And then, there was one.

Kansas City remains the last team that has yet to lose a game in the 2017 campaign. They’re the last ones standing and it seems that the 1972 Dolphins may get worried. Stay tuned.

The NFL heads into the second quarter of the regular season after a thrilling Week 4 which saw nine games decided by seven points or fewer. Nine games were decided in the final two minutes or overtime, including seven in the final minute or OT. And four games featured the winning points scored on the final play of the game.

Along with close games, the standings are also tight. Entering Week 5, 24 of the league’s 32 teams (75 percent) have a .500 or better record.

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) are the league’s only remaining unbeaten team. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 64 of the previous 79 teams (81 percent) to start 4-0 have made the playoffs. However, nothing is a given as the two teams to start 4-0 in 2016 – Denver and Minnesota – both missed the postseason.

All 32 teams know there’s room for improvement. And while not every club has gotten off to a great start, there’s plenty of season left. There’s still a lot of football left to play.

Since 1990, 121 teams (37.3 percent of the 324 playoff clubs) have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-2 or worse. There were four such teams – Detroit (1-3), Miami (1-3), Kansas City (2-2) and the New York Giants (2-2) – last season, including the Chiefs who won the AFC West.

As the NFL enters October, there are six teams with a winning record that did not make the postseason in 2016 – Buffalo (3-1), Carolina (3-1), Denver (3-1), the Los Angeles Rams (3-1), Philadelphia (3-1) and Tampa Bay (2-1). 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.

That’s all part of the unpredictability of the NFL. So entering Week 5, while it certainly helps to be near the top of the standings, don’t count anyone out.

TOM AT THE TOP: New England quarterback Tom Brady leads the NFL with 1,399 passing yards, ties for the league lead with 10 touchdown passes and ranks second with a 116.6 passer rating this season.

With a win over Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football, Brady, who has 185 career regular-season victories as a starting quarterback, would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Peyton Manning for the most regular-season victories by a quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 210 career wins (including the postseason), the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

The most regular-season wins by starting quarterbacks in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (REGULAR-SEASON WINS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (186)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (186)^
Tom Brady – New England (185)(played Thursday night at Tampa Bay )
John Elway – Denver (148)^
Dan Marino – Miami (147)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LARRY LEGEND: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had four catches, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown catch with 32 seconds remaining in overtime, in the Cardinals’ 18-15 win against San Francisco in Week 4.

With a catch at Philadelphia on Sunday, Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 199 consecutive games, he would put himself in some pretty good company, as he would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) and Tony Gonzalez (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco and Oakland (1985-2004; 274)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta )2000-2013; 211)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (2004-present; 199)*
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1996-2008; 190)^
Hines Ward – Pittsburgh (1998-2010; 186)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington on Monday Night Football last week.

With 100 scrimmage yards at Houston on Sunday night, Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first four games, would join Adrian Peterson (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

With 129 scrimmage yards in Week 5, Hunt, who has 659 scrimmage yards in his first four games, would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983-787)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007-782)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980-761)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017-659)*
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934-633)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994-633)^
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

STRONG OUT OF THE GATES: Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas. Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington Monday night.

In Week 5, Gurley (596 scrimmage yards, seven touchdowns) and Hunt (659, six) can join Pro Football Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk (2000), Emmitt Smith (1995), Eric Dickerson (1983) and Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Priest Holmes (2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 700 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season.
Gurley is only 404 yards away from the 1,000 mark, while Hunt needs 341 to reach that plateau.

The players with at least 700 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, SCRIMMAGE YARDS/TOUCHDOWNS)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 857/14)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1963, 988/10)^
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 787/9)^
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995, 776/9)^
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (2000, 797.8)^
Priest Holmes, Kansas City (2002, 803/10)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017, 596/7)*
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017, 659/6)*
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GORE GAINING GROUND: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has rushed for 13,256 yards and 76 touchdowns in 13 career seasons. With four rushing yards against San Francisco on Sunday, Gore, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the 49ers and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher (11,073), will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All seven players currently in front of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (18,355)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (16,726)^
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 Rams, St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh (13,662)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta (13,259)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,256)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRECISION PASSERS: New England’s Tom Brady (10 touchdown passes, zero interceptions), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (eight, zero) and Kansas City’s Alex Smith (eight, zero) each have least eight touchdown passes with zero interceptions through their team’s first four games this season.

In Week 5, Brady and Smith can join Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Roman Gabriel (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season. Brees, who has a bye this week, will attempt to join the list in Week 6.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, TD PASSES/INTS)
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta (1983, 11/0)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 11/0)
Randall Cunningham, Minnesota (1998, 10/0)
Craig Morton, Dallas (1969, 10/0)
Tom Brady, New England (2017, 10/0)*
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 8/)*
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2017, 8/0)*^
*Through four games; Brady played at Tampa Bay Thursday night
^Has bye in Week 5

DEMARCUS DOMINATING: Dallas defensive end Demarcus Lawrence recorded a sack and forced fumble in the Cowboys’ Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Lawrence, who has recorded at least one sack in each of his team’s first four games of the season, leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks. With 1.5 sacks against Green Bay on Sunday, Lawrence would become the fifth player with at least nine sacks in his team’s first five games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in their team’s first five games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR-SACKS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Kevin Greene, Carolina (1998-10)^
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis (2013-9.5)
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Green Bay (2001-9)
Mark Gastineau, New York Jets (1984-9)
Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas (2017-7.5)*
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRIMETIME DEBUT: Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall selection of the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft, is expected to make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football against Minnesota.

Trubisky would be the third rookie quarterback selected in the first round to make his first career start on Monday Night Football, joining Detroit’s Chuck Long (December 15, 1986 vs. Chicago) and Philadelphia’s John Reaves (October 2, 1972 vs. New York Giants).

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 4. Through the first four weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 5,835 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 4 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
2017 – 5,835
2014 – 4,765
1987 – 4,449
1976 – 4,444
2016 – 4,406

Rookies have also totaled 43 touchdowns through Week 4, the most through the first four weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
2017 – 43
1987 – 37
1978 – 34
Many tied with 33

FOUR MORE: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the Packers’ 35-14 win against Chicago on Thursday Night Football in Week 4.

Rodgers, who has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the fifth-most games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES WITH AT LEAST 4 TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (35)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (31)
Tom Brady – New England (27)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (23)^
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (21)
Dan Marino – Miami (21)^
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

PUT IT ON THE BOARD: Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watons passed for 283 yards with four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 57-14 win against Tennessee.

Houston’s 57 points against Tennessee in Week 4 were the most in franchise history and marked the third highest single-game point total in NFL history with a rookie starting at quarterback.

The highest single game point totals with a rookie starting at quarterback:

QUARTERBACK – TEAM (DATE – POINTS SCORED)
Tony Banks – St. Louis Rams (November 10, 1996 – 59)
Russell Wilson – Seattle (December 9, 2012 – 58)
Deshaun Watson – Houston (October 1, 2017 – 57)
Johnny Unitas – Baltimore Colts (November 25, 1956-56)^
Chris Chandler – Indianapolis (October 31, 1988 – 55)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Watson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (September 17, 1961 vs. Chicago) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game.

Watson, who has seven touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns this season, is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history with at least seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

QUARTER POLL: New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 307 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Carolina in Foxboro.

Brady, who has 1,399 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions, became 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.

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/INTs)
Tom Brady, New England (2017; 1,399-10/0)
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)

13K FOR KIRK: Kirk to bridge! Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.7 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Kansas City.

Cousins, who has 13,117 career passing yards, became 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, has 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 (13,117-43)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RUMBLING RUNNING BACKS: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas.

Gurley, who has 596 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS-TOUCHDOWNS)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017, 596-7)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995, 643-9)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1963, 779-7)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 687-10)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

HUNT STAYS HOT: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the team’s 29-20 win against Washington on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

Hunt, who has 659 scrimmage yards through four games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (567) and Adrian Peterson (549) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first four career games.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAMS’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980, 745)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs (2017, 659)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 567)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007, 549)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934, 536)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TAG TEAM: New York Jets running backs Bilal Powell (163 rushing yards, 75-yard touchdown run) and rookie Elijah McGuire (93 rushing yards, 69-yard touchdown run) each rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 23-20 overtime win against Jacksonville.

McGuire and Powell are the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game and the fifth pair of teammates in NFL history with rushing touchdowns of at least 69 yards in the same game.

The teammates who scored a rushing touchdown of at least 69 yards in the same game in NFL history:

TEAM – DATE (PLAYER – YARDS; PLAYER – YARDS)
New York Jets – October 1, 2017 (Bilal Powell – 75; Elijah McGuire – 69)
Baltimore – December 20, 2008 (Le’Ron McClain – 82; Willis McGahee – 77)
Pittsburgh – October 7, 1979 (Franco Harris – 71; Rocky Bleier – 70)
Los Angeles Rams – December 3, 1961 (Dick Bass – 73; Ollie Matson – 69)
San Francisco – October 26, 1952 (Hugh McElhenny – 83; Joe Perry – 78)
(Note: Harris, Matson, Perry and McElhenny are Pro Football Hall of Famers)

ELVIS ENTERS RECORD BOOKS: San Francisco linebacker Elvis Dumervil had two sacks in the team’s 18-15 overtime loss at Arizona in Week 4, his first two sacks as a member of the 49ers.

Dumervil, who has 101 career sacks, is the third active player to record at least 100 career sacks.

The active players with at least 100 career sacks:

PLAYER (TEAMS – SACKS)
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay – 148)
Terrell Suggs (Baltimore – 117.5)
Elvis Dumervil (Denver, Baltimore and San Francisco – 101)

MR. AUTOMATIC: Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein converted all seven of his field-goal attempts and both of his PAT attempts in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas in Week 4.

Zuerlein became the eighth player to convert at least seven or more field goals in a single game and his 23 total points scored is tied for the third-highest single-game total by a kicker in NFL history.

The kickers with the highest single-game point totals in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – TOTAL POINTS)
Rob Bironas, Tennessee (October 21, 2007 – 26)
Jay Feely, Arizona (December 12, 2010 – 25)
Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (October 1, 2017 – 23)
Billy Cundiff, Dallas (September 15, 2003 – 23)
Jim Bakken, St. Louis Cardinals (September 24, 1967 – 22)

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New Orleans defeated Miami 20-0 in front of 84,423 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in the second of four 2017 London Series games in the United Kingdom. New Orleans, which has not turned the ball over this season, is only the third team in the modern era (since 1933) without a turnover in each of its first four games of a season (1995 St. Louis and 2013 Tennessee).

•Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 283 yards with four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 57-14 win against Tennessee. Houston’s 57 points are the most in a single game in franchise history. Watson put himself in some pretty good company, as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (September 17, 1961 vs. Chicago) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game. Watson, who has seven touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns this season, is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history with at least seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

•Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas. Gurley, who has 596 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season. Under head coach Sean McVay, the Rams have scored 142 points, which is the fourth-highest total by a team in its first four games of a season with a first-year head coach. Only the 2002 Oakland Raiders (Bill Callahan, 162 points), 2000 St. Louis Rams (Mike Martz, 160) and 1920 Buffalo All-Americans (Tommy Hughitt, 149) scored more.

•Carolina quarterback Cam Newton passed for 316 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 33-30 win at New England. Newton, who has six career games with at least three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young, Drew Brees, Jack Kemp, Tobin Rote and Billy Wade for the most such games in NFL history. Newton scored his 50th career rushing touchdown on Sunday and is the only quarterback in NFL history with 50 rushing touchdowns.

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 307 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating in the Patriots’ loss to Carolina. Brady, who has 1,399 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions this season, became 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 in two different seasons during his career. He also accomplished the feat in 2015.

•New York Jets running backs Bilal Powell (163 rushing yards, 75-yard touchdown run) and rookie Elihan McGuire (93 rushing yards, 69-yard touchdown run) each rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 23-20 overtime win against Jacksonville. McGuire and Powell are the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game.

•Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka converted all three of his field goal attempts, including makes of 55 and 56 yards, in the Bills’ 23-17 win at Atlanta. ​Hauschka, who has converted three field goals of at least 55 yards this season, trails only Detroit’s Matt Prater, who has converted four field goals of at least 55 yards in 2017, for the most by a player in a single season in NFL history.

For week four, we went 11-5, which was a huge improvement. For the year? 41-23. There’s still a lot of football to be played between now and December 31st, when the regular season comes to an end. For this time of year, you lose, your next game’s next week, which is a lot better than the post-season, where if you lose, your next game’s next year.

The first round of byes take place in week five and the teams that will be off this week are Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington. They’ll get back to action next week. Week 5 began Thursday night with the New England beating Tampa Bay Thursday night in the Sunshine State and week 5 concludes with a pair of primetime matches as the Houston Texans host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the Minnesota Vikings visit the Chicago Bears in an NFC North divisional showdown on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week five.

Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at New York Giants (0-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of winless teams, sitting in the bottom of their respective divisions, meet in the Meadowlands as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host the Los Angeles Chargers at Met Life Stadium.

The Chargers lost another close contest last Sunday at StubHub Center, falling to Philadelphia 26-24. Los Angeles trailed 16- 10 at the intermission on the West Coast but managed to make things close, trailing 19-17 with 13:42 left to play in the contest, then pulled to within seven with 6:44 left when Rivers and TE Hunter Henry connected on a 4-yard TD pass and that would be the closest that Los Angeles would get in the contest. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 214-58, with LeGarrette Blount doing most of the work, tallying 136 of those yards.

The winless Giants dropped a 25-23 decision to Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Bucs led 13-10 at the intermission before Manning and the Giants took the lead with 3:16 left in regulation when he and TE Rhett Ellison connected on a 2-yard TD strike. The Giants missed the extra point and led 23-22 at that point. For Giant fans, there was hope. That hope would not last very long. Tampa Bay then proceeded to make their way down the field, using all of the 3:16 on the clock, ending an 9-play, 59-yard drive that ended with K Nick Folk sending a 34-yard field goal try through the uprights for the win. Tampa Bay outrushed Big Blue 111-91 and Winston threw for 332 yards and three TDs without an interception, while Manning threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs in the Sunshine State. The Giants were 8 of 17 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Bucs were 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:47 (both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down conversions).

The Chargers lead the series 6-5, have outscored New York 292-259 and have won the last three contests (including games that were played when the Chargers were in San Diego), including a 37-14 win at Qualcomm Stadium in 2013. New York’s last win in the series also came at Qualcomm, when they walked away with a 34-16 win in 1998. The Giants are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. If you’re a fan of either team, feel free to watch this one; otherwise, you might want to beg your wife or significant other to take you shopping at Victoria’s Secret (that way, you’ll have an idea as to what to get her for Christmas). There’s going to be a winner in this one. While the Chargers have played some decent but not great football, the Giants were a playoff team last year. Add to that the fact that Eli’s got two Super Bowl rings and Rivers is still looking for his first. Giants break out of the winless column with the win at home and covers the 3 1/2.

Tennessee (2-2) at Miami (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Miami returns to the other side of the Atlantic for a meeting in the Sunshine State wit Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium.

Tennesee was taken to task by AFC South rival Houston last Sunday, as the Texans manhandled the Titans 57-14 at NRG Stadium last Sunday. Tennessee could never get on track, trailing 30-14 at the half and saw the defending AFC South champs score their final 27 points of the contest unchallenged. Tennessee was outrushed 173-86 and Mariota threw for only 96 yards with a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 283 yards and four TDs through the air and had a rushing TD of his own as his defense forced five Titan turnovers in the Lone Star State. Tennessee went 2 of 8 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 20:19, while the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:41, while going 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Miami went to London and were shutout by New Orleans and Drew Brees 20-0 at Wembley Stadium. The Dolphins trailed 3-0 at the half before things went haywire for them, as the Saints would score the remaining 17 points of the contest unchallenged. New Orleans rushed for 86 yards, while Miami could only muster 58 and Jay Cutler was sacked four times and picked off once, while throwing for 164 yards (Brees threw for 268 yards and a pair of TDs). Miami in merry ole England was 1 of 8 on third down tries on the other side of the Atlantic (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:32, while the Saints were 6 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 34:28.

Including contests that took place when the Texans were in Houston and known as the Oilers and the Dolphins played their home games at the Orange Bowl, the Dolphins lead the series 19-16 and have outscored Tennessee 667-665. Tennessee won the last meeting between the two clubs last year, coming away 30-17 winners in the Sunshine State (Miami’s last win in the series came in 2015 in Nashville by a final of 38-10).

They met in the Sunshine State in week five and the Titans led 21-14 at the half at Hard Rock Stadium before they would pull away for the road win. Mariota threw for three TDs passes and ran for a TD, while tallying 163 yards of passing. Ryan Tannehill threw for 191 yards for Miami but was sacked six times and picked off twice. Tennessee outrushed Miami 235-51, with RB DeMarco Murray accounting for 121 of their rushing yards. Tennessee went 5 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:44, while Miami kept the ball for 23:16, goning 4 of 11 on third down.

Miami was favored by 3 1/2 in the week five contest and the Titans covered the spread, winning by 13 in the Sunshine State. The two teams combined for 47 points, which coved the 43 1/2 over/under. Tennessee’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 43 1/2. Miami bounces back from last week and takes this one in the Sunshine State.

Buffalo (3-1) at Cincinnati (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC teams have a Sunday afternoon meeting along the banks of the Ohio River when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. Both clubs enter the contest with win under their belts last Sunday afternoon in week four play.

Buffalo knocked Atlanta out of the ranks of the unbeatens last Sunday in the Peach State, taking a 23-17 win over the Falcons last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bills trailed 10-7 at the break before rookie CB Tre’Davious White recovered a Matt Ryan fumble and returned it 52 yards for a TD. Atlanta challenged the call, saying that Matt Ryan’s arm was going forward and at best should have been ruled an incomplete pass. The powers that be saw things differently and the call on the field stood, giving Buffalo a 14-10 lead. K Stephen Hauschka would add the first of his three field goals to give the Bills a 17-10 lead.
That lead would not last long, as Ryan (242 yards) and WR Justin Hardy would tie things up with a 3-yard TD strike with seven minutes left in regulation.

Hauskcka was not finished, kicking a 56-yarder with 4:44 left to play and then nailing a 55-yarder with 3:06 left to play. Atlanta would eventually have one last drive in the contest and came as close as Buffalo’s 10-yard line before a pair of Ryan incompletions stopped the drive and gave the ball back to the Bills. Atlanta did outrush the Bills 149-117, while QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 182 yards and a TD, while being sacked three times. Buffalo was 6 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:45, while the Falcons ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:15, going 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Bengals got four TD passes from Andy Dalton last Sunday against Cleveland, breaking their three-game losing streak with a 31-7 win over the Browns last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, Cincy led 21-0 at the half and 31-0 at the end of the third quarter and were never threatened. The Browns’ only tally of the contest came with 1:54 left, when the outcome was already decided, as RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards, in addition to the four TDs. The Bengals were 6 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:02, while the Browns, who suffered their fourth loss in a row, went 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while holding the ball for 24:58.

Buffalo leads the series 16-12 and has outscored Cincinnati 691-619. Buffalo won the last meeting with the Bengals, taking a 16-12 win in Cincinnati last year (The Bengals’ last win over Buffalo came in Orchard Park in 2015 by a final of 34-21).

They met in week 11 at Paul Brown Stadium and the Bengals led 12-10 at the half before David Carpenter kicked a pair of field goals to put the Bills in the win column. Buffalo outrushed Cincinnati 183-93 and Tyrod Taylor threw for 166 yards, while Dalton threw for 207 yards with a pair of interceptions. Buffalo on third down tries went 3 for 12 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down tries) and the Bills kept the ball for 32:11, while the Bengals were 8 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 27:49.

Cincinnati was favored by 3 1/2 in the week 11 matchup and the Bills covered the spread, winning by four. As for the 46 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as both teams scored only 22 points. The Bengals were 3 1/2 point favorites in the contest along the shores of the Ohio River and the Bills covered the spread, winning by 4. The 46 1/2 over/under was untouched, as both clubs tallied only 28 points. Cincinnati’s favored by a field goal and the over/under’s 39. Could the Bengals make it two in a row? The oddmakers think so and so do we. Cincy wins but expect the Bills to make things closer than 3.

Jacksonville (2-2) at Pittsburgh (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC matchup in the Steel City.

The Jaguars fell to the New York Jets 23-20 in overtime at Met Life Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Jags and Jets were tied at 10-10 at the half before they would trailed 20-10 after the third quarter came to an end. Jacksonville would then go on to score ten points of their own in the final 15 minutes of action, with K Jason Myers kicking a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the contest. Jacksonville then failed in their first possession of overtime after winning the toss, which allowed the Jets to get the ball back.

New York used a 4-play, 2-yard drive that used only 70 seconds, which saw the Jets take the win when K Chandler Catanzaro connected on a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the extra period. New York’s Bilal Powell ran for 163 of his team’s 256 yards, while Jacksonville ran for 175 and Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, while New York’s Josh McCown threw for 224 yards with five sacks and an interceptions. Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:08, while the Jets, who kept the ball for 34:24, went 6 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh manhandled Baltimore 26-9 last Sunday in Charm City in an AFC North matchup. Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards in the win and LeVeon Bell rushed for 144 yards and a pair of TDs. Although they 19-0 at the half, Pittsburgh was outscored by the Ravens in the second half 9-7 but did manage to outrush the Ravens 173-82 and picked Joe Flacco (235 yards, four sacks) off twice. The Steelers on third down went 7 of 13 and held the ball for 35:29, while the Ravens were 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 24:31.

This series? Even at 11-11. Jaguars has outscored Pittsburgh 392-375 but the Steelers have won the last three meetings, including coming away with a 17-9 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while the Jaguars’ last win in the series came in 2007 in the Steel City by a final of 29-22. Pittsburgh’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. The Jaguars are a decent team but not quite great. Pittsburgh wins this one but expect Jacksonville to make it closer than the 8 1/2.

Arizona (2-2) at Philadelphia (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. The Desert Angry Birds head east to the City of Brotherly Love for an early afternoon contest with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arizona trailed 15-12 in overtime against San Francisco before Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 19-yard TD pass in Glendale last Sunday to take an 18-15 win over their NFC West rivals. Tied 6-6 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds trailed late in the fourth quarter before K Phil Dawson tied things up with a 32-yard field goal in regulation. San Francisco would win the toss to start the overtime and took the lead with 2:24 left in the extra period when Robbie Gould connected on a 23-yard field goal. The 49er lead would not last very long, as Arizona would use a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 1:52 of clock and ending with the winning score with 32 seconds left in the game. San Francisco did manage to outrush Arizona 95-51, while Palmer, despite being sacked six time,s threw for 357 yards and the game winning score. The 49ers’ Brian Hoyer threw for 234 yards in the loss and was sacked three times and picked off once. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down tries in the desert and kept the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth and held on to the ball for 33:13.

Philadelphia headed west last week and came out with a 26-24 over the Los Angeles Chargers on the Left Coast. Philadelphia led 16-10 at the intermission at Stub Hub Centre but the Chargers managed to make things close, trailing 19-17 with 13:42 left to play in the contest, then pulled to within seven with 6:44 left when Rivers and TE Hunter Henry connected on a 4-yard TD pass and that would be the closest that Los Angeles would get in the contest. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 214-58, with LeGarrette Blount doing most of the work, tallying 136 of those yards.

Including games that were played in Chicago and St. Louis when the Cardinals called those cities home, Arizona leads the series 57-54-5, while the Eagles have outscored Arizona 2,472-2,286. Arizona’s won the last two meetings, including a 40-17 win in Philly in 2015, while the Eagles’ last win in the series came in 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field by a final of 24-21.

Philadelphia’s favored by 6 1/2 at home and the over/under’s 45. Both numbers make sense. While this one’s not quite “DRILL WORTHY,” it’s worth your time. Philly covers 6 1/2 at home and takes the win.

Carolina (3-1) at Detroit (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of 3-1 teams meet in the Motor City as the Carolina Panthers travel to Detroit for an indoor meeting with the Detroit Lions.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers came from behind in Foxboro, coming away 33-30 winners at Gillette Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champs. New England led 17-16 at the half before Carolina roared back in the final 30 minutes of action. Carolina would eventually take a 23-16 lead with 2:47 left in the third when Newton tossed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Devin Funchess. Newton, who threw for 316 yards and three TDs, would later score from seven yards out with 12:58 left in regulation.

The Pats would eventually pull even when Tom Brady (307 yards, two TDs) and WR Danny Amendola connected on a 1-yard TD strike with 3:09 left. Carolina then went on to use that remaining 3:09, taking a 10-play, 46-yard drive that would send Pats fans home sad when Graham Gano, who missed an extra point earlier in the contest, booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired.
Carolina outrushed New England 140-80 and the Panthers were 6 of 9 on third down tries and held the ball for 28:53 (which included the final drive of the game), while the defending Super Bowl champs were 7 of 14 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:07.

Detroit used a Matt Prater field goal and a two-point conversion in the Twin Cities last Sunday to take a 14-7 win over Minnesota last Sunday. Minnesota led 7-3 at the half before the Lions scored their 11 points in the third quarter unchallenged. First, Prater connected on a 37-yard field goal try. Detroit would then take the lead for keeps when RB Ameer Abdullah scored from three yards out with 8 minutes left in the quarter. The Lions then went for two and it was Stafford (209 yards) and T.J. Jones connected on the successful try. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-87 and the Vikings’ Case Keenum threw for 219 yards at US Bank Stadium. Detroit was 3 of 13 on third down tries in the NFC North contest and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings clung to the pigskin for 23:33, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Carolina leads the series 5-2 and have outscored Detroit 171-143. Carolina’s last win in the series came in 2014 in the Tar Heel State by a 24-7 final, while Detroit’s last win came in 2011 by a final of 49-35 in the Motor City. The Lions are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 44. Carolina will make this one interesting but Detroit prevails at home and takes the win, even though they may not cover the 3.

New York Jets (2-2) at Cleveland (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A somewhat improved New York Jets team travels to upstate Ohio for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the winless Browns.

As for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, they needed overtime to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 at Met Life Stadium last Sunday afternoon. Tied at 10-10 at the half, GangGreen would leadd 20-10 after the third quarter came to an end. Jacksonville would then go on to score ten points of their own in the final 15 minutes of action, with K Jason Myers kicking a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the contest. Jacksonville then failed in their first possession of overtime after winning the toss, which allowed the Jets to get the ball back.

New York used a 4-play, 2-yard drive that used only 70 seconds, which saw the Jets take the win when K Chandler Catanzaro connected on a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the extra period. New York’s Bilal Powell ran for 163 of his team’s 256 yards, while Jacksonville ran for 175 and Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, while New York’s Josh McCown threw for 224 yards with five sacks and an interceptions. Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:08, while the Jets, who kept the ball for 34:24, went 6 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Browns were burned by four TD passes from Andy Dalton last Sunday against Cleveland, sending them to a four-game losing with a 31-7 loss last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, Cincy led 21-0 at the half and 31-0 at the end of the third quarter and were never threatened. The Browns’ only tally of the contest came with 1:54 left, when the outcome was already decided, as RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards, in addition to the four TDs. The Bengals were 6 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:02, while the Browns, who suffered their fourth loss in a row, went 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while holding the ball for 24:58.

Cleveland leads the series by a slim 12-11 margin and the Browns have outscored GangGreen 476-469. However… the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last four meetings, including a 31-28 victory last year (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2007 in the Meadowlands by a final of 24-18).

The week eight contest along the shores of Lake Erie saw the Browns blow a 20-7 lead at the intermission, allowing GangGreen to win the second half by outscoring the Browns 24-8 to take a 31-28 win. New York outrushed Cleveland 171-68 and while Josh McCown threw for 341 yards and a pair of TDs, he did suffer a sack and was picked off twice. Ryan Fitzpatrick led New York with 228 yards passing and Matt Forte led all rushers with 82 yards and a pair of TDs. GangGreen went 7 of 15 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:41, while the Browns, who held the ball for 26:19, went 8 of 16 on third down tries.

The Jets won by 3, allowing them to cover the 3-point spread exactly and both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under with 59 points. Cleveland’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 39. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Browns are looking to pick up their first win of the season. GangGreen’s looking to go over the .500 mark. GangGreen covers the 2 and wins on the shores of Lake Erie.

San Francisco (0-4) at Indianapolis (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of teams trying to restore some sembliance of order meetin the Hoosier State as the San Francisco 49ers search for their first win, coming to Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium for a meeting with the Colts.

San Francisco led 15-12 in overtime against Arizona before they saw that lead get away from them as Arizona QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 19-yard TD pass in Glendale last Sunday to take an 18-15 win over their NFC West rivals. Tied 6-6 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds trailed late in the fourth quarter before 49ers K Phil Dawson tied things up with a 32-yard field goal in regulation. San Francisco would win the toss to start the overtime and took the lead with 2:24 left in the extra period when Robbie Gould connected on a 23-yard field goal. The 49er lead would not last very long, as Arizona would use a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 1:52 of clock and ending with the winning score with 32 seconds left in the game. San Francisco did manage to outrush Arizona 95-51, while Palmer, despite being sacked six time,s threw for 357 yards and the game winning score. The 49ers’ Brian Hoyer threw for 234 yards in the loss and was sacked three times and picked off once. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down tries in the desert and kept the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth and held on to the ball for 33:13.

For the Colts, they let a 15-10 halftime lead against Seattle last Sunday night get away from them, as Indy would lose 46-18 in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle restored order in the final 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field, outscoring the Colts 36-3 in that frame. Seattle outrushed Indy 194-98, while Russell Wilson threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs and had a rushing TD of his own. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett, taking over for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 157 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off once. Seattle did quite well on third and fourth down, going 10 of 15 and 1 of 1 in both catagories and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Colts were 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48.

The Colts lead the series 25-18, which includes contests that took place when the Colts were in Baltimore and the 49ers played their home games in Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park and the Colts have outscored the 49ers 1,017-843. The Colts were 27-7 winners in their last meeting on the West Coast in 2013, while the 49ers’ last win over Indy came in 2001 in the Hoosier State by a final of 40-21.

Indy’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under 43. Both teams are better than their records indicate. You might want to take a pass on this one and watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on “Science Channel” (unless you’re a fan of either team… that Kari Byron is not only smart, she’s kinda cute!). Colts cover the 1 1/2 and win at home again in Indiana.

Seattle (2-2) at Los Angeles Rams (3-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. It’s an NFC West contest as Seattle makes the 1,137 mile trip down I-5 for a meeting with the first-place Rams in the Coliseum. Both teams enter the contest winning their last contest last Sunday.

Seattle chipped away at a 15-10 halftime deficit against Indianapolis last Sunday night and came away 46-18 winners in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. The Seahawks would restore order in the final 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field, outscoring the Colts 36-3 in that frame. Seattle outrushed Indy 194-98, while Wilson threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs and had a rushing TD of his own. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett, taking over for Andrew Luck, threw for 157 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off once. Seattle did quite well on third and fourth down, going 10 of 15 and 1 of 1 in both catagories and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Colts were 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48.

Los Angeles erased a 24-16 deficit at AT&T Stadium get away from them as the Rams came back to beat the Cowboys 35-30. Todd Gurley led all rushers with 121 yards in the comeback win, while Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot ran for 85 yards in a losing cause. (the Rams ran for 168, while Dallas tallied 189). Second-year QB Dak Prescott threw for 252 yards and three TDs (two sacks, interception) for Dallas, while Jarred Goff threw for 255 yards with a pair of TDs, connecting with Gurley on one of the tosses. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:28, while the Rams ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 30:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

Seattle leads the series 22-15 and the Seahawks have outscored the Rams 811-714 (which includes contests that were played in St. Louis). They split the two games in the series last year, each winning at home.

Meeting one… Los Angeles in week two. If you liked field goals, this was your game, as all the points came by way of the kickers. The Rams led 6-3 at the half in the Coliseum and came out on top 9-6. Greg Zuerlein and Stephen Hauschka accounted for all of the scoring in that meeting in Tinseltown and neither club breached the 100-yard barrier (Seattle outrushed Los Angeles 67-64) and Wilson threw for 254 yards, while Case Keenum threw for 239 (Keenum was sacked three times, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle was 4 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:03, while the Rams were 3 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 29:57.

Seattle got revenge in front of the home folks in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in their week 15 Thursday night contest at CenturyLink Field, holding the Rams to a 2nd quarter field goal by Zuerlien to take a 24-3 win. Leading 10-3 at the half, the Seahawks controlled the second half, scoring on a pair of Wilson TD passes to take the win. Seattle once again outrushed the Rams, tallying 72 yards on the ground to Los Angeles’ 47 and Wilson threw for 229 yards with the two TDS, while Jarred Goff threw for 135 yards and was sacked four times. The Seahawks on third down in the rematch did a little better job in Seattle than they did in Los Angeles, going 7 of 15 (they did find paydirt in their only fourth down conversion), while the Rams were once again 3 of 12 in the same catagory. Seattle ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:31, while the Rams kept it for 27:29.

In the week two contest in Los Angeles, there were only 12 points scores and the Rams barely missed the 6 1/2 point spread, winning by 6. Seattle did take care of business in the second meeting in the Pacific Northwest, winning by 21, allowing them to cover the 14-point spread. Neither club covered the 38 1/2 over/under in the second contest, as both teams scored only 27 points.

The Rams are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. While no one should sleep on the Rams, be mindful that the Seahawks are the defending NFC West champs. Seattle covers the 2 1/2 on the road and wins in Tinseltown.

Baltimore (2-2) at Oakland (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. The Silver and Black return home to square off against the Baltimore Ravens in a late afternoon (Eastern) contest in Oakland.

Baltimore was kept in check by Pittsburgh, losing to the Steelers 26-9 last Sunday in Charm City in an AFC North matchup. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards in the win and LeVeon Bell rushed for 144 yards and a pair of TDs. Although they 19-0 at the half, the Ravens did manage to outscore Pittsburgh in the second half by a 9-7 margin. Pittsburgh outrushed the Ravens 173-82 and picked Joe Flacco (235 yards, four sacks) off twice. The Steelers on third down went 7 of 13 and held the ball for 35:29, while the Ravens were 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 24:31.

Held to 24 yards on the ground last Sunday, the Raiders fell to Denver 16-10 at Sports Authority Field. The Raiders trailed 10-7 at the half before it became a battle of field goal kickers as Denver’s Brian McMannus kicked a pair of third qaurter field goals, while Giorgio Tavecchio, taking over for the injured Sebastian Janikowski, booted a 38 yarder to keep his team close. Denver rushed for 143 yards in the win at home, while Trevor Siemian threw for 179 yards and a TD (Siemian was sacked four times). The Denver defense then closed things out, stopping a late Raider drive that would have given Oakland the lead, when Justin Simmons picked off E.J. Manuel (106 yards), who took over for David Carr (back), who threw for 143 yards to take the win. Neither club did anything to write home about on third down tries…. Oakland went 2 of 12, while the Broncos were 5 of 16 (Oakland was 0 of 3 on fourth down tries) and Denver ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:57, while the Raiders held it for 27:03.

The Ravens lead the series 6-3 and have outscored the Silver and Black 237-158. Oakland has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 28-27 win in Charm City last year (Baltimore’s last win over Oakland came in 2009 in Oakland by a final of 21-13).

They met in week four in Charm City and the Raiders led 14-6 at the half before the Ravens stormed back to give Oakland fans a pre-Halloween scare in the second half. Baltimore outrushed Oakland 130-62 and Flacco threw for 298 yards and a TD, while Carr (199 yards) threw four TD passes, three of them to Michael Crabtree. Oakland was 3 of 12 on third down and held the ball for 25:16, while the Ravens, who kept the ball for 34:44, went 5 of 17 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

The week four contest in Charm City had Baltimore as a 3 1/2-point favorite and the Raiders came away with the 1-point win. Both teams did manage to break the 46 1/2 over/under by combining for 55 points. The Silver and Black are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 39. Both teams are coming off losses and both would like nothing more than to right their ships. Raiders just win, baby and cover the 2 1/2.

Green Bay (3-1) at Dallas (2-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. They met in the post-season last year. They meet again this year. Green Bay travels to Arlington for a late-afternoon contest with the Dallas Cowboys.

Green Bay made life miserable for Chicago at Lambeau last Thursday night, taking down the Bears 35-14. The Packers and Rodgers led 21-7 at the break and were never really challehged in the game. Rodgers threw for 179 yards and four TDs, two of them to Jordy Nelson, although Green Bay was held to 91 yards rushing, while Chicago came away with 103 yards. Green Bay went 7 of 14 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:09, while Chicago kept the pigskin for 31:51, going 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Dallas saw a 24-16 lead at AT&T Stadium get away from them as the Cowboys would fall to the Los Angeles Rams 35-30. Elliot ran for 85 of the Cowboys’ 189 in the loss with a pair of TDs, while Todd Gurley ran amok, leading all rushers with 121 yards in the win (the Rams ran for 168). Second-year QB Dak Prescott threw for 252 yards and three TDs (two sacks, interception) for Dallas, while Jarred Goff threw for 255 yards with a pair of TDs, connecting with Gurley on one of the tosses. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:28, while the Rams ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 30:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

Green Bay leads the series 14-13 and the Packers have outscored Dallas 620-575. They met twice, once in the regular season and then again in the post-season.

Meeting one… week 6… Lambeau. Prescott threw for 247 yards and three TD passes, two to Cole Beasley, as Dallas came away 30-16 winners. Dallas led 17-6 at the break and never looked back, outrushing Green Bay 191-78 (Elliot accounted for 157 of those yards), while Rodgers threw for 294 yards and a TD with an interception. Dallas was 3 of 11 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Packers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:10, going 7 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

That was the first meeting.

The second, you ask?

The Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs. Dallas was the number one seed, while Green Bay was the fourth seed. The site? Arlington. Green Bay led 21-13 at the break, then held off a Dallas rally in the second half and came out 34- 31 winners to advance to the NFC Championship Game and a date in Atlanta. Leading 28-13 at the end of three quarters, Dallas stormed back to tie things up in the final quarter of play and Prescott connected with Jason Witten and Dez Bryant on TD passes (Prescott also scored on a 2-point try) and a 52-yard field goal by Dan Bailey with 35 seconds left. The tie would not last long as Green Bay would use all the 35 seconds left in the contest, when Rodgers threw a deep pass to Jeff Cook for 32 yards. Cook then ran out of bounds at the Cowboys’ 32-yard line. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld. Mason Crosby then put an end to the 6-play, 43-yard drive, kicking the game winner as the clock struck :00. Elliot again led all rushers with 125 yards, as the Cowboys again outrushed Green Bay 138-87 and both Prescott (302 yards) and Rodgers (356 yards, two TDS) threw for over 300 yards in the contest. Both teams were 6 of 11 on third down conversions and Green Bay kept the ball for 29:46, while Dallas had the ball for 30:14.

Green Bay was favored by 4 1/2 in the week six contest and Dallas covered the spread, winning by 14. The 47 1/2 over/under was just missed, as both teams scored 46 points. In the Divisional round, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 but the Packers would win by 3 in the Lone Star State. Green Bay and Dallas did manage to take care of the 52 over/under, tallying 65 points.

Saying that this one is not “DRILL WORTHY” is like saying Wile Coyote likes to fall off cliffs. This one’s “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 Co stco 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?”

Dallas is favored by 2 and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Could they meet again in the postseason? It could happen. If history has a way of repeating itself, then Green Bay’s in good shape. Packers pull the upset in the Lone Star State and covers the 2 on the road with the win.

Kansas City (4-0) at Houston (2-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of rookies meet in the Lone Star State at Kareem Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson at NRG Stadium.

Kansas City erased a 10-7 deficit against Washington last Monday evening at Arrowhead and came away 29-20 winners to remain unbeaten. Hugh Butker kikcked three field goals and QB Alex Smith (293 yards) and TE Travis Kelce connected on a TD pass (Smith had a rushing TD), while Hunt ran for 101 yards in the contest. Kansas City outrushed the Redskins 168-111 in the come from behind win that ended when LB Justin Houston picked up a Kirk Cousins (220 yards, two TDs) fumble and retured it for a TD as the clock struck :00. Kansas City went 8 of 13 on third down tries and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 37:09, while the Redskins were 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 22:51.

Houston last Sunday manhandled the Titans 57-14 at NRG Stadium last Sunday. The Texans led from start to finish in the AFC South contest at NRG Stadium, leading 30-14 at the half and then score their final 27 points of the contest unchallenged. Tennessee was outrushed 173-86 and Mariota threw for only 96 yards with a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, Watson threw for 283 yards and four TDs through the air and had a rushing TD of his own as his defense forced five Titan turnovers in the Lone Star State. Tennessee went 2 of 8 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 20:19, while the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:41, while going 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The series between the Chiefs and Texans? Tied 4-4 and the Chiefs have outscored the Texans 198-165. Houston won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 19-12 win in the Lone Star State last year (Kansas City’s last regular season win came in 2015, when they won 27-20 in Houston).

In that week two contest in Houston, the Texans used four Nick Novak goals in the contest, with the only TD for either team coming in the first quarter of play when Brock Osweiler and Dereck Hopkins connected on a 27-yard TD pass to open the scoring. Houston led 13-3 at the break, although Kansas City ruled the roost in the second half and outscored the Texans 9-6. Kansas City outrushed Houston 119-97, while Osweiler accounted for the game’s only TD pass, throwing for 268 yards, while Smtih threw for 186 with four sacks. Houston went 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:59, while the Chiefs, who kept the ball for 26:01, went 3 of 14 on third down conversions.

Houston covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 7 in the week two contest. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? It was safe, as both teams merged for only 31 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as a 1-point road favorite and the over/under’s 47. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Is this one “DRILL WORTHY?” There’s nothing that says you can’t have two “DRILL WORTHY” games (just be sure to follow the instructions from the Green Bay-Dallas game). Kansas City’s the last team standing that’s unbeaten. Houston would like to knock the Chiefs from that perch. Houston pulls the upset and takes the win at home, covering the 1.

Minnesota (2-2) at Chicago (1-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week five concludes in the Windy City as a pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman would say) meet at Soldier Field on Monday night. Both teams played conference rivals last week and both teams took losses.

Minnesota let a 7-3 halftime lead against Detroit get away from them as the Lions used a Matt Prater field goal and a two-point conversion in the Twin Cities last Sunday to fall 14-7 last Sunday. Minnesota led at the half before the Lions scored their 11 points in the third quarter unchallenged. First, Prater connected on a 37-yard field goal try. Detroit would then take the lead for keeps when RB Ameer Abdullah scored from three yards out with 8 minutes left in the quarter. The Lions then went for two and it was Stafford (209 yards) and T.J. Jones connected on the successful try. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-87 and the Vikings’ Case Keenum threw for 219 yards at US Bank Stadium. Detroit was 3 of 13 on third down tries in the NFC North contest and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings clung to the pigskin for 23:33, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Chicago struggled against NFC North opponent Green Bay last Thursday night at Lambeau and fell to the Packers 35-14. Chicago trailed 21-7 at the break and could never get on track as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 179 yards and four TDs, two of them to Jordy Nelson. It was also an equally frustrating night for Chicago as LB Danny Trevathan was flagged for a late hit on Nelson in the contest. Trevathan would later be fined and suspended by the league without pay for two games (that suspension would later be dropped to one game). Trevathan will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster next week. The one bright spot was that Da Bears held Green Bay held to 91 yards rushing, while Chicago came away with 103 yards. Green Bay went 7 of 14 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:09, while Chicago kept the pigskin for 31:51, going 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 58-51-2 and the Vikings have outscored Chicago 2,341-2,154. They split the two meetings last year, with both teams winning in their home facility.

First meeting… week 8 in the Windy City. While Chicago was getting ready to celebrate the Cubs winning the World Series, Da Bears took down Minnesota 20-10 at Soldier Field. Chicago led 13-3 at t he half, holding Minnesota to 57 yards rushing, while they tallied 158 (Chicago’s Jordan Howard led all rushers with 153 yards and a TD). Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a TD pass, while Minnesota’s Sam Bradford was sacked five times, while throwing for 228 yards and a TD. Chicago went 7 of 14 on third down tries in the Windy City and keot the ball for 32:41, while the Vikings held on to the ball for 27:19, going 2 of 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Meeting number two… week 17 in the Twin Cities. With both teams out of the playoff picture, Chicago and Minnesota were basically playing with house money in the season finale and the Vikings got revenge from their week 8 loss, taking a 38-10 win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota led 24-10 at the break and scored their final 14 points of the contest unchallenged. Chicago outrushed Minnesota again in the second meeting, tallying 183, while the Vikes tallied 124 and once again, Howard was front and center in this one, rushing for 135 in a losing effort. Bradford threw for 250 yards in the win at US Bank Stadium, tossing three TDs. In the second meeting, it was the Vikings that did well on third down tries, going 6 of 12 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down), while Chicago was 2 of 9 third down wise (1 of 2 on fourth down). Minnesota ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:12, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 29:48.

On Monday night, both teams are below the .500 mark all time. Minnesota? 27-31 (they played two games last year in prime time and split the two contests. Da Bears? 30-37 (they too played two games and like the Vikings, split the two contests).

The week eight contest was a Monday night game and the Vikings were favored by 5 1/2. Da Bears covered the 5 1/2, winning by 10. However, the 41 over/under was safe and sound as both teams combined for 30 points. Minnesota covered the 5-point spread in the season finale in the Twin Cities and both teams covered the 41 over/under with 48 points. Minnesota’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 40. While it’s not exactly a great game to watch, it may well be worth your time. That means you might want to tape “Scorpion” this week. Minnesota covers the 2 1/2 in the Windy City and beats Da Bears on Da Road.

 

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