It’s week two of the 2015 NFL season and if week one was good, then week two should be better.

The NFL got “Back to Football” with a thrilling Kickoff Weekend. There were close games, standout performances and stars rising to the occasion.

“It’s a good start for us but it’s only the first game,” says Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, who threw four touchdown passes in the Titans’ 42-14 win over Tampa Bay. “It means we’re 1-0. For me, it’s taking it one day at a time and just executing to the best of my abilities. We have to continue to get better. We have an opportunity to continue to put our best foot forward and for me, that’s exciting.”

Making his NFL debut, Mariota dazzled as he completed 13 of 16 passes (81.3 percent) for 209 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark. He is the first rookie in NFL history to post a 158.3 passer rating on Kickoff Weekend. All four of Mariota’s touchdown passes came in the first half and he is the only rookie in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in one half. Tennessee’s 28-point victory is the largest in a season opener by a team starting a rookie quarterback since 1948, when the Chicago Bears and Johnny Lujack won by 38 points. Mariota (2014, Oregon) and Lujack (1947, Notre Dame) are both former Heisman Trophy winners.

“Marcus is so poised and confident,” Titans tackle Taylor Lewan told The Tennessean. “The way he plays football, he is a born leader. I’m excited to have him on this team.”

Everybody wants to get off to a good start as history has shown that teams that are victorious in their season openers are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of an opening game. But that doesn’t mean an 0-1 start is impossible to overcome as nearly 25 percent of teams that lost the opener went to the playoffs.

Since 1978 when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule (and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982):

Of the 538 teams which won openers… 281 went to the playoffs (168 won division titles)

Of the 539 teams which lost openers… 129 went to the playoffs (74 won division titles)

(Note: There are a different number of winning and losing teams in season opening games due to the fact that the NFL had 31 teams in each season from 1999 to 2001, which creates an odd number for the total number of results.)

Week 2 kicked off with Thursday Night Football as Denver beat Kansas City in an AFC West showdown at Arrowhead and there will be 14 games on Sunday’s docket, capped by a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game as the  Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football on NBC at 8:30 p.m. Eastern and week two concludes on Monday night when the New York Jets travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Monday Night Football on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

SO CLOSE: Kickoff Weekend featured exciting finishes and close games, as nine of the 16 games in Week 1 were decided by eight points or fewer. Twelve of the 16 games (75 percent) were within one score in the fourth quarter.

Kickoff Weekend continued the 2014 trend of close games, as 64.5 percent were within one score in the fourth quarter last season. In 2014, 110 of 256 games (43 percent) were decided by eight points or fewer.

COMEBACK COWBOY: Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed 36 of 45 passes (80 percent) for 356 yards with three touchdowns for a 103.3 passer rating in the Cowboys 27-26 comeback victory against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Romo’s third touchdown, which capped off a six-play, 72-yard drive in the game’s final minute, was his 28th game-winning drive since becoming a starter in 2006, the most in the NFL during that span.

The players with the most game-winning drives since 2006:
PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAME-WINNING DRIVES)
Tony Romo, Dallas (28)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (26)
Matt Ryan, Atlanta (26)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (25)
Drew Brees, San Diego, New Orleans (24)

COOL BREES: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 355 yards and one touchdown at Arizona on Kickoff Weekend. The performance was his fifth straight 300-yard effort in a season-opening game, tying KURT WARNER (1999-03) for the most consecutive season openers with at least 300 passing yards.

RAM TOUGH: St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7 percent) for 297 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ 34-31 overtime victory against Seattle. With 53 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Foles connected with tight end LANCE KENDRICKS for a game-tying 37-yard touchdown. It was the first game-tying or go-ahead touchdown pass of 20 yards or longer in the final minute of the fourth quarter in Rams history.

HYDE AND SEEK: San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers’ 20-3 victory over Minnesota on Monday Night Football. Hyde, who made his first career start, is the first player to rush for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start in his team’s season opener, since Atlanta’s Gerald Riggs in 1984.

NO NEED TO PANIC: At the end of Week 2, no more than 13 teams will be able to claim a perfect 2-0 record, leaving at least 19 clubs at 1-1 or 0-2.

Since realignment in 2002, 94 of the 156 playoff teams (60.3 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including six of the eight division champions in 2014 – Dallas (NFC East), Green Bay (NFC North), Indianapolis (AFC South), New England (AFC East), Pittsburgh (AFC North) and Seattle (NFC West).

QB MILESTONES: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES needs three touchdown passes against Tampa Bay to join Peyton Mannong (530), Brett Farve (508) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (420) as the only players in NFL history to reach 400 career touchdown passes. In 15 seasons, Brees has 397 career touchdown passes.

New England’s Tom Brady needs four touchdown passes against Buffalo to reach the milestone. In 16 seasons, Brady has 396 career touchdown passes.

The NFL players with the most career touchdown passes:
PLAYER, YEARS (TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Peyton Manning, 1998-present (530)*
Brett Favre, 1991-2010 (508)
Dan Marino, 1983-1999 (420)
Drew Brees, 2001-present (397)*
Tom Brady, 2000-present (396)*
* Active

FABULOUS AT 50: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 26 of 49 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns last week against Buffalo. On Monday, Luck (88 touchdowns in 49 career games) will play in his 50th career game against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.

With four touchdown passes this week, Luck would surpass PEYTON MANNING (91), Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (91) and Carson Palmer (90) for the third-most touchdown passes of any quarterback through his first 50 games.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 50 games in NFL history:
QUARTERBACK, TD PASSES
Dan Marino, 114
Kurt Warner, 101
Peyton Manning, 91
Johnny Unitas, 91
Carson Palmer, 90
Andrew Luck, 88*
*Through 49 games

With 352 passing yards this week, Luck would surpass Marc Bulger (13,551) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (13,514) for the third-most passing yards of any quarterback through his first 50 games.

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their first 50 games in NFL history:
QUARTERBACK – PASSING YARDS
Matthew Stafford – 14,331
Kurt Warner – 13,864
Marc Bulger – 13,551
Dan Marino – 13,514
Andrew Luck – 13,200*
*Through 49 games

MARIOTA’S MARVELOUS START: Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota passed for 209 yards and four touchdowns in the Titans’ 42-14 victory at Tampa Bay, becoming the first rookie in NFL history to post a 158.3 passer rating on Kickoff Weekend (minimum 14 attempts), which is the highest attainable rating.

Only four rookie quarterbacks since 1970 have won their first two starts to begin a season. Three of those four players helped their teams qualify for the playoffs, including Joe Flacco of Baltimore (2008) and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets (2009), who led their respective clubs to the AFC Championship Game as rookies.

The rookie quarterbacks to start and win their team’s first two games in a season since 1970:
YEAR – PLAYER, TEAM (OVERALL RECORD AS ROOKIE STARTER, PLAYOFF RESULT)
1983 – John Elway, Denver (4-6, Advanced to Wild Card)
1998 – Ryan Leaf, San Diego (3-6, Missed playoffs)
2008 – Joe Flacco, Baltimore (11-5, Advanced to AFC Championship)
2009 – Mark Sanchez, New York Jets (8-7, Advanced to AFC Championship)
2015 – Marcus Mariota, Tennessee (????, ????)*
* 1-0 as starter

Mariota put himself in some pretty good company as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tankenton (1961) as the only rookies in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend. All four of Mariota’s touchdown passes came in the first half and he is the only rookie in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in one half.

With two touchdown passes on Sunday against Cleveland, Mariota would surpass Greg Cook (five), Gus Frerotte (five), JOHNNY Green (five) and Mark Rypien (five) for the most touchdown passes through the first two games of a career.

The players with the most touchdown passes through the first two games of a career:
PLAYER – TEAM, YEAR (TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Greg Cook – Cincinnati, 1969 (5)
Gus Frerotte – Washington, 1994 (5)
Johnny Green – Buffalo, 1960 (5)
Mark Rypien – Washington, 1988 (5)
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee, 2015 (4)*
*Through one game

KICK CLUB: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri has 2,146 career points scored, the fourth-most in NFL history. With five points in Week 2 against Buffalo, Vinatieri would surpass JASON HANSON (2,150) for the third-most points all-time.

The players with the most points in NFL history:
PLAYER, YEARS (POINTS)
Morten Andersen, 1982-2007 (2,544)
Gary Anderson, 1982-2004 (2,434)
Jason Hanson, 1992-2012 (2,150)
Adam Vinatieri, 1996-present (2,146)*
John Carney, 1988-2010 (2,062)
*Active

As for last week, there were milestones set…

The St. Louis Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in overtime at home in the great indoors. The game is the first season opener in NFL history in which both teams scored on a punt-return touchdown.

St. Louis’ Tavon Auston had a 75-yard punt-return touchdown and also added a 16-yard touchdown run. Austin is the fifth player in the past 20 years to score a touchdown on a punt return and a rush in the same game.

Not to be outdone, Seattle rookie Tyler Lockett had a 57-yard punt-return touchdown and is the first rookie to score a touchdown on his first career return on Kickoff Weekend since 2005 (San Francisco’s Otis Amey).

In the Windy City, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 78.3 percent of his passes (18 of 23) for 189 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 140.5 passer rating in the Packers’ 31-23 win at Chicago’s Soldier Field. It marked Rodgers’ third consecutive game against Chicago with at least three touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 140+ passer rating. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdowns with no interceptions and post a 140+ passer rating in three consecutive games against a single opponent. In fact, Rodgers has now accomplished the feat twice, having done so against Minnesota in 2010-11.

Buffalo wide receiver Percy Harvin had five catches for 79 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, in the Bills’ 27-14 win against Indianapolis. Harvin and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ollie Matson are the only players in NFL history with at least four career 50-yard touchdown catches and three 100-yard kickoff-return touchdowns.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers completed 35 of 42 passes (83.3 percent) for 404 yards and two touchdowns for a 102.8 passer rating in the Chargers’ 33-28 win against Detroit. Rivers now has 254 career touchdown passes, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for the most in franchise history.

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had 15 catches (166 yards), which tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow (Winslow had 15 receptions on October 7, 1984 at Green Bay) for the franchise’s single-game record for catches. Allen’s 15 catches are the most by a player on Kickoff Weekend since the 1970 merger.

In Houston, Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win at Houston. Kelce joined Tony Gonzalez as the only tight ends in franchise history with at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in a game. Kelce is the only Chiefs tight end to accomplish the feat in a season opener.

The 2015 NFL regular-season schedule features 19 Super Bowl rematches as part of the year-long celebration of Super Bowl 50, which will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. When the New York Jets travel to take on the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, it will be a rematch of Super Bowl III when the Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts 16-7. The Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants will also host Super Bowl Homecomings in Week 2 to commemorate and honor past Super Bowl teams. Rematches and Homecomings are part of the NFL’s On The Fifty platform, designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part of those games.

As for the picks of last week, 12-4, not bad. It was a pretty good week and could have been better. But as ESPN’s Chris Berman says, “That’s why they play the games.”

With that, we present week two’s Sunday and Monday games and the picks.

ATLANTA (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of NFC teams in two of the nation’s major cities meet in the Meadowlands as Atlanta travels to upstate New Jersey to face the New York Giants.

The Falcons and Giants enter the Sunday contest at Met Life Stadium in different directions. Atlanta rallied from a 1-point deficit against Philadelphia Monday night and then held off a late Eagles’ rally to come away with a 26-24 win in the Big Peach. Atlanta outrushed Philadelphia 105-63 and Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones connected for a pair of TD passes in the contest. Neither club did anything to give their fan base hope on third down conversions in the Monday night affair (Atlanta was 4 of 14, while Philly was 3 of 12 but 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the clock was the ally of Atlanta, who kept the ball for 35:27 to the Eagles’ 24:33.

Meanwhile, the Giants are coming off a tough loss to Dallas last Sunday night, letting a 26-20 lead get away from them to lose to Tony Romo and the Cowboys 27-26 in the final minutes. Although the Giants forced four Dallas turnovers, it was poor clock management that did them in, which in turn allowed the home team to come away with the win. In the Sunday night opener, the Giants led 13-6 at halftime and led 16-13 after 45 minutes of play before the wheels came off the bus, as Dallas outscored them 14-10 in the final quarter. New York was 6 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 22:50, while Dallas kept the pigskin for 37:10, while going 6 of 11 on third down tries.

The series between the Dirty Birds and Big Blue is even at 11 wins each and the Falcons have outscored New York 408-393. They met last year in the Meadowlands in week five and the G-Men rallied from a 13-10 deficit at the half to come out on top 30-20. Atlanta was held to 90 yards rushing and Ryan outpaced Manning in passing yardage 316-200, although Manning threw a pair of TDs.

The Giants on third down tries in the 10-point win were 9 of 15 and kept the ball for 31:41, while Atlanta struggled on third down, going 2 of 13 (1 of 2 on fourth down), holding the pigskin for 28:19. In last year’s meeting at Met Life Stadium, the Giants were favored by 4 and won by 10 but missed the over/under by 1/2 a point. This time, the Giants are 2 1/2 point favorites at home along the Jersey shores and the over/under is 51. History may repeat itself but not today. Falcons cover the 2 1/2 and win on the Jersey shores.

New England (1-0) at Buffalo (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of old AFC rivals meet along the shores of Lake Erie as New England travels to Orchard Park to take on Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. The defending Super Bowl champions kicked off the season with a 28-21 home victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes – including three to tight end Rob Gronkowski – as he notched his 161st victory as New England’s starting quarterback, the most ever by a player with one franchise.

“I thought it was a good win for us,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told the Boston GlobeK. “I thought our players competed really well. We made enough plays that we needed to make. We’re heading into division play now but it’s good to be 1-0.” New England led 14-3 at halftime before the Steelers outscored their hosts in the second half 18-14 but it was not enough to win on the road. Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams ran for 127 of his team’s 134 yards (New England was held to 80) and Roethlisberger did throw a TD pass to WR Antonio Brown late in the contest but was sacked twice and threw an interception. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down tries (2 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 32:05, while the Pats were 7 of 11 and possessed the pigskin for 27:55.

The first division test for the defending division champions will be Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.

“It was great to get the win,” says Ryan. “Our fans were awesome. It was unbelievable. This game was all about our fans and all about the preparation of our players. I can’t wait to see what our fans are going to be like when you have the hated Patriots coming into our stadium.”

Including contests when the Pats were known as the Boston Patriots and played their home games in a little place called Fenway Park, New England leads the series 66-42-1 and have outscored the Bills 2,398-2,014. The two teams spilt their 2014 meetings, with each team taking win in the other team’s home stadiums. In week six along the shores of Lake Erie, New England led 13-7 at the break and came away with a 37-22 win in Orchard Park. Neither club broke or came anywhere near the 100-yard rushing barrier (New England had 50 yards, while Buffalo had 68) but Brady (361 yards) threw four TDs in the win, while Kyle Orton threw a pair of TDs but was sacked five times. Buffalo was 8 of 15 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down and held the ball for 29:40, while New England, in addition to winning the contest, won the battle of the clock, holding the pigskin for 30:20 and was 7 of 15 on third down.

Game two was in Foxboro and this time, the Bills got revenge on Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions, taking a 17-9 win with them out of western Massachusetts. Buffalo led 17-6 at halftime and held New England to a third quarter field goal to take the road win. New England did manage to outrush Buffalo 116-104, Brady and backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo were sacked four times in front of the home fans. Third down tries in the second meeting? Not a lot to write home about, as both clubs were a combined 10 of 26 (Buffalo 5 of 11, New England 5 of 15) but the Pats won the clock battle again, keeping the ball for 30:57 to Buffalo’s 30:57.

In the first meeting in upstate New York, the Pats won by 15 (they were favored by 3) and both teams covered the 45 over/under, combining for 59 points. In the season finale in week 17 in western Massachusetts, Buffalo won by 11, covering the 10 point spread but neither could cover the 47 1/2 over/under, scoring only 26 points.

The oddsmakers like the defending Super Bowl champs, although they’re on the road by 1 1/2 and the over/under is 45. It’s Belichick vs. Ryan and this time, Rex is wearing blue instead of green. It won’t matter to the Pats, who take this one on the road and cover the 1 1/2.

Houston (0-1) at Carolina (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers welcome Houston into Bank of America Stadium for an afternoon contest in the Tar Heel State.

Houston’s rally against Kansas City fell short as the Chiefs held off the Texans 27-20 in the Lone Star State last Sunday. Neither club cracked the 100-yard rushing barrier (Houston came the closest with 98 yards, while the Chiefs tallied 97) and Texans QB Brian Hoyer found himself being sacked four times (Hoyer did have a TD and an interception). As far as third down tries… forgetalble. The Texans were 3 of 14 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and managed to hold the football for 24:41, while the Chiefs kept it for 35:19, while going 3 of 13 on third down tries.

Carolina and Newton led Jacksonville 10-9 at halftime last Sunday and then proceeded to score their final ten points of the contest uncontested as the took care of the Jaguars 20-9. Newton in shutting down the Jaguars, threw for a TD and 175 yards, while the Carolina defense held Jacksonville to 96 yards rushing, sacking QB Blake Bortles was sacked five times and picking him off twice. Carolina also forced three Jacksonville turnovers and went 8 of 17 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 34:06, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 25:54, going 3 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth.

They’ve only met three times and the Texans hold a 2-1 lead in the series, outscoring the defending NFC South champs 61-59. They last met in 2011 in the Lone Star State and Carolina took a 28-13 win, while the Texans won the first two meetings, including a 34-27 win in the Tar Heel State in 2007. The Panthers are 3 point favorites at home and the over/under is 40 1/2. Houston will have a problem on the road this week. Carolina’s finer at home and the Panthers cover the 3.

Arizona (1-0) at Chicago (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. It’s Carson Palmer vs. Jay Cutler as a pair of elite QBs meet in the Windy City in week two. Arizona travels to Chicago to take on Da Bears at Soldier Field.

The Desert Angry Birds led New Orleans 14-10 at halftime in Glendale and then proceeded to pull away from the Saints in the second half to take a 31-19 win. Palmer threw for 307 yards and three TDs without being picked off, while the Arizona defense sacked Drew Brees twice and picked him off. In their win over New Orleans, Arizona outrushed the Saints 120-54, while going 5 of 10 on third down conversions (New Orleans was 7 of 18, 1 of 2 on third and fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:36, while the Saints kept it for 33:24.

Da Bears lost their season opener to Green Bay at Soldier Field 31-23. Although they outrushed Green Bay 189-123 (Matt Forte led all rushers with 141 yards and a TD), Cutler found himself sacked twice and threw an interception in the 8-point loss. Chicago was 11 of 17 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 31:52, while the Packers were 6 of 10 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for a mere 28:08.

Including contests that were played when the Cardinals were in Chicago and then St. Louis before moving out west and Da Bears played their home games on the corner of Waveland, Clark, Sheffield and Addison (also known as Wrigley Field), Chicago holds a 56-27-6 in the series and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,695-1,127. Chicagp’s last win in the series came in 2012 in the desert when the Monsters of the Midway came away with a 28-13 win, while Arizona’s last win came in Chicago in 2009 by a final of 41-21.

The Desert Angry Birds are favored by 1 with a 45 over/under. It’s a good one to watch but not a great one. Chicago wins at home in the Windy City and covers the 1.

San Diego (1-0) at Cincinnati (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. It’s Philip Rivers vs. Andy Dalton as San Diego and Cincinnati meet in the Queen City and both enter week two’s contest with wins under their belts.

Cincinnati returns home to Paul Brown Stadium after manhandling the Raiders 33-13 in Oakland. The Bengals led 33-0 after 45 minutes of play before allowing the home team to score their only points unchalleneged. While they rushed for 127 yards, the Bengals held Oakland to 63 in the lopsided win and sacked QB Matt McGlowin twice. The Bengals were 4 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down and held the ball for 32:32, while the Silver and Black kept it for 27:28, while going 3 of 12 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

The Chargers lead the series 19-13 and have outscored the Bengals 769-698. The Bengals have won the last three regular season contests, including a 17-10 win in San Diego in 2013. In the week 13 contest on the Left Coast, Cincy broke a 7-7 halftime tie and outscored the Bolts 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Diego was outrushed 164-91 and Rivers found himself being sacked twice in the 3-point loss. The Bengals were 6 of 12 on third down conversions, possessing the ball for 29:40, while the Chargers held on to the ball for 30:20, while going 6 of 13 on third down tries.

In that week 13 contest on the Left Coast two years ago, the Chargers were favored by 1 1/2 and Cincinnati won by 7. Neither team covered the over/under of 48 1/2 as they combined for 27. This time around, the Bengals are favored by 3 1/2 with a 45 1/2 over/under. Rivers vs. Dalton. This one will be a good game to watch if you’re a fan of either team. But there can only be one winner. Bengals cover the 2 1/2 and win at home.

Tennessee (1-0) at Cleveland (0-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The Marcus Mariota-led Titans travel to Cleveland to face off against another Heisman winner in Johnny Manziel along the shores of Lake Erie.

Tennessee led Tampa Bay 35-7 on the road in the Sunshine State and never looked back in the battle of rookie Heisman QBs and beat the Bucs in the Sunshine State 42-14. Although Jameis Winston (210 yards) did manage to throw a pair of TDs in the contest against Mariotta (209 yards, four TDs), he was sacked four times and picked off twice in the 28-point loss. The Bucs were held to 92 yards rushing in the contest, while Tennessee ran for 124. If you’re a fan of third and fourth down tries, there was not a lot to write, tweet, text or email home about (Tennessee was 4 of 9, while the Bucs were 3 of 14 and 1 of 2). The Titans ruled the time of possession as well as the game, holding the pigskin for 31:30, while the Bucs held it for 28:30.

In their 31-10 loss to the New York Jets in the Meadowlands, Manziel wound up under center after Jake McCown was knocked out with a concussion. Manziel would go 13 of 24 with a TD in the game but was picked off once and sacked three times. Cleveland was outrushed by the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 154-104 in the contest while turning the ball over five times in the loss. The Browns on third down conversions went 8 of 16 (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31:40, while GangGreen did well on third and fourth tries themselves (the Jets were 7 of 13 and 0 of 1) and kept the ball for 28:20.

Including games played when the Titans were in Houston and known as the Oilers, the Browns lead the series 34-28 and have outscored Tennessee 1,224-1,212. They met last year in the Music City and Cleveland came away with a 29-28 win (Tennessee’s last win in the series came in 2011 in Cleveland by a 31-13 final). In the week five contest, the Browns scored 19 points uncontested in the second half after trailing 28-10 at halftime. Cleveland’s Ben Tate ran for 123 of the Browns’ 175 (Tennessee ran for 149) in the win, while Cleveland’s defense sacked Charlie Whitehurst twice. Cleveland on third and fourth down tries went 4 of 12 and 0 of 1, keeping the ball for 29:17, while the Titans kept it for 30:43 and went 8 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down.

In the week five contest in Music City saw Cleveland win by one (Tennessee was a 2 point favorite) and the 44 over/under was shattered with ease as both teams joined to score 57 points. The Titans are favored by 4 and the over/under for this one is 41 1/2. Mariota may have beaten one Heisman winner but he won’t win along the shores of Lake Erie. Browns and Manziel may not cover the 4 but they win at home.

Detroit (0-1) at Minnesota (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. It’s a pair of NFC North rivals meeting in the Twin Cities as the Lions travel to Minneapolis to take on the Vikings in their temporary home on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Both teams are looking to even their records after losses last week on the road.

Minnesota trailed 7-0 at the half in Santa Clara last Monday night but could only muster a fourth-quarter field goal against the 49ers on the Left Coast in taking a 20-3 loss. San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde ran for 168 of the 49ers’ 230, while the Vikings were held to 71 yards and the 49er defense made life miserable for QB Teddy Bridgewater, as they sacked him five times and recorded an interception, while QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 165 yards and went turnover-free in the 17-point win at Levis Stadium. Neither club did much on third or fourth down tries Monday night on the Left Coast (the Vikings were 1 of 9 and 0-2, while the 49ers were 5 of 12) and San Francisco won the time of possession battle as well as the game, keeping the ball for 33:02 to Minnesota’s 26:58.

Tampa Bay (0-1) at New Orleans (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. It’s a battle for the NFC South cellar as New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay in the Big Easy in a good old-fashioned Southern battle between neighbors and both are coming off losses from week one. It’s the old gunslinger (Drew Brees) vs. the new kid on the block (Jameis Winston).

Tampa Bay trailed Tennessee 35-7 at home in the Sunshine State and could not recover in the battle of rookie Heisman QBs and fell to the Titans 42-14. Although Winston (210 yards) did manage to throw a pair of TDs in the contest against Marcus Mariotta (209 yards, four TDs), he was sacked four times and picked off twice in the 28-point loss. The Bucs were held to 92 yards rushing in the contest, while Tennessee ran for 124. With regard to third and fourth down tries… not a lot to write, tweet, text or email home about (Tennessee was 4 of 9, while the Bucs were 3 of 14 and 1 of 2). As far as the clock was concerned… it was the BFF of Tennessee, who kept the ball for 31:30, while the Bucs held it for 28:30.

New Orleans trailed Arizona 14-10 at halftime in Glendale before the Desert Angry Birds proceeded to pull away from them in the second half to take a 31-19 loss with them back to the Big Easy. Carson Palmer threw for 307 yards and three TDs without being picked off, while the Arizona defense sacked Drew Brees twice and picked him off. In their win over New Orleans, Arizona outrushed the Saints 120-54, while going 5 of 10 on third down conversions (New Orleans was 7 of 18, 1 of 2 on third and fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:36, while the Saints kept it for 33:24.

The Saints lead the series 29-17, have outscored Tampa Bay 1,009-841 and have won seven of the last eight contests, including sweeping the series in 2014 (Tampa Bay’s last win over the Saints? 26-20 in Tampa Bay in 2011.). In the first meeting in week five in the Big Easy, the Saints led 13-10 at the half and then held off Tampa Bay in the second half to escape with a 37-31 overtime win in the Bayou, despite being outscored in the second half and overtime 21-18. The Bucs were held to 66 yards rushing, while New Orleans ran for 140. Although Drew Brees was picked off three times, he did manage to throw for a pair of TDs in the game. Third down tries? Don’t get your hopes up as the Saints were 6 of 13, while Tampa Bay was 3 of 9 and time was on the side of New Orleans, who kept the ball for 38:32 (including the overtime), while Tampa Bay kept it for 27:04.

For the Saints, second verse same as the first, as in another win, this time in Tampa Bay in the Sunshine State to close out the 2014 campaign. New Orleans erased a 20-7 deficit by scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged to take a 23-20 win. Trailing 20-7 after 45 minutes of play, the Saints went to work to reclaim the lead and take the win away from the Bucs. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin ran for 108 of his team’s 183 yards (New Orleans was held to 70) and Brees was sacked twice while being picked off three times, while Josh McCown fared no better, as he was sacked three times. Both teams did reasonably well on third down tries in the season finale (New Orleans was 7 of 14 and 1 of 1 on fourth down, while Tampa Bay was 9 of 17) and the clock favored Tampa Bay, who held the ball for 32:47 to New Orleans’ 27:13.

In the first meeting in the Big Easy, New Orleans was a 10-point favorite but won by only six but both teams covered the 48 over/under by 20. The second meeting in Tampa Bay in week 17 saw New Orleans as a 4-point favorite (the Saints won by 3) and this time, both clubs missed the over/under of 47, as they combined for only 43. New Orleans is favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under is 46 1/2. The 9 points sounds a little on the high side but the 46 1/2 makes sense. After all, it’s Brees vs. Winston. Jameis will get a win this season, he just won’t get it in the Big Easy. Tampa Bay makes it close but the Saints take the win at home in the bayou.

San Francisco (1-0) at Pittsburgh (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of teams with a long history of Super Bowls under their belts meet in the Steel City as San Francisco heads east as Colin Kaepernicks faces off against Ben Roethlisberger at Heinz Field.

The Niners led Minnesota 7-0 at the half in Santa Clara last Monday night and made it last as they held off the Vikings 20-3, holding the Purple Gang to a fourth quarter field goal in the process. Carlos Hyde ran for 168 of the 49ers’ 230, while the Vikings were held to 71 yards. The San Francisco defense made life miserable for QB Teddy Bridgewater, as they sacked him five times and recorded an interception, while Kaepernick threw for 165 yards and went turnover-free in the 17-point win at Levis Stadium. Neither club did much on third or fourth down tries Monday night on the Left Coast (the Vikings were 1 of 9 and 0-2, while the 49ers were 5 of 12) and San Francisco won the time of possession battle as well as the game, keeping the ball for 33:02 to Minnesota’s 26:58.

Pittsburgh looks to right its ship after they lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots 28-21 in Foxboro to open the 2015 campaign. New England led 14-3 at halftime before the Steelers outscored their hosts in the second half 18-14 but it was not enough to win on the road. Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams ran for 127 of his team’s 134 yards (New England was held to 80) and Roethlisberger did throw a TD pass to WR Antonio Brown late in the contest but was sacked twice and threw an interception. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down tries (2 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 32:05, while the Pats were 7 of 11 and possessed the pigskin for 27:55.

The 49ers hold a 11-9 series lead but the Steelers have outscored San Francisco 404-391. Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came in the Steel City in 2007, winning 37-16. San Francisco’s last win in the series came in their last meeting in San Francisco in 2011 by a 20-3 final at old Candlestick Park.

The Steelers are favored by 5 1/2 at home and the over/under’s 45. At best, this one will be pretty entertaining, given the Super Bowl histories of both clubs. It could be closer than the 5 1/2 but the Steelers prevail at home.

St. Louis (1-0) at Washington (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. After knocking off the defending NFC champions last Sunday at home, the St. Louis Rams travel eastward to Landover to face off against the Washington Redskins.

St. Louis erased a 31-24 deficit and rallied to win 34-31 in overtime over Seattle at home. Although they were outrushed 124-76, the Rams did manage to sack Russell Wilson six times and went 6 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:32, while the Seahawks were 8 of 19 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 37:28.

Washington let a 10-7 lead against Miami slip out of their hands last Sunday, falling to the Dolphins in Landover 17-10. Miami scored their final 10 points in the final 15 minutes of play unchallenged to take the win, despite Washington’s Alfred Morris rushing for 121 of his team’s 161 yards (Miami was held to 74). Ryan Tannehill was sacked three times but did manage to throw a TD pass in the win, while the Dolphins defense picked off QB Kirk Cousins twice. Both clubs went 0 of 1 on fourth down tries (Miami was 5 of 12 on third down, while Washington was 6 of 14) and Washington ruled the clock at FedEx Field, keeping the ball for 37:54 to Miami’s 22:06.

Including games that were played when the Redskins were in Boston and known as the Braves and the Rams played their home games in Cleveland before moving west to Los Angeles and then to St. Louis, the Redskins lead the series 22-11-1 and have outscored St. Louis 786-661. They met last year in Landover and St. Louis shut out Washington 24-0 (Washington’s last win came in 2011 in the Gateway City by a final of 17-10). In the week 14 contest at FedEx Field, Washington trailed 6-0 at the intermission before the floodgates opened, which allowed the Rams to score their 18 second-half points without a challenge. The Rams rushed for 131 yards and held the “Skins to a season-low 27 yards and sacked Case McCown and Robert Griffin III seven times in the shutout win. St. Louis was 6 of 12 on third down tries at FedEx Field and kept the ball for 32:49, while the Redskins kept the ball for all of 27:11 while going 3 of 12 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth down. The Rams easily covered the 3 point spread with their 24-point win but neither team reached the 45 over/under. This Sunday, the Rams are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under is 41 1/2. If for nothing else, this one could be somewhat entertaining. Washington fans will be saying “HELL, IT’S THE REDSKINS!” again this week as the Rams cover the 3 1/2 and win on the road.

Miami (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They’re separated by 350 miles along I-95 and they meet for only the seventh time. Miami makes the long trip up the Sunshine State coast to face off against Jacksonville in north Florida.

Miami erased a 10-7 deficit against Washington last Sunday to come away from Landover with a 17-10 win against the Redskins. Miami scored their final 10 points in the final 15 minutes of play unchallenged to take the win, despite Washington’s Alfred Morris rushing for 121 of his team’s 161 yards (Miami was held to 74). Ryan Tannehill was sacked three times but did manage to throw a TD pass in the win, while the Dolphins defense picked off QB Kirk Cousins twice. Both clubs went 0 of 1 on fourth down tries (Miami was 5 of 12 on third down, while Washington was 6 of 14) and Washington ruled the clock at FedEx Field, keeping the ball for 37:54 to Miami’s 22:06.

Jacksonville trailed Carolina 10-9 at halftime last Sunday and then saw things come to a halt as the Panthers and Cam Newton shut down the Jaguars in the second half, scoring 10 points unchallenged as they lost 20-9. Jacksonville was held to 96 yards rushing and Jaguar QB Blake Bortles was sacked five times and picked off twice. Jacksonville turned the ball over three times in the loss at home, while going 3 of 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries, holding the ball for 25:54 (Carolina was 8 of 17 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down and held on to the ball for 34:06).

They’ve only met six times and the Dolphins lead the series 4-2, while outscoring the Jaguars 120-88. The ‘Fins have won the last three contests, including taking a 27-13 win in Jacksonville (The Jaguars’ last win in the series came in 2008 in Miami by a final of 24-10). In that contest in week eight, Miami led 10-3 at the break before outpacing their hosts 17-10 in the last 30 minutes of action at EverBank Field. Jacksonville’s Denard Robinson led all rushers with 108 yards (the Jaguars outrushed Miami 176-148) but it was a somewhat bad day for both qbs as Tannehill (196 yards, TD) was sacked three times and Blake Bortles (221 yards, TD, 2 interceptions) was sacked four times. Third down tries were not something for the fans of either team to cheer about (Miami was 5 of 12, while Jacksonville was 6 of 15) but Jacksonville held the ball longer than their guests from South Beach, keeping the ball for 32:23 to Miami’s 27:37. The Dolphins were 6 point favorites in the week eight contest in north Florida and won by 14, covering the spread easily but both teams missed the over/under (43) by a field goal. Miami’s favored by 6 and the over/under in the Sunshine State is 41 1/2. Miami’s pretty decent and Jacksonville’s trying to improve. Jacksonville makes it close but Miami heads back home down I-95 with the win.

Baltimore (0-1) at Oakland (0-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. A pair of struggling teams meet in northern California as the Ravens travel west to face off against Oakland.

The Raiders found themselves being manhandled by Cinccinnati 33-13 at home last week. Oakland trailed led 33-0 after 45 minutes of play before scoring their only points unchalleneged. The Raiders were held to 63 yards While the Bengals rushed for 127 yards and QB Matt McGlowin found himself being sacked twice. The Bengals were 4 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down and held the ball for 32:32, while the Silver and Black kept it for 27:28, while going 3 of 12 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

Baltimore leads the series 6-1, have outscored the Silver and Black in the seven contests 177-93 and have taken wins in the last four contests, including a 55-10 win in 2012 in Charm City (Oakland’s only win over the Ravens came in 2003 on the Left Coast, with the Silver and Black taking a 20-12 win.)

Baltimore is favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under is 43. Both teams are somewhat bad but then again, that was one game. If you’re a fan of either team, this might be worth watching; otherwise, we suggest that “Dr. Who” binge-fest on BBC America. Ravens may not cover the 6 1/2 but they win in Cali.

Dallas (1-0) at Philadelphia (0-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. Dallas and Philly. A pair of NFC East rivals with about as much love for each other as the Hatfields and McCoys meet in the city of Brotherly Love.

The Cowboys and Eagles will renew their rivalry on Sunday afternoon in Philly and this time, star running back De Marco Murray, who was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year last season with Dallas, will line up for Philadelphia against his former team. Expect a lot of hitting and chippiness in this one.

On Kickoff Weekend, quarterback Tony Romo led the Cowboys back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a dramatic 27-26 win over the New York Giants. Romo threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tight end Jason Witten in the final 5:08, including the game-clinching TD with seven seconds remaining in the game. Dallas on third down tries in the win last Sunday night was 6 of 11 and kept the ball for 37:10, while the Giants were 6 of 14, possessing the pigskin for a mere 22:50.

“Tony has great poise,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told WFAA-TV and the Dallas Morning News. “He has great understanding about what he wants to do. He’s got a tremendous amount of confidence in the huddle.”

For the Eagles, it’s somewhat of a short week as Philadelphia dropped a close 26-24 decision on Monday night in Atlanta to open the season. Murray scored two touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving – in his first game with his new team. He has now rushed for a touchdown in eight consecutive games, including the postseason.

“The good news is it’s only Week 1,” says Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who passed for 336 yards and a touchdown in his first game with the club. “We have a lot of games ahead of us. We’ll move on from this.” The Eagles were 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and kept the ball for 24:33 to Atlanta’s 35:27 (the Falcons were 4 of 14 on third down).

Dallas holds a 60-48 lead in the series, which includes contests played at the Cotton Bowl and have outscored the Eagles 2,339-2,144. The two teams split last year’s meetings with each team winning in the other team’s ballpark. In week 13 on Thanksgiving Day, the Eagles ruined Dallas’ Turkey Day plans, taking a 23-7 lead at the half and coming out on top 33-10. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 159 of his team’s 256 yards, while Philly held the Cowboys to 93 yards rushing, sacked Romo four times and picked him off twice. The Eagles were 8 of 15 on third down conversions (Dallas was a somewhat dismal 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:25 to Dallas’ 29:35.

They met again two weeks later in Philly and for Dallas, revenge was a dish they enjoyed as they would erase a 24-21 lead to come out on top 38-27. WR Dez Bryant (broken foot) caught a pair of Romo TD passes in the win and Murray had a pair of rushing TDs for his former team. The Eagles were held to 75 yards rushing in the second meeting and turned the ball over four times in the 11-point loss, while going 5 of 11 on third down tries to Dallas’ 5 of 13. As for the clock, it was the ally of the Cowboys, who hoarded the ball for 41:55 to the Eagles’ 18:05.

In the Thanksgiving Day matchup in the Lone Star State (week 13), the Eagles easily covered the 3 point spread (Dallas was the favorite) with their 23-point win but both clubs fell short of the 55 over/under, tallying only 43 points. Dallas covered the 3 1/2 point spread (Philly was favored in the week 15 contest in the City of Brotherly Love), winning by 11 and covered the 55 1/2 over/under, scoring 63 points. The Eagles are a 5-point favorite at home and the over/under’s 55 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Just the Murray storyline alone makes this one “DRILL WORTHY,” so with that, here’s THE DRILL! (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!), 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 55 and dates a 40-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?”

Hatfields vs. McCoys. Dogs vs. Cats. Need we say more? Dallas makes this one interesting but Philly comes away with the win in front of the home team, even though it may be closer than the 5 point spread.

Seattle (0-1) at Green Bay (1-0), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. They meet again and this time, it’s not in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks. Instead, it’s in the land of beer, cheese and bratwurst. The Packers and Seahawks will meet on Sunday night in a rematch of last season’s exciting NFC Championship Game which Seattle won 28-22 in overtime.

The Seahawks, who have represented the NFC in each of the past two Super Bowls, look to rebound from last week’s 34-31 overtime loss at St. Louis. Seattle got contributions from two of its new offensive weapons as tight end Jimmy Graham had a touchdown catch and rookie Tyler Lockett returned a punt 57 yards for a score.

“We have to get right back at it,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told KIRO-TV, KING-TV, USA Today and the Seattle Post Intelligencer. “There were a lot of good things and a lot of stuff we have to correct. We’ll see if we can get it done for next week.” The defending NFC champions did manage to outrush St. Louis 124-76 and forced three Rams turnovers in the loss, while going 8 of 19 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down in the overtime loss and kept the ball for 37:28 to St. Louis’ 28:32 (the Rams on third down tries went 6 of 11).

Green Bay notched a victory over the division-rival Chicago Bears in the season opener at Soldier Field. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns passes – two to James Jones and one to Randall Cobb – and running back Eddie Lacy rushed for one score as the Packers won 31-23 in the Windy city. In the past three games against the Bears, Rodgers has 13 touchdown passes with no interceptions. He is the only player in NFL history to throw for at least 13 touchdowns without an interception in a three-game span against one opponent. Erasing a 13-10 deficit at the half, the Packers sacked Bears QB Jay Cutler twice and picked him off once, even though they were outrushed by Da Bears 189-133 (Bears RB Matt Forte led all rushers with 141 yards and a TD). The Pack did well on third and fourth down tries (6 of 10 and 1 of 1) and kept the ball for 28:08, while Da Bears were 11 of 17 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth down, hibernating the ball for 31:52.

“This is our starting point,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told WTMJ-TV and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “This is who we are as a team today. A lot of good things to go off of and a lot of things we can learn from.”

Green Bay leads the series 8-7 in the regular season and have outscored the Seahawks 380-324. Green Bay’s last win in the series came in the land of beer, bratwurst and cheese in 2009 at Lambeau by a 48-10 final.

They met twice last year, one in the regular season and once in the post season and the Seahawks swept both contests, which were played in the Pacific Northwest. In week one at CenturyLink Field, Seattle led 17-10 at halftime and came away 36-16 winners. Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 of Seattle’s 207 yards (the Packers were held to 80) as the Seahawks sacked Rodgers  three times and picked him off once, while Russell Wilson threw for 191 yards and a pair of TDs. Green Bay on third down tries went 6 of 12 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:40, while the Seahawks were 4 of 11 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, while keeping the ball for 33:20.

Round two… Seattle… playoffs… NFC Championship Game… winner moves on, loser goes home. Seattle trails Green Bay 16-0 at the half before the Seahawks rally in the second half and overtime to win 28-22 by outscoring the Packers 28-6 in the final 30 minutes of regulation and overtime. Lynch again was in “Beast Mode,” rushing for 157 yards for Seattle (the Seahawks rushed for 194 yards, while the Packers tallied 135) and even though Wilson was sacked five times and picked off four times, he and WR Javon Kearse did manage to connect with the game-winning TD in overtime to send Seattle back to the Super Bowl. In the second meeting in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks, Seattle was 50 percent on third down tries (8 of 16) but perfect in their only fourth down conversion, holding the ball for 31:04, while the Packers on third down (they did not have a fourth down try) were 3 of 14 and kept the ball for 32:15.

In the first meeting in Seattle, the Seahawks were favored by 5 and won by 20 and both teams easily covered the 45 over/under by scoring 52 points. Things were a little tighter in the second meeting in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks, as the Seahawks were favored by 7 and won by 6. That was the bad news. The good news? Both teams again covered the over/under of 46 1/2 by scoring 50 points. This time, Green Bay’s favored and it’s by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 49. Dare we say that this one is “Drill Worthy?” To quote Adam Savage of “Mythbusters,” it’s plausible. (Refer to the Dallas-Philadelphia game for the instructions on “The Drill.). It’ll be closer than 3 1/2 but the Pack gets revenge at home and wins at Lambeau.

New York Jets (1-0) at Indianapolis (0-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The second of former Super Bowl matchups squares off to close out week two as the Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts host the New York J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

The Todd Bowles era with GangGreen got underway on a positive note as they took care of the Browns and Johnny Manziel 31-10 in the Meadowlands, Manziel wound up under center after the Jets knocked Jake McCown out of the contest with a concussion. Manziel would go 13 of 24 with a TD in the game but was picked off once and sacked three times. Cleveland was outrushed by the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 154-104 in the contest while turning the ball over five times in the loss, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 179 yards and a pair of TDs. The Browns on third down conversions went 8 of 16 (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31:40, while GangGreen did well on third and fourth tries themselves (the Jets were 7 of 13 and 0 of 1) and kept the ball for 28:20.

The Colts trailed Buffalo 17-0 at halftime in Orchard Park and fell to the Bills 27-14. In the contest along the shore of Lake Erie, Indy did manage to outscore the Bills in the second half 14-10 but for Indy, it was a case of “too little, too late.” Indy was held to 64 yards on the ground (Buffalo tallied 147) and Luck did manage to throw a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice in the contest.

As for that Super Bowl, the teams met in Miami’s Orange Bowl in Super Bowl III and it was Joe Namath’s “guarantee” of victory, the Jets toppled the seemingly unbeatable Baltimore Colts by a score of 16-7. Even future Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas could not spark a second half comeback by Baltimore. Because of Namath’s leadership (and five Baltimore turnovers), the Jets secured the first victory for the AFL in the young history of the Super Bowl. “Broadway Joe” completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards.

Including contests that were played in Baltimore when the Colts were in Charm City and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! played their home games at Shea Stadium, the Colts lead the series 40-27, while GangGreen has outscored the Colts 1,383-1,359. Their last meeting was in 2012 in the Meadowlands and the Jets were 35-9 winners (Indy’s last win in the series came in 2006 in the Meadowlands as the Peyton Manning—led Colts won 31-28.). The oddsmakers like the Colts as 6 1/2 point favorites with a 46 1/2 over/under. This one may be one of the better Monday night contests (Indy is 22-14 on Monday night, while the Jets are 20-29). The Colts may not cover the spread but they take the win back home again in Indiana.

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