TheSTN – NFL Game Capsules – Week 8

WEEK 8 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-4) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-2)

  BUCCANEERS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER   31-21
STREAKS   Past 5 & 8 of past 11
COACHES VS. OPP. Schiano: 0-0 Frazier: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 35-28 vs. Saints W 21-14 vs. Cardinals
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Buccaneers 24 at Vikings 20. Tampa Bay RB LeGarrette Blount rushes for 2 TDs, including game-winning TD run with 31 seconds remaining as Bucs overcome 17-0 deficit.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/18/11
BROADCAST NFLN (7:00 PM CT): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Rocky Boiman (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (TB), 93 (Min.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (TB), 226 (Min.).
PASSING Freeman: 104-187-11-5-91.2 Ponder: 152-227-1,492-9-6-87.5
RUSHING Martin (R): 100-408-4.1-2 Peterson: 136-652 (T3L)-4.8-3
RECEIVING Jackson: 27-586 (3C)-21.7-5 (T3C) Harvin: 53 (1C)-577-10.9-2
OFFENSE 346.7 335.7
TAKE/GIVE +4 -1
DEFENSE 399.0 319.7
SACKS Bennett: 4 J. Allen: 6
INTs Barber: 3 Winfield: 2
PUNTING Koenen: 44.1 Kluwe: 44.9
KICKING Barth: 46 (16/16 PAT; 10/12 FG) Walsh (R): 63 (2C) (15/15 PAT; 16/17 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN won only career start vs. Min., passing for 243 yards, 1 TD & 91.2 rating. When he has 95+ rating, Bucs are 11-5 (.689). Passed for 3 TDs & 115.2 rating with career-high 420 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 3 TD passes…RB DOUG MARTIN is 2nd among NFL rookie RBs with 408 rush yards. Had 85 rush yards & TD vs. NO. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT tied career high with 2 rush TDs in last meeting…WR VINCENT JACKSON had 7 catches for club-record 216 yards (30.9 avg.) & TD last week. Has 4 TDs in past 3 & aims for 4th in row with TD. Since 2008, Jackson avg. 18.4 yards per catch (228 rec., 4,205 yards), best in NFL (min. 100 catches). WR TIQUAN UNDERWOOD scored 1st career TD last week (13-yard catch). WR ARRELIOUS BENN had 25-yard TD catch in last meeting…Club’s rushing defense is 3rd in NFL (76 yards per game). DB RONDE BARBER is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (46). Aims for 3rd in row with INT…

VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER has 2 TD passes in 4 of past 6. Aims for 5th win in row at home…Since 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads league with 7,404 rush yards & 67 rush TDs. His 67 rush TDs in 1st 80 career games are 4th most in history (EMMITT SMITH, 78; JIM BROWN, 76; LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON, 73). Rushed for 120 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN & HOFer GALE SAYERS are only players in NFL history with 20+ scrimmage TDs & 5 KR-TDs in 1st 4 seasons. Harvin, Sayers & TIMMY BROWN are only players in NFL history with rush, rec. & KR TD in 3 consecutive seasons. Since Ponder’s 1st start (10/23/11), Harvin has 115 receptions, 2nd most in NFL. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3…DE JARED ALLEN has 6 sacks in past 5 & aims for 6th in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. Has 38 sacks in past 32. Since entering NFL in 2004, Allen has NFL-best 111 sacks. DE BRIAN ROBISON had career-high 3 sacks last week.

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012

CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-5) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-1)

  PANTHERS BEARS
SERIES LEADER   4-2
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 0-1 Smith: 3-2
LAST WEEK L 19-14 vs. Cowboys W 13-7 vs. Lions
LAST GAME 10/2/11: Panthers 29 at Bears 34. Chicago CB DJ Moore returns 20-yard INT for TD & PR-WR Devin Hester returns punt 69 yards for TD for his 11th career PR-TD, most all-time.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/2/11
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 148 (Car.), 112 (Chi.). XM: 231 (Chi.).
PASSING Newton: 101-173-1,387-5-6-79.3 Cutler: 106-187-8-7-78.3
RUSHING Newton (QB): 46-273-5.9-3 Forté: 80-366-4.6-1
RECEIVING S. Smith: 28-471-16.8-0 Marshall: 41-577-14.1-4
OFFENSE 335.5 337.8
TAKE/GIVE -6 +13 (1L)
DEFENSE 366.2 299.3
SACKS D. Edwards, C. Johnson: 3.5 Melton: 4.5
INTs 5 tied: 1 Jennings: 4 (T1L)
PUNTING Nortman: 43.4 Podlesh: 42.1
KICKING Medlock: 20 (14/14 PAT: 2/2 FG) Gould: 54 (18/18 PAT; 12/13 FG)

PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON had 374 pass yards & 3 TDs (2 rush, pass) in only career meeting. Has 11 rush TDs in 10 career road games…In 3 career games vs. Bears, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS averages 5 yards per carry (33 att., 164 yards). When RB JONATHAN STEWART has 15+ att., Panthers are 14-3 (.824)…In 3 career meetings, WR STEVE SMITH has 26 catches for 447 yards (149 per game), including career-high 14 rec. on 11/20/05. TE GREG OLSEN spent 4 seasons with Bears (2007-2010). In only meeting, had 5 catches for 50 yards & TD…LB JON BEASON aims for 3rd in row vs. Bears with 10+ tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 20.5 sacks in past 28. Had sack in last meeting. Rookie LB LUKE KUECHLY leads team with 51 tackles. DT DWAN EDWARDS has career-high 3.5 sacks. S CHARLES GODFREY aims for 3rd in row vs. Bears with INT. DE GREG HARDY has sack in 2 of past 3. Rookie DE FRANK ALEXANDER is tied for 2nd among NFC rookies with 2.5 sacks…

BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 7 consecutive home starts. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 25-0…In 3 career meetings, RB MATT FORTÉ has 463 rush yards (154.3 per game) & 3 TDs, including career-high 205 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row with 150+ rush yards vs. Car…In past 3, WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 25 catches for 363 yards (121 per game) & 3 TDs. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Since 2007, has 515 catches, 3rd most in NFL. WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER had 69-yard PR-TD in last meeting. Incl. playoffs, has 19 total return TDs (12 PR, 6 KR, 1 missed FG), tied with HOFer DEION SANDERS for most in history…LB LANCE BRIGGS & CB CHARLES TILLMAN are 1st teammates to each have INT-TD in consecutive games (Weeks 4 & 5). Tillman (7) & Briggs (5) have most INT-TDs in team history. CB TIM JENNINGS has 5 INTs in past 7. DE JULIUS PEPPERS played 8 seasons with Car. & was team’s 1st round pick (No. 2 overall) in 2002. S MAJOR WRIGHT has 3 INTs in past 4, incl. INT-TD. CB D.J. MOORE has INT in 2 of past 3. Had 20-yard INT-TD in last meeting.

 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-6)

  CHARGERS BROWNS
SERIES LEADER 14-7-1  
STREAKS Past 4 & 9 of past 11  
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 1-1 Shurmur: 0-0
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6: L 35-24 vs. Broncos) L 17-13 at Colts
LAST GAME 12/6/09: Chargers 30 at Browns 23. San Diego QB Philip Rivers throws for 373 yards & 2 TDs (66-yard TD to RB Mike Tolbert & 31-yard TD to RB Darren Sproles) in road victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/09
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 134 (SD), 104 (Cle.). XM: 233 (Cle.).
PASSING Rivers: 139-209-1,492-10-9-85.3 Weeden (R): 154-272-1,783-9-10-72.3
RUSHING Mathews: 58-259-4.5-1 Richardson (R): 103-348-3.4-4 (T3C)
RECEIVING Floyd: 25-418-16.7-1 Richardson (R) (RB): 24-197-8.2-1
OFFENSE 330.2 324.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 +2
DEFENSE 339.3 410.6
SACKS Phillips: 4.5 D. Jackson: 3
INTs 3 tied: 2 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 49.9 (2C) Hodges: 43.5
KICKING Novak: 25 (10/10 PAT; 5/6 FG) Dawson: 51 (15/15 PAT; 12/12 FG)

CHARGERSSeek 5th straight win vs. Browns…In career vs. Browns, QB PHILIP RIVERS is 2-0 & has completed 37 of 53 passes (69.8 pct.) for 584 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 118.8 rating. Is 40-8 (.833) as starter when posting 100+ rating. Since ’06, Rivers ranks 2nd in NFL with 25,629 passing yards (DREW BREES, 30,491).…RB RYAN MATHEWS is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on road in ’12 (26 att., 141 yards)…TE ANTONIO GATES posted 2 TD rec. last game & Chargers are 13-2 (.867) in such games in his career. Gates (78) trails only HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (81) for most rec. TD in team history. Gates had career-high 167 rec. yards at Cle. on 12/6/09. Registered career-long 72-yard TD catch at Cle. on 12/19/04…WR MALCOM FLOYD has 2 games with 100+ rec. yards (109, 108) in ’12. WR ROBERT MEACHEM averages 23.2 yards per catch on road in ’12. Against Cle. on 11/6/08 (w/ Den.), WR EDDIE ROYAL had career-high 164 rec. yards, incl. career-long 93-yard TD catch…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS has 2 sacks in 2 games vs. Cle. Phillips (64.5) has 3rd-most sacks by Charger (LESLIE O’NEAL, 105.5; LEE WILLIAMS, 65.5)…Since ’11, S ERIC WEDDLE leads NFL with 9 INTs…

BROWNSRookie QB BRANDON WEEDEN leads NFL rookies with 9 TD passes. In past 2, Weeden has passed for 495 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 94.6 passer rating. Aims for 4th straight game 2 TD passes…Rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON leads AFC rookies with 348 rush yards. Richardson has 4 rush TDs in past 6 games. RB MONTARIO HARDESTY had rush TD in last home game…WR JOSH GORDON is 1st Browns rookie with TD catch in 3 straight games since 2002 (ANDRE’ DAVIS). In past 3, Gordon has 7 catches for 240 yards (34.3 avg.) with 4 TDs. Leads NFL rookies in receiving yards (333). Averages 23.8 yards per catch (14 rec., 333 yards). WR GREG LITTLE tied career-high with 6 rec. last week…Browns have AFC-best 10 INTs this season…LB D’QWELL JACKSON has team-high 46 tackles in ’12…Since entering NFL in ’10, CB JOE HADEN leads team with 8 INTs…CB SHELDON BROWN had team-high 10 tackles, sack, FF & FR last week…PR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS is 3rd in NFL with 14.3 PR avg. in ’12.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (4-3) AT DETROIT LIONS (2-4)

  SEAHAWKS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 7-4  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 0-1 Schwartz: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 13-6 at 49ers L 13-7 at Bears
LAST GAME 11/8/09: Lions 20 at Seahawks 32. Seattle overcomes 17-0 1st quarter deficit as Seahawks defense intercepts Detroit 5 times, including CB Josh Wilson’s 61-yard INT-TD to seal win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/10/06: Seahawks 9, Lions 6.  Seattle K Josh Brown kicks 3 FGs (20, 51, 42), including 42-yard game winner as time expires giving defending NFC champions win on Kickoff Wkd.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139(Sea.), 93 (Det.). XM: 226 (Det.).
PASSING Wilson (R): 104-175-1,230-8-7-79.5 Stafford: 164-264-1,754-5-6-78.4
RUSHING Lynch: 147-652 (T3L)-4.4-2 Leshoure: 66-259-3.9-1
RECEIVING Rice: 22-312-14.2-2 Johnson: 38-592 (2C)-15.6-1
OFFENSE 293.6 406.3
TAKE/GIVE -1 -5
DEFENSE 297.3 (3C) 319.3
SACKS Clemons: 7 (T3L) Vanden Bosch: 4.5
INTs Sherman: 3 Delmas, Houston: 1
PUNTING Ryan: 50.4 (3L) Harris: 40.9
KICKING Hauschka: 50 (11/11 PAT; 13/15 FG) Hanson: 59 (11/11 PAT; 16/17 FG)

SEAHAWKSRookie QB RUSSELL WILSON has won 4 of past 6 starts. Leads NFL rookie QBs in wins as starter (4) & ranks 2nd in rush yards (119)…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH is tied for 2nd in NFC with 652 rush yards. Has 85+ rush yards in 14 of past 16. Since Nov. 2011, leads NFL with 1,593 rush yards. Rushed for 103 yards last week. RB-PR-KR LEON WASHINGTON ranks 2nd in NFC with 31.7 KR avg. Rushed for career-high 129 yards & 2 TDs in only game vs. Det. (10/22/06 with Jets)…WR SIDNEY RICE had career-high 201 rec. yards on 7 catches (28.7 avg.) in last meeting. WR GOLDEN TATE has 3 TD catches in past 5…Rush defense (85 yards per game) ranks 3rd in NFC. DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 13 sacks in past 14. Rookie DE BRUCE IRVIN leads NFC rookies with 4.5 sacks. Rookie DE GREG SCRUGGS had 1st career sack last week. CB MARCUS TRUFANT had INT in last meeting. DE JASON JONES has sack in 2 of past 3 on road…

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has won 4 of past 6 home starts with 12 TD passes in those 6. Aims for 4th 300-yard game in row at home. Has 9,594 career pass yards & needs 406 to reach 10,000…RB MIKEL LE SHOURE has 374 scrimmage yards (93.5 per game) in 4 career starts. RB JOIQUE BELL is 2nd among NFC RBs with 194 receiving yards…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 100+ receiving yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Since 2011, has 2,273 rec. yards, most in NFL & his 103.3 yards per game avg. during span ranks 1st. Since 2008, has 46 TD catches, most in NFL. Since 2010, TE BRANDON PETTIGREW is 3rd among TEs with 185 catches. Had 7 catches for 70 yards (10 avg.) & TD in last meeting. Rookie WR RYAN BROYLES had 1st 3 career catches vs. Bears, including 12-yard TD…DE KYLE VANDEN BOSCH had 2 sacks last week. Has 4.5 sacks in past 5. CLIFF AVRIL is 1 of 2 NFC players with 14+ sacks (14.5) & 6+ FFs (6) since 2011. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 17.5 sacks, tied for most by NFL DT. Rookie CB JONTE GREEN had 1st career sack last week. S LOUIS DELMAS had INT in last meeting.

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-3)

  JAGUARS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 2-2  
STREAKS Past 2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mularkey: 0-0 McCarthy: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 26-23 (OT) at Raiders W 30-20 at Rams
LAST GAME 12/14/08: Packers 16 at Jaguars 20. Jacksonville WR Dennis Northcutt has 5 rec. for 127 yards & TD as Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew adds 2 4th-quarter TDs (rush, rec.) in win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/19/04: Jaguars 28, Packers 25. Jacksonville WR Jimmy Smith catches 2 TD passes from QB Byron Leftwich as Jaguars RB Fred Taylor rushes for 165 yards on 22 carries (7.5 avg.).
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 138 (Jax.), 92 (GB). XM: 225 (GB).
PASSING Gabbert: 88-158-906-6-3-77.1OR

Henne: 11-22-94-0-0-61.6

Rodgers: 183-262-1,979 (3C)-19 (1L)-4-109.6 (1L)
RUSHING Jennings: 34-90-2.6-1 Green: 54-165-3.1-0
RECEIVING Lewis (TE): 17-136-8.0-2 Nelson: 40-532-13.3-5 (T3C)
OFFENSE 235.8 359.9
TAKE/GIVE 0 +3
DEFENSE 411.8 342.3
SACKS Knighton: 2 Matthews: 9 (1C)
INTs Cox: 2 Hayward (R): 4 (T1L)
PUNTING Anger (R): 49.3 (3C) Masthay: 44.8
KICKING Scobee: 38 (5/6 PAT; 11/11 FG) Crosby: 44 (20/20 PAT; 8/11 FG)

JAGUARSClub will make 2nd appearance at Lambeau Field…On road in ’12, QB BLAINE GABBERT has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 98.4 passer rating. Has 135.6 rating on road in 4th quarter this season.QB CHAD HENNE posted 2 TDs vs. 1 INT & 82.3 rating in only start vs. GB on 10/17/10 (w/ Mia.)…RB RASHAD JENNINGS totaled career-best 102 scrimmage yards last week (58 rec., 44 rush)…TE MARCEDES LEWIS has 19 career TD rec., most by TE in club history…WR CECIL SHORTS posted 3rd TD rec. of season last week. Averages 23.7 yards per catch in ’12 (12 rec., 284 yards)…CB RASHEAN MATHIS has franchise-record 30 career INTs. CB DEREK COX has INT in each of past 2…DE JEREMY MINCEY registered 1st sack of season last week…LB PAUL POSLUSZNYleads team with 51 tackles…

PACKERSIn past 2, QB AARON RODGERS has completed 54 of 74 passes (73 percent) for 680 yards with 9 TDs & 0 INTs for 140.8 rating. Threw 150th career TD in 76th career game (now has 151), 2nd-fewest games of any player in NFL history to reach mark (DAN MARINO, 62). Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating. Packers are 35-7 (.833) when he starts & has 100+ rating…RB ALEX GREEN aims for 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards…WR JAMES JONES had 4 rec. for 132 yards (33 avg.) in only meeting. Leads teams with 7 TDs & needs 1 more for career high (7 in 2011). WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB is only player in NFL with 400+ KR (409), 400+ receiving (435), 150+ PR (165) & 50+ rush (67) yards. Had 8 catches for 89 yards & career-high 2 TD last week. WR JORDY NELSON has 5 TDs in past 4…Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS leads NFL with 15 INTs. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has sack in 5 of past 7. Leads NFC with 9 sacks & needs 1 more for 3rd career 10+ sack season (10 in 2009; 13.5 in 2010). Rookie CB CASEY HAYWARD has 4 INTs in past 3 & aims for 4th in row with INT. Tied for 1st in NFL & leads all rookies with 4 INTs.

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (3-4)

  DOLPHINS JETS
SERIES LEADER   49-43-1
STREAKS 5 of past 8  
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-1 Ryan: 3-4
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6: W 17-14 vs. Rams) L 29-26 (OT) at Patriots
LAST GAME 9/23/12: Jets 23 at Dolphins 20 (OT). New York WR Santonio Holmes has 9 catches for 147 yards & S LaRon Landry adds 18-yard INT-TD return as Jets K Nick Folk makes FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/11: Jets 24, Dolphins 6. New York CB Darrelle Revis has 100-yard INT-TD return as QB Mark Sanchez adds TD run & TD pass to WR Santonio Holmes in Monday night win.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. Dial Global Radio: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 91 (NYJ). XM: 228 (NYJ).
PASSING Tannehill (R): 118-198-1,454-4-6-76.5 Sanchez: 116-218-1,453-9-7-74.6
RUSHING Bush: 98-434-4.4-3 Greene: 124-432-3.5-5 (T3L)
RECEIVING Hartline: 29-514-17.7-1 Kerley: 25-435-17.4-2
OFFENSE 343.2 310.9
TAKE/GIVE -3 0
DEFENSE 363.0 362.9
SACKS Wake: 6.5 (3C) Coples (R), McIntyre: 2
INTs S. Smith, Jones: 2 Cromartie: 3 (T1C)
PUNTING Fields: 51.0 (1C) Malone: 47.1
KICKING Carpenter: 34 (13/13 PAT; 7/11 FG) Folk: 51 (18/18 PAT; 11/11 FG)

DOLPHINSClub has won 3 of past 4 at NYJ…Dolphins seek 3rd consecutive win…QB RYAN TANNEHILL is averaging 327 yards per game in past 2 on road (654 total). In past 2, Tannehill has completed 38 of 55 passes (69.1 pct.) for 408 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 102.7 passer rating…For career, RB REGGIE BUSH is averaging 6.5 yards per carry (26 att., 169 yards) vs. NYJ. Bush averages 86.3 rush yards per game vs. AFC East as Dolphin (518 total)…WR BRIAN HARTLINE (514) needs 102 rec. yards to surpass career-high of 615 receiving yards in ’10. Hartline averages 17.7 yards per catch (29 rec., 514 yards). WR MARLON MOORE had 29-yard TD catch last week, 1st of season…TE ANTHONY FASANO has 4 career TD rec. vs. Jets…Defense allows 78.2 rush yards per game in ’12, 2nd-lowest in AFC…DE CAMERON WAKE has 6.5 sacks in past 3 games. Rookie DE OLIVIER VERNON had career-best 2 sacks last game…DT RANDY STARKS has 2 sacks in past 2 vs. NYJ…CB SEAN SMITH has team-high 9 passes defensed. S CHRIS CLEMONS & CB RICHARD MARSHALL each had INT in last game vs. Jets…

JETSClub has averaged 41.5 points per game in 2 wins at home in ’12…QB MARK SANCHEZ posted 7th 300-yard passing game of career last week (328). Club has 9-2 record when Sanchez has 100+ rating. Since ’11, QB TIM TEBOWleads AFC QBs with 736 rush yards…Jets are averaging 179 rush yards per game in past 2…RB SHONN GREENE has 4 rush TDs in past 2 games. Club is 5-0 when Greene has 100+ rush yards…WR JEREMY KERLEY had career-best in rec. (7) & rec. yards (120) last week. Had 2 catches for 73 yards (36.5 avg.) with TD in last game vs. Mia. Averages 17.4 yards per catch in ’12 (25 rec., 435 yards)…TE DUSTIN KELLER tied career-best with 2 TD rec. vs. Dolphins on 9/26/10. Keller posted season-best 7 receptions last week…Since 2007, CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE is tied for 4th in NFL with 25 INTs…S LA RON LANDRY had 18-yard INT-TD return in last game vs. Dolphins…LB CALVIN PACE has 3 sacks in past 2 at home vs. Mia.

 

ATLANTA FALCONS (6-0) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-3)

  FALCONS EAGLES
SERIES LEADER   15-11-1
STREAKS   6 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 1-3 Reid: 8-2
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6 W 23-20 vs. Raiders) Bye (Wk. 6 L 26-23 vs. Lions)
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Eagles 31 at Falcons 35. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws 4 TDs & RB Michael Turner rushes for 114 yards & TD as Falcons overcome 10 point 4th-quarter deficit on Sunday night.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/10: Eagles 31, Falcons 17. Philadelphia WR DeSean Jackson scores 2 1st-quarter TDs (31-yard run, 34-yard reception) as Eagles race to early 14-0 lead en route to victory.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 106 (Atl.), 86 (Phi.). XM: 229 (Phi.).
PASSING Ryan: 160-236-1,756-14 (3C)-6-98.8 (3C) Vick: 136-231-1,632-8-8-77.7
RUSHING Turner: 84-357-4.3-3 McCoy: 111-459-4.1-1
RECEIVING Gonzalez (TE): 43 (3C)-430-10.0-4 D. Jackson: 29-465-16.0-1
OFFENSE 361.3 379.0
TAKE/GIVE +10 (2L) -9
DEFENSE 367.2 330.8
SACKS Abraham: 6 Babin: 2.5
INTs DeCoud: 4 (T1L) Rodgers-Cromartie: 3
PUNTING Bosher: 46.9 McBriar: 49.3
KICKING Bryant: 57 (18/18 PAT; 13/14 FG) Henery: 43 (10/10 PAT; 11/12 FG)

FALCONSAre 6-0 for 1st time in team history…In past 5 on road, QB MATT RYAN has completed 143 of 213 passes (67.1 pct.) for 1,612 yards with 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 106 rating. In career, Falcons are 27-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating (4-0 in 2012). When Ryan has 3+ TD passes, team is 14-0 (3-0 in 2012)…RB MICHAEL TURNER rushed for 114 yards & TD in last meeting. When he has 23+ att., his teams are 21-1 (.955)…In past 4 vs. Phi, WR RODDY WHITE has 26 rec. for 323 yards & 4 TDs. Since 2007, has 508 rec., most in NFC. In 10 career road games, WR JULIO JONES has 61 catches for 1,013 yards (101.3 per game) & 9 TDs. Aims for 6th road game in row with TD. Has 7 rec. TDs in past 5 road games. TE TONY GONZALEZ had 7 rec. for 83 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 99 rec. TDs & needs 1 for 100. Leads NFL TEs with 43 catches in ’12…DE JOHN ABRAHAM had 3 sacks vs. Oak. & has 10.5 sacks in past 9 overall. Has 118 sacks, most by active player. CB ASANTE SAMUEL had 79-yard INT-TD vs. Oak, 1st INT w/ Atl. S THOMAS DE COUD has tied career high with 4 INTs…

EAGLESHave won 4 of past 5 at home…QB MICHAEL VICK was drafted No. 1 overall by Falcons in 2001 & spent 6 seasons with club (2001-2006) &. In only start vs. Atl., passed for 242 yards & 2 TDs with 103.6 rating. Since 2010, is only NFL player with 7,500+ pass (7,953) & 1,000+ rush (1,470) yards…RB LE SEAN MC COY had 116 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 21 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last mtg. Eagles are 10-1 when McCoy rushes for 100+ yards. In past 8 at home, has rushed for 696 yards (87 per game) & 9 TDs…In 3 career games vs. Atl., WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON has 2 TDs (34-yard catch, 31-yard run). Incl. playoffs, has 31 TDs (24 rec., 4 PR, 3 rush) & avg. 44.5 yards per TD (1,380 yards). In 3 career meetings, WR JEREMY MACLIN has 24 rec. for 413 yards (137.7 per game) & 4 TDs. Has 100+ yards or TD in 5 of past 7 overall…DE JASON BABIN has 10.5 sacks in past 11. DE TRENT COLE has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. Atl. Since ’06, has 64.5 sacks, tied for 3rd most in NFL. CB NNAMDI ASOMUGHA had INT in last mtg.

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-4) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3)

  REDSKINS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER 42-31-3  
STREAKS   6 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Shanahan: 4-2 Tomlin: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 27-23 at Giants W 24-17 at Bengals
LAST GAME 11/3/08: Steelers 23 at Redskins 6. Pittsburgh QB Byron Leftwich throws 5-yard TD pass to WR Santonio Holmes as Steelers defense forces 2 INTs & allows only 221 total yards in win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/04: Steelers 16, Redskins 7.  Pittsburgh RB Jerome Bettis rushes for 100 yards & 1 TD & Jeff Reed adds 3 FGs as Steelers win 9th consecutive game.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (Was.), 94 (Pit.). XM: 227 (Pit.).
PASSING Griffin III (R): 133-189-1,601-7-3-101.8 (3L) Roethlisberger: 155-235-1,765-11-3-98.6 (2C)
RUSHING Morris (R): 138-658 (1C)-4.8-5 (T3L) Dwyer: 41-192-4.7-0
RECEIVING Hankerson: 22-277-12.6-1 A. Brown: 36-442-12.3-1
OFFENSE 406.3 (3C) 372.3
TAKE/GIVE +7 +1
DEFENSE 413.7 277.3 (1C)
SACKS Kerrigan: 3.5 Worilds: 3
INTs Hall, R. Jackson: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Rocca: 44.2 Butler (R): 42.9
KICKING Forbath: 19 (7/7 PAT; 4/4 FG) Suisham: 54 (12/12 PAT; 14/15 FG)

REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III leads NFL with 70.4 comp. pct. & ranks 3rd with 101.8 rating, best mark among rookies. Is 1st among NFL QBs with 468 rush yards & 6 TDs. His 6 rush TDs are 2nd most by any player…Rookie RB ALFRED MORRIS leads NFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 658 rush yards. Had career-high 120 rush yards last week, 3rd 100+ yard rush game of past 4. Is 2nd in NFC with 5 rush TDs. Redskins are only team with 2 players (Griffin, Morris) with 5+ rush TDs each…WR SANTANA MOSS had season-high 2 TD catches last week & has 4 TDs in past 5 overall. WR PIERRE GARCON avg. 19.1 yards per catch. TE LOGAN PAULSEN had career highs in catches (4) & rec. yards (76) vs. NYG…LB RYAN KERRIGAN has sack in 3 of past 4 on road. Had 2 sacks & 2 FF in last road game vs. AFC. LB LONDON FLETCHER aims for 3rd meeting in row with 8+ tackles. LB ROB JACKSON had INT & half-sack last week. Is 1 of 3 NFL LBs with 2+ INTs (2) & INT-TD in 2012…

STEELERSClub is 15-6 (.714) vs. NFC under MIKE TOMLIN…Steelers aim for 9th straight win at home vs. NFC…Pit. has won past 3 at home vs. Redskins…Have NFL-best 53.8 pct. 3rd-down conversion rate…For career, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 2-0 vs. Redskins. Roethlisberger is 14-1 (.933) at home vs. NFC…For career, RB RASHARD MENDENHALL averages 5.1 yards per carry vs. NFC. RB JONATHAN DWYER had career-high 122 rush yards on 17 att. (7.2 avg.) last week…WR MIKE WALLACE has 9 TD rec. in 13 career games vs. NFC. WR ANTONIO BROWNhad season-high 96 rec. yards in Week 7…TE HEATH MILLER has 5 TD rec. in ’12, tied for most among NFL TEs…LB LA MARR WOODLEY posted 1st INT of season last week. Had 2 sacks in only career game vs. Was. (11/3/08). LB JAMES HARRISON (59) needs 1.5 sacks to surpass KEITH WILLIS (59) & JOEY PORTER (60) for 2nd-most sacks in Pit. history…S RYAN CLARK spent 2 seasons (2004-05) w/ Redskins.

 

NFL INTERNATIONAL SERIES, WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON, ENGLAND

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4-3) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (3-4)

  PATRIOTS RAMS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5  
STREAKS Past 2 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 4-1 Fisher: 1-5
LAST WEEK W 29-26 (OT) vs. Jets L 30-20 vs. Packers
LAST GAME 10/26/08: Rams 16 at Patriots 23. New England RB Kevin Faulk compiles 107 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 47 rec.) & catches game-winning 15-yard TD pass from QB Matt Cassel.
LAST GAME AT SITE
BROADCAST CBS (6:00 PM GMT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 107 (NE), 128 (StL.). XM: 230 (StL.).
PASSING Brady: 186-285-2,104 (1C)-12-3-96.9 (3C) Bradford: 131-219-1,592-7-6-81.5
RUSHING Ridley: 135-589 (3C)-4.4-4 S. Jackson: 101-380-3.8-1
RECEIVING Welker: 54 (1L)-688 (1L)-12.7-2 B. Gibson: 25-335-13.4-2
OFFENSE 436.1 (1L) 315.1
TAKE/GIVE +11 (1C) 0
DEFENSE 376.0 324.4
SACKS Jones (R): 5 Quinn: 7 (T3L)
INTs McCourty, Wilson (R): 2 Finnegan: 3
PUNTING Mesko: 41.0 Hekker (R): 49.0 (3C)
KICKING Gostkowski: 71 (1C) (23/23 PAT; 16/19 FG) Zuerlein (R): 60 (3C) (9/9 PAT; 17/20 FG)

SIXTH OVERSEAS NFL regular-season game…

PATRIOTSPlay 2nd International Series game in London (35-7 win vs. TB in ’09)…Average NFL-best in pts per game (31) & yards per game (436.1)…NE is 38-12 (.760) vs. NFC under BILL BELICHICKQB TOM BRADY has 34-8 (.809) career record vs. NFC. Has thrown TD pass in 39 consec. games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. Brady (49) needs 300-yard passing game to surpass HOFer WARREN MOON (49) for 7th-most all-time. Passed for 308 yards w/ 3 TDs & 107.3 rating in last game in London. RB STEVAN RIDLEY has 3 100-yard rush games in ’12 (125, 106, 151). WR WES WELKER has 16 career games with 10+ rec., tied for 2nd-most in NFL history (JERRY RICE, 17; MARVIN HARRISON, 16). Had 10 catches for 107 yards with TD in London vs. TB. WR BRANDON LLOYD played in 11 games w/Rams last season. Had 7 rec. for 169 yards with TD in London on 10/31/10 vs. SF (w/ Den.)…TE ROB GRONKOWSKIhas 32 career TD rec., most by TE in 1st 3 seasons…Rookie DE CHANDLER JONES leads NFL rookies with 5 sacks…Rookie LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER has 2 sacks in past 2…

RAMSPlay 1st international regular-season game…QB SAM BRADFORD has TD pass or 300+ pass yards in 6 of 7 career vs. AFC. Has won 3 of past 4 home starts…In past 4 games vs. AFC, RB STEVEN JACKSON has 501 scrimmage yards (125.3 per game), incl. 354 rush yards (88.5 per game). Rookie RB DARYL RICHARDSON is 3rd among NFC rookie RBs with 282 rush yards. Had career-highs in catches (3) & rec. yards (43) last week…Rookie WR CHRIS GIVENS aims for 5th in row with 50+ yard catch. Is 1st rookie with 50+ yard catch in 4 consecutive games since WILLIE GAULT in 1983. Averages 27 yards per catch (270 yards, 10 rec.)…DE ROBERT QUINN has 6 sacks in past 4 at home, incl. career-high 3 vs. Cardinals. Has 7 sacks in past 7. DE CHRIS LONG has 4 sacks in past 5. Had 2 sacks in only meeting. Rookie DT MICHAEL BROCKERS had 1st career sack last week. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is 1 of 2 NFC players (PATRICK WILLIS) with 8+ sacks (8.5) & 5+ INTs (5) since 2009. Leads team with 69 tackles & has 9+ tackles in 6 of 7 games.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-4)

  COLTS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 21-13  
STREAKS 14 of past 18  
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 0-0 Munchak: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 17-13 vs. Browns W 35-34 at Bills
LAST GAME 12/18/11: Titans 13 at Colts 27. Indianapolis RB Donald Brown rushes for 161 yards, including 80-yard TD & CB Jacob Lacey has 32-yard INT-TD return as Colts win at home.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/30/11: Titans 27, Colts 10. Tennessee WR Nate Washington rushes for TD & catches 14-yard TD from QB Matt Hasselbeck as Titans score 20 points in 1st half.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 137 (Ind.), 113 (Ten.). XM: 232 (Ten.).
PASSING Luck (R): 134-250-1,674-7-7-72.3 Hasselbeck: 96-156-931-5-4-78.2
RUSHING D. Brown: 60-239-4.0-1 C. Johnson: 110-496-4.5-2
RECEIVING Wayne: 47 (2C)-666 (2L)-14.2-2 Wright (R): 36-304-8.4-2
OFFENSE 359.0 324.9
TAKE/GIVE -9 -4
DEFENSE 352.3 416.1
SACKS Mathis: 5 3 tied: 2
INTs Freeman, Powers: 1 McCourty: 2
PUNTING McAfee: 48.3 Kern: 47.8
KICKING Vinatieri: 43 (10/10 PAT; 11/14 FG) Bironas: 47 (17/17 PAT; 10/12 FG)

COLTSHave won 6 of past 9 at Ten…QB ANDREW LUCK is 1st rookie QB with 1,500 passing yards (1,674) & 3 wins in a team’s 1st 6 games in NFL history. Averages 279 passing yards per game, most among rookie QBs. Luck is 1 of 3 rookies in NFL history with at least 3 300-yard passing games (PEYTON MANNING, 4 in ’98 & CAM NEWTON, 3 in ’11). Leads AFC QBs in rush yards (115) & rush TDs (3)…RB DONALD BROWN had career-best 161 rush yards on 16 att. (10.1 avg.), incl. career-long 80-yard rush TD in last game vs. Titans. Rookie RB VICK BALLARD had career-best 84 rush yards last week…WR REGGIE WAYNE averages AFC-best 111 rec. yards per game in ’12 (666 rec. yards in 6 games). Wayne (47) needs 3 rec. to reach 50 for 10th straight season. WR T.Y. HILTON is only rookie WR with 100-yard rec. game (113) in ’12…Rookie TEs DWAYNE ALLEN (13 rec., 118 yards) & COBY FLEENER (19 rec., 198 yards) have combined for 32 rec. for 316 rec. yards…LB DWIGHT FREENEY has 13 career sacks vs. Titans, 2nd-most against any opponent…

TITANSIn 3 career starts vs. Colts, QB MATT HASSELBECK has 90.5 rating. Posted 80th career win as starter last week. Hasselbeck (199) needs TD to reach 200 career. In only career meeting vs. Ind., QB JAKE LOCKER completed 11 of 16 passes (68.8 pct.) for 108 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs & 108.3 passer rating…RB CHRIS JOHNSON posted 4th career game with 190+ rush yards last week (195), most among active players. Has 4 career rush TDs of 80+ yards, most in NFL history. For career, Johnson averages 84 rush yards per game vs. AFC South (2,017 in 24 games). Has 30 career 100-yard rush games & Titans are 22-8 (.733) in such games. Since ’08, Johnson leads NFL with 6,141 rush yards…WR NATE WASHINGTON had game-winning 15-yard TD rec. last week. WR KENDALL WRIGHT leads NFL rookies in rec. (36)…TE JARED COOK had career-best 9 rec. in last meeting vs. Ind. w/ 103 rec. yards…CB JASON MC COURTY aims for 3rd straight game with INT…DE KAMERION WIMBLEY had sack & FF last week.

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-4) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-5)

  RAIDERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   53-48-2
STREAKS 6 of past 9  
COACHES VS. OPP. Allen: 0-0 Crennel: 2-2
LAST WEEK W 26-23 (OT) vs. Jaguars Bye (Wk. 6: L 38-10 at Buccaneers)
LAST GAME 12/24/11: Raiders 16 at Chiefs 13 (OT). Oakland WR Denarius Moore catches 61-yard TD pass from QB Carson Palmer & K Sebastian Janikowski kicks game-winning FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/24/11
BROADCAST CBS (3:05 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 94 (Oak.), 93 (KC). XM: 226 (KC).
PASSING Palmer: 148-241-1,732-7-4-86.0 Quinn: 24-40-212-0-2-53.3
RUSHING McFadden: 103-324-3.1-2 Charles: 115-591 (2C)-5.1-2
RECEIVING Myers (TE): 28-334-11.9-0 Bowe: 34-427-12.6-3
OFFENSE 350.0 378.7 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE -2 -15
DEFENSE 356.8 349.5
SACKS Shaughnessy: 2.5 Houston: 6
INTs 3 tied: 1 Flowers: 2
PUNTING Lechler: 48.2 Colquitt: 45.9
KICKING Janikowski: 51 (9/9 PAT; 14/15 FG) Succop: 42 (9/9 PAT; 11/12 FG)

RAIDERSAim for 6th consecutive win at Arrowhead…In 6 starts vs. AFC West (w/Raiders), QB CARSON PALMER has 1,784 passing yards (297.3 avg. per game) with 9 TDs & 91.2 rating. In past 2, Palmer is averaging 325.5 pass yards per game (651). Palmer (174) needs TD pass to reach 175 career. Is 3-2 as starter vs. KC…In 2 career games at KC, RB DARREN MC FADDEN averages 6 yards per carry (33 att., 199 yards). Raiders are 8-2 when he has 100+ rush yards…WR DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY averages 18.1 yards per catch vs. KC. Had season-best 85 rec. yards last week.WR DENARIUS MOORE had 4 rec. for 94 yards (23.5 avg.) with TD in last game at KC. Moore (941) needs 59 rec. yards to reach 1,000 career. For career, avg. 17.4 yards per catch (54 rec., 941 yards)…TE BRANDON MYERS had career-high 7 rec. last week…DE LAMARR HOUSTON had 8 tackles, sack & FF in Week 7…Rookie LB MILES BURRIS posted 1st sack of career last week…DT TOMMY KELLY has 6 career sacks vs. Chiefs, most against any opponent…S MICHAEL HUFF has 4 career INTs vs. KC, most vs. any team…Since entering NFL in 2000, K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI leads NFL w/ 38 FGs of 50+ yards…

CHIEFS: QB MATT CASSEL tied career-best with 4 TD passes vs. Raiders on 12/14/08 (w/ NE). QB BRADY QUINN made 1st start since 12/20/09 (w/Cle.) last game…KC averages AFC-best 164 rush yards per game in ’12…In past 3, RB JAMAAL CHARLES is averaging 5.8 yards per carry vs. Raiders (42 att., 243 yards). Averages NFL-best 119.3 scrimmage yards per game in ’12 (591 rush; 125 rec.)…WR DWAYNE BOWE has 48 catches for 698 rec. yards against Oak., most vs. any opponent. Bowe (39) needs TD rec. to become 5th player in club history with 40 career…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON posted 1st INT of career last week. LB TAMBA HALI has 6 career sacks vs. Raiders. Has 4 sacks in past 3…CB BRANDON FLOWERStied career-best with 2 INTs, incl. 58-yard INT-return TD vs. Raiders on 10/23/11. CB STANFORD ROUTT spent 7 seasons (2005-11) with Oak…S ERIC BERRY had career-high 2 sacks vs. Oak. on 11/7/10…LB DERRICK JOHNSON leads club with 50 tackles.

 

NEW YORK GIANTS (5-2) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (3-3)

  GIANTS COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER   57-41-2
STREAKS 6 of past 9  
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 12-9 Garrett: 2-2
LAST WEEK W 27-23 vs. Redskins W 19-14 at Panthers
LAST GAME 9/5/12: Cowboys 24 at Giants 17. Dallas QB Tony Romo throws 3 TDs, including 2 to WR Kevin Ogletree (10, 40) as Cowboys hold Giants to 269 yards in win on NFL Kickoff 2012.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/11/11: Giants 37, Cowboys 34. New York DE Jason Pierre-Paul blocks potential game-tying FG attempt in waning seconds as Giants score 15 points in final 3:14 for comeback win.
BROADCAST FOX (3:25 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (NYG), 86 (Dal.). XM: 229 (Dal.).
PASSING Manning: 169-265-2,109 (1L)-12-7-92.5 Romo: 150-221-1,636-8-9-84.6
RUSHING Bradshaw: 104-492-4.7-4 (T3C) Murray: 75-330-4.4-1
RECEIVING Cruz: 50 (3L)-627 (1C)-12.5-7 (T1L) Bryant: 36-378-10.5-2
OFFENSE 411.6 (1C) 374.8
TAKE/GIVE +9 (3C) -7
DEFENSE 379.7 292.3 (2C)
SACKS Pierre-Paul: 4.5 Ware: 6.5
INTs S. Brown, Boley: 3 Lee, Claiborne (R): 1
PUNTING Weatherford: 45.3 Moorman: 44.0
KICKING Tynes: 77 (1L) (20/20 PAT; 19/21 FG) Bailey: 45 (9/9 PAT; 12/13 FG)

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING has won 5 of past 7 starts vs. Dal., passing for 2,209 yards (315.6 per game) with 16 TDs & 7 INTs for 100.7 rating in those 7. Is 26-5 (.839) in Oct., best in SB era (min. 20 starts). Incl. playoffs, has won 11 of past 13…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW has 359 rush yards (119.7 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3. Giants are 10-0 when he has 100+ rush yards. Aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Dal…WR VICTOR CRUZ had 77-yard TD vs. Redskins, longest game-winning TD in final 2 min of 4th quarter in club history. Has 6 TDs in past 4. Last week, tied HOMER JONESfor most 70+ yard TD catches in 1st 26 career NFL games. In 6 career games vs. Dal., WR HAKEEM NICKS has 33 catches for 504 yards (84 per game; 15.3 avg.) & 4 TDs. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT spent 4 seasons with Cowboys (2008-11). Had 9-yard TD catch in only meeting…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 3 sacks in past 2. Has 10 sacks in past 9 vs. NFC East. LB MICHAEL BOLEY had career-long 51-yard INT return in last game vs. Dal. S STEVIE BROWN had INT vs. Redskins & has INT in 3 of past 5…

COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO aims for 6th in row vs. NYG with 100+ rating & has 121.3 rating in past 5 vs. NYG. In career, when Romo starts & has 100+ rating (min. 10 att.), Cowboys are 34-8 (.810). Has 50 games with 2+ pass TDs, most in team history…RB DE MARCO MURRAY rushed for 131 yards on 20 att. (6.6 avg.) in last meeting. When he has 18+ att., Cowboys are 7-0. Has 856 rush yards (122.3 per game) in those 7 games. In last home game vs. NYG, RB FELIX JONES had 106 rush yards…WR-PR DEZ BRYANT has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 PR) in 5 games vs. NYG. Since 2007, TE JASON WITTEN has 477 catches, most of any NFL TE. WR MILES AUSTIN has TD catch or 100+ yards in 8 of past 10. In last meeting, WR KEVIN OGLETREE had career-highs in catches (8), rec. yards (114) & TDs (2)…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 3.5 sacks in past 2 vs. NYG. Has 32 sacks in past 25. Since 2006, has 98 sacks, most in NFL. Ware has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs in past 4. Rookie CB MORRIS CLAIBORNE had 1st career INT last week.

SUNDAY NIGHT

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-4) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-3)

  SAINTS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER   7-2
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Vitt: 0-0 Fox: 11-7
LAST WEEK W 35-28 at Buccaneers Bye (Wk. 6: W 35-24 at Chargers)
LAST GAME 9/21/08: Saints 32 at Broncos 34. Denver WR Brandon Marshall has 6 receptions for 155 yards & TD catch from QB Jay Cutler as LB Nate Webster adds 34-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/08
BROADCAST NBC (6:20 PM MT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (NO), 93 (Den.). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (NO), 226 (Den.).
PASSING Brees: 166-273-2,097 (3L)-18 (2L)-7-96.1 Manning: 154-227-1,808-14 (2C)-4-105.0 (1C)
RUSHING P. Thomas: 50-214-4.3-1 McGahee: 100-432-4.3-3
RECEIVING Colston: 35-517-14.8-5 (T3C) Decker: 34-441-13.0-3
OFFENSE 411.3 (3L) 384.7 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE 0 -3
DEFENSE 465.5 330.5 (3C)
SACKS Galette: 4 Miller: 6
INTs 3 tied: 1 Harris: 2
PUNTING Morstead: 51.2 (1L) Colquitt: 47.0
KICKING Hartley: 42 (21/21 PAT; 7/9 FG) Prater: 40 (19/19 PAT; 7/7 FG)

SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has TD pass in 49 consecutive games, longest streak in NFL history. Has 62 career 300-yard passing games, tied with BRETT FAVRE for 3rd most in NFL history. Has 299 career TD passes & needs 1 to tie HOFer JOHN ELWAY (300) for 6th most all-time…Since 2011, RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 118 catches. RB PIERRE THOMAS had 2 rush TDs in only meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 7 TD rec. in past 7 vs. AFC. Has TD in 6 of past 8 overall. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 5 TD rec. in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with TD. WR DEVERY HENDERSON aims for 3rd in row with 40+ yard catch. Last week, WR LANCE MOORE had 121 rec. yards & tied career high with 9 rec.…Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB.DE JUNIOR GALETTE had sack vs. TB & has 4 sacks in past 4 overall…

BRONCOSHave 17-6 (.739) record after bye…Seek 4th consecutive win vs. NO…Last game, Den. overcame 24-0 deficit & became 1st team in NFL history to win by double digits after trailing by at least 24. Totaled 79 points in 4th quarter of games in ’12, 2nd-most in NFL…QB PEYTON MANNING has 11 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 116.3 rating vs. Saints. Has 36 career games with at least 3 TD passes & 0 INTs, tied for most such games in NFL w/ BRETT FAVRE. Last game, registered his 47th career game-winning drive in 4th quarter or OT to tie HOFer DAN MARINO for most by player since ’70…In 2 games vs. NO, RB WILLIS MC GAHEE has 137 rush yards w/ TD…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 at home in ’12. WR ERIC DECKER seeks 4th straight game w/ TD. WR BRANDON STOKLEY has TD in past 2…DE ELVIS DUMERVIL has 4 sacks in past 3 games. LB VON MILLER has 17.5 sacks in 21 career games…CB CHRIS HARRIS had career-high 2 INTs vs. SD, incl. 46-yard INT-return TD. CB TONY CARTER had INT & 65-yard FR-TD last game. CB TRACY PORTER played 4 seasons w/NO (2008-11).

 

MONDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 29, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-2) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-3)

  49ERS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 24-17  
STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 1-1 Whisenhunt: 3-7
LAST WEEK W 13-6 vs. Seahawks L 21-14 at Vikings
LAST GAME 12/11/11: 49ers 19 at Cardinals 21. Arizona QB John Skelton throws TD passes to WR Early Doucet (60 yards), WR Larry Fitzgerald (46) & game-winning 3-yarder to WR Andre Roberts.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/11/11
BROADCAST ESPN (5:30 PM MST): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Suzy Kolber (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Mark Malone (Field reporter).SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (SF), 93 (Arz.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (SF), 226 (Arz.).
PASSING Ale. Smith: 127-190-1,427-9-5-93.9 J. Skelton: 41-74-456-1-3-61.5
RUSHING Gore: 103-601-5.8-4 (T3C) Stephens-Howling: 43-127-3.0-2
RECEIVING Crabtree: 34-368-10.8-1 Fitzgerald: 40-459-11.5-3
OFFENSE 376.4 293.4
TAKE/GIVE +2 +4
DEFENSE 272.3 (1L) 312.1
SACKS Ald. Smith: 5.5 Washington: 6
INTs Goldson: 2 Peterson: 3
PUNTING Lee: 47.5 Zastudil: 46.6
KICKING Akers: 57 (18/18 PAT; 13/18 FG) Feely: 46 (13/13 PAT; 11/14 FG)

49ERS: QB ALEX SMITH has won 4 of past 5 starts vs. Arz. Is 8-1 in past 9 starts vs. division. In career, SF is 13-0 when he starts & has 100+ rating. Has won 19 of past 24 starts…In past 8 games vs. Arz., RB FRANK GORE has 720 rush yards (90 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.). Since 2006, has 7,618 rush yards, 2nd most in NFL…TE VERNON DAVIS has 8 TDs in past 9 (incl. playoffs). Aims for 4th in row vs. Arz. with 25+ yard catch. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFC TEs with 34 TDs. In past 6 vs. NFC West, WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 35 catches for 481 yards (80.2 per game) & 3 TDs. WR-PR-KR TED GINN JR. had 207 total yards (100 KR, 93 PR, 14 rec.) in last meeting…Incl. playoffs, LB ALDON SMITH has 21.5 sacks in past 22. Aims for 3rd in row with sack vs. Arz. Has 6 sacks in past 6 vs. division. Since 2007, LB PATRICK WILLIS is 1 of 2 with 15+ sacks (17) & 6+ INTs (6). Has 2 sacks, 2 FF & INT in past 3 vs. Arz. DT JUSTIN SMITH has 4 sacks & 2 FF in past 3 vs. Arz. S DASHON GOLDSON aims for 3rd in row vs. Arz. with INT…

CARDINALSQB JOHN SKELTON is 6-0 at home in career as starter. Passed for 282 yards & 3 TDs with 106.5 rating in last meeting…RB LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING had career-high 104 rush yards & TD last week. RB WILLIAM POWELL rushed for career-high 70 yards (5.4 avg.) in last home game…WR LARRY FITZGERALD aims for 4th in row vs. SF with TD. Has 21 catches for 315 yards (105 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 meetings. Since 2005, leads NFL in rec. yards (9,294) & rec. TDs (68). WR ANDRE ROBERTS had 4th career 100-yard rec. game (103) & TD last week. Has 7 TDs in past 11. WR EARLY DOUCET had 60-yard TD catch in last meeting…LB DARYL WASHINGTONhas 7 sacks in past 8, including 2 vs. Vikings. Had sack in last game vs. SF. LB O’BRIEN SCHOFIELD has 4 sacks in past 5. LB SAM ACHO had 1st career INT last week. CB PATRICK PETERSONhas INT in 2 of past 3. Had 1st career sack in last meeting.

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