TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-2) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)
PATRIOTS: Club has won 31 of past 34 games at home…QB TOM BRADY has TD pass in 50 straight games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history (DREW BREES, 54). In 2 career games vs. TB, Brady is 2-0 & has completed 43 of 63 passes (68.3 pct.) for 566 yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 114.9 rating. Brady has 35-9 career record (.795) vs. NFC…Patriots are 4-0 when, RB STEVAN RIDLEY has 100+ rush yards. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT spent 3 seasons (2010-12) with TB…WR JULIAN EDELMAN had career-high 13 receptions last week. Edelman (20) needs 2 catches to surpass 2012 season total (21). Rookie WR AARON DOBSON(2nd round, 59th overall) had 3 rec. for 56 yards (18.7 avg.) with TD in NFL debut last week…LB JEROD MAYO had team-high 15 tackles last game. Leads team with 21 tackles. DE CHANDLER JONES tied career-high with 2 sacks vs. Jets…CB AQIB TALIB posted 2 INTs & FF last week vs. NYJ. Talib was selected No. 20 overall by TB in 2008 NFL Draft. Talib played in 58 games with 18 INTs with Bucs.
BUCCANEERS: QB Josh Freeman has 14 career games with 100+ rating & Bucs are 11-3 (.786) in those contests…RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 144 yards last week. Has 1,581 scrimmage yards (131.8 per game) & 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 12. His 1,581 scrimmage yards are 2nd most in NFL during that span. In past 5 vs. AFC, has 684 scrimmage yards (136.8 per game) & 5 TDs…WR VINCENT JACKSON has 15 catches for 306 yards (153 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 vs. NE. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 100+ yards & TD. Among active players (min. 200 catches), has NFL-best 17.9 avg. (356 catches, 6,369 yards). WR MIKE WILLIAMS has TD catch in 4 of past 5 vs. AFC…CB DARRELLE REVIS has faced NE 11 times (incl. playoffs) in career (with NYJ). Has 45 tackles, 9 PD, 2 INTs & FR. LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player in NFL with 2.5+ sacks (2.5) & INT (1).LB MASON FOSTER had 85-yard INT-TD last week, 3rd longest INT-TD in team history.
BUFFALO BILLS (1-1) AT NEW YORK JETS (1-1)
BILLS: Rookie QB EJ MANUEL (No. 16 overall) threw 2-yard TD pass with 2 seconds remaining vs. Car. Joined RUSSELL WILSON as only NFL players to throw game-winning TD pass inside the 2-minute warning in Sept. of rookie season since 1960. Has 68.2 completion pct. (45 of 66), 4th-best in NFL & highest in AFC…RB C.J. SPILLER rushed for 169 yards, incl. 56-yard rush TD, in last game at NYJ. Spiller is averaging 162.5 scrimmage yards (228 rush, 97 receiving) per game in past 2 vs. NYJ. Posted 7th 100-yard rush game of career last week. Since ’12, Spiller averages 5.8 yards per carry, 2nd highest among NFL RBs (min. 100 att.) WR STEVIE JOHNSON had 6 catches for 111 receiving yards in last meeting vs. Jets. Had 8th career game with 100+ receiving yards last week (111). Rookie WR ROBERT WOODS averages 17.2 yards per catch (5 rec., 86 yards)…S JAIRUS BYRD has 4 career INTs vs. NYJ, most vs. any opponent…DE MARIO WILLIAMS had career-best 4.5 sacks last week. Since ’07, Williams ranks 4th in NFL with 63.5 sacks.
JETS: Aim for 4th consecutive win at home vs. Bills…REX RYAN is 7-2 at home in Sept…Have won 4 of past 5 at home vs. Bills…Rookie QB GENO SMITH (2nd round, No. 39 overall) aims for 2-0 start at home…RB BILAL POWELL posted 1st rush TD of season last week & 5th of career…WR SANTONIO HOLMES has 3 TD receptions in 5 career games vs. Buf. WR STEPHEN HILL had career-best in receiving yards (89) & TD catches (2) in only career meeting vs. Bills (9/9/12). Posted team-high 4 catches for 86 yards (21.5 avg.) last week, incl. career-long 37-yard reception. PR-WR JEREMY KERLEY had 68-yard PR-TD & 12-yard TD rec. in last home game vs. Bills…TE KELLEN WINSLOW (4,943) needs 57 receiving yards to reach 5,000 career…Defense allows 15 points per game, tied for 3rd-fewest in NFL…CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE had 40-yard INT-TD return in last home game vs. Bills…CB KYLE WILSON had INT in last home game vs. Buf…S ANTONIO ALLEN &LB DAVID HARRIS each have 14 tackles apiece in 2013, tied for team-high.
ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-0)
DOLPHINS: Have won 3 of past 4 at home vs. NFC…QB RYAN TANNEHILL had 2nd career game with 300+ pass yards last week & 3rd game of career with 100+ rating (107.4). Team is 7-1 when he has 90+ rating…RB LAMAR MILLER posted 2nd rush TD of career last week. RB DANIEL THOMAS (950) needs 50 rush yards to reach 1,000…WR MIKE WALLACE had 9 catches for 115 rec. yards with TD vs. Colts. Posted 15th game of career with 100+ rec. yards…TE CHARLES CLAY had career-best 109 rec yards last week, incl. career long 67-yard catch. Aims for 3rd straight game with 5+ catches. Ranks 4th among NFL TEs with 163 rec. yards in 2013…Defense has 9 sacks, tied for NFL-best…DE CAMERON WAKE has 8.5 sacks in past 4 vs. NFC…DT RANDY STARKS has 23.5 sacks with Mia., most by Dolphins DT since ’82…DE DERRICK SHELBY aims for 3rd straight game with sack…CB BRENT GRIMES spent 6 seasons (2007-12) in Atl. Had 1st INT as Dolphin last week.
FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN has won 10 of his past 11 vs. AFC with 99.8 rating. Won only start vs. Mia., passing for 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 98 rating. Had 117.8 rating last week with 374 yards, 2 TDs & 0 INTs. In career, when Ryan starts & has 100+ rating, Falcons are 33-1 (.971)…RB STEVEN JACKSON had rec. TD last week, 1st TD with Atl…Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), WR RODDY WHITE has 602 receptions, most in NFC. In past 13 vs. AFC, has 99 catches for 1,415 yards (108.8 per game) & 12 TDs. WR JULIO JONES had 11 catches for career-high 182 yards & TD (81 yards) last week. Has 6 TDs in past 6. In 6 career starts vs. AFC, has 27 catches for 522 yards (87 per game) & 6 TDs. TE TONY GONZALEZ has 6 TD catches in 6 meetings. Had career high 3 TDs in 9/29/02 meeting (with KC)…Since 2011, S THOMAS DE COUD has 10 INTs, tied for most in NFL by S. Has 4 INTs in past 5 vs. AFC. In past 4 vs. AFC, S WILLIAM MOORE has 2 INTs, FF & FR. DE OSI UMENYIORA had 68-yard INT-TD last week.