Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches...
Gronk returned to practice limited on Thusday and Friday. It's a positive sign for his availability Sunday night, but he will likely be a game-time decision.
Anderson sat out all week, but Gary Kubiak left the door open for him to dress. Hillman will play, per the coach. Davis was limited Thursday and Friday. UPDATE: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Hillman will start.
Watt will play.
Both were limited on Friday. With Kwon Alexander starting his four-game suspension, the Bucs need their top defenders Sunday to keep their playoff hopes from dimming.
Megatron and Quin sat out Friday's session. Johnson is expected to play. Ziggy Ansah was limited all week.
Chuck Pagano expects Jackson to play. Dorsett will return and 40-year-old Hasselbeck will start despite being banged up.
Smith returned to the practice field Friday and should play. Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is listed as probable.
That's a lot of Johnny Manziel's targets listed as questionable. UPDATE: Barnidge and Benjamin are expected to play, according to Rapoport.
Revis was full-go in Friday's practice and should return to the lineup.
McPhee sat out all week.
Key game-time decisions
All players questionable unless noted
We will update as prognostications drift closer to game time.
Three matchups that intrigue
The J.J. Watt versus Patriots offensive line story has been overcooked this week. I'd rather focus on the intriguing matchup between one of the best young catchers in the NFL and a quick-ascending cover man. Hopkins is in top five in receptions (86), yards (1,169) and TDs (10). There are drives during every Texans game this season in which "just throw it somewhere near DeAndre" is the entire offense. He's currently the best boundary receiver in the NFL and has some of the stickiest hands -- even if he gets half the hype of Odell Beckham Jr. Butler, meanwhile, has been tasked with slowing down opposing top receivers all season. He's looked like a top shut-down corner at times this season and in other games he's gotten beat in single coverage, even when he's in good position. Butler is giving up a 97.1 passer rating when thrown at (69th-best in the NFL). If Butler shuts down Hopkins it would short-circuit the entire Texans operation.
The is no better wide receiver duo in the NFL than Brown and Bryant. A.B. pummels defenses with jab after jab, getting open with precision routes against every coverage. Then Bryant buries them with uppercuts on long bombs and big runs-after-the-catch. In his last four games, Brown has 41 receptions for 592 yards and 4 TDs -- 10.3 receptions per game, 148.0 YPG. With Bryant in the lineup the Steelers offense is averaging 7.4 more points per game, 51.7 more total YPG and 75.3 more pass YPG. The Bengals defense ranks 13th against the pass in the NFL, giving up just 240.3 yards per game through the air and is first in points allowed (16.3). But they are banged up. Corner Adam Jones (foot, doubtful) is unlikely to play, while Leon Hall (back) and safety George Iloka (groin) are questionable. DBs Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and Josh Shaw (back) are also injured, but are both probable to play. Given all the injuries it'd be a borderline miracle if the Bengals slow down the Steelers like they did in Week 8 (262 yards passing, three INTs). Andy Dalton might need to win a shootout with Ben Roethlisberger.
A smorgasbord of ineptitude has derailed Todd Gurley's season. Jeff Fisher scapegoated Frank Cignetti this week for the offensive problems, so we'll see if that means more Gurley. The ROY candidate has seen just nine carries in each of his last two games, was held under 100 yards each of the last five (averaging just 52.0 rush YPG), earned one run of 10-plus yards in his last four games and no touchdowns in the last two. The offensive line is a mess leaving Gurley to battle through behemoth defensive lineman just to get back to the line of scrimmage. The quarterbacking is XFL bad, allowing defenses to stack the boxes. The Lions got gashed on the ground early in the season, but are allowing fewer than 70 rush yards in four straight games. It will be intriguing to see if new coordinator Rob Boras rides Gurley -- please, sir, ride Gurley -- no matter what the scoreboard says or how the defense lines up.
Did You Know?
Through Week 13, there have been 100 games (100 out of 192 games, 52.1 percent) decided by seven points or fewer, the most through the first 13 weeks of a season in NFL history.
The current league-wide passer rating allowed is 90.2. The highest league-wide passer rating mark was set last season (88.9)
From 2010-2014, teams made extra points at a rate of 99.4 percent. In 2015, with the longer extra point, teams are 856/913 (93.8 percent). There have been 16 missed extra points over the last two weeks (8 in Week 13, 8 in Week 12), the most missed extra points in a two-week span since 1980. There have been more missed extra points in the last two weeks than there were in the previous two seasons combined.
Through 13 weeks this season there have been more converted two-point attempts (38) than there were total in 17 weeks last season (28). In 2014, teams were a combined 28/59 on two-point conversions (47.5 percent). In 2015, teams are a combined 38/81 on two-point conversions (46.9 percent). The Steelers have already set the single-season record for the most successful two-point conversions (7).
Divisions by Winning Percentage
NFC South 28-20 .583
AFC East 28-20 .583
NFC North 25-23 .521
AFC West 25-23 .521
NFC West 25-23 .521
AFC North 23-25 .479
AFC South 19-29 .396
NFC East 19-29 .396
The NFC is 27-25 versus the AFC head-to-head this season.
Wilson: 68.5 completion percentage, 249.8 YPG, 21 TD, 7 INT, 106.2 passer rating. Last 3 games: 76.7 comp pct., 293.0 pass YPG, 11 TD, 0 INT, 148.2 rating -- highest passer rating by any QB in a three-game span this year. First QB with a passer rating of 135.0 or higher in three straight games since Aaron Rodgers had three straight such games in 2011.
This season, Wilson leads all QBs in passer rating on throws from inside the pocket (115.2) -- 20 TD, 6 INT (Andy Dalton is 2nd at 112.8). When throwing 10-plus air-yard passes, Wilson leads all QBs in completion percentage (59.7), pass yards/attempt (14.0) and passer rating (129.5).
The Seahawks' offense has scored 28-plus points in four straight games (T-longest streak in franchise history with 2005 team). Seattle is averaging 378.8 total YPG (would be most in franchise history).
100-plus rushing yards in every game this season -- 1 of 2 teams in NFL to do so (CAR). Twenty-three straight games with 100-plus rush yards.
Thomas Rawls: 141 carries, 786 yards, 4 TD; 9 rec, 76 yards, TD -- ranks 10th in the NFL in rushing.
Rawls has rushed for 712 yards, setting a new NFL record for an undrafted player in his first six career starts (STATS can check this back to 1991). Prior to Rawls, the most rushing yards by any undrafted player through six starts was 621 by Arian Foster in 2010.
Doug Baldwin: 55 receptions, 778 yards, 8 TD. Leads team in all three categories. Baldwin leads the league in passer rating when targeted (138.1).
Seahawks have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season (allowed 2 in 2014). Seattle's notable defensive ranks: 2nd in total YPG allowed (308.3); 3rd in PPG (19.1) and rush YPG (87.8); 4th in pass YPG (220.5).
Each of Ravens first 12 games has been decided by eight or fewer points, the most consecutive games decided by eight points or fewer to start a season since 1940. No other team has played even nine consecutive games decided by eight or fewer to begin a season.
Matt Schaub: 65.0 completion percentage, 270 YPG, 3 TD, 4 INT, 76.0 passer rating. Schaub, who is questionable for Sunday, has thrown a pick six in three straight games. Schaub is already the only quarterback in NFL history to throw a pick six in 4 straight games, coming in Weeks 2-5, 2013.
Javorius Allen: 93 carries, 367 rush yards, (4.0 average), 0 TD; 29 receptions, 242 receiving yards, 2 TD -- 80-plus scrimmage yards in three straight games.
After starting 5-0, the Falcons are now 6-6 and outside looking in on the NFC playoff picture. Since the 1970 merger, 66 of 72 teams (91.7 percent) to start 5-0 went on to make the playoffs. The last teams to do so and miss the playoffs were the Broncos and Giants in 2009. In fact, of the six to miss the playoffs, only the 2004 Vikings rebounded after collapsing in 2003 to make the playoffs the following year.
Matt Ryan: 66.0 completion percentage, 290.1 YPG, 17 TD, 13 INT, 87.9 passer rating. Ryan's career high is 17 INT in 2013.
First five games: 64.9 completion percentage; 291.2 pass YPG; 6-4 TD-INT ratio; 90.7 passer rating.
Last seven games: 66.7 completion percentage; 280.3 pass YPG; 11-9 TD-INT ratio; 86.1 passer rating.
Ryan is tied for the most red zone INTs in the NFL this season (4).
Devonta Freeman: 181 rush, 811 yards, 9 TD. Three straight games with less than 50 rushing yards. No rush TD in last five games.
Julio Jones: 102 receptions, 1,338 yards, 6 TD. Jones is the second player since at least 1960 to have 100-plus receptions through 12 games. His 102 receptions are just seven behind Marvin Harrison in 2002, when Harrison caught an NFL-record 143 passes.
Falcons notable defensive ranks: T-11th in pass YPG; T-12th in PPG; 12th in rush YPG; 16 in total YPG. Allowed 165-plus rushing yards in back-to-back games.
The Panthers are the 10th team in NFL history to win 16 consecutive games, and the first NFC team since the merger to do so. Only five teams in NFL history have won 17 straight games. The last team to win at least 16 straight games was the Broncos from 2012-13 (17 games). The 2008-09 Colts hold the record with 23 straight wins.
Cam Newton: 58.4 completion percentage, 233.1 YPG, 25 TD, 10 INT, 93.2 passer rating -- passer rating is a career high. Newton has 32 total TDs this season (25 pass and 7 rush), the second-most TDs accounted for in the league this season (Tom Brady, 34). The 25 TD passes by Newton are already a career high. The most TDs Cam has accounted for in his career is 35 as a rookie in 2011 (21 pass, 14 rush).
In the last five games, Newton has a 64.3 completion percentage with 254.8 pass YPG, 14-2 TD-INT ratio a 113.9 passer rating and three rushing touchdowns.
Newton has been at his best in the fourth quarter this season, leading Carolina to three fourth quarter comebacks (T-2nd most in NFL) --115.0 passer rating in 4th quarter (best in NFL).
Jonathan Stewart: 232 rush, 914 yards, 5 TD -- 232 rushes is a career high for Stewart; previous high: 221 in 2009 (1,133 yards, 10 TD).
Panthers notable defensive ranks: 1st in takeaways (29) and passer rating against (70.7); 2nd in rush YPG; 3rd in total YPG; 7th in pass YPG (227.2); 8th in third down percentage; ninth in PPG (20.1).
Washington has not defeated a team that currently has a winning record this season and is still searching for its first road win of 2015 (0-5).
On the road the Redskins' offense scores 17.2 PPG (7.2 fewer than home games), earns 264.8 YPG (117.6 fewer), 44.8 rush YPG (136.6 fewer) and has 14 turnovers (8 more than at home).
Kirk Cousins: 68.6 completion percentage, 250.5 YPG, 17 TD, 10 INT, 92.4 passer rating. Leads the NFL in completion percentage. Sacked 11 times in last 4 games; sacked nine times in previous eight games.
DeSean Jackson: 18 receptions, 292 yards, 3 TD -- missed six games due to hamstring injury. Receiving TD in three straight games -- longest streak since three-game stretch from Weeks 6-10, 2010. At least 1 reception of 25-plus yards in 4 straight games.
The Redskins' defense has held opponents below 300 net passing yards in every game this season -- 1 of 3 teams in NFL (DEN, MIN, WAS). Allows 14.7 points per game more on the road than at home, 92.7 total YPG more, 55.9 more rushing YPG and 36.8 more passing YPG.
Jay Cutler: 62.7 completion percentage, 246.5 YPG, 14 TD, 7 INT, 90.1 passer rating. Needs 288 pass yards to reach 3,000 for 7th time in career. Cutler has gone 12 straight games without throwing multiple interceptions, the longest streak of career (previous high was seven). On pace for career bests in TD-INT ratio, INT percent (1.9) and passer rating.
Matt Forte: 172 carries, 676 yards, 3 TD; 31 receptions, 267 yards, TD -- 28 carries and nine catches away from being third player ever with 200 carries and 40 catches for eight straight years (Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson). 943 yards from scrimmage this season. At least 1,400 yards from scrimmage in each of previous seven seasons. Averaged 4.0 yards per carry or less in six of last seven games.
Jeremy Langford: 102 carries, 357 yards, 6 TD; 18 receptions, 241 yards, TD -- rush TD in four of last five games.
Alshon Jeffery: 47 receptions, 690 yards, 2 TD. Averaging 98.6 rec YPG in seven games played this season and 75-plus yards in six of seven games this season. Receiving TD in six of last eight home games.
Bears notable defensive ranks: 2nd in pass YPG allowed (210.8); 12th in total YPG (338.8); 18th in PPG (24.2); 29th in rush YPG (127.9); 28th in 3rd down percent (42.8). Held opponents under 200 net pass yards in 7 of 12 games this season.
Steelers have scored 30-plus points in four straight games. First time scoring 30-plus points in four straight games within a season in franchise history (since 1933: 81 years). Steelers have gained 450-plus total yards in each of their last four games -- T-longest streak by PIT since 1950 (as far as we can check).
Pittsburgh's notable offensive ranks: 2nd in total YPG (409.1); 5th in pass YPG (286.0); 6th in PPG (25.9).
Ben Roethlisberger: 65.9 completion percentage, 338.4 YPG, 15 TD, 9 INT, 98.1 passer rating (8 games). Leads NFL in pass YPG (minimum 300 attempts). Four straight 300-yard games (most in single-season of career). In the last four games, Big Ben has been deadly on 20-plus air yard passes: 14-of-35, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 104.2 passer rating. Roethlisberger has a passer rating of 65.4 on play action passes -- lowest in the NFL (minimum 20 attempts).
DeAngelo Williams: 141 carries, 697 yards, 6 TD; 25 rec, 256 yards -- 13th in NFL in rush yards, 6th in yards/carry. Three 100-yard rushing games this season.
Antonio Brown: 137 targets, 93 rec, 1,310 yards, 7 TD. Third in NFL in targets, 2nd in receptions, 2nd in receiving yards, T-9th in receiving TDs. Brown has seven 100-yard receiving games this season (T-most in NFL). Career-high is eight (set last season).
The Steelers are allowing 365.8 yards per game (22nd in NFL) this season -- most in franchise history for a full season is 364.2 in 1954. Rank 7th in NFL in PPG allowed (20.0), 6th in rush YPG (90.3) and 29th in pass YPG (275.5).
Bengals' notable offensive ranks: 4th in PPG (27.8); 8th in total YPG (376.8); T-9th in rush YPG (118.3); 12th in pass YPG (257.9).
Andy Dalton: 66.1 completion percentage, 265.9 YPG, 25 TD, 6 INT, 107.4 passer rating -- 1st in NFL in passer rating, 5th in comp pct, T-6th in pass TD. Dalton has a passer rating of 112.8 inside the pocket (2nd-best in NFL) and a passer rating of 61.0 when passing outside the pocket.
Jeremy Hill: 162 carries, 588 yards, 8 TD; 9 rec, 54 yards, TD. Season-high 22 carries, 98 rush yards in Week 13. Eight rushing TD this season (had 9 in 2014).
A.J. Green: 70 rec, 1,037 yards, 7 TD. Green's 5th straight 1,000-plus yard receiving season. Only other Bengal in team history with five straight 1,000-yard seasons was Chad Johnson, who did so in six straight seasons from 2002-07. In nine career games versus Steelers: 63 rec, 805 yards, 5 TDs. Three 100-yard games versus Steelers, including Week 8 this season.
Tyler Eifert: 46 receptions, 522 receiving yards, 12 TD. T-2nd most TDs in team history (Carl Pickens 17 in 1995).
Blaine Gabbert: 63.0 completion percentage, 240.8 YPG, 5 TD, 3 INT, 89.5 passer rating. Gabbert has rushed for at least 20 yards in three of four starts this season. Gabbert never rushed for 19-plus yards in a game entering this season.
Anquan Boldin: 49 receptions, 595 yards, 2 TD. Leads team in catches and yards -- 49 catches are 26 more than any other 49er (T. Smith 23).
San Francisco's defense has just nine takeaways this season, 31st in NFL -- 1 total takeaway in last four games.
The Browns offense has scored 10 or fewer points in five games this season -- tied with STL for most such games in NFL this season. Cleveland has earned fewer than 400 total yards offense in seven of 12 games this season.
Gary Barnidge: 60 receptions, 817 yards, 7 TD -- 7-plus targets in eight straight games. Ranks 2nd among TE in targets (93), T-3rd in catches (60), 3rd in yards (817) and 3rd in TD (7). 5-plus receptions and 50-plus receiving yards in eight of 12 games this season.
The Browns' defense has surrendered 30-plus points in five straight games. Ranks 31st in PPG allowed (28.9) and rush YPG (136.3), 29th in total YPG (398.8) and 25th in pass YPG (262.5).
This season, the Colts are 3-0 versus AFC South competition and 3-6 against non-AFC South opponents.
Colts notable offensive ranks: 32nd in giveaways (25); 27th rush YPG (88.8); 24th in total YPG (336.3); 20th in PPG (21.6); 16th in pass YPG (247.4).
Indy has scored 30-plus points in a game only once this season -- scored 30-plus points six times in 2014, five times in 2013, twice in 2012.
Matt Hasselbeck: 64.2 completion percentage, 238.4 YPG, 8 TD, 4 INT, 89.5 passer rating. The Colts have fewer quarterback giveaways with Hasselbeck (5) under center than Luck (13), but are averaging 30.3 fewer pass yards per game. Hasselbeck has NFL's best passer rating on play action this season (134.3).
Donte Moncrief: 53 receptions, 617 rec yards, 5 TD. Less than 50 receiving yards in six of last eight games.
Colts' notable defensive ranks: 30th in total YPG allowed (399.1) and pass YPG (280.4); 28th in sacks (19); 26th in PPG (25.4); 24th in rush YPG (118.7); 23rd in third down percentage (41.4).
Allen Robinson: 65 receptions, 1,080 receiving yards, 11 TD. Franchise record for single-season receiving TDs. Robinson is the fifth player since 1960 aged 23-or-younger to have 1,000-plus receiving yards and 11-plus receiving TD in his team's first 12 games, joining Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Bob Hayes and Lance Alworth. First 1,000-plus receiving yard season by JAX player since Jimmy Smith in 2005. Robinson has 14 receptions of 20-plus air yards this season, most in the NFL.
T.J. Yeldon: 171 carries, 678 rush yards (4.0 average), 2 TDs. 60-plus scrimmage yards in eight straight games -- 70 rush yards or less in nine of 11 games this season.
The Jags' defense has given up 36.5 PPG over their last two games.
Philip Rivers: 67.3 completion percentage, 309.4 pass YPG, 23 TD, 9 INT, 97.1 passer rating -- 2nd in NFL with 3,713 pass yards this season. Rivers needs 184 yards to pass Joe Montana for 15th-most all-time in total yards (currently at 40,368).
Stevie Johnson: 45 receptions, 497 yards, 3 TD -- 0 targets in Week 13 vs. DEN.
Chargers notable defensive ranks: 21st in pass YPG allowed (246.0); 24th in total YPG (370.6) and sacks (22); 26th in rush YPG (124.6); 29th in PPG (27.0) and takeaways (11).
The Chiefs are the fourth team all-time to win six-plus straight games immediately after losing the previous five games within the same season.
K.C. has scored 30-plus points in three straight games, the longest streak by a Chiefs' squad since Weeks 7-9, 2006.
Chiefs' notable offensive ranks: 5th in PPG (26.8); 7th in rush YPG (121.3); 21st in third down percent (36.7); 23rd in total YPG (341.3); 26th in pass YPG (220.0). Kansas City has the second-fewest giveaways in the NFL with 10.
Alex Smith: 64.4 completion percentage, 236.9 pass YPG, 14 TD, 3 INT, 96.3 passer rating. Smith has attempted 305 consecutive passes without throwing an interception, the longest active streak among quarterbacks and the longest streak in Chiefs franchise history. If he attempts four passes without throwing an interception on Sunday, he'll move past Bernie Kosar to own the second longest such streak in NFL history --- behind only Tom Brady's streak of 358 attempts without an interception from 2010-2011. Smith's 3 INTs this season are fewest among any QB with at least 150 attempts.
Smith has a passer rating of 120.8 when throwing 15-plus air yard passes this season (best in NFL among QBs with at least 50 such attempts). 16.0 percent of Smith's pass attempts (60 OF 376) have gone for 15-plus air yards this season (2nd-fewest in NFL behind M. Stafford -- 15.7 percent).
Charcandrick West: 107 carries, 408 yards (3.8 yards/carry), 3 rush TD (played 34 of 51 snaps in Week 13).
Spencer Ware: 43 carries, 260 yards (6.0 yards/carry), 5 rush TD -- Rush TD in three straight games (played just 17 of 51 snaps in Week 13).
Chiefs notable defensive ranks: T-3rd in takeaways (23); T-5th in sacks (34); 6th in third down percentage (33.8); T-7th in PPG 20.0; T-10th in total YPG (337.5).
The Titans are one of three teams to score 40 points at least twice this season (ARI has done it three times, NE twice, TEN twice). Tennessee has at least one giveaway in every game this season (only team in NFL) and their 24 giveaways this season is second most in NFL.
Marcus Mariota: 63.4 completion percentage, 251.2 YPG, 19 TD, 9 INT, 95.1 passer rating -- five fumbles lost (2nd most in NFL; Josh McCown 6). Mariota is on pace for the 5th-highest passer rating by a rookie in the Super Bowl era (95.1). Week 13 versus JAX, Mariota became the first player in NFL history with 250-plus pass yards, 100-plus rush yards and 3 TD passes in a game. Mariota is the second NFL rookie to throw three or more TD passes in four different games in their rookie season (Peyton Manning had 4 in 1998).
Antonio Andrews: 123 carries, 466 yards, 3 TD; 13 receptions, 140 yards -- 100-plus scrimmage yards once in seven starts this season.
Dorial Green-Beckham Week 13: Five receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown. Fist game of career over 100 yards and just second of 60-plus yards.
The Jets rank No. 1 in the NFL in both red zone offense (68.3 percent) and red zone defense (34.5 percent) this season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 60.1 completion percentage, 238.8 YPG, 22 TD, 11 INT, 88.1 passer rating; 48 rush attempts, 209 yards, 2 TD -- Ranks 2nd on team in rush yards and rush TD.
Brandon Marshall has 1,062 receiving yards in his first season with the Jets. He is the first player in NFL history to have a 1,000 yard receiving season with 4 different teams (DEN, MIA, CHI and NYJ). Marshall has earned seven 100-yard games this season, tied with Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. for most in NFL.
Chris Ivory: 195 carries, 813 yards, 7 TD; 24 receptions, 202 yards, TD -- eight scrimmage TDs this season (T-3rd most among RB). 20 rush yards shy of tying career high set in 2013 (833).
The Jets defense has allowed 20-plus points in eight straight games and earned 17 sacks in last five games. Ranks 1st in rush YPG allowed (83.5), 2nd in three-and-out drives forced (43) and first downs per game allowed (17.3).
Bills head coach Rex Ryan is overseeing his highest scoring offense in seven NFL seasons as a head coach (24.7 PPG), but his worst total defense as a head coach (359.7 YPG allowed).
Tyrod Taylor: 64.9 completion percentage, 217.1 YPG, 17 TD, 4 INT, 104.3 passer rating; 63 carries, 318 yards, 3 rush TDs.
This season, Taylor has averaged 31.8 rushing yards per game (3rd among NFL QBs) and compiled a passer rating of 104.3 (4th in NFL). Only four other players in NFL history (min. 224 pass attempts) had a passer rating of at least 100 and averaged at least 30.0 rushing yards per game in a season: HOF QB Steve Young (1991, 1992, 1998), Mike Vick in 2010 (MVP candidate), Robert Griffin III in 2012 (Rookie of the Year), and Russell Wilson (2012, 2013, 2015).
LeSean McCoy: 173 carries, 792 yards (4.6 average), 3 TD; 27 receptions, 249 yards (9.2 average), 2 TD. Three 100-yard games this season -- all came in last five games played. Bills are 3-0 this season when McCoy has 100-plus rushing yards and 2-5 when McCoy plays and does not have 100 rushing yards.
Sammy Watkins: 34 receptions, 635 yards (18.7 average), 6 TD -- matches TD total from entire rookie season (6). Three TD receptions in last two games. Three 100-yard games this season -- all came in Watkins' last five games.
Sam Bradford: 63.5 completion percentage, 241.7 YPG, 13 TD, 10 INT, 83.5 passer rating; 18 carries, 30 yards. Bradford is the highest rated passer (131.0) in the NFL outside the pocket this season (min. 10 attempts). Bradford is ranked 42nd in the NFL this season in passer rating inside the pocket (77.5) (min. 10 attempts).
Jordan Matthews: 61 receptions, 661 yards (10.8 average), 4 TD. Back-to-back games with TD reception for first time all season.
Zach Ertz: 40 receptions, 403 yards (10.1 average), 1 TD. Ertz has the worst passer rating this season (57.8) among players targeted at least 60 times -- 40 catches on 66 targets.
Eagles notable defensive ranks: 24th in pass YPG allowed (258.8); 25th in PPG (25.2); 26th in total YPG (383.4); 27th in rush YPG (124.7).
Fletcher Cox: 42 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 FF, 13 QB hits, 5 TFL. Already has career-highs in sacks, FF and QB hits.
The Lions run ball on 33.7 percent of plays this season (fewest in NFL). Detroit's offense has run the ball with more success in their last three games: Rushed for 100-plus yards in each of last 3 games after rushing for 100-plus yards in one of first nine games.
Matthew Stafford: 64.9 completion percentage, 263.7 YPG, 22 TD, 12 INT, 91.1 passer rating. 7 TD passes in his last two games -- 5 TD passes in the previous 4 games combined. 300-plus pass yards once in last 15 road games.
Calvin Johnson: 70 receptions, 965 yards, 7 TD -- 35 receiving yards shy of a 6th consecutive 1,000 yard season -- current five-season streak is longest active streak in NFL. Only has one 100-yard receiving game this season -- had at least three 100-yard games in every season since 2008. 100-plus receiving yards once in last 13 games.
Lions notable defensive ranks: 28th in scoring defense; 26th in red zone defense; T-26th in turnovers; 18th in rushing D; T-16th in passing D; 17th in total YPG; T-7th in sacks.
The Rams have been outscored 132-54 during current five-game losing streak:
First seven games: 4-3 record; 19.3 PPG; 17.9 Opp. PPG; +3 turnover differential
Last five games: 0-5 record; 10.8 PPG; 26.4 Opp. PPG; -4 turnover differential
Last time a Jeff Fisher coached team ranked in top 10 in total offense or points scored was 2003 (8th YPG, 5th PPG and Steve McNair was co-MVP).
Rams have scored 10 or fewer points five times this season -- tied with Cleveland for fewest in NFL. Earned 18 offensive TD this season (31st in NFL - SF, 17).
Todd Gurley: 173 carries, 835 yards, 6 TD. His 83.5 rush YPG ranks 3rd in NFL (Peterson, D. Martin). Gurley has one total run of 10-plus yards over last 4 games -- had 18 runs of 10-plus yards over previous five games. No TDs in last two games after streak of five straight with a TD. Nine carries in each of last two games. Averaged 21 carries per game in previous seven contests. Gurley has been held under 100 yards in each of his last 5 games.
Rams' notable defensive ranks: 3rd in third down percentage (32.3); T-9th in sacks (32); T-11th in pass YPG (239.9); T-12th in PPG (21.4); 18th in total YPG (356.3) 23rd in rush YPG (116.3).
Jeff Fisher 24-35-1 (.408) as Rams head coach -- 166-155-1 (.517) in career. Has not had a winning season since going 13-3 in 2008 with TEN -- Won AFC South.
Tampa Bay is averaging 143.3 rush YPG this season (2nd in NFL). New Orleans has allowed league-worst 137.8 rush YPG this season.
Saints notable offensive ranks: 2nd in pass YPG (301.2); 4th in total YPG (395.6) and third down percentage (44.5); 9th in PPG 24.8.
Drew Brees: 67.1 completion percentage, 316.5 YPG, 23 TD, 11 INT, 96.6 passer rating. Brees is one pass TD shy of tying Dan Marino for 4th all-time.
C.J. Spiller: 31 carries, 108 yards, 3.5 yards per carry. 0 rush TDs; 29 receptions, 216 yards 2 TDs.
Brandin Cooks: 61 receptions, 840 yards, 7 TD. Leads team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs. Last 5 games: 6 receiving TD. First 17 career games: 4 receiving TD
Saints rank last in the NFL in PPG (31.7), total YPG (425.2), rush YPG (137.8), opponent passer rating (116.6) and yards per play (6.6). Also rank 31st in pass YPG (287.3) and 20-plus yard plays allowed (62).
Buccaneers have won four of their last six games after opening the season 2-4: First 6 games: 2-4 record; 23.3 PPG; 29.8 Opp. PPG; -2 turnover differential
Last 6 games:4-2 record; 21.8 PPG; 19.8 Opp. PPG; 3-plus turnover differential
Doug Martin: 227 carries, 1,133 yards, 4 TD; 23 receptions, 194 yards, TD. 2nd in NFL in yards and 10-plus yard rushes; 1st in NFL in 20-plus yard rushes; 3rd in carries; and 5th in YPC.
Tampa's defense has allowed 25 points-or-less in four straight games. The Buccaneers have recorded 3-plus sacks in four straight games, first time doing so since Weeks 10-13, 2004. Tampa's 21 three-and-out drives forced this season (fewest in NFL).
First 8 games: 28.9 PPG allowed; 349.0 YPG; 108.4 rush YPG
Last 4 games: 16.8 PPG; 313.5 YPG; 67.3 rush YPG
Latavius Murray: 199 carries, 851 yards, 4 TDs; 31 receptions, 167 yards, 0 TDs -- 2 TD in last six games.
Amari Cooper: 62 receptions, 920 yards, 4 TD. Four 100-yard receiving games this season, most by OAK rookie in franchise history. Cooper already holds OAK record for most receptions and receiving yards by a rookie. Four straight games without a TD reception.
Michael Crabtree: 66 receptions, 760 yards, 7 TD. Leads team in receptions and receiving TD -- 115 targets this season rank 11th in NFL.
Raiders notable defensive ranks: 17h in pass YPG allowed (106.7); 25th in total YPG (377.8); 27th in PPG (26.2); 28th in pass YPG (271.1).
Since Osweiler took over (last three games), the Broncos have the NFL's 10th best total offense (371.7 YPG). With Manning under center (first nine games), the Broncos had the NFL's 28th-best total offense (331.7 YPG). The Broncos have gained at least 385 total yards in two of Brock Osweiler's three starts. They only did so in two of Peyton Manning's nine starts.
Broncos' offensive ranks:
With Manning (nine games): T-17th in PPG; 28th in total YPG; 29th in rush YPG; 18th in pass YPG; 28th in third down percent
With Osweiler (three games): 18th in PPG; 10th in total YPG; 3rd in rush YPG; 24th in pass YPG; T-19th in third down percent
Denver has used two tight-end formations (12 personnel) more often with Osweiler as QB. (12 personnel = 1 running back, 2 tight ends, 2 wide receivers; 11 personnel = 1 running back, 1 tight end, 3 wide receivers):
Last three games with Osweiler: 12 personnel on 55 percent of plays; 11 personnel in 32 percent of plays
First nine games with Manning: 12 personnel in 26 percent of plays; 11 personnel in 60 percent of plays
In their last three games (with Osweiler starting), Denver has run 146 plays from under center. In their first nine games (with Manning starting), DEN ran 93 plays from under center.
Broncos notable defensive ranks: 1st in total YPG allowed (284.7) and pass YPG (195.6); 2nd in PPG (17.5); 5th in rush YPG (89.1) and 3rd down percentage (33.3). Held opponents below 30 points in every game this season -- only team in NFL to do so. Broncos lead the league with five defensive touchdowns this season
Only team to not allow a 300-yard passer this season.
The Cowboys have the worst record in NFL history by a team one game out of first place in their division after 13 weeks. No team in NFL history has had a seven-game losing streak or longer in a single season and then made the playoffs.
Matt Cassel: 60.8 completion percentage, 206.2 pass YPG, 4 TD, 5 INT, 76.7 passer rating -- fifth-worst passer rating among all QBs with 150-plus attempts this season. 1-6 as a starter in his last seven (excluding Week 1 with BUF, 0 pass attempts).
Dez Bryant: 57 targets, 26 receptions, 342 receiving yards, 2 TD. Fewer than 50 yards in five of seven games this season.
Jason Witten: 60 receptions, 553 receiving yards, 2 TD. Has not scored a TD since having 2 TD receptions in Week 1 -- 11-game drought is longest single-season streak since 2009 (13 games). Has 1,003 career receptions (12th player in history w/ 1,000+), 2nd TE in history with 1,000 receptions (Tony Gonzalez 1,325). 2014 Divisional Round at GB: 6 receptions, 71 receiving yards.
The Packers have lost two straight home games. They have not lost three straight at home with Aaron Rodgers as starting QB. The last time they lost three in a row at home was from Weeks 1-5, 2006. Rodgers has never lost three straight home games as starting QB, not in the NFL, college at Cal, junior college or even in high school.
Rodgers: 61.0 completion percentage, 246.4 YPG, 26 TD, 5 INT, 97.3 passer rating. His 61.0 completion percentage ranks 24th among 32 qualifying quarterbacks this season -- lowest comp percent for a season in his career as a starter. Rodgers is averaging 6.9 yards per attempt this season (24th in NFL), his lowest yards per attempt in career as starter.
Randall Cobb: 57 receptions, 656 yards, 6 rec TD (1 fumble recovery TD). Fewer than 75 yards in eight of last nine games. Averaging 11.5 yards per reception this season (career low).
Davante Adams: 71 targets, 36 receptions, 343 yards, 1 TD. Rodgers has a 64.0 passer rating when targeting Adams this season -- third-lowest passer rating to receiver this season (min 60 targets).
Packers' notable defensive ranks: 6th in PPG allowed (19.8); 19th in total YPG (356.8); 20th in rush YPG (111.8) and pass YPG (245).
The Patriots have not had a three-game losing streak since Weeks 4-8, 2002 -- their only one of the Brady era (a four-game streak). They have gone 213 consecutive games since losing three straight, the second-longest streak in NFL history. The 1980-1999 49ers went 291 straight games between three-game losing streaks.
Tom Brady: 63.7 completion percentage, 326.0 YPG, 31 TD, 6 INT, 102.8 passer rating. After starting the season with 20 TD and just 1 INT in his first seven games, Brady has 11 TD and 5 INT in his last five games.
Rob Gronkowski : 57 receptions, 931 receiving yards, 9 receiving TD (Missed Week 13). Without Gronkowski on the field this year, Brady has averaged a passer rating 23.8 points lower. Gronkowski is questionable for Sunday's game.
Danny Amendola: 56 receptions, 582 yards, 3 TD. At least 7 receptions in each of last three games played -- targeted 10-plus times in each of those games.
Patriots notable defensive ranks: 2nd in sacks (36); 10th in PPG allowed (20.6); 11th in rush YPG (99.6); 13th in total YPG (341.2); 15th in pass YPG (241.6). New England allowed 30-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 12-13, 2013.
Malcolm Butler: 54 tackles, 1 INT, 13 passes defensed. Allowing a 97.1 passer rating when targeted this season -- 69th-best in NFL among CB (min 30 targets).
DeAndre Hopkins: 86 receptions, 1,169 yards, 10 TD -- 3rd-most receiving yards in NFL this season (1,169 yards); T-3rd most receiving TD (10). Has already set Texans single-season record with 10 receiving TDs -- 5 receiving touchdowns in last five games. Targeted 152 times this season, 4th-most through 12 games since 1992. Back-to-back games with fewer than 10 targets -- first two games this season without 10-plus targets
Brian Hoyer: 61.2 completion percentage, 244.7 YPG, 18 TD, 6 INT, 94.4 passer rating. Owns NFL's 4th-best passer rating (104.2) in the second half this season. Has 23 straight games with at least one completion of 25-plus yards (longest active streak in NFL)
The Houston defense has allowed fewer than 20 points four of last five games. Owns the NFL's No. 7 total defense (332.3 YPG) this season and No. 3 passing D (218.3 YPG).
Watt leads the NFL in sacks (13.5), multi-sack games (5), QB hits (42), and tackles for loss (24). Through 12 games a year ago, Watt had 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
When 69-year-old Tom Coughlin and 39-year-old Dan Campbell square off on Monday Night, it'll be the 21st time since the merger that the league's oldest active coach faces the league's youngest active coach head-to-head. The older coach has won 11 of the previous 20 matchups, thanks in part to Coughlin, who is 3-0 in these games. Coughlin beat Mike Tomlin's Steelers in 2008, Raheem Morris' Buccaneers in 2009, and Dennis Allen's Raiders in 2013.
Odell Beckham Jr. has 100-plus receiving yards in five straight games, the longest single-season streak in Giants history and the longest active streak in the league. Beckham is the second-youngest player (age 23) to ever have five straight 100-yard receiving games, trailing only Isaac Bruce (age 22) in 1995.
Notable Giants offensive ranks: 7th in PPG (25.6) and pass YPG (266.6); 15th in total YPG (354.7); 29th in rush YPG (88.1). In New York's 2-5 slide they have turned the ball over 11 times (just three in first five games).
Eli Manning: 62.3 completion percentage, 276.5 YPG, 24 TD, 10 INT, 91.6 passer rating. Manning is tied for the most red zone INT in the NFL this season (4). Manning has four 300-plus yard pass game this season (had five total last season).
Giants are on pace for their worst total defense in franchise history (423.3 YPG allowed). On pace to allow the most pass yards per game in NFL history (314.5).
The Dolphins' offense scored 20 points or fewer in six straight games and are 27th in scoring offense (20.0 PPG).
DeVante Parker: 11 receptions, 192 receiving yards, 2 TD. Last two games: 7 receptions, 143 yards, 2 TDs.
Miami Defense: 375-plus total yards allowed in each of last six games; 134.8 rush YPG allowed this season (30th in NFL); allowed 49 runs of 10-plus yards this season (2nd-most in NFL). The Dolphins have allowed 41 points on opening drive this season (most in NFL).