Baltimore at Miami
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Dolphins by 2½.
Records: Ravens 2-2 (2-2 vs. spread), Dolphins 3-1 (3-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Dolphins are riding a three-game home winning streak (yet there are plenty of good seats available) . . . Ravens QB Joe Flacco is 2-0 with 498 yards passing and 3 TDs vs. Miami . . . Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is 59 of 88 for 586 yards and 6 TDs in last three home games . . . Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs has 4 sacks in four games vs. Miami and has at least one sack in three straight . . . Miami WR Mike Wallace has a catch in 56 straight games . . . Player to watch: Baltimore’s Ray Rice had 180 yards from scrimmage in last game vs. Miami (11/17/2010).
Key injuries: RAVENS: DOUBTFUL: NT Terrence Cody (knee), C Ryan Jensen (foot). QUESTIONABLE: LB Arthur Brown (shoulder), WR Marlon Brown (thigh), RB Shaun Draughn (ankle), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DT Marcus Spears (knee), WR Brandon Stokley (thigh), WR Deonte Thompson (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (thigh). DOLPHINS: OUT: CB Dimitri Patterson (groin). QUESTIONABLE: WR Brandon Gibson (ankle), S Don Jones (elbow), LB Jason Trusnik (rib), DE Cameron Wake (knee). PROBABLE: CB Nolan Carroll (ankle), S Chris Clemons (glute), LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee), LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (shoulder), DT Paul Soliai (knee).
New Orleans at Chicago
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Saints by 1.
Records: Saints 4-0 (3-1 vs. spread), Bears 3-1 (1-2-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Da Bears lead this series, 13-12 . . . Since 2006, Saints safety Roman Harper’s 18½ sacks most among defensive backs . . . Since 2012, Bears’ Jay Cutler’s 114.5 fourth-quarter passer rating is No. 1 in NFL. Cutler has a 26-1 record when he registers a rating of 100-plus . . . Chicago’s Matt Forte had 117 receiving yards in a loss to Saints Sept. 18, 2011 . . . Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery posted first career 100-yard receiving game last week . . . Player to watch: Nawlins’ QB Drew Brees has completed at least 25 passes in 10 straight games.
Key injuries: SAINTS: OUT: NT Brodrick Bunkley (calf), S Roman Harper (knee), RB Mark Ingram (toe), WR Lance Moore (hand), DE Tyrunn Walker (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DE Tom Johnson (hamstring), CB Keenan Lewis (hip). PROBABLE: G Tim Lelito (calf). BEARS: OUT: S Anthony Walters (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: DT Stephen Paea (toe), CB Charles Tillman (groin, knee). PROBABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder), WR Brandon Marshall (foot), CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), LB D.J. Williams (illness).
Seattle at Indianapolis
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 2½.
Records: Seahawks 4-0 (4-0 vs. spread), Colts 3-1 (2-2 vs. spread).
Comments: It’s official. Coach Cutie Pie has a wagon up there in Seattle . . . Seahawks have won nine straight, outscoring their foes, 302-107 . . . Colts have won 8 of last 9 at home . . . Indy’s Andrew Luck is 14-6, tied for most wins by a QB drafted No. 1 overall through first 20 games (John Elway, pretty good company!) . . . Seattle is 10-1 when Russell Wilson compiles a 100-plus passer rating . . . Seahawks’ Sidney Rice has 5 TD catches in last five vs. AFC . . . Player to watch: Colts DE Robert Mathis has at least one sack in four straight games.
Key injuries: SEAHAWKS: OUT: T Breno Giacomini (knee), DT Jordan Hill (biceps), RB Spencer Ware (ankle). DOUBTFUL: CB Jeremy Lane (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: TE Zach Miller (hamstring), C Max Unger (arm). PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (back), DE Chris Clemons (not injury related), S Jeron Johnson (hamstring), RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related), DT Brandon Mebane (knee), CB Walter Thurmond (shoulder), LB K.J. Wright (shoulder). COLTS: OUT: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), RB Stanley Havili (ankle), DT Ricky Jean Francois (groin), S LaRon Landry (ankle), LB Bjoern Werner (foot). PROBABLE: CB Vontae Davis (foot), S Delano Howell (toe), G Hugh Thornton (shoulder).
Kansas City at Tennessee
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Chiefs by 2½.
Records: Chiefs 4-0 (3-1 vs. spread), Titans 3-1 (3-0-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Andy Reid looks pretty good in red, huh? . . . Chiefs are shooting for their first 5-0 start since 2003, when they started 9-0 . . . Titans have won 4 of last 5 . . . KC QB Alex Smith is 23-5-1 as a starter with 37 TDs . . . Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles leads NFL RBs with 23 catches . . . Tennessee is 24-9 when tailback Chris Johnson rushes for at least 100 yards . . . Safety Bernard Pollard leads Chiefs with 29 tackles (some of them were even clean) . . . Player to watch: Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was 4-1 with 8 TDs and 2 INTs vs. KC when he was with the Bills.
Key injuries: CHIEFS: OUT: T Eric Fisher (concussion), TE Travis Kelce (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Anthony Fasano (ankle, knee), CB Brandon Flowers (knee), S Kendrick Lewis (ankle). PROBABLE: G Jeff Allen (groin), G Jon Asamoah (knee), RB Jamaal Charles (toes), P Dustin Colquitt (right knee), CB Marcus Cooper (knee, thigh), C Rodney Hudson (shin), LB James-Michael Johnson (thumb), TE Sean McGrath (knee), RB Anthony Sherman (knee). TITANS: OUT: RB Shonn Greene (knee), DT Sammie Hill (ankle), QB Jake Locker (hip, knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Patrick Bailey (hamstring), DE Ropati Pitoitua (shoulder), T David Stewart (calf), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring). PROBABLE: WR Kenny Britt (neck, ribs).
Detroit at Green Bay
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Packers by 7.
Records: Lions 3-1 (3-1 vs. spread), Packers 1-2 (1-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Packers have dominated this series, 93-65-7, including winning 14 of last 15 and four straight . . . Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 8-0 vs. Lions (shocker!) with 18 TDs and 4 INTs . . . Bet you didn’t know Lions’ Joique Bell is second among NFC RBs with 207 receiving yards . . . Player to watch: Detroit’s Reggie Bush averaging 144.3 yards from scrimmage in 2013.
Key injuries: LIONS: OUT: WR Nate Burleson (forearm). QUESTIONABLE: CB Chris Houston (hamstring), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), S Glover Quin (ankle). PROBABLE: DE Ziggy Ansah (abdomen), S Louis Delmas (knee), WR Patrick Edwards (ankle), T Jason Fox (groin), DE Israel Idonije (hamstring), CB Rashean Mathis (head), LB Ashlee Palmer (ankle), G Rob Sims (shoulder). PACKERS: OUT: CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), G Greg Van Roten (foot). PROBABLE: S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), TE Jermichael Finley (concussion), RB Johnathan Franklin (foot), RB John Kuhn (hamstring), RB Eddie Lacy (concussion), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring).
Jacksonville at St. Louis
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Rams by 11½.
Records: Jaguars 0-4 (0-4 vs. spread), Rams 1-3 (0-4 vs. spread).
Comments: Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert has 5 TDs and a 91.9 passer rating in last five road games (why not play ’em all on the road, nobody shows up in Jacksonville anyway?) . . . St. Louis WR Tavon Austin has an NFL-rookie-high 20 receptions . . . Paul Posluszny leads Jags with 40 tackles . . . Player to watch: Rams are 6-1-1 when QB Sam Bradford posts a 100-plus rating.
Key injuries: JAGUARS: OUT: WR Mike Brown (back), WR Stephen Burton (concussion), CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), S Dwight Lowery (concussion), DE Jeremy Mincey (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: WR Cecil Shorts (groin). PROBABLE: CB Alan Ball (groin), LB Geno Hayes (hip flexor), DT Roy Miller (shoulder), WR Denard Robinson (hamstring). RAMS: OUT: T Rodger Saffold (knee). DOUBTFUL: CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh), DE William Hayes (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DT Matt Conrath (concussion), CB Trumaine Johnson (illness). PROBABLE: CB Brandon McGee (thigh), LB Will Witherspoon (thigh).
Philadelphia at NY Giants
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Giants by 1½.
Records: Eagles 1-3 (1-3 vs. spread), Giants 0-4 (0-4 vs. spread).
Comments: You’re a fibber if you thought these teams would be 1-7 at this point (you can stop smiling now, Patriots fans) . . . Jints lead series, 81-73-2 . . . Giants QB Eli Manning has thrown for 1,152 yards and 13 TDs in last four home games vs. Philly . . . Eagles’ LeSean McCoy has NFL-high 608 scrimmage yards . . . Player to watch: Eagles QB Michael Vick is 10-2 in his last 12 NFC East games.
Key injuries: EAGLES: QUESTIONABLE: S Patrick Chung (shoulder). PROBABLE: CB Brandon Boykin (shoulder), DE Fletcher Cox (quadriceps). GIANTS: OUT: C David Baas (neck), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (ankle, knee), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), CB Aaron Ross (back). DOUBTFUL: CB Corey Webster (groin). QUESTIONABLE: DT Cullen Jenkins (knee, Achilles), WR Louis Murphy (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Mark Herzlich (toe), DT Shaun Rogers (back), CB Terrell Thomas (knee).
Carolina at Arizona
Time: 4:05 p.m., Fox Line: Panthers by 2.
Records: Panthers 1-2 (1-2 vs. spread), Cardinals 2-2 (3-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Cardinals LB Dontay Moch collected his first sack last week, leaving him just 121 behind teammate John Abraham, the league leader among active players . . . Panthers’ DeAngelo Williams has three career 100-plus-yard rushing games vs. Arizona . . . It should stun nobody that since 2012, Luke Kuechly leads NFL with 193 tackles . . . Player to watch: Arizona’s Andre Roberts has at least two catches in 14 straight home games.
Key injuries: PANTHERS: OUT: DT Dwan Edwards (hamstring), S Quintin Mikell (ankle), CB D.J. Moore (knee). PROBABLE: DE Greg Hardy (illness), DT Kawann Short (ankle). CARDINALS: QUESTIONABLE: LB Jasper Brinkley (groin), G Daryn Colledge (shin), DT Darnell Dockett (groin), S Rashad Johnson (finger), LB Kevin Minter (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE Ronald Talley (wrist).
Denver at Dallas
Time: 4:25 p.m., CBS Line: Broncos by 7½.
Records: Broncos 4-0 (3-1 vs. spread), Cowboys 2-2 (3-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Broncos have ripped off 15 straight regular-season wins . . . Hey Jason Garrett, give the ball to DeMarco Murray (Cowboys are 11-0 when he gets at least 18 carries) . . . Dallas QB Tony Romo has thrown for 1,533 yards and 14 TDs in last five home games . . . Player to watch: Peyton Manning (who else?). He has 53 TD passes in 20 career games with Broncos.
Key injuries: BRONCOS: QUESTIONABLE: CB Champ Bailey (foot), LB Paris Lenon (thigh). PROBABLE: WR Eric Decker (shoulder, ankle), TE Joel Dreessen (knee), G Chris Kuper (ankle), K Matt Prater (right calf), C Manny Ramirez (ribs), LB Danny Trevathan (knee), DT Mitch Unrein (neck). COWBOYS: DOUBTFUL: WR Miles Austin (hamstring), LB Justin Durant (groin), DE Edgar Jones (groin). QUESTIONABLE: WR Dwayne Harris (hip), DE George Selvie (concussion). PROBABLE: LB Bruce Carter (foot), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), DE DeMarcus Ware (back).
Houston at San Francisco
Time: 8:30 p.m., NBC Line: 49ers by 6.
Records: Texans 2-2 (0-4 vs. spread), 49ers 2-2 (2-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins is tops among NFL rookies with 270 receiving yards . . . Obligatory Frank Gore note: The Niners RB has 11,082 yards from scrimmage since 2006 . . . Houston has won four straight road games vs. NFC . . . SF LB Ahmad Brooks has 2½ sacks in past three . . . Player to watch: Houston’s Arian Foster has five 100-yard rushing games in last seven vs. NFC foes.
Key injuries: TEXANS: OUT: G Brandon Brooks (toe), LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: T Duane Brown (toe), WR Andre Johnson (shin). PROBABLE: LB Bryan Braman (hamstring, shoulder), LB Brian Cushing (concussion), TE Owen Daniels (knee), RB Arian Foster (thumb, back), TE Garrett Graham (hip, groin), RB Greg Jones (foot, groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (not injury related), CB Brice McCain (knee), C Chris Myers (biceps), T Derek Newton (knee), S Eddie Pleasant (hamstring), WR DeVier Posey (Achilles), S Ed Reed (hip, abdomen), LB Darryl Sharpton (foot, hip), G Wade Smith (knee), RB Ben Tate (shoulder), DE J.J. Watt (groin, nose). 49ERS: OUT: WR Quinton Patton (foot). QUESTIONABLE: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (knee), T Anthony Davis (shoulder), TE Vernon Davis (hamstring), DT Ray McDonald (ankle), RB Bruce Miller (quadriceps), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), DT Justin Smith (shoulder), LB Patrick Willis (groin). PROBABLE: TE Demarcus Dobbs (calf), G Mike Iupati (shoulder), T Joe Staley (hamstring, ankle), WR Kyle Williams (knee).
San Diego at Oakland
Time: 11:35 p.m., NFL Network Line: Chargers by 4½.
Records: Chargers 2-2 (3-0-1 vs. spread), Raiders 1-3 (3-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Who’s staying up late? We hear there’s a party at Lane Kiffin’s! . . . Terrelle Pryor is back as the Raiders’ QB . . . Chargers QB Philip Rivers has 692 passing yards and 6 TDs in his last three vs. Raiders . . . Oakland’s Denarius Moore has 190 receiving yards in his last two games . . . Player to watch: San Diego all-purpose back Danny Woodhead has 20 receptions in his last three games.
Key injuries: CHARGERS: OUT: T King Dunlap (concussion). DOUBTFUL: G Chad Rinehart (toe). QUESTIONABLE: G Jeromey Clary (clavicle), C Rich Ohrnberger (groin), CB Johnny Patrick (chest), CB Shareece Wright (hamstring). PROBABLE: CB Derek Cox (knee), RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring), LB Manti Te’o (foot). RAIDERS: OUT: S Tyvon Branch (ankle). DOUBTFUL: RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), C Stefen Wisniewski (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DT Stacy McGee (shoulder), G Lucas Nix (ankle), T Tony Pashos (groin), RB Marcel Reece (knee), T Menelik Watson (knee). PROBABLE: DE Jason Hunter (quadriceps), CB Tracy Porter (ribs), QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion), S Charles Woodson (not injury related).
NY Jets at Atlanta
Time: Monday, 8:40 p.m., ESPN Line: Falcons by 10.
Records: Jets 2-2 (3-1 vs. spread), Falcons 1-3 (1-3 vs. spread).
Comments: Falcons QB Matty “Ice’’ Ryan has won 10 of his last 13 games against AFC opponents (but not his last one) . . . Jets have three straight victories vs. NFC . . . New York rookie QB Geno Smith has 620 passing yards in last two games . . . Player to watch: Atlanta’s Julio Jones leads the NFL with 481 receiving yards and is seeking his fourth consecutive 100-yard game.
Key injuries: JETS: DNP: T Oday Aboushi (knee), WR Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring), CB Dee Milliner (hamstring). LIMITED: WR Clyde Gates (knee), WR Stephen Hill (concussion), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), TE Kellen Winslow (knee). FULL: S Antonio Allen (finger), G Willie Colon (elbow), LB Quinton Coples (ankle), CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), LB Garrett McIntyre (shoulder), DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder), QB Geno Smith (ankle), CB Darrin Walls (shoulder). FALCONS: OUT: T Sam Baker (knee), LB Akeem Dent (ankle). DNP: RB Steven Jackson (hamstring). LIMITED: DT Jonathan Babineaux (foot), WR Julio Jones (knee), CB Asante Samuel (thigh), WR Roddy White (ankle), LB Paul Worrilow (knee). FULL: WR Drew Davis (ankle).
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