Green Bay Packers still the team to beat and other NFC notes

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to throw against the St. Louis Rams during a game on Oct. 11.

(Jeff Haynes / Associated Press)

Arizona: The Cardinals’ plus-100 point differential is the biggest through five games since the 2007 Patriots. Arizona leads the NFL with 4.96 yards per carry.

Atlanta: Running back Devonta Freeman has had at least one touch- down in five straight weeks. He had rushing and receiving scores vs. the Saints on Thursday.

Carolina: The Panthers have rushed for 100 yards or more in 15 consecutive games. Jonathan Stew- art hit career 5,000-yard rushing mark in Week 4 against the Buccaneers.

Chicago: Tight end Martellus Bennett has NFL-high 118 catches since 2014. The Lions have won four in a row against the Bears after losing nine of 10.


Dallas: Through five games, the Cowboys have yet to see a running back go for more than 100 yards. Joseph Randle leads Dallas with 289 of its 531 rushing yards.

Detroit: Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his last two games. He’s also tied for most sacks in the NFL (five).

Green Bay: Receiver James Jones leads the NFL with seven catches of 25-plus yards. Linebacker Clay Matthews has had a sack in four straight games.

Minnesota: Receivers Charles Johnson (ribs) and Mike Wallace (knee) are expected to play against the Chiefs despite missing practice because of injuries.


New Orleans: Cameron Jordan had three of the Saints’ five sacks Thursday of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, and recovered a fumble in New Orleans’ 31-21 win.

N.Y. Giants: Eli Manning will make his 173rd consecutive start Monday, the longest active streak in NFL. Linebacker Uani’ Unga leads the Giants with 35 tackles.

Philadelphia: Rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks has 25 tackles, a sack, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception in the last four games.

San Francisco: Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are former top targets of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Tight end Vernon Davis (knee) is set to play against Baltimore.

Seattle: Bobby Wagner (strained pectoral) will be a game-time decision for Seahawks against the Panthers and is among three Seattle linebackers dealing with injuries.

St. Louis: Tackle Garrett Reynolds will take over the guard position for Rodger Saffold, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against the Packers.

Tampa Bay: Vincent Jackson leads Buccaneers with 20 catches for 306 yards and two scores. Five Tampa Bay players have more than 100 yards receiving.

Washington: The Redskins have not won on the road since Week 8 of last season. Running back Matt Jones is tied for the most touchdown runs by a rookie (three).


The Associated Press contributed to this report

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