TheSTN – NFL: 47 And Counting – Brees Can Pass Unitas On Sunday Night

On Sunday night in New Orleans, Saints quarterback DREW BREES can make NFL history.

With a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers, his former team, Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47 games) for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass with a streak of 48 games in a row.

Comparable to JOE DI MAGGIO’s 56-game hitting streak, Unitas threw a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games from

December 9, 1956 to December 4, 1960 for the Baltimore Colts. Unitas surpassed the previous mark held by CECIL ISBELL (22 games) on November 30, 1958 and held sole possession of the record for 19,663 days before Brees tied the mark last Sunday with a three-touchdown performance at Green Bay.

Brees has thrown 114 touchdowns during his streak, 12 more than Unitas (102) did during his run. However, Unitas averaged 25.5 yards per touchdown pass while Brees has averaged 18.0 yards per TD. A look at each quarterback’s numbers during their 47-game streaks:

PLAYER

ATT

COMP

YARDS

TDs

INTs

RATING

RECORD

Johnny Unitas

1,298

697

10,645

102

61

87.6

31-16

Drew Brees

1,891

1,302

14,803

114

50

101.2

33-14

During their streaks, Unitas threw a TD pass to seven different players while Brees has connected with 15 players.

Among Unitas’ seven recipients were two Pro Football Hall of Famers (RAYMOND BERRY and LENNY MOORE) and a current NFL owner (Carolina’s JERRY RICHARDSON). Three players caught at least 25 touchdown passes from Unitas during his streak: Berry (38), Moore (27) and JIM MUTSCHELLER (25).

A breakdown of the seven players who caught a touchdown pass from Unitas during his 47-game streak:

PLAYER

TDs

  PLAYER

TDs

Raymond Berry*

38

  L.G. Dupre

3

Lenny Moore*

27

  Alex Hawkins

3

Jim Mutscheller

25

  Jerry Richardson

2

Alan Ameche

4

     

   *Pro Football Hall of Famer

Fifteen different players have caught a touchdown pass from Brees during his streak, led by wide receivers MARQUES COLSTON (22) and LANCE MOORE (20). Tight end JIMMY GRAHAM (19) and former Saints – and current Chargers – wide receiver ROBERT MEACHEM (19) have also caught at least 10 touchdowns from Brees during the streak.

A breakdown of the 15 players who caught a touchdown pass from Brees during his 47-game streak (current Saints are listed in bold/italics):

PLAYER

TDs

  PLAYER

TDs

 

PLAYER

TDs

Marques Colston

22

  Reggie Bush

4

  Pierre Thomas

3

Lance Moore

20

  Devery Henderson

4

  Darnell Dinkins

1

Jimmy Graham

19

  Jeremy Shockey

4

  Heath Evans

1

Robert Meachem

19

  Jed Collins

3

  John Gilmore

1

Darren Sproles

9

  David Thomas

3

  Joe Morgan

1

TheSTN – NHL Announces Cancellation of 2012-13 Regular-Season Schedule through Oct. 24

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24.
A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

TheSTN – NFL: Broncos-Patriots Clash Features All-Time QB Greats

Two all-star quarterbacks will be featured this Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) as four-time NFL MVP PEYTON MANNING and his Denver Broncos face the defending-AFC champion New England Patriots led by two-time NFL MVP TOM BRADY.

“You are talking about greatness on the field with two guys that have done things that nobody else has ever done at the position,” says NFL Network analyst and former NFL head coach STEVE MARIUCCI on quarterbacks Brady and Manning.

Brady, who is in his 13th NFL campaign and Manning, who is a 15-year NFL veteran, rank among NFL elite at the quarterback position and continue to move up the league’s record books.

“They both have had tremendous impact by playing the quarterback position at such a high level for so many years,” says CBS Sports’ NFL TODAY analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback DAN MARINO. “They really brought the position to new levels.

Manning ranks fourth in NFL history with 143 wins, while Brady’s 126 wins are the fifth-most in league history among starting quarterbacks. Only BRETT FAVRE (186) and Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY (148) and Marino (147) have more wins.

This will mark only the second time in NFL history that two starting quarterbacks with 125+ career regular-season wins each meet in a game. The previous matchup featured Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins versus John Elway of the Denver Broncos on December 21, 1998.

MOST CAREER WINS AS STARTING QB

PLAYER

RECORD

WIN PCT.

Brett Favre

186-112

.624

John Elway

148-82-1

.643

Dan Marino

147-93

.613

Peyton Manning*

143-69

.675

Tom Brady*

126-37

.773

*Active

 

 

The veteran quarterbacks also rank third (Manning) and fifth (Brady) respectively for most touchdown passes in NFL history. The matchup on Sunday will be the first time ever that two starting quarterbacks will enter a game with 300+ TD passes.

MOST CAREER TD PASSES

Brett Favre

508

Dan Marino

420

Peyton Manning

407*

Fran Tarkenton

342

Tom Brady

307*

*Active  

A look at key attributes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning:

QUARTERBACK QUOTABLE
Tom Brady

 

 

“He plays the game hard with knowledge and passion.  He is a guy that is very competitive, makes those around him better and has won.” – CBS’ NFL TODAY analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO.                                     

“He has changed the position from a winning standpoint. What he’s done for the period of time in New England, not just winning year-in and year-out, game-in and game-out, but also being in five Super Bowls is unbelievable. His level of success on the field is second-to-none.” – NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP KURT WARNER.                                        

Peyton Manning “He’s like a coach on the field where he gets his team in the right place mostly every time; lining them up, running the no-huddle offense and being so competitive.”  – CBS’ NFL TODAY analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO.                                                 

 

“The greatest attribute of Peyton Manning is his ability to really understand what defenses are doing to him. He’s able to react before the snap. That’s what is unique about him. A lot of guys can react after the snap, but very few can have that understanding before the snap.” – NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP KURT WARNER.

TheSTN – NFL: Week 5 Game Capsules

WEEK 5 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012

ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-0) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (2-2)

SERIES

CARDINALS RAMS
SERIES LEADER 33-31-2  
STREAKS 10 of past 11  
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 9-1 Fisher: 2-2
LAST WEEK W 24-21 (OT) vs. Dolphins W 19-13 vs. Seahawks
LAST GAME 11/27/11: Cardinals 23 at Rams 20. Arizona erases 10-3 halftime deficit with 17 consecutive 3rd-quarter points, capped by CB-PR Patrick Peterson’s 80-yard PR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/27/11
BROADCAST NFLN (7:00 PM CT): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Arz.), 93 (StL.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Arz.), 226 (StL.). 

STATS

PASSING Kolb: 67-107-752-7 (T3C)-2-97.6 Bradford: 77-125-881-4-4-80.1
RUSHING R. Williams: 44-131-3.0-0 S. Jackson: 59-195-3.3-0
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 22-245-11.1-2 Amendola: 31 (2L)-351-11.3-2
OFFENSE 271.0 287.0
TAKE/GIVE +4 +2
DEFENSE 357.0 348.8
SACKS Acho, Washington: 3 Quinn: 3
INTs 4 tied: 1 Finnegan: 3 (T2L)
PUNTING Zastudil: 47.5 Hekker (R): 46.6
KICKING Feely: 31 (10/10 PAT; 7/7 FG) Zuerlein (R): 41 (3C) (5/5 PAT; 12/12 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALSAre 4-0 for 1st time since 1974. Club has won 11 past 13, best record in NFL over past 13…QB KEVIN KOLB passed for 324 yards & 3 TDs last week, his most with Arz. Leads NFC with 120.2 rating on 3rd down…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 13 TDs in past 15 vs. Rams & has TD in 11 of those 15. Since 2005, leads NFL in rec. yards (9,080) & rec. TDs (67). WR ANDRE ROBERTS had career-high 118 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 6 TDs in past 8… Club has 2+ sacks in 10 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. LB DARYL WASHINGTON has sack in 4 of past 5. Is 1 of 4 NFL players with 8+ sacks (8) & 2+ INTs (2) since 2011. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. Rams. LB SAM ACHO has 3 sacks in 2 career meetings. Had 2 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in last game vs. StL. CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON has PR-TD in both career meetings (99 & 80 yards). Has 4 career 80+ yards PR-TDs & needs 1 to tie NFL record…RAMS: QB SAM BRADFORD made NFL debut vs. Arz. (9/12/10) & threw 1st TD pass. Ranks 4th in NFC with 102.2 rating on 3rd down…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 100-yard rushing game in 3 of past 5 meetings. Since 2006, avg. 112.3 scrimmage yards per game (10,111 yards, 90 games), best in NFL (min. 60 games). Rookie RB DARYL RICHARDSON is 4th among NFC rookies with 135 rush yards…WR-PR DANNY AMENDOLA is 2nd in NFL with 31 receptions. Avg. 163.5 total yards per game in career vs. Arz. (654 yards, 4 games). Has 263 KR, 208 PR & 183 rec. yards in those 4…DE CHRIS LONG has 12 sacks in past 14. In past 16 at home, has 13.5 sacks. DE ROBERT QUINN has sack in 5 of past 7 at home. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is 1 of 2 NFC players (PATRICK WILLIS) with 8+ sacks (8) & 5+ INTs (5) since 2009. CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN has INT in 3 of 1st 4 games with Rams…Rookie K GREG ZUERLEIN ties for NFL lead with 12 FGs (12/12). Is only player in NFL history with 60+ & 50+ yard FG in same game.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-3) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-1)

SERIES

DOLPHINS BENGALS
SERIES LEADER 13-5  
STREAKS 10 of past 12 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Lewis: 2-1
LAST WEEK L 24-21 (OT) at Cardinals W 27-10 at Jaguars
LAST GAME 10/31/10: Dolphins 22 at Bengals 14. Miami RB Ricky Williams rushes for TD & Dan Carpenter kicks 5 FGs as Dolphins earn comeback victory in Week 8.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/10
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 128 (Mia.), 85 (Cin.). XM: 230 (Cin.). 

 

STATS

PASSING Tannehill (R): 80-143-1,046-2-6-66.4 Dalton: 85-126-1,111-8 (T2C)-4-103.0 (3C)
RUSHING Bush: 67-369 (3C)-5.5-2 Green-Ellis: 82-286-3.5-2
RECEIVING Hartline: 25 (T2C)-455 (1L)-18.2-1 Green: 27 (1C)-428 (2L)-15.9-3 (T3C)
OFFENSE 397.0 389.3
TAKE/GIVE -5 -3
DEFENSE 354.5 365.5
SACKS Wake: 4.5 (3C) Atkins: 5 (T3L)
INTs S. Smith: 2 (T1C) Crocker: 1
PUNTING Fields: 50.4 (3C) Huber: 44.1
KICKING Carpenter: 24 (9/9 PAT; 5/8 FG) Nugent: 34 (13/13 PAT; 7/7 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINSClub has won 6 of past 7 at Cin…Rookie QB RYAN TANNEHILL (No. 8 overall) passed for 431 yards last week, 2nd-most by rookie QB in NFL history (CAM NEWTON, 432). Tannehill aims for 1st career win on road. Ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 1,046 passing yards (ROBERT GRIFFIN III, 1,070)…Dolphins avg. 153.3 rush yards per game, 3rd-best in AFC…As Dolphin, RB REGGIE BUSH is averaging 5.1 yards per carry (283 att., 1,455 rush yards in 19 games). Bush averages 92.3 rush yards per game in ’12 (67 att., 369 yards). Rookie FB JORVORSKIE LANE has rush TD in each of past 2 games…Ohio native, WR BRIAN HARTLINE has NFL-best 455 receiving yards. Hartline posted franchise-record 253 receiving yards last week, incl. career-long 80-yard TD. WR DAVONE BESS posted 3rd 100-yard receiving game of career (123) last week. In past 2, Bess has 12 catches for 209 yards (17.4 avg.)…DE CAMERON WAKE had career-high 4.5 sacks last week…LB KOA MISI recorded career-high 1.5 sacks in Week 4…CB SEAN SMITH had career-best 2 INTs vs. Arz. Smith posted 1st INT of career at Cin. on 10/31/10…BENGALSClub has averaged 33 points per game in past 3 wins…QB ANDY DALTON has NFL-best 151.7 4th quarter passer rating. In past 3, Dalton has 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 118.7 rating. Bengals are 5-1 when Dalton has 100+ passer rating…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS has 3 rush TDs in past 4 against Mia. (w/ NE)…WR A.J. GREEN seeks 3rd straight game with 100+ receiving yards (183, 117). Green (92) needs 8 rec. to reach 100 career. In past 3, WR ANDREW HAWKINS is averaging 23 yards per catch (7 rec., 161 yards)…Defense has NFL-best 17 sacks…DT GENO ATKINS has 3 sacks in past 2…DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 15 sacks in past 20 games…S CHRIS CROCKER had INT in season debut last week…LB REY MAUALUGA leads team with 33 tackles. Rookie LB VONTAZE BURFICT (undrafted free agent) registered 1st career sack last week…KR-WR BRANDON TATE had 103-yard KR-TD against Dolphins on 10/4/10 (w/Patriots).

GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-2)

SERIES

PACKERS COLTS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 20-20-1  
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. McCarthy: 1-0 Arians: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 28-27 vs. Saints Bye (Wk. 3: L 22-17 vs. Jaguars)
LAST GAME 10/19/08: Colts 14 at Packers 34. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers completes 21 of 28 passes as S Nick Collins (62 yards) & S Aaron Rouse (99 yards) each have INT-TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/04: Colts 45, Packers 31. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning passes for 393 yards & 5 TDs as WRs Reggie Wayne (184) & Brandon Stokley (110) each eclipse 100 rec. yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (GB), 112 (Ind.). XM: 231 (Ind.).

STATS

PASSING Rodgers: 109-156-1,064-7 (T3C)-3-95.7 Luck (R): 65-122-846-5-4-75.4
RUSHING Benson: 64-228-3.6-1 D. Brown: 43-155-3.6-1
RECEIVING Nelson: 21-260-12.4-1 Wayne: 23-294-12.8-1
OFFENSE 333.5 357.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 -4
DEFENSE 314.3 362.7
SACKS Matthews: 7 (1C) Mathis: 4
INTs T. Williams: 2 Freeman: 1
PUNTING Masthay: 46.1 McAfee: 50.3
KICKING Crosby: 23 (8/8 PAT; 5/5 FG) Vinatieri: 19 (7/7 PAT; 4/6 FG)

NOTES

PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS has won 5 of past 6 starts vs. AFC (incl. SB). Had 116.1 rating in 2011 vs. AFC. Packers are 23-0 when Rodgers starts & has 115+ rating, incl. last week. Had 4 TD passes in Week 4 & Packers are 8-0 when Rodgers has 4+…RB CEDRIC BENSON rushed for TD in last game vs. Ind. (10/16/11 with Cin.)…WR JORDY NELSON had 8 catches for 93 yards & TD last week. Has TD in 4 of past 5 vs. AFC (incl. SB). WR GREG JENNINGS has TD in 4 of past 5 vs. AFC (incl. SB) & has 5 TDs in those 5. WR JAMES JONES had 2 TDs last week. WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB is only player in NFL with 200+ KR (205), 100+ PR (108), 150+ rec. (162) & 25+ rush (48) yards. TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY ties for 6th among TEs with 19 rec…Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS leads NFL with 15 INTs. Since joining GB in 2006, DB CHARLES WOODSON has 38 INTs (2nd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL). LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack last week & ranks 2nd in NFL with 7 sacks…COLTSAim for 4th consecutive home win vs. GB…Since ’90, team is 13-10 (.565) after bye…Rookie QB ANDREW LUCK has passed for 300+ in 2 of 3 starts (309 at Chi; 313 vs. Jax.). At home, Luck has 537 pass yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 88.5 rating. Had season-best 50 rush yards last game…RB DONALD BROWN has 2 rush TDs in past 3 vs. NFC…In 2 games vs. GB, WR REGGIE WAYNE has 13 rec. for 208 yards (16 avg.) & TD. Wayne (12,002) needs 60 rec. yards to surpass WR DERRICK MASON (12,061) for No. 19 on all-time list. Averages 98 rec. yards per game in ’12. WR DONNIE AVERY tied career-high with 9 catches & had 111 yards in last game vs. NFC. Rookie WR T.Y. HILTON (3rd round, No. 92) had 1st career 100-yard receiving game (113) with 4 catches, incl. 40-yard TD, in Week 3…LB ROBERT MATHIS aims for 7th game in row with at least 1 sack. Has 4 sacks in past 3 vs. NFC. Since entering NFL in ’02, DWIGHT FREENEY is tied for 4th in NFL with 102.5 sacks (JARED ALLEN, 107; DE MARCUS WARE, 104.5; JULIUS PEPPERS, 102.5).

BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-1) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-3)

SERIES

RAVENS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   3-2
STREAKS Past 2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 2-0 Crennel: 3-5
LAST WEEK W 23-16 vs. Browns L 37-20 vs. Chargers
LAST GAME 9/13/09: Chiefs 24 at Ravens 38. Baltimore RB Willis McGahee has rushing & receiving TD as Ravens defense limits Kansas City to 188 total yards on Kickoff Weekend. 
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/10/06: Ravens 20, Chiefs 10. Baltimore QB Steve McNair completes 87-yard TD pass to WR Mark Clayton & RB Jamal Lewis has TD run. Ravens S Ed Reed adds 2 INTs.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 93 (Bal.), 137 (KC). XM: 232 (KC). 

 

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 99-156-1,269 (1C)-7-3-95.8 Cassel: 94-161-1,058-5-7-70.4
RUSHING Rice: 64-317-5.0-3 (T3C) Charles: 72-415 (1C)-5.8-2
RECEIVING Rice (RB): 22-174-7.9-0 Bowe: 25 (T2C)-342-13.7-3 (T3C)
OFFENSE 424.0 (2L) 419.5 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 (3C) -13
DEFENSE 390.3 334.0
SACKS Ellerbe: 2.5 Houston: 4
INTs E. Reed: 2 (T1C) Flowers, Routt: 1
PUNTING Koch: 46.8 Colquitt: 45.5
KICKING Tucker (R): 37 (2C) (13/13 PAT; 8/9 FG) Succop: 32 (8/8 PAT; 8/9 FG)

NOTES

RAVENSIncl. postseason, Bal. aims for 4th consecutive win vs. KC…Offense averages AFC-high 6.4 yards per play…For career, QB JOE FLACCO is 2-0 vs. KC (incl. playoffs) & has completed 51 of 77 passes (66.2 pct.) for 572 yards with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 104.5 rating. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with 300+ passing yards (382, 356). Ravens are 25-2 (.926) when he has 100+ rating…RB RAY RICE had 108 rush yards on 19 att. (5.7 avg.) in only regular-season meeting vs. KC. Ravens are 12-2 (.857) when Rice has 100+ rush yards in game…In past 2, WR TORREY SMITH has 12 catches for 224 yards (18.7 avg.) with 3 TDs. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had season-best in rec. (9) & yards (131) last week. Since ’03, Boldin ranks 2nd in NFL among WRs with 726 catches (REGGIE WAYNE, 809). WR JACOBY JONES is averaging 18.9 yards per catch in ’12 (9 rec., 170 yards)…S ED REED had 2 career INTs in last reg. season game at KC (12/10/06). S BERNARD POLLARD was selected in 2nd round (No. 54) by KC in ’06 NFL Draft & spent 3 seasons with Chiefs (2006-08)…CB CARY WILLIAMS had 63-yard INT-TD return last week (1st career INT)…CHIEFSAim for 7th consecutive win in Oct…Since ’09, Chiefs are 6-0 at home when QB MATT CASSEL has 100+ rating…KC averages AFC-best 173.5 rush yards per game in ’12…RB JAMAAL CHARLES had 82 rush yards on 9 att. (9.1 avg.), incl. 41-yard TD run in only meeting vs. Ravens (WC on 1/9/11). Averages NFL-best 128 scrimmage yards per game in ’12 (415 rush; 97 rec.). Since ’09, Charles averages 84.3 rush yards per game at home (1,517 total)…In past 3, WR DWAYNE BOWE is averaging 96.3 rec. yards per game with 3 TDs. Bowe (39) needs TD rec. to become 5th player in club history with 40 career. Averages 6.3 receptions per game, tied for 3rd-most in AFC…DE ROPATI PITOITUA had career-best 2 sacks last week…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 9.5 sacks in past 9. In past 2 (incl. playoffs), LB TAMBA HALI has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR vs. Bal…CB BRANDON FLOWERS posted 1st INT of season & 14th of career last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-4) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (2-2)

SERIES

BROWNS GIANTS
SERIES LEADER 26-19-2  
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Shurmur: 0-0 Coughlin: 8-3
LAST WEEK L 23-16 at Ravens L 19-17 at Eagles
LAST GAME 10/13/08: Giants 14 at Browns 35. Cleveland WR Braylon Edwards records 5 catches for career-high 154 yards (30.8 avg.) & 1 TD as Browns defeat New York on Monday night.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/04: Giants 27, Browns 10. New York races to 17-0 halftime lead en route to Week 3 victory. Giants RB Tiki Barber records 106 rushing yards & 1 TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 106 (Cle.), 94 (NYG). XM: 227 (NYG). 

STATS

PASSING Weeden (R): 90-167-3-7-60.4 Manning: 103-160-1,320 (2L)-7 (T3C)-4-94.3
RUSHING Richardson (R): 64-222-3.5-3 (T3C) A. Brown: 38-198-5.2-3 (T3C)
RECEIVING Richardson (R) (RB): 15-122-8.1-1 Cruz: 32 (1L)-388 (3C)-12.1-2
OFFENSE 311.5 411.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3
DEFENSE 403.3 372.3
SACKS D. Jackson: 3 Blackburn, Umenyiora: 2
INTs D. Jackson, Robertson: 2 (T1C) Boley: 3 (T2L)
PUNTING Hodges: 43.1 Weatherford: 44.5
KICKING Dawson: 31 (7/7 PAT; 8/8 FG) Tynes: 43 (3L) (10/10 PAT; 11/12 FG)

NOTES

BROWNSRookie QB BRANDON WEEDEN has 300+ passing yards in 2 of past 3 (322 on 9/16 – most passing yards by Browns rookie; 320 on 9/27)…Rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON aims for 4th consecutive game with rush TD. In 2 road games, Richardson averages 124.5 scrimmage yards per game. Had season-best 57 receiving yards last week. Leads AFC rookies with 222 rush yards…WR GREG LITTLE had season-high 77 rec. yards last week. Little had career-best 131 rec. yards, incl. career-long 76-yard TD catch in last road game vs. NFC (against Arz. on 12/18/11)…TE BENJAMIN WATSON had team-high 5 rec. in Week 4…Defense has 13 sacks in ’12, tied for 2nd-most in AFC (CIN., 17; HOU., 13)…LBs D’QWELL JACKSON (2) & CRAIG ROBERTSON (2) have totaled 4 INTs in ’12…Cle. is tied for AFC lead w/ 6 INTs this season…S T.J. WARD leads team with 27 tackles…DT AHTYBA RUBIN DE JABAAL SHEARD each posted 1st sack of season last week…GIANTSIncl. SB, QB ELI MANNING has won 7 in row vs. AFC. Has 200+ pass yards in 23 consecutive games, 2nd longest streak in NFL history. Incl. playoffs, has won 8 of past 10…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW has 6 rush TDs in past 4 vs. AFC (incl. SB). In past 10 vs. AFC (incl. SB), has 981 scrimmage yards (722 rush, 259 rec.) & 9 TDs. Rookie RB-KR DAVID WILSON ranks 3rd in NFL with 30.2 KR avg…WR VICTOR CRUZ aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 90+ yards. In past 3 vs. AFC, has 354 rec. yards (118 per game) & 2 TDs, incl. career-long 99-yarder, tied for longest in NFL history. Had 9 catches for 109 yards & TD last week. Since Jan. 1 (7 games), WR HAKEEM NICKS has 47 catches for 757 yards (108.1 per game; 16.1 avg.) & 6 TDs. WR DOMENIK HIXON had 6 catches for 114 yards in Week 4. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has TD catch in 3 of 1st 4 games with NYG…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL aims for 6th in row vs. AFC with sack. Has 7 sacks in past 5 vs. AFC. LB MICHAEL BOLEY leads NFL LBs with 3 INTs. Incl. SB, DE JUSTIN TUCK has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC. DE OSI UMENYIORA aims for 3rd in row with sack.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2)

SERIES

EAGLES STEELERS
SERIES LEADER 46-27-3  
STREAKS 8 of past 11  
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 2-1 Tomlin: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 19-17 vs. Giants Bye (Wk. 3: L 34-31 at Raiders)
LAST GAME 9/21/08: Steelers 6 at Eagles 15. Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb throws 20-yard TD pass to RB Correll Buckhalter as Eagles defense limits Pittsburgh to 33 rushing yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/7/04: Steelers 27, Eagles 3. Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward has TD run & TD catch as RB Jerome Bettis rushes for 149 yards. Steelers defense yields 113 total yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 91 (Phi.), 86 (Pit.). XM: 226 (Pit.).

STATS

PASSING Vick: 88-155-1,146-4-6-72.7 Roethlisberger: 82-120-904-8 (T2C)-1-109.2 (1C)
RUSHING McCoy: 81-384 (3L)-4.7-1 Redman: 32-72-2.3-1
RECEIVING D. Jackson: 20-333-16.7-1 A. Brown: 18-240-13.3-1
OFFENSE 417.8 (2C) 349.3
TAKE/GIVE -5 0
DEFENSE 298.3 291.3 (2C)
SACKS Babin: 2.5 Woodley: 2
INTs Rodgers-Cromartie: 3 (T2L) Clark: 1
PUNTING McBriar: 45.5 Butler (R): 41.4
KICKING Henery: 30 (6/6 PAT; 8/9 FG) Suisham: 23 (8/8 PAT; 5/5 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: QB MICHAEL VICK is 14-3 in past 17 starts vs. AFC, including 7-1 in past 8. In last start vs. Pit. (10/22/06 w/ Atl.), Vick passed for 4 TDs, tied for most in career. Since 2010, is only NFL player with 7,000+ pass (7,467) & 1,000+ rush (1,395) yards…RB LE SEAN MC COY played at Pitt & scored 36 TDs (35 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 seasons with Panthers. In past 7 vs. AFC, has 10 total TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) & has TD in 6 of those 7…Incl. playoffs, WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON has 31 TDs (24 rec., 4 PR, 3 rush) & avg. 44.5 yards per TD (1,380 yards). WR JEREMY MACLIN has 100+ yards or TD in 4 of past 5. In past 3 vs. AFC, TE BRENT CELEK has 17 catches for 378 yards (126 per game) & TD…DE JASON BABIN has 10.5 sacks in past 9. Has 7 sacks in past 4 vs. AFC. DE TRENT COLE had sack in last meeting. Since 2006, has 64.5 sacks, 3rd most in NFL. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had INT last week & ties for 2nd in NFL with 3 INTs. In only game at Pit. (9/7/08 with Hou.), LB DE MECO RYANS had 12 tackles & FR…STEELERSSince ’90, Pit. has 14-9 (.609) record after bye…Team is 9-1 at home vs. NFC under head coach MIKE TOMLIN…Club has NFL-best 56.3 pct. conversation rate on 3rd-down…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER (27,483) needs 507 passing yards to surpass HOFer TERRY BRADSHAW (27,989) for most in franchise history. In past 2, Roethlisberger has completed 60 of 80 passes (75 pct.) for 659 yards with 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 123.9 rating. Has 13-1 (.929) record vs. NFC at home & has 18 TDs vs. 8 INTs & 94.8 rating…In past 8 vs. NFC, RB RASHARD MENDENHALL averages 84.6 rush yards per game (677 total)…WR MIKE WALLACE posted 1st 100-yard receiving game (123) of season last week. Aims for 4th consecutive game with TD catch in ’12. WR ANTONIO BROWN has 70+ rec. yards in past 3 games (240 total)…TE HEATH MILLER is tied for NFL-best with 4 TD catches in ’12 & aims for 4th consecutive game with TD rec…LB LA MARR WOODLEY (50) became 6th Steeler to reach 50 career sacks last game. Aims for 3rd straight game with sack.

ATLANTA FALCONS (4-0) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-2)

SERIES

FALCONS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER   14-6-1
STREAKS 3 of past 4 5 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 1-0 Shanahan: 4-2
LAST WEEK W 30-28 vs. Panthers W 24-22 at Buccaneers
LAST GAME 11/8/09: Redskins 17 at Falcons 31. Atlanta opens 24-3 halftime lead en route to victory. Falcons RB Michael Turner rushes for 166 yards & 2 TDs while CB Tye Hill adds 62-yd. INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/3/06: Falcons 24, Redskins 14. Atlanta RB Jerious Norwood rushes for 107 yards, including 69-yard TD, as Falcons erase 14-0 1st-quarter deficit.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale. SIRIUS: 117 (Atl.), 113 (Was.). XM: 229 (Was.). 

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 102-147-1,162-11 (1C)-2-112.1 (1L) Griffin III (R): 86-124-1,070-4-1-103.2 (2C)
RUSHING Turner: 55-257-4.7-2 Morris (R): 82-376 (3C)-4.6-4 (T1L)
RECEIVING White: 27-413 (2C)-15.3-3 (T3C) F. Davis (TE): 15-212-14.1-0
OFFENSE 365.3 421.8 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +10 (1L) +7 (T3L)
DEFENSE 353.3 415.3
SACKS Abraham: 3 Kerrigan: 3.5
INTs DeCoud: 3 (T2L) 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Bosher: 44.8 Rocca: 46.1
KICKING Bryant: 40 (13/13 PAT; 9/9 FG) Cundiff: 33 (15/15 PAT; 6/10 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN leads NFL with 112.1 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 TURNERrushed for 166 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. When Turner has 100+ yards & 2+ TDs, his teams are 9-0. Rushed for 103 yards last week & had 60-yard TD reception, 1st career rec. TD…WR RODDY WHITE had 8 catches for 169 yards (21.1 avg.) & 2 TDs last week. Since 2007, has 498 rec., most in NFC. In 9 career road games, WR JULIO JONES has 51 catches for 919 yards (102.1 per game) & 8 TDs. Has 100+ rec. yards in 6 of past 8 on road. Aims for 5th road game in row with TD. Has 6 rec. TDs in past 4 road games. TE TONY GONZALEZ has TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Was. Has 98 rec. TDs & needs 2 for 100…DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 115 sacks, most among active players. Has 2.5 sacks in 3 meetings. Had sack & FF in Week 4. LB SEAN WEATHERSPOON had sack last week. DT VANCE WALKER had sack & FF in Week 4…REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III leads NFL rookies & ranks 4th overall with 103.2 rating, completing 86 of 124 (69.4 pct.) for 1,070 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. Leads NFL QBs with 252 rush yards & 4 TDs. His 4 rush TDs are tied for most by any player…RB ALFRED MORRIS leads NFL rookies with 376 rush yards & ties for 1st among all players with 4 rush TDs. Redskins are 1st team in NFL history with 2 rookies (Griffin, Morris) with 4+ rush TDs in team’s 1st 4 games…WR PIERRE GARCON avg. 25.8 yards per catch. WR LEONARD HANKERSON aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR SANTANA MOSShas 12 catches for 170 yards (85 per game) & TD (42 yards) in 2 career meetings. TE FRED DAVIS aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards. Offense has scored 10 TDs in red zone, 2nd most in NFC…CB DE ANGELO HALL was drafted by Atl. in 1st round of 2004 Draft (No. 8 overall). Played 4 seasons with Falcons (2004-07) & had 17 INTs. Had INT last week. LB RYAN KERRIGAN had sack last week & aims for 5th in row with 0.5+ sack.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-2) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-3)

SERIES

SEAHAWKS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 2-2  
STREAKS 2-2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 1-0 Rivera: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 19-13 at Rams L 30-28 at Falcons
LAST GAME 12/5/10: Panthers 14 at Seahawks 31. Trailing 14-3 at halftime, Seattle scores 28 unanswered points, fueled by 3 rushing TDs from RB Marshawn Lynch.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/16/07: Panthers 13, Seahawks 10. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams records 35-yard TD run with 1:17 remaining for decisive points in Panthers win.
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Sea.), 92 (Car.). XM: 225 (Car.). 

STATS

PASSING Wilson (R): 60-100-594-4-4-73.5 Newton: 68-107-1,013-4-5-87.5
RUSHING Lynch: 92-423 (1L)-4.6-2 Newton (QB): 33-167-5.1-3 (T3C)
RECEIVING Rice: 12-132-11.0-1 Olsen (TE): 20-256-12.8-1
OFFENSE 281.5 373.8
TAKE/GIVE 0 -6
DEFENSE 275.8 (1C) 393.8
SACKS Clemons: 5 (T3L) D. Edwards, Johnson: 3.5
INTs Sherman: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Ryan: 50.3 (2C) Nortman (R): 43.4
KICKING Hauschka: 28 (7/7 PAT; 7/8 FG) Medlock: 14 (11/11 PAT; 1/1 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON is tied for most wins by rookie QB with 2…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH leads NFL with 423 rush yards. Has 85+ rush yards in 12 of past 13 games. Since Nov. 2011, Lynch leads NFL with 1,364 rush yards. Rushed for 3 TDs in last meeting & aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with rush TD. Rushed for 118 yards & TD last week. RB-PR-KR LEON WASHINGTON ranks 2nd in NFL with 37.7 KR avg. Had 69-yard KR last week…10 different players have 1+ catch led by WR SIDNEY RICE (12)…Rush defense ranks 2nd in NFL (62.8 yards per game) & overall defense ranks 3rd in NFL (275.8 yards per game). DE CHRIS CLEMONS had sack in last meeting. Rookie DE BRUCE IRVIN ties for lead among NFC rookies with 2.5 sacks. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had INT last week & has INT in 3 of past 5 games. DE JASON JONES & DT ALAN BRANCH each had sack in Week 4…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON passed for 2 TDs & rushed for 1 last week. Is only player in NFL history with 25+ pass (25) & 15+ rush (17) TDs in 1st 20 NFL games. Rushed for 17th career TD last week, most by QB in 1st 2 NFL seasons …RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS had 35-yard TD run in last meeting. Rushed for TD last week. When Williams has 18+ att., team is 15-3 (.833). RB JONATHAN STEWART rushed for 92 yards & TD in last game vs. Sea …WR STEVE SMITH had 59-yard PR-TD in 2005 NFC Champ Game vs. Sea. In past 7 at home, has 4 100-yard games. WR KEALOHA PILARES had 1st career rec. TD (36 yards) last week. Had 101-yard KR-TD last year. In 2010 Div. Playoff vs. Sea. (1/16/11 with Chi.), TE GREG OLSEN had 3 catches for career-high 113 yards (37.7 avg.) & TD (career-long 58 yards). Had 6 catches for 89 yards & TD last week…LB JON BEASON had sack in last meeting. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had career-high 3.5 sacks last week. Has 20.5 sacks in past 26. Had  sack in last game vs. Sea. DT DWAN EDWARDS has 3.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFC DT. S CHARLES GODFREY had INT in last meeting. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN had INT in last game vs. Sea.

CHICAGO BEARS (3-1) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-3)

SERIES

BEARS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 3-2  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 1-1 Mularkey: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 34-18 at Cowboys L 27-10 vs. Bengals
LAST GAME 12/7/08: Jaguars 10 at Bears 23. Chicago QB Kyle Orton throws 2 TD passes (2, 22) & K Robbie Gould converts 3 FGs (22, 36, 35).
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/04: Bears 3 at Jaguars 22. Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich passes for 242 yards & 2 TDs. Jaguars defense limits Chicago to 210 total yards.
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Chi.), 136 (Jax.). XM: 228 (Jax.).

STATS

PASSING Cutler: 67-117-917-5-6-75.3 Gabbert: 63-113-654-5-1-83.7
RUSHING Bush: 54-180-3.3-3 (T3C) Jones-Drew: 72-352-4.9-1
RECEIVING Marshall: 23-352-15.3-2 Jones-Drew (RB): 13-83-6.4-1
OFFENSE 307.5 254.3
TAKE/GIVE +7 (T3L) 0
DEFENSE 316.8 404.8
SACKS Melton: 4 Alualu, Knighton: 1
INTs Jennings: 4 (1L) Bosworth, Posluszny: 1
PUNTING Podlesh: 43.0 Anger (R): 52.0 (1L)
KICKING Gould: 36 (12/12 PAT; 8/8 FG) Scobee: 24 (3/4 PAT; 7/7 FG)

NOTES

BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER completed 18 of 24 (75 pct.) for 275 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.1 rating last week. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 25-0. Is 5-1 in past 6 starts vs. AFC…RB MATT FORTÉ is 1 of 2 players with 4,000+ rush (4,396) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,071) since 2008 (RAY RICE)…In 2 career meetings, WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 16 catches for 231 yards (115.5 per game). Had 7 catches for 138 yards & TD last week. Since 2007, has 497 catches, 3rd most in NFL. WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER had 34-yard rec. TD last week. Incl. playoffs, has 19 total return TDs (12 PR, 6 KR, 1 missed FG), tied with HOFer DEION SANDERS for most in NFL history…Bears lead NFL with 14 takeaways, 11 INTs & 3 INT-TDs. LB LANCE BRIGGS (74 yards) & CB CHARLES TILLMAN (25) each had INT-TD last week. Tillman is only player in NFL with 25+ INTs (27) & 25+ FFs (27) since 2005. CB TIM JENNINGS has 5 INTs in past 5. S MAJOR WRIGHT has 3 INTs in past 2, incl. INT-TD. DE JULIUSPEPPERS has 7 sacks in past 8 vs. AFC…JAGUARSClub is 24-9 (.727) vs. NFC at home…QB BLAINE GABBERT passed for 260 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 96.1 rating in only meeting vs. NFC (Min. on 9/9) in ’12…In past 10 vs. NFC, RB MAURICE JONES-DREW is averaging 102.4 rush yards per game (216 att., 1,024 yards). Since ’09, leads NFL with 4,673 rush yards. Has 80+ rush yards in 5 of past 6 in Oct. Jones-Drew (291) needs 9 catches to join JIMMY SMITH (862) & KEENAN MC CARDELL (499) as only players with 300 rec. in club history…TE MARCEDES LEWIS had 2nd TD catch of season & 19th of career last week, most TD catches by TE in club history…Rookie WR JUSTIN BLACKMON had team-high 6 catches last week. WR CECIL SHORTS has 4 catches for 147 yards (36.8 avg.) with 2 TDs (39 & 80 yards) in 4th Q this season…LB KYLE BOSWORTH had 1st career INT last week…In only meeting vs. Bears (w/ Jets on 12/26/10), S DWIGHT LOWERY had 20-yard INT-TD…CB RASHEAN MATHIS has 11 INTs vs. NFC…DT TYSON ALUALU has 2 sacks in past 3 vs. NFC.

DENVER BRONCOS (2-2) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-2)

SERIES

BRONCOS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 25-17  
STREAKS 15 of past 20 overall  
COACHES VS. OPP. Fox: 1-4 Belichick: 5-10
LAST WEEK W 37-6 vs. Raiders W 52-28 at Bills
LAST REG-SEA GAME 12/18/11: Patriots 41 at Broncos 23. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 320 yards with 2 TDs & adds rushing TD as Patriots improve to 11-3.
LAST REG-SEA GAME AT SITE 10/20/08: Patriots 41, Broncos 7. New England QB Matt Cassel passes for 185 yards & 3 TDs, 2 in 2nd half, with 0 INTs for 136.3 passer rating.
BROADCAST CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 85 (Den.), 86 (NE). XM: 226 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Manning: 99-153-1,162 (3C)-8 (T2C)-3-96.9 Brady: 101-154-1,227 (2C)-7-1-102.4
RUSHING McGahee: 69-325-4.7-3 (T2C) Ridley: 74-339-4.6-3 (T2C)
RECEIVING Decker: 24-322-13.4-1 Welker: 25 (T2C)-380 (3C)-15.2-0
OFFENSE 387.0 438.3 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE -4 +8 (1C)
DEFENSE 308.0 (3C) 366.8
SACKS Miller: 3 Jones (R): 3
INTs Porter, Woodyard: 1 McCourty, Wilson (R): 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Colquitt: 48.0 Mesko: 38.6
KICKING Prater: 32 (11/11 PAT; 7/7 FG) Gostkowski: 44 (1L) (14/14 PAT; 10/13 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOSHave won 5 of past 7 at NE…QB PEYTON MANNING has 4 TDs in each of past 2 vs. NE. Registered 65th career game with 300+ passing yards (338) last week, most in NFL history. In past 2, Manning has 668 passing yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 103.4 rating…RB WILLIS MC GAHEE averages 90.7 rush yards per game on road as Bronco (816 yards in 9 gms). Posted 32nd career 100-yard rush game (112) last week, most among active players…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 7 catches for 116 yards (16.6 avg.) in only reg. season meeting vs. NE. Recorded 4th 100-yard receiving game of career last week. In past 2, WR ERIC DECKER is averaging 107.5 rec. yards per game (215 total)…TE JOEL DREESSEN aims for 3rd straight game with TD catch. In last game vs. NE (w/ Hou. on 1/3/10), had 6 catches for 81 yards (13.5 avg.) with 1 TD…LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 2.5 sacks in past 2…S MIKE ADAMS leads team with 8 passes defensed…PATRIOTSIn past 3 wins vs. Den. (incl. playoffs), NE averaged 42.3 points per game (41, 41, 45)…QB TOM BRADY has thrown TD pass in 36 consecutive games, tied with BRETT FAVRE (2002-04) for 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. Brady (48) needs 300-yard passing game to tie HOFer WARREN MOON (49) for 7th-most in NFL history. In past 2 vs. Den. (incl. playoffs), Brady has 10 TDs vs. 1 INT & 137.6 rating…NE became 2nd team in NFL history with 300-yard passer (Brady, 340 yards), 2 100-yard rushers (BRANDON BOLDEN, 137 & STEVAN RIDLEY, 106) & 2 100-yard receivers (WES WELKER, 129 & ROB GRONKOWSKI, 104) last week…WR WES WELKER aims for 3rd straight game with 8+ rec. & 100+ yards. Since ’07, Welker leads NFL with 579 rec. WR BRANDON LLOYD had career-best in rec. (77) & rec. yards (1,448) w/Den in ’10…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI recorded 30th TD catch in 36th game last week, fewest in NFL history by TE to 30…CB DEVIN MC COURTY tied career-high with 2 INTs last week. S TAVON WILSON leads NFL rookies with 2 INTs…LB ROB NINKOVICH has 3.5 sacks in 3 career games vs. Den. (incl. postseason).

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-3) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-1)

SERIES

TITANS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER   7-4
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Munchak: 0-0 Frazier: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 38-14 at Texans W 20-13 at Lions
LAST GAME 9/28/08: Vikings 17 at Titans 30. Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 61 yards & 2 TDs (1, 6) as Titans race to 20-7 1st-half lead en route to victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/04: Vikings 20, Titans 3. Minnesota RB Moe Williams (1-yard rush) & WR Marcus Robinson (2-yard rec.) score 2nd-quarter TDs in home win.
BROADCAST CBS (3:25 PM CT): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 91 (Ten.), 113 (Min.). XM: 229 (Min.). 

STATS

PASSING Locker: 67-106-781-4-2-90.2 Ponder: 84-123-824-4-0-97.7
RUSHING C. Johnson: 58-186-3.2-0 Peterson: 79-332-4.2-2
RECEIVING Wright (R): 18-148-8.2-2 Harvin: 30 (3L)-299-10.0-0
OFFENSE 314.5 321.8
TAKE/GIVE -6 +1
DEFENSE 421.5 313.5
SACKS 6 tied: 1 Griffen: 3
INTs Verner: 1 Robinson: 1
PUNTING Kern: 49.3 Kluwe: 46.0
KICKING Bironas: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/8 FG) Walsh (R): 36 (9/9 PAT; 9/10 FG)

NOTES

TITANSHave won 10 of past 13 on road vs. NFC…QB JAKE LOCKER passed for career-high 378 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 113 rating in only start vs. NFC (vs. Det. on 9/23/12)…RB CHRIS JOHNSONposted season-best 141 rush yards last week. Has 29 career 100-yard rush games & Titans are 21-8 (.724) in such games. In 17 career games vs. NFC, Johnson averages 97.4 rush yards per game & has 17 rush TDs…WR NATE WASHINGTON averages 22.8 yards per catch in ’12 (10 rec., 228 yards). Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of past 6 vs. NFC…Rookie WR KENDALL WRIGHT has TD catch in 2 of past 3…Since ’11, TE JARED COOK ranks 3rd in AFC among TEs with 959 rec. yards (ROB GRONKOWSKI, 1,587; AARON HERNANDEZ, 969)…G STEVE HUTCHINSON spent 6 seasons with Vikings (2006-11)…LB AKEEM AYERSleads team with 44 tackles…KR-RB DARIUS REYNAUD is tied for longest KR-TD (105) in NFL in ’12 (PERCY HARVIN)VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER is only NFL starting QB with 0 INTs (123 att.). Has 97.7 rating with 4 pass TDs & has 1 rush TD…Since entering NFL in 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads league with 7,084 rush yards & 66 rush TDs. Had 102 rush yards last week. Rushed for 2 TDs in last meeting. In 20 games vs. AFC, has rushed for 2,162 yards (108.1 per game) & 22 TDs…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN had 105-yard KR-TD last week & is 1 of 5 players in NFL history with 5+ KR-TDs in 1st 4 seasons.CB-PR MARCUS SHERELS had 77-yard PR-TD last week, 1st career TD. Vikings are 1st team in NFL history to record both KR-TD & PR-TD in same game 3 different times. Harvin ranks 3rd in NFL with 30 receptions. Since Ponder’s 1st start (10/23/11), Harvin has 92 receptions, 4th most in NFL. In past 3 vs. AFC, has 26 catches for 344 yards (114.7 per game) & 2 TDs…DE JARED ALLEN has 34 sacks in past 29, incl. 22.5 in past 18. Since entering NFL in 2004, Allen has NFL-best 107 sacks. LB CHAD GREENWAY had 11 tackles in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN & DT LETROY GUION each had career-best 2 sacks last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (2-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-1)

SERIES

BILLS 49ERS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5  
STREAKS   3 of past 4 at home
COACHES VS. OPP. Gailey: 0-0 Harbaugh: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 52-28 vs. Patriots W 34-0 at Jets
LAST GAME 11/30/08: 49ers 10 at Bills 3. San Francisco QB Shaun Hill connects with WR Isaac Bruce for lone TD of game as 49ers build 10-0 halftime lead.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/26/04: Bills 41, 49ers 7. Buffalo RB Willis McGahee (102 rushing yards, 2 TDs) & WR Lee Evans (92 receiving yards, 2 TDs) combine for 4 TDs in Bills win.
BROADCAST CBS (1:25 PM PT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 128 (Buf.), 94 (SF). XM: 227 (SF).

STATS

PASSING Fitzpatrick: 72-125-931-12 (1L)-7-89.8 Ale. Smith: 76-113-784-5-1-98.1 (3C)
RUSHING Spiller: 41-341-8.3-3 (T2C) Gore: 66-326-4.9-3 (T3C)
RECEIVING St. Johnson: 15-195-13.0-3 (T3C) Crabtree: 21-198-9.4-0
OFFENSE 387.7 346.3
TAKE/GIVE -3 +4
DEFENSE 406.5 277.3 (3L)
SACKS Ky. Williams: 3.5 Ald. Smith: 4.5
INTs Scott: 2 (T1C) 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Powell (R): 41.8 Lee: 46.3
KICKING Lindell: 19 (16/16 PAT; 1/1 FG) Akers: 38 (11/11 PAT; 9/12 FG)

NOTES

BILLSClub has NFL-high 16 TDs in ’12 (12 pass, 4 rush)…QB RYAN FITZPATRICK joined JOE FERGUSON (1st 4 games in ’75) & HOFer JIM KELLY (1st 4 games in ’92) as only players in team history to throw multiple TDs in each of 1st 4 games of season…RB FRED JACKSON aims for 5th consecutive game with 100+ rush yards (111, 121, 120, 114) vs. NFC. Jackson (178) needs 3 rec. to surpass JOE CRIBBS(180) for 2nd-most career rec. among Buf. RBs (THURMAN THOMAS, 456). RB C.J. SPILLER averages 8.31 yards per carry in ’12, trailing only HOFer JIM BROWN in ’63 (8.51 avg., 78 att. 664 yards) &CHARLIE GARNER in ’02 (8.35 avg., 40 att., 334 yards) for highest yards-per-carry avg. through team’s 1st 4 games of season since ’60 (min. 40 att.)…WR DONALD JONES had career-long 68-yard TD catch last week…TE SCOTT CHANDLER is tied among TEs with NFL-best 4 TD rec…DT KYLE WILLIAMS has 3.5 sacks in past 3…S JAIRUS BYRD had 2 FFs & FR last week…49ERS: In career, SF is 12-0 when QB ALEX SMITH starts & has 100+ rating. Has won 17 of past 21 starts. QB COLIN KAEPERNICK rushed for 50 yards & 1st career TD last week…49ers had 3 rushing TDs vs. Jets: Kaepernick & RBs FRANK GORE & KENDALL HUNTER. 49ers rushed for 245 yards in Week 4. Since 2006, Gore has 7,343 rush yards, 2nd most in NFL…Incl. playoffs, TE VERNON DAVIS has 8 TDs in past 6. Since Jan. 1 (incl. playoffs), Davis ties for lead among all NFL players with 8 rec. TDs. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 34 TDs. WR RANDY MOSS has 12 TDs in 10 career meetings. In 11/18/07 game vs. Buf. (with NE), Moss had career-high 4 rec. TDs (10 catches for 128 yards). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE aims for 12th in row with 2+ catches. WR MARIO MANNINGHAM had 5 catches for 56 yards in last game vs. Buf. (10/16/11 with NYG)…DT JUSTIN SMITH had sack in last game vs. Buf. Has started 175 games in row, 3rd longest active streak by defensive player. LB ALDON SMITH has 18.5 sacks in past 17. LB PATRICK WILLIS had INT last week. Since 2007, is 1 of 5 players with 15+ sacks (17) & 5+ INTs (6). CB CARLOS ROGERS had 51-yard FR-TD last week.

SUNDAY NIGHT

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-4)

SERIES

CHARGERS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 7-3  
STREAKS 4 of past 6 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 1-2 Kromer: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 37-20 at Chiefs L 28-27 at Packers
LAST GAME 10/26/08: Chargers 32 at Saints 37. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 339 yards & 3 TDs against former team as Saints defeat San Diego in London.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/7/97: Chargers 20, Saints 6. San Diego S Rodney Harrison records FR-TD & TE Freddie Jones adds 21-yard TD reception in Chargers victory.
BROADCAST NBC (7:20 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya. Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (SD), 93 (NO). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (SD), 226 (NO). 

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 87-126-897-6-4-91.9 Brees: 110-191-1,350 (1L)-10 (3L)-5-86.1
RUSHING Battle: 32-163-5.1-3 (T3C) P. Thomas: 28-152-5.4-0
RECEIVING Floyd: 15-250-16.7-1 J. Graham (TE): 24-248-10.3-3 (T3C)
OFFENSE 311.8 401.5
TAKE/GIVE +3 0
DEFENSE 317.5 463.3
SACKS Phillips: 3.5 Galette: 2
INTs Cason, Weddle: 2 (T1C) Greer, P. Robinson: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 52.2 (1L) Morstead: 55.1 (1C)
KICKING Kaeding: 27 (6/6 PAT; 7/7 FG) Hartley: 30 (12/12 PAT; 6/8 FG)

NOTES

LAST MEETING b/w teams was at London’s Wembley Stadium…CHARGERSSeek 3-0 start on road…QB PHILIP RIVERS (25,182) reached 25,000 passing yards in 104th game last wk; only 6 players reached milestone in fewer games. Is 40-8 (.833) as starter when posting 100+ rating. Passed for 341 yds w/ 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 104.3 rating in only start vs. NO…RB RYAN MATHEWS has 3 career 100-yard rush games on road (120, 125, 112)…TE ANTONIO GATES (7,907) needs 74 rec. yards to surpass HOFers JACKIE SMITH (7,918) & OZZIE NEWSOME (7,980) for 4th-most career rec. yds by TE. Gates (76) trails only HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (81) for most rec. TD in team history…WR MALCOM FLOYD (192) needs 8 rec. to reach 200…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS (63.5) 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…CB ANTOINE CASON aims for 3rd in row with INT…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES faces former team (2001-05) for 2nd time. In last mtg, passed for 339 yards with 3 TDs for 121.9 rating. Has TD pass in 47 consec. games, tied for longest streak in NFL history (HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS, 47). Had 446 yards, 3 TDs & 109 rating last wk…RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES faces former team (2005-10) for 1st time. Was 4th round pick (130 overall) by SD in 2005 & had 6,469 KR, 1,400 rec., 1,154 rush & 935 PR yards as Charger. Since 2011, leads NFL RBs w/ 109 rec…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has TD in 6 of past 7. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 9 TDs in past 10 vs. AFC, incl. 4 TDs in past 3. Had 153 rec yds. & TD last wk. WR LANCE MOORE had 6 catches for 90 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 7 rec. TDs in past 9. WR JOSEPH MORGAN had 80-yard TD catch last week, 1st TD of career…Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB. CB PATRICK ROBINSON had INT last wk.

MONDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 8, 2012

HOUSTON TEXANS (4-0) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-2)

SERIES

TEXANS JETS
SERIES LEADER   5-0
STREAKS   5-0
COACHES VS. OPP. Kubiak: 0-3 Ryan: 2-0
LAST WEEK W 38-14 vs. Titans L 34-0 vs. 49ers
LAST GAME 11/21/10: Texans 27 at Jets 30. New York QB Mark Sanchez passes for 315 yards & 3 TDs. Jets WR Santonio Holmes has 2 TD catches, incl. game-winner with 0:10 remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/10
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Hou.), 93 (NYJ). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Hou.), 226 (NYJ).

STATS

PASSING Schaub: 83-124-953-7-1-105.3 (3L) Sanchez: 63-128-813-5-4-69.6
RUSHING Foster: 103-380 (2C)-3.7-4 (T1L) Greene: 68-191-2.8-1
RECEIVING Daniels (TE): 19-232-12.2-2 Holmes: 20-272-13.6-1
OFFENSE 370.3 284.0
TAKE/GIVE +7 (2C) -2
DEFENSE 273.0 (1L) 370.3
SACKS Watt: 7.5 (1L) McIntyre: 2
INTs Jackson: 2 (T2C) 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Do. Jones: 47.6 Malone: 45.3
KICKING S. Graham: 36 (3C) (15/15 PAT; 7/8 FG) Folk: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

TEXANSStarted 4-0 for 1st time in team history…QB MATT SCHAUB ranks 2nd in AFC with 105.3 rating. In past 8 starts, Schaub is 8-0 & has completed 142 of 215 passes (66.0 pct.) for 1,835 yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 107.4 rating…RB ARIAN FOSTER aims for 3rd consecutive MNF gm with 100+ rush yards (102, 100). Had 143 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 59 rec.) with 2 TDs in only gm vs. NYJ on 11/21/10. Since ’10, Foster averages NFL-best 97.6 rush yards per game…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (9,924) needs 76 rec. yards to reach 10,000 career. Since ’03, Johnson averages NFL-best 78.8 rec. yards per game (9,924 yards in 126 games)…TE OWEN DANIELS aims for 3rd straight gm with TD rec…Defense allows AFC-low in pts. per gm (14), yards per game (273) & pass yards per gm (182.8)…DE J.J. WATT became 1st player to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of team’s 1st 4 games since KEVIN GREENE in ’98 last week…CB KAREEM JACKSON (63) & S DANIEAL MANNING (55) each had INT-return TDs last week…LB BRIAN CUSHING attended Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) HS…JETSClub has won past 2 at home on MNF…Jets have won 6 of past 9 in Oct…QB MARK SANCHEZ is 2-0 against Texans & has 587 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 93.1 passer rating. Club has 8-2 record when Sanchez has 100+ passer rating…Club is 4-0 when RB SHONN GREENE has 100+ rush yards…WR JEREMY KERLEY averages 19.7 yards per catch in ’12 (10 receptions, 197 yards)…WR CHAZ SCHILENS aims for 3rd straight game with TD catch against Texans. TE DUSTIN KELLER has registered 9 of 15 career TD receptions at home…CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE had 2 INTs, incl. 91-yard INT-return TD against Texans on 10/28/07…LB DAVID HARRIS leads team with 37 tackles…LB CALVIN PACE posted 40th career sack last week. Pace has 3.5 sacks in past 3 on MNF…Since ’11, KR JOE MC KNIGHT has 30.5 KR avg., 2nd-highest in NFL (PERCY HARVIN, 34.6 avg.).

TheSTN – NFL Season Enters Second Quarter

The first quarter of the NFL season is over and 19 teams are currently either in first place or within a game of the top spot in the division.  But there’s a lot of season left to be played.

“We’re a quarter of the way through the season and we’re right where we need to be in terms of our record,” says quarterback MATT RYAN of the 4-0 Atlanta Falcons. “We feel like we can get a lot better and that’s what we’re going to set out to do. We’re going to keep trying to improve and hopefully play better.”

All 32 teams know there’s room for improvement.  And, while not every club has gotten off to a hot start, nothing is a given in the NFL. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 94 teams (35.6 percent of the 264 playoff clubs) have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-2 or worse. There were four such teams – Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver and Pittsburgh – last season.

“We’re 2-2, it’s not a great record, but we’re getting better,” says New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY. “We have to keep building on the good things and try to eliminate the bad things. We’re trying to make improvements every week.”

In five of the past 11 seasons, a team that has started 2-2 or worse has advanced to the Super Bowl. Three of those clubs – 2001 Patriots (1-3), 2003 Patriots (2-2) and 2007 Giants (2-2) – went on to win the Super Bowl.

That’s the unpredictability of the NFL. So entering Week 5, while it certainly helps to be near the top of the standings, don’t count anyone out.

Through the first quarter of the season, there have been 36 games decided by one score (eight points or fewer), tied for the third-most through a season’s first four weeks in NFL history. And games have gone down to the wire. In the past two weeks, there have been 10 games in which the game-winning points were scored in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime. What’s in store in Week 5? Some of the key games this weekend:

ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-0) at ST. LOUIS RAMS (2-2)
(Thursday, NFL Network, 8:00 PM ET)

The Cardinals are 4-0 for the first time since 1974 and have won 11 of their past 13 games, the best record in the NFL over that span. In last week’s 24-21 win over Miami, Arizona quarterback KEVIN KOLB (324 yards, 3 TDs) connected with wide receiver ANDRE ROBERTS (118 yards, 2 TDs) on a 15-yard touchdown on fourth down to tie the game with 22 seconds remaining and force overtime. In the extra session, JAY FEELY kicked a 46-yard field goal to cap a stirring comeback for the Cardinals, who won for the first time since 1999 after trailing by at least 13 points at halftime.

“We’re not where we want to be yet,” says Feely, “but we’re 4-0.”

Arizona will travel to St. Louis to face the 2-2 Rams in a key NFC West matchup. The NFC West leads all divisions with 11 combined wins this season.

St. Louis defeated Seattle 19-13 in Week 4 as rookie punter JOHNNY HEKKER threw his first career touchdown pass (two yards to DANNY AMENDOLA on a fake field goal) and rookie kicker GREG ZUERLEINkicked four field goals and became the first player in NFL history with a 60-yard (60) and 50-yard (58) field goal in the same game.

“We’ve got a quick turnaround going into this week, so it’s definitely much nicer to come off a win than a loss,” says Rams quarterback SAM BRADFORD. “It’s going to be a challenge and we’ve got to get our minds ready for Arizona.”

DENVER BRONCOS (2-2) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-2)
(Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)                

PEYTON MANNING will lead his new team into New England to face TOM BRADY and the Patriots in a matchup of two of the game’s marquee quarterbacks.

Last week, Manning passed for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Broncos’ 37-6 win over Oakland. It marked Manning’s first such performance in just his fourth game with Denver; in his previous four active seasons (2007-10), he only recorded two games with at least 330 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“He’s getting more comfortable,” says Broncos head coach JOHN FOX about his quarterback. “The type of guy he is, he’s going to get better and better.”

Brady passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 52-28 win at Buffalo. Brady extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD pass to 36 games – tied for the third-longest in NFL history – and the Patriots became the second team ever with two 100-yard rushers (BRANDON BOLDEN and STEVAN RIDLEY) and two 100-yard receivers (WES WELKER and ROB GRONKOWSKI) in the same game (Green Bay, 12/28/08).

The Patriots, who trailed 14-7 at halftime, scored 45 second-half points. New England is the first team since the 1950 New York Giants (48 points) to score at least 45 second-half points in a game in which it trailed at halftime.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-1) at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-4)
(Sunday, NBC, 8:20 PM ET)                

The Chargers and Saints will meet for the first time since 2008 when the teams played in the International Series game at London’s Wembley Stadium.

New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, who began his career with San Diego (2001-05), has thrown a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games and will look to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for the longest streak in NFL history. He will also aim to guide the Saints to the team’s first victory and build momentum as the season enters the second quarter.

“I’d obviously love to be talking about a win,” said Brees after the Saints’ 28-27 loss at Green Bay, “but certainly it’s significant to even be mentioned in the same realm as Johnny Unitas. His career speaks for itself.”

The Chargers sit atop the AFC West with a 3-1 record after last week’s 37-20 win at Kansas City. San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. He also surpassed the 25,000-yard passing mark, reaching the milestone in 3,144 attempts. He is the fifth-fastest to accomplish the feat in NFL history.

HOUSTON TEXANS (4-0) at NEW YORK JETS (2-2)
(Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)                

The AFC’s lone unbeaten team – the 4-0 Texans – will travel to MetLife Stadium to face the Jets on Monday night.

Houston is 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. Last week, the Texans defeated Tennessee 38-14. Quarterback MATT SCHAUB is second in the AFC with a 105.3 passer rating with seven touchdowns and one interception. Defensive end J.J. WATT leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks and is the first player since KEVIN GREENE in 1998 to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of his team’s first four games.

“It feels great to end the month of September 4-0,” says Schaub. “It’s great for our team and organization. But there are a lot of things that we can correct. We’re fortunate and happy to be 4-0.”

The Jets will look to rebound after last week’s loss to San Francisco. Despite the loss, New York enters Week 5 tied for first in the AFC East with New England and Buffalo at 2-2.

“I know the character of the men in that room and that’s what I’m betting on,” says Jets head coach REX RYAN. “We’ll get it done. We’ll get it fixed. We need to start being better and we need to start now.”

TheSTN – NFL: The Week That Was… Week 4

NFL MILESTONES

  • SCORES GALORENFL teams in Week 4 scored 699 points, bringing the season total to 2,986 points. It marks the most points scored through the first four weeks of a season (2,916 in 2011) and the most of any four-week stretch (2,961 in 2004, Weeks 12-15) in NFL history.

Through Week 4, teams have combined to score 47.40 points per game, the highest average through Week 4 since 1970 (45.56 in 2011).

Teams have combined to score 327 touchdowns through Week 4, the most ever through the first four weeks of a season (321 in 2011).

  • FINE FINISHES: Eight games in Week 4 were decided by eight points or fewer. To date, 36 games in 2012 have been decided by eight points or fewer, tied for the third-most such games through the first four weeks of a season in NFL history (37 in 1988 and 2011).
  • IT’S STILL EARLYIn the first four weeks of 2012, 30 of the 32 clubs (93.8 percent) earned at least one win. The 30 teams with at least one victory through Week 4 ties 2005 (30 teams) for the most through four games since realignment in 2002.
  • UNPREDICTABLE NFLThere were 20 teams with a 1-1 record at the end of Week 2, the most in in a single season in NFL history. Since realignment in 2002, 70 of the 120 playoff teams (58.3 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including four teams which went on to win the Super Bowl that season (TAMPA BAY, XXXVII; NEW ENGLAND, XXXVIII; NEW YORK GIANTS, XLII and XLVI).
  • OT THRILLSIn Week 3, three games were decided in overtime on Sunday, September 23rd. That marked the first day since November 7, 2010 with three overtime games, one shy of the league record of four(October 8, 1995 and October 20, 2002). Additionally, Week 3 featured four other games in which the game-winning points were scored in the final minute. It is only the second time in NFL history (Week 6, 1995) that seven games had the winning points scored in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime in a single week.
  • PASS TIMEThere were 14 300-yard passing performances in Week 4, bringing the season total to 40. The 40 individual 300-yard passing games are the second-most through the first four weeks of any NFL season (44 in 2011).

TEAMS

  • UNDEFEATEDThree NFL teams – ARIZONA, ATLANTA and HOUSTON – are undefeated through Week 4.
  • The Arizona Cardinals recorded the franchise’s 500th regular-season victory with a 24-21 overtime win on Sunday against Miami, becoming the ninth team in NFL history with 500 regular-season victories.
  • Arizona has won 11 of its past 13 games and has started 4-0 for the first time since 1974.
  • The Cardinals are the 11th team in the past nine years to start a season 4-0 after beginning 1-3 or 0-4 in the previous year. Nine of the previous 10 advanced to the postseason.
  • The Atlanta Falcons have started 4-0 for the first time since 2004 and only the third time in franchise history (1986, 2004).
  • The Houston Texans reached 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
  • SLIMMEST MARGIN: PHILADELPHIA (3-1) has won three of its first four games by a combined score of four points. They are the first team in NFL history whose first three wins of a season were for a combined margin of four or fewer points. The Eagles were also the first team in NFL history to start 2-0 and win each of its games by one point.

PLAYERS

  • PERSISTENT PASSERS: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 28-27 Week 4 loss at Green Bay. Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (1956-60) for the longest streak in NFL history. Unitas’ mark of 47 consecutive games with a TD pass stood alone for 18,291 days.

New England’s TOM BRADY threw three touchdown passes in the Patriots’ 52-28 win at Buffalo. Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games, tied with BRETT FAVRE (2002-04) for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

  • LEAD MANNINGDenver quarterback PEYTON MANNING has passed for at least 300 yards in two of the Broncos first four games. In Week 3, Manning’s 330 yard performance marked his 64th career 300-yard game, passing Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback DAN MARINO (63) for the most in NFL history. In the Broncos 37-6 win over Oakland on Sunday, Manning threw for 338 yards to bring his career total to 65 such games.

Manning completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 253 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 129.2 passer rating in the Broncos’ 31-19 win over Pittsburgh on Kickoff Weekend. Manning (401) joined BRETT FAVRE (508) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420) as the only players in NFL history to record 400 career touchdown passes. Manning reached the mark in the fewest games (209) in NFL history.

  • YOUTH IS SERVEDThe average age of the 32 starting quarterbacks on Kickoff Weekend was 27-years, 354-days old, the youngest such group to open a season in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

Five rookie quarterbacks – ROBERT GRIFFIN III of Washington, ANDREW LUCK of Indianapolis, RYAN TANNEHILL of Miami, BRANDON WEEDEN of Cleveland and RUSSELL WILSON of Seattle – started on Kickoff Weekend, the most rookie quarterbacks to start a team’s opening game since at least 1950 (three in 1968 and 1969).