Indianapolis at New York Jets
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Jets by 3½.
Records: Colts 2-2 (2-2 vs. spread), Jets 2-3 (3-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Proving he still has a sense of humor, Jets coach Rex Ryan announced last week that Raul Ibanez won’t be his starting QB Sunday . . . Indy’s Reggie Wayne leads NFL with 126.5 receiving yards per game . . . Jets QB Mark Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four straight games . . . Colts’ Andrew Luck is second NFLer (Cam Newton) to throw for 300 yards in three of his first four games . . . Indy’s Robert Mathis has at least one sack in seven straight . . . Player to watch: Jets’ Tim Tebow leads all QBs with 711 rushing yards since 2011.
Key injuries: COLTS: OUT: LB Pat Angerer (foot), RB Donald Brown (knee), LB Robert Mathis (knee), DE Fili Moala (knee), G Joe Reitz (knee), NT Martin Tevaseu (ankle). DOUBTFUL: CB Vontae Davis (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Dwight Freeney (ankle), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle). JETS: DOUBTFUL: RB John Conner (hamstring), DT Kenrick Ellis (knee), WR Clyde Gates (shoulder), DT Sione Po’uha (low back), S Eric Smith (knee). QUESTIONABLE: C Nick Mangold (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Nick Bellore (shoulder), CB Aaron Berry (ribs), CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder), TE Jeff Cumberland (ribs), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), S LaRon Landry (heel), LB Calvin Pace (Achilles), QB Mark Sanchez (low back), LB Bart Scott (toe).
Dallas at Baltimore
Time: 1 p.m., Fox. Line: Ravens by 3½.
Records: Cowboys 2-2 (1-3 vs. spread), Ravens 4-1 (2-3 vs. spread).
Comments: Stunning but true: Tony Romo has led the Cowboys to two straight wins vs. AFC foes . . . Not-so stunning but just as true: Dallas’s DeMarcus Ware has 30½ sacks in his last 25 games . . . Ravens’ Joe Flacco is 8-0 vs. NFC and Baltimore has won 13 straight regular-season home games . . . Baltimore center Matt Birk poised to play his 200th career game . . . Baltimore ball hawk Ed Reed has three INTs in two games vs. Cowpokes . . . Player to watch: Dallas’s “Smiles” Miles Austin has 57 catches for 980 yards in last nine vs. AFC opponents.
Key injuries: COWBOYS: OUT: P Brian Moorman (right groin). QUESTIONABLE: C Ryan Cook (hamstring), P Chris Jones (left knee), LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder). PROBABLE: LB Alex Albright (neck), WR Miles Austin (hamstring), CB Morris Claiborne (illness), DT Kenyon Coleman (knee), C Phil Costa (back), S Matt Johnson (hamstring), NT Jay Ratliff (ankle), DE Marcus Spears (knee). RAVENS: PROBABLE: DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), T Jah Reid (calf).
New York Giants at San Francisco
Time: 4:25 p.m., Fox. Line: 49ers by 6½.
Records: Giants 3-2 (2-2-1 vs. spread), 49ers 4-1 (4-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game won by the Giants (can’t remember how they did in the Super Bowl, can you?) . . . All-time series is tied, 18-18 (including 4-4 in the postseason) . . . Elite Manning has thrown for at least 200 yards in 24 straight games . . . SF’s Alex Smith has an NFL-high 108.7 passer rating and is fresh off his third career 300-yard game . . . 49ers’ Patrick Willis is one of two players in NFL history with 15-plus sacks and 6 INTs . . . Player to watch: San Fran bruiser Frank Gore has rushed for 7,449 yards since 2006.
Key injuries: GIANTS: OUT: DT Rocky Bernard (quadriceps), RB Andre Brown (concussion), S Kenny Phillips (knee). QUESTIONABLE: T David Diehl (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee), CB Corey Webster (hand, hamstring). PROBABLE: WR Ramses Barden (concussion), TE Martellus Bennett (knee), LB Chase Blackburn (hip), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), LB Keith Rivers (hamstring), S Antrel Rolle (knee). 49ERS: QUESTIONABLE: RB Brandon Jacobs (knee). PROBABLE: P Andy Lee (hand), QB Alex Smith (right finger).
Green Bay at Houston
Time: 8:20 p.m., NBC. Line: Texans by 3½.
Records: Packers 2-3 (1-4 vs. spread), Texans 5-0 (4-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Pretty important Week 6 game for the suddenly stumbing Packers, who are looking up at the Bears and Vikings . . . Teams meeting for just the third time (1-1) . . . Texans QB Matt Schaub is 9-0 with 13 TDs and 3 INTs in his last nine starts . . . Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has a 113.6 passer rating with 14 TDs and 3 INTs in last five starts vs. AFC . . . Houston’s Andre Johnson is 61 receiving yards shy of 10,000 for his career . . . Player to watch: GB’s Randall “Tex” Cobb has 300 kickoff-return yards, 127 punt-return yards, and 244 receiving yards.
Key injuries: PACKERS: OUT: WR Greg Jennings (groin), S Sean Richardson (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder), CB Davon House (shoulder), DT B.J. Raji (ankle), TE D.J. Williams (hamstring). TEXANS: OUT: S Quintin Demps (thumb, forearm). PROBABLE: LB Mister Alexander (Achilles), CB Alan Ball (ankle), G Antoine Caldwell (ankle, foot), NT Shaun Cody (back), RB Justin Forsett (thigh), RB Arian Foster (knee), K Shayne Graham (right calf), WR Lestar Jean (knee), WR Andre Johnson (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), S Shiloh Keo (neck), LB Jesse Nading (foot), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), G Wade Smith (foot), RB Ben Tate (toe).Continued...