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The ’72 Dolphins can breathe easy.

The Los Angeles Rams’ hopes for an unbeaten sesaon came to an end in New Orleans as the Saints took down the Rams 45-35 in the Big Easy.

Los Angeles became one of many teams that came close to perfection, only to see that same perfection slip through their fingers. The champange corks you’re hearing? Those are some of the remaining Dolphin players from that team that are celebrating. Their streak of perfection is intact.

The second half of the NFL season is here and the race to the playoffs is in full swing.

Three teams – Kansas City (8-1), the Los Angeles Rams (8-1) and New England (7-2) – have a record of 7-2 or better entering Week 10 and New Orleans (7-1), which had its bye in Week 6, will reach either 8-1 or 7-2 following this week’s action. In the Super Bowl era, 216 teams have begun the season either 8-1 or 7-2 through nine games and 194 of those teams advanced to the postseason (89.8 percent). Sixty-one of the 216 teams reached the Super Bowl in their respective seasons.

As the season moves into the second half, there is plenty of football left to play and nothing has been decided. Since 2000, 45 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, Atlanta began the season at 4-4 before advancing to the postseason with a 10-6 record.

Four teams are currently riding winning streaks of at least five games – New Orleans (seven consecutive games), Houston (six), New England (six) and the Los Angeles Chargers (five). The Texans, which began the season 0-3, are the second team since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start, joining the 1970 New York Giants.

As the schedule turns to Week 10, history is on the horizon for veteran and young quarterbacks alike. New England quarterback Tom Brady will play in his 300th career game (including the postseason) on Sunday at Tennessee at 1 p.m. on CBS, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (326) as the only quarterbacks to appear in 300 career games across the regular season and playoffs. Brady, who has thrown 576 touchdown passes through 299 career games (including the postseason), can surpass Peyton Manning (579) for the most touchdown passes by a quarterback in NFL history.

Brady (505 regular-season touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (506), who plays at Cincinnati on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, enter Week 10 within reach of Favre (508) for second place on the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown leaderboard. Only Manning (539) has more career touchdown passes in the regular season.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards in 10 career games, both the most by a quarterback in his first 10 games in NFL history. Mahomes, who has passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the Chiefs’ past four games, can join Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (1998) as the only players in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 137 passer rating and wide receiver Michael Thomas had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Brees has 22 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, tied with New England’s Tom Brady (22) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.

Thomas’ 211 receiving yards are the most in a single game in Saints’ history, surpassing the previous high of 205 set by Wes Chandler on September 2, 1979 against Atlanta. He is the third Saint to record 200+ receiving yards in a single game, joining Chandler and Torrance Small (200 on December 24, 1994 at Denver).

•Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 228 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle.

Rivers, who has started 200 consecutive games dating back to September 11, 2006, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (297 consecutive games), Eli Manning (210) and Peyton Manning (208).

•Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 375 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 129 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 37-21 win at Cleveland.

Mahomes, who appeared in his 10th career game Sunday, has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards, both the most by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. Mahomes is the only quarterback in league annals to pass for at least 3,000 yards in his first 10 career games.

Mahomes has passed for at least 300 yards in eight consecutive games, tied with Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (2014) for the most consecutive games with 300+ passing yards in a single season in NFL history.

•​Pittsburgh running back James Conner had 107 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the Steelers’ 23-16 win at Baltimore.

Conner has four games with at least 100 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and at least one touchdown this season, the most such games by a player in a single season in NFL history.

Conner, who has 1,085 scrimmage yards (706 rushing, 379 receiving) and 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) this season, is the only player in franchise history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first eight games of a season.

•Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt had 141 scrimmage yards (91 rushing, 50 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Chiefs’ Week 9 win and New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara had 116 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 34 receiving) with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ win on Sunday.

Kamara, who played in his 24th career game on Sunday, has five games with both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown, the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first 25 career games. Only Indianapolis’ Edgerrin James (six) had more such games in his first 25 career contests.

Hunt, who appeared in his 25th career game today, has four such games, tied with Chicago’s Hugh Gallarneau (four games in 1941-42, 1945) for the third-most in league annals by a player in his first 25 career games.

•Minnesota, led by defensive end Danielle Hunter’s career-high 3.5 sacks, recorded a franchise-record 10 sacks in the team’s 24-9 victory over Detroit.

The Vikings’ 10 sacks surpassed the previous franchise-high of nine, which was accomplished four times and most recently on October 25, 1993 at Chicago.

Hunter, who returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, became the second player with at least 3.5 sacks and a touchdown in a single game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. The Chargers’ Shaun Phillips, who had four sacks and a 31-yard interception-return touchdown against the Cardinals on October 3, 2010, is the only other player to accomplish the feat since 1982.

Chicago safety Eddie Jackson had a 65-yard fumble-return touchdown and linebacker Leonard Floyd scored on a 19-yard interception-return touchdown in the Bears’ 41-9 victory at Buffalo.

Jackson, who had both a 76-yard interception-return touchdown and a 75-yard fumble-return touchdown against Carolina on October 22, 2017, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (three touchdowns in 1994) as the only players since 1970 with at least three defensive touchdowns of 65 or more yards over any two-year span. Sanders had interception-return touchdowns of 93, 90 and 74 yards with San Francisco in 1994.

•Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 percent) for 350 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 121.6 passer rating and wide receiver Julio Jones had seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 38-14 win at Washington.

Ryan, who recorded his 50th career game with at least 300 passing yards on Sunday, joined Drew Brees (57 games) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 50 games of 300+ passing yards in their first 11 seasons.

Jones has 44 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with Calvin Johnson for the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first eight seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (45) had more such games in his first eight career seasons.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 10

MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and New England quarterback Tom Brady passed 294 yards with a touchdown in Week 9. Brees (506 touchdown passes) and Brady (505) rank third and fourth, respectively, all-time in touchdown passes.

Brees, who faces Cincinnati at 1 p.m. on Sunday, needs three touchdown passes to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (508) for the second-most regular-season touchdown passes in NFL history. Brady, who plays at Tennessee at 1 p.m. on CBS, needs four touchdown passes to surpass Favre.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (506)
Tom Brady – New England (505)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady has an additional 71 touchdown passes in 37 career playoff games, an NFL record, and needs four touchdown passes to surpass Peyton Manning (579 touchdowns) for the most passing touchdowns in league history, including the postseason.

The players with the most touchdown passes (including the postseason) in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis, Denver (579)
Tom Brady – New England (576)

Brady, who has appeared in 262 regular-season games and 37 playoff games, can become the second quarterback in league annals to appear in 300 games (including the postseason), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (326).

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 15,902 receiving yards in his 15-year NFL career. With 33 receiving yards on Sunday at Kansas City at 1 p.m. on CBS, Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens (15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,902)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PROLIFIC PAT: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 2,901 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes through the first nine weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his past four games.

With 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes on Sunday against Arizona at Arrowhead at 1 p.m. on CBS, Mahomes would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (five games in 1998) as the only quarterbacks in league history to record at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Steve Young – San Francisco (1998, 5)^
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City (2018, 4)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

LUCKY NUMBER THREE: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck ranks second in the NFL with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown at least three touchdowns in each of his past five games.

With three touchdown passes on Sunday at home against Jacksonville at 1 p.m. on CBS, Luck would join Tom Brady (10 consecutive games in 2007) and Peyton Manning (eight consecutive games in 2004) as the only quarterbacks to record six consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season. Brady and Manning were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Tom Brady – New England (2007, 10)#
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (2004, 8)#
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2018, 5)*
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

RISING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle in Week 9. Rivers has recorded at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of the Chargers’ first eight games this season.

Rivers, who plays at Oakland at 4:05 p.m. on FOX, can join Aaron Rodgers (13 games in 2011) and Tom Brady (10 games in 2007) as the only quarterbacks in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes and have a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of his team’s first nine games of a season. Rodgers and Brady were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (2011, 13)#
Tom Brady – New England (2007, 10)#
Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers (2018, 8)*
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

TOUCHDOWN TODD: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns in 2018 and has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Rams’ first nine games of the season.

With a touchdown against Seattle in Los Angeles at 4:25 p.m. on CBS, Gurley would join Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson (1975), Lenny Moore (1964) and Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch (1951) as the only players in league annals to score a touchdown in each of their team’s first 10 games of a season. Simpson and Moore had at least one touchdown in each of their team’s 14 games during their respective seasons.

The players with the most consecutive team games with at least one touchdown to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTVIE GAMES)
O.J. Simpson – Buffalo (1975, 14)^
Lenny Moore – Baltimore Colts (1964, 14)^
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch – Los Angeles Rams (1951, 10)^
Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (2018, 9)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

CATCH IT LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9.

Thomas, who has 266 receptions in 39 career games, needs one catch on Sunday at Cincinnati at 1 p.m. on FOX to surpass Odell Beckham, Jr. (266) for the most receptions by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 40 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS, RECEPTIONS)
Odell Beckham, Jr. – New York Giants (2014-16, 266)
Michael Thomas – New Orleans (2016-18, 266)*
*In 39 career games

NICK AT NIGHT: San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for 151.9 rating in his NFL debut in Week 9 in their win over Oakland last Thursday night.

With three touchdown passes against the New York Giants Monday night at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN, Mullens would become the fifth player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of his first two career starts at quarterback.

The players with at least three touchdown passes in each of their first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS)
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo (2015)
Matt Flynn – Green Bay (2010-11)
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams (1999)^
Dan Marino – Miami (1983)^
Nick Mullens – San Francisco (2018)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Threw three TD passes in first-career start last week

With a start on Monday, Mullens will become the first quarterback since Kansas City’s Tyler Palko (2011) to make his first two career starts in primetime (Thursday Night, Sunday Night or Monday Night).

Highlights in week 10? Glad you asked…

New Orleans, winners of seven consecutive games, travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on FOX. Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who has 1,218 rushing yards and 1,253 receiving yards in 24 career games, can join Herschel Walker (1,339 rushing, 1,394 receiving) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,300 rushing and receiving yards in his first 25 career games. Bengals rookie safety Jessie Bates leads Cincinnati with 60 tackles and is one of two players in the NFL (Kiko Alonso) with at least 60 tackles and three interceptions (three) in 2018.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks visit Todd Gurley and the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Since Week 5, Wilson ranks second in the NFL with a 126.4 passer rating and third in the league with 11 touchdown passes. Gurley leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns (12 rushing, four receiving) and has scored a touchdown in each of the Rams’ nine games in 2018. With a touchdown on Sunday, Gurley can become the fourth player in league annals to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first 10 games of a season.

Byes in week 10? Baltimore, Denver, Houston and Minnesota have the weekend off. As for Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, the New York Giants and Philadelphia? They’re back from their week-long vacations and return to the gridiron this week. As for last week’s picks? 9 and 4 for the week, which wasn’t bad (it could have been better but it is what it is…). For the year, 84-46. There’s still lots of football left in the regular season and we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving yet.

Week 10 got underway in Pittsburgh as the Steelers manhandled Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 52-21 at Heinz Field Thursday night and concludes on the West Coast as a pair of struggling teams meet in Santa Clara as the 49ers host Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Levis’ Stadium. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 10.

ATLANTA (4-4) at Cleveland (2-6-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Week 10 Sunday action gets underway along the shore of Lake Erie as the Atlanta Falcons make their way to Cleveland for an early afternoon contest with the struggling Cleveland Browns.

The Falcons picked up their third win in a row and pulled their record to the .500 mark as they took down Washington 38-14 at Fed Ex Field. Atlanta led from start to finish and took a 21-7 lead with them to the break. Atlanta, outrushing Washington 154-79, then proceeded to outscore the Redskins in the second half by a 17-7 margin to take the win (Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 88, while the Falcons’ defense held Adrian Peterson to 17 yards on nine carries). Matt Ryan threw for 350 yards and four TDs with a pair of sacks, connecting with Coleman on two of those tosses, while WRs Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones (seven catches for 121 yards) had the others. Washington’s Alex Smtih threw for 306 yards with a TD toss to WR Josh Doctson but was sacked three times (both Ryan and Smith threw an interception). Atlanta went 10 for 13 on third down and held on to the ball for 32:56, while the Redskins (who were flagged 10 times for 147 yards) went 5 for 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:04.

The Gregg Williams era at Cleveland did not get off to the start they wanted against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday as the Browns were taken to task by the Chiefs 37-21. Cleveland trailed 21-15 at the break, then watched the Chiefs outscore them in the final 30 minutes of action 16-6 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland was outrushed by Kansas City 139-102, with Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (91 yards, two TDs) and Browns RB Nick Chubb (85 yards, TD) led their teams. Mahomes burned Cleveland for 375 yards with three TDs (two to TE Travis Kelce, Hunt caught the other one), while Baker Mayfield paced Cleveland with 297 yards and a pair of TDs (both men were sacked twice, both threw an interception). Cleveland was 5 for 13 on third down tries along the shore of Lake Erie (they went 2 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:51, while Andy Reid’s Chiefs only needed to use 29:09, going 6 for 10 on third down.

Cleveland leads the series 11-3 and they have outscored Atlanta 330-215. Cleveland won the last meeting with Atlanta, taking a 26-24 win in 2014 in Atlanta, while the Falcons’ last win in the series came in 2010 in Cleveland by a final of 20-10, along the shores of Lake Erie. The oddsmakers like Atlanta as a 4-point road favorite with a 51 over/under. The Falcons have been playing decent football of late, while the Browns are struggling through a mid-season coaching change that could take them more than a season to recover. Atlanta covers the 4 on the shore of Lake Erie and wins on the road.

Jacksonville (3-5) at Indianapolis (3-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of teams coming off bye weeks meet in the Hoosier State as Andrew Luck and the Colts face off against AFC South foe Jacksonville in the first of two meetings.

Jacksonville returns after their 24-18 loss to the defending Super Bowl champs 24-18 on the other side of the Atlantic two weeks ago. In the week eight meeting at Wembley Stadium, the Jaguars trailed 10-6 at the half and would eventually pull themselves to within 6 with 6:57 left to play in the contest on a 24-yard field goal by Josh Lambo but could not come any closer. Philadelphia outrushed Jacksonville 133-70 and Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 286 yards with three TD tosses, while Blake Bortles threw for 286 yards with a TD (Wentz threw an interception, both men were sacked four times). Jacksonville, taking their fourth loss in a row, went 6 of 14 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:22, while the defending Super Bowl Champs went 7 for 12 on third down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:38.

The Colts trailed Oakland 14-13 at the half on the West Coast two Sundays ago, then proceeded to outscore the Raiders 29-14 in the final 30 minutes of play to take a 42-28 win at the Oakland Coliseum. The Colts got a pair of second half TD passes from Andrew Luck to take the win and giving the Silver and Black their third loss in a row in the process. The Colts easily outrushed Oakland 222-103, with Colts RB Marlon Mack leading the way with 132 yards and a pair of TDs. Luck threw for 239 yards in the contest, while Oakland’s David Carr threw for 244 yards (both Luck and Carr threw threw TDs without a sack or interception). The Colts in the win went 9 for 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 36:30, while the Silver and Black kept the pigskin for 23:30, going 4 of 8 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Indy leads the series 22-12 and have outscored the Jaguars 807-696. However… Jacksonville has won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (the Colts’ last win over Jacksonville came in 2016 in the Hooiser State by a final of 24-20.

Their first meeting took place at Lucas Oil Stadium in week seven and Jacksonville left the Hoosier State 27-0 winners. Leading from start to finish, the Jaguars led 20-0 at the intermission and were in complete control of things in that contest. Jacksonville outrushed Indianapolis 188-96, with T.J. Yeldon leading all rushers with 122 yards and a TD. Jacksonville sacked Jacoby Brissett (who took over for the injured Luck) 10 times, while he threw for 200 yards with no interceptions, while Blake Bortles threw for 330 yards and a TD. Jacksonville was 8 for 14 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball to themselves for 32:47, while the Colts were 5 for 15 on third down and a somewhat dismal 0 for 3 on fourth down, holding the ball for 27:13.

Jacksonville made the sweep of the series a reality in the Sunshine State in week 13, taking the Colts 30-10 at EverBank Field (now TIAA Field). Jacksonville led 16-3 at the half and then went into cruise control in the last 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Colts 14-7 in that frame of time. This time, the Colts outrushed Jacksonville 141-96 but once again, Bortles burned the Colts for 309 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brissett threw for 174 yards with a TD, four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Jacksonville went 9 for 15 on third down (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:47, while the Colts kept the ball for 26:13, going 5 of 15 on third down and 4 of 4 on fourth down tries.

Jacksonville easily covered the 3 1/2 spread, as they won by 27 but the Jaguars’ 27 points was not enough as the 40 1/2 over/under was safe and sound. Jacksonville covered again in the week 13 contest in the Sunshine State, winning by 20 (they were favored by 9 1/2) but both clubs barely missed the 41 over/under. This time, the Colts are favored in the Hoosier State by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Both teams are in the basement in the AFC South and the winner moves a step closer to the top, while the Jaguars look to keep their heads above water. Jacksonville pulls off the road upset and covers the 3.

Buffalo (2-7) at New York Jets (3-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC/AFL foes meet in upstate New Jersey as the Buffalo Bills travel to the Meadowlands and Met Life Stadium for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the New York Jets. Both teams are coming off losses in last week’s play.

Buffalo watched Chicago score 28 second-quarter points at Orchard Park unchallenged, then saw Da Bears proceede to run away with a 41-9 winlast Sunday. Buffalo was held by Chicago to a pair of Chris Parkey field goals and a Nate Peterman TD run in the second half to take control of the contest from start to finish. Buffalo did outrush Chicago 97-64 Peterman threw for 189 yards (Mitch Trubisky threw for 135 yards) but was sacked four times and picked off three (Trubisky threw a TD pass with a sack and an interception). While forcing four turnovers, Chicago went 3 for 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 25:57, while the Bills ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:03, going 6 of 18 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down tries.

GangGreen took their third loss in a row, as they dropped a 13-6 decision at Miami last Sunday in the Sunshine State. After a scoreless first quarter, it was an all-field goal second quarter as Miami took a 6-3 lead into the half with a pair of Josh Sanders field goals. After a scoreless third quarter, Miami would score the game’s only TD when rookie LB Jerome Baker picked off J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! QB Sam Darnold and lived out a lineman’s dream, returning it 25 yards for a TD. GangGReen did manage to outrush Miami 80-64 and Darnold threw for 229 yards with four interceptions, while Brock Osweiler threw for 139 yards (each was sacked four times, with Darnold throwing four interceptions) in the win. Third down tries were nothing to write home about, as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 2 for 13, while Miami was 3 for 16 (GangGreen was 0 for 2 on fourth down, while Miami was perfect, going 2 for 2) but GangGreen did rule the clock, keeping the ball for 31:34 to Miami’s 28:26.

The Bills lead the series 60-54 (which includes contests that took place at Shea Stadium, War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo and Giants Stadium, as well as games played when the Jets were known as the New York Titans) and the Bills have outscored GangGreen 2,372-2,342. They split last season’s contests, with each team taking wins at home.

The two AFC East foes met right away in week one in upstate New York as Buffalo took a 21-12 win at New Era Stadium. Buffalo led 7-6 at the intermission after a scoreless first quarter and then went on to outscore the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 14-6 in the second half. Buffalo outrushed GangGreen 190-38, with RB LeSean McCoy leading the way with 110 yards, while Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards with a pair of TDs (New York’s Josh McCown threw for 187 yards with a pair of interceptions and a sack, while Taylor had a pair of sacks with an interception). Buffalo went 8 of 17 on third down in upstate New York and kept the ball for 33:04, while GangGreen was 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourthd downs, holding the ball for 26:56.

GangGreen would get their revenge for the week one loss in upstate New York as they took a 34-21 win at Met Life Stadium in week nine. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! led Buffalo 10-3 at the intermission and took control of things in the second half, outpacing the Bills 24-14 in the last 30 minutes of action. This time, GangGreen, led by Matt Forte’s 77 rushing yards (with two TDs), outrushed the Bills 194-63 and McCown threw for 140 yards wtih a TD and no sacks, while Taylor threw for 285 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked seven times. GangGreen went 6 for 14 on third down tries at Met Life Stadium and held the ball for 33:30, while the Bills kept the pigskin for 26:30, while going 6 for 16 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

In the season opener in upstate New York, the Bills BARELY covered the 8 1/2 point spread, winning by 9 but the 40 over/under was untouched as the two teams combined for 33 points. In the week nine rematch in upstate New Jersey, Buffalo was favored by 3 1/2 and GangGreen covered, winning by 13. The two clubs did cover the 42 1/2 over/under in the rematch, combining for 55 points. The Jets are favored by 7 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 37. We wouldn’t hold it against you if you were to watch that “NCIS” marathon on USA (Abby and Ziva slapping Tony is quite funny!). GangGreen wins this one at but expect the Bills to make things closer than the 7 1/2.

New England (7-2) at Tennessee (4-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Brady vs. Mariota. New England comes to the Music City for a Sunday afternoon showdown with Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Sunday’s contest features a former player (Mike Vrable) vs. his former coach (Bill Belichick) as they square off against each other in the Music City. Both teams took huge wins in last week’s contests.

Tom Brady and New England held off Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Foxboro last Sunday, with the Patroits coming away 31-17 winners at Gillette Stadium in a possible prime-time Super Bowl preview that featured a pair of future Hall of Fame QBs. Leading the Packers 17-10 at the half, Green Bay would even things up in the third when Rodgers and TE Jimmy Graham would connect on a 15-yard TD pass with 11:18 left in the quarter. New England then proceeded to take the lead back in the final 15 minutes of action, scoring their last 14 points of the contest without a challenge to take the win, ending with Brady and WR Josh Gordon hooking up on a 55-yard strike late in the quarter. New England outrushed Green Bay 123-118, while Brady and Rodgers combined to throw for 553 yards (Brady with 294, Rodgers with 259, Brady was sacked twice and Rodgers sacked once, neither threw an interception). New England was 4 for 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 27:26, while the Packers ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 32:34, going 6 for 13 on third down (both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

The Titans gave Dallas their third loss in their last four games, taking down the Cowboys 42-28 at AT&T Stadium Monday night. Dallas watched Mariota and the Titans break a 14-14 tie at the intermision and score 14 second half points unchallenged. Tennessee outrushed Dallas 125-72 and Dak Prescott threw for 243 yards with five sacks, while Mariota threw for 240 yards (each threw a pair of TDs, Mariota was sacked four times, Prescott was sacked five times with an interception) and each team turned the ball over twice in the Monday night contest. Dallas went 5 for 11 on third down (the Cowboys were 0 for 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:34, while the Titans ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 34:26, going 11 for 14 on third down conversions.

Including games played in Boston and Houston, when the Titans were known as the Houston Oilers, New England leads the series 23-15-1 and the Pats have outscored Tennessee 993-778. New England has come away with wins in their last five regular season meetings, with the last win coming in Foxboro in 2015 by a final of 33-16, while Tennessee’s last win over Brady and the Patriots came in the Music City by a 24-7 final in 2002.

They did meet in the post-season last year in Foxboro in the AFC Divisonal Game and the Pats were 35-14 winners at Gillette Stadium. New England erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit and scored 21 points in the second quarter unchalleged to take a 14-point lead with them to the intermission. New England outrushed Tennessee 101-85 and Brady threw for 337 yards and three TDs (one toss going to TE Rob Gronkowski), while Mariota threw for 254 yards with a pair of TDs and 8 sacks (Brady was not sacked or threw an interception). New England was 11 for 17 on third down conversions at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:56, while the Titans were 5 for 15 on third down conversions, 2 for 3 on fourth down and held the ball for 27:04.

New England covered the 13 1/2-point spread with ease, as they won the AFC Divisional Game by 21 and both teams took care of the 47 over/under by scoring 49 points. The boys and girls in Vegas? They like the Pats on the road, making them 7-point favorites in Music City and the over/under’s 48 1/2. These numbers sound somewhat reasonable and since it’s Brady and Mariota, it should be a fun one to watch. Pats cover the 7 and win in Music City.

Detroit (3-5) at Chicago (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Windy City as Detroit travels to Soldier Field for an early afternoon contest with the first-place Chicago Bears.

Detroit was held in check last Sunday in Minneapolis, falling to Minnesota 24-9 at US Bank Stadium. The Lions trailed 17-6 at the break and could never get on track in the NFC North contest in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota outrushed the Lions 128-66 and Matthew Stafford was sacked 10 times by the Purple Gang, despite throwing for 199 yards, while Kirk Cousins threw for 164 yards with a TD to WR Adam Thielen. Minnesota would put the nail in Detroit’s coffin in the fourth quarter when Vikings DE Danielle Hunter fulfilled a defensive lineman’s dream and took a fumble and returned it 32 yards untouched for a TD. Detroit was 4 for 15 on third down tries, 3 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the pigskin for 36:45, while the Vikings needed only 23:15 of clock to keep the ball, while going 3 for 8 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Chicago scored 28 second-quarter points at Buffalo unchallenged and then proceeded to run away with a 41-9 win over the Bills at Orchard Park last Sunday. Da Bears held Buffalo to a pair of Chris Parkey field goals and a Nate Peterman TD run in the second half to take control of the contest from start to finish. Buffalo did outrush Chicago 97-64 Peterman threw for 189 yards (Mitch Trubisky threw for 135 yards) but was sacked four times and picked off three (Trubisky threw a TD pass with a sack and an interception). While forcing four turnovers, Chicago went 3 for 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 25:57, while the Bills ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:03, going 6 of 18 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down tries.

Da Bears lead da series 97-74-5 (including contests that were played when the Lions were in Portsmouth and known as the Spartans and both teams played at Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium, the Silverdome and the University of Illinois-Champaign) and Chicago has outscored Detroit 3,409-3,152. However… the Lions have won the last three contests with their NFC North rivals, including sweeping last year’s series (Chicago’s last win over Detroit came in 2016 in the Windy City by a 17-14 final.

Round one… week 11 in the Windy City and the Lions erased a 10-0 first quarter deficit, took a 21-17 lead at the break, only to see Chicago tie things up in the fourth quarter when RB Tarik Cohen scored on a 15-yard run before Matt Prater gave the Lions the lead back for keeps to take the 27-24 win at Solider Field. Detroit used a 9-play, 42-yard drive that used 3:27 of clock to set up the game winning score, then held off a late Chicago rally that would have either the contest into overtime or given Chicago the win. The Monsters of the Midway did outrush Detroit 222-65, with Bears RB Jordan Howard leading the way with 125 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 179 yards and a TD (Stafford threw for 299 yards and a pair of TDs; Stafford was sacked three times, Trubisky sacked once, neither threw an interception). Detroit was 3 for 10 on third down conversions at Soldier Field and the Lions kept the ball for 30:36, while Chicago held the ball for 29:24, going 3 for 9 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Round two… week 15 in the Motor City. Detroit made the sweep of the series complete, taking a 20-10 win over Da Bears at Ford Field. Detroit led 13-3 at the intermission and the two clubs played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Neither club shattered the 100-yard barrier but Detroit did outrush Chicago 91-43 and Stafford threw for 237 yards with a pair of TDs and four sacks (no interceptions), while Trubisky threw for 314 yards with three interceptions (he was sacked twoce and threw a TD pass). Detroit went 6 for 13 on third down in the Motor City and kept the ball for 29:05, while Chicago ruled the clock and proceeded to hold on to the ball for 30:55, going 5 for 12 on third down.

In the week 11 contest in the Windy City, Detroit matched the 3-point spread, winning by 3 and both teams covered the 41 over/under with 51 points. As for the week 15 rematch in Detroit? The Lions covered the 5-point spread, winning by 10 but both teams missed the 44 over/under, as they would merge for 30 points. In the Sunday afternoon contest in the Windy City, Da Bears are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Chicago’s in first in the NFC North, while the Lions are trying to get out of the NFC North cellar. Da Bears prevail in the Windy City and covers the 6 1/2 at home.

New Orleans (7-1) at Cincinnati (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints make their way to Cincinnati for an afternoon meeting with Andy Dalton and the Bengals along the shores of the Ohio River.

New Orleans broke a 35-35 fourth quarter tie in the Big Easy and took a 45-35 decision against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday afternoon to end the Rams’ 8-game win streak. New Orleans led 35-14 going into the intermission before the Rams would pull themselves to within 11 as K Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired. Los Angeles then scored 10 third quarter points without a challenge, then opened the fourth quarter, tying things up at 35-35 thanks to a pair of TD passes from Jared Goff (one to RB Malcon Brown, the other to WR Cooper Kupp) and a Zuerlein field goal before New Orleans took control in the fourth quarter to take the lead back and for keeps. New Orleans outrushed the Rams 141-92 and Goff threw for 391 yards with three TDs an an interception, while Brees threw for 346 yards and four TDs, including a TD that drew the ire of the game officials when WR Michael Thomas pulled out a cell phone from underneath the goal post padding, paying homage to a former Saints player (neither man was sacked, Goff threw the only interception in the contest). The Rams were 3 for 8 on third down conversions (they were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:19, while the Saints ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 33:41, going 7 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Bengals, coming back from their bye week, gave Tampa Bay their fourth loss in five tries as they came away 34-31 last second winners over the Bucs at Paul Brown Stadium two weeks ago. Dalton and the Bengals led Tampa Bay 27-9 at the half and would see the Buccaneers eventually bench Jameis Winston (276 yards, five sacks, TD, four interceptions) and replace him with Fitzpatrick (194 yards, two TDs, sack), who would then proceed to pull his team closer to the Bengals, throwing a pair of TDs to RB Mike Evans and TE O.J. Howard to tie things up but Tampa Bay fans would have their hopes shattered as the Bengals got the ball back with 65 seconds left in regulation and used all of the time that was available to them when Bengals K Randy Bullock kicked a 44-yard FG as time expired. Cincinnati outrushed Tampa Bay 138-126, with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 123 yards and a pair of TDs, while Dalton threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs to WRs A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Tampa Bay went 10 of 18 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:59, while Cincinnati went 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:01, including the final 65 seconds of regulation.

Including games that were played at old Tulane Stadium and Riverfront Stadium, the Bengals lead the series 7-6 and have outscored New Orleans 278-234. Cincinnati won the last meeting with the Saints, taking a 27-10 win in the Big Easy in 2014, while the Saints’ last win in the series came in Cincinnati by a final of 34-30 in 2010. The Saints are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 54 1/2. There’s a lot at stake here. Both teams are contending for a playoff spot and a win Sunday could push them a step closer to their goal. Cincinnati pulls the home upset and takes the win, covering the 4.

Arizona (2-6) at Kansas City (8-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710. A struggling Arizona Cardinal team travels to the Show-Me State for an afternoon contest in mid-America as the Kansas City Chiefs welcome them to Arrowhead. Both teams took close wins last week, the Desert Angry Birds winning a close contest at home, while the Chiefs took care of business on the shores of Lake Erie.

Arizona, coming back from their bye week, saw San Francisco take a 12-3 lead at the end of the third quarter before that lead would escape from them as Arizona would score 15 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take an 18-15 win in Glendale. San Francisco led the Desert Angry Birds by a baseball-like score of 5-3 at the break, then scored their lone TD of the contest when WR Marquise Goodwin and QB C.J. Beatherd connected on a 55-yard TD toss late in the third quarter. After the 49ers added a Robbie Gould field goal, Arizona then went to work in the final 15 minutes of action, with Josh Rosen connecting on TD passes to WR Larry Fitzgerald and WR Christian Kirk to give Arizona the lead for keeps. Arizona then held off a late 49er rally to come away with the win, while giving San Francisco their fifth loss in a row. While the 49ers did outrush Arizona 107-88, Rosen outpaced Beatherd, throwing for 252 yards with three sacks and an interception to go with the two TDs (Beatherd threw for 190 yards with four sacks and no interceptions). Third down tries? San Francisco was 5 of 15, Arizona was 6 of 14 at State Farm Stadium Sunday afternoon and the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:19 to Arizona’s 27:41.

Kansas City stopped the Gregg Williams era from getting off to a good start as Browns interim head coach as the Chiefs and Patrick Mahonmes took care of Cleveland 37-21, taking their eighth win in nine tries. Kansas City led from start to finish and led 21-15 at the break, then outscored Cleveland in the final 30 minutes of action 16-6 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Kansas City outrushed Cleveland a by 139-102 margin, with Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (91 yards, two TDs) and Browns RB Nick Chubb (85 yards, TD) led their teams. Mahomes burned Cleveland for 375 yards with three TDs (two to TE Travis Kelce, Hunt caught the other one), while Baker Mayfield paced Cleveland with 297 yards and a pair of TDs (both men were sacked twice, both threw an interception). Cleveland was 5 for 13 on third down tries along the shore of Lake Erie (they went 2 for 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:51, while Andy Reid’s Chiefs only needed to use 29:09, going 6 for 10 on third down.

Including games that took place in St. Louis when the Cardinals were there, the Chiefs lead the series 8-3-1 and they have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 287-170. Arizona won the last meeting with Kansas City as the Cardinals came away 17-14 winners in Glendale in 2014, while the Chiefs’ last win in the series came in 2010 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-13. Kansas City’s favored by 16 1/2 (you read that right!) and the over/under’s 50. The 50 makes a lot of sense. The 16 1/2 leaves us scratching our heads. Cleveland’s not exactly the kings of the AFC North mountain but they’re not 16 1/2 points bad. The Chiefs are playing for a playoff spot, while the Browns are playing to keep their heds above water. Chiefs win at Arrowhead but expect Cleveland to make things closer than 16 1/2.

Washington (5-3) at Tampa Bay (3-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Washington, still atop the NFC East, travels to Tampa Bay for their Sunday afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Both teams took huge losses

Washington watched Atlanta take their third win in a row and pulled their record to the .500 mark as the Falcons took down the Redskins 38-14 at Fed Ex Field. Washington trailed from start to finish and watched Atlanta lead 21-7 at the break, the saw the Falcons floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of action. Atlanta outrushed Washington 154-79 as Falcons RB Tevin Coleman lead all rushers with 88, while the Falcons’ defense held Adrian Peterson to 17 yards on nine carries. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 350 yards and four TDs with a pair of sacks, connecting with Coleman on two of those tosses, while WRs Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones (seven catches for 121 yards) had the others. Washington’s Alex Smtih threw for 306 yards with a TD toss to WR Josh Doctson but was sacked three times (both Ryan and Smith threw an interception). Atlanta went 10 for 13 on third down and held on to the ball for 32:56, while the Redskins (who were flagged 10 times for 147 yards) went 5 for 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 27:04.

Tampa Bay watched Carolina take a 35-14 lead to the intermission last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium and came out on the short end of a 42-28 loss over their NFC South rivals. Tampa Bay would be outrushed by the Panthers outrushed Tampa Bay 179-82 (Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey led all rushers with 79 yards and a pair of rushing TDs), while Newton threw for 247 yards and a pair of TDs. Carolina made life less than pleasant for QB Ryan Fitzpatick, who was sacked Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick four times, while throwing for 243 yards, with four TDs and a pair of interceptions. The Panthers went 4 for 10 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31 minutes, while the Buccaneers kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 for 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

They’ve met 20 times and have split the series, with each team sitting at 10-10 and Tampa Bay has outscored Washington 401- 365. Both teams won their last meetings in Landover, with Washington coming away 31-30 winners in 2015, while Tampa Bay was victorious in 2014 by a final of 27-7. Tampa Bay’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 51. Washington’s plan? Stay on top of the NFC East. Tampa Bay’s plan? Catch Carolina, Atlanta and New Orleans in the NFC South. We love it when a plan comes together and we think Washington’s plan is better. Hail To The Redskins! Washington covers the 2 1/2 and wins in the Sunshine State.

Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) at Oakland (1-7), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of AFC/AFL West rivals meet on the East side of San Francisco Bay as the Los Angeles Chargers make the 372-mile trip up I-5 to take on the Oakland Raiders.

Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit and came away with a 25-17 win over Seattle in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks last Sunday. While Los Angeles led 19-10 at the intermission, the Seahawks would make the contest close with 1:50 left when Russell Wilson and TE Nick Varnett connected on a 6-yard TD toss, making it an 8-point contest. Seattle then forced the Chargers to punt and got the ball back on their 22-yard line, then proceeded to march down the field and getting as close as Los Angeles’ 20-yard line when they had their hopes extended after the Chargers were flagged for pass interference in the end zone as time expired. Because a game can’t end on a defensive penalty, Seattle got the ball on the 1-yard line but the Seahawks could not dent the end zone with the untimed down play. Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 160-154 with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 113 yards and a TD, while Rivers threw for 228 yards in the road win (Wilson threw for 235 yards, both Wilson and Rivers threw a pair of TDs; Rivers was sacked twice without an interception, while Wilson was sacked four times with a pick). Seattle was 4 of 15 on third down in the Pacific Northwest (the Seahawks were perfect on fourth down, going 4 for 4) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:41 to Los Angeles’ 24:19 (the Chargers were 2 for 9 on third down tries).

Oakland took a 3-0 lead early against San Francisco last Thursday night thanks to a 37-yard field goal by Derek Carlson, then watched the 49ers score 34 points without a challenge as they dropped a 34-3 decision to their neighbors from across San Francisco Bay at Levis Stadium, dropping their fourth contest in a row. The Silver and Black watched 49ers QB Nate Mullins make his NFL debut a success, as he threw for 262 yards without a sack or interception, with the 49ers outrushing Oakland 143-102 (Raheem Mostert led all rushers with 86 yards and a TD), while Derek Carr threw for 171 yards with seven sacks. Oakland went 3 of 12 on third down (the Raiders went 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:26, while the 49ers were 28:34 in time of possession, going 5 for 12 on third down tries.

They met is week five in Los Angeles and the Chargers were 26-10 winners at Stub Hub Centre. In the first meeting in Southern California, Oakland saw their AFC West rivals from Los Angeles use a pair of Philip Rivers TD passes to take a 26-10 win at Stub Hub Center. Los Angeles led 17-3 at the intermission in southern California and never looked back, outscoring the Silver and Black 9-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Diego outrushed Oakland 79-41 and Rivers threw for 339 yards and the two TDs without an interception, while Derek Carr threw for 268 yards with a TD, three sacks and an interception. The Chargers were 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:40, while the Silver and Black held the ball for 25:20, going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week five contest in Los Angeles, the Chargers covered the 5 1/2-spread, winning by 16 but neither club touched the  53 1/2 over/under, as they would combine for 36 points. The Chargers are favored again, this time by 9 1/2 on the East side of San Francisco Bay and the over/under’s 50 1/2. The 50 1/2 makes sense. The 9 1/2 leaves you wondering. The Raiders are bad but not 9 1/2 bad. Oakland will make it closer than the 9 1/2 but the Chargers pull off the sweep on the road and take the win.

Seattle (4-4) at Los Angeles Rams (8-1), 4:25 pm on CBS and DirecTV 715. Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams renew their series in Los Angeles as the Seahawks take their turn, making the 1,137 mile trip down I-5 in a week five rematch. Both teams enter the Sunday afternoon contest at the Coliseum with close losses under their belts.

Seattle watched a 7-6 first quarter lead against Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers get away from them at Century Link Field, as the Chargers would go on to take a 25-17 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. While Los Angeles led 19-10 at the intermission, the Seahawks would make the contest close with 1:50 left when Russell Wilson and TE Nick Varnett connected on a 6-yard TD toss, making it an 8-point contest. Seattle then forced the Chargers to punt and got the ball back on their 22-yard line, then proceeded to march down the field and getting as close as Los Angeles’ 20-yard line when they had their hopes extended after the Chargers were flagged for pass interference in the end zone as time expired. Because a game can’t end on a defensive penalty, Seattle got the ball on the 1-yard line but the Seahawks could not dent the end zone with the untimed down play. Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 160-154 with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 113 yards and a TD, while Rivers threw for 228 yards in the road win (Wilson threw for 235 yards, both Wilson and Rivers threw a pair of TDs; Rivers was sacked twice without an interception, while Wilson was sacked four times with a pick). Seattle was 4 of 15 on third down in the Pacific Northwest (the Seahawks were perfect on fourth down, going 4 for 4) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:41 to Los Angeles’ 24:19 (the Chargers were 2 for 9 on third down tries).

The Rams saw their hopes for an undefeated season come to an end in NeW Orleans as the Saints would break a 35-35 fourth quarter tie in the Big Easy and drop a 45-35 decision last Sunday afternoon. New Orleans led 35-14 going into the intermission before the Rams would pull themselves to within 11 as K Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired. Los Angeles then scored 10 third quarter points without a challenge, then opened the fourth quarter, tying things up at 35-35 thanks to a pair of TD passes from Jared Goff (one to RB Malcon Brown, the other to WR Cooper Kupp) and a Zuerlein field goal before New Orleans took control in the fourth quarter to take the lead back and for keeps. New Orleans outrushed the Rams 141-92 and Goff threw for 391 yards with three TDs an an interception, while Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four TDs, including a TD that drew the ire of the game officials when WR Michael Thomas pulled out a cell phone from underneath the goal post padding, paying homage to a former Saints player (neither man was sacked, Goff threw the only interception in the contest). The Rams were 3 for 8 on third down conversions (they were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:19, while the Saints ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 33:41, going 7 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The two NFC West foes met in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in week five and Los Angeles prevailed 33-31 at Century Link Field. In the first contest, In the first meeting, Los Angeles and Seattle Seahawks had a slugfest in their NFC West meeting at Century Link Field and Los Angeles managed to prevail, coming away 33-31 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, The Rams and Seahawks entered the intermission even at 17-17 and Seattle had the Rams on the ropes, leading 31-30 with 14:54 before Rams RB Todd Gurley pulled them back to within one with 14:54 left in regulation on a 5-yard run. Los Angeles would take the lead back for keeps with 6:05 left when Greg Santos (who had replaced the injured Greg Zuerlein) kicked a 39-yard field goal to take a 33-31 lead. Los Angeles would then go on to hold off the Seahawks to take the two-point road win. Seattle RB Chris Carson picked up his third consecutive 100-yard game, rushing for 116 yards (Gurley hadd 77 yards rushing to lead the Rams) as Seattle outrushed Los Angeles 190-155 in the contest. Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 321 yards with a TD, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards with three TDs and no interceptions (Goff was picked off once and threw a pair of interceptions, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle was 7 of 12 on third down in the Pacific Northwest and kept the ball for 30:30, while the Rams held the ball for 29:30 and went 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Los Angeles Rams was a 7-point favorite in the week five contest in the Pacific Northwest and while they did win the game, they did not cover the spread, winning by only 2. The two teams did cover the 51 over/under, scoring 64 points. In the rematch in Los Angeles, the Ramgs are favored by 10 and the over/under’s 51 1/2. That spread is a bit on the steep side but the over/under makes sense. Seattle’s lookng for revenge from the week five loss in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, while the Rams look to start a new streak. History does have a way of repeating and history’s on the side of the Rams. Although Seattle will make this closer than 10, the Rams will prevail at home in the Coliseum.

Miami (5-4) at Green Bay (3-4-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 714. It’s a late-afternoon contest in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst as Green Bay hosts the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field.

Miami gave the New York Jets their third loss in a row, as they would defeat their AFC East rivals 13-6 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. After a scoreless first quarter, it was an all-field goal second quarter as Miami took a 6-3 lead into the half with a pair of Josh Sanders field goals. After a scoreless third quarter, Miami would score the game’s only TD when rookie LB Jerome Baker picked off J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! QB Sam Darnold and lived out a lineman’s dream, returning it 25 yards for a TD. GangGReen did manage to outrush Miami 80-64 and Darnold threw for 229 yards with four interceptions, while Brock Osweiler threw for 139 yards (each was sacked four times, with Darnold throwing four interceptions) in the win. Third down tries were nothing to write home about, as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 2 for 13, while Miami was 3 for 16 (GangGreen was 0 for 2 on fourth down, while Miami was perfect, going 2 for 2) but GangGreen did rule the clock, keeping the ball for 31:34 to Miami’s 28:26.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers watched Tom Brady and the New England Patriots break a 17-17 tie in Foxboro last Sunday night, as New England would come away with the 31-17 win at Gillette Stadium in a possible prime-time Super Bowl preview that featured a pair of future Hall of Fame QBs. Green BAy trailed 17-10 at the half, then went on to even things up in the third when Rodgers and TE Jimmy Graham would connect on a 15-yard TD pass with 11:18 left in the quarter. New England then proceeded to take the lead back in the final 15 minutes of action, scoring their last 14 points of the contest without a challenge to take the win, ending with Brady and WR Josh Gordon hooking up on a 55-yard strike late in the quarter. New England outrushed Green Bay 123-118, while Brady and Rodgers combined to throw for 553 yards (Brady with 294, Rodgers with 259, Brady was sacked twice and Rodgers sacked once, neither threw an interception). New England was 4 for 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 27:26, while the Packers ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 32:34, going 6 for 13 on third down (both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Miami leads the series 10-4 and the Dolphins have outscored Green Bay 333-256. Their last wins in the series came in the other’s stadium; Miami’s last win was in Green Bay in 2010, when the Dolphins needed overtime to take a 23-20 win at Lambeau, while Green Bay’s last win came in the Sunshine State in 2014 by a final of 27-24. Green Bay’s favored by 9 on the almost-frozen tundra with the over/under at 47 1/2. While this one’s not quite “Drill Worthy,” it’s worth the time to watch. While Green Bay won’t cover the 9, they do take the win at home.

Dallas (4-4) at Philadelphia (4-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of NFC East foes meet in the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday night. Wentz vs. Prescott. Cheesesteak vs. Brisket. The defending Super Bowl champions host Dallas in a prime time Sunday night contest at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dallas comes off their third loss in their last four games, losing to Tennessee 42-28 at AT&T Stadium Monday night. Dallas watched Marcus Mariota and the Titans break a 14-14 tie at the intermision and score 14 second half points unchallenged. Dallas found themselves outrushed by Tennessee 125-72 and Dak Prescott threw for 243 yards with five sacks, while Mariota threw for 240 yards (each threw a pair of TDs, Mariota was sacked four times, Prescott was sacked five times with an interception) and each team turned the ball over twice in the Monday night contest. Dallas went 5 for 11 on third down (the Cowboys were 0 for 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:34, while the Titans ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 34:26, going 11 for 14 on third down conversions.

The Eagles return to the City of Brotherly Love after their trip across the pond with Jacksonville, as the defending Super Bowl champs came away 24-18 winners over the Jaguars in week eight action on the  other side of the Atlantic two weeks ago. In the week eight meeting at Wembley Stadium, Philadelphia led 10-6 at the half before Jacksonville would eventually pull themselves to within 6 with 6:57 left to play in the contest on a 24-yard field goal by Josh Lambo but could not come any closer. Philadelphia outrushed Jacksonville 133-70 and Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 286 yards with three TD tosses, while Blake Bortles threw for 286 yards with a TD (Wentz threw an interception, both men were sacked four times). Jacksonville, taking their fourth loss in a row, went 6 of 14 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:22, while the defending Super Bowl Champs went 7 for 12 on third down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:38.

Including games played at the Cotton Bowl, JFK Stadium, Veterans Stadium and Cowboys Stadium, Dallas leads the series 63-51 and the Cowboys have outscored the Eagles 2,443-2,274. They split last year’s contests, each winning in the other team’s building.

Meeting one… Dallas in week 11. The Cowboys were without Elliott, who was serving his six-game suspension by the league for violating the league’s conduct policy and the Eagles erased a 9-7 deficit at the break and came away 37-9 winners. Philadelphia then responded with 30 points in the second half unchallenged to take the win over their NFC East rivals at AT&T Stadium. Philadelphia outrushed Dallas 215-112 and Carson Wentz threw for 168 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions or sacks, while Prescott threw for 145 yards with three interceptions and four sacks. Philadelphia went 5 of 14 on third down conversions in the Sunday night contest (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 29:29, while Dallas ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:31, going 3 for 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Round two… the City of Brotherly Love in week 17. Dallas would get their revenge on the Eagles and come away 6-0 winners in the season finale. The two teams played three quarters of scoreless football (Philadelphia had already clinched the NFC East and rested some of their starters) before the Cowboys tallied the only score of the contest, as WR Brice Butler and Prescott connected on a 20-yard TD toss with 12:19 left in regulation. Dallas would miss the extra point, then held off the Eagles to take the road win. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 129-70 and Elliott ran for 103 yards, with Prescott threw for 179 yards and an interceptions, while Eagles backup QB Nate Sudfeld, who took over for Nick Foles, threw for 134 yards with three sacks and no interceptions (Foles threw for 39 yards with an interception before being relieved by Sudfield). Dallas went 5 of 15 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:05, while the Eagles held the pigskin for 29:55, while going 2 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down tries in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia covered the 4-point spread with their 28-point win but both teams missed the 48 1/2 over/under with 46 points. In the week 17 season finale, the Cowboys were 2-point favorites and won by 6, covering the spread but the 6 points that Dallas scored in the contest did not even touch the 41 over/under.

Both teams have done reasonably well on Sunday night. The defending Super Bowl champs are 23-19 all time and went 1-1 in their two Sunday night contests last year, while the Cowboys are 32-31 and went 2-1 in their three SNF contests. Philadephia’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 43 1/2.

Since these two are rivals in the same division and since they don’t exactly like each other, we think that this one’s “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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?”)

As the saying goes, “if you take a swing at the king, you better not miss.” The Eagles are still kings of the NFL mountain, while the Cowboys have been trying to take a swing at the top two teams in the NFC East and have missed. Dallas will make it closer than the 6 but the Eagles take the win in the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday night.

New York Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (2-7), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of last place teams close out play in week 10 in Santa Clara as the 49ers host Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Levis’ Stadium.

The Redskins held off the New York Giants 20-13 at Met Life Stadium two weeks ago. Washington led 7-3 at the half in upstate New Jersey, then floored the gas as RB Adrian Peterson scored his second TD of the day, scoring from 64 yards away to take a 20-6 lead with 3:06 left in the contest. The Giants would pull themselves to within 7 with 17 seconds left when Manning and TE Evan Engram connected on a 2-yard TD toss. Washington would recover the onside kick and run the clock out to take the win, giving Big Blue their fifth loss in a row. Peterson led all rushers with 149 yards in the NFC East contest as Washington outrushed the Giants 182-37, sacking Manning (316 yards, two interceptions) seven times, while Alex Smtih threw for 178 yards with the TD toss to Peterson without a sack or interception. Washington was 6 of 15 on third down and held the ball for 33:38, while the Giants held the ball for 26:22, going 2 of 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down tries.

Erasing a 3-0 deficit against Oakland last Thursday night, the 49ers would score 34 points without a challenge as they dropped a 34-3 decision to their neighbors from across San Francisco Bay at Levis Stadium. Leading 17-3 at the intermssion,t the Silver and Black watched 49ers QB Nate Mullins make his NFL debut a success, as he threw for 262 yards without a sack or interception, with the 49ers outrushing Oakland 143-102 (Raheem Mostert led all rushers with 86 yards and a TD), while Derek Carr threw for 171 yards with seven sacks. Oakland went 3 of 12 on third down (the Raiders went 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:26, while the 49ers were 28:34 in time of possession, going 5 for 12 on third down tries.

Including games that were played at old Yankee Stadium, Keezar Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Candlestick Park and Giants Stadium, the series is tied 16-16 and the Giants have outscored the 49ers 640-637. San Francisco did manage to come away with the win in their last meeting, taking a 31-21 win last year at Levis’ Stadiun, while New York’s last win came in 2015 in the Meadowlands, wit the Giants coming away 30-27 winners.

They met in week 10 on the West Coast and San Francisco led 17-13 at the half, then pulled away from the Giants in the final 30 minutes of action, scoring a pair of fourth quarter TDs to seal the win. San Francisco outrushed the Giants 186-114 and Bethard threw for 288 yards and no interceptions, despite being sacked twice, while Manning threw for 273 yards with three sacks and no picks (each QB threw a pair of TD passes. San Francisco went 8 of 12 on third down, while going 0 for 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 29 minutes, while the Giants kept the ball for 31 minutes, going 5 of 14 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

Big Blue was favored by 2 1/2 on the road and the 49ers covered with their 10-point win and both teams covered the 42 over/under with 52 points. On Monday night, the 49ers are 48-25 and have not been on primetime since 2016, when they won their only contest, while the Giants are 24-38-1 with Big Blue losing their only contest in last year’s action. This time, the 49ers are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. You might be better off watching “Magnum P.I.” and “Bull” Monday night. 49ers do cover the 3 and takes the win over Big Blue at home.

They’re still standing.

The Los Angeles Rams remain unbeaten after eight weeks of football. Leading the NFC West, the Rams took a 29-27 lead late in their contest with the Green Bay Packers, then got some luck thanks to a fumble recovery of the ensuing kickoff, held the ball and took the two point win in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon in a contest that had four lead changes and felt more like a Lambeau Field crowd with a lot of fans wearing Packers green and gold. The Rams are the 25th team in the Super Bowl era to begin a season with an 8-0 record and eight of the previous 24 teams to accomplish the feat won the Super Bowl in their respective seasons.

Meanwhile, the NFL had their first coach fired as the Cleveland Browns gave Hue Jackson his walking papers after the team lost at Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. Gregg Williams was named as the team’s interim coach for the remainder of the season.

As the NFL season crosses the midway point, scoring remains at an all-time high, close games are the norm and players across the league are on record-setting paces. Eight weeks are in the books, nine remain.

The leaves are changing, Fall is in the air, we’re nearing Thanksgiving and it’s getting a littler cooler. The NFL kicks off the month of November with action as close as ever. Through the first eight weeks of the season, 67 games have been decided by one score, tied with the 2012 season for the second-most in NFL history through Week 8 (68 in 2016), including six such games last week. Thirty-six of those games have been decided by three or fewer points, the second-most in NFL history through Week 8 (42 games in 1999), including three such games last week.

There have been 5,834 points scored this season, the most in NFL history through the first eight weeks of the season, and the league’s 661 total touchdowns and 429 touchdown passes are both the highest marks in league history through eight weeks.

Rams running back Todd Gurley, who had 195 scrimmage yards (114 rushing, 81 receiving) and a touchdown catch last week, leads the NFL with 15 total touchdowns this season. Gurley is one of three different players to score at least 15 touchdowns in his team’s first eight games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (17 touchdowns in 1958) and Priest Holmes (15 touchdowns in 2002 and 2004).

THE PLAYERS WITH THE MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN THEIR TEAM’S FIRST EIGHT GAMES OF A SEASON IN NFL HISTORY

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 17)^
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2018, 15)
Priest Holmes, Kansas City (2004, 15)
Priest Holmes, Kansas City (2002, 15)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

​Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive games last week, leads the league with 26 touchdown passes this season. He is the third different player in league annals to throw at least 25 touchdown passes in his team’s first eight games of a season, joining Tom Brady (30 touchdown passes in 2007) and Peyton Manning (29 in 2013 and 26 in 2004). Brady and Manning went on to earn Associated Press Most Valuable Player honors in those seasons.

THE PLAYERS WITH THE MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS IN THEIR TEAM’S FIRST EIGHT GAMES OF A SEASON IN NFL HISTORY

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Tom Brady, New England (2007, 30)#
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013, 29)#
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018, 26)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2004, 26)#
#Named Associated Press MVP

Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen leads the NFL with 74 receptions – the most by a player in his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history – and has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in an NFL record-tying eight consecutive games (CALVIN JOHNSON, eight consecutive games in 2012). Thielen, who has a league-leading 925 receiving yards, can become the second player in NFL history with at least 75 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in his team’s first nine games of a season, joining Atlanta’s Julio Jones (80 catches and 1,029 receiving yards in 2015).

THE PLAYERS WITH THE MOST RECEPTIONS THROUGH THEIR TEAM’S FIRST EIGHT GAMES OF A SEASON IN NFL HISTORY

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, RECEPTIONS)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2018, 74)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (2015, 70)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (2002, 69)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted two field goals and all four of his point-after attempts for 10 total points scored in the Colts’ 42-28 win at Oakland.

Vinatieri, who has scored 2,550 total points during his 23-year NFL career, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten  Andersen (2,544) as the league’s all-time leading scorer.

•Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 286 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 119.6 rating in the Eagles’ 24-18 victory over Jacksonville before a crowd of 85,870 at London’s Wembley Stadium, the largest single-game attendance in the London Series since the league began playing annual games in London in 2007. Wentz became the second quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 pass attempts and a passer rating of at least 115 in four consecutive games, joining Denver’s Peyton Manning (2012).

Wentz, who had 28 rushing yards and caught a four-yard pass off of a deflection, is the first player with a passing first down, rushing first down and receiving first down in a London Series game.

•The Los Angeles Rams defeated Green Bay, 29-27, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams, the league’s last remaining unbeaten team, advance to 8-0 for the first time since 1969.

Rams running back Todd Gurley had 195 scrimmage yards (114 rushing, 81 receiving) and a receiving touchdown in the win. Gurley, who leads the league with 15 touchdowns this season, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 15 touchdowns in his team’s first eight games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (17 touchdowns in 1958) and Priest Holmes (15 touchdowns in both 2002 and 2004).

•Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 34 attempts (70.6 percent) for 303 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 125 rating in the Chiefs’ 30-23 win against Denver.

Mahomes, who had four touchdown passes in both Week 6 and Week 7, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive games, joining Drew Brees (three consecutive games in 2011), Peyton Manning (five consecutive games in 2004) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (four consecutive games in 1984).

With 303 passing yards, Mahomes joined Andrew Luck (eight consecutive games in 2014) and Drew Brees (seven consecutive games 2011) as the only quarterbacks in league annals with seven consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards in a single season.

•Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had six receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns and running back James Conner rushed for 146 yards with two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 33-18 win over Cleveland.

Brown, who has eight touchdown receptions on the season, is the fifth player since 1970 to record at least eight touchdown catches in six consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (11 seasons from 1986-96), Marvin Harrison (eight from 1999-2006) and Cris Carter (six from 1995-2000) and Antonio Gates (seven from 2004-10).

Conner, who had two rushing touchdowns in Weeks 1, 5 and 6, is the third first-or-second year player to record four games with at least two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first seven games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Steve Van Buren (1945), Jim Brown (1958) and Eric Dickerson (1983).

•Washington running back Adrian Peterson had 149 rushing yards on 26 attempts (5.7 average) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Redskins’ 20-13 win at the New York Giants.

Peterson, at 33 years and 221 days old, is the oldest player in NFL history to record at least 100 rushing yards and both a rushing and receiving touchdown in a single game. Miami’s Ricky Willliams, at the age of 32 years, 182 days old, was previously the oldest player to accomplish the feat (November 19, 2009 at Carolina).

With a 64-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Peterson joined Steve BonoO (76 yards on October 1, 1995), Rocky Bleier (70 yards on October 7, 1979) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe (80 yards on October 16, 1921) as the only players with a touchdown run of at least 60 yards at age 33 or older in NFL history.

Peterson is the fourth player in league annals with at least 140 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a single game at age 33 or older, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers John Henry Johnson (200 rushing yards and three touchdowns on October 10, 1964) and John Riggins (140 rushing yards and one touchdown on September 23, 1984) and De Angelo Williams (143 rushing yards and two touchdowns on September 12, 2016).

•Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 14 of 17 passes (82.4 percent) for 248 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 28-14 win at Detroit.

Wilson is the first quarterback in franchise history to register a 158.3 passer rating (minimum 10 attempts), the highest rating a passer can achieve. He is the second quarterback to accomplish the feat this season, joining Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff (158.3 passer rating in Week 4).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

MAGNIFICENT MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 2,526 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes through the first eight weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last seven games.

With 300 passing yards at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join Andrew Luck (2014) as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in eight consecutive games within a single season in league history.

The players with at least 300 passing yards in the most consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASS YARDS)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (2014 – 8)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2011 – 7)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018 – 7)*
*Active streak

Mahomes, who has thrown four touchdown passes in three consecutive games and five total games this season, can become the third quarterback in league annals with at least four touchdown passes in six different games in a single season, joining Peyton Manning (six games in 2004 and nine in 2013) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (six in 1984). Manning and Marino each won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award in those seasons.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES WITH 4+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 9)#
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2004 – 6)#
Dan Marino, Miami (1984 – 6)^#
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018 – 5)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

HERE COMES HOUSTON: Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for five touchdowns with a 156.0 rating in the Texans’ 42-23 victory over Miami in Week 8.

Watson, who has 34 touchdown passes in 15 career games, needs one touchdown pass on Sunday at Denver to join Pro Football Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (39 touchdowns) and Dan Marino (35) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in their first 16 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 16 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)

Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (1998-99, 39)^
Dan Marino, Miami (1983-84, 35)^
Deshaun Watson, Houston (2017-18, 34)*

^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 15 career games

Houston has won five consecutive games following an 0-3 start to the season. With a win on Sunday, the Texans would join the 1970 New York Giants as the only teams since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start.

SUPER CAM: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has 58 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history and has at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL.

Newton, who has four rushing touchdowns this season and faces Tampa Bay on Sunday, needs one rushing touchdown to become the first quarterback and seventh player overall in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons.

The players with at least five rushing touchdowns in the most consecutive seasons in league annals:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 5+ RUSH TDS)
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis (10)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (10)^
Jim Brown – Cleveland (9)^
Ricky Watters – San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle (9)
Eddie George – Houston Oilers/Tennessee (8)
Thurman Thomas – Buffalo (8)^
Cam Newton – Carolina (7)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has four rushing touchdowns in 2018

BACK TO BACK: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley leads the NFL with 1,151 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, four receiving) through the Rams’ first eight games of the 2018 season.

Gurley, who led the NFL with 19 touchdowns (13 rushing, six receiving) last season, needs one receiving touchdown on Sunday at New Orleans to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (2000-01) as the only players in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

The players with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS/RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS)
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (2000, 18/8), (2001, 12/9)^
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017, 13/6), (2018, 11/4)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Entering Week 9

CAN’T STOP THIS THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had seven receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in Week 8 and leads the league with 74 receptions and 925 receiving yards this season. Thielen is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit, Thielen would become the only player in NFL history to record nine consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ RECIEVING YARDS)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2012, 8)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2018, 8)*
*Active streak

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past five games, can become the only player since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in six consecutive games.

With six receptions and 75 receiving yards this week, Thielen would become the sixth undrafted player in the common draft era (since 1967) to record consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards.

The undrafted players with the most consecutive seasons of at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in the common draft era:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEARS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS)
Rod Smith, Denver (2000-02, 3)
Wes Welker, New England (2007-09, 3)
Victor Cruz, New York Giants (2011-12, 2)
J.T. Smith, St. Louis Cardinals (1986-87, 2)
Wes Welker, New England (2011-12, 2)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2017-18, 1)*
*Has 74 catches for 925 yards in 2018

ELITE EIGHT: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones has 638 receptions for 9,866 yards and 43 touchdowns in 102 career NFL games.

With 134 receiving yards on Sunday at Washington, Jones would surpass Calvin Johnson (115 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 RECEIVING YARDS)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (115)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (116)
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (116)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (120)^
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (121)^
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (122)^
Julio Jones, ATLANTA (102)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 9,866 career receiving yards

With 134 receiving yards, Jones can also become the sixth player in league annals with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons.

The players with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons in league history:

​PLAYER – TEAMS (RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 8 SEASONS)
Torry Holt – St. Louis (10,675)
Calvin Johnson – Detroit (10,405)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco (10,273)^
Randy Moss – Minnesota and Oakland (10,147)^
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (10,072)^
Julio Jones – ATLANTA (9,866)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In eighth season

TOP DAWG: Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett ties for the AFC lead with eight sacks in 2018 and has 15 sacks in 19 career games.

Garrett, who will play his 20th career game on Sunday against Kansas City, needs two sacks to become the fourth player with at least 17 sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, SACKS)
Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers (2016-17, 19)
Aldon Smith, San Francisco (2011-12, 18.5)
Clay Matthews, Green Bay (2009-10, 17)
Myles Garrett, Cleveland (2017-18, 15)*
*In 19 career games

Highlights of the Week 9 schedule include:

Pittsburgh travels to M&T Bank Stadium to take on Baltimore in a key AFC North matchup at 1 p.m. on CBS. In Week 4, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco passed for 363 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 109.5 passer rating and kicker Justin Tucker converted four second-half field goals in the Ravens’ 26-14 victory at Pittsburgh. Steelers running back James Conner, who had 212 scrimmage yards (146 rushing, 66 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in Week 8, is the fourth first-or-second year player to record four games with at least two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first seven games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Steve Van Buren (1945), Jim Brown (1958) and Erick Dickerson (1983).

Seattle welcomes the Los Angeles Chargers to CenturyLink Field in an interconference battle at 4:05 p.m. on CBS. The Chargers, who enter the game at 5-2, have won four consecutive games and are one of three teams in the AFC averaging at least 400 total net yards per game. Los Angeles running back Melvin Gordon (745 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) is one of five NFL players with at least 700 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns this season and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers leads the AFC with a 117.8 passer rating in 2018. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 14 of 17 passes (82.4 percent) for 248 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the Seahawks’ Week 8 win and is the first quarterback in franchise history to register a 158.3 rating (minimum 15 attempts), the highest rating a passer can achieve.

On Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles Rams take on New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 4:25 p.m. on FOX in a battle of NFC contenders. Rams defensive tackle AARON DONALD has six sacks in his past two games and leads the NFL with 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss this season. Saints quarterback DREW BREES, who owns three of the four highest single-season completion percentages in NFL history, leads the league with a 77.4 completion percentage (188 of 243), which is 5.4 percent higher than the current single-season record of 72.0 percent set by Brees in 2017.

Sunday’s nightcap features a pair of future Hall of Fame QBs as Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay travel to Foxboro to meet Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Rodgers (103.6) and Brady (97.6) rank first and third, respectively, in NFL history in career passer rating (minimum 1,500 attempts) and are the only active players with multiple Associated Press Most Valuable Player Awards (three for Brady and two for Rodgers). In the last meeting between the two teams, Rodgers passed for 368 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 112.6 passer rating in the Packers’ 26-21 win over New England on November 30, 2014.

Byes this week? Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, the New York Giants and Philadelphia. Atlanta, Dallas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee return to action from their week off.

Week eight went pretty well, as we went 11-3 overall and for the season, 75-42. There’s still a lot of football left, even though we’re now into November and no one’s clinched a playoff spot, let alone a division title. Week nine got underway in northern California as San Francisco took Oakland to the woodshed 34-3 in Silicon Valley Thursday evening and concludes in the Lone Star State as the Cowboys host Tennessee at Jerry World. Here are the week nine Sunday and Monday picks.

ATLANTA (3-4) at Washington (5-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Sunday action in week nine opens in Landover as Washington hosts Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at Fed Ex Field.

Coming off their bye week, Atlanta took care of Eli Manning and the New York Giants last Monday evening, as the Falcons came away 23-20 winners in the Big Peach. Atlanta led throughout the contest and took a 10-3 lead with them to the intermission. The Falcons outrushed Big Blue 67-61 in the Monday night contest, while Ryan threw for 379 yards and connected with WR Marvin Hall on a 47-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the contest, while Manning threw for 399 yards, connecting with WR Odell Beckham Jr. on a 1-yard strike in the final seconds of the contest. The Falcons held the ball for 32:17, going 7 of 13 on third down tries, while the Giants held the ball for 27:43, going 5 of 12 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Redskins held off the New York Giants 20-13 at Met Life Stadium last Sunday afternoon. Washington led 7-3 at the half in upstate New Jersey, then floored the gas as RB Adrian Peterson scored his second TD of the day, scoring from 64 yards away to take a 20-6 lead with 3:06 left in the contest. The Giants would pull themselves to within 7 with 17 seconds left when Manning and TE Evan Engram connected on a 2-yard TD toss. Washington would recover the onside kick and run the clock out to take the win, giving Big Blue their fifth loss in a row. Peterson led all rushers with 149 yards in the NFC East contest as Washington outrushed the Giants 182-37, sacking Manning (316 yards, two interceptions) seven times, while Alex Smtih threw for 178 yards with the TD toss to Peterson without a sack or interception. Washington was 6 of 15 on third down and held the ball for 33:38, while the Giants held the ball for 26:22, going 2 of 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down tries.

While Washington leads the series 14-9-1 (including contests that took place at RFK Stadium, Fulton County Stadium and the Georgia Dome) and the Redskins have outscored Atlanta 598-479, the Falcons have come away with wins in their five meetings, including a 25-19 overtime win in the Big Peach in 2015, while Washington’s last win also came in the Peach State by a final of 33-31 in 2003. The Redskins are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Both numbers are reasonable. Washington’s currently the king of the NFC East mountain, while the Falcons are chasing New Orleans and Carolina in the NFC South. Hail to the Redskins? Not this week. Falcons pull off the upset in the DC Suburbs and take the win on the road and could cover the 1 1/2 in the process.

Pittsburgh (4-2-1) at Baltimore (4-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. This time, they meet in Charm City. Pittsburgh. Baltimore. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in Baltimore as the Steelers would like to settle the score with their rivals, while the Ravens look to sweep the series.

Pittsburgh took care of Cleveland 33-18 at Heinz Field last Sunday in their week one rematch. The Steelers erased a 6-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, took a 14-6 lead with them to the intermission and proceeded to outscore the Browns 19-10 in the second half to seal the win. Pittsburgh held Cleveland to 74 yards on the ground, while they tallied 168 yards in the win (Steelers RB James Conner led all rushers with 146 yards and a pair of TDs). Roethlisberger threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Antonio Brown, while Baker Mayfield threw for 180 yards with a pair of TDs of his own, while he was sacked twice (Roethlisberger was sacked once and both men threw an interception). The Steelers were 6 for 13 on third down in the Steel City and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Browns were 3 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48 (both clubs went 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Cam Newton and the Panthers took care of Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, as Baltimore would wind up losing 36-21 at Bank of America Stadium. Despite outscoring Carolina 14-12 in the second half, the Ravens trailed 17-7 at the break. Carolina outrushed Baltimore 154-101, with Newton leading all rushers with 52 yards and a rushing TD, while throwing for a pair of TDs in the contest, connecting with TE Greg Allen and RB Collin McCafferty on both tosses. Newton threw for 219 yards with no sacks or interceptions, while Flacco threw for 192 yards with a TD pass to RB Javorius Allen, along with a pair of sacks and two interceptions. Both clubs went 6 for 12 on third down tries (carolina was 1 of 1 on fourth down, Baltimore went 1 of 2) and the Panthers kept the ball for 34:01 to Baltimore’s 25:59.

They met in week four in the Steel City and the Ravens came away from the Sunday night affair at Heinz Field 26-14 winners. In that first meeting, Pittsburgh saw Baltimore K Jeff Tucker connect on four second half field goals to break a 14-14 tie at Heinz Field last Sunday night and drop a 26-14 decision to the Ravens. The Steelers were held to a dismal season-low 19 yards of rushing, while the Ravens tallied 96, with Roethlisberger throwing for 274 yards and a TD to WR Antonio Brown, while Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco was sacked twice, Roethlisberger was sacked once and threw an interception). Pittsburgh was a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:57, while the Ravens were ball hawks, holding the pigskin for 35:03, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh was favored by 8 in the Sunday night week four meeting in the Steel City and the Ravens’ by 12 allowed Baltimore to cover that spread. Both teams missed the over/under by scoring 40 points (the over/under was 48 1/2). This time, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Ravens as 3-point favorites in Charm City and the over/under’s 47. Baltimore looks to prove to the Steelers that the first win was not luck or a fluke, while the Steelers want revenge. If revenge is best served cold, the Steelers will be going for seconds. Pittsburgh may not cover the 3 but they take the win in Baltimore.

Kansas City (7-1) at Cleveland (2-5-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC clubs that played rematch games last Sunday meet along the shores of Lake Erie as Kansas City travels to Cleveland to face off against the struggling Browns, who made a coaching change on Monday as they released head coach Hue Jackson and replaced him with defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams as his replacement for the rest of the season.

Kansas City won their seventh game in eight tries at Arrowhead Stadium, taking down AFC West rival Kansas City 30-23 last Sunday. The Chiefs held a slim 16-14 lead at the intermission, then pulled away from the Broncos in the second half to sweep the series with their AFC West foes from the Mile High City. While Denver outrushed Kansas City 189-49, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 303 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR Sammy Watkins on two of the tosses. Denver was paced by Case Keenum, who threw for 262 yards and a pair of TDs (both men threw an interception; Keenum was sacked five times, Mahomes was sacked twice). Kansas City went 3 for 10 on third down at Arrowhead and kept the ball for 27:19, while the Broncos went 4 for 12 on third down and held on ot the ball for 32:41 (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Cleveland lost their third in a row as Pittsburgh came away 33-18 winners at Heinz Field last Sunday in their week one rematch. The Browns watched Pittsburgh erase a 6-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, then saw them take a 14-6 lead with them to the intermission and proceeded to outscore the Browns 19-10 in the second half to seal the win. Pittsburgh held Cleveland to 74 yards on the ground, while they tallied 168 yards in the win (Steelers RB James Conner led all rushers with 146 yards and a pair of TDs). Roethlisberger threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Antonio Brown, while Baker Mayfield threw for 180 yards with a pair of TDs of his own, while he was sacked twice (Roethlisberger was sacked once and both men threw an interception). The Steelers were 6 for 13 on third down in the Steel City and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Browns were 3 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48.

Kansas City leads the series 12-11-2 and the Chiefs have outscored Cleveland 500-497. The Chiefs won the last two meetings, coming away 17-13 winners at Arrowhead in 2015, while Cleveland’s last win came in 2012 along the shores of Lake Erie, coming away 30-7 winners. Kansas City’s favored by 8 on the road and the over/under’s 52. The Chiefs are looking to make it eight of nine wins, while the Browns are looking to give Williams his first win as their interim head coach. That first win will have to wait. Although Cleveland makes it closer than 8, Kansas City prevails along the shores of Lake Erie and takes the win on the road.

New York Jets (3-5) at Miami (4-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC East rivals meet again, this time in the Sunshine State, as Miami hosts the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Both teams were losers on the road last week and look to keep pace with New England.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! found themselves being held in check by Chicago, as the Monsters of the Midway came out on top 24-10 at Soldier Field. Da Bears led GangGreen 7-3 at the intermission in the Windy City, then pulled away from the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in the second half to seal the win at home. Chicago outrushed GangGreen 179-57 with Mitchell Trubisky throwing for 220 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 153 yards and a TD (Trubisky was sacked twice, Darnold was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Chicago went 4 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries at Soldier Field and kept the ball for 32:44, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! went 3 of 14 on third down (they too went 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:16.

Miami trailed Houston 14-10 at the half last Thursday night and proceeded to drop a 42-23 decisison to the Texans at NRG Stadium. Miami was outscored by Houston 28-13 in the final 30 minutes of play as Houston would go on to seal the win in the Lone Star State and Miami’s fate in the process. Houston QB DeShaun Watson threw for 239 yards and five TDs without a sack or interception, while the Texans outrushed Miami 188-116 with Houston RB Lamar Miller leading the way with 133 yards and a TD (Miami’s Brock Osweiler threw for 241 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception against his old club). Houston was 6 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:51, while the Dolphins ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:09, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

They met in upstate New Jersey in week two and the Dolphins came out on top 20-12 at Met Life Stadium. In that contest, Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnaold made his first start at home, passing for 334 yards with one touchdown and safety Jamal Adams and linebacker Jordan Jenkins each recorded a sack and forced fumble but it wasn’t enough as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! took the loss to Miami in the Meadowlands. Darnold, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, became the youngest player in NFL history (21 years, 103 days old) to throw for at least 300 yards in a single game, surpassing the previous record held by Jacky Lee (21 years, 137 days old), who threw for 331 yards on November 25, 1960. Miami outrushed GangGreen 135-42 and Ryan Tannehill threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked four times. Leading 20-0 at the intermission, the Dolphins were 6 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:25, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 31:35, going 3 for 10 on third downs.

In the week two contest in upstate New Jersey, GangGreen was favored by 3 and the Dolphins covered with their 8-point win on the road. The 44 over/under stayed intact as both clubs combined for a whopping 32 points. Miami’s back in the Sunshine State and the oddsmakers like them as 3 point favorites with the over/under at 45. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are looking for revenge, while the Dolphins are looking for a sweep. Break out the brooms! Miami covers the 3 in the Sunshine State and takes the home win.

Chicago (4-3) at Buffalo (2-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A pair of cities located on Great Lakes meet in upstate New York Sunday at New Era Field. Wings meets deep dish pizza as Da Bears travel to Orchard Park for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Buffalo Bills.

Chicago manhandled the New York Jets, as the Monsters of the Midway came out on top 24-10 at Soldier Field. Da Bears led GangGreen 7-3 at the intermission in the Windy City, then pulled away from the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in the second half to seal the win at home. Chicago outrushed New York 179-57 and Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 220 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 153 yards and a TD (Trubisky was sacked twice, Darnold was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Da Bears went 4 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries at Soldier Field and kept the ball for 32:44, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS went 3 of 14 on third down (they too went 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:16.

For the first 30 minutes of play against New England, the Bills held Tom Brady and the Patriots in sight, trailing 9-3 at the half in Orchard Park Monday night. Buffalo then saw the wheels fall off their bus and the Pats came away 25-6 winners at New Era Field. The contest was an all-field goal affair in the first half as the two Stephens (Gostkowski for New England, Hauschka for Buffalo) gave their teams their first half points. New England then outscored Buffalo 16-3 in the final 30 minutes of action, using a 1-yard TD run from RB James White and an 84-yard interception return by CB Devin McCourty in the fourth quarter to seal Buffalo’s fate. The Bills thought they had a TD that would have made the contest closer than the final score when Buffalo QB Derek Anderson (290 yards, interception, three sacks) and TE Jason Croom connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 6:14 left in regulation. Buffalo fans then saw their hopes shattered when the play was review and the call on the field was reversed. Buffalo was outrushed by the Pats 76-46 and Brady threw for 324 yards with no interceptions or sacks, as New England went 5 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:50, while the Bills were 4 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:10.

Da Bears lead da series 7-5 and Chicago has outscored Buffalo 240-185. Buffalo won their last meeting, which took place in the Windy City by a final of 23-20 in overtime in 2014, while Chicago went North of the border to claim their last win over Buffalo, taking a 22-19 win in Toronto. Chicago’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 37 1/2. If nothing else, this one could be somewhat entertaining and actually watchable. Chicago may not cover the 9 1/2 but Da Bears win on da road.

Tampa Bay (3-4) at Carolina (5-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC South foes meeting in Charlotte as the Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium.

Tampa Bay lost their fourth game in five tries as they fell to Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals 34-31 in the final seconds on the road. The Bucs, who will have Ryan Fitzpatrick under center Sunday, trailed 27-9 at the half and would eventually bench Jameis Winston (276 yards, five sacks, TD, four interceptions) and replace him with Fitzpatrick (194 yards, two TDs, sack), whou would then proceed to pull his team closer to the Bengals, throwing a pair of TDs to RB Mike Evans and TE O.J. Howard to tie things up but Tampa Bay fans would have their hopes shattered as the Bengals got the ball back with 65 seconds left in regulation and used all of the time that was available to them when Bengals K Randy Bullock kicked a 44-yard FG as time expired. Cincinnati outrushed Tampa Bay 138-126, with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 123 yards and a pair of TDs, while Dalton threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs to WRs, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Tampa Bay went 10 of 18 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:59, while Cincinnati went 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:01, including the final 65 seconds of regulation.

Newton and the Panthers took care of Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, coming away 36-21 winners at Bank of America Stadium. Despite being outscored by the Ravens 14-12 in the second half, Carolina led 17-7 at the break and never looked back, leading from start to finish in the win. Carolina outrushed Baltimore 154-101, with Newton leading all rushers with 52 yards and a rushing TD, while throwing for a pair of TDs in the contest, connecting with TE Greg Allen and RB Collin McCafferty on both tosses. Newton threw for 219 yards with no sacks or interceptions, while Flacco threw for 192 yards with a TD pass to RB Javorius Allen, along with a pair of sacks and two interceptions. Both clubs went 6 for 12 on third down tries (carolina was 1 of 1 on fourth down, Baltimore went 1 of 2) and the Panthers kept the ball for 34:01 to Baltimore’s 25:59.

The Panthers lead the series 22-13 and have outscored their NFC South foes 764-594. Carolina swept the series last year, taking wins in the Sunshine State in week eight and in the Tar Heel State in week 16 (Tampa Bay’s last win over the Pantehrs came in 2016, when they swept the series with their last win coming in Tampa by a final of 17-16).

Week eight… Tampa Bay. Carolina held Tampa Bay to a 41-yard field goal by Patrick Murray in the third quarter to take a 17-3 win on the road. Carolina led 10-0 at the intermission, then added a 25-yard TD pass from Newton to WR Kelvin Benjamin to restore order in the contest. Carolina, forcing three turnovers – two interceptions and one fumble in the win, outrushed Tampa Bay 100-85 and Newton threw for 154 yards with an interception, while Winston threw for 210 yards with three sacks to go with the two interceptions. The Panthers were 8 for 17 on third down and mastered the clock, holding the ball for 32:11, while the Buccaneers kept the ball for 27:49, going 2 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Panthers made the sweep a reality in week 16 on Christmas Eve afternoon, as Newton played the role of Santa Claus and gave Carolina fans a 22-19 win at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina led 12-9 at the half before Winston (367 yards, six sacks) and Tampa Bay would storm back to lead 16-12 as he and WR Bobo Wilson connected on an 18-yard TD toss early in the third quarter. Tampa Bay would lead by 1 with 35 seconds left when Carolina (who had already clinched a playoff spot) would take the lead back for keeps with Newton, who threw for 160 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception, scored from 2 yards out. Newton led all rushers with 52 yards as the Panthers outurshed Tampa Bay 115-66 and went 4 of 13 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 30:30, while Tampa Bay kept the ball for 29:30, going 6 for 11 on third down tries.

In the week eight contest in the Sunshine State, Tampa Bay was favored by 2 1/2 and Carolina covered with the 14-point road win. As for the 44 over/under? It was safe as both teams combined for 20 points. In the Christmas Eve rematch in the Tar Heel State in week 16, Carolina was favored by 9 1/2 but only won by 3 and the 46 1/2 over/under was intact as the two clubs combined to score 41 points. In the Sunday contest in the Tar Heel State, the boys and girls in Vegas like Carolina as 6 1/2 point favorites with the over/under’s 54. Could the Panthers make it three in a row? Could the Bucs get their ducks in a row? Tampa Bay is in last place in the NFC South, looking up at Carolina, New Orleans and Atlanta, while the Panthers look to catch Drew Brees and the Saints. Carolina’s finer in this first meeting and while Tampa Bay makes it close, Newton and the Panthers take the win at home.

Detroit (4-3) at Minnesota (4-3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. They meet in the great indoors. A pair of NFC North (or Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it) meet in the Twin Cities as first-place Minnesota hosts the Detroit Lions at US Bank Stadium. Both teams were at their respective home facilities and both teams came up on the short end of the scoreboard.

Detroit let a 7-0 first quarter deficit against Seattle get away from them, as the Seahawks scored 21 second quarter points uncontested to lead 21-7 and came away from the Motor City with a 28-14 win at Ford Field. Seattle outrushed the Lions 176-34 (Seattle RB Chris Carson led all rushers with 105 yards and a TD), while Russell Wilson threw for 248 yards with three TDs. Detroit was paced by Matthew Stafford, who threw for 310 yard and a pair of TDs to go with three sacks and an interception (Wilson was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). Seattle went 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 34:55, while the Lions held the ball for 25:05, going 6 of 10 on third down tries.

New Orleans broke a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter against the Vikings at US Bank Stadium and came away with a 30-20 win over Minnesota in a rematch from last year’s NFC Divisonal Playoff that featured the “Minneapolis Miracle.” Minnesota trailed 17-13 at the intermission and watched Drew Brees and the Saints pull away from them, outscoring the Vikings 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Minnesota was outrushed 106-85 by New Orleans and Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw for 359 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once, while Brees threw for 120 yards and a TD with an interception. Minnesota went 5 of 10 on third down conversions in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (they were successful on fourth down, going 2 of 3) and actually ruled the clock, as they held on to the ball for 31:23, while the Saints held the ball for 28:37, going 4 for 9 on third down tries.

Minnesota leads the series 72-39-2 (which includes games that were played at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Tiger Stadium, the Silverdome and the Metrodome) and the Purple Gang has outscored Detroit 2,432-2,099. They split last year’s contests, with each taking wins in the other team’s facility.

The first meeting took place in week four in the Twin Cities and the Lions came away 14-7 winners at US Bank Stadium. Trailing 7-3 at the intermission, the Lions would go on to score their last 11 points in the second half without a challenge, as Lions RB Ameer Abdullah scored the game-winner with eight minutes left in regulation on a 1-yard run. Stafford and WR T.J. Jones then connected on the two-point conversion as the Lions held off Minnesota for the win. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-87, with Abdullah leading the way with 94 yards. Stafford threw for 209 yards but was sacked six times, while Case Keenum threw for 219 yards with a pair of sacks for Minnesota (neither Stafford or Keenum threw a TD pass or interception). Detroit was 3 of 12 on third down and held the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings kept the pigskin for 23:33, going 3 of 10 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

They would meet again in the Motor City in week 12 on Thanksgiving Day and the Vikings would get Thanksgiving dinner and revenge on their NFC North foes, taking a 30-23 win at Ford Field. Although Minnesota led 20-10 at the break, the Vikings needed to hold off Detroit in the final 30 minutes of action, as Lions K Matt Prater booted a pair of field goals (his longest from 50 yards with 63 seconds left in the third), while Stafford and WR Marvin Jones connected on a 43-yard TD toss to open the fourth quarter before Minnesota K Kai Forbath connected on a 36-yard fiald goal to seal Detroit’s fate. Minnesota outrushed Detroit 136-53 and the Vikings’ Latavius Murray led all rushers with 84 yards and a TD. Stafford threw for 250 yards with an interception for the Lions, while Keenum threw for 282 yards (both threw a pair of TDs, Stafford threw an interception and was sacked three times, while Keeunm was sacked twice). Minnesota went 6 of 13 on third down at Ford Field and kept the ball for 34:57, while Detroit held the ball for 25:03, going 3 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week four Twin Cities contest, Detroit covered the 2 1/2-point spread with their 7-point win but the 21 combined points came nowhere near the 43 over/under. Minnesota covered the 2-point spread with their 7-point win on Thanksgiving Day in the Motor City and the 53 points was more than enough to cover the 44 1/2 over/under. Minnesota’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 50 1/2 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Vikings are going to be in somewhat of a foul mood after their loss to New Orleans at home. The Lions are trying to find their way through the NFC North jungle. Minnesota may not cover the 5 1/2 but they do take things out on their NFC North rivals at home and take the win in the process.

Houston (5-3) at Denver (3-5), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. A pair of teams going in opposite directions meet in the Mile High City as Houston takes on Denver in a late-afternoon contest. The two teams made a trade Tuesday prior to the deadline as the Broncos sent WR Demaryius Thomas to the Texans for draft picks in 2019. Thomas reported to Houston later in the week and will suit up against his former team.

Houston took a 14-10 lead against Miami last Thursday night and proceeded to take apart the Dolphins 42-23 at NRG Stadium. The Texans outscored Miami 28-13 in the final 30 minutes of play to seal the win in the Lone Star State and Miami’s fate in the process. Watson threw for 239 yards and five TDs without a sack or interception, while the Texans outrushed Miami 188-116 with Houston RB Lamar Miller leading the way with 133 yards and a TD (Miami’s Brock Osweiler threw for 241 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception against his old club). Houston was 6 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:51, while the Dolphins ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:09, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver watched Kansas City win their seventh game in eight tries at Arrowhead Stadium, as their AFC West rivals came away 30-23 winners last Sunday. The Chiefs held a slim 16-14 lead at the intermission, then pulled away from the Broncos in the second half to sweep the series with their AFC West foes from the Mile High City. While Denver outrushed Kansas City 189-49, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 303 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR Sammy Watkins on two of the tosses. Denver was paced by Case Keenum, who threw for 262 yards and a pair of TDs (both men threw an interception; Keenum was sacked five times, Mahomes was sacked twice). Kansas City went 3 for 10 on third down at Arrowhead and kept the ball for 27:19, while the Broncos went 4 for 12 on third down and held on ot the ball for 32:41 (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Denver leads the series 4-2, the Broncos have outscored the Texans 157-120 and they have won the last two meetings, including taking a 27-9 win in the Mile High City in 2016, while Houston’s last came in Denver in 2012 by a final of 31-25. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 46 1/2. These numbers are reasonable and make a ton of sense. Denver’s trying to keep their heads above water in the AFC West as they chase Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers, while the Texans want to stay on top in the AFC South. Denver, you have a problem. Houston covers the 2 1/2 and wins on the road.

Los Angeles Chargers (5-2) at Seattle (4-3), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of former AFC West rivals meet in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as the Los Angeles Chargers make the 1,138-mile trip up I-5 to face off against the Seattle Seahawks.

Returning from their trip across the Atlantic, the Chargers come back from their bye after they held off Tennessee 20-19 in London two Sundays ago. Rivers and the Chargers led 10-6 at the half at Wembley Stadium, then proceeded to watch Tennessee outscore the Bolts 13-10 in the final 30 minutes of action to make things close. The Titans would come to within a single point with 31 seconds left in regulation when Mariota and TE Luke Stocker connected on a 1-yard TD pass. Tennessee then went for two instead of playing for the tie and perhaps sending the game into overtime but Mariota’s two-point try to WR Taywan Taylor was incomplete. Los Angeles then recovered the onside kick and sealed the win in the process. The Titans did outrush Los Angeles 164-47 with Mariota throwing for 237 yards with an interception to go with the TD toss, while Rivers threw for 306 yards and a pair of TDs (both Mariota and Rivers were sacked twice, Mariota threw the contest’s only interception). Tennessee was 9 of 16 on third down in London (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:23, while the Chargers kept the pigskin for 24:37, while going 4 of 9 on third down tries.

Seattle erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit at Detroit, scored 21 second quarter points uncontested to lead 21-7 and came away from the Motor City with a 28-14 win at Ford Field. Seattle outrushed the Lions 176-34 (Seattle RB Chris Carson led all rushers with 105 yards and a TD), while Wilson threw for 248 yards with three TDs. Detroit was paced by Matthew Stafford, who threw for 310 yard and a pair of TDs to go with three sacks and an interception (Wilson was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). Seattle went 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 34:55, while the Lions held the ball for 25:05, going 6 of 10 on third down tries.

Including meetings at Qualcomm Stadium and the old Kingdome when both clubs were in the AFC West, the Seahawks lead the series 26-24 and have outscored the Bolts 1,049-1,042. The Chargers won the last meeting between the clubs, as they would take a 30-21 win in San Diego in 2014, while Seattle’s last win over the Chargers came in 2010 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks by a final of 27-20. Seattle’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under is 48. The Chargers are good but they’re not that good. As for Seattle? They’ve played some decent football lately and will prove it to their fans at home in the Pacific Northwest. Seahawks win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and cover the 1 1/2.

Los Angeles Rams (8-0) at New Orleans (6-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of division winners meet in the Big Easy as the undefeated Rams travel to New Orleans for a late-afternoon contest with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in what could be an NFC playoff matchup. Both teams took wins in last Sunday’s action, with the Rams taking their win at home on the West Coast, while the Saints took a road win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes last Sunday night.

The Rams, leading the NFC West, trailed Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay 10-8 at the intermission at the Coliseum in front of a crowd that was wearing Packers colors and came away 29-27 winner over the Packers last Sunday. Los Angeles and Green Bay exchanged the lead four times on the West Coast before the Rams took the lead for keeps with 2:05 left in regulation when Greg Zeurlein connected on a 34-yard field goal for the 2-point lead. Los Angeles then had some last minute luck in their back pockets as Ty Montgomery fumbled the ensuing kickoff in Packer territory and the Rams recovered. The Rams, who outrushed Green Bay 135-106 (Todd Gurley led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD pass) then went on to run out the clock and take the win. Rodgers threw for 286 yards, while Jared Goff threw for 295 yards with three TDs, connecting with WR Josh Reynolds on the other two passes for the Rams (Goff was sacked five times, Rodgers was sacked three times, neither had an interception). The Rams were 8 of 18 on third down but had sucesss on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and held the ball for 34:10, while the Packers kept the ball for 25:50 and went 2 of 9 on third down tries.

Brees and the Saints, in first place in the NFC South, broke a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter against the Vikings at US Bank Stadium and got revenge as they came away with a 30-20 win over Minnesota in a rematch from last year’s NFC Divisonal Playoff that featured the “Minneapolis Miracle.” Minnesota trailed 17-13 at the intermission and watched Drew Brees and the Saints pull away from them, outscoring the Vikings 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Minnesota was outrushed 106-85 by New Orleans and Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw for 359 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once, while Brees threw for 120 yards and a TD with an interception. Minnesota went 5 of 10 on third down conversions in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (they were successful on fourth down, going 2 of 3) and actually ruled the clock, as they held on to the ball for 31:23, while the Saints held the ball for 28:37, going 4 for 9 on third down tries.

The Rams lead the series 41-32 (which includes contests played in Anaheim, St. Louis and old Tulane Stadium) and they have outscored the Saints 1,650-1,507. Their last meeting? Last year on the West Coast and the Rams were 26-20 winners at the Coliseum (New Orleans’ last win over the Rams came in 2016 in the Big Easy by a final of 49-21).

They met in week 12 on the West Coast at the Coliseum and the Rams led 17-10 at the intermisson, then held off a late second half New Orleans rally to take the win. While New Orleans outrushed the Rams 123-88 (Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara led all rushers with 87 yards and a rushing TD to go with a TD pass from Brees late in the contest), while Goff threw for 354 yards with a pair of TDs and an interception (Brees threw for 246 yards; Brees was sacked three times, Goff sacked four times). The Rams were 3 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:26, while the Saints held the pigskin for 24:34, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

While the Rams covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 6, both teams missed the 53 1/2 over/under, merging for 46 points. This time, the powers that be like the Saints as 1 point favorites in the Big Easy with the over/under set at 60 1/2. While we agree with the 1-point spread as well as the 60 1/2 over/under, we see this one differently. The Rams are unbeaten for a reason and Saints fans will see that reason and have their hearts brokien in the Big Easy. Rams remain unbeaten and cover the 1 on the road.

Green Bay (3-3-1) at New England (6-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Rodgers vs. Brady. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBS meet in Foxboro on a Sunday night as New England and Green Bay meet at Gillette Stadium.

Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay led the Los Angeles Rams 10-8 at the intermission at the Coliseum in front of a crowd that felt more like Lambeau Field instead of Los Angeles, as the majority of fans were wearing Packers colors and came away on the short end of a 29-27 loss last Sunday. Los Angeles and Green Bay exchanged the lead four times on the West Coast before the Rams took the lead for keeps with 2:05 left in regulation when Greg Zeurlein connected on a 34-yard field goal for the 2-point lead. Los Angeles then had some last minute luck in their back pockets as Ty Montgomery fumbled the ensuing kickoff in Packer territory and the Rams recovered. The Rams, who outrushed Green Bay 135-106 (Todd Gurley led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD pass) then went on to run out the clock and take the win. Rodgers threw for 286 yards, while Jared Goff threw for 295 yards with three TDs, connecting with WR Josh Reynolds on the other two passes for the Rams (Goff was sacked five times, Rodgers was sacked three times, neither had an interception). The Rams were 8 of 18 on third down but had sucesss on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and held the ball for 34:10, while the Packers kept the ball for 25:50 and went 2 of 9 on third down tries.

Tom Brady and the Patriots took a 9-3 at the half in Orchard Park Monday night against Buffalo, then floored the gas in the second half as the Pats came away 25-6 winners at New Era Field. The contest was an all-field goal affair in the first half as the two Stephens (Gostkowski for New England, Hauschka for Buffalo) gave their teams their first half points. New England then outscored Buffalo 16-3 in the final 30 minutes of action, using a 1-yard TD run from RB James White and an 84-yard interception return by CB Devin McCourty in the fourth quarter to seal Buffalo’s fate. The Bills thought they had a TD that would have made the contest closer than the final score when Buffalo QB Derek Anderson (290 yards, interception, three sacks) and TE Jason Croom connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 6:14 left in regulation. Buffalo fans then saw their hopes shattered when the play was review and the call on the field was reversed. Brady picked up his 29th win over the Bills and his 15th in upstate New York. Buffalo was outrushed by the Pats 76-46 and Brady threw for 324 yards with no interceptions or sacks, as New England went 5 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:50, while the Bills were 4 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:10.

They’ve met 10 times in regular season play and they’ve each taken five wins and the Packers have outscored New England 241-200. Green Bay took the win in their last meeting, taking down the Patriots 28-21 at Lambeau in 2014, while the Pats’ last win came in Foxboro in 2010 by a final of 31-27.

New England on Sunday night holds a 28-18 record and the Pats won their two contests last year, while Green Bay is 25-13, taking losses in their two Sunday contests in 2017. Since it’s Rodgers vs. Brady, it would make a ton of sense to make this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a 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 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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?”)

New England’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 57 1/2. There’s a good chance that the over/under could be reached by halftime, given that there are two future Hall of Fame QBs in this contest. It’ll be closer than the 6 1/2 but Green Bay bounces back from their heartbreak on the West Coast and upsets the Pats in western Massachusetts on Sunday night.

Tennessee (3-4) at Dallas (3-4), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week nine closes in Arlington as the Tennessee Titans come to the Lone Star State for a prime-time meeting with the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Both teams took losses two Sundays ago on the road and both clubs had byes.

The Titans come back from their bye after their 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in London two Sundays ago. Tennessee trailed 10-6 at the half at Wembley Stadium, then proceeded to outscore the Bolts 13-10 in the final 30 minutes of action to make things close. The Titans would come to within a single point with 31 seconds left in regulation when Mariota and TE Luke Stocker connected on a 1-yard TD pass. Tennessee then went for two instead of playing for the tie and perhaps sending the game into overtime but Mariota’s two-point try to WR Taywan Taylor was incomplete. The Titans did outrush Los Angeles 164-47 with Mariota throwing for 237 yards with an interception to go with the TD toss, while Rivers threw for 306 yards and a pair of TDs (both men were sacked twice and Mariota threw the contest’s only interception). Tennessee was 9 of 16 on third down in London (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:23, while the Chargers kept the pigskin for 24:37, while going 4 of 9 on third down tries.

Dallas comes back to action after a rally at FedEx Field against Washington fell short, allowing the Redskins to survive a 20-17 scare two Sundays ago. Washington led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, then saw that lead go away as Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and WR Michael Gallup connected on a 49-yard TD toss with 60 seconds left before halftime. Washington then would take the lead back in the third quarter with the help of K Dustin Hopkins, who booted a 21-yard field with 9:10 left in the quarter. Hopkins would then add a 25-yarder early in the fourth quarter, giving Washington a 13-7 lead. Dallas would pull themselves to within three with 9:46 left when K Brett Maher booted a 47-yard try. The Redskins then pushed the lead back to 10 with 4:55 left in regulation when LB Preston Smith made a defensive linesman’s dream come true when he picked up a Dallas fumble and returned it for a 1-yard TD.

Dallas was not going quietly into the good night as Prescott would score from a yard out with 97 seconds left to play, making the score 20-17. After a Washington punt, the Cowboys would get the ball back with 69 seconds left and got as close as Washington’s 34 and could have tied the contest but Maher’s 52-yard try hit the crossbar, giving Washington the win. Washington outrushed Dallas 130-73, with Redskins RB Adrian Peterson barely missing the 100-yard barrier with 99 to lead all rushers. Prescott, who along with Ezekiel Elliott, rushed for 33 yards, throwing for 273 yards, while Alex Smtih threw for 178 yards (neither Prescott or Smith threw an interception; Prescott was sacked four times, while Smith was sacked once). Washington went 3 of 12 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:55, while the Cowboys kept the ball for 29:05, going 5 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Including games played in Houston, when the Texans were known as the Oilers and the Cowboys played their home games in the Cotton Bowl and Cowboys Stadium, Dallas leads the series 8-6 and have outscored Tennessee  333-254. Dallas won the last meeting, coming out on top 26-10 in the Music City, while Tennessee’s last win came on Thanksgiving Day. Tennessee on Monday night holds a 22-17 record, while Dallas is 46-33 (both teams were 1-0 last year in primetime). Dallas is favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 41. While this one is not “Drill Worthy,” given the records of the two clubs involved, this one is worth your time watching. so you may want to go ahead and tape “Magnum PI” and “Bull” this week. Tennessee makes it closer than 6 1/2 but Dallas takes the win in Jerry World.

They’re still standing.

At 7-0, the Los Angeles Rams remain kings of the NFL mountain as the only undefeated team in regular season play.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

•New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 212 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 114.9 rating in the Saints’ 24-23 victory at Baltimore.

Brees, who has 501 career touchdown passes, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 500 career touchdown passes, joining Peyton Manning (539), Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (508) and Tom Brady (504).

With Sunday’s win against the Ravens, Brees joins Manning and Favre as the only quarterbacks to defeat all 32 current NFL teams.

•Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had nine receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of Minnesota’s first seven games this season, tying Charley Hennigan (seven consecutive games in 1961) as the only players in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of his team’s first seven games of a season. Thielen became the fifth player to record seven consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history.

​Thielen, who went undrafted in 2013, is the fourth undrafted player in the common draft era to record at least seven games with 100 or more receiving yards in a single season, joining ROD SMITH (8 games in 2000), Wes Welker (8 in 2011) and Victor Cruz (7 in 2011).

•Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Rams’ 39-10 victory at San Francisco. The Rams, who are the league’s only unbeaten team, begin the season 7-0 for the first time since 1985.

​Gurley, who has 14 total touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving) this season, is the third different player with at least 14 touchdowns in his team’s first seven games to start a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (15 in 1958) and Priest Holmes (14 in 2002 and 14 in 2004).

•Tampa Bay kicker Chandel Catanzaro converted the game-winning 59-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining in the Buccaneers’ 26-23 overtime win over Cleveland.

Catanzaro’s 59-yarder is the longest game-winning field goal in overtime since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974, surpassing the previous record of 57 yards set by Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski (October 19, 2008 vs. the New York Jets).

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first seven weeks.

•Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 306 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 137.7 rating in the Chargers’ 20-19 victory over Tennessee before a crowd of 84,301 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Rivers, who threw touchdowns of 75 and 55 yards, became the first quarterback with two touchdown passes of at least 50 yards in the 23 NFL games played in London since 2007. By the end of the 2018 season, the NFL will have played 24 regular-season games in London, with 29 of 32 teams having participated.

Rivers, who has 60 career games with at least 300 passing yards, is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 60 such games, joining Drew Brees (112), Peyton Manning (93), Tom Brady (84) and Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (63) and Brett Farve (62).

•​Carolina wide receiver Curtis Samuel rushed for a touchdown and quarterback CAM NEWTON threw two touchdowns passes, including a one-yard pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, in the Panthers’ 21-17 victory over Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Panthers, who trailed 17-0 in the fourth quarter, recorded the largest fourth-quarter comeback victory in franchise history.

Houston defeated Jacksonville, 20-7 in Week 7 in the Sunshine State. The Texans are the sixth team since 1970 to win four consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start to a season, joining the 1970 New York Giants, 1986 Los Angeles Raiders, 1998 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2011 Kansas City Chiefs.

New England defeated Chicago, 38-31 at Soldier Field. The Patriots, who scored 38 points in both Week 4 and Week 5 and 43 points in Week 6, are the fifth team since 1970 to score at least 38 points in four consecutive games in a single season, joining the 2014 Dallas Cowboys, 2004 Indianapolis Colts, 2000 St. Louis Rams and 1998 Minnesota Vikings.

•Detroit rookie running back Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards on 19 carries (8.3 average) in the Lions’ 32-21 victory at Miami.

Johnson is the first Lions running back with at least 150 rushing yards in a single game since Jahvid Best (163 vs. Chicago on October 10, 2011). The Lions combined for 248 rushing yards on Sunday, the most by the franchise in a single game since November 23, 1997 (249 yards vs. Indianapolis).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK EIGHT: TOP PASSERS: Six active quarterbacks – New England’s Tom Brady, New Orleans’ Drew Brees, the Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS, the New York Giants’ Eli Manning, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Green Bay’s AaronRodgers – rank in the top 10 in NFL history in passing touchdowns.

With four touchdown passes Monday night, Brady (504 touchdown passes) would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (508) for the second-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Roethlisberger (341) needs two touchdown passes against Cleveland Sunday at Heinz Field to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342) and move into sole possession of eighth place on the league’s all-time touchdown passes list.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Tom Brady – New England (504)*
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (501)*
Dan Marino – Miami (420)^
Philip Rivers – San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers (359)*
Eli Manning – New York Giants (346)*
Fran Tarkenton – Minnesota and New York Giants (342)^
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (341)*
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (325)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MILESTONE WATCH: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored 2,540 total points during his 23-year NFL career.

With five points on Sunday at Oakland, Vinatieri would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544 points) as the league’s all-time leading scorer.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (TOTAL POINTS SCORED)
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota (2,544)^
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (2,540)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PHENOMENAL FITZ: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 15,800 receiving yards in his 15-year NFL career.

With 135 receiving yards on Sunday against San Francisco in Glendale, Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens (15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (RECIEVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)^
San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,800)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

VALUABLE COMPANY: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 22 touchdown passes through the first seven weeks of the season. Mahomes needs three touchdown passes on Sunday against Denver at Arrowhead to join Tom Brady (2007) and Peyton Manning (2004 and 2013) as the only players in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes in their team’s first eight games of a season. Brady and Manning went on to earn Associated Press MVP honors in those seasons.

The players with the most passing touchdowns in their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Tom Brady, New England (2007, 30)#
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013, 29)#
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2004, 26)#
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018, 22)*
*In first seven games of season
#Named Associated Press MVP

TOUCHDOWN TODD: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 956 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns through the Rams’ first seven games this season. Gurley has scored at least two touchdowns in three consecutive games and in four total during the 2018 season.

With two touchdowns on Sunday against Green Bay, Gurley can become the fifth player since 1970 to score multiple touchdowns in five of his team’s first eight games of a season. The other four players to accomplish the feat are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with at least two touchdowns in five of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1970:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, GAMES WITH 2+ TOUCHDOWNS)
Terrell Davis – Denver (1998, 5)^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas (1995, 5)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams (1983, 5)^
Marcus Allen – Los Angeles Raiders (1982, 5)^
Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (2018, 4)*
*In first seven games of season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

THIELEN GOOD: Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had nine catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 7 win and leads the league with 67 receptions and 822 receiving yards this season.

Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of Minnesota’s first seven games this season and can surpass Charley Hennigan (seven consecutive games in 1961) to become the only player in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards Sunday night against New Orleans in the Twin Cities, Thielen would join Calvin Johnson (2012) as the only players to record eight consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ RECIEVING YARDS)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2012, 8)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2018, 7)*
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2014, 7)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (1995, 7)^
Charley Hennigan, Houston Oilers (1961, 7)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past four games, can join Patrick Jeffers (five consecutive games with Carolina in 1999) as the only players since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in five consecutive games.

GREEN MACHINE: Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green has 596 catches for 8,824 yards and 62 touchdowns in his eight-year NFL career. Green, who will play his 110th career game on Sunday against Tampa Bay, needs four receptions to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald as the only players in NFL history with at least 600 receptions and 60 receiving touchdowns in their first 110 career games.

The players with at least 600 receptions and 60 receiving touchdowns in their first 110 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS, TOUCHDOWNS)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (667, 74)^
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (623, 66)
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (596, 62)*
*In 109 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

As the season approaches the halfway point, the standings remain tight throughout the league as teams close out the month of October. Entering Week 8, there are 18 teams with a .500 or better winning percentage and 14 clubs with a winning record. Since 1990, 297 of the league’s 336 playoff teams (88 percent) had a winning record through seven games.

Through the first seven weeks of the season, 25 teams have at least three wins. Five teams – Kansas City (6-1), the Los Angeles Chargers (5-2), the Los Angeles Rams (7-0), New England (5-2) and New Orleans (5-1) – have at least five wins this season. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 80 percent (205 of 256) of the previous teams to start 5-2 or better advanced to the postseason, including eight of the nine teams to begin the season 5-2 or better in 2017.

A slow start, however, does not mean that hope is gone. There have been 39 teams since 1990 with a .500 or lower record after seven games to advance to the postseason.

The Rams, who are 7-0 for the first time since 1985, lead the league in point differential (+107), rank third averaging 33.6 points per game and fourth in points allowed per game (18.3). Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley, who scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Week 7, leads the NFL with 14 touchdowns this season and is the third different player in NFL history with at least 14 touchdowns in his team’s first seven games to start a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (15 in 1958) and Priest Holmes (14 in 2002 and 14 in 2004). Defensively, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald leads the league with eight sacks and is one of three players in the NFL with at least 10 tackles for loss in 2018 (10).

The NFL enters Week 8 following another exciting weekend of action. Through the first seven weeks of the season, 61 games have been decided by one score, the second-most in NFL history through Week 7 (62 games in 2012), including seven such games last week. Thirty-three of those games have been decided by three or fewer points, the second-most in NFL history through Week 7 (39 games in 1999), including five such games last week. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974 that there has been an overtime game in each of a season’s first seven weeks.

While there are teams that are in the hunt for a playoff spot, other teams are trying to get off the deck, so there’s hope even for them (yes, there’s even hope for Cleveland!). There’s one quarter of the season in the books or will be in the books when week eight comes to an end in Orchard Park. As for this week… teams with byes? Atlanta, Dallas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee. Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Seattle return to the gridiron from their week-long vacations.

As for week seven, it went pretty good as we went 10-4 overall and 64-39 for the season. There’s still a lot of football left. Week eight got underway in the Lone Star State as Houston defeated Miami at NRG Stadium Thursday night and concludes in upstate New York as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots face off against their AFC East rivals from Buffalo in prime time. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week eight.

Philadelphia (3-4) at Jacksonville (3-4), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (5:30 p.m. in London) on NFL Network. Rule Britiania times 3! The third game in London takes place on the other side of the Atlantic as the defending Super Bowl champs take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Philadelphia led 17-0 at the end of the third quarter (the Eagles led 10-0 at the half after a scoreless first quarter) against Carolina, then saw that lead vanish in front of their eyes as the Panthers scored 21 fourth points unchallenged to come away 21-17 winners at Lincoln Financial Field. Cam Newton threw for 269 yards and a pair of TDs in the final period, after the Eagles went on another long drive, their longest drive of the season since their 17-play drive agianst Indianapolis (that drive lasted 75 yards, using 11:18 of clock), when they would go 17 plays and 94 yards, taking 9:22 off the clock to take a 17-0 lead into the final 15 minutes of action. Carolina outrushed the Eagles 121-58 in their backyard, while Carson Wentz threw for 310 yards with a pair of TDs (Newton was sacked twice, Wentz was sacked four times, neither threw an interception) in the contest, Newton led all rushers with 49 yards). Carolina was 5 of 11 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:43, while the Eagles ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 35:17, going 3 0f 12 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down conversions.

Houston gave Jacksonville their second loss in a row at TIAA Stadium last Sunday, taking a 20-7 win in north Florida. The Texans and DeSean Watson took a 13-0 lead at the half, then led 20-0 late in the third before they would give up Jacksonville’s only score of the day when T.J. Yeldon and backup QB Cody Keesler connected on a 6-yard TD toss with 2:18 left in the third. Houston’s Lamar Miller ran for 100 yards with a TD to lead all rushers, as the Texans outrushed Jacksonville 141-70. Watson threw for 139 yards with a TD, while Blake Bortles threw for 61 yards before being replaced by Keesler (Keesler threw for 156 yards with the TD, four sacks and an interception). Houston was 8 of 16 on third down tries and they only needed to keep the ball for 29:35, while Jacksonville ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 30:25, going 9 of 19 on third down tries, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

While the Jaguars lead the series 3-2, Philadelphia has outscored Jacksonville 114-99 and have won the last two meetings, including taking a 34-17 win in the City of Brotherly Love in 2014. Jacksonville’s last win in the series also came in the City of Brotherly Love, coming away 13-6 winners in 2006. Philadelphia’s favored by 3 on the other side of the Atlantic and the over/under’s 41 1/2. It’s the first game of the day and while some of America will be at church, others will be watching, so if you’re in the Eastern and Central time zones, set the VCR now. Jacksonville covers the 3 and pulls off the upset on the other side of the Big Pond.

Baltimore (4-3) at Carolina (4-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of teams that had opposite results come their way last week meet in Charm City as Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at M&T Stadium. While one team lost in the final seconds at home, the other rallied and won their contest on the road.

Baltimore let a 17-7 lead after three quarters against New Orleans get away from them as the New Orleans Saints rallied in the fourth, then held off a last-second Ravens rally to come out with a 24-23 loss. The Ravens, leading 10-7 at the intermission before Drew Brees and the Saints went to work in the final 15 minutes of action, scoring 17 points in the frame before the Ravens would make it a 1-point game with 24 seconds left when WR John Brown and Flacco connected on a 14-yard TD pass. Ravens fans then would experience heartbreak as K Jeff Tucker’s PAT try sailed wide to the right, giving the Saints the road win. NeW Orleans outrushed Baltimore 134-77, while Brees threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco threw for 279 yards with a pair of TDs, neither threw an interception). Baltimore went 5 of 12 on third down (the Ravens were 1 for 2 on fourth down tries) and kept the ball for 26:29, while the Saints ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:31 while going 6 of 14 and 4 of 5 on third and fourth downs.

Carolina trailed Philadelphia 17-0 at the end of the third quarter (the Eagles led 10-0 at the half after a scoreless first quarter) against Carolina, then took control of things in the final 15 minutes as the Panthers scored 21 fourth points unchallenged to come away 21-17 winners at Lincoln Financial Field. Cam Newton threw for 269 yards and a pair of TDs in the final period, after the Eagles went on another long drive, their longest drive of the season since their 17-play drive agianst Indianapolis (that drive lasted 75 yards, using 11:18 of clock), when they would go 17 plays and 94 yards, taking 9:22 off the clock to take a 17-0 lead into the final 15 minutes of action. Carolina outrushed the Eagles 121-58 in their backyard, while Carson Wentz threw for 310 yards with a pair of TDs (Newton was sacked twice, Wentz was sacked four times, neither threw an interception) in the contest, Newton led all rushers with 49 yards). Carolina was 5 of 11 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:43, while the Eagles ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 35:17, going 3 0f 12 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down conversions.

The Panthers may lead the series 3-2 but Baltimore has outscored Carolina 119-83 and have won the last two contests, with the Ravens’ last win coming in 2014 in Charm City by a final of 38-10, while Carolina’s last win in the series also came in Baltimore by a final of 23-21 in 2006. Baltimore’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. The numbers sound reasonable and both clubs can put up offense when they need to. However… Carolina’s finer in the Tar Heel State. Panthers cover the 1 1/2 and win at home.

New York Jets (3-4) at Chicago (3-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Chicago plays their third AFC East foe, welcoming the New York Jets to Solider Field and the Windy City. Both teams took home losses in last week’s contests.

Sam Darnold and the New York Jets were taken to task last Sunday by the Minnesota Vikings 37-17 last Sunday at Met Life Stadium. GangGreen trailed 10-7 at the break in upstate New Jersey, then watched as the Vikings floored the gas, outscoring the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 27-10 in the last 30 minutes of action. Minnesota outrushed GangGreen 88-71 in the contest, with Cousins throwing for 241 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Adam Thielen on one of the passes, while Daronld threw for 206 yards and a TD with three interceptions (Cousins was sacked once, while Darnold was sacked three times). The Vikings, recpients of four New York turnovers went 2 of 15 on third down (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down tries) and kept the ball for 32:11, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! held the ball for 27:49, going 2 of 13 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Bears fans had their hearts broken in the Windy City as Chicago fell to New England 38-31 at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon. New England led 21-17 at the half, then watched Da Bears take a 24-21 lead with 12:04 left in the third when Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky and RB Tank Cohen connected on a 6-yard TD toss. That lead would not last very long as K Stephen Gostkowski tied things up with a 29-yard field goal, then the Pats took the lead back and for keeps when LB Kyle Van Noy blocked a Bears’ punt and retured it 21 yards for a score. Brady and RB James White would then add a 2-yard TD pass with 8:40 left for a 14-point lead. Chicago would pull themselves to within seven with 4:13 left in regulation when FB Michael Burton and Trubisky connected on a 11-yard toss. Chicago then got the ball back with 24 seconds left, getting as close as the Bears’ 45-yard line when Trubisky’s desparation pass to WR Kevin White fell a yard short of the goal line. Chicago outrushed New England 134-108 with Trubisky leading all rushers with 81 yards and a rushing TD to go with his two passing TDs (Trubsiky threw for 333 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions), while Brady threw for 277 yards and three TDs (white would catch two of those tosses) with a sack and an interception. New England was 6 for 13 on third down and held the ball for 29:51, while Chicago was 8 for 16 on third down and kept the ball for 30:09 (both clubs went 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Da Bears lead da series 8-3, they’ve outscored GangGreen 221-168 and have won the last four contests in the series, with Chicago’s last win coming in 2014 in the Meadowlands by a final of 27-19, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!’ last win over Chicago came in 2000 in the Meadowlands, coming away 17-10. Chicago’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 46. Both teams are actually better than their records. Da Bears win but GangGreen makes things closer than 7 in the Windy City.

Denver (3-4) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Toss the record books. A pair of AFC West rivals meet in the Show-Me State as Denver and Kansas City meets at Arrowhead in a week four rematch.

Denver made life miserable for Arizona in Glendale, taking the Desert Angry Birds 45-10. The Broncos led 35-3 at the break and never took the foot off the gas, outscoring the Cardinals 10-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Denver outrushed Arizona 131-69 with rookie RB Phillip Lindsay leading the way with 90 yards and a TD, while Case Keenum threw for 161 yards and a TD. Arizona’s Josh Rosen threw for 194 yards with a TD but was sacked six times and threw three interceptions.

The Chiefs got back on track after their loss at New England and took care of Cincinnati last Sunday evening at Kansas City as the Chiefs manhandled Dalton and the Bengals 45-10 at Arrowhead. The Chiefs led the Bengals 24-7 at the break, then pulled away in the final 30 minutes of action, outcoring the Bengals 21-3. The Bengals were held to 65 yards rushing, while Dalton threw for 148 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks with an interception, while the Chiefs ran for 198 yards (Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 86 yards and a TD), while Mahomes threw for 358 yards and four TDs. Cincinnati went 4 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 26:17, while the Chiefs were 9 for 12 on third down and ruled the clock, as they held on to the pigskin for 33:43 (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

They met in the Mile High City in week four and the Chiefs came away with the 27-23 road win. In their week four meeting in Denver, Kansas City trailed 13-10 at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Broncos 17-10, with the game-winning score coming with RB Kareem Hunt scoring from a yard out with 1:39 left to play. The winning score was part of an 8-play, 60-yard drive that used 2:56 of clock and saw Pat Mahomes throw a pass with his left hand. Although the Broncos outrushed Kansas City 159-142, Hunt led all rushers with 121 yards and the game-winning TD. As for Mahomes, he threw for 304 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce, while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 245 yards and an interception (Keenum was sacked four times, while Mahomes was sacked once.) While the Chiefs were 7 of 15 on third down tries, they were 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions and held the ball for 35:02, while Denver kept the pigskin for 24:58, going 2 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week four contest in Denver, Kansas City was a 5-point favorite but would win only by 4. As for the 52 1/2 over/under? It was untouched as both clubs scraped up 50 total points. This time, Kansas City’s favored by 10 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 56. The 56 is reasonable. The 10? That has us scratching our heads. Denver’s not that bad to be 10 point underdogs. Given the history in this series, it could be closer. Denver makes it close but the Chiefs prevail at Arrowhead and take the win.

Cleveland (2-4-1) at Pittsburgh (3-2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. It’s a week one rematch in the Steel City as Pittsburgh and Cleveland meet at Heinz Field.

Cleveland played their fourth overtime game of the 2018 campaign and once again took a loss in the extra period, falling to Tampa Bay 26-23 at Raymond James Stadium. Trailing 16-2 at the intermission, the Browns managed to even things up in the final 30 minutes of action, tying things up with 2:28 left when Browns QB Baker Mayfield and WR Jarvis Landry connected on a 16-yard TD toss. Each team would then exchange the ball twice and Browns fans would see their hearts get broken when Tampa Bay would recover a fumble by Jabrill Peppers with 3:12 left in the extra period at the Browns’ 48-yard line. That was all the field position that Tampa Bay would need as they would use a 6-play, 7-yard drive that took only 82 seconds and ended with a 59-yard field goal by Chris Catanzaro.

Cleveland actually outrushed the Buccaneers 119-114, with Browns rookie RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 80 yards and a TD, while Mayfield threw for 215 yards and a pair of TDs, while Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston threw for 365 yards with a pair of interceptions (Mayfield was sacked five times, Winston was sacked four) in the overtime contest. The Browns were 3 for 14 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 30:27, while time was on Tampa Bay’s side, as they would hold the ball for 37:43, while going 6 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Pittsburgh returns from their bye week after their 28-21 win at Cincinnati two Sundays ago. The Steelers erased a 14-14 tie at Paul Brown Stadium and outscored the Bengals 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of action, using a pair of Chris Boswell field goals and a 31-yard TD toss from QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown with 10 seconds left to take the road win. Pittsburgh outrushed Cincinnati 112-62 with RB James Conner leading all rushers with 111 yards and a pair of rushing TDs, while Roethlisberger threw for 369 yards and the game winning toss (Roethlisberger was not sacked and did not throw an interception), while Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton threw for 229 yards with a pair of TDs to Tyler Boyd (Dalton was sacked three times). Both teams did quite well on third downs (Pittsburgh was 8 of 14, Cincinnati was 6 of 12) and the Steelers kept the ball for 34:56 to Cincinnati’s 25:04.

They met in week one along the shores of Lake Erie and both clubs played to a 21-21 tie. Pittsburgh let a 21-7 lead at the end of the third quarter get away from them as Cleveland would go on to score 14 fourth quarter points unchallenged, then held off Roethlisberger and the Steelers to the overtime tie at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium. While the Browns outrushed Pittsburgh 177-159, Pittsburgh’s James Conner led all rushers with 135 yards and a pair of TDs on the ground. Roethlisberge threw for 335 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off three; for the Browns, rookie QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 197 yards and a TD toss to WR Josh Gordon but was sacked seven times and picked off once. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down and kept the ball for 35:12, while the Browns held the ball for 34:48, going 5 of 18, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

In the week one contest in Cleveland, Pittsburgh was a 4 1/2-point favorite but both teams came away even. That was the bad news. The good news? Both teams covered the 41 1/2 over/under with 42 points. Pittsburgh’s favored again, this time by 8 at home in the Steel City with a 51 over/under. Cleveland’s been pretty interesting to watch and while they won’t take this one, they’ll make things a little harder for the Steelers at Heinz Field this week. Steelers win this one at home but won’t cover the 8.

Tampa Bay (3-3) at Cincinnati (4-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay make their way to the shores of the Ohio River to face off against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tampa Bay gave Cleveland their second overtime loss of the season, taking a 26-23 win at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs led 16-2 at the intermission, before the Browns managed to even things up in the final 30 minutes of action, tying things up with 2:28 left when Browns QB Baker Mayfield and WR Jarvis Landry connected on a 16-yard TD toss. Each team would then exchange the ball twice and Browns fans would see their hearts get broken when Tampa Bay would recover a fumble by Jabrill Peppers with 3:12 left in the extra period at the Browns’ 48-yard line. That was all the field position that Tampa Bay would need as they would use a 6-play, 7-yard drive that took only 82 seconds and ended with a 59-yard field goal by Chris Catanzaro.

Cleveland actually outrushed the Buccaneers 119-114, with Browns rookie RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 80 yards and a TD, while Mayfield threw for 215 yards and a pair of TDs, while Winston threw for 365 yards with a pair of interceptions (Mayfield was sacked five times, Winston was sacked four) in the overtime contest. The Browns were 3 for 14 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 30:27, while time was on Tampa Bay’s side, as they would hold the ball for 37:43, while going 6 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Cincinnati was taken to task last Sunday evening at Kansas City as the Chiefs manhandled Dalton and the Bengals 45-10 at Arrowhead. Cincinnati trailed 24-7 at the break, then watched the Chiefs pull away in the final 30 minutes of action, outcoring the Bengals 21-3. The Bengals were held to 65 yards rushing, while Dalton threw for 148 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks with an interception, while the Chiefs ran for 198 yards (Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 86 yards and a TD), while Mahomes threw for 358 yards and four TDs. Cincinnati went 4 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 26:17, while the Chiefs were 9 for 12 on third down and ruled the clock, as they held on to the pigskin for 33:43 (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Tampa Bay leads the series 7-4 and the Bucs have outscored the Bengals 213-196. Cincinnati won the last meeting with Tampa Bay, taking a 14-13 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while Tampa Bay’s last win came in Cincinnati in 2010 by a final of 24-21. Cincinnati’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 54. Both numbers make sense and both clubs are trying to make the post-season party. Bengals cover the 4 1/2 and take the win at home.

Seattle (3-3) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of .500 teams meet in the Motor City as the Seattle Seahawks travel to Detroit for a early morning meeting (Pacific Coast time) with the Lions at Ford Field.

Seattle comes out of their bye week after they took Oakland to task, holding the Silver and Black to a fourth-quarter field goal, coming away 27-3 winners at Wembley Stadium in London. The Seahawks led 17-0 at the half on the other side of the pond, then took a 27-0 lead halfway into the final quarter before Oakland would dent the scoreboard on a 43-yard field goal by Mike McCrane with 8:25 left to play. Seattle outrushed Oakland 155-79 and Wilson threw for 222 yards with three TDs, while sacking Derek Carr six times (Carr threw for 142 yards in the loss). Seattle went 9 of 13 on third down and held the ball for 31:26, while the Raiders were 4 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 28:34.

Detroit took a 17-7 lead at the intermission at Hard Rock Stadium and came out on top 32-21 winners in the Sunshine State. Before the Lions would eventually restore order in the second half, Miami came to within seven with 7:06 left in the third when RB Kenyan Drake scored on a 54-yard run. The Lions then restored order when TE Michael Roberts and QB Matthew Stafford connected on a 4-yard TD toss and K Matt Prater kicked a pair of fourth quarter FGs to seal Miami’s fate. Lions rookie RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards to lead all rushers as the Lions outrushed Miami 248-107 (Drake led Miami with 72 yards on the ground), while Stafford threw for 217 yards, while Miami’s Brock Osweiler threw for 239 yards (each man threw a pair of TDs, Osweiler was sacked four times, Stafford was sacked once). Miami went 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 26:21, while the Lions held the ball for 33:39, going 2 for 8 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Seattle holds an 8-5 lead in the series and they have outscored the Lions 306-251. Their last regular season meeting took place in 2015 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks by a final of 13-10. They did meet in post-season play in 2016 in the Pacific Northwest, as the Seahawks manhandled Detroit 26-6 in the NFC Wild Card round. In that meeting, the Seahawks led 10-3 at the half, then proceeded to outpace the Lions 16-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Outrushing Detroit 177-49, the Seahawk defense sacked Stafford (205 yards) three times, while Wilson threw for 224 yards and a pair of TDs (Wilson was also sacked three times). Seattle went 9 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 36:39, while the Lions held the ball for 23:21, going 2 of 11 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Detroit’s favored by 3 in the Motor City and the over/under’s 49 1/2. This one may be worth your time watching. Seattle pulls off the road upset and covers the three in the Motor City.

Washington (4-3) at New York Giants (1-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. First place meets last place in the NFC East on Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands as Washington, in first place in the division, travels to Met Life Stadium for a meeting with Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

Washington held off a late Dallas rally at FedEx Field and survived a 20-17 scare from their NFC East rival Dallas last Sunday afternoon. Washington led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, then saw that lead go away as Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and WR Michael Gallup connected on a 49-yard TD toss with 60 seconds left before halftime. Washington then would take the lead back in the third quarter with the help of K Dustin Hopkins, who booted a 21-yard field with 9:10 left in the quarter. Hopkins would then add a 25-yarder early in the fourth quarter, giving Washington a 13-7 lead. Dallas would pull themselves to within three with 9:46 left when K Brett Maher booted a 47-yard try. The Redskins then pushed the lead back to 10 with 4:55 left in regulation when LB Preston Smith made a defensive linesman’s dream come true when he picked up a Dallas fumble and returned it for a 1-yard TD.

Dallas was not going quietly into the good night as Prescott would score from a yard out with 97 seconds left to play, making the score 20-17. After a Washington punt, the Cowboys would get the ball back with 69 seconds left and got as close as Washington’s 34 and could have tied the contest but Maher’s 52-yard try hit the crossbar, giving Washington the win. Washington outrushed Dallas 130-73, with Redskins RB Adrian Peterson barely missing the 100-yard barrier with 99 to lead all rushers. Prescott, who along with Ezekiel Elliott, rushed for 33 yards, throwing for 273 yards, while Alex Smtih threw for 178 yards (neither Prescott or Smith threw an interception; Prescott was sacked four times, while Smith was sacked once). Washington went 3 of 12 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:55, while the Cowboys kept the ball for 29:05, going 5 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Giants fell to Atlanta Monday, as the Falcons came away 23-20 winners in the Big Peach. Atlanta led throughout the contest and took a 10-3 lead with them to the intermission. The Falcons outrushed Big Blue 67-61 in the Monday night contest, while Matt Ryan threw for 379 yards and connected with WR Marvin Hall on a 47-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the contest, while Manning threw for 399 yards, connecting with WR Odell Beckham Jr. on a 1-yard strike in the final seconds of the contest. The Falcons held the ball for 32:17, going 7 of 13 on third down tries, while the Giants held the ball for 27:43, going 5 of 12 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests that were played when the Redskins called Boston home and they were known as the Braves and games were played at Yankee Stadium, RFK Stadium and Giants Stadium, the Giants lead the series 99-67-4 and have outscored the Redskins 3,434-3,045. They split last year’s contests, each taking home wins in the process.

Round 1.

Week 12 in Landover. Washington broke a 10-10 third quarter tie at FedEx Field, scored 10 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take a 20-10 win over the Giants. After a scoreless first quarter, the teams went into the intermission tied at 3-3. Washington outrushed Big Blue 122-84, with Redskins RB Samaje Perine led all rushers with 100 yards, while Kirk Cousins threw for 242 yards with a pair of TDs (Cousins was sacked six times and picked off once; Manning threw for 113 yards with an interception and four sacks). Washington was 4 for 15 on third down (the Redskins were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 34:37, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 25:23, going 2 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The Giants would get revenge on their NFC East rivals at home in upstate New Jersey in the season finale for both teams, as they would come out on top 18-10 at Met Life Stadium. New York led 15-10 at the half, then iced things away as K Alex Rosas kicked a 29-yard field goal to open the final quarter. Giants RB Orleans Darkwa led all rushers with 154 yards and a rushing TD, while Manning threw for 132 yards with a TD and an interception (Cousins threw for 158 yards with three interceptions; Manning was sacked twice, Cousins was sacked three times). New York, outrushing Washington 260-61, was 4 of 16 on third down and held the ball for 31:53, while the Giants were a dismal 1 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:07.

In the week 12 Thanksgiving night contest in Landover, the Redskins covered the 7-point spread, winning by 10 but neither team touched the 44 over/under, scoring only 30 points. In the week 17 season finale in upstate New Jersey, the Redskins were again the favorite, this time by 3 1/2 and the Giants covered, winning by 8. As for the 38 over/under? It was untouched as both teams scored only 28 points. Washington’s favored by 1 and the over/under’s 42. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! Washington covers the 1 and wins in Landover.

Indianapolis (2-5) at Oakland (1-5), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. A pair of struggling teams meet on the Eastern side of San Francisco bay as Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts take on the Oakland Raiders.

The Colts held Buffalo to a Stephen Hauschka field and a safety in the third quarter, coming away 37-5 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium. After a scoreless first quarter, the Colts took a 24-0 at the break and never looked back to take the win in the Hoosier State. The Colts outrushed Buffalo 220-135 with Indy RB Marlon Mack led all rushers with 126 yards and a TD, while Luck threw for 156 yards and four TDs, connecting with T.Y. Hilton on two of those tosses. Indy went 7 for 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:19, while the Bills, keeping the ball for 26:41, went 2 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland comes out of their bye week after they were taken to task by Seattle, as the Seahawks held the Silver and Black to a fourth-quarter field goal, coming away 27-3 winners at Wembley Stadium in London. The Seahawks led 17-0 at the half on the other side of the pond, then took a 27-0 lead halfway into the final quarter before Oakland would dent the scoreboard on a 43-yard field goal by Mike McCrane with 8:25 left to play. Seattle outrushed Oakland 155-79 and Wilson threw for 222 yards with three TDs, while sacking Derek Carr six times (Carr threw for 142 yards in the loss). Seattle went 9 of 13 on third down and held the ball for 31:26, while the Raiders were 4 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 28:34.

The Raiders have an 8-6 series lead and they have outscored the Colts 335-314 (including contests that took place when the teams were in Baltimore and Los Angeles). Oakland won the last meeting, taking a 33-25 win in Oakland in 2016, while the Colts’ last win in the series came in the Hoosier State in 2013 by a final of 21-17. The Colts are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 49. We wouldn’t blame you at all if you took a pass on this one and watched that NCIS marathon on USA (yes, the sight of Ziva smacking Tony on the head is really cute!). Oakland pulls the upset at home and covers the 3.

San Francisco (1-6) at Arizona (1-6), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of NFC West teams trying to stay out of the division as they meet in Glendale in a divisional rematch.

San Francisco dropped a 39-10 decision to NFC West foe Los Angeles in Santa Clara last Sunday. The 49ers trailed the defending NFC West champions led 22-7 at the intermission and were held by the Rams to a 51-yard field goal by Robbie Gould late in the third quarter. Rams RB Todd Gurley ran for a pair of TDs and caught a TD pass from Jared Goff as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 146-107 (Gurley ran for 63 yards, while Goff threw for 202 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks), while San Francisco’s C.J. Beatherd threw for 170 yards with a pair of TDs and seven sacks. The Rams were 5 for 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:51. San Francisco kept the ball for 27:09 in the loss at Santa Clara and went 3 of 11, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Arizona was taken to task by Denver in Glendale, as the Desert Angry Birds fell to the Broncos 45-10 last Thursday night. Arizona trailed the Broncos led 35-3 at the break and Denver would never took the foot off the gas, outscoring the Cardinals 10-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Denver outrushed Arizona 131-69 with rookie RB Phillip Lindsay leading the way with 90 yards and a TD, while Case Keenum threw for 161 yards and a TD. Arizona’s Josh Rosen threw for 194 yards with a TD but was sacked six times and threw three interceptions.

It’s a rematch from week five as the Desert Angry Birds broke their four-game losing streak, picking up their first win of the 2018 campaign with a 28-18 win over San Francisco 49ers at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara. Arizona led 14-6 at the break, then proceeded to outpace the 49ers 14-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Although they were outrushed by the 49ers 147-56 and C.J. Beathard threw for 349 yards and a pair of TDs, they saw Josh Rosen throw for 170 yards with a TD and forced five San Francisco turnovers (Beathard threw a pair of interceptions and San Francisco fumbled three times) to take the win. Arizona went 2 of 12 on third down tries in wine country and kept the ball for 19:48, while the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball to themselves for 40:12, going 10 of 17 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

San Francisco was a 4-point favorite at home in Glendale and the Desert Angry Birds covered with their 10-point win. The two clubs combined for 46 points, allowing them to cover the 41 over/under. This time around, the Desert Angry Birds are favored by 1 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Take a pass on this one if at all possible and go get that last-second Halloween candy. Cardinals cover in the desert and takes the win in Glendale.

Green Bay (3-2-1) at Los Angeles Rams (7-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. They stand alone. The Los Angeles Rams, the last unbeaten team, host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on the West Coast at the Coliseum.

The Packers come back from their bye week after their 33-30 Monday night win against San Francisco at Lambeau Field. Green Bay trailed the 49ers 24-20 at the intermisson, then stormed back in the second half to tie things up at 30-30 with 1:55 when Rodgers and WR DeVonte Adams connected on a 16-yard TD pass. Green Bay would then send their fans home happy when Mason Crosby connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired. San Francisco outrushed Green Bay 174-116, while Rodgers threw for 425 yards in the win (C.J. Bethard threw for 245 yards for San Francisco; each man threw a pair of TDs, Bethard was sacked twice, Rodgers was sacked three times. Green Bay went 4 of 13 (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) on third down tries and held the ball for 31:08, including the game-winning drive, while the 49ers were 2 of 9 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 28:52.

The Rams remained in the ranks of the unbeatens after they took care of San Francisco 39-10 in Santa Clara last Sunday. The defending NFC West champions led 22-7 at the intermission and held San Francisco to a 51-yard field goal by Robbie Gould late in the third quarter. Rams RB Todd Gurley ran for a pair of TDs and caught a TD pass from Jared Goff as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 146-107 (Gurley ran for 63 yards, while Goff threw for 202 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks), while San Francisco’s C.J. Beatherd threw for 170 yards with a pair of TDs and seven sacks. The Rams were 5 for 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:51. San Francisco kept the ball for 27:09 in the loss at Santa Clara and went 3 of 11, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Including contests that were played at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Cleveland and St. Louis, the series is tied at 45-45-2 and the Rams have outscored Green Bay 2,105-2,094. However… the Packers have won the last five meetings, including taking a 24-10 win at Lambeau Field in 2015, while the Rams last win came in 2006 (also in Lambeau) by a final of 23-20. Los Angeles’ a 9-point favorite and the over/under’s 57. While Green Bay makes things a bit interesting, the Rams remain unbeaten at home and takes the win, covering the 9.

New Orleans (5-1) at Minnesota (4-2-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. It’s a rematch of an NFC Divisonal game that will be talked about for ages as Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings return to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a Sunday evening meeting with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at US Bank Stadium, with both teams in first place in their respective divisons taking big wins on the road last Sunday.

New Orleans erased a 17-7 deficit against Baltimore and came away from Charm City with a 24-23 win after they held off a last-second Ravens rally in the final seconds. Baltimore led 10-7 at the intermission at M&T Stadium last Sunday afternon before Brees and the Saints went to work in the final 15 minutes of action, scoring 17 points in the frame before the Ravens would make it a 1-point game with 24 seconds left when WR John Brown and Flacco connected on a 14-yard TD pass. Ravens fans then would experience heartbreak as K Jeff Tucker’s PAT try sailed wide to the right, giving the Saints the road win. NeW Orleans outrushed Baltimore 134-77, while Brees threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco threw for 279 yards with a pair of TDs, neither threw an interception). Baltimore went 5 of 12 on third down (the Ravens were 1 for 2 on fourth down tries) and kept the ball for 26:29, while the Saints ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:31 while going 6 of 14 and 4 of 5 on third and fourth downs.

Minnesota manhandled Sam Darnold and the New York Jets 37-17 last Sunday at Met Life Stadium. The Purple Gang led 10-7 at the break in upstate New Jersey, then floored the gas as they would outscore the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 27-10 in the last 30 minutes of action. Minnesota outrushed GangGreen 88-71 in the contest, with Cousins throwing for 241 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Adam Thielen on one of the passes, while Daronld threw for 206 yards and a TD with three interceptions (Cousins was sacked once, while Darnold was sacked three times). The Vikings, recpients of four New York turnovers went 2 of 15 on third down (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down tries) and kept the ball for 32:11, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! held the ball for 27:49, going 2 of 13 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 19-10 and they’ve outscored New Orleans 732-531. They met twice last year, once in regular season action and again in the post-season, with the Vikings winning both contests in the Twin Cities (New Orleans’ last win in the series came in the Big Easy in 2014 as they took a 20-9 win).

The first meeting took place in week one in the Land of 10,000 Lakes with the Vikings coming away 29-19 winners at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota led 16-6 at the intermission and the two teams played even football in the second half. Minnesota’s Devin Cook led all rushers with 127 yards as the Vikings outrushed the Saints 129-60 and Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, while Brees threw for 291 yards and a TD (neither threw an interception and both men were sacked once). Minnesota was 9 of 14 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 31:16, while the Saints held the pigskin for 28:44, going 4 of 11 on third down conversions.

The two clubs met in an NFC Divisional game that was one for the ages last year in the Twin Cities and the Vikings earned their way into the NFC Championship in a manner that not even Hollywood could have expected, coming away from US Bank Stadium 29-24 winners over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints last Sunday afternoon. The Vikings led 17-0 at the intermission against New Orleans before the Saints’ Michael Thomas ended Minnesota’s bid for a shutout when he and Drew Brees connected on a 14-yard TD pass with 1:18 left in the third quarter. Brees and Thomas would connect again with 13:09 left in the contest when they connected on a 3-yard toss. After Kyle Horbath gave the Vikings a 20-14 lead with 10:12 left to play, New Orleans took the lead for the first time in the game when rookie RB Alvin Kamara caught a 14 yard TD pass from Brees with 3:01 left to. That lead would not last long, as once again it was Horbath putting the Vikings back on top with a 52-yard field goal with 89 seconds left.

New Orleans was not about to be outdone as they would use an 11-play, 50-yard drive that used 64 seconds of clock and took the lead back when K Wil Lutz connected on a 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds left. Minnesota, without time outs, engineered a drive that almost didn’t see the light of day as Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs opened with a 19-yard pass to their 39-yard line. After two Keenum passes were incomplete, the Vikings needed and got a miracle when Diggs caught Keenum’s desparation pass and took it into the end zone for a 61-yard TD pass as time expired for a walk-off TD to send Minnesota fans home happy and the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.

Minnesota outrushed New Orleans 95-80 and Keenum threw for 318 yards, while Brees threw for 294 (both men were sacked twice, Keenum threw an interception, while Brees threw two) and Diggs led all recievers with 137 yards on six catches, including the game-winner. Minnesota on third down was 10 of 17 and held the ball for 33:17, including the game-winning drive, while the Saints held the pigskin for 26:43, going 2 of 9 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week one contest in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota covered the 3-point spread, winning by 10 and both clubs matched the 48 over/under with 48 points. In the NFC Divisional Game in the Twin Cities, the Vikings were 3 1/2 favorites and Minnesota would cover the spread with the 5-point win at home and the 44 1/2 over/under was covered as the two teams combined for 53 points. In the Sunday night contest, the oddsmakers like the Vikings as 1-point favorites with a 52 1/2 over/under. Both teams are reasonble and make a lot of sense, which makes this contest “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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?”)

Both teams have done quite well on Sunday Night Football, carrying .500 or better mark into the contest (Minnesota is 18-17, while the Saints are 19-14) The Saints are looking for revenge. The Vikings are looking to prove that the two wins were not a fluke. Third time’s a charm for the Vikings, who takes the win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, covering the 1.

New England (5-2) at Buffalo (2-5), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week eight ends in upstate New York as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots make their way to Orchard Park for an AFC East meeting with the Buffalo Bills.

The defending AFC champs held off Chicago 38-31 in the Windy City last Sunday afternoon. New England led 21-17 at the half, then watched Da Bears take a 24-21 lead with 12:04 left in the third when Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky and RB Tank Cohen connected on a 6-yard TD toss. That lead would not last very long as K Stephen Gostkowski tied things up with a 29-yard field goal, then the Pats took the lead back and for keeps when LB Kyle Van Noy blocked a Bears’ punt and retured it 21 yards for a score. Brady and RB James White would then add a 2-yard TD pass with 8:40 left for a 14-point lead. Chicago would pull themselves to within seven with 4:13 left in regulation when FB Michael Burton and Trubisky connected on a 11-yard toss. Chicago then got the ball back with 24 seconds left, getting as close as the Bears’ 45-yard line when Trubisky’s desparation pass to WR Kevin White fell a yard short of the goal line. Chicago outrushed New England 134-108 with Trubisky leading all rushers with 81 yards and a rushing TD to go with his two passing TDs (Trubsiky threw for 333 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions), while Brady threw for 277 yards and three TDs (white would catch two of those tosses) with a sack and an interception. New England was 6 for 13 on third down and held the ball for 29:51, while Chicago was 8 for 16 on third down and kept the ball for 30:09 (both clubs went 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Buffalo was held by Indianapolis to a Stephen Hauschka field and a safety in the third quarter, falling to the Colts 37-5 at Lucas Oil Stadium. After a scoreless first quarter, Indy took a 24-0 at the break and never looked back to take the win in the Hoosier State. Buffalo was outrushed by the Colts 220-135 with Indy RB Marlon Mack led all rushers with 126 yards and a TD, while Luck threw for 156 yards and four TDs, connecting with T.Y. Hilton on two of those tosses. Indy went 7 for 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:19, while the Bills, keeping the ball for 26:41, went 2 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 71-43-1, they’ve outscored the Bills 2,559-2,119 (including contests that were played in Boston) and the Patriots have won the last three meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Buffalo’s last win came in 2016, when the Bills shutout a Brady-less New England 16-0 in Foxboro).

Meeting one? Week 12 in upstate New York and the Patriots held Buffalo to a second-quarter field goal by Hauscka as the Pats were 23-3 winners in Orchard Park. New England led 9-3 at the break thanks to three Gostkowski field goals, then got a pair of Rex Burkhead rushing TDs in the second half to seal Buffalo’s fate. New England outrushed Buffalo 191-183 and Brady threw for 258 yards and was picked off once while being sacked three times (Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 65 yards but was sacked three times before being replaced). New England was 5 for 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:01 to Buffalo’s 25:59, with the Bills going 5 of 13, 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

Meeting number two took place in Foxboro in week 16 and the Pats made it a clean sweep of the 2017 series, taking a 37-16 win in Foxboro. New England broke a 13-13 tie at the intermission, outscoring the Bills 24-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. New England outrushed Buffalo 193-84, Brady threw for 224 yards with a pair of TDs (one to TE Rob Gronkowski, the other to RB Deon Lewis) and Lewis rushed for 129 yards and a rushing TD. New England in the rematch went 5 for 11 on third down (the Patriots were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:44, while the Bills kept the ball for 28:16, going 8 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest in upstate New York, the Patriots covered the 8 1/2-point spread, winning by 20 but neither team touched the 49 over/under as they combined for 26 points. As for the second meeting in Foxboro? New England’s 21-point win allowed them to cover the 11-point spread and this time, the two teams covered the 47 over/under with 53 points. Neither team has exactly done well on Monday night; the Patriots are 24-25 in prime time, while the Bills are 17-25. In the Monday night contest in upstate New York, the Pats are favored by 14 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. We don’t think the Bills are that bad and they’re better than their record. You might want to tape “Magnum” and “Bull” this week. New England prevails on Monday night in upstate New York, taking the win but not covering.

And there was one.

The Los Angeles Rams remain the NFL’s lone unbeaten team after Kansas City fell to the New England Patriots in Foxboro last Sunday night.

Like the cheese in the nursery rhyme, “The Farmer In The Dell,” the Rams stand alone as the last unbeaten team for the 2018 season and look to stay that way when they travel up the coast to face off against their NFC West rivals from San Francisco. Close contests have been the order of the day in 2018 and we can expect more.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK SEVEN

MILESTONE WATCH: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ Week 5 win. Brees has 72,103 career passing yards and surpassed Peyton Manning (71,940) in Week 5 to become the league’s all-time leading passer.

With a touchdown pass on Sunday at Baltimore, Brees can join Manning (539), Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (508) and Tom Brady (501) as the only players in NFL history to throw 500 career touchdown passes.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Tom Brady – New England (501)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (499)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri has scored 2,535 total points during his 23-year NFL career. With 10 points on Sunday against Buffalo, Vinatieri would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544 points) as the league’s all-time leading scorer.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (TOTAL POINTS SCORED
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota (2,544)^
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (2,535)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PACE SETTER: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley leads the NFL with 870 scrimmage yards and nine rushing touchdowns through the first six weeks of the 2018 season.

With 130 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on Sunday at San Francisco, Gurley can become the fifth different player in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in his team’s first seven games of a season.

The players with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in his team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – SCIRMMAGE YARDS/RUSHING TDS)
Priest Holmes – Kansas City (2004 – 1,017/13)
Priest Holmes – Kansas City (2002 – 1,113/12)
Terrell Davis – Denver (1998 – 1,099/12)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 1,045/17)^
Jim Brown – Cleveland (1958 – 1,060/14)^
Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (2018 – 870/9)*
*Through first six games of season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PROLIFIC PAT: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 18 touchdown passes through the first six weeks of the season.

Mahomes, who has 18 touchdown passes in his first seven career games, needs two touchdown passes against Cincinnati Sunday night to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (21) and Deshaun Watson (20) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 20 touchdown passes in their first eight career games.

The players with the most passing touchdowns in their first eight career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS, PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)_
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams (1998-99, 21)^
Deshaun Watson – Houston (2017-18, 20)
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City (2017-18, 18)*
*In seven career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG PLAY TYREEK: Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had seven receptions for 142 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yarder, in Week 6 and ties for the league-lead with six touchdown receptions in 2018.

Hill, who turns 25 in March of 2019, has 14 career touchdowns of at least 50 yards. With his next touchdown of at least 50 yards, he would become the third player in NFL history with at least 15 touchdowns of 50+ yards before turning 25 years old.

The players with the most 50+ yard touchdowns before turning 25 years old in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (50+ YARD TOUCHDOWNS)
Gale Sayers – Chicago (16)^
Randy Moss – Minnesota (15)^
Tyreek Hill – Kansas City (14)*
*24 years old
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

AMAZING ADAM: Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had 11 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 6 win and leads the league with 58 receptions and 712 receiving yards this season. His 58 catches are the most by a player in his team’s first six games of a season in league annals.

Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of Minnesota’s first six games this season and joined Charley Hennigan (seven consecutive games in 1961) as the only players in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of his team’s first six games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday at the New York Jets, Thielen would become the fifth player to record seven consecutive games at any point in a season with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ RECIEVING YARDS)
Calvin Johnson – Detroit (2012 – 8)
Demaryius Thomas – Denver (2014 – 7)
Michael Irvin – Dallas (1995 – 7)^
Charley Hennigan – Houston Oilers (1961 – 7)
Adam Thielen – Minnesota (2018 – 6)*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

KEEP IT 100: New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had a career-high 229 scrimmage yards (130 rushing, 99 receiving) in Week 6. Barkley has totaled at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first six career games.

With 100 scrimmage yards on Monday night at Atlanta, Barkley would join Kareem Hunt (2017) as the only players in league annals with at least 100 scrimmage yards in seven consecutive games to begin their career.

Additionally, with 100 scrimmage yards in Week 7, Barkley would become the seventh rookie in NFL history to record seven consecutive games at any point in a season with at least 100 scrimmage yards.

The rookies with the most consecutive games of at least 100 scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams (1983, 10)^
Edgerrin James – Indianapolis (1999, 9)
Kareem Hunt – Kansas City (2017, 7)
Kevin Jones – Detroit (2004, 7)
Jamal Lewis – Baltimore (2000, 7)
Clark Gaines – New York Jets (1976, 7)
Saquon Barkley – New York Giants (2018, 6)*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CAPTAIN’S ORDERS: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 301 yards with four touchdown passes in Week 6.

Luck, who has passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his past three games, can become the third quarterback in NFL history with four consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns within a single season on Sunday against Buffalo.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Steve Young – San Francisco (1998, 5)^
Peyton Manning – Denver (2012, 4)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2018, 3)*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK SIX:

•Miami defeated Chicago, 31-28, in overtime this week. Dolphins rookie kicker Jason Sanders converted the game-winning, 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime, marking the second-longest game-winning field goal in overtime by a rookie since 1974. The record is held by Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, who kicked a game-winning 54-yarder as a rookie on December 2, 2012.

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first six weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first six weeks.

•Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards and had two touchdown runs in the Rams’ 23-20 victory at Denver.

Gurley leads the NFL with 11 scrimmage touchdowns this season and is the fifth different player since 1970 with at least 11 offensive touchdowns in his team’s first six games of a season. Gurley puts himself in some pretty good company as he joins Shaun Alexander (12 in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith (11 in 1995) and La Dainian Tomlinson (11 in 2005) and Priest Holmes (11 in 2002 and 11 in 2004) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

•Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had 11 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 27-17 victory over Arizona.

Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of Minnesota’s first six games this season and joined Charley Hennigan (seven consecutive games in 1961) as the only players in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of his team’s first six games to start a season. Thielen’s 58 catches, which lead the NFL this season, are the most by a player in his team’s first six games of a season in league annals.

•Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, who had five catches for 105 yards, caught the game-winning, 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in regulation in the Steelers’ 28-21 win at Cincinnati. The play marked the longest go-ahead touchdown by a Steeler in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter since 1970.

Steelers running back James Conner rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, his third game this season with at least 100 rushing yards and two touchdown runs. Conner became the fifth player since 1970 to record 100 or more rushing yards and at least 2 rushing touchdowns in three of his team’s first six games of a season.

•Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 percent) for 222 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 125.4 rating in the Seahawks’ 27-3 victory over Oakland before a crowd of 84,922 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Wilson joined Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles (September 24, 2017), Dallas’ Tony Romo (November 9, 2014) and New England’s Tom Brady (October 28, 2012) as the only players to throw for at least three touchdowns and record a passer rating of 125 or higher in the 22 NFL games played in London since 2007. By the end of the 2018 season, the NFL will have played 24 regular-season games in London, with 29 of 32 teams (91 percent) having participated.

•Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 183 yards, rushed for 82 yards and had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the Cowboys’ 40-7 win against Jacksonville at AT&T Stadium.

Prescott, who is in his third NFL season, has nine career games with at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown, tied with Jack Kemp for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only Carolina’s Cam Newton (20), New England’s Steve Grogan (11) and the New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez (10) had more games with at least one passing and one rushing touchdown in their first three seasons.

•New York Jets kicker Jason Myers converted all seven of his field goal attempts and made three-of-three extra points in the Jets’ 42-34 win against Indianapolis in the Meadowlands.

Myers’ 24 total points are the second-highest single-game total by a player who did not score a touchdown in NFL history. Only the Titans’ Rob Bironas (26 on October 21, 2007) scored more points in a single game without scoring a touchdown.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK SEVEN:

The NFL heads into Week 7 following another exciting weekend of action. In Week 6, nine of 15 games (60 percent) were decided by one score (eight points or fewer), including three games – Miami’s overtime win against Chicago, New England’s last second win against Kansas City on Sunday Night Football and Green Bay’s victory over San Francisco on Monday Night Football ­­– on game-winning field goals as time expired in the fourth quarter or overtime. Twelve contests this season have been won on the final play of the game, tied for the third-most through the first six weeks of a season since 2003.

Through the first six weeks of the season, 54 games have been decided by one score, tied with the 1999 season for the most in NFL history through Week 6. Twenty-eight of those games have been decided by three or fewer points, the second-most in NFL history through Week 6 (35 games in 1999), including four such games last week.

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first six weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974 that there has been an overtime game in each of a season’s first six weeks.

As the season approaches the halfway point, there are currently 21 teams with a .500 or better record. The Los Angeles Rams (6-0) top the NFC and are the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team, while Kansas City (5-1) own the AFC’s best mark. Twenty-one teams are currently in or within one game of first place in their respective divisions.

Scoring continues to trend at a record pace in 2018. Through Week 6, there have been 504 total touchdowns and 4,489 total points scored, both the most in NFL history through the first six weeks of a season.

MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST SIX WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2018 – 504
2015 – 481
2014 – 479
2016 – 470

MOST TOTAL POINTS IN FIRST SIX WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2018 – 4,489
2014 – 4,250
2015 – 4,243
2012 – 4,233

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley leads the NFL with 11 scrimmage touchdowns this season and is the fifth different player since 1970 with at least 11 offensive touchdowns in his team’s first six games of a season. Gurley joins Shaun Alexander (12 in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smiht (11 in 1995) and La Danian Tomlinson (11 in 2005) and Priest Holmes (11 in 2002 and 11 in 2004) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Highlights of the Week 7 schedule includes the second of three 2018 London Series games kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as the Los Angeles Chargers hosts Tennessee. The Titans are making their first appearance in London, while the Chargers play in the UK for the second time. Los Angeles running back Melvin Gordon leads the AFC with 745 scrimmage yards and ranks second in the NFL with nine touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving). Titans safety Kevin Byard, who had an interception in Week 6, has nine interceptions since 2017, tied with Detroit’s Darius Slay for the most in the league over the span. The 2018 London Series concludes in Week 8 with Philadelphia taking on Jacksonville on the other side of the pond.

New England, who sits at 4-2 and are tied with Miami atop the AFC East, visits Chicago, as Da Bears lead the NFC North with a 3-2 record, at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon in the Windy City. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passed for 340 yards with one touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in New England’s 43-40 victory last week, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to record 200 regular-season wins. New England running back Sony Michel ranks second among rookies with 400 rushing yards and aims for his fourth game in a row with a rushing touchdown. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has nine touchdown passes in his past two games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Sid Luckman (nine in 1943) for the most by a quarterback in franchise history over any two-game span.

On Sunday afternoon, Baltimore welcomes New Orleans to M&T Bank Stadium in an interconference late-afternoon showdown in Charm city. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (72,103) in Week 5, enters the contest needing one touchdown pass to become the fourth player in league history to record 500 career touchdown passes. The Ravens’ defense, led by linebacker Za’Darius Smith’s three sacks, recorded a franchise-record 11 sacks in Week 6, becoming the third team since 2002 to record at least 11 sacks in a single game.

The 117th meeting between Washington and Dallas (including the postseason) takes place at FedExField, as both teams look to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Washington (3-2) enters Week 7 in first place in the NFC East. Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, who leads the team with 339 rushing yards, aims for his fourth consecutive game against Dallas with a rushing score. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in Dallas’ win last week and has nine career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, tied for the fourth-most in league history by a player in his first three seasons.

In Sunday’s nightcap, Cincinnati travels to Arrowhead Stadium to take on Kansas City of AFC contenders. Since entering the league in 2011, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green ranks third in the NFL with 8,707 receiving yards and fifth with 589 receptions. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL with 18 touchdown passes, has won six of his first seven career starts and is the only quarterback in league history to throw for at least 250 yards in each of his first seven games. Week seven play concludes in Atlanta at Matt Ryan and the Falcons host Eli Manning and the NeW York Giants in the Big Peach.

Byes this week? Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Lions and Saints fans can rejoice and Detroit and New Orleans return to action this week. As for last week? Much better, as we went 11-4 for the week and 53-35 for the season. There’s still a lot of football left to play in the 2018 season. Week seven began in the desert with the Broncos taking Arizona to task in Glendale and ends with Eli Manning and the New York Giants traveling to the Big Peach for a meeting with Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week seven.

Tennessee (3-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (4-2), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on CBS. RULE BRITAINIA! Set those DVR’s early! It’s an early Sunday morning start in the United States as the Los Angeles Chargers host Tennessee on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the second contest in London in the 2018 campaign.

The Titans were taken to task by Baltimore last Sunday in Nashville as they were shut down and shut out by the Ravens 21-0 at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee trailed 14-0 at the intermission in the Music City and could never really get on track in their home loss. Tennessee was held to 55 yards rushing, while the Ravens ran roughshod over the Titans for 123 yards of their own and sacked Marcus Mariota (117 yards) 11 times. Baltimore’s Alex Collins accounted for his team’s last two scoring plays, while Michael Crabtree and Joe Flacco (238 yards) connected on the game’s first score. The Titans were a rather dismal 1 of 10 on third down last Sunday and held on to the ball for 22:26, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 37:34, while going 12 of 17 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Los Angeles brought Cleveland back to Earth last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie, as the Chargers were 38-14 winners at First Energy Field. Leading 21-6 at the intermission, the Chargers pulled away from Cleveland in the second half to take the win on the road. The Chargers outrushed Cleveland 246-103, with Los Angeles RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 132 yards and three rushing TDs. Philip Rivers threw for 207 yards and a pair of TDs to Tyrell Williams, while Baker Mayfield threw for 238 yards with five sacks, a TD and a pair of interceptions. The Chargers went 1 of 9 on third down conversions at FirstEnergy Stadium and kept the ball for 31:37, while the Browns were 6 of 16 and 1 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:23.

The Chargers lead the series 26-14-1, which includes contests that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and the Chargers were in San Diego and they have outscored Tennessee 1,068-902. The Chargers were 43-35 winners in San Diego in their last meeting, which took place in 2016, while Tennessee’s last win came in 2013 in the Music City by a final of 20-17. The Chargers are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Both numbers are reasonable. The Chargers are in the midst of a 41-day stretch where they will not be in Los Angeles unil November 18, when they host Denver at Stub Hub Centre (after their bye next week, they travel to Seattle and Oakland). Tennessee makes things closer than 6 1/2 but the Chargers prevail in Music City.

New England (4-2) at Chicago (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. New England makes its way to the Windy City for a showdown with the improved Chicago Bears at Solider Field.

The Patriots knocked Kansas City out of the ranks of the unbeatens Sunday night in Foxboro, coming away 43-40 last second winners over the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady and New England led 24-13 at the intermission in the Sunday night contest before the Chiefs would rally in the second half, outscoring New England 31-19 in the final 30 minutes of action. Kansas City took a 33-30 lead with 8:38 left when Tyreek Hill and QB Pat Mahomes (352 yards, four TDs, two interceptions) connected on a 1-yard TD pass. That lead would not last long as Brady took matters into his own hands and feet, scoring from 4 yards out and the Pats would add to that lead when Stephen Gostkowski booted a 52-yarder to lead 40-33. The Chiefs were not going away quietly as Hill and Mahomes hooked up again with 3:03 left to re-tie the contest. New England went into a surgeon-like mode in the final 3:03, using a 7-play, 65-yard drive that used all the available time left in regulation when Gostkowski booted a 28-yard field goal as time expired. Brady threw for 340 yards with a TD toss to Josh Edelman as New England outrushed Kansas City 173-94 (New England rookie RB Sony Michel led everyone with 106 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs). New England was 7 of 13 on third down (the Pats were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:09 (including the final drive), while the Chiefs were 4 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:51.

Chicago fans suffered heartbreak as they watch Da Bears lose in overtime 31-28 last Sunday in Miami. Chicago watched Miami lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and take that lead with them to the locker room at the intermission, before roaring back to take a 21-13 lead at the end of three quarters. Miami tied things back up in the fourth, scoring 15 points in the final quarter to tie things up when Brock Osweiler and WR Albert Wilson hooked up on a 28-yard TD toss with 9:08 left in regulation. Chicago would reclaim the lead with 3:17 left when QB Mitchell Trubisky and WR Anthony Miller connected on a 29-yard toss. That lead would last all of 16 seconds as Osweiler and Wilson connected on a 75-yard toss as part of a 1-play drive that used only 16 seconds of clock to re-tie the contest at 28-all. Miami would win the toss in overtime and get as close as Chicago’s 1-yard line when RB Kenyan Drake fumbled on the goal line, giving Chicago the ball back. Da Bears would get as far as the Dolphins’ 35-yard yard line when Cody Parkey’s 53-yard field goal try sailed wide right. Miami got the ball back and made their move, using a 6-play, 28-yard drive that took 1:55 and sent their fans home happy campers when Jason Sanders connected on a 47-yard field goal as time ran out. Chicago outrushed Miami 164-161 (Miami’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards) and Osweiler threw for 380 yards, while Trubisky threw for 316 yards (each threw three TD passes). Miami was 8 for 17 on third down and held on to the ball for 36:35 (including the final drive in overtime), while Da Bears kept the ball for 33:25, going 8 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 9-3, they have outscored Da Bears 288-173 and have won the last four meetings, including taking a 51-23 win in Foxboro in 2014, while Chicago’s last win came in 2000 in the Windy City by afinal of 24-17. The oddsmakers like New England as a 3 1/2-point favorite with a 49 1/2 over/under. Both teams can put up points and last week’s contests were proof of that. Da Bears are 2-0 in the Windy City this year and the Pats would love nothing more than to change that. New England covers Da 3 in Da Windy City and beats Da Bears.

Buffalo (2-4) at Indianapolis (1-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of struggling AFC teams meet in the Hoosier State as Buffalo travels to Indianapolis to face off against Andrew Luck and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Both teams would wind up in the loss column in last week’s action.

The Bills dropped a 20-13 decisions to Houston at NRG Stadium last Sunday. Although the Texans led 10-0 at the half, the Bills would eventually manage to tie things up with 94 seconds left with a a 27-yard field goal from Kai Fairbairn before the Texans would take the lead back for keeps when CB Jonathan Joseph picked off Nate Peterman (who came in for Josh Allen after he was knocked out of the contest with an arm injury) and retured the ball 23 yards for a TD with 82 seconds left in regulation. Buffalo did outrush Houston 100-74 but Peterman threw a pair of interceptions and 61 yards (Allen threw for 84 yards with a pair of sacks before leaving the contest), while DeShaun Watson threw for 177 yards and a TD to WR DeAndre Hopkins (Watson was sacked seven times and picked off twice). Buffalo was 6 of 15 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 33 minutes, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 27 minutes, going 3 for 13 on third down tries.

Luck and the Colts fell to the New York J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 42-34 in the Meadowlands last Sunday afternoon. New York led 23-13 at the intermission at Met Life Stadium before the Colts would outscore GangGreen 21-19 in the final 30 minutes of action. Indy did outrush the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 127-107 and Luck threw for 301 yards with four touchdowns and no sacks, outpacing Jets QB Sam Darnold, who threw for 280 yards with a pair of TDs for the winners. The one thing that did the Colts in was four turnovers (three Luck interceptions, one fumble), while GangGreen turned the ball over twice. The Colts were 5 of 12 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 22:58, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! went 6 of 15 on third down and had a ground stop on the ball, as they would keep it for 37:02.

The Bills lead the series 37-31-1 (including games that were played in Baltimore), Buffalo has outscored the Colts ,430-1,319 and the Bills have won the last two meetings, including taking a 13-7 overtime win last year in upstate New York (Indy’s last win in the series came in the Hoosier State in 2012 by a final of 20-13).

They met in snowy Orchard Park in week 14 in a contest that was played in a constant blizzard. A wind chill of 16 with blowing snow throughout the contest made this one a good one to watch either in person or on TV. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bills took a 7-0 lead with them to the intermission when Buffalo QB Nathan Peterman and WR Kelvin Benjamin connected on an 8-yard TD pass with 27 seconds left before the break. Buffalo would carry that lead late into the fourth quarter when the Colts’ Jacoby Brissett and TE Jack Doyle connected on a pass play of their own with 76 seconds left in regulation to tie things up.

Each team got the ball in overtime but could not produce a score that would have either given them the lead or won the contest outright. The Bills got the ball back again and this time they made the possession pay off, using a 6-play, 65-yard drive that would last all of 52 seocnds as Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy would send the fans that were in the chilly air of New Era Field home happy, scoring from 21 yards out with 1:33  left to play in the extra period. McCoy ran for 156 yards in the contest as the Bills outrushed the Colts 227-163 (Indy’s Frank Gore ran for 130), while Peterman threw for 57 yards with no interceptions or sacks and Brissett threw for 69 yards with an interception. The Bills were 10 of 18 on third down (they were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 32:25, while the Colts kept the pigskin for 36:02, going 4 of 16 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down.

In the week 14 contest in upstate New York, the Bills were favored by 3 and Buffalo covered with the 6-point overtime win. As for the 46 over/under? It was safe and warm, as both clubs combined for only 20 points. Indy’s a 6 1/2 point favorite in the Hoosier State and the over/under is 42 1/2. Buffalo would like to repeat what they did last year in upstate New York, while the Colts would like some revenge. Indy gets the revenge and the win, although the Bills make this closer than the 6 1/2.

Houston (3-30 at Jacksonville (3-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC South rivals, separated by 872 miles along I-10 meet in the Sunshine State as Jacksonville hosts J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

Houston held off Buffalo 20-13 at NRG Stadium last Sunday in Houston. Although they led 10-0 at the half, the Bills would eventually manage to tie things up with 94 seconds left with a a 27-yard field goal from Kai Fairbairn before the Texans would take the lead back for keeps when CB Jonathan Joseph picked off Nate Peterman (who came in for Josh Allen after he was knocked out of the contest with an arm injury) and retured the ball 23 yards for a TD with 82 seconds left in regulation. Buffalo did outrush Houston 100-74 but Peterman threw a pair of interceptions and 61 yards (Allen threw for 84 yards with a pair of sacks before leaving the contest), while DeShaun Watson threw for 177 yards and a TD to WR DeAndre Hopkins (Watson was sacked seven times and picked off twice). Buffalo was 6 of 15 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 33 minutes, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 27 minutes, going 3 for 13 on third down tries.

Jacksonville was held in check last Sunday at AT&T Stadium by Dallas last Sunday as the Cowboys took down the Jaguars 40-7. Jacksonville trailed throughout the contest, trailing 24-0 at the break before the Jaguars ended their bid for a shut out as Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (149 yards, three sacks and an interception) and WR Dede Westbrook connected on a 34-yard TD toss with 7:31 left in the third quarter. Dak Prescott (three sacks) threw for 183 yards and a pair of TD passes to WR Cole Beasley, while rushing for a TD, with RB Ezekiel Elliott running for 106 yards and a TD. Dallas outrushed the Jaguars 206-65, going 7 of 17 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 38:50, while Jacksonvile held the pigskin for 21:10, going 4 of 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

While the Texans hold a 19-13 lead in the series and have outscored Jacksonville 707-668, the Jaguars have won the last two meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s contests (Houston’s last win in the series came in the Lone Star State in 2016 by a final of 21-20).

The two teams opened the 2017 campaign in the Lone Star State and the Jaguars prevailed 29-7 at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville led 19-0 at the half and held the Texans to a 4-yard TD pass from Watson to WR DeAndre Hopkins in the third quarter. The Jaguars outrushed Houston 155-93, with Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette leading the way with 100 and a rushing TD, while Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards with a TD and no interceptions or sacks (Watson threw for 102 yards with four interceptions and a sack). Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:05, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 29:55, going 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Jacksonville made the sweep of the series official as they manhandled the Texans 45-7 at Everbank Field in week 15. Once again, Jacksonville jumped out to a huge lead and was never really challenged in the contest (they led 31-0 at the break). Houston found themselves outrushed by Jacksonville 138-87, with Bortles throwing for 326 yards and three TDs in the lopsided win in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville was 3 of 10 on third down and kept the ball for 33:18, while the Texans were 4 of 16 on third down, holding the ball for 26:42.

Houston was favored by 5 in the season opener and the Jaguars covered with the 19-point win but neither club reached the 39 1/2 over/under, as they scored 36 points. Jacksonville was favored by 10 1/2 in the week 15 rematch in north Florida and they would easily cover, winning by 36. As for the over/under of 39? This time, both clubs covered the over/under with 52 points. Jacksonville’s favored by 4 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Both clubs are in the middle of the pack in the AFC South, chasing Tennessee and would like nothing better than to catch up to the Titans. Jacksonville takes this one at home and covers the 4 1/2.

Detroit (2-3) at Miami (4-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of interconference rivals square off in the Sunshine Stae as Miami hosts the Detroit Lions at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Detroit is coming off their bye after they took down Green Bay 31-23 at Ford Field two Sundays ago. The Lions shut out the Packers in the first half, taking a 24-0 lead at the intermission in the Motor City before Green Bay would outscore the Lions 23-7 in the second half. The one bright spot for Green Bay was that they outrushed Detroit 98-94 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 442 yards and three TDs, while Lions signal caller Matthew Stafford threw for 183 yards and three TDs (neither threw an interception, Rodgers was sacked four times, Stafford was sacked three times). Green Bay, who fumbled the ball three times at Ford Field, went 3 of 10 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 33:20, while the Lions were 5 of 13 on third down conversions, holding the ball for 26:40.

Miami needed overtime to take care of Chicago 31-28 last Sunday. Miami led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, took that lead with them to the locker room at the intermission, then saw Da Bears take a 21-13 lead at the end of three quarters before rallying to tie things up, sending the contest into overtime. Miami would score 15 points in the final quarter to tie things up when Brock Osweiler and WR Albert Wilson hooked up on a 28-yard TD toss with 9:08 left in regulation. Chicago would reclaim the lead with 3:17 left when QB Mitchell Trubisky and WR Anthony Miller connected on a 29-yard toss. That lead would last all of 16 seconds as Osweiler and Wilson connected on a 75-yard toss as part of a 1-play drive that used only 16 seconds of clock to re-tie the contest at 28-all. Miami would win the toss in overtime and get as close as Chicago’s 1-yard line when RB Kenyan Drake fumbled on the goal line, giving Chicago the ball back. Da Bears would get as far as the Dolphins’ 35-yard yard line when Cody Parkey’s 53-yard field goal try sailed wide right. Miami got the ball back and made their move, using a 6-play, 28-yard drive that took 1:55 and sent their fans home happy campers when Jason Sanders connected on a 47-yard field goal as time ran out. Chicago outrushed Miami 164-161 (Miami’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards) and Osweiler threw for 380 yards, while Trubisky threw for 316 yards (each threw three TD passes). Miami was 8 for 17 on third down and held on to the ball for 36:35 (including the final drive in overtime), while Da Bears kept the ball for 33:25, going 8 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Miami leads the series 7-4 and they have outscored Detroit 298-208. Detroit has won the last two meetings with Miami, including taking a 20-16 win in the Motor City in 2014, while Miami’s last win over the Lions came in the Motor City in 2006 by a final 27-10. Miami is a 3 1/2 point underdog at home and the over/under is 46 1/2. America likes underdogs and we like the Dolphins to take the win at home in the Sunshine State and cover the 3 1/2.

Minnesota (3-2-1) at New York Jets (3-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of teams coming off huge home wins last Sunday meet in upstate New Jersey as the Vikings leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a meeting with the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.

Minnesota took Arizona to task 27-17 at US Bank Stadium last Sunday in the Twin Cities. The Purple Gang led 13-10 at the half, then pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Desert Angry Birds 14-7 in the final 30 minutes. Minnesota outrushed Arizona 195-61, with Vikings RB Latavius runnig for 155 yards and a TD, while Kirk Cousins threw for 233 yards and a TD to wR Adam Thielen. Arizona’s Josh Rosen threw for 240 and four sacks in the loss (both Rosen and Cousins threw an interception in the contest). Arizona, who turned the ball over twice and got a fumble recovery by S Budda Baker, went 0 of 10 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 25:45, while the Vikings held the ball for 34:15, gonig 5 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! came away 42-34 in the Meadowlands last Sunday afternoon against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. New York led 23-13 at the intermission at Met Life Stadium before the Colts would outscore GangGreen 21-19 in the final 30 minutes of action. Indy did outrush the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 127-107 and Luck threw for 301 yards with four touchdowns and no sacks, outpacing Jets QB Sam Darnold, who threw for 280 yards with a pair of TDs for the winners. The one thing that did the Colts in was four turnovers (three Luck interceptions, one fumble), while GangGreen turned the ball over twice. The Colts were 5 of 12 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 22:58, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! went 6 of 15 on third down and had a ground stop on the ball, as they would keep it for 37:02.

GangGreen leads the series 8-2 and they have outscored the Vikings 250-172. Minnesota’s last win in the series (which includes contests that were played at Shea Stadium, Metropolitan Stadium and the Metrodome) came in 2014 in the Twin Cities by a final 30-24 in overtime, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!’ last win came in the Meadowlands by a final of 29-20 in 2010. Minnesota’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 47. Both numbers are reasonable. GangGreen could make this one close but Minnesota prevails in the Meadowlands.

Carolina (3-2) at Philadelphia (3-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecV 711. Carolina BBQ vs. Philly Cheese Steak. The defending Super Bowl champions host the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton at Lincoln Financial Field in the City of Brotherly Love.

Washington held off Newton and the Carolina Panthers 23-17 at Fed Ex Field last Sunday. The Redskins led 17-6 at the break before they were out score by Carolina 11-6 in the final 30 minutes of action to make things closer than Washington fans would have liked. Washington got a pair of Alex Smith TD tosses to take the win, while Newton also threw a pair of TDs passes in the 6-point road loss, tallying 275 yards with an interception (Smtih had 163 yards with three sacks). Washington, who outrushed the Panthers 132-81, was 7 of 16 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 35:24, while the Panthers were 24:36 in time of possession, going 3 of 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The defending Super Bowl champs righted their ship last Thursday night in the Meadowlands as they took Eli Manning and the New York Giants to task, taking a 34-13 NFC East road win. Philadelphia and Carson Wentz took a 24-6 lead at the intermission, then proceeded to take control of things in the second half against their NFC East rival. Although the Giants did outrush Philadelphia 147-108 (rookie RB Sequan Barkley led all rushers with 130 yards and a TD), the Giants could never get on track in front of their home crowd. Wentz threw for 278 yards and three TDs in the Thursday night affair, while Manning threw for 281 yards with four sacks and an interception (Wentz had one sack with no interceptions). The Eagles were 9 of 16 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 32:30, while the Giants were 4 of 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:30.

Philadelphia leads the series 7-3 and have outscored the Panthers 258-201. The Eagles won the last meeting which took place in Charlotte by a final of 28-23 at Bank of America Stadium (Carolina’s last win over the Eagles came in 2015 in Charlotte by a 27-16 count).

They met in week six in the Tar Heel State and the Eagles broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission by outscoring Carolina 18-13 in the final 30 minuts to take the 5-point win on the road. TE Zach Ertz would give the Eagles the lead for good when he and Carson Wentz connected on a 17-yard TD toss early in the third quarter. Carolina, who would be outrushed 101-80, pulled to within five with 8:04 left in the contest when Newton and WR Collin McCaffery connected on a 1-yard TD toss but could come no closer. Wentz threw for 222 yards with three TDs and three sacks, while Newton threw for 239 yards with a pair of sacks and three interceptions. Philadelphia went 5 of 14 on third down (the Eagles were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:34, while the Panthers ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:26, going 4 of 16 and 1 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

In the week six Thursday night contest in Charlotte, Carolina was a 3 1/2-point favorite and the Eagles covered with the 5-point road win. The 46 over/under was covered as both combined for 53 points. The odds makers in Vegas like the Eagles as 4 1/2 point favorites in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under is 45 1/2. History has a way of repeating itself and such will be the case Sunday. Eagles cover the 4 1/2 and wins in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cleveland (2-3-1) at Tampa Bay (2-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of sub .500 teams meet in the Sunshine State as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Cleveland at Raymond James Stadium as a pair of former Heisman winners take each other on.

Cleveland was brought back to Earth last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie by the Los Angeles Chargers, as they took a 38-14 loss at First Energy Field. The Browns trailed 21-6 at the intermission, then watched the Chargers pull away from them in the second half to take the win on the road. The Chargers outrushed Cleveland 246-103, with Los Angeles RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 132 yards and three rushing TDs. Philip Rivers threw for 207 yards and a pair of TDs to Tyrell Williams, while Baker Mayfield threw for 238 yards with five sacks, a TD and a pair of interceptions. The Chargers went 1 of 9 on third down conversions at FirstEnergy Stadium and kept the ball for 31:37, while the Browns were 6 of 16 and 1 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:23.

The Buccaneers fell short in their attempt to take down NFC South rival Atlanta, as the Falcons prevailed 34-29 in the Big Peach. Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers trailed 24-13 at the half before managing to outscore the Falcons 16-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. Tampa Bay would pull themselves to within two with 3:47 left when Winston (395 yards, four TDs, two sacks, two interceptions) and RB Peyton Barber connected on a 5-yard TD toss before the Falcons’ Matt Bryant connected on a 57-yard field goal with 70 seconds left in the contest. Tampa Bay would then make their way downfield afte the kickoff and got as close as Atlanta’s 21-yard line when they tried several lateral passes with seven seconds left but came up short. Tampa Bay outrushed Atlanta 123-70, while Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 354 yards with three TDs (TE Austin Hooper, WR Mohamed Sanu and RB Tevin Coleman caught the TD passes, WR Julio Jones led all recievers with 143 yards) and no interceptions. Both clubs did well on third down tries (Atlanta was 8 of 13, Tampa Bay was 5 of 8) and the Falcons ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:39 to Tampa Bay’s 28:21.

Cleveland holds a 6-3 lead in the series and the Browns have outscored Tampa Bay 188-144. Cleveland won the last meeting with Tampa Bay, taking a 22-17 win along the shores of Lake Erie in 2014, while Tampa Bay’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 2010 by a final of 17-14. Tampa Bay’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both numbers make sense and both teams are actually better than their records. Tampa Bay will take this one but expect the Browns to make this closer than 3.

New Orleans (4-1) at Baltimore (4-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Gumbo meets crab cakes as New Orleans makes their way to Charm City for a late-afternoon meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.

Washington saw Drew Brees pass Brett Farve and Peyton Manning as the all-time passing leader as the Saints took Washington to task 43-19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the Big Easy two weeks ago. Washington trailed 26-13 at the half and was outscored by the Saints 17-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans held Washington to 39 rushing yards as the Saints would tally 98 yards of their own. Brees threw for 363 yards and three TDs in the lopside Monday night affair, while Washington’s Alex Smith threw for 275 yards with an interception and three sacks (Brees was sacked twice). The Redskins were 4 of 13 on third down (2 0f 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:43, while the Saints ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 33:17, going 5 of 9 on third down conversions.

The Ravens pitched a shutout at Tennessee, coming away 21-0 winners in Nashville last Sunday at Nissan Stadium. Baltimore led 14-0 at the intermission in the Music City and made sure that the Titans could never really get on track in their home loss. Baltimore held the Tennessee rushing game in check, holding the Titans to 55 yards rushing, while the Ravens ran roughshod over the Titans for 123 yards of their own, sacking Marcus Mariota (117 yards) 11 times. Baltimore’s Alex Collins accounted for his team’s last two scoring plays, while Michael Crabtree and Joe Flacco (238 yards) connected on the game’s first score. The Titans were a rather dismal 1 of 10 on third down last Sunday and held on to the ball for 22:26, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 37:34, while going 12 of 17 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Baltimore leads the series 5-1, the Ravens have outscored the Saints 172-128 and they have won the last two contests, including taking a 34-27 win in the Big Easy in 2014, while New Orleans’ lone win came in Charm City in 2002 by a final of 37-25. Baltimore’s favored by 2 1/2 in Charm City and the over/under’s 49 1/2. This one is worth your time watching with these two QBs on Sunday afternoon. Baltimore wins this one but expect the Saints to make it closer than the 2 1/2.

Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Forget the records. They’re in the same division. They don’t exactly like each other. In fact… they LOATHE each other.

Capulets vs. Montagues.

Hatfields vs. McCoys.

Dogs vs. Cats.

Get the picture?

A pair of NFC East rivals meet in Landover in a late-afternoon contest at Fed Ex Field. Washington, sitting in first place in the division, hosts Dallas, nipping at their heels in the second spot in the division. Both teams took wins at home in last week’s action.

Dallas held Jacksonville in check last Sunday at AT&T Stadium last Sunday as the Cowboys took down the Jaguars 40-7. The Cowboys led 24-0 at the break before seeing their bid for a shut out come to an end as Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (149 yards, three sacks and an interception) and WR Dede Westbrook connected on a 34-yard TD toss with 7:31 left in the third quarter. Dak Prescott (three sacks) threw for 183 yards and a pair of TD passes to WR Cole Beasley, while rushing for a TD, with RB Ezekiel Elliott running for 106 yards and a TD. Dallas outrushed the Jaguars 206-65, going 7 of 17 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 38:50, while Jacksonvile held the pigskin for 21:10, going 4 of 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Washington held off Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 23-17 at Fed Ex Field last Sunday. Despite being outscored by the Panthers 11-6 in the final 30 minutes of action, the Redskins managed to lead 17-6 at the break, thanks to a pair of Alex Smith TD tosses. Newton also threw a pair of TDs passes in the 6-point road loss, tallying 275 yards with an interception, while Smtih had 163 yards with three sacks. Washington, who outrushed the Panthers 132-81, was 7 of 16 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 35:24, while the Panthers were 24:36 in time of possession, going 3 of 9 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series 70-42-2, they’ve outscored the Redskins 2,661-2,195 (including games played at the Cotton Bowl, Cowboys Stadium and RFK Stadium and have won the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Washington’s last win over Dallas came in 2015, when they left Jerry World with a 34-23 victory).

Round 1… week eight in Landover. Washington trailed 14-13 at the intermission at Fed Ex Field before Dallas pulled away to leave the DC area 33-19 winners. The Cowboys used four Matt Nugent field goals in the second half along with a 21-yard interception return by S Byron Jones to seal the win and take control of things on the road. Dallas outrushed Washington 169-49 with Ezekiel Elliott leading the way with 150 yards and a pair of rushing TDs, while Prescott threw for 143 yards with no interceptions and a pair of sacks, while Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards with a TD, four sacks and a interception. Dallas was 5 of 14 on third down (the Cowboys were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:19, while Washington kept the pigskin for 26:41, going 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In round 2, Dallas completed the sweep in the Lone Star State in week 13, taking Washington to task at AT&T Stadium with a 38-14 win. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cowboys led 17-7 at the half, then went into cruise control in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Redskins 21-7. Prescott threw for 102 yards with a sack, connecting with TE Jason Witten and WR Dez Bryant, while Alfred Morris (taking over for the suspended Elliott) ran for 127 yards with a TD as Dallas outrushed Washington 182-56. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down (0 for 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 32:28, while the Redskins were 6 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 27:32.

In the week eight contest in Landover, Dallas was favored by 2 1/2 and covered thanks to their 14-point win and both teams took care of covering the 50 1/2 over/under with 52 points. Dallas was once agains favored by the oddsmakers in Vegas as 2=point favorites and once again the Cowboys covered, winning by 18 and the two teams covered the over/under of 44 1/2, tallying 52 points in the Thursday night contest. The Redksins are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Washington’s sitting on top of the NFC East mountain, while the Cowboys are looking to knock them off the top. Hail to the Redskins! Washington covers the 1 1/2 and takes the win in Landover.

Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at San Francisco (1-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. They’re separated by 364 miles up I-5 on the West Coast. One team’s on top the NFL and NFC West mountain, while the other sits in the NFC West cellar. The Rams and 49ers meet in wine country for a divisonal showdown at Levis’ Stadium.

The unbeaten Rams held off a late Denver rally last Sunday in the Mile High City, coming away 23-20 winners at chilly Broncos Stadium at Mile High last Sunday. Los Angeles took a 13-3 lead with them to the intermission, then watched Denver pull themselves to within 7 with 8:54 left in the third when K Brian McManus connected on a 24yard field goal. Los Angeles would then respond with a 21-yard field goal from Chris Santos to pull themselve back to a 10-point cushion. Denver would make it a 3-point contest with 82 seconds left when WR Demaryius Thomas and QB Case Keenum connected on a 1-yard TD toss. The Rams burned Denver for 270 yards on the ground with Los Angeles RB Todd Gurley running for 208 yards and a pair of TDs (Denver rushed for 60 yards, with Keenum throwing for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Emmanuel Sanders on the other toss), while Jarred Goff threw for 201 yards with five sacks and an interception (Keenum was sacked twice and threw an interception). Denver on third down tries in the home loss went 3 of 10 (the Broncos were 0 of 1 on fourth down conversions and held the ball for 24:50, while the Rams ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 35:10, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The 49ers let a 30-23 lead at Green Bay get away from them as the Packers would score twice late in the final quarter to take a 33-30 win at Lambeau Field last Monday night. San Francisco led 24-20 at the break in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst thanks to a Robbie Gould field goal (Gould would kick three in the contest) before seeing that lead and the win vanish as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Davante Adams connected on a 16-yard TD toss with 1:55 left to tie the contest and then Mason Crosby boot a 27-yarder as time expired. San Francisco outrushed the Packers 174-116, as 49ers QB C.J. Beathard threw for 245 yards and a pair of TD tosses to WR Marquise Goodwin (49ers RB Raheem Mostert led all rushers with 87 yards on the ground), while Rodgers threw for 425 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Davante Adams (Rodgers had three sacks, Beathard had two). San Francisco was 2 of 9 on third down tries in the Monday night contest and held the ball for 28:52, while the Packers were 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:08, including the final 67 seconds of regulation.

Including contests that took place at Keezar Stadium, Candlestick Park, Anaheim and St. Louis, the 49ers lead the series 68-65-3, while the Rams have outscored San Francisco 3.046-2,891 in the series. The two teams split last year’s contests, with each winning in the other team’s facility.

First meeting was week three in Santa Clara on a Thursday night and the Rams held off a late San Francisco rally to take a 41-39 win at Levis’ Stadium. Leading 24-13 at the half, Los Angeles would see the 49ers rally in the second half of the contest outscore them 26-17. San Francisco would pull to within 2 with 2:13 left in the contest when Curtis Hyde (84 yards) scored from a yard away for his second TD of the evening. The 49ers missed the try for two that would have evened things, tried the onside kick and failed when the Rams recovered. Los Angeles outrushed the 49ers 126-113 with Rams RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 113 yards and a pair of TDs. Goff threw for 292 yards and three TDs with no interceptions or sacks, while Blaine Hoyer threw for 332 yards, with a pair of TDs, four sacks and a pick. The Rams, victims of three fumbles, went 8 of 12 on third down and held the ball for 29:43, while the 49ers ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:17, going 9  of 18 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The 49ers would get their revenge in the second meeting in Los Angeles in week 17, as the Rams rested some of their starters after clinching the NFC West, taking a 34-13 win at the Coliseum. San Francisco led throughout the contest, taking a 20-6 lead with the to the intermission and never looked back. San Francisco outrushed the Rams 171-102 and 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 292 yards and a pair of TDs, while Rams signal called Sean Mannion racked up 169 yards with three sacks and no interceptions. San Francisco went 6 of 12 on third down in the season finale and kept the ball for 29:09, while the Rams, resting most of their stars, were 5 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:51.

In the week three Thursday night contest in Santa Clara, the 49ers were favored by 3 but the Rams won by 2. The good news in that first meeting? Both clubs almost doubled the 40 1/2 over/under with 80 points. As for the week 17 contest in Los Angeles? The Rams were 4 1/2 point favorites and the 49ers did cover the spread, winning by 21 and both teams covered the 45 1/2 over/under with 47 points. The oddsmakers like the Rams as a 10 1/2 point road favorite with the over/under at 53. The 53 is reaasonable. The 10 1/2? That’s a bit steep. The 49ers aren’t that bad and they’ve been competitive in their contests this year. Still, the Rams will take this one on the road but given the rivalry, expect the 49ers to make things closer than 10 1/2.

Cincinnati (4-2) at Kansas City (5-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of teams that suffered last-minute losses last Sunday meet in the Show-Me State on Sunday night as the Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium.

Cincinnati saw a 21-20 lead late in their contest with AFC North rival Pittsburgh evaporate as Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown hooked up on a 31-yard TD pass to take a 28-21 win out of the Queen City last Sunday afternoon. Tied 14-14 at the intermission, then trailing 17-14 after three quarters of football. the Bengals and Andy Dalton (229 yards, two TDs, no interceptions) would take a 21-20 lead with 78 seconds left when HB Joe Mixon (64 yards) scored from a yard away. That lead and hopes of a win over their hated AFC North rivals would not last long as the Steelers used a 7-play, 77-yard drive that took 68 seconds of clock to reclaim the lead with the Brown catch and run (Roethlisberger and WR JuJu Smith-Schuester would connect on the two point conversion). Cincinnati would have one last chance to reclaim the lead and restore order but Dalton’s pass attempt with five seconds left fell short of its intended mark. Pittsburgh outrushed the Bengals 112-62 and Roethlisberger threw for 369 yards with no sacks or interceptions, while Steelers RB James Conner led the way with 111 yards and a pair of TDs. Cincinnati went 6 of 12 on third down and held on to the ball for 25:04, while the Steelers were 8 of 14 on third down, holding the ball for 34:56.

Kansas City fell out of the ranks of the unbeatens Sunday night in Foxboro, as the Chiefs would come away on the short end of a 43-40 loss over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Brady and New England led 24-13 at the intermission in the Sunday night contest before the Chiefs would rally in the second half, outscoring New England 31-19 in the final 30 minutes of action. Kansas City then took a 33-30 lead with 8:38 left when Tyreek Hill and QB Pat Mahomes (352 yards, four TDs, two interceptions) connected on a 1-yard TD pass. That lead would not last long as Brady took matters into his own hands and feet, scoring from 4 yards out and the Pats would add to that lead when Stephen Gostkowski booted a 52-yarder to lead 40-33. The Chiefs were not going away quietly into the good New England night as Hill and Mahomes hooked up again with 3:03 left to re-tie the contest. New England went into a surgeon-like mode in the final 3:03, using a 7-play, 65-yard drive that used all the available time left in regulation when Gostkowski booted a 28-yard field goal as time expired. Brady threw for 340 yards with a TD toss to Josh Edelman as New England outrushed Kansas City 173-94 (New England rookie RB Sony Michel led everyone with 106 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs). New England was 7 of 13 on third down (the Pats were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:09 (including the final drive), while the Chiefs were 4 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:51.

The Bengals hold a 15-13 lead in the series (which includes contests that were played at Riverfront Stadium and Swope Field), have outscored the Chiefs 563-515 and Cincinnati has won the last four meetings, including taking a 36-21 win in Cincinnati in 2015, while Kansas City’s last win in the series came at Arrowhead by a final of 27-20 in 2007. The Chiefs are favored by 6 with a 58 1/2 over/under. Both numbers make a lot of sense.

On Sunday night, the lights have not been kind to the Bengals, who carry a 3-15 record, while the Chiefs are 13-8 (Kansas City won its only Sunday night contest in 2017, while Cincy’s last appearance on SNF was in 2015, taking a loss n that contest). We’re going to go ahead and 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 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 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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?”)

Both clubs are hoping to recover from bad losses last Sunday. Kansas City prevails in this one at home on Sunday night, although the Bengals could make this one closer than 6.

New York Giants (1-5) at ATLANTA (2-4), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Eli Manning vs. Matt Ryan. Big Apple vs. Big Peach. Week seven closes out in the Deep South in prime time as the Falcons host the New York Giants at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Manning and the Giants saw the defending Super Bowl champs right their ship last Thursday night in the Meadowlands as they Giants to task, taking a 34-13 NFC East road win at Met Life Stadium. Philadelphia and Carson Wentz took a 24-6 lead at the intermission, then proceeded to take control of things in the second half against their NFC East rival. Although the Giants did outrush Philadelphia 147-108 (rookie RB Sequan Barkley led all rushers with 130 yards and a TD), the Giants could never get on track in front of their home crowd. Wentz threw for 278 yards and three TDs in the Thursday night affair, while Manning threw for 281 yards with four sacks and an interception (Wentz had one sack with no interceptions). The Eagles were 9 of 16 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 32:30, while the Giants were 4 of 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:30.

The Falcons held off a late Tampa Bay rally at home last Sunday, as they prevailed 34-29 over their NFC South rivals in the Big Peach. Atlanta led 24-13 at the half before Tampa Bay hung on and managed to outscore the Falcons 16-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulling to within two with 3:47 left when Jameis Winston (395 yards, four TDs, two sacks, two interceptions) and RB Peyton Barber connected on a 5-yard TD toss before the Falcons’ Matt Bryant connected on a 57-yard field goal with 70 seconds left in the contest. Tampa Bay would then make their way downfield afte the kickoff and got as close as Atlanta’s 21-yard line when they tried several lateral passes with seven seconds left but came up short. Tampa Bay outrushed Atlanta 123-70, while Ryan threw for 354 yards with three TDs (TE Austin Hooper, WR Mohamed Sanu and RB Tevin Coleman caught the TD passes, WR Julio Jones led all recievers with 143 yards) and no interceptions. Both clubs did well on third down tries (Atlanta was 8 of 13, Tampa Bay was 5 of 8) and the Falcons ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:39 to Tampa Bay’s 28:21.

Atlanta leads the series by a slim 12-11 margin and have outscored the Giants 432-413 (which includes contests that were played at Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Giants Stadium and the old Georgia Dome). Atlanta won the last meeting, coming away 24-20 winners in the Meadowlands in 2015, while the Giants’ last win over the Falcons also came in upstate New Jersey by a final of 30-20 in 2014.

Atlanta is 14-27 on Monday night but the Falcons picked up wins in their two prime time contests last year (wins at Seattle and Tampa Bay), while the Giants are 24-38-1. with the G-men dropping their one Monday night meeting last year. Atlanta’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 54 1/2. Atlanta closes out week seven with the home win and covers the 6 in the Big Peach.

And then there were two.

Two undefeated teams remain – Kansas City (5-0) and the Los Angeles Rams (5-0) – as the NFL enters Week 6. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 45 of the previous 51 teams (88.2 percent) to start a season 5-0 advanced to the postseason. The Chiefs began the 2017 with a 5-0 record and won the AFC West.

Hope still remains for teams across the league. For the first time since 1990, every team in the NFL has won at least one game through Week 5 and 19 teams are currently in or within one game of first place in their respective divisions.

Week 5 featured close contests across the board, as seven games were decided by eight points or fewer, including four decided by game-winning field goals in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first five weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first five weeks. Cleveland has played in overtime three times this season, tied with the 2002 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Indianapolis Colts and 1987 Green Bay Packers for the most such games in a team’s first five games of a season since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974.

Scoring continues to trend at a record pace at the onset of the 2018 season. Through Week 5, there have been 424 total touchdowns and 3,739 total points scored, both the most in NFL history through the first five weeks of a season. Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley leads the league with nine touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving), while Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes paces the NFL with 14 touchdown passes.

MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST FIVE WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2018 – 424
2015 – 404
2011 – 396
2014 – 395

MOST TOTAL POINTS IN FIRST FIVE WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2018 – 3,739
2013 – 3,566
2011 – 3,566
2015 – 3,562

Veterans and rookies combined to make Week 5 one for the record books. Last week, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who has 72,103 career passing yards, became the NFL’s all-time leading passer and New England quarterback Tom Brady, who threw his 500th career touchdown pass on Thursday, became the third quarterback in NFL history to reach 500 career touchdown passes. Four rookie quarterbacks – Arizona’s Josh Rosen, Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and the New York Jets’ Sam Darnold – were victorious in Week 5, marking the first time in the Super Bowl era that rookie quarterbacks went 4-0 or better in a single week.

Quarterbacks combined for 8,126 net passing yards last week, marking the third time the league has eclipsed 8,000 net passing yards in a single week this season. In NFL history, only eight weeks have featured at least 8,000 net passing yards and no other season in league annals has had more than two such weeks.

As the schedule turns to Week 6, the NFL returns to London for the 12th consecutive season as Seattle and Oakland met at Wembley Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. London time). The Raiders, the home team in London for a second time, welcome the Seahawks to Wembley for their first game in London.

The following two weeks, October 21 and 28, two additional teams – Tennessee and Philadelphia –  will make their London debuts as visiting teams. In Week 7, the Titans will face the Los Angeles Chargers and in Week 8, the Eagles will face Jacksonville  in a matchup of 2017 playoff teams.

The NFL kicked off its series of regular-season games in London in 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on their way to winning Super Bowl XLII. By the end of the 2018 season, the NFL will have played 24 regular-season games in London, with 29 of 32 teams having participated.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Cleveland defeated Baltimore, 12-9, in overtime this week. The Browns have played in overtime three times this season, tied with the 2002 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Indianapolis Colts and 1987 Green Bay Packers for the most such games in a team’s first five games of a season since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974.

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first five weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first five weeks.

Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 342 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the win. Mayfield, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, became the sixth quarterback selected with the first overall pick to win his first-career home start in the common draft era. The other five to accomplish the feat are New England’s Jim Plunkett (September 19, 1971), Atlanta’s Michael Vick (November 11, 2001), Houston’s David Carr (September 8, 2002), Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer (September 19, 2004) and Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (September 16, 2002).

Cleveland wide receiver Jarvis Landry had five catches for 69 yards in the victory. Landry has 429 career receptions in five seasons and surpassed Larry Fitzgerald (426 from 2004-08) for the most receptions by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

•The Los Angeles Rams defeated Seattle Seahawks 33-31 at Century Link Field, to improve to 5-0 this season. The Rams are the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history, joining the 2013 Denver Broncos (eight consecutive games), 2011 New England Patriots (five), 2007 Patriots (eight) and 2000 St. Louis Rams (eight). The 2013 Broncos, 2011 Patriots and 2007 Patriots all advanced to the Super Bowl.

•Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 301 yards with one touchdown for a 109.6 passer rating and wide receiver Adam Thielen had 116 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ 23-21 win at Philadelphia.

Cousins, who completed 35 passes in Week 2, 40 passes in Week 3 and 36 passes in Week 4, is the first player in NFL history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games.

Thielen is the third player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first five games to start a season, joining Charkey Hennigan of the Houston Oilers (seven games in 1961) and BOB BOYD of the Los Angeles Rams (five in 1954).

•Pittsburgh running back James Conner rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and had four catches for 75 yards in the Steelers’ 41-17 victory over Atlanta.

Conner, who had 135 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards and two rushing touchdowns against Cleveland in Week 1, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1963) as the only players with multiple games with at least 100 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and two rushing touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season.

Conner, who is in his second professional season, joined Chris Johnson (2009) as the only first or second-year players in NFL history with multiple games of 100+ rushing yards, 50+ receiving yards and two or more rushing touchdowns in a single season.

•Carolina kicker Graham Gano converted the game-winning 63-yard field goal with one second remaining in the fourth quarter in the Panthers’ 33-31 victory over the New York Giants.

Gano’s 63-yarder is tied for the longest game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime in NFL history. New Orleans kicker TOM DEMPSEY converted a 63-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the Saints’ 19-17 victory over Detroit on November 8, 1970. Gano’s 63-yard field goal is tied for the second-longest in NFL history, trailing only Denver’s Matt Prater, who converted a 64-yarder vs. Tennessee on December 8, 2013.

•New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell had 15 carries for a franchise-record 219 rushing yards, including a 77-yard touchdown run, in the Jets’ 34-16 win over Denver.

Crowell, who averaged 14.6 yards per carry on Sunday, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 200 rushing yards on 15 or fewer carries, joining the New York Giants’ Derrick Ward (December 21, 2008 vs. Carolina), Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell (November 15, 1959 at Washington) of the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Rams’ Dan Towler (November 22, 1953 at the Baltimore Colts).

Jets rookie quarterback Samn Darnold threw three touchdown passes, including a 76-yarder to wide receiver Robby Anderson, in the victory. The Jets became the sixth team since the 1970 merger to score on both a 75+ yard touchdown pass and a 75+ yard touchdown run in the same contest, and the first since Seattle did it on December 21, 2014.

•New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had eight catches for 131 yards with a touchdown and threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Saquan Barkley in the Giants’ Week 5 loss to Carolina.

Beckham became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards and a 50+ yard touchdown pass in the same game, joining New England’s David Patten (October 21, 2001 at Indianapolis), Pittsburgh’s Tom Tracy (December 13, 1958 vs. the Chicago Cardinals) and Philadelphia’s Bill Ray Barnes (November 16, 1958 vs. the Chicago Cardinals). Beckham and Patten are the only two players in league history to accomplish the feat with a touchdown catch.

Barkley had 129 scrimmage yards (81 receiving, 48 rushing) and two touchdown catches on Sunday. Barkley is the third player in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first five games to begin a career. Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (seven games in 2017) and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (five in 2007) are the only other players to accomplish the feat.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 6

SUNDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 341 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 102.6 rating in the Patriots’ win last week and became the third player in NFL history to throw at least 500 career touchdown passes.

With a win against Kansas City Sunday night, Brady can become the first quarterback in league annals to record 200 career regular-season wins.

The quarterbacks with the most regular-season wins in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (REGULAR-SEASON WINS)
Tom Brady – New England (199)*
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (186)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (186)
John Elway – Denver (148)^
Dan Marino – Miami (147)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes through Week 5 and has won each of his first six NFL starts.

With a win on Sunday night at New England, Mahomes would become the sixth quarterback since 1970 to win each of his first seven career starts.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive wins to begin their career since 1970:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS, MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS TO BEGIN CAREER)
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (2004-05, 15)
Mike Tomczak – Chicago (1986-87, 10)
Dieter Brock – Los Angeles Rams (1985, 7)
Daunte Culpepper – Minnesota (2000. 7)
Jimmy Garoppolo – New England and San Francisco (2016-17, 7)
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City (2017-18, 6)*
*Active streak

HOME COOKING: Cleveland rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 342 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Browns’ Week 5 overtime win against Baltimore, his first career start at home.

Mayfield, who plays at home against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday afternoon, can become the first quarterback selected No. 1 overall in the common draft era (1967) to win his first two career home starts.

AIR OF SUCCESS: Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 375 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Texans’ Week 5 overtime win against Dallas. Watson has thrown for at least 375 yards in each of his past three games.

Watson, who plays against Buffalo Sunday, can become the first player in NFL history with 375 passing yards in four consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 375 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 375+ PASSING YARDS)
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tampa Bay (2018, 3)
Deshaun Watson – Houston (2018, 3)*
Tom Brady – New England (2011 – 3)
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams (2000 – 3)^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles, who passed for 388 yards in Week 4 and 430 yards in Week 5, can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 375 passing yards in three consecutive games.

PRIDE OF DELAWARE: Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco ranks fifth in the NFL with 139 completions and has completed at least 25 passes in each of his past eight games, dating back to Week 15 of the 2017 season.

With at least 25 completions at Tennessee on Sunday, Flacco would become the third different quarterback in NFL history to complete at least 25 passes in nine consecutive games. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees accomplished the feat twice.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 25 completions in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 25+ COMPLETIONS)

Drew Brees, New Orleans (2012-13, 11)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2011, 10)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013, 9)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2017-18, 8)*
*Active streak

TODD CAN DO IT ALL: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has 5,244 scrimmage yards (3,711 rushing, 1,533 receiving) and 44 touchdowns (36 rushing, eight receiving) in 49 career games.

With a touchdown on Sunday at Denver, Gurley can become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 3,500 rushing yards, 1,500 receiving yards and 45 offensive touchdowns through his first 50 career games.

The players with at least 3,500 rushing yards, 1,500 receiving yards and 45 scrimmage touchdowns in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RUSHING YARDS/RECEIVING YARDS, TOUCHDOWNS)
Chuck Foreman, Minnesota (3,590/2,167, 55)^
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (3,688/2,078, 51)^
Arian Foster, Houston (4,425/1,508, 49)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (3,711/1,533, 44)*
*In 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GRONK SMASH: New England tight end ROB Gronkowksi has 497 receptions for 7,487 yards and 77 touchdowns in 107 career games.

With three receptions on Sunday Night, Gronkowksi would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow (101 games), Jimmy Graham (106) and Jason Witten (107) as the only tight ends in NFL history reach 500 career catches in fewer than 110 games.

The tight ends to reach 500 career receptions in the fewest games NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAMS (GAMES TO REACH 500 CATCHES)
Kellen Winslow, San Diego (101)^
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans and Seattle (106)
Jason Witten, Dallas (107)
Antonio Gates, San Diego (113)
Rob Gronkowski, New England (107)*
*Has 497 career receptions
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

POWERS OF 10: Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz recorded 10 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 5 loss to Minnesota.

Ertz, who had 10 catches for 112 yards in Week 4, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in three consecutive games on Thursday at the New York Giants.

The players with the longest streaks with at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 10+ CATCHES & 100+ RECEIVING YARDS)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2012, 4)
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (2017, 3)
Andre Johnson, Houston (2008, 3)
Brett Perriman, Detroit (1995, 3)
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia (2018, 2)*
*Active streak

ELITE COMPANY: Denver linebacker Von Miller has 87.5 sacks in 109 career games. Miller, who will appear in his 110th career game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, needs 2.5 sacks to become the fourth player to have at least 90 sacks in his first 110 career games since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players to record 90 sacks in their first 110 career games since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SACKS)
Reggie White, Philadelphia (114)^
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas (96)
Bruce Smith, Buffalo (94)^
Von Miller, Denver (87.5)*
*In 109 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FAMILY AFFAIR: Houston defensive end J.J. Watt has 82 career sacks during his eight-year NFL career while his brother, Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt, has 13 sacks in his first two NFL seasons.

With five combined sacks, the Watts would become the fifth pair of brothers or father-son duos to record at least 100 combined sacks since 1982, where each player recorded at least one sack.

The pairs of brothers or father-son duos with at least 100 combined sacks since 1982, where each player recorded at least one sack:

PLAYERS – COMBINED SACKS
Clay/Clay Matthews – 150
Howie/Chris Long – 148.5^
John/Ervin Randle – 145.5^
Jackson/Jim Jeffcoat – 103.5
J.J./T.J. Watt – 95*
*Both active
^Howie Long and John Randle are Pro Football Hall of Famers

Week 6 kicked off with the 171st meeting (including the postseason) as the defending Super Bowl champs held the New York Giants in check in the Meadowlands Thursday night. Other key games this week features an AFC North showdown between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium that highlights Sunday’s early slate of games and Sunday’s schedule concludes with undefeated Kansas City traveling to Foxboro and Gillette Stadium to face the New England at 8:20 p.m. on NBC and week six ends in Green Bay as the Packers host San Francisco on Monday night at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Detroit and New Orleans have byes this week, while Chicago and Tampa Bay return from their week-long vacations. As for last week, While 8-7 wasn’t great, it kept us above .500 for another week, which makes us 42-31 for the season. There’s still a lot of football left and anything can happen… and we mean ANYTHING. Here are Sunday and Monday’s picks for Week 6.

Tampa Bay (2-2) at ATLANTA (1-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC South rivals fighting to stay out of the cellar in that division meet in the Big Peach as Tampa Bay and Atlanta square off. Both teams took losses in their last meeting.

Tampa Bay, who will have Jameis Winston under center Sunday, returns from their bye after their 48-10 loss at Chicago two weeks ago in the Windy City. The Bucs trailed 38-3 at the intermission at Soldier Field and could never really get on track after that. Da Bears held Tampa Bay to 60 yards rushing, while tallying 139 yards of their own and made life miserable for QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick (126 yards, two sacks, interception) and Winston (145 yards, TD, two sacks, two interceptions) in the lopside win, while Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 354 yards with six TDs and no interceptions. Chicago went 4 of 8 on third down conversions in the Windy City and the Monsters of the Midway held the ball for 28:06, while Tampa Bay kept the pigskin for 31:54, going 3 of 12 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Atlanta struggled at Pittsburgh last Sunday, taking a 41-17 loss against the Steelers at Heinz Field. Atlanta trailed 13-10 at the intermission before the Steelers took control of the action in the second half, outscoring the Falcons 28-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Faclons saw RB James Connor rush for 110 yards and a pair of TDs and Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown connect for a pair of passing TDs, as Pittsburgh outrushed Atlanta 131-62. Roethlisberger threw for 250 yards and three TDs (WR Ju Ju Smith-Schuster caught the other TD pass), while Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 285 yards and a TD to WR Mohamed Sanu but was sacked six times in the Steel City. Atlanta was 6 of 14 on third down (the Falcons were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and held the ball for 30:52, while the Steelers kept the ball for 29:08 and went 9 of 12 on third down tries.

Atlanta leads the series 25-24, while Tampa Bay has outscored Atlanta 1,052-1,027. Atlanta swept the series last year and has won the last three meetings with the Bucs (Tampa Bay’s last win over Atlanta came in 2016, when they took a 31-24 win in Atlanta)

Atlanta erased a 3-3 first quarter tie against Tampa Bay, took a 20-6 lead with them to the break and came away 34-20 winners in the week 12 contest in the Big Peach. Falcons WR Julio Jones burned Tampa Bay for 253 yards with a pair of TD catches, one from Ryan, the other from fellow WR Mohamed Sanu, as the Falcons outrushed Tampa Bay 148-94, with Ryan throwing for 317 yards with no sacks or interceptions, while Fitzpatrick, subbing for Winston, threw for 283 yards with a sack. The Falcons were 11 for 14 on third down tries at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and kept the ball for 30:06, while Tampa Bay was 4 for 11 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:54.

The Falcons made it a clean sweep of the series as the two teams met in the Sunshine State on a Monday night and it was the Falcons coming away 24-21 at Raymond James Stadium in week 15. Although they trailed 10-7 at the intermission, Tampa Bay would eventually pull themselves to within 3 with 4:07 left in regulation when Winston and WR Adam Humphries connected on a 16-yard TD toss and could have sent the contest into overtime but Patrick Murray’s 54-yard field goal try as time expired sailed wide right. Atlanta outrushed Tampa Bay 201-84, with Falcons RB DeVonta Freeman leading everyone with 126 yards and a TD. Ryan threw for 212 yards and a TD, while Winston paced Tampa Bay with 299 yards and three TDS (neither threw an interception, Ryan was sacked once, Winston twice). Atlanta was 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Sunshine State and kept the ball for 33:15, while the Buccaneers were 4 of 8 on third down and held the ball for 26:45.

In the week 12 contest in the Big Peach, the Falcons covered the 8 1/2-point spread with their 14-point win and both clubs covered the 48 over/under with 54 points. In the Monday night contest in Tampa Bay in week 15, while Atlanta won the contest, they did not cover the 6 1/2-point spread, winning by 3 and the 48 over/under was safe and sound, as both clubs combined for 45 points. Atlanta’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Big Peach and the over/under’s 58. Both teams would love nothing more than to get out of the NFC South cellar and overtake New Orleans. Atlanta covers the 3 1/2 and wins in the Big Peach.

Pittsburgh (2-2-1) at Cincinnati (4-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. They still don’t like each other. Don’t expect any Facebook friend requests or Christmas Cards exchanged.

Bengals.

Steelers.

A pair of AFC North rivals meet along the shores of the Ohio River as Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers make their way to Cincinnati to face off against Andy Dalton and the first-place Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Pittsburgh took Atlanta to the woodshed last Sunday at Heinz Field, coming away 41-17 winners over the Falcons in the Steel City. Pittsburgh held a slim 13-10 lead at the intermission before taking control of the action in the second half, outscoring the Falcons 28-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Steelers RB James Connor rushed for 110 yards and a pair of TDs and Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown connect for a pair of passing TDs, as Pittsburgh outrushed Atlanta 131-62. Roethlisberger threw for 250 yards and three TDs (WR Ju Ju Smith-Schuster caught the other TD pass), while Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw for 285 yards and a TD to WR Mohamed Sanu but was sacked six times in the Steel City. Atlanta was 6 of 14 on third down (the Falcons were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and held the ball for 30:52, while the Steelers kept the ball for 29:08 and went 9 of 12 on third down tries.

Cincinnati erased a 14-0 deficit at the half against Miami at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday and came away 27-17 winners. The Benglas scored all 27 of their second half points unchallenged to take the win over the Dolphins, who actually outrushed the Bengals 128-103. Dalton threw for 248 yards and a TD to HB Joe Mixon for the winners, while Miami was paced by Ryan Tannehill’s 185 yards and a TD (Tannehill was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Dalton threw an interception with a pair of sacks). The Bengals were 2 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 30:35, while the Dolphins were 4 of 13, 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:25.

The Steelers lead the series 60-35 (which includes games played at Riverfront Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium), they’ve outscored the Bengals 2,100-1,673 and have won the last five regular season contests, including a sweep of the 2017 series (the Bengals’ last win over Pittsburgh came in 2015, when they were 16-10 winners in Pittsburgh).

Week seven… the Steel City. Pittsburgh came away with the 29-14 win at Heinz Field. The Steelers led 20-14 at the break before they would separate themselves from the Bengals in the second half. Roethlisberg and Dalton each threw a pair of TD passes but it was the Chris Boswell show as he connected on five field goals in the contest (Boswell’s longest was 49 yards with 5:28 left in the third). LeVeon Bell rushed for 134 yards as the Steelers outrushed Cincy 152-71, while Roethlisberger threw for 224 yards (Dalton threw for 140 yards with four sacks and two interceptions). The Steelers were 2 of 11 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down conversions) and held the ball for 35:15, while the Bengals kept the pigskin for 24:45, going 3 of 11 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

Week 13 saw the Steelers complete the series sweep, taking a 23-20 win at Paul Brown Stadium in week 13. After trailing 17-3 at the half, Pittsburgh erased that deficit in the second half by outscoring the Bengals 20-3, holding Cincy to a 41-yard field from Randy Bullock in the third quarter. The lone bright spot for the Bengals was that they did outrush Pittsburgh 130-92 but Roethlisberger torched the Bengals for 290 yards, while Dalton threw for 234 yards. Steelers WR Antonio Brown let all recievers with 101 yards on eight catches (Brown was targeted 15 times), while Bengals WR A.J. Green caught seven balls for 77 yards with a pair of TDs. The Bengals were 50 percent on third down tries, going 7 of 14 and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 30:11, while the Steelers kept the pigskin for 29:49, going 4 of 12 on third down tries, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh’s 15-point win in the week seven contest allowed them to cover the 5 1/2 point spread and both teams covered the 40 over/under with 43 points. The Steelers were favored by 5 1/2 in the week 13 contest at Paul Brown Stadium and while they took the win, they did not cover the spread and the 43 1/2 barely stayed intact as both teams missed it by 1/2 points. Cincinnati’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 53. Both numbers make sense and both teams can score points when they want or need to. Right now, the Bengals are the kings of the AFC North mountain, while the Steelers would like to take that spot back. Steelers prevail on the road and covers the 2 1/2.

Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) at Cleveland (2-2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and 706. Contenders meet along the shores of Lake Erie as the Los Angeles Chargers travel to Cleveland for a showdown with the much-improved Browns at First Energy Field. Both clubs took wins at home in last week’s action.

The Chargers used a pair of Philip Rivers TD passes to take care of Oakland 26-10 at Stub Hub Center. Los Angeles led 17-3 at the intermission in southern California and never looked back, outscoring the Silver and Black 9-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Diego outrushed Oakland 79-41 and Rivers threw for 339 yards and the two TDs without an interception, while Derek Carr threw for 268 yards with a TD, three sacks and an interception. The Chargers were 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:40, while the Silver and Black held the ball for 25:20, going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Once again, the Browns went into an overtime contest at home but this time, Cleveland prevailed as they escaped with a 12-9 win over Baltimore last Sunday at home. Cleveland led 6-3 at the break before the Ravens would rally in the third and fourth quarters to even things up, thanks to a pair of Jeff Tucker field goals in the second half. Cleveland’s Rashard Higgins would score the game’s only TD when he and rookie QB Baker Mayfield connected on a 19-yard TD pass with 40 seconds left before the intermission. Greg Joseph would miss the extra point but would kick two more field goals, including the game-winner with two seconds left in overtime to take the win. While Baltimore outrushed Cleveland 116-112, Mayfield threw for 342 yards, with Baltimore’s Joe Flacco throwing for 298 yards (Flacco was sacked twice, Mayfield was sacked five times and each man threw an interception) in the overtime contest. The Ravens were 4 of 16 on third down (Baltimore was 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:42, while the Browns, who picked up their first win on a Sunday since December of 2015, kept the ball for 36:16 (including the overtime) and went 6 of 19 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions. The Browsns’ three overtime games in 2018 ties them for most by team in 1st 5 games of season since regular season overtime rule was adopted in 1974.

The Chargers lead the series 16-9-1 (which includes games that were played in San Diego) and have outscored the Browns 612-  498. The Chargers were 19-10 victors in their last meeting, which took place last year on the West Coast (Cleveland’s last win over the Chargers came on Christmas Eve of 2016, when tney won 20-17). After a scoreless first quarter in the week 13 contest, the Chargers led 9-7 at the intermission and took a 19-7 lead into the third quarter, holding the Browns to a Zane Gonzalez field goal in the fourth quarter. Neither club breached the 100-yard rushing mark but the Chargers did outrush Cleveland 94-89 and Rivers threw for 344, while DeShone Kizer threw for 215 yards (each threw a TD pass, Kizer was sacked three times and threw an interception, Rivers was sacked once) on the West Coast. Los Angeles went 8 of 15 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) in the 9-point win at Stub Hub and kept the ball for 34:57, while Cleveland held the ball for 25:03, gokng 5 for 11 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The West Coast week 13 contest saw the Chargers as 14-point favorites. While they did win the game, they did not cover the spread, winning by 9 and the 43 over/under stayed safe, as both teams combined for only 29 points. Cleveland’s favored by 1 with a 44 over/under. The Cleveland Browns right now are “Must See TV” this season and they’re already better than most expected. Browns cover the 1 in Cleveland and take the win at home.

Buffalo (2-3) at Houston (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Buffalo and Houston meet in the Lone Star State for an AFC showdown at NRG Stadium. Both teams are coming off home wins in last Sunday’s action.

Buffalo rallied from a 12-10 deficit in the final seconds of the contest to take a 13-12 win over Tennessee, thanks to a 46-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka as time expired. The Bills led 7-6 at the half and led 10-9 before the Titans’ Ryan Succop connected on a 50-yard field goal with 4:43 left to lead 12-10. The Bills then proceeded to use all of the 4:43 that was left, using an 11-play, 47-yard drivet to set up Hauschka’s game winner. Rookie QB Josh Allen threw for 82 yards and scored the game’s lone TD from 14 yards out to open the scoring in the game. After that, the kickers took over all the scoring in the game in upstate New York as Succop accounted for all four of Tennesee’s field goals, while Hauschka tallied two, including the game-winner. Buffalo outrushed Tennessee 144-100 and Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota threw for 129 yards in the loss (both Mariota and Allen threw an interception, Mariota was sacked twice, Allen was sacked once). The Bills were 4 of 13 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 33:49 (including the final 4:43 of the contest), while the Titans were 6 of 12 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:11.

Houston needed overtime at NRG Stadium Sunday evening to take instate rival Dallas 19-16. Houston led 10-6 at the break before the Cowboys took control and took a 13-10 lead with 11:52 left in the third quarter on a 3-yard TD toss from Dak Prescott to WR Allen Hurns. Houston’s Ka’imi Fairbairn would then give his team the lead back with a pair of field goals for a 16-13 lead. Dallas would tie the contest with 5:39 left in regulation when Brett Maher connected on a 48-yard field goal. The teams then went into the overtime and Dallas got the ball first but could only get to the Texans’ 42-yard line before punting and that would be the last time Dallas would see the ball as Houston would engineer an 8-play, 72 yard drive that took 3:43 of clock and ended with Fairbairn booting the game-winner with 1:50 left in the overtime. While Dallas outrushed Houston 98-88, DeShaun Watson outpaced Prescott, throwing for 375 yards with a TD toss to WR Keke Coutee (Prescott threw for 208 yards; Watson was picked off once and sacked once, while Prescott was sacked twice and threw two interceptions). Hpuston went 5 of 15 on third down tries (the Texans were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:38, while Dallas held on to the ball for 31:32, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Buffalo and Houston have met 8 times and each team has won four games, with the Texans outscoring the Bills 160-153. The Bills were 30-21 winners in 2015 along the shores of Lake Erie, while Houston’s last win came in the Lone Star State in 2014 by a final of 23-17. The odds makers like Houston as 10 point favorites at home with aa 41 over/under. The Bills may not be the second coming of the 67 Packers and they’re not 10 points bad. They’ll make it close for the Texans, who take this one at home in the Lone Star State.

Indianapolis (1-4) at New York Jets (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Meadowlands as the Colts and Andrew Luck face off against the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.

Indy watched Tom Brady throw three TDs and rush for one as they were taken to task by New England 38-24 at Gillette Stadium last Thursday night. Although they trailed 7-0 after the first 15 minutes of action, the Colts would trail 24-3 at the intermission, even though they would outscore New England in the final 30 minutes by a 21-14 margin. New England outrushed Indy 97-84 and Luck threw for 365 yards, while Brady threw for 341 yards in the Thursday night contest (both men threw three TD passes, each threw a pair of interceptions). New England was 5 of 10 on third down tries at Foxboro and kept the ball for 27:34, while the Colts ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:26, going 7 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down conversions.

GangGreen erased a 7-0 deficit against Denver last Sunday at Met Life Stadium and took a 34-16 win over the Broncos last Sunday. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! took a 21-10 lead with them to the locker room at the half, then proceeded to outpace Denver 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Rookie QB Sam Darnold threw three TD passes in the win, as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! outrushed Denver 323-92, with New York RB Isiah Crowell ran amok for 219 yards with Darnold throwing for 198 yards and an interception (Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 377 yards with four sacks and a pair of TDs with four interceptions, Darnold threw a pick and had a sack). New York went 6 of 13 on third down and held the ball for 28:54, while the Broncos were 4 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 31:06.

Including games that were played in Baltimore, Shea Stadium and Giants Stadium, the Colts lead the series 41-28 and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have outscored the Colts 1,413-1,407. Their last meeting was in the Meadowlands in 2016 and the Colts would leave 41-10 winners, while GangGreen’s last win came in the Hoosier State in 2015 by a final of 20-7. GangGreen’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. You might want to take a pass on this one and watch that “Law & Order: SVU” marathon on USA (there’s nothing sexier than seeing Olivia Benson deal with a criminal!). Jets cover the 2 1/2 and win in the Meadowlands.

Chicago (3-1) at Miami (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710, A pair of contenders meet in the Sunshine State as Chicago makes their way to South Beach for an afternoon contest with the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Da Bears come back from their bye week with a 48-10 win over Tampa Bay at Chicago two weeks ago in the Windy City. Chicago took control of things, leading 38-3 at the intermission at Soldier Field and never allowing the Buccaneers to really get on track after that. Da Bears held Tampa Bay to 60 yards rushing, while tallying 139 yards of their own and made life miserable for QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick (126 yards, two sacks, interception) and Jameis Winston (145 yards, TD, two sacks, two interceptions) in the lopside win, while Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 354 yards with six TDs and no interceptions. Chicago went 4 of 8 on third down conversions in the Windy City and the Monsters of the Midway held the ball for 28:06, while Tampa Bay kept the pigskin for 31:54, going 3 of 12 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Miami saw a 14-0 halftime lead against Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday get away from them as the Bengals roared their way to a 27-17 win. The Benglas scored all 27 of their second half points unchallenged to take the win over the Dolphins, who actually outrushed the Bengals 128-103. Dalton threw for 248 yards and a TD to HB Joe Mixon for the winners, while Miami was paced by Ryan Tannehill’s 185 yards and a TD (Tannehill was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Dalton threw an interception with a pair of sacks). The Bengals were 2 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 30:35, while the Dolphins were 4 of 13, 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:25.

Miami holds an 8-4 lead in the series and they have outscored Da Bears 304-208. Miami came to the Windy City in their last meeting and came away 27-14 winners in 2014, while Chicago’s last win over the Dolphins came in the Sunshine State in 2010 by a 16-0 final. Chicago’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Da Bears are the kings of the NFC North mountain, while the Dolphins are chasing Brady and the Pats in the AFC East. Dolphins send Da Bears back into hibernation and takes the win and covers the 3.

Arizona (1-4) at Minnesota (2-2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of dome teams meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Arizona travels to the Twin Cities to meet the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium.

The Desert Angry Birds broke their four-game losing streak, picking up their first win of the 2018 campaign with a 28-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara. Arizona led 14-6 at the break, then proceeded to outpace the 49ers 14-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Although they were outrushed by the 49ers 147-56 and C.J. Beathard threw for  349 yards and a pair of TDs, they saw Josh Rosen throw for 170 yards with a TD and forced five San Francisco turnovers (Beathard threw a pair of interceptions and San Francisco fumbled three times) to take the win. Arizona went 2 of 12 on third down tries in wine country and kept the ball for 19:48, while the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball to themselves for 40:12, going 10 of 17 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Holding off a late Philadelhia rally, Minnesota came away 23-21 winners in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game in the City of Brotherly Love. The Purple Gang led 17-3 at the half before the defending Super Bowl champrs would go on to outscore the Vikings 18-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Vikings broke a 3-3 tie with 4:12 left before the intermission when Vikings DL Linval Joseph lived a lineman’s dream as he picked up a Carson Wentz fumble and returned it 64 yards for a TD to take the lead. WR Adam Thielen and QB Kirk Cousins would then tack on a 3-yard TD pass before the intermission to give the Vikings a 17-3 at that point. Philadelphia would chip away at Minnesota’s lead, pulling to within two with 69 seconds left when TE Zach Ertz and Wentz connected on a 7-yard TD toss.

Philadelphia’s onside kick faled as the Vikings recovered and ran out the clock. Philadelphia outrushed Minnesota 81-77 and Wentz threw for 311 yards with a pair of TDs, while Cousins threw for 301 yards with a TD (neither man threw an interception, Wentz was sacked three times, Cousins sacked once). Philadelphia was 2 of 9 on third down but found success on their only fourth down try and kept the ball for 27:13, while the Vikings ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:47, going 4 of 11 on third down to take the 2-point win.

Including games played in St. Louis, Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington and the Metrodome, the Vikings lead the series 14-11 and the Vikings have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 595-559. The Vikings won the last meeting with the Cardinals, coming away 30-24 in the Twin Cities in 2016, while Arizona’s last win over Minnesota came in the desert in 2015 by a final of 23-20. Minnesota’s favored by 10 1/2 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 42 1/2. While the 42 1/2 makes sense, the 10 1/2 is a bit steep. The Cardinals aren’t that bad and they’ll make it closer than that but the Vikings prevail in the Twin Cities.

Seattle (2-3) at Oakland (1-4), 1 p.m. (5 p.m. in London) on FOX and DirecTV 712. The two furthest teams in the NFL make their way across the Atlantic as Seattle and Oakland meet at Tottenham Stadium in London in the first international game of the 2018 season. Both teams were on the wrong end of the score board last Sunday and both are looking for redemption.

Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams exchanged the lead in their NFC West contest five times in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks before the Rams kept their unbeaten streak intact, falling to the Rams 33-31 at Century Link Field. The Rams and Seahawks entered the intermission even at 17-17 and Seattle had the Rams on the ropes, leading 31-30 with 14:54 before Rams RB Todd Gurley pulled them back to within one with 14:54 left in regulation on a 5-yard run. Los Angeles would take the lead back for keeps with 6:05 left when Greg Santos (who had replaced the injured Greg Zuerlein) kicked a 39-yard field goal to take a 33-31 lead. Los Angeles would then go on to hold off the Seahawks to take the two-point road win. Seattle RB Chris Carson picked up his third consecutive 100-yard game, rushing for 116 yards (Gurley hadd 77 yards rushing to lead the Rams) as Seattle outrushed Los Angeles 190-155 in the contest. Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 321 yards with a TD, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards with three TDs and no interceptions (Goff was picked off once and threw a pair of interceptions, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle was 7 of 12 on third down in the Pacific Northwest and kept the ball for 30:30, while the Rams held the ball for 29:30 and went 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland saw their AFC West rivals from Los Angeles use a pair of Philip Rivers TD passes to take a 26-10 win at Stub Hub Center last Sunday. Los Angeles led 17-3 at the intermission in southern California and never looked back, outscoring the Silver and Black 9-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Diego outrushed Oakland 79-41 and Rivers threw for 339 yards and the two TDs without an interception, while Derek Carr threw for 268 yards with a TD, three sacks and an interception. The Chargers were 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:40, while the Silver and Black held the ball for 25:20, going 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland leads the series 28-24 (which includes contests that were played in Los Angeles and in the Kingdome) and the Silver and Black have outscored the Seahawks 1,174-1,108. Seattle did win the last meeting, taking a 30-24 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2014, while Oakland’s last win in the series came in 2010 on the East side of San Francisco Bay by a final of 33-3. Seattle’s favored by 3 on the other side of the Atlantic and the over’under’s 47 1/2. While this one’s not exactly “DRILL WORTHY,” it might be worth your time watching. Oakland makes this one interesting but Seattle prevails on the other side of the Big Pond.

Carolina (3-1) at Washington (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. The Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton make a 6-hour, 45-mintue trip up I-95 to face off against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Eli Manning and the Giants saw Carolina and Graham Gano take victory from their hands last Sunday in Charlotte, falling on the short end of a 33-31 loss at Bank of America Stadium. Trailing 20-10 at the intermission, the Giants would later pull their way into the lead when Manning and WR Odell Beckham caught a 33-yard TD pass with 8:08 left in regulation (Beckham, who had eight catches for 131 yards, threw a 57-yard TD pass to rookie RB Sequan Barkley earlier in the game, became the first player to have a TD pass and catch in the same contest since Mark Clayton did it for Baltimore in week eight in 2008). Gano would give the Panthers the lead back with 2:16 left, booting a 39-yard try before Manning and Barkley connected on a 15-yard TD toss with 65 seconds left. Carolina would then drive almost the length of the field with no time outs, using an 8-play, 30-yard drive that used 67 seconds of clock, allowing Gano to kick the game winner with one second left on the clock. Carolina outrushed Big Blue 118-50 and Manning threw for 326 yards and a pair of TDs, while Cam Newton threw for 237 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Collin McCaffery, the other to Curtis Samuel; both Manning and Newton threw a pair of interceptions and both were sacked once). The Giants found themselves going 0 of 7 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 24:33, while Carolina ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 35:27, going 4 of 13 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

Washington saw Drew Brees pass Brett Farve and Peyton Manning as the all-time passing leader as the Saints took Washington to task 43-19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the Big Easy. Washington trailed 26-13 at the half and was outscored by the Saints 17-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans held Washington to 39 rushing yards as the Saints would tally 98 yards of their own. Brees threw for 363 yards and three TDs in the lopside Monday night affair, while Washington’s Alex Smith threw for 275 yards with an interception and three sacks (Brees was sacked twice). The Redskins were 4 of 13 on third down (2 0f 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:43, while the Saints ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 33:17, going 5 of 9 on third down conversions.

While the Redskins lead the series 7-6, Carolina has outscored the ‘Skins 296-262 and have won the last five contests in the series, the last coming in Landover in 2016 by a final of 26-15. Washington’s last win? 2006, also in Landover 17-13. Washington’s favored by 1 1/2 points and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make some sense. Carolina’s trying to keep pace with the Saints in the NFC South, while the Redskins are trying to stay on top of the NFC East mountain. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! Washington covers the 1 1/2 and wins in Landover.

Los Angeles Rams (5-0) at Denver (2-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. The unbeaten Rams travel to Denver for a showdown with the struggling Broncos in the Mile High City. Both clubs enter the late afternoon contest in opposite directions.

The Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks had a slugfest in their NFC West meeting at Century Link Field and Los Angeles managed to prevail, coming away 33-31 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, The Rams and Seahawks entered the intermission even at 17-17 and Seattle had the Rams on the ropes, leading 31-30 with 14:54 before Rams RB Todd Gurley pulled them back to within one with 14:54 left in regulation on a 5-yard run. Los Angeles would take the lead back for keeps with 6:05 left when Greg Santos (who had replaced the injured Greg Zuerlein) kicked a 39-yard field goal to take a 33-31 lead. Los Angeles would then go on to hold off the Seahawks to take the two-point road win. Seattle RB Chris Carson picked up his third consecutive 100-yard game, rushing for 116 yards (Gurley hadd 77 yards rushing to lead the Rams) as Seattle outrushed Los Angeles 190-155 in the contest. Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 321 yards with a TD, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards with three TDs and no interceptions (Goff was picked off once and threw a pair of interceptions, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle was 7 of 12 on third down in the Pacific Northwest and kept the ball for 30:30, while the Rams held the ball for 29:30 and went 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver saw a 7-0 lead against the New York Jets last Sunday at Met Life Stadium get away from them as the Jets took a 34-16 win over the Broncos last Sunday. Denver trailed 21-10 at the half, then the Jets proceeded to outpace Denver 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Rookie QB Sam Darnold threw three TD passes in the win, as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! outrushed Denver 323-92, with New York RB Isiah Crowell ran amok for 219 yards with Darnold throwing for 198 yards and an interception (Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 377 yards with four sacks and a pair of TDs with four interceptions, Darnold threw a pick and had a sack). New York went 6 of 13 on third down and held the ball for 28:54, while the Broncos were 4 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 31:06.

Including games played first at the Coliseum, then St. Louis at Mile High Stadium, the Rams lead the series 8-5, have outscored the Broncos 282-278 and have won the last three contests in the series, including a 22-7 win in St. Louis in 2014, while Denver’s last win came in the Mile High City in 2002 by a final of 23-16. The Rams are favored by 7 with a 53 over/under. Will the Broncos stay unbeatend or will the Broncos be the one to knock the kings off the mountain? The Rams stay on top and take the win, although Denver will make things closer than the 7.

Jacksonville (3-2) at Dallas (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. Jacksonville and Dallas meet in a late-afternoon contest at AT&T Stadium as a pair of interconference teams meet in the Lone Star State. Both clubs lost road games last week and look to right their respective ships.

Jacksonvile saw Kansas City take a 20-0 lead at the break at Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday, then pulled away to a 30-14 win over the Jaguars. The Chiefs outrushed Jacksonville 126-101 but Blake Bortles threw for 430 yards, while Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes threw for 313 for the winners (Bortles threw for one TD to T.Y. Yeldon, picked off four times and sacked five, while Mahomes threw a pair of interceptions with a sack). Kansas City was 4-12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:43, while the Jaguars were 7 of 16 on third down, 3 of 5 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 27:17.

Dallas took instate rival Houston to overtime at NRG Stadium Sunday evening and eventually fell to the Texans 19-16 in the extra period. The Cowboys led 13-10 with 11:52 left in the third quarter (Houston led 10-6 at the half) on a 3-yard TD toss from Dak Prescott to WR Allen Hurns. Houston’s Ka’imi Fairbairn would then give his team the lead back with a pair of field goals for a 16-13 lead. Dallas would tie the contest with 5:39 left in regulation when Brett Maher connected on a 48-yard field goal. The teams then went into the overtime and Dallas got the ball first but could only get to the Texans’ 42-yard line before punting and that would be the last time Dallas would see the ball as Houston would engineer an 8-play, 72 yard drive that took 3:43 of clock and ended with Fairbairn booting the game-winner with 1:50 left in the overtime. While Dallas outrushed Houston 98-88, DeShaun Watson outpaced Prescott, throwing for 375 yards with a TD toss to WR Keke Coutee (Prescott threw for 208 yards; Watson was picked off once and sacked once, while Prescott was sacked twice and threw two interceptions). Hpuston went 5 of 15 on third down tries (the Texans were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:38, while Dallas held on to the ball for 31:32, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

They’ve met six times and each club has three wins to their credit, with the Jaguars outscoring Dallas 140-129. Dallas needed to go across the Atlantic to pick up their last win in the series, with the Cowboys coming out on top 31-17 in 2014, while Jacksonville’s last win came in Dallas in 2010 by a final of 35-17. Jacksonville’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make sense. Jacksonville covers the 3 in the Lone Star State and wins on the road.

Baltimore (3-2) at Tennessee (3-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. A pair of teams that took last second losses on the road meet in Music City as the Titans host the Baltimore Ravens at Nissan Stadium in a late-afternoon AFC contest.

Raven fans experienced heartbreak last Sunday in Cleveland as the Browns would take a 12-9 win last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. Baltimore trailed 6-3 at the break before the Ravens would rally in the third and fourth quarters to even things up, thanks to a pair of Jeff Tucker field goals in the second half. Cleveland’s Rashard Higgins would score the game’s only TD when he and rookie QB Baker Mayfield connected on a 19-yard TD pass with 40 seconds left before the intermission. Greg Joseph would miss the extra point but would kick two more field goals, including the game-winner with two seconds left in overtime to take the win. While Baltimore outrushed Cleveland 116-112, Mayfield threw for 342 yards, with Baltimore’s Joe Flacco throwing for 298 yards (Flacco was sacked twice, Mayfield was sacked five times and each man threw an interception) in the overtime contest. The Ravens were 4 of 16 on third down (Baltimore was 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:42, while the Browns kept the ball for 36:16 (including the overtime) and went 6 of 19 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions.

The Titans saw victory taken away from them in Buffalo last Sunday as the Bills ralled to take a 13-12 win in upstate New York. Tennessee led 12-10 in the final seconds of the contest before Bills K Stephen Hauschka booted a 46-yard field goal as time expired. Buffalo led 7-6 at the half and led 10-9 before the Titans’ Ryan Succop connected on a 50-yard field goal with 4:43 left to lead 12-10. The Bills then proceeded to use all of the 4:43 that was left, using an 11-play, 47-yard drivet to set up Hauschka’s game winner. Rookie QB Josh Allen threw for 82 yards and scored the game’s lone TD from 14 yards out to open the scoring in the game. After that, the kickers took over all the scoring in the game in upstate New York as Succop accounted for all four of Tennesee’s field goals, while Hauschka tallied two, including the game-winner. Buffalo outrushed Tennessee 144-100 and Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota threw for 129 yards in the loss (both Mariota and Allen threw an interception, Mariota was sacked twice, Allen was sacked once). The Bills were 4 of 13 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 33:49 (including the final 4:43 of the contest), while the Titans were 6 of 12 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:11.

Including games that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers, Tennessee leads the series 10-9, while the Ravens have outscored the Titans 351-324. Tennesse would win the last meeting, coming away 23-20 winners in the Music City last year, while Baltimore’s last win over the Titans came in 2014 in Charm City by a final of 21-7.

The week nine contest in the Music City saw Tennessee pull out to a 16-6 lead after 30 minutes of action before they would need to hold off a Baltimore second half rally at Nissan Stadium. While the Ravens did outrush Tennessee 73-71 and Flacco threw for 261 yards, Tennessee’s defense did force a pair of Flacco interceptions in the game, with Mariota throwing for 218 yards. (Both men threw a pair of TDs, Mariota was sacked three times and picked off once, Flacco was sacked twice). Baltimore’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 41. It’s a slight possibilty that these two clubs could very well meet in the post-season but we have to pick a winner. Tennessee takes the win at home but expect the Ravens to make this one closer than 3 points.

Kansas City (5-0) at New England (3-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Week six action ends in Foxboro as a pair of division leaders meet at Gillette Stadium. The unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs travel to western Massachusetts for a Sunday evening meeting with Tom Brady and the New England Patiots in what could be an AFC playoff matchup.

Kansas City led Jacksonvile 20-0 at the break at Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday, then pulled away to a 30-14 win over the Jaguars. The Chiefs outrushed Jacksonville 126-101 but Blake Bortles threw for 430 yards, while Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes threw for 313 for the winners (Bortles threw for one TD to T.Y. Yeldon, picked off four times and sacked five, while Mahomes threw a pair of interceptions with a sack). Kansas City was 4-12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:43, while the Jaguars were 7 of 16 on third down, 3 of 5 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 27:17.

Brady throw three TDs and rush for one as they took Indianapolis and Andrew Luck to task with their 38-24 win at Gillette Stadium last Thursday night. New England led 7-0 after the first 15 minutes of action, then take a 24-3 lead at the intermission, even though the Colts would outscore New England in the final 30 minutes by a 21-14 margin. New England outrushed Indy 97-84 and Luck threw for 365 yards, while Brady threw for 341 yards in the Thursday night contest (both men threw three TD passes, each threw a pair of interceptions). New England was 5 of 10 on third down tries at Foxboro and kept the ball for 27:34, while the Colts ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:26, going 7 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down conversions.

Including contests played in Dallas when the Chiefs were known as the Texas, as well as contests at Fenway Park, Swope Field and Schafer Stadium, Kansas City leads the series 18-13-3 and have outscored New England 838-694. They met last year in Foxboro as the two teams opened the 2017 season with the Patriots raising their Super Bowl banner at Gillette Stadium (New England’s last win over the Chiefs came in Foxboro in 2011, when they were 34-3 winners). New England led 17-14 at the half before Kansas City roared back in the final 30 minutes of action to come away 42-27 winners. The Chiefs got a pair of fourth quarter TDs from RB Kareem Hunt and teammate Charcandrick West added a 21-yard run late in the game to seal the deal. Hunt rushed for 148 yards and had one rushing TD, while the Chiefs outrushed New England 185-124. Chiefs QB Alex Smith threw for 368 and four TDs in the come-from-behind win, while Brady threw for 267 yards in the season opener (both men were sacked three times and did not throw an interception). The Chiefs were 4 of 11 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, as they held on to the ball for 30:14, while the Patriots were 29:46 in time of possession, going 5 of 15 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Kansas City won by 15 in the 2017 season opener, whici allowed them to cover the 9-point spread (New England was favored) and the 48 over/under was easily taken care of, as the two teams would combine for 69 points. New England’s favored by 3 1/2 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 60. Just the fact that these two teams were in the post-season last year and the Chiefs are one of two unbeaten teams makes this contest “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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 Chiefs are trying to stay unbeaten, while the Pats want revenge from last year’s loss at home. Sorry, New England fans… the revenge plot will have to take a week off. Kansas City may not cover the 3 1/2 but they pull off the upset in Foxboro.

San Francisco (1-4) at Green Bay (2-2-1), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week six action concludes in the land of beer, cheese and BRatwurst as the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers meet at Lambeau Field, with both teams coming off losses in last week”s action.

San Francisco saw Arizona pick up their first win of the 2018 campaign as the Cardinals broke their four-game losing streak with a 28-18 win at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara. Arizona led 14-6 at the break, then proceeded to outpace the 49ers 14-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Although they were outrushed by the 49ers 147-56 and C.J. Beathard threw for  349 yards and a pair of TDs, they saw Josh Rosen throw for 170 yards with a TD and forced five San Francisco turnovers (Beathard threw a pair of interceptions and San Francisco fumbled three times) to take the win. Arizona went 2 of 12 on third down tries in wine country and kept the ball for 19:48, while the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball to themselves for 40:12, going 10 of 17 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Green Bay dropped a 31-23 decision at Detroit last Sunday. The Packers trailed 24-0 at the intermission in the Motor City but would outscore the Lions 23-7 in the second half. Green Bay outrushed Detroit 98-94 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 442 yards and three TDs, while Lions signal caller Matthew Stafford threw for 183 yards and three TDs (neither threw an interception, Rodgers was sacked four times, Stafford was sacked three times). Green Bay, who fumbled the ball three times at Ford Field, went 3 of 10 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 33:20, while the Lions were 5 of 13 on third down conversions, holding the ball for 26:40.

Green Bay leads the series 31-27-1 (which includes contests that took place in Milwaukee, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park) and have outscored the 49ers 1,210-1,203. Green Bay won the last meeting with San Francisco, taking a 17-3 win at Levis’ Stadium in 2015, while San Francisco’s last win in the series came in 2013 in San Francisco by a final of 34-28.

Prime time has been kind to both clubs and the Packers and 49ers doing quite well on Monday night. San Francisco is 48-25 and is making their first MNF appearance since 2016, while Green Bay is 31-32-1, losing their only prime time appearance last year. Green Bay’s favored by 8 1/2 in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Depending on your point of view, this one might be one worth watching or not. Packers may not cover the 8 1/2 but they take the win at Lambeau.

Four weeks gone.

13 to go.

The NFL heads into the second quarter of the regular season after an exciting Week 4 which saw seven games decided by three points or fewer, including three games in overtime. At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the 2018 season, joining the 1979, 1983 and 2002 seasons as the only campaigns to feature at least one overtime game in each of its first four weeks since the regular-season overtime rule was adopted in 1974.

Five teams – Dallas, Houston, Oakland, Seattle at Tennessee – all pulled rabbits out of their hats and scored game-winning points on the final play of their respective contests last week. Additionally, Cincinnati scored a go-ahead touchdown with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals a 37-36 win over Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last week. This is the first time since Week 3 of the 2012 season (six) that at least six games had the game-winning points scored in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Close games and high-powered offenses have highlighted a thrilling first four weeks. Week 5 promises more of the same.

Two of the NFL’s all-time greats at the quarterback position – New England’s TOM BRADY and New Orleans’ Drew Brees – enter Week 5 with their eyes on history.

With 201 passing yards on Monday night against Washington, Brees (71,740 passing yards) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (71,838) and Peyton Manning (71,940) to become the NFL’s all-time leading passer. In Week 3, Brees (6,344 completions) passed Favre (6,300) for the most completions in league annals.

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (71,740)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady, who ranks third in NFL history with 500 career touchdown passes and Brees, whose 496 touchdown passes are the fourth-most in league history, can become the third and fourth quarterbacks to throw for at least 500 career touchdown passes, joining Manning (539) and Favre (508). Brady reached the milestone Thursday night in their win over Indianapolis at Gillette Stadium.

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Tom Brady – New England (500)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (496)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Through Week 4, passing figures league-wide continue to trend at historic rates, as the marks for completions (2,999), completion percentage (65.4 percent), net passing yards (32,215), touchdown passes (228) and passer rating (94.5) are all the highest in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

SEASON – COMPLETIONS
2018 – 2,999
2016 – 2,903

SEASON – COMPLETION PCT.
2018 – 65.4
2014 – 64.3

SEASON – TD PASSES
2018 – 228
2013 – 205

SEASON – NET PASSING YARDS
2018 – 32,215
2016 – 31,616

SEASON – RATING
2018 – 94.5
2014 – 91.5

Veteran signal callers and young quarterbacks on the rise have been performing at a high level from the onset this season.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisbergers, in his 15th season, leads the NFL with 1,414 passing yards, while Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, who is in his third season, ranks second with 1,406 yards. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who has made five career starts, leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes through Week 4 with Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatick, Goff and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers tied for second with 11 touchdown passes apiece. Goff (127.3) and Mahomes (126.5) rank first and second, respectively, in passer rating this season with Brees (115.3) following closely behind.

Collectively, 11 quarterbacks have thrown for at least 1,200 yards through Week 4, the most in league history through the first four weeks of a season, surpassing the previous high of seven in 2011. Five quarterbacks – Goff (465 passing yards), Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (464), Oakland’s Derek Carr (437), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins (422) and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (419) – passed for at least 400 yards last week. There have been 12 individual performances with at least 400 passing yards this season, the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a sea­son. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 were the most in a single week in league annals.

Seven quarterbacks have thrown at least 10 touchdown passes in the first four weeks of the 2018 season, the most in league annals through Week 4. No other season has featured more than four such QBs through Week 4. Ten quarterbacks have a passer rating of at least 100 (minimum 80 attempts), tied with the 2015 season for the most through the first four weeks of a season in NFL history.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK FIVE

RECORD-SETTING SCORING & CLOSE GAMES: Through Week 4, league-wide scoring continues to trend at a historic rate, as the totals for points scored (3,030), touchdowns (344) and touchdown passes (228) are all the highest in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

SEASON – POINTS SCORED
2018 – 3,030
2012 – 2,986

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2018 – 344
2015 – 332

SEASON – TOUCHDOWN PASSES
2018 – 228
2013 – 205

While scoring has been up across the league, the games have remained as competitive as ever.

The average margin of victory has been 9.90 points per game, a mark that would be the lowest in a full season in 86 years, since the NFL record was set in 1932 (9.13).

38 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the most in league history through Week 4.

45 games have been within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in league annals through Week 4. In other words, DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL!

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 71,740 yards during his 18-year NFL career.

With 201 passing yards against the Redskins Monday evening, Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (71,838) and Peyton Manning (71,940) for the most passing yards in league annals.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (71,740
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

New England quarterback Tom Brady ranks third in NFL history with 500 career touchdown passes and defeated Indianapolis Thursday night in Foxobor. Brady and Brees, who ranks fourth with 500 career touchdown passes, joined Manning (539) and Favre (508) as the only players in NFL history to throw 500 career touchdown passes.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Tom Brady – New England (500)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (496)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GREATEST SHOW ON SURF: The Los Angeles are 4-0 for the first time since 2001 and have scored at least 30 points in each of their first four games of the 2018 season.

With at least 30 points at Seattle Sunday, the Rams would become the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.

The teams with the most consecutive games of at least 30 points to start a season in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 30+ POINTS TO START SEASON)
Denver (2013, 8)#
New England (2007 – 8)#
St. Louis Rams (2000 – 8)
New England (2011 -5)#
Los Angeles Rams (2018 – 4)*
*Active streak
#Advanced to Super Bowl

The Rams, who have at least 500 net yards of offense in each of their past two games, can join the San Diego Chargers (1982) and San Francisco (1998) as the only teams in NFL history with three consecutive games with at least 500 net yards of offense within a single season.

The teams with at least 500 net yards of offense in three consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 500+ NET YARDS OF OFFENSE)
San Diego Chargers (1982 – 3)
San Francisco (1998 – 3)
Los Angeles Rams (2018 – 2)*
*Active streak

ON TARGET: Kansas City quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes passed for 304 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ Week 4 victory over Denver.

Mahomes, who has a league-leading 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions this season, needs two touchdown passes without an interception against Jacksonville at Arrowhead to become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 16 touchdown passes without an interception to begin a season.

The players with the most touchdown passes without an interception to start a
season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TD PASSES WITHOUT INT TO START SEASON)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013, 20)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia (2013, 19)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 18)
Milt Plum, Cleveland (1960, 16)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018, 14)*
*Active streak

MORE THAN A THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen recorded eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 and has at least 100 receiving yards in each of the Vikings’ first four games of the season.

Thielen needs 100 receiving yards at Philadelphia on Sunday to become the third player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first five games to start a season.

The players with the most consecutive team games of at least 100 receiving yards to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE TEAM GAMES WITH 100+ RECIEVING YARDS TO BEGIN SEASON)
Charley Hennigan, Houston Oilers (1961, 7)
Bob Boyd, Los Angeles Rams (1954, 5)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2018, 4)*
*Active streak

CATCHING UP WITH JULIO: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones has 614 receptions for 9,556 yards and 43 touchdowns in 99 career games.

Jones, who already holds the record for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 100 career games, needs nine catches on Sunday at Pittsburgh at Heinz Field to surpass Antonio Brown (622) for the most receptions by a player in first 100 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RECEPTIONS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (622)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona and Baltimore (614)
Julio Jones – Atlanta (614)*
*In 99 career games

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 100 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST 100 CAREER GAMES)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (9,556)*
Lance Alworth, San Diego (9,019)^
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (8,740)
*In 99 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

NUMBERS GAME: Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott has 3,040 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns in 29 career games.

Elliott, who leads the NFL with 426 rushing yards in 2018, needs one rushing touchdown on Sunday night at Houston to become the sixth player in league annals with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games.

The players with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first 30 career games in league annals:

PLAYER – TEAM (RUSHING YARDS/RUSHING TDS)
Jim Brown – Cleveland (3,206/34)^
Earl Campbell – Houston Oilers (3,013/31)^
Clinton Portis – Denver and Washington (3,247/30)
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams (3,600/29)^
Edgerrin James – Indianapolis (3,022/26)
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas (3,040/24)*
*In 29 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Three games – Houston’s 37-34 win at Indianapolis, Tennessee’s 26-23 win against Philadelphia and Oakland’s 45-42 victory over Cleveland – were decided in overtime this week.

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first four weeks of the 2018 season, joining the 1979, 1983 and 2002 seasons as the only campaigns to feature at least one overtime game in each of its first four weeks.

•Five quarterbacks – the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff (465 passing yards), Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (464), Oakland’s Derek Carr (437), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins (422) and Atlanta’s Matt RyanN (419) – passed for at least 400 yards this week.

With two games remaining in Week 4, there have been 12 individual performances with at least 400 passing yards this season, the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 are the most in a single week in league annals.

•Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 354 yards and six touchdown passes with no interceptions for a 154.6 passer rating in the Bears’ 48-10 win over Tampa Bay.

Trubisky threw five first-half touchdown passes to five different receivers – Josh Bellamy, Trey Burton, Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson – and became the second quarterback in league history to throw at least five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half of a single game. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half against the Bears on November 9, 2014.

Trubisky, who threw for 289 yards and rushed for 53 yards in the first half, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (December 23, 1991) and Michael Vick (November 15, 2010) as the only players since 1991 with at least 250 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in the first half of a single game.​

•Houston defensive end J.J. Watt recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Texans’ 37-34 overtime victory at Indianapolis.

Watt, who played his 92nd career game Sunday, has 23 games with at least two sacks, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent (23) for the second-most games with at least two sacks by a player in his first 100 career games since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White (29) has more such games in his first 100 career games.

Texans kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn converted three field goals, including both a game-tying 29-yard field goal and game-winning 37-yarder in overtime. Fairbairn is the third kicker to convert both a game-tying and game-winning field goal in overtime since the overtime-rule modification in 2012, joining Graham Gano (November 2, 2015 vs. Indianapolis) and Cairo Santos  (November 27, 2016 vs. Denver).

Houston rookie wide receiver Keke Coutee had 11 catches in his NFL debut today, the second-most in league history by a player in his first-career game. Only the Houston Oilers’ Sid Blanks (13 catches on September 12, 1964) had more catches in an NFL debut.

•New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 274 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 94.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 38-7 victory over Miami.

With his 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corradelle Patterson in the second quarter, Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass to 70 different receivers in his career, tied with Vinny Testaverde (70) for the most by a player NFL history.

•Colts quarterback Andrew Luck passed for a career-high 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.5 passer rating and kicker Adam Vinatieri converted two field goals in the Colts’ overtime loss to Houston.

Luck became the 11th quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 450 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a single game – and the second quarterback to accomplish the feat this week, joining Rams’ quarterback JARED GOFF, who passed for 465 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions against Minnesota on Thursday. Goff and Luck are the first pair of quarterbacks in league history to accomplish the feat in the same week.

Vinatieri, who has 567 career field goals, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (565) for the most converted field goals in NFL history.

•Other notable highlights from Sunday’s action include:

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton connected on a go-ahead 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Green with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals a 37-36 victory at Atlanta.

This is the second time in franchise history that the Bengals recorded a game-winning touchdown pass with under 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the first since October 10, 1999.

◦Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott totaled a career-high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rushing, 88 receiving) and had a touchdown catch in the Cowboys’ 26-24 win over Detroit.

Elliott is the third player in franchise history to record at least 150 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (January 2, 1994) and Herschel Walker (November 15, 1987).

Elliott is the sixth player in league history to record at least 150 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in a winning effort and the first since the Rams’ Steven Jackson (December 24, 2006 vs. Washington).

◦Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had nine catches for 173 yards and rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley had two touchdown receptions in the Falcons’ loss to Cincinnati.

Jones, who appeared in his 99th career game Sunday, has 41 games with at least 100 receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (40) for the most 100-yard receiving games in a player’s first 100 career games in NFL history.

Ridley has six touchdown catches in the Falcons’ first four games of 2018, the most by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season. Prior to Ridley, only Green Bay’s Billy Howton (1952) had at least five touchdown catches in his team’s first four games of a season.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass in the Giants’ loss to New Orleans.

Manning has 343 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342) for the seventh-most touchdown passes in league history.

◦Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 250 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 97.2 passer rating in the Chargers’ 29-27 win over San Francisco.

Rivers has 51,504 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

Week 5 kicked off Thursday night as New England held off Indianapolis and concludes in the Big Easy as Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints host Washington on Monday night in prime time. This week’s action also features the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs hosting Jacksonville, the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams traveling to Seattle for an NFC West contest in the Pacific Northwest, a rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship game as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Minnesota Vikings in the City of Brotherly Love and the Sunday night contest is a Lone Star State battle as the Houston Texans host Dallas at NRG Stadium on Sunday night.

As for last week? 10-6. For the season? 34-24, not bad at all. Carolina and Washington return to action from their byes last week, while Tampa Bay and Da Bears are off this week. Here are week five’s Sunday and Monday picks.

ATLANTA (1-3) at Pittsburgh (1-2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Sunday action in week five opens in the Steel City as the Atlanta Falcons travel to the Steel City for a showdown with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both team enter the Sunday intraconference contest at Heinz Field with losses at home from last week under their respective belts.

The Falcons found themselves in a shootuout with Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday afternoon and came out on the short end of a 37-36 final. Atlanta trailed 28-24 at the break, then chipped away at the Bengals, using a pair of Matt Bryant field goals before taking the lead when Matt Ryan and WR Calvin Ridley connected on their second TD toss of the day to take a 33-28 lead with 14:25 left in regulation. Cincinnati would pull to within two when Randy Bullock connected on a 36-yard field goal and Bryant would respond with a 32-yard try of his own, giving the Falcons a 36-31 lead with 4:15 left in regulation. The Bengals would get the ball back and aided by a pair of Atlanta penalties, used a 16-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:08 and ended with Andy Dalton throwing a 13-yard TD pass to WR A.J. Green to seal Atlanta’s fate. The Bengals outrushed Atlanta 99-92, with Ryan throwing for 419 yards, while Dalton threw for 337 (each man threw three TDs and each was sacked three times with no interceptions). The Bengals were 7 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:38, while the Falcons were 11 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 29:22.

Pittsburgh saw Baltimore K Jeff Tucker connect on four second half field goals to break a 14-14 tie at Heinz Field last Sunday night and drop a 26-14 decision to the Ravens. The Steelers were held to a dismal season-low 19 yards of rushing, while the Ravens tallied 96, with Roethlisberger throwing for 274 yards and a TD to WR Antonio Brown, while Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco was sacked twice, Roethlisberger was sacked once and threw an interception). Pittsburgh was a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:57, while the Ravens were ball hawks, holding the pigskin for 35:03, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Steelers lead the series 13-2-1, have outscored the Falcons 479-303 and have won the last two meetings, including taking a 27-20 win in the Big Peach in 2014, while Atlanta’s last win in the series also came in Atlanta by a final of 41-38 in overtime in 2006. Pittsburgh’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 57 1/2. Both numbers sound reasonable and both teams would like to hit the reset button from last week. Atlanta pulls the road upset and covers the 3.

Tennessee (3-1) at Buffalo (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Fresh off an overtime win against the defending Super Bowl champs, the Tennessee Titans head to the shores of Lake Erie for a meeting with the Buffalo Bills in upstate New York.

The Bills were on the outside looking in against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers as they were shut out 22-0 at Lambeau Field last Sunday. Green Bay led 16-0 at the break and then used a pair of Mason Crosby field goals in the second half to seal Buffalo’s fate. While the Packers ran for 141 yards, they held the Bills to 58 yards and sacked QB Josh Allen (151 yards, two interceptions) seven times. Rodgers threw for 298 yards with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham to take the shutout win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. The Packers were 11 of 19 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:37, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 25:23, went 3 of 16 on third down conversions.

Tennessee broke the hearts of Eagles fans last Sunday in Nashville as the defending Super Bowl champs led 23-20 in overtime, only to see Tennessee score on a 10-yard TD pass from Marcus Mariota to WR Corey Davis to take a 26-23 win at Nissan Stadium. Philadelphia led 10-3 at the intermission and 17-10 at the end of three quarters before the Titans rallied in the fourth to take a 20-17 lead with 5:01 left in regulation before Philly’s Jake Elliott connected on a 30-yard field goal with 16 seconds left. Elliott would open the scoring in the overtime, booting a 37-yarder with 6:19 left in the extra period. Tennessee then used all but five seconds of available clock left, mounting a 16-play, 75-yard drive that took 6:14, ending with the Mariota to Davis connection for the game-winner. Philadelphia outrushed Tennessee 117-70 and Carson Wentz threw for 348 yards, while Mariota tallied 344 (both men threw a pair of TDs, Wentz was sacked four times and Mariota sacked three times with an interception). Tennessee was 5 of 15 on third down (they were 3 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:30, while the Eagles were 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 34:25.

Including games played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and at old War Memorial Stadium, the Titans lead the series 27-15 and have outscored the Bills 924-815. Buffalo won the last meeting with Tennessee, taking a 14-13 win in the Music City in 2015, while the Titans’ last win came along the shores of Lake Erie in 2012 by a final of 35-34. Tennessee’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 38 1/2. Both numbers make a ton of sense. Tennessee makes it two in a row and covers the 3 with the win.

Miami (3-1) at Cincinnati (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of 3-1 teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River as Miami comes to Cincinnati for a meeting with Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Miami fell from the ranks of the unbeatens after their 38-7 loss to Tom Brady and New England at Foxboro last Sunday. The Patroits scored the first 38 points of the contest unchallenged and the Dolphins trailed 24-0 at thee intermission before finally tallying their lone score in the contest when Frank Gore and Brock Osweiler connected on a 6-yard TD toss with 2:42 left to play. Miami found themselves held to 56 yards rushing, while the Patroits would tally 175 of their own (with Sony Michel leading all rushers with 112 yards and a TD) and Brady throwing for 274 yards and a pair of TD passes. New England was 10 of 16 on third down and held on the ball for 36:22, while the Dolphins were 23:38 in time of possession, going 3 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Dalton and the Bengals found themselves in a slugfest last Sunday with Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday afternoon and they would have the final say, coming away 37-36 winners. Cincinnati led 28-24 at the break, then saw the Falcons chip away at the Bengals, using a pair of Matt Bryant field goals before taking the lead when Matt Ryan and WR Calvin Ridley connected on their second TD toss of the day to take a 33-28 lead with 14:25 left in regulation. Cincinnati would pull to within two when Randy Bullock connected on a 36-yard field goal and Bryant would respond with a 32-yard try of his own, giving the Falcons a 36-31 lead with 4:15 left in regulation. Cincinnati then got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff and aided by a pair of Atlanta penalties, used a 16-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:08 and ended with Andy Dalton throwing a 13-yard TD pass to WR A.J. Green to seal Atlanta’s fate. The Bengals outrushed Atlanta 99-92, with Ryan throwing for 419 yards, while Dalton threw for 337 (each man threw three TDs and each was sacked three times with no interceptions). The Bengals were 7 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:38, while the Falcons were 11 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 29:22.

Miami leads the series 15-6 (including games played at the old Orange Bowl and Riverfront Stadium) and the ‘Fins have outscored the Bengals 469-365. Cincy won the last meeting with Miami, taking a 22-7 win in Cincinnati in 2016, while Miami took matters into their own fins and came away 22-20 overtime winners in the Sunshine State in 2013. Cincinnati’s favored by 6 at home and the over/under’s 50. Both numbers sound reasonable and both could see action in the post-season. Bengals win at home in Cincy but expect the Dolphins to make things closer than the 6.

Baltimore (3-1) at Cleveland (1-2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC North rivals meet along the shores of Lake Erie as Baltimore travels to Cleveland for a contest with the Browns and rookie QB Baker Mayfield.

Baltimore got four second half field goals from K Jeff Tucker a 14-14 tie at Heinz Field last Sunday night to come away 26-14 winners against Pittburgh in an AFC North contest in the Steel City. Baltimore held the Steelers to 19 yards of rushing, while the Ravens tallied 96, with Roethlisberger throwing for 274 yards and a TD to WR Antonio Brown, while Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards and a pair of TDs (Flacco was sacked twice, Roethlisberger was sacked once and threw an interception). Pittsburgh was a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:57, while the Ravens were ball hawks, holding the pigskin for 35:03, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Cleveland and Oakland went to a 42-42 tie with 30 seconds left in regulation when Derek Carr and TE Jared Cook connect on a 7-yard TD toss, then saw the Raiders take a 45-42 win in overtime on a 29-yard field goal by Mike McCrane. Cleveland led 17- 14 at the intermission in Mayfield’s first career NFL start, then had its biggest lead at 28-14 with 7:26 left in the 3rd before Oakland would take their first lead of the game with a 19-yard TD toss from Carr (437 yards, 3 sacks) to Jordy Nelson and McCrane would add a field goal for a six point lead with 10:46 left in regulation. Cleveland would not be denied, scoring twice on TD runs from Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb to reclaim the lead and give Browns fans hope of a second win in a row. Those hopes would be shattered thanks to the Carr-Cook combo and the McCrane game-winning field goal. Cleveland outrushed the Raiders 208-139, with Chubb rushing for 105 yards and a pair of TDs, while Raiders RB Mashawn Lynch ran for 130. (Both Mayfield and Carr threw a pair of interceptions; Mayfield accounted for a pair of TDs, Carr threw four; Mayfield was sacked twice, while Carr was sacked three times)

Baltimore leads the series 29-9, the Ravens have outscored Cleveland 892-562 and they have won the last five meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win over the Ravens came in 2015 in Charm City, when the Browns needed overtime to come away 33-30 winners).

Week two… first meeting… Charm City. Baltimore pulled out to a 21-7 lead at the break and came away with the 24-10 win. Baltimore outrushed Cleveland 136-93 and Flacco threw for 217 yards and a pair of TDs, while DeShone Kizer (who left the contest with an injury) threw for 182 yards with three interceptions and a pair of sacks (Kevin Hogan, who replaced Kizer, threw for 118 yards and a TD to TE David Njoku with an interception). Baltimore, who took advantage of five Cleveland turnovers (the Browns lost a fumble) went 4 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:24, while the Browns were 2 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 26:36.

Baltimore made it a clean sweep of the series and traveled to the shores of Lake Erie, taking a 27-10 win out of Cleveland. Leading 17-10 at the break in the week 15 contest at First Energy Field, Baltimore would go on to add 10 more second half points unchallenged for the win. Cleveland did outrush Baltimore 130-97 but Flacco burned Cleveland for 288 yards in the air with a TD, while Kizer threw for 146 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Browns, victimized by four turnovers, went 5 for 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 23:12, while the Ravens were 7 of 16 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:48.

The Ravens covered the 7 1/2-point spread in the week two contest, winning by 14 but the 40 1/2 over/under was intact, as both clubs merged for 34 points. In the week 15 contest, the Ravens’ 17-point win allowed them to cover the 7-point spread but neither team covered the 40 over/under, missing by 3. Baltimore may be on the road but the odds makers like them as 3 point favorites and the over/under’s 47. The Browns have played some pretty decent football of late and they have made some noise in the AFC North, however… Baltimore covers the 3 on the road and takes the win.

Jacksonville (3-1) at Kansas City (4-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of playoff teams from 2017 meet in the Show Me State as Jacksonville takes on the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.

Jacksonville bounced back from their first loss of the season as they manhandled the New York Jets 31-12 last Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Leading the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 16-0 at the intermission, the Jaguars would take control of the second half, keeping GangGreen at bay by outscoring them 15-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Jacksonville outrushed New York 126-34 and Blake Bortles burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 388 yards and a pair of TDs and an interception, while New York rookie QB Sam Darnold threw for 167 yards and a TD (Darnold was sacked three times, while Bortles was sacked twice). Jacksonville was 6 of 15 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:35, while GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 22:25.

Kansas City stayed in the ranks of the unbeatens as they rallied at Denver to beat the Broncos 27-23 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Chiefs trailed 13-10 at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Broncos 17-10, with the game-winning score coming with RB Kareem Hunt scoring from a yard out with 1:39 left to play. The winning score was part of an 8-play, 60-yard drive that used 2:56 of clock and saw Pat Mahomes throw a pass with his left hand. Although the Broncos outrushed Kansas City 159-142, Hunt led all rushers with 121 yards and the game-winning TD. As for Mahomes, he threw for 304 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce, while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 245 yards and an interception (Keenum was sacked four times, while Mahomes was sacked once.) While the Chiefs were 7 of 15 on third down tries, they were 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions and held the ball for 35:02, while Denver kept the pigskin for 24:58, going 2 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

While Jacksonville leads the series 6-5, the Chiefs have outscored the Jaguars 240-223 and have taken wins in the last three contests, including a 19-14 win at Arrowhead in 2016, while Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in 2009 in the Sunshine State by a final of 24-21. Kansas City’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 48. Jacksonville’s pretty good but the Chiefs are better. Kansas City covers the 3 and wins in the Show Me State.

Denver (2-2) at New York Jets (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of old AFC rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Denver comes east to take on the New York Jets in the Meadowlands with both clubs taking losses in last week’s action.

Kansas City held off Denver as the Chiefs went on to beat the Broncos 27-23 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Chiefs trailed 13-10 at the break, then proceeded to outscore the Broncos 17-10, with the game-winning score coming with RB Kareem Hunt scoring from a yard out with 1:39 left to play. The winning score was part of an 8-play, 60-yard drive that used 2:56 of clock and saw Pat Mahomes throw a pass with his left hand. Although the Broncos outrushed Kansas City 159-142, Hunt led all rushers with 121 yards and the game-winning TD. As for Mahomes, he threw for 304 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce, while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 245 yards and an interception (Keenum was sacked four times, while Mahomes was sacked once.) While the Chiefs were 7 of 15 on third down tries, they were 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions and held the ball for 35:02, while Denver kept the pigskin for 24:58, going 2 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The Jets were taken to task by Jacksonville last Sunday in the Sunshine State, as the Jagaurs took a 31-12 win last Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! trailed 16-0 at the intermission and the Jaguars would take control of the second half, keeping GangGreen at bay by outscoring them 15-12 in the final 30 minutes of action. Jacksonville outrushed New York 126-34 and Blake Bortles burned the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! for 388 yards and a pair of TDs and an interception, while New York rookie QB Sam Darnold threw for 167 yards and a TD (Darnold was sacked three times, while Bortles was sacked twice). Jacksonville was 6 of 15 on third down (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:35, while GangGreen was 3 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 22:25.

The Broncos lead the series 19-15-1 (including contests that were played when the Jets were known as the Titans and the Jets played their home games at Shea Stadium), they have outscored the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 854-731 and have won the last three meetings, including a 23-0 win last year in the Mile High City (GangGreen’s last win over the Broncos came in 2010 in Denver by a final of 24-20)

Denver pulled out to a 13-0 lead at the break, then scored their final 10 points of the contest unchallenged to take the win in the Rocky Mountains in week 14. Trevor Siemian threw for 200 yards and a TD to WR Demaryius Thomas, while the Broncos outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 84-59 in the shutout win (the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 46 yards with four sacks and an interception). Denver was 7 of 17 on third down (the Broncos were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 37:35, while the Jets were 3 of 13, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 22:25.

While the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 1 1/2, Denver easily covered with the 23-point win but neither club touched the 41 over/under, as Denver scored all 23 points in the contest. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are favored by a mere two points with the over/under at 43 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams have either been hot or cold. We wouldn’t blame you if you took a pass on this one and did that pre-Christmas shopping done. GangGreen covers the 2 and wins in the Meadowlands.

New York Giants (1-3) at Carolina (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Eli Manning vs. Cam Newton. A pair of superstar QBs square off in the Tar Heel State at the Giants square off against the Carolina Panthers.

The Giants enter Sunday’s contest at Bank of America Stadium with a 33-18 loss to New Orleans under their belts. Leading 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Giants saw that lead get away from them as Saints K Will Lutz kicked four field goals in the second to take a 12-7 lead at the intermission. Big Blue would eventually pull themselves to within eight with 3:44 left to play when rookie RB Sequan Barkley scored from a yard out. New Orleans, who outrushed the Giants 170-65, would seal the deal for themselves and seal New York’s fate when Alvin Kamara (134 yards to lead all rushers) scored his third TD of the contest with 2:06 left. Manning threw for 255 yards and a TD to Sterling Shepherd, while Saints signal called Drew Brees threw for 217 yards (Manning was sacked three times, Brees sacked once). The Saints were 5 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31 minutes, while the Giants kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 of 10 on third down tries in the Meadowlands.

Carolina comes back to action after their bye week. Before they went on their week-long break, the Panthers manhandled Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals 31-21 at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina and Newton led 21-14 at the intermission, then went on to outscore the Bengals 10-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Newton threw for 150 yards and a pair of TDs, while teammate Collin McCafferty ran for 184 yards (Carolina outrushed the Bengals 230-66) for the win (Dalton threw for 352 yards with a pair of TDs, four interceptions and a pair of sacks). Carolina was 6 of 13 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 33:55, while the Bengals kept the pigskin for 26:05, going 4 of 10 on third down conversions.

Carolina leads the series 5-4 and have outscored Big Blue 247-213, winning their last meeting, taking a 38-35 win in the Meadowlands in 2015, while the Giants’ last win over the Panthers came in 2012 in the Tar Heel State by a final of 36-7. Carolina’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Panthers are finer in Carolina and win this one but Giants make it closer than 7.

Green Bay (2-1-1) at Detroit (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. An NFC North rivalry almost as old as football itself draws life in the Motor City as the Matthew Stafford-led Lions host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field.

Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers shut down and shut out Buffalo 22-0 at Lambeau Field last Sunday. The Packers scored all of their points in the contest without a challenge and led 16-0 at the break before using a pair of Mason Crosby field goals in the second half to seal Buffalo’s fate. The Packers outrushed Buffalo 141-58 yards, sacked QB Josh Allen (151 yards, two interceptions) seven times, while Rodgers threw for 298 yards with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham to take the shutout win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. The Packers were 11 of 19 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:37, while the Bills, who kept the ball for 25:23, went 3 of 16 on third down conversions.

Detroit dropped a 26-24 heartbreaker at Dallas last Sunday in the final seconds at AT&T Stadium. Dallas led 13-10 at the intermisson before Stafford and the Lions chipped away at the lead, eventually leading 24-23 with 2:17 left when Stafford and WR Golden Tate connected on a 38-yard TD pass. Dallas would then use all of the 2:17 that was available to them, driving 55 yards in nine plays and using a pass play from Dak Prescott (255 yards, two TDs) to RB Ezekiel Elliott to set up a 38-yard field goal by Brett Maher as time expired. Elliott rushed for 152 yards in the thriller at Jerry World as Dallas outrushed the Lions 183-96, while Stafford threw for 307 yards and a pair of TDs (both to Tate). Detroit was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:55, while the Cowboys were 5 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:05, including the final 2:17 of the contest.

Including games played at Tiger Stadium, the Silverdome and Milwaukee County Stadium, the Packers lead the series 98-70-7 and have outscored the Lions 3,714-3,230. However… the Lions swept the series last year, taking wins in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and in the Motor City (Green Bay’s last win in the series came in 2016, when they took a 31-24 win in the Motor City).

Round one… week nine at Lambeau. The Rodgers-less Packers trailed Detroit 14-3 at the intermisson and took a 30-17 in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. Although Green Bay outrushed Detroit 78-64, Stafford burned the Packers for 361 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brock Hundley threw for 245 yards with three sacks. The Lions were 8 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 36:55, while the Packers were 2 of 9 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the pigskin for 23:05.

That was round one.

Round two?

Week 17 in the Motor City and the Lions made it a sweep of the series and took the 35-11 win at Ford Field in the season finale for both clubs. Detroit led 20-3 at the break and never looked back to take the series. As was the case in the first game, Green Bay outrushed Detroit 103-51 but Stafford burned the Packers for 323 yards and three TDs, while Hundley threw for 172 with a TD, four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Third down tries? Green Bay was 4 of 14 (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down), while the Lions were 4 of 12 and the clock was on the side of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:47 to Detroit’s 28:13.

Detroit’s 13-point win at Lambeau Field allowed them to cover the 2 1/2-point spread and both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under in the Monday night affair, tallying 47 points. Detroit also covered the spread in the week 17 contest, winning by 24 (they were favored by 7) and as was the case in the first meeting, the Lions and Packers covered the over/under (43) with 46 points. The oddsmakers in Vegas like the Packers as 1 1/2 point favorites in the Motor City with a 51 over/under. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Green Bay gets revenge on their NFC North rivals and covers the 1 1/2 with the win on the road.

Oakland (1-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. It’s another round of an AFC West rivalry that has seen action in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. The Raiders make the 372-mile trip to southern California for a meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers at Stub Hub Center.

Oakland went to a 42-42 tie with 30 seconds left in regulation with Cleveland last Sunday when Derek Carr and TE Jared Cook connect on a 7-yard TD toss, then take a 45-42 win in overtime on a 29-yard field goal by Mike McCrane. The visiting Browns led 17-14 at the intermission in Mayfield’s first career NFL start, then had its biggest lead at 28-14 with 7:26 left in the 3rd before Oakland, who would give head coach Jon Gruden his first win as a head coach since 2001, would take their first lead of the game with a 19-yard TD toss from Carr (437 yards, 3 sacks) to Jordy Nelson and McCrane would add a field goal for a six point lead with 10:46 left in regulation. Cleveland would not be denied, scoring twice on TD runs from Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb to reclaim the lead and give Browns fans hope of a second win in a row. Those hopes would be shattered thanks to the Carr-Cook combo and the McCrane game-winning field goal. Cleveland outrushed the Raiders 208-139, with Chubb rushing for 105 yards and a pair of TDs, while Raiders RB Mashawn Lynch ran for 130. (Both Mayfield and Carr threw a pair of interceptions; Mayfield accounted for a pair of TDs, Carr threw four; Mayfield was sacked twice, while Carr was sacked three times)

Los Angeles’ Caleb Sturgis was the man of the moment for the Chargers as he connected on a 21-yard field goal late in their contest with San Francisco to give the Chargers a 29-27 win at Stub Hub Center. The 49ers and Chargers took a 17-17 tie with them to the intermission before the Bolts would claim the lead for the first time with 10:35 left in the third quarter on a 6-yard TD toss from Philip Rivers to Melvin Gordon. San Francisco would take the lead back at 26-24 with 12:39 left in regulatoin on a Robbie Gould field goal from 33 yards before Sturgis would give his team the back on a 21-yard try. The Chargers, who would hold off a late 49ers rally in the contest, outrushed San Francisco 126-76, with Rivers throwing for 250 yards and three TDs (TE Antonio Gates had one of them), while C.J. Bethard threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (Bethard was sacked once and picked off twice) for San Francisco. The 49ers were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 27:34, while the Chargers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:26, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Including contests that were played in San Diego when the Chargers called Qualcomm Stadium home and Los Angeles when the Silver and Black played at the Coliseum, the Raiders lead the series 62-52-2 and have outscored the Bolts 2,547-2,509. The Chargers swept last year’s contests, winning in Oakland and Los Angeles (Oakland’s last win over the Chargers came in San Diego in 2016 by a final of 19-16).

Nick Novak gave the Chargers a 17-16 win in Oakland in week six to open the series. The Silver and Black led 10-6 at the break and through the end of the third quarter before the Bolts would take control of things in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring Oakland 10-6 in that frame. Oakland would lead 16-14 with 4:09 left in regulation when the Chargers would burn all of the 4:09 that was left as Novak connected on a 32-yard field goal as time expired. The Silver and Black outrushed the Bolts 109-80, with Rivers throwing for 268 yards, while Carr had 171 yards (each man threw a TD pass, Rivers connected with Gordon, Carr with Michael Crabtree; both men were sacked once and Rivers threw an interception) in the first meeting. The Chargers were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:03, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 27:57.

If one win was good for the Chargers, then another win was better and they swept the series in front of the home folks in week 17. Despite having their playoff hopes dashed, they managed to take control of things at Stub Hub Center, winning 30-10 in Los Angeles. After a scoreless first quarter, the Chargers took a 20-10 lead with them to the intermission, then scored 10 more points in the third quarter without a challenge. The Chargers outrushed the Silver and Black 115-105 with Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch leading the way with 101 in the win and Rivers threw for 387 yards with three TDs and no interceptions, while Carr threw for 243 yards and a TD to Amari Cooper (Carr was sacked twice and picked off once, while Rivers was sacked once). The Chargers were 7 of 13 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:20, while the Raiders held the pigskin for 26:40, going 4 of 11 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down.

While the Raiders were favored by 3 1/2, the Chargers won by a single point in the week six contest and the 53 1/2 over/under was intact as both clubs could tally only 33 points. However… in the week 17 contest in Los Angeles, the Chargers easily covered the 7 1/2-point spread with their 10 win and both clubs barely missed the 43 1/2 over/under by 3 points. The oddsmakers like the Chargers as 5 1/2 point favorites with a 53 1/2 over/under. Granted, these two teams don’t particularly like each other given their history and while the Raiders picked up their first win of the 2018 campaign, the Chargers have flexed some muscle of late. If history has a way of repeating itself, it will favor the Chargers. Oakland will make it closer than the 5 1/2 but the Chargers win at home.

Minnesota (1-2) at Philadelphia (2-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. It’s a rematch in the City of Brotherly Love as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC Championship rematch at Lincoln Financial Field.

Minnesota went to the West Coast last Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams and came away on the short end of a 38-31 loss at the Coliseum. The Purple Gang trailed 28-17 at the half, then made the contest close with a 45-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins to WR Adam Thielen and a 40-yard field goal from Dan Bailey with 3:46 left in regulation. Los Angeles outrushed Minnesota 100-54 and Rams QB Jarred Goff threw for 465 yards and five TDs, connecting with WR Cooper Kupp on two of the passes, while Cousins threw for 422 yards and three TDs (Adrian Robinson caught two of those tosses) and the Rams’ Todd Gurley led all rushers with 83 yards. The Rams were 1 of 6 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:46, while the Vikings kept the ball for 32:14, going 8 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Eagles fans had their hearts broken last Sunday in Nashville as they led 23-20 in overtime, only to see Tennessee score on a 10-yard TD pass from Marcus Mariota to WR Corey Davis to take a 26-23 win at Nissan Stadium. Philadelphia led 10-3 at the intermission and 17-10 at the end of three quarters before the Titans rallied in the fourth to take a 20-17 lead with 5:01 left in regulation before Philly’s Jake Elliott connected on a 30-yard field goal with 16 seconds left. Elliott would open the scoring in the overtime, booting a 37-yarder with 6:19 left in the extra period. Tennessee then used all but five seconds of available clock left, mounting a 16-play, 75-yard drive that took 6:14, ending with the Mariota to Davis connection for the game-winner. Philadelphia outrushed Tennessee 117-70 and Carson Wentz threw for 348 yards, while Mariota tallied 344 (both men threw a pair of TDs, Wentz was sacked four times and Mariota sacked three times with an interception). Tennessee was 5 of 15 on third down (they were 3 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:30, while the Eagles were 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 34:25.

The Vikings lead the regular season series 13-10 and have outscored Philadelphia 543-528. Their last regular season meeting was in 2016 in the City of Brotherly Love and the Eagles were 21-10 winners, while Minnesota’s last win in regular season action took place in the Twin Cities in 2013 by a final of 48-30.

They met in the NFC Championship game last season and the Vikings scored the first seven points of the contest when Case Keenum and Kyle Rudolph connected on a 25-yard TD pass to open the scoring. Philadelphia went on to score their 38 points of their contest unchallenged as they would march on to a 38-7 win to advance to Super Bowl 52. Philadelphia led 24-7 at the intermission and never looked back, taking the win in front of the home crowd at Lincoln Financial Field. Minnesota was outrushed by the Eagles 110-70 and while Keenum did throw for 271 yards and a TD, he would be sacked once and picked off twice. As for Nick Foles, who took over for Wentz, he threw for 352 yards and three TDs with no picks (Philadelphia’s Joseph Ajayi led all rushers with 73 yards). The Eagles, who would go on to win Super Bowl 52 two Sundays later, went 10 of 14 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:04, while the Vikings were 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:56.

In the NFC Championship Game in the City of Brotherly Love, the Eagles covered the 3-point spread, winning by 31 and both clubs covered the 38 over/under with 45 points. The oddsmakers like the defending champs as 3-point favorites in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The fact that this is a rematch from last season makes 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 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 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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?”)

Could this be a preview of a playoff rematch? Anything’s possible… but as ESPN’s Chris Berman once said, “that’s why they play the games.” Eagles win this one at home in the City of Brotherly Love but expect the Vikings to make things close.

Arizona (0-4) at San Francisco (1-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in wine country as the 49ers host Arizona at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. Both clubs took close losses in last week’s action and look to rebound.

Seattle took the Desert Angry Birds to the final seconds of their contest in Glendale with Seattle coming away 20-17 winners, thanks to a 52-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired. Arizona led 10-7 at the break before Seattle would rally to take a 17-10 lead with 60 seconds left in the third quarter. That lead would not last long as Arizona would tie things back up with 8:59 left in regulation when WR Chad Williams and QB Josh Rosen connected on a 22-yard TD strike. That would keep things even until Seattle got the ball back with 1:50 left to play and used all of that 1:50 to go on a 7-play, 31-yard drive which allowed the veteran Janikowski to boot the game winner as time expired. Seattle outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 171-92, with Seahawks RB Mike Davis leading the way with 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the win. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 172 yards and no interceptions (two sacks), while Rosen threw for 180 yards and the lone TD. The Seahawks on third down were 0 for 10 on third down but were 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 31:46 (which included the final 1:50 of the game), while the Cardinals were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 28:14.

A late San Francsico rally against the Los Angeles Chargers fell short as Chargers K Caleb Sturgis was the man of the moment, connecting on a 21-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 29-27 win at Stub Hub Center. Tied 17-17 tie at the half, the Bolts would claim the lead for the first time with 10:35 left in the third quarter on a 6-yard TD toss from Philip Rivers to Melvin Gordon. San Francisco would take the lead back at 26-24 with 12:39 left in regulatoin on a Robbie Gould field goal from 33 yards before Sturgis would give his team the back on a 21-yard try. The Chargers, who would hold off a late 49ers rally in the contest, outrushed San Francisco 126-76, with Rivers throwing for 250 yards and three TDs (TE Antonio Gates had one of them), while C.J. Bethard threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (Bethard was sacked once and picked off twice) for San Francisco. The 49ers were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 27:34, while the Chargers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:26, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

San Francisco leads the series 29-24 (including contests that were played in St. Louis, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park) and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,204-1,077. On the other side of the coin, the Cardinals have won the last six contests, including sweeping last year’s NFC West contests (San Francisco’s last win over the Desert Angry Birds came in 2014, when they were 20-17 winner in San Francisco).

The first meeting? Week four in Glendale. The Desert Angry Birds would need overtime to take the 18-15 win. The endzone had the day off until 32 seconds left in overtime when WR Larry Fitzgerald scored the contest’s only TD with 32 seconds left in the overtime as San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and Arizona’s Pat Lawson exchanged field goals in the contest that was tied 6-6 at the intermission and 12-12 at the end of regulation as Gould would give the 49ers a 15-12 lead with a 23-yard field goal with 2:24 left before Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer connected on the game-winner. San Francisco outrushed Arizona 95-51 and Palmer threw for 357 yards and the lone TD toss (Palmer was sacked six times, Blaine Hoyer was sacked three times; both threw an interception), while Hoyer threw for 234 yards. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down and held the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 33:13 in time of possession, going 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

For the Cardinals, it was second verse, same as the first. Arizona completed the sweep in week nine, holding off the 49ers to take a 20-10 win in Santa Clara. The Cardinals led 14-3 at the intermission, then kept San Francisco in check in the second half to take the win and the series. Drew Stanton (201 yards) threw a pair of TD passes and Gould chipped in with a pair of field goals for Arizona, while Beathard threw for 294 yards with five sacks and an interception. Arizona easily outrushed the 49ers 167-63, with Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 159 yards. The Cardinals were 7 of 16 on third down and held the ball for 36:22, while the 49ers held the pigskin for 23:38, going 6 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week four contest in Glendale, Arizona was favored by 7 but the Cardinals would win up winning by 3. The 44 over/under was untouched as both clubs scored 33 points. In the week nine contest at Santa Clara, the Cardinals covered the 2 1/2-point spread with the 10-point win but the 39 1/2 over/under was intact as both clubs scored 30 points. San Francisco’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 41. If you can take a pass on this one, by all means do so and go to your cousin’s birthday party. 49ers cover the 4 and takes the win in Santa Clara.

Los Angeles Rams (4-0) at Seattle (2-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. The unbeaten Rams travel up the West Coast along I-5, making the 1,137-mile trip north to face off against the Seattle Seahawks in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks with both teams taking close wins last week.

Los Angeles held off a late Minnesota and came away 38-31 winners over Minnesota at the Coliseum. The defending NFC West champs led 28-17 at the half before Minnesota made the contest closer than Rams fans would have liked with a 45-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins to WR Adam Thielen and a 40-yard field goal from Dan Bailey with 3:46 left in regulation. Los Angeles outrushed Minnesota 100-54 and Rams QB Jarred Goff threw for 465 yards and five TDs, connecting with WR Cooper Kupp on two of the passes, while Cousins threw for 422 yards and three TDs (Adrian Robinson caught two of those tosses) and the Rams’ Todd Gurley led all rushers with 83 yards. The Rams were 1 of 6 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:46, while the Vikings kept the ball for 32:14, going 8 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Seattle went down to the wire in Glendale against the Desert Angry Birds before leaving the desert 20-17 winners, thanks to a 52-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired. Arizona led 10-7 at the break before Seattle would rally to take a 17-10 lead with 60 seconds left in the third quarter. That lead would not last long as Arizona would tie things back up with 8:59 left in regulation when WR Chad Williams and QB Josh Rosen connected on a 22-yard TD strike. That would keep things even until Seattle got the ball back with 1:50 left to play and used all of that 1:50 to go on a 7-play, 31-yard drive which allowed the veteran Janikowski to boot the game winner as time expired. Seattle outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 171-92, with Seahawks RB Mike Davis leading the way with 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the win. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 172 yards and no interceptions (two sacks), while Rosen threw for 180 yards and the lone TD. The Seahawks on third down were 0 for 10 on third down but were 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 31:46 (which included the final 1:50 of the game), while the Cardinals were 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 28:14.

Seattle leads the series with the Rams 23-16, including contests that were played in St. Louis and have outscored the Rams 834-766. The NFC West foes met twice last season, with each team taking a win in the other team’s stadium.

Their first meeting took place in Los Angeles in week five and the Seahawks broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission, using a pair of Blair Walsh field goals to take the 16-10 win at the Coliseum. Seattle outrushed the Rams 100-62 and wilson threw for 198 yards and a TD to Jimmy Graham, while Goff threw for 288 yards with three interceptions (Wilson was sacked three times, Goff was sacked twice). Seattle was 8 of 17 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Rams were 8 of 15 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 28:44.

Los Angeles would get their revenge in week 15 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as they would blow the doors off Seattle’s hopes of winning the NFC West, taking a 42-7 win at Century Link Field. Los Angeles led 34-0 at the intermission and took control of things throughout the game. Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 244-78 and Todd Gurley did damage, rushing for 152 yards and three TDs with Goff throwing for 120 yards and a pair of TDs, while Wilson was sacked seven times, throwing for 142. Los Angeles was 6 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:46, while the Seahawks were 23:14 in time of possession, going 4 of 14 on third down.

In the week five contest in Los Angeles, the Rams were favored by 2 1/2 and the Seahawks covered with the 6-point win. The 46 1/2 over/under was in tact, as both clubs combined for 26 points. The week 15 contest in Seattle saw the Rams cover the 1 1/2 point spread (Seattle was favored) both clubs barely covered the 48 over/under by 1 point. In the late afternoon affair on the West Coast, the Rams are favored by 7 and the over/under’s 51. Seattle would love nothing more than to ruin the Rams’ hope of running the table in the NFC, while the Rams want to stay kings of the NFC West mountain. Long live the king. Los Angeles may not cover the 7 but they take the win in the Pacific Northwest.

Dallas (2-2) at Houston (1-3), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of Lone Star State foes square off in Houston as the Dallas Cowboys make the 239-mile trip south to face off against the Texans at NRG Stadium.

Dallas got a last-second field goal from K Brett Maher as they edged Detroit 26-24 heartbreaker last Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Dallas led 13-10 at the intermisson before Stafford and the Lions chipped away at the lead, eventually leading 24-23 with 2:17 left when Stafford and WR Golden Tate connected on a 38-yard TD pass. Dallas would then use all of the 2:17 that was available to them, driving 55 yards in nine plays and using a pass play from Dak Prescott (255 yards, two TDs) to RB Ezekiel Elliott to set up a 38-yard field goal by Maher as time expired. Elliott led all rushers as he ran for 152 yards in the thriller at Jerry World, while as Dallas outrushed the Lions 183-96. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 307 yards and a pair of TDs (both to Tate). Detroit was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:55, while the Cowboys were 5 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:05, including the final 2:17 of the contest.

Houston used a pair of Ka’imi Fairbairn field goals in overtime to take a 38-34 win over Indianpolis and Andrew Luck in the Hoosier State last Sunday. Houston took a 21-10 lead with them to the half, before Indianapolis would rally to pull even with 45 seconds left in regulation when Luck and rookie RB Nyheim Hines connected on a 9-yard TD toss. The Colts, who were outrushed by the Texans 119-41, scored first in the overtime on a 44 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to take a 3-point lead. That lead would not last very long as Fairbairn connected on a 29-yard field goal with 1:50 left in the period. Houston then got the ball back after a Colts punt and the Texans used all 24 seconds left and took the win when Fairbairn connected on a 37-yard field goal as time expired to pick up their first win of the season. Houston’s DeShaun Watson threw for 375 yards with a pair of TD but was sacked seven times, while Luck was sacked four times. Indy was 10 of 17 on third down (the Colts were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:56, while the Texans kept the ball for 40:04, going 8 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas leads the series with their Lone Star rivals 3-1 and they have outscored Houston 91-55. Houston’s lone win in the series came in their first meeting, a 19-10 home victory at then-Reliant Stadium in 2002, while Dallas has won the last three contests, taking a 20-17 win in Arlington in 2014. Houston’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. While this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” it might be a good one to watch. Texans win this one but expect Dallas to make it closer than the 3 1/2.

Washington (2-1) at New Orleans (3-1), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week five closes out in the Big Easy as the Saints and Redskins meet in the great indoors.

Washington returns to action after their bye week and a 31-17 win over Green Bay in Landover. The Redskins led 28-10 at the break and held off a late Green Bay rally to take the win. Redskins RB Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of TDs as Washington outrushed Green Bay 166-100 but Aaron Rodgers outpaced Alex Smith, as Rodgers threw for 265 yards, while Smtih threw for 220 yards for the win (Rodgers was sacked four times and both men threw a pair of TDs, with Smith throwing an interception). Green Bay was 6 of 12, 0 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions and actually ruled the clock as kept the ball for 30:55, while Washington was 5 of 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:05.

The Saints survived a scare from the New York Giants in the Meadowlands last Sunday and came away from Met Life Stadium with the 33-18 win under their belts. Erasing a 7-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, New Orleans took the lead for keeps as Saints K Will Lutz kicked four field goals in the second to take a 12-7 lead at the intermission. The Giants would pull themselves to within eight with 3:44 left to play when rookie RB Sequan Barkley scored from a yard out. New Orleans, who outrushed the Giants 170-65, restored order and would seal the deal for themselves and seal New York’s fate when Alvin Kamara (134 yards to lead all rushers) scored his third TD of the contest with 2:06 left. Manning threw for 255 yards and a TD to Sterling Shepherd, while Saints signal called Drew Brees threw for 217 yards (Manning was sacked three times, Brees sacked once). The Saints were 5 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31 minutes, while the Giants kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 of 10 on third down tries in the Meadowlands.

Washington leads the series 17-9 and the Redskins have outscored the Saints 640-514. They met last year in the Big Easy and the Saints needed overtime to take the 34-31 win (Washington’s last win over New Orleans came in 2015 in Lanover, with the Redskins prevailing 47-14). In the week 11 contest in the Big Easy, Washington led  17-13 at the half, then took a 24-13 lead with them to the end of the 3rd quarter before the Saints would get a pair of TD passes from Brees (one to TE Josh Hill, the other to RB Alvin Karama) to tie things up. After the Kamara score that came with 65 seconds left, Washington got the ball back and came close to setting up a game-winning field goal, when QB Kirk Cousins completed his first three passes for a total of 41 yards to advance Washington to the New Orleans 34-yard line. However, Cousins and the Redskins were then assessed an intentional grounding penalty along with a ten second runoff that backed them up to the 44 on the next play. On the final play of regulation, S Vonn Bell sacked Cousins for a nine-yard loss, which burned the time that was left in regulation, sending the contest into overtime.  Washington won the coin toss in overtime and took the ball first but New Orleans forced a quick three-and-out and after a Washington punt, the Saints would use a 3-play, 51-yard drive that used 1:29 of clock to give K Will Lutz a chance to win the game for the home team. Lutz did not disappoint, connecting on a 28-yard field goal to send Saints fans home happy.

NeW Orleans outrushed Washington 160-156, with Mark Ingram leading all rushers with 134 yards, while Washington’s Samaje Perine rushed for 117 yards in the contest (both men scored a TD) in the overtime affair. Brees threw for 385 yards with a pair of sacks, while Smith threw for 322 yards in the game (Smith threw three TDs to Brees’ two, both men were sacked twice and Brees threw an interception). Both clubs were 4 for 12 on third down tries and on fourth down conversions, Washington was 2 of 2, while the Saints were 1 for 1. Washington did rule the clock and kept the ball for 32:11, while New Orleans kept it for 30:24.

Prime time has not exactly been kind to either team; the Saints are 18-22 (New Orleans was 0-1 in their only MNF contest last year), while Washington is 28-42, going 0-2 in their two Monday night affairs last year.

The Saints in their week 11 contest in the Big Easy were favored by 7 1/2 but won by three. That was the bad news. The good news? Both teams covered the 51 over/under by tallying 65 points. In the Monday night affair in the Big Easy, the Saints are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. You might want to consider taping “Magnum PI” and “Bull” this week. Hail to the Redskins! Washington pulls the upset on the road and takes the win but won’t cover the 6 1/2.

As the NFL wraps up the first quarter of the 2018 season, three undefeated teams remain – Kansas City, the Los Angeles Rams and Miami – all stand at 3-0. But as they say, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and while a fast start helps, it does not guarantee you a trip to the postseason. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 102 of the 138 teams (73.9 percent) to start 3-0 have qualified for the postseason. Last season, the Falcons and Chiefs both qualified for the postseason after starting 3-0.

Fourteen teams enter Week 4 with a sub-.500 record but hope still remains. Since 1990, 74 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs, including the 2017 New Orleans Saints, who became the first team in the Super Bowl era to win its next eight games immediately following an 0-2 start.

As the league enters the quarter turn, quarterbacks across the NFL continue to shine. Entering Week 4, league-wide passing numbers continue to trend at a record pace, as the marks for completions (2,248), completion percentage (65.5 percent), touchdown passes (168) and passer rating (93.2) are all the highest in NFL history through the first three weeks of a season.

SEASON – COMPLETIONS
2018 – 2,248
2016 – 2,202

SEASON – COMPLETION PCT.
2018 – 65.5
2015 – 64.6

SEASON – TD PASSES
2018 – 168
2015 – 157

SEASON RATING
2018 – 93.2
2015 – 91.1

Through Week 3, nine quarterbacks have a passer rating of at least 100 (min. 60 attempts), tied with the 2015 and 2008 seasons for the most in NFL history through three weeks of a season. There have been 42 individual performances, including 15 last week, with a passer rating of 100 or higher (minimunm of 15 attempts) through Week 3, the most in league annals through the first three weeks of a season. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has a 137.4 passer rating through Week 3, the third-highest mark in NFL history by a quarterback through the first three weeks of a season, trailing only Tom Brady (141.8 in 2007) and Randall Cunningham (141.2 in 1992).

Six quarterbacks have completed at least 70 percent of their passes (min. 60 attempts) through the first three weeks of the season, the second-most in league history through Week 3, trailing only the 2015 season (seven). New Orleans’ quarterback Drew Drees leads the NFL with an 80.6 completion percentage, the highest ever by a quarterback through Week 3. Oakland’s Derek Carr (76.6 percent) has the fourth-highest completion percentage through the first three weeks of a season in league history.

As familiar faces continue to excel across the league, a new wave of quarterbacks is set to take the stage. Four rookie QBs are expected to start in Week 4 – Arizona’s Josh Rosen (first-career start), Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield (first-career start) and the New York Jets’ Sam Darnold. This marks the fourth time in the Super Bowl era (excluding the 1987 season) that at least four rookie quarterbacks will have started a game in the first four weeks of a season, joining the 2016 (four), 2012 (five) and 1971 (five) seasons.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 4

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Six active quarterbacks – New Orleans’ Drew Brees, New England’s Tom Brady, the Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS, the New York Giants’ Eli  Manning, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers – rank in the top 10 in NFL history in passing touchdowns.

Brees needs four touchdown passes to become the third player in league annals with 500 career touchdown passes, joining PEYTON MANNING (539) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (508).

Manning, who faces off against Brees and the Saints on Sunday, needs one touchdown pass to break a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342 touchdowns) and move into sole possession of seventh place on the league’s all-time touchdown passes list.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Drew Brees – San Diego amd New Orleans – (496)*
Tom Brady – New England (494)*
Dan Marino – Miami (420)^
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (350)*
Eli Manning – New York Giants (342)*
Fran Tarkenton – Minnesota amd New York Giants (342)^
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (336)*
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (319)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Five active quarterbacks – Brees, Brady, Manning, Roethlisberger and Rivers – rank in the top 10 in league history in passing yards.

With 316 passing yards against the Giants, Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (71,838) for the second-most passing yards in league annals.

With 222 passing yards on Sunday against San Francisco on Sunday, Rivers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (71,523)*
Tom Brady – New England (66,803)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (52,482)*
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (52,205)*
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (51,254)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LIKE A FINE WINE: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri has made 565 career field goals during his 23-year career. With his next converted field goal, Vinatieri will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (565) for the most made field goals in NFL history.

The players with the most career made field goals in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER FIELD GOALS
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota (565)^
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (565)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to make at least 250 field goals with two different teams, converting 263 with New England (1996-2005) and 302 with Indianapolis (2006-present).

THREE’S COMPANY: Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 411 yards and three touchdowns Week 3, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards in three consecutive games.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 38 attempts (63.2 percent) for 314 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 115.5 passer rating in the Chiefs’ Week 3 victory over San Francisco. Mahomes has 13 touchdowns passes through the Chiefs first three games this season, the most by a player in his team’s first three games to start a season in NFL history.

Fitzpatrick and Mahomes, who have both thrown at least three touchdown passes in each of their team’s first three games of the season, can join TOM BRADY (2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famers STEVE YOUNG (1998) and KURT WARNER (1999) as the only players in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of their team’s first four games to begin a season.

The players with the most consecutive games of at least three touchdown passes to begin their team’s season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 3+ TD PASSES TO BEGIN SEASON)
Tom Brady, New England (2017, 10)#
Steve Young, San Francisco (1998, 5)^
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (1999, 4)^#
Many tied with 3
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay (2018, 3)*
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018, 3)*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named MVP

BETTER TOGETHER: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerwere both named Offensive Player of the Week in their respective conferences after leading their teams to victory in Week 3.

Among active head coach and quarterback tandems, the Saints duo of Sean Payton and Brees and the Steelers combination of Mike Tomlin and Roethlisberger have each recorded 107 regular-season wins together.

With their next respective victories, the duos would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw (107) for the third-most wins by a head coach and quarterback tandem in NFL history.

The head coach and quarterback tandems with the most wins in NFL history:

TEAM – HEAD COACH AND QUARTERBACK (REGULAR SEASON WINS)
New England – Bill Belichick and Tom Brady (197)*
Miami – Don Shula and Dan Marino (116)^
Pittsburgh – Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw (107)^
New Orleans – Sean Payton and Drew Brees (107)*
Pittsburgh – Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger (107)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SHAKE AND BAKER: Cleveland rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the number 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, completed 17 of 23 attempts (73.9 percent) for 201 yards and caught a two-point conversion while leading Cleveland to their first win of the season in his NFL debut last week.

Mayfield is slated to make his first-career start on Sunday at Oakland and can join David Carr (2002), Michael Vick (2001), Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (1983) and Jim Plunkett (1971) as quarterbacks selected number 1 overall in the Super Bowl era to win their first-career start. Of the four quarterbacks taken number 1 overall to win their first career start, Elway was the only QB to accomplish the feat on the road.

The quarterbacks selected number 1 overall in the Super Bowl era with the highest passer ratings in their first-career start:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – PASSER RATING)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2011 – 110.4)
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (2003 – 105.2)
JaMarcus Russell, Oakland (2007 – 91.3)
Jeff George, Indianapolis (1990 – 88.9)
Jim Plunkett, New England (1971 – 82.5)

The quarterbacks selected No. 1 overall in the Super Bowl era with the most passing yards in their first-career start:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – PASSING YARDS)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2011 – 422)
Vinny Testaverde, Tampa Bay (1987 – 369)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (2012 – 309)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (1998 – 302)
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (2010 – 253)

LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas recorded 10 receptions for 129 yards in the Saints’ Week 3 overtime win at Atlanta. Thomas has 38 receptions in the Saints’ first three games of the season, the most by a player in his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history and has recorded at least 10 receptions in every game this season.

With 10 receptions at the New York Giants on Sunday, Thomas can join Calvin Johnson (four games in 2012) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 10 receptions in four consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games of at least 10 receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 10+ RECEPTIONS)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2012 – 4)
Many tied with 3
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (2018 – 3)*
*Active streak

KEEP IT 100: New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had 117 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 35 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the Giants’ Week 3 victory at Houston. Barkley has totaled at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first three career games.

With 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New Orleans, Barkley can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first four career games.

The players with the most consecutive games of at least 100 scrimmage yards to begin their career in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS TO BEGIN CAREER)

Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 7)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 5)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 4)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (2001 -4)^
Many tied with 3
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (2018 – 3)*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

•New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 39 of 49 passes (79.6 percent) for 396 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.7 passer rating and rushed for two touchdowns in the Saints’ 43-37 overtime victory at Atlanta.

Brees, who has 6,326 completions in his 18-year NFL career, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (6,300) for the most completions in NFL history.

Brees became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, three touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns without an interception in a single game.

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had 10 catches for 129 yards in the win. Thomas has 38 catches through three games in 2018, the most by a player in his team’s first three games of a season in league history. Thomas is the first player in NFL history to record at least 10 catches in each of his team’s first three games to start a season.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara had a career-high 15 catches for 124 yards and rushed for 66 yards in the win. Kamara’s 15 receptions tied William Andrews (November 15, 1981) and Rickey Young (December 16, 1979) for the second-most catches by a running back in a single game in NFL history. Only Clark Gaines (17 on September 21, 1980) recorded more catches as a running back in a single game in league annals.

•Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 314 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 115.5 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 38-27 win against San Francisco.

Mahomes has 13 touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ first three games of the season and surpassed Peyton Manning (12 in 2013) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history.

The Chiefs, who scored 38 points in Week 1 and 42 points in Week 2, are the third team in league history to score at least 38 points in each of their first three games of a season. The 2007 New England Patriots and 1967 Baltimore Colts are the only other teams to accomplish the feat.

•Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 29 of 36 (80.6 percent) for 354 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 123.8 passer rating in the Rams’ 35-23 win against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Goff, who threw for 354 yards and completed 75 percent of his passes (24 of 32) in Week 2, is the third quarterback in league history with at least 350 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75 or higher in consecutive games. Kansas City’s Trent Green accomplished the feat in consecutive games in Weeks 8-9 of the 2004 season and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, who plays Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football in Week 3, has thrown for at least 350 yards with a completion percentage of at least 75 in each of the Buccaneers’ first two games of the 2018 season.

•Miami wide receiver Albert Wilson threw a 52-yard touchdown pass and caught a 74-yard touchdown pass in the Dolphins’ 28-20 win against Oakland.

Wilson is the fourth player in league history to throw a touchdown pass of at least 50 yards and have a touchdown reception of at least 50 yards in the same game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Conzelman (December 9, 1923), Tom Tracy  (September 24, 1960) and David Patten (October 21, 2001).

•Washington running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 31-17 victory over Green Bay.

Peterson has 102 career rushing touchdowns and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time rushing touchdown leaderboard.

Peterson, who has 25 career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, Shaun Alexander and Priest Holmes for the fourth-most games in NFL history with at least two rushing touchdowns. The three players with more such games are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: La Danaian Tomlinson (38 games), Emmitt Smith (36) and Jim Brown (27).

•Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns in the Panthers’ 31-21 win against Cincinnati.

Newton has 57 career rushing touchdowns – the most by a quarterback in NFL history – and has three career games with at least two touchdown passes and at least two rushing touchdowns, the second-most in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (four) has more such games in NFL history.

•Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs recorded 1.5 sacks and kicker Justin Tucker connected on two 52-yard field goals in the Ravens’ 27-14 win over Denver.

Suggs, who has 128 sacks in his 16-year career with the Ravens, has the fifth-most sacks by a player with a single team since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. The four players to record more sacks with a single franchise are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bruce Smith (171 sacks with Buffalo), Michael Strahan (141.5 with the New York Giants), Lawrence Taylor (132.5 with the New York Giants) and Jason Taylor (131 with Miami).

Tucker has six-career games with multiple converted field goals of at least 50 yards, the most such games by a player in NFL history.

Last week, we went 9-7 (for the season, 34-18) and while that’s not great, it means that we’ve gone .500 or better for the 30th consecutive week in a row. Carolina and Washington have byes this week and return to action next week. Week 4 kicked off on Thursday night as Los Angeles Rams remained unbeaten, defeating Minnesota on the West Coast and concludes in Denver as a pair of AFC West foes square off as Denver hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in prime time.

Cincinnati (2-1) at ATLANTA (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Week four Sunday afternoon action gets underway in the Big Peach as Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Atlanta to meet Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Both teams enter the Sunday afternoon affair with losses under their belts.

The Bengals fell out of the ranks of the unbeatens after their 31-21 loss to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte last Sunday afternoon. Although they trailed 21-14 in the Tar Heel State at the break, Newton and the Panthers would pull away in the second half as they would outscore the Bengals 10-7. Newton, sacked once, threw for 150 yards with a pair of passing TDs and a pair of rushing TDs, while RB Christian McCaffrey ran for 184 yards (the Panthers outrushed Cincinnati 230-66) in the win. Dalton threw for 352 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked twice and picked off four times. Carolina was 6 of 13 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:55, while the Bengals kept the ball for 26:05, going 4 of 10 on third down conversions.

Atlanta went through a back and forth battle with NFC South foe New Orleans last Sunday in the Big Peach and came out on the short of a 43-37 overtime loss to the Saints.  Atlanta trailed 16-14 at the intermission and actually rallied to take a 37-30 lead with 6:58 left in regulation thanks to Ryan tossing a 5-yard TD strike to WR Mohammaed Sanu. That lead would not last long as Saints QB Drew Brees tied things up at 37-37 with 75 seconds left on a 5-yard scamper into the endzone. The Saints then won the toss to start the overtime and made sure that Ryan and the Falcons would not get the ball back, going on a 15- play, 80 yard drive that used 7:05 of clock and ended with Brees scoring from a yard out. New Orleans outrushed Atlanta 143-48 and Brees threw for 396 yards and three TDs, while Ryan (sacked three times) threw for 374 yards and five TDs, connecting with rookie WR Calvin Ridley on three of those tosses (Ridley finished with seven catches for 146). Atlanta was 4 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:20, while the Saints went 7 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, holding on to the ball for 37:45, including the overtime.

The Bengals hold an 8-5 lead in the series and have outscored Atlanta 310-276. Cincinnati won the last meeting, taking a 24-10 win along the shores of the Ohio River in 2014, while Atlanta’s last win came in the Big Peach by a final of 39-32 in 2010 at the old Georgia Dome. Atlanta’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 51 1/2. Both teams would like to bounce back from their losses from last week. Atlanta will bounce a little higher Sunday in the Big Peach. Falcons may not cover the 6 but they take the win at home.

Buffalo (1-2) at Green Bay (1-1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. It’s wings vs. Bratwurst as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers host Buffalo at Lambeau Field in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst.

Buffalo comes to Green Bay with a 27-6 win over Minnesota at US Bank Stadium under their belts. The Bills outrushed Minnesota 128-14 and led 27-0 at the intermission before the Vikings tallied their only points of the contest with 2:59 left to play when Kirk Cousins and KYle Rudolph connected on a 4-yard TD pass (Minnesota missed the extra point). Buffalo on third down tries in the Land of 10,000 Lakes went 4 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 35:45, while the Vikings kept the ball for 24:15, going 5 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down in the loss.

Rodgers and the Packers struggled against Washington last Sunday in Landover, falling to the Redskins 31-17 at FedEx Field. Green Bay trailed 28-10 at the intermission, although they would outscore Washington in the second half by a 7-3 margin. Washington outrushed Green Bay 166-100, with Redskins RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 120 yards and a pair of TDs. Rodgers, despite being sacked four times, threw for 265, while Alex Smtih threw for 220 (both men threw a pair of TDs, with Smtih throwing the lone interception in the contest). Green Bay went 6 of 14 on third down in Landover (they were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:55, while Washington kept the ball for 29:05, going 5 of 11 on third down conversions.

Buffalo leads the series 8-4 and the Bills have outscored Green Bay 258-212. The Bills won the last meeting, which took place in upstate New York in 2014, as they would circle the wagons and come away 21-13, while Green Bay’s last win in the series took place in 2010 at Lambeau by a final of 34-7.  Green Bay’s favored by 10 and the over/under’s 45. The 45 is reasonable. The 10? A bit steep. Buffalo will give Green Bay problems at Lambeau and while the Packers won’t cover, they will take the win at home.

Houston (0-3) at Indianapolis (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC South rivals square off in the Hoosier State as Houston travels to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Trailing the New York Giants throughout their contest at NRG Stadium last Sunday, the Texans fell to Eli Manning and Big Blue 27-22 in the Lone Star State. Trailing 20-6 at halftime, the Texans eventually did manage to pull to within five on a 4-yard TD toss from DeShaun Watson (385 yards) to RB Lamar Miller with :01 second left. Houston was outrushed by the Giants 114-59 (Saquon Barkley led all rushers with 82 yards and a TD), while Manning threw for 297 yards in the contest (both men threw a pair of TDs, Watson was sacked three times and picked off once, Manning was sacked four times). The Giants were 7 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:30, while the Texans, who kept the ball for 24:30, went 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Colts are coming back to Indiana after they were taken to task by Philadelphia 20-16 at Lincoln Financial Field. Trailing 10-3 at the half, the Colts would eventually take the lead with 14:20 left in regulation when K Adam Vinatieri nailed a 28-yard field for a 16-13. Luck and the Colts then watched the Eagles burn as much time as they could off the clock, using an 17-play, 75-yard drive that took 11:18 of clock to give the defending Super Bowl champs the lead back for keeps when Wendell Smallwood scored with 3:02 left from a yard out. The Colts had one final chance to come away with the road win but their final drive was stalled at their 46-yard line. Philadelphia outrushed Indianapolis 152-68 and Carson Wentz, making his first start in over a year, threw for 255 yards, while Luck threw for 164 yards (both threw a TD pass in the contest, Wentz was sacked five times, Luck was sacked twice). The Colts were 2 of 12 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down tries) and held the ball for 19:40, while the Eagles were stingy with the clock and the ball, keeping it for 40:20, while going 6 of 14 on third down.

Indy leads the series 25-7 and the Colts have outscored the Texans 833-619. The Colts swept the series last year, taking wins in the Hoosier State and the Lone Star State (Houston’s last win over the Colts came in 2016, when they swept the series that year).

The first meeting took place in Houston in week nine and the Colts came away 20-14 winners at NRG Stadium. The Colts led 10-7 and the half and Jacoby Brissett threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs, while Tom Savage threw for 219 yards and a TD (Brissett was sacked three times, Savage sacked twice). The Texans outrushed Indy 94-92 and each team fumbled the ball once. Both clubs were 4 of 14 on third down (the Texans were 0 of 1 on fourth) and the Colts kept the ball for 30:59 to Houston’s 29:01.

Indy made it a clean sweep of the series in the season finale at Lucas Oil Stadium, coming away 22-13 winners. Erasing a 13-7 deficit at the half, the Colts scored the final 15 points of the contest without a challenge. Indy outrushed Houston 146-85, with Colts RB Frank Gore leading the way with 100 yards on the ground. The Colts were 6 of 13 on third down in the Hoosier State and held on to the ball for 31:13, while the Texans kept the ball for 28:47, going 5 of 11 on third down conversions.

In the week nine contest, the Texans were favored by 7 but the Colts won by only 6. The 45 1/2 over/under was safe, as both teams could only muster 34 points. Indy covered the 3 1/2-point spread, winning by 9 but both teams missed the 41 over/under by 6 points. The oddsmakers like the Colts as a 2-point favorite in the Hoosier State and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Houston’s trying to win their first game, while the Colts are looking to pull even. Houston gets win number one and pulls the upset n the Hoosier state, covering the 2 on the road.

Miami (3-0) at New England (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in Foxboro as the unbeaten Dolphins and New England meet at Gillette Stadium,

The unbeaten Dolphins rallied in the final seconds in the Sunshine State against Oakland, scoring twice in the final quarter against the Raiders to take a 28-20 win at Hard Rock Stadium. The Raiders led 17-14 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter when Miami went on their scoring rampage in the third when WR Jakeem Grant caught TD passes from QB Ryan Tannehill and WR Albert Wilson to take an eight-point lead. Oakland would eventually make it an 8-point contest with 20 seconds left when K Matt Nugent connected on a 52-yard field goal to pull themselves closer than Dolphin fans would have wanted. Although the Raiders outrushed Miami 109-41 and Derek Carr threw for 345 yards with a TD, Tannehill threw for 289 yards and three TDs to take the win. Miami, taking advantage of three Oakland turnovers (two Carr interceptions and a fumble), went 2 of 8 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 21:29, while the Raiders kept the ball for 38:31, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Pats and Tom Brady struggled against Detroit in the Motor City last Sunday night as they faced off against their former defensive co-ordinator Matt Patrica, falling to the Lions 26-10 at Ford Field. Brady and New England trailed 13-3 at the break and could never get on track as the Lions would get their first 100-yard rusher in six years as rookie RB Kerryon Johnson ran for 101 yards, while Matthew Stafford threw for 262 yards and a pair of TDs (Brady threw for 133 yards with a TD but was sacked twice, both Brady and Stafford threw an interception). New England was 2 of 9 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 20:45, while the Lions ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:15, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions in the Sunday night contest.

Miami leads the series 53-49 and the Dolphins have outscored New England 2,198-2,197. Taking wins last year at their home fields, the two clubs split the season series.

Week 12… Foxboro. Brady was good for four TDs and 227 yards as they took Miami to task 35-15 at Gillette Stadium. New England led 21-10 at the break, then proceeded to outscore Miami 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of action in western Massachusetts. New England outrushed Miami 196-67, with Patriots RB Dion Lewis leading the way with 112. The Patriots, who forced three Miami turnovers, went 5 of 12 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 32:41. As for the Dolphins? They were 2 of 11 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 27:19.

Miami would get their revenge two weeks later in the Sunshine State at Hard Rock Stadium in week 14. Leading 13-10 at the intermisson, the Dolphins held off a late New England rally and came away 27-20 winners at home. Miami held New England to 25 yards rushing, while tallying 120, with Kenyan Drake leading the way with 114 yards. Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards and three TDs, while Brady threw for 233 yards with a TD (Brady and Cutler were sacked twice, with Brady throwing a pair of interceptions). Miami was 4 of 14 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 36:09, while the Patriots were a dismal 0 for 11 on third down and held the pigskin for 23:51.

In the week 12 contest, the Pats covered the 16-point spread with the 18-point win and both clubs covered the 47 1/2 over/under with 52 points. New England was favored by 11 in the week 14 contest on a Monday night in the Sunshine State; while Miami did win the contest, they did not cover the 11-point spread, winnning by only 7 but both clubs matched the 47 over/under with the 47 combined points. Even though they’re one game below .500, the oddsmakers like the Patroits as 7-point favorites and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Can the Dolphins remain unbeaten? Can Brady and the Pats right their ship? It’ll be closer than the 7 but Miami prevails on the road against their AFC East rivals.

Tampa Bay (2-1) at Chicago (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of 2-1 teams meet in the Windy City when Tampa Bay travels to Chicago to face the Monsters of the Midway at Soldier Field.

Tampa Bay trailed Pittsburgh 30-10 at the intermission last Monday night at Raymond James Stadium, then scored their last 17 points in the second half unchallegened but still lost to the Steelers 30-27. The Bucs, dropping their first contest of the season, was paced by Ryan Fitzpatrick (who took over for the suspended Jameis Winston), who threw for 411 yards, while Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards (each man threw three TDs and was sacked three times, Roethlisberger threw an interception, while Fitzpatrick threw three picks). Tampa Bay, outrushed by Pittsburgh 78-63, went 3 of 9 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 29:39, while the Steelers held the pigskin for 30:21, going 3 for 11 on third down.

Da Bears erased a 14-3 deficit against Arizona in the desert and they did manage to come away 16-14 winners in Glendale. The Monsters of the Midway used a 1-yard TD run from Jordan Howard (who led all rushers with 61 yards), a pair of Cody Parkey field goals and a last-second stop of an Arizona drive to take the lead and the road win at State Farm Stadium. Chicago outrushed Arizona 122-53 and Mitch Trubisky threw for 220 yards, with an interception, while Sam Bradford threw for 157 yards and a pair of TDs (both Bradford and Trubisky were sacked three times, while Bradford threw a pair of interceptions). Chicago was 5 of 14 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:21, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the ball for 23:39, going 3 of 10 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Chicago leads the series 38-20 and they have outscored Tampa Bay 1,231-952. Tampa Bay has won the last two meetings, including taking a 29-7 decision last year in the Sunshine State (Chicago’s last win over Tampa Bay came in 2015 in Tampa by a final of 26-21.

The week two contest last year at Raymond James Stadium saw Tampa Bay score their 29 points unchallenged before Da Bears got on the scoreboard with 1:43 left to play when WR Deonte Thompson and QB Mike Glennon connected on a 14-yard TD toss as the Buccaneers had the game in hand. Leading 26-0 at the intermission, Tampa Bay outrushed Chicago 117-20 and Glennon threw for 301 yards with the TD and a pair of interceptions, while Jameis Winston threw for 204 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks. Chicago was 7 of 14 on third down (Da Bears were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:49, while Tampa Bay ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 33:11, going 8 for 15 on third down conversions.

Tampa Bay covered the 7-point spread with the 22-point win but the 45 over/under stayed intact as both clubs combined for only 36 points. Chicago’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Windy City and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams look pretty decent so far in the 2018 campaign. Da Bears prevail at home in the Windy City and cover the 2 1/2.

Detroit (1-2) at Dallas (1-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of sub-.500 teams meet in the Lone Star State as Dallas hosts the Detroit Lions at Jerry World (AT&T Stadium).

Detroit pulled off a major upset in the Motor City last Sunday night as head coach Matt Patrica faced off against his former team and beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 26-10 at Ford Field. Brady and New England trailed 13-3 at the break and could never get on track as the Lions would get their first 100-yard rusher in six years as rookie RB Kerryon Johnson ran for 101 yards, while Matthew Stafford threw for 262 yards and a pair of TDs (Brady threw for 133 yards with a TD but was sacked twice, both Brady and Stafford threw an interception). New England was 2 of 9 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 20:45, while the Lions ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:15, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions in the Sunday night contest.

Dallas was held in check by Russell Wilson and Seattle in the Pacific Northwest as the Seahawks took a 24-13 win at Century Link Field last Sunday. The Cowboys trailed 17-3 at the half and could never really get on track, even though they did outscore Seattle 10-3 in the second half. Dallas did outrush Seattle 166-113, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 127 yards, while Seattle was paced by Chris Carson, who ran for 102 yards and a rushing TD. wilson threw for 192 yards and a pair of TDs, while Dak Prescott threw for 168 yards with five sacks and picked off twice by CB Earl Thomas. Seattle was 7 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:44, while the Cowboys kept the ball for 27:16, going 3 of 13 on third down conversions, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries.

Including contests that took place at Tiger Stadium, the Cotton Bowl, Texas Stadium and the Silverdome, the Cowboys lead the series 13-11 and they have outscored Detroit 650-458. Dallas’ last win in the series came in 2016 in Arlington by a final of 42-21, while Detroit’s last win came in 2013 in the Motor City by a slim 31-30 final. Dallas is favored by 3 at Jerry World and the over/under is 43 1/2. Are either of these teams playoff bound? Hard to say. The Cowboys are coming off a tough loss on the Pacific Coast, while the Lions are coming off a huge win last Sunday night. Dallas prevails at Jerry World and covers the 3.

New York Jets (1-2) at Jacksonville (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of East coast teams with losses under their belts meet in the Sunshine State as the New York Jets make the 947-mile trip down I-95 to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

GangGreen let a 14-3 halftime lead against the Cleveland Browns get away from them as the home team would rally to pick up a 21-17 come-from-behind win over the New York Jets along the shores of Lake Erie on a Thursday night. The Browns rallied in the second half, outscoring GangGreen 18-3 in the final 30 minutes of action, with RB Carlos Hyde scoring with 2:04 left to play from a yard away to take the lead for good. Tyrod Taylor struggled under center for the Browns and left the contest of rookie QB Baker Mayfield, who threw for 201 yards without an interception in the win (Mayfield also caught a two-point conversion in the contest as well, Taylor threw for 19 yards and was sacked three times). Hyde rushed for 98 yards and a pair of TDs as Cleveland outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 133-107 in the win at home, while Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 169 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions (Isiah Crowell had a pair of TDs for the Jets, while teammate Bial Powell led his team with 73 yards on 14 carries). The Browns were 7 of 18 on third down and kept the ball for 30:52, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:08.

Jacksonville saw their hopes of an unbeaten season come to an end in the Sunshine State as they fell to AFC South foe Tennessee 9-6 at TIAA Bank Field. Going into the intermission tied at 3-3, thanks to field goals from Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo and Tennessee’s Ryan Succop. The two men would late exchange field goal to tie things back up at 6-6 before Succop would give the Titans the lead back for good with a 28-yard field goal with 4:09 left in regulation. Tennessee outrushed Jacksonville 150-87 and Marcus Mariota threw for 100 yards in the win, while Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 155 yards with three sacks (Mariota was sacked once and neither man threw an interception). Jacksonville was 5 of 14 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:13, while the Titens ruled the clock and kept the ball for 32:47, going 5 of 15 on third down tries.

They’ve met 12 times and each team has six wins in their ledger and the Jaguars have outscored GangGreen 232-208. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last four contests, including taking a 23-20 win in overtime last year (Jacksonville’s last win came in 2009 in the Meadowlands by a final of 24-22). Tied 10-10 at the intermission at Met Life Stadium in week four, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! took a 20-10 lead going into the fourth quarter before Jacksonville would tie things up with 10 points of their own in the fourth quarter to re-tie things up and send the contest into overtime. Each team kept the ball twice in the extra period and could not dent the scoreboard and after Jacksonville had the ball once more, they punted it back to the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, who used a 4-play, 2-yard drive that used 70 seconds of clock, sending their fans home happy when Chris Catanzaro connected on a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the overtime. GangGreen outrushed Jacksonville 256-175 with Bilal Powell leading the way with 163 yards and a rushing TD, while Josh McCown threw for 224 yards with five sacks and an interception (Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards and a TD toss to Leonard Fournette). GangGreen was 6 of 17 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 34:24 (including the overtime), while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 35:08, going 4 of 15 on third down tries.

Jacksonville was favored by 3 1/2 and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! won by 3, missing the spread. Both teams did manage to cover the 39 1/2 over/under by merging to score 43 points in the overtime affair in upstate New Jersey. Jacksonville’s favored by 7 1/2 at home and the over/under’s 38. This one might be an entertaining game to watch. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! and the Jaguars are coming off heartbreaking losses from last week’s action and in the end, someone will check into the Heartbreak Hotel. It won’t be the Jaguars. Jacksonville recovers and wins at home, covering the 7 1/2.

Philadelphia (2-1) at Tennessee (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of 2-1 teams square off in the Music City as the defending World Champs travel to Nashville for an afternoon showdown with the Tennessee Titans.

Philadelphia used a long fourth quarter drive against the Indianapolis Colts and took a 20-16 win at Lincoln Financial Field. Although they took a 10-3 at the half, the Colts would eventually take the lead with 14:20 left in regulation when K Adam Vinatieri nailed a 28-yard field for a 16-13. Luck and the Colts then watched the Eagles burn as much time as they could off the clock, using an 17-play, 75-yard drive that took 11:18 of clock to give the defending Super Bowl champs the lead back for keeps when Wendell Smallwood scored with 3:02 left from a yard out. The Colts had one final chance to come away with the road win but their final drive was stalled at their 46-yard line. Philadelphia outrushed Indianapolis 152-68 and Carson Wentz, making his first start in over a year, threw for 255 yards, while Luck threw for 164 yards (both threw a TD pass in the contest, Wentz was sacked five times, Luck was sacked twice). The Colts were 2 of 12 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down tries) and held the ball for 19:40, while the Eagles were stingy with the clock and the ball, keeping it for 40:20, while going 6 of 14 on third down.

The Titans dashed Jacksonville’s hopes of an unbeaten season as they would leave the Sunshine State with a 9-6 win over their AFC South rivals at TIAA Bank Field. Going into the intermission tied at 3-3, thanks to field goals from Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo and Tennessee’s Ryan Succop. The two men would late exchange field goal to tie things back up at 6-6 before Succop would give the Titans the lead back for good with a 28-yard field goal with 4:09 left in regulation. Tennessee outrushed Jacksonville 150-87 and Marcus Mariota threw for 100 yards in the win, while Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 155 yards with three sacks (Mariota was sacked once and neither man threw an interception). Jacksonville was 5 of 14 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:13, while the Titens ruled the clock and kept the ball for 32:47, going 5 of 15 on third down tries.

Philadelphia leads the series 7-4 and the Eagles have outscored the Titans 257-220, which includes games that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers. Philly won the last meeting, taking a 43-24 win in the City of Brotherly Love in 2014, while Tennessee’s last win over the Eagles came in 2010 in the Music City by a final of 37-19. Philadelphia’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Eagles may not cover the 3 1/2 but they do win in the Music City.

Seattle (1-2) at Arizona (0-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in the desert as Seattle heads to Glendale for a late-afternoon meeting with the Arizona Cardinals.

Seattle held Dallas and Dak Prescott in check last Sunday in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, as they took the Cowboys to task by a 24-13 final at Century Link Field.. Seattle led 17-3 at the half and kept the Cowboys in check in the second half, although Dallas did outscore Seattle 10-3 in the second half. Dallas did outrush Seattle 166-113, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 127 yards, while Seattle was paced by Chris Carson, who ran for 102 yards and a rushing TD. wilson threw for 192 yards and a pair of TDs, while Dak Prescott threw for 168 yards with five sacks and picked off twice by CB Earl Thomas. Seattle was 7 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:44, while the Cowboys kept the ball for 27:16, going 3 of 13 on third down conversions, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries.

Arizona let a 14-3 lead against Chicago get away from them in the desert, allowing Da Bears to rally to come away 16-14 winners in Glendale. Chicago used a 1-yard TD run from Jordan Howard (who led all rushers with 61 yards), a pair of Cody Parkey field goals and a last-second stop of an Arizona drive to take the road win. Chicago outrushed Arizona 122-53 and Mitch Trubisky threw for 220 yards, with an interception, while Sam Bradford threw for 157 yards and a pair of TDs (both Bradford and Trubisky were sacked three times, while Bradford threw a pair of interceptions). Chicago was 5 of 14 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:21, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the ball for 23:39, going 3 of 10 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Desert Angry Birds lead the series 19-18-1 (including games that took place in St. Louis and in the old Kingdome) and the Seahawks have outscored Arizona 949-733. The NFC West foes met twice last year and each took wins in the other team’s ballpark.

They met in the desert in week 10 and Seattle led 15-7 at the half, coming away 22-16 winners at University of Phoenix Stadium. Seattle outrushed Arizona 75-34 and Wilson threw for 238 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Jimmy Graham, despite being sacked five times, while Darren Dalton threw for 273 yards and a TD. The Seahawks on third down conversions in Glendale went 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 30:53, while Arizona was 29:07 in time of possession, going 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

Arizona would get revenge in their second meeting, a week 17 affair in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, coming away 26-24 winners at Century Link Field in the closing moments. Arizona led 20-3 at the intermission in the season finale for both clubs, then trailed 24-23 with 10:24 left in regulation when Wilson and WR Doug Baldwin connected on a 29-yard TD toss to give Seattle the lead briefly. Arizona would eventually take the lead back for good, using a 10-play, 62-yard drive that used  4:50 of clock and ending when Pat Dawson connected on a 42-yard field goal with 2:21 left. Seattle could have won the contest in the final seconds at home in the Pacific Northwest but Blair Walsh’s 48-yard field goal try sailed wide to the right. Arizona then got the ball back and ran out the clock to win the contest. Arizona outrushed Seattle 116-101 and Wilson  threw for 221 yards and the two TD passes (both to Graham), while Stanton threw for 145 yards and a TD (Wilson was sacked three times, Stanton was sacked once). While Seattle was a dismal 1 of 12 on third down, they were perfect on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and kept the ball for 27:44. The Desert Angry Birds? They ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:16, while going 4 of 14 on third down.

In the week 10 contest in the desert, the Seahawks covered the 6-point spread, winning by 6 and the two clubs barely missed the 41 1/2 over/under, tallying 38 points. As for the week 17 contest in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Seattle was favored by 8 but Arizona won by 2 but both clubs easily covered the 38 1/2 over/under by scoring 50 points. Seattle’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 39. Both clubs are trying to keep pace with the Los Angeles Rams, who picked up their third win of the season last Thursday night. The Seahawks look to make it two in a row, while the Desert Angry Birds look to right their ship. Seahawks prevail in the desert and cover the 3.

Cleveland (1-1-1) at Oakland (0-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. One’s coming off their first win since Christmas Eve 2016, while the other looks for their first win. The Browns and Raiders meet on the Eastern Side of San Francisco Bay for a early afternoon Pacific time contest.

Cleveland fans finally had something to celebrate after their 21-17 come-from-behind win over the New York Jets along the shores of Lake Erie on a Thursday night. The Browns trailed 14-3 at the intermission, then rallied in the second half, outscoring GangGreen 18-3 in the final 30 minutes of action, with RB Carlos Hyde scoring with 2:04 left to play from a yard away to take the lead for good. Tyrod Taylor struggled under center for the Browns and left the contest of rookie QB Baker Mayfield, who threw for 201 yards without an interception in the win (Mayfield also caught a two-point conversion in the contest as well, Taylor threw for 19 yards and was sacked three times). Hyde rushed for 98 yards and a pair of TDs as Cleveland outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 133-107 in the win at home, while Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 169 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions (Isiah Crowell had a pair of TDs for the Jets, while teammate Bial Powell led his team with 73 yards on 14 carries). The Browns were 7 of 18 on third down and kept the ball for 30:52, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:08.

Oakland watched Miami rally in the final seconds in the Sunshine State against, as they would score twice in the final quarter against the Raiders to take a 28-20 win at Hard Rock Stadium. The Raiders led 17-14 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter when Miami went on their scoring rampage in the third when WR Jakeem Grant caught TD passes from QB Ryan Tannehill and WR Albert Wilson to take an eight-point lead. Oakland would eventually make it an 8-point contest with 20 seconds left when K Matt Nugent connected on a 52-yard field goal to pull themselves closer than Dolphin fans would have wanted. Although the Raiders outrushed Miami 109-41 and Derek Carr threw for 345 yards with a TD, Tannehill threw for 289 yards and three TDs to take the win. Miami, taking advantage of three Oakland turnovers (two Carr interceptions and a fumble), went 2 of 8 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 21:29, while the Raiders kept the ball for 38:31, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Silver and Black leads the series 12-10 (which includes games that were played in Los Angeles) and the Raiders have outscored Cleveland 467-400. Oakland won the last meeting, coming away 27-20 winners in Cleveland in 2015, while Cleveland’s last win took place in 2014 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 23-13. Oakland’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Feel free to take a pass on this one (unless you’re a fan of either team) and get that Halloween shopping done. Oakland wins this one but it could be closer than the 2.

San Francisco (1-2) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of California teams meet in Los Angeles as San Francisco and the Los Angeles Chargers look to even their records.

San Francisco, who is making the 393-mile trip down I-5, suffered two losses last Sunday. First, they lost 38-27 at Arrowhead to the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, then they lost the services of QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury. The Chiefs led 28-10 at the half before watching the 49ers outscore them in the final 30 minutes of play by a 17-3 margin. San Francisco did manage to outrush the Chiefs 178-77 but Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 314 yards and three TDs, while Garoppolo threw for 251 yards with a pair of TDs and four sacks before he left the contest with a knee injury. The Chiefs were 7 of 11 on third down tries (they went 1 of 1 on fourth down conversions) at Arrowhead and kept the ball for 30:01, while the 49ers were 2 of 9 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down tries and they would keep the ball for 29:59.

The Chargers lost the Battle of Los Angeles to the crosstown Rams 35-23 at the Coliseum. The defending NFC West champs led 21-13 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring the Bolts 14-10 to take the win. The Rams outrushed the Chargers 171-141, with RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 105 yards and a TD, while Jarred Goff threw for 354 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Robert Woods on two of the tosses (Philip Rivers threw for 226 and a pair of TDs for the Chargers). The Rams were 8 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 34:16, while the Chargers were 7 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:44.

The Chargers lead the series 7-6, which includes contests that were played in San Diego and Candlestick Park, while the 49ers have ourscored the Bolts 347-294. The Chargers have come away winners in the last four contests, including a 38-35 overtime win in San Francisco in 2014, while the 49ers’ last win over the Chargers came in 2000, when they were 45-17 winners in San Diego. The Chargers are favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The 47 1/2 is reasonable, it’s the 10 1/2 that has us worried. The 49ers are not that bad and while the Chargers may not cover the 10 1/2, they will take the win at home.

New Orleans (2-1) at New York Giants (1-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. The Big Easy meets the Big Apple as the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants meet in upstate New Jersey in a late afternoon NFC contest.

Brees and the Saints prevailed a back and forth battle with NFC South foe Atlanta last Sunday in the Big Peach and took a 43-37 overtime win to the Saints. The Saints led 16-14 at the intermission and saw the Falcons rally to take a 37-30 lead with 6:58 left in regulation thanks to Matt Ryan tossing a 5-yard TD strike to WR Mohammaed Sanu. That lead would not last long as Brees tied things up at 37-37 with 75 seconds left on a 5-yard scamper into the endzone. The Saints then won the toss to start the overtime and made sure that Ryan and the Falcons would not get the ball back, going on a 15- play, 80 yard drive that used 7:05 of clock and ended with Brees scoring from a yard out. New Orleans outrushed Atlanta 143-48 and Brees threw for 396 yards and three TDs, while Ryan (sacked three times) threw for 374 yards and five TDs, connecting with rookie WR Calvin Ridley on three of those tosses (Ridley finished with seven catches for 146). Atlanta was 4 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:20, while the Saints went 7 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, holding on to the ball for 37:45, including the overtime.

The Giants led throughout their contest against Houston at NRG Stadium last Sunday, taking the Texans to a 27-22 in the Lone Star State. While the Giants led 20-6 at halftime, the Texans eventually did manage to pull to within five on a 4-yard TD toss from DeShaun Watson (385 yards) to RB Lamar Miller with :01 second left. Houston was outrushed by the Giants 114-59 (Saquon Barkley led all rushers with 82 yards and a TD), while Manning threw for 297 yards in the contest (both men threw a pair of TDs, Watson was sacked three times and picked off once, Manning was sacked four times). The Giants were 7 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:30, while the Texans, who kept the ball for 24:30, went 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played in New Haven, Connecticut, Yankee Stadium, Tulane Stadium and the Meadowlands, the Giants lead the series 16-13 and they have outscored the Saints 663-636. The Giants were 16-13 winners in the last meeting in 2016 in the Meadowlands, while the Saints’ last win in the series came in 2015 in the Big Easy by a final of 52-49. The Saints are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 50. Both numbers are reasonable and make a lot of sense. Both QBs can put up points if need be. The Saints may march into the Meadowlands on Sunday but the Giants pulled the upset and march out with the win, covering the 3 1/2.

Baltimore (2-1) at Pittsburgh (1-1-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of AFC North rivals that don’t like each other meet in prime time in the Steel City as Pittsburgh hosts Baltimore at Heinz Field.

Baltimore erased a 14-10 first quarter deficit against Denver last Sunday in Charm City and came away 27-14 winners at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens then took a 20-14 lead with them to the break, then scored their final seven points of the contest unchallenged. The good news for Denver? They did outrush Baltimore 120-77. The bad news? Joe Flacco burned the Broncos for 277 yards with a TD toss to RB Javorius Allen, while Case Keenum threw for 192 yards (Keenum was sacked three times and picked off once, while Flacco was sacked twice). Baltimore was 8 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:14, while the Broncos were 6 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:46.

Pittsburgh led Tampa Bay 30-10 at the intermission last Monday night at Raymond James Stadium, then watched the Buccaneers score their last 17 points in the second half unchallegened before hanging on to knock Tampa Bay out of the ranks of the unbeatens 30-27. Tampa Bay was paced by Ryan Fitzpatrick (who took over for the suspended Jameis Winston), who threw for 411 yards, while Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards (each man threw three TDs and was sacked three times, Roethlisberger threw an interception, while Fitzpatrick threw three picks). Tampa Bay, outrushed by Pittsburgh 78-63, went 3 of 9 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 29:39, while the Steelers held the pigskin for 30:21, going 3 for 11 on third down.

Pittsburgh leads the series 24-20, the Steelers have outscored the Ravens 894-861 and they won the last three game, sweeping the season series last year, taking wins in Charm City and the Steel City (Baltimore’s last win over the Steelers came in 2016, when they were 21-14 winners in Charm City).

They squared off in week four in Baltimore and the Steelers held Baltimore to 9 third quarter points to take a 26-9 win on the road in Charm City. Pittsburgh, outrushing Baltimore 173-82, led 19-0 at the half and never let their foot off the gas as LeVeon Bell rushed for 144 yards and a pair of TDs, while Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards. For Baltimore, Flacco threw for 235 yards with a pair of interceptions and four sacks (both Roethlisbeger and Flacco threw a TD pass, Roethlisberger was sacked once and picked off once). Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down and ruled the clock as held the ball for 35:29, while Baltimore was 5 of 13, 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:31.

Pittsburgh needed to rally late in the final seconds of their week 14 rematch in the Steel City and prevailed 39-38 at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led the Ravens 20-14 at the break before they saw the Ravens take the lead back, trailing 38-36 with 3:29 left in regulation before taking the lead back for good, using a 10-play, 55-yard drive that took 1:43 and ended with Chris Boswell connecting on a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left. This time, it was Baltimore’s turn to outrush the Steelers, tallying 152 yards, while the Steelers had 59 (the Ravens’ Alex Collins led the way with 120. Roethlisberger outpaced Flacco in the rematch, throwing for 506 yards, while Flacco chipped in with 269 yards (each man threw a pair of TDs, Roethilsberger was sacked three times, Flacco was sacked once and threw an interception). The Steelers were much better on third down tries, going 12 of 18 and held on to the ball for 33:50, while the Ravens were 4 of 10 on third down, holding the ball for 26:10.

In the week four contest, Pittsburgh covered the 3-point spread, winning by 17 but the 44 over/under was intact as both teams merged for 35 points. Pittsburgh won the rematch in week 14 but did not cover the 7-point spread, winning by one but both teams easily covered the 41 over/under by tallying 77 combined points. In the prime time Sunday night contest in the Steel City, Pittsburgh’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 48 1/2, which makes this one “DRILL WORRTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 58 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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 Steelers would like nothing more than to have a leg up on the Ravens in the AFC North, while the Ravens look to go to 3-1. Steelers cover the 3 in the Steel City on Sunday night and takes the win at home.

Kansas City (3-0) at Denver (2-1), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Forget the records. It’s a pair of AFC West teams that aren’t exactly crazy about each other as Denver hosts the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High to close out week four action.

The Chiefs stayed unbeatend after their 38-27 win at Arrowhead over the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs led 28-10 at the half before watching the 49ers outscore them in the final 30 minutes of play by a 17-3 margin. San Francisco did manage to outrush the Chiefs 178-77 but Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 314 yards and three TDs, while the 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 251 yards with a pair of TDs and four sacks before he left the contest with a knee injury. The Chiefs were 7 of 11 on third down tries (they went 1 of 1 on fourth down conversions) at Arrowhead and kept the ball for 30:01, while the 49ers were 2 of 9 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth down tries and they would keep the ball for 29:59.

Denver watched a a 14-10 first quarter deficit against Baltimore last Sunday in Charm City and lost to the Ravens 27-14 at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore then proceeded to take a 20-14 lead with them to the break, then scored their final seven points of the contest unchallenged. While Denver did outrush Baltimore 120-77, Ravens QB Joe Flacco burned the Broncos for 277 yards with a TD toss to RB Javorius Allen, while Case Keenum threw for 192 yards (Keenum was sacked three times and picked off once, while Flacco was sacked twice). Baltimore was 8 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:14, while the Broncos were 6 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:46.

The Chiefs lead the series 61-54 (including games played in Dallas when the team was known as the Texans), Kansas City has outscored Denver 2,663-2,373 and have won the last five meetings, including sweeping last year’s series (Denver’s last win over the Chiefs came in 2015, when the Broncos were 31-24 winners at Arrowhead).

Meeting one… week eight… Arrowhead. Kansas City led 17-3 at the intermission and came away 29-19 winners in the first meeting. Although Denver won the second half 16-12, the Chiefs used five Harrison Butker field goals to take the home win. Although they were outrushed by Denver 177-79, Alex Smtih burned Denver for 202 yards and a TD, while picking off Trevor Siemian (198 yards) three times and sacked him three times. Kansas City went 2 of 12 on third down tries at Arrowhead, keeping the ball for 28:37, while the Broncos ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 31:23, going 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In chilly 17 degree weather (wind chill of 14 with snow flurries), the Chiefs completed the sweep of the series at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on New Years Eve afternoon in week 17, taking the Broncos 27-24 in the final seconds of the contest. Kansas City led 14-10 at the half and took a 24-10 lead with them to the start of the final 15 minutes of action before Denver got a pair of TDs; first, LB Zaire Anderson returning a fumble 38 yards for a TD, then WR Demaryius Thomas scpromg on a 6-yard TD toss from Paxton Lynch that would tie things up with 2:53 left in the contest. The Chiefs would then use all of the 2:53 that was left in the contest, taking 11 plays and 67 yards with Butker connecting on a 30-yard field goal as time expired. Each club rushed for 110 yards in the finale and Mahomes threw for 284 yards, while Lynch threw for 254 yards with a pair of TDs and five sacks (Lynch was picked off twice, Mahomes was picked off once amd sacked twice). The Chiefs were 4 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:03, while the Broncos ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:57, going 5 of 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions.

In the week eight contest in the Show Me State on a Monday night, the Chiefs covered the 7 1/2-point spread, winning by 10 and both clubs covered the 43 over/under. As for the New Year’s Eve afternoon finale in the Mile High State in week 17, Kansas City BARELY missed the 3 1/2-point spread with the 3-point win but as was the case in the first meeting, both clubs covered the over/under (which was 38) by scoring 51 points. Denver on Monday night is 32-38-1 (the Broncos lost their only contest in prime time last year), while the Chiefs are 25-18 and swept their two MNF contests in the 2017 campaign. Kansas City’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 56. This might be the best MNF game of the 2018 season, so you may want to tape “Big Bang” this week. Chiefs remain unbeaten and cover the 5.