The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Both players did not participate in practice on Friday, leading to the Steelers confirming neither will be involved in the Week 12 AFC North clash at Paul Brown Stadium.

Running back Conner aggravated a shoulder injury during the first quarter of the Steelers' 21-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns last Thursday.

In his absence, Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds and Benny Snell – who is back after missing three games with a knee problem – will be used in the rushing game, while recently signed Kerrith Whyte is also set to feature.

"I expect Whyte to be ready to go this Sunday, and really not have many limitations," offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner told the team's official website. 

Wide receiver Smith-Schuster, meanwhile, suffered both a concussion and a knee problem against the Browns. Like Conner, he had not been involved in practice for three straight days.

Diontae Johnson also had a concussion in the same game, but the receiver was a full participant on Friday.

"We continue to lose guys," said Pittsburgh tight end Vance McDonald.

"Diontae is expected to step up and be a huge contributor for [quarterback] Mason [Rudolph] and the offense. I am excited to see how he can bounce back from a devastating hit like that and continue to build."

The Seattle Seahawks travel to the Philadelphia Eagles in one of several mouth-watering matchups as we head into Week 12 of the NFL season.

Both sides are looking to make a push for the playoffs and Sunday's meeting at Lincoln Financial Field could prove pivotal.

Elsewhere across a jam-packed schedule, reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots welcome the Dallas Cowboys, while the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers also go toe-to-toe in a heavyweight clash.

It all kicks off with the Indianapolis Colts at the Houston Texans in a Thursday showdown that is sure to whet the appetite as the division lead is on the line.

We take a look at the Week 12 schedule using Stats Perform data.

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Colts (6-4) at Texans (6-4) 8:20pm

- The Colts defeated the Texans 30-23 in Indianapolis in Week 7, their fourth win in their last five games against Houston. 

- DeAndre Hopkins has made seven or more receptions in his last six games, tied with two Andre Johnson streaks (in 2006 and 2012-13) for the longest in Texans history. 

- The Texans fell 41-7 to the Ravens in Baltimore last week – the fourth biggest loss in franchise history. Houston have not lost back-to-back regular-season games since the start of 2018.

 

SUNDAY

Giants (2-8) at Bears (4-6) 1pm

- The Giants will be making their first appearance at Soldier Field since a 27-21 loss to the Bears in 2013. 

- Chicago are allowing 16.4 points per game at home this season, the third lowest tally in the NFL behind New England (11.0) and Minnesota (15.6)

- The Giants have lost six consecutive games, the franchise's longest skid since a seven-game slide in 2014.

Panthers (5-5) at Saints (8-2) 1pm

- The Saints had won four straight games in the series, including a 2017 Wild Card Game, before dropping a Week 17 game last December in which New Orleans rested their key players.

- Christian McCaffrey has accounted for 45.5 per cent of the Panthers' total net yards in 2019 – easily the highest such percentage in the NFL.

- Michael Thomas needs six receptions to secure a third consecutive season with 100 or more catches. The Saints star would become the eighth player all-time to reach triple figures in three consecutive years.

Broncos (3-7) at Bills (7-3) 1pm

- The Bills have won three of the last four meetings with the Broncos, including a 26-16 triumph in New York in Week 3 of 2017, which was head coach Sean McDermott's third game at the helm of Buffalo.

- Denver have led in the fourth quarter in seven of their 10 games but have held on to win just three of them. 

- The Bills are 7-3 (or better) for the first time since 1999 (also 7-3). 

Steelers (5-5) at Bengals (0-10) 1pm

- The Steelers have won nine straight against the Bengals, including an 18-16 victory in the 2015 Wild Card round. 

- Pittsburgh lost at Cleveland last week, 21-7, putting up fewer than 300 yards of total offense for the seventh time this season.

- Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught one pass for zero yards last week, the first time in his career he has been held without at least one receiving yard. 

Dolphins (2-8) at Browns (4-6) 1pm

- The Dolphins and Browns will be meeting for the first time since 2016, a 30-24 Miami home win in overtime. 

- Cleveland will be vying to win three straight home games for the first time since 2014 after defeating the Bills and the Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium in the past two weeks. 

- The Dolphins rank last in the NFL with 603 rushing yards, the second lowest total by any team through 10 games in a season during the Super Bowl era (1991 Colts, 591). 

Buccaneers (3-7) at Falcons (3-7) 1pm

- Atlanta have swept the season series with Tampa Bay in each of the past two years and are seeking a sixth consecutive victory over the Buccaneers, which would match their longest winning streak against a divisional opponent since 2000-02 (Panthers). 

- Atlanta have produced 80.1 per cent of their total net yards via the pass, the highest percentage in the NFL this season, while Tampa Bay have allowed a league-high 78.1 per cent of their total yards through the air. 

- Jameis Winston has thrown three or more touchdown passes and recorded a passer rating of 110.0 or better in five straight meetings with the Falcons, the only quarterback to do so against one team in the Super Bowl era. 

Lions (3-6-1) at Redskins (1-9) 1pm

- The Lions have won four straight games against Washington, dating back to the 2009 season. 

- The Lions fell to the Cowboys, 35-27, in Detroit in Week 11, their third straight loss and sixth loss in their last seven games. 

- Washington fell to the Jets 34-17 at home in Week 11, the team's ninth straight home loss. This is tied for the second-longest home losing streak in franchise history and one shy of the longest such streak, which bridged the 1960 and 1961 seasons.

Raiders (6-4) at Jets (3-7) 1pm

- The Raiders have lost their last five road games against the Jets, last beating them in the Meadowlands in 1996.

- After having just 13 sacks on defense last season, the Raiders have totalled 25 so far this year, the largest sack increase by any team from last year to this year.

- Oakland's Josh Jacobs has averaged at least 4.00 yards per carry on at least 10 carries in each of his last nine games, the longest streak by any NFL rookie in the Super Bowl era.

Seahawks (8-2) at Eagles (5-5) 1pm

- Seattle have played consecutive overtime games for the second time in franchise history (Week 12-13 of 1990). 

- Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia have a 9-11 record from Weeks 1-11, ranking 19th in the NFL.

- Carson Wentz has 86 touchdown passes in 50 career starts for Philadelphia, the most in franchise history. 

Jaguars (4-6) at Titans (5-5) 4:05pm

- The Jaguars have lost back-to-back games by 20 or more points for the first time since 2014. Jacksonville have never lost by 20 or more points in three straight games.

- Tennessee are coming off a bye after erasing a nine-point deficit in the final seven minutes to beat the Chiefs 35-32 in Week 10. 

- Leonard Fournette has 1185 scrimmage yards, the most through the Jaguars' first 10 games of a season in franchise history.

Cowboys (6-4) at Patriots (9-1) 4:25pm

- The Patriots have won the last five meetings between these teams after the Cowboys won the first seven matchups. 

- The Cowboys have won three of their last four games after defeating the Lions 35-27 in Detroit in Week 11.

- After throwing for 444 yards in the win over the Lions, Dak Prescott of the Cowboys is now leading the NFL in passing yards per game this season (322.1). 

Packers (8-2) at 49ers (9-1) 8:20pm

- The Packers and 49ers are off to their best 10-game starts since 2011, when Green Bay won their first 10 and San Francisco started 9-1

- Green Bay have won two in a row against San Francisco and own a 36-30-1 all-time record in the matchup.

- Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a career-high 424 yards in the 49ers' win over the Cardinals in Week 11. 

MONDAY

Ravens (8-2) at Rams (6-4) 8:15pm

- Baltimore last faced the Rams when they were still in St Louis (Week 11 of 2015) and have won three straight fixtures between the teams dating back to 2007.

- The Ravens lead the NFL in rushing yards this season with 2031 in 10 games. 

- Lamar Jackson has 781 rushing yards this season, already the seventh-most by a quarterback in a single season. 

Mason Rudolph has expressed his regret over failing to keep his cool in a melee that resulted in Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett being suspended indefinitely without pay.

Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off and hit the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback on the head with it in an ugly end to a 21-7 victory for the Browns last Thursday.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended without pay for three games and fined for fighting as tempers flared, while Cleveland's Larry Ogunjobi was banned for one game for unnecessary roughness.

Rudolph took his share of the blame for the incident when he addressed the media six days later amid uncertainty over when Garrett will play again after he launched an appeal.

He said: "Thursday night, to say the least, it was an unfortunate situation for everyone involved. I can consider it a privilege, not a right, to be part of a first-class organisation representing the Rooney family and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I did not do a good enough job to help our team win the game, looking back on the second-to-last play of the game, I fell short of the mark there too.

"Should have done a better job of keeping my cool in that situation and in retrospect I put Maurkice Pouncey - probably one of the best team-mates I've ever had - in a tough spot, as well as my team-mates.

"The way I saw it, on the final play of the game, with the game in hand the way it was, we had already lost two of our players for targeting penalties and as I released the ball, I took a late shot, did not agree with the way he took me to the ground and my natural reaction was just to get him off from on top of me.

"Again, I should have done a better job handling that situation. I have no ill-will towards Myles Garrett, great respect for his ability as a player and I know if Myles could go back, he would handle the situation differently. 

"As for my involvement last week, there is no excuse, the bottom line is I should have done a better job keeping my composure in that situation and I fell short in what I believe it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the NFL."

Rudolph stated that he did not make any comments to antagonise Garrett.

"I definitely didn't say anything that escalated it, but I have to do a better job of keeping my composure," he added.

Myles Garrett still has the support of Freddie Kitchens and the Cleveland Browns as he prepares to appeal the severity of his suspension for the clash with Mason Rudolph.

The Browns defensive end ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging and hitting the 24-year-old during the closing stages of his team's 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.

Garrett was suspended indefinitely by the NFL, yet he is looking to contest the magnitude of the punishment and, according to the NFL Network, will have his case heard on Wednesday.

Head coach Kitchens made no excuses for Garrett when addressing the media on Monday but insisted his view of the player would not be impacted by "a bad lapse in judgement".

"I have contacted Myles. We visited on Friday. We visited on Saturday," Kitchens said. "Myles is a good person, and we are going to support Myles.

"Myles is part of our family. When we break it down at the end of the day, every day they break it down on family, and Myles is part of that family.

"We do a lot of things within the organisation to support our guys on and off the field. Myles Garrett is a good person. He is a good person. He is a good individual.

"He does a lot in the community. Myles Garrett is good person, and we are not going to pile on Myles.

"He had a bad lapse in judgement, and that is it. I am still a Myles Garrett fan, and I am still going to support him, our organisation is going to support him and his team-mates are going to support him, and this coaching staff will support him."

Kitchens was not interested in debating Garrett's case for a more lenient ban.

"Everybody here saw the tape," he said. "I am just here to support. I will support Myles. Our team will support Myles. I am not going to get into that. You saw the tape.

"There is no excuse for that to happen on a football field. I know that, Myles knows that and all of the players in the locker room know that. That is it.

"There is no excuse, but in saying that, we are going to support Myles Garrett moving forward in any way he needs support."

Myles Garrett accepted he must be held accountable for his actions after the Cleveland Browns defensive end was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

Garrett will not play again this season following his altercation with Mason Rudolph, having stripped him of his helmet before swinging it at the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback during the closing stages of Cleveland's 21-7 win on Thursday.

The first overall pick of the 2017 draft has now been banned for the remainder of the season; he must "meet with the commissioner's office" before a decision is made over when exactly he can return to action.

Garrett, who was also fined, released a statement following the announcement of the punishment, again apologising to Rudolph, his team and the league.

"Last night, I made a terrible mistake. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable," the statement read.

"I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologise to Mason Rudolph, my team-mates, our entire organisation, our fans and to the NFL.

"I know have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake, and I fully intend to do so."

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said, according to the team's official Twitter account, they had to accept the punishment handed to Garrett, who has the option to appeal within three working days.

"You put it in their hands when you do something like that," Kitchens told the media on Friday.

Cleveland's Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game ban for unnecessary roughness, while Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended for three games for aiming kicks and punches at Garrett in the immediate aftermath.

The Browns and the Steelers - who were both fined $250,000 by the league - meet again in Week 13 of the regular season.

Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the NFL following his involvement in an incident with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

The Cleveland Browns defensive end ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging and hitting the 24-year-old during the closing stages of his team's 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey responded by aiming kicks and punches at Garrett, who told reporters after the game he had "made a mistake" and would "regret" what unfolded.

The NFL reacted inside 24 hours to the ugly scenes in the televised game, including fining both franchises $250,000.

Garrett has been banned for the remainder of the season – including the playoffs, should the Browns make the postseason - and the NFL announced it has also fined him an "additional amount".

The league also stated that Garrett, the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, must "meet with the commissioner's office" before a decision is made over when he can return to action.

Pouncey has been suspended without pay for three games and fined for fighting, while Cleveland's Larry Ogunjobi will sit out one game for unnecessary roughness.

The suspended players can appeal within three days, while the NFL may also take action against others who were involved in the fracas during the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

"Additional discipline for other players will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players who left the bench to enter the fight area," the NFL said.

The Browns responded to the NFL's announcement with a statement from owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, in which they apologised to Rudolph and the Steelers while describing Garrett's actions as "completely unacceptable".

Cleveland's statement read: "We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game. There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organisation.

"We sincerely apologise to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good team-mate and member of our organisation and community for the last three years, but his actions last night were completely unacceptable.

"We understand the consequences from the league for his actions."

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said he made a mistake and regrets it after his ugly hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Garrett – an NFL Pro Bowler in 2018 – ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging it and hitting the Steelers QB in the head late in Cleveland's 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey then aimed kicks and punches at Garrett in shocking scenes in Cleveland on Thursday.

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens and quarterback Baker Mayfield were scathing of Garrett, who addressed the incident himself post-game.

"I made a mistake, I lost my cool and I regret it," Garrett told reporters. "It's gonna come back to hurt our team.

"The guys who jumped in to the scrum… I appreciate my team having my back but it should never get to that, it's on me."

When asked if the incident overshadowed Cleveland's win, Garrett said: "A win is a win. I don't think it's overshadowed by what happens in eight seconds."

Pittsburgh's Rudolph also spoke to the media afterwards and he hit out at Garrett.

"Not in my years. I thought it was cowardly and pretty bush league," Rudolph said when asked if he had seen anything like that in American football. "… I'm fine and good to go."

Pressed on whether Garrett should be suspended, Rudolph replied: "I don't know what the rules are. I know it's bush league and he is a total coward… It's okay, I'll take it. I'm not going to back down from no bully. We will see what happens."

Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said he is embarrassed and so is Myles Garrett after the defensive end hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his helmet.

The Browns beat NFL rivals the Steelers 21-7, but Thursday's win was overshadowed by an ugly incident involving Cleveland's Garrett.

Garrett – a Pro Bowler in 2018 – ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging it and hitting the Steelers QB in the head late in the game.

Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey then aimed kicks and punches at Garrett in shocking scenes in Cleveland.

After Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hit out at his team-mate, Kitchens also criticised Garrett post-match as a heavy suspension looms.

"Of course that's not who we want to be at the end of the game," Kitchens told reporters. "That's not who Myles wants to be, that's not who we're going to be.

"You have to be able to maintain your composure in times like that and under no circumstance do we want anything to do with anything like that. I'm embarrassed, Myles is embarrassed, it's not good so he understands what he did, he understands it's totally unacceptable and we've got to get through it."

"We don't react like that no matter what. That's not an excuse for anything Myles did at all. We're not giving him an excuse, he doesn't want an excuse so it doesn't matter what happened," Kitchens added.

"I don't even care what happened. We've got five seconds to go in a game, that can't happen. We've got five seconds to go in a game, the biggest game this team have won … never beat Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the same year since 1999 and then we've got to talk about this so there's 52 other guys on the team that that hurt and it's going to hurt moving forward so we don't condone that.

"Myles understands what he did wrong, he's got to maintain his composure just like he had to do at the start of the year, he had to maintain his composure, we've got five seconds in the game, I'm sorry but it's kind of like, he understands."

When asked about the possible length of suspension, Kitchens replied: "I've never seen that in my life so we'll wait and see. I can't answer that.

"Myles is very upset about it, he's got to maintain his composure. We'll see. We've got to take it, whatever they give to us, we've got to take it, so we'll see."

Baker Mayfield slammed Cleveland Browns team-mate Myles Garrett for his "inexcusable" attack on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging it and hitting the QB in the head late in the Browns' 21-7 win in the NFL on Thursday.

Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey then aimed kicks and punches at Garrett in an incident that marred the end of the Browns' victory.

Mayfield, who helped the Browns improve to 4-6, criticised Garrett for his actions and the Browns QB expects his team-mate to be suspended.

"It's inexcusable. I don't care rivalry or not, we can't do that," he told Fox.

"That's kind of the history of what's been going on here lately, hurting yourself and that's just endangering the other team.

"It's inexcusable, he knows that, I hope he does now, it's tough, we'll see."

Mayfield added: "I don't think there's anything in that moment I can really say to calm them down.

"The reality is he's going to get suspended, we don't know how long and that hurts our team.

"We can't do that, we can't continue to hurt this team, it's inexcusable."

The Browns made it back-to-back wins and are third in the AFC North, behind the Baltimore Ravens (7-2) and Steelers (5-5).

The Cleveland Browns upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 in an NFL clash marred by an ugly late incident on Thursday.

Baker Mayfield helped the Browns (4-6) to a surprise victory over the Steelers (5-5) in a showdown between two AFC North rivals in Cleveland.

Mayfield went 17 of 32 for 193 yards and two touchdowns, while he also rushed for a score.

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph struggled, going 23 of 44 for 221 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted four times.

However, there was drama involving Rudolph, Myles Garrett and Maurkice Pouncey in the final seconds.

Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off before swinging it and hitting the QB in the head, before Pouncey aimed punches and kicks at the Browns defensive end.

Pittsburgh were also dealt numerous injury woes during the game, with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), Artie Burns (knee), Ola Adeniyi (concussion), James Conner (shoulder) and Diontae Johnson (concussion) sidelined.

Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. combined for 42 yards to help the Browns to their first TD, the former then rushing over.

A seven-play, 71-yard drive finished with Mayfield finding a wide open Jarvis Landry to make it 14-0 Browns in the second quarter.

The Steelers looked to be getting a way back into the game when Rudolph found Jaylen Samuels, but that was as close as they got.

Cleveland's Damarious Randall was ejected during the third quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Johnson, who was left bleeding.

Pittsburgh's slim chances were ended when Mayfield got out of trouble to find Stephen Carlson in the end zone, sealing the Browns' win before the late drama.

Both the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots will be hungry to show a positive response to their first defeats of the NFL season in Week 11.

Inspired by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks ended San Francisco’s perfect record with a 27-24 overtime victory at Levi's Stadium on Monday, Jason Myers settling it with a field goal.

The 49ers will look to take their frustration out on the struggling Arizona Cardinals, who have lost three in a row, on Sunday

The Patriots are also 8-1 after going down 37-20 to the Baltimore Ravens at the start of November - they return to action following a bye week with a trip to the Philadelphia Eagles.

We take a look at the Week 11 schedule using Stats Perform data.

 

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Steelers (5-4) at Browns (3-6), 8:20pm

- Pittsburgh have won four in a row despite averaging 299 yards per game. The only other time in the last three years that a team won four straight despite averaging less than 300 total yards was the Bears in November 2018 (291 per game).

- The Browns have not committed a turnover in back-to-back games for the first time since December 2016.

- Mason Rudolph is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first seven NFL games – injured team-mate Ben Roethlisberger is also on that list.

 

SUNDAY

Jets (2-7) at Redskins (1-8), 1pm

- The Jets have won their last two games against Washington after losing eight of the first nine clashes between the franchises.

- Washington, coming off a bye week, have failed to score 10 points in any of their last three outings.

- The Jets are averaging 164.0 net passing yards per game this season, the lowest mark in the NFL. Their opponents are only fractionally better at 169.7 yards.

 

Saints (7-2) at Buccaneers (3-6) 1pm 

- The Saints earned a 31-24 home win over the Buccaneers in Week 5 and will attempt to record the first season sweep by any team in the series since New Orleans won both in 2014.

- Tampa Bay will be bidding to score 30 points or more in three consecutive games for the second time in franchise history.

- With his season-high 13 catches in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Thomas surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. (61 games) for the fastest player in NFL history (56 games) to reach 400 career receptions.

 

Broncos (3-6) at Vikings (7-3) 1pm 

- The two franchises have won seven games apiece in their 14 previous meetings, with the last 10 contests decided by a margin of eight points or less.

- Kirk Cousins is three touchdown passes shy of 150 for his career after throwing for 15 in six games since the beginning of October. 

- Denver have not forced a single turnover in six different games this season, already tied for the most zero-takeaway outings in any season in franchise history.

 

Bills (6-3) at Dolphins (2-7) 1pm 

- In their last three meetings, Miami have a +13 point differential in the first half while Buffalo are +44 after the interval.

- Buffalo rushed for a season-low 84 yards in a 19-16 loss in Cleveland last week. Since 2017, the Bills are 1-13 when gaining less than 100 yards on the ground, tied for the worst record in such games over that span.

- Miami had three takeaways in a 16-12 win over the Colts last time out, nearly doubling their season total (four to seven), and 13 points off takeaways nearly tripled their season total (seven to 20).

 

Jaguars (4-5) at Colts (5-4) 1pm

- The Jaguars have posted two shutouts over the previous three seasons – and both came against the Colts.

- Nick Foles, named the starter again on his return from injury, has posted a 10-2 record as a starter in November or later since 2016, the best in the NFL (including postseason - minimum 10 starts).

- Each of Indianapolis' nine games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the second-longest streak to start a season in NFL history (Lions had 11 straight in 2016).

 

Cowboys (5-4) at Lions (3-5-1) 1pm

- Dallas have won three in a row against the Lions (regular and postseason), dating back to their 24-20 win in the 2014 Wild Card game.

- The Cowboys were held to just 50 yards rushing in a 28-24 loss to the Vikings last weekend and did not gain a single first down on a run play for the first time since a defeat to Washington 12 years ago.

- Detroit's 20-13 defeat to the Bears last week saw all three Chicago scores coming on passing touchdowns. That was Detroit's fifth consecutive game allowing multiple passing scores, the longest single-season streak for the Lions since the first six games of the 2016 season.

 

Falcons (2-7) at Panthers (5-4) 1pm

- Atlanta have had the better results in this divisional series in recent years, having won three straight and six of the last seven between the teams. 

- Last week's 26-9 victory at New Orleans was Atlanta's third straight on the road in NFC South play, dating back to last December's win at Carolina.

- Christian McCaffrey will be attempting to become the first player with a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games in the same season since another Panther, DeAngelo Williams, did so in 2008.

 

Texans (6-3) at Ravens (7-2) 1pm

- The Texans are 0-5 in road games against the Ravens, including their 20-13 loss in the 2011 postseason. 

- Houston are one of two teams that have not lost by more than seven points over the last two seasons, along with the Chiefs.

- The Ravens have rushed for at least 130 yards in 16 straight games, tied for the longest streak in the Super Bowl era with the 1975-76 Steelers.

 

Cardinals (3-6-1) at 49ers (8-1) 4:05pm

- The Cardinals suffered a third successive loss when going down to the Buccaneers last week - their fifth game decided by three points or less this season.

- San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks was their first in which they forced at least four turnovers since 2016 – when the opponents were Arizona.

- The Niners had a season-low 87 rushing yards against the Seahawks, but still rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 161.8, behind only Baltimore (197.2).

 

Patriots (8-1) at Eagles (5-4) 4:25pm

- The 37 points conceded by New England in the loss to Baltimore were 20 more than they had had yielded in any other contest this season.

- Over their last eight games, the Eagles have alternated either winning two in a row or losing two in a row. They will be looking for a third victory on the spin this weekend.

- After scoring 41 points in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots two seasons ago, Philadelphia have not scored as many as 35 points in any game since.

 

Bengals (0-9) at Raiders 5-4) 4:25pm

- The Bengals are 4-1 in games played in California since 2010. 

- All five of the Raiders' wins this season have come by one possession (eight points or fewer). The only team in the NFL with more one-possession wins this year is Seattle (seven).

- The Raiders have not turned the ball over in their previous three games, only the second time in franchise history they have gone three straight without a giveaway (also in 1979).

 

Bears (4-5) at Rams (5-4) 8:20pm

- Chicago have won six of the last seven games against the Rams, allowing just 10.7 points per game in the six wins but 42 points in the one loss (21-42 in 2013). 

- The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Lions despite putting up just 226 yards of total offense.

- The Rams and Bears have both allowed 18 rushing plays of 10 or more yards, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Offensively, the Bears have just nine rushing plays of 10+ yards, fewest in the NFL, while the Rams have 22.

 

MONDAY

Chiefs (6-4) at Chargers (4-6) 8:15pm

- The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Chiefs with a 29-28 road victory in Week 15 of last season. 

- The Chiefs have lost four of their last six after starting the season 4-0, including a 35-32 loss in the final seconds against the Titans last time out. 

- Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Titans after putting up 140 yards and a score in Week 9 against the Vikings. He is the first player in franchise history with at least 140 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.

Kyle Rudolph produced a highlight-reel moment as the Minnesota Vikings trumped the Dallas Cowboys, while the Green Bay Packers saw off the Carolina Panthers.

Rudolph scored with a one-handed catch during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Cowboys in Week 10 of the NFL season.

The Packers benefited from an Aaron Jones hat-trick as they beat the Panthers 24-16, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins also won.

 

VIKINGS VANQUISH COWBOYS

In Prime Time and under the Arlington lights, the Vikings beat a winning team on the road for the first time in almost two years, having gone 10 games without success.

Dalvin Cook ran for 97 yards, including the decisive touchdown on fourth down, and Kirk Cousins threw for two TDs – both to Rudolph.

Cowboys star Dak Prescott had 397 yards and three touchdowns as Dallas (5-4) fell into a tie for first place with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

 

JONES INSPIRES PACKERS IN THE SNOW

Jones scored three touchdowns as the Packers proved too strong for the Panthers on a snowy Sunday at Lambeau Field.

For the second time this season, Jones had a hat-trick of TDs – becoming the first Green Bay running back since Jim Taylor in 1962 with multi three-touchdown games in a season.

MVP candidate and Panthers star Christian McCaffrey was stopped by Preston Smith and the Packers (8-2) at the goal line as time expired.

"We all know that Christian is a very talented player, and he's been mentioned in the MVP race. So maybe it's time to start talking about Aaron Jones," said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed 17 of 29 passes for 233 yards, including 118 yards to Devante Adams.

Carolina's McCaffrey had 108 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for the Panthers, who dropped to 5-4.

 

SILENCE OF THE RAMS AS STEELERS HOLD FIRM

The Steelers extended their winning streak to four games by edging the Rams 17-12 in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh forced four turnovers, while the Rams converted just one of 14 third downs in a performance that yielded a lone touchdown.

As for the Steelers (5-4), their defence came up big to stifle the visiting Rams (5-4), who lost ground to the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers (8-0) and Seattle Seahawks (7-2) in the NFC West.

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph – who became the ninth QB since the 1970 merger to throw a touchdown in each of his first seven games – finished with 22 of 38 passes for 242 yards and a TD.

 

DOLPHINS GO BACK-TO-BACK

The Dolphins started the season with seven straight defeats, but Miami are riding some momentum after upstaging the Colts 16-12.

Miami claimed back-to-back victories by capitalising on the Colts' (5-4) turnovers – converting three turnovers into 13 points on the road in Indianapolis.

Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run as Miami (2-7) posted their first away success since September 2018.

"We are starting to come together," said Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. "I think being able to overcome adversity is part of playing in the National Football League. We're starting to do that at a higher level now."

It was a forgettable outing for struggling Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who missed another extra point that ruined a chance for Indianapolis to kick a field goal to send the game into overtime.

Colts coach Frank Reich said: "We've been committed to [Vinatieri]. We're going to always evaluate. Everybody gets measured. Everybody is held accountable, from top to bottom. That's always the case. Nothing meant to read into that. That's the reality of the business. There's been no discussions about that between [general manager] Chris [Ballard] and I. That's just the business."

Lamar Jackson starred for the Baltimore Ravens again on Sunday, joining Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks to have multiple games with perfect passer ratings in the same season.

Second-year passer Jackson completed 15 of his 17 pass attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens routed the winless Cincinnati Bengals 49-13 to improve to 7-2 at the top of the AFC North.

It was the second time this season Jackson had returned a perfect passer rating of 158.3 as he followed up his big day against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.

The only other quarterback to have more than one perfect passer rating in a season was Pittsburgh Steelers signal caller Roethlisberger, who had two in 2007.

Critics questioned whether Jackson would be able to succeed as a pocket passer in the NFL but through 10 weeks he is one of the leading contenders for the MVP award.

"I'm a quarterback at the end of the day and I want to prove that each and every day," Jackson told reporters.

"If I don't complete a pass in practice, I'm ticked off."

Jackson also led the Ravens in rushing, accumulating 65 yards on the ground, including a 47-yard score.

That touchdown featured Jackson bamboozling two Bengals defenders with a brilliant spin move.

"They'll be watching that run for decades and decades," added Baltimore's head coach John Harbaugh.

"That's rare. That was special."

The Los Angeles Rams will have linebacker Clay Matthews back for Sunday's encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Matthews has been out of action since early October due to a broken jaw suffered in the Rams’ 30-29 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5.

The 33-year-old underwent surgery and, though no exact timescale was given on his return, Rams coach Sean McVay expected Matthews to miss around a month.

McVay's expectations have been met, with the Rams confirming on Friday that Matthews – who has recorded 16 tackles and six sacks in five appearances this season – is available again.

"Things have gone really well," McVay said. "He's done an excellent job. You felt his presence all week.

"The impact he's made on our defence all season has been big, and to be able to get him back provides a big boost for us."

It has been stressed, however, that the Rams will have to manage Matthews' comeback.

"He's not going to play every play like he did before, so I think that’s part of it," Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said on Thursday.

"We'll still rotate people and the other guys have come in and played well. We want to give them some playing time too. He's certainly a really good player at his position, so we're glad to have him back."

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