They’re still standing.

The Arizona Cardinals, the most unlikely team to be left undefeated, is just that… undefeated.

Think the ’72 Dolphins are getting nervous? Too early to say. It’s week six of the National Football League and anything can happen. Jacksonville and Detroit at 0-5 are the only teams that don’t have a win yet but there’s still time and it’s too early to crown division winners yet.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 10, the fifth week of the 2021 season.

There have been 18 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime this season, the most such games through the first five weeks all-time.

There have been 21 games decided by three points or less this season, including four such games in Week 5, tied with 2007 (21 games) and 1988 (21) for the third-most such games through the first five weeks of a season in NFL history.

Green Bay defeated Cincinnati, 25-22, in overtime in Week 5. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first five weeks of the 2021 season, marking the second time ever (2018) that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first five weeks.

With two games remaining in Week 5, 12 of 14 games (85.7 percent) have been within one score in the fourth quarter while three teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win in Week 5: the Los Angeles Chargers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Cleveland 47-42; New England overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Houston 25-22, while Philadelphia overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Carolina, 21-18.

Arizona, the last remaining undefeated team, improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1974 with their 17-10 win over San Francisco in Week 5.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for 411 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 144.4 rating while wide receiver Antonio Brown had seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 45-17 win over Miami.

Brady has nine career games with at least five touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (nine games) for the second-most such games in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (11 games) has more. Brady has 36 career games with at least four touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (35 games) for the second-most such games in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (37 games) has more.

Brady has 12 career games with at least 400 passing yards, tied with Ben Roethlisberger (12 games) for the fourth-most such games all-time. Only Drew Brees (16 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Peyton Manning (14) and Dan Marino (13) have more. Brady, who threw a 62-yard touchdown pass in Week 5, has 45 career touchdown passes of 50-or-more yards, tied with Drew Brees (45) and John Hadl (45) for the third-most such touchdown passes in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas (51) and Peyton Manning (46) have more.

Brown has 906 career receptions in 143 career games and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (149 games) as the fastest player (143 games) to reach 900 career receptions in NFL history. Brown, who has 12,071 receiving yards in 143 career games, became the fifth player in league annals to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in fewer than 150 games, joining Julio Jones (125 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (142), Torry Holt (146) and Andre Johnson (146).

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 25-22 overtime win at Cincinnati. Rodgers has 422 career touchdown passes and surpassed Philip Rivers (421 touchdown passes) for the fifth-most in NFL history.

Cincinnati rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had six receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown last Sunday against Green Bay. Chase is the fifth rookie in NFL history with at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first five career games, joining Earl McCulouch (first seven games in 1968), Ceedee Lamb (first six games in 2020), Terry Glenn (first five games in 1996) and Terry McLaurin (first five games in 2019).

Chase, who has five touchdown receptions this season, is the third rookie since 1990 with at least five touchdown receptions in his team’s first five games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998) and Calvin Ridley (2018).

Making his 20th career start, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert passed for 398 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 122.0 rating in the Chargers’ 47-42 win over Cleveland.

Herbert has 44 career touchdown passes, surpassing Tony Romo (43 touchdown passes) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first 20 career starts in NFL history. Only Patrick Mahomes (60 touchdown passes) and Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (51) and Dan Marino (47) had more.

Herbert has 11 career games with at least 300 passing yards and surpassed Patrick Mahomes (10 games) and Pro Football of Famer Dan Marino (10) for the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray completed 22 of 31 pass attempts (71 percent) for 239 yards with one touchdown pass while wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins totaled six receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals’ Week 5 victory. Murray has completed 124 of 165 pass attempts (75.2 percent) and has 1,512 passing yards this season and joined Drew Brees (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (2013) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 1,500 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75-or-higher through his team’s first five games of a season.

Hopkins, who is 29 years and 126 days old, has 770 career receptions and surpassed Larry Fitzgerald (764) for the most receptions ever by a player prior to his 30th birthday.

The NFL returned to London in Week 5 for the first of two international games on the 2021 schedule, as Atlanta defeated the New York Jets 27-20, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With touchdowns by Atlanta rookie tight end Kyle Pitts and New York Jets rookie running back Michael Carter, it marked the third international NFL game in which a rookie from each team scored a touchdown, joining Houston vs. Oakland at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on November 11, 2016 (Braxton Miller and Jalen Richard) and Chicago vs. Oakland at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 6, 2019 (Josh Jacobs and David Montgomery).

Pitts recorded nine receptions for 119 yards and his first-career touchdown reception in the victory, the most receiving yards by a rookie in an international NFL game, surpassing Davone Bess (74 receiving yards at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on December 7, 2008).

Six rookie quarterbacks started in Week 5, including five who are under the age of 23: Chicago’s Justin Fields (age 22), New England’s Mac Jones (age 23), San Francisco’s Trey Lance (age 21), Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence (age 22) and the New York Jets’ Zach Wilson (age 22). It marks the first time since Week 16 of the 2019 season that five quarterbacks under the age of 23 started in the same week.

New England rookie quarterback Mac Jones completed 23 of 30 pass attempts (76.7 percent) with one touchdown and one interception for a 95.3 rating in the Patriots’ 25-22 win over Houston. Jones has 135 completions in his first five starts, tied with Joe Burrow (135 completions in 2020) for the most completions by a rookie quarterback in his first five career starts in NFL history.

Houston rookie quarterback Davis Mills passed for 312 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 141.7 rating on Sunday against New England. Mills is the first rookie quarterback to record at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or-higher in a single game in NFL history.

San Francisco rookie quarterback Trey Lance made his first-career start at 21 years and 154 days old on Sunday and became the fourth-youngest quarterback to start a game in the Super Bowl era.

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 37-19 win at Jacksonville. Henry has five career games with at least 100 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, tied with Joe Morris (five games) and Adrian Peterson (five) for the third-most by a player in his first six seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (nine games) and Shaun Alexander (six) have more.

New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara totaled 122 scrimmage yards (71 rushing, 51 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ 33-22 win over Washington.

Kamara has 19 career games with at least two touchdowns, tied with four players for the third-most such games by a player in his first five career seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LaDainian Tomlinson (21 games) and Emmitt Smith (20) have more. Kamara has nine career games with both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown, tied with Chuck Foreman (nine games) and Christian McCaffery (nine) for the most by such games by a player in his first five career seasons all-time.

Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs recorded his league-leading sixth interception of the season in the Cowboys’ Week 5 win over the New York Giants. Diggs is the third player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in each of his team’s first five games of a season, joining Brian Russell (first six games in 2003) and Lemar Parrish (first five games in 1979).

There are times when numbers can say so much more than words. This is one of those times.

Through five weeks and 80 games, the 2021 NFL season has produced…

19 contests with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime, the most such games through the first five weeks all-time. Eight overtime games, tying the NFL record for most through five weeks (also 2018, 2002 and 1983). At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first five weeks of the 2021 season, marking the second time ever (also 2018) that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first five weeks. 21 games decided by three points or less, including four such games in Week 5. Those 21 are tied with 2007 (21) and 1988 (21) for the third-most such games through the first five weeks of a season in NFL history.

COMEBACKS EN VOGUE: In Week 5, 13 of 16 games (81.3 percent) were within one score in the fourth quarter while four teams overcame deficits of at least 12 points to win: the Los Angeles Chargers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Cleveland, 47-42, New England overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Houston, 25-22, Philadelphia overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Carolina, 21-18, and Baltimore capped another thrilling weekend by overcoming a 19-point deficit to defeat Indianapolis in overtime, 31-25. The last time four teams won after trailing by at least 12 points in the same week was Week 5 of last season.

A REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENT: Every week matters in the NFL. In the AFC this week, two games feature battles of division-leading clubs: the Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore on Sunday and Buffalo at Tennessee Monday night.

The last time in Week 6 or later that the schedule produced two games in the same conference matching division leaders was Week 7 of the 2016 season. That week, New England won at Pittsburgh, 27-16, and Denver defeated Houston, 27-9.

Foreshadowing what should be a thrilling ending to the regular season, NFL teams continue to play significant games that will determine each of the key playoff tiebreakers – head-to-head record, best winning percentage in common games, and top conference record.

MONDAY NIGHT WINNERS ON SUNDAYS: The games with likely playoff implications continue in Week 6 with the AFC West-leading Los Angeles Chargers (4-1) making the long trek to play AFC North-leading Baltimore (4-1) Sunday afternoon.

In 2021, NFL teams that have won on Monday are 4-0 in their next games, playing on short rest. Over a longer stretch, dating to Week 14 of last season, clubs that won a Monday game are 9-0 in their next games. The Chargers are off to their best start in seven years, since opening 5-1 in 2014.

Making his 20th career start last week, Chargers quarterback Justin HerbertT passed for 398 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 122.0 rating, and also ran for a touchdown, in a 47-42 win. Down by 14 points in the third quarter, Herbert orchestrated five second-half touchdown drives, including the game-winning march that gave Los Angeles its winning points.

Herbert now has 44 career touchdown passes, surpassing Tony Romo (43) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first 20 career starts in NFL history. Only Patrick Mahomes (60) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (51) and Dan Marino (47) had more over their first 20 starts. Plus, Herbert now has 11 career games with at least 300 passing yards and surpassed Patrick Mahomes (10) and Pro Football of Famer Dan Marino (10) for the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson last week completed 37 of 43 passes (86 percent) for a franchise-record 442 yards with four touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 140.5 passer rating. He also led his team with 62 rushing yards. With Baltimore trailing by 19 points, 22-3, late in the third quarter, Jackson engineered three consecutive touchdown drives to send the game to overtime, then led Baltimore on a 10-play, 68-yard march on the first series of the extra period to defeat the Colts, 31-25, on a 5-yard scoring pass to Marquise Brown. Jackson’s 86.0 completion percentage established a single-game NFL record among quarterbacks who have attempted at least 40 passes. Previously, the highest completion percentage for a player that attempted 40-or-more passes was 83.3 (35 of 42 attempts) by Philip Rivers on September 29, 2013. Through this point in NFL history, a quarterback has attempted at least 40 passes on 4,017 occasions.

Jackson also became the first player ever with a completion percentage of 85-or-better and at least 400 passing yards in a single NFL game. In the win, Ravens tight end Mark Andrews set career highs in both receptions (11) and receiving yards (147), while catching a pair of touchdown passes. Since the beginning of 2018, Andrews now has five games of multiple touchdown receptions, tied with Travis Kelce for most in the NFL among tight ends. Meanwhile, Baltimore wide receiver Marquise Brown posted a career-best nine receptions for 125 yards (the second-highest total of his career) and also caught two touchdowns. On offense, the Ravens lead the NFL with 440.6 total yards per game.

YOUNG QUARTERBACKS PROVING CONSISTENT WINNERS: Winning eight times over a nine-game stretch is extremely difficult in the NFL. The league enters Week 6 with five quarterbacks who have done just that.

Three of those quarterbacks, Buffalo’s Josh Allen (25 years old), the Chargers’ Justin Hebert (23) and the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson (24) are under the age of 26. The other two are Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Including postseason, Brady has won 12 of his last 13 starts.

FORMER NO. 1 OVERALL SELECTIONS ON DOCKET IN CLEVELAND: Cleveland (3-2) hosts the league’s only undefeated team, Arizona (5-0), on Sunday at FirstEngergy Stadium. The starting quarterbacks – the Browns’ Baker Mayfield and the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray – were the respective number one overall selections in the 2018 and 2019 drafts.

The Browns haven’t lost consecutive games under head coach Kevin Stefanski and overall haven’t lost two straight since the end of the 2019 season. Cleveland’s two losses this season have been by a combined nine points.

On the other sideline, Arizona has improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1974, when the St. Louis Cardinals began 7-0 under head coach Don Coryell. In Week 5, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray completed 22 of 31 pass attempts (71 percent) for 239 yards and one touchdown, while wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins totaled six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ victory. Murray has completed 124 of 165 pass attempts (75.2 percent) and has 1,512 passing yards this season and joined Drew Brees (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (2013) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 1,500 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75-or-higher through their teams’ first five games. Murray’s completion percentage leads the league entering Week 6. Hopkins, who will be 29 years and 133 days old on Sunday, has 770 career receptions and last week surpassed Larry Fitzgerald (764) for the most receptions ever by a player prior to his 30th birthday.

Cleveland’s offense, led by running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, leads the NFL with 187.6 rushing yards per game. Chubb ranks second in the league with 523 rushing yards. Hunt ranks tied for second in the NFL with five rushing touchdowns.

SEVEN THREE-WIN TEAMS WEREN’T IN PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR: With byes beginning this week and four teams – ATLANTA, New Orleans, the New York Jets and San Francisco – getting a weekend off, 16 teams have at least three wins. And of those 16, seven were not in the playoffs last year: Arizona (5-0), Carolina (3-2), Cincinnati (3-2), Dallas (4-1), Denver (3-2), Las Vegas (3-2) and the Los Angeles Chargers (4-1).

Two of those seven teams meet this week at Empower Field at Mile High, where Denver hosts Las Vegas on Sunday. Denver ranks second in the NFL by allowing only 15.2 points per game on defense.
Since 1990, 5.8 teams per year have qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason the previous season. Over that stretch – a streak of 31 consecutive years – at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before.
HENRY, ALLEN MAKING EYE-OPENING HISTORY: Monday Night Football this week features a pair of AFC division leaders, Buffalo (4-1) and Tennessee (3-2) at Nissan Stadium.

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry leads the league in rushing yards (640), rushing touchdowns (seven) and scrimmage yards (765). Last week, Henry rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ win. He now has five career games with at least 100 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, tied with Joe Morris (five games) and Adrian Peterson (five) for the third-most by a player in his first six seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDanaian Tomlinson (nine) and Shaun Alexander (six) have more such games in that span. Also, over his last 40 regular-season games, since Week 14 of 2018, Henry has 40 rushing touchdowns and 4,792 rushing yards, the most rushing yards by any player ever over a stretch of 40 games.

Buffalo leads the NFL in both points scored per game (34.4) and fewest points allowed per game (12.8). Buffalo also ranks first in takeaways (15) and turnover margin (plus-11). Buffalo can become first team since the 2012-13 Denver Broncos with 35-plus points in five consecutive games. The Bills enter the game with an NFL-record 14 consecutive wins when leading at halftime. The previous record was 12, established by four teams. Last week, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen completed 15 of 26 passes for 315 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.1 rating and ran 11 times for 59 yards with another touchdown. Over his career (2018-21), the Bills are 18-0 in games when Allen registers both a rushing and passing touchdown. Including the win at Kansas City, Allen has won eight road starts since the beginning of 2020, tied for second in the NFL. Only Patrick Mahomes (nine) has won more in that period.

PRIMETIME HAS PRODUCED PRIME DRAMA IN 2021: The NFL has played 15 games in primetime (Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights in each weekend) and the majority of those games have been must-see TV. Of those 15…

11 primetime games have been within eight points (one score) in the fourth quarter, six have been decided by three points or fewer, six have been decided in the final minute or overtime, including five decided on the last play. Two games have gone to overtime and four have featured a comeback win of at least 10 points.

In primetime this week, quarterback Geno Smith is expected to make his first Seahawks start when Seattle (2-3) travels to play Pittsburgh (2-3) Sunday night. Smith played college football 75 miles south of Heinz Field, just down the Monongahela River at West Virginia University. It’s the first start by a Seattle quarterback other than Russell Wilson since January 1, 2012, when Tarvaris Jackson started the final game of the 2011 season, a 23-20 overtime loss at Arizona.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES CONTINUES: This week, the NFL will play its 99th international game, including preseason and regular-season games, when Miami (1-4) meets Jacksonville (0-5) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. It’s the 40th time the league has played a regular-season game outside of the United States. The Jaguars will be playing their eighth game in London. Jacksonville made the trip to Wembley Stadium for one game in seven consecutive seasons from 2013-19. Miami will be making its fifth appearance in London and first since 2017. This week, the league announced that it is in discussions with three cities in Germany to host future regular-season NFL games: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

COWBOYS BRING FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK TO NEW ENGLAND: Dallas (4-1) heads back on the road this week to face New England (2-3) late Sunday afternoon.

The Cowboys’ offense ranks second in the NFL in both total yards (439.6) and rushing yards (172.8) per game. Last week, Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs recorded his league-leading sixth interception of the season in the Cowboys’ win. Diggs is the third player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in each of his team’s first five games of a season, joining Brian Russell (first six games in 2003) and Lemar Parrish (first five games in 1979).

Also last week, New England rookie quarterback Mac Jones led his team back from a 22-9 second-half deficit with four scoring drives in the final 23 minutes, including a 15-play, 84-yard game-winning march, as the Patriots registered a 25-22 victory.

PACKERS, BEARS RENEW LEAGUE’S RICHEST RIVALRY: Green Bay (4-1) and Chicago (3-2) are each riding winning streaks heading into the latest installment of their historic rivalry, which renews Sunday at Soldier Field. The Packers lead the all-time regular-season series, 100-94-6, while the teams have split their two postseason meetings.

Last week, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur registered his 30th career regular-season win in just his 37th game. Only three other coaches in NFL history have reached that milestone in 37-or-fewer games: Pro Football Hall of Famer Guy Chamberlain (35 games), George Seifert (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown (37).
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 25-22 overtime win at Cincinnati. Rodgers has 422 career touchdown passes and surpassed Philip Rivers (421 touchdown passes) for the fifth-most in NFL history. Packers wide receiver Davante Adams leads the NFL with 42 receptions and 579 receiving yards. Since the beginning of 2020, Adams has seven games in which he posted 10-or-more catches and 100-or-more receiving yards, the most such games among NFL players in that span.

Chicago’s defense ranks third among NFL teams in red-zone efficiency, allowing touchdowns on just 37.5 percent of opponent possessions inside the 20. The Bears’ defense also leads the league with 18 sacks. Chicago rookie quarterback Justin Fields has won his last two starts and threw his first career touchdown pass in leading the Bears to a win last week in Las Vegas.

BENGALS, LIONS NO STRANGER TO CLOSE GAMES: Cincinnati (3-2) heads north this week to meet Detroit (0-5) at Ford Field on Sunday in the Motor City. The Bengals’ two losses have been by just six combined points. Detroit, meanwhile, has an average margin of defeat of only 8.0 points.

Last week, Cincinnati rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had six receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown. He became the fifth rookie in NFL history with at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first five career games, joining Earl McCullouch (first seven games in 1968), Ceedee Lamb (first six games in 2020), Terry Glenn (first five games in 1996) and Terry McLaurin (first five games in 2019).

Chase, who has five touchdown receptions this season, is the third rookie since 1990 with at least five touchdown receptions in his team’s first five games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998) and Calvin Ridley (2018). Detroit’s defense ranks second among NFL teams in third-down defense, allowing first-down conversions on just 30.6 percent of third-down plays.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 6

TOP BILLING: Buffalo (4-1) enters Monday Night Football in Week 6 with the league’s top scoring offense (34.4 points per game) and top scoring defense (12.8 points per game against) and have scored at least 35 points in each of their past four games.

With 35 points against Tennessee on Monday night, the Bills would become the fourth team to register at least 35 points in five consecutive games within a single season in NFL history.

The teams with the most consecutive games with at least 35 points within a single season in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON)(GAMES WITH 35+ POINTS)
Denver (2013)(6; 9/5/13-10/13/13)
St. Louis Rams (2000)(6; 9/4/00-10/15/00)
Philadelphia (1949)(5; 10/23/49-11/20/49)
Buffalo (2021)(4; 9/19/21-10/10/21)*
*Active streak

Buffalo leads the NFL with a plus-108 point differential (172 points scored, 64 points against) through the first five weeks and can become the fifth team in the Super Bowl era to score at least 200 points and allow 100-or-fewer points through their first six games of a season. Three of the four previous teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.

The teams with at least 200 points scored and 100-or-fewer points against through their first six games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM – SEASON (POINTS SCORED, POINTS ALLOWED)

New England – 2007 (230, 92)#
St. Louis Rams – 1999 (217, 63)#
Green Bay – 1996 (204, 72)#
Dallas – 1968 (213, 64)
Buffalo – 2021 (172, 64)*

Advanced to Super Bowl

*In first five games

ELECTRIC PURPLE: The Los Angeles Chargers (4-1) visits Baltimore (4-1) on Sunday afternoon) in a matchup of two teams that overcame second-half deficits of at least 14 points to win in Week 5.

The Chargers, down 27-13 in the third quarter, scored 26 fourth-quarter points to defeat Cleveland, 47-42. Baltimore trailed by 16 points early in the fourth quarter last week and scored three consecutive touchdowns to defeat Indianapolis, 31-25, in overtime. This marks the first meeting between two teams that are both coming off wins in which they overcame a 14-point deficit since Week 5 of the 2018 season (Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers).

Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert (315.2 passing yards per game) and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (303.8) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in passing yards per game this season. Their matchup on Sunday will be the first game to feature opposing starting quarterbacks who each average at least 300 passing yards per game that season (entering the game) in Week 6 or later since Week 11, 2018 (Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes).

Jackson, who turns 25 years old in January, earned his 34th-career win as a starting quarterback last week and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (34 wins) for the most wins by a quarterback prior to his 25th birthday in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most wins prior to their 25th birthday in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (WINS)
Dan Marino, Miami (34)(HOF)
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (34)*
Drew Bledsoe, New England (32)
*turns 25 on January 7, 2022

Jackson leads all players with 1,860 total yards (passing and rushing combined) through the first five weeks and can become the third player with at least 2,200 total yards in his team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.

The players with the most total yards (passing and rushing combined) in their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(PASSING YARDS/RUSHING YARDS/TOTAL YARDS)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (2000)(2,260/15/2,275)(HOF)
Steve Young, San Francisco (1998)(2,022/200/2,222)(HOF)
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (2021)(1,519/341/1,860)*
*In first five games

STAR GAZING: Dallas (4-1), led offensively by quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, rank second in the NFL in both scoring offense (34.0 points per game) and total offense (439.6 yards per game).

Prescott ranks second in the league in passer rating among qualified passers (116.9) and is one of four quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in four of his first five games this season. Scheduled to make his 75th career start against New England in Foxboro, Prescott has 38 career games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher and can surpass PHILIP RIVERS (38 games) for the third-most such games by a player in his first 75 career starts in NFL history.

The players with the most games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in their first 75 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES WITH 100+ RATING)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (43)
Tony Romo, Dallas (41)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (38)*
Philip Rivers, San Diego (38)
*In 74 starts

Elliott, who ranks fifth among running backs in scrimmage yards (507) this season, has 8,848 scrimmage yards in 76 career games. With 152 scrimmage yards on Sunday, he can become the fifth-fastest player to reach 9,000 scrimmage yards in the Super Bowl era, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas (79 games), Barry Sanders (79) and Emmitt Smith (79).

The players to reach 9,000 scrimmage yards in the fewest games in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER – TEAMS (GAMES)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (72)(HOF)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (72)(HOF)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis (73)(HOF)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh and New York Jets (75)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (76)*
*Has 8,848 scrimmage yards in 76 games

New England rookie quarterback Mac Jones ranks fifth in the NFL this season with a 71.1 completion percentage and has a completion percentage of 70-or-higher in four of his first five career starts. On Sunday, he can become the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to record five games with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher (minimum 30 attempts). The only other rookies with four such games were Justin Herbert (2020) and Dak Prescott (2016), who both were named Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.

BACK IN LONDON: Miami (1-4) and Jacksonville (0-5) square off in the second of two 2021 international games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (9:30 a.m. Eastern, 2:30 p.m. in London).

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the number one overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, leads all rookies in touchdown passes (six) and ranks second in passing yards (1,146). This week, he looks to become the first rookie quarterback to ever win a game in London and can become the first rookie quarterback to register multiple touchdown passes in an international game.

The rookie quarterbacks to start an international game since 2005:

DATE – PLAYER, TEAM (SITE, STADIUM)(TD PASSES – RESULT)
October 10, 2021 – Zach Wilson, New York Jets (London – Tottenham Hotspur)(0 – ATLANTA 27, New York Jets 20)
November 3, 2019 – Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville (London – Wembley)(0 – Houston 26, Jacksonville 3)
October 29, 2017 – Deshone Kizer, Cleveland (London – Twickenham)(0 – Minnesota 33, Cleveland 16)
November 9, 2014 – Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (London – Wembley)(0 – Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17)
September 28, 2014 – Derek Carr, Oakland (London – Wembley)(1 – Miami 38, Oakland 14)
December 1, 2013 – E.J. Manuel, Buffalo (Toronto – Rogers Centre)(1 – ATLANTA 34, Buffalo 31)
December 16, 2012 – Russell Wilson, Seattle (Toronto – Rogers Centre)(1 – Seattle 50, Buffalo 17)
December 3, 2009 – Mark Sanchez, New York Jets (Toronto – Rogers Centre)(1 – New York Jets 19, Buffalo 13)

Jacksonville running back James Robinson registered a career-high 149 rushing yards last week. Undrafted in 2020, Robinson has 1,889 scrimmage yards in 19 career games and can join Arian Foster (2,245 scrimmage yards) as the only undrafted players in the common-draft era with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in their first 20 career games.

This is also the first weekend that teams have byes and the first byes go to Atlanta, New Orleans, New York Jets and San Francisco. As for last week? 12-4 for the week and 44-36 for the year. Week six got underway in the City of Brotherly Love as Tampa Bay squeeked by Philadelphia Thursday night and ends in the Music City as Buffalo and Tennessee square off in prime time Monday night. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week six.

Miami (1-4) vs. Jacksonville (0-5) in London, 9:30 a.m. on NFL Network. The first game of Sunday in week six is on the other side of the Atlantic as a pair of Florida teams with one win between team square off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Jacksonville hosts Miami in a game that have both teams looking to right their ships.

Brady and Tampa Bay made quick work of the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday afternoon, with the Buccaneers taking a 45-17 win on Florida’s west coast. Erasing a 10-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter, Tampa Bay took a 24-10 lead with them to the intermission, scoring those 17 points in the quarter unchallenged. After the Dolphins scored a third quarter TD when Jacoby Brissett and RB Miles Gaskin to make it a 7-point contest, Tampa Bay would go on to score 21 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take the win, using TDs from Leonard Fournette and a pair of TD passes from Brady to Mike Evans to seal the win.

Fournette led all rushers with 67 yards on the ground as Tampa Bay outrushed Miami 121-39 and Brady threw for 411 yards and five TDs (two to Evans, who had 113 receiving yards, while Antonio Brown led all receivers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs), while Brissett threw for 275 yards and the two TDs to Gaskin (Brissett was sacked three times and picked off once, while Brady was sacked twice). Neither club had a fourth down attempt Sunday; on third down, Miami 2 for 7, while the Bucs were 8 for 11 and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 37:07 to Miami’s 22:53.

Jacksonville was manhandled by Tennessee at TIAA Bank Stadium last Sunday, with the Titans taking a 37-19 win out of the Sunshine State. Jacksonville trailed 24-13 at the intermission, then watched Tennessee outscore them 13-6 in the last 30 minutes of play. The ground game in the contest was active as Jacksonville actually outrushed Tennessee 198-184 and Jaguars RB James Robinson led all rushers with 149 yards and a TD, while Tennessee was led by Derrick Henry with 130 yards and three TDs. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 197 yards and a TD to MyCole Pruitt, while Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawerence threw for 273 yards and a TD to Jeff Hollister (Lawrence threw the game’s only interception and was sacked twice, while Tannehill was sacked three times). Jacksonville was 3 for 10 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 28:30, while Tennessee would be rulers of the clock and hold to the pigskin for 31:30, going 5 of 11 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Miami leads the series 5-4 and have outscored the Jaguars 178-141. They met last year in Jacksonville and Miami left north Florifda 31-13 winners, while Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in 2018 in south Florida by a final of 17-7.

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

In the week three Thursday night contest in north Florida, Jacksonville was favored by 3 and the Dolphins would win by 18, covering the spread with ease. As for the 47 1/2 over/under? Both clubs missed that, tallying only 44 points. Vegas likes Miami as a 3-point favorite on the other side of the Atlantic with a 47 over/under. Jaguars coach Urban Meyer did not have a good week last week and this week’s not going to be any better. Dolphins cover the 3 on the other side of the Big Pond and takes the win in Jolly Olde England.

Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) at Baltimore (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of contending teams meet in Charm City Sunday afternoon when the Los Angeles Chargers make their way to the East coast to face off against the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams were winners at home by close margins.

The Chargers put an end to Cleveland’s three-game win streak at SoFi Stadium last Sunday, coming away 47-42 winners. Trailing 20-17 at the intermission, the Bolts proceeded to outscore the Browns 34-22 in the second half, holding off a Browns’ rally in the process, taking the lead for keeps with 3:15 when Austin Ekeler scored the first of his two rushing TDs in the fourth quarter to take control of the contest.

Cleveland did manage to outrush the Bolts 230-112, with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 161 yards and a TD, while Elker ran for 66 yards and the two TDs in the fourth quarter. Justin Hebert threw for 398 yards and four TDs and was sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw foer 305 yards with a sack (neither threw an interception). The Bolts were 6 for 13 on third down (3 for 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 23:32, while the Browns were rulers of time, keeping the pigskin for 36:28 and went 4 for 12 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down.

Indianapolis allowed a 22-9 lead at the end of three quarters get away from them in Baltimore as the Ravens rallied in the final 15 minutes of regulation to tie things up, then sent their fan base home happy last Monday night in overtime to take a 31-25 win at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore, who won the toss to start the overtime, got themselves off the deck in the fourth quarter, using a pair of TD passes from Lamar Jackson to TE Mark Andrews in the fourth, then a TD pass from Jackson to WR Marquise Brown in overtime to take the win. Indianapolis outrushed the Ravens 123-86 and Jackson threw for 442 yards and four TDs (including the two in the fourth quarter and the game winner in overtime), while Carson Wentz threw for 402 yards with two TDs (both men were sacked twice but neither threw an interception).

The Colts were 5 of 10 on third down (1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:45, while the Ravens were rulers of the clock, holding on to the ball for 33:51 (including the 4:31 in overtime) and went 3 of 8 on third down.

Including contests played in San Diego, the Ravens lead the series 7-5, have outscored the Bolts 253-236 and won the last two meetings, including a 22-10 win in 2018 on the West coast, while the Chargers’ last win in the series came in 2014 in Charm City by a final of 34-33. The Ravens are favored by 3 with a 52 over/under. While this one is not quite “DRILL WORTHY,” it’ll be worth your time. Ravens cover the 3 in Charm City and take the win at home.

Houston (1-4) at Indianapolis (1-4), 1 p.m on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of 1-4 teams looking to get themselves out of the AFC South as Houston and Indianapolis meet at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Hoosier State.

Matt Jones and New England erased a 15-9 deficit at the intermission against the Texans and left NRG Stadium 25-22 winners. The Patriots would take the lead for keeps in the second half, scoring 16 second half points unchallenged, using three Nick Folk field goals to take the win. New England outrushed the Texans 126-67 with Jones throwing for 231 yards and TD, while Davis Mills threw for 312 yards and three TDs (Mills was sacked three times, Jones was sacked once and threw the contest’s only interception). New England on third down was 6 for 11 and ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 30:44, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 29:16, going 6 for 14 and 3 for 3 on third and fourth downs.

The Colts let a 22-9 lead at the end of three quarters get away from them in Baltimore as the Ravens rallied in the final 15 minutes of regulation to tie things up, then sent their fan base home happy last Monday night in overtime to take a 31-25 win at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore, who won the toss to start the overtime, got themselves off the deck in the fourth quarter, using a pair of TD passes from Lamar Jackson to TE Mark Andrews in the fourth, then a TD pass from Jackson to WR Marquise Brown in overtime to take the win. Indianapolis outrushed the Ravens 123-86 and Jackson threw for 442 yards and four TDs (including the two in the fourth quarter and the game winner in overtime), while Carson Wentz threw for 402 yards with two TDs (both men were sacked twice but neither threw an interception).

The Colts were 5 of 10 on third down (1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:45, while the Ravens were rulers of the clock, holding on to the ball for 33:51 (including the 4:31 in overtime) and went 3 of 8 on third down.

The Colts lead the series 29-9 and have outscored the Texans 991-760. They met twice last year and the Colts took both contests in the 2020 campaign (Houston’s last win over Indy came in 2019 when they were 20-19 winners at NRG Stadium).

Meeting number one… week 13 in the Lone Star State and Philip Rivers and the Colts erased a 10-7 deficit at Houston and came away 26-20 winners at NRG Stadium. Indianapolis led by four at the intermission, then got a safety in the fourth quarter when DeShaun Watson was sacked in the end zone. Houston led 10-7 late in the first quarter of play before the Colts would take control of things, taking the lead for good when Nyheim Hines scored on a 9-yard run. The two teams traded TDs and FGs in the second quarter and the Texans entered the intermission trailing by four. After a scoreless third quarter, the Texans would see the wheels come off the bus with 6:02 left in the contest when Watson was sacked by Justin Houston in the end zone for the safety. Houston would get the ball back with 2:43, needing to go 80 yards to take the lead back and they would get as close as the Colts’ 2-yard line, when Watson fumbled and LB Anthony Walker recovered the ball to stop the drive.

Indianapolis out-rushed Houston 109-90 and rookie RB Jonathan Taylor would lead all rushers with 91 yards; Watson threw for 341 yards and was sacked five times, including the safety and threw the game’s only interception, while Rivers was sacked twice and threw for 285 yards and a pair of TDs (one to T.Y. Hilton, the other to Taylor; Hilton led the Colts with 110 yards on eight catches; Houston’s Keke Coutee led all recievers with eight catches for 141, while teammate Chad Hansen chipped in with 101 yards on five catches). Houston went 5 for 13 on third down conversions in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 26:29, while the Colts were rulers of time, holding on the ball for 33:31, while going 3 of 11 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Meeting number two… the Hoosier State in week 15 and for the Colts, second verse, same as the first, as a late rally by Watson and the Texans fell short as Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts came away 27-20 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis scored 14 first quarter points unchallenged before Houston would respond, tallying 10 second quarter points unfettered to trail by 4 at the intermission. The two AFC South rivals stayed close in the final 30 minutes of play, with the Texans tying things up with 7:25 left in the contest when Watson and WR Keke Coutee connected on a 9-yard TD toss, evening things at 20-20. The Colts would regain the lead, taking it back for keeps with 1:47 left in the contest when Rivers and WR Zach Pascal connected on a 5-yard TD pass, then held off a late Texans’ rally when Coutee fumbled a Watson pass out of the endzone, which the Colts recovered.

The Colts outrushed Houston 127-83 and Colts RB Jonathan Taylor led all rushers with 83 yards and a TD; Rivers threw for 228 yards and a pair of TDs to Pascal and was sacked once, while Watson threw for 373 yards, throwing TDs to Coutee and WR Chan Hansen and was sacked five times (neither threw an interception). The two teams did well on third down conversions; the Colts were 6 for 11, Houston was 8 of 15 (on fourth down tries, the Colts were 1 of 1, while the Texans were 1 of 2) and time was on the side of the Texans, as they would keep the ball for 30:50 to the Colts’ 29:10.

Indianapolis was favored by 3 1/2 in the week 13 meeting in the Lone Star State and the Colts covered with the 6-point win but the two clubs missed the 51 1/2 over/under, tallying 46 points. In the week 15 rematch in the Hoosier State, Vegas liked Indy as 7 1/2-point favorites but the Colts would win by only 7 and the two teams missed the 51 over/under, scoring a combined 47 points. This time, the Colts are favored again, this time by 9 1/2 with a 43 over/under. We won’t blame you if you took a pass on this one and watch the NCIS marathon on USA (Ziva kicking Tony’s butt works for us). Colts win in the Hoosier State but expect Houston to make it closer than 9 1/2.

Kansas City (2-3) at Washington (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The defending AFC champions make their way to Landover to face off against the defending NFC East champions Sunday afternoon. Both teams took losses at home last week.

The defending AFC champions struggled with the Buffalo Bills and the weather last Sunday night at Arrowhead, with the Bills coming away 38-20 winners. Mahomes and the Chiefs let a 10-7 lead get away from them halfway through the second quarter as Buffalo were rude guests, taking a 24-13 lead with them to the intermission, then dealt with a lightning delay just before the second half got underway as the Bills outscored Kansas City 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Buffalo barely outrushed Kansas City 121-120 and both starting qbs were the leading rushers (Buffalo’s Josh Allen led his team with 59 yards and a rushing TD, while Mahomes led all rushers with 61 yards); Allen threw for 315 yards and three TDs (two to Emmanuel Sanders), while Mahomes threw for 272 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Travis Kelce). The Chiefs were 5 for 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:25, while the Bills were 5 for 11 on third down and held the ball for 27:35.

The Football Team could never get themselves on track against Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints, as Washington fell 33-22 at Fed Ex Field. The defending NFC East champions trailed 20-13 at the intermission, then pulled themselves to within four with 1:53 left in the third quarter before New Orleans would outscore Washington 13-6 in the final 15 minutes of play. Washington outrushed the Saints 131-98 with Saints RB Alvin Kamara leading the way with 71 yards and a TD, while Washington was led by Antonio Gibson, who ran for 60 yards and a pair of TDs. Winston threw for 279 yards and four TDs (two to WR Marquez Callaway), while Washington’s Taylor Heinicke threw for 248 yards (both Heinicke and Winston were sacked twice and threw an interception; Heinicke threw a pair of interceptions, while Winston was picked off once). Washington ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 36:26, while going 5 for 16 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down; New Orleans kept the ball for 23:34 and went 4 of 11 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Kansas City leads the series 9-1, has outscored Washington 292-166 and has won the last seven contests in the series, including a 29-20 win at Arrowhead in 2017, while Washington’s lone win came in 1983 at RFK Stadium, when the Football Team, known as the Washington Redskins, won 27-12. Kansas City’s favored by 7 with a 55 1/2 over/under. Both numbers make sense and both teams are struggling. Chiefs win in Landover and cover the 7.

Minnesota (2-3) at Carolina (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Minnesota and Kirk Cousins makes their way to the Tar Heel State to face off against Sam Darnold and the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina looks to end their two-game losing streak at home, while the Vikings want to continue their two-game win streak.

Minnesota got a last-second win thanks to a 54-yard field goal by Greg Joseph as time expired as the Vikings edged NFC North rival Detroit 19-17 at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota led 13-6 at the half and kept that lead going into the final 15 minutes of play before the Lions would score 11 points in the fourth, thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Alex Siebert and a 7-yard TD run by RB DeAndre Swift (the Lions would get a two-point conversion by Jared Goff to Keith Hodge after the TD) to lead by one with 37 seconds left.

Minnesota would use all 37 seconds left, as the Vikings got the ball back and used a 5-play, 46-yard drive to send Viking fans home happy as Joseph’s field goal try sailed through the uprights as time expired. Minnesota outrushed Detroit 120-108 with Vikings RB Alexander Mattison leading the way with 113 yards. Cousins threw for 275 yards and the Mattison TD and was sacked twice, while Goff threw for 203 yards with four sacks (both threw an interception). Detroit went 3 for 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:54, while the Vikings were ball hogs, holding on to the pigskin for 32:06 (including the final 37 seconds of the contest) and was 5 of 13 on third down.

Philadelphia erased a 15-6 deficit at the intermission at Carolina and went on to outscore Sam Darnold and the Panthers 15-3 in the final 30 minutes at Bank of America Stadium to take a 21-18 win in the Tar Heel State. The Eagles, giving Carolina their second loss in a row, took the lead for keeps with 2:38 left in the contest when Hurts scored his second TD of the day on a 6-yard TD run, then held off a late Carolina rally to seal the win.

Carolina actually outrushed the Eagles 109-91 with Panthers RB Chubba Hubbard leading the way with 101 yards, while Miles Sanders led the Eagles with 45 yards. Hurts threw for 198 yards with a pair of sacks but no interceptions, while Darnonld threw for 177 yards and a TD to TE Tommy Tremble but was sacked three times and picked off three times. Philadelphia went 4 for 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and the Eagles held on to the ball for 24:57, while Carolina ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:03, going 5 for 15 on third down tries.

Minnesota leads the series 9-6 and has outscored Carolina 312-288. Their last meeting was last year in the Twin Cities and prevailed 28-27, while Carolina’s last win in the series came in Charlotte in 2017 by a final of 31-24.

They met in the Twin Cities in week 12 and Minnesota rallied in the closing seconds of their contest with Carolina, coming away with the one-point 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 was favored by 4 in the week 12 contest in the Twin Cities but would win by only one but the two clubs covered the 51 over/under with 55 points. Minnesota’s favored by 1 with a 46 over/under. Both numbers make a lot of sense and the winner could put themselves in the playoff hunt. Minnesota repeats history and covers the 1 in the Tar Heel State.

Green Bay (4-1) at Chicago (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it) rivals meet in the Windy City as Aaron Rodgers and first-place Green Bay travels to the Windy City to take on Da Bears. Both clubs were winners on the road last week.

Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed two key field goals, one in regulation and one in overtime but made up for the miss as he connected on a 49-yard try in overtime to give the Packers a 25-22 win over Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium. Green Bay led 16-7 at the half after trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Crosby would give Green Bay a 22-14 lead with 11:20 left in the final quarter on a 22-yard field goal before Bengals RB Joe Mixon ran in from eight yards out to tie the contest up. Mason would then try a 51-yard field goal later in the quarter as time expired but that attempt sailed wide to the right. Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson then tried a 57-yarder that was short in regulation, then tried a 49-yarder that sailed wide right. The second McPherson try gave Green Bay the ball back in overtime and the Packers would use a 6-play, 29-yard time that used 2:19 of clock and Crosby redeemed himself with the game-winner.

Green Bay outrushed Cincinnati 133-103 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading the way with 103 yards; Rodgers threw for 344 yards with TD tosses to Davante Adams and A.J. Dillon, while Joe Burrow threw for 281 yards and connected with Samaje Perine and Ja’Marr Chase for his two TDs tosses (Burrow was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Rodgers was sacked twice with one pick). Green Bay was 4 for 11 on third down and including the overtime, the Packers kept the ball for 33:59, while the Bengals, keepers of the football for 34:06, went 5 for 14 on third down, 2 for 2 on fourth down.

Chicago erased a 3-0 deficit at Las Vegas and Da Bears left Sin City 20-9 winners in what would be John Gruden’s last game as Raiders head coach. Da Bears would score 14 second quarter points unchecked and took an 11-point lead with them to the intermission. After a scoreless third quarter at Alligent Stadium, the Raiders would put themselves closer on a 1-yard TD run by Josh Jacobs before Bears K Chris Santos connected on a pair of 46-yard field goals to put the game away.

Chicago outrushed the Silver and Black 143-71 with Justin Fields throwing for 111 yards and a TD to TE Jesper Horsted, while Derek Carr threw for 206 yards (Carr was sacked three times and threw the game’s only interception, while Fields was sacked twice). Chicago was 6 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 32:02, while the Raiders held the pigskin for 27:58, going 5 for 14 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down.

Including contests played at Wrigley Field, Milwaukee County Stadium and the University of Illinois-Champaign, the Packers lead the series 100-94-6, have outscored Da Bears (who were known as the Staleys) 3,506-3,418 and have won five of the last six meetings, including sweeping last year’s contests (Chicago’s last win in the series came in 2018 in the Windy City by a final of 24-17).

Meeting number one… week 12 at Lambeau Field and Da Bears watched Aaron Rodgers and the Packers manhandle them 41-25 on a Sunday night. 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.

Round two… Soldier Field in week 17 and Green Bay prevailed in the season finale 35-16 in the Windy City. Rodgers and the Pack erased a 7-0 deficit at Chicago as Green Bay took a 21-6 lead with them to the intermission and left Soldier Field 35-16 winners in the Windy City. Green Bay would use TD passes from Rodgers to TE Robert Tonyan and WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Darryl Dafney to lead by 11 before Bears K Carlos Santos kicked a 27-yard field goal with three seconds left before the intermission to make it an 8-point contest. Santos would then pull Chicago to within 5 with 5:30 left in the third on a 20-yard field goal before a TD run by Aaron Jones and a TD pass from Rodgers to DeVonta Adams would ice the game away for the Packers.

Da Bears did out-rush Green Bay 108-49 and Chicago RB David Montgomery led all rushers with 69 yards and a TD (Jones led Green Bay with 42 yards with the rushing TD); Rodgers threw for 240 yards with the four TDs, while Trubisky would throw for 252 yards and threw the contest’s only interception (both men would be sacked once). Green Bay went 4 for 7 on third down tries in the Windy City and the Packers held the ball for 24:31, while Da Bears were rulers of time, holding on to the ball for 35:29 and went 6 of 15 on third down, 5 for 6 on fourth down.

In the week 12 Sunday night contest in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, Green Bay was favored by 8 1/2 and the Packers covered, winning by 16. The two teams took care of the 45 over/under, tallying 66 points. Vegas liked Green Bay in the season finale in the Windy City as 5 1/2-points favorite and the Packers did not disappoint, covering with the 19-point win but the two teams barely missed the 52 over/under by a point. Green Bay’s favored b 4 1/2 with a 44 1/2 over/under. Green Bay’s had the hot hand in the series and they want to keep things that way. Packers cover the 4 1/2 in the Windy City and takes the win.

Cincinnati (3-2) at Detroit (0-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. It’s a litter box battle in the Motor City as Cincinnati travels to Detroti to face off against the Winless Lions. Both clubs lost close contests last week.

Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed two key field goals, one in regulation and one in overtime but made up for the miss as he connected on a 49-yard try in overtime to give the Packers a 25-22 win over Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium. Green Bay led 16-7 at the half after trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Crosby would give Green Bay a 22-14 lead with 11:20 left in the final quarter on a 22-yard field goal before Bengals RB Joe Mixon ran in from eight yards out to tie the contest up. Mason would then try a 51-yard field goal later in the quarter as time expired but that attempt sailed wide to the right. Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson then tried a 57-yarder that was short in regulation, then tried a 49-yarder that sailed wide right. The second McPherson try gave Green Bay the ball back in overtime and the Packers would use a 6-play, 29-yard time that used 2:19 of clock and Crosby redeemed himself with the game-winner.

Green Bay outrushed Cincinnati 133-103 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading the way with 103 yards; Rodgers threw for 344 yards with TD tosses to Davante Adams and A.J. Dillon, while Joe Burrow threw for 281 yards and connected with Samaje Perine and Ja’Marr Chase for his two TDs tosses (Burrow was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Rodgers was sacked twice with one pick). Green Bay was 4 for 11 on third down and including the overtime, the Packers kept the ball for 33:59, while the Bengals, keepers of the football for 34:06, went 5 for 14 on third down, 2 for 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota got a last-second win thanks to a 54-yard field goal by Greg Joseph as time expired as the Vikings edged NFC North rival Detroit 19-17 at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota led 13-6 at the half and kept that lead going into the final 15 minutes of play before the Lions would score 11 points in the fourth, thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Alex Siebert and a 7-yard TD run by RB DeAndre Swift (the Lions would get a two-point conversion by Jared Goff to Keith Hodge after the TD) to lead by one with 37 seconds left.

Minnesota would use all 37 seconds left, as the Vikings got the ball back and used a 5-play, 46-yard drive to send Viking fans home happy as Joseph’s field goal try sailed through the uprights as time expired. Minnesota outrushed Detroit 120-108 with Vikings RB Alexander Mattison leading the way with 113 yards. Cousins threw for 275 yards and the Mattison TD and was sacked twice, while Goff threw for 203 yards with four sacks (both threw an interception). Detroit went 3 for 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:54, while the Vikings were ball hogs, holding on to the pigskin for 32:06 (including the final 37 seconds of the contest) and was 5 of 13 on third down.

Including games played at Riverfront and Tiger Stadium and the Pontiac Silverdome, the Bengals lead the series 9-3, Cincinnati has outscored the Lions 300-239 and has won the last six meetings in the series, including a 26-17 win in 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium, while Detroit’s last win came in 1992 in Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium by a fianl of 19-13. The Bengals are favored by 3 with a 47 1/2 over/under. Detroit would love nothing more than to end their losing streak, while the Bengals have other plans for Detroit. Bengals cover in the Motor City and take the win in the process.

Los Angeles Rams (4-1) at New York Giants (1-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. The Los Angeles Rams and Matthew Stafford make their way to the East coast to face off against Daniel Jones and the New York Football Giants in upstate New Jersey at Met Life Stadium.

Los Angeles erased a 7-3 deficit against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in their 26-17 win at Lumen Field. The Rams erased the four-point deficit at the intermission by scoring 13 points in the third quarter unchallenged to take the lead, Seattle would make it a six-point contest with 2:45 on a 32-yard field goal by Josh Myers before Rams K Matt Gay iced the game for the visitors with 24 seconds left on a 47-yard field goal.

The Rams outrushed Seattle 118-92, with Rams RB Darrell Henderson leading the way with 82 yards and a TD; Stafford threw for 365 and a TD to TE Tyler Higbee, while Wilson (finger) threw for 152 yards a TD to D.K. Metcalf before leaving the contest with the injury (Wilson was sacked twice and threw an interception) and would be replaced by Gino Smith (131 yards, TD to Metcalf, interception; Stafford was sacked once and threw an interception). The Rams went 2 for 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:03, while Seattle kept the ball for 26:57, going 4 for 10 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Dallas manhandled Jones and the Giants last Sunday in Arlington as the Cowboys remained kings of the NFC East mountain, taking a 44-20 win at AT&T Stadium. Trailing 17-10 at the intermission, the Giants watched Dallas floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of play in the Lone Star State, outpacing them 27-10, using a pair of Ezekiel Elliott TDs (one rush, the other a TD pass from Dak Prescott) and an interception by CB Anthony Brown off backup Matt Glennon late in the contest to seal their fate.

Elliott led all rushers with 110 yards as Dallas outrushed Big Blue 201-73 and Prescott threw for 302 yards and three TDs (Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Elliot) with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Jones, who would leave the contest with a shoulder injury, threw for 98 (Glennon threw for 169 yards and a TD to DeVonte Booker and the interception to Brown). The Giants wer 4 for 13 on third down (2 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:48, while Dallas would be rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 32:12 and went 8 for 14 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played in Cleveland, Yankee Stadium, Anaheim, St. Louis and the Yale Bowl in New Haven, the Rams lead the series 27-16, have outscored Big Blue 1,005-807 and have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 17-9 win last year on the West coast, while the Giants’ last win came in 2016 in London by a final of 17-10.

They met in week four at SoFi Stadium and the Rams bounced back from their loss at Buffalo as they took the New York Giants to task 19-7 at SoFi Stadium. Los Angeles took a 10-6 lead with them to the break and never looked back to take the win on the West Coast. While the Giants did out-rush the Rams 136-58, Goff burned Big Blue for 200 yards with a TD toss to Cooper Kupp; for the Giants, Daniel Jones threw for 190 yards with five sacks and an interception (Goff was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). The Rams were 5 of 13 on third down tries in southern California (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:43, while Big Blue actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:17, going 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week four contest on the Left coast, the Rams were favored by 13 but would win by only 8 and neither club touched the 47 over/under, tallying 26 points. Vegas likes the Rams again, this time as 9 1/2 point favorites with a 48 1/2 over/under. The Giants are not 9 1/2 points bad and they’ll make this one interesting but the Rams prevail in the Meadowlands, taking the win.

Arizona (5-0) at Cleveland (3-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of former Oklahoma qbs (Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield) meet along the shores of Lake Erie as Arizona, the last unbeaten team in the NFL, makes their way to Cleveland to face off against the Browns at First Energy Field in a late-afternoon contest.

Arizona kept themselves in the ranks of the unbeaten last Sunday in the desert as the Desert Angry Birds held off a late 49ers rally to take a 17-10 win at State Farm Stadium. Scoring 10 first half points without a challenge, the 49ers made it a 3-point game on a 13-yard TD run by Devonta Samuel late in the third before Murray and DeAndre Hopkins connected on a 9-yard TD toss late in the final quarter. 49ers K Jeff Syke then put his team back to within three with a 47-yard field with 4:12 left in regulation. Arizona would then run out the clock, forcing San Francisco to burn their remaining time outs and take the win in the desert.

While San Francisco outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 152-94 (49ers’ QB Trey Lance led all rushers with 89 yards), Murray threw for 239 yards with the Hopkins TD (both Murray and Lance were sacked twice and Lance threw the contest’s only interception). Arizona went 3 for 10 on third down and kept the ball for 28:06, while the 49ers held on to the pigskin for 31:54, going 3 for 11, 1 for 5 on third and fourth downs.

The Los Angeles Chargers put an end to Cleveland’s three-game win streak at SoFi Stadium last Sunday, coming away 47-42 winners. Trailing 20-17 at the intermission, the Bolts proceeded to outscore the Browns 34-22 in the second half, holding off a Browns’ rally in the process, taking the lead for keeps with 3:15 when Austin Ekeler scored the first of his two rushing TDs in the fourth quarter to take control of the contest.

Cleveland did manage to outrush the Bolts 230-112, with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 161 yards and a TD, while Elker ran for 66 yards and the two TDs in the fourth quarter. Justin Hebert threw for 398 yards and four TDs and was sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw foer 305 yards with a sack (neither threw an interception). The Bolts were 6 for 13 on third down (3 for 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 23:32, while the Browns were rulers of time, keeping the pigskin for 36:28 and went 4 for 12 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down.

Including games played in St. Louis, Chicago and at old Municipal Stadium, the Browns have outscored the Cardinals 1,288-951 and Cleveland carries a 33-15-3 in the series. Arizona has won the last four meetings in the series, including a 38-24 win in the desert in 2019, while Cleveland’s last win came in 2003 in Cleveland by a final of 44-6.

Since Arizona’s the last team standing without a blemish and since we have two former Sooner QBs under center, those two things alone make this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a Sunday mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 62 last June and dates a 46-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

The Browns are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both numbers are reasonable. The Desert Angry Birds would love nothing more than to leave Cleveland unbeaten. As for the Browns? They have other ideas. The ’72 Dolphins can relax. Arizona covers the 3 along the shores of Lake Erie and takes the win.

Las Vegas (3-2) at Denver (3-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of AFC West/AFL rivals meet in the Mile High City as the Las Vegas Raiders, under new leadership, makes their way to Empower Field at Mile High to face off against the Denver Broncos. Both teams look to bounce back from losses last week.

Rich Bisaccia took over as interim head coach for John Gruden after Gruden’s resignation for comments that were derogatory toward African Americans and gays and the Raiders enter with a 20-9 loss to Chicago at Alligent Stadium after Chicago erased a 3-0 deficit in the first quarter in what would be Gruden’s last game as Raiders head coach. Da Bears would score 14 second quarter points unchecked and took an 11-point lead with them to the intermission. After a scoreless third quarter at Alligent Stadium, the Raiders would put themselves closer on a 1-yard TD run by Josh Jacobs before Bears K Chris Santos connected on a pair of 46-yard field goals to put the game away.

Chicago outrushed the Silver and Black 143-71 with Justin Fields throwing for 111 yards and a TD to TE Jesper Horsted, while Derek Carr threw for 206 yards (Carr was sacked three times and threw the game’s only interception, while Fields was sacked twice). Chicago was 6 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 32:02, while the Raiders held the pigskin for 27:58, going 5 for 14 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down.

A Denver rally against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers fell short as the Steelers came away from Heinz Field 27-19 winners last Sunday. Pittsburgh led 17-6 at the intermission in the Steel City, then held off Denver in the final 30 minutes of play to take the win. Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris led all rushers with 122 yards and a TD as the Steelers outrushed Denver 147-106. Roethlisberger, despite losing WR Juju Smith-Schuster to a shoulder injury early in the contest, threw for 253 yards, while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 288 yards (both men threw a pair of TDs, Roethlisberger was sacked once, Bridgewater was sacked twice and threw the game’s only interception). Denver was 2 for 12 on third down, 3 for 4 on fourth down and kept the ball for 26:58, while the Steelers were rulers of the clock and kept the ball for 33:02

Including games played at Mile High Stadium and in Los Angeles and Oakland, the Raiders lead the series 66-53-2, have outscored Denver 2,597-2,469 and swept last year’s contests (Denver’s last win in the series came in the Mile High City in 2019 by a final of 16-15).

Meeting number one… Allegiant Stadium in week 10 and the Raiders came away 37-12 winners. Las Vegas led 10-6 at the intermission, then floored the gas as they would outscore Denver 27-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Jacobs led all rushers with 112 yards and a pair of TDs as Las Vegas outrushed Denver 203-66 and Carr threw for 154 yards without a sack or interception, while Drew Lock threw for 257 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and threw four interceptions. Denver was 7 of 15 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down and they would hold on to the ball for 23:22, while the Raiders were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 36:38 and went 6 for 13 on third down.

They would close out the season at Empower Field at Mile High and the Raiders made it a sweep, taking a 32-31 win out of the Mile High City. After leading 10-3 at the end of the first quarter, the Broncos would see that lead get away from them as Las Vegas took a 17-10 lead into the intermission. After Broncos K Brandon McManus kicked a pair of field goals to make it a one-point game going into the final 15 minutes of play, Denver would take the lead again with 14:54 left in the contest when Melvin Gordon scored on a 10-yard TD run before Jacobs would score again on a 28-yard run before the Broncos took the lead back when WR Jerry Jeudy and Lock connected on a 92-yard TD toss. Las Vegas would then take the lead back for keeps with 24 seconds left when Jacobs scored for the second time on the day on a 1-yard run.

Denver outrushed Las Vegas 122-106 and Gordon led all rushers with 93 yards, while Jacobs led the Raiders with 89 yards. Lock threw for 339 yards, while Carr threw for 371 yards (both men threw a pair of TDs, Lock was sacked twice and Carr was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions). Denver was 7 of 16 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and the Broncos were ball hogs as they held on to the ball for 33:20, while the Raiders, who kept the ball for 26:40, went 5 of 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Las Vegas covered the 5-point spread, winning by 25 in the week 10 contest in the desert but the two clubs missed the 58 1/2 over/under, tallying 49 points. In the season finale in the Mile High City, Las Vegas was favored by 3 1/2 but won by only one and the two clubs covered the 51 over/under with 63 points. Denver’s favored by 4 in the late afternoon contest in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers are reasonable. Denver’s trying to get back on track from their loss in western Pennsylvania, while the Raiders are looking to regroup under new leadership on the sideline. Denver wins at home but expect the Raiders to make things closer than the 4 in the Mile High City.

Dallas (4-1) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. The first-place Dallas Cowboys make their way to Foxboro to face off against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Both teams were winners in their contests last week.

Dallas manhandled Jones and the Giants last Sunday in Arlington as the Cowboys remained kings of the NFC East mountain, taking a 44-20 win at AT&T Stadium. Trailing 17-10 at the intermission, the Giants watched Dallas floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of play in the Lone Star State, outpacing them 27-10, using a pair of Ezekiel Elliott TDs (one rush, the other a TD pass from Dak Prescott) and an interception by CB Anthony Brown off backup Matt Glennon late in the contest to seal their fate.

Elliott led all rushers with 110 yards as Dallas outrushed Big Blue 201-73 and Prescott threw for 302 yards and three TDs (Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Elliot) with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Jones, who would leave the contest with a shoulder injury, threw for 98 (Glennon threw for 169 yards and a TD to DeVonte Booker and the interception to Brown). The Giants wer 4 for 13 on third down (2 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:48, while Dallas would be rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 32:12 and went 8 for 14 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Matt Jones and New England erased a 15-9 deficit at the intermission against the Texans and left NRG Stadium 25-22 winners. The Patriots would take the lead for keeps in the second half, scoring 16 second half points unchallenged, using three Nick Folk field goals to take the win. New England outrushed the Texans 126-67 with Jones throwing for 231 yards and TD, while Davis Mills threw for 312 yards and three TDs (Mills was sacked three times, Jones was sacked once and threw the contest’s only interception). New England on third down was 6 for 11 and ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 30:44, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 29:16, going 6 for 14 and 3 for 3 on third and fourth downs.

While the Cowboys lead the series 7-6, New England has outscored Dallas 259-249. The Patroits have come away winners in the last six meetings, including a 13-9 win in Foxboro in 2019, while Dallas’ last win came at Texas Stadium in 1996 by a final of 12-6. Vegas likes the Cowboys are 3 1/2 point favorites in Foxboro with a 51 over/under. Dallas has had trouble in western Massachusetts in the past and that history continues. Pats pull off the upset and takes the win, covering the 3 1/2.

Seattle (2-3) at Pittsubrgh (2-3), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of 2-3 teams meet in the Steel City in prime time as Seattle, without Russell Wilson, travels to western Pennsylvania to take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Los Angeles Rams erased a 7-3 deficit against Wilson and the Seahawks last Thursday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in their 26-17 win at Lumen Field. The Rams erased the four-point deficit at the intermission by scoring 13 points in the third quarter unchallenged to take the lead, Seattle would make it a six-point contest with 2:45 on a 32-yard field goal by Josh Myers before Rams K Matt Gay iced the game for the visitors with 24 seconds left on a 47-yard field goal.

The Rams outrushed Seattle 118-92, with Rams RB Darrell Henderson leading the way with 82 yards and a TD; Stafford threw for 365 and a TD to TE Tyler Higbee, while Wilson (finger) threw for 152 yards a TD to D.K. Metcalf before leaving the contest with the injury (Wilson was sacked twice and threw an interception) and would be replaced by Gino Smith (131 yards, TD to Metcalf, interception; Stafford was sacked once and threw an interception). The Rams went 2 for 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:03, while Seattle kept the ball for 26:57, going 4 for 10 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh held off a late Denver rally as Roethlisberger and the Steelers came away from Heinz Field 27-19 winners last Sunday. Pittsburgh led 17-6 at the intermission in the Steel City, then held off Denver in the final 30 minutes of play to take the win. Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris led all rushers with 122 yards and a TD as the Steelers outrushed Denver 147-106. Roethlisberger, despite losing WR Juju Smith-Schuster to a shoulder injury early in the contest, threw for 253 yards, while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 288 yards (both men threw a pair of TDs, Roethlisberger was sacked once, Bridgewater was sacked twice and threw the game’s only interception). Denver was 2 for 12 on third down, 3 for 4 on fourth down and kept the ball for 26:58, while the Steelers were rulers of the clock and kept the ball for 33:02.

Including games played in the Kingdome and at Three Rivers Stadium, the Seahawks lead the series 10-8, have outscored the Steelers 346-298 and have won the last two contests, including a 28-26 win at Heinz Field in 2019 (Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came in 2011, when the Black and Gold pitched a 24-0 shutout at Heinz Field). Pittsburgh’s favored by 5 in western Pennsylvania and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Steelers win at home on Sunday night but expect Seattle to make it closer than 5.

Buffalo (4-1) at Tennessee (3-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week six ends in the Music City as Buffalo and Tennessee, two playoff teams from last year, meet at Nissan Stadium with road wins under their belts last week.

Kansas City, the defending AFC champions, struggled with the Buffalo Bills and the weather last Sunday night at Arrowhead, with the Bills coming away 38-20 winners. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs let a 10-7 lead get away from them halfway through the second quarter as Buffalo were rude guests, taking a 24-13 lead with them to the intermission, then dealt with a lightning delay just before the second half got underway as the Bills outscored Kansas City 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Buffalo barely outrushed Kansas City 121-120 and both starting qbs were the leading rushers (Buffalo’s Josh Allen led his team with 59 yards and a rushing TD, while Mahomes led all rushers with 61 yards); Allen threw for 315 yards and three TDs (two to Emmanuel Sanders), while Mahomes threw for 272 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Travis Kelce). The Chiefs were 5 for 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:25, while the Bills were 5 for 11 on third down and held the ball for 27:35.

Jacksonville was manhandled by Tennessee at TIAA Bank Stadium last Sunday, with the Titans taking a 37-19 win out of the Sunshine State. Jacksonville trailed 24-13 at the intermission, then watched Tennessee outscore them 13-6 in the last 30 minutes of play. The ground game in the contest was active as Jacksonville actually outrushed Tennessee 198-184 and Jaguars RB James Robinson led all rushers with 149 yards and a TD, while Tennessee was led by Derrick Henry with 130 yards and three TDs. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 197 yards and a TD to MyCole Pruitt, while Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawerence threw for 273 yards and a TD to Jeff Hollister (Lawrence threw the game’s only interception and was sacked twice, while Tannehill was sacked three times). Jacksonville was 3 for 10 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down and kept the ball for 28:30, while Tennessee would be rulers of the clock and hold to the pigskin for 31:30, going 5 of 11 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee leads the series 28-17 (which includes contests that were played when the Titans were in Houston and known as the Oilers) and have outscored the Bills Titans 985-858. Their last meeting was last year in the Music City and the Titans came away 42-16 winners at Nissan Stadium, while the Bills’ last win in the series came in 2019 by a final of 14-7 in Nashville.

They met in week five on a Tuesday night and Tennessee knocked Buffalo out of the ranks of the unbeatens at Nissan Stadium, taking care of the Bills by the 42-16 final. The Titans led throughout the contest, taking a 21-10 lead with them to the intermission, then taking control of the second half, outscoring the Bills 21-6 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Tennessee out-rushed the Bills 139-95, with Titans RB Derick Henry leading the way with 57 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest; Ryan Tannehill threw for 195 yards and three TDs without a sack or interception, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions. Both teams did quite well on third down tries in the Tuesday night contest; the Bills were 13 of 17 and kept the ball for 32:24, while the Titans, keeping the ball for 27:36, went 6 of 10 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

On Monday nights, the Bills are 19-27 overall but went 2-1 last year, while the Titans are 24-18 with a win under their belts from last year. Buffalo was favored by 3 1/2 in the Music City and Tennessee covered, winning by 26 and both teams took care of the 41 over/under with 58 points. Buffalo’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 54. Both numbers make sense and both team could meet in the post-season. Bill circle the wagons on Monday and takes the win on the road, covering the 5 1/2.