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BALTIMORE



at PHILADELPHIA



 




OPENING LINE: Eagles by 2 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Tied 1-1-1



LAST MEETING: Ravens beat Eagles 36-7, Nov. 23, 2008



LAST WEEK: Ravens beat Bengals 44-13; Eagles beat Browns 17-16



DID YOU KNOW? Ravens coach John Harbaugh was special teams coordinator in Philadelphia from 1998-2006 and secondary coach in 2007. ... QB Joe Flacco grew up in nearby Haddon Township, N.J. and went to Delaware. ... Flacco needs one more 300-yard game to set franchise record with nine. He's currently tied with Vinny Testaverde. RB Ray Rice had just 13 touches, but two TDs in 44-13 win over Bengals. S Ed Reed is NFL's leader in interception return yards with 1,497.


Eagles RG Evan Mathis visited Baltimore before re-signing with Philadelphia in free agency. ... Eagles LBs coach Mike Caldwell played with Ravens during team's inaugural season in 1996, and led team with 4 1/2 sacks and 76 tackles. ... Eagles beat Ravens 15-10 in 2004 in only other meeting in Philadelphia. Terrell Owens scored go-ahead TD for Eagles and then mocked Ray Lewis by performing his dance in end zone. ... Eagles 8-3-1 vs. AFC North under Andy Reid.



TAMPA BAY



at N.Y. GIANTS



 




OPENING LINE: Giants by 8 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Giants lead 12-6



LAST MEETING: Giants beat Buccaneers 24-0, Sept. 27, 2009



LAST WEEK: Buccaneers beat Panthers 16-10; Giants lost to Cowboys 24-17



DID YOU KNOW? Bucs coach Greg Schiano returns to New Jersey, where he coached Rutgers for 11 seasons. ... Since 2010, Josh Freeman one of two QBs with more than 7,000 yards passing, 600 yards rushing. Other is Aaron Rodgers. ... Rookie RB Doug Martin rushed for 95 yards in NFL debut. ... WR Vincent Jackson has averaged 17.88 yards per catch since 2008, tops in NFL with minimum of 200 receptions. ... Defense tied team record allowing 10 yards rushing last week. Ronde Barber had sack and interception last week in making his 200th consecutive start, the most by cornerback in NFL history.


Giants have won six of last nine vs. Bucs. Coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning both 3-0 vs. Bucs. ... Manning has completed 50 of 82 for 500 yards with five TDs and no interceptions in those games, a 98.6 rating. ... RB Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 104 yards in last game vs. Tampa Bay. ... TE Martellus Bennett caught a TD pass in Giants' debut. ... Giants three highly touted defensive ends: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora: did not have sack in season opener.



NEW YORK JETS



at PITTSBURGH



 




OPENING LINE: Steelers by 6



SERIES RECORD: Steelers lead 17-4



LAST MEETING: Steelers beat Jets 24-19, Jan. 23, 2011



LAST WEEK: Jets beat Bills 48-24; Steelers lost to Broncos 31-19



DID YOU KNOW? Jets have won in Pittsburgh once in franchise history, 22-17 on Dec. 19, 2010. Steelers won rematch in AFC championship game just over a month later to reach Super Bowl for eighth time ... Five of last six meetings have been decided by six points or less ... Jets 48 points vs. Bills set franchise record for points in season opener ... Jets have held opposing quarterbacks to 68.6 rating since Rex Ryan took over as coach, best in NFL over that period. ... The 169 yards rushing by Buffalo's C.J. Spiller last week were the second-most Jets have given up under Ryan.


Pittsburgh WR Jerricho Cotchery spent first seven seasons with Jets and is eighth on team's receptions list with 358 ... Jets WR Santonio Holmes played four seasons in Pittsburgh and won 2009 Super Bowl MVP after catching game-winning touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger. ... Steelers 7-0 at home in September since coach Mike Tomlin took over in 2007. ... Pittsburgh gave up just 10 ppg at home in 2011, lowest total in NFL. ... Steelers had 28 of their 35 sacks last season at Heinz Field ... Roethlisberger has never lost home opener in career. ... Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley spent six seasons as member of Jets from 1995-2000, working as scout, then wide receivers coach.



DETROIT



at SAN FRANCISCO



 




OPENING LINE: 49ers by 6 1/2



SERIES RECORD: 49ers lead 36-27-1



LAST MEETING: 49ers beat Lions, 25-19, Oct. 16, 2011



LAST WEEK: Lions beat Rams 27-23; 49ers beat Packers 30-22



DID YOU KNOW? San Francisco 12-1 in series at Candlestick Park. ... Niners handed Lions first loss in 2011 following 5-0 start. ... 49ers have six straight regular-season games without turnover. ... Last year's penalty-filled game featured four lead changes in second half. San Francisco fell behind 10-0 in first quarter. ... 49ers QB Alex Smith has gone 185 straight passes without INT, best in franchise history, passing Hall of Famer Steve Young's 184. Smith had 125.6 QB rating last week. ... San Francisco kept Calvin Johnson out of end zone in 2011 game after he became NFL's first player with nine TD catches in initial five games of a season. Johnson still had seven catches for 113 yards, Brandon Pettigrew with eight catches for 42 yards and TD.


San Francisco K David Akers booted 63-yard field goal last week to tie NFL record and is 3 for 3 on the season. Hit 55-yarder last year vs. Lions on way to single-season NFL mark of 44. ... Three-time Pro Bowl RB Frank Gore had first 100-yard game of year at Green Bay after getting a franchise-best five straight during one stretch in 2011. ... Detroit's Matthew Stafford, No. 1 pick from the 2009 draft, threw three interceptions before halftime for first time last week. Still wound up with 355 yards passing.



-- The Associated Press


 


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