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Week 3 Cheat Sheet: Adrian Peterson to challenge Chargers

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches...

Beast Mode is battling a calf issue stemming from last week's loss and will be a game-time decision versus the Bears. UPDATE: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Lynch will play.

DeMarco Murray (hamstring) RB; Josh Huff (hamstring) WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Rapoport reported Murray will play Sunday. Huff was added to the Eagles injury report on Saturday, and is questionable for Sunday. UPDATE: Murray will not play today.

Eric Decker (knee) WR; Chris Ivory (quadriceps) RB; Darrelle Revis (groin) CB, New York Jets

It would be a semi-surprise if Revis sits, less so with Decker and Ivory. The running back looked hindered on Monday, so the Jets could play it safe with their starter. UPDATE: Rapoport reports that Ivory and Revis are expected to play, while Decker will not. 

Jason Witten (ankle, knee) TE -- PROBABLE; Ronald Leary (groin) G, Dallas Cowboys

Witten was full-go on Friday and should be fine. We'd expect the vet to be Brandon Weeden's security blanket. Leary was limited on Thursday and Friday. UPDATE: Leary is out.

The Rams will make a decision on the first-round pick prior to the game. Don't expect him to be thrust into a heavy workload, even if he's active for the first time in his NFL career. UPDATE: Rapoport reported that Gurley will make his debut today, barring a pregame setback.

Vontae Davis (concussion) CB;*Trent Cole (knee) LB -- OUT, did not travel --*Indianapolis Colts

Vontae will start in a banged up Colts secondary. Cole didn't practice all week.

Ladarius Green (concussion) TE; Jason Verrett (foot) CB; G D.J. Fluker (ankle), San Diego Chargers

Green suffered two concussions in an 11-day span and must pass final protocol. Verrett and Fluker were both limited Friday. UPDATE:Rapoport reported Verrett is in and CB Brandon Flowers is out.

Both were limited Friday, but should play. The Panthers need the reinforcements on both sides of the ball with Luke Kuechly and Jerricho Cotchery both out. UPDATE: Both will play.

Mike Evans (hamstring) WR -- PROBABLE -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are hopeful for a bigger impact the further he gets from the injury. UPDATE: Evans will play.

DeAndre Levy (hip) LB -- DOUBTFUL -- Detroit Lions

The Lions' defense has looked lost with the tackling machine. This could be a get-right game for C.J. Anderson and the Broncos' rushing attack.

Branden Albert (hamstring) T -- DOUBTFUL; Jordan Cameron (groin) TE; Lamar Miller (ankle) RB, Miami Dolphins

Albert didn't practice all week, his likely absence would be a big blow to Ryan Tannehill. Cameron and Miller were both limited on Thursday and Friday. UPDATE: Rapoport reports that Cameron and Miller are both expected to play.

With Drew Brees out with a shoulder injury, the Saints need as much defensive help as possible.UPDATE: Lewis is out.

Luke Joeckel (ankle) T; Denard Robinson (knee) RB -- DOUBTFUL; Marqise Lee (hamstring) WR -- QUESTIONABLE -- Jacksonville Jaguars

Joeckel didn't practice on Friday. Robinson won't play. T.J. Yeldon will become the workhorse back. UPDATE: Lee will play.

The back was limited on Friday. UPDATE:Taliaferro will play.

The first-round pick has yet to be active this season. UPDATE: Rapoport reports Dwayne Bowe is out.

With Arian Foster still out, the Texans' backfield will rely on Chris Polk and Alfred Blue if Grimes can't go. UPDATE: Grimes will play.

Mike Iupati (knee) G; Andre Ellington (knee) RB -- DOUBTFUL -- Arizona Cardinals

Iupati could make his debut for the Cards. Ellington saw some practice reps Friday, which is a good sign, but he'll miss another week.

Monday Night*

Eddie Lacy (ankle) RB -- QUESTIONABLE; Davante Adams (ankle) WR -- QUESTIONABLE -- Green Bay Packers

Both participated in individual drills Friday.

Key game-time decisions

All players questionable unless noted

Weather Tracking*

  • We will update as prognostications drift closer to game time.*

Bengals at Ravens -- 67 degrees / Rain (80 percent)
Saints at Panthers -- 69 degrees / Chance of rain (31 percent)
Raiders at Browns -- 67 degrees / Chance of rain (26 percent)
Eagles at Jets -- 69 degrees / Chance of rain after kickoff (28 percent)
Colts at Titans -- 77 degrees / Chance of rain (25 percent)
Bills at Dolphins -- 87 degrees / Thunderstorms (30 percent)

*Forecasts courtesy of Weather Underground

Three matchups that intrigue

Andy Dalton vs. Ravens Secondary

Dalton has started the season on fire, throwing five touchdowns to zero interceptions while racking up a 120.3 passer rating. Historically against the Ravens, the Bengals passer, however, has struggled, tossing 12 INTs to just seven TDs in eight games with a meager 69.6 passer rating. A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert have eaten up secondaries this season and the Ravens' backend got chewed up by the Raiders last week. Baltimore must find a pass rush to disrupt Dalton -- who has yet to be sacked this season. If the Ravens are to avoid an 0-3 start, they will do so by pestering Dalton and forcing turnovers in a vital home game against a division foe.

Jets defensive front vs. Eagles O-line

Todd Bowles has continued his mastery of well-timed blitzes and a stout-run defense. The swarming Jets defense has forced 10 turnovers in just two games. The Eagles, on the other hand, have been disastrous up front. A cornucopia of blown blocks exasperated the ground struggles last week for Chip Kelly's offense, which has a combined 70 yards rushing through two weeks. Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and company could continue the Eagles' poor start to the season by dominating the line of scrimmage and blowing up Sam Bradford often.

This might be a niche interest, but Peters' play has jumped off the screen so far this season. His physicality and speed make him an ideal cover man in today's NFL. Peters has an interception in each of his first two starts -- he could become the first rookie since 1978 to snag an INT in each of his first three games if he gets one Monday. However, he's facing Aaron Rodgers, the best football player in the cosmos. Rogers hasn't thrown an INT at Lambeau Field since Peters was a redshirt freshman at Washington (2012). I want to see if Rodgers challenges the rookie or just picks on the corner opposite Peters.

Did You Know?

In 2014, two of the 12 teams that reached the playoffs started 3-0: ARI, CIN; eight of the 12 started the season 2-1: BAL, CAR, DAL, DEN, DET, NE, PIT, SEA; two started the season 1-2: GB, IND; 0 of the 12 teams that reached the playoffs started the season 0-3.

Since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 75 percent of teams (93 of 124) that started the season 3-0 went on to make the playoffs.

In league history, just four of 368 teams to start 0-2 in a season (1.1 percent) have made it to the Super Bowl. Three of those four teams won the Super Bowl that season -- 2007 Giants, 2001 Patriots and 1993 Cowboys.

In NFL history, no team has made the Super Bowl after an 0-3 start. The last team to make the playoffs after starting the season 0-3 was the 1998 Buffalo Bills.

Over the previous five seasons, teams made extra points at a rate of 99.4 percent. This season with the longer extra point, teams are 146/155 (94.2 percent).

Luke McCown and Josh McCown are both slated to start this week. The last time both McCown brothers started in the same week was Week 14, 2007 (Josh started for the Raiders, Luke for the Buccaneers). The last time both McCown brothers started and won in the same week was Week 13, 2007.

Divisions by Winning Percentage after Week 2

Ten of the last 12 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less. Last season, the Bengals swept the Ravens for the fifth time in series history -- 2014, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 1996. The Bengals have won three straight and four of the last five meetings.

Aaron Rodgers is one of two starting quarterbacks without a turnover this season. The other: Andy Dalton. Dalton has not had three-straight games without an INT since Weeks 14-16, 2013.

Dalton has yet to be sacked this season -- one of two QBs to start both games and not be sacked (Carson Palmer).

A.J. Green has gone five straight games with fewer than 100 receiving yards -- tied for second-longest streak of career (had a six-game drought in 2013).

Cincinnati's defense has allowed 16.0 points per game (fourth in NFL) with two-plus takeaways in each game this season (five total; T-3rd in NFL).

Since the team's inception in 1996, the Baltimore Ravens have never started the season 0-3. They're the only NFL team never to start 0-3.

Baltimore has rushed the ball on 37.8 percent of offensive drives (22nd in NFL). The Ravens rushed the ball on 43.9 percent of offensive drives in 2014 (ninth in NFL). Baltimore has scored a touchdown on 28.6 percent of red zone opportunities (third-worst in NFL).

Joe Flacco has struggled in his career versus Cincinnati, throwing more than twice as many INTs versus the Bengals than any other team -- 18 career INT versus Bengals; next highest is Cleveland with seven.

Justin Forsett through two games: 29 carries, 111 yards; eight receptions, 25 yards -- 3.8 yards per carry (last season led all RBs in YPC with 5.39).

Ravens defense in last five games versus Bengals: allowed 24.8 PPG, 93.6 rush YPG, forced nine turnovers, recorded nine sacks (five in one game).

Matchup to watch:Bengals O-line vs. Ravens pass rush

The Saints have scored 19 points in both games this season. New Orleans was not held under 20 points in back-to-back games in 2014 and has not been held under 20 points in three straight games since 2009-2010 (four straight, spanning seasons).

New Orleans has given up two-plus sacks allowed in six straight games -- four sacks allowed Week 2 versus Buccaneers.

With Drew Brees' shoulder injury, Luke McCown will start Sunday. In his previous nine NFL starts, his teams have averaged 12.4 points per game. In Brees' career in New Orleans, the Saints have averaged 27.6 points per game in his starts. Including non-starts, McCown has nine TDs, 14 INTs and a passer rating of 68.3 for his career. McCown has thrown one NFL pass since 2012.

Mark Ingram's 2015 season: 25 carries, 77 yards and one TD, 3.1 yards per carry -- leads team with 11 receptions.

The Saints' defense has allowed 26-plus points in each of first two games, No. 27 scoring defense this season (28.5 PPG) and is giving up an opposing passer rating of 119.5 this season (30th in NFL).

Rookie linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha: 12 tackles, 1.0 sack and two forced fumbles -- leads team in tackles and forced fumbles (tied for lead in sacks).

The Panthers are averaging 4.38 yards per play this season -- 31st in NFL -- and own the NFL's No. 31 passing offense this season (168.0 YPG).

Through two games, Newton has compiled his career worst: completion percentage (52.9), passing yards per game (185.0), yards per completion (10.3), yards per attempt (5.4) and passer rating (71.3).

Jonathan Stewart's 2015 season: 35 carries, 118 yards. He has not topped 65 yards rushing in a game this season.

Panthers' dominant defense: Allowing 13.0 PPG this season (second fewest in NFL -- Jets, 8.5 PPG); giving up 17 points-or-less in six straight games -- longest active streak in NFL. Allowed just 3.82 yards per play -- fewest in NFL. Opponents have converted only 25.8 percent of third downs -- second best in NFL (Broncos).

Matchup to watch:Luke McCown vs. Panthers secondary

The Raiders have scored 14 points or less in four straight and eight of their last nine road games.

Derek Carr: 63.8 completion percentage, 206 passing YPG, three TD, INT, 94.9 passer rating.

Amari Cooper's 2015 season: 12 receptions, 156 yards and TD (Week 2: seven receptions, 109 receiving yards, TD). Cooper became the fourth Raiders first-year player to have a 100-yard receiving game in the team's first two games, joining Denarius Moore (2011), Mike Siani (1972) and Jack Larscheid (1960).

Oakland's defense is surrendering 444.5 yards per game (most in NFL) -- ranked 21st in 2014 with 357.6 yards per game allowed. The Raiders do not have a sack in two games in 2015.

The Browns' offense has compiled 19 plays of 10-plus yards this season (fewest in NFL). Their 28 first downs this season are also the fewest in NFL. The Raiders had the fewest first downs in 2014.

Travis Benjamin's 2015 season: six rec, 204 yards, three TDs, 23.4-yard punt return average, TD. Became the first NFL player with four 50-plus-yard touchdowns in the first two games of a season since Hall of Famer Jim Brown in 1963.

Cleveland Defense: 160.0 rushing YPG allowed -- most in NFL. Ranked last in 2014 with 141.6 rushing YPG allowed.

Matchup to watch:Amari Cooper vs. Joe Haden

Stupidly irrelevant laughable ludicrously irresponsible stat of the day: Since the beginning of the 2013 season, the Cowboys have run 2,109 offensive plays. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been on the field for all but 62 of them. However, the Cowboys have actually been more successful with both of them off the field, averaging 6.48 yards per play compared with them both on the field (6.00 yards per play).

Without Dez Bryant in Week 2, the Cowboys utilized backs and tight ends more. Wide receivers: 14 targets, 41.2 percent of passes; tight ends: 12 catches, 35.3; running backs: eight receptions, 23.5. In 2014, Cowboys signal-callers targeted WRs on 57.3 percent of targets.

Joseph Randle's 2015 season: 34 carries, 116 yards, zero TD -- 3.4 yards per carry.

Terrance Williams: Nine receptions, 144 yards, one TD (Week 2 sans Bryant: four receptions, 84 yards, TD).

Dallas' defense has allowed fewer than 300 total yards in each of its first two games -- gave up fewer than 300 yards in just three of 16 games last season. Ranks in the top 10 in points per game allowed (18.0; tied-sixth), total yards per game (257.5; third), rushing yards per game allowed (53.0, first) and passing yards per game (204.5, ninth).

Though the Falcons are 2-0 this season and went 6-10 in 2014, they have been averaging essentially the same PPG: 2015: 25.0 PPG; 2014: 23.8 PPG.

Matt Ryan has to love Kyle Shanahan's offense. Through two games the quarterback has earned 661 yards, three TD, two INT and a 93.8 passer rating. He's on pace for 5,288 yards, which would obliterate his career high of 4,719 (2011). Ryan's 330.5 passing yards per game trails only Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.

All Hail Julio! Julio Jones' 2015 season: 22 receptions, 276 yards and two TD (on 26 targets). The receiver is on pace for 176 receptions, 2,208 receiving yards and 16 TDs. Ryan has completed 22 of 26 pass attempts targeted for Jones (84.6 percent) this season. 84.6 percent!!!!!

Matchup to watch:Cowboys offensive line vs. Falcons' No. 9 rated run defense

The Bucs' offense has given up three-plus sacks in six straight games -- one-plus sack allowed in 34 straight games dating back to Week 1, 2013 (longest active streak -- Seahawks second with 24).

Jameis Winston: 55.6 completion percentage, 208.5 passing YPG, three TD, two INT, 83.6 passer rating and sacked seven times. The No. 1 overall pick ranks 28th in completion percentage (55.6), 25th in passing yards per game (208.5), 23rd in passer rating (83.6) and tied for 11th with three passing touchdowns.

Prior to the Bucs' Week 2 win in New Orleans, the last rookie QB taken No. 1 to win a September road game was John Elway in 1983.

Vincent Jackson's 2015 season: Seven receptions, 105 yards and one TD.

Tampa pass rushers Jacquies Smith and Gerald McCoy have combined for 6.0 sacks this season (most among any defensive duo in the NFL; Smith 4, McCoy 2.)

The Bucs' defense has allowed opponents to scored touchdowns on 100 percent of red zone drives this season (7/7).

Among all qualifying quarterbacks, Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer have the NFL's worst completion percentages this season. Hoyer is tied for second worst with Cam Newton at 52.9, Mallet has a league-low 49.3 percentage.

Mallett's 2015 season: 342 passing yards, two TDs, one INT and 66.8 passer rating.

Sans Arian Foster, Chris Polk leads the Texans with just 60 rushing yards.

The Texans' defense has been nothing special, ranking 27th in takeaways (1), 26th in rushing yards allowed (134.5), 19th in points per game allowed (25.5) and 12th in total yards given up (340.0).

Matchup to watch:Jameis Winston vs. J.J. Watt

The Chargers have three giveaways in each of their first two games -- second-most turnovers in the NFL through Week 2 (Colts, eight), but opponents have scored just 14 points off those six giveaways.

Philip Rivers has the best completion percentage in the NFL heading into Week 3 at 81.2 percent. Think about that for a second: 81.2. That's insane. He hasn't done it on 18 passes either, but rather completing 56 of 69 passes over two weeks.

Melvin Gordon's Week 2: 16 carries, 88 yards (5.5 yards per rush) -- three carries of 20-plus yards (most of any player in Week 2).

The Chargers' defense has only one sack on the season. San Diego's defense is allowing 223.5 passing YPG, while the Vikings' offense is averaging 164.0 passing YPG (fewest in NFL) .

The Chargers' D is giving up 122.0 rush YPG. The Vikings' offense is averaging 135.0 rushing YPG.

These teams played in Adrian Peterson's rookie year, 2007, and all he did was set the NFL single-game record with 296 rushing yards. The Chargers have not allowed a 200-yard rusher since.

Teddy Bridgewater isn't likely to light it up, having passed for just 384 pass yards through two weeks -- 28th in NFL.

It's been eight years since the Jaguars were 2-1 or finished September with a winning record. That streak can be snapped with a win at New England. The only team with a longer streak of seasons without being 2-1 or better is the Rams, who haven't done it since 2006.

The Jaguars have never beaten Patriots in New England or in the regular season -- one playoff win (1998 Wild Card).

Blake Bortles Week 2: 18-of-33 passing, 273 pass yards, two TD, zero INTs and a 102.2 passer rating (career-high passer rating). Week 2 was the first game of Bortles' career with multiple TD passes and no INTs and also the first game of Bortles' career with no sacks taken. Bortles has never started and won a game on the road (0-6).

Allen Robinson's 2015 season: Seven receptions, 182 receiving yards (26.0 average) and two TD.

Since Gus Bradley became coach in 2013, the Jaguars have fewest INTs in NFL (18).

Tom Brady is one TD shy of becoming the fourth player in NFL history with 400 career TD tosses. If Brady throws that touchdown within his next 36 attempts, he'll hold the record (currently owned by Peyton Manning) for fewest passes needed to reach the milestone.

The Patriots rank second in total offense (434.0 YPG) and points (34.0 PPG) through two weeks. New England also leads the NFL in passing yards (366.0 YPG).

Dion Lewis' Week 2 at Bills: Seven carries, 40 rushing yards, TD, six receptions and 98 receiving yards. Lewis has more scrimmage yards in Weeks 1-2 of 2015 (258) than he had in the first four seasons of his career combined.

Rob Gronkowski's 2015 season: 12 receptions, 207 receiving yards (17.3 average) and four TDs. Gronk has gone eight straight games with a receiving TD, including playoffs -- the longest active streak in NFL. The last game without a TD: Week 13, 2014 at Green Bay. The NFL record since 1960 (including playoffs) is 12 straight games with a reception TD by Jerry Rice in 1987. No TE since 1960 has caught a TD in nine straight games, including playoffs.

The Patriots' defense has forced at least one takeaway in six straight home games. New England has allowed seven pass plays of at least 25 yards this season -- only the Raiders have allowed more (8).

Matchup to watch:Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins vs. Jags O-line

Philadelphia has 70 rushing yards in the first two weeks combined (fewest in any two-week span under Chip Kelly). The Eagles are averaging a league-worst 35 rushing yards per game in 2015 -- Raiders averaged a league-worst 77.5 rushing YPG in 2014.

In Week 4 of 2014, the Eagles rushed for 22 yards in a loss to the 49ers (Kelly's previous rushing low). Following that contest, Philly broke off four straight games of 100-plus yards rushing and averaged 151.8 rushing yards per game over the next eight contests.

DeMarco Murray has rushed for just 11 yards in two games, the lowest figure for any defending rushing champion since the merger in 1970 (excludes guys who did not play). Second to Murray on the list is Barry Sanders, who started the 1997 season with 53 rushing yards in his first two games.

Murray is only averaging 0.5 yards per rush through two games. The next lowest running back this season is Devonta Freeman, averaging four times what Murray is at 2.0 yards per rush (minimum 13 attempts).

Sam Bradford's 2015 season: 66.3 comp percent, 560 pass yards, two TDs, four INTs and a 72.3 passer rating -- two-straight games with multiple INT (T-longest streak of career).

High-priced Byron Maxwell has been terrible through two games. The corner has been targeted 18 times (T-7th most), allowed 13 completions (T-second worst), allowed 224 yards (second worst) and given up 12.4 yards per target (second worst).

Ryan Fitzpatrick's 2015: 37-of-58 passing, 423 passing yards, four TDs, two INTs and a 94.3 passer rating.

Fitzpatrick has completed 69.7 percent of his 33 targets to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, averaging 9.0 yards per target with four TDs to the duo. The quarterback has thrown 25 non-Marshall/Decker passes, completing only 56 percent for 5.0 yards per target and zero scores.

The Jets have 10 takeaways in two games in 2015. Gang Green had 13 takeaways in 2014, fewest in NFL.

While Maxwell has laid an egg, Darrelle Revis has birthed gold for the Jets. The corner has eight tackles, one pick and three fumble recoveries in two games.

Matchup to watch:Jordan Matthews vs. Buster Skrine

Last week, Ben Roethlisberger became the eighth quarterback to ever throw for 350 or more yards in the first two games of the season. He has a chance to become just the fourth QB to throw for 350 or more yards in the first three games of the season, joining Drew Bledsoe in 1994, Kurt Warner in 2000 and Tom Brady in 2011.

Roethlisberger has 10 completions that traveled at least 20 yards in the air, which isn't just the most in the NFL, it's double the amount of the second closest QBs. Here's how the 10 pass plays of 20-plus yards (most in NFL) break down: five to Antonio Brown (T-most in NFL), three to Darrius Heyward-Bey, two to Markus Wheaton. Big Ben leads the NFL with 11.1 yards per attempt.

The Pittsburgh Steelers get back their bell cow in Le'Veon Bell this week. Bell set the NFL record for yards from scrimmage (2,215 yards) last season without a fumble. He broke the mark set by Marshall Faulk, who racked up 2,189 scrimmage yards without a fumble while winning the MVP in 2000.

In Bell's stead DeAngelo Williams cranked out 41 carries, 204 yards, 4.98 yards per carry and three touchdowns. How the Steelers rotate Williams in will be something to keep an eye on the next several weeks.

The Steelers' pass defense has allowed six pass TDs with 0 INTs and has allowed two-plus passing TDs in 11 of the last 12 games. Pittsburgh has allowed an opponent passer rating of 123.0 (second-worst in NFL), but its seven sacks are tied for fourth-most in the NFL.

The Rams have started 1-2 or worse every season since 2006. In 2006, Scott Linehan was head coach (team started 2-1 and finished 8-8). That was the last season the Rams finished without a losing record. (The Rams haven't finished over .500 since 2003 -- when Todd Gurley was 9 years old.)

The Rams' offense hasn't sustained drives. St. Louis has one 10-play drive this season (one of three teams in NFL with one or fewer such drives), zero drives of five-plus minutes (only team in NFL with 0) and 23:57 time of possession (31st in NFL).

St. Louis defense: eight sacks this season (T-second in NFL).

Rams have allowed an opponent completion percentage of 80.9 (second-worst in NFL). Roethlisberger has a completion percentage of 72.3 in 2015 (8th in NFL).

Matchup to watch:Antonio Brown vs. Rams secondary

The Colts have started 0-2 for the second consecutive season. They made the playoffs last year, advancing all the way to the AFC Championship Game. However, no team has ever made the playoffs in consecutive seasons after starting each of those seasons 0-2. The Colts are 14-2 following a loss since 2012. Indy has not lost three-straight games since losing 13 straight in 2011.

Last season Andrew Luck threw 15 TDs and 12 INTs on passes that traveled more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. However, through two games this season, Luck has yet to throw a TD and all five of his INTs are on such passes. Luck's passer rating of 12.6 on passes of 10-plus air yards is the lowest in the NFL among starting QBs.

Per Pro Football Focus, Luck has the worst accuracy percentage through two games. Factoring out receiver drops, spikes and throwaways, Luck's accuracy percentage is 59.3, slightly worse than Ryan Mallett's 61.5.

Donte Moncrief's 2015 season: 19 targets, 13 receptions (leads team), 168 receiving yards and two TD -- one TD reception in back-to-back games (longest streak of career).

Colts secondary is allowing an opposing passer rating of 104.2.

Marcus Mariota has six touchdown passes through two games and all six have gone to a different receiver. It took until the 10th game of last season for six different Titans to haul in a TD reception.

Mariota is 0-8 in his career on passes 20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage. By contrast he's 34 of 45 on passes under 20 yards, completing 75.6 percent with a 6-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio and a 147.8 passer rating.

Bishop Sankey had 12 rushing attempts in each game this season. Week 1: 12 rushes, 74 yards (6.2 avg.), TD (also had reception TD); Week 2: 12 rushes, 42 yards (3.5 avg.).

The Titans' defense allowed fewer than 275 yards total offense in each of their first two games after allowing fewer than 275 yards total offense only once last season. The D has also given up fewer than 200 passing yards in each of the first two games. Its allowed fewer than 200 passing yards in four of the last five contests.

Matchup to watch:Colts' O-line vs. Dick LeBeau's pass rush

Colin Kaepernick's 2015 season: 69.4 completion percent, 250.0 pass YPG, two TD, zero INT and a 98.1 passer rating. Kap has not thrown an INT in five straight games -- longest streak of career as a starter --141 attempts in those five contests.

Niners lead the NFL with 11 runs of 10-plus yards.

Carlos Hyde's 2015 season: 39 rushes, 211 yards, 5.4 average, two TD; six rec, 32 yards.

Anquan Boldin's season: 10 rec, 96 yards, TD. Leads team with 10 receptions. Boldin has earned a receiving TD in two of the last three meetings versus the Cardinals.

The Niners' defense is giving up 6.61 yards per play this season (most in NFL). The unit did not record a sack in Week 2 and had 24 sacks in the previous seven games.

The Cards' offense has been ridiculously efficient: 65 offensive points scored (second in NFL; Patriots, 68), zero sacks (tied for fewest; Cincinnati) with a 52.6 percent conversion rate on third down (best in the NFL). Arizona is also just one of three teams without a dropped pass this season (Seahawks and Packers).

Carson Palmer's 2015 season: 64.3 completion percentage, 246.0 passing YPG, seven TD, INT, 124.4 passer rating, T-most TD passes in NFL this season with the third-highest passer rating.

David Johnson's season: Five rushes for 42 yards, TD; two receptions, 58 yards, TD. His seven touches total 100 scrimmage yards and two TDs -- he added a 108-yard kickoff return TD. He's the first player since Timmy Brown in 1962 to score a TD on a rush, reception, and return over the first two games of a season.

Matchup to watch:David Johnson vs. NaVorro Bowman

The Bills have rushed for 145-plus yards and passed for under 200 yards in each of first two games.

Buffalo has scored 29.5 PPG in Tyrod Taylor's first two starts -- Bills scored 30 points in only two of 16 games last season.

This season, Tyrod Taylor has a passer rating of 23.3 on third down -- lowest in NFL among QBs with at least 10 pass attempts on third down.

LeSean McCoy averaged 5.9 yards per rush in Week 2 versus New England (15 rush, 89 yards).

Charles Clay returned to Miami after playing his first four seasons with the Dolphins. Last two seasons: 127 receptions, 1,364 yards, nine TD.

Mario Williams: 1.0 sack after a career-high 14.5 last season. His 13.0 sacks in 11 career games versus the Dolphins -- 3.5 sacks in last meeting (Week 11, 2014) -- are more sacks than against any other team in his career.

Ndamukong Suh has yet to register a tackle for loss, nor has he sacked or hit a QB through his first two games. The last time Suh went back-to-back games in the same season without a tackle for loss, sack or QB hit was in 2011, his second NFL season (three straight).

Ryan Tannehill's Week 2 at Jacksonville: Completed 30 of 44 passes, 359 yards, two TD, 108.0 passer rating -- third-highest passing yardage of career -- ninth career 300-yard passing game (Dolphins are 4-5 in such games). Tannehill has thrown zero INTs in his last 150 passes (longest streak of career).

Lamar Miller has earned just 67 yards on 23 carries (2.9 yards per attempt) in two games.

Matchup to watch:Bills pass rush vs. Dolphins O-line (likely without LT Brandon Albert)

Jimmy Clausen, who will start in place of Jay Cutler, went 14-of-23 passing for 121 yards, one interception and a 56.6 passer rating in Week 2. Clausen is 1-10 as an NFL starter. His only win came over John Skelton and the Cardinals in Week 15, 2010.

Matt Forte: 39 carries, 202 rushing yards, TD -- nine receptions, 67 receiving yards, third-most rushing yards in NFL this season (202). He leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (271).

The Bears' defense has allowed 30-plus points in each of the first two games this season -- 39.5 PPG allowed is the worst in the NFL this season. However, Chicago is allowing only 311.0 YPG (No. 7 total defense).

Brothers Martellus Bennett (Bears TE) and Michael Bennett (Seahawks DE) will square off for the third time -- Martellus has won both previous meetings (both versus Buccaneers).

The Seahawks are averaging 4.9 yards per play on offense -- 29th in NFL.

Seattle has allowed eight sacks in two games this season -- T-second most sacks allowed in the NFL (Titans, nine sacks allowed).

Russell Wilson has been sacked multiple times in 12 of his last 13 games, including playoffs.

Despite going 0-2, the Seahawks have rushed for 115-plus yards in each of their first two games.

Jimmy Graham's 2015 season: Seven receptions, 62 yards and one TD (10 targets) -- fewest receptions and yards in Weeks 1-2 since 2010 (rookie season).

Seahawks' defensive ranks through two games: 29th in points per game allowed (30.5), 25th in yards per play (6.0), 21st in passing yards per game (255.0), 17th in total yards per game (356.5) -- ranked first in every category in 2014.

Seattle has allowed 12 plays of 20-plus yards this season (on pace to allow 96) -- second-most in NFL (Raiders, 13 plays). In 2014 the Seahawks allowed only 39 plays of 20-plus yards all season (fewest in NFL).

Matchup to watch:Jimmy Graham vs. Bears linebackers and safeties

Peyton Manning has been sacked seven times, the most of his career through the first two games of a season. He is on pace to be sacked 56 times in 2015, which would be almost double his career high of 29 back in 2001.

Manning has yet to complete a pass of more than 20 yards downfield this season (0-8).

Manning has had a turnover returned for a TD in four straight games dating back to Week 16 of last season (three INT, one fumble). That's tied with Matt Schaub and A.J. Feeley for the longest such streak since 1991. Schaub's head coach during his streak was Gary Kubiak, while playing for the Houston Texans in 2013.

Manning hasn't been as impressive versus the blitz over his last seven games: 48.7 completion percentage; 61.5 passer rating.

The Broncos have recorded fewer than 300 yards of total offense in each of their first two games. It is their first stretch of back-to-back games with less than 300 yards of offense in the Manning-era. Denver did not record a single game with less than 300 yards of offense last season.

Through two games, Denver's offensive play selection: 47 runs, 97 passes (33.8 percent run/66.2 pass percent). In his 12 previous seasons as either offensive coordinator or head coach, Kubiak averaged 45.6 percent run/54.4 percent pass.

The Broncos' defense has earned seven takeaways (second-most in NFL) and six sacks (T-6th most in NFL).

The Lions' offense is averaging 53.5 rush YPG and 3.3 yards per carry -- only four rushing first downs in two games (fewest in NFL).

Matthew Stafford's 2015 season: 266.0 passing YPG, four TDs, three INTs and a  81.0 passer rating -- five-straight games with fewer than 300 passing yards; three-straight games with two-plus pass TDs.

Calvin Johnson has won the individual matchup with both Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. in their careers. Megatron has four receptions (on 10 targets) versus Talib but two of those went for touchdowns. He has caught all three passes thrown his way when covered by Harris Jr. in his career.

Detroit's defense has given up 29.5 points per game (10.5 points higher than 2014), 416.5 yards per game (255 in '14), 269.5 passing yards per game (197.5) and 147.0 rushing yards (57.5).

Matchup to watch:DeMarcus Ware/Von Miller vs. Lions' turnstile offensive tackles

Monday Night

With an interception against the Packers, Marcus Peters would become the first rookie since 1978 to intercept a pass in each of his team's first three games (LB John Anderson and CB Terry Jackson did so in 1978). However, it's been 15 straight games and 451 attempts since Aaron Rodgers threw his last interception at home. Both streaks are the longest in NFL history.

Chiefs QBs have not thrown a TD pass to a wide receiver in 21 straight games. In Rodgers' 105-start career, he has gone back-to-back games without a TD pass to a wide receiver only once (Weeks 16-17, 2009).

Jamaal Charles is looking for back-to-back 100 yard rushing games for the first time since Weeks 13 and 14, 2012.

Jeremy Maclin's 2015 Season: Nine receptions and 109 receiving yards. Maclin has scored in both his career games against Packers.

Justin Houston: 2.0 sacks in Week 2 marked his 12th multi-sack game since 2012 (only J.J. Watt has more with 15) -- at least 2.0 sacks through two games in each of the last three seasons.

Aaron Rodgers's 2015 season: 43-of-65 passing, 438 passing yards, five TD, zero INT, 128.4 passer rating -- second in NFL in passer rating (behind Marcus Mariota).

With Eddie Lacy injured in Week 2, James Starks had 20 carries, 95 rushing yards (second-most in career) -- four receptions and 11 receiving yards.

James Jones' 2015 season: Five receptions, 80 receiving yards, three TD. Jones has already matched his TD total from his last year with Packers (2013) and is one of five NFL players with three-plus receiving TDs in 2015.

Matchup to watch:Jamaal Charles vs. Clay Matthews

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