SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-5) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-10)
Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Ravens heading into the Week 16 contest at M&T Bank Stadium.
STEELERS:Aim for 11th consecutive win in December…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. Passed for 340 yards & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.3 rating in last meeting…In past 6, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS is averaging 120.5 scrimmage yards per game with 6 rush TDs. Only AFC player with 750 rush yards (799), 300 receiving yards (301) & 9 rush TDs (9) in 2015…In past 6, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 64 catches for 868 yards & 7 total TDs (6 rec., 1 PR), incl. 16 catches for 189 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads AFC with 116 catches & is 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 3 consecutive 110-catch seasons (WES WELKER). WR MARTAVIS BRYANT has 15 TDs in 19 career games. In past 4, WR MARKUS WHEATON has 22 catches for 378 yards & 3 TDs…Since 2007, LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS is only NFL player with 30 sacks (31.5) & 10 INTs (10).RAVENS:**
Have scored GW points on final play in each of 4 wins in 2015…QB MATT SCHAUB is 1-1 as starter with Ravens & has passed for 540 yards with 3 TDs. QB JIMMY CLAUSEN passed for career-high 281 yards last week & aims for 3rd in row with 270 yards…Rookie JAVORIUS ALLEN is averaging 89 scrimmage yards per game in past 5 & has 2 TD receptions during span. RB KYLE JUSZCZYK has career-high 3 TD catches, incl. 1 last week vs. Chiefs…Last week, WR KAMAR AIKEN led team with career-highs in catches (8) & receiving yards (128), incl. career-long 48-yard TD. Aims for 8th in row with 5 receptions. WR JEREMY BUTLER aims for 3rd in row with 60 receiving yards…LB DARYL SMITH leads team with 110 tackles, incl. 7 last week vs. KC. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 8 sacks in 9 career meetings. Aims for 4th in row vs. Steelers with sack.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015
CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-11) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-5)
Photos from the last matchup vs the Browns at Heinz Field on November 15th, 2015.
BROWNS:** In past 7, QB JOHNNY MANZIEL has completed 103 of 167 (61.7 pct.) for 1,182 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs…Rookie RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. ranks 2nd in catches (54) & receiving yards (485) amongst AFC RBs. Posted 85 scrimmage yards last week (46 rush, 39 rec.) & aims for 3rd in row with 80 yards. RB ISAIAH CROWELL (1,441) needs 59 scrimmage yards to reach 1,500 career…WR-PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 13 career TDs (10 rec., 3 PR) & averages 44.8 yards per score. TE GARY BARNIDGE is tied for 3rd among NFL TEs with 9 TDs & ranks 4th in rec. yards (930). Needs 70 yards to join HOFer OZZIE NEWSOME (1981, 1984) & KELLEN WINSLOW (2007) as only Browns TEs with 1,000-yard rec. season…LBs CRAIG ROBERTSON & PAUL KRUGER each had sack in last meeting. LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 99 tackles & 3 INTs. Since 2004, is only NFL player with 40 sacks (41) & 15 INTs (19).
CHIEFS: 1st team in NFL history to win 8 consecutive games immediately following 5 losses in row in same season… QB ALEX SMITH is 2-0 vs. Browns & has completed 39 of 60 (65 pct.) for 402 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.8 rating. In past 11, has completed 216 of 326 (66.3 pct.) for 2,481 yards with 12 TDs vs. 1 INT for 100 rating. Since 2011, leads NFL in INT pct. (1.3 pct.)…In past 7, RB CHARCANDRICK WEST is averaging 94.1 scrimmage yards per game & has 5 total TDs. RB SPENCER WARE has 4 TDs in past 5…In past 4, WR JEREMY MACLIN has 31 catches for 373 yards & 4 TDs. In only career meeting (9/9/12 with Phi), had 7 catches for 96 yards & TD. Since 2014, TE TRAVIS KELCE ranks 3rd in AFC & 4th in NFL amongst TEs with 1,684 receiving yards…Last week, KC became 1st team in NFL history with 90 yard INT-TD (rookie CB MARCUS PETERS, 90 yards) & 70 yard FR-TD (S TYVON BRANCH, 73 yards) in same game. Peters is tied for 2nd in NFL with 7 INTs (most among rookies), incl. 2 last week. In past 21, LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 22.5 sacks, 4 FF & 2 INTs. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 50.5 sacks (J.J. WATT).
MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2015
CINCINNATI BENGALS (11-3) AT DENVER BRONCOS (10-4)
BENGALS:** In 1st NFL start, QB A.J. MC CARRON completed 15 of 21 (71.4 pct.) for 192 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 115.6 rating…In only career meeting, RB JEREMY HILL rushed for 147 yards on 22 att. (6.7 avg.) & TD. In only career meeting, RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 81 scrimmage yards & TD catch…In only meeting at Den., WR A.J. GREEN had 10 catches for 124 yards & TD. 1 of 2 in NFL history with 5 consecutive 1,000-yard rec. seasons to begin career (RANDY MOSS, 6). TE TYLER EIFERT leads team with 12 TDs, most ever by Bengals TE in season…S REGGIE NELSON leads NFL with career-high 8 INTs & needs 2 to tie club record (DELTHA O'NEAL, 10 in 2005). Had INT in last meeting.
BRONCOS: GARY KUBIAK needs 1 win to join RED MILLER (1977) as only HCs with 12 wins in 1st season with Den…QB PEYTON MANNING is 8-1 vs. Cin & has passed for 2,429 yards with 22 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 100.6 rating. QB BROCK OSWEILER had career-high 3 TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 295 yards…In only career meeting, RB C.J. ANDERSON had 138 scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB RONNIE HILLMAN leads team with career-high 711 rush yards…In last meeting, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 7 rec. for 115 yards. Since 2010, has 46 TD rec., 2nd-most among AFC WRs. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had career-high 181 rec. yards & TD vs. Pit…LB VON MILLER has 6 sacks in past 6. CB AQIB TALIB had 33-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Since 2008, leads NFL with 8 INT-TDs.