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Week 11 NFL Capsules

Starting with tonight's Thursday Night Football game and followed by the Indianapolis Colts at our Baltimore Ravens, here are the NFL capsules about the key games of the weekend. The rest of the games follow these first two after the jump.

WEEK 11 – THURSDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 19, 2009

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-5) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-5)

SERIES

  DOLPHINS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 3-0  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Sparano: 0-0 Fox: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 25-23 vs. Buccaneers W 28-19 vs. Falcons
LAST GAME 9/25/05: Panthers 24 at Dolphins 27.  Miami S Lance Schulters intercepts pass with 1:51 remaining to set up Dolphins K Olindo Mare’s game-winning FG with 4 seconds left.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/15/98: Dolphins 13, Panthers 9.  Miami limits Carolina to 210 total yards as Dolphins S Brian Walker intercepts Panthers QB Steve Beuerlein twice.
BROADCAST NFLN (8:20 PM ET): Bob Papa, Matt Millen. Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 126 (Mia.), 125 (Car.).  XM: 124 (WW1), 103 (Mia.), 102 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Henne: 110-189-1,165-5-4-76.3 Delhomme: 145-245-1,658-7-13-67.0
RUSHING R. Williams: 105-558-5.3-6 D. Williams: 168-860 (3C)-5.1-7 (3C)
RECEIVING Bess: 40-334-8.4-0 S. Smith: 38-512-13.5-3
OFFENSE 316.2 331.2
TAKE/GIVE -1 -7
DEFENSE 337.0 314.6
SACKS Taylor: 5.5 Peppers: 7
INTs V. Davis (R): 2 Marshall, S. Martin (R): 3
PUNTING Fields: 45.8 Baker: 45.8
KICKING Carpenter: 68 (3C) (23/24 PAT; 15/16 FG) Kasay: 44 (20/20 PAT; 8/12 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: Have won 4 of past 6 vs. NFC…QB CHAD HENNE is 4-2 as starter & has completed 100 of 170 passes (58.8 pct.) for 1,073 yards with 5 TDs vs. 3 INTs…RB RICKY WILLIAMS gained season-high 102 rush yards last week.  Williams has 21 100-yard rush games w/Miami, most by any Dolphin.  Has 3 100-yard rush games vs. Panthers in 6 career meetings…Since ’08, WR DAVONE BESS leads team w/94 receptions…Rookie TE KORY SPERRY posted 1st career TD rec. in 1st NFL game last week…LB JASON TAYLOR has 2 sacks in 3 games vs. Car.  Taylor (126) needs 1 sack to surpass DERRICK THOMAS (126.5) for 11th-most sacks all-time…DE RANDY STARKS (4.5) needs 0.5 sack to surpass career-high of 4.5 as rookie in ’04…KR-WR TED GINN JR. ranks 1st in AFC & 3rd in NFL w/29.4 KR avg. & is tied for league-high w/2 KR-TDs…PANTHERS: QB JAKE DELHOMME passed for 285 yards & 3 TDs in only start vs. Mia.  Has won 4 of past 5 vs. AFC.  Had 115.8 rating last week.  In career as starter (incl. playoffs), when Delhomme has 110+ rating, team is 18-1 (.947)…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with rush TD.  Has rushed for 440 yards (110 per game) & 5 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC.  Has rushed for 832 yards (118.9 per game) & 10 TDs in past 7 in Nov.  Has rushed for 640 yards (128 per game) & 5 TDs in past 5.  RB JONATHAN STEWART has 12 rush TDs in 13 career home games (incl. playoffs) & had 2 TDs last week…WR STEVE SMITH had 11 catches for 170 yards (15.5 avg.) & 3 TDs in last meeting.  Had 2 TDs last week.  WR MUHSIN MUHAMMAD had 30-yard TD in last game vs. Mia. (11/5/06 with Chi.)…DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 21.5 sacks in past 23.  Rookie S SHERROD MARTIN had INT last week & has 3 INTs in past 3.  CB RICHARD MARSHALL has INT in 2 of past 3.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-0) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-4)

SERIES

    COLTS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER 6-2  
STREAKS Past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 0-0 Harbaugh: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 35-34 vs. Patriots W 16-0 at Browns
LAST GAME 10/12/08: Ravens 3 at Colts 31.  Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning throws 3 1st-half TD passes, incl. 2 to WR Marvin Harrison (67, 5), as Colts jump out to 24-0 lead.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/9/07: Colts 44, Ravens 20.  Manning passes for 4 TDs as Colts score 37 1st-half points to clinch 6th consecutive postseason berth.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  SIRIUS: 121 (Ind.), 129 (Bal.).  XM: 107 (Ind.).

STATS

PASSING Manning: 249-357-2,872 (1L)-20 (1L)-7-104.2 (1C) Flacco: 196-300-2,199-12-7-90.7
RUSHING Addai: 126-440-3.5-6 Rice: 128-662-5.2-6
RECEIVING Wayne: 69 (1L)-879 (2L)-12.7-8 (T1L) Rice (RB): 49-451-9.2-1
OFFENSE 401.1 (3L) 348.9
TAKE/GIVE +7 (2C) +4 (3C)
DEFENSE 322.7 302.8
SACKS Freeney: 9.5 (3L) J. Johnson: 6
INTs Bethea: 3 Landry: 3
PUNTING McAfee (R): 44.6 Koch: 45.3
KICKING Stover: 31 (13/13 PAT; 6/6 FG) ---

NOTES

COLTS: Have won franchise-record 18 consecutive regular-season games & can surpass 2003-04 Patriots for 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history…Incl. postseason, team seeks 7th consecutive win vs. Ravens…In past 6 (incl. playoffs) vs. Ravens, QB PEYTON MANNING has completed 118 of 184 passes (64.1 pct.) for 1,477 yards with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 102.1 passer rating.  Has 8 300-yard passing games in 9 contests in ’09.  Colts have won 13 consecutive games when Manning passes for 300+ yards…RB JOSEPH ADDAI scored 3 TDs in last game at Bal. (2 rush, 1 rec.)… Last week, WR REGGIE WAYNE posted 4th 100-yard rec. game of season & 3rd game w/10+ rec…TE DALLAS CLARK (320) is tied with HOFer JOHN MACKEY for most career rec. by TE in club history.  Clark (3,850) needs 150 rec. yards to become 2nd Colts TE with 4,000 (Mackey, 5,126)…DE DWIGHT FREENEY has 5 sacks in 4 road games in ’09...DE ROBERT MATHIS tied career high w/3 sacks in last game vs. Ravens.  Mathis aims for 5th consecutive game with at least 0.5 sack & has 4 sacks in past 4…RAVENS: In 4 games at home in ’09, QB JOE FLACCO is 3-1 & has completed 93 of 134 yards (69.4 pct.) for 1,010 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 96.9 passer rating.  Flacco (12) needs 3 TD passes to surpass 14 as rookie last year…RB RAY RICE aims for 7th consecutive game w/100+ total yards.  Rice seeks 5th consecutive game with rush TD.  RB WILLIS MC GAHEE (2,114) surpassed PRIEST HOLMES (2,102) for 2nd on Ravens all-time list…WR DERRICK MASON is averaging 14.7 yards per catch in ’09…WR MARK CLAYTON (2,954) needs 46 receiving yards to reach 3,000 career…LB RAY LEWIS (35.5 sacks, 28 INTs) needs 2 INTs to become 1st player in NFL history w/35 sacks & 30 INTs…LB JARRET JOHNSON has career-high 6 sacks in ’09…S DAWAN LANDRY had 48-yard INT-TD return last week…CB CHRIS CARR posted 1st INT w/Ravens last week.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-6) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (6-3)

SERIES

  REDSKINS COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER   57-37-2
STREAKS 2 of past 3 17 of past 23
COACHES VS. OPP. Zorn: 1-1 Phillips: 3-2
LAST WEEK W 27-17 vs. Broncos L 17-7 at Packers
LAST GAME 11/16/08: Cowboys 14 at Redskins 10.  Dallas QB Tony Romo throws TD pass to TE Martellus Bennett in 4th quarter.  RB Marion Barber rushes for 114 yards & TD in road win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/08: Redskins 26, Cowboys 24.  Washington QB Jason Campbell throws for 231 yards & 2 TDs & RB Clinton Portis adds 121 rush yards.  Redskins K Shaun Suisham has 4 FGs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 152 (Was.), 122 (Dal.).  XM: 108 (Dal.). 

STATS

PASSING Campbell: 168-254-1,870-10-8-87.9 Romo: 183-303-2,466 (3C)-14-6-93.5
RUSHING Portis: 124-494-4.0-1 Barber: 103-473-4.6-4
RECEIVING Moss: 35-508-14.5-2 Witten (TE): 49-438-8.9-1
OFFENSE 308.0 390.4 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE -6 -3
DEFENSE 288.3 (3C) 330.6
SACKS Carter: 8 (2C) Ware: 7
INTs Hall: 4 Jenkins: 3
PUNTING H. Smith: 42.5 McBriar: 45.3
KICKING Suisham: 50 (14/15 PAT; 12/12 FG) Folk: 66 (24/24 PAT; 14/18 FG)

NOTES

7 of past 10 in series decided by 5 points or less…REDSKINS: QB JASON CAMPBELL had 100.3 rating last week & team is 6-2 when he has 100+ mark.  In last meeting at Dal., completed 20 of 31 (64.5 pct.) for 231 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.4 rating.  Had career-high 348 yards at Dal. (11/18/07)…RB CLINTON PORTIS averages 108 scrimmage yards per game (11,659 yards, 108 games), 6th highest mark in NFL history (min. 100 games).  RB LADELL BETTS had 114 yards & TD last week.  Aims for 3rd in row with TD run.  FB MIKE SELLERS had 35-yard TD catch from P HUNTER SMITH last week…WR SANTANA MOSS has 26 catches for 494 yards (123.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 at Dal.  WR ANTWAAN RANDLE EL had TD catch in last meeting at Dal.  TE CHRIS COOLEY has 5 TDs in past 7 vs. Dal…DE ANDRE CARTER has 7 sacks in past 5.  LB BRIAN ORAKPO leads all NFL rookies with 7 sacks.  LB ROCKY MC INTOSH had INT in last meeting.  CB DE ANGELO HALL had INT in last game vs. Dal…COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO has won 13 of past 14 Nov. starts.  Team is 23-3 (.885) when he starts & has 100+ rating.  Has 593 yards (296.5 per game) & 7 TDs for 105.1 rating in past 2 meetings at home…RB MARION BARBER rushed for 114 yards & TD in last meeting.  Has 35 rush TDs since 2006, most in NFC & 3rd in NFL.  RB-KR FELIX JONES averages 41.8 yards per TD in career…WR MILES AUSTIN ties for 3rd in NFL with 7 rec. TDs.  Leads NFL with 6 rec. TDs of 20+ yards.  Had TD in last home game vs. Was.  WR ROY WILLIAMS had 5 catches for 105 yards & TD last week.  Since 2004, TE JASON WITTEN has 443 receptions, 2nd most among TEs.  Had 7 catches for 90 yards & TD in last home game vs. Was…LB DE MARCUS WARE aims for 7th in row vs. Was. with sack.  Has 41 sacks since 2007, most in NFL.  Team has won 8 in row when CB TERENCE NEWMAN has INT.  Has 7 INTs in past 10 meetings.  DT JAY RATLIFF had 2 sacks in last meeting.  LB VICTOR BUTLER is 3rd among rookies with 3 sacks.  DE STEPHEN BOWEN had sack & FF last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-8) AT DETROIT LIONS (1-8)

SERIES

  BROWNS LIONS
SERIES LEADER   13-4
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Mangini: 1-0 Schwartz: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-0 vs. Ravens L 27-10 at Vikings
LAST GAME 10/23/05: Lions 13 at Browns 10.  Detroit defense forces 3 turnovers & records 4 sacks & offense outgains Cleveland 329-174.  Lions QB Jeff Garcia rushes for team’s only TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/95: Lions 38, Browns 20.  Detroit RB Barry Sanders rushes for 157 yards & 3 TDs on 18 carries.  WR Herman Moore adds 9 receptions for 125 yards as Lions post 429 total yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Don Criqui, Randy Cross.  SIRIUS: 147 (Cle.), 155 (Det.).  XM: 110 (Det.). 

STATS

PASSING Quinn: 59-108-508-1-5-51.0 Stafford (R): 144-265-1,489-6-12-59.5
RUSHING Lewis: 108-385-3.6-0 K. Smith: 150-515-3.4-3
RECEIVING Furrey: 21-151-7.2-0 C. Johnson: 32-436-13.6-1
OFFENSE 214.3 293.9
TAKE/GIVE -13 -6
DEFENSE 394.1 386.2
SACKS Wimbley: 5 Peterson: 3.5
INTs Pool: 3 6 tied: 1
PUNTING Hodges: 39.2 N. Harris: 42.5
KICKING Dawson: 14 (2/3 PAT; 4/4 FG) Hanson: 49 (13/13 PAT; 12/15 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: QB BRADY QUINN posted season-high 205 passing yards in last game vs. NFC opponent (9/13/09, vs. Min).  Quinn will make 1st road start against NFC…RB JAMAL LEWIS gained 95 rush yards in only career meeting vs. Lions (10/9/05, w/Bal).  With 10 carries last week, Lewis (2,507) became 20th player in NFL history w/2,500 rush att…Rookie WR MOHAMED MASSAQUOI (2nd round, Georgia) averages 17.9 yards per catch (20 rec., 358 yards).  WR MIKE FURREY spent 3 seasons in Detroit (2006-08).  Furrey posted season-high 6 receptions last week…Rookie LB KALUKA MAIAVA (Round 4, USC) had career-high 8 tackles last week in 2nd career start…Club has 19 sacks after posting 17 in all of ’08…DT SHAUN ROGERS spent 1st 7 seasons (2001-07) w/Lions & selected to 2 Pro Bowls…LB KAMERION WIMBLEY aims for 4th consecutive game with sack on road in ’09…LB DAVID BOWENS tied career-high with 2 sacks last week…LIONS: Rookie head coach JIM SCHWARTZ started NFL career as scout with Browns (1993-95)…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 3 TD passes in past 2…RB KEVIN SMITH has TD in 3 of past 5 vs. AFC.  Has 3 100-yard rush games in career…WR CALVIN JOHNSON led team with 8 catches & 84 yards last week.  Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 9 in Nov.  Since 2008, ties for 6th in NFL with 13 TD rec.  Has 7 career 100-yard games, incl. 3 vs. AFC.  WR DENNIS NORTHCUTT was Browns 2nd-round pick in ’00 & played 7 seasons with Cle (2000-06).  TE WILL HELLER had TD catch last week.  WR BRYANT JOHNSON had TD reception in last game vs. Cle. (12/2/07, with Arz.)…LB LARRY FOOTE has started 11 games vs. Cle. in career & his teams are 11-0.  DE CLIFF AVRIL has 4.5 sacks, 4 FFs & FR in past 8 at home.  LB JULIAN PETERSON had INT in 9/21/03 game vs. Cle. (with SF.).  Rookie DT JOE COHEN had 1st career sack last week…K JASON HANSON needs 4 points to become 7th player in NFL history with 1,800 career.  Has made 42 FGs for 50+ yards, most in NFL history.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (5-4)

SERIES

  49ERS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   28-25-1
STREAKS   Past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Singletary: 0-0 McCarthy: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 10-6 vs. Bears W 17-7 vs. Cowboys
LAST GAME 12/10/06: Packers 30 at 49ers 19.  Green Bay QB Brett Favre passes for 293 yards & 2 TDs, including 68-yard TD to WR Donald Driver, who has 9 receptions & 160 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/23/03: Packers 20, 49ers 10.  Favre passes for 2 TDs, including 66-yarder to WR Javon Walker.  Packers RB Ahman Green rushes 27 times for 154 yards.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Chris Myers (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Dan Reeves.  SIRIUS: 156 (SF), 127 (GB).  XM: 104 (GB). 

STATS

PASSING A. Smith: 79-122-808-6-6-79.5 Rodgers: 189-296-2,444-17 (T3C)-5-101.8 (3C)
RUSHING Gore: 105-551-5.2-6 Grant: 168-700-4.2-4
RECEIVING V. Davis (TE): 45-493-11.0-7 (T3L) Driver: 41-663-16.2-4
OFFENSE 277.9 366.2
TAKE/GIVE +1 +13 (1L)
DEFENSE 336.0 282.3 (2C)
SACKS McDonald: 3 Matthews (R): 4
INTs Goldson, Willis: 2 Woodson: 5 (T3L)
PUNTING Lee: 47.6 (3L) Kapinos: 44.2
KICKING Nedney: 52 (22/22 PAT; 10/13 FG) Crosby: 68 (23/24 PAT; 15/20 FG)

NOTES

GAME FEATURES 1st 2 QBs selected in 2005 NFL Draft: ALEX SMITH (SF, No. 1) & AARON RODGERS (GB, No. 24). 49ERS: QB Smith had 69.6 comp. pct. last week & team is 5-0 when Smith completes 69+ pct. of his passes…RB FRANK GORE aims for 4th in row with rush TD.  Has 417 scrimmage yards (139 per game) in past 3 games.  Has 3 60+ yard TD runs this year, 1st RB with 3+ in season since 2003.  Has 5,889 scrimmage yards since start of 2006, 3rd most in NFL.  In last meeting, rushed for 130 yards & TD…TE VERNON DAVIS ties for 3rd in NFL with 7 rec. TDs.  Had career-long 52-yard TD in last meeting.  Rookie WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 3+ catches in each of 1st 4 starts.  WR ISAAC BRUCE ranks 2nd in career rec. yards (15,188), 5th in receptions (1,023) & 9th in rec. TD (91)…Last week, 5 49ers had INT for 1st time since 1986.  LB PATRICK WILLIS has 2.5 sacks, 23-yard INT-TD & 2 FFs in past 6.  DT AUBRAYO FRANKLIN had 1st career INT last week.  CB TARRELL BROWN had 51-yard INT last week… PACKERS: QB Rodgers ranks 4th in NFL with 101.8 rating…When RB RYAN GRANT 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)…WR GREG JENNINGS has 26 rec. TDs (811 yards) & averages 31.2 yards per TD.  11 of 26 TDs have been 40+ yards.  WR DONALD DRIVER had 9 catches for 160 yards & TD in last meeting.  TE SPENCER HAVNER has 4 TDs in past 4…CB CHARLES WOODSON had sack, INT & 2 FFs last week.  Has 24 INTs in 55 games with GB.  Has 24 INTs since 2006, 2nd most in NFL.  His 5 INT-TDs during that span lead NFL.  S NICK COLLINS had INT in last meeting.  Had 1st career sack last week vs. Dal.  LB CLAY MATTHEWS ranks 2nd among rookies with 4 sacks.  LB A.J. HAWK had 25-yard INT in last meeting.  LB NICK BARNETT tied career high with 2 sacks last week.  Packers are 11-1 (.917) when Barnett has 0.5+ sack.

BUFFALO BILLS (3-6) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (5-4)

SERIES

    BILLS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 5-3  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Fewell: 0-0 Del Rio: 2-3
LAST WEEK L 41-17 at Titans W 24-22 at Jets
LAST GAME 9/14/08: Bills 20 at Jaguars 16.  Buffalo overcomes 16-10 4th-quarter deficit as QB Trent Edwards connects with WR James Hardy on 7-yard TD & K Rian Lindell adds 45-yard FG.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/08
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Bill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein.  SIRIUS: 144 (Buf.), 108 (Jax.).  XM: 109 (Jax.). 

STATS

PASSING Edwards: 109-181-1,170-6-7-74.1 OR

Fitzpatrick: 38-77-362-2-4-49.8

Garrard: 178-292-2,088-7-5-83.5
RUSHING Jackson: 120-493-4.1-0 Jones-Drew: 169-860 (2C)-5.1-12 (1L)
RECEIVING Evans: 27-381-14.1-5 Sims-Walker: 39-603-15.5-5
OFFENSE 268.2 358.9
TAKE/GIVE +2 -1
DEFENSE 373.0 357.6
SACKS Schobel: 5 D. Smith: 1.5
INTs Byrd (R): 8 (1L) Mathis: 3
PUNTING Moorman: 46.3 (2C) Podlesh: 41.3
KICKING Lindell: 56 (14/14 PAT; 14/16 FG) Scobee: 49 (19/20 PAT; 10/16 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: Have won 2 of past 3 against Jaguars. Teams meet for 4th consecutive season…In only start vs. Jaguars, QB TRENT EDWARDS completed 20 of 25 passes (80.0 pct.) for 239 yards w/1 TD vs. 0 INTs & 119.8 passer rating.  Edwards 61.3 career completion pct. is highest in Bills history (min. 250 att.)…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH (2,405) needs 95 rush yards to reach 2,500 career.  RB FRED JACKSON recorded career-high 7 rec. & tied career-best in receiving yards w/83 in last game vs. Jax…WR TERRELL OWENS (14,488) needs 93 receiving yards to surpass MARVIN HARRISON (14,580) for 4th-most receiving yards all-time.  WR LEE EVANS had 2 TDs last week & posted his 7th career game w/2+ TD rec…Bills ranks 2nd in NFL w/16 INTs…DT MARCUS STROUD played 7 seasons in Jax. (2001-07) & was selected to 3 Pro Bowls…S JAIRUS BYRD (2nd round, Oregon) has INT in 5 consecutive games & is 1 of only 2 players since 1970 w/INT in 5 consecutive games in 1st season in NFL (ERIC HARRIS, KC, 1980; 6)…JAGUARS: Club aims for 4th consecutive win at home…QB DAVID GARRARD has completed 95 of 108 passes (65.3 pct.) for 1,204 passing yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 95.0 passer rating at home in ’09. Aims for 3rd consecutive game w/100+ passer rating (110.7, 101.6) & Jaguars are 16-4 (.800) when he has 100+ rating as starter.  Leads AFC & ranks 2nd among NFL QBs with 202 rush yards (AARON RODGERS, 229)…RB MAURICE JONES-DREW (12) needs 3 rush TDs to surpass FRED TAYLOR (14 in 1998) for most rush TDs in season in franchise history.  Jones-Drew (860) needs 140 rush yards to reach 1,000-yard mark for 1st time.  Aims for 4th consecutive game w/TD vs. Bills.  In past 4, Jones-Drew is averaging 132.5 rush yards per game w/7 rush TDs.  Leads NFL with 12 rush TDs in ’09…WR MIKE SIMS-WALKER is averaging 21.8 yards per catch in past 2 (9 rec., 196 yards)…LB DARYL SMITH has 100+ tackles in 4 consecutive seasons & leads team w/62 tackles in ’09…CB RASHEAN MATHIS posted 3rd INT of season last week & has franchise record 28 career INTs…DE QUENTIN GROVES posted 1st career INT last week.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-3) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-7)

SERIES

    STEELERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER 17-8  
STREAKS 3 of past 5 & 8 of past 11  
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 0-0 Haley: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 18-12 vs. Bengals W 16-10 at Raiders
LAST GAME 10/15/06: Chiefs 7 at Steelers 45.  Pittsburgh jumps to 31-0 lead with 1st-half scoring drives of 73, 58, 80, 65 & 76 yards en route to victory as Steelers climb back into AFC North race.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/03: Chiefs 41, Steelers 20.  Kansas City RB Priest Holmes scores 3 TDs & Chiefs defense forces 4 turnovers as club improves to 2-0.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon.  SIRIUS: 91 (Pit.), 130 (KC).  XM: 106 (Pit.). 

 

STATS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 205-302-2,469-14-8-97.1 Cassel: 144-259-1,472-10-6-75.3
RUSHING Mendenhall: 113-609-5.4-4 Charles: 47-255-5.4-1
RECEIVING Ward: 53-670-12.6-4 Charles (RB): 21-153-7.3-0
OFFENSE 364.7 266.6
TAKE/GIVE -3 +1
DEFENSE 277.4 (1C) 375.6
SACKS J. Harrison: 9 (3C) Gilberry: 3.5
INTs Polamalu: 3 M. Brown, Flowers: 2
PUNTING Sepulveda: 44.5 Colquitt: 45.0
KICKING Reed: 63 (24/24 PAT; 13/16 FG) Succop (R): 54 (12/12 PAT; 14/18 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS: Club aims for 3rd consecutive win against AFC West in ’09…In only start vs. Chiefs, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 16 of 19 passes (84.2 pct.) for 238 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 153.8 passer rating.  Has 3 TDs & 100+ passer rating in each of past 2 road games.  Incl. playoffs, team is 33-2 (.943), when Roethlisberger has 100+ passer rating…In past 2 on road, RB RASHARD MENDENHALL is averaging 116 rush yards per game (232 total).  RB WILLIE PARKER posted 109 rush yards (5.2 avg.) w/2 TDs in only meeting against Chiefs…WR HINES WARD aims for 2nd consecutive 100-yard receiving game at KC (146).  WR SANTONIO HOLMES (199) needs 1 reception for 200 career…Defense ranks 1st in AFC & 2nd in NFL (277.4 yards per game)…Club allows league-low 69.3 rush yards per game…LB JAMES FARRIOR leads team with 73 tackles…LB JAMES HARRISON (9) needs 1 sack to reach double-digit sacks in consecutive season for 1st time …CB IKE TAYLOR leads team w/10 passes defensed…CHIEFS:  Team has won 2 of past 3 at home against Steelers…QB MATT CASSEL has 12-11 record (.521) as starter...RB JAMAAL CHARLES averages 5.4 rush yards per carry in ’09 (47 att., 252 yards).  Charles posted 2nd career 100-yard rush game last week (103), incl. 44-yard rush TD (career-first)… In 2 games w/KC, WR CHRIS CHAMBERS has 6 receptions for 130 yards (21.7 avg.) w/2 TDs.  WR LANCE LONG made 1st career start last week…Defense allowed season-low 90 passing yards last week…LB DEMORRIO WILLIAMS leads team w/71 tackles…LB MIKE VRABEL originally was selected in 3rd-round by Pit. in ’97 & spent 4 seasons w/Steelers.  Posted INT in last game vs. Steelers (w/NE on 11/30/08)…S MIKE BROWN had career-high 2 INTs last week, incl. game-clinching INT w/38 seconds left in 4th qtr…DE WALLACE GILBERRY has career-high 3.5 sacks in ’09…P DUSTIN COLQUITT leads NFL w/27 punts inside of 20-yard line.  Colquitt needs 1 more punt inside 20-yard line to surpass career-high.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-6) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-1)

SERIES

  SEAHAWKS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER 6-4  
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Mora: 1-0 Childress: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 31-20 at Cardinals W 27-10 vs. Lions
LAST GAME 10/22/06: Vikings 31 at Seahawks 13.  Minnesota RB Chester Taylor has franchise-record

95-yard TD run & RB Mewelde Moore completes 15-yard TD pass to TE Jermaine Wiggins.

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/04: Seahawks 27, Vikings 23.  Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck throws for 334 yards & 3 TDs.  Seahawks K Josh Brown seals win on 28-yard FG with 3:40 remaining.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Dick Stockton, Charles Davis.  SIRIUS: 157 (Sea.), 125 (Min.).  XM: 102 (Min.). 

STATS

PASSING Hasselbeck: 150-255-1,622-11-6-82.2 Favre: 194-285-2,269-17 (T3C)-3-107.5 (1L)
RUSHING J. Jones: 107-392-3.7-2 Peterson: 181-917 (1C)-5.1-11 (1C)
RECEIVING Houshmandzadeh: 50 (3C)-582-11.6-3 Rice: 44-786 (1C)-17.9-2
OFFENSE 337.6 369.1
TAKE/GIVE -2 +4
DEFENSE 338.0 328.7
SACKS Jackson, Kerney: 4 J. Allen: 10.5 (1C)
INTs Hawthorne: 3 Greenway, Griffin: 2
PUNTING Ryan: 46.7 (3C) Kluwe: 43.8
KICKING Mare: 67 (19/19 PAT; 16/18 FG) Longwell: 77 (3C) (32/32 PAT; 15/16 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB MATT HASSELBECK completed 23 of 34 (67.6 pct.) for 334 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 103.4 rating in last start at Min.  In starts with 10+ att. & 90+ rating, his teams are 39-13 (.750).  Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ yards…RB JUSTIN FORSETT had career-high 123 rush yards & TD last week.  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…WR T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH had 9 catches for 165 yards (18.3 avg.) last week.  Ranks 2nd in NFL with 344 rec. since 2006.  WR NATE BURLESON has 9 rec. TDs in past 15.  Was drafted in 3rd round by Min. in 2003.  Played 3 seasons (2003-05) with Vikings & had 1,000-yard season in 2004.  TE JOHN CARLSON had 31-yard TD last week…LB DAVID HAWTHORNE has 2 sacks, 2 INTs & FF in past 3.  DE PATRICK KERNEY has 9 sacks in past 15.  Aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with 0.5+ sack.  LB LEROY HILL had sack & FF in last meeting…VIKINGS: Have scored in 33 of 36 quarters (91.7 pct.)…Incl. playoffs, QB BRETT FAVRE has 4 games vs. Sea. with 100+ rating & is 4-0.  Has 100+ rating in 5 of past 6…Since entering NFL in 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads league with 4,018 rush yards, 775 more than No. 2 CLINTON PORTIS (3,243).  RB CHESTER TAYLOR rushed for career-high 169 yards & TD (95 yards) in his last game vs. Sea…WR SIDNEY RICE had 7 catches for career-high 201 yards last week, 4th player in team history with 200+ yards.  Incl. playoffs,  WR BERNARD BERRIAN has 26 TDs & 18 have been 30+ yards.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 100+ yards.  WR-KR PERCY HARVIN leads NFL rookies with 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 KR).  TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE ties for 2nd among TEs with 6 TDs.  DE JARED ALLEN has 68 sacks since 2004, 1st in NFL.  Has 25 sacks in past 21 (incl. playoffs).  Had INT in last meeting (10/29/06 with KC).  DT KEVIN WILLIAMS had FR-TD in last meeting.  Aims for 4th meeting in row with sack.  LB E.J. HENDERSON had INT & 0.5 sack in last meeting.  DE RAY EDWARDS had 2 sacks last week.

ATLANTA FALCONS (5-4) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (5-4)

SERIES

  FALCONS GIANTS
SERIES LEADER 10-9  
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 0-0 Coughlin: 4-1
LAST WEEK L 28-19 at Panthers Bye (Week 9: L 21-20 vs. Chargers)
LAST GAME 10/15/07: Giants 31 at Falcons 10.  New York QB Eli Manning passes for 303 yards & 2 TDs as Giants win 4th consecutive game.  Giants outgain Falcons 491-284 in total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/04:  Falcons 14, Giants 10.  Atlanta QB Michael Vick passes for 115 yards & 2 TDs & rushes for 104 yards as Falcons spoil starting debut of New York QB Eli Manning.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 153 (Atl.), 123 (NYG).  XM: 105 (NYG). 

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 178-298-2,008-14-12-78.8 Manning: 165-275-2,070-15-8-89.5
RUSHING Turner: 165-831-5.0-10 (3L) Jacobs: 151-617-4.1-2
RECEIVING White: 47-668-14.2-6 Smith: 61 (2C)-719 (2C)-11.8-5
OFFENSE 342.8 377.7 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +2 +2
DEFENSE 371.0 274.4 (1L)
SACKS Babineaux, Biermann: 4 Umenyiora: 5
INTs DeCoud: 2 Thomas: 3
PUNTING Koenen: 43.3 Feagles: 39.3
KICKING Elam: 53 (26/27 PAT; 9/14 FG) Tynes: 82 (T1C) (25/25 PAT; 19/23 FG)

NOTES

ROAD TEAM has won every meeting in series since 1979 (12 games)…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN has won 16 of 1st 25 career starts.  Falcons are 8-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating…RB MICHAEL TURNER has 27 rush TDs since joining Atl. in 2008, most in NFL.  Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rush yards.  Has rushed for 428 yards (142.7 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3.  RB JERIOUS NORWOOD had 67-yard TD run in last meeting.  RB JASON SNELLING had 61 yards & TD last week.  Has 60+ rush yards in each of past 2 & previous career high was 47 yards…WR RODDY WHITE has 5 rec. TDs in past 6.  Has 4 rec. TDs of 20+ yards, tied for 2nd in NFL.  Had 7 catches for 98 yards last week.  TE TONY GONZALEZ had 6 catches for 67 yards last week…Defense has 6 INTs in 3 games vs. NYG QB Manning & aims for 4th in row with 2+ INTs.  DE JOHN ABRAHAM aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with sack & FF.  CB TYE HILL had FF in only game vs. NYG (9/14/08 with StL).  DT JONATHAN BABINEAUX has 3.5 sacks in past 3.  S THOMAS DE COUD has 2 INTs, 2 sacks & FF in past 5...GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING passed for 303 yards & 2 TDs in last start vs. Atl…RB BRANDON JACOBS (617 yards) & RB AHMAD BRADSHAW (515) are only NFC teammates with 500+ rush yards each.  In last meeting, Jacobs rushed for 86 yards on 13 att. (6.6 avg.)…WR STEVE SMITH is 2nd in NFC with 61 receptions & 719 yards.  Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches. Has 37 1st down receptions, 2nd most in NFC.  TE KEVIN BOSS aims for 3rd in row with TD catch.  Rookie WR HAKEEM NICKS has rec. TD in 4 of past 6.  Tied for lead among NFL rookies with 4 rec. TDs… When DE JUSTIN TUCK has sack (incl. playoffs), team is 15-3 (.833).  Have won 10 in row when Tuck has 1+ sack (incl. SB XLII).  Had sack in last meeting.  DE OSI UMENYIORA aims for 3rd in row with sack & FF.  Has 2.5 sacks & FF in past 3 meetings.  LB ANTONIO PIERCE had sack in last meeting.  LB MICHAEL BOLEY played 4 seasons with Atl. (2005-08).  Was 5th round pick by Falcons in 2005.  CB TERRELL THOMAS has INT in 2 of past 3 games.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-0) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-8)

SERIES

  SAINTS BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER 20-14  
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Payton: 3-3 Morris: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 28-23 at Rams L 25-23 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 11/30/08: Saints 20 at Buccaneers 23.  Tampa Bay K Matt Bryant kicks game-winning 37-yard FG with 1:55 remaining.  Buccaneers defense registers 2 INTs in final minutes of win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/08
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan.  SIRIUS: 126 (NO), 158 (TB).  XM: 103 (NO). 

STATS

PASSING Brees: 199-291-2,559 (1C)-19 (1C)-9-104.6 (2L) Freeman (R): 32-63-417-4-2-79.9
RUSHING P. Thomas: 94-492-5.2-5 Williams: 106-418-3.9-3
RECEIVING Colston: 39-613-15.7-6 Winslow (TE): 42-454-10.8-5
OFFENSE 426.1 (1L) 276.3
TAKE/GIVE +6 (3C) 0
DEFENSE 343.0 379.2
SACKS Smith: 7.5 (T3C) Wilkerson: 5.5
INTs Sharper: 7 (1C) Talib: 5 (T3L)
PUNTING Morstead (R): 43.0 D. Johnson: 41.4
KICKING Carney: 73 (40/42 PAT; 11/14 FG) Barth: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/5 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS: Are 9-0 for 1st time in team history.  Average 36.8 points per game, most in NFL…QB DREW BREES aims for 4th in row vs. division with 300+ yards.  In past 3 vs. division, has 1,024 yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs & 104.1 rating.  Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 16,469 pass yards.  Has 2,636 yards (329.5 per game), 24 TDs, 7 INTs & 118.9 rating in past 8 vs. NFC…RB-PR REGGIE BUSH had rush & rec. TD last week.  Has 2 TDs vs. TB (65-yard PR-TD & 42-yard rec. TD).  Has 30 career TDs (17 rush, 9 rec, 4 PR) & is only Saint to score via rush, rec. & PR.  RB PIERRE THOMAS aims for 4th in row vs. division with rush TD.  Had 20-yard TD catch in last meeting…WR MARQUES COLSTON had 6 catches for 106 yards in last meeting.  Has 10 TDs in past 12.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM aims for 3rd in row with TD.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has 458 receptions since 2002, 3rd most in NFL by TE.  KR COURTNEY ROBY had 97-yard KR-TD last week, his 1st TD since 2005…DE WILL SMITH has 5 sacks in past 3 & aims for 4th in row with sack.  S DARREN SHARPER has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. TB, incl. 88-yard INT-TD.  LB JONATHAN VILMA had sack in last meeting… BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN has 4 TDs in 1st 2 NFL starts…Team is 10-0 when RB CADILLAC WILLIAMS has 22+ carries.  Has 3 rush TDs in past 2 meetings.  Rushed for TD last week.  RB-KR CLIFTON SMITH is 2nd in NFL with 30.1 KR avg…WR ANTONIO BRYANT has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. NO (48 & 39 yards).  Has 19 catches for 345 yards (115 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 division games.  WR MAURICE STOVALL had 33-yard TD reception last week.  TE KELLEN WINSLOW had 7 catches for 102 yards last week, 2nd 100-yard game of season.  Since 2006, ranks 3rd among TEs with 256 catches.  WR SAMMIE STROUGHTER is tied for 3rd among NFC rookies with 15 1st down receptions…Defense has 198 INTs since 2000, 2nd most in NFL.  S TANARD JACKSON has 3 INTs in past 4, incl. 2 INT-TDs.  CB RONDE BARBER has posted 3 INTs in game 2 times, both vs. NO.  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 6.  LB QUINCY BLACK had 1st career INT last week…K CONNOR BARTH became 4th player in NFL history with 3 50+ yard FGs in game last week.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-3) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (1-8)

SERIES

  CARDINALS RAMS
SERIES LEADER   30-28-2
STREAKS Past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 4-0 Spagnuolo: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-20 vs. Seahawks L 28-23 vs. Saints
LAST GAME 12/7/08: Rams 10 at Cardinals 34.  Arizona defense scores 2 TDs to help Cardinals clinch franchise’s first division title since 1975.  WR Steve Breaston records 90 receiving yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08: Cardinals 34, Rams 13.  Arizona QB Kurt Warner throws for 343 yards & 2 TDs & Cardinals rookie RB Tim Hightower runs for 109 yards, including 30-yard TD.
BROADCAST FOX (3:05 PM ET): Ron Pitts, John Lynch.  SIRIUS: 121 (Arz.), 91 (StL.).  XM: 107 (Arz.).

STATS

PASSING Warner: 236-353-2,515 (2C)-18 (2C)-11-91.5 Bulger: 121-210-1,254-5-5-73.0
RUSHING B. Wells (R): 86-395-4.6-3 Jackson: 191-915 (3L)-4.8-2
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 63 (1C)-705 (3C)-11.2-8 (T1L) Jackson (RB): 33-231-7.0-0
OFFENSE 355.2 303.9
TAKE/GIVE -4 -5
DEFENSE 354.4 378.6
SACKS Haggans: 4.5 Little: 5
INTs Rolle: 4 J. Butler: 3
PUNTING Graham: 48.2 (1C) D. Jones: 45.1
KICKING Rackers: 61 (28/28 PAT; 11/12 FG) Jo. Brown: 34 (10/10 PAT; 8/11 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: In career at Edward Jones Dome, QB KURT WARNER has completed 566 of 843 (67.1 pct.) for 7,655 yards with 57 TDs vs. 30 INTs for 103.6 rating.  In starts (incl. playoffs) with 100+ rating (min. 15 att.), his teams are 42-4 (.913)…Rookie RB BEANIE WELLS rushed for career-high 85 yards & 2 TDs last week. RB TIM HIGHTOWER had 1st career 100-yard rush game vs. Rams (11/2/08).  Aims for 3rd in row vs. StL with rush TD…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has TD in 6 of past 7 meetings (7 TDs).  Has 27 rec. TDs since start of 2008 (incl. playoffs), most in NFL & 9 more than next player (RANDY MOSS, 18).  Since 2005, leads NFL in receptions (431) & yards (5,900).  WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had 105 yards last week, his franchise-best 25th 100-yard game.  WR STEVE BREASTON aims for 3rd in row with TD… S ADRIAN WILSON has 4.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 2 FFs & FR in past 6 meetings.  CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had 99-yard INT-TD in last meeting, tied for longest in team history.  S ANTREL ROLLE has 3 INTs in past 3 vs. StL, incl. 2 TDs.  DT DARNELL DOCKETT had 11-yard FR-TD in last meeting.  LB CLARK HAGGANS has 3 sacks in past 2… RAMS: QB MARC BULGER has TD pass in all career 12 starts vs. Arz.  Has passed for 2+ TDs in 6 of those meetings.  Had 298 yards & 2 TDs last week…RB STEVEN JACKSON is 2nd in NFC with 915 rush yards & aims for 4th in row with 130+ yards.  Needs 85 yards for 5th 1,000-yard season in row & would pass HOFer ERIC DICKERSON for most in team annals.  Has averaged 126 scrimmage yards per game since 2006, tops in NFL (6,174 yards, 49 games)…WR DONNIE AVERY had career-high 2 TDs last week.  Has 4 TD receptions in past 5.  In past 6, 15 of 16 catches (93.8 pct.) have been 1st down or TD.  Rookie WR BRANDON GIBSON had career-high 93 yards & 7 rec. last week…S OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE has 7 FFs & 5 INTs in past 13 in Nov.  Had INT last week & has 15 INTs since 2007, tied for 3rd most in NFL.  Has 2 INTs vs. Arz., incl. 52-yard INT-TD.  DE LEONARD LITTLE has 5 sacks in past 7.  DE JAMES HALL has 3 sacks & INT vs. Arz.  CB RON BARTELL had INT in last meeting.  DE CHRIS LONG aims for 3rd in row with sack.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (6-3) AT DENVER BRONCOS (6-3)

SERIES

    CHARGERS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER   54-44-1
STREAKS 5 of past 7 16 of past 25
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 4-7 McDaniels: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 31-23 vs. Eagles L 27-17 at Redskins
LAST GAME 10/19/09: Broncos 34 at Chargers 23.  Denver WR Eddie Royal becomes 11th player in NFL history with PR-TD (71) & KR-TD (93) in same game as Broncos improve to 6-0.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/08: Broncos 39, Chargers 38.  Denver QB Jay Cutler passes for 350 yards & 4 TDs. WR Brandon Marshall totals 18 receptions for 166 yards & 1 TD.
BROADCAST CBS (2:15 PM MT): Dick Enberg, Dan Fouts.  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone.  SIRIUS: 125 (SD), 123 (Den.).  XM: 105 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 186-299-2,476-16-6-97.9 Orton: 181-287-2,031-11-4-91.1
RUSHING Tomlinson: 115-385-3.3-5 Moreno (R): 132-520-3.9-2
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 49-668-13.6-2 Marshall: 49-602-12.3-6
OFFENSE 334.9 328.8
TAKE/GIVE +2 +3
DEFENSE 326.7 292.2 (3C)
SACKS Phillips: 5 Dumervil: 11.5 (1L)
INTs Cason, Cromartie: 2 Goodman: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 46.2 (3C) Berger: 39.7
KICKING Kaeding: 75 (2C) (27/27 PAT; 16/19 FG) Prater: 59 (17/17 PAT; 14/18 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: Team seeks 5th consecutive road win vs. AFC West…QB PHILIP RIVERS has 5-2 record against Broncos & has completed 120 of 178 passes (67.4 pct.) for 1,818 yards with 13 TDs (most against any opponent) vs. 3 INTs for 118.1 passer rating.  Rivers is 9-2 (.818) vs. AFC West on road with 20 TDs vs. 9 INTs & 98.4 passer rating.  Has at least 84.5 passer rating in all 9 games in ’09…RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON averages 94.4 rush yards per game vs. AFC West in career (5,005 total).  Tomlinson recorded 145th & 146th career TDs last week & surpassed MARCUS ALLEN (144) for 3rd-most TDs all-time (JERRY RICE, 208; EMMITT SMITH, 175)…TE ANTONIO GATES (449) needs 1 reception to reach 450…WR VINCENT JACKSON (7) needs 1 TD rec. to surpass career set in ’08.  Jackson (732) needs 268 rec. yards to become 1st Chargers WR since TONY MARTIN (1995-96) to reach 1,000 in back-to-back seasons…CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE has 2 INTs in past 3.  LB BRANDON SILER had 1st career sack last week…KR-RB DARREN SPROLES had 77-yard KR-TD in last game vs. Den…BRONCOS: Have won 7 of past 9 at home vs. Chargers…QB KYLE ORTON posted 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115.4 passer rating in last game vs. SD.  Orton has 18-3 (.857) career record at home.  QB CHRIS SIMMS saw 1st action w/Broncos last week…RB KNOWSHON MORENO (Round 1, Georgia) leads NFL rookies with 520 rush yards…WR BRANDON MARSHALL aims for 3rd consecutive 100-yard rec. game & is averaging 123 in past 2.  Seeks 100 rec. yards in 3 games in row in same season for 1st time …Club ranks 3rd in AFC & 6th in NFL allowing 292.2 yards per game…Team ranks 1st in AFC & tied for 2nd in NFL with 29 sacks…LB-DE ELVIS DUMERVIL needs 1.5 sacks to surpass career-high of 12.5 in ’07…CB CHAMP BAILEY (44) ranks 1st among NFL CBs for most INTs since ’99.  CB TY LAW aims for 3rd game in row w/INT vs. SD (9/30/07 & 12/2/07 w/KC)…In last game vs. SD, KR-WR EDDIE ROYAL became 11th player in NFL history with KR-TD (93) & PR-TD (71) in same game.

NEW YORK JETS (4-5) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-3)

SERIES

  JETS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 50-47-1  
STREAKS Past 2 10 of past 13
COACHES VS. OPP. Ryan: 1-0 Belichick: 13-8
LAST WEEK L 24-22 vs. Jaguars L 35-34 at Colts
LAST GAME 9/20/09: Patriots 9 at Jets 16.  New York’s Mark Sanchez throws 9-yard TD to TE Dustin Keller for game’s lone TD & becomes 4th rookie QB to start & win team’s 1st 2 games since 1970.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/13/08: Jets 34, Patriots 31 (OT).  New England WR Randy Moss catches TD with 1 second remaining to force OT.  New York K Jay Feely converts game-winning 34-yarder.
BROADCAST CBS (4:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms.  SIRIUS: 158 (NYJ), 126 (NE).  XM: 103 (NE).

 

STATS

PASSING Sanchez (R): 130-244-1,655-9-12-66.5 Brady: 233-352-2,739 (2L)-19 (T2L)-6-100.6 (2C)
RUSHING Jones: 170-781-4.6-8 (T2C) Maroney: 94-378-4.0-4
RECEIVING Cotchery: 33-498-15.1-2 Welker: 64 (T2L)-662-10.3-4
OFFENSE 339.9 416.8 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE -2 +8 (1C)
DEFENSE 281.6 (3L) 304.6
SACKS Pace: 4 Wright: 4
INTs Revis: 2 3 tied: 2
PUNTING Weatherford: 41.9 Hanson: 39.6
KICKING Feely: 67 (19/19 PAT; 16/18 FG) Gostkowski: 83 (1L) (26/26 PAT; 19/22 FG)

NOTES

JETS: Team aims for 3rd consecutive win against Pats for 1st time since 11/15/99-9/23/01 (4 in row)…Club ranks 1st in NFL w/170.1 rush yards per game…In 1st meeting vs. Patriots, QB MARK SANCHEZ completed 14 of 22 passes (63.6 pct.) for 163 yards w/1 TD vs. 0 INTs & 101.1 passer rating.  In past 3, Sanchez has 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 86.4 passer rating…RB THOMAS JONES recorded 104 rush yards with 1 TD in last game at NE.  Jones has 6 rush TDs in 4 road games in ’09 & aims for 5th consecutive game w/1 or more rush TDs on road this season…WR JERRICHO COTCHERY (293) needs 7 receptions to become 13th Jet to register 300 receptions.  In only game vs. Patriots (on 10/7/07 w/Browns), WR BRAYLON EDWARDS posted 6 rec. for 110 yards (18.3 avg.).  Edwards (3,968) needs 32 receiving yards to reach 4,000.  Has 13 1st downs out of 16 rec. (81.3 pct.) since joining Jets…TE DUSTIN KELLER tied career-high w/ 8 receptions in last game at NE…Pro Bowl CB DARRELLE REVIS has 2 INTs in past 4 vs. NE…PATRIOTS: Since 2000 (incl. postseason), club has 13-7 (.650) record vs. Jets under BILL BELICHICK…Patriots have 41-12 (.773) record against  divisional opponents since ’01…QB TOM BRADY (29,185) needs 473 passing yards to surpass DREW BLEDSOE (29,657) for most passing yards in franchise history.  Incl. playoffs, Brady is 12-3 (.800) as starter vs. Jets w/17 TDs vs. 7 INTs & 88.2 passer rating.  Incl. postseason, Brady aims for 21st consecutive win at home.  Has posted 4 consecutive 300-yard passing games (career-long)…RB LAURENCE MARONEY aims for 5th game in row w/rush TD.  Incl. playoffs, Patriots are 15-2 (.882) when Maroney has rush TD.  RB KEVIN FAULK had season-high 79 rush yards last week on 12 att. (6.6 avg.)…WR RANDY MOSS aims for 3rd consecutive 100-yard receiving game (147, 179).  WR WES WELKER aims for 5th consecutive game w/9 or more rec. (38 total in those 4).  Welker (287) needs 13 receptions to reach 300 w/Patriots (2007-present)...LB JEROD MAYO recorded 1st career sack last week.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-2) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-7)

SERIES

    BENGALS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER   17-8
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 1-1 Cable: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 18-12 at Steelers L 16-10 vs. Chiefs
LAST GAME 12/10/06: Raiders 10 at Bengals 27.  Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer passes for 297 yards & 2 TDs as Bengals win 4th consecutive game & outgain Oakland 439-223 in total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/03: Raiders 23, Bengals 20.  Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski kicks game-winning 39-yard FG with 9 seconds remaining.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots.  SIRIUS: 127 (Cin.), 130 (Oak.).  XM: 104 (Cin.).

STATS

PASSING C. Palmer: 178-290-2,010-14-7-88.1 J. Russell: 96-205-1,064-2-9-47.7 OR

Gradkowski: 17-30-163-0-2-44.2

RUSHING Benson: 205-859 (3C)-4.2-6 Bush: 77-350-4.5-2
RECEIVING Ochocinco: 46-668-14.5-5 Z. Miller (TE): 29-430-14.8-1
OFFENSE 334.2 222.0
TAKE/GIVE +3 -8
DEFENSE 314.4 367.1
SACKS Fanene: 5 Ellis, Seymour: 4
INTs Hall, Joseph: 4 (T2C) Huff, C. Johnson: 3
PUNTING Huber (R): 43.5 Lechler: 51.5 (1L)
KICKING Graham: 52 (19/20 PAT; 11/15 FG) Janikowski: 46 (7/7 PAT; 13/14 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: Team is 4-0 on road in ’09 & aims for 5th consecutive road win for 1st time in franchise history…Bengals are 26-1 (.962) under MARVIN LEWIS when rusher carries 25+ times…QB CARSON PALMER (121) needs 4 TD passes for 125 career & would be 3rd Bengal in franchise history to reach mark…Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 111.0 passer rating in past 3…RB CEDRIC BENSON (859) needs 141 rush yards for 1st 1,000-yard season.  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)…WR CHAD OCHOCINCO averages 116 rec. yards per game vs. Oak. & aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ yards (131, 101) vs. Oak.…Club has 9 INTs in past 5…DE FROSTEE RUCKER recorded 1st career INT last week…DT JONATHAN FANENE has career-high 5 sacks in ’09, incl. career-best 2 last week…CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (13) & CB LEON HALL (12) have totaled 25 passes defensed this season…RAIDERS: Club 8-0 all-time vs. Cin. in games played in Oak. (since 10/27/68)…QB JA MARCUS RUSSELL (3,863) needs 137 passing yards to reach 4,000 for career.  In only career start vs. Cin. (w/TB on 10/15/06), QB BRUCE GRADKOWSKI posted 2 TDs vs. 1 INT…RB MICHAEL BUSH had 1st 100-yard rush game of season & 2nd of career last week (119)…RB JUSTIN FARGAS averages 6.2 yards per carry vs. Cin. (15 att., 93 yards).  Fargas aims for 3rd game in row with TD…For career, WR CHAZ SCHILENS averages 14.1 yds per catch…TE ZACH MILLER ranks 6th in club history among TEs in rec. (129) & rec. yards (1,652)… Defense has 10 sacks in past 4…Since ’08, CB CHRIS JOHNSON leads team w/6 INTs & aims for 3rd game in row w/INT…DE RICHARD SEYMOUR (43) & DE GREG ELLIS (81) have totaled 124 career sacks…LB KIRK MORRISON leads team with 80 tackles.  Rookie DE MATT SHAUGHNESSY (Round 3, Wisc.) aims for 3rd consecutive game with sack.

SUNDAY NIGHT

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (4-5)

SERIES

  EAGLES BEARS
SERIES LEADER   26-8-1
STREAKS 4 of past 6 Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 5-2 Smith: 2-1
LAST WEEK L 31-23 at Chargers L 10-6 at 49ers
LAST GAME 9/28/08: Eagles 20 at Bears 24.  Chicago QB Kyle Orton ties career-high with 3 TD passes, including 1 to WR Devin Hester late in 1st half to give Bears lead for good.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/08
BROADCAST NBC (7:20 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Andrea Kremer (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 125 (WW1), 127 (Phi.), 126 (Chi.).  XM: 102 (WW1)

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