It’s week four in the 2016 National Football League season and so far, there’s been excitement… there’s been some really good football… there’s been some not so good football… but as Chris Berman says “That’s why they play the games.”

Week four got underway in Cincinnati with the Bengals taking a 22-7 win over the Miami Dolphins and concludes in the Land of 10,000 Lakes when Eli and the New York Giants take on the unbeaten Minneosta Vikings on Monday night.

Speaking of unbeaten teams…. five are left standing (New England, Denver, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Baltimore) and four are in action this weekend. This weekend also starts the “Bye” part of an NFL teams schedule and Green Bay and Philadelphia, who both won at home last week, get to play hooky this week.

Week four also starts the first of the International Series in London as Indianapolis and Jacksonville square off at Wembley Stadium for an early Sunday morning start (9:30 a.m. Eastern, 1:30 p.m. London time) on CBS. That means if you have an early worship service, set the VCR NOW!

IT’S STILL EARLY: In the first three weeks of the 2016 season, 28 of the 32 clubs (87.5 percent) have at least one win, tied for the third-highest total in a season through three games since realignment in 2002. So for those teams that have one win or less, there’s still hope.

The most teams with at least one win through three games since 2002:

YEAR – TEAMS WITH ONE OR MORE WINS THROUGH THREE GAMES
2012 – 30
2014 – 29
2016 – 28
2015 – 28
2005 – 28

FAB FIVE: Five NFL teams – Baltimore, Denver, Minnesota, New England and Philadelphia – are undefeated through Week 3. Since 1990, 75.6 percent of teams (99 of 131) that started 3-0 made the playoffs.

Baltimore and Philadelphia are the only undefeated teams that did not make the playoffs last season. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four clubs made the playoffs that were not in the postseason the previous year.

PASS FRENZY: There were 10 300-yard passing performances in Week 3, bringing the season total of such games to 30. The 30 individual 300-yard passing games are tied for the second-most through the first three weeks of any NFL season.

The most individual 300-yard passing games through Week 3 in NFL history:

SEASON – INDIVIDUAL 300-YARD PASS. GAMES
2011 – 34
2016 – 30
2013 – 30
2012 – 26
2015 – 25

SCORES GALORE: NFL teams scored 744 points in Week 3 to bring the season total to 2,186, the third-most points scored in the first three weeks of any season in NFL history.

The most points scored through the first three weeks of an NFL season:

FIRST THREE WEEKS – TOTAL POINTS
2012 – 2,287
2015 – 2,261
2016 – 2,186
2013 – 2,171
2011 – 2,157

ROCKETING ROOKIES: Philadelphia rookie quarterback Carson Wentz passed for 301 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.9 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-3 win over Pittsburgh. Wentz has guided the Eagles to a 3-0 start and is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 attempts (102), 60 completions (66) and five touchdown passes (five) without an interception in his first three career games.

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 248 yards with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and no interceptions in the Cowboys’ 31-17 victory against Chicago on Sunday Night Football.

Wentz (102) and Prescott (99) have the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career in NFL history.

PLAYER, RECORD (COMPLETIONS-ATTEMPTS, YARDS-TD-INTERCEPTIONS; RATING
Carson Wentz, 3-0 (66-102, 769-5-0; 103.8)
Dak Prescott, 2-1 (66-99, 767-1-0; 93.3)

TERRIFIC TREVOR: Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian passed for 312 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.1 passer rating in the Broncos’ 29-17 win at Cincinnati.

Siemian became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in his first career road start.

PROLIFIC PRIOR: Cleveland wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had eight receptions for 144 yards, completed three of five passes for 35 yards and rushed for 21 yards in the Browns’ 30-24 overtime loss at Miami.

Pryor became the first player to have at least 120 receiving yards, 30 passing yards and 20 rushing yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford did it on December 6, 1959.

BOOTING THE RECORD BOOK: Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted a 52-yard field goal in the Raiders’ 17-10 win at Tennessee.

Janikowski has 53 career 50+ yard field goals and passed JASON HANSON (52) for the most in NFL history.

The players with most career 50+ yard field goals:

PLAYER – 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS
Sebastian Janikowski – 53
Jason Hanson – 52
John Kasay – 42
Morten Andersen – 40
Jason Elam – 39

As for last week, another 10-6 week. Not good… but not bad. For the season, that puts us at 31-17. Here are Sunday and Monday’s games…

Carolina (1-2) at ATLANTA (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of Southern rivals, separated by 245 miles and joined by a 4-hour drive along I-85, meet in the Big Peach as Cam Newton returns to Atlanta for a meeting with Matt Ryan and the first-place Atlanta Falcons.

Carolina lost to Minnesota 22-10 last Sunday in Charlotte. The Panthers let a 10-8 halftime lead get away from them at Bank of America Stadium as the Vikings scored their final 14 second half points unchallenged. Despite outrushing Minnesota 105-58,
Newton threw for 262 yards but was sacked eight times (including a safety that gave Minnesota their first points of the contest) and picked off three times. Minnesota took the lead for keeps when Sam Bradford and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on a 15-yard TD pass with 9:43 and a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sealed the deal for Minnesota. Carolina was 6 of 16 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 34:52, while the Vikings were 3 of 12 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 25:08.

Meanwhile, Atlanta took over first place in the NFC South with their 45-21 win over division rival New Orleans Monday night in the Big Easy. Atlanta trailed early in the contest when Saints QB Drew Brees and TE Coby Feener opened the scoring with a 2-yard TD pass. The Falcons then tied things up with a 2 yard run by Tevin Coleman with 5:21. Coleman would then give Atlanta the lead for good with a 2-yard run in the second quarter and then added another TD in the third. Atlanta’s defense also got into the scoring act, when rookie LB Deion Jones picked off Brees and returned it 90 yards for Atlanta’s final points. Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 217-115, with Falcons RB DeVonta Freeman leading the way with 152, while Ryan threw for 240 yards in the Monday night affair (Brees did manage to throw for 376 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice). Atlanta on third down conversions was 5 of 11 but struck paydirt on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 27:26, while New Orleans ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:34, going 7 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down.

Atlanta has outscored Carolina 853-830 and leads the series 25-17. The two NFC South foes split the two meetings in the 2015 campaign, with both teams taking wins at home.

First meeting… week 14 in Charlotte. Carolina manhandled Atlanta at Bank of America Stadium, shutting out the Falcons 38-0. Carolina led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back in the lopsided affair, that saw Atlanta being held to 54 yards on the ground and Ryan sacked three times. Newton threw for 265 yards and three TDs, two to WR Ted Ginn. Carolina was 6 of 12 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (0 of 1 on fourth downs) and kept the ball for 31:30, while Atlanta held on to the pigskin for 28:30, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth down tries.

Game two… week 16 in the Big Peach. Carolina tried to march their way through Atlanta like Sherman’s army with a win to keep their unbeaten record in tact. That would not be the case, as Atlanta got some major revenge on Carolina and Newton and came away 20-13 winners. Atlanta and Carolina found themselves tied at 7-7 after the first 30 minutes of action before the Falcons took the lead for keeps when Ryan and WR Julio Jones connected on a 70 yard TD pass late in the third quarter. K Sean Graham would add a pair of field goals, including a 54-yarder, to seal the deal. Although Carolina once again outrushed Atlanta 155-77, Newton (142 yards) would find himself being sacked twice by Atlanta, while Ryan threw for 306 yards in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta was much better on third down tries at 9 of 15 in the rematch in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 35:38, while Carolina, who held the ball for 24:22, was 4 of 10 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Carolina’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Carolina’s looking to knock the Falcons off the perch in the NFC South, while Atlanta’s looking to stay there. Atlanta covers the 3 and wins in the Big Peach.

Indianapolis (1-2) at Jacksonville (0-3), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on CBS. God save the queen! The NFL makes their way across the pond (aka the Atlantic Ocean) for the first of four games that will take place outside the United States. Indy and Jacksonville make the Eastward trip to Wembly Stadium for an early morning meeting in the Eastern Time Zone.

Indianapolis broke into the win column with a 26-22 over Philip Rivers and San Diego last Sunday in the Hoosier State. The Colts and Bolts were tied 13-13 at the half, then exchanged the lead like a bad Christmas gift four times in the second half before Indy took the lead for good, thanks to a 63-yard TD pass to T.J. Hilton from Andrew Luck with 77 seconds left to play in regulation. Luck barely outpass Rivers 331-330 (both were sacked twice) and both clubs did not come anywhere near the 100-yard barrier. That was the bad news. The good news? Indy outrushed San Diego 93-37 with Frank Gore leading all rushers with 82 yards and a TD. Third down conversions were nothing to write home about as San Diego was 4 of 11, while the Colts were 2 of 9 (they did find success in their only fourth down try) in the late afternoon contest. Indy ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:43, while San Diego kept it for 27:17.

Jacksonville almost broke into the win column last Sunday at EverBank Field but came up on the short end of a 19-17 loss to Baltimore. Trailing 13-7 at the break, Jacksonville did manage to outpace the Ravens and Joe Flacco 10-6 in the last half and kept things close until they would turn the ball over on downs. Blake Bortles (194 yards, three interceptions) and WR Allen Robinson connected on both of the Jacksonville TDs in the game to keep things interesting for Jacksonville fans. Baltimore outrushed Jacksonville 84-48 and went 3 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:06, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 28:54, going 6 of 16 on third down tries.

Indy leads the series 21-9, have outscored Jacksonville 746-589 and have won five of their last six meetings with Jacksonville. For the two AFC South rivals, this will be their first meeting in London and they split the two meetings last year.

Week four in the Hoosier State… the Colts managed to wipe away a 13-10 deficit at the half and came away 16-13 overtime winners. The Colts, without Andrew Luck (Matt Hasselbeck was under center and was sacked three times) tied things up with a 32-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri with 12:27 left in regulation. Vinatieri would put his right leg to good use in the overtime with a 27-yarder to send Colts fans home happy. Jacksonville did outrush Indy 142-60 (T.J. Yeldon led all rushers with 105) and Blake Bortles outpaced Hasselbeck 298-282 in the contest. Both clubs struggled on third down conversions (Jacksonville was 7 of 18, Indianapolis was 7 of 15) and the Jaguars actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:10 to the Colts’ 34:14.

The second meeting was in the Sunshine State in week 14 and this time, Jacksonville wiped out a 13-9 deficit at the intermssion at EverBank Field, coming away 51-16 winners. Jacksonville outscored the Colts 28-7 in the final 30 minutes of action on Florida’s east coast and Bortles would throw for a pair of TDs and ran for one himself. As was the case in the first contest, Jacksonville outrushed the Colts 154-95 and each team turned the ball over twice. Third downs in the second contest? Nothing major to celebrate for both fan bases… Jacksonville went 2 of 9, while Indianapolis was 4 of 16 (the Colts were 1 of 2 on fourth down, while Jacksonville was 1 of 1) and this time, it was the Colts that ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:48, while the Jaguars kept it for 29:12.

Jacksonville’s listed as the home team on the other side of the Atlantic but tell that to the Colts. They’re favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 49 1/2. If you have an early church service Sunday, this would be the time to set the vCR… like NOW. Jaguars make it close but Colts cover the 2 1/2.

Oakland (2-1) at Baltimore (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The Raiders make their way East to Charm City for a date with Joe Flacco and the unbeaten Ravens.

Oakland came away 17-10 winners over Tennessee in Nashville last Sunday. Leading 17-3 at the half at Nissan Stadium, the Raiders managed to hold off a late Titans rally when RB DeMarco Murray scored from 5 yards out with 5:51 left in the third quarter and both clubs would go scoreless in the final 15 minutes of play. Tennessee outrushed Oakland 181-123, with Murray accounting for 114 of those yards, while David Carr (249 yards, TD, interception) outpaced Marcus Mariota (214 yards, interception) with both man recording a sack. Tennessee was 2 of 12 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) in the Music City and held the ball for 30:57, while Oakland clung to the ball for 29:03, going 5 of 13 on third down.

Baltimore survived a late Jacksonville rally in the Sunshine State and came out on top 19-17 winners over the Jaguars. Baltimore led 13-7 at the break, although Jacksonville did manage to outpace the Ravens and Flacco 10-6 in the last half and kept things close until they would turn the ball over on downs. Blake Bortles (194 yards, three interceptions) and WR Allen Robinson connected on both of the Jacksonville TDs in the game to keep things interesting for Jacksonville fans. Baltimore outrushed Jacksonville 84-48 and went 3 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:06, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 28:54, going 6 of 16 on third down tries.

The Ravens lead the series 6-2 and have outscored the Silver and Black 210-130. Oakland won the last meeting with Baltimore last year on the West Coast 37-33, while the Ravens were 55-20 winners in Charm City in 2012.

In that week two contest, Baltimore and Oakland went into the half tied at 20-20 before the Raiders rallied to outscore Baltimore 17-13 in the last 30 minuntes of play, taking the lead for good with 26 seconds left when Carr and WR Seth Roberts connected on a 12-yard pass. Baltimore did manage to outrush Oakland 109-97 and Flacco outpaced Carr 384-351 in the contest. Oakland in the 4-point win was 9 of 14 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 29:34, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:26, going 4 of 11 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions.

Baltimore’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. The Raiders are a lot better than what they were so far but the Ravens are undefeated and in their nest. Raiders make it interesting but Baltimore stays unbeaten nevermore in Charm City and covers the 3 1/2.

Tennessee (1-2) at Houston (2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC South rivals with connections to their cities meet in the Lone Star State as Tennessee travels to Houston for a meeting with the J.J. Watt-less Texans.

Tennessee fell to Oakland 17-10 in Nashville last Sunday. The Titans trailed 17-3 at the half at Nissan Stadium, before starting a late rally when RB DeMarco Murray scored from 5 yards out with 5:51 left in the third quarter and both clubs would go scoreless in the final 15 minutes of play. Tennessee outrushed Oakland 181-123, with Murray accounting for 114 of those yards, while David Carr (249 yards, TD, interception) outpaced Marcus Mariota (214 yards, interception) with both man recording a sack. Tennessee was 2 of 12 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) in the Music City and held the ball for 30:57, while Oakland clung to the ball for 29:03, going 5 of 13 on third down.

Houston found themselves shutout by New Engalnd 27-0 last Thursday night in Foxboro. The Texans were outrushed by New England 185-109, with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 105 of those yards, tallying a pair of TDs in the process. Houston coughed up the ball three times (a pair of fumbles and a Brad Osweiler interception) and lost the services of Watt to a back injury. According to the Texans, KHOU-TV and the Houston Chronicle, the All-Pro defensive end could miss the rest of the season. The Texans on third down went 6 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth down tries, while New England was 4 of 14. Houston did win the battle of time, keeping the ball for 31:22 to New England’s 28:38.

The Titans may lead the series 15-13 but Houston has outscored Tennessee 640-561 and have won seven of the last eight meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Tennessee’s last win over Houston came in 2013 in the Music City by a final of 16-10).

Week eight… Houston. The Texans held Tennessee to a pair of Ryan Succop field goals, taking a 20-6 win at NRG Stadium. Even though Tennessee outrushed Houston 86-56, Watt and the Texans’ defense sacked Zach Mettenberger seven times, while Blaine Hoyer burned Tennessee for 235 yards in the air with a pair of TDs. Neither team did much in the way of third down tries (Tennessee was 1 of 12, while Houston was 4 of 15) and both failed in their only fourth down try. Tenneseee did manage to rule the clock, holding the ball for 31:08 to Houston’s 28:52.

Round two… Nashville in week 16. Houston scored all 34 points of their points unchallenged before giving up a late Titans TD to take a 34-7 win in the Music City. Houston led 17-0 at the half and never looked back, as the Texans were looking for a spot in the AFC playoff party. This time, the Texans’ rushing game got revenge as they would outrush Tennessee 128-30 and backup QB Brad Weeden threw for 200 yards and a pair of TDs, rushing for one himself. Houston, who forced three Tennessee turnovers, kept the ball for 36:13 and did a little better on third down, going 7 of 16. As for the Titans, they kept the ball for 23:47, going 4 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Houston’s favored by 6 1/2 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make a lot of sense and there’s still some resentment over the Titans leaving Houston. Tennessee, not Houston, will have a problem and even without Watt, they’ll come away with the win, although it’ll be closer than the 6 1/2.

Buffalo (1-2) at New England (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707.  It’s Rex vs. Bill. Bills vs. Pats. Four Super Bowl rings to zero. The Bills make the trip to western Massachusetts for a meeting with the Brady-less, Gronk-less Pats in Foxoboro.

Buffalo made short work of Arizona last Sunday in Orchard Park, coming away 33-18 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. Buffalo led 17-7 at intermission and never looked back, outscoring the Cardinals 16-11 in the second half. RB LeSean McCoy (TD) ran for 110 of his team’s 208 yards, while Arizona was held to 88 yards on the ground and the Buffalo defense sacked Carson Palmer (287 yards) five times with four interceptions. Arizona turned the ball over five times in the 15-point loss, going 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and keeping the ball for 34 minutes, while the Bills circled the wagons and kept the ball for 26 minutes, going 4 of 13 on third down.

New England took Houston to the woodshed 27-0 last Thursday night in Foxboro. New England outrushed Houston 185-109, with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 105 of those yards, tallying a pair of TDs in the process. Houston coughed up the ball three times (a pair of fumbles and a Brad Osweiler interception in the shutout contest. Houston was 6 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 3 on fourth down) at Gillette Stadium and kept the ball for 31:22, while the Brady-less, Gronk-less Pats were 4 of 14, keeping the ball for 28:38.

New England leads the series 68-42-1 (which includes games that were played at Fenway Park when the team was known as the Boston Patriots) and have outscored the Bills 2,458-2,059. New England’s won six of the last seven contests, including sweeping the series in 2015 (Buffalo’s last win over the Pats came in 2014 in Foxboro by a 17-9 final).

Round one… week two in upstate New York, Orchard Park, to be exact. New England led 24-13 at half and came away 40-32 winners. Buffalo did outrush New England in the first meeting 160-56 and that was the good news for Bills fans. The bad news? Brady burned Buffalo for 466 yards and three TDs, two to Josh Edelman and one to Gronkowski, while Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor was sacked eight times, throwing for 242 yards with three TDs and three interceptions. New England… 3 of 10, 0 of 2 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:57, while Buffalo held the pigskin for 30:03, going 4 of 13, 1 of 1 on third and fourth down.

Round two… week 11 in Foxboro. Second verse, same as the first. Pats took a 10-3 lead at the half and came away 20-13 winners. Once again, Buffalo managed to outrush New England 94-85 and as was the case in the first meeting, Brady (2 sacks) won the passing battle, outpacing Taylor (sack, interception) 277-233 and each team had a turnover. Third down tries in the second meeting was not much to cheer about in Foxboro. How bad was it, you ask? New England was 4 of 14, while the Bills were 3 of 15 (1 of 1 on fourth down) and this time, it was Buffalo who ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:55 to New England’s 27:05.

Pats are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. New England may be without Gronk for another week (or not) and they’ll get Brady back next week against Cleveland. They’ve done well without both of them and that trend continues. Pats may not cover the 7 but they win in Foxboro.

Cleveland (0-3) at Washington (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of struggling teams, in last place in their respective divisions, meet near the nation’s capital as the defending NFC East champs host Cleveland at FedEx Field.

The Browns saw victory snatched away from them in Miami last Sunday, blowing a chance to win in regulation when K Chris Parkey’s 46-yard field try sailed right and fell to the Dolphins 30-24 in overtime. Cleveland led 13-10 at the break before being outscored by Miami 14-11 in the final 30 minutes of regulation. Cleveland outrushed Miami 169-115 in the Sunshine State but saw their hopes of at the very least a tie go away when ‘Fins RB Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in the overtime. Cleveland was 4 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 37:22 (which includes their first possession in overtime), while Miami was 2 of 10 on third down, holding the ball for 29:12.

Washington trailed Eli and the New York Giants 21-16 at Met Life Stadium last Sunday and pulled away in the final 30 minutes of action to come away 29-27 winners, knocking the Giants from the ranks of the unbeatens. Kirk Cousins threw a pair of TD passes and K Dustin Hopkins kicked a pair of second-half field goals, including the one that gave them the lead over their NFC rivals, then held off a late Giants rally when Redskins S Su’a Cravens picked him off with 1:09 left to play. Although they were outrushed by the Giants 120-90 and Manning outpassed Cousins 350-296, Washington did manage to force three Giants turnovers on the Jersey Shores. Both teams were at 44 percent on third down tries (New York was 4 of 9, Washington was 7 of 16) but Washington did strike paydirt on fourth down, finding success in their only try and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:26 to the Giants’ 26:34.

Cleveland leads the series 33-11-1 and have outscored Washington 1,122-732. Washington took a win in the last meeting with Cleveland along the shores of Lake Erie in 2012 by a final of 38-21, while the Brown’s last win in the series came in 2004 (also on the shores of Lake Erie) by a 17-13 final. Washington’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Cleveland may be bad but they’re not 8 points bad. The Browns will make life somewhat miserable for Cousins and Washington but Washington fans will be singing “Hail to the Redskins!” instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins!” this week. Washington wins this one but don’t expect the 8 to be covered.

Detroit (1-2) at Chicago (0-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Windy City, with both coming to Soldier Field for a divisional showdown.

Detroit saw Green Bay go into their bye week, leaving Lambeau Field with a 34-27 loss to the Packers last Sunday. Although they trailed 31-10 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, Detroit rallied in the second half and outscored Aaron Rodgers (205 yards, four TDS) in the second half 17-3. Green Bay outrushed the Lions 123-50 and Packers RB Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 103. Lions QB Matthew Stafford was no slouch either, throwing for 385 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Marvin Jones twice. Both clubs did quite well on third down conversions at Lambeau (Green Bay went 5 of 10, while the Lions were 8 of 14; Detroit was 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the clock was the ally of Detroit, who kept the ball for 35:07 to Green Bay’s 24:53.

Da Bears, without Jay Cutler (thumb) were never in their meeting with Dallas last Sunday night, coming out on the short end of a 31-17 loss in Arlington. Dallas led 24-3 at the intermission at JerryWorld (aka AT&T Stadium) and never looked back. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot did his best Emmitt Smith impression, rushing for 140 of his team’s 190 yards, while holding Chicago to 73. Prescott, taking over for Tony Romo (back) for his part threw for 248 yards and a TD, connecting with All-Pro WR Dez Bryant on a 17-yard strike in the fourth quarter. Dallas was 5 of 11 on third down tries, holding the ball for 35:19, while Chicago was 2 of 10 (both teams had one try on fourth down and was successful in that try) and kept the ball for 24:41.

Da Bears lead da series 96-71-5 and have outscored Detroit 3,341-3,071 (which includes contests that took place when the Lions were in Portsmouth and known as the Spartans and the teams played at Tiger Stadium and a little place in Chicago on the corner of Waveland, Clark, Sheffield and Addison called Wrigley Field). However…. Detroit has won the last six meetings, including sweeping the series in 2015 (Chicago’s last win over the Lions came in 2012, when they swept the series that year).

Round one… the Motor City at Ford Field in week six. Chicago trailed 34-31 late in the contest before K Robbie Gould connected on a 39-yard field goal as the clock struck :00, forcing overtime against the Lions. Chicago got the ball in the overtime but did not score, allowing the Lions to win the game in the extra session. Detroit then proceeded to take advantage and a 27-yard field goal by Matt Prater sent Lions fans home happy with a 37-34 win in their pockets. Detroit rushed for 155 yards in the contest, holding Da Bears to 91 and Stafford threw for 405 yards and four TDs, one to WR Calvin Johnson (Megatron), while Cutler threw for 353 yards with an interception. Detroit went 9 of 17 on third down conversions in the first meeting (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 38:57 (including the overtime), while Chicago was 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 33:34.

Round two… Chicago… week 17… colder than brass monkeys. How cold? 31 degrees at kickoff with a 20 degree wind chill. Chicago trailed 14-0 at the half at Soldier Field and rallied in the second half but came up short, losing to Detroit 24-20. Da Bears did manage to outscore Detroit 20-10 in the final 30 minutes of play but could not come any closer. Chicago outrushed Detroit 111-67 but Cutler (245 yards) threw three interceptions and was sacked four times, while Stafford threw for 298 yards and once again connected with Johnson on a TD strike (Stafford had three TD passes). Despite the loss, Chicago did manage to prevail on third down tries, going 7 of 12 and kept the ball for 27:30, while the Lions struggled on third down, going 4 of 10 (0 of 1 on fourth down) but ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:30.

The Lions are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. These teams are somewhat bad and it’s early but those numbers make some sense. If you’re a fan of either team, by all means watch this one; otherwise, may we suggest the “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel. Chicago gets revenge in the Windy City as Da Bears come away with the win at home in the Windy City.

Seattle (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Seattle makes their way to the East Coast for an early afternoon contest with the Jets in the Meadowlands.

Seattle took San Francisco to task last Sunday in the Pacific Northwest, beating the 49ers 38-17 at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks led 24-3 at the half, although they were outscored 15-13 in the last two quarters of play in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Despite being outrushed by San Francisco 135-127, Seattle RB Christine Michael led all rushers with 106 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest between the NFC West rivals, while QB Russell Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD before leaving the contest with a knee injury. Seattle did quite well on third down tries, going 9 of 14 and kept the ball for 35:57, while the 49ers were 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth) and held the pigskin for 24:03.

The Jets found themselves on the short end of a 24-3 final in Kansas City. The Chiefs held the Jets to a Nick Folk field goal in the second quarter and shutout New York 7-0 in the final 30 minutes of play, after leading 17-3 at the intermission. Although the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did outrush Kansas City 117-72, Alex Smtih easily outpassed Ryan Fitzpatrick (six interceptions) 237-188 in the win. Kansas City forced eight Jets turnovers and was 7 of 15 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 32:05, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! held the ball for 27:55 and went 50 percent on third down tries at 7 of 14 and 50 percent on fourth down at 1 of 2.

The Seahawks lead the series 10-8, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have outscored Seattle 330-324. However… Seattle has won the last two meetings, including a 28-7 win in 2012 in the Pacific Northwest, while New York’s last win came in the Meadowlands by a 37-14 win in 2004. Seattle’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 40. This will be a good game to watch but not a great one and if you decide to beg the significant other to take you shopping, we will understand. Seattle covers the 2 1/2 in the Meadowlands and takes the win on the road.

Denver at (3-0) Tampa Bay (1-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. The defending Super Bowl champs travel to the Sunshine State for an afternoon contest with Tampa Bay.

The defending Super Bowl champs took Andy Dalton and the Bengals to task in Cincinnati, coming away 29-17 winners in southern Ohio last Sunday. Erasing a 7-3 deficit after the first 15 minutes of play, Denver led 16-14 at the half and never looked back on the road, outpacing the Bengals in the second half. Trevor Siemian threw for 312 yards and four TDs, including the clincher to WR Demaryius Thomas, whose 55-yard TD pass put the nail in the Bengals’ coffin. Although they were outrushed 143-52, Denver did make life less than comfortable for Dalton (206 yards), sacking him four times and picking him off once. Denver was 6 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the pigskin for 27:54, while Cincy kept the ball for 32:06, going 5 of 12, 0 of 1 on third and fourth down.

Tampa Bay led 20-17 at the half against Los Angeles last Sunday in the Sunshine State, only to see the sun and the lead go away, coming up on the short end of a 37-32 loss to the Rams at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs would be outscored in the second half 20-17 and then had to endure a lighting delay that stopped the contest for almost an hour. Jameis Winston did manage to throw for 405 yards and three TDs in the contest and that was the good news. The bad news was that the Rams 137-83 and Rams LB Todd Gurley led all rushers with 85 yards and a pair of TDs. Tampa Bay (8 of 16 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down) ruled the clock and held the ball for 33:36, while the Rams were 6 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 26:24.

Denver leads the series 6-2, has outscored Tampa Bay 182-122 and won the last three meetings, including a 2012 win in the Mile High City by a 31-23 final, while Tampa Bay’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 1999 by a 13-10 count. Denver’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Tampa Bay’s pretty good for a 1-2 team but Denver’s the defending Super Bowl champs and they’re unbeaten. Denver’s staying unbeaten as they cover the 3 and take the win on the road.

Los Angeles (2-1) at Arizona (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. The first-place Los Angeles Rams travel to the desert for a NFC West meeting with the Arizona Cardinals in the great indoors of University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Rams picked up their first road win as the LA Rams 37-32 over Tampa Bay last Sunday. Tampa Bay led 20-17 at the intermission before rallying in the second half, outscoring the Buccaneers 20-12 in the second half. The Rams not only came away winners, they sat through a lighting delay along Florida’s West Coast that lasted almost an hour. Los Angeles outrushed Tampa Bay 137-83 and Todd Gurley showed no signs of slowing down from his rookie campaign, leading all rushers with 87 yards and a pair of TDs in the Sunshine State. Case Keenum threw for 190 yards and a pair of TDs, even though he was outpaced by Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, who threw for 405 yards and three TDs. Each club turned the ball over twice and Tampa Bay ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:36, going 8 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while the Rams kept the ball for 26:24, going 6 of 13 on third down tries.

Trailing 17-7 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds fell to Buffalo 33-18 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. The Cardinals were outscored 16-11 in the second half and Bills RB LeSean McCoy (TD) ran for 110 of his team’s 208 yards, while Arizona was held to 88 yards on the ground and the Buffalo defense sacked Carson Palmer (287 yards) five times with four interceptions. Arizona turned the ball over five times in the 15-point loss, going 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and keeping the ball for 34 minutes, while the Bills circled the wagons and kept the ball for 26 minutes, going 4 of 13 on third down.

The Desert Angry Birds lead the series 37-35-2 (which includes games that took place when the Rams were in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis and the Cardinals were in St. Louis) but the Rams have outscored Arizona 1,447-1,434. They spilt last year’s contests with each club winning in the other team’s park.

Meeting number one … week four in Glendale and the Rams came away 24-22 winners in the desert. The Rams led 10-9 at the break and then held off Arizona in the final 30 minutes of action at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gurley accounted for 146 of his team’s 164 yards of rushing, while the Cards ran for 113. In the first meeting, it was Nick Foles, not Keenum, under center, as he threw for 171 yards and three TDs, while Carson Palmer was sacked four times, even though he threw for 352 yards in the 2-point loss. Arizona, who turned the ball over three times, went 2 of 11 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 33:13, while the Rams were 5 of 13 third-down wise, keeping the ball for 26:47.

Round two… St. Louis in week 13 and this time, the Desert Angry Birds got their revenge, holding St. Louis to 3 points in the second quarter and came away 27-3 winners. Arizona led 10-0 at the break and never looked back or was really threatened by the Rams, who were held to 66 rushing yards, while the Cardinals tallied 175. Palmer outpaced Foles again, throwing for 356 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked twice. Arizona went 7 of 16 on third down tries in the second meeting (0 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 39:47, while the Rams were 1 of 12, 1 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 20:13.

Arizona’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. This could be an interesting affair to watch and the Rams are trying to go above .500, while the Desert Angry Birds are trying to reach the .500 mark. Desert Angry birds prevail at home, even though they might not cover the 8 1/2.

New Orleans (0-3) at San Diego (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of teams in the basements of their respective divsions with one thing in common (Drew Brees) meet on the Left Coast, as the current Saints and their current signal caller make the trip west for a meeting with the team that drafted him at Qualcomm.

New Orleans fell to 0-3 45-21 win over division rival Atlanta Monday night in the Big Easy. The Saints led early in the contest when Saints QB Drew Brees and TE Coby Feener opened the scoring with a 2-yard TD pass. The Falcons then tied things up with a 2 yard run by Tevin Coleman with 5:21. Coleman would then give Atlanta the lead for good with a 2-yard run in the second quarter and then added another TD in the third. Atlanta would add insult to injury when rookie LB Deion Jones picked off Brees and returned it 90 yards for Atlanta’s final points. Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 217-115, with Falcons RB DeVonta Freeman leading the way with 152. Brees outpassed , while Ryan threw for 240 yards in the Monday night affair (Brees did manage to throw for 376 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice). Atlanta on third down conversions was 5 of 11 but struck paydirt on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 27:26, while New Orleans ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:34, going 7 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down.

San Diego also lost last week, falling to Indianapolis 26-22 in the Hoosier State. Tied 13-13 at the half, the Colts and Chargers saw the lead change four times in the second half before Indy took the lead for good with a 63-yard TD pass to T.J. Hilton from Andrew Luck with 77 seconds left to play in regulation. Philip Rivers threw for 330 yards in the great indoors of Lucas Oil Stadium, while Luck threw for 331 yards and the one TD pass in the contest (both were sacked twice). Neither club breached the 100 yard barrier, although Indy did outrush San Diego 93-37 (Frank Gore led all rushers with 82 yards and a TD) and as far as third down conversions went, it was anything but a thing of beauty. San Diego was 4 of 11, while the Colts were 2 of 9 (they did find success in their only fourth down try) in the late afternoon contest. Indy ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:43, while San Diego kept it for 27:17.

Although the Chargers lead the series 7-4 and have outscored New Orleans 289-199, the Saints have come away winners in their last two contests, including a 31-24 win in the Big Easy in 2012, while San Diego’s last win came on the Left Coast in 2004 by a final of 43-17.

San Diego’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 53 1/2. You may want to skip this one and watch that “Law and Order:SVU” marathon on USA (that Olivia Benson’s really cute, especially when she’s slapping the cuffs on someone!). Chargers make this one interesting but Saints break into the win column and cover the 4 1/2 in the process.

Dallas (2-1) at San Francisco (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. A pair of old NFC rivals meet in Wine Country as Dallas, coming off a huge win at home, travels to Santa Clara for a contest with the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

Dak Prescott and Dallas made short work of Chicago last Sunday night in the Lone Star State, coming away 31-17 winners over Da Bears in Arlington. Dallas led 24-3 at the intermission at JerryWorld (aka AT&T Stadium) and never looked back. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot did his best Emmitt Smith impression, rushing for 140 of his team’s 190 yards, while holding Chicago to 73. Prescott, taking over for Tony Romo (back) for his part threw for 248 yards and a TD, connecting with All-Pro WR Dez Bryant on a 17-yard strike in the fourth quarter. Dallas was 5 of 11 on third down tries, holding the ball for 35:19, while Chicago was 2 of 10 (both teams had one try on fourth down and was successful in that try) and kept the ball for 24:41.

San Francisco found themselves being taken task last Sunday in the Pacific Northwest, falling to NFC West foe Seattle 38-17 at CenturyLink Field. Although they did outscore Seattle 15-13 in the second half, San Francisco trailed 24-3 after the first 30 minutes of play in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. San Francisco outrushed Seattle 135-127 and that was the good news for 49ers fans. The bad news? Seattle RB Christine Michael led all rushers with 106 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest between the NFC West rivals, while QB Russell Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD before leaving the contest with a knee injury. Seattle did quite well on third down tries, going 9 of 14 and kept the ball for 35:57, while the 49ers were 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth) and held the pigskin for 24:03.

San Francisco lead the series 15-11-1, have outscored the Cowboys 724-617 and won the last meeting with Dallas 28-17 in the Lone Star State in 2014, while Dallas’ last win over San Francisco came in 2011 at old Candlestick Park by a final of 27-24 in overtime. Dallas is favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46. Dak Prescott’s good but he’s no Tony Romo. The 3? Makes sense. The 46? It’s a bit on the high side but that’s why they play the games. San Francisco pulls off the upset at home and covers the 3.

Kansas City (2-1) at Pittsburgh (2-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s a pair of AFC contenders meeting in the Steel City as Kansas City travels to Pittsburgh for a key Sunday night contest at Heinz Field.

Kansas City took GangGreen to the woodshed at Arrowhead last Sunday and beat the Jets 24-3. The Chiefs held the Jets to a Nick Folk field goal in the second quarter and shutout New York 7-0 in the final 30 minutes of play, after leading 17-3 at the intermission. Although the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did outrush Kansas City 117-72, Alex Smtih easily outpassed Ryan Fitzpatrick (six interceptions) 237-188 in the win. Kansas City forced eight Jets turnovers and was 7 of 15 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 32:05, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! held the ball for 27:55 and went 50 percent on third down tries at 7 of 14 and 50 percent on fourth down at 1 of 2.

Pittsburgh was held to a 40-yard field goal by Chris Boswell in the second quarter as they fell to cross-state rival Philadelphia 34-3 last Sunday afternoon in the city of Brotherly Love. The Steelers trailed 17-3 at the half and were shutout in the second half as the Eagles scored their last 17 points of the third quarter unchallenged. The Eagles held Pittsburgh to 29 yards rushing and ran for 125 yards in the win. Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz threw for 301 yarrds and a pair of TDs without an interception, while Roethlisberger (four sacks, interception) threw for 257 yards. Pittsburgh was 4 of 11 on third down tries (0 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:04, while the Eagles were 4 of 10, keeping the ball for 34:56.

Pittsburgh holds a 20-10 lead in the series and they have outscored Kansas City 701-549. They met last year in the great Midwest and the Chiefs came away 23-13 winners at Arrowhead (Pittsburgh’s last win over the Chiefs came in 2014 in the Steel City by a final of 20-12).

Kansas City broke a 3-3 first quarter tie and took a 9-3 lead to the locker room with them at half, thanks to a pair of Cairo Santos field goals in the second. The Chiefs would outscore Pittsburgh 14-10 in the second half to take the win at Arrowhead. It was the battle of the running backs in that contest, as Charcandrick West (110, TD) and Le’Veon Bell (121) each ran for over 100 yards for their respective teams (Pittsburgh ran for 147, while Kansas City ran for 138). Kansas City was 9 of 16 on third down conversions and held the ball for 32:26, while the Steelers, who held the ball for 27:34, went 2 of 10 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions.

Pittsburgh’s a 5 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 47 1/2. It’s Sunday night and these two are pretty decent teams that made the post-season last year. With that, this one’s “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?”

There’s a good chance these two teams could meet in the post-season. But let’s worry about the regular season. Kansas City’s feeling pretty good about themselves after beating the Jets, while the Steelers would like to erase the bad taste of the loss to Philadelphia last week. It’s going to be a lot closer than the 5 1/2 but in the end, Pittsburgh prevails at home and they could very well cover the 5 1/2.

New York Giants (2-0) at Minnesota (3-0), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week four ends in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as the unbeaten Vikings host the New York Giants, looking for revenge after they were tagged with a loss last week in the Meadowlands.

The Giants fell from the ranks of the unbeatens and let a 21-16 lead over Washington at Met Life Stadium get away from them last Sunday as the Redskins pulled away in the final 30 minutes of action to come away on the short end of a 29-27 decision. The Giants held Washington to 90 yards on the ground, while rushing for 120 yards of their own and Manning did throw or 350 yards and a TD to rookie WR Sterling Shepherd, he also threw three interceptions, including one to S Su’a Cravens that stopped their final drive. Both teams were at 44 percent on third down tries (New York was 4 of 9, Washington was 7 of 16) but Washington did strike paydirt on fourth down, finding success in their only try and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:26 to the Giants’ 26:34.

Minnesota rallied on the road and came away 22-10 winners last Sunday in Charlotte. Carolina and Cam Newton led 10-8 at halftime before the Purple Gang tallied their final 14 second half points unchallenged. Although they were outrushed by Carolina 105-58, Newton threw for 262 yards, with three interceptions and sacked eight times (including a safety that gave Minnesota their first points of the contest) and picked off three times. Minnesota took the lead for keeps when Sam Bradford and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on a 15-yard TD pass with 9:43 and a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sealed the deal for Minnesota. Carolina was 6 of 16 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 34:52, while the Vikings were 3 of 12 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 25:08.

Minnesota leads the series 14-10, have outscored the Giants 578-449 and won the last meeting between the clubs, when they pulled off the trick last year in the Land of 10,000 Lakes by a 49-17 final. (the Giants’ last win in the series caome in 2013 in the Meadowlands by a final of 23-7) Minnesota’s favored by 4 and the over/under is 43 1/2. Records on Monday night, you ask? Minnesota’s 26-30 and lost their only contest in 2015 under the lights, while the Giants 23-36-1 (1-1 in their MNF contests last year). This could be one of the better Monday night contests this year, so it would be a good idea to tape “2 Broke Girls,” “Scorpion” and “Dancing With The Stars” this week. Giants make it interesting but Vikings cover the 4 and win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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