Green Bay at Detroit
Series: Packers lead 91-65-7
Last meeting(s): The Packers put some distance between these teams in Week 4 last season with a 28-26 win. Green Bay improved to 3-1 while Detroit dropped to 0-4. Charles Woodson’s 48-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Packers a 28-14 lead. Detroit scored four times after that, but only on Jason Hanson field goals. Green Bay’s first four possessions in the second half: Interception, Punt, Fumble on kickoff, Interception. But, after Hanson pulled the Lions within two, the Packers ran the final 6:32 off the clock. Shaun Hill, filling in for Matthew Stafford, was 34-54 for 331 yards with two touchdowns (both to Calvin Johnson) and two interceptions.
In Week 14, in Detroit, Green Bay lost Aaron Rodgers to a concussion near the end of the first half. The Packers defense kept the Drew Stanton-led Lions in check, but their offense turned the ball over three times. Detroit won a 7-3 thriller.
Streak(s): The Lions snapped a 10-game losing streak to Green Bay with the Week 14 2010 win. That streak was part of an 18-2 run for Green Bay. The Packers are 7-3 in Detroit in the last ten meetings. This series started in 1930, when the Lions were the Portsmouth Spartans. The Lions own the longest winning streak, an 11-gamer from 1949-1954.
Miami at Dallas
Series: Dolphins lead 7-5
Last meeting(s): Whenever the Dolphins play an NFC East team, we have to bring up their awful 2007 season. Dallas beat them that year 37-20 in Week 2. Trent Green threw four picks that day and Dallas scored 27 points in the second half.
Streak(s): Dallas has won three of four dating back to 1996. Miami had owned the series before that. The Cowboys won the first-ever meeting, which came in Super Bowl VI.
San Francisco at Baltimore
Series: Ravens lead 2-1
Last meeting(s): Baltimore’s Matt Stover kicked three field goals in the Ravens’ 9-7 win back in 2007. That’s all.
Streak(s): San Francisco won the first-ever meeting in 1996. The Ravens won the only meeting in Baltimore 44-6 back in 2003.
Houston at Jacksonville
Series: Texans lead 10-9
Last meeting(s): In Week 8, Houston won at home 24-14. Matt Schaub, who won’t play this week, was solid and Arian Foster ran for 112 yards and a touchdown. Blaine Gabbert was 10-30 for 97 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Streak(s): Houston has never won three straight against the Jaguars, a feat they can accomplish in Week 12. The Jaguars have won four straight in Jacksonville, the last loss coming in 2005.
Buffalo at New Jersey Jets
Series: Bills lead 54-48
Last meeting(s): In Week 9, the Jets dominated Buffalo in a 27-11 win in Buffalo. The score was 3-0 at halftime, but the Jets won the third quarter 17-3 thanks in large part to a Fred Jackson fumble.
Streak(s): The Jets have now won four straight and six of the last seven. The Bills one win during that stretch came at the Meadowlands in October 2009.
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Series: Bengals lead 40-36
Last meeting(s): Andy Dalton won his first career start in Week 1 this year in Cleveland. The Bengals trailed 17-13 after three quarters, but went on a 14-0 run and won 27-17. Dalton left the game long enough for Bruce Gradkowski to throw for 92 yards and a touchdown. Cedric Benson chipped 125 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Streak(s): The Bengals’ win extended their recent domination of the Browns. They’ve now won 11 of 14.
Minnesota at Atlanta
Series: Vikings lead 16-10
Last meeting(s): Atlanta kept the Vikings’ from clinching a playoff berth with a 24-17 win at the Metrodome in 2008. Minnesota actually got a decent game out of Tarvaris Jackson, who was making his second start since “taking over” for Gus Frerotte in Week 14. Jackson was 22-36 for 233 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 82 yards, but fumbled once in the redzone. The Vikings fumbled seven times in the game and lost four of them—Adrian Peterson lost another one in the redzone and bungled a handoff from Jackson that was recovered by Atlanta. Minnesota scored 10 fourth quarter points to get within seven, then forced a three-and-out and got the ball back with just over two minutes remaining. Jackson threw to Bobby Wade for ten yards on a 2nd and 7, but couldn’t complete another pass as the Vikings ran out of downs and time.
Streak(s): Starting in 1996, Atlanta and Minnesota have traded wins over an eight-game span. The 1996 game was the final win in a 10-2 run by the Vikings that stretched back to 1974. The most famous meeting was the 1998 NFC Championship, which the Falcons won in overtime, but the teams also met in the weird 16-team 1982 playoffs. Minnesota won that one. There was also an unforgettable (believe me, I’ve tried) overtime touchdown run by Michael Vick in 2002.
Arizona at St. Louis
Series: Rams lead 34-32-2
Last meeting(s): In Week 9, the Cardinals won a wildly ugly one 19-13 in overtime. The Rams scored on three Josh Brown field goals in the first half, then registered safeties on back-to-back defensive possessions in the third quarter. John Skelton hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 13-yard touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Rookie Patrick Peterson won the game on a 99-yard punt return for a touchdown. 99 yards? Who catches the ball at the one yard line, anyway?
Streak(s): Peterson’s return gave the Cardinals nine wins in ten games against St. Louis.
Carolina at Indianapolis
Series: Panthers lead 3-1
Last meeting(s): The Colts picked up their first-ever win against Carolina with 31-7 thrashing in 2007. The Panthers scored first, then watched Indianapolis rip off 31 unanswered points. Joseph Addai ran for two touchdowns and caught a third.
Streak(s): The Panthers won the only meeting in Indianapolis, which happened way back in 1995. Not a storied rivalry.
Tampa Bay at Tennessee
Series: Titans lead 7-2
Last meeting(s): In October 2007, Tampa Bay registered their second win in this series with a 13-10 home victory. That game should seem pretty far away when you hear names like Kerry Collins, Jeff Garcia, and Joey Galloway. The longest run in this game was a 10-yarder by Earnest Graham.
Streak(s): Tampa Bay’s 2007 win was their first since beating the Oilers in 1983. The Buccaneers have never won in Nashville or Houston against the Titans/Oilers in six tries. There is some nice “what if” history for these teams: When the Buccaneers went to the 2002 Super Bowl, the Titans lost the AFC Championship. When the Titans went to the 1999 Super Bowl, the Buccaneers lost the NFC Championship. In 1979, the Oilers and Buccaneers were the two conference championship losers. What would you give for three Bucs-Oilers Super Bowls?
Chicago at Oakland
Series: Tied 6-6
Last meeting(s): The last Willie Gault Bowl was an ugly one for Oakland. They gained 193 yards and turned the ball over three times in a 17-6 home loss. Bernard Berrian, my all-time favorite Viking, scored on a 59-yard pass from Rex Grossman. Those were the days, eh Bears fans? Makes Caleb Hanie and Johnny Knox look like a pile of puke. Er…
Streak(s): Chicago has won three out of four dating back to a 1996 win. The Bears were 1-1 in Oakland before the Raiders moved, then 1-1 in Los Angeles, and now they are 1-1 in Oakland since the Raiders returned. What does it mean?
Washington at Seattle
Series: Redskins lead 10-6
Last meeting(s): Do you remember the Redskins being 7-4 in 2008? Me neither. They got there with a 20-17 win in Seattle in Week 12. Jason Campbell had a nice game and Clinton Portis ran for 143 yards. Maurice Morris had as many yards rushing (103) as Matt Hasselbeck had passing (103) and Hasselbeck tossed two picks. For the record, this was Washington’s high point in 2008—they finished 8-8.
Streak(s): Washington and Seattle have played seven times since 2000, which almost doubled their total meetings before that. The Redskins are 5-2 in those seven games, but Seattle’s two wins came in the 2005 and 2007 playoffs. This week’s meeting will be the fourth straight in Seattle, a result of the Seahawks hosting those playoff games. Jim Zorn was either a player, assistant coach, or head coach in 11 games in this series.
Denver at San Diego
Series: Broncos lead 54-48-1
Last meeting(s): San Diego had a 16-point fourth quarter lead back in Week 5. Tim Tebow, who had replaced Kyle Orton earlier in the game, nearly led the Broncos all the way back, but the Chargers eeked out a 29-24 win in Denver. San Diego hasn’t won since, and the Broncos are 4-1 since Tebow took over as their starter.
Streak(s): The Chargers have won four straight and they are on a 9-2 run against Denver. The Broncos last win in the series did come in San Diego, back in 2009.
New England at Philadelphia
Series: Eagles lead 6-5
Last meeting(s): Philadelphia nearly derailed the Patriots’ perfect regular season in Week 12 of 2007. A.J. Feely had 345 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions, including one returned 40 yards for a touchdown by Asante Samuel, in the Eagles’ 31-28 loss. Wes Welker caught 13 passes for 149 yards and Jabar Gaffney caught Tom Brady’s only touchdown pass.
Streak(s): New England has won three straight, all in the Tom Brady era, including Super Bowl XXXIX. Philadelphia had dominated the series before that, winning seven out of nine through the 1990s. The Patriots’ 2003 win was their first and only in Philadelphia, where they are 1-5.
Pittsburgh at Kansas City
Series: Steelers lead 17-10
Last meeting(s): The Chiefs beat Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime in 2009. The Steelers had a 17-7 halftime lead, but went three and out twice to start the third quarter, then ended a a good drive with a Ben Roethlisberger redzone interception. They went three and out again to start the fourth before finally scoring a touchdown on a 27-yard drive. The Chiefs were more efficient, scoring 17 points and forcing three straight Steelers punts at the end of the fourth quarter and into overtime before Ryan Succop hit the game-winning field goal.
Streak(s): These teams have traded wins for the last ten meetings going back to 1992 and it’s the Steelers’ turn if that streak keeps up. This will be the 10th game in Kansas City in the last 11 meetings, which seems like more than a quirk in scheduling. They’re not in Pittsburgh this week, but the Chiefs last win in Pittsburgh came in 1986, in a game where the Chiefs didn’t score an offensive touchdown—they had a fumble recovery, a kickoff return, and a blocked field goal all go for touchdowns.
New York Giants at New Orleans
Series: Giants lead 14-11
Last meeting(s): Both teams entered their Week 6 2009 meeting undefeated and the Saints crushed New York 48-27. Drew Brees was 23-30 for 369 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Marques Colston had eight catches for 166 yards and was among four Saints receivers with a touchdown.
Streak(s): New Orleans has won two straight and three out of four since 2003.