Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/8/12
With three key wins in Week 9, the NFC expanded its lead over the AFC 23 to 13 in head-to-head match-ups. The only win for the AFC came via the Pittsburgh Steelers' 24-20 victory over the New York Giants.The NFC continues to dominate the AFC West. The Atlanta Falcons already went 4-0 over this division and in Week 9 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also picked up a win against the AFC West. They defeated the Oakland Raiders 42-32. Running back Doug Martin ran for 251 yards for the Buccaneers as they racked up 21 points in the third quarter to pull away from the Raiders. Tampa Bay gets an opportunity to pick up another inter-conference victory next week when they play the San Diego Chargers.Mikel Leshoure rushed for three touchdowns as the Detroit Lions running game outlasted the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-14 last Sunday. This was a crucial win for the Lions as they improve to 4-4 overall and try to get their playoff hopes back on track.The tough Chicago Bears' defense roughed up the Tennessee Titans 51-20 in the final inter-conference win for the NFC. Chicago led 28-2 after the first quarter and the Titans never managed to get back in the game. Brian Urlacher had a 46-yard pick-six for the Bears.Pittsburgh prevented an NFC sweep with their significant victory over the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns an Isaac Redman rushed for another as the Steelers overcame New York in the second half.More than halfway through the season the NFC's winning percentage against AFC teams is just under 64%. They will have a chance to increase that percentage next week in some key inter-conference games. The New York Jets return from their bye week and travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks and, in what could be a defensive battle, the Bears play the Houston Texans.Previously on this subject: NFC vs. AFC Matchups: AFC Picks Up Key WinsNFL: NFC Dominating AFC in Head-To-Head Matchups
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