NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-3) AT DETROIT LIONS (4-2)
|REG-SEA STREAKS||Past 3|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Payton: 4-0||Caldwell: 0-2|
|LAST WEEK||Bye (Wk. 5: W 37-31 (OT) vs. Buccaneers)||W 17-3 at Vikings|
|LAST REG-SEA GAME||12/4/11: Lions 17 at Saints 31. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completes 26 of 36 passes for 342 yards & 3 TDs. Saints WR Robert Meachem has 119 receiving yards, including 67-yard TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/21/08: Saints 42, Lions 7. New Orleans offense totals 181 rushing yards & 4 rush TDs. Saints WR Marques Colston catches 9 passes for 99 yards & 2 TDs.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (NO), 135 (Det.). XM: 229 (Det.).|
|PASSING||Brees: 150-218-1574-9-6-91.8||Stafford: 132-212-1592-7-4-88.4|
|RECEIVING||Cooks (R): 32-255-8.0-1||Tate: 38-495 (T3C)-13.0-1|
||Quin, Whitehead: 2|
|PUNTING||Morstead: 44.9||Martin: 49.1 (2L)|
||Prater: 5 (2/2 PAT; 1/3 FG)|
SAINTS: QB DREW BREES is 4-0 vs. Det. (incl. playoffs), completing 115 of 153 (75.2 pct.) for 1,517 yards with 14 TDs vs. 1 INT for 133.8 rating. In 9/13/09 meeting, passed for 358 yards & 6 TDs. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 40,307 pass yards & 292 TD passes…RB PIERRE THOMAS had 112 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 35 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5. In WC meeting, had 121 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 55 rec.) & TD. RB MARK INGRAM had 14-yard TD run in last meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD catch in WC meeting. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 304 catches, 3,883 yards & 39 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 7 catches for 120 yards in WC game vs. Det. In only game at Det., had 9 catches for 99 yards & 2 TDs. Incl. playoffs, WR ROBERT MEACHEM aims for 4th in row vs. Det. with TD & 3rd meeting in row with 100+ yards. WR BRANDIN COOKS leads NFL rookies with 32 catches…LB JUNIOR GALETTE had sack & safety in Week 5. Had sack in last meeting. LB CURTIS LOFTON had 10 tackles in his last game at Det. (10/23/11 with Atl.). DE CAMERON JORDAN has 13.5 sacks in past 20…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 788 pass yards (394 per game) in past 2 meetings (incl. WC). Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 16,247 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH was No. 2 pick by NO in 2006. Played 5 years in NO (2006-10) & had 33 TDs (17 rush, 12 rec., 4 PR). RBs JOIQUE BELL (rush) & THEO RIDDICK (rec.) each had TD last week…In WC meeting, WR CALVIN JOHNSON had 12 catches for 211 yards & 2 TDs. In past 16 at home, has 109 catches for 1,926 yards (120.4 per game) & 10 TDs. Since 2011, leads NFL with 5,485 rec. yards & 107.5 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE leads team in rec. (38) & rec. yards (495)…Total defense (270.7) & pass defense (197.2) lead NFL. Rush defense (73.5) ranks 2nd. LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 58 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by LB. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had career-high 2 INTs last week. Lions had 8 sacks last week, incl. 2.5 by DE EZEKIEL ANSAH & 2 by DT NDAMUKONG SUH.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
RB Reggie Bush (ankle), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB Travis Lewis (quadricep)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
S Jerome Couplin (ribs)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
RB Joique Bell (concussion), RB Theo Riddick (hamstring), CB Cassius Vaughn (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin), S Harrison Smith (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
DT Sharrif Floyd (elbow), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
RB Matt Asiata (groin), QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle), LB Michael Mauti (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle)
DETROIT LIONS (3-2) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-3)
|STREAKS||3 of past 4|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Caldwell: 0-0||Zimmer: 0-0|
|LAST WEEK||L 17-14 vs. Bills||L 42-10 at Packers|
|LAST GAME||12/29/13: Lions 13 at Vikings 14. Minnesota WR Cordarrelle Patterson has 50-yard rushing TD & 8-yard touchdown reception.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/29/13|
|BROADCAST||FOX (12:00 PM CT): Mike Goldberg, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Peter Schrager (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Det.), 138 (Min.). XM: 232 (Min.).|
|PASSING||Stafford: 113-179-1397 (3C)-6-4-89.1||Bridgewater (R): 31-50-467-0-0-92.7|
|RUSHING||Bush: 45-161-3.6-1||Asiata: 62-231-3.7-3 (T2L)|
|RECEIVING||Tate: 31-451 (3C)-14.5-1||Jennings: 17-235-13.8-1|
|SACKS||G. Johnson: 2.5||Griffen: 3|
|INTs||4 tied: 1||H. Smith: 3 (T1L)|
|PUNTING||Martin: 49.2 (3L)||Locke: 45.0|
|KICKING||TBD||Walsh: 39 (9/9 PAT; 10/12 FG)|
LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 300+ pass yards in 3 of past 4 meetings. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 16,052 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH had rec. TD in both games vs. Min. last year. Had 256 scrimmage yards (134 rec., 122 rush) in those 2 meetings. RB JOIQUE BELL rushed for career-high 2 TDs vs. Min. (9/8/13)…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 19 catches for 315 yards (157.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 at Min. Since 2011, leads NFL with 5,485 rec. yards & 107.5 rec. yards per game. In 11/4/12 game vs. Min. (with Sea.), WR GOLDEN TATE had 2 TDs, tied for career-high. Had 7 catches for 134 yards & TD last week, his 2nd consecutive 100-yard game…Defense ranks 1st in NFL (282.4). Pass defense (208) is 2nd in NFC & rush defense (74.4) is 3rd. LB DE ANDRE LEVY had INT in 9/8/13 meeting. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. Leads team with 51 tackles. CB RASHEAN MATHIS had 41-yard INT-TD last week. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUHhas 28.5 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFL DT. DT NICK FAIRLEY has 4 sacks in past 3 meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with sack…VIKINGS: In Week 4 win vs. Atl., rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 317 yards & had rush TD in 1st career NFL start. Bridgewater is 1 of 2 QBs with 300+ yards & 0 INTs in 1st career NFL start in past 10 seasons…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for career-high 115 yards in last game vs. Det. In past 2, has rushed for 150 yards (75 per game) & 3 TDs. RB JERICK MC KINNON has 166 rush yards, 2nd most by NFC rookie…WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 50-yard rush TD & 8-yard rec. TD in last meeting. Has TD in 6 of past 10 (4 rush, 3 rec.). In 13 career games vs. Det., WR GREG JENNINGS’ team are 11-2 (.846)…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in past 4 meetings. Has 5.5 sacks in past 7. DE BRIAN ROBISON has 3 sacks in past 4 home games vs. Det. S HARRISON SMITH aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has 3 INTs in 5 games in 2014, incl. 81-yard INT-TD. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs since 2012. Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB ANTHONY BARR has 2 sacks, tied for most by NFL rookie. DT SHARRIF FLOYD had sack last week.
After the nightmare that has been the Lions kicking game so far this season, the team appears on the verge of a new kicker, that being former Broncos kicker Matt Prater.
The 30-year-old was one of three kickers that tried out for the Lions today, a day after they booted Alex Henery, who was awful for the team in his stint.
How bad has the kicking been? Between Nate Freese and Henery, the team is just 1-of-9 from 40 yards or longer, and just 4-for-12 overall.
Prater has had a tough year off the field, as he was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The 30-year-old Ohio native was 25-of-26 for the Broncos last year, leading the league in touchbacks.
Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 5 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.
BUFFALO BILLS (2-2) AT DETROIT LIONS (3-1)
|SERIES LEADER||Series tied, 4-4-1|
|STREAKS||3 of past 4|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Marrone: 0-0||Caldwell: 0-1|
|LAST WEEK||L 23-17 at Texans||W 24-17 at Jets|
|LAST GAME||11/14/10: Lions 12 at Bills 14. Buffalo RB Fred Jackson has 170 scrimmage yards (133 rushing, 37 receiving) & 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Bills DT Dwan Edwards has FF & INT.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/15/06: Lions 20, Bills 17. Detroit RB Kevin Jones rushes for 127 yards & TD. Lions WR Roy Williams has 10 receptions for 161 yards & TD. Detroit DE James Hall records 3 sacks.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Rondé Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Buf.), 139 (Det.). XM: 225 (Det.).|
|PASSING||Orton (Dal. ’13): 33-51-398-2-2-85.3||Stafford: 95-148-1176 (3C)-5-3-91.5|
|RUSHING||Spiller: 52-207-4.0-0||Bell: 48-152-3.2-1|
|RECEIVING||Jackson (RB): 19-170-8.9-1||Tate: 24-317-13.2-0|
|SACKS||Dareus, Ma. Williams: 2||Mosley: 2|
|INTs||McKelvin: 2 (T1C)||3 tied: 1|
|PUNTING||Schmidt: 43.0||Martin: 50.1 (2L)|
|KICKING||Carpenter: 37 (T3C) (7/7 PAT; 10/11 FG)||Henery: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/2 FG)|
BILLS: QB KYLE ORTON makes 1st start with Buf. Has 4-0 career record vs. Det., passing for 822 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102.2 rating…In past 5 vs. NFC, RB C.J. SPILLER averages 97.4 scrim. yards/game (487 total; 430 rush, 57 rec.) & has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). RB FRED JACKSON (28) needs 2 rush TDs to surpass WRAY CARLTON (29) for 4th in club history. In only meeting, had 170 scrim. yards (133 rush, 37 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.)…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) has 17 catches, tied for most among AFC rookies, incl. 4 rec. & TD last week. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had career-long 80-yard TD catch vs. Hou…In past 8 vs. NFC, DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 10.5 sacks. DT MARCELL DAREUS aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT KYLE WILLIAMS (30) needs 3 sacks to surpass JEFF WRIGHT (31.5) & CHRIS KELSAY (32.5) for 7th in club annals. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Rd. 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 40 tackles…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 2,249 yards (321.3 per game) & 16 TDs in past 7 vs. AFC. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 15,831 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in past 4 vs. Buf., incl. 3 (2 rec., 1 rush) in last meeting (12/23/12 with Mia.). Had career-high 203 rush yards vs. Bills (12/18/11 with Mia.) …WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 13 rec. TDs in past 13 vs. AFC. Has 83 catches for 1,514 yards (126.2 per game) & 11 TDs in past 12 vs. AFC. In only game vs. Buf., had 10 catches for 128 yards & TD. In past 15 at home, has 108 catches for 1,919 yards (127.9 per game) & 10 TDs. Since 2011, leads NFL with 323 catches, 5,478 rec. yards & 109.6 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 116 yards last week. WR-PR-KR JEREMY ROSS had 59-yard TD in Week 4. Rookie TE ERIC EBRON had 1st career TD last week…Defense ranks 1st in NFL (267.3). Pass defense (186.5) is 1st in NFC. LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 38 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 28.5 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFC DT. DT NICK FAIRLEY aims for 3rd in row w/ sack or FF.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-2)
|STREAKS||6 of past 7|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Harbaugh: 2-3||Pagano: 0-1|
|LAST WEEK||W 38-10 vs. Panthers||W 41-17 vs. Titans|
|LAST GAME||12/11/11: Colts 10 at Ravens 24. Baltimore RB Ray Rice has 149 scrimmage yards (103 rushing, 46 receiving) & TD run. Ravens WR Torrey Smith adds 48 receiving yards & TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/12/08: Colts 31, Ravens 3. Colts QB Peyton Manning throws for 271 yards & 3 TDs. WR Reggie Wayne has 8 catches, 118 receiving yards & TD.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 134 (Bal.), 85 (Ind.). XM: 85 (Ind.).|
|PASSING||Flacco: 97-153-1055-7-2-93.5||Luck: 115-167-1305 (1L)-13 (1L)-4-108.0 (3C)|
|RUSHING||Forsett: 44-255-5.8-2||Richardson: 61-203-3.3-1|
|RECEIVING||S. Smith: 25 (T3C)-429 (1C)-17.2-3||Wayne: 23-307-13.3-1|
|OFFENSE||394.3 (3C)||444.0 (T1L)|
|SACKS||Dumervil: 3.5 (2C)||D. Jackson, Walden: 2|
|INTs||Ngata: 1||Toler, Adams: 2 (T1C)|
|PUNTING||Koch: 47.0||McAfee: 49.6 (1C)|
|KICKING||Tucker: 37 (T3C) (10/10 PAT; 9/11 FG)||Vinatieri: 40 (T1L) (16/16 PAT; 8/8 FG)|
RAVENS:In last meeting, QB JOE FLACCO passed for 227 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.5 rating. Ravens are 30-4 (.882) when Flacco has 100+ rating…RB JUSTIN FORSETT has NFL-best 5.8 rush avg. (44 att., 255 yards).Rookie RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO (Round 4, No. 138 overall) aims for 3rd in row with TD…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 429 receiving yards, most in NFL history by 35+ year old through 1st 4 games of season.In 2 career games at Ind. (with Car.), has 9 catches for 171 yards (19 avg.) & TD. Has 100+ receiving yards in 3 of past 4…WR TORREY SMITH had TD catch in last meeting. TE OWEN DANIELS had 1st career TD catch vs. Ind. on 9/17/06 (with Hou.)…Rookie LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 33 tackles. LB TERRELL SUGGS had 3 sacks & 3 FF in last meeting. Since 2003, has 95 sacks, 3rd most in AFC. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 3.5 sacks in past 3, including 1.5 last week.Since 2013, LB DARYL SMITH is 1 of 4 players in NFL with 5+ sacks & 3+ INTs…COLTS: Last week, QB ANDREW LUCK completed 29 of 41 passes (70.7 pct.) for 393 yards with 4 TDs & 1 INT for 123.3 rating. 1st player in NFL history with consecutive games with 370+ pass yards, 4+ TD passes, 70+ comp. pct. & 0 or 1 INTs. Has 21 TD passes in past 8 overall…In 3 career meetings, RB TRENT RICHARDSON has 319 scrimmage yards (210 rush, 109 rec.) & rush TD.In only home game vs. Bal. (11/16/08 with NYG), RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 96 yards on 9 carries (10.7 avg.). Leads NFL RBs with 4 TD catches in 2014, including 15-yarder last week…Last week, WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,029 rec) surpassed ISAAC BRUCE (1,024) for 7th all-time. Wayne (13,873) needs 132 receiving yards to surpass HOFers CRIS CARTER (13,899) & JAMES LOFTON (14,004) for 8th all-time. In past 5 vs. Ravens (incl. playoffs), has 425 receiving yards & 2 TDs. TE DWAYNE ALLEN has TD catch in 4 of past 5. TE COBY FLEENER aims for 3rd in row with TD catch…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 32 tackles, including game-high 10 last week with sack. Undrafted rookie NT ZACH KERR posted 1st career sack last week vs. Jax. S MIKE ADAMS tied career-high with 2 INTs last week.