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2008-12-01


 2008-12-01
INDIANAPOLIS AT CLEVELAND


TV:KCBS/2, 10 a.m.

Line:Indianapolis by 5

Colts have won last four games by total of 16 points. ... After this week, Colts have just one more road game, at Jacksonville on Dec. 18. ... QB Peyton Manning has 19 TD passes -- nine in November. With his next TD pass, Manning will have 11 consecutive seasons of throwing at least 20 TDs. Only Brett Favre (12) has more. Dan Marino had 10 in a row. ... Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez, a Cleveland native, needs 9 yards receiving to set career high (576 in 07). ... Browns have lost three in a row at home and are 1-5 after going franchise-best 7-1 at home last season. ... Browns have lost past four regular-season meetings between clubs and haven't beaten Colts since 1994.

DENVER AT N.Y. Jets

TV:KCBS/2, 1:15 p.m.

Line:New York by 8

Broncos trying to win three consecutive road games for first time since 2006. ... Offensive line has allowed just eight sacks in 418 pass attempts, while QB Jay Cutler has thrown for AFC-best 3,036 yards. ... Cutler tied John Elway (1987) for fastest in club history to 3,000 yards passing. ... WR Brandon Marshall is 113 receiving yards from consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. ... Broncos have allowed NFL-low one defensive TD in first quarter this season. ... Jets have won five in a row for first time since 2004. ... Offense has scored franchise-record 115 points in past three games, and scored NFL-best 38 TDs this season. ... Jets have scored on opening drive in last six games -- four TDs, two FGs -- and have outscored opponents in first half by NFL-leading 87 points. ... QB Brett Favre's 77.4 completion percentage (65-of-84) in past three games is best stretch of his career.

MIAMI AT ST. LOUIS

Line:Miami by 8

Dolphins have won four of five and have plus-8 turnover margin. ... Dolphins LB Joey Porter leads NFL with 14 1/2 sacks and has at least half-sack in nine consecutive games. ... Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown has 10 TDs in past nine games. ... Rams outscored 123-13 in first half of past four games, and have lost five in row overall. ... RB Steven Jackson (thigh) expected back after missing most of five-game losing streak. ... Rams are 0-3 vs. AFC East, losing to Bills, Patriots and Jets. ... Bears held Rams to 14 yards rushing on 19 carries last week. ... Rams have won only three of past 16 at home.

BALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI

Line:Baltimore by 7

Ravens have lost past three games in Cincinnati. ... Baltimore has won five of past six games overall, in part because of rookie QB Joe Flacco's development. In those six games, Flacco has completed 59 percent of passes for 1,152 yards with nine TDs and only two INTs. ... Bengals faced NFL's top-rated defense in Pittsburgh last week, now go against second-ranked defense. ... Ravens haven't allowed 100-yard rusher in last 30 games, longest current streak in NFL. ... Bengals S Ed Reed had two interceptions against Eagles, including NFL-record 108-yard return. Reed has 37 interceptions since 2002, most in league. ... Bengals put three defensive starters (DEs Robert Geathers and Frostee Rucker, CB Johnathan Joseph) on injured list this week, leaving them without six starters on defense because of injury.

SAN FRANCISCO AT BUFFALO

Line:Buffalo by 6 1/2

Forty-niners lead NFL with 52 offensive plays of 20 yards or longer. It's somewhat misleading: Of top six teams in category only two (Saints and Giants) currently have winning records. ... Justin Smith leads active DEs with 118 consecutive starts. ... Against Chiefs, QB Trent Edwards became sixth Bills QB to score two TDs rushing in one game, and first since Jack Kemp in 1966. ... Edwards' 273 yards passing against Chiefs was more than 268 he managed in previous two games combined. ... Bills' defense generated five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) against Kansas City, which was two more than unit managed in previous four games.

CAROLINA AT GREEN BAY

Line:Green Bay by 3

All three of Carolina's losses this season have come on road. The loss at Atlanta snapped a four-game winning streak. ... Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has four consecutive 100-yard rushing games. ... Carolina's defense is allowing opponents to convert only 34.7 percent of third downs this season, fifth best in league. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is NFL's fourth-ranked passer on third down, and 10 of his 17 touchdown passes have come on third down. ... Packers' highly regarded secondary was picked apart by Drew Brees and New Orleans on Monday night. Panthers' passing game isn't as formidable, but wide receiver Steve Smith had eight catches for 168 yards receiving in loss to Atlanta. ... Packers lead NFL in return touchdowns (9), defensive touchdowns (7) and interception returns for touchdowns (6).

NEW ORLEANS AT TAMPA BAY

Line:Tampa Bay by 4

Since becoming division rivals when NFC South was formed in 2002, Saints hold a 7-6 edge. ... Rematch of season opener, which New Orleans sealed when LB Scott Fujita intercepted QB Jeff Garcia's pass on fourth-and-6 from Saints 24-yard line in final minute. Garcia was benched three days later, but regained starting job when Brian Griese was injured in Week 5. The 38-year-old has gone 5-1 since. ... Saints QB Drew Brees directs NFL's No. 1 ranked offense and has thrown for 320 or more yards in eight of 11 games. ... New Orleans WR Lance Moore had five receptions for career-best 115 yards and two touchdowns in last Monday night's 51-29 victory over Green Bay. ... Since moving back into starting lineup, Garcia has completed 71.5 percent of passes for 1,469 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He has led Bucs back from deficits of 24 and 17 points in road victories over Kansas City and Detroit

PITTSBURGH AT NEW ENGLAND

Line:New England by 1

Steelers and Patriots have allowed fewest points in NFL since start of 2003 season. ... Teams have AFC's two most accurate kickers with more than 10 field-goal attempts. Pittsburgh's Jeff Reed is 18 for 19 (.947) and New England's Stephen Gostkowski is 26 for 28 (.929). ... Patriots have won six of past seven matchups, including postseason. ... Steelers LB James Harrison has 12 sacks, second in AFC, and LaMarr Woodley has 10 1/2, third in conference. ... If Steelers hold Patriots to fewer than 300 yards, they will tie for second in NFL history with 12 consecutive games to start season with allowing under 300. San Francisco did that in 1997. Record of 14 was set by Los Angeles Rams in 1973. ... Patriots QB Matt Cassel (USC) is aiming for third consecutive game with at least 400 yards passing after throwing for 400 in overtime loss to Jets and 415 in victory at Miami.

ATLANTA AT SAN DIEGO

Line:San Diego by 4 1/2

Atlanta RB Michael Turner is having breakout season after spending his first four years as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup in San Diego. Turner has five 100-yard games -- one of them a 220-yard effort against Detroit -- while L.T. has only two 100-yard games. ... Falcons haven't played in San Diego since 1997. ... Tomlinson needs one touchdown to move into fifth-place tie with Marshall Faulk on all-time list with 136. ... Chargers coach Norv Turner is 73-94-1 in three stops as NFL head coach. ... Chargers QB Philip Rivers has committed at least one turnover in each of past five games.

CHICAGO AT MINNESOTA

Line:Minnesota by 3 1/2

Winner gains inside track for division title over season's final month. Home team has won 11 of past 13 meetings in series. Bears have lost five of past six at Metrodome. ... Bears' defense allowed touchdown drives of 67, 70, 68, 64 and 75 yards in October against Vikings, but intercepted four of Gus Frerotte's passes and scored off two special teams mistakes by visitors to preserve victory. ... This is last of three consecutive road games for Bears, who will begin stretch of three in a row at home. ... After playing below standard for most of season, Bears' defense returned to form in last week's blowout victory over Rams. ... Vikings play next two on the road. ... Frerotte passed for season-high 298 yards in last meeting. Despite several ordinary performances, he's 6-3 as starter.

KANSAS CITY AT OAKLAND

Line:Oakland by 3

Kansas City has won past five games in Oakland. ... Chiefs have allowed NFL-worst 48.6 percent conversion rate on third downs, while Raiders have converted league-low 25.5 percent. ... Chiefs have lost 19 of 20 games since beating Raiders on last trip to Oakland in October 2007. ... Kansas City QB Tyler Thigpen got his first extensive playing time against Raiders in September, completing 14 of 33 passes for 152 yards, a TD and an INT. ... Since taking over starting job for good Oct. 26, Thigpen has completed 59.6 percent of passes for 1,185 yards, 11 TDs and three INTs in five games. ... Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell has completed 76 percent of passes in past two weeks after posting 48.6 percent mark in his first eight games. Darren McFadden had two TDs rushing last week, first Raiders RB to do that since LaMont Jordan had three against Miami in 2005.

The Associated Press



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 1, 2008

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