Week 10 NFL Capsules

Week 10 NFL Capsules
November 8, 2012, 4:44 pm
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ATLANTA (8-0) At NEW ORLEANS (3-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 6-2; New Orleans 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 45-40

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 1; Saints No. 17

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Falcons 45-16, Dec. 26, 2011

LAST WEEK - Falcons beat Cowboys 19-13; Saints beat Eagles 28-13

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (25), PASS (8)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (24), PASS (14)

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (30), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (29)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons 8-0 for first time; 15th team to win first eight game since 1978, when schedule expanded to 16-games. ... QB Matt Ryan has passer rating of 103, third in NFL. Falcons 29-0 when Ryan has 100-plus rating, including 6-0 this season. Falcons 15-0 when Ryan passes for at least three TDs, including 4-0 this season. ... RB Michael Turner rushed for 102 yards and TD last week. He has 60 career TDs rushing, needing one more to match O.J. Simpson and Herschel Walker in career rushing TDs. ... WR Julio Jones has two straight games with at least five catches and 120 yards. ... TE Tony Gonzalez needs one TD catch to become eighth player to reach 100 in career. ... Saints first team since at least 1950 to give up more than 400 yards in eight consecutive games. ... New Orleans QB Drew Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in NFL-record 51 straight games. ... Brees 10-2 vs. Atlanta since joining New Orleans in 2006. ... WR Marques Colston has six TDs in past five games. ... DE Cam Jordan had career-high three sacks last week and has five sacks in past four games. ... LB Curtis Lofton faces former team for the first time.

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DETROIT (4-4) At MINNESOTA (5-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Lions by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 4-4; Minnesota 4-5

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 67-33-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 13; Vikings No. 18

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Lions 20-13, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK - Lions beat Jaguars 31-14; Vikings lost to Seahawks 30-20

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (22), PASS (1)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (14), PASS (8)

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (5), PASS (30)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (18), PASS (9)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Vikings ended rare three-game losing streak, their first since 1991-92, to Lions with earlier win at Ford Field, fueled by TD returns by Percy Harvin (kickoff) and Marcus Sherels (punt). Lions still rank next-to-last in league in kickoff coverage, letting opponents start at an average of 25-yard line. ... Lions playing fourth road game in last five weeks and have been home once since Vikings game. Five of last seven games in Detroit. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford second-fastest player in NFL to reach 10,000 yards passing, in 37 career games. Kurt Warner did it in 36. ... RB Mikel Leshoure had three TD runs in first half last week at Jacksonville, first to do that for Lions since 1934. WR Calvin Johnson playing with bad left knee and has one TD this year. He totaled 129 yards on seven catches last week against Jaguars. ... Lions have 3,287 yards of offense, their most in franchise history through eight games. ... Vikings lost 20-0 halftime lead and lost to Lions in overtime in 2011, last time they met at Metrodome, known as Mall of America Field. ... Harvin's availability for game in doubt because of badly sprained left ankle. He leads league with 62 receptions. ... Two lowest yardage totals of QB Christian Ponder's career have come in last three weeks, 58 against Arizona on Oct. 21 and 63 last week at Seattle. ... RB Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 957 yards rushing, coming off season-best 182 yards against Seahawks. ... Vikings have two sacks in last two games and have slipped into tie for seventh in league with 24. ... In last four games, Vikings have forced three turnovers and committed 10.

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DENVER (5-3) At CAROLINA (2-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Broncos by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 5-3; Carolina 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 2-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 8; Panthers No. 25

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Broncos 30-10, Dec. 14. 2008

LAST WEEK - Broncos beat Bengals 31-23; Panthers beat Redskins 21-13

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (17), PASS (4)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (12), PASS (10)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (12), PASS (17)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (20), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - John Fox spent nine seasons (2002-10) as Panthers coach and posted 73-71 record. ... QB Peyton Manning (419) needs two TD passes to surpass Dan Marino for second most in NFL history. Brett Favre NFL leader with 508. ... Manning registered 48th game-winning drive in fourth quarter or OT last week, passing Marino (47) for most in NFL since 1970. ... Manning has three TD passes in five straight games. ... RB Willis McGahee needs 14 yards rushing to reach 8,000 for career. ... WR DeMaryius Thomas has been beneficiary of Manning, posting career-best in catches (45) and yards receiving (756). ... WR Eric Decker seeks sixth straight game with at least one TD reception. He has four TDs in last two games. ... Since 2011, Joel Dreessen has 10 TD receptions, second-most among AFC TEs. ... DE Elvis Dumervil has five sacks in past five games. ... LB Von Miller had career-high three sacks last week vs. Bengals and has 20 1/2 sacks since joining NFL in 2011. ... KR Trindon Holliday had 105-yard return last week, longest in Broncos history. ... In first 24 career NFL games, QB Cam Newton only NFL player with 5,000-plus yards passing, 25-plus TD passes, 1,000-plus yards rushing and 15 rushing TDs in first two seasons. ... Newton 8-16 as starting QB. ... Newton 3-1 vs. AFC opponents. ... RB DeAngelo Williams had 56-yard TD run in last game vs. Denver. ... WR Steve Smith caught first TD pass of season last week. Smith has eight 100-yard receiving games vs. AFC in career. ... WR Brandon LaFell has reception of 20 or more yards in six of seven games he's played. He missed last week's game with concussion but is expected to play vs. Denver. ... DE Charles Johnson looks for third straight game with at least two sacks. ... On other side, DE Greg Hardy has 4 1/2 sacks in past two games. ... Panthers only NFL team with two players (Johnson and Hardy) with at least 6 1/2 sacks.

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SAN DIEGO (4-4) At TAMPA BAY (4-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Diego 4-4; Tampa Bay 5-2-1

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 8-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 16; Buccaneers No. 14

LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Buccaneers 41-24, Dec. 21, 2008

LAST WEEK - Chargers beat Chiefs 31-13; Buccaneers beat Raiders 42-32

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (20), PASS (22)

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (4), PASS (18)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (9), PASS (14)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (1), PASS (32)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Diego has won eight of nine games between teams, including all five played in Tampa. ... Four years ago, Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 287 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions the only time he faced Buccaneers. Ninth-year pro completed 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards, two TDs and one interception in last week's 31-13 victory over AFC West rival Kansas City. ... Win over Chiefs stopped three-game slide for Chargers. Bucs have won three of four to climb back to .500 following 1-3 start. ... Former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson signed five-year, $55.55 million contract with Tampa Bay last winter and averaging NFL-leading 22.9 yards per reception ( 31 catches for 710 yards, six touchdowns). ... Bucs offense has blossomed over past four games, with QB Josh Freeman completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,257 yards, 11 TDs and one interception. ... Rookie RB Doug Martin had 214 yards from scrimmage (135 rushing, 79 receiving) in road win at Minnesota two weeks ago. For encore, first-round draft pick out of Boise State rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns to pace last week's 10-point win at Oakland. ... Tampa Bay has scored more than 28 points in four consecutive games for first time in franchise history while improving to fifth in NFL in scoring at 28.3 per game. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates shares team lead with three touchdown catches. He needs two to tie Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for most receiving TDs in club history (81). ... Chargers RB Ronnie Brown has 32 receptions, second-highest among running backs around league. ... Bucs lead NFL in rushing defense (77.3 yards per game) but last in pass defense (321.1).

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TENNESSEE (3-6) At MIAMI (4-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Dolphins by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 3-6; Miami 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 18-15

AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 29; Dolphins No. 15

LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Titans 29-17, Nov. 14, 2010

LAST WEEK - Titans lost to Bears, 51-20; Dolphins lost at Colts, 23-20

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (24), PASS (18)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (30), PASS (27)

DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (13), PASS (20)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (3), PASS (30)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Dolphins allowed Indianapolis to convert 13 of 19 third-down situations last week, but still rank third in league in that category, with opponents converting only 33 percent. Tennessee ranks second-worst at 45 percent. ... In two games against Titans, Brian Hartline has seven catches for 194 yards, average of 27.7 per reception. ... Dolphins haven't allowed 100-yard rusher in 22 consecutive games. Chris Johnson has run for more than 100 yards both times he has faced them, most recently November 2010. ... Over past six games, Johnson has rushed for 691 yards, second in NFL only to 727 yards by Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. ... Coming off 51-20 loss to Bears, Tennessee has allowed 308 points, most in NFL by far. ... They've been outscored by an average of 14 points per game, last in league. ... Titans have allowed 20 passing touchdowns, tied for most in league. ... Opposing quarterbacks have rating of 108.4, highest in league. ... Tennessee allowing 142 yards rushing per game, third worst. ... Titans off next week. It's latest bye they've ever had. ... Miami's Ryan Tannehill has thrown 98 consecutive passes without interception. ... Tannehill has thrown only five scoring passes, which ranks 32nd in league. ... Dolphins have 11 rushing touchdowns, one less than the NFL high. ... Miami's Brandon Fields leads league with punting average of 51.6 yards. ... Dolphins at home for first time since Oct. 14.

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BUFFALO (3-5) at NEW ENGLAND (5-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 11

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 3-5; New England 5-3

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 63-41-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 28; Patriots No. 6 (tie)

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Bills 52-28, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK - Bills lost to Texans 21-9; Patriots had bye

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (6), PASS (27)

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

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (5)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (7T), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots won 17 of last 18 games against Bills, losing 34-31 in first of two meetings last season. ... New England scored season-high points in last win over Buffalo on Sept. 30, scoring touchdowns on six straight second-half possessions. ... Patriots' 63 wins over Bills are their most over any opponent. ... Bills minus-7 in turnover differential, tied for 13th in AFC. Patriots plus-13 leads conference. ... Buffalo coming off fourth loss in five games. ... Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for more than 239 yards once this season - 350 against Patriots. Fitzpatrick needs 72 yards passing to become fifth QB in Bills history with 10,000. ... Bills rushed for season-low 74 yards last game. ... Buffalo just 2-for-11 on third-down conversions against Houston. ... Leodis McKelvin leads NFL with 19.5 yards per punt return. ... C.J. Spiller averaging 7.2 yards per rush. ... Patriots second-year RB Stevan Ridley third in AFC with 716 yards rushing. ... Patriots lead NFL with 32.8 points and 440.8 yards per game. ... TE Rob Gronkowski has two TD catches in each of last two games. ... WR Wes Welker's 60 catches rank third in NFL. ... Patriots going for 12th straight home win against Bills. ... Two Patriots rookies playing big roles on defense, first-round pick Chandler Jones with NFL-rookie best six sacks, S Tavon Wilson with AFC-rookie best three interceptions. ... Tom Brady 19-2 in career against Bills with 49 scoring passes, has at least one TD pass in last 40 games overall, third longest streak in NFL history.

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OAKLAND (3-5) At BALTIMORE (6-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Ravens by 7 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 4-4; Baltimore 3-5

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 6-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 27; Ravens No. 9

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Raiders 21-13, Jan. 3, 2010

LAST WEEK - Raiders lost to Buccaneers 42-32, Ravens beat Browns 25-15

RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (31), PASS (7)

RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (21), PASS (21)

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (16), PASS (15)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (28), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Raiders QB Carson Palmer played against Baltimore 13 times as member of Bengals, going 9-4 and passing for 3,202 yards. ... Ravens have won three straight in series. Oakland's only win in Oakland in December 2003. ... It's return home of sorts for Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, who played at Maryland from 2006-08. ... Oakland top draft pick OL Tony Bergstrom will be playing against brother-in-law, Ravens LB Paul Kruger. ... Raiders top two RBs, Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, nursing sprained right ankles. ... Raiders have scored in final two minutes of first half every game this year. ... Oakland WR Denarius Moore has TD catch in three of last four games. ... Raiders' third of five trips to Eastern time zone this year. They have thus far lost to Miami and Atlanta. ... Ravens have won 14 straight at home, longest current streak in NFL. ... Baltimore RB Ray Rice needs 1 yard on the ground to reach 5,000 for his career. Jamal Lewis (7,801 yards) only Ravens player to top 5,000. ... Baltimore 8-1 when WR Torrey Smith has TD catch. ... Ravens WR Anquan Boldin needs 32 yards to reach 10,000 from scrimmage for career. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has four sacks in his last three games against Oakland. ... Ravens 27-5 against sub-.500 teams under coach John Harbaugh. ... Baltimore cornerback Cary Williams has four INTs in last five games. Teammate Ed Reed posted 60th career INT in last week's win over Cleveland. ... Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker has made 15 of 16 FG tries, going 4 for 4 from beyond 50 yards.

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NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3) At CINCINNATI (3-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Giants by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 4-3-2; Cincinnati 2-5-1

SERIES RECORD - Bengals lead 5-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 6 (tie); Bengals No. 22

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Bengals 26-23 OT, Sept. 21, 2008

LAST WEEK - Giants lost to Steelers 24-20; Bengals lost to Broncos 31-23

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (15), PASS (9)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (19), PASS (26)

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (26), PASS (11)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (17), PASS (19)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Home team has won every game in series. ... It's second of consecutive home games for Cincinnati against a Manning. Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes in 31-23 Broncos win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, improving to 8-0 all-time against Cincinnati. Eli Manning 1-1. ... It's second time team has hosted Mannings in back-to-back games. Tennessee did it in 2006 and swept. ... Peyton Manning set NFL record with 48th game-winning drive. Eli has 23 regular-season game-winning drives, including three this season. ... Eli Manning has 197 career TD passes, two shy of Phil Simms for franchise record. ... Giants 10-0 when RB Ahmad Bradshaw runs for 100 yards. ... Giants tied with Bears for NFL lead with 17 interceptions. Cincinnati's Andy Dalton has thrown at least one interception in each game this season. ... Bengals failed to sack Peyton Manning last week, leaving them with 23 for season, tied for 10th. Green Bay leads league with 28 sacks, Arizona has 27, and Giants tied with Seattle and Chicago for third with 25. ... DE Jason Pierre-Paul has five sacks in last four games. ... K Lawrence Tynes 25 for 26 on field goal attempts under 50 yards. Tynes has 26 field goals overall, one shy of career high with Kansas City in 2005 and Giants in 2009. ... Giants have forced turnovers in 38 of their last 41 games, including playoffs. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has caught TD pass in seven straight games, third-longest streak in club history. Carl Pickens caught TD in 10 straight games from 1994-95. T.J. Houshmandzadeh second with eight-game streak in 2007. ... Green leads AFC with eight TD catches and tied with Green Bay's James Jones for NFL lead. ... Bengals C Jeff Faine and Trevor Robinson limited in practice during week by hamstring injuries.

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NEW YORK JETS (3-5) At SEATTLE (5-4)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 6 1/2.

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 5-3; Seattle 6-3

SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 9-8

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jets No. 24; Seahawks No. 11

LAST MEETING - Seahawks beat Jets 13-3, Dec. 21, 2008

LAST WEEK - Jets had bye; Seahawks beat Vikings 30-20

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (14), PASS (25T)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (29), PASS (6)

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (7), PASS (31)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (11), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Last meeting between teams snapped Seahawks five-game losing streak and was Mike Holmgren's final home game as Seattle coach. ... Jets coach Rex Ryan has never faced Seahawks as head coach. ... Jets 1-2 coming off bye under Ryan. ... QB Mark Sanchez to face former college coach Pete Carroll for first time. ... Jets have lost four of last five, worst stretch with Sanchez at QB since midway through rookie season in 2009. ... Sanchez has thrown five TDs and five INTs and has QB rating of 69.7 over last five games. ... Rookie WR Stephen Hill has three TDs among his 14 receptions. He's tied for second in league for TD catches by a rookie. ... LB Bart Scott expected to play after missing Oct. 28 game vs. Miami, snapping streak of 116 straight games played. ... CB Antonio Cromartie tied for second in AFC with three interceptions. ... Jets have failed to force a turnover In four of eight games this season. ... Jets being outscored in every quarter, including 44-28 in first. ... Second time this season Seahawks have played consecutive home games. ... RB Marshawn Lynch No. 2 rusher in NFL with 881 yards, including his fifth 100-yard game last week vs. Minnesota. With 119 more yards would become first Seahawks RB with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since Shaun Alexander in 2004 and `05. ... In seven career games vs. Jets, Lynch has topped 100 yards once, Dec. 14, 2008, when he ran for 127. ... Lynch has rushed for at least 85 yards in 16 of past 18 games. ... QB Russell Wilson coming off 127.3 passer rating last week vs. Vikings, his third time with rating higher than 110. Of five rookie starting QBs, Wilson only one to have three games with passer rating above 110. ... WR Golden Tate had second two-touchdown game of season last week vs. Vikings. Has five TDs this season, surpassing career total entering this year. ...RB/KR Leon Washington to face former team for first time since being traded. Washington scored 19 touchdowns in four seasons with Jets. ... Seahawks had four sacks against Vik ings QB Christian Ponder last week, most since Week 5 at Carolina. ... Rookie DE Bruce Irvin had 1/2-sack vs. Vikings and now leads NFC rookies with five sacks.

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ST. LOUIS (3-5) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - 49ers by 12

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 5-3; San Francisco 5-3

SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 62-61-2

AP Pro32 RANKING - Rams No. 26; 49ers No. 4

LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Rams 34-27, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK - Rams had bye; 49ers had bye

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (18), PASS (24)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13T), RUSH (13), PASS (17)

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (1), PASS (28)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (5), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Niners have won seven of last eight in series. ... Rams on three-game losing streak. ... San Francisco tries to move to 2-0 after bye week under coach Jim Harbaugh. ... 49ers beat Rams 26-0 last Dec. 4 at Candlestick Park to clinch franchise's first playoff berth since 2002. ... RB Frank Gore became 49ers' career rushing leader in that game by passing late Hall of Famer Joe Perry. ... 49ers have 11-game home winning streak against NFC West dating to Oct. 26, 2008, loss to Seahawks. ... St. Louis begins stretch with three of four vs. NFC West. It's team's first road matchup against division after beating Arizona and Seattle at home. ... San Francisco QB Alex Smith connected with nine receivers in 24-3 road rout of Cardinals on Monday night game of Oct. 29. Completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards, three TDs, and 157.1 passer rating. ... San Francisco defense held Arizona to 7 yards rushing on nine carries, tying franchise record for fewest yards rushing allowed in game. ... 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree has TD catch in each of last four games vs. Rams. ... Rams WR Danny Amendola has missed three straight games with right shoulder injury, including 45-7 loss to Patriots at London's Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28. Limited in practice this week. LT Wayne Hunter sat out last two games with back injury. ... Rams QB Sam Bradford threw for 205 yards and TD against Patriots, has passed for 1,797 yards and eight TDs this year. ... Rams LB James Laurinaitis and 49ers RT Alex Boone were roommates for year at Ohio State and both insist they plan to trash talk as much as possible.

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HOUSTON (7-1) At CHICAGO (7-1)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE - Bears by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 6-2; Chicago 5-3

SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 2-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 2; Bears No. 3

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Bears 31-24, Dec. 28, 2008

LAST WEEK - Texans beat Bills 21-9; Bears beat Titans 51-20

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (8), PASS (16)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (2), PASS (4)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (11), PASS (29)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (6), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Both teams' only loss is to Green Bay. ... This will be second game against NFC opponent for Houston. ... Texans off to best start in franchise history. ... Defense hasn't allowed rushing touchdown in 11 games, dating back to 2011. ... Houston has committed league-low six turnovers. ... RB Arian Foster has scored TD in team-record 10 straight games and leads NFL with 11 this season (10 rushing, one receiving). Including playoffs, Foster has scored in 12 straight games. ... WR Andre Johnson had 118 yards receiving last week. ... DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 10 1/2 sacks. ... Bears have won six straight, their longest streak since 7-0 start in 2006. ... Chicago 3-0 against AFC with wins over Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee. ... Bears rank third in NFL in points per game (29.5) and second in scoring defense (15.0 ppg). Lead league in takeaways (28) and turnover differential (plus 16). ... Bears' 51 points last week were most for them since 61-7 win over Green Bay at Soldier Field on Dec. 7, 1980. ... Bears have seven defensive TDs, tying team record set in 1942 - all on interception returns. Seven INT returns for TDs are tied for third all-time behind 1998 Seattle Seahawks (eight) and 1961 San Diego Chargers (nine). ... Bears have eight total return TDs (seven INT returns, one blocked punt) - two shy of club record set last year. ... Chicago leads NFL with five red-zone takeaways. ... Bears tied for third in league with 25 sacks. ... With 59 receptions for 797 yards, Brandon Marshall ranks second in NFL in yards receiving and fourth in receptions. Tied for third in league with seven touchdown catches. ... CB Charles Tillman franchise record holder with eight career defensive TDs (seven INT returns, 1 fumble return). Had career-high four forced fumbles against Tennessee last week. ... LB Brian Urlacher had 46-yd INT return for TD last week. ... Matt Forte had 103 yards rushing with TD last week. ... CB Tim Jennings leads NFL with career-high six INTs. ... With 18 career return TDs, Devin Hester needs one to tie Deion Sanders' NFL record. Hester already holds league marks for career kick return touchdowns (17) and career punt return touchdowns (12).

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DALLAS (3-5) At PHILADELPHIA (3-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Cowboys by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Dallas 3-5; Philadelphia 1-6-1

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 59-47

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cowboys No. 19; Eagles No. 20

LAST MEETING - Eagles beat Cowboys 20-7, Dec. 24, 2011

LAST WEEK - Cowboys lost to Falcons 19-13; Eagles lost to Saints 28-13

EAGLES OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (10), PASS (14)

EAGLES DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (16), PASS (15)

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (29), PASS (3)

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (15) PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Eagles have lost four straight games. Eagles have never had five-game losing in coach Andy Reid's 14 seasons. ... Eagles have six-game winning streak against NFC East teams dating back to last season, which includes season sweep of Dallas in 2011. ... Cowboys have lost four of last five games. ... After Eagles, Cowboys play five of next six games at home. ... Eagles QB Michael Vick 4-1 as starter vs. Cowboys; 3-0 with Eagles). Vick has 100 yards rushing on third down plays, fourth in league ... Cowboys and Eagles both have 19 turnovers. Cowboys lead NFC with 13 interceptions and Eagles lead conference with 10 fumbles. ... Philadelphia's defense has allowed opponents to score TDs on 41 percent of their drives inside red zone. ... Eagles have scored on their opening possession of second half seven straight games. ... Cowboys QB Tony Romo has thrown for combined 758 yards over last two games and on pace to throw for career high in yards (2,394 through eight games). ... Cowboys TE Jason Witten has averaged 63.4 yards receiving and scored seven touchdowns in 17 career games against Eagles. ... Cowboys tied with St. Louis for fourth-most penalties in NFL.

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KANSAS CITY (1-7) At PITTSBURGH (5-3)

Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 12 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Kansas City 2-6; Pittsburgh 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 18-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chiefs No. 32; Steelers, No. 10

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Chiefs 13-9, Nov. 27, 2011

LAST WEEK - Chiefs lost to Chargers 31-13; Steelers beat Giants 24-20

CHIEFS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (3), PASS (25)

CHIEFS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (22), PASS (11)

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (21), PASS (10)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Pittsburgh has won three straight since 2-3 start ... Chiefs have yet to lead in regulation this season ... Kansas City's minus-20 turnover differential last in league ... Steelers undefeated (7-0) at Heinz Field on Monday nights since stadium opened in 2001 ... Chiefs haven't won in Pittsburgh since 1986 ... Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was Chiefs coach from 2009-2011 ... Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel 0-8 all-time as coach against Steelers ... Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe needs nine receptions to pass Otis Taylor for fourth on team's all-time list ... Kansas City LBs Tamba Hali and Justin Houston have combined for 21 1/2 sacks over team's last 14 games, most in league by teammates over that span ... Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller needs one touchdown catch to set team record for career touchdown receptions by tight end ... Steelers will play without S Troy Polamalu, who will miss fifth straight game with right calf injury ... Steelers have had running back top 100 yards in each of last three games. They haven't had running back go over 100 in four straight since 2004 ... Kansas City leads AFC in rushing with 149 yards per game. Steelers have allowed one opponent to go over 100 yards rushing this season ... Teams have split last 10 meetings ... Steelers converting 51 percent of third downs, tops in NFL.

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