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Broncos at Bengals, Ch. 2, 11 a.m.

Vikings at Packers, Ch. 13, 11 a.m.

Bears at 49ers, Ch. 13, 2:15 p.m.

Raiders at Titans, ESPN, 6:30 p.m.


11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: Four of the past seven games in this series have gone overtime, and nine of the past 10 have decided by 10 points or fewer … The Patriots have won five consecutive in the series … Bills coach Gregg Williams is 0-4 against the Patriots … Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the league with 28 passing touchdowns, becoming the first Patriots QB to lead the league outright … Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw for 630 yards in two games against his former team last season. He became the first Bills QB to pass for 4,000 yards in a season, with 4,359 … The Patriots are 13-2 when running back Antowain Smith rushes for a touchdown … Bills running back Travis Henry, who rushed for a career-high 1,438 yards last season, has led his team in rushing in 26 of 29 career games … Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown has the franchise's two best marks for receptions in a season, with 101 in 2001 and 97 last year … The Bills improved from 3-13 in 2001 to 8-8 last season, the AFC's best turnaround.



11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: This is the third meeting between the former expansion franchises. The Jaguars won both previous meetings … Former Cowboys linebacker Jack Del Rio makes his head coaching debut with the Jaguars. He coordinated the Panthers' second-ranked defense last year … The Panthers went 4-0 in the preseason for the first time … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell, the subject of trade talks during the preseason, is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team in passing each of the franchise's first eight seasons. He is 63-51 (.553) with the Jaguars … Only Brett Favre and Drew Bledsoe have thrown more TD passes than Brunell's 142 since 1995 … RB Stephen Davis, who played high school football in Spartanburg, S.C., plays his first game for Carolina after seven years in Washington. Davis rushed for at least 1,300 yards three of the past four seasons … Jaguars RB Fred Taylor had his third 1,000-yard season last season. He's the only back to top 1,000 yards rushing in team history.



Ch. 2, 11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: The Broncos have won eight of their past nine against the Bengals … Bengals coach Marvis Lewis makes his debut … QB Jake Plummer joins the Broncos after leading the Cardinals to 18 fourth-quarter comebacks over the past five years. He's the NFL's active leader in that timeframe … Bengals RB Corey Dillon set an NFL record with 278 yards rushing against the Broncos the last time these teams met, in 2000 … The Broncos have won 11 of their past 14 season openers. Coach Mike Shanahan is 8-2 in openers … Bengals WR Chad Johnson's 1,166 yards receiving last year were the most in team history by a first- or second-year player. He had five 100-yard games to tie the club record … Broncos RB Clinton Portis led all rookies with 1,508 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns last season … Broncos WR Rod Smith has 302 receptions over the past three seasons. He had seven catches for 110 yards and one score in the teams' last meeting.



11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: Colts WR Marvin Harrison has 23 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns in two career games against the Browns. He set an NFL record with 143 catches last season for a league-high 1,722 yards … Browns QB Kelly Holcomb, an eight-year veteran who played for the Colts from 1996-2000, begins his first season as a regular starter. He won the job over Tim Couch during the preseason by turning in the AFC's second-best passer rating, at 112.6 … Colts RB Edgerrin James has averaged 117.5 rushing yards per game in four season openers. He is 87 yards shy of becoming the fifth player in team history with 5,000 career rushing yards. The Browns are the only team with five … Browns RB William Green rushed for 630 yards over the last six weeks of the 2002 season. , the fourth-best total in the league over that span … The Colts' defense has scored a touchdown in four consecutive openers … Browns WR Kevin Johnson enters his fifth season with 274 catches — more than all players on the NFL's all-time top-10 receptions list had at this point in their careers.



11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: The Cardinals have won five consecutive games against the Lions … NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith (17,162 yards) plays his first game with the Cardinals. With 76 career 100-yard rushing games, he is one shy of Walter Payton's record … Coach Steve Mariucci joins the Lions after leading the 49ers to a 60-43 record from 1997-2002 … Lions QB Joey Harrington set franchise rookie records last season for yards passing (2,294), touchdown passes (12), completions (215) and attempts (429) … The Cardinals' leading receiver last season was tight end Freddie Jones (44 catches), who became the first tight end to lead the Cardinals in receptions since Jackie Smith in 1973 … Lions RB Olandis Gary was acquired in a trade with the Bills last weekend. Gary led the NFL with four preseason touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards … The Lions were the league's least-sacked team last season, with 20 … Cardinals LB Ronald McKinnon has been the team's leading tackler four consecutive seasons.



Ch. 13, 11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: This is the first look at the renovated Lambeau Field, where the Packers have won their past four meetings against the Vikings and have won six of their past seven home openers … The overall series is tied, 41-41-1 … Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has 22 career rushing touchdowns, tied with Fran Tarkenton for most by a Vikings quarterback. Culpepper's next 300-yard game will be his 10th and tie him with Warren Moon for second most in franchise history … Packers RB Ahman Green has 14 career 100-yard rushing games with Green Bay, and the Packers have won all 14 of those games. Green is sixth among all-time Packers rushers with 3,802 yards. He needs 59 yards to pass Clarke Hinkle and 136 yards to pass Dorsey Levens … Vikings WR Randy Moss has six career 100-yard receiving games against the Packers, his most against any opponent. This will be his 11th game against Green Bay … Packers QB Brett Favre has thrown five touchdowns and one interception in his past four games against the Vikings at home.



11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: The past five meetings have been decided by a total of 12 points … The Chargers have lost six consecutive games at Arrowhead Stadium by a combined score of 174-59 … Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for 276 total yards in his two games at Kansas City … WR David Boston plays his first game in a Chargers uniform after catching 241 passes for 3,739 yards and 18 touchdowns in his 56 games with the Cardinals … The Chiefs are 11-3 in their past 14 home openers … The Chiefs led the NFL in scoring last season, with 467 points. That broke the franchise record of 448 points set in 1966 … Chiefs QB Trent Green is 4-1 vs. the Chargers … Chiefs WR Marc Boerigter, who had a 99-yard touchdown reception against the Chargers last season, led the league with six touchdown catches from Weeks 11-16 … Chiefs DE Eric Hicks has 8.5 career sacks vs. San Diego, his most against any opponent.



11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: This is the teams' first meeting … The Texans are going for their second win in an opener after becoming the first expansion team since Minnesota in 1961 to win its opening game … The Dolphins have the league's best record in home openers since 1970, going 29-4. That includes eight consecutive wins. Overall, Miami has won 11 consecutive openers, the second-longest streak ever behind the Cowboys' 17 consecutive victories from 1965-81 … Texans RB Jonathan Wells was one of three rookies to lead his team in rushing last season … Dolphins QB Jay Fiedler ranks second among active quarterbacks with a 29-13 record (.690). His 85.2 passer rating last season was the Dolphins' highest since Dan Marino's 87.8 in 1996 … Ricky Williams became the first Miami running back to lead the NFL in rushing last season, setting a team record with 1,853 yards. He set seven single-season team records and two single-game records … Texans LB Jamie Sharper had a career-high 178 tackles last season.



11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: The Rams' Kurt Warner has the league's best active career winning percentage for quarterbacks with at least 10 starts, at .714 (35-14) … Giants RB Tiki Barber has nine career 100-yard rushing games. His next will make him the fifth in team history to reach that mark … The Rams are 19-0 when RB Marshall Faulk rushes for 100 yards. He is one game from tying Eric Dickerson (38 games) and Lawrence McCutcheon (22) as the only Rams with 20 100-yard games … Faulk is 16 yards from 6,000 yards receiving, a mark reached by only three running backs in NFL history … Giants WR Amani Toomer needs 126 receiving yards to pass Frank Gifford for most in franchise history. Gifford had 5,434 yards … Toomer also needs one catch Sunday to tie Ike Hilliard's club record of 68 consecutive games with a reception … Giants QB Kerry Collins completed a career-high 84.6 percent of his passes the last time these teams played, a 26-21 Giants victory in September 2002. This will be Collins' 55th consecutive start.



11 a.m.

THE SCOOP: Six of the past eight meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer, with the road team winning seven … Ravens QB Kyle Boller is the league's only rookie quarterback to start this weekend. He was selected with the 19th pick … The Steelers won their seventh divisional title under coach Bill Cowher last season. The Steelers and Titans were the only teams to go undefeated in their divisions … Cowher is 11-4 vs. the Ravens … Ravens RB Jamal Lewis has averaged 4.5 yards per carry in four games against the Steelers, gaining 229 yards on 51 attempts … Steelers WR Plaxico Burress has a touchdown reception in four of his past five games against the Ravens. , including one playoff game … Ravens TE Todd Heap's career high of 146 yards came against the Steelers in Week 17 last season. Heap has at least three catches in 14 of the past 16 games … Steelers S Brent Alexander has three interceptions in the past five meetings with the Ravens..



Ch. 13, 2:15 p.m.

THE SCOOP: QB Kordell Stewart takes over the Bears' offense after eight seasons with the Steelers. Stewart's 2,561 career rushing yards rank second among active quarterbacks … This is the 49ers' first game under coach Dennis Erickson … Bears RB Anthony Thomas rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown in the teams' last meeting in 2001, which the Bears won 37-31 in overtime … The last time these teams met in San Francisco, in 2000, 49ers WR Terrell Owens set the NFL single-game receptions record with 20 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown in his team's 17-0 win. QB Jeff Garcia threw for 402 yards in that game … Owens has a league-high 42 touchdowns since 2000. He needs three touchdown receptions to join Jerry Rice (176) as the only players in franchise history with 75 … Bears LB Brian Urlacher has led the team in tackles three consecutive years. , the first player to do that since Mike Singletary (1988-92) … DE DeAndre Carter's 12.5 sacks last season were the most by a 49ers defender since Chris Doleman had 15 in 1998.



2:15 p.m.

THE SCOOP: This is the teams' first meeting since 2000, when the Seahawks won 20-10 at home. It's only the eighth meeting overall, with the Saints leading the series 4-3 … The Saints were the NFL's third-highest scoring team last season, putting up a franchise-record 432 points … The Seahawks won four of their final six games last season, with QB Matt Hasselbeck leading the league over that span with a 109.6 passer rating. Hasselbeck set team records with two 400-yard passing games and four 300-yard passing games last season … Saints QB Aaron Brooks' 27 touchdown passes last year set a team record and tied for the NFC lead. He has 53 touchdown passes over the past two years. No Saints QB has thrown 25 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons … Seahawks DT John Randle has 132 career sacks and needs one more to move past Leslie O'Neal and Lawrence Taylor for sixth most all time … Saints WR Donte' Stallworth's eight touchdown receptions last season were the most among NFL rookies and set the team's rookie record.



2:15 p.m.

THE SCOOP: WR Peerless Price, who was eighth in the league in receiving with the Bills last year, joins the Falcons, but he'll be catching passes from Doug Johnson (fourth career start) instead of the injured Michael Vick. Johnson threw the go-ahead touchdown with 5:20 remaining the last time the teams meet, a 20-13 Falcons win two seasons ago … Cowboys coach Bill Parcells needs one win to become the 13th coach in NFL history with 150 wins. He is 149-106-1 … Falcons coach Dan Reeves is the winningest active coach (198-164-2) … Cowboys QB Quincy Carter's 109.0 passer rating during the preseason was the NFC's best … Falcons RB Warrick Dunn had a career-high 210 yards against the Cowboys in 2000 while with the Buccaneers … WR Terry Glenn plays his first game with the Cowboys. His teams are 12-2 when he has 100 yards receiving … Of Falcons WR Brian Finneran's career-high 56 receptions last season, 41 went for first downs.



ESPN, 6:30 p.m.

THE SCOOP: This is a rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game, which the Raiders won 41-24. The Raiders outscored the Titans 93-49 in two games last season … The Titans have won the past five meetings at home … The Raiders picked defensive players with four of their first six draft choices after their defense ranked 11th last season. CB Phillip Buchanon, their 2002 first-round pick, returns from injury … Titans QB Steve McNair is 3-1 against the Raiders, including a career-best 398-yard performance last September … Raiders S Rod Woodson needs one interception to become the third NFL player with 70 career interceptions. He tied for the league lead last season with eight and had three picks against the Titans … Titans RB Eddie George has averaged 116 rushing yards per game in four games against the Raiders … Raiders WR Tim Brown has six touchdowns in seven games against the Titans … The Titans allowed 89 rushing yards per game last year, second-best in the league.



Ch. 4, 7 p.m. Monday

THE SCOOP: The Buccaneers are trying to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since Denver in 1997-98 … This is the first regular-season game in the Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field, which seats 68,400 … These teams met in last season's NFC Championship Game, which the Buccaneers won 27-10 … Nine starters are back from a Bucs defense that allowed 196 points last season, the fifth lowest since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 … Eagles coach Andy Reid is 9-0 in prime-time games and 31-7 when his team leads at halftime … Brad Johnson became the first QB in Bucs history to lead the league in passing last season, with a 92.9 rating … Eagles QB Donovan McNabb's touchdown-to-interception ratio of 1.87 is fourth best in NFL history. McNabb has 12 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven prime-time games, all wins … Only the Buccaneers allowed fewer points than the Eagles' defense (241) last season.