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NFL Week 15 preview

Peyton Manning will be hunting for a playoff bye when the play the Ravens on Sunday.

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Peyton Manning will be hunting for a playoff bye when the play the Ravens on Sunday.

NY Giants at Atlanta

Time: 1 p.m., Fox Line: Falcons by 1½.

Records: Giants 8-5 (6-6-1 vs. spread), Falcons 11-2 (7-5-1 vs. spread).

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Comments: Yup, you guessed it New England. The Giants are on TV again . . . Jints’ Elite Manning has won four straight vs. Falcons and has thrown for 661 yards and 6 TDs in last two matchups . . . Atlanta safeties Thomas DeCoud (5) and William Moore (4) have nine INTs . . . Atlanta QB Matty “Ice” Ryan has won 32 of 36 career home starts and is 19-0 at home when he posts a 100-plus passer rating . . . New York’s David Wilson had two rushing TDs and one return TD last week . . . Player to watch: Falcons WR Julio Jones is 3 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season.

Injuries: GIANTS: OUT: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee, foot), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: LB Michael Boley (back). PROBABLE: C David Baas (shoulder), TE Travis Beckum (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back). FALCONS: QUESTIONABLE: DT Jonathan Babineaux (ribs), WR Harry Douglas (ribs), S William Moore (hamstring), WR Roddy White (knee). PROBABLE: T Sam Baker (hand), G Justin Blalock (elbow), CB Asante Samuel (shoulder).

Green Bay at Chicago

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Packers by 2½.

Records: Packers 9-4 (7-6 vs. spread), Bears 8-5 (6-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Packers beat Bears, 23-10, in Week 2 . . . Chicago leads all-time series, 91-86-6 . . . Green Bay has won 11 straight Norris Division games (yes, we miss the NHL) . . . Bears QB Jay Cutler has a reason to pout — would somebody please block for the man? He’s won 9 of last 11 division games at home . . . Green Bay LB Clay Matthews had 3½ sacks in September matchup . . . Chicago DE Julius Peppers had 2 sacks in Week 2 game . . . WR Brandon Marshall has a Bears-record 101 catches . . . Player to watch: Packers’ Randall Cobb has 927 yards on kickoffs and 225 on punts.

Injuries: PACKERS: OUT: WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), S Charles Woodson (collarbone). QUESTIONABLE: WR Donald Driver (thumb), LB Terrell Manning (shoulder), G Josh Sitton (hip). PROBABLE: CB Davon House (illness), G T.J. Lang (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), S Jerron McMillian (back), DE Mike Neal (shoulder), T Marshall Newhouse (wrist). BEARS: OUT: WR Earl Bennett (concussion), CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring). DOUBTFUL: DE Shea McClellin (knee), DT Henry Melton (chest). QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Bush (ribs), LB Geno Hayes (knee), DT Matt Toeaina (knee). PROBABLE: LB Lance Briggs (knee, hip), QB Jay Cutler (neck, knee), TE Kellen Davis (knee), DT Stephen Paea (foot), T Jonathan Scott (shoulder), G Chris Spencer (knee), CB Charles Tillman (shoulder).

Denver at Baltimore

Time: 1 p.m., CBS Line: Broncos by 3.

Records: Broncos 10-3 (7-5-1 vs. spread), Ravens 9-4 (5-7-1 vs. spread).

Comments: You’ll need a quick trigger finger on the remote if you want to watch both Manning boys . . . Peyton Manning, who has led the Broncos to eight straight wins, needs 188 passing yards to become first NFLer with 12 4,000-yard seasons . . . Since 1999, Baltimore’s Ed Reed leads NFL with 61 INTs. Denver’s Champ Bailey is second with 52 . . . Ravens QB Joe “Cool” Flacco is 32-6 at home and is 2 TD passes shy of 100 . . . Player to watch: Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno averaging 120.3 scrimmage yards in last three.

Injuries: BRONCOS: QUESTIONABLE: G Chris Kuper (ankle), LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle). PROBABLE: WR Trindon Holliday (knee), WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder), WR Matthew Willis (knee). RAVENS: OUT: LB Jameel McClain (neck). DOUBTFUL: TE Ed Dickson (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), DE Arthur Jones (shoulder), RB Vonta Leach (ankle), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), S Bernard Pollard (chest), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), G Marshal Yanda (ankle). PROBABLE: CB Chykie Brown (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), RB Bernard Pierce (back), S Ed Reed (shoulder), RB Ray Rice (hip), WR Deonte Thompson (thigh), WR LaQuan Williams (thigh).

Indianapolis at Houston

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Texans by 9½.

Records: Colts 9-4 (9-4 vs. spread), Texans 11-2 (8-5 vs. spread).

Comments: I don’t think the Texans will be breaking out their varsity jackets again until the Homecoming Dance . . . The Colts were 0-13 at this point last season . . . Indy rookie Andrew Luck (the pride of Houston’s Stratford HS) has six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or OT . . . Houston LB Whitney Mercilus leads AFC rookies with 6 sacks . . . Texans have won 9 of last 11 vs. AFC South foes . . . Colts have won four straight vs. AFC South foes . . . Houston WR Andre Johnson has 612 yards in last four games . . . Player to watch: Indianapolis DE/LB Dwight Freeney has 15½ sacks vs. Texans.

Injuries: COLTS: OUT: RB Delone Carter (ankle), LB Kavell Conner (hamstring), T Winston Justice (biceps), C Samson Satele (ankle), S Tom Zbikowski (knee). PROBABLE: WR Donnie Avery (ribs), TE Coby Fleener (ankle), QB Andrew Luck (knee), G Joe Reitz (head). TEXANS: OUT: CB Alan Ball (foot), LB Brooks Reed (groin). QUESTIONABLE: T Derek Newton (knee), S Glover Quin (hip), LB Darryl Sharpton (toe). PROBABLE: NT Shaun Cody (ribs, back), DE Jared Crick (neck), TE Owen Daniels (back), LB Tim Dobbins (shoulder), RB Justin Forsett (knee), TE Garrett Graham (concussion), LB Bradie James (knee), WR Lestar Jean (knee, back), P Donnie Jones (right knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), NT Earl Mitchell (shoulder), LB Jesse Nading (foot), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), G Wade Smith (knee, ribs), RB Ben Tate (hamstring, foot), QB T.J. Yates (right elbow).

Washington at Cleveland

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Redskins by 1.

Records: Redskins 7-6 (8-5 vs. spread), Browns 5-8 (8-4-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Both teams are riding four-game winning streaks . . . Redskins’ Alfred Morris is second among all rookies with 1,228 rushing yards . . . Browns’ Trent Richardson leads AFC rookies with 869 rushing yards . . . Cleveland’s Phil Dawson has connected on 26 of 27 field goals in 2012 . . . Player to watch: Washington WR Santana Moss has 5 TDs in last seven games.

Injuries: REDSKINS: QUESTIONABLE: LB London Fletcher (ankle), QB Robert Griffin III (knee), T Trent Williams (thigh). PROBABLE: NT Chris Baker (wrist), CB Richard Crawford (knee), WR Pierre Garcon (foot), LB Ryan Kerrigan (ankle), RB Alfred Morris (illness), CB Josh Wilson (shoulder). BROWNS: PROBABLE: WR Travis Benjamin (finger), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee), RB Montario Hardesty (knee), LB James-Michael Johnson (thigh, finger), G Shawn Lauvao (foot), DE Juqua Parker (knee), RB Trent Richardson (chest, rib, finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder), T Joe Thomas (back).

Minnesota at St. Louis

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Rams by 2½.

Records: Vikings 7-6 (5-7-1 vs. spread), Rams 6-6-1 (9-4 vs. spread).

Comments: Vikings’ Adrian Peterson is only NFLer in history with 1,600-plus rushing yards, a 6-plus-yard average, and 10-plus TDs through 13 games . . . Rams QB Sam Bradford has won four straight and is 123 yards shy of 3,000 for the season . . . Vikings QB Christian Ponder has won seven of eight indoor games . . . Player to watch: Rams rookie CB Janoris Jenkins has a TD in three straight.

Injuries: VIKINGS: QUESTIONABLE: CB Antoine Winfield (knee). PROBABLE: DE Jared Allen (shoulder), S Robert Blanton (neck), LB Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), DT Letroy Guion (shin), CB A.J. Jefferson (concussion), G Charlie Johnson (ankle), P Chris Kluwe (left knee, right groin), T Phil Loadholt (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen), TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder). RAMS: QUESTIONABLE: DT Jermelle Cudjo (foot). PROBABLE: WR Danny Amendola (foot), S Craig Dahl (head), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Mario Haggan (elbow), RB Steven Jackson (foot), CB Janoris Jenkins (illness), LB James Laurinaitis (back), TE Mike McNeill (thigh), C Scott Wells (knee).

Jacksonville at Miami

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Dolphins by 7½.

Records: Jaguars 2-11 (6-7 vs. spread), Dolphins 5-8 (6-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Winners get a free spin on the Tower of Terror (it’s the only thing in Florida scarier than Cameron Wake, who has 14 sacks) . . . In his past two road tilts, Jaguars QB Chad Henne (an ex-Dolphin) has 556 yards and 5 TDs . . . Miami is 4-1 when rookie QB Ryan Tannehill has a 90-plus passer rating . . . Player to watch: Dolphins WR Brian Hartline is 75 yards shy of first 1,000-yard season.

Injuries: JAGUARS: OUT: RB Rashad Jennings (concussion), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), CB Aaron Ross (calf), DE George Selvie (concussion), RB Jordan Todman (calf). PROBABLE: DT Tyson Alualu (calf), CB Derek Cox (hamstring), RB Greg Jones (thigh), S Dwight Lowery (foot), CB Rashean Mathis (groin), C Brad Meester (foot), WR Cecil Shorts (concussion). DOLPHINS: OUT: WR Davone Bess (back), LB Koa Misi (ankle). PROBABLE: S Jonathon Amaya (neck), S Chris Clemons (ribs), LB Karlos Dansby (biceps), P Brandon Fields (right knee), WR Brian Hartline (glute), LB Austin Spitler (ankle), S Jimmy Wilson (hip).

Tampa Bay at New Orleans

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Saints by 3½.

Records: Buccaneers 6-7 (8-3-2 vs. spread), Saints 5-8 (6-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Saints beat Buccaneers, 35-28, in Week 7 . . . Saints TE Jimmy Graham has 6 TDs in last six division games . . . Bucs QB Josh Freeman has thrown for 1,259 yards and 8 TDs in last four vs. Nawlins . . . Saints QB Drew Brees last week went over 4,000 yards for the seventh straight season . . . Player to watch: Tampa rookie LB Lavonte David has a team-high 117 tackles.

Injuries: BUCCANEERS: QUESTIONABLE: DE Da’Quan Bowers (hamstring), CB LeQuan Lewis (knee). PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), CB Anthony Gaitor (hamstring), T Jamon Meredith (ankle), DT Roy Miller (head). SAINTS: OUT: T Charles Brown (knee), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), S Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring), T Zach Strief (ankle), CB Corey White (knee). QUESTIONABLE: RB Jed Collins (toe).

Detroit at Arizona

Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Lions by 6½.

Records: Lions 4-9 (5-8 vs. spread), Cardinals 4-9 (5-7-1 vs. spread).

Comments: If you’re in Arizona at 1:05 p.m., make a tee time . . . Two crazy facts: The Cardinals started the season 4-0 and the Lions have the No. 1 passing offense (307.8 yards per game) in the NFL . . . Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure has 6 rushing TDs in his last six games . . . Player to watch — and it wasn’t easy to find one: Arizona LB Daryl Washington has 10 sacks in his last 14 games.

Injuries: LIONS: DOUBTFUL: DT Nick Fairley (shoulder), TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: S Louis Delmas (knee). PROBABLE: S Don Carey (knee), T Corey Hilliard (knee), CB Chris Houston (hamstring), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), CB Jacob Lacey (foot, Achilles). CARDINALS: OUT: WR Early Doucet (concussion). DOUBTFUL: S James Sanders (calf). QUESTIONABLE: DE Calais Campbell (calf), TE Rob Housler (knee), DE Ronald Talley (ankle), DT Dan Williams (hamstring). PROBABLE: DT Nick Eason (ankle), TE Mike Leach (back, shoulder), S Kerry Rhodes (abdomen), WR Andre Roberts (ankle), CB Greg Toler (hamstring), RB Beanie Wells (knee).

Carolina at San Diego

Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Chargers by 3.

Records: Panthers 4-9 (6-7 vs. spread), Chargers 5-8 (6-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Since 2008, Chargers QB Philip Rivers has thrown for 20,766 yards, second only to Drew Brees (23,581), the man he replaced . . . Carolina WR Steve Smith has 10 catches for 202 yards and 2 TDs in past two games vs. AFC road foes . . . Panthers DE Greg Hardy has 7 sacks in his last seven games . . . Player to watch: San Diego TE Antonio Gates is 52 yards shy of his ninth straight 500-yard season.

Injuries: PANTHERS: OUT: DT Dwan Edwards (wrist), C Geoff Hangartner (foot), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: LB James Anderson (back), S Colin Jones (groin), WR Brandon LaFell (toe). PROBABLE: G Jeff Byers (back), LB Thomas Davis (knee), S Charles Godfrey (back), DE Charles Johnson (back), WR Louis Murphy (hamstring). CHARGERS: OUT: LB Demorrio Williams (ankle). DOUBTFUL: RB Ronnie Brown (hamstring), LB Donald Butler (groin), T Jeromey Clary (knee), G Tyronne Green (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: WR Eddie Royal (hamstring). PROBABLE: T Mike Harris (ankle), DE Kendall Reyes (quadriceps).

Seattle vs. Buffalo

Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 5.

Records: Seahawks 8-5 (9-4 vs. spread), Bills 5-8 (6-7 vs. spread).

Comments: On the outside chance that you’re going to this game, it’s in Toronto . . . Since November 2011, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has an NFL-high 2,207 yards. He posted a pair of 1,000-yard seasons as a Bill . . . Current Bills RB C.J. Spiller needs 56 yards for his first 1,000-yard campaign . . . Player to watch: Seattle QB Russell Wilson is 3-0 with 705 yards, 7 TDs, and 0 INTs vs. the AFC.

Injuries: SEAHAWKS: OUT: CB Walter Thurmond (hamstring), CB Marcus Trufant (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE Red Bryant (foot), S Kam Chancellor (groin), RB Marshawn Lynch (back, foot), WR Sidney Rice (foot). BILLS: OUT: C Eric Wood (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DE Mark Anderson (knee), LB Nick Barnett (knee), S Jairus Byrd (shin), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), DT Spencer Johnson (knee), WR Donald Jones (calf), G Andy Levitre (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), CB Justin Rogers (foot). PROBABLE: CB Ron Brooks (hip), S Da’Norris Searcy (hand), TE Lee Smith (knee), RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder), G Kraig Urbik (knee), LB Chris White (thumb), CB Aaron Williams (knee), DT Kyle Williams (ankle), DE Mario Williams (wrist).

Pittsburgh at Dallas

Time: 4:25 p.m., CBS Line: Steelers by 1½.

Records: Steelers 7-6 (5-7-1 vs. spread), Cowboys 7-6 (5-8 vs. spread).

Comments: Cowboys lead the all-time series between two of the league’s most storied franchises, 14-13 . . . Steelers have won 12 of last 14 games against NFC foes . . . Cowboys QB Tony Romo has won five of last six vs. AFC and is 72 yards shy of his fourth 4,000-yard season . . . Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger is 2-0 with 3 TD passes in two December starts vs. Cowboys . . . Player to watch: Dallas TE Jason Witten has 84 catches since Oct. 1.

Injuries: STEELERS: OUT: T Mike Adams (ankle), G Willie Colon (knee), CB Ike Taylor (ankle). DOUBTFUL: CB Cortez Allen (groin). PROBABLE: WR Antonio Brown (illness), WR Plaxico Burress (not injury related), LB James Harrison (illness), CB Keenan Lewis (hip), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related), WR Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder), LB Stevenson Sylvester (illness), C Greg Warren (illness), LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle). COWBOYS: OUT: NT Jay Ratliff (groin). QUESTIONABLE: WR Dez Bryant (finger), CB Morris Claiborne (concussion), G Nate Livings (concussion), S Charlie Peprah (foot), LB DeMarcus Ware (elbow). PROBABLE: C Ryan Cook (knee), RB Felix Jones (knee), RB DeMarco Murray (foot), T Tyron Smith (ankle).

Kansas City at Oakland

Time: 4:25 p.m. Line: Raiders by 3.

Records: Chiefs 2-11 (5-8 vs. spread), Raiders 3-10 (3-10 vs. spread).

Comments: Raiders beat Chiefs, 26-16, in Week 8 but Kansas City leads the all-time series, 53-49-2 . . . Marcus Allen played for both franchises (hey, we’re trying to come up with something interesting for this game) . . . KC RB Jamaal Charles seeking fourth straight 100-yard game . . . Carson Palmer needs 195 yards to become second Raider QB with 4,000 in a season (Rich Gannon, who also played for both franchises) . . . Player to watch: Oakland’s Brandon Myers leads AFC TEs with 70 catches.

Injuries: CHIEFS: OUT: WR Dwayne Bowe (ribs). DOUBTFUL: S Abram Elam (quadriceps), G Russ Hochstein (back). QUESTIONABLE: T Branden Albert (back), G Jon Asamoah (thumb), G Ryan Lilja (knee). PROBABLE: S Eric Berry (hand), CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring), RB Cyrus Gray (shoulder, neck), LB Derrick Johnson (hamstring), S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder). RAIDERS: QUESTIONABLE: S Tyvon Branch (neck, ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring). PROBABLE: T Khalif Barnes (triceps), DE Jack Crawford (toe), CB Michael Huff (wrist), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), S Mike Mitchell (neck).

NY Jets at Tennessee

Time: Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Titans by 1½.

Records: Jets 6-7 (7-6 vs. spread), Titans 4-9 (4-9 vs. spread).

Comments: Dear Jets fans, it’s OK to admit you’re going to switch to “Mike & Molly” at 9:30 p.m. . . . Titans have won four of their last five on “Monday Night Football” . . . Jets are 10-2 when Mark Sanchez posts a 100-plus passer rating . . . LB Akeem Ayers leads Tennessee with 85 tackles . . . Jets LB David Harris has a team-high 101 tackles . . . Player to watch: Titans’ Chris Johnson has five career TD rushes of 80-plus yards — most in NFL annals.

Injuries: JETS: DNP: CB Aaron Berry (hamstring), WR Clyde Gates (concussion), WR Stephen Hill (knee), TE Dustin Keller (ankle), S LaRon Landry (heel). LIMITED: WR Braylon Edwards (hamstring), DT Sione Po’uha (back), RB Bilal Powell (shouler, toe), LB Bryan Thomas (chest). FULL: DT Kenrick Ellis (knee, back), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Joe McKnight (ankle), G Brandon Moore (hip), LB Calvin Pace (shoulder), QB Mark Sanchez (back), LB Ricky Sapp (ankle), LB Bart Scott (toe), G Matt Slauson (knee), QB Tim Tebow (ribs). TITANS: DNP: LB Colin McCarthy (concussion), DE Scott Solomon (knee), WR Damian Williams (hamstring). LIMITED: DT Jurrell Casey (knee). FULL: WR Kenny Britt (knee), S Michael Griffin (neck), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), QB Jake Locker (left shoulder), T Michael Roos (knee), DE Kamerion Wimbley (toe).

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