NFL Week 16: Head-to-Head stats you need to know

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Following is a look at this week’s NFL schedule and some historical stats on the head-to-head matchups.

Atlanta vs. Detroit (Saturday): Detroit leads the series 23-11. The Falcons have won five of the last eight. The two teams have split the last six games played in Detroit.

New York Giants vs. Baltimore: This is the fifth meeting between the two franchises. Baltimore has won three of the four games. The Ravens won the only game played in Baltimore, 37-14 on Dec. 12, 2004. The Giants won the last meeting between the two teams, 30-10 on Nov. 16, 2008.

Oakland vs. Carolina: The series is tied at 2-2. The teams are each 1-1 on their home field. Carolina won the last game played in the series, 17-6 on Nov. 9, 2008.

New Orleans vs. Dallas: The Cowboys have a 15-7 advantage over the Saints. New Orleans has won six of the last seven. The Saints have won the last three games played in Dallas.

Tennessee vs. Green Bay: The Titans lead the series 6-4. Tennessee has won the last three contests. Green Bay is 1-4 at home in the series. Four of the last five games have been decided by eight points or less.

Minnesota vs. Houston: This is only the third time the two teams have played each other. Minnesota has won both previous games. Both of those games were decided by seven points or less.

New England vs. Jacksonville: The Patriots have won eight of the nine games in the series. New England has won five straight. The Patriots have scored 24 or more points in seven of the nine games. The only Jacksonville win was Jan. 3, 1999.

Indianapolis vs. Kansas City: The Colts have a 13-8 advantage over the Chiefs in this series. Indianapolis has won 10 of the last 12 games. Kansas City is 1-5 in the last six games played on their home field. The Chiefs have scored more than 10 points only once in the last four games against the Colts.

Buffalo vs. Miami: This is the 98th game in the series. The Dolphins lead the series 56-40-1. Buffalo won 19-14 in a game in November at Buffalo. Miami has won six of the last nine. The Dolphins have won three of the last four games played in Miami. Four of the last five games have been decided by seven points or less.

Washington vs. Philadelphia: The Redskins lead the series 80-71-6. Washington won this season’s earlier matchup 31-6. The Eagles have won five of the last seven. The two teams have split the last eight games played in Philadelphia.

Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh has won 53 of the 85 games played in the series. The Steelers have won five straight. The Steelers have won four of the last five games played in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has scored 23-plus points in the last five games; the Bengals have scored under 22 points in the last five contests.

St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay: The Rams lead the series 11-8. Tampa Bay has won five of the last six and have won the last five games played on their home field. Seven of the last nine games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less.

Cleveland vs. Denver: Denver has a big advantage in this series having won 21 of the 26 games played against the Browns. The Broncos have won nine straight versus Cleveland. Denver has won the last four at home. The Broncos have only lost two games out of 22 in the series dating back to 1975.

Chicago vs. Arizona: This will be the 91st meeting between the two teams. The Bears are up in the series 57-27-6. Chicago has won five of the last seven and have won three of the last four played in Arizona. The last Arizona win at home in the series against the Bears was a 20-7 win on Oct. 11, 1998.

San Francisco vs. Seattle: San Francisco holds a one-game lead in the series having won 14 of the 27 games played. The 49ers won earlier this year at home 13-6. The 49ers have won the last four games in the series. The two teams have split the last six games played in Seattle.

San Diego vs. New York Jets: The Chargers have a 19-14-1 lead in the series. The Jets have won five of the last seven against San Diego. The two teams have each won three games in the last six played on the Jets home field. Five of the last six games have been decided by six points or less.

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