Nfl Week 12

November 24, 2003

Another Rice record

The Raiders' Jerry Rice became the first player with 1,500 career receptions. The 19-year veteran set the mark on a 47-yard touchdown catch.

Browns breakdown

Cleveland didn't score a touchdown despite having the ball inside Pittsburgh's 20-yard line four times. The Browns also came away with only one field goal on three visits within the 10.

Passing grade

The Packers' Brett Favre has at least 20 touchdown passes for the 10th straight season, tying Dan Marino's NFL record.

Road woes

The Lions, whose last win away from home came Dec. 17, 2000, against the Jets, tied the Bills (1983-86) for the second-longest road skid in NFL history at 22 games. The Houston Oilers (1981-84) own the record with 23.

Second to one

The Packers' Ahman Green surpassed John Brockington as the second-leading rusher in team history, trailing only Jim Taylor.

Measuring up

The Colts' Peyton Manning has six straight 3,000-yard seasons, moving into a tie with Len Dawson for third most in league history.

TONIGHT'S GAME

N.Y. Giants (4-6) at Tampa Bay (4-6)

Time: 9.

TV: Chs. 2, 7.

Line: Bucs by 5 1/2 .

Key stat: Bucs' three consecutive losses have been by a total of 13 points.

Players to watch: Bucs DE Simeon Rice leads the NFL with 11 sacks. Giants DE Michael Strahan has 10 sacks.

The buzz: This looked like a game with potential playoff ramifications when the schedule was released. Now, a national television audience gets to watch two losing teams with only microscopic chances of making the postseason.

- Chicago Tribune

NEXT WEEK

New England (9-2) at Indianapolis (9-2)

The former AFC East rivals are at the top of their respective divisions and have to be considered prime Super Bowl contenders. The Patriots have won 10 of the past 12 meetings in the series.

Philadelphia (8-3) at Carolina (8-3)

After losing to the Cowboys, the Panthers get to face another NFC East co-leader, the Eagles, who have won eight of nine games after an 0-2 start.

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