Week 3 NFL Capsules
TAMPA BAY (1-1) At DALLAS (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE — Dallas by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Tampa Bay 1-0-1; Dallas 1-1
SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 12-3.
PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 21; Cowboys No. 14
LAST MEETING — Cowboys beat Buccaneers 31-15, Dec. 17, 2011
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (T16), PASS (29)
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (3), PASS (32)
COWBOYS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (21), PASS (6)
COWBOYS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (23), PASS (3)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Cowboys have won last four games in series, after Buccaneers had won previous three. Before that, Dallas won first eight meetings from 1977-90, including playoff games in 1981 and 1982 seasons. ... Dallas won only one of its last five games at end of 2011 season. That was Saturday night game in Tampa Bay. ... Last time Cowboys hosted Tampa Bay for home opener was 2001. Bucs won 10-6, their only road win against Cowboys. ... Week after matching franchise record by allowing 10 yards rushing in season opener to beat Carolina, Tampa Bay's defense allowed record 604 total yards, including 510 passing by Eli Manning in New York Giants' comeback victory. ... New Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson had seven catches for 120 yards at Dallas while playing for San Diego on Dec. 13, 2009. ... Bucs have overcome double-digit deficits to win nine times since 2008, matching Denver for most in that period. Before that, Tampa Bay had gone nearly a decade without such a win. ... QB Josh Freeman has made 42 starts, and his 9,279 yards passing are sixth in Bucs history, 160 yards behind Steve DeBerg for No. 5 on list. ... After playing first two games on road, on opposite ends of country, Cowboys play next two at home. They have a two-game losing streak at Cowboys Stadium, and are 13-11 there since stadium opened in 2009. ... Dallas is going for its 450th regular-season win. That mark has been reached by 12 other NFL teams. ... QB Tony Romo's 153 touchdowns passing are tied with Roger Staubach for third-most in Cowboys history. Next on list is Danny White's 155. Troy Aikman tops list with 165.
GREEN BAY (1-1) At SEATTLE (1-1)
Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
OPENING LINE — Packers by 3
2012 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Green Bay 1-1; Seattle 1-1
SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 10-5.
AP PRO32 RANKING — Packers No. 3; Seahawks No. 19
LAST MEETING — Packers beat Seahawks 48-10, Dec. 27, 2009
LAST WEEK — Packers beat Bears 23-10; Seahawks beat Cowboys 27-7
PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (T26), PASS (T14)
PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (26), PASS (2)
SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (7), PASS (32)
SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (2), PASS (14)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Seattle's .680 winning percentage (17-8) for Monday night games is highest of any team in NFL. ... This is 20th consecutive season with Packers appearing at least once on Monday night. ... Green Bay playing first road game of season and will play four of next five away from home. ... Packers have six-game win streak in road openers, longest streak in NFL. ... Since 2006, Packers 8-2 on road in September. ... QB Aaron Rodgers 2-0 against Seattle. Packers have won last 18 times Rodgers has started and had passer rating above 100. ... Rodgers has been sacked eight times in two weeks. Last season Rodgers' eighth sack came in Week 5. ... Dating back to last season, Rodgers has failed to have passer rating above 100 in five of last six games. ... Packers have yet to score this season in first or third quarters. ... Last week's win over Chicago saw Packers become first time since Atlanta in 2002 to record seven or more sacks, intercept four or more passes and hold opponent to under 200 yards offense. ... LB Clay Matthews leads NFL with six sacks in two games, including 3 1/2 sacks against Chicago. ... Matthews first player in NFL history to have six sacks in first two games of season twice in career. ... Seahawks have won five straight Monday night appearances with three of them shutouts. ... Rookie QB Russell Wilson picked up first NFL victory last week vs. Dallas, throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown, but Seahawks pass offense currently ranks last in NFL averaging 136 ypg. ... RB Marshawn Lynch picked up seventh 100-yard rushing effort in last 10 games dating back to last season with 122 yards and a touchdown against Cowboys. Lynch has six straight 100-yard games at home. ... TE Anthony McCoy had career-best five receptions and first touchdown against Dallas. ... LT Russell Okung (knee) expected to be game-time decision. ... Okung was inactive against Dallas, replaced by Frank Omiyale. ... Rookie DE Bruce Irvin got first career sack against Dallas, splitting one with DT Jason Jones. Seattle's pass rush has two sacks in two weeks. ... SS Kam Chancellor led Seattle with nine tackles vs. Cowboys. No other Seahawks defender had more than five. ... Chancellor and LB K.J. Wright lead Seahawks in tackles through two weeks.
NEW ENGLAND (1-1) At BALTIMORE (1-1)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC
OPENING LINE — Ravens by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 1-1; Baltimore 2-0
SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 7-1
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 7; Ravens No. 5
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Ravens 23-20, Jan 22, 2012
LAST WEEK — Patriots lost to Cardinals 20-18; Ravens lost to Eagles 24-23
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (9), PASS (8)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (5), PASS (7)
RAVENS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (10), PASS (9)
RAVENS DEFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (20), PASS (T26)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Rematch of 2011 AFC championship game, won by Patriots 23-20. ... First time teams will meet in Baltimore since Patriots won 27-24 in December 2007 to keep perfect record intact. ... Patriots and Ravens seeking to avoid dropping below .500 after losing last week. Since beginning of 2003 season, New England is 27-3 after loss. Baltimore has won 13 straight following a defeat. ... Ravens S James Ihedigbo played with Patriots in 2011, starting 12 games. ... Matchup between Jones brothers, Arthur of Baltimore and Chandler of NE. ... Patriots 10-5 in Sunday night games. ... NE QB Tom Brady has at least one TD pass in 34 straight regular season games, fourth-best mark in NFL history. ... With win, Patriots coach Bill Belichick moves into sole possession of eighth place on career list. He's tied with Chuck Knox at 193. ... New England 64-33 on road this decade. ... Ravens have won 11 straight and 19 of 20 at home. ... Third game in stretch in which Baltimore plays four games in 18 days. ... New England is only team in NFL that Baltimore has not defeated in regular season. ... Ravens S Bernard Pollard (ribs) will be game-time decision. ... Ravens have won 58 of last 60 games when having at least plus-2 turnover margin. Only exceptions were against Patriots in 2010 and against Eagles last week.
HOUSTON (2-0) At DENVER (1-1)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE — Texans by 1
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Houston 2-0; Denver 1-1
SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 2-1
AP PRO32 RANKING — Texans No. 2; Broncos No. 11
LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Texans 24-23, Dec. 26, 2010
LAST WEEK — Texans beat Jaguars 27-7; Falcons beat Broncos 27-21
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (6), PASS (21)
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (1)
BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (15), PASS (20)
BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (7), PASS (9)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Earliest in season Houston and Denver have met. ... Neither team has won road game in series. ... Win would give Houston first 3-0 start. ... Texans coach Gary Kubiak looking for 50th career win. ... Kubiak spent 11 seasons in Mile High City as offensive coordinator. Helped John Elway & Co. capture back-to-back Super Bowl titles. ... Houston's defense first in total defense (196 yards per game), yards per play (4.08), yards passing (124), first downs allowed (12) and points (8.5). ... Texans have won six straight with QB Matt Schaub running show. .. RB Arian Foster has 189 yards and three TDs. He is Texans' all-time leading rusher. ... OL Chris Myers' grandfather, Tom Kelleher, was longtime NFL referee. ... Texans DE J.J. Watt and Broncos LB Von Miller tied for AFC lead in sacks with three. ... Former Broncos WR Rod Smith will be inducted into team's Ring of Fame on Sunday. Smith holds club records for receptions (849), yards receiving (11,389) and receiving TDs (68). ... Broncos QB Peyton Manning 16-2 against Texans. He's thrown 42 TD passes and eight interceptions. He's thrown for more than 300 yards vs. Houston's secondary six times. ... DE Elvis Dumervil still searching for first sack of season. Dumervil led league with 17 in 2009. ... K Matt Prater has made 29 of 30 career field goals in fourth quarter or overtime.
PITTSBURGH (1-1) At OAKLAND (0-2)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE — Steelers by 4 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 1-1; Oakland 0-2
SERIES RECORD — Raiders lead 13-12
AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 10, Raiders No. 30
LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Raiders 35-3, Nov. 21, 2010
LAST WEEK — Steelers beat Jets 27-10; Raiders lost at Dolphins 35-13
STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (30), PASS (18T)
STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (11), PASS (5)
RAIDERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (31), PASS (3T)
RAIDERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (29), PASS (8)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers make second trip to Oakland since 1995, losing other 20-13 in 2006. ... Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw four INTs in only previous game at Coliseum. ... Roethlisberger 19 for 25 for 251 yards and three TDs on third down for 146.8 rating. ... Steelers tops in league converting third downs at 55.9 percent, including 8 for 13 when needing at least 9 yards. ... TE Heath Miller needs 67 yards receiving to become eighth Steeler with 4,000. ... Steelers have most 10-play drives in league with seven as well as highest percentage of three-and-outs with 7 in 19 drives. ... LB LaMarr Woodley needs one sack to become eighth Pittsburgh player with 50 in his career. ... Raiders have worst average starting field position in league at the 19.3 yard line. Their opponents have best average starting position at 33.9 yards. ... Oakland one of two teams to cause no turnovers in the first two weeks. ... Raiders rushed for negative yards in second half of both games this season, first team to do that in back-to-back games since at least 1991. ... QB Carson Palmer averages 342.8 yards passing in five home starts with Oakland. ... Palmer 4-9 with 77.4 passer rating vs. Steelers, including playoff loss in January 2006. ... Raiders RB Darren McFadden averaging 2.1 ypc, down from 5.3 the past two seasons. ... Oakland coach Dennis Allen looks to avoid becoming first Raiders coach to lose first three games with team since Red Conkright in 1962. Art Shell lost first five to begin second stint as coach in 2006.
ATLANTA (2-0) At SAN DIEGO (2-0)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE — Chargers by 1 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 2-0; San Diego 2-0
SERIES RECORD — Falcons lead 7-1
AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons, No. 4; Chargers, No. 9
LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Chargers 22-16, Nov. 30, 2008
LAST WEEK — Falcons beat Broncos 27-21; Chargers beat Titans 38-10
FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (26T), PASS (12)
FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (25), PASS (15)
CHARGERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (22), PASS (14T)
CHARGERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (1), PASS (12)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chargers 2-0 for first time in Norv Turner's six seasons as coach and first time since 2006, Marty Schottenheimer's last season as coach. ... Bolts looking for first 3-0 start since 2002, when they finished 8-8. ... Game expected to be blacked out in Southern California. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates looks to return from rib injury that sidelined him vs.Titans. RB Ryan Mathews hopes to make season debut after breaking collarbone on first carry of exhibition season Aug. 9. ... Teams meeting for just ninth time. ... Chargers' lone win over Falcons was 10-7 in 1988 at Atlanta. ... Falcons 5-0 in San Diego. ... Atlanta playing third straight AFC West opponent. It won 40-24 at Kansas City on opening day before beating Denver on Monday night. ... Falcons RB Michael Turner was fifth round draft pick by Chargers in 2004 before signing with Falcons as free agent in 2008. ... Turner arrested for DUI hours after scoring touchdown in win against Denver. He'll play against Chargers. ... Turner has rushed for just 74 yards in first two games, averaging 2.6 yards per carry while struggling to find holes and break tackles. Against Broncos, he had 27 yards on 16 carries until breaking off 15-yard gain with final run of night. ... Atlanta QB Matt Ryan recorded 100th career TD pass Monday night and 25th career game with passer QB rating above 100. ... Falcons are 25-0 when Ryan's rating is 100+. ... In only start at San Diego, had 130.2 rating. ... Leads NFL with 117.6 rating. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez has five 100-yard games vs. Chargers. In past three meetings, has 26 catches for 315 yards and 3 TDs. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates needs three receptions to become fifth TE in NFL with 600 career receptions. ... Atlanta has made two straight playoff appearances; Chargers missed playoffs last two seasons.
PHILADELPHIA (2-0) At ARIZONA (2-0)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE — Eagles by 4
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Philadelphia 0-2; Arizona 2-0
SERIES RECORD — Cardinals lead 56-54-5
AP PRO32 RANKING — Eagles No. 6; Cardinals No. 12
LAST MEETING — Cardinals beat Eagles 21-17, Nov. 13, 2011
LAST WEEK — Eagles beat Ravens 24-23; Cardinals beat Patriots 20-18
EAGLES OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (2)
EAGLES DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (15), PASS (4)
CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (28), PASS (30)
CARDINALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (13), PASS (T10)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Dallas Reynolds, who spent last three seasons on practice squad, will start at C for Eagles after Jason Kelce tore ACL and is out for season. Kelce started all 16 games last season. ... Philadelphia opponents have reached red zone 4 times, tied for third-fewest in NFL. On those occasions, opponent has scored TD once. Arizona has had opponents in red zone seven times and allowed two TDs. ... Philadelphia is only NFL team to win first two games each by one point. ...
Eagles LB DeMarco Ryans leads team with 18 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He had sack and INT in last week's win over Ravens. ... Philadelphia has nine turnovers in first two games. No one else in the NFL has more than 6 (Chiefs). ... QB Michael Vick is 2nd in NFL in yards passing (688) and first in interceptions (6). ... CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, acquired by Eagles in trade that sent QB Kevin Kolb to Arizona, had two interceptions in season-opening win against Cleveland. ... Arizona DE Calais Campbell was NFC defensive player of week after getting 10 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and three QB hits vs. Patriots. ... Arizona ILB Daryl Washington is second in NFL with 23 tackles. He had 13 against New England. ... Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald needs two receptions for 700, which would make him youngest player to get there. He is 29; Jason Witten was 30 when he hit 700. ... In last season's win over Eagles, Fitzgerald had seven catches for 146 yards and two TDs. He had one catch for 4 yards last week against Patriots. ... Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson was in on two offensive plays against New England in the wildcat formation. He gained 17 yards on his first play and handed off to LaRod Stephens-Howling on the second. ... Arizona was first team from NFC West to beat Patriots since league realignment in 2002. ... Cardinals have sacked opponents two or more times in eight consecutive games. ... Arizona has not allowed more than 20 points in 11 consecutive games, going 9-2 in that span.
JACKSONVILLE (0-2) At INDIANAPOLIS (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE — Colts by 1½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Jacksonville 1-1; Indianapolis 1-1
SERIES RECORD — Colts lead 15-7
AP PRO32 RANKING — Jaguars No. 32; Colts No. 25
LAST MEETING — Jaguars beat Colts 19-13, Jan. 1, 2012
LAST WEEK — Jaguars lost 27-7 to Texans; Colts beat Vikings 23-20
JAGUARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (23), PASS (31)
JAGUARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (31), PASS (17)
COLTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (29), PASS (17)
COLTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (T21), RUSH (14), PASS (25)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Last meeting between teams marked end of Peyton Manning era and Jags' victory handed Colts winning ticket in Andrew Luck sweepstakes. ... Game pits two of this year's new coaches, Chuck Pagano of Colts vs. Mike Mularkey of Jaguars. ... Jacksonville swept last season's series for first time in club history. ... Indy has never lost three straight to Jags and is 8-3 all-time at home in series. ... RB Maurice Jones-Drew has 1,212 yards rushing vs. Colts and seven of his 25 career 100-yard games have been against them. He also set franchise record with 303 all-purpose yards vs. Colts on Dec. 10, 2006. ... Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor tied for most rushing TDs (62) in Jaguars history. ... Colts have won all three home games this season (two in preseason) and three straight regular-season home games dating to December 2011. ... Jags QB Blaine Gabbert one of five quarterbacks with at least 40 attempts who has not thrown an interception this season. ... Luck on verge of joining Bert Jones in 1973 and George Shaw in 1955 as only Colts' rookies with passing TD in each of first three games. ... Jacksonville K Josh Scobee has made 13 consecutive field goals in September. ... Edgerrin James will become second of Colts' triplets to be inducted into Ring of Honor at halftime. Marvin Harrison was inducted last year. ... Reggie Wayne, James' former pro and college teammate, needs two TDs to pass James (75) for No. 3 in franchise history, 152 yards from scrimmage to pass James (12,065) for second on franchise list and one TD catch to tie Hall of Famer James Lofton (75) for No. 27 on NFL's career TD reception list. ... Wayne caught nine passes in Week 1. Donnie Avery tied career-high with nine catches in Week 2 for Colts.
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