TheSTN – NFL: NFC Players Of The Week Announced

Quarterback CAM NEWTON of the Carolina Panthers, rookie cornerback JANORIS JENKINS of the St. Louis Rams and kick returner-punt returner LEON WASHINGTON of the Seattle Seahawks are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2012 season (November 22, 25-26), the NFL announced today.

 

 

OFFENSE: QB CAM NEWTON, CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • Newton accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in the Panthers’ 30-22 win at Philadelphia.
  • He completed 18 of 28 passes (64.3 percent) for 306 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125 passer rating. He rushed for a team-best 52 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Newton contributed to 85.7 percent of the team’s total offense, accounting for 341 (289 net passing and 52 net rushing) of the Panthers’ 398 total net yards.
  • In the past 20 years, Newton is one of only four quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards with two touchdowns and rush for at least 50 yards and two TDs in a game. The other three to accomplish the feat are Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (10/18/98), DAUNTE CULPEPPER (12/15/02) and MICHAEL VICK (11/15/10).
  • Newton is the first player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns (32) and 20 rushing touchdowns (20) in his first two NFL seasons.
  • In his second season from Auburn, this is Newton’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 13, 2011).
  • He is the first quarterback in franchise history to be named Player of the Week twice.

 

DEFENSE: CB JANORIS JENKINS, ST. LOUIS RAMS

  • Jenkins had two interception-return touchdowns and two tackles in the Rams’ 31-17 win at Arizona.
  • He is the first player in franchise history to return two interceptions for a touchdown in a regular season game and the second overall (AENEAS WILLIAMS, 2001 NFC Divisional Playoff, January 20, 2002).
  • Jenkins is the fourth rookie in NFL history to return two interceptions for a touchdown in a game. The other rookies to accomplish the feat were HOOT FLANAGAN (November 29, 1925), DAN SANDIFER (October 31, 1948) and BOBBY FRANKLIN (December 11, 1960).
  • With the Rams trailing 7-0, Jenkins helped tie the game with a 36-yard interception-return touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. In the third quarter with the Rams holding onto a four-point lead (21-17), Jenkins extended the lead with a 39-yard interception-return touchdown.
  • In his rookie year from North Alabama, this is Jenkins’ first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first rookie cornerback in franchise history to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-PR LEON WASHINGTON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Washington had a 98-yard kickoff-return touchdown and 152 total return yards (122 kickoff, 30 punt) in the Seahawks’ 24-21 loss at Miami.
  • After Miami tied the score at 14 with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give Seattle the lead.
  • It marked Washington’s eighth career kickoff-return touchdown, tied with JOSH CRIBBS for the most in NFL history. Washington reached eight KR-TDs in 235 career returns, 26 fewer than it took Cribbs (261).
  • Against Miami, he averaged 61 yards per kickoff return (122 yards) and 15 yards per punt return (30 yards).
  • This season, Washington ranks second in the NFC in kickoff return average (31.9) and fourth in the NFC in punt return average (9.5).
  • In his seventh season from Florida State, this is Washington’s third career Player of the Week Award. He was previously honored in Week 3, 2010 and Week 11, 2008 (with the New York Jets).
  • Washington joins CHARLIE ROGERS as the only return specialists in franchise history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week multiple times.

 

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

 

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Philadelphia rookie running back BRYCE BROWN, who rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 30-22 loss to Carolina.
  • Dallas wide receiver DEZ BRYANT, who had eight catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 38-31 loss to Washington.
  • Washington rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III, who completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 311 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 132.6 passer rating in the Redskins’ 38-31 win at Dallas.
  • New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, who passed for 249 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.4 passer rating in the Giants’ 38-10 win over Green Bay.

 

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • San Francisco linebacker AHMAD BROOKS, who had five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a 50-yard interception-return touchdown in the 49ers’ 31-21 win at New Orleans.
  • Washington cornerback DE ANGELO HALL, who had an interception, two passes defensed, three tackles and recovered an onside kick.
  • New York Giants linebacker MATHIAS KIWANUKA, who had two sacks and six tackles.
  • Dallas linebacker ANTHONY SPENCER, who had 10 tackles and two sacks.

 

Other nominee for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 12 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Chicago defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS, who blocked a field goal in the Bears’ 28-10 win over Minnesota.

 

TheSTN – NFL: AFC Players Of The Week Announced

Running back RAY RICE of the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker D’QWELL JACKSON of the Cleveland Browns and rookie punt returner-wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2012 season (November 22, 25-26), the NFL announced today.

 

 

 

OFFENSE: RB RAY RICE, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Rice totaled 164 scrimmage yards (97 rushing, 67 receiving) in the Ravens’ 16-13 overtime win at the San Diego Chargers.
  • With 1:59 remaining in the fourth quarter and facing a fourth-and-29, Rice took a short pass for a 29-yard gain to extend the Ravens’ drive. Six plays later, the Ravens tied the game (13-13) with a 38-yard field goal by rookie kicker JUSTIN TUCKER as time expired in regulation.
  • Rice’s 164 scrimmage yards were the most among AFC running backs in Week 12.
  • Through Week 12, Rice leads the AFC with 1,198 scrimmage yards (794 rushing, 404 receiving).
  • Helped the Ravens improve to 9-2, the second-best record in the AFC.
  • In his fifth season from Rutgers, this is Rice’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in 2011 (Week 17).
  • He joins JOE FLACCO (Week 1) as the second Raven to win AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.

DEFENSE: LB D’QWELL JACKSON, CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Jackson posted a team-high nine tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Jackson’s play helped limit the Steelers to 242 total yards (193 passing, 49 rushing).
  • Part of a defensive effort that forced eight turnovers (five fumble recoveries, three interceptions), the most by an NFL team since the New Orleans Saints registered eight takeaways on October 28, 2001. The Browns scored 17 points off turnovers.
  • Helped hold Pittsburgh to an 11 percent (one of nine) conversion rate on third downs.
  • Helped the Browns defeat the Steelers for the first time since December 10, 2009.
  • In his seventh season from Maryland, this is Jackson’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first Brown to win Defensive Player of the Week since DAVID BOWENS in 2010 (Week 7).

SPECIAL TEAMS: PR-WR T.Y. HILTON, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

  • Hilton returned four punts for 111 yards (27.8 average), including a 75-yard punt return-touchdown in the Colts’ 20-13 win over Buffalo. Hilton also registered an eight-yard touchdown reception.
  • Hilton became the first player in Colts history with a punt return-touchdown and a touchdown reception in the same game. He is the first NFL rookie to have a PR-TD and touchdown reception in the same game since DEZ BRYANT on October 25, 2010.
  • His 75-yard PR-TD was the first by a Colts player since December 16, 2007 (T.J. RUSHING, 90-yard PR-TD).
  • In his rookie season from Florida International, this is Hilton’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first Colts returner to win Special Teams Player of the Week since Rushing in 2007 (Week 15). He joins ANDREW LUCK (Offense, Week 9) as the second Colts rookie this year to win AFC Player of the Week honors.

 

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

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Miami wide receiver DAVONE BESS, who posted seven receptions for 129 yards (18.4 average) in the Dolphins’ 24-21 win over Seattle.
  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY, who completed 18 of 28 passes (64.3 percent) for 323 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 139.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 49-19 win over the New York Jets.
  • Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON, who passed for 210 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 109 passer rating in the Bengals’ 34-10 win over Oakland.
  • Cincinnati running back BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS, who had 129 rushing yards on 19 carries (6.8 average) with one touchdown.
  • Houston wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON, who had nine receptions for 188 yards (20.9 average) in the Texans’ 34-31 overtime win at Detroit.
  • Jacksonville wide receiver CECIL SHORTS, who registered four receptions for 105 yards (26.3 average) with one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 24-19 win over Tennessee.
  • Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE, who had eight receptions for 102 yards (12.8 average).

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Indianapolis linebacker JERRELL FREEMAN, who posted a team-high 16 tackles and one sack.
  • New England safety STEVE GREGORY, who had five tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, including a 32-yard FR-TD.
  • Jacksonville rookie cornerback MIKE HARRIS, who had five tackles, one sack, one interception and three passed defensed.
  • Baltimore safety BERNARD POLLARD, who had a team-high eight tackles.
  • Cleveland safety T.J. WARD, who had four tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed.
  • Houston defensive end J.J. WATT, who had five tackles, three sacks and two passes defensed.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 12 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Miami kicker DAN CARPENTER, who made a 43-yard game-winning field goal.
  • Cleveland punter REGGIE HODGES, who punted 10 times for a 38.3 average, including five punts inside of the 20-yard line.
  • San Diego punter MIKE SCIFRES, who punted nine times for a 53.2 average, including four punts inside of the 20-yard line in the Chargers’ 16-13 overtime loss against Baltimore.
  • Baltimore rookie kicker JUSTIN TUCKER, who made three field goals, including a 38-yard game-winner in overtime.

TheSTN – Broncos QB Peyton Manning Leads Pro Bowl Charge With Three Weeks Of Voting Remaining

Denver Broncos quarterback PEYTON MANNING, with 586,523 votes, leads all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2013 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced today.  2013 Pro Bowl voting will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/probowl through Monday, December 17.

New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY (534,020 votes) ranks second overall, while Houston Texans running back ARIAN FOSTER (519,261 votes), Green Bay Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS (485,196 votes) and Minnesota Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON (484,227 votes) round out the top five on NFL.com.

Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 17 following the conclusion of Monday Night Football (New York Jets at Tennessee Titans, ESPN, 8:30 pm (ET)).  The teams will be announced at 7:00 pm (ET) Wednesday, December 26 on NFL Network’s “Total Access”.

The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 pm (ET) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Fans may purchase tickets to the 2013 Pro Bowl at www.ticketmaster.com. Fans may also call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the Aloha Stadium box office.

The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 20-21.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-TEN VOTE-GETTERS
Pos. Name, Team

Votes

QB

Peyton Manning, Broncos

586,523

QB

Tom Brady, Patriots

534,020

RB

Arian Foster, Texans

519,261

QB

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

485,196

RB

Adrian Peterson, Vikings

484,227

WR

A.J. Green, Bengals

406,780

TE

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

399,885

QB

Drew Brees, Saints

376,530

QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons

369,467

WR

Victor Cruz, Giants

352,611

AFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

Pos. Name, Team

Votes

Pos. Name, Team

Votes

QB Peyton Manning, Broncos 586,523 DE J.J. Watt, Texans 320,236
RB Arian Foster, Texans 519,261 DT Haloti Ngata, Ravens 219,581
FB Vonta Leach, Ravens 127,610 OLB Von Miller, Broncos 219,379
WR A.J. Green, Bengals 406,780 ILB Jerod Mayo, Patriots 191,989
TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots 399,885 CB Cary Williams, Ravens 141,660
T Jake Long, Dolphins 133,326 SS Bernard Pollard, Ravens 57,875
G Logan Mankins, Patriots 121,204 FS Ed Reed, Ravens 84,017
C Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers 134,536 P Brandon Fields, Dolphins 57,397
K Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders 90,523 ST Joshua Cribbs, Browns 52,880
KR Jacoby Jones, Ravens 80,278

NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

Pos. Name, Team Votes Pos. Name, Team

Votes

QB

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

485,196

DE

Jared Allen, Vikings

222,441

RB

Adrian Peterson, Vikings

484,227

DT

Henry Melton, Bears

155,377

FB

John Kuhn, Packers

116,363

OLB

Clay Matthews, Packers

228,494

WR

Victor Cruz, Giants

352,611

ILB

Patrick Willis, 49ers

141,518

TE

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

334,080

CB

Tim Jennings, Bears

189,791

T

Matt Kalil, Vikings

117,564

SS

Charles Woodson, Packers

78,503

G

Mike Iupati, 49ers

103,460

FS

Ronde Barber, Buccaneers

74,120

C

Jeff Saturday, Packers

188,462

P

Thomas Morstead, Saints

61,373

K

David Akers, 49ers

91,041

ST

C.J. Spillman, 49ers

55,426

KR

Percy Harvin, Vikings

78,649

   

 

TheSTN – NFL Week 13 Game Capsules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-6) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (10-1)

SERIES

SAINTS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER   45-41
STREAKS Past 4 & 11 of past 13  
COACHES VS. OPP. Vitt: 1-0 Smith: 2-7
LAST WEEK L 31-21 vs. 49ers W 24-23 at Buccaneers
LAST GAME 11/11/12: Falcons 27 at Saints 31. New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham catches 7 passes for 146 yards & 2 TDs (29, 14) as Saints defeat Atlanta. 
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/13/11: Saints 26, Falcons 23 (OT). New Orleans K John Kasay converts 4 FGs, including game-winning 26-yarder in OT.
BROADCAST NFLN (8:20 PM ET): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 94 (NO), 93 (Atl.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (NO), 226 (Atl.). 

STATS

PASSING Brees: 276-442-3,333-31 (1L)-11-98.5 Ryan: 294-429-3,425 (2L)-21 (T3C)-13-96.1
RUSHING P. Thomas: 75-341-4.5-1 Turner: 168-592-3.5-6
RECEIVING Colston: 55-757-13.8-8 (T1C) Gonzalez (TE): 69 (3C)-712-10.3-6
OFFENSE 381.9 385.9 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE +2 +3
DEFENSE 454.8 344.9
SACKS Jordan: 6 Abraham: 9 (T3C)
INTs P. Robinson: 3 DeCoud: 4
PUNTING Morstead: 50.3 (1C) Bosher: 47.1
KICKING Hartley: 66 (39/39 PAT; 9/12 FG) Bryant: 108 (3L) (30/30 PAT; 26/31 FG)

NOTES

SAINTSSince joining NO in 2006, QB DREW BREES is 11-2 vs. Atl. with 100.6 rating. Avg. 302.8 yards per game in those 13 (3,937 yards) & has 29 TDs. Aims for 5th win in row vs. Atl. Has TD pass in NFL-record 54 games in row. Has 20+ comp. in 47 consecutive games, longest streak in NFL history…RB CHRIS IVORY had 56-yard rush TD in last meeting. RB-PR DARREN SPROLES had TD catch in last meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 5 TDs in past 4 meetings & aims for 5th in row vs. Atl. with TD. In last meeting, had 7 catches for 146 yards with 2 TDs & was named NFC Off. Player of Week. Incl. playoffs, has TD catch in 12 of past 15. Since 2010, Graham leads NFC TEs with 27 TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MARQUES COLSTON has 56 career TDs & passed DEUCE MC ALLISTER for most by Saint. Has 8 TDs in past 8…Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 18.5 sacks, most by DB (incl. playoffs)…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN is only QB in SB era to win 31 of 1st 35 home starts. In last game vs. NO, had 411 yards & 3 TDs. In past 3 meetings, has 1,135 pass yards (378.3 per game). In career, Falcons are 30-1 (.968) when he has 100+ rating. Aims for 5th in row with 300+ yards…RB MICHAEL TURNER aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD…TE TONY GONZALEZ became 8th player (1st TE) in NFL history with 14,000+ rec. yards (14,050). In last meeting, had 11 catches for 122 yards & 2 TDs. In past 2 meetings, WR JULIO JONES has 12 catches for 203 yards (101.5 per game) & TD. Had 6 catches for 147 yards & TD (80 yards) last week. WR RODDY WHITE aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with 100+ yards. In past 2 meetings, has 18 catches for 241 yards (120.5 per game). Since 2007, has 538 receptions, most in NFC…DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 13.5 sacks in past 14. LB STEPHEN NICHOLAS had sack in last meeting. CB ASANTE SAMUEL had INT in last meeting.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-9) AT BUFFALO BILLS (4-7)

SERIES

JAGUARS BILLS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mularkey: 0-0 Gailey: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 24-19 vs. Titans L 20-13 at Colts
LAST GAME 10/10/10: Jaguars 36 at Bills 26. Jacksonville QB David Garrard completes 16 of 20 passes & 3 TDs (2 to TE Marcedes Lewis) as K Josh Scobee makes 5 FGs (49, 49, 34, 40, 46).
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/10
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein. SIRIUS: 104 (Jax.), 112 (Buf.). XM: 231 (Buf.). 

STATS

PASSING Henne: 54-97-830-7-2-99.6 Fitzpatrick: 219-356-2,359-18-11-84.9
RUSHING Jones-Drew: 86-414-4.8-1 Spiller: 123-830-6.7-4
RECEIVING Blackmon (R): 38-548-14.4-3 St. Johnson: 53-687-13.0-4
OFFENSE 286.5 346.6
TAKE/GIVE 0 -6
DEFENSE 410.5 380.5
SACKS 5 tied: 2 M. Williams: 8.5
INTs Cox: 3 Byrd: 4 (T3C)
PUNTING Anger (R): 48.3 Powell (R): 45.0
KICKING Scobee: 70 (13/14 PAT; 19/20 FG) Lindell: 73 (28/28 PAT; 15/16 FG)

NOTES

JAGUARS: MIKE MULARKEY spent 2 seasons as Bills head coach (2004-05). Jax. has won past 2 vs. Bills…In past 2, QB CHAD HENNE has passed for 615 yards with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT & 119 passer rating. For career, Henne is 2-2 as starter vs. Buf…RB RASHAD JENNINGS posted 2nd rush TD of season last week. Jennings (924) needs 76 rush yards to reach 1,000 career…Rookie WR JUSTIN BLACKMON has totaled 12 receptions for 298 receiving yards with 2 TD rec. in past 2. In past 6 starts (1st of career), WR CECIL SHORTS is averaging 90.3 receiving yards per game (542 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). Averages 20.8 yards per catch in ’12 (36 catches, 747 yards)…TE MARCEDES LEWIS tied career-best with 2 TD catches in last game vs. Bills. Ranks 3rd in Jaguars history with 21 career TD rec…LBRUSSELL ALLEN & PAUL POSLUSZNY are tied for team-high with 92 tackles. Posluszny spent 4 seasons with Bills…Rookie CB MIKE HARRIS had 5 tackles, sack, INT & 3 PDs last week…BILLS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (74) needs 4 TD passes to surpass JACK KEMP (77) for 3rd-most in Bills history. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 121.5 passer rating in last game vs. Jaguars (10/10/10)… RB C.J. SPILLER has totaled 100+ scrimmage yards in 6 straight games. Spiller is averaging 99 rush yards per game in past 2 (198). Averages NFL-best 6.7 yards per carry (123 att., 830 yards). Aims for 3rd straight game with 90+ rush yards in Dec…WR STEVIE JOHNSON posted 1st 100-yard receiving game of season & 5th of career last week. Has 6 receptions in each of past 3 games…Since ’11, TE SCOTT CHANDLER is tied for 2nd among AFC TEs with 11 TD catches….DE MARIO WILLIAMS had season-high 3 sacks last week. Has 4 sacks in past 2 games. Williams (8.5) needs 1.5 to become 1st Bill since 2009 to reach double-digits sacks in season (AARON SCHOBEL, 10)…Since entering NFL in ’09, S JAIRUS BYRD is tied for 3rd in league with 17 INTs…PR LEODIS MC KELVIN has NFL-best 20.8 PR avg.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-5) AT CHICAGO BEARS (8-3)

SERIES

SEAHAWKS BEARS
SERIES LEADER 9-4  
STREAKS 5 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 3-2 Smith: 4-3
LAST WEEK L 24-21 at Dolphins W 28-10 vs. Vikings
LAST GAME 12/18/11: Seahawks 38 at Bears 14. Seattle scores 31 2nd-half points as Seahawks CB Brandon Browner (42) & DE Red Bryant (20) each produce INT-TDs. 
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/18/11
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 139 (Sea.), 135 (Chi.). XM: 228 (Chi.). 

STATS

PASSING Wilson (R): 178-280-2,051-17-8-93.9 Cutler: 174-286-2,002-13-11-81.1
RUSHING Lynch: 231-1,051 (3L)-4.5-5 Forté: 158-683-4.3-3
RECEIVING Rice: 37-524-14.2-6 Marshall: 81 (3L)-1,017 (2C)-12.6-8 (T1C)
OFFENSE 316.7 299.1
TAKE/GIVE +2 +13 (T1C)
DEFENSE 309.4 (3C) 307.0 (3L)
SACKS Clemons: 8 Melton, Peppers: 6
INTs Sherman: 4 Jennings: 8 (1L)
PUNTING Ryan: 47.7 (3C) Podlesh: 42.3
KICKING Hauscka: 69 (24/25 PAT; 15/18 FG) Gould: 89 (29/29 PAT; 20/24 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON has completed 51 of 80 (63.8 pct.) for 539 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 107.2 rating in 3 games vs. NFC North. Aims for 4th in row with 125+ rating. In past 3, has completed 49 of 70 (70 pct.) for 585 yards with 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.6 rating. 1st rookie in NFL history with 3 consecutive games with 125+ rating…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has 100+ rush yards in 4 of past 5. In past 5, has 502 yards (100.4 per game) & 3 TDs. Since Nov. 2011, leads NFL with 1,992 rush yards, 236 more than 2nd place (ARIAN FOSTER). Has 3 rush TDs in 2 games vs. Chi. RB-PR-KR LEON WASHINGTON had 98-yard KR-TD last week, his 8th career KR-TD, tied for most in NFL history. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 31.9 KR avg…WR GOLDEN TATE has 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 pass) in past 3 overall & 4 TDs in past 3 vs. NFC North. WR SIDNEY RICE has 5 TDs in past 6…DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 14 sacks in past 18. Rookie DE BRUCE IRVIN leads NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Rookie LB BOBBY WAGNER leads team with 89 tackles. Had 1st career INT last week…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER had 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 111.3 rating in 2010 Div. meeting (1/16/11). Also rushed for 2 TDs. Incl. playoffs, when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 26-0…RB MATT FORTÉ had 134 scrimmage yards in Div. Has 867 scrimmage yards & needs 133 to reach 1,000 for 5th consecutive season. RB MICHAEL BUSH had 2 rush TDs last week, his 2nd 2-TD game this year…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 65 catches for 803 yards (100.4 per game) & 7 TDs in past 8. Is 5th player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yard-season with 3 different teams. In 12/3/06 game vs. Sea. (with Den.), Marshall caught 71-yard TD from Cutler…Bears have allowed 175 points (15.9 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 7 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 35 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 had sack & FF in last meeting.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (7-4) AT DETROIT LIONS (4-7)

SERIES

COLTS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 20-18-2  
STREAKS 5 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 0-0 Schwartz: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 20-13 vs. Bills L 34-31 (OT) vs. Texans
LAST GAME 12/14/08: Lions 21 at Colts 31. Indianapolis RB Dominic Rhodes has 2 TD runs while TE Dallas Clark (142) & WR Reggie Wayne (104) each record 100 receiving yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/25/04: Colts 41, Lions 9. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning registers 6 TD passes, 3 each to WR Marvin Harrison & WR Brandon Stokley. Colts defense forces 5 TOs (4 FR, 1 INT).
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 125 (Ind.), 136 (Det.). XM: 230 (Det.). 

STATS

PASSING Luck (R): 255-449-3,205 (3C)-13-13-76.7 Stafford: 296-488-3,429 (1L)-14-10-82.9
RUSHING Ballard (R): 118-427-3.6-0 Leshoure: 136-534-3.9-6
RECEIVING Wayne: 84 (1L)-1,105 (1C)-13.2-3 Johnson: 73-1,257 (1L)-17.2-4
OFFENSE 386.0 412.9 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE -14 -7
DEFENSE 355.0 343.8
SACKS Mathis: 7 Avril: 7.5
INTs Butler: 2 Houston: 2
PUNTING McAfee: 48.1 Harris: 40.4
KICKING Vinatieri: 84 (21/21 PAT; 21/28 FG) Hanson: 91 (28/28 PAT; 21/24 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK’s 7 wins are tied for most by rookie QB who was drafted No. 1 overall since 1970 merger (SAM BRADFORD, 2010). Luck has passed for 3,205 yards, most by rookie QB in NFL history through his team’s 1st 11 games. Has 5 300-yard passing games, most by rookie all-time. Leads AFC QBs in rush yards (183) & rush TDs (5)…For career, RB DONALD BROWN averages 5 yards per carry on road against NFC…WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,105) needs 95 receiving yards to reach 1,200 for 6th time in career. Wayne (946) needs 6 receptions to surpass ANDRE REED (951) for 10th-most in NFL annals. Had 7 catches for 104 yards in last game vs. Det. WR T.Y. HILTON has 4 TDs in past 2 games (3 TD receptions, 1 PR-TD). Has 3 100-yard receiving games, most among NFL rookies…LB ROBERT MATHIS has 7 sacks in 7 games in ’12. Has 5 sacks in past 4 vs. NFC.LB JERRELL FREEMAN leads team with 101 tackles…S TOM ZBIKOWSKI posted 1st INT of season last week…LIONSIn past 2 seasons, QB MATTHEW STAFFORD is 5-2 vs. AFC with 2,329 yards (332.7 per game), 17 TDs vs. 1 INT & 106.6 rating. When he has 105+ rating, Lions are 10-0. Had 441 yards last week, his 4th career 400-yard game…RB MIKEL LESHOURE had TD last week & has 5 rush TDs in past 4. RB JOIQUE BELL aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with rush TD…WR CALVIN JOHNSON aims for 5th consecutive 100-yard game. In past 4, has 32 catches for 619 yards (154.8 per game) & 3 TDs. In past 7 vs. AFC, has 47 catches for 903 yards (129 per game) & 8 TDs. Aims for 7th in row vs. AFC with 100+ rec. yards. In only meeting, had 9 catches for 110 yards & TD (33 yards). Leads NFL with 1,257 rec. yards. Since 2011, has 2,938 rec. yards, most in NFL, & his 108.8 yards per game avg. during span ranks 1st. Since 2008, has 49 rec. TD, most in NFL. Led NFL with 619 rec. yards in November. Since 2010, TE BRANDON PETTIGREW is 3rd among NFL TEs with 208 rec. Rookie WR RYAN BROYLES had career-high 126 yards (6 catches) last week. WR MIKE THOMAS had TD last week…DE CLIFF AVRIL has 3 sacks & FF in past 2. Is 1 of 2 in NFL with 18+ sacks (18.5) & 7+ FFs (7) since 2011. DT NICK FAIRLEY has 3 sacks in past 3 games.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-4)

SERIES

VIKINGS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   53-47-1
STREAKS   Past 4 & 9 of past 12
COACHES VS. OPP. Frazier: 0-2 McCarthy: 9-3
LAST WEEK L 28-10 at Bears L 38-10 at Giants
LAST GAME 11/14/11: Vikings 7 at Packers 45. Green Bay WR-PR Randall Cobb records 80-yard PR-TD & Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws 4 TDs as Packers reach 9-0.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/14/11
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 106 (Min.), 86 (GB). XM: 229 (GB). 

STATS

PASSING Ponder: 228-359-2,186-13-9-82.0 Rodgers: 252-379-2,838-28 (2L)-7-105.6 (1L)
RUSHING Peterson: 213-1,236 (1L)-5.8-7 (3C) Green: 97-302-3.1-0
RECEIVING Harvin: 62-677-10.9-3 Cobb: 58-613-10.6-7
OFFENSE 333.4 342.9
TAKE/GIVE -5 +5
DEFENSE 336.6 348.1
SACKS Allen: 7 Matthews: 9 (T3C)
INTs Winfield: 3 Hayward (R): 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Kluwe: 44.3 Masthay: 44.0
KICKING Walsh (R): 94 (3C) (22/22 PAT; 24/26 FG) Crosby: 67 (31/31 PAT; 12/20 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER made 1st career NFL start vs. GB (10/23/11) & threw 1st 2 TD passes…RB ADRIAN PETERSON has rushed for 737 yards (147.4 per game) & 5 TDs in past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ yards. Has 11 career 150+ yard rush games, most by active player. Since 2007, leads NFL with 7,988 rush yards & 71 rush TDs. Has rush TD in 7 of past 8 vs. GB. Aims for 5th in row at Lambeau with rush TD. Has 5 career 100-yard games vs. GB…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. In past 3 vs. division, has 3 TDs (rec., KR, rush). TE KYLE RUDOLPH aims for 3rd in row with TD. WR MICHAEL JENKINS had career-high 111 yards (3 catches, 37.0 avg.) & TD in 10/23/11 meeting…DE JARED ALLEN has 12.5 sacks in past 7 meetings. Has 39 sacks in past 36. Since entering NFL in 2004, Allen has NFL-best 112 sacks. CB ANTOINE WINFIELD had sack in last meeting…PACKERS:Have won 9 division games in row…QB AARON RODGERS aims for 5th win in row vs. Min. In 8 career starts vs. Min., has 19 TDs, 3 INTs & 116.5 rating. Packers are 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating. Incl. playoffs, has TD pass in 35 consecutive home games. Rodgers leads NFL with 105.6 rating…WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB has 6 rec. TDs in past 5. Has 3 TDs in past 2 at home. Is only player in NFL with 700+ KR (783), 600+ receiving (613), 200+ PR (231) & 100+ rush (127) yards. Had 80-yard PR-TD in last meeting. WR JAMES JONES ties for NFC lead with 8 rec. TDs. WR JORDY NELSON had 61-yard TD catch last week. Had 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 7 TDs in past 6 division games. WR GREG JENNINGS has 7 TDs in past 5 vs. Min. & aims for 6th meeting in row with TD…Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ties for NFL lead with 15 INTs. Has INT in 2 of past 3 meetings. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 4 sacks in past 3 meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with sack. CB CASEY HAYWARD leads all rookies with 5 INTs. Rookie LB DEZMAN MOSES aims for 3rd game in row with sack.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-8) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-10)

SERIES

PANTHERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 2-2  
STREAKS Past 2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 0-0 Crennel: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 30-22 at Eagles L 17-9 vs. Broncos
LAST GAME 10/5/08: Chiefs 0 at Panthers 34. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 2 TDs (10, 32) & catches 25-yard TD pass in 1st half as Panthers earn shutout win to start season 4-1. 
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/04: Panthers 28, Chiefs 17.  Carolina QB Jake Delhomme throws 3 TD passes & RB DeShaun Foster runs for 174 yards, including 4th-quarter 3-yard TD.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Car.), 128 (KC). XM: 226 (KC). 

STATS

PASSING Newton: 189-328-2,701-11-10-82.9 Quinn: 48-83-434-0-4-52.0
RUSHING Newton (QB): 88-446-5.1-6 Charles: 195-928-4.8-3
RECEIVING Olsen (TE): 49-589-12.0-3 Bowe: 53-667-12.6-3
OFFENSE 339.8 336.2
TAKE/GIVE 0 -21
DEFENSE 347.1 346.0
SACKS Johnson: 8.5 Houston: 9
INTs Munnerlyn, Nakamura: 2 Flowers: 3
PUNTING Nortman (R): 42.4 Colquitt: 46.0
KICKING Gano: 6 (3/4 PAT; 1/1 FG) Succop: 81 (12/12 PAT; 23/26 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON passed for 306 yards, 2 TDs with 125 rating & rushed for 2 TDs last week…In only meeting, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS rushed for 123 yards with 2 TDs & had 25-yard TD catch.  Is 1 of 3 career games with 3+ scrimmage TDs & only game with both rush & rec. TD…In only meeting, WR STEVE SMITH had 6 catches for 96 yards. Has 8 career 100-yard games vs. AFC. WR BRANDON LA FELL aims for 3rd in row with TD. Has 8 catches for 167 yards (20.9 avg.) & 2 TDs in past 2. TE GREG OLSEN has 6 career TDs vs. AFC. Has 49 catches & needs 1 for 3rd career 50-catch season. Has 589 rec. yards, his 4th 500-yard season in past 5 years. TE GARY BARNIDGE had 1st career TD last week…CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 25.5 sacks in past 33. Has 8.5 sacks in past 8. Had sack in last meeting. Has 5 FFs in past 5. DE GREG HARDY has 6 sacks in past 5. Rookie LB LUKE KUECHLY leads team with 106 tackles. Aims for 3rd in row with FR…CHIEFSClub has won 4 of past 5 at home vs. NFC…In 2 career road starts vs. NFC, QB BRADY QUINN has 484 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 88 rating…Club averages 145.6 rush yards per game, best in AFC…In past 3, RB JAMAAL CHARLES has averaged 98 rush yards per game (294 total). Since 2010, averages 108.4 scrimmage yards per game (2,478 rush; 666 rec.). Charles (928) needs 72 yards to reach 1,000 for 3rd time in career (1,120 in ’09; 1,467 in ’10). RB PEYTON HILLIS rushed for 131 yards on 26 att. (5 avg.) with career-best 3 rush TDs in only meeting vs. Car. (w/ Cle. on 11/28/10)…WR DWAYNE BOWE (39) needs TD catch to become 5th player in club history with 40 career…In past 3, TE TONY MOEAKI has 9 receptions for 181 yards (20.1 avg.)…LB TAMBA HALI has 7 sacks in past 6 vs. NFC. Hali (59.5) has 3rd-most sacks in Chiefs annals (DERRICK THOMAS, 126.5; NEIL SMITH, 85.5). LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has career-high 9 sacks this season. Has 4 sacks in 4 career games in Dec…CB BRANDON FLOWERS posted 3rd INT of season last week.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-3) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-6)

SERIES

PATRIOTS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER   49-41
STREAKS Past 4 & 8 of past 10  
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 15-11 Philbin: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 49-19 at Jets W 24-21 vs. Seahawks
LAST GAME 12/24/11: Dolphins 24 at Patriots 27. New England QB Tom Brady accounts for 3 TDs (2 rushing, 1 passing) as Patriots overcome 17-0 1st-half deficit in comeback victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/12/11: Patriots 38, Dolphins 24. Brady passes for 517 yards & 4 TDs as New England WR Wes Welker totals 160 yards receiving, including 99-yard TD catch.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 92 (NE), 113 (Mia.). XM: 232 (Mia.).

STATS

PASSING Brady: 274-421-3,299 (1C)-24 (2C)-3-105.0 (1C) Tannehill (R): 197-334-2,373-7-12-72.9
RUSHING Ridley: 206-939 (3C)-4.6-8 (T3L) Bush: 150-662-4.4-5
RECEIVING Welker: 80 (2C)-961-12.0-3 Hartline: 55-807-14.7-1
OFFENSE 435.8 (1L) 321.3
TAKE/GIVE +24 (1L) -10
DEFENSE 390.2 358.5
SACKS Jones (R), Ninkovich: 6 Wake: 9.5 (3C)
INTs Wilson (R): 4 (T1C) 3 tied: 2
PUNTING Mesko: 42.4 Fields: 50.5 (2L)
KICKING Gostkowski: 111 (1C) (48/48 PAT; 21/26 FG) Carpenter: 65 (23/23 PAT; 14/19 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTSAim for 12th consecutive win in Dec. Club is averaging 44 points per game in past 4 wins at Mia. Average NFL-best in points per game (37) & yards per game (435.8)…QB TOM BRADY has 14-6 career record (.700) vs. Mia. with 36 TDs & 91.1 rating. Has thrown TD pass in 43 consecutive games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. In past 5 (all wins), has 14 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115.7 rating. Has 37-5 (.881) record in Dec…RB STEVAN RIDLEY(939) needs 61 rush yards for 1st 1,000-yard season. Aims for 5th straight game with rush TD. RB SHANE VEREEN had career-best 91 rec. yards last week, incl. career-long 83-yard TD rec. WR WES WELKER has 6+ catches in 9 consecutive games. Welker (961) needs 39 rec. yards to reach 1,000 for 5th time in career. Has 20 catches for 298 yards with 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Mia. PR-WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 4 TDs in past 2 games (2 rec., 1 PR, 1 FR)…TE AARON HERNANDEZ posted 7 receptions for 103 yards w/ TD in last game at Mia…Rookie DB TAVON WILSON is tied for AFC-best with 4 INTs…S STEVE GREGORY had 5 tackles, INT, FF & 2 FRs, incl. 32-yard FR-TD last week…DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL (2,373) surpassed HOFer DAN MARINO (2,210 in 1983) for most pass yards by rookie in Dolphins history. Team is 4-1 when Tannehill has 90+ rating. RB REGGIE BUSHaims for 5th consecutive game with 100+ rush yards in Dec. (100, 103, 203, 113). Bush rushed for 113 yards on 22 att. (5.1 avg.) in last game vs. Patriots. Since entering NFL in 2006, Bush leads NFL RBs in receptions (361)…WR BRIAN HARTLINE has career-best in catches (55) & rec. yards (807) in ’12. WR DAVONE BESS has 41 receptions for 526 receiving yards & 4 TD catches vs. NE (all most vs. any opponent). Had career-high 129 rec. yards last week, 4th career 100-yard rec. game…TE CHARLES CLAY had career-high in catches (6) & rec. yards (84) last week…DE CAMERON WAKE has 9.5 sacks in past 8. Wake needs half sack to reach 10 for 2nd time in career (14 in ’10)…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 83 tackles.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-7) AT NEW YORK JETS (4-7)

SERIES

CARDINALS JETS
SERIES LEADER   5-2
STREAKS   Past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 0-1 Ryan: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 31-17 vs. Rams L 49-19 vs. Patriots
LAST GAME 9/28/08: Cardinals 35 at Jets 56. New York QB Brett Favre throws 6 TD passes (3 to WR Laveranues Coles & 2 to WR Jerricho Cotchery) & CB Darrelle Revis has 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/08
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 148 (Arz.), 94 (NYJ). XM: 227 (NYJ).

STATS

PASSING Lindley (R): 40-72-376-0-4-47.0 Sanchez: 194-350-2,339-12-10-75.6
RUSHING Stephens-Howling: 91-312-3.4-4 Greene: 186-702-3.8-5
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 55-627-11.4-4 Kerley: 45-664-14.8-2
OFFENSE 292.0 310.7
TAKE/GIVE +4 -3
DEFENSE 327.9 354.1
SACKS Washington: 9 (T3C) Thomas: 2.5
INTs Peterson: 4 Cromartie: 3
PUNTING Zastudil: 46.8 Malone: 46.7
KICKING Feely: 72 (18/18 PAT; 18/21 FG) Folk: 69 (24/24 PAT; 15/18 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALSHave won 4 of past 5 in Dec/Jan…Rookie QB RYAN LINDLEY made 1st career start last week & passed for 312 yards…RB BEANIE WELLS rushed for 2 TDs last week, his 3rd career game with 2+ rush TDs. RB LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING has rush TD in 3 of past 5…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 8 catches for 122 yards (15.3 avg.) in last game at NYJ. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with TD catch. Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL with 7,812 yards & 62 rec. TDs. Has 100+ yards in 3 of past 4 in Dec/Jan. WR ANDRE ROBERTS had career-high 9 catches (92 yards) last week. Has 100+ yards or TD in 4 of past 5 in Dec. Has 3 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC…LB DARYL WASHINGTON had sack last week. Has 10 sacks in past 12. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (CLAY MATTHEWS) with 14+ sacks, 3+ INTs & 2+ FFs since 2011. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with FF. DT DARNELL DOCKETT aims for 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 0.5+ sack. Has 6 sacks in past 7 games in Dec/Jan. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 9 sacks in past 12 Dec. games. S KERRY RHODES played 1st 5 seasons (2005-09) with NYJ & had 15 INTs & 9 sacks. CB PATRICK PETERSON aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with INT or FR. Had INT last week…K JAY FEELY played 2 seasons (2008-09) with NYJ & scored 100+ points in each…JETSDating back to 10/22/78, Jets are 5-0 against Cardinals…In past 2, QB MARK SANCHEZ has completed 41 of 56 passes (73.2 pct.) for 479 yards with 2 TDs & 103.2 passer rating. Club has 10-2 record (.833) when Sanchez has 100+ rating…For career, RB SHONN GREENE averages 103.3 rush yards per game with 20+ att. Club is 5-0 when Greene has 100+ rush yards. Green has 5 rush TDs in past 5 in Dec. RB BILAL POWELL has 3 rush TDs in past 2 games…WR JEREMY KERLEY tied career-high with 7 receptions last week…TE DUSTIN KELLER had 24-yard TD reception in only meeting vs. Arz. Posted 2nd TD reception of season last week…LB DAVID HARRIS leads team with 85 tackles. LB CALVIN PACE was selected No. 18 overall in 2003 NFL Draft & spent 5 seasons with Cardinals. Registered 6 tackles, 1 sack, FF & FR in only meeting vs. Arz. (9/28/08)…KR-RB JOE MC KNIGHT has 28.4 KR avg. tied for 3rd-best in AFC.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-2-1) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (4-6-1)

SERIES

49ERS RAMS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 61-61-3  
STREAKS 7 of past 9  
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 2-0-1 Fisher: 2-2-1
LAST WEEK W 31-21 at Saints W 31-17 at Cardinals
LAST GAME 11/11/12: Rams 24 at 49ers 24 (OT). San Francisco K David Akers converts 33-yard FG with 3 seconds remaining to force OT, where game ends in first tie since 2008.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/1/12: 49ers 34, Rams 27. San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree catches 2 TD passes, including one from K David Akers. 49ers QB Alex Smith has TD run & pass in Week 17 win.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (SF), 138 (StL.). XM: 234 (StL.). 

STATS

PASSING Ale. Smith: 152-217-1,731-13-5-104.1 (3C) OR

Kaepernick: 48-74-680-3-1-102.3

Bradford: 210-349-2,447-14-9-84.1
RUSHING Gore: 176-914-5.2-5 Jackson: 174-724-4.2-2
RECEIVING Crabtree: 50-567-11.3-5 Amendola: 51-576-11.3-2
OFFENSE 365.5 330.7
TAKE/GIVE +6 -3
DEFENSE 278.4 (1C) 340.8
SACKS Ald. Smith: 16.5 (1L) Quinn: 8.5
INTs Goldson: 3 Finnegan, Jenkins (R): 3
PUNTING Lee: 46.8 Hekker (R): 47.4
KICKING Akers: 88 (31/31 PAT; 19/27 FG) Zuerlein (R): 75 (18/18 PAT; 19/24 FG)

NOTES

49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK is 2-0 as starter with 110.9 rating & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush). In past 2 vs. division, QB ALEX SMITH has 92.6 comp. pct. (25 of 27) with 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 153.2 rating. In career (incl. playoffs), SF is 15-0 when he starts & has 100+ rating (min. 15 att.)…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 97 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 12 rush TDs in past 11 vs. Rams. Is only player since 2006 with 10,000+ scrimmage yards (10,354) & 50+ TDs (55)…TE VERNON DAVIS had 8 catches for 118 yards in last game at StL. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFC TEs with 35 TDs. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 4 TDs in past 4. Aims for 6th in row vs. StL with TD…49ers lead NFL allowing 14.1 points per game (155 points). LB ALDON SMITH has 30.5 career sacks & needs 1 to pass HOFer REGGIE WHITE (31) for most by player in 1st 2 NFL seasons. Has 12 sacks in past 5. Since 2007, LB PATRICK WILLIS is only NFC player with 17+ sacks (17.5) & 6+ INTs. CB TARELL BROWN had 2 INTs in last game at StL…RAMS: QB SAM BRADFORD has completed 84 of 118 (71.2 pct.) for 818 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.6 rating in 3 starts vs. SF. Is unbeaten (3-0-1) in past 4 division starts…RB STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 101 yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2006, has NFL-best 10,721 scrimmage yards. Rushed for 139 yards last week…WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 11 catches for 102 yards in last meeting. Rookie WR BRIAN QUICK had 1st career TD (36 yards) in last game vs. SF. Rookie WR CHRIS GIVENS had 5 catches for 115 yards & TD last week. Has 35+ yard catch in 6 of past 7. WR AUSTIN PETTIS had TD in last meeting…CB JANORIS JENKINS had 2 INT-TDs last week, 4th rookie in NFL history with 2 INT-TDs in game. DE ROBERT QUINNhad 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 8.5 sacks in past 11. DE CHRIS LONG has 7 sacks in past 9. Has 16 sacks in past 19 at home. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only NFC player with 8.5+ sacks & 6+ INTs since 2009.

HOUSTON TEXANS (10-1) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (4-7)

SERIES

TEXANS TITANS
SERIES LEADER   14-7
STREAKS 5 of past 8  
COACHES VS. OPP. Kubiak: 5-8 Munchak: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 34-31 (OT) at Lions L 24-19 at Jaguars
LAST GAME 9/30/12: Titans 14 at Texans 38. Houston QB Matt Schaub passes for 202 yards & 2 TDs. Texans S Danieal Manning (55 yards) & CB Kareem Jackson (63 yards) each post INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/23/11: Texans 41, Titans 7. Houston RB Arian Foster scores 2 rushing TDs & catches 78-yard TD pass as Foster (115) & RB Ben Tate (104) each rush for 100 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 137 (Hou.), 117 (Ten.). XM: 233 (Ten.).

STATS

PASSING Schaub: 245-378-2,855-19-9-94.4 Locker: 99-167-1,164-7-4-84.5
RUSHING Foster: 269-1,064 (1C)-4.0-12 (1L) C. Johnson: 191-942 (2C)-4.9-4
RECEIVING A. Johnson: 69 (3C)-1,058 (3L)-15.3-3 Wright (R): 48-438-9.1-4
OFFENSE 394.8 (3L) 327.7
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T3C) -4
DEFENSE 319.7 (3C) 391.9
SACKS Watt: 14.5 (1C) Wimbley: 4.5
INTs Jackson: 4 (T1C) McCourty, Verner: 2
PUNTING Do. Jones: 46.3 Kern: 48.3
KICKING S. Graham: 97 (2C) (37/37 PAT; 20/25 FG) Bironas: 84 (24/24 PAT; 20/24 FG)

NOTES

TEXANSWith win, would set single-season record for most wins in Texans history (10 in 2011). Club is 5-0 on road in ’12…QB MATT SCHAUB is averaging 421 passing yards in past 2. In past 15, Schaub is 14-1 with 24 TDs vs. 10 INTs & 97.5 rating. In past 7 vs. Ten., Schaub is 5-2 with 15 TDs vs. 1 INT & 106.9 rating…RB ARIAN FOSTER aims for 6th straight game with 90+ rush yards. Foster (1,064) needs 136 rush yards to reach 1,200 for 3rd consecutive season. Posted 22nd 100-yard rush game of career last week. Club is 16-6 (.727) when Foster has 100+ rush yards. Since ’10, Foster has 38 rush TDs, most in NFL…WR ANDRE JOHNSON has totaled 461 rec. yards in past 2 games, highest total in 2-game span by any player in NFL history. Has 9 career TD rec. vs. Ten., most vs. any opponent. TE OWEN DANIELS has career-best 6 TD rec. in ’12…DE J.J. WATT had career-best 3 sacks last week. Watt (14.5) surpassed MARIO WILLIAMS (14 in 2007) for most sacks in season in Texans history…CB KAREEM JACKSON & S DANIEAL MANNING each had INT-return TDs in last game vs. Ten…TITANS:Are 7-3 at home against Texans…In 2 career starts at home, QB JAKE LOCKER has completed 52 of 74 (70.3 pct.) for 607 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 102.7 passer rating…For career, RB CHRIS JOHNSON averages 93.6 rush yards per game against Hou. (842 in 9 games). Johnson (942) needs 58 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. Aims for 7th straight game with 100+ scrimmage yards…WR KENNY BRITT had 128 receiving yards in last game vs. Hou. (12/19/10).WR KENDALL WRIGHT leads NFL rookies with 48 catches.…Since 2011, TE JARED COOK has 1,211 receiving yards, 3rd-most by AFC TE…Defense posted season-high 7 sacks in Week 12…Rookie LB ZACH BROWNposted career-best 2 sacks last week…DE KAMERION WIMBLEY (47) needs 3 sacks to reach 50 career.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-5) AT DENVER BRONCOS (8-3)

SERIES

BUCCANEERS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER   5-2
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Schiano: 0-0 Fox: 11-7
LAST WEEK L 24-23 vs. Falcons W 17-9 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 10/5/08: Buccaneers 13 at Broncos 16. Denver QB Jay Cutler throws 10-yard TD pass to  WR Brandon Stokley & Matt Prater kicks 3 FGs (55, 40, 27) to seal home win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/08
BROADCAST FOX (2:05 PM MT): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (TB), 85 (Den.). XM: 235 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Freeman: 199-349-2,761-21 (T3C)-7-94.3 Manning: 277-409-3,260 (2C)-26 (1C)-8-104.8 (2C)
RUSHING Martin (R): 218-1,050 (3C)-4.8-9 (1C) Hillman (R): 52-197-3.8-1
RECEIVING Jackson: 47-959-20.4-7 D. Thomas: 61-1,015-16.6-6
OFFENSE 365.4 391.8 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +11 -3
DEFENSE 397.1 308.4 (2C)
SACKS Bennett: 7 Miller: 14 (3L)
INTs Barber: 4 Woodyard: 3
PUNTING Koenen: 44.9 Colquitt: 47.0
KICKING Barth: 92 (32/32 PAT; 20/25 FG) Prater: 84 (36/36 PAT; 16/20 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERSHave won 4 of past 5…In past 7, QB JOSH FREEMAN has 16 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 104.1 rating. Is 3-0 vs. AFC in 2012 with 7 TDs, 1 INT & 121.9 rating. Bucs are 11-3 when he has 100+ rating…Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN is 2nd in NFL with 1,382 scrimmage yards (1,050 rush, 332 rec.). Rushed for 2 TDs last week & leads NFC with 9 rush TDs. Has 522 scrimmage yards (395 rush, 127 rec.) & 4 TDs in 3 games vs. AFC…WR VINCENTJACKSON has 6 TDs in past 8. Since 2008, his 18.5 yards per catch avg. (248 rec., 4,578 yards) is best in NFL (min. 100 catches). Jackson (20.4) & WR MIKE WILLIAMS (16.9) are 1st & 3rd in NFC in yards per catch (min. 30 catches). Williams had 28-yard pass last week to Jackson. TE DALLAS CLARK has TD in 2 of past 3. Has 5 TDs in past 3 vs. Den. WR TIQUAN UNDERWOOD had career-high 5 catches & 77 yards last week…Rookie CB LEONARD JOHNSON has INT in each of past 2 vs. AFC, incl. 83-yard INT-TD. S RONDE BARBER had INT last week. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (47). DE MICHAEL BENNETT has sack in 3 of past 5. Rookie LB LAVONTE DAVID leads team with 98 tackles. Rookie S MARK BARRON has 62 tackles & 8 PD…BRONCOSAim for 7th consecutive win…QB PEYTON MANNING (149) passed HOFer JOHN ELWAY (148) last week for 2nd-most regular-season wins as starter in NFL history. Has 110.2 rating at home in ’12, best in AFC. In 2 career games vs. TB, Manning is 2-0 & has 102.2 rating…RB KNOWSHON MORENO had season-high 111 scrim. yards (85 rush, 26 rec.) last week…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has registered 100+ rec. yards in 3 of 5 homes games in ’12 (110, 103, 137). Has 24 receptions for 350 yards with 2 TDs in 3 games vs. NFC this season.WR ERIC DECKER has 8 TD rec. in ’12, tied for career single-season high (8 in ’11)…Defense has NFL-best 37 sacks in ’12…LB VON MILLER had 8 sacks in Nov., surpassing RULON JONES (7.5 in Oct. of 1986) for most sacks in calendar month by Bronco. Aims for 5th consec. game with sack. LB WESLEY WOODYARD has career-highs in sacks (4) & INTs (3) in ’12. DE ELVIS DUMERVIL (8) needs 2 sacks to record at least 10 for 3rd time of career.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-5) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-2)

SERIES

STEELERS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER 18-15  
STREAKS   Past 3 & 5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 7-6 Harbaugh: 5-6
LAST WEEK L 20-14 at Browns W 16-13 (OT) at Chargers
LAST GAME 11/18/12: Ravens 13 at Steelers 10. Baltimore WR Jacoby Jones scores 63-yard PR-TD & Ravens defense notches 3 sacks & an INT as club improves to 8-2.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/11/11: Ravens 35, Steelers 7. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco passes for 224 yards & 3 TDs for 117.6 rating. RB Ray Rice adds 107 rush yards & TD on Kickoff Weekend.
BROADCAST CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. Dial Global Radio: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 91 (Pit.), 86 (Bal.). XM: 229 (Bal.). 

STATS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 209-316-2,287-17-4-100.0 (3C) OR

C. Batch: 20-34-199-0-3-38.7

Flacco: 236-392-2,850-14-7-87.0
RUSHING Dwyer: 98-429-4.4-0 Rice: 186-794-4.3-7 (3C)
RECEIVING Miller (TE): 51-516-10.1-6 Boldin: 50-669-13.4-1
OFFENSE 339.8 348.2
TAKE/GIVE -10 +12 (2C)
DEFENSE 257.2 (1L) 372.8
SACKS Worilds: 5 Kruger: 5.5
INTs Timmons: 3 Ca. Williams: 4 (T1C)
PUNTING Butler (R): 43.9 Koch: 47.0
KICKING Suisham: 85 (22/22 PAT; 21/22 FG) Tucker (R): 95 (3C) (29/29 PAT; 22/24 FG)

NOTES

STEELERSClub has won 8 of past 10 in Dec. Steelers were last team to defeat Ravens at home (12/5/10)…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 23-9 (.719) as starter in Dec. Has 28,866 career passing yards, most in Steelers annals. QB CHARLIE BATCH is 5-3 as starter with Pit. RB RASHARD MENDENHALL (29) needs rush TD to join HOFer FRANCO HARRIS (91) & JEROME BETTIS (78) as only Steelers RBs with 30+ career rush TDs…WR MIKE WALLACE had 8 receptions for 107 yards in last game at Bal. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS averages 18.9 yards per catch vs. Bal. (8 rec., 151 yards)…TE HEATH MILLER (388) needs 12 receptions to become 3rd Steeler to reach 400 career…Defense allows NFL-low 257.2 yards per game in ’12…LB JAMES HARRISON (61 sacks) surpassed JOEY PORTER (60) last week for 2nd-most sacks by Steeler since sacks became official statistic in 1982 (JASON GILDON, 77). LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS has career-best 3 INTs in ’12…DE BRETT KEISEL has 3 sacks in past 3…RAVENSAim for 3rd consecutive season with at least 10 wins…Club has won 15 consecutive regular-season home games, longest active streak in NFL…QB JOE FLACCO has 32-5 (.865) in home starts, 2nd-best record by starting QB since 1970 (min. 20 starts). In past 3 at home vs. Pit., Flacco has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 101.7 passer rating…RB RAY RICE totaled 164 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 67 receiving) last week. Rice has NFL-best among RBs with 48 receptions this season. Since 2009, Rice averages 120.1 scrimmage yards per game, 2nd-most in NFL…WR TORREY SMITH had season-best in receptions (7) & receiving yards (144) last week. Ravens are 9-1 when Smith has TD reception. Has 7 TD receptions in ’12, tied with 2011 rookie total. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN (9,913) needs 87 yards to reach 10,000 career. Has 15 catches in past 2 vs. Pit…LB PAUL KRUGER has 4 sacks in past 3 games…KR-WR JACOBY JONES had 63-yard PR-TD in last game vs. Steelers.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-8) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (3-8)

SERIES

BROWNS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER   11-8
STREAKS 4 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Shurmur: 0-1 Allen: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 20-14 vs. Steelers L 34-10 at Bengals
LAST GAME 10/16/11: Browns 17 at Raiders 24. Oakland RB Darren McFadden has TD run & WR Jacoby Ford has 101-yard KR-TD. Raiders P Shane Lechler throws 35-yard TD to TE Kevin Boss.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/11
BROADCAST CBS (1:25 PM PT): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 113 (Cle.), 92 (Oak.). XM: 225 (Oak.). 

STATS

PASSING Weeden (R): 222-397-2,456-12-13-70.9 OR

McCoy (’11): 265-463-2,733-14-11-74.6

Palmer: 271-449-3,181-18-12-84.1
RUSHING Richardson (R): 209-755-3.6-6 McFadden: 139-455-3.3-2
RECEIVING Richardson (R) (RB): 41-316-7.7-1 Myers (TE): 55-591-10.7-3
OFFENSE 305.2 355.6
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T3C) -7
DEFENSE 362.1 379.0
SACKS 4 tied: 3 Shaughnessy: 3.5
INTs Haden: 3 Huff: 2
PUNTING Hodges: 42.2 Lechler: 48.3 (3C)
KICKING Dawson: 83 (20/20 PAT; 21/21 FG) Janikowski: 88 (19/19 PAT; 23/24 FG)

NOTES

BROWNSRookie QB BRANDON WEEDEN (2,456) surpassed TIM COUCH (2,447) for most passing yards by rookie in club history last week. In past 2 on road, Weeden has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 95 rating. QB COLT MC COYhad 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in last meeting vs. Oak…In past 4, rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON is averaging 101.8 rush yards per game. Has 3 games with 100+ rush yards, tied for most ever by Browns rookie. Leads AFC rookies with 755 rush yards. Needs 188 to surpass HOFer JIM BROWN (942 in 1957) for most rush yards by Browns rookie…WR JOSH GORDON ranks 2nd among NFL rookies in rec. yards (530). Averages 18.9 yards per catch in 2012. WR GREG LITTLE (92) needs 8 rec. to reach 100 career…TE JORDAN CAMERON posted 1st TD rec. of career last week…Defense registered 8 takeaways last week (5 FRs, 3 INTs)…LB D’QWELL JACKSON hasteam-high 85 tackles…CBJOE HADEN & SHELDON BROWN & rookie DT BILLY WINN had INTs last week. Since entering NFL in 2010, Haden leads team with 9 INTs…DL PHIL TAYLOR posted 1st sack of season last week…S T.J. WARD had 2 FFs vs. Pit…K PHIL DAWSON has made 27 consecutive FGs, longest active streak in NFL. Has made all 21 FGs in 2012, best pct. in NFL…KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS had 99-yard KR-TD vs. Raiders on 9/23/07…RAIDERSSeek 3rd straight win against Browns at home…For career, QB CARSON PALMER is 9-3 (.750) as starter against Browns & has 25 TDs vs. 14 INTs & 90.6 passer rating. Palmer (3,181) has reached 3,000 passing yards for 6th time in career. Palmer averages 306 passing yards per game at home in ’12 (1,530 total)…RB DARREN MC FADDEN rushed for 91 yards with TD in last game vs. Browns. Raiders are 9-2 (.818) when McFadden has 100+ rush yards. RB MARCEL REECE has 95+ scrimmage yards in past 4 games. Has 447 receiving yards in ’12, most among NFL RBs…WR DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY had 6 receptions for 82 yards in only game vs. Browns. WR DENARIUS MOORE now has career-best 6 TD receptions in ’12…TE BRANDON MYERS has career-best in catches (55), receiving yards (591) & TDs (3) in ’12…LB PHILIP WHEELER has team-best 84 tackles.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-5) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-7)

SERIES

BENGALS CHARGERS
SERIES LEADER   19-11
STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 2-2 Turner: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 34-10 vs. Raiders L 16-13 (OT) vs. Ravens
LAST GAME 12/26/10: Chargers 20 at Bengals 34. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer completes 16 of 21 passes for 269 yards & 4 TDs, 2 to WR Jerome Simpson (10, 59).
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/20/09: Chargers 27, Bengals 24. Cincinnati scores 11 4th-quarter points to tie score at 24, but San Diego’s Nate Kaeding kicks game-winning 52-yard FG with 3 seconds remaining.
BROADCAST CBS (1:25 PM PT): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 93 (Cin.), 94 (SD). XM: 227 (SD). 

 

STATS

PASSING Dalton: 237-374-2,769-23 (3C)-11-94.0 Rivers: 251-376-18-14-88.0
RUSHING Green-Ellis: 201-767-3.8-5 Mathews: 146-594-4.1-1
RECEIVING Green: 67-1,022 (3C)-15.3-10 (T1L) Floyd: 47-704-15.0-4
OFFENSE 358.5 324.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 -3
DEFENSE 334.5 334.7
SACKS Atkins: 9 Phillips: 7
INTs Crocker: 3 Weddle: 3
PUNTING Huber: 47.1 Scifres: 50.6 (1L)
KICKING Nugent: 84 (33/33 PAT; 17/21 FG) Novak: 54 (21/21 PAT; 11/12 FG)

NOTES

BENGALSAim for 4th straight win. Since Week 10, Cin. is averaging 31 points per game, 3rd-best in NFL…In past 3, QB ANDY DALTON has passed for 639 yards with 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 117.2 rating. Dalton is 1 of 3 players in NFL history with 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 2 seasons (PEYTON MANNINGDAN MARINO). Has 100.1 4th-quarter rating in 2012, 2nd-best in AFC (PEYTON MANNING, 110.5)…Cin. rushed for season-high 221 yards last week…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS aims for 3rd straight with 100+ rush yards & rush TD. Has 29 rush TDs since ’10, tied for 3rd-most in NFL…WR A.J. GREEN (2,079) reached 2,000 career rec. yards in his 26th game last week, tied for 2nd fewest to reach 2,000 since 1970. Has career-best 10 TD catches, incl. 3 for 50+ yards (73, 57, 56). Since ’11, Green has 17 TD rec., most among AFC WRs. Rookie WR MOHAMED SANU aims for 4th consecutive game with TD rec…Defense ranks 2nd in NFL with 35 sacks…DT GENO ATKINS (9) needs sack to become 4th Bengal with 10+ in season since ’82…DE MICHAEL JOHNSON has career-best 8 sacks…CHARGERSClub is 18-3 (.857) in Dec. under NORV TURNER…Have won 5 of past 6 at home vs. Bengals…QB PHILIP RIVERS (26,974) surpassed QB JOHN HADL (26,938) for 2nd-most pass yards in club history last week, trailing only HOFer DAN FOUTS (43,040). In 3 career games vs. Bengals, Rivers has passed for 902 yards with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 99.4 rating…RB RYAN MATHEWS is averaging 93.5 rush yards per game in past 4 in Dec. (374 total)…TE ANTONIO GATES (80) trails only HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (81) for most TD catches in team history. In 2 career games vs. Cin., WR MALCOM FLOYD averages 19.1 yards per catch. In past 3, WR DANARIO ALEXANDER is averaging 101.3 rec. yards per game with 3 TDs…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS (67) has 2nd-most sacks by Charger (LESLIE O’NEAL, 105.5) since ’82…LB TAKEO SPIKES was selected No. 13 overall in ’98 NFL Draft by Bengals & spent 5 seasons (1998-02) in Cin…LB ANTWAN BARNES had season-best 2 sacks last week.

SUNDAY NIGHT

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-8) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (5-6)

SERIES

EAGLES COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER   57-46
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 17-11 Garrett: 2-3
LAST WEEK L 30-22 vs. Panthers L 38-31 vs. Redskins
LAST GAME 11/11/12: Cowboys 38 at Philadelphia 23. Dallas scores 21 4th-quarter points to break 17-17 tie in division win. Cowboys QB Tony Romo records 2 TD passes & 122.1 passer rating.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/24/11: Eagles 20, Cowboys 7. Philadelphia QB Michael Vick throws 2 1st-half TDs & K Alex Henery kicks 2 FGs (43, 51) as Eagles defense holds Dallas to 238 total net yards.
BROADCAST NBC (7:20 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter).SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (Phi.), 93 (Dal.). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (Phi.), 226 (Dal.). 

STATS

PASSING Vick: 185-316-2,165-11-9-79.2 OR

Foles (R): 59-99-542-1-3-65.3

Romo: 302-456-3,357 (3L)-16-15-85.9
RUSHING McCoy: 177-750-4.2-2 F. Jones: 94-335-3.6-3
RECEIVING Celek (TE): 43-528-12.3-1 Witten (TE): 82 (1C)-710-8.7-1
OFFENSE 357.1 375.6
TAKE/GIVE -17 -11
DEFENSE 345.5 328.8
SACKS Cox (R): 3 Ware: 10 (2C)
INTs Rodgers-Cromartie: 3 5 tied: 1
PUNTING McBriar: 48.0 (2C) Moorman: 44.6
KICKING Henery: 76 (16/17 PAT; 20/21 FG) Bailey: 88 (22/22 PAT; 22/24 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: QB MICHAEL VICK 2-0 at Dal. & has 100 rating. QB NICK FOLES had career-high 76.2 comp. pct. &  89.2 rating last week…In past 4 vs. Dal., RB LE SEAN MC COY has 500 scrimmage yards (125 per game). RB BRYCE BROWN had team rookie record 178 rush yards with 2 TDs last week. Had 65-yard rush TD, longest by Eagle since McCoy (66 yards) on 11/1/09. Brown had 129 rush yards in 1st half, most by player in 1st career start since 11/13/04 (DERRICK BLAYLOCK, 131 yards)…WR JEREMY MACLIN aims for 4th in row vs. Dal. with TD. TE BRENT CELEK has TD in 2 of past 3 meetings…Rookie DT FLETCHER COX had sack in last meeting. Since 2007, DE TRENT COLE has 56.5 sacks, 4th most in NFC. DT MIKE PATTERSON had sack last week… COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO had 441 yards last week. In past 5, has 1,721 yards (344.2 per game). In Week 10, had 2 TDs & 122.1 rating…In last meeting, RB FELIX JONES had 93 scrimmage yards & rec. TD. When RB DE MARCO MURRAY has 18+ att., Cowboys are 7-0. Has 856 rush yards (122.3 per game) in those 7…WR DEZ BRYANTaims for 3rd in row with 145+ yards & TD. Aims for 4th in row with TD. PR-WR DWAYNE HARRIS had 78-yard PR-TD in last meeting. TE JASON WITTEN has 74 catches (9.3 per game) in past 8. Since 2007, has 526 catches, most by NFL TE…In last meeting, CB BRANDON CARR had 47-yard INT-TD & DT JASON HATCHER had FR-TD. LB DE MARCUS WARE has 9.5 sacks in past 4 vs. Phi. Has 35.5 sacks in past 30. Has 101.5 sacks since 2006, most in NFL. Has 10 sacks for 7th consecutive season, tying HOFers LAWRENCE TAYLOR & BRUCE SMITH for 3rd-longest streak. LB ANTHONY SPENCER has 3.5 sacks in past 3 games.

MONDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 3, 2012

NEW YORK GIANTS (7-4) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-6)

SERIES

GIANTS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 92-63-4  
STREAKS 10 of past 13  
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 13-7 Shanahan: 3-6
LAST WEEK W 38-10 vs. Packers W 38-31 at Cowboys
LAST GAME 10/21/12: Redskins 23 at Giants 27. New York WR Victor Cruz catches 77-yard TD pass from QB Eli Manning with 1:13 remaining for decisive points in Giants’ victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/11/11: Redskins 28, Giants 14. Washington rookie LB Ryan Kerrigan records 9-yard INT-TD in 3rd quarter as Redskins outscore New York 14-0 in 2nd half for division win.
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (NYG), 93 (Was.). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (NYG), 226 (Was.). 

STATS

PASSING Manning: 239-394-2,890-15-11-84.3 Griffin III (R): 206-305-2,504-16-4-104.6 (2C)
RUSHING Bradshaw: 161-733-4.6-5 Morris (R): 208-982-4.7-6
RECEIVING Cruz: 63-779-12.4-8 (T1C) Morgan: 37-382-10.3-0
OFFENSE 369.5 (3C) 384.9
TAKE/GIVE +13 (T1C) +12 (3C)
DEFENSE 366.6 390.5
SACKS Pierre-Paul: 6.5 Kerrigan: 6.5
INTs S. Brown: 5 (T2L) Hall: 4
PUNTING Weatherford: 46.7 Rocca: 44.0
KICKING Tynes: 117 (1L) (30/30 PAT; 29/32 FG) Forbath: 47 (17/18 PAT; 10/10 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING is 7-2 in past 9 starts vs. Was. Has won 4 of past 5 on MNF. In only MNF game vs. Was. (12/21/09), had 3 TDs, 0 INTs & 144.4 rating. Passed for 3 TDs last week & is 1st Giant with 200…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW has 7 rush TDs in past 6 meetings. Aims for 4th in row vs. Was. with TD…WR VICTOR CRUZ had 7 catches for 131 yards, incl. GW 77-yard TD with 1:13 remaining. Longest GW TD in final 2 mins of 4th Q in team history. Has recorded 100+ yards & TD in 5 division games. WR HAKEEM NICKS had 7 catches for 122 yards in last game at Was…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6 sacks, 2 FRs & 2 FFs in past 5 vs. Was. S STEVIE BROWN leads NFL with 168 INT return yds, most by Giant since 1963 (DICK LYNCH). Leads NFL safeties with 5 INTs. Had INT (41 yards) in last meeting. DE JUSTIN TUCK has 9 sacks & 4 FFs in past 10 vs. Was.DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA had 2 sacks last week…REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III is 1st rookie in NFL history with 4+ TD passes in consecutive games. In past 2, has 146.2 rating, best by rookie in 2-game span. Is 1st QB in NFL history with 4+ TD passes of 60+ yards & rush TD of 60+ yards in season…RB ALFRED MORRIS is 2nd among rookies with 982 rush yards. Rushed for 120 yards in last meeting. Has 75+ rush yards in 9 of 1st 11 NFL games…WR ALDRICK ROBINSON aims for 3rd in row with 45+ yard TD (68 & 49 yards). WR SANTANA MOSS has 5 TDs in past 5. Had 2 TDs in last meeting & aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with TD. WR PIERRE GARCON has 2 TDs (88 & 59 yards) & avg. 73.5 yards per TD. Had 5 catches for 93 yards in Wk. 12…LB LONDON FLETCHER CB DE ANGELO HALL each had INT last week. LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 2 sacks, FF & FR in past 2. Had INT-TD vs. NYG (9/11/11). Since 2011, is only NFL player with 10+ sacks (14) & 2+ INT-TDs (2).

 

TheSTN – Playoff Races Intensify As NFL Enters Final Month

As the calendar turns to December, the NFL enters the final month of the regular season. With 11 games down, only five remain for teams to make their playoff push. 

“This is when you need to be playing your best ball heading into the playoff atmosphere,” says New York Giants defensive end JUSTIN TUCK, who has won two Super Bowls (XLII, XLVI). “This is when you want to be playing your best. Hopefully we can end this season playing our best ball and head into the playoffs playing that way. That’s where you want to be.”

As the league enters Week 13, there are 26 teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot

“Our goal is to keep winning and get to the big one,” says Denver Broncos wide receiver DEMARYIUS THOMAS. “We’re going to take every game one at a time, take it week by week and just keep going. We’re going to try to keep winning.”

Five teams – Atlanta (NFC South, playoff berth), Baltimore (AFC North, playoff berth), Denver (AFC West), Houston (playoff berth) and New England (AFC East) – can clinch a playoff berth this week. But there is still plenty of football left to be played.

“It’s all right there in front of us,” says quarterback DREW BREES of the 5-6 New Orleans Saints. “I firmly believe that if we take care of our business and worry about ourselves, things will happen in a way we envision and we’re going to have a chance to get into the playoffs. We understand the sense of urgency and the small margin for error at this point.”

The Saints will visit the division-leading Atlanta Falcons (10-1) on Thursday night (NFL Network, 8:20 PM ET) to kick off Week 13. Some of the key games in Week 13:

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-6) at ATLANTA FALCONS (10-1) (Thursday, NFLN, 8:20 PM ET)                

Two NFC South rivals will meet in the Georgia Dome on Thursday night when the Falcons host the Saints.

In Week 10, New Orleans handed Atlanta its first loss of the season by defeating the Falcons 31-27. In that contest, JIMMY GRAHAM of the Saints (146 receiving yards, two touchdowns) and TONY GONZALEZ of the Falcons (122 receiving yards, two touchdowns) became the first set of tight ends to each have at least 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the same game.

“We played New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, so that game and their schemes are probably still fresh in our minds,” says Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN. “We’ve done this before. We know how to handle the short week. It’s just going to take a good effort this week.”

The Falcons will look to continue their success at the Georgia Dome. Ryan is the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win 31 of his first 35 starts at home. The Saints have climbed back into the playoff picture after an 0-4 start and sit just one game behind the NFC’s final Wild Card spot. Since joining New Orleans in 2006, Brees has won 11 of his 13 starts against Atlanta and has a 100.6 passer rating in those games.

“It’s a quick turnaround for us,” says Brees, who joined BRETT FAVRE (nine) and PEYTON MANNING (six) as the only quarterbacks with 30 touchdown passes in five different seasons. “We’ve got to get to their place, we’ve got to get prepared and we’ve got to put it all together. We’ve got a huge game on the road against the leader of our division. This is how you feel better, to go on and get a win.”

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-5) at CHICAGO BEARS (8-3) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

Two teams in the thick of the playoff chase will meet at Soldier Field. The Bears lead the NFC North with an 8-3 record while the Seahawks are battling for a Wild Card position at 6-5.

Rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has guided Seattle to six wins and he led the NFL with a 128.6 passer rating in November. Wilson posted a passer rating of at least 125 in all three November starts and he is the first rookie in NFL history to register a 125+ rating in three consecutive games.

“We’ve got a huge game in front of us,” says Wilson about the Week 13 matchup with the Bears. “That’s our only focus. That’s got to be a narrow focus. We’ve just got to keep battling.”

Chicago improved to 8-3 with a 28-10 win over Minnesota last week. Running back MICHAEL BUSH rushed for two touchdowns and the defense recorded its league-leading 20th interception. Wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL, in his first year with the Bears, became the fifth player in NFL history with a 1,000-yard receiving season with three different teams (Denver, Miami, Chicago).

“We are where we want to be,” says Bears head coach LOVIE SMITH. “Back on the winning track and we feel good.”

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-5) AT DENVER BRONCOS (8-3) (Sunday, FOX, 4:05 PM ET)

The Broncos (8-3) can clinch the AFC West on Sunday with a win while the Buccaneers remain in the middle of the NFC playoff hunt. Denver has won six consecutive games – the longest active streak in the NFL – and Tampa Bay has won four of its past five.

Since Week 6, Tampa Bay leads the NFC with 228 points (32.6 per game). During that period, quarterback JOSH FREEMAN has 16 touchdowns, three interceptions with a 104.1 passer rating and rookie running back DOUG MARTIN has 1,082 scrimmage yards (154.6 per game) and nine total touchdowns.

“We’re going to do our best to make sure that we’re at our best,” says Buccaneers head coach GREG SCHIANO about the team’s upcoming game against Denver.

Denver has won six in a row, outscoring opponents 183-107 in that span. The Broncos, who are averaging 30.5 points per game during their winning streak, are led by quarterback PEYTON MANNING. Last week, Manning passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns to record his 149th career win, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (148) for the second-most in NFL history.

“The only question I have for Peyton now is if he will win his fifth MVP,” says NFL Network analyst STEVE MARIUCCI.

NEW YORK GIANTS (7-4) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-6) (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)

The Giants (7-4) lead the NFC East by two games over Dallas (5-6) and Washington (5-6) but the Redskins can close the gap when they host New York on Monday night.

The two teams met earlier this season in Week 7 with the Giants winning 27-23. In that game, New York wide receiver VICTOR CRUZ caught the game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass from quarterback ELI MANNING with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. It marked the longest game-winning TD in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.

“Washington is a great team and in this division, everybody plays each other tight, so we’ve got to go out there and prepare well and take advantage of the opportunities when they come,” says Giants wide receiver HAKEEM NICKS, who had a touchdown catch in New York’s 38-10 win over Green Bay in Week 12.

The Redskins have won two in a row – both against NFC East opponents – and have been led by rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has thrown eight touchdowns in the past two games and is the only rookie in NFL history with back-to-back games with four passing touchdowns.

“There’s definitely a sense of urgency when you know you cannot stumble,” says Redskins head coach MIKE SHANAHAN. “You’ve got to go out and win each week and it starts with the present game. That mindset has been there. There’s a good sense of urgency that everybody’s got to play their best game and that everybody’s got to do what they’re capable of doing.”

In the team’s past two games, Griffin has completed 34 of 43 passes (79.1 percent) for 511 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception for a 146.1 passer rating.

“When he came back from the bye week, he said, ‘Hey, our backs are against the wall. We know what we’ve got to do and I’m going to play my best football,’” recalls Shanahan about Griffin. “That’s what leaders do. That’s what captains do.”

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