NFL Week 9 matchups, rankings
Monday, Nov. 5
BALTIMORE (4-3) At PITTSBURGH (5-2)
8:30 p.m., ESPN
OPENING LINE - Steelers by 7 1/2 .
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Ravens 1-6; Steelers 5-2.
SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 14-9.
LAST MEETING - Ravens 31, Steelers 7, Dec. 24, 2006 at Pittsburgh.
LAST WEEK - Ravens (BYE) lost to Bills 19-14 in Week 7; Steelers beat Bengals 24-13.
RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (16), PASS (16)
RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (2), PASS (9)
STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (1), PASS (21)
STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (4)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Baltimore is only division team that has played Pittsburgh nearly even (6-7) since Steelers moved into Heinz Field in 2001. ... Ravens are second to only Pittsburgh in total defense, allowing 268.0 yards per game. ... In 15 career games vs. Pittsburgh, QB Steve McNair has completed 237 of 382 passes (62.0 percent) for 2,849 yards with 21 TDs. ... McNair is 15-5 as starter with Baltimore. ... RB Willis McGahee had season-best 114 yards rushing (6.0 average) with a TD in Week 7. He is averaging 113.1 yards from scrimmage per game (639 rushing, 153 receiving). ... WR Derrick Mason is tied for second in NFL with 56 receptions (529 yards). He needs 13 to pass his 2006 total of 68. ... S Ed Reed has three INTs in past four games. ... Pittsburgh is 3-0 at home. ... Since 1992, Pittsburgh is 11-0 at home on Monday nights. ... Steelers ranks first in NFL in total defense (256.9) and rushing offense, averaging 159.1 yards per game. ... In three games at home this season, QB Ben Roethlisberger has completed 52 of 76 passes (68.4 percent) for 608 yards with three TDs and an INT. Roethlisberger has been sacked 16 times in seven games. Last season, he was sacked 46 times in 15 games. ... TE Heath Miller (24 receptions, 333 yards) has 10 first-down catches in past three games. ... LB James Farrior leads team with four sacks. ... Pittsburgh hasn't allowed 100-yard rusher in 32 consecutive games. ... RB Willie Parker (726 yards, 4.4 per carry) has run for 100 yards in five of his seven games this season. ... DE Aaron Smith (knee) could play after being out since first quarter Oct. 21 in Denver.
Sunday, Nov. 4
SAN FRANCISCO (2-5) At ATLANTA (1-6)
1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Falcons by 3.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - 49ers 2-4-1; Falcons 4-3.
SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 44-27-1.
LAST MEETING - Falcons 21, 49ers 19, Sept. 12, 2004 at San Francisco.
LAST WEEK - 49ers lost to Saints 31-10; Falcons (BYE) lost to Saints 22-16 in Week 7.
49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (27), PASS (32)
49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (21), PASS (21)
FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (25), PASS (20)
FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (23), PASS (20)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Francisco has lost five straight and has same record as through seven games in 2006. ... 49ers rank last in league with 220.4 yards per game on offense, including league-low 132.4 yards passing per game. QB Alex Smith leads NFC with 0.8 INT rate (1 INT, 127 attempts). ... TE Vernon Davis had career-high six catches for 71 yards and a TD last week. ... DE Bryant Young has 13 sacks in 17 games vs. Atlanta. ... Rookie LB Patrick Willis leads NFL with 10.4 tackles per game and team in tackles (73). ... P Andy Lee leads NFL with 43.4-yard net average and has placed 16 punts inside 20-yard line. ... Atlanta is tied for third in NFC with plus-5 in turnovers. ... In last meeting vs. 49ers, RB Warrick Dunn rushed for two TDs. ... RB Jerious Norwood is fourth in NFC with 26.3-yard kickoff return average (20 for 526 yards). He also averages 5.8 yards per carry (47 for 272 yards). ... TE Alge Crumpler had six catches for 82 yards and a TD in last meeting. ... WR Roddy White has 33 catches for 530 yards (16.1 average), including two 100-yard games. ... Falcons released NT Grady Jackson during bye week. ... CB DeAngelo Hall, who openly questioned direction of Falcons after Jackson's release, has 367 interception return yards (12 INTs, 30.6 average) since 2005, most in NFL.
CINCINNATI (2-5) At BUFFALO (3-4)
1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Bills by 3.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Bengals 2-4-1; Bills 5-2.
SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 13-11.
LAST MEETING - Bills 37, Bengals 27, Dec. 24, 2005 at Cincinnati.
LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Steelers 24-13; Bills beat Jets 13-3.
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (21), PASS (5)
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (28), PASS (28)
BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (20), PASS (31)
BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (24), PASS (29)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis is 0-3 against Bills. ... In four games as starter this year, RB Kenny Watson is averaging 85.2 yards rushing per-game (341 total yards). ... WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (9) needs TD to set career high for most in season. He leads NFL with 58 receptions (629 yards). ... WR Chad Johnson leads NFL with 104.4 yards receiving per game (731 on 44 catches). ... CB Leon Hall is tied for first among AFC rookies with two INTs. ... K Shayne Graham has made all 10 FG attempts in last six games. ... Buffalo hasn't won three straight since December 2004. ... QB J.P. Losman will start Sunday, his first start since he sprained left knee in Week 3 against New England. Losman was 3-of-5 for 113 yards with a TD after rookie starter Trent Edwards sprained right wrist. RB Marshawn Lynch leads AFC rookies with 148 rushing attempts for 537 yards (3.6 average) and four TDs. ... WR Lee Evans (22 catches, 349 yards) had season-best 138 yards last week, including 85-yard TD. ... WR-PR Roscoe Parrish leads AFC with 22.4-yard punt-return average. ... Buffalo is last in AFC in total offense (246.0) and passing offense (145.7). Bills have not scored 20 points in a game this season.
DENVER (3-4) At DETROIT (5-2)
1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Lions by 3.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Broncos 1-6; Lions 4-2-1.
SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 6-3.
LAST MEETING - Broncos 20, Lions 16, Sept. 28, 2003 at Denver.
LAST WEEK - Broncos lost to Packers 19-13 in OT; Lions beat Bears 16-7.
BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (11), PASS (13)
BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (32), PASS (6)
LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (26), PASS (7)
LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (18), PASS (30)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - All three Denver wins have been decided by three or fewer points. ... Denver has allowed a league-worst 166 yards per game on the ground. ... In four career games vs. NFC, QB Jay Cutler has completed 73 of 118 passes (61.9 percent) for 898 yards with six TDs and four INTs. ... Rookie RB Selvin Young totaled 120 all-purpose yards in first career start last week (71 rushing, 49 receiving). Young averages 5.8 yards per carry (210 yards, 36 attempts). ... DE Elvis Dumervil ranks third in AFC with six sacks. ... CB Dre' Bly played four seasons (2003-06) with Lions and had 19 INTs. ... Broncos are heading into stretch of four road games in five weeks. ... Detroit already has two more wins and one more interception than it had last season. ... Lions' last 6-2 start was 1999, team's last playoff appearance. ... QB Jon Kitna leads NFC with a 69.4 completion rate (154 of 222). ... RB Kevin Jones, who rushed for 105 yards and a TD last week, has 1,046 yards from scrimmage (788 rushing, 258 receiving) in 10 career games vs. AFC. ... RB Tatum Bell was second-round pick by Broncos and played three seasons in Denver (2004-06). ... WR Calvin Johnson has 15 catches for 273 yards and leads NFL rookies with 14 receiving first downs. ... Lions lead league with 20 takeaways, including 13 INTs. ... Detroit LB Boss Bailey is younger brother of Denver CB Champ Bailey. ... Keith Smith has team-high three INTs after picking off only one pass over his first three years in league.
GREEN BAY (6-1) At KASNAS CITY (4-3)
1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Chiefs by 1.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Packers 5-1-1; Chiefs 4-2-1.
SERIES RECORD - Chiefs lead 6-2-1.
LAST MEETING - Chiefs 40, Packers 34 in OT, Oct. 12, 2003 at Green Bay.
LAST WEEK - Packers beat Broncos 19-13 in OT; Chiefs (BYE) beats Raiders 12-10 in Week 7.
PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (32), PASS (2)
PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (11), PASS (22)
CHIEFS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (28), PASS (17)
CHIEFS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (10)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Green Bay has won 10 of past 11. ... Last week, Packers had their first balanced offensive attack of season with 28 passes and 27 runs. ... RB DeShawn Wynn (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve. ... QB Brett Favre has 586 yards and four TDs in past two games vs. Kansas City, both losses. Favre leads NFC with 2,046 yards passing. ... WR Greg Jennings had career-high 141 yards receiving last week. ... RB Ryan Grant had career-high 104 yards rushing last week, team's first 100-yard rusher this year. Packers still rank last in average yards rushing (71.3) and 29th in yards per attempt (3.4) ... Packers set season highs with 13 penalties for 103 yards last week. ... WR James Jones leads NFC rookies with 26 catches and 400 yards. ... DE Aaron Kampman, who had three sacks against Denver, has 23 1/2 sacks in past 23 games, including eight this season. ... Kansas City, since 1990, is 12-6 after bye week. ... Chiefs have won last five against Green bay. ... QB Damon Huard is 8-1 as starter at home. In those games he's completed 162 of 245 passes (66.1 percent) for 1,899 yards with 12 TDs and two INTs. ... RB Larry Johnson (506 yards, 3.6 average) has two straight 100-yard games. ... WR Dwayne Bowe leads all rookies in receptions (29) and yards (499). ... DE Jared Allen, with eight sacks in five games, is AFC leader. ... Chiefs have won four of last five overall.
SAN DIEGO (4-3) At MINNESOTA (2-5)
1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Chargers by 7.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chargers 4-3; Vikings 2-3-2.
SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 5-4.
LAST MEETING - Chargers 42, Vikings 28, Nov. 9, 2003 at San Diego.
LAST WEEK - Chargers beat Texans 35-10; Vikings lost to Eagles 23-16.
CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (12), PASS (22)
CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (7), PASS (27)
VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (2), PASS (30)
VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (3), PASS (32)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Diego has won three straight. During winning streak, Chargers are plus-10 in turnover margin. ... In four wins this season, Chargers are averaging 29.5 points per game. ... After racing to 35-3 halftime lead, Chargers didn't score in second half last week. ... RB LaDainian Tomlinson is third in AFC in rushing with 617 yards (4.4 average, 6 TDs). ... TE Antonio Gates (46 receptions, 639 yards) had three catches, two for TDs, last week. ... WR Chris Chambers made San Diego debut last week and had two catches for 35 yards, including 14-yard TD reception. ... Chargers' defense has 16 sacks, with LBs Shaun Phillips (5 1/2 ) and Shawne Merriman (5 1/2 ) getting 11. ... CB Antonio Cromartie had two INTs last week and two TDs (1 fumble recovery, 1 INT). ... Minnesota, last in NFC North, has won just four of last 17 games. ... Vikings lead NFC in rushing with 155.3 yards per game. Minnesota's defense leads NFC, allowing 74.4 yards rushing per game. ... Vikings are last in NFL in passing defense (288.3). ... Rookie RB Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 740 yards rushing. ... WR Sidney Rice leads NFC rookies with nine catches on third down (84 yards). ... DE Brian Robison leads NFC rookies with 3 1/2 sacks. ... P Chris Kluwe has placed NFL-best 19 punts inside 20. ... QB Tarvaris Jackson will start if broken right index finger feels good enough to throw. Backup Kelly Holcomb suffered whiplash injury last week. QB Brooks Bollinger was 7-for-10 for 94 yards in emergency duty against Eagles.
JACKSONVILLE (5-2) At NEW ORLEANS (3-4)
1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Saints by 4.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Jaguars 4-3; Saints 2-5.
SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 2-1.
LAST MEETING - Jaguars 20, Saints 19, Dec. 21, 2003 at Jacksonville.
LAST WEEK - Jaguars beat Bucs 24-23; Saints beat 49ers 31-10.
JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (4), PASS (27)
JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15T), RUSH (15T), PASS (19)
SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (23), PASS (8)
SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (10), PASS (25)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jacksonville, which improved to 3-0 away from home, is in middle of NFL's only three-game road trip this season. ... Jacksonville's only visit to Big Easy was in 1996, a 17-13 loss. ... RB Fred Taylor needs 67 yards to become 21st player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing. ... Jaguars have won five of past six vs. NFC South. ... Jaguars rank third in AFC in yards rushing (146.3 per game). ... In his first career start last week, QB Quinn Gray completed seven of 16 passes for 100 yards with TD. ... Jacksonville tied franchise high with three INTs last week, including CB Aaron Glenn's 28-yard TD return. ... DE Paul Spicer has totaled four sacks in past four games and leads team with five. ... New Orleans, after 0-4 start, has won three straight and is one game behind Carolina for NFC South lead. ... New Orleans is minus-9 in turnovers. ... Saints have scored 81 points in past three games (27 per game) vs. 51 points in first four games (12.8). ... Saints have not allowed sack in past four games. ... Reggie Bush leads RBs with 43 receptions (234 yards). He also has rushed for 362 yards. ... WR Marques Colston had career-high three TD catches last week (8 receptions, 85 yards). ... WR David Patten (20 catches, 341 yards) had five catches for 109 yards last week. ... Eric Johnson ranks third among NFC TEs with 30 catches (223 yards). ... In past three games, QB Drew Brees has thrown for 801 yards and eight TDs with only one INT.
WASHINGTON (4-3) At NEW YORK JETS (1-7)
1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Redskins by 3 1/2 .
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Redskins 2-3-2; Jets 1-6-1.
SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 7-1.
LAST MEETING - Redskins 16, Jets 13, Sept. 4, 2003 at Washington.
LAST WEEK - Redskins lost to Patriots 52-7; Jets lost to Bills 13-3.
REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (18), PASS (25)
REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (9), PASS (17)
JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (24), PASS (24)
JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (27), PASS (26)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Washington is only team in NFL without a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. ... Last week's 52-7 rout was Washington's worst loss since 53-0 drubbing by Giants during 1-12-1 season of 1961. Loss is worst in Joe Gibbs' Hall of Fame career. ... TE Chris Cooley has TD in five of past six games. He has 24 TDs since entering NFL in 2004, most in NFC among TEs. ... WR Santana Moss (20 catches, 248 yards) faces former team for first time. Moss was first-round pick of Jets in 2001 and spent four seasons with club. Moss has 49 yards receiving in his last three games. ... G Pete Kendall spent previous three seasons with Jets (2004-06). ... S Sean Taylor is NFL leader with five INTs. ... DE Andre Carter has nine sacks in past 12 games. ... CB Carlos Rogers was lost for season with knee injury. ... RB Clinton Portis (433 yards 3.8 average) is averaging 2.7 yards per carry in his last three games. ... New York has lost five straight. ... Jets average 284.3 yards in total offense; only Buffalo and San Francisco are worse. ... QB Chad Pennington has been benched for second-year QB Kellen Clemens. ... At home, RB Thomas Jones is averaging 88 yards per game (352 yards in four games) and 4.5 yards per carry. ... WR Laveranues Coles (473 yards, 42 receptions) has six of Jets' 10 TD receptions. Coles played two seasons (2003-04) with Redskins. ... Rookie CB Darrelle Revis made his first career INT last week. ... Leon Washington leads NFL with 32.4 kickoff return average.
ARIZONA (3-4) At TAMPA BAY (4-4)
1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Bucs by 4.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cardinals 4-2-1; Bucs 4-4.
SERIES RECORD - Cardinals lead 8-7.
LAST MEETING - Cardinals 12, Bucs 7, Jan. 2, 2005 at Arizona.
LAST WEEK - Cardinals (BYE) lost to Redskins 21-19 in Week 7; Bucs lost to Jaguars 24-23.
CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (19), PASS (11)
CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (15T), PASS (8)
BUCS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (17), PASS (15)
BUCS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (22), PASS (2)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Arizona, off to best start since 2002, is just one game behind Seattle in NFC West. ... Cardinals have been penalized league-worst 59 times for 497 yards. ... RB Edgerrin James is second in NFC with 603 yards, averaging 3.9 per carry. ... Cardinals are first in red zone offense with 12 TDs and three FGs in 19 trips. ... In three starts vs. Tampa Bay, QB Kurt Warner has 908 yards. He ranks third in NFC with 95.2 passer rating. ... WR Larry Fitzgerald leads NFC in receptions (46) and yards receiving (642). He has 31 catches for 450 yards in past four games. ... WR Anquan Boldin returned last week (8 catches, 29 yards, 2 TDs) after missing three games. ... Steve Breaston leads NFC rookies in punt returns (11.2 average). ... Tampa Bay is 3-1 at home. ... QB Jeff Garcia had NFL's longest stretch of consecutive pass attempts without interception stopped at 217 last week. Garcia is 4-1 against Cardinals and has two four-TD games in those games. ... RB Earnest Graham has 265 yards from scrimmage in past two games (154 rushing, 111 receiving). ... Bucs' defense has nine INTs in three games against Warner. ... DE Kevin Carter needs half-sack to reach 100. ... Carter and LB Derrick Brooks each played their 200th career game last week and are tied for longest current streak among defensive players. ... LB Barrett Ruud leads league with 78 tackles. ... CB Torrie Cox (knee) was placed on injured reserve.
CAROLINA (4-3) At TENNESSEE (5-2)
1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Titans by 5.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Panthers 4-3; Titans 4-3.
SERIES RECORD - Tied 1-1.
LAST MEETING - Titans 37, Panthers 17, Oct. 19, 2003 at Carolina.
LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Colts 31-7; Titans beat Raiders 13-9.
PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (10), PASS (26)
PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (19), PASS (23)
TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (3), PASS (29)
TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (1), PASS (18)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Carolina is 4-0 on road and 0-3 at home. ... Reserve CB Curtis Deloatch (knee) is out for season. ... QB Vinny Testaverde has 115.3 passer rating with six TDs and zero INTs in past three vs. Tennessee. ... QB David Carr, front-runner to start, has two wins in career vs. Titans and has 94.9 passer rating in those games. ... WR Steve Smith has 37 catches for 514 yards and six TDs. In past five vs. AFC foes, Smith has 31 catches for 542 yards (108.4 per game) and four TDs. ... TE Jeff King had career-best 10 catches and 82 yards last week. ... Rookie LB Jon Beason leads team in tackles (50). ... Tennessee is off to best start since opening 9-2 in 2003. ... Tennessee has won 10 of past 13 dating back to Nov. 19, 2006. ... Titans are 6-1 vs. NFC South since 2003. ... Titans rank third in NFL with 150.9 yards rushing per game. ... RB LenDale White posted career-high 133 yards rushing (5.3 average) last week, his second 100-yard game. ... WR Roydell Williams is averaging 15 yards per catch (20 catches, 299 yards). ... Titans have allowed league-low 64.3 yards rushing per game. ... LB Keith Bulluck is tied for AFC lead with four INTs. He has played in 87 consecutive games (most among active Titans). ... QB Vince Young is coming off worst day as an NFL starter. He was 6-of-14 for 42 yards and ran seven times for a mere 11 yards.
SEATTLE (4-3) At CLEVELAND (4-3)
1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Browns by 2 1/2 .
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Seahawks 3-3-1; Browns 5-2.
SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 11-4 (2-0 since 1999).
LAST MEETING - Seahawks 34, Browns 7, Nov. 30, 2003 at Seattle.
LAST WEEK - Seattle (BYE) beat Rams 33-6 in Week 7; Browns beat Rams 27-20.
SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (22), PASS (12)
SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (13T), PASS (16)
BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (14), PASS (9)
BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (29), PASS (31)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Seattle leads NFC in turnover margin at plus 7. ... QB Matt Hasselbeck is 2-0 vs. Cleveland. ... RB Shaun Alexander (460 yards, 3.4 per carry) needs two TDs rushing to reach 100 for his career. ... WR Bobby Engram leads team with 34 catches for 468 yards. ... TE Will Heller (5 catches for 30 yards) had two TD catches in Week 7. ... WR Ben Obomanu averages 18.3 yards per catch (6 for 110). ... LB Julian Peterson has 17 sacks in 23 games with Seattle. He had a sack and an INT in Week 7. ... DE Darryl Tapp, who had four sacks in Week 7, may play wearing cast over right hand. ... CB Marcus Trufant has three INTs in past four games. ... WR Deion Branch (22 receptions, 343 yards) has missed last two games (foot) and should play. ... TE Marcus Pollard (knee) is unlikely to play. ... QB Charlie Frye opened season with Cleveland and was traded two days later to Seattle for sixth-round draft choice. ... Cleveland has not won three straight since 2001. Browns have won two in a row in same season for first time since 2003, stopping 64-game drought. ... Browns have already matched win total from 2006. ... Coach Romeo Crennel has Browns above .500 for first time since he took over in 2005. ... QB Derek Anderson has 3-0 record as starter at home. He has completed 48 of 76 passes (63.2 percent) for 777 yards with 10 TDs and two INTs. He ranks second in NFL in TDs (17) and average gain per attempt (8.34). ... WR Braylon Edwards has 669 yards receiving (103.3 per game) and nine TDs. ... TE Kellen Winslow has 31 catches for 532 yards (17.2 per catch). ... CB Leigh Bodden is tied for AFC lead with four INTs.
NEW ENGLAND (8-0) At INDIANAPOLIS (7-0)
1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 3 1/2 .
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Patriots 8-0; Colts 5-2.
SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 43-27.
LAST MEETING - Colts 38, Patriots 34, AFC championship, Jan. 21, 2007 at Indianapolis.
LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Redskins 52-7; Colts beat Panthers 31-7.
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (1)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (5T), PASS (5)
COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (5), PASS (6)
COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (13T), PASS (1)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Both teams are tied for league-lead in turnover margin, plus-11. ... New England is 8-0 for first time in franchise history and has beaten all opponents by at least 17 points. ... Patriots have won 11 straight regular-season games dating back to 2006. ... Patriots lead NFL in total offense (439.5) and passing offense (303.8). ... QB Tom Brady leads NFL with 30 TD passes, quickest to 30 (8 games) in NFL history. He also leads NFL with 136.2 passer rating, 74.2 completion rate (198 of 267) and 9.10 average gain. Brady needs two TDs to set franchise record in a season (Babe Parilli, 31 in 1964). ... WR Randy Moss leads NFL with 779 yards receiving (47 catches) and 11 TDs. ... WR Wes Welker leads Patriots with 56 receptions (613 yards, 6 TDs). ... New England has allowed 268.5 yards per game. ... CB Asante Samuel has four INTs. ... LB Mike Vrabel ranks second in AFC with 7 1/2 sacks. ... Indianapolis is unbeaten after seven games for third consecutive year and became the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to win their first seven games three straight seasons. ... Colts have won franchise-record 12 straight home games. ... Colts allow league-low 165.4 yards passing per game. ... QB Peyton Manning threw his Colts-record 288th career touchdown pass last week, breaking team mark held by Johnny Unitas. In six home games vs. Patriots, including playoffs, Manning has 13 TDs, four INTs and 95.5 passer rating. ... WR Reggie Wayne (44 receptions, 668 yards) posted season-best 168 yards with seven catches last week. ... In last meeting, TE Dallas Clark had six catches for 137 yards. ... Colts lead league in TDs rushing (12). ... Indianapolis has allowed fewer points per game than New England (14.6 to 15.9).
HOUSTON (3-5) At OAKLAND (2-5)
4:15 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Raiders by 3.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Texans 3-5; Raiders 3-4.
SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 2-0.
LAST MEETING - Texans 23, Raiders 16, Dec. 3, 2006 at Oakland.
LAST WEEK - Texans lost to Chargers 35-10; Raiders lost to Titans 13-9.
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (30), PASS (4)
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (14)
RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (6), PASS (28)
RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15T), RUSH (30), PASS (3)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Houston has lost three straight. ... Texans rank last in AFC with minus-10 turnover differential. Texans have lost NFL-worst 11 fumbles this season. ... Houston is fourth in league at 264 yards passing per game. ... LB DeMeco Ryans has 59 solo tackles, most in NFL. ... Texans average 80.5 yards rushing per game. ... QB Matt Schaub will likely be out. Sage Rosenfels should get third start of career and first since 2005 when he was with Miami. ... WR Kevin Walter leads team in receptions (40) and yards (512), both career highs. ... DT Amobi Okoye leads AFC rookies with four sacks. ... Oakland has lost three straight. ... Raiders didn't crack 100 yards rushing in any of last three games. RB LaMont Jordan, who averaged 106 yards in first four games, is bothered by back injury and has averaged just 29 yards during losing streak. ... Oakland has allowed league-worst 5.3 yards per carry and is third worst in the NFL by allowing 148.9 yards per game. ... RB Justin Fargas is averaging 5.7 yards per carry (333 yards, 58 attempts). ... QB Josh McCown, out with broken toe since Sept. 23, hopes to play this week. ... WR Jerry Porter averages team-high 18.5 yards per catch (277 yards, 15 receptions). ... LBs Thomas Howard (4) and Kirk Morrison (3) have seven of team's 10 INTs. Howard is tied for AFC lead in INTs. ... Raiders committed 14 penalties, two turnovers and allowed five sacks last week. ... DL Tommy Kelly (knee) will miss remainder of season.
DALLAS (6-1) At PHILADELPHIA (3-4)
8:15 p.m., NBC
OPENING LINE - Cowboys by 3.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cowboys 5-2; Eagles 3-4.
SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 53-42.
LAST MEETING - Eagles 23, Cowboys 7, Dec. 25, 2006 at Dallas.
LAST WEEK - Cowboys (BYE) beats Vikings 24-14 in Week 7; Eagles beat Vikings 23-16.
COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (9), PASS (3)
COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (5T), PASS (13)
EAGLES OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (13), PASS (10)
EAGLES DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (8), PASS (15)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Dallas last started 7-1 in 1995, when team won Super Bowl. ... Cowboys lead NFC in points scored (227), total offense (402.0) and defense (295.9). ... Dallas has faced only two teams with winning record. Six of remaining nine games are against teams that currently have winning records. ... QB Tony Romo, who signed six-year, $67.5 million deal, is 12-5 as starter with 4,625 yards, 32 TDs and 19 INTs. Romo has highest average gain (8.30) and most touchdowns (16) in NFC. ... Jason Witten leads NFC TEs in catches (42) and yards (540). ... WR Terrell Owens (34 receptions, 556 yards) has caught 17 TDs in past 19 games. ... LB Greg Ellis has 4 1/2 sacks in four games this year. ... Philadelphia's defense has allowed just eight TDs in 77 possessions. ... Eagles have given up 90.4 yards rushing per game, down from 136.4 last year. ... Eagles are third in NFL with 24 sacks. ... No team has scored more than 21 points against Eagles. ... QB Donovan McNabb has won nine of past 12 starts vs. Dallas and has 20 TDs and eight INTs in those 12 games. ... In last meeting, RB Brian Westbrook rushed for 122 yards. He ranks second in NFC with 881 yards from scrimmage (536 rushing, 345 receiving). ... WR Kevin Curtis has 32 receptions for 582 yards, including 26 catches for 501 yards and four TDs in past five games. ... DE Trent Cole leads NFL with nine sacks. ... Eagles are 8-for-25 inside red zone. ... Six of remaining nine games are against teams currently above .500. ... All-Pro FS Brian Dawkins could play for first time since sustaining neck stinger in Week 2. ... Coach Andy Reid is 12-4 against Dallas.