INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-2) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-3)
SERIES LEADER: Pittsburgh 14-6STREAKS: Pittsburgh has won 8 of past 10PAGANO VS. PITTSBURGH: 0-0TOMLIN VS. INDIANAPOLIS: 1-1LAST GAME: 9/25/11 - Steelers 23 at Colts 20: Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace had five catches for 144 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown. Steelers S Troy Polamalu had a 16-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
COLTS:Posted largest shutout win since 1997 (41-0 vs. Mia. on 12/14/97) last week, earning 500th total victory in franchise history. Last week, QB ANDREW LUCK passed for 344 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105.7 rating. Has passed for 300 yards in 5 consecutive games, tied with PEYTON MANNING (2009) for longest streak in Colts history. RB TRENT RICHARDSONhad season-high 118 scrimmage yards (77 rush, 41 rec.) last week. RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 52 yards with 2 total TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Leads NFL RBs with 6 TD catches, most of any RB through team's 1st 7 games of season since 1986 (GARY ANDERSON). Last week, WR REGGIE WAYNE became 9th player in NFL history with 14,000 career receiving yards. Needs 5 yards to surpass HOFer JAMES LOFTON (14,004) for No. 8 all-time.*In past 5, WRT.Y. HILTONhas 36 catches for 605 yards & TD.TE DWAYNE ALLENhas TD in 4 of past 5.LB D'QWELL JACKSON leads team with 52 tackles. In past 3,LB BJOERN WERNER* has 4 sacks & FF.
STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has posted 100 rating in 4 of past 5, passing for 1,276 yards & 9 TDs vs. 1 INT for 101.4 rating. Steelers are 54-7 (.885) when he posts 100 rating. RB LE'VEON BELL leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 938 scrimmage yards (599 rush, 339 rec.). Tied career-high with 88 rec. yards & TD with 57 rush yards vs. Hou. Aims for 8th in row with 100 scrimmage yards. In past 10 at home, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 68 catches for 1,125 yards & 9 TDs. Had 9 catches for 90 yards & threw 1st career TD pass vs. Hou, becoming 3rd player in NFL history with 9 rec. & TD pass in game. Has 5 catches & 50 yards in 23 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. WR LANCE MOORE aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Last week, rookie WR MARTAVIS BRYANT (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall) had 1st career TD catch (35 yards). LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 63 tackles, including team-high 12 vs. Hou. with sack. DE BRETT KEISEL had 2nd career INT last week. S TROY POLAMALU had FR in last meeting.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-2-1)
SERIES LEADER: Baltimore 20-17STREAKS: Cincinnati has won 3 of past 4HARBAUGH VS. CINCINNATI: 7-6LEWIS VS. BALTIMORE: 13-10LAST GAME: 9/7/14 - Bengals 23 at Ravens 16: Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 301 yards and one touchdown. Cincinnati WR A.J. Green had six catches for 131 yards and one touchdown.
RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO has 7 TD passes in past 2. In 3 road games in 2014, has 758 pass yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 98.9 rating. Passed for 345 yards in last meeting. RB JUSTIN FORSETTleads NFL RBs with 5.8 rush avg. (87 att., 503 yards). Has 206 rush yards in past 2 (103 per game).RB BERNARD PIERCE aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. In 4 career meetings, WR STEVE SMITH, SR.has 23 catches for 410 yards (17.8 avg.) & 2 TDs, incl. 3 100-yard games. 1 of 4 NFL players with 3 50 yard TDs in season at age 35 , incl. 80-yarder in last meeting. WR TORREY SMITH led team with season-high 81 rec. yards last week, incl. 39-yard TD. Has 4 TDs in past 4. TE OWEN DANIELS (4,892) needs 108 rec. yards to reach 5,000 career. LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 60 tackles, most among NFL rookies. Since entering NFL in 2003, LB TERRELL SUGGS ranks 2nd in AFC with 97 sacks. Needs 3 sacks to become 1st player in club history with 100 career. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 5 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 last week. LB PERNELL MC PHEE has 4 sacks in past 3, including 2 vs. Atl.
BENGALS:Are 11-0-1 in past 12 at home. In past 12 at home, QB ANDY DALTONhas passed for 2,886 yards with 24 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 97.2 rating. Has 33-20-1 (.620) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). In 3 career home starts, RB GIOVANI BERNARDhas 380 scrimmage yards (274 rush, 106 rec.; 126.7 per game) & 4 rush TDs. Had 110 scrim. yards in last meeting (48 rush, 62 rec.). Only NFL player with 400 rush yards (401), 4 rush TDs (4) & 175 rec. yards (177) this season. WR A.J. GREEN had 131 rec. yards in last meeting, including GW 77-yard TD in 4th quarter. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 rec. yards, most in AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Since 2012, GENO ATKINS ranks 2nd amongst NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. DT DOMATA PEKO had 1st sack of season last week. DE WALLACE GILBERRY had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. In 7 career meetings, DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 6 sacks. S REGGIE NELSON leads team with 43 tackles.
OAKLAND RAIDERS (0-6) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-3)
SERIES LEADER: Oakland 11-9STREAKS: Cleveland has won 2 of past 3SPARANO VS. CLEVELAND: 0-2PETTINE VS. OAKLAND: 0-0LAST GAME: 12/2/12 - Browns 20 at Raiders 17: Cleveland WR Josh Gordon caught six passes for 116 yards and one touchdown. Browns RB Trent Richardson added 72 rushing yards and one touchdown.
RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR(Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in pass yards (1,189) & TDs (8). RB DARREN MC FADDEN rushed for 48 yards & TD last week & became 8th RB in club history with 30 total TDs (25 rush, 5 rec.). Rushed for 91 yards & TD in last meeting. RB MAURICE JONES-DREWhas 68 career rush TDs, 2nd-most among active players. In only career meeting (10/25/09 with GB), WR JAMES JONEShad TD catch. WR BRICE BUTLER had career-long 55 yard catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 45 yard catch.*In past 3,WR ANDRE HOLMEShas 12 catches for 229 yards & 3 TDs. RookieLB KHALIL MACK(No. 5 overall) had career-high 11 tackles last week.CB CHARLES WOODSON(58) had INT last week & tied HOFerEMMITT THOMASfor No. 11 on all-time list. Leads team with 39 tackles. Had INT & FF in last meeting (10/25/09 with GB).S USAMA YOUNG *had 1st sack of season last week.
BROWNS:In 9 starts with Browns, QB BRIAN HOYER is 6-3 with 2,054 pass yards & 12 TDs vs. 5 INTs with 86.2 rating. Has 90 rating in 4 of past 6. Browns are only NFL team to have 2 rookies with 200 rush yards – RBs ISAIAH CROWELL (255) & TERRANCE WEST (243). Crowell leads NFL rookies with 4 rush TDs. In only career meeting (11/17/13 with Hou.), RB BEN TATE rushed for 88 yards. WR ANDREW HAWKINS had led team with career-high 112 yards on 5 catches (22.4 avg.) last week, including career-long 65-yard catch. In 11/26/09 meeting (with Dal. on Thanksgiving Day), WR MILES AUSTIN had 7 catches for 145 yards (20.7 avg.) & TD. TE JORDAN CAMERON had 102 yards on 3 catches (34 avg.) & TD in last home game (10/12/14 vs. Pit.). LB KARLOS DANSBYleads team with 48 tackles, including 6 tackles & 1 sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20 sacks (24) & 12 INTs (12). S TASHAUN GIPSON tied career-high with 2 INTs vs. Jax. Has 9 INTs since 2013, tied for most among NFL safeties (Antrel Rolle). CB BUSTER SKRINE had INT last week & aims for 3rd in row with INT.