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Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches...

Key game-time decisions


All players questionable unless noted

Marshawn Lynch (calf) RB -- OUT; Fred Jackson (ankle) RB, Seattle Seahawks

With Lynch out, the Seahawks hope Jackson can go against a stiff Bengals defensive front.

Sammy Watkins (calf) WR, Buffalo Bills

With LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams both out, the Bills need their dynamic passing weapon to play and play well. UPDATE: Watkins is a long-shot to suit up, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Jay Cutler (hamstring) QB; Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) WR; Eddie Royal (ankle) WR, Chicago Bears

Cutler should be fine once again. Jeffery hasn't played since Week 1, both he and Royal missed practice on Friday, which is never a great sign. UPDATE: Jeffery is not expected to play, Rapoport.

Julio Jones (toe, hamstring) WR, Atlanta Falcons

Jones has been on the injury report several times this season, but has yet to miss a contest. UPDATE: Jones is active and will play, NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported.

Andre Ellington (knee) RB -- PROBABLE; Arizona Cardinals

Ellington missed three games, but looks like he'll finally be healthy enough to play.

Haloti Ngata (calf) DT -- OUT; James Ihedigbo (quadricep) S, Detroit Lions

Ngata's loss could be a huge boon for Chris Johnson, Ellington and the Arizona run game. Ihedigbo was limited all week. The juggernaut Cardinals offense doesn't need any help.

Joe Haden (finger, ribs) CB, Cleveland Browns

The corner was limited all week after missing last Sunday's contest.

UPDATE: Haden is expected to play Sunday, Rapoport reported.

Demaryius Thomas (neck) WR -- PROBABLE; Evan Mathis (hamstring) G, Denver Broncos

Despite low-level rumblings that Thomas could miss the game after being limited in practice, he was given a probable designation. Mathis did not practice Friday. The Broncos' O-line doesn't need any more trouble.

Davante Adams (ankle) WR, Morgan Burnett (calf) S -- BOTH DOUBTFUL; Bryan Bulaga (knee) T, Green Bay Packers

Adams and Burnett were both downgraded to DOUBTFUL on Saturday after missing practice all week. It sounds like Bulaga will be back, barring a late-week setback. The Packers also added corners LaDarius Gunter (heel) and Sam Shields (toe) to the injury report on Saturday, but both are probable to play. 

Gerald McCoy (shoulder) DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McCoy was limited all week.

Sean Lee (concussion) LB, Dallas Cowboys

Lee said Friday he passed concussion protocol and will play, which is huge for the Cowboys versus Tom Brady and Dion Lewis.

Julius Thomas (hand) TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite the questionable status, we don't expect Thomas to be fully cleared yet. With Marqise Lee ruled out, the Jags are down a pass-catcher. UPDATE: Rapoport reports that there is a good chance Thomas will make his debut on Sunday.

Jason Peters (quadricep) T, Philadelphia Eagles

Peters is confident he'll play, despite his status as questionable. He was a full participant on Thursday and Friday.

Vernon Davis (knee) TE -- OUT -- San Francisco 49ers

As if Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' offense needed more bad news.

Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) TE; Chris Culliver (knee) CB; DeAngelo Hall (toe) CB; DeSean Jackson (hamstring) WR -- ALL FOUR OUT -- Washington Redskins

That's a lot of starter snaps on the out list for the Redskins, especially being two DBs facing Julio Jones -- assuming he plays.

Monday Night


Ryan Shazier (shoulder) LB -- OUT; Cortez Allen (knee) CB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Shazier did not practice Saturday and the speedy linebacker will officially miss his third game. The Steelers will miss Shazier as they try to corral Chargers running back Danny Woodhead out of the backfield. Allen was limited on Saturday.

Malcom Floyd (concussion) WR; Brandon Flowers (concussion) CB; Jason Verrett (foot) CB; D.J. Fluker (ankle) G; Jacoby Jones (ankle) WR/KR; King Dunlap (concussion) T -- DOUBTFUL, San Diego Chargers

Floyd and Flowers were both full participants all week. Verrett returned limited on Saturday. Fluker was limited all week. Jones returned to the practice field on a limited basis Friday and Saturday after missing the past three weeks. Dunlap did not practice all week

Orlando Franklin (ankle) G; Steve Johnson (hamstring) WR; Craig Mager (hamstring) CB; Tourek Williams (foot) LB -- ALL OUT, San Daigo Chargers

None practiced this week.

Weather Tracking*


It's mostly clear across our Week 5 contests. We will update as prognostications drift closer to game time.

Jaguars at Buccaneers -- 84 degrees / Rain (20 percent)
*Forecasts courtesy of Weather Underground

Three matchups that intrigue


Andy Dalton vs. Legion of Boom

It's good to be Andy Dalton right now. A far cry from the summer boos showered down upon him during the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati, the quarterback has been nearly flawless through four games. Averaging an NFL-leading 10.2 yards per attempt, the signal-caller is finally a confident slinger, trusting his plethora of weapons. However, he faces his toughest test Sunday in the form of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Since Chancellor's return in Week 3, the Seahawks have allowed just 125.5 passing yards. If Dalton can dice up this group of All-Pros, he'll make believers out of everyone. If he falters again in a big spot, the boo-birds will be back.

Marcus Mariota vs. Rex Ryan's defense

Mariota's poise in the pocket has been phenomenal through three starts. His intelligence and precision passing have been a breath of fresh air in Tennessee. He's already led the Titans to 30-plus points in two of three games this season, after the team didn't reach the figure once in 2014. But he will get a Rex Ryan defense steaming from a Week 4 loss. In his head-coaching career Ryan-led teams are 8-4 against rookie quarterbacks and his pass-rushing schemes can be difficult for rookies. With a bevy of offensive injuries for the Bills, if Mariota can put points up this week, he could put a dent in Ryan's armor.

Todd Gurley vs. Packers front seven

Which Gurley will we get? The one who got stymied for his first six active quarters or the one who looked like the future best running back in football? When he gets creases, the Rams running back has easy burst and subtle shake to leave defenders grasping for air. However, the Packers have been stout against the run the past three weeks -- after getting plowed over by Matt Forte in Week 1 -- holding Marshawn Lynch (41 yards), Jamaal Charles (49) and Carlos Hyde (20) in check. Clay Matthews has been an All-Pro wherever he's lined up this season. If he, B.J. Raji and the rest of the Packers' front can slow Gurley, the Rams' offense will be in serious trouble at Lambeau.

Did You Know?


General knowledge


In 2014: Three of the 12 teams that reached the playoffs started the season 4-1: ARI, DAL, DEN; one of the 12 teams that reached the playoffs started the season 3-1-1: CIN; eight of the 12 teams that reached playoffs started the season 3-2: BAL, CAR, DET, GB, IND, NE, PIT, SEA; 0 of the 12 teams that reached playoffs started the season 2-3, 1-4 or 0-5. Since 1990, no team has made the playoffs after 0-5 start.

Six NFL teams ATL (4-0), CAR (4-0), CIN (4-0), DEN (4-0), GB (4-0) and NE (3-0) are undefeated through Week 4. The five 4-0 teams are tied for the most in NFL history (1968, 2003, 2009 and 2013). New England, which had a bye in Week 4, is 3-0. With a win on Sunday, the Patriots can be the sixth team to start the season 4-0, which would be the most in NFL history.

There were 18 missed field goals and extra points combined in Week 4 (14 missed FGA, 4 missed XP). It's the second-most in a week since 2010. Kickers missed 14 FG attempts in Week 4 (60/74, 81.1 percent), T-9th most in any week since 2010.

In Week 4, five missed FGs that could have tied a game or given a team the lead in the last five minutes or overtime was tied for the most in any week since 1983 (as far back as STATS can track).

Through Week 4, the league-wide passer rating is 91.2, on pace for the highest of any season in NFL history (88.9 in 2014). The mark is also the second highest of any NFL season through four weeks (91.5 in 2014). Through Week 4, the league-wide interception rate is 2.3 percent, the lowest ever at this point in a season and on pace for the all-time best (2.5 in 2014).

Divisions by Winning Percentage
NFC South 10-6 .625
AFC East 9-6 .600
AFC West 8-8 .500
NFC West 8-8 .500
AFC North 8-8 .500
NFC East 7-9 .438
NFC North 7-9 .438
AFC South 5-10 .333

Washington Redskins (2-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-0)


Two of NFL's best third-down offenses: Redskins: 46.8 percent (4th in NFL). Falcons: 54.1 percent (2nd in NFL).

Both teams are top-five in rush defense. Redskins allow 78.0 rushing yards per game (second in NFL), Falcons allow 85.3 rush YPG (5th in NFL).

The Redskins have allowed only five sacks (T-4th in NFL). Falcons have recorded only five sacks (T-31st in NFL).

The Redskins lead the NFL in time of possession (36:19). Nine drives of 13 or more plays and 11 drives of five or more minutes (both most in NFL).

Kirk Cousins: 68.6 completion percentage, 251.3 YPG, 4 TD, 4 INT, 84.5 passer rating. Redskins are 4-2 in games where Cousins does not have an interception.

Washington's defense is one of three teams still without an INT this season (Saints, Seahawks). The Redskins haven't allowed an individual rusher more than 55 yards (Lamar Miller, 53).

Devonta Freeman has three rushing TDs in consecutive games. It's the first time someone has done that since LaDainian Tomlinson did it in Weeks 9-11, 2006.

Matt Ryan has completed 100 percent of 20-plus air yard pass attempts (8-for-8). Ryan has a 126.9 passer rating when targeting Julio Jones (highest passer rating in the NFL for a combo with at least 40 targets).

Julio Jones (478 yards) and Leonard Hankerson (241) have combined for the most receiving yards among all receiving duos.

Kyle Shanahan effect: The Falcons are averaging 34.3 points per game (third in NFL). Compared to 2014, Atlanta is averaging 10.5 more points, 31.1 more total yards and 19.9 more rushing yards.

Atlanta's defense: 28th in total yards allowed per game (390.5); T-15th in total points allowed per game (23.3); giving up 4.43 rushing yards per carry (27th in NFL).

Matchup to watch: Leonard Hankerson vs. Redskins secondary coverage

Cleveland Browns (1-3) at Baltimore Ravens (1-3)


Baltimore has won two straight and 13 of its last 14 versus Cleveland. The Ravens have won seven straight versus the Browns in Baltimore -- five straight meetings in Baltimore decided by 10 points or less.

Josh McCown: 66.3 completion percentage, 248.7 pass YPG, 4 TD, 1 INT, 98.4 passer rating -- 17-35 career as a starting quarterback. McCown has lost nine consecutive starts. Week 4 at SD: 32/41, 356 pass yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 119.1 passer rating -- most passing yards in game by McCown since Week 5, 2005 vs. Carolina (398).

Travis Benjamin: 16 receptions, 328 yards, 4 TD; 1 punt return for a TD.

Tight end Gary Barnidge: 16 receptions, 235 yards, 2 TDs -- receiving TDs in back-to-back games for first time in career.

Browns defense: Allowing 406.3 yards per game (last in NFL), 141.5 rushing YPG (31st), 6.32 rushing yards per play (31st) and 107.3 passer rating (28th).

On the bright side(?).... Andy Lee leads the NFL with 52.7 average yards per punt.

Ravens Healthy Wide Receivers Career Totals
Chris Givens: 48 games, 88 receptions, 4 touchdowns
Marlon Brown: 32, 81, 7
Kamar Aiken: 23, 35, 4
Darren Waller: 4, 1, 0

Joe Flacco: 64.2 completion percentage, 263.0 passing YPG, 5 TD, 5 INT, 80.5 passer rating -- 159 pass attempts this season (third-most in NFL). Flacco has thrown at least one interception in every game (four games). It matches Flacco's longest consecutive games streak with at least one INT.

Justin Forsett: 66 carries, 274 yards, 0 TD; 12 receptions, 41 yards. Zero touchdowns on 78 touches after scoring a TD on every 34.9 touches in 2014 (eight TDs on 279 touches).

Baltimore's defense: 20-plus points allowed in three straight games for the first time in the same season since Weeks 13-15, 2012.

Matchup to watch: Justin Forsett vs. Browns' run D

Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-0)


Pay him, pay that man his money stats of the week: Seattle defense since Kam Chancellor returned in Week 3:

Seattle Defense Weeks 1-2:
30.5 points per game allowed
365.5 total yards allowed
255.0 passing yard per game 0-2 record
SEA opponents had a passer rating of 149.1 vs. the blitz

Seattle Defense Weeks 3-4:
5.0 points per game allowed
201.0 total yards per game
125.5 passing yards per game
2-0 record
Seattle opponents have a passer rating of 51.2 vs. the blitz.

Richard Sherman and A.J. Green have gone head-to-head once in their careers. Sherman got the best of Green in a 2011 matchup. Green saw seven targets go his way and caught just one of them against Sherman. Sherman also had an interception as Dalton's passer rating was 0.0 when throwing to Green with Sherman covering him.

The Seahawks are one of three teams without an interception (Saints and Redskins). From 2011 to 2014 Seattle led the NFL with 81 interceptions.

Seattle has scored a TD on just five of its 42 offensive possessions, tied for the fewest offensive TDs in NFL (with San Francisco). Seattle does not have a rush TD and it has given up 18 sacks (second most in the NFL).

Jimmy Graham hasn't seen much action, but his numbers are still higher than previous tight ends through four games:
Graham in 2015: 23 targets, 18 receptions, 174 yards, two touchdowns
2014 Seattle TEs: 14 targets, 11 receptions, 141 yards, 0 TDs

With a win over Seattle in Week 5, Cincinnati would become the first AFC North team since realignment in 2002 to start a season 5-0. The Bengals have started 5-0 two other times in franchise history (1988 & 1975).

Andy Dalton: 67.2 completion percentage, 296.8 passing YPG, 9 TD, 1 INT, 123.0 rating. In 2014, Dalton didn't throw his ninth TD pass until Week 11. Dalton is averaging 10.2 yards per pass attempt, which would be the best in the NFL over a full season since 1960 -- Kurt Warner 9.9 in 2000. The quarterback has a passer rating of 146.5 on pass attempts of 15-plus air yards (highest in NFL). Dalton's passer rating was 57.2 on such attempts last season.

Giovani Bernard is 62 receiving yards away from joining Matt Forte, Le'Veon Bell and Jamaal Charles as the only RBs to reach 1,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards since the start of 2013 season. He is averaging 5.5 yards per carry on 54 totes. Jeremy Hill is averaging 3.3 YPC on 50 runs.

Cincinnati's defense has not allowed 25-plus points in any game -- one of six teams.

Matchup to watch: A.J. Green vs. Richard Sherman

St. Louis Rams (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (4-0)


Nick Foles has a passer rating of 99.9 since 2013, the sixth-best in the NFL over that span. Foles ranks higher than Ben Roethlisberger (98.8), Russell Wilson (98.2), Tom Brady (94.9) and Matt Ryan (92.7). Aaron Rodgers sits atop that list with a passer rating of 111.7.

St. Louis' offense is last in the NFL in total yards per game (287.8), has zero drives of five-plus minutes (only team without such a drive) and earned just one drive of 10-plus plays (fewest in NFL). The Rams have 13 three-and-out drives (fourth-most in NFL) and seven offensive TDs (T-5th fewest in NFL). St. Louis has three-straight games of passing for fewer than 200 yards (165.7 YPG in that span) -- 19 games with fewer than 200 passing yards since 2013 (T-3rd most).

Todd Gurley made a major impact in his first career start by rushing for 146 yards. Gurley has more rushing yards (155) than LeSean McCoy (146), Lamar Miller (131), Marshawn Lynch (128), C.J. Anderson (117) and DeMarco Murray (47).

The Rams' defense is allowing a QB completion percentage of 75.7 in 2015 (31st in NFL). However, they've only allowed three passing TDs (T-2nd fewest). St. Louis has one-plus takeaway in each game (six total) and have scored 30 points off its takeaways (T-7th most).

Aaron Donald: Leads the team with 3.5 sacks (T-5th) -- at least a half sack in three of four games.

The Packers have won 10 straight home games. Their last home loss was Week 16, 2013, versus the Steelers, but Aaron Rodgers did not play. Their last home loss when Rodgers played the full game was in Week 1, 2012, versus the 49ers. 2012!!

Rodgers is 44-9 in his career as a starter at home with 129 TD and 22 INTs. His 113.4 career home passer rating and 5.86 TD-INT ratio are the highest in NFL history.

Even with Rodgers' brilliance the Packers are rushing on 49.0 percent of offensive plays in 2015 (third-most), which would be highest in a season since 2003 (50.8 percent). In 2014, Green Bay rushed on 43.5 percent of plays (was highest in Rodgers era).

James Jones' season: 17 receptions, 317 yards, 4 TDs, leads team in receiving yards, T-2nd most receiving TDs in NFL. Rodgers has a perfect passer rating when targeting Jones -- had a 124.0 passer rating when targeting Jordy Nelson last season.

Green Bay's defense is tied for third in scoring defense (17.8 PPG). The last time the Packers finished a season among the top-three in scoring defense was 2010; they finished 10-6 and won Super Bowl XLV.

The Packers have held Marshawn Lynch (41 yards), Jamaal Charles (49) and Carlos Hyde (20) in check the past three weeks.

Matchup to watch: Eddie Lacy vs. Aaron Donald

Chicago Bears (1-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-3)


Bears and Chiefs are tied for the NFL's worst scoring defense this season (31.3 PPG). Chiefs have allowed most receiving TD to WR this season (10). Bears have allowed the 2nd-most receiving TD to WR (8).

Matt Forte: 84 carries, 367 yards, TD; 13 receptions, 133 yards. Ranks second to Adrian Peterson (372) in rush yards this season. Leads the NFL with 84 carries this season and 125.0 scrimmage yards per game.

Martellus Bennett 2015 season: 24 receptions, 201 yards, 2 TD -- leads Bears in receptions, receiving yards, and TD receptions.

Bears defense allowed 70 rush yards in Week 4 after giving up 135.7 rush YPG in first three games this season.

Kansas City has allowed 30-plus points in three-straight games this season. They did not allow 30-plus points in any games in 2014. In 840 games in KC franchise history, they have never allowed 30-plus points in four-straight games.

K.C.'s offense has given up19 sacks allowed this season (most in NFL) -- 12 sacks allowed in last two games combined. The Bears' defense ranks T-23rd this season with 6 sacks.

Jamaal Charles: 59 carries, 306 yards, 4 TD; 20 receptions, 151 yards, TD. Ranks fifth in NFL with 114.3 scrimmage YPG this season.

Justin Houston: Back-to-back games without a sack -- had only three games with 0 sacks in 2014.

Matchup to watch: Pernell McPhee vs. Chiefs O-line

New Orleans Saints (1-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)


How much do the Saints miss Jimmy Graham? The percent of pass targets to their tight ends has dropped by almost 50 percent this season (26.9 percent in 2014 to 13.9 percent in 2015). Saints tight ends have combined for 126 receiving yards and 1 TD. Through 4 games last season, Graham had 340 receiving yards and 3 TD.

Despite a shoulder injury, Drew Brees had a passer rating of 149.3 on passes of 15-plus air yards in Week 4: 4-of-6, 66.7 percent, TD, 0 INTs, 149.3 passer rating. Brees had a 19.2 passer rating with just five completions on 20 attempts in Weeks 1 and 2 combined. However, Brees averaged 4.3 air yards per attempt in Week 4, fewest among all Week 4 QBs.

Saints defense: Zero takeaways in last two games, three takeaways this season, allowed 26+ points in three of four games this season and T-23rd ranked scoring defense (28.0 PPG).

Saints Top 2 leading tacklers this season are rookie linebackers, Hau'oli Kikaha and Stephone Anthony.

In Week 4, the Eagles had a time of possession of 18:52, which brought their average on the season to 22:48 (last in the NFL). Since 1991 (as far back as STATS can check), no team has ever finished a season with a time of possession below 23:00. Meanwhile, the Eagles have finished with a time of possession under 20:00 on six different occasions under Chip Kelly. They lost each of those games.

None of the Eagles three running backs have a yards per carry above 4.0: Ryan Mathews, 4.0 YPC; Darren Sproles 3.8 YPC; DeMarco Murray 1.6 YPC.

Philly's offensive line has given up 22 QB hits in 2015 (T-11th-most in NFL). In 2014, they allowed 65 QB hits (22nd-most in NFL).

Eagles have 14 big plays in 2015 (T-19th most in NFL): 3 rushes of 20-plus yards (T-9th most in NFL), 11 passes of 20-plus yards (T-20th most in NFL).

The Eagles' defense has not allowed a passer to reach 300 yards this season. Philly has only allowed 13 Big Plays this season (T-6th fewest in NFL). In 2014, Eagles allowed the most big plays in the NFL (81).

Matchup to watch: Brandon Browner vs. penalty flags

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)


Jacksonville has lost 11-straight road games, the longest road losing streak in franchise history. The last road win came Week 13, 2013 at Cleveland.

The Jags' offense has scored 23 points or less in eight straight games -- 25 points or less scored in 23 straight games.

Blake Bortles: 54.5 completion percent, 249.0 pass YPG, 6 TD, 3 INT, 78.2 passer rating. Bortles has thrown at least one TD pass in every game this season.

Allen Robinson 2015 season: 15 receptions, 330 yards, 2 TD. Leads NFL with 22.0 average per reception this season. Robinson is averaging 17.3 air yards per target (most in NFL among receivers with at least 20 targets).

The Jags' defense is allowing 50.8 percent of 3rd down conversions (last in NFL), giving up 26.8 points per game (25th), 278.5 passing yards per game (26th). Jacksonville has allowed 91 first downs (T-30th) and 11 10-plus-play drives (T-last).

Tampa's offense has 10 giveaways this season (2nd-most in NFL), 1-plus giveaway in 25 straight games dating back to Week 13, 2013. The Bucs have 1-plus sack allowed in 35 of last 36 games. Has scored just 18 points per game in 2015 (T-26th), earned 226.5 passing yards per game and is converting 30.4 percent of third downs (29th).

Jameis Winston has thrown six touchdowns to seven interceptions. Only five QBs have thrown more INT in their first 4 games as a rookie: Steve DeBerg (11), Peyton Manning (11), Bert Jones (9), Ryan Leaf (8), Geno Smith (8).

Doug Martin: 66 carries, 282 yards, TD; 8 receptions, 59 yards. Ranks in top 10 in carries (T-6th), rushing yards (T-8th) and 10-plus yard runs (T-2nd) this season.

Bucs defense: 185.5 pass YPG allowed this season (T-2nd fewest in NFL);18 runs of 10-plus yards allowed this season (T-most in NFL). Forced five 3-and-out drives in 50 defensive series this season (T-fewest in NFL with Vikings). Tampa's defense has given up 29.3 points per game (30th), 136.8 rushing yards per game (30th) and 71.4 red zone touchdown percent (T-28th).

Matchup to watch: Doug Martin vs. Jags front seven

Buffalo Bills (2-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-2)


Marcus Mariota could continue to set rookie records with another impressive performance in the Titans' 4th game. He is currently tied with Hall of Famer Dan Marino for most touchdown passes thrown by a rookie in his first three starts (8), and if Mariota throws three touchdowns against the Bills, he will break Marino's record for most in a rookie's first 4 starts (10). The Bills have the league's 29th-ranked pass defense and have given up more pass touchdowns (10) than all but one other team, so Mariota could have a shot at breaking another record.

However, rookie quarterbacks have not fared well against Rex Ryan in his career. Rookies are 4-8 against Rex as a head coach.

The Bills were called for 17 penalties in Week 4), the third-most penalties by Buffalo in a game. The Bills' 47 penalties this season are the third-most by a team in the first four games of any season since 1950.

Tyrod Taylor: 71.7 completion percent, 247.0 pass YPG, 27.8 rush YPG, 8 TD, 4 INT, 104.4 passer rating -- 6th in NFL in completion percent, 9th in passer rating -- 23 carries, 111 rush yards, 1 rush TD.

With Sammy Watkins missing time Charles Clay has become Taylor's security blanket: 21 receptions, 63.8 rec YPG, 2 TD -- leads Bills in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs.

Buffalo defense: third-ranked run defense (78.5 rush YPG); 29th-ranked pass defense (297.8 pass YPG).

The Titans' offense is averaging 29.7 PPG through three games (5th in NFL), more than double what Tennessee averaged in their first three games of 2014 (14.3).

Marcus Mariota: 62.9 completion percent, 277.7 pass YPG, 8.59 yards per attempt, 8 TD, 2 INT, 109.2 passer rating -- Ranks 5th in passer rating, 6th in yards per attempt, 8th in pass YPG.

Kendall Wright: 13 receptions, 213 receiving yards (16.4 avg), 2 TD - On pace for 1,136 yards this season. The Bills defense has struggled against slot receivers, so the shifty Wright could be in for a big game.

The Titans have the NFL's sixth-ranked total defense this season (308.3 YPG) and the second-best 3rd down defense in NFL (30.6 percent).

Matchup to watch: Kendall Wright vs. Bills secondary

Arizona Cardinals (1-3) at Detroit Lions (0-4)


The Cardinals' offense was forced to settle for field goals on four of five red-zone drives in Week 4. Arizona had scored TDs on 11 of 12 red zone drives in the first three games.

In 2015, Carson Palmer ranks fifth in yards per attempt (8.62), second in touchdown passes (10) and seventh in passer rating. Palmer has a passer rating of just 43.4 on 20-plus air yard passes this season (had a 108.1 passer rating on such passes last season).

Chris Johnson: 302 rushing yards through first 4 games. The back's most through the first four week of a season since 2010 (354 rushing yards with Titans).

Larry Fitzgerald: 30 receptions, 432 yards, 5 TD -- most through first four games in all three categories in his career.

Calais Campbell Week 4: 11 tackles, 0.5 sack, 2 QB hits, 3 tackles for loss. Dear golly, he's been a beast.

The Cardinals defense has returned three interceptions or TDs this season. There are 20 NFL teams that have three or fewer INTs all season, let along pick-sixes.

Calvin Johnson Covered by Patrick Peterson:
Games: 3
Targets: 28
Receptions: 16
Yards: 244
TD-INT: 2-2 (1 of INT by Rashad Johnson)
Passer Rating: 80.1

Matthew Stafford has been awful on third down this season, throwing 0 TDs and 4 INT. His 29.5 passer rating on third down is the lowest in the NFL. The Lions' quarterback has gone seven straight games with fewer than 300 pass yards -- had not gone seven straight starts with fewer than 300 passing yards since his first seven starts of his career in 2009. Stafford has never gone eight straight starts with fewer than 300 passing yards.

Ziggy Ansah is T-2nd in the NFL this season with 4.0 sacks (DeMarcus Ware has 4.5). Ansah had 7.5 sacks all last season (8.0 as rookie in 2013).

The Lions are the final winless team left in the NFL. It's the eighth time they have been the last team without a win (most in NFL history), breaking a tie with the Redskins, who have done so 7 times.

Matchup to watch: Larry Fitzgerald vs. Detroit DBs

New England Patriots (3-0) at Dallas Cowboys (2-2)


The Patriots return off their bye week. New England is 11-3 after a bye since Brady became the starter.

Comparisons are being drawn between the 2007 Patriots and the 2015 Patriots:
2007: 3-0 record; 38 points per game; 11.7 opponents points per game; +3 turnover differential
2015: 3-0 record; 39.7 points per game; 23.3 opponents points per game; +3 turnover differential

Tom Brady: 72.2 comp percent, 370.7 YPG, 9 TD, 0 INT, 119.6 passer rating. Brady has multiple TD passes and 0 INTs in every game this season. Would match most such games to start a season since 1960 with another multi-TD, 0 INT game (Peyton Manning 2013; Don Meredith 1966).

Dion Lewis: 30 carries, 146 yards, 2 TD; 15 receptions, 179 yards. Lewis has been playing the role formerly filled by Shane Vereen (NYG). Lewis gained 120 yards in Week 1 and 138 yards in Week 2. Vereen has never had back-to-back games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage.

The Patriots are second in the NFL in sacks per game this season (4.3) The Cowboys have allowed 2.0 sacks per game in 2015.

Brandon Weeden is 5-18 (.217) in his career and lost his past 10 starts. Quarterbacks to enter a game against Bill Belichick's Patriots with a career winning percentage of less than .250 are 1-10 with 9 TD and 11 INT in those games.

Weeden 2015 as starter: 73.1 comp percent, 239.0 YPG, 1 TD, 1 INT, 99.7 passer rating. Weeden's 99.7 passer rating as the starter this season is 29 points higher than his passer rating as a starter entering 2015.

Cowboys have lost their last four games without Tony Romo starting. Last win sans Romo starting: Week 17, 2010 over Eagles (Stephen McGee over Kevin Kolb).

Dallas' defense gets DE Greg Hardy and LB Rolando McClain back from suspension this week. Hardy was suspended four games for conduct detrimental to the league and McClain suspended four games for substance abuse.

Dallas needs the reinforcements. In the past two games the Cowboys have given up an average of 32.5 points per game, 438.0 yards per game, 130.5 rushing yards per game, 307.5 passing yards per game and have zero takeaways.

Matchup to watch: Patriots pass rushers vs. Cowboys D-line

Denver Broncos (4-0) at Oakland Raiders (2-2)


The Broncos have won 13 straight divisional road games, which is the longest such streak in NFL history. The last time they lost in the division on the road was at Oakland in 2010, with Tim Tebow at quarterback.

Denver has started 5-0 six times in franchise history. Five of those six times they went to the Super Bowl (2013, 1998, 1997, 1986 and 1977). Peyton Manning is attempting to start 5-0 for the seventh time in his career. No other quarterback has started 5-0 more than three times (Fran Tarkenton and Kurt Warner).

Last time a Peyton Manning-led team finished with better defensive rankings than offensive rankings in both yards and points was 2008 -- Colts went 12-4, lost in WC Round going 13th in scoring offense, seventh in scoring defense, 15th in total offense, 11th in total defense. The Bronco's 97 points scored in the season's first four games is the fewest by a Manning-led team since 2002 (92 points scored in first three games).

Through four games, Ronnie Hillman is outperforming C.J. Anderson on the ground:
Anderson: 163 snaps; 43 carries; 117 rushing yards; 2.7 yards per carry; 0 rushing TDs< br /> Hillman: 97 snaps; 39 carries; 191 rushing yards; 4.9 yards per carry; 2 rushing TDs

Demaryius Thomas 2015 season: 50 targets, 33 receptions, 361 yards, 1 TD. 7-plus receptions in 6-straight games (2nd-longest active streak).

Denver's defensive ranks: first in total yards per game allowed (275.5); first in passing yards per game allowed (185.3); first in sacks (18); second in points per game (17.3); tied for second in takeaways (11).

Derek Carr: 62.6 completion percent, 230.5 pass YPG, 7 TD, 2 INT, 97.7 passer rating. He's been sacked only 3 times this season.

Amari Cooper 2015 season: 40 targets, 24 receptions, 339 yards, 2 TD. Cooper leads all rookies in targets, receptions and receiving yards -- eighth in NFL in receiving yards.

Cooper is on pace for 96 receptions, 1,356 receiving yards. Oakland's franchise records: 1997 Tim Brown -- 104 receptions, 1,408 yards. NFL rookie records: 2003 Anquan Boldin -- 101 receptions, 1,377 yards.

The Raiders' defense has allowed 350-plus yards in five consecutive games dating back to last season -- longest active streak in NFL. Oakland has allowed 32 receptions, 388 yards, six TD to tight ends -- all three are most allowed in NFL.

Matchup to watch: Derek Carr vs. Broncos' pass rush

San Francisco 49ers (1-3) at New York Giants (2-2)


The 49ers have 172 passing yards over the past two games combined -- 21 teams gained more than 172 passing yards in both Week 3 AND Week 4. San Francisco has just four TDs on 12 trips to the red zone -- T-3rd lowest red zone TD rate in NFL. The Niners have also allowed 14 sacks, T-3rd most in NFL.

Colin Kaepernick: 62.1 completion percent, 727 yards, 2 TD, 5 INT, 67.7 passer rating; 33 carries, 195 yards, 1 TD. Kap's ranks (minimum three starts): 22nd completion percentage (62.1); 29th passing yards (727); 29th passer rating (67.7); T-30th TD passes (2).

Carlos Hyde: 62 carries, 282 rushing yards, 2 TD; 8 receptions, 44 receiving yards. In the past three weeks Hyde has combined for just 36 carries, 114 rushing yards, 3.2 average per carry and 0 touchdowns.

Anquan Boldin's season: 15 receptions, 124 receiving yards, 1 TD. His 28 receiving yards in Week 3 and Week 4 combined are the fewest receiving yards over two-game stretch since Weeks 16 & 17, 2010 (with Ravens).

San Francisco' defense has just two takeaways this season -- T-Fewest in NFL (Texans).

The Giants have scored four TD in 13 trips to the red zone -- 30.8 success rate is second worst in league (Browns, 27.3).

Eli Manning: 62.7 completion percent, 976 yards, 7 TD, INT (96.4 passer rating).

The Giants rank 28th in yards per carry (3.5).

Odell Beckham Jr.: 24 receptions, 307 yards, 2 TD.

New York's defense has compiled just five sacks, T-2nd fewest in league.

Matchup to watch: Carlos Hyde vs. Giants' run D

Monday Night Football


Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at San Diego Chargers (2-2)


Mike Vick Week 4: 19-of-26 passing, 124 yards, TD, 0 INT, 95.7 passer rating; 9 carries, 33 yards -- sacked four times in the game.

Vick has completed 25.0 percent of 15-plus air yard passes since 2014, which ranks 50th out of 51 QBs with at least 15 such attempts.

Le'Veon Bell: 41 carries, 191 yards, 2 TDs; 14 receptions, 91 yards. Has scored at least one rushing TD in seven of his last eight games (9 rushing TD). Has 130-plus scrimmage yards in both games played this season.

Antonio Brown career without Ben Roethlisberger:
Games: 3
Receptions per game: 4.3
Receiving yards per game: 44.7
Receiving TDs: 0

Martavis Bryant returns from four-game suspension: Steelers averaged almost 11 more PPG with Bryant in the lineup in 2014.

Steelers defensive Big Plays allowed:
20-plus Yard Plays: 8 (Fewest in NFL)
20-plus Yard Passes: 5 (Fewest)
20-plus Yard Rushes: 3 (T-8th Most)

Stephon Tuitt has been a stud in 2015: 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 6 QBH

Philip Rivers leads the NFL with 1,248 passing yards at the quarter mark. Most of those yards have come on short passes and YAC: 61.8 percent (771 yards) of his yardage has been gained after the catch. That's the 4th-highest percentage in the league behind Drew Brees, Alex Smith and Nick Foles.

Danny Woodhead: 33 carries, 144 yards, 2 TDs; 16 receptions, 203 yards -- 2nd most YAC in league (222, trails Mark Ingram by 15 yards). Woodhead leads the NFL with 13.9 Average YAC and is one of six players with 100-plus rushing and 100-plus receiving yards (Ingram, Devonta Freeman, Dion Lewis, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte).

Antonio Gates returns from four-game suspension. The tight end is one TD shy of 100 for his career and 12 shy of Tony Gonzalez for the most career receiving TD by a tight end in NFL history.

The Chargers have just five sacks, T-2nd fewest in league. San Diego's defense has given up five runs of 20-plus yards -- T-2nd most in NFL (Rams, 6).

Matchup to watch: Danny Woodhead vs. Steelers linebackers

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