The NFL has entered the second half of the season and the excitement is building as playoff races tighten.

Nine teams have at least six wins, led by the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys – Dallas (8-1), Kansas City (7-2), New England (7-2), Oakland (7-2), Denver (7-3), Seattle (6-2-1), Houston (6-3), the New York Giants (6-3) and Atlanta (6-4). The AFC West has three teams with at least seven wins – Kansas City, Oakland and Denver – and the NFC East is the only division in which all four teams have a winning record – Dallas, the Giants, Washington (5-3-1) and Philadelphia (5-4).

As the season moves into the second half, it’s all still to be decided, with plenty of football left to play. So don’t count anyone out. Since 1990, 25 teams have qualified for the playoffs with a losing record through nine games. Last year, four teams accomplished the feat and advanced to the postseason – Houston (4-5), Kansas City (4-5), Seattle (4-5) and Washington (4-5).

On the field, the games continue to be close. Through the first 10 weeks, 110 games have been within one score in the fourth quarter, the most such games in a season’s first 10 weeks in NFL history.

Last Sunday, there were two games which featured seven lead changes – Dallas at Pittsburgh and Seattle at New England – which marked the first day in NFL history with two games having at least seven lead changes. Additionally, the Kansas City Chiefs scored 20 unanswered points – including 17 in the fourth quarter – to overcome a 17-0 deficit and pull out a 20-17 victory at Carolina. The Chiefs have now rallied from a 14+ point deficit in the fourth quarter in two games this season (Week 1 vs. San Diego and Week 10 at Carolina) and are the first team to have two such victories in a season since the 2003 Indianapolis Colts. So in the NFL, no lead is safe, even if you are the home team.

Also in Week 11, the NFL returns to Mexico for the first time since October 2, 2005 when a crowd of 103,467 witnessed the league’s first international regular-season game as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. On Monday night at 8:30 p.m., two first-place teams – the Oakland Raiders (7-2) and Houston Texans (6-3) – will meet at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States. The game will be televised live on ESPN in the U.S. and on Televisa and ESPN in Mexico.

“Expanding our International Series of regular-season games to Mexico marks an important step in our continued international growth,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the New York Times, ESPN and USA Today. “We have a tremendous, passionate fan base in Mexico and we know the atmosphere on game day will be outstanding.”

Four of the NFL’s 10 largest single-game attendance totals have come in Mexico, including the top two: 112,376 fans on August 15, 1994 (American Bowl preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers) and 106,424 on August 17, 1998 (American Bowl preseason game between the Cowboys and New England Patriots). Both of those contests were also played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

ICYMI: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 114 yards with two touchdowns – including the game-winning 32-yard score with nine seconds remaining – and had 95 receiving yards with a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 35-30 win at Pittsburgh. Elliott has 1,005 rushing yards and is the third player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his first nine career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,096) and Adrian Peterson (1,081).

Elliott, who had a 60-yard touchdown run in Week 5 against Cincinnati, had an 83-yard touchdown catch in today’s game. He is the first rookie running back to have a 60+ yard touchdown run and an 80+ yard touchdown catch in a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965.

•Denver rookie Justin Simmons blocked an extra-point attempt with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and Broncos rookie Will Parks returned it for the game-winning two-point conversion in Denver’s 25-23 win at New Orleans. It marked the first-ever game-winning defensive two-point conversion since the rule was adopted in 2015 and the first to give the scoring team the lead.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes for the Saints. He has 452 career touchdown passes and joined Peyton Manning (539) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (508) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 450 touchdown passes.

It was a pretty good weekend for former Heisman Trophy QBs in the NFL in week 10…

•Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 73.1 percent of his passes (19 of 26) for 295 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 149.8 passer rating in the Titans’ 47-25 win over Green Bay. Mariota is the first quarterback in NFL history to have three games with a 70.0+ completion percentage, at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first two seasons.

Titans running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 123 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass. Murray is the first non-quarterback since Pro Football Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson in 1960 (December 11, 1960) to have a 75+ yard touchdown run and a touchdown pass in the same game.

•Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 36-10 win over Chicago. Winston (22 years, 312 days) is the youngest player in NFL history to reach 40 career touchdown passes (41). The previous mark was held by Drew Bledsoe at 22 years, 313 days old.

•Arizona running back David Johnson had 101 scrimmage yards (55 rushing, 46 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win over San Francisco. In his career, Johnson has 17 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and one kickoff-return touchdown. He is one of three players in NFL history – Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE Sayers and Abner Haynes – to have at least 15 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player’s first two seasons.

Johnson is the first player to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first nine games since Eegerin James did it with Indianapolis in 2005.

•Kansas City scored 17 fourth quarter points in the team’s 20-17 win at Carolina. The Chiefs overcame a 17-0 deficit, the second time this season Kansas City has won a game after trailing by at least 17 points (Week 1, San Diego, 21 points). The Chiefs are the seventh team in NFL history to win at least two games in which it trailed by at least 17 points in the first nine games of a season.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton passed for 261 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 54 yards with a touchdown in the Panthers’ loss. Newton has 20,257 passing yards and 3,468 rushing yards in his career and is the only player in NFL history to have at least 20,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in his first six seasons.

•Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had 10 catches for 135 yards in the Falcons’ 24-15 loss at Philadelphia. Jones, who was playing in his 75th game, has 475 career catches, the most in NFL history by a player in his first 75 games. Jones has 7,306 career receiving yards and is one of two players in league annals with at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first 75 games (Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth, 7,532).

Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 13 catches for 164 yards in the Vikings’ 26-20 loss at Washington. Diggs, who had 13 catches for 80 yards last week, is the first player in NFL history to have at least 13 catches in consecutive games.

BACK AND FORTH: If you like lead changes, last Sunday was your week. Sunday marked the first day in NFL history with multiple games that had at least seven lead changes.

Dallas and Pittsburgh saw seven lead changes, including four in the fourth quarter and two in the final minute of play, in Dallas’ 35-30 victory at Pittsburgh. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter giving Pittsburgh a 30-29 lead. Five plays later, Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot sprinted up the middle for the game-winning 32-yard touchdown with nine seconds remaining.

Elliott, who also had a go-ahead 14-yard touchdown run with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, is the first NFL player since Ahmad Rashad on September 16, 1974 to score two go-ahead touchdowns in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter of the same game. Rashad had two go-ahead touchdown catches in the final two minutes of the Buffalo Bills’ 21-20 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football.

The lead changes from Sunday’s Dallas-Pittsburgh game:
Quarter – Time (Scoring Play; Score)
2nd – 11:04 (Dallas: Bailey 53-yard field goal; Dallas 13, Pittsburgh 12)
2nd – 4:43 (Pittsburgh: Boswell 39-yard field goal; Pittsburgh 15, Dallas 13)
3rd – 1:35 (Dallas: Bryant 50-yard pass from Prescott (Bailey kick); Dallas 23, Pittsburgh 18)
4th – 7:51 (Pittsburgh: Bell 1-yard run (pass failed); Pittsburgh 24, Dallas 23)
4th – 1:55 (Dallas: Elliott 14-yard run (pass failed); Dallas 29. Pittsburgh 24)
4th – 0:42 (Pittsburgh: Brown 15-yard pass from Roethlisberger (pass failed); Pittsburgh 30, Dallas 29)
4th – 0:09 (Dallas: Elliott 32 yard run (pass failed); Dallas 35, Pittsburgh 30)

On Sunday night, Seattle defeated New England 31-24, in a game that featured seven lead changes. Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka converted a 23-yard field goal – his fourth field goal of the game – for the deciding score with 8:56 left in the fourth quarter. With 43 seconds remaining in the contest, the Seahawks’ defense stopped the Patriots on four-consecutive plays starting at the Seattle 2-yard line to secure the victory.

The lead changes from Sunday’s Seattle-New England game:
Quarter – Time (Scoring Play; Score)
2nd – 10:52 (Seattle: Baldwin 6-yard pass from Wilson (kick blocked); Seattle 12, New England 7
2nd – 1:05 (New England: Blount 1-yard run (Gostkowski kick); New England 14, Seattle 12)
2nd – 0:06 (Seattle: Baldwin 18-yard pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick); Seattle 19, New England 14)
3rd – 7:52 (New England: Blount 13-yard run (Gostkowski kick); New England 21, Seattle 19)
3rd – 2:52 (Seattle: Hauschka 41-yard field goal; Seattle 22, New England 21)
4th – 13:00 (New England; New England: Gostkowski 30-yard field goall New England 24, Seattle 22)
4th – 8:56 (Seattle: Hauschka 23-yard field goal; Seattle 25, New England 24)

FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACKS: Through Week 10, there have been 44 games in which a team that trailed in the fourth quarter came back to win, tied for the most such games in the first 10 weeks of a season in NFL history. Seven teams – Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Seattle – overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win in Week 10.

The most games won by a team that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 10:

SEASON – GAMES WON WHEN TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 10
2016 – 44
2015 – 43
2011 – 43
1999 – 43
1989 – 44

CLOSE GAMES: There have been 110 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 10, the most such games in the first 10 weeks of a season in NFL history. Three teams – Detroit, the New York Giants and Washington – have had all of their games within one score in the fourth quarter this season.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 10:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN THE 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 10
2016 – 110
2015 – 102
2013 – 105
2011 – 101
2004 – 103

Additionally, there have been 87 games decided by eight points or fewer and 81 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 10, both the most such games in the first 10 weeks of a season in league annals.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 10:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 10
2016 – 87
2015 – 81
2013 – 77
2012 – 77
2010 – 79
1999 – 79

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 10:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 10

2016 – 81
2015 – 76
2011 – 72
1999 – 73
1987 – 72
1983 – 72

ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Arizona running back David Johnson had 101 scrimmage yards (55 rushing, 46 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win over San Francisco.

In his career, Johnson has 17 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and one kickoff-return touchdown. He is one of three players in NFL history – Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers and Abner Haynes – to have at least 15 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player’s first two seasons.

The players with 15+ rushing TDs, 5+ receiving TDs and a kickoff-return TD in their first two seasons:

PLAYER: SEASONS; TEAM (RUSHING TDS, RECEIVING TDS, KICKOFF RETURN TDS)
David Johnson: 2015-2016; Arizona Cardinals (17, 5, 1)
Gale Sayers: 1965-1966l Chicago Bears (22, 8, 3)*
Abner Haynes: 1960-1961; Dallas Texans (18, 6, 1)
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROOKIE CONNECTION: Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 121.7 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 35-30 win at Pittsburgh. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott had 114 yards rushing with two touchdowns and a career-long 83-yard touchdown reception in the victory.

The 83-yard score was the longest touchdown pass from a rookie passer to a rookie teammate since October 5, 1986, when Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bill Brooks.

The longest touchdown passes from a rookie passer to a rookie teammate since
1970:

DATE – TEAM (QUARTERBACK, RECEIVER – YARDS)
December 19, 1971 – New England (Jim Plunkett, Randy Vataha – 88)
December 6, 1970 – Pittsburgh (Terry Bradshaw, Dave Smith – 87)
October 5, 1986 – Indianapolis (Jack Trudeau, Bill Brooks – 84)
November 13, 2016 – Dallas (Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott – 83)

Prescott (2,339 passing yards) and Elliott (1,005 rushing yards) became the second rookie quarterback and rookie running back teammates with at least passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season, joining Robert Griffin III (3,200 passing yards) and ALFRED MORRIS (1,613 rushing yards) who accomplished the feat with Washington in 2012.

SEASON – TEAM (PLAYER, PASSING YARDS; PLAYER, RUSHING YARDS)
2016 – Dallas (Dak Prescott, 2,339; Ezekiel Elliott, 1,005)*
2012 – Washington (Robert Griffin III, 3,200; Alfred Morris, 1,613)
*Through nine games

Prescott and Elliott are the first pair of rookie teammates in NFL history to accomplish the feat in the team’s first nine games.

DUAL-THREAT DE MARCO: Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray rushed for a 75-yard touchdown and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Titans’ 47-25 win over Green Bay. Murray is the first non-quarterback since Pro Football Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson in 1960 (December 11, 1960) to have a 75+ yard touchdown run and a touchdown pass in the same game.

Murray is the first player to record a touchdown run of at least 75 yards and a touchdown pass in the first quarter of the same game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe accomplished the feat for the Cleveland Indians in 1921 against the Columbus Panhandles.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 11

MONDAY IN MEXICO: Week 11 concludes with the Oakland Raiders hosting the Houston Texans at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States. The two first-place teams will battle in what will be the fourth and final international game this season.

Monday’s matchup marks the first NFL game in Mexico since October 2, 2005 when a crowd of 103,467 witnessed the league’s first international regular-season game. In that contest, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 at Estadio Azteca.

DOWNWIND DAVID: Arizona running back David Johnson had 101 scrimmage yards (55 rushing, 46 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Cardinals’ 23-20 win over San Francisco last week. Johnson is the first player to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first nine games since Edgerrin James (Indianapolis) in 2005.

With at least 100 scrimmage yards in Week 11 against Minnesota, Johnson would become the third different player since 1970 to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first 10 games.

The most consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards to start a season:

PLAYER – SEASON; TEAM – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Edgerrin James – 2005; Indianapolis – 13
Edgerrin James – 2000; Indianapolis – 12
Larry Brown – 1972; Washington – 10
David Johnson – 2016; Arizona – 9
*Active streak

CAN YOU DIGG IT: Minnesota wide receiver STEFON DIGGS had 13 catches for 164 yards in the Vikings’ 26-20 loss at Washington in Week 10. Diggs, who had 13 catches for 80 yards in Week 9 against Detroit, is the first player in NFL history to have at least 13 catches in consecutive games.

With 11 receptions on Sunday against Arizona, Diggs would set the record for the most receptions in a three-game span in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in a three-game span in NFL history:

PLAYER – SEASON; TEAM, WEEKS (RECEPTIONS IN THREE-GAME SPAN)
Tom Fears – 1950; Los Angeles, 10-12 (36)
Brandon Marshall – 2009; Denver, 13-15 (36)
Antonio Brown – 2015; Pittsburgh, 14-16 (36)
Brandon Marshall – 2009; Denver, 12-14 (35)
Stefon Diggs – 2016; Minnesota, 9-10 (26)*
*Through two games

INDISPENSIBLE DREW: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns in Week 10 against Denver. With nine passing yards against Carolina on Thursday Night Football, Brees would record his 12th consecutive season with 3,000 passing yards, tying Peyton Manning for the second-longest streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with 3,000+ passing yards:

PLAYER, YEARS (CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 3,000+ PASSING YARDS)
Brett Favre, 1992-2009 (18)^
Peyton Manning, 1998-2010 (13)
Drew Brees, 2004-2015 (12)*
Eli Manning, 2005-2015 (11)*
Philip Rivers, 2006-2015 (10)*
Ben Roethlisberger, 2006-2015 (10)*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FANTASTIC FRANK: Indianapolis running back Fran Gore, who has the most career rushing yards among active players, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown earlier this season (Week 5 vs. Chicago) for the ninth most rushing yards in NFL history.

With 108 rushing yards against Tennessee on Sunday, Gore would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett for the eighth most rushing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

RANK – PLAYER, TEAM(S) (CAREER RUSHING YARDS)
1 – Emmitt Smith, Dallas and Arizona (18,355)^
2 – Walter Payton, Chicago (16,726)^
3 – Barry Sanders, Detroit (15,269)^
4 – Curtis Martin, New England and New York Jets (14,101)^
5 – LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego and New York Jets (13,684)
6 – Jerome Bettis, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh (13,662)^
7 – Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta (13,259)^
8 – Tony Dorsett, Dallas and Denver (12,739)^
9 – Frank Gore, San Francisco and Indianapolis (12,632)*
10 – Jim Brown, Cleveland (12,312)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRESCOTT UNDER PRESSURE: Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed 22 of 32 passes (68.8 percent) for 319 yards and two touchdowns for a 121.7 passer rating in last week’s 35-30 win at Pittsburgh. Prescott, a fourth round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, has won eight consecutive starts, tied for the second-longest winning streak by a rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

The rookie quarterbacks with the most consecutive wins in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER, TEAM (ROOKIE YEAR, CONSECUTIVE WINS)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004 – 13)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (2016 – 8)*
Kyle Orton, Chicago (2005 – 8)
Robert Griffin III, Washington (2012 – 6)
Vince Young, Tennessee (2006 – 6)
Mike Kruczek, Pittsburgh (1976 – 6)
*Active streak

STUPENDOUS SMITH, SR.: Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 28-7 win over Cleveland last Thursday in Baltimore. Smith ranks fourth among active players in career receptions with 997 and needs three catches on Sunday at Dallas to become the 14th player in NFL history to record 1,000 career receptions.

The players with 1,000 receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (YEARS; CAREER RECEPTIONS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (1985-2004; 1,549)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1997-2013; 1,325)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1996-2008; 1,102)^
Cris Carter – Philadelphia, Minnesota and Miami (1987-2002; 1,101)^
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland and Tampa Bay (1988-2004; 1,094)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (2004-present; 1,086)*
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (1996-2010; 1,078)
Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis (2001-2014; 1,070)
Jason Witten – Dallas (2003-present; 1,064)*
Andre Johnson – Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee (2003-2016; 1,062)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Detroit (2003-present; 1,044)*
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis and San Francisco (1994-2009; 1,024)
Hines Ward – Pittsburgh (1998-2011; 1,000)
Steve Smith, Sr. – Carolina and Baltimore (2001-present; 997)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Week 11 kicked off Thursday night with a key NFC South matchup as Carolina hung on to beat New Orleans 23-20 in Charlotte. The game was be broadcast on NBC, simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to a global audience across devices for free on Twitter as part of the league’s “Tri-Cast” distribution model.

The week concludes with a pair of primetime contests featuring four teams in the middle of the playoff race. On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers visit the Washington Redskins at 8:30 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of last season’s Wild Card contest which the Packers won 35-18. The week concludes as the Texans and Raiders finish things off in Mexico City on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Last week… 9-5 on the picks (another weekend above the .500 mark!), for the week, which makes us 97-48 for the season. Atlanta, Denver, the New York Jets and San Diego have byes this week and come back into action next week. Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis and Oakland return from their vactions to take the field this week and with that being said, it’s time for Sunday and Monday’s picks for week 11.

Pittsburgh (4-5) at Cleveland (0-10), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. It’s an AFC North showdown along the shores of Lake Erie as the Steelers travel to Cleveland for a meeting with the winless Browns.

The Steelers, in seocnd place in the AFC North and Dallas exchanged the lead in their contest at Heinz Field seven times before finally falling to Dallas 35-30. Pittsburgh led the Cowboys and Dak Prescott 15-13 at the intermission in a game that had its third lead change with 1:35 left in the third when Prescott (319 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Dez Bryant connected on a 50-yard pass. Pittsburgh would have the lead two more times and Steeler fans thought they finally had the contest in hand when Dallas got off the deck and put the nail in Pittsburgh’s coffin when RB Ezekiel Elliot (114 yards) scored his second TD of the night, a 32-yard romp with nine seconds left to play. For the Steelers, they were easily outrushed by the Cowboys 127-48 but Roethlisberger threw for 408 yards and three TDs.

Struggling Cleveland dropped their 10th contest in the 2016 campaign and their 13th overall to Baltimore 28-7 in Charm City last Thursday night. The Browns actually led the Ravens 7-6 at the break at M & T Bank Stadium, before Baltimore scored 22 second half points unchallenged. Baltimore rushed for 119 yards and held Cleveland to 33 yards on the ground, while Josh McCown was sacked three times and picked off twice.

Pittsburgh holds a 68-58 lead in the series, the Steelers have outscored the Browns 2,566-2,426 and have won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win came in 2014, when they won 31-10 along the shores of Lake Erie).

They met in the Steel City in week 10 and the Steelers manhandled Cleveland 30-9 at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 21-3 at the break and were never really threatened by Cleveland in that first contest, with Roethlisberger throwing for 379 yards and three TDs (two of them to WR Antonio Brown) and making life miserable for Johnny Manziel, sacking him six times and holding Cleveland to 15 yards on the ground.

While things were somewhat balmy in the first meeting in Pittsburgh (gametime temp? 61 degrees with a wind chill of 57), it was not the case in their second meeting, which took place in week 17 in Cleveland. Gametime temp? 34 degrees with a 23 degree wind chill. For the Steelers, second verse same as the first… Pittsburgh took the Browns to task at First Energy Field, coming away 28-12 winners along the shores of Lake Erie.

Pittsburgh led 14-9 at the intermission and never looked back and Roethlisberger (349 yards) again threw three TDs passes in the second contest. As far as the running game was concerned, it was nothing to write home about as neither club broke the 100-yard barrier (Cleveland did manage to outrush the Steelers 86-30) and Browns QB Austin Davis (subbing for Manziel) was sacked seven times and picked off twice.

The Steelers are favored by 9 and the over/under’s 49. Both teams have been struggling of late and both want to catch up to Baltimore in the AFC North. Cleveland’s played in some close contests this year, despite losing 10 in a row and they’ll keep this one pretty close but Pittsburgh comes away with the win.

Baltimore (5-4) at Dallas (8-1), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 706. A pair of first-place teams meet in the Lone Star State when Dallas hosts the Baltimore Ravens in Arlington.

The Ravens held on to first place in the AFC North after their 28-7 win over Cleveland last Thursday night. The Ravens and Flacco erased a 7-6 deficit at the intermission in Charm City and scored their final 22 points of the contest in the second half and did it unchallenged. The Ravens ran for 119 yards, while holding the winless Browns to a measly 33 yards, sacking Josh McCown three times and picking him off twice. Flacco threw three TDS (all in the second half) for 296 yards in the win that allowed them to sweep the season series.

Dallas, in first place in the NFC East, exchanged the lead in their contest at Heinz Field with Pittsburgh seven times before finally coming away 35-30 winners. Dallas and Dak Prescott trailed 15-13 at the intermission in a game that had its third lead change with 1:35 left in the third when Prescott (319 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Dez Bryant connected on a 50-yard pass. Pittsburgh would have the lead two more times and Steeler fans thought they finally had the contest in hand when Dallas got off the deck and put the nail in Pittsburgh’s coffin when RB Ezekiel Elliot (114 yards) scored his second TD of the night, a 32-yard romp with nine seconds left to play. Dallas outrushed the Steelers 127-48, while Roethlisberger threw for 408 yards and three TDs.

They’ve met four times and the Ravens have won all four contests, with their last win coming in 2012 in Charm City by a 31-29 final and Baltimore has outscored Dallas 121-63. Dallas is favored by 7 in Arlington and the over/under is 44 1/2. It’s a pair of first place teams with a pair of pretty good QBs under center, which makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Baltimore will keep this one interesting in the Lone Star State but Dallas comes away with this one and could very well cover the 7.

Jacksonville (2-7) at Detroit (5-4), 1 p.m. on DirecTV 707. The struggling Jacksonville Jaguars travel to the Motor City for a meeting with Detroit, who sits in first place in the NFC North at Ford Field.

Jacksonville trailed Houston 14-10 at the half at EverBank Field, then rallied in the second half but came up short against the Texans, falling to Houston 24-21. Blake Bortles threw for 265 yards and a pair of TDs (two sacks) in the 3-point loss in the Sunshine State, which was a good thing, because Houston outrushed Jacksonville 181-80 in the AFC South contest.

Detroit returns home from their bye week after their 20-13 loss to Houston two Sundays ago in the Lone Star State. The Lions trailed 14-3 at halftime, then rallied to outscore the Texans 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Texans held Detroit to 58 yards on the ground, while rushing for 105 of their own. The lone offensive bright spot for the Lions was QB Matthew Stafford, who threw for 240 yards and a TD, connecting with RB Theo Riddick on a 1-yard strike to open the final 15 minutes of action.

Jacksonville leads the series 3-2 but the Lions have outscored the Jaguars 128-112. Detroit came away 31-14 winners in Jacksonville in 2012, while Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in the Motor City by a final of 38-14 in 2008. The Lions are favored by 7 in the Motor City and the over/under’s 47. Detroit’s looking to go back to the post-season for the first time in nearly two years, while the Jaguars are trying to keep their heads above ground and at the very least hope for a wild card spot or a winning record. In this battle for the “litter box,” the cats from Michigan march their way to the win at home and cover the 7.

Tennessee (5-5) at Indianapolis (4-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. It’s a week seven rematch in the Hoosier State as Tennessee travels to Indy for a meeting with Andrew Luck and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Titans gave Green Bay their third loss in a row, taking a 47-25 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee led 35-16 at the half and never looked back, sacking Rodgers (371 yards, two TDs) five times and picking him off twice. The Titans also held Green Bay to 69 yards rushing, while rushing for 162, with DeMarco Murray accounting for 123 yards and a TD and QB Marcus Mariota throwing for 295 yards and four TDs.

While the Titans beat up the Packers at home last Sunday, the Colts come back home again to Indiana after they went to Lambeau two Sundays ago (they had a bye last week) and held off Green Bay 31-26. Leading 24-10 in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, the Colts held off the Packers in the second half as Green Bay somehow managed to outscore the Colts 16-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Green Bay outrushed the Colts 116-85 and Rodgers (3 TDs) outpassed Luck (TD, two interceptions) in passing yardage 297-281 in the late afternoon contest.

They met in Nashville in week seven and the Colts came away 34-26 winners at Nissan Stadium. Indy led 17-13 at the half, despite being outrushed by Tennessee 124-81 (Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 107 yards). In the air, Luck threw for 353 yards and three TDs, while Mariota threw for 232 yards with a pair of TDs.

In the week seven contest in the Music City, the Titans were favored by 2 1/2 with a 48 1/2 over/under. Indy not only covered the spread with their 8-point win in Nashville, they along with Tennessee covered the over/under with 64 points. This time, the Colts are the darlings of the boys and girls in Vegas and they like Indy as 3 point favorites with a 53 1/2 over/under. While the first meeting was somewhat close, expect this one to be a little closer, since the two teams know each other well. While it may wind up being closer than the 3, the Colts complete the sweep of the series and win back home again in Indiana.

Buffalo (4-5) at Cincinnati (3-5-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A struggling Buffalo Bills team travels to southern Ohio for a meeting in the Queen City with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Buffalo comes into the Sunday contest at Paul Brown Stadium after their bye week and a 31-25 loss to Seattle in a Monday night affair on the Pacific Coast. Buffalo let a 14-7 lead after the first 15 minutes of play get away from them as the Seahawks outscored them in the final three quarters 24-11. The Monday night contest had its share of controversy as the Bills tried a 54-yard field goal by David Carpenter that sailed wide. The Seahawks’ Richard Sherman jumped offside and ran into Carpenter, which did not set well with Bills head coach Rex Ryan. Words were exchanged (some that can’t be printed here) and the chippiness was on. There were two bright spots for Buffalo, despite the loss… first, they outrushed Seattle (who led 28-17 at halftime) 162-33 and Tyrod Taylor outpassed Russell Wilson 289-282.

The Bengals also lost on Monday night, this time falling to Eli Manning and the New York Giants 21-20 at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. Cincy trailed 14-10 at the half, then took the lead on a 9-yard run by HB Jeremy Hill with 13:58 to play in the third. K Mike Nugent added a 38-yard field goal to take a 20-14 lead late in the third quarter. That lead would not last long as Manning and the Giants opened the final 15 minutes of play with a 3-yard TD pass to rookie WR Sterling Shephard. New York outrushed Cincinnati 122-78, with Andy Dalton throwing for 204 yards and a TD (he was sacked three times), while Manning threw for 240 yards and three TDs (including the game winner) but was picked off twice.

The Bills lead the series 15-12 and have outscored Cincy 675-607. However…. the Bengals have won the last three meetings in the series, including taking a 34-21 win in upstate New York last year (Buffalo’s last win in the series came in 2010 in Cincinnnati by a final of 49-31.

Cincinnati led 17-14 at the half in Orchard Park and pulled away from Buffalo, outscoring the Bills in the final 30 minutes of action 17-7. Both clubs managed to rush for 112 yards, while Dalton threw for 243 yards and three TDs. For Buffalo, E.J. Manuel threw for 263 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and threw an interception in the loss.

Cincy’s a 3 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Those numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams did play on a Monday night on the road and both lost on the road. While this one’s not a great game to watch, it is somewhat tolerable. Bengals roar back from the loss in upstate New Jersey and win at home, covering the 3 1/2.

Tampa Bay (4-5) at Kansas City (7-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. The Buccaneers make their way westward for a meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead. Both teams enter the Sunday contest in the Midwest with wins under their belts in last week’s play.

Tampa Bay led Chicago 17-10 at the half, inspite a 50-yard TD pass from Bears QB Jay Cutler to Cameron Meridith as the clock struck :00. Tampa Bay then proceeded to shutout the Bears in the second half and come away 36-10 winners last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Jameis Winston threw for 312 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest, while the Bucs running game was held to 80 yards (Chicago ran for 120). Cutler threw for 182 yards and the lone TD in the contest, while he was sacked four times and picked off twice.

The Chiefs trailed 17-3 at the half against Carolina last Sunday in Charlotte and came away from the Tar Heel State 20-17 winners at Bank of America Stadium last Sunday. Carolina and Cam Newton were threatening in the final 30 seconds of play when Newton and WR Kelvin Benjamin connected on a 14-yard pass. Benjamin had the ball stripped from his hands by CB Marcus Peters, who returned the ball to Carolina’s 24. From there, the Chiefs’ Chris Santos connnected on a 37-yard field goal as time ran out, sending Panther fans home in a somewhat foul mood. While Alex Smith threw for 178 yards with three sacks and an interception, Newton threw for 261 yards and a TD and had a rushing TD himself in the contest, which didn’t have a lot of firepower in the run game, as neither team breched the 100-yard barrier (Carolina did manage to outrush Kansas City 99-91).

Tampa Bay leads the series Buccaneers 6-5, have outscored the Chiefs 224-216 and have come away winners in the last four contests, including a 38-10 winner in 2012 in the Sunshine State (Kansas City’s last win in the series came in 1993, when they were 27-3 winners at old Tampa Stadium).

Kansas City’s favored by 7 1/2 an the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both teams can play some decent football but not always great football. However, everything’s up to date in Kansas City as they win at Arrowhead and could cover the 7 1/2.

Arizona (4-4-1) at Minnesota (5-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. The struggling Minnesota Vikings, who have lost four in a row, return to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a meeting with the Arizona Cardinals at US Bank Stadium.

The Desert Angry Birds escaped their nest at University of Phoenix Stadium 23-20 winnners over San Francisco in the final seconds as K Chris Catanzaro connected on a 34-yard field goal as the clock struck :00. Arizona led the lowly 49ers 20-10 at the half before their NFC West rivals rallied in the second half to even things up. Catanzaro kicked three field goals in the contest (including the game winner), which was not much of a game from a rushing point of view (San Francisco did outrush Arizona 83-80), Colin Kaepernick threw for 210 yards and a TD (he had a rushing TD as well) but was sacked three times and while Carson Palmer threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked twice, he did throw for 376 yards.

Minnesota let a 20-14 halftime lead in Landover get away from them against Washington as the Redskins rallied and fought back for a 26-20 win at FedEx Field. Minnesota was outrushed by Washington 128-47 and Sam Bradford was sacked three times, while throwing for 307 yards in the process. Kirk Cousins threw for 262 yards a pair of TD passes and the Redskins used the leg of K Dustin Hopkins for four second half field goals, the last one sealing Minnesota’s fate.

Minnesota leads the series 13-11 and the Vikings have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 565-535. Arizona won the last meeting with Minnesota in Glendale in 2015 by a final of 23-20 (Minnesota’s last win in the series came in 2012 in the Twin Cities, coming away 21-14 winners).

Arizona broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission, then broke another tie at 20-20 with 1:23 left when K Chris Catanzaro connected on a 47-yard field goal to take the lead back and for keeps. The contest in the desert was not much of a rushing game, as neither club managed to reach the 100-yard barrier (Arizona did win that battle, outrushing the Vikings with 97 yards and forced three turnovers, while Minnesota tallied a whopping 72 yards). It was a somewhat decent day for QBs in the desert, as Teddy Bridgewater threw for 335 yards and a TD (three sacks) and Palmer threw for 310 yards with two TDs (neither man threw an interception).

Minnesota’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 40. This one may be worth watching, since both teams are in the playoff hunt. After that, take that trip to the mall and get the Christmas shopping done before Black Friday. Vikings break their losing streak and cover the 2.

Chicago (2-7) at New York Giants (6-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. It’s the battle of deep dish pizza cities as Chicago travels to upstate New Jersey for a meeting with the New York Giants.

Da Bears trailed Tampa Bay 17-10 at the half thanks to a 50-yard TD pass from Jay Cutler to Cameron Meridith as the clock struck :00. That would be the last time Chicago saw the endzone as Tampa Bay and Jameis Winston shut them out, losing to the Buccaneers 36-10 in the Sunshine State. Although Cutler threw for 182 yards and the lone TD in the contest, he was sacked four times and picked off twice. Da Bears did manage to outrush Tampa Bay 122-80, while Winston threw for 312 yards and a pair of TDs and four sacks.

The Giants rallied to take a 21-20 win over Cincinnati last Monday night at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. New York and Manning led 14-10 at the half, then watch the Bengals take the lead on a 9-yard run by HB Jeremy Hill with 13:58 to play in the third and. K Mike Nugent added a 38-yard field goal to take a 20-14 lead late in the third quarter. Manning and the Giants opened the final 15 minutes of play with a 3-yard TD pass to rookie WR Sterling Shephard to take the lead back for good. New York outrushed Cincinnati 122-78, with Andy Dalton throwing for 204 yards and a TD (he was sacked three times), while Manning threw for 240 yards and three TDs (including the game winner) but was picked off twice.

Including games played at Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium and the Yale Bowl, Da Bears lead the series 28-19-2 and the Monsters of the Midway have outscored the Giants 853-670. Chicago won the last meeting with the Giants in the Windy City, coming away 27-21 winners in 2013, while the Giants’ last win over Chicago came in the Meadowlands in 2010 by a final of 17-3. New York’s favored by 7 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Big Blue’s been on a hot streak of late and that’ll continue. Giants win at home and cover the 7 in Jersey.

Miami (5-4) at Los Angeles (4-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. The Dolphins continue their West Coast trip up I-5 as they leave San Diego and travel north to Tinseltown for a meeting with the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum.

Miami erased a 10-7 deficit against San Diego and came away with a 31-24 win over the Chargers and Philip Rivers at Qualcom Stadium in southern California. The ‘Fins got a pair of TDs from RB Damien Williams (one rush, one pass) and Joseph Ajayi led all rushers with 79 yards (Miami outrushed the Bolts 106-70). Miami also forced four turnovers (picking off Rivers four times and sacking him three times), while Tannehill threw for 240 yards and a pair of TDs.

As was the case in week two against Seattle at home, the Rams found themselves with three Greg Zuerlein field goels and once again, the Rams were 9-6 winnners, this time over the New York Jets. The Rams gave up the lone TD in the contest when RB Bilal Powell and QB Bryce Petty, taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick, connected on a 4-yard TD pass to give GangGreen a 6-3 lead at the half. Zuerlein would then connect on a pair of second half field goals to take the win over the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! and Case Keenum threw for 165 yards, despite being sacked three times (New York did manage to outrush Los Angeles 139-125 at MetLife Stadium).

Miami leads the series 10-2, the Dolphins have outscored the Rams 305-218 (which includes contests that took place in St. Louis) and Miami has won the last three meetings in the series, with the last win coming in 2012 by a final of 17-14 in the Sunshine State, while the Rams’ last win came in the Gateway City 42-10 in 2001. The Rams are favored by 1 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. The Rams may love LA but the Dolphins come away with the win and covers the 1.

New England (7-2) at San Francisco (1-8), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of teams going in opposite directions meet in northern California as Tom Brady and the Pats meet Colin Kaepernick and the struggling San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers lost their eighth contest in a row, falling to NFC West rival Arizona 23-20 in the final seconds as K Chris Catanzaro connected on a 34-yard field goal as the clock struck :00 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona led the lowly 49ers 20-10 at the half before they rallied in the second half to even things up. Catanzaro kicked three field goals in the contest (including the game winner), which was not much of a game from a rushing point of view (San Francisco did outrush Arizona 83-80), Kaepernick threw for 210 yards and a TD (he had a rushing TD as well) but was sacked three times and while Carson Palmer threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked twice, he did throw for 376 yards.

New England travels to the West Coast after a 31-24 loss to Seattle Sunday night in Foxboro. The contest at Gillette Stadium saw seven lead changes before Seattle took the lead for keeps when Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and WR Doug Baldwin hooked up on a 15-yard TD pass with 4:24 left in regulation. New England then marched down the field and got as close as the Seahawks’ 1-yard line before the drive stalled, thanks in part to Brady trying a QB sneak that failed and a pass to TE Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete. New England trailed 19-14 at halftime before taking the lead on a 13-yard run by LeGarrette Blount (his second TD of the contest). Stephen Gostkowski’s 30-yard field goal with 13 minutes left in regulation would give the Pats the lead before Stephen Hauschka’s 23-yard try at the 8:56 mark in the fourth would give Seattle the lead back and Baldwin’s TD (his third of the game) would seal New England’s fate. Seattle outrushed New England 96-81 and Brady threw for 316 yards but was sacked twice with an interception, while Wilson threw for 348 and connected with Baldwin for his three TD passes.

San Francisco leads the series 8-4 and have outscored the Pats 305-232. Both teams’ last win in the series came on the road; San Francsico won in Foxboro in 2012 by a final of 41-34, while the Pats’ last win came at Candlestick Park in 2008 by a 30-21 count.

New England’s favored by 13 1/2 and the over/under’s 51 1/2. The 49ers are a bad team… but they’re not 13 1/2 points bad. San Francisco will actually make this one closer and interesting to watch but New England and Brady bounce back from their loss at home and takes this one in Wine Country.

Philadelphia (5-4) at Seattle (6-2-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of contending teams in the NFC meet in the Pacific Northwest as cheesesteak meets Salmon in Seattle. Both teams had big wins last week, one at home, the other on the road.

Philadelphia led Atlanta 7-6 at the break at Lincoln Financial Field, then erased a 15-13 third quarter deficit and came away 24-15 winners over the Falcons last Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love. Ryan Matthews ran for 109 of Philly’s 208 yards in the contest, as the Eagles held Atlanta to 48 on the ground, despite getting burned by Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 267 yards (rookie QB Carson Wentz threw for 231 yards, with both QBs being sacked twice).

Seattle held off New England in Foxboro 31-24 Sunday night in Foxboro. The Sunday night contest at Gillette Stadium saw seven lead changes before Seattle took the lead for keeps when Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and WR Doug Baldwin hooked up on a 15-yard TD pass with 4:24 left in regulation. The Pats and Tom Brady then marched down the field and got as close as the Seahawks’ 1-yard line before the drive stalled, thanks in part to Brady trying a QB sneak that failed and a pass to TE Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete. New England trailed 19-14 at halftime before taking the lead on a 13-yard run by LeGarrette Blount (his second TD of the contest). Stephen Gostkowski’s 30-yard field goal with 13 minutes left in regulation would give the Pats the lead before Stephen Hauschka’s 23-yard try at the 8:56 mark in the fourth would give Seattle the lead back and Baldwin’s TD (his third of the game) would seal New England’s fate. The Seahawks outrushed New England 96-81 and Brady threw for 316 yards but was sacked twice with an interception, while Wilson threw for 348 and connected with Baldwin for his three TD passes.

The series? Even at 7-7, the Seahawks have outscored the Eagles 297-271 and Seattle has won the last two contests in the series, taking a 24-14 win in the City of Brotherly Love in 2014, while the Eagles came away 26-7 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2008.

Seattle’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both are in playoff contention (Seattle’s in first in the NFC West, while the Eagles are trying to catch Dallas in the NFC East). Cheesesteak vs. Salmon. Salmon rules in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Seattle covers the 6 1/2 and wins at home.

Green Bay (4-5) at Washington (5-3-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s an NFC Wild Card Sunday night rematch as the Packers travel to Landover for a Sunday night contest with the Washington Redskins.

Green Bay suffered their third loss in a row, as Rodgers and Packers fell to Tennessee 47-25 at Nissan Stadium. Green Bay trailed from start to finish, as Tennessee led 35-16 at the half and never looked back, sacking Rodgers (371 yards, two TDs) five times and picking him off twice. Green Bay’s run game went missing, as the the Titans held them to 69 yards and Green Bay allowed Tennessee to run amok for 162 yards (Titans RB DeMarco Murray ran for 123 of those yards with a TD) and QB Marcus Mariota throwing for 295 yards and four TDs.

The defending NFC East champs erased a 20-14 deficit at the half in Landover against the Vikings and fought back for a 26-20 win at FedEx Field. Cousins threw for 262 yards a pair of TD passes and the Redskins used the leg of K Dustin Hopkins for four second half field goals, the last one sealing Minnesota’s fate. Washington outrushed Minnesota 128-47 in the contest and the Redskins’ defense sacked Sam Bradford (307 yards) three times in the contest.

Green Bay leads the series 18-13-1 (which includes contests that were played in Boston and Milwaukee) and have outscored the ‘Skins 622-507. Green Bay won the last regular season meeting with Washington at Lambeau in 2013 by final of 38-20. Washington’s last win over the Packers came in 2010 in Landover, when the Redskins needed overtime to come away 16-13 winners.

They did meet in 2015 in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs in Landover and Green Bay trailed in the first half against Washington 11-0 before taking a 17-11 lead with them to the locker room at the intermission and came away 35-18 winners, knocking Washington out of the first round. Green Bay outrushed Washington 141-84 and despite being sacked for a safety to open the scoring in the contest, Rodgers threw for 210 yards and a pair of TDs, including one to WR Randall Cobb. Cousins threw for 329 yards and a TD but was sacked six times in the loss at home.

Washington’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 50. Green Bay’s trying to right its ship and catch the Vikings and Lions in the NFC North, while the Redskins look to catch Dallas in the NFC East. “Hail to the Redskins?” Not this week. Green Bay wins in Landover and covers the 3.

Houston (6-3) at Oakland (7-2), 8:30 p.m Monday on ESPN in Mexico City. Week 11 closes south of the Border and it will be the first Monday night game outside of the United States as a pair of first-place teams meet in Mexico City. Houston and Oakland make their way to Mexico for a Monday night contest at Estadio Azteca.

The Texans have won two in a row, including last week’s 24-21 win at Jacksonville. Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson had a 42-yard interception-return touchdown and quarterback Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes in the victory over the Jaguars. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 181-80 in the contest in the Sunshine State and led 14-10 at the half.

The Raiders have won three consecutive games and six of their past seven. Oakland had a bye in Week 10 and defeated Denver 30-20 in Week 9. In that contest, Raiders running back Latavius Murray rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns, only the third time a player has rushed for at least 100 yards and three touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champions. The Raiders led 20-10 at the break and never looked back, holding Denver to 33 yards rushin, while rushing for 218 in the 10-point win.

Houston leads the series 6-3 and have outscored the Silver and Black 226-172. Houston won the last meeting with Oakland in 2014 in Oakland by a final of 30-14, while the Raiders were 28-23 winners in the Lone Star State in 2013. Oakland’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. Those are pretty good numbers for a Monday night game and there have been some decent contests of late.

Records on MNF, you ask? Houston is 4-5 all time in primetime and won their only meeting last year, while the Raiders are 37-27-1 under the lights but have not been on Monday night since 2013.

Oakland and Houston. First place teams meeting south of the border. Even though we normally don’t make Monday night games “DRILL WORTHY,” we going to make an exception here. (See the Baltimore-Dallas game for instructions) This one could be close but in the end, Houston comes out on top south of the border and covers the 3 1/2.

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