Week 6 NFL Capsules

Week 6 NFL Capsules
October 11, 2012, 4:09 pm
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OAKLAND (1-3) At ATLANTA (5-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 1-3; Atlanta 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 7-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 28; Falcons No. 2

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Raiders 24-0, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK - Raiders had bye; Falcons beat Redskins 24-17

RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (32), PASS (12)

RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25, RUSH (24), PASS (28)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (21), PASS (7)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (27), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons 5-0 for first time in franchise history. ... Oakland first-year coach Dennis Allen served as Atlanta's defensive assistant and quality control coach from 2002-05. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith one win away from tying Dan Reeves as winningest coach in team history. Smith has career record of 48-21. Reeves went 49-59-1 with Atlanta from 1997-2003. ... Falcons never trailed in first three wins, but they have rallied in fourth quarter last two weeks. ... Raiders QB Carson Palmer on pace for career highs in attempts, completions and yards passing. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez coming off best game with team, a 13-catch, 123-yard performance against Redskins. He also hauled in 99th touchdown pass of career. ... Atlanta tied with New England for best turnover margin in league, plus-10. ... Falcons S Thomas DeCoud has four interceptions. ... RB Darren McFadden has been held under 35 yards rushing in three of Oakland's four games. Raiders rank last in league in rushing, averaged just 60.8 yards per game. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan second-rated passer in league (106.1), trailing only San Francisco's Alex Smith (108.7). ... Atlanta K Matt Bryant 10-for-10 on season, including a 53-yarder. ... Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to return after being knocked unconscious against Pittsburgh three weeks ago.

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KANSAS CITY (1-4) At TAMPA BAY (1-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Kansas City 2-3; Tampa Bay 2-1-1

SERIES RECORD - Tied 5-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chiefs No. 29; Buccaneers No. 25

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Chiefs 30-27 OT, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK - Chiefs lost to Ravens 9-6; Buccaneers Bye

CHIEFS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (2), PASS (23)

CHIEFS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (22), PASS (8)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (23), PASS (29)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (4), PASS (32)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Since winning five of first seven meetings between teams, Bucs have won three straight over Chiefs to even series 5-5. ... Chiefs QB Matt Cassel left last week's loss to the Ravens with a concussion and his status for Sunday is uncertain. If he doesn't play, Brady Quinn figures to make his first NFL start in three years. ... Regardless of whether Cassel or Quinn plays, Bucs know they have to contain RB Jamaal Charles, who's coming off a 140-yard rushing performance against Baltimore is averaging 153.6 over the last three games. ... Chiefs last in league in turnover margin at minus-15. ... Bucs, off last week, are 9-7 following bye. ... Bucs still trying to establish running game under first-year coach Greg Schiano. RB Doug Martin third among NFL rookies with 247 yards rushing, and Schiano has said he'd like to get third-year pro LeGarrette Blount, a 1,000-yard rusher as rookie, more involved in running attack, too, to provide 1-2 punch of contrasting styles. ... Two weeks ago against Washington, Tampa Bay had pair of 100-yard receivers (Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams) in same game for first time in 20 years. ... Bucs QB Josh Freeman has been inconsistent, but showed signs of reverting to form of two seasons ago when he threw for 299 yards and a touchdown to help Bucs overcome 18-point deficit before falling to the Redskins 24-22 on a last-minute field goal. ... Bucs PK Connor Barth has converted franchise-record 25 consecutive field goals, longest current streak in NFL.

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INDIANAPOLIS (2-2) At NEW YORK JETS (2-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Jets by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Indianapolis 2-2; New York 3-2

SERIES RECORD - Colts lead 41-29

AP PRO32 RANKING - Colts No. 22 (tie); Jets No. 24

LAST MEETING - Jets beat Colts 17-16, Jan. 8, 2011

LAST WEEK - Colts beat Packers 30-27; Jets lost to Texans 23-17

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (19), PASS (6)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (25), PASS (15)

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (25), PASS (28)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (31), PASS (6)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams playing for first time since AFC wild-card following 2010 regular season - Peyton Manning's last game with Indianapolis. ... Colts coming off stunning win over Packers in which they overcame 21-3 halftime deficit, and won on Andrew Luck's 4-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne with 35 seconds left. Team delivered game ball to ailing coach Chuck Pagano, hospitalized since Sept. 26 while being treated for leukemia. Assistant Bruce Arians coaching in Pagano's place. ... Luck became fourth rookie QB in NFL, and first since Detroit's Matthew Stafford in 2009, to overcome deficit of 18 points or more and win. Luck is first rookie to throw for more than 1,200 yards and win two of team's first four games. Can become first Colts rookie to throw TD pass in each of first five career games. Also looking to become second Colts rookie to record four 300-yard passing games, and first since Manning in 1998. ... Wayne had career-high 212 yards receiving vs. Packers last week, passing Edgerrin James for second on team list in yards from scrimmage with 12,214 - trailing only Marvin Harrison (14,580). ... Rookie RB Vick Ballard slated to make first start against Jets after Donald Brown had surgery to repair torn cartilage in knee. ... Colts have had 100-yard receiver in every game, first time in team history through first four games: Wayne did it Weeks 1 and 5, Donnie Avery in Week 2 and T.Y. Hilton in Week 3. ... LB Pat Angerer (fractured foot), CB Vontae Davis (ankle) were questionable to play vs. Jets, while OLB Robert Mathis (sprained knee) was expected to miss game. ... Jets looking to end two-game skid following losses to 49ers and Texans. ... QB Mark Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of passes in four straight games, and 48.4 completion percentage ranks last in NFL. His 66.6 quarterback rating is 31st in league - ahead of only Kansas City's Matt Cassel (66.2) and Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden (64.5). ... Backup QB Tim Tebow continues to have limited role and has yet to score with Jets . He's 1 of 2 passing for 9 yards, and has 57 yards rushing on 14 carries. ... RB-KR Joe McKnight had 100-yard kickoff return for TD vs. Texans, extending Jets' NFL record with 11 straight seasons with scores on kickoffs - with 16 of them during that span. ... WR Jeremy Kerley leads team with 291 yards receiving on 15 receptions, and ranks fifth in NFL with 19.4 yards per catch. ... CB Antonio Cromartie got his ninth INT in two-plus seasons with Jets, ranking third in AFC among CBs since 2010. Held Houston's Andre Johnson to one catch for 15 yards. ... Jets hoping to get back TE Dustin Keller and rookie WR Stephen Hill, who have been sidelined with hamstring injuries.

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CINCINNATI (3-2) At CLEVELAND (0-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 2-2-1; Cleveland 2-2-1

SERIES RECORD - Bengals lead 42-36

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 14; Browns No. 32

LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Browns 34-27, Sept. 16, 2012

LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Dolphins 17-13; Browns lost to Giants 41-27

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (15) PASS (10)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (19), PASS (16)

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (27), PASS (14)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (26), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bengals have won four straight, seven of eight and 13 of 16 against their in-state rivals, who remain NFL's lone winless team. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has 36 receptions, second most in AFC and seems to have knack for big plays against Browns. Green had five catches for 78 yards and TD in Cincy's win over Cleveland last month. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton leads AFC with 127.7 passer rating in fourth quarter. ... Bengals tied for NFL lead with 18 sacks. Pro Bowl DT Geno Atkins has six sacks. ... CB Adam ``Pacman'' Jones had 81-yard punt return for TD when teams last met. He's second in league with 17.6 average per return. ... RB Andrew Hawkins has shown knack for big plays. The 5-foot-7 Hawkins turned short pass into 50-yard TD earlier this season against Browns, who had him in for tryout in 2008. ... Browns trying to avoid setting franchise record with 12th straight loss. ... Browns coach Pat Shurmur 0-8 in two seasons inside AFC North and needs win to impress new owner Jimmy Haslam III, whose purchase of team to be approved Tuesday. ... Browns get back CB Joe Haden, who missed past four game serving suspension for violating league's policy on performance enhancers. ... Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden is league's lowest rated passer and has nine INTs. Weeded did not throw a pick when teams met in Week 2. ... Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson had breakout vs. Bengals, rushing for 109 yards and scoring two TDS, one on 23-yard pass play where he eluded five tacklers. Richardson has scored TD in past four games. ... Browns were without several starters in practice this week. ... Browns did not allow sack last week for the first time in 18 games.

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DETROIT (1-3) At PHILADELPHIA (3-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Eagles by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Lions 0-4; Eagles 1-3-1

SERIES RECORD - Eagles lead 15-12-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 22; Eagles No. 11

LAST MEETING - Eagles beat Lions 35-32, Sept. 19, 2010

LAST WEEK - Lions had bye; Eagles lost to Steelers 16-14

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (13), PASS (10)

EAGLES OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (10), PASS (13)

EAGLES DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (12), PASS (9)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Eagles have won last six meetings and are 3-0 vs. Lions under coach Andy Reid. ... Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was Lions coach in 2001-02. ... Lions last beat Eagles,13-11, on Nov. 16, 1986 at old Veterans Stadium. ... Lions have three takeaways, tied for fewest in NFL. ... Lions outscored 60-31 in first half. ... Lions have just three plays of 30 yards or more. ... Matthew Stafford hasn't thrown TD pass to Calvin Johnson. ... After throwing 41 TDs and 16 interceptions last season, Stafford has fewer TD passes (three) than interceptions (four) this year. ... Lions have allowed kickoff and punt return for touchdowns in consecutive games, first team in NFL history to do so. ... Lions second straight opponent for Eagles coming off a bye. ... Michael Vick beat Lions in Week 2 of 2010 season in first start for Eagles. ... Vick had 104.2 passer rating vs. Steelers last week. It was Vick's 12th game with passer rating that exceeded 100 during his Eagles' career. ... TE Brent Celek has 74 receptions for 1,062 yards and six touchdowns in last 16 games. ... Eagles have held opponents to 5-for-16 in red zone, while limiting passers to 53.3 completion percentage (96 of 180). ... Eagles have combined 45-44 record before bye week under Reid, 84-39-1 after it.

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ST. LOUIS (3-2) At MIAMI (2-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Dolphins by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 4-1; Miami 3-2

SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 9-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 17; Dolphins No. 20

LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Rams 16-12, Nov. 30, 2008

LAST WEEK - Rams beat Cardinals 17-3; Dolphins beat Bengals 17-13

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (22), PASS (30)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (18), PASS (12)

DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (8), PASS (18)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (1), PASS (27)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Rams' only victory in Miami was Oct. 3, 1976. ... New Rams coach Jeff Fisher 1-5 in Miami. ... Fisher was Dolphins' top choice for coaching vacancy in January, but instead accepted Rams' offer. ...Dolphins Dan Carpenter 0 for 4 on field-goal tries of 47 yards or longer. Greg Zuerlein is 13 for 13 on field-goal tries for St. Louis, including four kicks of 50 yards or longer. ... Rams and Dolphins tied for sixth in NFL with 15 sacks. ... Rams have exceeded 2011 win total. They're above .500 for first time since Nov. 4, 2006... St. Louis' defense ranks ninth in NFL in points allowed (80) and tied for third in interceptions (eight). ... Rams coming off 10-day break between games. ... Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill is first NFL rookie to pass for more than 1,250 yards and win at least twice in team's first five games. ... Miami's Brian Hartline leads NFL with 514 yards receiving, and he's on pace to break team one-season record of 1,389 set by Mark Clayton in 1984. ... Miami's Davone Bess has picked up first down on 17 of his 22 receptions. ... Dolphins lead NFL in rushing defense, allowing 61 yards per game and 2.7 per carry. ... They rank second with nine touchdowns rushing, and second with 204 yards in punt returns. ... Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas will be inducted into Dolphins' Honor Roll on Sunday.

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DALLAS (2-2) At BALTIMORE (4-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Ravens by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Dallas 1-3; Baltimore 2-3

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 3-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cowboys No. 18; Ravens No. 4

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Cowboys 33-24, Dec. 20, 2008

LAST WEEK - Cowboys had bye; Ravens beat Chiefs 9-6

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (29), PASS (4)

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (15), PASS (1)

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (13), PASS (8)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (20), PASS (22T)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cowboys have faced no other team fewer times than Ravens. Two of previous three games were in Baltimore, where Ravens won 27-0 and 30-10. ... Baltimore one of six teams with winning record against Dallas. ... John Harbaugh became Ravens coach before 2008 season after Jason Garrett turned it down. ... Ravens S Ed Reed has three INTs in two games vs. Dallas. ... Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has 237 yards rushing in four games this season, fewer than he got in one game against St. Louis (253 yards) last season. ... Cowboys 16-7 all-time after bye. ... Dallas QB Tony Romo, who threw three INTs in last outing against Chicago, has won two straight vs. AFC opponents. ... Cowboys TE Jason Witten had 13 catches for 112 yards and TD against Bears. In last game against Ravens, he had five catches for 87 yards and a score. ... Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware has three sacks and forced three fumbles in last two games. ... Ravens seeking 14th straight win at home during regular season. Under Harbaugh, Baltimore 8-0 at home against NFC goes, and Ravens are 24-5-1 all-time at home against NFC. ... Although Ravens defense ranks 24th, 17.8 points allowed is second-lowest in AFC behind Houston. ... Baltimore seeking to go 5-1 for first time under Harbaugh and only second time in franchise history. ... With 54 yards receiving Sunday, Anquan Boldin will move past Derrick Alexander (2,108 yards) into eighth place on the franchise career list. ... Ravens rookie K Justin Tucker scored all of Baltimore's points last week vs. KC and is 11 for 12 on FG tries this season. ... This is Baltimore's only home game in October.

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BUFFALO (2-3) At ARIZONA (4-1)

Thursday, 4:05 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Cardinals by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 2-3; Arizona 3-2

SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 5-4

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 27; Cardinals No. 10

LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat Bills 41-17, Oct. 5, 2008

LAST WEEK - Bills lost to 49ers 45-3; Cardinals lost to Rams 17-3

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (5), PASS (26)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (30), PASS (24)

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (25)

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11T), RUSH (14), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Since taking 21-7 third-quarter lead over New England two games ago, Bills have been outscored 90-10. ... Buffalo has given up 1,208 yards in last two games, most since New York Yanks allowed 1,207 in consecutive weeks in 1950. ... Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick grew up in Gilbert, in suburban east Phoenix, and was big Arizona State and Cardinals fan. His favorite player for both Arizona State and Cardinals was QB Jake Plummer. ... Bills signed ex-Cardinal OL Reggie Wells on Tuesday to bolster injury-ravaged offensive line. Wells spent first seven of his 10 NFL seasons with Arizona. ... Three Buffalo offensive linemen are out with injuries and another's status uncertain for Sunday. ... Bills spent week in Arizona, practicing at Arizona State, after losing at San Francisco on Sunday. ... Bills allowing 449.4 yards per game, Arizona's offense is averaging 273.2. Both are second-worst in NFL. ... Arizona lost RB Ryan Williams to season-ending shoulder injury in loss to Rams. Fellow RB Beanie Wells out for at least next five games with turf toe. ... Cardinals have yet to collect 300 yards in a game. ... Arizona has won eight straight at home, five in OT. Cardinals haven't won nine straight since 1925, when they played in Chicago's Comiskey Park against likes of Dayton Triangles and Pottsville Maroons, who ended that Cardinals' home win streak. .. If Cardinals win, their 5-1 mark would be best start in 36 years. .... Arizona has allowed 98 fewer points than Buffalo, 78 to 176. ... By going 4-1 this season, QB Kevin Kolb is 7-7 as an Arizona starter.

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NEW ENGLAND (3-2) At SEATTLE (3-2)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 4-1; Seattle 3-2

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 8-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 5; Seahawks No. 15

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Seahawks 24-21, Dec. 7, 2008

LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Broncos 31-21; Seahawks beat Panthers 16-12

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (3), PASS (9)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (8), PASS (30)

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (7), PASS (31)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (3), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Last matchup of No. 1 ranked offense vs. No. 1 ranked defense in Week 6 or later was Week 14 of 2007, when Patriots' top-ranked offense hosted Pittsburgh's No. 1 defense. The Patriots won 34-13. ... Patriots have won 24 of last 27 October games. ... QB Tom Brady has never played in Seattle, one of three cities he has yet to play. Brady injured in 2008 when Patriots last visited Seattle. Brady has never played at San Francisco or Tampa. ... Brady has thrown TD pass in 37 straight games, third longest streak in NFL history. He needs one more 300-yard passing game to tie Warren Moon for seventh in league history for most 300-yard games with 49. ... WR Wes Welker has overcome slow start to have three straight 100-yard receiving games. Franchise record is four straight by Randy Moss. ... RB Stevan Ridley has consecutive 100-yard rushing games and can be first Patriots' running back to have three straight 100-yard games since Curtis Martin in 1995. ... Patriots rushed for 200 yards in consecutive games for first time since 1978. ... Patriots have 101 first downs in last three games, first team since merger to have three straight games of 30 or more first downs. ... Patriots tied for league lead with plus-10 turnover differential through five weeks. ... S Tavon Wilson leads NFL rookies with two interceptions. ... Seahawks coach Pete Carroll coached Patriots for three seasons from 1997-99. ... QB Russell Wilson threw for season-high 221 yards and completed 19 of 25 passes last week vs. Carolina. ... RB Marshawn Lynch has rushed for at least 85 yards in 13 of last 14 games and leads NFC with 508 yards rushing. ... Seahawks only team in league to rank in top five in overall defense, pass defense and rush defense. ...Along with having No. 1 overall defense, Seahawks lead league in yards per play (4.39) and yards passing per play (6.02). ... Seahawks defense has not allowed opponent to score offensive touchdown in 128 minutes since Green Bay's Cedric Benson scored on TD run in fourth quarter of Week 3. ... In last four games, Seahawks defense has surrendered two touchdowns. ... Last home game vs. Green Bay, Seahawks recorded eight sacks in first half with DE Chris Clemons having four. ... DE Bruce Irvin leads rookies with 4 1/2 sacks. ... This is Seattle's only home game between Sept. 24 and Nov. 4.

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NEW YORK GIANTS (3-2) At SAN FRANCISCO (4-1)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - 49ers by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 2-1-2; San Francisco 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Tied 18-18

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 7; 49ers No. 3

LAST MEETING - Giants beat 49ers 20-17 OT, Jan. 22, 2012

LAST WEEK - Giants beat Browns 41-27; 49ers beat Bills 45-3

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (12), PASS (3)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (16), PASS (22T)

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (1), PASS (27)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (7), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams split meetings last year with Giants winning NFC championship game in San Francisco 20-17 in OT after Kyle Williams botched two punt returns into turnovers for 49ers. ... These are most efficient offensive teams in NFL with Giants scoring on league-best 51.8 percent of drives and 49ers second at 49.1 percent. ... Giants average 469.3 ypg last four weeks. ... Giants QB Eli Manning thrown for at least 200 yards in 24 straight games, second longest streak ever. ... New York RB Ahmad Bradshaw coming off career-high 200 yards rushing vs. Cleveland last week. ... Giants WR Victor Cruz had three TD catches last week and 10 catches for 142 yards in NFC title game. ... Giants S Stevie Brown and LB Michael Boley tied for fifth in NFL with three takeaways apiece. ... 49ers outscored past two opponents 79-3. ... San Francisco became first team to top 300 yards rushing and passing in same game last week vs. Buffalo. ... 49ers on record-setting pace with 6.1 ypc. Cleveland in 1963 has record at 5.7. ... San Francisco gained at least 10 yards on more than one-fifth of carries. ... 49ers one of three teams running on more than half offensive plays. ... 49ers QB Alex Smith leads NFL with 108.7 passer rating and is coming off third career 300-yard game.

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MINNESOTA (4-1) At WASHINGTON (2-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Off

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 3-2; Washington 2-3

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 11-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 8; Redskins No. 19

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Redskins 33-26, Dec. 24, 2011

LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Titans 30-7; Redskins lost to Falcons 24-17

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (9), PASS (24)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (6), PASS (15)

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (4), PASS (17)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Game set to feature NFL's top two quarterbacks in completion percentage: Washington's Robert Griffin III (69.1) and Minnesota's Christian Ponder (69.0). ... Griffin expected to play unless there's setback in recovery from concussion suffered in third quarter of last week's loss. ... Teams meeting for third straight year, all in Washington. Minnesota won other two. ... Vikings WR Percy Harvin leads NFL with 329 yards after the catch, more than 80 percent of his receiving total of 407. Of Harvin's 38 receptions, 22 have been at or behind line of scrimmage. ... Harvin also ranks first with 38.3-yard kick return average, while teammate Marcus Sherels fourth in punt returns, averaging 14.9. ... Since Ponder's first NFL start last October, Harvin has 100 catches, second most in NFL. ... Vikings have scored on all 15 trips to red zone (six TDs, nine FGs). ... RB Adrian Peterson needs one 100-yard game to tie Robert Smith (29) for career Vikings record. ... Minnesota one of three teams (Houston, New England) to not allow running play of 20-plus yards. Longest rush given up by Vikings is 15 yards. ... Vikings kickoff coverage teams last in NFL, allowing average start at about 34-yard line. ... Minnesota DE Jared Allen has five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in last three games vs. Washington. ... Redskins NFL's worst on third down, converting 23.3 percent. They are 0 for 9 on third-and-2 and third-and-3. ... Griffin ranks first in NFL in quarterbacks in rushing attempts (41) and yards (241). ... Griffin has thrown only one interception and leads rookies with 101 passing rating. ... Washington has fumbled seven times but lost only one. ... Redskins have intercepted pass in six straight games, including finale of last season. ... Redskins new K Kai Forbath replaces Billy Cundiff, who missed NFL-high five FG attempts in five games. ... Washington ranks first in NFL in average yards after catch (7.3). ... Redskins LB Lorenzo Alexander tops NFL in special teams tackles (nin e). ... Washington's last seven 100-yard rushing games have been by rookies: Roy Helu Jr. had three last year, Evan Royster had two in 2011, and Alfred Morris has two this year. ... Morris rushed for career-high 115 yards last week, joining Eric Dickerson as only NFL rookies to run for at least 75 yards in each of their teams' first five games. ... Redskins have lost eight straight at home.

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GREEN BAY (2-3) At HOUSTON (5-0)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE - Texans by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Green Bay 1-4; Houston 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Tied 1-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 12; Texans No. 1

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Packers 24-21, Dec. 7, 2008.

LAST WEEK - Packers lost to Colts 30-27; Texans beat New York Jets 23-17

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (20), PASS (15)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (17), PASS (16T)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (6), PASS (20)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (9), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Packers visiting Houston for first time since 2004. ... Green Bay facing an undefeated team with at least five wins for first time since playing 7-0 Tennessee in November 2008. ... Packers 10-3 in last 13 road games (including playoffs). ... Packers lead NFL in red-zone efficiency, scoring on 11 of 15 drives inside opponents' 20-yard line (73.3 percent). ... QB Aaron Rodgers has 99.4 rating in road games since 2008, second in the league (Tom Brady, 101.4). ... Packers share NFL lead in sacks (18) with Chicago and Cincinnati. ... OLB Clay Matthews leads the NFL in sacks (eight). He has 37 1/2 sacks since 2009, fourth in the league. ... RB Cedric Benson placed on injured reserve Wednesday with sprained left foot. WR Greg Jennings (groin), DT B.J. Raji (ankle) and TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder) all missed practice Wednesday. ... Texans have won five straight games for second straight season. They set franchise record with seven consecutive victories in 2011. ... Houston has won time of possession in each of its first five games. ... Texans 38-5 when rushing 30 times or more under Gary Kubiak became coach in 2006. ... RB Arian Foster is league's second-leading rusher (106.4 ypg). He has 19 career 100-yard rushing games and three this season. ... WR Andre Johnson has 9,939 yards receiving in career. ... TE Owen Daniels leads team with 23 receptions for 311 yards. ... DE J.J. Watt ranks second to Matthews in sacks (7 1/2) this season. Watt also has eight pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. ... Houston defense has held four of five opponents below 20 points. ... Texans 4-0 when winning turnover margin this season. ... LB Brian Cushing placed on injured reserve Wednesday with torn anterior cruciate ligament. Houston cut KR/PR Trindon Holliday and signed LB Barrett Ruud. Rookie Keshawn Martin, a fourth-round draft pick, takes over return duties.

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DENVER (2-3) At SAN DIEGO (3-2)

Monday, 8:30, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 2-3; San Diego 3-2

SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 55-48-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 15; Chargers No. 13

LAST MEETING- Broncos beat San Diego 16-13 OT, Nov. 27, 2011

LAST WEEK - Broncos lost to Patriots 31-21; Chargers lost to Saints 31-24

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (17), PASS (5)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (21), PASS (11)

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (16), PASS (19)

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11T), RUSH (5), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chargers lead Broncos by one game in AFC West. ... Peyton Manning has won 11 of 15 Monday starts, with 96.3 passer rating. ... Last week, Manning registered 66th career 300-yard passing game, most in NFL history. .. Broncos wasted Manning's 345-yard, three-touchdown performance in loss to Patriots. ... San Diego's Philip Rivers is 7-3 on Monday nights, with 17 touchdowns, 105.2 passer rating. ... Chargers have won nine of last 12 in series, but Broncos have won two of last three in San Diego. ... Although this is first matchup against Manning since he signed with Broncos, Chargers have had QB's number since 2005, going 5-1 against him while he was with Indianapolis. Chargers eliminated Manning's Colts from playoffs in 2007 and `08. ... San Diego 5-4 overall against Manning since 1998, when he was No. 1 draft pick overall and Chargers took Ryan Leaf No. 2. ... Denver had as many playoff wins last season, one, as Chargers have in last four seasons. Chargers missed playoffs last two seasons. ... San Diego coach Norv Turner is 110-115-1 in regular season in stops with Washington, Oakland and San Diego. ... Chargers appear ready to take training wheels off RB Ryan Mathews after limiting his carries last two games in punishment for fumbling at Atlanta 4-yard line in 27-3 loss to Falcons three weeks ago.

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