Week One matchup tidbits

Posted Sept. 09, 2010 @ 1 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Here's a roundup of interesting facts and figures for the Week One matchups. The Vikings-Saints Thursday-night game is not included.

CINCINNATI AT NEW ENGLAND

Bengals' Key To The Game:

Cedric Benson must prove last year was no mirage for Bengals to control the clock and keep Brady and company off the field?

Cedric Benson rushed for 100 + yards in 6 of 13 games last season while Pats were 13th vs. the run.

Carson Palmer threw for 200 + yards in only 3 of his last 8 starts in 2009.

Patriots have won 6 consecutive season openers

Pats were 12th vs. the pass and 5th in points allowed in 2009

Patriots' Key To The Game:

How will Pats overcome absence of OL Logan Mankins and DL Ty Warren?

No Patriot rushed for 100 yards in a game after Week 6 of 2009.

Patriots were 3rd in passing and 6th in NFL in points scored in 2009.

Bengals DE Antwan Odom led NFL with 8 QB sacks before going out for the season in week 6 of 2009.

Bengals 4th in total defense, 7th in points allowed in 2009 behind Jones' team-leading 113 tackles.

Other tidbits:

CIN 24th OFF; NE 11th DEF
CIN 9th RUN; NE 13th VS. RUN
CIN 26th PASS; NE 12th VS. PASS
CIN 17th PTS; NE 5th PTS ALLOWED
NE 3rd OFF; CIN 4th DEF
NE 12th RUN; CIN 7th VS. RUN
NE 3rd PASS; CIN 6th VS. PASS
NE 6th PTS; CIN 7th PTS ALLOWED
NE 8th TO/TA; CIN 18th TO/TA
NE HAS WON 3 STRAIGHT VS. CIN AVERAGING 35.7 PTS IN EACH WIN
NE HAS WON SIX SEASON OPENERS IN A ROW
WES WELKER HAD 10 CATCHES OR MORE IN 7-OF-14 GAMES LAST SEASON
BENGALS ROOKIE DT GENO ATKINS HAD 4.5 SACKS IN PRESEASON
CIN LOST ITS FINAL 4 ROAD GAMES LAT SEASON AFTER STARTING 4-0 AWAY FROM HOME IN '09.

 

DALLAS AT WASHINGTON

Cowboys' Key To The Game:

How healthy can 'Boys be on O-line and how well will they protect Romo?

Cowboys 2nd Total Offense, 6th in Passing in 2009 but 14th in points scored.

Jones rushed 20-107, caught 5-34 in 2 games vs. 'Skins in 2009.

Haynesworth still not in starting lineup but figures to see significant actions vs. Dallas.

Orakpo's 11 QB sacks as a rookie in 2009 tied for 7th in NFL and 'Skins' new 3-4 "D" should showcase him even more.

Redskins' Key To The Game:

Can McNabb go at all and if so, how far?

Redskins just 16th passing, 26th in points scored in 2009 without McNabb and Shanahan.

'Skins just 27th running the ball last year. Portis just 124-494 after missing 2nd half of season.

Cowboys just 20th vs. pass but 2nd in points allowed.

'Skins just 37-121 rushing in 2 games vs. Cowboys last year.

Other tidbits:

DAL 2nd OFF; WAS 10th DEF
DAL 7th RUN; WAS 16th VS. RUN
DAL 6th PASS; WAS t-8th VS. PASS
DAL 14th PTS; WAS 18th PTS ALLOWED
WAS 22nd OFF; DAL 9th DEF
WAS 27th RUN; DAL 4th VS. RUN
WAS 16th PASS; DAL 20th VS. PASS
WAS 26th PTS; DAL 2nd PTS ALLOWED
DAL 13th TO/TA; WAS 28th TO/TA
DAL WAS 2-0 VS. WAS LAST SEASON.
DAL WAS 3-0 VS. DONOVAN MCNABB LAST SEASON.
DAL WON FIRST PLAYOFF GAME IN 13 YEARS.
DAL RBS MARION BARBER AND FELIX JONES RUSHED 57 TIMES FOR 269 YARDS AND TD IN 2 GAMES VS. WAS LAST SEASON.
WAS RUSHED FOR 121 YARDS ON 37 CARRIES (3.3 AVG.) IN 2 DAL GAMES.
FOR 4TH STRAIGHT SEASON, DAL AND WAS WERE NAMED THE 2 MOST VALUABLE FRANCHISES BY FORBES MAGAZINE.

 

MIAMI AT BUFFALO

MIA 17TH OFF; BUF 19TH DEF
MIA 4TH RUN; BUF 30TH VS. RUN
MIA 20TH PASS; BUF 2ND VS. PASS
MIA 15TH PTS; BUF 16TH PTS ALLOWED
BUF 30TH OFF; MIA 22ND DEF
BUF 16TH RUN; MIA 18TH VS. RUN
BUF 30TH PASS; MIA 24TH VS. PASS
BUF 28TH PTS; MIA 25TH PTS ALLOWED
MIA HAS NOT WON IN BUF SINCE 2003
MIA 407 RUSHING YDS IN TWO MEETINGS VS. BUF IN 2009.
RICKY WILLIAMS RAN FOR 200 YDS AND 2 TDS IN TWO MEETINGS VS. BUF IN 2009.
TRENT EDWARDS THREW 3 INTS IN LOSS TO MIA IN 2009.
HOME TEAM WON BOTH MEETINGS IN 2009 BY 2+ TDS.
BUF WON LAST 3 MEETINGS AT HOME BY 2+ TDS.
BUF SACKED BY MIA 12 TIMES IN TWO MEETINGS IN 2009.
MIA HAS NOT WON SEASON OPENER SINCE 2005

 

OAKLAND AT TENNESSEE

OAK 31st OFF; TEN 28th DEF
OAK 21st RUN; TEN t-10th VS. RUN
OAK 29th PASS; TEN 31st VS. PASS
OAK 31st PTS; TEN 28th PTS ALLOWED
TEN 12th OFF; OAK 26th DEF
TEN 2nd RUN; OAK 29th VS. RUN
TEN 23rd PASS; OAK 7th VS. PASS
TEN 16th PTS; OAK 23rd PTS ALLOWED
OAK 30th TO/TA; TEN 21st TO/TA
OAK SCORED 17 TDS IN 16 GAMES LAST SEASON
OAK GAVE UP 112 YDS RUSHING OR MORE 11 GAMES IN 2009
OAK HAS LOST 7 STRAIGHT SEASON OPENERS
DARREN MCFADDEN'S LONGEST RUSH WAS FOR 28 YDS IN 2009
IN 2009 TEN ALLOWED 72 YDS MORE PER CONTEST THAN IT DID IN 2008
CHRIS JOHNSON RUSHED FOR AT LEAST 100 YDS IN 12 GAMES LAST SEASON
TEN WENT 8-2 IN GAMES VINCE YOUNG STARTED LAST SEASON
KENNY BRITT HAD 3 CATCHES OR FEWER IN EACH OF HIS LAST 5 GAMES

 

CAROLINA AT NEW YORK GIANTS

CAR 19th OFF; NYG t-13th DEF
CAR 3rd RUN; NYG 14th VS. RUN
CAR 27th PASS; NYG 15th VS. PASS
CAR 21st PTS; NYG 30th PTS ALLOWED
NYG 8th OFF; CAR 8th DEF
NYG 17th RUN; CAR 22nd VS. RUN
NYG 11th PASS; CAR 9th VS. PASS
NYG 8th PTS; CAR 9th PTS ALLOWED

CAR ENDED NYG'S RUN AT OLD MEADOWLANDS WITH 41-9 THRASHING IN WEEK 16 LAST YEAR. CAR WR STEVE SMITH SUFFERED A BROKEN ARM IN GAME, ENDING HIS SEASON, ON A TD CATCH.

CAR 1ST TEAM OFFENSE STRUGGLED IN PRESEASON WITHOUT SMITH, JONATHAN STEWART AND JEFF OTAH, SCORING LEAGUE-WORST 33 POINTS.

ELI MANNING THREW FOR 296 YARDS IN WEEK 16 LAST YEAR BUT ALSO HAD 2 INTS. NYG RUSHED 19-60-0 IN THAT GAME.

CAR HAD 18 SACKS IN FIRST 3 PRESEASON GAMES. GREG HARDY, TYLER BRAYTON, EVERETTE BROWN AND CHARLES JOHNSON ALL HAD 2-SACK GAMES.

 

 Best Opening-Day Records In NFL

Cowboys         34 - 15 - 1      .694

Broncos          32 - 17 - 1      .653

Giants             48 - 32 - 5      .600

Jaguars           9 - 6 - 0          .600

Bears              50 - 35 - 5      .588

Vikings           28 - 20 - 1      .583

Packers           50 - 36 - 3      .581

Chargers         29 - 21 - 0       .580

Steelers          39 - 32 - 4      .549

Falcons           24 - 20 - 0      .545

 

BALTIMORE AT NEW YORK JETS

Ravens' Key To The Game:

Are Anquan Boldin and T.J.Houshmandzadeh enough to put the Ravens over the top?

Ravens will still run first with Rice 254, 1,339, 7 TD's and 78 - 702, 1 TD in 2009.

Ravens just 18th in NFL passing in 2009, Jets No. 1 vs. the pass.

Harris is man in the middle for Jets No. 1 in Total "D," No. 1 in points allowed in 2009.

Can Revis come out with no training camp and shut down Boldin?

Jets' Key To The Game:

Is Mark Sanchez ready for prime time?

Sanchez had 4 starts in 2009 in which he threw 3 or more INTs.

Jets had NFL most 607 rushes in 2009, but with Thomas Jones gone how will L.T. pick up the slack?

Suggs had career low 4 ½ sacks in 2009, but Ravens were still 8th vs. the pass.

35-year-old Lewis still the key to Raven "D" that has beaten Jets in last 5 consecutive meetings.

Other tidbits:

BAL 13th OFF; NYJ 1st DEF
BAL 5th RUN; NYJ 8th VS. RUN
BAL 18th PASS; NYJ 1st VS. PASS
BAL 9th PTS; NYJ 1st PTS ALLOWED
NYJ 20th OFF; BAL 3rd DEF
NYJ 1st RUN; BAL 5th VS. RUN
NYJ 31st PASS; BAL 8th VS. PASS
NYJ 17th PTS; BAL 3rd PTS ALLOWED
NYJ 16th TO/TA; BAL 4th TO/TA
BAL HAS WON 5 STRAIGHT GAMES IN THE SERIES.
MARK SANCHEZ THREW 3 INTERCEPTIONS OR MORE IN 4 STARTS LAST SEASON.
SHONN GREENE RUSHED FOR 304 YDS IN THE PLAYOFFS  IN 2009.
RAY RICE RACKED UP 2,041 RUSHING-RECEIVING YDS LAST SEASON.
NYJ ATTEMPTED LEAGUE-HIGH 607 RUSHES IN 2009.
ENTERING THIS SEASON, DARRELLE REVIS HAS NEVER MISSED AN NFL GAME AND HAS STARTED EVERY GAME IN WHICH HE HAS PLAYED. HE DEFENDED 31 PASSES AND INTERCEPTED 6 PASSES IN 2009.
BAL AND NYJ NOTCHED 32 SACKS LAST SEASON; THE NFL AVERAGE WAS 34.4 SACKS.
WILLIS MCGAHEE SCORED A TD ON EVERY 8.9 TOUCHES LAST SEASON

 

ATLANTA AT PITTSBURGH

ATL 16th OFF; PIT 5th DEF
ATL 15th RUN; PIT 3rd VS. RUN
ATL 14th PASS; PIT 16th VS. PASS
ATL 13th PTS; PIT 12th PTS ALLOWED
PIT 7th OFF; ATL 21st DEF
PIT 19th RUN; ATL 10th VS. RUN
PIT 9th PASS; ATL 28th VS. PASS
PIT 12th PTS; ATL 14th PTS ALLOWED
PIT 20th TO/TA; ATL 11th TO/TA
PIT IS A REGULAR-SEASON HOME UNDERDOG FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004.
PIT HAS WON ITS LAST 7 OPENERS, INCLUDING LAST 6 AT HOME.
ATL 6-1 IN LAST 7 OPENERS.
PIT ALLOWED 50 SACKS IN 2009.
ATL WAS LAST IN 3RD-DOWN DEFENSE IN 2009.

MATT RYAN THREW 2 TDS OR MORE IN 5 OF HIS FIRST 6 STARTS LAST SEASON.
DENNIS DIXON COMPLETED 12-OF-26 PASSES FOR 145 YARDS WITH 1 TD AND 1 INT IN HIS LONE START LAST SEASON.
MATT RYAN WAS 10TH IN THE NFC IN QB RATING LAT SEASON (80.9)


CLEVELAND AT TAMPA BAY

CLE 32nd OFF; TB 27th DEF
CLE 8th RUN; TB 32nd VS. RUN
CLE 32nd PASS; TB 10th VS. PASS
CLE 29th PTS; TB 27th PTS ALLOWED
TB 28th OFF; CLE 31st DEF
TB 23rd RUN; CLE 28th VS. RUN
TB 24th PASS; CLE 29th VS. PASS
TB 30th PTS; CLE t-21st PTS ALLOWED
CLE 29th TO/TA; TB 22nd TO/TA
JAKE DELHOMME THREW 18 INTERCEPTIONS IN 11 GAMES IN 2009.
CLE HAS NOT WON SEASON OPENER SINCE 2004.
CLE ENDED LAST SEASON ON 4 GAME WIN STREAK.
ONLY 1 CLE WR HAD MORE THAN 198 YDS IN 2009.
TB HAS NOT WON SEASON OPENER SINCE 2005.
TB WON 2 OF FINAL 3 GAMES LAST SEASON.
JOSH FREEMAN HAS THROWN 18 INTERCEPTIONS IN 9 STARTS.
RONDE BARBER HASN'T MADE AN INTERCEPTION IN 18 GAMES

 

DENVER AT JACKSONVILLE

DEN 15th OFF; JAX 23rd DEF
DEN 18th RUN; JAX 19th VS. RUN
DEN 13th PASS; JAX 27th VS. PASS
DEN 20th PTS; JAX 24th PTS ALLOWED
JAX 18th OFF; DEN 7th DEF
JAX 10th RUN; DEN 26th VS. RUN
JAX 19th PASS; DEN 3rd VS. PASS
JAX 24th PTS; DEN t-12th PTS ALLOWED
DEN 7th TO/TA; JAX t-13th TO/TA
ELVIS DUMERVIL MADE 43.6 PERCENT OF DEN SACKS IN 2009.
DEN LOST 8 OF ITS FINAL 10 GAMES LAST SEASON.
KYLE ORTON COMPLETED 67 PERCENT OF PRESEASON PASSES.
KNOWSHON MORENO AVERAGED 3.6 YDS PER CARRY OR LESS IN EACH OF LAST 4 GAMES.
JAX HAS WON 4 OF ITS LAST 5 AGAINST DEN.
JAX LOST 5 OF FINAL 6 GAMES LAST SEASON.
JAX GAVE UP AT LEAST 265 YDS PASSING IN 7 GAMES LAST SEASON.
JAX HAD NO SACKS IN 8 GAMES LAST SEASON.
DAVID GARRARD SACKED 2 TIMES OR MORE IN 13 GAMES IN 2009.

 

DETROIT AT CHICAGO

DET 26TH OFF; CHI 17TH DEF
DET 24TH RUN; CHI 23RD VS. RUN
DET 21ST PASS; CHI 13TH VS. PASS
DET 27TH PTS; CHI T-21ST PTS ALLOWED
DET 26TH OFF; CHI 17TH DEF
DET 24TH RUN; CHI 23RD VS. RUN
DET 21ST PASS; CHI 13TH VS. PASS
DET 27TH PTS; CHI 21ST PTS ALLOWED
DET 32ND TO/TA; CHI 23RD TO/TA
MATT FORTE HAD ONLY TWO 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES IN '09, BOTH AGAINST THE LIONS.
BEARS HAVE WON LAST 4 GAMES AGAINST LIONS AND AVERAGED 36.5 POINTS IN THOSE GAMES.
BEARS HAVE SPLIT THEIR LAST 4 SEASON OPENERS, WHILE LIONS HAVE LOST THEIR LAST 4 SEASON OPENERS.
JAY CUTLER THREW 4 INTS IN SEASON-OPENING LOSS IN '09 BUT HAD 4 TDS IN SEASON FINALE VS DET.
LIONS HAVE WON ONLY 3 OF THEIR LAST 40 GAMES
CALVIN  JOHNSON HAD 8-133 IN FIRST GAME VS CHI IN '09 AND AVERAGED 15.6 YPC IN BOTH GAMES.
LIONS "D" SURRENDERED AT LEAST 26 POINTS IN 12 OF 16 GAMES LAST SEASON.
LIONS REGISTERED NO MORE THAN ONE SACK IN 7 GAMES LAST SEASON AND ALLOWED MULTIPLE SACKS IN EVERY GAME BUT TWO.

 

Worst Opening-Day Records In NFL

Saints              15 - 28 - 0       .349

Seahawks       12 - 22            .353

Texans            3 - 5 - 0          .375

Bucs                13 - 21 - 0      .382

Ravens           5 - 8                .385

Bills                 20 - 30 - 0      .400

Panthers         6 - 9 - 0          .400

Cardinals        35 - 52 - 2      .402

Eagles             31 - 44 - 1      .413

Ravens           6 - 8 - 0          .429


GREEN BAY AT PHILADELPHIA

Packers' Key To The Game:

How will Packers "D" handle Philly air show with Atari Bigby hurt, Johnny Jolly gone for the year and Al Harris on the PUP list?

Rookie LOLB Clay Matthews tied for 11th in NFL with 10 QB Sacks in 2009.

Can Woodson play up to 2009 Defensive MVP level as he turns 34 in week 5?

Kolb is 1st Eagle QB other than Donovan McNabb to open the season since 1999.

With 155-637, 4 TD & 40-308 as rookie in '09, can LeSean McCoy match Brian Westbrook's past numbers over a full season?

Eagles' Key To The Game:

Can Defense decimated by injuries in '09 bounce back with 2 rookies starting this year?

Cole was 6th in NFL with 12½ Sacks in '09 and should be helped by rookie Brandon Graham rushing off other end.

Eagles were 11th vs. the pass in 2009, just 19th in points allowed.

Rodgers had 6 300+ Yd. Passing games in 2009 and completed 775 for 470 yards, 6 TD, 0 Int. this preseason.

Packers 14th in NFL rushing in '09, 3rd in points scored.

Other tidbits:

GB 6TH OFF; PHL 12TH DEF
GB 14TH RUN; PHL 9TH VS. RUN
GB 7TH PASS; PHL 11TH VS. PASS
GB 3RD PTS; PHL 19TH PTS ALLOWED
PHL 11TH OFF; GB 2ND DEF
PHL 22ND RUN; GB 1ST VS. RUN
PHL 10TH PASS; GB 5TH VS. PASS
PHL 5TH PTS; GB 7TH PTS ALLOWED
GB 1ST TO/TA; PHL 2ND TO/TA
BOTH TEAMS WERE ELIMINATED IN THE NFC WILD CARD ROUND LAST SEASON (GB LOST 51-45 TO AZ IN OT; PHL LOST 34-14 TO DAL)
AARON RODGERS COMPLETED 77% OF HIS PASSES, THREW FOR 470 YARDS AND HAD A 6/0 TD/INT RATIO IN FIRST THREE PRESEASON GAMES.
RODGERS HAD SIX GAMES OF 300-PLUS PASSING YARDS LAST SEASON INCLUDING PLAYOFF LOSS.
GB IS WITHOUT STARTING RCB AL HARRIS AND SS ATARI BIGBY; BOTH ARE ON PUP LIST TO START SEASON.
GB COACH MIKE MCCARTHY IS 3-1 IN SEASON OPENERS, INCLUDING A 16-13 VICTORY OVER THE EAGLES TO START THE 2007 SEASON.
PHL WAS 6-2 AT HOME IN 2009.
KEVIN KOLB IS THE FIRST PHL QB OTHER THAN DONOVAN MCNABB TO START A SEASON OPENER SINCE 1999 (DOUG PEDERSON).
MICHAEL VICK WAS EAGLES' LEADING RUSHER IN THE PRESEASON.
THE EAGLES PLAN TO START TWO ROOKIES ON DEFENSE - DE BRANDON GRAHAM AND FS NATE ALLEN.
DESEAN JACKSON LED THE NFL IN PUNT RETURN AVERAGE IN 2009 (15.2 YDS).


INDIANAPOLIS AT HOUSTON

Colts' Key To The Game:

Will Colts new look O-line be healthy enough and ready for offense to find its rhythm?

Colts are 6-1 in road openers with Manning at QB

Dallas Clark was 23-182, 1 TD in 2 games vs. Houston in 2009.

Texans are 1 - 15 all time vs. Colts.

11-year veteran Clark will fill SLB spot while 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Brian Cushing serves four game suspension to start season.

Texans' Key To The Game:

Can Schaub, Johnson, Daniels and company win a shootout with Colts?

Schaub threw for over 300 yards in 9 of 16 starts last year.

In '09 Johnson's 101 - 1,569, 9 TD's lead all NFL receivers by 221 yards and tied for 3rd in catches.

Colts have won at least 12 games in 7 straight seasons.

Sanders tries to return to 2007 NFL Defensive MVP form after playing in just 2 games in 2009 and 6 games in 2008.

Other tidbits:

IND 9th OFF; HOU 13th DEF
IND 32nd RUN; HOU 10th VS. RUN
IND 2nd PASS; HOU 18th VS. PASS
IND 7th PTS; HOU 17th PTS ALLOWED
HOU 4th OFF; IND 18th DEFHOU 30th RUN; IND 24th VS. RUN
HOU 1st PASS; IND 14th VS. PASS
HOU 10th PTS; IND 8th PTS ALLOWED
HOU 19th TO/TA; IND 13th TO/TA
HOU 1 - 5 VS. AFC SOUTH LAST SEASON.
IND 15 - 1 ALL-TIME VS. HOU.
DALLAS CLARK CAUGHT 23 PASSES VS. HOU LAST SEASON.
IND 6 - 1 IN ROAD OPENERS SINCE PEYTON MANNING BECAME STARTER.
MATT SCHAUB THREW FOR 300 + YDS IN 9 OF 16 STARTS LAST SEASON.
ARIAN FOSTER RUSHED FOR 216 YARDS OVER HIS LAST 2 STARTS OF 2009.
IND DIDN'T HAVE A RB RUSH FOR MORE THAN 79 YDS IN ANY REGULAR-SEASON GAME IN '09.
IND HAS WON 12 GAMES OR MORE IN EACH OF THE LAST 7 SEASONS.

 

SAN FRANCISCO AT SEATTLE

SF 27TH OFF; SEA 24TH DEF
SF 25TH RUN; SEA 15TH VS. RUN
SF 12TH PASS; SEA 30TH VS. PASS
SF 18TH PTS; SEA 25 PTS ALLOWED
SEA 21ST OFF; SF 15TH DEF
SEA 26TH RUN; SF 6TH VS. RUN
SEA 15TH PASS; SF 21ST VS. PASS
SEA 25TH PTS; SF 4TH PTS ALLOWED
SF 5TH TO/TA; SEA 26TH TO/TA
NINERS FINISHED 5-1 AGAINST DIVISIONAL OPPONENTS IN '09.
NINERS LOST 6 SRAIGHT ROAD GAMES IN '09 BEFORE WINNING THEIR SEASON FINALE AT STL.
NINERS HAVE SAME OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR CONSECUTIVE SEASONS (JIMMY RAYE) FOR FIRST TIME IN 7 YEARS.
NINERS DID NOT ALLOW A TD IN 5 GAMES IN '09, WHICH TIED A LEAGUE HIGH.
MATT HASSELBECK HAD THREW 10 INTS COMPARED TO 4 TDS IN THE LAST 4 GAMES IN '09.
SEAT HAD 7 COMBINED SACKS IN GAMES VS. STL LAST YEAR, BUT ONLY 2 SACKS IN LAST 5 GAMES.
JUSTIN FORSETT AVERAGED 5.4 YARDS PER CARRY LAST SEASON.
JOHN CARLSON HAD A TD IN EACH OF LAST 4 GAMES IN '09 AND A PAIR OF TDS IN '09 SEASON OPENER.


ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS

AZ 14TH OFF; STL 29TH DEF
AZ 28TH RUN; STL 27TH VS. RUN
AZ 12TH PASS; STL 25TH VS. PASS
AZ 11TH PTS; STL 31ST PTS ALLOWED
STL 29TH OFF; AZ 20TH DEF
STL 20TH RUN; AZ 17TH VS. RUN
STL 28TH PASS; AZ 23RDVS. PASS
STL 32ND PTS; AZ T-14TH PTS ALLOWED
AZ T-24TH TO/TA; STL T-30TH TO/TA
CARDINALS HAVE BEATEN RAMS STRAIGHT-UP IN LAST SEVEN GAMES AND HAVE SCORED AT LEAST 31 PTS IN 6 OF THEM.
CARDINALS ARE 2-8 IN LAST 10 SEASON OPENERS; RAMS ARE 4-6 IN LAST 10 SEASON OPENERS.
BEANIE WELLS SCORED 6 OF HIS 7 TDS IN '09 IN THE FINAL 8 GAMES.
LARRY FITZGERALD SCORED AT LEAST ONE TD IN 11 DIFFERENT GAMES IN '09, INCLUDING A TD IN EACH GAME VS. STL.
THE CARDINALS' D ALLOWED AT LEAST 345 YARDS IN HALF THEIR GAMES IN '09.
STEVEN JACKSON HAD 7 100-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES IN 15 GAMES IN '09.
CHRIS LONG HAD 5 SACKS IN LAST NINE GAMES IN 2009.
NOT A SINGLE RAMS CB HAD AN INT IN 2009.

 

SAN DIEGO AT KANSAS CITY

SD 10th OFF; KC 30th DEF
SD 31st RUN; KC 31st VS. RUN
SD 5th PASS; KC 22nd VS. PASS
SD 4th PTS; KC 29th PTS ALLOWED
KC 25th OFF; SD 16th DEF
KC 11th RUN; SD 20th VS. RUN
KC 25th PASS; SD 11th VS. PASS
KC 23rd PTS; SD 11th PTS ALLOWED
KC 16th TO/TA; SD 6th TO/TA
SD WON 11 STRAIGHT IN REGULAR SEASON BEFORE LOSING TO JETS IN PLAYOFFS LAT SEASON.
SD HAS WON 5 STRAIGHT IN THE SERIES.
SD OUTSCORED KC 80-21 IN 2 2009 MEETINGS.
KC IS 4 - 20 AT HOME THE LAST THREE SEASONS.
CHIEFS LAST WIN VS. CHARGERS AT ARROWHEAD CAME IN 2006.
THIS IS THE CHIEFS' FIRST MONDAY-NIGHT HOME GAME SINCE 2004.
PHILIP RIVERS THREW FOR A CAREER-HIGH 4,254 YARDS LAST SEASON.
ANTONIO GATES HAD A CAREER-BEST 1,157 YARDS IN 2009.
JAMAAL CHARLES RAN FOR 658 YARDS AND 4 TDS IN HIS LAST FOUR GAMES.
MATT CASSEL HAD 7 GAMES OF 190 YARDS OR FEWER LAST SEASON.


Best NFL Records Last 10 Seasons

Indianapolis    115 - 45 - 0     .719     9 Playoffs        2 Super Bowl

New England  112 - 38 - 0     .700     7 Playoffs        4 Super Bowl

Pittsburgh       103 - 56 - 1    .647     6 Playoffs        2 Super Bowl

Philadelphia    103 - 56 - 1    .647     8 Playoffs        1 Super Bowl

Green Bay      95 - 65 - 0      .594     6 Playoffs        0 Super Bowl