Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 8:30 PM ET | Gillette Stadium | Referee: Bill Vinovich
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 17-13-3
STREAKS: Patriots have won 2 of past 3
• CHIEFS won AFC West in 2016 for 1st time since 2010. Led NFL with 33 takeaways & tied for league lead with +16 TO differential. Overcame 21-point deficit in 33-27 OT win vs. Chargers on KO Weekend in 2016.
• QB ALEX SMITH passed for career-high 3,502 yards in 2016. Ranked 3rd in AFC with 67.1 comp. pct. last season. Has 1,317 rushing yards in 4 seasons with KC, most by QB in franchise history. Passed for 248 yards & 3 TDs with 0 INTs for 144.4 rating in last meeting.
• RB KAREEM HUNT was selected by KC in 3rd round (No. 86 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft. Rushed for 1,475 yards & 10 TDs as senior at Toldeo.
• WR TYREEK HILL had 12 TDs (6 rec., 3 rush, 2 PR & 1 KR) last season, most by rookie in team history. Joined Hall of Famer RB GALE SAYERS as only players with 5+ TD catches, 3+ rush TDs, PR-TD & KR-TD in single season.
TE TRAVIS KELCE led NFL TEs with 1,125 rec. yards & ranked 2nd with 85 catches in 2016. Had 100+ rec. yards in 4 consecutive games from Weeks 11-14 last season, tied for longest streak by TE in NFL history.
• S ERIC BERRY tied for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs in 2016. Has 5 career INT-TDs, tied for 5th among active players. Since 2011, LB JUSTIN HOUSTON ranks 4th in NFL with 60 sacks. DE DEE FORD led team with 10 sacks in 2016.
CB MARCUS PETERS tied for 2nd in NFL with 6 INTs last season. Since entering league in 2015, leads NFL with 14 INTs.
• PATRIOTS overcame 25-point defi cit to win 5th Super Bowl title in SB LI. Have won 8 consecutive division titles, most in NFL history. Won 13+ games for 6th time in franchise history, tying Den. for most in league history. Are 5th team in NFL history to fi nish .500+ in 16 consecutive seasons. Have won past 8 home openers on KO Weekend.
• QB TOM BRADY won SB LI MVP & set single-game SB records in att. (62), comp. (43) & pass yards (466). Has 208 career wins (incl. playoffs) as starter, most in NFL history. Led NFL with 14.0 TD/INT ratio (28 TDs, 2 INTs) last season, highest single-season ratio in NFL history. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 112.2 rating. Ranks 4th in league annals with 456 career pass TDs & 61,582 pass yards.
• RB JAMES WHITE set single-game SB record with 14 catches & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.), tied for most in single game in SB history. Tied for lead among NFL RBs with 5 rec. TDs last season.
• TE ROB GRONKOWSKI leads NFL TEs with 68 TD catches & ranks 2nd with 6,095 rec. yards since entering NFL in 2010. Has 3 seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards.
WR BRANDIN COOKS makes team debut. Led Saints with 1,173 rec. yards in 2016. Had 98-yard TD catch on KO Weekend with NO in 2016. WR CHRIS HOGAN had 332 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in 2016 postseason.
• CB MALCOLM BUTLER led team with 4 INTs & 17 PD in 2016. DE TREY FLOWERS led team with 7 sacks last season.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | New Era Field | Referee: John Hussey
LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 59-53
STREAKS: Jets have won past 2
• QB JOSH MC COWN signed with NYJ during offseason. In past 2 starts, has 663 pass yards (331.5 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs. Aims for 3rd start in row with 300+ pass yards.
• RB MATT FORTÉ is 1 of 2 active players in NFL (FRANK GORE) with 9+ consecutive seasons (9) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 7 in NFL history with 800+ rush yards in each of 1st 9 seasons. Ranks 4th among active RBs with 9,415 rush yards. Had 100 rush yards & 3 TDs in last game at Buf. RB BILAL POWELL led team with 1,110 scrimmage yards (722 rush, 388 rec.) in 2016. Last season, joined Forté (1,076 scrimmage yards) as only RB duo in team history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards each in single season. Had 122 rush yards in last meeting.
• WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 587 rec. yards last season, 7th most among NFL rookies. WR JERMAINE KEARSE makes NYJ debut. Had 41 catches for 510 yards & TD with Sea. last season. WR AR DARIUS STEWART was
selected by NYJ in 3rd round of 2017 NFL Draft. Led Alabama with 864 rec. yards on 54 catches with 8 TDs in 2016.
• DL LEONARD WILLIAMS led team & tied for 3rd among NFL DTs with 7 sacks last season. DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON is 1 of 8 NFL DEs since 2012 with 35+ sacks (38) & 8+ FFs (9). S JAMAL ADAMS (No. 6 overall) &
S MARCUS MAYE (No. 39) were selected by NYJ in 2017 NFL Draft. LB DEMARIO DAVIS rejoins NYJ after 1 season with Cle. Had 332 tackles for NYJ from 2012-15.
• BILLS set franchise record with 29 rush TDs & led NFL in rush yards per game (164.4) last season.
• QB TYROD TAYLOR is 1 of 6 QBs in NFL history to have 3,000+ pass yards & 500+ rush yards in consecutive seasons. Led all NFL QBs with 580 rush yards in 2016. In his last game vs. NYJ (9/15/16), passed for 297 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 112.8 rating.
• RB LE SEAN MC COY had 13 rush TDs last season, tied for 2nd most in team history. Since 2010, leads NFL with 8,317 rush yards & ranks 3rd with 56 rush TDs. Has 5 career seasons with 1,000+ rush yards.
• WR JORDAN MATTHEWS is 1 of 5 players in NFL history with 65+ receptions & 800+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. Has 225 catches since entering NFL in 2014, 10th most by WR in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. TE CHARLES CLAY is only TE in team history with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in consecutive seasons. WR ZAY JONES was selected by Buf. in 2nd round (No. 37 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft. Had 399 catches, 4,279 yards & 23 TD catches in 49 career games at East Carolina.
• LB PRESTON BROWN ranked 3rd in AFC with career-high 135 tackles last season. Has 29 tackles in past 2 meetings. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER tied for 3rd in NFL with 12.5 sacks in 2016. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with sack. Since entering NFL in 2011, DT MARCELL DAREUS has 34 sacks, 4th most among NFL DTs.
Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | Soldier Field | Referee: Jeff Triplette
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 14-12
STREAKS: Bears have won past 2
• FALCONS won NFC & advanced to SB for 2nd time in franchise history. Ranked 1st in NFL in total points (540) & 2nd in total offense (415.8 yards per game) last year.
• QB MATT RYAN named NFL MVP in 2016. Ranked 2nd in NFL with franchise-record 4,944 pass yards. Led league with 117.1 rating, 5th-best single-season rating in NFL history. Is franchise leader in career comp. (3,288), pass yards (37,701), TD passes (240) & rating (93.6).
• RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for 1,079 yards in 2016, his 2nd consecutive 1,000-yard season. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,175 scrimmage yards & 27 TDs since 2015. RB TEVIN COLEMAN set career-highs with 941 scrimmage yards & 11 TDs (8 rush, 3 rec.).
• WR JULIO JONES led NFC with 1,409 rec. yards, his 4th season with 1,000+ rec. yards, tied for 2nd most in franchise history. Since 2014, leads NFL with 4,873 rec. yards & ranks 2nd with 323 catches. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL had career-best 6 rec. TDs in 2016.
• LB VIC BEASLEY, JR. led NFL with 15.5 sacks & tied for league lead with 6 FFs last season. DT GRADY JARRETT had 3 sacks in SB LI. LB DEION JONES led team with 106 tackles, most among NFL rookies in 2016. Led Falcons with 3 INTs. S KEANU NEAL ranked 3rd among NFC safeties with 105 tackles last year. CB ROBERT ALFORD had career-high 19 PD in 2016, tied 3rd most in NFC.
• K MATT BRYANT led NFL with career-high 158 points in 2016.
• BEARS have most wins (65) all-time in home openers.
• QB MIKE GLENNON has 30 career TD passes & 15 INTs for 84.6 rating. Has passed for 683 yards, 6 TDs & 0 INTs for 109.2 rating in 4 career games vs. Atl. Has 82.2 rating in past 4 starts.
• RB JORDAN HOWARD ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,313 rush yards last season. Surpassed RB MATT FORTÉ (1,238 in 2008) as Bears’ all-time rookie rush leader. His 1,313 rush yards are 3rd most by rookie not chosen in 1st 4 rounds of NFL Draft. Had 7 100-yard rush games in 2016, most games with 100+ rush yards by rookie in team history.
• WRs KENDALL WRIGHT & MARKUS WHEATON make debuts with Chi. Wright has 18 rec. TDs in 5 career seasons. TE ZACH MILLER had 4 TD catches in 2016, tied for most on team. Had career-high 47 receptions & 486 rec. yards last season. WR-KR DEONTE THOMPSON ranked 2nd in NFL with 804 KR yards in 2016.
• DE WILLIE YOUNG led team with 7.5 sacks in 2016. Has 6+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. LB JERRELL FREEMAN led team with 110 tackles in 2016, his 4th career 100+ tackle season. Since 2012, ranks 7th in NFL with 588 tackles. LB LEONARD FLOYD tied for 2nd on Chi. & led NFC rookies with 7 sacks in 2016. CB CRE’VON LE BLANC led team with 10 PD & had 2 INTs as rookie last season. S QUINTIN DEMPS makes debut with Chi. & had 6 INTs with Hou. in 2016, tied 2nd most in NFL
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | Paul Brown Stadium | Referee: Walt Coleman
LEADER: Series tied, 21-21
STREAKS: Bengals have won 6 of past 7
• QB JOE FLACCO passed for team-record 4,317 yards in 2016. Has 7 career seasons with 3,000+ pass yards, most in club history. Owns 7 of top 8 single-season pass yard totals in club history. Is franchise leader in pass yards (32,639), comp. (2,915) & TDs (182).
• RB DANNY WOODHEAD has 13 rec. TDs since 2013, tied for most among NFL RBs. RB TERRANCE WEST had 1,010 scrimmage yards (774 rush, 236 rec.) with 6 TDs in 2016.
• WR JEREMY MACLIN has 221 rec. yards (110.5 per game) in past 2 vs. Cin. In past 3 seasons, has 2,942 rec. yards & 20 rec. TDs. WR MIKE WALLACE led team with 1,017 rec. yards in 2016, his 3rd career season with 1,000+ rec. yards. Has 12 career rec. TDs of 50+ yards, 3rd most among active players.
• LB TERRELL SUGGS is franchise leader & ranks 2nd among active players with 114.5 career sacks. LB C.J. MOSLEY ranked 2nd among NFL LBs with 4 INTs in 2016. Has 6 INTs since 2014, tied for 3rd among NFL LBs. S ERIC WEDDLE has 23 career INTs, tied for 4th among active safeties. Tied for lead among NFL safeties with 13 PD in 2016. S TONY JEFFERSON makes team debut. Had 13 TFL with Az. last season, most by NFL safety. • K JUSTIN TUCKER led NFL with 38 FGs & ranked 2nd with 141 points in 2016. Converted all 10 FGs of 50+ yards last season, tied for most made 50+ yard FGs in single season in NFL history.
• QB ANDY DALTON had 4,206 pass yards in 2016, his 2nd career season with 4,000+ pass yards. Is 1 of 2 QBs in franchise history (CARSON PALMER) with multiple seasons with 4,000+ pass yards. In past 3 meetings, has 892 pass yards (297.3 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT.
• RB JEREMY HILL has 9+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons, 2nd longest streak in franchise history. RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 187 catches since 2013, 5th most among RBs in NFL.
• WR A.J. GREEN is 1 of 2 players in NFL history (RANDY MOSS) with 950+ rec. yards in each of 1st 6 seasons. Ranks 2nd in team history with 7,135 career rec. yards. Had 12 catches for 180 rec. yards & TD on KO Weekend last season. In past 5 meetings, has 604 rec. yards (120.8 per game) & 6 TDs. WR BRANDON LA FELL led team with 6 rec. TDs & ranked 2nd with 862 rec. yards in 2016. WR JOHN ROSS was selected No. 9 overall by Cin. in 2017 NFL Draft. Had 17 TD catches as junior at Washington last season, 2nd most in Pac-12 history. TE TYLER EIFERT has 18 rec. TDs since 2015, most among NFL TEs.
• DT GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 52 sacks since 2010. DE CARLOS DUNLAP aims for 3rd consecutive meeting with sack. Has 21.5 sacks since 2015, 4th most in NFL. S GEORGE ILOKA (73 tackles, 3 INTs) & S SHAWN WILLIAMS (81 tackles, 3 INTs) were only safety duo in NFL with 70+ tackles & 3+ INTs each in 2016.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | FirstEnergy Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 70-58
STREAKS: Steelers have won past 4
• STEELERS won AFC North title in 2016, team’s 7th division
title since 2002. Have 601 regular-season victories, 4th most
in NFL history.
• QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 301 career TD passes, 9th most in NFL history. Has 46,814 career pass yards & is 8th QB in NFL history to pass for 45,000 yards with single team. Has most career pass yards (5,490) & pass TDs (35) by any player vs. Cle.
• RB LE’VEON BELL averaged 157 scrimmage yards per game in 2016, 3rd-highest single-season avg. in NFL history. Led AFC with 1,884 scrimmage yards (1,268 rush, 616 rec.). Since entering NFL in 2013, averages 128.7 scrimmage yards per game, most in NFL. RB JAMES CONNER was selected by Pit. in 3rd round (No. 105 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft. Ranked 2nd in Pittsburgh history with 3,733 rush yards & 52 rush TDs.
• WR ANTONIO BROWN ranked 2nd in NFL with 106 catches in 2016 & has 481 catches over past 4 seasons, most in any 4-year span in NFL history. Has 4 seasons in row with 100+ catches, tied for longest streak in NFL history. In 11 career meetings, has 75 catches for 1,130 yards (102.7 per game) & 7 TDs.
• LB RYAN SHAZIER has 2.5 sacks, INT & FF in past 4 meetings. LB JAMES HARRISON has 79.5 sacks as Steeler, most in franchise history. DE CAMERON HEYWARD has sack in 5 of past 6 meetings.
• QB DE SHONE KIZER was selected by Cle. in 2nd round (No. 52 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft. Passed for 2,925 yards with 26 TDs & rushed for 472 yards with 8 TDs as junior at Notre Dame last season.
• RB ISAIAH CROWELL had 152 rush yards in last meeting. Was 1st Browns RB with 1,200+ scrimmage yards (1,271) since 2012. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. is 1 of 4 NFL RBs with 100+ catches (114) & 1,000+ rec. yards (1,048) since 2015.
• WR KENNY BRITT signed with Cle. this offseason. Led Rams with 68 catches & 1,002 rec. yards last season. WR COREY COLEMAN tied for 6th among NFL rookies with 3 rec. TDs in 2016. TE DAVID NJOKU was No. 29 overall selection by Cle. in 2017 NFL Draft.
• DE MYLES GARRETT (No. 1 overall) & DB JABRILL PEPPERS (No. 25) were 1st-round selections by Cle. in 2017 NFL Draft. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 143 tackles last season, 5th most in NFL & 8th-highest total in team history. Had 11 tackles, 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. had 69 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks & FF in 8 games with Cle. last season. Since 2014, is 1 of 2 NFL LBs (THOMAS DAVIS) with 10+ sacks (12.5) & 5+ INTs (5). CB JASON MC COURTY makes team debut. Has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. Pit. CB BRIEAN BODDYCALHOUN tied for NFL rookie lead with 3 INTs last season & tied for 3rd among rookies with 11 PD. Had INT in last meeting.
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | Ford Field | Referee: Walt Anderson
LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 31-28-5
STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 7
• CARDINALS led NFC in total defense (305.2 yards per game) & ranked 1st in NFL in sacks (48) in 2016.
• QB CARSON PALMER passed for 4,233 yards last season, his 3rd season with 3,500+ pass yards with Az., most in franchise history. Has 4 4,000-yard seasons in past 5 years. Ranks 14th in career pass yards (44,269) & TD passes (285) in NFL history.
• RB DAVID JOHNSON set single-season franchise records in scrimmage yards (2,118), rushing TDs (16) & total TDs (20) in 2016. Had NFL-record 15 consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to begin season.
• WR LARRY FITZGERALD ranks 3rd all-time in receptions (1,125) & 8th in TD catches (104). Led NFL in receptions (107) last season. Has 4 rec. TDs in past 3 Kickoff Weekend road games. WR J.J. NELSON had career-high 568 rec. yards & 6 TDs last season.
• LB MARKUS GOLDEN led team with career-high 12.5 sacks last season, tied 3rd most in league. LB CHANDLER JONES had 11 sacks in 2016, 3rd career season with 10+ sacks. Jones & Golden each had 4 FFs, tied for 4th in NFC last season. LB DEONE BUCANNON was 2nd on team with 89 tackles in 2016. LB KARLOS DANSBY makes return to Az. (2004-09). Has 90+ tackles in 10 consecutive seasons. Since 2007, has 1,095 tackles, 3rd most in NFL. CB PATRICK PETERSON has 20 INTs since 2011, tied for 3rd in NFL.
• LIONS earned playoff berth in 2016 for 2nd time in past 3 seasons.
• QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,327 yards last season, 5th most in franchise history. Had 93.3 rating, 3rd highest in Det. history. Led 8 GW drives in 4th Q or OT in 2016, most such drives by QB in single season since 1970. Has passed for 4,000+ yards in each of past 6 seasons. Is franchise leader in career comp. (2,634), pass yards (30,303) & pass TDs (187).
• RB THEO RIDDICK tied for NFL lead among RBs with 5 rec. TDs in 2016. Since 2015, ranks 1st in receptions (133) & 2nd in rec. yards (1,068) among NFL RBs.
• WR GOLDEN TATE had 91 receptions for 1,077 yards in 2016, 2nd career 1,000-yard season. Has 90+ catches in 3 consecutive seasons. WR MARVIN JONES, JR. had career-high 930 rec. yards last season. TE ERIC EBRON
set career-highs in 2016 in receptions (61) and rec. yards (711).
• DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 32 sacks since entering league in 2013. Had sack in last meeting. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD led team with career-high 132 tackles last season. CB DARIUS SLAY led team with 13 PD in 2016, 3rd consecutive season with 13+ PD. S GLOVER QUIN has 16 INTs since 2013, most among NFC safeties.
• K MATT PRATER made 7 50+ yard FGs in 2016, tied for 2nd most in NFL.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | NRG Stadium | Referee: Tony Corrente
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 19-11
STREAKS: Texans have won past 6
• QB BLAKE BORTLES passed for 3,905 yards with 23 TDs last season & is 1 of 3 QBs in team history with 2+ seasons with 3,500+ pass yards.
• RB LEONARD FOURNETTE was selected No. 4 overall by Jax. in 2017 NFL Draft. Finished 4th in LSU history with 3,830 career rush yards. RB CHRIS IVORY has 193 rush yards (96.5 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 2 games on KO Weekend.
• WR ALLEN ROBINSON is 1 of 2 in team history (JIMMY SMITH) with 800+ rec. yards & 6+ TD catches in consecutive seasons. Is 1 of 6 in NFL with 200+ catches (201) & 14.0+ yards per catch avg. (14.1) since 2014. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 meetings. WR MARQISE LEE had 100-yard KR-TD in last meeting, tied for longest KR-TD in team history.
• LB PAUL POSLUSZNY led team in 2016 with 133 tackles, his team-record 5th season with 100+ tackles. Since 2008, leads NFL with 1,127 tackles. CB JALEN RAMSEY led NFL rookies with 14 PD last season. Had 2 INTs (incl. INT-TD), 10 PD & FF in fi nal 3 games. DE YANNICK GAKOUE had 8 sacks in 2016, most by rookie in franchise history. Was only rookie in NFL with 8+ sacks (8) & 4+ FFs (4). Since 2014, LB TELVIN SMITH is 1 of 6 in NFL with 300+ tackles (345), 3+ FFs (3) & 3+ INTs (4). Had 8 tackles & INT in last meeting. Free agent signees CB A.J. BOUYE, DE CALAIS CAMPBELL & S BARRY CHURCH will make team debuts.
• TEXANS won AFC South for 2nd consecutive season & led NFL in total defense (301.3 yards per game) in 2016.
• QB TOM SAVAGE passed for 260 yards in last meeting.
• RB LAMAR MILLER has 402 rush yards (100.5 per game) & 4 total TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 vs. division. Ranked 6th in AFC with 1,073 rush yards last season. Has 3 seasons in row with 1,250+ scrimmage yards.
• WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS led team with 78 catches last season & has franchise-record 317 career catches in 1st 4 seasons. Since 2013, ranks 6th in NFL with 4,487 rec. yards. WR WILL FULLER V was 3rd among rookies with 635 rec. yards last season. Had 107 rec. yards & TD catch on KO Weekend in 2016. TEs C.J. FIEDOROWICZ (54 catches) & RYAN GRIFFIN (50 catches) were only pair of TE teammates with 50+ catches in 2016. Griffi n had 8 catches for 85 yards in last meeting.
• DE J.J. WATT has 76 sacks since entering league in 2011, most in NFL. Since 2011, leads NFL with 133 TFL, 39 more than next closest player (VON MILLER, 94). Has 9 sacks, 11 TFL, 4 PD, 2 FFs & FR in his past 4 vs. Jax. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY led team & ranked 2nd in AFC with 16 TFL last season. LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY was only NFL player with 125+ tackles (129) & 5+ sacks (5) in 2016. Led team with 129 tackles last season. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 19.5 sacks since 2015, tied for 4th most in NFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins
Date, Time and Location: TBD | Referee: Pete Morelli
LEADER: Series tied, 5-5
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 4 of past 5
• QB JAMEIS WINSTON set single-season franchise records with 4,090 passing yards & 28 TD passes in 2016. Is only player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. Has 50 career TD passes & is 5th in league history to throw 50+ TD passes in 1st 2 seasons.
• RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS rushed for career-high 560 yards in 2016.
• WR MIKE EVANS ranked 4th in NFL with 1,321 rec. yards & tied for 2nd with 12 TD catches last season. Had 96 receptions, 2nd most in TB history. His 12 rec. TDs tied for most in season in franchise history. Has 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 NFL seasons. WR DE SEAN JACKSON makes debut with TB. Has 22 career 60+ yard TD catches, 2nd most in NFL history. Since 2008, ranks 5th in NFL with 8,819 rec. yards. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES set career-highs in receptions (55) & rec. yards (622) in 2016. TE CAMERON BRATE had 8 rec. TDs last season, tied for most by TE in single season in team history.
• DT GERALD MC COY has 33.5 sacks since 2013, most by NFL DT. Has 7+ sacks in 4 consecutive seasons. LB KWON ALEXANDER led team with career-high 145 tackles last season. Since entering league in 2012, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player with 600+ tackles (663), 15+ sacks (18) & 10+ INTs (10). CB BRENT GRIMES led NFL with 24 PD in 2016. S T.J. WARD makes team debut. Had 87 tackles with Den. in 2016 & has 2 career 100+ tackle seasons.
• DOLPHINS earned 1st playoff berth since 2008 last season.
• QB JAY CUTLER signed with Mia. during offseason. Is 4-1 in career vs. TB. Has 7 career seasons with 3,000+ pass yards.
• RB JAY AJAYI rushed for 1,272 yards last season, 3rd most in single season in franchise history. Became 4th player in NFL history with 3 games of 200+ rush yards in single season. RB-KR KENYAN DRAKE ranked 2nd in NFL with 30.5 KR avg. (min. 10 returns).
• WR JARVIS LANDRY had 94 catches last season, 2nd most in season in team history. Has 288 catches in 1st 3 seasons, tied for most in NFL history (ODELL BECKHAM, JR.). WR DE VANTE PARKER had 8 catches for 106 yards on KO Weekend last season. WR KENNY STILLS ranked 3rd in NFL with 17.3 yards per catch avg. last season. Was 1 of 3 players with 3 rec. TDs of 50+ yards in 2016. Tied for 2nd in AFC with 9 TD catches. TE JULIUS THOMAS makes team debut. Has 33 rec. TDs since 2013, 2nd most
among NFL TEs.
• LB KIKO ALONSO was 1 of 5 NFL players with 100+ tackles (115) & INT-TD (1) last season. DE CAMERON WAKE leads all active players with 81.5 sacks since 2009. Since entering NFL in 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 47 sacks, 2nd most among DTs. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS makes Mia. debut. Is only NFL player with 30+ sacks (35.5), 10+ INTs (12) & 10+ FFs (12) since 2008.
Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | Nissan Stadium | Referee: Jerome Boger
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 25-20
STREAKS: Raiders have won past 2
• RAIDERS earned playoff berth last season for 1st time since 2002. Tied for NFL lead with +16 TO differential.
• QB DEREK CARR has 81 career TD passes & is 5th player in NFL history with 80+ TD passes in 1st 3 seasons. Was 1 of 5 QBs in 2016 with 25+ TD passes (28) & fewer than 10 INTs (6). Has 579 pass yards (289.5 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 100.4 rating in past 2 meetings.
• RB MARSHAWN LYNCH makes team debut. Since 2011, leads NFL RBs with 51 rush TDs. Had 155 scrimmage yards (77 rush, 78 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last game vs. Ten. (10/13/13 with Sea.). RB JALEN RICHARD had 75-yard rush TD on 1st career carry last season, becoming 4th player in NFL history with 75+ yard rush TD in NFL debut.
• WR AMARI COOPER had 83 catches for 1,153 rec. yards & 5 TDs last season, becoming 3rd player in NFL history with 70+ catches, 1,000+ rec. yards & 5+ TD catches in each of 1st 2 seasons. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE led team with 89 catches last season. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for 6th in NFL. Joined Cooper as only WR duo in NFL with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards each last season. WR SETH ROBERTS has 3 TD catches in past 2 metings.
• LB KHALIL MACK won NFL Def. Player of Year in 2016. Has 26 sacks since 2015, most in NFL. Was 1 of 4 in NFL last season with 10+ sacks (11) & 5+ FFs (5). S REGGIE NELSON has 35 INTs since entering NFL in 2007, most among active players. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with INT.
• QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 26 TD passes in 2016, becoming 3rd QB in franchise history with 25+ pass TDs in season. Had 2+ TD passes in 8 consecutive games from Weeks 5-12, 2nd-longest single-season streak in NFL history by QB in 1st 2 seasons. In 2 career KO Weekend games, has 6 pass TDs vs. 1 INT.
• RB DE MARCO MURRAY led AFC with 1,287 rush yards last season. Leads NFL with 37 rush TDs & ranks 2nd with 4,955 rush yards since 2013. In his past 2 games vs. Oak., has 257 scrimmage yards (177 rush, 80 rec.) & 4 rush TDs. RB DERRICK HENRY ranked 4th among rookie RBs with 5 rush TDs last season.
• WR RISHARD MATTHEWS set career-highs in catches (65), rec. yards (945) & TDs (9) last season. Tied for 2nd in AFC with 9 rec. TDs. WR ERIC DECKER makes team debut. Has rec. TD in 5 of past 7 games vs. Oak. Is 1 of 7 NFL WRs with 5,000+ rec. yards (5,147) & 50+ TD catches (51) since 2011. WR COREY DAVIS was No. 5 overall selection by Ten. in 2017 NFL Draft. Had 5,278 career rec. yards at Western Michigan, all-time FBS record. TE DELANIE WALKER had 7 rec. TDs last season, tied for 3rd most by TE in team history. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among NFL TEs with 222 catches & 4th with 2,778 rec. yards.
• LB BRIAN ORAKPO led team with 10.5 sacks last season. Since entering NFL in 2011, DT JURRELL CASEY has 33 sacks, 5th most by DT.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 1:00 PM ET | FedExField | Referee: Brad Allen
LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 85-73-5
STREAKS: Redskins have won past 5
• QB CARSON WENTZ had 379 completions last season, most in season in franchise history & most by rookie in NFL history. Set team rookie records in att. (607), comp. pct. (62.4), pass yards (3,782), pass TDs (16) & rating (79.3).
• RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT ranked 1st in NFL in rush TDs (18), 2nd in rush att. (299) & 8th in rush yards (1,161) last season. RB DARREN SPROLES had 52 catches in 2016, his 8th consecutive season with 40+ receptions. Is only player in NFL history with 30+ rec. TDs (30), 20+ rush TDs (22), PR-TD (7) & KR-TD (2).
• WR ALSHON JEFFERY makes debut with Phi. Had 52 catches for 821 yards & 2 TDs last season with Chi. Has 4 consecutive seasons with 50+ receptions & 800+ rec. yards. WR TORREY SMITH makes debut with Phi. Ranks 2nd among active players with 17.0 career rec. avg. TE ZACH ERTZ led team with career-high 78 catches, 5th most among TEs last season.
• DT FLETCHER COX led team with 6.5 sacks in 2016. DT TIMMY JERNIGAN makes debut with Phi. Had 13 sacks in 3 seasons with Bal. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 5.5 sacks last year, his 3rd consecutive season with 5+ sacks. LB JORDAN HICKS led all LBs in INTs (5) & tied for 1st in PD (11). LB NIGEL BRADHAM led team with 98 tackles in 2016. S MALCOLM JENKINS was 1 of 4 in NFL last season with 2 INT-TDs. CB RONALD DARBY makes debut with Phi. Since 2015, has 33 PD, 8th most in NFL.
• QB KIRK COUSINS set franchise record & ranked 3rd in NFL with 4,917 pass yards last season. Has 18 career 300- yard pass games, most in team history. Since 2015, ranks 4th in NFL in comp. (1,149) & pass yards (9,083) & 6th in rating (99.3). Is 1 of 2 in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards & 4+ rush TDs in consecutive seasons.
• RB ROB KELLEY ranked 3rd among rookies in 2016 with 704 rush yards & tied for 2nd with 6 rush TDs.
• WR JAMISON CROWDER set career-highs in receptions (67), rec. yards (847) & TD catches (7) last season. WR TERRELLE PRYOR, SR. makes debut with Was. Had career-best 77 receptions, 1,007 rec. yards & 4 TD catches with Cle. in 2016. TE JORDAN REED has 248 career receptions, 3rd most by TE in team history. Since 2015, ranks 2nd among NFL TEs with 17 rec. TDs & ties for 4th with 153 catches.
• LB RYAN KERRIGAN led team with 11 sacks last season, 2nd career 10-sack season. Has 34 sacks since 2014, 2nd most among NFL LBs. LBs MASON FOSTER (123) & WILL COMPTON (104) set career-highs & ranked 1st & 2nd on team in tackles last season. LB ZACH BROWN makes debut with Was. Had career-high 97 tackles with Buf. in 2016. CB JOSH NORMAN led team with 19 PD in 2016. Has 49 PD since 2014, tied for 2nd in NFL. DE
JONATHAN ALLEN was No. 17 overall selection by Was. in 2017 NFL Draft. Had 28 career sacks at Alabama.
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 4:05 PM ET | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Referee: Ron Torbert
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 23-18-2
STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3
• QB SCOTT TOLZIEN makes 1st start since 11/24/16 at Min. Has 642 pass yards in 3 career starts.
• RB FRANK GORE ranks 8th in NFL history with 13,065 rush yards. Is 5th player in NFL history with 12,500+ rush yards (13,065) & 400+ catches (414). Has 11 consecutive seasons with 1,200+ scrimmage yards, most in NFL history. Rushed for 1,025 yards & had 8 TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) in 2016. RB ROBERT TURBIN led team with 7 rush TDs last season.
• WR T.Y. HILTON led NFL with 1,448 rec. yards in 2016. Has 4 seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards, 3rd most in franchise history. Is 1 of 4 in NFL history with 850+ rec. yards & 5+ TD catches in each of 1st 5 seasons. WR DONTE MONCRIEF had 7 TD catches in 9 games last season. TE JACK DOYLE set career-highs with 59 catches, 584 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs. Was 1 of 8 NFL TEs with 50+ catches, 500+ rec. yards & 5+ rec. TDs last season.
• LB JABAAL SHEARD makes debut with Ind. Had 3 PD in last meeting vs. LAR (12/4/16 with NE). S DARIUS BUTLER led team with 3 INTs last season. DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS makes team debut. Had 8 TFL & 3 sacks with NYG in 2016. S MALIK HOOKER was No. 15 overall selection by Ind. in 2017 NFL Draft. Led NCAA with 3 INTTDs & tied for 3rd with 7 INTs at Ohio State last season.
• K ADAM VINATIERI leads all active players & ranks 3rd in NFL history with 2,378 career points.
• SEAN MC VAY makes head coaching debut. Spent past 3 seasons as offensive coordinator in Was.
• QB JARED GOFF started fi nal 7 games of 2016 & passed for 1,089 yards & 5 TDs.
• RB TODD GURLEY led team with 885 rush yards & 6 rush TDs in 2016. Had 1,212 scrimmage yards in 2016, 2nd consecutive season with 1,200+ scrimmage yards.
• WR SAMMY WATKINS makes LAR debut. Has 900+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career seasons with Buf. Has 153 career receptions in 3 seasons. WR TAVON AUSTIN had career-highs in catches (58) & rec. yards (509). Since entering NFL in 2013, is only player with 10+ rec. TDs (12), 8+ rush TDs
(8) & PR-TD (3). WR ROBERT WOODS makes LAR debut. Had 51 catches for 613 rec. yards & 1 TD last season with Buf.
• DT AARON DONALD had 62 tackles & led team with 8 sacks in 2016. Since entering NFL in 2014, leads all DTs with 28 sacks & 57 TFLs. Named to 3 consecutive Pro Bowls. Since 2013, DE ROBERT QUINN leads NFL with 17 FFs. LB ALEC OGLETREE led team with career-high 136 tackles last season. Has recorded 100+ tackles in 3 of past 4 seasons. LB MARK BARRON recorded 2nd consecutive season with 100+ tackles (117). LB CONNOR BARWIN makes LAR debut. Has 5+ sacks in 4 consecutive seasons.
• P JOHNNY HEKKER was named to 3rd consecutive Pro Bowl in 2016. Led NFL in net punt average (46.0).
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 4:25 PM ET | Lambeau Field | Referee: John Parry
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 10-7
STREAKS: Packers have won past 2
• SEAHAWKS advanced to playoffs for 5th consecutive season in 2016. Have won 10+ games in each of past 5 seasons. Allowed 18.3 points per game in 2016, 3rd fewest in NFL.
• QB RUSSELL WILSON set career-highs in attempts (546), comp. (353) & pass yards (4,219) last season. Tied for most wins by QB in his 1st 5 seasons with 56 (MATT RYAN).
• RB EDDIE LACY makes debut with Sea. Spent 1st 4 seasons with GB & has 2 career 1,000-yard rush seasons.
• WR DOUG BALDWIN ranked 5th in NFC & tied single season franchise record with 94 catches (BOBBY ENGRAM). Set career-high with 1,128 rec. yards last season. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 923 rec. yards in 2016, 3rd most among NFL TEs.
• DE CLIFF AVRIL tied for 6th in NFL with career-high 11.5 sacks in 2016. Has recorded 5+ sacks in each of his 9 NFL seasons. DL SHELDON RICHARDSON makes Sea. debut. Has 18 career sacks in 4 seasons. DE FRANK CLARK had career-high 10 sacks in 2016. LB BOBBY WAGNER led NFL last year & set franchise single-season record with 167 tackles. LB K.J. WRIGHT set career-highs in tackles (126) & sacks (4). Has posted 3 consecutive seasons with 100+ tackles. CB RICHARD SHERMAN led team with 4 INTs in 2016, tied for 6th most in NFC. Leads NFL with 30 INTs & 96 PD since 2011. S EARL THOMAS set career-high with 10 PD in 2016.
• PACKERS won NFC North in 2016 for 5th time in past 6 seasons & advanced to playoffs for 8th consecutive season.
• QB AARON RODGERS led NFL in 2016 with 40 TD passes & became 4th QB in NFL history to throw 40+ TD passes in multiple seasons. Had 4,428 pass yards in 2016, 6th career 4,000-yard season, most in GB history. Ranks 1st in NFL history (min. 1,500 att.) with 104.1 rating.
• RB TY MONTGOMERY led team with 457 rush yards & had 3 rush TDs in 2016.
• WR JORDY NELSON named NFL Comeback Player of Year in 2016. Had 97 catches for 1,257 yards & NFL-best 14 TDs last season. WR DAVANTE ADAMS tied for 2nd most TD catches in NFL with 12. Set career-highs in receptions (75), rec. yards (997) & TDs (12). WR RANDALL COBB recorded 3rd consecutive season with 60+ catches (60) in 2016. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT makes GB debut. Had 7 TDs in 2016, tied for 3rd most among TEs. Has registered 50+ catches in 4 consecutive seasons.
• LB NICK PERRY led team with career-high 11 sacks in 2016, tied for 5th most in NFC. LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 5 sacks, his 8th consecutive season with 5+ sacks. Ranks 2nd in franchise history with 72.5 career sacks. S HA HA CLINTON-DIX led team with career-high 5 INTs last year, tied for 2nd most in NFL among safeties. S MORGAN BURNETT led team with 91 tackles last season. CB KEVIN KING was selected No. 33 overall in 2017 NFL Draft.
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 4:25 PM ET | Levi’s Stadium | Referee: Clete Blakeman
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 12-7
STREAKS: Panthers have won past 4
• QB CAM NEWTON passed for 3,509 yards in 2016 & has 3,000+ yards in all 6 career seasons. Is franchise leader in career pass yards (21,772), pass TDs (136) & rush TDs (48). Is only player in NFL history with 20,000+ pass yards (21,772) & 3,000+ rush yards (3,566) in 1st 6 career seasons. In last meeting, had 353 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 111.8 rating.
• RB JONATHAN STEWART ranks 2nd in franchise history with 6,638 career rush yards & 3rd with 45 career rush TDs. RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY was selected No. 8 overall by Car. in 2017 NFL Draft. Set NCAA record with 3,864 all-purpose yards at Stanford in 2015.
• TE GREG OLSEN had team-high 1,073 rec. yards in 2016 & became 1st TE in NFL history to record 3 consecutive seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards. Had 122 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had 941 rec. yards & led team with 7 TD catches last season.
• DE JULIUS PEPPERS rejoins Car. Spent 1st 8 career seasons with team (2002-09). Ranks 5th in NFL history with 143.5 sacks. DE MARIO ADDISON led team with career-high 9.5 sacks last season. Since entering league in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads NFL with 693 tackles. LB THOMAS DAVIS led team with 106 tackles last season, 5th consecutive season with 100+ tackles. Was 1 of 2 in NFL with 100+ tackles (106), 2+ sacks (2.5) & 3+ INTs (3) in 2016. S KURT COLEMAN led team with 4 INTs last season.
• KYLE SHANAHAN makes head coaching debut. Spent past 9 seasons as NFL offensive coordinator, incl. past 2 with Atl. Falcons led NFL with 540 points in 2016.
• QB BRIAN HOYER makes SF debut. In 6 games with Chi. in 2016, passed for 1,445 yards, 6 TDs & 0 INTs for 98 rating.
• RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for career-high 988 yards & 6 TDs last season. Had 3 TD catches in 2016, most by 49ers RB since 2009 (FRANK GORE).
• WR PIERRE GARÇON makes debut with SF. Had 79 receptions for 1,041 rec. yards last season, 2nd career 1,000- yard season. Has 600+ rec. yards in 8 consecutive seasons. Led NFL in receptions (113) playing under Shanahan for Was. in 2013. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN makes debut with SF. Set career-highs in catches (29) & rec. yards (431) with Buf. last season.
• DT DE FOREST BUCKNER had 6 sacks, tied for 5th most by rookie in franchise history. 1 of 9 players in 2016 to record 6+ sacks (6) & 2+ FRs (2). Ranked 2nd in NFL among DTs with 73 tackles. LB NA VORRO BOWMAN has 4 100+ tackle seasons. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL makes SF debut. Has 99 career sacks, 3rd most among active players. DE SOLOMON THOMAS (No. 3 overall) & LB REUBEN FOSTER (No. 30) were both selected in 1st round of 2017 NFL Draft by SF. Thomas had 11.5 sacks in 3-year career at Stanford. Foster had 222 tackles & 8 sacks in 4-year career at Alabama.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 8:30 PM ET | AT&T Stadium | Referee: Carl Cheffers
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 62-45-2
STREAKS: Giants have won past 3
• GIANTS earned playoff berth in 2016 for 1st time since 2011.
• QB ELI MANNING passed for 4,027 yards in 2016, franchise-record 6th career 4,000-yard season. Ranks 8th in NFL history with 48,214 career pass yards & 7th with 320 career TD passes. Has 4,072 career comp., 1 of 7 in NFL history to reach 4,000 comp.
• PAUL PERKINS had 618 scrimmage yards (456 rush, 162 rec.) as rookie in 2016.
• WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. ranked 3rd in NFL in receptions (101) & rec. yards (1,367) last season. Has 288 career catches, tied for most ever in 1st 3 NFL seasons (JARVIS LANDRY). Is only player in NFL history with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR BRANDON MARSHALL makes debut with NYG. Ranks 3rd among active players in career receptions (941) & 2nd in career rec. yards (12,061). WR STERLING SHEPARD ranked 2nd on team as rookie in 2016 with 65 receptions, 683 rec. yards & 8 TD catches.
• DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 7 sacks in 2016, 4th career season with 6+ sacks. Is 7th in NYG history with 50 career sacks (50). DE OLIVIER VERNON led team with 8.5 sacks last season. Has 6+ sacks in 4 consecutive season. S LANDON COLLINS led team with 125 tackles in 2016,
most by safety in season in team history. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE tied career-high with 6 INTs last season. Has 6 career INT-TDs, tied for 2nd most among active players.
• COWBOYS won NFC East for 2nd time in past 3 seasons. Ranked 1st in NFL in rush defense (83.5 yards per game) & ranked 2nd in rush offense (149.8 yards per game) in 2016.
• QB DAK PRESCOTT won 13 games as starter last season, tied for most by rookie QB in NFL history. Passed for 3,667 yards & 23 TDs vs. 4 INTs. Had 0.9 INT pct. (4 INTs, 459 att.), lowest by rookie QB in NFL history. Had 104.9 rating, highest rating by rookie all-time.
• RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT led NFL in rushing (1,631 yards) in 2016, 3rd highest single-season total by rookie in NFL history. RB DARREN MC FADDEN has 2 career 1,000- yard rush seasons (2010, 2015).
• WR DEZ BRYANT had team-high 8 rec. TDs in 2016. Has recorded 50+ catches in 5 of past 6 seasons. WR COLE BEASLEY led team with career-high 75 catches & 833 rec. yards. TE JASON WITTEN ranked 6th among TEs last season with 69 catches, his 13th consecutive season with 60+ receptions. Ranks 3rd among active players with 11,888 rec. yards. Has 1,089 career receptions, 2nd most all-time among TEs.
• LB SEAN LEE had career-high 145 tackles in 2016, tied for 3rd in NFL. Has 273 tackles since 2015, 2nd most in NFL. DE BENSON MAYOWA led team with 6 sacks in 2016. DT MALIEK COLLINS had 5 sacks, 7th most among rookies in 2016.
• K DAN BAILEY has highest FG pct. (89.5) in franchise history (min. 100 FG made).
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
Monday, September 11, 2017 | 7:10 PM ET | U.S. Bank Stadium | Referee: Gene Steratore
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 18-10
STREAKS: Saints have won past 3
• SAINTS led NFL in total offense (426 yards per game) & ranked 1st in total net yards (6,816) in 2016.
• QB DREW BREES led NFL with 5,208 pass yards in 2016, 4th most yards in single-season all-time. Is 1st player to lead league in pass yards 7 times. Had 37 TD passes last season & has NFL-record 9 consecutive 30+ TD pass seasons. Ranks 3rd in career pass yards (66,111) & TD passes (465). • RB ADRIAN PETERSON makes debut with NO after spending 1st 10 career seasons with Min. Ranks 16th in career rush yards (11,747) & 10th in rush TDs (97). Has 8 seasons with 10+ rush TDs, tied with Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH for 2nd most in NFL history. RB MARK INGRAM set career-highs in rush yards (1,043), scrimmage yards (1,362) & total TDs (10) in 2016.
• WR MICHAEL THOMAS set franchise rookie records & led all NFL rookies in 2016 with 92 receptions, 1,137 rec. yards & 9 TD catches. WR TED GINN, JR. makes debut with NO. Had 2 50+ yard TD catches in 2016. TE COBY FLEENER had 50 receptions in 2016, 4th consecutive 50+ catch season.
• DE CAMERON JORDAN led team with 7.5 sacks in 2016, 5th consecutive season with 7.5+ sacks. Has 37.5 sacks since 2013, 8th most in NFL. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON led team with 114 tackles last season, 1st career 100-tackle season. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE was selected No. 11 overall in 2017 NFL Draft.
• VIKINGS became 2nd team (1969 LA Rams) since 1933 to start season 5-0 without throwing INT last season.
• QB SAM BRADFORD passed for career-high 3,877 yards with 20 TDs & 5 INTs for 99.3 rating in 2016. Completed 395 of 552 passes for 71.6 comp. pct., highest single-season comp. pct. in NFL history.
• RB LATAVIUS MURRAY makes debut with Min. Rushed for 788 yards & career-best 12 TDs in 2016 with Oak. RB DALVIN COOK was selected No. 41 overall in 2017 NFL Draft. Is Florida State’s all-time rush leader with 4,464 yards.
• WR STEFON DIGGS led team in 2016 with 84 receptions & had 903 rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had career-high 967 rec. yards & 5 TD catches in 2016. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 83 receptions last season, most by TE in franchise history. Was 1 of 4 NFL TEs with 80+ catches in 2016. Had 7 TDs catches, 3rd career season with 5+ rec. TD.
• DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 30.5 sacks since 2014, 5th most in NFL. Has 3 consecutive 8+ sack seasons. DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 12.5 sacks in 2016, tied for 3rd in NFL. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 109 tackles, 1st career 100-tackle season. CB XAVIER RHODES tied for 5th in NFL with career-high 5 INTs last season. S HARRISON SMITH had 91 tackles in 2016, 3rd career 90+ tackle season. Since 2014, has 6.5 sacks, most among NFL safeties.
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Monday, September 11, 2017 | 10:20 PM ET | Sports Authority Field at Mile High | Referee: Terry McAulay
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 63-50-1
STREAKS: Broncos have won 5 of past 6
• CHARGERS franchise returns to Los Angeles for 1st time since 1960.
• QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 4,386 yards in 2016, his team-record 8th season with 4,000+ pass yards. Has 5 career seasons with 30+ TD passes, most in Chargers history. Ranks 8th in NFL history with 314 career TD passes.
• RB MELVIN GORDON was 4th in AFC with 10 rush TDs last season. Had career-high 1,416 scrimmage yards (997 rush, 419 rec.) & 12 total TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.). In past 2 meetings, has 205 rush yards (102.5 per game).
• WR TYRELL WILLIAMS led team with 69 catches for 1,059 yards & 7 TDs last season. Tied for 6th in NFL with 19 catches of 20+ yards. WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN had TD catch in last meeting. WR KEENAN ALLEN has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 meetings. TE ANTONIO GATES has 111 career TD catches, tied with TONY GONZALEZ for most rec. TDs by TE in NFL history. Has 897 career catches & 11,192 rec. yards, both 3rd most in NFL history among TEs. TE HUNTER HENRY had team-high 8 TD catches last season, most among rookie TEs.
• DE JOEY BOSA led NFL rookies in 2016 with 10.5 sacks, most by a rookie since 2011 (ALDON SMITH, 14). Tied for NFL lead with 17 TFL. CB CASEY HAYWARD led NFL with 7 INTs in 2016 & tied for 3rd in league with 20 PD. Had INT-TD in last meeting. In past 2 vs. Den., LB JATAVIS BROWN has 23 tackles, 2 TFL, sack, FF & FR.
• BRONCOS led NFL in pass defense last season (185.8 yards per game).
• QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 3,401 yards with 18 TDs vs. 10 INTs last season. In 6 career starts vs. division, has 1,546 pass yards (257.7 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 4 INTs.
• RB C.J. ANDERSON has 311 scrimmage yards (259 rush, 52 rec.) in his past 4 vs. Chargers. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had rush TD in last meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 vs. division. RB JAMAAL CHARLES has 799 scrimmage yards (616 rush, 183 rec.) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 8 vs. Chargers. Ranks 7th among active players with 7,260 career rush yards.
• WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 90 catches for 1,083 yards & 5 TDs, becoming 3rd player in NFL history with 5 consecutive seasons with 90+ catches, 1,000+ rec. yards & 5+ TD catches. Since entering league in 2010, ranks 4th in NFL with 7,704 rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 3 consecutive seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards. Has 3,571 rec. yards since 2014, 8th most in NFL
• LB VON MILLER ranked 2nd in NFL with 13.5 sacks last season. Since entering league in 2011, is 2nd in NFL with 73.5 sacks & tied for 2nd with 19 FFs. Has 13 sacks in 12 career meetings. CB AQIB TALIB has 9 career INTTDs, most among active players & tied for 4th most in NFL history. CB BRADLEY ROBY had INT-TD in last meeting. S DARIAN STEWART had INT in last meeting.