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By PFW staff

Here's a combination of analysis and interesting facts and figures for the Week Three matchups.

HOUSTON AT NEW ORLEANS

Texans' Key To The Game:
Texans have plenty of offense, but is Wade Phillips' new 3-4 defense ready for one of the best offenses in the league?

Texans QB Matt Schaub's 100.4 rating is 9th in NFL and 3 TDs in 2 games is well off last year's pace.
Texans RB Arian Foster's hamstring problems don't seem to matter with sophomore RB Ben Tate 3rd in NFL with 47-219, 4.7, 1 TD.
Saints DLE Junior Galette leads club with 2½ QB sacks.
Saints LB Jonathan Casillas, Gregg Williams' designated weak-side blitzing LB, had 2 sacks last week vs. Bears.

Saints' Key To The Game:
Can the Saints "D" handle the balance Schaub and Tate give the Texans between the run and pass?

Saints TE Jimmy Graham is Saints' 2nd-leading receiver 10-135, 13.5, 1 TD, more catches than any of the Saints' wideouts.
Saints WR Devery Henderson's 79-yard TD vs. Bears was the difference in the game and his 22.6 avg. on 9 catches is 3rd in NFL among receivers with 7 catches or more.
Texans DRE Antonio Smith enjoying career resurgence as five-technique in Phillips' 3- 4 "D" with 2 sacks in 1st two games.
Texans' Mario Williams seems to be enjoying move from hand-on-the-ground 4-3 DE to rush LB in new 3-4.

Other tidbits:
HOU 14TH OFF; NO 12TH DEF
HOU 6TH RUN; NO 7TH VS RUN
HOU 22ND PASS; NO 18TH VS PASS
HOU 9TH PTS; NO 22ND PTS ALLOWED
NO 5TH OFF; HOU 1ST DEF
NO 17TH RUN; HOU 17TH VS RUN
NO 5TH PASS; HOU 1ST VS PASS
NO 5TH PTS; HOU 1ST PTS ALLOWED
HOU 11TH TO/TA; NO 20TH TO/TA
HOU HAS NEVER STARTED A SEASON 3-0.
HOU 22-51 ON THE ROAD ALL TIME.
BEN TATE COMING OFF 2 STRAIGHT 100 YD GAMES.
NO 17-5 WHEN DREW BREES THROWS 270 YDS OR MORE SINCE START OF 2009 SEASON.
NO 20-7 AT HOME SINCE START OF 2008 SEASON, INCLUDING PLAYOFFS.
DEVERY HENDERSON COMING OFF 2 STRAIGHT 100 YD GAMES.

 

KANSAS CITY AT SAN DIEGO

Chiefs' Key To The Game:
Will Chiefs be able to pound away on the ground without Jamaal Charles and keep pressure off Matt Cassel?

Chiefs RB Thomas Jones just 14-43, 3.1 thru 2 games, sharing carries with Charles and McCluster.
Chiefs RB-WR Dexter McCluster flashing big-play ability with 12-73, 7.8 avg. in 2 games, but how much more of a load can undersized RB carry?
Chargers LB Takeo Spikes leads Chargers with 18 tackles, 1 PD.
Chargers S Bob Sanders has held up thru 2 games with 12 tackles and no injuries.

Chargers' Key To The Game:
Can Chargers improve 26th-ranked Run "D," knowing the Chiefs will be trying to pound them, without putting 8 men in the box?

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson has put all his free-agent troubles behind him and caught 12-203, 16.9, 2 TDs in first two games.
Chargers RB Mike Tolbert was a goat vs. Patriots, getting stuffed at goal line on 4th down and then fumbling late in the game, but he still leads NFL with 17 receptions and is tied for AFC lead with 3 TDs.

Other  tidbits:
KC 30TH OFF; SD T-18TH DEF
KC 8TH RUN; SD 26TH VS RUN
KC 32ND PASS; SD 15TH VS PASS
KC 32ND PTS; SD 21ST PTS ALLOWED
SD 3RD OFF; KC 23RD DEF
SD 21ST RUN; KC 25TH VS. RUN
SD 4TH PASS; KC 21ST VS. PASS
SD 17TH PTS; KC 32ND PTS ALLOWED
KC T-31ST TO/TA; SD 30TH TO/TA
CHIEFS HAD SECOND CONSECUTIVE BLOWOUT LOSS IN WEEK TWO, FALLING TO LIONS 48-3.
K.C. LOST PRO BOWL RB JAMAAL CHARLES TO TORN ACL.
CHIEFS CONVERTED JUST 2-OF-11 THIRD DOWNS IN VS. DET.
MATT CASSEL THREW THREE INTERCEPTIONS IN LOSS.
K.C. HAS ALLOWED EIGHT TD PASSES IN TWO GAMES.
CHARGERS LOST TO PATRIOTS 35-21, DROPPING TO 1-1.
WR VINCENT JACKSON HAD 10 CATCHES FOR A CAREER-HIGH 172 YARDS VS N.E.
CHARGERS TE ANTONIO GATES HAD JUST ONE TARGET AND NO CATCHES IN WEEK TWO.
IN WEEK TWO, S.D. HAD A MINUS-4 TURNOVER MARGIN.

 

GREEN BAY AT CHICAGO

Packers' Key To The Game:
Can Packers' 32nd-ranked pass "D" control Cutler and company without opening itself up to Bears' certain efforts to run the football?

Packers RB James Starks, with 21-142, 6.8 avg. and 1 TD rushing through first two games, has added a dimension to Packers' offense that Bears didn't see in regular season last year.
Packers TE Jermichael Finley looks close to 100% recovered from serious knee injury last year with 8-121, 15.1 in first two games.
Bears DE Israel Idonije had the lone sack of Drew Brees last week and will try to bring more consistent pressure to relieve double-teams on Julius Peppers.
Bears CB Peanut Tillman will have to shadow Greg Jennings and try to create takeaways to get Aaron Rodgers and company off the field.

Bears' Key To The Game:
How will Mike Martz adjust play-calling without being too obvious and will O-line block run or pass?

Bears QB Jay Cutler's 11 sacks in first two games have him on pace for 88 for the season, making toughness about the only thing no one's questioning about Cutler right now.
Can Bears RB Marion Barber get off the injury list this week and allow the Bears to run the ball more and take some pressure off O-line and Cutler?
Packers S Morgan Burnett was PFW's Defensive Player of Week 2 with 6 Tackles, 1 QB sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 INT after recording 14 tackles in Week 1.
Packers CB Charles Woodson had 5 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 2 interceptions for 6 yards last week in shutting down Cam Newton in the 2nd half.

Other tidbits:
GB 9TH OFF; CHI 22ND DEF
GB 12TH RUN; CHI 20TH VS. RUN
GB 8TH PASS; CHI 23RD VS. PASS
GB 4TH PTS; CHI T9TH PTS ALLOWED
CHI 24TH OFF; GB 30TH DEF
CHI 27TH RUN; GB 6TH VS. RUN
CHI 17TH PASS; GB 32ND VS PASS
CHI 22ND PTS; GB T24TH PTS ALLOWED
GB T3RD TO/TA; CHI T9TH TO/TA
PACKERS HAD TEAM-RECORD 18 PENALTIES IN WEEK THREE LOSS TO BEARS LAST SEASON. 
JENNINGS, NELSON AND KUHN HAVE ALL SCORED TDS IN EACH OF THE FIRST 2 GAMES FOR PACKERS.
PACKERS PASS DEFENSE HAS ALLOWED 800 YARDS IN FIRST 2 GAMES THIS SEASON.
PACKERS RODGERS HAS COMPLETED JUST OVER 70 PERCENT OF HIS PASSES AND HAS A 5-0 TD-INTERCEPTION RATIO. 
BEARS FORTE HAS GAINED A COMBINED 311 YARDS IN LAST 2 GAMES VS. PACKERS (COUNTING NFC TITLE GAME).
BEARS REGISTERED ONLY 1 SACK IN WEEK 2 WHILE SURRENDERING 6 SACKS.
BEARS LBS URLACHER AND BRIGGS EACH HAD AN INTERCEPTION IN LAST GAME VS. BEARS (NFC TITLE GAME) AND A COMBINED 15 TACKLES.
BEARS CONVERTED ONLY 2-OF-12 THIRD-DOWN OPPORTUNITIES VS. SAINTS IN WEEK 2 AFTER PACKERS CONVERTED 8-0F-12 VS. SAINTS IN WEEK 1.

 

ATLANTA AT TAMPA BAY

Falcons' Key To The Game:
Can Falcons figure out how to take their show on the road and play anywhere nearly as well as they do on the road?

Falcons RB Michael Turner's 31-214, 6.9 avg., 1 TD has him among league leaders and when Turner rushes for 100, Falcons almost always win.
Falcons TE Tony Gonzales wasn't supposed to be Falcons' leading receiver, but he is with 12-155, 12.9 avg., 2 TDs.
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy is supposed to anchor Bucs' "D," but after two weeks they're 28th in total defense and 31st vs. the run.

Bucs' Key To The Game:
Can the Bucs' "D," 31st vs. the run and 30th in time of possession, handle

Michael Turner and get itself off the field without giving up points?
Bucs' offense all goes through young QB Josh Freeman, whose 500 yards, 67.6%, 2 TD, 2 INT, and 84.3 rating through 2 weeks are slightly off last year's numbers.
Bucs WR Preston Parker, 2nd-year player out of North Alabama, leads Bucs' wideouts with 10-142, 14.2 avg., 51 long.
Falcons LB Curtis Lofton is leading tackler on defense ranked 28th in league in points allowed after two games.
Falcons CB Dunta Robinson is $40,000 lighter in his wallet after Eagles game, but Robinson is still the key to Falcons' pass "D."

Other tidbits:
ATL 17TH OFF; TB 28TH DEF
ATL 10TH RUN; TB 31ST VS RUN
ATL 21ST PASS; TB 20TH VS PASS
ATL 16TH PTS; TB 17TH PTS ALLOWED
TB 20TH OFF; ATL 27TH DEF
TB 24TH RUN; ATL 18TH VS RUN
TB 14TH PASS; ATL 27TH VS PASS
TB 18TH PTS; ATL 28TH PTS ALLOWED
ATL 20TH TO/TA; TB 20TH TO/TA
ATL HAS WON LAST 5 GAMES AGAINST TB.
MICHAEL TURNER COMING OFF 2 100 YD RUSHING GAMES.
ATL 31-8 WHEN MATT RYAN THROWS FOR AT LEAST 1 TD.
MIKE WILLIAMS AND ARRELIOUS BENN COMBINED FOR 21 YDS LAST WK.
TB HAS LOST 3 LAST 4 HOME GAMES.
TB 8-2 WHEN LEGARRETTE BLOUNT RUSHES FOR AT LEAST 66 YDS.
TB DEFENSIVE LINE HAS YET TO RECORD SACK THIS SEASON.

 

NEW ENGLAND AT BUFFALO

Patriots Key To The Game:
How will the Pats' "D," 31st in total "D" and 31st vs. the pass, handle Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dave Nelson and Stevie Johnson?

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, a 2nd-year tight end, has 13 TDs in just 18 NFL games, 10-172, 17.2 avg., 3 TDs this year.
Bills NT Kyle Williams anchors Bills' new 3-4 defense.
After strong preseason by Bills LB Shawne Merriman, "Lights Out" has struggled to get to the QB in first two games for Bills' 31st-ranked pass rush.

Bills' Key To The Game:
Can the Bills handle a huge step up in class and avoid having to play from behind this week since that's a death wish vs. New England?

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has 7 TDs, 1 INT through two weeks and trails only Tom Brady in passer rating among AFC QBs.
Bills RB Fred Jackson leads NFL with 35-229, 6.5, 2 TDs.
Is Patriots DE Mark Anderson the answer to improving Pats' outside pass rush, with 2 QB sacks thru first two games.
Patriots LB Jerod Mayo is the key to Pats' 11th-ranked run "D" and on-field leader of Pats' "D."

Other tidbits:
NE 1ST OFF; BUF 15TH DEF
NE 16TH RUN; BUF 21ST VS. RUN
NE 1ST PASS; BUF 13TH VS. PASS
NE 3RD PTS; BUF T-9TH PTS ALLOWED
BUF 7TH OFF; NE 31ST DEF
BUF 1ST RUN; NE 11TH VS. RUN
BUF T-18TH PASS; NE 31ST VS. PASS
BUF 1ST PTS; NE T-13TH PTS ALLOWED
NE T-3RD TO/TA; BUF T-6TH TO/TA
PATRIOTS HAVE WON 15 IN A ROW IN SERIES DATING BACK TO 2003 AND 20 OF 21.
BILLS ARE 8-1 WHEN FRED JACKSON RUSHES FOR OVER 100 YARDS, INCLUDING 2-0 THIS SEASON.
TOM BRADY HAS THROWN FOR 940 YARDS IN FIRST TWO GAMES.
BRADY IS 17-1 ALL-TIME VS. BUFFALO, THROWING 39 TDS AND 12 INTS. 39 IS THE MOST TDS HE HAS THROWN VS. ANY OPPONENT.
BILLS OVERCAME 21-3 HALFTIME DEFICIT TO BEAT RAIDERS. THEY SCORED ON EVERY SECOND-HALF POSSESSION.
PATRIOTS TE ROB GRONKOWSKI HAS 12 CATCHES FOR 172 YDS AND 3 TDS THROUGH 2 GAMES.
BILLS QB RYAN FITZPATRICK HAS THROWN 7 TDS AND 1 INT THIS SEASON. HE THREW FOR 274 YDS IN 38-30 LOSS TO PATS LAST SEASON.
PATRIOTS HAVE GIVEN UP 794 PASSING YDS THROUGH TWO GAMES.

 

DETROIT AT MINNESOTA

DET 8th OFF; MIN 20th DEF
DET 13th RUN; MIN 10th VS RUN
DET 6th PASS; MIN 24th VS PASS
DET 2nd PTS; MIN 18th PTS ALLOWED
MIN 27th OFF; DET 7th DEF
MIN 3rd RUN; DET 13th VS RUN
MIN 31st PASS; DET 7th VS PASS
MIN 24th PTS; DET 2nd PTS ALLOWED
MIN 11th TO/TA; DET 1st TO/TA;
MIN SURRENDERED 24 POINTS AND 273 YDS IN 2ND HALF LAST WEEK IN LOSS TO TB.
DET GAVE UP 151 RUSHING YARDS LAST WEEK.
ADRIAN PETERSON HAS RUSHED FOR 105 YDS OR MORE IN 5-OF-8 CAREER GAMES VS. DET.
DET 2-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2007.
DET HAS WON 6 IN A ROW DATING BACK TO LAST SEAOSN.
MATTHEW STAFFORD HAS THROWN A PAIR OF TDS TO CALVIN JOHNSON IN EACH OF THE FIRST TWO GAMES OF THE SEASON.
STAFFORD HAS A QB RATING OF 112.0 WITH 7 TD PASSES THIS SEASON.
LIONS HAVE YET TO ALLOW A SACK.
DET HASN'T WON AT MIN SINCE 1997.

 

JACKSONVILLE AT CAROLINA

JAX 28th OFF; CAR 26th DEF
JAX 7th RUN; CAR 19th VS RUN
JAX 30th PASS; CAR 26th VS PASS
JAX 30th PTS; CAR 26th PTS ALLOWED
CAR 2nd OFF; JAX 5th DEF
CAR 29th RUN; JAX 4th VS RUN
CAR 2nd PASS; JAX 14th VS PASS
CAR 18th PTS; JAX 15th PTS ALLOWED
CAR 27th TO/TA; JAX 24th TO/TA;
CAM NEWTON 1ST ROOKIE PASSER IN NFL HISTORY TO THROW FOR MORE THAN 400 YDS PASSING IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES.
NEWTON IS ONLY 7TH PASSER EVER TO THROW FOR 400-PLUS YDS IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES.
NEWTON'S 432 YDS PASSING VS. GB A CAR FRANCHISE RECORD.
LUKE MCCOWN THREW 4 INTERCEPTIONS IN 19 ATTEMPTS VS. NYJ IN WEEK 2. HIS QB RATING WAS 1.8. BLAINE GABBERT RELIEVED MCCOWN AND COMPLETED 5-OF-6 PASSES FOR 52 YDS.
JAX HELD NYJ TO 283 YDS BUT SURRENDERED 32 PTS.
DUSTIN KELLER CAUGHT ALL 6 PASSES THROWN TO HIM VS. JAX FOR 101 YDS AND A TD.
DEANGELO WILLIAMS AND JOHNATHAN STEWART HAVE COMBINED FOR 74 RUSHING YARDS ON 30 CARRIES IN 2 GAMES.
MAURICE JONES-DREW HAS RUSHED FOR 185 YDS ON 42 CARRIES IN 2 GAMES. HE HAS JAX'S LONE TD OF THE SEASON.

 

MIAMI AT CLEVELAND

MIA 10TH OFF; CLE 6TH DEF
MIA 9TH RUN; CLE 24TH VS. RUN
MIA T-9TH PASS; CLE 2ND VS. PASS
MIA T-24TH PTS; CLE T-15TH PTS ALLOWED
CLE 26TH OFF; MIA 32ND DEF
CLE 20TH RUN; MIA 22ND VS. RUN
CLE T-24TH PASS; MIA 30TH VS. PASS
CLE T-18TH PTS; MIA T-28TH PTS ALLOWED
MIA T-24TH TO/TA; CLE T-14TH TO/TA
BROWNS BEAT DOLPHINS 13-10 IN MIAMI LAST SEASON, PICKED CHAD HENNE OFF 3 TIMES.
DOLPHINS ROOKIE RB DANIEL THOMAS RUSHED FOR 107 YDS IN DEBUT, FIRST DOLPHIN TO RUSH FOR OVER 100 YDS SINCE 2009.
DOLPHINS WR BRANDON MARSHALL HAS 13 CATCHES FOR 218 YDS AND 1 TD THIS SEASON.
BROWNS DID NOT ALLOW TD TO COLTS UNTIL FINAL MINUTE OF WEEK 2 GAME.
COLT MCCOY 22-OF-32 FOR 211 YDS AND 1 TD IN WIN OVER COLTS.
BROWNS FUMBLED THE BALL 4 TIMES VS. COLTS BUT ONLY LOST ONE.
BROWNS HAVE WON LAST THREE MEETINGS, LAST LOST TO DOLPHINS IN 2004.
CHAD HENNE COMPLETED JUST 40 PERCENT OF HIS PASSES FOR 170 YDS IN LOSS TO TEXANS.

 

NEW YORK JETS AT OAKLAND

NYJ 21ST OFF; OAK 24TH DEF
NYJ 28TH RUN; OAK 27TH VS. RUN
NYJ 13TH PASS; OAK 22ND VS. PASS
NYJ 7TH PTS; OAK T-26TH PTS ALLOWED
OAK 12TH OFF; NYJ 8TH DEF
OAK 4TH RUN; NYJ 9TH VS. RUN
OAK 23RD PASS; NYJ 11TH VS. PASS
OAK 8TH PTS; NYJ 3RD PTS ALLOWED
NYJ T-6TH TO/TA; OAK T-11TH TO/TA
JETS ROOKIE DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON HAD A SACK FOR A SAFETY IN WEEK TWO.
JETS PICKED OFF LUKE MCCOWN 4 TIMES AND ALLOWED JUST 91 PASSING YARDS TO JAGUARS.
JETS RB SHONN GREEN HAS ONLY 75 RUSHING YARDS IN TWO GAMES AND A 2.9-YARD RUSHING AVERAGE.
RAIDERS ROOKIE WR DENARIUS MOORE HAD 5 CATCHES FOR 146 YDS AND A TD IN RAIDERS WEEK TWO LOSS.
OAKLAND BLEW 21-3 LEAD TO BILLS IN WEEK TWO, GAVE UP 217 RUSHING YARDS.
DARREN MCFADDEN HAD 72 YDS RUSHING AND 71 YDS RECEIVING, BUT ONLY A 3.6-YARD RUSHING AVERAGE AND HE LOST A FUMBLE.
MARK SANCHEZ HAS COMPLETED 63.2 PERCENT OF HIS PASSES THIS SEASON BUT HAS THROWN THREE INTERCEPTIONS.
RAIDERS QB JASON CAMPBELL THREW FOR 323 YDS, 2 TDS AND 1 INT IN WEEK TWO.

 

ARIZONA AT SEATTLE

AZ 16TH OFF; SEA 10TH DEF
AZ 18TH RUN; SEA 15TH VS. RUN
AZ 12TH PASS; SEA 12TH VS. PASS
AZ T13TH PTS; SEA T24TH PTS ALLOWED
SEA 32ND OFF; AZ 23RD DEF
SEA 32ND RUN; AZ 30TH VS. RUN
SEA 28TH PASS; AZ 29TH VS PASS
SEA 31ST PTS; AZ 11TH PTS ALLOWED
AZ T14TH TO/TA; SEA T27TH TO/TA
CARDINALS ALLOWED 172 YARDS RUSHING IN WEEK 2 AFTER ALLOWING ONLY 74 YARDS RUSHING IN WEEK 1.
CARDINALS RB WELLS HAS RUN FOR AT LEAST 90 YARDS AND SCORED A TD IN EACHOF FIRST 2 GAMES.
CARDINALS QB KOLB HAS THROWN FOR OVER 300 YARDS AND POSTED A 100.0-PLUS PASSER RATING IN 4 OF HIS 9 PRO STARTS RVB.
CARDINALS WR FITZGERALD HAD A COMBINED 10-121-0 IN GAMES VS. SEAHAWKS LAST SEASON.
SEAHAWKS GAINED ONLY 164 YARDS IN WEEK TWO LOSS TO STEELERS.
SEAHAWKS DE CLEMONS HAD 3 SACKS, A FORCED FUMBLE AND A FUMBLE RECOVERY IN 2 WINS OVER CARDINALS LAST SEASON.
SEAHAWKS WR WILLIAMS HAD 11 CATCHES IN EACH OF GAMES VS AZ LAST SEASON FOR A COMBINED 232 YARDS AND A TD.
SEAHAWKS HAVE YET TO FORCE A TURNOVER IN TWO GAMES.

 

DENVER AT TENNESSEE

DEN 23RD OFF; TEN 3RD DEF
DEN 23RD RUN; TEN 14TH VS RUN
DEN 20TH PASS; TEN 4TH VS PASS
DEN T-18TH PTS; TEN 4TH PTS ALLOWEDTEN 15TH OFF; DEN 16TH DEF
TEN 30TH RUN; DEN 28TH VS. RUN
TEN 7TH PASS; DEN 9TH VS. PASS
TEN 23RD PTS; DEN T-13TH PTS ALLOWED
DEN 29TH TO/TA; TEN T-9TH TO/TA
DESPITE SEVERAL KEY INJURIES (RB KNOWSHON MORENO, WR BRANDON LLOYD, DE ELVIS DUMERVIL, CB CHAM BAILEY), THE BRONCOS PULLED OUT A 24-22 WIN IN WEEK TWO VS. BENGALS.
INJURIES FORCED BRONCOS RESERVE QB TIM TEBOW TO LINE UP AT WR FOR A FEW SNAPS, BUT HE WAS NOT THROWN A PASS.
WILLIS MCGAHEE HAD 28 CARRIES IN WEEK TWO, HIS MOST IN A GAME SINCE 2007, WHEN HE PLAYED FOR THE BILLS.
BRONCOS WR ERIC DECKER STEPPED UP DUE TO INJURIES AND HAD 5-113-2.
TITANS HAD A FANTASITC ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE IN 26-13 WIN OVER RAVENS.
GAME WAS FIRST EVER TITANS GAME IN TENESSEE THAT WAS NOT COACHED BY JEFF FISHER.
TEN WR KENNY BRITT HAS 14-271-3 IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS.
TITANS DIDN'T ALLOW A SACK TO RAVENS "D" IN WEEK TWO.

 

SAN FRANCISCO AT CINCINNATI

SF 31st OFF; CIN 9th DEF
SF 25th RUN; CIN 16th VS RUN
SF 29th PASS; CIN 8th VS PASS
SF 9th PTS; CIN 8th PTS ALLOWED
CIN 18th OFF; SF 18th DEF
CIN 15th RUN; SF 1st VS RUN
CIN 18th PASS; SF 25th VS PASS
CIN 13th PTS; SF 12th PTS ALLOWED
CIN 6th TO/TA; SF 3rd TO/TA;
SF BLEW TWO LEADS OF 10+ PTS VS. DAL.
CIN 31-2 WHEN A RB GETS
SF SURRENDERED 432 PASSING YARDS LAST WEEK.
SF HAS 10-3 ALL-TIME SERIES EDGE.
ANDY DALTON HAS A QB RATING OF 105.7 IN 2 STARTS.
 CAUGHT 10-124-1 IN WEEK 2. HE HAS A TD CATCH IN EACH OF HIS 1ST TWO GAMES.
CIN JUST 1-OF-11 ON 3RD DOWNS LAST WEEK.
ALEX SMITH HAS COMPLETED 70.2 PERCENT OF HIS PASSES AND HAS A 95.2 QB RATING THROUGH 2 STARTS.

 

BALTIMORE AT ST. LOUIS

BAL 25th OFF; STL 25th DEF
BAL 13th RUN; STL 32nd VS RUN
BAL 24th PASS; STL 3rd VS PASS
BAL 15th PTS; STL 31st PTS ALLOWED
STL 19th OFF; BAL 21st DEF
STL 5th RUN; BAL 3rd VS RUN
STL 26th PASS; BAL 28th VS PASS
STL 28th PTS; BAL 5th PTS ALLOWED
STL 14th TO/TA; BAL 2nd TO/TA
BAL OUTGAINED 432-229 BY TEN LAST WEEK.
BAL SURRENDERED POINTS ON 6 OF LAST 7 POSSESSIONS VS. TEN.
JOE FLACCO COMPLETED JUST 15-OF-32 PASSES FOR 197 YARDS WITH 1 TD AND 2 INTS AT TEN IN WEEK 2.
RAY RICE HELD TO 43 YARDS RUSHING IN WEEK 2 BUT DID RACK UP 53 YDS RECEIVING AND CAUGHT HIS 2ND TD OF THE SEASON.
BALTIMORE HAS NEVER DEFEATED RAMS IN STL
STL 2-8 AT HOME VS. AFC CLUBS SINCE 2006.
STL HAS WON LAST 4 TIMES IN FIRST GAME AFTER "MNF" APPEARANCE.

 

NEW YORK GIANTS AT PHILADELPHIA

NYG 22ND OFF; PHI 13TH DEF
NYG 26TH RUN; PHI 30TH VS. RUN
NYG 16TH PASS; PHI 6TH VS. PASS
NYG 27TH PTS; PHI 18TH PTS ALLOWED
PHI 6TH OFF; NYG 14TH DEF
PHI 2ND RUN; NYG 5TH VS RUN
PHI 15TH PASS; NYG 19TH VS PASS
PHI 6TH PTS; NYG 23RD PTS ALLOWED
NYG 14TH TO/TA; PHI 20TH TO/TA
JEREMY MACLIN SET CAREER HIGHS IN CATCHES (13) AND YARDS (171) LAST WEEK VS. ATL.
MACLIN'S 13 CATCHES WAS 3RD-MOST EVER BY AN EAGLE BEHIND BRIAN WESTBROOK (14, 11/4/2007) AND DON LOONEY (14, 12/1/40).
LAST TIME PHI HAD BACK-TO-BACK GAMES WITH 4+ SACKS, AS THEY HAVE IN WEEKS 1 AND 2, WAS IN 2008.
ASANTE SAMUEL HAD HIS 43RD CAREER INT LAST WEEK. HE HAS HAD INT IN ALL 3 GAMES VS. MATT RYAN.
NNAMDI ASOMUGHA HAD HIS 12TH CAREER INT AND FIRST SINCE NOV. 2009.
MIKE KAFKA FILLED IN FOR MICHAEL VICK (CONCUSSION), COMPLETING 7 OF 9 PASSES FOR 72 YARDS IN HIS FIRST NFL ACTION (100 PASSER RATING).
EAGLES WR STEVE SMITH HAD 2-29-0 RECEIVING IN WEEK 2. HE FACES HIS OLD TEAM IN WEEK 3.
NYG PLAYED ON MNF.

 

PITTSBURGH AT INDIANAPOLIS

PIT 13th OFF; IND 17th DEF
PIT 19th RUN; IND 29th VS RUN
PIT 9th PASS; IND 10th VS PASS
PIT 26th PTS; IND 28th PTS ALLOWED
IND 29th OFF; PIT 2nd DEF
IND 22nd RUN; PIT 12th VS RUN
IND 27th PASS; PIT 5th VS PASS
IND 28th PTS; PIT 6th PTS ALLOWED
IND 14th TO/TA; PIT 31st TO/TA
IND 0-2 HASN'T STARTED 0-2 SINCE 1998.
IND HASN'T SCORED A TD IN FIRST 3 QUARTERS IN EITHER OF ITS FIRST 2 GAMES.
KERRY COLLINS HAS LOST 3 FUMBLES IN 2 GAMES. HE'S BEEN SACKED 5 TIMES IN 2 STARTS. COLLINS IS COMPLETING JUST 50.7 PERCENT OF HIS PASSES.
AUSTIN COLLIE HAS BEEN TARGETED 13 TIMES THIS SEASON BUT HAS JUST 3 CATCHES.
IND HAD 4 DRIVES OF 10 PLAYS OR MORE VS. CLE.
MIKE WALLACE CAUGHT 8 PASSES FOR 126 YDS IN WEEK 2.
WALLACE HAS CAUGHT 16 OF THE 20 PASSES THROWN HIS WAY THIS SEASON.
PIT HELD SEA TO JUST 31 YDS RUSHING.

 

WASHINGTON AT DALLAS

WAS 11TH OFF; DAL 4TH DEF
WAS 11TH RUN; DAL 2ND VS. RUN
WAS 17TH PASS; DAL 16TH VS. PASS
WAS 12TH PTS; DAL 20TH PTS ALLOWED
DAL 4TH OFF; WAS 11TH DEF
DAL 31ST RUN; WAS 8TH VS RUN
DAL 16TH PASS; WAS 17TH VS PASS
DAL 11TH PTS; WAS 6TH PTS ALLOWED
WAS 14TH TO/TA; DAL 24TH TO/TA
REX GROSSMAN HAD HIS 4TH COMEBACK WIN AS A STARTER LAST WEEK.
GROSSMAN THREW FOR 322 YARDS AND 4 TDS IN WEEK 15 VS. DAL LAST SEASON BUT ALSO HAD 2 INTS AND 1 FUMBLE LOST.
WAS OPENED THE SEASON 2-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2007.
MIKE SHANAHAN EARNED HIS 162ND WIN, SURPASSING BILL COWHER FOR 15TH MOST IN NFL HISTORY.
SHANAHAN OPENED WITH BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2008.
BEFORE SUFFERING A RIB INJURY VS. SF, TONY ROMO WAS 8-OF-17 PASSING, 144 YARDS WITH TD. AFTER SUFFERING THE INJURY, HE COMPLETED 12-OF-16 PASSES FOR 201 YARDS AND A TD.
ROMO HIT JESSE HOLLEY ON A 77-YARD PASS TO START DAL'S FIRST POSSESSION IN OVERTIME AND SET UP THE GAME-WINNING FG.
ROMO HIT ON 5-OF-6 PASSES IN THE GAME-TYING DRIVE.
DAL TRAILED 14-0 IN THE FIRST HALD AND 24-14 IN THE SECOND HALF.
DAL OUTGAINED SF, 472-206.

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