TheSTN – NBA Rookies Of The Month Announced

The Charlotte Bobcats’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.

Kidd-Gilchrist was the only rookie who ranked in the top 10 in scoring (10.9 ppg, fifth), rebounding (6.5 rpg, sixth), assists (1.5 apg. eighth), steals (1.2 spg, fourth) and blocks (1.3 bpg, second). On Nov. 10 against the Dallas Mavericks, he posted career highs in points (25) and rebounds (12) while leading the Bobcats to a 101-97 victory.

Lillard led all rookies in scoring (18.4 ppg), assists (5.9 apg) and steals (1.38 spg). He is the first NBA player to score at least 20 points in each of his first three NBA games since Grant Hill in 1994.  Lillard tallied a season-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and added eight assists and four rebounds in a 103-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 23.

Here is a recap of the month for Kidd-Gilchrist and Lillard:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats

Nov. 3 @ Dallas: Posted 13 points, five rebounds and five steals in a 126-99 loss to the Mavericks..

Nov. 10 vs. Dallas: Registered 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 101-97 victory over the Mavericks.

Nov. 19 vs. Milwaukee: Tallied 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 102-98 victory over the Bucks.

Nov.  23 vs. Atlanta: Recorded 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals and four blocks in a 101-91 loss to the Hawks.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Oct. 31 vs. L.A. Lakers: Scored 23 points, handed out 11 assists and added three rebounds in a 116-106 win over the Lakers.

Nov. 13 @ Sacramento: Recorded 22 points, nine assists and two rebounds in a 103-86 win over the Kings.

Nov. 16 vs. Houston: Posted 27 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 119-117 overtime victory against the Rockets.

Nov. 23 vs. Minnesota: Tallied 28 points, eight assists and four rebounds in an 103-95 win against the Timberwolves.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month were Cleveland’s Dion Waiters, Dallas’ Jae Crowder, Detroit’s Kyle Singler, Golden State’s Harrison Barnes and Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas.

 

TheSTN – NBA: Carmelo Anthony & Kevin Durant Named NBA Players Of The Week

The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 2.

Anthony helped lead the Knicks to a 3-1 mark, averaging a league-best 29.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Anthony scored over 30 points in two contests.  In New York’s 106-99 home victory over the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 2, Anthony scored a game-high 34 points, and added six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.

Durant guided the Thunder to a 4-0 week on the strength of 25.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.5 bpg. He shot .607 (34-of-56) from the field, .462 (6-of-13) from beyond the arc, and .897 (26-of-29) from the charity stripe. Durant scored a season-high 37 points in the Thunder’s 120-98 win over the Houston Rockets on Nov. 28.

Here is a recap of the week for Anthony and Durant:

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Nov. 26 at Brooklyn: Recorded a 35-point, 13-rebound double-double in a 96-89 overtime loss to the Nets.

Nov. 28 at Milwaukee: Tallied 29 points and rebounds in a 102-88 win at Milwaukee.

Nov. 30 vs. Washington: Contributed 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 108-87 victory over the Wizards.

Dec. 2 vs. Phoenix: Posted 34 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 106-99 win over the Suns.


Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Nov. 26 vs. Charlotte: Notched 18 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a 114-69 triumph over the Bobcats.

Nov. 28 vs. Houston: Scored a season-high 37 points to go along with seven rebounds in a 120-98 win over the Rockets.

Nov. 30 vs. Utah: Recorded 25 points and four blocks in a 106-94 victory over the Jazz.

Dec. 1 @ New Orleans: Posted 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 100-79 defeat of the Hornets.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Golden State’s David Lee, Houston’s Patrick Patterson, Memphis’ Mike Conley, Miami’s LeBron James, Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders and New York’s Tyson Chandler.

 

TheSTN – NFL: Russell Wilson, William Moore & Greg Zuerlein Named NFC Players Of The Week

Rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks, safety WILLIAM MOORE of the Atlanta Falcons and rookie kicker GREG ZUERLEIN of the St. Louis Rams are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2012 season (November 29, December 2-3), the NFL announced today.

 

 

OFFENSE: QB RUSSELL WILSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Wilson completed 23 of 37 passes (62.2 percent) for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.9 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 23-17 overtime win at Chicago. He also rushed for 71 yards, the most by a quarterback in franchise history.
  • He threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to GOLDEN TATE with 0:24 remaining to give Seattle a 17-14 lead and then threw a game-winning 13-yard TD pass to SIDNEY RICE in overtime.
  • Wilson led touchdown drives of 94, 97 and 80 yards.
  • With Seattle trailing 14-10 late in the fourth quarter, Wilson engineered a 12-play, 97-yard drive in 3:16 that ended in his touchdown pass to Tate to give the Seahawks the lead.
  • On the opening possession of overtime, Wilson led Seattle down the field on a 12-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by his TD pass to Rice.
  • In his rookie season from Wisconsin, this is Wilson’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first Seahawk to be named Offensive Player of the Week since SHAUN ALEXANDER (Week 9, 2005).
  • Wilson is the first Seattle quarterback to be honored since MATT HASSELBECK (Week 5, 2005).

 

DEFENSE: S WILLIAM MOORE, ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Moore had a game-high 11 tackles and two interceptions in the Falcons’ 23-13 win over New Orleans. Atlanta clinched the NFC South division in Week 13.
  • The performance was Moore’s first career two-interception game. He led an Atlanta defense that registered five interceptions, the most by the Falcons since November 9, 1980. It marked the first time inDREW BREES’ career that he was intercepted five times in a game.
  • Atlanta’s defense held Brees without a touchdown pass, ending his NFL-record streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The last time Brees did not throw a touchdown pass in a game was October 4, 2009.
  • Moore’s 11 tackles and nine solo tackles both set new career-highs. This season, Moore leads the team with 75 tackles and 59 solo tackles. He ranks second on the club with four interceptions.
  • In his fourth year from Missouri, this is Moore’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • In the past 15 years, Moore, THOMAS DE COUD (Week 6, 2009) and LAWYER MILLOY (Week 13, 2006) are the only Atlanta safeties to be named Defensive Player of the Week.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: K GREG ZUERLEIN, ST. LOUIS RAMS

  • Zuerlein tied the game at the end of regulation with a 53-yard field goal and then won it in overtime with a 54-yard field goal in the Rams’ 16-13 win over San Francisco.
  • He is the first player in NFL history to tie the game with no time left in the fourth quarter and then win it in overtime with 50+ yard field goals.
  • This season, Zuerlein has made seven field goals of at least 50 yards, one shy of the single-season NFL record of eight held by MORTEN ANDERSEN (1995) and JASON HANSON (2008). Zuerlein’s seven 50+ yard field goals are the most by a rookie in NFL history and the most in a single season by a Rams player.
  • Zuerlein has made six field goals of at least 53 yards this year, the most in a single season in NFL history.
  • In his rookie season from Missouri Western, this is Zuerlein’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 4).
  • He is the second Rams kicker to be honored twice, joining JEFF WILKINS (Week 15, 2002 and Week 1, 2006).
  • Zuerlein is one of three Rams rookies to be honored this season: P JOHNNY HEKKER (Special Teams, Week 5), CB JANORIS JENKINS (Defense, Week 12) and Zuerlein (Special Teams, Week 4 and 13).

2012 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Robert Griffin III, Washington DB Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay K Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Wk 2 WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants DE Calais Campbell, Arizona P Tim Masthay, Green Bay
Wk 3 WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona DE Chris Clemons, Seattle K Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants
Wk 4 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay LB Patrick Willis, San Francisco K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans CB Charles Tillman, Chicago P Johnny Hekker, St. Louis
Wk 6 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay S Antrel Rolle, New York Giants K Jason Hanson, Detroit
Wk 7 RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota CB Charles Tillman, Chicago P Andy Lee, San Francisco
Wk 8 QB Alex Smith, San Francisco S Stevie Brown, New York Giants CB Davon House, Green Bay
Wk 9 RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago CB Sherrick McManis, Chicago
Wk 10 TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans CB Richard Sherman, Seattle PR Dwayne Harris, Dallas
Wk 11 QB Robert Griffin III, Washington LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco K Dan Bailey, Dallas
Wk 12 QB Cam Newton, Carolina CB Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis KR-PR Leon Washington, Seattle
Wk 13 QB Russell Wilson, Seattle S William Moore, Atlanta K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis

 

 

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Detroit wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON, who had 13 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 35-33 loss to Indianapolis.
  • Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 23-14 loss at Green Bay.
  • Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO, who completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.5 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 38-33 win over Philadelphia.
  • Atlanta running back MICHAEL TURNER, who rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Green Bay safety MORGAN BURNETT, who had two interceptions, three passes defensed and seven tackles in the Packers’ 23-14 win over Minnesota.
  • Dallas rookie cornerback MORRIS CLAIBORNE, who had a 50-yard fumble-return touchdown and three tackles.
  • Minnesota linebacker CHAD GREENWAY, who had 16 tackles.
  • Minnesota rookie safety HARRISON SMITH, who had 11 tackles and an interception.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 13 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Atlanta kicker MATT BRYANT, who scored 11 points and converted all three field-goal attempts and two PATs.
  • Seattle punter JON RYAN, who placed three punts inside the 20-yard line.

TheSTN – NFL: Brady Quinn, Carlos Dunlap & Shaun Suisham Named AFC Players of the Week

Quarterback BRADY QUINN of the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive end CARLOS DUNLAP of the Cincinnati Bengals and kicker SHAUN SUISHAM of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2012 season (November 29, December 2-3), the NFL announced today.

 

 

 

OFFENSE: QB BRADY QUINN, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

  • Quinn completed 19 of 23 passes (82.6 percent) for 201 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 132.1 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 27-21 win over Carolina.
  • Quinn’s 82.6 completion percentage led the NFL in Week 13 and was the highest in a game by a Chief in franchise history. He had a streak of 10 consecutive completions at one point in the game.
  • His 132.1 passer rating ranked second in the NFL and first in the AFC in Week 13.
  • Helped the Chiefs register their first win at Arrowhead Stadium this season.
  • In his sixth season from Notre Dame, this is Quinn’s first Offensive Player of the Week Award. He is the first Chiefs quarterback to win Offensive Player of the Week honors since DAMON HUARD in 2006 (Week 5).
  • He joins running back JAMAAL CHARLES (Week 3) as the second Chief to win AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.

DEFENSE: DE CARLOS DUNLAP, CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Dunlap registered five tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in the Bengals’ 20-13 win at San Diego.
  • With 4:01 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dunlap sacked and stripped Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS, recovering the ball at the San Diego 15. The takeaway resulted in a 24-yard field goal by kickerMIKE NUGENT and extended the Bengals lead to 20-13.
  • Dunlap helped hold the Chargers to 297 total yards (251 passing, 46 rushing) for the game.
  • Part of a defense that leads the NFL with 39 sacks this season.
  • Helped the Bengals win their fourth consecutive game.
  • In his third season from Florida, this is Dunlap’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.
  • He joins defensive end MICHAEL JOHNSON (Week 3) as the second Bengal to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K SHAUN SUISHAM, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Suisham connected on all three field goals, including a game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired in the Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Suisham registered his seventh career game-winning field goal and third this season.
  • Extended his streak to 13 consecutive field goals.
  • Through Week 13, Suisham has made 24 of 25 field goals (96 percent), the highest percentage in the NFL.
  • In his eighth season from Bowling Green, this is Suisham’s third career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in Week 5 of the 2012 season.

 

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
Wk 4 QB Tom Brady, New England LB Donald Butler, San Diego K Matt Prater, Denver
Wk 5 WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis DT Randy Starks, Miami K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh
Wk 6 QB Peyton Manning, Denver S Jairus Byrd, Buffalo KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
Wk 7 RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee DE Lamarr Houston, Oakland KR-DB Devin McCourty, New England
Wk 8 QB Tom Brady, New England LB Wesley Woodyard, Denver DE Olivier Vernon, Miami
Wk 9 QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis CB Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh KR-WR Trindon Holliday, Denver
Wk 10 QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati CB Darius Butler, Indianapolis KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
Wk 11 QB Matt Schaub, Houston LB Von Miller, Denver PR-CB Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo
Wk 12 RB Ray Rice, Baltimore LB D’Qwell Jackson, Cleveland PR-WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis
Wk 13 QB Brady Quinn, Kansas City DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh

 

 

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Pittsburgh quarterback CHARLIE BATCH, who completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 276 yards with one touchdown versus one interception and an 89.6 passer rating.
  • Cleveland rookie wide receiver JOSH GORDON, who registered six receptions for 116 yards (19.3 average) with one touchdown in the Browns’ 20-17 win at Oakland.
  • Cincinnati running back BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS, who had 118 rushing yards on 25 carries (4.7 average).
  • Buffalo running back FRED JACKSON, who rushed for 109 yards on 25 carries (4.4 average) in the Bills’ 34-18 win over Jacksonville.
  • Indianapolis rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK, who completed 24 of 54 passes (44.4 percent) for 391 yards with four touchdowns versus three interceptions and a 70.8 passer rating in the Colts’ 35-33 win at Detroit.
  • Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING, who completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1 percent) for 242 yards with three touchdowns versus one interception and a 103.2 passer rating in the Broncos’ 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.
  • Oakland tight end BRANDON MYERS, who registered 14 receptions for 130 yards with one touchdown in the Raiders’ 20-17 loss to Cleveland.
  • New England wide receiver WES WELKER, who had 12 receptions for 103 yards (8.6 average) with one touchdown in the Patriots’ 23-16 win at Miami.

 

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 13 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Cleveland cornerback SHELDON BROWN, who had five tackles, one interception and four passes defensed.
  • Pittsburgh linebacker JAMES HARRISON, who posted seven tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
  • Denver linebacker VON MILLER, who had six tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and a 26-yard interception-return touchdown.
  • New England defensive end TREVOR SCOTT, who had three tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.

 

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 13 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Houston punter DONNIE JONES, who punted 10 times for 488 yards (48.8 avg.), including five punts inside of the 20-yard line.
  • Buffalo kicker RIAN LINDELL, who made two field goals (29, 50).

TheSTN – NFL: Week 14 Game Capsules

 WEEK 14 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012

DENVER BRONCOS (9-3) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (3-9)

SERIES

  BRONCOS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER 59-43-2
STREAKS Past 2 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Fox: 3-2 Allen: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 31-23 vs. Buccaneers L 20-17 vs. Browns
LAST GAME 9/30/12: Raiders 6 at Broncos 37. Denver QB Peyton Manning passes for 338 yards & 3 TDs with 130 rating. Broncos RB Willis McGahee rushes for 112 yards & 1 TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/6/11: Broncos 38, Raiders 24. McGahee (163) & Denver QB Tim Tebow (118) each rush for over 100 yards. Broncos WR Eddie Royal has TD catch & 85-yard PR-TD.
BROADCAST NFLN (5:20 PM PT): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 94 (Den.), 93 (Oak.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Den.), 226 (Oak.).

STATS

PASSING Manning: 304-447-3,502-29 (1C)-9-104.6 (1C) Palmer: 305-503-3,532 (3C)-20-13-84.4
RUSHING Hillman (R): 57-226-4.0-1 McFadden: 139-455-3.3-2
RECEIVING D. Thomas: 69-1,114 (T2C)-16.1-8 (T3C) Myers (TE): 69-721-10.4-4
OFFENSE 386.9 361.8
TAKE/GIVE -3 -6
DEFENSE 308.2 (3L) 387.0
SACKS Miller: 15 (3L) Shaughnessy: 3.5
INTs Woodyard: 3 Giordano, Huff: 2
PUNTING Colquitt: 46.8 Lechler: 47.7
KICKING Prater: 91 (40/40 PAT; 17/22 FG) Janikowski: 93 (21/21 PAT; 24/26 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: Captured AFC West title for 2nd consecutive season. Have won 7 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. Club is 4-0 vs. AFC West…QB PEYTON MANNING (29) has most TD passes in single-season by Broncos QB. Posted 150th career reg.-season win last week, 2nd-most in NFL history. Has 9 TDs vs. 1 INT & 134.5 rating in past 3 on TNF. Passed for 338 yards w/ 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 130 rating in last meeting…RB KNOWSHON MORENO is averaging 97 scrim. yards (154 rush, 40 rec.) in past 2…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAShad 5 rec. for 103 yards (20.6 avg) in last game vs. Oak. Aims for 4th in row with TD catch. WR ERIC DECKER has 8 TD catches, tied for career single-season high (2011)…TE JACOB TAMME had season-highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (89) last week…DE ELVIS DUMERVIL has 9 career sacks vs. Oak, most against any team. LB VON MILLER aims for 6th consecutive game with sack. Miller (15) needs 2.5 sacks to set single-season club record (Dumervil, 17 in ’09)…RAIDERS: QB CARSON PALMER is averaging 313.5 passing yards per game at home in ’12. Palmer (3,532) has reached 3,500 passing yards for 5th time in career… RB DARREN MC FADDEN has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 4 vs. Den. (165, 119, 150). Raiders are 9-2 (.818) when McFadden has 100+ rush yards. RB MARCEL REECE is averaging 5.2 yards per carry in past 3 games (41 att., 213 yards). Has 467 receiving yards in ’12, most among NFL RBs…WR DENARIUS MOORE has career-best 6 TD receptions in this season. WR ROD STREATER had career-best 96 receiving yards last week, incl. career-long 64-yard TD reception…TE BRANDON MYERS had 14 receptions for 130 yards & TD last week, most catches in game by TE in Raiders history. Leads AFC TEs with 69 receptions in 2012…LB PHILIP WHEELER has team-best 87 tackles.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012

ST. LOUIS RAMS (5-6-1) AT BUFFALO BILLS (5-7)

SERIES

  RAMS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS 5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Fisher: 6-2 Gailey: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 16-13 (OT) vs. 49ers W 34-18 vs. Jaguars
LAST GAME 9/28/08: Bills 31 at Rams 14. Buffalo RB Fred Jackson has TD run & QB Trent Edwards throws 39-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans. Bills CB Jabari Greer adds 33-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/04: Bills 37, Rams 17. Buffalo QB Drew Bledsoe throws 3 TDs to TE Mark Campbell & RB Willis McGahee adds 100 rushing yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Krista Voda (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (StL.), 112 (Buf.). XM: 231 (Buf.).

STATS

PASSING Bradford: 236-388-2,668-14-9-83.8 Fitzpatrick: 228-373-2,471-20-12-85.1
RUSHING Jackson: 195-772-4.0-2 Spiller: 137-907-6.6-5
RECEIVING Amendola: 51-576-11.3-2 St. Johnson: 55-705-12.8-5
OFFENSE 327.6 346.4
TAKE/GIVE -2 -6
DEFENSE 340.7 368.5
SACKS Quinn: 8.5 M. Williams: 9.5
INTs Finnegan, Jenkins: 3 Byrd: 5 (1C)
PUNTING Hekker (R): 46.8 Powell (R): 45.0
KICKING Zuerlein (R): 81 (18/18 PAT; 21/27 FG) Lindell: 83 (32/32 PAT; 17/18 FG)

NOTES

RAMS: QB SAM BRADFORD aims for 3rd win in row…RB STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 110 yards with TD & had 5 catches for 78 yards (188 scrimmage yards) in last meeting. Since 2006, has NFL-best 10,838 scrimmage yards…Rookie WR CHRIS GIVENS had 11 catches for 92 yards last week. In past 2, has 16 catches for 207 yards (103.5 per game) & TD. Has 3 career TDs & avg. 46 yards per TD. WR DANNY AMENDOLA aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 7+ catches…CB JANORIS JENKINS has 3 TDs in past 2 (2 INT-TDs & FR-TD). Aims for 3rd in row with defensive TD. DE WILLIAM HAYES has 2.5 sacks in past 2 & aims for 3rd in row with sack. DE ROBERT QUINN has 8.5 sacks in past 12. DE CHRIS LONG has 7 sacks in past 10. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only NFC player with 8.5+ sacks & 6+ INTs since 2009…Rookie K GREG ZUERLEIN is 1st in NFL history to tie game with 0:00 left in 4th & win game in OT with 50-yard FGs…BILLSAim for 3rd consecutive win at home…QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (76) needs 2 TDs to surpass JACK KEMP (77) for 3rd-most in Bills history. Was selected in 7th round of ’05 NFL Draft by Rams & spent 2 seasons in StL…Club leads AFC with 147.9 rush yards per game in ’12…RB C.J. SPILLER (907) needs 93 rush yards to reach 1,000 for 1st time in career. Is averaging 91.7 rush yards per game in past 3 (275). Averages NFL-best 6.6 yards per carry. RB FRED JACKSON posted 1st 100-yard rush game of season last week (109). Bills are 11-3 (.786) when Jackson has 100+ rush yards…Since ’11, TE SCOTT CHANDLER is 2nd among AFC TEs with 12 TD catches. Has 6 TD receptions in 2012, tying his career high (2011)….DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 5 sacks in past 3 games. Williams (9.5) needs 0.5 sack to become 1st Bill since 2009 to with 10+ sacks in season (AARON SCHOBEL, 10)…Since entering NFL in 2009, S JAIRUS BYRD is tied for 3rd in league with 18 INTs…PR LEODIS MC KELVIN has NFL-best 20.4 PR avg.

ATLANTA FALCONS (11-1) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-9)

SERIES

  FALCONS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 23-12
STREAKS Past 5 & 8 of past 10 overall
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 7-2 Rivera: 0-3
LAST WEEK W 23-13 vs. Saints L 27-21 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 9/30/12: Panthers 28 at Falcons 30. Atlanta WR Roddy White has 8 catches for 169 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons K Matt Bryant converts game-winning 40-yard FG with 5 seconds remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/11/11: Falcons 31, Panthers 23. Atlanta overcomes 23-7 1st-half deficit as QB Matt Ryan throws 4 TDs, including 2 4th-quarter TD passes to rookie WR Julio Jones (17, 75).
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 113 (Car.). XM: 232 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 316-462-3,590-22-13-94.9 Newton: 204-355-2,933-14-10-85.8
RUSHING Turner: 180-675-3.8-7 Newton (QB): 95-524-5.5-6
RECEIVING Gonzalez (TE): 73-770-10.5-7 S. Smith: 53-890-16.8-2
OFFENSE 377.3 343.6
TAKE/GIVE +7 0
DEFENSE 352.5 347.8
SACKS Abraham: 10 (T2C) Johnson: 8.5
INTs DeCoud: 5 Munnerlyn, Nakamura: 2
PUNTING Bosher: 47.9 (2C) Nortman (R): 42.6
KICKING Bryant: 119 (3L) (32/32 PAT; 29/34 FG) Gano: 9 (6/7 PAT; 1/1 FG)

NOTES

FALCONSHave clinched NFC South…QB MATT RYAN has won 7 of past 8 starts vs. Car. Aims for 6th consecutive win vs. Panthers. In past 4 meetings, has completed 83 of 132 (62.9 pct.) for 1,088 yards with 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 110.9 rating. Has 100+ rating in all 4 of those games. In career, Falcons are 30-1 (.968) when he has 100+ rating…RB MICHAEL TURNER had TD last week & is franchise leader with 58 total TDs (57 rush, 1 rec.). In last meeting, rushed for 103 yards & had 60-yard rec. TD…In last game at Car., WR JULIO JONES had 3 catches for 104 yards (34.7 avg.) & 2 TDs (75 & 17 yards). In last meeting,WR RODDY WHITE had 8 catches for 169 yards (21.1 avg.) & 2 TDs. In past 2 vs. Car., has 15 catches for 253 yards (126.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Since 2007, has 539 receptions, most in NFC. TE TONY GONZALEZ has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 division games…Defense had 5 INTs last week, incl. 2 by S WILLIAM MOOREDE JOHN ABRAHAM has 14.5 sacks in past 15. LB SEAN WEATHERSPOON aims for 3rd in a row vs. Car. with sack… PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON completed 15 of 24 (62.5 pct.) for 215 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in last meeting. Also had 86 rush yards & TD. Is only player in NFL history with 30+ pass (35) & 20+ rush (20) TDs in 1st 2 seasons…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD. Has TD in 4 of past 6 meetings. In last home game vs. Atl., had 74-yard rush TD. RB JONATHAN STEWART has 4 career rush TDs vs. Atl…In last home meeting, WR STEVE SMITH had 6 catches for 125 yards. Has 3 rec. TDs in past 4 home games vs. Atl. WR BRANDON LA FELL has TD in 2 of past 3. TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in last meeting. Had 47-yard TD catch last week. Has 50 catches, his 3rd-career 50-catch season…CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had 3.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 5 sacks in past 3 vs. Atl. Has 25.5 sacks in past 34. Has 8.5 sacks in past 9. DE GREG HARDY has 6 sacks in past 6. Rookie LB LUKE KUECHLY leads team with 115 tackles.

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-6) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-5)

SERIES

  COWBOYS BENGALS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Garrett: 0-0 Lewis: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 38-33 vs. Eagles W 20-13 at Chargers
LAST GAME 10/5/08: Bengals 22 at Cowboys 31. Dallas QB Tony Romo passes for 3 TDs, including 57-yarder to WR Terrell Owens & 15-yarder to WR Patrick Crayton in 4th quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/7/04: Bengals 26, Cowboys 3. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer passes for 212 yards & TD as Bengals’ defense forces 5 turnovers.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (Dal.), 92 (Cin.). XM: 234 (Cin.).

STATS

PASSING Romo: 324-483-3,660 (3L)-19-15-89.7 Dalton: 262-413-2,980-24 (3C)-13-91.3
RUSHING Murray: 98-413-4.2-2 Green-Ellis: 226-885-3.9-5
RECEIVING Witten (TE): 88 (T3L)-818-9.3-1 Green: 76 (3C)-1,107-14.6-10 (T1L)
OFFENSE 379.1 356.8
TAKE/GIVE -10 0
DEFENSE 336.7 331.3
SACKS Ware: 10 (T2C) Atkins: 9.5
INTs 5 tied: 1 Crocker: 3
PUNTING Moorman: 45.1 Huber: 46.6
KICKING Bailey: 96 (27/27 PAT; 23/25 FG) Nugent: 92 (35/35 PAT; 19/23)

NOTES

COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO completed 22 of 27 (81.5 pct.) for 303 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 150.5 rating last week. Has 168 pass TDs & passed HOFer TROY AIKMAN (165) for most by Cowboy. Has won 3 of past 4 starts vs. AFC. In those 4, has 102.3 rating. In only game vs. Cin., had 3 TDs & 106.2 rating…In last meeting, RB FELIX JONES had 96 yards on 9 carries (10.7 avg.) & 33-yard TD. When RB DE MARCO MURRAY has 18+ att., Cowboys are 8-0. Has 939 rush yards (117.4 per game) in those 8…WR DEZ BRYANT has 29 catches for 475 yards (118.8 per game) & 6 TDs in past 4. Aims for 5th in row with TD. In past 2 vs. AFC, has 25 catches for 240 yards (120 per game) & 3 TDs. TE JASON WITTEN has 80 catches (8.9 per game) in past 9. Since 2007, has 532 catches, most by NFL TE…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 18.5 sacks in past 18 vs. AFC. Has 35.5 sacks in past 31. Has 101.5 sacks since 2006, most in NFL. Has 10 sacks for 7th consecutive season, tying HOFers LAWRENCE TAYLOR & BRUCE SMITHfor 3rd-longest streak…BENGALSAim for 5th straight win…In past 2 at home, QB ANDY DALTON has passed for 409 yards with 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 120.8 rating. Has 100.1 4th-quarter rating in 2012, 2nd-best in AFC (PEYTON MANNING, 107.9). For career, Dalton is 5-1 as starter vs. NFC…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS can become 1st Bengal to rush for 100+ yards in 4 straight game since 1968 (PAUL ROBINSON, 4 straight). Needs 115 rush yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd time in career…WR A.J. GREEN  has 16 catches for 268 yards with 2 TDs in 2 games vs. NFC in ’12. Has career-best 10 TD rec., incl. 3 for 50+ yards (73, 57, 56). Needs 9 rec. to reach 150 career. Since ’11, Green has 17 TD rec., most among AFC WRs. Has 85+ rec. yards in past 5…TE JERMAINE GRESHAM has reached 50+ rec. for 3rd straight season…Club leads NFL with 39 sacks…CB TERENCE NEWMAN spent 9 seasons w/ Cowboys (2003-11). DT GENO ATKINS (9.5) needs half sack to become 4th Bengal with 10+ in season since ’82. Since ’10, Atkins leads NFL DTs w/ 20 sacks.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-10) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-8)

SERIES

  CHIEFS BROWNS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 10-10-2
STREAKS 3 of past 5 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Crennel: 0-0 Shurmur: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 27-21 vs. Panthers W 20-17 at Raiders
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Chiefs 16 at Browns 14. Kansas City CB Brandon Flowers has 33-yard INT-TD & Ryan Succop kicks 3 FGs (35, 26, 23) as Chiefs earn comeback victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/10
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 137 (KC), 117 (Cle.). XM: 233 (Cle.).

STATS

PASSING Quinn: 67-106-635-2-4-70.3 Weeden (R): 247-433-2,820-13-15-72.3
RUSHING Charles: 222-1,055 (2C)-4.8-3 Richardson (R): 229-827-3.6-7
RECEIVING Bowe: 57-731-12.8-3 Richardson (R) (RB): 44-339-7.7-1
OFFENSE 337.8 319.3
TAKE/GIVE -21 +7
DEFENSE 349.3 367.7
SACKS Houston: 10 Parker: 4
INTs Flowers: 3 S. Brown, Haden: 3
PUNTING Colquitt: 45.8 Hodges: 42.0
KICKING Succop: 90 (15/15 PAT; 25/28 FG) Dawson: 91 (22/22 PAT; 23/24 FG)

NOTES

CHIEFSClub has won 2 of past 3 at Cle…QB BRADY QUINN had career-best 82.6 completion pct. (19 of 23) last week (min. 10 att.). Posted 132.1 passer rating last week, 2nd-highest of career. Quinn was selected No. 22 overall in 2007 NFL Draft by Browns & spent 3 seasons in Cleveland (2007-09)…Club averages 146.7 rush yards per game, 2nd-best in AFC…In past 4, RB JAMAAL CHARLES has averaged 105.3 rush yards per game (421 total). Aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ rush yards. Charles (1,055) has reached 1,000 rush yards for 3rd time in career (1,120 in ’09; 1,467 in ’10). Has totaled 203 rush yards in 2 career games vs. Browns. RB PEYTON HILLIS posted 1st rush TD of season last week. Hillis spent 2 seasons (2010-11) with Cle…WR DWAYNE BOWE (413) needs 4 receptions to surpass HENRY MARSHALL (416) for 2nd-most receptions in franchise history, trailing only TONY GONZALEZ (916)…TE TONY MOEAKI posted 1st TD reception of season last week…LB TAMBA HALI (59.5) has 3rd-most sacks in Chiefs annals (DERRICK THOMAS, 126.5; NEIL SMITH, 85.5). LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has career-high 10 sacks this season. Has 5 sacks in 5 career games in Dec…BROWNSSeek 3rd straight win…Rookie QB BRANDON WEEDEN posted career-best 364 passing yards last week & registered 3rd 300-yard passing game of season. Weeden (2,820) has most passing yards by rookie in club history…In past 5, rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON is averaging 95.8 rush yards per game. Has 3 games with 100+ rush yards, tied for most ever by Browns rookie. Leads AFC rookies with 827 rush yards. Needs 116 to surpass HOFer JIM BROWN (942 in 1957) for most rush yards by Browns rookie…WR JOSH GORDON leads NFL rookies in rec. yards (646). Averages 19 yards per catch in 2012. Had career-best in catches (6) & receiving yards (116) last week. WR GREG LITTLE (96) needs 4 rec. to reach 100 career…TE BENJAMIN WATSON had season-high 80 receiving yards vs. Raiders…LB D’QWELL JACKSON has team-high 85 tackles…K PHIL DAWSON has made 23 of 24 FGs in 2012, 2nd-best pct. in NFL…KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS had 2 KR-TDs (100, 103) vs. Chiefs on 12/20/09.

TENNESSEE TITANS (4-8) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-4)

SERIES

  TITANS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 22-13
STREAKS 15 of past 19
COACHES VS. OPP. Munchak: 1-2 Arians: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 24-10 vs. Texans W 35-33 at Lions
LAST GAME 10/28/12: Colts 19 at Titans 13 (OT). Indianapolis rookie QB Andrew Luck completes game-winning 16-yard TD pass in overtime to rookie RB Vick Ballard.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/18/11: Colts 27, Titans 13. Indianapolis RB Donald Brown rushes for 161 yards, including 80-yard TD. Colts CB Jacob Lacey has 32-yard INT-TD return.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 106 (Ten.), 128 (Ind.). XM: 235 (Ind.).

 

STATS

PASSING Locker: 120-212-1,473-8-7-77.0 Luck (R): 279-503-3,596 (1C)-17-16-76.1
RUSHING C. Johnson: 204-993-4.9-4 Ballard (R): 127-468-3.7-1
RECEIVING Wright (R): 54-516-9.6-4 Wayne: 88 (3L)-1,156 (1C)-13.1-3
OFFENSE 329.9 392.1 (3L)
TAKE/GIVE -10 -16
DEFENSE 386.9 363.0
SACKS Wimbley: 5 Mathis: 7
INTs McCourty, Verner: 2 Butler: 2
PUNTING Kern: 48.6 (3C) McAfee: 48.4
KICKING Bironas: 88 (25/25 PAT; 21/25 FG) Vinatieri: 89 (26/26 PAT; 21/28 FG)

NOTES

TITANS: QB JAKE LOCKER posted 2nd 300-yard passing game (309) of career last week…For career, RB CHRIS JOHNSON averages 103.3 scrimmage yards per game against Ind. (562 rush, 264 receiving). Had 99 rush yards in last game vs. Colts. Johnson (993) needs 7 rush yards to reach 1,000 for 5th consecutive season. Has 24 career games with at least 125 rush yards, 2nd-most in player’s 1st 5 seasons in NFL history (ERIC DICKERSON, 27). Has 5 career rush TDs of 80+ yards, most in NFL history…WR KENNY BRITT has TD reception in past 2. WR KENDALL WRIGHT leads NFL rookies with 54 rec. Had 23-yard TD rec. in last game vs. Colts…TE JARED COOK had career-best 9 rec. for 103 yards in last game at Ind…DE KAMERION WIMBLEY (47.5) needs 2.5 sacks to reach 50 career…S MICHAEL GRIFFIN has 2 INTs in past 3 vs. Colts…LB AKEEM AYERS leads team with 83 tackles…COLTS:Club is 5-1 at home in 2012 & aims for 5th consecutive win at Lucas Oil Stadium…QB ANDREW LUCK’s 8 wins most by rookie QB who was drafted No. 1 overall in SB era (since 1966). Luck has passed for 3,596 yards, most by rookie QB in NFL history through his team’s 1st 12 games. Has 6 300-yard passing games, most by rookie all-time. Leads AFC QBs in rush yards (216) & rush TDs (5)…Rookie RB VICK BALLARD had 16-yard game-winning TD catch in OT last game vs. Ten. Posted 1st rush TD of career last week. In past 2 vs. Ten, RB DONALD BROWN is averaging 120.5 rush yards per game (241 total)…WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,156) needs 44 receiving yards to reach 1,200 for 6th time in career & tie MARVIN HARRISON & TORRY HOLT for 3rd-most such seasons all-time. Wayne (950) needs 2 rec. to surpass ANDRE REED (951) for 10th-most in NFL annals. WR T.Y. HILTON has 4 100-yard receiving games, most among NFL rookies. WR DONNIE AVERY tied career-best with 2 TD rec. last week…TE COBY FLEENER had 26-yard TD rec., last week, 1st of career…LB ROBERT MATHIS posted 1st INT of career last week. LB JERRELL FREEMAN leads team with 107 tackles.

NEW YORK JETS (5-7) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-10)

SERIES

  JETS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 6-3
STREAKS 3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Ryan: 1-1 Mularkey: 2-2
LAST WEEK W 7-6 vs. Cardinals L 34-18 at Bills
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Jaguars 3 at Jets 32. New York TE Dustin Keller has 6 catches for 101 yards & TD as Jets defense force 4 INTs, including 2 by CB Antonio Cromartie.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/06: Jaguars 41, Jets 0. Jacksonville RB Fred Taylor rushes for 111 yards & rookie RB Maurice Jones-Drew has 2 TD runs as Jags defense limits New York to 177 total yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 149 (NYJ), 139 (Jax.). XM: 226 (Jax.).

STATS

PASSING Sanchez: 204-371-2,436-12-13-71.4 OR

McElroy: 5-7-29-1-0-118.5

Henne: 72-138-1,038-8-3-87.2
RUSHING Greene: 210-806-3.8-5 Jones-Drew: 86-414-4.8-1
RECEIVING Kerley: 48-701-14.6-2 Shorts III: 43-824-19.2-7
OFFENSE 308.9 282.3
TAKE/GIVE -6 0
DEFENSE 336.0 404.9
SACKS Thomas, Wilkerson: 2.5 Babin: 5.5
INTs Cromartie: 3 Cox, Posluszny: 3
PUNTING Malone: 46.4 Anger (R): 47.8
KICKING Folk: 70 (25/25 PAT; 15/20 FG) Scobee: 74 (14/15 PAT; 20/21 FG)

NOTES

JETS: QB MARK SANCHEZ had 2 TDs & 85.8 passer rating in last game vs. Jaguars. Sanchez is 1-1 as starter against Jax. Club has 10-2 record (.833) when Sanchez has 100+ rating. QB GREG MC ELROY completed 5 of 7 passes for 29 yards & game-winning 1-yard TD pass last week…For career, RB SHONN GREENE averages 102.4 rush yards per game with 20+ att. Greene posted 6th 100-yard rush game of career last week. Club is 6-0 when Greene has 100+ rush yards. Green has 5 rush TDs in past 6 in Dec. RB BILAL POWELL has 3 rush TDs in past 3…WR JEREMY KERLEY has career-best in rec. (48) &  rec. yards (701) in ’12…TE DUSTIN KELLER had 6 rec. for 101 yards (16.8 avg.) with TD in last game vs. Jax. TE JEFF CUMBERLAND had game-winning TD reception last week…Defense held Cardinals to 137 total net yards last week…LB DAVID HARRIS leads team with 91 tackles…CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE had 2 INTs in last game vs. Jax…S LA RON LANDRY posted 2nd INT of season last week…KR-RB JOE MC KNIGHT has 28.4 KR avg., 3rd-best in AFC…JAGUARSClub is 3-0 all-time at home against Jets…For career, QB CHAD HENNE is 3-1 as starter against NYJ & has 6 TDs vs. 1 INT & 94.2 passer rating. In past 3, Henne has passed for 823 yards with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 93.9 passer rating. Posted 1st rush TD of season last week…In past 2 vs. Jets, RB MAURICE JONES-DREW is averaging 105.5 rush yards per game…Rookie WR JUSTIN BLACKMON ranks 3rd among AFC rookies with 557 receiving yards. In past 7 starts, WR CECIL SHORTS III is averaging 88.4 receiving yards per game (619 total). Has 3 TD catches of 50+ yards in ’12 (80, 67, 59), single-season club record & tied for most in NFL this season (A.J. GREEN). Aims for 5th straight game with TD catch…TE MARCEDES LEWISranks 3rd in Jaguars history with 21 career TD receptions…LBRUSSELL ALLEN & PAUL POSLUSZNY are tied for team-high with 101 tackles…DE JASON BABIN tied career-best 3 sacks against Jets on 12/18/11 (w/ Eagles). Since ’10, Babin has 36 sacks, 3rd-most in NFL.

CHICAGO BEARS (8-4) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-6)

SERIES

  BEARS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER 52-48-2
STREAKS Past 6 & 7 of past 9 overall
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 11-6 Frazier: 0-4
LAST WEEK L 23-17 (OT) vs. Seahawks L 23-14 at Packers
LAST GAME 11/25/12: Vikings 10 at Bears 28. Chicago RB Michael Bush rushes for pair of 1-yard TDs & TE Matt Spaeth adds 13-yard TD catch for Bears.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/1/12: Bears 17, Vikings 13. Chicago defense forces 3 INTs, including CB Charles Tillman’s 22-yard INT-TD return. Bears WR Roy Williams records 22-yard TD reception.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 93 (Chi.), 148 (Min.). XM: 236 (Min.).

STATS

PASSING Cutler: 191-312-2,235-15-11-84.3 Ponder: 240-384-2,305-14-11-79.4
RUSHING Forté: 179-749-4.2-3 Peterson: 234-1,446 (1L)-6.2-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING Marshall: 91 (1C)-1,182 (2L)-13.0-8 (T2C) Harvin: 62-677-10.9-3
OFFENSE 304.0 335.5
TAKE/GIVE +14 (T1C) -6
DEFENSE 319.7 (3C) 344.8
SACKS Peppers: 7 Allen: 8.5
INTs Jennings: 8 (1L) Winfield: 3
PUNTING Podlesh: 42.2 Kluwe: 44.5
KICKING Gould: 94 (31/31 PAT; 21/25 FG) Walsh (R): 96 (24/24 PAT; 24/27 FG)

NOTES

BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER aims for 6th win in row vs. Min. In past 5 meetings, is 5-0 with 13 TDs, 5 INTs & 100.9 rating. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 26-1…RB MATT FORTÉ rushed for 92 yards in last game at Min. Has 963 scrimmage yards & needs 37 to reach 1,000 for 5th consecutive season. RB MICHAEL BUSH had 2 rush TDs in last meeting…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 75 catches for 968 yards (107.6 per game) & 7 TDs in past 9. Is 5th player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yard-season with 3 different teams…Bears have allowed 198 points (16.5 per game), 2nd fewest in NFL. Defense has 7 INT-TDs, tied for 3rd most in season in NFL history. CB CHARLES TILLMAN leads NFL with 8 FFs & ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs. LB LANCE BRIGGS also ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs. Since entering NFL in 2003, Tillman has 36 FFs, most by DB. Is only player with 30+ INTs (32) & 30+ FFs in that span. CB TIM JENNINGS leads NFL with 8 INTs, incl. 3 games with 2 INTs. DE JULIUS PEPPERS blocked FG in last meeting. DT HENRY MELTON leads NFC DTs with 6 sacks…VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER is 4-1 in past 5 at home…RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 210 yards last week. Has rushed for 947 yards (157.8 per game) & 6 TDs in past 6. Has 100+ rush yards in team-record 6 consecutive games. Has 12 career 150+ yard rush games, most by active player. Since 2007, leads NFL with 8,198 rush yards & 72 rush TDs. In 9 career games vs. Chi., has 12 rush TDs & 931 rush yards (103.4 per game)…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN & HOFer GALE SAYERS are only players in NFL history w/ 20+ scrim. TDs & 5 KR-TDs in 1st 4 seasons. Harvin, Sayers & TIMMY BROWN are only players in NFL history w/ rush, rec. & KR TD in 3 seasons in row. TE KYLE RUDOLPH aims for 4th in row with TD. Had TD in last meeting…DE JARED ALLEN has 13 sacks in 9 career meetings. Has 4.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Chi. Has 40.5 sacks in past 37. Since entering NFL in 2004, Allen has NFL-best 113.5 sacks. CB ANTOINE WINFIELD had INT in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with FF or INT.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-8) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-5)

SERIES

  CHARGERS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER 21-6
STREAKS 7 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 0-6 Tomlin: 3-0
LAST WEEK L 20-13 vs. Bengals W 23-20 at Ravens
LAST GAME 10/4/09: Chargers 28 at Steelers 38. Pittsburgh RB Mewelde Moore has TD catch & throws TD to TE Heath Miller. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall adds 2 rush TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/4/09
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 104 (SD), 123 (Pit.). XM: 229 (Pit.).

 

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 277-424-2,969-18-15-85.1 Roethlisberger: 209-316-2,287-17-4-100.0 (3C) OR

C. Batch: 45-70-475-1-4-64.9

RUSHING Mathews: 155-620-4.0-1 Dwyer: 114-478-4.2-1
RECEIVING Floyd: 51-765-15.0-4 Miller (TE): 56-613-10.9-7
OFFENSE 322.1 342.0
TAKE/GIVE -2 -11
DEFENSE 335.1 259.8 (1L)
SACKS Phillips: 7 Worilds: 5
INTs Weddle: 3 Timmons: 3
PUNTING Scifres: 50.2 (2L) Butler (R): 43.5
KICKING Novak: 61 (22/22 PAT; 13/15 FG) Suisham: 96 (24/24 PAT; 24/25 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: Club is 18-4 (.818) in Dec. under NORV TURNERQB PHILIP RIVERS had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 107.9 passer rating in last game at Pit. Rivers (27,254) has 2nd-most pass yards in club history, trailing only HOFer DAN FOUTS (43,040). Since ’08, Rivers (20,566) has 2nd-most passing yards in NFL (DREW BREES, 23,227)…RB RONNIE BROWN has career-high 45 rec. in ’12…TE ANTONIO GATES had 9 receptions for 124 yards with 2 TDs in last game at Pit. Gates (80) trails only HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (81) for most TD catches in team history. WR DANARIO ALEXANDER registered 2nd 100-yard rec. game of season last week (102). In past 4, Alexander is averaging 101.5 rec. yards per game with 3 TDs…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS(67) has 2nd-most sacks by Charger (LESLIE O’NEAL, 105.5) since ’82. Has 2.5 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. Pit…LB DEMORRIO WILLIAMS had 31-yard INT-return TD last week…LB ANTWAN BARNES had season-best 2 sacks last week…STEELERSClub has won 9 of past 11 in Dec…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 23-9 (.719) as starter in Dec. Has 28,866 career passing yards, most in Steelers annals. Has 3-1 record vs. SD. QB CHARLIE BATCH is 6-3 as starter with Pit. Registered 25th career win as starter last week. RB JONATHAN DWYER posted 1st rush TD of career last week…WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has career-high in receptions (34) & yards (489) in ’12…TE HEATH MILLER (393) needs 7 receptions to become 3rd Steeler to reach 400 career. Has 7 TD receptions in ’12, tied for most in career (7 in ’07). Has 3 TDs in 3 games vs. SD…Defense allows NFL-low 259.8 yards per game in ’12…In 4 career games vs. SD, LB JAMES HARRISON has 3 sacks, 2 INTs & 2 FFs. Harrison has (62) 2nd-most sacks by Steeler since sacks became official statistic in 1982 (JASON GILDON, 77). …DE BRETT KEISEL has 3 sacks in past 3…S RYAN CLARK posted 2nd INT of season last week…LB LARRY FOOTE leads team with 84 tackles…K SHAUN SUISHAM has registered game-winning FGs in Steelers’ past 2 wins.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-9) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-6)

SERIES

  EAGLES BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER 6-5
STREAKS 3 of past 5 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 5-4 Schiano: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 38-33 at Cowboys L 31-23 at Broncos
LAST GAME 10/11/09: Buccaneers 14 at Eagles 33. Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb completes 16 of 21 passes for 264 yards & 3 TDs as Eagles rookie WR Jeremy Maclin had 2 TDs (51, 40).
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/22/06: Buccaneers 23, Eagles 21. Tampa Bay DB Ronde Barber records 2 INT-TDs (37, 66) & Bucs K Matt Bryant converts 62-yard FG (5th longest all-time) as time expires.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Phi.), 94 (TB). XM: 227 (TB).

STATS

PASSING Foles (R): 81-133-793-2-3-73.3 Freeman: 217-388-3,003-23 (3C)-8-92.1
RUSHING McCoy: 177-750-4.2-2 Martin (R): 236-1,106 (T3C)-4.7-9 (1C)
RECEIVING Celek (TE): 50-601-12.0-1 Jackson: 50-1,014-20.3-7
OFFENSE 362.6 360.4
TAKE/GIVE -18 +11 (T3C)
DEFENSE 351.5 391.8
SACKS Cox (R), Graham: 3 Bennett: 7
INTs Rodgers-Cromartie: 3 Barber: 4
PUNTING McBriar: 47.5 (3C) Koenen: 45.4
KICKING Henery: 85 (19/20 PAT; 22/23 FG) Barth: 103 (34/34 PAT; 23/28 FG)

NOTES

EAGLESRookie QB NICK FOLES had 251 yards last week. In 4 games, has 793 pass yards, most by Eagles rookie in season since 1999 (DONOVAN MC NABB, 948)…RB LE SEAN MC COY has 985 scrimmage yards & needs 15 for 3rd season in row with 1,000. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 in Dec. Rookie RB BRYCE BROWN has 347 rush yards (173.5 per game) & 4 TDs in past 2. Is 2nd player since 1970 with 150+ rush yards in each of 1st 2 career starts (GARY BROWN, 1993). Is 1st Eagles rookie with 2+ TDs in 2 games in row since DON LOONEY in 1940…Rookie WR-PR DEMARIS JOHNSON had 98-yard PR-TD last week. In only meeting, WR JEREMY MACLIN had 6 catches for 142 yards (23.7 avg.) & 2 TDs. TE BRENT CELEK has 20 catches for 367 yards (91.8 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 Dec/Jan games… LB DE MECO RYANS leads team with 91 tackles. DT FLETCHER COX has 3 sacks, most by rookie DT. Since 2007, DE TRENT COLE has 57 sacks, 4th most in NFC…BUCCANEERSIn past 8, QB JOSH FREEMAN has 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 99.6 rating. In past 4 at home, has 1,214 yards (303.5 per game), 8 TDs vs. 1 INT & 114.9 rating. Bucs are 11-3 when he has 100+ rating…Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN is 2nd in NFL with 1,480 scrimmage yards (1,106 rush, 374 rec.). Set team rookie record for scrimmage yards, passing WARRICK DUNN (1,440 in 1997). Leads NFC with 9 rush TDs…In past 5 at home, WR VINCENT JACKSON has 27 catches for 537 yards (107.4 per game) & 4 TDs. Since 2008, his 18.5 yards per catch avg. (251 rec., 4,633 yards) is best in NFL (min. 100 catches). WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 6 catches for 93 yards & TD last week. TE DALLAS CLARK has TD in 3 of past 4…Rookie CB LEONARD JOHNSON is 1 of 3 rookies with 3+ INTs & INT-TD. In past 4 vs. Phi. (incl. playoffs), S RONDE BARBER has 3 INTs & returned all 3 for TD (92, 66 & 37 yards). Has 1.5 sacks in those 4. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (47). Rookie LB LAVONTE DAVID leads team with 108 tackles. Was named NFL Def. Rookie of Nov. Had INT last week.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-3) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-6)

SERIES

  RAVENS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 3-1
STREAKS 3-1
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 1-0 Shanahan: 3-4
LAST WEEK L 23-20 vs. Steelers W 17-16 vs. Giants
LAST GAME 12/7/08: Redskins 10 at Ravens 24. Baltimore S Ed Reed records 22-yard FR-TD & Ravens WR Derrick Mason catches 28-yard TD pass from rookie QB Joe Flacco.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/04: Ravens 17, Redskins 10. Baltimore CB-PR B.J. Sams records 78-yard PR-TD. Ravens RB Jamal Lewis adds 116 rush yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 86 (Bal.), 136 (Was.). XM: 230 (Was.).

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 252-426-3,038-15-8-85.0 Griffin III (R): 218-325-2,660-17-4-104.4 (3L)
RUSHING Rice: 198-872-4.4-8 (3C) Morris (R): 230-1,106 (T3L)-4.8-6
RECEIVING Boldin: 55-750-13.6-2 Morgan: 39-399-10.2-0
OFFENSE 343.2 383.7 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +13 (3C) +11 (T3C)
DEFENSE 372.3 390.5
SACKS Kruger: 6.5 Kerrigan: 6.5
INTs E. Reed, Ca. Williams: 4 (T2C) Hall: 4
PUNTING Koch: 47.3 Rocca: 43.9
KICKING Tucker (R): 103 (T2C) (31/31 PAT; 24/26 FG) Forbath: 52 (19/20 PAT; 11/11 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: Aim for 3rd consecutive season with 10+ wins…For career, QB JOE FLACCO is 12-6 (.667) vs. NFC. Flacco (3,038) has reached 3,000+ pass yards for 4th consecutive season…RB RAY RICE has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in 17 games vs. NFC. Avg. 5 yards per carry vs. NFC. Leads AFC RBs with 49 receptions this season. Since 2009, avg. 119.4 scrimmage yards per game, 2nd-most in NFL. Rice (872) needs 128 rush yards to reach 1,000 for 4th consecutive season…WR TORREY SMITH (92) needs 8 catches to register 100 career. Ravens are 9-1 when he has TD rec. Smith (7) needs 3 rec. TDs to become 2nd Raven to reach 10 TD receptions (MICHAEL JACKSON, 14 in 1996) in season. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN (9,994) needs 6 rec. yards to reach 10,000. Has 3 TDs in past 2 vs. Was…LB PAUL KRUGER aims for 5th game in row with sack…S ED REED has NFL-best 61 INTs since entering NFL in ’02. Had 2 INTs in last game vs. Was…KR-WR JACOBY JONES ranks 2nd in NFL with 34.2 KR avg…REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. In past 3, has completed 46 of 63 (73 pct.) for 667 yards with 9 TDs vs. 1 INT for 140 rating. Rushed for 72 yards (5 att., 14.4 avg.) last week & has 714 rush yards, most by rookie QB in NFL history. Is 1st QB in NFL history with 4+ TD passes of 60+ yards & rush TD of 60+ yards in season. In 6 home games, has 101.7 rating with 10 TDs (7 pass, 3 rush) & 428 rush yards…RB ALFRED MORRIS ties for 1st among rookies with 1,106 rush yards. Has 75+ rush yards in 10 of 1st 12 NFL games (5 100-yard games). Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards…WR PIERRE GARCON had 8 catches for 106 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD & 85+ yards. Had 100-yard game (108 yards, 6 catches) vs. Bal. on 11/22/09 (with Ind.) WR SANTANA MOSS has 5 TDs in past 6…In last meeting, LB LONDON FLETCHER had 12 tackles, incl. 10 solo. CB DE ANGELO HALLhas INT in 2 of past 3.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. Bal. with FR. Since 2011, LB RYAN KERRIGAN is only NFL player with 10+ sacks (14) & 2+ INT-TDs (2).

MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-7) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-3-1)

SERIES

  DOLPHINS 49ERS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS Past 2 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Harbaugh: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 23-16 vs. Patriots L 16-13 (OT) at Rams
LAST GAME 12/14/08: 49ers 9 at Dolphins 14. Miami QB Chad Pennington connects with TE David Martin (61 yards) & TE Joey Haynos (19) for TDs as Dolphins win 3rd straight.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/04: Dolphins 24, 49ers 17. Miami QB A.J. Feeley throws TD to TE Randy McMichael & LB Derrick Pope scores on 1-yard FR-TD as Dolphins post 17 4th-quarter points.
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 127 (Mia.), 94 (SF). XM: 227 (SF).

STATS

PASSING Tannehill (R): 210-363-2,559-7-12-72.3 Kaepernick: 69-106-888-3-1-96.7
RUSHING Bush: 165-726-4.4-5 Gore: 199-972-4.9-6
RECEIVING Hartline: 60-891-14.9-1 Crabtree: 57-668-11.7-5
OFFENSE 317.6 363.3
TAKE/GIVE -10 +5
DEFENSE 355.3 279.6 (1C)
SACKS Wake: 10.5 (3C) Ald. Smith: 17.5 (1L)
INTs R. Jones: 3 Goldson: 3
PUNTING Fields: 50.6 (1L) Lee: 47.3
KICKING Carpenter: 75 (24/24 PAT; 17/22 FG) Akers: 95 (32/32 PAT; 21/30)

NOTES

DOLPHINSQB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 431 yards in only road game vs. NFC (9/30/12 at Cardinals). Has 97.1 rating against NFC opponents. Tannehill (2,559) has most pass yards by rookie in Dolphins history. Team is 4-1 when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Scored 2nd career rush TD last week…RB REGGIE BUSH averages 116.6 rush yds. per game in December in past 2 seasons (583 total). Bush had career-high 131 receiving yards on 9 receptions with TD vs. SF as rookie (with NO on 12/3/06). Since entering NFL in 2006, Bush leads NFL RBs in receptions (361)…WR BRIAN HARTLINE (891) needs 109 receiving yards for first career 1,000-yard season. WR DAVONE BESS attended Skyline HS in Oakland, CA…DE CAMERON WAKE (10.5) registered at least 10 sacks for 2nd time in career (14 in 2010)…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 93 tackles. LB KOA MISI has sack in 2 of past 3…S RESHAD JONES had 10 tackles, sack & INT last week. Has career-best 3 INTs in 2012…49ERSIn 3 starts, QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has 100.1 rating  & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush)…RB FRANK GORE aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with rush TD. Is only player since 2006 with 10,000+ scrimmage yards (10,412) & 50+ TDs (56)…Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), TE VERNON DAVIS leads NFC TEs with 35 TDs. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had 7 catches for 101 yards last week. Has 100+ yards or TD in 4 of past 5. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TD…49ers lead NFL allowing 14.3 points per game (171 points). Team ranks 2nd in NFL in total defense (279.6 yards per game) & pass defense (189 yards per game). 49ers are 3rd in NFL in rush defense (90.6 yards per game). Defense is holding opposing QBs to 77.2 passer rating. LB ALDON SMITHhas 31.5 career sacks & passed HOFer REGGIE WHITE (31) for most by player in 1st 2 NFL seasons. Leads NFL with 17.5 sacks, 2nd most by player in team’s 1st 12 games. Has 13 sacks in past 6. Was named NFC Defensive Player of Month for Nov. Has 8.5 sacks in past 3 at home. Since 2007, LB PATRICK WILLIS is only NFC player with 17+ sacks (17.5) & 6+ INTs. LB NA VORRO BOWMAN leads team with 105 tackles. Willis is 2nd with 93. DT JUSTIN SMITH has 3 sacks in past 3.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-7) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (7-5)

SERIES

  SAINTS GIANTS
SERIES LEADER 14-12
STREAKS Past 3 & 4 of past 5 overall
COACHES VS. OPP. Vitt: 0-0 Coughlin: 2-4
LAST WEEK L 23-13 at Falcons L 17-16 at Redskins
LAST GAME 11/28/11: Giants 24 at Saints 49. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 363 yds & 4 TDs (2 to TE Jimmy Graham & 2 to WR Lance Moore) as Saints gain 577 total yards on MNF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/24/06: Saints 30, Giants 7. New Orleans rookie RB Reggie Bush (126) & RB Deuce McAllister (108) each rush for 100 yards & TD as Saints defense holds Giants to 142 yards.
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 92 (NO), 86 (NYG). XM: 229 (NYG).

STATS

PASSING Brees: 304-492-3,674 (2L)-31 (1L)-16-92.1 Manning: 259-427-3,170-16-11-85.3
RUSHING P. Thomas: 89-425-4.8-1 Bradshaw: 185-836-4.5-5
RECEIVING Colston: 61-828-13.6-8 (T2C) Cruz: 68-883-13.0-8 (T2C)
OFFENSE 386.4 (2C) 371.2
TAKE/GIVE -2 +14 (T1C)
DEFENSE 440.5 366.9
SACKS Jordan: 7 Pierre-Paul: 6.5
INTs P. Robinson: 3 S. Brown: 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Morstead: 50.0 (1C) Weatherford: 46.9
KICKING Hartley: 73 (40/40 PAT; 11/14 FG) Tynes: 127 (1L) (31/31 PAT; 32/36 FG)

NOTES

SAINTSIn career, QB DREW BREES is 4-0 vs. NYG with 11 TDs, 0 INTs & 122.1 rating. In past 2 meetings, has 8 TDs, 0 INTs & 143.8 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with 360+ yards, 4+ TDs & 0 INTs…In last meeting, RBs MARK INGRAM & PIERRE THOMAS each had rush TD. Since 2011, RB DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 137 catches…In last game vs. NYG, TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 2 TDs. Incl. playoffs, has TD catch in 12 of past 16. Since 2010, Graham leads NFC TEs with 27 TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MARQUES COLSTON has 15 catches for 281 yards (93.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 meetings. Has 8 TDs in past 9. WR LANCE MOORE had 2 TDs in last meeting & aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with TD…In 2 career meetings, S ROMAN HARPER has sack, FF & FR. Since 2006, has 18.5 sacks, most by DB (incl. playoffs). DE CAMERON JORDAN leads team with career-high 7 sacks. Saints have 3 players with 90+ tackles: LB CURTIS LOFTON (101), S MALCOLM JENKINS (94) & Harper (90)…GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING passed for 406 yards, 2 TDs & 101.9 rating in last meeting. In past 8 at home (incl. playoffs), has completed 176 of 279 (63.1 pct.) for 2,316 yards with 17 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 99.1 rating…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW had rush TD in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 Dec/Jan games…WR VICTOR CRUZ had 9 catches for 157 yards (17.4 avg.) & 2 TDs (72, 4 yards) in last meeting. In past 3 Dec/Jan games, has 14 catches for 446 yards (148.7 per game; 31.9 avg.) & 2 TDs (99 & 74 yards). In 2 career meetings, WR HAKEEM NICKS has 12 catches for 201 yards (100.5 per game) & TD. In past 6 games in Dec/Jan/Feb (incl. playoffs), has 38 catches for 563 yards (93.8 per game) & 5 TDs. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had career-high 82 yards last week (5 catches, TD)…In past 13 at home, DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 10 sacks. S STEVIE BROWN leads NFL with 168 INT return yards, most by Giant since 1963 (DICK LYNCH). Ties for  NFL lead among safeties with 5 INTs.DE JUSTIN TUCK has 3 sacks in past 3 at home.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-8) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-5)

SERIES

  CARDINALS SEAHAWKS
SERIES LEADER 15-12
STREAKS 6 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 7-4 Carroll: 4-2
LAST WEEK L 7-6 at Jets W 23-17 (OT) at Bears
LAST GAME 9/9/12: Seahawks 16 at Cardinals 20. Arizona QB Kevin Kolb connects with WR Andre Roberts for 6-yard TD with 4:59 remaining for decisive points.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/11: Seahawks 13, Cardinals 10. Seattle QB Tarvaris Jackson scores on 11-yard TD run in 3rd quarter as Seahawks defeat Arizona.
BROADCAST FOX (1:25 PM PT): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Arz.), 93 (Sea.). XM: 226 (Sea.).

STATS

PASSING Lindley (R): 50-103-448-0-5-40.4 Wilson (R): 201-317-2,344-19-8-95.2
RUSHING Stephens-Howling: 92-313-3.4-4 Lynch: 250-1,138 (2L)-4.6-6
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 56-650-11.6-4 Rice: 43-623-14.5-7
OFFENSE 279.1 328.6
TAKE/GIVE +7 +1
DEFENSE 324.7 313.4 (2C)
SACKS Washington: 9 Clemons: 8
INTs Peterson: 5 (T2L) Sherman: 4
PUNTING Zastudil: 46.6 Ryan: 46.9
KICKING Feely: 78 (18/18 PAT; 20/23 FG) Hauschka: 74 (26/27 PAT; 16/19 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALSAim for 3rd win in row vs. Sea…Rookie QB RYAN LINDLEY has started past 2 games…RB BEANIE WELLS has 3 rush TDs in past 3 vs. Sea. RB LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING had rush TD in last meeting…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 5 TDs in past 8 vs. Sea. Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL with 7,835 yards & 62 rec. TDs. Has 100+ yards in 3 of past 5 in Dec/Jan. WR ANDRE ROBERTS had TD in last meeting. Has 100+ yards or TD in 4 of past 6 in Dec…LB DARYL WASHINGTON has 10 sacks in past 13. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (CLAY MATTHEWS) with 14+ sacks, 3+ INTs & 2+ FFs since 2011. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Sea. with sack. S KERRY RHODES had 2 INTs last week. CB PATRICK PETERSON aims for 3rd in row with INT. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 5 sacks in past 3 at Sea. Had 2.5 sacks in last meeting at Sea. Aims for 4th in row at Sea. with sack. Has 9 sacks in his past 12 Dec. games. DT DARNELL DOCKETT has 6.5 sacks in past 8 in Dec/Jan. LB PARIS LENON had 2 sacks in last meeting…SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON is 5-0 at home & has completed 69 of 111 (62.2 pct.) for 935 yards with 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122 rating. Is 1st rookie since merger to start & win each of team’s 1st 5 games at home. In past 4 overall, has completed 72 of 107 (67.3 pct.) for 878 yards with 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.4 rating. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has 100+ rush yards in 4 of past 6. In past 6, has 589 yards (98.2 per game) & 4 TDs. Since Nov. 2011, leads NFL with 2,079 rush yards, 285 more than 2nd place (ARIAN FOSTER). Has 85+ rush yards in 18 of past 21. RB-PR-KR LEON WASHINGTON has 8 career KR-TD, tied for most in NFL history. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 31.9 KR avg…WR GOLDEN TATE has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 pass) in past 4. Had career-high 96 rec. yards last week.WR SIDNEY RICE has 6 TDs in past 7 & had GW TD in OT last week…DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 14 sacks in past 19. DE BRUCE IRVIN leads NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Rookie LB BOBBY WAGNER leads team with 100 tackles. Had sack last week.

SUNDAY NIGHT

DETROIT LIONS (4-8) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-4)

SERIES

  LIONS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER 92-65-7
STREAKS 21 of past 24
COACHES VS. OPP. Schwartz: 1-6 McCarthy: 12-1
LAST WEEK L 35-33 vs. Colts W 23-14 vs. Vikings
LAST GAME 11/18/12: Packers 24 at Lions 20. Green Bay WR Randall Cobb catches 22-yard TD pass from QB Aaron Rodgers with 1:55 remaining for decisive points.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/1/12: Packers 45, Lions 41. Green Bay QB Matt Flynn throws for 480 yards & 6 TDs in 2nd career start. WR Jordy Nelson records 162 rec. yards & 3 TDs in win.
BROADCAST NBC (7:20 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (Det.), 93 (GB). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (Det.), 226 (GB).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 323-534-3,742 (1L)-16-11-83.1 Rodgers: 279-414-3,124-29 (T2L)-8-105.0 (1L)
RUSHING Leshoure: 157-591-3.8-7 Green: 109-360-3.3-0
RECEIVING Johnson: 86 (3C)-1,428 (1L)-16.6-5 Cobb: 64-675-10.5-7
OFFENSE 416.1 (1C) 350.6
TAKE/GIVE -5 +6
DEFENSE 353.4 349.0
SACKS Avril: 8.5 Matthews: 9
INTs Carey, Houston: 2 Hayward (R): 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Harris: 40.7 Masthay: 43.8
KICKING Hanson: 106 (3C) (31/31 PAT; 25/28 FG) Crosby: 78 (33/33 PAT; 15/24 FG)

NOTES

LIONSIn last game at GB, QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 520 yards & 5 TDs. When he has 105+ rating, Lions are 10-0…RB MIKEL LESHOURE has 6 rush TDs in past 5…WR CALVIN JOHNSON is 1st player in NFL history with 4 consecutive games with 140+ rec. yards in single season. Has 125+ rec. yards in 5 games in row, tied for longest streak in NFL history. In past 5, has 45 catches for 790 yards (158 per game) & 4 TDs. In past 2 vs. GB, has 16 catches for 387 yards (193.5 per game) & 2 TDs. Since 2011, has 3,109 rec. yards, most in NFL, & his 111 yards per game avg. during span ranks 1st. Since 2008, has 50 rec. TD, most in NFL. Has 10 rec. TDs in past 8 vs. GB. Since 2010, TE BRANDON PETTIGREW is 3rd among NFL TEs with 211 rec…DE CLIFF AVRIL has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. Is 1 of 2 in NFL with 19+ sacks (19.5) & 8+ FFs (8) since 2011. DT NICK FAIRLEY had 2 sacks in last meeting…PACKERSHave won 10 division games in row…QB AARON RODGERS is 7-0 & has 100+ rating in all 7 starts vs. Det. with 15+ att. In those 7, has 18 TDs, 4 INTs & 118.6 rating. Team is 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating. Incl. playoffs, has TD in 36 home games in row…WR RANDALL COBB has 6 rec. TDs in past 6. Is only player in NFL with 800+ KR (851), 600+ rec. (675), 200+ PR (242) & 100+ rush (132) yards. WR JAMES JONES leads NFC with 9 rec. TDs. In last home meeting, WR JORDY NELSON had 9 catches for 162 yards & 3 TDs. WR GREG JENNINGS has TD in 2 of past 3 meetings. TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with TD…S M.D. JENNINGS had 72-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has NFC-best 15 INTs. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 5 sacks & INT in 5 meetings. CB CASEY HAYWARD leads rookies with 5 INTs. S MORGAN BURNETT had 2 INTs last week.

MONDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 10, 2012

HOUSTON TEXANS (11-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3)

SERIES

  TEXANS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 2-1
STREAKS 2-1
COACHES VS. OPP. Kubiak: 1-1 Belichick: 2-1
LAST WEEK W 24-10 at Titans W 23-16 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 1/3/10: Patriots 27 at Texans 34. Houston overcomes 14-point 4th-quarter deficit as QB Matt Schaub throws TD to WR Jacoby Jones & RB Arian Foster has 2 TD runs in final 5 minutes.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/17/06: Patriots 40, Texans 7. New England RB Kevin Faulk rushes for TD & catches 43-yard TD pass from QB Tom Brady. Patriots CB Ellis Hobbs has 93-yard KR-TD.
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (Hou.), 93 (NE). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (Hou.), 226 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Schaub: 266-413-3,062-21-9-94.5 Brady: 298-460-3,537 (2C)-25 (2C)-4-102.6 (2C)
RUSHING Foster: 283-1,102 (1C)-3.9-13 (1L) Ridley: 225-1,010 (3C)-4.5-9 (T2L)
RECEIVING A. Johnson: 74-1,114 (T2C)-15.1-3 Welker: 92 (1L)-1,064-11.6-4
OFFENSE 389.6 (3C) 426.3 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +14 (T2L) +24 (1L)
DEFENSE 322.6 (3C) 380.8
SACKS Watt: 15.5 (1C) Jones (R), Ninkovich: 6
INTs Jackson: 4 (T2C) Wilson (R): 4 (T2C)
PUNTING Do. Jones: 46.7 Mesko: 42.5
KICKING S. Graham: 103 (T2C) (40/40 PAT; 21/26 FG) Gostkowski: 122 (1C) (50/50 PAT; 24/30 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: Have most wins in single-season in franchise history (11). Club is 6-0 on road in ’12…In past 16, QB MATT SCHAUB is 15-1 with 26 TDs vs. 10 INTs & 97.4 rating. In 2 career games vs. NE, Schaub has passed 601 yards with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 101.5 rating…RB ARIAN FOSTER (1,102) needs 98 rush yards to reach 1,200 for 3rd consecutive season. Has 42 career rush TDs, most by any undrafted player through 4 seasons. Rushed for 119 yards with 2 TDs vs. NE on 1/3/10…WR ANDRE JOHNSON is averaging 172.3 rec. yards per game in past 3 (517 total). Has 5 TD rec. in 5 career games on MNF. Rookie WR LESTAR JEAN posted 1st TD catch of career last week (54 yards). TE OWEN DANIELS has career-best 6 TD rec. in ’12…DE J.J. WATT (15.5) has most sacks in season in Texans history. Rookie LB WHITNEY MERCILUS tied career-high with 2 sacks last week…PATRIOTSWith win, NE can tie Cowboys (1968-72) for 2nd-most consecutive wins (13) in December in NFL history. Average NFL-best in points per game (35.8) & yards per game (426.3)…NE clinched AFC East & QB TOM BRADYbecame 1st starting QB in NFL history to win 10 division titles. Brady has 4-1 career record at home on MNF with 14 TDs vs. 1 INT & 115.5 rating. Has thrown TD pass in 44 consecutive games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. In past 6 (all wins), has 15 TDs vs. 1 INT & 108.7 rating. Has 38-5 (.884) record in Dec…RB STEVAN RIDLEY aims for 6th straight game with rush TD. WR WES WELKER posted 16th game of career with 10+ catches & 100+ receiving yards last week, most in NFL history. Posted 17th career game last week with at least 10 catches, tied with HOFer JERRY RICE for most in NFL history…TE AARON HERNANDEZ had season-best in catches (8) & receiving yards (97) last week…LB JEROD MAYOleads club with 118 tackles.

TheSTN – With Four Games Remaining, NFL Enters Final Quarter

It’s Week 14 of the NFL season and only four games remain to decide who advances to the playoffs. And who goes is anyone’s guess as 29 teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

“It’s a great feeling to clinch a playoff spot after all of the hard work put in by these guys in this locker room,” says Texans quarterback MATT SCHAUB, whose team secured a trip to the postseason with a 24-10 win at Tennessee. “It’s a great feeling to know that we’ve reached that goal, but we have a lot more to accomplish and we are looking forward to that.”

With four games to go, there are 22 teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot.

“The biggest thing is we have to focus on what we can do to win these last four games,” says rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the 7-5 Seahawks. “But the only thing you can focus on is winning one game at a time.”

Four teams have already clinched spots in the 2012 playoff field, including three division winners: Atlanta Falcons (NFC South), Denver Broncos (AFC West), New England Patriots (AFC East) and Houston Texans (playoff berth).

“We know we’re in the playoffs,” says Broncos cornerback CHAMP BAILEY. “Now we just need to keep fighting and try to get a better spot.”

Two more teams can join the postseason field this week as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers can both clinch at least a playoff spot. The Ravens also have a chance to claim the AFC North.

Additionally, the Falcons have an opportunity to clinch a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs while the Texans can clinch the AFC South, a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the AFC postseason.

As the NFL season enters its fourth quarter, the action is sure to match the excitement that NFL games have produced in the fourth quarter. This season, there have been 43 games in which the game-winning points were scored in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime. That is the second-most through Week 13 since the 1970 merger (46 in 2003). There were four such games last week:

  • Seattle 23, Chicago 17 (OT): Seahawks’ Wilson throws a 14-yard touchdown pass with 0:24 remaining in the fourth quarter and then wins the game in overtime with a 13-yard TD pass.
  • Indianapolis 35, Detroit 33: Colts rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK throws two touchdown passes in the final 2:39 to rally Indianapolis back from a 12-point deficit. He throws the game-winning TD pass as time expires.
  • St. Louis 16, San Francisco 13 (OT): Rams rookie kicker GREG ZUERLEIN sends the game to overtime with a 53-yard field goal as time expires and then wins it with a 54-yard field goal with 0:26 left in OT.
  • Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20: Steelers kicker SHAUN SUISHAM converts a 42-yard field goal as time expires as the Steelers win on the road.

The Week 14 schedule starts on Thursday night (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network) when the Broncos visit the Oakland Raiders in an AFC West showdown. Some of the key games in Week 14:

            DALLAS COWBOYS (6-6) at CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-5)
(Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)                

The Cowboys will visit the Bengals in a matchup between two teams in the playoff hunt. Both clubs were victorious in Week 13 as Dallas defeated Philadelphia 38-33 and Cincinnati knocked off San Diego 20-13.

On Sunday night, Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.5 passer rating. Romo (168) also passed Pro Football Hall of Famer TROY AIKMAN (165) for the most touchdown passes in franchise history.

“Every game is a must-win from here on out,” says Dallas wide receiver MILES AUSTIN, who had a 27-yard TD catch.

Quarterback ANDY DALTON passed for one touchdown and rushed for another in Cincinnati’s win at San Diego. At 7-5, the Bengals find themselves in the middle of the playoff race and just two games behind Baltimore for the division lead.

“This team is getting better each week,” says Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN, who ties for the NFL lead with 10 touchdown receptions. “A lot of people said it was out of our reach to make the playoffs, but I feel like we have momentum on our side coming down the home stretch of the season.”

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-3) at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-6)
(Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

More than local bragging rights will be on the line when the Redskins host the Ravens. Both teams are in playoff contention. Baltimore can secure a playoff spot and the AFC North division on Sunday while the Redskins, who have won three consecutive games, find themselves just one game behind the division-leading New York Giants in the NFC East.

Washington has won three division games in a row, including a 17-16 win over the Giants on Monday night. Rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III has a 140 passer rating and nine touchdown passes over those three games. During that span (since Week 11), Griffin leads the NFL in both categories.

“We know that our backs are against the wall,” says Griffin, who has helped rally his team from a 3-6 record to a 6-6 mark. “And even though we won (on Monday night), our backs are still against the wall.”

Despite a Week 13 loss to Pittsburgh, the 9-3 Ravens still lead the division by two games.

“There’s a lot of football left in this season,” says Baltimore running back RAY RICE. “We can still go ahead and win the division. We’re still the defending AFC North division champions. We’ve still got a lot of football left.”

DETROIT LIONS (4-8) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-4)
(Sunday, NBC, 8:20 PM ET)

The Packers aim for their 11th consecutive division win when they host the Lions. Quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown a touchdown pass in 35 consecutive games at Lambeau Field, the longest such streak at one stadium in NFL history, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (34 games at Memorial Stadium).

“We have a tough division,” said Packers linebacker A.J. HAWK after the team’s Week 13 win over Minnesota. “Every game is going to be like this. The NFC North is a fun division to be in as a linebacker. Every game is physical and I don’t think there are going to be many blowouts in the NFC North.”

In last year’s meeting between these two teams at Lambeau Field, Lions quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 520 yards and five touchdowns. Detroit’s passing offense leads the NFL this season (312.5 yards per game) with wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON playing a major role.

Johnson, who leads the NFL with 1,428 receiving yards, is the first player in NFL history with four consecutive games with at least 140 receiving yards in a single season. He has also tied the NFL record set byPAT STUDSTILL in 1966 with five consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards.

HOUSTON TEXANS (11-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3)
(Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)

Two of the NFL’s best teams will meet on Monday night. Both teams have already clinched a playoff berth but this matchup may help determine the seeding for the AFC playoffs.

At 11-1, the Texans lead the AFC South and can move one step closer to clinching the division. In Houston’s Week 13 victory at Tennessee, the defense recorded six sacks and forced six turnovers. Leading the way was defensive end J.J. WATT, who had a sack, forced fumble and two passes defensed. Watt is the first player with at least 15 sacks (15.5) and 15 passes defensed (15) in a single season.

“New England has obviously been an AFC power for a while,” says Watt. “I know this game is going to be a big deal. We’re going to prepare just like every other week with intensity, focus and drive. We’re really excited about our chances.”

With last week’s 23-16 win at Miami, the Patriots clinched the AFC East for the fourth consecutive year and ninth time in the past 10 seasons. The division title is the 10th for TOM BRADY, who is the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win 10 division titles.

“It’s a good feeling being able to win the division,” says New England head coach BILL BELICHICK. “We’ll turn the page here now and move on to Houston. They’re a real good football team and it will be a big challenge for us.”