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Associated Press Modified: September 7, 2012 at 11:33 am •  Published: September 7, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS (2-14) At CHICAGO (8-8)

Saturday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Chicago by 10

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Indianapolis 6-10; Chicago 8-8

SERIES RECORD — Colts lead 23-18

AP PRO32 RANKING: Colts No. 27; Bears No. 12

LAST MEETING — Bears beat Colts 29-13, Sept. 7, 2008

COLTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (26), PASS (27)

COLTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (29), PASS (15)

BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (9), PASS (26)

BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (5), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — QB Andrew Luck makes debut after Colts took him with No. 1 pick in draft, and parted with Peyton Manning. Colts also have new coach in Chuck Pagano, while Bears hired GM Phil Emery to replace fired Jerry Angelo and acquired Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall from Miami. ... Bears won at Indianapolis in first game at Lucas Oil Stadium in last meeting, with Matt Forte running for 123 yards in his debut. ... Marshall and Colts CB Vontae Davis involved in heated confrontation in practice with Dolphins last year, according to NFL.com, in which Marshall threw ball hard into his face from point-blank range and Davis had to be restrained. Like Marshall, Davis got traded in offseason. ... Colts LB Dwight Freeney third among active players with 102½ sacks, behind John Abraham (112) and Jared Allen (105). ... DE Robert Mathis has at least 9½ sacks past four seasons. ... Bears promoted Mike Tice from offensive line coach to coordinator to replace Mike Martz. ... Cutler tied with Ed Brown and Erik Kramer for fourth on club list with 63 TD passes as Bear. Sid Luckman (137), Billy Wade (68), Jim McMahon (67) ahead of him. ... Forte fifth on Bears list with 6,218 yards from scrimmage, behind Gale Sayers (6,263). ... With start Sunday, LB Brian Urlacher would tie Keith Van Horne for fourth in club history with 169. ... With 18 combined return TDs, Devin Hester one shy of Deion Sanders' NFL record. Hester already holds records for career kick return touchdowns (17) and career punt return TDs (12). ... K Robbie Gould ranks fifth all-time in field-goal accuracy at 85.8 percent. ... LS Patrick Mannelly will set club record when he steps on field for 15th season with Bears.

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JACKSONVILLE (5-11) At MINNESOTA (3-13)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Vikings by 4½

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Jacksonville 6-9-1; Minnesota 6-9-1

SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Jaguars No. 31; Vikings No. 28

LAST MEETING — Vikings beat Jaguars 30-12, 2008

JAGUARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (12), PASS (32)

JAGUARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (9), PASS (8)

VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (4), PASS (28)

VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (11), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — First regular season game for Mike Mularkey as coach of Jaguars, and for new owner Shad Khan. ... Maurice Jones-Drew will be playing first game after missing all of training camp and preseason in contract dispute. Jones-Drew led league in rushing last season, but Mularkey said he will be used as third-down back to ease him into things. ... Rashad Jennings will start at RB in Jones-Drew's place. Jennings missed last season with knee injury but looked good in preseason, leading AFC with 209 yards rushing. ... Mularkey spent six seasons as tight end for Vikings (1983-88). ... Jaguars 11-6 (.647) in season openers, second-best winning percentage behind Cowboys (.663). ....Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert begins first full season as starter. Became youngest QB in NFL history to start at least 13 games. After rough rookie year, Gabbert threw for 355 yards, three TDs with 95.0 passer rating in preseason. ... Gabbert is friend of Vikings QB Christian Ponder, who also begins first full season as starter. Ponder started final 10 games of 2011. Completed 54 percent of passes with 13 TDs and 13 INTs on year. ... All eyes will be on Vikings star RB Adrian Peterson, who is coming off torn ACL in left knee at end of last season. Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson will be game-time decision. He was injured in second-to-last game of last season, but made it goal to start in Week 1. ... Toby Gerhart should get plenty of action against Jags. He rushed for 369 yards in final five games of last season, including first career 100-yard game when Peterson went down against Redskins. ... Vikings open at home for first time since 2007. ... Vikings playing first of three games without WR Jerome Simpson (suspension). ... Vikings DE Jared Allen had 22 sacks last season, looking to become first player in NFL history with two 20-sack seasons.

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MIAMI (6-10) At HOUSTON (10-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Texans by 7

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Miami 9-7; Houston 11-5

SERIES RECORD — Texans lead 6-0

AP PRO32 RANKING — Dolphins, No. 27; Texans, No. 6

LAST MEETING — Texans beat Dolphins 23-13, Sept. 18, 2011

DOLPHINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (11), PASS (23)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (3), PASS (25)

TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (2), PASS (18)

TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (4), PASS (3)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Texans only team Miami has never defeated. Dolphins haven't won in Houston since 23-20 victory over the Oilers on Nov. 17, 1996. ... Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill makes first pro start after playing 50 games for Texas A&M, about 90 miles from Houston. ... Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was Texans' assistant head coach in 2006 and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in 2007. ... Miami WR Davone Bass has 1,166 return yards and needs 67 more to move into second on Miami's career list. ... DE Cameron Wake had four tackles, including a sack, against Texans last season. Wake has 28 sacks in first three seasons. ... Dolphins released QB David Garrard this week. ... Texans coach Gary Kubiak got first career win against Miami on Oct. 1, 2006. ... Saturday is 10-year anniversary of Texans inaugural game, 19-10 win over Dallas at Reliant Stadium. ... WR Andre Johnson healthy after missing nine games last season with hamstring injuries. QB Matt Schaub also seeing first action since fracturing right Lisfranc joint in Week 10 last season. ... Trindon Holliday made final roster after returning three kicks (1 punt, 2 kickoffs) for touchdowns in preseason. ... DE J.J. Watt (dislocated left elbow) and LB Brian Cushing (bruised ribs) expected to start after missing time in training camp with injuries. ... No changes in security or procedure expected at Reliant Stadium after fan fell off fifth-floor escalator and died during preseason finale against Minnesota. Harris County medical examiner ruled death accidental.

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NEW ENGLAND (15-4) At TENNESSEE (9-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 6½

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 10-9-0; Tennessee 6-8-2

SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 22-16-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots, No. 2; Titans, No. 21

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Titans 59-0, Oct. 18, 2009

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (20), PASS (2)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (17), PASS (31)

TITANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (31), PASS (12)

TITANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (18T), RUSH (24), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Defending AFC champion Patriots have won eight straight openers, longest active streak in NFL ... Tom Brady 124-35 with best regular-season record in Super Bowl-era. Needs TD pass to pass Hall of Fame QB John Elway (300) for fifth-most TD passes in NFL history. Brady has thrown at least one TD pass in 32 straight games. ... In past 3 games vs Titans, Brady has completed 68.5 percent of passes with eight TDs, no interceptions. ... Stevan Ridley averaged 5.1 yards per carry as rookie with Patriots last season. ... Wes Welker needs four catches to pass Troy Brown (557) for most in New England history. Welker caught 10 passes for 150 yards in last game vs. Titans. ... Only Calvin Johnson (28) has more TD catches than Rob Gronkowski (27) since 2010. ... Titans QB Jake Locker will make first NFL start. ... Chris Johnson leads NFL with 5,645 yards rushing since 2008. ... Johnson ran for 128 yards in only game vs. Patriots. ... WR Kendall Wright will make his NFL debut, and DE Kamerion Wimbley will make his debut with Titans. Wimbley has 16 sacks in past two seasons. ... Nate Washington led Titans with 74 catches and 1,023 yards receiving last season, both career-highs. ... WR Kenny Britt suspended for this game.

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WASHINGTON (5-11) At NEW ORLEANS (14-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Saints by 9 1/2

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Washington 7-9; New Orleans 13-5

SERIES RECORD — Redskins lead 15-8

AP PRO32 RANKING — Redskins No. 24, Saints No. 9

LAST MEETING — Saints beat Redskins 33-30 in OT, Dec. 6, 2009

REDSKINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (25), PASS (14)

REDSKINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (18), PASS (12)

SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (6), PASS (1)

SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (12), PASS (30)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Robert Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and second overall draft choice, makes debut at quarterback for Washington. In preseason, Griffin was 20 of 31 (64.5 percent) for 193 yards with two TDs and no INTs. ... Redskins coach Mike Shanahan 14-4 in regular season openers and 14 wins in such games are most by active coach. ... Washington WR Santana Moss one of four players with 45 or more catches and 500 or more yards in each of past nine seasons. WR Pierre Garcon had career-best 70 catches for 947 yards last season with Indianapolis and tied career-high with six TDs. ... LB Brian Orakpo has 28 1/2 sacks through first three NFL seasons. ... Game first in seven seasons for Saints without coach Sean Payton, suspended for season in connection with NFL's bounty investigation. Offensive line coach and running game coordinator Aaron Kromer filling in for first six games until assistant head coach Joe Vitt returns from his six-game bounty suspension. ... Saints QB Drew Brees last season passed for NFL single-season record 5,476 yards, including NFL single-season record 13 games with 300 yards. He also set single-season records for completions (468) and completion percentage (71.2). Has passed for 300 yards or more in seven straight, longest streak in NFL history. ... RB-PR-KR Darren Sproles had NFL-record 2,696 all-purpose yards last season. ... Jimmy Graham led NFL TEs with 99 receptions, while his 1,310 yards receiving ranked second last season and second all-time for TE. He was first TE in NFL with at least 95 catches, 1,200 yards and 10 TDs in season. Game marks Saints regular season debuts for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and LB Curtis Lofton, who had a career-high 167 tackles with Atlanta last season.

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BUFFALO (6-10) At NEW YORK JETS (8-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Jets by 4½

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Buffalo 7-8-1; New York 7-9

SERIES RECORD — Bills lead 54-49

AP PRO32 RANKING — Bills No. 20; Jets No. 19

LAST MEETING — Jets beat Bills 28-24, Nov. 27, 2011

BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (13), PASS (15)

BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (28), PASS (19)

JETS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (22), PASS (21)

JETS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (13), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Jets have won last five meetings between teams, and seven of last eight — lone loss coming in overtime, 16-13 in 2009. ...Victory would give Bills consecutive opening weekend wins for first time since 1992-93. ... Both teams went 0-4 in preseason. ... Game marks Bills debut for DE Mario Williams, who signed six-year, $100 million deal as free agent after six seasons in Houston. Set Texans record with 53 sacks. ... DE Mark Anderson also makes regular-season debut for Buffalo after signing as free agent. Had 10 sacks last season with New England. ... RB Fred Jackson needs 56 yards rushing to move past Travis Henry (3,849) for fourth on Bill's career list. In eight career games vs. Jets, Jackson has failed to have a 100-yard game. Career high is 82 yards rushing in teams' first meeting last season. ... WR Brad Smith was fourth-round draft pick of Jets in 2006 and serves as Buffalo's wildcat QB for second straight season. ... WR David Nelson was college teammate of Jets backup QB Tim Tebow at Florida, winning two national titles together. ... WR Stevie Johnson was first Bills player to record consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards receiving. ... P Brian Moorman set Bills franchise mark with 48.22 gross punting average last season. ... Jets retiring Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin's No. 28 jersey at halftime. ... Jets have opened season against Bills 10 times, and won seven. ... Mark Sanchez fifth QB, joining Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Dan Marino and Matt Ryan, to win 30 or more games in first three NFL seasons, including playoffs. Sanchez making fourth straight Week 1 start. ... Much of intrigue entering regular season revolves around how Jets will use Tebow, who's expected to work in wildcat package and as punt protector on special teams. ... Game marks Jets debut for new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who replaced Brian Schottenheimer. Sparano didn't show much on offense in preseason as Jets matched 1977 Falcons by not scoring TD in first three preseason games. ... S tarting safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell also making regular-season debuts for New York. ... LB Aaron Maybin was former first-round pick of Buffalo in 2009. Released by Bills and signed by Jets last season, and led New York with six sacks. ... DL Quinton Coples, team's first-round pick out of North Carolina, led Jets with 4½ sacks in preseason. ... K Nick Folk beat out Josh Brown to keep job for third straight season.

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ATLANTA (10-7) At KANSAS CITY (7-9)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Falcons by 1

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 8-8-1; Kansas City 9-7

SERIES RECORD — Chiefs lead 5-2

AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons No. 10; Chiefs No. 17

LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Chiefs 38-14, Sept. 21, 2008

VISITOR OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (17), PASS (8)

VISITOR DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (6), PASS (20)

HOME OFFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (15), PASS (25)

HOME DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (26), PASS (6)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chiefs LB Tamba Hali is suspended for violating NFL's substance-abuse policy. He was second in AFC with 12 sacks last season. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez returns to Arrowhead Stadium for first time as opponent. Was drafted by Kansas City and spent 12 seasons with Chiefs. ... Falcons lost four straight to Chiefs from 1972-94. ... Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff worked together six years in player personnel for Patriots. ... Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, TE Tony Moeaki and S Eric Berry will play first regular-season games since tearing ACL's in span of three weeks last season. ... Chiefs celebrating 50 years in Kansas City this season. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan had team record 4,177 yards passing last season. Atlanta 23-0 when his rating is 100 or more. ... Atlanta DE John Abraham has 112 sacks, most among active players. ... Falcons 27-2 when RB Michael Turner has 21-plus carries. ... Chiefs QB Matt Cassel 10-4 vs NFC teams, 18-22 against AFC. ... LB Derrick Johnson (ankle) expects to play vs Falcons. He had Chiefs-record 179 tackles last season.

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ST. LOUIS (2-14) At DETROIT (10-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Lions by 10

RECORD VS. SPREAD — St. Louis 3-12-1; Detroit 7-8-2

SERIES RECORD — Rams lead 42-39-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Rams No. 29, Lions No. 13

LAST MEETING — Lions beat Rams 44-6 on Oct. 10, 2010

RAMS OFFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (23), PASS (30)

RAMS DEFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (31), PASS (7)

LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (4), PASS (29)

LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (22), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Jeff Fisher makes Rams coaching debut against one of his protégés, Detroit's Jim Schwartz, a Titans assistant from 1999-2000 and Fisher's defensive coordinator from 2001-08. ... Fisher trying to do what Schwartz seems to have done. Rams 15-65 past five years, giving them lowest winning percentage (.188) over five-season span since 1970 merger. Lions had third- and fifth-lowest rates of success from 2005-09 and 2006-10, according to STATS LLC before winning 10 games last season and making playoffs last year in Schwartz's third season. ... Detroit QB Matthew Stafford and St. Louis QB Sam Bradford were No. 1 overall picks in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and hope to stay healthy after being hit with injuries early in careers. ... Rams RB Steven Jackson has run for franchise-best 9,093 yards and has averaged NFL-best 114.7 yards from scrimmage since 2006 among players with at least 60 games. ... Detroit scored franchise-record 474 points last season, averaging nearly 30 ppg, with Stafford and All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson leading pass-heavy offense. ... Johnson, Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Lance Alworth are only players in NFL history with at least 12 TD receptions in three of first five seasons. ... St. Louis made splash in free agency, giving former Titans CB Cortland Finnegan $50 million, five-year contract. ... Lions DE Cliff Avril one of six players in league history with at least 10 sacks along with TDs off a fumble and interceptions in a season. ... Detroit K Jason Hanson has NFL-record 2,016 points with one team. ... Rams LB James Laurinaitis led team in tackles for third straight year last season.

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PHILADELPHIA (8-8) At CLEVELAND (4-12)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Eagles by 8½.

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Philadelphia 8-8; Cleveland 7-8-1

SERIES RECORD — Browns lead 31-15-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Eagles No. 8; Browns No. 32

LAST MEETING — Eagles beat Browns 30-10, Dec. 15, 2008

EAGLES OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (5), PASS (9)

EAGLES DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (16), PASS (10)

BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (28), PASS (24)

BROWNS DEFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (30), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — One year after failing to live up to "Dream Team" label, Eagles can't afford another slow start. Opened 1-4 last season and needed four-game winning streak to finish .500. ... Eagles coach Andy Reid begins 14th season, NFL's longest-tenured coach. ... Eagles QB Michael Vick limited to 12 snaps in preseason because of bruised ribs. Vick, slowed by injuries most of 11-year career, is healthy, dangerous and able to can turn no play into big one unlike any QB in NFL. ... Behind Vick, Eagles offense gained franchise record 6,386 yards and were second in league with 84 plays of 20-plus yards in 2011. ... RB LeSean McCoy had league-best 17 rushing TDs last season, breaking team record held by Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren. ... At average age of 25.5 years, Eagles have league's third-youngest rosters. ... Eagles tattooed Browns 27-10 on Aug. 24 in exhibition game. ... Browns open at home for 13th time in 14 years since expansion return. Cleveland 1-12 in home openers since '99, with lone win in 2004 over Baltimore. ... Browns hoping to get offensive jolt from rookie RB Trent Richardson, who missed preseason following knee surgery. ... Eagles and Browns intertwined in front office and on sidelines. Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg coached under Browns President Mike Holmgren in Green Bay. Browns coach Pat Shurmur spent 10 seasons on Reid's staff in Philadelphia and Browns GM Tom Heckert spent nine seasons with Eagles, last four as GM. ... Browns have 15 rookies on roster, most of any team to start season since Kansas City in 2008. ... K Phil Dawson will become fifth Browns players to play in 200 games.

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SEATTLE (7-9) At ARIZONA (8-8)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Seahawks by 1½

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Seattle 10-4-2, Arizona 7-7-2

SERIES RECORD — Cardinals lead 14-12

AP PRO32 RANKING — Seahawks No. 22; Cardinals No. 25

LAST MEETING — Cardinals beat Seahawks 23-20 in OT, Jan. 1, 2012

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (21), PASS (22)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (15), PASS (11)

CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (24), PASS (17)

CARDINALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (18t), RUSH (21), PASS (17)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson completed 40 of 63 passes for 536 yards in preseason with five touchdowns, one interception. ... Seattle had 22 interceptions last season, Arizona 10. ... Seattle's starting defense second-youngest in NFL last season. ... Seahawks' Leon Washington has second-most kickoff returns for touchdowns (seven) in NFL history, one shy of Josh Cribbs' NFL record. ... Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch led NFL in rushing in final seven games of season. ... Seattle traveled 26,200 miles for road trips last season, second to Oakland (28,682) ... In game at Arizona in last season's finale, Seattle tied it on 61-yard pass from Tavaris Jackson to Ricardo Lockette with 7:47 left in regulation, but in OT, Arizona's defense held after Washington's 47-yard kickoff return to Seattle 40, John Skelton threw three times to Larry Fitzgerald, the last a one-handed grab to the Seattle 28 to help set up Jay Feely's game-winning 28-yard field goal. Win snapped three-game losing streak to Seattle. ... Fitzgerald had five catches for 104 yards in fourth quarter and OT. ... Third straight year Cardinals have faced rookie QB in season opener — they won other two, against St. Louis (Sam Bradford) and Carolina (Cam Newton). ... Fitzgerald has more career receptions (102) and yards receiving (1,371) against Seattle than any other NFL team. He has five 100-yard games against the Seahawks, four in last eight meetings ... Arizona had eight sacks in two games against Seattle last season. .... Cardinals won seven of last nine games last season. .... Skelton, who beat out Kevin Kolb for starting job, was 5-2 as starter last year, 6-2 if you count win over San Francisco, when he entered game after Kolb was injured on first series.

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SAN FRANCISCO (14-4) At GREEN BAY (15-2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Packers by 6 ½

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Francisco 12-5-1; Green Bay 11-6

SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 34-26-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — 49ers No. 4; Packers No. 1

LAST MEETING — Packers beat 49ers 34-16, Dec. 5, 2010

49ERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (8), PASS (29)

49ERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (1), PASS (16)

PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (27), PASS (3)

PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (14), PASS (32)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — 49ers and Packers had two best turnover differentials in league in 2011, San Francisco at plus-28 and Green Bay and plus-24. Teams tied for league lead in takeaways (38). ... 49ers QB Alex Smith has won 14 of past 17 starts. Had first career 3,000-yard season (3,144) and threw five interceptions, tied for third-fewest in season in NFL history (minimum 400 attempts). ... RB Frank Gore rushed for 1,211 yards, his team-record fifth 1,000-yard season. Gore has 29 career 100-yard games, most in club history. ... Since 2009, TE Vernon Davis has 26 TDs, most among NFC TEs. ... 49ers rush defense led NFL in 2011, allowing 77.3 ypg. ... LB Aldon Smith led NFL rookies with 14 sacks, second-most ever by rookie. ... Packers have won five straight season openers under Mike McCarthy, matching franchise record. ... Packers scored 560 points in 2011, most in franchise history and second-most all-time. ... QB Aaron Rodgers had franchise-record 4,643 yards passing and 45 TDs. Is only QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000-plus yards and have six or fewer INTs. ... Rodgers 2-0 vs. SF with five TDs and no INTs. ... RB Cedric Benson makes debut with Packers after rushing for 1,000-plus yards each of past three seasons. ... WR Greg Jennings has 11 catches for 248 yards and three TDs in past two games vs. SF. ... DB Charles Woodson has had interception return for touchdown in each of past six years. Woodson appearing in 200th career regular season game Sunday.

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CAROLINA (6-10) At TAMPA BAY (4-12)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Panthers by 3

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Carolina 9-6-1; Tampa Bay 4-12

SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 14-9

AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 18; Buccaneers No. 26

LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Buccaneers 48-16, Dec. 24, 2011

PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (3), PASS (13)

PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (25), PASS (24)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (30), PASS (16)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (32), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Cam Newton returns to Raymond James Stadium, where he ran for three touchdowns to break NFL single-season record for rushing TDs by quarterback in 38-19 Panthers victory last December. Three weeks later, 2010 Heisman Trophy winner threw for three TDs and ran for fourth in 48-16 rout to complete sweep of season series between NFC South rivals. ... It's NFL coaching debut for Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano, who spent past 11 seasons at Rutgers, which he converted from one of college football's losingest programs into Big East contender. ... Bucs ended 2011 on 10-game losing streak. ... Bucs S Ronde Barber, entering 16th season, will make 200th consecutive start, although it will be first of career at safety after lining up past 15 seasons at cornerback. ... Newton threw for league rookie record 4,051 yards in 2011. He also accounted for 35 touchdowns, 21 passing and 14 rushing. ... Carolina RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have posted big numbers against Bucs. So has WR Steve Smith, who's coming off sixth 1,000-yard receiving season of career. Williams has rushed for two touchdowns in game against Tampa Bay four times. In three games in which he's had at least 19 carries against Bucs, he's averaged 153 yards and scored six TDs. Stewart, meanwhile, has averaged just over 106 ypg and rushed for five TDs. ... Once reliable Bucs defense allowed NFL-high and franchise record 494 points last season. Unit also finished last in rushing defense and sacks. ... Former Alabama safety Mark Barron drafted seventh, overall, and one of two rookie starters on defense for Tampa Bay; other is linebacker Lavonte David, a second-round pick. ... All-Pro G Carl Nicks and WR Vincent Jackson were Tampa Bay's biggest offseason additions on offense, where QB Josh Freeman hopes to rebound after taking step back with 16 TDs passes and 22 interceptions last season. Two years ago, the QB tossed 25 TD passes with only six interceptions, and Bucs won 10 games.

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PITTSBURGH (12-5) At DENVER (9-9)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE — Broncos by 2

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 7-10, Denver 8-10

SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 17-10-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 7; Broncos No. 11

LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Steelers 29-23 in OT, Jan. 8, 2012

STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (8), PASS (3)

STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (1)

BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (15)

BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (10), PASS (12)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin will be at midfield as honorary captain for coin toss as Broncos honor 12 Colorado Olympians. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin 4-1 in season openers. ... Ben Roethlisberger's .703 winning percentage as starter is second among active QBs to Tom Brady (.780). ... WR Mike Wallace says no need to hold him back against Denver despite holdout that ended last week. Pro Bowler said he's nearly up to speed on new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's playbook. ... Steelers must replace four stalwarts who helped them win three AFC titles and Super Bowl in WR Hines Ward, DE Aaron Smith, LB James Farrior and NT Chris Hoke. They combined to play in 644 regular season games plus 59 more in the playoffs. ...Haley's father, Dick Haley, was Steelers director of player personnel from 1971-91. ... Broncos 38-13-1 record in home openers (.745) is best in NFL. ... QB Peyton Manning needs one TD pass to reach 400 in regular season. Only Brett Favre (508) and Dan Marino (420) have more. ... Manning has won his last two regular season games against Pittsburgh, throwing for five TDs with one INT. ... Broncos led league last year with 164.5-yard rushing average. ... WR Eric Decker led Broncos with career-high eight TDs last year; WR Demaryius Thomas had four catches for 204 yards, including 80-yard TD grab on first play of OT in Broncos' 29-23 wild-card win over Steelers in January. ...Champ Bailey's 50 INTs since joining league in '99 is tops among NFL CBs.

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CINCINNATI (9-8) At BALTIMORE (13-5)

Monday, 7 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE — Ravens by 6½

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cincinnati 8-7-2; Baltimore 9-8-1

SERIES RECORD — Ravens lead 18-14

AP PRO32 RANKING — Ravens No. 5; Bengals No. 14

LAST MEETING — Ravens beat Bengals 24-16, Jan. 1, 2012

BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (19), PASS (20)

BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (10), PASS (9)

RAVENS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (10), PASS (19)

RAVENS DEFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (2), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Ravens playing five days after death of former majority owner Art Modell. ... Duel between AFC North rivals who both made playoffs last season. ... Ravens swept Bengals last season after losing previous three of four. ... Ravens C Gino Gradkowski and Bengals backup QB Bruce Gradkowski are brothers. ... Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton had one TD pass and three INTs against Baltimore. ... Ravens G Bobbie Williams played previous eight seasons with Cincinnati. ... Bengals 9-19 Monday night, but 1-0 vs. Baltimore. ... Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis 10-8 against Ravens, team he served as defensive coordinator from 1996-2001. ... Bengals star WR A.J. Green missed first matchup last year vs. Ravens with knee injury, only game he sat out. Had two catches for 26 yards in second game, 24-16 Baltimore win. ... Ravens have won 10 straight at home and 18 of 19, including postseason. ... Baltimore has won eight straight division games, longest current streak in NFL. ... Coach John Harbaugh 4-0 in openers. ... Ravens RB Ray Rice has 33 catches for 275 yards vs. Bengals, both career highs against any opponent. ... Departure of LB Jarret Johnson as free agent leaves P Sam Koch with Ravens' longest active streak of consecutive games (96). ... Baltimore QB Joe Flacco needs one more 300-yard game to set franchise record with nine. He's currently tied with Vinny Testaverde. ... Game is first of four in 18 days for Ravens.

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SAN DIEGO (8-8) At OAKLAND (8-8)

Monday, 10:15 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE — Pick 'em

2011 RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Diego 6-10; Oakland 8-6-2

SERIES RECORD — Raiders lead 58-45-2

AP PRO32 RANKING — Chargers No. 16, Raiders No. 23

LAST MEETING — Chargers beat Raiders 38-26, Jan. 1, 2012

CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (16), PASS (6)

CHARGERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (20), PASS (13)

RAIDERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (7), PASS (11)

RAIDERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (27), PASS (27)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Rematch of last season's finale that Chargers won 38-26 in Oakland to deny Raiders AFC West title. ... Oakland had won previous three meetings vs. San Diego following 13 straight losses to Chargers. ... San Diego has won seven of eight in Oakland. ... Monday is the 34th anniversary of "The Holy Roller" game when Ken Stabler fumbled on purpose and Raiders knocked ball into end zone where Dave Casper fell on it to give Oakland 21-20 win. ... Chargers 3-2 in season openers under coach Norv Turner, including 24-20 win in Oakland in 2009. ... Turner can tie Hall of Famer John Madden for 33rd all-time by winning his 112th career game. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates had five catches for 106 yards and TD in last game vs. Raiders, just his second 100-yard game in 28 career games vs. Oakland. ... Chargers can join Cleveland (166 games from 1957-69) as only teams in NFL history to score touchdowns in 150 straight games. ... Oakland QB Carson Palmer has completed 69.9 percent of passes for 347.8 ypg with 13 TDs, three INTs and 122.5 passer rating in five games vs. Chargers. ... Raiders RB Darren McFadden will play first regular season game since missing final nine contests a year ago with foot injury. Oakland 10-4 past two seasons when he has at least 15 carries. ... Dennis Allen will coach first game for Oakland. Raiders coaches 9-8 all-time in first game with team. ... Oakland WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey (130) and Denarius Moore (101) each posted 100-yard receiving games in season-ending loss to Chargers, first time since 2005 two Raiders topped 100 yards in same game. ... Raiders had 37 passes for more than 25 yards last season, most since 1998.

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