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2014-2015 High School Bounce




Season Debut, Saturday, Dec. 6, with the 3rd Clark Kellog Classic:
5:00 p.m., GIRLS -- Africentric vs. Northland;
6:45 p.m., BOYS -- Eastmoor Academy vs. Thurgood Marshall; and
8:00 p.m., BOYS Harvest Prep vs. Africentric

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NFL Week 16 Game Preview Capsules: Each matchup with stats

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-12) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-12)

SERIES

TITANS JAGUARS
THURS. RECORD 9-7 2-5
SERIES LEADER 22-17
STREAKS 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 2-0 Bradley: 1-2
LAST WEEK L 16-11 vs. Jets L 20-12 at Ravens
LAST GAME 10/12/14: Jaguars 14 at Titans 16. Tennessee RB Jackie Battle scores rushing TD. Titans K Ryan Succop makes three FGs (25, 21, 42). CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson has 10 tackles & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/22/13: Titans 20 at Jaguars 16. Tennessee WR Nate Washington has 6 catches for 117 yards, including 30-yard TD. Titans RB Shonn Green rushes for 91 yards & TD.
BROADCAST NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Bob Wischusen, Brady Quinn, Chris Doering (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Ten.), 92 (Jax). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ten.), 226 (Jax.).

STATS

PASSING Whitehurst: 69-122-967-5-2-89.1 Bortles (R): 253-416-2676-10-17-70.6
RUSHING Sankey (R): 134-507-3.8-2 Bortles (QB) (R): 48-308-6.4-0
RECEIVING Walker (TE): 52-793-15.3-4 Hurns (R): 46-636-13.8-6
OFFENSE 307.9 293.8
TAKE/GIVE -9 -8
DEFENSE 378.7 372.6
SACKS Casey: 5 Marks: 7.5
INTs McCourty: 3 Thomas: 2
PUNTING Kern: 46.5 Anger: 47.5 (1C)
KICKING Succop: 73 (25/25 PAT; 16/19 FG) Scobee: 75 (18/18 PAT; 19/24 FG)

NOTES

TITANS: QB CHARLIE WHITEHURST (967) needs 33 pass yards to reach 1,000 in season for 1st time…RB BISHOP SANKEY (Round 2, No. 54 overall) ranks 4th among AFC rookies in rush yards (507). RB SHONN GREENE led team with 50 rush yards last week & needs 12 to reach 4,000 career (3,988). RB JACKIE BATTLE had rush TD in last meeting…Last week vs. Jets, WR NATE WASHINGTON led team with season-high 102 rec. yards. TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in receiving yards (793), surpassing FRANK WYCHECK (768 in 1998) for most in season by Titans TE. Had 93 receiving yards on 4 catches (23.3 avg.) vs. Jets last week…S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 99 tackles. S GEORGE WILSON posted 1st sack of season last week…JAGUARS: Last week, QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) passed for 210 yards. Has 2,676 pass yards & needs 144 to surpass BYRON LEFTWICH (2,819) for club rookie record. Passed for career-high 336 yards with TD for 88.7 rating in last meeting. Ranks 2nd among AFC QBs with 308 rush yards…RB TOBY GERHART led team with 54 rush yards last week. Rookie RB STORM JOHNSON (Rd. 7, No. 222 overall) scored 1st career TD in last meeting…WR CECIL SHORTS III led team with 76 rec. yards vs. Bal. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. Ten. WR ALLEN HURNS (undrafted) ranks 2nd among AFC rookies in TD rec. (6) & 3rd in rec. yards (636). TE MARCEDES LEWIS (3,783) needs 22 scrimmage yards to surpass JAMES STEWART (3,804) for 5th-most in club history…DT SEN’ DERRICK MARKS has 5.5 sacks in past 7. DE CHRIS CLEMONS aims for 3rd in row vs. Ten with at least half sack. S JONATHAN CYPRIEN leads team with 96 tackles.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-5) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-11)

SERIES

EAGLES REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 80-73-5
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Kelly: 3-0 Gruden 0-1
LAST WEEK L 38-27 vs. Cowboys L 24-13 at Giants
LAST GAME 9/21/14: Redskins 34 at Eagles 37. Philadelphia QB Nick Foles passes for 325 yards and 3 TDs. Eagles rookie WR Jordan Matthews catches 8 passes for 59 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/9/13: Eagles 33, Redskins 27. Philadelphia QB Michael Vick throws for 203 yards & 2 TDs & adds 54 rushing yards & TD. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy rushes for 184 yards & TD.
BROADCAST NFL Network (4:30 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Stacy Dales (Field reporter). Westwood One: Scott Graham, Mike Mayock, Derek Rackley (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Phi.), 85 (Was.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Phi.), 85 (Was.).

STATS

PASSING Sanchez: 138-223-1752-10-9-84.5 Griffin III: 104-150-1138-3-3-89.8
RUSHING McCoy: 275-1132 (3C)-4.1-4 Morris: 232-948-4.1-7
RECEIVING Maclin: 78-1207-15.5-10 Garcon: 62-638-10.3-3
OFFENSE 387.6 (2C) 358.6
TAKE/GIVE -9 -9
DEFENSE 371.4 338.9
SACKS Barwin: 14.5 (1C) Kerrigan: 12.5 (2C)
INTs Jenkins: 3 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Jones: 44.3 Way: 47.9 (1L)
KICKING Parkey (R): 134 (1C) (47/47 PAT; 29/31 FG) Forbath: 89 (26/27 PAT; 21/24 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: QB MARK SANCHEZ won only start vs. Was. (12/4/11 with NYJ)…RB LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 184 yards & TD in last game at Was. Has 1,132 rush yards, his 4th 1,000-yard season in past 5 years. RB DARREN SPROLES had rush TD last week & has career-high 6 rush TDs. KR-RB CHRIS POLK had 102-yard KR-TD in Week 3. Had 2 rush TDs last week. WR JEREMY MACLIN has 4 100-yard game in past 5 meetings, incl. 154 yards (8 catches, 1 TD) in Week 3. Has career-high 78 catches & 1,207 yards. His 10 rec. TDs are tied for most in season. Rookie WR JORDAN MATTHEWS had 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 7 rec. TDs, 4th most by NFC rookie…Phi. has 9 players with return TD, tied for most in season in NFL history. LB CONNOR BARWIN leads NFC with 14.5 sacks. DE FLETCHER COX has sack in both games at Was. DE VINNY CURRY has 9 sacks in past 11. S MALCOLM JENKINS had INT in Week 3…REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III has 101.4 rating in 4 starts vs. Phi., incl. 158.3 rating in 11/18/12 meeting…RB ALFRED MORRIS had rush TD in last home meeting. Since entering NFL in 2012, Morris is 2nd in league with 3,836 rush yards. Needs 52 rush yards for 3rd consecutive 1,000-yard season…WR DE SEAN JACKSONwas drafted in 2nd Rd. (No. 49) in 2008 by Phi. Had 356 catches for 6,117 yards & scored 39 TDs (32 rec., 3 rush, 4 PR) in 6 seasons (2008-13) as Eagle. Had 5 catches for 117 yards with 81-yard TD in Week 3. WR PIERRE GARÇON had 11 catches for 138 yards & TD in Week 3. Aims for 5th in row vs. Phi. with 6+ catches. Since 2013, has 175 catches, most in NFC…In past 5 meetings, LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 4 sacks, 3 FFs & FR. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player with 35+ sacks (37) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB PERRY RILEY, JR. aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Phi. with sack.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (8-6) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-7)

SERIES

CHARGERS 49ERS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 6-6
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. McCoy: 0-0 Harbaugh: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 22-10 vs. Broncos L 17-7 at Seahawks
LAST GAME 12/16/10: 49ers 7 at Chargers 34. San Diego QB Philip Rivers throws for 273 yards & 3 TDs, all to WR Vincent Jackson (5 catches, 112 yards). Chargers defense records 6 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/15/06: Chargers 48, 49ers 19. Rivers completes 29 of 39 passes for 334 yards & 2 TDs. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 71 yards & 4 TDs.
BROADCAST CBS/NFL Network (5:25 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Rod Woodson, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (SD), 85 (SF). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SD), 85 (SF).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 326-482-3639-27-13-97.3 Kaepernick: 259-428-3051-16-10-84.9
RUSHING Oliver (R): 133-458-3.4-2 Gore: 204-804-3.9-3
RECEIVING K. Allen: 77-783-10.2-4 Boldin: 74-920-12.4-4
OFFENSE 332.7 314.1
TAKE/GIVE -2 +4
DEFENSE 336.8 307.1 (3L)
SACKS Liuget: 3.5 Brooks: 6
INTs Flowers: 3 Cox: 4 (T2C)
PUNTING Scifres: 45.7 Lee: 47.2 (2C)
KICKING Novak: 97 (34/34 PAT; 21/24 FG) Dawson: 95 (26/26 PAT; 23/28 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: In 2 career meetings, QB PHILIP RIVERS has completed 48 of 64 (75.0 pct.) for 607 yards (303.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.1 rating. Has 248 pass TDs & needs 2 to join HOFer DAN FOUTS (254) as only Chargers to reach 250 career…In past 4 vs. NFC, RB RYAN MATHEWS has 365 scrimmage yards (279 rush, 86 rec.) with 3 rush TDs. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 overall…TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 10th all-time with 97 TD catches & needs 2 to tie HOFer DON HUTSON (99). Had TD catch last week & joinedROB GRONKOWSKI as only TEs in NFL history with 4 career 10+ TD seasons. Has 9,855 career rec. yards & needs 145 to become 4th TE in history to reach 10,000. WR KEENAN ALLEN has 3 TDs in past 4…S ERIC WEDDLE leads team with 90 tackles. Has 13 INTs since 2011, most in AFC…49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has posted 100+ rating 16 times as starter (incl. playoffs) & 49ers are 15-1 (.938).Has won 6 of 9 starts vs. AFC & has 13 total TDs (9 pass, 4 rush)…RB FRANK GORE has 5 rush TDs in past 6 vs. AFC. In 3 Sat. games, has rushed for 289 yards (96.3 per game) & 3 TDs. Rookie RB CARLOS HYDE had career-best 55 rush yards & 9.2 avg. last week…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 920 rec. yards & needs 80 for 7th career 1,000-yard season. Averages 25.6 yards per catch (8 catches for 205 yards) in career vs. SD. WR STEVIE JOHNSON had 4 catches for 116 yards (29 avg.) in only game vs. SD (12/11/11 with Buf.). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE is 2nd on team with 63 catches & 652 rec. yards.Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), TE VERNON DAVIS ties for 3rd in NFL with 53 rec. TDs…Rookie LB CHRIS BORLAND has 97 tackles, 2 INTs, FR & sack in past 8. Rookie DT TANK CARRADINE had 2 sacks last week, 1st sacks of career. LB ALDON SMITH has 7.5 sacks in past 7 vs. AFC. S ERIC REID had 73-yard INT last week. LB AARON LYNCH ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 5 sacks. CB PERRISH COX leads club with 14 PD.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014

CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-7) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-8-1)

SERIES

BROWNS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 3-1
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Pettine: 0-0 Rivera: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 30-0 vs. Bengals W 19-17 vs. Buccaneers
LAST GAME 11/28/10: Panthers 23 at Browns 24. Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis rushes for 131 yards & 3 TDs. Browns rookie CB Joe Haden records INT and S Abram Elam has 2 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/06: Panthers 20, Browns 12. Carolina WR Keyshawn Johnson catches 5 passes for 67 yards & TD. Panthers RB DeShaun Foster rushes for 106 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 140 (Cle.), 84 (Car.). XM: 228 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Manziel (R): 15-27-143-0-2-39.6 Anderson: 65-97-701-5-0-105.2
RUSHING West (R): 153-579-3.8-3 Stewart: 138-636-4.6-3
RECEIVING Hawkins: 58-763-13.2-2 Olsen (TE): 81-960-11.9-6
OFFENSE 336.1 345.3
TAKE/GIVE +7 +1
DEFENSE 359.6 351.5
SACKS Kruger: 10 Addison, Johnson: 6.5
INTs Skrine: 4 Harper: 3
PUNTING Lanning: 44.2 Nortman: 44.5
KICKING Hartley (2013): 107 (41/41 PAT; 22/30 FG) Gano: 106 (28/28 PAT; 26/31 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB JOHNNY MANZIEL will make 1st career road start. Scored 1st NFL TD in last road game (10-yard run vs. Buf. in Week 13)…Browns are only NFL team with 2 rookies with 500+ rushing yards – RBs TERRANCE WEST (579) & ISAIAH CROWELL (546). Crowell (undrafted) has 4 rush TDs in past 6 & is tied for most among NFL rookies (8). West (Round 3, No. 94 overall) leads team & ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 579 rush yards…In past 18, WR JOSH GORDON has 107 rec. for 1,904 yards (105.7/game) & 9 TDs. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 480 rec. yards & 2 TDs, incl. 3 100-yard games…S DONTE WHITNER leads team with 92 tackles. Had FF in only meeting (11/10/13 with SF). LB PAUL KRUGER has career-high 10 sacks, incl. 4 in past 4. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON had INT last week.S JIM LEONHARD has INT in 2 of past 3…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 3 of past 4 vs. AFC at home. Has 103.4 rating, 6 pass TDs & 1 rush TD in those 4. Needs 188 pass yards for 4th consecutive 3,000-yard season. QB DEREK ANDERSON has played 6 games & has 105.2 rating (5 TDs, 0 INTs), incl. 2-0 record as starter…RB JONATHAN STEWART has rushed for 313 yards (104.3 per game) & TD in past 3. Rushed for 98 yards & averaged 8.2 yards per carry (12 att.) in only meeting. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS needs 154 rush yards to reach 7,000 for career…Among rookies, WR KELVIN BENJAMIN is 2nd with 952 rec. yards, ties for 2nd with 9 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd with 67 catches. TE GREG OLSEN has TD catch in 5 of past 7 vs. AFC. Has 8 TDs in past 11 vs. AFC. Had 10 catches for 110 yards last week, his 2nd consecutive 10-catch game. Has career-high 81 catches & 960 yards…LB LUKE KUECHLY has 39 tackles in 3 games vs. AFC this season & aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with 10+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 458 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 11.5 sacks in past 18 vs. AFC. Has 6.5 sacks in past 10, incl. 0.5 sack & FF last week. DE MARIO ADDISON has career-high 6.5 sacks, tied with Johnson for team lead.

DETROIT LIONS (10-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-9)

SERIES

LIONS BEARS
SERIES LEADER 96-68-5
STREAKS Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 1-0 Trestman: 0-3
LAST WEEK W 16-14 vs. Vikings L 31-15 vs. Saints
LAST GAME 11/27/14: Bears 17 at Lions 34. Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 11 catches for 146 yards and 2 TDs. Detroit RB Joique Bell adds 91 rushing yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/10/13: Lions 21, Bears 19. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford throws for 219 yards & 3 TDs, including 2 to Johnson (4, 14). Lions RB Reggie Bush adds 105 rushing yards.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (Det.), 135 (Chi.). XM: 229 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 321-522-3797-19-10-87.8 Cutler: 347-525-3640-28 (T3C)-18-89.5
RUSHING Bell: 197-726-3.7-6 Forté: 230-932-4.1-6
RECEIVING Tate: 91 (2C)-1224 (3C)-13.5-4 Forté (RB): 88 (3C)-745-8.5-3
OFFENSE 340.9 338.2
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T3C) -8
DEFENSE 300.3 (2L) 382.4
SACKS Ansah: 7.5 Young: 9.5
INTs Quin: 6 (T1L) 3 tied: 3
PUNTING Martin: 46.8 (3C) O’Donnell (R): 44.0
KICKING Prater: 74 (17/17 PAT; 19/23 FG) Feely: 3 (3/4 PAT; 0/0 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th win in row vs. Chi. In Week 13 meeting, had 390 yards, 2 TDs & 116 rating. Needs 203 pass yards for 4th consec. 4,000-yard season…RB REGGIE BUSH aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 100+ rush yards. RB JOIQUE BELLrushed for 91 yards & 2 TDs in Week 13. In past 3, has 343 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). WR CALVIN JOHNSON had 11 catches for 146 yards & 2 TDs in Week 13. Has 5 TDs in past 3 meetings. Needs 65 rec. yards for 5th consecutive 1,000-yard season. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,072 rec. yards & 106.5 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE has 13 catches for 185 yards (92.5 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings. In past 11, has 75 catches for 1,023 yards (93 per game) & 4 TDs…LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 132 tackles. Had INT in last game at Chi. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 5 sacks in past 5 meetings. DT NICK FAIRLEY has sack & FR-TD in his past 2 vs. Chi. DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had sack in Week 13. S GLOVER QUIN (6) & JAMES IHEDIGBO(4) have combined for 10 INTs, most by S duo in NFL. Quin has INT in each of past 3. Ihedigbo has INT in 3 of past 4…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 4 of his 5 starts at home vs. Det…In 13 meetings, RB MATT FORTÉ has 1,423 scrimmage yards (109.5 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.). Is 1 of 2 in NFL with 900+ rush (932) & 700+ rec. (745) yards…WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 23 catches for 292 yards (97.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. Det. Had 2 TDs in Week 13. Aims for 6th in row with TD (6 TDs in past 5). TE MARTELLUS BENNETThad 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead among TEs with career-high 81 catches…DE WILLIE YOUNG played 4 years with Det. (2010-13) & had 6 sacks. In 1st year with Chi., has 9.5 sacks. In 14 games vs. Det., DE JARED ALLEN has 17.5 sacks, 5 FFs, FR & 36-yard INT-TD. Had 2 sacks, FF & FR in Week 13. Since 2004, leads NFL with 133.5 sacks. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS ties for 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-5) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (7-7)

SERIES

RAVENS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 6-1
STREAKS 6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 5-1 O’Brien: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 20-12 vs. Jaguars L 17-10 at Colts
LAST GAME 9/22/13: Texans 9 at Ravens 30. Baltimore WR Torrey Smith has 5 catches for 92 yards. Ravens WR-PR Tandon Doss has 82-yard PR-TD & LB Daryl Smith records 37-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/21/12: Texans 43, Ravens 13. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 98 yards & 2 TDs. Texans TE Owen Daniels catches 7 passes for 59 yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein, Brad Johnson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Bal.), 137 (Hou.). XM: 231 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 301-469-3479-23-9-94.8 Lewis (Buf. 2013): 93-157-1092-4-3-81.0 OR

Keenum (2013): 137-253-1760-9-6-78.2

RUSHING Forsett: 208-1128 (2C)-5.4-8 (T2C) Foster: 230-1127 (3C)-4.9-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING S. Smith: 66-926-14.0-6 Hopkins: 69-1167-16.9-6
OFFENSE 372.0 345.9
TAKE/GIVE +2 +12 (1C)
DEFENSE 344.2 366.2
SACKS Dumervil: 17 (T1L) Watt: 16.5 (3L)
INTs Mosley: 2 Rolle: 3
PUNTING Koch: 46.9 Lechler: 46.5
KICKING Tucker: 120 (39/39 PAT; 27/32 FG) Bullock: 108 (36/36 PAT; 24/29 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO passed for 221 yards with TD vs. 0 INTS for 99.4 rating last week & became 1st player in club history to reach 25,000 career pass yards (25,024). In past 5, has completed 98 of 145 (67.6 pct.) for 1,127 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 104 rating. Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Ravens are 38-5 (.884) when Flacco posts 100+ rating (incl. playoffs)…RB JUSTIN FORSETT leads NFL RBs with 5.4 rush avg. (208 att., 1,128 yards). Spent 2012 season with Texans, rushing for 374 yards on 63 att. (5.9 avg.) & TD. In past 5, has 519 rush yards & 5 TDs…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. had 37 receiving yards last week & now has 13,123 career, surpassing HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 15 all-time. In 3 career meetings (with Car.), has 18 catches for 323 yards (107.7 per game) & 5 TDs. WR TORREY SMITH has 8 TDs in past 11. Needs 2 TD catches to join MICHAEL JACKSON (14 in 1996) as only Ravens with 10+ TD rec. in season…LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads NFL rookies with 117 tackles, 2nd-most in AFC. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 10.5 sacks in past 9, incl. 2.5 last week…TEXANS: QB CASE KEENUM started 8 games for Hou. in 2013, passing for 1,760 yards with 9 TDs vs. 6 INTs. QB THAD LEWIS has made 6 career starts, passing for 1,296 yards & 5 TDs…RB ARIAN FOSTER is averaging 102.5 rush yards per game in 2014, 2nd in NFL (DE MARCO MURRAY). Has 11 TDs in past 8 (7 rush, 4 rec.). Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,933) & rush TDs (50)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (996 rec.) needs 5 catches to surpass HINES WARD (1,000) for No. 9 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in history (min. 100 games). In past 8, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 44 rec. for 801 yards (18.2 avg.) & 3 TDs…DE J.J. WATT is 1st player with 3 off. TDs (3 rec.) & 2 TDs on takeaways (INT, FR) in season since BILL GOLDING in 1948. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads NFL with 53 sacks, incl. 2 last week. S KENDRICK LEWIS had 27-yard INT-TD vs. Colts.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-8) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-7)

SERIES

VIKINGS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Philbin: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-14 at Lions L 41-13 at Patriots
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Dolphins 14 at Vikings 10. Miami WR Brian Hartline catches TD pass. Dolphins defense records 3 INTs, including 2 by CB Jason Allen. Miami LB Koa Misi has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Dolphins 24, Vikings 20. Miami QB Joey Harrington throws for 254 yards & TD. Dolphins DE Jason Taylor records sack, 2 FFs & 51-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.), 93 (Mia.). XM: 225 (Mia.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 223-351-2451-11-10-82.7 Tannehill: 334-504-3390-22-11-90.8
RUSHING Asiata: 129-421-3.3-7 Miller: 178-829-4.7-6
RECEIVING Jennings: 53-641-12.1-5 Landry (R): 71-672-9.5-5
OFFENSE 312.9 337.2
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3
DEFENSE 339.9 331.6
SACKS Griffen: 12 (3C) Wake: 9.5
INTs H. Smith: 4 (T2C) Grimes: 5 (T3L)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Fields: 46.3
KICKING Walsh: 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/31 FG) Sturgis: 117 (33/33 PAT; 28/34 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 starts. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 300+ pass yards. Has 103.3 rating in past 3 starts…RB MATT ASIATA had rush TD last week. Has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 15. Had career-high 7 catches last week…WR GREG JENNINGS had 6 catches for 133 yards & TD (86 yards) in last game vs. Mia. (10/17/10 with GB). 86-yard TD catch is longest of his career & 1 of his 7 TDs of 70+ yards. Had TD catch last week & has TD in 3 of past 4. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 5 vs. AFC. WR JARIUS WRIGHT has 8 catches for 172 yards (86 per game) & TD in past 2. WR CHARLES JOHNSON has 9 catches for 175 yards (87.5 per game) & TD in past 2. TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in 5 of past 10 games vs. AFC. Had season-high 7 catches & 69 yards last week…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 10 sacks in past 10. Is 3rd in NFC with 12 sacks. Has 5.5 sacks & FF in past 4 vs. AFC. DE BRIAN ROBISON has sack in 4 of past 7. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYNties for 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs…DOLPHINS: In past 11, QB RYAN TANNEHILLhas completed 264 of 380 passes (69.5 pct.) for 2,766 pass yards & 18 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 96.2 rating. Club is 16-3 (.842) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 5 of past 7 overall. Leads AFC QBs with 316 rush yards…In past 6 at home, RB LAMAR MILLERhas 547 scrimmage yards (408 rush, 139 rec.) with 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.)…WR MIKE WALLACE led team with 104 yards on 5 catches with TD last week. Aims for 5th in row vs. NFC with TD catch. Since entering NFL in 2009, leads AFC WRs with 45 TD catches.WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) is tied for 1st among NFL rookies with 71 rec. & has 672 rec. yards with 5 TDs. Leads rookies in KR avg. (29.7)…In past 11 at home, DE CAMERON WAKE has 9.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, most among AFC CBs. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 97 tackles.

ATLANTA FALCONS (5-9) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-8)

SERIES

FALCONS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 47-43
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 4-9 Payton: 12-3
LAST WEEK L 27-20 vs. Steelers W 31-15 at Bears
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Saints 34 at Falcons 37 (OT). Atlanta K Matt Bryant kicks game-winning 52-yard field goal in overtime. Falcons QB Matt Ryan passes for 448 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Saints 23, Falcons 17. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 357 yards & 2 TDs. Saints WR Marques Colston catches 5 passes for 68 yards & TD.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 108 (NO). XM: 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 356-541-4112 (2C)-27-12-96.0 Brees: 402-574-4358 (1C)-31 (2C)-12-101.4 (3C)
RUSHING S. Jackson: 186-698-3.8-6 Ingram: 199-869-4.4-7
RECEIVING J. Jones: 93 (1C)-1428 (1C)-15.4-6 J. Graham (TE): 73-782-10.7-9
OFFENSE 382.9 422.6 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 -7
DEFENSE 409.9 390.1
SACKS Biermann: 3.5 Galette: 9
INTs Ishmael: 4 (T2C) 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Bosher: 45.5 Morstead: 45.8
KICKING Bryant: 112 (37/37 PAT; 25/28 FG) S. Graham: 98 (41/42 PAT; 19/22 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: In Week 1 win vs. NO, QB MATT RYAN completed 31 of 43 (72.1 pct.) for 448 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 128.8 rating. Named NFC Off. Player of Week. Has 4,112 pass yards, 4th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Has 4 of 5 4,000-yard seasons in team history…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 100+ yards or TD in 5 of past 7. RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had TD in Week 1…WR JULIO JONES had 7 catches for 116 yards in last meeting. In his past 2, has 21 catches for 448 yards (224 per game) & 2 TDs. WR RODDY WHITE had TD catch in last game vs. NO. WR-PR DEVIN HESTER has 64-yard PR-TD & 55-yard rec. TD in career vs. NO. WR HARRY DOUGLAS aims for 4th in row with 100+ yards or TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT leads team with 14 PD. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 127 tackles. In past 2 vs. NO, has 24 tackles. CB ROBERT MC CLAIN had INT in last meeting. S KEMAL ISHMAEL leads team with 4 INTs…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has won 7 of 8 starts at home vs. Atl. with 103.8 rating. Last week, completed 29 of 36 (80.6 pct.) for 375 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.8 rating. Has 4,358 yards, his NFL-record 9th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 43,091 yards & 314 TDs…RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 2 TDs in Week 1. Has 869 rush yards and needs 131 for 1st career 1,000-yard season. RB PIERRE THOMAS had 5 catches for 83 yards last week. RB KHIRY ROBINSON had rush TD in last meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. Atl. at home. Has 16 TDs in past 16 at home. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 343 catches, 4,289 yards & 45 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON aims for 4th in row at home vs. Atl. with TD. Had 5 catches for 110 yards in Week 1. TE JOSH HILL had 2 TDs last week. WR KENNY STILLS is 2nd on team with 781 rec. yards (Graham, 782)…LB JUNIOR GALETTE has 15 sacks in past 18, incl. 2 sacks & FF last week. Has 13 sacks in past 15 at home. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 11 sacks in past 14 at home. S PIERRE WARREN had 2 INTs last week.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (3-11)

SERIES

PATRIOTS JETS
SERIES LEADER 55-52-1
STREAKS 7 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 22-11 Ryan: 4-8
LAST WEEK W 41-13 vs. Dolphins W 16-11 at Titans
LAST GAME 10/16/14: Jets 25 at Patriots 27. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 261 yards & 3 TDs. Patriots DT Chris Jones blocks Jets’ FG attempt as time expires.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/20/13: Jets 30, Patriots 27. New York rookie QB Geno Smith has 233 passing yards & TD & adds 32 rushing yards & TD. Jets WR Jeremy Kerley has 8 catches for 97 yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Otis Livingston (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (NE), 133 (NYJ). XM: 227 (NYJ).

STATS

PASSING Brady: 342-531-3847-32 (3C)-8-99.8 (3C) G. Smith: 182-315-1957-9-12-69.8
RUSHING Gray: 83-407-4.9-4 Ivory: 174-739-4.2-6
RECEIVING Edelman: 92 (3C)-972-10.6-4 Decker: 62-720-11.6-4
OFFENSE 382.6 316.1
TAKE/GIVE +11 (2C) -11
DEFENSE 352.2 329.8 (3C)
SACKS Ninkovich: 8 S. Richardson: 6.5
INTs 3 tied: 2 Walls, Jarrett: 2
PUNTING Allen: 46.1 Quigley: 45.9
KICKING Gostkowski: 142 (1L) (49/49 PAT; 31/33 FG) Folk: 96 (18/18 PAT; 26/31 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTS: Can clinch 1st-round playoff bye with win. Have won 9 of past 10…In past 6 vs. NYJ, QB TOM BRADY has passed for 1,585 yards with 12 TDs vs. 1 INT. In past 10 overall, has 3,056 pass yards (305.6 per game) with 28 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 106.9 rating. Last week, became 5th player in NFL history to reach 4,500 career completions (4,520)…In past 8 with Pats (incl. playoffs), RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 11 rush TDs. RB JONAS GRAY led team with 62 rush yards on 11 att. (5.6 avg.) last week…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI leads NFL TEs with 1,093 rec. yards & needs 107 to join TONY GONZALEZJIMMY GRAHAM as only TEs in history with 2 1,200-yard receiving seasons.Has 7 TDs in past 7. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads AFC with 53 receiving TDs. WR JULIAN EDELMAN led team with 7 catches for 88 yards & TD vs. Mia. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch…DE CHANDLER JONES has 6 sacks in past 7, incl. 1.5 vs. Mia. In past 9, LB ROB NINKOVICH has 7 sacks, INT & FR. LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks, FF & blocked FG in past 3. S DURON HARMON posted 1st INT of season last week…JETS: In past 2 vs. NE, QB GENO SMITH passed for 459 yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT & rushed for 69 yards & 1 TD. Since entering NFL in 2013, has 7 rush TDs, tied for 1st among AFC QBs (ANDREW LUCK)…RB CHRIS JOHNSON had 80 scrimmage yards in last meeting (61 rush, 19 rec.). Since entering NFL in 2008, leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,578 rush yards. RB CHRIS IVORY leads team with 739 rushing yards & needs 95 to surpass career-high 833 in 2013. RB JOHN CONNER had 1st career TD catch last week…WR PERCY HARVIN is 1 of 2 active NFL players with 20+ rec. TDs (21) & 5+ rush TDs (5). In only career meeting (10/31/10 with Min.), had 6 catches for 104 yards (17.3 avg.). Last week, WR ERIC DECKER posted season-high 100 rec. yards on 7 catches. JACE AMARO(Round 2, No. 49 overall) leads NFL rookie TEs in catches (35) & rec. yards (311)…LB DAVID HARRIS leads team with 105 tackles. Since 2007, Harris is 1 of 4 NFL players with 25+ sacks (27.5) & 6+ INTs (6).

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-6) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-5)

SERIES

CHIEFS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER 19-9
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Reid: 2-2 Tomlin: 2-1
LAST WEEK W 31-13 vs. Raiders W 27-20 at Falcons
LAST GAME 11/12/12: Chiefs 13 at Steelers 16 (OT). Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace has 7-yard TD catch. Steelers K Shaun Suisham converts game-winning 23-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/12/12
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (KC), 132 (Pit.). XM: 85 (KC), 232 (Pit.).

STATS

PASSING A. Smith: 272-419-2954-18-6-93.9 Roethlisberger: 366-545-4415 (2L)-29-8-103.4 (2C)
RUSHING Charles: 184-950-5.2-9 (1C) Bell: 262-1278 (1C)-4.9-7
RECEIVING Kelce (TE): 56-747-13.3-5 A. Brown: 115 (1L)-1498 (1L)-13.0-11 (T2C)
OFFENSE 323.0 424.9 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE -5 -1
DEFENSE 331.8 356.4
SACKS Houston: 17 (T1L) Heyward: 5
INTs 4 tied: 1 Gay: 3
PUNTING Colquitt: 44.0 Wing: 43.9
KICKING Santos (R): 88 (37/37 PAT; 17/21 FG) Suisham: 115 (40/40 PAT; 25/28 FG)

NOTES

CHIEFS: In past 12, QB ALEX SMITH has 2,497 pass yards & 17 TDs vs. 3 INTs with 100.7 rating, incl. 5 games with 100+ rating. Passed for 297 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.6 rating last week. Smith’s teams are 22-1-1 (.938) when he starts & has 100+ rating…RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 100 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 14 TDs in past 11 overall (9 rush, 5 receiving). Averages 5.5 yards per att. for career, highest of any NFL RB in history (min. 750 att.). RB KNILE DAVIS had career-long 70-yard TD catch last week…WR DWAYNE BOWE had 69 receiving yards last week & now has 7,068 career, joiningTONY GONZALEZ (10,940) & OTIS TAYLOR (7,306) as only Chiefs to reach 7,000. TE TRAVIS KELCE ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 747 receiving yards & needs 53 to join Gonzalez & WALTER WHITE as only Chiefs TEs with 800-yard receiving season…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 15 sacks & 3 FF in past 12. Tied for NFL lead in sacks (17), 2nd-most by Chiefs player in single season (HOFer DERRICK THOMAS, 20 in 1990)…STEELERS: In past 8, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 2,822 pass yards (352.8 per game) with 21 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 110.2 rating. Has won 3 of 4 career starts vs. Chiefs, passing for 913 yards with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs. Has 248 TD passes & needs 2 to be 1st player in club history with 250…RB LE’VEON BELL leads AFC & is 2nd in NFL with 2,043 scrimmage yards (1,278 rush, 765 receiving), single-season Steelers record. Has 7 total TDs in past 4 (6 rush, 1 rec.) & aims for 3rd in row with 2 rush TDs. Needs 22 rush yards to join STEVEN JACKSONMARSHALL FAULK &BRIAN WESTBROOK as only players in NFL history with 1,300+ rush & 750+ receiving yards in same season…WR ANTONIO BROWNleads NFL with club-record 115 catches for 1,498 yards. 1 of 4 NFL players with back-to-back 110-catch seasons, joining HOFers JERRY RICECRIS CARTERWES WELKER. Has 5+ catches & 50+ yards in 30 consecutive games, longest streak in NFL history…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 109 tackles. Had INT in last meeting. CB WILLIAM GAY had 52-yard INT-TD last week vs. Falcons. S TROY POLAMALU had INT in last home meeting (10/15/06).

GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-4) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-12)

SERIES

PACKERS BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER 30-21-1
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. McCarthy: 1-2 Smith: 8-11
LAST WEEK L 21-13 at Bills L 19-17 at Panthers
LAST GAME 11/20/11: Buccaneers 26 at Packers 35. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 299 yards & 3 TDs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson catches 6 passes for 123 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/8/09: Buccaneers 38, Packers 28. Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman throws for 205 yards & 3 TDs. Buccaneers defense records 3 INTs, including 35-yard INT-TD from S Tanard Jackson.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 119 (GB), 136 (TB). XM: 230 (TB)

STATS

PASSING Rodgers: 293-458-3837 (3C)-35 (1C)-5-111.2 (1L) McCown: 158-278-1944-10-12-72.6
RUSHING Lacy: 203-940-4.6-8 (3C) Rainey: 94-406-4.3-1
RECEIVING Nelson: 83-1320 (2C)-15.9-12 (T2L) Jackson: 66-931-14.1-2
OFFENSE 383.6 (3C) 305.9
TAKE/GIVE +15 (1L) -10
DEFENSE 365.7 366.6
SACKS Matthews: 7.5 Smith: 6.5
INTs Hayward, Williams: 3 Banks: 4 (T2C)
PUNTING Masthay: 44.8 Koenen: 40.2
KICKING Crosby: 122 (2C) (47/49 PAT; 25/29 FG) Murray (R): 80 (29/29 PAT; 17/21 FG)

NOTES

PACKERS: Lead NFC in scoring (436 points)…QB AARON RODGERS leads NFL with 111.2 rating (35 TDs, 5 INTs) & can be 1st in NFL history with 6 consecutive seasons with 100+ rating. Had 299 yards, 3 TDs & 112.3 rating in last meeting…RB EDDIE LACY is 1st Packer with 100+ scrimmage yards in 7 consecutive games & has 881 yards (125.9 per game) & 8 TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) in those 7. Needs 60 rush yards for 2nd consecutive 1,000-yard season…WR JORDY NELSON ties for 2nd in NFL with 12 rec. TDs. Nelson (12), Lacy (12) &WR RANDALL COBB (10) are 1st GB trio with 10+ TDs in season. In last meeting, Nelson had 6 catches for 123 yards & 2 TDs. Nelson (1,320) & Cobb (1,076) both have career-highs in rec. yards…CB TRAMON WILLIAMS had 2 INTs in last meeting & has 3 INTs in 3 games vs. TB. Had INT last week. In 16 games vs. TB, LB JULIUS PEPPERS has 15.5 sacks & 46-yard INT-TD. Is only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks (123.5) & 10+ INTs (11). LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 2 sacks last week & has 3 sacks in past 2. Rookie S HA HA CLINTON-DIX had career-high 13 tackles last week…BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH MC COWN won last start vs. GB (11/4/13 with Chi.), passing for 272 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 90.7 rating…RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 96 yards last week, incl. season-long 63-yard run. Rookie RB CHARLES SIMS had 79 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 34 rush). last week on 10 touches…WR MIKE EVANS leads NFL rookies with 11 rec. TDs. Has 9 TDs in past 7. Is 3rd among rookies with 948 rec. yards. Evans’ 11 rec. TDs are tied for most in season in team history. WR VINCENT JACKSON had 7 catches for 141 yards & 3 TDs in last game vs. GB (11/6/11 with SD). In 2 meetings, has 13 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & 4 TDs…LB LAVONTE DAVID had sack & FF last week. Since 2013, is only player in NFL with 250+ tackles (277), 5+ sacks (8) & 5+ INTs (5). Leads team with 133 tackles. DE JACQUIES SMITH has 5.5 sacks in past 5. CB JOHNTHAN BANKS leads team with 11 PD. LB DANNY LANSANAH had 1.5 sacks last week, 1st sack of career.

NEW YORK GIANTS (5-9) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (6-8)

SERIES

GIANTS RAMS
SERIES LEADER 25-14
STREAKS Past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 3-1 Fisher: 5-1
LAST WEEK W 24-13 vs. Redskins L 12-6 vs. Cardinals
LAST GAME 9/19/11: Rams 16 at Giants 28. New York RB Ahmad Bradshaw records 104 scrimmage yards (59 rushing, 45 receiving). Giants RB Brandon Jacobs rushes for 50 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/08: Giants 41, Rams 13. New York QB Eli Manning passes for 260 yards & 3 TDs. Giants WR Plaxico Burress has 5 receptions for 81 yards & TD. Defense records 6 sacks.
BROADCAST FOX (3:05 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (NYG), 93 (StL.). XM: 225 (StL.).

STATS

PASSING Manning: 326-516-3590-26-13-90.0 Hill: 95-160-1124-6-4-82.9
RUSHING Jennings: 157-606-3.9-4 Mason (R): 155-661-4.3-3
RECEIVING Beckham (R): 71-972-13.7-9 Cook (TE): 44-556-12.6-3
OFFENSE 346.9 314.5
TAKE/GIVE -5 +2
DEFENSE 371.4 339.9
SACKS Pierre-Paul: 9.5 Quinn: 10.5
INTs Demps: 4 (T2C) Johnson: 3
PUNTING Weatherford: 45.6 Hekker: 46.1
KICKING J. Brown: 89 (38/38 PAT; 17/18 FG) Zuerlein: 91 (31/32 PAT; 20/26 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING is 3-0 vs. StL with 9 TDs vs. 1 INT for 115.5 rating. Has 101.4 rating in past 4. Has 3,590 pass yards, his 6th 3,500-yard season in row…RB ANDRE WILLIAMS leads NFC rookies with 6 rush TDs & is 2nd among NFC rookies with 568 rush yards.RB RASHAD JENNINGS leads team with 606 rush yards…WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 12 catches for 143 yards & 3 TDs last week, 1st rookie in NFL history with 12+ catches, 140+ yards & 3+ TDs in game. His 61 catches are most by rookie in 7-game span & his 866 rec. yards rank 2nd most by rookie. Among NFL rookies, ranks 1st in rec. yards (972), rec. yards per game (97.2), ties for 1st in catches (71) & ties for 2nd in rec. TD (9). TE LARRY DONNELL has career-high 6 TDs, tied for 2nd most by NFC TE…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. Rookie LB DEVON KENNARD has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. S ANTREL ROLLE has 3 INTs (2 TDs) & FF in past 6 vs. StL. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE has 2 INTs (99-yard TD) & FF in past 6 vs. StL…RAMS: Have not allowed TD in 3 consecutive games. Have allowed 12 points (4 per game) in past 3…QB SHAUN HILL has 116 rating (5 TDs, 0 INTs) in 3 wins as starter…Rookie RB TRE MASON leads NFC rookies with 661 rush yards. Has led team in rushing in all 10 games played. Has 396 scrimmage yards (99 per game), 348 rush yards (87 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 at home…WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN has TD (2 rush, 1 PR) in 3 of past 4. Has 9 career TDs (4 rec., 3 rush, 2 PR). WR STEDMAN BAILEY has 10 catches for 174 yards (87 per game) in past 2 at home. WR KENNY BRITT had TD catch in only game vs. NYG (9/26/10 with Ten.)…DE ROBERT QUINN has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in past 4 at home. Has 10.5 sacks & 5 FFs in past 9. DT AARON DONALD leads NFL rookies with 8 sacks. His 8 sacks rank 3rd among NFL DTs. Has sack in 7 of past 9. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON has 3 INTs (1 TD) in past 3 at home. Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player in NFL with 15+ sacks (15.5) & 9+ INTs (9).

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (10-4)

SERIES

COLTS COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER 9-5
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Pagano: 0-0 Garrett: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 17-10 vs. Texans W 38-27 at Eagles
LAST GAME 12/5/10: Cowboys 38 at Colts 35. Dallas RB Tashard Choice rushes for 100 yards & TD. Cowboys defense has 4 INTs, including INT-TDs from CB Orlando Scandrick & LB Sean Lee.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Cowboys 21, Colts 14. Dallas QB Tony Romo completes 19 of 23 passes for 226 yards. Cowboys RB Julius Jones rushes for 79 yards & RB Marion Barber adds 2 rushing TDs.
BROADCAST CBS (3:25 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims and Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 137 (Ind.), 85 (Dal.). XM: 85 (Dal.).

STATS

PASSING Luck: 355-578-4492 (1L)-38 (1L)-14-97.5 Romo: 264-381-3188-28 (T3C)-8-110.4 (2L)
RUSHING Richardson: 151-507-3.4-3 Murray: 351-1687 (1L)-4.8-11 (1L)
RECEIVING Hilton: 82-1345 (3C)-16.4-7 Bryant: 79-1148-14.5-13 (1L)
OFFENSE 421.4 (3L) 377.7
TAKE/GIVE -4 +2
DEFENSE 351.0 359.9
SACKS Walden: 6 Melton, Mincey: 5
INTs Adams: 5 (T3L) Carter: 3
PUNTING McAfee: 47.2 (3L) Jones: 45.5
KICKING Vinatieri: 130 (3L) (46/46 PAT; 28/28 FG) Bailey: 111 (45/45 PAT; 22/25 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: Since entering NFL in 2012, QB ANDREW LUCK has 12,688 passing yards, most of any SB-era QB in 1st 3 seasons. 1 of 2 SB-era QBs to guide team to 10+ reg.-sea. wins in each of 1st 3 NFL seasons (RUSSELL WILSON).

Leads NFL with 38 TD passes & needs 2 to become 8th player in history with 40+ TD season…Last week, RB TRENT RICHARDSON(2,020) reached 2,000 career rush yards…In past 11, WR T.Y. HILTON has 66 rec. for 1,159 yards with 7 TDs, incl. 6 100-yard games. Has TD in 3 of past 4. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 1,345 rec. yards & needs 55 to join WRs MARVIN HARRISONREGGIE WAYNE as only Colts with 1,400+ yard rec. season. In past 2 vs. Dal., WR Reggie Wayne has 21 rec. for 311 yards & 2 TDs. WR HAKEEM NICKS had 114 rec. yards on 5 catches (22.8 avg.) in last meeting (9/8/13 with NYG)…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads AFC with 120 tackles. CB VONTAE DAVIS has INT in 2 of past 3…COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO has 117.8 rating in past 11 (26 TDs, 5 INTs). Ranks 2nd in NFL with 110.4 rating. Aims for 5th win in row vs. AFC. In past 8 vs. AFC, has 112.3 rating, 17 TDs & 2 INTs…RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 1,687 rush yards. Has 11 100-yard games, tied with HOFer EMMITT SMITH for most 100-yard rush games by Cowboy in season. Has rushed for 403 yards (134.3 per game) in 3 games vs. AFC in 2014. Has 5 TDs in past 5 vs. AFC…WR DEZ BRYANT had 6 catches for 114 yards & 3 TDs last week. Leads NFL with 13 rec. TDs. Since 2012, leads NFL with 38 rec. TDs. Aims for 12th in row vs. AFC with TD catch. Has 15 TDs in past 11 vs. AFC along with 86 catches & 1,119 yards (101.7 per game)…TE JASON WITTEN had TD catch in last meeting. Had 7 catches last week to give him his 11th consecutive season with 50+ receptions (53)…CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK had 40-yard INT-TD in last meeting. DE JEREMY MINCEY had 2 sacks last week. Has 2 games with career-high 2.5 sacks, both vs. Ind. (11/13/11, 1/1/12; both with Jax). DE TYRONE CRAWFORD had 2 sacks last week. LB BRUCE CARTERS J.J. WILCOX each had INT last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (8-6) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-12)

SERIES

BILLS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER 19-17
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Marrone: 0-0 Sparano: 6-2
LAST WEEK W 21-13 vs. Packers L 31-13 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Raiders 35 at Bills 38. Buffalo RB Fred Jackson rushes for 117 yards & 2 TDs. Bills WR Stevie Johnson catches 8 passes for 96 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/23/05: Raiders 38, Bills 17. Oakland RB LaMont Jordan rushes for 122 yards & 3 TDs & adds 40 receiving yards. Raiders WR Doug Gabriel catches 5 passes for 101 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:25 PM PT): Brian Anderson, Chris Simms. SIRIUS: 92 (Buf.), 139 (Oak.). XM: 233 (Oak.).

STATS

PASSING Orton: 239-375-2513-14-8-86.7 Carr (R): 313-529-2898-18-11-76.9
RUSHING Jackson: 117-457-3.9-2 McFadden: 142-467-3.3-2
RECEIVING Watkins (R): 59-850-14.4-5 J. Jones: 70-646-9.2-5
OFFENSE 321.9 283.5
TAKE/GIVE +10 (3C) -16
DEFENSE 313.4 (2C) 353.5
SACKS Ma. Williams: 13 4 tied: 3
INTs Searcy, Gilmore: 3 Woodson: 3
PUNTING Schmidt: 43.4 King: 45.2
KICKING Carpenter: 122 (3C) (26/27 PAT; 32/36 FG) Janikowski: 69 (24/24 PAT; 15/17 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: In past 2 vs. Oak., QB KYLE ORTON has passed for 604 yards & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ yards vs. Raiders. Has 97 career TD passes & needs 3 to reach 100…In only career start vs. Oak., RB FRED JACKSON rushed for 117 yards on 15 att. (7.8 avg.) with 2 TDs, incl. 43-yarder. Has 404 rec. yards & needs 39 to surpass career-high (442 in 2011). RB BRYCE BROWN had career-long 40-yard catch last week…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) leads AFC rookies in rec. yards (850) & ranks 2nd in catches (59) with 5 TDs. In past 4 on road, has 20 catches for 403 yards (100.8 per game) & TD. TE SCOTT CHANDLER had TD catch in last meeting…Bills lead NFL with 49 sacks & are only team with 3 players with 9+ sacks (DE MARIO WILLIAMSDT MARCELL DAREUS LB JERRY HUGHES). Williams has 7.5 sacks in past 6. Dareus leads NFL DTs with 10 sacks. Hughes (9.5) needs half sack to record back-to-back 10-sack seasons. In past 10, has 8.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. S BACCARI RAMBO posted 1st 2 career INTs last week vs. GB…

RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in passing yards (2,898) & TDs (18), both club rookie records. Posted 222 pass yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Has 4 TD passes in past 2 & aims for 3rd in row with TD…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY led team with 59 rush yards last week & has 247 in past 3. In last meeting, RB DARREN MC FADDEN had 143 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 71 rec.) with 2 total TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.)…WR JAMES JONES leads team in catches (70), receiving yards (646) & TD rec. (5), incl. 8 catches for 57 yards & TD last week vs. Chiefs. WR ANDRE HOLMES led team with 70 receiving yards last week vs. KC. TE MYCHAL RIVERA has 14 catches for 148 yards & TD in past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Needs TD catch to eclipse career-high 4 in 2013… Rookie LB KHALIL MACK (No. 5 overall) has 3 sacks in past 5. S CHARLES WOODSON (59) needs INT to become 11th player in NFL history to reach 60 career. In past 4 at home, has 2 INTs & sack. Leads team with 100 tackles.

SUNDAY NIGHT

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-4) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-3)

SERIES

SEAHAWKS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 16-15
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 7-3 Arians: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 17-7 vs. 49ers W 12-6 at Rams
LAST GAME 11/23/14: Cardinals 3 at Seahawks 19. Seattle QB Russell Wilson throws for 211 yards & TD & adds 73 rushing yards. Seahawks defense holds Cardinals to 204 total net yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/13: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 22. Seattle QB Wilson throws for 235 yards & 3 TDs. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 91 yards & TD.
BROADCAST NBC (6:30 PM MT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Chad Brown (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Sea.), 92 (Arz.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Sea.), 226 (Arz.).

STATS

PASSING Wilson: 248-396-2897-18-6-93.6 Lindley: 4-10-30-0-0-47.9
RUSHING Lynch: 256-1133 (3L)-4.4-10 (2L) K. Williams: 34-175-5.1-0
RECEIVING Baldwin: 56-669-11.9-3 Fitzgerald: 57-722-12.7-2
OFFENSE 361.6 321.6
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T3C) +12 (T2L)
DEFENSE 272.4 (1L) 350.0
SACKS Bennett: 6 Campbell, Okafor: 7
INTs Sherman: 3 Johnson: 4 (T2C)
PUNTING Ryan: 44.5 D. Butler: 42.2
KICKING Hauschkaa: 121 (3C) (34/34 PAT; 29/32 FG) Catanzaro (R): 103 (25/25 PAT; 26/30 FG)

NOTES

SEAHAWKS: Have won 7 of past 8…QB RUSSELL WILSON has 34 wins, most by QB in 1st 3 seasons. In Week 12, had 121.6 rating & 73 rush yards. In last game at Az., passed for 3 TDs & 122.1 rating…RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has 19 TDs (15 rush, 4 rec.) in past 18, incl. playoffs. Has 1,000+ rush yards & 10+ rush TDs for 4th consecutive year…WR DOUG BALDWIN leads team with career-high 56 catches. TE COOPER HELFET had TD in Week 12. Rookie WR PAUL RICHARDSON had 1st career TD last week. WR JERMAINE KEARSE has set career-highs in catches (37) and yards (529)…CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 6 INTs (1 TD) in past 6 vs. Az. Since entering in 2011, leads NFL with 23 INTs. DT JORDAN HILLhas 4 sacks in past 4. S EARL THOMAS had INT in last game at Az. DE CLIFF AVRIL had sack & FF in last game at Az. LB BOBBY WAGNER had 10 tackles & sack last week…CARDINALS: Clinched playoff berth. 11 wins are tied for most in franchise history. Are 7-0 at home, most home wins since 1925…QB RYAN LINDLEY has 4 career starts…RB KERWYNN WILLIAMS has rushed for 175 yards (87.5 per game) in past 2. RB STEPFAN TAYLORrushed for career-high 61 yards last week…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 161 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MICHAEL FLOYD aims for 3rd in row with 45+ yard catch. Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 4 come-from-behind GW TDs (3 in 4th Q)…DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 5 sacks in past 2 vs. Sea. Has 11.5 sacks in past 17 at home. DT FROSTEE RUCKERhas 3 sacks & FF in past 2. Since 2011, CB PATRICK PETERSON is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (15) & 5+ return TDs (5). DT TOMMY KELLY had sack & blocked FG in last meeting. In past 5 at home, LB ALEX OKAFOR has 6 sacks & INT.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014

DENVER BRONCOS (11-3) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (9-4-1)

SERIES

BRONCOS BENGALS
MON. RECORD 29-36-1 10-20
SERIES LEADER 19-8
STREAKS Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Fox: 3-2 Lewis: 1-5
LAST WEEK W 22-10 at Chargers W 30-0 at Browns
LAST GAME 11/4/12: Broncos 31 at Bengals 23. Denver QB Peyton Manning throws for 291 yards & 3 TDs. Broncos WR Eric Decker catches 8 passes for 99 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/4/12
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Den.), 92 (Cin.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Den.), 226 (Cin.).

STATS

PASSING Manning: 346-516-4143 (3C)-37 (2L)-11-106.4 (1C) Dalton: 265-418-3008-15-14-82.9
RUSHING Anderson: 148-679-4.6-4 Hill (R): 177-877-5.0-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING D. Thomas: 96 (2L)-1389 (3L)-14.5-11 (T2C) Green: 61-959-15.7-6
OFFENSE 400.7 (3C) 348.4
TAKE/GIVE +6 -2
DEFENSE 309.4 (1C) 358.4
SACKS V. Miller: 13 Dunlap: 7
INTs Moore: 4 Iloka: 3
PUNTING Colquitt: 43.8 Huber: 47.1 (3C)
KICKING Barth: 39 (6/6 PAT; 11/11 FG) Nugent: 99 (33/33 PAT; 22/28 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: QB PEYTON MANNING has 4,143 pass yards & NFL-record 14 career 4,000-yard seasons. Has 8,968 career att. & needs 32 to join BRETT FAVRE (10,169) as only players to reach 9,000. Has 8-0 career record vs. Bengals, passing for 2,118 yards & 20 TDs with 106.8 rating, incl. 7 games with 2+ TDs…In past 6, RB C.J. ANDERSON is averaging 135.3 scrimmage yards per game (812 total) with 6 total TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.)…In past 11, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 1,248 yards & 10 TDs. Has 1,389 receiving yards & needs 111 to join ROD SMITH (1,602 in 2000) as only Broncos with 1,500-yard receiving season. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads AFC WRs with 41 TD catches. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 7 TDs in past 9…Broncos are 1 of 2 NFL teams with 2 players with 10+ sacks each (LBsVON MILLER DE MARCUS WARE). Since entering NFL in 2011, Miller is 2nd in AFC with 48 sacks…BENGALS: Last week, posted largest shutout win since 11/26/06 (30-0, also vs. Cle.). Have 13-2-1 record in past 16 reg.-sea. home games. Have won 4 of past 5 overall…In 2 career meetings, QB ANDY DALTON has 631 pass yards (315.5 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 94.0 rating. Has 39-22-1 (.637) record, highest win pct. of any Bengals QB (min. 20 starts)…RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 103 scrimmage yards last week (79 rush, 24 rec.). In past 7, rookie RB JEREMY HILL (Round 2, No. 55 overall) has 756 scrimmage yards (108/game) with 5 rush TDs. Leads NFL rookies in rush yards (877) & is tied for 1st in rush TDs (8). 1st NFL rookie with 3 140+ yard rush games since 2005 (CADILLAC WILLIAMS)…Since entering NFL in 2011, WR A.J. GREEN has 4,792 career receiving yards, 4th-most of any player in 1st 4 NFL seasons…Since 2011, GENO ATKINS has 29 sacks, most among NFL DTs. LB VINCENT REY leads team with 103 tackles.

 

GAME PREVIEW CAPSULES WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL NFC Notes: Two weeks to go and 9 teams still vying for playoffs

 

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, nine NFC teams are still in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.

NFC DIVISIONS

All four divisions are still to be determined.

A breakdown of the NFC division races:

NFC EAST: Dallas (10-4) and Philadelphia (9-5) remain in contention for the NFC East division title. The Cowboys are in control in the division race. Dallas can clinch the NFC East this week with a win and a Philadelphia loss.

TEAM OVERALL DIVISION CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Dallas 10-4 3-2 7-4 .407 .444
Philadelphia 9-5 3-1 5-5 .401 .503

NFC NORTH: Detroit (10-4) and Green Bay (10-4) remain in contention for the NFC North division title. Both the Lions and Packers, who meet in Green Bay in Week 17, are in control in the division race. Detroit can clinch the division this week with a win and a Green Bay loss.

TEAM OVERALL DIVISION CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Detroit 10-4 4-0 8-2 .393 .462
Green Bay 10-4 4-1 7-3 .446 .492

NFC SOUTH: New Orleans (6-8), Carolina (5-8-1) and Atlanta (5-9) remain in contention for the NFC South division title. Both the Saints and Falcons, who meet in Week 16, are in control in the division race. The Saints can clinch the NFC South this week with a win and a Carolina loss.

TEAM OVERALL DIVISION CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
New Orleans 6-8 2-2 5-5 .446 .513
Carolina 5-8-1 3-2 5-6 .386 .503
Atlanta 5-9 4-0 5-5 .379 .495

NFC WEST: Arizona (11-3) and Seattle (10-4) remain in contention for the NFC West division title. Both the Cardinals and Seahawks, who meet in Arizona in Week 16, are in control in the division race. Arizona can clinch the division this week with a win over Seattle.

TEAM OVERALL DIVISION CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Arizona 11-3 3-1 8-2 .481 .510
Seattle 10-4 3-1 8-2 .504 .523

NFC WILD CARDS

Arizona has already clinched a playoff berth and currently leads the NFC West. Eight other teams remain in contention for a postseason spot.

Detroit, Dallas, Seattle and Green Bay are each in control for at least a Wild Card berth. All four teams can clinch at least a playoff berth this week.

A breakdown of the NFC Wild Card race:

TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Arizona* 11-3 8-2 .481 .510
Detroit 10-4 8-2 .393 .462
Dallas 10-4 7-4 .407 .444
Seattle 10-4 8-2 .504 .523
Green Bay 10-4 7-3 .446 .492
Philadelphia 9-5 5-5 .401 .503

*Arizona has already clinched a playoff berth and currently leads the NFC West

NFC HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE AND FIRST-ROUND BYE

Five teams remain in contention for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Arizona, which has the conference’s best record at 11-3, is in control for home-field advantage. The Cardinals can clinch home-field advantage this week with a win.

TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Arizona 11-3 8-2 .481 .510
Detroit 10-4 8-2 .393 .462
Dallas 10-4 7-4 .407 .444
Seattle 10-4 8-2 .504 .523
Green Bay 10-4 7-3 .446 .492

Six teams remain in contention for a first-round bye. Arizona, Detroit, Green Bay and Seattle are each in control for a first-round bye. The Cardinals can clinch a first-round bye this week with a win. The Lions can secure a first-round bye with a win combined with losses by Green Bay and Dallas.

TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Arizona 11-3 8-2 .481 .510
Detroit 10-4 8-2 .393 .462
Dallas 10-4 7-4 .407 .444
Seattle 10-4 8-2 .504 .523
Green Bay 10-4 7-3 .446 .492
Philadelphia 9-5 5-5 .401 .503

 

 

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

NFL AFC Notes: 12 teams still in contention with two weeks left

 

Two weeks remain in the NFL regular season and 12 AFC teams are still in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.

A breakdown of the AFC division races:

AFC EAST: New England (11-3) has clinched the AFC East division title.

AFC NORTH: Cincinnati (9-4-1), Baltimore (9-5) and Pittsburgh (9-5) remain in contention for the AFC North division title. The Bengals and Steelers, who meet in Week 17, are in control of their fate in the division race.

TEAM OVERALL DIVISION CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHED.
Cincinnati 9-4-1 3-2 6-4 .389 .467
Pittsburgh 9-5 3-2 7-3 .452 .429
Baltimore 9-5 2-3 5-5 .361 .467

AFC SOUTH: Indianapolis (10-4) has clinched the AFC South division title.

AFC WEST: Denver (11-3) has clinched the AFC West division title.

A breakdown of the AFC Wild Card race:

Nine teams remain in contention for a Wild Card spot. Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Kansas City control their fate in the Wild Card race.

TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHED.
Cincinnati* 9-4-1 6-4 .389 .467
Pittsburgh 9-5 7-3 .452 .429
Baltimore 9-5 5-5 .361 .467
Kansas City 8-6 6-4 .491 .505
San Diego 8-6 6-5 .375 .515
Buffalo 8-6 4-6 .455 .526
Houston 7-7 6-4 .265 .452
Miami 7-7 6-5 .398 .541
Cleveland 7-7 4-7 .362 .459

* Cincinnati is currently in first place in the AFC North

AFC HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE AND FIRST-ROUND BYE

Five teams remain in contention for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. New England is in control for home-field advantage.

TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHED.
New England 11-3 8-2 .516 .533
Denver 11-3 9-1 .519 .546
Indianapolis 10-4 8-3 .382 .477
Cincinnati 9-4-1 6-4 .389 .467
Pittsburgh 9-5 7-3 .452 .429

Five teams remain in contention for a first-round bye. New England and Denver are each in control for a first-round bye.

TEAM OVERALL CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF VICTORY STRENGTH OF SCHED.
New England 11-3 8-2 .516 .533
Denver 11-3 9-1 .519 .546
Indianapolis 10-4 8-3 .382 .477
Cincinnati 9-4-1 6-4 .389 .467
Pittsburgh 9-5 7-3 .452 .429

The remaining schedule for the 12 AFC teams still in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLIX:

AFC EAST

TEAM NEW ENGLAND BUFFALO MIAMI
WEEK 16 at New York Jets at Oakland Minnesota
WEEK 17 Buffalo at New England New York Jets

AFC NORTH

TEAM CINCINNATI PITTSBURGH BALTIMORE CLEVELAND
WEEK 16 Denver Kansas City at Houston at Carolina
WEEK 17 at Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cleveland at Baltimore

AFC SOUTH

TEAM INDIANAPOLIS HOUSTON
WEEK 16 at Dallas Baltimore
WEEK 17 at Tennessee Jacksonville

AFC WEST

TEAM DENVER KANSAS CITY SAN DIEGO
WEEK 16 at Cincinnati at Pittsburgh at San Francisco
WEEK 17 Oakland San Diego at Kansas City

 

 

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

NFL getting ready for Week 16; season down to two games

 

NFL TEAMS PREPARE FOR FINAL STRETCH

 

Time is running out. With two weeks to go in the NFL regular season, it’s time for teams to make their final playoff push.

 

“We can’t really worry about how it all plays out,” says Dallas Cowboys tight end JASON WITTEN. “We have to handle our business and control what we can. At this point in the season, you know what you are playing for and it’s just one game at a time.”

 

Through the first 15 weeks, only four postseason berths have been clinched. Denver (AFC West), Indianapolis (AFC South) and New England (AFC East) each won its division while Arizona has secured a playoff berth in the NFC. With two weeks left, there are still 21 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.

 

There are eight playoff spots up for grabs, including five division titles.

 

“This is an amazing league,” says Baltimore Ravens head coach JOHN HARBAUGH, whose team is in mix for the AFC North crown. “Everybody is so close and that’s what makes it great.”

 

In the AFC, both New England and Denver can secure first-round byes this week, and the Patriots can also clinch home-field advantage. Cincinnati has a chance to lock up a playoff berth and the AFC North title. And Pittsburgh and Baltimore can each secure a postseason spot.

 

In the NFC, Arizona can clinch the NFC West, a first-round bye and home-field advantage this week. Detroit can secure a playoff spot, the NFC North division and a first-round bye. Dallas has a chance to lock up a postseason berth and the NFC East title. New Orleans can win the NFC South. And Green Bay andSeattle can each clinch a playoff spot.

 

Week 16 kicks off on Thursday night when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans (NFL Network, 8:25 PM ET). It continues with a Saturday doubleheader featuring the Philadelphia Eagles at the Washington Redskins (NFL Network, 4:30 PM ET) and the San Diego Chargers visiting the San Francisco 49ers (CBS and NFL Network, 8:25 PM ET). Some of the key games in Week 16:

 

ATLANTA FALCONS (5-9) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-8) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

 

New Orleans (6-8), Carolina (5-8-1) and Atlanta (5-9) are in contention for the NFC South crown with two weeks to play. Both the Saints and Falcons – who face the Panthers in Week 17 – are in control of the division. Win out and you’re in.

 

In Week 1, Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 448 yards with three touchdowns and kicker MATT BRYANT made two clutch 50+ yard field goals as the Falcons beat the Saints in overtime 37-34. Ryan was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and Bryant, who sent the game into overtime with a 51-yard field goal before winning it with a 52-yarder, took home Special Teams honors.

 

“We know what’s in front of us,” says Ryan. “We know what we’ve got to do. It’s a playoff-type mentality. We’ve got to win next week. We’ve got to have the best week of practice that we’ve had this year and prepare as best we can.”

 

The Saints won at Chicago on Monday night (31-15) and moved into first place in the division. With a win on Sunday over Atlanta combined with a Carolina loss, New Orleans will clinch the NFC South. Saints quarterback DREW BREES passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns and he recorded his NFL-record ninth consecutive 4,000-yard season (4,358).

 

“It sets us up for no bigger game than what’s coming up next week against Atlanta,” says Brees.

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-6) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-5) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

 

The Chiefs and Steelers are right in the middle of the crowded AFC playoff picture. Kansas City is one game out of a Wild Card position, trailing Pittsburgh and Baltimore. And the Steelers are just a half-game behind Cincinnati in the division. With a win on Sunday, Pittsburgh will lock up a playoff berth.

 

“It’s a big week coming up,” says Steelers cornerback WILLIAM GAY, who had a 52-yard interception-return touchdown last week. “We’ve put ourselves in a playoff mindset. Every day counts.”

 

Both teams are coming off Week 15 victories. The Chiefs knocked off Oakland 31-13 behind two ALEX SMITH touchdown passes while the Steelers defeated Atlanta 27-20 as wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 10 catches for 123 yards. Brown, who leads the NFL with 115 receptions, became the fourth player in NFL history to post consecutive seasons with at least 110 catches.

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (10-4) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)

 

The Colts clinched the AFC South with a 17-10 victory over Houston last week. It marks Indianapolis’ ninth division title in the past 12 seasons and second in a row. Quarterback ANDREW LUCK threw two touchdown passes and guided the Colts to the team’s 10th win of the season. Luck and Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON are the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to lead their teams to at least 10 wins in each of their first three seasons.

 

“This feeling never gets old,” says Colts veteran receiver REGGIE WAYNE about winning the division. “Taking care of the division was our first goal so we’re now able to check that one off.”

 

On Sunday night, Dallas defeated Philadelphia 38-27 to take possession of first place in the NFC East. Cowboys wide receiver DEZ BRYANT had six catches for 114 yards with three touchdowns and quarterback TONY ROMO posted a 129.1 passer rating. With a win and a Philadelphia loss this week, Dallas will win the division for the first time since 2009. The Cowboys can also clinch a playoff spot with a win along with losses by Green Bay and Detroit.

 

“We’re trying to stay together, play together and understand from here on out that these are all big games,” says Bryant.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-4) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-3) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)

 

The Seahawks and Cardinals will meet on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium – the site of Super Bowl XLIX – in a key NFC West showdown. Both teams are currently in control for the division and can clinch the title by winning out.

 

Seattle has won seven of its past eight games, including a Week 12 win over Arizona (19-3). A victory this week would give the Seahawks the head-to-head sweep against the Cardinals and put Seattle in position to claim the division for the second year in a row.

 

“We’ve got a lot of football ahead of us,” says Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who won his 34th start last week, the most by a quarterback in his first three seasons during the Super Bowl era. “Hopefully we can keep winning and keep finding ways to win.”

 

The Cardinals are the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff berth. And with a win over Seattle, Arizona would lock up the NFC West, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

 

“It’s hard to get to 11 wins in a season,” says Cardinals defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL. “It’s beautiful. But now we have to get to 12.”

 

DENVER BRONCOS (11-3) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (9-4-1) (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)

 

Week 16 concludes on Monday night with a matchup of division leaders.

The Broncos have already clinched the AFC West and can lock up a first-round bye with a win. Denver defeated San Diego 22-10 last week to clinch the division title for the fourth consecutive season. Broncos wide receiver DEMARYIUS THOMAS had six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

 

“All that really matters now is winning,” says Thomas.

 

With two weeks to play, the Bengals (9-4-1) hold a half-game lead over Pittsburgh (9-5) and Baltimore (9-5) in the AFC North. Cincinnati will visit Pittsburgh in the season finale in a game that could decide the division. With a win on Monday, the Bengals clinch a playoff spot. A Cincinnati win combined with losses by both Pittsburgh and Baltimore will give the Bengals the division.

 

“We’re still in control of everything,” says Bengals quarterback ANDY DALTON. “We know these next two games are going to be big. The way our division is going, everyone keeps winning. We know what we’re facing.”

 

Last week, rookie running back JEREMY HILL rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 30-0 win at Cleveland. Hill is the first rookie since 2005 with three 140+ yard rushing performances (CADILLAC WILLIAMS).

 

 

2014 NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
y-New England Patriots 11 3 0 .786 442 280 7-0-0 4-3-0 8-2-0 3-1-0 Won 2
Buffalo Bills 8 6 0 .571 302 254 5-3-0 3-3-0 4-6-0 3-2-0 Won 1
Miami Dolphins 7 7 0 .500 327 301 3-3-0 4-4-0 6-5-0 3-2-0 Lost 2
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 230 360 2-5-0 1-6-0 3-7-0 0-4-0 Won 1
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Cincinnati Bengals 9 4 1 .679 311 289 4-2-1 5-2-0 6-4-0 3-2-0 Won 1
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 5 0 .643 389 339 4-2-0 5-3-0 7-3-0 3-2-0 Won 2
Baltimore Ravens 9 5 0 .643 376 267 5-2-0 4-3-0 5-5-0 2-3-0 Won 2
Cleveland Browns 7 7 0 .500 276 300 4-4-0 3-3-0 4-7-0 2-3-0 Lost 3
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
y-Indianapolis Colts 10 4 0 .714 424 317 6-2-0 4-2-0 8-3-0 5-0-0 Won 4
Houston Texans 7 7 0 .500 324 277 3-3-0 4-4-0 6-4-0 3-2-0 Lost 1
Tennessee Titans 2 12 0 .143 231 390 1-6-0 1-6-0 2-8-0 1-3-0 Lost 8
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 12 0 .143 211 376 2-5-0 0-7-0 1-9-0 0-4-0 Lost 2
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
y-Denver Broncos 11 3 0 .786 407 303 7-0-0 4-3-0 9-1-0 5-0-0 Won 4
Kansas City Chiefs 8 6 0 .571 322 254 5-2-0 3-4-0 6-4-0 2-3-0 Won 1
San Diego Chargers 8 6 0 .571 303 294 5-3-0 3-3-0 6-5-0 2-3-0 Lost 2
Oakland Raiders 2 12 0 .143 213 381 2-5-0 0-7-0 1-9-0 1-4-0 Lost 1

National Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 381 328 3-4-0 7-0-0 7-4-0 3-2-0 Won 2
Philadelphia Eagles 9 5 0 .643 416 347 6-2-0 3-3-0 5-5-0 3-1-0 Lost 2
New York Giants 5 9 0 .357 317 339 3-4-0 2-5-0 3-7-0 2-3-0 Won 2
Washington Redskins 3 11 0 .214 257 370 2-4-0 1-7-0 1-9-0 1-3-0 Lost 6
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Detroit Lions 10 4 0 .714 281 238 7-1-0 3-3-0 8-2-0 4-0-0 Won 3
Green Bay Packers 10 4 0 .714 436 325 7-0-0 3-4-0 7-3-0 4-1-0 Lost 1
Minnesota Vikings 6 8 0 .429 277 297 4-3-0 2-5-0 5-6-0 0-5-0 Lost 1
Chicago Bears 5 9 0 .357 296 409 2-5-0 3-4-0 4-6-0 1-3-0 Lost 3
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
New Orleans Saints 6 8 0 .429 364 374 3-4-0 3-4-0 5-5-0 2-2-0 Won 1
Carolina Panthers 5 8 1 .393 288 358 3-4-0 2-4-1 5-6-0 3-2-0 Won 2
Atlanta Falcons 5 9 0 .357 348 369 3-4-0 2-5-0 5-5-0 4-0-0 Lost 2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 12 0 .143 254 367 0-6-0 2-6-0 1-9-0 0-5-0 Lost 4
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
x-Arizona Cardinals 11 3 0 .786 287 244 7-0-0 4-3-0 8-2-0 3-1-0 Won 2
Seattle Seahawks 10 4 0 .714 339 242 6-1-0 4-3-0 8-2-0 3-1-0 Won 4
San Francisco 49ers 7 7 0 .500 251 285 3-3-0 4-4-0 6-5-0 1-4-0 Lost 3
St. Louis Rams 6 8 0 .429 291 297 3-4-0 3-4-0 4-6-0 2-3-0 Lost 1

x – Clinched Playoffs; y – Clinched Division; z – Clinched Conference


LAST WEEK’S RESULTS DECEMBER 11, 14-15

(Home Team in Caps)

 

Thursday, December 11 Sunday, December 14 (cont’d)
Arizona 12, ST. LOUIS 6 KANSAS CITY 31, Oakland 13
NEW ENGLAND 41, Miami 13
Sunday, December 14 NEW YORK GIANTS 24, Washington 13
Pittsburgh 27, ATLANTA 20 Denver 22, SAN DIEGO 10
BALTIMORE 20, Jacksonville 12 New York Jets 16, TENNESSEE 11
BUFFALO 21, Green Bay 13 SEATTLE 17, San Francisco 7
CAROLINA 19, Tampa Bay 17 Dallas 38, PHILADELPHIA 27
Cincinnati 30, CLEVELAND 0
DETROIT 16, Minnesota 14 Monday, December 15
INDIANAPOLIS 17, Houston 10 New Orleans 31, CHICAGO 15

 

2014 NFL WEEK 16 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 20-22

(All times local)

 

Thursday, December 18 Sunday, December 21 (cont’d)
Tennessee at Jacksonville 8:25 PM (NFLN) Atlanta at New Orleans 12:00 PM
New England at New York Jets 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 20 Kansas City at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Philadelphia at Washington 4:30 PM (NFLN) Green Bay at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
San Diego at San Francisco 5:25 PM (CBS/NFLN) New York Giants at St. Louis 3:05 PM
Indianapolis at Dallas 3:25 PM
Sunday, December 21 Buffalo at Oakland 1:25 PM
Cleveland at Carolina 1:00 PM Seattle at Arizona 6:30 PM (NBC)
Detroit at Chicago 12:00 PM
Baltimore at Houston 12:00 PM Monday, December 22
Minnesota at Miami 1:00 PM Denver at Cincinnati 8:30 PM (ESPN)

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

A Review of Week 15 in the NFL; milestones, top players, top teams

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

 

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 15

 

PLAYOFF BOUND: The DENVER BRONCOS (AFC West), INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (AFC South) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (AFC East) clinched their respective divisions on Sunday. The Broncos won at San Diego 22-10, the Colts defeated Houston 17-10 and the Patriots knocked off Miami 41-13.

 

The ARIZONA CARDINALS, who have the best record in the NFC at 11-3, also clinched a playoff spot with their 12-6 win at St. Louis on Thursday Night Football.

– NFL

COMEBACKS GALORE: The 2014 season has featured many close games and great comeback victories.

 

On Sunday, the DETROIT LIONS overcame a 14-0 deficit against Minnesota to earn a 16-14 comeback victory. There have been 38 comeback victories of 10+ points this season, the second-most through Week 15 in NFL history (2013).

 

The most comeback wins of 10+ points through Week 15 in NFL history:

 

THROUGH WEEK 15
SEASON 10+ POINT COMEBACK WINS
2013 39
2014 38
2011 38
Many 36

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TDS GALORE: Dallas’ TONY ROMO, New Orleans’ DREW BREES and the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING each threw three touchdown passes without an interception in Week 15. With two weeks to play, there have been 54 such performances this season, the second-most such games in a season all-time (55 in 2013).

 

The most games with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions in a single season in NFL history:

 

SEASON MOST INDIVIDUAL THREE+ TD PASS & ZERO INT GAMES IN SEASON
2013 55
2014 54*
2012 44
2009 44
2010 43
* Through Week 15

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YARDS APLENTY: NFL games have averaged 697.7 total yards per game in 2014, which is on pace to surpass the single-season record set in 2013 (697.0 per game).

 

The seasons with the most total yards per game in NFL history:

 

YEAR YARDS PER GAME
2014 697.7*
2013 697.0
2012 694.4
2011 693.7
2010 672.0
* Through Week 15

 

Four NFL teams – PITTSBURGH (424.9), NEW ORLEANS (422.6), INDIANAPOLIS (421.4) and DENVER (400.7) – are averaging more than 400 total yards per game, which is on pace for the most of any season in NFL history (three teams in 2011, 2012 and 2013).

– NFL

4,000-YARD PASSERS: Denver’s PEYTON MANNING (4,143) and New Orleans’ DREW BREES (4,358) each surpassed the 4,000-yard mark in Week 15. Manning (14) and Brees (nine) rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the all-time list of NFL players with the most 4,000-yard passing seasons.

 

Brees extended his active streak of nine 4,000-yard passing seasons, the longest in NFL history.

The players with the most 4,000-yard passing seasons:

 

PLAYER 4,000-YARD SEASONS
Peyton Manning* 14
Drew Brees* 9
Tom Brady* 6
Brett Favre 6
Dan Marino 6
* Active

– NFL

 

BREES-ING TO 30: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-15 win over Chicago on Monday Night Football. Brees (31) has thrown at least 30 TDs in each of the past seven seasons, extending his NFL record for the most consecutive such seasons.

 

– NFL

FAST FITZ: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had seven receptions in the Cardinals’ 12-6 win against St. Louis, bringing his career reception total to 903.

 

Fitzgerald became the youngest player to reach 900 career receptions in NFL history (31 years, 102 days old).

 

The youngest players to reach 900 career receptions:

 

PLAYER AGE AT TIME OF 900th CATCH CAREER RECEPTIONS
Larry Fitzgerald* 31 years, 102 days** 903
Andre Johnson* 32 years, 143 days 996
Jason Witten* 32 years, 159 days 932
Randy Moss 32 years, 275 days 982
Tony Gonzalez 32 years, 291 days 1,325
Jerry Rice 33 years, 44 days 1,549
* Active
** Age on Thursday

 

– NFL

ROOKIE 10: New York rookie wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants’ 24-13 win over Washington. Beckham now has three games with at least 10 receptions this season, the most such games by a rookie in NFL history.  

 

Only four other players have had 10+ receptions in two games during their rookie seasons: LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (2001), JEREMY SHOCKEY (2002),ANQUAN BOLDIN (2003) and MARQUES COLSTON (2006).

 

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RUNNING ROOKIE: Cincinnati running back JEREMY HILL rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals’ 30-0 win over Cleveland, becoming thefirst NFL rookie with at least three 140-yard rushing games since 2005 (CADILLAC WILLIAMS).

– NFL

ALL-TIME SMITH: Baltimore wide receiver STEVE SMITH, SR. had 37 receiving yards in the Ravens’ 20-12 win against Jacksonville. Smith now has 13,123 career receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 15 all-time.

– NFL

 

COLTSTRONG: Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE recorded four catches for 24 yards in the Colts’ 17-10 win over Houston. Wayne (209) surpassedPEYTON MANNING (208) for the most games played in franchise history.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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