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NFL Week 7: Key injuries, streaks, and Monday’s game

Key injuries

Buffalo: LB Manny Lawson, sore hamstring

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Chicago: QB Jay Cutler, strained groin; LB Lance Briggs, bruised shoulder; CB Charles Tillman, sore knee

Cincinnati: CB Leon Hall, strained Achilles’; DT Devon Still, sore elbow

Denver: CB Champ Bailey, sore foot

Detroit: OT Riley Reiff, sore hamstring; OT Corey Hilliard, bruised knee;
CB Rashean Mathis, strained groin

Green Bay: TE Jermichael Finley, sore neck

Houston: RB Arian Foster, strained hamstring; LB Brian Cushing, torn LCL, broken leg; RB Ben Tate, bruised shoulder, ribs

Indianapolis: WR Reggie Wayne, sprained knee; CB Delano Howell, sore neck

Philadelphia: QB Nick Foles, concussion-like symptoms

Pittsburgh: OT Marcus Gilbert, strained quadriceps

San Diego: OT King Dunlap, concussion

St. Louis: QB Sam Bradford, torn ACL

Tampa Bay: RB Doug Martin, bruised shoulder

Washington: S Reed Doughty, concussion

Streaks, etc.

 Philip Rivers joined Dan Fouts as the only quarterbacks to eclipse 30,000 yards passing with the Chargers.

 Andy Dalton of the Bengals had a career-high quarterback rating of 135.9.

 Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was flagged for two helmet-to-helmet hits. As a repeat offender, Meriweather, a former Patriot, faces a possible suspension from the league.

 The Texans are stuck in their first five-game losing streak since 2005.

 The Ravens are below .500 this deep into the season for the first time since 2009.

 The Cowboys are 3-0 in the division for first time since 2007.

 The Chiefs recorded all five of their sacks in the second half.

 An example of the Jaguars’ ineptitude: defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following a 1-yard run on a second-and-34 play, giving San Diego an automatic first down.

 The Titans had a video tribute to the late Bum Phillips and a moment of silence. Phillips coached the former Oilers franchise from 1975-80.

Monday’s game


When: 8:30 p.m. (ESPN).

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Line: Giants by 3½.

Last meeting: Giants won, 21-3, in 2010.

Of note: QB Josh Freeman will make his Vikings debut on the road, but at least he’ll be facing a defense that entered Week 7 last in the league in points allowed. Minnesota hasn’t been that much better on that side of the ball, finally holding an opponent to fewer than 400 yards last week against Carolina. With Brandon Jacobs fighting a hamstring injury, the Giants might need to rely on rookie Michael Cox, formerly of UMass, to handle the running game. That would put more pressure on Eli Manning to shake off his terrible start to the season. He leads the league with 15 interceptions and has his worst completion percentage (53.7) since 2005.

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