NFL Week 4 previews: AFC North heats up with Browns-Ravens; unbeaten Patriots, Bills square off
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line: Ravens by 4
Series record: Ravens lead 30-10
Notes: Browns split with Ravens last season, but are 3-19 vs. Baltimore since 2007. … Browns QB Baker Mayfield has struggled, completing just 56.9 percent of passes (63.8 as rookie) with three TDs and five interceptions. … Mayfield has thrown at least one TD pass in all 16 career starts. Only Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (24) had better opening run. … Mayfield threw three TD passes and three picks in season finale against Ravens as rookie. … Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been dealing with double teams so far, but still had team-high six catches against Rams. … Beckham had eight catches for career-high 222 yards in only game against Ravens for Giants in 2016. Beckham has averaged 128.8 yards per game in four games against AFC North teams. … Browns DE Myles Garrett has six sacks this season and 26 1/2 in 30 career games. … Ravens RB Mark Ingram leads NFL with five rushing TDs, ranks fifth with 257 yards on ground. … Baltimore owns plus-3 turnover differential and plus-9 in last six games against Cleveland. … Ravens 10-1 at home against Browns under coach John Harbaugh, who started in 2008. … Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson has thrown 221 passes without INT, longest current streak in NFL. … Ravens tight ends have combined 33 catches, 389 yards and three TDs, all NFL highs for position. … Ravens’ defense burned for 503 yards last week. … Baltimore’s 1,535 yards on offense after three games second most in NFL history behind 2011 Patriots (1,621). … Ravens CB Brandon Carr expected to make 180th consecutive start, longest current streak among defensive players. … Baltimore 66-23 at home under Harbaugh, 18-2 in September. … Ravens K Justin Tucker’s 90.3% success rate on FGs best in NFL history.
Patriots (3-0) at Bills (3-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line: Patriots by 6 1/2
Series record: Patriots lead 74-43-1
Notes: Patriots have won five straight and are 33-5 against Bills since Bill Belichick took over as coach in 2000. … In position for ninth 4-0 start, fifth under Belichick and first since 2015, when opened 10-0. … New England opponents are 0-9 this season. … Tom Brady’s 30 career wins against Bills most by NFL quarterback against one opponent. … Brady’s 15 wins at Orchard Park, N.Y., rank fourth among all QBs, and four shy of Drew Bledsoe, who had four wins with Patriots and 14 with Bills. … Brady’s 71,425 career yards passing (regular season) rank fourth on NFL list and 413 short of matching Brett Favre. … RB Sony Michel has eight TDs rushing in past six outings, including postseason. … DB Devin McCourty has three-game interception streak, one short of matching Mike Haynes’ team record in 1976. … Defense is first in NFL history to not allow touchdown rushing or passing through first three games of season. … Josh Allen leads NFL quarterbacks with eight TDs rushing since start of 2018 season. … This season, Allen has five TDs total (three passing, two rushing) and committed five turnovers (three interceptions, two lost fumbles). … Allen first Bills player to top 200 yards passing in eight straight games since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly had nine-game streak Sept. 13-Nov. 16, 1992. … RB Frank Gore has TD rushing in each of past two, and 79 for career — one short of matching Edgerrin James for 20th on NFL list. … Gore is 88 yards shy of becoming fourth to reach 15,000 career yards rushing. … Defense has not allowed completion of 50 or more yards in 30 straight games — NFL’s longest active streak.
Chiefs (3-0) at Lions (2-0-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line: Chiefs by 6
Series record: Chiefs lead 8-5
Notes: Detroit 2-0 against Chiefs at Ford Field, winning in 2011 and 2007. … Kansas City aims for third straight 4-0 record. … Chiefs have scored 25-plus points in NFL-record 25 consecutive games. … Andy Reid enters 100th game as Chiefs coach. He is 68-31 in regular season for KC. … QB Patrick Mahomes has NFL-record 13 300-yard passing games in first 20 starts. … Mahomes needs 363 yards passing to break Kurt Warner’s record for yards passing through four games. … RB Darrel Williams had career-high 109 yards from scrimmage last week. … FB Anthony Sherman to play 100th consecutive game, longest active streak at position. … Chiefs scored 28 points and 23 points in second quarters of last two games. … DT Chris Jones has sack in six of last seven road games. … Lions aim for undefeated mark through four games first time since 2011. … Detroit first NFL team with four players having 100 yards receiving and touchdown in game through Week 3. … RB Kerryon Johnson has scored last two home games and gained 80-plus yards from scrimmage in previous five home games. … DE Trey Flowers had eight tackles and sack last week. … CB Justin Coleman had career-high three passes defended at Philadelphia. … Jamal Agnew scored on kickoff return last week — first in NFL this season — has NFL-high three scores off returns since 2017.
Raiders (1-2) at Colts (2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line: Colts by 7
Series record: Raiders lead 9-8
Notes: Oakland has lost three straight at Indianapolis since winning in 2001, final season of Jon Gruden’s first coaching tenure with franchise. … Raiders have lost back-to-back games in same season by 18 or more points for first time since 2012. … Oakland has two scores in last 18 drives. … Raiders are 1-8 on road under Gruden over past two seasons. … Darren Waller had career highs last week with 13 receptions, 134 yards. Waller leads all TEs with 26 catches. … WR Tyrell Williams is first Raiders player since Mervyn Fernandez in 1989 with TD catches in first three games. … Oakland allowed eight TD drives of 90 or more yards past two seasons, including three in last two weeks. Colts had two scoring drives of 90-plus yards in last week’s victory over Falcons. … Indy has won seven straight home games and scored at least 23 points in nine straight home games. … Colts have second-fewest penalties (15) and fewest penalty yards (114) in league. … Indy’s defense has not allowed 100-yard runner in 21 straight games, second-longest active streak. … QB Jacoby Brissett has won back-to-back starts for first time in career. … RB Marlon Mack ranks third in league in yards rushing, averaging 99.7 per game, and needs one 100-yard game to tie Lenny Moore, Randy McMillan and Curtis Dickey for seventh in franchise history (six). … WR T.Y. Hilton has four TD catches, tied for league lead. … LB Anthony Walker made 14 tackles last week when All-Pro LB Darius Leonard sat out with concussion. … K Adam Vinatieri can tie Jeff Saturday and Rohn Stark for fifth-most games played in franchise history (197).
Titans (1-2) at Falcons (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line: Falcons by 5
Series record: Tied 7-7
Notes: Titans making first visit to Atlanta since 23-17 loss in 2011. … This is Mike Vrabel’s first game against Falcons as coach. … Titans are plus-4 and Falcons are minus-4 in turnover differential. … Losers of two straight, Titans playing third road game in first four weeks. … Falcons have won two straight in this series. Falcons playing second of three straight against AFC teams. … Titans QB Marcus Mariota has not been intercepted this season. … Titans have allowed NFL-worst 17 sacks, including season-high nine in last game. … Titans RB Derrick Henry has NFL-best 12 total TDs, 11 rushing, in last eight games, including final five of 2018. … Titans held ball 35:18 in loss to Jaguars last week. … Titans have five takeaways and only one turnover, tied for second in NFL with plus-4 turnover margin. … Tennessee has four interceptions, tied for third most in NFL. … Falcons WR Julio Jones has TD catch in seven straight games, NFL’s longest active streak. … Jones needs 4 yards receiving to reach 11,000 in 115 games, fastest in NFL history. … QB Matt Ryan completed 22 of 23 passes for 216 yards, three TDs, in second half against Colts. … Devonta Freeman’s 88 yards rushing last week were high mark since Dec. 18, 2017 vs. Tampa Bay, when he had 126. Freeman was limited by injuries to two games in 2018. … Falcons have only five sacks, including two by DT Grady Jarrett. … Falcons outscored 47-13 in first half in three games, including 41-3 in two losses.
Redskins (0-3) at Giants (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line: Giants by 3
Series record: Giants lead 101-69-4
Notes: First 0-3 start for Washington since 2013, last went 0-4 in 2001. … QB Case Keenum threw for 332 yards and two TDs against Bears, but was victimized by turnovers. … RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 149 yards and had two TDs against Giants on Oct. 28. He has 100-plus yards rushing in two of last three games against New York. … Chris Thompson only NFC RB with four-plus catches in each game this season. … Rookie WR Terry McLaurin is first in NFL history with five-plus catches and TD in first three career games. … CB Josh Norman had sack and interception last week, but also burned in coverages. … LB Ryan Kerrigan has 6½ sacks in past four meetings with Giants. … DL Matt Ioannidis had two sacks in last game against New York. … First time since late 2004 that Giants QB Eli Manning has not started against Redskins. … Rookie QB Daniel Jones threw for 336 yards and two TDs, and ran for two more in debut as starter against Bucs. … He can join Cardinals rookie Kyler Murray and Panthers’ Cam Newton (2011) as only rookies with 300-plus yards passing in first two starts.
Chargers (1-2) at Dolphins (0-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line: Chargers by 16 1/2
Series record: Dolphins lead 18-15
Notes: Chargers have lost eight consecutive games in Miami, with last win being 1981 AFC divisional playoff game in overtime, 41-38. … Philip Rivers has five 300-yard passing games in eight starts vs. Miami, including past three. … For third consecutive season since move to Los Angeles, Chargers have losing record after three games. … Chargers’ Austin Ekeler leads running backs in yards receiving (208) and AFC running backs in yards from scrimmage (368). … Chargers RBs averaging 5.4 yards per carry, third best in NFL. … WR Keenan Allen leads league in receptions (25), yards (404) and touchdowns (4). … DE Melvin Ingram has 4½ sacks in three games vs. Miami. … According to Inside Edge, Chargers’ defense has pressured opposing QBs on 6.3% of dropbacks, fourth lowest in league. … Ty Long averaging 43.7 net yards punting, which is best mark in team history after three games. He also has handled some placekicking this season. … Dolphins are on pace to set NFL records both for fewest points scored and most points allowed in 16-game season. Dolphins have been outscored 133-16, worst point differential through three games since at least 1940. … Miami is 0-3 for first time since 2011. … Miami’s longest run is 9 yards. Fifteen NFL quarterbacks have longer run this season, including Rivers. … QB Josh Rosen, who will make first home start for Dolphins, ranks 34th in 32-team league in passer rating.
Panthers (1-2) at Texans (2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line: Texans by 4
Series record: Tied 2-2
Notes: RB Christian McCaffrey had 153 yards rushing and touchdown last week. He averaged 122.3 yards of offense with seven touchdowns in four games against AFC last season. His 76-yard scoring run last week was longest rushing touchdown in franchise history. … TE Greg Olsen led team with six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns vs. Arizona. … WR Curtis Samuel looks for third straight road game with TD. … DE Mario Addison tied career high with three sacks last week. Has 4 ½ sacks in last four road games. … LB Luke Kuechly had 10 tackles at Arizona and leads NFL with 36 tackles this season. … Rookie LB Brian Burns looks for third straight game with sack. … Rookie Christian Miller had first two sacks of career last week. … CB Donte Jackson had second career game with two INTs vs. Cardinals. … Houston had season-high five sacks at Chargers. … QB Deshaun Watson threw for season-best 351 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for first career game with 300 or more yards passing, three or more TDs and no interceptions. He has 607 yards passing with five TD passes and three rushing touchdowns in last two games against NFC. … RB Carlos Hyde had TD run last week. … RB Duke Johnson has 2,225 yards receiving since entering league in 2015, most among running backs. … WR DeAndre Hopkins has six straight games with at least five receptions. … TE Darren Fells had 11th TD reception of career last week. … TE Jordan Akins had first two touchdown receptions of career vs. Chargers.
Buccaneers (1-2) at Rams (3-0)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m., Fox
Opening line: Rams by 9 1/2
Series record: Rams lead 16-8
Notes: Sean McVay’s first head coaching matchup with franchise where he began NFL career as Jon Gruden’s 22-year-old assistant receivers coach in 2008. … Rams have won five straight over Tampa Bay since 2012. … Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh returns to L.A. after starting every game in sole season with Rams on way to his first Super Bowl. … Bucs RB Ronald Jones II also returns to Coliseum, where “Texas Tesla” starred for USC. … QB Jameis Winston’s 380 yards passing last week were fourth most of career. … Bucs LB Shaquil Barrett leads NFL with eight sacks in four games. Since sacks became official stat in 1982, NFL record through team’s first four games is nine, shared by Jets’ Mark Gastineau (1984), Panthers’ Kevin Greene (1998) and Packers’ Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (2001). … WR Mike Evans coming off first three-TD receiving game by Tampa Bay wideout since 1985. … Rams face third NFC South opponent already this season. … Rams looking for second straight 4-0 start under McVay. Defending NFC champs opened 8-0 last season. … Rams have gone eight straight regular season games without allowing more than three points in first quarter. … Rams’ pass defense has been outstanding. LA has allowed just four pass plays longer than 20 yards, and none longer than 40. Both totals are NFL best. Also, just one TD pass allowed.
Seahawks (2-1) at Cardinals (0-2-1)
Sunday, 4:05, Fox
Opening line: Seahawks by 3
Series record: Seahawks lead 20-19-1
Notes: Seattle hasn’t lost at Arizona since 2012. Seahawks are 5-0-1 at State Farm Stadium since, with tie in 2016. … In 17 years as division rivals, Seattle and Arizona have split season series nine times, including five of last eight seasons. … Seahawks trying for 2-0 road start for seventh time in team history and first since 2013, when team won Super Bowl. … Seattle is 29-19-1 in last 49 road games. … Seattle QB Russell Wilson has started 115 straight games, fourth-longest active streak for QB behind Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford. … Seattle WR Tyler Lockett had career highs of 11 catches, 154 yards vs. New Orleans last weekend. … Arizona LB Jordan Hicks is second in NFL with 35 tackles. Seattle LB Bobby Wagner is third with 33. … Arizona LB Chandler Jones has at least one sack in seven straight games vs. Seahawks. … Arizona RB David Johnson has scored TD in all three games this year. … Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald needs five catches to pass Tony Gonzalez for second on NFL’s all-time receptions list. Fitzgerald has caught 1,325 passes in 16-year career. … Former QB Carson Palmer to become 18th member of Cardinals Ring of Honor on Sunday. Had 38-21-1 record as team’s starting QB. … Arizona QB Kyler Murray’s 69 yards rushing vs. Carolina were fifth most for QB in franchise history.
Vikings (2-1) at Bears (2-1)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Opening line: Bears by 2½
Series record: Vikings lead 60-54-2
Notes: Vikings are 3-15 on road vs. Bears since 2000, but two of those wins have come in last four trips. …. Vikings lead league with seven rushing touchdowns, two shy of last season’s total. … Vikings averaging NFL-low 21 pass attempts per game. … Minnesota has have not allowed third-quarter point yet. Bears are second in league, with six points allowed. … RB Dalvin Cook leads NFL with 375 rushing yards. He’s one of only five players in league history to start season with at least 110 yards and one TD in each of first three games, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame members Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith and Curtis Martin. … Since entering NFL with Oakland in 2014, Bears LB Khalil Mack is tied for league lead in forced fumbles (18), tied for second in games with two or more sacks (13). Mack had two sacks last week, forcing fumbles on each one. … S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had two of Chicago’s three interceptions on Monday night, running one back 37 yards for touchdown. … CB Kyle Fuller has one interception in each of past two games. … WR Taylor Gabriel had six catches for 75 yards with career-high three TDs before sustaining concussion. Fantasy tip: Cook going against tough run defense could lead to opportunities for receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, assuming Kirk Cousins has time to throw.
Jaguars (1-2) at Broncos (0-3)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Opening line: Broncos by 3½
Series record: Tied 6-6
Notes: Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew leads NFL rookies in completion percentage (73.9), passing TDs (five) and passer rating (110.6). … Minshew’s completion percentage, passer rating both highest by rookie QB in first three career games in Super Bowl era. … DJ Chark one of five WRs in NFL with at least four 30-yard catches. … Chark is first Jaguars player since Jimmy Smith in ‘98 with TD catch in each of first three games. … Since signing with Jaguars in ‘17, Denver native Calais Campbell’s 28 sacks third most in league. … Campbell AFC’s defensive player of the week following three-sack performance vs. Titans. … Rookie DE Josh Allen had first two career sacks in Week 3. … Broncos first team since sack became official stat in ‘82 to start season with zero sacks, zero takeaways in first three games. … Vic Fangio first of 17 Broncos head coaches to start 0-3. … Broncos’ last 0-4 start was ‘99 following back-to-back Super Bowl wins. … OLB Von Miller’s 98 sacks lead NFL since arrival in ‘11. … OLB Bradley Chubb tied career high with three tackles for loss last week.
Cowboys (3-0) at Saints (2-1)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Opening line: Cowboys by 3
Series record: Cowboys lead 17-12
Notes: Dallas has won two of past three meetings. … Cowboys seeking first 4-0 start since going 5-0 in 2007. … RB Ezekiel Elliott (125 yards) and rookie RB Tony Pollard (103) were fourth pair of 100-yard rushers in same game in club history. Most recent was all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith and Chris Warren in 1998. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett started that game at QB in place of injured Troy Aikman. … Cowboys have four-game regular-season streak of at least 30 points, 400 yards, longest in club history. Started with finale last year at Giants. … QB Dak Prescott has nine TD passes through three games, tying Don Meredith (1966) for most in franchise history. … Prescott is 22 of 22 in third quarter this season, with three TDs, four completions of at least 25 yards. … Two-time rushing champ Elliott has risen to fourth in NFL with 289 yards after consecutive 100-yard games. …. … TE Jason Witten needs one TD catch to tie Hall of Famer Bob Hayes for second most in club history at 71. Dez Bryant leads with 73. … Saints coach Sean Payton is 4-3 vs. Dallas, last team with which he served as assistant coach from 2003-2005 before taking only head coaching job in 2006. … QB Teddy Bridgwater had 177 yards passing, two TDs and no INTs at Seattle in only start this season. … RB Alvin Kamara had 161 scrimmage yards (92 receiving, 69 rushing), two TDs (one rushing, one receiving) last week. His receiving TD made him fifth player in NFL history with at least 20 TDs rushing (23) and 10 TDs receiving (10) during first three seasons. … Since 2017, Kamara has 3,536 scrimmage yards and 33 TDs, placing him among just two RBs (Todd Gurley) with 3,500-plus scrimmage yards and 30-plus TDs in that span. … WR Michael Thomas has at least 10 catches and at least 100 yards receiving in two of past three at home. … DE Cam Jordan had two sacks and forced fumble in last meeting, when Saints sacked Prescott seven times.