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How They Stand

September 20, 2009|SAM FARMER

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The Chargers, who have struggled to get off to fast starts the last two seasons, have beaten the Ravens in San Diego in three of four meetings.

Denver

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Kyle Orton passed to eight receivers in opener, but the winning play (Brandon Stokley's "Immaculate Deflection") didn't reach intended target.

Kansas City

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Quarterback Brodie Croyle is 0-9 as a starter, and the Chiefs have lost 24 of 26 games. They have beaten the Raiders 10 of 12 times, however.

Oakland

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Looked better in opener than expected, especially on offensive line. Want first-round receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (zero catches) more involved.

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Baltimore

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Have opened playbook a bit in hopes of Joe Flacco becoming more of a playmaker. Chargers' defensive front will test Baltimore's young line.

Pittsburgh

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Need to prove can establish run, something didn't do vs. Tennessee. Defense has gone without Troy Polamalu before, but it's not as effective.

Cincinnati

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The Bengals are 0-4 at Lambeau Field, and their very solid secondary will get a real test against a talented collection of Green Bay receivers.

Cleveland

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When Browns play at Denver, it will be a matchup of two former Bill Belichick assistants: Cleveland's Eric Mangini vs. Denver's Josh McDaniels.

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Indianapolis

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With Anthony Gonzalez out for what could be half the season, just-acquired Hank Baskett could see Peyton Manning passes coming his way.

Houston

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Houston's new team isn't very good against its old one. Texans are 1-6 at Tennessee with a four-game losing streak and lost 11 of 14 games.

Jacksonville

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Maurice Jones-Drew is the focus of Jacksonville's offense (most carries and catches last Sunday), but Jaguars can't win being one-dimensional.

Tennessee

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Will get ball into the hands of running back Chris Johnson early and often. Houston's defense yielded 190 yards on the ground in the opener.

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The Belichick-coached Patriots are 18-2 against quarterbacks facing them for the first time. Only rookie to win initial matchup? Roethlisberger.

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Rex Ryan knows how to scheme Tom Brady. Ryan's Ravens were the only ones to keep the QB under 50% passing in Pats' 18-1 season.

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Big test will be how Bills respond from heartache of coming oh-so-close to a major upset at New England. The Buccaneers are vulnerable.

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For first time in 34 years, Dolphins have their home opener on "Monday Night Football." Their rookie corners will be tested by Peyton Manning.

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San Francisco

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49ers love production from defensive end Justin Smith, who, by their count, had four tackles and 13 quarterback pressures in win over Arizona.

Seattle

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Matt Hasselbeck, who missed nine games with back problems last season, looked good. Frequently found John Carlson (six catches, two TDs).

Arizona

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Because Jacksonville is having problems pressuring the passer, Kurt Warner should have a blink longer to find banged-up receivers.

St. Louis

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Will look to get running back Steven Jackson more involved in game plan against Redskins. Seattle did a good job of keeping him contained.

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Green Bay

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Aaron Rodgers was sacked four times in opener and hit hard nine times -- more than twice the per-game average of hits he took last season.

Minnesota

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Although they got 180 yards rushing from Adrian Peterson, the offense was otherwise meager. Can they pound the Lions like Saints did?

Chicago

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Look for Jay Cutler and his receivers to be on the same page more often than in opener, when he made his Bears debut with four interceptions.

Detroit

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Unless left tackle Jeff Backus can slow Jared Allen (NFL-high 57 1/2 sacks since 2004), rookie QB Matthew Stafford is going to feel a lot of heat.

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New Orleans

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Haven't won in Philadelphia since 1991 (three losses). Offense is facing a defense that allowed just 169 yards in the opener and also scored.

Atlanta

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Last Falcons-Panthers game, Atlanta's Michael Turner rushed for 117 yards, four TDs. Now Falcons have more firepower with Tony Gonzalez.

Carolina

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Panthers are trying to figure out if Jake Delhomme is really as bad as he's looked in his past two games, when he accounted for 11 turnovers.

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So far so good for rushing tandem of Cadillac Williams-Derrick Ward. They combined for 159 yards last Sunday and each scored a touchdown.

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On their first three-game road swing since 1994. After helping Dallas open its new stadium, they play at Tampa Bay and at Kansas City.

Dallas

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The Cowboys' final victory in their old stadium came against the Giants, but New York's Brandon Jacobs and Plaxico Burress weren't playing.

Philadelphia

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Forced seven turnovers against Carolina, but how will they fare against Drew Brees and high-flying Saints, who had 515 yards offense in opener.

Washington

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Here's a new look for the Redskins: the shotgun. Jason Campbell was productive in it last week, and Redskins might use it more vs. St. Louis.

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