1. 49ers (8-2-1) Colin Kaepernick is 2-0 as a starter, with a 110.9 passer rating; starting against Rams for first time Sunday

2. Texans (10-1) Seeking franchise-record 11th victory on Sunday against the Titans; Matt Schaub averaged 421 yards passing past two games

3. Falcons (11-1) Beat the Saints on Thursday night; travel to Carolina for an NFC South clash against the Panthers on Dec. 9

4. N.Y. Giants (7-4) DE Justin Tuck recorded nine sacks and forced four fumbles in past 10 games vs. Redskins; Giants beat Washington with late rally in teams' first meeting this season

5. Ravens (9-2) Won their past 15 regular-season games at home; eyeing second victory over the Steelers in past two weeks

6. Patriots (8-3) Averaged 44 points in past four victories in Miami; seeking 12th straight win in December games

7. Broncos (8-3) Won their past six games; Peyton Manning is 2-0 all-time vs. the Buccaneers, the opponent Sunday

8. Bears (8-3) Jay Cutler's teams are 26-0 whenever he has a passer rating of 100 or higher; playing the Seahawks on Sunday

9. Colts (7-4) Andrew Luck is tied with Sam Bradford for the most wins by a rookie QB (seven) since the merger in 1970; Luck can set the record Sunday against the Lions

10. Packers (7-4) Aaron Rodgers has 19 TDs, three interceptions, 116.5 passer rating in eight career starts vs. Vikings; Packers won past nine divisional games


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11. Steelers (6-5) Were the last team to beat the Ravens in Baltimore (Dec. 5, 2010); defense allowing an NFL-low 257.2 yards per game

12. Seahawks (6-5) Rookie Russell Wilson completed 63.8 percent of his passes for seven TDs, one interception in first three games against NFC North teams; playing the Bears on Sunday

13. Buccaneers (6-5) Josh Freeman is 3-0 against AFC teams this season; playing the Broncos on Sunday

14. Bengals (6-5) Averaging 31 points past three games, with Andy Dalton passing for nine TDs without any interceptions; playing the Chargers on Sunday

15. Vikings (6-5) League-leading rusher Adrian Peterson amassed 737 yards and five TDs in past five games; playing against the Packers on Sunday

16. Redskins (5-6) Robert Griffin III passed for four TDs in each of past two games, making him first rookie to accomplish the feat; playing Giants on Monday night

17. Saints (5-7) Lost to the Falcons on Thursday; play the defending Super Bowl champion Giants on Dec. 9

18. Cowboys (5-6) Tony Romo averaged 344.2 yards passing past five games; had 122.1 passer rating in victory over Eagles in teams' first meeting this season

19. Dolphins (5-6) RB Reggie Bush rushed for at least 100 yards in past four December games; WR Davone Bess' 41 receptions, 526 yards and four TDs against Patriots

20. Lions (4-7) Matthew Stafford passed for 2,329 yards and 17 TDs, with only one interception, in seven games vs. AFC past two seasons; playing the Colts on Sunday

21. Rams (4-6-1) They are 3-0-1 against NFC West opponents, including a tie against the 49ers; CB Janoris Jenkins fresh from game in which he became fourth rookie ever with two interceptions for TD

22. Chargers (4-7) They are 18-3 in December games under coach Norv Turner; won five of past six at home against Bengals

23. Cardinals (4-7) LB Daryl Washington recorded 10 sacks in past 12 games; looking to pad those stats vs. Jets on Sunday

24. Titans (4-7) They are 7-3 all-time against the Texans at home; Chris Johnson totaled 842 yards rushing in first nine games against Houston

25. Bills (4-7) DE Mario Williams finally living up to huge contract he signed; recorded three sacks last Sunday, seeking to add more against Jaguars this Sunday

26. N.Y. Jets (4-7) Beat the Cardinals the past five times they played; RB Bilal Powell rushed for three TDs past two games

27. Eagles (3-8) Lost past seven games; WR Jeremy Maclin looks to post fourth straight game against Cowboys with a touchdown

28. Browns (3-8) Rookie Trent Richardson averaged 101.8 yards rushing past four games; playing against Raiders' porous run defense Sunday

29. Panthers (3-8) Rookie LB Luke Kuechly leads team with 106 tackles; DE Greg Hardy recorded six sacks past five games

30. Raiders (3-8) Seek third straight win at home vs. Browns; Carson Palmer 9-3 as starter all-time against Cleveland

31. Jaguars (2-9) Chad Henne has passed for 615 yards and six TDs, with only one interception, since taking over for injured regular Blaine Gabbert; playing the Bills on Sunday

32. Chiefs (1-10) Won four of past five at home vs. NFC teams; hosting the Panthers on Sunday