Atlanta at New Orleans
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Falcons by 2.
Records: Falcons 8-0 (6-2 vs. spread), Saints 3-5 (4-4 vs. spread).
Comments: Battle of two of the best passers in the league . . . Atlanta is 15-0 when Matt Ryan throws for at least three TDs (only Daryle Lamonica — look him up, kids — is better at 19-0) . . . New Orleans’s Drew Brees has thrown a TD pass in 51 straight games . . . Brees is 10-2 all-time vs. Falcons . . . During the Mike Smith era, Atlanta is 27-10 in games decided by one score . . . Falcons CB Mike DeCoud is only NFCer with four INTs and a sack . . . Player to watch: New Orleans WR Marques Colston has six TDs in his last five games.
Key injuries: FALCONS: OUT: WR Kevin Cone (groin), S Charles Mitchell (calf), LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: DT Jonathan Babineaux (hamstring), DT Peria Jerry (knee), CB Robert McClain (hip), CB Christopher Owens (heel). SAINTS: OUT: DE Junior Galette (ankle), WR Courtney Roby (shoulder), RB Darren Sproles (hand), T Zach Strief (groin).
Detroit at Minnesota
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Lions by 2½.
Records: Lions 4-4 (4-4 vs. spread), Vikings 5-4 (3-5-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Vikings beat Lions, 20-13, Sept. 30 and lead the series, 67-33-2 . . . Mikel LeShoure last week became first Lion since Dutch Clark in 1931 (yes, kids, I looked him up) to rush for three first-half TDs . . . Minnesota QB Christian Ponder has won 4 of his last 5 home starts . . . Lions playing on road for fourth time in five weeks . . . Vikings have committed 10 turnovers in the last three games . . . Player to watch: Lions WR Calvin “Megatron” Johnson is second in the NFC with 767 receiving yards.
Key injuries: LIONS: OUT: S Louis Delmas (knee), S Amari Spievey (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: DE Cliff Avril (back), T Corey Hilliard (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), DT Corey Williams (knee), WR Titus Young (knee). PROBABLE: S Erik Coleman (toe), CB Chris Houston (illness), RB Mikel Leshoure (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (hamstring), LB Stephen Tulloch (knee). VIKINGS: DOUBTFUL: DT Letroy Guion (foot), WR Percy Harvin (ankle).
New York Jets at Seattle
Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 6.
Records: Jets 3-5 (5-3 vs. spread), Seahawks 5-4 (6-3 vs. spread).
Comments: Jets are 1-2 coming off a bye under Rex Ryan . . . Game reunites Jets QB Mark Sanchez with his Southern Cal coach Pete “Cutie Pie” Carroll . . . J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets have lost four of last five games, games, games (sorry, Fireman Ed) . . . Seahawks bruiser Marshawn Lynch has rushed for at least 85 yards in 16 of last 18 games . . . New York has been outscored in every quarter, including 44-28 in first . . . Player to watch: Jets WR Jeremy Kerley averages 23.6 yards per catch in road games (11 receptions, 260 yards).
Key injuries: JETS: OUT: DT Kenrick Ellis (knee), RB Joe McKnight (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: C Nick Mangold (ankle), G Brandon Moore (hip), DT Sione Po’uha (low back), RB Bilal Powell (shoulder), LB Bart Scott (toe), S Eric Smith (knee). SEAHAWKS: OUT: G James Carpenter (concussion), LB K.J. Wright (concussion). DOUBTFUL: DE Greg Scruggs (oblique). QUESTIONABLE: DT Clinton McDonald (groin).
Houston at Chicago
Time: 8:20 p.m., NBC Line: Bears by 1.
Records: Texans 7-1 (6-2 vs. spread), Bears 7-1 (5-3 vs. spread).
Comments: Best prime-time matchup of the season, so far . . . Both teams have lost only to the Packers . . . Houston RB Arian Foster has scored a TD in 10 straight games (official stat) . . . Chicago LB Brian Urlacher has made an opponent cry in 10 straight games (unofficial stat) . . . Texans DE J.J. Watt has NFL-high 10½ sacks . . . Chicago has seven defensive TDs . . . Houston’s Matt Schaub is 11-1 in his last 12 starts . . . Player to watch: Bears WR Brandon Marshall is second in NFL with 797 receiving yards.
Key injuries: TEXANS: OUT: NT Shaun Cody (ribs), RB Ben Tate (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: TE Owen Daniels (back). PROBABLE: LB Bryan Braman (neck), RB James Casey (illness), S Quintin Demps (thumb, forearm), WR Lestar Jean (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (quadriceps), S Shiloh Keo (back), CB Brice McCain (knee), NT Earl Mitchell (ankle), LB Jesse Nading (foot, neck). BEARS: DOUBTFUL: WR Alshon Jeffery (hand), DT Matt Toeaina (calf).
NY Giants at Cincinnati
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Giants by 4.
Records: Giants 6-3 (4-4-1 vs. spread), Bengals 3-5 (2-5-1 vs. spread).
Comments: In eight career matchups, the home team has won every game . . . Cincinnati WR A.J. Green leads the AFC with eight touchdown receptions . . . Jints QB Elite Manning (197) is three TD tosses shy of passing Phil Simms (“I’ll tell you what . . . !’’) for tops in franchise history . . . NY’s Jason Pierre Paul has five sacks in last four games . . . Player to watch: Cincy RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has nine TDs in 14 games vs. NFC.Continued...