One week down.

Sixteen to go.

The 2020 National Football League season began in earnest as Kansas City got their Super Bowl rings and banner and went on to defeat Houston in a divisional series rematch. SoFi Stadium got to have its debut, even without fans, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady and Cam Newton played for their new teams and Newton found success at home in Foxboro, while Brady and Rivers lost on the road. There’s still a ton of football left, so anything can happen.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played during the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern windows on Sunday, September 13, the first week of the 2020 season.

Six teams came back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend – Arizona, Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington – the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams).

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow, the number 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, made his first career start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Kickoff Weekend. At least one rookie quarterback has started in Week 1 in 13 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (43 years old) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (41) faced off on Kickoff Weekend, marking the first game in NFL history in which both starting quarterbacks were age 40 or older. It also marked the first matchup since at least 1950 to feature the top-two all-time leaders in passing touchdowns.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 275 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 152.1 rating in the Ravens’ 38-6 win over the Browns on Kickoff Weekend. Jackson has three career games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 150 or higher (minimum 10 attempts), the most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 31 of 35 attempts (88.6 percent) for 322 yards and four touchdowns for a 143.1 rating in the Seahawks’ 38-25 win at Atlanta. His completion percentage of 88.6 is tied for the third-highest single game completion percentage (minimum 35 attempts) in NFL history. Wilson, who has 30,056 passing yards and 4,022 rushing yards during his nine-year NFL career, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young as the only players in NFL history with at least 30,000 career passing yards and 4,000 career rushing yards.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 450 yards with two touchdowns in Week 1. Ryan has 51,636 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for the ninth-most passing yards in NFL history.

Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones recorded nine receptions for 157 yards against Seattle. He has 807 career receptions in 127 games and became the second-fastest player to reach 800 catches in NFL history, trailing only ANTONIO BROWN (126 games). Jones has 16 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Maynard (15) and Calvin Johnson (15) for the fourth-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (30), Lance Alworth (17) and Terrell Owens (17) have more.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 364 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 127.5 rating in the Packers’ 43-34 win at Minnesota on Kickoff Weekend. Rodgers has 16 career games with at least 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (16) for the fourth-most such games in league annals.

Rodgers has 47,310 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for the 12th-most passing yards in NFL history. He also has 368 career passing touchdowns, surpassing Eli Manning (366) for the seventh-most passing touchdowns in league annals.

Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander registered a sack, interception and a safety against Minnesota. He is the fifth player to record a sack, interception and a safety in a single game since 2000, joining Rocky Boiman (Week 4, 2003), Calais Campbell (Week 5, 2016), James Harrison (Week 11, 2008) and Adalius Thomas (Week 2, 2006).

Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew completed 19 of 20 pass attempts (95 percent) for 173 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 142.3 rating in the Jaguars’ 27-20 win over Indianapolis. Minshew is the fourth quarterback in NFL history with a completion percentage of 95 of higher (minimum 20 attempts) in a single game, joining Drew Brees [29 of 30 (96.7 percent) on December 16, 2019], Philip Rivers [28 of 29 (96.6 percent) on November 25, 2018] and Marcus Mariota [22 of 23 (95.7 percent) on November 26, 2018].

New England quarterback Cam Newton rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 21-11 win against Miami on Kickoff Weekend. Newton has 60 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history. He has seven career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers Otto Graham and Steve Young, along with Jack Kemp and Steve McNair for the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 27-17 victory over the New York Jets in Week 1. Allen has 18 career rushing touchdowns, tied with Dak Prescott (18) for the second-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in league history. Only Cam Newton (28 rushing touchdowns) has more.

Week 1 marked Allen’s 11th career game with both a passing and rushing touchdown, tied with Steve Grogan (11 games) for the third-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only Cam Newton (20 games) and Dak Prescott (13) have more.

Las Vegas running back Josh Jacobs recorded 139 scrimmage yards (93 rushing, 46 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns in the Raiders’ 34-30 win at Carolina on Kickoff Weekend. Jacobs, who had two rushing touchdowns as a rookie in Week 1 of the 2019 season, joins Lawrence Phillips (1996-97) as the only players in NFL history with at least two rushing touchdowns in Week 1 of both their rookie and second seasons.

Carolina running back Christian McCaffery totaled 134 scrimmage yards (96 rushing, 38 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns against Las Vegas. McCaffrey has 26 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in 49 career games and joined Chuck Foreman (37 rushing touchdowns, 18 receiving touchdowns) as the only players with at least 25 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in their first 50 games in NFL history.

Baltimore wide receiver Marquise Brown registered five receptions for 101 yards in the team’s Week 1 win. Brown, who had 147 receiving yards as a rookie in Week 1 of the 2019 season, is the fifth player in NFL history and first since Louis Lipps (1984-85) with at least 100 receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend during both his rookie and second season.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 2

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 131 of the 216 playoff teams (60.6 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including five teams last season and three division champions – Houston (AFC South), New Orleans (NFC South) and Philadelphia (NFC East).

Last season, seven playoff teams began the year by winning their first two games, the most in a single season since 2006 (seven teams). ​

A look at how playoff clubs in 2019 and 2018 began their seasons:

2019

Team (After 2 games, Playoff Result)
Baltimore (2-0, Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Buffalo (2-0, Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Green Bay (2-0, Advanced to NFC Championship)
Houston (1-1, Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Kansas City (2-0, Won Super Bowl LIV)
Minnesota (1-1, Advanced to NFC Divisional)
New England (2-0, Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
New Orleans (1-1, Advanced to NFC Wild Card)
Philadelphia (1-1, Advanced to NFC Wild Card)
San Francisco (2-0, Advanced to Super Bowl LIV)
Seattle (2-0, Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Tennessee (1-1, Advanced to AFC Championship)

2018

Team (After 2 games, Playoff Result)
Baltimore (1-1, Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Chicago (1-1, Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Dallas (1-1, Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Houston (0-2, Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Indianapolis (1-1, Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Kansas City (2-0, Advanced to AFC Championship)
Los Angeles Chargers (1-1, Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Los Angeles Rams (2-0, Advanced to Super Bowl LIII)
New England (1-1, Won Super Bowl LIII)
New Orleans (1-1, Advanced to NFC Championship)
Philadelphia (1-1, Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Seattle (0-2, Advanced to NFC Wild Card)

MAHOMES MILESTONES: Last season, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player to reach 70 career touchdown passes (27 games) in NFL history and he can continue to rewrite the record books in 2020.

Entering Week 2, Mahomes has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games. On Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers, he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (36 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career passing yards in league history.

The fastest players to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES TO REACH 10,000 PASSING YARDS)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (36) HOF
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (37)
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (38)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (38)
Dan Marino, Miami (38) HOF
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (32)*
*Has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games

Last week in the Chiefs’ season-opening win, Mahomes passed for three touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 123.3 passer rating, his 16th career game with at least three touchdown passes.

With at least three touchdown passes in Week 2, Mahomes will surpass Peyton Manning, (16 games) and Dak Prescott (16) for the third-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (27) and Kurt Warner (21).

The players with the most games with at least three touchdown passes in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES)
Dan Marino, Miami (27) HOF
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (21) HOF
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (26)*
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (16)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (16)
*In fourth season

DUAL-THREAT DAK: Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has 98 touchdown passes and 21 rushing touchdowns, the most among quarterbacks.

With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday against Atlanta, Prescott will become the third quarterback to record at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history, joining Jeff Garcia and Cam Newton.

The players with at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (TD PASSES; RUSHING TDS)
Jeff Garcia, San Francisco (113; 21)
Cam Newton, Carolina (117; 43)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (98;21)*
*In fifth season

GURLEY AMONG GREATS: In his first game with Atlanta last week, running back Todd Gurley rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, the 71st scrimmage touchdown of his career.

Gurley, appearing in his 75th career game on Sunday at Dallas, needs one scrimmage touchdown to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (72 scrimmage touchdowns) for the third-most scrimmage touchdowns by a player through his first 75 career games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (79) and LaDanian Tomlinson (79) have more.

The players with the most scrimmage touchdowns in their first 75 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (TOUCHDOWNS)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (79) HOF
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers (79) HOF
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (72) HOF
Todd Gurley, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and ATLANTA (72)*
*Entering 75th career game on Sunday

GIANT NUMBERS: Last week, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley recorded six receptions for 60 yards, his 12th-career game with at least five catches. Since entering the NFL in 2018, his 149 receptions and 1,219 receiving yards each rank fifth among running backs.

Appearing in his 31st career game on Sunday at Chicago, Barkley needs one reception to tie Herschel Walker (31 games) as the fourth-fastest running back to reach 150 career receptions in NFL history.

The fastest running backs to record 150 career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES TO REACH 150 RECEPTIONS)
Reggie Bush, New Orleans (26)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (27)
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (29)
Herschel Walker, Dallas (31)
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (30)*
*Has 149 receptions in 30 career games

HOME ON THE ROAD: Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 93 yards last week in his first game with Detroit, and he enters Week 2 ranking fourth on the NFL’s all-time list of rushing touchdowns (111) and fifth in rushing yards (14,309).

Entering Sunday’s divisional matchup at Green Bay, Peterson has rushed for a touchdown in each of his past eight games at Lambeau Field, a streak spanning 12 seasons (2008-19) and two teams (Minnesota and Washington).

With a rushing touchdown this week, Peterson will extend his streak of scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field to nine games, the second-longest streak of scoring a touchdown at a visiting stadium in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson (10 consecutive games at the Oakland Coliseum) has a longer such streak.

The players with the most consecutive games scoring a touchdown at a stadium as a visitor:

PLAYER, OPPOSING TEAM (STADIUM, SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
LaDainian Tomlinson, Oakland (Oakland Coliseum; 2001-2011, 10) HOF
Adrian Peterson, Green Bay (Lambeau Field; 2008-present, 8)*
Neal Anderson, Tampa BAy (Tampa Stadium; 1987-1993, 7)
Haywood Jeffires, Cincinnati (Riverfront Stadium; 1990-95, 6)
Joey Galloway, Oakland (Oakland Coliseum, 1995-2001; 6)*
*Active streak

NEW TEAM, SAME HOP: Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins came to the Cardinals this offseason after recording 632 receptions in seven seasons with Houston, tied for the second-most receptions by a player through his first seven seasons in NFL history. In his debut with Arizona last week, he led the team with a career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in its season-opening victory.

With at least six catches on Sunday against Washington, Hopkins will surpass Earl Cooper (19 receptions in his first two games with San Francisco in 1980) and Erik Metcalf (19 receptions in his first two games with Atlanta in 1995) for the most receptions by a player in their first two games with a team in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first two games with a team in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS)
Earl Cooper, San Francisco (1980 – 19)
Eric Metcalf, ATLANTA (1995 – 19)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (2003 – 18)
Jamison Crowder, New York Jets (2019 – 18)
DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona (2020 – 14)*
*14 receptions in Week 1

SCHUSTER & LADDERS: Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster recorded six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns last week in the Steelers’ season-opening victory. In 43 career games, the fourth-year receiver has 2,964 receiving yards and 19 receiving touchdowns.

Smith-Schuster, who will be 23 years and 303 days old on Sunday vs. Denver, needs 36 receiving yards and a touchdown reception to surpass Odell Beckham Jr. (23 years, 325 days) as the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns.

The youngest players to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (AGE)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay (23 years, 74 days)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (23 years, 108 days)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (23 years, 231 days) HOF
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (23 years, 325 days)
Hakeem Nicks, New Yosrk Giants (23 years, 352 days)
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh 23 years, 303 days)*
*On Sunday

As for last week, a 10-6 start wasn’t bad. It could have been better but it is what it is. Week two began along the shores of Lake Erie as Cleveland edged Cincinnati Thursday night at home and concludes in the desert as the Las Vegas Raiders open their new digs as they host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Here are Sunday’s and Monday’s picks for week two.

ATLANTA (0-1) at Dallas (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of winless teams meet in the Lone Star State as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons make their way to Arlington to face off against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Both clubs look to even their records after losses in last week’s action.

The Falcons look to bounce back after their 38-25 loss to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta trailed 14-12 at the intermission, then watched Seattle pull away from them in the final 30 minutes of play in the Big Peach, outscoring the Falcons 24-13. Seattle out-rushed Atlanta 84-72 (Falcons RB Todd Gurley led all rushers with 56 yards and a TD) and Wilson threw for 322 yards and 4 TDs and was sacked three times, while Ryan threw for 450 yards and a pair of TDs to Calvin Ridley, while being sacked twice and throwing an interception. Atlanta went 7 of 14 on third down (the Falcons were a woeful 0 for 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:29, while the Seahawks ruled time, holding the pigskin for 30:31, going 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas led the Los Angeles Rams 14-13 at the intermission at SoFi Stadium last Sunday night, only to watch that lead get away from them as them as the Rams stormed back to come away 20-17 winnners on the West Coast. Dallas took the 1-point lead into the intermission thanks to a pair of Ezekiel Elliot TDs (one rush, one TD pass from Prescott) before the Rams went to work, taking the lead for good with 5:33 left in the third quarter on a 2-yard TD run by Malcom Brown. The Rams then held off a late Dallas rally in the closing seconds of the Sunday night contest that would have given the Cowboys the win. Elliot led all rushers with 96 yards as the Cowboys were out-rushed by the Rams 153-136 with Prescott throwing for 266 yards and the TD to Elliott, while Jared Goff threw for 275 yards (Goff was sacked once and picked off once, while Prescott was sacked three times). Dallas was 3 for 12 on third down (the Cowboys were 1 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:22, while the Rams ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 35:38, while going 9 of 17 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series 15-11 and the Cowboys have outscored Atlanta 619-515. They met in the Big Peach in 2018 and Prescott and the Cowboys left Atlanta 22-19 winners (Atlanta’s last win in the series came in 2017, also in the Big Peach, by a final of 27-7). The boys and girls in Vegas like the Cowboys as 7-point favorites in Jerryworld and the over/under’s 50. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are 0 for 1 so far and in the end, someone’s record is going to get evened and that somebody’s Atlanta. Falcons may not cover the 7 but they take the win in the Lone Star State.

New York Giants (0-1) at Chicago (1-0), 1 p.n. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The Monsters of the Midway (DA BEARS!) return to the Windy City to square off against the New York Giants at Solider Field. The two clubs enter the Sunday contest in different directions.

The Giants found themselves spinning their wheels against Ben Roethilsberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night, as Big Blue fell 26-16. New York trailed 16-10 at the half at Met-Life Stadiium, then watched the Steelers outscore them 10-6 in the final quarter. Blake Snell ran amok over the Giants, accounting for 113 yards as Pittsburgh, who got 229 yards passing from Roethlisberger with three TDs (two to Ju-Ju Smith-Schuester) held the Giants to 29 yards rushing, while they tallied 141 yards. Daniel Jones threw for 179 yards and a pair of TDs to Darrius Slayton but was picked off twice and sacked three times (Roethlisberger was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). Both teams were 8 of 15 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down, with Pittsburgh ruling the clock, keeping the ball for 31:44 to the Giants’ 28:16.

Chicago scored 21 fourth quarter points unchallenged, then held off a late Detroit rally to take a 27-23 win over the Lions at Ford Field Sunday afternoon. Trailing 13-6 at the intermission and 23-6 at the end of three quarters, Chicago went to work in the final 15 minutes of play, using three Mitchell Trubisky TD tosses (one to TE Jimmy Graham) to take the lead, then held off the Lions and Matthew Stafford to stop a last-second rally as the game came to a conclusion. Chicago out-rushed the Lions 149-139 and Trubisky threw for 242 yards with the three fourth quarter TDs and no interceptions, while Matthrew Stafford threw for 297 yards with a TD, sack and interception. Chicago went 2 for 11 on third downs at Ford Field (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:05, while the Lions actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:55, going 6 for 15 on third down.

Including games played at Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Champaign-Urban and Giants Stadium, Chicago leads the series 29-21-2 and have outscored Big Blue 915-736. Their last meeting? Last year in the Windy City and Da Bears came away 19-14 winners (New York’s last win over Da Bears came in 2018 at Met Life Stadium, when they needed overtime to take a 30-27 win).

After a scoreless first quarter at a somewhat chilly Soldier Field in week 12, Chicago trailed 7-3 at the half and proceeded to erase that deficit, scoring 16 third quarter points unchallenged before holding off a late Giants rally to take the win in the Windy City. While the Giants did manage to out-rush Chicago 109-65 (Saquan Barkley led all rushers with 59 yards), Trubisky threw for 278 yards with a TD, even though he had an interception; New York’s Daniel Jones threw for 150 yards and a pair of TDs. Neither club did anything to write home about on third down tries (New York was 1 of 12, Da Bears were 4 of 15; the Giants were 2 for 4 on fourth down) and Da Bears ruled the clock and kept the ball in hibernation for 33:11 to New York’s 26:49.

Chicago was favored by 6 in the week 12 contest in the Windy City but came away with the win by a field goal and the 40 1/2 over/under was safe and sound as both teams combined for only 33 points. This time around, Da Bears are favored by 5 1/2 in the Windy City and the over/under’s 43. Chicago covers the 5 1/2 at Soldier Field and takes their second win of the season in the Windy City.

Detroit (0-1) at Green Bay (1-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC North rivals meet for the first time in the 2020 campaign as Green Bay hosts the Detroit Lions in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. While Green Bay returns to Lambeau Field with a win under their belts, Detroit looks to regroup after a loss in the Motor City.

Detroit watched Chicago score 21 fourth quarter points unchallenged, then saw a late rally fall short to drop a 27-23 decision at Ford Field Sunday afternoon. Trailing 13-6 at the intermission and 23-6 at the end of three quarters, Chicago went to work in the final 15 minutes of play, using three Mitchell Trubisky TD tosses (one to TE Jimmy Graham) to take the lead, then held off the Lions and Matthew Stafford to stop a last-second rally as the game came to a conclusion. Chicago out-rushed the Lions 149-139 and Trubisky threw for 242 yards with the three fourth quarter TDs and no interceptions, while Matthrew Stafford threw for 297 yards with a TD, sack and interception. Chicago went 2 for 11 on third downs at Ford Field (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:05, while the Lions actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:55, going 6 for 15 on third down.

Green Bay got four TD passes from Aaron Rodgers last Sunday in the Twin Cities as the defending NFC North champions took care of Minnesota 43-34 at US Bank Stadium. Green Bay erased a 7-3 first quarter deficit to take a 22-10 lead to the intermission. The Packers outrushed Minnesota 158-134 (Aaron Jones led all rushers with 66 yards and a TD) and Rodgers would throw for 364 yards and the four TDs (two of them to DaVante Adams) without being sacked or throwing an interception, while Kirk Cousins threw for 259 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice and threw an interception. Green Bay went 6 of 11 on third down tries (they went 1 for 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they would keep the ball for 41:16, while the Vikings, keeping the pigskin for 18:44, went 3 of 6 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Green Bay leads the series 100-72-7 (which includes games played at Tiger Stadium, County Stadium and the Silverdome and when the Lions called Portsmouth home and were called the Spartans) and have outscored Detroit 3,783-3,334. Green Bay swept the series last year, taking wins in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst and the Motor City in 2019 (Detroit’s last win came in 2018, when they shut out Green Bay 31-0 at Lambeau Field; that year, the Lions swept the series).

Meeting number one… week six at Lambeau on a Monday night and the Packers erased a 13-10 deficit at the intemission to take the Lions 23-22, using a 23-yard field goal by Mason Crosby as time expired to take the win. Crosby used a 48-yard field halfway through the third quarter to even things up at 13-13 before Detroit’s Matt Prather used three field goals to give the Lions a 9-point lead with 12:17 left in regulation. Rodgers and the Packers would chip away at that lead, pulling themselves to within 2 with 9:03 left when he and WR Alan Lazard connected on a 35-yard TD toss. Green Bay would then get the ball back with 6:46 left in the contest and the Packers would use all of that 6:46 time-wise, going on a 14-play, 77 yard drive that sent Packer fans home happy with Crosby’s game-winner as time expired.

Green Bay out-rushed Detroit 170-56 and Packers RB Jamaal Williams led all rushers with 104 yards in the win. Rodgers threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs (including the toss to Lazard), adding a sack and interception to his total, while Matthew Stafford threw for 265 yards and three sacks. Green Bay was 4 of 12 on third down conversions at Lambeau and kept the ball for 33:04 (including the final 6:46 of the contest), while Detroit held the ball for 26:56, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay made it a clean sweep in the series in week 17 at Ford Field and once again, it would be Crosby’s last-seconds heroics to save the Packers, coming away 23-20 winners in the Motor City. As was the case in the week six contest at Lambeau, Green Bay trailed at the half 17-3 before chipping away at the Lions in the final 30 minutes of play, tying things up with 5:19 left in the contest when Rodgers and Lazard connected on a 28-yard TD toss. Once again, the Packers would get the ball back, this time with 80 seconds left in the contest and Green Bay would use that 80 seconds to their advantage, using a 8-play, 68-yard drive that ended when Crosby’s 33-yard field goal try split the uprights as time expired.

This time, Detroit out-rushed Green Bay 171-120 and Packers RB Aaron Jones led all rushers with 100 yards on the ground. Rodgers threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs, while David Blough, who took over for Stafford (injury) threw for 122 yards (both men were sacked once and threw an interception). Green Bay did a little better on third down tries, going 8 of 20 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:56 (including the final 80 seconds of the contest), while the Lions kept the ball for 25:04, going 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week six Monday night contest at Lambeau, the Packers were favored by 4 1/2 but came away 1-point winners and both clubs missed the 47 over/under by 2 points. Green Bay was favored again in the week 17 finale by 12 1/2 but once again, the Packers failed to cover, winning by 3 but the two clubs did manage to match the over/under of 43. Vegas likes the Packers as 5 1/2 point favorites in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst and the over/under’s 46. Detroit wants revenge from last season, Green Bay wants to go back to the post-season. Packer fans need not worry this week. Green Bay covers the 5 1/2 and wins at home.

Minnesota (0-1) at Indianapolis (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of teams looking for their first win meet in the Hooiser State at Lucas Oil Stadium as the Colts host Minnesota. Both teams look to bounce back from losses last week.

Minnesota watched NFC North rival Green Bay erase a 7-3 first quarter deficit in the Twin Cities to come away 43-34 winners at US Bank Stadium. Green Bay got four TD passes from Aaron Rodgers last Sunday to erase the deficit. The Packers, leading 22-10 at the intermission, outrushed Minnesota 158-134 (Aaron Jones led all rushers with 66 yards and a TD) and Rodgers would throw for 364 yards and the four TDs (two of them to DaVante Adams) without being sacked or throwing an interception, while Kirk Cousins threw for 259 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice and threw an interception. Green Bay went 6 of 11 on third down tries (they went 1 for 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they would keep the ball for 41:16, while the Vikings, keeping the pigskin for 18:44, went 3 of 6 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The Colts and Philip Rivers watched Jacksonville chip away at a 17-14 deficit at the break and take a 27-20 win at TIAA Bank Field in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville outscored the Colts 13-3 in the second half, using a pair of Josh Lambo field goals and a TD from Gardner Minshew to WR Keelan Cole to take the win in north Florida, then stopping a late Colts rally in the final minutes of the contest. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but Jacksonville edged out the Colts 91-88 with Minshew throwing for 171 yards and three TDs, while Rivers (making his debut in a Colts uniform) threw for 363 yards with a TD but was picked off twice. The Colts were 4 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 33:23, while the Jaguars kept the pigskin for 26:37, went 5 for 10 on third down conversions.

The Colts lead the series 16-7-1 (which includes contests played in Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, at Metropolitian Stadium and the old Metrodome), have outscored the Vikings 619-488 and have won the last five meetings, including a 34-6 win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in 2016, while Minnesota’s last win came in 1997 in the Twin Cities by a final of 39-28. The Colts are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. Feel free to take a pass on this one (unless you’re a fan of one of these teams) and watch that “Chicago PD” marathon on Ion Television. Minnesota covers the 2 1/2 in the Hoosier State and takes the win, pulling the upset in the process.

Buffalo (1-0) at Miami (0-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Wings meets Key Lime Pie. AFC East rivals Buffalo and Miami meet in the Sunshine State. For the Bills, it’s a chance to go 2-0, while the ‘Fins need to win in their home opener to even their record.

The Bills circled their wagons last Sunday in Orchard Park against the New York Jets, coming out on top 27-17 in upstate New York. Buffalo led their in-state and divisional rival 21-3 at the intermission, even though GangGreen outpaced them in the final 30 minutes of play. Josh Allen (312 yards) threw for a pair of TDs and ran for the first score of the contest. Buffalo out-rushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 98-52 and Allen led all rushers with 57 yards, while the Bills held Frank Gore to 24 yards. Both Allen and Sam Darnold were sacked three times (Darnold threw a TD pass but was picked off once). Buffalo was 7 of 14 on third down but was successful in their only fourth down try in the contest and kept the clock hostage, keeping it for 41:16, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for 18:44 and were 4 of 11 on third down tries.

Miami found themselves being taken to task by Cam Newton and the New England Patriots in Foxboro, as the Pats took care of the ‘Fins 21-11 at Gillette Stadium. New England led 7-3 at intermission, then took control of things in the second half, outscoring Miami 14-8 in the final 30 minutes of play. New England out-rushed Miami 217-87 and Newton (155 yards, two sacks) ran for a pair of TDs and led all rushers with 75 yards, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 191 yards with three interceptions and a sack. Miami went 4 of 11 on third down conversion and held the ball for 25:11, while the Patriots were kings of the clock, holding on to the pigskn for 34:49 and went 5 of 10 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Dolphins lead the series 60-47-1 (which includes games that were played at old War Memorial Stadium and the Orange Bowl) and have outscored the Bills 2,300-2,126. Buffalo has won the last three meetings and swept last year’s series, winning in the Sunshine State and in upstate New York (Miami’s last win in the series came in 2018, when they took a 21-17 win in the Sunshine State).

The first meeting took place in week seven at Orchard Park and the Bills erased a 14-9 deficit at the intermission to come away 31-21 winners. Buffalo outscored Miami 22-7 in the final quarter of play after the two teams went scoreless in the third to take the lead for keeps when WR John Brown and QB Josh Allen connected on a 20-yard TD pass with 13:50 left in regulation. Buffalo out-rushed Miami 117-109 and Allen threw for 202 yards and a pair of TDs, while Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 282 yards and a TD (Fitzpatrick had an interception; Allen was sacked twice but did not throw a pick). Buffalo was 3 of 10 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 26:29, while Miami actually ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:31, while going 7 of 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Buffalo made it a clean sweep in the series, leaving the Sunshine State 37-20 winners in the week 11 rematch. The Bills led 23-14 at the half and then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring Miami 14-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Buffalo out-rushed Miami 168-23 and while Allen did not throw a TD pass, he did not have an interception or sack, tallying 256 yards in the air; Fitzpatrick threw for 323 yards with no TDs or interceptions but was sacked seven times. The Bills on third down? 5 of 14 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:09, while the Dolphins, who kept the ball for 29:51, went 4 of 14 on third down, 1 of 4 on fourth down.

In the week seven contest in upstate New York, the Bills were 17-point favorites but wound up winning by only 10. The two teams did manage to take care of the 40 1/2 over/under, tallying 52 points. Buffalo in the week 11 rematch in the Sunshine State were favored by 6 and they would cover, winning by 17 and both teams took care of the 40 1/2 over/under, tallying 57 points. Buffalo on Sunday in the Sunshine State is favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Buffalo looks to go 2-0, while Miami would like to even things up. Bills circle the wagons in the Sunshine State and covers the 3 1/2.

San Francisco (0-1) at New York Jets (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of 0-1 teams meet in upstate New Jersey as San Francisco travels to East Rutherford for an early morning (Pacific time) matchup with Sam Darnold and the New York Jets at Met Life State.

San Francisco let a 13-10 lead against Arizona get away from them at Levis Stadium last Sunday as the Desert Angry Birds left Santa Clara 24-20 winners. Arizona would use a pair of rushing TDs in the fourth quarter, including the game winner with 5:03 left in regulation when RB Kenyan Drake scored from a yard out. San Francisco would later have four chances to take the lead back in front of the home crowd last SUnday but Jimmy Garoppolo’s fourth down try fell short. Arizona out-rushed San Francisco 180-123 and Kyler Murray (who threw for a TD and rushed for one) led all rushers with 91. Murray threw for 230 yards, despite being sacked twice and threw an interception, while Garoppolo threw for 259 yards and a pair of TDs (Garoppolo was sacked three times but did not throw an interception). San Francisco was 2 of 11 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:34, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the pigskin for 31:26, going 7 of 14 on third down tries.

Buffalo circled their wagons last Sunday in Orchard Park against the New York Jets in the season opener, coming out on top 27-17 in upstate New York. Trailing 21-3 at the intermission, GangGreen outpaced them in the final 30 minutes of play to keep the contest close. Bills QB Josh Allen (312 yards) threw for a pair of TDs and ran for the first score of the contest. GangGreen was outrushed by the Bills 98-52 and Allen led all rushers with 57 yards, while the Bills held Frank Gore to 24 yards. Both Allen and Darnold were sacked three times (Darnold threw a TD pass but was picked off once). Buffalo was 7 of 14 on third down but was successful in their only fourth down try in the contest and kept the clock hostage, keeping it for 41:16, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for 18:44 and were 4 of 11 on third down tries.

San Francisco leads the series 10-3 (which includes contests played at Candlestick Park and Shea and MetLife Stadiums) and they have outscored GangGreen 313-221. Their last meeting was in 2016 on the West Coast at Candlestick Park and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! needed overtime to come away with the 23-17 win, while San Francisco’s last win came in the Meadowlands in 2012, with the 49ers pitching a 34-0 shutout. San Francisco’s favored by 6 on the East Coast and the over/under’s 43 1/2. 49ers get back on track on the road and covers the 6 in upstate New Jersey.

Los Angeles Rams (1-0) at Philadelphia (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. It’s California roll vs. cheesesteak as the Rams, fresh off their Sunday night win over Dallas, travels to the East Coast to face off against Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles in the city of Brotherly Love.

The Rams trailed Dallas 14-13 at the intermission at SoFi Stadium last Sunday night, only to erase that deficit as they stormed back to come away 20-17 winnners on the West Coast. Dallas took the 1-point lead into the intermission thanks to a pair of Ezekiel Elliot TDs (one rush, one TD pass from Prescott) before the Rams went to work, taking the lead for good with 5:33 left in the third quarter on a 2-yard TD run by Malcom Brown. The Rams then held off a late Dallas rally in the closing seconds of the Sunday night contest that would have given the Cowboys the win. Elliot led all rushers with 96 yards as the Cowboys were out-rushed by the Rams 153-136 with Prescott throwing for 266 yards and the TD to Elliott, while Jared Goff threw for 275 yards (Goff was sacked once and picked off once, while Prescott was sacked three times). Dallas was 3 for 12 on third down (the Cowboys were 1 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:22, while the Rams ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 35:38, while going 9 of 17 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

The Eagles let a 17-14 lead at Washington get away from them last Sunday, falling to their NFC East rivals 27-17 at FedEx Field. Philadelphia led 17-7 at the half and took the 3-point lead with them into the final 15 minutes of play before Washington would take the lead for keeps on a 3-yard run by RB Patrick Barber and a 40-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Washington out-rushed the Eagles 80-57 and Dwayne Haskins threw for 178 yards and a TD without an interception (Haskins was sacked three times), while Wentz, sacked eight times and picked off twice, threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs. Philadelphia went 5 of 14 on third down (the Eagles were 0 for 2 on fourth down) and the Eagles ruled the clock and would keep the ball for 30:39, while Washington kept the pigskikn for 29:21, going 5 of 18 on third down and 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Including games that took place in Cleveland, St. Louis, Anaheim, JFK Stadium and Colorado Springs, the Eagles lead the series 21-17-1, have outscored the Rams 798-792 and have won the last six meetings in the series, including a 30-23 win in Los Angeles in 2018, while the Rams’ last win over the Eagles came in St. Louis in 2004 by a final of 20-7. The Eagles are favored by 2 1/2 in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 48. It’s a possiblity that these two teams could meet in the post-season. The Rams might not cover the 2 1/2 but they do pull off the upset on the East Coast and takes the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Denver (0-1) at Pittsburgh (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of teams that played on Monday night meet in the Steel City Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field as Ben Roethlisbeger and the Pittsburgh Steelers host Denver.

A Denver rally late in the contest Monday night against Tennessee came up short in the Mile High City, with the Broncos coming out on the short end of a 16-14 decision at Empower Field at Mile High. Tied 7-7 at the break, Denver took a 14-13 lead with 9:08 left to play on a 1-yard run by Melvin Gordon. Tennessee would later use a 12-play, 83-yard drive that used 2:48 with Titans K Steven Gostkowski (who had missed three other field goal tries and an extra point) connecting on a 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds left. Denver, electing not to ice Gostkowski, got the ball back on the kickoff and would get as close as their own 43 yard line before Drew Lock’s last pass attempt went incomplete.

Tennessee out-rushed Denver 130-107 with RB Derek Henry leading all rushers with 116 yards, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 249 yards and a pair of TDs. (Lock threw for 216 with a TD; neither man was sacked and Tannehill threw the only interception in the contest). Denver was 3 of 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:20, while the Titans kept the pigskin for 32:40, going 7 of 16 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Steelers and Ben Roethilsberger took care of business Monday night, as they took care of the New York Giants 26-16 at Met Life Stadium. Pittsburgh led 16-10 at the half and then floored the gas in the second half. Blake Snell ran amok over the Giants, accounting for 113 yards as Pittsburgh, who got 229 yards passing from Roethlisberger with three TDs (two to Ju-Ju Smith-Schuester) held the Giants to 29 yards rushing, while they tallied 141 yards. Daniel Jones threw for 179 yards and a pair of TDs to Darrius Slayton but was picked off twice and sacked three times (Roethlisberger was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). Both teams were 8 of 15 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down, with Pittsburgh ruling the clock, keeping the ball for 31:44 to the Giants’ 28:16.

Denver leads the series 15-8-1 (which includes contests played at Mile High and Three Rivers Stadiums) and have outscored the Steelers 540-505. Denver won the last meeting with Pittsburgh, coming away 24-17 winners in 2018 in the Mile High City, while Pittsburgh’s last win came in the Steel City in 2015 by a final of 34-27. Pittsburgh’s favored by 6 1/2 with the over/under 44. Both teams had short weeks this week but Pittsburgh’s prevailing in this one. Steelers cover the 6 1/2 and win at home.

Carolina (0-1) at Tampa Bay (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of NFC South foes with losses under their belts meet on Florida’s Gulf Coast as Tom Brady and the Buccaneers host Teddy Bridgewater and Carolina at Raymond James Stadium.

The Panthers made things tougher for Las Vegas at Bank of America Stadium but the Raiders would leave the Tar Heel State with the 34-30 win. Carolina trailed 17-16 at the break, then watched the Silver and Black floor the gas in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 17-15 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Raiders out-rushed Carolina 133-128 but Carolina RB Christian McCaffery led all rushers with 96 yards and a pair of TDs, while Las Vegas was led by Josh Jacobs with 93 yards and three TDs. Bridgewater threw for 270 yards for Carolina, while Derek Carr threw for 239 for the Raiders (both men threw a TD pass without being picked off, while Carr had the only sack in the contest). Carolina was 7 of 13 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:48, while the Raiders were kings of the clock, holding the ball for 31:12 and went 6 of 11 on third down.

Brady and Tampa Bay took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, only to watch New Orleans score 17 second quarter points unchallenged to take a 34-23 win in the Big Easy. Tampa Bay trailed 17-7 at the break and made things close in the second half, despite being outscored 17-16 in the final 30 minutes of play. Tampa Bay out-rushed New Orleans 86-82 in the Big Easy and Brady threw for 239 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Drew Brees threw for 160 yards and a pair of TDS (one to Alvin Kamara) with a sack but no interceptions. Tampa Bay was 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Buccaneers held the ball for 28:37, while the Saints ruled the clock, holding the ball for 31:23, going 5 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Carolina leads the series 24-15 and have outscored Tampa Bay 874-692. The two NFC South rivals split their meetings last year, with Tampa Bay winning in the Tar Heel State and Carolina taking a win on the other side of the Atlantic.

The first meeting, a battle of former Heisman Trophy QBs, took place in Charlotte in week two and Tampa Bay held on to take a 20-14 win out of the Tar Heel State at Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs led 10-9 at the break, then held Carolina off in the final 30 minutes of play. Tampa Bay out-rushed Carolina 100-39 and Bucs RB Peyton Barber led all rushers with 82 yards and a rushing TD. Winston threw for 208 yards and a TD, while Newton threw for 324 yards (both were sacked three times without throwning an interception). Neither club did anything to write home about on third down tries (Tampa Bay was 2 of 12; Carolina was 3 of 14 and 0 of 3 on fourth down) and the Bucs were kings of the clock, holding the ball for 33:53 to Carolina’s 26:07.

The Panthers would get their revenge but not in Florida. The two clubs packed things up and moved across the Atlantic for a week six contest at Tottenham Hotspur and it would be the Panthers taking Tampa Bay to task 37-26. Carolina led throughout the contest, taking a 17-7 lead with them to the break, then holding off the Bucs in the second half. Neither team breached the 100-yard barrier and the Panthers eeked out 59 yards on the ground, while Tampa Bay could muster only 42 yards. Winston threw for 400 yards and a TD to Cameron Bratte but was sacked seven times and threw five intercetptions, while Kyle Allen, taking over for the injured Newton, threw for 227 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Christian McCaffery). As was the case in the first meeting, third down conversions were nothing to write home about for either team (Carolina was 3 of 15, 1 of 1 on fourth down; Tampa Bay went 5 of 15 and 1 of 2 on fourth down) and Carolina ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:10, while the Buccaneers kept it for 28:50.

In the week two contest in Charlotte, a Thursday night affair, the Panthers were favored by 6 1/2 but Tampa Bay would win by only 6 and the 49 over/under would stay intact, as both teams mustered only 34 points. In the contest on the other side of the Atlantic in week six, Carolina was favored by 2 1/2 and the Panthers covered, winnng by 11, with the 47 1/2 over/under covered, as both clubs combined for 63 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Buccaneers as 8 1/2 point favorites with a 48 1/2 over/under. The 48 1/2? That makes a lot of sense. The 8 1/2? Seriously? Carolina will make it closer than the 8 1/2 but Tampa Bay prevails in the Sunshine State.

Jacksonville (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. It’s a pair of AFC South rivals meeting in the Music City as Jacksonville travels to Nashville to face off against the Titans. Both teams rallied from behind to take wins last week.

Jacksonville erased a 17-14 deficit at the break against Philip Rivers and the Indianpolis Colts and came away 27-20 winners at TIAA Bank Field in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville outscored the Colts 13-3 in the second half, using a pair of Josh Lambo field goals and a TD from Gardner Minshew to WR Keelan Cole to take the win in north Florida, then stopping a late Colts rally in the final minutes of the contest. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but Jacksonville edged out the Colts 91-88 with Minshew throwing for 171 yards and three TDs, while Rivers (making his debut in a Colts uniform) threw for 363 yards with a TD but was picked off twice. The Colts were 4 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 33:23, while the Jaguars kept the pigskin for 26:37, went 5 for 10 on third down conversions.

Tennessee held off a late Denver rally in the Mile High City as the Titans came away with the 16-14 decision at Empower Field at Mile High. Tied 7-7 at the break, Denver took a 14-13 lead with 9:08 left to play on a 1-yard run by Melvin Gordon. Tennessee would later use a 12-play, 83-yard drive that used 2:48 with Titans K Steven Gostkowski (who had missed three other field goal tries and an extra point) connecting on a 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds left. Denver, electing not to ice Gostkowski, got the ball back on the kickoff and would get as close as their own 43 yard line before Drew Lock’s last pass attempt went incomplete.

Tennessee out-rushed Denver 130-107 with RB Derek Henry leading all rushers with 116 yards, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 249 yards and a pair of TDs. (Lock threw for 216 with a TD; neither man was sacked and Tannehill threw the only interception in the contest). Denver was 3 of 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:20, while the Titans kept the pigskin for 32:40, going 7 of 16 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Tennessee holds a 29-21 lead in the series and the Titans have outscored Jacksonville 1,044-943. The two AFC South rivals split last season’s contests, each taking wins at home.

They met in week three in the Sunshine State and Jacksonville held Tennessee to a Derek Henry TD early in the fourth quarter to come away 20-7 winners. Jacksonville scored their first 17 points of the game unchallenged and took a 14-0 lead with them to the break. Tennessee out-rushed Jacksonville 91-88 in north Florida (Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette led all rushers with 66 yards) and Minshew threw for 204 yards and a pair of TDs without being sacked or picked off, while Mariota threw for 304 yards with no TDs or interceptions but was sacked nine times. Third down tries? The Titans were 8 of 17, Jacksonville was 2 of 11 and both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down and the Titans actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:16 to Jacksonville’s 24:44.

Tennessee would get their revenge in the Volunteer State in week 12, with the Titans scoring 28 third quarter points unchallenged to take the 42-20 win in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Leading 7-3 at the half after a scoreless first quarter, Tennessee floored the gas in the second half with Ryan Tannehill taking over for Mariota under center. Henry (159 yards) and Fournette (97 yards) each led their teams with a pair of rushing TDs as the Titans out-rushed Jacksonville 219-117. Tannehill threw for 259 yards with a pair of TDs and a sack, while Foles (who replaced Mariota) threw for 272 yards and three sacks. The Titans did a little better on third down tries in the rematch, going 4 of 8 and kept the ball for 23:04, while the Jaguars actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 36:56, while going 7 of 18 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week three contest in the Sunshine State on a Thursday night, the Titans were favored by 1 1/2 and the Jaguars covered, winning by 13 but neither team touched the 39 over/under, as they tallied only 27 points. In the rematch in Nashville in week 12, Tennessee easily covered the 3-point spread, winning by 22 and both clubs took care of the 41 1/2 over/under, tallying 62 points. The Titans are favored by 11 with a 43 over/under. The 43? Makes sense. The 11? That’s a little steep. Jacksonville will make this one closer than the 11 but Tennessee prevails at home.

Washington (1-0) at Arizona (1-0), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. A pair of 1-0 teams that rallied to take wins last week meet in the desert as Washington travels to Glendale and State Farm Stadium for a late-afternoon affair with the Arizona Carindals.

Washington erased a 17-14 deficit against Philadelphia last Sunday in Landover, taking down their NFC East rivals 27-17 at FedEx Field. Philadelphia led 17-7 at the half and took the 3-point lead with them into the final 15 minutes of play before Washington would take the lead for keeps on a 3-yard run by RB Patrick Barber and a 40-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Washington out-rushed the Eagles 80-57 and Dwayne Haskins threw for 178 yards and a TD without an interception (Haskins was sacked three times), while Wentz, sacked eight times and picked off twice, threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs. Philadelphia went 5 of 14 on third down (the Eagles were 0 for 2 on fourth down) and the Eagles ruled the clock and would keep the ball for 30:39, while Washington kept the pigskikn for 29:21, going 5 of 18 on third down and 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Arizona erased a a 13-10 deficit against San Francisco at Levis Stadium last Sunday as the Desert Angry Birds left Santa Clara 24-20 winners. Arizona would use a pair of rushing TDs in the fourth quarter, including the game winner with 5:03 left in regulation when RB Kenyan Drake scored from a yard out. San Francisco would later have four chances to take the lead back in front of the home crowd last SUnday but Jimmy Garoppolo’s fourth down try fell short. Arizona out-rushed San Francisco 180-123 and Kyler Murray (who threw for a TD and rushed for one) led all rushers with 91. Murray threw for 230 yards, despite being sacked twice and threw an interception, while Garoppolo threw for 259 yards and a pair of TDs (Garoppolo was sacked three times but did not throw an interception). San Francisco was 2 of 11 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:34, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the pigskin for 31:26, going 7 of 14 on third down tries.

Including games played in Chicago, Boston and St. Louis (when the Washington Football Team were known as the Braves in Boston), Washington leads the series 76-46-2 and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 2,754-2,306. The two teams last met in the desert in 2018 and Washington came away 24-6 winners, while Arizona’s last win in the series also came in the desert in 2016 by a final of 31-23. The odds-makers like the Desert Angry Birds as 6-point favorites in the desert. At the end of the day, soneone’s going to be 2-0 and someone’s going to be .500. Washington might not cover the 6 but they take the win in the desert.

Baltimore (1-0) at Houston (0-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. Lamar Jackson vs. DeShawn Watson. A pair of top AFC QBs meet in the Lone Star State as the Texans host the Baltimore Ravens. Houston looks to bounce back from their Thursday night loss at Kansas City, while the Ravens want to push their record to 2-0.

Baltimore held Cleveland to a first-quarter TD pass from Baker Mayfield to TE David Njoku as Baltimore and Lamar Jackson took the Browns to task 38-6 at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon. Njoku’s TD catch would pull the Browns to within 6 with 1:41 left in the first quarter before the Ravens, leading 24-6 at the intermission, went on to score their next 28 points unchallenged. Cleveland did manage to out-rush Baltimore 138-107 (Browns RB Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 72 yards) and Mayfield threw for 189 yards with the Njoku TD toss but threw an interception, while Jackson threw for 275 yards and three TDs without an interception (both Jackson and Mayfield were sacked twice; Ravens WR Marquise Brown led all recievers with 101 yards). Baltimore went 6 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 29:58, while the Browns actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:02, while going 3 for 12 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down.

Houston watched the defending Super Bowl champs rally from a deficit at Arrowhead last Thursday evening as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs would score 24 points unchallenged to come away 34-20 winners. Houston trailed 17-7 at the intermission and found themselves trailed 24-7 at the end of three quarters in the Show Me State and could never really get themsevles back on track, as they were outscored 17-13 in the final 30 minutes of play. Kansas City outrushed Houston 166-118 and Chiefs rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire led all rushers with 138 yards and a TD. Mahomes threw for 211 yards and three TDs (connecting with Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins) without an interception (he was sacked once), while Watson threw for 253 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and threw an interception. Houston was 4 of 10 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 25:13, while the Chiefs were kings of the clock, holding the pigskin for 34:47 and went 7 of 13 on third down tries (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

The Ravens lead the series 8-2, have outscored Houston 263-189 and have won the last two meetings, including last year’s 41-7 win in Charm City (Houston’s last win in the series came in 2014 in the Lone Star State by a final of 25-13.

The week 11 contest in Charm City saw the Ravens score 34 unchallenged points against the Texans (Baltimore led 14-0 at the break after a scoreless first quarter and took a 34-0 lead late into the fourth) before Houston’s Carlos Hyde (65 rushing yards) yaended Baltimore’s bid for a shutout with a 41-yard TD run at the halfway point of the final quarter. Jackson (222 yards) threw four TDs in the win, connecting with Mark Ingram on two of the tosses as Baltimore outrushed Houston 263-122 with Ravens RB Gus Edwards leading all rushers with 112 yards and a TD (Jackson ran for 86 yards), while Watson threw for 169 yards in the loss but was sacked six times and threw an interception. Houston on third down? 2 of 10 (they were 1 of 4 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 23:41, while the Ravens ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 36:19, going 5 of 8 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

In the week 11 contest in Charm City, Baltimore’s 34-point win allowed them to cover the 3-point spread but the two teams missed the 49 1/2 over/under by 1 1/2 points. Baltimore’s favored again, this time by 6 1/2 with a 53 1/2 over/under. Houston had problems with Kansas City last week and while Baltimore could make things hard for the Texans, Houston prevails at home, pulling off the upset, although expect the Rsavens to make it closer than 6 1/2.

Kansas City (1-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-0), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 717. They meet again. A pair of old AFL/AFC West rivals meet as the defending Super Bowl champs travel to the West Coast to square off against the Los Angeles Chargers as the Bolts will get to play in SoFi Stadium for the first time this season. Both teams are coming off wins in their last meetings.

Once again, they trailed at home and once again, the defending Super Bowl champs found a way to erase a deficit at Arrowhead last Thursday evening as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs would score 24 points unchallenged to come away 34-20 winners. Houston trailed 17-7 at the intermission and found themselves trailed 24-7 at the end of three quarters in the Show Me State and could never really get themsevles back on track, as they were outscored 17-13 in the final 30 minutes of play. Kansas City outrushed Houston 166-118 and Chiefs rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire led all rushers with 138 yards and a TD. Mahomes threw for 211 yards and three TDs (connecting with Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins) without an interception (he was sacked once), while Watson threw for 253 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and threw an interception. Houston was 4 of 10 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 25:13, while the Chiefs were kings of the clock, holding the pigskin for 34:47 and went 7 of 13 on third down tries (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

The Chargers escaped a late Cincinnati rally last Sunday as the Bengals had a chance to send their game into overtime at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday but K Randy Bullock’s 31-yard field goal try with seven seconds left sailed wide to the right, giving the Bengals a 16-13 loss, ruining Joe Burrow’s professional debut. Los Angeles took the lead for keeps in the fourth quarter, using a 5-yard rushing TD by rookie RB Joshua Kelly and a 22-yard field goal by Michael Badgely. Cincinnati would get the ball back with 3:08 and would get themselves as close as the Chargers’ 13-yard line but Bullock’s try sailed wide to the right.

The Bengals, who led 7-6 at the intermission and 13-6 at the end of three quarters, were out-rushed by the Chargers 155-122 with Chargers RB Austin Elker leading the way for all rushers with 84 yards, while Joe Mixon led the Bengals with 69. Burrow, the team’s top draft pic, threw for 193 yards but was sacked three times and threw an interception, while Chargers signal caller Tyrod Taylor (who replaced the departed Philip Rivers) threw for 208 yards with a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Cincinnati went 6 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Chargers ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:10, going 6 of 16 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played at Swope Field and in San Diego, the defending Super Bowl champs lead the series 63-55-1, have outscored the Bolts 2,641-2,401 and swept last year’s series (the Chargers’ last win in the series came at Arrowhead in 2018 by a final of 29-28.

Their first meeting was South of the border in Mexico City on a Monday night in week 11 at Azteca Stadium and the Chiefs held off a late Chargers’ rally to come away 24-17 winners. Kansas City led 10-9 at the intermission, then held off a late Charger rally after the Bolts pulled themselves to within seven with 1:44 left when Rivers and WR Keenan Allen connected on a 7-yard TD toss. Los Angeles would get the ball back with 1:53 and would get themselves as close as the Chiefs’ 14-yard line before Rivers would be picked off by Daniel Sorensen to end the threat.

Kansas City out-rushed Los Angeles 130-93 but Chargers RB Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 69 yards. Mahomes, leading Kansas City rushers with 59 yards, threw for 182 yards and a TD pass to Kelce, while Rivers threw for 353 yards and the TD to Allen but was sacked twice and picked off four times (Mahomes was sacked once and threw an interception). Kansas City was 6 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 28:58, while the Chargers ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:02, going 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Chiefs made the series a sweep at Arrowhead in the week 17 finale and learned they would have home field advantage throughout the post-season after Miami beat New England in Foxboro earlier in the day. Kansas City would make the most of it, taking down the Chargers 31-21 in the late afternoon affair in the Show-Me State. Kansas City led 10-7 at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Bolts 21-14 in the final 30 minutes of play, using a pair of Damien Williams rushing TDs to seal the deal.

Kansas City out-rushed the Chargers 162-108 and Williams led all rushers with 124 yards and the two rushing TDs; Mahomes threw for 174 yards and a TD (he had an interception), while Rivers threw for 281 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with Allen on one of the tosses, while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Both teams did well on third down tries (Kansas City was 7 for 10, Los Angeles was 8 of 15, 2 of 4 on fourth down) and the Chargers actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:04 tp Kansas City’s 23:56.

Kansas City was favored by 3 1/2 in the week 11 meeting South of the Border and they covered with the 7-point win in the Monday night affair; however, both teams missed the 52 1/2 over/under, tallying 41 points. In the season finale at Arrowhead in week 17, the Chiefs were favored by 9 and covered the spread, winning by 10 and both teams took care of the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 52 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 6 1/2 point favorites on the West Coast with a 50 1/2 over/under. Both numbers make a lot of sense. As they say, you’re champ until someone beats you. The Chargers will try to come at the kings but the Chiefs prevail in Cali and covers the 6 1/2.

New England (1-0) at Seattle (1-0), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Wilson. Newton. They meet again.

A pair of future Hall of Fame qbs meet in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in prime time as Seattle hosts the New England Patriots. Both teams took huge wins in their season openers last week.

Seattle took care of business in Atlanta last Sunday, as Wilson and the Seahawks took the Falcons 38-25 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Seattle led 14-12 at the intermission, then pulled away from the Falcons in the final 30 minutes of play in the Big Peach, outscoring the Falcons 24-13. Seattle out-rushed Atlanta 84-72 (Falcons RB Todd Gurley led all rushers with 56 yards and a TD) and Wilson threw for 322 yards and 4 TDs and was sacked three times, while Ryan threw for 450 yards and a pair of TDs to Calvin Ridley, while being sacked twice and throwing an interception. Atlanta went 7 of 14 on third down (the Falcons were a woeful 0 for 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:29, while the Seahawks ruled time, holding the pigskin for 30:31, going 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Playing for his new team, Newton took Miami to task last Sunday in Foxboro, as the Pats took care of the ‘Fins 21-11 at Gillette Stadium. New England led 7-3 at intermission, then took control of things in the second half, outscoring Miami 14-8 in the final 30 minutes of play. New England out-rushed Miami 217-87 and Newton (155 yards, two sacks) ran for a pair of TDs and led all rushers with 75 yards, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 191 yards with three interceptions and a sack. Miami went 4 of 11 on third down conversion and held the ball for 25:11, while the Patriots were kings of the clock, holding on to the pigskn for 34:49 and went 5 of 10 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

While the Seahawks lead the series 9-8, New England has outscored Seattle 345-326. Seattle has won the last two meetings, including taking a 31-24 win in Foxboro in 2016, while New England’s last win over Seattle came in 2008 in Seattle by a final of 24-21. Given that both teams are unbeaten and both have future Hall of Fame qbs, it’s only fair that this one is “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 61 last June and dates a 45-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal 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?”)

This one could very well be a Super Bowl matchup and if that’s the case, so be it. Seattle’s favored by 3 1/2 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starucks and the over/under is 44. Seattle covers the 3 in the Pacific Northwest and takes the Sunday night win.

New Orleans (1-0) at Las Vegas (1-0), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week two closes out in the desert as another new stadium opens in Vegas as the Raiders host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium. Both teams took wins in their season openers.

New Orleans erased a 7-0 deficit against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as Brees and the Saints would score 17 second quarter points unchallenged to take a 34-23 win in the Big Easy. While New Orleans led 17-7 at the break, Tampa Bay managed to make things close in the second half, outscoring their NFC South rivals 17-16 in the final 30 minutes of play. Tampa Bay out-rushed New Orleans 86-82 in the Big Easy and Brady threw for 239 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Drew Brees threw for 160 yards and a pair of TDS (one to Alvin Kamara) with a sack but no interceptions. Tampa Bay was 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Buccaneers held the ball for 28:37, while the Saints ruled the clock, holding the ball for 31:23, going 5 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Raiders held off a late Carolina rally in Charlotte last Sunday as the Raiders would leave the Tar Heel State with the 34-30 win. Leading 17-16 at the break, the Silver and Black floored the gas in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 17-15 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Raiders out-rushed Carolina 133-128 but Carolina RB Christian McCaffery led all rushers with 96 yards and a pair of TDs, while Las Vegas was led by Josh Jacobs with 93 yards and three TDs. Bridgewater threw for 270 yards for Carolina, while Derek Carr threw for 239 for the Raiders (both men threw a TD pass without being picked off, while Carr had the only sack in the contest). Carolina was 7 of 13 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:48, while the Raiders were kings of the clock, holding the ball for 31:12 and went 6 of 11 on third down.

The series? Tied at 6-6-1 (which includes comtests played in Los Angeles and Oakland) and the Saints have outscored the Silver and Black 317-286. The Raiders won the last meeting with the Saints, coming away 35-34 winners in the Big Easy in 2016, while New Orleans’ last win in the series came in Oakland in 2012 by a final of 38-17.

The Saints on Monday Night Football are 22-22 but won their two games they played last year in prime time. As for the Raiders? 40-29-1, picking up a win in their only MNF contest in 2019. The odds makers like the Saints as 5 1/2 point favorites in the desert with a 50 1/2 over/under. This one might be one that people will talk about for a while. The Raiders are opening a new building and the Saints would love nothing more than becoming home-wreckers. Las Vegas may not cover the 5 1/2 but the Raiders “just win, baby” in Vegas to close out week two, taking the win in the desert.