NFC notes: Seahawks’ Jimmy Graham returns to New Orleans

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham runs with the ball after making a catch against the Falcons during a game on Oct. 16.
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Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have run for a combined 303 yards vs. two of NFL’s top run defenses (No. 2 Jets, No. 3 Seahawks). Carson Palmer has won 11 of last 13 road starts.

Atlanta Falcons: For the second straight week, Falcons face an opponent coming off a 10-day break. Atlanta signed running backs Terron Ward and Stevan Ridley this week.

Carolina Panthers: Linebacker Luke Kuechly leads the league with 659 tackles since 2012. Kicker Graham Gano has missed three field goals and two extra points.

Chicago Bears: The Bears are averaging a league-low 15.9 points. Quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to return from a thumb injury that caused him to miss five games.


Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten is set to break Ed “Too Tall” Jones’ franchise record with 204th career start. Sean Lee has at least 10 tackles in six of the last seven games.

Detroit Lions: Linebacker Tahir Whitehead led the Lions with 12 tackles last week against the Red- skins and has had nine or more tackles in six of the last seven games.

Green Bay Packers: Packers cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) underwent surgery this past week. He is expected to return at some point this season.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are tied for the lead with an average of 14 points allowed. Minnesota also leads the league in turnover margin (plus-11).


New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees is the only player with 100 career 300-plus yard games passing. He’s averaging 403.4 yards passing per game in his last five at home.

N.Y. Giants: The Giants have won four games by a total of 15 points. New York has allowed its opponents to convert 43% of their third-down attempts.

Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Rodney McLeod had a sack, interception and forced fumble against the Vikings. Ryan Mathews has five scores in his last six road games.

RAMS: Despite the lack of a breakout game this season, Todd Gurley still ranks seventh in the NFC among running backs with 403 yards rushing with three touchdowns.


San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are on pace to become the fourth team to allow at least 500 points in a season. Their offense also ranks last in yards per play (4.5).

Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Graham returns to New Orleans, where he had 51 touch- down catches in five years. He has just three touchdowns since joining the Seahawks in 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans is tied for first in touch- down catches (six) with Oakland’s Michael Crabtree. The Buccaneers are 0-2 at home, 3-1 on road.

Washington Redskins: Kirk Cousins has had a passer rating over 100 in five of the last six games on the road. The Redskins have had just six three-and- outs all season.


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