SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-2)** CARDINALS:
Lead NFL with 190 points & 100 point differential...Head coach BRUCE ARIANS spent 2004-11 with Pit. (OC & WR coach)…QB CARSON PALMER has won 17 of past 20 starts, best 20-game span in team history. Ties for NFL lead with 13 pass TDs & leads NFL with 8.8 TD pct…RB CHRIS JOHNSON has 347 scrimmage yards (296 rush, 51 rec.) & 2 TDs in past 3. RB-KR DAVID JOHNSON is 1st rookie since HOFer GALE SAYERS (1965) with 2 rush TDs (3), 2 rec. TDs (2) & KR-TD in team's 1st 5 games. RB ANDRE ELLINGTON had 63-yard TD run last week…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 175 consecutive games, incl. playoffs. Since entering NFL in 2004, has 104 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs), most in NFL. In 3 meetings (incl. SB), has 21 catches for 325 yards (108.3 per game) & 2 TDs. WR JOHN BROWN had TD last week…Lead NFL with 11 INTs. CB PATRICK PETERSON had INT in Week 5. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 15 INTs (17) & 5 return TDs (5). S RASHAD JOHNSON had 2 INTs & FR last week.
STEELERS: Last week, QB MIKE VICK won 1st start with Pit & posted 227 total yards (203 pass, 24 rush), incl. 72-yard TD pass. All-time rushing leader among QBs (6,062 yards)…In past 9, RB LE' VEON BELL averages 156.8 scrimmage yards per game & has 11 total TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.), incl. 127 yards & rush TD last week. Now has 494 scrimmage yards on MNF, tied with HOFer BARRY SANDERS for most in 1st 3 career MNF games…Since 2013, WR ANTONIO BROWN leads NFL in catches (276) & rec. yards (3,720). Brown (19) needs 1 more 100-yard rec. game to join HINES WARD (29) & HOFer JOHN STALLWORTH (25) as only Steelers with 20 career. WR MARKUS WHEATON had career-long 72-yard TD catch last week…DE STEPHON TUITT has 3.5 sacks in past 4. LB BUD DUPREE (No. 22 overall) is tied for 1st among NFL rookies with 3 sacks, incl. 1 vs. SD. Last week, CB ANTWON BLAKE posted 1st career INT-TD (70 yards).
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-0) AT BUFFALO BILLS (3-2)
BENGALS: Have reached 5-0 for 3rd time in club history & 1st time since 1988 AFC Championship season. Last week, overcame 17-point 4th-qtr. deficit to win for 1st time since 2004…Last week, QB ANDY DALTON passed for 331 yards & had 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush). His 115.6 rating is highest of any Cin QB through 5 games, surpassing BOOMER ESIASON (114 in 1988). Has 115 rating in 4 of past 5…In 6 career road starts, RB JEREMY HILL has 563 scrimmage yards (524 rush, 39 rec.) & 4 rush TDs. RB GIOVANI BERNARD is averaging 94.6 scrimmage yards per game (377 rush, 96 rec.)…In 2 career meetings, WR A.J. GREEN has 10 catches for 221 yards (110.5 per game) & TD. Aims for 3rd in row with 100 receiving yards vs. Buf. TE TYLER EIFERT is tied for 2nd in NFL with 5 TD catches, incl. team-high 8 catches for 90 yards & 2 TDs last week vs. Sea…DT GENO ATKINS has sack in 4 of past 5, incl. 1 last week. Since entering NFL in 2010, is tied for 1st among NFL DTs with 36 sacks (NDAMUKONG SUH).
BILLS: Last week, QB TYROD TAYLOR had 189 total yards (109 pass, 76 rush, 4 rec.) with 2 total TDs (1 pass, 1 rush). 1 of 5 players in NFL history with 100 pass yards, 70 rush yards & catch in same game. Has completed 70.1 pct. of his passes, highest percentage of any Bills QB through Week 5…Since entering NFL in 2009, RB LE SEAN MC COY ranks 3rd in NFL with 9,303 scrimmage yards (6,938 rush; 2,365 rec.). Rookie RB KARLOS WILLIAMS is 1 of 4 NFL rookies since 1960 to score TD in each of his team's 1st 4 games…WR PERCY HARVIN (4,936) needs 64 scrimmage yards to reach 5,000 career. WR CHRIS HOGAN has TD catch in 2 of past 3, incl. GW 2-yarder last week vs. Ten. TE CHARLES CLAY led team with 9 catches for 111 yards in last home game (Week 4 vs. NYG)…Since entering NFL in 2011, DT MARCELL DAREUS ranks 2nd among NFL DTs with 29.5 sacks. S COREY GRAHAM leads team with 45 tackles, incl. 10 last week.SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015DENVER BRONCOS (5-0) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-3)BRONCOS: GARY KUBIAK is 3rd head coach in club history to start 5-0 in 1st year with club (RED MILLER, 1977; JOSH MC DANIELS, 2009). Den has advanced to SB in 5 of past 6 seasons when starting 5-0 or better…QB PEYTON MANNING has led his teams to 5-0 start 7 times, most of any starting QB in NFL history. Has 184 career reg.-sea. wins & trails only BRETT FAVRE (186) for most of any NFL starting QB. Has 6-0 career record vs. Cle. Passed for 339 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 106.6 rating in last meeting…In past 8 on road, RB C.J. ANDERSON averages 99.1 scrimmage yards per game & has 3 total TDs (1 rush, 2 rec.)…In only career meeting, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 9 catches for 102 yards & TD. Since entering NFL in 2010, has 42 TD catches, most among AFC WRs. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS (296) needs 4 catches to reach 300 career…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 4.5 sacks in past 5. Needs 1.5 sacks to pass LESLIE O'NEAL & HOFer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (132.5) for No. 11 all-time. In past 4, LB VON MILLER has 3 sacks, 2 FR & FF.BROWNS: Last week, QB JOSH MC COWN passed for club-record 457 yards with 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) & 0 INTs for 111.3 rating. 1st Browns QB with 300 pass yards in 3 consecutive games…In past 2, RB ISAIAH CROWELL is averaging 106 scrimmage yards per game, incl. 87 yards & TD catch last week. Rookie RB DUKE JOHNSON (Rd. 3, No. 77 overall) had 77 scrimmage yards last week, incl. 6 catches for 55 yards. Aims for 4th in row with 6 catches…WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 12 career TDs (9 rec., 3 PR) & averages 45.1 yards per score. In past 3, TE GARY BARNIDGE has 20 catches for 319 yards & 3 TDs. Aims for 4th in row with 75 receiving yards & TD…LB KARLOS DANSBY & S DONTE WHITNER led team with 39 tackles apiece. Since entering NFL in 2004, Dansby is only NFL player with 40 sacks (41) & 15 INTs (16). Since 2014, S TASHAUN GIPSON ranks 3rd in AFC with 7 INTs.
Game action from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015** BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-4) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-4)
RAVENS: In SB XLVII vs. 49ers, QB JOE FLACCO passed for 287 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.2 rating & was named SB MVP. Has 6-0 record in past 6 vs. NFC, passing for 1,601 yards with 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.4 rating…In past 2, RB JUSTIN FORSETT is averaging 160 scrimmage yards per game (271 rush, 49 rec.), incl. 170 total yards vs. Cle last week with rush TD (121 rush, 49 rec). Aims for 3rd in row with 150 scrimmage yards. Since 2014, has 322 att. for 1,661 rush yards & 5.2 avg. – best among NFL RBs (min. 100 att.). Rookie RB JAVORIUS ALLEN had career-high 58 rush yards on 8 att. (7.3 avg.) last week. RB KYLE JUSZCZYK scored 2nd career TD last week (8-yard catch)…WR KAMAR AIKEN led team with 78 rec. yards last week…LB DARYL SMITH leads team with 46 tackles, incl. 12 last week. Since entering NFL in 2004, is 1 of 3 players with 25 sacks (28.5) & 10 INTs (10). LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 7 sacks in past 4 vs. NFC. DE LAWRENCE GUY had career-high 2 sacks last week.
49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK had 302 pass yards with TD & rush TD in SB. In past 2 vs. AFC, has 100.2 rating (3 TDs, 0 INTs) & 202 rush yards (101 per game) with TD. Had 107.1 rating last week…RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for 93 yards & TD in Week 5. RB REGGIE BUSH is 1 of 2 active players with 5,000 rush yards (5,472) & 450 receptions (467)…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN played 3 years in Bal. (2010-12) & won SB with Ravens vs. SF. Had 6 catches for 106 yards & TD in SB. Had 8 catches for 107 yards & TD last week. WR TORREY SMITH played 1st 4 years with Bal & had 213 catches for 3,591 yards (16.9 avg.) & 30 TDs. TE VERNON DAVIS had 6 catches for 104 yards in SB. Since entering NFL in 2006, has 62 TDs (incl. playoffs), 3rd most by TE…LB NA VORRO BOWMAN has 18 tackles in 2 meetings (incl. SB). Leads team with 44 tackles, incl. 16 in Week 5. LB AARON LYNCH has 7 sacks in past 7 at home & has sack in 6 of those 7. LB AHMAD BROOKS had sack in SB.