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PITTSBURGH at N.Y. GIANTS



 



OPENING LINE: Giants by 3 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Giants lead 44-28-3



LAST MEETING: Giants beat Steelers 21-14, Oct. 26, 2008



LAST WEEK: Steelers beat Redskins 27-12; Giants beats Cowboys 29-24



DID YOU KNOW? This will be 76th meeting between the Steelers, who joined league in 1933, and Giants, who were founded in 1925, but only fifth time since 1994. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin looking for 60th career win. ... Pittsburgh leads NFL with a 51.9 percent conversion rate on third down. ...Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 23-7 against NFC teams. He threw for three TDs last week vs. Washington. ...T ight end Heath Miller has caught six TD passes. ...LB Larry Foote leads team with 50 tackles. It will be Pittsburgh's first game at MetLife Stadium. ... Steelers 400-253-2 during regular season since 1970, making them first franchise to win 400 since AFL-NFL merger in 1970.


Giants QB Eli Manning has won eight in row against AFC teams, passing for 2,194 yards with 14 TDs and five interceptions. ... Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has 408 yards and six TDs in last four games. ... Victor Cruz's 52 receptions fourth best in league. His seven TD catches tied for first overall with Packers' James Jones. ...Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has four sacks in past three games and seven in last six against AFC teams. ... Kicker Lawrence Tynes leads league with 94 points.



DENVER at



CINCINNATI



 



OPENING LINE: Broncos by 3 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Broncos lead 18-8



LAST MEETING: Broncos beat Bengals 24-22, Sept. 18, 2011



LAST WEEK: Broncos beat Saints 34-14; Bengals had bye



DID YOU KNOW? Last time Broncos played at Paul Brown Stadium, Brandon Stokley caught deflected pass and went 87 yards for touchdown with 11 seconds left for 12-7 win, longest game-winning TD play from scrimmage in final minute of game in NFL history. ... QB Peyton Manning 7-0 career against Cincinnati with 17 TD passes and three INTs. He has thrown for at least three TDs in four of those games. ... WR Eric Decker has caught TD pass in four consecutive games. He can become fifth player in franchise history to do it in five straight games with TD catch Sunday.


Dalton has thrown an interception in each of Cincinnati's seven games. He has thrown 10 INTs overall, including six in last three games. ... Bengals have lost three in row for first time since 2010, when they dropped 10 straight and finished 4-12. ... WR A.J. Green has caught TD pass in six straight games, tied for third-longest streak in franchise history. Carl Pickens holds team record of 10. T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught TD pass in eight straight.



CAROLINA at WASHINGTON



 




OPENING LINE: Washington by 3 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Redskins lead 7-3



LAST MEETING: Panthers beat Redskins 33-20, Oct. 23, 2011



LAST WEEK: Panthers lost to Bears 23-22; Redskins lost to Steelers 27-12



DID YOU KNOW? Game features last two Heisman Trophy winners: Carolina's Cam Newton (2010) from Auburn and Washington's Robert Griffin III (2011) from Baylor. ... Newton had 256 yards passing and two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing) in win over Redskins last year. ... Carolina has lost five straight, last four by combined 12 points.


Redskins have 1,330 yards rushing at season's midpoint, second most for franchise through eight games since 1970. ... Griffin leads NFL rookies with 66.8 completion percentage and 97.3 rating. He leads all QBs with 476 yards rushing six touchdowns. ... Redskins will be wearing throwback uniforms based on their 1937 NFL championship team, complete with modern helmets designed to resemble their leather predecessors.



DALLAS at



ATLANTA



 



OPENING LINE: Falcons by 4 1/2



SERIES RECORD: Cowboys lead 16-8



LAST MEETING: Cowboys beat Falcons 37-21, Oct. 25, 2009



LAST WEEK: Cowboys lost to Giants 29-24; Falcons beat Eagles 30-17



DID YOU KNOW? Cowboys top Falcons in total offense and total defense, but defining stat is turnover ratio: Dallas minus 11, Atlanta plus 10. Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Falcons QB Matt Ryan have similar numbers in completions and yards passing, but Romo has 13 interceptions and nine TD passes. Ryan has six interceptions and 17 TDs. ... Romo completed 21 of 29 passes for 311 yards and three TDs in 2009 win over Atlanta. .. TE Jason Witten's 18 catches last week against Giants most by a tight end in game in NFL history.


Falcons WR Roddy White's 511 catches since 2007 lead NFC. White has 22 catches for 343 yards, four TDs, in last three home games. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez needs one TD catch to reach 100 for career. ... Falcons 28-0 when Ryan has 100-plus QB rating.


 
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