**HOUSTON TEXANS (3-3) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3)
MONDAY NIGHT RECORD: *Houston 3-4, Pittsburgh 40-24 *SERIES LEADER: *Tied 2-2 *STREAKS: *Pittsburgh has won two of the past three. *O'BRIEN VS. PITTSBURGH: *0-0 *TOMLIN VS. HOUSTON: *1-1 *LAST GAME: **10/2/11: Texans 17 vs. Steelers 10: Houston RB Arian Foster rushed for 155 yards, including 42-yard touchdown. Texans TE Owen Daniels caught 5 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.
TEXANS:Last week, QB RYAN FITZPATRICK had 212 pass yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.3 rating. In only career meeting, RB ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 155 yards on 30 att. (5.2 avg.) & TD. Texans are 6-0 when Foster has 30 att. Has rushed for 100 in 4 of 5 games in 2014. Since 2010, leads AFC with 5,319 rush yards. In last game at Pit., WR ANDRE JOHNSON had 10 rec. for 112 yards. For career, averages 6 rec./ game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games). Last week, became 15th player in history to reach 13,000 rec. yards (13,080). Needs 10 yards to surpass HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 14 all-time. WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 12 rec. for 179 yards in past 2 on road. DE J.J. WATT had 2 sacks & 45-yard FR-TD last week. 1st player since 1961 with TD catch, FR-TD & INT-TD in same season (BILLY STACY). Since 2012, leads NFL with 35 sacks. LB JUSTIN TUGGLE had 1st career INT last week.STEELERS:** In 3 career meetings, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 597 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 109.6 rating. Has posted 100 rating in 3 of past 4. Steelers are 53-7 (.883) when he posts 100 rating. RB LE'VEON BELL leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 793 scrimmage yards (542 rush, 251 rec.). Aims for 7th in row with 100 scrimmage yards. In past 9 at home, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 59 catches for 1,035 yards & 9 TDs. Has 5 catches & 50 yards in 22 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. WR LANCE MOORE scored 1st TD since joining Pit. last week. DE CAMERON HEYWARD has sack in 2 of past 3, including 1 vs. Cle. last week. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 51 tackles, including team-high 10 vs. Cle. In 3 career meetings, S TROY POLAMALU has 3 sacks & INT.
ATLANTA FALCONS (2-4) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-2)SERIES LEADER:Tied 2-2
STREAKS:Atlanta won the last contest.
SMITH VS. BALTIMORE:1-0
HARBAUGH VS. ATLANTA:0-1
LAST GAME:11/11/10: Falcons 26 vs. Ravens 21: Atlanta QB Matt Ryan threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Falcons WR Roddy White recorded 12 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN won only start vs. Bal., passing for 316 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs & 101.8 rating. Is 1 of 5 QBs in NFL history with 25,000 pass yards (25,322) in 1st 100 career games. When Ryan starts & has 100 rating, Falcons are 36-2 (.947). RB STEVEN JACKSON has 3 rush TDs in past 3 vs. AFC. RB ANTONE SMITH had 41-yard rec. TD last week, his 5th TD (3 rec., 2 rush) in 2014. Has 7 career TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.), all 35 yards. WR JULIO JONES has 30 catches for 410 yards (102.5 per game) & 1 TD in past 4 vs. AFC. Leads NFL WRs with 44 catches & is 3rd with 620 yards. In last meeting, WR RODDY WHITE had 12 catches for 138 yards & 2 TDs, incl. GW 33-yard TD with 20 seconds left. DE OSI UMENYIORA had 50-yard FR-TD vs. Bal. on 12/12/04 (with NYG). DE JONATHAN MASSAQUOI had sack last week & leads team with 2 sacks. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 64 tackles. CB ROBERT ALFORD has team-best 7 PD.
RAVENS:Last week, QB JOE FLACCO threw 5 TDs 16:03 into game, fastest player to reach mark since at least 1970, & is 1st QB with 4 TDs in 1st qtr. since 1986 (TOMMY KRAMER). In only meeting, passed for 215 yards with 3 TDs & 1 INT for 99.5 rating. In past 8 vs. NFC, has 2,095 pass yards & 19 TDs with 100.8 rating, including 6 games with 2 TDs. RB JUSTIN FORSETT has NFL-best 6.4 rush avg. (64 att., 408 yards). Rushed for season-high 111 yards on 14 att. (7.9 avg.) last week. RB BERNARD PIERCE scored 1st rush TD of season vs. TB. WR STEVE SMITH, SR. scored 3rd 50 yard TD of season last week, becoming 4th NFL player with 3 50 yard TDs in season at age 35 . Has 20 catches for 338 yards in past 4 vs. Atl. (with Car.). WR TORREY SMITH has 3 TDs in past 3, including 2 vs. TB. LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 55 tackles, most among NFL rookies, including team-high 8 last week. In 2 career meetings, LB TERRELL SUGGS has 3 sacks. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. NFC.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-2)SERIES LEADER:Indianapolis 16-10
STREAKS:Cincinnati has won the past two games.
LEWIS VS. COLTS:2-4
PAGANO VS. CINCINNATI:0-1
LAST GAME:12/8/13 Bengals 42 vs. Colts 28: Cincinnati RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for two touchdowns and RB Giovani Bernard added 99 rushing yards. Bengals WR A.J. Green recorded 72 receiving yards and one touchdown.
BENGALS:In 2 career meetings, QB ANDY DALTON is 2-0 with 539 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.4 rating with rush TD. Bengals are 9-1 when Dalton posts 110 rating. Has 33-19-1 (.632) record, best win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). RB GIOVANI BERNARD is only NFL player with 375 rush yards (384), 4 rush TDs (4) & 175 rec. yards (178) this season. Had career-high 137 rush yards, incl. career-long 89-yard TD, last week. In only career meeting, had 148 scrim. yards (99 rush, 49 rec.). WR A.J. GREEN aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Ind. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 rec. yards, most in AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU had career-highs in rec. (10) & yards (120), incl. 34-yard TD last week. WR BRANDON TATE had 1st TD of season vs. Car. TE JERMAINE GRESHAM has 2 TDs in 3 career meetings. Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. LB EMMANUEL LAMUR leads team with 36 tackles. S REGGIE NELSON has INT in 2 of past 3. COLTS:** In only meeting, QB ANDREW LUCK passed for 326 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.1 rating. Aims for 5th in row with 300 yards. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads AFC QBs with 11 rush TDs. RB TRENT RICHARDSON has rush TD in 2 of past 3, incl. 5-yarder vs. Hou. Scored 1st career rush TD vs. Cin. on 9/16/12 (w/ Cle.). RB AHMAD BRADSHAW leads NFL RBs with 5 TD catches in 2014…WR REGGIE WAYNE (13,985) needs 20 rec. yards to surpass JAMES LOFTON (14,004) for 8th all-time. In past 2 at home, has 14 catches for 196 yards & TD. WR T.Y. HILTON led team with 9 rec. for career-high 223 yards & TD last week, 2nd-most rec. yards in game in Colts history (RAYMOND BERRY, 224 yards on 11/10/57). TE DWAYNE ALLEN has TD in 3 of past 4. LB D'QWELL JACKSON leads team with 45 tackles, including 7 tackles & sack vs. Hou. In past 2, LB BJOERN WERNER has 3 sacks & FF. Rookie DE JONATHAN NEWSOME (Rd. 5, No. 166 overall) had 1st career sack last week. K ADAM VINATIERI (2,063) surpassed JOHN CARNEY (2,062) for No. 4 on all-time scoring list vs. Hou.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-2) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-6)SERIES LEADER:Jacksonville 10-5
STREAKS:Jacksonville has won two of the past three games.
PETTINE VS. JACKSONVILLE:0-0
BRADLEY VS. CLEVELAND:1-0
LAST GAME:12/1/13 Jaguars 32 at Browns 28: Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 77 yards and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass. Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts added 64 receiving yards and one touchdown.
BROWNS: In 8 starts with Browns, QB BRIAN HOYER is 6-2 with 1,839 pass yards & 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs with 92.9 rating. Had 217 pass yards & 113 rating last week & aims for 4th in row with 97 rating. Browns lead AFC in rushing (146.4 yards per game) & are only NFL team to have 2 rookies with 200 rush yards – RBs ISAIAH CROWELL (237) & TERRANCE WEST (235). Crowell had career-high 77 rush yards & TD vs. Pit. Leads NFL rookies with 4 rush TDs. Last week, RB BEN TATE rushed for season-high 2 TDs & 78 yards. Has 202 rush yards & 2 TDs in past 2. Last week, TE JORDAN CAMERON led team with 3 catches for 102 yards (34 avg.), including 51-yard TD. In only career meeting (10/31/10 with Cowboys), WR MILES AUSTIN had 7 catches for 117 yards (16.7 avg.). LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 42 tackles. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20 sacks (23) & 12 INTs (12). In 2 career meetings, LB JABAAL SHEARD has 2 sacks & FF. Aims for 3rd in row with sack vs. Jax. CB JOE HADEN has INT in 2 of 3 career meetings. CB BUSTER SKRINE had 1st INT of season last week.
JAGUARS: Last week, rookie QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) passed for career-high 336 yards with 1 TD for 88.7 rating. Has 106 rush yards on 16 att. (6.6 avg.). Rookie RB STORM JOHNSON (Round 7, No. 222 overall) made 1st career NFL start vs. Titans & scored 1st career rush TD. Jags are only NFL team this season with 2 rookies with 250 receiving yards each (WRs ALLEN HURNS & ALLEN ROBINSON). Robinson had 8 catches for 68 yards last week. Has 311 rec. yards, tied for 1st among AFC rookies (SAMMY WATKINS). Hurns has 3 TD receptions, most among AFC rookies. WR CECIL SHORTS III led team with 10 catches for 103 yards last week. Had 64 receiving yards & TD catch in only career meeting. Defense has 19 sacks, tied for 2nd most in NFL. LB PAUL POSLUSZNY leads AFC with 57 tackles. DE CHRIS CLEMONS aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting (10/23/11 with Sea.). CB WILL BLACKMON had sack & FF last week.* *