TheSTN – NFL: AFC Players OF The Week Announced

JAMAAL CHARLES of the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive end MICHAEL JOHNSON of the Cincinnati Bengals and kick returner-running back DARIUS REYNAUD of the Tennessee Titans are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the third week of the 2012 season (September 20, 23-24).

 

 

 

 

OFFENSE: RB JAMAAL CHARLES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

  • Charles rushed for 233 yards on 33 carries (7.1 average), including a 91-yard touchdown run in the Chiefs’ 27-24 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints.
  • Charles also registered six receptions for 55 yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (November 19, 1961) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 225 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in the same game.
  • Charles’ 233 rushing yards and 288 scrimmage yards are the most in a game in the NFL this season.
  • In the third quarter, Charles registered a career-long 91-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing TD in the NFL in 2012.
  • Totaled 196 of his 233 rushing yards for the game in the second half/overtime.
  • Through Week 3, Charles has an NFL-best 323 rushing yards.
  • Has helped the Chiefs average a league-high 441.7 total yards per game in 2012.
  • In his fifth year from Texas, this is Charles’ second career Offensive Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2009 (Week 11).

DEFENSE: DE MICHAEL JOHNSON, CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Johnson recorded seven tackles and a career-high three sacks for a loss of 17 yards in the Bengals’ 38-31 win at Washington.
  • Johnson played a significant role in a defense that limited the Redskins to 168 passing yards.
  • Helped a Cincinnati defense hold Washington to a 25 percent (3-12) conversion rate on third-downs.
  • Through Week 3, Johnson anchors a Bengals defense that ranks first in the AFC with 11 sacks. He is tied for second in the AFC with four sacks.
  • In his fourth season from Georgia Tech, this is Johnson’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.
  • Johnson is the first Cincinnati defensive lineman to win Defensive Player of the Week since ANTWAN ODOM in 2009 (Week 2).

SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-RB DARIUS REYNAUD, TENNESSEE TITANS

  • Reynaud returned four kickoffs for 174 yards (43.5 average), including an 105-yard kickoff return-touchdown in the Titans’ 44-41 overtime win over the Detroit Lions.
  • In the first quarter, Reynaud fielded Lions’ BEN GRAHAM’s punt and lateraled across the field to TOMMIE CAMPBELL, who raced 65 yards for the game’s first touchdown and a 10-6 Titans lead.
  • In the fourth quarter, Reynaud scored his first career touchdown on a 105-yard kickoff return. It was the longest play in franchise history.
  • In his fourth season from West Virginia, this is Reynaud’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award.

2012 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore CB Tracy Porter, Denver PR-WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
Wk 2 RB Reggie Bush, Miami DE J.J. Watt, Houston PR-CB Adam Jones, Cincinnati
Wk 3 RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City DE Michael Johnson, Cincinnati KR-RB Darius Reynaud, Tennessee

 

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 3 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON, who completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 percent) for 328 yards with three touchdowns versus one interception and a 132.9 passer rating.
  • Buffalo quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK, who completed 22 of 35 passes (62.9 percent) for 208 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 107.8 passer rating in the Bills’ 24-14 win at Cleveland.
  • New York Jets wide receiver SANTONIO HOLMES, who had nine catches for 147 yards (16.3 average) in the Jets’ 23-20 overtime win at Miami.
  • Jacksonville running back MAURICE JONES-DREW, who totaled 177 yards on 28 carries (6.3 average) with one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 22-17 win at Indianapolis.
  • Tennessee quarterback JAKE LOCKER, who completed 29 of 42 passes (69 percent) for 378 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 113 passer rating.
  • Oakland running back DARREN MC FADDEN, who rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries (6.3 average), including a 64-yard touchdown run in the Raiders’ 34-31 win over Pittsburgh.
  • Houston quarterback MATT SCHUAB, who completed 17 of 30 passes (56.7 percent) for 290 yards with four touchdowns versus one interception and a 115.3 passer rating in the Texans’ 31-25 win at Denver.
  • Baltimore wide receiver TORREY SMITH, who had six receptions for 127 yards (21.2 average) with two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 31-30 win over New England.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 3 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Kansas City linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON, who had four tackles, three sacks and two passes defensed.
  • New York Jets safety LA RON LANDRY, who had two tackles and an 18-yard interception-touchdown return.
  • Baltimore linebacker RAY LEWIS, who tied for a team-high with 10 tackles.
  • Houston defensive end J.J. WATT, who had seven tackles and 2.5 sacks.
  • Oakland linebacker PHILIP WHEELER, who had 11 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed.
  • Buffalo defensive end MARIO WILLIAMS, who posted four tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 3 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • New York Jets kicker NICK FOLK, who connected on all three field goals, including a 33-yard game-winning field goal in overtime.
  • Oakland kicker SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, who connected on two field goals, including a 43-yard game-winning field goal.
  • Kansas City kicker RYAN SUCCOP, who connected on a franchise-record six field goals (25, 45, 34, 38, 43, 31), including a 31-yard game-winning field goal in overtime.
  • Baltimore rookie kicker JUSTIN TUCKER, who connected on a 27-yard game-winning field goal.

TheSTN – Joint Statement from NFL and NFLRA

The NFL and NFLRA are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement tonight on an eight-year collective bargaining agreement, subject to ratification by the NFLRA.

“Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement.”

“Our Board of Directors has unanimously approved taking this proposed CBA to the membership for a ratification vote,” said Scott Green, president of the NFLRA. “We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week’s games.”

TheSTN – NFL: Entering Week 4 Only Three Teams Remain Undefeated

As the NFL enters the quarter point of the season, only three teams can boast a perfect 3-0 record: Arizona, Atlanta and Houston. Since realignment in 2002, that is tied for the fewest undefeated clubs through the first three games.

“The 3-0 start doesn’t really mean anything to me other than we have another game next week,” says Cardinals head coach KEN WHISENHUNT. “That’s the focus that we have to have. We’ve stayed consistent in our approach and that’s paid off for us. That’s our challenge going forward. I think that we have the guys to do it.”

While a strong start to the season is a good thing – 75.7 percent of teams (84 of 111) that started 3-0 since 1990 made the playoffs – it is hardly a guarantee of future success. There is still a lot of football left to be played.

“Our guys have a good understanding that we have to get better each and every week,” says Falcons head coach MIKE SMITH. “We want to continue to build on what we’ve done. We have a good foundation in place the first three weeks, but that’s just the first three weeks. We’ve got to be ready to handle adversity when adversity comes.”

A look at the three remaining unbeaten clubs:

ARIZONA: The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 1974. Dating back to last season, the club has won 10 of its past 12 games, the best mark in the NFL.

“This is new territory for everybody on this team,” says wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who last week became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 700 career receptions. “Nobody on this team was born in 1974, so it’s a good feeling and we want to just keep this rolling.”

Through the first three weeks of the season, a league-record 248 touchdowns have been scored. However, the Cardinals, led by second-year defensive coordinator RAY HORTON, have allowed just two TDs, the fewest in the league.

“That defense is for real,” says NFL Network analyst MICHAEL LOMBARDI about the Cardinals. “That defense is tough. What Ken Whisenhunt has done with this football team, he could win Coach of the Year after three games. He’s played to the strength of his football team.”

Arizona has allowed only 40 points this season – 13.3 points per game – and is the only team in the league to hold each opponent to fewer than 20 points.

“Their strength is on defense and they are as advertised,” says NFL Network analyst BRIAN BILLICK. “They are physical and they are talented.”

ATLANTA: The Falcons have started 3-0 for the first time since 2004 and only the fourth time in franchise history (1981, 1986, 2004).

“The Falcons have gone out there and handled their business,” says NFL Network analyst JAMIE DUKES. “They have two quality road wins already. (Defensive coordinator) MIKE NOLAN has been the key catalyst for this team. While (quarterback) MATT RYAN has taken that next step, it’s really what that defense is doing that is setting them over the top.”

Ryan leads the league with a 114.0 passer rating, completing 77 of 107 passes (72.0 percent) for 793 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception. In his career, the Falcons are 26-0 when he has a 100.0+ passer rating.

Defensively, the Falcons are one of only four teams that has not allowed 50 points yet this season (48; 16.0 points per game). Last week, in Atlanta’s 27-3 victory, the Falcons held the Chargers without a touchdown, snapping San Diego’s streak of 151 consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown, the second longest in NFL history. Atlanta has forced a league-high 11 turnovers and top the NFL with a +10 turnover differential.

“They’ve made a statement,” says NBC analyst TONY DUNGY. “The defense is playing great and Matt Ryan has outplayed (Denver’s) Peyton Manning and (San Diego’s) Philip Rivers in six days.”

HOUSTON: The Texans are 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. After winning the team’s first-ever division title and playoff game in 2011, Houston has set bigger goals in 2012.

“When you look at this team on paper, and then what they put out on the field, they are the best all-around team,” says NFL Network analyst and former running back LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON. “They’ve got talent at the skill positions with (wide receiver) ANDRE JOHNSON, (running backs) ARIAN FOSTER and BEN TATE and (quarterback) MATT SCHAUB. And (defensive coordinator) WADE PHILLIPShas this defense playing unbelievably well. They’re aggressive and they really get after you.”

Schaub is third in the AFC with a 102.4 passer rating and Foster ties for the NFL lead with four total touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving).

Defensively, the Texans have allowed an AFC-low four total touchdowns and 42 points (14.0 per game). Houston is allowing just 255.7 total yards per game, the best mark in the AFC and the second-best in the NFL.

“(Owner) BOB MC NAIR should be excited,” says Dungy. “He’s got a great offense, but they’ve also got a great defense.”

The Cardinals, Falcons and Texans all rank amongst the leaders in fewest points allowed this season. Arizona is second (40 points), Houston is third (42) and Atlanta is fourth (48).

TEAM

POINTS ALLOWED

POINTS ALLOWED/GAME

RECORD

Seattle

39

13.0

2-1

Arizona

40

13.3

3-0

Houston

42

14.0

3-0

Atlanta

48

16.0

3-0

The three undefeated teams also rank amongst the leaders in fewest touchdowns allowed in 2012. Arizona leads the league (two), Houston is tied for second (four) and Atlanta is tied for sixth (six).

TEAM

TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED

TDs ALLOWED/GAME

RECORD

Arizona

2

0.67

3-0

Houston

4

1.33

3-0

Seattle

4

1.33

2-1

Chicago

5

1.67

2-1

Minnesota

5

1.67

2-1

Atlanta*

6

2.00

3-0

*One of seven teams tied

Arizona, Atlanta and Houston will all attempt to reach 4-0 this weekend. The last time each club started a season with four consecutive wins:

TEAM SEASON START SEASON RESULT
Arizona 1974 7-0 10-4; Won division and advanced to Divisional Playoff.
Atlanta 2004 4-0 11-5; Won division and advanced to NFC Championship Game.
Houston Team has never started 4-0 in franchise history. Joined NFL in 2002.

 

TheSTN – NFL: AFC Divisional Matchups On Display In Week 4

With competitive balance at an all-time high, division wins early in the season lay a foundation for future success.

“You know ultimately at the end of the day, coming down the stretch you’re going to have to beat those teams in your division,” says NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP quarterback KURT WARNER. “To go in and beat them early, gain that confidence, get a lead on them, becomes so important. At the end of the day, you just have to win your division. Anytime you can gain that confidence or that edge over those teams, especially early in the season, it’s huge.”

The highest winning percentage against division opponents in September since 2002:

TEAM

WIN-LOSS RECORD

WIN PCT.

DIVISION TITLES SINCE 2002

Denver Broncos

11-2

.846

2

Indianapolis Colts

11-4

.733

7

Green Bay Packers

10-5

.667

5

New England Patriots

10-5

.667

8

New York Giants

9-5

.643

3

Week 4 features five divisional games in the AFC – and nine overall – starting with an AFC North matchup as the Cleveland Browns (0-3) travel to face the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) on Thursday night (NFL Network, 8:00 PM ET).

The Ravens have won 12 consecutive games at home, the longest current home win streak in the NFL and hope to extend the mark.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge for us,” says JOHN HARBAUGH, who owns an 18-7 (.720) record against the AFC North since being named the Ravens’ head coach in 2008. “A division game, a big rivalry game, it’s always a very emotional game against the Browns. We’ve played a lot of tough games against these guys. We expect it to be another one of those kind of games.”

In the AFC South, the Houston Texans (3-0) will host the Tennessee Titans (1-2) on Sunday (CBS, 1:00 PM ET).

The Texans are 3-0 for the first time in franchise history and enter Week 4 as the lone undefeated team in the AFC. Houston has been led by a stingy defense that has allowed an AFC-low in points per game (14), yards per game (255.7) and passing yards per game (188) this season.

“It’s a great start,” says Texans head coach GARY KUBIAK. “We finish the first quarter of the season this week. I think they’re very humble. They understand that if they just play good football, they’re going to win games.”

In Week 3, Tennessee became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of at least 60 yards in a game in their 44-41 overtime win over Detroit. The Titans own a 14-6 (.700) record all-time against the Texans.

The AFC East matchup on Sunday (CBS, 1:00 PM ET) will feature the New England Patriots (1-2) against the Buffalo Bills (2-1) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Patriots, who have the highest winning percentage against division opponents since 2002 (47-13; .783), aim to rebound from consecutive losses in Week 2 and 3.

“I’m sure this will be another real hostile environment for our team as we’ve seen in Buffalo before,” says Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK. “It will be another big challenge for us going on the road here against a team that’s really playing well. I think that CHAN GAILEY, as usual, does a real good job with this football team. They’re an explosive team, both running the ball and throwing it offensively, they can sack the quarterback, stop the run and play good pass defense as well.”

The teams with the highest winning percentage against division opponents since 2002:

TEAM

WIN-LOSS RECORD

WIN PCT.

DIVISION TITLES SINCE 2002

New England Patriots

47-13

.783

8

Indianapolis Colts

44-17

.721

7

Pittsburgh Steelers

43-17

.717

5

Green Bay Packers

43-18

.705

5

San Diego Chargers

39-22

.639

5

The Denver Broncos (1-2) will host their long-time rivals, the Oakland Raiders (1-2), on Sunday (CBS, 4:05 PM ET).

Raiders rookie head coach DENNIS ALLEN recorded his first career win last week in a 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Allen, who spent the 2011 season as the Broncos defensive coordinator, leads a Raider team that has won its past four games at Denver.

“It’s a division opponent, it’s a big game,” says Allen. “We’ve got a challenge to face the Denver Broncos and we’re going to come up with a good plan. Our focus is going to be on our team trying to exploit whatever weaknesses Denver has and eliminate the times they’re able to exploit whatever vulnerabilities we have.”

The fifth AFC division contest in Week 4 features the San Diego Chargers (2-1) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) in an AFC West matchup at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday (CBS 1:00 PM ET). San Diego, which suffered its first loss of the season in Week 3, has quickly shifted its focus to Kansas City.

“I’m way deep into thinking about Kansas City already,” says Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS. “And I think that the other guys are also there. In this league there’s no time to dwell on things unless it’s on things that can help you. We have a chance to be 3-1 after the first quarter of the season, which is a heck of a start.”

The Chiefs, who posted their first win of the season last week, overcame a 24-6 deficit to defeat New Orleans 27-24 in overtime. Kansas City was led by running back JAMAAL CHARLES, who rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown (91 yards) and hauled in six receptions for 55 yards. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (November 19, 1961) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 225 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in the same game.

“We needed to find a way to get a win and we got it,” says Chiefs tackle ERIC WINSTON. “Now we’re playing for first place. That’s how much fun this league is and with the division games, obviously they’re so important. If you win those you’re probably going to make the playoffs. It’s exciting.”

TheSTN – NFL: Week 4 Game Capsules & Previews

WEEK 4 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-3) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1)

SERIES

BROWNS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER   19-7
STREAKS   Past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Shurmur: 0-2 Harbaugh: 8-0
LAST WEEK L 24-14 vs. Bills W 31-30 vs. Patriots
LAST GAME 12/24/11: Browns 14 at Ravens 20. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco throws 5-yard TD pass to TE Ed Dickson & 42-yard TD pass to RB Ray Rice as Ravens hold on for Week 16 win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/24/11
BROADCAST NFLN (8:00 PM ET): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Cle.), 93 (Bal.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Cle.), 226 (Bal.). 

STATS

PASSING Weeden (R): 65-115-677-3-6-60.7 Flacco: 71-110-913 (1C)-6 (T3C)-2-101.1
RUSHING Richardson (R): 50-175-3.5-2 Rice: 46-268-5.8-3 (T1L)
RECEIVING Richardson (R) (RB): 11-65-5.9-1 Pitta (TE): 18-188-10.4-2
OFFENSE 296.3 419.3 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE 0 + 3 (3C)
DEFENSE 391.7 401.3
SACKS D. Jackson: 3 Ellerbe, Ngata: 2.5
INTs D. Jackson: 2 (T1C) E. Reed: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Hodges: 43.7 Koch: 47.4
KICKING Dawson: 21 (6/6 PAT; 5/5 FG) Tucker (R): 32 (2C) (11/11 PAT; 7/7 FG)

NOTES

BROWNSRookie QB BRANDON WEEDEN passed for 322 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 114.9 passer rating in 1st career AFC North road game (vs. Cin.). Completed at least 1 pass to 9 different players last week…Rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON aims for 3rd consecutive game with rush TD. Richardson leads AFC rookies with 175 rush yards. Has team-high 11 catches…WR GREG LITTLE has 2 TD catches in past 3 road games. Rookie WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN recorded 1st TD catch of career last week…TE JORDAN CAMERON had career-best in catches (5) & yards (45) last week…Defense has 9 sacks in ’12, tied for 2nd-most in AFC…Browns lead AFC with 5 INTs this season…S T.J. WARD leads team with 24 tackles…KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS had 84-yard PR-TD in last game at Bal…RAVENSClub aims for 13th consecutive win at home…Ravens are 10-3 (.769) at home vs. Browns, incl. 4 consecutive wins…Won last game on TNF vs. 49ers…QB JOE FLACCO is 8-0 vs. Browns & has 10 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 94.4 passer rating. Ravens are 25-2 (.926) when he has 100+ rating. For career, Flacco has 29-5 (.853) record at home…In past 5 vs. Browns, RB RAY RICE is averaging 110.4 rush yards per game (552). Rushed for career-best 204 yards vs. Cle. on 12/4/11. Ravens are 12-2 (.857) when Rice has 100+ rush yards in game…WR TORREY SMITH tied career-high in catches (6) & posted 3rd 100-yard rec. game of career last week (152, 165, 127). WR ANQUAN BOLDIN tied career-best with 3 TD receptions vs. Browns on 9/26/10. WR JACOBY JONES is averaging 21.9 yards per catch in ’12 (7 rec., 153 yards)…TE DENNIS PITTA ranks 1st in AFC & 2nd in NFL among TEs with 18 catches…LB DANNELL ELLERBE has 2.5 sacks in past 2 games…S ED REED has 10 career INTs vs. Browns, tied for most against any opponent (10 vs. Cin.)…DT PERNELL MC PHEE had career-best 2 sacks vs. Cle. on 12/4/11…CB LARDARIUS WEBB has 2 INTs in past 3 vs. Browns.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (3-0)

SERIES

PANTHERS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER   22-12
STREAKS   7 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 0-2 Smith: 6-2
LAST WEEK L 36-7 vs. Giants W 27-3 at Chargers
LAST GAME 12/11/11: Falcons 31 at Panthers 23. Atlanta overcomes 23-7 1st-half deficit as QB Matt Ryan throws 4 TDs, including 2 in 4th quarter to rookie WR Julio Jones (17, 75).
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/11: Falcons 31, Panthers 17. Atlanta RB Michael Turner rushes for 139 yards & 2 TDs as Falcons outscore Carolina 17-0 in 4th quarter for comeback victory.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 134 (Car.), 92 (Atl.). XM: 225 (Atl.). 

STATS

PASSING Newton: 53-83-798-2-5-78.3 Ryan: 77-107-793-8 (T1L)-1-114.0 (1L)
RUSHING D. Williams: 31-118-3.8-1 Turner: 42-154-3.7-2
RECEIVING S. Smith: 14-296 (T3L)-21.1-0 Gonzalez (TE): 21-214-10.2-3 (T3L)
OFFENSE 363.7 345.0
TAKE/GIVE -6 +10 (1L)
DEFENSE 383.0 336.3
SACKS D. Edwards: 3.5 Abraham, Babineaux: 2
INTs Beason, Godfrey: 1 DeCoud: 3 (T2L)
PUNTING Nortman (R): 42.5 Bosher: 43.9
KICKING Medlock: 10 (7/7 PAT; 1/1 FG) Bryant: 28 (T3C) (10/10 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON rushed for 16th career TD last week, most by QB in 1st 2 NFL seasons. Had rush TD in last game at Atl. Is only player in NFL history with 20+ pass (23) & 15+ rush (16) TDs in 1st 19 NFL games…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS had 74-yard TD run in last meeting. When Williams has 18+ att., team is 15-3 (.833). RB JONATHAN STEWART had rush TD in last game at Atl…WR STEVE SMITH had 6 catches for 125 yards in last meeting. Has 4 games with 125+ rec. yards vs. Atl. WR BRANDON LA FELL is averaging 18.2 yards per catch. In past 4 vs. division, is averaging 20.4 yards per catch (14 catches, 285 yards). TE GREG OLSEN had 7 catches for 98 yards last week. Had 44-yard TD in last meeting…S CHARLES GODFREY has INT in each of 1st 5 NFL seasons. Has 10 career INTs. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 17 sacks in past 25. DT DWAN EDWARDS has 3.5 sacks & aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sack…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN is 4-0 at home vs. Car. with 107.7 rating. Leads NFL with 114 rating. In career, Falcons are 26-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating…RB MICHAEL TURNER has rushed for 727 yards (103.9 per game) & 11 TDs in past 7 meetings. Has 5 100-yard games in past 7 vs. Car. Had 4 rush TDs in 11/23/08 meeting & 3 rush TDs in 12/12/10 game vs. Car. Since joining Atl. in 2008, ranks 4th in NFL with 5,435 rush yards & is 2nd in NFL with 52 rush TDs…In past 5 at home, WR RODDY WHITEhas 39 catches for 573 yards (114.6 per game) & 4 TDs (4 100-yard games). Since 2007, has 490 rec., most in NFC. In only meeting, WR JULIO JONES had 3 catches for 104 yards (34.7 avg.) & TD (75 yards).TE TONY GONZALEZ aims for 4th in row with TD. Has 98 rec. TDs & needs 2 for 100…DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 114 sacks, most among active players. Has 8 sacks in career vs. Car. S THOMAS DE COUD had 2 INTs last week. LB SEAN WEATHERSPOON had sack in last meeting. S WILLIAM MOORE had INT in last meeting.

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-2) AT BUFFALO BILLS (2-1)

SERIES

PATRIOTS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 61-41-1  
STREAKS 21 of past 23  
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 21-4 Gailey: 1-4
LAST WEEK L 31-30 at Ravens W 24-14 at Browns
LAST GAME 1/1/12: Bills 21 at Patriots 49. New England RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushes for 2 TDs & TE Rob Gronkowski has 2 TD catches as Pats overcome 21-point 1st-quarter deficit.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/11: Bills 34, Patriots 31. Buffalo defense has 4 INTs, including 27 yard INT-TD by CB Drayton Florence. Bills’ Rian Lindell kicks game-winning 28-yard FG as time expires.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 91 (NE), 117 (Buf.). XM: 233 (Buf.). 

STATS

PASSING Brady: 79-118-887 (3C)-4-1-97.0 Fitzpatrick: 50-86-581-8 (T1L)-3-95.2
RUSHING Ridley: 52-233-4.5-1 Spiller: 33-308 (3L)-9.3-3 (T1L)
RECEIVING Lloyd: 22 (2C)-237-10.8-0 St. Johnson: 13-172-13.2-3 (T2C)
OFFENSE 391.0 371.0
TAKE/GIVE +4 (T1C) +1
DEFENSE 344.0 348.7
SACKS Cunningham, Jones (R): 1 Ky. Williams: 3
INTs Gregory, Wilson: 1 Scott: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Mesko: 38.3 Powell (R) (Pre.): 44.8
KICKING Gostkowski: 34 (1C) (7/7 PAT; 9/10 FG) Lindell: 15 (12/12 PAT; 1/1 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTSClub has won 10 of past 12 at Buf…BILL BELICHICK (193) needs win to surpass CHUCK KNOX (193) for 8th most among head coaches in NFL history…QB TOM BRADY (40,866) needs 57 passing yards to surpass KERRY COLLINS (40,922) for 11th-most passing yards in NFL history. Has thrown TD pass in 35 consecutive games, 4th-most in NFL history. For career, Brady is 18-2 vs. Bills with 46 TDs vs. 17 INTs & 102.4 rating…RB DANNY WOODHEAD averages 7 yards per carry vs. Bills (23 att., 161 yards). In last game at Buf., WR WES WELKER had career-high in catches (16) & rec. yards (217) & tied career-best in TD catches (2). Welker (6,356) needs 11 yards to surpass TROY BROWN (6,366) for 2nd-most rec. yards in Patriots history (STANLEY MORGAN, 10,352). Posted 1st 100-yard rec. game of season (142) & 24th of career last week. WR BRANDON LLOYD recorded 1st 100-yard receiving game as Patriot last week (108)…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ rec. yards & 2 TDs vs. Bills. Has 7 career TD catches in 4 career games vs. Buf…S PATRICK CHUNG has 2 INTs in past 3 vs. Buf…LB JEROD MAYO leads team with 33 tackles…BILLSClub has won 5 of past 6 in Sept…QB RYAN FITZPATRICK aims to join 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. In past 6 in Sept., Fitzpatrick has 17 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 99.8 rating. Passed for 369 yards vs. NE on 9/25/11, 2nd-most of career (382 vs. Bal. on 10/24/10)…Offense averages 178 rush yards per game in ’12, 2nd-most in AFC…RB TASHARD CHOICE gained 91 yards last week… Dating back to 1/1/12, WR STEVIE JOHNSON aims for 5th consecutive game with TD rec. Has 3 TDs in past 4 vs. Patriots. Rookie WR T.J. GRAHAMposted 1st TD reception of career last week…DT KYLE WILLIAMS has 3 sacks in past 2…DE MARK ANDERSON registered 10 sacks with NE last season…DE MARIO WILLIAMS posted 1st sack as Bill last week (1.5 total)…LB BRYAN SCOTT has 2 INTs in past 3 games…PR-CB LEODIS MC KELVIN has NFL-best 29.7 PR avg. in ’12.

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-1) AT DETROIT LIONS (1-2)

SERIES

VIKINGS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 66-33-2  
STREAKS 6 of past 9 Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Frazier: 0-3 Schwartz: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 24-13 vs. 49ers L 44-41 (OT) at Titans
LAST GAME 12/11/11: Vikings 28 at Lions 34. Detroit scores 31 1st-half points in division win. LB Stephen Tulloch records FR-TD & CB Alphonso Smith adds INT-TD as Lions defense forces 6 TOs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/11/11
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 106 (Min.), 93 (Det.). XM: 226 (Det.). 

STATS

PASSING Ponder: 68-97-713-4-0-104.9 (3C) Stafford: 84-122-863-3-4-83.5
RUSHING Peterson: 58-230-4.0-2 Smith: 29-115-4.0-1
RECEIVING Harvin: 27 (1L)-277-10.3-0 Johnson: 24 (3L)-369 (1L)-15.4-1
OFFENSE 353.3 436.0 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE 0 -2
DEFENSE 304.3 345.3
SACKS Henderson, Greenway: 2 Suh, C. Williams: 2
INTs Robinson: 1
PUNTING Kluwe: 47.3 Harris (’11 Jax.): 42.7
KICKING Walsh (R): 28 (T3C) (7/7 PAT; 7/7 FG) Hanson: 37 (2L) (7/7 PAT; 10/11 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER ranks 2nd in NFL with 70.1 comp. pct. (68 of 97) & has not thrown INT. Ranks 3rd in NFC with 104.9 rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs in past 2 & also has rush TD…Since entering NFL in 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads league with 6,982 rush yards & 66 rush TDs. In 9 career meetings, has rushed for 892 yards (99.1 per game) & 8 TDs (5 100-yard games). RB TOBY GERHART had 109 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 19 rec.) & rec. TD in last meeting…In last game vs. Det., WR-KR PERCY HARVIN had 10 catches for 69 yards & TD, 40 rush yards (10 avg.) & 47-yard KR. Leads NFL with 27 catches. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 2 TD catches last week…DE JARED ALLEN aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with 3+ sacks. In past 3 meetings, has 6.5 sacks, 36-yard INT-TD & FF. Has 12.5 sacks in 9 games vs. Det. Has 33 sacks in past 28, incl. 21.5 in past 17. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 106 sacks. LB CHAD GREENWAY had 2 sacks last week. DT KEVIN WILLIAMS had sack in last meeting…BLAIR WALSH is 1st rookie K in NFL history with 50+ FG in each of team’s 1st 3 games…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 3rd win in row vs. Min. In past 2, has completed 52 of 75 (69.3 pct.) for 605 yards (302.5 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.3 rating. Since Dec. 2011, has 2,782 pass yards, most in NFL. Lions are 10-0 when Stafford has 105+ rating…RB MIKEL LE SHOURE rushed for 100 yards & TD last week…In past 6 division games, WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 37 catches for 641 yards (106.8 per game) & 5 TDs. Had 10 catches for 164 yards & TD last week. Since 2008, has 46 TD catches, most in NFL. Since 2010, TE BRANDON PETTIGREW is 3rd among TEs with 170 catches. Had 17 catches for 169 yards (84.5 per game) & TD in 2 meetings last year. WR TITUS YOUNG had career-long 57-yard TD in last meeting. Had 46-yard TD last week…DE CLIFF AVRIL is only NFC player with 10+ sacks (12) & 6+ FFs (6) since 2011. Has 5.5 sacks in past 5 meetings & aims for 6th in row vs. Min. with 0.5+ sack. Had 2 sacks, FF & FR in last meeting. FF was recovered by LB STEPHEN TULLOCH for TD. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 16 sacks, tied for most by NFL DT.

 

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-2) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (3-0)

SERIES

TITANS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 14-6  
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Munchak: 1-1 Kubiak: 4-8
LAST WEEK W 44-41 (OT) vs. Lions W 31-25 at Broncos
LAST GAME 1/1/12: Titans 23 at Texans 22. Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck throws 2 TD passes as Titans defense thwarts Houston’s 2-point conversion with 0:14 remaining in 4th quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/1/12
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 104 (Ten.), 94 (Hou.). XM: 227 (Hou.). 

 

STATS

PASSING Locker: 67-104-781-4-2-91.9 Schaub: 63-96-751-5-1-102.4 (3C)
RUSHING Locker (QB): 8-67-8.4-0 Foster: 79-294-3.7-3 (T1L)
RECEIVING Wright (R): 14-102-7.3-1 A. Johnson: 13-212-16.3-2
OFFENSE 311.0 394.7 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE -3 +4 (T1C)
DEFENSE 463.0 255.7 (1C)
SACKS 6 tied: 1 Watt: 5.5 (1C)
INTs Verner: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Kern: 50.9 Do. Jones: 49.3
KICKING Bironas: 25 (7/7 PAT; 6/8 FG) S. Graham: 28 (10/10 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

TITANSClub has 7-3 all-time record at Hou…QB JAKE LOCKER passed for career-high 378 yards last week. Has completed 12 of 17 passes (70.6 pct.) for 120 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INT & 109.9 passer rating vs. AFC South…In 8 career games vs. Hou., RB CHRIS JOHNSON averages 87.6 rush yards per game (701 total)…WR NATE WASHINGTON tied career-best with 71-yard TD catch last week. Had 4 rec. for 92 yards (23 avg.) with TD in last game at Hou. Rookie WR KENDALL WRIGHT had team & career-high 7 catches last week…TE JARED COOK (98) needs 2 catches to reach 100 career. Since ’11, Cook ranks 3rd in AFC among TEs with 923 rec. yards (ROB GRONKOWSKI, 1,483; AARON HERNANDEZ, 969)…LB AKEEM AYERS leads team with 36 tackles CB ALTERRAUN VERNER had 72-yard FR-TD last week…PR-CB TOMMIE CAMPBELL posted 65-yard PR-TD last game, 2nd career return TD (84-yard KR-TD)…KR DARIUS REYNAUD set franchise record with 105-yard KR-TD last week…S MICHAEL GRIFFINhas 3 career INTs vs. Hou…TEXANSHave started 3-0 for 1st time team history. Club has won 6 of past 8 vs. AFC South…In past 5 starts vs. division, QB MATT SCHAUB is 5-0 & has 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 104.4 passer rating. Tied career-high with 4 TD passes last week (4 vs. Ten. on 9/20/09). In past 6 vs. Titans, Schaub has 13 TDs vs. 1 INT & 105.9 passer rating…RB ARIAN FOSTER has 100+ rush yards in past 2 starts vs. Ten. (143, 115). Registered 18th career 100-yard rush game last week. RB BEN TATE averages 6.5 yards per carry in 2 career games vs. Titans (31 att., 201 yards)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON has 9 career TD catches vs. Ten., most against any opponent. Since ’03, Johnson averages NFL-best 78.9 receiving yards per game (9,868 yards in 125 games)…TE OWEN DANIELS posted 1st TD catch of season & 21st of career last week…Defense allows AFC-low in pts. per game (14), yds. per game (255.7) & pass yards per game (188)…DE J.J. WATT aims for 4th consecutive game with at least 1.5 sacks. Registered career-best 2.5 sacks last week…DE ANTONIO SMITH posted 2 sacks in last meeting against Ten…S GLOVER QUIN had career-best 3 INTs vs. Titans on 11/28/10.

 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-1) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-2)

SERIES

CHARGERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   52-50-1
STREAKS 8 of past 11  
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 7-8 Crennel: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 27-3 vs. Falcons W 27-24 (OT) at Saints
LAST GAME 10/31/11: Chargers 20 at Chiefs 23 (OT). Kansas City defense forces 4 turnovers (2 INTs, 2 FR) as K Ryan Succop converts 3 FGs, including game-winning 30-yarder in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/11
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 137 (SD), 112 (KC). XM: 231 (KC). 

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 69-103-688-4-3-86.5 Cassel: 70-119-807-3-4-73.8
RUSHING Battle: 17-124-7.3-2 Charles: 55-323 (1L)-5.9-1
RECEIVING Floyd: 13-227-17.5-1 Bowe: 18-234-13.0-2
OFFENSE 318.0 441.7 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE -2 -8
DEFENSE 305.7 (3C) 347.7
SACKS Phillips: 2.5 Houston: 4 (T2C)
INTs Cason, Weddle: 1 Routt: 1
PUNTING Scifres: 51.5 (3C) Colquitt: 43.7
KICKING Kaeding: 27 (6/6 PAT; 7/7 FG) Succop: 30 (3C) (6/6 PAT; 8/9 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERSSeek 2-0 start in AFC West…QB PHILIP RIVERS (24,973) needs 27 pass yards to join HOFer DAN FOUTS (43,040) & JOHN HADL (26,938) as only players in franchise history to reach 25,000. Has 27-10 (.730) career record as starter vs. AFC West. In 6 career games at Arrowhead, Rivers has 10 TDs vs. 5 INTs & 90.4 rating. Rivers is 39-8 (.830) as starter when posting 100+ rating…RB RYAN MATHEWS has 3 rush TDs in last 3 vs. Chiefs. RB JACKIE BATTLE spent 5 seasons in KC (2007-11)…TE ANTONIO GATES has 12 career TD rec. vs. KC, most vs. any opponent. Gates (76) trails only HOFerLANCE ALWORTH (81) for most TD catches in franchise history…WR MALCOM FLOYD (190) needs 10 catches to reach 200 career. Had 5 rec. for 107 yards (21.4 avg.) in last game vs. KC…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS (62.5) has 3rd-most sacks among Chargers (LESLIE O’NEAL, 105.5; LEE WILLIAMS, 65.5) since sacks became official stat in ’82. Has 6.5 career sacks vs. KC…S ERIC WEDDLE has 3 INTs in past 2 vs. KC…CB ANTOINE CASON posted 1st INT of season & 11th of career last week…CHIEFS: QB MATT CASSEL has won 2 of past 3 starts against SD at home. Cassel (79) needs TD pass to reach 80 career…Club averages NFL-best 191.7 rush yards per game in ’12…RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 233 yards & TD last week & has 2 career games with at least 230 rushing yards (259 yards on Jan. 3, 2010) – only HOFer JIM BROWN (3) has more such games. For career, Charles averages 5.9 yards per carry vs. SD (46 att., 273 yards)…In past 2, WR DWAYNE BOWE is averaging 90.5 receiving yards per game with 2 TDs. Bowe (38) needs 2 TD rec. to be 5th player in franchise history with 40 career. Since ’10, Bowe ranks 3rd in NFL with 22 TD catches (ROB GRONKOWSKI, 29;CALVIN JOHNSON, 29). WR JON BALDWIN had career-best in rec. (5), yards (82) & TD (1) in last game vs. SD…LB TAMBA HALI has 53.5 career sacks, 3rd-most by Chief since sack became official stat in ’82…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON tied career-best with 3 sacks last week. Has 9.5 sacks in past 8…CB STANFORD ROUTT posted 1st INT as Chief last week…LB DERRICK JOHNSON leads club with 26 tackles.

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-1)

SERIES

49ERS JETS
SERIES LEADER 9-2  
STREAKS 9-2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 0-0 Ryan: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 24-13 at Vikings W 23-20 (OT) at Dolphins
LAST GAME 12/7/08: Jets 14 at 49ers 24. San Francisco QB Shaun Hill throws 2 TD passes & T Joe Staley recovers fumble for TD as 49ers defense limits New York to 182 total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/04: Jets 22, 49ers 14. New York RB Curtis Martin runs for 111 yards & 2 TDs as Jets rally for 1st 5-0 start in franchise history.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (SF), 113 (NYJ). XM: 232 (NYJ). 

STATS

PASSING Ale. Smith: 64-92-641-5 (T3C)-1-102.7 Sanchez: 50-99-710-5-3-78.3
RUSHING Gore: 45-264 (2C)-5.9-2 Greene: 57-157-2.8-1
RECEIVING Crabtree: 19-183-9.6-0 Holmes: 16-243-15.2-1
OFFENSE 335.3 330.3
TAKE/GIVE 0 +2
DEFENSE 321.3 367.3
SACKS Ald. Smith: 2.5 McIntyre: 2
INTs Bowman, Goldson: 1 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Lee: 46.5 Malone: 46.4
KICKING Akers: 28 (T3C) (7/7 PAT; 7/8 FG) Folk: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

49ERS: QB ALEX SMITH ranks 3rd in NFL with 69.6 comp. pct. (64 of 92) & has 102.7 rating. In career, SF is 12-0 when Smith starts & has 100+ rating. Has won 16 of past 20 starts…49ers have won 7 in row when RB FRANK GORE rushes for 100+ yards. Since 2006, Gore has 7,281 rush yards, 2nd most in NFL. Has rush TD in 5 of past 7…Incl. playoffs, TE VERNON DAVIS has 8 TDs in past 5 & aims for 6th in row with TD. Since Jan. 1, Davis leads all NFL players with 8 rec. TDs. Since 2009, leads NFL TEs with 30 TDs. WR RANDY MOSS has 14,946 career rec. yards & moved into 4th all-time last week. Aims for 4th in row vs. NYJ with TD. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE aims for 11th in row with 4+ catches. In past 10, has 60 receptions (6 per game). WR MARIO MANNINGHAM had 5 catches for 56 yards last week, his most as 49er…T JOE STALEY had FR-TD in last meeting…DT JUSTIN SMITH had sack in last meeting. Has started 174 games in row, 3rd longest active streak by defensive player. LB ALDON SMITH has 16.5 sacks in past 16. LB NA VORRO BOWMAN led club with 18 tackles last week…JETS: QB MARK SANCHEZ (9,919) needs 81 passing yards to reach 10,000 career. For career, Sanchez is 9-3 (.750) in Sept. & has 21 TDs vs. 9 INTs & 89.6 passer rating. Club has 8-2 record when Sanchez has 100+ passer rating…RB SHONN GREENE has 5 rush TDs in past 8 vs. NFC. Club is 4-0 when Greene has 100+ rush yards…WR SANTONIO HOLMES tied career-best with 9 catches last week & posted 10th career game with 100+ receiving yards (147). For career, Holmes averages 17.5 yards per catch vs. NFC (80 rec., 1,399 yards). Tied for AFC-best with 7 3rd-down catches (DWAYNE BOWE, 7; MIKE WALLACE, 7). Rookie WR STEPHEN HILL had 5 catches for 89 yards (17.8 avg.) with 2 TD catches in only game at home. WR JEREMY KERLEY is averaging 23.1 yards per catch in ’12 (8 receptions, 185 yards)…S LA RON LANDRY posted 1st INT as Jet last week…LB DAVID HARRIS leads team with 26 tackles…DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSONhas 2 sacks in past 2 games vs. NFC opponents.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-1) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (1-2)

SERIES

SEAHAWKS RAMS
SERIES LEADER 17-10  
STREAKS 13 of past 14  
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 3-2 Fisher: 1-5
LAST WEEK W 14-12 vs. Packers L 23-6 at Bears
LAST GAME 12/12/11: Rams 13 at Seahawks 30. Seattle rookie WR Doug Baldwin blocks punt which RB Michael Robinson returns for TD. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch adds 115 rush yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/20/11: Seahawks 24, Rams 7. Seattle’s Lynch (3 yards) & RB Justin Forsett (22 yards) record 2nd-half rushing TDs in Seahawks victory.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (Sea.), 138 (StL.). XM: 234 (StL.). 

STATS

PASSING Wilson (R): 43-75-434-4-1-86.2 Bradford: 61-95-660-4-3-85.4
RUSHING Lynch: 72-305 (1C)-4.2-1 S. Jackson: 41-140-3.4-0
RECEIVING Rice: 8-91-11.4-1 Amendola: 25 (2L)-296 (T3L)-11.8-1
OFFENSE 269.0 287.3
TAKE/GIVE +2 0
DEFENSE 272.3 (3C) 358.7
SACKS Clemons: 5 (3L) C. Long, Quinn: 2
INTs Browner, Sherman: 2 Finnegan: 3 (T2L)
PUNTING Ryan: 50.6 (2C) Hekker (R): 48.8 (3C)
KICKING Hauschka: 21 (6/6 PAT; 5/6 FG) Zuerlein (R): 28 (T3C) (4/4 PAT; 8/8 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKSRookie QB RUSSELL WILSON aims for 3rd consecutive win. Has 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 105.8 rating in past 2…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH leads NFC with 305 rush yards. Has 85+ rush yards in 11 of past 12 games. Since Nov. 2011, Lynch leads NFL with 1,246 rush yards. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Rams with rush TD. RB-PR-KR LEON WASHINGTON ties for 1st in NFL with 32.5 KR avg. & ties for 4th in NFC with 10.5 PR avg. FB MICHAEL ROBINSON scored on blocked punt return in last meeting…WR GOLDEN TATE had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week. WR DOUG BALDWIN had 29-yard TD catch in last meeting…Seahawks had 8 sacks in 1st half last week, including career-high 4 by DE CHRIS CLEMONS. Aims for 5th in row vs. StL with 0.5+ sack. In past 4 meetings, has 6.5 sacks. Had 3 sacks in last game at StL. Rookie DE BRUCE IRVIN had 2 sacks last week & leads NFL rookies with 2.5 sacks. DT BRANDON MEBANE had career-best 2 sacks in Week 3…RAMS: QB SAM BRADFORD ranks 3rd in NFC with 111.1 rating on 3rd down, completing 17 of 23 (73.9 pct.) for 182 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs…RB STEVEN JACKSON had 123 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 60 rec.) in last meeting. Has 12 career games with both 60+ rush & 60+ rec. yards. Since 2006, avg. 112.9 scrimmage yards per game (10,044 yards, 89 games), best in NFL (min. 60 games). Rookie RB DARYL RICHARDSON is 5th among NFL rookies with 119 rush yards…WR-PR DANNY AMENDOLA is 2nd in NFL with 25 receptions & ties for 3rd in NFL with 296 rec. yards. WR BRANDON GIBSON aims for 3rd game in past 4 with TD reception…DE CHRIS LONG had 2 sacks last week & has 12 sacks in past 13. Had sack in last home meeting. In past 15 at home, has 13.5 sacks. DE ROBERT QUINN has sack in 4 of past 6 at home. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only NFC player with 8+ sacks (8) & 5+ INTs (5) since 2009. CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN has INT in each of 1st 3 games with Rams. Aims for 4th in row with INT…Rookie K GREG ZUERLEIN leads rookies with 8 FGs & is 8/8 on season.

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-2) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-0)

SERIES

DOLPHINS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 8-2  
STREAKS 8-2 Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Whisenhunt: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 23-20 (OT) vs. Jets W 27-6 vs. Eagles
LAST GAME 9/14/08: Dolphins 10 at Cardinals 31. Arizona WR Anquan Boldin catches 3 TD passes (79, 3, 8) from QB Kurt Warner as Cardinals defense holds Miami to 236 total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/08
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM MST): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 148 (Arz.). XM: 235 (Arz.). 

STATS

PASSING Tannehill (R): 54-102-615-1-4-58.3 Kolb: 38-59-428-4-0-108.6 (3L)
RUSHING Bush: 50-302-6.0-2 R. Williams: 31-105-3.4-0
RECEIVING Hartline: 13-202-15.5-0 Fitzgerald: 14-181-12.9-1
OFFENSE 369.3 263.3
TAKE/GIVE -3 +2
DEFENSE 373.7 316.3
SACKS Starks: 2 Washington: 3
INTs 3 tied: 1 Peterson, A. Wilson: 1
PUNTING Fields: 52.8 (3L) Zastudil: 47.1
KICKING Carpenter: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/5 FG) Feely: 25 (7/7 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINSRookie QB RYAN TANNEHILL (No. 8 overall) aims for 1st career win on road…Dolphins avg. 175.7 rush yards per game, 3rd-best in AFC…In past 7, RB REGGIE BUSH is averaging 111.3 rush yards per game (821 total). Bush (5,988) needs 12 scrimmage yards to reach 6,000 career. Bush totaled 108 scrimmage yards (84 rushing, 24 receiving) in only game vs. Arz. (Div. playoff on 1/16/10 w/ NO). Bush averages 5.6 yards per carry in 9 road games with Dolphins. Rookie RB LAMAR MILLER averages 5.9 yards per carry (19 att., 113 yards). Rookie FB JORVORSKIE LANE recorded 1st rush TD of career last week…WR DAVONE BESS had season-high 86 receiving yards last week…DE CAMERON WAKE (28) needs 2 sacks to become 7th Dolphin to reach 30 career sacks…LB KARLOS DANSBY spent 6 seasons with Cardinals (2004-09)…S CHRIS CLEMONS & CB RICHARD MARSHALL each posted 1st INT of season last week…Rookie PR MARCUS THIGPEN ranks 3rd in AFC with 17.7 PR avg. (9 returns, 159 yards)…CARDINALSAre 3-0 for 1st time since 1974. Club has won 10 past 12, best record in NFL over past 12. Team has won 7 in row at home…QB KEVIN KOLB ranks 3rd in NFL with 108.6 rating. Is 2nd in NFL & 1st in NFC with 127.8 rating on 3rd down. Has posted 100+ rating in game 8 times & his teams are 8-0…RB RYAN WILLIAMS rushed for career-high 83 yards & avg. 6.4 yards per att. When RB BEANIE WELLShas 17+ att., team is 7-3…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 9 catches for 114 yards & TD last week & became youngest in NFL history to reach 700 receptions (707). Since 2005, leads NFL in rec. yards (9,016) & rec. TDs (66). In 2 career meetings, has 11 catches for 245 yards (122.5 per game) & TD. Rookie WR MICHAEL FLOYD had 1st career TD last week…Club has 2+ sacks in 9 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. S KERRY RHODES had sack & FF that led to S JAMES SANDERS’ 93-yard FR-TD last week. LB DARYL WASHINGTON had 2 sacks last week & has 4 sacks in past 3 at home. Is 1 of 3 NFL players with 8+ sacks (8) & 2+ INTs (2) since 2011. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC & aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with sack.

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-1) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-2)

SERIES

BENGALS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER   11-7
STREAKS Past 2 9 of past 12
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 2-1 Mularkey: 2-0
LAST WEEK W 38-31 at Redskins W 22-17 at Colts
LAST GAME 10/9/11: Bengals 30 at Jaguars 20. Cincinnati rookie QB Andy Dalton completes 37-yard TD pass to rookie WR A.J. Green. RB Bernard Scott scores go-ahead TD with 1:56 remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/9/11
BROADCAST CBS (4:05 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. Dial Global Radio: Chuck Cooperstein, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 94 (Cin.), 128 (Jax.). XM: 236 (Jax.). 

STATS

PASSING Dalton: 65-95-867-6 (T3C)-3-105.0 (2C) Gabbert: 40-79-468-4-0-85.8
RUSHING Green-Ellis: 56-204-3.6-2 Jones-Drew: 59-314 (2L)-5.3-1
RECEIVING Green: 21 (3C)-311 (1C)-14.8-2 L. Robinson: 8-115-14.4-0
OFFENSE 391.7 268.3
TAKE/GIVE -3 0
DEFENSE 416.7 412.3
SACKS Mich. Johnson: 4 (T2C) Alualu, Knighton: 1
INTs Posluszny: 1
PUNTING Huber: 43.1 Anger (R): 52.9 (1C)
KICKING Nugent: 25 (10/10 PAT; 5/5/ FG) Scobee: 20 (2/3 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

BENGALSIn past 2, QB ANDY DALTON has completed 43 of 58 passes (74.1 pct.) for 646 yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 130.4 passer rating. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with 300+ passing yards. Bengals are 5-1 when Dalton has 100+ passer rating. Dalton’s 105 passer rating ranks 2nd in AFC (BEN ROETHLISBERGER, 109.2). Has NFL-best 158.3 4th quarter passer rating…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS has 13 rush TDs in past 19 games…WR A.J. GREEN had career-high 183 yards last week. Had 5 catches for 90 yards with 37-yard TD catch in only meeting vs. Jaguars. Rookie WR MOHAMED SANU completed 73-yard TD pass to Green last week. WR ARMON BINNS posted 1st career TD rec. last week (48 yards). WR ANDREW HAWKINS has posted 50+ yard TD rec. in consecutive games (50, 59)…TE JERMAINE GRESHAM had TD catch in last game vs. Jaguars…Defense has AFC-best 11 sacks…DE MICHAEL JOHNSON posted career-best 3 sacks vs. Was…S REGGIE NELSON was selected in 1st round (No. 21) by Jaguars in ’07 NFL Draft…JAGUARSClub is 7-2 all-time vs. Bengals at home…QB BLAINE GABBERT connected with WR CECIL SHORTS on 80-yard game-winning TD pass with 45 seconds remaining in game last week. In 4th quarter this season, Gabbert has passed for 209 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 122.9 passer rating…RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has totaled 118 rush yards on 29 att. (4.1 avg.) with 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Bengals. Jones-Drew (63) surpassed FRED TAYLOR (62) for most career rush TDs in franchise history last week. Rushed for 177 yards last week, 3rd game of career with 170+ rush yards (177, 186, 177). Since ’09, Jones-Drew leads NFL with 4,635 rush yards. Jones-Drew (74 total; 63 rushing, 11 receiving) needs 1 TD to reach 75 career…TE MARCEDES LEWIS has most career rec. yards (2,744) & TD catches (18) by TE in club history…WR Cecil Shorts has 3 catches for 139 yards (46.3 avg.) with 2 TDs (39 yards, 80 yards) in 4th quarter this season…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY posted 1st INT of season last week…S DWIGHT LOWERY has 2 INTs in past 2 against Bengals…DE JEREMY MINCEY had sack in last game vs. Bengals.

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-2) AT DENVER BRONCOS (1-2)

SERIES

RAIDERS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER 59-42-2  
STREAKS 6 of past 9  
COACHES VS. OPP. Allen: 0-0 Fox: 2-2
LAST WEEK W 34-31 vs. Steelers L 31-25 vs. Texans
LAST GAME 11/6/11: Broncos 38 at Raiders 24. Denver RB Willis McGahee (163) & QB Tim Tebow (118) rush for 100+ yards apiece as WR-PR Eddie Royal adds TD catch & 85-yard PR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/12/11: Raiders 23, Broncos 20. Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski converts 3 FGs in 2nd quarter & ties for longest FG in NFL history (63 yards) as Raiders win on MNF.
BROADCAST CBS (2:05 PM MT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 139 (Oak.), 85 (Den.). XM: 230 (Den.). 

STATS

PASSING Palmer: 80-128-879-5-2-89.3 Manning: 69-115-824-5-3-85.6
RUSHING McFadden: 44-167-3.8-1 McGahee: 50-213-4.3-2
RECEIVING McFadden (RB): 17-107-6.3-0 Decker: 17-243-14.3-0
OFFENSE 346.0 348.3
TAKE/GIVE -1 -3
DEFENSE 381.0 331.7
SACKS Shaughnessy: 1.5 Miller: 3
INTs Porter, Woodyard: 1
PUNTING Lechler: 49.4 Colquitt: 48.1
KICKING Janikowski: 23 (5/5 PAT; 6/6 FG) Prater: 19 (7/7 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERSHead coach DENNIS ALLEN spent ’11 season as Broncos def. coordinator…Raiders aim for 5th consecutive win at Denver…With Raiders, QB CARSON PALMER is 2-0 on road as starter vs. AFC West with 99.5 passer rating. Palmer posted 3 TD passes last week & for career teams are 17-4 (.810) in such games…RB DARREN MC FADDEN has 637 rush yards vs. Broncos, most vs. any opponent. Aims for 4th consecutive game with 100+ rush yards vs. Den. (165, 119, 150). Recorded 10th career game with 100+ rush yards last week (113), incl. 64-yard TD run. Raiders are 8-2 when McFadden has 100+ rush yards…WR DENARIUS MOORE posted 1st TD catch of season on 6-yard TD pass in 4th quarter last week. For career, Moore averages 17.8 yards per catch (41 rec., 730 rec. yards)…TE BRANDON MYERS has career-best 206 receiving yards in ’12…DT RICHARD SEYMOUR has 5 career sacks vs. Broncos…DE MATT SHAUGHNESSY has 2.5 sacks in past 2 games vs. Den…K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI had 43-yard game-winning FG last week…BRONCOS: QB PEYTON MANNING (64) surpassed HOF QB DAN MARINO (63) last week for most 300-yard passing games in NFL history. Manning posted 1st 300-yard passing game since 12/9/10. For career, Manning has 77-29 (.726) record as starter at home with 97.7 passer rating. Manning has won past 3 starts vs. Raiders…RB WILLIS MC GAHEE rushed for 163 yards with 2 TDs in last game vs. Oak. McGahee has 6 rush TDs in past 4 against Raiders…WR ERIC DECKER recorded career-best in catches (8) & rec. yards (136) last week. Decker had 27-yard TD catch in last game vs. Raiders. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has TD catch in 2 of past 3. WR BRANDON STOKLEY posted 1st TD reception (38 yards) since 1/3/10 last week…In last meeting vs. Raiders (w/ Hou. on 10/9/11), TE JOEL DREESEN had career-best 112 receiving yards…LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 7.5 career sacks vs. Raiders, most against any opponent. Recorded 1st sack of season vs. Hou. LB VON MILLER has 14.5 sacks in 18 career games…CB CHAMP BAILEY had 2 INTs in last game vs. Raiders…LB WESLEY WOODYARD recorded 1st INT since 9/13/09 last week.

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-3) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-2)

SERIES

SAINTS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   15-7
STREAKS 2 of past 3 5 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Kromer: 0-0 McCarthy: 1-2
LAST WEEK L 27-24 (OT) vs. Chiefs L 14-12 at Seahawks
LAST GAME 9/8/11: Saints 34 at Packers 42. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws 3 1st-quarter TDs & WR-KR Randall Cobb adds record-tying 108-yard KR-TD in the 2011 season opener.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/11
BROADCAST FOX (3:25 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (NO), 86 (GB). XM: 229 (GB). 

STATS

PASSING Brees: 75-137-904 (3C)-7 (2C)-5-77.0 Rodgers: 78-115-3-2-87.0
RUSHING P. Thomas: 19-138-7.3-0 Benson: 46-144-3.1-1
RECEIVING Sproles (RB): 18-163-9.1-1 Finley (TE): 15-133-8.9-1
OFFENSE 377.3 304.3
TAKE/GIVE -2 +1
DEFENSE 477.3 261.0 (3L)
SACKS Galette: 2 Matthews: 6 (1L)
INTs Greer: 1 T. Williams: 2
PUNTING Morstead: 54.4 (1L) Masthay: 46.7
KICKING Hartley: 21 (9/9 PAT; 4/5 FG) Crosby: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/5 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS:  QB DREW BREES hasTD pass in 46 consecutive games & can tie longest streak in NFL history (HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS, 47). In 4 starts vs. GB, has 1,458 pass yards (364.5 per game), 11 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 110.3 rating. Has 300+ yards and 2+ TDs in all 4 games…In last meeting, RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES had 250 combined yards (92 PR, 76 KR, 75 rec., 7 rush) with 72-yard PR-TD. Since 2011, leads NFL RBs with 104 receptions. RB PIERRE THOMAS rushed for 2 TDs in 11/24/08 game vs. GB…TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD in last meeting. Aims for TD in 7th game in row. WR MARQUES COLSTON has TD catch in 2 of 3 games vs. GB. In 11/24/08 game, WR LANCE MOORE had 5 catches for 115 yards & 2 TDs (70 & 14 yards). Has 7 rec. TDs in past 8 games. WR DEVERY HENDERSON aims for 3rd in row at GB with TD catch. Had 6 catches for 100 yards & TD in last meeting. Offense ranks 1st in NFC with 70% TD rate in red zone (10 poss, 7 TDs)…Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS completed 27 of 35 (77.1 pct.) for 312 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 132.1 rating in last meeting. Packers are 22-0 when Rodgers starts & has 115+ rating…RB CEDRIC BENSON rushed for 2 TDs in last game vs. NO (12/5/10 with Cin.). Had rush TD last week…In career, WR JORDY NELSON has 21 rec. TDs & avg. 32.1 yards per TD. WR GREG JENNINGS aims for 4th in row vs. NO with TD. WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB is only player in NFL with 100+ KR (117), 100+ PR (108), 90+ rec. (96) & 40+ rush (48) yards. Had 108-yard KR-TD (tied for longest in NFL history) & 32-yard rec. TD in last year’s meeting. Leads NFC with 15.4 PR avg. & is only NFC player with PR-TD (75 yards). TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY ties for 5th among TEs with 15 rec…Pass defense leads NFL allowing 125.3 yds. per game. Total defense is 2nd in NFC & 3rd in NFL allowing 261 yards per game. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS leads NFL with 15 INTs. Since joining GB in 2006, DB CHARLES WOODSONhas 38 INTs (2nd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL). LB CLAY MATTHEWS leads NFL with 6 sacks. Rookie LB NICK PERRY had 1st career sack last week.

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-2) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-2)

SERIES

REDSKINS BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER   9-8
STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Shanahan: 3-2 Schiano: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 38-31 vs. Bengals L 16-10 at Cowboys
LAST GAME 12/12/10: Buccaneers 17 at Redskins 16. Tampa Bay stops Washington’s 2-point try with 9 seconds remaining. K Connor Barth converts 3 FGs for Buccaneers.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/25/07: Buccaneers 19, Redskins 13. Tampa Bay scores 16 unanswered points as K Matt Bryant hits 4 FGs & RB Ernest Graham rushes for TD. Bucs defense forces 6 turnovers.
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Krista Voda (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Was.), 91 (TB). XM: 228 (TB). 

STATS

PASSING Griffin III (R): 60-89-747-4-1-103.5 Freeman: 41-80-491-4-3-71.4
RUSHING Morris (R): 61-263 (3C)-4.3-3 (T1L) Martin (R): 63-214-3.4-1
RECEIVING F. Davis (TE): 11-142-12.9-0 Jackson: 10-204-20.4-1
OFFENSE 404.3 243.7
TAKE/GIVE +6 (2L) +4 (T3L)
DEFENSE 429.3 400.7
SACKS Kerrigan: 2.5 Bennett, McCoy: 3
INTs 4 tied: 1 6 tied: 1
PUNTING Rocca: 45.9 Koenen: 42.8
KICKING Cundiff: 27 (12/12 PAT; 5/6 FG) Barth: 24 (6/6 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III leads NFL rookies & ranks 6th overall with 103.5 rating, completing 60 of 89 (67.4 pct.) for 747 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. Leads NFL QBs with 209 rush yards & 3 TDs. His 3 rush TDs are tied for most by any player…RB ALFRED MORRIS leads NFL rookies with 263 rush yards & ties for 1st among all players with 3 rush TDs. Redskins are only team with 2 players with 3 rush TDs (Griffin & Morris)…In only game vs. TB (10/3/11 with Ind.), WR PIERRE GARCON had 2 catches for 146 yards (73 avg.) & 2 TDs (87 & 59 yards). WR LEONARD HANKERSON aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR SANTANA MOSS aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with TD catch. TE FRED DAVIS led team with 7 catches & 90 yards last week. Offense has scored 8 TDs in red zone, tied for 2nd most in NFL…LB ROBJACKSON had 1st career INT-TD last week. CB DE ANGELO HALL has 5 INTs in past 7 vs. TB. LB LONDON FLETCHER had 11 tackles & FR in last meeting…BUCCANEERSSince 2010, QB JOSH FREEMANis 1 of 2 QBs with 7,500+ pass (7,534) & 600+ rush (616) yards (AARON RODGERS). Is 1-0 vs. Was. & had 109.8 rating. When Freeman has 95+ rating, Bucs are 10-4 (.714)…Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN is 2nd among NFL rookies with 214 rush yards…WR VINCENT JACKSON avg. 20.4 yards per catch (10 for 204), 3rd highest in NFL (min. 10 rec.). Since 2008, Jackson avg. 18.1 yards per catch (211 rec., 3,823 yards), best in NFL (min. 200 catches). WR MIKE WILLIAMS has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Since entering NFL in 2003, TE DALLAS CLARK has 46 TDs, 3rd most by NFL TE…Club’s rushing defense is best in NFL (47.3 yards per game). Buccaneers lead NFL in red zone defense with 18.2 TD pct. (11 poss, 2 TDs allowed). Team is tied for 2nd in NFL with 6 INTs. TB has 6 different players with INT, most in NFL. DB RONDE BARBER is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (44). DT GERALD MC COY tied career-high with 2 sacks last week & added FF. DE MICHAEL BENNETT had 2 sacks with FF last week & has 5 sacks in past 6 games.

 

SUNDAY NIGHT

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-1) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-1)

SERIES

GIANTS EAGLES
SERIES LEADER 80-72-2  
STREAKS   6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 9-11 Reid: 16-13
LAST WEEK W 36-7 at Panthers L 27-6 at Cardinals
LAST GAME 11/20/11: Eagles 17 at Giants 10. Philadelphia QB Vince Young throws 2 TDs, including game-winner to WR Riley Cooper. Eagles’ defense allows just 29 rush yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/11: Giants 29, Eagles 16. New York QB Eli Manning passes for 254 yards & 4 TDs, including 2 to WR Victor Cruz (74, 28), as Giants earn division win.
BROADCAST NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (NYG), 93 (Phi.). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (NYG), 226 (Phi.). 

STATS

PASSING Manning: 79-118-1,011 (1L)-5 (T3C)-3-97.1 Vick: 69-125-905 (3L)-3-6-66.3
RUSHING A. Brown: 33-184-5.6-3 (T1L) McCoy: 58-261-4.5-1
RECEIVING Cruz: 23-279-12.1-1 Celek (TE): 14-258-18.4-0
OFFENSE 426.0 (3L) 416.7 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 (T3L) -6
DEFENSE 355.7 275.7
SACKS Pierre-Paul: 1.5 Babin: 2.5
INTs Boley: 3 (T2L) Coleman, Rodgers-Cromartie: 2
PUNTING Weatherford: 44.5 McBriar (’11 Dal.): 43.8
KICKING Tynes: 38 (1L) (8/8 PAT; 10/10 FG) Henery: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/5 FG)

NOTES

GIANTSIn last start at Phi., QB ELI MANNING completed 16 of 23 (69.6 pct.) for 254 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.7 rating. Has 200+ pass yards in 22 consecutive games, tied for 2nd longest streak in NFL history. Incl. playoffs, has won 8 of past 9…RB ANDRE BROWN rushed for career-high 113 yards & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. In last meeting, RB AHMAD BRADSHAW had 139 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 53 rec.) & TD…WR VICTOR CRUZ aims for 3rd meeting in row with 100+ yards & TD. In 2 games vs. Phi., has 9 catches for 238 yards (119 per game; 26.4 avg.) & 3 TDs. Since Jan. 1 (7 games), WR HAKEEM NICKS has 47 catches for 757 yards (108.1 per game; 16.1 avg.) & 6 TDs. WR RAMSES BARDEN had career-best 9 catches 138 yards last week. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT is 1st Giant with TD catch in each of 1st 3 games with club…LB MICHAEL BOLEY has INT in each of 1st 3 games of season, 1st Giant since 1978 (TERRY JACKSON). DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 3 sacks in past 2 meetings…EAGLESSince 2010, QB MICHAEL VICK is only NFL player with 7,000+ pass (7,226) & 1,000+ rush (1,359) yards…RB LE SEAN MC COY has 321 rush yards (107 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 at home vs. NYG. Aims for 9th in row at home with TD. Has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 8 at home…Incl. playoffs, WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON has 30 TDs (23 rec., 4 PR, 3 rush) & avg. 45.4 yards per TD (1,361 yards). Has 5 TDs vs. NYG (2 PR, 2 rec., 1 rush) & avg. 52 yards per TD (4 of 5 have been 50+ yards). WR JEREMY MACLIN aims for 5th in row with TD or 100+ yards. TE BRENT CELEK had 65-yard TD in 12/19/10 meeting. WR DAMARIS JOHNSON had career-high 5 catches & 84 yards in Week 3…DE JASON BABIN has 10.5 sacks in past 8. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with sack. Since 2006, DE TRENT COLE has 64.5 sacks, 3rd most in NFL.

 

MONDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 1, 2012

CHICAGO BEARS (2-1) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)

SERIES

BEARS COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER   11-9
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 1-2 Garrett: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 23-6 vs. Rams W 16-10 vs. Buccaneers
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Bears 27 at Cowboys 20. Chicago QB Jay Cutler completes 21 of 29 passes (72.4 pct.) for 277 yards & 3 TDs & Bears CB DJ Moore adds 2 1st-half INTs in Week 2 road win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/10
BROADCAST ESPN (7:30 PM CT): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Chi.), 93 (Dal.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Chi.), 226 (Dal.). 

STATS

PASSING Cutler: 49-93-642-3-6-58.6 Romo: 70-108-841-4-3-89.3
RUSHING Bush: 44-151-3.4-3 (T1L) Murray: 50-213-4.3-1
RECEIVING Marshall: 16-214-13.4-1 Austin: 14-243-17.4-2
OFFENSE 290.0 342.0
TAKE/GIVE +3 -3
DEFENSE 279.0 250.0 (1L)
SACKS Melton: 3 Ware: 4 (3C)
INTs Jennings: 4 (1L) Lee: 1
PUNTING Podlesh: 43.6 C. Jones: 46.4
KICKING Gould: 26 (8/8 PAT; 6/6 FG) Bailey: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

BEARSIn only start vs. Dal. (9/19/10), QB JAY CUTLER completed 21 of 29 (72.4 pct.) for 277 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.7 rating. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 24-0. Has won 4 of past 5 MNF starts…RB MICHAEL BUSH had rush TD last week & ties for NFL lead with 3 rush TDs…WR BRANDON MARSHALL aims for 3rd in row vs. Dal. with TD. Since 2007, has 490 catches, tied for 3rd most in NFL. Incl. playoffs, WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER has 19 total return TDs (12 PR, 6 KR, 1 missed FG), tied with HOFer DEION SANDERS for most in NFL history. In 8 MNF games, has 6 TDs (3 PR, 2 KR, 1 rec.)…CB TIM JENNINGS aims for 5th in row with INT & has 5 INTs in past 4. S MAJOR WRIGHT had 45-yard INT-TD last week. Bears had 6 sacks in Week 3, incl. 2.5 by DE ISRAEL IDONIJEDE JULIUSPEPPERS has 2 3-sack games vs. Dal. Has 102.5 sacks since 2002, tied for 3rd most in NFL. CB CHARLES TILLMAN had FF in last meeting. Since 2005, is only player in NFL with 25+ INTs (26) & 25+ FFs (27)…COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO has 703 pass yards (351.5 per game)in 2 starts vs. Chi. In past 4 MNF starts with 10+ att., Romo is 4-0… RB DE MARCO MURRAY has 4 130-yard rush games in career & team is 4-0 in those contests…TE JASON WITTEN has 40 catches for 445 yards (89 per game) & 2 TDs in past 5 MNF games. In past 5 on MNF, Witten has 3 games with 9 catches. Since 2007, has 452 catches, most by NFL TE. In last meeting, WR MILES AUSTIN tied career-high with 10 catches for 142 yards. Had 5 catches for 107 yards last week. Has TD catch or 100+ yards in 6 of past 7. WR KEVIN OGLETREE ties for 4th in NFL with 7 catches on 3rd down. WR DEZ BRYANT had 62-yard PR-TD in last meeting & avg. 26 yards per catch…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 29.5 sacks in past 22. Since 2006, has 95.5 sacks, most in NFL. Has 6.5 sacks, 4 FF & FR in past 7 on MNF. LB ANTHONY SPENCER aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with sack.

TheSTN – NFL Approaches Quarter Mark With Key Week 4 Games

Through the first three weeks of the NFL season, there are 27 teams with a 2-1 or 1-2 record, the most such clubs since realignment in 2002.

Three teams – Arizona, Atlanta and Houston – remain unbeaten at 3-0.

“It feels good,” says Texans wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON about the team’s 3-0 start, the first in franchise history. “I’ve been through the worst of the worst with the organization. We’ve climbed that mountain. We are still climbing to get over that hump, but we have a great team. We just need to be consistent every weekend, go out and try to get wins.”

There is a lot of football left to be played. And while a strong start to the season is a good thing – 75.7 percent of teams (84 of 111) that started 3-0 since 1990 made the playoffs – it is hardly a guarantee of future success.

Since 1990, 55 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs. So, entering Week 4, hope is still very much alive for everyone.

“We’re 1-2 and we’ve got a big division game coming up against Oakland,” says Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING. “Division games count double, so we’ve got to learn from this last game and improve from it. 1-2 is not the ideal situation. Everybody would love to be 3-0, but that’s not the way it is right now. So we’re going to keep fighting and find a way to correct some of these mistakes and play better and get some wins.”

Close games have been a staple of the 2012 NFL season as 28 games have been decided by one score (eight points or fewer), tied with 1988 for the most such games through a season’s first three weeks.

SEASON

GAMES DECIDED BY 8 POINTS OR FEWER

2012

28

1988

28

2011

27

2010

27

Five tied

25

On Sunday, three games were decided in overtime. 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.

The first three weeks of the NFL season have not only been full of close games, but scoring has been at an all-time high. Through Week 3, there have been 2,287 points scored, the most ever at this point in a season. The previous mark was 2,157 points set last year. There have been 248 touchdowns scored, the most ever through the first three weeks of a season (247 in 1989).

Like the first three weeks of the season, there are plenty of enticing games on the schedule in Week 4. Among them:

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-3) at BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1)
(Thursday, NFL Network, 8:00 PM ET)

The fourth week of the NFL season gets underway on Thursday night when AFC North rivals meet in Baltimore.

Cleveland running back TRENT RICHARDSON leads AFC rookies with 175 rushing yards and is one of three players in the league (ARIAN FOSTER and C.J. SPILLER) with at least two rushing touchdowns and a receiving TD this season.

The Ravens, who improved to 2-1 last week with a thrilling 31-30 victory over New England, are seeking their 13th consecutive win at home. Quarterback JOE FLACCO leads the AFC with 913 passing yards and running back RAY RICE ranks third in the conference with 395 scrimmage yards (268 rushing, 127 receiving).

Last week, wide receiver TORREY SMITH had six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns to spark the victory.

“We have a bunch of guys that just will not quit,” says Baltimore head coach JOHN HARBAUGH. “Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. This time, we won. I couldn’t be more proud of a football team and couldn’t love a bunch of guys any more than I do.”

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-2) at HOUSTON TEXANS (3-0)
(Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

The Titans will look to make it two wins in a row while the Texans attempt to extend their franchise-best start to 4-0.

Last week, Tennessee became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of at least 60 yards in a game. In the Titans’ 44-41 overtime win over Detroit, the club got touchdowns from TOMMIE CAMPBELL (65-yard punt-return), JARED COOK (61-yard reception from quarterback JAKE LOCKER), DARIUS REYNAUD (105-yard kick-return), NATE WASHINGTON (71-yard reception from Locker) and ALTERRAUN VERNER (72-yard fumble-return).

Houston is 3-0 for the first time in club history. In Week 3, the Texans defeated the Broncos in Denver 31-25. Quarterback MATT SCHAUB, who is third in the AFC with a 102.4 passer rating, passed for 290 yards and four touchdowns.

“This win is a good step for us,” says Schaub. “It’s a step in the right direction. To come into a place like that against a very good football team and come out with a W, we’re extremely excited about that. It’s a step forward, but we have to find a way to refocus this week and go for win number four.”

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-1) at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-1)
(Sunday, NBC, 8:20 PM ET)                

The Giants, Eagles and Dallas Cowboys enter Week 4 tied atop the NFC East with 2-1 records. New York and Philadelphia will renew their rivalry with a key division contest on Sunday night.

In Week 3, the Giants knocked off Carolina 36-7 as running back ANDRE BROWN (113 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and wide receiver RAMSES BARDEN (nine catches for 138 yards) had strong performances in their first NFL starts. Brown and Barden are the first set of teammates to have 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game making their first NFL starts since 1999 when Indianapolis’EDGERRIN JAMES and E.G. GREEN accomplished the feat.

The Eagles will look to rebound from the team’s first loss of the year, a 27-6 defeat in Arizona. Running back LE SEAN MC COY has scored 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, one receiving) in his past eight home games and aims for his ninth consecutive game at Lincoln Financial Field with a TD.

“Every game takes on extra importance,” says Giants defensive end JUSTIN TUCK. “We’ve got a very tough division. It seems like every team is going to be right there and have a shot at it, so we’ve just got to do our part in trying to keep pace with these guys. I’m hoping we can do that this week.”

CHICAGO BEARS (2-1) at DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)
(Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)     

Week 4 concludes with a matchup between two NFC clubs with playoff aspirations. Both teams are coming off Week 3 victories and look to improve to 3-1.

The Cowboys’ defense leads the NFL allowing 250.0 total yards per game. Last week, in Dallas’ 16-10 win over Tampa Bay, the Cowboys allowed just 166 yards, the fewest the club has allowed since 2005 (129 yards vs. Philadelphia, October 9, 2005).

Chicago recorded six sacks and two interceptions – including a 45-yard touchdown return by safety MAJOR WRIGHT – in the Bears’ 23-6 win over St. Louis last week. The Bears, who had five sacks in Week 2 against Green Bay, have posted at least five sacks in consecutive games for the first time since 2001 (Weeks 15 and 16).

“This was a bounce back game for us,” says Chicago head coach LOVIE SMITH. “We needed to come out strong. And our defense did some really good things. It was just a good team win for us to get back on track.”