seasons (66 in ’10; 44 in ’11)…TE MARCEDES LEWIS has most career rec. yards (2,684) & TD catches (17) by TE in club history…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY led team w/ 192 tackles last year, 2nd-most in season in club history (HARDY NICKERSON, 230 in ’01)…DE JEREMY MINCEY had career-best 8 sacks in ’11…CB RASHEAN MATHIS holds team record w/ 30 career INTs…CB AARON ROSS will make Jags debut after 5 seasons with NYG (2007-11)…VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER tied team record with 10 starts at QB as rookie (HOFer FRAN TARKENTON). In 2 starts vs. AFC, has 592 pass yards (296 per game) & 5 TDs…Since entering NFL in 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads league with 6,752 rush yards & 64 rush TDs. Needs 67 rush yards to pass ROBERT SMITH (6,818) for most in franchise history. In 36 career home games, has rushed for 3,770 yards (104.7 per game) & 34 TDs. Peterson is 1 of 4 to rush for 750+ yards & 8+ TDs in each of 1st 5 NFL seasons (HOFers JIM BROWN & EMMITT SMITH & LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON)…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN has scored rush, rec. & KR TD in each of past 2 seasons, only player in NFL to accomplish feat. Is only player in NFL with KR-TD in each of past 3 seasons…DE JARED ALLEN has 32 sacks in past 25, incl. 20.5 in past 14. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 105 sacks. His 105 sacks are 2nd most by active player. LB CHAD GREENWAY led team with career-high 174 tackles & earned 1st Pro Bowl berth. DT KEVIN WILLIAMS had career-best 77-yard FR-TD vs. Jax. (11/28/04). Has 2.5 sacks in 2 meetings.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SERIES

REDSKINS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 15-8  
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Shanahan: 3-1 Kromer: 0-0
LAST GAME 12/6/09: Saints 33 at Redskins 30 (OT). New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws 53-yard TD to WR Robert Meachem as Saints overcome 10-point deficit en route to OT win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/17/06: Redskins 16, Saints 10. Washington RB Ladell Betts rushes for 119 yards & QB Jason Campbell connects with WR Santana Moss for TD in Week 15 win.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Chuck Cooperstein, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 134 (Was.), 135 (NO). XM: 228 (NO). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Griffin III (R) (Pre.): 20-31-193-2-0-103.3 Brees: 468-657-5,476 (1L)-46 (1L)-14-110.6 (2L)
RUSHING Helu: 151-640-4.2-2 Sproles: 87-603-6.9-2
RECEIVING Garcon (Ind.): 70-947-13.5-6 Graham (TE): 99 (3L)-1,310-13.2-11 (T3C)
OFFENSE 336.7 467.1 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE -14 -3
DEFENSE 339.8 368.4
SACKS Orakpo: 9 Harper: 7.5
INTs Hall: 3 P. Robinson: 4
PUNTING Rocca: 43.1 Morstead: 48.3 (2C)
KICKING Cundiff (Bal.): 122 (38/38 PAT; 28/37 FG) Hartley (’10): 100 (40/40 PAT; 20/25 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINSHead coach MIKE SHANAHAN is 14-4 (.778) on KO Weekend & his 14 wins are most by active head coach…Rookie QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III (No. 2 overall) makes NFL debut. Won 2011 Heisman Trophy at Baylor & set or tied 54 school records. In preseason, completed 20 of 31 (64.5 pct.) for 193 yards with 2 TDs & 0 INTs for 103.3 rating… Last year, RB ROY HELU was 1st rookie in franchise history to rush for 100+ yards in 3 consecutive games & RB EVAN ROYSTER rushed for 100+ yards in each of past 2 games. Rookie ALFRED MORRIS (6th round, No. 173) ranked 2nd in NFC during preseason with 195 rush yards…WR SANTANA MOSS is 1 of 4 players with 45+ catches & 500+ yards in each of past 9 seasons. WR PIERRE GARCON had career-best 70 catches & 947 yards last year with Ind. Tied career-high with 6 rec. TDs…In Week 1 last year, LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 9-yard INT-TD in NFL debut. Finished rookie season with 7.5 sacks, 4 FFs & INT-TD. LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 28.5 sacks in 1st 3 NFL seasons…SAINTSSet NFL record with 7,474 total net yards & 5,347 net pass yards…QB DREW BREES had NFL single-season record 5,476 pass yards & 13 300-yard pass games, most all-time. Set single-season records for comp. (468) & comp. pct. (71.2). Has 300 pass yards in 7 games in row, longest streak in NFL history…RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES had NFL-record 2,696 all-purpose yards. RB PIERRE THOMAS is 1 of 4 in team history with 2,500+ rush yards (2,501) & 150+ rec. (166)…TE JIMMY GRAHAM led NFL TEs with 99 receptions & was 2nd with 1,310 yards, 2nd most by TE all-time. Is 1st TE in NFL history with 95+ catches, 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs in season. Graham (99) & Sproles (86) were 1st TE-RB duo in NFL history with 80+ catches each. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 1,143 rec. yards, his team-record 5th 1,000-yard season. Since 2006, WR DEVERY HENDERSON avg. 18.5 yards per catch (201 rec., 3,718 yards), highest mark in NFL (min. 200 catches)…Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB. Led team with 7.5 sacks, 2nd most all-time by DB in season. LB CURTIS LOFTON makes NO debut. Had career-high 167 tackles with Atl. last year.

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS

SERIES

BILLS JETS
SERIES LEADER 53-49  
STREAKS   7 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Gailey: 0-5 Ryan: 5-1
LAST GAME 11/27/11: Bills 24 at Jets 28. New York QB Mark Sanchez throws 4 TD passes, including 2 to TE Dustin Keller & game-winning TD to WR Santonio Holmes with 1:01 remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/27/11
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 106 (Buf.), 93 (NYJ). XM: 226 (NYJ). 

 

2011 STATS

PASSING Fitzpatrick: 353-569-3,832-24-23-79.1 Sanchez: 308-543-3,474-26 (3C)-18-78.2
RUSHING Jackson: 170-934-5.5-6 Greene: 253-1,054-4.2-6
RECEIVING St. Johnson: 76-1,004-13.2-7 Keller (TE): 65-815-12.5-5
OFFENSE 351.5 311.8
TAKE/GIVE +1 -3
DEFENSE 371.1 312.1
SACKS Anderson (NE): 10 Maybin: 6
INTs Wilson: 4 3 tied: 4
PUNTING Moorman: 48.2 (3C) TBD
KICKING Lindell: 64 (25/25 PAT; 13/15 FG) Folk: 101 (44/44 PAT; 19/25 FG)

NOTES

BILLSHead coach CHAN GAILEY has 3-1 record on Kickoff Weekend…QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (3,832 in ’11) joined DREW BLEDSOE (4,359 in ’02) & HOFer JIM KELLY (3,844 in ’91) as only Bills QBs to reach 3,800 passing yards in season. Had career-best in passing yards (3,832) & TDs (24) last year. Completed 26 of 39 passes (66.7 pct.) with 264 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 111.5 rating in last meeting at NYJ (11/27/11)…RB FRED JACKSON averaged 137.6 scrimmage yards per game (934 rush, 442 rec.) last season (10 games). RB C.J. SPILLER averaged career-best 5.2 yards per carry (107 att., 561 rush yards) last season…WR STEVIE JOHNSON registered team-best 1,004 receiving yards last year & became 1st Bills WR to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (1,073 in ’10)…TE SCOTT CHANDLER (6) tied PETE METZELAARS (6 in ’92) & JAY RIEMERSMA (6 in ’98) for most TD catches by TE in single-season in team history…DEs MARK ANDERSON & MARIO WILLIAMS will make Bills debut. Williams had 2 sacks in last game vs. NYJ (w/ Texans on 11/21/10)…S GEORGE WILSON tied career-high with 4 INTs last season. S JAIRUS BYRD has 4 INTs in 6 career games vs. Jets…Rookie CB STEPHON GILMORE (1st round, No. 10) will make NFL debut…JETS:  Head coach REX RYAN has 2-1 record on Kickoff Weekend…Club aims for 6th straight win vs. Bills…In past 2 vs. Bills, QB MARK SANCHEZ has 410 passing yards with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 91.4 passer rating…RB SHONN GREENE had career-best in rush yards (1,054) & TDs (6) last season. Greene is averaging 90.3 rush yards per game (54 att., 271 yards) in past 3 vs. Bills…TE DUSTIN KELLER led team in catches (65) & receiving yards (815) in ’11. Tied career-high with 2 TD receptions vs. Bills on 10/3/10 & 11/27/11…WR SANTONIO HOLMES tied career-best with 8 TD catches last season (8 in ’07 w/ Pit.). Aims for 4th consecutive game with TD catch vs. Buf…C NICK MANGOLD was selected to 4th career Pro Bowl last season…CB DARRELLE REVIS has 4 career INTs vs. Bills, tied for most vs. any team (Mia.). CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE registered 4 INTs in ’11, 2nd-most in career (10 w/SD in ’07)…LB AARON MAYBIN was selected No. 11 overall in ’09 NFL Draft by Bills…KR-RB JOE MC KNIGHT posted NFL-best 31.6 KR avg. last season.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS

SERIES

PATRIOTS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 21-15-1  
STREAKS 6 of past 8  
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 8-7 Munchak: 0-0
LAST GAME 10/18/09: Titans 0 at Patriots 59. New England QB Tom Brady throws 6 TD passes, incl. 3 to WR Randy Moss & 2 to WR Wes Welker. Patriots defense limits Tennessee to 186 total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/31/06: Patriots 40, Titans 23. New England WR Reche Caldwell has 134 rec. yards & RB Corey Dillon adds 2 TD runs. Patriots CB Asante Samuel has 2 4th-quarter INTs to seal win.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 132 (NE), 92 (Ten.). XM: 225 (Ten.).

 

2011 STATS

PASSING Brady: 401-611-5,235 (1C)-39 (1C)-12-105.6 (1C) Locker: 34-66-542-4-0-99.4
RUSHING Ridley: 87-441-5.1-1 Johnson: 262-1,047-4.0-4
RECEIVING Welker: 122 (1L)-1,569 (1C)-12.9-9 (T2C) Washington: 74-1,023-13.8-7
OFFENSE 428.0 (1C) 335.1
TAKE/GIVE +17 (1C) +1
DEFENSE 411.1 355.1
SACKS Ninkovich: 6.5 Klug, Wimbley (Oak.): 7
INTs Arrington: 7 (T1L) Griffin, McCourty: 2
PUNTING Mesko: 46.5 Kern: 43.6
KICKING Gostkowski: 143 (1C) (59/59 PAT; 28/33 FG) Bironas: 121 (34/34 PAT; 29/32 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTSNE has won 8 straight games on Kickoff Weekend, longest active streak in NFL…For career, QB TOM BRADY is 124-35 (.780), best regular-season record in SB era (min. 100 starts). Brady (300) needs TD pass to surpass HOFer JOHN ELWAY (300) for 5th-most TD passes in NFL history. Has thrown at least 1 TD pass in 32 straight games. In past 3 vs. Ten., Brady has completed 61 of 89 passes (68.5 pct.) for 824 yards with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 127.7 passer rating…RB STEVAN RIDLEY averaged 5.1 yards per carry (87 att., 441 rush yards) as rookie last season…WR WES WELKER (554) needs 4 catches to surpass TROY BROWN (557) for most in franchise history. Had 10 receptions for 150 yards with 2 TDs in last game vs. Titans…Since ’10, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI ranks 2nd in NFL with 27 TD catches (CALVIN JOHNSON, 28). Gronkowski (90 catches, 1,327 yards) & TE AARON HERNANDEZ (79 catches, 910 yards) combined for most catches (169) & receiving yards (2,237) by pair of TEs in season in NFL history…DT VINCE WILFORK had career-high 3.5 sacks last season …CB DEVIN MC COURTY is twin brother of Titans CB JASON MC COURTYTITANSSelected No. 8 overall in 2011 NFL Draft, QB JAKE LOCKER will make 1st career start…Since ’08, RB CHRIS JOHNSON has NFL-best 5,645 rush yards. Johnson (38) needs 2 rush TDs to join HOFer EARL CAMPBELL (73) & EDDIE GEORGE (64) as only players to reach 40 career in club annals. In only career meeting against Patriots (10/18/09), Johnson rushed for 128 yards on 17 carries (7.5 avg.). Johnson had career-high 57 catches in ’11…WR NATE WASHINGTON led team in catches (74) & receiving yards (1,023) in ’11, both career-highs. Rookie WR KENDALL WRIGHT (No. 20 overall) will make NFL debut…TE JARED COOK had career-best in receptions (49), receiving yards (759) & TD rec. (3) last season…T MICHAEL ROOS has made 112 consecutive starts since entering NFL in ’05…DE KAMERION WIMBLEY will make Titans debut. In past 2 seasons (w/Oak.), Wimbley has totaled 16 sacks. DT KARL KLUG registered team-high 7 sacks as rookie in ’11…S JORDAN BABINEAUX led Titans with 117 tackles last season.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS

SERIES

SEAHAWKS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER   14-12
STREAKS 3 of past 4 5 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 4-1 Whisenhunt: 6-4
LAST GAME 1/1/12: Seahawks 20 at Cardinals 23 (OT). Arizona K Jay Feely converts 3 FGs, including game-winning 28-yard FG in OT. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald adds 9 rec. for 149 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/1/12
BROADCAST FOX (1:25 PM MST): Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Heidi Androl (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (Sea.), 92 (Arz.). XM: 225 (Arz.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Wilson (R) (Pre.): 40-63-536-5-1-110.3 J. Skelton: 151-275-1,913-11-14-68.9
RUSHING Lynch: 285-1,204-4.2-12 (T3L) Wells: 245-1,047-4.3-10
RECEIVING Baldwin: 51-788-15.5-4 Fitzgerald: 80-1,411 (3C)-17.6-8
OFFENSE 303.8 324.5
TAKE/GIVE +8 -13
DEFENSE 332.2 (3C) 355.1
SACKS Clemons: 11 Campbell: 8
INTs Browner: 6 (T2C) Peterson, Washington: 2
PUNTING Ryan: 46.6 (3C) Zastudil: 45.2
KICKING Hauschka: 109 (34/34 PAT; 25/30 FG) Feely: 90 (33/33 PAT; 19/24 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKSRookie QB RUSSELL WILSON (3rd round, No. 75 overall) makes 1st career start. Started 50 games in row in college & was 1st team all-conference QB in both ACC (2008 w/ NC State) & Big 10 (2011 w/ Wisconsin). Set NCAA-FBS record with 379 consecutive passes without INT…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH set team record with TD in 11 consecutive games. Had career-highs in rush yards (1,204), rush TDs (12) & 100-yard games (6). Over final 9 weeks of 2011, led NFL with 941 rush yards…WR DOUG BALDWIN was 1st undrafted rookie since 1960 to lead his club in catches & rec. yards. WR GOLDEN TATEhad career-high 5 catches in last meeting…S EARL THOMASCB BRANDON BROWNER & S KAM CHANCELLOR earned 1st Pro Bowl berths. Club had 22 INTs, 3rd most in NFC & 4th in NFL. DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 11 sacks in past 15. Led team in sacks in each of past 2 seasons. 1st Seahawk with 10+ sacks in back-to-back years since MICHAEL SINCLAIR in 1996-97. Rookie DE BRUCE IRVIN (No. 15 overall) makes NFL debut & was All Big East 1st team…CARDINALS: QB JOHN SKELTON was 5-2 as starter in 2011 & team has won 6 of his past 8 appearances. In past 10 games, has engineered 6 game-winning drives in 4th Q/OT. Is 5-0 in career as starter at home…RB BEANIE WELLS rushed for 1,047 yards & 10 TDs, 1st Cardinal to rush for 1,000+ yards & 10+ TDs in season…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 693 catches & can become youngest to reach 700. Has recorded 1,400+ rec. yards 4 times in career & only HOFer JERRY RICE (6) has more. Since 2005, leads NFL in rec. yards (8,835) & rec. TDs (65). Is 1 of 8 players in NFL history with 6+ 1,000-yard rec. seasons in 1st 8 years. Rookie WR MICHAEL FLOYD (No. 13 overall) makes NFL debut & set 5 career rec. records at Notre Dame…S ADRIAN WILSON is 1 of 5 S in NFL history with 20+ sacks (22.5) & 25+ INTs (26). CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON is only player in NFL history with 4 80+ yard PR-TDs in season. Needs 1 80+ yard PR-TD to tie career record of 5 (DEVIN HESTERERIC METCALF). Since 2007, DT DARNELL DOCKETT has 28.5 sacks, most by DT. LB SAM ACHO had 7 sacks, 2nd most in franchise history by rookie. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 4.5 sacks in past 4 vs. Sea. Led team in sacks in each of past 3 seasons.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS

SERIES

49ERS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   30-25-1
STREAKS   Past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 0-0 McCarthy: 3-0
LAST GAME 12/5/10: 49ers 16 at Packers 34. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws 3 TDs, including 67-yarder to WR Donald Driver & 57-yarder to WR Greg Jennings.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/5/10
BROADCAST FOX (3:25 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 86 (SF), 93 (GB). XM: 226 (GB). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Ale. Smith: 273-445-3,144-17-5-90.7 Rodgers: 343-502-4,643-45 (2L)-6-122.5 (1L)
RUSHING Gore: 282-1,211 (3C)-4.3-8 Benson (Cin.): 273-1,067-3.9-6
RECEIVING Crabtree: 72-874-12.1-4 Nelson: 68-1,263-18.6-15 (3L)
OFFENSE 310.9 405.1 (3L)
TAKE/GIVE +28 (1L) +24 (2L)
DEFENSE 308.1 (1C) 411.6
SACKS Ald. Smith: 14 Matthews: 6
INTs Goldson, Rodgers: 6 (T2C) Woodson: 7 (T1L)
PUNTING Lee: 50.9 (1L) Masthay: 45.6
KICKING Akers: 166 (1L) (34/34 PAT; 44/52 FG) Crosby: 140 (3C) (68/69 PAT; 24/28 PAT)

NOTES

49ERSTeam led NFL with +28 turnover differential, tied for 2nd best mark in NFL since 1970…QB ALEX SMITH has won 14 of past 17 starts. Had 1st career 3,000-yard season (3,144) & threw 5 INTs, tied for 3rd fewest in season in NFL history (min. 400 att.). In career, 49ers are 10-0 when Smith starts & has 100+ rating…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 1,211 yards, his team-record 5th 1,000-yard season. Has 29 career 100-yard games, most in club history…WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had career-high 72 catches & 874 yards. Since 2009, TE VERNON DAVIS has 26 TDs, most among NFC TEs & 2nd most by NFL TE. WR-KR-PR TED GINN JR. ranked 3rd in NFL with 27.6 KR avg. & was 4th in NFL with 12.3 PR avg. Only player to rank in top 5 in both…Rush defense led NFL allowing 77.3 yards per game. LB ALDON SMITH led NFL rookies with 14 sacks, 2nd most ever by rookie. DT JUSTIN SMITH had 7.5 sacks & is 1 of 3 players in team history with 6+ sacks in 4 consecutive seasons. LB NA VORRO BOWMAN led team with 173 tackles. LB PATRICK WILLIS has been selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 5 seasons…PACKERSHave 52 wins on KO Weekend, tied for most ever. Scored 560 points in 2011, most in franchise history & 2nd most all-time…QB AARON RODGERS was AP MVP & had 122.5 rating, best single-season mark in NFL history. Set NFL season record with 13 games with 100+ rating & 12 games with 110+ rating. Had franchise record 4,643 pass yards & 45 TDs. Is only QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards & have 6 or fewer INTs. Is 2-0 vs. SF with 5 TDs, 0 INTs & 118.9 rating…RB CEDRIC BENSON makes GB debut. Is 1 of 5 with 1,000+ rush yards in each of past 3 years…WR JORDY NELSON had career-highs in catches (68), yards (1,263) & TDs (15). His 15 rec. TDs were 3rd most by Packer in season. WR GREG JENNINGS has 11 catches for 248 yards (124 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 vs. SF…Since joining GB in 2006, S CHARLES WOODSON has 37 INTs (2nd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL). Has INT-TD in each of 6 years with GB & is only player in NFL history with INT-TD in 6 consecutive seasons. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS leads NFL with 13 INTs. LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 6 sacks & 3 INTs (1 TD) & is 1st player in team history with defensive TD in each of 1st 3 NFL seasons.

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

SERIES

PANTHERS BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER 14-9  
STREAKS Past 2 & 5 of past 7 overall  
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 2-0 Schiano: 0-0
LAST GAME 12/24/11: Buccaneers 16 at Panthers 48. Carolina QB Cam Newton throws 3 TDs, including 91-yarder to WR Brandon LaFell. RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 2 TDs in Week 16 win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/4/11: Panthers 38, Buccaneers 19. Newton rushes for 3 TDs, setting NFL record for rushing touchdowns by QB in single season.
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Car.), 94 (TB). XM: 227 (TB). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Newton: 310-517-4,051-21-17-84.5 Freeman: 346-551-3,592-16-22-74.6
RUSHING D. Williams: 155-836-5.4-7 Martin (R) (Pre.): 27-97-3.6-2
RECEIVING S. Smith: 79-1,397-17.6-7 Williams: 65-771-11.9-3
OFFENSE 389.8 319.3
TAKE/GIVE +1 -16
DEFENSE 377.6 394.4
SACKS Johnson: 9 Clayborn: 7.5
INTs Gamble, Martin: 2 Barber: 3
PUNTING Baker: 42.7 Koenen: 45.1
KICKING Medlock (Pre.): 16 (4/4 PAT; 4/6 FG) Barth: 101 (23/23 PAT; 26/28 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON is only player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass (4,051) & 500+ rush (706) in season. Had 14 rush TDs, most ever by QB in season. His 4,051 pass yards were most by rookie. Had 35 total TDs (21 pass, 14 rush), most by rookie in NFL history. Is 2-0 vs. TB with 130.9 rating & has 8 TDs in those 2 (4 pass, 4 rush). Had pass TD & rush TD in 8 games, tied for most in season all-time…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 4 games vs. TB with 2 rush TDs. In 3 games vs. TB with 19+ att., has rushed for 459 yards (153 per game) & 6 TDs. In past 4 meetings with 14+ att., RB JONATHAN STEWART has rushed for 425 yards (106.3 per game) & 5 TDs. Panthers were 1st team in NFL history with 3 players with 700+ rush yards in season: Williams (836), Stewart (761), Newton (706)…WR STEVE SMITH ranked 5th in NFL with 1,394 rec. yards & was 2nd with 29 catches of 20+ yards. Recorded 6th career 1,000-yard season…DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 17 sacks in past 23. Has led team in sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Rookie LB LUKE KUECHLY (No. 9 overall) won Bronko Nagurski & Butkus Awards at BC…BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN passed for 3,592 yards, 2nd most in team history. Is only QB in club history with 3,400+ pass yards in consecutive seasons. In past 3 meetings, has 106.4 rating. When Freeman has 100+ rating, Bucs are 7-2…Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN (No. 31 overall) makes NFL debut. Was Boise St.’s Off. MVP in 2011. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 7 career 100-yard games…WR VINCENT JACKSON makes TB debut. Since 2008, Jackson is only player in NFL with 200+ catches (201) & 18+ avg. (18). WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 65 catches in each of 1st 2 NFL seasons. TE DALLAS CLARK will play 1st game with TB. Is 1 of 2 TEs in NFL history with 100+ catches in season (100 in 2009 w/ Ind.)…CB RONDE BARBER will start 200th consecutive game, most by CB in NFL history. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (27) & 40+ INTs (43). Rookie S MARK BARRON (No. 7 overall) makes NFL debut. Was 2-time National Champion at Alabama. Finalist for Jim Thorpe & Chuck Bednarik Awards. DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN had 7.5 sacks, 2nd most by TB rookie.

SUNDAY NIGHT

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT DENVER BRONCOS

SERIES

STEELERS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER   13-7-1
STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 1-2 Fox: 1-3
LAST REG-SEA GAME 11/9/09: Steelers 28 at Broncos 10. Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward has 2 TD catches & WR Mike Wallace adds rec. TD. Steelers defense has 3 INTs & limits Denver to 27 rush yards.
LAST REG-SEA GAME AT SITE 11/9/09
BROADCAST NBC (6:20 PM MT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (WW1), 92 (Pit.), 93 (Den.). XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (Pit.), 226 (Den.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 324-513-4,077 (3C)-21-14-90.1 (3C) Manning (Ind. ’10): 450-679-4,700 (2L)-33 (T2L)-17-91.9
RUSHING Mendenhall: 228-928-4.1-9 McGahee: 249-1,199-4.8-4
RECEIVING Wallace: 72-1,193-16.6-8 Decker: 44-612-13.9-8
OFFENSE 372.3 316.6
TAKE/GIVE -13 -12
DEFENSE 271.8 (1L) 357.8
SACKS Harrison, Woodley: 9 Miller: 11.5
INTs Adams (Cle.): 3 Bailey, Goodman: 2
PUNTING Butler (R) (Pre.): 45.9 Colquitt: 47.4
KICKING Suisham: 105 (36/36 PAT; 23/31 FG) Prater: 87 (30/30 PAT; 19/25 FG)

NOTES

STEELERSHead coach MIKE TOMLIN has 4-1 record on Kickoff Weekend…In 2 career regular season starts at Den., QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has completed 45 of 64 passes (70.3 pct.) for 523 yards with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 111.7 passer rating. Has 80-33-0 (.708) career regular-season record as starter (min. 10 starts), 2nd-highest win pct. among active QBs (TOM BRADY, 124-35-0, .780)…RB ISAAC REDMANhad career-high 479 rush yards in ’11…WR MIKE WALLACE posted 1,100 rec. yards in consecutive seasons (1,257 in ’10; 1,193 in ’11). For career, Wallace averages 18.7 yards per catch (171 rec., 3,206 yards).WR ANTONIO BROWN (1,108) reached 1,000 rec. yards for 1st time in career last season…TE HEATH MILLER tied career-high with 2 TD catches at Den. on 10/21/07…LB LA MARR WOODLEY (48) needs 2 sacks to become 6th Steeler to reach 50 career.  LB JAMES HARRISON (58) needs 3 sacks to surpass KEITH WILLIS (59) & JOEY PORTER (60) for 2nd-most sacks in franchise history…BRONCOSHave 38-13-1 (.745) record in home openers, highest win pct. in NFL…Den. has won 4 of past 5 at home vs. Pit…QB PEYTON MANNING ranks 3rd all-time in career pass yards (54,828), compl. (4,682) & TD passes (399). Has 4th-most regular-season wins (141) as starter in NFL history. In past 2 regular season games vs. Pit., Manning is 2-0 & has 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 98.6 rating…Club averaged NFL-best 164.5 rush yards per game in ’11…RB WILLIS MC GAHEE (1,199) reached 1,000 rush yards in season for 4th time in career in ’11…WR ERIC DECKER led team with career-best 8 TD catches last season…In playoff meeting vs. Pit. (1/8/12), WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS posted 4 rec. for 204 yards, incl. game-winning 80-yard TD catch in OT…Since entering NFL in ’99, CB CHAMP BAILEY (50) has most INTs among NFL CBs…LB VON MILLER ranked 2nd among NFL rookies with 11.5 sacks (ALDON SMITH, 14) last season. Most sacks by Denver rookie since sacks became official statistic in ’82…DE ELVIS DUMERVIL has 3.5 sacks in 3 regular season games vs. Pit.

MONDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS

SERIES

BENGALS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER   18-14
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 10-8 Harbaugh: 5-3
LAST GAME 1/1/12: Ravens 24 at Bengals 16. Baltimore RB Ray Rice rushes for 191 yards on 24 carries with 2 TDs (70, 51). Ravens TE Dennis Pitta has 6 catches & TD in Week 17 victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/20/11: Ravens 31, Bengals 24. Baltimore WR Anquan Boldin has 35-yard TD catch & rookie WR Torrey Smith catches 38-yard TD from QB Joe Flacco as Ravens earn win.
BROADCAST ESPN (7:00 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Cin.), 93 (Bal.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Cin.), 226 (Bal.).

2011 STATS

PASSING Dalton: 300-516-3,398-20-13-80.4 Flacco: 312-542-3,610-20-12-80.9
RUSHING Green-Ellis (NE): 181-667-3.7-11 (2C) Rice: 291-1,364 (2L)-4.7-12 (1C)
RECEIVING Green: 65-1,057-16.3-7 Rice (RB): 76-704-9.3-3
OFFENSE 319.9 338.7
TAKE/GIVE 0 +2
DEFENSE 316.3 288.9 (3L)
SACKS Atkins: 7.5 McPhee: 6
INTs Allen (Hou.), Nelson: 4 Webb: 5 (T3C)
PUNTING Huber: 44.2 Koch: 46.5
KICKING Nugent: 132 (3C) (33/34 PAT; 33/38 FG) Tucker (R) (Pre.): 29 (11/11 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: MARVIN LEWIS (69) has most regular season wins as head coach in franchise history…QB ANDY DALTON (20 in ’11) tied HOFer DAN MARINO (1983) for 4th-most TD passes ever by rookie QB (PEYTON MANNING, 26 in ’98; CHARLIE CONERLY, 22 in ’48; CAM NEWTON, 21 in ’11). Passed for career-best 373 yards in last game at Bal. (11/20/11)…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS will make Bengals debut. Since ’10, Green-Ellis has 24 rush TDs, tied for 2nd-most in NFL (ARIAN FOSTER, 26)…WR A.J. GREEN recorded 1,057 receiving yards last season, most by rookie in team history & posted 65 receptions, 2nd-most by Bengals rookie (CRIS COLLINSWORTH, 67 in ’81)…TE JERMAINE GRESHAM had career-high 6 TD rec. in ’11…Defense ranked 2nd in AFC with 45 sacks last season (RAVENS, 48)…DT GENO ATKINS had career-best 7.5 sacks in ’11…S REGGIE NELSON led team with 4 INTs last season…RAVENS: JOHN HARBAUGH is 4-0 as head coach on Kickoff Weekend…Bal. posted undefeated record in division for 1st time in franchise history last season…Club aims for 11th consecutive win at home…QB JOE FLACCO has 44-20 (.688) record as starter since entering NFL in ’08. Flacco owns franchise career record in passing yards (13,816) & TD passes (80). Ravens are 23-2 (.920) when Flacco has 100+ rating…RB RAY RICE led NFL with 2,068 scrimmage yards (1,364 rush yards; 704 rec. yards) last season & joined HOFer MARSHALL FAULK (4 times) as only players in NFL history to register at least 1,200 rush yards & 700 rec. yards in multiple seasons. Since ’09, Rice leads NFL with 5,885 scrimmage yards. In past 2 vs. Bengals, Rice has rushed for 295 yards (104, 191) & 4 rush TDs…WR TORREY SMITH had career-high 165 rec. yards against Cin. on 11/20/11…LB RAY LEWIS led club in tackles (95) for 14th time in career last season…S ED REED has 9 career INTs against Cin…CB LARDARIUS WEBB led team with career-best 5 INTs in ’11.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS AT OAKLAND RAIDERS

SERIES

CHARGERS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER   57-45-2
STREAKS 14 of past 17 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 8-4 Allen: 0-0
LAST GAME 1/1/12: Chargers 38 at Raiders 26. San Diego QB Philip Rivers throws for 3 TDs with 135.1 passer rating & KR Richard Goodman adds 105-yard KR-TD in Week 17 victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/1/12
BROADCAST ESPN (7:15 PM PT): Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer. Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 94 (SD), 85 (Oak.). XM: 88 (WW1), 227 (SD), 228 (Oak.). 

2011 STATS

PASSING Rivers: 366-582-4,624 (2C)-27 (2C)-20-88.7 Palmer: 199-328-2,753-13-16-80.5
RUSHING Mathews: 222-1,091-4.9-6 McFadden: 113-614-5.4-4
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 64-778-12.2-7 Heyward-Bey: 64-975-15.2-4
OFFENSE 393.1 (2C) 379.5 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE -7 -4
DEFENSE 346.6 387.6
SACKS Barnes: 11 Kelly: 7.5
INTs Weddle: 7 (T1L) Giordano: 5 (T3C)
PUNTING Scifres: 47.5 Lechler: 50.8 (1C)
KICKING Kaeding (’10): 109 (40/40 PAT; 23/28 FG) Janikowski: 129 (36/36 PAT; 31/35 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERSSeek 3rd consecutive win against Raiders on MNF…Club has won 7 of past 8 at Oak…QB PHILIP RIVERS (4,710 in ’10; 4,624 in ’11) joined DAN FOUTS (’80-81), WARREN MOON (’90-91),PEYTON MANNING (’09-10) & DREW BREES (’10-11) as only players with 4,500+ passing yards in consecutive seasons…For career, Rivers is 5-1 as starter at Oak. & has 10 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 102.2 passer rating…RB RYAN MATHEWS (1,091) reached 1,000 rush yards for 1st time in career last year. RB RONNIE BROWN averages 94.5 rush yards per game vs. Oak. (4 career games)…TE ANTONIO GATES (593) has most career rec. in franchise history. Has 10 career TD rec. vs. Raiders in 18 games…WR MALCOM FLOYD averaged career-best 19.9 yards per catch in ’11 (43 catches, 856 yards). WR ROBERT MEACHEM will make Chargers debut after spending 4 seasons in NO (2008-11)…LB TAKEO SPIKES led team with 119 tackles last year. LB SHAUN PHILLIPS has 11.5 career sacks vs. Raiders, most vs. any team. Phillips ranks 3rd in franchise history with 60 sacks (LESLIE O’NEAL, 105.5; LEE WILLIAMS, 65.5)…S ERIC WEDDLE had career-high 7 INTs in ’11…RAIDERS: DENNIS ALLEN makes NFL debut as head coach…Raiders have 36-15-1 (.702) record in home openers, 3rd-best in NFL…Club has won 3 of past 4 against Chargers…In 5 career starts vs. SD, QB CARSON PALMER has completed 116 of 166 passes (69.9 pct.) for 1,739 yards with 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 122.5 passer rating. Palmer averages 354.3 passing yards per game at home as starter with Raiders…For career,RB DARREN MC FADDEN averages 5.5 yards per carry against AFC West (208 att., 1,138 yards). Raiders are 7-2 when McFadden has 100+ rush yards…WR DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY had career-best in catches (64), receiving yards (975) & TDs (4) in ’11. Set career-high with 9 receptions in last game against SD. WR DENARIUS MOORE averaged 18.7 yards per catch as rookie in ’11 (33 rec., 618 yards). In 2 career games vs. Chargers, Moore has 8 catches for 224 yards (28 avg.) with 2 TD catches…DTs TOMMY KELLY (7.5 – career-high) & RICHARD SEYMOUR (6) combined for 13.5 sacks last season.

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