Three teams remain unbeaten (Seattle, Pittsburgh and Tennessee).

Two teams picked up their first win of the 2020 campaign (Atlanta and New York Giants).

One team (New York Jets) is searching for their first win.

Welcome to week seven. If nothing else, this has been a somewhat interesting season and it’s going to get even more interesting.

The Week 7 NFL menu showcases a historic showdown in Music City, a two-decade-old rivalry renewing in Las Vegas and a pair of defensive headliners squaring off on Monday Night Football. Still hungry?

Don’t worry. With the high volume of close, competitive games and the number of exciting young players making significant contributions on a weekly basis, there’s certain to be something for every NFL palate this week.

CLASH OF NFL TITANS IN NASHVILLE SUNDAY: Two of the NFL’s three remaining undefeated teams square off Sunday when Pittsburgh travels to meet Tennessee in Nashville. It’s only the sixth contest in the Super Bowl era and just the eighth overall NFL game, matching teams that have at least five wins and zero losses.

The games between teams with at least five wins and zero losses​ in NFL history:

DATE: MATCHUP (RESULT)
October 25, 2020: Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0) (???)
November 1, 2015: Green Bay (6-0) at Denver (6-0)(Denver 29-10)*
November 4, 2007: New England (8-0) at Indianapolis (7-0)(New England 24-20)+
October 14, 2007: New England (5-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-0)(New England 48-27)+
October 24, 2004: New York Jets (5-0) at New England (5-0)(New England 13-7)*
October 28, 1973: Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (6-0)(Minnesota 10-9)+
November 4, 1923: Canton Bulldogs (5-0) at Chicago Cardinals (5-0)(Canton 7-3)*
November 13, 1921: Akron Pros (7-0) at Buffalo All-Americans (6-0)(Tie 0-0)
*Won Super Bowl/league championship
+Advanced to Super Bowl

Pittsburgh is off to its best start since opening 7-0 in 1978 en route to a Super Bowl XIII victory. Tennessee has authored the second-best start in franchise history, behind its 10-0 record to open the 2008 season.

The Titans (422.0 yards per game) rank second in the NFL in total offense while the Steelers (285.2 yards allowed per game) rank second in the NFL in total defense.

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill (364 passing yards) and running back Derrick Henry (212 rushing yards) combined last week to make Tennessee the first team in NFL history to have a player eclipse 350 passing yards and another rush for at least 200 yards in the same game.

Henry, who also recorded 211 rushing yards in Week 17 of the 2019 season and 238 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the first player to record a game with at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 at home against Cleveland and joined the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season. Ten Steelers this season have at least one sack, led by Bud Dupree (five) and T.J. Watt (4.5), tied for second and fourth, respectively, in the AFC. Seven Steelers have at least one interception, led by Steven Nelson (two), tied for third in the conference.

Ball security has been a hallmark of each team’s early season success. The Titans rank second in the NFL with three giveaways, while the Steelers (four) rank tied for third. Including postseason, Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has gone 321 consecutive touches (304 carries, 17 receptions) without a fumble. Pittsburgh running back James Conner has gone 198 consecutive touches (157 carries, 41 receptions) without a fumble. Tennessee is tied for the league lead with a plus-six turnover ratio. Pittsburgh (plus-five) is tied for fourth.

Tannehill (113.5) and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (109.1) rank second and fourth, respectively, in AFC passer rating. Roethlisberger has won 13 of his past 19 starts, while Tannehill has won 12 of his past 15, including playoffs.

OLD RIVALS MEET IN LAS VEGAS: Sunday Night Football rekindles a 19-year-old rivalry that started in the 2001 Divisional playoffs. When Las Vegas hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday, Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden and Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady will meet for the third time in their careers.

The most memorable meeting was the first, on January 19, 2002, a snowy evening at Foxboro Stadium, where Brady rallied his Patriots to a 16-13 overtime win over the Raiders to earn his first career playoff win en route to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. One year later, Gruden won his own Super Bowl after joining the Buccaneers in a unique trade, leading Tampa Bay to victory over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Fast forward nearly two decades and Gruden is back guiding the Raiders and Brady is the field general of Gruden’s former team, the Buccaneers. And while those two may have changed teams, the Buccaneers defense as it was in the early 21st Century is again dominating the NFL.

Tampa Bay’s defense, guided by coordinator Todd Bowles, leads the NFL in fewest total yards allowed per game (282.0), fewest total yards allowed per play (4.6), fewest rushing yards allowed per game (64.3) and fewest first downs allowed per game (16.8), while tying for second in the league with 11 total takeaways. Last week, the Buccaneers held the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, Green Bay, to 10 points.

Depending on the amount of touchdown passes thrown earlier in the day by all-time leader Drew Brees (556), Brady (555) on Sunday night could leave the field for the first time as the NFL’s career leader in that category.

Brady last week helped the Buccaneers overcome a 10-point deficit in their win over the Packers. In the NFL this season, there have been 19 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, tied with the 2011 season (19 games) for the most such games through Week 6 in league history.

There have been six games that have featured a team overcoming a deficit of at least 17 points to win this season, the second-most such games through Week 6 in a single season in NFL history. Only the 2011 season (seven games) had more.

MONSTERS OF THE COMEBACK: NFC North-leading Chicago (5-1) has registered two of their five wins by overcoming deficits of at least 16 points (a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in Week 1 and a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit in Week 3). Thanks in part to Chicago, 2020 marks the first year in which at least one NFL team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points to win in each of the first six weeks of a season. The Bears also earned a tough road win at Carolina last week, one of eight NFL games in Week 6 within one score in the fourth quarter.

The Bears travel from one coast to the other this week when they play at the Los Angeles Rams Monday night. The matchup features stalwarts on each defense that have combined to account for three of the last four Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year awards, the Rams’ Aaron Donald (2017-18) and the Bears’ Khalil Mack (2016 with the Raiders).

Donald, Mack and Arizona’s Chandler Jones are the NFL’s only three players with at least 65 sacks and 17-or-more forced fumbles since 2014, when Donald and Mack entered the league eight selections apart in the first round of the NFL Draft. Donald leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks this year while Mack leads the Bears with 4.5. Chicago leads the NFL this season in red-zone defense, allowing touchdowns on just 36.4 percent of opponent drives inside the 20-yard line. And if the game is within one score in the fourth quarter – like 62 of 91 NFL games (68.1 percent) so far this season – that defense will be tested by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who leads the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating (141.1).

MAHOMES MEETS LOCK IN DENVER: Last week, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, appearing in his 37th career game, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 90 career touchdown passes, surpassing the previous mark held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (40 games). Mahomes returns on Sunday to Denver, where he made his first NFL start at the end of the 2017 season. Denver quarterback Drew Lock, who guided the Broncos to a win at New England last week, is 5-3 in his career as a starting quarterback.

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce needs 65 receiving yards to become the third tight end in NFL history with at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first eight seasons, joining Rob Gronkowski (7,179) and Antonio Gates (7,005). Kelce has 6,935 receiving yards in 102 career games.

CLUTCH ROOKIES: The Justin Herbert story adds another chapter this week when the Los Angeles Chargers hosts Jacksonville. The Chargers’ rookie quarterback leads qualified NFL passers in a key metric, third-down passer rating (150.9), significantly ahead of the next-best mark, Patrick Mahomes (136.0). Herbert also leads NFL rookies with an overall 107.1 passer rating.

The other starter in the Chiefs’ backfield, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, leads all NFL players with 682 scrimmage yards (505 rushing, 177 receiving) and ranks second in the NFL with 505 rushing yards, trailing only Derrick Henry (588). Edwards-Helaire ran for a season-high 161 yards to help the Chiefs beat Buffalo in Week 6.

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his first five career games, tied with Martavis Bryant (2014), Willie Gault (1983), Calvin Ridley (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

Rookie wide receiver Ceedee Lamb, whose Dallas Cowboys travels to Landover to play Washington, is tied for the NFL lead in third-down receptions (12). Overall, Lamb leads NFL rookies with 36 receptions and looks to extend his NFL record this week by catching at least five passes in a seventh consecutive game to open a career.

SEAHAWKS, CARDINALS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD SUNDAY: Seattle, 5-0 and off to their best start in franchise history, comes off a bye with a stiff road test at Arizona (4-2) on Sunday.

Seattle in games after its bye under head coach Pete Carroll has an NFC best 7-3 record since he took the reins of the team in 2010. In the NFL, only Baltimore’s John Harbaugh (8-2) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (8-3) have better records after the bye in that span.

Quarterback Russell Wilson in games after a bye has a 6-1 career record, the NFL’s best mark by a starting quarterback since he entered the league in 2013 (minimum four starts). Wilson, who leads the NFL this year with 19 touchdown passes, needs four on Sunday to become the third quarterback in NFL history with at least 250 touchdown passes in his first nine seasons. Wilson, who would join Peyton Manning (275) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (266), has 246 touchdown passes in 133 career games.

The Seahawks have a four-year winning streak in games after a bye. Their last loss was Week 10 of the 2015 season to the Cardinals, in Seattle, 39-32. In that contest, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 receptions for 130 yards.
Fitzgerald, who has 1,399 career receptions in 256 games, needs one reception on Sunday to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,549) as the only players in NFL history with 1,400 career catches.

Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (100.2) and Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf (99.2) are the NFL’s top players, respectively, in receiving yards per game this season.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 18, the sixth week of the 2020 season.

Indianapolis overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat Cincinnati, 31-27, in Week 6. Indianapolis is the first team to overcome a deficit of at least 21 points to win in the regular season since Week 1 of the 2016 season (Kansas City trailed 24-3 and defeated the San Diego Chargers, 33-27, in overtime).

The 2020 season is the first season in NFL history in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points and won in each of the first six weeks of the season.

Tampa Bay overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Green Bay, 38-10, on Sunday. There have been 19 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, tied with the 2011 (19 games) and 1987 (19) seasons for the most such games through Week 6 in NFL history.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for two touchdowns with a 104.9 rating while tight end Rob Gronkowski had 78 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ Week 6 win.

Including the postseason, Brady and Gronkowski have connected for 91 touchdowns, surpassing Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (90 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history. Only Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (114 touchdowns) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92) had more.

Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns, his 30th career game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, in the Colts’ Week 6 win.

Rivers is the sixth player to reach 30 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history, joining Drew Brees (67), Tom Brady (51), Peyton Manning (46), Aaron Rodgers (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (33).

Colts tight end Trey Burton had two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) in Week 6. He is the fourth tight end since 2000 with both a receiving and rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Eric Ebron (Week 10, 2018), Coby Fleener (Week 6, 2016) and Rob Gronkowski (Week 13, 2011).

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns, running back Derrick Henry totaled a career-high 264 scrimmage yards (212 rushing, 52 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns, including a 94-yard touchdown run, and tight end Anthony Firsker had 113 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 42-36 overtime win over Houston.

Tennessee is the third team to have a 300-yard passer, 200-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same regular-season game in league annals, joining Cleveland (September 16, 2007) and Kansas City (January 1, 2006).

Henry, who also recorded 211 rushing yards in Week 17 of the 2019 season and 238 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the first player to record a game with at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

Henry, who also had a 99-yard touchdown run in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the fifth player in league annals with multiple career rushing touchdowns of at least 90 yards, joining Ahmah Green (two), Bo Jackson (two), Chris Johnson (two) and Lamar Miller (two).

Henry has five career rushing touchdowns of at least 70 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (five) and O.J. SIMPSON (five) for the third-most in NFL history. Only Chris Johnson (seven) and Adrian Peterson (seven) have more.

Appearing in his fifth career game, Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool registered a rushing touchdown in the Steelers’ 38-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Claypool has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his first five career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998), Martavis Bryant (2014), Willie Gault (1983) and Calvin Ridley (2018) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 and joined the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season.

Denver kicker Brandon McManus converted all six of his field goal attempts, including field goals of 52 and 54 yards, in the Broncos’ 18-12 win at New England in Week 6.

McManus has six career games with at least two 50-yard field goals, tied with Justin Tucker (six) for the most such games in NFL history.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK SEVEN

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Through the first six weeks of the 2020 NFL season, rookies are making immediate impacts around the league.

Entering Week 7, Kansas City running back Clyde Edward-Helaire leads the NFL in scrimmage yards (682) and ranks second in rushing yards (505). Pittsburgh wide receiver Chase Claypool ties for fifth in the NFL with six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing), while Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson ranks fifth in the league with 537 receiving yards.

Including Jefferson, four rookie wide receivers have at least 300 receiving yards this season [Dallas’ Ceedee Lamb (497), Cincinnati’s Tee Higgins (339) and Claypool (335)], tied with the 2013 and 1986 seasons for the most though Week 6 since 1970.

Overall, rookies have combined for a total of 8,509 scrimmage yards in 2020. With at least 1,305 combined scrimmage yards in Week 7, 2020 will surpass the 2017 season (9,813) for the most combined scrimmage yards by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (not including the 1987 season with replacement players).

The seasons with the most combined scrimmage yards by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (not including 1987):

SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS
2017 – 9,813
2018 – 9,239
2014 – 9,027
2020 – 8,509*
2019 – 8,253
*Through Week 6

YOUNG SLINGERS: In addition to rookie backs and receivers taking the league by storm, rookie quarterbacks are also finding success early in their careers. Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow ranks second in the NFL in completions (160) and eighth in passing yards (1,617). Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert ranks ninth among qualified passers with a 107.1 passer rating through his first four career starts.

If Burrow reaches the 300-yard passing mark at Cleveland on Sunday, he will become the fourth rookie quarterback with at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL history.

The rookies with the most 300-yard passing games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2012 – 6)
Daniel Jones – New York Giants (2019 – 5)
Kyler Murray – Arizona (2019 – 5)
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati (2020 – 4)*
*Entering Week 7

Herbert needs at least three touchdown passes on Sunday against Jacksonville to join DeShaun Watson (four consecutive games in 2017) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes in three consecutive games. Herbert threw three touchdown passes in Week 4 and four touchdown passes in Week 5.​

With at least 250 passing yards, Herbert can join Patrick Mahomes as the only players in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards in each of their first five career games. Mahomes had at least 250 passing yards in each of his first 10 games.

FEELING 100: Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr enters Week 7 leading all qualified passers in completion percentage (73.1), while ranking second in passer rating (115.9). In 99 career starts, Carr has 24,235 passing yards, 2,248 completions and 154 touchdown passes, all the most in Raiders franchise history.

With at least 15 completions against Tampa Bay on Sunday night, Carr will surpass Tony Romo (2,262 completions) for the second-most career completions by a player through his first 100 starts in NFL history. Only Matthew Stafford (2,410) has more.

The players with the most career completions through their first 100 starts in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (COMPLETIONS)
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (2,410)
Tony Romo – Dallas (2,262)
Derek Carr – Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2,248)*
*Expected to make his 100th career start on Sunday night

HISTORIC CONNECTION: Last week, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski connected for their first touchdown as members of the Buccaneers. It marked the 91st touchdown connection in their careers, including the postseason, surpassing Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (90 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history.

With another touchdown pass from Brady to Gronkowski at Las Vegas Sunday night, the pair will tie the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92 touchdowns) for the second-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history, including the postseason. Only Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (114) have more.

The quarterback-receiver pairings with the most touchdowns in NFL history, including the postseason:

QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER (TOUCHDOWNS)

Peyton Manning/Marvin Harrison (114)HOF
Steve Young/Jerry Rice (92)HOF
Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski (91)

(Harrison, Young and Rice and in Hall of Fame)

SECOND-YEAR SURGE: Through five games, Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is averaging 99.2 receiving yards per game, the second-highest mark in the league this season and has recorded at least 90 receiving yards in each game.

With at least 90 receiving yards on Sunday at Arizona, Metcalf will become the fifth player to record at least 90 receiving yards in each of his team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, GAMES)
Michael Irvin – Dallas (1995, 9) HOF
Dwight Clark – San Francisco (1982 – 8)
Adam Thielen – Minnesota (2018 – 8)
Charley Hennigan – Houston Oilers (1961 – 7)
D.K. Metcalf – Seattle (2020 – 5)*
*Active streak

125 IN 35: Last week, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones recorded eight receptions for 137 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, his 34th-career game with at least 125 receiving yards.

With at least 125 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit, Jones will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (35 games) for the second-most games with at least 125 receiving yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (49) has more such games.

The players with the most career games with at least 125 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (GAMES)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (49)HOF
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland and New England (35)HOF
Julio Jones – ATLANTA (34)

A FANTASTIC FIRST 50: In four games this season, San Francisco tight end George Kittle has totaled 30 receptions for 380 yards, ranking third and second among tight ends, respectively. In 49 career games, Kittle has 246 receptions for 3,325 receptions.

With at least 112 receiving yards on Sunday at New England, Kittle will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (3,436 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a tight end through his first 50 career games in NFL history.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS)
Mike Ditka – Chicago (3,436)HOF
Kellen Winslow Sr.- San Diego Chargers (3,420)HOF
George Kittle – San Francisco (3,325)*
*Appearing in 50th game on Sunday

With at least three receptions on Sunday, Kittle will surpass Kellen Winslow Jr. (248 receptions) for the third-most receptions by a tight end through his first 50 career games in NFL history. Only Jordan Reed (266) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. (262) have more.

The tight ends with the most receptions in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (RECEPTIONS)
Jordan Reed – Washington (266)
Kellen Winslow Sr. – San Diego Chargers (262)HOF
Kellen Winslow Jr. – Cleveland and Tampa Bay (248)
George Kittle – San Francisco (246)*

*Appearing in 50th game on Sunday

As for last week? 8-6. Not bad. For the season? 58-33. There’s still a lot of football left on the docket and in the words of ESPN’s Chris Berman, “that’s why they play the games!” In case you missed it, there’s been a change in the schedule for this week. The Tampa Bay/Las Vegas game, which was scheduled to be in prime time Sunday night, has been moved to Sunday afternoon and the Seattle/Arizona game, which was to be a 4:25 p.m. start, will be the NBC Sunday night game.

Week seven began in the City of Brotherly Love as the Eagles squeaked by the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night and ends in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Rams hosts Da Bears Monday night. Byes this Week? Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami and Minnesota. Seattle, New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Chargers return to action from their break. Having said that, here are the picks for Sunday and Monday in week seven.

Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A pair of sub-.500 teams meet in the Big Peach as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons hosts Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Both teams were road winners in last week’s play.

Stafford and the Lions were 36-16 winners over Jacksonville in the Sunshine State last Sunday. Detroit led 17-3 at the half, then proceeded to tale control of things at TIAA Bank Stadium, outscoring the Jaguars 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of play. The Lions held Jacksonville to 44 yards of rushing, while tallying 180 of their own, with rookie RB DeAndre Swift leading everyone with 116 yards and a pair of TDs and teammate Adrian Peterson chipping with 40 yards and a TD of his own. Stafford threw for 233 yards and a TD (Kenny Golloday led all recievers with 105 yards), while Gardner Minshew III threw for 243 and a TD (Minshew was sacked once, both Minshew and Stafford threw an interception in the contest). Detroit was 3 of 12 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:57, while the Jaguars were 24:03 in time of possession, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Atlanta ended their five-game losing streak under interim head coach Raheem Morris in the Twin Cities last Sunday, leaving US Bank Stadium with the 40-23 win. The Falcons scored the first 23 points of the contest uncontested, taking a 20-0 lead with them to the break in the process.

Atlanta out-rushed Minnesota 99-32 with Falcons RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 47 yards. Ryan threw for 371 yards and four TDs (connecting with Julio Jones on two; Calvin Ridley and TE Hayden Hurst had the other two catches), while Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 343 yards with three TDs but also threw three interceptions (two of them leading to Atlanta scoring drives) and was sacked once (Ryan was sacked twice but threw no interceptions).

The Falcons were 9 of 17 on third down tries in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Atlanta was perfect on fourth down, going 3 of 3) and they ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 40:07, while the Vikings, who kept the pigskin for 19:53, went 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Detroit leads the series (which includes games played at Fulton County Stadium, Tiger Stadium, the Georgia Dome, Ford Field and the Silverdome) 24-13 and have outscored the Falcons 829-774. Detroit’s last win over the Falcons did not come in North America; instead, the two teams traveled to London and the Lions were 22-21 winners at Wembley Stadium in 2014, while Atlanta would get revenge on the Lions in the Motor City in 2017, taking down the Lions 30-26. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Falcons as 2 1/2 point favorites in the Big Peach with a 55 over/under. Both teams are better than their records and both are looking to catch Chicago and New Orleans in the NFC North and South, respectively. Atlanta finished strong last year on a four-game winning streak. Could the Falcons be starting a new streak? Their fan base hopes so. Falcons rise up in the Big Peach and covers the 2 1/2 with a win at home.

Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow, Round 2. It’s Round 2 of the Buckeye State series as the Browns make their way south to face off against Cincinnati along the banks of the Ohio River. Both teams took losses on the road in last week’s action.

Cleveland was held to a second quarter TD by WR Richard Higgins as the Steelers took the Browns to task 38-7 last Sunday at Heinz Field. The Browns trailed 24-7 at the intermission, then watched Pittsburgh take control of things in the second half, scoring their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. The Steelers held Cleveland to 75 yards of rushing, while tallying 129, with James Conner leading all rushers with 101 yards and a TD and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 162 yards and a TD, despite being sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw for 119 yards and the Higgins TD but was picked off twice and sacked four times. Cleveland was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down tries (the Browns were not much better on fourth down, going 0 of 3) and they would keep the ball for 25:54, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:06, going 5 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Bengals let a 24-21 lead at Indianapolis get away from them as Philip Rivers and the Colts stormed back in the second half to come away 31-27 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Colts scored 10 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take the win in the Hoosier State, using a 14-yard TD toss from Rivers to TE Jack Doyle and a 40-yard field goal from rookie K Rodrigo Blankenship to seal the deal.

Cincinnati out-rushed the Colts 98-59, with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 54 yards and a TD (Jonathan Taylor lead the Colts with 60 yards. Rivers threw for 371 yards and three TDs, while Burrow threw for 313 yards (Burrow was sacked twice, Rivers was sacked once and each man threw an interception). The Colts were 7 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 25:32, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:28, going 8 of 17 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The contest along the shores of the Ohio River is a rematch of a week two contest that saw the Browns hold off their AFC North and instate rival 35-30 at First Energy Field. Leading 21-13 at the intermission along the shores of Lake Erie, the Browns would hold off a late Cincinnat rally in the fourth quarter, when the Bengals made it a five-point contest with 43 seconds left when Herbert and WR Travis Boyd connected on a 9-yard TD strike.

Cleveland out-rushed Cincinnati 215-68 with Nick Chubb leading all rushers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs (Cincinnati was led by Joe Mixon with 46 yards on the ground). Mayfield threw for 219 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Odell Beckham, Jr.) with an interception but no sacks, while Hebert threw for 316 yards and three TDs (connecting with Mixon and Boyd on two) and was sacked three times without an interception.

Cleveland was 5 of 8 on third down (the Browns were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:21, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:39, while going 8 of 18 on third down, 5 of 5 on fourth down. In the week two contest in Cleveland, the Browns were favored by 7 1/2 in the Thursday night contest but would win by only five. The two clubs did managed to cover the 46 over/under, tallying 65 points. Vegas likes the Browns again, this time as a 3-point road favorite with a 50 1/2 over/under. For the Bengals, it’s trying to keep their heads (and paws) above water. For the Browns, it’s a chance to put themselves a bit closer to the post-season. Cleveland rocks… and they win in Cincinnati, covering the 3.

Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay limp into Houston to face off against DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans in the Lone Star State at NRG Stadium. Both teams lost on the road in their contests last week.

Green Bay took a 10-0 lead against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, only to see that lead vanish as the Bucs scored 38 points unchallenged to take a 38-10 win at home. The Packers, knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens, led 10-0 before the wheels would come off the bus, as Tampa Bay CB Jamel Dean picked off Rodgers and returned it 32 yards for a TD. Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones II gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with a 2-yard TD run and from that point, things went from bad to worse for the Packers.

Jones ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bucs out-rushed Green Bay 158-94 in the late afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Brady threw for 166 yards and a pair of TDs (one to favorite target TE Ron Gronkowski), while Rodgers threw for 160 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Green Bay on third down was 7 of 17, while the Bucs were 5 of 12 and the clock was the ally of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:37 to Tampa Bay’s 28:23.

Houston watched Tennessee rally late from a 7-point deficit against Houston as the Titans would take a 42-36 overtime win over the Texans last Sunday. Tennessee led 21-10 at the intermission before the Texans would rally and lead 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation when Brandon Cooks and DeShaun Watson conected on a 1-yard TD toss (Houston went for two and did not make the conversion) before the home team rallied with four seconds left when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connected on a 7-yard TD toss to tie the contest at 36-36.

Tennessee would win the toss to start overtime and they made sure that the Texans would never see the ball again, as they used 6 plays, chewed up 82 yards of field and used 3:30 of clock with Derrick Henry sending Titans fans home happy with a 5-yard TD run, his second of the day.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 263-92 and Henry led all rushers with 212 yards and the two scores (including the game-winner); Tannehill threw for 364 yards with an interception, while Watson threw for 335 yards (Tannehill threw the contest’s only interception; both men were sacked twice and both threw four TDs). Both clubs did well on third down conversions; Houston was 7 of 14 (the Texans were 3 of 3 on fourth down), while the Titans were 6 of 10 and time was the ally of the Titans, who held on to the ball for 31:50 to Houston’s 31:40.

The Packers lead the series 3-1, they’ve outscored the Texans 100-74 and have won the last two meetings in the brief series, including a 21-13 win at Lambeau Field in 2016, while Houston’s lone win in the series also came at Lambeau Field in 2008 by a final of 24-21. Green Bay’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. The Texans are looking for their first win at home, while the Packers look to wash the stench of losing at Tampa Bay off. Scrub-a-dub-dub. Packers cover the 3 1/2 in Houston and wins on the road.

Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.:n FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC South rivals meet in the Big Easy as Teddy Bridgewater returns to New Orleans to face off against Drew Brees and the Saints.

A Carolina rally at home at Bank of America Stadium fell short last Sunday as the Panthers came out on the short end of a 23-16 loss to Chicago. Carolina trailed 13-6 at halftime and would pull themselves to within 7 with 7:46 left in the contest on a 48-yard field goal by Jeff Slye. Carolina would get the ball back with 92 seconds left when Teddy Bridgewater’s first down pass attempt was picked off by Bears CB DeAndre Houston-Carson, ending the drive.

Carolina out-rushed Da Bears 112-63 and Bridgewater threw for 216 yards with four sacks and two interceptions (including the one that ended the Carolina rally), while Nick Foles threw for 198 yards with a TD toss to TE Cole Kmet (Foles threw an interception but was not sacked). Carolina was 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Panthers kept the ball for 31:06, while Chicago, who kept the ball for 28:54, went 7 of 14 on third down tries.

The Saints come back to action after their bye and their 30-27 overtime win over Justin Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers i in the Big Easy two weeks ago. The Bolts led 20-10 at the intermission before the Saints would rally in the fnal 30 minutes of regulation, tying things up with 52 seconds left when backup QB Taysom Hill scored on a 9-yard run. New Orleans would get the ball to start the overtime and used a 9-play, 48-yard drive that would use 4:52 of clock with Wil Lutz connecting on a 36 yard field goal with 5:08 left in the overtime.

The Chargers, needing to either tie things up with a field goal or a TD to win the contest, got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff at their 25-yard line. With some help from a roughing the passer penalty on the Saints, the Chargers would get as close as their own 44-yard line, where four Herbert passes fell incomplete and the Saints took the win. While the Chargers out-rushed the Saints 111-95, Brees threw for 325 yards and a TD, while Hebert threw for 264 yards and four TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest and was sacked twice, while Hebert was sacked three times). New Orleans was 5 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:01, while the Chargers held on to the pigskin for 30:42 and went 8 of 17 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The series? Tied 25-25, with the Saints outscoring Carolina 1,115-1,097. New Orleans swept the series last year, taking wins in the Big Easy and in the Tar Heel State (Carolina’s last win over the Saints came in 2018 in the Big Easy by a final of 33-14).

Their first meeting? Week 12 in the Big Easy and the two teams went at it back and forth and it would be Wil Lutz sending Saints fans home happy with a 34-31 win in the final seconds. Leading 17-15 at the intermission, the Saints would watch Carolina chip away at the lead, using a 4-yard TD run by Christian McCaffrey and a D.J. Moore TD pass from Allen to even things up before the Saints used an 11-play, 65-yard drive that used the remaining 1:56 of the contest with Lutz connecting on the 33-yard field goal try as time expired.

While Carolina out-rushed New Orleans 121-118, Brees burned the Panthers for 311 yards, while Allen threw for 256 yards (both men threw three TDs, Allen was sacked four times, while Brees was sacked twice and threw the contest’s only interception). Carolina was 5 of 13 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and they would rule the clock and held on to the ball for 31:33, while the Saints were 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the pigskin for 28:27, including the final 1:56 of the contest.

The Saints completed the series sweep in Charlotte, taking a 42-10 win in the season finale. New Orleans led 28-3 at the break and held Carolina in check in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans out-rushed Carolina 115-41 and Brees threw for 253 yards with three TDs, while Allen threw for 295 with an interception (Allen was sacked once, Brees did not have a sack or interception). New Orleans went 4 for 11 on third down and kept the ball for 35:40, while Carolina kept the pigskin for 24:20, going 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest in the Big Easy, the Saints were favored by 9 1/2 but won by three. Both teams did cover the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 65 points. New Orleans covered the 13-point spread in the week 17 finale, winning by 32 and both teams took covered the 46 over/under with 52 points. The Saints are favored by 7 1/2 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. The Saints are trying to repeat as NFC South champs, while the Panthers want to stop that train at the station. Carolina pulls off the upset, taking the win in the Big Easy but expect things to be closer than 7 1/2.

Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They met in week one in upstate New York. This time, Buffalo shuffles its way to upstate New Jersey to face off against the New York J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, who are searching for their first win. Both teams lost their contests in last week’s action.

Buffalo kept Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions close at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, before Kansas City pulled away and left upstate New York 26-17 winners last Monday. Trailing 13-10 at the intermission, Kansas City went on to outscore the Bills 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Kansas City out-rushed the Bills 245-84 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 161 yards in the make-up contest. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Travis Kelce with one sack, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 122 yards with a pair of TDs and the only interception in the contest.

The Chiefs were 9 of 14 on third down tries (the defending Super Bowl champs were perfect on fourth down in their only try) and they would lay claim to the ball for 37:45, while the Bills, who held on the pigskin for 22:15, went 4 of 9 on third down tries.

GangGreen would find themselves shutout in Miami 24-0 at Hard Rock Stadium last Sunday. The Dolphins scored all of their points unchecked, taking a 21-0 lead at the intermission. Even though the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! out-rushed Miami 115-110, Joe Flacco (taking over for Sam Darnold) threw for 186 yards with three sacks and an interception, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 191 yards and three TDs (Fitzpatrick was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions). Neither the Dolphins or Jets breached the 50 percent mark on third down (GangGreen was 2 of 17, 2 of 2 on fourth down; Miami was 1 of 9) and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:55 to Miami’s 28:05.

It’s a rematch from week one in upstate New York as the Bills circled the wagons in Orchard Park, taking a 27-17 win. Buffalo led 14-3 at the break, although GangGreen would outscore the Bills 14-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Allen led all rushers with 57 yards as the Bills out-rushed GangGreen 98-52, with Allen throwing for 312 yards and a pair of TDs, while Darnold threw for 215 yards and a TD toss to Jamison Crowder (both Allen and Darnold were sacked three times and Darnold threw the contest’s only interception). Buffalo was 7 of 14 on third down but struck gold on fourth down, going 1 of 1, keeping the ball hostage for 41:16, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for a mere 18:44, while going 4 for 11 on third down.

Buffalo’s 10-point win in the season opener in upstate New York allowed them to cover the 6 1/2-point spread and the 44 combined points easily covered the 39 over/under. Buffalo’s favored by 12 1/2 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 45. The 45? Makes a lot of sense. 12 1/2? That’s a little steep. Granted, GangGreen is bad but not 12 1/2 bad. Still, if nothing else, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! will throw everything at the Bills but Buffalo circles the wagon and takes the win on the road.

Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 705. They both have five wins under their belts. They’re both unbeaten and they meet at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Music City. Pittsburgh and Tennessee meet in the battle of unbeaten teams. Both took wins at home in their last contests.

Pittsburgh held Baker Mayfield and Cleveland to a second quarter TD by WR Richard Higgins as the Steelers took the Browns to task 38-7 last Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 24-7 at the intermission, then floored the gas as they would proceed to score their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. The Steelers held Cleveland to 75 yards of rushing, while tallying 129, with James Conner leading all rushers with 101 yards and a TD and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 162 yards and a TD, despite being sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw for 119 yards and the Higgins TD but was picked off twice and sacked four times. Cleveland was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down tries (the Browns were not much better on fourth down, going 0 of 3) and they would keep the ball for 25:54, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:06, going 5 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Tennessee rallied late from a 7-point deficit against Houston as the Titans needed overtime to take a 42-36 win over the Texans last Sunday. Tennessee led 21-10 at the intermission before the Texans would rally and lead 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation when Brandon Cooks and DeShaun Watson conected on a 1-yard TD toss (Houston went for two and did not make the conversion) before the home team rallied with four seconds left when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connected on a 7-yard TD toss to tie the contest at 36-36.

Tennessee would win the toss to start overtime and they made sure that the Texans would never see the ball again, as they used 6 plays, chewed up 82 yards of field and used 3:30 of clock with Derrick Henry sending Titans fans home happy with a 5-yard TD run, his second of the day.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 263-92 and Henry led all rushers with 212 yards and the two scores (including the game-winner); Tannehill threw for 364 yards with an interception, while Watson threw for 335 yards (Tannehill threw the contest’s only interception; both men were sacked twice and both threw four TDs). Both clubs did well on third down conversions; Houston was 7 of 14 (the Texans were 3 of 3 on fourth down), while the Titans were 6 of 10 and time was the ally of the Titans, who held on to the ball for 31:50 to Houston’s 31:40.

Including games played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and games played at the Astrodome and Three Rivers Stadium, the Steelers lead series 43-31, Pittsburgh has outscored the Titans 1,546-1,294 and have won the last two meetings, including a 40-17 win in the Steel City in 2017, while Tennessee’s last win came at Heinz Field in 2013 by a final of 16-9. Tennessee’s favored by 1 in the Music City and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Since these two are unbeaten, it’s only fitting that this one becomes “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?”)

In the end, one team’s staying unbeaten. The other? They’ll think about what might have been. Steelers roll on, cover the 1 with the win in the Music City and takes the win.

Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Forget the records. These two teams don’t like each other. They’re not Facebook friends and don’t expect them to break bread anytime soon. Dallas and Washington, the NFC’s answer to the Hatfields and McCoys gets underway in Landover as the first-place Cowboys face off against Washington at FedEx Field. Both teams look to right their ships after losses last week.

A Washington rally in the Meadowlands fell short as the Giants broke their five-game losing streak at home in the Meadowlands, coming away 20-19 winners over Washington at Met Life Stadium last Sunday. The Giants took a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission before Washington chipped way and tied things up with 8:56 left in the contest on a 28-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Big Blue would reclaim the lead with 3:29 left when rookie LB Tae Crowder lived a lineman’s dream, recovering a fumble and returning the ball 42 yards for his first career NFL TD.

Washington made things a lot closer than Giants fans would have liked when they used a 10-play, 75 yard drive that used 2:53 of clock to pull themselves to within one when WR Cam Sims and QB Kyle Allen connected on a 22-yard TD toss. Washington then went for the two-point try in an effort to leave upstate New Jersey with the win but Allen’s pass failed. Washington then went for the onside kick, which the Giants successfully recovered and they would run out the clock to take the win.

New York outrushed Washington 132-86 and Doug Jones threw for 112 yards and a TD, leading all rushers in the contest with 74 yards (Jones was sacked once), while Allen threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs (including the toss to Sims; Jones was sacked once, Allen was sacked three times and both men threw an interception). The Giants were 7 of 11 on third down conversions at Met Life Stadium and held the ball for 26:30, while Washington ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:30, going 8 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

A Dallas team with Andy Dalton under center in place of Dak Prescott was taken to task last Monday night at AT&T Stadium by Arizona as the Cardinals came away 38-10 winners over the Cowboys. Dallas trailed the Desert Angry Birds led 21-3 at the break after a scoreless first quarter, then watched the Cardinals floored the gas, outscoring the Cowboys 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of play.

Dallas was out-rushed by Arizona 261-97 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading all rushers with 164 yards and a pair of TDs (Dallas was led by Ezekiel Elliott with 49 yards). Murray threw for 188 yards with a pair of TDs to Christian Kirk, while Dalton, making his first start in almost a year, threw for 266 yards with a TD toss to Amari Cooper (Dalton threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times, while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 26:23, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 33:37, going 6 of 15 on third down tries (both teams were successful on fourth down tries; Arizona was 1 of 1, Dallas went 3 of 3).

Including contests played in the Cotton Bowl, RFK Stadium and AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys lead the series 73-43-2, has outscored Washington 2,787-2,275 and won the last three meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s series. (Washington’s last win over the Cowboys? 2018 in Landover, when they left FedEx Field 20-17 winners.)

The first meeting? Landover in week two. After a scoreless first quarter, Dallas took a 14-7 lead with them to the half and left FedEx Field 31-21 winners. Elliott ran for 111 yards and a TD as the Cowboys out-rushed Washington 213-47. Prescott threw for 269 yards and three TDs (connecting with Jason Whitten and Amari Cooper on two of the tosses), while Case Keenum threw for 221 yards and a pair of TDs. (both QBs were sacked once and Prescott threw the contest’s only interception). Dallas was 7 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:22, while Washington, keeping the ball for 26:38, went 2 of 4 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Dallas made the series a clean sweep at AT&T Stadium in the week 17 season finale, coming away 47-16 winners. Dallas led 20-10 at the intermission in what would be Jason Garrett’s final game as Cowboys head coach, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes, outscoring Washington 27-6 in that period. Again, Elliott would lead all rushers, tallying 122 yards and a rushing TD (he also had a catch for a TD) as Dallas out-rushed Washington 223-88, while Prescott threw for 303 yards and four TDs (connecting with Michael Gallup on three of them) with Keenum throwing for 206 yards and a TD (Keenum was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Prescott was sacked three times). Dallas was 8 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Cowboys kept the ball for 34:15, while Washington closed out the season, going 1 of 12 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 25:45.

In the week two contest at Landover, Dallas was favored by 5 and covered, winning by 10 at FedEx Field and both teams took care of the 46 1/2 over/under with 52 points. Dallas’ 31-point win in the season finale at AT&T allowed them to cover the 11-point spread and both teams surpassed the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 63 points. In this year’s first meeting, Washington’s favored by 1 with a 46 over/under. Both numbers make sense and both teams are chasing Philadelphia for the top spot in the NFC East. Dallas pulls off the upset in Landover, covering the 1.

Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:25 on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of struggling teams face off in southern California as Jacksonville makes the long trip down I-10 to face the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams lost in last week’s action.

Jacksonville watched Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions take a 36-16 win in the Sunshine State last Sunday. The Jaguars trailed 17-3 at the half, then Detroit tale control of things at TIAA Bank Stadium, outscoring the Jaguars 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of play. Jacksonville was held to 44 yards of rushing, while Detroit was tallying 180 of their own, with rookie RB DeAndre Swift leading everyone with 116 yards and a pair of TDs and teammate Adrian Peterson chipping with 40 yards and a TD of his own.

Stafford threw for 233 yards and a TD (Kenny Golloday led all recievers with 105 yards), while Gardner Minshew III threw for 243 and a TD (Minshew was sacked once, both Minshew and Stafford threw an interception in the contest). Detroit was 3 of 12 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:57, while the Jaguars were 24:03 in time of possession, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

A Chargers drive in overtime fell short as Los Angeles fell to New Orleans 30-27 in the Big Easy two weeks ago. New Orleans trailed 20-10 at the intermission before the Saints rallied in the fnal 30 minutes of regulation, tying things up with 52 seconds left when backup QB Taysom Hill scored on a 9-yard run. New Orleans would get the ball to start the overtime and used a 9-play, 48-yard drive that would use 4:52 of clock with Wil Lutz connecting on a 36 yard field goal with 5:08 left in the overtime.

The Chargers, needing to either tie things up with a field goal or a TD to win the contest, got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff at their 25-yard line. With some help from a roughing the passer penalty on the Saints, the Chargers would get as close as their own 44-yard line, where four Herbert passes fell incomplete and the Saints took the win. While the Chargers out-rushed the Saints 111-95, Brees threw for 325 yards and a TD, while Hebert threw for 264 yards and four TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest and was sacked twice, while Hebert was sacked three times). New Orleans was 5 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:01, while the Chargers held on to the pigskin for 30:42 and went 8 of 17 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down. The Chargers are favored by 8 and the over/under’s 49. Both numbers make sense. Chargers take this one on the West Coast but expect the Jaguars to make things closer than 8.

Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m, on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of AFC/AFL rivals meet in the Mile High City as the defending Super Bowl champs travel to Denver to face off against Denver. Both clubs were road winners in their contests last week.

Buffalo kept Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions close at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, before Kansas City pulled away and left upstate New York 26-17 winners last Monday. Trailing 13-10 at the intermission, Kansas City went on to outscore the Bills 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Kansas City out-rushed the Bills 245-84 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 161 yards in the make-up contest. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Travis Kelce with one sack, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 122 yards with a pair of TDs and the only interception in the contest.

The Chiefs were 9 of 14 on third down tries (the defending Super Bowl champs were perfect on fourth down in their only try) and they would lay claim to the ball for 37:45, while the Bills, who held on the pigskin for 22:15, went 4 of 9 on third down tries.

Denver used six Brian McManus field goals in Foxboro to take down Cam Newton and the New England 18-12 in Foxboro last Sunday. The Broncos led 12-3 at the intermission before the Patriots would pull themselves to within six with 3:23 left on a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

Denver out-rushed New England 135-117 with Broncos RB Patrick Lindsey leading the way with 101 yards (Newton led New England with 76 yards and had the contest’s only TD, scoring from a yard out). Denver went 4 of 14 on third down at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:30. As for New England, the Patriots were 27:30 in time of possession and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played when the Chiefs called Houston home and were known as the Texans and games were played at Swope Field and Mile High Stadium, the Chiefs lead the series 65-54, have outscored Denver 2,773-2,428 and have won the last nine meetings, including sweeping last year’s contests in the Show Me State and the Mile High City (Denver’s last win? 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-24).

Empower Field at Mile High was the site of the first meeting, a week seven Thursday night affair in the Mile High City and the Chiefs and Mahomes prevailed 30-6. Denver was held to a first-quarter TD by Royce Freeman and trailed 10-7 after one quarter of play. From that point, Kansas City would score the next 20 points of the contest unchallenged, leading 20-6 at the intermission.

Kansas City out-rushed Denver 80-71 with LeSean McCoy leading all rushers with 64 yards. Mahomes threw for 76 yards and TD before being pulled from the contest when the game was settled, while Joe Flacco threw for 213 yards with eight sacks, while Mahomes was untouched (neither man threw an interception). The Chiefs were 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:13, while Denver, keeping the pigskin for 27:47, went a dismal 1 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

The Chiefs completed the sweep of the series at Arrowhead in week 15 in a snowstorm and came away 23-3 winners. Holding the Broncos to a McManus field goal in the second quarter, the Chiefs led 15-3 at the half and scored eight third quarter points without a challenge. As was the case in the meeting in Denver, neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but the Chiefs managed to out-rush Denver 92-52 and Mahomes threw for 340 yards and a pair of TDs to Tyreek Hill, while Lock threw for 208 yards (Lock was sacked twice, Mahomes was sacked three times and each QB threw an interception). The Chiefs were 6 of 11 on third down tries in the Show-Me State and they would hold on to the ball for 33:33, while Denver would keep the pigskin for 26:27, going 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week seven Thursday contest in the Mile High City, Kansas City won by 24, allowing them to cover the 2-point spread but the 43 1/2 over/under was intact as the two clubs merged for 36 points. Kansas City was favored again in the week 15 rematch at Arrowhead, this time by 11 and the Chiefs didn’t disappoint the boys and girls in Vegas, covering with the 20-point win but the 47 over/under was intact, as the two clubs combined for 26 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 9 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 45. Chiefs may not cover the 9 1/2 but they’ll leave the Mile High City with the win.

San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Sourdough meets chowder as the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garroppolo met Cam Newton and the New England Patriots square off in Foxboro in a late afternoon affair Sunday at Gillette.

San Francisco held off the Los Angeles Rams 24-16 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday night. The 49ers led their NFC West and in-state rivals 21-6 at the intermission in wine country, then held off the Rams, who outscored them 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francisco out-rushed the Rams 122-113 and Garoppolo threw for 268 yards and three TDs (one to George Kittle), while Jarred Goff threw for 198 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man was sacked and Goff threw the contest’s only interception). San Francsico went 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 37:55, while the Rams kept the pigskin for 22:05, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver used six Brian McManus field goals in Foxboro to take down Cam Newton and the New England 18-12 in Foxboro last Sunday. The Broncos led 12-3 at the intermission before the Patriots would pull themselves to within six with 3:23 left on a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

Denver out-rushed New England 135-117 with Broncos RB Patrick Lindsey leading the way with 101 yards (Newton led New England with 76 yards and had the contest’s only TD, scoring from a yard out). Denver went 4 of 14 on third down at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:30. As for New England, the Patriots were 27:30 in time of possession and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played when the Chiefs called Houston home and were known as the Texans and games were played at Swope Field and Mile High Stadium, the Chiefs lead the series 65-54, have outscored Denver 2,773-2,428 and have won the last nine meetings, including sweeping last year’s contests in the Show Me State and the Mile High City (Denver’s last win? 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-24).

San Francisco leads the series 8-5 and the 49ers have outscored New England 322-262. New England won the last meeting, as the Patriots left Levis’ Stadium 30-17 winners in 2016, while the 49ers last win over the Patriots came in 2012 in Foxboro by a final of 41-34. New England’s favored by 2 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This one might not be “Drill Worthy” but it’ll be entertaining. Pats bounce back and cover the 1 in Foxboro.

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Tampa Bay and Tom Brady travels to Sin City for a Sunday night meeting with the Silver and Black. The contest, scheduled for prime time, was moved to the late afternoon slot by the NFL.

Green Bay took a 10-0 lead against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, only to see that lead vanish as the Bucs scored 38 points unchallenged to take a 38-10 win at home. The Packers, knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens, led 10-0 before the wheels would come off the bus, as Tampa Bay CB Jamel Dean picked off Aaron Rodgers and returned it 32 yards for a TD. Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones II gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with a 2-yard TD run and from that point, things went from bad to worse for the Packers.

Jones ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bucs out-rushed Green Bay 158-94 in the late afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Brady threw for 166 yards and a pair of TDs (one to favorite target TE Ron Gronkowski), while Rodgers threw for 160 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Green Bay on third down was 7 of 17, while the Bucs were 5 of 12 and the clock was the ally of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:37 to Tampa Bay’s 28:23.

The Raiders return to play after their bye week and a 40-32 win at Kansas City two weeks ago. Breaking a 24-24 tie at the end of three quarters (it was 24-24 at the half), the Raiders scored 16 fourth quarter points unthreatened to take the road win. Las Vegas out-rushed the defending Super Bowl champs 144-80 with Raiders RB Josh Jacobs leading the way with 77 yards and a pair of TDs. Carr threw for 347 yards and three TDs in the Show-Me State, while Patrick Mahomes had 340 yards with TD to Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins (Mahomes was sacked three times, Carr was sacked once and each man threw an interception).

The Silver and Black lead the series 7-2 (including games played in Los Angeles) and have outscored Tampa Bay 279-182. The Raiders were 30-24 overtime winners in their last meeting, which took place in Tampa in 2016 in their last meeting, while Tampa Bay’s last win came in Oakland in 2012 by a final of 42-32. Tampa Bay’s favored by 3 1/2, according to the boys and girls in Vegas and they’ve given this one a 52 1/2 over/under. If for no other reason, this one might be an entertaining one to watch. Bucs cover the 3 1/2 in Sin City and takes the road win.

Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Russell Wilson vs. Kyler Murray. They meet again as a pair of NFC West contending teams meet in Glendale at State Farm Stadium. Both teams were winners in their last contests; Seattle coming off a bye, while Arizona beating Dallas in prime time Monday night.

Seattle returns from their bye week after their 27-26 win over Minnesota two Sundays ago at Century Link Field. Trailing 13-0 at the intermission in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Wilson and the Seahawks would go to work in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Vikings 27-13 in that time frame and took the lead for keeps with 15 seconds left when they would use a 13-play, 94-yard drive that would use 1:42 of clock and ended with Wilson connecting with D.K. Metcalf on a 6-yard TD toss with 15 seconds left in regulation.

In the contest that had four lead changes, Minnesota out-rushed Seattle 201-124 and Vikings RB Alexander Mattison led all rushers with 112 yards, while Wilson led Seattle with 58 yards. Wilson threw for 217 yards and three TDs (including the game-winner), while Kirk Cousins threw for 249 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Adam Thielen (Cousins was sacked three times, Wilson was sacked four and each threw an interception). Seattle was 0 for 7 on third down but found success on fourth down at 2 of 2 and the Seahawks kept the ball for 20:32, while the Vikings, who actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:28, went 6 of 14 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Arizona took a Dallas team with Andy Dalton under center in place of Dak Prescott to task last Monday night at AT&T Stadium and came away 38-10 winner over the Cowboys. The Desert Angry Birds led 21-3 at the break after a scoreless first quarter, then floored the gas, outscoring the Cowboys 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of play.

Dallas was out-rushed by Arizona 261-97 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading all rushers with 164 yards and a pair of TDs (Dallas was led by Ezekiel Elliott with 49 yards). Murray threw for 188 yards with a pair of TDs to Christian Kirk, while Dalton, making his first start in almost a year, threw for 266 yards with a TD toss to Amari Cooper (Dalton threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times, while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 26:23, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 33:37, going 6 of 15 on third down tries (both teams were successful on fourth down tries; Arizona was 1 of 1, Dallas went 3 of 3).

Seattle leads the series with the Desert Angry Birds 21-20-1 (including contests played in St. Louis and at the Kingdome) and Seattle has outscored Arizona 1,036-811. While the two clubs split last year’s contests, they were winners in the other team’s building.

They met in the desert in week four and Seattle came out of State Farm Stadium 27-10 winners. The Seahawks led 20-3 at the break and the two clubs stuck close to each other in the second half. Both clubs ran for 115 yards in the contest, with Carson leading the way with 104 yards. Wilson threw for 240 yards and a TD, while Murray threw for 241 yards (both men were sacked four times, with Murray throwing the game’s only interception). Seattle went 4 of 10 on third down and held the ball for 33:24, while the Desert Angry Birds, going 3 of 9 on third down, kept the pigskin for 26:36.

Arizona sought revenge in the rematch in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and they would get that revenge in week 16, taking a 27-13 win at Century Link Field. The Desert Angry Birds erased a 7-7 first quarter tie, scoring 10 second-quarter points unchallenged and then floored the gas, outscoring Seattle 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. This time, Arizona ran roughshod over Seattle, with the Desert Angry Birds out-rushing Seattle 253-91 and Drake would lead all rushers with 166 yards and a pair of TDs. Murray threw for 118 yards in the Pacifc Northwest, while Wilson threw for 169 yards (both men threw a TD pass without an interception, Wilson was sacked five times while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 5 of 15 on third down conversions but struck gold in their only fourth down try (1 of 1) and the Desert Angry Birds ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:53, while Seattle kept the pigskin for 25:07, going a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Seattle was favored by 5 in the week four contest in the desert and they covered with their 17-point win. The 48 over/under? It was intact as the two clubs combined for only 37 points. In the week 16 contest in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Seattle was again favored, this time by 9 1/2 points and the Desert Angry Birds covered, winning by 14 and the 49 1/2 over/under was safe and sound as the two teams would merge to tally 40 points. Seattle’s favored by 3 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 56. Arizona would love nothing more than to give Seattle their first loss. As for the Seahawks? They’re not exactly interested in losing this time around. Seattle covers the 3 1/2 and takes the road win against the Desert Angry Birds.

Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Nick Foles vs. Jared Goff. They meet in Inglewood on a Monday night as Da Bears face off against the Los Angeles Rams.

Da Bears held off a late Carolina rally at Bank of America Stadium fell short last Sunday as Chicago came away 23-16 winners at Charlotte. Carolina trailed 13-6 at halftime and would pull themselves to within 7 with 7:46 left in the contest on a 48-yard field goal by Jeff Slye. Carolina would get the ball back with 92 seconds left when Teddy Bridgewater’s first down pass attempt was picked off by Bears CB DeAndre Houston-Carson, ending the drive.

Carolina out-rushed Da Bears 112-63 and Bridgewater threw for 216 yards with four sacks and two interceptions (including the one that ended the Carolina rally), while Nick Foles threw for 198 yards with a TD toss to TE Cole Kmet (Foles threw an interception but was not sacked). Carolina was 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Panthers kept the ball for 31:06, while Chicago, who kept the ball for 28:54, went 7 of 14 on third down tries.

San Francisco held off the Rams 24-16 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday night. The 49ers led their NFC West and in-state rivals 21-6 at the intermission in wine country, then held off the Rams, who outscored them 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francisco out-rushed the Rams 122-113 and Garoppolo threw for 268 yards and three TDs (one to George Kittle), while Jarred Goff threw for 198 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man was sacked and Goff threw the contest’s only interception). San Francsico went 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 37:55, while the Rams kept the pigskin for 22:05, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests in Cleveland, Anaheim, St. Louis and games played at the corners of Waveland, Clark, Sheffield and Addison (Wrigley Field), Da Bears lead the series 53-36-3 and have outscored the Rams 2,123-1,846. The two teams have met the last two seasons and each team has taken wins at home; the Rams’ last win came in Los Angeles last year by a final of 17-7, while Da Bears were 15-6 winners in the Windy City the year before.

They met on the West Coast in week 11 at the Coliseum and the Rams led 10-0 at the half after the two teams were scoreless after the first quarter of play, using a 38-yard field goal by Greg Zeurlein and a 1-yard TD run by Todd Gurley. Chicago would end Los Angeles’ bid for a shut out in the third quarter when Mitchell Trubisky and Tarik Cohen connected on a 14-yard TD toss before Los Angeles restored order in the fourth quarter as RB Malcom Brown scored from 5 yards out.

Gurley led all rushers with 97 yards as the Rams out-rushed Chicago 110-74 and Goff threw for 173 yards and Trubisky threw for 190 yards and the TD toss (Goff and Trubisky each threw an interception, with Trubisky being sacked once). The Rams were 3 of 10 on third down and kept the ball for 27:16, while Da Bears actually ruled da clock, keeping the ball for 32:44, going 6 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Chicago on Monday night? 32-38 but Da Bears won their only Monday night contest last year, while the Rams are 28-33 and lost their only Monday contest last year. The Rams were 6 1/2 point favorites in the week 11 Sunday night contest on the West Coast and the Rams covered, winning by 10 but the 40 1/2 was safe and untouched as the two teams merged for only 24 points. Los Angeles is favored by 6 on the West Coast and the over/under’s 44 1/2. It’s possible that these two teams could very well meet in the post-season and their last two contests in the last two years have been nail-biters. Rams win this one in Cali but expect Da Bears to keep it closer than the 6.