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AL champion Kansas City Royals announce World Series roster

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 21, 2014) - The Kansas City Royals have announced their 25-man roster that they will use in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. The 2014 World Series is being televised by FOX and MLB International, with radio broadcasts on ESPN Radio as well as the Royals Radio Network.

 

 

 

 

No. Pitchers (11)

55 Tim Collins

17 Wade Davis

41 Danny Duffy

27 Brandon Finnegan

54 Jason Frasor

11 Jeremy Guthrie

40 Kelvin Herrera

56 Greg Holland

33 James Shields

51 Jason Vargas

30 Yordano Ventura

 

No. Catchers (2)

19 Erik Kratz

13 Salvador Perez

 

No. Infielders (6)

16 Billy Butler

2 Alcides Escobar

35 Eric Hosmer

14 Omar Infante

8 Mike Moustakas

12 Jayson Nix

 

No. Outfielders (6)

23 Nori Aoki

6 Lorenzo Cain

1 Jarrod Dyson

4 Alex Gordon

0 Terrance Gore

7 Josh Willingham

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY KANSAS CITY ROYALS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

NL champion San Francisco Giants announce World Series roster

KANSAS CITY, MO — The San Francisco Giants set their 25-man roster for the 2014 World Series vs. the Kansas City Royals, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced Tuesday.

The Giants will enter the World Series with 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders. The roster includes:

Pitchers (12)
41 Jeremy Affeldt LHP
40 Madison Bumgarner LHP
46 Santiago Casilla RHP
17 Tim Hudson RHP
55 Tim Lincecum RHP
49 Javier Lopez LHP
63 Jean Machi RHP
22 Jake Peavy RHP
52 Yusmeiro Petit RHP
54 Sergio Romo RHP
60 Hunter Strickland RHP
32 Ryan Vogelsong RHP
Catchers (2)
28 Buster Posey C
34 Andrew Susac C
Infielders (6)
13 Joaquin Arias IF
9 Brandon Belt IF
35 Brandon Crawford IF
50 Matt Duffy IF
12 Joe Panik IF
48 Pablo Sandoval IF
Outfielders (5)
7 Gregor Blanco OF
45 Travis Ishikawa OF
38 Michael Morse OF
8 Hunter Pence OF
2 Juan Perez OF

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressboxcom

NFL NFC Notes for Week 8

SHOWDOWN IN THE DESERT: EAGLES (5-1) VISIT CARDINALS (5-1)

 

As the NFL enters Week 8, there are four teams – three in the NFC – with one loss: Dallas (6-1), Arizona (5-1), Denver (5-1) and Philadelphia (5-1). On Sunday, the Eagles will visit the Cardinals in one of the marquee games of Week 8.

 

The two teams have met 114 times in the regular season and this will be the first meeting when both teams are 5-1 or better at least six games into a season.

 

A look at the two teams so far in 2014:

 

TEAM OVERALL DIVISION CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Philadelphia 5-1 2-0 3-1 .415
Arizona 5-1 1-0 3-0 .475

 

NOTABLE OFFENSIVE STAT:

 

The Eagles are averaging 30.5 points per game, the highest in the NFC and the third-best mark in the league. Philadelphia has scored 21 total touchdowns – 10 passing, four rushing and seven return scores. The Eagles are one of three teams in the NFL to average at least 260 net passing yards per game (262.3) and 115 rushing yards per game (116.0).

 

The Cardinals have thrown a league-best one interception this season and the team’s 0.5 interception percentage (one interception, 209 attempts) leads the NFL. CARSON PALMER and DREW STANTON have each started three games at quarterback and rookie LOGAN THOMAS and wide receiver TED GINN, JR. have also thrown at least one pass for Arizona.

 

NOTABLE DEFENSIVE STAT:

 

Philadelphia has scored three defensive touchdowns this season, the most in the NFL. The Eagles have returned two fumbles for a touchdown (FLETCHER COX and CEDRIC THORNTON) and have recorded one interception-return score (MALCOLM JENKINS).

 

Arizona leads the NFL in rushing defense, allowing 72.5 yards per game and only 3.15 yards per carry. Under defensive coordinator TODD BOWLES, the Cardinals are the only team in the league that has not allowed an opposing team to rush for 100 yards in a game.

 

NOTABLE SPECIAL TEAMS STAT:

The Eagles lead the NFL with seven return touchdowns and no other team has more than three. Of Philadelphia’s seven return touchdowns, four have come on special teams via two blocked punt returns (BRAD SMITH and CHRIS MARAGOS), a kickoff return (CHRIS POLK) and a punt return (DARREN SPROLES).

Arizona rookie kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO has yet to miss a kick, connecting on all 15 field-goal attempts and 11 PATs. Catanzaro’s streak of 15 consecutive field goals made without a miss to start a season is tied for the longest in NFL history by a rookie (St. Louis’ GREG ZUERLEIN, 2012). This season, Catanzaro is the only kicker in the NFL with at least 15 field goals without a miss.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Randall Liu of NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL AFC Notes for Week 8

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jon Zimmer of NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com


RED-ZONE TD EFFICIENCY A KEY TO VICTORY

This week’s primetime Thursday Night Football game will feature two of the NFL’s most efficient teams in the red zone – Denver and San Diego.

The Broncos (5-1) and Chargers (5-2) have each scored points on their past 53 offensive trips inside the 20-yard line, tied for the longest active streak in the NFL.

Scoring points as often as possible is important in the red zone, but it’s touchdowns that can really make the difference.

“It’s obviously important to get seven instead of three,” says NFL Network analyst and former scout DANIEL JEREMIAH. “When you’re getting touchdowns, it does a couple of things. Obviously you get the momentum in the football game. Also, expanding your lead and allowing the pass rush on the other side to really crank up. It’s huge.”

This season, Denver has scored touchdowns on 15 of 19 red zone trips (NFL-best 78.9 percent) along with four field goals. All 25 of San Diego’s trips into the red zone have resulted in points in 2014, including 14 touchdowns and 11 field goals.

The Broncos, Chargers and Seahawks are the only three NFL teams to score points on every red zone possession this season.

Since quarterback PEYTON MANNING joined the Broncos in 2012, Denver has scored 105 touchdowns in 152 total red zone trips, the best mark in the NFL during that span. This season, 12 of Manning’s 19 touchdown passes have come inside the 20-yard line.

Broncos cornerback AQIB TALIB thinks the reason for Denver’s red zone effectiveness is clear.

“It’s Peyton,” says Talib.

As he’s done throughout his career, Manning utilizes the whole field and finds the open receiver in the end zone, regardless of who it might be.

“One of the reasons why the Broncos have been so successful in the red zone is they have a lot of different guys they can go to,” says Jeremiah. “You have a big time tight end in JULIUS THOMAS who is a matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties. You have DEMARYIUS THOMAS who they can use on a lot of different things going up to get the football. And you have a guy in WES WELKER who is really, really quick. You have a lot of different ways you can deploy your schemes.”

The NFL teams with the best red-zone touchdown efficiency since 2012:

TEAM RZ TDs RZ TRIPS RZ TD PCT.
Denver Broncos 105 152 .691
New Orleans Saints 86 138 .623
Cincinnati Bengals 74 120 .617
New England Patriots 98 159 .616
Dallas Cowboys 76 124 .613

NFL Week 8 Pre-Game Capsules

WEEK 8 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-2) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-1)

SERIES

CHARGERS BRONCOS
THURS. RECORD 7-6-1 8-10
SERIES LEADER 58-49-1
STREAKS 4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. McCoy: 1-1 Fox: 6-3
LAST WEEK L 23-20 vs. Chiefs W 42-17 vs. 49ers
LAST REG-SEA GAME 12/12/13: Chargers 27 at Broncos 20. San Diego RB Ryan Mathews rushes for 127 yards & TD. Chargers rookie WR Keenan Allen has 2 TD receptions (19, 10) in 2nd quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/13
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Chad Brown (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (SD), 92 (Den.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SD), 226 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 155-230-1961 (3L)-17 (3C)-3-113.0 (3L) Manning: 149-217-1848-19 (T1L)-3-118.2 (1L)
RUSHING Oliver (R): 72-316-4.4-2 Hillman: 55-240-4.4-2
RECEIVING K. Allen: 34-354-10.4-0 D. Thomas: 39-662 (3C)-17.0-6 (T3C)
OFFENSE 360.0 394.0 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE +6 (2C) +2
DEFENSE 316.4 (3C) 316.8
SACKS Liuget: 2.5 V. Miller: 8 (1L)
INTs Flowers: 2 (T3C) Talib, Moore: 2 (T3C)
PUNTING Scifres: 45.7 Colquitt: 45.8
KICKING Novak: 62 (20/20 PAT; 14/14 FG) McManus (R): 41 (23/23 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has won 5 of past 6 vs. AFC West, passing for 1,506 yards & 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 107.5 rating. Has 120+ rating in 5 of past 6. Chargers are 35-3 (.921) when Rivers starts & has 120+ rating…RB BRANDEN OLIVER (undrafted) leads NFL rookies with 316 yards on 72 att. (4.4 average) with 2 TDs…TE ANTONIO GATES (9,556) needs 29 receiving yards to surpass HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (9,584) for most in club history. Needs 4 catches to become 4th TE in NFL history with 750 career. WR EDDIE ROYAL has 5 TDs in past 5. WR KEENAN ALLEN had 2 TD catches in last meeting…DE COREY LIUGET has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC West. DE DWIGHT FREENEY has at least half sack in 3 of past 4 vs. Den. (with Ind.). S ERIC WEDDLE has 13 INTs since 2011, most in AFC… BRONCOS: QB PEYTON MANNING (510) had 4 pass TDs last week, surpassing BRETT FAVRE (508) for most in NFL history. Has 33 career 4-TD games, most in NFL history, & his teams are 30-3 (.909) in those games. Aims for 13th in row with 2+ TDs…RB RONNIE HILLMAN rushed for 74 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. In 2 career starts, has 174 rush yards & 2 TDs…In past 3, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 26 catches for 521 yards (20 avg.) & 5 TDs, most rec. yards of any 3-game span in club history. Since 2012, leads NFL with 30 TD catches. WRs WES WELKER & EMMANUEL SANDERS each had 1st TD of season last week. TE JULIUS THOMAS leads all NFL players with 9 TDs. Needs 1 TD to become 1st TE in Broncos history with 10+ TDs in consecutive seasons…Broncos are only NFL team with 2 players with 7+ sacks each (LBs VON MILLER & DE MARCUS WARE). Since entering NFL in 2011, Miller leads AFC with 43 sacks, including 2 vs. SF. Ware had 3 sacks last week, most since joining Den. CB AQIB TALIB aims for 3rd in row with INT.

NFL INTERNATIONAL SERIES, WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON, ENGLAND

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014

DETROIT LIONS (5-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (2-5)

SERIES

LIONS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 23-12
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 0-1 Smith: 3-0
LAST WEEK W 24-23 vs. Saints L 29-7 at Ravens
LAST GAME 12/22/12: Falcons 31 at Lions 18. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan completes 25 of 32 passes for 279 yards & 4 TDs (142.6 rating). Falcons WR Roddy White catches 8 passes for 153 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE
BROADCAST FOX (9:30 AM ET, 1:30 PM GMT): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 93 (WW1), 92 (Det.), 135 (Atl.). XM: 227 (WW1), 226 (Det.), 225 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 159-252-1891 (3C)-9-6-87.9 Ryan: 178-278-2078 (1C)-13-7-91.7
RUSHING Bell: 84-274-3.3-3 (T3C) S. Jackson: 77-285-3.7-2
RECEIVING Tate: 48 (3C)-649 (3C)-13.5-2 J. Jones: 49 (3L)-676 (2C)-13.8-3
OFFENSE 332.1 387.7
TAKE/GIVE +1 -1
DEFENSE 290.3 (1L) 412.1
SACKS G. Johnson: 4 Massaquoi: 2
INTs Quin: 3 (T1C) Alford: 2
PUNTING Martin: 48.1 (3C) Bosher: 44.4
KICKING Prater: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/4 FG) Bryant: 45 (21/21 PAT; 8/10 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 443 yards in last meeting. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 16,546 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 rush) in past 5 vs. Atl. RB JOIQUE BELL aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…In 3 meetings, WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 23 catches for 447 yards (149 per game) & TD. In last game vs. Atl., had 11 catches for 225 yards. Has 5 career 200-yard games, tied for most in NFL history. Since 2011, leads NFL with 5,485 rec. yards & 107.5 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 100+ yards & TD (incl. playoffs). Had 10 catches for 154 yards & TD (73 yards) last week. Has 3 100-yard games in past 4…LB DE ANDRE LEVY has 18 tackles in 2 meetings. Leads team with 68 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by LB. S GLOVER QUIN aims for 3rd in row with INT. DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 1.5 sacks in 2 games vs. Atl. & aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sack…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN is 3-0 vs. Det. with 108.5 rating. Has 135+ rating in 2 of 3 meetings. In last start vs. Det., had 4 TDs & 142.6 rating. When Ryan starts & has 100+ rating, Falcons are 36-2 (.947)…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 522 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game), 397 rush yards (99.3 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 games vs. Det. RB ANTONE SMITH has 7 career TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.), all 35+ yards…WR RODDY WHITE had 8 catches for 153 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 3 TDs in past 2 vs. Det. Had 9 catches for 100 yards & TD last week. WR JULIO JONES had TD catch in last meeting…DE OSI UMENYIORA was born in London. In last game vs. Det. (10/17/10 with NYG), had 2 sacks & 2 FFs. Played at Wembley on 10/28/07 with NYG vs. Mia. in 1st International Series Game. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 74 tackles. CB ROBERT ALFORD had career-high 2 INTs last week. Leads team with 9 PD.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3-1)

SERIES

SEAHAWKS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 4-2
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 3-0 Rivera: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 28-26 at Rams L 38-17 at Packers
LAST GAME 9/8/13: Seahawks 12 at Panthers 7. Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse catches 43-yard TD pass from QB Russell Wilson. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin adds 7 catches for 91 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Sea.) 126 (Car.). XM: 232 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Wilson: 115-175-1291-10-2-101.9 (3C) Newton: 125-206-1472-8-3-89.3
RUSHING Lynch: 97-420-4.3-3 (T3C) Newton (QB): 38-190-5.0-1
RECEIVING Baldwin: 23-310-13.5-1 Olsen (TE): 41-493-12.0-5
OFFENSE 357.0 342.0
TAKE/GIVE +1 +4 (T3C)
DEFENSE 324.0 388.3
SACKS Bennett: 3 Addison: 4
INTs Chancellor, Maxwell: 1 Harper: 3 (T1C)
PUNTING Ryan: 45.2 Nortman: 48.8 (2L)
KICKING Hauschka: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/12 FG) Gano: 54 (15/15 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON has won both career starts vs. Car. In last meeting, had 320 pass yards & 115.7 rating. Last week, passed for 313 yards (110.1 rating) & rushed for 106 yards, 1st QB in NFL history with 300+ pass & 100+ rush yards in game. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3 games…In 12/5/10 meeting, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH rushed for 3 TDs, tied for his most in game. Has TD in 8 of past 10 (incl. playoffs) & has 11 TDs in those 10 (8 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 7 catches for 91 yards in last meeting. Had 7 catches for 123 yards & TD last week. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 43-yard TD in last meeting. TE COOPER HELFET had 1st career TD last week…Since entering league in 2011, CB RICHARD SHERMAN leads NFL with 20 INTs. LB BOBBY WAGNER had sack in 10/7/12 game vs. Car. Leads team with 50 tackles. S KAM CHANCELLOR & LB K.J. WRIGHT tie for 2nd on club with 44 tackles. DE MICHAEL BENNETT has sack in 3 of past 4 meetings. LB BRUCE IRVIN had 2 sacks & FF in last game vs. Car. In last meeting, S EARL THOMAS & CB BYRON MAXWELL each had FF. LB MALCOLM SMITH had 10 tackles & FF last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 9 of past 10 starts at home. In those 10, has 98.3 rating, 16 pass TDs & 3 rush TDs…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS had 100 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 14 rec.) in last meeting. RB JONATHAN STEWART rushed for 92 yards & TD in 12/5/10 meeting…In 1/16/11 Div. Playoff vs. Sea. (with Chi.), TE GREG OLSEN had 3 catches for 113 yards (37.7 avg.) & TD (58 yards). Had 8 catches for 105 yards last week. Leads team with 5 rec. TDs, his 7th consecutive season with 5+ TDs. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 477 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY had 6 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Sea. (12/21/08 with NYJ). LB LUKE KUECHLY has 20 tackles in 2 meetings & had INT in 10/7/12 game vs. Sea. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 402 tackles. LB THOMAS DAVIS had sack last week. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack, FF & FR in last game vs. Sea. Had sack last week. S ROMAN HARPER has 2 sacks, FF & FR in 3 meetings. Ties for NFC lead with 3 INTs. DT DWAN EDWARDS ties for 4th in NFC by DT with 3 sacks.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-2-1)

SERIES

RAVENS BENGALS
SERIES LEADER 20-17
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 7-6 Lewis: 13-10
LAST WEEK W 29-7 vs. Falcons L 27-0 at Colts
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Bengals 23 at Ravens 16. Bengals QB Andy Dalton throws for 301 yards & TD. Cincinnati WR A.J. Green has 6 catches for 131 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/29/13: Bengals 34, Ravens 17. Cincinnati WRs A.J. Green & Marvin Jones each have 61 rec. yards & TD. Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick has 21-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Bal.), 92 (Cin.). XM: 226 (Cin.).

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 156-245-1854-14-5-97.2 Dalton: 121-189-1375-6-3-89.7
RUSHING Forsett: 87-503 (3C)-5.8-3 Bernard: 93-401-4.3-4 (T3L)
RECEIVING S. Smith: 38-640-16.8-4 Sanu: 30-408-13.6-3
OFFENSE 387.1 (3C) 353.3
TAKE/GIVE 0 +4 (3C)
DEFENSE 345.9 416.7
SACKS Dumervil: 7 (T2L) Dunlap: 4
INTs Ngata: 2 (T3C) Iloka, Nelson: 2 (T3C)
PUNTING Koch: 47.0 Huber: 45.9
KICKING Tucker: 65 (3L) (20/20 PAT; 15/18 FG) Nugent: 46 (13/13 PAT; 11/17 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO has 7 TD passes in past 2. In 3 road games in 2014, has 758 pass yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 98.9 rating. Passed for 345 yards in last meeting…RB JUSTIN FORSETT leads NFL RBs with 5.8 rush avg. (87 att., 503 yards). Has 206 rush yards in past 2 (103 per game). RB BERNARD PIERCE aims for 3rd in row with rush TD… In 4 career meetings, WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 23 catches for 410 yards (17.8 avg.) & 2 TDs, incl. 3 100-yard games. 1 of 4 NFL players with 3+ 50+ yard TDs in season at age 35+, incl. 80-yarder in last meeting. WR TORREY SMITH led team with season-high 81 rec. yards last week, incl. 39-yard TD. Has 4 TDs in past 4. TE OWEN DANIELS (4,892) needs 108 rec. yards to reach 5,000 career…LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 60 tackles, most among NFL rookies. Since entering NFL in 2003, LB TERRELL SUGGS ranks 2nd in AFC with 97 sacks. Needs 3 sacks to become 1st player in club history with 100 career. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 5 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 last week. LB PERNELL MC PHEE has 4 sacks in past 3, including 2 vs. Atl…BENGALS: Are 11-0-1 in past 12 at home…In past 12 at home, QB ANDY DALTON has passed for 2,886 yards with 24 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 97.2 rating. Has 33-20-1 (.620) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts)…In 3 career home starts, RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 380 scrimmage yards (274 rush, 106 rec.; 126.7 per game) & 4 rush TDs. Had 110 scrim. yards in last meeting (48 rush, 62 rec.). Only NFL player with 400+ rush yards (401), 4+ rush TDs (4) & 175+ rec. yards (177) this season…WR A.J. GREEN had 131 rec. yards in last meeting, including GW 77-yard TD in 4th quarter. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 rec. yards, most in AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU has TD catch in 2 of past 3…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS ranks 2nd amongst NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. DT DOMATA PEKO had 1st sack of season last week. DE WALLACE GILBERRY had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. In 7 career meetings, DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 6 sacks. S REGGIE NELSON leads team with 43 tackles.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-3) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-6)

SERIES

DOLPHINS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 3-2
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 1-0 Bradley: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 27-14 at Bears W 24-6 vs. Browns
LAST GAME 12/16/12: Jaguars 3 at Dolphins 24. Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill throws for 220 yards & 2 TDs. Dolphins RB Reggie Bush rushes for 104 yards & WR Brian Hartline adds 77 rec. yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/09: Dolphins 14, Jaguars 10. Miami RB Ricky Williams rushes for 108 yards & TD. Dolphins WR Greg Camarillo adds 110 receiving yards & defense holds Jaguars to 217 total net yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 93 (Jax.). XM: 227 (Jax.).

STATS

PASSING Tannehill: 138-218-1423-10-5-87.8 Bortles (R): 114-174-1163-5-10-70.2
RUSHING Miller: 81-391-4.8-4 (T3L) D. Robinson: 50-221-4.4-1
RECEIVING M. Wallace: 30-359-12.0-5 A. Robinson (R): 34-371-10.9-1
OFFENSE 359.8 296.6
TAKE/GIVE 0 -8
DEFENSE 313.7 (2C) 390.4
SACKS Wake: 4.5 Clemons: 4
INTs 4 tied: 1 T. Smith, Ball: 1
PUNTING Fields: 43.3 Anger: 46.5
KICKING Sturgis: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/14 FG) Scobee: 33 (12/12 PAT; 7/10 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: Last week, QB RYAN TANNEHILL became 3rd player in NFL history with 275+ pass yards (277), 78+ comp. pct. (78.1) & 45+ rush yards (48) in game. In past 3, has completed 68 of 94 passes (72.3 pct.) for 799 yards & 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.8 rating. Club is 6-0 (.929) when Tannehill has 100+ rating…RB LAMAR MILLER has 375 scrimmage yards (286 rush, 89 rec.) & 4 rush TDs in past 4. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD…In only career meeting (10/16/11 with Pit.), WR MIKE WALLACE had 2 catches for 76 yards & TD. Has TD in 6 of past 7. WR BRIAN HARTLINE (3,965) needs 35 rec. yards to become 7th player in club history to reach 4,000. Had 5 catches for 77 yards in last meeting. TE CHARLES CLAY led team with 58 receiving yards on 4 catches with TD last week…In past 2, DE CAMERON WAKE has 2.5 sacks, FF & FR. Ranks 4th in club history with 56 sacks & needs 1 to surpass TRACE ARMSTRONG (56.5) for 3rd in team annals. DT JARED ODRICK had sack in only career meeting. LB OLIVIER VERNON has 10.5 sacks & FF in past 13…JAGUARS: Rookie QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) earned 1st win as NFL starter last week. Has 143 rush yards on 21 att. (6.8 avg.), 2nd among AFC QBs…RB DENARD ROBINSON rushed for career-high 127 yards on 22 att. (5.8 avg.) & scored 1st career TD vs. Browns. Rookie RB STORM JOHNSON (Round 7, No. 222 overall) aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…Jaguars are only NFL team this season with 2 rookies with 300+ receiving yards each – WRs ALLEN ROBINSON (371) & ALLEN HURNS (305). Last week, Robinson led team with 60 receiving yards on 4 catches, including 31-yard TD. Ranks 2nd amongst AFC rookies in receiving yards. Hurns has 3 TD receptions, 2nd-most among AFC rookies. WR CECIL SHORTS III had 6 catches for 101 yards (16.8 avg.) in only career meeting vs. Dolphins…Defense ranks 2nd in NFL with 22 sacks…DE CHRIS CLEMONS aims for 4th in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting (11/25/12 with Seahawks). Rookie TELVIN SMITH (Rd. 5, No. 144 overall) had sack, FF & 1st career INT last week.

ST. LOUIS RAMS (2-4) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-3)

SERIES

RAMS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS Past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Fisher: 3-5 Reid: 5-3
LAST WEEK W 28-26 vs. Seahawks W 23-20 at Chargers
LAST GAME 12/19/10: Chiefs 27 at Rams 13. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 126 yards & TD. Chiefs DE Wallace Gilberry records 3 sacks & FF & S Kendrick Lewis has 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/8/02: Chiefs 49, Rams 10. Kansas City RB Priest Holmes rushes for 132 yards & 2 TDs. Chiefs defense records 7 sacks & forces 3 TOs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Dick Stockton, Donovan McNabb, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 102 (StL.), 135 (KC). XM: 230 (KC).

STATS

PASSING A. Davis: 136-206-1517-9-4-94.3 A. Smith: 119-186-1270-9-4-91.0
RUSHING Stacy: 61-240-3.9-1 Davis: 83-352-4.2-3
RECEIVING Cook (TE): 26-320-12.3-0 Kelce (TE): 24-307-12.8-3
OFFENSE 358.7 340.0
TAKE/GIVE -3 -2
DEFENSE 379.0 326.7
SACKS Donald (R): 2 Houston: 7 (T2L)
INTs 3 tied: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Hekker: 44.6 Colquitt: 44.3
KICKING Zuerlein: 39 (15/15 PAT; 8/10 FG) Santos (R): 40 (16/16 PAT; 8/10 FG)

NOTES

RAMS: QB AUSITN DAVIS completed 85.7 pct. (18 of 21) with 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 128.6 rating last week…Rookie RB TRE MASON had 85 yards & TD last week. RB ZAC STACY has 3 rush TDs in past 2 vs. AFC. In those 2, has rushed for 189 yards (94.5 per game) & has 246 scrimmage yards (123 per game). RB BENNY CUNNINGHAM aims for 4th in row with TD…TE LANCE KENDRICKS aims for 3rd in row with TD. WR-PR STEDMAN BAILEY had 90-yard PR-TD last week. TE JARED COOK had 5 catches for 96 yards (19.2 avg.) & TD in last game vs. KC (12/26/10 with Ten.). In his last game at KC (12/26/10 with Ten.), WR KENNY BRITT had 4 catches for 89 yards (22.3 avg.) & TD (53 yards). WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN has 6 career TDs (4 rec., 1 rush, 1 PR)…In past 3 vs. AFC, DE ROBERT QUINN has 3 sacks & 2 FFs. Has 21 sacks in past 23. Since entering NFL in 2012, CB JANORIS JENKINS has 4 INT-TDs, tied for most in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player with 12+ sacks (12) & 9+ INTs (9). In 4 games vs. AFC, LB ALEC OGLETREE has 26 tackles, 5 PD, 98-yard INT-TD & FF. DT MICHAEL BROCKERS has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 5 vs. AFC…CHIEFS: ANDY REID is now 14-2 after bye weeks, most wins of any coach in NFL history following byes…In past 4, QB ALEX SMITH has completed 74 of 109 passes (67.9 pct.) for 813 yards & 8 TDs vs. 1 INT with 110.4 rating. In past 3 vs. Rams, has 559 pass yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.2 rating. Smith’s teams are 20-2-1 (.891) when he has 100+ rating…RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 95 yards last week & now has 6,113 career, surpassing PRIEST HOLMES (6,070) for most in club history. Since entering NFL in 2008, leads league with 5.5 rush avg. average (min. 600 att.)…WR DWAYNE BOWE led team with 5 catches for 84 yards last week. Has 491 catches & needs 9 catches to join TONY GONZALEZ (916) as only players in club history with 500 career. TE TRAVIS KELCE has TD catch in 3 of past 4…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 5 sacks & FF in past 4 & aims for 5th in row with sack. LB TAMBA HALI has sack in 4 of past 5.

CHICAGO BEARS (3-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-2)

SERIES

BEARS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 8-3
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Trestman: 0-0 Belichick: 4-1
LAST WEEK L 27-14 vs. Dolphins W 27-25 vs. Jets
LAST GAME 12/12/10: Patriots 36 at Bears 7. New England WR Deion Branch catches 8 passes for 151 yards & TD. Patriots WR Wes Welker adds 115 receiving yards & TE Rob Gronkowski catches TD pass.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/26/06: Patriots 17, Bears 13. New England CB Asante Samuel records 3 INTs. Patriots TE Benjamin Watson catches 6 passes for 87 yards & TD & RB Laurence Maroney adds rushing TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (Chi.), 132 (NE). XM: 85 (Chi.), 231 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Cutler: 177-263-1866-14 (T2C)-7-94.4 Brady: 151-246-1705-13-2-96.3
RUSHING Forté: 111-448 (2C)-4.0-3 (T3C) Vereen: 53-259-4.9-1
RECEIVING Forté (RB): 52 (1L)-436-8.4-2 Edelman: 44 (3C)-453-10.3-1
OFFENSE 349.3 345.4
TAKE/GIVE -1 +9 (1C)
DEFENSE 356.0 334.3
SACKS Young: 7 (T1C) Cha. Jones: 4.5
INTs Fuller (R): 3 (T1C) 7 tied: 1
PUNTING O’Donnell: 45.2 Allen: 46.2
KICKING Gould: 41 (17/18 PAT; 8/9 FG) Gostkowski: 73 (1L) (19/19 PAT; 18/19 FG)

NOTES

BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 9 of past 12 starts vs. AFC…Since entering NFL in 2008, RB MATT FORTÉ has 10,469 scrimmage yards (7,114 rush, 3,355 rec.), most in NFL. Leads NFL with 52 catches…WR BRANDON MARSHALL aims for 3rd 100-yard game in row vs. NE. In past 3 meetings, has 18 catches for 379 yards (126.3 per game) & TD. Since 2012, has 28 rec. TDs, tied for 2nd most in NFL. WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 7 career 100-yard games, incl. 2 200-yard games. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 3 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC…Rookie CB KYLE FULLER is only player in NFL with 3+ INTs & 3+ FFs. DT JEREMIAH RATLIFF had career-high 3.5 sacks last week. DE WILLIE YOUNG ties for NFC lead with 7 sacks. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS is 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. DE JARED ALLEN has sack in 2 of 3 career meetings. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 130 sacks.

In 11/26/06 meeting, LB LANCE BRIGGS had 13 tackles, 2 FFs & FR. Rookie S BROCK VEREEN is brother of NE RB Shane…PATRIOTS: Aim for 13th consecutive win at home…In past 3, QB TOM BRADY has passed for 914 yards with 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.1 rating. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Patriots are 87-5 (.946) when Brady has 100+ rating. Has 3-0 career record vs. Chi., passing for 964 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 94.7 rating…RB SHANE VEREEN led team in rush (43) & receiving yards (71) with career-high 2 TD catches last week. Has 3 TDs in 4 career starts…WR JULIAN EDELMAN aims for 14th in row with 4+ catches. WR BRANDON LA FELL has 3 TD catches in past 4. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 1st TD catch of season last week. In past 8 vs. NFC, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 47 catches for 693 yards & 8 TDs. TE TIM WRIGHT has TD rec. in 2 of past 3…Defense is tied for 2nd in AFC with 7 INTs…DE CHANDLER JONES has 4.5 sacks, FF & FR in past 6. DT CASEY WALKER had 1st career sack last week. LB   DONT’A HIGHTOWER has 3 sacks in past 4, including 1 last week. DE ROB NINKOVICH has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. NFC.

BUFFALO BILLS (4-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (1-6)

SERIES

BILLS JETS
SERIES LEADER 55-51
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Marrone: 1-1 Ryan: 7-3
LAST WEEK W 17-16 vs. Vikings L 27-25 at Patriots
LAST GAME 11/17/13: Jets 14 at Bills 37. Buffalo rookie QB EJ Manuel throws for 245 yards & 2 TDs. Bills defense records 3 INTs, including 32-yard INT-TD by S Da’Norris Searcy.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/22/13: Jets 27, Bills 20. New York rookie QB Geno Smith throws for 331 yards & 2 TDs & rushes for TD. Jets WR Santonio Holmes catches 5 passes for 154 yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, TBD (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Buf.), 133 (NYJ). XM: 225 (NYJ).

STATS

PASSING Orton: 85-124-890-5-3-92.5 G. Smith: 129-225-1365-7-7-72.5
RUSHING Dixon: 27-137-5.1-0 Ivory: 88-432-4.9-3
RECEIVING Watkins (R): 35-433-12.4-4 Amaro (R)(TE): 27-234-8.7-1
OFFENSE 333.6 320.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 -9
DEFENSE 328.0 326.6
SACKS Dareus: 7 (T2L) Wilkerson: 4
INTs McKelvin: 4 (T1L) Adams: 1
PUNTING Schmidt: 44.0 Quigley: 47.7 (2C)
KICKING Carpenter: 53 (11/11 PAT; 14/16 FG) Folk: 49 (10/10 PAT; 13/14 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: QB KYLE ORTON has won 2 of 3 starts with Bills, completing 85 of 124 (68.5 pct.) for 890 yards with 5 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 92.5 rating. Aims for 4th in row with 88+ rating & 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes…RB ANTHONY DIXON rushed for 51 yards last week. RB BRYCE BROWN makes Bills debut. Rushed for 878 yards on 190 att. in 2 seasons with Eagles (2012-13)…Last week, rookie WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) had career-highs in catches (9), rec. yards (122) & TDs (2) & is 1st rookie with 100+ receiving yards & game-winning TD catch with 1 second or less remaining in 4th quarter since 2009 (KENNY BRITT). Leads NFL rookies in catches (35) & ranks 2nd in receiving yards (433) & TDs (4). WR CHRIS HOGAN had 63 receiving yards last week & aims for 3rd in row with 60+ yards. TE SCOTT CHANDLER has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NYJ…DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 5 sacks in past 6 vs. AFC East. DT MARCELL DAREUS leads NFL DTs with 7 sacks, including 2 last week vs. Vikings. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Round 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 50 tackles…JETS: In only home game vs. Bills, QB GENO SMITH passed for 331 yards & 2 TDs with rush TD. Has won 7 of 12 career home starts, accounting for 17 total TDs (12 pass, 5 rush). Since entering NFL in 2013, has 7 rush TDs, tied for most among QBs (CAM NEWTON)…RB CHRIS IVORY rushed for season-high 107 yards & TD last week. Has 726 rush yards in past 9 at home. Since entering NFL in 2008, RB CHRIS JOHNSON ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,226 rush yards…Since entering NFL in 2010, WR ERIC DECKER leads AFC WRs with 36 TD catches. JACE AMARO (Rd. 2, No. 49 overall) leads NFL rookie TEs in rec. (27) & rec. yards (234). TE JEFF CUMBERLAND had 50 yards & TD catch last week. Had TD in last meeting…S DAWAN LANDRY leads team with 59 tackles. DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has 4 sacks in past 5 & 9.5 sacks in past 11 at home. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had sack in only career home meeting. LB DAVID HARRIS had sack last week. Has 4.5 career sacks vs. Bills, most vs. any opponent.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-5) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-5)

SERIES

VIKINGS BUCCANEEERS
SERIES LEADER 31-22
STREAKS Past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Smith: 11-7
LAST WEEK L 17-16 at Bills Bye (Wk. 6: L 48-17 vs. Ravens)
LAST GAME 10/25/12: Buccaneers 36 at Vikings 17. Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman throws for 262 yards & 3 TDs. Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has 135 rushing yards & TD & adds 64-yard TD reception.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08: Buccaneers 19, Vikings 13. Tampa Bay defense holds Minnesota to 210 total net yards & records 5 sacks. Buccaneers TE Jerramy Stevens catches 6 passes for 84 yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Justin Kutcher, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.) 112 (TB). XM: 228 (TB).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 69-113-812-1-5-67.4 Glennon: 81-142-986-7-3-86.2
RUSHING McKinnon (R): 60-309-5.2-0 Rainey: 54-262-4.9-1
RECEIVING Jennings: 26-345-13.3-1 Jackson: 25-344-13.8-2
OFFENSE 309.1 306.8
TAKE/GIVE -3 -2
DEFENSE 337.9 422.8
SACKS Griffen: 7( T1C) M. Johnson, McCoy: 2
INTs H. Smith: 3 (T1C) Lansanah: 2
PUNTING Locke: 44.9 Koenen: 41.4
KICKING Walsh: 52 (10/10 PAT; 14/16 FG) Murray (R): 30 (15/15 PAT; 5/7 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER threw 1st career TD pass last week…Rookie RB JERICK MC KINNON had 2nd career 100-yard game last week (103) & has 2 100-yard games in past 4. Leads NFC rookies with 309 rush yards. RB MATT ASIATA has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 6 games…WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has TD in 7 of past 12 (4 rush, 4 rec.). Had TD catch last week. In 9/28/08 meeting (with GB), WR GREG JENNINGS had 6 catches for 109 yards & 2 TDs…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN tied career high with 3 sacks last week. Ties for NFC lead with 7 sacks. Has 5 sacks in past 3 & 9.5 sacks in past 9. Aims for 4th in row with sack. In last game at TB, LB CHAD GREENWAY had 16 tackles & sack. 1 of 6 career games with 10+ tackles & 1+ sack. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN had 74-yard INT-TD vs. TB (11/18/12 with Car.). Since 2012, ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. DT TOM JOHNSON has career-high 4 sacks, tied for most by NFC DT & tied for 2nd most in NFL. Rookie LB ANTHONY BARR has 46 tackles & 2 sacks. Had career-high 10 tackles & 2 FRs last week…BUCCANEERS: QB MIKE GLENNON passed for career-best 314 yards in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Last year vs. Min. (12/1/13 with Chi.), QB JOSH MC COWN passed for 355 yards, 2 TDs & 114.9 rating…In last meeting, RB DOUG MARTIN had 214 scrimmage yards (135 rush, 79 rec.) & 2 TDs (1-yard rush, 64-yard rec.). RB BOBBY RAINEY has 3 100-yard rush games in past 6 at home. In those 3, has rushed for 434 yards (144.7 per game) & 3 TDs…Rookie WR MIKE EVANS aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Among active players (min. 300 catches), WR VINCENT JACKSON has NFL-best 17.2 rec. avg. WR LOUIS MURPHY aims for 3rd in row with TD catch…DT GERALD MC COY has 7 sacks in past 7 at home. Has 9.5 sacks in past 13. Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player in NFL with 200+ tackles (210), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). LB MASON FOSTER aims for 3rd meeting in row with sack. In past 2 vs. Min., has 15 tackles, 2 sacks, FF & FR. LB DANNY LANSANAH has 2 INT-TDs in past 4. Leads NFL with 2 INT-TDs.

HOUSTON TEXANS (3-4) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (2-5)

SERIES

TEXANS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 15-9
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. O’Brien: 0-0 Whisenhunt: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 30-23 at Steelers L 19-17 at Redskins
LAST GAME 12/29/13: Texans 10 at Titans 16. Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 127 yards & TD. Titans K Rob Bironas converts all 3 FG attempts (42, 55, 37).
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/29/13
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 137 (Hou.), 125 (Ten.). XM: 229 (Ten.).

STATS

PASSING Fitzpatrick: 125-192-1530-8-7-88.2 Locker: 65-112-764-4-4-75.9
RUSHING Foster: 126-615 (1C)-4.9-5 (1C) Sankey: 66-267-4.0-1
RECEIVING A. Johnson: 39-496-12.7-1 Wright: 32-297-9.3-4
OFFENSE 345.0 320.3
TAKE/GIVE +2 +2
DEFENSE 387.3 371.6
SACKS Watt: 5 Casey: 4
INTs 6 tied: 1 3 tied: 2 (T3C)
PUNTING Lechler: 48.1 (1C) Kern: 44.8
KICKING Bullock: 53 (17/17 PAT; 12/14 FG) Succop: 43 (13/13 PAT; 10/12 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK played 11 games with 9 starts for Titans in 2013, passing for 2,454 yards & 14 TDs. In last meeting (10/21/11 with Buf.), completed 27 of 35 passes (77.1 pct.) for 225 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 109.8 rating…In 5 career starts vs. Ten., RB ARIAN FOSTER averages 136.8 scrimmages yards per game (684 total; 461 rush, 223 rec.) with 6 total TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). Has rushed for 100+ in 5 of 6 games in 2014. Since 2010, leads NFL with 47 rush TDs & has 5,421 rush yards, most in AFC…In past 10 vs. Ten., WR ANDRE JOHNSON has 64 catches for 806 yards & 6 TDs. For career, averages 6 catches/game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games). Had 77 receiving yards last week & now has 13,157 career, surpassing HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 14 all-time. WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 18 rec. for 287 yards in past 3 on road…In 19 career games vs. AFC South, DE J.J. WATT has 20.5 sacks, 3 FF & 4 FR. Since 2012, leads NFL with 36 sacks. LB BRIAN CUSHING leads team with 50 tackles. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 2 sacks last week…TITANS: In last meeting (9/15/13), QB JAKE LOCKER had 2 TD passes & 92.1 rating. QB CHARLIE WHITEHURST had 2 TD passes for 91.8 rating last week. Aims for 4th game in row with 87+ rating…RB SHONN GREENE has 3,908 career rush yards & needs 92 to reach 4,000 career. Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Rd. 2, No. 54 overall) rushed for team-high 56 yards vs. Was…WR KENDALL WRIGHT led team with 6 rec. for 68 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of past 5. Since joining Titans in 2009, WR NATE WASHINGTON leads team in catches (280), rec. yards (4,113) & TD catches (26). Last week, WR DEREK HAGAN had 45 rec. yards & scored 1st TD since joining Titans. TE DELANIE WALKER leads AFC TEs in rec. yards (438) & has 31 catches…S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 48 tackles, including 6 tackles & sack last week. DT SAMIE HILL had sack last week. LB DERRICK MORGAN aims for 3rd in row with sack vs. Hou. LB WESLEY WOODYARD had INT last week.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-1) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-1)

SERIES

EAGLES CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 55-54-5
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Kelly: 1-0 Arians: 0-1
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6: W 27-0 vs. Giants) W 24-13 at Raiders
LAST GAME 12/1/13: Cardinals 21 at Eagles 24. Philadelphia QB Nick Foles throws for 237 yards & 3 TDs. Eagles TE Zach Ertz catches 5 passes for 68 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/23/12: Cardinals 27, Eagles 6. Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald catches 9 passes for 114 yards & TD. Cardinals defense records 5 sacks & S James Sanders has 93-yard FR-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:05 PM PT): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 137 (Phi.) 93 (Ari.). XM: 227 (Ari.).

STATS

PASSING Foles: 141-237-1628-10-7-82.0 Palmer: 74-112-807-6-1-101.3
RUSHING McCoy: 116-422-3.6-1 Ellington: 105-393-3.7-1
RECEIVING Maclin: 27-445-16.5-4 Ellington (RB): 25-260-10.4-1
OFFENSE 378.3 317.3
TAKE/GIVE -5 +7 (3L)
DEFENSE 380.8 357.3
SACKS Barwin: 6 Okafor: 2
INTs Jenkins: 3 (T1C) Powers: 3 (T1C)
PUNTING Jones: 44.0 D. Butler: 43.5
KICKING Parkey (R): 57 (2C) (21/21 PAT; 12/13 FG) Catanzaro (R): 56 (T3C) (11/11 PAT; 15/15 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: QB NICK FOLES won only start vs. Az., completing 21 of 34 (61.8 pct.) for 237 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112 rating. In past 10 on road (8 starts), has completed 196 of 311 (63 pct.) for 2,774 yards with 24 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 112.1 rating…RB LE SEAN MC COY has 286 scrimmage yards (95.3 per game) in 3 meetings. Rushed for 149 yards in Week 6. Since 2011, RB DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 248 rec., 2,179 rec. yards & 16 rec. TDs…WR JEREMY MACLIN has TD catch in 3 of past 4 on road. In last meeting, TE ZACH ERTZ had career-best 2 TDs. Incl. playoffs, TE BRENT CELEK has 3 TDs in past 4 vs. Az…LB TRENT COLE had 2 sacks & FF in last game vs. Az. In past 4 meetings (incl. playoffs), has 4.5 sacks. LB BRANDON GRAHAM had 2 sacks in last meeting. CB CARY WILLIAMS had INT in last game vs. Az. LB DE MECO RYANS had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Leads team with 36 tackles. LB CONNOR BARWIN had career-high 3 sacks in Week 6. Has 6 sacks in past 3. DE VINNY CURRY has 4 sacks in past 3…CARDINALS: Have won 7 of past 8 at home…QB CARSON PALMER passed for 302 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. Has won 10 of past 12 starts…RB ANDRE ELLINGTON had 160 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 72 rec.) last week. RB STEPFAN TAYLOR had rush & rec. TD last week…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has TD in all 6 games vs. Phi. (incl. playoffs). Has 10 TDs in those 6. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 meetings. In those 4, has 30 catches for 484 yards (121 per game) & 7 TDs. Has catch in 155 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 97 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MICHAEL FLOYD aims for 3rd in row vs. Phi. with TD. In past 3 at home, has 14 catches for 280 yards (93.3 per game) & TD. Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 3 TDs in 1st 3 home games…DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 8.5 sacks in past 13 at home. Had INT vs. Phi. on 11/13/01. Since 2011, CB PATRICK PETERSON is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (12) & 3+ PR-TDs (4). LB SAM ACHO had sack & FF in last meeting.

OAKLAND RAIDERS (0-6) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-3)

SERIES

RAIDERS BROWNS
SERIES LEADER 11-9
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Sparano: 0-2 Pettine: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 24-13 vs. Cardinals L 24-6 at Jaguars
LAST GAME 12/2/12: Browns 20 at Raiders 17. Cleveland WR Josh Gordon catches 6 passes for 116 yards & TD. Browns RB Trent Richardson adds 72 rushing yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/27/09: Browns 23, Raiders 9. Cleveland RB Jerome Harrison rushes for 148 yards & TD. Browns defense records 3 INTs & 4 sacks.
BROADCAST CBS (4:25 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 139 (Oak.), 92 (Cle.). XM: 226 (Cle.).

STATS

PASSING Carr (R): 118-195-1189-8-5-80.9 Hoyer: 106-190-1439-7-2-88.0
RUSHING McFadden: 73-279-3.8-2 Tate: 69-279-4.0-2
RECEIVING J. Jones: 30-363-12.1-3 Hawkins: 29-382-13.2-0
OFFENSE 282.7 363.7
TAKE/GIVE -4 +3
DEFENSE 374.8 397.0
SACKS Wilson: 2 Dansby: 3
INTs Woodson: 2 (T3C) Gipson: 4 (T1L)
PUNTING King: 43.3 Lanning: 45.2
KICKING Janikowski: 26 (11/11 PAT; 5/6 FG) Cundiff: 42 (15/15 PAT; 9/11 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in pass yards (1,189) & TDs (8)…RB DARREN MC FADDEN rushed for 48 yards & TD last week & became 8th RB in club history with 30 total TDs (25 rush, 5 rec.). Rushed for 91 yards & TD in last meeting. RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 68 career rush TDs, 2nd-most among active players…In only career meeting (10/25/09 with GB), WR JAMES JONES had TD catch. WR BRICE BUTLER had career-long 55 yard catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 45+ yard catch. In past 3, WR ANDRE HOLMES has 12 catches for 229 yards & 3 TDs…Rookie LB KHALIL MACK (No. 5 overall) had career-high 11 tackles last week. CB CHARLES WOODSON (58) had INT last week & tied HOFer EMMITT THOMAS for No. 11 on all-time list. Leads team with 39 tackles. Had INT & FF in last meeting (10/25/09 with GB). S USAMA YOUNG had 1st sack of season last week…BROWNS: In 9 starts with Browns, QB BRIAN HOYER is 6-3 with 2,054 pass yards & 12 TDs vs. 5 INTs with 86.2 rating. Has 90+ rating in 4 of past 6…Browns are only NFL team to have 2 rookies with 200+ rush yards – RBs ISAIAH CROWELL (255) & TERRANCE WEST (243). Crowell leads NFL rookies with 4 rush TDs. In only career meeting (11/17/13 with Hou.), RB BEN TATE rushed for 88 yards…WR ANDREW HAWKINS had led team with career-high 112 yards on 5 catches (22.4 avg.) last week, including career-long 65-yard catch. In 11/26/09 meeting (with Dal. on Thanksgiving Day), WR MILES AUSTIN had 7 catches for 145 yards (20.7 avg.) & TD. TE JORDAN CAMERON had 102 yards on 3 catches (34 avg.) & TD in last home game (10/12/14 vs. Pit.)…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 48 tackles, including 6 tackles & 1 sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20+ sacks (24) & 12+ INTs (12). S TASHAUN GIPSON tied career-high with 2 INTs vs. Jax. Has 9 INTs since 2013, tied for most among NFL safeties (ANTREL ROLLE). CB BUSTER SKRINE had INT last week & aims for 3rd in row with INT.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-2) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-3)

SERIES

COLTS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER 14-6
STREAKS 8 of past 10
COACHES VS. OPP. Pagano: 0-0 Tomlin: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 27-0 vs. Bengals W 30-23 vs. Texans
LAST GAME 9/25/11: Steelers 23 at Colts 20. Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace has 5 catches for 144 yards & 81-yard TD. Steelers S Troy Polamalu has 16-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/9/08: Colts 24, Steelers 20. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning throws for 240 yards & 3 TDs. Colts WR Reggie Wayne has 6 catches for 114 yards, including 65-yard TD reception.
BROADCAST CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (Ind.), 132 (Pit.). XM: 85 (Ind.), 231 (Pit.).

STATS

PASSING Luck: 199-302-2331 (1L)-19 (T1L)-7-100.5 (3C) Roethlisberger: 166-252-1858 (3C)-10-3-96.0
RUSHING Richardson: 101-358-3.5-2 Bell: 117-599 (3L)-5.1-1
RECEIVING Hilton: 47 (2C)-711 (3L)-15.1-1 A. Brown: 50 (1C)-719 (1L)-14.4-5
OFFENSE 452.9 (1L) 386.7
TAKE/GIVE -1 +1
DEFENSE 311.1 (1C) 345.0
SACKS Werner: 4 Heyward: 3
INTs 3 tied: 2 (T3C) C. Allen: 2 (T3C)
PUNTING McAfee: 47.6 (3C) Wing: 44.1
KICKING Vinatieri: 66 (2L) (24/24 PAT; 14/14 FG) Suisham: 58 (16/16 PAT; 14/15 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: Posted largest shutout win since 1997 (41-0 vs. Mia. on 12/14/97) last week, earning 500th total victory in franchise history…Last week, QB ANDREW LUCK passed for 344 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105.7 rating. Has passed for 300+ yards in 5 consecutive games, tied with PEYTON MANNING (2009) for longest streak in Colts history… RB TRENT RICHARDSON had season-high 118 scrimmage yards (77 rush, 41 rec.) last week. RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 52 yards with 2 total TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Leads NFL RBs with 6 TD catches, most of any RB through team’s 1st 7 games of season since 1986 (GARY ANDERSON)…Last week, WR REGGIE WAYNE became 9th player in NFL history with 14,000 career receiving yards. Needs 5 yards to surpass HOFer JAMES LOFTON (14,004) for No. 8 all-time. In past 5, WR T.Y. HILTON has 36 catches for 605 yards & TD. TE DWAYNE ALLEN has TD in 4 of past 5…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 52 tackles. In past 3, LB BJOERN WERNER has 4 sacks & FF…STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has posted 100+ rating in 4 of past 5, passing for 1,276 yards & 9 TDs vs. 1 INT for 101.4 rating. Steelers are 54-7 (.885) when he posts 100+ rating…RB LE’VEON BELL leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 938 scrimmage yards (599 rush, 339 rec.). Tied career-high with 88 rec. yards & TD with 57 rush yards vs. Hou. Aims for 8th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. In past 10 at home, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 68 catches for 1,125 yards & 9 TDs. Had 9 catches for 90 yards & threw 1st career TD pass vs. Hou, becoming 3rd player in NFL history with 9 rec. & TD pass in game. Has 5+ catches & 50+ yards in 23 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. WR LANCE MOORE aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Last week, rookie WR MARTAVIS BRYANT (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall) had 1st career TD catch (35 yards)…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 63 tackles, including team-high 12 vs. Hou. with sack. DE BRETT KEISEL had 2nd career INT last week. S TROY POLAMALU had FR in last meeting.

SUNDAY NIGHT

GREEN BAY PACKERS (5-2) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-4)

SERIES

PACKERS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 16-7
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. McCarthy: 2-2 Payton: 2-1
LAST WEEK W 38-17 vs. Panthers L 24-23 at Lions
LAST GAME 9/30/12: Saints 27 at Packers 28. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers completes 31 of 41 passes for 319 yards & 4 TDs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson catches 8 passes for 93 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/24/08: Saints 51, Packers 29. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completes 20 of 26 passes for 323 yards & 4 TDs. Saints WRs Lance Moore & Marques Colston each have 70-yard TD receptions.
BROADCAST NBC (7:30 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Chris Doering (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (WW1), 93 (GB), 92 (NO). XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (GB), 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING A. Rodgers: 141-211-1674-18 (1C)-1-117.3 (1C) Brees: 178-263-1916 (2C)-11-7-91.7
RUSHING Lacy: 92-369-4.0-4 (T3L) K. Robinson: 64-330-5.2-2
RECEIVING Nelson: 47-712 (1C)-15.1-6 (T2C) J. Graham (TE): 34-376-11.1-3
OFFENSE 325.4 437.0 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +10 (1L) -8
DEFENSE 362.7 373.7
SACKS Peppers, Perry: 3 Galette: 4
INTs Shields, Hayward: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Masthay: 47.0 Morstead: 44.3
KICKING Crosby: 47 (23/23 PAT; 8/9 FG) S. Graham: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/11 FG)

NOTES

PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS has won past 2 starts vs. NO with125.5 rating. Incl. playoffs, Rodgers has started 23 games indoors & has 56 TDs, 8 INTs with 117.1 rating. Is 1 of 2 in NFL history with 3+ TDs & 0 INTs in 4 in row in single season. Has 13 TDs, 0 INTs & 137.9 rating in past 4. Only player in NFL history with 18 TDs & 1 or 0 INTs in 1st 7 team games…RB EDDIE LACY has 4 rush TDs in past 4. RB JAMES STARKS had rush TD in last meeting…WR-PR RANDALL COBB made NFL debut vs. NO (9/8/11) & scored 2 TDs (108-yard KR, 32-yard rec.). Leads NFL WRs with 8 rec. TDs. Has rec. TD in 4 in row (5 TDs). WR JORDY NELSON aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with TD. Has rec. TD in 4 in row (5 TDs). Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 4,000+ yards (4,034), 30+ rec. TDs (36) & 16+ avg. (16.2)…LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack in last meeting. LB JULIUS PEPPERS has 5 sacks, 4 FFs & 2 INTs in career vs. NO. Only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks (121.5) & 10+ INTs (10). Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ties for 1st in NFL with 20 INTs & CB SAM SHIELDS is 4th with 19 INTs…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has passed for 300+ yards & 2+ TDs in all 5 meetings. In those 5, has 1,904 yards (380.8 per game) & 110 rating with 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs. In last home game vs. GB, had 157.5 rating. In past 10 at home, is 10-0 with 117.9 rating. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 40,649 pass yards & 294 TD passes…RB PIERRE THOMAS had 121 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 34 rec.) & 2 TDs in last home meeting. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 9 catches for 153 yards & TD in last game vs. GB. Has TD in 3 of 4 meetings. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 11 TDs in past 11 at home. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 304 catches, 3,883 yards & 39 TDs. WR KENNY STILLS had 5 catches for 103 yards & TD (46) last week…LB JUNIOR GALETTE has 12 sacks in past 10 at home. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 8 sacks in past 9 at home. Has 13.5 sacks in past 21.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-5) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (6-1)

SERIES

REDSKINS COWBOYS
MON. RECORD 27-36 43-32
SERIES LEADER 64-40-2
STREAKS 5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Gruden: 0-0 Garrett: 5-3
LAST WEEK W 19-17 vs. Titans W 31-21 vs. Giants
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Cowboys 24 at Redskins 23. Dallas RB DeMarco Murray has 96 rushing yards & 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Cowboys WR Dez Bryant adds 73 receiving yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/13/13: Cowboys 31, Redskins 16. Dallas PR-WR Dwayne Harris has 86-yard PR-TD. Cowboys RBs Joseph Randle & DeMarco Murray each add rushing TDs.
BROADCAST ESPN (7:30 PM CT): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Was.), 92 (Dal.). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Dal.).

STATS

PASSING McCoy: 11-12-128-1-0-138.9 Romo: 148-214-1789-14 (T2C)-6-104.7 (2C)
RUSHING Morris: 115-440 (3C)-3.8-3 (T3C) Murray: 187-913 (1L)-4.9-7 (1L)
RECEIVING Garcon: 35-396-11.3-3 Bryant: 45-590-13.1-4
OFFENSE 389.4 (3C) 402.1 (3L)
TAKE/GIVE -9 -1
DEFENSE 321.9 (3C) 343.9
SACKS Kerrigan: 6.5 (3C) Melton: 1.5
INTs 3 tied: 1 R. McClain: 2
PUNTING Way: 50.3 (1L) Jones: 45.7
KICKING Forbath: 49 (16/17 PAT; 11/12 FG) Bailey: 64 (1C) (22/22 PAT; 14/15 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III had 304 yards, 4 TDs & 131.8 rating in 11/22/12 meeting. QB COLT MC COY had 70-yard TD pass & 138.9 rating last week. Completed 11 of 12 passes (91.7 pct.) in relief role for 128 yards…RB ALFRED MORRIS has 482 rush yards (120.5 per game) & 6 TDs in 4 meetings. WR PIERRE GARÇON had 11 catches for 144 yards & TD in last meeting. WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON had career-high 210 yards (4 catches, 52.5 avg.) & TD (91 yards) vs. Dal. (12/12/10 with Phi.). Has 6 TDs (5 rec., 1 rush) in past 7 on MNF & avg. 62.3 yards/TD. WR ANDRE ROBERTS has 11 catches for 221 yards (110.5 per game) & TD (74 yards) in 2 games vs. Dal…Since entering NFL in 2011, LB RYAN KERRIGAN is only player with 30+ sacks (31) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB PERRY RILEY, JR. had sack in last game at Dal. DE JASON HATCHER played 8 seasons with Dal. (2006-13)…COWBOYS: Have won 6 in row…QB TONY ROMO has won 7 of past 10 starts vs. Was…RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 913 rush yards & 7 rush TDs. Is only player in NFL history with 100+ rush yards in 1st 7 games to start season…WR DEZ BRYANT has 4 rec. TDs in past 5 meetings. Has 27 rec. TDs in past 31. Since 2011, has 38 rec. TDs, most by NFL WR. Had 9 catches for 151 yards last week. TE JASON WITTEN aims for 3rd in row on MNF with TD catch. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS has 5 TDs in past 5. TE GAVIN ESCOBAR had career-high 2 TDs last week & has 3 TDs in past 2…In past 7 meetings, CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK has 2 INTs, 2 FFs & 2 sacks. S BARRY CHURCH had 16 tackles in 2 starts vs. Was. last year. Leads team with 41 tackles. LB BRUCE CARTER had 11 tackles in last meeting. LB ROLANDO MC CLAIN leads club with 2 INTs.

 

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