We’re getting close to the end of the 2016 National Football League season and while there are teams that in contention and leading their divisions (Dallas – NFC East; Detroit – NFC North; Atlanta – NFC South; Seattle – NFC West; New England – AFC East; Houston – AFC South; Pittsburgh – AFC North and Oakland – AFC West), there’s still a lot of football left. For those fans in Cleveland, the end can’t come fast enough. The Browns remain the only winless team in the NFL. That’s not to say the Browns or any team can’t make the post-season party and earn that trip to Houston to play in Super Bowl LI.

We’ve crossed the Thanksgiving bar and headed for Christmas. Five weeks left to play. Nothing’s been decided… yet, which means that fans will have a chance to see if their team’s naughty and miss the post-season or nice and make their way to the Super Bowl party.

CLOSE GAMES: Like close contests? You’ve come to the right place! There have been 123 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 11, the most such games in the first 11 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 11 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 11
2016 – 123
2013 – 114
2007 – 113
2004 – 113
2015 – 112

Additionally, there have been 96 games decided by eight points or fewer and 90 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 11, both the most such games in the first 11 weeks of a season in league annals. The Lions are the first team in NFL history to have each of its first 10 games decided by seven points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 11 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 11
2016 – 96
2015 – 89
1988 – 86
2012 – 85

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 11 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 11
2016 – 90
2015 – 84
1988 – 81
2011 – 79

FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACKS: Through Week 11, there have been 47 games in which a team that trailed in the fourth quarter came back to win, tied for the second-most such games in the first 11 weeks of a season in NFL history. Three teams – Detroit, Miami and Oakland – overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win in Week 11.

All six of the Lions’ wins in 2016 have featured a fourth-quarter comeback. Last week, Detroit tight end ERIC EBRON rushed for the game-winning touchdown on his first career carry in the Lions’ 26-19 win over Jacksonville, becoming the first player to score a fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown on his first NFL carry since 1995 (Casey Weldon). Detroit is first team in NFL history to have six wins when trailing in the fourth quarter in the team’s first 10 games of a season.

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill led two touchdown drives with under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter in the Dolphins’ 14-10 victory at Los Angeles. In Mexico City, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the Raiders’ 27-20 win over Houston at Estadio Azteca.

The most games won by a team that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 11:

SEASON – GAMES WON WHEN TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 11
1989 – 50
2016 – 47
2015 – 47
2012 – 46
2011 – 45
1999 – 45

DOMINANCE IN DALLAS: Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 301 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.2 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 27-17 win over Baltimore. Prescott became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and multiple touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games.

Prescott joined Charlie Conerly (1948), Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (1983) and Russell Wilson (2012) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to throw multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

The rookie quarterbacks with multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games:

PLAYER – SEASON, TEAM (GAMES – TD PASSES IN STREAK)
Dak Prescott – 2016, Dallas (5 – 13)*
Russell Wilson – 2012, Seattle (5 – 11)
Dan Marino – 1983, Miami (5 – 12)^
Charlie Conerly – 1948, New York Giants (5 – 12)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MINNEAPOLIS 100: Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Vikings’ 30-24 win over Arizona. The Vikings became the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game.

Minnesota is the fourth team in NFL history with two scoring plays of at least 100 yards in the same game.

The teams with two touchdowns of at least 100 yards in the same game:

DATE – TEAM (PLAYER – YARDS; PLAYER – YARDS)
November 20, 2016 – Minnesota (Xavier Rhodes – 100 yard interception; Cordarrelle Patterson – 104 yard kickoff return)
December 20, 2009 – Cleveland (Josh Cribbs – 100 yard kickoff return; Josh Cribbs – 103 kickoff return)
November 1, 2009 – Miami (Ted Ginn, Jr. – 100 yard kickoff return; Ted Ginn, Jr. – 101 yard kickoff return)
October 14, 1962 – Dallas (Amos Marsh – 101 yard kickoff return; Mike Gaechter – 100 yard interception)

Rhodes’ 100-yard interception-return touchdown was the longest in Vikings history. Patterson, who is in his fourth season in the NFL, is the first player in league history with four touchdowns of 100+ yards.

TERRIFIC TOM: New England quarterback Tom Brady threw for 280 yards with four touchdowns passes and no interceptions in the Patriots’ 30-17 win at San Francisco. With the win, Brady has 199 career victories (including the postseason), which ties Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE for the second-most in NFL history. Brady needs one win to tie PEYTON MANNING (200) for the most wins all-time.

The quarterbacks with the most career regular-season and postseason wins in NFL history:

PLAYER; TEAM(S) (CAREER WINS)
Peyton Manning; Indianapolis and Denver (200)
Tom Brady; New England (199)*
Brett Favre; Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (199)^
John Elway; Denver (162)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history. He has recorded two such performances in 2016.

The most games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (MOST CAREER 4+ TD, 0 INT GAMES)
Tom Brady – New England (21)*
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (19)*
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (18)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (13)*
Brett Favre – Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (12)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 375 yards with three touchdowns with no interceptions and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 351 yards with three touchdowns without an interception in the Redskins’ 42-24 victory over the Packers on Sunday Night Football.

Cousins and Rodgers became the seventh pair of opposing quarterbacks in NFL history to both throw for at least 350 yards with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions in the same game.

DATE – WINNING TEAM (QUARTERBACK – PASSING YARDS, TDS) LOSING TEAM (QUARTERBACK – PASSING YARDS, TDS)
11/20/16 – Washington (Kirk Cousins – 375 yards, 3 TDS) Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers – 351 yards, 3 TDS)
10/20/13 – Cincinnati (Andy Dalton – 372 yards, 3 TDS) Matthew Stafford (Detorit – 357 yards, 3 TDS)
12/23/12 – New Orleans (Drew Brees – 446 yards, 3 TDS) Dallas (Tony Romo – 416 yards, 4 TDS)
12/20/09 – Pittsburgh (Ben Roethlisberger – 503 yards, 3 TDS) Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers – 383 yards, 3 TDS)
10/10/04 – Minnesota (Daunte Culpepper – 396 yards, 5 TDS) Houston (David Carr – 372 yards, 3 TDS)
9/26/04 – Indianapolis (Peyton Manning – 393 yards, 5 TDS) Green Bay (Brett Farve – 360 yards, 4 TDS)
9/24/95 – Houston (Chris Chandler – 352 yards, 4 TDS) Cincinnati (Jeff Blake – 356 yards, 3 TDS)

RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had eight catches for 76 yards in the Steelers’ 24-9 win at Cleveland. This season, Brown leads the NFL with 77 receptions.

Brown, who has 603 career receptions, reached 600 catches in his 96th career game, the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history.

The players to reach 600 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER (TEAM(S) – GAMES)
Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh – 96)
Anquan Boldin (Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Detroit – 98)
Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis – 102)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ICYMI: Dallas gained 417 total net yards in the team’s 27-17 win over Baltimore. That marked the team’s eighth consecutive game with at least 400 yards, tied for the longest single-season streak in NFL history (2007 New England and 2013 Denver). The Cowboys have won nine consecutive games, the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history.

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Ravens. Prescott is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and multiple touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (1983) and Russell Wilson (2012) as the only rookie quarterbacks since 1970 to have multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 97 yards and leads the NFL with 1,102 rushing yards. Elliott’s 1,102 rushing yards are the third-most in NFL history in a player’s first 10 games, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,223) and Adrian Peterson (1,197).

The Detroit Lions scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of the team’s 26-19 come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville. The Lions, who are the first team in NFL history to have each of its first 10 games decided by seven points or fewer, have trailed in the fourth quarter in all 10 games. Detroit is the first team in NFL history to have six wins when trailing in the fourth quarter in the team’s first 10 games of a season.

New England defeated San Francisco 30-17 to improve to 8-2 this season. With their eighth win, the Patriots are guaranteed at least a .500 record this season. New England is the fifth team in NFL history – and the first since the 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers – to have at least 16 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions against the 49ers. Brady has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history. Including the postseason, Brady now has 199 career victories, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve for the second-most in NFL history. Brady needs one win to tie Peyton Manning (200) for the most all-time.

Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Vikings’ 30-24 win over Arizona. The Vikings are the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game. On October 14, 1962, the Cowboys’ Amos Marsh had a 101-yard kickoff-return touchdown and Mike Gaechter had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown in Dallas’ 41-19 win over Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had eight catches for 76 yards in the Steelers’ 24-9 win at Cleveland. Brown, who has 603 career receptions, reached 600 catches in his 96th career game, the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history. Brown surpassed the previous mark held by Anquan Boldin, who reached 600 receptions in 98 career games.

Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ loss at Dallas. Smith has 1,005 career receptions and became the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches. Smith is the only player in league history with at least 1,000 catches (1,005), 1,000 punt-return yards (1,684) and 2,000 kickoff-return yards (2,371).

It wsa not a good week to be a kicker in the NFL. Starting with the 2015 season, the NFL adopted a rule change moving the line of scrimmage on an extra-point kick attempt to the 15-yard line in order to make it a more competitive play. In Sunday’s games, there were 12 missed extra-point kick attempts, the most in a single week since the merger. In 2015, there were eight misses for the entire season.

It’s another Sunday in the NFL and while there were games that were played Thursday because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the Sunday games are important too. Week 12 started with a pair of rematches as Detroit edged Minnesota, Dallas took care of  Washington and Pittsburgh shutdown an Andrew Luck-less Colts team in Indianapolis in the Hoosier State. Week 12 ends in the City of Brotherly Love as Green Bay takes on Philadelphia in the Monday night contest at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. The Sunday night game? Kansas City traveling to Denver for an AFC West matchup with the defending Super Bowl champs on NBC at 8:30 p.m.

As for last week… 10-4 (another week above the .500 mark!). For the year… 107-52. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 12… you might want to check that turkey that your cousin Lindsey made (no wonder she’s still single!).

Arizona (5-5-1) at ATLANTA (6-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. The Falcons return from their bye week to the Georgia Dome for an early afternoon showdown in the Big Peach with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Desert Angry Birds head eastward to the Big Peach after their 30-24 loss to Minnesota last Sunday. Minnesota got a 100-yard interception return from Xavier Rhodes and a 104-yard kickoff retrun from WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson to take a 30-24 win over Arizona in Minneapolis last Sunday. Minnesota, who forced two turnovers, picking off Carson Palmer (198 yards, two TDs, four sacks) twice, led 20-17 at the half at U.S. Bank Stadium as Arizona tried to keep things close before the Vikings opened the second half scoring with the long return. Although Sam Bradford threw for 169 yards and a TD, it was the Cardinals running game that almost stole the show as Arizona would outrush Minnesota 135-72 (with David Johnson accounting for 103).

Atlanta, leaders in the NFC South, return to action after their bye week and come off a 24-15 loss at Philadelphia. Atlanta led 15-13 with 13:15 left in the third quarter (Philly led 7-6 at the intermission) when Ryan and Tony Gabriel connected on a 76-yard TD pass with 13:15 left to play in the contest. The lead for Atlanta would not last very long as Philly would take the lead back for keeps when RB Ryan Matthews would score his second TD of the contest with 6:49 left. The Eagles would then ice the contest away in the City of Brotherly Love as K Caleb Sturgis connected on a 48-yard field goal with 1:57 left. Atlanta was held to 48 yards rushing, while Matthews accounted for 109 of the Eagles’ 208 yards on the ground. The one bright spot for the Falcons was Ryan, who outpaced rookie QB Carson Wentz in passing yardage 267-231 (Ryan had the one TD pass with an interception).

Arizona leads the series 15-13 but the Falcons have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 624-602. Atlanta’s last win in the series came in 2014 by a final of 29-18, while Arizona’s last win was in the desert at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2013, with the Cardinals coming away 27-13 winners. Atlanta’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Both teams are looking to bounce back from wins and this could be a preview to the post-season. The Desert Angry Birds could make this closer than the 4 but Atlanta prevails in the Big Peach.

Cincinnati (3-6-1) at Baltimore (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in a key divisional contest in Charm City as the struggling Bengals travel to Baltimore for a meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.

Cincinnati fell to Buffalo 16-12 at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday. Cincy led 12-10 at the intermission before the Bills got back on track and shut out the Bengals in the last 15 minutes of play. Buffalo outrushed the Bengals 183-93 and picked off Andy Dalton (207 yards, TD), while Tyrell Taylor threw for 166 yards, despite being sacked twice.

Baltimore fell to Dallas 27-17 in Arlington Sunday afternoon. The Ravens let a 7-0 lead after the first quarter get away from them in Arlington and found themselves tied at 10-10 at the intermission before Dallas went on to take the lead for good. While Flacco threw for 269 yards and a TD, Dallas’ Dak Prescott and all-Pro WR Dez Bryant connected on a pair of TD passes in the second half to help them take their ninth win in a row. Dallas outrushed Baltimore 118-101, with rookie RB Ezekiel running for 97 of those yards, while Prescott threw for 301 yards with three TDs (two of them to Bryant, the other to WR Cole Beasley).

The series is all even at 20-20 and the Ravens have outscored Cincinnati 866-742. However… the Bengals have taken wins in five of the last six meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Baltimore’s last win over the Bengals came in 2013, when they needed overtime in Charm City to take a 20-17 win).

The Bengals led 14-0 at the half in Baltimore in the first meeting in week three, then needed to rally to come away with the 28-24 win. Cincy trailed 24-21 with 3:56 left to play when Dalton and the Bengals engineered a 6-play, 80-yard drive that used 1:46 of time to score the game-winner when he and A.J. Green connected on a 7-yard TD pass with 2:10 left in regulation. For Green, it was his second TD catch from Dalton, who tallied 383 yards in the air and had three TDs, while Flacco had 362 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Stephen Smith, Sr. on both tosses. Neither club did a lot of running in the first meeting and neither came anywhere close to the 100-yard barrier (Cincinnati had 86 yards on the ground, while Baltimore had a measly 36).

Cincinnati completed the sweep in week 17 along the shores of the Ohio River in the season finale, coming away 24-16 winners. The Bengals trailed 9-7 at the break, then proceeded to take control of the lead as Green and A.J. McCarron (subbing for Dalton) connected on a five-yard TD pass to open the second half scoring. McCarron threw for 160 yards and a pair of TDs in the rematch, while Ryan Mallett, who took over for Flacco, threw for 292 yards but was picked off twice. The Bengals running game at Paul Brown was much better than the first meeting, as they ran for 145 yards, while they held Baltimore to 59.

Baltimore’s a 4-point favorite in Charm City and the over/under’s 40 1/2. Both are trying to catch Pittsburgh in the AFC North. Baltimore’s the better choice here. Ravens cover the 4 and win at home in Charm City.

Jacksonville (2-8) at Buffalo (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The Jagaurs make their way north to upstate New York for an afternoon contest with the Buffalo Bills at Orchard Park.

Jacksonville led 19-16 at the end of three quarters, only to see that lead get away from them in the Motor City, coming away with a 26-19 loss at Ford Field. Detroit went on to score the last 10 points of the game in the fourth quarter and the Lions would do it unchallenged as TE Eric Ebron gave Detroit the lead back on a 1-yard run with 10:03 left to play and K Matt Prater adding a 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to ice the contest away. There was not a lot to celebrate as far as the rushing game was concerned and neither team breached the 100-yard barrier. The good news for Jaguar fans was they did manage to outrush Detroit 83-14. Matthew Stafford’s 278 yards in the air was good enough to outpace Blake Bortles, who threw for 202 yards with a pair of TDs (Jacksonville sacked Stafford three times, while the Lions picked off Bortles twice).

Buffalo rallied to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 16-12 at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday. The Bills trailed 12-10 at the intermission before the Bills got back on track and shut out the Bengals in the last 15 minutes of play, thanks to a pair of David Carpenter field goals. Buffalo outrushed the Bengals 183-93 and picked off Andy Dalton (207 yards, TD), while Tyrell Taylor threw for 166 yards, despite being sacked twice.

While the Bills lead the series 7-6, Jacksonville has outscored Buffalo 286-278 and the Jaguars won the last meeting in the series but did it on the other side of the Atlantic, when they came away 34-31 winners last year (Buffalo’s last win over Jacksonville came in the Sunshine State 27-20 in 2013).

They met in merry old London in week seven and the Jaguars led 27-13 at the break at Wembley, then held off a second-half rally by the Bills, who outscored Jacksonville in the final 15 minutes of action 18-7 (the teams played scoreless football in the third quarter). Both Bortles (182 yards) and Manuel (298 yards) threw a pair of TDs, with each man being sacked a combined six times (Manuel was sacked four times and picked off twice, while Bortles was sacked twice with an interception). Jacksonville outrushed Buffalo on the other side of the pond 120-115, with T.J. Yeldon leading all rushers with 115 yards and a TD.

Buffalo’s favored by 7 1/2 in upstate New York and the over/under’s 45. Jacksonville’s not a great team by any stretch of the imagination but they’re not 7 1/2 points bad. They’ll make it interesting but Buffalo circles the wagons in upstate New York and takes the win.

Tennessee (5-6) at Chicago (2-8), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 707. Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans travel to the Windy City to face the struggling Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

The Titans dropped below the .500 mark, falling to AFC South foe Indianapolis 24-17 last Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Although they trailed Indy 21-7 at the half. the Titans managed to outscored the Colts 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. As far as the running game was concerned, it was nothing to write, talk or Tweet about as neither club breached the 100-yard barrier. The good news for Titans fans? They did outrush Indy 97-76 and Mariota threw for 290 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked five times.

Da Bears return to the Windy City after their 22-16 loss to the New York Giants in the Meadowlands. The Monsters of the Midway led 16-9 at the break at MetLife before Eli Manning (227 yards) and the Giants roared back in the final half, shutting out Da Bears, thanks in part to a pair of Manning TD passes to Will Tye and Sterling Shepherd. Despite throwing for 252 yards, Bears QB Jay Cutler was sacked four times in the game.

Including contests that were played when the Titans called Houston home and were known as the Oilers, Da Bears lead da series 6-5 but Tennessee has outscored Chicago 245-238. Chicago’s last win in the series came in 2012 in the Music City as they would win that contest 51-20, while the Titans were 21-14 victors in the Windy City in 2008. Tennessee’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 42. Tennessee’s still trying to catch Houston in the AFC South, while Da Bears are trying to get themselves out of the NFC North cellar. There’s some really good wine in cellars and that’s where Chicago will be. Tennessee covers the 5 1/2 and wins in the Windy City.

San Diego (4-6) at Houston (6-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The Chargers travel eastward to the Lone Star State for an intra-conference contest in Houston with the Texans.

San Diego comes back from their 31-24 loss to Miami at Qualcomm two Sundays ago (the Chargers had a bye last week). The Chargers let a 10-7 lead at the half get away from them as Miami, who outrushed San Diego 106-70, would outscore San Diego 24-14 in the second half. Philip Rivers threw for 326 yards and three TDs, connecting with all-Pro TE Antonio Gates on one but was sacked three times and picked off four.

Houston also let a lead get out of their grasp in Mexico City Monday night against Oakland and fell to the Raiders 27-20 south of the border. Leading 20-13 with 10:57 left to play, the Texans saw that lead leave as the Silver and Black got a pair of TD passes from David Carr (295 yards, three TDS), one to RB Jamize Olawale, the other to WR Amari Cooper. Houston had one final chance to tie the contest but the final drive stalled, forcing the Texans to punt. That allowed the Raiders to run the clock out and come away with the win. Houston managed to outrush Oakland 124-30 (Lamar Miller led all rushers with 104 yards), while Brock Osweiler threw for 243 yards with a TD and an interception, while being sacked twice.

The Chargers lead the series 4-1, have outscored Houston 143-87 and won the first four meetings in the series, with their last win coming in 2010 in the Lone Star State by a final of 29-23. Houston’s lone win came in San Diego in 2013, with the Texans leaving Qualcomm Stadium 31-28 winners.

The Chargers are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. The Chargers are not a bad team but they’re not great. Houston’s looking for a little revenge on the AFC West after what happened in Mexico City. If revenge is a dish best served cold, expect the Texans to go for seconds. Houston covers the 1 1/2 and wins at home in the Lone Star State.

New York Giants (7-3) at Cleveland (0-11), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 710. A pair of clubs going in opposite directions meet along the shores of Lake Erie as the Giants, trying to catch Dallas in the NFC East, take on the Cleveland Browns, in search for their first win like Ahab in search of Moby Dick.

New York and Eli Manning rallied from being down 16-9 at the half to take a 22-16 win over Chicago in the Meadowlands. The Manning-led Giants threw for 227 yards and a pair of TDs to WRs Will Tye and Sterling Shepherd in the second half for Big Blue, who held Chicago to 93 yards rushing (New York rushed for 102) and while Bears QB Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards, they did manage to sack him for times at Met Life Stadium last Sunday.

The winless Browns were manhandled by Pittsburgh 24-9 along the shores of Lake Erie last Sunday. Cleveland was held to 33 yards rushing, while LeVeon Bell ran for 146 yards and a TD. Cleveland trailed 14-0 at the break and could never really get on track, while Browns QBs Josh McCown (who was knocked out of the contest) and Cody Kesler four times each.

The Browns lead the series 26-20-2 (which includes contests that took place at Yankee Stadium and old Municipal Stadium) and Clevleand has outscored New York 1,075-914). New York’s last win came in the Meadowlands in 2012, as the Giants were 41-27 winners, while Cleveland’s last win came in 2008 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 35-14.

New York, who looks to keep pace With Dallas in the NFC West (the Cowboys won Thanksgiving afternoon in Arlington), are favored by 7 with a 44 over/under. Cleveland’s been struggling to score more than 20 points of late and not only will they not reach the over/under, they won’t take the win. Browns make it a somewhat close contest to start but Giants cover the 7 in the Buckeye State.

San Francisco (1-9) at Miami (6-4), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 711. A struggling San Francisco 49ers teams heads to the Sunshine State for an early morning meeting (Pacific Coast time) with the improved Miami Dolphins.

The 49ers trailed Tom Brady (280 yards, four TDS) and New England 13-10 at halfime at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday before the Pats floored the gas and sent San Francisco to their ninth loss of the year 30-17. While Colin Kaepernick threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs, he was also sacked five times, while the 49ers were outrushed by New England 171-122 (New England’s LeGarrett Blount led all rushers with 124 yards.

Miami rallied against Los Angeles on the West Coast and took a 14-10 win over the Rams last Sunday. The ‘Fins trailed 10-0 going into the final quarter before QB Ryan Tannehill connected on a pair of TD passes, taking the lead for good when he and WR DeVante Parker connected on a 9-yard strike with 36 seconds left. While Tannehill threw the two TDs and 172 yards, he was sacked four times and picked off once and the Rams outrushed Miami 102-98.

Miami leads the series 6-5 but the 49ers have outscored the Dolphins 234-167 as well as win the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 27-13 win on the West Coast in 2012, while Miami’s last win over the 49ers came in 2008 in the Sunshine State by a final of 14-9.

Miami’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. While the 49ers are bad, they actually have one more win than the Browns and that’s not saying a lot. The Dolphins are getting hot and have matched their win total from 2015. Miami passes that mark Sunday at home and covers the 7 1/2.

Los Angeles (4-6) at New Orleans (4-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Big Easy. It’s California Roll vs. Gumbo as the Rams travel Eastward to face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Los Angeles let a 10-0 lead after 45 minutes of play get away from them on the West Coast, allowing Miami to come away from the Los Angeles Coliseum 14-10 winners last Sunday. The Rams led 10-0 going into the final quarter before Miami QB Ryan Tannehill connected on a pair of TD passes, taking the lead for good when he and WR DeVante Parker connected on a 9-yard strike with 36 seconds left, sending Rams fans home in a less-than pleasant mood. Los Angeles did manage to outrush Miami 102-98 and rookie QB Jeff Goff threw for 134 yards without an interception (he was sacked once), While Tannehill threw the two TDs and 172 yards, he was sacked four times and picked off once.

A last-dash New Orleans rally against Carolina fell short in Charlotte as the Saints fell to their NFC South rivals 23-20 last Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium. New Orleans and Brees trailed 20-3 at the break before they would manage to outscore Carolina in the final 30 minutes of action. There were a couple of bright spots for the Saints; first, they outrushed Carolina 107-50 and secondly, Brees (285) outpaced Cam Newton (192) and Brees had three TDs, two in the second half but was sacked three times.

Including games that were played in Anaheim and St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 40-31, have outscored New Orleans 1,603, -1,438 and won the last two meetings, including a 27-16 win in St. Louis in 2013. New Orleans’ last win over the Rams came in 2010 in the Big Easy by a final of 31-13.

The Saints are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Neither teams are much to look at and if you decide that you need to go Christmas shopping, we’ll understand. Saints take this one but they won’t cover.

Seattle (7-2-1) at Tampa Bay (5-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of young QB meet in the Sunshine State as Jameis Winson hosts Russell Winston and the Seattle Seahawks in a late afternoon contest on the Gulf Coast.

The Seahawks have won three consecutive games and lead the NFC West with a 7-2-1 record and defeated Philadelphia 26-15 last week in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as wide receiver Doug Baldwin had 104 receiving yards and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Russell Wilson. Philly led 7-6 with 14:13 left before half when TE Zach Ertz and rookie QB Carson Wentz connected on a 4-yard TD pass. Seattle would roar back when Wilson (272 yards) and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a 35-yard strike to take the lead back for good.

Tampa Bay has won two games in a row and trails Atlanta by one game for first place in the NFC South. Last week, Tampa Bay won 19-17 at Kansas City, ending the Chiefs’ 10-game home winning streak. Winston passed for 331 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Chiefs and wide receiver Mike Evans had six catches for 105 yards. Evans ranks second in the NFL this season with eight touchdown receptions. Kansas City led 10-9 at the half at Arrowhead before the Bucs, who outrushed Kansas City 116-82, roared back in the second to take the win in the Show-Me State.

They both came into the NFL at the same time and both have Lombardi Trophies to their credits but have only played each other 12 times and the Seahawks lead the series 8-4, with Tampa Bay outscoring Seattle 208-197 in those meetings. Seattle won the last meeting in 2013 in the Pacific Northwest as they needed overtime to take the 27-24 win. Tampa Bay’s last win over the Bucs came in 2010 in the Sunshine State, with the Buccaneers winning 38-15.

The boys and girls in Vegas like the Seahawks as 5 1/2 point favorites in the Sunshine State and the contest comes in with a 45 over/under. These are two pretty good QBs here and while this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” it is one that is worth watching. Seattle takes this one and covers the 5 1/2.

New England (8-2) at New York Jets (3-7), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. They meet again. A pair of AFC rivals that were part of the old American Football League meet in upstate New Jersey when Tom Brady and the Pats travel to MetLife Stadium for a meeting with the New York Jets.

Brady, who threw for 280 yards and four TDS and New England 13-10 at halfime at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday before the Pats floored the gas and sent San Francisco to their ninth loss of the year 30-17. New England outrushed San Francisco 171-122, with RB LeGarrett Blount leading all rushers iwth 124 yards, While sacking Colin Kaepernick five times (Kaepernick threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs).

GangGreen returns from their bye week and a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife. The only TD of the contest came courtesy of the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! when Bryce Petty and RB Bilal Powell hooked up on a 4-yard TD pass with 12:35 left before intermission. The Jets, who led 6-3 at the half, would carry that lead with them into the half before Los Angeles’ Greg Zeurlein connected on a pair of field goals to first tie the contest and then take the lead back. New York did manage to outrush Los Angeles 139-125, while Petty, who took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick, threw for 163 yards.

The Patriots lead the series 57-53-1 (which includes contests that were played at Shea Stadium and Fenway Park and the Jets were known as the Titans) and the Pats have outscored GangGreen Patriots 2,516, Jets 2,350. They split last year’s meetings in the AFC East, with each winning at home.

New England won the first meeting in Foxboro in week seven 30-23. The Pats, held to 16 yards rushing (the Jets had 89), led 13-10 at the half at Gillette Stadium, then held off the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in the second half to come away with the win. Although he was sacked three times, Brady did manage to throw for 355 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with Gronkowski and Amendola, while Fitzpatrick also had two TD passes, throwing for 295 yards with a pair of sacks.

GangGreen would get revenge on the Pats in their second meeting, which took place at MetLife Stadium in week 16, taking it to Brady and the Pats, coming away with 26-20 overtime win. Trailing 10-3 at halftime, New England managed to pull even with the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! when Brady (231 yards, interception, two sacks) and RB James White connected on a 9-yard strike with 1:55 left in regulation. New England’s hopes for sweeping the series were dashed in the overtime as Fitzpatrick and WR Eric Decker connected on a 6-yard TD pass with 12:23 left in the overtime to send their fanbase home happy campers. New York managed to run for 143 yards (a big improvement from the week seven contest), while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! held New England to 63.

The Pats are favored by 8 and the over/under’s 45. GangGreen’s been on the skids of late, while the Pats remain kings of the AFC East mountain. Long live the king. Pats win in upstate New Jersey but expect GangGreen to make it closer than 8.

Carolina (4-6) at Oakland (8-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. Newton vs. Carr. The defending NFC champs travel to the Left Coast for a late afternoon contest in northern California. Both come into the contest with wins under their belts from last week’s action.

Carolina held off New Orleans 23-20 last Thursday night in Charlotte. The Panthers led 20-3 at the break before New Orleans outscored them in the second half of the NFC South rematch in the Tar Heel State. While New Orleans did outrush Carolina 107-50, Newton threw for 192 yards and a TD, while sacking Drew Brees (285, three TDS, interception) three times. Carolina’s defense allowed a pair of Brees TDs in the second half to make the Thursday affair a bit too close for Panther fans but Carolina managed to prevail when they stopped New Orleans in their last attempt to tie the contest up.

Oakland came out of Mexico City 27-20 winners over Houston last Monday night. The Silver and Black trailed 20-13 with 10:57 left to play, before Oakland got a pair of TD passes from David Carr (295 yards, three TDS), one to RB Jamize Olawale, the other to WR Amari Cooper. Oakland then fored the Texans to punt, which allowed the Raiders to run the clock out and come away with the win. Houston did manage to outrush the Raiders 124-30, with Texan RB Lamar Miller leading all rushers with 104 yards, while sacking Brock Osweiler (243 yards, TD, interception) twice.

The defending NFC champs lead the series 3-2 but the two teams are even in points in the series 105-105. Carolina won the last two meetings in the series, with the Panthers coming away 17-6 winners in the Tar Heel State in 2012, while the Silver and Black were 27-24 winners in Charlotte in 2004.

Oakland’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Oakland’s trying to stay atop the AFC West mountain, while Carolina wants to repeat at champ in a division led by Atlanta. Carolina shocks the world on the West Coast and takes the win, although Oakland will make it closer than 3 1/2.

Kansas City (7-3) at Denver (7-3), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of AFC West rivals meet in prime time on Sunday night as the Chiefs travel to the Mile High City for an AFC West contest in Denver.

Kansas City looks to bounce back from their 19-17 loss to Tampa Bay at Arrowhead last Sunday. The loss put an end to the Chiefs’ 10-game home winning streak and Jameis Winston passed for 331 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Chiefs. Kansas City led 10-9 at the half at Arrowhead before the Bucs, who outrushed Kansas City 116-82, roared back in the second to take the win in the Show-Me State.

The defending Super Bowl champs come back from their bye week and pulled off pulled out a dramatic 25-23 victory over New Orleans in Week 10. It was the rookies that made Denver fans happy as Broncos rookie Justin Simmons blocked an extra-point attempt with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and fellow rookie Will Park returned it for the game-winning two-point conversion in the 25-23 win. It marked the first game-winning defensive two-point conversion since the rule was adopted in 2015. Simmons was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in that game. Denver led 23-17 before Saints QB Drew Brees (303 yards) and WR Brandin Cooks tied the contest up with a 32-yard TD. Denver outrushed New Orleans 103-80 in the Big Easy and Trevor Seimian threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked six times.

The Chiefs lead the series 57-54 (includings contests that were played when the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans) and have outscored the defending Super Bowl champs 2,544-2,293. The two AFC West foes split the two meetings but took wins in the other team’s ballparks.

Round 1… Week two at Arrowhead and the Broncos, led by Peyton Manning, took a 31-24 over the Chiefs in the Show-Me State. Tied 14-14 at the half, the Broncos rallied from a 24-17 deficit to score their final 14 points of the contest, when Manning and WR Eric Sanders connected on a 19-yard TD pass with 36 seconds left. Denver didn’t have to wait very long to take the lead for keeps, when CB Bradley Roby recovered an Alex Smith fumble and ran it back 21 yards for the winning score. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles ran for 125 of the Chiefs’ 147, holding the Broncos to 61 yards. Manning threw for 256 yards and three TDs, despite being sacked three times, while Smith threw for 191 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions.

Kansas City would get their revenge on the Broncos in the Mile High City at Sports Authority Field, coming away 29-13 winners in the week 10 rematch. Kansas City led 19-0 after the first 45 minutes of action, shutting out the Broncos until they eventually scored their 13 points in the fourth quarter. Charcandrick West scored a pair of TDs for the Chiefs in the win on the road, rushing for 69 of his team’s 106, while the Kansas City defense held Denver to 69, picking off Brad Osweiler and Manning five times (Manning threw four interceptions, Osweiler with one) and sacking the two QBs five times (Osweiler was sacked three times, Manning twice).

Denver’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. There’s a lot a stake here. One of these teams could pull a bit closer to the Raiders in the AFC West and to say that this contest is not “DRILL WORTHY!” is like saying there’s no Santa Claus. With that… (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?”

The winner? They get closer to the Raiders. The loser? They’ll have a somewhat hard time bouncing back in the AFC West. Kansas City makes this one really close but the defending Super Bowl champs win at home in the Mile High City.

Green Bay (4-6) at Philadelphia (5-5), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 12 closes out in the City of Brotherly Love as a pair of teams that lost on the road last week meet in Philadelphia.

Green Bay could not hold on to a 10-7 lead against Washington last Sunday night and fell to the Redskins 42-24 in Landover. Washington outrushed the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers 151-84, with ‘Skins rookie RB Robert Kelly accounting for 137 of those yards and three TDs, two of them coming in the final minutes of the contest. Rodgers, for his part, threw for 351 yards and three TDs, including one to WR Jordy Nelson, while Kirk Cousins threw for 375 yards (Cousins also had three TDs).

Philadelphia led Seattle 7-6 on a 4-yard TD pass from rookie QB Carson Wentz to TE Zach Ertz before Seattle came back to take the lead for themselves again and for keeps, falling to Seattle 26-15 last week in the Pacific Northwest. Wentz threw for 218 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice. Philly’s lead was short-lived when the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson (272 yards) and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a 35-yard strike to take the lead back for good.

Green Bay lead the series 25-14, which includes games played in Milwaukee and the Packers have outscored the Eagles 803-646. Green Bay’s last win in the series came in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst in 2014 bu a final of 53-20, while Philly’s last win in the series also came at Lambeau in 2013, coming away 27-13 winners.

Both teams have done well under the Monday night lights. Green Bay has been in 62 games, winning 30 of those games, with 31 losses and 1 tie (the Packers were 1-0 in their only MNF contest in 2015), while the Eagles are 32-26, taking a 29-14 win over Chicago in week two this season. The Eagles are favored by 3 1/2 in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 48. The teams that Green Bay and Philadelphia are trying to chase won Thursday afternoon (Detroit beating Minnesota at home, while Dallas beat Washington) and both clubs know they have to win to keep pace. This might the week to tape “2 Broke Girls” and “Scorpion” this week. Philly makes it close but the boys from the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst come out of the city of Brotherly Love and cover the 3 1/2.

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