OPENING LINE: Ravens by 4
SERIES RECORD: Steelers lead 21-14
LAST MEETING: Ravens beat Steelers 23-20, Nov. 6, 2011
LAST WEEK: Ravens beat Raiders 55-20; Steelers beat Chiefs 16-13 OT
DID YOU KNOW? Steelers QB Byron Leftwich will make first start since 2009 in place of Ben Roethlisberger ... The Steelers were favored by 4 1/2 to open but the line switched to Ravens by 4 after Roethlisberger was ruled out ... Ravens have won 11 straight AFC North games ... Five of last seven meetings decided by three points ... Ravens have won last two visits at Heinz Field ... Steelers lead NFL in third-down conversion rate (49 percent) ... Pittsburgh 6-3 after nine games for fifth straight year.
Ravens 9-1 when WR Torrey Smith has touchdown catch. Smith's diving grab in final minute beat Steelers in Pittsburgh last season ... Baltimore RB Ray Rice has started 35 straight games, longest active streak by an NFL running back ... Baltimore WR Anquan Boldin needs three receptions to become 33rd receiver in NFL history with 750 catches ... Ravens have nine shutouts in NFL since 2000, most in league. Pittsburgh second with eight ... Baltimore's 55 points in last week's win over Oakland was team record ... Pittsburgh one of four teams undefeated at home this season ... Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu will miss sixth straight game with a right calf injury.
OPENING LINE: Redskins by 3 1/2
SERIES RECORD: Redskins lead 79-70-5
LAST MEETING: Eagles beat Redskins 34-10, Jan. 1
LAST WEEK: Eagles lost to Cowboys 38-23; Redskins had bye
DID YOU KNOW? Teams feature two oft-compared mobile quarterbacks, but Philadelphia's Michael Vick won't play after suffering a concussion last week. That gives Nick Foles first NFL start, facing fellow rookie Robert Griffin III. ... Redskins have lost eight straight vs. rookie quarterbacks, longest such streak since at least 1950, according to STATS Inc. LLC. It started with a 25-22 loss to Vince Young and Tennessee Titans on Oct. 15, 2006. Washington last beat rookie QB on Dec. 24, 2005: a 24-9 win over Ryan Fitzpatrick and St. Louis Rams. ... Foles made NFL debut in relief last week and passed for 219 yards and a touchdown. He also had an interception returned for TD and lost fumble in end zone.
Washington has lost three straight while scoring only four touchdowns. ... Redskins coming off bye to host Eagles for third straight year. Philadelphia won in 2010 and 2011. ... Eagles have won 10 of last 13 played at FedEx Field. ... Griffin leads NFL rookies with 65.6 completion percentage and 93.9 rating. His 529 yards rushing and six rushing TDs are tops among all NFL quarterbacks. ... Griffin and Alfred Morris (793) first QB-RB rookie tandem in NFL to each rush for 500 yards. ... Griffin second in league in interception percentage, with just three picks in 262 attempts. He needs one completion to pass Norm Snead's franchise rookie record of 172 in 1961. ... Washington doesn't have player in league's top 50 in receptions; Philadelphia has three (DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin).
NEW YORK JETS at ST. LOUIS
OPENING LINE: Rams by 3
SERIES RECORD: Rams lead 9-3
LAST MEETING: Jets beat Rams 47-3, Nov. 9, 2008
LAST WEEK: Jets lost to Seahawks 28-7; Rams tied 49ers 24-24 OT
DID YOU KNOW? Rams have won seven of last eight in series. This week's game is first in St. Louis since 2005. ... Both teams had bye after 3-5 start. ... Jets coach Rex Ryan facing Rams for first time. ... Rams coach Jeff Fisher played for and coached under Ryan's father, Buddy Ryan. ... Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer held same position with Jets from 2006-11. ... Jets have totaled 16 points last two games. .. Tim Tebow leads AFC QBs with 752 yards rushing. Jets 5-0 when Shonn Greene has 100 yards rushing.
Two Rams rookies, starting CB Janoris Jenkins and WR Chris Givens, return after one-game disciplinary suspension. Givens first rookie in NFL with 50-yard reception in five consecutive games. ... RB Steven Jackson had 101 yards rushing last week, his first 100-yard game of season and 32nd of career: second most in franchise history. ... WR Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 102 yards last week in return after missing four games with collarbone injury.
at NEW ENGLAND
OPENING LINE: Patriots by 9 1/2
SERIES RECORD: Patriots lead 46-29
LAST MEETING: Patriots beat Colts 31-24, Dec. 4, 2011
LAST WEEK: Colts beat Jaguars 27-10; Patriots beat Bills 37-31
DID YOU KNOW? Colts and Patriots meet for 13th time since 2003 despite being in different divisions. Three of those games were during postseason. ... Patriots have huge advantage in turnover differential. They lead NFL at plus-16, while Colts tied for fourth worst at minus-9. ... Patriots already equaled total losses for all last season. Colts have four more wins than last year. ... Colts' Reggie Wayne leads NFL with 69 receptions, Patriots' Wes Welker tied for third with 66. ... QB Andrew Luck needs one game with 300 yards passing to break Peyton Manning's rookie record of four in one season.
Patriots on three-game winning streak with one victory in overtime and last Sunday's win after Devin McCourty's interception in end zone with 23 seconds left. ... Patriots lead NFL with 33.2 points and 430.3 yards per game. ... TE Rob Gronkowski had at least one TD catch in each of last three games, total of five. ...