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INDIANAPOLIS at N.Y. JETS



 




OPENING LINE: Jets by 3



SERIES RECORD: Colts lead 41-29



LAST MEETING: Jets beat Colts 17-16, Jan. 8, 2011



LAST WEEK: Colts beat Packers 30-27; Jets lost to Texans 23-17



DID YOU KNOW? Teams playing for first time since AFC wild-card following 2010 regular season: Peyton Manning's last game with Indianapolis. ... Colts coming off stunning win over Packers in which they overcame 21-3 halftime deficit, and won on Andrew Luck's 4-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne with 35 seconds left. Team delivered game ball to coach Chuck Pagano, hospitalized while being treated for leukemia. … Colts have had 100-yard receiver in every game, first time in team history through first four games: Wayne did it Weeks 1 and 5, Donnie Avery in Week 2 and T.Y. Hilton in Week 3.


   QB Mark Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of passes in four straight games, and 48.4 completion percentage ranks last in NFL. His 66.6 quarterback rating is 31st in league: ahead of only Kansas City's Matt Cassel (66.2) and Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden (64.5). ... CB Antonio Cromartie got his ninth INT in two-plus seasons with Jets, ranking third in AFC among CBs since 2010. Held Houston's Andre Johnson to one catch for 15 yards. ... Jets hoping to get back TE Dustin Keller and rookie WR Stephen Hill, who have been sidelined with hamstring injuries.



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PHILADELPHIA



 




OPENING LINE: Eagles by 6 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Eagles lead 15-12-2



LAST MEETING: Eagles beat Lions 35-32, Sept. 19, 2010



LAST WEEK: Lions had bye; Eagles lost to Steelers 16-14



DID YOU KNOW? Eagles have won last six meetings and are 3-0 vs. Lions under coach Andy Reid. ... Lions last beat Eagles, 13-11, on Nov. 16, 1986 at old Veterans Stadium. ... Lions have three takeaways, tied for fewest in NFL. ... Lions outscored 60-31 in first half. ... Lions have just three plays of 30 yards or more. ... Matthew Stafford hasn't thrown TD pass to Calvin Johnson. ... After throwing 41 TDs and 16 interceptions last season, Stafford has fewer TD passes (three) than interceptions (four) this year.


   Michael Vick beat Lions in Week 2 of 2010 season in first start for Eagles. ... Vick had 104.2 passer rating vs. Steelers last week. It was Vick's 12th game with passer rating that exceeded 100 during his Eagles' career. ... TE Brent Celek has 74 receptions for 1,062 yards and six touchdowns in last 16 games. ... Eagles have held opponents to 5-for-16 in red zone, while limiting passers to 53.3 completion percentage (96 of 180). ... Eagles have combined 45-44 record before bye week under Reid, 84-39-1 after it.



N.Y. GIANTS at SAN FRANCISCO



 




OPENING LINE: 49ers by 5 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Tied 18-18



LAST MEETING: Giants beat 49ers 20-17 OT, Jan. 22, 2012



LAST WEEK: Giants beat Browns 41-27; 49ers beat Bills 45-3



DID YOU KNOW? Teams split meetings last year with Giants winning NFC championship game in San Francisco 20-17 in OT after Kyle Williams botched two punt returns into turnovers for 49ers. ... These are most efficient offensive teams in NFL with Giants scoring on league-best 51.8 percent of drives and 49ers second at 49.1 percent. ... Giants average 469.3 ypg last four weeks. ... Giants QB Eli Manning thrown for at least 200 yards in 24 straight games, second longest streak ever. ... Giants WR Victor Cruz had three TD catches last week and 10 catches for 142 yards in NFC title game.


   49ers outscored past two opponents 79-3. ... San Francisco became first team to top 300 yards rushing and passing in same game last week vs. Buffalo. ... 49ers on record-setting pace with 6.1 ypc. Cleveland in 1963 has record at 5.7. ... San Francisco gained at least 10 yards on more than one-fifth of carries. ... 49ers one of three teams running on more than half offensive plays. ... 49ers QB Alex Smith leads NFL with 108.7 passer rating and is coming off third career 300-yard game.



GREEN BAY at HOUSTON



 




OPENING LINE: Texans by 4



SERIES RECORD: Tied 1-1



LAST MEETING: Texans beat Packers 24-21, Dec. 7, 2008.



LAST WEEK: Packers lost to Colts 30-27; Texans beat New York Jets 23-17



DID YOU KNOW? Packers visiting Houston for first time since 2004. ... Green Bay facing an undefeated team with at least five wins for first time since playing 7-0 Tennessee in November 2008. ... Packers 10-3 in last 13 road games (including playoffs). ... Packers lead NFL in red-zone efficiency, scoring on 11 of 15 drives inside opponents' 20-yard line (73.3 percent). ... QB Aaron Rodgers has 99.4 rating in road games since 2008, second in the league (Tom Brady, 101.4). ... RB Cedric Benson placed on injured reserve Wednesday with sprained left foot.


   Houston has won time of possession in each of its first five games. ... Texans 38-5 when rushing 30 times or more under Gary Kubiak became coach in 2006. ... RB Arian Foster is league's second-leading rusher (106.4 ypg). He has 19 career 100-yard rushing games and three this season. ... WR Andre Johnson has 9,939 yards receiving in career. ... DE J.J. Watt ranks second to Matthews in sacks (7 1/2 ) this season. Watt also has eight pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.


 


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