New Jersey Jets at Denver
Series: Broncos lead 17-15-1
Last meeting(s): Last year, the Jets topped Denver 24-20 in Week 6. Mark Sanchez threw two interceptions but LaDainian Tomlinson put New York over the top with two fourth quarter touchdown runs. Kyle Orton was still at quarterback for Denver, but Tim Tebow ran six times for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Streak(s): The Jets and Broncos have split the last six meetings dating back to 1999. Prior to that, Denver was on a nice run in the series. From 1967 to 1998, the Broncos were 10-3, including a win in the 1998 AFC Championship.
Tampa Bay at Green Bay
Series: Packers lead 30-21-1
Last meeting(s): The 0-7 Buccaneers got their first win of 2009 at home against the Packers in Week 9. Green Bay led 28-17 in the fourth quarter, but rookie Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes to give the Buccaneers the lead. Aaron Rodgers was then intercepted by Will Allen, who returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 38-28 win.
Streak(s): At one point, Tampa Bay was 13-26-1 against the Packers. Since winning the second meeting in 1998 the Bucs are 8-4. They’ve won the last three, which includes two wins against Rodgers. Four of the last five meetings have taken place in Florida, including the Packers’ only win during that time, a 20-13 2003 game in which Brett Favre threw for less than 100 yards. Tampa Bay’s last five losses against the Packers have come by a total of 22 points (dating back to the first game of the 1998 season).
Carolina at Detroit
Series: Panthers lead 4-1
Last meeting(s): Carolina scored 21 second-quarter points in a 31-22 home win in 2008. The loss dropped Detroit to 0-10 while the Panthers improved to 8-2. Jonathan Stewart ran 15 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and DeAngelo Williams ran 14 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
Streak(s): The Lions won the first-ever game in the series back in 1999, and the Panthers have won all four games since. This will be only the second time Carolina has travelled to Detroit; the Panthers won there 21-20 in 2005.
Jacksonville at Cleveland
Series: Jaguars lead 9-4
Last meeting(s): Jacksonville and Cleveland actually played twice in the year 2010; the first time was Week 17 of the 2009 season, played on January 3. The second time was in Week 11 of the 2010 season. Jacksonville won 24-20 thanks to a 14-3 fourth quarter run. Colt McCoy had 241 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception. David Garrard threw three picks.
Streak(s): Jacksonville started this series 6-0. Weird fact that I think is probably true but have not confirmed: These are the only two teams that have been expansion teams in different seasons but played against each other in both seasons. That was hard to say in one sentence. The Jaguars’ first season was 1995; they swept the Cleveland Browns that year. As it turned out, the Browns left town after the season and became the Baltimore Ravens. When the NFL returned to Cleveland in 1999, they were the Browns again and retained the Browns’ franchise history; but, really, they were an expansion team in 1999—they started from zero. The Jaguars swept them in 1999 also. Also weird: Jacksonville is 5-1 in Cleveland, but just 3-3 at home against the Browns.
Oakland at Minnesota
Series: Raiders lead 9-4
Last meeting(s): In 2007, Daunte Culpepper returned to the Metrodome for the first time; he threw for 344 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a pick and the Raiders settled for five Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Minnesota needed a safety, a 79-yard pass by wide receiver Sidney Rice, and huge game from Chester Taylor, who was filling in for rookie Adrian Peterson (164 yards and three touchdowns) to overcome five turnovers and win the game 29-22.
Streak(s): Minnesota’s wins have been few and far between—1973, 1984, 1996, and 2007—win only one coming in Oakland. The Raiders crushed Minnesota in Super Bowl XI.
Buffalo at Miami
Series: Dolphins lead 54-39-1
Last meeting(s): Miami opened the 2010 season with a 15-10 victory in Buffalo. It was a strangely clean game: no turnovers, only 50 penalty yards total, and Chad Henne and Trent Edwards weren’t awful. Buffalo managed only 166 yards, though. In Week 15, Buffalo went to Miami and returned the favor. Brandon Marshall had 11 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown, but also lost a fumble. Ryan Fitzpatrick spread the ball around to seven Bills and threw two touchdown passes.
Streak(s): Miami has won four of the last six games thanks to a sweep in 2008. One of the teams has scored under 20 points seven times in those six games (that’s 7 out of 12). Buffalo is looking for its first playoff berth since 1999—they lost to Miami in the opening round that season. Miami is Buffalo’s most common playoff opponent with the Bills winning three of the four postseason matchups. The Bills last playoff win came in the 1995 wildcard round against the Dolphins.
Dallas at Washington
Series: Cowboys lead 61-40-2
Last meeting(s): Dallas “beat” Washington on Monday Night Football earlier this year. The game featured nine field goals and one touchdown. Dallas’s Dan Bailey hit six of those three-pointers and it was enough to ensure an 18-16 win.
Streak(s): Dallas has won five out of six now.
Cincinnati at Baltimore
Series: Ravens lead 16-14
Last meeting(s): In Week 2 last year, the Bengals beat Baltimore 15-10 at home. Like the Cowboys above, Cincinnati didn’t need a touchdown to win, just five Mike Nugent field goals. Joe Flacco threw four interceptions. In Baltimore in Week 17, the Ravens won 13-7 to finish 12-4. The loss dropped Cincinnati to 4-12. This time both teams scored touchdowns—one each.
Streak(s): Baltimore’s Week 17 win last season snapped a three-game Cincinnati winning streak. Cinciannati won three of the series’ first four games back in 1996-97, then lost 12 of the next 15. The Bengals have three three-game streaks since, which comes to a 9-4 run since 2004.
Arizona at San Francisco
Series: 49ers lead 23-16
Last meeting(s): San Francisco crushed Arizona twice in 2010. Both teams were 3-7 heading into Week 12, and the 49ers went to Phoenix and won 27-6. Arizona managed just 203 total yards. In Week 17, the 49ers won 38-7. This time the Cardinals gained 279 yards, but John Skelton and Richard Bartel each threw an interception. Larry Fitzgerald was a bright spot—he had 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Streak(s): One of these teams has swept the other in seven straight seasons. San Francisco won in 2004, 2007, 2009, and 2010; Arizona won in 2005, 2006, and 2008. That means San Francisco has won six of the last eight. The Cardinals have scored 22 points total in the last three meetings.
Seattle at St. Louis
Series: Seahawks lead 15-11
Last meeting(s): The Seahawks-Rams 2010 series was about as ugly as the 49ers-Cardinals series. The Rams won 20-3 at home in Week 4. In Week 17, the two teams met with the NFC West title on the line. Seattle won 16-6 and became the first NFL team to make the playoffs with a losing record (7-9).
Streak(s): St. Louis beat the Seahawks in January 2005 in a wildcard playoff game to cap a four-game winning streak. Since then, Seattle has won 11 of 12 games.
Tennessee at Atlanta
Series: Titans lead 7-5
Last meeting(s): In 2007, Tennessee beat Atlanta 20-13. There were five interceptions (three from Vince Young) and no touchdown passes. Each team recorded a defensive touchdown: Deangelo Hall took a fumble recovery 56 yards in the first quarter and Vincent Fuller took an interception back 76 yards in the third quarter for what turned out to be the game-winning score.
Streak(s): Since Jerry Glanville led the Falcons to a victory over the Oilers in 1990, Houston/Tennessee has won five straight. The Oilers were 0-4 in Fulton County Stadium following the Glanville Bowl, but they’re 2-0 in the Georgia Dome since.
San Diego at Chicago
Series: Tied 5-5
Last meeting(s): In Week 1 in 2007, San Diego kept the Bears out of the endzone in a 14-3 win.
Streak(s): Chicago had won five out of six before the 2007 meeting. The Chargers have only beaten the Bears once at Soldier Field, way back in 1971. Only one team has gone over 30 points in a game, which came in a 40-7 Chargers win in 1978.
Philadelphia at New York Giants
Series: Giants lead 83-74-2
Last meeting(s): New York won 29-16 in Week 2 this season. Philadelphia led 16-14 after three quarters, but Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw each caught a touchdown pass in the fourth. Eli Manning was 16-23 for 254 yards and four touchdowns.
Streak(s): New York’s win stopped a six-game Eagles winning streak. The Giants’ last home win against Philadelphia came in 2007.
Kansas City at New England
Series: Chiefs lead 16-12-3
Last meeting(s): The last time these teams played, Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. The Patriots won the 2007 season-opener 17-10. Randy Moss caught six passes for 116 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel. The Chiefs used both Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle.
Streak(s): The Patriots have won five out of seven dating back to 1999. The Chiefs’ last win in New England was a 37-7 thrashing back in 1990.