Week 1 NFL Capsules

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)

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