NFL Packers-Chiefs capsule

Posted by on December 14, 2011 – 10:38 am

PACKERS: Can become only defending Super Bowl champ to start following season 14-0. Have won 19 in row (including playoffs), the second longest streak in NFL history…QB Aaron Rodgers has 2+ TD passes in 13 games in row, tied for NFL record. Has 39 passing TDs and needs one to top Brett Favre (39) for club single-season record. Rodgers leads NFL with 123.3 rating…Including playoffs, RB James Starks has played in 19 games and Green Bay is 18-1 (.947). RB Ryan Grant rushed for 85 yards and two TDs last week…WR Jordy Nelson had 37-yard TD last week. He has career-highs in catches (51), yards (957) and TDs (10). Five of his TDs have been 35+ yards. WR Donald Driver has 9,972 yards and needs 28 to become the first Packer with 10,000. WR James Jones has a TD in three of the past four games vs. AFC opponents…CB Charles Woodson had 46-yard INT-TD in last meeting. In career vs. KC, has six INTs (two TDs), and had an INT last week. S Charlie Peprah has three INTs (1 TD) in past three contests vs. AFC opponents. In past six games vs. AFC foes, CB Tramon Williams has three INTs, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. LB Erik Walden had a 5-yard fumble return for a TD last week. LB A.J. Hawk had INT in last meeting. LB Robert Francois has an interception in two of the past three games. CHIEFS:  Club has won seven of past eight vs. NFC…QB Tyler Palko aims for 3rd straight game with TD…RB Thomas Jones (10,450) needs 158 rushing yards to surpass Jamal Lewis (10,607) for the 21st-most rushing yards in NFL history. For his career, Jones averages 5 yards per carry vs. Green Bay (142 att., 706 yards). RB Dexter McCluster averages 5.8 yards per carry vs. NFC in ’11…WR Dwayne Bowe (937) needs 63 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the second consecutive season and third of his career. In NFC Wild Card game vs. Green Bay on 1/10/10 (w/ Cardinals), WR Steve Breaston posted seven catches for 125 yards (17.9 avg.) with TD…LB Derrick Johnson leads team with 112 tackles. LB Tamba Hali (nine) needs one sack to join Mike Bell, Neil Smith and Derrick Thomas as only players with double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons in Chiefs history. Rookie LB Justin Houston (3rd round, No. 70 overall) has four sacks in past two contests…PR/CB Javier Arenas leads AFC and ranks third in NFL with 13.3 punt return avg.

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