September’s out… October is in. The leaves are changing color and it’s getting a little cooler.

As the NFL enters October and closes the first quarter of the 2020 season, teams are scoring points and touchdowns at unprecedented levels. Translation: NFL teams are never out of games.

Last week, three teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win: Chicago (16 points), Pittsburgh (11 points) and Tennessee (12 points). In 10 of 48 games this season, a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win, tied with the 1987 season (10) for the second-most such games through the first three weeks in NFL history. Only the 2011 season (11) had more.

In 18 games this season, teams have come back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter. And on three occasions, a team has come back to win after trailing by at least 17 points at any point. That’s one game per week on average. So, looking ahead to Week 4, in which game will a team erase a deficit of at least 17 points? Stay tuned.

Two game that were on the schedule for week four have been taken off the schedule because of COVID 19 (Pittsburgh at Tennessee, New England at Kansas City). The game bewteen the Steelers and Titans has been moved to October 25, while the Patriots-Chiefs game could be played on either Monday or Tuesday evening.

STRATOSPHERE-LEVEL SCORING: Through the first three weeks, NFL teams have combined to score 281 total touchdowns, 273 offensive touchdowns (passing and rushing combined) and 2,446 total points, all the most in NFL history through Week 3.

Five of those 281 touchdowns belong to Aaron Jones, who has helped Green Bay (40.7 points per game) establish the NFL’s most prolific offense through three weeks. Five other teams are averaging at least 30 points per game: Seattle (37.0), Buffalo (31.0), Baltimore (30.3), Kansas City (30.3) and Atlanta (30.0). Two of those clubs meet on Monday Night Football in ndWeek 4 when the Falcons travel to Green Bay.

Buffalo, meanwhile, faces an early season road test Sunday at Las Vegas. Bills quarterback Josh Allen, the first player with at least 10 touchdown passes (10) and two rushing touchdowns (two) in his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, has Buffalo off to a 3-0 start for a second straight season. With a win this week, the Bills will be 4-0 for the first time since 2008.

In Seattle, Russell Wilson leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes in 2020 and surpassed Patrick Mahomes (13 in 2018) for the most by a player through his team’s first three games of a season in league annals. The Seahawks – winners of nine consecutive games in the Eastern Time Zone – head to Miami this week to face the Dolphins Sunday. Wilson needs three touchdown passes against the Dolphins to surpass Denver’s Peyton Manning (16 in 2013) for the most touchdown passes through a team’s first four games of a season in NFL history.

Points don’t go on the board – and more importantly, teams don’t win games – without clutch kicking. Tennessee kicker Stephen Goskowski connected on a 55-yard field goal with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Titans a 31-30 win at Minnesota in Week 3. Gostkowski, who kicked a game-winning field goal with 25 seconds remaining in Week 1 and a 49-yard game-winning field goal with 1:36 remaining in Week 2, is the first kicker to convert a game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of regulation in each of his team’s first three games of a season since the 1970 merger.

Don’t underestimate the importance of any early season intraconference game. The NFL shifted this season to a 14-team playoff format, with an extra Wild Card berth in each conference. Prior to 2020, there were two first-round byes in each conference. Now, there’s only one.

ON IN OCTOBER: New Orleans, who travels to Detroit and meet the Lions on Sunday, has won 12 consecutive games in the month of October. The last time they lost a game in the month was Week 7 of the 2016 season (October 23, 2016).

The NFL’s longest October winning streaks since 1970:

TEAM (STREAK and SEASONS)
Denver (14 from 1983-86)
Miami (14 from 1971-74)
Indianapolis (13 from 2005-08)
New England (12 from 2017 to present)*
New Orleans (12 from 2017 to present)*
Dallas (12 from 1992-94)
*Active streak

BELICHICK VS. REID, EPISODE XI: When New England meets Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium Monday, two of the top six winningest coaches in NFL history will be on opposite sidelines. New England’s Bill Belichick and Kansas City’s Andy Reid rank third and sixth, respectively, on the league’s all-time wins list, including postseason.

The coaches with the most wins in league history, including postseason:

Rk – Coach, Team(s) (Years, W-L-T, Pct.)
1 – Don Shula, Baltimore Colts and Miami (33, 347-173-6, .666) HOF
2 – George Halas, Chicago Bears (40, 324-151-31, .682) HOF
3 – Bill Belichick, Cleveland and New England (26, 306-140-0, .686)
4 – Tom Landry, Dallas (29, 270-178-6, .603) HOF
5 – Curly Lambeau, Green Bay, Chicago Cardinals and Washington (33, 229-134-22, .631) HOF
6 – Andy Reid, Philadelphia and Kansas City (22, 225-142-1, .613)

Belichick and Reid first met on September 14, 2003, when the Patriots defeated the Eagles, 31-10, at Lincoln Financial Field.

While Belichick owns a 7-3 advantage in the head-to-head series, including a 24-21 win over Reid’s Eagles in Super Bowl XXIX, Reid has won three of the six meetings since taking the reins of the Chiefs. In their last meeting (Week 14, 2019), Kansas City secured a 23-16 victory at New England en route to a Super Bowl LIV title.

In recent memory, Belichick has narrowly defeated Reid’s Chiefs in two postseason thrillers, a 27-20 win in the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs and a 37-31 overtime triumph in the 2018 AFC Championship game, before New England won Super Bowl LIII.

Within the exclusive company of the six coaches who’ve won the most games in NFL history, only Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas and Curly Lambeau (49) have more meetings than Belichick and Reid (10).

The most head-to-head meetings among the six coaches with the most wins in league history, including postseason:

HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUP – RESULTS (MEETINGS)
George Halas vs. Curly Lambeau – Halas led, 30-16-3 (1921-53) (49)*
Bill Belichick vs. Andy Reid – Belichick leads, 7-3-0 (2003-present) (10)
Don Shula vs. George Halas – Shula led, 5-4-0 (1963-67) (9)*
Don ShulaHOF vs. Tom Landry – Shula led, 5-3-0 (1967-87) 8*
George Halas vs. Tom Landry – Halas led, 2-1-0 (1960-64) 3*
Don Shula vs. Bill Belichick – Shula led, 2-0-0 (1992-93) 2*
*Halas, Lambeau, Shula and Landry are all in the Hall of Fame

BELTWAY GAME ON TAP THIS WEEKEND: Baltimore this week makes the 45-mile trek to FedExField for a Sunday matchup with Washington in Landover. NFL franchises from the two cities have been meeting since 1953, when the Baltimore Colts secured a 27-17 win over Washington at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

In each of the two seasons the Ravens have won the Super Bowl (2000 and 2012), one of their losses was in Washington. On December 9, 2012, Baltimore lost at Washington, 31-28 in overtime, before defeating San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII. Twelve years earlier, on October 15, 2000, Baltimore lost at Washington, 10-3, before defeating the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Baltimore’s John Harbaugh (130) and Washington’s Ron Rivera (80) are two of nine active head coaches with 80-or-more career victories. Each coach is a former assistant under Andy Reid.

This week will look somewhat strange as normally there would be 16 games slated (including the Thursday night game). That will not be the case this week as 14 games will be on the docket, with the Pittsburgh-Tennessee game, slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. in Nashville became the first victim of the COVID 19 virus. The league on Wednesday announced that the contest would be postponed and will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel. Then the New England-Kansas City contest at Arrowhead, featuring the winners of the last two Super Bowls, became a COVID 19 victin when Patroits QB Cam Newton and Chiefs backup QB Jordan Tamu each contracted the virus. The Patriots-Chiefs game is now set for Monday night at 7 p.m. at Arrowhead, which moves the Atlanta-Green Bay kickoff to 8:50 p.m. and the Steelers-Titans contest was rescheduled for October 25. With that change, the NFL moved the Indianapolis-Chicago contest to 4:25 p.m. on Sunday instead of their original 1 p.m. kickoff time.

While there are seven teams that are perfect, Atlanta, Detroit, the New York Giants, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Minnesota, the New York Jets and Houston are searching for their first wins of the 2020 campaign. There’s still time and a lot of football left for these teams to play catch up.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 27, the third week of the 2020 season.

Seven teams – Kansas City, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Green Bay and Tennessee – are 3-0 to begin the 2020 season.

Two teams – Chicago and Pittsburgh – are 3-0 after missing the postseason in 2019. Since 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. Chicago plays at home Sunday against Indianpolis, while the Steelers’ contest with Tennessee was postponed to either Monday or Tuesday because of COVID 19. Three teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win in Week 3: Chicago (16 points), Pittsburgh (11 points) and Tennessee (12 points).

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 315 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 130.7 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 38-31 win over Dallas. Wilson, who had five touchdown passes in Week 2 and four touchdown passes in Week 1, is the first player with at least four touchdown passes in each of his team’s three games of a season in NFL history.

Wilson is the fifth quarterback in league annals to record at least five touchdown passes in consecutive games, joining TOM Brady (Weeks 6-7, 2007), Daunte Culpepper (Weeks 5-6, 2004), Tom Flores (Weeks 15-16, 1963) and Ben oethlisberger (Weeks 8-9, 2014). Wilson has 14 touchdown passes in 2020 and surpassed Patrick Mahomes (13 in 2018) for the most by a player through his team’s first three games of a season in league annals.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 472 yards with three touchdowns against Seattle in Week 3. Prescott, who has 102 touchdown passes and 24 rushing touchdowns in his career, is the third quarterback with at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history, joining Jeff Garcia (113 passing, 21 rushing) and Cam Newton (117 passing, 43 rushing).

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen passed for 311 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.9 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 35-32 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3. In his first three games of the 2020 season, Allen has 1,038 passing yards with 10 passing touchdowns and a 124.8 rating, along with two rushing touchdowns. He is the first player with at least 10 touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history.

Allen is the fourth quarterback with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns and a rating of 120-or-higher through his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, joining Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018), Patrick Mahones (2019) and Peyton Manning (2013). Allen, who has 19 career rushing touchdowns, surpassed Dak Prescott (18) for the second-most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only Cam Newton (28 rushing touchdowns) has more.

Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers threw the 400th touchdown pass of his career in the Colts’ 36-7 win over the New York Jets in Week 3. Rivers is the sixth quarterback with at least 400 career touchdown passes in NFL history, joining Tom Brady (547), Peyton Manning (539) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Brett Farve (508) and Dan Marino (420).

Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow completed 31 of 44 pass attempts (70.5 percent) for 312 yards and two touchdowns for a 105.5 rating in the Bengals’ 23-23 tie against Philadelphia in Week 3. Burrow has 91 completions through his first three career games and surpassed Kyler Murray (84 completions in 2019) for the most completions by a rookie quarterback in his first three career games in NFL history.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray totaled three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in Week 3 against Detroit. Murray, who had one rushing touchdown on Kickoff Weekend and two rushing touchdowns in Week 2, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw (1972) and Charlie Frye (2006) as the only quarterbacks with a rushing touchdown in each of their teams’ first three games of a season since 1970.

Tennessee kicker Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 55-yard field goal with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Titans a 31-30 win at Minnesota in Week 3. Gostkowski, who kicked a game-winning field goal with 25 seconds remaining in Week 1 and a 49-yard game-winning field goal with 1:36 remaining in Week 2, is the first kicker to kick a game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of regulation in each of his team’s first three games of a season since 1970.

Titans running back Derrick Henry had 26 rushing attempts for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3. Henry, who had 31 attempts in Week 1 and 25 attempts in Week 2, is the fifth running back with at least 25 rushing attempts in each of his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Edgerrin James (2002), O.J. Simpson (1975) and Emmitt Smith (1994) as well as Arian Foster (2012).

Chicago tight end Jimmy Graham had six receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears’ 30-26 victory at Atlanta in Week 3. Graham has 16 career games with at least two touchdown receptions, tied with Rob Gronkowski (16) for the third-most such games by a tight end in NFL history. Only Antonio Gates (21) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez (18) have more.

30 IN ‘20: Through the first three weeks of the 2020 NFL season, there has been an average of 51.0 points per game scored (both teams combined), the highest total through Week 3 since 1970. Six teams – Green Bay (40.7 points per game), Seattle (37.0), Buffalo (31.0), Baltimore (30.3), Kansas City (30.3) and Atlanta (30.0) – are averaging at least 30 points per game this season, tied for the fourth-most teams in a single season through Week 3 since 1970.

Only two seasons have had six teams average at least 30 points through their first four games of a season, and 2020 has a chance to join or surpass them.

The seasons with the most teams averaging at least 30 points per game through their first four games:

SEASON – TEAMS
2002 – 6
1968 – 6
Many – 5
2020 – 6*
*Through 3 games

SLINGING IT IN SEATTLE: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson enters Week 4 as the league’s leader in touchdown passes (14) and passer rating (139.0). His 14 touchdown passes are the most by a player in his team’s first three games of a season in league annals.

With at least three touchdown passes on Sunday at Miami, Wilson will surpass Peyton Manning (16 touchdown passes in 2013) for the most touchdown passes by a player through his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history. Three of the previous five players with at least 14 touchdown passes through four games went on to win league MVP that season.

The players with the most touchdown passes through their team’s first four games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN TEAM’S FIRST FOUR GAMES)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013, 16)#
Sammy Baugh, Washington (1943, 14)HOF
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018, 14)#
Don Meredith, Dallas (1966, 14)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (1999, 14)HOF#
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2020, 14)*

*Through three games

Last week, Wilson passed for five touchdowns and zero interceptions in Seattle’s Week 3 victory. Having also passed for four touchdowns in Week 1 and five touchdowns in Week 2, Wilson became the first player with at least four touchdown passes in each of his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history.

With at least four touchdown passes on Sunday, Wilson will become the third player in league annals with at least four touchdown passes in at least four consecutive games, joining Peyton Manning (five games in 2004) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (four games in 1984).

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON (WEEKS/GAMES)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2004, Week 8-12/5)#
Dan Marino, Miami (1984, weeks 13-16/4)HOF#
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2011, Weeks 15-17/3)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018, weeks 6-8/3)#
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2020, Weeks 1-3/3)*

*Active streak *Won MVP that season

BUFFALO BRILLIANCE: Entering Week 4, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen ranks second in the NFL in passing yards (1,038), touchdown passes (10) and passer rating (124.8). He is the fourth player with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 120-or-higher through his team’s first three games of a season in league history.

With at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes on Sunday at Las Vegas, Allen will become the third player with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (six games in1998) and Peyton Manning (five games in 2013).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, GAMES)
Steve Young, San Francisco (1998, 6) HOF
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013, 5)
Josh Allen, Buffalo (2020, 3)*
*Active streak

Additionally, Allen can become the second quarterback with at least 300 passing yards and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining Peyton Manning (five season-opening games in 2013).

CATCH MY DRIFT: Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers leads all qualified passers with a 78.3 completion percentage this season, the third-highest mark through the first three weeks of a season in league history (minimum of 50 attempts).

With a completion percentage of 75-or-higher on Sunday at Chicago, Rivers will become the sixth quarterback with a completion percentage of 75-or-higher in four consecutive games (minimum of 20 attempts) in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games with a completion percentage of 75-or-higher in NFL history (minimum of 20 attempts):

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, GAMES)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2016-17, 4)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2014-15, 4)
Tom Brady, New England (2007, 4)
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (2004-05, 4)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (2000-02, 4)HOF
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis (2020, 3)*
*Active streak
HOF Hall of Fame

20 YEARS APART: Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ Week 3 victory, the 286th regular season start of his career, the second-most in NFL history. Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for 330 yards in his second career start last week and became the fifth quarterback with at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two career starts in league annals.

If Herbert (22 years and 209 days old on Sunday) and Brady (43 years and 63 days old on Sunday) meet as starting quarterbacks when the Buccaneers host the Chargers on Sunday, it will mark the first game since at least 1950 featuring an age gap of at least 20 years between opposing starting quarterbacks. The older quarterback won the three most recent meetings featuring the largest age gaps between opposing quarterbacks.

The games with the largest age gaps between opposing starting quarterbacks since 1950:

QUARTERBACKS (AGES); AGE GAP – DATE OF GAME
Tom Brady (43 years, 63 days) vs. Justin Herbert (22 years, 209 days); 20 years, 219 days – October 4, 2020
Tom Brady (42 years, 79 days) vs. Sam Darnold (22 years, 138 days); 19 years, 306 days – October 21, 2019
Tom Brady (41 years, 149 days) vs. Sam Darnold (21 years, 208 days); 19 years, 306 days – December 30, 2018
Tom Brady (42 years, 68 days) vs. Daniel Jones (22 years, 136 days); 19 years, 297 days – October 10, 2019
Warren Moon (44 years, 8 days) vs. Ryan Leaf (24 years, 195 days); 19 years, 179 days – November 26, 2000#

With at least two touchdowns on Sunday at Detroit, Kamara will become the third player with at least two scrimmage touchdowns in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (five games in 1958) and Calvin Johnson (four games in 2011).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdowns to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, GAMES)

Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 5)HOF
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2011, 4)
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (2020, 3)*
*Active streak
HOF Hall of Fame

Kamara also scored two touchdowns in his final two regular-season games in 2019. With at least two touchdowns on Sunday, he will become the sixth player with at least two touchdowns in six consecutive games in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, GAMES)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers (2006, 8) HOF
John Riggins, Washington (1983, 7) HOF
Priest Holmes, Kansas City (2003-04, 6)
Larry Johnson, Kansas City (2004-05, 6)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1994, 6)HOF
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (2019-2020, 5)*
*Active streak
HOF Hall of Fame

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE: Cleveland running backs Nick Chubb (292 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns) and Kareem Hunt (204 rushing yards and three total touchdowns) are the only pair of running-back teammates each with at least 200 rushing yards this season. The pair has also combined for seven scrimmage touchdowns through three games.

If Hunt scores a touchdown on Sunday at Dallas, the pair will become the third set of running-back teammates each with at least four scrimmage touchdowns through their team’s first four games of a season in the Super Bowl era.

The running-back teammates each with at least four touchdowns through their team’s first four games of a season in the Super Bowl era:​

TEAMMATES (TDs), TEAM (SEASON)
James Brooks (5) and Larry Kinnebrew (4), Cincinnati (1985)
Jim Braxton (7) and O.J. Simpson (5), Buffalo (1975)#
Nick Chubb (4) and Kareem Hunt (3), Cleveland (2020)**Through three games

DK MORE THAN OK: Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf ranks third in the league with 297 receiving yards and is one of three players with a touchdown reception in each of the first three weeks of the season.

With at least 90 receiving yards and a touchdown reception on Sunday at Miami, Metcalf will become the third player with at least 90 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Marvin Harrison (1999) and Randy Moss (2007).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 90 receiving yards and a touchdown reception to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, GAMES)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999, 4) HOF
Randy Moss, New England (2007, 4) HOF
D.K. Metcalf, Seattle (2020, 3)*
*Active streak
HOF Hall of Fame

As for last week… 8-8 wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either (we’re counting the tie in Philadelphia as a win) and for the season, that’s 31-17. Normally, we would make only one game “DRILL WORTHY” but because we lost two games to the COVID (one did get rescheduled), we’re making an exception and making all of Sunday and both Monday games “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?”)

Week four got underway in upstate New Jersey as Denver picked up their first win in the Meadowlands against the New York Jets and concludes at Lambeau Field as Green Bay hosts Atlanta. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week four.

Arizona (2-1) at Carolina (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals make their way East to face off against Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Cardinals come into the Tar Heel State contest with a last second loss under their belts, while the Panthers took care of business on the West Coast last week.

The Desert Angry Birds watched Detroit use a pair of Matt Prather field goals, including a 39-yarder as time expired in the desert take a 26-23 loss at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Detroit led 17-13 at the break, then found themselves trailing 23-20 at the end of the third quarter before Prather connected on the first of his two field goals, tying the contest with 6:44 left in regulation. Detroit then got the ball back with 4:49 left in the contest, using a 10-play, 70-yard drive that used all of the 4:49 with Prather coming through as the clock struck :00. Arizona out-rushed Detroit 109-90 and both Matthew Stafford and Kyler Murray threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs (Stafford was sacked four times, Murray was sacked once and threw three interceptions; Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins led all recievers with 137 yards on ten catches). Detroit was 4 for 12 on third down and kept the ball for 32:50 (including the final 4:49 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds clung to the ball for 27:10, going 4 of 10 on third down tries (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Carolina held a 18-7 lead at the half against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday, then held off a late Los Angeles rally to come away 21-18 winners at SoFi Stadium. The Chargers would get themselves as close as Carolina’s 28-yard line before Panthers LB Efe Obada recovered a fumble to end the contest. Using three Joey Slye field goals and a 13-yard TD pass from Bridgewater to RB Mike Davis, the Panthers took the lead into the locker room, only to see the Chargers chip away at the lead, pulling themselves to within three with 4:33 left in regulation when RB Keenan Allen caught a 14-yard pass from rookie QB Justin Hebert (making his second start of the season). Carolina would then hold their breath and would only exhale when Obaba recovered the fumble that would have continued the Chargers’ drive for the win.

The Chargers outrushed Carolina 117-81 with RB Austin Ekeler leading all rushers with 59 yards and a rushing TD, while Bridgewater threw for 235 yards and a TD without a sack, while Hebert threw for 330 yards and the Allen TD (Hebert threw an interception and both men were sacked twice). Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Carolina went 3 of 12 on third down, while the Chargers were 10 for 15 and time was on the side of the Chargers, who clung to the ball for 31:12, while the Panthers held the pigskin for 28:48.

Carolina leads the series 10-4, have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 326-256 and have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 38-20 win in the desert last year (Arizona’s last win over Carolina came in 2013 in the desert by a final of 22-6).

They met in Glendale in week three and Arizona led 14-10 at the intermission and never looked back, outscoring the Desert Angry Birds 24-10 in the final 30 minutes of play at State Farm Stadium. Christian McCaffery ran amok, tallying 153 yards of his own with a TD as the Panthers out-rushed Arizona 173-121 and Kyle Allen, taking over for the injured Cam Newton, threw for 261 yards and four TDs (connecting with TE Greg Olsen on two of the tosses) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Murray threw for 173 yards and a pair of TDs (Murray was sacked eight times and picked off twice). Carolina was 4 of 10 on third down tries and the Panthers held on to the ball for 28:16, while Arizona ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:44 and went 9 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week three contest in the desert, Carolina covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 18 and both teams took care of the 46 1/2 over/under with 58 points. Vegas likes the Desert Angry Birds as 3 1/2-point favorites with a 52 1/2 over/under. This one may not be “Drill Worthy” but given the quarterbacks in this one, Carolina’s finer in this one. Panthers pull off the upset in the Tar Heel State and covers the 3 1/2.

Jacksonville (1-2) at Cincinnati (0-2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of struggling teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River as Cincinnati hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in the battle of the litter box.

Jacksonville could never get themselves on track against in-state rival Miami last Thursday night despite a pair of James Robinson TDs, as the Jaguars were taken to task 31-13 at TIAA Bank Stadium. Miami led from start to finish in the Sunshine State affair in north Florida, as the Jaguars trailed 21-7 at the intermision, then found themselves outscored 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Miami out-rushed Jacksonville 138-72 and Garder Minshew threw for 275 yards with four sacks and an interception, while Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 160 yards and a pair of TDs (Fitzpatrick was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Jacksonville went 3 of 10 on third down tries (they were 0 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:38, while the Dolphins were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 34:22, while going 7 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Bengals erased a 13-10 halftime deficit at Cincinnati last Sunday, pulling themselves even in the final 30 minutes of action and leaving the City of Brotherly Love tied 23-23 in overtime. Rookie WR Tee Higgins gave the Bengals a 17-16 lead with 2:22 left in the third when he and rookie QB Joe Burrow connected on a 4-yard TD toss. Bengals K Randy Bullock would then add a pair of fourth quarter field goals to lead by seven with 21 seconds left when Eagles QB Carson Wentz scored on a 7-yard TD run as part of an 11-play, 75-yard driver that used 2:44 of clock.

Each team then exchanged the ball on punts in the overtime and the Eagles had their best chance to end the game with 49 seconds left with a 54-yard field goal try by Jake Elliot. The Eagles then were flagged for a false start and they punted the ball back to the Bengals, who got one play off in their final possession but did not score. Philadelphia outrushed the Bengals 175-48 (Eagles RB Miles Sanders led all rushers with 95 yards) and Wentz threw for 225 yards with a pair of passing TDs in addition to the rushing TD, while Burrow threw for 312 yards and a pair of TDs to Higgins (Burrow was sacked eight times, Wentz was sacked three times and Wentz threw a pair of interceptions). The Bengals were 3 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:16, while the Eagles held the pigskin for 37:44, going 10 of 21 on third down.

The Jaguars lead the series 13-9, have outscored the Bengals 496-395 and have taken wins in the last two contests, including a 27-17 win alng the shores of the Ohio River last year (Cincinnati’s last win over Jacksonville came in 2014 at Paul Brown by a final of 33-23).

Jacksonville erased a 7-6 deficit at the break (the contest in week seven was scoreless after one quarter) and took the lead for keeps when Minshew and WR Keelan Cole connected on a 2-yard TD toss early in the final quarter of play. Jacksonville out-rushed Cincinnati 216-33 with Leonard Fournette leading all rushers with 131 yards. Minshew threw for 255 yards and the TD to Cole, while Andy Dalton threw for 276 yards and a TD toss to Joe Mixon (Dalton accounted for all 33 of Cincinnati’s rushing yards) but was sacked twice and threw three interceptions. Jacksonville was 4 of 16 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 38:17, while Cincinnati kept the pigskin for 21:43 and went 5 of 12 on third down.

In the week seven affair, the boys and girls in Vegas liked Jacksonville as 3 1/2-point favorites and the Jaguars did not disappoint, covering the spread with their 10-point win and both teams mateched the 44 over/under. Cincy’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams are looking to get off the deck. Jacksonville comes away with this one, pulling the upset, although the Bengals could make this one closer than 3.

Cleveland (2-1) at Dallas (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Baker Mayfield and the Browns make their way to Jerry World for an early afternoon meeting with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys in the Lone Star State.

Cleveland took care of a 20-17 deficit against Washington at First Energy Stadium and came away 34-20 winners last Sunday. Cleveland led 17-7 at the break, then trailed 20-17 at the end of the third quarter before the Browns scored 17 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take the win, using a 3-yard TD pass from Mayfield to TE Harrison Bryant, a 28-yard TD run by Nick Chubb and a 30-yard field goal by Chris Parkey to seal the win. Chubb ran for 108 yards and a pair of TDs as the Browns out-rushed Washington 158-103 and Mayfield threw for 156 yards and a pair of TDs with two sacks but no interceptions, while Dwayne Haskins threw for 224 yards and a pair of TDs to Derek Inman but was sacked three times and threw three interceptions. Cleveland went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 33:37, while Washington kept the ball for 26:23, going 5 of 11 on third down (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Dallas watched Seattle rally from a 1-point deficit with 1:47 left in regulation when Russell Wilson and WR D.K. Metcalf connected on a 29-yard TD to take a 38-31 lead, then held off Dallas and Dak Prescott in the final seconds of the contest to take the 7-point win. The Cowboys trailed 23-15 at the half in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, then chipped away at the lead and took it with 13:07 left in regulation when WR Michael Gallup and Prescott connected on a 48-yard TD toss and K Greg Zuerlein would add a 42-yard field goal to make it a 1-point contest. Seattle then went to work, first using an 8-play, 75-yard drive that used 2:12 of clock to reclaim the lead with the Wilson to Metcalf connection (Seattle then went for two and made it when Wilson and TE Jacob Hollister connected on the successful try), then stopping a Dallas drive at the end of the contest when Ryan Neal picked Prescott off in the end zone.

Seattle out-rushed Dallas 117-61 and Wilson threw for 315 yards and five TDs (three of them going to Tyler Lockett; Lockett had nine catches for 100, Metcalf caught four balls for 110 yards), despite being sacked four times; Prescott threw for 472 yards and three TDs (two to Cedrick Wilson) and was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, including the pick that ended the contest for Dallas (Gallup had six catches for 138 yards, while Wilson had five catches for 107 yards). Seattle was 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Seahawks were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 32:34, while Dallas, who kept the ball for 27:26, went 7 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Including games played at Municipal Stadium, the Cotton Bowl and Texas Stadium, the Browns have a 15-13 lead in the series and have outscored the Cowboys 595-560. Dallas has won the last four meetings, including a 35-10 win in Cleveland in 2016, while Cleveland’s last win came in 1994 in the Lone Star State by final of 19-14. Dallas is favored by 4 1/2 in Arlington and the over/under’s 55 1/2. The last time the Browns won in Dallas? 1994 by a final of 19-14. History does have a way of repeating itself. Cleveland may not cover the 4 1/2 but they leave Jerry World with the upset.

New Orleans (1-2) at Detroit (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Motor City as Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints travel to Ford Field for a showdown with Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.

Brees and the Saints watched Green Bay wipe away a 17-13 halftime lead at New Orleans Sunday night, holding off the Saints and leaving the Big Easy 37-30 winners. Using a 49-yard field goal by Mason Crosby and a 1-yard TD toss from Rodgers to TE Robert Tonyan, the Packers would take the lead back for keeps before Saints K Will Lutz made it a 7-point affair with 32 seconds left. The Saints would try an onside kick, which Green Bay recovered. The Packers then ran out the clock and left the Big Easy with the win. While New Orleans did out-rushed Green Bay 122-98, Rodgers threw for 283 yards, while Drew Brees threw for 288 yards (both men threw three TDs without an interception and Brees was sacked twice, while Rodgers was sacked once). Both teams wer4e 5 of 11 on third down tries (the Packers were 1 of 2 on fourth down, while the Saints went 1 of 1) and Green Bay ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:40 to New Orleans’ 28:20.

The Lions used a pair of Matt Prather field goals, including a 39-yarder as time expired in the desert to beat Arizona 26-23 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Leading 17-13 at the break, the Lions found themselves trailing 23-20 at the end of the third quarter before Prather connected on the first of his two field goals, tying the contest with 6:44 left in regulation. Detroit then got the ball back with 4:49 left in the contest, using a 10-play, 70-yard drive that used all of the 4:49 with Prather coming through as the clock struck :00. Arizona out-rushed Detroit 109-90 and both Matthew Stafford and Kyler Murray threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs (Stafford was sacked four times, Murray was sacked once and threw three interceptions; Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins led all recievers with 137 yards on ten catches). Detroit was 4 for 12 on third down and kept the ball for 32:50 (including the final 4:49 of the contest), while Arizona clung to the ball for 27:10, going 4 of 10 on third down tries (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

The series, which includes games played at Tiger Stadium, Tulane Stadium, San Antonio and the Pontiac Silverdome is even at 12-12-1 and the Saints have outscored the Lions 537-484. Their last meeting was in the Big Easy in 2017 and the Saints came away 52-38 winners, while the Lions’ last win in the series came the year before (also in the Big Easy) by a final of 28-13. New Orleans’ a 4-point favorite in the Motor City and the over/under’s 54 1/2. Both are looking to even their records. Detroit pulls off the upset in the Motor City and covers the 4.

Minnesota (0-3) at Houston (0-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. They’re both searching for their first win and both are at or near the bottom in their respective divisons. J.J. Watt, DeSean Watson and the Texans return to the Lone Star State for a contest with the Minnesota Twins. Both teams lost in last week’s action.

Minnesota dropped their third game in a row, letting a 17-9 lead against Tennessee get away from them as the Titans outscored the Vikings 22-13 in the final 30 minutes of play to lose 31-30 at US Bank Stadium last Sunday. Minnesota took the 8-point with them to the break in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, only to see the Titans chip away at the lead, allowing the visitors to take the win. Tennessee took the lead for good with 1:44 left in regulation when Stephen Gostkowski booted his second field goal of the quarter, connecting on a 55-yard field goal try. (inc

Minnesota out-rushed Tennessee 226-134 with Vikings RB Delvin Cook leading the way with 181 yards and a TD, while Tennessee’s Derek Henry would rush for 119 yards and a pair of TDs. Ryan Tannehill threw for 321 yards with a sack and an interception, while Cousins threw for 251 yards and three TDs (one to WR Adam Thielen; Vikings WR Justin Jefferson led all recievers with 175 yards and a TD, while Tennessee was paced by Kalif Raymond, who had 118 yards on three catches). Minnesota was 4 of 10 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and kept the ball for 28:28, while the Titans held on to the pigskin for 31:32, going 3 for 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh erased a 21-17 deficit against Houston at the intermission at Heinz Field and came away 28-21 winners over the Texans last Sunday. Pittsburgh used a 26-yard field goal by Chris Boswell and a 12-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to James Conner (Roethlisberger then hooked up with WR JuJu Smith-Schuester for the two-point try) to take the win in the Steel City. Conner led all rushers with 109 yards as the Steelers out-rushed Houston 169-29 and Roethlisberger threw for 237 yards and two TDs (one of them to Smith-Schuester), while he was sacked twice without throwing an interception. For the Texans, DeSean Watson threw for 264 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times and picked off once. Pittsburgh went 8 of 18 on third down tries but had better success on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 36:51, while the Texans held on to the pigskin for 23:09, going 5 of 12 on third down.

They’ve met four times and the Vikings have come away with wins in all four meetings, outscoring the Texans 116-68, with Minensota’s last win coming in 2016 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes by a final of 31-13. Houston’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 54. Feel free to take a pass on this one and watch that “Chicago PD” marathon on ION. Soneone has to win this game. Minnesota covers the 3 in the Lone Star State and takes the win.

Seattle (3-0) at Miami (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks make their way to the East Coast for a showdown with the Miami Dolphins. Both team were winners in their last contests.

Seattle rallied from a 1-point deficit with 1:47 left in regulation when Wilson and WR D.K. Metcalf connected on a 29-yard TD to take a 38-31 lead, then held off Dallas and Dak Prescott in the final seconds of the contest to take the 7-point win. Leading 23-15 at the half in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Dallas would chip away at the lead and taking it with 13:07 left in regulation when WR Michael Gallup and Prescott connected on a 48-yard TD toss and K Greg Zuerlein would add a 42-yard field goal to make it a 1-point contest. Seattle then went to work, first using an 8-play, 75-yard drive that used 2:12 of clock to reclaim the lead with the Wilson to Metcalf connection (Seattle then went for two and made it when Wilson and TE Jacob Hollister connected on the successful try), then stopping a Dallas drive at the end of the contest when Ryan Neal picked Prescott off in the end zone.

Seattle out-rushed Dallas 117-61 and Wilson threw for 315 yards and five TDs (three of them going to Tyler Lockett; Lockett had nine catches for 100, Metcalf caught four balls for 110 yards), despite being sacked four times; Prescott threw for 472 yards and three TDs (two to Cedrick Wilson) and was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, including the pick that ended the contest for Dallas (Gallup had six catches for 138 yards, while Wilson had five catches for 107 yards). Seattle was 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Seahawks were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 32:34, while Dallas, who kept the ball for 27:26, went 7 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Miami made sure Jacksonville could never get themselves on track last Thursday night despite a pair of James Robinson TDs, as Jaguars were taken to task 31-13 at TIAA Bank Stadium. Miami led from start to finish in the Sunshine State affair in north Florida, as the Jaguars trailed 21-7 at the intermision, then found themselves outscored 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Miami out-rushed Jacksonville 138-72 and Garder Minshew threw for 275 yards with four sacks and an interception, while Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 160 yards and a pair of TDs (Fitzpatrick was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Jacksonville went 3 of 10 on third down tries (they were 0 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:38, while the Dolphins were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 34:22, while going 7 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Miami leads the series 8-4 (including contests played at the Orange Bowl and the Kingdome) and the Dolphins have outscored Seattle 247-199. Seattle won the last meeting, which took place in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2016 by a final of 12-10, while Miami’s last win came in 2012 in the Sunshine State, coming away 24-21 winners. Seattle’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 54 1/2. The Dolphins are actually better than their record but Seattle prevails in South Beach this week, taking the win in the Sunshine State.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) at Tampa Bay (2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Tom Brady vs. Justin Hebert. Age meets youth on the Florida Gulf Coast as the Chargers and Buccaneers meet at Raymond James Stadium.

Los Angeles saw their hopes of their first win at home dashed as Carolina held off the Chargers 21-18 at SoFi Stadium last Sunday. The Bolts trailed Carolina 18-7 at the half, then pull themselves to within seven with 4:33 left when RB Keen Allen and Hebert (making his second start of the season) connected on a 14-yard TD pass. The Chargers would get themselves as close as Carolina’s 28-yard line before Panthers LB Efe Obada recovered a fumble to end the contest.

The Chargers outrushed Carolina 117-81 with RB Austin Ekeler leading all rushers with 59 yards and a rushing TD, while Bridgewater threw for 235 yards and a TD without a sack, while Hebert threw for 330 yards and the Allen TD (Hebert threw an interception and both men were sacked twice). Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Carolina went 3 of 12 on third down, while the Chargers were 10 for 15 and time was on the side of the Chargers, who clung to the ball for 31:12, while the Panthers held the pigskin for 28:48.

Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led from start to finish last Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High, coming out on top 28-10 against Denver. Tampa Bay led 23-10 at the break, then used a safety by Shaqule Barrett, who sacked Broncos QB Jeff Driscoll in the end zone and a Ryan Succop field goal to close out the scoring in the second half. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier rushing-wise but Tampa Bay out-rushed Denver 68-42 and Brady burned the Broncos for 297 yards and three TDs (two of them to Mike Evans), while Driscoll threw for 176 yards with a TD but he was sacked five times (including the safety) and threw an interception. Denver was 5 of 14 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 26:58, while Brady and the Buccaneers kept the clock hostage, holding on to the pigskin for 33:02 and went 8 of 16 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in San Diego, the Chargers lead the series 8-3 and have outscored the Buccaneers 300-212. Tampa Bay has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 28-21 win in San Diego in 2016, while the Chargers were 41-24 winners in Tampa Bay in 2008. Tampa Bay’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Age wins out here. Brady and the Bucs win at home, although the Chargers could make this closer than the 7 1/2.

Baltimore (2-1) at Washington (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. They’re separated by 37 miles and a 36-minute drive along I-95. The Ravens travel to FedEx Field for a meeting with Washington. Both teams look to rebound from losses in last week’s action.

Washington let a 20-17 lead against Cleveland get away from them in the final 15 minutes of play at First Energy Stadium, as the Browns rallied to come away 34-20 winners last Sunday. Washington trailed led 17-7 at the break, then led 20-17 at the end of the third quarter before the Browns scored 17 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take the win, using a 3-yard TD pass from Mayfield to TE Harrison Bryant, a 28-yard TD run by Nick Chubb and a 30-yard field goal by Chris Parkey to seal the win.

Chubb ran for 108 yards and a pair of TDs as the Browns out-rushed Washington 158-103 and Mayfield threw for 156 yards and a pair of TDs with two sacks but no interceptions, while Dwayne Haskins threw for 224 yards and a pair of TDs to Derek Inman but was sacked three times and threw three interceptions. Cleveland went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 33:37, while Washington kept the ball for 26:23, going 5 of 11 on third down (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

For the Ravens, it was another night where Jackson and Patrick Mahomes squared off last Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium and once again, Mahonmes and the defending Super Bowl champs prevailed, coming out of Charm City 34-20 winners and knocking the Ravens out of the ranks of the unbeaten in primetime.

Baltimore led once, with 9:20 left in the first quarter when K Jeff Tucker connected on a 26-yard field goal. After that, it would be the Chiefs that would flex some muscle, taking a 27-10 lead with them to the intermssion. Baltimore did out-rush the Chiefs 158-132 (Jackson led all rushers with 83 yards) but Mahomes threw for 385 yards with four TDs (connecting with Tyreek Hill on one of them) without a sack, while Jackson was held to 97 yards and a TD and four sacks (neither Jackson or Mahomes threw an interception). Baltimore went 3 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 26:04, while the defending champs ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:56, going 10 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

The series finds itself even at 3-3, Washington has outscored Baltimore 102-94 and Washington has won the last two meetings, including coming out on top 16-10 in Charm City in 2016, while Baltimore’s last win came in 2008 in Baltimore by a final of 24-10. Baltimore’s favored by 13 and the over/under’s 51. The 51 makes sense. The 13? That’s a little steep. Washington’s pretty decent for a 1-2 team but the Ravens are going to prevail in Landover to take the win but expect Washington to make things closer than the 13.

New York Giants (0-3) at Los Angeles Rams (2-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. The winless Giants travel westward to Inglewood for an late afternoon meeting with the Los Angeles Rams on the West Coast. Both come into the late afternoon contest with losses under their belts.

Big Blue watched San Francisco complete their Meadowlands sweep Sunday afternoon at Met Life Stadium, with the 49ers taking a 36-9 win over the Giants back to wine country with them. Trailing 16-6 at the intermission, the Giants watched the 49ers floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of action in upstate New Jersey, outscoring the Giants 20-3 in the second half, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. San Francisco out-rushed Big Blue 93-66 and Nate Mullens, taking over for Jimmy Garappalo (ankle) threw for 343 yards and a TD without an interception, while Daniel Jones threw for 179 yards and an interception (both men were sacked twice). San Francisco was 8 of 12 on third down and played keep-away with the ball, holding it from the Giants for 39:44, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 20:16, while going 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

A last-second rally by the Rams fell short in upstate New York last Sunday as Buffalo knocked them and Jared Goff out of the ranks of the unbeatens, falling to the Bills 35-32 in Orchard Park. The Bills led 21-3 at the half, then held off the Rams, who would outscore them 29-14 in the final 30 mintues of play. While the Rams out-rushed Buffalo 167-101 (Rams RB Darrell Henderson led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD), Allen threw for 311 yards with four TDs and was sacked four times; Goff threw for for 321 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks (both threw an interception; Rams WR Cooper Kupp led all recievers with 107 yards on nine catches, while Buffalo was led by Cole Beasley, who caught six balls for 100 yards). Buffalo was 5 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:48, while the Rams ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 32:12, going 6 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in Cleveland, St. Louis, Yankee Stadium. the Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium, the Rams lead the series 26-16 and have outscored Big Blue 988-798. Los Angeles’ last win in the series came in 2017 in the Meadowland, with the Rams 51-17 winners, while the Giants’ last win in the series came in 2016 in London by a final of 17-10. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Rams as a 13-point favorite on the West Coast and the over/under’s 47. Granted, the Giants right now are bad. They’re not 13-points bad but the Rams bounce back from the loss in upstate New York and takes the win at home.

Indianapolis (2-1) at Chicago (3-0), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Chicago, sitting tied with Green Bay in the NFC North, returns to the Windy City for an afternoon meeting with the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. Both teams won their previous contests last week. The contest was slated to be an early start time at Noon Chicago time but moved to the later slot after the New England-Kansas City game was postponed because two players (New England’s Cam Newton and Kansas City’s Jordan Tamu) tested positive for COVID 19.

The New York Jets watched Indianapolis break a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter as Philip Rivers and the Colts would score their next 29 points of the contest unchallenged to come away with the 36-7 win at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Hoosier State. Indianapolis led 17-7 at the break, then floored the gas in the second half to seal GangGreen’s fate. The Colts out-rushed GangGreen 119-109 and Rivers threw for 217 yards with a TD and no sacks or interceptions, while Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 168 yards and a TD but was sacked twice (one sack resulting in a safety in the third quarter) and three interceptions, two returned for TDs by Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 3 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs and kept the ball for 29:52, while the Colts ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:08, while going 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Da Bears rallied from a 16-10 halftime deficit in Atlanta as Chicago rallied in the closing minutes to come away with the 30-26 win over the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Chicago trailed by 3 with 1:53 left in regulation when Nick Foles, who took over for Mitchell Trusbisky, connected with WR Anthony Miller to take the lead for the first time and for keeps. Chicago then held off a late Atlanta rally when DB Tashaun Gipson picked off Matt Ryan to end the Falcons’ rally at Chicago’s 44-yard line. Atlanta out-rushed Chicago 144-130 with Falcons RB Todd Gurley leading all rushers with 80 yards and a pair of TDs; Trubisky threw for 128 yards with a TD, a sack and an interception before being replaced by Foles (188 yards, 3 TDs, interceptions), while Ryan threw for 238 yards and a TD to TD Hayden Hurst (WR Calvin Ridley led Atlanta with 110 yards, while Chicago’s Alan Robinson led all recievers with 123 yards and a TD). Chicago was 4 of 15 on third down tries (they went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and Da Bear kept the ball for 34:50, while Atlanta, keeping the ball for 25:10, went 4 of 13 on third down.

Including games in Baltimore and games that were played at the corners of Waveland, Clark, Sheffield and Addison (Wrigley Field), the Colts lead the series 23-19 and have outscored Da Bears 898-872. They last met in the Hoosier State in 2016 and the Colts prevailed 29-13, while Chicago’s last win came at Soldier Field in the Windy City in 2012 by a final of 41-21. The Colts are favored by 2 1/2 with a 46 over/under. The Colts are good but Da Bears are a little better. Chicago covers the 2 1/2 in the Windy City and comes away with the win at Soldier Field.

Buffalo (3-0) at Las Vegas (2-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 717. An undefeated Buffalo Bills team, fresh off their win over the Los Angeles Rams, travels to the desert to face off against Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders.

Buffalo knocked the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff out of the ranks of the unbeatens, surviving a late Rams rally to come out on to 35-32 in Orchard Park. The Bills led 21-3 at the half, then held off the Rams, who would outscore them 29-14 in the final 30 mintues of play. While the Rams out-rushed Buffalo 167-101 (Rams RB Darrell Henderson led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD), Allen threw for 311 yards with four TDs and was sacked four times; Goff threw for for 321 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks (both threw an interception; Rams WR Cooper Kupp led all recievers with 107 yards on nine catches, while Buffalo was led by Cole Beasley, who caught six balls for 100 yards). Buffalo was 5 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:48, while the Rams ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 32:12, going 6 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Carr and the Raiders watched Cam Newton and the New England Patriots erase 3-0 deficit against Las Vegas last Sunday in Foxboro by taking a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission and coming away with the 36-20 win over the Raiders last Sunday. New England would outscore the Silver and Black 23-10 in the final 30 minutes of play at Gillette Stadium. New England out-rushed Las Vegas 250-126 with Pats RB Sony Michel leading the way with 117 yards and Newton threw for 162 yards and a TD, despite throwing an interception, while Derek Carr threw for 261 yards and a pair of TDs without an interception (both were sacked twice). New England was 3 of 11 on third down and the Patriots kept the ball for 34:39, while the Raiders clung to the ball for 25:21, going 3 of 9 on third down tries (neither club had a fourth down attempt).

The Silver and Black lead the series (which includes contests played in Oakland, Los Angeles and old War Memorial Stadium) 21-18 and have outscored the Bills 907-836. Buffalo circled the wagons in their last meeting in upstate New York in 2017, sending the home fans happy with a 34-14 win in Orchard Park, while the Raiders’ last win came in 2016 on the West Coast by a final of 38-24. Buffalo’s favored by 3 in the desert and the over/under’s 52 1/2. The Raiders want to avoid losing their second game in a row, while the Bills want to keep the ball rolling. Bills circle the wagon in the desert and takes the win in Vegas, covering the 3.

Philadelphia (0-2-1) at San Francisco (2-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Cheesesteak meets sourdough as the Philadelphia Eagles search for their first win of the season as they travel to Levis’ Stadium to face off against the defending NFC champions in Santa Clara.

Philadelphia and Wentz rallied in the final seconds of regulation to tie Cincinnati 23-23 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles led 13-10 halftime before Cincinnati would lead 17-16 with 2:22 left in the third when WR Tee Higgins and rookie QB Joe Burrow connected on a 4-yard TD toss. Bengals K Randy Bullock would then add a pair of fourth quarter field goals to lead by seven with 21 seconds left when Wentz scored on a 7-yard TD run as part of an 11-play, 75-yard driver that used 2:44 of clock.

Each team then exchanged the ball on punts in the overtime and the Eagles had their best chance to end the game with 49 seconds left with a 54-yard field goal try by Jake Elliot. The Eagles then were flagged for a false start and they punted the ball back to the Bengals, who got one play off in their final possession but did not score. Philadelphia outrushed the Bengals 175-48 (Eagles RB Miles Sanders led all rushers with 95 yards) and Wentz threw for 225 yards with a pair of passing TDs in addition to the rushing TD, while Burrow threw for 312 yards and a pair of TDs to Higgins (Burrow was sacked eight times, Wentz was sacked three times and Wentz threw a pair of interceptions). The Bengals were 3 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:16, while the Eagles held the pigskin for 37:44, going 10 of 21 on third down.

San Francisco completed their Meadowlands sweep Sunday afternoon at Met Life Stadium, taking a 36-9 win over the New York Giants back to wine country with them. Leading 16-6 at the intermission, the 49ers floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of action in upstate New Jersey, outscoring the Giants 20-3 in the second half, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. San Francisco out-rushed Big Blue 93-66 and Nate Mullens, taking over for Jimmy Garappalo (ankle) threw for 343 yards and a TD without an interception, while Daniel Jones threw for 179 yards and an interception (both men were sacked twice). San Francisco was 8 of 12 on third down and played keep-away with the ball, holding it from the Giants for 39:44, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 20:16, while going 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

San Francisco leads the series 18-13-1 but the Eagles have outscored the 49ers 749-719. Philadelphia won the last meeting between the two clubs, a contest that took place in 2017 in the City of Brotherly Love with the Eagles coming away 33-10 winners, while the 49ers’ last win came on the West Coast in 2014 by a fnal of 26-21. San Francisco’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. The Eagles are better than their record but the 49ers prevail at home in Santa Clara, covering the 6 1/2.

ATLANTA (0-3) at Green Bay (3-0), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week four closes out in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as Aaron Rogers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers host Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, searching for their first win of the 2020 campaign.

For the second Sunday in a row, the Falcons let a lead get away from them, leading 16-10 at halftime, only to watch Chicago rally in the closing minutes to come away with the 30-26 win over the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta led by by 3 with 1:53 left in regulation when Nick Foles, who took over for Mitchell Trusbisky, connected with WR Anthony Miller to take the lead for the first time and for keeps. Chicago then held off a late Atlanta rally when DB Tashaun Gipson picked off Matt Ryan to end the Falcons’ rally at Chicago’s 44-yard line. Atlanta out-rushed Chicago 144-130 with Falcons RB Todd Gurley leading all rushers with 80 yards and a pair of TDs; Trubisky threw for 128 yards with a TD, a sack and an interception before being replaced by Foles (188 yards, 3 TDs, interceptions), while Ryan threw for 238 yards and a TD to TD Hayden Hurst (WR Calvin Ridley led Atlanta with 110 yards, while Chicago’s Alan Robinson led all recievers with 123 yards and a TD). Chicago was 4 of 15 on third down tries (they went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and Da Bear kept the ball for 34:50, while Atlanta, keeping the ball for 25:10, went 4 of 13 on third down.

Green Bay wiped away a 17-13 halftime deficit at New Orleans Sunday night, holidng off the Saints and leaving the Big Easy 37-30 winners. Using a 49-yard field goal by Mason Crosby and a 1-yard TD toss from Rodgers to TE Robert Tonyan, the Packers would take the lead back for keeps before Saints K Will Lutz made it a 7-point affair with 32 seconds left. The Saints would try an onside kick, which Green Bay recovered. The Packers then ran out the clock and left the Big Easy with the win. While New Orleans did out-rushed Green Bay 122-98, Rodgers threw for 283 yards, while Drew Brees threw for 288 yards (both men threw three TDs without an interception and Brees was sacked twice, while Rodgers was sacked once). Both teams wer4e 5 of 11 on third down tries (the Packers were 1 of 2 on fourth down, while the Saints went 1 of 1) and Green Bay ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:40 to New Orleans’ 28:20.

Green Bay leads the series by a slim 16-14 margin (which includes games played in Milwaukee, Fulton County Stadium and the Georgia Dome) and the Packers have outscored Atlanta 749-640. Green Bay’s last win came at Lambeau in 2018 by a final of 34-20, while Atlanta’s last win in the series came in the Big Peach in 2017 in the Georgia Dome by a final of 34-23.

Atlanta on Monday night? 15-27 and their last contest was a win at home against the Giants in 2018. As for the Packers? 34-32-1 and they won both of their Monday night contests last year. Green Bay’s favored by 7 with a 58 over/under. Green Bay wants to stay unbeaten, while the Falcons have other plans. Atlanta may not cover the 7 at Lambeau but the Falcons take the win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst.