Week 4: Inside the Numbers
By Jerry Tapp
Here’s a look at the Week 4 matchups in the NFL and some of the numbers inside the head-to-head series between the two teams.
San Francisco @ St. Louis (Thursday):
This is the 128th meeting of the two teams. The series is as close as it can get… each team has won 62 games and there have been three ties. Each team has won two of the last five games and there was one tie. The Rams are 8-5 versus the 49ers in St. Louis. The last three games were decided by a total of 10 points.
Baltimore @ Buffalo:
The Ravens have won three of the five games in this series. Baltimore has won three of the last four. Three of the five contests were decided by five points or less. Buffalo won the only meeting between the two teams played in Buffalo, 19-14 in 2007.
Cincinnati @ Cleveland:
The Bengals lead the all-time series 42-37. Cincinnati has won four of the last five games. Each of the last eight games between the two franchises was decided by 10 points or less. The Browns have won two of the last three games played in Cleveland.
Chicago @ Detroit:
Game #167 in this long rivalry. The Bears hold a 96-65-5 advantage. The Bears have won the last three and nine of the last 10 in the series. The Bears have won four of the last five played in Detroit. The Bears are 12-3 in the series dating back to 2005.
Seattle @ Houston:
The two teams have only faced off twice. They split the two games. Each team won at home. The Texans won the last game against the Seahawks 34-7 in 2009.
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville:
Indianapolis has won 16 of the 24 games played in this series. Jacksonville has won four of the last six. The two teams split the last four contests played in Jacksonville. The two teams have combined for less than 40 points in each of the last four games.
New York Giants @ Kansas City:
The Giants have a big lead in this series, 10-2. Kansas City last beat the Giants in 1995. The teams have split the last four games played in Kansas City. The Chiefs have scored under 18 points in each of the last four games against the Giants. The Giants have won the last four games against the Chiefs.
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota (in London):
The series is tied at eight games apiece. Pittsburgh has won the last three against the Vikings. The Vikes scored only 36 points in their last three games against the Steelers. This is the second time the two teams have played at a neutral site; the two teams faced off in the 1975 Super Bowl won by the Steelers, 16-6.
Arizona @ Tampa Bay:
Tampa Bay leads the series 9-8 and has won the last two games in the series. The Bucs have won six of the last eight versus the Cards. The Bucs have won three straight at home against Arizona. Each of the last six games was decided by seven points or less. Five of the last six games were decided by five points or less.
New York Jets @ Tennessee:
The Tennessee franchise has a 23-17-1 lead in the series. The Jets have won five of the last seven. Tennessee has been held under 18 points in each of the last seven games in the series. Five of the last six games were decided by seven points or less. The Jets are 3-2 in the last five games played in Tennessee.
Philadelphia @ Denver:
The Eagles lead the series 7-4. Denver has won two of the last three. The Broncos scored 177 points in the last three games against the Eagles (39 points per game average). The Eagles have won four of the last six.
Washington @ Oakland:
Oakland holds an 8-4 advantage over the Redskins. The Redskins won the last two games played in Oakland. The Raiders have won four of the last six. The Redskins “D” has held the Raiders under 22 points in each of the last five matchups.
Dallas @ San Diego:
The Cowboys have won six of the nine games in the series. The Chargers, however, have won two of the last three. The Cowboys have won the last three games in the series played in San Diego. The last two games were decided by three and four points.
New England @ Atlanta:
The two teams have each won six games in the 12 played in this all-time series. The Patriots have won the last three games. The Falcons have won four of the last six contests played against New England in Atlanta. Only one of the last six games in the series was decided by less than 10 points.
Miami @ New Orleans (Monday):
Miami holds a slight 6-4 advantage in the series over the Saints. The two teams have split the six games played in New Orleans. The last meeting between the two teams was in 2009 when the Saints won 46-34.