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NFL previews

Posted: September 28, 2012 - 12:04am

TENNESSEE (1-2) At HOUSTON (3-0)

Sunday, 9 a.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Texans by 11

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Tennessee 1-2; Houston 3-0

SERIES RECORD — Titans lead 14-6

AP PRO32 RANKING — Titans No. 25; Texans No. 1

LAST MEETING — Titans beat Texans 23-22, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK — Titans beat Lions 44-41 OT; Texans beat Broncos 31-25

TITANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (32), PASS (10)

TITANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (29), PASS (30)

TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (5), PASS (18)

TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (5), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Titans playing first divisional game of season. ... K Rob Bironas has 10 career game-winning kicks, including last weekend’s 26-yard field goal in overtime. He’s kicked field goal in 13 consecutive games and he’s also connected on his last 20 field-goal attempts. ... RB Chris Johnson leads league in rushing since 2008 (5,690 yards). He has 28 career 100-yard rushing games — three against Texans. ... WR Nate Washington leads Tennessee in receptions (170), yards receiving (2,464) and TD catches (21) since 2009. ... WR Kenny Britt (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. ... Texans seeking first 4-0 start. ... Texans have outscored opponents 45-6 in second quarters this season. Defense has not allowed touchdown in first half this season. ... Houston leads NFL in average possession time (36 minutes, 34 seconds); Tennessee ranks last (23 minutes, 18 seconds). ... Texans 35-5 under coach Gary Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times. ... RB Arian Foster has averaged 116 yards rushing in 16 starts at Reliant Stadium. He has 18 100-yard rushing games, eight of them at home. ... WR Andre Johnson needs 132 yards receiving to reach 10,000 in his career. He has 39 career 100-yard receiving games. ... DE J.J. Watt leads the NFL with 5½ sacks.

SAN DIEGO (2-1) at KANSAS CITY (1-2)

Sunday, 9 a.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Chargers by 1 ½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Diego 2-1; Arizona 2-1

SERIES RECORD — Chiefs lead 52-51-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Chargers No. 13; Chiefs No. 24

LAST MEETING — Chiefs beat Chargers 23-20 OT, Oct. 31, 2011

LAST WEEK — Chargers lost to Falcons 27-3; Chiefs beat Saints 27-24 OT

CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (17T), PASS (22)

CHARGERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (4), PASS (17)

CHIEFS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (1), PASS (16)

CHIEFS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (22T), PASS (12)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — San Diego 7-2 against Kansas City over last nine meetings. ... Chargers positioned for winning FG last season at Arrowhead Stadium when QB Philip Rivers fumbled snap while trying to take knee with 1:03 left in regulation. Chiefs K Ryan Succop instead booted winning FG in overtime. ... Chiefs turnover in first meeting last season allowed Chargers to hold on for 20-17 victory at Qualcomm Stadium. ... Kansas City has won two straight against San Diego at Arrowhead. ... Chiefs erased 18-point second-half deficit in OT win last Sunday at New Orleans, biggest come-from-behind win in club history. ... Succop set team record with six FGs vs Saints, including 43-yarder to force OT and 31-yarder to win game. ... Chiefs had 510 yards of offense against New Orleans, their most since gaining 524 against Denver on Jan. 3, 2010. ... Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles ran for 233 yards and caught six passes for 55 yards at New Orleans. ... WR Dwayne Bowe needs four catches to surpass Stephone Paige (377) for fifth-most in Chiefs history. ... Kansas City LB Justin Houston had three sacks against Saints, and has 9 1/2 since Week 13 last year, tied with Minnesota’s Jared Allen and Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware for most in NFL. ... Rivers needs 27 yards passing to surpass 25,000 for his career. ... Ex-Chiefs RB Jackie Battle has 124 yards rushing and two TDs for San Diego. FB Le’Ron McClain, LB Demorrio Williams and OT Jared Gaither also spent time with Kansas City last season. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates has 77 catches for 952 yards and 12 TDs in 14 games against Kansas City. ... San Diego WR Malcolm Floyd agreed to three-year extension this week. Floyd has 13 catches for 227 yards, an average of more than 17 yards per catch.

SEATTLE (2-1) at ST. LOUIS (1-2)

Sunday, 9 a.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Seahawks by 2½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Seattle 2-1; St. Louis 2-1

SERIES RECORD — Seahawks leads 18-10

AP PRO32 RANKING — Seahawks No. 9; Rams No. 29

LAST MEETING — Seahawks beat Rams 30-13, Dec. 12, 2011

LAST WEEK — Seahawks beat Packers 14-12; Rams lost to Bears 23-6

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (6), PASS (32)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (2), PASS (10)

RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (20), PASS (27)

RAMS DEFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (21), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Seattle allowing 13 points per game, best in NFL. ... Seahawks have won 13 of 14 in series since 2005 with Rams’ lone victory in 2010 at home. ... In last three meetings, Seahawks have outscored Rams 70-26. ... Rams set to play two games in 10 days, with home game against Arizona next Thursday. ... Mike Martz, man behind “Greatest Show on Turf” on Rams’ run of two Super Bowl appearances in three seasons from 1999-2001, is color commentator on telecast. ... Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch leads NFC with 305 yards rushing. ... Rookie Russell Wilson is first QB drafted in third round or later to start opener since Bears’ Kyle Orton in 2005 and the sixth since 1970. ... DE Chris Clemons tied NFL record with four of Seattle’s eight first-half sacks Monday night against Green Bay. Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane had two sacks apiece. ... Rams CB Cortland Finnegan has interception in each of first three games. ... K Greg Zuerlein 8 for 8 on field goal attempts, including 56-yarder last week that was 1 yard shy of club record set by Jeff Wilkins in 1998. ... DT Michael Brockers, Rams’ first-round pick, expected to make season debut following rehab from high right ankle sprain in preseason finale. ... Rams will honor MLB James Laurinaitis with bobblehead doll giveaway.

NEW ENGLAND (1-2) At BUFFALO (2-1)

Sunday, 9 a.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 2-1; Buffalo 2-1

SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 62-41-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 8; Bills No. 20

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Bills 49-21, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK — Patriots lost to Ravens 31-30; Bills beat Browns 24-14

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (12), PASS (9)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (7), PASS (24)

BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (3), PASS (26)

BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (14), PASS (19)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Last year’s meeting at Orchard Park had Bills rallying from 21-0 second-quarter deficit for 34-31 win that ended Patriots 15-game win streak vs. Buffalo. New England has still owned Bills during Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era, having won 21 of past 23 meetings dating to 2000. ... Patriots have been dominant in AFC East going 53-15 since 2001, NFL’s best divisional record over that stretch. ... Have lost two straight for only fourth time since 2003, and they’re below .500 for first time since opening 2003 season with 31-0 loss at Buffalo. ... Pats haven’t lost three straight since 0-4 stretch in 2002. ... Belichick has 193 career wins, tied with Chuck Knox for eighth on NFL list. ... With 40,866 yards passing, Brady 57 shy of moving into 11th on NFL list ahead of Kerry Collins. ... Brady’s 18 wins, 46 TDs and six 300-yard passing games against Buffalo are most against any opponent. ... With 6,356 yards receiving, WR Wes Welker needs 11 to move ahead of Troy Brown into second place on team list. ... Rookie first-round pick, DE Chandler Jones has forced two fumbles. ... Bills attempting to get off to second straight 3-1 start after opening last season with three wins. ... Questions remain at running back with Fred Jackson (sprained right knee) attempting to return after missing two games and after C.J. Spiller hurt left shoulder at Cleveland. ... Undrafted rookie Shawn Powell takes over as punter after 12-year veteran Brian Moorman released Tuesday. ... Nine sacks in first three games are most for Buffalo since having 11 to open 2006 season. Bills managed four sacks through first six games last season. ... Bills have allowed league-low one sack. ... Fitzpatrick 5-0 when attempting 29 or fewer passes and 3-11 with 30 or more dating to start of last season. ... Bills allowed 33 yards rushing at Cleveland, fewest in road game since giving up 24 at Giants, Nov. 30, 2003. ... WR Stevie Johnson has four-game TD streak, dating to last season, and is one from matching team record. ... PK Rian Lindell seven points away from joining PK Stevie Christie (1,011 points) in becoming second Bills player to hit 900.

MINNESOTA (2-1) At DETROIT (1-2)

Sunday, 9 a.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Lions by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 1-2; Detroit 0-3

SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 66-33-2

AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 17; Lions No. 19

LAST MEETING — Lions beat Vikings 34-28 on Dec. 11, 2011

LAST WEEK — Vikings beat 49ers 24-13; Lions lost to Titans 44-41 OT

VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (9), PASS (18)

VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (12), PASS (8)

LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (14), PASS (1)

LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (11), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Detroit has won three straight in lopsided series for first time since 1991-92 — another win would be best streak since five in row 1961-63. ... Vikings 0-11 against NFC North teams since beating Detroit on Sept. 26, 2010. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with ailing right hip. ... Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has attempted 97 passes without interception, 70.1 completion percentage ranks second in NFL. ... Detroit TE Tony Scheffler practiced Thursday after missing previous day and game with calf injury. ... Vikings S Jamarca Sanford will start in place of Mistral Raymond (right ankle). ...Lions K Jason Hanson has made 10 field goals over a three-game span for the first time in his 21-year career. ... Vikings K Blair Walsh first rookie in league with 50-plus yard FGs in each of first three games. ... Minnesota DE Jared Allen has three-plus sacks in last two games vs. Detroit. ... Lions RB Mikel Leshoure had 100 yards rushing and TD in NFL debut last week. ... Vikings win away from matching last year’s total. ... Lions look to avoid first three-game losing streak since 10-loss, 2010 season.

CAROLINA (1-2) At ATLANTA (3-0)

Sunday, 9 a.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Falcons by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Carolina 1-2; Atlanta 3-0

SERIES RECORD — Falcons lead 22-12

AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 23; Falcons No. 2

LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Panthers 31-23, Dec. 11, 2011

LAST WEEK — Panthers lost to Giants 36-7; Falcons beat Chargers 27-3

PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (19), PASS (11)

PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (27), PASS (18)

FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (25), PASS (15)

FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (24), PASS (8)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Falcons have won six of last seven meetings between NFC South rivals, four straight overall and four straight at home. ... Falcons 27-6 at Georgia Dome under fifth-year coach Mike Smith. ... Panthers coach Ron Rivera 7-12 in first two seasons. ... Atlanta’s offense ranks No. 2 in third-down efficiency and third in scoring. ... Carolina’s defense ranks No. 26 in third-down efficiency and 23rd in scoring. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan leads NFL in passer rating, completion percentage, first downs and touchdowns. ... Since start of 2010, Atlanta WR Roddy White leads league in catches with 234. ... RB Michael Turner ranks fourth in yards rushing since 2008. ... TE Tony Gonzalez, league’s No. 2-career leading receiver needs two TDs to reach 100 and pass Don Hutson for eighth place all-time. ... Panthers CB Chris Gamble is club leader with 27 career interceptions. .. MLB Jon Beason is No. 2 team leader in tackles. ... Last December at home, Carolina gave up 24 unanswered points and lost 31-23. ... Carolina’s offense ranks No. 17 in third-down efficiency and 29th in scoring. ... Falcons defense ranks next-to-last in third-down efficiency, No. 4 in scoring. ... Panthers QB Cam Newton has run for 16 career touchdowns, most by an NFL player in first two seasons. ... Newton ranks 27th in passer rating. ... WR Steve Smith trails Larry Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne for yards receiving over last eight seasons. ... Led by RB tandem of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, Carolina has NFL-best 9,478 yards rushing since 2008. ... Panthers RT Jordan Gross has made 138 consecutive starts. ... FS Thomas DeCoud has three interceptions. ... DE John Abraham is active NFL career sacks leader with 114. ... Both Atlanta and Carolina have allowed three runs of 20 yards or more this year ... Falcons have given up six receptions of 20 yards or more, Carolina has given up 10.

SAN FRANCISCO (2-1) At NEW YORK JETS (2-1)

Sunday, 9 a.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — 49ers by 3½

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

SERIES RECORD — 49ers lead 9-2

AP PRO32 RANKING — 49ers No. 4 (tie); Jets No. 18

LAST MEETING — 49ers beat Jets 24-14, Dec. 7, 2008

LAST WEEK — 49ers lost to Vikings 24-13; Jets beat Dolphins 23-20 OT

49ERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (7), PASS (24)

49ERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (8), PASS (13)

JETS OFFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (T17), PASS (19)

JETS DEFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (28), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — 49ers 5-1 all-time on road against Jets — but playing at MetLife Stadium for first time. ... San Francisco practiced all week at Youngstown State in eastern Ohio to avoid return trip to West Coast after playing at Minnesota last Sunday. 49ers did same thing last season after win in Cincinnati and then rallied from 20-0 deficit to stun Eagles 24-23 in Philadelphia. ... QB Alex Smith ranks third in NFL with 69.6 completion percentage. Franchise-record interception-free streak ended at 249 passes when Vikings rookie Josh Robinson picked him off with 2:18 left last Sunday. ... Vernon Davis, called best TE in NFL by Jets coach Rex Ryan, tied with Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller for most TD catches in league this season with four. ... RB Frank Gore broke Roger Craig’s career record for most carries in team history last week. ... WR Randy Moss moved past Tim Brown into fourth place on NFL’s all-time receiving list with 14,946 yards. ... 49ers lead league with 57.3 percent of first-down plays going for 4 or more yards. ... Defense has forced at least one turnover in eight straight games, dating to last season. ... 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was assistant on Ravens staff with Ryan from 2006-08, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman coached with Ryan from 2006-07. ... Since last December, 49ers have four turnovers, ranking second in NFL during that span. ... Game marks Ryan’s first against an NFC West team since becoming Jets’ coach in 2009. ... Jets playing first game since CB Darrelle Revis was lost for season with torn ligament in left knee, suffered at Miami. 2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson will replace him. ... To help compensate for loss of Revis, Jets moving RB Joe McKnight to CB — position he hasn’t played regularly since high school. ... Last Sunday’s OT win marked 11th time in QB Mark Sanchez’s career that he has led Jets to fourth-quarter comeback or OT victories — seven coming on road. ... WR Santonio Holmes had nine catches for 147 yards vs. Dolphins, first 100-yard re ceiving game since 2010. ... RG Brandon Moore leads NFL guards with 124 consecutive starts. ... Jets’ secondary has produced all six of New York’s takeaways, including S LaRon Landry’s 18-yard INT return for TD last week. ... Jets have three sacks this season: two by LB Garrett McIntyre and one by NT Sione Po’uha, a former college teammate of 49ers’ Smith at Utah.

MIAMI (1-2) At ARIZONA (3-0)

Sunday, 12:05 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Cardinals by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Miami 1-2; Arizona 3-0

SERIES RECORD — Dolphins lead 8-2

AP PRO32 RANKING — Dolphins No. 28; Cardinals No. 6

LAST MEETING — Cardinals beat Dolphins 31-10, Sept. 14, 2008

LAST WEEK — Dolphins lost to Jets 23-20 OT; Cardinals beat Eagles 27-6

DOLPHINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (4), PASS (25)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (3), PASS (29)

CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (27), PASS (29)

CARDINALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (17), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Dolphins won first 10 games in this series but lost the last two. ... Miami RB Reggie Bush averaging 6 yards per carry, fourth-best in NFL. ... Dolphins average 5 yards per carry. Their six rushing TDs tied with Washington for most in league. ... Miami has three sacks, second-worst in the league behind Jacksonville; Cardinals have 12, second only to Chicago. ... WR Davone Best ranks 18th in receptions (273) among undrafted players in NFL history. ... Dolphins scored TDs on their first possession in two of three games. ... Miami has gone 17 games without allowing opposing player to rush for 100 yards, longest such streak in NFL. Arizona has 11-game streak without allowing 100-yard rusher. ... Miami LB Karlos Dansby, former Cardinal, is one of four active players with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions. ... Cardinals have won seven straight home games. ... Arizona 10-2 at home against AFC since Ken Whisenhunt became coach in 2007. ... Cardinals have allowed two TDs, fewest in NFL. ... Cardinals 3-0 for first time since 1974, when then-St. Louis Cardinals started 7-0. ... Arizona favored for first time this season. ... Cardinals have quick turnaround after Sunday’s game, playing at St. Louis next Thursday night. ... Cardinals have nine straight games with at least two sacks, three games more than any other team. ... Arizona 28-14 at home under Whisenhunt. ... Larry Fitzgerald, first player under 30 to reach 700 career receptions. ... Fitzgerald chosen NFC offensive player of week after nine catches for 114 yards and a TD against Eagles. It was his 33rd career 100-yard receiving game. ... Cardinals have seven players with at least one sack.

OAKLAND (1-2) At DENVER (1-2)

Sunday, 12:05 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Broncos by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Oakland 1-2; Denver 1-2

SERIES RECORD — Raiders lead 59-43-2

AP PRO32 RANKING — Broncos No. 16; Raiders No. 26

LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Raiders 38-24, Nov. 6, 2011

LAST WEEK — Texans beat Broncos 31-25; Raiders beat Steelers 34-31

RAIDERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (31), PASS (7)

RAIDERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (20), PASS (26)

BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (T23), PASS (14)

BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (13), PASS (15)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Raiders have won last four meetings in Denver, outscoring Broncos 133-63. Raiders have also won six of last eight overall meetings. ... Raiders coach Dennis Allen was Broncos defensive coordinator in 2011. ... As Raiders starter, QB Carson Palmer 2-0 in AFC West road games. ... With 330-yard passing game against Texans last week, Broncos QB Peyton Mannnig surpassed Dan Marino for most 300-yard passing games in NFL (64). ... Broncos CB Champ Bailey had two INTs in last game vs. Raiders. ... Broncos WR Eric Decker had career-high eight catches and 136 yards receiving last week vs. Houston. ... Raiders DT Richard Seymour has five career sacks vs. Broncos. ... Raiders RB Darren McFadden has rushed for 508 yards and three TDs in Oakland’s last four games against Denver. ... While with Colts, Manning won last three starts against Raiders and has 3-2 lifetime record vs. Oakland.

CINCINNATI (2-1) At JACKSONVILLE (1-2)

Sunday, 12:05 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Bengals by 2 ½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cincinnati 1-1-1; Jacksonville 2-1

SERIES RECORD — Jaguars lead 11-7

AP PRO32 RANKING — Bengals No. 14; Jaguars No. 30

LAST MEETING — Bengals beat Jaguars 30-20, Oct. 9, 2011

LAST WEEK — Bengals beat Redskins 38-31; Jaguars beat Colts 22-17

BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (15), PASS (4)

BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (31), PASS (22T)

JAGUARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

JAGUARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (30), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bengals QB Andy Dalton has completed 74 percent of passes for 646 yards last two weeks, with six TDs, two INTs and 130.4 passer rating. Bengals 5-1 when Dalton’s passer rating tops 100. Dalton ranks second in AFC in passer rating and leads NFL with 158.3 mark in fourth quarter. ... BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 13 rushing TDs in last 19 games. ... A.J. Green, coming off career-high 183 yards receiving last week, had five catches for 90 yards and 37-yard TD reception against Jaguars last year. ... Bengals lead AFC with 11 sacks. DE Michael Johnson had three of them last week against Redskins. ... S Reggie Nelson returns to Jacksonville, team that selected him in first round in 2007. ... Former Jaguars RB Fred Taylor will be inducted into Jaguars Pride, team’s ring of honor, at halftime Sunday. ... Jaguars expect to get three starters back against Bengals. DE Austen Lane has been out since early in preseason with foot injury, and G Eben Britton and RT Cam Bradfield missed last two games with sprained ankles. ... Jaguars 7-2 at home against Bengals. ... QB Blaine Gabbert has yet to throw TD pass in first quarter in two seasons. Has been at best in fourth quarter this season, throwing for 209 yards and two scores. His passer rating in final 15 minutes is 122.9. ... Maurice Jones-Drew passed Taylor for most rushing TDs in franchise history last week. MJD has 63. ... Jones-Drew needs 121 all-purpose yards to reach 12,000 for his career. He needs one reception to break Taylor’s franchise mark (286) for RBs. ... PK Josh Scobee needs two FGs to tie franchise record held by Mike Hollis. ... Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski spent 10 seasons (2001-10) with the Bengals.

NEW ORLEANS (0-3) At GREEN BAY (1-2)

Sunday, 12:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Packers by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 0-3; Green Bay 1-2

SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 15-7

AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 27; Packers No. 7

LAST MEETING — Packers beat Saints 42-34, Sept. 8, 2011

SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (22), PASS (5)

SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (25)

PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (28), PASS (20)

PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (26), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Packers must shake off crushing MNF loss to Seahawks on disputed last-second replacement referee call. ... Saints have won three of past five meetings. ... QB Drew Brees has touchdown pass in 46 consecutive games and can tie longest streak in NFL history, held by Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas with 47. ... In four starts vs. Green Bay, Brees has 1,458 yards passing (364.5 per game), 11 TDs and two INTs. Has 300-plus yards and two-plus TDs in all four games. ... In last meeting, Darren Sproles had 250 yards combined with a 72-yard punt return for a TD. Since 2011, Sproles leads NFL RBs with 104 receptions. ... TE Jimmy Graham had a TD in last meeting with Packers and is aiming for TD in seventh game in row. ... Saints offense ranks first in NFC with a 70 percent TD rate in red zone. ... Since 2006, S Roman Harper has 17 sacks, most by a DB. .... QB Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 312 yards with three TDs vs. no INTs in last meeting. ... RB Cedric Benson rushed for two TDs in last game vs. New Orleans, Dec. 5 2010 with Cincinnati. ... WR Greg Jennings aims for fourth game in row vs. New Orleans with TD. ... WR/RS Randall Cobb had 108-yard kick return for touchdown in last year’s game vs. Saints, tied for longest in NFL history. Cobb leads NFC with 15.4 punt return average and is only NFC player with punt return for TD. ... Packers pass defense leads NFL allowing 125.3 yards per game. Total defense is second in NFC and third in NFL, allowing 261 yards per game. OLB Clay Matthews leads NFL with six sacks. ... Rookie OLB Nick Perry had first career sack last week.

WASHINGTON (1-2) At TAMPA BAY (1-2)

Sunday, 12:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Buccaneers by 2½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Washington 1-2; Tampa Bay 2-0-1

SERIES RECORD — Buccaneers lead 10-9

AP PRO32 RANKING — Redskins No. 21; Buccaneers No. 22

LAST MEETING — Buccaneers beat Redskins 17-16, Dec. 12, 2010

LAST WEEK — Redskins lost to Bengals 38-31; Buccaneers lost to Cowboys 16-10

REDSKINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (2), PASS (21)

REDSKINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (9), PASS (31)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (21), PASS (30)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (1), PASS (32)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Both teams have lost two straight after being surprising winners in Week 1, with Redskins knocking off New Orleans and Buccaneers beating Carolina. ... After facing Cam Newton, Eli Manning and Tony Romo past three weeks, Tampa Bay’s defense will get introduction to Robert Griffin III, who leads NFL rookies with 103.5 passer rating. 2011 Heisman Trophy winner also leads quarterbacks in yards rushing and his three touchdowns rushing are tied for most among all players. ... Statistically, Bucs QB Josh Freeman coming off one of worst games of career in loss to Cowboys. Tampa Bay limited to 166 yards total offense, and Freeman was 10 of 28 for 110 yards passing, with most of that production coming on team’s final possession. ... Redskins averaging league-best 33 points per game and have NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack at 180.7 yards per game. They’ve rushed for over 150 yards each of first three games. Last time they rushed for 150-plus in four consecutive games was 2008. ... Bucs have league’s No. 1 rushing defense, yielding 47.3 yards per game. Conversely, they’ve allowed league-high 353.3 per game passing. ... Washington LB London Fletcher and Tampa Bay S Ronde Barber have appeared in 227 consecutive games, tied for longest streak among active players. ... Griffin sacked six times last week. ... Bucs DT Gerald McCoy leading improved pass rush with three sacks. He and Michael Bennett each had two a week ago. With DE Adrian Clayborn on injured reserve after hurting right knee against Dallas, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim will make third career start. ... Bucs have won five of past seven regular season meetings between teams.

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-1) At PHILADELPHIA (2-1)

Sunday, 4:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE — Eagles by 2½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New York 1-1-1; Philadelphia 1-2

SERIES RECORD — Giants lead 82-74-2

AP PRO32 RANKING — Giants No. 4 (tie); Eagles No. 12

LAST MEETING — Eagles beat Giants 17-10, Nov. 20, 2011

LAST WEEK — Giants beat Panthers 36-7; Eagles lost to Cardinals 27-6

GIANTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (16), PASS (2)

GIANTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (10), PASS (22)

EAGLES OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (8), PASS (8)

EAGLES DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (16), PASS (3)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Eagles RB LeSean McCoy renewed rivalry with Giants DE Osi Umenyiora this week, calling him “ballerina in a Giants uniform.” ... Eagles have won seven of last eight meetings. ... Giants coach Tom Coughlin 9-11 vs. Eagles, including two playoff losses. ... Giants have forced at least one turnover in 34 of last 36 games. ... K Lawrence Tynes has made franchise-record 166 consecutive extra points since missing one vs. San Francisco on Oct. 21, 2007. ... RB Andre Brown rushed for 113 yards and scored two TDs last week in first NFL start. ... WR Ramses Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards also in first start. ... QB Eli Manning will make 123rd consecutive regular-season start. ... Eagles have started eight QBs in that span. ... Manning has three of his 23 career 300-yard games vs. Philadelphia. ... Eagles LB Brian Rolle and Giants S Antrel Rolle are cousins. ... QB Michael Vick 3-2 vs. Giants. He’s twice rushed for more than 100 yards against them. ... TE Brent Celek has 67 receptions for 996 yards and five TDs in last 14 games. ... Eagles defense has not allowed a TD in the second half, and has held opponents to 2 for 7 in red zone ... P Chas Henry was released despite three 60-plus yard punts in three games. ... Eagles 42-22-1 after loss under coach Andy Reid. ... Eagles only team ranked in top 5 in offense and defense.

CHICAGO (2-1) At DALLAS (2-1)

Monday, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE — Dallas by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chicago 2-1; Dallas 1-2

SERIES RECORD — Dallas leads 13-9

PRO32 RANKING — Bears No. 10; Cowboys No. 11

LAST MEETING — Bears beat Cowboys 27-20, Sept. 19, 2010

LAST WEEK — Bears beat Rams 23-6; Cowboys beat Buccaneers 16-10

BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (13), PASS (28)

BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (6), PASS (6)

COWBOYS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (29), PASS (13)

COWBOYS DEFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (19), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chicago 7-2 in Monday night games under Lovie Smith. ... Bears and Cowboys have played Monday night only once previously, 22-6 Bears home win in 1996. ... Jay Cutler 99 yards from becoming fifth 10,000-yard passer in Bears history. ... Chicago WR Alshon Jeffery leads NFL rookies with 132 yards receiving. ... Bears have nine takeaways (six interceptions, three fumble recoveries). ... After six sacks last week against St. Louis, Bears have NFL-leading 14 sacks. ... LB Brian Urlacher has started 171 games in Chicago, one behind Mike Singletary for third-most in club history. Walter Payton is career leader with 184 starts, a mark Urlacher will reach if he starts every remaining regular season game this year. ... Dallas trying for first 3-1 start since 2008. ... Cowboys last week got 450th regular season victory, becoming the 13th NFL team to reach that mark. ... Dallas makes 74th appearance on Monday Night Football, trailing Miami’s 78. Cowboys’ 43 wins are most. .. Dan Bailey kicked six field goals in Cowboys’ MNF appearance last year, an 18-16 win over Washington. ... Dallas 18-5 in games preceding bye week. ... TE Jason Witten has 7,985 yards receiving, three behind Tony Hill for No. 2 on Cowboys’ career list. Michael Irvin No. 1 at 11,904. ... Cowboys have 12 false start penalties, six by left tackle Tyron Smith, four by right tackle Doug Free and two by Witten.

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