While most of America are in shopping malls and making those Christmas list, there is still football to be played on Sunday and Monday. While three games are in the books, 12 more will take the stage on Sunday and Monday. There’s still football to be played and nothing’s been decided as far as a playoff spot or divisional title goes, so even teams like Cleveland have a chance to either make the post-season or have a say as to who does.

As the saying goes, “on any given Sunday…” That was the gospel last week as those teams that weren’t expected to win won. The first six games from last Sunday were decided by four points or less, so to say that things were close is a huge undestatement.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, made his first-career start on Sunday and is the fifth rookie quarterback selected in the first round of the 2018 Draft to start a game this season, joining Arizona’s Josh Rosen, Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and the New York Jets’ Sam Darnold.

This is the first season in NFL history in which five rookie quarterbacks selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft have started at least one game.

•New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 363 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 153.2 passer rating in the Saints’ 48-7 victory over Philadelphia. Brees has 23 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, including two this season, surpassing New England’s Tom Brady (22) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.

•Houston, led by rookie safety Justin Reid’s 101-yard interception-return touchdown in the second quarter, defeated Washington, 23-21, at FedExField. The Texans are the first team since 1970 to win seven consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start to a season.

Reid’s 101-yard interception-return touchdown is tied for the second-longest interception-return touchdown by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Pete Barnum’s 103-yard return for the Columbus Tigers in the team’s victory over the Canton Bulldogs on September 26, 1926.

Reid is the third player in franchise history with a 100+ yard touchdown, joining Andre Davis (104-yard kickoff-return touchdown vs. Jacksonville on December 30, 2007) and Marcus Coleman (102-yard interception-return touchdown at Kansas City on September 26, 2004).

•New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 17 of 18 passes (94.4 percent) for 231 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 155.8 passer rating and rookie running back Saquon Barkley had 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the team’s 38-35 victory over Tampa Bay.

Manning’s 94.4 completion percentage ties Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (94.4 percent on November 13, 1977) and Craig Morton (94.4 percent on September 27, 1981) for the third-highest in a single game in NFL history (minimum 15 attempts). Only Alex Smith (94.7 percent on October 29, 2012) and Ryan Tannehill (94.7 percent on October 25, 2015) have recorded higher completion percentages in a single game (minimum 15 attempts).

Barkley has 1,268 scrimmage yards (728 rushing, 540 receiving) and 10 touchdowns (seven rushing, three receiving) in his first 10 career games. Barkley is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in their first 10 games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk and Ezekiel Elliott, Adrian Peterson and Billy Sims.

•Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 23 of 29 passes (79.3 percent) for 297 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 143.8 passer rating in the Colts’ 38-10 victory over Tennessee.

Luck has thrown at least three touchdown passes in seven consecutive games, the third-longest streak in a single season in NFL history. Only Tom Brady (10 consecutive games in 2007) and Peyton Manning (eight consecutive games in 2004) have longer such streaks in a single season. Both Brady and Manning were named Associated Press Most Valuable Players in those seasons.

Luck has 161 touchdown passes in 80 career games and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marinno (182 touchdown passes) and Aaron Rodgers (160) as the only players in league history with at least 160 touchdown passes in their first 80 career games.

•Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson recorded 267 total yards (150 passing, 117 rushing) in his first-career start and rookie running back Gus Edwards rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 24-21 victory over Cincinnati.

Jackson and Edwards, who each recorded their first-career games with 100+ rushing yards, are the first pair of rookie quarterback and rookie running back teammates to rush for at least 100 yards each in a single game in NFL history.

On the team’s opening drive, Baltimore rushed 11 times without attempting a pass, punctuated by a seven-yard touchdown run by running back Alex Collins. Baltimore became the third team since 1999 to score a touchdown on an opening drive that featured at least 10 rushing plays without a pass attempt, joining the St. Louis Rams (December 27, 2004 vs. Philadelphia) and the Oakland Raiders (November 9, 2003 vs. New York Jets).

•Other notable performances from Sunday include:

◦Washington running back Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns in the Redskins’ loss to Houston.

Peterson has 105 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Riggins (104) for the sixth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history. The five players with more career rushing touchdowns are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Emmitt Smith (164), La Dainian Tomlinson (145), Marcus Allen (123), Walter Payton (110) and Jim Brown (106).

Peterson has 26 career games with two or more rushing touchdowns, the fourth-most such games in league annals, trailing only Tomlinson (38), Smith (36) and Brown (27).

◦Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott had 201 scrimmage yards (122 rushing, 79 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the Cowboys’ 22-19 victory at Atlanta.

Elliott, who has 4,540 scrimmage yards and 32 touchdowns in 35 career games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (4,731 scrimmage yards, 38 touchdowns) and Edgerrin James (4,842 scrimmage yards, 38 touchdowns) as the only players in NFL history with at least 4,500 scrimmage yards and 30 touchdowns in their first 35 career games in NFL history.

◦Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 401 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 91.3 passer rating in the Chargers’ loss against Denver.

Rivers has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of the Chargers’ first 10 games of the season and is the sixth quarterback in league history with two or more touchdown passes in each of his team’s first 10 games to start a season, joining Aaron Rodgers (13 consecutive games in 2011), Peyton Manning (13 in 2004), Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (12 in 1959), Tom Brady (10 in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marinno (10 in 1984). Four of the previous five quarterbacks to accomplish the feat – Brady, Manning, Marino and Rodgers – were named Associated Press Most Valuable Player in those seasons.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 12

TOP PASSER: New England quarterback Tom Brady has 79,133 passing yards and 576 touchdown passes in 300 career games, including the postseason.

Brady, who faces the New York Jets Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, needs 147 passing yards and four touchdown passes to surpass Peyton Manning (79,279 passing yards and 579 touchdown passes) for the most passing yards and touchdown passes in NFL history, including the postseason.

The players with the most passing yards and touchdown passes, including the postseason, in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS; PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (79,279; 579)
Tom Brady – New England (79,133; 576)

CONSISTENT COLTS: The Indianapolis Colts rank second in the NFL with only 10 sacks allowed this season and have not given up a sack in five consecutive games.

On Sunday against Miami at 4:25 p.m. on CBS, the Colts can become the fourth team to allow zero sacks in six consecutive games within a single season since 1963 when team sacks became an official statistic.

The teams with the most consecutive games without allowing a sack in a season since 1963:

TEAM, SEASON (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITHOUT ALLOWING A SACK)

Miami, 1988 (12)
Washington , 1991 (8)
Miami, 1989 (7)
Indianapolis, 2018 (5)*
*Active streak

SACK MASTERS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers recorded a sack in Week 11 and has 158.5 sacks during his 17-year NFL career.

With two sacks on Sunday against Seattle at 1 p.m. on FOX, Peppers would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Kevin Green (160 sacks) for the third-most sacks since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CAREER SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo and Washington (200)^
Reggie White – Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina (198)^
Kevin Green – Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (158.5)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROLLING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ties for third in the AFC with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown for at least 25 touchdowns in 10 consecutive seasons.

Rivers, who faces Arizona on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on FOX, needs two touchdown passes to tie Drew Brees (11 consecutive seasons) for the second-longest streak of seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in league annals.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (1998-2010, 13)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2006-16, 11)
Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers (2008-17, 10)*
*Active streak

NORTH STAR: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown 26 touchdowns against zero interceptions for a 115.6 passer rating in his past 10 games against the NFC North.

Rodgers, who plays at Minnesota on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on NBC, needs three touchdown passes without an interception to have the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception by a player against any division since 2002.

The players with the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception against any division since 2002:

PLAYER, TEAM VS. DIVISION (SEASONS, TOUCHDOWNS)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. NFC North (2013-15, 28)
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. NFC North (2009-14, 28)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. NFC North (2016-present, 26)*
*Active streak

TOUCHDOWN BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown ties for the league-lead with 11 touchdown receptions in 2018 and has recorded at least one touchdown catch in eight consecutive games.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday at Denver at 4:25 p.m. on CBS, Brown would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (nine consecutive games in 1963) and A.J. GREEN (nine consecutive games in 2012) for the third-longest streak of games with a touchdown catch within a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1987, 12)^
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Los Angeles Rams (1951, 10)^
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (2012, 9)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (1963, 9)^
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2018, 8)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

MAGIC MIKE: Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evansleads the Buccaneers with 957 receiving yards this season.

Evans, who plays against San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, can join Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (six consecutive seasons) and A.J. Green (five consecutive seasons) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards to begin their careers:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE 1,000+ REC. YARD SEASONS TO BEGIN CAREER)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998-2003, 6)^
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (2011-15, 5)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay (2014-17, 4)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 957 receiving yards in fifth season

Byes in week 12? Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams are the last two teams that will have byes in the 2018 campaign. Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, the New York Jets and San Francisco return to action this week. Last week was probably our worst. week. ever, going 4-9 for the week. For the year? 96-61. If it was time to have a bad week, it would be last week. As for the Rams? while they have a bye, they can win the NFC West if Carolina and Cam Newton defeats the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte on Sunday afternoon.

Week 12 got underway on Thanksgiving Day as there were three games on the docket that day with Chicago, Dallas and New Orleans taking wins and ends in the Lone Star State as a pair of AFC South rivals meet in Houston when the Texans host Tennessee at NRG Stadium.

While the rest of America gets their Christmas shopping started, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 12.

Oakland (2-8) at Baltimore (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The Silver and Black travel to the East Coast for an early morning contest (10 a.m. in Oakland) to square off against the Baltimore Ravens in Charm City. Both clubs are coming off big close wins in last week’s contest.

Oakland erased a 21-20 deficit late in their contest at Arizona last Sunday to come away 23-21 last-second winners in Glendale. Tied 14-14 at the intermission, the Raiders would take a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter before the Desert Angry Birds would reclaim it in the fourth when QB Josh Rosen and All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 5:02 left in regulation. After the team traded the ball late in the fourth, Oakland would get it back with 1:53 left after Arizona punted the ball to them. Oakland would then use all of that 1:53 to move their way down the field to set up the game-winning kick by Dan Carlson from 35 yards out as the clock struck :00. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 137 yards as the Cardinals barely outrushed Oakland 154-152 and Derek Carr threw for 192 yards with four sacks, while Rosen threw for 136 yards for Arizona with a sack and a pair of interceptions (both threw a pair of TDs, with Rosen connecting with Fitzgerald on both tosses). Oakland went 5 for 15 on third down and kept the ball for 36:01 (including the final 1:53 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds went 3 for 11 on third down, holding on to the ball for 23:59 (neither team had a fourth down try).

Baltimore gave the Cincinnati Bengals their third loss in their last four games as Ravens’ K Jeff Tucker broke a 21-21 tie with a 24-yard field goal with 8:12 left in the contest to take a 24-21 AFC North win in Charm City last Sunday. Baltimore led 13-6 at the half, then the Bengals took a 14-13 lead with 11:46 left in the third quarter when QB Andy Dalton and TE Matt Lengel connected on a 4-yard toss. Dalton would then connect with WR John Ross to take their lead to 21-13 with 5:45 left in the quarter. Baltimore would then tie the contest with 63 seconds left in the third when rookie RB Gus Edwards scored from 11 yards out and then scored on the two-point conversion to tie the contest. Tucker would then give the Ravens the lead back for keeps with the field goal and Baltimore would hold off the Bengals the rest of the contest to take the win. Edwards ran for 115 yards for the Ravens, while rookie QB Lamar Jackson (who took over for the injured Joe Flacco) led all rushers with 117 yards and threw for 150. Baltimore outrushed Cincinnati 265-48 and Dalton threw for 211 yards with the pair of TDs in the AFC North contest. The Bengals went 6 of 14 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 21:51, while the Ravens would be ball hogs and keep the ball for 38:09, going 8 for 16 on third down (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Baltimore leads the series 7-3 and the Ravens have outscored the Silver and Black 267-175. Baltimore last win came last year in Oakland by a final of 30-17, while Oakland’s last win came in 2016 in Charm City, as the Raiders came away 28-27 winners.

They met in week five on the Eastern side of San Francisco Bay and the Ravens led from start to finish, taking a 24-10 lead at the intermssion. Baltimore outrushed Oakland 143-108 and Flacco threw for 222 yards, while Oakland’s Eric Manuel threw for 159 yards and a TD to Michael Crabtree but was sacked three times (neither man threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down (Baltimore at 7 of 14, Oakland 6 of 12) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

In the week five West Coast contest, the Raiders were favored by 2 1/2 and the Ravens covered, winning by 13 and both teams took care of the 39 over/under, tallying 47 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Ravens as 10 1/2-point favorites in Charm City with a 42 1/2 Over/under. The 42 1/2? It’s reasonable. The 10 1/2? Sounds likes someone spiked the egg nog. Baltimore wins this one but expect the Raiders to make it somewhat closer than the 10 1/2.

Jacksonville (3-7) at Buffalo (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC teams that met in the Sunshine State in last year’s Wild Card game meet again in upstate New York as the Jacksonville Jaguars meet Buffalo in an early afternoon contest along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Jaguars watched Pittsburgh erase a 16-6 lead after three quarters as the Steelers scored 14 fourth quarter points unchalleged to take a 20-16 win out of TIAA Stadium last Sunday. Jacksonville led 9-0 at the break, thanks to three Josh Lambo field goals, then got a 2-yard run from RB Leonard Fournette in the third quarter to round out the scoring. It would be the last time that Jacksonville would see the scoreboard as Pittsburgh would chip away at the lead with 2:28 left as Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and TE Vance McDonald connected on an 11-yard TD strike to make it a 16-13 contest. Roethlisberger would later take matters into his own hands and feet as he would score on a 1-yard run with 5 seconds left. After the play was reviewed and confirmed, Jacksonville would get the ball back and had the ball at their 25-yard line but could not get set up for what would have been the game-winning score when Blake Bortles was sacked by T.J. Watt to end the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Pittsburgh 179-26 and Fournette led all rushers with 95 yards and Bortles throwing for 104 yards with six sacks, while Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Antonio Brown on the other toss) and was picked off three times and sacked twice. Pittsburgh was 3 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 22:20, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 37:40, going 6 for 18 on third down (the Steelers were 0 for 2 on fourth down).

Buffalo led the New York Jets 31-3 at Met Life Stadium two Sundays ago and took their AFC East rivals from upstate New York to the woodshed, coming out on top 41-10 to break their four-game losing streak. Bills backup QB Matt Barkley burned GangGreen for 232 yards and a pair of TDs, while Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy ran for 113 yards and a pair of rushing TDs in the lopsided contest. Buffalo outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 212-83, while Josh McCown threw for 135 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions (Barkley was sacked once but did not throw an interception). GangGreen was 1 for 12 on third down tries (they were 2 for 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 20:38, while the Bills ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:22, while they went 8 of 16 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Bills lead the series 8-6 and Buffalo has outscored Jacksonville 314-299. The Bills came away 28-21 winners in upstate New York in 2016, while Jacksonville’s last win in regular season play came on the other side of the Atlantic as they would win 34-31 in London.

They did meet in the AFC Wild Card game in Jacksonville’s Everbank Stadium (now TIAA Stadium) and the Jaguars, the defending AFC South champs, came away 10-3 winners. Tied 3-3 at the break, thanks to field goals from Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka and Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo, Jacksonville’s Ben Koyack would score the only TD in the contest when he and Blake Bortles connected on a 1-yard toss late in the third quarter. Jacksonville would then hold off a late Bills rally that would have given them the win to take back to upstate New York. Jacksonville outrushed Buffalo 155-130 and while Bortles threw for only 87 yards with a sack and no interceptions, he led all rushers with 88 yards (LeSean McCoy led Buffalo with 75). Buffalo was 7 of 18 on third down and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:37, while the Jagauars kept the pigskin for 27:23, while going 2 for 12 on third down (both teams were 1 for 1 on fourth down).

In the Wild Card contest, while the Jaguars were favored by 8, they would wind up winning by 7. As for the 39 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, like a bad piece of Christmas fruitcake, as both teams merged for 13 ponits. Jacksonville’s favored again in upstate New York, this time by 3 and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Both numbers are reasonsable and both are looking to go back to the post-season party. Buffalo broke their four-game losing streak in the Meadowlands, while the Jaguars look to break their six-game losing streak. Jaguars put their losing streak out of their misery and takes the win in upstate New York, covering the 3.

Seattle (5-5) at Carolina (6-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Cam Newton and the Panthers welcome Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks as the two NFC foes meet in the Tar Heel State.

Seattle survived a late Green Bay scare last Thursday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks to take a 27-24 win over the Packers at Century Link Field. The Seahawks trailed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 21-17 at the half and after a scoreless third quarter, Seattle would reclaim the lead, scoring 10 fourth quarter points without a challenge. Seattle outrushed Green Bay 173-48, while Wilson threw for 225 yards and Rodgers threw for 332 (Rodgers was sacked five times, Wilson was sacked three; both men threw a pair of TD passes with no interceptions). Seattle went 6 of 15 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 34:18 (including the final 4:11 of the game; Seattle went 2 for 2 on fourth down), while the Packers were 3 for 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 25:42.

Detroit survived a scare from Newton and Carolina, as the Panthers dropped a 20-19 decision at Ford Field last Sunday. Leading 10-7 at the half, Detroit survived a late fourth quarter rally by the Panthers, as Carolina outscored Detroit 12-10 in the last 30 minutes of play, holding off a two-point conversion by Newton that would have given the Panthers the lead. Neither club breached the 100-yard mark in the contest but Detroit outrushed Carolina 94-56 and Detroit’s Matthew  Stafford threw for 220 yards and a TD to WR Kenny Golladay, while Newton threw for 357 yards and three TDs, connecting with Greg Olson on one of those tosses (Newton was sacked three times and threw and interception, while Stafford was sacked once). Detroit went 4 for 12 on third down tries in the Motor City and held the ball for 31:40, while the Panthers kept the ball for 28:20, going 5 for 11 on third down.

Seattle leads the series 6-3 and the Seahawks have outscored Carolina 171-132. Seattle won the last meeting, taking a 40-7 win in 2016 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, while Carolina’s last win came in 2015 in the Pacific Northwest by a final of 27-23. Carolina’s favored by 3 1/2 at Bank of America Stadium and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Both clubs are trying to earn playoff spots and catch New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC South and West, respectively. Carolina’s lost their last two contests and would like a win at home to right their ship and the same can be said for Seattle. Carolina’s finer at home and covers the 3 1/2 in the Tar Heel State.

Cleveland (3-6-1) at Cincinnati (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 701. A pair of Buckeye State and AFC North rivals meet along the shores of the Ohio River as the Cincinnati Bengals host Cleveland at Paul Brown Stadium. While the Browns are coming off their bye week, the Bengals return home after a road loss in Baltimore.

Cleveland returns from their bye after the Browns gave Gregg Williams take his first win as interim head coach by beating Atlanta 28-16 at FirstEnergy Field. Atlanta led 10-7 with 5:04 left before the intermission after Ryan and WR Julio Jones connected on a 1-yard TD toss, In surpassing their win total from 2017 (0) Cleveland would take the lead back and for keeps when RB Nick Chubb and rookie QB Baker Mayfield connected on a 13-yard toss with 55 seconds left to take a 14-10 lead with them to the intermission. Mayfield, who completed his first 13 pass attempts, was not finished as he would connect with RB Duke Johnson on an 11-yard TD toss late in the third quarter. Chubb would not be outdone, as the Falcons thought they had the Browns pinned deep in their territory after a punt. Such was not the case, as Chubb would dash his way into history with the longest rush by a Browns RB since 1952, scampering 92 yards for the score that would all but put things out of reach for Atlanta.

The Falcons would have two more chances to score and eventually did, when Ryan and TE Austin Hooper connected on a 3-yard pass with 4:24 left in regulation. Atlanta then went for the 2-point conversion but Cleveland was successful in stopping the try. Atlanta found themselves outrushed 211-71 with Chubb doing the majority of the damage, leading all rushers with 176 yards on 20 carries. Ryan outpaced the rookie Mayfield, throwing for 330 yards and the two TD tosses, while Mayfield threw for 216 yards with three TDs (neither man threw an interception and Ryan was sacked twice). Atlanta was 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down conversions and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 31:23, while Cleveland kept the pigskin for 28:37, going 4 for 8 on third down.

The Bengals dropped their third game out of four as they watched Baltimore K Jeff Tucker break a 21-21 tie with 8:12 left in the contest to fall 24-21 in Charm City last Sunday. Cincinnati trailed 13-6 at the half, then took a 14-13 lead with 11:46 left in the third quarter when QB Andy Dalton and TE Matt Lengel connected on a 4-yard toss. Dalton would then connect with WR John Ross to take their lead to 21-13 with 5:45 left in the quarter. Baltimore would then tie the contest with 63 seconds left in the third when rookie RB Gus Edwards scored from 11 yards out and then scored on the two-point conversion to tie the contest. Tucker would then give the Ravens the lead back for keeps with the field goal and Baltimore would hold off the Bengals the rest of the contest to take the win. Edwards ran for 115 yards for the Ravens, while rookie QB Lamar Jackson (who took over for the injured Joe Flacco) led all rushers with 117 yards and threw for 150. Baltimore outrushed Cincinnati 265-48 and Dalton threw for 211 yards with the pair of TDs in the AFC North contest. The Bengals went 6 of 14 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 21:51, while the Ravens would be ball hogs and keep the ball for 38:09, going 8 for 16 on third down (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Cincinnati leads the series 50-39 (which includes contests that were played at Riverfront Stadium and Cleveland Munincipal Stadium), the Bengals have outscored Cleveland 1,948-1,745 and the Bengals have won the last seven meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win? A 24-3 win in Cincinnati in 2014).

Meeting one… week four in Cleveland at First Energy Field. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bengals went on to score all 31 of their points unchalleged as tney took down Cleveland 31-7. Cincinnati was never threatened in the contest and led 21-0 at the intermission, giving up Cleveland’s only points in the fourth quarter when Browns RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out with 1:54 left in the contest. Cincinnati outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards with four TDs and no interceptions, while Cleveland’s DeShaun Kizer threw for 118 yards with an interception and a sack (Dalton was sacked three times). The Bengals were 6 for 11 on third down and held on to the ball for 35:02, while the Browns held the pigskin for 24:58, going 5 for 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

That was round one.

Round two… week 12 at Paul Brown Stadium and for the Bengals it was second verse, same as the first. Cincinanti came away 30-16 winners along the shores of the Ohio River on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Cincinnati led 16-3 at the break, then proceeded to floor the gas, outscoring the winless Browns 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of action at home. Cleveland did have a better time of it offensively, outrushed their downstate neighbors 169-152 (Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD) and Kizer threw for 268 yards, while Dalton threw for 214 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man threw an interception, Kizer was sacked three times, Dalton was sacked once). The Bengals went 4 for 10 on third down tries and once again ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:32, while the Browns were 6 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down and they would keep the pigskin for 29:28.

In the week four contest along the shore of Lake Erie, Cincinnati, who was favored, easily covered the 3-point spread, winning by 24 but the  40 over/under was barely missed, as both teams merged for 38 points. In the week 12 contest on the shores of the Ohio River, the Bengals were favored by 8 1/2 and they covered with their 14-point win. This time around, the two teams did cover the over/under (which was 38) by scoring 46 points. Cincinnati’s the darlings of the odds makers in Vegas and they’re favored by 3 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Browns are coming off a huge win over Atlanta at home, while Cincinnati’s trying to right their ship in the AFC North. Cleveland’s bubble is about to get popped. Bengals cover the 3 and win at home at Paul Brown.

New England (7-3) at New York Jets (3-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC East rivals coming off byes meet in the Meadowlands as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots make their way to upstate New Jersey for an afternoon contest at Met Life Stadium with the New York Jets.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel became the second former player/coach under Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck to beat their former mentor (Detroit’s Matt Patrica was the other) to beat their mentor this season, as Tennessee took care of Tom Brady and New England 34-10 at Nissan Stadium last Sunday. The Titans led 24-10 at the half, then shutout New England in the final 30 minutes of action in the Music City to take the win. Tennessee outrushed New England 150-40 and kept Brady out of the TD column (Brady threw for 254 yards with no sacks or interceptions), while Mariota threw for 228 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks. Tennessee went 5 for 12 on third down and held on to the ball for 32:57, while the Pats were 3 for 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 27:03.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! trailed Buffalo 31-3 at Met Life Stadium two Sundays ago and fell to their AFC East rivals from upstate New York 41-10. Bills backup QB Matt Barkley burned GangGreen for 232 yards and a pair of TDs, while Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy ran for 113 yards and a pair of rushing TDs in the lopsided contest. Buffalo outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 212-83, while Josh McCown threw for 135 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions (Barkley was sacked once but did not throw an interception). GangGreen was 1 for 12 on third down tries (they were 2 for 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 20:38, while the Bills ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:22, while they went 8 of 16 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 61-53-1, which includes games that were played at Shea Stadium, Fenway Park and Schafer Stadium and the Jets were known as the Titans, the Pats have outscored GangGreen 2,629-2,393 and New England has won the last four contests in the series, including a sweep of last year’s series (New York’s last win came in 2015 in the Meadowlands, when they would need overtime to come away 26-20 winners).

Week six at Met Life… round one. New England broke a 14-14 tie at the intermission and came away 24-17 winners in the Meadowlands. The Pats would hold off a late Jets rally in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Brady threw for 257 yards with a pair of TDs to TE Rob Gronkowski, while Josh McCown also had a pair of TD passes to go with 354 yards of passing (McCown was sacked four times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Brady threw a pack but was not sacked). Both clubs did reasonably well on third down tries in upstate New Jersey (New England went 7 for 13, GangGreen was 9 of 17 and went 1 of 3 on fourth down) and the J-E-T-s! JETS! JETS! JETS! ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:40 to New England’s 26:20.

New England made it a clean sweep in Foxboro in week 17 as both teams closed out the regular season at Gillette Stadium with the Pats coming away 26-6 winners. New England led 21-3 at the intermission and took control of things in the second half, holding GangGreen to a Chris Catanzaro field and sealing New York’s fate when Bryce Petty was sacked in the endzone for a safety in the fourth quarter. New England outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 147-40 and Brady threw for 190 yards and a pair of TDs (Petty was sacked four times, including the sack for a safety, while Brady was sacked twice; neither man threw an interception). As good as they were in the first meeting on third downs, both clubs struggled in the season finale in Foxboro (GangGreen was a dismal 0 for 12, while New England wasn’t much better, going 4 for 15; both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and this time, New England ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:49 to New York’s 25:11.

In the week six contest in the Meadowlands, New England was favored by 9 1/2 but won by only 7 and the 47 1/2 over/under stayed in tact, as both teams combined for only 41 points. In the season finale in Foxboro, New England easily covered the W 15-point spread, winning by 20. The 45 over/under? It was untouched, with both teams scoring 32 points. The odds makers like New England as a 9 1/2-point favorite with a 46 over/under. While GangGreen’s struggled of late, they’re not 9 1/2 points bad. They’ll give New England a fight but the Pats prevail in upstate New Jersey.

New York Giants (3-7) at Philadelphia (4-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC East foes meet in the City of Brotherly Love as the New York Giants travel to Lincoln Financial Field for a date with Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl champs.

Big Blue gave Tampa Bay their third loss in a row after Eli and the Giants went on to hold off the Buccaneers 38-35 in the Meadowlands last Sunday. The Giants led 24-14 after three quarters of play (they led 14-7 at the half) before the Buccaneers would go on to rule the fourth quarter, outscoring the Giants 21-14 in the period. Tampa Bay would make the contest a 3-point affair with 2:22 left in regulation when Jameis Winston (who will start against San Francisco) and Mike Evans connected on a 41-yard TD toss. The Bucs then went for the onside kick, the Giants recovered and put an end to Tampa Bay’s hopes for a win. Winston, who took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick (167 yards, three interceptions) threw for 199 yards and a pair of TDs. New York outrushed Tampa Bay 163-151, with Sequan Barkley rushing for 142 yards and a pair of TDs, while Tampa Bay’s Peyton Barber tallying 106 yards and a rushing TD. Tampa Bay went 6 for 9 on third down and 1 for 2 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:07, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 27:53, going 4 for 9 on third down.

The defending Super Bowl champs were taken to task by New Orleans in the Big Easy 48-7 at the Superdome, suffering the worst loss by a defending Super Bowl champ in the modern era. Philadelphia trailed 24-7 at the half and then Eagles fans watched helplessly as the Saints proceeded to shutout Philadelphia 24-0 in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans easily outrushed Philadelphia 173-58 and Saints RB Mark Ingram ran for 103 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brees threw for 363 yards with four TDs, no sacks or interceptions. The Saints defense made life less than enjoyable for Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who threw for 156 yards with three sacks and three interceptions in the lopsided affair. New Orleans went 6 for 11 on third down (the Saints were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:34, while the Eagles were 3 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 22:26.

They met in the Meadowlands in week six and the Eagles would come away 34-16 winners. The defending Super Bowl champs led 31- 6 at the intermission and never looked back to seal the road win. There were two bright spot for the Giants. Spot number one? They outrushed Philadelphia 147-108 (Sequan Barkley led all rushers with 130 yards and a TD) and Manning threw for 281 yards, while Wentz threw for 278 yards with three TDs (two to Alshon Jeffery, Manning was sacked four times and threw an interception, while Wentz was sacked once without a pick). Philadelphia was 9 for 16 on third down at Met Life Stadium and kept the ball for 32:30, while Big Blue held the ball for 27:30, going 4 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week six contest, Philadelphia’s 21-point Thursday night win in the Meadowlands allowed them to easily cover the 3-point spread and the 47 combined points allowed both clubs to cover the 44 over/under. Philly’s favored by 6 in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 46. The Giants are trying to keep their heads above water, while the Eagles are trying to erase the bad taste of a 41-point loss to New Orleans out of their mouths. FLY EAGLES FLY! The champs bounce back at home and cover the 6.

San Francisco (2-8) at Tampa Bay (3-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of struggling last-place teams meet in the Sunshine State as Tampa Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium.

San Francisco watched the New York Giants end a five-game losing streak as their guests would take a 27-23 come-from-behind win over the 49ers two Monday nights ago at Levis’ Stadium. New York trailed 13-10 at the break, then proceeded to chip away at the deficit and came away with the win when Manning and WR Sterling Shepard connected on a 3-yard TD toss with 53 seconds left in the contest, erasing a 23-20 deficit. San Francisco outrushed Big Blue 124-97 with 49ers RB Matt Breida led all rushers with 101 yards and a TD, while Giants RB Sequan Barkley ran for 67 yards in the contest. Manning threw for 188 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Odell Beckham, Jr. on two of the passes as well as Shepard’s game-winner, while San Francisco’s Nate Mullens threw for 250 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Manning was sacked once without an interception). The Giants were 5 of 12 on third down tries in the Monday night West Coast contest and kept the ball for 25:46, while the 49ers kept the ball for 34:14, going 8 for 13 on third down tries (neither club had a fourth down attempt).

Tampa Bay lost their third contest in a row after their 38-35 loss to Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the Meadowlands last Sunday. The Giants led 24-14 after three quarters of play (they led 14-7 at the half) before the Buccaneers would go on to rule the fourth quarter, outscoring the Giants 21-14 in the period. Tampa Bay would make the contest a 3-point affair with 2:22 left in regulation when Jameis Winston (who will start against San Francisco) and Mike Evans connected on a 41-yard TD toss. The Bucs then went for the onside kick, the Giants recovered and put an end to Tampa Bay’s hopes for a win. Winston, who took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick (167 yards, three interceptions) threw for 199 yards and a pair of TDs. New York outrushed Tampa Bay 163-151, with Sequan Barkley rushing for 142 yards and a pair of TDs, while Tampa Bay’s Peyton Barber tallying 106 yards and a rushing TD. Tampa Bay went 6 for 9 on third down and 1 for 2 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:07, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 27:53, going 4 for 9 on third down.
The 49ers lead the series 17-5 and have outscored Tampa Bay 511-329. Both teams took their last wins in the other team’s facility; Tampa Bay’s last win came in San Francisco in 2016 by a final of 34-17, while San Francisco’s last win came in 2014 in the Sunshine State by a final of 33-14. Tampa Bay’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 55. We wouldn’t blame you if you begged your wife or significant other to take you to Victoria’s Secret and miss this one. San Francisco pulls the upset on the road in the Sunshine State and cover the 3 1/2.

Arizona (4-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A struggling Arizona Cardinal team comes to the West Coast for a late afternoon meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers at Stub Hub Centre. Both enter the contest with home losses under their belts.

Arizona watched Oakland erase a 21-20 deficit late in their contest last Sunday, falling to the Raiders 23-21 in the final seconds in Glendale. Tied 14-14 at the intermission, Oakland took a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter before the Desert Angry Birds reclaimed it in the fourth when QB Josh Rosen and All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 5:02 left in regulation. After the team traded the ball late in the fourth, Oakland would get it back with 1:53 left after Arizona punted the ball to them. Oakland would then use all of that 1:53 to move their way down the field to set up the game-winning kick by Dan Carlson from 35 yards out as the clock struck :00. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 137 yards as the Cardinals barely outrushed Oakland 154-152 and Derek Carr threw for 192 yards with four sacks, while Rosen threw for 136 yards for Arizona with a sack and a pair of interceptions (both threw a pair of TDs, with Rosen connecting with Fitzgerald on both tosses). Oakland went 5 for 15 on third down and kept the ball for 36:01 (including the final 1:53 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds went 3 for 11 on third down, holding on to the ball for 23:59 (neither team had a fourth down try).

The Chargers saw their six-game win streak come to an end last Sunday at Stub Hub Centre as Denver erased a 2-point deficit and lost 23-22 to the Broncos in an AFC West affair on the West Coast. Leading 19-14 at the end of three quarters (the Chargers led 13-7 at the half), Rivers and the Chargers watched Denver chip away at their lead and trailed 20-19 with 12:17 when Denver RB Phillip Lindsay scored from a couple of yards away. Denver missed the extra point, which gave the Chargers a chance to reclaim the lead, which they did when K Mike Badgley booted a 30-yard field goal with 6:47. Denver and Los Angeles would trade possession of the ball after that and the Broncos would get the ball with 1:51 left in regulation. Denver would use all of that 1:51 that was left, taking a 7-play, 76-yard drive to set up the winning score when Brad McManus sent a 34-yard try through the uprights to take the win on the road. Denver outrushed the Chargers 108-95 and Rivers threw for 401 yards and a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions), while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 205 yards (while Keenum did not have a TD pass, he was not sacked and did not throw an interception). Los Angeles went 9 for 15 on third down tries abd held on to the ball for 37:49, while the Broncos, who kept the pigskin for 22:11 (including the final 1:51), went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place when the Chargers were in San Diego and the Cardinals were in St. Louis, Los Angeles leads the series 9-4 and the Chargers have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 322-267. Arizona won the last meeting with the Chargers, coming out on top 18-17 in the desert in 2014, while the Chargers’ last win came in 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium by a final of 41-10. The Chargers are favored by 12 and the over/under’s 45. The 45 is reasonable. The 12 is a bit over-generous. While Arizona’s bad, they’re not 12 points bad. The Desert Angry Birds will cause problems for the Bolts but the Chargers prevail on the West Coast and takes the win at home.

Pittsburgh (7-2-1) at Denver (4-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. Roethlisberger vs. Keenum. A pair of AFC foes meet in the Mile High City as the Steelers travel to Denver for a late-afternoon contest with the Broncos. Both teams took last-second road wins in last week’s action.

Pittsburgh avenged a pair of losses against Jacksonville from last year’s action (a regular season loss and a Divisional loss, both in Pittsubrgh), as the Steelers erased a 16-6 deficit after three quarters at Jacksonville as the Steelers scored 14 fourth quarter points unchalleged to take a 20-16 win out of TIAA Stadium last Sunday. Thanks to three Josh Lambo field goals, the Steelrs trailed Jacksonville led 9-0 at the break, with the Jaguars adding a 2-yard run from RB Leonard Fournette in the third quarter to round out the scoring. From then on, it would be the Ben Roethlisberger show as he and TE Vance McDonald connected on an 11-yard TD toss to narrow the gap to 16-13 with 2:28 left in regulation. Roethlisberger then took matters into his own hands and feet as he would score on a 1-yard run with 5 seconds left to give the Steelers the lead. After the play was reviewed and confirmed, Jacksonville would get the ball back and had the ball at their 25-yard line but could not get set up for what would have been the game-winning score when Blake Bortles was sacked by T.J. Watt to end the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Pittsburgh 179-26 and Fournette led all rushers with 95 yards and Bortles throwing for 104 yards with six sacks, while Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Antonio Brown on the other toss) and was picked off three times and sacked twice. Pittsburgh was 3 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 22:20, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 37:40, going 6 for 18 on third down (the Steelers were 0 for 2 on fourth down).

Denver broke the six-game win streak of the Los Angeles Chargers at Stub Hub Centre, erasing a 2-point deficit and coming away 23-22 final second winners in an AFC West affair on the West Coast. Denver trailed 19-14 at the end of three quarters (they trailed 13-7 at the half), then chipped away at Philip Rivers and the Chargers lead, trailing 20-19 with 12:17 when Denver RB Phillip Lindsay scored from a couple of yards away. Denver missed the extra point, which gave the Chargers a chance to reclaim the lead, which they did when K Mike Badgley booted a 30-yard field goal with 6:47. Denver and Los Angeles would trade possession of the ball after that and the Broncos would get the ball with 1:51 left in regulation. Denver would use all of that 1:51 that was left, taking a 7-play, 76-yard drive to set up the winning score when Brad McManus sent a 34-yard try through the uprights to take the win on the road. Denver outrushed the Chargers 108-95 and Rivers threw for 401 yards and a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions), while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 205 yards (while Keenum did not have a TD pass, he was not sacked and did not throw an interception). Los Angeles went 9 for 15 on third down tries abd held on to the ball for 37:49, while the Broncos, who kept the pigskin for 22:11 (including the final 1:51), went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests at Mile High Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium, the Broncos lead the series 14-8-1 and have outscored the Steelers 516-488. Pittsburgh won their last meeting, taking a 34-27 win at Heinz Field in 2015, while Denver’s last win came in the Mile High City, with the Broncos coming away 31-19 winners in 2012. Pittsburgh’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 47. Both numbers are reasonable and while Denver’s played some decent football, they haven’t been great. Pittsburgh covers the 3 in the Rockies and wins on the road.

Miami (5-5) at Indianapolis (5-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of .500 teams in contention meet in the Hoosier State as Miami makes their way to Indianapolis for a meeting with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Dolphins return from their bye week after their 31-12 loss to Green Bay at Lambeau Gield. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers led 14-9 at the half, then floored the gas in the second half, outpacing the Dolphins 17-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. Green Bay out-rushed Miami 195-131 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading all rushers with 145 yards and a pair of TDs (Miami was paced by Frank Gore, who ran for 90 yards), while Rodgers threw for 199 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions, despite being sacked twice (Brock Osweiler led Miami with 213 yards of passing with six sacks and an interception). Green Bay went 4 for 10 on third down tries in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:57, while Miami ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 32:03, while going 4 for 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down.

After losing four in a row, the Colts won four in a row, taking down Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 38-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Luck and the Colts took a 24-3 lead at the break and never looked back, proceeding to outscore the Titans 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Indy outrushed Tennessee 102-87 and Luck threw for 297 yards with three TDs and no sacks or interceptions, while Mariota threw for 85 yards with four sacks and a pick before being replaced by Blaine Gabbert, who threw for 118 yards and a TD (Gabbert threw an interception and was sacked once). The Colts went 5 of 10 on third down conversions at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday and kept the ball for 31:16, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 6 for 14 on third down (neither had a fourth down try).

Including contests that took place in Baltimore and at the old Orange Bowl, the Dolphins lead the series 45-26 and have outscored the Colts 1,595-1,231. Each team took road wins in their last meetings in the series; Miami’s last win came in the Hoosier State by a final of 24-20 in 2013, while Indianapolis’ last win came in the Sunshine State by a final of 18-12 in 2015. The Colts are a 9 1/2-point favorite and the over/under’s 50 1/2. While both teams are looking to make the post-season, one of them will take a stumble and we think it’s the Colts. Miami may not cover the 9 1/2 but they do take the win on the road.

Green Bay (4-5-1) at Minnesota (5-4-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of NFC North rivals take to the field in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Green Bay and Minnesota meet in a week two rematch at US Bank Stadium. Both teams took close losses on the road as they chase Chicago for first place in the divison.

Green Bay lost their third game of their last four last Thursday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as Seattle went on to take a 27-24 win over the Packers at Century Link Field. Green Bay and Rodgers led Seattle 21-17 at the half and after a scoreless third quarter before the Seahawks reclaimed the lead, scoring 10 fourth quarter points without a challenge. Seattle outrushed Green Bay 173-48, while Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and Rodgers threw for 332 (Rodgers was sacked five times, Wilson was sacked three; both men threw a pair of TD passes with no interceptions). Seattle went 6 of 15 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 34:18 (including the final 4:11 of the game; Seattle went 2 for 2 on fourth down), while the Packers were 3 for 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 25:42.

Mitch Trubisky and Da Bears survived a scare from Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night at Soldier Field, coming away 25-20 winners in the Windy City. Chicago led 14-3 at the intermission in the NFC North contest before the Vikings would go on in the final 30 minutes to outscore Da Bears 20-11. Trubisky threw for 165 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions, while Cousins threw for 262 yards with a pair of TDs (Cousins threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked twice, Trubisky was sacked once) in the contest. Chicago outrushed Minnesota 148-22 and went 6 for 12 on third down and kept the ball for 34:29, while the Purple Gang went 5 for 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 25:31.

They met at Lambeau in week two and Packers fans watched a 29-21 fourth quarter lead at Lambeau Field get away from them against Minnesota and got some much needed luck in overtime as they left their NFC North contest with the Vikings tied 29-29. The Packers led 17-7 at the intermission before the Vikings rallied in the second half to outscore Green Bay 22-12. Minnesota then trailed 29-21 with 31 seconds left when QB Kirk Cousins and wR Adam Thielen connected on a 22-yard TD strike to pull to within two. The Vikings then hit paydirt when Cousins and WR Stefon Diggs connected on the 2-point conversion. After the two clubs had the ball twice in the overtime, Minnesota got the ball one more time and marched from their 20-yard line to Green Bay’s 17-yard line. After both clubs burned time outs, Minnesota’s Daniel Carlson attempted a 35-yard field goal try with four seconds left to win the game and send Vikings fans home happy. It was not to be, as the kick sailed wide to the right, allowing Packer fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Green Bay outrushed Minnesota 98-68 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards and a TD, despite being sacked four times, while Cousins threw for 425 yards and four TDs. Minnesota was 7 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:52 (including the overtime), while the Packers were 38:08 in time of possession, going 4 of 13 on third down conversions at Lambeau.

In the week two contest in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, the Packers were favored by 2 and the tie between Green Bay and Minnesota meant that the spread was not covered. As for the 46 over/under? Since both clubs combined for 58 points, that was easily covered. The odds makers in Vegas like the Vikings as 3 1/2 point favorites in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make sense and while both teams are trying to catch Chicago in the NFC North, 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 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?”)

On SNF, the Packers are 25-13, while the Vikings are 18-17. The winner of this one? They’re one step closer to catching Da Bears. The loser? Their task will get a little harder. Packers get their revenge from the week two tie at Lambeau and pulls off the upset in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, covering the 3 1/2.

Tennessee (5-5) at Houston (7-3), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 12 closes out in the Lone Star State as a pair of AFC South rivals meet in a rematch as Tennessee and Houston meet at NRG Stadium.

Tennessee watched Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts win their fourth in a row, as the Colts went on to take down Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 38-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tennessee trailed 24-3 at the break and were never ble to get themselves on track, as the Titans were outscored by the Colts 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Indy outrushed Tennessee 102-87 and Luck threw for 297 yards with three TDs and no sacks or interceptions, while Mariota threw for 85 yards with four sacks and a pick before being replaced by Blaine Gabbert, who threw for 118 yards and a TD (Gabbert threw an interception and was sacked once). The Colts went 5 of 10 on third down conversions at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday and kept the ball for 31:16, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 6 for 14 on third down (neither had a fourth down try).

Houston survived a last second rally against Washington at FedEx Field last Sunday, holding off Alex Smtih and the Redskins  23-21. The Texans led Washington 17-7 at the intermission in Landover, then watched the Redskins take the lead back with 11:57 left to play when Redskins RB Adrian Peterson scored from 7 yards out to lead 21-20. That lead would not last all that long as the Texans would take the lead back with 7:30 left when K Kai Fairbairn nailed a 54-yard field goal for the one-point lead. Washington would eventually get the ball back with 52 seconds left in regulation and got as close as Houston’s 45-yard line and could have won the game with 8 seconds left but Dustin Hopkins’ 65-yard field goal attempt was short of the mark. Washington’s Alex Smith threw for 135 yards with three sacks, leaving the contest after the third sack with a broken leg. Houston outrushed the Redskins 139-124 in the loss at Texans’ QB DeShaun Watson threw for 208 yards and a TD, with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. While Washington was 6 for 15 on third down, they were successful on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:57, while the Texans kept the ball for 29:03, going 4 for 11 on third down. Houston will also be playing with somewhat heavy hearts after the passing of Texans owner Robert McNair this weekend. According to KTRK and the Houston Chronicle, funeral services will be held later this week.

They met in week two in Nashville and Tennessee held off a late Houston rally in Nashville and came away 20-17 winners at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 14-7 at the break before Houston would rally in the second half and outscore Tennessee 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. Houston did outrush Tennessee 148-100 with Texans RB Lamar Miller leading the way with 68 yards on the afternoon. Blaine Gabbard, who took over for Mariota, threw for 117 yards and a TD, while Texans QB DeShaun Watson threw for 310 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once. Houston on third down tries went 5 of 11 and held the ball for 29:38, while the Titans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:22, going 5 of 15 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week two contest, Houston was a 1 1/2-point favorite and the Titans covered with their 3-point win. The 44 over/under was untouched, as both clubs merged for 37 points. The Texans have not done well on Monday Night Football, going 4-9 (they lost both contests they played in last year), while the Titans are 22-17 under the lights, taking a win in their lone contest in 2017. This time, in the Monday night contest in the Lone Star State, the Texans are favored by 6 1/2 with a 41 1/2 over/under. You might want to consider taping those shows you watch on Monday this week. Tennessee wants to prove that the first meeting was not a fluke, while the Texans are at home and playing with somewhat heavy hearts after the death of their owner. As someone once said, “Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose!” It’s Tennessee, not Houston, that will have a problem. Titans make it closer than 6 1/2 but Houston takes the win at home in the Lone Star State.