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Week 4 NFL Capsules

With great anticipation of another week in the 2009 NFL season, here are the matchups and related info from the NFL Media Department's PR Offices. Tons of notes, so sit down, take a load off and enjoy!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2009

DETROIT LIONS (1-2) AT CHICAGO BEARS (2-1)

SERIES

  LIONS BEARS
SERIES LEADER   89-64-5
STREAKS   6 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Schwartz: 0-0 Smith: 6-4
LAST WEEK W 19-14 vs. Redskins W 25-19 at Seahawks
LAST GAME 11/2/08: Lions 23 at Bears 27.  Chicago QB Rex Grossman rushes for TD with 5:36 remaining to give Bears lead.  Chicago RB Matt Forté rushes for 126 yards in home win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 155 (Det.), 121 (Chi.).  XM: 107 (Chi.). 

STATS

PASSING Stafford (R): 55-103-598-2-5-57.0 Cutler: 65-101-760-6 (2C)-5-86.2
RUSHING K. Smith: 55-204-3.7-1 Forté: 59-150-2.5-0
RECEIVING C. Johnson: 13-190-14.6-1 Hester: 13-187-14.4-2 (T2L)
OFFENSE 292.3 315.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 -2
DEFENSE 390.0 293.3
SACKS Hunter: 2 (T2C) A. Brown, Ogunleye: 2 (T2C)
INTs Henry, Simpson: 1 Tillman, Briggs: 1
PUNTING N. Harris: 39.9 Maynard: 45.6
KICKING Hanson: 23 (5/5 PAT; 6/6 FG) Gould: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/5 FG)

NOTES

LIONS:  Head coach JIM SCHWARTZ earned 1st career win last week…Rookie QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for career-high 241 yards & posted 87.8 passer rating vs. Wash…RB KEVIN SMITH aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with rush TD.  Has 90+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 vs. division.  Rushed for 101 yards last week & averaged 6.3 yards per carry…WR CALVIN JOHNSON had 8 catches for 94 yards & TD in last meeting.  Since 2008, ranks 2nd in NFL with 13 TD catches.  Aims for 6th in row vs. NFC North with rec. TD.  Has 8 rec. TDs in past 7 division games.  WR BRYANT JOHNSON had 21-yard TD catch last week…In past 14 when LB JULIAN PETERSON has sack, his teams are 10-4 (.714).  DE DEWAYNE WHITE had INT in last meeting.  DE JASON HUNTER aims for 3rd in row with sack.  S KO SIMPSON had 1st INT with Det. last week…K JASON HANSON has made 9 consecutive 50+ yard FGs.  Has 41 career FGs of 50+ yards, most in NFL history.  Has connected on 32 of past 33 FG att. since 2007…BEARS: When QB JAY CUTLER has 100+ rating, his teams are 12-0.  Had 126.4 rating in win over Sea. last week & aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating…RB MATT FORTÉ is only player in NFL with 1,300+ rush yards (1,388) & 500+ rec. yards (550) since 2008.  Has 192 scrimmage yards (96 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career meetings…WR-PR-KR DEVIN HESTER had 36-yard rec. TD last week & has 19 career TDs (7 PR, 7 rec., 5 KR), incl. playoffs.  Has 2 TDs vs. Det. (12 yard rec. & 97 yard KR).  TE GREG OLSEN had TD last week.  Rookie WR JOHNNY KNOX aims for 3rd in row with TD…LB LANCE BRIGGS had sack & INT last week.  Has 2 INTs vs. Det., incl. 38-yard INT-TD.  Team has won 12 of past 15 when DT TOMMIE HARRIS has sack.  Aims for 5th in row vs. Det. with sack.  Has 5 sacks in past 4 meetings.  Team is 15-5 (.750) when CB CHARLES TILLMAN has INT.  Has 3 INTs vs. Det., incl. 2 INT-TDs.  DE ADEWALE OGUNLEYE has 62 sacks since 2002, 9th most in NFL.  Bears are 18-5 (.783) in past 23 (incl. playoffs) when DE ALEX BROWN has sack.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-3)

SERIES

  BENGALS BROWNS
SERIES LEADER 36-35  
STREAKS 7 of past 9  
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 8-4 Mangini: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 23-20 vs. Steelers L 34-3 at Ravens
LAST GAME 12/21/08: Bengals 14 at Browns 0.  Cincinnati defense limits Cleveland to 182 total yards & has 4 INTs, incl. 50-yard INT-TD by CB Leon Hall in 1st quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/08
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon.  SIRIUS: 108 (Cin.), 126 (Cle.).  XM: 103 (Cle.). 
 

STATS

PASSING C. Palmer: 56-93-615-4-4-76.2 Quinn: 45-74-400-1-3-62.9 OR

D. Anderson: 11-19-92-0-3-30.9

RUSHING Benson: 66-293 (2C)-4.4-2 (T3C) Lewis: 25-95-3.8-0
RECEIVING Ochocinco: 14-234-16.7-1 Edwards: 10-139-13.9-0
OFFENSE 299.7 218.0
TAKE/GIVE -2 -7
DEFENSE 328.7 412.7
SACKS Odom: 7 (1L) Wimbley: 2
INTs Joseph: 1 ---
PUNTING Huber (R): 41.7 Zastudil: 46.1
KICKING Graham: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/3 FG) Dawson: 14 (2/2 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: Dating back to 12/14/08, Bengals have won 5 of past 6…Club has won 3 of past 4 at Cle…Club aims for 3 consecutive wins vs. AFC North for 1st time since 11/6/05-9/24/06 (6 straight)…Since ’05, QB CARSON PALMER ranks 3rd in AFC (PEYTON MANNING, 124; TOM BRADY, 103) & is tied for 5th in NFL with 93 TDs.  Palmer posted career-high 6 TD passes in last start at Cle. (9/16/07)…RB CEDRIC BENSON averages 95.5 rush yards per game when he has 20+ carries (955 total in 10 games). Dating back to 12/21/08, Benson leads NFL with 575 rush yards on 129 att.  Benson gained career-high 171 rush yards in last game vs. Cle…Since ’02, WR CHAD OCHOCINCO ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,810 rec. yards (TORRY HOLT; 9,043).  Ochocinco is averaging 166 receiving yards per game in past 2 at Browns (332 total).  WR ANDRE CALDWELL recorded 1st career TD reception (game-winner) last week…DE ANTWAN ODOM (7) needs 2 sacks to surpass career-high of 8 in ’07…CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH registered 30-yard INT-TD return last week…BROWNS: QB BRADY QUINN (963) needs 37 passing yards to reach 1,000…QB DEREK ANDERSON is 2-1 vs. Cin. as starter with 8 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 82.9 passer rating…Since ’07, RB JAMAL LEWIS averages 144 rush yards per game (720 total) when he has 25+ att. & Browns are 5-0.  In career vs. Bengals, Lewis averages 113.7 rush yds per game (1,706 total) & has 9 100-yard games. RB JAMES HARRISON totaled 85 yards last week (52 rush, 33 rec.)…WR BRAYLON EDWARDS has at least 1 catch in all 61 career games.  Edwards has 5 TD rec. in past 4 against Cin…Pro Bowl T JOE THOMAS has started 35 consecutive games since entering NFL in ’07… Since ’04, DT SHAUN ROGERS leads NFL with 8 blocked FGs…LB KAMERION WIMBLEY has 2 sacks this season…KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS has 7 total return TDs (5 KR-TD; 2 PR-TD) & needs 1 return TD to surpass ERIC METCALF (2 KR; 5 PR) for most in franchise history.  Since ’05, Cribbs is tied for 1st in NFL with 5 KR-TDs (JUSTIN MILLER).

OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-2) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (1-2)

SERIES

  RAIDERS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER   3-1
STREAKS Past 1  
COACHES VS. OPP. Cable: 1-0 Kubiak: 2-1
LAST WEEK L 23-3 vs. Broncos L 31-24 vs. Jaguars
LAST GAME 12/21/08: Texans 16 at Raiders 27.  Oakland WR-PR Johnnie Lee Higgins catches 29-yard TD & scores on 80-yard PR-TD as Raiders beat Houston for 1st time.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/3/04: Texans 30, Raiders 17.  Houston defense forces 5 TOs (3 INT, 2 FR) as Texans win 1st-ever meeting with Oakland.  Texans WR Andre Johnson has 115 rec. yards & 1 TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker.  SIRIUS: 147 (Oak.), 91 (Hou.).  XM: 106 (Hou.). 
 

STATS

PASSING J. Russell: 31-75-378-1-4-39.8 Schaub: 69-107-823-7 (T1C)-2-101.9 (2C)
RUSHING McFadden: 41-148-3.6-1 Slaton: 38-127-3.3-0
RECEIVING Murphy (R): 8-138-17.3-1 A. Johnson: 18 (T3C)-270-15.0-2 (T1C)
OFFENSE 223.0 333.3
TAKE/GIVE -1 0
DEFENSE 366.0 436.3
SACKS Ellis: 3 Williams: 1
INTs Huff: 3 (T1L) Busing, Wilson: 1
PUNTING Lechler: 52.2 (1C) Turk: 46.6
KICKING Janikowski: 18 (3/3 PAT; 5/5 FG) K. Brown: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/3 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: Club aims for back-to-back wins vs. Hou…In 1 career meeting vs. Texans, QB JA MARCUS RUSSELL completed 18 of 25 passes (72.0 pct.) for 236 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 128.1 passer rating…As starter on road, RB DARREN MC FADDEN averages 5.1 rush yards per carry (48 att., 243 rush yards) with 2 rush TDs… Rookie WR LOUIS MURPHY (4th round, Florida) averages 17.3 yards per catch (8 receptions, 138 receiving yards)…TE ZACH MILLER recorded 70 receiving yards in last meeting vs. Hou…Since ’06, LB THOMAS HOWARD (7) is tied for 2nd in NFL for most INTs among LBs (BRIAN URLACHER, 10)…DE RICHARD SEYMOUR (41) & DE GREG ELLIS (80) have totaled 121 career sacks…S MICHAEL HUFF is tied for NFL lead with 3 INTs (DARREN SHARPER & CHARLES WOODSON) in ’09.  Huff has INT in 2 of past 3.  Huff attended Univ. of Texas…TEXANS: Team aims for 2nd consecutive win against Raiders at home…In past 2, QB MATT SCHAUB has completed 51 of 74 passes (68.9 pct.) for 657 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT & 122.4 passer rating.  In past 5 at home, Schaub has 9 TDs vs. 2 INT & 105.3 passer rating…Club has 8-3 (.727) record when Schaub has 100+ passer rating…For career, RB STEVE SLATON averages 5.6 yards per carry with 5 rush TDs in 4th quarter (88 att., 496 yards).  RB CHRIS BROWN averages 5.1 yards per carry against Raiders (19 att., 97 yards)…Since ’08, WR ANDRE JOHNSON leads NFL in rec. yards (1,845) & rec. (133).  In past 10 at home, Johnson averages 121 receiving yards per game (1,210).  Johnson aims for 2nd consecutive game with 100+ receiving yards vs. Raiders at home.  WR KEVIN WALTER led team with 7 rec. for team-high 96 yards with 1 TD last week.  WR JACOBY JONES aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD reception…Since ’07, Pro Bowl DE MARIO WILLIAMS ranks 1st in AFC & 4th in NFL with 27 sacks…Rookie LB BRIAN CUSHING (No. 14, USC) leads team & all NFL rookies with 26 tackles.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-0)

SERIES

  SEAHAWKS COLTS
SERIES LEADER   5-4
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mora: 0-0 Caldwell: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 25-19 vs. Bears W 31-10 at Cardinals
LAST GAME 12/24/05: Colts 13 at Seahawks 28.  Seattle RB Shaun Alexander rushes for 139 yards & 3 TDs as Seahawks win 11th consecutive game & clinch NFC home-field advantage in playoffs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/97: Seahawks 31, Colts 3.  Seattle QB Warren Moon passes for 270 with 1 TD & adds 1-yard TD run.  Seahawks’ defense limits Indianapolis to 118 total yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Chris Myers (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Mark Champion, Dan Reeves.  SIRIUS: 156 (Sea.), 127 (Ind.).  XM: 104 (Ind.). 

STATS

PASSING Hasselbeck: 35-54-376-3-2-88.2 OR

Wallace: 41-67-388-2-2-74.7

Manning: 66-96-983 (2L)-7 (T1C)-2-117.7 (1C)
RUSHING J. Jones: 46-226-4.9-1 Addai: 36-137-3.8-1
RECEIVING Burleson: 20-229-11.5-1 Wayne: 20 (2C)-325 (1L)-16.3-2 (T1C)
OFFENSE 358.3 408.7 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE -3 +1
DEFENSE 314.7 318.0
SACKS Jackson: 3 (1C) Freeney: 4 (3C)
INTs Hawthorne: 1 Bethea: 2 (T2C)
PUNTING Ryan: 52.8 (1L) McAfee (R): 44.6
KICKING Mare: 21 (6/6 PAT; 5/7 FG) Vinatieri: 18 (9/9 PAT; 3/5 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB MATT HASSELBECK posted 131.7 rating in only start vs. Ind.  In starts with 10+ att. & 90+ rating, his teams are 37-12 (.755).  QB SENECA WALLACE had career-high 261 yards last week…RB JULIUS JONES had 98 rush yards & 39-yard rec. TD last week.  RB EDGERRIN JAMES is NFL’s active leader in rush yards with 12,164.  Spent 1st 7 seasons with Ind. (1999-2005) & is club leader in rush yards (9,226), rush TDs (64) & 100-yard games (49)…WR T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH leads NFL with 308 rec. since 2006.  TE JOHN CARLSON aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with TD.  WR NATE BURLESON had 9 catches for 109 yards last week.  Has 7 rec. TDs in past 9.  In last game vs. Ind. (11/8/04 with Min.), Burleson had 91-yard PR-TD & 8-yard rec. TD…DE PATRICK KERNEY had sack in last meeting.  Aims for 3rd in row with sack.  DE LAWRENCE JACKSON has 3 sacks in past 3.  Rookie LB AARON CURRY had sack & FF last week.  LB DAVID HAWTHORNE had 1st career INT vs. Chi…COLTS: Dating back to ’08, Colts have 12 consecutive regular season wins (longest current streak in NFL)…Club has won 3 of past 4 vs. NFC…In career vs. NFC at home, QB PEYTON MANNING has 16-6 (.727) record & 103.3 passer rating.  In past 2, Manning has completed 38 of 58 (65.5 pct.) for 682 yards with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT & 133 passer rating.  Since ’04, Colts are 46-7 (.868) when Manning has 2+ TDs…Against NFC at home, RB JOSEPH ADDAI averages 104.5 rush yards per game (418 total).  Rookie RB DONALD BROWN (1st round, No. 27) totaled 112 yds last week (40 rush, 72 rec.)…WR REGGIE WAYNE aims for 3rd 100-yd rec. game in row vs. NFC (104, 126).  In past 2, WR PIERRE GARCON is averaging 28 yds per catch (4 rec., 112 yards).  Aims for 3rd game in row w/TD…Since ’07, TE DALLAS CLARK leads NFL TEs w/19 TD rec.  Leads NFL TEs w/284 rec. yds in ’09…Since ’02, DE DWIGHT FREENEY ranks 2nd in NFL with 74.5 sacks (JASON TAYLOR, 82).

TENNESSEE TITANS (0-3) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-2)

SERIES

  TITANS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 16-12  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Fisher: 16-12 Del Rio: 5-7
LAST WEEK L 24-17 at Jets W 31-24 at Texans
LAST GAME 11/16/08: Titans 24 at Jaguars 14.  Tennessee QB Kerry Collins helps Titans overcome 14-3 halftime deficit with 3 TD passes, incl. 2 to WR Justin Gage (56, 38), in 2nd half.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Dick Enberg, Dan Fouts.  SIRIUS: 130 (Jax.).  XM: 109 (Jax.). 
 

STATS

PASSING Collins: 58-105-630-4-4-69.9 Garrard: 55-101-618-2-1-75.4
RUSHING Johnson: 53-351 (1C)-6.6-2 (T3C) Jones-Drew: 57-282-4.9-4 (T2L)
RECEIVING Gage: 13-142-10.9-1 Jones-Drew (RB): 13-71-5.5-0
OFFENSE 351.7 332.7
TAKE/GIVE -3 +2
DEFENSE 335.3 381.7
SACKS Brown: 2 3 tied: 1
INTs 3 tied: 1 D. Cox (R), Mathis:1
PUNTING Hodges: 43.3 Podlesh: 39.7
KICKING Bironas: 16 (7/7 PAT; 3/5 FG) Scobee: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/6 FG)

NOTES

TITANS: Club aims for 3rd consecutive win at Jax…QB KERRY COLLINS ranks 3rd in NFL among active QBs with 38,023 passing yards (BRETT FAVRE, 65,693; PEYTON MANNING; 46,611) & 13th in NFL history.  In last meeting vs. Jax., Collins completed 13 of 23 passes (56.5 pct.) for 230 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 112.3 passer rating…In past 2, RB CHRIS JOHNSON is averaging 147 rush yards per game (294 total)…WR JUSTIN GAGE posted 4 receptions for 147 receiving yards (36.8 avg.) with 2 TDs in last meeting vs. Jaguars…In last  meeting vs. Jax. (w/Steelers 10/5/08), WR NATE WASHINGTON had 6 receptions for 94 yards (15.7 avg.) with TD.  Rookie WR KENNY BRITT (1st round, No. 30) is averaging 16.6 yards per catch in ’09 (10 receptions, 166 yards)…TE BO SCAIFE recorded career-high 105 receiving yards against Jaguars on 9/7/08…LB KEITH BULLUCK aims for 117th consecutive start.  Since ’02, Bulluck ranks 2nd in NFL among active LBs with 13 INTs…CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN recorded career-high 2 INTs against Jaguars on 9/7/08…DE JEVON KEARSE has 10.5 career sacks vs. Jax., most vs. any opponent…DT TONY BROWN aims for 3rd consecutive game with FF…JAGUARS: Since ’06, team is 17-4 (.810) when gaining 150+ rush yards…QB DAVID GARRARD has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs against Titans at home.  Jags are 11-4 (.733) when Garrard has 2+ TD passes…RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 44 TDs (38 rush; 4 rec.; 2 KR) in 50 career games.  Jones-Drew is averaging 94 rush yards per game in ’09…Since 2000, WR TORRY HOLT leads NFL with 829 receptions & 12,041 yards.  Incl. SB XXXIV, Holt aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100 receiving yards against Titans & is averaging 136 receiving yards in past 2 against Ten.  WR MIKE SIMS-WALKER aims for career-high 6 receptions for 3rd consecutive game & is averaging 93.5 receiving yards per game in past 2…TE MARCEDES LEWIS (98) needs 2 receptions for 100 career…CB RASHEAN MATHIS recorded 1st INT of season last week & leads franchise with 26 career INTs.  Mathis has 6 career INTs against Titans (most vs. any team).

NEW YORK GIANTS (3-0) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-3)

SERIES

  GIANTS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER 9-2  
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 4-1 Haley: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 24-0 at Buccaneers L 34-14 at Eagles
LAST GAME 12/17/05: Chiefs 17 at Giants 27.  New York RB Tiki Barber rushes for 220 yards with 2 TDs & QB Eli Manning adds 186 passing yards, including 31-yard TD to WR Amani Toomer.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/23/01: Giants 13, Chiefs 3.  New York builds 13-0 lead in 1st half on K Morten Andersen’s 2 FGs & RB Ron Dayne’s 7-yard TD.  Giants’ defense holds Kansas City to 266 total yards.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 122 (NYG), 157 (KC).  XM: 108 (NYG).

STATS

PASSING Manning: 59-91-747-5 (T3C)-1-104.1 (3L) Cassel: 38-57-331-3-2-84.8
RUSHING Bradshaw: 35-201-5.7-0 L. Johnson: 54-136-2.5-0
RECEIVING Smith: 23 (1C)-277 (1C)-12.0-2 (T2L) Bowe: 9-96-10.7-2 (T1C)
OFFENSE 391.7 (3C) 264.3
TAKE/GIVE +5 (2C) -1
DEFENSE 245.3 (1C) 362.3
SACKS Tuck: 1.5 3 tied: 1
INTs 3 tied: 1 D. Johnson: 1
PUNTING Feagles: 43.4 Colquitt: 45.4
KICKING Tynes: 32 (1L) (8/8 PAT; 8/10 FG) Succop (R): 12 (6/6 PAT; 2/2 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: Are 3-0 for 2nd year in row, 1st time with consecutive 3-0 starts since 1993-94…QB ELI MANNING is 29-9 (.763) in past 37 starts (incl. playoffs).  Has won 7 of past 9 starts vs. AFC (incl. SB XLII).  Ranks 3rd in NFL with 104.1 rating…RB BRANDON JACOBS has 4 rush TDs in past 4 vs. AFC.  When Jacobs has 10+ carries (incl. playoffs), Giants are 28-6 (.824).  When he has 100+ rush yards, team is 8-1 (.889).  RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 104 yards (7.4 avg.) last week…WR STEVE SMITH has 17 catches for 197 yards (98.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2.  WR MARIO MANNINGHAM has 14 catches for 205 yards (102.5 per game) & TD in past 2…Defense held TB last week to 0 points & 86 total yards, just 2nd time in past 48 years that NYG has posted shutout & held opp. to fewer than 100 yards.  In past 21 games (incl. SB XLII), DE JUSTIN TUCK has 15.5 sacks.  When Tuck has sack (incl. playoffs), Giants are 14-3 (.824).  Have won 9 in row when Tuck has 1+ sack.  DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA has 3.5 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC.  CB TERRELL THOMAS had INT last week…CHIEFS: Since 2000, team has 11-7 (.611) record against NFC at home…In 5 career starts vs. NFC , QB MATT CASSEL is 4-1 & has completed 103 of 163 (63.2 pct.) for 1,229 yards with 8 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 92.3 passer rating.  Has 10-7 (.588) record as starter with 23 TDs vs. 13 INTs & 88.1 passer rating...As starter vs. NFC, RB LARRY JOHNSON averages 88.6 rush yards per game (1,152 total) & has 6 100-yard games.  In only career meeting vs. Giants, Johnson gained 167 yards (5.4 avg.) with 2 TDs.  Chiefs are 22-8 (.733) when Johnson has 100+ rush yards.  KC is 12-1 (.923) when Johnson has 30+ carries…WR MARK BRADLEY posted 1st TD reception of ’09 last week…In last game vs. NYG (w/Min. on 12/28/08), WR BOBBY WADE totaled 98 receiving yards. Averages 17.5 yards per catch in career vs. Giants.  Wade recorded 1st career TD reception as Chief last week…Since ’00, S MIKE BROWN is tied for 3rd in NFL with 7 defensive TDs…LB DEMORRIO WILLIAMS leads team with 26 tackles.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-0) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-1)

SERIES

  RAVENS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER   4-0
STREAKS   4-0
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 0-0 Belichick: 2-0
LAST WEEK W 34-3 vs. Browns W 26-10 vs. Falcons
LAST GAME 12/3/07: Patriots 27 at Ravens 24.  New England WR Jabar Gaffney catches 8-yard TD pass from QB Tom Brady with 44 seconds left to improve Patriots’ record to 12-0.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/04: Patriots 24, Ravens 3.  New England defense holds Baltimore to 124 total yards & forces 2 TOs, incl. FR-TD by DE Jarvis Green.  Pats RB Corey Dillon adds 123 rush yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms.  SIRIUS: 152 (Bal.), 123 (NE).  XM: 105 (NE).
 

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 68-104-839-6 (3C)-2-101.4 (3C) Brady: 87-142-871 (3L)-3-2-79.9
RUSHING Rice: 38-192-5.1-1 F. Taylor: 38-176-4.6-2 (T3C)
RECEIVING Mason: 12-196-16.3-1 Moss: 26 (1L)-281-10.8-0
OFFENSE 430.3 (1C) 395.0 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +3 (T2C) +1
DEFENSE 282.7 262.3 (3C)
SACKS J. Johnson, Pryce: 2 Banta-Cain: 2
INTs Landry: 2 (T2C) ---
PUNTING Koch: 42.9 Hanson: 38.9
KICKING Hauschka: 25 (13/13 PAT; 4/5 FG) Gostkowski: 30 (2C) (3/3 PAT; 9/10 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: Team aims for 1st 4-0 start since ’06…Offense ranks 1st in AFC with 430.3 yards per game…In past 3 on road, QB JOE FLACCO has posted 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 105.2 passer rating.  Ravens are 12-2 (.857) when Flacco has 1 or more TD passes, incl. playoffs…RB RAY RICE averages 109 rush yards per game with 20+ att.  In last meeting vs. NE (12/3/07), RB WILLIS MC GAHEE totaled 138 yards on 30 att. (4.6 avg.) with TD.  Incl. postseason, McGahee has 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 & aims for 5th consecutive game with 1 or more rush TDs…Since ’03, WR DERRICK MASON ranks 2nd in NFL with 540 rec. (TORRY HOLT, 575).  In past 3 vs. Pats, Mason is averaging 84 receiving yards per game…Mason (802) became 23rd player in NFL history to reach 800 catches last week…Since ’06, club leads NFL with 77 INTs…Defense posted season-high 4 INTs last week…Ravens have not allowed RB to gain 100+ rush yards in 38 games (longest current streak in NFL)…Since ’02, Pro Bowl S ED REED leads NFL with 44 INTs…LB RAY LEWIS is only player with 25+ career sacks (33.5) & INTs (28)…PATRIOTS: Since ’07, QB TOM BRADY has 11-0 record at home & has completed 268 of 402 passes (66.7 pct.) for 3,026 yards with 24 TDs vs. 5 INTs & 103.7 passer rating.  Brady (200) became 27th player to record 200 career TD passes…In 6 career games against Ravens, RB FRED TAYLOR has 2 100-yard rush games (128, 151).  Taylor recorded 1st 100-yard game w/NE last week & 49th of career… Since ’07, RANDY MOSS leads NFL with 34 TD receptions.  Moss posted 2nd 100-yard receiving game of ’09 last week (141, 116) & ranks 2nd in NFL history with 61 100-yard rec. games (JERRY RICE, 76).  Since ’07, WR WES WELKER leads NFL with 235 receptions…TE CHRIS BAKER recorded 1st TD reception with Patriots last week...LB ADALIUS THOMAS spent 7 seasons with Ravens (2000-06)…CB SHAWN SPRINGS is only CB in NFL history to lead team in sacks & INTs in same season (with Redskins in ’04)…K STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI tied career high with 4 FGs last week.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-3) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-2)

SERIES

  BUCCANEERS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 8-7  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Morris: 0-0 Zorn: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 24-0 vs. Giants L 19-14 at Lions
LAST GAME 11/25/07: Redskins 13 at Buccaneers 19.  Tampa Bay RB Earnest Graham rushes for 75 yards & 1 TD & CB Ronde Barber becomes Buccaneers all-time interceptions leader.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/12/04: Redskins 16, Buccaneers 10.  Washington K John Hall kicks 2 4th-quarter FGs & RB Clinton Portis has 148 rush yards & TD in Joe Gibbs’ 125th career regular-season win.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 158 (TB), 125 (Was.).  XM: 102 (Was.). 

STATS

PASSING J. Johnson: 4-10-36-0-0-50.4 Campbell: 69-102-793 (3C)-3-2-92.5
RUSHING Williams: 22-114-5.2-1 Portis: 47-183-3.9-0
RECEIVING Winslow (TE): 15-134-8.9-2 (T2L) Cooley (TE): 17-189-11.1-1
OFFENSE 296.3 341.3
TAKE/GIVE -1 -1
DEFENSE 432.3 325.7
SACKS 3 tied: 1 4 tied: 1
INTs Piscitelli: 1 Hall: 1
PUNTING D. Johnson: 43.0 H. Smith: 43.2
KICKING Nugent: 5 (5/5 PAT; 0/2 FG) Suisham: 16 (4/4 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: Since 2002, TB is 18-2 (.900) when team has 0 turnovers…QB JOSH JOHNSON makes 1st NFL start…When RB CADILLAC WILLIAMS has 22+ att., TB is 10-0.  Had 27 att. for 122 yards in last meeting.  Since 2008, RB DERRICK WARD has averaged 5.4 yards per carry (min. 1,000 yards), 2nd most in NFL.  When RB EARNEST GRAHAM has 20+ att., TB is 6-0…WR ANTONIO BRYANT had 170 yards vs. Was. in 12/29/02 meeting (with Dal.), 2nd most in career.  In 5 career meetings, averages 18 yards per catch.  Since 2006, TE KELLEN WINSLOW ranks 3rd among TEs with 229 catches.  Has 2 TD catches this year & ties for most in NFL among TEs.  WR MICHAEL CLAYTON has 120 yards, most among WRs on team…Defense has 187 INTs since 2000, 2nd most in NFL during that span & tops in NFC.  CB RONDE BARBER has 11 defensive TDs (FR & INT), most among active players & 3rd all-time.  Has 24 sacks & 37 INTs in career & is 1 of only 4 players in NFL history to record 20+ sacks & 30+ INTs.  Had INT in last meeting…REDSKINS:  QB JASON CAMPBELL passed for 301 yards in last meeting.  Team is 5-1 (.833) when he has 100+ rating.  Has 1.3 INT pct. (8 INTs, 608 att.) since 2008, lowest in NFL.  Passed for 340 yards last week, 2nd most in career…RB CLINTON PORTIS has rushed for 360 yards (120 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career meetings.  When Portis rushes for 100+ yards, his teams are 33-10 (.767).  Averages 109.9 scrimmage yards per game (11,316 yards, 103 games), 5th highest mark in NFL history (min. 100 games)…WR SANTANA MOSS had career-best 178 yards & tied career high with 10 receptions last week.  Had 57-yard TD catch.  Averages 15.2 yards per catch since entering NFL in 2001, highest among active WRs (min. 445 receptions).  TE CHRIS COOLEY has 29 TDs since 2004, 4th most by TE.  WR ANTWAAN RANDLE EL has 29 career TDs (17 rec., 6 PR, 5 pass., 1 KR), incl. playoffs…Rookie LB-DE BRIAN ORAKPO had 1st career sack last week.  DT ALBERT HAYNESWORTH posted 1st sack with Wash. last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (1-2) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-3)

SERIES

  BILLS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER   51-34-1
STREAKS 4 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jauron: 4-3 Sparano: 2-0
LAST WEEK L 27-7 vs. Saints L 23-13 at Chargers
LAST GAME 12/7/08: Dolphins 16 at Bills 3 in Toronto.  Miami limits Buffalo to 163 total yards in 1st NFL regular-season game in Canada.  Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano has 20-yard TD catch.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/26/08: Dolphins 25, Bills 16.  Miami QB Chad Pennington passes for 314 yards & 1 TD & Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr. has career-high 175 rec. yards.
BROADCAST CBS (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots.  SIRIUS: 91 (Buf.), 125 (Mia.).  XM: 102 (Mia.). 
 

STATS

PASSING Edwards: 56-91-598-4-2-86.2 Henne: 10-19-92-0-1-44.2
RUSHING Jackson: 61-291 (3C)-4.8-0 R. Brown: 52-254-4.9-2 (T3C)
RECEIVING Jackson (RB): 15-134-8.9-1 Bess: 17-140-8.2-0
OFFENSE 319.0 317.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 -6
DEFENSE 390.7 330.7
SACKS Schobel: 2 Porter: 2
INTs 3 tied: 1 ---
PUNTING Moorman: 45.8 Fields: 44.7
KICKING Lindell: 22 (7/7 PAT; 5/5 FG) Carpenter: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/6 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: Club aims for 3rd consecutive win vs. Mia...DICK JAURON is longest-tenured Bills head coach since MARV LEVY (1986-1997)…In 2 career starts against Mia., QB TRENT EDWARDS has 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 92.0 passer rating.  In 4th quarter in ’09, Edwards has 107.3 passer rating…For career, RB FRED JACKSON averages 6.2 yards per carry vs. Mia. (25 att., 156 rush yards).  In past 3, Jackson has totaled 425 yards (291 rush, 134 receiving).  RB MARSHAWN LYNCH aims for 3rd consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards (1,115 in ’07 & 1,036 in ’08)…WR TERRELL OWENS leads NFL with 110 TD rec. since 2000…Since 2000, WR LEE EVANS leads NFL with 6 70+ yard TD receptions.  Evans has totaled 693 career receiving yards vs. Mia. (most against any opponent)…DE AARON SCHOBEL recorded 1 sack, FF & FR last week & ranks 2nd in Bills history with 70 career sacks (BRUCE SMITH, 171).  Schobel has 9 career sacks vs. Mia., 2nd-most vs. any opponent…DOLPHINS: Club has won 2 of past 3 at home in October vs. Bills…QB CHAD HENNE will make 1st career start this week…In past 2, RB RONNIE BROWN is averaging 105.5 rush yards per game. RB RICKY WILLIAMS (7,934) needs 66 yards for 8,000 career rush yards.  Williams has 784 rush yards vs. Buf. (most vs. any opponent)…WR TED GINN, JR. posted career-high 175 receiving yards vs. Bills in last meeting at Mia.  WR DAVONE BESS has 7 receptions in 2 of past 3 in ’09…LB JOEY PORTER is only player with 5+ sacks in each season since ’00 (83 total).  Ranks 2nd in NFL w/19.5 sacks since ’08 (DE MARCUS WARE, 20).  Porter aims for 3rd consecutive game with 2 sacks vs. Bills…DE JASON TAYLOR leads all active players with 121.5 sacks.  Taylor has 17 career sacks against Bills, most vs. any opponent…S YERAMIAH BELL (6) needs 1 sack to surpass LIFFORT HOBLEY for most sacks by DB in franchise history.

NEW YORK JETS (3-0) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-0)

SERIES

  JETS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5  
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Ryan: 0-0 Payton: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 24-17 vs. Titans W 27-7 at Bills
LAST GAME 11/27/05: Saints 21 at Jets 19.  New Orleans QB Aaron Brooks throws for 3 TDs to hold off late rally by New York QB Brooks Bollinger & snap 6-game losing streak.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/4/01: Jets 16, Saints 9.  New York DE John Abraham records 4 sacks to lead Jets defense, which totaled 8 sacks & 3 turnovers, holding New Orleans to 246 total yards.
BROADCAST CBS (3:05 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  SIRIUS: 121 (NYJ), 123 (NO).  XM: 105 (NO). 

STATS

PASSING Sanchez (R): 49-83-606-4-2-87.7 Brees: 67-97-841 (2C)-9 (1L)-2-118.1 (1L)
RUSHING Jones: 48-181-3.8-2 (T3C) Bell: 45-229-5.1-1
RECEIVING Cotchery: 18 (T3C)-285 (3L)-15.8-1 Colston: 15-195-13.0-3 (1L)
OFFENSE 315.0 438.0 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +3 (T2C) +4 (T3C)
DEFENSE 256.0 (2C) 312.3
SACKS Harris: 2 Grant: 1.5
INTs 4 tied: 1 Sharper: 3 (T1L)
PUNTING Weatherford: 40.7 Morstead (R): 46.5
KICKING Feely: 22 (7/7 PAT; 5/5 FG) Carney: 30 (2C) (15/15 PAT; 5/6 FG)

NOTES

JETS: Club aims to start season 4-0 for 1st time since ’04 & seeks 2nd consecutive win at NO…QB MARK SANCHEZ (1st round, No. 5) can become 1st rookie QB to start and win team’s 1st 4 games of season in Super Bowl era.  Recorded 1st career rush TD last week.  Aims for 4th consecutive game w/TD pass…For career, RB THOMAS JONES averages 102.6 rush yards per game when he has 20+ att.  Has 4 rush TDs in past 3 against NFC.  Teams are 31-14 (.689) when he records 20+ att…WR JERRICHO COTCHERY is averaging 95 receiving yards per game (285 total) in ’09 & posted season-high 108 receiving yards last week…TE DUSTIN KELLER averages 15.6 yards per catch in ’09…Defense ranks 2nd in NFL allowing 11 points per game (Denver, 5.3)…LB DAVID HARRIS registered 1st career INT last week.  Leads team in tackles (21) & sacks (2) in ’09…S ERIC SMITH posted 1st INT of ’09 last week…DT KRIS JENKINS has 19 career sacks vs. NFC… Since ’01, Jets lead NFL with 11 KR-TDs…SAINTS:  Lead NFL with 120 points, most by team in 1st 3 games since 1968 (Dal., 132)…QB DREW BREES leads NFL with 118.1 rating & 9 pass TDs.  Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 14,751 passing yards, 97 TDs & 25 300-yard games.  In past 23, Brees has 15 300-yard games (65.2 pct.)…RB-PR REGGIE BUSH has 25 career TDs (13 rush, 8 rec, 4 PR) & is only player in team history to score via rush, rec. & PR.  RB PIERRE THOMAS rushed for 126 yards & 2 TDs last week.  Has 11 TDs (8 rush, 3 rec.) in past 8.  RB LYNELL HAMILTON scored 1st career TD last week…WR MARQUES COLSTON has 7 TDs in past 6.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has 435 receptions since 2002, 3rd most in NFL among TEs.  WR DEVERY HENDERSON averages 21.4 yards per catch in career.  Had 30-yard TD in last game vs. NYJ…LB JONATHAN VILMA played 4 years with NYJ & was selected to Pro Bowl & named Defensive Rookie of Year.  S DARREN SHARPER leads active players with 57 INTs.  DE WILL SMITH had sack in last meeting.  Had sack & 1st career INT last week.

DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-0)

SERIES

  COWBOYS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER   5-4
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Phillips: 0-0 McDaniels: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 21-7 vs. Panthers W 23-3 at Raiders
LAST GAME 11/24/05: Broncos 24 at Cowboys 21 (OT).  Denver RB Ron Dayne scores TD to force OT & has 55-yard run to set up Jason Elam’s game-winning FG on Thanksgiving.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/13/98: Broncos 42, Cowboys 23.  Denver RB Terrell Davis rushes for 191 yards & 3 TDs (63, 59, 3).  Broncos QB John Elway also accounts for 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush).
BROADCAST FOX (2:15 PM MT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone.  SIRIUS: 122 (Dal.), 127 (Den.).  XM: 104 (Den.). 

STATS

PASSING Romo: 51-89-735-4-3-85.2 Orton: 49-88-663-3-0-91.2
RUSHING Jones: 21-212-10.1-1 Buckhalter: 31-230-7.4-1
RECEIVING Witten (TE): 19-181-9.5-1 Marshall: 12-128-10.7-1
OFFENSE 429.7 (2C) 374.3
TAKE/GIVE -1 +6 (1C)
DEFENSE 382.7 214.7 (1L)
SACKS Butler (R): 2 (T3C) Dumervil: 6 (2L)
INTs Newman, Jenkins: 1 5 tied: 1
PUNTING McBriar: 46.2 Kern: 44.2
KICKING Folk: 24 (9/9 PAT; 5/6 FG) Prater: 26 (3C) (5/5 PAT; 7/9 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYS: Have won 8 of past 11 vs. AFC.  Head coach WADE PHILLIPS spent 6 years with Den. as def. coordinator (1989-92) & head coach (1993-94)…Team is 20-3 (.870) when QB TONY ROMO starts & has 100+ rating.  Since 2007, has 66 TD passes, 2nd most in NFL…Club has rushed for 200+ yards in 2 games in row, 1st time since 1979.  When RB MARION BARBER has 11+ carries, team is 27-5 (.844).  Has 33 rush TDs since 2006, most in NFC & 3rd in NFL.  RB-KR FELIX JONES has 5 career TDs (4 rush, 1 KR) & averages 41.8 yards per TD.  Averaging 12.7 yards per carry in past 2 (190 yards).  RB TASHARD CHOICE has 281 scrimmage yards (140.5 per game) in past 2 vs. AFC…Since 2004, TE JASON WITTEN has 413 receptions, 2nd most among TEs…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 34 sacks in past 33.  Has 34 sacks since 2007, most in NFL.  Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with sack.  CB TERENCE NEWMAN has 5 INTs in past 10, incl. 27-yard INT-TD last week.  Team has won 8 in row when he has INT…BRONCOS: Club aims for 1st 4-0 start since ’03…Dating back to 9/14/80, Broncos have won 3 of past 4 at home against Cowboys…Club has won 4 of past 5 against NFC…QB KYLE ORTON has 24-12 (.667) record as starter.   Orton is tied for 1st in NFL with 137.5 4th quarter passer rating (PEYTON MANNING). Orton will make 1st career start vs. Dallas…RB CORRELL BUCKHALTER posted 5th career 100-yard rush game (108) last week.  Averages 7.4 rush yards per carry in ’09.  Rookie RB KNOWSHON MORENO (1st round, Georgia) leads NFL rookies with 184 rush yards…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 2 100-yard receiving games (114, 155) in past 3 against NFC at home…Defense allows NFL-low 5.3 points per game…CB CHAMP BAILEY (43) ranks 1st among NFL CBs for most INTs since ’99.  In last meeting vs. Dal. Bailey posted 65-yard INT-TD return…S BRIAN DAWKINS is 1 of 4 players in NFL history with at least 33 career INTs (34) & 20 sacks (21)…DE ELVIS DUMERVIL has 6 sacks in past 2 …S RENALDO HILL & CB ANDRÉ GOODMAN recorded 1st INT as Broncos vs. Oak.

ST. LOUIS RAMS (0-3) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)

SERIES

  RAMS 49ERS
SERIES LEADER 60-56-2  
STREAKS   6 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Spagnuolo: 0-0 Singletary: 2-0
LAST WEEK L 36-17 vs. Packers L 27-24 at Vikings
LAST GAME 12/21/08: 49ers 17 at Rams 16.  San Francisco WR Isaac Bruce has 7 catches & TD & becomes 5th player to record 1,000 receptions, moving into 2nd on all-time rec. yards list.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08: 49ers 35, Rams 16.  San Francisco QB Shaun Hill throws for 213 yards & 2 TDs & RB Frank Gore adds 106 yards & 2 TDs on ground in divisional home win.
BROADCAST FOX (1:15 PM PT): Ron Pitts, John Lynch, Nischelle Turner (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 130 (StL.), 126 (SF).  XM: 103 (SF). 

STATS

PASSING Bulger: 35-68-339-1-0-70.6 OR

Boller: 16-31-164-2-1-75.2

S. Hill: 52-82-548-3-1-88.9
RUSHING Jackson: 60-288-4.8-0 Coffee (R): 35-64-1.8-0
RECEIVING Avery: 10-62-6.2-0 V. Davis (TE): 14-168-12.0-2 (T2L)
OFFENSE 276.0 276.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 +2
DEFENSE 403.3 319.7
SACKS Little: 2 (T3C) McDonald: 2 (T3C)
INTs Atogwe, J. Butler: 1 4 tied: 1
PUNTING D. Jones: 49.7 Lee: 49.5
KICKING Jo. Brown: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/3 FG) Nedney: 25 (7/7 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

RAMS: QB MARC BULGER has passed for 295+ yards 4 times in career vs. SF.  QB KYLE BOLLER threw 2 TDs last week…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 914 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) in past 8 meetings.  Has averaged 125 scrimmage yards per game since 2006, tops in NFL.  Had 117 rush yards, 5 catches for 46 yards & 163 scrimmage yards last week…TE DANIEL FELLS scored 1st 2 TDs of career last week (16 & 19 yards).  WR DONNIE AVERY had career-high 9 catches (93 yards) vs. SF (11/16/08).  WR KEENAN BURTON had 1st career TD in last meeting…S OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE has 14 INTs since 2007, tied for most in NFC & 2nd in NFL.  Had INT, FF & FR in last meeting.  DE LEONARD LITTLE has 82.5 sacks since 2000, 5th most in NFL.  Has 9 sacks in past 11 meetings.  Had 2 sacks last week, 18th game in career (incl. playoffs) with 2+ sacks.  CB RON BARTELL tied career high with 2 INTs in last meeting.  S JAMES BUTLER has INT in 2 of past 4…49ERS:  Team has won 6 of past 8 under head coach MIKE SINGLETARY QB SHAUN HILL is 9-4 (.692) as starter.  Is 2-0 vs. StL & aims for 3rd in row vs. Rams with 2+ TDs.  Has won 4 in row vs. division… Rookie RB GLEN COFFEE had career-high 54 rush yards last week.  Tied for NFL lead during preseason with 249 rush yards…TE VERNON DAVIS had career-high 96 yards (7 catches) & 2 TDs last week.  WR ISAAC BRUCE ranks 2nd in career rec. yards (15,091), 5th in receptions (1,013) & 9th in TD catches (91).  Had TD catch in last game vs. former team.  WR JOSH MORGAN had career-long 48-yard TD vs. Rams…LB PARYS HARALSON has 5.5 sacks in past 10.  Aims for 4th in row vs. Rams with 0.5+ sack.  DE JUSTIN SMITH had sack in last meeting.  DT RAY MC DONALD had blocked FG last week & CB NATE CLEMENTS returned ball 59 yards for TD.  Clements had INT in last home game vs. StL.  CB SHAWNTAE SPENCER had INT last week, 7th of career.

SUNDAY NIGHT

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2)

SERIES

  CHARGERS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER   20-6
STREAKS   6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 0-4 Tomlin: 2-0
LAST WEEK W 23-13 vs. Dolphins L 23-20 at Bengals
LAST GAME 11/16/08: Chargers 10 at Steelers 11.  Pittsburgh K Jeff Reed kicks 3 FGs, including 32-yard game-winner with 11 seconds left.  Steelers RB Willie Parker adds 115 rush yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08
BROADCAST NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Andrea Kremer (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 125 (WW1), 127 (SD), 126 (Pit.).  XM: 102 (WW1), 104 (SD.), 103 (Pit.).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 67-114-991 (1L)-3-3-85.1 Roethlisberger: 78-109-860-3-4-88.5
RUSHING Sproles: 37-90-2.4-1 Parker: 52-159-3.1-0
RECEIVING V. Jackson: 16-317 (2L)-19.8-2 (T1C) Ward: 18 (T3C)-242-13.4-0
OFFENSE 382.0 346.0
TAKE/GIVE +1 -4
DEFENSE 322.0 289.3
SACKS 3 tied: 1 5 tied: 1
INTs Cason: 2 (T2C) ---
PUNTING Scifres: 47.2 (2C) Sepulveda: 45.6
KICKING Kaeding: 31 (1C)

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