Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times listed are Eastern)

ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWwood1), 81 (Atlanta), 83 (New England); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Atlanta), 83 (New England)

Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX and DirecTV 710: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Arizona), 136 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 384 (Arizon), 226 (Los Angeles Rams)

Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Baltimore), 83 (Minnesota);| XM: 382 (Baltimore), 83 (Minnesota)

Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 145 (Tennessee), 146 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (Tennessee), 228 (Cleveland)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Tom McCarthy, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Jacksonville), 84 (Indianapolis); XM: 386 (Jacksonville), 227 (Indianapolis)

Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Carolina), 135 (Chicago); XM: 387 (Carolina), 229 (Chicago)

New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dan Miller, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 157 (New Orleans), 82 (Green Bay); XM: 382 (New Orleans), 82 (Green Bay)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Tampa Bay), 81 (Buffalo); XM: 381 (Tampa Bay), 81 (Buffalo)

New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Dan Hellie, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 93 (Miami); XM: 385 (New York Jets), 225 (Miami)

Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Dallas), 83 (San Francsico); XM: 380 (Dallas), 83 (San Francisco)

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 157 (Cincinnati), 82 (Pittsburgh); XM: 383 (Cincinnati), 82 (Pittsburgh)

Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Amanda Balionis (Field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Denver), 93 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 382 (Denver), 225 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 134 (Seattle), 81 (New York Giants); XM: 381 (Seattle), 81 (New York Giants)

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Washington), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Washington), 83 (Philadelphia)

Sunday and Monday Referees
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London): Brad Allen
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Terry McAulay
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.: John Hussey
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p:m.: Tony Corrente
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Ed Hochuli

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Team in CAPS)

Favorite             Spread    Underdog            O/U
NEW ENGLAND          –  3 1/2  Atlanta             54 1/2
Tennessee            –  6 1/2  CLEVELAND           46
Jacksonville         –  3 1/2  INDIANAPOLIS        40 1/2
PITTSBURGH           –  5 1/2  Cincinnati          41
MINNESOTA            –  5 1/2  Baltimore           39 1/2
MIAMI                –  3      New York Jets       38 1/2
BUFFALO              –  3      Tampa Bay           44 1/2
Carolina             –  3      CHICAGO             41
New Orleans          –  6      GREEN BAY           47 1/2
LOS ANGELES RAMS     –  3 1/2  Arizona             47 1/2 (1)
Dallas               –  6      SAN FRANCISCO       47
Seattle              –  5 1/2  NEW YORK GIANTS     38 1/2
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS –  1 1/2  Denver              41 1/2

(1) Game in London, Rams are designated as the home team

Monday’s Game

Favorite             Spread    Underdog            O/U
PHILADELPHIA         –  5      Washington          48 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: LB Jordan Tripp (Concussion)

New England
OUT: CB Stephon Gilmore (Concussion), LB Havea Langi (Back), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Johnson Bademosi (Abdomen), TE Jacob Hollister (Chest), LB Elandon Roberts (Ankle)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: S Joshua Robinson (Concussion), DE Ryan Russell (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Shanderious Alexander (Hamstring), DE Robert Ayers (Knee), LB Lavonte David (Ankle), DE Noah Spence (Shoulder, S Keith Tandy (Hip), S Terrell Ward (Hip), QB Jameis Winston (Right Shoulder), LB Adarius Glanton (Hamstring)

Buffalo
OUT: TE Charles Clay (Knee), LB Ramon Humber (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Edwin Gaines (Groin), CB Leonard Johnson (Hamstring), WR Jordan Matthews (Thumb)

Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: S Demetrious Cox (Ankle), T John Theus (Concussion), RB Foswhitt Whittaker (Ankle), LB Luke Kuechly (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kelvin Benjamin (Knee), S Kurtis Coleman (Knee), K Graham Gano (Right Knee), DE Charles Johnson (Groin), C Ryan Kalil (Neck), G Gregory Van Roten (Shoulder)

Chicago
OUT: WR Markus Wheaton (Groin)
DOUBTFUL: CB Sherrick McManis (Hamstring), LB John Timu (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Benny Cunningham (Hamstring), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (Chest), C Hroniss Grasu (Hand)

Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Johnathan Cyprien (Hamstring), WR Corey Davis (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Delanie Walker (Calf), LB Derrick Morgan (Abdomen), RB DeMarco Murray (Hamstring)

Cleveland
OUT: LB James Burgess (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jason McCourty (Ankle), WR Kenneth Britt (Knee), WR Sammie Coates (Hamstring), S Jabrill Peppers (Toe)

New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Shoulder), WR Willie Snead (Hamstring)

Green Bay
OUT: LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), S Morgan Burnett (Hamstring), QB Aaron Rodgers (Right Collarbone), LB Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: G Lane Taylor (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Davon House (Quadricep), C Corey Linsley (Back), CB Damarious Randall (Hamstring)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: C Brandon Linder (Illness)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Leonard Fournette (Ankle), S Tashaun Gipson (Neck), WR Marqise Lee (Knee)

Indianapolis
OUT: QB Andrew Luck (Left Shoulder), RB Robert Turbin (Elbow), LB Anthony Walker (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: TB Darrell Daniels (Knee), S T.J. Green (Hamstring), C Ryan Kelly (Knee)

Arizona at Los Angeles Rams in London, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. London time)

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: RB Andre Ellington (Quadricep), LB Karlos Dansby (Hamstring), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf), DT Olsen Pierre (Ankle), DT Xavier Williams (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: S Cody Davis (Thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Mark Barron (Thumb)

New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: TE Jordan Leggett (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

Miami Dolphins
DOUBTFUL: WR DeVante Parker (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Orlandus Branch (Knee), CB Xavien Howard (Ankle), CB Byron Maxwell (Foot), C James Pouncey (Concussion)

Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: WR Breshad Perriman (Concussion), C Matthew Skura (Knee), RB Terrance West (Calf), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle), LB
Timothy Williams (Thigh)
DOUBTFUL: WR Chris Matthews (Thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Carl Davis (Thigh), CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh), T Ronnie Stanley (Mouth), DT Brandon Williams (Foot), S Anthony Levine (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Shoulder), CB James Smith (Achilles), WR Mike Wallace (Back), TE Ben Watson (Knee), S Lardarius Webb (Knee)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), CB Nicholas Easton (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (Hip), CB Tramaine Brock (Hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (Hamstring), T Riley Reiff (Ankle)

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. 4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: WR Tyler Boyd (Knee), TE Ryan Hewitt (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Adam Jones (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Ross (Knee), S Derron Smith (Ankle)

Pittsburgh
OUT: DE Stephon Tuitt (Back)
DOUBTFUL: T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring)

Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys
OUT: CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Justin Durant (Groin)

San Francisco
OUT: RB Kyle Juszczyk (Back), DE Aaron Lynch (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Aravious Armstrong (Shoulder), LB Brockway Coyle (Shoulder), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), LB Greg Watson Groin)

Denver at Los Angeles Chagers, 4:25 p.m.

Denver
OUT: WR Cody Latimer (Knee), QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder), WR Isaiah McKenzie (Ankle), LB Corey Nelson (Elbow), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle), T Donald Stephenson (Calf), T Menelik Watson (Calf)

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: WR Keenan Allen (Shoulder), T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), DT Corey Liuget (Back), S Adrian Phillips (Neck), RB Melvin Gordon (Shoulder)

Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: DE Cliff Avril (Neck), G Luke Joeckel (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jeremy Lane (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Michael Bennett (Heel), DT Nazar Jones (Knee), RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle), DE Marcus Smith (Ankle)

New York Giants
OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), LB Calvin Munson (Quadricep), C Weston Richburg (Concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle), RB
Paul Perkins (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sterling Shepard (Ankle)

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday

Washington
OUT: G Tyler Catalina (Concussion), CB Josh Norman (Rib), T Ty Nsekhe (Core Muscle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bashuad Breelan (Knee), S Deshazor Everett (Hamstring), LB Mason Foster (Shoulder), RB Rob Kelley (Ankle), S Stefan McClure (Knee), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: RB Wendell Smallwood (Knee), CB Ronald Darby (Ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (Calf), LB Marvin Kendricks (Hamstring)

Sunday and Monday Weather
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 58 degrees
Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London): Mostly cloudy and 55 degrees
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 73 degrees
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly cloudy and 70 degrees
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 68 degrees
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 64 degrees
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 73 degrees
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 86 degrees
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 70 degrees
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 78 degrees
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 93 degrees
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p:m.: Partly cloudy and 73 degrees
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 66 degrees

Broadcast information, injury report, officials and logo courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

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The 1972 Miami Dolphins can celebrate. They can exhale.

Thanks to Pittsburgh coming into Kansas City last Sunday and knocking the Chiefs out of the ranks of the unbeatens, they still remain the only team in the Super Bowl era to run the table in the regular season.

Speaking of wins, the New York Giants broke their five-game losing streak and walked out of Denver with a 20-10 win over the Broncos Sunday night. San Francisco and Cleveland remain as the only winless teams in the 2017 campaign.

Week seven features a pair of rematches. First, the New York Jets travel to the Sunshine State for a week four rematch with the Miami Dolphins and for the third year in a row, the two teams that met in the previous season’s Super Bowl meet again as the Atlanta Falcons travel to Foxboro for a Sunday night contest with New England.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 7

CARDINALS CLIMBING CHARTS: Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards with two touchdowns in his Arizona debut in the Cardinals’ 38-33 win over Tampa Bay in Week 6.

Peterson has 11,962 career rushing yards in 128 games. With 38 rushing yards on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, he would reach 12,000 career rushing yards in the fourth-fewest games in NFL history.

The players to reach 12,000 career rushing yards in the fewest games:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO REACH 12,000 RUSHING YARDS)
Jim Brown – Cleveland (115)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis (118)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (125)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego (132)^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas (133)^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (128)*
*Has 11,962 career rushing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

​With a rushing touchdown on Sunday, Peterson, who has 99 career rushing touchdowns, will become the ninth player in NFL history with 100 career rushing touchdowns and would reach the mark in the fifth-fewest games.

The fewest games to reach 100 career rushing touchdowns:
PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO 100 RUSHING TDS)
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego (93)^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas (99)^
Jim Brown – Cleveland (113)^
Shaun Alexander – Seattle (119)
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis (152)^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (128)*
*Has 99 career rushing touchdowns
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two rushing touchdowns on Sunday, Peterson will pass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (100) and SHAUN ALEXANDER (100) for the seventh-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.

The players with the most career rushing touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER RUSH TDS)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (164)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (145)^
Marcus Allen – Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City (123)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (110)^
Jim Brown – Cleveland (106)^
John Riggins – New York Jets and Washington (104)^
Shaun Alexander – Seattle (100)
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis (100)^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (99)
Barry Sanders – Detroit (99)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 138 receiving yards and a touchdown catch against Tampa Bay in Week 6. Peterson (99 career rushing touchdowns) and Fitzgerald (107 career receiving touchdowns) can become the first pair of teammates in NFL history with 100 rushing touchdowns and 100 receiving touchdowns, respectively.

Fitzgerald has 14,854 career receiving yards. With 81 receiving yards on Sunday, he will pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (14,934) for sixth all-time in career receiving yards.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER RECIEVEING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,854)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

EVERY GAME EVERSON: Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen recorded a sack in the Vikings’ 23-10 win over Green Bay in Week 6.

Griffen, who has seven sacks this season, has recorded a sack in all six of Minnesota’s games. With a sack on Sunday against Baltimore, Griffen would become the sixth player to record a sack in each of his team’s first seven games to start a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players to record a sack in each of their team’s first seven games of a season:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON)
Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis (2009)
DeMarcus Ware – Dallas (2008)
Robert Mathis – Indianapolis (2005)
Shaun Ellis – New York Jets (2003)
William Fuller – Philadelphia (1994)
Everson Griffen – Minnesota (2017)*
*Six games

AMAZIN’ ANTONIO: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had eight catches for 155 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown catch with 3:24 remaining, in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City last week.

Brown leads the league with 48 receptions for 700 receiving yards this season. With two receptions and 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Cincinnati, he would join Wes Welker (2011) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 50 receptions and 800 receiving yards through their team’s first seven games of a season.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(RECEPTIONS, RECIEVEING YARDS)
Wes Welker, New England (2011)(57, 824)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2017)(48, 700)*
*Through six games

ROOKIE RUSHERS: Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt had 110 yards from scrimmage (89 receiving, 21 rushing) in the Chiefs’ Week 6 game.

With 115 scrimmage yards on Thursday, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 885 scrimmage yards, will become the second rookie in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in his team’s first seven games of a season. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,045 in 1983) has accomplished the feat.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first seven games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM”S FIRST 7 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 1,045)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 991)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016 – 949)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 927)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago (1934 – 919)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 885)*
*Through six games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Jacksonville running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 130 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, in the Jaguars’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6. Fournette is the only rookie in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 75 yards in consecutive games.

With two touchdowns at Indianapolis on Sunday, Fournette, who leads the NFL with six rushing touchdowns, will tie John Henry Johnson (eight in 1954) and Billy Kilmer (eight, 1961) for the third-most rushing touchdowns by a rookie through a team’s first seven games of a season.

The rookies with the most rushing touchdowns in their team’s first seven games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RUSHING TDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 7 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 12)^
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (1982 – 9)^
Billy Kilmer, San Francisco (1961 – 8)
John Henry Johnson, San Francisco (1954 – 8)^
Many tied with 7
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017 – 6)*
*Through six games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

50K CLUB: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has 49,680 passing yards and 329 touchdown passes in 14 career seasons.

With 320 passing yards on Sunday against Seattle, Manning would become the seventh player in NFL history with 50,000 career passing yards.

The players with 50,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees San Diego and New Orleans (67,432)*
Tom Brady – New England (63,541)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (49,680)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 257 yards with two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 24-17 win at the New York Jets.

Brady, who has 187 career regular-season victories, surpassed Pro Football of Famer Brett Farve (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 212 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a starting quarterback.

Brady threw two touchdown passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the win. Brady and Gronkowski have connected on 71 career touchdown passes, the second-most from a quarterback to a tight end in NFL history. Only Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (85) of the Los Angeles Chargers have more.

Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson threw three touchdown passes in the Texans’ 33-17 win over Cleveland. Watson has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

Watson has 12 passing touchdowns in the past three games, the most in league annals by a rookie in any three-game span.

This season, Watson has 15 passing touchdowns, the most ever by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes, running back Adrian Peterson made his Cardinals debut, rushing for two touchdowns and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a touchdown catch in the Cardinals’ 38-33 win against Tampa Bay.

Palmer has accounted for 302 career touchdowns (294 passing touchdowns, eight rushing touchdowns), Peterson has 104 career touchdowns (99 rushing, five receiving) and Fitzgerald has 107 career touchdown catches. They are the only QB-RB-WR trio of teammates in NFL history to account for at least 300, 100 and 100 total touchdowns, respectively.

Fitzgerald, who has 14,854 career receiving yards, surpassed Steve Smith, Sr.(14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history. Fitzgerald’s 14,854 receiving yards puts him in some pretty good company, as he trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 with San Francisco) for the most receiving yards by a player with a single team.

Peterson, who has 50 career games with at least 100 rushing yards, is the ninth player in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in 50 career games.

Los Angeles Rams kick returner Pharoh Cooper returned the game’s opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown and Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette had a 75-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars’ first play from scrimmage in the Rams’ 27-17 win, marking the first game in the Super Bowl era with two touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the first 30 seconds of a game.

Fournette, who had a 90-yard touchdown run in the Jaguars’ Week 5 win at Pittsburgh, is the first rookie in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 75 yards in consecutive games. Fournette has scored a touchdown in each of the first six games this season, joining Robert Edwards (1998) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first six games of a season.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 186 yards with two touchdowns in the Saints’ 52-38 win over Detroit. Brees has 55,084 passing yards with the Saints and is only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 55,000 passing yards with a team. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Brett Farve (61,655 with Green Bay) and Dan Marino (61,361 with Miami) and Tom Brady (63,541 with New England) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had eight catches for 155 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City.

Brown, who has 9,077 career receiving yards in 107 career games, tied Randy Moss (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

Chicago rookie running back Tarik Cohen threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller in the Bears’ 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore. Cohen is the first Bears rookie running back to throw a touchdown pass since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers on October 10, 1965 (26 yards to Dick Gordon).

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 6

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first six weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 8,352 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 6 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 6 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 6*
2017 – 8,352
2014 – 7,693
1983 – 6,916
1971 – 6,726
2013 – 6,592
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 59 touchdowns through Week 6, the most through the first six weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 6 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 6*
2017 – 59
1983 – 57
2014 – 52
2013 – 50
1971 – 47
*Excludes 1987 season

TOUCHDOWNS FOR ALL: In Week 6, there were a total of 15 non-offensive touchdowns scored throughout the NFL – eight interceptions, two kickoffs, two punts, two fumbles and one blocked punt.

That marks the second-highest total of non-rushing/passing touchdowns scored in a single week since 1970 (16 in Week 15, 1998).

The most non-rushing/passing touchdowns in a single week since 1970:

SEASON – WEEK (MOST NON-RUSHING/PASSING TDS IN A SINGLE WEEK)
1998 – 15 (16)
2017 – 6 (15)
2002 – 2 (14)
1992 – 2 (14)
2011 – 1 (14)

HUNTING HISTORY: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 110 scrimmage yards (89 receiving, 21 rushing) in the Chiefs’ Week 6 loss against Pittsburgh.

Hunt has at least 100 scrimmage yards in all six games this season and is the only rookie in NFL history with 100 or more scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

Hunt’s 885 scrimmage yards, which lead the NFL, are the third-most by a rookie in their team’s first six games, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (933 in 1983) and Billy Sims (914 in 1980).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first six games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 6 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 933)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980, 914)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017, 885)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007, 857)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016, 801)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FEROCIOUS FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first six games this season, is the second rookie in NFL history to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season, joining New England’s Robert Edwards (1998).

The rookies with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first six games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017)
Robert Edwards, New England (1998)

Fournette, who had a 90-yard touchdown run in Week 5, rushed for a 75-yard touchdown on the Jaguars’ opening play from scrimmage last week. He is the first rookie in NFL history with touchdown runs of at least 75 yards in consecutive games.

STELLAR STEELERS: Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL had 191 scrimmage yards (179 rushing, 12 receiving) and one touchdown while wide receiver Antonio Brown had 155 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City last week.

Bell (706 scrimmage yards) and Brown (700) are the first pair of teammates in NFL history with at least 700 scrimmage yards apiece through their team’s first six games of a season.

CARDINALS CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer completed 18 of 22 passes (81.8 percent) for 283 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 139.4 rating in the Cardinals’ 38-33 victory against Tampa Bay last week.

Palmer, who has 294 touchdown passes in his 14-year NFL career, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (291) for the 12th-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER TD PASSES
Peyton Manning – 539
Brett Favre – 508^
Drew Brees – 475*
Tom Brady – 469*
Dan Marino – 420^
Fran Tarkenton – 342^
Eli Manning – 329*
Philip Rivers – 324*
Aaron Rodgers – 310*
Ben Roethlisberger – 308*
John Elway – 300^
Carson Palmer – 294*
Warren Moon – 291^
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^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown in Week 6. Fitzgerald, who has 14,854 receiving yards in his 14-year career, surpassed Steve Smith, Sr. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards all-time.

Fitzgerald’s 14,854 receiving yards trail only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 with San Francisco) for the most receiving yards by a player with a single team.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER REC. YARDS
Jerry Rice – 22,895^
Terrell Owens – 15,934
Randy Moss – 15,292
Isaac Bruce – 15,208
Tony Gonzalez – 15,127
Tim Brown – 14,934^
Larry Fitzgerald – 14,854
Steve Smith, Sr. – 14,731
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his Arizona debut last week, marking his 50th career game with at least 100 rushing yards. Peterson is the ninth player in NFL history to have 50 games with at least 100 rushing yards.

The players with the most 100+ yard rushing games:

PLAYER – GAMES WITH 100+ RUSH YARDS
Emmitt Smith – 78^
Walter Payton – 77^
Barry Sanders – 76^
Eric Dickerson – 64^
Jerome Bettis – 61^
Jim Brown – 58^
Edgerrin James – 57
Curtis Martin – 57^
Adrian Peterson – 50

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

The NFL heads into Week 7 after another exciting weekend. In Week 6, eight games were decided by seven points or fewer. Over the past two weeks, 18 of the league’s 28 games (64.3 percent) have been decided by seven points or fewer.

Among the thrilling action in Week 6 were numerous comeback attempts and victories. Both the Miami Dolphins (17 points) and New England Patriots (14) rallied from 14+ point deficits to win. The Detroit Lions (35 points) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31) each trailed by more than 30 points yet pulled within one score in the fourth quarter before falling just short.

In the NFL, the unpredictable is the predictable. Anything can happen and we mean anything. As the saying goes, “On any given Sunday…”

As the season approaches the halfway point, there are currently 22 teams with a .500 or better record. The Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) top the AFC while the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) own the NFC’s best mark. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 77 of the previous 94 teams (81.9 percent) to start 5-1 made the playoffs.

Through the first six weeks, there are 21 teams either in or within one game of first place in the division. And while the standings remain close, there is plenty of football left to be played. Since 1990, 87 clubs have made the playoffs after starting 3-3 or worse. Last year, three teams with a 3-3 record or worse through six games advanced to the postseason – Miami (2-4), Detroit (3-3) and the New York Giants (3-3).

As for last week, let’s just say it was a week we’d rather forget. 5-9 (worst.week.ever) and for the year, 55-27. There’s still a lot of football left between now and Super Bowl LII. Byes this week? Houston and Detroit. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle return from their week vacay and are in action Sunday.

Week 7 began Thursday night as AFC West rivals Kansas City and Oakland squared off on the West Coast, with the Raiders coming from behind to win 31-30. On Sunday, the NFL will return to Twickenham Stadium – the UK’s famed rugby venue – when the Los Angeles Rams face the Arizona Cardinals at 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX for the league’s third of four games in London this season. The Sunday action concludes with a pair of primetime contests as New England hosts Atlanta in a rematch of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the week closes out in the City of Brotherly Love as the Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia to meet the Eagles in a key NFC East showdown on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Here are Sunday and Monday’s picks for week 7.

ATLANTA (3-2) at New England (4-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Matt Ryan. Tom Brady. They meet again. This time, it’s not in Houston, it’s in Foxboro as for the third straight year, the two team that met in a Super Bowl meet in the regular season the next year. The defending Super Bowl champions host the team they defeated to win their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

Atlanta let a 17-0 halftime lead against Miami at home get away from them as the Dolphins would score their 20 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged as they fell to the Dolphins 20-17. The defending NFC champs allowed RB Joseph Ajayi to run for 130 yards, while Miami outrushed Atlanta 138-100, while Ryan threw for 248 yards with a pair of sacks and for the Dolphins, Jay Cutler threw for 151 yards and a pair of TDs in the come-from-behind win in the Big Peach. As was the case two weeks prior, the Falcons had a chance to reclaim the lead late but could not, as Ryan was picked off by Reshad Jones to end the threat. Atlanta, losing their second game in a row and their second home game, went 6 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:36. Miami on third down tries? 5 of 12 (2 of 3 on fourth down). The Dolphins ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 34:24.

The defending Super Bowl champs broke a 14-14 tie at the half in the Meadowlands against the New York Jets, coming away 24-17 winners over their AFC East rivals. Brady threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Rob Gronkowski, while the Pats outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 118-74 (New York’s Josh McCown did manage to throw for 354 yards with a pair of TDs of his own but was sacked four times and picked off twice). The contest did have its own drama in the fourth quarter, when Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught what they and their fans thought was a TD which would have at best tied the contest up. The play was reviewed by replay and the call on the field was reversed. Needless to say, GangGreen fans were not happy and suffice to say, neither were the Jets. New York managed to make it a 7-point contest with 3:40 left when Chris Catanzaro connected on a 28-yard field goal but that was as close as they could come as the Pats managed to run out the clock and take the win. For New England, who picked up their 11th straight road win, they were 7 of 13 on third down tries at Met Life Stadium and kept the ball for 26:20, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 9 of 17 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:40.

New England leads the series 7-6 but Atlanta has outscored the Pats 300-249. New England has won the last four regular season meetings, including a 30-23 in the Georgia Dome in 2013. Atlanta’s last win over the Pats came in Foxboro, when they left Gillette Stadium 41-10 winners in 1998.

They met in Super Bowl 51 (or LI for you Roman numeral fans) and for one half, the Falcons had New England on the ropes, leading 21-3 at the half, then the Pats took over, outscoring Atlanta 25-7 in regulation, then using an 8-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:58 of overtime to take a 34-28 win and their fifth Lombardi trophy. Both teams rushed for 104 yards in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. Brady threw for 466 yards and a pair of TD, while Ryan threw for 284 yards and a pair of TDs of his own (both men were sacked five times in the contest). New England on third down conversions in Super Bowl LI went 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 40:31 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down), while Atlanta was 1 of 8 on third down, keeping the ball for 23:27.

New England was favored by 3 in Super Bowl LI and covered the spread when they won by 6 and both clubs wiped out the 59 over/under by scoring 62 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Pats as a 3 1/2 point favorite and the over/under is 54 1/2. Since this is another rematch and there’s always the revenge theme in hand, this one alone is DRILL WORTHY! (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

New England’s looking to prove that the meeting in Houston was not a fluke, Atlanta’s looking to break their two-game losing streak and revenge in that order. Revenge wins out here. Falcons shock Brady and the Pats and hold their own Boston Tea Party with the upset in Foxboro.

Tampa Bay (2-3) at Buffalo (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of former ACC QBs meet in upstate New York as Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Buffalo Bills and Tyrod Taylor.

Tampa Bay erased a 24-0 lead at the intermission in Glendale and made things interesting in the second half, as they would outscore Arizona 33-14 but lost to the Cardinals 38-33. The Bucs were outrushed 1600-68 and Arizona RB Adrian Peterson made his debut in the desert, as he rushed for 134 yards and a pair of TD, while Winston threw for 61 yards before being knocked out of the contest with a shoulder injury (Ryan Fitzpatrick took over, throwing for 290 yards and three TDs. For the Cardinals, Carson Palmer threw for 283 yards and three TDs, connecting with All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald on one of those tosses. Tampa Bay was 7 of 14 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:37, while Arizona ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:23, going 4 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

The Bills, tied with Miami for second in the AFC East, fell to Cincinnati 20-16 last Sunday. The Bengals rallied from a 13-10 deficit in the third quarter (they were tied 10-10 at the half) and then reclaimed the lead for keeps when Randy Bullock connected on a 29-yard field goal with 3:33 left in regulation. Buffalo did outrush the Bengals 82-62 but Cincy’s Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with A.J. Green on one (Taylor threw for 166 yards with a TD and an interception and was sacked six times). The Bills on third down tries went 6 of 18 and kept the ball for 29:59, while the Bengals went 6 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 30:01.

Tampa Bay leads the series 7-3 and the Bucs have outscored Buffalo 215-156. Tampa Bay won the last meeting, coming away 27-6 winners in the Sunshine State in 2013, while Buffalo’s last win in the series came in upstate New York, with the Bills winning 33-20. Buffalo’s favored by 3 and the overunder’s 44 1/2. Bills wing it in upstate New York and takes the win at home.

Carolina (4-2) at Chicago (2-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Fresh off their Thursday night loss to Philadelphia, the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton pay a visit to the Windy City to face off against Da Bears.

Philadelphia broke a 10-10 tie at the half at Bank of America Stadium and took down the Panthers 28-23 last Thursday night. The Eagles outrushed Carolina 101-80, while Newton threw for 239 yards and a TD to rookie TE Christian McMcCaffrey but was sacked twice and picked off three times, while the Eagles’ Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three TDs in the road win. Carolina went 4 of 16 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 31:26, while the Eagles were 5 of 14, 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:34.

Chicago needed overtime in Baltimore to take a 26-23 win in Charm City. Da Bears led 17-10 after three quarters of play and led 24-16 with 1:37 left in regulation before the Ravens tied things up on a 77-yard punt return by Michael Campanaro and a 2-point conversion try from QB Joe Flacco (180 yards) to TE Nick Boyle. The Ravens won the toss in overtime but did not score in their first attempt. Chicago then took advantage and used an 8-play, 71-yard drive that used 3:34 of clock, ending when Bears K Conner Barth connected on a 40-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the OT. Da Bears rushed for 231 yards in the contest (Baltimore ran for 125 yards), with RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 167 yards, while rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 113 yards. Chicago went 5 of 17 on third down and kept the ball for 36:45, while the Ravens kept the ball for 31:09, going 3 of 18 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Chicago holds a 5-3 lead in the series and Da Bears have outscored Carolina 179-162. Carolina won the last meeting, taking a 31-24 win in the Tar Heel State in 2014, while Da Bears were 23-22 winners in the Windy City in 2012. Carolina’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 41. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Carolina’s trying to stay in first place in the NFC South, while Da Bears are trying to catch Minnesota in the NFC North. Carolina covers the 3 on the road and takes the win.

Tennessee (3-3) at Cleveland (0-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Tennessee, involved in a three-way tie for first in the AFC South, travels to Cleveland to face the winless Browns along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Titans erased a 13-9 deficit at the half against Indianapolis last Monday night and came away 36-22 winners at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee outscored the Colts, who had Jordy Brissett (212 yards, TD) under center for Andrew Luck, 27-9 in the final 30 minutes of action and sealed the deal when RB Derrick Henry was going to run out the clock and instead ran for 72 yards for a TD with 47 seconds left. Henry ran for 131 yards in the contest to lead all rushers, including the final scoring play of the contest, as the Titans outrushed the Colts 168-85, with Marcus Mariota throwing for 306 yards and a TD, While the Titans were 6 of 13 on third down tries in the Monday night contest, they were 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 35:53. As for the Colts? Third down tries? Indy was 2 of 9. Fourth down? 0 of 1 and Indy kept the ball for 24:07.

The winless Browns could never get on track against Houston last Sunday in the Lone Star State, falling to the Texans 33-17 at NRG Stadium. Cleveland trailed 24-3 at the half but managed to outrush Houston 134-123 in the 16-point loss. Cleveland’s Kevin Hogan threw for 140 yards and a TD but was sacked four times (picked off three), while Houston’s DeShaun Watson threw for 225 yards and three TDs. The Browns were 3 of 14 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:56, while the Texans, who kept the pigskin for 29:04, went 5 of 13 on third down.

Cleveland leads the series 35-29, which includes games that took place when Tennessee was in Houston and known as the Oilers and they’ve outscored Tennessee 1,278-1,254. The Titans were winners in their last meeting, taking a 28-26 win in the Volunteer State last year (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2015 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 28-14).

They met in Nashville in week six and the Browns trailed 14-13 at the half before making a contest of it late. Tennessee got 284 yards of passing from Mariota with three TDs, while the Browns’ Keesler threw for 336 with a pair of TDs and six sacks. Tennessee outrushed Cleveland 137-40 and the Titans were 7 of 13 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 31:01, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 28:59, going 3 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 7 and the Titans were winners by 2. Both teams did manage to cover tie 45 1/2 over/under, combining for 54 points. In the Sunday contest, the Titans are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. Cleveland’s bad. They’re not 6 1/2 bad but Tennessee takes this one, even though Cleveland makes this close.

New Orleans (3-2) at Green Bay (4-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. It’s gumbo vs. Bratwurst as New Orleans and Drew Brees makes their way to Lambeau to face off against the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers in Green Bay.

The Saints led Detroit 31-10 at the half, then found themselves being outscored by the Lions 28-21 in the second half but still managed to take a 52-38 win in the Superdome. The contest was somewhat close in the early parts of the fourth quarter before Detroit and New Orleans traded interceptions for TDs and the 90 combined points was the second most since 2013. New Orleans outrushed Detroit in the slugfest 193-66 (Saints RB Mark Ingram led all rushers with 114 yards and a pair of TDs), while Matthew Stafford burned the Saints for 312 yards and three TDs with five sacks and three interceptions (Brees threw for 186 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of interceptions). New Orleans, who forced five Detroit turnovers, went 2 of 12 on third down (they struck paydirt in their only fourth down try) and kept the ball for 32:11, while the Lions were 27:49 in time of possession, going 9 of 18 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay limps back home to Lambeau after their 23-10 loss at Minnesota. In addition to losing the contest, they lost Rodgers to a separated shoulder early in the contest and may miss the entire season. Green Bay kept things close in the first half, trailing 14-10 at the break, before Minnesota used three Kurt Horbath field goals in the second half to seal their fate. Rodgers threw for only 18 yards before leaving the contest with the injury and his replacement, Brandon Hundley, threw for 157 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off three times. Green Bay was 4 of 17 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:51, while the Vikings outrushed Green Bay 112-72, got 239 yards from Case Keenum (who took over for Sam Bradford), going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:09.

The Packers lead the series 16-8, which includes games that were played in Milwaukee and at old Tulane Stadium and Green Bay has outscored New Orleans 680-562. New Orleans won the last meeting in the Big Easy in 2014, taking a 44-23 win, while Green Bay’s last win over the Saints came in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst in 2012 by a final of 28-27. New Orleans is favored by 6 and the over/under is 47 1/2. When these teams are good, they’re really good; when they’re bad, there’s really bad. Packers may not have Rodgers under center but they prevail in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Jacksonville (3-3) at Indianapolis (2-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Hoosier State with losses under their belts as the Colts host Jacksonville at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville got burned by a pair of Los Angeles special teams TDs, one from Pharoh Cooper, who returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a TD before the fans got to their seats at EverBank Field and the other from Malcolm Brown, who returned a blocked punt eight yards for another score enroute to a 27-17 loss last Sunday. The contest had both star running backs breaking the 100-yard barrier, as Rams RB Todd Gurley (116) and Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (130, TD) each rushed for 100 yards in the contest in the Sunshine State. The other bright spot for Jacksonville was that they outrushed Los Angeles 169-142 in the contest, while Blake Bortles threw for 241 yards and a TD with five sacks and an interception (The Rams’ Jared Goff threw for 124 yards and TD, while he was sacked three times). The Rams were 4 of 13 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 28:01, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:59, going 4 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Colts let a 13-9 lead at Tennessee get away from them as the Titans roared back to take a 36-22 win at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee outscored the Colts, who had Jordy Brissett (212 yards, TD) under center for Andrew Luck, 27-9 in the final 30 minutes of action and sealed the deal when RB Derrick Henry was going to run out the clock and instead ran for 72 yards for a TD with 47 seconds left. Henry ran for 131 yards in the contest to lead all rushers, including the final scoring play of the contest, as the Titans outrushed the Colts 168-85, with Marcus Mariota throwing for 306 yards and a TD, While the Titans were 6 of 13 on third down tries in the Monday night contest, they were 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 35:53. As for the Colts? Third down tries? Indy went a somewhat dismal 2 of 9 and stuggled on fourth down, going 0 of 1 and kept the ball for 24:07.

Indy leads the series 22-10 and they’ve outscored Jacksonville 797-639. They split last year’s meetings, with the Jaguars winning on the other side of the Atlantic, while the Colts won in the Hoosier State.

Meeting number one… week four in London at Wembley Stadium. Jacksonville took the first meeting 30-27 and led 17-6 at the half before the Colts roared back in the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 21-13. Both Bortles (207 yards) and Luck (234 yards threw a pair of TDs, with Luck being sacked six times in the game. Jacksonville outrushed Indy 136-94 and went 3 of 11 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 27:21, while the Colts were 32:39 in time of possession, going 9 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Indy would get revenge in the final week of the season, taking a 24-20 win in Indy. The Colts erased a 17-3 deficit at the half and took the win in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring Jacksonville 17-3. Jacksonville outrushed Indy 182-94, with Corey Grant leading all rushers with 122 yards and a TD, going 4 of 14 on third down and keeping the ball for 29:36, while the Colts were 2 of 10 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:24.

Indianapolis was favored by 2 1/2 and the Jaguars covered, winning by 3 and the 49 1/2 over/under was a memory, as both clubs combined for 57 points in the week four contest in London. In the season finale in the Hoosier State, Indy barely missed the 4 1/2-point spread, winning by four and both clubs missed the 47 over/under, tallying only 44 points. The oddsmakers like Jacksonville as a 3 1/2-point favorite in the Hoosier State and the over/under’s 40 1/2. They’re both coming off losses and somebody’s in a bad mood. Jacksonville’s been playing some decent football but not great football, while the Colts are looking to get their ship afloat. Jacksonville makes this one close but the Colts come away with the win, even though they won’t cover the 3 1/2.

Arizona (3-3) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX and DirecTV 710. The third game in the London series takes place at Twickenham Stadium on the other side of the Atlantic as a pair of NFC West foes take the world stage.

Arizona led Tampa Bay 24-0 at the intermission in Glendale, before the Bucs made things interesting in the second half, as they would outscore Arizona 33-14. The Desert Angry Birds did prevail at University of Phoenix Stadium, coming away 38-33 winners. Arizona outrushed the Bucs were outrushed 160-68 and Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson made his debut in the desert, as he rushed for 134 yards and a pair of TD, while Jaemis Winston threw for 61 yards before being knocked out of the contest with a shoulder injury (Ryan Fitzpatrick took over, throwing for 290 yards and three TDs. For the Cardinals, Carson Palmer threw for 283 yards and three TDs, connecting with All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald on one of those tosses. Tampa Bay was 7 of 14 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:37, while Arizona ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:23, going 4 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

Los Angeles used a pair of special teams TDs against Jacksonville, one from Pharoh Cooper, who returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a TD before the fans got to their seats at EverBank Field and the other from Malcolm Brown, who returned a blocked punt eight yards for another score for their 27-17 win last Sunday. It was also the battle of running backs, as Rams RB Todd Gurley (116) and Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (130, TD) each rushed for 100 yards in the contest in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville outrushed Los Angeles 169-142 in the contest, while Blake Bortles threw for 241 yards and a TD with five sacks and an interception (The Rams’ Jared Goff threw for 124 yards and TD, while he was sacked three times). The Rams were 4 of 13 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 28:01, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:59, going 4 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games that took place in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis, when the Rams called those cities home and the Cardinals were in Chicago and St. Louis, Arizona leads the series 38-36-2 and have outscored the Rams 1,504-1,457. The clubs split the two meetings last year, with each taking wins in the other team’s stadium.

Los Angeles broke a 10-10 tie in the desert and came away 17-13 winners in Glendale in week four. The Rams took the lead for good with 2:36 left in the contest when Case Keenum and WR Bruce Quick connected on a 4-yard TD strike (the pass was his second TD of the afternoon). Arizona outrushed the Rams 118-41, while Keenum threw for 266 yards and Palmer threw for 288 yards with a TD and an interception. The Rams were 6 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 27:51, while the Desert Angry Birds ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:09, while going 6 of 13 on third down.

The Desert Angry Birds would get their revenge on New Years Day in Los Angeles in week 17, taking the Rams to the woodshed 44-6 on the West Coast. Leading 16-6 at the half, Arizona would score the final 28 points of the game unchallenged. Arizona outrushed Los Angeles 84-52 and Palmer threw for 255 yards and three TDs, connecting with Larry Fitzgerald on one of those throws. Arizona on third down? 4 of 14. Arizona on fourth down? 1 of 2 and the Desert Angry Birds kept the ball for 27:58, while the Rams ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:02, going 2 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Although Arizona were favored by 8 1/2, the Rams were winners by only 4 points and neither team covered the 43 over/under, scoring only 30 points in the week four contest in the desert. Arizona easily covered the 6-point spread in the season finale, winning by 38 and the 41 over/under was taken care of, as the two teams combined for 50 points. Even though this one’s on the other side of the pond, the Rams are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The Rams have been playing pretty good football of late, while the Desert Angry Birds are trying to catch them in the NFC West. Arizona covers the 3 1/2 on the other side of the Atlantic and wins in merry olde England.

New York Jets (3-3) at Miami (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in the Sunshine State in a week three rematch as the Dolphins host the New York J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Jets saw New England break a 14-14 tie at the half in the Meadowlands against New England, falling to the defending champs 24-17. New England’s Tom Brady threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Rob Gronkowski, while the Pats outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 118-74 (New York’s Josh McCown did manage to throw for 354 yards with a pair of TDs of his own but was sacked four times and picked off twice). The contest did have its own drama in the fourth quarter, when Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught what they and their fans thought was a TD which would have at best tied the contest up. The play was reviewed by replay and the call on the field was reversed. Needless to say, GangGreen fans were not happy and suffice to say, neither were the Jets, who eventually managed to make it a 7-point contest with 3:40 left when Chris Catanzaro connected on a 28-yard field goal but that was as close as they could come as the Pats managed to run out the clock and take the win. For New England, who picked up their 11th straight road win, they were 7 of 13 on third down tries at Met Life Stadium and kept the ball for 26:20, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 9 of 17 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:40.

Miami erased a 17-0 halftime deficit against Atlanta as the Dolphins would score their 20 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged as they fell to the Dolphins 20-17. The defending NFC champs allowed RB Joseph Ajayi to run for 130 yards, while Miami outrushed Atlanta 138-100, while Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 248 yards with a pair of sacks and for the Dolphins, Jay Cutler threw for 151 yards and a pair of TDs in the come-from-behind win in the Big Peach. As was the case two weeks prior, the Falcons had a chance to reclaim the lead late but could not, as Ryan was picked off by Reshad Jones to end the threat. Atlanta, losing their second game in a row and their second home game, went 6 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:36. The Dolphins on third down tries in Atlanta went 5 of 12 (2 of 3 on fourth down)  and they ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:24.

It’s a rematch from week three in the Meadowlands and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! took care of the Dolphins, coming away 20-6 winners. GangGreen scored the first 20 points of the contest unchallenged before Miami ended the bid for a shutout, scoring their only points of the game when DeVante Parker and Cutler connected on a 3-yard TD pass as time expired. New York outrushed Miami 103-30 and Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD, while Cutler threw for 220 yards and three sacks. Miami was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down conversions (the ‘Fins were 0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 36:08.

In the week three contest, New York covered the 6-point spread, winning by 13 but both teams missed the 41 1/2 over/under, combining for only 27. This time, Miami’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 38 1/2. If revenge is a dish best served cold, the Dolphins will be going back for seconds. Miami covers the 3 and wins in the Sunshine State.

Baltimore (3-3) at Minnesota (4-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. It’s a whole lot of purple in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Minnesota hosts the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore went to overtime against Chicago at home and fell to Da Bears 26-23 in Charm City. The Ravens trailed 17-10 after three quarters of play and trailed 24-16 with 1:37 left in regulation before the Ravens tied things up on a 77-yard punt return by Michael Campanaro and a 2-point conversion try from QB Joe Flacco (180 yards) to TE Nick Boyle. Baltimore won the toss in overtime but did not score in their first attempt. After Baltimore punted, Chicago then took advantage and used an 8-play, 71-yard drive that used 3:34 of clock, ending when Bears K Conner Barth connected on a 40-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the OT. Da Bears rushed for 231 yards in the contest (Baltimore ran for 125 yards), with RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 167 yards, while rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 113 yards. Chicago went 5 of 17 on third down and kept the ball for 36:45, while the Ravens kept the ball for 31:09, going 3 of 18 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Vikings took Green Bay to task last Sunday in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, knocking Aaron Rodgers out of the contest (separated shoulder) and taking a 23-10 win at US Bank Stadium in the process. Minnesota led 14-10 at the half, then used three Kurt Horbath field goals in the second half to seal the Packers fate. Rodgers threw for only 18 yards before leaving the contest with the injury and his replacement, Brandon Hundley, threw for 157 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off three times. Green Bay was 4 of 17 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:51, while the Vikings outrushed Green Bay 112-72, got 239 yards from Case Keenum (who took over for Sam Bradford), going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:09.

Baltimore leads the series 3-2 and the Ravens have outscored Minnesota 137-123. Baltimore won the last meeting with Minnesota, coming away 29-26 winners in Charm City in 2013, while the Vikings’ last win came in the Twin Cities by a final of 33-31 in 2009. The Vikings are favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Both numbers make sense. The Ravens are trying to keep pace with Pittsburgh, while the Vikings are trying to keep Detroit and Green Bay in their rear-view mirror. Ravens make it close but Vikings prevail in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Dallas (2-3) at San Francisco (0-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of teams trying to right their ships meet in northern California as the 49ers host Dallas at Levis’ Stadium.

The Cowboys come back from their bye week after their 35-31 loss to the Packers at AT&T Stadium two weeks ago. Dallas saw a 21-6 lead at the intermission in the Lone Star State get away from them as Green Bay, with Aaron Rodgers (221 yards, 3 TDs) under center, leading another drive which silenced Cowboys fans, when he and WR Davante Adams connected on a 12-yard TD pass with 11 seconds left in regulation. Dallas then got the ball back after the kickoff and tried several hook and ladder passes to move the ball down the field, which failed. Dallas outrushed Green Bay 163-160 and the two teams’ leading running backs were huge, as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (116 yards) and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (125 yards, TD) each reached the 100 yard barrier. Dallas, led by Dak Prescott’s 251 yards passing, went 7 of 12 on third down (3 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:06. As for the Packers? They kept the ball for 24:54, going 3 of 7 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

A San Francisco rally to take the win on the road fell short, as the 49ers dropped a 24-26 decision at Washington in Landover last Sunday. San Francisco trailed 17-7 at the half before they stormed back in the second half, outscoring Washington 17-9. The 49ers made it a 2-point game with 1:58 left in regulation when rookie QB C.J. Beathard, who took over for Blaine Hoyer and WR Aldrick Robinson connected on a 45-yard TD strike. After a Washington punt, San Francisco got the ball back with 52 seconds left and that’s where things got a little too exciting for the Redskins fan base. With 36 seconds left, Bethard then threw a pass to Pierre Garçon that was ruled incomplete at first. The 49ers then got a reprieve as the original call on the field was reversed and the 49ers got a first down out of the deal. San Francisco then had four more shots at the win but the drive stalled when Bethard was picked off by Kendall Fuller and Washington fans were able to exhale. Washington outrushed San Francisco 94-85 and Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and a pair of TDs. Washington went 7 of 14 on third down conversions at Fed Ex Field and kept the ball for 36:52, while the 49ers went 6 of 17 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 23:08.

The 49ers lead the series 15-12-1 (which includes games played at Keezar Stadium, the Cotton Bowl, Cowboys Stadium and Candlestick Park) and San Francisco has outscored Dallas 741-641. They met last year in northern California and the Cowboys were 24-17 winners (San Francisco’s last win over Dallas came in 2014, when they took a 28-17 win in the Lone Star State).

In the week four affair at Levis’ Stadium, the Cowboys broke a 17-17 tie after three quarters when K Dan Bailey connected on a 22-yard field goal with 4:11 left in regulation to take the lead for good. San Francisco led 14-0 early in the second quarter before Dallas rallied to tie things up in the second quarter. Dallas outrushed San Francisco 194-106, with Elliott rushing for 138 yards and a TD, while Prescott threw for 245 yards and a pair of TDs, while Gabbert threw for 196 yards and a TD. Dallas was 6 of 14 on third down and held the ball for 36:27, while the 49ers were 8 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 23:33.

Dallas covered the 3-point spread in the week four contest, winning by 7 but both teams combined for 41 points, barely missing the 46 over/under. The odds makers like Dallas as a 6-point favorite in wine country and the over/under’s 47. If you’re a fan of either team, by all means, watch this one. Otherwise, you might want to watch that “Handmaid’s Tale” marathon on HBO. Dallas wins this one but expect San Francisco to make it closer than the 6.

Cincinnati (2-3) at Pittsburgh (4-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s a pair of AFC North foes in the Steel City as Cincinnati takes on Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in a late-afternoon contest in western Pennsylvania. Both teams enter the contest with wins under their belts.

Cincinnati came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Buffalo 20-16 last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals rallied from a 13-10 deficit in the third quarter (they were tied 10-10 at the half) and then reclaimed the lead for keeps when Randy Bullock connected on a 29-yard field goal with 3:33 left in regulation. While Buffalo did outrush the Bengals 82-62, Cincy’s Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with A.J. Green on one (Taylor threw for 166 yards with a TD and an interception and was sacked six times). The Bills on third down tries went 6 of 18 and kept the ball for 29:59, while the Bengals went 6 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 30:01.

Pittsburgh dashed Kansas City’s hopes of an unbeaten season at Arrowhead last Sunday, beating the Chiefs 19-13 last Sunday. The Steelers erased a baseball-like 3-2 first quarter deficit and then led 12-3 at the intermission before the Chiefs rallied to pull to within 6 with 2:17 left to play. Kansas City had one last rally to take the lead and got as close as Pittsburgh’s 48 yard line before Alex Smith’s pass attempt to WR De’Anthony Thomas fell short of its mark (the two had connected on a 57-yard TD pass earlier in the period). Smith threw for 246 yards and was sacked three times, while Ben Roethlisberger threw for 252 with a TD. Pittsburgh held the Chiefs to 28 yards rushing, holding rookie RB Kareem Hunt to 21, while they rushed for 194 yards, with LeVeon Bell leading all rushers with 179 yards and a TD. Pittsburgh went 4 of 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 36:39, while the Chiefs went 3 of 11 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 23:21.

Pittsburgh leads the series 58-35 (which includes games played at Three Rivers and Riverfront Stadiums), the Steelers have outscored Cincy 2,048-1,639 and they have won the last three contests, including sweeping the series last year (the Bengals’ last win over Pittsburgh came in 2015, when they walked out of Heinz Field with a 16-10 win).

First meeting… week two in the Steel City. Roethlisberger threw for 259 yards and three TDs as the Steelers held off Cincinnati 24-16 at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 10-6 at the half but the Bengals somehow found a way to make things a bit too exciting for the home team, pulling to within 8 when Dalton and HB Giovani Bernard connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 3:25 left in regulation. Cincinnati was outrushed 124-46 and Dalton threw for 366 yards in the loss. The Bengals were 4 of 16 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:05, while the Steelers ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:55, going 7 of 17, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Pittsburgh completed the sweep in week 15 along the banks of the Ohio River, erasing a 20-9 deficit at the break and coming away 24-20 winners. The Steelers took the contest in the second half, scoring the final 15 points of the contest unchallenged, shutting out Cincinnati in the process. Pittsburgh outrushed the Bengals 97-76 (Bell led all rushers with 93 yards) and Roethlisberger threw for 286 yards and a TD, while Dalton threw for 157. Cincinnati did a little better on third down tries in the rematch, going 6 of 12 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 27:28, while the Steelers ruled the clock again, holding the pigskin for 32:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down tries.

Pittsburgh covered the 3 1/2-point spread in the week two contest at Heinz Field, winning by 8. That’s the good news. The bad news was that neither club covered the 48 1/2 over/under, combining for 44 points. In the week 15 contest along the shores of the Ohio River, Pittsburgh won by 4, covering the 3-point spread and both clubs matched the 44 over/under exactly. Pittsburgh’s favored by 5 1/2 in the Steel City and the over/under’s 41. When they play well, both offenses can score points, when they play badly, they hurt themselves. It’s possible that they could fight for the AFC North title. Cincy will make this one close but Pittsburgh prevails at home and could cover the 5 1/2.

Denver (3-2) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of AFC West foes meet in Los Angeles, not San Diego, as the Chargers host Denver at Stub Hub Center.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants marched into Sports Authority Field and took a 20-10 win over the Broncos in the Mile High City. Big Blue led 17-3 at the half and never looked back, holding Denver to 46 yards on the ground, while the Giants ran for 148 (with RB Orleans Darkwa leading all rushers with 117). Even though he didn’t have Odell Beckham, Jr. with him, Eli Manning still had a decent game, throwing for 128 yards, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 376 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice. The Giants were 4 of 14 on third down in the Sunday night contest and held the ball for 30:36, while Denver went 5 of 17 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:24.

The Chargers picked up their second win in a row, taking down AFC West and instate rivals Oakland 17-16 in the Bay Area. The Los Angeles trailed 10-7 at the half, went through a scoreless third quarter and trailed 16-14 with 7:51 left before the Bolts went to work and sent Raider fans home miserable when Nick Novak (San Diego’s second kicker of the season) connected on a 32-yard field goal as time expired. Los Angeles used an 11-play, 78-yard drive that used 4:09 to seal Oakland’s fate, giving them their second win in a row. Oakland outrushed the Chargers 109-80, while Derek Carr threw for 171 yards, a TD and a pair of interceptions. For the Chargers, Philip Rivers threw for 268 yards and a TD to RB Melvin Gordon (Gordon also had a rushing TD as well). Oakland was 6 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:57, while the Chargers were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the pigskin for 32:03.

The Broncos lead the series 63-50-1, which includes games that were played in San Diego but the Chargers have outscored Denver 2,453-2,447. The two AFC West teams split their meetings last year, with each taking wins in their respective ballparks.

Meeting one took place in San Diego in week six at Qualcomm. The Chargers led 10-3 at the half, then held off a late Denver rally to come away 21-13 winners. Denver scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap in the Thursday night contest before San Diego held them off. The Chargers outrushed Denver 99-84, Rivers threw for 178 yards with a TD, while Siemian threw for 230 yards (each was sacked twice). San Diego was 3 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 33:28, while the Broncos were 6 of 15 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:32 (Denver was 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Chargers were 1 of 1).

Denver would get revenge at home at Sports Authority Field in week eight, erasing a 7-3 first quarter deficit and taking a 27-19 win in the Mile High City. The Broncos took control of things after the first 15 minutes of play, leading 10-7 at the half and never looked back. San Diego did outrush Denver 123-57 in the rematch but this time, Siemian outpaced Rivers, throwing for 276 yards to Rivers’ 267 (Rivers threw a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw three interceptions). Third down tries? San Diego was 7 of 17, Denver 5 of 16 and both clubs struggled on fourth down (the Chargers were 0 for 2, Denver was 0 of 1) conversions. San Diego did rule the clock, holding the ball for 33:08 to Denver’s 26:52.

In the week six contest at Qualcomm, the Chargers covered the 3 point spread (Denver was favoreD), winning by eight. As for the 44 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as both teams combined to score 34 points. Denver was favored by 6 in the week eight contest in the Mile High City and won by 8 and both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under with 46 points. The Chargers are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. The last time they met in California, the Chargers prevailed. This will not be the case this time. Denver gets revenge in Cali and covers the 1 1/2 with the win.

Seattle (3-2) at New York Giants (1-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. It’s East coast meeting West Coast as Seattle travels to upstate New Jersey for a late-afternoon contest with Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the Meadowlands.

The Giants broke their five-game losing streak in Denver last Sunday night, taking a 20-10 win over the Broncos in the Mile High City. Big Blue led 17-3 at the half and never looked back, holding Denver to 46 yards on the ground, while the Giants ran for 148 (with RB Orleans Darkwa leading all rushers with 117). Even though he didn’t have Odell Beckham, Jr. with him, Manning still had a decent game, throwing for 128 yards, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 376 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice. The Giants were 4 of 14 on third down in the Sunday night contest and held the ball for 30:36, while Denver went 5 of 17 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:24.

Seattle comes back from their bye week after they took down the Los Angeles Rams 16-10 at the Coliseum. The Seahawks broke a 10-10 tie with a pair of Blair Walsh field goals in the second half. The Rams did manage to outrush their NFC West foes 100-62, while Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards and a TD pass to TE Jimmy Graham (Los Angeles’ Jared Goff threw for 288 yards but was picked off twice and sacked twice) for the win. Seattle went 8 of 17 on third down tries in Cali and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Rams were 8 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:44.

While the Giants lead the series 9-8 and have outscored Seattle 391-320, the Seahawks have won the last three meetings, including taking a 38-17 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2014, while the Giants were 41-7 winners in 2010 in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 38 1/2. The Giants have either looked good or looked bad this season, while Seattle’s trying to catch up with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. Seahawks win in the Meadowlands and covers the 5 1/2.

Washington (3-2) at Philadelphia (5-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week seven action concludes in the City of Brotherly Love as a pair of NFC East foes meet at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia, sitting in first place in the NFC East, takes on Washington in a Monday night matchup.

Washington held off a late San Francisco rally to take a 24-26 win over the 49ers in Landover last Sunday. The Redskins led 17-7 at the half before San Francisco stormed back in the second half, outscoring Washington 17-9. The 49ers made it a 2-point game with 1:58 left in regulation when rookie QB C.J. Beathard and WR Aldrick Robinson connected on a 45-yard TD strike. After a Washington punt, San francisco got the ball back with 52 seconds left and that’s where things got a little too exciting for the Redskins fan base. With 36 seconds left, Bethard, who threw for 245 yards when he took over for Blaine Hoyer, threw a pass to Pierre Garçon that was ruled incomplete at first. After replay took a look at the play, the call on the field was reversed and the 49ers got a first down out of the deal. San Francisco then had four more shots at the win but the drive stalled when Bethard was picked off by Kendall Fuller and Washington fans were able to exhale. Washington outrushed San Francisco 94-85 and Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and a pair of TDs. Washington went 7 of 14 on third down conversions at Fed Ex Field and kept the ball for 36:52, while the 49ers went 6 of 17 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 23:08.

Philadelphia broke a 10-10 tie at the half at Bank of America Stadium and took down the Panthers 28-23 last Thursday night. The Eagles outrushed Carolina 101-80, while Newton threw for 239 yards and a TD to rookie TE Christian McMcCaffrey but was sacked twice and picked off three times, while the Eagles’ Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three TDs in the road win. Carolina went 4 of 16 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 31:26, while the Eagles were 5 of 14, 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:34.

The Redskins lead the series 85-73-5 (which includes games that took place in Boston when the team was known as the Boston Braves and played their home games in Fenway Park), while the Eagles have outscored Washington 3,402-3,254. Washington has won the last five meetings and swept the season series last year (Philadephia’s last win over Washington came in 2014, when the Eagles were 37-34 winners in the City of Brotherly Love).

First Meeting? Week six in Landover. Washington led 21-14 at the intermission and held the Eagles in check in the second half to win 27-20. The Redskins outrushed Philly 230-94 (Washington’s Matt Jones led all rushers with 135 yards and a TD), while Cousins threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs. For the Eagles, Carson Wentz threw for 179 yards but was sacked five times in the loss. Washington was 7 of 13 on third down tries in Landover and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Eagles held the pigskin for 25:47, went 4 of 12 on third down.

Meeting number two… the City of Brotherly Love in week 14 and the ‘Skins swept the series, coming away 27-22 winners. Cousins threw for 234 yards and a pair of TDs, while Wentz threw for 314 yards and a TD with four sacks. Washington erased a 13-7 lead at the break and outrscored Philadelphia 20-9 in the final 30 minutes of action, outrushing the Eagles 107-95 in the rematch. The Eagles were 9 of 18 on third down tries (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:38, while the Redskins went 2 of 7 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down, holding the pigskin for 23:22.

The Eagles are 32-27 on Monday nights, while the Redskins are 28-40 (both teams played two Monday night contests, Washington was swept in those two games, while the Eagles split those contests).

Philly was favored by 2 in the week six contest in Landover and the Redskins covered, winning the contest by 7. Both teams scored 47 points in that contest, covering the 45 over/under. In the rematch in the City of Brotherly Love in week 14, the Redskins cover the 1-point spread, winning by 5 and both teams covered the 46 1/2 over/under, as they scored 49 points. Philly’s favored by 5 in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 48 1/2. It’s possible that these two could decide the NFC East at the end of the season. Will Redskins fans sing “Hail to the Redskins” or will they sing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” Tuesday morning? Philly fans think they’ll be using the word “HELL!” Eagles cover the 5 and win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Kansas City (5-1) at Oakland (2-4), 8:25 p.m. on NBC and NFL Network. Capulets vs. Montagues.

Dogs vs. cats.

Hatfields vs. McCoys.

Crips vs. Bloods.

North vs. South.

Batman vs. The Joker.

Superman vs. Lex Luthor.

They’re rivals.

They don’t like each other.

They’re in the same division.

Don’t expect any exchange of Christmas cards between them.

They meet in the week seven opener on the West Coast as Kansas City and Oakland meet in AFC West action. Both teams are coming off tough losses at home, with the Raiders trying to catch up to the first-place Chiefs.

Kansas City saw their hopes of an unbeaten season die at Arrowhead last Sunday, falling to Pittsburgh 19-13. Kansas City saw a 3-2 first quarter lead get away from them and trailed 12-3 at the intermission before rallying to pull to within 6 with 2:17 left to play. Kansas City had one last rally to take the lead and got as close as Pittsburgh’s 48 yard line before Alex Smith’s pass attempt to WR De’Anthony Thomas fell short of its mark (the two had connected on a 57-yard TD pass earlier in the period). Smith threw for 246 yards and was sacked three times, while Ben Roethlisberger threw for 252 with a TD. Pittsburgh held the Chiefs to 28 yards rushing, holding rookie RB Kareem Hunt to 21, while they rushed for 194 yards, with LeVeon Bell leading all rushers with 179 yards and a TD. Pittsburgh went 4 of 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 36:39, while the Chiefs went 3 of 11 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 23:21.

The Raiders saw victory slip away from their grasp last Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, falling to their AFC West and instate rivals 17-16. Oakland led 10-7 at the half, held that lead through a scoreless third quarter and led 16-14 with 7:51 left before the Bolts went to work and sent Raider fans home miserable when Nick Novak (San Diego’s second kicker of the season) connected on a 32-yard field goal as time expired. Los Angeles used an 11-play, 78-yard drive that used 4:09 to seal Oakland’s fate, giving them their second win in a row. Oakland outrushed the Chargers 109-80, while Derek Carr threw for 171 yards, a TD and a pair of interceptions. For the Chargers, Philip Rivers threw for 268 yards and a TD to RB Melvin Gordon (Gordon also had a rushing TD as well). Oakland was 6 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:57, while the Chargers were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the pigskin for 32:03.

Including game that were played when the Chiefs were in Houston and known as the Texans and the Raiders played in Los Angeles, Kansas City leads the series 60-51-2, they have outscored Oakland 2,365-2,171 and the Chiefs have come away victors in their last five contest, including sweeping the series last year (Oakland’s last win over the Chiefs came in 2014, when the Silver and Black took a 24-20 win in Oakland).

The first meeting? Week six in Oakland and the Chiefs used a pair of Chris Santos field goals in the second half to win 26-10. Kansas City led 13-10 at the intermission at the Coliseum before they pulled away in the second half, scoring their final 13 points in the contest unchallenged. KC outrushed Oakland 183-65, with Chiefs RB Spencer Ware leading the way with 131 yards and a TD. Smith threw for 224 yards in the contest, while Carr threw for 225 yards with a TD in the loss (Carr was sacked once and picked off once). Kansas City was 7 of 13 on third down tries on the West Coast, keeping the ball for 36:45, while the Raiders were 23:15 in time of possession, going 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Kansas City made it a sweep of the series against their AFC West foes, taking a 21-13 win in week 14 at Arrowhead. The Chiefs trailed 3-0 after the first 15 minutes of action before outscoring the Raiders 21-7 to lead by that score at the half. Oakland did manage to outrush Kansas City 135-64, with Raiders RB LeShaun Murray leading the way with 103 yards and a TD. Smith threw for 264 yards and a TD, while Carr led Oakland with 117 yards. The Raiders were 5 of 18 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 31:45, while the Chiefs were 5 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 28:15.

Oakland was a 1-point favorite in the week six contest and the Chiefs would go on to win by 16, covering that spread. The two teams barely missed the 46 1/2, as Oakland and Kansas City combined for 46 points. When the Chiefs completed the sweep in week 14 in Arrowhead, they were favored by 3 and covered the spread, winning by 8. The 46 over/under was safe as both clubs only tallied 34 points.

The odds makers like the Chiefs as a 3-point favorite on the road and the over/under is 47. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Kansas City’s trying to right itself from the loss at home last week, the Raiders are trying not to lose three games in a row. Kansas City bounces back from their loss to Pittsburgh and wins in Oakland’s back yard, covering the 3.

Broadcast Information: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Oakland); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Oakland)

Referee: Craig Wrolstad

Injury Report

Kansas City
OUT: RB Charcandrick West (Concussion), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Knee), C Mitchell Morse (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Albert Wilson (Knee)

Oakland
OUT: CB Gareon Conley (Shin), T Marshall Newhouse (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cory James (Knee), LB Marquel Lee (Ankle), LB Nicholas Morrow (Ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (Concussion)

Weather: Mostly cloudy and 62 degrees.

Broadcast information, officials, logo and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. 

 

 

 

 

(Note: the odds for this game were not available until Sunday evening. They are now listed in the story)

Indianapolis (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Music City as week six play concludes when Tennessee hosts Indianapolis at Nissan Stadium.

Indy needed overtime to take down San Francisco 26-23 in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the Colts led 16-6 at the end of three quarters but San Francisco managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Tennessee fell to Miami 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The Titans trailed 10-3 at halftime at Hard Rock and saw the Dolphins take their first win in their home park in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Including contests in Baltimore and Houston, the Colts lead the series 31-13, have outscored the Titans 1,143-857 and they have won the last 11 meetings in the series, including sweeping the series last year (Tennessee’s last win over the Colts came in 2011 in the Music City, when they were 27-10 winners).

The first meeting? Week seven in the Music City and the Colts took the 34-26 win at Nissan Stadium. Indy led 17-13 at the break before pulling away from the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 107 yards in the contest as the Titans outrushed Indy 124-81, while the Colts’ Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three TDs, while Mariota (three sacks) threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. The Titans were 9 of 15 on third down conversions at home, keeping the ball for 27:30, while the Colts were 4 of 10 third-down wise, keeping the ball for 32:30.

Meeting number two… Indy in week 11 and the Colts made it a sweep, taking a 24-17 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts led 21-7 at the half and then held off the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. The Colts were outrushed again by Tennessee, this time by a 97-76 margin and Mariota threw for 290 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times, while Luck threw for 262 yards with a pair of TDs and two sacks. Tennessee was 5 of 14 on third down tries (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled he clock as they kept the ball for 31:01, while the Colts held the pigskin for 28:59, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 2 1/2 in the week seven contest and the Colts covered the spread, winning by 8. The 60 combined points in the first meeting was more than enough to cover the 48 1/2 over/under. Indy covered the 3-point spread in the rematch in the Hoosier State, winning by 7 but both clubs could only muster 41 points, missing the 53 1/2 over/under.

The Colts on Monday night are 23-16 and won their only contest they played in prime time last year, while the Titans are 21-17, with their last MNF appearance coming in 2014, which was a loss. At the time this contest was originally listed, there was no line on this game, according to our odds provider Don Best in Las Vegas. We thank them for their help and we can now report that Don Best tells us that Tennessee is favored by 8 and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make sense. Both teams are trying to catch Jacksonville and Houston in the AFC South. In the end, Indy prevails on the road, even though they won’t cover the 8.

Broadcast Information: 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Indianapolis
OUT: G Jack Mewhort (Knee), LB Anthony Walker (Hamstring), QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jon Bostic (Calf)

Tennessee
OUT: S Johnathan Cyprien (Hamstring), WR Corey Davis (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Daren Bates (Knee), QB Marcus Mariota (Hamstring)

Weather: Clear and 43 degrees

Broadcast information, officials, injury report and logo courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

 

They’re still standing.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the lone team that has yet to suffer a loss after their 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night at NRG Stadium. While there’s still a lot of football yet to be played and we haven’t gotten to the halfway point of the season, one would think that the 1972 Miami Dolphins are getting a little nervous. Anything can happen between now and the end of the 2017 campaign. As the saying goes, “on any given Sunday…”

While the Chiefs remain kings of the NFL mountain, San Francisco, Cleveland and the New York Giants are still looking for their first wins of the 2017 season. When week five got underway, four teams were winless. The Los Angeles Chargers broke into the win column last Sunday in the Meadowlands as they beat the Giants 27-22. For those teams that are struggling, there’s still time.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 6

BRADY’S BUNCH OF WINS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards, ranks second with a 112 passer rating and ties for third with 11 touchdown passes this season.

With a win over the New York Jets on Sunday, Brady, who has 186 career regular-season victories, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 211 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a quarterback.

The most regular-season wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (REGULAR-SEASON WINS)
Tom Brady – New England (186)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (186)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (186)
John Elway – Denver (148)^
Dan Marino – Miami (147)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SUPER SMITH: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith has completed 121 of 158 passes (76.6 percent) for 1,391 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions for an NFL-best 125.8 passer rating while leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start.

With two touchdown passes and no interceptions against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Smith will surpass Randall Cunningham (12 in 1998) for the most touchdown passes without an interception through a team’s first six games of the season.

Smith, who has had a passer rating of at least 100 in every game this season, can join Aaron Rodgers (2011), Tom Brady (2007) and Carson Palmer (2005) as the only players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of his team’s first six games to start a season. Rodgers and Brady both won NFL MVP honors in the years they accomplished the feat.

The players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of their team’s first six games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2011)
Tom Brady, New England (2007)
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (2005)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017)*
*100+ rating in each of team’s first five games

REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night

With 159 scrimmage yards against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 775 scrimmage yards, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (933 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first six games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 6 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 983)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 914)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 857)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016 – 801)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017- 775)*
*Through five games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LEGENDS CLIMB LEADERBOARDS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers, who ranks third in the NFC with 5.5 sacks this season, has 149 sacks in his 16-year NFL career. With a sack on Thursday against Philadelphia, Peppers will become the fifth player with 150 career sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. All four players currently ahead of Peppers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Peppers, who has 11 career interceptions, would also become the only player in NFL history with at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions.

With two sacks on Thursday, Peppers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since 1982.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CAREER SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo and Washington (200)^
Reggie White – Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina (198)^
Kevin Greene – Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Chris Doleman – Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco (150.5)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (149)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who leads the NFC with 32 receptions and ranks fifth in the conference with 327 receiving yards, has 14,716 career receiving yards in his 14-year NFL career.

With 16 receiving yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Fitzgerald will surpass Steve Smith, Sr. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Steve Smith, Sr. – Carolina and Baltimore (14,731)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,716)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FOURNETTE FOR SIX: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette ranks second in the NFL with 466 rushing yards and ties for the league lead with five rushing touchdowns.

With a touchdown on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, Fournette, who has scored at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games this season, will join New England’s Robert Edwards (1998) as the only rookies to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

PLAYER, TEAM – SEASON
Robert Edwards, New England – 1998
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville – 2017*
*Touchdown in each of team’s first five games

UPSIDE BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 40 receptions and 545 receiving yards.

Brown, who has 8,922 career receiving yards, will be playing in his 107th career game on Sunday at Kansas City. With 88 receiving yards against the Chiefs, Brown will tie Randy Moss (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards.

The players to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games:

PLAYER – GAMES TO REACH 9,000 CAREER REC. YARDS
Lance Alworth – 98^
Calvin Johnson – 102
Torry Holt – 105
Randy Moss – 107
Jerry Rice – 108^
Antonio Brown – 106*
*8,922 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5 percent) for 221 yards with three touchdowns – including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining – and no interceptions for a 122.9 passer rating in the Packers’ 35-31 win at Dallas. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 251 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 105.2 passer rating.

The game featured the quarterbacks with the highest career passer ratings in NFL history among players with at least 500 attempts. Including today’s contest, Rodgers has an NFL-best 104.1 career passer rating while Prescott ranks second all-time with a 101.6 mark.

Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 victory at Pittsburgh.

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown. Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The Jaguars’ defense recorded five interceptions on Sunday, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51). The two interception-return touchdowns are the most in a single game in franchise history.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes in the team’s 27-22 win at the New York Giants. Giants quarterback Eli Manning had two touchdown passes in the contest.

The game was the first in NFL history in which the opposing starting quarterbacks were from the same Draft class and each came into the game with at least 300 career touchdown passes. Manning, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, entered the game with 326 touchdown passes while Rivers, who was chosen No. 4 overall, came into the contest with 320 touchdown passes.

The pair’s 646 combined touchdown passes entering the game were the second-most by opposing starting quarterbacks from the same Draft class, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway of the 1983 Draft class, who combined for 699 touchdown passes when they faced each other on December 21, 1998.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over Arizona. Wentz completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter. He is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history. Vinatieri, who scored 14 points today, has 2,411 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 48 yards in the victory. Gore, who has 13,304 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All six players ahead of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carolina tight end Ed Dickson had five catches for 175 yards in the Panthers’ 27-24 win at Detroit. Dickson is the second tight end in NFL history to have at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer catches in a single game. Dave Kocourek of the San Diego Chargers had three catches for 175 yards on December 10, 1961 against Buffalo.

Cleveland rookie defensive end Myles Garrett made his NFL debut on Sunday, recording two sacks in the Browns’ loss to the New York Jets at First Energy Stadim.

Garrett, who was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, is the only player selected first overall to record multiple sacks in his NFL debut since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The NFL enters Week 6 after a thrilling weekend of action. In Week 5, 10 of the 14 games (71.4 percent) were decided by six points or fewer – tied for the highest percentage of such games in a single week over the past 25 seasons. The average margin of victory in Week 5 was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest mark in a single week over the past five seasons.

While the competition on the field remains close, so do the standings. There are currently 20 teams with a .500 or better record. Leading the pack is the league’s only remaining unbeaten club, the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the previous 50 teams (88 percent) to start 5-0 made the playoffs.

There are three teams – all in the NFC – with four victories this season: Carolina (4-1), Green Bay (4-1) and Philadelphia (4-1). Two other clubs – Atlanta (3-1) and Denver (3-1) – also have only one loss through Week 5. Since 1990, 111 of the previous 145 teams (76.6 percent) to start 4-1 have made the playoffs.

Heading into Week 6, there are four teams which have currently won at least three consecutive games: Kansas City (five), Green Bay (three), the New York Jets (three) and Philadelphia (three). And while not every team is on a hot streak, there are plenty of games remaining in the season for teams to turn it around. Since 1990, 57 teams have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-3 or worse. There were three such teams last season – Miami (1-4), Detroit (2-3) and the New York Giants (2-3).

So don’t count anyone out. The only thing predictable about the NFL is the unpredictability.

CLOSE GAMES, ROAD WINS & MORE: Ten of 14 games (71.4 percent) in Week 5 were decided by six points or fewer, tied for the highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons.

The highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons:

SEASON (WEEK – PERCENTAGE OF GAMES DECIDED BY 6 OR FEWER POINTS)
2017 (5 – 71.4)
2001 (5 – 71.4)
1999 (5 – 71.4)
1993 (5 – 71.4)

 

In Week 5, the average margin of victory was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest average margin of victory in a single week in the past five seasons.

The lowest average score margin in a single week since 2013:

SEASON (WEEK – AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY)
2013 (1 – 7.63)
2013 (2 – 7.63)
2016 (1 – 7.63)
2016 (8 – 7.85)
2017 (5 – 7.93)

Ten teams – Baltimore, Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chagers, Minnesota, New England, the New York Jets and Seattle – were victorious on the road in Week 5, the most road wins in a single week since Week 13, 2015 (11) and the highest road winning percentage (.714) in a single week since Week 10 of the 2015 season (.786).

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 5. Through the first five weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 7,176 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 5 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 7,176
2014 – 6,100
1983 – 5,711
2015 – 5,671
1971 – 5,429
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 51 touchdowns through Week 5, the most through the first five weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 51
1983 – 45
2014 – 42
2008 – 40
2015 – 39
1980 – 39
*Excludes 1987 season

SMITH’S SPOTLESS START: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 percent) for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston on Sunday Night Football.

Smith, who has 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, joined Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Roman Gabriel (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, TD PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 11/0)
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta (1983, 11/0)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 11/0)

ELEMENTARY FOR WATSON: Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 261 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.8 passer rating in the Texans’ loss to Kansas City in Week 5.

Watson became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a single game and the third to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception.

The rookie quarterbacks with at least five touchdown passes in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM; DATE (TOUCHDOWNS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Deshaun Watson, Houston; October 8, 2017 (5/0)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay; November 22, 2015 (5/0)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit; November 22, 2009 (5/2)
Ray Buivid, Chicago; December 5, 1937 (5/0)

Watson, who was 22 years, 24 days old on Sunday, became the third youngest quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a single game, trailing only Matthew Stafford (21 years, 288 days) and Jameis Winston (21, 320).

Watson, who ranks second in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes, has the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in his team’s first five games of a season, surpassing Marcus Mariota, who had nine TD passes in his team’s first five games in 2015.

ON THE HUNT: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ win over Houston in Week 5.

Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first five games this season, joined Adrian Peterson (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season. Hunt’s 755 scrimmage yards are the third-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983) and Adrian Peterson (782 in 2007).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 787)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 782)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 775)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 761)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FIVE FOR FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 win at Pittsburgh last week.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The rookies with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017)
Robert Edwards, New England (1998)
Joe Cribbs, Buffalo (1980)
Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts (1955)
Billy Howton, Green Bay (1952)

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown.

The rookies with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE; YARDS)
Bobby Gage, Pittsburgh (December 4, 1949; 97t)
DeMarco Murray, Dallas (October 23, 2011; 91t)
Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders (November 30, 1987; 91t)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (December 13, 1964; 91t)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (October 8, 2017; 90t)

DOMINATING DEFENSE: Jacksonville recorded five interceptions, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51), in the team’s victory at Pittsburgh.

Jacksonville, which leads the NFL with 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns, is the fourth team in NFL history and the first since the 1984 Seahawks with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season.

The teams with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season:

TEAM, SEASON (SACKS/INTERCEPTIONS/DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS)
Jacksonville, 2017 (20/10/4)
Seattle, 1984 (22/11/4)
Cincinnati, 1976 (20/10/4)
Washington, 1973 (26/11/5)

200 AND COUNTING: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had six catches in the Cardinals’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 5.

Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 200 consecutive games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) and Tony  Gonzalez (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM(S) (SEASONS/CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco and Oakland (1985-2004/274)^
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City and Atlanta (2000-2013/211)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2004-Present/200)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1996-2008/190)^
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh (1998-2010/186)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

VICTORIOUS VINATIERI: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime, in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco last week.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history.

The kickers with the most regular-season game-winning field goals in overtime in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN OVERTIME)
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (10)
Jim Breech – Oakland, Cincinnati (9)
Steve Christie – Tampa Bay, Buffalo, San Diego and New York Giants (9)
Jason Elam – Denver and Atlanta (9)
Jason Hanson – Detroit (9)

Vinatieri, who scored 14 points on Sunday, has 2,413 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Last week was a pretty decent week, going 9-5. It’s not great but it’s pretty good. For the season, we’re 50-28. There’s still a lot of football left to play.

Byes in week 6? Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle. Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington return to action this week, which got underway in Charlotte as Philadelphia edged Carolina and Cam Newton 28-23 Thursday night in Charlotte and concludes in the Music City as the Tennessee Titans host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

Miami (2-2) at ATLANTA (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The defending NFC champions return to the Big Peach for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Miami took care of Tennessee 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The ‘Fins led 10-3 at half time and took their first win at home in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Atlanta returns from their bye week after suffering a 23-17 loss to Buffalo at home in the Big Peach. The defending NFC champs led Buffalo 10-7 at the half before the Bills took the lead for the first time when rookie CB Tre’Davious White picked up a Matt Ryan fumble and ran the ball back 52 yards for a score. The Falcons challenged, saying that Ryan’s arm was going forward and at best should have been ruled an incomplete pass. Atlanta lost the challenge and the Bills took the lead. Stephen Hauschka would kick a 24-yard field goal to make it a 17-10 game. That lead would not last long as Ryan (242 yards, two interceptions) and WR Justin Hardy would tie things up on a 3-yard TD strike. Hausckha would go on to kick two more field goals to give the Bills a 6-point lead but Atlanta would threaten, getting as close as the Bills’ 10-yard line before Ryan threw a pair of incompletions to dash Atlanta’s hopes of the win at home. Atlanta outrushed Buffalo 149-117 in the loss in the Big Peach and the Falcons went 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:15, while Buffalo was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 28:45.

Miami leads the series 8-4 and they have outscored Atlanta 250-223. Miami won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 27-23 winners in the Sunshine State in 2013, while Atlanta’s last win over Miami came in 2009 in the Big Peach by a final of 19-7.

Atlanta’s favored by 11 and the over/under’s 47. These two teams are pretty good, so we’re going to make this one “DRILL WORTHY” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Expect this one to be closer than the 11 but Atlanta bounces back from the loss to Buffalo and wins at home.

New England (3-2) at New York Jets (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC East foes meet in Jersey Meadowlands as the defending Super Bowl champs take on the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.

New England led Tampa Bay 13-7 at the half at Raymond James Stadium last Thursday night, then held off the Buccaneers 19-14. Pats K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! gave Cleveland their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, coming away 17-14 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Patriots lead the series with their AFC East rivals 59-53-1 and New England has outscored the Jets 2,579-2,370. New England took wins in Foxboro and East Rutherford last year (New York’s last win came in 2015, when they took a 26-20 overtime win in East Rutherford).

Their first meeting was in the Jersey Meadowlands in week 12. Brady and the Pats broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission at Met Life Stadium and came away 22-17 winners. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Brady (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs in that first contest, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 269 yards in the loss. The Pats on third down tries in upstate New Jersey went 4 of 14 and kept the ball for 30:36 (New England was 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 5 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:24.

Meeting number two… Foxboro in week 16. With the Jets out of the playoff picture, they tried to make life miserable for the Pats. New England was having none of it, coming out on top 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. New England led 27-0 at the intermission, allowing only a fourth quarter field goal by Nick Folk. Brady threw three TD passes, throwing for 214 yards in the win, while the Pats outrushed New York 114-111. New England in the second meeting went 11 of 18 on third down tries and the Pats held on to the pigskin for 34:43, while GangGreen held on to the ball for 25:17, going 1 of 11 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

New England was an 8-point favorite in the contest that took place the Sunday after Thanksgiving and they would win by only 5. The 47 1/2 over/under was untouched in that contest, as both teams combined for 39 points. In the second meeting in Foxboro in week 16, a contest that was played on Christmas Eve afternoon, the Pats won by 38, allowing them to blanket the 16 1/2-point spread like snowfall on a New England day and both teams matched the 44 over/under by scoring 44 points.

The Pats are favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would love nothing more than to unseat the defending champs, while the Pats want to stay king of the mountain. Pats win in the Meadowlands but expect GangGreen to make it closer than 9 1/2.

Cleveland (0-5) at Houston (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Lone Star State as the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans meet in Houston at NRG Stadium. Both suffered losses at home last weekend.

Cleveland suffered their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, falling to the New York Jets 17-14 along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland, who narrowed the gap to 3 with 1:49 left, did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. New York went 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Texans lost the services of DT J.J. Watt to a broken leg as they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-34 at NRG Stadium. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Houston leads the series 5-3, have outscored Cleveland 150-130 and the Texans have won the last three contests, including a 23-7 win in 2014 in Cleveland (The Browns’ last win in the series came in 2007, when they were 27-17 winners in Cleveland). Houston’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Cleveland’s bad but not 9 1/2 bad. Houston takes this one but Cleveland makes this one close.

San Francisco (0-5) at Washington (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A winless San Francisco club limps into Landover as they take on the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field.

The 49ers took their fifth loss in as many tries last Sunday in Indianapolis, dropping a 26-23 overtime loss to the Colts in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the 49ers trailed 16-6 at the end of three quarters but managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Washington saw a 10-7 lead at Kansas City get away from them as they fell to the Chiefs 29-20 at Arrowhead two weeks ago. The Chiefs outscored Washington 22-10 in the final 30 minutes of play and had insult added to injury when Chiefs LB Justin Houston picked up a fumble and ran it back 13 yards for a TD as the clock struck :00. Kansas City outrushed Washington 168-111, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 101 yards. For the Redskins, QB Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and a pair of TDs, while Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 293 yards with a TD and four sacks. Washington on third down conversions in the Monday night affair went 4 of 11 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Redskins held the ball for 22:51, while the Chiefs kept the pigskin for 37:09, going 8 of 13 on third downs.

San Francisco leads the series 17-9-1, the 49ers have outscored Washington 655-514 and they have won the last four meetings, including taking a 17-13 win in San Francisco in 2014. Washington’s last win in the series came in Landover in 2005 by a final of 52-17.

Washington’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under is 46 1/2. The 49ers are trying to win their first game, while the Redskins are trying to get over the .500 mark after their loss to Kansas City. Washington fans this week will be saying “Hail to the Redskins” instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins” this week. San Francisco makes it close but Washington prevails in Landover.

Green Bay (4-1) at Minnesota (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it) rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes when first-place Green Bay travels to US Bank Stadium for a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay and Dallas met at AT&T Stadium in an NFC Divisional rematch and this was a game for the ages, as there were six lead changes in their game, which saw the Packers come away with the 35-31 win over Dallas last Sunday. Dallas led 21-12 at the intermission before Green Bay took the lead for the first time as CB Damarious Randall picked off Dak Prescott and returned the pass 21 yards to give the Packers a 28-24 lead with 9:56. Dallas would then use a 17-play, 79-yard drive that used 8:43 of clock, ending when Prescott redeemed himself with an 11-yard run with 73 seconds left in regulation. But Rodgers once again pulled another rabbit out of his hat, as he and WR Davante Adams would connect on their second TD pass of the day, good from 12 yards with 11 seconds left to play. Dallas would get the ball back on the kickoff and after burning a timeout, used several lateral passes to move downfield to Green Bay’s 42 yard line before the drive stalled.

Minnesota led Chicago 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City, then rallied to come away 20-17 winners over the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

It was the battle of running backs as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot (116 yards) and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (125 yards, TD) paced their teams (Dallas outrushed Green Bay 163-160). Rodgers threw for 221 yards in the contest, while Prescott threw for 251 yards and each man threw three TDs. Green Bay went 3 of 7 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:54, while Dallas ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:06, going 7 of 12 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

The Packers lead the series 59-49-2 and Green Bay has outscored Minnesota 2,449-2,150. The two NFC North foes split the series last year, each winning at home.

Meeting number one… week two in the Twin Cities on a Sunday night. Minnesota sacked Rodgers five times and won 17-14. Minnesota led 10-7 at the intermission and took a 17-7 lead with them to the fourth quarter before the Packers made the contest a 3-point affair with 12:41 left when Rodgers scored on a 10-yard run (Rodgers did toss a 1-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson to open the scoring in the contest). Green Bay outrushed Miami 83-30, while Rodgers threw for 213 yards. For Minnesota, Bradford threw for 286 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times. Green Bay was 6 of 13 on third down tries (the Packers were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:42, while the Vikings were 4 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:18.

Game two of the series went to the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and the Packers would get their revenge. This time, in the outdoors (where the gametime temperature was a balmy 37 degrees with a wind chill of 31), the Packers led 28-13 at the half at Lambeau, then held off the Vikings for the 38-25 win in week 16. Minnesota again outrushed Green Bay 93-40 but Rodgers burned Minnesota for 347 yards and four TDs, despite getting sacked four times, while Bradford threw for 382 yards and four TD (Bradford was sacked four times). The Packers on third down were 6 of 13 and kept the ball for 28:59, while the Vikings held the pigskin for 31:01, going 5 of 15 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions.

Green Bay was favored by 2 1/2 in the first meeting and the Vikings barely covered the spread, winning by 3. The 43 1/2 over/under? That stayed safe and sound, because both clubs combined for only 31 points. In the week 16 matchup at Lambeau, the Packers covered the 6 1/2 spread, winning by 13 and both teams covered the 43 over/under with 63 points.

The Pack? They’re favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Both teams could very well decide who wins the NFC North. Right now, we’re deciding that the Packers are going to win this one on the road and cover the 3 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in the process.

Detroit (3-2) at New Orleans (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Bradford vs. Brees. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Big Easy as Detroit makes a trip to the Bayou for a date with the New Orleans Saints.

Cam Newton needed to hold off the Detroit Lions last Sunday in the Motor City by a final of 27-24 at Ford Field. Carolina led 17-10 at the break and 27-10 after three quarters before the Lions roared back to make the contest a 7-point affair when Matthew Stafford and TE Darren Fells connected on their second TD pass of the quarter. Neither club breached or came anywhere near the 100-yard rushing barrier but Detroit did outrush Carolina 50-28, while Stafford threw for 229 yards and was sacked six times (Newton threw for 355 yards and three TDs, while being sacked three times). Carolina went 7 of 16 on third down tries in the win, keeping the ball for 35:23, while the Lions were 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 24:37.

The Saints come back to action from their bye after they shut out Miami 20-0 in London. Leading 3-0 at the intermission, New Orleans scored the final 17 points of the contest on the other side of the Atlantic unchallenged. The Saints, who traded RB Adrian Peterson to Arizona Tuesday, outrushed Miami 86-58 at Wembley Stadium and Brees threw for 268 yards and a pair of TDs. New Orleans went 6 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs in merry ole England and kept the ball for 34:28, while Miami held the pigskin for 25:32, going 1 of 8 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

Detroit leads the series 12-11-1 and the Saints have outscored Detroit 485-446. However… the Lions have been victors in the last three contests, with the last win coming last year in the Big Easy by a final of 28-13 (New Orleans’ last win in the series came in 2011 in the Big Easy by a final of 31-17.

In the week 13 matchup in the Big Easy, Stafford and Prater were the stars of the show against the Saints, with Prater kicking five field goals, while Stafford threw a pair of TD passes in the road win. Detroit led 16-6 before they would pull away to take the win. Detroit outrushed New Orleans 85-50 and Stafford threw for 341 yards, while Brees threw for 326 yards with three interceptions. Detroit went 5 of 12 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 36:52; as for the Saints? They held the ball for 23:08, going 6 of 13 on third down.

Although the Saints were favored by 5 1/2, the Lions covered the spread with their 15-point win in the Big Easy. Both teams combined to score 41 points in the contest, which meant that the 53 1/2 over/under was safe. This time, New Orleans is favored by 4 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. Both numbers make sense. We’re not saying that this one’s drill worthy but it’s worth your time. Saints cover the 4 at home and give the Lions another loss to a team from the NFC South in the process.

Chicago (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 711. Chicago travels to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Charm City.

Da Bears trailed Minnesota 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City before falling to the Vikings 20-17 at Soldier Field. In his NFL debut, rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when he and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

The Ravens manhandled Oakland 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. Baltimore led 24-10 at the intermission and never looked back, outrushing the Raiders 143-108 in the 13-point win. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Da Bears hold a 3-2 lead in the series but Baltimore has outscored Chicago 77-70. Chicago picked up the win in the last meeting, which took place at Soldier Field in 2013, when they needed overtime to win 23-20, while Baltimore’s last victory in the series also came in the Windy City, as Baltimore were 31-7 winners in 2009. Baltimore’s favored by 7 in Charm City and the over/under is 41 1/2. Ravens may not cover the 7 but they win at home in Charm City.

Tampa Bay (2-2) at Arizona (2-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of NFC teams with losses under their belts meet in the desert as Tampa Bay travels to Glendale for a late afternoon contest with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tampa Bay found themselves falling to the defending Super Bowl champs 19-13 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay trailed 13-7 at the half and could have made things closer but K Nick Folk missed a pair of field goals in the contest. For the Pats, K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

Philadelphia manhandled Carson Palmer (291 yards, TD) and the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday afternoon. Philly led 21-7 at the break before scoring their final 13 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards and four TDs in the win in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 122-31. Philadelphia went 9 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:47, while Arizona was 4 of 14 and 2 of 3 of 3 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 24:13.

Including contests that took place in St. Louis, when the Cardinals called that city home, Arizona leads the series 10-9, the Cardinals have outscored Tampa Bay 358-333 and they have taken wins in the last two meetings, including a 40-7 win in desert last year (Tampa Bay’s last win over Arizona came in 2010, when they were 38-35 winners in the desert).

Arizona led 24-0 at the half win the week two contest (they were scoreless after the first quarter) and never looked back, as Palmer threw for 308 yards and three TDs, connecting with Fitzgerald on one of them. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed Tampa Bay 101-85 and picked off Winston (243 yards, TD) four times. Arizona was 6 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:03, while the Buccaneers were 5 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:57. Arizona covered the 7-point spread with the 33-point win in the week two matchup and the two clubs missed the 50 over/under, tallying 47 points. The odds makers like Tampa Bay a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense but the Desert Angry Birds are the better team here. Arizona covers the 2 1/2 and beats Tampa Bay in Glendale.

Los Angeles Rams (3-2) at Jacksonville (3-2), 4:05 p.m. on and DirecTV 713. A pair of contending teams meet in north Florida as the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars meet in a late afternoon contest at EverBank Stadium.

The Rams saw Seattle break a 10-10 halftime time at the Coliseum last Sunday as the Seahawks left Los Angeles with a 16-10 win under their belts in NFC West play. Seattle used a pair of Blair Walsh field goals in the second half to take the win over their divisional rivals. The Rams outrushed Seattle 100-62 and Jared Goff threw for 288 yards and three interceptions, while Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards and a 4-yard pass to TE Jimmy Graham for Seattle’s only TD. Los Angeles went 8 of 15 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:44, while the defending NFC West champs went 8 of 17 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:16.

Jacksonville held Pittsburgh to three Chris Boswell field goals and Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they took down the Steelers 30-9 at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half, using interceptions by LB Tevin Smith and S Barry Church to score TDs in the third quarter. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Including games in St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 3-1 and they have outscored Jacksonville 95-78. The Rams were winners in their last meeting which took place in 2013, when they were 34-20 winners in St. Louis, while Jacksonville’s lone win in the series came in 2009, when they needed overtime to come away 23-20 winners in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This could very well be an entertaining game to watch. Jacksonville covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Pittsburgh (3-1) at Kansas City (5-0), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. They met twice last year, once in the regular season, once in the post-season. While one team remains unbeaten, the other looks to right their ship from a bad game in front of the home crowd. Kansas City and Pittsburgh meet again in an AFC showdown at Arrowhead.

Pittsburgh was held to three Chris Boswell field goals and Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they dropped a 30-9 decision to Jacksonville at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Kansas City remained unbeaten, as they held off Houston 42-34 at NRG Stadium last Sunday night. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Pittsburgh leads the series 21-10 and have outscored the Chiefs 744-563. They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season and Pittsburgh took both meetings (Kansas City’s last win over the Steelers came in 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 23-13).

Meeting number one… week four in the Steel City. Roethlisberger burned Kansas City for five TDs passes as the Steelers came away 43-14 winners at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 36-0 after three quarters of play (they lead 29-0 at the half) and took control of things in western Pennsylvania. LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 144 yards as Pittsburgh outrushed Kansas City 149 -87, while Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards without an interception. Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 287 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. Pittsburgh was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:24, while the Chiefs were 8 of 17, 2 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 30:36.

Meeting number two… the AFC Divisional Playoffs in Kansas City. While the regular season meeting was somewhat of a blowout, such was not the case in the second meeting but Pittsburgh did prevail at Arrowhead, coming away 18-16 winners to advance to the AFC Championship for a meeting with New England. Pittsburgh used six Chris Boswell field goals before Kansas City’s Spencer Ware made the contest a 2-point affair, as he scored from a yard out with 2:43 left in regulation. The game, played in somewhat icy conditions (Kansas City was hit with an ice storm the day before) saw Pittsburgh outrush Kansas City 171-61 (Bell led all rushers with 170 yards) and Roethlisberger throw for 224 yards, while Smith threw for 172 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once). Pittsburgh on third down went 7 of 15 and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Chiefs held the ball for 25:47, going 2 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh’s 29-point win in week four on a Sunday night allowed them to cover the 5 1/2-point spread and the 47 1/2 over/under was covered as the two teams combined for 57 points. Pittsburgh covered the 2-point spread in the AFC Divisional Playoff, winning by 2 but neither club covered the 45 over/under, tallying only 34 points.

The Chiefs are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 46. Pittsburgh’s been struggling, the Chiefs have been hot. Kansas City’s staying hot this week. Chiefs cover the 4 and wins at Arrowhead.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) at Oakland (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They once played in the same city at one point and time. They’re still up I-5 and they’re still in the same state and division. The one difference is that the Chargers moved north to Los Angeles. That means nothing as these AFC West rivals meet in northern California as the Chargers make the 372-mile trip up I-5 for a meeting with the Silver and Black. There was concern that this contest would not be played because of the wild fires in the northern California area but the Raiders were monitoring the situation and determined that it would be safe to play.

The Chargers broke their four-game losing streak last Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands as they came away 27-22 winners over Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. (Beckham would later break his ankle in the contest) Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to rush the Bolts 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Oakland without Derek Carr was held in check by Baltimore 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. The Raiders were outrushed by the Ravens 143-108 and trailed 24-10 at the intermission. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Including contests that took place in San Diego and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 62-50-2, the Silver and Black have outscored the Bolts 2,521-2,462 and the Raiders have won the last four meetings, sweeping the season series last year (The Chargers’ last win over Oakland came in 2014, when they were 13-6 winners at Qualcomm and in that year, they swept that series).

Meeting one… week five along the San Francisco bay and the Raiders trailed 10-9 at the intermission and came away 34-31 winners at the Coliseum. Both Rivers and Carr put on a passing clinic in the first meeting, with Carr (317 yards, two TDs) and Rivers (359 yards, four TDs) throwing for over 300 yards in the contest, while the rushing game for both teams was as if it were on a milk carton and gone missing (Oakland did manage to outrush San Diego 89-72). San Diego did eventually threaten in their final possession when Rivers completed a pass to Travis Benjamin with 11 seconds left for no gain. Benjamin then fumbled the ball out of bounds, the clock ran out and the Raiders took home the win. Oakland was 5 of 14 on third down but hit pay-dirt on fourth down in their only attempt in the contest, keeping the ball for 36:18, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 23:42, went 2 of 8 on third down tries, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland made it a clean sweep of the series and like the first meeting, it was a close contest but the Silver and Black prevailed, taking a 19-16 win at Qualcomm in week 15. Tied 10-10 at the half, the Raiders used a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals to erase a 16-13 deficit and then take the lead for keeps with 2:40 left in regulation. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and Rivers threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times, while Carr threw for 213 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks. The Bolts were 8 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 27:43, while the Raiders ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 32:17, going 4 of 13 on third down.

Favored by 3 1/2 in the week five contest in Northern California, the Raiders would wind up winning by 3. The 50 over/under was not a problem, as both teams would combine for 65 points. The Raiders in the week 15 matchup in southern California covered the 3-point spread (they were favored by 3) but the 50 over/under stayed intact as Oakland and San Diego only scored 35 points. Oakland’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Both teams are trying to catch Kansas City in the AFC West and they’re better than their records indicate. Los Angeles could make this interesting but Raiders take this one at home and covers the 3 1/2.

New York Giants (0-5) at Denver (3-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week six Sunday action concludes in the Mile High City as the winless New York Giants limp into Denver to face the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

For the Giants, their bad luck continued in the Meadowlands last Sunday against the Los Angeles chargers at Met Life. First, they lost all-Pro WR Odell Beckham, Jr. to a broken ankle, then Eli and the Giants went on to lose to the Chargers 27-22. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to outrush the Chargers 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Denver comes out of the bye week after their 16-10 win over AFC rival Oakland two weeks ago in the Mile High City. The Broncos led 10-7 at the intermission, then held the Raiders off in the second half to seal the win. Denver outrushed Oakland 143-24 and Trevor Siemian threw for 179 yards and a TD, while knocking David Carr (back injury) out of the contest (Carr threw for 143 yards and a TD). Denver in the win went 5 of 16 on third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:57, while the Raider were 2 of 12 on third down (0 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 27:03

Denver leads the series 6-5, the Broncos have outscored the Giants 232-190 and they have won the last two meetings, including taking a 41-23 win in the Meadowlands in 2013, while the Giants’ last win over Denver came in the Meadowlands in 2005 by a final of 24-23. Denver’s favored by 12 and the over/under’s 40. The Giants are bad. They’re not 12 point bad but they’re bad. If nothing else, they’ll give Denver all they can throw at them. Denver prevails in this one but expect the Giants to make it closer than 12.

Indianapolis (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Music City as week six play concludes when Tennessee hosts Indianapolis at Nissan Stadium.

Indy needed overtime to take down San Francisco 26-23 in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the Colts led 16-6 at the end of three quarters but San Francisco managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Tennessee fell to Miami 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The Titans trailed 10-3 at halftime at Hard Rock and saw the Dolphins take their first win in their home park in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Including contests in Baltimore and Houston, the Colts lead the series 31-13, have outscored the Titans 1,143-857 and they have won the last 11 meetings in the series, including sweeping the series last year (Tennessee’s last win over the Colts came in 2011 in the Music City, when they were 27-10 winners).

The first meeting? Week seven in the Music City and the Colts took the 34-26 win at Nissan Stadium. Indy led 17-13 at the break before pulling away from the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 107 yards in the contest as the Titans outrushed Indy 124-81, while the Colts’ Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three TDs, while Mariota (three sacks) threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. The Titans were 9 of 15 on third down conversions at home, keeping the ball for 27:30, while the Colts were 4 of 10 third-down wise, keeping the ball for 32:30.

Meeting number two… Indy in week 11 and the Colts made it a sweep, taking a 24-17 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts led 21-7 at the half and then held off the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. The Colts were outrushed again by Tennessee, this time by a 97-76 margin and Mariota threw for 290 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times, while Luck threw for 262 yards with a pair of TDs and two sacks. Tennessee was 5 of 14 on third down tries (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled he clock as they kept the ball for 31:01, while the Colts held the pigskin for 28:59, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 2 1/2 in the week seven contest and the Colts covered the spread, winning by 8. The 60 combined points in the first meeting was more than enough to cover the 48 1/2 over/under. Indy covered the 3-point spread in the rematch in the Hoosier State, winning by 7 but both clubs could only muster 41 points, missing the 53 1/2 over/under.

The Colts on Monday night are 23-16 and won their only contest they played in prime time last year, while the Titans are 21-17, with their last MNF appearance coming in 2014, which was a loss. At the time this column was written, there was no line on this game, according to our odds provider Don Best in Las Vegas. We’re going with Indy to win this one in the Music City.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Listed are Eastern)

Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Miami), 157 (Atlanta); XM: 381 (Miami), 228 (Atlanta)

New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 81 (New England), 133 (New York Jets);| XM: 81 (New England), 227 (New York Jets)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 112 (Cleveland), 146 (Houston); XM: 384 (Cleveland), 229 (Houston)

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (San Francsico), 83 (Washington) ; XM: 385 (San Francisco), 83 (Washington)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Green Bay), 82 (Minnesota); XM: 380 (Green Bay), 82 (Minnesota)

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dan Hellie, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Detroit), 145 (New Orleans); XM: 383 (Detroit), 226 (New Orleans)

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 93 (Baltimore); XM: 382 (Chicago), 225 (Baltimore)

Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Tampa Bay), 93 (Arizona); XM: 381 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Arizona)

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Jacksonville); XM: 386 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Jacksonville)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 145 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 108 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Oakland); XM: 380 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Oakland)

New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Denver);| XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Denver)

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Walt Anderson

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                   Spread         Underdog                O/U
ATLANTA                    – 11           Miami                   47
HOUSTON                    –  9 1/2       Cleveland               44 1/2
New England                –  9 1/2       NEW YORK JETS           47 1/2
NEW ORLEANS                –  4           Detroit                 51
Green Bay                  –  3           MINNESOTA               46 1/2
BALTIMORE                  –  7           Chicago                 41 1/2
WASHINGTON                 –  9 1/2       San Francisco           46 1/2
JACKSONVILLE               –  2 1/2       Los Angeles Rams        43 1/2
Tampa Bay                  –  2 1/2       ARIZONA                 44 1/2
KANSAS CITY                –  4           Pittsburgh              46
OAKLAND                    –  3 1/2       Los Angeles Chargers    50 1/2
DENVER                     – 12           New York Giants         40

Monday’s Game
Favorite                   Spread         Underdog                O/U
Indianapolis at Tennessee  NL

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Miami
DOUBTFUL: WR DeVante Parker (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Xavien Howard (Shoulder), CB Byron Maxwell (Foot)

Atlanta
OUT: WR Mohamed Sanu (Hamstring), DE Courtney Upshaw (Ankle), LB Jermaine Grace (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: K Matt Bryant (Back)

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Chicago
OUT: LB John Timu (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: C Hroniss Grasu (Hand), DT Nick Kwiatkoski (Chest)

Baltimore
OUT: C Matthew Skura (Knee), RB Terrance West (Calf)
DOUBTFUL: LB Timothy Williams (Thigh), DT Brandon Williams (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Breshad Perriman (Knee), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle), DT Carl Davis (Thigh), CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh), S Anthony Levine (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Shoulder), CB James Smith (Achilles)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
DOUBTFUL: LB James Burgess (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kenneth Britt (Knee), T Shon Coleman (Knee), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)

Houston
OUT: LB Benjamin Heeney (Knee), CB Kevin Johnson (Knee), S Corey Moore (Concussion), RB Jordan Todman (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: C Gregory Mancz (Knee), LB Benardrick McKinney (Hip)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: S Morgan Burnett (Hamstring), LB Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), CB Kevin King (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs),  T David Bakhtiari (Hamstring), T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle), CB Davon House (Quadricep)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), G Nicholas Easton (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Andrew Sendejo (Groin )

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: LB Paul Worrilow (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Thomas Lang (Back), QB Matt Stafford (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring), T Richard Wagner (Shoulder), RB Dwayne Washington (Quadricep)

New Orleans
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Shoulder), G Andrus Peat (Hip), WR Willie Snead (Hamstring)

New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

New England
OUT: CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Burkhead (Ribs)

New York Jets
QUESTIONABLE: RB Bilal Powell (Calf), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: RB Kyle Juszczyk (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Adrian Colbert (Hamstring), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee), LB Gregory Watson (Groin), CB James Witherspoon (Concussion)

Washington
OUT: CB Josh Norman (Rib), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle)
DOUBTFUL: S Deshazor Everett (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Robert Kelley (Ankle), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: S Joshua Robinson (Concussion), DE Ryan Russell (Shoulder), LB Shanderious Alexander (Hamstring), S Keith Tandy (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (Back), C Alexander Marpet (Illness), LB Lavonte David (Ankle), S Terrell Ward (Hip)

Arizona
OUT: DT Olsen Pierre (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Karlos Dansby (Hamstring), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf), DT Corey Peters (Knee), CB Patrick Peterson (Quadricep), T Edwin Veldheer (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
DOUTBFUL: CB Troy Hill (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Mark Barron (Knee), S Lamarcus Joyner (Hamstring)

Jacksonville
OUT: C Brandon Linder (Illness), WR Arrelious Benn (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: G Patrick Omameh (Hip)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: G Ramon Foster (Back)

Kansas City
OUT: WR Christian Conley (Achilles), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Knee), S Steven Terrell (Concussion), C Mitchell Morse (Foot)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jatavis Brown (Ankle), RB Branden Oliver (Hamstring), T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), WR Michael Williams (Back)

Oakland
OUT: CB Gareon Conley (Shin), CB Antonio Hamilton (Knee), LB Marquel Lee (Ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB David Amerson (Shoulder), LB Cory James (Knee), RB DeAndre Washington (Hamstring)

New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), DE Romeo Okwara (Knee), RB Paul Perkins (Ribs), C Weston Richburg (Concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (Ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Landon Collins (Ankle)

Denver
OUT: WR Cody Latimer (Knee), QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder)

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Sunday and Monday Weather
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly sunny and 78 degrees
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: partly cloudy and 76 degrees
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 85 degrees
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 77 degrees
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 78 degrees
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 94 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 85 degrees
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 60 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 77 (note: the Bay Area is under a smoke advisory)
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 55 degrees
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 43 degrees

Broadcast information, injury report, officials and logo courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

The NFL announced today a scheduling change for Week 7 on Sunday, October 22.

The Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers game will move from 1 p.m. Eastern to 4:25 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The Carolina

Panthers at Chicago Bears game at 1 p.m. will be cross-flexed to CBS.

The following is the final Week 7 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, October 19

Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and AMAZON

Sunday, October 22
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. on FOX (Game in London)
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at San Francisco, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on CBS

Monday, October 23
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN