With Week 1 of the NFL season here, the Boston Globe previews the action around the league:
Indianapolis at Chicago
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bears by 9½.
Records: Colts 2-14 (6-10 vs. spread), Bears 8-8 (7-8-1 vs. spread).
Comments: The Andrew Luck era begins for Colts . . . Chuck Pagano makes his debut as an NFL head coach for Indianapolis . . . Did you know Lovie Smith’s 74 career wins trails only Hall of Fame coaches George Halas and Mike Ditka? . . . Bears RB Matt Forte is the only player in league annals with 900-plus rushing yards and 400-plus passing yards in his first four seasons . . . Reggie Wayne’s 862 catches and 11,708 receiving yards are second on the Colts all-time list.
Buffalo at NY Jets
Time: 1 p.m. Line: NY Jets by 2½.
Records: Bills 6-10 (6-9-1 vs. spread), Jets 8-8 (6-9-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Bills lead the all-time series, 53-49, but Jets have won five straight . . . Do yourself a favor and check out the cover of the New York Post’s NFL preview section (good yuks) . . . Jets QB Mark Sanchez has 410 passing yards and 5 TDs in last two vs. Buffalo . . . Tim Tebow is reportedly taking snaps at QB, FB, DT, ILB, CB, and P . . . Bills RB Fred Jackson averaged 137.6 yards from scrimmage last season . . . Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd has four INTs in six career games vs. the Jets.
San Francisco at Green Bay
Time: 4:15 p.m. Line: Packers by 5.
Records: 49ers 13-3 (11-4-1 vs. spread), Packers 15-1 (11-5 vs. spread).
Comments: Packers’ 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend are No. 1 all-time . . . Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, had a 122.5 passer rating last season, best in NFL history, and set franchise marks with 4,643 yards and 45 TDs . . . San Fran QB Alex Smith has won 14 of last 17 starts and 49ers are 10-0 when he earns a passer rating of 100-plus . . . San Fran had a league-best plus-28 turnover differential in 2011 . . . Greg Jennings has 11 catches and 248 yards and 3 TDs in last two games vs. 49ers.
Pittsburgh at Denver
Time: 8:20 p.m. Line: Broncos by 1½.
Records: Steelers 12-4 (7-9 vs. spread), Broncos 8-8 (7-8-1 vs. spread).
Comments: So, you may have heard Peyton Manning plays for the Broncos now. He ranks third all-time in passing yards (50,828), completions (4,682), and TD passes (399) . . . Denver averaged an NFL-high 164.5 rushing yards per game last season . . . Pittsburgh’s Big Ben Roethlisberger has an 80-33-0 record as a starter and his .708 winning percentage is second-best of all active QBs (some guy named Brady is at .780) . . . LaMarr Woodley is two sacks shy of becoming sixth Steelers LB with 50.
Philadelphia at Cleveland
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Eagles by 8½.
Records: Eagles 8-8 (8-8 vs. spread), Browns 4-12 (8-6-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Brandon Weeden is the first Browns rookie QB to start season opener in Super Bowl era . . . Eagles QB Michael Vick is one of only two signal-callers in history with 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in consecutive seasons (Randall Cunningham) . . . Eagles are 102-17 when leading at the half during Andy Reid’s tenure.
St. Louis at Detroit
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Lions by 7½.
Records: Rams 2-14 (3-12-1 vs. spread), Lions 10-6 (7-8-1 vs. spread).
Comments: A QB matchup of No. 1 overall picks from 2009 (Lions’ Matthew Stafford) and 2010 (Rams’ Sam Bradford) . . . Detroit’s 49 wins in home openers is second most all-time . . . St. Louis’s Steven Jackson is one of seven players all-time with seven-plus consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons . . . Last season, Calvin Johnson (16) became the first Lion to score 15-plus TDs in a season since Barry Sanders in 1991.
Miami at Houston
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Texans by 12.
Records: Dolphins 6-10 (8-7-1 vs. spread), Texans 10-6 (10-5-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Ryan Tannehill is the first Dolphins rookie QB to start the season opener in franchise history as Joe Philbin makes his head coaching debut . . . Texans are 6-0 all-time vs. Dolphins . . . Houston’s Arian Foster has an NFL-high 26 rushing TDs in the start of the 2010 campaign . . . Miami RB Reggie Bush is coming off his first career 1,000-yard season . . . Texans TE Owen Daniels is one catch shy of 300 for his career.
Atlanta at Kansas City
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Falcons by 3.
Records: Falcons 10-6 (7-7-2 vs. spread), Chiefs 7-9 (9-7 vs. spread).
Comments: Chiefs have won 15 of their last 23 home openers . . . KC QB Matt Cassel is 10-4 vs. the NFC with 23 TDs and 9 INTs . . . Falcons have posted four straight winning records for first time in franchise history . . . Atlanta is 23-0 (7-0 last season) when Matty “Ice” Ryan has a passer rating of 100-plus . . . Former Chief turned Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez has at least 60 receptions in league-record 13 straight seasons.
Jacksonville at Minnesota
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Vikings by 4.
Records: Jaguars 5-11 (7-8-1 vs. spread), Vikings 3-13 (6-8-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Mike Mularkey (think he’s full of it?) makes his debut as Jaguars head coach . . . Vikings DE Jared Allen has an NFL-high 105 sacks since 2004 . . . Jacksonville TB Maurice Jones-Drew, fresh off his holdout, says he’s ready for action. He holds franchise mark with 74 TDs . . . Minny’s Adrian Peterson is 67 rushing yards shy of bumping Robert Smith (6,818) as the franchise’s all-time leader.
Washington at New Orleans
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Saints by 7.
Records: Redskins 5-11 (7-9 vs. spread), Saints 13-3 (12-4 vs. spread).
Comments: The post-Bounty Gate era begins in ‘Nawlins . . . Saints led the NFL with 7,474 total net yards in 2011 . . . The RGIII era begins for the Redskins. The Heisman Trophy winner was 20 of 31 for 193 yards and 2 TDs in preseason . . . New Orleans QB Drew Brees set a season mark with 5,476 passing yards last season . . . Washington LB Brian Orakpo has 28.5 sacks in his first three seasons.
Seattle at Arizona
Time: 4:15 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 2½.
Records: Seahawks 7-9 (10-5-1 vs. spread), Cardinals 8-8 (8-7-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Cardinals settled on QB John Skelton, who was 5-2 as a starter in 2011 . . . Seahawks settled on rookie QB Russell Wilson, who started 50 straight games in college (NC State, Wisconsin) . . . Beanie Wells last season became the first Cardinal to rush for more than 1,000 yards and 10 TDs in a season . . . Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch scored a TD in 11 straight games last season.
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Time: 4:15 p.m. Line: Panthers by 2½.
Records: Panthers 6-10 (9-6-1 vs. spread), Buccaneers 4-12 (4-12 vs. spread).
Comments: Greg Schiano gets his turn to try and turn the Buccaneers around . . . Best QB matchup of Week 1, featuring Panthers’ Cam Newton (only player in history with 4,000-plus passing yard and 500-plus rushing yard season) and Bucs’ Josh Freeman (only player in Tampa history with back-to-back 3,400-yard passing seasons) . . . Carolina DT Charles Johnson has 17 sacks in his last 23 games.
Cincinnati at Baltimore
Time: Monday, 7 p.m. Line: Ravens by 6.
Records: Bengals 9-7 (8-6-2 vs. spread), Ravens 12-4 (8-7-1 vs. spread).
Comments: The BenJarvus Green-Ellis era begins in Cincinnati (OK, that was a stretch) . . . Ravens coach John Harbaugh looks to improve to 5-0 on opening weekend (has Brian Billick really been gone that long?) . . . Baltimore’s Ray Rice led NFL in yards from scrimmage last season (2,068) . . . Ravens had AFC-high 48 sacks last season . . . Bengals were second with 45 . . . Cincy QB A.J. Dalton had 20 TD passes as a rookie in 2011.
San Diego at Raiders
Time: Monday, 10-15 p.m. Line: Raiders by 1.
Records: Chargers 8-8 (6-10 vs. spread), Raiders 8-8 (9-6-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Despite winning 14 of last 17, Chargers still trail all-time series, 57-45-2 . . . San Diego QB Philip Rivers is 5-1 with 10 TDs and a 102.2 passer rating vs. Oakland . . . Dennis Allen makes his debut as the 17th Raiders head coach in the last 17 season (well it sure seems that way) . . . Oakland’s Darren McFadden has 1,138 yards on 208 rushes vs. AFC West foes . . . Ageless LB Takeo Spikes (OK, he’s 35) had Charger-high 119 tackles last season.