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Week five NFL game capsules

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The Associated Press

Seattle (2-2) at Cincinnati (4-0), noon: Who knew Seattle’s 12th man wore stripes? Seahawks’ 10 consecutive Monday night wins include “official” gifts against the Packers and Lions. Seattle defense hasn’t allowed a TD since Kam Chancellor’s return. Bengals outscored foes 66-18 in first half with no TDs allowed.

St. Louis (2-2) at Green Bay (4-0), noon: Rams go nowhere fast, and often. They lead NFL with 35 plays for zero or negative yards. Secondary had two blitz sacks and two fumble recoveries against Cardinals. Packers are 4-0 for first time since starting 11-0 in 2011. They’ve won 11 in a row at home by average of 14.3 points.

New Orleans (1-3) at Philadelphia (1-3), noon: Saints had no turnovers vs. Dallas after six in first three games. Defense has no picks, three fumbles and seven sacks. Eagles’ losses are by total of 15 points. Their hurry-up offense has backfired, averaging 16 fewer plays than opponents and sitting dead last in time of possession (22:48).

Washington (2-2) at Atlanta (4-0), noon: Washington’s defensive front must help short-handed secondary against Atlanta’s fifth-ranked passing game. Falcons backup RB Devonta Freeman has 342 scrimmage yards and six TDs in past two games. Texas state champs (wins over Cowboys, Texans) try to complete NFC East sweep.

Denver (4-0) at Oakland (2-2), 3:25 p.m. on CBS (Ch. 5, 13): Only Broncos have allowed zero first-quarter points. DE DeMarcus Ware only player with a sack in first four games. QB Peyton Manning has a team 4-0 for NFL-record seventh time. Raiders RB Latavius Murray lost a fumble, dropped two passes — one intercepted, was benched vs. Bears.

Arizona (3-1) at Detroit (0-4), 3:05 p.m.: Cards hadn’t trailed all season but were behind after 90 seconds vs. Rams. Two of season-high three turnovers converted to St. Louis TDs. Lions’ worst start since 2010 has them last in rushing (40.7), 30th in total offense (292.8), 29th in scoring (16.5).) Three in a row at home will help.

Buffalo (2-2) at Tennessee (1-2), noon: Patriotic Bills love the flag. They lost 135 yards and two TDs with 17 penalties vs. Giants. That’s 47 — with 14 personal fouls — for NFL-high 428 yards. Good news? Nine others were declined. Titans’ high scoring (29.7), high volume (375.7 yards) offense need to protect rookie QB (12 sacks).

Jacksonville (1-3) at Tampa Bay (1-3), noon: Jags had first-and-10 on Colts’ 32, 44, 40 and 40 in last four possessions yet didn’t score, missing FGs at end of regulation and OT in three-point loss. Their 62 points are second fewest. Equally challenged Bucs average 18 points, have 10 turnovers (two pick-sixes) and are 6 of 12 on FG tries.

Cleveland (1-3) at Baltimore (1-3), noon: Browns’ defense, NFL’s highest-paid, is last in yards allowed (406.3), 31st in rushing (141.5) and 20th in points (25.5). Ravens’ pass game missing WR Steve Smith (back) and top pick Breshad Perriman (knee). RB Justin Forsett has zero or minus yards on 21 of 66 rush attempts.

San Francisco (1-3) at NY Giants (2-2), 7:20 p.m. on NBC (Ch. 41): San Francisco’s 48 points are six more than Falcons’ RB Devonta Freeman. QB Colin Kaepernick has a woeful line, one real WR and a RB with more yards in Week 1 than the next three combined. Giants look like cream of NFC East. Their two wins in a row could swell to seven straight.

New England (4-0) at Dallas (2-2), 3:25 p.m. Goliath vs. David. Unstoppable Pats lead NFL in points (39.7), yards (446.3), first downs (29.3) and animosity. Beat up, beat down Cowboys hope return of social misfit defenders DE Greg Hardy and LB Rolando McClain can support offense of QB Brandon Weeden who, despite losing 10 consecutive starts, is really good at completing passes (76.3 percent) that rarely lead to TDs.

Pittsburgh (2-2) at San Diego (2-2), 7:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: In a week in which 14 field-goal attempts and four extra-point tries were missed, none stung more than the recently departed Josh Scobee’s two late misfires that forced the Steelers into two failed fourth-down endeavors in overtime. Depleted doesn’t go far enough to describe the Chargers, who brought in three offensive linemen last week, were down to their last defensive back for two straight games, and finished Sunday’s win over the Browns with two healthy receivers. TE Antonio Gates’ return from a PED suspension can’t hurt.

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