The turkey’s been eaten, Black Friday has come and gone.

As the calendar turns to December, the NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape. With five weeks remaining in the regular season, there are currently 24 teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot.

Over the past five seasons, the Carolina Panthers (19-5, .792) and Seattle Seahawks (19-5, .792) own the best record in the final month, which also includes regular-season games played in January. The New England Patriots (18-6, .750) lead the AFC.

TEAM (W-L, PCT.)
Carolina (19-5, .792)
Seattle (19-5, .792)
New England (18-6, .750)
Green Bay (17-6, .739)
Pittsburgh (17-6, .739)

“The games in December are the most important regular-season games by far,” says NFL Network analyst and former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci. “It’s extremely important to win in December and to make a run at the playoffs.”

As the NFL season enters the final month, four teams are racing towards the finish line with winning streaks of at least five games – Dallas (10), Miami (six), the New York Giants (six) and Oakland (five).

“The momentum is real for us right now,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten told the Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV. “Our football team is a lot of fun. It’s neat to be a part of this and lead a great group of guys. Ten wins is good but they don’t hang any banners after 11 games. We have to continue to build here going into a critical stretch.”

That critical stretch began Thursday night when Dallas visited Minnesota. The Cowboys enter December with the league’s best record (10-1) and a two-game lead over the Giants in the NFC East. Minnesota (6-5) begins the final month of the regular season just one game behind Detroit (7-4) for first place in the NFC North.

Week 13 Sunday and Monday action in the NFL gets underway Sunday. There are still playoff races to be determined and unfortunately for fans in San Francisco and Cleveland, they didn’t get an invite to the post-season party. Yes, they got lumps of coal in their stockings.

For the rest of the NFL, there’s still life and where’s there’s life, there’s hope. Nothing’s been decided as of yet and there’s still a lot of football on the docket.

CLOSE GAMES: There have been 135 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 12, the most such games in the first 12 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 12 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 12
2016 – 135
2013 – 124
2004 – 124
2015 – 123
2011 – 123
2007 – 123

Additionally, there have been 106 games decided by eight points or fewer and 99 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 12, both the most such games in the first 12 weeks of a season in league annals.

In Week 12, Lions kicker Matt Prater connected on two field goals in the final two minutes of regulation to give Detroit a 16-13 win over Minnesota. The Lions are the first team in NFL history to have each of its first 11 games decided by seven points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 12 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 12
2016 – 106
2015 – 97
2012 – 95
2011 – 94
2003 – 94

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 12 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 12
2016 – 99
2015 – 91
2011 – 89
2003 – 89
2013 – 86
2012 – 86
1988 – 86

FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACKS: Through Week 12, there have been 52 games in which a team that trailed in the fourth quarter came back to win, the second-most such games in the first 12 weeks of a season in NFL history. Five teams – Buffalo, Detroit, Kansas City, New England and Oakland – overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win in Week 12.

The most games won by a team that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 12:

SEASON – GAMES WON WHEN TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 12
1989 – 54
2016 – 52
2012 – 51
2011 – 51
2015 – 50

Oakland quarterback Derek Carr passed for 315 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders’ 35-32 win over Carolina. Carr, who orchestrated the game-winning drive which culminated in kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s 23-yard field goal with 1:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, has nine game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2015, the second-most in the NFL (Matthew Stafford, 10).

CLIMBING THE LADDER: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 22-17 win at the New York Jets. The victory marked Brady’s 200th career win, including the postseason, tied with Peyton Manning for the most all-time.

Brady now has 60,229 career passing yards and became the fifth player in NFL history with at least 60,000 passing yards.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passed for 194 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants’ 27-13 victory at Cleveland. Manning has 47,089 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER PASSING YARDS
Peyton Manning – 71,940
Brett Favre – 71,838^
Drew Brees – 64,490
Dan Marino – 61,361^
Tom Brady – 60,229
John Elway – 51,475^
Warren Moon – 49,325^
Eli Manning – 47,089
Fran Tarkenton – 47,003^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had four receptions in the Cardinals’ 38-19 loss at Atlanta. Fitzgerald, who has 1,096 career receptions, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (1,094) for the fifth-most career receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEPTIONS
Jerry Rice – 1,549^
Tony Gonzalez – 1,325
Marvin Harrison – 1,102^
Cris Carter – 1,101^
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,096
Tim Brown – 1,094^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROLLING RODGERS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 30 of 39 pass attempts (76.9 percent) for 313 yards and two touchdowns for a 116.7 passer rating in the Packers’ 27-13 win at Philadelphia.

The performance marked the 15th time in Rodgers’ career in which he attempted at least 30 passes and completed at least 75 percent of his throws, the fifth-most in NFL history.

The players with the most career games of at least 30 pass attempts and a completion percentage of 75 or higher:

PLAYER – CAREER GAMES WITH 30+ PASS ATTEMPTS AND 75+ COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Drew Brees – 40
Peyton Manning – 26
Brett Favre – 17^
Matt Ryan – 16
Aaron Rodgers – 15
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

HISTORIC HILL: Kansas City rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill had three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 30-27 overtime victory at Denver. Hill scored on a three-yard run, a three-yard reception and an 86-yard kickoff-return.

Hill is the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965 to have a rush touchdown, receiving touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown in the same game. Sayers, who was a rookie in 1965, accomplished the feat on October 17 at Minnesota.

GLORIOUS GINN: You’ve not seen nothing like the Mighty Ginn… Carolina wide receiver Ten Ginn, Jr. had 115 receiving yards, including a career-long 88-yard touchdown catch in the Panthers’ 35-32 loss at Oakland.

Ginn, who has an 87-yard punt-return touchdown and three 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdowns in his career, is the fourth player in NFL history to have a receiving touchdown, punt-return touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown of at least 85 yards each in his career, joining Robert Brooks, Steve Odom and Eddie Royal.

A WINNING COMBINATION: New England quarterback Tom Brady recorded his 200th career victory (including the postseason) in the Patriots’ 22-17 win at the New York Jets last week, tying Peyton Manning (200) for the most wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

With a victory against Los Angeles in Foxboro on Sunday, Brady would become the all-time wins leader (including playoffs) in league history.

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

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

Brady (200-61, .766) owns the highest winning percentage among quarterbacks with at least 50 career starts since the 1970 merger. With a victory over the Rams this week, he would become the first quarterback in NFL history with a record 140 games over .500 at any point in his career.

The quarterbacks with the highest winning percentages since 1970 (minimum 50 starts):

PLAYER (SEASONS), W-L-T (PCT.)
Tom Brady (2000-present) 200-61-0 (.766)
Roger Staubach (1969-1979) 95-35-0 (731)^
Russell Wilson (2012-present) 60-24-1 (.712)
Joe Montana (1979-1994) 133-54-0 (.711)^
Peyton Manning (1998-2015) 200-92-0 (.685)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

The Patriots enter Week 13 with a 9-2 record, tied with the Oakland Raiders (9-2) atop the AFC. With a win on Sunday, the Patriots would clinch their 14th consecutive season with at least 10 wins, the second-longest streak of 10-win seasons in NFL history. The 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers (16) are the only franchise with more consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories.

The franchises with the most consecutive 10-win seasons in NFL history:

TEAM, SEASONS (CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS)
San Francisco, 1983-1998 (16)
New England, 2003-2015 (13)*
Indianapolis, 2002-2010 (9)
*Active streak

PRESCOTT FINDING PAYDIRT: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott leads NFL rookies in passing yards (2,835), touchdown passes (18) and passer rating (108.6).

The most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in his team’s first 12 games:

PLAYER, YEAR (TEAM, TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Charlie Conerly, 1948 (New York Giants, 22)
Marcus Mariota, 2015 (Tennessee, 19)
Russell Wilson, 2012 (Seattle, 19)
Peyton Manning, 1998 (Indianapolis, 19)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas, 18)*
*Through 11 games

FITZ AMONG THE FINEST: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald recorded four catches in the Cardinals’ 38-19 loss to Atlanta last week, bringing his career reception total to 1,096.

With seven catches against Washington on Sunday, Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter (1,101) and Marvin Harrison (1,102) for the third-most career receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RECEPTIONS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (1,549)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1,325)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1,102)^
Cris Carter – Philadelphia, Minnesota and Miami (1,101)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (1,096)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles, Oakland and Tampa Bay (1,094)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

THE COMEBACK KID: Don’t sleep on the Lions! Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has engineered seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2016, while helping the Lions become the first team in NFL history to record seven wins when trailing in the fourth quarter in the team’s first 11 games of a season.

With a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime at New Orleans on Sunday, Stafford would record the most such drives in a single season since the 1970 merger.

The most single-season game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 1970:

PLAYER – YEAR, TEAM (GAME-WINNING DRIVES IN 4TH QUARTER/OT)
Matthew Stafford – 2016, Detroit (7)*
Andrew Luck – 2012, Indianapolis (7)
Peyton Manning – 2009, Indianapolis (7)
Jake Delhomme – 2003, Carolina (7)
Peyton Manning – 1999, Indianapolis (7)
Jake Plummer – 1998, Arizona (7)
Don Majkowski – 1989, Green Bay (7)
Brian Sipe – 1979, Cleveland (7)
*Through 11 games

RACKING UP THE YARDS: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees leads the NFL with 3,587 passing yards this season and has passed for at least 3,500 yards in 12 consecutive seasons, the second-longest streak in NFL history. Peyton Manning passed for 3,500+ yards in 13 consecutive seasons from 1998-2010.

With 413 passing yards on Sunday at home against Detroit, Brees would become the first quarterback in NFL history to record 4,000 passing yards through his team’s first 12 games of a season twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2011.

The quarterbacks with at least 4,000 passing yards in their team’s first 12 games:

PLAYER, YEAR (TEAM – PASSING YARDS THROUGH TEAM’S 1ST 12 GAMES)
Peyton Manning, 2013 (Denver – 4,125)
Drew Brees, 2011 (New Orleans – 4,031)
Andrew Luck, 2014 (Indianapolis – 4,011)
Drew Brees, 2016 (New Orleans – 3,587)*
*Through 11 games

ICYMI: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns – including the game-winner with 1:56 remaining in the fourth quarter – in the Patriots’ 22-17 win at the New York Jets. Including the postseason, Brady has 200 career victories, tied with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.

Brady has 60,229 career passing yards and became the fifth player in NFL history to reach 60,000 passing yards, joining Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Farve (71,838), Drew Brees (64,490) and Dan Marino (61,361).

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 310 yards with four touchdowns (139.6 passer rating) and rushed for a touchdown in the Saints’ 49-21 win over Los Angeles. Brees, who extended his NFL-record streak to 60 consecutive home games with a touchdown pass, has three career games with at least four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown, the most in NFL history. Brees (30) is also the second quarterback in NFL history to reach 30 career games with at least four touchdown passes (Peyton Manning, 35).

This season, Brees has 30 touchdown passes and extended his NFL-record streak to nine consecutive seasons with at least 30 TD passes. Brees has nine career seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes, tied for the most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Manning.

Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes and had a 126.4 passer rating in the Titans’ 27-21 win at Chicago. Mariota, who is in his second season, has thrown multiple touchdown passes in eight consecutive games. That is the second-longest single-season streak in NFL history by a quarterback in his first two seasons, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO’s streak of 10 games in 1984, his second season.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns for a 106.1 passer rating in the Falcons’ 38-19 win over Arizona. Ryan is the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 200 yards in 50 consecutive games.

Arizona running back David Johnson had 161 scrimmage yards (103 receiving, 58 rushing) and a touchdown catch for the Cardinals. Johnson, who has gained at least 100 scrimmage yards in all 11 of Arizona’s games this season, joined Edgerin James (2000 and 2005) as the only players in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first 11 games of a season.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns for a 116.3 passer rating in the Chargers’ 21-13 win at Houston. Rivers, who has 3,128 passing yards this season, recorded his 11th consecutive season with 3,000 passing yards, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (18), Peyton  Manning (13) and Drew Brees (13) are the only quarterbacks with longer streaks. Brees extended his streak to 13 consecutive seasons last week.

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a career-high three sacks, a forced fumble and lived a linesman’s dream when he returned fumble 43 yards for a touchdown in the Giants’ 27-13 win at Cleveland. Pierre-Paul, who recorded his 50th career sack, is the first player with at least three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown of at least 40 yards in the same game since 1982, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic.

Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker converted all four of his field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-14 win over Cincinnati. Tucker, who connected on field goals of 57, 54 and 52 yards in the first half, is the first player in NFL history with three field goals of at least 50 yards in the first half of a game. His three 50+ yard field goals are tied for the most ever in a game and Tucker is the ninth player in league annals to accomplish the feat.

Dating back to last season, Tucker has successfully converted 34 consecutive field-goal attempts, the sixth-longest streak in NFL history. He is the only kicker in the NFL to make all of his field-goal attempts (27-for-27) this season (minimum 10 attempts).

As for last week… 12-4 (best.week.ever) For the year… 119-56.

Week 13 got underway in the Twin Cities as Minnesota hosted Dallas and ends Monday night in the Meadowlands as the Colts take on the New York Jets at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. There’s also a huge Sunday night game in the Pacific Northwest as Seattle hosts Carolina in a NFC Divisional Playoffs rematch at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Cleveland (0-11) and Tennessee (6-6) have byes this week and will return next Sunday.

Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 13.

Kansas City (8-3) at ATLANTA (7-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The Kansas City Chiefs travel to the Deep South for an early afternoon contest in the Big Peach, as they are hosted by Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

Kansas City went down to the final two seconds of overtime in Denver and came away 30-27 winners over the defending Super Bowl champs. The Chiefs took a 9-3 lead with them to the locker room at the half, only to see Denver chip away in the second half, rallying to tie things back up when QB Alex Smith and WR Tyreek Hill connected on a 3-yard TD pass with 12 seconds left. In the overtime, it was the battle of the kickers as Denver’s Brian McMannus kicked a 44-yard field goal with 8:51 left in their first possession to take the lead. That lead would not last long as the Chiefs’ Chris Santos connected on a 37-yarder with 4:19 left. Denver then got the ball back but could not move the ball after nine plays. That allowed the Chiefs to get the ball back on the Denver side of the 50-yard line and Kansas City marched down the field, using a 4-play, 32-yard drive that used only 61 seconds, allowing Santos to slip the game-winner off the left upright but in for the win.

Denver actually outrushed Kansas City 124-83 and Trevor Siemian outpaced Smith in passing yardage 368-220. Siemian threw three TDs to Smith’s one (which tied the contest up) but both men combined for 11 sacks in the contest (Smith was sacked six times, Siemian sacked five) and neither man threw an interception.

Atlanta maintained first place in the NFC South after their 38-19 win over Arizona last Sunday in the Big Peach. Burning a  10-7 defecit faster than Sherman burned Atlanta, the Falcons re-tied the contest when Matt Bryant connected on a 45-yard field goal with 8:30 left before the half. Atlanta then took the lead back and for keeps when WR/RB Tyrell Gabriel caught the first of two TD passes from Ryan, a 34-yard romp to the end zone for the lead (he would add a 25-yarder in the fourth to all but ice the contest away). Atlanta led 17-13 at the half and never looked back against Arizona, while holding the Cardinals to 58 yards rushing and sacking Carson Palmer twice and picking him off once. Atlanta ran for 116 yards, while Ryan threw for 269 yards, despite being sacked three times.

Kansas City may lead the series 5-3 and they may have outscored the Falcons 206-154 but Atlanta has won the last two meetings, including a 40-24 win at Arrowhead in 2012, while the Chiefs’ last win in the series also came in the Show-Me State in 2004 by a final of 56-10.

The oddsmakers like the Falcons at home as 3 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both teams know they control their destinies and know that if they continue to play better, the post-season will be in their future. We know that this is the early game but we feel that this one is so “DRILL WORTHY,” it’s not even close to funny. 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?”

Chiefs make this one interesting but Atlanta continues to lay claim on first in the NFC South takes the win, even though they won’t cover the 3 1/2.

Miami (7-4) at Baltimore (6-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A much-improved Miami Dolphins team travels up I-95 for a meeting with the Baltimore Ravens as Ryan Tannehill and Joe Flacco meet at M&T Bank Stadium in Charm City.

Miami surpassed their win total from 2015 and survived a 31-24 scare from San Francisco last Sunday in the Sunshine State. Leading 24-14 after three quarters at Hard Rock Stadium, the Dolphins saw the 49ers rally to pull to within seven with 2:15 left in regulation on a 36-yard field goal by Pat Dawson. Miami then held off a late San Francsico rally in the final seconds of the game, stopping Colin Kaepernick, who ran for 113 yards and threw for 296 with three TDs, 2 yards short of the goal line that would have tied the contest and sent it to overtime. San Francisco outrushed Miami 193-95, while Tannehill threw for 285 yards and three TDs.

Baltimore held off Cincinnati 19-14 in Charm City last Sunday. The Ravens led 16-3 at the half before the Bengals made things interesting in the second half, outscoring Baltimore 11-3. Cincy would eventually narrow the score to within five as the clock struck :00 when Ravens punter Sam Koch ran out of the end zone for a safety. The contest was not much to watch as far as the running game was concerned, with neither club breaching the 100-yard barrier. However, Baltimore did win that battle, outrushing the Bengals 92-64 and Flacoo threw for 234 yards with a TD and an interception, while the Ravens defense sacked Andy Dalton three times.

While the Dolphins lead the series 6-5, the Ravens have outscored Miami 198-197. Miami won the last meeting with the Ravens last year in the Sunshine State by a final of 15-13, while Baltimore’s last win in the series also came in Miami, with the Ravens coming away 28-13 winners.

They met in week 13 at then-Sun Life Stadium (before yet another name change!) and Miami led 15-3 at the break before the Ravens rallied in the second half, shutting out the home team in the final 30 minutes of action. Tannehill struggled a bit in passing, throwing for only 86 yards but did not throw an interception, while Miami, led by Lamar Miller’s 113 yards, outrushed Baltimore 137-94 in the 2-point win, sacking Matt Schaub (308 yards, TD, two interceptions) three times. The Ravens did manage to win the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 38:09 to Miami’s 21:51.

Baltimore’s a 3 1/2 point favorite in Charm City and the over/under’s 41. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are bouncing back from bad seasons last year. Quote the Ravens… Baltimore wins in Charm City and covers the 3 1/2.

Houston (6-5) at Green Bay (5-6), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 707. After a November Green Bay fans would like to forget, the Packers return to the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst to face Brad Oswelier and the Houston Texans at Lambeau.

The Texans came out on the short end of a 21-13 loss to San Diego last Sunday in Houston. Houston trailed 14-7 at the half after they opened  the scoring on a 1-yard run by Oswelier with 11:11 left in the first half (the teams were scoreless at the end of the first quarter). Houston would narrow the gap to 8 with 14 seconds left when Nick Novak kicked a 45-yard field goal late in the game. Osweiler threw for 246 yards and had the one rushing TD but was picked off three times, while the Texans outrushed San Diego 114-67, with San Diego’s Philip Rivers burning the Texans for three TDs and 242 yards to take the win.

Green Bay ended a 4-game losing streak in their 27-13 over Philadelphia last Monday night. Backed by a pair of Rodgers’ TD passes, the Packers took a 14-10 lead at the break and never looked back. Rodgers threw for 313 yards with no sacks or interceptions, connecting with Davante Adams on both TD passes, while Philadelphia outrushed the Packers 81-74, sacking rookie QB Carson Wentz (254 yards) four times, picking him off once.

They’ve met only three times and the Packers have won two of those contests, with the last victory coming in the Lone Star State in 2012 by a final of 42-24, while Houston’s lone win in the series came at Lambeau in 2008 by a final of 24-21. Green Bay’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. At the end of the day, both teams will be at the .500 mark. Packers may not cover the 4 1/2 but they win at home in Lambeau.

Denver (7-4) at Jacksonville (2-9), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The defending Super Bowl champs travel to north Florida for an early afternoon contest with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jacksonville let a 21-20 lead at Buffalo get away from them as they fell to the Bills 28-21 in upstate New York. Buffalo took the lead back for good with 10:46 left in regulation when Tyrod Taylor (166 yards, five sacks) and Jerome Hunter connected on a 16-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville actually outrushed the Bills 183-153 but Buffalo RB LeSean Mcoy led all rushers with 103 yards, a pair of TDs and a two-point conversion as part of the Hunter TD.

The defending Super Bowl champs took AFC West foe Kansas City to the final two seconds of overtime in Denver, coming up on the short end of a 30-27 loss to the Chiefs at Sports Authority Field. Denver trailed 9-3 at the half, then rallied to take the lead with 3:00 left on a Bennie Fowler TD pass from Siemian. That lead and Denver’s hopes of beating their AFC West rivals at home came crashing down, when Kansas City’s Alex Smith and WR Tyreek Hill hooked up on a 3-yard TD pass with 12 seconds left in regulation. From there, it was the kicking game that was the star of the show, as Denver’s Brian McManus (from 44 yards with 8:51 left in the OT) and Chris Santos (37-yarder with 4:19 left) each connected on field goals to keep the contest tied up. Denver then failed in their possession of the ball, moving the pigskin only to their 48-yard line, which allowed Kansas City to march down the field. The Chiefs wasted very little time, using only four plays, 32 yards and 61 seconds to allow Santos to kick the game winner with 2 seconds left.

The bright side for Broncos fans? The defending champs actually outrushed Kansas City 124-83 and Siemian outpaced Smith in passing yardage 368-220. Siemian threw three TDs to Smith’s one (which tied the contest up) but both men combined for 11 sacks in the contest (Smith was sacked six times, Siemian sacked five) and neither man threw an interception.

Jacksonville leads the series with Denver 5-4 but Denver has outscored the Jaguars 201-178. Denver’s last win came in 2013 in the Mile High City by a final of 35-19, while Jacksonville’s last win in the series with the Broncos came in 2010 in the Sunshine State by a 24-17 count.

Denver’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 42. While the Broncos are looking to repeat as champs, the Jaguars are all but on life support and need to win out and get some help in the process. Denver will look to put Jacksonville out of their misery and take the win on the road, covering the 5 in the process.

San Francisco (1-10) at Chicago (2-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of struggling clubs mired in last place in their respective divisions meet in the Windy City as Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers meet at Soldier Field for an early afternoon contest with Da Bears.

San Francisco and Kaepernick came up on the short end of a 31-24 loss to Miami last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The 49ers trailed 24-14 after three quarters at Hard Rock Stadium, before they would rally in the final 15 minutes of play, coming to within seven points on a 36-yard field goal by Pat Dawson wiht 2:15 left in regulation. San Francisco fans then saw their hopes for either tying things up or winning on the East Coast dashed as Kaepernick was stopped two yards shy of the end zone. San Francisco fans had a couple of bright sides. First, Kaepernick rani for 113 yards and threw for 296 with three TDs. Secondly, Miami outrushed the “Fins 193-952 yards short of the goal line that would have tied the contest and sent it to overtime. San Francisco outrushed Miami 193-95, while Tannehill threw for 285 yards and three TDs.

Da Bears’ saw their playoff hopes all but go into hibernation as they fell to Tennessee 27-21 at Soldier Field last Sunday. Trailing the Marcus Mariota-led Titans 21-7 at the half, Chicago managed to get off the deck, using a pair of TD passes from Matt Barkley in the final quarter of play, connecting with WRs Marquess Wilson and Deonte Thompson to make it a 7-point game with 3:06 left to play in regulation. Chicago then had a chance to send the game into overtime and got the ball all the way to the Titans’ 7-yard line before four Barkley passes fell incompelete. While the Titans outrushed Chicago 149-95, Barkley outpassed Mariota (2 TDs) 316-226, throwing three TDs but also threw three interceptions.

The series? Tied 30-30-1 and San Francisco has outscored Da Bears 1,365-1,249. They met in the Windy City last year and the 49ers escaped Chicago with a 26-20 overtime win at Soldier Field (Chicago’s last win in the series came at Candlestick Park, coming away 28-20 winners). The two clubs entered halftime tied at 13-13 at Soldier Field and stayed tied at the end of regulation when Blake Gabbert, subbing for Kapernick, scrambled for a 44-yard TD run with 1:42 left. Both teams got the ball in overtime and both clubs failed in their first attempt. San Francisco then decided to get things over and done with in their second possession, when Gabbert and WR Torrey Smith connected on a 71-yard TD pass with 12:50 in the extra period for the win. Chicago outrushed San Francisco 170-121 and Jay Cutler outpaced Gabbert 202-196 (Gabbert was sacked four times, Cutler intercepted once) and Da Bears ruled the clock, holding the ball for 37:24, while the 49ers kept the pigskin for 24:46.

Da Bears are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Take a pass on this one and watch that “NCIS” marathon on USA (Ziva smacking Tony over the head is pretty darn funny) or beg the wife, girlfriend or significant other to take you shopping at Victoria’s Secret. Chicago covers the 2 1/2 and wins in the Windy City.

Philadelphia (5-6) at Cincinnati (3-7-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of teams with young arms meet in Cincinnati as the Bengals return home to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles dropped a 27-13 decision against Green Bay last Monday night in Philadelphia. The good news was that the Eagles outrushed Green Bay 81-74. The bad news? Wentz was sacked four times and picked off once, throwing for 254 yards, while Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 313 yards with a pair of TD passes to WR Davante Adams, with no sacks or interceptions in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Bengals’ woes continue as they fell to Baltimore 19-14 last Sunday. Baltimore led 16-3 at the half before the Bengals made things interesting in the second half, outscoring Baltimore 11-3. Cincy would eventually narrow the score to within five as the clock struck :00 when Ravens punter Sam Koch ran out of the end zone for a safety. If you were looking for rushing in the contest, forget it. It wasn’t much to talk about as neither team crossed the 100-yard barrier and the Ravens outrushed Cincinnati 92-64 and Flacoo threw for 234 yards with a TD and an interception, while the Ravens defense sacked Andy Dalton (283 yards) three times.

Cincy leads the series 8-3-1, have outscored the Eagles 328-208 and won two of the last three contests (the lone tie came in the Queen City in 2008 with both teams winding up tied 13-13). The Bengals’ last win came in the City of Brotherly Love in 2012 by a final of 34-13, while the Eagles came away 16-7 winners in 2000 in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under is 41 1/2. Philadelphia is looking to get back in the NFC East hunt, while the Bengals are struggling to keep their somewhat slim playoff hopes alive. Happy Hunting! Eagles take it to the limit in Cincy and covers the 2 1/2.

Los Angeles (4-7) at New England (9-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. The Rams make their way east for a showdown in western Massachusetts with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Rams fell to New Orleans 49-21 in the Big Easy last Sunday. Los Angeles kept things close, trailing the Saints 28-21 at the intermission before New Orleans and Drew Brees went on a 21-0 second half run uncontested. New Orleans outrushed the Rams 209-69 (the Saints’ Mark Ingram led all rushers with 146 yards and a TD), while rookie QB Jared Goff, making his second start, was sacked three times, throwing for 214 yards (Brees threw for 310 yards and four TDs and had a rushing TD of his own).

New England returns to Foxboro after they defeated the New York Jets 22-17 in the Meadowlands last Sunday. The Pats broke a 10-10 tie at the half at MetLife Stadium to take the AFC East win. Tom Brady and rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell connected for the game-winning TD with 1:56 left in regulation after the Pats trailed 17-16 late in the fourth quarter. Brady (286 yards) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (269 yards) threw a pair of TDs in the late afternoon contest in upstate New Jersey and neither man threw an interception.

The Pats lead the series 6-5 (which includes contests that took place in Los Angeles and St. Louis) and have outscored the Rams 248-205. New England’s last win in the series came in 2012 on the other side of the Atlantic, taking a 45-7 win in London, while the Rams’ last victory came in Foxboro, when the club was based in St. Louis by a final of 2001 by a final of 24-17. New England’s favored by 13 1/2 (that’s not a misprint!) and the over/under is 44 1/2. The 44 1/2 makes sense. It’s the 13 1/2 that doesn’t. New England has been known to struggle against lesser opponents, while the Rams have somehow kept themselves in contests, even with the seven losses under their belts. New England wins this one but it won’t be as much as 13 1/2.

Detroit (7-4) at New Orleans (5-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Brees vs. Stafford. A pair of top QBs meet in the Big Easy as the Lions, kings of the NFC North mountain, travel to New Orleans for a meeting with Drew Brees and the Saints, sitting in third place in the NFC South behind Atlanta.

Detroit took the Lions’ share of first place in the NFC North by a final of 16-13 at Ford Field against Minnesota in a key NFC North matchup Thanksgiving Day. Detroit trailed 13-10 thanks to a 28-yard field goal by Minnesota’s Kirk Horvath with 12:38 left to play. The Viking lead would not last long as Detroit’s Matt Prather connected on a 48-yard field goal with 1:45 left in regulation to tie the contest. Minnesota then tried to march down the field but the drive fell apart when Detroit’s Darius Slay picked off Sam Bradford with 30 seconds left. That would be all the momentum that Detroit would need as they used only two plays and two yards, using all 30 seconds to allow Prather to kick the game-winning field goal as the clock struck :00. Bradford threw for 224 yards and had the interception that cost them the contest. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the Thanksgiving Day affair and Detroit managed to outrush Minnesota 94-82 in the NFC North contest.

New Orleans manhandled Los Angeles 49-21 in the Big Easy last Sunday. The visting Rams kept things close, trailing the Saints 28-21 at the intermission before New Orleans and Brees went on a 21-0 second half run uncontested. Brees threw for 310 yards and four TDs and had a rushing TD of his own as New Orleans outrushed the Rams 209-69 (the Saints’ Mark Ingram led all rushers with 146 yards and a TD). The Saints defense was not all that kind to rookie QB Jared Goff (making his second start) as he was sacked three times, throwing for 214 yards with an interception.

The series between the two domed teams is tied 11-11-1 and the Saints have outscored Detroit 472-418. Detroit, on the other hand, has won the last two contests, including a 35-27 win in the Big Easy last year (New Orleans’ last win over Detroit came in 2011 by a 31-17 final in the Big Easy).

They met in the Big Easy in week 15 and Detroit led 21-3 at the half in the SuperDome before Brees and the Saints rallied to make the contest closer, outscoring the Lions 24-14 in the last 30 minutes of action. Both Brees (341 yards) and Stafford (254 yards) threw three TDs in the contest and Detroit outrushed the Saints 150-69 (Stafford was sacked three times, while Brees was sacked once).

The Saints are favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 53 1/2. While this one’s not exactly “DRILL WORTHY,” it’s still a pretty good contest to watch. Detroit makes it close but Saints take the win in the Big Easy.

Buffalo (6-5) at Oakland (9-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of teams that had close wins last Sunday at home meet in northern California for a late afternoon affair when Buffalo travels west to face off against the Oakland Raiders.

The Bills erased a 21-20 deficit against Jacksonville last Sunday in Orchard Park and came away 28-21 winners in upstate Noew York. Buffalo circled the wagons and took the lead back for good with 10:46 left in regulation when Tyrod Taylor (166 yards, five sacks) and Jerome Hunter connected on a 16-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Buffalo was outrushed by Jacksonville 183-153 in the 1-point win but Buffalo RB LeSean Mcoy led all rushers with 103 yards, a pair of TDs and a two-point conversion as part of the Hunter TD.

Carolina scored four TDs in 12:07 of the second half but it wasn’t enough as the defending NFC champs fell to Oakland 35-32 on the West Coast. The Panthers and Newton trailed 24-7 at the half before taking the lead, scoring three TDs in the third quarter, two of them from RB Jonathan Stewart but missed all three point after tries. Newton threw for 246 yards, throwing for a pair of TDs and ran for two TDs of his own. Carolina outrushed Oakland 129-55, while David Carr threw for 315 yards and a pair of TDs, despite dislocating a finger on his throwing hand. Oakland eventually evened the score at 32-32 with 8:37 left in the final quarter when Carr and TE Clive Walford connected on a 12-yard TD pass and took the lead for good when K Sebastian Janikowski connected on his second field goal of the day, a 23-yarder with 1:45 left to play. For Janikowski, the second field goal was the 200th of his career at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Including contests that were played at old War Memorial Stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Raiders lead series 20-17 and the Silver and Black have outscored Buffalo 855-778. Oakland won the last meeting with the Bills, coming away 26-24 winners on the West Coast in 2014, while the Bills’ last win came in Orchard Park in 2011 by a final of 38-35. Oakland’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 50. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams are a lot better than what they were last year. Oakland “just wins, baby” and covers the 3.

Washington (6-4-1) at Arizona (4-6-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of teams looking to return to the post-season party limp into he desert as Washington takes on the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Washington fell to Dallas 31-26 last Thursday in Arlington in an NFC East showdown. Although the ‘Skins trailed 17-6 at the intermission, they managed to rally late in the second half, outscoring Dallas in the last 30 minutes of play 20-14. Kirk Cousins burned the Cowboys for 449 yards and three TDs, easily outpacing Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott, who had 195 yards and a passing TD. (Prescott had a rushing TD in the contest for the Cowboys). The contest was not without some controversy as Dallas WR Dez Bryant and Washington CB Josh Norman exchanged words and got into each other’s faces during the game and after the game was over.

Arizona got their wings clipped in Atlanta last Sunday, falling to the Falcons 38-19 in the Big Peach. The Desert Angry Birds let a 10-7 lead get away from them as Atlanta re-tied the contest when Matt Bryant connected on a 45-yard field goal with 8:30 left before the half. Atlanta then took the lead back and for keeps when WR/RB Tyrell Gabriel caught the first of two TD passes from Ryan, a 34-yard romp to the end zone for the lead (he would add a 25-yarder in the fourth to all but ice the contest away). Atlanta led 17-13 at the half and never looked back against Arizona, while the Cardinals found themselves being held to 58 yards rushing, with Carson Palmer being sacked ttwice and picked off once. Atlanta ran for 116 yards, while Ryan threw for 269 yards, despite being sacked three times.

Washington leads the series 74-45-2 (which includes contests that were played in Boston when the Redskins were known as the Braves and the Cardinals called Chicago and St. Louis home) and the defending NFC East champs have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 2,687-2,254. Arizona won the last meeting in 2014 in the desert by a 30-20 count, while the ‘Skins were 22-21 winners in Landover in 2011.

Arizona’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under is 49 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Arizona’s trying to keep its head above the bird bath and catch Seattle in the NFC West, while the ‘Skins are trying to catch Dallas in the NFC East. “Hail To The Redskins!” Washington pulls the upset in the desert and covers the 2 1/2.

New York Giants (8-3) at Pittsburgh (6-5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. Eli. Ben. Manning. Roethlisberger. The two Super Bowl winning QBs and their teams meet in western Pennsylvania as the Steelers host the New York Giants at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The Giants, led by rookie had coach Ben McAdoo, have won six consecutive games and have the NFC’s second-best record at 8-3. Last week, the Giants knocked off the Browns 27-13 at Cleveland. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a career-high three sacks, a forced fumble and a 43-yard fumble-return touchdown in the win. He is the first player with at least three sacks and a 40+ yard fumble-return touchdown in the same game since 1982, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic. New York led the winless Browns 14-6 at the half along the shores of Lake Erie as Odell Beckham Jr. and Manning connected on a pair of TDs. Big Blue outrushed Cleveland 104-58 and Manning threw for 194 yards and three TDs, while Cleveland’s Josh McCown threw for 322 yards with a TD but was sacked seven times.

Pittsburgh manhandled Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium 28-7 Thanksgiving night in the Hoosier State. The Steelers, who led 21-7 at the half, shut out the Colts in the final 30 minutes of action as Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown connected on three TD passes and RB LeVeon Bell ran for 120 yards and scored the game’s first TD from five yards out. Pittsburgh outrushed the Colts 148-91 and picked off backup QB Scott Tolzien (in for Andrew Luck – concussion) twice and sacked him three times.

The Giants lead the series 44-29-3 (which includes games played at Yankee Stadium and during the years of the 2nd World War when the Steelers were known as the Pittsburgh Pirates) and have outscored the Steelers 1,500-1,270. Pittsburgh won the last meeting between the clubs, when they came to the Meadowlands a week after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 and came away 24-20, while New York’s last win came in 2008 in the Steel City by a final of 21-14.

Pittsburgh’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 49 1/2. These are numbers we can live with. Both QBs are capable of reaching the over/under by halftime. Steelers keep pace with Baltimore in the Steel City and covers the 6.

Tampa Bay (6-5) at San Diego (5-6), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. Winston vs. Rivers. They meet in southern California as the Buccaneers pay the San Diego Chargers a late afternoon visit to Qualcomm Stadium.

Tampa Bay pulled to one game over the .500 mark and kept pace with NFC South foe Atlanta as they took a 14-5 win over Seattle at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs on the strength of a pair of Jameis Winston TD passes to WR Mike Evans gave them a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before Seattle broke Tampa’s bid for a shutout, as they got their points thanks to a safety and a 43-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 10:39 left before halftime and the teams then went on to play scoreless football in the final 30 minutes of play. While Seattle did outrush Tampa Bay 127-117, Winston threw for 220 yards with the pair of TDs and an interception, while Russell Wilson threw for 151 yards, while being sacked six times and picked off twice.

The Bolts were 21-13 winners in Houston last Sunday. San Diego trailed 14-7 at the half after the Texanas opened the scoring on a 1-yard run by Oswelier with 11:11 left in the first half (the teams were scoreless at the end of the first quarter). Houston would narrow the gap to 8 with 14 seconds left when Nick Novak kicked a 45-yard field goal late in the game. Houston managed to outrushed San Diego 114-67 but Rivers burned the Texans for 242 yards and three TDs, while Osweiler threw for 246 yards and had the one rushing TD but was picked off three times.

San Diego leads the series 8-2 and the Bolts have outscored the Bucs 279-184. Tampa Bay won the last meeting in the series, coming away 34-24 winners in the Sunshine State, while San Diego were 41-24 winners in the Sunshine State in 2008. San Diego’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 48. While this one is not a great game to watch, it’ll be a decent one. San Diego wins this one but expect Tampa Bay to make it closer than 4 1/2.

Carolina (4-7) at Seattle (7-3-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Carolina and Cam Newton make their way up I-5 to face off against Seattle and Russell Wilson in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

The defending NFC champs let a 32 24 lead at Oakland get away from them as they fell to the Raiders 35-32 on the West Coast. Carolina and Newton trailed 24-7 at the half before taking the lead, scoring three TDs in the third quarter, two of them from RB Jonathan Stewart but missed all three point after tries. Newton threw for 246 yards, throwing for a pair of TDs and ran for two TDs of his own. Carolina outrushed Oakland 129-55, while David Carr threw for 315 yards and a pair of TDs, despite dislocating a finger on his throwing hand. Oakland eventually evened the score at 32-32 with 8:37 left in the final quarter when Carr and TE Clive Walford connected on a 12-yard TD pass and took the lead for good when K Sebastian Janikowski connected on his second field goal of the day, a 23-yarder with 1:45 left to play.

For Seattle, who outrushed Tampa Bay 127-118, they played in their third game without scoring a TD and once again, the Seahawks lost, this time at Tampa Bay 14-5 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay led 14-0 on a pair of first quarter TD passes from Jameis Winston to WR Mike Evans before Seattle got their points thanks to a safety and a 43-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 10:39 left before halftime and the teams then went on to play scoreless football in the final 30 minutes of play. Winston threw for 220 yards with the pair of TDs and an interception, while Russell Wilson threw for 151 yards, while being sacked six times and picked off twice.

The Seahawks lead the series 5-3 and have outscored the defending NFC champs 131-125. They’ve met four times in the last two seasons (once in the regular season and once in the postseason) and each team has taken wins in the last two meetings. Seattle’s last win in regular season play came in 2014 in Charlotte by a 13-9 final and they came away 31-17 winners in the NFC Divisional Playoffs that year. Carolina won the two meetings last year, taking a 27-23 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and a 31-24 win in the Tar Heel State in last year’s NFC Divisonal Playoffs.

Round one … Seattle in week six. The Seahawks led 10-3 at the intermission at CenturyLink Field, before Newton and the Panthers rallied in the second half to come away winners on the West Coast. Carolina outrscored Seattle 20-10 in the final 30 minutes of action on the road and held off a late Seattle rally for the win. Carolina outrushed Seattle 135-115 and Newton, who ran for a TD, outpassed Wilson 269-241, with both men combining for seven TD passes (three by Newton, who was picked off four times, four by Wilson)

That was round one….

Round two … Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium in the NFC Divisonal Playoffs. Carolina led 31-0 at the intermission and then needed to hold off Seattle in the second half, as the Seahawks owned the final 30 minutes of play in the Tar Heel State but still came out on the short end of the 31-24 loss. Wilson (366 yards, two interceptions) threw three TDs in the rematch to Newtown’s one (Newton threw for 161 yards), while RB Jonathan Stewart ran for 106 yards and a pair of TDs as Carolina outrushed Seattle 144-78.

Seattle’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The Panthers are trying to keep pace with Atlanta in the NFC South, while the Seahawks want to stay king of the mountain in the NFC West. Long live the king. Seattle wins this one in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks but expect Carolina to make it closer than the 6 1/2.

Indianapolis (5-6) at New York Jets (3-8), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 13 closes out in upstate New Jersey as a pair of teams, trying to make the playoffs, meet in the light. Andrew Luck and the Indiapolis Colts pay a visit to MetLife Stadium for a Monday night contest with the New York Jets.

For Indianapolis, it was not a good Thursdsay night at Lucas Oil Stadium as they fell to Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberg 28-7 Thanksgiving night. The Steelers took a 21-7 lead at the half, then shut out the Colts in the final 30 minutes of action as Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown connected on three TD passes and RB LeVeon Bell ran for 120 yards and scored the game’s first TD from five yards out. The Colts were led by backup QB Scott Tolzien, who took over for Andrew Luck (concusssion) and got their only score of the contest when he and WR Donte Moncrief connected on a 5-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Pittsburgh outrushed the Colts 148-91 and Tolzien was picked off twice and sacked three times.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! fell to AFC East foe New England 22-17 in the Meadowlands last Sunday. New England broke a 10-10 tie at the half at MetLife Stadium to take the win. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Tom Brady and rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell connected for the game-winning TD with 1:56 left in regulation after GangGreen led 17-16 late in the fourth quarter. Brady (286 yards) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (269 yards) threw a pair of TDs in the late afternoon contest in upstate New Jersey and neither man threw an interception.

The Colts lead the series 40-28 (which includes contests played in Baltimore and at Shea Stadium) but GangGreen has outscored the Colts 1,403-1,366 and have won the last three regular season meetings, including a 20-7 win in the Hoosier State (ironically on a Monday night) (The Colts’ last win in the series came in 2006 in the Meadowlands, when they were led by Peyton Manning, coming away 31-28 winners).

GangGreen led 10-0 at the half at Lucas Oil Stadium and after a scoreless third quarter, turned on the afterburners when WR Brandon Marshall and Fitzpatrick connected on a 15-yard TD pass and K Nick Folk iced the game away with a 46-yard field goal with 56 seconds left (Indy’s lone score came in the fourth, when Luck and WR Donte Moncrief connected on a 26-yard strike to open the scoring in the fourth). While the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! outrushed Indy 101-93, Luck outpassed Fitzpatrick 250-244 but was picked off three times (Fitpatrick was picked off once and was sacked once).

On Monday night, the Colts are 22-16 but lost their two MNF contests last year, while the Jets fell to 21-30 with their 28-3 loss to Arizona in week six. The Colts are favored by 1 and the over/under’s 49 1/2. If for some reason you decide that watching “Two Broke Girls” and “Scorpion” is a better idea, we’ll understand. Colts crash the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in the Meadowlands and covers the 1.

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