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PHILADELPHIA



at DALLAS



 



OPENING LINE: Cowboys by 9



SERIES RECORD: Cowboys lead 60-47



LAST MEETING: Cowboys beat Eagles 38-23, Nov. 11



LAST WEEK: Eagles lost to Panthers 30-22; Cowboys lost to Redskins 38-31.



DID YOU KNOW? Dallas has lost last eight Sunday night games. ... Eagles have lost last two games against NFC East opponents, after six wins in row. ... With one more loss, Eagles will have only third losing season in 14 years under coach Andy Reid. They have seven-game losing streak, their longest under Reid. ... Philadelphia 38-15 (.717 winning percentage) in December games under Reid, second only behind New England since 1999. ... Reid 17-10 vs. Cowboys, 7-5 in Dallas.


TE Jason Witten has 103 catches for 1,125 yards and seven TDs in 18 games against Eagles. ... QB Tony Romo has thrown 112 passes his last two games. He has attempted at least 50 passes in three of his last five games, twice a career-high 62 attempts. He had only three 50-pass games his first 83 starts before. .... Through 38 career games, WR Dez Bryant has 173 catches and 21 touchdowns. That is better than Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson, other receivers who wore No. 88 for the Cowboys.



NEW ENGLAND



at MIAMI



 



OPENING LINE: Patriots by 7



SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 50-43



LAST MEETING: Patriots beat Dolphins 27-24, Dec. 24, 2011



LAST WEEK: Patriots beat Jets, 49-19; Dolphins beat Seahawks, 24-21



DID YOU KNOW? Since 2001, Patriots have lost 15 games to AFC East teams. Seven of those defeats came against Miami. ... With victory, Patriots would clinch AFC East title for fourth consecutive season and would clinch their 12th winning season in row. ... New England has won 11 consecutive December games. ... Patriots lead NFL in points and yards per game. They're converting 53 percent of their third downs, best in league. In past four weeks Patriots have scored 190 points, more than four teams have totaled all year. ... In 420 pass attempts, Tom Brady has thrown three interceptions. ... In Miami last year, Brady threw for team-record 517 yards, most ever allowed by Dolphins.


Dan Carpenter's 43-yard field goal on the final play to beat Seattle last week was his fifth game-winning kick. ... Dolphins rank third-best in red zone defense, allowing touchdowns on 40 percent of such possessions. ... Over past four seasons, Dolphins are last in NFL with 70 takeaways. They have none in past four games. ... Dolphins opponents have 16 fumbles, but Miami has recovered only three.



TAMPA BAY



at DENVER



 



OPENING LINE: Broncos by 6 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Broncos lead 5-2



LAST MEETING: Broncos defeated Buccaneers 16-13, Oct. 5, 2008



LAST WEEK: Buccaneers lost to Falcons 24-23; Broncos beat Chiefs 17-9



DID YOU KNOW? Broncos QB Peyton Manning needs nine completions to pass Dan Marino for second on all-time list (4,967). ... Bucs TE Dallas Clark, a former Colt and longtime teammate of Manning's, has touchdowns in two of his past three games. ... Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil needs two more sacks to get to double digits for third time in his career. ... Denver clinches AFC West with win over Tampa Bay or loss by San Diego.


Bucs WR Vincent Jackson averages 18.5 yards per catch since 2008, best in NFL. ... Jackson and WR Mike Williams rank first and third in NFL in yards per catch (16.9). ... Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has 100-plus receiving yards in three of five home games this season. ... Bucs QB Josh Freeman has 104.1 passer rating with 16 TDs and three INTs in last seven games.



PITTSBURGH



at BALTIMORE



 



OPENING LINE: Ravens by 8



SERIES RECORD: Steelers lead 18-15



LAST MEETING: Ravens beat Steelers 13-10, Nov. 18



LAST WEEK: Steelers lost to Browns 20-14, Ravens beat Chargers 16-13 OT



DID YOU KNOW? Second meeting of AFC North rivals in span of three weeks. Ravens won first encounter 13-10. ... Six of last seven regular-season games between teams have been decided by three points. ... Ravens seeking second straight season sweep of Steelers. Baltimore has won five of seven. ... Baltimore has won 15 straight at home since Pittsburgh's 13-10 victory on Dec. 5, 2010. ... Steelers uncertain whether Ben Roethlisberger or Charlie Batch will start at QB. Batch 5-3 as starter with Pittsburgh, 24-30 overall. ... Pittsburgh's league-leading defense allowing 257.2 yards per game. ... Steelers S Troy Polamalu expected to return from right calf injury after missing nine of first 11 games.


Ravens can clinch playoff berth with win, and can clinch second straight AFC North title with win and Cincinnati loss in San Diego. ... Baltimore has won four straight and eight of nine. ... Ravens' only touchdown against Steelers two weeks ago was on punt return by Jacoby Jones. ... Ravens have won 12 in row against AFC North foes, longest current divisional run in NFL. ... Baltimore RB Ray Rice has only two touchdowns and 471 yards rushing in eight games against Steelers.


 
 
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