ATLANTA FALCONS (1-0) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-0)
SERIES LEADER: Bengals 7-5
STREAKS: Falcons have won three straight vs. Bengals
MARVIN LEWIS VS. ATLANTA: 0-2
MIKE SMITH VS. CINCINNATI: 2-0
LAST GAME, 10/24/10: Falcons 39 vs. Bengals 32. Atlanta RB Michael Turner rushes for 121 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Roddy White has 201 receiving yards & 2 TDs, including 43-yard score.
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FALCONS: QB MATT RYANpassed for franchise-record 448 yards with 3 TDs & 128.8 rating last week. Has 156 career pass TDs & moved into 1st place in team history last week. Led 24th GW drive in 4th Q/OT, most in NFL since entering league in 2008. In only start vs. Cin. (10/24/10), completed 24 of 33 (72.7 pct.) for 299 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 118.1 rating. In last game vs. Cin. (12/18/11 with StL),RB STEVEN JACKSONhad 143 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 72 rec.). Since entering NFL in 2004, leads league with 10,733 rush yards.RB ANTONE SMITH had career-long 54-yard rec. TD last week.RB JACQUIZZ RODGERShad 17-yard rush TD vs. N.O.WR RODDY WHITEhad 11 catches for 201 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. White has only 2 200-yard rec. games in team history. Since 2007, ranks 3rd in NFL with 631 rec. & 4th with 8,556 rec. yards. In his past 5,WR JULIO JONEShas 41 catches for 620 yards (124 per game).WR DEVIN HESTERset career-highs in rec. (8) & yards (101) in 10/25/09 game vs. Cin. (with Chi.). Since 2010,S WILLIAM MOOREis only S in NFL with 3 sacks (3.5) & 14 INTs (14).CB ROBERT MC CLAIN** had INT last week.
BENGALS:Aim for 10th consecutive regular-season home win. In past 3 vs. NFC, QB ANDY DALTONhas completed 71 of 100 passes (71 pct.) for 970 yards with 9 TDs & 1 INT for 127.5 rating. Has 31-18 (.633) record, highest win pct. of any QB in franchise history (min. 20 starts). In past 4 at home, RB GIOVANI BERNARD averages 93.5 scrimmage yards per game (374 total; 186 rush, 188 rec.). Had 110 scrimmage yards last week (48 rush, 62 rec.). WR A.J. GREEN had 131 receiving yards vs. Ravens, including game-winning 77-yard TD in 4th quarter. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 32 rec. for 517 yards (16.2 avg.) & 7 TDs. Aims for 6th in row with TD catch vs. NFC. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 3,964 receiving yards, most in AFC. TE JERMAINE GRESHAM (19) needs TD catch to become 4th TE in club history with 20 career. Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. DE WALLACE GILBERRY has 5 sacks in past 7, including 1.5 vs. Bal. Last week, LB EMMANUEL LAMUR had 1st career INT. CB LEON HALL had INT in last meeting.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)
SERIES LEADER: Browns 12-4STREAKS: Browns have won four of past five vs. SaintsMIKE PETTINE VS. NEW ORLEANS: 0-0SEAN PAYTON VS. CLEVELAND: 1-1LAST GAME, 10/24/10: Browns 30 at Saints 17. Cleveland defense has 4 INTs, including 2 INT-TDs by DE David Bowens (30, 64). Browns RB Peyton Hillis rushes for 69 yards & TD.
SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 333 yards last week, his 79th career 300-yard game, 2nd most in NFL history. In his 300-yard games, his teams are 55-24 (.696). Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 39,066 pass yards & 284 pass TDs. RB MARK INGRAM rushed for career-best 2 TDs last week. RB KHIRY ROBINSON had TD run in Week 1. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs with 294 catches, 3,799 yards & 39 TDs. Has 15 TDs in past 13 vs. AFC. Has 8 TDs in past 6 vs. AFC & has TD catch in 5 of those 6. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 5 catches for 110 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle. with TD catch. In last meeting, had 10 catches for 112 yards & TD. Rookie WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 catches for 77 yards & TD in NFL debut. Also had 18-yard run. LB CURTIS LOFTON led team with 10 tackles in Week 1. S JAIRUS BYRD had 1st career INT vs. Cle. (10/11/09 with Buf.). Since entering NFL in 2009, has 22 INTs, most by NFL S. Had FF in NO debut last week. DE TYRUNN WALKER had sack in Week 1.
BROWNS:In last start vs. NFC (9/22/13 vs. Min.), QB BRIAN HOYER had 321 pass yards & 3 TDs, both career-highs. In 4 starts with Cle., Hoyer is 3-1 with 845 pass yards & 6 TDs with 85.6 rating. For career, RB BEN TATEhas 427 att. for 2,033 yards (4.8 avg.) & 10 TDs. RB TERRANCE WEST (Rd. 3, No. 94 overall) had 16 att. for 100 rush yards (6.3 avg.), most among NFL rookies in Week 1. Undrafted rookie RB ISIAH CROWELL posted 2 rush TDs in NFL debut. In past 3 vs. NO (with Dal.), WR MILES AUSTIN has 14 rec. for 209 yards (14.9 avg.) & 2 TDs. WR ANDREW HAWKINS led team with 8 catches for career-high 87 yards vs. Pit. In past 4 vs. NFC, TE JORDAN CAMERONhas 4 TD catches. Since joining NFL in 2007, T JOE THOMAS has started every game (113 in row), 2nd-longest streak among active tackles (D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON). LB PAUL KRUGER tied career-high with 2 sacks last week. LB KARLOS DANSBY had INT vs. Pit. Since 2013, has 5 INTs tied for 2nd most among NFL LBs (DE ANDRE LEVY, 7).