Two weeks down, 15 to go.

It’s week three of the 2017 NFL season. There’s still a lot of football left to play between now and the end of the season. For the teams that are in the ranks of the unbeaten, it’s a chance to hang on for their spot at the table. For those that are winless, there’s still time.

Eight teams are off to strong starts at 2-0: Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland and Pittsburgh. Two others – Miami (1-0) and Tampa Bay (1-0) – will attempt to join them this week.

Among the undefeated teams are the Ravens, Panthers, Broncos and Buccaneers, who each missed the playoffs last season and are candidates to be turnaround teams in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The chances of making the playoffs after a 2-0 start are good but far from a sure thing. Since 1990, when the current playoff format was adopted, 138 of the 220 teams (62.7 percent) to start 2-0 have qualified for the postseason.

However, with 14 games remaining, there’s plenty of time to turn things around. Since realignment in 2002, 60 percent of the playoff teams (108 of 180) started the season at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight of 12 last year.

Also this week, the NFL returns to London for the first of a record four games in the UK this season. On Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in a contest that will be streamed globally on Yahoo (https://nflstream.yahoo.com). Ravens and Jaguar fans will not be left out of the loop. They will get to see their teams locally on their CBS affiliates in both the Jacksonville and Baltimore markets. The Jaguars are returning to London for the fifth consecutive year while the Ravens are making their first trip to the UK for the franchise’s first international game.

SEVEN THINGS FROM WEEK 2: New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 30 of 39 passes (76.9 percent) for 447 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.6 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-20 win at New Orleans. Brady has 52 career games with at east three touchdown passes and no interceptions, passing Peyton Manning (51) for the most such performances in NFL history.

Brady (61,849 passing yards and 456 touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (66,402 and 466) entered the game with a combined 128,251 passing yards and 922 touchdown passes. Both totals are the most in NFL history for opposing starting quarterbacks in a game.

Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt rushed for two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia at Arrowhead Stadium. Hunt, who scored three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in his NFL debut last week, is the first player in NFL history to have at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games.

Hunt has scored five touchdowns in his first two career games. Only Dutch Sternaman (six) of the 1920 Decatur Staleys has scored more touchdowns in his first two career games.

Hunt had a 53-yard rushing touchdown in the win over Philadelphia. Combined with his 78-yard touchdown reception in Week 1, Hunt is the third player in NFL history to record a 50+ yard scrimmage touchdown in each of his first two career games (Dub Jones, 1950 and Alan Ameche, 1955).

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a touchdown catch in the team’s loss against Miami. Gates has 112 career touchdown catches and passed Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history.

Gates’ 112 touchdown receptions are the sixth-most in NFL history.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 35 passes (65.7 percent) for 243 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.8 passer rating in the Steelers’ 26-9 win over Minnesota at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown pass in 45 consecutive home games, the third-longest streak in NFL history and the longest active streak. Only Drew Brees (60 games) and Tom Brady (47) have longer streaks all-time.

Baltimore recorded four interceptions and three sacks in the team’s 24-10 win against Cleveland. The Ravens, who had five sacks and intercepted four passes in Week 1 at Cincinnati, are the only team with at least four interceptions and three sacks in each of its first two games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The Ravens are the third team since 1970 – and the first since the 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers – to have at least four interceptions in each of the first two games of a season. The 1971 Cleveland Browns are the only other team to accomplish the feat since 1970.

Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas started his 162nd consecutive game in the Browns’ loss at Baltimore. Thomas, who entered the game having played 9,996 consecutive offensive snaps, reached 10,000 consecutive snaps played on the Browns’ fourth offensive play of the game.

Thomas, who played every snap of today’s game and extended his consecutive snap streak to 10,062, has not missed an offensive snap in his 11-year NFL career.

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore had a rushing touchdown in the Colts’ overtime loss to Arizona, his 75th career TD run.

Gore, who also has 16 career receiving touchdowns, is the sixth player in NFL history with at least 75 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in his career, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen, Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Walter Payton and La Dainian Tomlinson.

ROCKING ROOKIES: Youth is being served! Rookies across the league are off to a fast start. Through the first two weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 2,733 total yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through two weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most total yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 2 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 2
2017 – 2,733
2008 – 2,455
1979 – 2,130
2016 – 2,057
1976 – 2,048

Rookies have also totaled 19 touchdowns through Week 2, the most through two weeks of a season since 1978 (21).

The seasons with the most total touchdowns by rookies through Week 2 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 2
1978 – 21
1975 – 20
2017 – 19
2010 – 17
1984 – 17
1980 – 17

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

•Three rookies rank in the top five in rushing yards through Week 2: Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (1st in NFL, 229 yards), Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (3rd, 191) and Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (5th, 140).

•Hunt has scored five touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving) in his first two career games. Only Dutch Sternaman (six) of the 1920 Decatur Staleys has scored more touchdowns in his first two career games.

•Hunt and Detroit rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay are both tied for second in the NFL with two receiving touchdowns.

•Detroit rookie cornerback Jamal Agenw (88-yard punt-return touchdown) is the only player in the league this season with a kick-return touchdown.

•Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster had a four-yard touchdown catch in the Steeler’s 26-9 win over Minnesota in Week 2.

Smith-Schuster, who is 20 years old, is the youngest player to score a touchdown in the NFL since 1964 (Chicago’s AndyLivingston) and the youngest NFL player to catch a touchdown pass since 1930 (Green Bay’s Arnie Herber).

300-CLUB: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 343 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ loss at Atlanta in Week 2. Rodgers’ second touchdown pass of the game – a one-yard shovel pass to running back Ty Montgomery – was the 300th of his career. He is the 11th quarterback in NFL history with 300 career touchdown passes.

Rodgers’ 300th touchdown pass came on his 4,742nd career attempt, the fewest attempts at the time of a player’s 300th touchdown pass in NFL history.

The players with the fewest career pass attempts to reach 300 touchdowns:

PLAYER – PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH CAREER TD PASS
Aaron Rodgers – 4,742
Peyton Manning – 5,306
Tom Brady – 5,321
Dan Marino – 5,460^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GOLDEN GATES: Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a touchdown catch in the Chargers’ Week 2 loss to Miami. Gates now has 112 career touchdown receptions, surpassing Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most by a tight end in NFL history.

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS, CAREER TD CATCHES)
Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers (2003-present, 112)*
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1997-2013, 111)
Rob Gronkowski – New England (2010-present, 69)*
Jason Witten – Dallas (2003-present, 65)*
Shannon Sharpe – Denver and Baltimore (1990-2003, 62)^

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FAST START: Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson had a 49-yard touchdown run in the Texans’ 13-9 win at Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football. Watson’s touchdown run was the longest by a quarterback in his first career start in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the longest touchdown runs in their first career start in NFL history:

PLAYER – DATE (TEAM, YARDS)
Deshaun Watson – September 14, 2017 (Houston, 49t)
Tim Tebow – December 19, 2010 (Denver, 40t)
Joe Flacco – September 7, 2008 (Baltimore, 38t)

JOLTING JONES: Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones had three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia in Week 2.

Jones is the first player since Pittsburgh’s James Harrison in 2007 to have at least three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in a single game.

PLAYER – DATE (TEAM, SACKS/FORCED FUMBLES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Chris Jones – September 17, 2017 (Kansas City, 3/2/1)
James Harrison – November 5, 2007 (Pittsburgh, 3.5/3/1)

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: Get your fish and chips! The 2017 London Series begins in Week 3, with the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting the Baltimore Ravens, at London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. on Yahoo. It will be the first of a record four games to be played in London this season. On Sunday, October 1 at 9:30 a.m. on FOX, the Miami Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium. The action will move to Twickenham Stadium for the final two London games, the first of which will feature the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. on FOX. The 2017 London Series will conclude on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Network, as the Cleveland Browns take on the Minnesota Vikings.

The London Series has seen some very close contests since its inception in 2007. In the first 17 games, 10 have been decided by one score, including a tie between the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins on October 30, 2016.

The 17 regular-season games played in London:

DATE (WEEK) – RESULT
October 30, 2016 (8) – Cincinnati 27, Washington 27 (OT)
October 23, 2016 (7) – New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10
October 2, 2016 (4) – Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27
November 1, 2015 (8) – Kansas City 45, Detroit 10
October 25, 2015 (7) – Jacksonville 34, Buffalo 31
October 4, 2015 (4) – New York Jets 27, Miami 14
November 9, 2014 (10) – Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17
October 26, 2014 (8) – Detroit 22, ATLANTA 21
September 28, 2014 (4) – Miami 38, Oakland 14
October 27, 2013 (8) – San Francisco  42, Jacksonville 10
September 29, 2013 (4) – Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27
October 28, 2012 (8) New England 45, St. Louis Rams 7
October 23, 2011 (7) – Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18
October 31, 2010 (8) – San Francisco 24, Denver 16
October 25, 2009 (7) – New England 35, Tampa Bay 7
October 26, 2008 (8) – New Orleans 37, San Diego 32
October 28, 2007 (8) – New York Giants 13, Miami 10

CAREENING KAREEM: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 109 scrimmage yards (81 rushing, 28 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 Week 2 win against Philadelphia.

With 98 scrimmage yards in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Hunt, who has 355 scrimmage yards in his first two games, would surpass SID BLANKS of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452 yards) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first three career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 562)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (1964 – 452)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934 – 435)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (2005 – 454)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994 – 432)^
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 355)*
*Through two games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two touchdowns against the Chargers, Hunt would pass Billy Sims and Dutch Sternaman for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most career touchdowns in their first three career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TOUCHDOWNS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980-6)
Dutch Sternaman, Decatur Staleys (1920, 6)
Many tied with 5
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017, 5)*

*Through two games

Hunt is the first player in NFL history with at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARIES: Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes in the Raiders’ 45-20 win over the New York Jets in Week 2.

Carr, who has 86 career touchdown passes, will be making his 50th career start on Sunday Night against Washington. With four touchdown passes against the Redskins, Carr would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 90 touchdown passes in his first 50 career games.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER – TEAM (TD PASSES THROUGH 50 GAMES)
Dan Marino – Miami (114)^
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams (101)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (91)
Johnny Unitas – Baltimore Colts (91)^
Carson Palmer – Cincinnati (90)
Derek Carr – Oakland (86)*
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell, who will be playing in his 50th career game on Sunday at Chicago, has 6,188 career scrimmage yards. With 107 scrimmage yards on Sunday, Bell would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson for the third-most scrimmage yards in NFL history through his first 50 career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards through 50 career games:

PLAYER – TEAM (SCRIMMAGE YARDS THROUGH 50 GAMES)
Edgerrin James – Indianapolis (6,506)
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego (6,425)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams (6,294)^
Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh (6,188)*
Terrell Davis – Denver (6,048)^
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant each had a touchdown catch in Week 2. Both players can join some elite company in Week 3.

Gronkowski, who has 69 touchdown catches in 90 career games, and Bryant, who has 68 TD receptions in 99 games, can each join Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Don Hutson and Lance Alworth and Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history with at least 70 touchdown catches in their first 100 career games.

The players with the most receiving touchdowns in their first 100 career games:

PLAYER – TEAM (RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH 100 GAMES)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (87)^
Don Hutson, Green Bay (86)^
Randy Moss, Minnesota (84)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (78)^
Rob Gronkowski, New England (69)*
Dez Bryant, Dallas (68)**
*Through 90 career games
**Through 99 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CATCH IT LIKE BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had four catches in his season debut in Week 2.

With eight catches on Sunday at Philadelphia, Beckham, who has 292 receptions in 44 career games, would reach 300 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history.

The players to reach 300 career receptions in the fewest games:

PLAYER, TEAM (FEWEST GAMES TO 300 CAREER RECEPTIONS)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (47)
Jarvis Landry, Miami (49)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (51)
Lionel Taylor, Denver (54)
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (55)
Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (44)*
*Has 292 career receptions

DAZZLING DEFENSES: Carolina defeated Buffalo 9-3 in Week 2 to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Panthers have not allowed more than three points in each of their first two games.

With three or fewer points allowed against New Orleans on Sunday, Carolina would become the first team since the 1937 Chicago Bears to allow three or fewer points in each of its first three games of a season.

Baltimore defeated Cleveland 24-10 last week behind five total takeaways (four interceptions, one fumble recovery) to improve to 2-0.

Baltimore has recorded five takeaways in each of the team’s first two games of the season. With five takeaways against Jacksonville in London on Sunday, the Ravens would become the first team since the 1962 Green Bay Packers to force at least five turnovers in each of the team’s first three games of a season.

CLIMBING THE RANKS: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 1,134 catches for 14,484 receiving yards and 104 touchdowns in his 14-year career. With 97 receiving yards against Dallas on Monday Night Football, Fitzgerald would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (14,580) for the eighth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Steve Smith, Sr. – Carolina and Baltimore (14,731)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (14,580)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,484)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 13,153 rushing yards in his 13-year career. With 107 rushing yards against Cleveland on Sunday, Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. The seven players ahead of Gore on the NFL’s all-time rushing list are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RUSHING YARDS)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (18,355)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (16,716)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (15,269)^
Curtis Martin – New England and New York Jets (14,101)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (13,684)^
Jerome Bettis – Los Angeles/St. Louis and Pittsburgh (13,662)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta (13,259)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,153)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

We had a much better week in week 2 than we did in week 1… we went 13-3. For the year, that’s 22-9. Not bad. Week three got underway in Santa Clara Thursday night as the Rams held off San Francisco and closes out in the desert as Arizona hosts Dallas in a Monday night contest in Glendale.

There’s a lot on the football plate this week, so let’s get to it. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week three.

ATLANTA (2-0) at Detroit (2-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of unbeatens meet in the Motor City to open week three Sunday action as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons face off against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Atlanta picked up their second win in as many tries in the 2017 campaign, taking Green Bay to the woodshed in their new nest, Mercedes Benz Stadium, coming away 34-23 winnners over the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. For the Falcons, it ws their first open air game in the Big Peach since 1991. Atlanta led 24-7 at the intermission last Sunday night and never looked back, holding Green Bay to 59 yards on the ground,
while rushing for 141. Atlanta’s DeVonta Freeman led all rushers with 84 yards and Ryan (19 of 28) threw for 252 yards, while Aaron Rodgers (33 of 50) threw for 343 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down tries in the prime time contest in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 28:37, while Green Bay kept the pigskin for 31:23, going 5 of 12 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down tries.

The Lions knocked off the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday night to improve to 2-0. Detroit broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter and took the lead back for keeps with Stafford (15 of 21, 122 yards) and TE Eric Ebron connected on a 7-yard TD pass with 8:43 left before halftime. The Giants somehow managed to keep things close before rookie CB/KR Jamal Agnew returned a punt 88 yards for his first career touchdown to extend Detroit’s lead in the fourth quarter and break the hearts of Giants fans at Met Life Stadium. Detroit outrushed New York 138-62 and sacked Eli Manning (22 of 32, 239 yards) five times, picking him off once. Detroit was 7 of 15 on third down conversions Monday night and held the ball for 32:47, while the Giants were 4 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 27:13 (Both clubs failed in their fourth down tries, Detroit going 0 of 1, while the Giants were 0 of 2).

Detroit leads the series 24-12 and have outscored Atlanta 803-744. Detroit’s last win in the series came in 2014, when both clubs crossed over the big pond (Atlantic Ocean) and played in London, with the Lions coming away 22-21 winners, while Atlanta’s last win over the Lions took place in the Motor City in 2012 by a final of 31-18. Atlanta’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 49. Both numbers make a lot of sense, which makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Detroit’s trying to unseat Green Bay in the NFC North… the Falcons are the defending NFC champs. Atlanta prevails in this one and covers the 3.

Baltimore (2-0) at Jacksonville (1-1), 9:30 p.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) (Network TBA). A pair of AFC teams, separated by 757 miles, meet on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean as the Ravens and Jaguars meet in the first of four contests that will take place in merry old England.

The Ravens improved to 2-0 after their 24-10 win over AFC North foe Cleveland last Sunday in Charm City. Baltimore led 21-7 at the half and never looked back, holding the Browns to 93 yards on the ground and took advantange of five Cleveland turnovers (the Ravens ran for 136) and Joe Flacco threw for 217 yards and a pair of TDs, going 25 of 34 on the day.  Neither club wowed their fan base last Sunday on third down conversions at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday… the Ravens? 4 of 11. Cleveland? 2 of 12 (1 of 2 on fourth down). The Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:24, while Cleveland kept it for 26:36.

Jacksonville suffered their sixth home opener loss last Sunday at EverBank, losing to Tennessee 37-16. Tennessee led 6-3 at the half in the Sunshine State before the Titans pulled away in the second half for the win, outscoring Jacksonville 31-9 in the last 30 minutes of action. Tennessee outrushed the AFC South foes 179-99 and Marcus Mariota threw for 215 yards, while Blake Bortles threw for 223 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. Both teams were 6 of 13 on third down tries and the Titans kept the ball for 30:46 to Jacksonville’s 29:14.

Jacksonville leads the series 11-9 and have outscored Baltimore 431-394. Their last meeting took place last year in the Sunshine State and the Ravens were 19-17 winners (Jacksonville’s last win over Baltimore was in Charm City in 2015 by a final of 22-20.

The week three contest at EverBank Stadium saw the Ravens take a 13-7, then hold off the Jaguars in the second half (Jacksonville outscored Baltimore 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action). Baltimore outrushed Jacksonville 84-48 and Flacco threw for 214 yards (two sacks, two interceptions), while Bortles threw for 194 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off three times.

Third down tries? Not a lot to talk about in the contest; Baltimore? 3 of 13. Jacksonville? 6 of 16. (The Ravens were sucessfull in the only fourth down try in the contest and to paraphrase Mick Jagger, time was on the side of Baltimore, who kept the ball for 31:06 to Jacksonville’s 28:54.

Baltimore was a 1 1/2 point favorite and the over/under was 45 1/2. Both temas failed to cover the 36 over/under and the Ravens barely covered the spread, winning by 2. Baltimore’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 39. You might want to set the VCR for this one and watch it when you get back from 9:30 mass. Jacksonville pulls the upset and wins on the other side of the Atlantic.

Pittsburgh (2-0) at Chicago (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Pittsburgh travels to the Windy City for a meeting with the struggling Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Pittsburgh held Minnesota in check last Sunday at Heinz Field, as they beat the Sam Bradford-less Vikings 26-9. The Steelers rushed for 102 yards (LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 82), sacked backup QB Case Keenum (20 of 37, 167 yards), held Minnesota to 91 yards rushing, while Ben Roethlisberger (243 yards) threw a pair of TD passes in the lopsided win. Pittsburgh on third down tries went 3 of 13 and held the ball for 34:22. As for Minnesota, they kept the pigskin for 25:38, going 5 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

Chicago was held to a fourth quarter TD catch by WR Deonte Thompson as they dropped a 29-7 decision to Tampa Bay in the Sunshne State last Sunday. Da Bears trailed 26-0 at the intermission and never got on track in the Buccaneers’ season opener. Chicago, was outrushed 117-20 and turned the ball over four times at Raymond James Stadium, while Mike Glennon threw for 301 yards and the lone TD with a pair of interceptions. Glennon’s counterpart, Jameis Winston, threw for 204 yards and a TD to Mike Evans for the game’s first TD. Both clubs did quite well on third down conversions in the Sunshine State, Chicago was 7 of 14 (0 of 2 on fourth down), while the Bucs were 8 of 15 and Tampa Bay ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:11 to Chicago’s 26:49.

Including contests that were played at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and Three Rivers Stadium (the Steelers were known as the Pittsburgh Pirates before 1940), Da Bears lead da series 18-7-1 and Chicago has outscored Pittsburgh 587-390. Chicago won the last meeting 40-23 in the Steel City, while Pittsburgh’s last win came in 2005 in the Steel City by a final of 21-9.

Pittsburgh’s a 7 1/2-point favorite in the Windy City and the over/under’s 45. Da Bears are not a bad team… but the Steelers are better. Pittsburgh wins this one but expect Chicago to make it closer than the 7 1/2.

Denver (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC rivals meet in upstate New York as the Broncos travel to Orchard Park for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Buffalo Bills.

Denver endured a 62-minute weather delay against Dallas last Sunday, then took Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to task at Sports Authority Field at Mile High 42-17. Denver led 21-10 at half and were never really threatened by Dallas in the second half for their second win at home. Denver was led by C.J. Anderson, who accounted for 118 yards and TD as the Broncos outrushed Dallas 178-40 and Trevor Siemian threw for 231 yards and four TDs (two to WR Emmanuel Sanders). Prescott threw for 238 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Dez Bryant and the other to TE Jason Witten, while being sacked twice and picked off twice. Denver went 9 of 15 on third down tries in the Mile High City and kept the ball for 33:50, while the Cowboys were 3 of 14, 2 of 5 on third and fourth downs and held the ball for 26:10.

IT was a day for field goal kickers as Carolina’s Graham Gano connected on three of them as the Panthers took a 9-3 win over Buffalo last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina outrushed Buffalo 77-69 and Newton threw for 228 yards but was sacked six times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 125 yards and three sacks. Buffalo, who got their lone score, thanks to a Stephen Hauschka field goal from 45 yards, went 4 of 13 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:07, while the Panthers kept the ball for 38:53, while going 7 of 16.

Buffalo leads the series 19-16-1 and have outscored Denver 855-795. Denver did manage to win the last meeting between the two teams, taking a 24-17 win in the Mile High City in 2014, while Buffalo came away 40-14 winners in upstate New York in 2011. Denver’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. This one’s going to be pretty entertaining, so it’ll be worth your time. Denver covers the 3 and wins in upstate New York.

Houston (1-1) at New England (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of playoff teams meet in Foxboro as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

Houston held off Cincinnati last Thursday night in the Queen City, coming away 13-9 winners over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans led 10-6 at the break to take the road win. Houston outrushed Cincinnati 168-82 and the Houston defense sacked Andy Dalton three times in the win. Houston and Cincinnati each went 4 of 15 (Cincy went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Texans kept the ball for 32:15, while the Bengals kept the pigskin for 27:45.

The defending Super Bowl champs led New Orleans 30-13 and Brady and the Patriots took a 36-20 win out of the Big Easy last Sunday. New England outrushed the winless Saints 119-81 and Brees threw for 356 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brady burned the Saints for 447 yards and three TDs, including one to TE Rod Gronkowski. New England on third down tries went 6 of 12 and kept the  ball for 35:06, while the Saints, who held the pigskin for 24:54, went 4 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The defending Super Bowl champs lead the series 6-1, have outscored the Texans 220-112 and have won the last four regular season contests, including taking a 27-0 win in Foxboro last year (Houston’s lone win over the Pats came in 2009 in the Lone Star State by a 34-27 count.

They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season.

Meeting one. Week three at Gillette Stadium. LeGarrett Blount rushed for 105 yards and a pair of TDs as the Brady-less Pats took Houston to the woodshed, shutting out the Texans 27-0. New England led 10-0 at the half and never looked back, scoring the final 17 points of the contest in the fourth quarter unchallenged. New England outrushed Houston 185-109 and while Jacoby Brissett was no Tom Brady that evening, he did manage to throw for 103 yards without an interception and had a rushing TD of his own. The Pats were 4 of 14 on third down tries in western Massachusetts and kept the ball for 28:38, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 31:22, while going 6 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth down tries.

Meeting number two… AFC Divisional Playoff. While Houston did manage to get on the scoreboard, the Pats came away with the 34-16 win to advance to the AFC Championship Game. Brady. (287 yards, two interceptions, two sacks) was back under center in this one, throwing a pair of TDs passes to eliminated the Texans from further post-season action. Leading 17-13 at the break, New England found another gear and pulled away from Houston in the final 30 minutes of play. Houston did manage to outrush New England 104-98 and Brock Osweiler threw for 198 yards but was sacked thre times and picked off three times. As was the case in the regular season affair, third down conversions were nothing to talk about. Houston? The Texans had a problem, going 3 of 16, while the Pats were 5 of 14 in the playoff contest. The Texans again ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:30 to New England’s 27:30.

While the Texans were favored by 2 1/2, New England easily covered the spread with their 27-point shutout win. However.. neither team came anywhere near the 41 over/under, as New England mustered the 27 points. In the divisional playoff contest, the Pats covered the 16-point spread, winning by 18 and both clubs covered the 44 1/2, scoring 50 points.

New England’s favored by 13 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 45 1/2. The over/under makes sense, the spread doesn’t. Houston is not 13 points bad. The Texans will make a game of it but New England prevails in this one.

Miami (1-0) at New York Jets (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Miami travels to the Meadowlands and Met Life Stadium for a meeting with the New York Jets.

Miami had to wait a week to open their season because of Irma but made the wait worthwhile for Dolphins fans as they survived a scare from the Los Angeles Chargers, taking a 19-17 win on the West Coast. Miami trailed 10-3 at the half before they came back in the second half, then took the win when the Chargers’ Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal try sailed wide right at the clock ran down to :00. Miami outrushed Los Angeles 111-44, with Jay Ajayi rushing for 122 of those yards (Miami had three rushers with negative yardage) and Jay Cutler threw for 230 yards and a TD. Miami went 5 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:22, while the Chargers kept it for 26:38, going 2 of 8 on third down (Miami was 0 of 1 on fourth down).

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were also on the West Coast but did not fare as well as Miami, dropping a 45-20 loss at Oakland last Sunday. It was the Michael Crabtree show for the Raiders as he caught three TD pass from David Carr (230 yards, three TDs), while RB Marshawn Lynch added a rushing TD in his hometown. The Jets had a pair of bright spots in the lost. First was Jevon Kearse, who caught a 34-yard TD pass from Josh McCown (166 yards, two TDs, four sacks). Oakland outrushed 180-126 and forced a pair of Jets fumbles in the contest. The second bright spot for GangGreen? They went 7 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:58, while the victorious Raiders were 8 of 12 and held on to the ball for 31:02.

The Jets lead the series 53-48-1 (which includes games that were played at Shea Stadium and the Orange Bowl) and the Dolphins have outscored New York 2,237-2,199. Miami swept last year’s series, taking wins in the Sunshine State and in the Meadowlands (New York’s last win over Miami came in 2015, when they took a 38-20 win at Met Life Stadium.

The first meeting took place in the Sunshine State at Hard Rock Stadium in week nine and the Dolphins held off a late New York rally to come away 27-23 winners. Miami led 14-13 at the break and New York made things a lot closer than Dolphins fans wanted them to in the last 30 minutes of action. While GangGreen outrushed Miami 140-137, Miami’s Jay Ajayi led all rushers with 111 yards and a TD. Ryan Tannehll threw for 149 yards with a TD and was not picked off, while the Dolphins defense sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick (193 yards, two interceptions) three times. Miami was 5 of 11 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:22, while the Jets, who held the pigskin for 29:38, was 3 of 11 on third down.

Miami made it a clean sweep with their AFC East rivals, leading 13-10 at the half and coming away from the Meadowlands with the 34-13 win in week 15. Miami took control of things in the second half, outpacing GangGreen 21-3. Once again, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! managed to outrush Miami 116-67 but Matt Moore, who took over for Tannehill, burned them for 236 yards and four TDs at Met Life Stadium. Third down tries? Miami 5 of 12, the Jets 5 of 15 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and Miami kept the ball for 27:28, while the Jets held it for 32:32.

Miami covered the 3 1/2-point spread with their 4-point win in week nine in the Sunshine State and both clubs took care of the 44 1/2 over/under with 50 points. The Dolphins’ 21-point win helped them eclipse the 2 1/2-point spread and the 38 over/under was no issue as both clubs merged to score 47 points. Miami’s favored by 6 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Miami remains unbeaten in this one, taking the win, although the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! could make this one closer than 6.

Cleveland (0-2) at Indianapolis (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of winless teams meet in the Hoosier State as both teams are looking for their first win of the 2017 campaign.

Cleveland fell to AFC North rival Baltimore 24-10 last Sunday in Baltimore. The Browns trailed 21-7 at the half and never got on track, rushing for 93 yards on the ground and turned the ball over five times (the Ravens ran for 136).Third down tries were nothing to write home about as neither club breached the 50 percent mark. Baltimore was 4 of 11, while the Browns were 2 of 12 (1 of 2 on fourth down) and Baltimore ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:24, while Cleveland kept it for 26:36.

The Andrew Luck-less Colts fell to Arizona 16-13 in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium. Frank Gore (TD) and Adam Vinatieri (2 FGs) were responsible for all of the Colts’ scoring in the contest as Jacoby Brissett (216 yards) was under center for the second game in a row. Indy led 10-3 at the half before the Cardinals rallied back in the second half to tie the contest up. thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 3:25 left in regulation. After Arizona intercepted Brissett, it was Dawson to the recuse, connecting on a 30-yarder with 8:02 left in the extra period. Arizona outrushed Indy 83-76 and Carson Palmer threw for 332 yards and TD (both Palmer and Brissett were sacked four times). Arizona was 6 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and held on to the ball for 28:49, while the Colts kept the ball for 33:09, going 8 of 18 on third down.

Including contests that were played when the Colts were in Baltimore and the Browns were in Cleveland before their move to Charm City, the series is tied 14-14 and the Browns have outscored Indy 572-527. The Colts won the last meeting between the two clubs, when they came away 25-24 winners in 2014 along the shores of Lake Erie, while the Brownss went to Indianapolis and took a 27-19 win in 2011.

New York Giants (0-2) at Philadelphia (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Separated by 96 miles along I-95, they meet again. Giants vs. Eagles. A pair of NFC East rivals meet in the City of Brotherly Love and both teams are coming off losses.

The winless Giants dropped a 24-10 decision Monday night against Detroit at Met Life Stadium. New York finally dented the endzone early in the second quarter when Manning and TE Evan Engram connected on an 18-yard TD pass. That tie would not last very long as Detroit broke it in the second quarter and took the lead back for keeps with Stafford (15 of 21, 122 yards) and TE Eric Ebron connected on a 7-yard TD pass with 8:43 left before halftime. The Giants somehow managed to keep things close before rookie CB/KR Jamal Agnew returned a punt 88 yards for his first career touchdown to extend Detroit’s lead in the fourth quarter and break the hearts of Giants fans at Met Life Stadium. Detroit outrushed New York 138-62 and sacked Eli Manning (22 of 32, 239 yards) five times, picking him off once. Detroit was 7 of 15 on third down conversions Monday night and held the ball for 32:47, while the Giants were 4 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 27:13 (Both clubs failed in their fourth down tries, Detroit going 0 of 1, while the Giants were 0 of 2).

A Philadelphia rally last Sunday at Arrownhead fell short, as the Chiefs and their former head coach Andy Reid took his former team 27-20. Kansas City led 6-3 at the half before both offenses decided to open things up in the final 30 minutes of play.  The Chiefs outrushed Philly 112-107 and the Kansas City defense sacked Carson Wentz (333 yards) six times in the game, while Alex Smith threw for 251 yards with four sacks. The Eagles were 8 of 15 on third down conversions at Arrowhead and held the ball for 30:49, while the Chiefs were 5 of 12, holding the ball for 29:11.

The Giants lead the lead series 83-79-2, which includes contests that were played at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds, Veterans Stadium, New Haven, the Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium. Big Blue has outscored the Eagles 3,153-3,089. They met last year and they split the two contests, each winning at home.

Meeting one… week nine in the Meadowlands and the Giants and Eli were 28-23 winners at Met Life Stadium. New York led 21-10 at the half but Philly used a pair of Caleb Sturgis field goals to narrow the gap on the road. The first meeting didn’t have a lot in the rushing game, as neither club breached the 100-yard barrier. Philadelphia did manage to outrush New York 96-54 and Manning threw for 257 yards and four TDs, two of those to WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Philadelphia was 3 of 15 on third down tries in the Meadowlands (1 of 4 on fourth down) and held the ball for 32:40, while the Giants were 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 27:20.

Meeting two… week 16 in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles got revenge on their NFC East rivals, taking a 24-19 win at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 21-13 at the half and proceeded to hold off the Giants in the second half, despite being outscored 6-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Once again, the Eagles won the rushing battle, outpacing Big Blue 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD, while Manning threw for 356 yards but was picked off three times. The Giants in the rematch in the Keystone State went 10 of 22 (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:04, while the Eagles were 4 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:56.

Winning by 5 in the first meeting in the Meadowlands allowed the Giants to cover the 3-point spread and the 51 points scored by both teams covered the 43 over/under. Although they were the underdog in the Thursday night meeting before Christmas Eve, Philadelphia covered the 2 1/2-point spread and both teams covered the 41 1/2 over/under with 43 points. The oddsmakers like the Eagles to win by 6 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Philadelphia may not cover the 6 but they do win at home.

Tampa Bay (1-0) at Minnesota (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Tampa Bay travels to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for an indoor meeting with the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium.

Tampa Bay held Chicago to a fourth quarter TD catch by WR Deonte Thompson as they opened their 2017 campaign by a 29-7 final in the Sunshne State last Sunday. Tampa Bay held at Da Bears in check, leading 26-0 at the intermission and kept things in check through a scoreless third quarter. Chicago was outrushed 117-20 and turned the ball over four times at Raymond James Stadium, while Mike Glennon threw for 301 yards and the lone TD with a pair of interceptions. Glennon’s counterpart, Jameis Winston, threw for 204 yards and a TD to Mike Evans for the game’s first TD. Both clubs did quite well on third down conversions in the Sunshine State, Chicago was 7 of 14 (0 of 2 on fourth down), while the Bucs were 8 of 15 and Tampa Bay ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:11 to Chicago’s 26:49

Minnesota was held in check last Sunday at Heinz Field, as the Sam Bradford-less Vikings fell to Pittsburgh 26-9. Minnesota, with Case Keenum under center, was held to 91 yards on the ground, while the Steelers rushed for 102 yards (LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 82), Keenum was 20 of 37, for 167 yards and was sacked three times, while Ben Roethlisberger (243 yards) threw a pair of TD passes in the lopsided win. Pittsburgh on third down tries went 3 of 13 and held the ball for 34:22. The Vikings kept the pigskin for 25:38, going 5 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

The Vikings lead the series 32-22, have outscored Tampa Bay 1,149-983 and won the last meeting between the two teams, coming away 19-13 overtime winners in the Sunshine State in 2014, while the Bucs’ last win over the Purple Gang came in 2012 in the old Metrodome (now the parking lot for US Bank Stadium) by a final of 36-17. The Vikings are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Minnesota is trying to forget the loss in Pittsburgh, while the Bucs are marching onward in an attempt to replace Atlanta as king of the NFC South mountain. Tampa Bay covers the 2 1/2 and wins on the road.

New Orleans (0-2) at Carolina (2-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Drew Brees vs. Cam Newton. Gumbo vs. BBQ. A pair of NFC South foes with the goal of knocking Atlanta off the top of the NFC South mountain meet in the Tar Heel State.

The Saints trailed the defending Super Bowl champs 30-13 in the Big Easy and fell to Tom Brady and the Patriots 36-20. New England outrushed the winless Saints 119-81 and Brees threw for 356 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brady burned the Saints for 447 yards and three TDs, including one to TE Rod Gronkowski. New England on third down tries went 6 of 12 and kept the  ball for 35:06, while the Saints, who held the pigskin for 24:54, went 4 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

On the other side of the coin, Carolina got three Graham Gano field goals and took a 9-3 win over Buffalo last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina outrushed Buffalo 77-69 and Newton threw for 228 yards but was sacked six times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 125 yards and three sacks. Buffalo, who got their lone score, thanks to a Stephen Hauschka field goal from 45 yards, went 4 of 13 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:07, while the Panthers kept the ball for 38:53, while going 7 of 16.

Carolina leads the series 24-20 (which includes one game played in Baton Rouge because of Katrina) and the Panthers have outscored New Orleans 980-948. They split last year’s series, with each winning in their home ballparks.

First meeting… week six in the Big Easy. New Orleans led 21-14 at the intermission, then held off Newtons and the Panthers 41-38 on a 52-yard field goal by Will Lutz with 11 seconds left. Newton tied things up at 38-38 with 2:58 left in regulation when he scored on a 2-yard TD run. Then Newton and WR Devin Funchess connected on the 2-point conversion to even things up. New Orleans then used an 11-play, 41-yard drive that took 2:47 to come to fruition. Carolina outrushed New Orleans 103-63 and Newton threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brees threw for 465 yards and four TDs (both Newton and Brees threw an interception). New Orleans was 8 of 16 on third down in the contest, keeping the ball for 28:55, while the Panthers were 3 of 11 on third down, holding the ball for 31:05 (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Meeting nubmer two… week 11 in Charlotte. Carolina held the Saints off in the second half, taking a 23-20 win at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers led 20-3 at half before the Saints rallied to make things closer than Carolina fans would have liked, scoring the last 17 points of the game unchallenged. This time, it was New Orleans winning the rushing battle, outpacing Carolina 107-50 and Brees threw for 285 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 192 yards and a TD (Brees was sacked three times, while Newton was sacked twice). Both clubs had trouble on third down tries in the rematch (New Orleans was 4 of 13, 2 of 2 on fourth down; Carolina was 7 of 17) and the Saints ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:15 to Carolina’s 27:45.

Carolina was favored by 2 1/2 in the week six affair in the Big Easy and the Saints covered the spread with the 3-point win. As for the 55 1/2 over/under? Both teams covered that, combining for 79 points. In the second meeting in the Tar Heel State, the Panthers barely missed the 3 1/2-point spread with their 3-point win and the 52 1/2 over/under was safe, as both teams could only muster 43 points. Carolina’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 48. Carolina’s trying to stay unbeaten, New Orleans is trying to break into the win column. Saints fans will have to wait another week. Carolina wins this one in the Tar Heel State but expect New Orleans to make things closer than 6.

Seattle (1-1) at Tennessee (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. It’s grunge vs. country as Seattle heads to the Music City for a late-afternoon against the Tennessee Titans.

The defending NFC West champs rallied in the final minutes at home in the Pacific Northwest and came awayt 12-9 winners over san Francisco at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers led 9-6 with 7:06 left to play before Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and WR Paul Richardson connected on the game’s only TD to take the win. San Francisco did outrush Seattle 159-131, with the 49ers Carlos Hyde led all rushers with 124. Although San Francisco sacked Wilson three times, he did manage to throw for 198 yards and the game-winning TD. San Francisco went 2 of 12 on third down conversions in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and kept the ball for 23:02, while Seattle ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 36:58, while going 8 of 19 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Tennessee gave Jacksonville their first loss in AFC South action, coming away 37-16 winners in the Sunshine State. Tennessee led 6-3 at the half in the Sunshine State, then pulled away in the second half for the win, outscoring Jacksonville 31-9 in the last 30 minutes of action. Tennessee outrushed the AFC South foes 179-99 and Marcus Mariota threw for 215 yards, while Blake Bortles threw for 223 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. Both teams were 6 of 13 on third down tries and the Titans kept the ball for 30:46 to Jacksonville’s 29:14.

The Seahawks lead the series 10-5, which includes contests that were played when the Titans were in Houston and known as the Oilers. Seattle has outscored Tennessee 298-274 and won the last meeting between the teams, coming away 20-13 winners in the Pacific Northwest, while Tennesse’s last win also came in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2009 by a final of 17-13.

Tennessee’s a 2 1/2-point favorite and the over/under’s 43. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are 1-1 and at the end of the day, somepne’s going to be 2-1. That someone will be Seattle. Seahawks pull the upset on the road and covers the 2 1/2.

Cincinnati (0-2) at Green Bay (1-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. The winless Bengals travel to the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst to square off against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Cincinnati fell to Houston 13-9 last Thursday night in the Queen City at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals trailed 10-6 at the break but could come no closer. Houston outrushed Cincinnati 168-82 and the Houston defense sacked Andy Dalton three times in the win. Houston and Cincinnati each went 4 of 15 (Cincy went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Texans kept the ball for 32:15, while the Bengals kept the pigskin for 27:45.

Green Bay was taken to the woodshed by Alanta in their new nest, Mercedes Benz Stadium, falling to the Falcons 34-23 in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Green Bay never led in the contest and trailed 24-7 at the intermission. The defending NFC champs held Green Bay to 59 yards on the ground, while rushing for 141. Atlanta’s DeVonta Freeman led all rushers with 84 yards and Ryan (19 of 28) threw for 252 yards, while Aaron Rodgers (33 of 50) threw for 343 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down tries in the prime time contest in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 28:37, while Green Bay kept the pigskin for 31:23, going 5 of 12 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down tries.

The Bengals lead the series 7-5, they’ve outscored the Packers 264-219 and have won the last three contests, including taking a 34-30 win in Cincinnati in 2013, while the Packers last win in the series came in 1998 in the Queen City by a 13-6 final.

Green Bay’s favored by 9 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Bengals fans will get their first win. It won’t be at Lambeau. Green Bay may not cover the 9 but they win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst.

Kansas City (2-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. Although one team’s changed location, it’s still a rivalry as Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers meet in an AFC West showdown on the West Coast.

Kansas City held off a late Philadelphia rally last Sunday at Arrownhead, allowing Andy Reid to beat his former team 27-20. The Chiefs led 6-3 at the half before both offenses decided to open things up in the final 30 minutes of play.  The Chiefs outrushed Philly 112-107 and the Kansas City defense sacked Carson Wentz (333 yards) six times in the game, while Alex Smith threw for 251 yards with four sacks. 8 of 15 on third down conversions at Arrowhead and held the ball for 30:49, while the Chiefs were 5 of 12, holding the ball for 29:11.

The Chargers let a 10-3 halftime lead against Miami get away from them, as they fell to the Dolphins a 19-17. Once again, the Chargers had a chance to tie or take a win but Chargers fans got their hearts broken for a second week in a row as  Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal try sailed wide right at the clock ran down to :00. Miami outrushed Los Angeles 111-44, with Jay Ajayi rushing for 122 of those yards (Miami had three rushers with negative yardage) and Jay Cutler threw for 230 yards and a TD. Miami went 5 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:22, while the Chargers kept it for 26:38, going 2 of 8 on third down (Miami was 0 of 1 on fourth down). For the Chargers, it was their sixth loss by 6 points or less and they’re 1-13 in contests decided by 7 points or less.

Including games played in Dallas, when the Chiefs were known as the Texans and the Chargers were in Los Angeles, Kansas City leads the series 58-54-1, have outscored the Bolts 2,466-2,283 and have won the last six meetings, sweeping the 2016 series (the Chargers’ last win over the Chiefs came in 2013, when the Chargers took a 27-24 overtime win at Qualcomm).

The two clubs got things underway right out of the box in week one, meeting at Arrowhead and the Chiefs needed overtime to take a 33-27 win. San Diego led 21-3 at the half before Kansas City roared back in the second half, tying things up with 63 seconds left in regulation when Stephen Ware scored from 5 yards out. Then in the overtime, Kansas City went to work, using a 10-play, 70-yard drive that used 5:07 of clock and sent their fans home happy when Alex Smtih (363 yards), who threw two TD passes, scored on a 2-yard TD run with 9:53 left, while the Chargers’ Philip Rivers threw for 243 yards in the overtime contest. San Diego outrushed the Chiefs 155-83 in the game and Kansas City went 5 of 13 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 31:06. As for the Chargers? The Bolts were 7 of 15 on third down and kept the ball for 34:01.

Round two… San Diego in week 17 and the Chargers said farewell to San Diego, falling to the Chiefs 37-27 at Qualcomm. Kansas City took control of things early in the season finale, leading 20-10 at the half and never looked back. The Chiefs were outrushed again, as San Diego tallied 129 yards to Kansas City’s 103 and Rivers threw for 269 yards to Smith’s 264 (both threw a pair of TD passes). Kansas City ruled the roost on third down tries in the season finale, going 8 of 12 and kept the ball for 30:48, while the Chargers were 3 of 10 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and the Bolts held the ball for 29:12.

The Chiefs barely missed the 7-point spread in the season opener, winning by 6 but both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under with 60 points. In the rematch, which closed out the season for both teams and sent the Chargers up I-5 to Los Angeles, Kansas City’s 10-point win allowed them to cover the 4 1/2-point spread and the 45 over/under was easily covered by the teams combining for 64 points. Kansas City? Favored by 3. The over/under? 46. If you’re a Chiefs fan, watch this one by all means; if you’re a Chargers’ fan, you might want to consider watching that “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” marathon on Ion (We always thought Gorin was the smartest kid in class). Chiefc over the 3 and win in sunny Cali.

Oakland (2-0) at Washington (1-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s West Coast meeting East Coast as Oakland travels to Landover for a meeting with the Washington Redskins in the NBC Sunday Night game at Fed Ex Field.

Oakland took care of the New York Jets 45-20 on the West Coast last Sunday. Michael Crabtree and Derek Carr (230 yards, three TDs) was more than enough offense for the Silver and Black last Sunday afternoon, while RB Marshawn Lynch added a rushing TD in his hometown. Oakland outrushed 180-126 and forced a pair of Jets fumbles in the contest. The second bright spot for GangGreen? They went 7 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:58, while the victorious Raiders were 8 of 12 and held on to the ball for 31:02.

Washington led 20-10 at the half at the Coliseum against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday and hung on to win 27-20 on the Left Coast. Los Angeles’ Greg Zuerlein managed to pull his club even at 20-20 with 7:16 left in regulation before the Redskins took the lead back for keeps when Kirk Cousins (179 yards, TD, 18 of 27) and WR Ryan Grant connected on an 11 yard TD pass with 1:49 left in the contest and Redskins linebacker Mason Foster sealed the win with an interception on the Rams’ final drive. Washington running back Chris Thomspon rushed for two touchdowns (seven and 61 yards) in the second quarter against the Rams and finished the game averaging 25.7 yards per carry. Washington outrushed the Rams 229-92, while Jarred Goff threw for 224 yards and a TD for Los Angeles. The Rams on third down tries were 5 of 12 (they did have success in their only fourth down conversion) and held the ball for 23:41, while Washington was 5 of 13 and held the ball for 36:19.

The Silver and Black lead the series 7-5 and they’ve outscored Washington 265-263, which includes games that were played when the Raiders were in Los Angeles. However… Washington’s won the last two meetings, taking a 24-14 win in Oakland in 2013, while the Raiders’ last win over the Redskins came in Lanover in 2005 by final of 16-13. The Raiders are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 54. Both numbers make a lot of sense. This one may be worth watching, so you might want to tape “NCIS: Los Angeles” this week. Will Washington fans sing “Hail To The Redskins” or will they sing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” this week? Hail sounds a lot better. Washington covers the 3 and pulls the upset in Landover.

Dallas (1-1) at Arizona (1-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week three ends in the desert as Arizona welcomes Dallas to Glendale for a Monday night contest in the desert.

Dallas endured a 62-minute lighting delay in Denver and fell to the Broncos 42-17. Denver led 21-10 at half and were never really threatened by Dallas in the second half for their second win at home. Denver was led by C.J. Anderson, who accounted for 118 yards and TD as the Broncos outrushed Dallas 178-40 and Trevor Siemian threw for 231 yards and four TDs (two to WR Emmanuel Sanders). Dak Prescott threw for 238 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Dez Bryant and the other to TE Jason Witten, while being sacked twice and picked off twice. The Broncos went 9 of 15 on third down tries in the Mile High City and kept the ball for 33:50, while the Cowboys were 3 of 14, 2 of 5 on third and fourth downs and held the ball for 26:10.

Arizona needed overtime to take a 16-13 win over Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.Indy led 10-3 at the half before the Cardinals rallied back in the second half to tie the contest up. thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 3:25 left in regulation. After Arizona intercepted Brissett, it was Dawson to the recuse, connecting on a 30-yarder with 8:02 left in the extra period. Arizona safety Tyran Mathieu’s interception on the first play of overtime set up Dawson’s game winner. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed Indy 83-76 and Carson Palmer threw for 332 yards and TD (both Palmer and Brissett were sacked four times). Arizona was 6 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and held on to the ball for 28:49, while the Colts kept the ball for 33:09, going 8 of 18 on third down.

Dallas leads the series 55-31-1, which includes games that were played in St. Louis, the Cotton Bowl and Cowboys Stadium and the Cowboys have outscored Arizona 2,016-1,511. However… the Desert Angry Birds have taken wins in the last four meetings, including coming away 28-17 winners in Arlington in 2014, while Dallas’ last win came in 2006 in the desert by a final of 27-10.

Dallas on Monday Night? 45-33. Arizona on Monday night? 9-15-1. Both teams played one game under the prime time lights and both teams took wins.

 

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