NFL Week 9 Schedule: Steelers-Giants, Dolphins-Colts highlight Sunday slate

November 2, 2012

Buffalo Bills (3-4) at Houston Texans (6-1) - 1 p.m., CBS

The Bills lead the AFC in average yards per carry (5.3). RB C.J. Spiller is averaging an NFL-best 7.26 yards per carry. Houston DE J.J. Watt leads the NFL in sacks (91 / 2) and tackles for a loss (15).

Bills’ porous run defense braces for latest test: Arian Foster

TE Daniels returns to pre-injury form, gives Texans another receiving threat

Bills shuffle O-Line, welcoming back two starters

Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-6) - 1 p.m. CBS

The Ravens are on a 10-game winning streak in the AFC North, the longest current division streak in the league. They are playing a stretch of four of five games on the road. Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden has just one interception in his past three games, after throwing nine in first five. Cleveland’s Phil Dawson is 12 of 12 on field goals.

Browns QB Brandon Weeden, young teammates have grown since early loss to Ravens

Terrell Suggs elated to be back from torn Achilles tendon

Browns believe they can close the game in the AFC North

Carolina Panthers (1-6) at Washington Redskins (3-5) - 1 p.m., FOX

The game features the last two Heisman Trophy winners: Carolina’s Cam Newton (2010) from Auburn and Washington’s Robert Griffin III (2011) from Baylor. Carolina has lost five straight, including its last four by a combined 12 points. The Redskins have 1,330 yards rushing at the season’s midpoint, the second most for the franchise through eight games since 1970.

Redskins treating Sunday as a ‘must-win’ game

Robert Griffin III wants a win, not bragging rights over Cam Newton

DeAngelo Williams ponders future with Carolina after benching

Chicago Bears (6-1) at Tennessee Titans (3-5) - 1 p.m., FOX

The Bears have returned six interceptions for TDs, the most of any team in NFL history through seven games. Tennessee’s Kendall Wright leads NFL rookies with 40 catches and had his third TD reception last week.

Titans’ banged up O-Line has 4 of 5 starters hurt

Brandon Marshall will continue to be focus of Bears’ offense

TE Jared Cook dodges trade request, says he wants to win with Titans

Denver Broncos (4-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) - 1 p.m., CBS

Peyton Manning has thrown for at least 300 yards and three TDs in each of his past four games, the first player to do so since Steve Young in 1998. Bengals WR A.J. Green has caught a TD pass in six straight games.

Marvin Lewis challenges Andy Dalton, MLB Maualuga to lead team out of ‘mediocrity’

Broncos running back Ronnie Hilman, NFL’s youngest player learns lessons from Manning, McGahee

Peyton Manning has a sore thumb, but that won’t keep him out Sunday

Detroit Lions (3-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) - 1 p.m., FOX

The Jaguars are 0-3 at home and have been blown out in all three games, losing by combined score of 95-20. Lions RB Mikel Leshoure has 429 yards from scrimmage in five career starts.

After trading Mike Thomas, Jaguars plan to get Shorts, Blackmon, Elliot more involved

Lions WR Titus Young is no longer flying under the radar

Jaguars re-sign RB Keith Toston, waive rookie LB Brandon Marshall again

Arizona Cardinals (4-4) at Green Bay Packers (5-3) - 1 p.m., FOX

Green Bay and Arizona share the NFL lead in sacks with 26 each. The Packers are the only team to have three wide receivers with 35-plus receptions: Randall Cobb (42); Jordy Nelson (40); and James Jones (36).

Sputtering Cardinals’ offense can’t take advantage of Fitzgerald’s talent

Banged-up Packers focusing on Cardinals, not upcoming bye week

Embarrassed on national TV, Cardinals look for ways to stop free fall

Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Indianapolis Colts (4-3) - 1 p.m., CBS

The Miami defense has allowed 18 points per game, fewest in the AFC. Indy QB Andrew Luck needs one 300-yard game to join Peyton Manning as the only QBs with four 300-yard games in their rookie season.

QB Tannehill practices with Dolphins on limited basis

Colts rule out injured Fleener, Vontae Davis for Sunday’s game

After three straight wins, Dolphins in thick of AFC playoff race

Minnesota Vikings (5-3) at Seattle Seahawks (4-4) - 4:05 p.m., FOX

A matchup of the top two running backs in the NFC. Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson leads the conference with 775 yards rushing; Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch is second at 757 yards.

Vikings are struggling to move the ball through the air

Seahawks could have just 4 healthy receivers vs. Vikings

Rookie QB Russell Wilson taking advantage of increased opportunities

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) at Oakland Raiders (3-4) - 4:05 p.m., FOX

Only three players remain from the two teams that faced each other in the 2003 Super Bowl: Bucs S Ronde Barber and Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski and P Shane Lechler.

Raiders struggling to score from in close

Tampa Bay places All-Pro guard Carl Nicks on IR

Bucs trade CB Aqib Talib to Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) at New York Giants (6-2) - 4:25 p.m., CBS

Pittsburgh leads the NFL with a 51.9 percent conversion rate on third down. RB Jonathan Dwyer has rushed for 100-plus yards in two straight games. Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw has 408 yards and six touchdowns in his past four games. Victor Cruz’s 52 receptions are fourth best in the league; his seven touchdown catches are tied for first overall with the Packers’ James Jones.

Steelers make Giants game a day trip due to Sandy aftermath

Giants considering using a trio of safeties to slow Roethlisberger, Steelers

Steelers defense back near top after slow start

Dallas Cowboys (3-4) at Atlanta Falcons (7-0) - 8:20 p.m., NBC

The Cowboys top the Falcons in total offense and total defense, but the defining stat is turnover ratio: Dallas is minus-11, Atlanta is plus-10. Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Falcons QB Matt Ryan have similar completion and yards passing numbers, but Romo has 13 interceptions and nine touchdown passes. Ryan has six interceptions and touchdowns.

Cowboys looking for steadier production in passing game

Falcons to play without LB Sean Weatherspoon

Matt Ryan focusing on unbeaten Falcons, not himself

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) at New Orleans Saints (2-5) - 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Eagles QB Michael Vick has a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the team in 2009. New Orleans already has two more losses than it did all of last season, when it tied the franchise record with a 13-3 mark. The Eagles rank next-to-last in the NFL with nine sacks. The Saints are the first team since at least 1950 to give up more than 400 yards in seven consecutive games.

Andy Reid will stick with Michael Vick as Eagles’ starter

Saints on pace for worst season in NFL history when other team has the ball

McNabb supports Vick as Eagles’ starter

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