(NOTE: RESEND TO ADD “WHAT TO LOOK FOR”)

The leaves are still falling.

The malls are somewhat crowded and hopefully everyone’s socially distancing and wearing masks (and leaving the screaming kids at home).

There are leftovers in the fridge from the Thanksgiving dinner.

There’s also Sunday and Monday (and Tuesday) football to deal with. Week 12 got underway Thursday in Detroit and Arlington, with Pittsburgh’s game with Baltimore (slated for Thursday night) moved to Tuesday night because of COVID concerns in Baltimore, which means that there are two games off the books and 13 games are left (12 on Sunday one on Monday night and one on Tuesday).

There’s still a lot of football left to play and nothing’s been decided as of yet. It’s the NFL and a lot of things can happen in the next few weeks. When things end Monday night in Philadelphia, there’s not a lot of time left for those teams that are struggling to make up ground and make the post-season, while those contenders look to improve their chances of either defending their Lombardi Trophy or getting one of their own.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 22, the eleventh week of the 2020 season.

Indianapolis overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Green Bay, 34-31 in overtime in Week 11. With two games remaining in Week 11, there have been 12 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 14 points to win this season, tied with the 1996 (12) and 1979 (12) seasons for the third-most such games through Week 11 in NFL history. Only the 1987 (15 games) and 2011 (14) seasons had more.

The 2020 season joins 2015 as the only seasons in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 13 points to win in each of the first 11 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Tennessee overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Baltimore, 30-24, in overtime. With two games remaining in Week 11, there have been 33 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, the most through Week 11 in NFL history.

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry rushed for 133 yards, including the game-winning 29-yard touchdown in overtime, on Sunday. Henry, who also registered a five-yard touchdown run in overtime in Week 6, is the first player with multiple overtime rushing touchdowns in a single season in NFL history.

Pittsburgh advanced to 10-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 27-3 win over Jacksonville on Sunday and are the first team to win their first 10 games of the season since 2015 [Carolina (14-0) and New England (10-0)].

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool had a touchdown reception in Week 11 and has 10 touchdowns (eight receiving, two rushing) this season. Claypool is the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era and the fourth in league history with at least 10 touchdowns in his first 10 career games, joining Billy Howton (11 touchdowns in 1952), Bill Groman (10 in 1960) and Harlon Hill (10 in 1954).

Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 116.5 rating while while wide receiver Keenan Allen had a career-high 16 receptions for 145 yards and one touchdown in the Chargers’ 34-28 win over the New York Jets. Herbert has five games with at least three touchdown passes this season, the most by a rookie in NFL history.

Herbert, who has 22 touchdown passes this season, is the first rookie quarterback with at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games in NFL history.

Herbert reached 20 touchdown passes in his ninth career game, tied with George Ratterman (nine games) as the fourth-fastest player to reach the mark in NFL history. Only Patrick Mahomes (eight games), Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (eight) and DeShaun Watson (eight) reached 20 career touchdown passes in fewer games.

Herbert has five 300-yard passing games this season, tied with Joe Burrow (2020), Daniel Jones (2019) and Kyler Murray (2019) for the second-most 300-yard passing games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Only Andrew Luck (six games in 2012) has more.

Allen is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 15 receptions in two career games, joining Antonio Brown, BrandonMarshall, Wes Welker and Jason Witten.

Allen has six career games with at least 13 receptions, surpassing Antonio Brown (five games) and Wes Welker (five) for the most in NFL history.

Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 344 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 121.9 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 27-20 win over New England.

Watson is the fifth quarterback to record three games with at least 300 passing yards, two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in his first four seasons in NFL history, joining Daunte Culpepper (four games), Josh Allen (three), Jeff Garcia (three) and Charley Johnson (three).

New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 104 yards while running back Alvin Kamara rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 24-9 win over Atlanta. Thomas has 489 career receptions and surpassed Jarvin Landry (481) for the most receptions by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

Kamara has 531 rushing yards and 648 receiving yards this season and is the first player with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons in NFL history. He is also the sixth running back with four-or-more consecutive seasons with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era.

Jacksonville rookie running back James Robinson had 94 scrimmage yards (73 rushing, 21 receiving) in Week 11 against Pittsburgh. Robinson has 1,011 scrimmage yards this season and is the fifth undrafted rookie with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in the common-draft era, joining Dominic Rhodes (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001), Phililip Lindsay (1,278 in 2018), Clakr Gaines (1,124 in 1976) and LeGarrette Blount (1,021 in 2010).

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 103 yards and had a touchdown reception in the Cowboys’ 31-28 win over Minnesota. Elliott, who has 45 rushing touchdowns and 10 receiving touchdowns during his five-year career, is the fifth player with at least 45 rushing touchdowns and 10 receiving touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history, joining Shaun Alexander, Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, Chuck Foreman and Todd Gurley.

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

New York Jets running back Frank Gore had 71 scrimmage yards (61 rushing, 10 receiving) and a rushing touchdown on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Gore, who has 505 scrimmage yards this season, has at least 500 scrimmage yards in each of his 16 NFL seasons, tied with Larry Fitzgerald (16 seasons) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez (16) for the second-most such seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (18 seasons) has more.

Green Bay wide receiver DaVante Adams had seven receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown against Indianapolis on Sunday. Adams is the fourth player in NFL history with at least seven receptions and a touchdown catch in five consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter (1999), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (2007) and Adam Thielen (2018).

Making his first career NFL start, Carolina quarterback P.J. Walker passed for 258 yards in the Panthers’ 20-0 win over Detroit. Carolina is the first team to record a shutout for a quarterback making his first career start since Week 3 of the 2016 season, when New England shutout Houston, 27-0, in Jacoby Brissett’s first career start.

Cleveland defensive end Oliver Vernon registered three sacks, including a safety, while linebacker Sione Takitaki had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Browns’ 22-17 win over Philadelphia. The Browns, who also recorded a safety and an interception return for a touchdown in Week 5, is the fourth team to accomplish the feat twice in a single season in NFL history, joining the 1997 Kansas City Chiefs, 1996 New York Giants and 1947 Pittsburgh Steelers.

The National Football League is thankful for many things. Thrilling games decided in the final minutes and players with gleaming futures making significant contributions in the present are high on that list.

Through 11 weeks, only one other season in NFL history has produced more games within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter. And, through 11 weeks, only two other prior years have produced more games decided by one score.

MOST GAMES WITHIN EIGHT POINTS IN FOURTH QUARTER, THROUGH 11 WEEKS, NFL HISTORY
2016 – 123
2020 – 114
2013 – 114
2007 – 113
2004 – 113

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER, THROUGH 11 WEEKS, NFL HISTORY
2016 – 96
2015 – 89
2020 – 87
2019 – 86
2018 – 86
1988 – 86

RARIFIED AIR: When New Orleans travels to play Denver Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High, Saints quarterback Taysom Hill can continue a unique climb within an exclusive group.

Making his first NFL start at quarterback last week, Hill passed for 233 yards, rushed for 51 yards and had two rushing touchdowns. Pro Football Hall of Famer PAUL HORNUNG entered the NFL as the first-overall selection in the 1957 draft. Among those who began their careers since Hornung joined the league, Hill is one of only 10 players with at least 500 career rushing yards, 300 career passing yards and 300 career receiving yards.

The players with at least 500 career rushing yards, 300 career passing yards and 300 career receiving yards, among those that entered the league since 1957:

PLAYER (YEARS; PASSING YARDS-RUSHING YARDS-RECIEVING YARDS)
Taysom Hill (2017-20; 438-589-312)
Terrelle Pryor (2011-18; 1,994-646-1,563)
Kordell Stewart (1995-2005; 14,746-2,874-658)
Walter Payton (1975-87; 331-16,726-4,538) HOF
Dan Reeves (1965-72; 359-1,888-1,483)
Dick Hoak (1961-70; 414-1,858-818)
Paul Lowe (1960-69; 326-4,995-1,045)
Tom Moore (1960-67; 383-2,445-1,152)
John David Crow (1958-68; 759-4,963-3,699)
Paul Hornung (1957-66; 383-3,711-1,480) HOF

Last week, New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 104 yards while running back Alvin Kamara rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 24-9 win over Atlanta. Thomas has 489 career receptions and surpassed Jarvis Landry (481) for the most receptions by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

Kamara has 531 rushing yards and 648 receiving yards this season and is the first player with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons in NFL history. He is also the sixth running back with four-or-more consecutive seasons with at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era (1966-2020).

FIRST PLACE ON THE LINE IN INDY: Tennessee and Indianapolis, both 7-3 and tied atop the AFC South, meet in a key showdown on Sunday. It’s the teams’ second meeting in three weeks. In Week 10 on Thursday Night Football, Indianapolis defeated Tennessee 34-17 in Nashville, as running back Nyheim Hines totaled two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). Last week, each team won an overtime thriller.

In that win last week, the Colts overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Green Bay 34-31 in overtime. This season in the NFL, there have been 12 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 14 points to win, tied with the 1996 and 1979 seasons for the third-most such games through Week 11 in NFL history. Only the 1987 (15 games) and 2011 (14) seasons had more.

The Titans, meanwhile, overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Baltimore, 30-24, in overtime. This season, there have been 33 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win, the most through Week 11 in NFL history. Tennessee running back Derrick Henry rushed for 133 yards, including the game-winning 29-yard touchdown in overtime, last week. He leads the NFL with 1,079 rushing yards this season. Henry, who also registered a 5-yard overtime touchdown run in Week 6, is the first player with multiple overtime rushing touchdowns in a single season in NFL history.

This season, the Titans have won an NFL-high five games in which they’ve scored the game-deciding points in either overtime or the last two minutes of regulation. Through the season’s first 11 weeks, the league has produced 28 games (or 2.54 per week) in which the winning team earned the deciding points in either the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. The games in which the deciding points were scored in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime this season:

WEEK – RESULT (PLAY, TIME – QUARTER)
1 – Chicago 27, Detroit 23 (TD pass, 1:54 – 4)
6 – Tennessee 42, Houston 36 (TD run, 6:30 – OT)
1 – Tennessee 16, Denver 14 (FG, 0:17 – 4)
7 – Arizona 37, Seattle 34 (FG, 0:15 – OT)
2 – Dallas 40, ATLANTA 39 (FG, 0:00 – 4)
7 – Cleveland 37, Cincinnait 34 (TD pass, 0:11 – 4)
2 – Kansas City 23, Los Angeles Chargers 20 (FG, 1:55 – OT)
7 – Detroit 23, ATLANTA 22 (TD pass, 0:00 – 4)
2 – Tennessee 33, Jacksonville 30 (FG, 1:36 – 4)
7 – Philadelphia 22, New York Giants 21 (TD pass, 0:40 – 4)
3 – Buffalo 35, Los Angeles Rams 32 (TD pass, 0:15 – 4)
8 – Denver 31, Los Angeles Chargers 30 (TD pass, 0:00 – 4)
3 – Chicago 30, ATLANTA 26 (TD pass, 1:53 – 4)
8 – New Orleans 26, Chicago 23 (FG, 1:36 – OT)
3 – Detroit 26, Arizona 23 (FG, 0:00 – 4)
9 – New England 30, New York Jets 27 (FG, 0:00 – 4)
3 – Seattle 38, Dallas 31 (TD pass, 1:47 – 4)
10 – Arizona 32, Buffalo 30 (TD pass, 0:02 – 4)
3 – Tennessee 31, Minnesota 30 (FG, 1:44 – 4)
10 – Detroit 30, Washington 27 (FG, 0:00 – 4)
5 – Chicago 20, Tampa Bay 19 (FG, 1:13 – 4)
11 – Dallas 31, Minnesota 28 (TD pass, 1:37 – 4)
5 – Dallas 37, New York Giants 34 (FG, 0:00 – 4)
11 – Indianapolis 34, Green Bay 31 (FG, 7:10 – OT)
5 – New Orleans 30, Los Angeles Chargers 27 (FG, 5:08 – OT)
11 – Kansas City 35, Las Vegas 31 (TD pass, 0:28 – 4)
5 – Seattle 27, Minnesota 26 (TD pass, 0:15 – 4)
11 – Tennessee 30, Baltimore 24 (TD run, 5:21 – OT)

STRIKING DISTANCE: Through 11 weeks, 23 of 32 teams (72 percent) are either in first place or within three games of first place and in five of eight divisions – the AFC East, AFC South, NFC East, NFC South and NFC West – the gap between first and second place is no more than a game and a half.

BRADY-MAHOMES IV: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the Chiefs against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in the Sunshine State. Including their 2018 AFC Championship contest, Mahomes and Brady are meeting for the fourth time, with Brady having won two of the three previous games, all with his former team, the Patriots.

The Buccaneers are allowing the NFL’s fifth-fewest yards per game (310.5), while the Chiefs on offense are averaging 414.1 yards per game, second in the league. Kansas City is 5-0 in road games this season, tied with Pittsburgh for the best road record in the NFL. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has the fifth-most wins (110) on the road in NFL history, including postseason.

The head coaches with the most wins on the road, including postseason, in NFL history:

COACH – ROAD WINS
Don Shula – 148 (HOF)
George Halas – 138 (HOF)
Bill Belichick – 128
Tom Landry – 119 (HOF)
Andy Reid – 110

THE CLOSE-GAMES BAROMETER: Good teams win close games and the data proves it. Cleveland, who travels to play Jacksonville on Sunday, are off to their best start since 1994, when they opened 8-2. One of the hallmarks of their overall success in 2020 has been winning close games. The Browns (4-0, 1.000) are one of seven teams this season with a winning percentage of at least .700 in games decided by seven points or less. Pittsburgh (5-0, 1.000), Kansas City (3-0, 1.000), Tennessee (6-1, .857), New Orleans (4-1, .800), Buffalo (4-1, .800) and the Los Angeles Rams (3-1, .750) are the others.

Since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002, 86 of 103 teams (83.5 percent) that finished with a .700-or-better winning percentage in games decided by seven points or less have made the playoffs. In Week 11, Cleveland defensive end OlivierVernon registered three sacks and a safety, while linebacker Sione Takitaki returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the Browns’ 22-17 win. Cleveland, which also recorded a safety and an interception return for a touchdown in Week 5, is the fourth team in NFL history to produce two games in the same season with both a safety and an interception-touchdown, joining the 1997 Kansas City Chiefs, 1996 New York Giants and 1947 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Meanwhile, Jacksonville rookie running back James Robinson has 1,011 scrimmage yards this season and is the fifth undrafted rookie with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in the common-draft era, joining Dominic Rhodes (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001), Phillip Lindsay (1,278 in 2018), Clark Gaines (1,124 in 1976) and LeGarrette Blount (1,021 in 2010).

STELLAR YOUNG QUARTERBACKS FACE OFF IN BUFFALO: The Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills renew a rivalry that dates back to their AFL roots on Sunday in upstate New York.

Last week, Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 116.5 rating. Meanwhile, Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had a career-high 16 receptions for 145 yards and one touchdown. With at least 300 yards passing on Sunday, Herbert can match Andrew Luck (six games in 2012) for the most 300-yard passing games by a rookie in NFL history. His five such games this year are tied with Joe Burrow (2020), Daniel Jones (2019) and Kyler Murray (2019) for the second-most in league annals.

Herbert has five games with at least three touchdown passes this season, the most by a rookie in NFL history. Herbert, who has 22 touchdown passes this season, is also the first rookie quarterback with at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games in NFL history. He can make it eight straight on Sunday.

Allen, who leads the NFL with 81 receptions this season, is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 15 catches in two career games, joining Antonio Brown, Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker and Jason Witten. Allen has six career games with at least 13 receptions, surpassing Antonio Brown (five games) and Wes Welker (five) for the most in NFL history.

Buffalo is coming off a bye. In the Bills’ Week 10 game at Arizona, quarterback Josh Allen passed for 284 yards with two touchdowns and had a touchdown reception. Allen, who had 20 touchdown passes and nine rushing touchdowns in 2019, has 21 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns this season and joins Dak Prescott (2016-18) and DeShaun Watson (2018-19) as the only players with at least 20 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history.

BOSTON COMMON: Two of the premier rushing quarterbacks in the NFL face off when Arizona meets New England at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Arizona’s Kyler Murray leads all quarterbacks and ranks second in the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns, trailing only Dalvin Cook (13). From Weeks 6-10, Murray became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era and fourth quarterback in NFL history to rush for a touchdown in five consecutive games. Plus, his 10 rushing touchdowns through Week 10 tied Johnny Lujack (1950) for the most by a quarterback in his team’s first nine games of a season in league annals. Among quarterbacks this season, New England’s Cam Newton ranks second behind Murray with nine rushing touchdowns. Newton has 67 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history. In 2020, Murray and Newton have established a historic pace through 10 games.

The most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (YEAR – RUSH TD)
Johnny Lujack, Chicago Bears (1950 – 10)
Kyler Murray, Arizona (2020 – 10)
Cam Newton, New England (2020 – 9)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2011 – 9)
Tobin Rote, Green Bay (1956 – 9)
Kordell Stewart, Pittsburgh (1997 – 8)
Steve Grogan, New England (1976 – 8)

Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the NFL with 912 receiving yards this season. Last week, he became the youngest player to reach 700 career receptions and the fifth player in NFL history with 700 receptions in his first eight seasons. Earlier this season, he became the third player in NFL history with at least 800 receiving yards in each of his first eight seasons, joining Gary Clark and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

DREAMERS OF THE DAY ARE DANGEROUS MEN: Quarterback Russell Wilson is on the Monday Night Football marquis this week as Seattle travels across the country to meet Philadelphia in the City of Brotherly Love.

In Week 11, Wilson earned his 93rd regular-season win as a starting quarterback, surpassing Peyton Manning (92) for the most wins by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history. The victory also moved Wilson past Tom Brady (101) for the most wins including postseason over a starting quarterback’s first nine seasons in NFL annals. Since entering the NFL as the Seahawks’ third-round selection (75th overall) in the 2012 draft, Wilson is 102-50-1 (.670), including postseason. Wilson, who leads the league with 30 touchdown passes and ranks second in passing yards (2,986) this season, can join PEYTON MANNING as one of two quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 3,000 passing yards and 20-or-more touchdown passes in each of their first nine seasons.

RODGERS NEARS 50,000: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay are at home on Sunday Night Football against Chicago at Lambeau Field. Rodgers needs 165 passing yards to become the 11th quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000. He enters the week with 49,835 career passing yards.

Green Bay wide receiver DaVante Adams had seven receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown against Indianapolis in Week 11. Adams is the fourth player in NFL history with at least seven receptions and a touchdown catch in five consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter (1999), T.J. Houshmanzadeh (2007) and Adam Thielen (2018).

RAMS RECEIVERS STANDING OUT: On Monday night in Tampa Bay, teammates Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods helped the Los Angeles Rams to a key NFC victory to close out Week 11. This week, the Rams hosts San Francisco on Sunday in Inglewood with an opportunity to improve their conference record to 8-1. Kupp (11 receptions for 145 yards) and Woods (12 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown) became the first pair of NFL teammates in 10 years and the fourth pair in NFL history, to each record at least 11 catches and 130-or-more receiving yards in the same game.

The teammates each with at least 11 receptions and 130 receiving yards in a game in NFL history:

TEAM – DATE vs. OPPONENT (PLAYER, RECPTIONS-YARDS; PLAYER, RECPTIONS-YARDS)
Los Angeles Rams – 11/23/2020 at Tampa Bay (Cooper Kupp, 11-145; Robert Woods, 12-130)
Houston Texans – 9/19/2010 vs. Washington (Andre Johnson, 12-158; Kevin Walter, 11-144)
Washington – 11/4/1990, at Detroit (Art Monk, 13-168; Ricky Sanders, 11-132)+
Dallas – 9/15/1985, at Detroit (Doug Cosbie, 11-159; Tony Hill, 11-181)
+Monk is a member of the Hall of Fame

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 12

3,000 IN ‘20: Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady enters Week 12 ranked fourth in the league with 2,955 passing yards. With 45 passing yards on Sunday against Kansas City, Brady will have reached 3,000 passing yards in a season for the 18th time, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (18 seasons) for the most in NFL history.

Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers ranks 11th in the league with 2,683 passing yards this season. With 317 passing yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Rivers will become the fifth player in league history to reach 3,000 passing yards in 15 seasons.

The player with the most seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (SEASONS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (18) HOF
Tom Brady – New England (17)*
Drew Brees – San Diego Chargers and New Orleans (16)*
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (16)
Eli Manning – New York Giants (14)
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (14)*
*Active

10 FOR #10: Last week, Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 116.5 rating, marking his fifth game with at least three touchdown passes, the most by a rookie in NFL history. Through nine games, Herbert leads all qualified rookies with 2,699 passing yards, 22 touchdown passes and a 104.7 rating this season.

On Sunday at Buffalo, Herbert can move into the top-three for passing yards and touchdown passes by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. Patrick Mahomes is the only other player in the top three of both categories after 10 games.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 10 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (3,185)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (2,965)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2,885)
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (2,699)*
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati (2,688)
*In nine games

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 10 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (29)
Deshaun Watson, Houston (27)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (26) HOF
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (22)*
George Ratterman, Chicago Cardinals (21)
*In nine games

HOME COOKING: Entering Week 12, Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook leads the league with 13 rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 1,069 rushing yards. Last week, he rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, his 10th consecutive home game with a rushing touchdown, a streak that goes back to Week 1 of the 2019 season.

With a rushing touchdown on Sunday against Carolina, Cook will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (11 consecutive home games) for the fourth-most consecutive home games with a rushing touchdown with the same team in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive home games with a rushing touchdown with the same team in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS; GAMES)

Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1993-95; 17) HOF
Curtis Martin, New England (1995-96; 13) HOF
Stephen Davis, Washington (1999-2000; 12)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers (2003-05; 11) HOF
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota (2019-20; 10)*
Bill Paschal, New York Giants (1943-45; 10)
*Active streak

Byes this week? None. Houston, Detroit, Washington and Dallas played Thursday to kick off week 12 and have Sunday off. Week 12 ends in Philadelphia as Seattle travels to the East coast for a prime time meeting with Philadelphia. As far as last week goes? 7-7 again for week 11; for the season, 98-63. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 12.

Las Vegas (6-4) at ATLANTA (3-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Week 12 Sunday action gets underway in the Big Peach as Matt Ryan and Atlanta host Derek Carr and the Los Angeles Raiders. Both teams took losses in last week’s action.

The Raiders watched Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champs erase a 17-14 lead in the desert last Sunday night, falling to the Chiefs 35-31 at Allegiant Stadium. Las Vegas took a 31-28 lead with 1:43 left in regulation when Carr and TE Jason Witten connected on a 1-yard TD toss. Kansas City was not about to be outdone, using a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 75 seconds of clock and took the lead back for good when Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce connected on a 22-yard TD toss with 28 seconds left. The Raiders, with one time out left, would get the ball back after the kickoff and held on to it for one play when Carr was picked off by Daniel Sorensen, ending the threat and any chance of a Las Vegas comeback.

Kansas City out-rushed their AFC West/AFL rivals 108-89 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 69 yards and a pair of TDs; Carr threw for 275 yards and three TDs (connecting with Nelson Agholor and Darren Waller in addition to the Witten toss), while Mahomes threw for 348 yards with a pair of TDs (one to Tyreek Hill and the game-winner to Kelce); both men threw an interception and neither were sacked. The Chiefs were 5 of 9 on third down tries (the defending champs were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:05. As for the Raiders? They kept the pigskin for 27:55, going 6 for 9 on third down tries.

Atlanta was held to three Younghoe Koo field goals and Ryan was sacked eight times as NFC South rival New Orleans manhandled the Falcons 24-9 in the Big Easy last Sunday. The Falcons led 9-3 with 4:31 left before the intermission, when the Saints, who used Taysom Hill under center in place of Drew Brees (broken ribs), took the lead for good with a 3-yard rushing TD with 1:46 left. Hill would later add a pair of rushing TDs in the second half as New Orleans scored their final 21 points of the contest unchallenged.

Atlanta was held to 52 yards of rushing, while the Saints would tally 168, with Hill leading all rushers with 51 yards. Ryan threw for 232 yards but was picked off twice to go with the eight sacks, while Hill threw for 233 yards with three sacks but no interceptions. The Falcons were a somewhat dismal 2 of 14 on third down tries in the Big Easy (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:19, while the Saints were rulers of the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:41, going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in Los Angeles, Oakland, at Fulton County Stadium and the Georgia Dome, the series finds itself tied at 7-7 and the Raiders have outscored Atlanta 360-327. The Falcons, however, have come away winners in their last four meetings, including a 35-28 win on the West Coast in 2016, while the Silver and Black’s last win came in 2000 in Oakland by a final of 41-14. Vegas likes the Raiders as 3-point favorites in the Big Peach with a 54 over/under. Both numbers make sense and both teams are going be angry after losses from last week. The Southern Angry Birds prevail in the Big Peach and takes the win at home, covering the 3.

Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) at Buffalo (7-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of old AFL teams meet in upstate New York as the Los Angeles Chargers travel to Orchard Park for an early afternoon (10 a.m. LA time) kickoff against the Buffalo Bills.

Justin Hebert and the Chargers gave the New York Jets their 10th loss in a row, coming away with the 34-28 win at SoFi Stadium last Sunday. The Bolts led 24-6 at the intermisson on the West Coast before the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would rally in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Chargers 22-10 and came to within 2 with :01 left when P Ty Long stepped out of the end zone for a safety.

While GangGreen out-rushed the Bolts 96-29 (Jets RB Frank Gore led all rushers with 61 yards and a TD), Hebert burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 366 yards and three TDs, while Joe Flacco (who once again took over for Sam Darnold) threw for 205 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco was sacked once and threw the contest’s only interception, while Hebert was sacked three times). The Bolts were 9 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 36:28, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would hold the pigskin for 23:32, going 5 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Arizona rallied from a 30-26 deficit with one second left when Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins connected on a 43-yard desperation toss to reclaim the lead from Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills at State Farm Stadium. The Bills took the 4-point lead with 34 seconds left when Allen and Stefon Diggs connected on a 21-yard toss. Murray would then use a 4-play, 75 yard drive that used only 32 seconds of clock to send Cardinal fans home happy when Hopkins, covered by three Bills defenders in the end zone, caught the pass to take the lead. The Desert Angry Birds then made the game complete when the Bills tried several lateral passes to score but their last pass attempt went out of bounds, ending the contest.

Arizona out-rushed Buffalo 217-73 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading the way with 100 yards, while Murray ran for a pair of TDs and threw the game-winner late in the contest. Murray threw for 245 yards with a sack and an interception, while Allen threw for 284 yards, throwing a pair of TDs and caught a TD pass of his own (Allen was picked off twice). The Desert Angry Birds were 5 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:40, while the Bills actually were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 30:20, while going 6 for 13 on third down conversions in the desert.

The Chargers lead the series 24-10-2 (including games played in San Diego and at War Memorial Stadium), have outscored the Bills 899-609 and have won the last four meetings in the series, including a 31-20 win in upstate New York in 2018, while Buffalo’s last win over the Chargers came in 2008 in Orchard Park by a final of 23-14. Buffalo’s favored by 5 1/2 in upstate New York and the over/under’s 52 1/2. The Bills are looking to stay in first place in the AFC East, while the Chargers are looking to somehow catch Kansas City in the West. Bills circle the wagons in upstate New York by taking the win at home and covering the 5 1/2.

New York Giants (3-7) at Cincinnati (2-7-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of struggling teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River as Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals host Daniel Jones and the New York Giants.

Philadelphia saw the Giants break their two-game win streak in the Jersey Meadowlands as Big Blue got revenge from their week seven loss to take the 27-17 win at Met Life Stadium. The Eagles trailed Big Blue 14-3 at the intermission in upstate New Jersey and would pull themselves to within four with 5:20 left in the third quarter when RB Corey Clement scored on a 5-yard run but missed the two-point try. The Giants would then seal Philadelphia’s fate in the fourth quarter, using a pair of Greg Gano field goals to take the win.

Philadelphia out-rushed Big Blue 156-151 with Miles Sanders leading the way with 85 yards; Wentz threw for 208 yards, while Jones threw for 244 yards, leading the Giants’ rushing attack with 64 yards and a rushing TD (both men were sacked three times and neither threw an interception). The Eagles were a somewhat dismal 0 of 9 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:17, while the Giants ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:43, going 5 of 14, 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Cincinnati and Burrow watched Washington Washington erase a 9-7 deficit last Sunday at FedEx Field by scoring 13 second half points unchallenged to come away 20-9 winners in Landover. WR Steven Sims Jr. and QB Alex Smith connected on a 3-yard TD pass to give Washington the lead for good halfway through the third quarter and they would then use a pair of Dustin Hopkins field goals to close things out scoring-wise.

Washington out-rushed Cincinnati 164-70 with RB Antonio Gibson leading all rushers with 94 yards and a rushing TD; Smith threw for 166 yards and the Sims TD with a pair of sacks and threw the contest’s only interception, while Burrow threw for 203 yards and a TD to A.J. Green before leaving the contest with a knee injury without a sack or interception. Washington, going 4 of 13 on third down tries, ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:46, while the Bengals in keeping the pigskin for 29:14, went 3 of 12 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Cincinnati leads the series 6-4 and the Bengals have outscored Big Blue 249-215. The Giants were 21-20 winners in the Meadowlands in 2016 in their last meeting, while the Bengals’ last win in the series came in Cincinnati in 2012 by a final of 31-13. The Giants are favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Both numbers make sense. While the Bengals make things interesting, the Giants prevail along the shores of the Ohio River and win on the road.

Tennessee (7-3) at Indianapolis (7-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC South teams, tied for first place in the division, meet in the Hoosier State as Philip Rivers and the Colts host the Tennessee Titans. Both teams were overtime winners last week.

Tennessee trailed Baltimore 14-10 at the intermission at M&T Bank Stadium, took a 3-point lead late in the fourth quarter, watched the Raven rally in the closing seconds of regulation on a 29-yard field goal by Jeff Tucker to tie things up, only to watch Titans RB Derrick Henry save the day, as he would score on a 29-yard TD in overtime to give Tennessee a 30-24 win on the road. The Ravens trailed by 3 with 2:18 left in the contest when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connecting on a 14-yard TD toss before Turner evened things back up with 15 seconds left to play.

Baltimore would win the toss and got the ball in the overtime but went three and out, punting the ball to Tennessee. It would be the last time the Ravens saw the ball as Tennessee went on a 6-play, 73-yard drive that used 2:37 of clock to take the win. Henry led all rushers with 133 yards and the game-winning score as the Titans out-rushed Baltimore 173-129 with Tannehill throwing for 259 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jackson led Baltimore with 186 yards and a TD (Tannehill was sacked twice, Jackson was sacked once and both men threw an interception). Baltimore went 9 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:06, while the Titans ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:33, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Indianapolis erased a 28-14 deficit at the break against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, only to see Mason Crosby tie things up late in regulation before rookie K Rodrigo Blankenship connected on a 39-yard field goal in overtime to come away 34-31 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts trailed by 14 at the intermission, then chipped away at the lead and would lead by 3 with 8:56 left in regulation when Blankenship connected on a 45-yard field goal to lead by 3. Green Bay would not go away quietly as the Packers used a 10-play, 86-yard drive that used 82 seconds of clock to tie things up.

Green Bay would win the toss to start overtime and got only two plays in before WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumbled and Julian Blackmon recovered for the Colts in Green Bay territory. The Colts would then use three plays, eight yards and 2:02 of clock (after both clubs used timeouts) to set up Blankenship’s game-winning kick.

The Colts out-rushed Green Bay 140-66 with Indianapolis RB Jonathan Taylor leading the way with 90 yards; Rivers threw for 288 yards, while Rodgers threw for 311 yards (both men were sacked once, both threw an interception and both threw three TD passes, Rodgers connecting with DeVonte Adams on one of his tosses). The Colts were 6 for 16 on third down tries (they were perfect on fourth down, going 2 of 2) and held the ball for 35:01, while the Packers, who kept the ball for 27:49, went 4 for 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

They met two weeks ago in the Music City and in that contest, Tennessee watched Rivers and Indianapolis erase a 7-3 lead by taking a 17-13 lead at Nissan Stadium en route to a 34-17 win in Nashville. Indy then went on to score 21 second half points unchallenged, then stop the Titans on a fourth down try deep in Indianapolis territory in the final quarter. Tennessee out-rushed Indianapolis 157-133 and Tannehill threw for 147, while Rivers threw for 308 yards to take the win (both men were sacked once, both threw a TD pass and neither threw an interception; rookie WR Michael Pittman led all receievers with 104 yards on seven catches). The Titans were 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and clung to the ball for 28:42, while the Colts were rulers of time, keeping the ball for 31:18, going 4 of 12 on third down, 3 for 5 on fourth down.

In the week 10 contest in Nashville, the Colts were favored by 2 and they would cover, winning by 17 and both teams covered the 48 1/2 over/under, tallying 51 points. The rematch has the Colts favored again, this time by 3 with a 57 over/under. The winner of this contest will have first place to themselves in the AFC South for now. For the Colts, they want to let the Titans know that the first meeting, a Thursday night affair at Nissan Stadium, was not a fluke. As for Tennessee? They want revenge. History has a way of repeating itself and it’s favoring the Colts. Indy covers the 3 in the Hoosier State and takes the win, sweeping the series.

Cleveland (7-3) at Jacksonville (1-9), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Baker Mayfield and the much-improved Cleveland Browns travel to the Sunshine State to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon. The Browns look to improve their playoff hopes, while the Jaguars look to somehow right their ship after a loss at home last week.

Cleveland took Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles to task last Sunday at First Energy Stadium, coming away 22-17 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, the Browns took a 7-0 lead with them to the break, then held off a late Eagles’ rally in the final quarter of action.

Cleveland out-rushed the Eagles 137-106 with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 114 yards, while Philadelphia was led by Miles Sanders’ 66 yards. Mayfield threw for 204 yards with three sacks but no interceptions, while Wentz threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times (once for a safety) and was picked off twice. Cleveland was 4 of 14 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and the Browns ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:44, while the Eagles kept the ball for 28:16, went 2 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Jacksonville was held to a Chris McLaughlin field goal in the first quarter as Pittsburgh improved to 10-0 after their 27-3 win over Jacksonville Sunday afternoon in the Sunshine State. Trailing 3-0 at the end of the first 15 minutes of action, the Steelers took matters into their own hands at TIAA Bank Stadium, scoring all 27 of their points unchallenged, taking a 17-3 lead with them to the intermission.

Pittsburgh out-rushed Jacksonville 106-73, with Steelers RB James Conner leading the way with 89 yards, while James Robinson led Jacksonville with 73 yards. Pittsburgh went 7 of 17 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 36:29, while the Jaguars held the ball for 23:31, went 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Jacksonville holds a 12-5 lead in the series, the Jaguars have outscored the Browns 382-253 and have won the last three contests in the series, inclduing coming away 19-7 winners in Cleveland in 2017, while Cleveland’s last win came in 2011 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 14-10. Cleveland’s favored by 6 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 48 1/2. If you’re a fan of either team, then by all means, watch this one; otherwise, may we suggest the “Grumpy Cat Movie?” Cleveland wins in the Sunshine State but expect Jacksonville to make things closer than the 6 1/2.

Carolina (4-7) at Minnesota (4-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of third-place teams meet in the Twin Cities Sunday afternoon as the Vikings and Panthers meet at US Bank Stadium.

Carolina pitched a shutout at the expense of the Lions last Sunday in Charlotte, as the Panthers left Bank of America Stadium 20-0 winners. The Panthers led 7-0 at the intermission in the Tar Heel State, then proceeded to score their last 13 points of the contest unchalleged, using a pair of Jeff Slye field goals to round things out. Carolina held Detroit to 40 yards of rushing on the afternoon, while the Panthers tallied 166 yards, with Panthers RB Mike Davis leading all rushers with 64 yards and the game’s first TD. J.P. Walker, taking over for Teddy Bridgewater, threw for 258 yards in the win, despite throwing a pair of interceptions, while Stafford threw for 178 yards and was sacked five times. Detroit on third down tries? 3 of 14 (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and the Lions would keep the ball for 23:12, while the Panthers were rulers of the clock, holding the ball for 36:48, while going 5 of 15 on third down.

The Vikings watched Dallas rally from a 4-point deficit late in their contest last Sunday, then held off a late Vikings rally in the closing seconds to come away from US Bank 31-28 winners in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Dallas led 16-7 at the break, then watched the Vikings chip away at that lead, taking a 28-24 lead with 9:37 left in regulation when QB Kirk Cousins and WR Justin Jefferson connected on a 39-yard TD toss.

Later in the final quarter, the Cowboys would use an 11-play, 61-yard drive that used 2:23 of clock, giving Dallas the lead back when Andy Dalton (returning from a concussion and COVID) and TE Dalton Schultz connected on a 2-yard TD toss with 97 seconds left. Dallas would then hold off the Vikings’ last chance effort to take the win when four of Kirk Cousins’ passes sailed incomplete.

Dallas out-rushed Minnesota 180-125 with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott leading Dallas with 103 yards, while Vikings RB Dalvin Cook led all rushers with 115 yards and a TD. Dalton threw for 203 yards, Cousins threw for 314 yards with both men throwing three TDs, with Dalton throwing the contest’s only interception (Cousins was sacked twice, Dalton was sacked once). Dallas went 5 of 11 on third down (the Cowboys were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 28:11, while the Vikings actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:49 and went 6 for 10 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

While Minnesota leads the series 8-6, the Panthers have outscored the Vikings 285-260. Carolina won the last meeting, which took place in the Tar Heel State in 2017, with the Panthers coming away from Bank of America Stadium 31-24, while the Vikings’ last win came in the same faciltiy a year earlier, taking a 22-10 victory. Minnesota’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 51. Both clubs are trying to stay out of the cellar in their respective divisions. Minnesota bounces back from the loss to Dallas last Sunday and takes the win in the Twin Cities, although Carolina will try to make it closer than the 4 1/2.

Arizona (6-4) at New England (4-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of Heisman Trophy QBs meet in Foxboro as Cam Newton and the Patriots host Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. Both clubs took losses on the road in their contests last week.

Arizona watched Seattle and Russell Wilson come away 28-21 winners last Thursday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks at Lumen Field (formerly Century Link Field). Although they trailed 16-7 at the intermission in the Pactiic Northwest, Arizona would outscore the Seahawks 14-12 in the final 30 minutes of play to make the contest closer than Seahawk fans would have liked.

Seattle out-rushed the Desert Angry Birds 165-57 with Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde leading the way with 79 yards and a TD. Wilson threw for 197 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett), despite being sacked three times, while Murray threw for 269 yards and a pair of TDs of his own (Murray was sacked three times as well, neither Wilson or Muray threw an interception). Seattle went 8 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:07, while the Desert Angry Birds, keeping the ball for 24:53, went 6 for 11 on third down tries.

Newton and the Patriots watched Houston and DeShaun Watson break a 7-7 tie at NRG Stadium, coming away 27-20 winners last Sunday. Houston led 21-10 at the break, then held off a late Patroits charge that saw New England pull themselves to within four before taking control of things to take the win.

While New England out-rushed the Texans 86-55, Watson threw for 344 yards and a pair of TDs without a sack, while Newton threw for 365 yards and a TD with two sacks (neither watson or Newton threw an interception). Houston went 5 for 11 on third down tries and held the ball for 27:42, while the Patriots were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 32:18, while going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in St. Louis, Fenway Park, Phoenix and Schafer Stadium, the series is even at 7-7 and the Patriots have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 279-263. New England’s last win came in the desert in 2016 by a final of 23-21, while Arizona’s last win came in Foxboro in 2012, with the Cardinals leaving Gillette Stadium 20-18 winners. The Desert Angry Birds find themselves favored by 2 1/2 in Foxboro and the over/under is 49. The Cardinals are looking to stay close to Seattle and Los Angeles in the NFC West, while the Patriots are looking to pass Miami and Buffalo in the AFC East. Arizona prevails in Foxboro and covers the 2 1/2.

Miami (6-4) at New York Jets (0-10), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Miami makes their way to Met Life Stadium for a rematch with the struggling New York Jets. Both teams lost on the road in last week’s action.

Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins watched Denver break a 7-7 tie after the end of the first quarter as the Broncos would outscore them 13-6 the rest of the way to take a 20-13 win last Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High. Miami trailed 13-10 at the break and could never get themselves back on track in the Mile High City. Miami was out-rushed by the Broncos 189-56, with Denver RBs Melvin Gordon (84 yards, two TDS) and Patrick Lindsay (82 yards) leading the way.

Tagovailoa threw for 83 yards and a TD but was sacked six times before being replaced by backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (117 yards, interception), while Drew Lock threw for 270 yards with an interception. Miami was 7 of 16 yards on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:41, while the Broncos had time on their side, keeping the ball for 30:19, while going 4 for 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Justin Hebert and the Chargers gave the New York Jets their 10th loss in a row, coming away with the 34-28 win at SoFi Stadium last Sunday. The Bolts led 24-6 at the intermisson on the West Coast before the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would rally in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Chargers 22-10 and came to within 2 with :01 left when P Ty Long stepped out of the end zone for a safety.

Although GangGreen out-rushed the Bolts 96-29 (Jets RB Frank Gore led all rushers with 61 yards and a TD), Hebert burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 366 yards and three TDs, while Joe Flacco (who once again took over for Sam Darnold) threw for 205 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco was sacked once and threw the contest’s only interception, while Hebert was sacked three times). The Bolts were 9 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 36:28, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would hold the pigskin for 23:32, going 5 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

They met in week six in the Sunshine State and Miami scored all 24 of their points unchallenged as they shutout GangGreen 24-0, taking a 21-0 lead with them to the intermission. Even though the Dolphins were out-rushed 115-110, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 191 yards and three TDs in the first half, with Tagovailoa entering the contest, connecting on his first two NFL passes in his career (Joe Flacco, taking over for Darnold, threw for 186 yards; Fitzpatrick was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, while Flacco was sacked three times with a pick). Miami was 1 of 9 on third down tries in the Sunshne State, keeping the ball for 28:05, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ruled the clock, holding the ball for 31:55 and went 2 of 17 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week six contest at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami easily covered the 9 1/2-point spread, winning by 24 but the 47 over/under stayed safe, as the two clubs merged for all 24 points. The Dolphins are favored again, this time by 7 with a 44 1/2 over/under. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are bad and they’d have a better chance of finding Jimmy Hoffa than winning this one. Miami covers the 7 and wins in upstate New Jersey.

New Orleans (8-2) at Denver (4-6), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. The New Orleans Saints make their way westward for a late-afternoon affair with the Denver Broncos. Both teams were winners at home last week.

New Orleans and Hill held Atlanta to three Younghoe Koo field goals and sacked Matt Ryan eight times as the Saints took their NFC South rivals to task 24-9 in the Big Easy last Sunday. Atlanta led 9-3 with 4:31 left before the intermission, when the Saints, who used Hill under center in place of Drew Brees (broken ribs), took the lead for good with a 3-yard rushing TD with 1:46 left. Hill would later add a pair of rushing TDs in the second half as New Orleans scored their final 21 points of the contest unchallenged.

New Orleans held Atlanta to 52 yards of rushing, while tallying 168, with Hill leading all rushers with 51 yards. Ryan threw for 232 yards but was picked off twice to go with the eight sacks, while Hill threw for 233 yards with three sacks but no interceptions. The Falcons were a somewhat dismal 2 of 14 on third down tries in the Big Easy (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:19, while the Saints were rulers of the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:41, going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver broke a 7-7 tie against Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins as the Broncos would prevail 20-13 last Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High. Denver led 13-10 at the break and never looked back as they would outscore Miami 7-3 in the second half. Denver out-rushed Miami 189-56, with Denver RBs Melvin Gordon (84 yards, two TDS) and Patrick Lindsay (82 yards) leading the way.

Tagovailoa threw for 83 yards and a TD but was sacked six times before being replaced by backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (117 yards, interception), while Drew Lock threw for 270 yards with an interception. Miami was 7 of 16 yards on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:41, while the Broncos had time on their side, keeping the ball for 30:19, while going 4 for 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Denver leads the series 9-2, the Broncos have outscored the Saints 301-226 and have won the last five meetings in the series, with Denver’s last win coming in the Big Easy in 2016 by a final of 25-23, while the Saints’ last win over Denver came in the Mile High City in 1994 by a final of 30-28. New Orleans is favored by 6 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 44. Denver may not cover the 6 but they’ll pull off the upset at Empower Field Sunday.

San Francisco (4-6) at Los Angeles Rams (7-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in southern California as San Francisco makes the 389-mile drive down I-5 to face off against their divisional rival the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.

New Orleans erased a 10-0 deficit against San Francisco in the Big Easy, taking a 27-13 win in the late Sunday afternoon contest, which proved to be a pyhric victory for the Saints, who would lose the services of Drew Brees to a pair of broken ribs in the first half. The 49ers took that 10-point lead early in the second quarter before the Saints would respond in the period with 17 points unchallenged, using a pair of Alvin Kamara TDs (one passing, one rushing) to take the lead for keeps.

New Orleans, leading 17-10 at the intermission, out-rushed San Francisco 114-49 and Brees threw for 76 yards and a TD to Kamara before being replaced by Jameis Winston (63 yards, two sacks), while Nick Mullens threw for 247 yards and a TD to Brandon Ayuk (Mullins was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions). New Orleans was 2 of 12 on third down and they would hold on to the ball for 27:06, while the 49ers were rulers of time, keeping the ball for 32:54, going 7 of 16 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The Rams, in first place in the NFC West, held off Tom Brady and Tampa Bay, taking a 27-24 win at Raymond James Stadium Monday night. Los Angeles led 17-14 at the intermission, with Rams K Matt Gay (who played for Tampa Bay) connecting on a 38-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Tampa Bay would eventually tie things up at 24-24 with 3:53 left in regulation when Brady and WR Chris Goodwin connected on a 13-yard TD toss. The Rams would get the ball back with 3:53 left in the contest and used a 8-play, 53-yard drive that would 77 seconds of clock with Gay burning his former team, nailing a 40-yard try with 2:36 left in the contest.

Tampa Bay got the ball back with 2:36 on their 19-yard line and would move the ball 19-yards to their 38 before Rams S Jordan Fuller picked him off, ending the threat. Los Angeles would then run out the clock and leave the Sunshine State with the prime-time win.

The Monday night contest was not much of a rushing affair, as neither club breached the 100-yard barrier, let alone the 50-yard one; Tampa Bay out-rushed the Rams 42-37 and Brady threw for 216 yards and TDs to Mike Evans and Goodwin with a sack and a pair of interceptions (including the one in the fourth quarter), while Jarred Goff threw for 376 yards and three TDs without a sack but had two interceptions of his own. Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the Monday night contest (the Rams were 8 of 15, Tampa Bay was 7 of 14) and the Rams would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 33:13, while the Buccaneers, who were 0 for 1 on fourth down, kept the ball for 26:47.

The meeting in Inglewood is a week six rematch in Santa Clara that saw the 49ers come away 24-16 winners at Levis Stadium. San Francisco used three Jimmy Garoppolo TDs in the first 30 minutes of play to take a 21-6 lead into the intermission, despite being outscored by the Rams 10-3 in the second half.

San Francisco out-rushed their instate NFC West rivals 122-113 with Rams RB Darrell Henderson leading all rushers with 88 yards, while Raheem Mosert led San Francisco with 65 yards. Garoppolo threw for 268 yards with the three TDs (including one to TE George Kittle; Kittle had 109 yards on seven catches), while Goff threw for 198 yards and a pair of TDs and an interception (neither Garoppolo or Goff were sacked). San Francisco was 5 of 13 on third down (the 49ers were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:55, while the Rams, who would hold on to the pigskin for 22:05, went 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Rams were favored by 3 in the week six contest in wine country and the 49ers covered, winning by 8. The 50 1/2 over/under? Untouched as both teams combined to score 40 points. This time, the Rams are favored again, this time by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. San Francisco’s looking to catch the Rams in the West and prove that the first win in Santa Clara was not a fluke. As for the Rams… revenge and they’re in their back yard. Rams get their revenge over their instate rival and takes the win in Inglewood, although the 49ers will make this one closer than the 6 1/2.

Kansas City (9-1) at Tampa Bay (7-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady. They meet again, this time in the Sunshine State as the defending Super Bowl champions travel to Tampa to face off against the Buccaneers.

Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champs erased a 17-14 halftime deficit in the desert last Sunday night, coming away 35-31 winners over AFC West/AFL rivals Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, avenging a week five loss at Arrowhead. Las Vegas took a 31-28 lead with 1:43 left in regulation when Carr and TE Jason Witten connected on a 1-yard TD toss. Kansas City was not about to be outdone, using a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 75 seconds of clock and took the lead back for good when Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce connected on a 22-yard TD toss with 28 seconds left. The Raiders, with one time out left, would get the ball back after the kickoff and held on to it for one play when Carr was picked off by Daniel Sorensen, ending the threat and any chance of a Las Vegas comeback.

Kansas City out-rushed their AFC West/AFL rivals 108-89 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 69 yards and a pair of TDs; Carr threw for 275 yards and three TDs (connecting with Nelson Agholor and Darren Waller in addition to the Witten toss), while Mahomes threw for 348 yards with a pair of TDs (one to Tyreek Hill and the game-winner to Kelce); both men threw an interception and neither were sacked. The Chiefs were 5 of 9 on third down tries (the defending champs were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:05. As for the Raiders? They kept the pigskin for 27:55, going 6 for 9 on third down tries.

Brady and Tampa Bay dropped a 27-24 decision to the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium last Monday night. The Bucs trailed 17-14 at the intermission, with former Bucs K Matt Gay connecting on a 38-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Tampa Bay would eventually tie things up at 24-24 with 3:53 left in regulation when Brady and WR Chris Goodwin connected on a 13-yard TD toss. The Rams would get the ball back with 3:53 left in the contest and used a 8-play, 53-yard drive that would 77 seconds of clock with Gay burning his former team, nailing a 40-yard try with 2:36 left in the contest.

The Bucs would then get the ball back with 2:36 on their 19-yard line and would move the ball 19-yards to their 38 before Rams S Jordan Fuller picked him off, ending the threat. Los Angeles would then run out the clock and leave the Sunshine State with the prime-time win.

The Monday night contest was not much of a rushing affair, as neither club breached the 100-yard barrier, let alone the 50-yard one; Tampa Bay out-rushed the Rams 42-37 and Brady threw for 216 yards and TDs to Mike Evans and Goodwin with a sack and a pair of interceptions (including the one in the fourth quarter), while Jarred Goff threw for 376 yards and three TDs without a sack but had two interceptions of his own. Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the Monday night contest (the Rams were 8 of 15, Tampa Bay was 7 of 14) and the Rams would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 33:13, while the Buccaneers, who were 0 for 1 on fourth down, kept the ball for 26:47.

Tampa Bay leads the series 7-5, the Buccaneers have outscored the Chiefs 243-233 and have won the last five meetings in the series, including a 19-17 win at Arrowhead in 2016, while Kansas City’s last win came in the Sunshine State in 1993 by a final of 27-3. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 3 1/2-point favorites and the over/under’s 56. Given that it’s Mahomes vs. Brady, it would only be fair to make this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a Sunday 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?”)

There is a chance that these two teams could meet in February in the final game of the season (SB55). For the Chiefs, they’re the kings of the mountain right now and the Buccaneers would love nothing more than to knock them off the mountain. Sorry, Tampa Bay fans… long live the king. Chiefs and Mahomes cover the 3 1/2 in the Sunshine State and takes the road win.

Chicago (5-5) at Green Bay (7-3), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. They meet again. A pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman once said) rivals meet in prime time in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst. Green Bay and Chicago, both coming off losses, meet at Lambeau Field. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers hope to keep the top spot in the NFC North, while Da Bears are looking to keep themselves out of the division’s cellar.

Minnesota held off NFC North rival Chicago 19-13 at Soldier Field two weeks ago. The Vikings trailed Da Bears 7-6 at the intermission and Chicago would score early in the third on a 104-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson before Minnesota responded with 13 points in the final quarter unchallenged, using a pair of Dan Bailey field goals and a 6-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Theilen to seal the win.

Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook led all rushers with 96 yards as the Vikings out-rushed Da Bears 99-41 and Cousins threw for 292 yards and a pair of TDs to Theilen, while Nick Foles threw for 106 yards before leaving the contest with a knee injury late in the game (Foles was sacked twice, Cousins was sacked once and both threw an interception; Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson led all recievers with 135 yards). Minnesota went 8 of 15 on third down tries in the Windy City and kept the ball for 35:50, while the Monsters of the Midway kept the pigskin for 24:10, going 2 of 11 on third donw, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Rodgers and Green Bay watched Indianapolis erase a 28-14 lead at the break, only to see Mason Crosby tie things up late in regulation before rookie K Rodrigo Blankenship connected on a 39-yard field goal in overtime to come away 34-31 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts trailed by 14 at the intermission, then chipped away at the lead and would lead by 3 with 8:56 left in regulation when Blankenship connected on a 45-yard field goal to lead by 3. Green Bay would not go away quietly as the Packers used a 10-play, 86-yard drive that used 82 seconds of clock to tie things up.

Green Bay would win the toss to start overtime and got only two plays in before WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumbled and Julian Blackmon recovered for the Colts in Green Bay territory. The Colts would then use three plays, eight yards and 2:02 of clock (after both clubs used timeouts) to set up Blankenship’s game-winning kick.

The Colts out-rushed Green Bay 140-66 with Indianapolis RB Jonathan Taylor leading the way with 90 yards; Rivers threw for 288 yards, while Rodgers threw for 311 yards (both men were sacked once, both threw an interception and both threw three TD passes, Rodgers connecting with DeVonte Adams on one of his tosses). The Colts were 6 for 16 on third down tries (they were perfect on fourth down, going 2 of 2) and held the ball for 35:01, while the Packers, who kept the ball for 27:49, went 4 for 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Including games played at Wrigley Field, Milwaukee County Stadium and the University of Illinois-Champaign and contests played when Da Bears were known as the Chicago Staleys, the Packers lead the series 98-94-6 and have outscored Chicago 3,430-3,377. The two NFC North rivals met twice last year and Green Bay swept the series (Chicago’s last win over Green Bay came in the Windy City in 2018 by a final of 24-17).

Their first meeting took place in the season opener in the Windy City and the Packers left Soldier Field 10-3 winners. Green Bay erased a 3-0 first quarter deficit as TE Jimmy Graham would score the only TD in the contest, catching an 8-yard pass from Rodgers early in the second quarter. After a scoreless third quarter, Mason Crosby’s 39-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter would close out the scoring. Green Bay would later hold off a late Chicago rally that would have given Da Bears a shot at tying things up.

Neither club dented the 100-yard rushing barrier and neither touched the 50-yard barrier as Green Bay out-rushed Chicago 47-46. Rodgers threw for 203 yards with the Graham TD, while Mitchell Trubisky threw for 228 yards with an interception (both men were sacked five times). Green Bay in the Thursday night season opener in the Windy City went 2 of 12 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:03, while the Monsters of the Midway clung to the pigskin for 28:57, while going 3 of 15 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The two teams met again, this time at chilly Lambeau Field in week 15 and for the Packers, second verse, same as the first, with Green Bay coming away 21-13 winners. Leading 7-3 at the intermission, the Packers would score 14 third quarter points unchallenged before Da Bears would storm their way back in the final 15 minutes of play, making things a bit closer than Packers fans would have hoped for in the chilly Wisconsin air (how cold, you ask? How does 11 degrees sound?).

This time, someone did dent the 100-yard rushing barrier and it would be the Packers, who out-rushed Da Bears 100-96 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading the way with 51 yards and a pair of TDs. Rodgers threw for 203 yards and a TD toss to DaVante Adams without an interception, while Trubisky threw for 334 yards and a TD (Trubisky would throw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times, while Rodgers was sacked once). Green Bay on third down was 5 of 15 (the Packers were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and they would keep the ball for 25:38, while Da Bears ruled da clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:22 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst, going 9 of 20 on third down, 0 for 3 on fourth down.

In the week one season prime time opener in the Windy City, the Monsters of the Midway were 3-point favorites and the Packers win by 7 allowed them to cover the spread. As far as the 46 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as the two clubs merged for only 13 total points. In the week 15 contest at Lambeau, Green Bay won by 8 (they were favored by 5) but the 41 over/under was untouched, as the two clubs merged for 34 points.

Seattle (7-3) at Philadelphia (3-6-1), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Grunge and Salmon meet cheesesteak as Russell Wilson and Seattle travels to the City of Brotherly Love to face off against Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Seattle got revenge on NFC West rival Arizona last Thrusday, coming away 28-21 winners at Lumen Field (formerly Century Link Field). Leading 16-7 at the intermission in the Pactiic Northwest, the Seahawks would hold off Arizona, who outscored them 14-12 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Seattle out-rushed the Desert Angry Birds 165-57 with Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde leading the way with 79 yards and a TD. Wilson threw for 197 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett), despite being sacked three times, while Kyler Murray threw for 269 yards and a pair of TDs of his own (Murray was sacked three times as well, neither Wilson or Muray threw an interception). Seattle went 8 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:07, while the Desert Angry Birds, keeping the ball for 24:53, went 6 for 11 on third down tries.

Wentz and the Eagles were taken to task last Sunday by Clevleand at First Energy Stadium, coming away 22-17 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, the Browns took a 7-0 lead with them to the break, then held off a late Eagles’ rally in the final quarter of action.

The Eagles found themselves outrushed by the Browns 137-106 with Cleveland RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 114 yards, while Philadelphia was led by Miles Sanders’ 66 yards. Mayfield threw for 204 yards with three sacks but no interceptions, while Wentz threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times (once for a safety) and was picked off twice. Cleveland was 4 of 14 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and the Browns ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:44, while the Eagles kept the ball for 28:16, went 2 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Seattle leads the series 10-7, the Seahawks have outscored the Eagles 364-305 and have won the last five regular season meetings (Philadelphia’s last win over Seattle came in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2008 by a final of 26-7). They met twice in the 2019 campaign, both meetings in Philadelphia and both meetings would win up being wins for the Seahawks.

Round one… week 12 in the City of Brotherly Love and Seattle would leave Lincoln Financial Field 17-9 winners. Wilson and the Seahawks led 10-3 at the half, then outscored Philadelphia 7-6 in the final 30 minutes of play to take the win, recovering an onside kick after the Eagles scored on a 2-yard TD toss from Wentz to Zack Ertz.

Seattle out-rushed Philadelphia 174-107 with Rashaad Penny leading the way with 129 yards and a rushing TD, while Miles Sanders led the Eagles with 63 yards. Wilson threw for 200 yards and a TD, while Wentz threw for 256 yards and the TD toss to Ertz (Wilson was sacked six times and threw an interception, while Wentz was sacked three times and picked off twice). Seattle went 5 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:05, while the Eagles actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:55, going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

That was round one.

Round two… Philadelphia, this time it’s the NFC Wild Card Game at Lincoln Financial Field and once again, Seattle prevailed, taking a 17-9 win out of the City of Brotherly Love. Holding the Eagles to three Josh Elliot field goals, Seattle took a 10-3 lead with them to the intermission and never looked back. Even though the Eagles out-rushed Seattle 120-64, with Sanders leading the way with 69 yards, Wilson burned the Eagles for 325 yards and connected with D.K. Metcalf for the contest’s only TD, while Josh McCown (taking over for Wentz) threw for 174 yard (Wentz would take over, throwing for only for three yards; Wilson and Wentz were sacked once, McCown was sacked six times and neither man threw an interception). Seattle went 8 of 15 on third down and kept the ball for 26:45, while the Eagles ruled the clock again, keeping the pigskin for 33:15, while going 3 of 11 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Both teams have done well on Monday night; the Eagles are 36-27 (Philadelphia played one contest in 2019 and won that), while Seattle is 26-10 (Seattle played two contests under the prime time lights last year and took wins in both).

In the week 12 contest, Philadelphia was favored by 2 1/2 and Seattle would cover, winning by 8 but the 49 over/under was untouched, with both teams tallying 29 points. Seattle covered the 1 1/2-point spread in the Wild Card game but the 46 over/under stayed intact, as the two clubs joined to score 26 points. In the Monday night meeting, the Seahawks are favored again, this time by 5 with a 50 over/under. Could lightning strike a third time? This one is worth the time to watch and with that, go ahead and tape “All Rise” and “Bull” this week. Seattle won the last two meetings and Seahawks fans can make it three. Seattle may not cover the 5 1/2 but Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks prevails in the City of Brotherly Love.