And then there were two.

Atlanta and Kansas City remain unbeaten through play in week three. Both the Falcons and Chiefs won on the road, while Baltimore, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Miami, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Denver and Detroit took losses.

While the Falcons and Chiefs remained unblemished, the Giants, Bengals, Browns, Chargers and 49ers have yet to win a game. It’s only week four, so there’s still time for those teams.

In a weekend that was filled with protests throughout the NFL for the comments made by Donald Trump at a rally in Alabama last Friday, the NFL prevailed as players took knees or joined arm in arm with teammates and in some cases, various owners got involved.

SEVEN FROM WEEK 3: Jacksonville defeated Baltimore 44-7 in front of 84,592 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in the first of a record four 2017 London Series games in the United Kingdom.

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis had three touchdown catches, the most touchdown receptions by a player in a London Series game since its inception in 2007 and tied with Allen Robinson (December 6, 2015 at Tennessee) and Jimmy Smith (September 10, 2000 at Baltimore) for the most TD catches in a single game in franchise history. The Jaguars have won their past three London Series games, scoring at least 30 points in each of those victories.

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 percent) for 378 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 146.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-33 win over Houston. Brady has six career games with at least five touchdown passes and no interceptions, the second-most in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (seven) has more such games.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a touchdown reception in the team’s win against Houston. Gronkowski, who appeared in his 91st career game on Sunday, has 70 career touchdown catches and is the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 70 career touchdown receptions. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth (80 games), Jerry Rice (81) and Don Hutson (85) and Randy Moss (89) reached 70 career touchdown receptions in fewer games.

•Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 183 scrimmage yards (172 rushing, 11 receiving), including a 69-yard touchdown run in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win at the Los Angeles Chargers. Hunt has six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in his first three career games, tied with Billy Sims (1980 Detroit Lions) and Dutch Sternaman (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games. Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards through three games, surpassed Sid Blanks of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games. Only Sims (562) has more scrimmage yards in his first three career games.

•Philadelphia rookie kicker Jake Elliott may not have been wearing khakis but he connected on a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory over the New York Giants. Elliott’s 61-yard field goal is the longest by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the third-longest game-ending field goal in league annals, trailing only Tom Dempsey (63 yards, November 8, 1970) and Matt Bryant (62, October 22, 2006).

•Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green had 10 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ overtime loss at Green Bay.

Green, who recorded his 500th reception and his 50th touchdown catch in his 89th career game on Sunday, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald as the only players in NFL history with at least 500 catches and 50 touchdown receptions in his first 90 career games.

•New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had nine catches, including two touchdown receptions in the team’s loss at Philadelphia. Beckham, who has 301 receptions in 45 career games, reached 300 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing Anquan Boldin, who recorded his 300th career reception in his 47th career game.

•Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 percent) for 369 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 142.1 passer rating in the Vikings’ 34-17 win against Tampa Bay in Minneapolis. Keenum is the second quarterback in franchise history (Tommy Kramer, December 14, 1980 vs. Cleveland) to complete at least 75 percent of his passes with at least 360 passing yards, three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single game.

After an exciting week of close games and tight finishes, the NFL heads into Week 4. Last week, eight games were decided by six points or fewer, including two overtime contests. All eight of those games were decided in the final two minutes or OT.

The chances of making the playoffs after a 3-0 start are good but far from certain. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 100 of the 136 teams (73.5 percent) to start 3-0 have qualified for the postseason. However, last season only one of the five teams to start 3-0 – New England – advanced to the playoffs.

There are currently 18 teams with a 2-1 record or better – Atlanta (3-0), Baltimore (2-1), Buffalo (2-1), Carolina (2-1), Dallas (2-1), Denver (2-1), Detroit (2-1), Green Bay (2-1), Jacksonville (2-1), Kansas City (3-0), Los Angeles Rams (2-1), Minnesota (2-1), New England (2-1), Oakland (2-1), Philadelphia (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Tennessee (2-1) and Washington (2-1) – and 10 of them did not make the playoffs in 2016 (Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Washington). Those 10 clubs are all 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.

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league are off to a fast start. Through the first three weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 4,308 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 3 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
2017 – 4,308
2008 – 3,483
1971 – 3,427
2014 – 3,385
2016 – 3,344

Rookies have also totaled 30 touchdowns through Week 3, the most through the first three weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
2017 – 30
1978 – 29
1984 – 28
1980 – 26
1975 – 25

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

•Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win over the Chargers and Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 34-17 win over the Buccaneers. Hunt (401 rushing yards) and Cook (288) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in rushing. Hunt has scored six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in his first three career games, tying Billy Sims (1980 Detroit Lions) and Dutch Sternaman (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games.

•Philadelphia rookie kicker Jake Elliott converted a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory over the New York Giants. Elliott’s 61-yard field goal is the longest by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the third-longest game-ending field goal in league annals, trailing only Tom Dempsey (63 yards, November 8, 1970) and Matt Bryant (62, October 22, 2006).

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Seven quarterbacks passed for at least three touchdowns without an interception in Week 3, tied for the second-most such games in a single week in league annals.

The most performances with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single week in NFL history:

SEASON – WEEK (QUARTERBACKS WITH 3+ TD PASSES AND 0 INTERCEPTIONS)
2013 – 14 (9)
2017 – 3 (7)
2016 – 16 (7)
2015 – 12 (7)
2007 – 14 (7)
1995 – 12 (7)

The quarterbacks with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in Week 3:

PLAYER, TEAM (TD PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Tom Brady, New England (5/0)
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (4/0)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (4/0)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (3/0)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (3/0)
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (3/0)
Case Keenum, Minnesota (3/0)

HUNT MAKES HISTORY: Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt had a 69-yard touchdown run with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 24-10 win against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3. Hunt has scored a touchdown of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games to start his career, becoming the only player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards through three games, surpassed Sid Blanks of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452) 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)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017; 538)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (1964; 452)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934; 435)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (2005, 434)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994; 432)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FALCONS FAST START: Atlanta defeated the Detroit Lions 30-26 in Week 3 to improve to 3-0 on the season, becoming the sixth team since the current 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl the previous season.

The previous five teams to accomplish the feat all advanced to the postseason.

The teams since 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl in the previous season:

TEAM (YEAR, RECORD; SEASON RESULT)
Atlanta (2017, 3-0; ????)*
Seattle (2006, 9-7; advanced to NFC Divisional)
Green Bay (1998, 11-5; advanced to NFC Wild Card)
New England (1997, 10-6; advanced to AFC Divisional)
Buffalo (1992, 11-5; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVII)
Buffalo (1991, 13-3; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVI)
*Through three games

POWERFUL PRATER: Detroit kicker Matt Prater converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including makes of 55 and 57 yards, in the Lions’ Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Through three games, Prater has converted four field goals of at least 55 yards, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most field goals of at least 55 yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, FGs MADE/FGs ATTEMPTED)
Matt Prate, Detroit (2017, 4/4)*
Blair Walsh, Minnesota (2012, 3/3)
Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams (2012, 3/7)
Morten Anderson, Atlanta (1995, 3/4)^
Fred Steinfort, Denver (1980, 3/3)
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DREAM SEASON: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 183 scrimmage yards (172 rushing, 11 receiving) and one rushing touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win at the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.

With 30 scrimmage yards in Week 4 against Washington on Monday Night Football, Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards in his first three games, would surpass ADRIAN PETERSON (549 yards in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (567 in 1983) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 745)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 567)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 549)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 538)*
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934 – 536)
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FINDING PAYDIRT: Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the team’s 41-39 win at San Francisco. Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gurley and Hunt have six touchdowns each through three games this season. With three touchdowns in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH and STEPHEN DAVIS for the second-most touchdowns by a player in his team’s first four games to start a season.

The players with the most touchdowns in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON-TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958-10)^
Stephen Davis, Washington (1999-9)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995-9)^
Many tied with 8
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017-6)*
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017-6)*
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two touchdowns each in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would become the first pair of players to each have eight total touchdowns through their team’s first four games in the same season in NFL history.

Hunt, who currently leads all rookies with six total touchdowns, needs two touchdowns to tie Bill Paschal of the 1943 New York Giants (eight touchdowns) for the most touchdowns by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

The rookies with the most touchdowns in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Bill Paschal, New York Giants (1943 – 8)
Many tied with 6
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 6)*
*Through three games

YARD WORK: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 27-24 overtime win against Cincinnati in Week 3.

Rodgers, who ranks second in the NFL with 967 passing yards this season, has at least 300 passing yards in each of his team’s first three games. With at least 300 passing yards against Chicago on Thursday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 300 or more passing yards in each of his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with 300 or more passing yards in each of their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR – GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2013 – 4)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 4)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2009 – 4)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (2000 – 4)^
Steve Young, San Francisco (1998 – 4)^
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2017 – 3)*
*Through three games (Rodgers played Thursday night)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Three quarterbacks – New England’s Tom Brady, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Kansas City’s Alex Smith – have at least 750 passing yards, six touchdown passes and no interceptions through Week 3. Brady, Brees and Smith look to join an exclusive club this week.

Brady, who has 1,092 passing yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions, is looking to become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2015.

Brees (867 passing yards, six touchdowns) and Smith (774, seven) are looking to join Brady, Peyton Manning and Don Meridith as the only quarterbacks to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season.

The quarterbacks with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, PASSING YARDS/TD PASSES; INTERCEPTIONS)
Tom Brady, New England (2015 – 1,387/11; 0)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 1,470/16; 0)
Don Meredith, Dallas (1966 – 1,089/14; 0)
Tom Brady, New England (2017 – 1,092/8; 0)*
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2017 – 867/6; 0)*
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017 – 774/7; 0)*

*Through three games

BAKER’S COUSINS: Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 percent) for 365 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.7 passer rating in the Redskins’ 27-10 win over Oakland in Week 3.

Cousins, who has 12,897 career passing yards, will be playing in his 50th career game when the Redskins visit Kansas City on Monday Night Football. With 103 passing yards against the Chiefs, Cousins would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 13,000 passing yards in his first 50 career games.

Cousins, who has thrown 43 interceptions, can have the fewest interceptions through 50 career games among the quarterbacks who reached 13,000 passing yards during that span.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (14,331/57)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (13,864/62)^
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (13,551/52)
Dan Marino, Miami (13,514/57)^
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (13,450/48)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (12,897/43)*
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

STILL KICKING: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri has made 534 career field goals during his 22-year career. With four field goals against Seattle on Sunday night, Vinatieri would tie GARY ANDERSON (538) for the second-most made field goals in NFL history.

The players with the most career made field goals in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER MADE FGS)
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota (565)^
Gary Anderson – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota and Tennessee (538)
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (534)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to make at least 250 field goals with two different teams, converting 263 with New England (1996-2005) and 271 with Indianapolis (2006-present).​

Don’t count out any teams yet. For the teams that have one win or no wins, there’s hope. Since 1990, 73 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs. That includes two teams last season – Detroit and Miami. So, entering Week 4, hope is still very much alive for everyone.

As for last week… not the best week but not the worst. We went 8-8 and for the season, 30-17. A lot of football left to be played. Anything can happen and as they say “on any given Sunday…” Week four got underway at Lambeau as the Packers and Bears met on Thursday night (Green Bay prevailed against their NFC North rivals) and concludes Monday night when the Chiefs host Washington at Arrowhead. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week four.

Buffalo (2-1) at ATLANTA (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of division leaders meet in the Big Peach as the defending NFC champions host the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Buffalo broke a 13-13 tie in upstate New York against Denver and took a 26-16 win over the Broncos. Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka connected on four field goals and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 213 yards an a pair of TDs in the win. Denver did manage to outrush the Bills 111-75 and Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards with a pair of interceptions and three sacks (Taylor was sacked four times). The Bills were 6 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:26, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 29:34, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Atlanta escaped Detroit with a 30-26 win over Detroit at Ford Field last Sunday afternoon. The Falcons led 20-13 at the half in the Motor City and then saw the Lions chip away at the lead. Atlanta literally and figuratively snatched victory out of the jaws of the Lions’ mouth when Detroit thought they had the contest won with 8 seconds left when Matthew Stafford (264 yards, TD) and Golden Tate III thought they had scored the game winner from one yard out. The play was reviewed and the call was reversed. With no timeouts for Detroit, there was a 10-second runoff, under NFL rules, which meant the game came to an end. Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman ran for 106 yards and a TD and the Falcons outrushed Detroit 151-71 but Matt Ryan (294 yards, two TD) struggled, throwing three interceptions. Atlanta was 4 of 9 on third down tries at Ford Field and held on to the ball for 32:35, while Detroit was 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 27:25.

Atlanta leads the series 7-4, have outscored Buffalo 250-220 and the Falcons have won the last four meetings, including taking a 34-31 overtime win at Rodgers Centre in Toronto in 2013 (Buffalo’s last win in the series came in 1995, when they took a 23-17 decision in Orchard Park). Atlanta’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Buffalo’s a pretty decent team and they’re looking to knock the Falcons out of the ranks of the unbeaten. Atlanta? They’ve got other plans, such as staying unbeaten. The Falcons may not cover the 8 but they win at home in the Big Peach.

New Orleans (1-2) at Miami (1-1), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) on FOX. The second of four games on the other side of the Atlantic takes place in London as New Orleans and Miami meet in merry ole England.

The Saints took Cam Newton (167 yards) and Carolina to task last Sunday in Charlotte, as New Orleans came away 34-10 winners at Bank of America Stadium. Leading their NFC South rivals 17-6 at the half, New Orleans pulled away from Newton and the Panthers in the final 30 minutes of play. Drew Brees threw for 220 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Saints outrushed Carolina 149-132, picking Newton off three times, while picking him off four times. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:09, while Carolina kept the ball for 28:51, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions.

Miami was held to a final-second TD by Jay Cutler to WR DeVante Parker as the clock struck :00, losing to the New York Jets 20-6. Miami trailed 20-0 at the half and trailed by that score after three quarters of play. Miami found themselves being held by the Jets to 30 yards rushing, while the Jets ran for 103 yards themselves. Cutler threw for 220 yards and the lone TD in the contest and was sacked three times, while the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD. Miami on third down? A somewhat dismal 1 of 12 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while New York went 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 36:08.

Miami leads the series 6-5, while outscoring the Saints 246-227. New Orleans came away with wins in their last two contests with the Dolphins, including a 38-17 victory in the Big Easy in 2013, while Miami’s last win over the Saints came in 2005 in Baton Rouge (when the team had to play there because of Katrina) by a final of 21-6. New Orleans is an 8 1/2-point favorite on the other side of the pond and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both teams struggled last week, which could make this one interesting to watch. You might want to set the VCR for this one if you’re going to early church services in the Eastern and Central time zones. Miami may not cover the 8 1/2 but they win in merry old England.

Jacksonville (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. After their trip to London, Jacksonville makes its way on their 938-mile trip up I-95 for a date with the New York Jets in East Rutherford.

Jacksonville took Baltimore to task last Sunday in London, taking down the Ravens 44-7 at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars led 23-0 at the half and 44-0 after 45 minutes of play before the Ravens got their lone TD, a 6-yard TD pass from Ryan Mallett to Ben Watson with 3:24 left in the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Baltimore 166-134 and held Joe Flacco to 28 yards passing with a pair of interceptions and eight sacks, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 244 yards and four TDs without a sack or an interception. Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries but found success on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and Jacksonville kept the ball for 34:03, while Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), keeping the pigskin for 25:57.

GangGreen held AFC East foe Miami to a final-second TD by Jay Cutler to WR DeVante Parker as the clock struck :00, coming away 20-6 winners in the Meadowlands at Met Life Stadium. New York led throughout the contest, leading 20-0 at the half and led by that score after three quarters of play. GangGreen rushed for 103 yards, while holding Miami to 30 yards. Cutler threw for 220 yards and the lone TD in the contest and was sacked three times, while the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD. Miami on third down was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while New York went 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 36:08.

The Jaguars lead the series 6-5 and have outscored GangGreen 212-185. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last three contests, with the last victory coming in 2015 by a final of 28-23 in the Meadowlands (Jacksonville’s last win also came in upstate New Jersey, as the Jaguars were 24-22 winners in 2009).

Jacksonville’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Jaguars win in Jersey and covers the 3 1/2.

Pittsburgh (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in Charm City as the defending AFC North champs meet the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Pittsburgh dropped a 23-17 overtime decision to Chicago last Sunday in the Windy City at Soldier Field. Bears running back Jordan Howard rushed for 37 yards in overtime, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 23-17 win against Pittsburgh in Week 3. Howard (164 scrimmage yards, two rushing touchdowns) and rookie running back Tarik Cohen (102 scrimmage yards) both eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in Chicago’s first win of the season. Pittsburgh trailed 17-7 at the break at Soldier Field before the Steelers stormed back in the second half of regulation, sending the contest into overtime in the Windy City. Chicago won the toss in overtime and wasted very little time if any in front of the home crowd, using a 4-play, 74-yard drive that used a whopping 93 second to send Bears fans home happy.

Chicago rushed for 220 yards in the contest, with Howard leading the way on the ground, while holding the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger (235 yards, TD, three sacks) to 70 yards on the ground. For Chicago, Mike Glennon threw for 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. Da Bears were 4 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 33:59, including the game-winning drive in OT, while the Steelers were 4 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 27:34.

Baltimore suffered against Jacksonville last Sunday, falling to the Jaguars 44-7 at Wembley Stadium. Jacksonville led 23-0 at the half and 44-0 after 45 minutes of play before the Ravens got their lone TD, a 6-yard TD pass from Ryan Mallett to Ben Watson with 3:24 left in the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Baltimore 166-134 and held Joe Flacco to 28 yards passing with a pair of interceptions and eight sacks, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 244 yards and four TDs without a sack or an interception. Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries but found success on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and Jacksonville kept the ball for 34:03, while Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), keeping the pigskin for 25:57.

The Steelers lead the series 22-20 and have outscored Baltimore 829-814. They split last year’s meetings in AFC North action, each winning at home.

First meeting… week nine in Charm City and the Ravens survived a late Pittsburgh rally to take a 21-14 win. The Ravens led 13-0 after 45 minutes of play before Pittsburgh stormed back in the final quarter to make it a seven-point contest. Roethlisberger threw a 23-yard TD pass to WR Antonio Brown with 8:38 left in regulation, then took matters into his own hands and feet, scoring from 4 yards out with 48 seconds left. Then things got really interesting when the Steelers tried an onside-kick. Chris Boswell whiffed on his first try, then kicked the ball. The ball never went the required 10 yards and the Steelers were penalized for illegally kicking the ball, which Baltimore declined. Baltimore then ran out the clock and took the win at home. If you were looking for a lot of rushing in that first meeting, forget it. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier and Baltimore won that battle, outrushing Pittsburgh 50-36. Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards and the lone TD in the contest, while Flacco threw for 241 with a TD and three sacks. If the rushing game was bad, then third down tries in this one were dismal. Pittsburgh? 4 of 16 (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down). Baltimore? 4 of 17. The Ravens ruled the clock in Charm City, keeping the ball for 32:10, while the Steelers kept it for 27:50.

Meeting number two… week 16 in the Steel City on Christmas night. While the rest of America were unwrapping their gifts from the visit from the fat man in red, it was a winner-take-all situation for the Ravens and Steelers. The winner? AFC North champs. The loser? Out of the post-season altogether. Baltimore let a 24-20 lead late in the contest get away from them as the Steelers roared back at home at Heinz Field, coming away with the 31-27 win to take the AFC North title. Pittsburgh led 7-6 at the half in the Steel City, then trailed 17-10 after three quarter. Pittsburgh got off the deck and took the win when Roethlisberger (279 yards, three TDs) and Brown connected on a 4-yard TD strike with 9 seconds left, sending Steelers fans home merry and bright and with an AFC North title in their stockings, while the Ravens were left with coal and switches. Unlike the first meeting, the rushing game in the second contest was much better as the Steelers’ LeVeon Bell rushed for 122 yards and a TD (the Steelers ran for 127 yards, while the Ravens tallied 122) and Flacco threw for 262 yards and a TD with a pair of sacks. Baltimore on third down in the winner-takes-all affair? 9 of 17 (0 of 1 on fourth down), while the Steelers were 3 of 7 and the Ravens ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 34:37 to Pittsburgh’s 25:23.

The Ravens’ 7-point win allowed them to cover the 1 1/2-point spread but the 44 over/under was untouched, as both teams tallied 35 points. Although the Steelers did win the rematch at Heinz Field on Christmas night, they didn’t cover the 5-point spread, winning by 4. Both clubs did manage to cover the 44 over/under, scoring a combined 58 points. Vegas likes the Steelers as 3 point favorites on the road with the over/under coming in a 42 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are coming off losses and the Ravens are trying to recover from jet lag from their trip to London last week. Baltimore makes this one close but Pittsburgh gets back on track and takes the win on the road.

Cincinnati (0-3) at Cleveland (0-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of winless Buckeye State teams meet in upstate Ohio as Cincinnati makes the 248-mile drive up I-71 to take on the Cleveland Browns along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Bengals lost their third contest in a row, falling to Green Bay 27-24 in overtime at Lambeau Field. The Bengals led 21-7 at the half before Green Bay roared back in the second half. After the Bengals failed to score in their possession in overtime, the Packers took control of things and used a 5-play, 70-yard drive that used 77 seconds of clock and sealed Cincy’s fate when Mason Crosby connected on a 27-yard field with 6:22 left in the extra period. Cincinnati outrushed Green Bay in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst 110-64 and Andy Dalton threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR A.J. Green) but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Aaron Rodgers burned the Bengals for 313 yards and three TDs, connecting with Jordy Nelson on two of them. Cincinnati on third down went 4 of 12 and kept the ball for 34:17, while the Packers were 7 of 15 on third down, holding the ball for 29:21.

Cleveland, sitting in last place in the AFC North, losing 31-28 at Indianapolis. The Andrew Luck-less Colts led 28-14 at the half before Cleveland stormed back in the second half to make the contest close. The Browns did manage to outrush Indy 111-92 and rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 242 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times, while Luck’s replacement, Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yards with three sacks and a TD. Cleveland went 5 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:33, while the Colts were 8 of 17 on third down tries, holding the ball for 33:27.

The Bengals lead the series with their instate rivals 48-39, they’ve outscored Cleveland 1,887-1,722 and Cincy has won the last five meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win over the Bengals? 2014, when the Browns were 24-3 winners in Cincinnati).

Week seven saw the two Buckeye State teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River and the Bengals took Cleveland to the woodshed, coming away 31-17 winners at Paul Brown Stadium in the first meeting. The Bengals led 21-7 at the intermission and never looked back, outrushing Cleveland 271-180 (Cincy’s Jeremy Hill led all rushers with 168 yards, while Cleveland QB Kevin Hogan ran for 104; each man scored a TD in the contest). Hogan threw for 100 yards in the loss, was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Dalton threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR A.J. Green). The Bengals were 5 of 10 on third down conversions in the first meeting, keeping the ball for 28:12, while the Browns kept the ball for 31:48, going 6 of 14 on third down.

Cincinnati made it a clean sweep in the series, traveling to Cleveland in week 14, taking a 23-10 win at FirstEnergy Stadium, along the shore of Lake Erie. The Bengals led throughout the contest, taking a 20-0 lead at the intermission and outrushed Cleveland 213-169 (Hill ran for 111 yards and a TD for the Bengals, while Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell led all rushers with 113). Dalton threw for 180 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Tyler Eifert, while Robert Griffin III threw for 104 yards and was sacked three times in the contest. As was the case in the first meeting, the Bengals ruled third down tries, going 8 of 15, while Cleveland was 6 of 14 (they were successful in their only fourth down attempt) and held the ball for 34:53 to Cleveland’s 25:07.

Week seven… Bengals favored by 10, won by 14. The over/under was 46 and both teams covered with 48. Week 14… the odds-makers liked Cincy again, this time by 6. The Bengals didn’t disappoint the boys and girls in Vegas, covering that spread with their 13-point win in upstate Ohio. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? That stayed safe, as both combined for 33 points.  Cincinnati’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 40. Both teams are somewhat bad and someone has to win this game. You might want to change the channel and watch that “Bar Rescue” marathon on Spike (Jon Tapper blowing a gasket? PRICELESS!) Cincy breaks the streak and wins in Cleveland.

Tennessee (2-1) at Houston (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. It’s an AFC South matchup in the Lone Star State as the Tennessee Titans return to their roots to face off against the defending AFC South champs in Houston.

Tennessee came away 33-27 winners over Seattle last Sunday at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 30-14 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans 13-3. Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs, while Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and four TDs. Tennessee outrushed Seattle 195-69 (Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 115 yards and a TD) and kept the ball for 32:41, going 4 of 14 on third down tries, while the Seahawks, who held the ball for 27:19, went 4 of 12 and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Houston let a 33-28 lead in Foxboro get away from them as they fell to the defending champions 36-33 at Gillette Stadium. The Texans trailed 21-20 at the break before they took the lead when K Ka’imi Fairbairn opened the scoring in the final quarter with a 31 yard field goal, then Fairbain added a 36-yarder with 2:24 left in regulation. New England then went to work and took the lead back and for keeps when Tom Brady and Brandon Cooks connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left. Houston outrushed New England 125-59, while Brady threw for 378 yards and five TDs, including the game winner. Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 301 with a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice in the loss in Foxboro. Houston went 6 of 14 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:38, while New England was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:22.

Tennessee leads the series 16-14, while the Texans have outscored the Titans 684-605. They split last year’s contests, each winning at home.

Week four… Houston was the site of the first meeting and it was the Texans coming away 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. Houston led 20-17 at the intermission and held off the Titans in the second half to seal the win. Tennessee outrushed Houston 124-115 but Brad Osweiler ruled the roast in the air, throwing for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mariota threw for 202 yards for Tennessee. Both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down tries in the contest and Tennessee went 7 of 15 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:42. As for Houston… the Texans kept the ball for 28:18, going 5 of 12 on third down in the Lone Star State.

Game two… Nashville… week 17. The Titans got revenge in the Volunteer State and put a dent in Houston’s march to the post-season, coming away 34-17 winners at Nissan Stadium. Although Tennessee, who did not have Mariota under center (broken leg) led 14-0 at the half before the Texans took the second half, outscoring Tennessee 17-10. Tennessee again outrushed Houston, this time by a 103-46, while Osweiler threw for 253 yards and a TD. Mariota’s replacement, Matt Cassell threw for 150 yards and a TD but was sacked four times in the win. Tennessee was 9 of 16 on third down tries in the rematch and again ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:52, while the Texans were 3 of 15 on third down (4 of 6 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:08.

Houston was favored by 6 1/2 in the week four contest in the Lone Star State and covered with the 7-point win and both teams covered the 40 over/under by combining to score 47 points. In the week 17 rematch and season finale, the Titans covered the 3-point spread, winning by 17 and both clubs easily covered the 40 over/under with 51 points. Tennessee’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. In the grand scheme of things, these two could contend for the AFC South title. However, Houston’s the defending champs and they’re at home. Texans cover the 1 1/2 and wins deep in the heart of Texas.

Los Angeles Rams (2-1) at Dallas (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of first place teams meet in Jerry World Sunday afternoon as the Los Angeles Rams travel to Arlington to meet the Dallas Cowboys.

Los Angeles held off San Francisco 41-39 in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium last Thursday night. The Rams led 24-13 at the half, before the 49ers made a second-half run, pulling to within two but could come no closer. Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 126-113, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three TDs. For the 49ers, Blaine Hoyer threw for 332 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. The Rams on third down were 8 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:43, while San Francisco was 9 of 18 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:17.

Dallas broke a 14-14 tie after three quarters and came out 28-17 winners in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. Dallas outrushed Arizona 99-49 in the prime time affair in the desert, while Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR Larry Fitzgerald) but was sacked six times. For Dallas, Dak Prescott threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Dez Bryant on one), while Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 80 yards and a rushing TD. Dallas went 2 of 9 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 23:45, while Arizona was 8 of 18 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 36:15.

Including games played in the Cotton Bowl and in St. Louis, the Cowboys lead the series 13-11, have outscored the Rams 548- 529 and have won the last three meetings, including a 34-31 win in St. Louis in 2015 (the Rams last win came in 2008, when they came away 34-14 winners in St. Louis). Dallas is favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. This one could be one of the better games of the day. Dallas covers the 6 1/2 and wins in Arlington.

Detroit (2-1) at Minnesota (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair NFC North rivals meet in the Twin Cities as the Lions and Vikings meet at US Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Detroit fell from the ranks of the unbeatens as Atlanta sent Lions fans home unhappy, with the Falcons winning 30-26 last Sunday afternoon. Detroit trailed 20-13 at the half in the Motor City before the Lions chipped away at the lead. The Falcons literally and figuratively snatched victory out of the jaws of the Lions’ mouth when the home team thought they had the contest won with 8 seconds left when Matthew Stafford (264 yards, TD) and Golden Tate III thought they had scored the game winner from one yard out. But like Cinderella, the clock struck midnight, the horses turned back into mice and the carriage went back to being a pumpkin. The play was reviewed and the call was reversed. With no timeouts for Detroit, there was a 10-second runoff, under NFL rules, which meant the game came to an end. Detroit was outrushed by Atlanta 151-71 and Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman ran for 106 yards. Matt Ryan (294 yards, two TD) struggled, throwing three interceptions. Atlanta was 4 of 9 on third down tries at Ford Field and held on to the ball for 32:35, while Detroit was 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 27:25.

The Vikings took Tampa Bay to task last Sunday in the Twin Cities last Sunday, coming out on top of the Buccaneers 34-17. The Vikings, who held Winston (328 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) and the Buccaneers to 26 yards on the ground, tallying 125 yards of their own. Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 369 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Vikings led 21-3 at the half. Minnesota went 7 of 13 on third down tries at US Bank Stadium and kept the ball for 37:46, while Tampa Bay went 22:14 in time of possession and 1 of 6 on third down.

Minnesota leads the series 71-38-2 and have outscored Detroit 2,395-2,062. Detroit did manage to sweep the series last year, taking wins in the Motor City and in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Minnesota’s last win over the Lions came in 2015, when they won 28-19 in the Motor City).

Their first meeting took place in week nine in the Twin Cities and the Lions prevailed 22-16 in overtime at US Bank Stadium. The Lions led 10-3 before the Vikings took a 16-13 lead with 23 seconds left when RB Robert Ellison scored on a 1-yard run. That lead would not last long for Vikings fans as Detroit would score the last 12 points of the contest, first tying the contest with :00 left when Matt Prater nailed a 58-yard field in regulation, then ending the contest when Golden Tate III scored on a 28-yard pass from Stafford with 8:21 left in the overtime. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-78 and Stafford threw for 219 yards and a pair of TDs, including the game winner. Detroit went 7 of 14 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 33:31, while the Vikings were 6 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 33:08.

Detroit made the sweep a reality in week 12 on Thanksgiving afternoon, coming out on top 16-13 and once again, it was Prater to the rescue, kicking a 48-yard field goal to erase a 13-10 deficit and then connecting on a 40-yarder as the clock struck :00. Boldin opened the scoring in the contest when he and Stafford connected for the game’s first TD, a 2-yard strike with 7:14 left in the first. Minnesota then proceeded to take the lead in the final quarter, thanks to a 28-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. That lead didn’t last very long, thanks to Prather’s two field goals that gave the home team the win. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 94-82 and Stafford threw for 232, while Bradford threw for 224. Third down tries? Detroit was 6 of 14, Minnesota was 2 of 10 and neither found success on fourth down (Minnesota was 0 of 1, Detroit was 0 of 2). Minnesota did manage to rule the clock, holding on to the ball for 31:31 to Detroit’s 28:29.

Minnesota was favored by 6 1/2 in the week nine contest. While the Lions won by 6, barely missing the spread. As for the 42 over/under? The two clubs missed it by 4 points. In the Thanksgiving Day matchup in week 12 in the Motor City, the Lions covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 3, which was good. As for the 43 over/under? There were only 29 points scored, so that number was untouched. Minnesota’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Both clubs are trying to stay atop the NFC North mountain and it’s possible that both could make the post-season party. Minnesota wins and covers the 2.

Carolina (2-1) at New England (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Newton. Brady. They meet in Foxboro. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs square off in Foxoboro as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Carolina Panthers.

Newton (167 yards) and Carolina were taken to the woodshed by NFC South foe New Orleans last Sunday in Charlotte, as the Saints left the Tar Heel State 34-10 winners at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers never lead in the contest, trailing 17-6 at the half, before the Saints pulled away from Newton and the Panthers in the final 30 minutes of play. Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 220 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Saints outrushed Carolina 149-132, picking Newton off three times, while picking him off four times. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:09, while Carolina kept the ball for 28:51, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions.

The defending Super Bowl champs erased a 33-28 deficit in Foxboro and 36-33 winners at Gillette Stadium over Houston. The Texans trailed 21-20 at the break before they took the lead when K Ka’imi Fairbairn opened the scoring in the final quarter with a 31 yard field goal, then Fairbain added a 36-yarder with 2:24 left in regulation. New England then went to work and took the lead back and for keeps when Tom Brady and Brandon Cooks connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left. Houston outrushed New England 125-59, while Brady threw for 378 yards and five TDs, including the game winner. Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 301 with a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice in the loss in Foxboro. Houston went 6 of 14 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:38, while New England was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:22.

Carolina leads the series 3-2 but the Pats have outscored the Panthers 112-87. Carolina’s last win over the defending Super Bowl champs came in 2013, when the Panthers came way 24-20 winners in Charlotte, while New England’s last win in the series came in 2009 in Foxboro by a final of 20-10. New England’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. These two teams participated in the last two Super Bowls (Carolina losing to Denver, New England beating Atlanta), which makes this contest pretty interesting. New England wins this one but expect Carolina to make it closer than 8 1/2.

New York Giants (0-3) at Tampa Bay (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Jameis. Eli. A pair of young gun QBs meet on Florida’s left coast as Tampa Bay hosts the New York Giants. Both teams enter the late Sunday afternoon contest with losses under their respective belts.

The winless Giants let a 24-21 lead at Philadelphia get away from them as Eagles K Josh Elliot connected on a pair of fourth quarter field goals by Jake Elliott, including the game-winner as the clock struck :00 to fall 27-24 in the City of Brotherly Love. Philly led 14-0 after three quarters of play before the Giants roared back in the fourth, as Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a pair of TDs in the fourth. Manning threw for 366 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice in the contest, while the Eagles outrushed Big Blue 193-49. New York on third down went 3 of 10 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:28, while the Eagles kept the ball for 37:32, going 5 of 14 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay were taken to task last Sunday in the Twin Cities last Sunday, losing to Minnesota 34-17. The Vikings, who held Winston (328 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) and the Buccaneers to 26 yards on the ground, while tallying 125 yards of their own. Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 369 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Vikings led 21-3 at the half. Minnesota went 7 of 13 on third down tries at US Bank Stadium and kept the ball for 37:46, while Tampa Bay went 22:14 in time of possession and 1 of 6 on third down.

New York leads the series 13-6, have outscored Tampa Bay 334-304 and won the last four regular season contests, including coming away 32-18 winners in the Sunshine State in 2015 (Tampa Bay’s last win over the Giants came in 2003, when the Buccaneers were 19-13 winners at Raymond James Stadium).

San Francisco (0-3) at Arizona (1-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. It’s a battle for the NFC West cellar as San Francisco travels to Glendale for a contest with Arizona. Both clubs enter the Sunday afternoon contests with home losses from last week’s action.

San Francisco picked up their third loss of the 2017 campaign, falling to the Los Angeles Rams 41-39 in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium. Trailing 24-13 at the half, the 49ers made a second-half run, pulling to within two but could come no closer. The Rams’ Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 126-113, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three TDs. For the 49ers, Blaine Hoyer threw for 332 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. The Rams on third down were 8 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:43, while San Francisco was 9 of 18 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:17.

The Desert Angry Birds let a 14-14 tie after three quarters get away from them against Dallas last Monday night, falling to the Cowboys 28-17 in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. Dallas outrushed Arizona 99-49 in the prime time affair in the desert, while Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR Larry Fitzgerald) but was sacked six times. For Dallas, Dak Prescott threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Dez Bryant on one), while Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 80 yards and a rushing TD. Dallas went 2 of 9 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 23:45, while Arizona was 8 of 18 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 36:15.

The 49ers lead the series 29-22 and San Francisco has outscored Arizona 1,179-1,039. However… Arizona has won the last four meetings, sweeping last year’s series (San Francisco’s last win came in 2014, when the 49ers were 20-17 winners at old Candlestick Park).

First meeting? Week five in Santa Clara. Arizona’s David Johnson rushed for 157 yards and a pair of TDs as the Desert Angry Birds took down San Francisco 33-21 at Levis’ Stadium. Arizona would break a 7-7 tie at the intermission and outscore the 49ers 26-14 in the last 30 minutes of action. Arizona outrushed San Francisco 172-151 and QB Drew Staton, who took over for Palmer, threw for 124 yards and a pair of TDs to All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona’s defense took advantage of three 49ers turnovers, sacking Blaine Gabbert seven times, including a sack that resulted in a safety for the game’s final scoring play. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down in the Thursday night affair and kept the ball for 31:44, while the 49ers were 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the pigskin for 28:16.

The Desert Angry Birds made it a clean sweep in the series, taking a 23-20 win in the desert in the week 10 affair in Glendale. Arizona led 20-13 at the end of the third quarter (they led 20-10 at the half) before Colin Kaepernick (210 yards, TD, three sacks) tied things up with a 4-yard TD run with 1:55 left to play in regulation. Using a 12-play, 69-yard drive that used all of the 1:55 that was left, Arizona’s Chris Catanzaro connected on a 34-yard field goal as the clock struck :00. Unlike the first meeting, the second was nothing to write home about rushing-wise (neither club breached the 100-yard mark; the 49ers did manage to outrush Arizona 83-80. Palmer was back this time, throwing for 376 yards with a TD and two interceptions. Arizona on third down tries was 50 percent at 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 32:18 (which included the game-winning drive), while the 49ers were 7 of 17 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:42.

Arizona covered the 4-point spread in the Thursday night affair in week five, winning by 12. Both teams combined for 54 points, more than enough to cover the 43 1/2 over/under. Although the Desert Angry Birds completed the sweep, they won by 3, which meant they didn’t cover the 13 1/2-point spread and the 48 1/2 over/under was safe as both teams could only scored 43 points total. Arizona’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The Desert Angry Birds win this one but San Francisco makes it closer than the 7.

Philadelphia (2-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. The winless Los Angeles Chargers host Philadelphia as cheesesteak meets fish tacos in a late afternoon Sunday matchup on the West Coast.

The Eagles erased a 24-21 deficit at Philadelphia and came away 27-24 winners over the New York Giants last Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles K Jake Elliot connected on a pair of fourth quarter field goals, including the game-winner as the clock struck :00 to fall 27-24 in the City of Brotherly Love. Philly led 14-0 after three quarters of play before the Giants roared back in the fourth, as Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a pair of TDs in the fourth. Philly got the ball back with 13 seconds left in regulation and used all of that clock, driving the ball 19 yards in three plays, with Elliot putting his 61-yard try through the uprights. Manning threw for 366 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice in the contest, while the Eagles outrushed Big Blue 193-49. New York on third down went 3 of 10 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:28, while the Eagles kept the ball for 37:32, going 5 of 14 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The Chargers could never get on track against AFC West foe Kansas City, as the Chiefs manhandled Los Angeles 24-10. The Bolts made things close, trailing 17-10 at the half and kept things scoreless in the third before Kansas City pulled away to seal the win on the West Coast. Kansas City outrushed Los Angeles 189-104, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 172 yards and a TD. Although Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards for the Chargers, the Chiefs made life less than pleasant for him, as they sacked him twice and picked him off three times, while Alex Smith threw for 155 yards and a pair of TDs. San Diego was 5 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and held the ball for 29:34, while Kansas City was 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, ruling the clock as they kept the ball for 30:26.

The Chargers lead the series 7-4 (including contests that were played when the Chargers were in San Diego), Philadelphia has outscored the Bolts 216-211 but San Diego has won the last two contests, with the last win coming in 2015 by a final of 33-30 in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles’ last win came in 2005 in Philly by a final of 20-17. Los Angeles is favored by 1 and the over/under is 47. While the Chargers are not as bad as their record indicates (and they’ve played three close games this season), Philadelphia prevails by covering the 1 on the road, sending Charger fans home sad.

Oakland (2-1) at Denver (2-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. They meet again. A pair of AFC West rivals squarer off in the Mile High City as Oakland and Denver, tied for first, meet in Denver.

Oakland did not have a good trip to the East Coast last Sunday night against Washington as the Redskins came away with the 27-10 loss at Fed Ex Field. Oakland was held to 32 yards on the ground and Derek Carr threw for 118 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice, while Kirk Cousins burned Oakland for 365 yards and three TDs without an interception (Washington ran for 116 yards in the Sunday night affair in Landover). Oakland was 0 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 21:54, while the ‘Skins in holding the ball for 38:06, were 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Denver saw Buffalo break a 13-13 halftime tie in upstate NeW York and dropped a 26-16 decision against the Bills. The lone bright spot in the contest was that they did manage outrush the Bills 111-75 and Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka connected on four field goals and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 213 yards an a pair of TDs in the win. Denvers’ Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards with a pair of interceptions and three sacks (Taylor was sacked four times). The Bills were 6 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:26, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 29:34, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Including games that were played in Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 61-50-2 and have outscored Denver 2,412-2,330. The two AFC West rivals split the two meetings in 2016, with both teams winning at home.

Round one… week nine in Oakland. The Silver and Black led 20-10 at the half and came away 30-20 winners in northern California. Oakland’s Latavius Murray ran for 114 yards and three TDs in the contest, while Oakland held Denver to 33 yards rushing, tallying 218 yards on the ground. Carr threw for 184 yards in the game, while Trevor Siemian threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs (Siemian threw an interception, both men were sacked twice). Denver went 3 of 11 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for a somewhat dismal 18:32, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the Broncos defense on the field, holding the pigskin for 41:28, while going 5 of 14 on third down.

Even though they were out of the post-season race to defend their Super Bowl title, Denver got revenge on Oakland in the week 17 finale in the Mile High City, coming away 24-6 winners. Denver led 17-0 at the half and held Oakland, who won a Wild Card spot, to a 32-yard TD pass from Connor Cook (150 yards, sack, interception) to WR Amari Cooper with 3:09 left in the third quarter. This time, Denver outrushed Oakland 143-57 and Siemian threw for 206 yards in the win. The Broncos on third down? 5 of 15 (1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:25. Oakland on third down? 2 of 11 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Silver and Black kept the pigskin for 24:35.

Denver was favored by a 1 in the week nine contest and the Raiders covered the spread, winning by 10. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? It was covered as well, as both clubs scored 50 points. Denver did cover the 2 1/2-point spread in the season finale with their 18-point win but the 42 over/under was untouched, as there were only 30 points tallied. The odds-makers like Denver in this one at home, favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Denver covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Indianapolis (1-2) at Seattle (1-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week four Sunday play concludes in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as Seattle hosts Indianapolis at CenturyLink Field.

The Colts were 31-28 winners over Cleveland at Indianapolis last Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Andrew Luck-less Colts led 28-14 at the half before Cleveland stormed back in the second half to make the contest close. Cleveland did manage to outrush Indy 111-92 and rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 242 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times, while Luck’s replacement, Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yards with three sacks and a TD. Cleveland went 5 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:33, while the Colts were 8 of 17 on third down tries, holding the ball for 33:27.

Seattle fell to Tennessee 33-27 last Sunday at Nissan Stadium. Seattle trailed 30-14 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans 13-3. Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs, while Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and four TDs. Tennessee outrushed Seattle 195-69 (Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 115 yards and a TD) and kept the ball for 32:41, going 4 of 14 on third down tries, while the Seahawks, who held the ball for 27:19, went 4 of 12 and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in Baltimore, the Colts lead the series 7-4 and Seattle leads in scoring by a 248-241 margin. Indy’s won the last two meetings, taking a 34-28 win in the Hoosier State in their last meeting in 2013, while the Seahawks’ last win came in 2005 in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbuck by a final of 28-13.

Seattle’s favored by 13 in the Pacific Northwest and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams have been playing better football than their records indicate. 13 points is a little steep, though. Indy will make this one closer than 13 but Seattle prevails in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Washington (2-1) at Kansas City (3-0), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week four closes out in the Midwest as the unbeaten Chiefs host Washington in prime time at Arrowhead Stadium as both teams come into the contest with wins under their respective belts.

Washington took care of business last Sunday night against Oakland in Landover, taking a 27-10 win over the Silver and Black at Fed Ex Field. The Redskins held Oakland to 32 yards on the ground and Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three TDs without an interception, while Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 118 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice (Washington ran for 116 yards in the Sunday night affair in Landover). Oakland was 0 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 21:54, while the ‘Skins in holding the ball for 38:06, were 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Kansas City manhandled the Los Angeles Chargers 24-10 at StubHub Center last Sunday. Kansas City led 17-10 at the half and both teams kept things scoreless in the third before Kansas City pulled away to seal the win on the West Coast. Kareem Hunt ran amok, rushing for 172 yards and a TD as Kansas City outrushed Los Angeles 189-104. Although Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards for the Chargers, the Chiefs made life less than pleasant for him, as they sacked him twice and picked him off three times, while Alex Smith threw for 155 yards and a pair of TDs. San Diego was 5 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and held the ball for 29:34, while Kansas City was 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, ruling the clock as they kept the ball for 30:26.

Kansas City leads the series 8-1, the Chiefs have outscored Washington 263-146 and the defending AFC West champs have won the last six meetings, including a 45-10 win in Landover in 2013. Washington’s lone win? It came in 1983, when the Redskins called RFK Stadium home, coming away 27-12 winners. In Monday night contests all-time, the Chiefs are 23-18, while Washington is 28-40 (the Redskins played two MNF games and lost both).

Normally, we don’t make Monday night games “DRILL WORTHY.” We’re going to make an exception here. (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?”

Kansas City’s favorer by 7 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are playoff contenders and could very well win their divisions. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City these days. Washington makes it close but Chiefs prevail and remain unbeaten.

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