BALTIMORE AT ATLANTA

  • The Ravens lead the all-time series over the Falcons, 3-2, with the teams alternating wins in the five games. Baltimore has lost won two of three visits to Atlanta, and each game was decided by six points or fewer.
  • Baltimore piled up 507 rushing yards in home wins over the Bengals and Raiders in Weeks 11 and 12, allowing only 115 yards on the ground in the two games. For the season, Baltimore is outrushing its opponents by 30.0 yards per game and has a plus-79.0 differential in total yards per game, second best in the NFL.
  • The Falcons have dropped three straight games, allowing 164.3 rushing yards per game and scoring fewer than 20 points in each contest.
  • Gus Edwards (233) and Lamar Jackson (190) combined for 423 of Baltimore’s rushing yards in the past two games, as Jackson earned wins in his first two NFL starts. Jackson has only 328 passing yards and one TD pass in his two starts; he has more rushes (37) than pass completions (27).
  • Matt Ryan is completing 71.4 percent of his passes, fourth highest by a qualifier all-time. Ryan has 24 TD passes and five interceptions; in NFL history, only Joe Montana (1989) has finished a season with 25 or more touchdown passes, fewer than 10 interceptions and a completion percentage of 70.0 or higher.
  • Since 2015, Baltimore is 4-10 versus NFC teams and 24-21 versus AFC foes. Dating back to Week 7 of 2016, and including the postseason, the Falcons are 1-9 against AFC teams and 23-9 versus NFC opponents.

 

DENVER AT CINCINNATI

  • The Bengals have not defeated the Broncos in back-to-back games since 1975-76 — the Bengals beat the Broncos last season, 20-17. Since 1977, Denver is 17-5 versus Cincinnati for a .733 win percentage, second-highest (min. 20 games) by a team against any opponent over that span (Steelers vs. Colts; 16-4, .800).
  • The Bengals have given up at least 34 points in four of their last five games. They are allowing 31.5 points per game and 439.6 yards per game this season. Only five teams have allowed more than 30 points per game and 400 yards per game over a full season.
  • The Broncos scored 14 unanswered points to beat the Steelers, 24-17, in Week 12. It was the second straight week they won despite trailing in the second half. Denver has not allowed any of its last five opponents to rush for 100 yards or a touchdown, tied for the longest such streak in team history.
  • Joe Mixon had 155 yards from scrimmage (89 rushing and 66 receiving) in last week’s loss to the Browns, pushing his season average to 101.8 scrimmage yards per game. Only two players in Bengals history have finished a season with a higher average – James Brooks in 1986 (110.8) and Cedric Benson in 2009 (104.8).
  • Emmanuel Sanders has 4975 receiving yards in 70 career games with the Broncos. The only two players in Broncos history to reach 5000 receiving yards with the team in fewer games are Lionel Taylor (63 games) and Demaryius Thomas (67 games).
  • The Bengals have only fumbled the ball six times this season, losing possession on just two. Both of those numbers are the lowest in the NFL. The Broncos are tied with Cincinnati with two fumbles lost, and their eight total fumbles are the second fewest in the league.

 

LA RAMS AT DETROIT

  • The Lions have won three of the last four matchups between these teams, including three straight wins in Detroit. Five of the last six games between the Rams and Lions have been decided by one possession.
  • At 10-1, the Rams are off to the second-best 11-game start in franchise history (1969 — 11-0). Los Angeles won its most recent game in Week 11 against the Chiefs, 54-51, in the first game in NFL history in which both teams scored at least 50 points.
  • The Lions lost 23-17 to the Bears on Thanksgiving and have dropped four of five overall. Detroit has scored 16.2 points per game over this five-game stretch after averaging 26.2 points over its first six games of the season. The Lions are 0-4 this season when scoring fewer than 20 points.
  • The Rams average 7.28 yards on first down, tops in the NFL this season. The Lions allow an average of 6.38 yards on first down, which ranks 26th in the league (NFL average — 5.82).
  • Jared Goff passed for 413 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Kansas City. It was his second game this season with 400+ pass yards, 4+ TDs and zero INTs. The only other QB with multiple games of that nature in a single season in the Super Bowl era was Peyton Manning in 2013 (2).
  • LeGarrette Blount rushed for two touchdowns in the loss to Chicago, giving him 12 career games with multiple TDs on the ground. Since he entered the league in 2010, only two active players have more games with two or more rushing touchdowns: Adrian Peterson (15) and LeSean McCoy (14).

 

ARIZONA AT GREEN BAY

  • The Cardinals have lost their last nine trips to Green Bay, including the playoffs, and haven’t won there since 1949 when they were based in Chicago and when both teams played in the West Division of a 10-team NFL. Arizona, however, has won the last two meetings and both came in the 2015 season; they won 38-8 in Week 16 and 26-20 in overtime in a Divisional Playoff game.
  • Arizona had 149 total yards last week and has been held under 300 in 10 games this season, three more than any other team. With a season average of 232.5 total yards, the Cardinals are the first team to fail to average at least 250 through 11 games since the 2009 Browns (230.6).
  • The Packers have a league-low 24 third-down conversions since Week 5, their fewest in a seven-game span since 1991. Their 31.6 third-down percentage (24-of-76) during this time is fourth worst in the NFL.
  • Larry Fitzgerald surpassed 16,000 receiving yards last week and moved within one touchdown catch of Antonio Gates (116) for No. 1 among active players and sixth place all-time. Fitzgerald has had at least one touchdown reception in all five games he’s played against Green Bay (regular season and playoffs).
  • Aaron Rodgers has not thrown an interception in seven straight starts, matching the longest streak of his career (final seven games of the 2016 season). The only QB in the past five seasons to go more consecutive starts without an interception is Alex Smith — eight straight in 2017 and nine straight in 2015.
  • The Packers have forced just three turnovers in the past five games combined and have 12 takeaways on the season. They’re on pace to finish with fewer than 20 for the first time since 2004 (15).

 

CLEVELAND AT HOUSTON

  • The Browns and Texans have both improved by four wins from last season, tied for the largest increase in the NFL. Cleveland has lost the last four meetings, getting outscored 102-42.
  • Cleveland ended its 25-game road losing streak with a win in Cincinnati last week. The streak was the second longest in NFL history.
  • Houston is the first team in NFL history to win eight straight games immediately after starting the season with three consecutive losses. Its eight-game winning streak is the longest in franchise history.
  • Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield last faced off in the 2015 Orange Bowl, a game which served as a College Football Playoff Semifinal between Clemson and Oklahoma. Watson and the Tigers defeated Mayfield and the Sooners, 37-17.
  • Baker Mayfield has five straight games with multiple touchdown passes, tied for the longest streak in NFL history by a rookie. There are five other rookies to accomplish the feat, including Deshaun Watson.
  • There have been six rushes of 97 or more yards in NFL history (all have gone for touchdowns). Lamar Miller has two of them, one in 2014 and one last Monday night.

 

INDIANAPOLIS AT JACKSONVILLE

  • The Jaguars have won four of the last six games against the Colts after previously losing six straight. The Colts took the first game this season, 29-26 in Week 10, after the Jaguars’ final drive ended on a fumble with 1:35 to play. Indianapolis has lost its last three trips to Jacksonville, allowing 111 points.
  • The Colts have won five straight games after starting the season 1-5. Of the 315 teams to start a season 1-5 or worse, only two (0.6 percent) have ever made the playoffs: the 2015 Chiefs and 1970 Bengals.
  • The Jaguars have lost seven in a row, getting outscored 26.7-15.6 on average. They are -11 in turnover differential this season after finishing 2017 at +10; that -21 decrease is the second-highest in the NFL behind the Ravens (-23).
  • Andrew Luck has thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history (Tom Brady — 10 straight in 2007). Luck is the second Colt ever with back-to-back seasons of 30+ TD passes (Peyton Manning did it from 2006-07 and 2009-10).
  • T.J. Yeldon leads the Jaguars in receptions (46), receiving touchdowns (four) and rushing yards (385), one of only two players to do so this season (also Christian McCaffrey). Yeldon also leads the NFL in dropped passes this season with seven.
  • T.Y. Hilton has at least seven catches and 125 yards receiving in back-to-back games. The only other Colts to put up those numbers in consecutive games were Reggie Wayne (2007), Marvin Harrison (three times from 2000-2002) and Raymond Berry (1963). None of them did it in three straight games.

 

BUFFALO AT MIAMI

  • These teams are meeting for the first time this season. The Bills swept the Dolphins last year for the third time in five seasons (also 2013 and 2015), and they’re 7-3 against Miami since 2013. Each of the last four meetings has been decided by eight points or fewer.
  • Buffalo beat the Jaguars last week, 24-21, posting consecutive victories for the first time this season. The Bills have 65 points in their last two games after scoring 46 in their previous six contests.
  • The Dolphins held a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter in Indianapolis last week before falling to the Colts, 27-24. It was the second time this year that Miami has lost a game in which it led by double digits in the fourth quarter (also at Cincinnati). Miami is the only team with two such defeats in 2018.
  • Buffalo ranks 31st in total offense this year, besting only Arizona, and second in total defense behind the Ravens. The Dolphins rank 28th in offense and 29th in defense – the only team ranked in the bottom five of both categories.
  • Josh Allen set a franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback last week with 99. Since the merger, only three rookie quarterbacks have had more yards on the ground through seven career games than Allen’s 254: Robert Griffin III (468), Deshaun Watson (269) and Cam Newton (266).
  • Ryan Tannehill returned last week for his first game since Week 5 and passed for 204 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Dolphins have won each of his last seven starts in Miami — only Tom Brady has a longer active home winning streak at 10 games.

 

CHICAGO AT NEW YORK GIANTS

  • The Bears have lost three of the last four meetings, but the only one in the past five years was a 22-16 Giants win in 2016. Chicago has lost its last two road games against the Giants, averaging 9.5 points.
  • The Bears defeated the Lions, 23-16, on Thanksgiving to win their fifth straight game overall. Chicago’s only longer winning streak in the past decade was a run of six consecutive wins from Weeks 3-9 in 2012.
  • After winning two straight games for the first time since 2016, the Giants lost, 25-22, at Philadelphia in Week 12. New York has played in nine games this season decided by one possession, tied with the Eagles for most in the league. The Giants are 3-6 in those games.
  • Chicago has parlayed an NFL-best 29 takeaways into 104 points off turnovers, which also leads the league. The Bears haven’t had 30+ takeaways in a full season since 2012 (44).
  • Among running backs this season, Tarik Cohen ranks fifth with 503 receiving yards and his five receptions of at least 25 yards are the most. Cohen has accounted for 18.6 percent of the Bears’ receiving yards this season — the only running back with a higher percentage is Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey (22.4 percent).
  • Last week, Saquon Barkley became the fourth rookie ever with both a rushing and receiving touchdown in consecutive games, joining Kink Richards (1933 Giants), Rodney Culver (1992 Colts) and Nick Chubb (2018 Browns).

 

CAROLINA AT TAMPA BAY

  • The Panthers beat the Buccaneers, 42-28, in Week 9 for their ninth win in the past 11 meetings. Carolina has rushed for at least 100 yards in 11 straight games against Tampa Bay, which is the longest active streak by any team against a divisional opponent.
  • Since its win over Tampa Bay, Carolina has lost three in a row. In their most recent loss against Seattle, the Panthers rushed for 220 yards, the most accrued in a loss in franchise history.
  • The Bucs ended a four-game losing streak with a 27-9 victory over San Francisco last week. It was the second game this season in which Tampa Bay did not commit a turnover (also Week 1 at New Orleans). The team has committed an NFL-high 29 turnovers this season, six more than the second-place Jets.
  • Carolina has scored a touchdown on a league-best 95.0 percent (19/20) of its goal-to-go situations. Tampa Bay has allowed a touchdown on 90.0 percent (18/20) of its opponents’ goal-to-go situations, which ranks 30th in the league (NFL average — 73.1 percent).
  • Christian McCaffrey has over 600 yards both rushing and receiving this season along with five touchdowns of both varieties. He is one of four players all-time to reach those thresholds within the first 12 weeks of a season, joining Marshall Faulk (2000), Roger Craig (1985) and Chuck Foreman (1975).
  • Mike Evans eclipsed 1000 receiving yards for the fifth consecutive season, tying A.J. Green for the second-longest streak in NFL history to start a career. Only Randy Moss (6) began his career with more consecutive seasons of 1000+ receiving yards.

 

KANSAS CITY AT OAKLAND

  • The Chiefs have gone 8-2 against the Raiders since Andy Reid became head coach in 2013. The two losses both came in Oakland on late touchdowns — in 2014 on a James Jones TD with 1:42 left and in 2017 on a Michael Crabtree TD with no time remaining.
  • Kansas City has won 19 of its last 20 divisional games, with the lone loss coming last year at Oakland. Only two teams have ever won 20 of 21 divisional games: the 1985-87 Bears and the 1998-2000 Titans.
  • Oakland was down just three points entering the fourth quarter last week in Baltimore, but the Raiders were outscored 14-0 in the final stanza. Oakland has been outscored by 6.5 points per game in the fourth quarter this season, which would be the second-worst mark in the Super Bowl era (2007 Rams -6.7).
  • The Chiefs are averaging 7.05 yards per play, which would be the best by any team in NFL history, surpassing the 2000 Rams (6.98). The Raiders are allowing 6.54 yards per play, which would be the third-worst mark by any team in NFL history, behind only the 1934 Reds (6.76) and the 2015 Saints (6.64).
  • In his last game before the bye, Patrick Mahomes became the first player in NFL history to tally at least 450 passing yards and six touchdown passes in a loss, as the Chiefs came up short against the Rams, 54-51. Mahomes also threw three interceptions, becoming the first player with at least six TD passes and three interceptions in a game since fellow Chief Len Dawson on November 1, 1964 vs. Denver.
  • Derek Carr has gone six straight starts without throwing an interception, one shy of the longest streak in franchise history (Rich Gannon, seven straight in 2001). Carr is also completing 68.5 percent of his passes this season, which would break Gannon’s franchise record of 67.6 percent, set in 2002.

 

NEW YORK JETS AT TENNESSEE

  • The Tennessee Titans/Oilers have lost seven of 10 meetings with the Jets since relocating from Houston in 1997. These teams have not met since Week 14 of 2015 (a 30-8 Jets win) and have not met in Nashville since Week 15 of 2014 (a 16-11 Jets victory).
  • The Jets have lost five in a row by a total of 86 points (17.2 per game), failing to force any turnovers. That five-game streak is the longest stretch without forcing a turnover in franchise history.
  • The Jets have held the lead for only 2 minutes, 51 seconds during this five-game losing streak. All 2:51 happened in the first quarter last week vs. New England. Every one of the other 31 NFL teams have led for at least 36:44 of game time since Week 7.
  • The Titans have lost two straight games and five of seven after a promising 3-1 start. Their 281 rushing yards allowed at Houston on Monday night were their most since moving to Tennessee. The last time the franchise surrendered more was when the Oilers allowed 299 to the Colts on December 22, 1985.
  • Back in Week 5 vs. Denver, Isaiah Crowell had a franchise-record 219 rushing yards (on just 15 carries), but in six games since then, he has accumulated just 192 rushing yards on 63 carries. His 3.05 rushing average since Week 6 is the lowest in the NFL (minimum 50 carries).
  • Marcus Mariota completed 22-of-23 passes for 305 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT for a 147.7 passer rating. Since 2000, it was just the fifth time a starting QB had attempted 20 passes, had a passer rating of 145.0 (or better) and LOST. Matt Ryan did it earlier this season vs. New Orleans (148.1, lost 43-37 in OT), but prior to that, it hadn’t happened since Ben Roethlisberger in 2006 at Atlanta (147.3, lost 41-38 in OT).

 

MINNESOTA AT NEW ENGLAND

  • Tom Brady has quarterbacked New England to four straight wins over the Vikings. The Patriots haven’t lost to them since Week 3 of 2000 during the Drew Bledsoe era. The only team with a longer active winning streak over Minnesota is the Colts (five games).
  • The last four quarterbacks to face the Vikings, including Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, have all failed to reach 200 passing yards. Minnesota has held the opposition under 200 passing yards in 14 games since the start of last season — most in the NFL.
  • The Patriots have won 10 straight in Foxborough, two better than Kansas City for the NFL’s longest active home winning streak. New England is 68-9 (.883) at home in the past 10 regular seasons, while no other team in that span has reached 60 home victories.
  • Kirk Cousins is coming off his fifth 300-yard passing game as a Viking, one shy of the single-season team record shared by Brett Favre (2009), Daunte Culpepper (2004) and Warren Moon (1994). Cousins’ streak of 11 straight games with a TD pass is the longest by a Viking since Culpepper — 21 from 2003-04.
  • New England has won 26 of its last 27 regular-season games when Rob Gronkowski catches a TD pass and has a 52-7 all-time record when he has one. Since Gronkowski’s 2010 rookie season, the only active player with a better such record (minimum 10 games) is teammate Julian Edelman at 20-2.
  • Rookie Sony Michel notched his third 100-yard rushing game of the season last week. The last time a Patriots rookie had more was Robert Edwards in 1998 (four). Minnesota hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 14 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind New Orleans (17).

 

SAN FRANCISCO AT SEATTLE

  • The 49ers were limited to 22 total points in two losses to the Seahawks last season. Seattle has beaten San Francisco eight straight times overall and six in a row at home (regular season). Both are Seattle’s longest active streaks against a single opponent.
  • San Francisco lost last week at Tampa Bay, 27-9, failing to score in double digits for the first time this season and falling to 0-6 on the road. The 49ers’ franchise has endured four winless road seasons all-time, most recently in 1979.
  • Seattle has gone 6-3 since opening the season 0-2. The Seahawks had more than 110 rushing yards in eight straight games before being held to 75 last week, but they passed for a season-high 322 yards. The team leads the NFL in rushing yards per game at 147.1 while the 49ers rank fifth at 134.9.
  • Matt Breida is averaging 5.8 yards per carry this season, trailing only Aaron Jones (6.0) among players with at least 100 rushes. Breida has rushed for 100+ yards in each of the last two weeks, the first 49er to do so in back-to-back games since Frank Gore in 2014. Gore was the last to do it in three straight (2011).
  • Russell Wilson lost two of his first four career starts versus the 49ers but has since gone 8-0 against them. His .833 win percentage versus San Francisco is the highest by any QB all-time (min. 10 starts).
  • The Seahawks limit opponents to a 44.4 conversion percentage on 3rd-and-1, lowest in the NFL, while the 49ers rank second at 45.5 percent. Backing it out to 3rd-and-short (less than four yards), the 49ers have the lowest opponent conversion percentage at 42.1 while the Seahawks rank second at 44.8.

 

LA CHARGERS AT PITTSBURGH

  • Since being selected fourth and 11th in the 2004 NFL Draft, respectively, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger have faced each other five times (regular + postseason). The Steelers have won three of these five games, with Roethlisberger averaging 265.4 passing yards to Rivers’ 233.6.
  • The Chargers beat the Cardinals last Sunday, 45-10, setting a season high in points and holding an opponent to 10 or fewer points for the first time this season. The 35-point victory over Arizona was the largest win for the franchise since beating the Lions, 51-14, on December 16, 2007.
  • The Steelers saw their six-game win streak snapped with a 24-17 loss to the Broncos last week. Pittsburgh gained 527 yards, the franchise’s fifth loss all-time when gaining 500+ yards, and the fourth such loss since 2009.
  • Philip Rivers completed 28-of-29 passes against Arizona, finishing with the highest-ever single-game completion percentage at 96.6 (min. 20 attempts). He completed his first 25 passes to open the game, the longest-ever streak within a single game.
  • James Conner gained 53 yards on the ground versus Denver, his second consecutive week rushing for fewer than 60 yards. Pittsburgh has gone 6-0-1 this season when Conner rushes for at least 60 yards, compared to 1-3 when he fails to reach that mark.
  • Pittsburgh has 22 drives of five or more minutes, most in the NFL, while Los Angeles ranks second with 12 such drives. Both have lagged in efficiency on these drives, with Pittsburgh scoring a touchdown on 50.0 percent (t-8th) and LA scoring a touchdown on 42.9 percent (t-16th).