It took them a little more than a week and things were moved around. But in the end, they prevailed.

Pittsburgh is still unbeaten and the 1972 Miami Dolphins (the ones that are still living) are getting a little nervous. Week 12 was finally done Wednesday afternoon in Western Pennsylvania. The Steelers once again found success.

Speaking of success… Pro Football Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi once said there is only one way to succeed in anything and that’s to give it everything.

And as the 2020 season enters December, the time to give it everything has arrived.

Week 13 kicks off with a dozen games on Sunday, all 14 playoff berths up for grabs and memories to be made. But first, the Baltimore concluded Week 12 at Pittsburgh with the Steelers prevailing 19-14. It marked the third Wednesday NFL game since 1941. On September 5, 2012, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-17, to kick off the season. And on September 22, 1948, the Los Angeles Rams opened their season with a 44-7 home win over the Detroit Lions.

DECEMBER CONTENDERS: Fifteen NFL teams turn the calendar with a record of .500 or better, including Baltimore (6-5), Kansas City (10-1) and New Orleans (9-2). Since 2017, those teams have consistently ranked among the best over the final quarter of the season.

The teams with the best regular-season records in December and January over the past three seasons:

TEAM (W-L-T, PCT)
Kansas City (12-3-0, .800)
Baltimore Ravens (12-4-0, .750)
Philadelphia (11-4-0, .733)
ATLANTA (10-4-0, .714)
New Orleans (9-4-0, .692)

Week 13 also presents playoff scenarios for either clinching divisions or clinching playoff spots. Take notes… this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!)

Week 13 Playoff Scenarios

AFC

Kansas City (10-1) vs. Denver (4-7), Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title with:

Kansas City win + Las Vegas loss or tie OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas loss

Kansas City clinches playoff berth with:

Kansas City win OR
Kansas City tie + Baltimore loss or tie + Indianapolis loss OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas tie + Baltimore loss or tie + Indianapolis tie OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas tie + Miami loss + Indianapolis loss or tie OR
Kansas City tie + Las Vegas tie + Miami loss + Baltimore loss or tie OR
Kansas City tie + Miami loss + Baltimore loss or tie + Indianapolis tie OR
Las Vegas loss + Baltimore loss + Indianapolis loss

Pittsburgh (11-0) vs. Washington (4-7), Monday, 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

Pittsburgh win + Cleveland loss + Pittsburgh clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Cleveland

Pittsburgh clinches playoff berth with:

Pittsburgh win or tie OR
Las Vegas loss or tie OR
Miami loss or tie OR
Indianapolis loss or tie

NFC

New Orleans (9-2) at ATLANTA (4-7), Sunday, 1 p.m.

New Orleans clinches playoff berth with:

New Orleans win + Chicago loss or tie OR
New Orleans tie + Chicago loss + Minnesota loss + San Francisco loss or tie OR
New Orleans tie + Chicago loss + Minnesota loss + Arizona loss or tie

STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH: In a battle of 8-3 teams in the AFC, Cleveland travels to meet Tennessee on Sunday. The Browns are off to their best start since they were also 8-3 in 1994, while the Titans have their best record through 11 games since they were 10-1 in 2008.

Cleveland, which boasts the league’s top rushing offense (161.4 yards per game), faces the Titans’ Derrick Henry, who leads the NFL with 1,257 rushing yards.

In fact, the contest will feature three of the NFL’s nine leading rushers, including the Browns’ Nick Chubb (719 rushing yards, tied for sixth) and Kareem Hunt (706, ninth). The Cleveland duo is on pace to become the first pair of Browns players to each top 1,000 rushing yards in the same season since Earnest Byner (1,002) and Kevin Mack (1,104) in 1985. Henry, who paced the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in 2019, seeks to become the first player to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons since Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006-07.

Last week, Henry rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-26 win at Indianapolis. Henry is the fourth player in NFL history with three games of at least 175 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (five games) and LaDainian Tomlinson (three), as well as Adrian Peterson (three). The Titans have the league’s fewest giveaways this season with five.

MAHOMES, HILL BACK IN PRIMETIME: Kansas City returns to the Show-Me State to take on the Denver Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have won 19 of their last 20 games, including the postseason.

Last week in a win at Tampa Bay, Patrick Mahomes became the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games in league annals. He completed 37 of 49 attempts (75.5 percent) for 462 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 124.7 rating in the victory.

Mahomes has five career games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (six games) as the only players with at least five such games in their first four seasons in league annals. Mahomes also has 15 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DanMarino (15 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (17 games) has more.

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Hill had 203 receiving yards in the first quarter and became the third player since 1980 with at least 200 receiving yards in a single quarter, joining Qadry Ismail (210 receiving yards in third quarter on December 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in first quarter on November 19, 2006).

Hill, who had 10 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11 of the 2018 season, is the sixth player with two career games of at least 10 receptions, 200 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Hutson and Jerry Rice, as well as Amari Cooper, Chad Johnson and Art Powell.

SAINTS, NFL TEAMS WINNING ON ROAD: Two of the league’s hottest teams meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Atlanta hosts New Orleans Sunday afternoon. New Orleans has won eight straight games while the Falcons have won four of their last six under coach Raheem Morris.

On the road, New Orleans is 4-1 this season and, over a longer stretch, is 17-3 over its last 20 road games. In a trend that started last season, road teams are winning more often. Last year, road teams were 123-132-1 (.482), the NFL’s best single-season mark since 1972 (87-90-5, .492). This year with one game remaining in Week 12, road teams are 85-90-1 (.489).
Last week at Denver, New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill rushed for two touchdowns in the Saints’ win. Hill, who had two rushing touchdowns in his first career start at quarterback in Week 11, is the second player with at least two rushing touchdowns in each of his first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era, joining Eric Hipple (1981).
New Orleans has the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense, allowing 284.9 yards per game. The Saints have allowed fewer than 10 points in three of their past four games.

HOPE FOR THE STRETCH RUN: In 15 of the past 17 seasons, at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 48 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 25 of them have done so in the past 17 years (2003-19), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006. Two teams during that span, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl after finishing in last place in their divisions the season before.

One of the teams with an opportunity to advance from last to first in its division is Miami (7-4), who hosts Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami ranks fifth in the NFL with a plus-six turnover ratio. Cornerback Xavien Howard leads the NFL with seven interceptions, while defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is tied for seventh with eight sacks.
In 14 of the past 16 seasons, at least one team with a losing record after 11 games has qualified for the playoffs. Last week, three teams – Minnesota, New England and San Francisco – each won close games to improve to 5-6 on the season.

The teams with a losing record after 11 games that advanced to the playoffs, since 2004:

YEAR – TEAM (W-L-T)
2019 – Philadelphia (5-6-0)
2018 – Philadelphia (5-6-0)
2016 – Green Bay (5-6-0)
2015 – Washington (5-6-0)
2014 – Carolina (3-7-1)
2013 – San Diego Chargers (5-6-0)
2012 – Washington (5-6-0)
2010 – Seattle (5-6-0)
2009 – New York Jets (5-6-0)
2008 – San Diego Chargers (4-7-0)
2007 – Washington (5-6-0)
2006 – Philadelphia (5-6-0)
2005 – Washington (5-6-0)
2004 – St. Louis Rams (5-6-0)

EVERY NFC WEST TEAM IN PLAYOFF HUNT: Sunday features a key NFC West matchup at State Farm Stadium when the Los Angeles Rams travel to play Arizona in Glendale.

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald has recaptured the NFL lead with 10 sacks, having reached double figures in sacks for a fourth consecutive season. In his past four games at Arizona, Donald has eight combined sacks. He also aims for his fifth in a row at State Farm Stadium with 1.5-or-more sacks.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 195 receptions against both the Rams and Seahawks. No other player in NFL history has more catches against a single opponent.

DK TOPS 1K: Second-year wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who had 10 catches for a career-high 177 yards in Seattle’s Week 12 win, has captured the NFL lead with 1,039 receiving yards. He has five games of at least 100 receiving yards this season, tied for most in the league. Metcalf and Seattle hosts the New York Giants, who’ve won three straight games, on Sunday.

Thanks in part to Metcalf’s nine touchdown receptions, the Seahawks rank third in the NFL with 31.0 points per game.
This year, the highest-scoring season on record through 12 weeks (with one game to play), the NFL already has 1,001 touchdowns, with No. 1,000 coming in Seattle’s Week 12 win at Philadelphia.

The fastest the NFL had reached 1,000 touchdowns in any previous season was Week 13, in both 2015 and 2018. The single-season league record is 1,371 touchdowns, in 2018.

The seasons with the most total points and most touchdowns scored through 12 weeks in NFL history:

YEAR – TOTAL POINTS
2020 – 8,738*
2018 – 8,502
2013 – 8,201
2016 – 8,119
2012 – 8,109

YEAR – TOUCHDOWNS
2020 – 1,001*
2018 – 980
2016 – 913
2014 – 911
2013 – 909
*One game remaining in Week 12

Leaves continue to fall, the weather’s getting a little colder, days are getting a little longer and there’s still football to be played. Nothing’s been decided as of yet, so there’s hope for some teams (unless you’re a Jets’ fan). When the 2020 NFL season ends January 3, 14 of the 32 teams will make post-season plans, while the other 18 will be on the outside looking in, clearing out lockers, hiring new coaches and prepare for the 2021 Combine and Draft. 12 weeks down. 5 weeks to go. In the craziness that is the 2020 National Football League season, there have been some pretty good games played and some that left you thinking “why are they even on the field?”

BILLS, NINERS IN ACTION MONDAY NIGHT: Two playoff hopefuls engage in an intriguing matchup Monday night when the Buffalo travels to Glendale to play San Francisco at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.

Guided by defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, San Francisco’s defense ranks fourth in the NFL in pass defense (206.5 yards allowed per game) and sixth in total defense (315.2 yards allowed per game).

Last week, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen recorded his 15th career game with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in the Bills’ win. Allen joined Cam Newton (20 games) as the only players with at least 15 games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in their first three seasons in NFL history.

DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS EVERY WEEK: Minnesota, who overcame an 11-point deficit to win last week, hosts Jacksonville on Sunday in the Twin Cities.

With one game remaining in Week 12, there have been 35 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, the most through Week 12 in NFL history.

Last week, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 115.7 rating. Cousins has 16 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a rating of 115-or-higher, surpassing Drew Brees (15 games) and Aaron Rodgers (15) for the most such games by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Four Minnesota players – Chad Bebee (seven receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown), Justin Jefferson (seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns), Bisi Johnson (seven receptions for 74 yards) and Kyle Rudolph (seven receptions for 68 yards) – each had at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in last week’s win. Before last week, only one team in NFL history – the 2012 New Orleans (Week 16) – had four players each register at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in the same game.

Jacksonville rookie running back James Robinson totaled a career-high 159 scrimmage yards (128 rushing, 31 receiving) and a rushing touchdown last week. Robinson has six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with Phillip Lindsay (six games in 2018) for the second-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Clark Gaines (seven games in 1976) has more. Robinson has 1,170 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Dominic Rhodes (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001) and Phillip Lindsay (1,278 in 2018) have more.

HERBERT WITHIN REACH OF HISTORY: When New England travels to the West Coast to meet the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert has an opportunity to reach seven 300-yard passing games and establish the NFL’s rookie record. Herbert, who passed for 316 yards and a touchdown last week, is tied with Andrew Luck, who had six such games in 2012, for the most by a rookie in NFL history.

Herbert has 3,015 passing yards this season and joined Patrick Mahomes (3,185 passing yards) as the only players in league annals with at least 3,000 passing yards in their first 10 career games. The Chargers have the league’s third-ranked offense, averaging 397.8 yards per game.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, November 29, the 12th week of the 2020 season.

Minnesota overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Carolina 28-27 in the Twin Cities, while New England overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Arizona, 20-17 in Foxboro on Sunday.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 37 of 49 attempts (75.5 percent) for 462 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 124.7 rating in the Chiefs’ 27-24 win over Tampa Bay. Mahomes is the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games in league annals.

Mahomes has five career games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (six games) as the only players with at least five such games in their first four seasons in league annals. Mahomes has 15 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (15 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (17 games) has more.

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Hill had 203 receiving yards in the first quarter and became the third player since 1980 with at least 200 receiving yards in a single quarter, joining Qadry Ismail (210 receiving yards in third quarter on December 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in first quarter on November 19, 2006).

Hill, who had 10 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11 of the 2018 season, is the sixth player with two career games of 10 receptions, 200 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Hutsoon and Jerry Rice, as well as Amari Cooper, Chad Johnson and Art Powell.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns in Week 12. Brady, who has 3,300 passing yards this season, has 18 career seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (18 seasons) for the most in NFL history.

Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 115.7 rating on Sunday. Cousins has 16 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a rating of 115-or-higher, surpassing Drew Brees (15 games) and Aaron Rodgers (15) for the most such games by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Four Minnesota players – wide receivers Chad Beebe (seven receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown), Justin Jefferson (seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns) and Bisi Johnson (seven receptions for 74 yards) along with tight end Kyle Rudolph (seven receptions for 68 yards) – each had at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards on Sunday.

It marks the second time in NFL history that one team had four receivers each register at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in the same game, joining the 2012 New Orleans Saints (Week 16).

Carolina rookie safety Jeremy Chinn recorded two fumble-return touchdowns on Sunday. He is the third player in NFL history with multiple fumble-return touchdowns in a single game, joining Al Nesser (three on October 3, 1920) and Fred Evans (two on November 28, 1948).

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen recorded his 15th career game with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Allen joins Cam Newton (20 games) as the only players with at least 15 games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in their first three seasons in NFL history.

Appearing in his 10th career game, Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for 316 yards and one touchdown in Week 12. Herbert has six games with at least 300 passing yards this season, tied with Andrew Luck (six games in 2012) for the most such games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Herbert has 3,015 passing yards this season and joins Patrick Mahomes (3,185 passing yards) as the only players in league annals with at least 3,000 passing yards in their first 10 career games.

New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill rushed for two touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-3 win at Denver. Hill, who had two rushing touchdowns in his first career start at quarterback in Week 11, is the second player with at least two rushing touchdowns in each of his first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era, joining Eroc Hipple (1981).

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-26 win at Indianapolis. Henry is the fourth player in NFL history with three games with at least 175 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (five games) and LaDainian Tomlinson (three), as well as Adrian Peterson (three). Henry has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in eight consecutive road games, tied with Chris Johnson (eight games from 2009-10) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (10 games from 1996-97) has a longer streak.

Jacksonville rookie running back James Robinson totaled a career-high 159 scrimmage yards (128 rushing, 31 receiving) and a rushing touchdown on Sunday against Cleveland. Robinson has six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with Phillip Lindsay (six games in 2018) for the second-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Clark Gaines (seven games in 1976) has more.

Robinson has 1,170 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only Dominic Rhodes (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001) and Phillip Lindsay (1,278 in 2018) have more.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 13

AAR RAID: Last week, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 211 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 132.3 passer rating, his fifth game with at least four touchdown passes this season, the most in the NFL. He leads the league with 33 touchdown passes and a 117.6 rating. With two touchdown passes on Sunday against Philadelphia, Rodgers can become the first player in NFL history to record five seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes. He also accomplished the feat in 2016 (40 touchdown passes), 2014 (38), 2012 (39) and 2011 (45).

The players with the most seasons of at least 35 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS(SEASONS WITH 35+ TD PASSES)
Tom Brady – New England (4)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (4)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (4)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (4)*
*Has 33 touchdown passes in 2020

In his 16-year career, Rodgers has totaled 50,046 passing yards and 397 touchdown passes and last week became the 11th player in league history to pass for at least 50,000 yards. With three touchdown passes on Sunday, Rodgers – appearing in his 193rd career game – can become the seventh player in NFL history to reach 400 career touchdown passes and the fastest to reach the mark.

The players to reach 400 career touchdown passes in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (GAMES TO 400 TD PASSES)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (205)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (209)
Tom Brady – New England (212)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (192)*
*Has 397 career touchdown passes

Rodgers’ top target, wide receiver Davante Adams, enters Week 13 with 11 touchdown receptions, tied for the second-most in the NFL. He has recorded at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in six consecutive games. With five receptions and a touchdown catch on Sunday against Philadelphia, Adams would become the third player with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in seven consecutive games within a single season in NFL history, joining Antonio Brown (eight games in 2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (seven games in 2007).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2018 – 8)
Terrell Owens, Dallas (2007 – 7) HOF
Davante Adams, Green Bay (2020 – 6)*
*Active streak

MAGICAL MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the league with 3,497 passing yards and ranks third with 30 touchdown passes, while only throwing two interceptions this season. He is the third player in league history to throw his 30th touchdown pass of the season before throwing his third interception, joining Tom Brady (2007) and Drew Brees (2018).

Last week, Mahomes passed for 462 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 124.7 rating, becoming the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games in league annals. With at least 325 passing yards against Denver Sunday night, Mahomes can become the fourth quarterback with at least 325 passing yards in five consecutive games in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 325 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Rich Gannon – Oakland (2002 – 6)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2011 – 5)
Kurt Warner, Arizona (2008 – 5) HOF
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (2000 – 5) HOF
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2020 – 4)*
*Active streak

TYREEK’S TOUCHDOWNS: Last week, Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns. He leads the league with 13 touchdown receptions and has recorded a touchdown in 10 of 11 games this season. With a touchdown against Denver Sunday night, Hill can become the fourth wide receiver in NFL history with a touchdown in 11 of his team’s first 12 games of a season.

The wide receivers with a touchdown in 11 of their team’s first 12 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Elroy Hirsch, Los Angeles Rams (1951 – 11) HOF
Carl Pickens, Cincinnati (1995 – 11)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1989 – 11) HOF
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City (2020 – 10)*

*Has touchdown in 10 of first 11 games this season​

Hill has recorded at least 10 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown in each of his past two games and can become the third player to do so in three consecutive games in NFL history, joining Keenan Allen (three games in 2017) and Michael Thomas (three games in 2019).

KELCE’S KINGDOM: Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce leads all tight ends with 74 catches and 978 receiving yards this season, while tying for the lead with seven touchdown receptions. Kelce, who has had at least 80 receptions in each of the past four seasons, needs six catches against Denver Sunday night to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez (eight seasons) and Jason Witten (six) as the only tight ends with five career seasons of 80-or-more receptions. Kelce would be the first tight end with at least 80 receptions in five consecutive seasons.

He also had at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons and needs 22 receiving yards to become the first tight end in league annals with five career 1,000-yard seasons.

NOT DRAFTED? NOT A PROBLEM: Jacksonville running back James Robinson leads all rookies and ranks third in the NFL with 890 rushing yards this season. With 110 rushing yards at Minnesota on Sunday, Robinson can become the fourth undrafted rookie to record 1,000 rushing yards in the common-draft era.

The undrafted rookies with the most rushing yards since 1967:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RUSHING YARDS)
Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis (2001 – 1,104)
Phillip Lindsay, Denver (2018 – 1,037)
LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay (2010 – 1,007)
James Robinson, Jacksonville (2020 – 890)*
*Entering Week 13

Robinson also leads all rookies with 1,170 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. With at least 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday, Robinson – who has six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season – can tie Clark Gaines (seven games in 1976) for the most such games by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era.

1K IN A HURRY: Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson leads all rookies with 918 receiving yards, while ranking second with both 52 receptions and six touchdown catches. With 82 receiving yards against Jacksonville on Sunday, Jefferson can become the fifth rookie to reach 1,000 receiving yards in his first 12 career games in the Super Bowl era.

The rookies with the most receiving yards in their first 12 career games in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEIVING YARDS)
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (2014 – 1,305)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (2003 – 1,032)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998 – 1,014) HOF
Marques Colston, New Orleans (2006 – 1,001)
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota (2020 – 918)*
*in 11 career games

JAMAL DOES IT ALL: Seattle safety Jamal Adams – who leads all defensive backs with 6.5 sacks this season and had 6.5 sacks in 2019 – is the first defensive back to record at least six sacks in consecutive seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. With a half sack on Sunday against the New York Giants, Adams can become the fourth defensive back to record at least seven sacks in a single season since 1982.

The defensive backs with the most sacks in a single season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SACKS)
Adrian Wilson, Arizona (2005 – 8)
Roman Harper, New Orleans (2011 – 7.5)
Dave Duerson, Chicago (1986 – 7)
Jamal Adams, Seattle (2020 – 6.5)*
Jamal Adams, New York Jets (2019 – 6.5)
LeRoy Butler, Green Bay (1996 – 6.5)
*Entering Week 13

Week 13 gets underway in the Big Peach as Atlanta and Matt Ryan host the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South showdown and ends in Charm City Tuesday night as the Ravens host Dallas. There were no byes last week and the final byes of the 2020 season go to Carolina and Tampa Bay. As for last week, 13-3… the best.week.ever. For the year… 111-46. There’s 15 games on the docket this week and the Panthers and Buccaneers return to action next week. Here are the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday picks for week 13.

New Orleans (9-2) at ATLANTA (4-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. They meet AGAIN, this time in the Peach State. New Orleans, winners of seven in a row, travel to the Big Peach for an early afternoon showdown with Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams were winners in their Sunday afternoon contests.

The Saints manhandled a short-handed Denver Broncos team that wound up using WR Kendall Hinton as a backup QB after Neil Reily, Jeff Driscoll, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien were all out because of COVID, taking down the shorthanded Broncos 31-3 Empower Field at Mile High. After a scoreless first quarter, New Orleans would take a 17-0 lead with them to the intermission, then outscored the Broncos 14-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, holding Denver to a Brad McManus field goal in the third quarter.

New Orleans out-rushed Denver 229-100 with Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs and Hill (taking over for Drew Brees) threw for 78 yards, while Hinton (1 for 9) threw for 13 yards with a sack and a pair of interceptions.

Atlanta held Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders to a pair of Daniel Carlson field goals as they came away 43-6 winners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta, using five Younghoe Koo field goals, led 16-3 at the break, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Silver and Black 27-3, with a 67-yard interception return from LB Deion Jones and a 4-yard TD toss from Ryan to WR Brandon Powell as part of that scoring frenzy.

Atlanta out-rushed Las Vegas 125-40 with Falcons RB Josh Smith leading the way with 65 yards and a TD; Ryan threw for 185 yards and a pair of TDs (including one to WR Calvin Ridley), while Carr threw for 215 yards (Carr was sacked three times, Ryan was sacked once and both men threw an interception in the contest). Atlanta was 9 for 19 on third down but had success on fourth down in their only try and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:57, while the Raiders would hold on to the pigskin for 25:03 and went 3 for 12 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

It’s a rematch of their week 11 meeting in the Big Easy that saw the Falcons let a 9-3 lead get away from them with the Saints scoring 21 points in the second half unchallenged to come away with the 24-3 win. Kamara gave the Saints the lead for good with 1:46 left before intermission on a 3-yard run. Hill would add a pair of rushing TDs in the final 30 minutes of play to take the win.

Ryan threw for 232 yards with a pair of interceptions and was ascked eight times as Atlanta was held to 52 yards rushing in the loss, while the Saints would tally 168, with Hill leading the way with 52 yards and the two TDs. Hill threw for 233 yards with no interceptions (he was sacked three times). Atlanta was a dismal 2 of 14 on third down (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and the Falcons would keep the ball for 26:19, while the Saints were rulers of the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:41, while going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 11 contest in the Big Easy, the Saints were favored by 5 and covered, winning by 15 but neither club would touch the 51 over/under, as they would combine for 33 points. The boys and girls in Vegas still like the Saints but this time by 3 with a 45 1/2 over/under. The Saints have not swept Atlanta since they did in the 2018 campaign and the Falcons are NOT interested in having that happen in their building. Atlanta RISES UP to the occasion and takes the win, covering the 3.

Indianapolis (7-4) at Houston (4-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC South foes meet in the Lone Star State as DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans host Phillip Rivers and the Indianpolis Colts at NRG Stadium.

The Colts would watch Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans come into Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday afternoon and left the Hoosier State 45-26 winners, getting some measure of revenge for a loss to the Colts earlier in the season in the Music City. Tennessee led 35-14 at the break, even though the Colts would win the second half, outscorng them 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee did manage to add insult to injury with 2:29 left when A.J. Brown recovered an onside kick, returning the ball 42 yard for a TD.

Tennessee out-rushed the Colts 229-56 with Derrick Henry leading the way with 178 yards and three TDs; Tannehill threw for 221 yards and a TD to Brown without an interception, while Rivers threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs with an interception (both men were sacked once). Indy was 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:27, while the Titans were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 35:33, while going 5 for 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Watson and the Texans ruined Thanksgving Day for the Lions last Thursday afternoon in the Motor City, first taking a 41-25 win at Ford Field, then having the Lions name offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell interim head coach after they terminated head coach Matt Patrica (Bevell will coach the team the remainder of the season). Housston led 23-14 at the intermission, then proceeded to outscore the Lions 18-11 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Detroit did manage to out-rush Houston 109-77, with Lions RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 55 yards and a pair of TDs ; Stafford threw for 295 yards and a TD to Mohammed Sanu but was sacked four times and picked off by DT J.J. Watt, who returned the interception 19 yards for a TD, while Watson threw for 318 yards and four TDs (connecting with Will Fuller on two of the tosses; Fuller would later be suspened by the NFL for violation of the league’s drug policy) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Detroit was 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:44, while the Texans held on to the pigskin for 26:16, while going 3 for 9 on third down tries.

Indianpolis leads the series 27-9 and have outscored the Texans 938-720. They met twice last year, spliting the series with each team winning at home.

Meeting nunber one took place in week seven in the Hoosier State and the Colts held off a late Texans rally to come away 30-23 winners. Indy led 14-9 at the intermission and outscored Houston 16-14 in the final 30 minutes of play, with Houston coming to within 5 with 6:38 left in the contet when Waston and Hopkins connected on a 4-yard TD toss before the Colts restored some order when they sacked Texans P Bryan Anger for a safety to seasl the deal.

Houston out-rushed the Colts 100-62, with Jacoby Brissett throwing for 326 yards and four TDs (connecting with WR Zach Pascal on two of the tosses and was sacked once but did not throw an interception, while Watson threw for 317 yards and the Hopkins TD but was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions. Houston was 4 of 12 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down and they would keep the ball for 27:08, while the Colts would keep the pigskin and rule the clock, holding the ball for 32:52, going 8 of 16 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Houston would get their revenge in week 12 in the Lone Star State and it would be the Texans breaking a 10-10 tie at the intermission at NRG Stadium to take the 20-17 win. Once again, it was the Watson-Hopkins connection, as they would hook up on a 30-yard TD toss early in the final 15 minutes, erasing a 17-13 deficit.

The Colts managed to out-rush Houston 175-99, with Indy RB Jonathan Williams leading all rushers with 104 yards and a TD, while Watson threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game-winner), while Brissett threw for 129 yards (both men were sacked once and Watson threw the game’s only interception). Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the Lone Star State (the Colts were 9 of 15, the Texans were 6 of 12) but both teams failed on fourth down (Indy was 0 of 1, Houston was 0 of 2) and time was the ally of the Colts, who held on to the ball for 33:17 to Houston’s 26:43.

Indianapolis was favored by 1 in the week seven contest in the Hoosier State and covered, winning by 3 but their 43 combined points did not cover the 47 1/2 over/under. In the week 12 Thursday night rematch in the Lone Star State, the Texans were favored by 3 1/2 but won by only 3 and the 45 1/2 over/under was untouched, as the two teams combined for 37 points. The Colts are favored by 3 1/2 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 51 1/2. The winner puts themsevles a little closer to the playoff race, while the loser will be playing keep-up. Tshe Colts win in the Lone Star State and covers the 3.

Detroit (4-7) at Chicago (5-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of struggling NFC North teams meet in the Windy City as Detroit and Matthew Stafford travels to Soldier Field to take on Chicago. Both teams lost in last week’s action and the Lions enter the contest with new leadership under the helm.

First, the Lions lost their Thanksgiving Day contest to DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans 41-25 at Ford Field, then named offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell after they terminated head coach Matt Patrica (Bevell will coach the team the remainder of the season). Detroit could never get themselves on track in their contest, trailing 23-14 at the intermission before the Texans would go on to outscore Detroit 18-11.

Detroit did manage to out-rush Houston 109-77, with Lions RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 55 yards and a pair of TDs ; Stafford threw for 295 yards and a TD to Mohammed Sanu but was sacked four times and picked off by DT J.J. Watt, who returned the interception 19 yards for a TD, while Watson threw for 318 yards and four TDs (connecting with Will Fuller on two of the tosses; Fuller would later be suspened by the NFL for violation of the league’s drug policy) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Detroit was 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:44, while the Texans held on to the pigskin for 26:16, while going 3 for 9 on third down tries.

Da Bears watched Aaron Rodgers and the Packers manhandle them 41-25 Sunday night at Lambeau Field. Chicago trailed 27-10 at the break, then watched the Packers score a pair of TDs in the third unchallenged, before out-scoring Green Bay 15-14 in the second half, pulling themselves to within 16 with 3:21 left when David Montgomery and Mitchell Trubisky connected on a 3-yard TD pass and then Trubisky and Darnell Mooney connected on the two-point conversion try.

Green Bay out-rushed Chicago 182-122, with Montgomery leading all rushers with 103 yards, while Aaron Jones would lead the Packers with 90 yards; Rodgers threw for 211 yards with four TDs, no sacks or interceptions, while Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three TDs (connecting with Allen Robinson on the other two passes), while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Green Bay went 6 of 11 on third down, 3 for 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 37:44, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 22:16, going 4 for 10 on third down 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The two NFC North clubs met in the Motor City in the season opener for both clubs and Da Bears would score 21 fourth quarter points unchallenged to come away from Ford Field with the 27-23 win. Detroit led 13-6 at the intermission and took a 23-6 into the final 15 minutes of play before Chicago would chip away at the deficit and took the lead for good with 1:54 when Trubisky and WR Anthony Miller connected on a 27-yard TD. Chicago would then hold off a late Detroit rally as a pair of Stafford passes fell incomplete.

Chicago out-rushed Detroit 149-138 in the Motor City and Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three TDs (all in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner), while Stafford threw for 257 yards and a TD to T.J. Hockerson (both Trubisky and Stafford were sacked once and Stafford threw the contest’s only interception). Chicago was 2 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:05, while the Lions would actually rule the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:55 and went 6 of 16 on third down.

In the season opener, Detroit was favored by 3 in the Motor City and Da Bears covered, winning by 4 and both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 50 points. This time, the Monsters of the Midway are favored by 3 with a 44 1/2 over/under. If nothing else, this might be entertaining to watch; otherwise, there’s that Christmas shopping you’ve been putting off for a while. Chicago covers the 3 in the Windy City and takes the win.

Jacksonville (1-10) at Minnesota (5-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Minnesota hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars at US Bank Stadium.

Cleveland held off a late Jacksonville rally last Sunday, taking a 27-25 win over the Jaguars last Sunday in the Sunshine State. Cleveland took a 17-13 lead at the intermission at TIAA Bank Field, then held off a late Jaguar rally after Jacksonville, who would outscore the Browns 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulled themselves to within two with 2:14 left when Jaguars RB James Robinson scored on a 4-yard run (the Jaguars would miss the two-point attempt that would have tied things up). Cleveland would then get the ball and run out the clock to take the win.

Cleveland outrushed Jacksonville 207-140 with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 144 yards, while Robinson tallied 128 yards (both men had a rushing TD in the contest); Mayfield threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Jarvis Landry), while Mike Glennon threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs (neither man threw an interception, Mayfield was sacked twice). Cleveland was 5 of 11 on third down tries (the Browns were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and tney would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:41, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 27:19, while going 5 of 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Minnesota rallied in the closing seconds of their contest with Carolina, coming away 28-27 winners at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings led 10-3 at the intermission, then watched the Panthers’ Jeremy Chinn score a pair of third quarter TDs unchallenged, before WR Chad Beebe and Kirk Cousins connnected on a 10-yard TD pass with 46 seconds left. Carolina then tried to reclaim the lead and win the contest on the road, getting the ball back after Minnesota’s kick went into the endzone and the Panthers would get as close as Minnesota’s 36-yard line, when Jeff Slye’s 54-yard field goal try sailed wide left.

Carolina out-rushed Minnesota 107-96 (Dalvin Cook led Minnesota with 61 yards) but Cousins would burn the Panthers for 307 yards and three TDs (two of them to Justin Jefferson, the other to Beebe for the game-winner) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 267 yards with a TD and an interception. Minnesota was 6 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:13, while the Panthers held on to the ball for 28:47, while going 6 of 14 on third down (both teams were 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 5-1, have outscored the Jaguars 161-110 and have won the last four meetings, including a 25-16 win in the Sunshine State in 2016. Jacksonville’s lone win in the series came in 2001 in the Twin Cities as the Jaguars held Minnesota to a field goal enroute to a 33-3 win. Minnesota’s favored by 10 in the Twin Cities and the over/under’s 52. Feel free to take a pass on this one and watch that “Grumpy Cat Movie” if you wish. Minnesota wins in the Twin Cities but expect the Jaguars to make this one closer than the 9 1/2.

Cleveland (8-3) at Tennessee (8-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of 8-3 teams in the playoff hunt meet in the Music City as Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns travel to Nashville to face off against Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Both teams were winners on the road in their Sunday contests.

Cleveland held off a late Jacksonville rally last Sunday, taking a 27-25 win over the Jaguars last Sunday. The Browns led 17-13 at the intermission at TIAA Bank Field, then held off a late Jaguar rally after Jacksonville, who would outscore the Browns 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulled themselves to within two with 2:14 left when Jaguars RB James Robinson scored on a 4-yard run (the Jaguars would miss the two-point attempt that would have tied things up). Cleveland would then get the ball and run out the clock to take the win.

Cleveland outrushed Jacksonville 207-140 with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 144 yards, while Robinson tallied 128 yards (both men had a rushing TD in the contest); Mayfield threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Jarvis Landry), while Mike Glennon threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs (neither man threw an interception, Mayfield was sacked twice). Cleveland was 5 of 11 on third down tries (the Browns were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and tney would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:41, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 27:19, while going 5 of 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

The Colts would watch Tannehill and the Titans come into Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday afternoon and left the Hoosier State 45-26 winners. Tennessee led 35-14 at the break, even though the Colts would win the second half, outscoing them 12-10 in the final 30 minutes of play but managed to add insult to injury with 2:29 left when A.J. Brown recovered an onside kick, returning the ball 42 yardd for a TD.

Tennessee out-rushed the Colts 229-56 with Derrick Henry leading the way with 178 yards and three TDs; Tannehill threw for 221 yards and a TD to Brown without an interception, while Rivers threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs with an interception (both men were sacked once). Indy was 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:27, while the Titans were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 35:33, while going 5 for 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers, the Browns hold a 35-31 lead in the series but the Titans have outscored the Browns 1,309-1,300 and won the last three meetings in the series, including a 43-13 win along the shores of Lake Erie last year (Cleveland’s last win came in 2015 in the Buckeye State by a final of 28-14).

The two clubs meet at First Energy Stadium to open the 2019 campaign and the Titans trailed 6-3 after the end of the first quarter, led 12-3 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, using a pair of Marcus Mariota TD passes to TE Delanie Walker to seal the deal.

Tennessee out-rushed the Browns 123-102 with Henry leading all rushers with 84 yards and a TD, while Chubb led the Browns with 75 yards. Mariota threw for 248 yards and three TDs (including the two fourth quarter tosses to Walker), while Mayfield threw for 285 yards and a third-quarter TD toss to TE David Njoku. (Mariota was sacked four times, Mayfield was sacked five times and threw three interceptions). Tennessee was 2 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:18, while the Browns actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:42, while going 1 of 10 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

In the week one contest, the boys and girls in Vegas liked the Browns as 5 1/2-point favorites and the Titans would easily cover, winning by 30 and both teams took care of the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 56 points. The Titans are favored by 5 1/2 an the over/under’s 54. Both teams are trying to stay in the playoff race and for the winner, their playoff chances improve; as for the loser, a loss wouldn’t be all bad but it would make things somewhat harder. Cleveland pulls off the upset in the Music City, taking the win and covers the 5 1/2.

Las Vegas (6-5) at New York Jets (0-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFL/AFC rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Las Vegas makes its second trip to the East Coast for an early afternoon (10 a.m. in Las vegas) contest with the New York Jets. Both teams were held in check last week, taking losses in the process.

The Silver and Black struggled in Atlanta last Sunday, held to a pair of Daniel Carlson field goals as they left Atlanta on the short end of a 43-6 final at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Las Vegas trailed 16-3 at the break as the Falcons got the majority of their points thanks to five Younghoe Koo field goals, then watched Atlanta go all gas, no breaks in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Silver and Black 27-3, with a 67-yard interception return from LB Deion Jones and a 4-yard TD toss from Ryan to WR Brandon Powell as part of that scoring frenzy.

Atlanta out-rushed Las Vegas 125-40 with Falcons RB Josh Smith leading the way with 65 yards and a TD; Ryan threw for 185 yards and a pair of TDs (including one to WR Calvin Ridley), while Carr threw for 215 yards (Carr was sacked three times, Ryan was sacked once and both men threw an interception in the contest). Atlanta was 9 for 19 on third down but had success on fourth down in their only try and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:57, while the Raiders would hold on to the pigskin for 25:03 and went 3 for 12 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Miami broke a 3-3 tie against the New York Jets last Sunday at Met Life Stadium, coming away 20-3 winners to give the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! their 11th loss in a row. The Dolphins would scored their final 17 points of the contest unchallenged, taking a 13-3 lead with them to the break.

GangGreen was out-rushed by Miami 104-87 with Frank Gore leading all rushers with 74 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick, taking over for Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), haunted his former team, throwing for 257 yards and a pair of TDs without being picked off, while Sam Darnold thrw for 197 yards and had two interceptions (Fitzpatrick was sacked four time, Darnold would be sacked three times). GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down tries and they would keep the ball for 27:23, while Miami had time on their side, holding on to the pigskin for 32:37, while going 8 for 16 on third down.

Including the “Heidi” game, games played in Los Angeles and at Shea Stadium, the Silver and Black lead the series 23-18-2 and they have outscored GangGreen 1,008-952. Their last meeting? Last year in the Meadowlands and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would win 34-3 (the Raiders’ last win in the series came in Oakland in 2017 by a final of 45-20).

They met in usptate New Jersey in week 12 and GangGreen held the Raiders to a first-quarter field goal by Daniel Carlson, then went on to score all 34 of their points unchallenged, taking a 13-3 lead with them to the intermission. Neither club touched the 100-yard rushing barrier at MetLife Stadium but the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did out-rush the Raiders 88-68 with LeVeon Bell leading the way with 49 yards on the ground. Darnold threw for 315 yards and a pair of TDs without an interception, while Carr threw for 127 yards and was picked off once before being replaced by Mike Glennon, who threw for 20 yards. The Raiders were 5 of 15 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 28:30, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were rulers of time, keeping the ball for 31:30 and went 5 of 12 on third down.

In the week 12 contest in the Meadowlands, Oakland was favored by 3 and GangGreen easily covered, winning by 31 but the 46 over/under was untouched, as the two clubs merged for 37 points. This time, Vegas is favored by 8 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. GangGreen would love nothing more than to ruin the Raiders’ hopes for a playoff spot, while the Silver and Black want to erase the memory of their loss in the Deep South out of their minds. GangGreen makes it interesting but the Raiders “just win, baby” in upstate New Jersey and could cover the 8.

Cincinnati (2-8-1) at Miami (7-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A struggling Cincinnati Bengals team makes its way to the Sunshine State to face off against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

A Bengals rally late in their contest with the New York Giants fell short as Daniel Jones and the Giants left Paul Brown Stadium 19-17 winners last Sunday. Tied 10-10 at the intermission, the Giants would take a 13-10 lead with them into the fourth quarter thanks to a Greg Gano field goal from 40 yards out with 8:06 left in that quarter (Gano would tie things up with 21 seconds before halftime, booting a 49-yarder). Gano would add two more field goals in the fourth before the Bengals made it a 2-point contest with 2:33 left in regulation when WR Tee Higgins and backup QB Brad Allen connected on a 1-yard TD toss. Cincinnati would get the ball back with 57 seconds left at midfield when Allen was sacked and fumbled the ball, which the Giants’ Leonard Williams recovered, ending the threat.

Cincinnati was out-rushed by Big Blue 142-40 and Allen threw for 136 yards with the Higgins TD toss, while Giants QB Daniel Jones threw for 213 yards before leaving the contest with a sprained hamstring (Colt McCoy took over for him; Allen was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Jones did not throw a pick or was sacked). The Giants were 9 of 21 on third down in the Buckeye State but found perfection on fourth down, going 3 of 3 and kept the ball for 37:26, while the Bengals, keeping the pigskin for 22:34, went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Miami broke a 3-3 tie against the New York Jets last Sunday at Met Life Stadium, coming away 20-3 winners to give the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! their 11th loss in a row. The Dolphins would scored their final 17 points of the contest unchallenged, taking a 13-3 lead with them to the break.

Miami out-rushed New York 104-87 with Jets RB Frank Gore leading all rushers with 74 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick, taking over for Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), haunted his former team, throwing for 257 yards and a pair of TDs without being picked off, while Sam Darnold thrw for 197 yards and had two interceptions (Fitzpatrick was sacked four time, Darnold would be sacked three times). GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down tries and they would keep the ball for 27:23, while Miami had time on their side, holding on to the pigskin for 32:37, while going 8 for 16 on third down.

The Dolphins lead series 16-7 (which includes contests played at Riverfront Stadium and the Orange Bowl) and have outscored the Bengals 524-427. Their last meeting was last year in the Sunshine State and the Dolphins needed overtime to come away 38-35 winners (Cincinnati’s last win in the series came along the shores of the Ohio River in 2018 by a final of 27-17).

Although both teams were out of the playoff picture in their week 16 meeting at Hard Rock Stadium, the two clubs made things exciting for those in attendance. Miami led 21-3 at the break before the Bengals stormed their way back into the contest, using a pair of Andy Dalton TDs late in the final quarter (one to Tyler Eifert, the other to Tyler Boyd) to tie things up, sending the contest into overtime.

Both teams had the ball twice in the extra period but could do nothing scoring wise. The Bengals then punted the ball back to Miami with 3:19 left in overtime and the Dolphins would use all of the time remaining, using a 10-play, 51-yard drive that ended with K Jason Sanders connecting on a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Miami out-rushed Cincinnati 96-59 and Fitzpatrick threw for 419 yards, while Dalton would throw for 396 yards (both men threw four TDs, Fitzpatrick threw the game’s only interception). The Bengals were 4 of 18 on third down but 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:36, whilet the Dolphins kept the pigskin for 36:24 (including the final 3:19 of the overtime), while going 6 of 16 on third down.

In the week 16 contest in the Sunshine State, Miami was favored by 2 and covered, winning by 3. Both teams took care of the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 73 points in the late-afternoon affair. Miami’s favored by 11 1/2 in this meeting with a 42 1/2 over/under. If for no other reason, this one may be interesting to watch (if you’re a Dolphins’ fan) or hard to watch if you’re a Bengals’ fan (in which case may we suggest the “Grumpy Cat Movie?”). Granted, the Bengals are bad but not 11 1/2 points bad and they’ll make things hard for Miami. Dolphins win but expect Cincinnati to make this one closer than the 11 1/2.

Los Angeles Rams (7-4) at Arizona (6-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams head to the desert to face off against NFC West rival Arizona. The playoff-contenders lost in last week’s play.

The Rams watched San Francisco erase a 20-17 deficit late in the fourth quarter, using a pair of Robbie Gould field goals, including the game-winner as time expired to take a 23-20 win at SoFi Stadium last Sunday. The 49ers led 7-3 at the break, then saw the Rams chip away at that lead and would take it, leading 20-17 early in the final 30 minutes of play. Gould kicked his first of the two fourth quarter field goals with 3:11 left from 44 yards to tie things up at 20-20, then after the Rams punted the ball back to San Francisco with 2:10 left in regulation, he gave the 49ers the win as time expired. At first, the game-winning try was going to be a 47-yard try but CB Jaylen Ramsey jumped offside, which moved the ball five yards closer. Gould did not miss, connecting on a 42-yard try as time expired.

Los Angeles out-rushed San Francsico 126-115 with Rams RB Cam Akers leading all rushers with 84 yards and a TD. 49ers QB Nick Mullens burned the Rams for 252 yards, while Goff threw for 198 yards (both men were sacked twice, Mullens threw an interception, while Goff had a pair; 49ers WR Deebo Sanders led all recivers with 133 yards on 11 catches). San Francisco went 3 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 34:03 (including the final 2:10 of the contest), while the Rams were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:57.

Arizona and Murray watched Cam Newton and New England come away from Gillette Stadium 20-17 winners last Sunday. Arizona led 10-7 at the intermission before New England tied the contest late in the third on a 22-yard field goal by Folk, then taking the lead with 3:30 in the third on a 1-yard run by James White before the Desert Angry Birds would tie things up again, using a 1-yard run by Kenyan Drake with 8:02 left in regulation. The two clubs then traded punts and New England would get the ball back with 1:47 left and proceeded to make their way down the field, using a 7-play, 33-yard drive that used all of the 1:47 left on the clock as Folk connected on a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

Arizona out-rushed New England 138-110 and Drake led all rushers with 78 yards and a pair of TDs; Newton threw for 170 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Murray threw for 84 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. New England was 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Pats kept the ball for 25:52 (including the final 1:47 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds would actually rule the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:08, going 6 of 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Including games played in Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis (when both teams called that city home) and Phoenix, the Rams lead the series 42-38-2, have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,652-1,560 and have won the last six meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Arizona’s last win over the Rams came in Los Angeles in 2016 by a fnal of 44-6)

Meeting number one… week 13 in the desert in Glendale. The Rams scored all 34 of their points at State Farm Stadium without a challenge to come away 34-7 winners. Los Angeles led 20-0 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the third quarter to take control of things.

Los Angeles out-rushed the Desert Angry Birds 132-74 and Todd Gurley led all rushers with 95 yards and a TD. Goff burned Arizona for 424 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Kupp, the other to TE Tyler Higbee) without being picked off, while Murray threw for 163 yards with an interception (Goff was sacked once, Murray was sacked six times). The Rams were 8 of 15 on third down (0 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:37 to Arizona’s 25:23, with the Desert Angry Birds going 2 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

The Rams completed the sweep in their week 17 contest in Los Angeles but this time, things were a little closer than Rams fans would have wanted but they would still prevail, taking a 31-24 win at the Coliseum. After leading 17-10 at the intermission, the Cardinals would tie things up in the third quarter when Murray and WR Damiere Byrd connected on a 3-yard TD toss late in the period. Los Angeles would restore order in the fourth, with Goff connecting with Higbee and WR Robert Woods before Arizona would make the contest a 7-point affair with 3:53 left in regulation when RB Kenyan Drake scored on a 1-yard run. Arizona would get the ball back with 60 seconds left and they would get as close as their 46-yard line when Byrd fumbled and the Rams recovered, ending the contest.

Los Angeles out-rushed the Desert Angry Birds 113-71 and once again, Gurley led all rushers, this time with 68 yards, with Drake leading Arizona with 60 yards and a TD; Goff threw for 319 yards and three TDs, while Murray threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (both men were sacked once, Murray threw a pair of interceptions). The Rams were 11 of 18 on third down (they went 0 for 1 on fourth down) and played keep-away with the ball, holding it for 36:58, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the pigskin for 23:02, going 5 for 10 on third down tries.

In the week 13 contest, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Rams were favored by 4 and easily covered, winning by 27. The 46 1/2 over/under stayed intact as the two clubs combined for 41 points. In the week 17 season finale on the West Coast, the Rams were favored by 7 and covered, winning by 7. This time, the two teams covered the over/under (45) with 55 combined points. This time, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Rams again, this time as 2 1/2-point favorites over the Desert Angry Birds with a 48 1/2 over/under. Both teams are chasing Seattle in the West and the winner pulls themselves a bit closer, while the loser is going to have some work to do. Rams cover the 3 and wins in the desert.

New York Giants (4-7) at Seattle (8-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of first-place teams meet in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as the New York Giants, leading the NFC East, travel to Seattle for a late-afternoon showdown with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, leading the NFC West. Both teams took wins on the road in last week’s action.

Big Blue held off a late Cincinnati rally as Daniel Jones and the Giants left Paul Brown Stadium 19-17 winners last Sunday. Tied 10-10 at the intermission, the Giants, in first place in the NFC East, would take a 13-10 lead with them into the fourth quarter thanks to a Greg Gano field goal from 40 yards out with 8:06 left in that quarter (Gano would tie things up with 21 seconds before halftime, booting a 49-yarder). Gano would add two more field goals in the fourth before the Bengals made it a 2-point contest with 2:33 left in regulation when WR Tee Higgins and backup QB Brad Allen connected on a 1-yard TD toss. Cincinnati would get the ball back with 57 seconds left at midfield when Allen was sacked and fumbled the ball, which the Giants’ Leonard Williams recovered, ending the threat.

Cincinnati was out-rushed by Big Blue 142-40 and Allen threw for 136 yards with the Higgins TD toss, while Giants QB Daniel Jones threw for 213 yards before leaving the contest with a sprained hamstring (Colt McCoy took over for him; Allen was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Jones did not throw a pick or was sacked). The Giants were 9 of 21 on third down in the Buckeye State but found perfection on fourth down, going 3 of 3 and kept the ball for 37:26, while the Bengals, keeping the pigskin for 22:34, went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Seattle held off a late Philadelpha rally last Monday night, taking a 23-17 win at Lincoln Financial Field. After a scoreless first quarter, Wilson and the Seahawks would score the first 14 points of the game unchallenged as he and WR David Moore connected on a 1 yard TD toss and RB Chris Carson would score from 16 yards out to lead by two scores before the Eagles ended Seattle’s bid for a shutout when Carson Wentz and TE Dallas Goedert connected on a 3-yard TD pass before the intermission. After Jake Elliot and Josh Myers traded field goals, the Eagles would make it a 6-point game with 12 seconds left in regulation, with Wentz connecting with Reggie Rodgers connected on a 33-yard toss, then added a two-point try thanks to Miles Sanders. Philadelphia then went for the onside kick, which Seattle recovered and the Seahawks ran out the clock to take the win.

If you were looking for a running game in this contest, it didn’t exist, because neither team breached the 100-yard barrier. However, Seattle did manage to out-rush the Eagles 76-70 and Wilson threw for 230 yards with the TD to Moore, while Wentz was sacked six times and threw an interception to go with his two TD tosses (Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle went 2 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and the Seahawks kept the ball for 32:57 to Philadelphia’s 27:03 (the Eagles were 8 for 17 on third down, 0 for 3 on fourth down.

The series? Tied 9-9 and Big Blue has outscored Seattle 398-344. However… Seattle has won the last four meetings in the series, including leaving the Meadowlands with a 24-7 win in 2017, while the Giants’ last win in the series came in 2010 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks by a final of 41-7. Seattle’s favored by 10 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and the over/under’s 47. It’s possible that these two could meet in the post-season but anything can happen. Seattle may not cover the 10 but they’ll take the win in the Pacifc Northwest.

New England (5-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-8), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. It’s clam chowder (or chowda, as they say in Boston) vs. California rolls as Cam Newton and the New England Patriots make their way to Inglewood for an afternoon contest with Josh Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium.

Newton and New England came away from Gillette Stadium 20-17 winners over Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. The Patroits trailed 10-7 at the intermission before tying the contest late in the third on a 22-yard field goal by Folk, then taking the lead with 3:30 in the third on a 1-yard run by James White before the Desert Angry Birds would tie things up again, using a 1-yard run by Kenyan Drake with 8:02 left in regulation. The two clubs then traded punts and New England would get the ball back with 1:47 left and proceeded to make their way down the field, using a 7-play, 33-yard drive that used all of the 1:47 left on the clock as Folk connected on a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

Arizona out-rushed New England 138-110 and Drake led all rushers with 78 yards and a pair of TDs; Newton threw for 170 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Murray threw for 84 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. New England was 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Pats kept the ball for 25:52 (including the final 1:47 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds would actually rule the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:08, going 6 of 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The Chargers could never really get themselves on track against Buffalo last Sunday as Los Angeles would fall to the Bills 27-17 in upstate New York at Bills Stadium. Los Angeles trailed 7-6 at the end of the first 15 minutes of play before Buffalo scored 10 second-quarter points unchallenged to lead 17-6 at the break. Los Angeles would manage to outscore Buffalo 11-10 in the final 30 minutes of action, pulling themselves to within seven before Bills K Tyler Bass connected on a 43-yard field goal to end the threat.

Buffalo out-rushed Los Angeles 172-76 with Bills RB Devin Singletary leading all rushers with 82 yards, while Austin Elker led the Chargers with 44 yards. Hebert threw for 316 yards and a TD, while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 157 yards with a TD toss to Gabriel Davis (Allen also had a rushing TD in the contest; both threw an interception, Hebert was sacked three times, Allen was sacked twice). Los Angeles was 3 of 16 on third down tries, 4 for 5 on fourth down and they would rule the clock and hold on to the ball for 30:04, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 29:56, went 4 for 9 on third down conversions.

Including games played at Fenway Park and Qualcomm Stadiums, New England leads the series 22-14-2, have outscored the Bolts 904-747 and have won the last four contests in regular season play, including a 21-13 win in Foxboro in 2017, while the Chargers’ last win in the series came in 2008 in San Diego by a final of 30-10. Don’t know the spread yet but the over/under’s 47 1/2. We’re taking the Pats to win on the West Coast.

Philadelphia (3-7-1) at Green Bay (8-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. It’s Cheesesteak vs. Bratwurst as Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles make their way to Lambeau to face off against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a late afternoon contest.

A late Philadelpha rally last Monday night against Seattle fell short, as the Seahawks and Russell Wilson left the City of Brotherly Love, taking a 23-17 win at Lincoln Financial Field with them. After a scoreless first quarter, Wilson and the Seahawks would score the first 14 points of the game unchallenged as he and WR David Moore connected on a 1 yard TD toss and RB Chris Carson would score from 16 yards out to lead by two scores before the Eagles ended Seattle’s bid for a shutout when Carson Wentz and TE Dallas Goedert connected on a 3-yard TD pass before the intermission. After Jake Elliot and Josh Myers traded field goals, the Eagles would make it a 6-point game with 12 seconds left in regulation, with Wentz connecting with Reggie Rodgers connected on a 33-yard toss, then added a two-point try thanks to Miles Sanders. Philadelphia then went for the onside kick, which Seattle recovered and the Seahawks ran out the clock to take the win.

The running game in the Monday night contest was non-existant but Seattle did manage to out-rush the Eagles 76-70 and Wilson threw for 230 yards with the TD to Moore, while Wentz was sacked six times and threw an interception to go with his two TD tosses (Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle went 2 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and the Seahawks kept the ball for 32:57 to Philadelphia’s 27:03 (the Eagles were 8 for 17 on third down, 0 for 3 on fourth down.

Rodgers and the Packers manhandled NFC NOrth rival Chicago, taking down Da Bears 41-25 Sunday night. Although Green Bay took a 27-10 lead with them to the break and scored a pair of TDs in the third unchallenged, Chicago would manage to out-score Green Bay 15-14 in the second half, pulling themselves to within 16 with 3:21 left when David Montgomery and Mitchell Trubisky connected on a 3-yard TD pass and then Trubisky and Darnell Mooney connected on the two-point conversion try.

Green Bay out-rushed Chicago 182-122, with Montgomery leading all rushers with 103 yards, while Aaron Jones would lead the Packers with 90 yards; Rodgers threw for 211 yards with four TDs, no sacks or interceptions, while Trubisky threw for 242 yards and three TDs (connecting with Allen Robinson on the other two passes), while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Green Bay went 6 of 11 on third down, 3 for 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 37:44, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 22:16, going 4 for 10 on third down 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Vegas likes the Packers as 9 1/2-point favorites at Lambeau and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Both numbers make some sense. The Eagles are trying to keep pace with the New York Football Giants in the NFC East, while the Packers want to stay on top in the NFC Central. Packers win at home but expect the Eagles to somehow make this one closer than the 9 1/2.

Green Bay leads the series 26-15, which includes games played in Milwaukee and the Packers have outscored the Eagles 857-693. Their last meeting was last year at Lambeau Field and the Eagles would leave the frozen Tundra 34-27 winners (Green Bay’s last win in the series came in the City of Brotherly Love in 2016 by a final of 27-13. They met at Lambeau in week four and the Eagles erased a 7-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, as the Eagles would go into the intermission leading 21-20. Philadelphia would then proceed to outscore Green Bay in the final 30 minutes of action by 13-7 margin with Eagles RB Jordan Howard scoring the game-winner early in the fourth, breaking a 27-27 deadlock.

Howard led all rushers with 87 yards as the Eagles out-rushed Green Bay 176-77; Rodgers threw for 422 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Jimmy Graham) and was sacked once and threw an interception (Rodgers led Green Bay rushers with 46 yards), while Wentz threw for 160 yards and three TDs (one to Howard) without a sack or interception. The Packers were 6 for 11 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and they would actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:21, while the Eagles were 5 for 9 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:39.

In the week four Thursday night contest in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, Green Bay was favored by 4 and the Eagles covered, winning by 7 and both clubs took care of the 46 over/under, tallying 51 points. This time, in the late Sunday afternoon contest, the Packers are again favored, this time by 9 with a 46 1/2 over/under. Green Bay’s looking to stay on top in the NFC North, while the Eagles are trying to maintain some order in the NFC East. Bratwurst wins out here Sunday. Packers win at Lambeau and could cover the 9 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Denver (4-7) at Kansas City (10-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of AFL/AFC West rivals meet again, this time in the Show-Me State as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs host a struggling Denver Broncos team at Arrowhead on Sunday night.

With WR Kendall Hinton as a backup QB after Neil Reily, Jeff Driscoll, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien were all out because of COVID, Denver found themselves shorthanded against New Orleans last Sunday as the Saints would wind up taking down the shorthanded Broncos 31-3 Empower Field at Mile High. After a scoreless first quarter, New Orleans took control of things, leading 17-0 at the intermission, then outscored the Broncos 14-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, holding Denver to a Brad McManus field goal in the third quarter.

New Orleans out-rushed Denver 229-100 with Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs and Hill (taking over for Drew Brees) threw for 78 yards, while Hinton (1 for 9) threw for a somewhat dismal (and that’s being kind) 13 yards with a sack and a pair of interceptions.

The defending Super Bowl champs held off a late Tampa Bay rally in the Sunshine State last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as Mahomes and the Chiefs held off Tom Brady and the Buccaneers 27-24. The Chiefs scored the first 17 points of the contest unchallenged as Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill connected on a pair of TDs passes and would take a 20-7 lead into the intermission. Tampa Bay then responded in the second half of the late-afternoon contest, outscoring the Chiefs 17-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, using a pair of Brady TD passes to Mike Evans to pull themselves to within seven with 4:10 left in the contest. Kansas City then forced Tampa Bay to burn their time outs and run out the clock to take the win.

Neither team breached the 100-yard rushing barrier in the contest that saw Brady (345 yards) and Mahomes (462 yards) combine for 807 yards in the air. Kansas City did manage to outrush Tampa Bay 87-75 and Mahomes threw three TD passes (all to Hill) with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Brady threw three TDs with a pair of picks (Hill caught 13 passes for 269 yards, while TE Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 106 yards). Kansas City went 6 for 12 on third down conversions in the Sunshine State and were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 36:47, while Tampa Bay, who kept the pigskin for 23:13, went 3 for 9 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

The prime-time contest in the Show-Me State is a rematch from week seven in the Mile High City that saw the defending Super Bowl champs manhandle Denver 43-16 at Empower Field at Mile High. With game-time temperature at a balmy 14 degrees (with a 1 degree wind chill!), Kansas City led 24-9 at the intermisson, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring Denver 19-7.

Although Denver out-rushed Kansas City 177-101 (Patrick Lindsey led all rushers with 79 yards), Mahomes burned Denver for 200 yards and a TD to Hill, while Lock threw for 254 yards with a pair of interceptions (both men were sacked three times). Although they would win by 27, the Chiefs were a somewhat dismal 0 of 8 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:36, while the Broncos were actually rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 33:24, while going 5 of 14 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Kansas City covered the 9 1/2-point spread with the 27-point win in the Mile High City and both clubs covered the 45 1/2 over/under, tallying 59 points in the week seven contest. This time, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 14-point favorites at Arrowhead with a 51 over/under. The 51 makes sense, it’s the 14 point spread that’s a head-scratcher. The last time Denver swept the series with their somewhat hated AFL/AFC West rivals was the 2014 season and the teams last split the series the following year. Since then, the Chiefs have had Denver’s number, winning the last nine meetings (including the contest in the Mile High City in week seven). Granted, Denver’s bad but not 14 points bad. The Broncos will make this one close if not entertaining but as was the case in the first meeting in the Rockies, the defending champs prevail and takes the win at Arrowhead.

Washington (4-7) at Pittsburgh (11-0), 5 p.m. Monday on FOX. It’s the first of two Monday games as Washington travels to Heinz Field to face off against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. While both teams were slated to play on Thanksgiving Day, only Washington got that chance, while the Steelers had to wait until the Wednesday after Thanksgiving to play with the two clubs taking wins last week.

Washington completed their sweep of NFC East rival Dallas as the Football Team went into AT&T Stadium and left the Lone Star State 41-16 winners Thanksgiving afternoon. Washington erased an early 3-0 lead by the Cowboys with a 5-yard TD run by RB Antonio Gibson to take a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes of play. Dallas would take the lead back in the second, using a 54-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to Amari Cooper for a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. That lead would not last long, as Dustin Hopkins evened things up with a 43-yard field goal halfway through the second quarter. Washington then took the lead back for good when Alex Smtih and TE Logan Thomas connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 2:26 left before the intermission. Dallas’ Greg Zeurlein would make it a 4-point contest with 19 seconds left, booting a 32-yard field goal but it would be as close as Dallas would get to Washington, who took a 17-13 lead into the intermission.

After Zeurlein and Hopkins traded field goals in the third quarter, Washington would close out the scoring in the contest, tallying 21 fourth-quarter points unchecked, using a pair of Gibson rushing TDs and a Mike Sweat interception return to seal Dallas’ fate. Gibson led all rushers with 115 yards and the three TDs as Washington out-rushed Dallas 182-60 and Smith threw for 149 yards, while Dalton threw for 215 yards (both men threw TDs, both were sacked three times and both threw an interception). Washington went 7 for 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down and would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 35:56, while the Cowboys kept the pigskin for 24:04, went 4 of 14 on third down, 1 of 4 on fourth down (including a failed fake punt attempt in the fourth quarter).

Pittsburgh and Baltimore finally got to play Wednesday afternoon at Heinz Field. Scheduled to play Thanksgiving night, their contest was moved to Sunday because of a COVID outbreak involving the Ravens’ camp, then moved to Monday before the NFL decided to move things to Wednesday. In the somewhat chilly air at Heinz Field (gametime temperature, you ask? A balmy 36 degrees with a 27 wind chill), they finally got underway, with the Steelers prevailing 19-14.

Baltimore led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter before the Steelers went to work, using a pair of Chris Boswell field goals to take a 12-7 lead with them to the break. After a scoreless third quarter, the Steelers would expand their lead to 19-7 when Roethlisberger and WR Ju-Ju Smith-Schuester connected on a 1-yard TD toss early in the fourth. Baltimore would make things a bit closer than Steelers fans would like, as backup signal caller Trace McSorley, who took over for Robert Griffin III (who took over for Lamar Jackson – COVID), threw his first NFL TD pass, connecting with WR Marquise Brown on a 70-yard TD toss with 2:58 left in regulation. Baltimore would then try an onside kick, which Pittsburgh recoveed and the Steelers would run out the clock and take their 11th win in 11 tries.

Baltimore out-rushed the Steelers 129-68, with Griffin III leading all rushers with 68 yards before leaving the contest with a leg injury (Pittsburgh was led by Benny Snell, Jr. with 60 yards); Roethlisberger threw for 266 yards and the Smith-Schuester TD, while Griffin III threw for 33 yards with an interception by CB Joe Hayden (who returned it 14 yards for the game’s first score) and was sacked three times (McSorley threw for 77 yards). Pittsburgh went 6 of 14 on third down but struggled on fourth down, going 0 of 2 and the Steelers were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 33:39, while the Ravens held the ball for 26:21, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests that were played when Washington was in Boston and known as the Redskins, the Steelers were known as the Pirates and games played at RFK and Three Rivers Stadiums, Washington leads the series 42-33-3 and has outscored the Steelers 1,447-1,259. However… Pittsburgh has come away with wins in their last six meetings, including a 38-16 wim in Landover in 2016, while Washington’s last victory in the series came in 1991 in the Steel City by a final of 41-14. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Steelers as 8-point favorites in western Pennsylvania with a 42 over/under. Both numbers make sense and both teams are in first place in their respective divisons. While the Steelers win this one at home, expect Washington to make this one closer than the 8.

Buffalo (8-3) at San Francisco (5-6) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. It’s wings vs. Sourdough on the West Coast as first-place Buffalo, leaders of the AFC East, take on San Francisco not in Santa Clara but in Glendale at State Farm Stadium. The change of venue took place after Santa Clara County, the 49ers home base, suspended all football contact practices and games in wake of the COVID virus outbreak in California. Both teams were winners in their contests last Sunday.

The Bills circled the wagons in upstate New York last Sunday, as they held off Joe Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers 27-17 in upstate New York at Bills Stadium. The Bills led 7-6 at the end of the first 15 minutes of play, then scored 10 second-quarter points unchallenged to lead 17-6 at the break. Los Angeles would manage to outscore Buffalo 11-10 in the final 30 minutes of action, pulling themselves to within seven before Bills K Tyler Bass connected on a 43-yard field goal to end the threat.

Buffalo out-rushed Los Angeles 172-76 with Bills RB Devin Singletary leading all rushers with 82 yards, while Austin Elker led the Chargers with 44 yards. Hebert threw for 316 yards and a TD, while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 157 yards with a TD toss to Gabriel Davis (Allen also had a rushing TD in the contest; both threw an interception, Hebert was sacked three times, Allen was sacked twice). Los Angeles was 3 of 16 on third down tries, 4 for 5 on fourth down and they would rule the clock and hold on to the ball for 30:04, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 29:56, went 4 for 9 on third down conversions.

San Francisco erased a 20-17 deficit late in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, using a pair of Robbie Gould field goals, including the game-winner as time expired to take a 23-20 win at SoFi Stadium last Sunday. The 49ers led 7-3 at the break, then saw the Rams chip away at that lead and would take it, leading 20-17 early in the final 30 minutes of play. Gould kicked his first of the two fourth quarter field goals with 3:11 left from 44 yards to tie things up at 20-20, then after the Rams punted the ball back to San Francisco with 2:10 left in regulation, he gave the 49ers the win as time expired. At first, the game-winning try was going to be a 47-yard try but CB Jaylen Ramsey jumped offside, which moved the ball five yards closer. Gould did not miss, connecting on a 42-yard try as time expired.

While the Rams did out-rush San Francsico 126-115 (Los Angeles RB Cam Akers led all rushers with 84 yards and a TD), 49ers QB Nick Mullens burned the Rams for 252 yards; Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 198 yards (both men were sacked twice, Mullens threw an interception, while Goff had a pair; 49ers WR Deebo Sanders led all recivers with 133 yards on 11 catches). San Francisco went 3 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 34:03 (including the final 2:10 of the contest), while the Rams were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:57.

They’ve met 12 times, each team has picked up six wins and the 49ers have outscored the Bills 269-234. Their last meeting? 2016 in upstate New York and the Bills circled the wagons, taking a 45-16 win in Orchard Park, while San Francisco’s last iwn in the series came on the West Coast in 2012 by a final of 45-3. The Bills on Monday night? 17-26. San Francisco? 49-28 under the lights (the 49ers played two games on MNF and split the two contests). Buffalo’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 45. For the 49ers, they’re playing with house money and needs to win to keep pace with Seattle. As for the Bills, they want to stay in first place in the AFC East. Bills circle the wagons on the West Coast and takes the win, covering the 3.

Dallas (3-8) at Baltimore (6-5), 8 p.m. Tuesday on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. It’s brisket vs. crabs as Dallas makes their way to Charm City to face off against Baltimore in a Tuesday evening contest at M&T Bank Stadium. Both teams are coming off losses in their last contests.

Dallas welcomed Washington into AT&T Stadium Thanksgiving afternoon and the Football Team completed their sweep of NFC East rivals, leaving the Lone Star State 41-16 winners Thanksgiving afternoon. Washington erased an early 3-0 lead by the Cowboys with a 5-yard TD run by RB Antonio Gibson to take a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes of play. Dallas would take the lead back in the second, using a 54-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to Amari Cooper for a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. That lead would not last long, as Dustin Hopkins evened things up with a 43-yard field goal halfway through the second quarter. Washington then took the lead back for good when Alex Smtih and TE Logan Thomas connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 2:26 left before the intermission. Dallas’ Greg Zeurlein would make it a 4-point contest with 19 seconds left, booting a 32-yard field goal but it would be as close as Dallas would get to Washington, who took a 17-13 lead into the intermission.

After Zeurlein and Hopkins traded field goals in the third quarter, Washington would close out the scoring in the contest, tallying 21 fourth-quarter points unchecked, using a pair of Gibson rushing TDs and a Mike Sweat interception return to seal Dallas’ fate. Gibson led all rushers with 115 yards and the three TDs as Washington out-rushed Dallas 182-60 and Smith threw for 149 yards, while Dalton threw for 215 yards (both men threw TDs, both were sacked three times and both threw an interception). Washington went 7 for 13 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down and would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 35:56, while the Cowboys kept the pigskin for 24:04, went 4 of 14 on third down, 1 of 4 on fourth down (including a failed fake punt attempt in the fourth quarter).

Baltimore led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter before the Steelers went to work, using a pair of Chris Boswell field goals to take a 12-7 lead with them to the break to take the 19-14 win at Heinz Field in a contest that was moved three times becuase of COVID issues involving the Ravens. After a scoreless third quarter, the Steelers would expand their lead to 19-7 when Roethlisberger and WR Ju-Ju Smith-Schuester connected on a 1-yard TD toss early in the fourth. Baltimore would give Steelers fans a bit of a scare, as backup signal caller Trace McSorley, who took over for Robert Griffin III (who took over for Lamar Jackson – COVID), threw his first NFL TD pass, connecting with WR Marquise Brown on a 70-yard TD toss with 2:58 left in regulation. Baltimore would then try an onside kick, which Pittsburgh recoveed and the Steelers would run out the clock and take their 11th win in 11 tries.

While Baltimore did out-rush the Steelers 129-68, with Griffin III leading all rushers with 68 yards before leaving the contest with a leg injury (Pittsburgh was led by Benny Snell, Jr. with 60 yards), Roethlisberger burned the Ravens, as he threw for 266 yards and the Smith-Schuester TD, while Griffin III threw for 33 yards with an interception by CB Joe Hayden (who returned it 14 yards for the game’s first score) and was sacked three times (McSorley threw for 77 yards). Pittsburgh went 6 of 14 on third down but struggled on fourth down, going 0 of 2 and the Steelers were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 33:39, while the Ravens held the ball for 26:21, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Ravens hold a 4-1 series lead over America’s Team and the Ravens have outscored Dallas 138-90. Their last meeting was in 2016 in Arlington, as the Cowboys snapped Baltimore’s four-game win streak, taking a 27-17 win, while Baltimore’s last win the series came in 2012 in Charm City by a final of 31-29. The Ravens are favored by 7 1/2 in Charm City and the over/under’s 45. It seems that the Cowboys are spinning their wheels in the NFC West, while the Ravens are looking for a spot in the post-season party. Ravens win in Charm City and cover the 7 1/2.