Four weeks gone.

13 to go.

The NFL heads into the second quarter of the regular season after an exciting Week 4 which saw seven games decided by three points or fewer, including three games in overtime. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the 2018 season, joining the 1979, 1983 and 2002 seasons as the only campaigns to feature at least one overtime game in each of its first four weeks since the regular-season overtime rule was adopted in 1974.

Five teams – Dallas, Houston, Oakland, Seattle at Tennessee – all pulled rabbits out of their hats and scored game-winning points on the final play of their respective contests last week. Additionally, Cincinnati scored a go-ahead touchdown with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals a 37-36 win over Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last week. This is the first time since Week 3 of the 2012 season (six) that at least six games had the game-winning points scored in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Close games and high-powered offenses have highlighted a thrilling first four weeks. Week 5 promises more of the same.

Two of the NFL’s all-time greats at the quarterback position – New England’s TOM BRADY and New Orleans’ Drew Brees – enter Week 5 with their eyes on history.

With 201 passing yards on Monday night against Washington, Brees (71,740 passing yards) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (71,838) and Peyton Manning (71,940) to become the NFL’s all-time leading passer. In Week 3, Brees (6,344 completions) passed Favre (6,300) for the most completions in league annals.

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (71,740)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady, who ranks third in NFL history with 500 career touchdown passes and Brees, whose 496 touchdown passes are the fourth-most in league history, can become the third and fourth quarterbacks to throw for at least 500 career touchdown passes, joining Manning (539) and Favre (508). Brady reached the milestone Thursday night in their win over Indianapolis at Gillette Stadium.

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Tom Brady – New England (500)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (496)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Through Week 4, passing figures league-wide continue to trend at historic rates, as the marks for completions (2,999), completion percentage (65.4 percent), net passing yards (32,215), touchdown passes (228) and passer rating (94.5) are all the highest in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

SEASON – COMPLETIONS
2018 – 2,999
2016 – 2,903

SEASON – COMPLETION PCT.
2018 – 65.4
2014 – 64.3

SEASON – TD PASSES
2018 – 228
2013 – 205

SEASON – NET PASSING YARDS
2018 – 32,215
2016 – 31,616

SEASON – RATING
2018 – 94.5
2014 – 91.5

Veteran signal callers and young quarterbacks on the rise have been performing at a high level from the onset this season.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisbergers, in his 15th season, leads the NFL with 1,414 passing yards, while Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, who is in his third season, ranks second with 1,406 yards. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who has made five career starts, leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes through Week 4 with Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatick, Goff and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers tied for second with 11 touchdown passes apiece. Goff (127.3) and Mahomes (126.5) rank first and second, respectively, in passer rating this season with Brees (115.3) following closely behind.

Collectively, 11 quarterbacks have thrown for at least 1,200 yards through Week 4, the most in league history through the first four weeks of a season, surpassing the previous high of seven in 2011. Five quarterbacks – Goff (465 passing yards), Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (464), Oakland’s Derek Carr (437), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins (422) and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (419) – passed for at least 400 yards last week. There have been 12 individual performances with at least 400 passing yards this season, the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a sea­son. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 were the most in a single week in league annals.

Seven quarterbacks have thrown at least 10 touchdown passes in the first four weeks of the 2018 season, the most in league annals through Week 4. No other season has featured more than four such QBs through Week 4. Ten quarterbacks have a passer rating of at least 100 (minimum 80 attempts), tied with the 2015 season for the most through the first four weeks of a season in NFL history.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK FIVE

RECORD-SETTING SCORING & CLOSE GAMES: Through Week 4, league-wide scoring continues to trend at a historic rate, as the totals for points scored (3,030), touchdowns (344) and touchdown passes (228) are all the highest in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

SEASON – POINTS SCORED
2018 – 3,030
2012 – 2,986

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2018 – 344
2015 – 332

SEASON – TOUCHDOWN PASSES
2018 – 228
2013 – 205

While scoring has been up across the league, the games have remained as competitive as ever.

The average margin of victory has been 9.90 points per game, a mark that would be the lowest in a full season in 86 years, since the NFL record was set in 1932 (9.13).

38 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the most in league history through Week 4.

45 games have been within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in league annals through Week 4. In other words, DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL!

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 71,740 yards during his 18-year NFL career.

With 201 passing yards against the Redskins Monday evening, Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (71,838) and Peyton Manning (71,940) for the most passing yards in league annals.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (71,740
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

New England quarterback Tom Brady ranks third in NFL history with 500 career touchdown passes and defeated Indianapolis Thursday night in Foxobor. Brady and Brees, who ranks fourth with 500 career touchdown passes, joined Manning (539) and Favre (508) as the only players in NFL history to throw 500 career touchdown passes.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Tom Brady – New England (500)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (496)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GREATEST SHOW ON SURF: The Los Angeles are 4-0 for the first time since 2001 and have scored at least 30 points in each of their first four games of the 2018 season.

With at least 30 points at Seattle Sunday, the Rams would become the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.

The teams with the most consecutive games of at least 30 points to start a season in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 30+ POINTS TO START SEASON)
Denver (2013, 8)#
New England (2007 – 8)#
St. Louis Rams (2000 – 8)
New England (2011 -5)#
Los Angeles Rams (2018 – 4)*
*Active streak
#Advanced to Super Bowl

The Rams, who have at least 500 net yards of offense in each of their past two games, can join the San Diego Chargers (1982) and San Francisco (1998) as the only teams in NFL history with three consecutive games with at least 500 net yards of offense within a single season.

The teams with at least 500 net yards of offense in three consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 500+ NET YARDS OF OFFENSE)
San Diego Chargers (1982 – 3)
San Francisco (1998 – 3)
Los Angeles Rams (2018 – 2)*
*Active streak

ON TARGET: Kansas City quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes passed for 304 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ Week 4 victory over Denver.

Mahomes, who has a league-leading 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions this season, needs two touchdown passes without an interception against Jacksonville at Arrowhead to become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 16 touchdown passes without an interception to begin a season.

The players with the most touchdown passes without an interception to start a
season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TD PASSES WITHOUT INT TO START SEASON)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013, 20)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia (2013, 19)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 18)
Milt Plum, Cleveland (1960, 16)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018, 14)*
*Active streak

MORE THAN A THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen recorded eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 and has at least 100 receiving yards in each of the Vikings’ first four games of the season.

Thielen needs 100 receiving yards at Philadelphia on Sunday to become the third player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first five games to start a season.

The players with the most consecutive team games of at least 100 receiving yards to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE TEAM GAMES WITH 100+ RECIEVING YARDS TO BEGIN SEASON)
Charley Hennigan, Houston Oilers (1961, 7)
Bob Boyd, Los Angeles Rams (1954, 5)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2018, 4)*
*Active streak

CATCHING UP WITH JULIO: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones has 614 receptions for 9,556 yards and 43 touchdowns in 99 career games.

Jones, who already holds the record for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 100 career games, needs nine catches on Sunday at Pittsburgh at Heinz Field to surpass Antonio Brown (622) for the most receptions by a player in first 100 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RECEPTIONS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (622)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona and Baltimore (614)
Julio Jones – Atlanta (614)*
*In 99 career games

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (9,556)*
Lance Alworth, San Diego (9,019)^
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (8,740)
*In 99 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

NUMBERS GAME: Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott has 3,040 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns in 29 career games.

Elliott, who leads the NFL with 426 rushing yards in 2018, needs one rushing touchdown on Sunday night at Houston to become the sixth player in league annals with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games.

The players with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games in league annals:

PLAYER – TEAM (RUSHING YARDS/RUSHING TDS)
Jim Brown – Cleveland (3,206/34)^
Earl Campbell – Houston Oilers (3,013/31)^
Clinton Portis – Denver and Washington (3,247/30)
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams (3,600/29)^
Edgerrin James – Indianapolis (3,022/26)
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas (3,040/24)*
*In 29 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Three games – Houston’s 37-34 win at Indianapolis, Tennessee’s 26-23 win against Philadelphia and Oakland’s 45-42 victory over Cleveland – were decided in overtime this week.

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the 2018 season, joining the 1979, 1983 and 2002 seasons as the only campaigns to feature at least one overtime game in each of its first four weeks.

•Five quarterbacks – the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff (465 passing yards), Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (464), Oakland’s Derek Carr (437), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins (422) and Atlanta’s Matt RyanN (419) – passed for at least 400 yards this week.

With two games remaining in Week 4, there have been 12 individual performances with at least 400 passing yards this season, the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 are the most in a single week in league annals.

•Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 354 yards and six touchdown passes with no interceptions for a 154.6 passer rating in the Bears’ 48-10 win over Tampa Bay.

Trubisky threw five first-half touchdown passes to five different receivers – Josh Bellamy, Trey Burton, Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson – and became the second quarterback in league history to throw at least five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half of a single game. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half against the Bears on November 9, 2014.

Trubisky, who threw for 289 yards and rushed for 53 yards in the first half, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (December 23, 1991) and Michael Vick (November 15, 2010) as the only players since 1991 with at least 250 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in the first half of a single game.​

•Houston defensive end J.J. Watt recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Texans’ 37-34 overtime victory at Indianapolis.

Watt, who played his 92nd career game Sunday, has 23 games with at least two sacks, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent (23) for the second-most games with at least two sacks by a player in his first 100 career games since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White (29) has more such games in his first 100 career games.

Texans kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn converted three field goals, including both a game-tying 29-yard field goal and game-winning 37-yarder in overtime. Fairbairn is the third kicker to convert both a game-tying and game-winning field goal in overtime since the overtime-rule modification in 2012, joining Graham Gano (November 2, 2015 vs. Indianapolis) and Cairo Santos  (November 27, 2016 vs. Denver).

Houston rookie wide receiver Keke Coutee had 11 catches in his NFL debut today, the second-most in league history by a player in his first-career game. Only the Houston Oilers’ Sid Blanks (13 catches on September 12, 1964) had more catches in an NFL debut.

•New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 274 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 94.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 38-7 victory over Miami.

With his 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corradelle Patterson in the second quarter, Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass to 70 different receivers in his career, tied with Vinny Testaverde (70) for the most by a player NFL history.

•Colts quarterback Andrew Luck passed for a career-high 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.5 passer rating and kicker Adam Vinatieri converted two field goals in the Colts’ overtime loss to Houston.

Luck became the 11th quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 450 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a single game – and the second quarterback to accomplish the feat this week, joining Rams’ quarterback JARED GOFF, who passed for 465 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions against Minnesota on Thursday. Goff and Luck are the first pair of quarterbacks in league history to accomplish the feat in the same week.

Vinatieri, who has 567 career field goals, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (565) for the most converted field goals in NFL history.

•Other notable highlights from Sunday’s action include:

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton connected on a go-ahead 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Green with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals a 37-36 victory at Atlanta.

This is the second time in franchise history that the Bengals recorded a game-winning touchdown pass with under 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the first since October 10, 1999.

◦Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott totaled a career-high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rushing, 88 receiving) and had a touchdown catch in the Cowboys’ 26-24 win over Detroit.

Elliott is the third player in franchise history to record at least 150 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (January 2, 1994) and Herschel Walker (November 15, 1987).

Elliott is the sixth player in league history to record at least 150 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in a winning effort and the first since the Rams’ Steven Jackson (December 24, 2006 vs. Washington).

◦Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had nine catches for 173 yards and rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley had two touchdown receptions in the Falcons’ loss to Cincinnati.

Jones, who appeared in his 99th career game Sunday, has 41 games with at least 100 receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (40) for the most 100-yard receiving games in a player’s first 100 career games in NFL history.

Ridley has six touchdown catches in the Falcons’ first four games of 2018, the most by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season. Prior to Ridley, only Green Bay’s Billy Howton (1952) had at least five touchdown catches in his team’s first four games of a season.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass in the Giants’ loss to New Orleans.

Manning has 343 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342) for the seventh-most touchdown passes in league history.

◦Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 250 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 97.2 passer rating in the Chargers’ 29-27 win over San Francisco.

Rivers has 51,504 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

Week 5 kicked off Thursday night as New England held off Indianapolis and concludes in the Big Easy as Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints host Washington on Monday night in prime time. This week’s action also features the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs hosting Jacksonville, the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams traveling to Seattle for an NFC West contest in the Pacific Northwest, a rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship game as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Minnesota Vikings in the City of Brotherly Love and the Sunday night contest is a Lone Star State battle as the Houston Texans host Dallas at NRG Stadium on Sunday night.

As for last week? 10-6. For the season? 34-24, not bad at all. Carolina and Washington return to action from their byes last week, while Tampa Bay and Da Bears are off this week. Here are week five’s Sunday and Monday picks.

ATLANTA (1-3) at Pittsburgh (1-2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Sunday action in week five opens in the Steel City as the Atlanta Falcons travel to the Steel City for a showdown with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both team enter the Sunday intraconference contest at Heinz Field with losses at home from last week under their respective belts.

The Falcons found themselves in a shootuout with Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday afternoon and came out on the short end of a 37-36 final. Atlanta trailed 28-24 at the break, then chipped away at the Bengals, using a pair of Matt Bryant field goals before taking the lead when Matt Ryan and WR Calvin Ridley connected on their second TD toss of the day to take a 33-28 lead with 14:25 left in regulation. Cincinnati would pull to within two when Randy Bullock connected on a 36-yard field goal and Bryant would respond with a 32-yard try of his own, giving the Falcons a 36-31 lead with 4:15 left in regulation. The Bengals would get the ball back and aided by a pair of Atlanta penalties, used a 16-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:08 and ended with Andy Dalton throwing a 13-yard TD pass to WR A.J. Green to seal Atlanta’s fate. The Bengals outrushed Atlanta 99-92, with Ryan throwing for 419 yards, while Dalton threw for 337 (each man threw three TDs and each was sacked three times with no interceptions). The Bengals were 7 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:38, while the Falcons were 11 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 29:22.

Pittsburgh saw Baltimore K Jeff Tucker connect on four second half field goals to break a 14-14 tie at Heinz Field last Sunday night and drop a 26-14 decision to the Ravens. The Steelers were held to a dismal season-low 19 yards of rushing, while the Ravens tallied 96, with Roethlisberger throwing for 274 yards and a TD to WR Antonio Brown, while Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco was sacked twice, Roethlisberger was sacked once and threw an interception). Pittsburgh was a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:57, while the Ravens were ball hawks, holding the pigskin for 35:03, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Steelers lead the series 13-2-1, have outscored the Falcons 479-303 and have won the last two meetings, including taking a 27-20 win in the Big Peach in 2014, while Atlanta’s last win in the series also came in Atlanta by a final of 41-38 in overtime in 2006. Pittsburgh’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 57 1/2. Both numbers sound reasonable and both teams would like to hit the reset button from last week. Atlanta pulls the road upset and covers the 3.

Tennessee (3-1) at Buffalo (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Fresh off an overtime win against the defending Super Bowl champs, the Tennessee Titans head to the shores of Lake Erie for a meeting with the Buffalo Bills in upstate New York.

The Bills were on the outside looking in against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers as they were shut out 22-0 at Lambeau Field last Sunday. Green Bay led 16-0 at the break and then used a pair of Mason Crosby field goals in the second half to seal Buffalo’s fate. While the Packers ran for 141 yards, they held the Bills to 58 yards and sacked QB Josh Allen (151 yards, two interceptions) seven times. Rodgers threw for 298 yards with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham to take the shutout win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. The Packers were 11 of 19 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:37, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 25:23, went 3 of 16 on third down conversions.

Tennessee broke the hearts of Eagles fans last Sunday in Nashville as the defending Super Bowl champs led 23-20 in overtime, only to see Tennessee score on a 10-yard TD pass from Marcus Mariota to WR Corey Davis to take a 26-23 win at Nissan Stadium. Philadelphia led 10-3 at the intermission and 17-10 at the end of three quarters before the Titans rallied in the fourth to take a 20-17 lead with 5:01 left in regulation before Philly’s Jake Elliott connected on a 30-yard field goal with 16 seconds left. Elliott would open the scoring in the overtime, booting a 37-yarder with 6:19 left in the extra period. Tennessee then used all but five seconds of available clock left, mounting a 16-play, 75-yard drive that took 6:14, ending with the Mariota to Davis connection for the game-winner. Philadelphia outrushed Tennessee 117-70 and Carson Wentz threw for 348 yards, while Mariota tallied 344 (both men threw a pair of TDs, Wentz was sacked four times and Mariota sacked three times with an interception). Tennessee was 5 of 15 on third down (they were 3 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:30, while the Eagles were 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 34:25.

Including games played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and at old War Memorial Stadium, the Titans lead the series 27-15 and have outscored the Bills 924-815. Buffalo won the last meeting with Tennessee, taking a 14-13 win in the Music City in 2015, while the Titans’ last win came along the shores of Lake Erie in 2012 by a final of 35-34. Tennessee’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 38 1/2. Both numbers make a ton of sense. Tennessee makes it two in a row and covers the 3 with the win.

Miami (3-1) at Cincinnati (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of 3-1 teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River as Miami comes to Cincinnati for a meeting with Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Miami fell from the ranks of the unbeatens after their 38-7 loss to Tom Brady and New England at Foxboro last Sunday. The Patroits scored the first 38 points of the contest unchallenged and the Dolphins trailed 24-0 at thee intermission before finally tallying their lone score in the contest when Frank Gore and Brock Osweiler connected on a 6-yard TD toss with 2:42 left to play. Miami found themselves held to 56 yards rushing, while the Patroits would tally 175 of their own (with Sony Michel leading all rushers with 112 yards and a TD) and Brady throwing for 274 yards and a pair of TD passes. New England was 10 of 16 on third down and held on the ball for 36:22, while the Dolphins were 23:38 in time of possession, going 3 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Dalton and the Bengals found themselves in a slugfest last Sunday with Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday afternoon and they would have the final say, coming away 37-36 winners. Cincinnati led 28-24 at the break, then saw the Falcons chip away at the Bengals, using a pair of Matt Bryant field goals before taking the lead when Matt Ryan and WR Calvin Ridley connected on their second TD toss of the day to take a 33-28 lead with 14:25 left in regulation. Cincinnati would pull to within two when Randy Bullock connected on a 36-yard field goal and Bryant would respond with a 32-yard try of his own, giving the Falcons a 36-31 lead with 4:15 left in regulation. Cincinnati then got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff and aided by a pair of Atlanta penalties, used a 16-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:08 and ended with Andy Dalton throwing a 13-yard TD pass to WR A.J. Green to seal Atlanta’s fate. The Bengals outrushed Atlanta 99-92, with Ryan throwing for 419 yards, while Dalton threw for 337 (each man threw three TDs and each was sacked three times with no interceptions). The Bengals were 7 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:38, while the Falcons were 11 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 29:22.

Miami leads the series 15-6 (including games played at the old Orange Bowl and Riverfront Stadium) and the ‘Fins have outscored the Bengals 469-365. Cincy won the last meeting with Miami, taking a 22-7 win in Cincinnati in 2016, while Miami took matters into their own fins and came away 22-20 overtime winners in the Sunshine State in 2013. Cincinnati’s favored by 6 at home and the over/under’s 50. Both numbers sound reasonable and both could see action in the post-season. Bengals win at home in Cincy but expect the Dolphins to make things closer than the 6.

Baltimore (3-1) at Cleveland (1-2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC North rivals meet along the shores of Lake Erie as Baltimore travels to Cleveland for a contest with the Browns and rookie QB Baker Mayfield.

Baltimore got four second half field goals from K Jeff Tucker a 14-14 tie at Heinz Field last Sunday night to come away 26-14 winners against Pittburgh in an AFC North contest in the Steel City. Baltimore held the Steelers to 19 yards of rushing, while the Ravens tallied 96, with Roethlisberger throwing for 274 yards and a TD to WR Antonio Brown, while Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco was sacked twice, Roethlisberger was sacked once and threw an interception). Pittsburgh was a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:57, while the Ravens were ball hawks, holding the pigskin for 35:03, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Cleveland and Oakland went to a 42-42 tie with 30 seconds left in regulation when Derek Carr and TE Jared Cook connect on a 7-yard TD toss, then saw the Raiders take a 45-42 win in overtime on a 29-yard field goal by Mike McCrane. Cleveland led 17- 14 at the intermission in Mayfield’s first career NFL start, then had its biggest lead at 28-14 with 7:26 left in the 3rd before Oakland would take their first lead of the game with a 19-yard TD toss from Carr (437 yards, 3 sacks) to Jordy Nelson and McCrane would add a field goal for a six point lead with 10:46 left in regulation. Cleveland would not be denied, scoring twice on TD runs from Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb to reclaim the lead and give Browns fans hope of a second win in a row. Those hopes would be shattered thanks to the Carr-Cook combo and the McCrane game-winning field goal. Cleveland outrushed the Raiders 208-139, with Chubb rushing for 105 yards and a pair of TDs, while Raiders RB Mashawn Lynch ran for 130. (Both Mayfield and Carr threw a pair of interceptions; Mayfield accounted for a pair of TDs, Carr threw four; Mayfield was sacked twice, while Carr was sacked three times)

Baltimore leads the series 29-9, the Ravens have outscored Cleveland 892-562 and they have won the last five meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win over the Ravens came in 2015 in Charm City, when the Browns needed overtime to come away 33-30 winners).

Week two… first meeting… Charm City. Baltimore pulled out to a 21-7 lead at the break and came away with the 24-10 win. Baltimore outrushed Cleveland 136-93 and Flacco threw for 217 yards and a pair of TDs, while DeShone Kizer (who left the contest with an injury) threw for 182 yards with three interceptions and a pair of sacks (Kevin Hogan, who replaced Kizer, threw for 118 yards and a TD to TE David Njoku with an interception). Baltimore, who took advantage of five Cleveland turnovers (the Browns lost a fumble) went 4 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:24, while the Browns were 2 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 26:36.

Baltimore made it a clean sweep of the series and traveled to the shores of Lake Erie, taking a 27-10 win out of Cleveland. Leading 17-10 at the break in the week 15 contest at First Energy Field, Baltimore would go on to add 10 more second half points unchallenged for the win. Cleveland did outrush Baltimore 130-97 but Flacco burned Cleveland for 288 yards in the air with a TD, while Kizer threw for 146 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Browns, victimized by four turnovers, went 5 for 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 23:12, while the Ravens were 7 of 16 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:48.

The Ravens covered the 7 1/2-point spread in the week two contest, winning by 14 but the 40 1/2 over/under was intact, as both clubs merged for 34 points. In the week 15 contest, the Ravens’ 17-point win allowed them to cover the 7-point spread but neither team covered the 40 over/under, missing by 3. Baltimore may be on the road but the odds makers like them as 3 point favorites and the over/under’s 47. The Browns have played some pretty decent football of late and they have made some noise in the AFC North, however… Baltimore covers the 3 on the road and takes the win.

Jacksonville (3-1) at Kansas City (4-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of playoff teams from 2017 meet in the Show Me State as Jacksonville takes on the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.

Jacksonville bounced back from their first loss of the season as they manhandled the New York Jets 31-12 last Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Leading the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 16-0 at the intermission, the Jaguars would take control of the second half, keeping GangGreen at bay by outscoring them 15-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Jacksonville outrushed New York 126-34 and Blake Bortles burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 388 yards and a pair of TDs and an interception, while New York rookie QB Sam Darnold threw for 167 yards and a TD (Darnold was sacked three times, while Bortles was sacked twice). Jacksonville was 6 of 15 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:35, while GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 22:25.

Kansas City stayed in the ranks of the unbeatens as they rallied at Denver to beat the Broncos 27-23 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Chiefs trailed 13-10 at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Broncos 17-10, with the game-winning score coming with RB Kareem Hunt scoring from a yard out with 1:39 left to play. The winning score was part of an 8-play, 60-yard drive that used 2:56 of clock and saw Pat Mahomes throw a pass with his left hand. Although the Broncos outrushed Kansas City 159-142, Hunt led all rushers with 121 yards and the game-winning TD. As for Mahomes, he threw for 304 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce, while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 245 yards and an interception (Keenum was sacked four times, while Mahomes was sacked once.) While the Chiefs were 7 of 15 on third down tries, they were 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions and held the ball for 35:02, while Denver kept the pigskin for 24:58, going 2 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

While Jacksonville leads the series 6-5, the Chiefs have outscored the Jaguars 240-223 and have taken wins in the last three contests, including a 19-14 win at Arrowhead in 2016, while Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in 2009 in the Sunshine State by a final of 24-21. Kansas City’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 48. Jacksonville’s pretty good but the Chiefs are better. Kansas City covers the 3 and wins in the Show Me State.

Denver (2-2) at New York Jets (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of old AFC rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Denver comes east to take on the New York Jets in the Meadowlands with both clubs taking losses in last week’s action.

Kansas City held off Denver as the Chiefs went on to beat the Broncos 27-23 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Chiefs trailed 13-10 at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Broncos 17-10, with the game-winning score coming with RB Kareem Hunt scoring from a yard out with 1:39 left to play. The winning score was part of an 8-play, 60-yard drive that used 2:56 of clock and saw Pat Mahomes throw a pass with his left hand. Although the Broncos outrushed Kansas City 159-142, Hunt led all rushers with 121 yards and the game-winning TD. As for Mahomes, he threw for 304 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce, while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 245 yards and an interception (Keenum was sacked four times, while Mahomes was sacked once.) While the Chiefs were 7 of 15 on third down tries, they were 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions and held the ball for 35:02, while Denver kept the pigskin for 24:58, going 2 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The Jets were taken to task by Jacksonville last Sunday in the Sunshine State, as the Jagaurs took a 31-12 win last Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! trailed 16-0 at the intermission and the Jaguars would take control of the second half, keeping GangGreen at bay by outscoring them 15-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Jacksonville outrushed New York 126-34 and Blake Bortles burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 388 yards and a pair of TDs and an interception, while New York rookie QB Sam Darnold threw for 167 yards and a TD (Darnold was sacked three times, while Bortles was sacked twice). Jacksonville was 6 of 15 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:35, while GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 22:25.

The Broncos lead the series 19-15-1 (including contests that were played when the Jets were known as the Titans and the Jets played their home games at Shea Stadium), they have outscored the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 854-731 and have won the last three meetings, including a 23-0 win last year in the Mile High City (GangGreen’s last win over the Broncos came in 2010 in Denver by a final of 24-20)

Denver pulled out to a 13-0 lead at the break, then scored their final 10 points of the contest unchallenged to take the win in the Rocky Mountains in week 14. Trevor Siemian threw for 200 yards and a TD to WR Demaryius Thomas, while the Broncos outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 84-59 in the shutout win (the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 46 yards with four sacks and an interception). Denver was 7 of 17 on third down (the Broncos were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 37:35, while the Jets were 3 of 13, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 22:25.

While the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 1 1/2, Denver easily covered with the 23-point win but neither club touched the 41 over/under, as Denver scored all 23 points in the contest. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are favored by a mere two points with the over/under at 43 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams have either been hot or cold. We wouldn’t blame you if you took a pass on this one and did that pre-Christmas shopping done. GangGreen covers the 2 and wins in the Meadowlands.

New York Giants (1-3) at Carolina (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Eli Manning vs. Cam Newton. A pair of superstar QBs square off in the Tar Heel State at the Giants square off against the Carolina Panthers.

The Giants enter Sunday’s contest at Bank of America Stadium with a 33-18 loss to New Orleans under their belts. Leading 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Giants saw that lead get away from them as Saints K Will Lutz kicked four field goals in the second to take a 12-7 lead at the intermission. Big Blue would eventually pull themselves to within eight with 3:44 left to play when rookie RB Sequan Barkley scored from a yard out. New Orleans, who outrushed the Giants 170-65, would seal the deal for themselves and seal New York’s fate when Alvin Kamara (134 yards to lead all rushers) scored his third TD of the contest with 2:06 left. Manning threw for 255 yards and a TD to Sterling Shepherd, while Saints signal called Drew Brees threw for 217 yards (Manning was sacked three times, Brees sacked once). The Saints were 5 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31 minutes, while the Giants kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 of 10 on third down tries in the Meadowlands.

Carolina comes back to action after their bye week. Before they went on their week-long break, the Panthers manhandled Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals 31-21 at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina and Newton led 21-14 at the intermission, then went on to outscore the Bengals 10-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Newton threw for 150 yards and a pair of TDs, while teammate Collin McCafferty ran for 184 yards (Carolina outrushed the Bengals 230-66) for the win (Dalton threw for 352 yards with a pair of TDs, four interceptions and a pair of sacks). Carolina was 6 of 13 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 33:55, while the Bengals kept the pigskin for 26:05, going 4 of 10 on third down conversions.

Carolina leads the series 5-4 and have outscored Big Blue 247-213, winning their last meeting, taking a 38-35 win in the Meadowlands in 2015, while the Giants’ last win over the Panthers came in 2012 in the Tar Heel State by a final of 36-7. Carolina’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Panthers are finer in Carolina and win this one but Giants make it closer than 7.

Green Bay (2-1-1) at Detroit (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. An NFC North rivalry almost as old as football itself draws life in the Motor City as the Matthew Stafford-led Lions host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field.

Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers shut down and shut out Buffalo 22-0 at Lambeau Field last Sunday. The Packers scored all of their points in the contest without a challenge and led 16-0 at the break before using a pair of Mason Crosby field goals in the second half to seal Buffalo’s fate. The Packers outrushed Buffalo 141-58 yards, sacked QB Josh Allen (151 yards, two interceptions) seven times, while Rodgers threw for 298 yards with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham to take the shutout win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. The Packers were 11 of 19 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:37, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 25:23, went 3 of 16 on third down conversions.

Detroit dropped a 26-24 heartbreaker at Dallas last Sunday in the final seconds at AT&T Stadium. Dallas led 13-10 at the intermisson before Stafford and the Lions chipped away at the lead, eventually leading 24-23 with 2:17 left when Stafford and WR Golden Tate connected on a 38-yard TD pass. Dallas would then use all of the 2:17 that was available to them, driving 55 yards in nine plays and using a pass play from Dak Prescott (255 yards, two TDs) to RB Ezekiel Elliott to set up a 38-yard field goal by Brett Maher as time expired. Elliott rushed for 152 yards in the thriller at Jerry World as Dallas outrushed the Lions 183-96, while Stafford threw for 307 yards and a pair of TDs (both to Tate). Detroit was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:55, while the Cowboys were 5 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:05, including the final 2:17 of the contest.

Including games played at Tiger Stadium, the Silverdome and Milwaukee County Stadium, the Packers lead the series 98-70-7 and have outscored the Lions 3,714-3,230. However… the Lions swept the series last year, taking wins in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and in the Motor City (Green Bay’s last win in the series came in 2016, when they took a 31-24 win in the Motor City).

Round one… week nine at Lambeau. The Rodgers-less Packers trailed Detroit 14-3 at the intermisson and took a 30-17 in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. Although Green Bay outrushed Detroit 78-64, Stafford burned the Packers for 361 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brock Hundley threw for 245 yards with three sacks. The Lions were 8 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 36:55, while the Packers were 2 of 9 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the pigskin for 23:05.

That was round one.

Round two?

Week 17 in the Motor City and the Lions made it a sweep of the series and took the 35-11 win at Ford Field in the season finale for both clubs. Detroit led 20-3 at the break and never looked back to take the series. As was the case in the first game, Green Bay outrushed Detroit 103-51 but Stafford burned the Packers for 323 yards and three TDs, while Hundley threw for 172 with a TD, four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Third down tries? Green Bay was 4 of 14 (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down), while the Lions were 4 of 12 and the clock was on the side of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:47 to Detroit’s 28:13.

Detroit’s 13-point win at Lambeau Field allowed them to cover the 2 1/2-point spread and both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under in the Monday night affair, tallying 47 points. Detroit also covered the spread in the week 17 contest, winning by 24 (they were favored by 7) and as was the case in the first meeting, the Lions and Packers covered the over/under (43) with 46 points. The oddsmakers in Vegas like the Packers as 1 1/2 point favorites in the Motor City with a 51 over/under. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Green Bay gets revenge on their NFC North rivals and covers the 1 1/2 with the win on the road.

Oakland (1-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. It’s another round of an AFC West rivalry that has seen action in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. The Raiders make the 372-mile trip to southern California for a meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers at Stub Hub Center.

Oakland went to a 42-42 tie with 30 seconds left in regulation with Cleveland last Sunday when Derek Carr and TE Jared Cook connect on a 7-yard TD toss, then take a 45-42 win in overtime on a 29-yard field goal by Mike McCrane. The visiting Browns led 17-14 at the intermission in Mayfield’s first career NFL start, then had its biggest lead at 28-14 with 7:26 left in the 3rd before Oakland, who would give head coach Jon Gruden his first win as a head coach since 2001, would take their first lead of the game with a 19-yard TD toss from Carr (437 yards, 3 sacks) to Jordy Nelson and McCrane would add a field goal for a six point lead with 10:46 left in regulation. Cleveland would not be denied, scoring twice on TD runs from Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb to reclaim the lead and give Browns fans hope of a second win in a row. Those hopes would be shattered thanks to the Carr-Cook combo and the McCrane game-winning field goal. Cleveland outrushed the Raiders 208-139, with Chubb rushing for 105 yards and a pair of TDs, while Raiders RB Mashawn Lynch ran for 130. (Both Mayfield and Carr threw a pair of interceptions; Mayfield accounted for a pair of TDs, Carr threw four; Mayfield was sacked twice, while Carr was sacked three times)

Los Angeles’ Caleb Sturgis was the man of the moment for the Chargers as he connected on a 21-yard field goal late in their contest with San Francisco to give the Chargers a 29-27 win at Stub Hub Center. The 49ers and Chargers took a 17-17 tie with them to the intermission before the Bolts would claim the lead for the first time with 10:35 left in the third quarter on a 6-yard TD toss from Philip Rivers to Melvin Gordon. San Francisco would take the lead back at 26-24 with 12:39 left in regulatoin on a Robbie Gould field goal from 33 yards before Sturgis would give his team the back on a 21-yard try. The Chargers, who would hold off a late 49ers rally in the contest, outrushed San Francisco 126-76, with Rivers throwing for 250 yards and three TDs (TE Antonio Gates had one of them), while C.J. Bethard threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (Bethard was sacked once and picked off twice) for San Francisco. The 49ers were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 27:34, while the Chargers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:26, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Including contests that were played in San Diego when the Chargers called Qualcomm Stadium home and Los Angeles when the Silver and Black played at the Coliseum, the Raiders lead the series 62-52-2 and have outscored the Bolts 2,547-2,509. The Chargers swept last year’s contests, winning in Oakland and Los Angeles (Oakland’s last win over the Chargers came in San Diego in 2016 by a final of 19-16).

Nick Novak gave the Chargers a 17-16 win in Oakland in week six to open the series. The Silver and Black led 10-6 at the break and through the end of the third quarter before the Bolts would take control of things in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring Oakland 10-6 in that frame. Oakland would lead 16-14 with 4:09 left in regulation when the Chargers would burn all of the 4:09 that was left as Novak connected on a 32-yard field goal as time expired. The Silver and Black outrushed the Bolts 109-80, with Rivers throwing for 268 yards, while Carr had 171 yards (each man threw a TD pass, Rivers connected with Gordon, Carr with Michael Crabtree; both men were sacked once and Rivers threw an interception) in the first meeting. The Chargers were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:03, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 27:57.

If one win was good for the Chargers, then another win was better and they swept the series in front of the home folks in week 17. Despite having their playoff hopes dashed, they managed to take control of things at Stub Hub Center, winning 30-10 in Los Angeles. After a scoreless first quarter, the Chargers took a 20-10 lead with them to the intermission, then scored 10 more points in the third quarter without a challenge. The Chargers outrushed the Silver and Black 115-105 with Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch leading the way with 101 in the win and Rivers threw for 387 yards with three TDs and no interceptions, while Carr threw for 243 yards and a TD to Amari Cooper (Carr was sacked twice and picked off once, while Rivers was sacked once). The Chargers were 7 of 13 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:20, while the Raiders held the pigskin for 26:40, going 4 of 11 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down.

While the Raiders were favored by 3 1/2, the Chargers won by a single point in the week six contest and the 53 1/2 over/under was intact as both clubs could tally only 33 points. However… in the week 17 contest in Los Angeles, the Chargers easily covered the 7 1/2-point spread with their 10 win and both clubs barely missed the 43 1/2 over/under by 3 points. The oddsmakers like the Chargers as 5 1/2 point favorites with a 53 1/2 over/under. Granted, these two teams don’t particularly like each other given their history and while the Raiders picked up their first win of the 2018 campaign, the Chargers have flexed some muscle of late. If history has a way of repeating itself, it will favor the Chargers. Oakland will make it closer than the 5 1/2 but the Chargers win at home.

Minnesota (1-2) at Philadelphia (2-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. It’s a rematch in the City of Brotherly Love as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC Championship rematch at Lincoln Financial Field.

Minnesota went to the West Coast last Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams and came away on the short end of a 38-31 loss at the Coliseum. The Purple Gang trailed 28-17 at the half, then made the contest close with a 45-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins to WR Adam Thielen and a 40-yard field goal from Dan Bailey with 3:46 left in regulation. Los Angeles outrushed Minnesota 100-54 and Rams QB Jarred Goff threw for 465 yards and five TDs, connecting with WR Cooper Kupp on two of the passes, while Cousins threw for 422 yards and three TDs (Adrian Robinson caught two of those tosses) and the Rams’ Todd Gurley led all rushers with 83 yards. The Rams were 1 of 6 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:46, while the Vikings kept the ball for 32:14, going 8 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Eagles fans had their hearts broken last Sunday in Nashville as they led 23-20 in overtime, only to see Tennessee score on a 10-yard TD pass from Marcus Mariota to WR Corey Davis to take a 26-23 win at Nissan Stadium. Philadelphia led 10-3 at the intermission and 17-10 at the end of three quarters before the Titans rallied in the fourth to take a 20-17 lead with 5:01 left in regulation before Philly’s Jake Elliott connected on a 30-yard field goal with 16 seconds left. Elliott would open the scoring in the overtime, booting a 37-yarder with 6:19 left in the extra period. Tennessee then used all but five seconds of available clock left, mounting a 16-play, 75-yard drive that took 6:14, ending with the Mariota to Davis connection for the game-winner. Philadelphia outrushed Tennessee 117-70 and Carson Wentz threw for 348 yards, while Mariota tallied 344 (both men threw a pair of TDs, Wentz was sacked four times and Mariota sacked three times with an interception). Tennessee was 5 of 15 on third down (they were 3 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:30, while the Eagles were 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 34:25.

The Vikings lead the regular season series 13-10 and have outscored Philadelphia 543-528. Their last regular season meeting was in 2016 in the City of Brotherly Love and the Eagles were 21-10 winners, while Minnesota’s last win in regular season action took place in the Twin Cities in 2013 by a final of 48-30.

They met in the NFC Championship game last season and the Vikings scored the first seven points of the contest when Case Keenum and Kyle Rudolph connected on a 25-yard TD pass to open the scoring. Philadelphia went on to score their 38 points of their contest unchallenged as they would march on to a 38-7 win to advance to Super Bowl 52. Philadelphia led 24-7 at the intermission and never looked back, taking the win in front of the home crowd at Lincoln Financial Field. Minnesota was outrushed by the Eagles 110-70 and while Keenum did throw for 271 yards and a TD, he would be sacked once and picked off twice. As for Nick Foles, who took over for Wentz, he threw for 352 yards and three TDs with no picks (Philadelphia’s Joseph Ajayi led all rushers with 73 yards). The Eagles, who would go on to win Super Bowl 52 two Sundays later, went 10 of 14 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:04, while the Vikings were 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:56.

In the NFC Championship Game in the City of Brotherly Love, the Eagles covered the 3-point spread, winning by 31 and both clubs covered the 38 over/under with 45 points. The oddsmakers like the defending champs as 3-point favorites in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The fact that this is a rematch from last season makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 58 last June and dates a 43-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?”)

Could this be a preview of a playoff rematch? Anything’s possible… but as ESPN’s Chris Berman once said, “that’s why they play the games.” Eagles win this one at home in the City of Brotherly Love but expect the Vikings to make things close.

Arizona (0-4) at San Francisco (1-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in wine country as the 49ers host Arizona at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. Both clubs took close losses in last week’s action and look to rebound.

Seattle took the Desert Angry Birds to the final seconds of their contest in Glendale with Seattle coming away 20-17 winners, thanks to a 52-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired. Arizona led 10-7 at the break before Seattle would rally to take a 17-10 lead with 60 seconds left in the third quarter. That lead would not last long as Arizona would tie things back up with 8:59 left in regulation when WR Chad Williams and QB Josh Rosen connected on a 22-yard TD strike. That would keep things even until Seattle got the ball back with 1:50 left to play and used all of that 1:50 to go on a 7-play, 31-yard drive which allowed the veteran Janikowski to boot the game winner as time expired. Seattle outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 171-92, with Seahawks RB Mike Davis leading the way with 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the win. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 172 yards and no interceptions (two sacks), while Rosen threw for 180 yards and the lone TD. The Seahawks on third down were 0 for 10 on third down but were 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 31:46 (which included the final 1:50 of the game), while the Cardinals were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 28:14.

A late San Francsico rally against the Los Angeles Chargers fell short as Chargers K Caleb Sturgis was the man of the moment, connecting on a 21-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 29-27 win at Stub Hub Center. Tied 17-17 tie at the half, the Bolts would claim the lead for the first time with 10:35 left in the third quarter on a 6-yard TD toss from Philip Rivers to Melvin Gordon. San Francisco would take the lead back at 26-24 with 12:39 left in regulatoin on a Robbie Gould field goal from 33 yards before Sturgis would give his team the back on a 21-yard try. The Chargers, who would hold off a late 49ers rally in the contest, outrushed San Francisco 126-76, with Rivers throwing for 250 yards and three TDs (TE Antonio Gates had one of them), while C.J. Bethard threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (Bethard was sacked once and picked off twice) for San Francisco. The 49ers were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 27:34, while the Chargers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:26, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

San Francisco leads the series 29-24 (including contests that were played in St. Louis, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park) and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,204-1,077. On the other side of the coin, the Cardinals have won the last six contests, including sweeping last year’s NFC West contests (San Francisco’s last win over the Desert Angry Birds came in 2014, when they were 20-17 winner in San Francisco).

The first meeting? Week four in Glendale. The Desert Angry Birds would need overtime to take the 18-15 win. The endzone had the day off until 32 seconds left in overtime when WR Larry Fitzgerald scored the contest’s only TD with 32 seconds left in the overtime as San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and Arizona’s Pat Lawson exchanged field goals in the contest that was tied 6-6 at the intermission and 12-12 at the end of regulation as Gould would give the 49ers a 15-12 lead with a 23-yard field goal with 2:24 left before Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer connected on the game-winner. San Francisco outrushed Arizona 95-51 and Palmer threw for 357 yards and the lone TD toss (Palmer was sacked six times, Blaine Hoyer was sacked three times; both threw an interception), while Hoyer threw for 234 yards. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down and held the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 33:13 in time of possession, going 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

For the Cardinals, it was second verse, same as the first. Arizona completed the sweep in week nine, holding off the 49ers to take a 20-10 win in Santa Clara. The Cardinals led 14-3 at the intermission, then kept San Francisco in check in the second half to take the win and the series. Drew Stanton (201 yards) threw a pair of TD passes and Gould chipped in with a pair of field goals for Arizona, while Beathard threw for 294 yards with five sacks and an interception. Arizona easily outrushed the 49ers 167-63, with Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 159 yards. The Cardinals were 7 of 16 on third down and held the ball for 36:22, while the 49ers held the pigskin for 23:38, going 6 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week four contest in Glendale, Arizona was favored by 7 but the Cardinals would win up winning by 3. The 44 over/under was untouched as both clubs scored 33 points. In the week nine contest at Santa Clara, the Cardinals covered the 2 1/2-point spread with the 10-point win but the 39 1/2 over/under was intact as both clubs scored 30 points. San Francisco’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 41. If you can take a pass on this one, by all means do so and go to your cousin’s birthday party. 49ers cover the 4 and takes the win in Santa Clara.

Los Angeles Rams (4-0) at Seattle (2-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. The unbeaten Rams travel up the West Coast along I-5, making the 1,137-mile trip north to face off against the Seattle Seahawks in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks with both teams taking close wins last week.

Los Angeles held off a late Minnesota and came away 38-31 winners over Minnesota at the Coliseum. The defending NFC West champs led 28-17 at the half before Minnesota made the contest closer than Rams fans would have liked with a 45-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins to WR Adam Thielen and a 40-yard field goal from Dan Bailey with 3:46 left in regulation. Los Angeles outrushed Minnesota 100-54 and Rams QB Jarred Goff threw for 465 yards and five TDs, connecting with WR Cooper Kupp on two of the passes, while Cousins threw for 422 yards and three TDs (Adrian Robinson caught two of those tosses) and the Rams’ Todd Gurley led all rushers with 83 yards. The Rams were 1 of 6 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:46, while the Vikings kept the ball for 32:14, going 8 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Seattle went down to the wire in Glendale against the Desert Angry Birds before leaving the desert 20-17 winners, thanks to a 52-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired. Arizona led 10-7 at the break before Seattle would rally to take a 17-10 lead with 60 seconds left in the third quarter. That lead would not last long as Arizona would tie things back up with 8:59 left in regulation when WR Chad Williams and QB Josh Rosen connected on a 22-yard TD strike. That would keep things even until Seattle got the ball back with 1:50 left to play and used all of that 1:50 to go on a 7-play, 31-yard drive which allowed the veteran Janikowski to boot the game winner as time expired. Seattle outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 171-92, with Seahawks RB Mike Davis leading the way with 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the win. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 172 yards and no interceptions (two sacks), while Rosen threw for 180 yards and the lone TD. The Seahawks on third down were 0 for 10 on third down but were 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 31:46 (which included the final 1:50 of the game), while the Cardinals were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 28:14.

Seattle leads the series with the Rams 23-16, including contests that were played in St. Louis and have outscored the Rams 834-766. The NFC West foes met twice last season, with each team taking a win in the other team’s stadium.

Their first meeting took place in Los Angeles in week five and the Seahawks broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission, using a pair of Blair Walsh field goals to take the 16-10 win at the Coliseum. Seattle outrushed the Rams 100-62 and wilson threw for 198 yards and a TD to Jimmy Graham, while Goff threw for 288 yards with three interceptions (Wilson was sacked three times, Goff was sacked twice). Seattle was 8 of 17 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Rams were 8 of 15 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 28:44.

Los Angeles would get their revenge in week 15 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as they would blow the doors off Seattle’s hopes of winning the NFC West, taking a 42-7 win at Century Link Field. Los Angeles led 34-0 at the intermission and took control of things throughout the game. Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 244-78 and Todd Gurley did damage, rushing for 152 yards and three TDs with Goff throwing for 120 yards and a pair of TDs, while Wilson was sacked seven times, throwing for 142. Los Angeles was 6 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:46, while the Seahawks were 23:14 in time of possession, going 4 of 14 on third down.

In the week five contest in Los Angeles, the Rams were favored by 2 1/2 and the Seahawks covered with the 6-point win. The 46 1/2 over/under was in tact, as both clubs combined for 26 points. The week 15 contest in Seattle saw the Rams cover the 1 1/2 point spread (Seattle was favored) both clubs barely covered the 48 over/under by 1 point. In the late afternoon affair on the West Coast, the Rams are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 51. Seattle would love nothing more than to ruin the Rams’ hope of running the table in the NFC, while the Rams want to stay kings of the NFC West mountain. Long live the king. Los Angeles may not cover the 7 but they take the win in the Pacific Northwest.

Dallas (2-2) at Houston (1-3), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of Lone Star State foes square off in Houston as the Dallas Cowboys make the 239-mile trip south to face off against the Texans at NRG Stadium.

Dallas got a last-second field goal from K Brett Maher as they edged Detroit 26-24 heartbreaker last Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Dallas led 13-10 at the intermisson before Stafford and the Lions chipped away at the lead, eventually leading 24-23 with 2:17 left when Stafford and WR Golden Tate connected on a 38-yard TD pass. Dallas would then use all of the 2:17 that was available to them, driving 55 yards in nine plays and using a pass play from Dak Prescott (255 yards, two TDs) to RB Ezekiel Elliott to set up a 38-yard field goal by Maher as time expired. Elliott led all rushers as he ran for 152 yards in the thriller at Jerry World, while as Dallas outrushed the Lions 183-96. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 307 yards and a pair of TDs (both to Tate). Detroit was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:55, while the Cowboys were 5 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:05, including the final 2:17 of the contest.

Houston used a pair of Ka’imi Fairbairn field goals in overtime to take a 38-34 win over Indianpolis and Andrew Luck in the Hoosier State last Sunday. Houston took a 21-10 lead with them to the half, before Indianapolis would rally to pull even with 45 seconds left in regulation when Luck and rookie RB Nyheim Hines connected on a 9-yard TD toss. The Colts, who were outrushed by the Texans 119-41, scored first in the overtime on a 44 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to take a 3-point lead. That lead would not last very long as Fairbairn connected on a 29-yard field goal with 1:50 left in the period. Houston then got the ball back after a Colts punt and the Texans used all 24 seconds left and took the win when Fairbairn connected on a 37-yard field goal as time expired to pick up their first win of the season. Houston’s DeShaun Watson threw for 375 yards with a pair of TD but was sacked seven times, while Luck was sacked four times. Indy was 10 of 17 on third down (the Colts were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:56, while the Texans kept the ball for 40:04, going 8 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series with their Lone Star rivals 3-1 and they have outscored Houston 91-55. Houston’s lone win in the series came in their first meeting, a 19-10 home victory at then-Reliant Stadium in 2002, while Dallas has won the last three contests, taking a 20-17 win in Arlington in 2014. Houston’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. While this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” it might be a good one to watch. Texans win this one but expect Dallas to make it closer than the 3 1/2.

Washington (2-1) at New Orleans (3-1), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week five closes out in the Big Easy as the Saints and Redskins meet in the great indoors.

Washington returns to action after their bye week and a 31-17 win over Green Bay in Landover. The Redskins led 28-10 at the break and held off a late Green Bay rally to take the win. Redskins RB Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of TDs as Washington outrushed Green Bay 166-100 but Aaron Rodgers outpaced Alex Smith, as Rodgers threw for 265 yards, while Smtih threw for 220 yards for the win (Rodgers was sacked four times and both men threw a pair of TDs, with Smith throwing an interception). Green Bay was 6 of 12, 0 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions and actually ruled the clock as kept the ball for 30:55, while Washington was 5 of 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:05.

The Saints survived a scare from the New York Giants in the Meadowlands last Sunday and came away from Met Life Stadium with the 33-18 win under their belts. Erasing a 7-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, New Orleans took the lead for keeps as Saints K Will Lutz kicked four field goals in the second to take a 12-7 lead at the intermission. The Giants would pull themselves to within eight with 3:44 left to play when rookie RB Sequan Barkley scored from a yard out. New Orleans, who outrushed the Giants 170-65, restored order and would seal the deal for themselves and seal New York’s fate when Alvin Kamara (134 yards to lead all rushers) scored his third TD of the contest with 2:06 left. Manning threw for 255 yards and a TD to Sterling Shepherd, while Saints signal called Drew Brees threw for 217 yards (Manning was sacked three times, Brees sacked once). The Saints were 5 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31 minutes, while the Giants kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 of 10 on third down tries in the Meadowlands.

Washington leads the series 17-9 and the Redskins have outscored the Saints 640-514. They met last year in the Big Easy and the Saints needed overtime to take the 34-31 win (Washington’s last win over New Orleans came in 2015 in Lanover, with the Redskins prevailing 47-14). In the week 11 contest in the Big Easy, Washington led  17-13 at the half, then took a 24-13 lead with them to the end of the 3rd quarter before the Saints would get a pair of TD passes from Brees (one to TE Josh Hill, the other to RB Alvin Karama) to tie things up. After the Kamara score that came with 65 seconds left, Washington got the ball back and came close to setting up a game-winning field goal, when QB Kirk Cousins completed his first three passes for a total of 41 yards to advance Washington to the New Orleans 34-yard line. However, Cousins and the Redskins were then assessed an intentional grounding penalty along with a ten second runoff that backed them up to the 44 on the next play. On the final play of regulation, S Vonn Bell sacked Cousins for a nine-yard loss, which burned the time that was left in regulation, sending the contest into overtime.  Washington won the coin toss in overtime and took the ball first but New Orleans forced a quick three-and-out and after a Washington punt, the Saints would use a 3-play, 51-yard drive that used 1:29 of clock to give K Will Lutz a chance to win the game for the home team. Lutz did not disappoint, connecting on a 28-yard field goal to send Saints fans home happy.

NeW Orleans outrushed Washington 160-156, with Mark Ingram leading all rushers with 134 yards, while Washington’s Samaje Perine rushed for 117 yards in the contest (both men scored a TD) in the overtime affair. Brees threw for 385 yards with a pair of sacks, while Smith threw for 322 yards in the game (Smith threw three TDs to Brees’ two, both men were sacked twice and Brees threw an interception). Both clubs were 4 for 12 on third down tries and on fourth down conversions, Washington was 2 of 2, while the Saints were 1 for 1. Washington did rule the clock and kept the ball for 32:11, while New Orleans kept it for 30:24.

Prime time has not exactly been kind to either team; the Saints are 18-22 (New Orleans was 0-1 in their only MNF contest last year), while Washington is 28-42, going 0-2 in their two Monday night affairs last year.

The Saints in their week 11 contest in the Big Easy were favored by 7 1/2 but won by three. That was the bad news. The good news? Both teams covered the 51 over/under by tallying 65 points. In the Monday night affair in the Big Easy, the Saints are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. You might want to consider taping “Magnum PI” and “Bull” this week. Hail to the Redskins! Washington pulls the upset on the road and takes the win but won’t cover the 6 1/2.