Week 7 NFL Capsules

Week 7 NFL Capsules
October 18, 2012, 2:17 pm
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ARIZONA (4-2) At MINNESOTA (4-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Vikings by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Arizona 3-3; Minnesota 3-3

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 14-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cardinals No. 14; Vikings No. 11

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Cardinals 34-10, Oct. 9, 2011

LAST WEEK - Cardinals lost to Bills 19-16 OT; Vikings lost to Redskins 38-26

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (27T), PASS (28)

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (19), PASS (9)

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (8), PASS (18)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (11), PASS (10)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cardinals play at Minnesota for third straight season, losing in overtime by three points in 2010 and then by 24 points in 2011, when Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had three touchdowns in first quarter and defense forced four turnovers. Teams playing for fifth straight season and sixth in seven years. Vikings have won eight of last 10 in series. ... Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb out six to eight weeks with shoulder and rib injuries; John Skelton will return to starting role he won at training camp before hurting ankle in opener. Skelton 8-4 in career as starter, but eight of his 10 passes were incomplete last week after he relieved Kolb. ... Cardinals have allowed 28 sacks and 44 quarterback hits, both by far the most in league. They're third in NFL with 19 sacks. LB O'Brien Schofield and LB Daryl Washington tied for team lead with four each. ... With Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams out, Cardinals on third starting RB with William Powell. He rushed for career-high 70 yards last week. ... Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald returns to hometown. He teamed with equipment maker Riddell this week to donate 1,000 new helmets to Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board football program that Fitzgerald started playing sport in two decades ago. ... Cardinals start rough four-game stretch with this game, then hosting San Francisco, playing at Green Bay and then at Atlanta after bye week. Vikings, 49ers, Packers and Falcons are combined 17-7. ... Vikings QB Christian Ponder, still second in league with 68.6 completion percentage, has thrown two interceptions in each of last two games. He also lost fumble last week at Washington that set up Redskins for touchdown on next play. ... WR Percy Harvin leads NFL with 49 receptions, most ever by Vikings player through first six games of a season. He's caught pass in every game of his career. Harvin also leads league in total yards, including rushing, receiving and returning, with 1,048. Packers WR Randall Cobb next with 930. ... Vikings rookie Blair Walsh, 16 for 17 on field goals, tied for league lead with 24 kickoff touchbacks. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen, who leads league with 109 sacks since he entered in 2004, has four-game sack streak. ... After missing four of first six games and being hampered by injury in another, WR Jerome Simpson on track to play this week after recovering from lower-leg problem.

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GREEN BAY (3-3) At ST. LOUIS (3-3)

Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Packers by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Green Bay 2-4; St. Louis 5-1

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 46-44-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 7, Rams No. 22

LAST MEETING - Packers beat Rams 24-3. Oct. 16, 2011

LAST WEEK - Packers beat Texans 42-24; Rams lost to Dolphins 17-14

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (23), PASS (14)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (17), PASS (18)

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (16), PASS (27)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (13), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Packers have won nine of last 12 in series. ... Rams 3-0 at home, 0-3 on road. ... Both coaches 3-1 vs. opponent. ... Teams playing in St. Louis for first time since Sept. 27, 2009 when Packers won 36-17. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 338 yards, six TDs and no interceptions last week. First QB in franchise history with six TDs and no picks. ... WR James Jones and Hall of Famer Don Hutson lone Packers with two receiving TDs in three consecutive games. ... Rookie CB Casey Hayward has three INTs in last two games. ... WR Jordy Nelson tied career with three TDs last week. ... Rams QB Sam Bradford has won three starts in row at home and could tie his longest home winning streak with win. ... RB Steven Jackson has 576 yards from scrimmage, averaging 144 per game, in last four games. ... Rookie WR Chris Givens has 50-yard reception three straight games and averages 28.1 yards on seven catches. ... DE Robert Quinn has five sacks in last three games. ... DE Chris Long has four sacks in last four games and 11 sacks in last 13 home games. ... CB Cortland Finnegan has interception or sack in four of first six games with Rams.

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BALTIMORE (5-1) At HOUSTON (5-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Texans by 4 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 2-4; Houston 4-2

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 6-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 3; Texans No. 4

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Texans 20-13, Jan. 15, 2011

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Cowboys 31-29; Texans lost to Packers 42-24

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (14), PASS (11)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (26), PASS (22)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (6), PASS (18T)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (7), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - LB Ray Lewis (torn triceps) on injured reserve with ``designated to return'' tag, which provides him chance to play again this season. CB Lardarius Webb (torn ACL) out for season. ... OLB Terrell Suggs returned to practice Wednesday, his first workout since tearing Achilles tendon in April. ... Ravens have won six straight and 10 of last 11 against AFC opponents. Baltimore 37-15 vs. AFC since 2008. ... Ravens lead league with 34 offensive plays covering 20 yards or more. ... QB Joe Flacco leads league with 18 pass plays covering at least 25 yards. Flacco ranks third in yards per pass attempt (8.09) and seventh in yards passing (1,690). ... WR Anquan Boldin has nine receptions covering at least 20 yards, including a touchdown. ... Baltimore plus-7 in turnover margin. Ravens lead NFL with 404 takeaways since 2000. ... Baltimore has allowed only 28 100-yard rushers since 1999, an only 10 in last 89 games. ... S Ed Reed leads active players with 59 interceptions. Reed also NFL's career leader in interception return yardage (1,506 yards). ... Texans DE Tim Jamison placed on injured reserve after suffering an Achilles tendon injury last week. ... CB Johnathan Joseph sat out Wednesday's practice with groin injury and will be game-time decision. ... WR Andre Johnson can set franchise record by appearing in 129th game for team. Johnson topped 10,000 yards receiving last week... RB Arian Foster held to 29 yards in loss to Packers. He had run for more than 100 yards in three of previous four games. ... DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 9 1/2 sacks. He has sack in six consecutive games, tying Mario Williams' franchise record. Watt also has 16 tackles for loss. ... Texans' defense has not allowed rushing TD this season and has held opponents to NFL-best 20 three-and-out possessions. ... Houston ranks second in passes defensed (41) and third-down defensive efficiency (27.6 percent).

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WASHINGTON (3-3) At NEW YORK GIANTS (4-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Giants by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Washington 3-3; New York 3-1-2

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 92-64-4

AP Pro32 RANKING - Giants No. 2, Redskins No. 13

LAST MEETING - Redskins beat Giants 23-10, Dec. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Redskins beat Vikings 38-26; Giants beats 49ers 26-3

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (2), PASS (20)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (8), PASS (32)

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (9), PASS (5)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19T), RUSH (16), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 161st meeting between NFC East rivals. While Redskins won both games last season, Giants haven taken nine of past 12. ... Robert Griffin III rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns last week, becoming first rookie quarterback in Super Bowl era to rush for 100-plus yards and at least two TDs in game. He leads NFL with 70.2 completion percentage and ranks third with 100.5 rating. His six TDs rushing are second in league. ...Running back Alfred Morris leads NFL rookies with 538 yards rushing. ...Washington is only team with two players with more than five TDs rushing. ...TE Fred Davis had five catches for 105 yards in his last game against Giants. ...WR Pierre Garcon averaging 19.1 yards per catch. ...LB Ryan Kerrigan looking for third straight game with either a sack or interception against Giants. ...Cornerback De Angelo Hall has five interceptions in 10 career games against Giants, including one last game. ... Eli Manning has won 10 of past 14 starts against Redskins and 25-5 (.833) in October. ... Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has 57 carries for 316 yards and two touchdowns in past two games. ... Giants 10-0 when he has 100. ... Receiver Victor Cruz has five touchdown receptions in past three games, and his six overall tied for second in TDs receiving. In past eight at MetLife Stadium, he has 53 catches for 855 yards ( 106.9 yard average) and seven TDs. ...In last four games against Washington, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has five sacks, 25 tackles, two fumble recoveries and forced fumble. He had two of New York's six sacks last week. ...Safety Antrel Rolle NFC defensive player of week for intercepting two passes against Niners. ...Cornerback Corey Webster has intercepted a pass against Washington in three of past four games. ...Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has five sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including a touchdown return, in past four meetings with Washington.

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NEW ORLEANS (1-4) At TAMPA BAY (2-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Saints by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 2-3; Tampa Bay 3-1-1

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 23-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 23; Buccaneers No. 25

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Buccaneers 27-16, Nov. 6, 2011

LAST WEEK - Saints had bye; Buccaneers beat Chiefs 38-10

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (30), PASS (1)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (31), PASS (26)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (17), PASS (25)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (4), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bucs have won three of past five meetings between NFC South rivals, including split of season series in 2011. ... Saints QB Drew Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in NFL-record 48 consecutive games. In addition to throwing for 300-plus yards in four of five games, he's also thrown for three or more TDs four times this season. ... New Orleans LB Jonathan Vilma, who's challenging season suspension for involvement in Saints bounty program, practiced this week and there's chance he could be removed from the physically unable to perform list (left knee) and be activated to 53-man roster. ... Saints WR Marques Colston has 18 receptions for 284 yards and four TDs in past two games. ... Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman has thrown for five TDs and no interceptions in past three games against Saints. Bucs have won two of those games. ... Tampa Bay's run defense has improved dramatically, allowing just 75 yards per game after limiting then-NFL rushing leader Jamaal Charles to 40 yards on 12 attempts in last week's 28-point rout of Chiefs. On flip side, Bucs ranked 31st in pass defense. Only one team yielding more yards per game through air - New Orleans. ... Bucs inconsistent offensively, however Freeman has thrived throwing more downfield past two games and likely will try to do same against Saints. WRs Mike Williams (22.1 yards) and Vincent Jackson (18.5) rank among NFL's top five in average yards per catch. Three weeks ago against Washington, they became first pair of Tampa Bay players to have 100 yards receiving in same game in 20 years.

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DALLAS (2-3) At CAROLINA (1-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Cowboys by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Dallas 2-3; Carolina 2-3

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 8-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cowboys No. 19; Panthers No. 28

LAST MEETING - Cowboys beat Panthers 21-7, Sept. 28. 2009

LAST WEEK - Cowboys lost to Ravens 31-29; Panthers had bye

DALLAS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (20), PASS (6)

DALLAS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (14), PASS (1)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (13), PASS (22)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (23), PASS (19)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Two of Carolina's wins against Cowboys have come in postseason, but they're 1-8 in regular season vs. Dallas. ... QB Tony Romo 3-0 as starter vs. Carolina. ... Cowboys had 227 yards rushing last week against Baltimore, most ever against Ravens. ... When Romo starts and has QB rating of 100 or better Cowboys are 34-8 (.810). ... Romo has 50 games with multiple touchdown passes, most in team history. . WR Dez Bryant had career-high 13 catches last week and tied career-best with two receiving TDs. ... E Jason Witten has 471 catches since 2007, tied for most by tight end. ... WR Miles Austin has touchdown or 100-yard receiving game in seven of last nine games. . LB DeMarcus Ware has two games with two or more sacks vs. Carolina. ... He has 31 1/2 sacks in past 24 games. ... LB Victor Butler had career-high two sacks in last meeting. . QB Cam Newton is only player in NFL with 5,000-plus yards passing (5,205), 25-plus TDs passing and 15-plus TDs rushing in first two seasons. ... RB DeAngelo Williams and Hall of Famer Jim Brown are the NFL players to average more than 5 yards per carry with minimum of 1,000 carries. ... When RB Jonathan Stewart has 15 or more rushing attempts Panthers are 14-3 (.824). . TE Greg Olsen had 39-yard TD in last game vs. Dallas when he played for Bears. ... DE Charles Johnson has 20 1/2 sacks in past 27 games. .... Rookie LB Luke Kuechly had 11 tackles and first interception in last start against Seattle. It was his first start at MLB. ... DE Greg Hardy aims for third game in row with sack. ... Rookie DE Frank Alexander second among NFC rookies with 2 1/2 sacks.

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CLEVELAND (1-5) At INDIANAPOLIS (2-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Colts by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 3-2-1; Indianapolis 2-3

SERIES RECORD - Browns lead 16-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 30; Colts No. 26

LAST MEETING - Browns beat Colts 27-19, Sept. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Browns beat Bengals 34-24; Colts lost to Jets 35-9

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (27T), PASS (16)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (25), PASS (30)

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (26), PASS (9)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (29), PASS (3)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Colts have won five of last six meetings vs. Browns. ... Indy coach Chuck Pagano and interim coach Bruce Arians were both on Browns staff from 2001-03. ... Reggie Wayne has 41 receptions, sixth in NFL, and 523 yards, third in NFL, despite already having bye week. Wayne needs one TD to pass Edgerrin James (75) for third in franchise history and four points to pass James (458) for No. 7 on franchise list. ... Andrew Luck first rookie quarterback in league history to top 1,200 yards and win two games in first four games and needs one more 300-yard game to become franchise's second rookie quarterback to have four 300-yard passing games in season, joining Peyton Manning. ... Indy DE Dwight Freeney has seven sacks vs. Browns, most of any team outside AFC South. ... Colts K Adam Vinatieri needs 10 points to reach 1,800 in career. ... Browns have lost 10 straight road games, dating to last season's win in Indy. ... Cleveland playing for first time since sale of team became official Tuesday - first time since new owner said Mike Holmgren would be out as team president. ... Browns haven't won two straight in series since 1988 when won playoff game in January and regular-season game in September. ... Cleveland playing third road game in four weeks. ... Browns LT Joe Thomas has not missed offensive play since being drafted No. 3 overall in 2007. ... QB Brandon Weeden set franchise rookie record with 322 yards passing in win vs. Bengals. Weeden and Luck rank first and second among NFL rookies in yards passing. ... Cleveland third in NFL in interceptions (10). ... RB Trent Richardson first Browns rookie to score TD in each of first four games.

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TENNESSEE (2-4) At BUFFALO (3-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bills by 3 1/2

2012 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 2-4; Buffalo 3-3

SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 27-16

AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 27; Bills No. 24

LAST MEETING - Titans beat Bills 23-17, Dec. 3, 2011

LAST WEEK - Titans beat Steelers 26-23; Bills beat Cardinals 19-16 OT

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (32), PASS (15)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (24), PASS (29)

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (5), PASS (29)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Titans have won four straight and seven of past eight meetings against Buffalo, including Music City Miracle, in which Tennessee beat Buffalo 22-16 on last second touchdown on kickoff return in 2000 AFC wild-card playoff. ... Titans RB Chris Johnson off to pedestrian start with 301 yards rushing, 107 receiving and no scores. Numbers come close to matching Johnson's success against Buffalo. In two games he's combined for 285 yards rushing and four TDs, and 104 yards receiving. ... Johnson 54 yards rushing short of become third Titans player to reach 6,000. ... Titans 0-3 on road, and outscored by combined 106-31. ... PK Rob Bironas one field goal short from becoming second team player to have 200, joining Al Del Greco. ... Veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck set to make third straight start in place of Jake Locker, who's out with shoulder injury. Hasselbeck has 198 career touchdown passes. ... WR Kendall Wright leads NFL rookies with 33 catches. ... Bills defense rebounded against Arizona, following two blowout losses. Buffalo allowed 332 yards and had five sacks after giving up combined 1,201 yards and 97 points and having one sack in previous two. ... In three losses, Bills have allowed 145 points and 1,585 yards, while forcing four turnovers and seven punts. In three wins, Bills have allowed 47 points and 994 yards, while forcing seven turnovers and 20 punts. ... Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has gone two straight without a TD pass after leading NFL with 12 through four games. ... RB Fred Jackson 80 yards short of joining Thurman Thomas (11,938), O.J. Simpson (10,183) and Joe Cribbs (4,445) as only Bills players to reach 4,000. ... DE Mario Williams coming off season-best two-sack outing and has 5 1/2 career sacks against Titans. ... Bills enter bye week following game, and next play at Houston on Nov. 4.

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JACKSONVILLE (1-4) At OAKLAND (1-4)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Raiders by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Jacksonville 2-3; Oakland 2-3

SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 1-4

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jaguars No. 32, Raiders No. 29

LAST MEETING - Jaguars beat Raiders 38-31, Dec. 12, 2010

LAST WEEK - Jaguars had bye; Raiders lost to Falcons 23-20

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (22), PASS (32)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (30), PASS (23)

RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (29), PASS (12)

RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (18), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Raiders haven't beaten Jaguars since first meeting between franchises in 1996. .. Jacksonville outscored 99-16 in last three trips to West Coast. ... Game features two of NFL's best punters in Oakland's Shane Lechler, career leader in average at 47.6 yards and Jacksonville rookie Bryan Anger, who leads league this year at 51.3 yards. ... Jaguars 9-8 coming off bye week. ... Jacksonville K Josh Scobee made 14 straight FGs and needs one more to break Mike Hollis' team record of 175 total in a career. ... Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert has no TD passes in first quarter of 19 career starts. ... Jaguars one of two teams in NFL with no TDs in first quarter. ... Jacksonville has not scored on first drive in 16 games since Oct. 9, 2011. ... Jacksonville WR Cecil Shorts averaging 25.6 yards on eight receptions. ... Raiders try to avoid first 1-5 start since 2006. ... Oakland RB Darren McFadden had career-high 209 yards from scrimmage, three TDs last meeting against Jaguars. ... Raiders WR Denarius Moore had fourth career 100-yard receiving game last week. ... RB Mike Goodson has three of Oakland's seven runs of at least 10 yards despite just 11 carries. ... After no INTs first four games, Oakland had three vs. Atlanta last week.

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NEW YORK JETS (3-3) At NEW ENGLAND (3-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 10 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 4-2; New England 4-2

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 53-52-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jets No. 21; Patriots No. 8

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Jets 37-16, Nov. 13, 2011

LAST WEEK - Jets beat Colts 35-9, Seahawks beat Patriots 24-23

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (15), PASS (30)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (28), PASS (5)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (3)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (6), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots have won last three regular-season meetings between teams. Jets won last postseason matchup, 28-21 on Jan. 16, 2011. ... Patriots QB Tom Brady 16-5 against Jets. New York QB Mark Sanchez 3-4 against Patriots. ... Santonio Holmes, sidelined for season, still leads Jets with 20 catches. Jeremy Kerley second with 18. ... Patriots have three receivers with at least 29 catches, led by Wes Welker with 48. ... Shonn Greene ran for career-high 161 yards and three TDs last Sunday. He is first Jet in 40 years to run for 150 or more yards and three TDs. Emerson Boozer had 150 yards and 3 three TDs on Oct. 15, 1972. ... Jets 7-1 under Rex Ryan in games in which they've rushed for 200 yards. ... Sanchez threw for only 82 yards against Colts but had second highest quarterback rating of season and completed more than half his passes for first time in five games. ... Antonio Cromartie has one interception in each of last two games and three for season. ... Jets first-round rookie Quinton Coples had his first career sacks, getting 1 1/2 against Colts. ... LB Bart Scott has played in 115 consecutive games. ... OK Nick Folk is perfect on seven FGs and 16 extra point opportunities. ... Brady third in NFL with at least one TD pass in 38 straight games. He trails Drew Brees, who has current streak of 48, and Johnny Unitas, with 47. ... Patriots rushed for 87 yards last Sunday against NFL's third-ranked run defense after gaining 251 the previous week and 247 two weeks ago. Jets run defense ranked 28th. ... Welker has more than 100 yards receiving in each of last four games. ... Patriots lead NFL with 31.1 points per game. ... Chandler Jones leads NFL rookies with five sacks after getting two against Seattle. ... Patriots have their worst record after six games since they were also 3-3 in 2005. ... Stephen Gostkowski has made last five field goal attempts after missing three of previous six.

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PITTSBURGH (2-3) At CINCINNATI (3-3)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 1-4; Cincinnati 2-3-1

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 52-32

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 15; Bengals No. 20

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Bengals 35-7, Dec. 4, 2011

LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Titans 26-23; Bengals lost to Browns 34-24

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (31), PASS (7)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (10), PASS (4)

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (21), PASS (8)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (21), PASS (17)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Steelers have won four in row against Bengals and nine of last 11. They've gone 11-2 at Paul Brown Stadium since its opening, winning 10 of last 11. That includes 2005 playoff victory when Bengals QB Carson Palmer tore up left knee. ... Steelers 0-3 on road this season. They haven't dropped their first four road games in season since 2006, when they lost at Jacksonville, San Diego, Atlanta and Oakland. Pittsburgh went 5-3 on road last year. ... Steelers converting 51.9 percent of third downs, best in league. ... Ben Roethlisberger 14-2 in games played in his native Ohio - 7-1 in Cleveland and 7-1 in Cincinnati. Overall, Roethlisberger 13-4 career against Bengals with 24 TDs and 17 INTs. ... LB James Harrison needs 1 1/2 sacks to surpass Keith Willis and Joey Porter for second-most in franchise history. Harrison has 59 sacks. Jason Gildon holds club mark with 77. ... Rookie NT Alameda Ta'amu will serve first of his two-game suspension. The fourth-round pick arrested over weekend. ... Rookie Mike Adams expected to start at RT in place of Marcus Gilbert, who has injured left ankle. ... Steelers 31st in rushing. RBs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles tendon) and Isaac Redman (ankle) were limited in loss at Tennessee last Thursday. ... Bengals trying to avoid first three-game losing streak since 2010, when they finished 4-12. ... It's Bengals' second prime time game of season. They opened with 44-13 loss in Baltimore in a Monday night game. ... Cincinnati 0-5 against Pittsburgh and Baltimore over last two seasons. ... Bengals converting only 26.7 percent of third down plays. ... WR A.J. Green has TD catches in his last five games. Green's 43 catches match Giants' Victor Cruz for third in NFL. He leads league with 628 yards, 6 ahead of New England's Wes Welker. ... Bengals have sold out their three home games, one more than all last season.

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DETROIT (2-3) At CHICAGO (4-1)

Monday, 8:30, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Bears by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 1-4; Chicago 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 94-65-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 18; Bears No. 6

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Lions 37-13, Nov. 13, 2011

LAST WEEK - Lions beat Eagles 26-23 OT; Bears had bye

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (19), PASS (2)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (12), PASS (16)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (10), PASS (23)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (1), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Things got heated last time teams met. Chicago's Tim Jennings picked off Matthew Stafford in fourth quarter and got shoved hard out of bounds by Nate Burleson. While that unfolded, Stafford grabbed D.J. Moore by helmet and threw him to ground, setting off confrontation involving players from both teams that led to Moore's ejection. That happened few plays after Lance Briggs hit Calvin Johnson hard on a reception, and there was tension earlier in game when Jay Cutler had helmet ripped off by Ndamukong Suh after a run. ... Last week, Detroit rallied from 10 down in fourth quarter to beat Philadelphia, winning in OT on Jason Hanson's 45-yard field goal. Stafford led Lions to 17 points in last 10 minutes to force overtime, throwing TD pass and running for score. He finished with 311 yards passing. ... Lions committed 16 penalties last week. ... Johnson has one TD catch, none from Stafford. Had 135 yards receiving last week. ... DE Cliff Avril had two sacks last week. ... RB Mikel Leshoure ran for 70 yards on 15 carries last week. Missed rookie season with injured Achilles and was ineligible for first two games this year. ... Bears have won seven of past eight against Detroit. ... Bears tied with Atlanta for league lead with 17 takeaways (13 interceptions, four fumble recoveries) and tied for fourth with 18 sacks. ... Bears matched their single-season record with five interception returns for TDs - all over past three games. ... Devin Hester returned punt 82 yards for TD last time Bears played Lions. With 18 return TDs, Hester one away from tying Deion Sanders' NFL record. He is already all-time leader with 17 kick return TDs. ... LB Lance Briggs and CB Charles Tillman became first teammates in NFL to return interceptions for TDs in back-to-back games, doing it against Jacksonville two weeks ago after they each ran one back the previous week against Dallas. ... Tillman also Bears career leader with eight defensive TDs - seven on INTs and one on a fumble return. ... CB Tim Jennings t ied with Atlanta's Thomas DeCoud for league lead with career-high four INTs.

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