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Week 10 NFL Capsules

The NFL has sent out the following information on this week's games, including the first one of the season on Thursday night. The rest of the weekend's games including the Baltimore Ravens game at the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football comes after the 'Jump.'

WEEK 10 – THURSDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 12, 2009

CHICAGO BEARS (4-4) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-5)

SERIES

  BEARS 49ERS
SERIES LEADER 29-27-1  
STREAKS 4 of past 5 Past 5 at home
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 3-0 Singletary: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 41-21 vs. Cardinals L 34-27 vs. Titans
LAST GAME 10/29/06: 49ers 10 at Bears 41.  Chicago establishes a club record with 24 1st-quarter points & forces 5 turnovers en route to matching franchise’s best start (7-0) since 1985.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/7/03: 49ers 49, Bears 7.  San Francisco outgains Chicago in total yards (391-127) & 1st downs (23-8) while forcing 5 turnovers in Dennis Erickson’s 49ers debut.
BROADCAST NFLN (5:20 PM PT): Matt Millen, Bob Papa. Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Randy Cross, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 126 (Chi.), 125 (SF).  XM: 124 (WW1), 103 (Chi.), 102 (SF).

STATS

PASSING Cutler: 182-286-2,046-14-12-83.8 A. Smith: 63-99-690-6-5-83.3
RUSHING Forté: 123-441-3.6-3 Gore: 80-447-5.6-5
RECEIVING Hester: 41-548-13.4-3 V. Davis (TE): 42-477-11.4-7 (T1L)
OFFENSE 332.4 285.6
TAKE/GIVE -1 -3
DEFENSE 326.0 334.3
SACKS A. Brown, Ogunleye: 4.5 McDonald: 3
INTs Bowman, Tillman: 2 Willis: 2
PUNTING Maynard: 40.3 Lee: 48.5 (1C)
KICKING Gould: 50 (20/20 PAT; 10/12 FG) Nedney: 48 (21/21 PAT; 9/11 FG)

NOTES

BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER passed for career-high 447 yards with 3 TDs & 107.9 rating in last Thurs. game (11/6/08 with Den.).  When he has 100+ rating, his teams are 13-0…RB MATT FORTÉ is 1 of 2 players in NFL with 1,600+ rush yards (1,679) & 700+ rec. yards (736) since 2008…WR-KR JOHNNY KNOX ties for 2nd among rookies with 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 KR).  TE GREG OLSEN had career-high 3 TDs last week, most by Bears TE since 1975.  Ties for 2nd among NFL TEs with 6 rec. TDs.  WR-PR-KR DEVIN HESTER has 20 TDs (8 rec., 7 PR, 5 KR), incl. playoffs.  TE DESMOND CLARK tied career high with 2 TDs in last meeting…Team is 16-5 (.762) when CB CHARLES TILLMAN has INT.  LB LANCE BRIGGS had FF in last meeting.  DE ALEX BROWN had sack & FF last week.  CB NATHAN VASHER has 2 TDs in career vs. SF: 71-yard INT-TD & 108-yard missed FG return TD, tied for longest play in team history with Hester.  CB ZACKARY BOWMAN had 39-yard INT last week…49ERS: Head coach MIKE SINGLETARY was HOF LB with Chi. (1981-92).  Selected to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls, most ever by Bear…QB ALEX SMITH had career-high 29 comp. last week for 286 yards.  In starts with 95+ rating, Smith’s teams are 5-0…RB FRANK GORE had 111 yards on 12 carries (9.3 avg.) last meeting.  Has 3 60+ yard TD runs this year, 1st RB with 3+ in season since 2003.  Has 5,764 scrimmage yards since start of 2006, 3rd most in NFL…TE VERNON DAVIS had career-high 10 catches & 102 yards last week.  Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs.  WR JASON HILL had career-best 2 rec. TDs last week.  Rookie WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 3+ catches in each of 1st 3 career starts.  WR ISAAC BRUCE ranks 2nd in career rec. yards (15,188), 5th in receptions (1,023) & 9th in rec. TD (91)…LB PATRICK WILLIS has 2.5 sacks, 23-yard INT-TD & 2 FFs in past 5.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

ATLANTA FALCONS (5-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-5)

SERIES

  FALCONS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 18-11  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 2-1 Fox: 8-7
LAST WEEK W 31-17 vs. Redskins L 30-20 at Saints
LAST GAME 9/20/09: Panthers 20 at Falcons 28.  Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws for 220 yards & career-high 3 TDs.  Falcons RB Michael Turner rushes for 105 yards & TD in divisional win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/08: Panthers 24, Falcons 9.  Carolina QB Jake Delhomme throws for 294 yards & 2 TDs, including 36-yarder to WR Muhsin Muhammad, who finishes with 147 receiving yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston. Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 126 (Atl.), 144 (Car.).  XM: 103 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 156-257-1,784-13-10-82.2 Delhomme: 130-221-1,463-5-13-61.7
RUSHING Turner: 156-720-4.6-10 (1C) D. Williams: 149-768 (3C)-5.2-7 (3C)
RECEIVING White: 40-570-14.3-6 S. Smith: 34-478-14.4-1
OFFENSE 335.6 325.1
TAKE/GIVE +4 -9
DEFENSE 369.9 303.9
SACKS Babineaux, Biermann: 4 Peppers: 7 (3C)
INTs DeCoud: 2 3 tied: 2
PUNTING Koenen: 42.6 Baker: 45.9
KICKING Elam: 46 (25/26 PAT; 7/11 FG) Kasay: 40 (16/16 PAT; 8/11 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN has won past 2 starts vs. Car. with 108.5 passer rating.  Falcons are 8-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating.  Had career-high 3 TD passes in last meeting…RB MICHAEL TURNER rushed for 166 yards & 2 TDs (30, 58 yards) last week & is 1st Falcon with 2 30+ rush TDs in game.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 100+ rush yards.  Has 222 yards (111 per game) & 5 TDs in past 2 meetings.  Had career-high 4 rush TDs vs. Car. (11/23/08).  Has TD run in 7 consecutive games (10 TDs)…WR RODDY WHITE has 5 rec. TDs in past 5.  Has 4 rec. TDs of 20+ yards, tied for 2nd in NFL.  TE TONY GONZALEZ had 24-yard TD in last meeting.  Had TD catch last week…CB TYE HILL had 62-yard INT-TD last week, 1st TD of career.  DT JONATHAN BABINEAUX had career-high 2.5 sacks last week & has 3.5 sacks in past 2.  DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 5 sacks in past 7 meetings.  S THOMAS DE COUD has 2 INTs, 2 sacks & FF in past 4.  LB STEPHEN NICHOLAS had sack in last meeting…PANTHERS: QB JAKE DELHOMME has 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 100.5 rating in past 4 meetings, incl. 2 games with 110+ rating.  In career as starter (incl. playoffs), when Delhomme has 110+ rating, team is 17-1 (.944).  Aims for 4th in row vs. Atl. with 294+ yards…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has rushed for 845 yards (140.8 per game) & 8 TDs in past 6 vs. division.  Has rushed for 740 yards (123.3 per game) & 10 TDs in past 6 in Nov.  Has 25 rush TDs in past 20.  Has rushed for 548 yards (137 per game) & 5 TDs in past 4.  RB JONATHAN STEWART has 4 TDs in past 5 vs. division…WR STEVE SMITH has 16 catches for 299 yards (149.5 per game) in past 2 meetings.  Since 2005, averages 84 rec. yards per game, 2nd most in NFL (min. 50 games).  Has 100+ yards in 6 of past 8 vs. NFC South…DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 21.5 sacks in past 22.  CB RICHARD MARSHALL had INT in last meeting.  CB CHRIS GAMBLE had 41-yard INT last week.  DE TYLER BRAYTON has sack in 2 of past 3.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-7) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-5)

SERIES

    BUCCANEERS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 4-4  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Morris: 0-0 Sparano: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 38-28 vs. Packers L 27-17 at Patriots
LAST GAME 10/16/05: Dolphins 13 at Buccaneers 27.  Tampa Bay RB Michael Pittman carries 15 times for 127 yards, including 57-yard TD run.  Bucs CB Will Allen adds 33-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/10/00: Buccaneers 16, Dolphins 13.  Tampa Bay K Martin Gramatica connects on 2 FGs in 4th quarter to lift Buccaneers to victory.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Ron Pitts, John Lynch, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 158 (TB), 125 (Mia.).  XM: 102 (Mia.). 

STATS

PASSING Freeman (R): 16-35-221-3-1-83.2 Henne: 93-158-990-4-3-77.8
RUSHING Williams: 92-366-4.0-2 R. Brown: 135-566-4.2-7 (T2C)
RECEIVING Winslow (TE): 35-352-10.1-5 Bess: 36-262-7.3-0
OFFENSE 273.1 309.0
TAKE/GIVE 0 -1
DEFENSE 379.9 341.4
SACKS Wilkerson: 5.5 Taylor: 5.5
INTs Talib: 5 (T3L) V. Davis (R): 2
PUNTING D. Johnson: 41.4 Fields: 45.8
KICKING Barth: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/2 FG) Carpenter: 55 (22/22 PAT; 11/12 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN made 1st NFL start last week & threw 3 TDs in TB victory…Team is 10-0 when RB CADILLAC WILLIAMS has 22+ carries.  RB DERRICK WARD had TD catch last week & posted 54 receiving yards…WR ANTONIO BRYANT has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC.  Has 19 catches for 370 yards (92.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC.  Is 1 of 4 active players with 5,000+ yards to average 15+ yards per catch (15.2).  Since 2006, TE KELLEN WINSLOW ranks 3rd among TEs with 249 catches.  Had 5 catches for 90 yards (18.0 avg.) in last meeting vs. Mia.  Rookie WR SAMMIE STROUGHTER had game-winning TD catch in 4th quarter last week…Defense has 197 INTs since 2000, 2nd most in NFL.  S TANARD JACKSON aims for 4th in row with INT.  Has 3 INTs in past 3, incl. 2 INT-TDs.  Had 35-yard INT-TD last week.  CB RONDE BARBER had 31-yard TD off blocked punt by LB GENO HAYES.  Barber has 13 career return TDs. Is 1 of 4 players all-time with 20+ sacks (24) & 30+ INTs (37).  CB AQIB TALIB has 5 INTs in past 5…DOLPHINS: Club has won 2 of past 3 against NFC at home…In 3 career starts at home, QB CHAD HENNE is 2-1 & has completed 52 of 84 passes (61.9 pct.) for 567 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 83.8 passer rating…RB RONNIE BROWN has 4 TDs in past 6 against NFC.  Brown is tied for 4th in NFL with 7 rush TDs & needs 4 to surpass career-high of 10 in ’08.  RB RICKY WILLIAMS averages 5.4 yards per carry in ’09 (85 att., 456 yards).  Williams has 4 rush TDs in past 3…Since ’08, WR DAVONE BESS leads team w/90 receptions…TE JOEY HAYNOS aims for 3rd consecutive game w/ TD reception for 1st time in career…LB JOEY PORTER has 7 sacks in 3 career games against Buccaneers…Rookie CB VONTAE DAVIS (Round 1, Illinois) is tied for 2nd among rookies w/2 INTs…DE RANDY STARKS has at least 0.5 sack in 5 consecutive games.  Needs 0.5 sack to surpass career-high of 4.5 as rookie in ’04…KR-WR TED GINN JR. leads NFL w/32.6 KR avg. & is tied for league-high w/2 KR-TDs (PERCY HARVIN).

DETROIT LIONS (1-7) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-1)

SERIES

  LIONS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER   64-30-2
STREAKS   14 of past 15
COACHES VS. OPP. Schwartz: 0-1 Childress: 6-1
LAST WEEK L 32-20 at Seahawks Bye (Wk. 8: W 38-26 at Packers)
LAST GAME 9/20/09: Vikings 27 at Lions 13.  Minnesota QB Brett Favre completes 23 of 27 passes with 2 TDs & Vikings LB Chad Greenway records 2 interceptions & fumble recovery.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/12/08: Vikings 12, Lions 10.  Minnesota QB Gus Frerotte throws for 296 yards & TD & K Ryan Longwell connects from 29 yards with 9 seconds remaining for Vikings win.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 155 (Det.), 91 (Min.).  XM: 106 (Min.). 

STATS

PASSING Stafford (R): 115-215-1,265-5-12-55.9 Favre: 174-256-1,925-16 (T3L)-3-106.0 (2L)
RUSHING K. Smith: 138-460-3.3-3 Peterson: 163-784 (T1C)-4.8-9 (3L)
RECEIVING K. Smith (RB): 26-207-8.0-0 Rice: 37-585-15.8-2
OFFENSE 293.5 353.8
TAKE/GIVE -7 +5
DEFENSE 373.0 332.6
SACKS Peterson: 3.5 J. Allen: 10.5 (T1L)
INTs 6 tied: 1 Greenway, Griffin: 2
PUNTING N. Harris: 42.7 Kluwe: 43.4
KICKING Hanson: 45 (12/12 PAT; 11/13 FG) Longwell: 68 (29/29 PAT; 13/14 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD had career-high 2 TD passes last week…RB KEVIN SMITH has 6 rush TDs in past 11.  Has 3 100-yard rush games in career.  Has 184 scrimmage yards (92 per game) in past 2 meetings…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 5 rec. TDs in his past 8 in Nov.  Since 2008, ties for 5th in NFL with 13 TD rec.  Has TD in 4 of 5 games vs. Min. & aims for 4th meeting in row with TD.  14 of his 17 catches (82.4 pct.) vs. Min. have gone for 1st down or TD.  Has 7 career 100-yard games.  Rookie TE BRANDON PETTIGREW had 1st career TD last week & led team with career-high 7 catches & 70 yards.  WR BRYANT JOHNSON had 29-yard TD last week…Rookie S LOUIS DELMAS had INT last week.  DE CLIFF AVRIL had sack in last meeting.  LB JULIAN PETERSON has 3.5 sacks in past 4.  Had 2 sacks vs. Min. in 10/22/06 meeting (w/Sea.).  DE DEWAYNE WHITE had sack in last game at Min…K JASON HANSON needs 8 points for 1,800…VIKINGS: Have scored in 29 of 32 quarters (90.6 pct.)…Incl. playoffs, QB BRETT FAVRE is 26-9 (.743) vs. Det. with 8,875 yards & 59 TDs.  Aims for 7th win in row vs. Lions…Since entering league in 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads NFL with 3,885 rush yards, 642 more than No. 2 CLINTON PORTIS (3,243).  Has rushed for 424 yards (106 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 vs. Det…WR SIDNEY RICE has 20 rec. for 352 yards (117.3 per game) in past 3.  Incl. playoffs, WR BERNARD BERRIAN has 26 TDs & 18 have been 30+ yards.  Had 86-yard TD in last home meeting.  WR-KR PERCY HARVIN leads NFL rookies with 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 KR).  Had TD catch in only game vs. Det.  TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE ties for 2nd among TEs with 6 TDs.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with TD. DE JARED ALLEN has sack in 8 div. games in row (17 sacks).  Has 68 sacks since 2004, 1st in NFL.  Has 25 sacks in past 20 (incl. playoffs).  DE RAY EDWARDS has 6 sacks in 7 meetings.  Aims for 6th in row vs. Det. with 0.5+ sack.  LB CHAD GREENWAY had career-high 2 INTs & FR last meeting.  DT KEVIN WILLIAMS had career-high 4 sacks last home meeting.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-4) AT NEW YORK JETS (4-4)

SERIES

    JAGUARS JETS
SERIES LEADER 5-2  
STREAKS Past 2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Del Rio: 2-1 Ryan: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 24-21 vs. Chiefs Bye (Wk. 8: L 30-25 vs. Dolphins)
LAST GAME 10/8/06: Jets 0 at Jaguars 41.  Jacksonville defense allows just 177 total yards, registers 6 sacks & forces 4 turnovers (3 INTs, 1 FR) to record 2nd shutout of season.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/05: Jaguars 26, Jets 20 (OT).  Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich throws game-winning 36-yard TD to WR Jimmy Smith in OT.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Dick Enberg, Dan Fouts.  SIRIUS: 108 (Jax.), 121 (NYJ).  XM: 107 (NYJ). 

 

STATS

PASSING Garrard: 162-266-1,867-6-5-81.8 Sanchez (R): 114-214-1,443-8-10-67.6
RUSHING Jones-Drew: 145-737 (3C)-5.1-11 (1L) Jones: 149-704-4.7-7 (T2C)
RECEIVING Sims-Walker: 36-554-15.4-4 Cotchery: 27-430-15.9-1
OFFENSE 361.0 342.1
TAKE/GIVE -3 0
DEFENSE 362.0 273.4 (1C)
SACKS D. Smith: 1.5 Harris: 3.5
INTs D. Cox (R), Mathis: 2 Revis: 2
PUNTING Podlesh: 41.8 Weatherford: 41.5
KICKING Scobee: 43 (16/17 PAT; 9/14 FG) Feely: 57 (3C) (18/18 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

JAGUARS: Club aims for 3rd consecutive win against Jets…QB DAVID GARRARD posted 110.7 passer rating last week & Jaguars are 15-4 (.789) when he has 100+ passer rating as starter.  Leads AFC & ranks 2nd among NFL QBs with 191 rush yards (AARON RODGERS, 214)…RB MAURICE JONES-DREW posted 2 rush TDs in last meeting against Jets.  Has 51 TDs (45 rush, 4 rec., 2 KR) in 55 career games & 10 rush TDs in past 6.  Leads NFL with 11 rush TDs in ’09.  Rookie RB RASHAD JENNINGS (7th round, Liberty) had 1st career TD run last week…WR TORRY HOLT has 902 career rec. in 166 games & ranks 2nd in NFL history for fewest number of games to reach 900 catches (MARVIN HARRISON, 149 games).  WR MIKE SIMS-WALKER posted career-high 147 rec. yards last week & has 3 100-yard receiving games (106, 120, 147) in ’09…CB DEREK COX (3rd round, William & Mary) is tied for 2nd among NFL rookies with 2 INTs…LB DARYL SMITH has 100+ tackles in 4 consecutive seasons & leads team w/55 tackles in ’09…JETS: Team has 11-9 record (.550) after bye…Club leads NFL with 177.6 rush yards per game & is averaging 253.6 rush yards per game in past 3…In past 2, QB MARK SANCHEZ has completed 29 of 51 passes (56.9 pct.) for 408 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 102.4 passer rating…RB THOMAS JONES is averaging 144.3 rush yards per game in past 3 & aims for 4th consecutive game with 100+ rush yards (210, 121, 102).  For career, Jones averages 105.2 rush yards per game when he has 20+ att…WR JERRICHO COTCHERY is averaging 88.3 rec. yards per game (265 total) at home in ’09.  In 2 career games vs. Jaguars, WR BRAYLON EDWARDS averages 21.4 yards per catch (7 rec., 150 yards) & has 2 TD receptions.  Has 11 1st downs out of 13 receptions (84.6 pct.) since joining Jets…TE DUSTIN KELLER tied career-high with 8 receptions in last game…Defense posted season-high 6 sacks last game…DE SHAUN ELLIS (64) had season-high 2 sacks last game & needs 1 sack to surpass GERRY PHILBIN (64.5) for 3rd-most in franchise history.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-2) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-2)

SERIES

  BENGALS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER   47-31
STREAKS   5 of past 6 & 14 of past 19
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 4-10 Tomlin: 4-1
LAST WEEK W 17-7 vs. Ravens W 28-10 at Broncos
LAST GAME 9/27/09: Steelers 20 at Bengals 23.  Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer passes for 183 yards & throws game-winning 4-yard TD pass to WR Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/20/08: Steelers 27, Bengals 10.  Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger throws for 243 yards, including 3-yard TD to TE Heath Miller, & adds 8-yard TD run in 4th quarter to seal win.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms.  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Dan Reeves.  SIRIUS: 147 (Cin.), 123 (Pit.).  XM: 105 (Pit.). 

STATS

PASSING C. Palmer: 160-260-1,832-14-7-89.5 Roethlisberger: 185-262-2,295-14-7-104.1 (2C)
RUSHING Benson: 198-837 (2L)-4.2-6 Mendenhall: 100-573-5.7-4
RECEIVING Ochocinco: 44-639-14.5-5 (T3C) Ward: 49-646-13.2-4
OFFENSE 348.8 382.0 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +2 -2
DEFENSE 325.5 284.9 (3C)
SACKS Fanene: 3.5 J. Harrison: 8 (T3C)
INTs Hall, Joseph: 4 (T2C) Polamalu: 3
PUNTING Huber (R): 43.7 Sepulveda: 44.7
KICKING Graham: 40 (19/20 PAT; 7/10 FG) Reed: 51 (24/24 PAT; 9/12 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: Dating back to 12/14/08, Bengals have won 9 of past 11…Club aims for consecutive wins against Pit. for 1st time since ’98…Bengals are 26-1 (.962) under MARVIN LEWIS when rusher carries 25 or more times…In past 6 against Pit., QB CARSON PALMER has completed 120 of 214 passes (56.1 pct.) for 1,242 yards with 11 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 86.2 passer rating.  Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 129.1 passer rating in past 2…RB CEDRIC BENSON aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ rush yards (189, 117).  Averages 106.2 rush yards per game when he has 20+ att. (1,381 total in 13 games) & his teams are 11-1-1 (.885)…In past 4, WR CHAD OCHOCINCO is averaging 95.3 receiving yards per game (381 total)…Club has 8 INTs in past 4…CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH recorded 30-yard INT-TD in last game vs. Pit.  Has 4 INTs in ’09 & needs 1 to surpass career-high in ’07…CB LEON HALL has 4 INTs in past 4 & aims for 3rd consecutive game w/INT.  Needs 1 INT to tie career-high of 5 in ’07 (rookie year)…STEELERS: Head coach MIKE TOMLIN has 7-0 record vs. AFC North at home…Club aims for 6th consecutive win.  Dating back to 11/16/08, Steelers have won 8 games in row at home…In past 3 against Bengals, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has completed 56 of 89 passes (62.9 pct.) for 735 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 99.2 passer rating.  Incl. playoffs, team is 33-2 (.943), when Roethlisberger has 100+ passer rating.  Aims for 9th consecutive game with at least 1 TD pass…Last week, RB RASHARD MENDENHALL rushed for 150+ yards (155) for 2nd time this season.  RB WILLIE PARKER has 4 100-yard rushing games vs. Cin. (131, 133, 134, 126)…WR HINES WARD has 3 100-yard receiving games (103, 113, 159) in 4 ’09 home games.  Rookie WR MIKE WALLACE (3rd round, Mississippi) had career-best in receptions (7) & receiving yards (102) in last game vs. Cin…S TYRONE CARTER tied career-high with 2 INTs last week, incl. 48-yard INT-TD return…S TROY POLAMALU has 3 INTs in 4 games in’ 09.  Club is 16-3 (.842) when Polamalu has INT.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (8-0) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (1-7)

SERIES

  SAINTS RAMS
SERIES LEADER   38-29
STREAKS   3 of past 4 & 10 of past 15
COACHES VS. OPP. Payton: 0-1 Spagnuolo: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 30-20 vs. Panthers Bye (Week 8: W 17-10 at Lions)
LAST GAME 11/11/07: Rams 37 at Saints 29.  St. Louis rattles off 34 unanswered points to post 1st victory of season.  Rams have 409 yards of offense & maintain possession for 39:42.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/23/05: Rams 28, Saints 17.  St. Louis DB Mike Furrey has 67-yard INT-TD with 1:55 remaining, completing 4th-quarter rally.  Rams RB Steven Jackson runs for  2 TDs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Chris Rose, Trent Green, Rob Desir (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 122 (NO), 130 (StL.).  XM: 108 (NO). 

STATS

PASSING Brees: 181-265-2,336 (1C)-17 (T1L)-7-106.1 (1L) Bulger: 95-170-956-3-4-68.2
RUSHING P. Thomas: 83-455-5.5-5 Jackson: 165-784 (T1C)-4.8-1
RECEIVING Colston: 37-596-16.1-6 K. Burton: 25-253-10.1-0
OFFENSE 426.9 (1L) 287.6
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T3L) -7
DEFENSE 331.6 373.4
SACKS Smith: 6.5 Little: 5
INTs Sharper: 7 (T1L) J. Butler, Laurinaitis (R): 2
PUNTING Morstead (R): 43.6 D. Jones: 46.0
KICKING Carney: 69 (3C) (36/38 PAT; 11/14 FG) Jo. Brown: 29 (8/8 PAT; 7/10 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS: Are 8-0 for 1st time in team history.  Average 37.9 points per game, most in NFL…QB DREW BREES has averaged 326.5 yards per game (5,550) in past 17 indoors & has 14 300-yard games (82.4 pct.).  Has 42 TDs, 12 INTs & 110.3 rating in those 17.  Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 16,246 pass yards.  Has 2,413 yards (344.7 per game), 22 TDs, 5 INTs & 121.9 rating in past 7 vs. NFC…RB-PR REGGIE BUSH had TD run in last meeting.  Has 28 career TDs (16 rush, 8 rec, 4 PR) & is only Saint to score via rush, rec. & PR.  RB PIERRE THOMAS has 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in past 7 indoors…WR MARQUES COLSTON has 10 TDs in past 11.  Had 8 catches for 129 yards in only meeting.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM had 5 catches for 98 yards last week, incl. 54-yard TD.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has TD in 2 of 3 vs. Rams…Last week, DE ANTHONY HARGROVE had FF & 2 FRs, incl. FR-TD.  Was drafted by StL in 2004.  S DARREN SHARPER leads NFL with 317 INT yards & 3 INT-TDs.  DE WILL SMITH had sack in last meeting.  Had 2 sacks last week…RAMS: QB MARC BULGER has completed 59 of 82 (72 pct.) for 660 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.8 rating in 2 starts vs. NO.  Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 300+ yards.  Has 0 INTs in 82 career att. vs. NO…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 216 scrimmage yards (108 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 vs. NO.  Has 283 rush yards (141.5 per game) in past 2 games.  Has averaged 125 scrimmage yards per game since 2006, tops in NFL (5,998 yards, 48 games)…WR DONNIE AVERY has TD in 2 of past 4.  In past 5, all 12 of Avery’s catches have resulted in TD or 1st down.  TE DANIEL FELLS caught 36-yard TD from K JOSH BROWN in last game.  Fells leads team with 3 rec. TD.  WR KEENAN BURTON has catch in 16 consecutive games & had 5+ catches in 3 of past 4…S OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE has 7 FF & 4 INT in past 12 in Nov.  Has 14 INTs since 2007, 4th most in NFL.  Had INT in last meeting.  DE LEONARD LITTLE aims for 4th meeting in row vs. NO with sack.  Rookie LB JAMES LAURINAITIS has INT in 2 of past 4.

BUFFALO BILLS (3-5) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (2-6)

SERIES

    BILLS TITANS
SERIES LEADER   24-14
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Jauron: 0-1 Fisher: 5-2
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 8: L 31-10 vs. Texans) W 34-27 at 49ers
LAST GAME 12/24/06: Tennessee 30 at Buffalo 29.  Tennessee K Rob Bironas kicks 30-yard FG with 2:10 remaining as Titans post 6th consecutive win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/14/03: Titans 28, Bills 26.  Buffalo QB Drew Bledsoe hits TE Mark Campbell for 6-yard TD with 24 seconds to play, but Titans stop 2-point conversion try to seal win.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon.  SIRIUS: 129 (Buf.).  XM: 109 (Buf.). 

STATS

PASSING Edwards: 91-153-985-5-6-73.0 OR

Fitzpatrick: 36-70-356-2-3-57.8

Young: 27-42-297-1-1-83.1
RUSHING Jackson: 112-445-4.0-0 Johnson: 144-959 (1L)-6.7-6
RECEIVING Evans: 23-331-14.4-3 Washington: 23-202-8.8-4
OFFENSE 264.8 326.3
TAKE/GIVE +3 -4
DEFENSE 372.4 390.3
SACKS Schobel: 5 J. Jones: 4
INTs Byrd (R): 7 (T1L) Finnegan: 3
PUNTING Moorman: 46.7 (2C) Kern: 46.0 (3C)
KICKING Lindell: 51 (12/12 PAT; 13/15 FG) Bironas: 50 (14/14 PAT; 12/14 FG)

NOTES

AFL 50th Anniversary Season:  Game features 2 of 8 original AFL teams…BILLS: Are 14-6 (.700) after bye…QB TRENT EDWARDS has recorded 100+ passer rating in 2 of past 3 on road.  QB RYAN FITZPATRICK posted 82.2 passer rating in last road start…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH (2,975) needs 25 yards from scrimmage to reach 3,000 (2,368 rush, 607 receiving).  RB FRED JACKSON (445) needs 127 yards to surpass career-high of 571 in ’08…WR TERRELL OWENS attended Ten.-Chattanooga.  WR LEE EVANS has rec. in 81 of past 82 games.  216 of 319 career receptions (67.7) have resulted in 1st downs…Bills ranks 2nd in NFL with 15 INTs…DE AARON SCHOBEL aims for 3rd game in row w/ 1 or more sacks vs. Ten.  S JAIRUS BYRD (2nd round, Oregon) aims for 4th consecutive game with 2 INTs & is tied for 1st in NFL with 7.  Byrd is 1st player since DAVE BAKER in ’60 w/multiple INTs in 3 consecutive games…TITANS: Incl. postseason, club aims for 4th consecutive win against Bills at home…Dating back to 12/16/07, QB VINCE YOUNG has won 6 consecutive games as starter & has 20-11 career record (.645).  In past 2, Young has completed 27 of 37 passes (73.0 pct.) for 297 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs & 105.3 passer rating.  Aims for 90+ passer rating in 3 straight games for 1st time in career as starter.  In only career start vs. Bills, Young had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 127.7 passer rating & gained 61 rush yards w/TD…In past 3, RB CHRIS JOHNSON has 491 rush yards & aims for 3rd consecutive game w/ 2 rush TDs.  Leads NFL with 959 rush yards in ’09 & ranks 1st in league with 1,121 scrimmage yards.  Johnson leads NFL in yards per carry with 6.7 avg…WR NATE WASHINGTON (4) needs 1 TD catch to tie career-high of 5 TD rec. in ’07…WR JUSTIN GAGE had season-high 97 receiving yards last week…Club has 5 INTs in past 2…DE WILLIAM HAYES had career-high 1.5 sacks last week…CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN posted 39-yard INT-TD last week & aims for 3rd consecutive game w/INT…CB ROD HOOD has 2 INTs in 1st 2 career starts w/Titans.

DENVER BRONCOS (6-2) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-6)

SERIES

  BRONCOS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 6-4  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. McDaniels: 0-0 Zorn: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 28-10 vs. Steelers L 31-17 at Falcons
LAST GAME 10/9/05. Redskins 19 at Broncos 21.   Denver RB Tatum Bell rushes for 2 TDs as Broncos hold off Washington, which has 28-11 1st-down advantage & gains 190 more yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/27/98: Broncos 38, Redskins 16.  Denver QB Bubby Brister completes 16 of 24 attempts for 180 yards & 2 TDs while Broncos RB Terrell Davis rushes for 119 yards & 1 TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  SIRIUS: 127 (Den.), 152 (Was.).  XM: 104 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Orton: 170-269-1,838-9-4-88.2 Campbell: 151-228-1,677-9-8-86.5
RUSHING Moreno (R): 114-423-3.7-2 Portis: 124-494-4.0-1
RECEIVING Marshall: 44-468-10.6-4 Moss: 33-500-15.2-2
OFFENSE 331.8 298.0
TAKE/GIVE +5 (3C) -8
DEFENSE 280.3 (3L) 286.3 (3C)
SACKS Dumervil: 10.5 (T1L) Carter: 6.5
INTs Goodman: 2 Hall: 3
PUNTING Berger: 38.5 H. Smith: 43.4
KICKING Prater: 54 (15/15 PAT; 13/17 FG) Suisham: 41 (11/12 PAT; 10/10 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: Have has won 5 of past 6 against NFC…QB KYLE ORTON is 27-14 (.659) as starter. Has 3-1 record on road in ’09 with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 93.3 passer rating…RB KNOWSHON MORENO (Round 1, Georgia) leads NFL rookies with 423 rush yards…WR BRANDON MARSHALL had season-highs in rec. (11) & receiving yards (112) last week.   Averages 16.2 yards per catch vs. NFC.  Has 1,253 yards after catch for career…TE TONY SCHEFFLER averages 12.7 yards per catch in ’09 (18 rec., 229  yards)…Club ranks 3rd in NFL in scoring defense (15.5 points per game) & yards per game (280.3)…Team ranks 1st in AFC & 3rd in NFL with 26 sacks…LB-DE ELVIS DUMERVIL leads AFC & is tied for 1st in NFL with 10.5 sacks.  Needs 2.5 sacks to surpass career-high of 12.5 in ’07…Rookie LB-DE ROBERT AYERS (Round 1, Tennessee) posted 1st career TD on 34-yard FR-TD last week…S BRIAN DAWKINS has 6 INTs vs. Redskins, most vs. any opponent…CB CHAMP BAILEY spent 1st 5 seasons (1999-2003) of career w/Redskins before traded to Broncos on 3/4/04…REDSKINS: QB JASON CAMPBELL has 1.9 INT pct. since start of 2008, tied for best mark among QBs with 700+ att…RB CLINTON PORTIS spent 1st 2 seasons with Den.  Rushed for 3,099 yards & 29 TDs with Broncos.  Is 1 of 3 players in NFL history to rush for 1,500+ yards in each of 1st 2 seasons.  Averages 108 scrimmage yards per game (11,659 yards, 108 games), 6th highest mark in NFL history (min. 100 games).  RB LADELL BETTS had TD run last week…WR SANTANA MOSS had 8 catches for 116 yards in last meeting.  Averages 15.2 yards per catch since 2001, highest among active WRs (min. 450 receptions).  WR ANTWAAN RANDLE EL has 29 career TDs (17 rec., 6 PR, 5 pass., 1 KR), incl. playoffs…DE ANDRE CARTER has 5.5 sacks in past 4.  Had sack in last game vs. Den. (9/15/02 with SF).  LB BRIAN ORAKPO leads all NFL rookies with 5.5 sacks.  Posted career-high 2 sacks last week.  LB LONDON FLETCHER has 3 sacks in 3 career meetings.  LB ROCKY MC INTOSH had INT last week. 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-7) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-6)

SERIES

  CHIEFS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER 51-45-2  
STREAKS 10 of past 13 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Haley: 0-1 Cable: 1-1
LAST WEEK L 24-21 at Jaguars Bye (Wk. 8: L 24-16 at Chargers)
LAST GAME 9/20/09: Raiders 13 at Chiefs 10.  Oakland RB Darren McFadden scores game-winning TD with 1:07 left as Raiders win 3rd straight road game at Kansas City for 1st time since 2001.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/08: Chiefs 20, Raiders 13.  Kansas City RB Larry Johnson rushes for 92 yards, including go-ahead 2-yard TD in 4th quarter.  Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez adds 110 rec. yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker.  SIRIUS: 130 (KC), 121 (Oak.).  XM: 107 (Oak.).

 

STATS

PASSING Cassel: 125-225-1,256-10-5-77.2 J. Russell: 88-182-1,000-2-9-48.3
RUSHING Charles: 29-152-5.2-0 Fargas: 72-263-3.7-1
RECEIVING Bowe: 27-375-13.9-4 Z. Miller (TE): 28-421-15.0-1
OFFENSE 257.8 215.8
TAKE/GIVE +2 -9
DEFENSE 388.5 373.3
SACKS Gilberry: 3 Ellis, Seymour: 4
INTs Flowers: 2 Huff: 3
PUNTING Colquitt: 44.8 Lechler: 52.3 (1L)
KICKING Succop (R): 44 (11/11 PAT; 11/14 FG) Janikowski: 42 (6/6 PAT; 12/12 FG)

NOTES

AFL 50th Anniversary Season:  Game features 2 of 8 original AFL teams…CHIEFS: Club aims for 7th consecutive win at Oak…In 1 career start at Oak. (on 12/14/08 w/NE), QB MATT CASSEL completed 18 of 30 passes (60.0 pct.) for 218 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 108.1 passer rating.  Cassel has 7-4 record (.636) as road starter...RB JAMAAL CHARLES averages 5.2 rush yards per carry in ’09 (29 att., 152 yards)…WR DWAYNE BOWE averages 16.0 yards per catch against Raiders (20 rec., 320 yards).  In Chiefs debut last week, WR CHRIS CHAMBERS had 3 receptions for 70 yards (23.3 avg.) with 2 TDs.  For career, Chambers averages 17.7 yards per catch vs. Raiders (23 rec., 407 yards).  WR LANCE LONG had career-high 8 rec. for 74 yards last week…LB DEMORRIO WILLIAMS leads team w/63 tackles…CB BRANDON FLOWERS (2) needs 1 INT to surpass career high of 2 in ’08…DE WALLACE GILBERRY has career-high 3 sacks in ’09…RAIDERS: QB JA MARCUS RUSSELL has 2-1 record against Chiefs.  Russell (3,796) needs 204 passing yards to reach 4,000 for career…RB MICHAEL BUSH averages 4.6 yards per carry as starter vs. divisional opponents at home…RB JUSTIN FARGAS has 462 rush yards against Chiefs, most vs. any team, & is averaging 88 rush yards per game in past 3 vs. KC…Rookie WR LOUIS MURPHY (4th round, Florida) averages 14.5 yards per catch (16 receptions, 232 yards)…TE ZACH MILLER ranks 6th in franchise history among TEs in receptions (128) & receiving yards (1,643).  Averages 14.1 yards per catch against KC at home.  14 of Miller’s 28 catches this year have resulted in 1st downs (50.0 pct.)…Defense has 12 sacks in past 5…Since ’08, CB CHRIS JOHNSON leads team with 5 INTs.  Posted INT in last game vs. KC at home…DE RICHARD SEYMOUR (43) & DE GREG ELLIS (81) have totaled 124 career sacks…LB KIRK MORRISON leads team with 70 tackles.  Rookie DE MATT SHAUGHNESSY posted 1st career sack in last game.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-3)

SERIES

  SEAHAWKS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER   12-9
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Mora: 2-1 Whisenhunt: 4-1
LAST WEEK W 32-20 vs. Lions W 41-21 at Bears
LAST GAME 10/18/09: Cardinals 27 at Seahawks 3.  Arizona QB Kurt Warner reaches 30,000 career passing yards in 114th game, tying Dan Marino for fastest all-time in win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/28/08: Cardinals 34, Seahawks 21.  Arizona WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin & Steve Breaston become 5th trio in NFL history to record 1,000 rec. yards in same season.
BROADCAST FOX (2:15 PM MT): Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Nischelle Turner (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 125 (Sea.), 126 (Arz.).  XM: 103 (Arz.). 

STATS

PASSING Hasselbeck: 124-203-1,307-10-4-88.0 Warner: 207-315-2,175-16 (T3L)-11-88.0
RUSHING J. Jones: 105-382-3.6-2 B. Wells (R): 70-310-4.4-1
RECEIVING Burleson: 45 (3C)-562-12.5-3 Fitzgerald: 56 (2C)-632 (2C)-11.3-7 (T1L)
OFFENSE 320.8 341.9
TAKE/GIVE 0 -6
DEFENSE 322.5 340.4
SACKS Kerney: 5 Okeafor: 4
INTs Hawthorne: 3 Rodgers-Cromartie, Rolle: 3
PUNTING Ryan: 47.4 (3C) Graham: 47.6 (2C)
KICKING Mare: 59 (17/17 PAT; 14/16 FG) Rackers: 54 (24/24 PAT; 10/11 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB MATT HASSELBECK has won 7 of 12 starts vs. Arz. In past 3 starts at Arz., has completed 55 of 84 (65.5 pct.) for 686 yards, 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 110.5 rating.  In starts with 10+ att. & 90+ rating, his teams are 39-13 (.750)…RB JULIUS JONES has 20 games with 22+ att.  In those 20, Jones has rushed for 2,172 yards (108.6 per game) & 16 TDs.  Had rush TD last week…WR T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH ranks 2nd in NFL with 335 rec. since 2006.  Had TD catch last week.  TE JOHN CARLSON had career-long 42-yard reception in last meeting.  WR NATE BURLESON has 9 rec. TDs in past 14.  Has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. Arz…LB DAVID HAWTHORNE had career-high 2 INTs last week.  Has 2 sacks, 2 INTs & FF in past 2.  CB JOSH WILSON had 61-yard INT-TD last week, 2nd INT-TD of career.  DE PATRICK KERNEY has 11.5 sacks in past 6 vs. Arz.  Has 5 sacks in past 6.  S JORDAN BABINEAUX had INT in last meeting & had sack last week…CARDINALS:  QB KURT WARNER had 5 TDs & 132.9 rating last week.  Has won past 3 starts vs. Sea with 105.5 rating.  In starts (incl. playoffs) with 100+ rating (min. 15 att.), his teams are 41-4 (.911)…RB TIM HIGHTOWER is 2nd among NFL RBs with 40 catches.  Had rush TD in last meeting…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 9 catches for 123 yards & 2 TDs last week.  Since 2005, leads NFL in receptions (424) & yards (5,827).  Has 26 rec. TDs since start of 2008 (incl. playoffs), most in NFL & 10 more than next player (RANDY MOSS, 16).  Aims for 4th 100-yard game vs. Sea.  Has 28 catches for 381 yards (127 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 meetings.  WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 64 receptions (7.1 per game) in 9 career meetings.  WR STEVE BREASTON aims for 3rd in row vs. Sea. with TD.  Had TD catch last week…S ADRIAN WILSON is 1 of 2 active S with 19+ INTs (19) & 19+ sacks (19).  CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE has 3 INTs & FR in 3 career meetings.  S ANTREL ROLLE had INT in last game vs. Sea.  DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 1.5 sacks in last meeting.  LB CHIKE OKEAFOR aims for 3rd game in row with sack.

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-2) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-4)

SERIES

  COWBOYS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER 12-10  
STREAKS 3 of past 4 4-1 all-time in GB
COACHES VS. OPP. Phillips: 3-1 McCarthy: 0-2
LAST WEEK W 20-16 at Eagles L 38-28 at Buccaneers
LAST GAME 9/21/08: Cowboys 27 at Packers 16.  Dallas RBs Marion Barber (142 yards & 1 TD) & Felix Jones (76 yards & TD) help team to 217 rushing yards.  WR Miles Austin has 115 yds & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/08
BROADCAST FOX (3:15 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 122 (Dal.), 123 (GB).  XM: 105 (GB). 

STATS

PASSING Romo: 159-264-2,215 (3C)-13-5-95.8 Rodgers: 164-260-2,255 (2C)-16 (T3L)-5-103.3 (3C)
RUSHING Barber: 98-447-4.6-4 Grant: 149-621-4.2-4
RECEIVING Witten (TE): 44-391-8.9-1 Driver: 37-613 (3C)-16.6-4
OFFENSE 404.5 (2C) 376.6
TAKE/GIVE 0 +10 (2L)
DEFENSE 336.5 282.9 (2C)
SACKS Ware: 5 Jenkins: 3.5
INTs Jenkins: 3 Woodson: 4
PUNTING McBriar: 46.1 Kapinos: 44.3
KICKING Folk: 65 (23/23 PAT; 14/17 FG) Crosby: 63 (21/22 PAT; 14/18 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO has won 13 Nov. starts in row, longest streak for QB since 1950.  Has 3,641 yards, 35 TDs & 116.5 rating in those 13.  Has 3+ TD passes in 8 of past 13 in Nov.  Team is 23-3 (.885) when he starts & has 100+ rating.  Is 2-0 vs. GB, incl. 4-TD performance in 2007…RB MARION BARBER rushed for 142 yards & TD in last meeting.  Has 35 rush TDs since 2006, most in NFC & 3rd in NFL.  RB-KR FELIX JONES had 60-yard rush TD in last meeting… WR MILES AUSTIN ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs.  Leads NFL with 6 rec. TDs of 20+ yards.  Had 2 catches for 115 yards in last meeting on 63-yard catch & 52-yard TD.  WR-PR PATRICK CRAYTON had 2 catches for 74 yards last week.  Tied career high with 2 rec. TDs in 2007 meeting.  Since 2004, TE JASON WITTEN has 438 receptions, 2nd most among TEs…LB DE MARCUS WARE aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with sack.  Has 39 sacks since 2007, 2nd most in NFL.  Team has won 8 in row when CB TERENCE NEWMAN has INT.  DT JAY RATLIFF had sack in last meeting.  Had 2 sacks last week.  LB VICTOR BUTLER ties for 2nd among rookies with 3 sacks…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS has 100+ rating in 5 of past 6 & 103.3 rating on season, 5th highest in NFL…RB RYAN GRANT had 2 rush TDs in 2007 meeting.  When he has 22+ att. (incl. playoffs), team is 10-1 (.909).  In those 11 games, Grant has rushed for 1,318 yards (119.8 per game).  Had 96 yards & TD last week…WR GREG JENNINGS had 8 catches for 115 yards in last meeting.  Has 26 rec. TDs (811 yards) & averages 31.2 yards per TD.  11 of 26 TDs have been 40+ yards.  Has TD catch in 4 of past 5 in Nov.  WR DONALD DRIVER has 614 career rec., most by Packer.  Had 32-yard TD last week.  WR JAMES JONES had 74-yard TD last week & totaled 4 catches for 103 yards (25.8 avg.)…CB CHARLES WOODSON has 23 INTs in 54 games with GB.  Has 23 INTs since 2006, tied for 2nd in NFL.  His 5 INT-TDs during that span lead NFL.  Has 2 INTs in past 4 vs. Dal.  S NICK COLLINS had 61-yard INT in last meeting.  Had INT last week.  LB CLAY MATTHEWS ties for 2nd among rookies with 3 sacks.  LB AARON KAMPMAN had 1.5 sacks in last meeting vs. Dal. 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-3) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-3)

SERIES

    EAGLES CHARGERS
SERIES LEADER   5-4
STREAKS Past 2 Past 4 at home
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 2-0 Turner: 4-9
LAST WEEK L 20-16 vs. Cowboys W 21-20 at Giants
LAST GAME 10/23/05: Chargers 17 at Eagles 20.  Philadelphia S Quintin Mikell blocks FG & DB Matt Ware returns it 65 yards for TD with 2:25 remaining to lift Eagles to victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/18/98: Chargers 13, Eagles 10.  San Diego RB Natrone Means rushes for 112 yards & 1 TD.  Chargers’ defense forces 4 turnovers (2 INTs, 2 FRs).
BROADCAST FOX (1:15 PM PT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone.  SIRIUS: 91 (Phi.), 127 (SD).  XM: 104 (SD).

STATS

PASSING McNabb: 96-163-1,235-10-3-95.5 Rivers: 166-274-2,245-14-6-94.6
RUSHING McCoy (R): 83-348-4.2-2 Tomlinson: 91-289-3.2-3
RECEIVING Celek (TE): 40-486-12.2-4 V. Jackson: 42-722 (3L)-17.2-7 (T1L)
OFFENSE 338.5 335.4
TAKE/GIVE +11 (1L) +1
DEFENSE 304.5 309.8
SACKS T. Cole: 7.5 (2C) Phillip: 5
INTs Samuel: 5 (T3L) Cason: 2
PUNTING Rocca: 42.5 Scifres: 45.7
KICKING Akers: 71 (2C) (23/24 PAT; 16/19 FG) Kaeding: 68 (2C) (23/23 PAT; 15/18 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: QB DONOVAN MC NABB is 2-0 in career vs. SD.  In starts (min. 10+ att.) with 100+ rating (incl. playoffs), team is 42-1 (.977)…Rookie RB LE SEAN MC COY has 207 scrimmage yards (103.5 per game) & TD in past 2.  RB BRIAN WESTBROOK is only active player with 25+ rush (37) & rec. (29) TDs…WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON has 6 50-yard TDs this year (4 rec., 1 PR, 1 rush), tied for most in season in club history.  Has 4+ catches in all 6 games vs. AFC (31 catches).  Has 12 receptions for 243 yards (121.5 per game) & TD in past 2 vs. AFC.  TE BRENT CELEK leads NFC TEs with 486 yards.  Has 12 catches for 179 yards (89.5 per game) & TD in past 2 vs. AFC…In last meeting, S QUINTIN MIKELL blocked FG to set up game-winning 65-yard FG-return TD.  CB SHELDON BROWN had sack & FF in last game vs. SD.  Had INT last week.  In career, has 18 INTs & 14 have led to scores (2 INT-TDs).  DE TRENT COLE has 0.5+ sack in 7 of 8 games this year (7.5 sacks).  CB ASANTE SAMUEL has 4 INTs in past 5.  LB JEREMIAH TROTTER had INT, sack & FF in last meeting…CHARGERS: Club aims for 5th consecutive win at home vs. Phi…QB PHILIP RIVERS has 22-6 record (.786) as home starter & has completed 498 of 788 passes (63.2 pct.) for 6,214 yards with 38 TDs vs. 17 INTs & 94.7 passer rating.  Rivers (12,942) needs 58 passing yards to become 4th player in franchise history with 13,000. Ranks 2nd in AFC & 5th in NFL with 8.2 yards per comp.  In past 5 against NFC, Rivers has 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 104.3 rating…RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON has rushed for 100 yards in 10 interconference games, tied for 2nd most since 2000…TE ANTONIO GATES (442) needs 8 receptions to reach 450…WR VINCENT JACKSON is tied for NFL lead w/7 TD rec. & aims for 5th game in row w/TD.  Ranks 3rd in NFL with 722 receiving yards.  Jackson averages 17.2 yards per catch …Club is tied for 2nd in AFC & tied for 4th in NFL w/ 22 sacks in ’09…LB SHAWNE MERRIMAN aims for 3rd consecutive game w/2 sacks.  LB SHAUN PHILLIPS has 5 sacks in past 3 & aims for 4th consecutive game with sack.

SUNDAY NIGHT

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-0)

SERIES

    PATRIOTS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 42-27  
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 10-7 Caldwell: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 27-17 vs. Dolphins W 20-17 vs. Texans
LAST GAME 11/2/08: Patriots 15 at Colts 18.  Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning passes for 254 yards & throws 2 TDs to WR Anthony Gonzalez (12, 9) as Colts win on Sunday night.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08

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