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A simple inch of tape shows where the Tennessee Titans are.

There was Tennessee defensive end JEVON KEARSE last Sunday afternoon after the Titans had defeated the Chicago Bears affixing an inch of white athletic tape between the 9 and 0 on his jersey to symbolize that his team was, indeed, 9-0 -- the NFL’s lone undefeated club of the NFL 2008 Season.

Heading into NFL 2008 Week 11 against their AFC South-rival Jacksonville Jaguars, the Titans quest is for 10-0.

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In the 30 years since the NFL instituted the 16-game schedule in 1978, only eight clubs have reached that mark. Tennessee, in its methodical way, aims to do exactly that.

"They get turnovers. They play great defense. They stop the other team from running the ball," says Chicago cornerback NATHAN VASHER of the Titans’ simple ways. "Whenever you do those things, you can be effective. They keep winning games. You’ve got to respect them for that."

The Titans are four games up in their division as Week 11 dawns. That first-place margin is only a dream in most other divisions. There are two-way ties at the tops of the AFC East, AFC North and NFC North. And there are one-game separations between the top two teams in the AFC West and between the top three in the NFC South.

"It’s getting down to crunch time now," says New England Patriots linebacker TEDY BRUSCHI.

NFL 2008 Week 11: 10-essee Titans Set Sights on 10-0 Start

For NFL 2008 Week 11, the undefeated Tennessee Titans (9-0) travel to play the Jacksonville Jaguars in their quest to make this NFL 2008 season a memorable one.

The Tennessee Titans maintain the NFL’s longest winning streak with a franchise-record 12 consecutive regular-season wins dating back to December 16 of last year. And they continue their "week-in and week-out" mantra.

"We only know one way to play, and that’s to play hard and play long," says Titans tight end BO SCAIFE, who leads the team in receptions (42) and receiving yards (422). "I think our motto is we just go out there and play. It doesn’t matter who is in front of us and what our record is. We just go out there and play."

Since 1970, 10 of the 1,065 teams to start a season (.9 percent) won their first 10 games:

1972 Miami Dolphins (14-0)
1975 Minnesota Vikings (10-0)
1984 Miami Dolphins (11-0)
1985 Chicago Bears (12-0)
1990 New York Giants (10-0)
1990 San Francisco 49ers (10-0)
1991 Washington Redskins (11-0)
1998 Denver Broncos (13-0)
2005 Indianapolis Colts (13-0)
2007 New England Patriots (16-0)
2008 Tennessee Titans (???)

And while the buzz grows each week, the Tennessee Titans manage to keep their accomplishments in perspective.

"It’s not a distraction, as long as you listen to the voice of your leader," says Titans linebacker DAVID THORNTON. "Coach (JEFF) FISHER does a tremendous job of echoing the message that we must continue with what we’ve been doing, stay focused, keep fighting, keep your confidence high and not get big-headed."

Titans defensive captain KEITH BULLUCK says the team has a set goal. "We’re not trying to go undefeated," he says. "We’re trying to win as many games as possible so we get homefield position in the playoffs."

Bulluck and his teammates can take another step towards that playoff positioning this Sunday.

The teams that won their first 10 games whose statistics compare the closest to the Titans through nine games:

2008 TENNESSEE TITANS

CATEGORY

10-0 TEAMS CLOSEST COMPARISON

2,819

Total Yards/Offense

2,730; 1990 Giants

2,561

Total Yards/Defense

2,568; 1990 49ers

220

Points Scored

222; 1990 49ers

117

Points Allowed

115; 2005 Colts

14

Interceptions

14; 1972 Dolphins

1,213

Rush Yards/Offense

1,202; 2005 Colts

1,606

Pass Yards/Offense

1,656; 1990 Giants

811

Rush Yards/Defense

815; 2007 Patriots

1,750

Pass Yards/Defense

1,662; 2007 Patriots

16

Rush TDs

17; 1998 Broncos

6

Pass TDs

10; 1972 Dolphins

 

NFL.com analyst and former Dallas Cowboys vice president of personnel development GIL BRANDT provides insight on the success of the 2008 Titans:

10-0 team that compares to the Tennesse Titans:

"Tennessee is very similar to the 1985 Chicago Bears. JEFF FISHER learned from the feet of BUDDY RYAN, who was the defensive coordinator on those Bears teams in the mid-’80s."

Balanced Team:

"The Titans are an opportunistic team, but a flexible and well-coached team with balance. Obviously they excel in many areas, but they do an outstanding job when it comes to protecting the passer, field position, defensive takeaways, rushing the quarterback and executing on special teams."

NFL 2008 Week 11: Bears & Packers Meet for 175th Time
Most in NFL History

This Sunday at Lambeau Field, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will meet for the 175th time, the most regular-season games ever between two NFL franchises.

"There have been great rivalries in American sports," says Packers Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end WILLIE DAVIS, "but none has had the fire in the belly that the Packers and Bears has had. None has had as much emotion associated with it."

Let the "crunching" begin with some of these highlight games of NFL 2008 Week 11:

NFL 2008 Week 11:
NEW YORK JETS (6-3) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-3)

Thursday night, NFL Network, 8:00 PM ET

Two of the hottest rivals in the NFL the New York Jets and New England Patriots battle for first in the AFC East this NFL 2008 Week 11.

"It will be a wild atmosphere," says Jets S KERRY RHODES. "They don’t like us and we feel the same way about them."

Two months ago, Patriots QB MATT CASSEL made his first NFL start against the Jets in a 19-10 New England victory. Since then, the kid has done all right for himself. In all but one of his eight starts, Cassel has completed 60 percent of his passes, showing confidence all the way such as last week when he engineered a club record-tying 19-play scoring drive in a 20-10 victory over Buffalo.

The Jets -- themselves with key names new to the series (like that youngster from Mississippi, BRETT FAVRE) – beefed up their defense this year with mammoth DT KRIS JENKINS (Carolina) and pass-rushing LB CALVIN PACE (Arizona). Those two have helped New York hold its last three opponents to 80-or-fewer yards rushing and strengthen a unit that ranks second in the league in sacks (31).

The Jets’ No. 5 NFL rush defense will confront yet another newcomer, Patriots rookie RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS (his mother calls him "Benny"), who was at least sixth on New England’s training camp depth chart yet has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and comes off a career-high 105-yard rushing game.

And hold on! As if this meeting needed any more sparks, suiting up for New York will be former Jets (2005) and Patriots (1995-04, two Super Bowl rings) CB TY LAW, signed this Monday. "I know they’re going to throw at me, but I welcome the challenge," says Law.

NFL 2008 Week 11:
BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3) at NEW YORK GIANTS (8-1)

The NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense of the Giants will square off against the league’s top run defense of the Ravens that has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 28 games, the longest such active streak in the NFL. So the "Earth (BRANDON JACOBS), Wind (DERRICK WARD) and Fire (AHMAD BRADSHAW)" backfield of the Giants better be ready for "RAY RAY" LEWIS and the boys.

The other No. 1s? That would be the Giants’ ELI MANNING, the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2004 and now a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, against the second QB taken in the draft this year (No. 18 overall), JOE FLACCO.

Eli Manning, in his steady way, has taken the Giants to the second-best record in the league. Joe Flacco has led the Ravens to one more victory than they had in all of last year, four wins in a row (each with a team-record 27-or-more consecutive points), and has not thrown an interception in 111 consecutive attempts. That all said, the rookie goes up against the league’s No. 3 sack team (30).

New Ravens head coach JOHN HARBAUGH is quite familiar with the Giants and their tendencies. He spent the past 10 seasons (1998-07) with division-rival Philadelphia as the Eagles’ special teams/secondary coach.

NFL 2008 Week 11:
DENVER BRONCOS (5-4) at ATLANTA FALCONS (6-3)

The Atlanta Falcons are tough at home, but the road doesn’t bother the Denver Broncos.

Denver comes to Atlanta to face a hot team led by a hot quarterback. The Falcons, who have won four of their past five, also have won all four of their home games this year. A large amount of credit for that goes to rookie MATT RYAN, the first QB taken in the draft this year (No. 3 overall), who has thrown every pass for the Falcons, completing 70 percent of them at home with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

That’s all great, say the Broncos. But look at what we did last Thursday night on the road in Cleveland. Denver’s first-round choice at QB in 2006, JAY CUTLER, threw three fourth-quarter TD passes to bring the Broncos back from a 23-10 deficit in an eventual 34-30 win while compiling a career-high 447 yards.

It could come down to "might vs. flight." Atlanta comes in with the No. 2 NFL run game, led by the league’s third-leading rusher MICHAEL TURNER (890 yards). Cutler directs the No. 3 NFL passing game, with the third-most QB TDs (18).

NFL 2008 Week 11:
DALLAS COWBOYS (5-4) at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-3)

From byes to perhaps a tie.

After their bye weeks, these NFC East rivals are back at it big-time, with lots of scenarios. The biggest is: with a win, Dallas ties Washington for second place in the division behind the 8-1 Giants. And if Philadelphia wins this week, there will be a three-way second-place tie in the winningest division (.667) in the league.

Scenarios for Sunday night? There are many. Dallas could get a whole group of key players back from injury – QB TONY ROMO (1-3 as a starter vs. Washington), G KYLE KOSIER, CB TERENCE NEWMAN and perhaps rookie RB FELIX JONES. Washington wants to get back to the no-season-interceptions pace followed by QB JASON CAMPBELL before he was picked off twice in the second half by Pittsburgh in Week 9. And the Redskins hope the league’s No. 2 rusher, CLINTON PORTIS (995 yards), will be available (knee). Plus, new CB DE ANGELO HALL will make his Washington debut.

With all that said, the key to the game could be, simply, the tight ends. Washington’s CHRIS COOLEY (48 catches) and Dallas’ JASON WITTEN (46) lead their clubs in receptions.

NFL 2008 Week 11:
CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-6) at BUFFALO BILLS (5-4)

Maybe in the NFL, it’ll be different!

Because when the two focal points of this game met in the past, it was all Browns QB BRADY QUINN’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish over Bills QB TRENT EDWARDS’ Stanford Cardinal. Monday night will be the first time the two have squared off in the NFL, but the 2007 draft choices battled three years in a row as undergrads with the Domers winning all three (2004, 23-15; 2005, 38-31; 2006, 31-10).

Old times aside, this will be a big one for both teams. The season is getting short, and losses cannot be afforded.

With two cold-weather clubs playing on a Monday night outdoors, the running game can play even more of a part. Each team wants to get this phase of their offense untracked and they’ve got the men to do it – Cleveland’s JAMAL LEWIS (593 yards) and Buffalo’s MARSHAWN LYNCH (512).

 

NFL FACTOID

FIRST-ROUND FINDS: The two quarterbacks taken in the first round of this year’s draft -- MATT RYAN (Atlanta, No. 3) and JOE FLACCO (Baltimore, No. 18) -- have already combined (with each club at 6-3) to top by three the total number of wins last year for both teams (Baltimore, 5; Atlanta, 4).

NFL 2008 Weekend 11:
NFL 2008 Week 11 Matchups, Preview, Analysis & Game Capsules

NFL 2008 Week 11 NFL Game Capsules, Statistics, Preview & Analysis

NFL 2008 WEEK 11 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13

NEW YORK JETS (6-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-3)

The New York Jets barely cling on to 48-47-1 series leasd as the New England Patriots have won 10 of the last 11 meetings. New York Jets Head Coach Eric Mangini now has 1-5 record versus his former Patriots. Meanwhile Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick boasts a 13-6 record over his former team.

Earlier this NFL 2008 season (9/14/2008), the Patriots defeated the Jets at Giants Stadium by the score of 19 - 10. In that game, New England Kicker Stephen Gostkowski converted 4 field goals as QB Matt Cassel won his first-ever NFL start. Patriots running back Sammy Morris added a 1-yard TD run.

Last week both teams won and remained tied for first place in the AFC East. The Jets defeated the Saint Louis Rams at home 47-3 while the New England Patriots defeated the Bills at home 20-10.

NEW YORK JETS (6-3)

  • The Jets seek their for 4th consecutive win for the first time since 10/10/2004

  • In past 5 vs. the New England Patriots (including Super Bowl XXXI ) QB BRETT FAVRE has completed 77 of 129 passes (59.7 pct.) for 886 yards with 9 TDs vs. 1 interceptions & 100.5 passer rating. Including postseason, Brett Favre’s teams are 95-8 (.922) when he posts 100 or better passer rating

  • RB THOMAS JONES posted career-high 3 rush TDs last week & has 8 TDs in past 5 (7 rush, 1 receptions). Jones averages 106.4 rush yards per game when posting 20 or better attempts with the New York Jets

  • WR LAVERANUES COLES posted 3 receptions for 72 yards (24.0 avg.) in last meeting

  • TE CHRIS BAKER had 8 receptions for 64 yards (8.0 avg.) in last game at the New England Patriots. Rookie TE DUSTIN KELLER (first round, No. 30) had career-high 6 receptions for 107 yards (17.8 avg.) with TD last game

  • S KERRY RHODES recorded first interception of season last week

  • DE SHAUN ELLIS aims for 3rd straight game with sack vs. the New England Patriots

  • LB CALVIN PACE registered 50-yard FR-TD last week

  • Since 2001, Jets lead NFL with 10 kick returns for touchdowns

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-3)

  • The Patriots have won 3 straight Thursday games

  • Since 2001, Pats are 23-7 (.767) in November

  • In 5 games at home in NFL 2008, QB MATT CASSEL has completed 94 of 140 passes (67.1 pct.) for 969 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 interceptions & 92.2 passer rating

  • Rookie RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS (undrafted FA) posted career-high 105 rush yards on 26 attempts last week. Green-Ellis aims for 5th consecutive game with rush TD

  • In past 3 against Jets, WR RANDY MOSS averages 94.6 receptions yards per game (284 total). Since NFL 2007, WR WES WELKER leads NFL with 178 receptions Welker can become first player in NFL history with 6 or better receptions in team’s first 10 games. Welker had season-high 10 receptions for 107 yards (10.7 avg.) last week

  • DE RICHARD SEYMOUR aims for 3rd game in row with at least 0.5 sack vs. NYJ

  • Rookie LB JEROD MAYO leads team with 65 tackles

  • CB-KR ELLIS HOBBS leads NFL with 28.7 KR avg.

NFL 2008 WEEK 11 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16

DENVER BRONCOS (5-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (6-3)

The Denver Broncos lead the series 7-4 and have won 5 of the 6 past games versus the Falcons. The Falcons and Broncos last played each other on 10/31/20404. The Falcons won 41 - 28 in Denver as Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick passed for 2 TDs and rushed for 115 yards. Denver QB Jake Plummer threw for a Broncos franchise high 499 yards in the defeat.

Last week both teams won. The Broncos defeated the Clveland Browns on the road 34-30 and the Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints at home by the score of 34 - 20.

DENVER BRONCOS (5-4)

  • The Broncos aim for their 4th consecutive win against an NFC opponent

  • QB JAY CUTLER totaled a career-high 447 passing yards last week versus the Browns

  • In past 3 games against NFC opponents, Jay Cutler has completed 70 of 105 passes (66.7 pct.) for 737 yards with 5 TDs vs. 1 interception & 98.8 passer rating. The Denver Broncos are 8-0 when Cutler has a 100 or better passer rating

  • RB SELVIN YOUNG is averaging 5.6 yards per carry this NFL 2008 season (48 attempts, 268 yards)

  • WR BRANDON MARSHALL is averaging 89.2 receptions yards per game in the NFL 2008 season (57 receptions, 714 yards in 8 games). Rookie WR EDDIE ROYAL (2nd round, No. 42) posted career-high 164 receiving yards on 6 catches last week. Royal leads NFL rookies with 52 catches & aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD. WRs Marshall (57 receptions, 714 receptions yards) & Royal (52 receptions, 625 receiving yards) have totaled 109 receptions for 1,339 yards

  • TE TONY SCHEFFLER averages 17.6 yards per reception (20 receptions, 351 yards) in NFL 2008

  • DE EBENEZER EKUBAN has 3 sacks in past 4

ATLANTA FALCONS (6-3)

  • The Atlanta Falcons are 4-0 at home this NFL 2008 season

  • Rookie QB MATT RYAN leads the NFL with 125.2 home passer rating and has completed 59 of 84 (70.2 pct.) for 902 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 interceptions at home. In all 4 home starts, Matt Ryan has posted 115.0 or better rating, including 134.0 mark last week

  • RB MICHAEL TURNER ranks 3rd in this NFL 2008 season with 890 rushing yards (98.9 per game). Turner has 474 yards (118.5 per game) & 6 TDs in 4 home games. When Turner has 8 or better carries, his teams are 17-3 (.850). In 10/7/07 game vs. the Denver Broncos (with the San Diego Chargers), Turner rushed 10 times for 147 yards (14.7 avg.) & 1 TD (74 yards). RB JERIOUS NORWOOD had 67-yard TD catch last week. Has 6 career TDs & 4 have been 67 or better yards

  • WR RODDY WHITE has 47 catches for 688 yards (98.3 per game) & 6 TDs in past 7

  • DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 21.0 sacks in past 24. Has 78.5 sacks since 2000, 4th-most in NFL. LB KEITH BROOKING has 1.0 sack & 1 interception in past 2 meetings. Rookie CB CHEVIS JACKSON had 95-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown last week, 2nd longest interception which he returned for a touchdown in team history. S ERIK COLEMAN aims for 3rd in row with interception.

DETROIT LIONS (0-9) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-2)

The Panthers have won the past three against the Detroit Lions and lead the series 3-1. The two teams last met on October 16, 2005 when the Panthers defeated the Lions in Detroit 21-20. Carolina Panthers QB Chris Weinke, making his first start since 2002, threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to WR Ricky Proehl with 32 seconds remaining to win the game

Last week the winless Lions lost to the Jaguars at home 38-14 while the Panthers defeated the Raiders in Oakland 17-6.

DETROIT LIONS (0-9)

  • QB DAUNTE CULPEPPER had the 2nd-highest passer rating of career vs. the Carolina Panthers, posting 151.1 mark in 11/19/00 meeting (with the Minnesota Vikings)

  • Rookie RB KEVIN SMITH leads team with 401 rush yards & 5 rush TDs. Is 1 of 3 rookies to lead club in both rushing & rush TDs. Can become 6th rookie in franchise history to lead club in both. Ties for 2nd among rookies with 5 rush TDs. In last game vs. the Carolina Panthers (10/22/06 with the Cincinnati Bengals), RB RUDI JOHNSON had 26 carries for 101 yards

  • WR CALVIN JOHNSON has TD in 4 of past 5. Leads club with 39 receptions & 774 yards, averaging 19.8 yards per catch. Aims to join HERMAN MOORE (1995) as only Lions to record 70 catches, 1,200 yards & 10 TDs in season

  • DE DEWAYNE WHITE has 3.5 sacks, 2 FFs & interception in past 5. In past 2 vs. the Carolina Panthers, White has 1.0 sack, 3 FRs & 1 FF. DT CORY REDDING has 3.0 sacks in past 5

  • K JASON HANSON is 5 of 5 from 50 or better yards this year, most in franchise history. Has 38 career 50 or better yard FGs, tied for 2nd in NFL history

CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-2)

  • Going into NFL 2008 Week 11, the Carolina Panthers are looking for their 2nd 8-2 start in team history, joining the Panthers 2003 team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXVIII

  • QB JAKE DELHOMME is 2-0 in career vs. the Detroit Lions In past games 4 at home this NFL 2008 season, Delhomme has completed 68 of 101 (67.3 pct.) for 973 yards with 8 TDs vs. 1 interception for 120.6 rating. Aims for 5th in row at home with 110.0 or better rating. As a starter, when Delhomme has 110.0 or better passer rating, the Panthers are 15-0

  • RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS rushed for career-high 140 yards last week with 1 TD (69 yards). Has 297 rush yards (99.0 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 at home. Club is 9-0 when he rushes for 80 or better yards. RB JONATHAN STEWART ties for second among rookies with 5 rush TDs

  • WR STEVE SMITH has 30 catches for 552 yards (92.0 per game) & 4 TDs in past 6. Had 6 catches for 123 yards (20.5 avg.) & 1 TD in last meeting

  • DE JULIUS PEPPERS had 3.0 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Ranks first in team history with 63.0 sacks & 24 FFs. Has 5.0 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3 vs. the Detroit Lions Defense has 7 interceptions & allowed 2 pass TDs in past 3 vs. the Detroit Lions QB Culpepper (49.0 passer rating). CB KEN LUCAS had interception in last meeting.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-8)

The Eagles have won 2 of the past 3 meetings versus the Bengals, but the Bengals still lead the series 7-3. The two teams last played each other on 1/2/2005. The Bengals defeated the Eagles in Philadelphia 38 to 10 as Cincinnati RB Rudi Johnson rushed for 99 yards & 3 TDs and WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught a 20-yard TD to finish the NFL 2005 season on winning note.

Last week the Eagles lost to the Giants at home 36 - 31 while the Bengals are coming off their bye week. Previous to their bye week, the Bengals won their first game of the NFL 2008 season defeating the Jaguars at home 21-19 (NFL 2008 Week 9).

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)

  • Eagles QB DONOVAN MC NABB is 13-4 (.765) in past 17 starts vs. AFC teams & aims for 5th consecutive interconference win. When McNabb has 100 or better rating (including playoffs), the Eagles are 37-1 (.974)

  • Since start of 2004, RB BRIAN WESTBROOK has 7,423 scrimmage yards (4,427 rush, 2,996 receptions), 2nd most in the NFL. Brian Westbrook is the only player in that time span with 4,000 or better rush & 2,500 or better receptions yards. Westbrook is 1 of 7 players in NFL history with 25 or better rush (33) & receptions (25) TDs

  • WR DE SEAN JACKSON leads NFC rookies with 38 catches & 586 yards. De Sean Jackson rushed for a TD last week against the Giants and now has receptions, punt return & rushing touchdowns this NFL 2008 season. WR REGGIE BROWN has 17 career TD catches & 10 have been 20 or better yards. WR HANK BASKETT had TD last week & leads club with 3 receptions TDs

  • CB ASANTE SAMUEL has 19 interceptions since 2006, most in NFL. Has interception in 2 of 3 career meetings, including 34-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown in 12/12/04 contest (with the New England Patriots). DE TRENT COLE has 16.5 sacks in past 25. DE JUQUA PARKER has 5.0 sacks in past 7 games. DT MIKE PATTERSON had his first career interception last week

CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-8)

  • The Bengals are 15-7 (.681) under head coach MARVIN LEWIS in November

  • Bengals have won 5 of past 6 vs. NFC opponents in November

  • In past 2 home games, QB RYAN FITZPATRICK has completed 42 of 66 (63.6 pct.) for 326 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 interception & 84.5 passer rating. Fitzpatrick has 94 rush yards in past 2

  • RB CEDRIC BENSON posted season-high 104 rush yards (4.3 average) on 24 attempts with 1 TD in last game. Benson averages 85.3 rush yards per game when has 20 or better carries

  • WR T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH aims for 8th consecutive game with 6 or better receptions Since NFL 2007, ranks 2nd in NFL with 173 receptions (WES WELKER, 178). WR CHAD JOHNSON has 3 TD receptions in past 3. Aims for 102nd consecutive game with rec

  • Since 2003, team is 22-6 (.786) when the defense has 2 or more interceptions

  • LB DHANI JONES his posted first interception last game since 9/18/05 with Eagles. Leads team with 89 tackles

  • DE ROBERT GEATHERS had 36-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown in last game vs. Eagles

  • KR GLENN HOLT is 2nd in AFC with 860 KR yards.

CHICAGO BEARS (5-4) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-5)

The Bears lead the series 89-79-6 and have won 5 of the past 6 games against their division rivals the Chicago Bears. They last played each other on 12/23/2007 when the Bears beat the Packers at home 35-7. In that game, the Chicago Bears blocked 2 punts & registered 2 interceptions as the teams battled in -18 wind chill. Bears RB Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards & scored 1 TD.

The Bears won the NFL 2007 season series as they had defeated the Packers earlier (10/7/2007) in the NFL 2007 season 27 - 20. Chicago Bears QB Brian Griese connected on a 34-yard TD pass to TE Desmond Clark with 2:05 remaining as the Bears scored the final 17 points in a critical road win.

Last week (NFL 2008 Week 10) both teams lost. The Bears lost to the undefeafted Titans at home 21-14 while the Packers lost on the road to the Vikings 28-27.

This NFL 2008 Week 11 matchup marks the 175th meeting between the Packers and Bears, the most in NFL history. xxx(See: NFL 2008 Week 11: Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers to Play Each Other for 175th Time)

CHICAGO BEARS (5-4)

  • Bears QB KYLE ORTON is 2-0 in career vs. the Green Bay Packers. Had 103.2 passer rating in last meeting. Bears are 4-0 when Orton has 100.0 or better rating

  • RB MATT FORTÉ leads NFL rookies with 995 scrimmage yards & 49 first downs. Is only player with 3 or better rush (4) & receptions (3) TDs. Has team-high 37 receptions & is 1 of 2 RBs to lead team in both rushing & receptions. On pace to join Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (1978, 1983) & NEAL ANDERSON as only Bears with 1,000 rush yards & 50 catches in season

  • PR-KR-WR DEVIN HESTER had 84-yard PR-TD in 9/10/06 meeting. TE DESMOND CLARK aims for 3rd in row vs. the Green Bay Packers with TD

  • LB BRIAN URLACHER aims for 3rd in row vs. the Green Bay Packers with interception, including 85-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown in last meeting. DE ALEX BROWN has sack in 4 of past 5 meetings. Had sack & interception in last game vs. the Green Bay Packers. DT TOMMIE HARRIS had sack in last game at the Green Bay Packers. LB LANCE BRIGGS has 2 interceptions vs. the Green Bay Packers & both were returned for TDs

GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-5)

  • In 3 starts vs. division opponents this NFL 2008 season, QB AARON RODGERS has completed 57 of 86 (66.3 pct.) for 648 yards with 4 TDs and 0 interceptions for a 104.2 passer rating

  • In last meeting, RB RYAN GRANT rushed for 100 yards, including 66-yard TD. When Grant has 19 or better attempts (including playoffs), Packers are 8-1 (.889)

  • WR DONALD DRIVER has a reception in last 104 consecutive games, longest streak in team history. WR GREG JENNINGS has 19 career receptions TDs & 10 have been 40 or better yards. Had 41-yard TD in last home meeting. Has 14 catches for 295 yards (98.3 per game) in 3 division contests this year

  • DE AARON KAMPMAN has 12.0 sacks in past 12 vs. division. Has 34.0 sacks since 2006, 2nd most in NFL. S NICK COLLINS had 59-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown last week & tied Hall of Famer HERB ADDERLY for most interceptions returned for touchdowns by Packer in season (3). In past 8, Collins (3 interceptions returned for touchdowns) & CB CHARLES WOODSON (2) each have 5 interceptions. Collins had 2 interceptions, including 55-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown in 12/31/06 meeting. Woodson has 3 interceptions & FR in past 5 meetings. CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has 4 interceptions in past 6. CB-PR WILL BLACKMON had 65-yard PR-TD last week.

HOUSTON TEXANS (3-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-4)

The Colts lead the series 12-1 and have won the past three versus the Texans. In their first meeting this NFL 2008 season (10/5/2008), the Colts defeated the Colts 31 to 27 in Houston. The Indianapolis Colts erased a 17-point 4th-quarter deficit by scoring 21 points in final 4:14. Colts QB Peyton Manning had 247 passing yards & 2 touchdown passes.

Last season (12/23/2007) in Indianapolis the Colts defeated the Texans 38-15. Peyton Manning passed for 3 TDs as the Colts scored 38 unanswered points to sweep Houston in the season series for 5th time in 6 years.

Last week (NFL 2008 Week 10), the Texans lost at home to the Ravens 41-13 while the Colts defeated the Steelers 24-20 in Pittsburgh. NFL 2008 Week 11 is a pivotal week for both teams.

HOUSTON TEXANS (3-6)

  • Going into NFL 2008 Week 11, the Texans are averaging 25.7 points per game over the past 7 games

  • Against AFC South teams with Texans, QB SAGE ROSENFELS has completed 123 of 192 passes (64.1 pct.) for 1,359 yards with 13 TDs vs. 10 interceptions & 85.8 passer rating

  • Rookie RB STEVE SLATON (3rd round, No. 89) ranks 3rd in this NFL 2008 season among rookie RBs with 545 rush yards (4.4 avg.) on 124 attempts & 5 TDs. In last meeting against the Colts, Slaton had 16 attempts for 93 yards (5.8 avg.) with 2 TDs

  • WR ANDRE JOHNSON is averaging 120.2 receiving yards in past 6. Johnson totaled 9 receptions for 131 yards (14.6 avg.) in last game against the Indianapolis Colts & aims for 3rd consecutive with TD against Colts. WR KEVIN WALTER leads team with 6 TD receptions

  • TE OWEN DANIELS ranks 2nd in AFC among tight ends in receptions (44) & yards (541)

  • Since NFL 2007, DE MARIO WILLIAMS ranks 3rd in NFL with 22 sacks (DE MARCUS WARE, 24; JARED ALLEN, 23.5). Williams has 6 sacks in past 6 games. Williams has 3 sacks in past 2 against Colts & aims for 3rd game in row with sack vs. Ind

  • PR-WR JACOBY JONES is tied for 2nd in AFC with 12.9 KR avg

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-4)

  • The Colts are 6-0 against Texans at home

  • In 13 career meetings against Houston, QB PEYTON MANNING has completed 295 of 409 passes (72.1 pct.) for 3,539 yards with 31 TDs vs. 5 interceptions & 118.4 passer rating. Manning has 5 TDs vs. 0 interceptions & 106.8 passer rating over the past 2 games. Since 2004, the Colts are 40-7 (.851) when Manning throws 2 or more touchdown passes. RB JOSEPH ADDAI has 4 rush TDs in past 3 vs. Texans & aims for 4th consecutive game with TD against the Houston Texans

  • WR REGGIE WAYNE averages 108 receiving yards per game in past 3 (324 total). Wayne aims for 3rd consecutive 100-yard receiving game at home against Texans (135, 143). WR MARVIN HARRISON averages 86.4 receiving yards per game in past 5 against Houston

  • TE DALLAS CLARK has 3 TDs in past 3

  • Including postseason, Colts are 14-2 (.875) when DE DWIGHT FREENEY records 2 or more sacks. Freeney has 9 career sacks against Texans

  • The Indianapolis Colts recorded 3 interceptions last week (NFL 2008 Week 10) & CB KEIWAN RATLIFF posted first interception since 11/20/05 (with the Cincinnati Bengals).

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-5) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-8)

The series between the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs is tied at 4 games apiece. The teams last played each other on 11/14/2004 in New Orleans. The Saints won 27-20 as wide receiver Joe Horn caught a 42-yard TD pass from QB Aaron Brooks as the Saints rallied to defeat Kansas City.

Last week (NFL 2008 Week 10) both teams lost on the road to division rivals as the Saints fell to the Atlanta Falcons 34-20 and the Chiefs lost to the San Diego Chargers 20-19. NFL 2008 Week 11 is a critical week for the New Orleans Saints as they have fallen behind in NFC playoff race.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-5)

  • Going into NFL 2008 Week 11 the New Orleans Saints lead the NFL in total offense (416.2 yards per game)

  • QB DREW BREES has 3 wins as starter vs. the Kansas City Chiefs & passed for 300 or better yards in all 3. Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has passed for 11,826 yards, most in NFL. Drew Brees leads all quarterbacks this NFL 2008 season with 2,985 yards passing & has 320 or better passing yards in 7 of 9 games, including 422 in NFL 2208 week 10 against the Falcons. In starts with 10 or better attempts, when Brees has 100.0 or better passer rating, his teams are 27-5 (.844)

  • In only meeting, RB DEUCE MC ALLISTER rushed for 127 yards & 1 TD. Saints are 19-8 (.704) when McAllister rushes for 100 or better yards

  • WR LANCE MOORE aims for his 3rd game in a row with TD catch. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 7 catches for 140 yards last week. Has 4 100-yard games vs. AFC oponents this NFL 2008 season. In past 3 games vs. AFC opponents, Colston has 21 catches for 333 yards (111.0 per game). WR DEVERY HENDERSON averages 26.6 yards per catch (20 receptions, 532 yards)

  • LB SCOTT FUJITA was 5th round draft pick (No. 143) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002. Played first 3 seasons with Chiefs (2002-04). In last meeting between teams, Fujita played for the Kansas City Chiefs & had 2.0 sacks. DE WILL SMITH had sack in only game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-8)

  • In his past 3 games, Chiefs QB TYLER THIGPEN has completed 66 of 102 passes (64.7 pct.) for 710 yards with 6 TDs and 0 interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating. During the NFL 2008 season, Thigpen has totaled 129 rush yards (6.1 avg.) on 21 attempts.

  • RB LARRY JOHNSON is averaging 98 rush yards per game in past 4 home games (392 total) & aims for 100 or better yards in consecutive games at home

  • TE TONY GONZALEZ extended his reception streak to 124 games last week. This streak is the second longest NFL history among tight ends (OZZIE NEWSOME, 150). Going into NFL 2008 week 11, Tony Gonzalez is tied with KELLEN WINSLOW for most career 100-yard receiving games by TE & needs 1 more to set record. In past 4, Gonzalez is averaging 87.8 receiving yards (351 total)

  • Gonzalez totaled 6 receptions for 71 yards (11.8 avg.) in last meeting against the New Orleans Saints

  • WR DWAYNE BOWE has 5 or more receptions in 5 of past 6 games

  • Rookie CBs BRANDON FLOWERS (2nd round, No. 35) & BRANDON CARR (5th round, No. 140) have 2 interceptions apiece

  • Rookie DT GLENN DORSEY (first round, No. 5) attended LSU & is from Gonzales, LA.

OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-7) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-4)

The Oakland Raiders maintain a 16-11-1 edege in the series versus the Miami Dolphins, but the Dolphins have won 6 of the past 7. The Dolphins and Raiders last played each other in Miami on 9/30/2007. The Raiders won 35 - 17 behind Oakland Raiders QB Daunte Culpepper, who passed for 2 TDs & ran for 2 more touchdowns against his former team as the Raiders pulled away from Miami for the victory.

Last week the Raiders lost to the Carolina Panthers at home 17-6 while the Dolphins defeated the Seahawks at home 21-19. Going into NFL 2008 Week 11, the Miami Dolphins trail both the Patriots and Jets by 1 game for the AFC East Division lead.

OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-7)

  • The Raiders aim for consecutive wins vs. the Miami Dolphins for first time since 10/19/1986

  • In 9 career starts, QB JA MARCUS RUSSELL has completed 128 of 247 passes (51.8 pct.) for 1,513 yards with 7 TDs vs. 5 interceptions & 71.8 passer rating. QB ANDREW WALTER (1,858) needs 143 pass yards to surpass 2,000 for career

  • In last meeting, RB JUSTIN FARGAS gained career-high 179 rush yards (8.1 avg.) on 22 attempts.

  • Rookie RB DARREN MC FADDEN (first round, No. 4) is averaging 5.1 rush yards per carry (67 attempts, 341 yards) this NFL 2008 season

  • WR-KR JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS averages 21.3 yards per catch (8 receptions for 170 yards). TE ZACH MILLER averages 14.5 yards per catch (25 receptions, 363 yards)

  • Since NFL 2007, LB THOMAS HOWARD (6) ranks first & KIRK MORRISON (5) ties for 2nd in NFL for most interceptions among LBs

  • DE KALIMBA EDWARDS needs 2 sacks to tie career high (7 with the Detroit Lions in 2005). Rookie DE TREVOR SCOTT (6th round, No. 169) is tied for first among AFC rookies with 3 sacks

  • S RASHAD BAKER posted career-high 2 interceptions last week

MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-4)

  • The Dolphins seek their 4th win in row in NFL 2008 Week 11 for first time since 11/23/06

  • The Dolphins aim for their 8th consecutive game with 300 or better total net yards

  • In past 6 games, QB CHAD PENNINGTON has completed 132 of 195 passes (67.7 pct.) for 1,611 yards with 6 TDs vs. 4 interceptions & 94.6 passer rating. Including playoffs, Pennington’s teams are 20-7 (.741) when he has 100 or better passer rating. In past 2 vs. Oak (with the New York Jets), Pennington has completed 40 of 57 passes (70.2 pct.) for 426 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 interceptions & 109.2 passer rating.

  • RB RONNIE BROWN has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 pass) in past 8. Brown totaled 207 yards in last meeting (134 rush, 73 receptions). RB RICKY WILLIAMS averages 91.5 rush yards in 2 games vs. Oak. (183 total). Williams recorded first 100-yard rush game (105) since 1/1/06 last week

  • WR TED GINN registered first TD of season last week

  • In NFL 2008, TE ANTHONY FASANO averages 13.9 yards per catch (22 receptions, 305 yards)

  • LB JOEY PORTER has 11 sacks in past 7 & leads NFL with 12. Porter aims for 8th consecutive game with at least half sack

  • S YEREMIAH BELL leads team with 55 tackles.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (8-1)

The Baltimore Ravens lead the regular season series 2-0 against the Giants in addition to their 34 - 7 Super Bowl XXXV victory over the New York Giants.

The Ravens and Giants last played each other on 12/12/2004 in Baltimore, The Ravens won convincingly 37 - 14 behind Baltimore Ravens QB Kyle Boller who threw for 4 passes (12, 6, 8, 1) & RB Chester Taylor who added 104 yards rushing.

Both the Ravens and Giants came home with road victories in NFL 2008 week 10. The Ravens defeated the Texans 41 -13 in Houston while the Giants defeated division rival Eagles in Philadelphia 36-31.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3)

  • Going into NFL 2208 week 11 the Ravens aim for their 5th consecutive win in NFL 2008 & 4th in row overall vs. the New York Giants (including Super Bowl XXXV)

  • In 4 consecutive wins, rookie QB JOE FLACCO (first round, No. 18) has completed 61 of 99 passes (61.6 pct.) for 805 yards with 6 TDs vs. 0 interceptions & 107.5 passer rating. Flacco aims for his 3rd consecutive game with 2 TD passes.

  • RB WILLIS MC GAHEE has 4 rushing TDs in past 4 games. Rookie RB RAY RICE (2nd round, No. 55) attended New Rochelle (NY) HS

  • Since 2003, WR DERRICK MASON ranks 3rd in NFL with 494 receptions (TORRY HOLT, 532; CHAD JOHNSON, 499). Mason is averaging 94.2 receiving yards per game on road in NFL 2008. TE TODD HEAP tied career high with 2 TDs last week

  • Since 2003, team is 33-10 (.767) when defense posts 3 or better sacks

  • LB RAY LEWIS tied career high with 2 interceptions last week

  • DT HALOTI NGATA posted 3rd career interception last week. Since 2002, S ED REED leads NFL with 35 interceptions

  • Ravens have not allowed a running back to gain 100 or better rush yards in 28 games (longest current streak in NFL). The Ravens NFL 2008 Week 11 against the Giants will put that streak to the test.

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-1)

  • The New York Giants seek their best 10-game start since 1990 when the team was 10-0 & eventually won Super Bowl XXV.

  • The Giants go for their 6th consecutive home win

  • Including playoffs, QB ELI MANNING is 22-5 (.815) in past 27 starts. Manning has won 6 of his past 8 starts vs. AFC opponents, including Super Bowl XLII

  • RB BRANDON JACOBS aims for 3rd game in row with 100 or better yards & 1 or more touchdowns in NFL 2008 week 11. When Jacobs has 100 or more rushing yards, the New York Giants are 8-1 (.889). When he has 10 or more rushing attempts (including playoffs), the Giants are 22-4 (.846). Brandon Jacobs leads the NFC this NFL 2008 season with 9 rushing TDs. RB DERRICK WARD (5.5 avg.) & Jacobs (5.3) are top 2 in NFL in yards per carry among players with 450 or better yards this NFL 2008 season.

  • WR PLAXICO BURRESS has 6 TD catches in past 9 vs. the Baltimore Ravens TE KEVIN BOSS aims for 4th game in a row with TD. WR STEVE SMITH has career-high 35 receptions this NFL 2008 season

  • The Giants defense leads the NFC with 30 sacks. DE JUSTIN TUCK has 10.5 sacks in past 10 (including Super Bowl XLII). When Tuck records at least one sack (including playoffs), the Giants are 11-3 (.786). DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA has 4.0 sacks in past 3 games. Giants have won 15 of their past 17 when Kiwanuka plays. LB ANTONIO PIERCE had sack in only game vs. the Baltimore Ravens (10/10/04 with the Washington Redskins.). CB SAM MADISON had interception last week.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-3)

The Minnesota Vikings continue to lead the all-time series versus the Tampa Bay Bucanneers 31-19 even though the Bucs have won 4 of the past 5 games. Buccanneers head coach Jon Gruden has a 3-0 lifetime record versus the Vikings. The two teams last played each on 9/11/2005 in Minnesota. The Buccaneers won 24 to 13 behind then Tampa Bay QB Brian Griese. Griese threw 2 TD passes while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense held Minnesota without an offensive touchdown.

Last week the Vikings won an important NFC North Division game against the Green Bay Packers at home 28-27. The Buccaneers had the bye for NFL 2008 week 10. In NFL 2008 week 9, the Buccaneers needed overtime to defeat the Chiefs 30-27 in Kansas City.

NFL 2008 Week 11 has playoff implications for the Vikings, Buccaneers and the NFC. Heading into NFL 2008 Week 11, the Vikings are tied with the Chicago Bears for the NFC North Division lead. Tampa Bay is tied for second place with the Falcons in the NFC South who both trail the Panthers by 1 game. The Buccaneers are currently in a 3-way tie along with the Falcons & Redskins for the 2 NFC wildcard spots.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4)

  • Vikings QB GUS FREROTTE has won 5 of 7 NFL 2008 starts this year. Frerotte passed for 267 yards in last start vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10/16/05 with the Miami Dolphins)

  • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 192 rush yards last week & aims for 5th in row with 100 or better yards. Since entering the NFL in 2007, Peterson is averaging 102.4 rush yards per game, most in the NFL. Peterson has rushed for 5 TDs in 4 road games this NFL 2008 season. RB CHESTER TAYLOR had 47-yard TD catch & career-high 84 receptions yards last week

  • Including playoffs, WR BERNARD BERRIAN has 19 career TD catches & 13 have been 30 or better yards. Has TD catch in 4 of past 5 & has 3 100-yard games in those 5

  • Rush defense leads NFC (70.1 yards per game). DE JARED ALLEN has 51.0 sacks since 2004, most in NFL. Has 6.0 sacks in past 4 & had safety last week. S DARREN SHARPER has 48 interceptions since 2000, most in the NFL. Aims for 3rd in row vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with interception. Had 88-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown in last meeting. DT PAT WILLIAMS had sack in last meeting. LB CHAD GREENWAY aims for 3rd in row with sack

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-3)

  • Under head coach JON GRUDEN, the Bucs are 18-0 since 2002 when not committing turnover

  • QB JEFF GARCIA has won 3 of his past 4 starts. Has completed 100 of 142 (70.4 pct.) for 1,049 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 interception for 95.7 passer rating in those 4. When Garcia has 95.0 or better rating as starter (including playoffs), his teams are 34-12 (.739)

  • Rookie RB-KR-PR CLIFTON SMITH had club-record 259 return yards & 97-yard kick return for touchdown in Week 9. Bucs are 6-0 when RB EARNEST GRAHAM has 20 or better attempts RB WARRICK DUNN has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. the Minnesota Vikings Had 126 yards, including 37-yard TD in 10/2/05 meeting

  • WR ANTONIO BRYANT had 8 catches for 115 yards & 1 TD in NFL 2008 Week 9. Has 115 or better yards in 2 of past 3. WR JOEY GALLOWAY has 90 or better yards in both career meetings. TE ALEX SMITH had TD & 2 point conversion in NFL 2008 Week 9

  • LB DERRICK BROOKS has interception in 3 of past 5 meetings. Had 34-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown in 10/29/00 meeting. Bucs are 7-0 when Brooks has interception which he returned for a touchdown (including playoffs). CB RONDE BARBER has sack in 6 of past 9 meetings. Has 22.0 sacks in career. CB AQIB TALIB ties for NFL lead among rookies with 3 interceptions.

ST. LOUIS RAMS (2-7) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-7)

The Saint Louis Rams hold a 60-54-2 edge in the all-time series versus the 49ers and have won 2 of the past 3 meetings between the NFC West division rivals. The two teams face each other in NFL 2008 Week 11 for the first time this season. The Rams and 49ers last met on 11/18/2007. The Rams defeated the 49ers in San Francisco 13-9. St. Louis Rams Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe registered an interception in the end zone as time expired to preserve the victory. The Saint Louis Rams defense limited the San Francisco 49ers to 244 total net yards.

Last week both teams lost on the road. The Rams were routed by the New York Jets 47-3, while the 49ers lost to the Cardinals in Arizona 29-24.

ST. LOUIS RAMS (2-7)

  • QB MARC BULGER has 3 games vs. the San Francisco 49ers with 350 or better passing yards. In his career vs. the San Francisco 49ers, Bulger has 10 TDs vs. 4 interceptions

  • RB STEVEN JACKSON has 524 scrimmage yards (131.0 per game) in past 4 vs. the San Francisco 49ers (376 rush, 148 receptions). When Jackson has 22 or better attempts, Rams are 16-6 (.727). In those 22, Jackson has rushed for 2,492 yards (113.3 per game) & 17 TDs

  • WR TORRY HOLT has TD catch in 4 of past 5 vs. 49ers. Since 2000, Holt leads NFL with 786 receptions & 11,428 yards. Has 4 100-yard games vs. the San Francisco 49ers, including 200-yard performance (11 catches, 1 TD) in 11/2/03 meeting at the San Francisco 49ers. WR DONNIE AVERY is 2nd among NFC rookie WRs with 25 receptions & 392 yards. Averages 15.7 yards per catch

  • S OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE has 4 interceptions, 1 FF & 1 FR (75-yard TD) in past 6 games. Has 12 interceptions since start of 2007, tied for most in NFL. Has interception in 2 of past 3 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Rookie DE CHRIS LONG leads all rookies with 4.0 sacks. DE LEONARD LITTLE has 8.0 sacks & 5 FFs in past 9 meetings. LB WILL WITHERSPOON had sack in last meeting. DT CLIFTON RYAN had career-high 2.0 sacks vs. the San Francisco 49ers (9/16/07)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-7)

  • QB SHAUN HILL passed for career-high 217 yards last week

  • RB FRANK GORE has 6 rush TDs in past 5 meetings. Has 450 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) in past 4 games vs. the Sain Louis Rams (374 rush, 76 receptions). Since start of 2006, Gore has 4,763 scrimmage yards (3,525 rush, 1,238 receptions), tops in the NFC

  • WR ISAAC BRUCE faces former team. Played 14 seasons with Rams & is the Rams franchise leader in receptions (942), receiving yards (14,109) & receiving TDs (84). Has 14,520 receptions yards, most among active players. WR JASON HILL led team with 7 catches & 84 yards last week. WR JOSH MORGAN had 31-yard TD catch last week. TE VERNON DAVIS had 18-yard TD last week

  • LB TAKEO SPIKES had interception in last meeting. Has 3 interceptions this NFL 2008 season, most among LBs. LB RODERICK GREEN had sack in last meeting. LB PARYS HARALSON had 0.5 sack in last game vs. the Sain Louis Rams. CB WALT HARRIS had 2 interceptions in 12/14/97 meeting (with the Chicago Bears), tied for his 2nd most in game. In 3 games vs. the Sain Louis Rams, CB NATE CLEMENTS has 1.0 sack & 2 FFs. CB-KR ALLEN ROSSUM had career-long 104-yard kick return for touchdown last week, the 5th of his NFL career.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-3) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-7)

The series between these two NFC West division teams is knotted at 9 games apiece. The Cardinals have won the past 2 of 3. NFL 2008 Week 11 marks the first of two meetings between the Cardinals and Seahawks this season. The two last played each other on 12/9/2007 in Seattle. The Seahawks won convincingly 42-21 in Seattle. Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck threw for 272 yards & 4 TD passes ion that game. Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant had 2 interceptions including an 84-yard interception that he returned for a touchdown.

Last week the Arizonal Cardinals defeated the 49ers at home 29 - 24 on Monday Night Football while the Seahawks lost on the road to the Miami Dolphins 21-19. Heading into NFL 2008 Week 11, the Arizona Cardinals hold a 4 game lead in the NFC West Division with a 6-3 record. The Seahawks are tied with the Rams & 49ers in the NFC West each with a dismal 2-7 record this NFL 2008 season.

ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-3)

  • The Cardinals lead the NFL 2008 campaign in team scoring averaging 29.2 points per game. The Cardinals have scored 20 or more points in 16 of their past 17 games

  • QB KURT WARNER aims for 9th game in row with 2 or more TD passes this NFL 2008 season. Has 100.0 or better passer rating in 4 of the past 5 games, including a 121.9 passer rating for NFL 2008 Week 10. In his starts with 15 or more attempts & 100.0 or better rating (including playoffs), his teams are 35-3 (.921)

  • RB TIM HIGHTOWER leads NFL rookies with 7 rush TDs. Needs 2 more rushing touchdowns to tie RONALD MOORE’s club rookie record (9)

  • WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has a TD catch in team-record 6 consecutive games. ANQUAN BOLDIN leads the NFL this season with 10 receptions TDs & has scored all 10 in the past 6 games. WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 52 catches for 703 yards (100.4 per game) & 8 TDs in past 7 games vs. division opponents. WR STEVE BREASTON had 7 catches for 121 yards in NFL 2008 week 10, his 3rd 100-yard game in the past 6. Entering NFL 2008, had 92 career yards. WR JERHEME URBAN had only career 100-yard game (6 catches, 123 yards, 1 TD) in last meeting at Sea

  • In past 4 games vs. NFC West division opponents, S ANTREL ROLLE has 3 interceptions, including 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns. In his career, ANTREL ROLLE has 8 interceptions & 4 interceptions returned for touchdowns. In his last game at the Seattle Seahawks, S ADRIAN WILSON had 2.0 sacks & interception. Had interception last week. LB KARLOS DANSBY has FF in 2 of past 3 vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Had interception last week

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-7)

  • QB MATT HASSELBECK has 8 TDs vs. 0 interceptions in past 3 games vs. the Arizona Cardinals for a 118.8 passer rating. Hasselbeck has a 7-3 career record (.700) vs. the Arizona Cardinals

  • In 2 home games vs. NFC West division rivals, RB JULIUS JONES has 267 rush yards (133.5 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd division home game in row with 125 or better yards & 1 or better TD. Including playoffs, when Jones has 22 or better carries, he has rushed for 2,284 yards (108.8 per game). When RB MAURICE MORRIS has 15 or more attempts, the Seahawks are 10-1 (.909)

  • WR BOBBY ENGRAM had TD in last game vs. the Arizona Cardinals WR KOREN ROBINSON aims for 3rd game in row with a TD in NFL 2008 Week 11, including franchise-best 90-yard TD in NFL 2008 Week 9. TE JOHN CARLSON leads rookie tight ends with 27 receptions & 298 yards. Also tops team in both categories & aims to join Hall of Famer STEVE LARGENT (1976) as only rookies in franchise history to lead team in both

  • LB JULIAN PETERSON has 25.5 sacks in 45 games with the Seattle Seahawks (including playoffs). S JORDAN BABINEAUX had first career interception which he returned for a touchdown in NFL 2008 Week 10 (35 yards). S DEON GRANT has interception in 2 of past 3 meetings. DT ROCKY BERNARD had sack in last meeting.

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-0) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-5)

The undefeated Tennessee Titans lead the series 15-12 against the Jaguars and have won 3 of the past 4 meetings against their AFC South division rival. NFL 2008 Week 11 marks their second and final regular season meeting between the Titans and Jaguars this season. Earlier in the NFL 2008 season (9/7/2008), the Titans defeated the Jaguars at home 17 to 10. The Tennessee Titans defense limited Jacksonville to 189 total net yards & forced 3 turnovers. Titans rookie RB Chris Johnson ran for 93 yards in his NFL debut.

Last week both teams won on the road against NFC North division opponents. The Titans defeated the NFC North division leading Bears in Chicago 21 to 14 at Bears while the Jaguars the winless Detroit Lions 38-14. This NFL 2008 Week 11 game has become almost a must-win game for the Jaguars as their current 4-5 record has them slipping out of NFC playoff contention.

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-0)

  • The Titans aim for their first 10-0 start in franchise history heading into NFL 2008 Week 11

  • Dating back to 12/16/07, the Titans have 12 consecutive regular-season wins (longest current streak in the NFL)

  • Since NFL 2007, the Titans are 16-3 (.842) when posting 30 or more rush attempts

  • QB KERRY COLLINS has 9-3 (.750) record as starter with the Tennessee Titans. In past 4 games, Collins has completed 83 of 133 passes (62.4 pct.) for 785 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 interceptions & 83.7 passer rating

  • Rookie RB CHRIS JOHNSON (first round, No. 24) ranks 2nd in the AFC with 723 rush yards. Johnson totaled 127 yards (93 rush, 34 receptions) in last meeting vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars

  • RB LEN DALE WHITE has 6 TDs in past 4

  • WR BRANDON JONES had career-high 8 receptions for season best 82 yards last week

  • TE BO SCAIFE had career-high 10 receptions last week & needs 4 receptions to equal career high (46 in NFL 2007)

  • Since 2006, the Titans are 16-2 (.889) when it records 2 or more interceptions in a game

  • The Titans defense is tied for first with Baltimore Ravens in the AFC this NFL 2008 season with 14 interceptions

  • S CHRIS HOPE has 4 interceptions in past 3 games. CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN, S MICHAEL GRIFFIN & Hope are tied for 2nd in NFL with 4 interceptions (3 others have 4)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-5)

  • Since 2006, the Jaguars are 16-4 (.800) when gaining 150 or better rush yards

  • In past 6 games, QB DAVID GARRARD has completed 132 of 203 passes (65.0 pct.) for 1,462 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 interception & 95.7 passer rating. At home in NFL 2008, Garrard has 4 TDs vs. 1 interception & 88.0 passer rating. For his career, Garrard has 6 TDs vs. 1 interception & 88.4 passer rating against the Tennessee Titans at home

  • RB FRED TAYLOR averages 85.5 rush yards per game in November. (2,908 total in 34 games). Team is 15-5 (.750) when Taylor has 25 or more attempts RB MAURICE JONES-DREW had career-high 3 rush TDs last week & has 4 rush TDs in past 2

  • WR MATT JONES has 5 or more receptions in 8 of 9 games in NFL 2008. WRs JERRY PORTER & TROY WILLIAMSON posted first TD receptions withJaguars last week

  • TE MARCEDES LEWIS tied career high with 64 receiving yards last week (NFL 2008 Week 10)

  • CB RASHEAN MATHIS has 6 interceptions against Titans (most against any opponent)

  • the Jacksonville Jaguars. notched season-high 7 sacks last week

  • LB DARYL SMITH & Rookie DE DERRICK HARVEY posted career-high 1.5 sacks apiece last game.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-5) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-3)

Heading into their NFL 2008 Week 11 matchup, the Steelers hold a commanding 19-6 series lead and have won 5 of the past 6 over the San Diego Chargers. However, in their last regular season meeting (10/8/2006), the Chargers beat the Steelers at home by 23 to 13 margin. The San Diego Chargers overcame an early 13-0 deficit by scoring on their first four 2nd half possessions. Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw 2 TD passes.

Last week the Chargers narrowly defeated the Chiefs 20-19 while the Steelers lost at home to the Colts 24-20. The Steelers head into NFL 2008 Week 11 having lost 2 of their past 3 games and tied for first with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North division. The Chargers (4-5) trail the Denver Broncos (5-4) by 1 game in the AFC West.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-5)

  • QB PHILIP RIVERS leads the AFC with 106.3 passer rating. For his career against AFC opponents, Rivers has compiled a 23-8 (.741) record as starter with 47 TDs vs. 27 interceptions & an 89.5 passer rating. In past 4 games, Rivers has completed 92 of 132 passes (69.7 pct.) for 1,171 yards with 10 TDs vs. 4 interceptions & 109.8 passer rating. Rivers aims for his 5th consecutive game with 2 or more TD passes

  • RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON has 3 rushing TDs in 3 career meetings against the Steelers. Tomlinson is averaging 91.5 rush yards per game in past 2 (183 total)

  • TE ANTONIO GATES aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gates leads NFL 2008 tight ends with 6 TDs & aims for 3rd game in row with a TD in NFL 2008 Week 11

  • WR VINCENT JACKSON (621) needs 3 receiving yards to surpass career-high of 623 yards in NFL 2007. Jackson has 3 TDs in past 4. WR MALCOM FLOYD has 3 TD receptions in past 4

  • Since NFL 2007, CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE is tied for first in NFL with 12 interceptions (OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE, 12). Club is 7-0 when Cromartie has interception

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-3)

  • The Steelers head into their NFL 2008 week 11 matchup with a 12-0 record at home against the Chargers & averaging 28.8 points per game

  • The Steelers are 5-1 (.833) against AFC opponents this NFL 2008 season

  • For his career, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 24-8 (.750) at home & has completed 521 of 829 passes (62.8 pct.) for 6,694 yards with 47 TDs vs. 33 interceptions & 90.4 passer rating. Including playoffs, the Steelers are 29-2 (.935), when Roethlisberger has 100 or better passer rating

  • In past 9 at home, RB WILLIE PARKER is averaging 101.5 rush yards per game (914 total) & has 6 games with 100 or better yards. RB MEWELDE MOORE totaled 105 yards last week (57 rushing, 48 receiving)

  • WR HINES WARD posted season-best 116 yards last week & aims for back-to-back 100-yard games for first time since 11/24/02. WR NATE WASHINGTON averages 18 yards per catch in NFL 2008 (21 receptions, 379 yards)

  • The Steelers lead the NFL this 2008 season with 34 sacks

  • LB LA MARR WOODLEY has 8.5 sacks in past 6 games

  • LB JAMES HARRISON has 8 sacks in past 6 & is tied for 2nd in NFL with 11 total sacks so far this NFL 2008 season.

DALLAS COWBOYS (5-4) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-3)

NFL 2008 Week 11 Sunday Night Game of the Week

The Cowboys lead this NFC East Division rivalry with a 56-37-2 record even though the Redskins have won 3 of the past 4 games versus the Cowboys. Earlier this NFL 2008 season (9/28/2008), the Redskins defeated the Cowboys 26-24 in Dallas. Washington QB Jason Campbell threw for 231 yards & 2 TDs while RB Clinton Portis added 121 rushing yards. Redskins K Shaun Suisham kicked 4 FGs in the game.

Last week the Redskins and Cowboys did not play. Both teams come out of their bye week after losses in NFL 2008 Week 9. The Cowboys lost on the road to NFC East division rvial New York Giants in convincing fashion, 35-14. The Redskins lost to the Steelers at home on Monday Night Football 23-6. The Cowboys head into NFL 2008 Week 11 with a 2-3 record over their past 5 games.

DALLAS COWBOYS (5-4)

  • QB TONY ROMO has 9 TDs vs. 3 interceptions & 97.6 passer rating in 4 starts vs. the Washington Redskins. Tony Romo has practiced this week and is optimistic he will return to action in this NFL 2008 Week 11 division showdown. The Cowboys are 16-3 (.842) when Romo starts & has 100.0 or better rating

  • When RB MARION BARBER has 11 or more carries, the Cowboys are 24-4 (.857). Barber has 35 TDs (29 rush, 6 receptions) in past 40 games

  • WR TERRELL OWENS has 6 TDs in past 3 meetings, including career-best 4 TDs in 11/18/07 meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. the Washington Redskins. with 7 or better receptions & 1 or better TD. TE JASON WITTEN has 359 catches & 4,185 yards since 2004, most by TE in NFC. Witten leads the NFC this NFL 2008 with 20 receptions on 3rd down (222 yards, 11.1 avg.). Had 7 catches for 90 yards & 1 TD in last meeting

  • LB DE MARCUS WARE has 24.0 sacks over his past 23 games. Has 1.0 or better sack in 19 of past 24. Ware aims for 6th game in a row vs. the Washington Redskins with at least one sack. LB GREG ELLIS has 15.5 sacks over past 22 games. Rookie CB MIKE JENKINS had his first career interception which he returned for a touchdown in NFL 2008 Week 9. DE MARCUS SPEARS had sack & FF in last meeting

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-3)

  • Redskins QB JASON CAMPBELL leads NFL with 0.7 interception pct. (2 interceptions, 273 attempts) heading into NFL 2008 Week 11. JASON CAMPBELL had a career-high 348 passing yards in 11/18/07 meeting versus the Cowboys. In last game vs. the Dallas Cowboys, Campbell completed 20 of 31 (64.5 pct.) for 231 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 interceptions for 108.4 passer rating. When he has 100.0 or better rating, the Redskins are 5-1 (.833)

  • RB CLINTON PORTIS heads into NFL 2008 Week 11 leading the NFL with 995 rushing yards. Portis aims to become the third Redskin to lead the NFL in rushing, joining Hall of Famer CLIFF BATTLES (1937) & LARRY BROWN (1970). Portis seeks his 3rd game in a row vs. the Dallas Cowboys with 100 or more rushing yards

  • WR SANTANA MOSS aims for 4th game in a row vs. the Dallas Cowboys with 8 or more catches & 115 or better yards per game. In past 3 meetings, Moss has 25 receptions for 381 yards (127.0 per game) & 2 TDs. TE CHRIS COOLEY had career-high 3 TDs vs. the Dallas Cowboys (12/18/05). Since 2004, CHRIS COOLEY has 28 TDs, most among NFC tight ends

  • LB-DE JASON TAYLOR leads active players with 118.0 sacks. CB DE ANGELO HALL makes his Washington Redskins debut. Rookie S CHRIS HORTON had interception in last meeting.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-6) AT BUFFALO BILLS (5-4)

NFL 2008 Week 11 Monday Night Football

The Browns lead the series 8-5 with the Buffalo Bills having won 3 of the past 4. The teams played each other last season in Cleveland (12/16/2007). The Browns won 8-0 as Cleveland RB Jamal Lewis rushed for 163 yards & K Phil Dawson kicked 2 FGs in snow and wind as Browns win first game by an 8-0 score in the NFL in 78 years.

Last week the Browns lost at home to the Broncos 34-30 while the Bills lost on the road to the Patriots 20-10. The Buffalo Bills heading into NFL 2008 Week 11 having lost 3 straight games to their AFC East Division rivals (NFL 2008 Week 8 @ Miami 16-25, NFL 2008 Week 9 New York Jets 17-26, NFL 2008 Week 10 @ New England 10-20) after their impressive 5-1 start to the NFL 2008 season. The Browns head into NFL 2008 week 11 with a 2 game losing streak.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-6)

  • The NFL 2008 Week 11 MNF game marks the first first road appearance on MNF for the Browns since 11/13/95 (at Pittsburgh)

  • QB BRADY QUINN completed 23 of 35 passes (65.7 pct.) for 239 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 interceptions & 104.3 passer rating in first NFL 2008 start last week

  • Browns are 5-0 when RB JAMAL LEWIS has 25 or better carries. Lewis averages 116 rush yards per game in 2 career meetings vs. Bills (232 total)

  • In 1 career MNF appearance (10/13), WR BRAYLON EDWARDS posted 5 receptions for 154 yards (30.8 avg.). For career against Bills, WR DONTE’ STALLWORTH averages 15.2 yards per catch (14 receptions, 213 yards)

  • TE KELLEN WINSLOW had career-high 2 TDs & posted first 100-yard receiving game of season last week. Winslow is averaging 87.5 receiving yards per game in past 2 (175 total)

  • LB WILLIE MC GINEST has 11 sacks against Bills (most vs. any opponent)

  • Rookie LB ALEX HALL (7th round, No. 231) is tied for first among AFC rookies with 3 sacks

  • DT SHAUN ROGERS has 2 sacks in past 3

  • In past 2 games, KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS has a 31 yards per kick return avg. (12 returns, 372 yards)

  • BUFFALO BILLS (5-4)

    • Bills QB TRENT EDWARDS has 60 or better completion pct. in 8 of 9 games in NFL 2008. The Bills are 8-1 (.889) when Edwards has 80 or better passer rating

    • RB MARSHAWN LYNCH totaled 82 rush yards in last meeting against Browns

    • WR LEE EVANS averages 18.9 yards per catch in NFL 2008 (37 receptions, 700 yards). Evans has a reception in 72 of 73 career NFL games

    • Rookie WR JAMES HARDY (2nd round, No. 41), posted 2nd TD reception of career last week

    • TE ROBERT ROYAL has 50 or more receiving yards in 3 of past 4 at home

    • Club is 12-3 (.800) under head coach DICK JAURON when holding opponents to 300 yards or fewer

    • S DONTE WHITNER attended Glenville HS in Cleveland

    • Rookie CB-KR LEODIS MC KELVIN (first round, No.11) ranks first in AFC & 2nd in NFL with 888 kick return yards.

    NFL 2008 WEEK 11 SCHEDULE – NOVEMBER 13, 16-17

    (All Times Local)

    N.Y. Jets at New England, 8:00 PM (NFLN - Thursday, November 13)
    Baltimore at N.Y. Giants, 1:00 PM
    Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
    St. Louis at San Francisco, 1:05 PM
    Denver at Atlanta, 1:00 PM
    Arizona at Seattle, 1:05 PM
    Detroit at Carolina, 1:00 PM
    Tennessee at Jacksonville, 4:15 PM
    Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM
    San Diego at Pittsburgh, 4:15 PM
    Chicago at Green Bay, 12:00 PM
    Houston at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
    Oakland at Miami, 1:00 PM
    New Orleans at Kansas City, 12:00 PM
    Dallas at Washington, 8:15 PM (NBC)
    Cleveland at Buffalo, 8:30 PM (ESPN - MNF Monday, November 17)

    NFL 2008 WEEK 10 RESULTS – NOVEMBER 6, 9-10

    (Home team in CAPS)

    Byes: Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

    Denver 34, CLEVELAND 30 (Thursday Night 11/3)
    NEW ENGLAND 20, Buffalo 10
    N.Y. JETS 47, St. Louis 3
    Carolina 17, OAKLAND 6
    ATLANTA 34, New Orleans 20
    Indianapolis 24, PITTSBURGH 20
    Tennessee 21, CHICAGO 14
    SAN DIEGO 20, Kansas City 19
    Jacksonville 38, DETROIT 14
    Baltimore 41, HOUSTON 13
    MIAMI 21, Seattle 19
    MINNESOTA 28, Green Bay 27
    N.Y. Giants 36, PHILADELPHIA 31 (Sunday Night)
    ARIZONA 29, San Francisco 24 (MNF)

    NFL 2008 WEEK 9 RESULTS – NOVEMBER 2-3

    (Home team in CAPS)

    Byes: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

    N.Y. Jets 26, BUFFALO 17
    Miami 26, DENVER 17
    CHICAGO 27, Detroit 23
    N.Y. GIANTS 35, Dallas 14
    CINCINNATI 21, Jacksonville 19
    Atlanta 24, OAKLAND 0
    Baltimore 37, CLEVELAND 27
    Philadelphia 26, SEATTLE 7
    Tampa Bay 30, KANSAS CITY 27 (OT)
    INDIANAPOLIS 18, New England 15
    MINNESOTA 28, Houston 21
    Arizona 34, ST. LOUIS 13
    TENNESSEE 19, Green Bay 16 (OT)
    Pittsburgh 23, WASHINGTON 6 (MNF)

    NFL 2008 WEEK 8 RESULTS – OCTOBER 26-27

    (Home team in CAPS)

    Byes: Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

    BALTIMORE 29, Oakland 10
    PHILADELPHIA 27, Atlanta 14
    CAROLINA 27, Arizona 23
    HOUSTON 35, Cincinnati 6
    DALLAS 13, Tampa Bay 9
    Cleveland 23, JACKSONVILLE 17
    Washington 25, DETROIT 17
    N.Y. Giants 21, PITTSBURGH 14
    MIAMI 25, Buffalo 16
    Seattle 34, SAN FRANCISCO 13
    NEW ENGLAND 23, St. Louis 16
    NEW ORLEANS 37, San Diego 32 (London)
    N.Y. JETS 28, Kansas City 24
    TENNESSEE 31, Indianapolis 21 (MNF)

    NFL 2008 WEEK 7 RESULTS (OCTOBER 19-20)

    (Home team in CAPS)

    Byes: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles

    BUFFALO 23, San Diego 14
    HOUSTON 28, Detroit 21
    CAROLINA 30, New Orleans 7
    GREEN BAY 34, Indianapolis 14
    CHICAGO 48, Minnesota 41
    OAKLAND 16, N.Y. Jets 13 (OT)
    Pittsburgh 38, CINCINNATI 10
    WASHINGTON 14, Cleveland 11
    Tennessee 34, KANSAS CITY 10
    TAMPA BAY 20, Seattle 10
    Baltimore 27, MIAMI 13
    N.Y. GIANTS 29, San Francisco 17
    ST. LOUIS 34, Dallas 14
    NEW ENGLAND 41, Denver 7 (MNF)

    NFL 2008 WEEK 6 RESULTS (OCTOBER 12 - 13)

    (Home team in CAPS)

    Byes: Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

    ATLANTA 22, Chicago 20
    Jacksonville 24, DENVER 17
    HOUSTON 29, Miami 28
    ARIZONA 30, Dallas 24 (OT)
    INDIANAPOLIS 31, Baltimore 3
    Philadelphia 40, SAN FRANCISCO 26
    MINNESOTA 12, Detroit 10
    Green Bay 27, SEATTLE 17
    NEW ORLEANS 34, Oakland 3
    SAN DIEGO 30, New England 10
    N.Y. JETS 26, Cincinnati 14
    TAMPA BAY 27, Carolina 3
    St. Louis 19, WASHINGTON 17
    CLEVELAND 35, N.Y. Giants 14

    NFL 2008 WEEK 5 RESULTS (OCTOBER 5 - 6)

    (Home team in CAPS)

    Byes: Cleveland Browns, N.Y. Jets, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams

    Tennessee 13, BALTIMORE 10
    DENVER 16, Tampa Bay 13
    CAROLINA 34, Kansas City 0
    ARIZONA 41, Buffalo 17
    Chicago 34, DETROIT 7
    DALLAS 31, Cincinnati 22
    Atlanta 27, GREEN BAY 24
    New England 30, SAN FRANCISCO 21
    Indianapolis 31, HOUSTON 27
    Pittsburgh 26, JACKSONVILLE 21
    MIAMI 17, San Diego 10
    N.Y. GIANTS 44, Seattle 6
    Washington 23, PHILADELPHIA 17
    Minnesota 30, NEW ORLEANS 27 (MNF)

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