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AFC North Matchups - Week 17

Posted Jan 2, 2016

A look at the Week 17 matchups of the Steelers-Browns along with the Bengals-Ravens.

WEEK 17 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2016 - 1:00 PM ET
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-6) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-12)

STEELERS: Have won 10 of past 11 in Dec…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER leads NFL with 6 350 yard passing games in 2015. Needs 1 more to tie ANDREW LUCK (7 in 2014) for 3rd-most in single season. In 21 career meetings, has passed for 4,974 yards with 32 TDs vs. 15 INTs for 96.7 rating…In past 7, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS is averaging 125.1 scrimmage yards per game with 8 rush TDs. Only AFC player with 875 rush yards (899), 350 receiving yards (354) & 10 rush TDs (11) in 2015…In past 7, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 71 catches for 929 yards & 7 total TDs (6 rec., 1 PR). Leads AFC with 123 catches & is 1 of 2 in NFL history with back-to-back 120-catch seasons (HOFer CRIS CARTER). WR MARTAVIS BRYANT has 15 TDs in 20 career games. In past 5, WR MARKUS WHEATON has 25 rec. for 419 yards & 3 TDs…Since 2007, LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS is only NFL player with 30 sacks (31.5) & 10 INTs (10). Last week, CB BRANDON BOYKIN had 1st sack since 2012.

BROWNS: In past 8, QB JOHNNY MANZIEL has passed for 1,318 yards with 6 TDs vs. 4 INTs & rushed for 195 yards. Last week, rushed for career-high 108 yards on 11 att. (9.8 avg.), most ever by Browns QB in game…Rookie RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. ranks 2nd in catches (57) & rec. yards (500) amongst AFC RBs. In past 3, RB ISAIAH CROWELL is averaging 90.7 scrimmage yards per game (256 rush, 16 rec.) & has 3 rush TDs, incl. 88 rush yards & TD last week…WR-PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 13 career TDs (10 rec., 3 PR) & averages 44.8 yards per score. TE GARY BARNIDGE is 4th among NFL TEs with 9 TDs & 977 receiving yards. Needs 23 yards to join HOFer OZZIE NEWSOME (1981, 1984) & KELLEN WINSLOW (2007) as only Browns TEs with 1,000-yard rec. season…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 101 tackles & 3 INTs. Since 2004, is only NFL player with 40 sacks (41) & 15 INTs (19). Rookie LB NATE ORCHARD has 3 sacks in past 3, incl. 1 last week.





WEEK 17 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2016 - 1:00 PM ET
BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-10) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (11-4)

RAVENS: Have scored GW points on final play in 4 of 5 wins in 2015…In Ravens debut, QB RYAN MALLETT completed 28 of 41 (68.3 pct.) for career-high 274 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 95 rating…Rookie JAVORIUS ALLEN is averaging 93.2 scrimmage yards per game in past 6 & has 3 total TDs (1 rush, 2 rec.). Last week, posted 114 scrimmage yards, incl. career-best 79 rush yards & 1st career rush TD. RB KYLE JUSZCZYK has career-highs in catches (39), receiving yards (303) & TD catches (3) in 2015, incl. 5 catches for 55 yards last week…Last week, WR KAMAR AIKEN led team with 8 catches for 66 yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 8 catches & 9th in row with 5 receptions. In past 3, has 21 catches for 284 yards & TD. WR CHRIS MATTHEWS had 1st career TD catch last week vs. Pit…LB DARYL SMITH leads team with 118 tackles, incl. 8 last week vs. Pit. In 8 career meetings, LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 6 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR & 3 PDs. In past 6, LB COURTNEY UPSHAW has 2 sacks, 2 FF & 2 FR, incl. sack last week.

BENGALS: In 2 starts, QB A.J. MC CARRON has completed 37 of 56 (66.1 pct.) for 392 yards with 2 TD vs. 0 INTs for 98.2 rating. Aims for 3rd in row with TD & 0 INTs…RB JEREMY HILL has 5 TDs in past 6. In last meeting, RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 139 scrimmage yards (123 rush, 16 receiving). Bernard (147) needs 3 catches to reach 150 career…Since entering NFL in 2011, WR A.J. GREEN has 6,137 rec yards, 4th-most of any player in 1st 5 seasons. 1 of 2 in NFL history with 5 consecutive 1,000-yard rec. seasons to begin career (RANDY MOSS, 6). In past 4 meetings, has 28 catches for 570 yards & 5 TDs. Aims for 5th in row vs. Cin. with TD. TE TYLER EIFERT leads team with 12 TDs, most ever by Bengals TE in season…Only NFL team to have 2 players with 10 sacks in 2015 – DE CARLOS DUNLAP (13.5) & DT GENO ATKINS (10). S REGGIE NELSON is tied for 1st in NFL with career-high 8 INTs & needs 2 to tie club record (DELTHA O’NEAL, 10 in 2005).





GAME WITH PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS FOR THE STEELERS


WEEK 17 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2016 - 1:00 PM ET
NEW YORK JETS (10-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (7-8)

JETS:
Aim for 6th consecutive win…In past 5, QB RYAN FITZPATRICK has passed for 1,525 yards with 13 TDs vs. 1 INT for 106.5 rating. Has career-high 29 TD passes & needs 1 to eclipse VINNY TESTAVERDE (29 in 1998) for single-season club record. Needs 284 pass yards to surpass HOFer JOE NAMATH (4,007 in 1967) for franchise record…RB CHRIS IVORY ranks 2nd in AFC with 989 rush yards & needs 11 for 1st career 1,000-yard season. Posted 135 scrimmage yards in last meeting…Last week, WR BRANDON MARSHALL (101) surpassed AL TOON (93 in 1988) for most catches in season by Jet & became 1st player in NFL history with 6 100-catch seasons. Since 2010, WR ERIC DECKER leads AFC WRs with 49 TD rec, incl. GW 6-yarder in OT last week. Needs 1 to reach 50 career. Marshall & Decker have each had TD catch in 8 games in 2015, most ever by teammates in 1 season…In past 13, DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has 11 sacks & 2 FF.

BILLS: QB TYROD TAYLOR (100.7) is on pace to join HOFer JIM KELLY (101.2 in 1990) as only Bills with 100 rating in single season. 1st Bill since JACK KEMP in 1965 with TD rush & TD pass in 3 different games in same season. Taylor leads AFC QBs with 517 rush yards, most ever by Bills QB in season. In past 10, has passed for 2,416 yards with 16 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 100.2 rating & has 433 rush yards & 2 TDs…In past 8, RB LE SEAN MC COY is averaging 108 scrimmage yards per game & has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). Has 100 scrimmage yards in 7 of past 8. Since entering NFL in 2009, ranks 2nd in league with 10,261 scrimmage yards. Rookie RB KARLOS WILLIAMS has 8 TDs in 10 career games, incl. rush TD last week…In past 5, WR SAMMY WATKINS has 24 receptions for 543 yards (22.6 avg.) & 6 TDs. Aims for 6th in row with 80 yards…Rookie CB RONALD DARBY is tied for 3rd in NFL with 21 PDs. S COREY GRAHAM leads team with 117 tackles. Rookie LB A.J. TARPLEY had 1st career INT last week.

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