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They’re still standing.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the lone team that has yet to suffer a loss after their 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night at NRG Stadium. While there’s still a lot of football yet to be played and we haven’t gotten to the halfway point of the season, one would think that the 1972 Miami Dolphins are getting a little nervous. Anything can happen between now and the end of the 2017 campaign. As the saying goes, “on any given Sunday…”

While the Chiefs remain kings of the NFL mountain, San Francisco, Cleveland and the New York Giants are still looking for their first wins of the 2017 season. When week five got underway, four teams were winless. The Los Angeles Chargers broke into the win column last Sunday in the Meadowlands as they beat the Giants 27-22. For those teams that are struggling, there’s still time.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 6

BRADY’S BUNCH OF WINS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards, ranks second with a 112 passer rating and ties for third with 11 touchdown passes this season.

With a win over the New York Jets on Sunday, Brady, who has 186 career regular-season victories, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 211 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a quarterback.

The most regular-season wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history:

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

SUPER SMITH: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith has completed 121 of 158 passes (76.6 percent) for 1,391 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions for an NFL-best 125.8 passer rating while leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start.

With two touchdown passes and no interceptions against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Smith will surpass Randall Cunningham (12 in 1998) for the most touchdown passes without an interception through a team’s first six games of the season.

Smith, who has had a passer rating of at least 100 in every game this season, can join Aaron Rodgers (2011), Tom Brady (2007) and Carson Palmer (2005) as the only players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of his team’s first six games to start a season. Rodgers and Brady both won NFL MVP honors in the years they accomplished the feat.

The players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of their team’s first six games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2011)
Tom Brady, New England (2007)
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (2005)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017)*
*100+ rating in each of team’s first five games

REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night

With 159 scrimmage yards against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 775 scrimmage yards, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (933 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first six games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 6 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 983)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 914)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 857)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016 – 801)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017- 775)*
*Through five games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LEGENDS CLIMB LEADERBOARDS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers, who ranks third in the NFC with 5.5 sacks this season, has 149 sacks in his 16-year NFL career. With a sack on Thursday against Philadelphia, Peppers will become the fifth player with 150 career sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. All four players currently ahead of Peppers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Peppers, who has 11 career interceptions, would also become the only player in NFL history with at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions.

With two sacks on Thursday, Peppers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since 1982.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CAREER SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo and Washington (200)^
Reggie White – Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina (198)^
Kevin Greene – Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Chris Doleman – Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco (150.5)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (149)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who leads the NFC with 32 receptions and ranks fifth in the conference with 327 receiving yards, has 14,716 career receiving yards in his 14-year NFL career.

With 16 receiving yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Fitzgerald will surpass Steve Smith, Sr. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Steve Smith, Sr. – Carolina and Baltimore (14,731)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,716)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FOURNETTE FOR SIX: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette ranks second in the NFL with 466 rushing yards and ties for the league lead with five rushing touchdowns.

With a touchdown on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, Fournette, who has scored at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games this season, will join New England’s Robert Edwards (1998) as the only rookies to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

PLAYER, TEAM – SEASON
Robert Edwards, New England – 1998
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville – 2017*
*Touchdown in each of team’s first five games

UPSIDE BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 40 receptions and 545 receiving yards.

Brown, who has 8,922 career receiving yards, will be playing in his 107th career game on Sunday at Kansas City. With 88 receiving yards against the Chiefs, Brown will tie Randy Moss (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards.

The players to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games:

PLAYER – GAMES TO REACH 9,000 CAREER REC. YARDS
Lance Alworth – 98^
Calvin Johnson – 102
Torry Holt – 105
Randy Moss – 107
Jerry Rice – 108^
Antonio Brown – 106*
*8,922 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5 percent) for 221 yards with three touchdowns – including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining – and no interceptions for a 122.9 passer rating in the Packers’ 35-31 win at Dallas. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 251 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 105.2 passer rating.

The game featured the quarterbacks with the highest career passer ratings in NFL history among players with at least 500 attempts. Including today’s contest, Rodgers has an NFL-best 104.1 career passer rating while Prescott ranks second all-time with a 101.6 mark.

Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 victory at Pittsburgh.

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown. Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The Jaguars’ defense recorded five interceptions on Sunday, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51). The two interception-return touchdowns are the most in a single game in franchise history.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes in the team’s 27-22 win at the New York Giants. Giants quarterback Eli Manning had two touchdown passes in the contest.

The game was the first in NFL history in which the opposing starting quarterbacks were from the same Draft class and each came into the game with at least 300 career touchdown passes. Manning, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, entered the game with 326 touchdown passes while Rivers, who was chosen No. 4 overall, came into the contest with 320 touchdown passes.

The pair’s 646 combined touchdown passes entering the game were the second-most by opposing starting quarterbacks from the same Draft class, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway of the 1983 Draft class, who combined for 699 touchdown passes when they faced each other on December 21, 1998.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over Arizona. Wentz completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter. He is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history. Vinatieri, who scored 14 points today, has 2,411 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 48 yards in the victory. Gore, who has 13,304 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All six players ahead of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carolina tight end Ed Dickson had five catches for 175 yards in the Panthers’ 27-24 win at Detroit. Dickson is the second tight end in NFL history to have at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer catches in a single game. Dave Kocourek of the San Diego Chargers had three catches for 175 yards on December 10, 1961 against Buffalo.

Cleveland rookie defensive end Myles Garrett made his NFL debut on Sunday, recording two sacks in the Browns’ loss to the New York Jets at First Energy Stadim.

Garrett, who was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, is the only player selected first overall to record multiple sacks in his NFL debut since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The NFL enters Week 6 after a thrilling weekend of action. In Week 5, 10 of the 14 games (71.4 percent) were decided by six points or fewer – tied for the highest percentage of such games in a single week over the past 25 seasons. The average margin of victory in Week 5 was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest mark in a single week over the past five seasons.

While the competition on the field remains close, so do the standings. There are currently 20 teams with a .500 or better record. Leading the pack is the league’s only remaining unbeaten club, the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the previous 50 teams (88 percent) to start 5-0 made the playoffs.

There are three teams – all in the NFC – with four victories this season: Carolina (4-1), Green Bay (4-1) and Philadelphia (4-1). Two other clubs – Atlanta (3-1) and Denver (3-1) – also have only one loss through Week 5. Since 1990, 111 of the previous 145 teams (76.6 percent) to start 4-1 have made the playoffs.

Heading into Week 6, there are four teams which have currently won at least three consecutive games: Kansas City (five), Green Bay (three), the New York Jets (three) and Philadelphia (three). And while not every team is on a hot streak, there are plenty of games remaining in the season for teams to turn it around. Since 1990, 57 teams have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-3 or worse. There were three such teams last season – Miami (1-4), Detroit (2-3) and the New York Giants (2-3).

So don’t count anyone out. The only thing predictable about the NFL is the unpredictability.

CLOSE GAMES, ROAD WINS & MORE: Ten of 14 games (71.4 percent) in Week 5 were decided by six points or fewer, tied for the highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons.

The highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons:

SEASON (WEEK – PERCENTAGE OF GAMES DECIDED BY 6 OR FEWER POINTS)
2017 (5 – 71.4)
2001 (5 – 71.4)
1999 (5 – 71.4)
1993 (5 – 71.4)

 

In Week 5, the average margin of victory was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest average margin of victory in a single week in the past five seasons.

The lowest average score margin in a single week since 2013:

SEASON (WEEK – AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY)
2013 (1 – 7.63)
2013 (2 – 7.63)
2016 (1 – 7.63)
2016 (8 – 7.85)
2017 (5 – 7.93)

Ten teams – Baltimore, Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chagers, Minnesota, New England, the New York Jets and Seattle – were victorious on the road in Week 5, the most road wins in a single week since Week 13, 2015 (11) and the highest road winning percentage (.714) in a single week since Week 10 of the 2015 season (.786).

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 5. Through the first five weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 7,176 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 5 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 7,176
2014 – 6,100
1983 – 5,711
2015 – 5,671
1971 – 5,429
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 51 touchdowns through Week 5, the most through the first five weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 51
1983 – 45
2014 – 42
2008 – 40
2015 – 39
1980 – 39
*Excludes 1987 season

SMITH’S SPOTLESS START: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 percent) for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston on Sunday Night Football.

Smith, who has 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, joined Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Roman Gabriel (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, TD PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 11/0)
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta (1983, 11/0)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 11/0)

ELEMENTARY FOR WATSON: Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 261 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.8 passer rating in the Texans’ loss to Kansas City in Week 5.

Watson became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a single game and the third to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception.

The rookie quarterbacks with at least five touchdown passes in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM; DATE (TOUCHDOWNS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Deshaun Watson, Houston; October 8, 2017 (5/0)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay; November 22, 2015 (5/0)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit; November 22, 2009 (5/2)
Ray Buivid, Chicago; December 5, 1937 (5/0)

Watson, who was 22 years, 24 days old on Sunday, became the third youngest quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a single game, trailing only Matthew Stafford (21 years, 288 days) and Jameis Winston (21, 320).

Watson, who ranks second in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes, has the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in his team’s first five games of a season, surpassing Marcus Mariota, who had nine TD passes in his team’s first five games in 2015.

ON THE HUNT: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ win over Houston in Week 5.

Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first five games this season, joined Adrian Peterson (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season. Hunt’s 755 scrimmage yards are the third-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983) and Adrian Peterson (782 in 2007).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 787)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 782)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 775)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 761)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FIVE FOR FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 win at Pittsburgh last week.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The rookies with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017)
Robert Edwards, New England (1998)
Joe Cribbs, Buffalo (1980)
Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts (1955)
Billy Howton, Green Bay (1952)

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown.

The rookies with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE; YARDS)
Bobby Gage, Pittsburgh (December 4, 1949; 97t)
DeMarco Murray, Dallas (October 23, 2011; 91t)
Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders (November 30, 1987; 91t)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (December 13, 1964; 91t)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (October 8, 2017; 90t)

DOMINATING DEFENSE: Jacksonville recorded five interceptions, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51), in the team’s victory at Pittsburgh.

Jacksonville, which leads the NFL with 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns, is the fourth team in NFL history and the first since the 1984 Seahawks with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season.

The teams with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season:

TEAM, SEASON (SACKS/INTERCEPTIONS/DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS)
Jacksonville, 2017 (20/10/4)
Seattle, 1984 (22/11/4)
Cincinnati, 1976 (20/10/4)
Washington, 1973 (26/11/5)

200 AND COUNTING: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had six catches in the Cardinals’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 5.

Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 200 consecutive games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) and Tony  Gonzalez (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM(S) (SEASONS/CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco and Oakland (1985-2004/274)^
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City and Atlanta (2000-2013/211)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2004-Present/200)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1996-2008/190)^
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh (1998-2010/186)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

VICTORIOUS VINATIERI: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime, in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco last week.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history.

The kickers with the most regular-season game-winning field goals in overtime in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN OVERTIME)
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (10)
Jim Breech – Oakland, Cincinnati (9)
Steve Christie – Tampa Bay, Buffalo, San Diego and New York Giants (9)
Jason Elam – Denver and Atlanta (9)
Jason Hanson – Detroit (9)

Vinatieri, who scored 14 points on Sunday, has 2,413 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Last week was a pretty decent week, going 9-5. It’s not great but it’s pretty good. For the season, we’re 50-28. There’s still a lot of football left to play.

Byes in week 6? Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle. Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington return to action this week, which got underway in Charlotte as Philadelphia edged Carolina and Cam Newton 28-23 Thursday night in Charlotte and concludes in the Music City as the Tennessee Titans host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

Miami (2-2) at ATLANTA (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The defending NFC champions return to the Big Peach for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Miami took care of Tennessee 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The ‘Fins led 10-3 at half time and took their first win at home in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Atlanta returns from their bye week after suffering a 23-17 loss to Buffalo at home in the Big Peach. The defending NFC champs led Buffalo 10-7 at the half before the Bills took the lead for the first time when rookie CB Tre’Davious White picked up a Matt Ryan fumble and ran the ball back 52 yards for a score. The Falcons challenged, saying that Ryan’s arm was going forward and at best should have been ruled an incomplete pass. Atlanta lost the challenge and the Bills took the lead. Stephen Hauschka would kick a 24-yard field goal to make it a 17-10 game. That lead would not last long as Ryan (242 yards, two interceptions) and WR Justin Hardy would tie things up on a 3-yard TD strike. Hausckha would go on to kick two more field goals to give the Bills a 6-point lead but Atlanta would threaten, getting as close as the Bills’ 10-yard line before Ryan threw a pair of incompletions to dash Atlanta’s hopes of the win at home. Atlanta outrushed Buffalo 149-117 in the loss in the Big Peach and the Falcons went 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:15, while Buffalo was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 28:45.

Miami leads the series 8-4 and they have outscored Atlanta 250-223. Miami won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 27-23 winners in the Sunshine State in 2013, while Atlanta’s last win over Miami came in 2009 in the Big Peach by a final of 19-7.

Atlanta’s favored by 11 and the over/under’s 47. These two teams are pretty good, so we’re going 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 57 last June and dates a 42-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?”

Expect this one to be closer than the 11 but Atlanta bounces back from the loss to Buffalo and wins at home.

New England (3-2) at New York Jets (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC East foes meet in Jersey Meadowlands as the defending Super Bowl champs take on the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.

New England led Tampa Bay 13-7 at the half at Raymond James Stadium last Thursday night, then held off the Buccaneers 19-14. Pats K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! gave Cleveland their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, coming away 17-14 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Patriots lead the series with their AFC East rivals 59-53-1 and New England has outscored the Jets 2,579-2,370. New England took wins in Foxboro and East Rutherford last year (New York’s last win came in 2015, when they took a 26-20 overtime win in East Rutherford).

Their first meeting was in the Jersey Meadowlands in week 12. Brady and the Pats broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission at Met Life Stadium and came away 22-17 winners. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Brady (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs in that first contest, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 269 yards in the loss. The Pats on third down tries in upstate New Jersey went 4 of 14 and kept the ball for 30:36 (New England was 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 5 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:24.

Meeting number two… Foxboro in week 16. With the Jets out of the playoff picture, they tried to make life miserable for the Pats. New England was having none of it, coming out on top 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. New England led 27-0 at the intermission, allowing only a fourth quarter field goal by Nick Folk. Brady threw three TD passes, throwing for 214 yards in the win, while the Pats outrushed New York 114-111. New England in the second meeting went 11 of 18 on third down tries and the Pats held on to the pigskin for 34:43, while GangGreen held on to the ball for 25:17, going 1 of 11 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

New England was an 8-point favorite in the contest that took place the Sunday after Thanksgiving and they would win by only 5. The 47 1/2 over/under was untouched in that contest, as both teams combined for 39 points. In the second meeting in Foxboro in week 16, a contest that was played on Christmas Eve afternoon, the Pats won by 38, allowing them to blanket the 16 1/2-point spread like snowfall on a New England day and both teams matched the 44 over/under by scoring 44 points.

The Pats are favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would love nothing more than to unseat the defending champs, while the Pats want to stay king of the mountain. Pats win in the Meadowlands but expect GangGreen to make it closer than 9 1/2.

Cleveland (0-5) at Houston (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Lone Star State as the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans meet in Houston at NRG Stadium. Both suffered losses at home last weekend.

Cleveland suffered their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, falling to the New York Jets 17-14 along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland, who narrowed the gap to 3 with 1:49 left, did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. New York went 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Texans lost the services of DT J.J. Watt to a broken leg as they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-34 at NRG Stadium. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Houston leads the series 5-3, have outscored Cleveland 150-130 and the Texans have won the last three contests, including a 23-7 win in 2014 in Cleveland (The Browns’ last win in the series came in 2007, when they were 27-17 winners in Cleveland). Houston’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Cleveland’s bad but not 9 1/2 bad. Houston takes this one but Cleveland makes this one close.

San Francisco (0-5) at Washington (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A winless San Francisco club limps into Landover as they take on the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field.

The 49ers took their fifth loss in as many tries last Sunday in Indianapolis, dropping a 26-23 overtime loss to the Colts in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the 49ers trailed 16-6 at the end of three quarters but managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Washington saw a 10-7 lead at Kansas City get away from them as they fell to the Chiefs 29-20 at Arrowhead two weeks ago. The Chiefs outscored Washington 22-10 in the final 30 minutes of play and had insult added to injury when Chiefs LB Justin Houston picked up a fumble and ran it back 13 yards for a TD as the clock struck :00. Kansas City outrushed Washington 168-111, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 101 yards. For the Redskins, QB Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and a pair of TDs, while Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 293 yards with a TD and four sacks. Washington on third down conversions in the Monday night affair went 4 of 11 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Redskins held the ball for 22:51, while the Chiefs kept the pigskin for 37:09, going 8 of 13 on third downs.

San Francisco leads the series 17-9-1, the 49ers have outscored Washington 655-514 and they have won the last four meetings, including taking a 17-13 win in San Francisco in 2014. Washington’s last win in the series came in Landover in 2005 by a final of 52-17.

Washington’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under is 46 1/2. The 49ers are trying to win their first game, while the Redskins are trying to get over the .500 mark after their loss to Kansas City. Washington fans this week will be saying “Hail to the Redskins” instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins” this week. San Francisco makes it close but Washington prevails in Landover.

Green Bay (4-1) at Minnesota (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it) rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes when first-place Green Bay travels to US Bank Stadium for a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay and Dallas met at AT&T Stadium in an NFC Divisional rematch and this was a game for the ages, as there were six lead changes in their game, which saw the Packers come away with the 35-31 win over Dallas last Sunday. Dallas led 21-12 at the intermission before Green Bay took the lead for the first time as CB Damarious Randall picked off Dak Prescott and returned the pass 21 yards to give the Packers a 28-24 lead with 9:56. Dallas would then use a 17-play, 79-yard drive that used 8:43 of clock, ending when Prescott redeemed himself with an 11-yard run with 73 seconds left in regulation. But Rodgers once again pulled another rabbit out of his hat, as he and WR Davante Adams would connect on their second TD pass of the day, good from 12 yards with 11 seconds left to play. Dallas would get the ball back on the kickoff and after burning a timeout, used several lateral passes to move downfield to Green Bay’s 42 yard line before the drive stalled.

Minnesota led Chicago 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City, then rallied to come away 20-17 winners over the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

It was the battle of running backs as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot (116 yards) and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (125 yards, TD) paced their teams (Dallas outrushed Green Bay 163-160). Rodgers threw for 221 yards in the contest, while Prescott threw for 251 yards and each man threw three TDs. Green Bay went 3 of 7 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:54, while Dallas ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:06, going 7 of 12 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

The Packers lead the series 59-49-2 and Green Bay has outscored Minnesota 2,449-2,150. The two NFC North foes split the series last year, each winning at home.

Meeting number one… week two in the Twin Cities on a Sunday night. Minnesota sacked Rodgers five times and won 17-14. Minnesota led 10-7 at the intermission and took a 17-7 lead with them to the fourth quarter before the Packers made the contest a 3-point affair with 12:41 left when Rodgers scored on a 10-yard run (Rodgers did toss a 1-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson to open the scoring in the contest). Green Bay outrushed Miami 83-30, while Rodgers threw for 213 yards. For Minnesota, Bradford threw for 286 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times. Green Bay was 6 of 13 on third down tries (the Packers were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:42, while the Vikings were 4 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:18.

Game two of the series went to the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and the Packers would get their revenge. This time, in the outdoors (where the gametime temperature was a balmy 37 degrees with a wind chill of 31), the Packers led 28-13 at the half at Lambeau, then held off the Vikings for the 38-25 win in week 16. Minnesota again outrushed Green Bay 93-40 but Rodgers burned Minnesota for 347 yards and four TDs, despite getting sacked four times, while Bradford threw for 382 yards and four TD (Bradford was sacked four times). The Packers on third down were 6 of 13 and kept the ball for 28:59, while the Vikings held the pigskin for 31:01, going 5 of 15 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions.

Green Bay was favored by 2 1/2 in the first meeting and the Vikings barely covered the spread, winning by 3. The 43 1/2 over/under? That stayed safe and sound, because both clubs combined for only 31 points. In the week 16 matchup at Lambeau, the Packers covered the 6 1/2 spread, winning by 13 and both teams covered the 43 over/under with 63 points.

The Pack? They’re favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Both teams could very well decide who wins the NFC North. Right now, we’re deciding that the Packers are going to win this one on the road and cover the 3 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in the process.

Detroit (3-2) at New Orleans (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Bradford vs. Brees. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Big Easy as Detroit makes a trip to the Bayou for a date with the New Orleans Saints.

Cam Newton needed to hold off the Detroit Lions last Sunday in the Motor City by a final of 27-24 at Ford Field. Carolina led 17-10 at the break and 27-10 after three quarters before the Lions roared back to make the contest a 7-point affair when Matthew Stafford and TE Darren Fells connected on their second TD pass of the quarter. Neither club breached or came anywhere near the 100-yard rushing barrier but Detroit did outrush Carolina 50-28, while Stafford threw for 229 yards and was sacked six times (Newton threw for 355 yards and three TDs, while being sacked three times). Carolina went 7 of 16 on third down tries in the win, keeping the ball for 35:23, while the Lions were 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 24:37.

The Saints come back to action from their bye after they shut out Miami 20-0 in London. Leading 3-0 at the intermission, New Orleans scored the final 17 points of the contest on the other side of the Atlantic unchallenged. The Saints, who traded RB Adrian Peterson to Arizona Tuesday, outrushed Miami 86-58 at Wembley Stadium and Brees threw for 268 yards and a pair of TDs. New Orleans went 6 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs in merry ole England and kept the ball for 34:28, while Miami held the pigskin for 25:32, going 1 of 8 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

Detroit leads the series 12-11-1 and the Saints have outscored Detroit 485-446. However… the Lions have been victors in the last three contests, with the last win coming last year in the Big Easy by a final of 28-13 (New Orleans’ last win in the series came in 2011 in the Big Easy by a final of 31-17.

In the week 13 matchup in the Big Easy, Stafford and Prater were the stars of the show against the Saints, with Prater kicking five field goals, while Stafford threw a pair of TD passes in the road win. Detroit led 16-6 before they would pull away to take the win. Detroit outrushed New Orleans 85-50 and Stafford threw for 341 yards, while Brees threw for 326 yards with three interceptions. Detroit went 5 of 12 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 36:52; as for the Saints? They held the ball for 23:08, going 6 of 13 on third down.

Although the Saints were favored by 5 1/2, the Lions covered the spread with their 15-point win in the Big Easy. Both teams combined to score 41 points in the contest, which meant that the 53 1/2 over/under was safe. This time, New Orleans is favored by 4 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. Both numbers make sense. We’re not saying that this one’s drill worthy but it’s worth your time. Saints cover the 4 at home and give the Lions another loss to a team from the NFC South in the process.

Chicago (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 711. Chicago travels to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Charm City.

Da Bears trailed Minnesota 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City before falling to the Vikings 20-17 at Soldier Field. In his NFL debut, rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when he and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

The Ravens manhandled Oakland 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. Baltimore led 24-10 at the intermission and never looked back, outrushing the Raiders 143-108 in the 13-point win. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Da Bears hold a 3-2 lead in the series but Baltimore has outscored Chicago 77-70. Chicago picked up the win in the last meeting, which took place at Soldier Field in 2013, when they needed overtime to win 23-20, while Baltimore’s last victory in the series also came in the Windy City, as Baltimore were 31-7 winners in 2009. Baltimore’s favored by 7 in Charm City and the over/under is 41 1/2. Ravens may not cover the 7 but they win at home in Charm City.

Tampa Bay (2-2) at Arizona (2-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of NFC teams with losses under their belts meet in the desert as Tampa Bay travels to Glendale for a late afternoon contest with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tampa Bay found themselves falling to the defending Super Bowl champs 19-13 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay trailed 13-7 at the half and could have made things closer but K Nick Folk missed a pair of field goals in the contest. For the Pats, K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

Philadelphia manhandled Carson Palmer (291 yards, TD) and the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday afternoon. Philly led 21-7 at the break before scoring their final 13 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards and four TDs in the win in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 122-31. Philadelphia went 9 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:47, while Arizona was 4 of 14 and 2 of 3 of 3 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 24:13.

Including contests that took place in St. Louis, when the Cardinals called that city home, Arizona leads the series 10-9, the Cardinals have outscored Tampa Bay 358-333 and they have taken wins in the last two meetings, including a 40-7 win in desert last year (Tampa Bay’s last win over Arizona came in 2010, when they were 38-35 winners in the desert).

Arizona led 24-0 at the half win the week two contest (they were scoreless after the first quarter) and never looked back, as Palmer threw for 308 yards and three TDs, connecting with Fitzgerald on one of them. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed Tampa Bay 101-85 and picked off Winston (243 yards, TD) four times. Arizona was 6 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:03, while the Buccaneers were 5 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:57. Arizona covered the 7-point spread with the 33-point win in the week two matchup and the two clubs missed the 50 over/under, tallying 47 points. The odds makers like Tampa Bay a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense but the Desert Angry Birds are the better team here. Arizona covers the 2 1/2 and beats Tampa Bay in Glendale.

Los Angeles Rams (3-2) at Jacksonville (3-2), 4:05 p.m. on and DirecTV 713. A pair of contending teams meet in north Florida as the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars meet in a late afternoon contest at EverBank Stadium.

The Rams saw Seattle break a 10-10 halftime time at the Coliseum last Sunday as the Seahawks left Los Angeles with a 16-10 win under their belts in NFC West play. Seattle used a pair of Blair Walsh field goals in the second half to take the win over their divisional rivals. The Rams outrushed Seattle 100-62 and Jared Goff threw for 288 yards and three interceptions, while Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards and a 4-yard pass to TE Jimmy Graham for Seattle’s only TD. Los Angeles went 8 of 15 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:44, while the defending NFC West champs went 8 of 17 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:16.

Jacksonville held Pittsburgh to three Chris Boswell field goals and Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they took down the Steelers 30-9 at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half, using interceptions by LB Tevin Smith and S Barry Church to score TDs in the third quarter. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Including games in St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 3-1 and they have outscored Jacksonville 95-78. The Rams were winners in their last meeting which took place in 2013, when they were 34-20 winners in St. Louis, while Jacksonville’s lone win in the series came in 2009, when they needed overtime to come away 23-20 winners in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This could very well be an entertaining game to watch. Jacksonville covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Pittsburgh (3-1) at Kansas City (5-0), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. They met twice last year, once in the regular season, once in the post-season. While one team remains unbeaten, the other looks to right their ship from a bad game in front of the home crowd. Kansas City and Pittsburgh meet again in an AFC showdown at Arrowhead.

Pittsburgh was held to three Chris Boswell field goals and Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they dropped a 30-9 decision to Jacksonville at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Kansas City remained unbeaten, as they held off Houston 42-34 at NRG Stadium last Sunday night. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Pittsburgh leads the series 21-10 and have outscored the Chiefs 744-563. They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season and Pittsburgh took both meetings (Kansas City’s last win over the Steelers came in 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 23-13).

Meeting number one… week four in the Steel City. Roethlisberger burned Kansas City for five TDs passes as the Steelers came away 43-14 winners at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 36-0 after three quarters of play (they lead 29-0 at the half) and took control of things in western Pennsylvania. LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 144 yards as Pittsburgh outrushed Kansas City 149 -87, while Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards without an interception. Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 287 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. Pittsburgh was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:24, while the Chiefs were 8 of 17, 2 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 30:36.

Meeting number two… the AFC Divisional Playoffs in Kansas City. While the regular season meeting was somewhat of a blowout, such was not the case in the second meeting but Pittsburgh did prevail at Arrowhead, coming away 18-16 winners to advance to the AFC Championship for a meeting with New England. Pittsburgh used six Chris Boswell field goals before Kansas City’s Spencer Ware made the contest a 2-point affair, as he scored from a yard out with 2:43 left in regulation. The game, played in somewhat icy conditions (Kansas City was hit with an ice storm the day before) saw Pittsburgh outrush Kansas City 171-61 (Bell led all rushers with 170 yards) and Roethlisberger throw for 224 yards, while Smith threw for 172 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once). Pittsburgh on third down went 7 of 15 and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Chiefs held the ball for 25:47, going 2 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh’s 29-point win in week four on a Sunday night allowed them to cover the 5 1/2-point spread and the 47 1/2 over/under was covered as the two teams combined for 57 points. Pittsburgh covered the 2-point spread in the AFC Divisional Playoff, winning by 2 but neither club covered the 45 over/under, tallying only 34 points.

The Chiefs are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 46. Pittsburgh’s been struggling, the Chiefs have been hot. Kansas City’s staying hot this week. Chiefs cover the 4 and wins at Arrowhead.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) at Oakland (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They once played in the same city at one point and time. They’re still up I-5 and they’re still in the same state and division. The one difference is that the Chargers moved north to Los Angeles. That means nothing as these AFC West rivals meet in northern California as the Chargers make the 372-mile trip up I-5 for a meeting with the Silver and Black. There was concern that this contest would not be played because of the wild fires in the northern California area but the Raiders were monitoring the situation and determined that it would be safe to play.

The Chargers broke their four-game losing streak last Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands as they came away 27-22 winners over Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. (Beckham would later break his ankle in the contest) Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to rush the Bolts 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Oakland without Derek Carr was held in check by Baltimore 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. The Raiders were outrushed by the Ravens 143-108 and trailed 24-10 at the intermission. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Including contests that took place in San Diego and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 62-50-2, the Silver and Black have outscored the Bolts 2,521-2,462 and the Raiders have won the last four meetings, sweeping the season series last year (The Chargers’ last win over Oakland came in 2014, when they were 13-6 winners at Qualcomm and in that year, they swept that series).

Meeting one… week five along the San Francisco bay and the Raiders trailed 10-9 at the intermission and came away 34-31 winners at the Coliseum. Both Rivers and Carr put on a passing clinic in the first meeting, with Carr (317 yards, two TDs) and Rivers (359 yards, four TDs) throwing for over 300 yards in the contest, while the rushing game for both teams was as if it were on a milk carton and gone missing (Oakland did manage to outrush San Diego 89-72). San Diego did eventually threaten in their final possession when Rivers completed a pass to Travis Benjamin with 11 seconds left for no gain. Benjamin then fumbled the ball out of bounds, the clock ran out and the Raiders took home the win. Oakland was 5 of 14 on third down but hit pay-dirt on fourth down in their only attempt in the contest, keeping the ball for 36:18, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 23:42, went 2 of 8 on third down tries, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland made it a clean sweep of the series and like the first meeting, it was a close contest but the Silver and Black prevailed, taking a 19-16 win at Qualcomm in week 15. Tied 10-10 at the half, the Raiders used a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals to erase a 16-13 deficit and then take the lead for keeps with 2:40 left in regulation. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and Rivers threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times, while Carr threw for 213 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks. The Bolts were 8 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 27:43, while the Raiders ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 32:17, going 4 of 13 on third down.

Favored by 3 1/2 in the week five contest in Northern California, the Raiders would wind up winning by 3. The 50 over/under was not a problem, as both teams would combine for 65 points. The Raiders in the week 15 matchup in southern California covered the 3-point spread (they were favored by 3) but the 50 over/under stayed intact as Oakland and San Diego only scored 35 points. Oakland’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Both teams are trying to catch Kansas City in the AFC West and they’re better than their records indicate. Los Angeles could make this interesting but Raiders take this one at home and covers the 3 1/2.

New York Giants (0-5) at Denver (3-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week six Sunday action concludes in the Mile High City as the winless New York Giants limp into Denver to face the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

For the Giants, their bad luck continued in the Meadowlands last Sunday against the Los Angeles chargers at Met Life. First, they lost all-Pro WR Odell Beckham, Jr. to a broken ankle, then Eli and the Giants went on to lose to the Chargers 27-22. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to outrush the Chargers 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Denver comes out of the bye week after their 16-10 win over AFC rival Oakland two weeks ago in the Mile High City. The Broncos led 10-7 at the intermission, then held the Raiders off in the second half to seal the win. Denver outrushed Oakland 143-24 and Trevor Siemian threw for 179 yards and a TD, while knocking David Carr (back injury) out of the contest (Carr threw for 143 yards and a TD). Denver in the win went 5 of 16 on third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:57, while the Raider were 2 of 12 on third down (0 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 27:03

Denver leads the series 6-5, the Broncos have outscored the Giants 232-190 and they have won the last two meetings, including taking a 41-23 win in the Meadowlands in 2013, while the Giants’ last win over Denver came in the Meadowlands in 2005 by a final of 24-23. Denver’s favored by 12 and the over/under’s 40. The Giants are bad. They’re not 12 point bad but they’re bad. If nothing else, they’ll give Denver all they can throw at them. Denver prevails in this one but expect the Giants to make it closer than 12.

Indianapolis (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Music City as week six play concludes when Tennessee hosts Indianapolis at Nissan Stadium.

Indy needed overtime to take down San Francisco 26-23 in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the Colts led 16-6 at the end of three quarters but San Francisco managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Tennessee fell to Miami 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The Titans trailed 10-3 at halftime at Hard Rock and saw the Dolphins take their first win in their home park in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Including contests in Baltimore and Houston, the Colts lead the series 31-13, have outscored the Titans 1,143-857 and they have won the last 11 meetings in the series, including sweeping the series last year (Tennessee’s last win over the Colts came in 2011 in the Music City, when they were 27-10 winners).

The first meeting? Week seven in the Music City and the Colts took the 34-26 win at Nissan Stadium. Indy led 17-13 at the break before pulling away from the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 107 yards in the contest as the Titans outrushed Indy 124-81, while the Colts’ Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three TDs, while Mariota (three sacks) threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. The Titans were 9 of 15 on third down conversions at home, keeping the ball for 27:30, while the Colts were 4 of 10 third-down wise, keeping the ball for 32:30.

Meeting number two… Indy in week 11 and the Colts made it a sweep, taking a 24-17 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts led 21-7 at the half and then held off the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. The Colts were outrushed again by Tennessee, this time by a 97-76 margin and Mariota threw for 290 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times, while Luck threw for 262 yards with a pair of TDs and two sacks. Tennessee was 5 of 14 on third down tries (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled he clock as they kept the ball for 31:01, while the Colts held the pigskin for 28:59, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 2 1/2 in the week seven contest and the Colts covered the spread, winning by 8. The 60 combined points in the first meeting was more than enough to cover the 48 1/2 over/under. Indy covered the 3-point spread in the rematch in the Hoosier State, winning by 7 but both clubs could only muster 41 points, missing the 53 1/2 over/under.

The Colts on Monday night are 23-16 and won their only contest they played in prime time last year, while the Titans are 21-17, with their last MNF appearance coming in 2014, which was a loss. At the time this column was written, there was no line on this game, according to our odds provider Don Best in Las Vegas. We’re going with Indy to win this one in the Music City.

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Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times listed are Eastern)

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Los Angeles Chargers), 93 (New York Giants); XM: 385 (Los Angeles Chargers), 225 (New York Giants)

Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Chris Fischer (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Tennessee), 145 (Miami); XM: 383 (Tennessee), 229 (Miami)

Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Tom McCarthy, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Buffalo), 121 (Cincinnati); XM: 384 (Buffalo), 228 (Cincinnati)

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 98 (Jacksonville), 82 (Pittsburgh); XM: 386 (Jacksonville), 82 (Pittsburgh)

Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 157 (Arizona), 146 (Philadelphia); XM: 381 (Arizona), 227 (Philadelphia)

Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter): NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 81 (Carolina), 135 (Detroit); XM: 81 (Carolina), 230 (Detroit)

New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 134 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (New York Jets), 226 (Cleveland)

San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (San Francisco), 83 (Indianapolis); XM: 382 (San Francisco), 83 (Indianapolis)

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 145 (Seattle), 136 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 387 (Seattle), 232 (Los Angeles Rams)

Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 93 (Baltimore), 83 (Oakland); XM: 225 (Baltimore), 83 (Oakland)

Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Dallas); XM: 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Dallas)

Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Mayock;SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Houston); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Houston)

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Chicago); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Chicago)

Sunday and Monday Referees
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Pete Morelli
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.: Brad Allen
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Terry McAulay
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Jerome Boger

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games

Favorite                Spread       Underdog                     O/U
NEW YORK GIANTS         –  3 1/2     Los Angeles Chargers         44 1/2
CINCINNATI              –  3         Buffalo                      39
CLEVELAND               –  2         New York Jets                39
PHILADELPHIA            –  6 1/2     Arizona                      45
PITTSBURGH              –  8 1/2     Jacksonville                 44
Tennessee               –  3         MIAMI                        43 1/2
INDIANAPOLIS            –  1 1/2     San Francisco                43
DETROIT                 –  3         Carolina                     44
LOS ANGELES RAMS        –  2 1/2     Seattle                      46 1/2
OAKLAND                 –  2 1/2     Baltimore                    39
DALLAS                  –  2         Green Bay                    52 1/2
Kansas City             –  1         HOUSTON                      47

Monday’s Game

Favorite                Spread       Underdog                     O/U
Minnesota               –  2 1/2     CHICAGO                      40

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Buffalo at Cincinnnati, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: LB Ramon Humber (Thumb), WR Jordan Matthews (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Edwin Gaines (Groin), T Cordy Glenn (Foot), S Micah Hyde (Knee), CB Shareece Wright (Back)

Cincinnati
OUT: TE Tyler Eifert (Back), TE Ryan Hewitt (Knee), WR John Ross (Knee), S Derron Smith (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jordan Evans (Hamstring)

New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: DE Kony Ealy (Shoulder), RB Matt Forte (Knee), LB Joshua Martin (Ankle), CB Darryl Roberts (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Juston Burris (Foot), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

Cleveland
DOUBTFUL: WR Kenny Britt (Knee), LB Jamie Collins (Concussion)

Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: S Kurtis Coleman (Knee), S Demetrious Cox (Ankle), C Ryan Kalil (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: T Matt Kalil (Groin), DE Julius Peppers (Shoulder), DE Mario Addison (Knee)

Detroit
OUT: WR Kenny Golladay (Hamstring), RB Dwayne Washington (Quadricep), LB Paul Worrilow (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Thomas Lang (Back), DT Etuini Ngata (Shoulder), S Don Carey (Knee), C Travis Swanson (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), LB Jarrad Davis (Neck), T Richard Wagner (Ankle), LB Tahir Whitehead (Pectoral)

San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: S Adrian Colbert (Hamstring), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee), LB Gregory Watson (Groin)
QUSTIONABLEL: WR Marquise Goodwin (Concussion)

Indianapolis
OUT: TE John Doyle (Concussion), CB Nathan Hairston (Quadricep), QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: RB Matt Jones (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Rashaan Melvin (Hamstring), WR Chester Rogers (Hamstring)

Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Johnathan Cyprien (Hamstring), WR Corey Davis (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Marcus Mariota (Hamstring)

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: DE Terrence Fede (Shoulder), CB Xavien Howard (Shoulder), LB Michael Hull (Shoulder), CB Byron Maxwell (Hamstring), DT Jordan Phillips (Ankle)

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: RB Branden Oliver (Hamstring), WR Michael Williams (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), TE Sean McGrath (Foot), WR Tyrell Williams (Neck), LB Jatavis Brown (Ankle)

New York Giants
OUT: RB Paul Perkins (Ribs), C Weston Richburg (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: G John Jerry (Hamstring), DE Avery Moss (Shoulder), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Shoulder)

Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: T DeMarcus Humphries (Knee), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: G Alexander Boone (Chest), WR John Brown WR (Quadricep), WR Jamarcus Nelson (Hamstring)

Philadelphia
OUT: DT Fletcher Cox (Calf), CB Ronald Darby (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Wendell Smallwood (Knee), S Corey Graham (Hamstring), S Jaylen Watkins (Hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (Wrist)

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: LB Lerentee McCray (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Marqise Lee (Ribs), C Brandon Linder (Illness), WR Jaelen Strong (Hamstring), S Jarrod Wilson (Shoulder)

Pittsburgh
DOUBTFUL: T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring)

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: DE Cliff Avril (Neck), DT Quinton Jefferson (Hand)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jeremy Lane (Groin), RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Michael Wilhoite (Hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: S Lamarcus Joyner (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G Jamon Brown (Groin)

Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: DT Brandon Williams (Foot), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: S Anthony Levine (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Hand), CB James Smith (Achilles), TE Ben Watson (Calf), S Lardarius Webb (Thigh)

Oakland
QUESTIONABLE: CB David Amerson (Concussion), QB Derek Carr (Back), CB Gareon Conley (Shin), G Gabriel Jackson (Foot), RB DeAndre Washington (Hamstring)

Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Davon House (Quadricep), CB Quinten Rollins (Ankle), WR Davante Adams (Concussion), T David Bakhtiari (Hamstring), LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle), DT Michael Daniels (Hip)

Dallas
OUT: DE Charles Tapper (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Sean Lee (Hamstring), DT Stephen Paea (Knee), T Tyron Smith (Back), CB Nolan Carroll (Concussion), T La’el Collins (Ankle), CB Anthony Brown (Ankle)

Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Knee), LB Donald Ford (Back), C Mitchell Morse (Foot)

Houston
OUT: G Kyle Fuller (Hamstring), LB Benjamin Heeney (Knee), CB Kevin Johnson (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: C Gregory Mancz (Knee)

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday

Minnesota
OUT: T Rashod Hill (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), S Jayron Kearse (Groin)

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: LB Nicholas Kwiatkoski (Chest), LB Willie Young (Tricep)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Marcus Cooper (Back), C Hroniss Grasu (Hand)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain and 77 degrees
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 87 degrees
Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 60 percent chance of rain and 69 degrees
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 75 degrees
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and 77 degrees
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 70 degrees
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 72 degrees
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 79 degrees
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 74 degrees
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 87 degrees
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly clear and 86 degrees
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 66 degrees

Broadcast information, injury reports, officials and logo courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

And then, there was one.

Kansas City remains the last team that has yet to lose a game in the 2017 campaign. They’re the last ones standing and it seems that the 1972 Dolphins may get worried. Stay tuned.

The NFL heads into the second quarter of the regular season after a thrilling Week 4 which saw nine games decided by seven points or fewer. Nine games were decided in the final two minutes or overtime, including seven in the final minute or OT. And four games featured the winning points scored on the final play of the game.

Along with close games, the standings are also tight. Entering Week 5, 24 of the league’s 32 teams (75 percent) have a .500 or better record.

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) are the league’s only remaining unbeaten team. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 64 of the previous 79 teams (81 percent) to start 4-0 have made the playoffs. However, nothing is a given as the two teams to start 4-0 in 2016 – Denver and Minnesota – both missed the postseason.

All 32 teams know there’s room for improvement. And while not every club has gotten off to a great start, there’s plenty of season left. There’s still a lot of football left to play.

Since 1990, 121 teams (37.3 percent of the 324 playoff clubs) have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-2 or worse. There were four such teams – Detroit (1-3), Miami (1-3), Kansas City (2-2) and the New York Giants (2-2) – last season, including the Chiefs who won the AFC West.

As the NFL enters October, there are six teams with a winning record that did not make the postseason in 2016 – Buffalo (3-1), Carolina (3-1), Denver (3-1), the Los Angeles Rams (3-1), Philadelphia (3-1) and Tampa Bay (2-1). Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

That’s all part of the unpredictability of the NFL. So entering Week 5, while it certainly helps to be near the top of the standings, don’t count anyone out.

TOM AT THE TOP: New England quarterback Tom Brady leads the NFL with 1,399 passing yards, ties for the league lead with 10 touchdown passes and ranks second with a 116.6 passer rating this season.

With a win over Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football, Brady, who has 185 career regular-season victories as a starting quarterback, would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Peyton Manning for the most regular-season victories by a quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 210 career wins (including the postseason), the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

The most regular-season wins by starting quarterbacks in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (REGULAR-SEASON WINS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (186)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (186)^
Tom Brady – New England (185)(played Thursday night at Tampa Bay )
John Elway – Denver (148)^
Dan Marino – Miami (147)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LARRY LEGEND: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had four catches, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown catch with 32 seconds remaining in overtime, in the Cardinals’ 18-15 win against San Francisco in Week 4.

With a catch at Philadelphia on Sunday, Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 199 consecutive games, he would put himself in some pretty good company, as he would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) and Tony Gonzalez (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco and Oakland (1985-2004; 274)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta )2000-2013; 211)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (2004-present; 199)*
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1996-2008; 190)^
Hines Ward – Pittsburgh (1998-2010; 186)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington on Monday Night Football last week.

With 100 scrimmage yards at Houston on Sunday night, Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first four games, would join Adrian Peterson (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

With 129 scrimmage yards in Week 5, Hunt, who has 659 scrimmage yards in his first four games, would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983-787)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007-782)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980-761)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017-659)*
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934-633)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994-633)^
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

STRONG OUT OF THE GATES: Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas. Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington Monday night.

In Week 5, Gurley (596 scrimmage yards, seven touchdowns) and Hunt (659, six) can join Pro Football Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk (2000), Emmitt Smith (1995), Eric Dickerson (1983) and Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Priest Holmes (2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 700 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season.
Gurley is only 404 yards away from the 1,000 mark, while Hunt needs 341 to reach that plateau.

The players with at least 700 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, SCRIMMAGE YARDS/TOUCHDOWNS)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 857/14)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1963, 988/10)^
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 787/9)^
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995, 776/9)^
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (2000, 797.8)^
Priest Holmes, Kansas City (2002, 803/10)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017, 596/7)*
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017, 659/6)*
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GORE GAINING GROUND: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has rushed for 13,256 yards and 76 touchdowns in 13 career seasons. With four rushing yards against San Francisco on Sunday, Gore, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the 49ers and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher (11,073), will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All seven players currently in front of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (18,355)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (16,726)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (15,269)^
Curtis Martin – New England and New York Jets (14,101)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (13,684)^
Jerome Bettis – Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh (13,662)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta (13,259)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,256)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRECISION PASSERS: New England’s Tom Brady (10 touchdown passes, zero interceptions), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (eight, zero) and Kansas City’s Alex Smith (eight, zero) each have least eight touchdown passes with zero interceptions through their team’s first four games this season.

In Week 5, Brady and Smith can join Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Roman Gabriel (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season. Brees, who has a bye this week, will attempt to join the list in Week 6.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, TD PASSES/INTS)
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta (1983, 11/0)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 11/0)
Randall Cunningham, Minnesota (1998, 10/0)
Craig Morton, Dallas (1969, 10/0)
Tom Brady, New England (2017, 10/0)*
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 8/)*
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2017, 8/0)*^
*Through four games; Brady played at Tampa Bay Thursday night
^Has bye in Week 5

DEMARCUS DOMINATING: Dallas defensive end Demarcus Lawrence recorded a sack and forced fumble in the Cowboys’ Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Lawrence, who has recorded at least one sack in each of his team’s first four games of the season, leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks. With 1.5 sacks against Green Bay on Sunday, Lawrence would become the fifth player with at least nine sacks in his team’s first five games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in their team’s first five games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR-SACKS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Kevin Greene, Carolina (1998-10)^
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis (2013-9.5)
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Green Bay (2001-9)
Mark Gastineau, New York Jets (1984-9)
Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas (2017-7.5)*
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRIMETIME DEBUT: Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall selection of the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft, is expected to make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football against Minnesota.

Trubisky would be the third rookie quarterback selected in the first round to make his first career start on Monday Night Football, joining Detroit’s Chuck Long (December 15, 1986 vs. Chicago) and Philadelphia’s John Reaves (October 2, 1972 vs. New York Giants).

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 4. Through the first four weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 5,835 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 4 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
2017 – 5,835
2014 – 4,765
1987 – 4,449
1976 – 4,444
2016 – 4,406

Rookies have also totaled 43 touchdowns through Week 4, the most through the first four weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
2017 – 43
1987 – 37
1978 – 34
Many tied with 33

FOUR MORE: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the Packers’ 35-14 win against Chicago on Thursday Night Football in Week 4.

Rodgers, who has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the fifth-most games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES WITH AT LEAST 4 TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (35)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (31)
Tom Brady – New England (27)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (23)^
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (21)
Dan Marino – Miami (21)^
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

PUT IT ON THE BOARD: Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watons passed for 283 yards with four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 57-14 win against Tennessee.

Houston’s 57 points against Tennessee in Week 4 were the most in franchise history and marked the third highest single-game point total in NFL history with a rookie starting at quarterback.

The highest single game point totals with a rookie starting at quarterback:

QUARTERBACK – TEAM (DATE – POINTS SCORED)
Tony Banks – St. Louis Rams (November 10, 1996 – 59)
Russell Wilson – Seattle (December 9, 2012 – 58)
Deshaun Watson – Houston (October 1, 2017 – 57)
Johnny Unitas – Baltimore Colts (November 25, 1956-56)^
Chris Chandler – Indianapolis (October 31, 1988 – 55)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Watson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (September 17, 1961 vs. Chicago) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game.

Watson, who has seven touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns this season, is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history with at least seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

QUARTER POLL: New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 307 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Carolina in Foxboro.

Brady, who has 1,399 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions, became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2015.

The quarterbacks with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR; PASSING YARDS-TD PASSES/INTs)
Tom Brady, New England (2017; 1,399-10/0)
Tom Brady, New England (2015; 1,387-11/0)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013; 1,470-16/0)
Don Meredith, Dallas (1966; 1,089-14/0)

13K FOR KIRK: Kirk to bridge! Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.7 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Kansas City.

Cousins, who has 13,117 career passing yards, became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 13,000 passing yards in his first 50 career games.

Cousins, who has thrown 43 interceptions, has the fewest interceptions through 50 career games among the quarterbacks who reached 13,000 passing yards during that span.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS – INTERCEPTIONS)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (14,331 – 57)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (13,864 – 62)^
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (13,551 – 52)
Dan Marino, Miami (13,514-57)^
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (13,450-48)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (13,117-43)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RUMBLING RUNNING BACKS: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas.

Gurley, who has 596 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS-TOUCHDOWNS)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017, 596-7)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995, 643-9)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1963, 779-7)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 687-10)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

HUNT STAYS HOT: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the team’s 29-20 win against Washington on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

Hunt, who has 659 scrimmage yards through four games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (567) and Adrian Peterson (549) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first four career games.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAMS’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980, 745)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs (2017, 659)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 567)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007, 549)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934, 536)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TAG TEAM: New York Jets running backs Bilal Powell (163 rushing yards, 75-yard touchdown run) and rookie Elijah McGuire (93 rushing yards, 69-yard touchdown run) each rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 23-20 overtime win against Jacksonville.

McGuire and Powell are the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game and the fifth pair of teammates in NFL history with rushing touchdowns of at least 69 yards in the same game.

The teammates who scored a rushing touchdown of at least 69 yards in the same game in NFL history:

TEAM – DATE (PLAYER – YARDS; PLAYER – YARDS)
New York Jets – October 1, 2017 (Bilal Powell – 75; Elijah McGuire – 69)
Baltimore – December 20, 2008 (Le’Ron McClain – 82; Willis McGahee – 77)
Pittsburgh – October 7, 1979 (Franco Harris – 71; Rocky Bleier – 70)
Los Angeles Rams – December 3, 1961 (Dick Bass – 73; Ollie Matson – 69)
San Francisco – October 26, 1952 (Hugh McElhenny – 83; Joe Perry – 78)
(Note: Harris, Matson, Perry and McElhenny are Pro Football Hall of Famers)

ELVIS ENTERS RECORD BOOKS: San Francisco linebacker Elvis Dumervil had two sacks in the team’s 18-15 overtime loss at Arizona in Week 4, his first two sacks as a member of the 49ers.

Dumervil, who has 101 career sacks, is the third active player to record at least 100 career sacks.

The active players with at least 100 career sacks:

PLAYER (TEAMS – SACKS)
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay – 148)
Terrell Suggs (Baltimore – 117.5)
Elvis Dumervil (Denver, Baltimore and San Francisco – 101)

MR. AUTOMATIC: Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein converted all seven of his field-goal attempts and both of his PAT attempts in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas in Week 4.

Zuerlein became the eighth player to convert at least seven or more field goals in a single game and his 23 total points scored is tied for the third-highest single-game total by a kicker in NFL history.

The kickers with the highest single-game point totals in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – TOTAL POINTS)
Rob Bironas, Tennessee (October 21, 2007 – 26)
Jay Feely, Arizona (December 12, 2010 – 25)
Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (October 1, 2017 – 23)
Billy Cundiff, Dallas (September 15, 2003 – 23)
Jim Bakken, St. Louis Cardinals (September 24, 1967 – 22)

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New Orleans defeated Miami 20-0 in front of 84,423 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in the second of four 2017 London Series games in the United Kingdom. New Orleans, which has not turned the ball over this season, is only the third team in the modern era (since 1933) without a turnover in each of its first four games of a season (1995 St. Louis and 2013 Tennessee).

•Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 283 yards with four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 57-14 win against Tennessee. Houston’s 57 points are the most in a single game in franchise history. Watson put himself in some pretty good company, as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (September 17, 1961 vs. Chicago) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game. Watson, who has seven touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns this season, is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history with at least seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

•Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas. Gurley, who has 596 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season. Under head coach Sean McVay, the Rams have scored 142 points, which is the fourth-highest total by a team in its first four games of a season with a first-year head coach. Only the 2002 Oakland Raiders (Bill Callahan, 162 points), 2000 St. Louis Rams (Mike Martz, 160) and 1920 Buffalo All-Americans (Tommy Hughitt, 149) scored more.

•Carolina quarterback Cam Newton passed for 316 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 33-30 win at New England. Newton, who has six career games with at least three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young, Drew Brees, Jack Kemp, Tobin Rote and Billy Wade for the most such games in NFL history. Newton scored his 50th career rushing touchdown on Sunday and is the only quarterback in NFL history with 50 rushing touchdowns.

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 307 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating in the Patriots’ loss to Carolina. Brady, who has 1,399 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions this season, became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games in two different seasons during his career. He also accomplished the feat in 2015.

•New York Jets running backs Bilal Powell (163 rushing yards, 75-yard touchdown run) and rookie Elihan McGuire (93 rushing yards, 69-yard touchdown run) each rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 23-20 overtime win against Jacksonville. McGuire and Powell are the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game.

•Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka converted all three of his field goal attempts, including makes of 55 and 56 yards, in the Bills’ 23-17 win at Atlanta. ​Hauschka, who has converted three field goals of at least 55 yards this season, trails only Detroit’s Matt Prater, who has converted four field goals of at least 55 yards in 2017, for the most by a player in a single season in NFL history.

For week four, we went 11-5, which was a huge improvement. For the year? 41-23. There’s still a lot of football to be played between now and December 31st, when the regular season comes to an end. For this time of year, you lose, your next game’s next week, which is a lot better than the post-season, where if you lose, your next game’s next year.

The first round of byes take place in week five and the teams that will be off this week are Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington. They’ll get back to action next week. Week 5 began Thursday night with the New England beating Tampa Bay Thursday night in the Sunshine State and week 5 concludes with a pair of primetime matches as the Houston Texans host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the Minnesota Vikings visit the Chicago Bears in an NFC North divisional showdown on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week five.

Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at New York Giants (0-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of winless teams, sitting in the bottom of their respective divisions, meet in the Meadowlands as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host the Los Angeles Chargers at Met Life Stadium.

The Chargers lost another close contest last Sunday at StubHub Center, falling to Philadelphia 26-24. Los Angeles trailed 16- 10 at the intermission on the West Coast but managed to make things close, trailing 19-17 with 13:42 left to play in the contest, then pulled to within seven with 6:44 left when Rivers and TE Hunter Henry connected on a 4-yard TD pass and that would be the closest that Los Angeles would get in the contest. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 214-58, with LeGarrette Blount doing most of the work, tallying 136 of those yards.

The winless Giants dropped a 25-23 decision to Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Bucs led 13-10 at the intermission before Manning and the Giants took the lead with 3:16 left in regulation when he and TE Rhett Ellison connected on a 2-yard TD strike. The Giants missed the extra point and led 23-22 at that point. For Giant fans, there was hope. That hope would not last very long. Tampa Bay then proceeded to make their way down the field, using all of the 3:16 on the clock, ending an 9-play, 59-yard drive that ended with K Nick Folk sending a 34-yard field goal try through the uprights for the win. Tampa Bay outrushed Big Blue 111-91 and Winston threw for 332 yards and three TDs without an interception, while Manning threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs in the Sunshine State. The Giants were 8 of 17 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Bucs were 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:47 (both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down conversions).

The Chargers lead the series 6-5, have outscored New York 292-259 and have won the last three contests (including games that were played when the Chargers were in San Diego), including a 37-14 win at Qualcomm Stadium in 2013. New York’s last win in the series also came at Qualcomm, when they walked away with a 34-16 win in 1998. The Giants are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. If you’re a fan of either team, feel free to watch this one; otherwise, you might want to beg your wife or significant other to take you shopping at Victoria’s Secret (that way, you’ll have an idea as to what to get her for Christmas). There’s going to be a winner in this one. While the Chargers have played some decent but not great football, the Giants were a playoff team last year. Add to that the fact that Eli’s got two Super Bowl rings and Rivers is still looking for his first. Giants break out of the winless column with the win at home and covers the 3 1/2.

Tennessee (2-2) at Miami (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Miami returns to the other side of the Atlantic for a meeting in the Sunshine State wit Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium.

Tennesee was taken to task by AFC South rival Houston last Sunday, as the Texans manhandled the Titans 57-14 at NRG Stadium last Sunday. Tennessee could never get on track, trailing 30-14 at the half and saw the defending AFC South champs score their final 27 points of the contest unchallenged. Tennessee was outrushed 173-86 and Mariota threw for only 96 yards with a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 283 yards and four TDs through the air and had a rushing TD of his own as his defense forced five Titan turnovers in the Lone Star State. Tennessee went 2 of 8 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 20:19, while the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:41, while going 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Miami went to London and were shutout by New Orleans and Drew Brees 20-0 at Wembley Stadium. The Dolphins trailed 3-0 at the half before things went haywire for them, as the Saints would score the remaining 17 points of the contest unchallenged. New Orleans rushed for 86 yards, while Miami could only muster 58 and Jay Cutler was sacked four times and picked off once, while throwing for 164 yards (Brees threw for 268 yards and a pair of TDs). Miami in merry ole England was 1 of 8 on third down tries on the other side of the Atlantic (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:32, while the Saints were 6 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 34:28.

Including contests that took place when the Texans were in Houston and known as the Oilers and the Dolphins played their home games at the Orange Bowl, the Dolphins lead the series 19-16 and have outscored Tennessee 667-665. Tennessee won the last meeting between the two clubs last year, coming away 30-17 winners in the Sunshine State (Miami’s last win in the series came in 2015 in Nashville by a final of 38-10).

They met in the Sunshine State in week five and the Titans led 21-14 at the half at Hard Rock Stadium before they would pull away for the road win. Mariota threw for three TDs passes and ran for a TD, while tallying 163 yards of passing. Ryan Tannehill threw for 191 yards for Miami but was sacked six times and picked off twice. Tennessee outrushed Miami 235-51, with RB DeMarco Murray accounting for 121 of their rushing yards. Tennessee went 5 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:44, while Miami kept the ball for 23:16, goning 4 of 11 on third down.

Miami was favored by 3 1/2 in the week five contest and the Titans covered the spread, winning by 13 in the Sunshine State. The two teams combined for 47 points, which coved the 43 1/2 over/under. Tennessee’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 43 1/2. Miami bounces back from last week and takes this one in the Sunshine State.

Buffalo (3-1) at Cincinnati (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC teams have a Sunday afternoon meeting along the banks of the Ohio River when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. Both clubs enter the contest with win under their belts last Sunday afternoon in week four play.

Buffalo knocked Atlanta out of the ranks of the unbeatens last Sunday in the Peach State, taking a 23-17 win over the Falcons last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bills trailed 10-7 at the break before rookie CB Tre’Davious White recovered a Matt Ryan fumble and returned it 52 yards for a TD. Atlanta challenged the call, saying that Matt Ryan’s arm was going forward and at best should have been ruled an incomplete pass. The powers that be saw things differently and the call on the field stood, giving Buffalo a 14-10 lead. K Stephen Hauschka would add the first of his three field goals to give the Bills a 17-10 lead.
That lead would not last long, as Ryan (242 yards) and WR Justin Hardy would tie things up with a 3-yard TD strike with seven minutes left in regulation.

Hauskcka was not finished, kicking a 56-yarder with 4:44 left to play and then nailing a 55-yarder with 3:06 left to play. Atlanta would eventually have one last drive in the contest and came as close as Buffalo’s 10-yard line before a pair of Ryan incompletions stopped the drive and gave the ball back to the Bills. Atlanta did outrush the Bills 149-117, while QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 182 yards and a TD, while being sacked three times. Buffalo was 6 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:45, while the Falcons ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:15, going 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Bengals got four TD passes from Andy Dalton last Sunday against Cleveland, breaking their three-game losing streak with a 31-7 win over the Browns last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, Cincy led 21-0 at the half and 31-0 at the end of the third quarter and were never threatened. The Browns’ only tally of the contest came with 1:54 left, when the outcome was already decided, as RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards, in addition to the four TDs. The Bengals were 6 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:02, while the Browns, who suffered their fourth loss in a row, went 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while holding the ball for 24:58.

Buffalo leads the series 16-12 and has outscored Cincinnati 691-619. Buffalo won the last meeting with the Bengals, taking a 16-12 win in Cincinnati last year (The Bengals’ last win over Buffalo came in Orchard Park in 2015 by a final of 34-21).

They met in week 11 at Paul Brown Stadium and the Bengals led 12-10 at the half before David Carpenter kicked a pair of field goals to put the Bills in the win column. Buffalo outrushed Cincinnati 183-93 and Tyrod Taylor threw for 166 yards, while Dalton threw for 207 yards with a pair of interceptions. Buffalo on third down tries went 3 for 12 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down tries) and the Bills kept the ball for 32:11, while the Bengals were 8 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 27:49.

Cincinnati was favored by 3 1/2 in the week 11 matchup and the Bills covered the spread, winning by four. As for the 46 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as both teams scored only 22 points. The Bengals were 3 1/2 point favorites in the contest along the shores of the Ohio River and the Bills covered the spread, winning by 4. The 46 1/2 over/under was untouched, as both clubs tallied only 28 points. Cincinnati’s favored by a field goal and the over/under’s 39. Could the Bengals make it two in a row? The oddmakers think so and so do we. Cincy wins but expect the Bills to make things closer than 3.

Jacksonville (2-2) at Pittsburgh (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC matchup in the Steel City.

The Jaguars fell to the New York Jets 23-20 in overtime at Met Life Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Jags and Jets were tied at 10-10 at the half before they would trailed 20-10 after the third quarter came to an end. Jacksonville would then go on to score ten points of their own in the final 15 minutes of action, with K Jason Myers kicking a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the contest. Jacksonville then failed in their first possession of overtime after winning the toss, which allowed the Jets to get the ball back.

New York used a 4-play, 2-yard drive that used only 70 seconds, which saw the Jets take the win when K Chandler Catanzaro connected on a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the extra period. New York’s Bilal Powell ran for 163 of his team’s 256 yards, while Jacksonville ran for 175 and Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, while New York’s Josh McCown threw for 224 yards with five sacks and an interceptions. Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:08, while the Jets, who kept the ball for 34:24, went 6 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh manhandled Baltimore 26-9 last Sunday in Charm City in an AFC North matchup. Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards in the win and LeVeon Bell rushed for 144 yards and a pair of TDs. Although they 19-0 at the half, Pittsburgh was outscored by the Ravens in the second half 9-7 but did manage to outrush the Ravens 173-82 and picked Joe Flacco (235 yards, four sacks) off twice. The Steelers on third down went 7 of 13 and held the ball for 35:29, while the Ravens were 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 24:31.

This series? Even at 11-11. Jaguars has outscored Pittsburgh 392-375 but the Steelers have won the last three meetings, including coming away with a 17-9 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while the Jaguars’ last win in the series came in 2007 in the Steel City by a final of 29-22. Pittsburgh’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. The Jaguars are a decent team but not quite great. Pittsburgh wins this one but expect Jacksonville to make it closer than the 8 1/2.

Arizona (2-2) at Philadelphia (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. The Desert Angry Birds head east to the City of Brotherly Love for an early afternoon contest with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arizona trailed 15-12 in overtime against San Francisco before Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 19-yard TD pass in Glendale last Sunday to take an 18-15 win over their NFC West rivals. Tied 6-6 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds trailed late in the fourth quarter before K Phil Dawson tied things up with a 32-yard field goal in regulation. San Francisco would win the toss to start the overtime and took the lead with 2:24 left in the extra period when Robbie Gould connected on a 23-yard field goal. The 49er lead would not last very long, as Arizona would use a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 1:52 of clock and ending with the winning score with 32 seconds left in the game. San Francisco did manage to outrush Arizona 95-51, while Palmer, despite being sacked six time,s threw for 357 yards and the game winning score. The 49ers’ Brian Hoyer threw for 234 yards in the loss and was sacked three times and picked off once. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down tries in the desert and kept the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth and held on to the ball for 33:13.

Philadelphia headed west last week and came out with a 26-24 over the Los Angeles Chargers on the Left Coast. Philadelphia led 16-10 at the intermission at Stub Hub Centre but the Chargers managed to make things close, trailing 19-17 with 13:42 left to play in the contest, then pulled to within seven with 6:44 left when Rivers and TE Hunter Henry connected on a 4-yard TD pass and that would be the closest that Los Angeles would get in the contest. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 214-58, with LeGarrette Blount doing most of the work, tallying 136 of those yards.

Including games that were played in Chicago and St. Louis when the Cardinals called those cities home, Arizona leads the series 57-54-5, while the Eagles have outscored Arizona 2,472-2,286. Arizona’s won the last two meetings, including a 40-17 win in Philly in 2015, while the Eagles’ last win in the series came in 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field by a final of 24-21.

Philadelphia’s favored by 6 1/2 at home and the over/under’s 45. Both numbers make sense. While this one’s not quite “DRILL WORTHY,” it’s worth your time. Philly covers 6 1/2 at home and takes the win.

Carolina (3-1) at Detroit (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of 3-1 teams meet in the Motor City as the Carolina Panthers travel to Detroit for an indoor meeting with the Detroit Lions.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers came from behind in Foxboro, coming away 33-30 winners at Gillette Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champs. New England led 17-16 at the half before Carolina roared back in the final 30 minutes of action. Carolina would eventually take a 23-16 lead with 2:47 left in the third when Newton tossed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Devin Funchess. Newton, who threw for 316 yards and three TDs, would later score from seven yards out with 12:58 left in regulation.

The Pats would eventually pull even when Tom Brady (307 yards, two TDs) and WR Danny Amendola connected on a 1-yard TD strike with 3:09 left. Carolina then went on to use that remaining 3:09, taking a 10-play, 46-yard drive that would send Pats fans home sad when Graham Gano, who missed an extra point earlier in the contest, booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired.
Carolina outrushed New England 140-80 and the Panthers were 6 of 9 on third down tries and held the ball for 28:53 (which included the final drive of the game), while the defending Super Bowl champs were 7 of 14 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:07.

Detroit used a Matt Prater field goal and a two-point conversion in the Twin Cities last Sunday to take a 14-7 win over Minnesota last Sunday. Minnesota led 7-3 at the half before the Lions scored their 11 points in the third quarter unchallenged. First, Prater connected on a 37-yard field goal try. Detroit would then take the lead for keeps when RB Ameer Abdullah scored from three yards out with 8 minutes left in the quarter. The Lions then went for two and it was Stafford (209 yards) and T.J. Jones connected on the successful try. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-87 and the Vikings’ Case Keenum threw for 219 yards at US Bank Stadium. Detroit was 3 of 13 on third down tries in the NFC North contest and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings clung to the pigskin for 23:33, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Carolina leads the series 5-2 and have outscored Detroit 171-143. Carolina’s last win in the series came in 2014 in the Tar Heel State by a 24-7 final, while Detroit’s last win came in 2011 by a final of 49-35 in the Motor City. The Lions are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 44. Carolina will make this one interesting but Detroit prevails at home and takes the win, even though they may not cover the 3.

New York Jets (2-2) at Cleveland (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A somewhat improved New York Jets team travels to upstate Ohio for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the winless Browns.

As for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, they needed overtime to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 at Met Life Stadium last Sunday afternoon. Tied at 10-10 at the half, GangGreen would leadd 20-10 after the third quarter came to an end. Jacksonville would then go on to score ten points of their own in the final 15 minutes of action, with K Jason Myers kicking a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the contest. Jacksonville then failed in their first possession of overtime after winning the toss, which allowed the Jets to get the ball back.

New York used a 4-play, 2-yard drive that used only 70 seconds, which saw the Jets take the win when K Chandler Catanzaro connected on a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the extra period. New York’s Bilal Powell ran for 163 of his team’s 256 yards, while Jacksonville ran for 175 and Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, while New York’s Josh McCown threw for 224 yards with five sacks and an interceptions. Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:08, while the Jets, who kept the ball for 34:24, went 6 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Browns were burned by four TD passes from Andy Dalton last Sunday against Cleveland, sending them to a four-game losing with a 31-7 loss last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, Cincy led 21-0 at the half and 31-0 at the end of the third quarter and were never threatened. The Browns’ only tally of the contest came with 1:54 left, when the outcome was already decided, as RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards, in addition to the four TDs. The Bengals were 6 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:02, while the Browns, who suffered their fourth loss in a row, went 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while holding the ball for 24:58.

Cleveland leads the series by a slim 12-11 margin and the Browns have outscored GangGreen 476-469. However… the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last four meetings, including a 31-28 victory last year (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2007 in the Meadowlands by a final of 24-18).

The week eight contest along the shores of Lake Erie saw the Browns blow a 20-7 lead at the intermission, allowing GangGreen to win the second half by outscoring the Browns 24-8 to take a 31-28 win. New York outrushed Cleveland 171-68 and while Josh McCown threw for 341 yards and a pair of TDs, he did suffer a sack and was picked off twice. Ryan Fitzpatrick led New York with 228 yards passing and Matt Forte led all rushers with 82 yards and a pair of TDs. GangGreen went 7 of 15 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:41, while the Browns, who held the ball for 26:19, went 8 of 16 on third down tries.

The Jets won by 3, allowing them to cover the 3-point spread exactly and both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under with 59 points. Cleveland’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 39. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Browns are looking to pick up their first win of the season. GangGreen’s looking to go over the .500 mark. GangGreen covers the 2 and wins on the shores of Lake Erie.

San Francisco (0-4) at Indianapolis (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of teams trying to restore some sembliance of order meetin the Hoosier State as the San Francisco 49ers search for their first win, coming to Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium for a meeting with the Colts.

San Francisco led 15-12 in overtime against Arizona before they saw that lead get away from them as Arizona QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 19-yard TD pass in Glendale last Sunday to take an 18-15 win over their NFC West rivals. Tied 6-6 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds trailed late in the fourth quarter before 49ers K Phil Dawson tied things up with a 32-yard field goal in regulation. San Francisco would win the toss to start the overtime and took the lead with 2:24 left in the extra period when Robbie Gould connected on a 23-yard field goal. The 49er lead would not last very long, as Arizona would use a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 1:52 of clock and ending with the winning score with 32 seconds left in the game. San Francisco did manage to outrush Arizona 95-51, while Palmer, despite being sacked six time,s threw for 357 yards and the game winning score. The 49ers’ Brian Hoyer threw for 234 yards in the loss and was sacked three times and picked off once. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down tries in the desert and kept the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth and held on to the ball for 33:13.

For the Colts, they let a 15-10 halftime lead against Seattle last Sunday night get away from them, as Indy would lose 46-18 in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle restored order in the final 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field, outscoring the Colts 36-3 in that frame. Seattle outrushed Indy 194-98, while Russell Wilson threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs and had a rushing TD of his own. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett, taking over for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 157 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off once. Seattle did quite well on third and fourth down, going 10 of 15 and 1 of 1 in both catagories and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Colts were 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48.

The Colts lead the series 25-18, which includes contests that took place when the Colts were in Baltimore and the 49ers played their home games in Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park and the Colts have outscored the 49ers 1,017-843. The Colts were 27-7 winners in their last meeting on the West Coast in 2013, while the 49ers’ last win over Indy came in 2001 in the Hoosier State by a final of 40-21.

Indy’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under 43. Both teams are better than their records indicate. You might want to take a pass on this one and watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on “Science Channel” (unless you’re a fan of either team… that Kari Byron is not only smart, she’s kinda cute!). Colts cover the 1 1/2 and win at home again in Indiana.

Seattle (2-2) at Los Angeles Rams (3-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. It’s an NFC West contest as Seattle makes the 1,137 mile trip down I-5 for a meeting with the first-place Rams in the Coliseum. Both teams enter the contest winning their last contest last Sunday.

Seattle chipped away at a 15-10 halftime deficit against Indianapolis last Sunday night and came away 46-18 winners in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. The Seahawks would restore order in the final 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field, outscoring the Colts 36-3 in that frame. Seattle outrushed Indy 194-98, while Wilson threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs and had a rushing TD of his own. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett, taking over for Andrew Luck, threw for 157 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off once. Seattle did quite well on third and fourth down, going 10 of 15 and 1 of 1 in both catagories and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Colts were 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48.

Los Angeles erased a 24-16 deficit at AT&T Stadium get away from them as the Rams came back to beat the Cowboys 35-30. Todd Gurley led all rushers with 121 yards in the comeback win, while Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot ran for 85 yards in a losing cause. (the Rams ran for 168, while Dallas tallied 189). Second-year QB Dak Prescott threw for 252 yards and three TDs (two sacks, interception) for Dallas, while Jarred Goff threw for 255 yards with a pair of TDs, connecting with Gurley on one of the tosses. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:28, while the Rams ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 30:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

Seattle leads the series 22-15 and the Seahawks have outscored the Rams 811-714 (which includes contests that were played in St. Louis). They split the two games in the series last year, each winning at home.

Meeting one… Los Angeles in week two. If you liked field goals, this was your game, as all the points came by way of the kickers. The Rams led 6-3 at the half in the Coliseum and came out on top 9-6. Greg Zuerlein and Stephen Hauschka accounted for all of the scoring in that meeting in Tinseltown and neither club breached the 100-yard barrier (Seattle outrushed Los Angeles 67-64) and Wilson threw for 254 yards, while Case Keenum threw for 239 (Keenum was sacked three times, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle was 4 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:03, while the Rams were 3 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 29:57.

Seattle got revenge in front of the home folks in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in their week 15 Thursday night contest at CenturyLink Field, holding the Rams to a 2nd quarter field goal by Zuerlien to take a 24-3 win. Leading 10-3 at the half, the Seahawks controlled the second half, scoring on a pair of Wilson TD passes to take the win. Seattle once again outrushed the Rams, tallying 72 yards on the ground to Los Angeles’ 47 and Wilson threw for 229 yards with the two TDS, while Jarred Goff threw for 135 yards and was sacked four times. The Seahawks on third down in the rematch did a little better job in Seattle than they did in Los Angeles, going 7 of 15 (they did find paydirt in their only fourth down conversion), while the Rams were once again 3 of 12 in the same catagory. Seattle ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:31, while the Rams kept it for 27:29.

In the week two contest in Los Angeles, there were only 12 points scores and the Rams barely missed the 6 1/2 point spread, winning by 6. Seattle did take care of business in the second meeting in the Pacific Northwest, winning by 21, allowing them to cover the 14-point spread. Neither club covered the 38 1/2 over/under in the second contest, as both teams scored only 27 points.

The Rams are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. While no one should sleep on the Rams, be mindful that the Seahawks are the defending NFC West champs. Seattle covers the 2 1/2 on the road and wins in Tinseltown.

Baltimore (2-2) at Oakland (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. The Silver and Black return home to square off against the Baltimore Ravens in a late afternoon (Eastern) contest in Oakland.

Baltimore was kept in check by Pittsburgh, losing to the Steelers 26-9 last Sunday in Charm City in an AFC North matchup. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards in the win and LeVeon Bell rushed for 144 yards and a pair of TDs. Although they 19-0 at the half, the Ravens did manage to outscore Pittsburgh in the second half by a 9-7 margin. Pittsburgh outrushed the Ravens 173-82 and picked Joe Flacco (235 yards, four sacks) off twice. The Steelers on third down went 7 of 13 and held the ball for 35:29, while the Ravens were 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 24:31.

Held to 24 yards on the ground last Sunday, the Raiders fell to Denver 16-10 at Sports Authority Field. The Raiders trailed 10-7 at the half before it became a battle of field goal kickers as Denver’s Brian McMannus kicked a pair of third qaurter field goals, while Giorgio Tavecchio, taking over for the injured Sebastian Janikowski, booted a 38 yarder to keep his team close. Denver rushed for 143 yards in the win at home, while Trevor Siemian threw for 179 yards and a TD (Siemian was sacked four times). The Denver defense then closed things out, stopping a late Raider drive that would have given Oakland the lead, when Justin Simmons picked off E.J. Manuel (106 yards), who took over for David Carr (back), who threw for 143 yards to take the win. Neither club did anything to write home about on third down tries…. Oakland went 2 of 12, while the Broncos were 5 of 16 (Oakland was 0 of 3 on fourth down tries) and Denver ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:57, while the Raiders held it for 27:03.

The Ravens lead the series 6-3 and have outscored the Silver and Black 237-158. Oakland has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 28-27 win in Charm City last year (Baltimore’s last win over Oakland came in 2009 in Oakland by a final of 21-13).

They met in week four in Charm City and the Raiders led 14-6 at the half before the Ravens stormed back to give Oakland fans a pre-Halloween scare in the second half. Baltimore outrushed Oakland 130-62 and Flacco threw for 298 yards and a TD, while Carr (199 yards) threw four TD passes, three of them to Michael Crabtree. Oakland was 3 of 12 on third down and held the ball for 25:16, while the Ravens, who kept the ball for 34:44, went 5 of 17 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

The week four contest in Charm City had Baltimore as a 3 1/2-point favorite and the Raiders came away with the 1-point win. Both teams did manage to break the 46 1/2 over/under by combining for 55 points. The Silver and Black are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 39. Both teams are coming off losses and both would like nothing more than to right their ships. Raiders just win, baby and cover the 2 1/2.

Green Bay (3-1) at Dallas (2-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. They met in the post-season last year. They meet again this year. Green Bay travels to Arlington for a late-afternoon contest with the Dallas Cowboys.

Green Bay made life miserable for Chicago at Lambeau last Thursday night, taking down the Bears 35-14. The Packers and Rodgers led 21-7 at the break and were never really challehged in the game. Rodgers threw for 179 yards and four TDs, two of them to Jordy Nelson, although Green Bay was held to 91 yards rushing, while Chicago came away with 103 yards. Green Bay went 7 of 14 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:09, while Chicago kept the pigskin for 31:51, going 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Dallas saw a 24-16 lead at AT&T Stadium get away from them as the Cowboys would fall to the Los Angeles Rams 35-30. Elliot ran for 85 of the Cowboys’ 189 in the loss with a pair of TDs, while Todd Gurley ran amok, leading all rushers with 121 yards in the win (the Rams ran for 168). Second-year QB Dak Prescott threw for 252 yards and three TDs (two sacks, interception) for Dallas, while Jarred Goff threw for 255 yards with a pair of TDs, connecting with Gurley on one of the tosses. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:28, while the Rams ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 30:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

Green Bay leads the series 14-13 and the Packers have outscored Dallas 620-575. They met twice, once in the regular season and then again in the post-season.

Meeting one… week 6… Lambeau. Prescott threw for 247 yards and three TD passes, two to Cole Beasley, as Dallas came away 30-16 winners. Dallas led 17-6 at the break and never looked back, outrushing Green Bay 191-78 (Elliot accounted for 157 of those yards), while Rodgers threw for 294 yards and a TD with an interception. Dallas was 3 of 11 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Packers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:10, going 7 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

That was the first meeting.

The second, you ask?

The Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs. Dallas was the number one seed, while Green Bay was the fourth seed. The site? Arlington. Green Bay led 21-13 at the break, then held off a Dallas rally in the second half and came out 34- 31 winners to advance to the NFC Championship Game and a date in Atlanta. Leading 28-13 at the end of three quarters, Dallas stormed back to tie things up in the final quarter of play and Prescott connected with Jason Witten and Dez Bryant on TD passes (Prescott also scored on a 2-point try) and a 52-yard field goal by Dan Bailey with 35 seconds left. The tie would not last long as Green Bay would use all the 35 seconds left in the contest, when Rodgers threw a deep pass to Jeff Cook for 32 yards. Cook then ran out of bounds at the Cowboys’ 32-yard line. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld. Mason Crosby then put an end to the 6-play, 43-yard drive, kicking the game winner as the clock struck :00. Elliot again led all rushers with 125 yards, as the Cowboys again outrushed Green Bay 138-87 and both Prescott (302 yards) and Rodgers (356 yards, two TDS) threw for over 300 yards in the contest. Both teams were 6 of 11 on third down conversions and Green Bay kept the ball for 29:46, while Dallas had the ball for 30:14.

Green Bay was favored by 4 1/2 in the week six contest and Dallas covered the spread, winning by 14. The 47 1/2 over/under was just missed, as both teams scored 46 points. In the Divisional round, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 but the Packers would win by 3 in the Lone Star State. Green Bay and Dallas did manage to take care of the 52 over/under, tallying 65 points.

Saying that this one is not “DRILL WORTHY” is like saying Wile Coyote likes to fall off cliffs. 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 Co stco 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 57 last June and dates a 42-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?”

Dallas is favored by 2 and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Could they meet again in the postseason? It could happen. If history has a way of repeating itself, then Green Bay’s in good shape. Packers pull the upset in the Lone Star State and covers the 2 on the road with the win.

Kansas City (4-0) at Houston (2-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of rookies meet in the Lone Star State at Kareem Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson at NRG Stadium.

Kansas City erased a 10-7 deficit against Washington last Monday evening at Arrowhead and came away 29-20 winners to remain unbeaten. Hugh Butker kikcked three field goals and QB Alex Smith (293 yards) and TE Travis Kelce connected on a TD pass (Smith had a rushing TD), while Hunt ran for 101 yards in the contest. Kansas City outrushed the Redskins 168-111 in the come from behind win that ended when LB Justin Houston picked up a Kirk Cousins (220 yards, two TDs) fumble and retured it for a TD as the clock struck :00. Kansas City went 8 of 13 on third down tries and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 37:09, while the Redskins were 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 22:51.

Houston last Sunday manhandled the Titans 57-14 at NRG Stadium last Sunday. The Texans led from start to finish in the AFC South contest at NRG Stadium, leading 30-14 at the half and then score their final 27 points of the contest unchallenged. Tennessee was outrushed 173-86 and Mariota threw for only 96 yards with a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, Watson threw for 283 yards and four TDs through the air and had a rushing TD of his own as his defense forced five Titan turnovers in the Lone Star State. Tennessee went 2 of 8 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 20:19, while the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:41, while going 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The series between the Chiefs and Texans? Tied 4-4 and the Chiefs have outscored the Texans 198-165. Houston won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 19-12 win in the Lone Star State last year (Kansas City’s last regular season win came in 2015, when they won 27-20 in Houston).

In that week two contest in Houston, the Texans used four Nick Novak goals in the contest, with the only TD for either team coming in the first quarter of play when Brock Osweiler and Dereck Hopkins connected on a 27-yard TD pass to open the scoring. Houston led 13-3 at the break, although Kansas City ruled the roost in the second half and outscored the Texans 9-6. Kansas City outrushed Houston 119-97, while Osweiler accounted for the game’s only TD pass, throwing for 268 yards, while Smtih threw for 186 with four sacks. Houston went 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:59, while the Chiefs, who kept the ball for 26:01, went 3 of 14 on third down conversions.

Houston covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 7 in the week two contest. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? It was safe, as both teams merged for only 31 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as a 1-point road favorite and the over/under’s 47. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Is this one “DRILL WORTHY?” There’s nothing that says you can’t have two “DRILL WORTHY” games (just be sure to follow the instructions from the Green Bay-Dallas game). Kansas City’s the last team standing that’s unbeaten. Houston would like to knock the Chiefs from that perch. Houston pulls the upset and takes the win at home, covering the 1.

Minnesota (2-2) at Chicago (1-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week five concludes in the Windy City as a pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman would say) meet at Soldier Field on Monday night. Both teams played conference rivals last week and both teams took losses.

Minnesota let a 7-3 halftime lead against Detroit get away from them as the Lions used a Matt Prater field goal and a two-point conversion in the Twin Cities last Sunday to fall 14-7 last Sunday. Minnesota led at the half before the Lions scored their 11 points in the third quarter unchallenged. First, Prater connected on a 37-yard field goal try. Detroit would then take the lead for keeps when RB Ameer Abdullah scored from three yards out with 8 minutes left in the quarter. The Lions then went for two and it was Stafford (209 yards) and T.J. Jones connected on the successful try. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-87 and the Vikings’ Case Keenum threw for 219 yards at US Bank Stadium. Detroit was 3 of 13 on third down tries in the NFC North contest and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings clung to the pigskin for 23:33, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Chicago struggled against NFC North opponent Green Bay last Thursday night at Lambeau and fell to the Packers 35-14. Chicago trailed 21-7 at the break and could never get on track as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 179 yards and four TDs, two of them to Jordy Nelson. It was also an equally frustrating night for Chicago as LB Danny Trevathan was flagged for a late hit on Nelson in the contest. Trevathan would later be fined and suspended by the league without pay for two games (that suspension would later be dropped to one game). Trevathan will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster next week. The one bright spot was that Da Bears held Green Bay held to 91 yards rushing, while Chicago came away with 103 yards. Green Bay went 7 of 14 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:09, while Chicago kept the pigskin for 31:51, going 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 58-51-2 and the Vikings have outscored Chicago 2,341-2,154. They split the two meetings last year, with both teams winning in their home facility.

First meeting… week 8 in the Windy City. While Chicago was getting ready to celebrate the Cubs winning the World Series, Da Bears took down Minnesota 20-10 at Soldier Field. Chicago led 13-3 at t he half, holding Minnesota to 57 yards rushing, while they tallied 158 (Chicago’s Jordan Howard led all rushers with 153 yards and a TD). Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a TD pass, while Minnesota’s Sam Bradford was sacked five times, while throwing for 228 yards and a TD. Chicago went 7 of 14 on third down tries in the Windy City and keot the ball for 32:41, while the Vikings held on to the ball for 27:19, going 2 of 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Meeting number two… week 17 in the Twin Cities. With both teams out of the playoff picture, Chicago and Minnesota were basically playing with house money in the season finale and the Vikings got revenge from their week 8 loss, taking a 38-10 win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota led 24-10 at the break and scored their final 14 points of the contest unchallenged. Chicago outrushed Minnesota again in the second meeting, tallying 183, while the Vikes tallied 124 and once again, Howard was front and center in this one, rushing for 135 in a losing effort. Bradford threw for 250 yards in the win at US Bank Stadium, tossing three TDs. In the second meeting, it was the Vikings that did well on third down tries, going 6 of 12 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down), while Chicago was 2 of 9 third down wise (1 of 2 on fourth down). Minnesota ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:12, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 29:48.

On Monday night, both teams are below the .500 mark all time. Minnesota? 27-31 (they played two games last year in prime time and split the two contests. Da Bears? 30-37 (they too played two games and like the Vikings, split the two contests).

The week eight contest was a Monday night game and the Vikings were favored by 5 1/2. Da Bears covered the 5 1/2, winning by 10. However, the 41 over/under was safe and sound as both teams combined for 30 points. Minnesota covered the 5-point spread in the season finale in the Twin Cities and both teams covered the 41 over/under with 48 points. Minnesota’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 40. While it’s not exactly a great game to watch, it may well be worth your time. That means you might want to tape “Scorpion” this week. Minnesota covers the 2 1/2 in the Windy City and beats Da Bears on Da Road.

 

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times listed Eastern)

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 146 (Buffalo), 108 (Atlanta); XM: 385 (Buffalo), 228 (Atlanta)

New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) on FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Al Groh; SIRIUS: 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Miami); XM: 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Miami)

Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Otis Livingston (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 126 (Jacksonville), 133 (New York Jets); XM: 382 (Jacksonville), 227 (New York Jets)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 113 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Baltimore); XM: 386 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Baltimore)

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 84 (Cincinnati), 121 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (Cincinnati), 229 (Cleveland)

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; NATIONAL RADIO: John Sadak, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 134 (Tennessee), 103 (Houston); XM: 381 (Tennessee), 230 (Houston)

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Dallas); XM: 226 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Dallas)

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Detroit), 81 (Minnesota); XM: 384 (Detroit), 81 (Minnesota)

Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Carolina), 93 (New England); XM: 383 (Carolna), 225 (New England)

New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giant), 83 (Tampa Bay); XM: 227 (New York Giants), 83 (Tampa Bay)

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Sam Rosen, David Diehl, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (San Francisco), 81 (Arizona); XM: 386 (San Francisco), 81 (Arizona)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Kevin Lee, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 108 (Philadelphia), 136 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 228 (Philadelphia), 226 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Oakland), 82 (Denver); XM: 225 (Oakland), 82 (Denver)

Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Seattle); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Seattle)

Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Washington), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Washington), 83 (Kansas City)

Sunday and Monday Officials

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. :Terry McAulay
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London): Ed Hochuli
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: John Parry
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.: Brad Allen
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Walt Coleman

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team listed in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games

Favorite                   Spread      Underdog                    O/U
ATLANTA                    –  8        Buffalo                     48 1/2
New Orleans                –  3        MIAMI*                      49 1/2
NEW ENGLAND                –  8 1/2    Carolina                    48 1/2
DALLAS                     –  6 1/2    Los Angeles Rams            48 1/2
MINNESOTA                  –  2        Detroit                     42 1/2
Tennessee                  –  1 1/2    HOUSTON                     44
Jacksonville               –  3 1/2    NEW YORK JETS               39 1/2
Cincinnati                 –  3        CLEVELAND                   40
Pittsburgh                  –  3        BALTIMORE                   44
TAMPA BAY                  –  3        New York Giants             44
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS       –  1        Philadelphia                47
ARIZONA                    –  7        San Francisco               44
DENVER                     –  2 1/2    Oakland                     46 1/2
SEATTLE                    – 13        Indianapolis                41 1/2

Monday’s Game

Favorite                   Spread      Underdog                    O/U
KANSAS CITY                –  7        Washington                  49 1/2

*Game in London, Miami is designated home team

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: T Cordy Glenn (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Shaw Lawson (Groin)

ATLANTA
OUT: S Ricardo Allen (Concussion), LB Vic Beasley (Hamstring), T Ryan Schraedger (Concussion), DE Courtney Upshaw (Ankle), RB Terron Ward (Neck)

New Orleans vs. Miami in London, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London)

New Orleans
OUT: LB Benjamin Heeney (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Shoulder), CB Sterling Moore (Chest), WR Willie Snead (Hamstring), T Zach Strief (Knee)

Miami
OUT: T Eric Smith (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: DT Jordan Phillips (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Jay Ajayi (Knee), LB Kristian Alonso (Shoulder), G Isaac Asiata (Ankle), LS John Denney (Hamstring), LB Rey Maualuga (Hamstring), WR Kenneth Stills (Hand), CB Alterraun Verner (Hamstring), LB Chase Allen (Neck), WR Jakeem Grant (Ankle)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: LB James Harrison (Illness), G Ramon Foster (Thumb), S Sean Davis (Ankle), T Marcus Gilber (Hamstring), S Michael Mitchell (Hamstring)

Baltimore
OUT: CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh), DT Brandon Williams (Foot), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Ben Watson (Calf)

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: TE Tyler Eifert (Back), LB Jordan Evans (Hamstring), WR John Ross (Knee)
DOUBTFIL: S Derron Smith (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Trey Hopkins (Knee)

Cleveland
OUT: LB Jamie Collins (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sammie Coates (Hamstring), DE Myles Garrett (Ankle), DT Danny Shelton (Calf), TE Randall Telfer (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: Lamarcus Joyner (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Cody Davis (Quadricep), C John Sullivan (Hip)

Dallas
G Charles Green (Hip), LB Sean Lee (Hamstring), CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring), CB Nolan Carroll (Concussion), S Kavon Frazier (Knee), LB Anthony Hitchens (Knee), DT Stephen Paea (Knee)

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Johnathan Cyprien (Hamstring), WR Corey Davis (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jurrell Casey (Groin)

Houston
OUT: CB Kevin Johnson (Knee), C Gregory Mancz (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Marcus Burley (Knee)

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: G Zach Kerin (Knee), RB Dwayne Washington (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring), C Travis Swanson (Ankle), S Tavon Wilson (Shoulder), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), S Don Carey (Knee), LB Jarrad Davis (Concussion)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Rashod Hill (Knee)

Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: LB Jeremy Cash (Calf), DE Daeshon Hall (Knee), C Ryan Kalil (Neck), WR Curtis Samuel (Back), CB Daryl Worley (Shoulder)

New England
DOUBTFUL: RB Michael Burkhead (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: T Marcus Cannon (Ankle) LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), S Brandon King (Hamstring), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin), WR

Matthew Slater (Hamstring)

Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: Lerentee McCray (Knee), WR Jaelen Strong (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Knee), LB Donald Payne (Hamstring)

New York Jets
OUT: RB Matt Forte (Knee), TE Jordan Leggett (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Joshua Martin (Ankle), T Brandon Shell (Shoulder), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brockway Coyle (Concussion), RB Carlos Hyde (Hip), RB Kyle Juszczyk (Concussion), S Jaquiski Tartt (Concussion), DE Pita Taumoepenu (Ankle)

Arizona
OUT: G Alexander Boone (Chest), G Mike Iupati (Tricep), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (Quadricep), T DeMarcus Humphries (Knee), WR Jamarcus Nelson (Hamstring)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Philadelphia
OUT: DT Fletcher Cox (Calf), CB Ronald Darby (Ankle), S Corey Graham (Hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (Wrist), S Jaylen Watkins (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jordan Hicks (Ankle), S Rodney McLeod S Hamstring

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: Michael Williams (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), RB Melvin Gordon (Knee), TE Sean McGrath (Foot), LB Hayes Pullard (Knee)

New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.

New York Giants
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jonathan Casillas (Ankle), RB Orleans Darkwa (Back), C Brett Jones (Hip), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle)

Tampa Bay
OUT: Shanderious Alexander (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: LB Lavonte David (Ankle), S Terell Ward (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (Knee), CB Brent Grimes (Shoulder), DT Gerald McCoy (Ankle), DE Noah Spence (Shoulder), G Justin Sweezy (Back)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland
QUESTIONABLE: WR Michael Crabtree (Chest), CB Gareon Conley (Shin), S Keith McGill (Foot)

Denver
OUT: QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Latimer (Knee)

Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder), WR Chester Rogers (Hamstring), LB Anthony Walker (Hamstring), CB Quincy Wilson (Knee), C Ryan Kelly (Foot), RB Marlon Mack (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S Matthias Farley (Quadricep), CB Christopher Milton (Hamstring)

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Neiko Thorpe CB Ankle), WR Doug Baldwin (Groin)

Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Washington
OUT: T Ty Nsekhe (Core Muscle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Will Compton (Ankle), WR Jamison Crowder (Hamstring), LB Mason Foster (Shoulder), TE Jordan Reed (Ribs), S D.J. Swearinger (Hamstring)

Kansas City
OUT: LB Dee Ford, (Back), OL Mitch Mores (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: OL Eric Fisher (Back), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Groin)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. : Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 67 degrees
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London): Partly cloudy and 64 degrees
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 65 degrees
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 67 degrees
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 66 degrees
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 86 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 81 degrees
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 61 degrees
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers and 88 degrees
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 93 degrees
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 75 degrees
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 69 degrees
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 58 degrees
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Clear and 80 degrees

Broadcast information, officials, logo and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

The NFL got back to football last weekend and the season now heads into Week 2.

Everybody wants to get off to a good start as history has shown that teams that are victorious in their season openers are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of an opening game. But that doesn’t mean an 0-1 start is impossible to overcome as nearly 25 percent of teams that lost the opener went to the playoffs. So if you lose in week one, it’s not the end of the world… per se.

Since 1978 when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule (and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982):

Of the 570 teams which won openers… 297 went to the playoffs (179 won division titles)

Of the 571 teams which lost openers… 137 went to the playoffs (79 won division titles)

(Note: There are a different number of winning and losing teams in season opening games due to the fact that the NFL had 31 teams in each season from 1999 to 2001, which creates an odd number for the total number of results.)

Week 2 kicked off with Thursday Night Football as Houston defeated Cincinnati. The two teams have combined for nine playoff berths since 2011 (Cincinnati, five and Houston, four).

On Sunday afternoon, the Chargers make their return to Los Angeles for the franchise’s first home game in LA since 1960 as the team hosts the Miami Dolphins in their regular-season home opener at StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS And that night in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – when they host the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game on Sunday Night Football.

SEVEN THINGS FROM LAST SUNDAY: Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper had two catches for 128 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown reception in the Falcons’ 23-17 win at Chicago. Hooper’s 88-yard touchdown is the longest TD catch by a tight end in a season opener in NFL history.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety LaMarcus Joyner each had an interception-return touchdown and defensive end Morgan Fox recorded a safety in the team’s 46-9 win over Indianapolis.

The Rams are the first team in NFL history to record two interception-return touchdowns and a safety in a season opener.

The Rams’ two interception-return touchdowns are tied for the most ever in a season opener and Los Angeles is the first team to accomplish the feat on Kickoff Weekend since the 2007 Minnesota Vikings (September 9, 2007 vs. Atlanta).

Jacksonville, led by defensive ends Calais Campbell (four sacks) and Dante Fowler Jr. (one sack, 53-yard fumble-return touchdown), defeated Houston 29-7 at NRG Stadium.

The Jaguars had 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in the contest, becoming the second team in NFL history with at least 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in a season-opening game. The Los Angeles Raiders recorded 10 sacks and had a 76-yard interception-return touchdown in the team’s 31-0 victory against the New York Jets on September 8, 1985.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 292 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 113.1 passer rating in the Lions’ 35-23 win over Arizona. Stafford, who led the Lions back from a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit, has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most such drives by a quarterback in the NFL over the span.

Last year, the Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history.

Cleveland rookie quarterback De Shone Kizer passed for 222 yards with a touchdown and rushed for a TD against Pittsburgh in his first career start. Kizer’s start marks the 10th consecutive season a rookie quarterback has started on Kickoff Weekend, the longest streak since at least 1950.

Pittsburgh rookie linebacker T.J. Watt had two sacks and an interception in the Steelers’ 21-18 win at Cleveland. Watt is the first player to record at least two sacks and an interception in an NFL debut on Kickoff Weekend since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

Oakland kicker Giorgio Tavecchio converted all four of his field-goal attempts in the Raiders’ 26-16 victory at Tennessee. Tavecchio, who connected on two 52-yard field goals in the contest, is the first player in league history to make two field goals of at least 50 yards in his NFL debut. He also joins Sebastian Janikowski as the only players in team history to convert multiple 50-yard field goals in a single game.

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 108 of the 180 playoff teams (60 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight teams last season and five division champions – Atlanta (NFC South), Dallas (NFC East), Green Bay (NFC North), Kansas City (AFC West) and Seattle (NFC West).

A look at how playoff clubs in 2015 and 2016 began their seasons:

2015
Team: After 2 games (Playoff Result)
Arizona: 2-0 (Advanced to NFC Championship)
Carolina: 2-0 (Advanced to Super Bowl 50)
Cincinnati: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Denver: 2-0 (Won Super Bowl 50)
Green Bay: 2-0 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Houston: 0-2 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Kansas City: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Houston: 0-2 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Kansas City: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Minnesota: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card
New England: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Championship)
Pittsburgh: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Seattle: 0-2 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Washington: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card)

2016
Team – After 2 games (Playoff Result)
Atlanta: 1-1 (Advanced to Super Bowl LI)
Dallas: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Detroit: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card)
Green Bay: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Championship)
Houston: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Kansas City: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Miami: 0-2 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
New England: 2-0 (Won Super Bowl LI)
New York Giants: 2-0 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card)
Pittsburgh: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Championship)
Oakland: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Seattle: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)

SACK MASTERS: Jacksonville, led by defensive end Calais Campbell’s four sacks, recorded a league-high 10 sacks in their Week 1 victory at Houston.

With seven sacks on Sunday against Tennessee, the Jaguars will surpass the 1998 Seattle Seahawks (16) for the most team sacks through the first two weeks of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The teams with the most sacks through the first two weeks of a season since 1982:

TEAM – SEASON (MOST TEAM SACKS THROUGH WEEK 2)
Seattle – 1998 (16)
Dallas – 1994 (14)
Houston Oilers – 1982 (14)
Many tied with 13
Jacksonville – 2017 (10)*
*Entering Week 2

BURSTING ONTO THE SCENE: Three rookies – Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (148), Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (127) and Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (100) – rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts last week.

With another 100-yard performance in Week 2, Cook, Fournette and Hunt can each become the first rookie since 2005 (Cadillac Williams) with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season.

The last time multiple rookies rushed for 100 yards in each of their team’s first two games of the season was 1979 when Ottis Anderson of the St. Louis Cardinals and William Andrews of the Atlanta Falcons both accomplished the feat.

The rookies with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (2005)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1999)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980)
Ottis Anderson, St. Louis Cardinals (1979)
William Andrews, Atlanta (1979)
Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers (1978)

KC COOKING: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) and three total touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-27 Week 1 win at New England.

With 200 scrimmage yards in Week 2 against Philadelphia, Hunt would surpass Billy Sims (445 yards in 1980) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first two games of the season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in his team’s first two games of the season:

PLAYER, TEAM; SEASON-SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 2 GAMES OF SEASON
Billy Sims, Detroit; 1980-445
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis; 1994-360
Ottis Anderson, St. Louis Cardinals; 1979-359
Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts; 1955-347
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers; 1964-320
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; 2017-246*
*Entering Week 2

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Kansas City’s Kickoff Weekend victory, can extend his NFL-record streak of five consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown of at least 65 yards.

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has 3,935 passing yards, 24 touchdown passes and four interceptions through 17 career games. If Prescott throws a touchdown pass before an interception on Sunday at Denver, he would reach 25 career touchdown passes with the fewest career interceptions in NFL history.

The players with the fewest career interceptions at the time of their 25th touchdown pass:

PLAYER, TEAM (INTs AT TIME OF 25TH TD PASS)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia (5)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (5)^
Dan Marino, Miami (6)^
Chad Pennington, New York Jets (7)
Robert Griffin III, Washington (8)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (4)*
*24 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has 298 career touchdown passes and can become the 11th player in NFL history with 300 touchdown passes. In 12 NFL seasons, Rodgers, who plays Atlanta on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, has 4,699 pass attempts and can surpass Peyton Manning (5,306) for the fewest pass attempts at the time of their 300th career touchdown pass.

The quarterbacks with the fewest career pass attempts at the time of their 300th touchdown pass:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH TD PASS)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (5,306)
Tom Brady, New England (5,321)
Dan Marino, Miami (5,460)^
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (4,699)*
*298 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TERRIFIC TIGHT ENDS: Dallas tight end Jason Witten had seven receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 victory against the New York Giants in Week 1. Witten, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Cowboys and has 11,947 career receiving yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for the most receiving yards in franchise history.

With 53 receiving yards on Sunday at Denver, Witten will join Tony Gonzalez (15,127) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 12,000 career receiving yards.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1997-2013; 15,127)
Jason Witten – Dallas (2003-present; 11,947)*
Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers (2003-presentp 11,209)*
Shannon Sharpe – Denver and Baltimore (1990-2003; 10,060)^
Ozzie Newsome – Cleveland (1978-90; 7,980)^

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has 111 career touchdown receptions, tied with Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end. With one touchdown catch on Sunday against Miami, Gates will become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions among tight ends.

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CAREER TOUCHDOWNS)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1997-2013; 111)
Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers (2003-present; 111)*
Rob Gronkowski – New England (2010-present; 68)*
Jason Witten – Dallas (2003-present; 64)*
Shannon Sharpe – Denver and Baltimore (1990-2003; 62)^

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: New England quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will meet for the third time in their careers when the Saints host the Patriots on Sunday. The game marks the first time in NFL history in which two quarterbacks with at least 10 Pro Bowl selections (Brady, 12; Brees, 10) will face off against each other in the regular season.

KICKING THINGS OFF: A look at some notes from across the league on Kickoff Weekend 2017:

Dallas defeated the New York Giants 19-3 on Sunday Night Football and the Denver held off the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-21 on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys and Broncos both improved to 38-19-1 (.667*) on Kickoff Weekend, tied for the top mark in the NFL. *Note: Ties for both teams occurred prior to 1972 and do not count in winning percentage.

The Broncos have won six consecutive games on Kickoff Weekend, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Green Bay defeated Seattle 17-9 on Kickoff Weekend at Lambeau Field. The Packers have won their past five home openers and have an NFL-best 55 wins on Kickoff Weekend.

Denver’s Vance Joseph (24-21 vs. Los Angeles Chargers), Buffalo’s Sean Mc Dermott (21-12 vs. New York Jets), and the Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay (46-9 vs. Indianapolis) all won in their Kickoff Weekend debuts.

The Rams’ 46 points under McVay marked the third-highest total in a head coach’s debut since 1933, trailing only the debuts of Bob Snyder with the 1947 Los Angeles Rams (48-7 win at Pittsburgh) and Bud Carson with the 1989 Cleveland Browns (51-0 win at Pittsburgh).

New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 267 yards in the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. Brady (4,075) joined PEYTON MANNING (4,736) and Drew Brees (4,597) as the third quarterback with at least 4,000 career passing yards in season-opening games.

Brees passed for 291 yards with one touchdown for a 104.7 rating in the Saints’ 29-19 loss at Minnesota on Monday Night Football. Brees, who has 34 career touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend, tied Peyton Manning (34) for the most career touchdown passes in season-opening games.

Cleveland rookie quarterback De Shone Kizer made his first-career start against Pittsburgh last Sunday on Kickoff Weekend. At least one rookie quarterback has started in Week 1 in 10 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford completed 27 of 32 passes (84.4 percent) for 346 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 143.0 passer rating in the Vikings’ 29-19 victory over New Orleans on Monday Night Football. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith passed for 368 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions on 28 of 35 passing (80.0 percent) in the Chiefs’ 42-27 win against New England in Foxboro on Thursday night.

Bradford and Smith are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to complete 80 percent of their passes with at least 325 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a season-opening game. Bradford wound up with a passer rating of 143, while Smith on Thursday night had a passer rating of 148.6.

Smith, who led the Chiefs to a victory over the Super Bowl LI Champion Patriots, is the first quarterback in league history with at least 350 passing yards, four touchdowns, a completion percentage of 80 or higher and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.

ROOKIES ROCKET OUT OF GATES: Three rookie running backs – Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (148 rushing yards), Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (127) and Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (100) – each rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts on Kickoff Weekend.

Hunt, Cook and Fournette are the first trio of rookie running backs with at least 100 rushing yards in Week 1 since Ottis Anderson (193 rushing yards), William Andrews (167) and Jerry Eckwood (121) in 1979.

FAST-RISING FALCON: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had four catches for 66 yards in the Falcons’ 23-17 win at Chicago on Kickoff Weekend.

Jones, who has 501 career receptions, reached 500 catches in his 80th career game, tying Anquan Boldin for the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM (GAMES)
Julio Jones – Atlanta (80)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona (80)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (84)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (87)
Andre Johnson – Houston (88)

COWBOY CORNERSTONE: Dallas tight end Jason Witten had seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Witten, who has 11,947 career receiving yards in 15 seasons with the Cowboys, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for the most career receiving yards in franchise history.

The players with the most receiving yards in Dallas Cowboys history:

PLAYER, SEASONS (RECEIVING YARDS)
Jason Witten, 2003-2017 (11,947)*
Michael Irvin, 1988-1999 (11,904)^
Tony Hill, 1977-1986 (7,988)
Drew Pearson, 1973-1983 (7,822)
Bob Hayes, 1965-1974 (7,295)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG-PLAY BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had 11 catches for 182 receiving yards in the Steelers’ 21-18 victory at Cleveland on Kickoff Weekend. His 182 receiving yards are the third-most on Kickoff Weekend in the past 10 seasons.

Brown has six career games with at least eight catches and 180 receiving yards, tied for the third-most in NFL history.

The players with the most career games with at least eight receptions and 180 receiving yards:

PLAYER, TEAM(S) (GAMES)
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams (7)
Charley Hennigan, Houston Oilers (7)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (6)*
Lance Alworth, San Diego (6)^
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (6)
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

IRON-MANNING: New York Giants quarterback ELI Manning passed for 220 yards in their Week 1 loss at Dallas.

Manning, who made his first career start for the Giants on November 21, 2004 against Atlanta, is the third quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (297) and Peyton Manning (208).

The most consecutive games started by a quarterback in NFL history:
PLAYER – TEAM(S); SEASONS (CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota; 1992-2010 (297)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis; 1998-2010 (208)
Eli Manning – New York Giants; 2004-present (200)*
Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers[ 2006-present (177)*
Joe Flacco – Baltimore; 2008-2015 (122)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Last week, we went 9-6, which wasn’t bad, considering that Tampa Bay and Miami didn’t play last week because of Irma. They’ll get to join the other 30 teams in action this week. Week two got underway in Cincinnati last Thursday night and concludes in the Meadowlands as Eli and the Giants host the Detroit Lions in primetime on ESPN on Monday night. With that, here are week 2’s Sunday and Monday picks.

Green Bay (1-0) at ATLANTA (1-0), 8:25 p.m. on NBC. A rematch of last season’s NFC championship closes out play Sunday as the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers in their new nest, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium, which will host Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019, is expected to have its unique retractable roof open for this game (weather conditions permitting) for the first time.

Green Bay took care of Seattle last Sunday 17-9 at Lambeau. The Packers erased a 3-0 deficit at the half and took the lead for keeps when RB Ty Montgomery scored from six yards out to open the scoring in the second half. Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson then connected on a 32-yard TD pass in the final seconds of the third quarter for their second TD of the day. Rodgers threw for 311 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off once, while the Packers sacked Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson (158 yards) three times. It was not much of a rushing game in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but Seattle outrushed Green Bay 90-84 in the loss. Green Bay was 9 of 16 on third down tries at Lambeau and kept the ball for 39:13, while Seattle kept the pigskin for 20:47, while going 3 of 12 on third down.

The defending NFC champs broke a 10-10 tie at the half against Da Bears in the Windy City, then survived a last-ditch rally by Mike Glennon and came away 23-17 winners at Soldier Field. Falcons K Matt Bryant would give Atlanta the lead for keeps with 2:10 left in the third quarter and Ryan and TE Austin Hooper connected on a 88-yard TD pass for Atlanta’s second TD of the day (RB DeVonta Freeman picked up the first one with 4:29 left before halftime). Hooper had two catches for 128 yards, including the 88-yard touchdown, the longest TD reception by a tight end in a season opener in NFL history. Chicago did outrush Atlanta 125-64 and Ryan threw for 321 yards and was sacked twice, while Glennon threw for 213 with four sacks, the fourth sack coming as Chicago was about to take the lead. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down in the Windy City and kept the ball for 30:34, while Chicago held on to the pigskin for 29:26, going 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Packers leads the series 15-13 and have outscored Atlanta 692-586. The Falcons won the last two meetings with Green Bay, taking a 33-32 win in week eight and a 44-21 win in the NFC Championship game in the Georgia Dome (Green Bay’s last win over Atlanta came in 2014 at Lambeau by a final of 43-37).

Meeting number one… week eight in the Big Peach. Atlanta trailed 24-17 at the intermission at the Georgia Dome, then rallied to take a late 33-32 win. Green Bay led 32-26 with 31 seconds left in the contest before Ryan and WR Mohamed Sanu connected on an 11-yard TD strike to give the home team the lead. Green Bay outrushed Atlanta 108-90 in the late-afternoon contest, while Ryan threw for 288 yards (28 of 35) with three TDs, including the game winner. For Green Bay, Rodgers threw for 246 yards (28 of 38) and four TDs (Rodgers was sacked three times, Ryan sacked twice and neither threw an interception). Green Bay on third down tries in the Georgia Dome was 6 of 10 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:17, while the Falcons were 4 of 9 on third down but hit pay-dirt in their only fourth down attempt and kept the ball for 28:43.

That was meeting number one…

Meeting number two… the NFC Championship Game, the final game in the Georgia Dome. The week before, Atlanta knocked out Seattle in the second round of the playoffs the Saturday before, while Green Bay held off Dallas in Arlington the next day. This was for all the marbles and in the end, Atlanta prevailed against Rodgers and the Packers 44-21. Atlanta led from start to finish in the NFC Championship Game, 24-0 at the half and 37-15 after three quarters. Ryan (27 of 38, 392 yards) connected with Sanu on a 2-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the game, then added a 14-yard romp of his own before connecting with All-Pro WR Julio Jones on two more TD passes, the longest coming at 73 yards. DeVonta Freeman (4-yard TD pass) and Tevin Coleman (3-yard TD run) rounded out the Atlanta scoring. Green Bay would eventually end Atlanta’s hopes of a shutout when Rodgers and WR Davante Adams connected on a 2 yard TD strike with 9:19 left in the third quarter. Rodgers (27 of 45, 287 yards, two sacks, interception) would throw two more passes, one to Nelson late in the third quarter and one to Josh Cook late in the fourth. Atlanta outrushed Green Bay 101-99 in the contest and the Falcons were 10 of 13 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 33:39, while the Packers kept the ball for 26:21. going 4 of 10 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

In the week eight contest, the Falcons were favored by 3 and won by one. That was the bad news. The good news? Both teams covered the 52 1/2 over/under by combining for 65 points. In the championship game, Atlanta easily covered the 4-point spread with their 23-point win and as was the case in the first meeting, both teams covered the over/under of 61 with 65 points. Atlanta’s favored by 2 this time and the over/under’s 54. To say that this one is not “DRILL WORTHY” is like saying Bugs Bunny doesn’t like carrots. Having said that… (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 57 last June and dates a 42-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?”

History does have a way of repeating itself. For the Falcons, lighting normally strikes twice but in their case, they’re worthy of it striking again. The defending NFC champs cover the 2 and take the win in their new nest.

Buffalo (1-0) at Carolina (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of unbeatens meet in the Tar Heel State as Carolina and Cam Newton host the Buffalo Bills in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium.

Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott notched his first career victory as a head coach last week in the Bills’ 21-12 win over the New York Jets. It will be a homecoming of sorts for McDermott. He spent the previous six seasons as Carolina’s defensive coordinator, helping the Panthers win three division titles and advance to Super Bowl 50.

In last week’s victory over the Jets, running back Le Sean McCoy rushed for 110 yards and quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes. Taylor and Newton are the only players with at least 5,000 passing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2015 season. Buffalo’s defense held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to 38 yards rushing and picked off Josh McCown twice. Buffalo went 8 of 17 on third down conversions in Orchard Park and kept the ball for 33:04, while the Jets were 4 of 14 on third down but did strike pay-dirt in their only fourth down attempt and kept the ball for 26:56.

The Panthers limited San Francisco to three points and 217 total yards (51 rushing, 166 passing) in Carolina’s 23-3 Week 1 victory at Levi’s Stadium. Newton threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Russell Shepard (40 yards) and running back Jonathan Stewart (nine) in the win. In his NFL debut, rookie running back Christian McCaffery led the team with five receptions and 85 scrimmage yards (47 rushing, 38 receiving). Carolina led the 49ers 13-0 at the break and held them to a Robbie Gould field goal from 44 yards out with eight seconds left in the third. Carolina outrushed San Francisco 116-51 and the Panther defense sacked Blaine Hoyer (24 of 35, 193 yards, interception) four times on the West Coast last Sunday. Carolina was 7 of 13 on third down tries in Santa Clara and kept the ball for 34:21. San Francisco in the loss was 2 of 11 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth down and were able to keep the ball for 25:39.

Buffalo leads the series 5-1 and have outscored Carolina 139-92. The Bills won the last meeting between the clubs, coming out on top 24-23 in 2013 at Orchard Park, while Carolina’s only win came in 2005 (also in Orchard Park) by a final of 13-9. Carolina’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Buffalo makes this one worth watching in the first early afternoon contest but Carolina’s finer in Charlotte and while the Panthers may not cover the 7 1/2, they do take the win.

New England (0-1) at New Orleans (0-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Clam chowder meets gumbo as the defending Super Bowl champions travel to the Big Easy to square off against the New Orleans Saints. Both teams enter week two with losses under their belts.

For the Pats, they got taken to task in the season opener in Foxboro, falling to Kansas City 42-27. New England led 17-14 at the intermission before the Chiefs roared back in the second half. New England was outrushed by the Chiefs 185-124 and Pats QB Tom Brady threw for 267 yards but was sacked three times. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) – the most ever by a player in his NFL debut – and scored three touchdowns, while quarterback Alex Smith posted a 148.6 passer rating against the Patriots and became the first quarterback to complete at least 80 percent of his passes (80.0) for 350 yards (368) with four touchdowns (four) and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.

The Saints also lost in their season opener last week, falling to Minnesota 29-19 last Monday night in the Twin Cities. Trailing 16-6 at the half, the Drew Brees-led Saints managed to keep the contest close as both teams scored 13 points in the final 30 minutes of action. It was also the return for RB Adrian Peterson, who played for the Vikings for 10 seasons before heading to New Orleans. Peterson was ineffective, rushing for only 18 yards on 6 carries in the game, while Brees threw for 291 yards and a TD. The Saints were outrushed 129-60, with Vikings RB Dalvin Cook accounting for 127 of those ground yards. Minnesota, led by Sam Bradford’s 346 yards (three TDs), went 9 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 4 of 11 on third downs.

Including games that took place at old Tulane Stadium, the Metrodome, Metropolitan Stadium and the campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Vikings hold a 18-10 lead in the series and have outscored New Orleans 703-512. The Saints have won the last three meetings, including taking a 20-9 win in 2014 in the Big Easy (Minnesota’s last win in the series came in 2008 in the Big Easy by a final of 30-27.

New England’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. The loser may not be in a state of panic yet but it’ll be somewhat hard to bounce back. Pats bounce back from their loss at home last Thursday but expect the Saints to make it closer than 6 1/2.

Cleveland (0-1) at Baltimore (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in Charm City as the Baltimore Ravens host the Cleveland Browns.

Although they rallied, Cleveland fell to Pittsburgh 21-18 last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. The Steelers led 14-7 at the half before the Browns rallied in the second half to make the contest closer than Pittsburgh fans wanted. Cleveland did outrush Pittsburgh 57-35, while Roethlisberger (24 of 36) threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 222 yards and was sacked seven times.

The Ravens’ 20 points in the first three quarters of play at Paul Brown Stadium to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday were more than enough for Baltimore as they shutout Cincinnati 20-0. The Bengals were outrushed by Baltimore 157-77 and Andy Dalton was sacked five times and picked off four times, throwing for 170 yards. Cincy did themselves in with five turnovers in the contest and went 4 of 13, 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for a mere 26 minutes, while the Ravens, led by Joe Flacco’s 121 passing yards, went 6 of 14 on third down, holding the ball for 34 minutes.

The Ravens lead the series 27-9, have outscored the Browns 841-542 and have won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win over the Ravens came in 2015 in Baltimore, when they needed overtime to come away 33-30 winners).

Round 1… week two in Cleveland. The Ravens held on to win 25-20 along the shores of Lake Erie. Trailing 20-12 at the half, Baltimore went on to shutout the Browns in the second half for the win, scoring their final 13 points of the game unchallenged. Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell ran for 133 yards and a TD in the contest, as the Browns outrushed Joe Flacco (25 of 45, 302 yards with two TDs, two interceptions) and the Ravens 145-80. Josh McCown of the Browns threw for 260 yards (20 of 33) with a pair of TD but was sacked three times and picked off twice. Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the first meeting as the Ravens were 10 of 16, while the Browns were 8 of 15 (the Ravens were 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Browns were successful in their only fourth down conversion) in the contest. Baltimore also ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:59, while the Browns kept it for 29:01.

Round 2… week 10 in Charm City. Second verse, same as the first… another Ravens win, this time by a 28-7 final at M & T Bank Stadium. After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens trailed 7-6 at the intermission before they roared back and scored 22 second half points unchallenged. This time around, it was Baltimore that won the rushing battle, tallying 119 to Cleveland’s 33, while Flacco threw for 296 yards and three TDs. Third down tries in the second meeting? Baltimore was 7 of 12, while the Browns were a somewhat dismal 2 of 10 and as was the case in the first meeting, the Ravens ruled the clock, holding the ball for 38:36, while the Browns held on to the pigskin for 21:24.

The Ravens were 6 1/2 favorite in the first meeting but only won by 5. However, both teams covered the 42 1/2 over/under, tallying 45 points. In the week 10 contest on the East Coast, Baltimore easily covered the 10-point spread, winning by 21 but both clubs missed the over/under of 45 1/2 by scoring a mere 35 points. This time, the Ravens are favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. Browns fans can at least have the Indians to look forward to this year. Cleveland makes this one close but Baltimore wins at home nevermore and covers the 7 1/2.

Tennessee (0-1) at Jacksonville (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in north Florida as Jacksonville hosts Tennessee at EverBank Field.

Tennessee opened the 2017 campaign with a 26-16 loss against Oakland in Music City last Sunday. Tennessee trailed 13-10 at the half before the Raiders pulled away from the Titans in the second half. Oakland outrushed Tennessee 109-95, with Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch accounting for 76 of those yards. Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 262 yards (22 of 32) in the win, while Tennessee’s Marcus Mariotta threw for 256 yards (25 of 41). Oakland was 5 for 12 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31:39, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:21, going 7 of 14 on third down.

The Jaguars return home to north Florida after they took Houston to the woodshed last Sunday at NRG Stadium, coming away 29-7 winners. Jaguar rookie RB Leonard Fournette made his Jacksonville debut a good one, rushing for 100 yards in the contest and the Jaguar defense allowed only a third-quarter TD pass from rookie QB Deshaun Watson to WR DeAndre Hopkins. Jacksonville led 19-0 at the intermission at NRG Stadium before the Texans would get on the board for their only tally of the contest, sacking Watson (12 of 23, 102 yards, TD, interception) four times. Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards in the win and did not have an interception in the win. The Jags also took advantage of four Houston turnovers in the win (3 fumbles, interception), going 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth tries and held on to the football for 30:05, while the Texans on third and fourth down were 5 of 12 and 0 of 1, keeping the pigskin for 29:55.

Including contests when they were known as the Houston Oilers, the Titans lead the series 24-20 and have outscored Jacksonville 904-862. In their last 16 meetings, they have spilt the two contests, including splitting last year’s games, each taking wins at home.

Meeting number one… Tennessee. Week eight. The Titans led Jacksonville 27-0 at the half, then held off the Jaguars 36-22 at Nissan Stadium. The Titans outrushed Jacksonville 214-48, with RB DeMarco Murray tallying 123 of those yards. Mariotta went 18 of 22 for 270 yards and a pair of TDs, while Blake Bortles threw for 337 yards (33 of 54) with three TDs and a pair of sacks. Both teams did okay on third down tries (Jacksonville was 6 of 13, Tennessee was 9 of 15) and the Jaguars went 0 of 1 on fourth down. The Jaguars held the ball for 25:35 in the first meeting, while Tennessee kept it for 34:25.

Meeting number two… Jacksonville. Week 16. This time, Jacksonville got revenge on their AFC South foes in the Sunshine State, coming away 38-17 winners at EverBank Field. The Jaguars led 19-7 at the half and never looked back. The second meeting was not much a contest as far as the rushing game went, as both teams failed to reach the 100-yard barrier. Jacksonville did win that battle, outrushing Tennessee 84-58 and Bortles (26 of 38) burned the Titans for 325 yards. Third down conversions in the second meeting was nothing to write home about, as Tennessee was 4 of 12, while Jacksonville was 5 of 14 (the Jaguars were 0 of 1 on fourth down). Jacksonville ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:31, while Tennessee kept it for 27:29.

In the week eight affair in the Music City, winning by 14 allowed the Titans to cover the 3 1/2 point spread and the 58 points scored by both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under. In the week 16 rematch, Jacksonville’s 21-point win in the Sunshine State allowed them to cover the 5-point spread and the 55 combined points took care of the 44 over/under. Tennessee’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. These two teams are trying to unseat Houston as king of the AFC South mountain. Jacksonville stays unbeaten and wins at home, covering the 1 1/2.

Chicago (0-1) at Tampa Bay (0-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Chicago travels to the Sunshine State to try and pick up their first win of the 2017 campaign, as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

Da Bears let a 10-10 halftime tie against Atlanta get away from them in the Windy City, then saw their hopes for a victory against the defending NFC champions die in Atlanta territory when QB Mike Glennon was sacked and came away on the short end of a 23-17 loss at Soldier Field. Chicago did outrush Atlanta 125-64 and Ryan threw for 321 yards and was sacked twice, while Glennon threw for 213 with four sacks, the fourth sack coming as Chicago was about to take the lead. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down in the Windy City and kept the ball for 30:34, while Chicago held on to the pigskin for 29:26, going 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Tampa Bay was preparing for a Sunday opener matchup with Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. Those plans came to a somewhat crashing halt, thanks to Hurricane Irma. The league, not wanting to take any chances, erred on the side of caution and safety and decided to move the contest to week 11, where both teams would have had a bye week. They will make that contest up in Miami.

Da Bears lead da series 38-19 and have outscored Tampa Bay 1,224-923. They met last year in Tampa Bay and Jameis Winston and the Bucs were 36-10 winners (Chicago’s last win in the series came the year before, also in Tampa Bay by a final of 26-21). In the week 10 contest in the new Sombrero (as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it), the Bucs led 17-10 at the half and then proceeded to pull away, shutting out Chicago 19-0 in the game’s last 30 minutes of action. Despite being sacked four times, Winston did manage to throw for 312 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jay Cutler (now with Miami) threw for 182 yards and a TD with a pair of interceptions and four sacks (Winston had one pick in the win at home). The lone bright spot for Da Bears was that they did manage to outrush Tampa Bay 122-80, with Bears’ RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 100.

Chicago was favored by 1 1/2 and Tampa Bay won by 26, easily covering the spread. The 45 over/under? That was taken care of as well, with both teams scoring 46 points. Tampa Bay’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 43. Could Chicago be 0-2 when the day ends? We think so. Chicago will make it interesting but Tampa Bay comes away with the win, even though they won’t cover the 7.

Minnesota (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of unbeatens meet in the Steel City as the Vikings travel to Pittsburgh for a meeting with Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers at Heinz Field.

Minnesota led New Orleans 16-6 at the break at US Bank Stadium and came away 29-19 winners last Monday night in the Twin Cities. The Vikings made former RB Adrian Peterson feel unwelcome, as they held him to 18 yards on six carries and held his new team to 60 yards rushing. Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three tds, two of them to WR Stefon Diggs and RB Dalvin Cook accounting for 127 of those ground yards. Minnesota went 9 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 4 of 11 on third downs.

Pittsburgh held off Cleveland 21-18 last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. The Steelers led 14-7 at the half before the Browns rallied in the second half to make the contest closer than Pittsburgh fans wanted. Cleveland did outrush Pittsburgh 57-35, while Roethlisberger (24 of 36) threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 222 yards and was sacked seven times.

The Purple Gang leads the series 9-7 and have outscored the Steelers 380-310. Their last meeting took place on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in London in 2013 and Minnesota won that contest 34-27 (Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came in the Steel City in 2009 by a final of 27-17). Pittsburgh’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Steelers knock Minnesota out of the ranks of the unbeatens and win at home, covering the 6 1/2.

Arizona (0-1) at Indianapolis (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Arizona and the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts meet in the Hoosier State.

Arizona dropped a 35-23 decision at Detroit last Sunday. The Desert Angry Birds led 17-15 in the fourth quarter before Matthew Stafford and the Lions stormed back to take the win. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Cardinals and has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most by a QB in the NFL over that span. Rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay had two touchdown catches in the fourth quarter, including a 45-yarder, in his NFL debut. Detroit outrushed Arizona 82-45 in the Motor City and Carson Palmer threw for 269 yards with a TD and three interceptions. Arizona was 6 of 15 on third down conversions at Ford Field, keeping the ball for 26:40, while the Lions, who held on to the pigskin for 33:20, were 50 percent on third down at 8 of 16 (the Lions were 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Cardinals were 1 of 1).

The Colts felt like they were Christians being tossed to the lions as they were thumped by the Los Angeles Rams 46-9 on the West Coast. Indy got their only points in the contest thanks to a 20-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri in the first quarter. The Rams went on to coast the rest of the contest and were never threatened. The Colts did manage to outrush Los Angeles 75-63, while Scott Tolzien threw for 128 yards with four sacks before being replaced by QB Jacoby Brissett, who will be under center Sunday afternoon. Indy was shut out on third down tries, going 0 for 10 and on fourth down tries at 0 of 1, holding the ball for 25:35, while the Rams were 5 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 34:25.

They’ll meet for the 16th time and the Colts lead the series 8-7, outscoring the Desert Angry Birds 319-273, which includes contests that took place when the teams were in St. Louis and Baltimore, respectively. Arizona won the last meeting between the two teams in 2013, when the Cardinals were 40-11 winners in the desert. As for the Colts? Their last win in the series came in 2008 in the desert by a final of 31-10.

Arizona’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make sense. If you’re a fan of either team, by all means watch this one. Otherwise, watch the “Bar Rescue” marathon on Spike (there’s nothing better than seeing Jon Tapper blow a gasket!). Arizona may not cover the 7 1/2 but they take the win on the road.

Philadelphia (1-0) at Kansas City (1-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of teams that took wins on the road last week meet in the Midwest as Andy Reid welcomes his old club, the Philadelphia Eagles, to Kansas City for a intra-conference meeting at Arrowhead. Reid spent 14 seasons (1999-2012) with the Eagles, compiling a team-record 130 regular-season wins and 10 postseason victories while capturing six division titles and making five NFC Championship appearances.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns – including a 58-yard TD to wide receiver Nelson Agholor – in the Eagles’ 30-17 win at Washington. Wentz improved to 4-0 in his career as a starter in the month of September with seven touchdown passes, one interception and a 101.8 passer rating. Philadelphia led the ‘Skins 16-14 at the half and then held off Washington the rest of the contest to take the win.

The Eagles sealed the victory over the Redskins when defensive end Brandon Graham forced a fumble on a sack which defensive tackle Fletcher Cox lived a lineman’s dream and returned the ball 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining in the game. Washington did manage to outrush Philly 64-58 but the Eagles’ defense sacked Washington QB Kirk Cousins (23 of 40, 240 yards, TD, interception) four times, forcing four turnovers in the game. Philadelphia on third down tries went 8 of 14 and kept the ball for 34:16, while Washington was 3 of 11 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:44.

In the Kickoff Weekend opener on Thursday night, the Chiefs defeated New England 42-27 in Foxboro. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) – the most ever by a player in his NFL debut – and scored three touchdowns. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith posted a 148.6 passer rating against the Patriots and became the first quarterback to complete at least 80 percent of his passes (80.0) for 350 yards (368) with four touchdowns (four) and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.

Philly leads the series 4-3 and have outscored the Chiefs 169-149, who won the last meeting in the series in 2013, coming away 26-16 winners in the city of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles took a 34-14 win in 2009, also in Philly. Kansas City’s favored by 4 1/2 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make sense. Cheesesteak meets bbq and bbq wins this time. Chiefs win but expect the Eagles to make things closer than the 4 1/2.

New York Jets (0-1) at Oakland (1-0), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of old AFC/AFL rivals meet in northern California as the Raiders host the New York Jets.

For GangGreen, it was too much running back Le Sean McCoy, who burned their AFC East rival for 110 yards and quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes in their 21-12 loss in upstate New York. Buffalo’s defense held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to 38 yards rushing and picked off Josh McCown twice. The Bills went 8 of 17 on third down conversions in Orchard Park and kept the ball for 33:04, while the Jets were 4 of 14 on third down but did strike pay-dirt in their only fourth down attempt and kept the ball for 26:56.

Oakland opened the 2017 season with a 26-16 win over Tennessee in Music City last Sunday. The Silver and Black led 13-10 at the half before pulling away from the Titans in the second half. Oakland outrushed Tennessee 109-95, with Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch accounting for 76 of those yards. Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 262 yards (22 of 32) in the win, while Tennessee’s Marcus Mariotta threw for 256 yards (25 of 41). Oakland was 5 for 12 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31:39, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:21, going 7 of 14 on third down.

Including contests played at Shea Stadium and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 22-17-2 and have outscored the Jets 960-898. They last met in 2015 in Oakland and the Raiders prevailed 34-20 on the West Coast (New York’s last win over Oakland came in 2014 in the Meadowlands by a final of 19-14).

Oakland’s a 14-point favorite on the West Coast, the largest spread of the season so far and the contest has a 43 1/2 over/under. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were a bad team last year, while the Raiders were in the playoffs. New York’s not 14 points bad. They’re somewhat bad and they’ll give Oakland problems but the Silver and Black prevails at home, taking the win.

Miami (0-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s East meeting West as Miami travels westward to face off against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Dolphins were hoping to play their instate rival Tampa Bay last Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium to open the 2017 campaign but Mother Nature stepped in in the form of Hurricane Irma, which hit the southern part of the state. The league, not wanting to take any chances, decided to move the contest to week 11, where both teams would have had a bye week.

The Chargers took AFC West rival Denver to the final seconds and could have sent their Monday night contest at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, falling 24-21 in the Mile High City in the season opener. Los Angeles’ Philip Rivers threw for 192 yards and three TDs in the contest, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw two touchdown passes – both to wide receiver Bennie Fowler III – and rushed for a score in the Broncos’ 3=point win. Siemian joined Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway and Brian Griese as the only Broncos quarterbacks to record multiple touchdown passes and a TD run in a Week 1 opener. Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris sealed the Chargers’ fate by blocking the Chargers’ potential game-tying 44-yard field goal by rookie K Younghoe Koo with one second remaining in the game. Denver outrushed San Diego 140-64 but allowed Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw for 192 yards and three TDs in the contest. Denver was 8 of 15 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:13, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 25:47, went 3 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in San Diego and the old Orange Bowl, where Marlins Field now sits, the Dolphins lead the series 15-13 but the Chargers have outscored the ‘Fins by a slim 628-627. They met last year in San Diego and Miami came away 31-24 winners (San Diego’s last win in the series came in 2015, when they won 30-14 at Qualcomm Stadium). In the week 10 contest, San Diego led 10-7 at the half before Miami stormed back in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Chargers 24-14. Rivers threw for 326 yards and three TDs but was sacked three times and picked off four times, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 240 yards with a pair of TDs. Miami outrushed San Diego 106-70 and was 4 of 10 on third down, while the Chargers were 6 of 11. The Chargers did manage to win the time of possession in the loss, holding the ball for 32:59 to Miami’s 27:01.

In the week 10 contest on the West Coast, San Diego was favored by 4 and the over/under was 49. Miami covered the spread, winning by 7 and both teams took care of the over/under, tallying 65 points. As was the case last year, the Chargers are the favorite, with the odd-makers liking them as a 4 1/2 point favorite. As for the over/under? 45. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Chargers may have gotten a head start with a game under their belts but the Dolphins will be playing not only for themselves, they’ll be playing for the people of the Miami area. Dolphins cover the 2 1/2 and win in Tinsletown.

Dallas (1-0) at Denver (1-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. Dallas travels to the Rocky Mountains for a Sunday meeting with Denver at Mile High Stadium. Both teams enter play in week two with home wins under their belts.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 268 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants. Tight end Jason Witten, who had 59 yards and a touchdown, has 11,947 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for the most in franchise history. Dallas led 16-0 at the break and used four Dan Bailey field goals to take the win.

In the team’s Week 1 victory, the Dallas defense limited the Giants to three points and 233 total yards while recording three sacks – including two by defensive end Demarcus Lawrence – and an interception (cornerback Anthony Brown). Dallas held New York to 35 rushing, while Ezikel Elliott ran for 104 yards on the night. Dallas was 8 of 15 on third downs and kept the ball for 34:14, while the Giants were 4 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 25:46.

Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian threw two touchdown passes – both to wide receiver Bennie Fowler III – and rushed for a score in the Broncos’ 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Kickoff Weekend. Siemian joined Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway and Brian Griese as the only Broncos quarterbacks to record multiple touchdown passes and a TD run in a Week 1 opener. Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris sealed the victory for Denver by blocking the Chargers’ potential game-tying 44-yard field goal by rookie K Younghoe Koo with one second remaining in the game. Denver outrushed San Diego 140-64 but allowed Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw for 192 yards and three TDs in the contest. Denver was 8 of 15 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:13, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 25:47, went 3 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Denver leads the series 7-4, have outscored Dallas 294-258 and have won the last five contests, including coming away 51-48 winners in the Lone Star State in 2013, while Dallas’ last win over Denver came in 1995, when they were 31-21 winners in Irving. Dallas may be the road team but the odds-makers like them as 2 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 43. This one could be worth your time if you’re a fan of either team. Dallas makes it interesting but Denver pulls the upset at home and covers the 2 1/2.

Washington (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. The Washington Redskins head west to face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Tinseltown.

Washington trailed Philadelphia 16-14 at the half at Fed Ex Field last Sunday, then saw the Eagles pull away in the second half to fall 30-17 in Landover. Philadelphia sealed Washington’s fate last week in the opener when defensive end Brandon Graham forced a fumble on a sack which defensive tackle Fletcher Cox made a lineman’s dream a reality and returned the ball 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining in the game. Washington did manage to outrush Philly 64-58 but the Eagles’ defense sacked Washington QB Kirk Cousins (23 of 40, 240 yards, TD, interception) four times, forcing four turnovers in the game. Philadelphia on third down tries went 8 of 14 and kept the ball for 34:16, while Washington was 3 of 11 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:44.

The Rams on the other hand, took Indianapolis to task on the West Coast last Sunday, coming away 46-9 winners. Indy got their only points in the contest thanks to a 20-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri in the first quarter. The Rams went on to coast the rest of the contest and were never threatened. The Colts did manage to outrush Los Angeles 75-63, while Scott Tolzien threw for 128 yards with four sacks before being replaced by Jacoby Brissett. Indy was shut out on third down tries, going 0 for 10 and on fourth down tries at 0 of 1, holding the ball for 25:35, while the Rams were 5 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 34:25.

Washington leads the series 23-11-1, which includes games that took place in Cleveland and St. Louis when the Rams called those cities home and the Redskins have outscored Los Angeles 810-671. Washington won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 24-10 winners in Landover, while the Rams’ last win in the series came in 2014 (also in Landover), when they shut out the “Skins 24-0. The Rams are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. While this one’s not the greatest game on the planet to watch, it’s worth your time. Redskins fans didn’t have a chance to sing “Hail to the Redskins” a lot last week at home. They’ll get that chance this time. Washington covers the 2 1/2 and wins on the West Coast.

San Francisco (0-1) at Seattle (0-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. It’s a pair of winless NFC West rivals meeting in the Pacific Northwest as the 49ers make the trip up I-5 for a late afternoon (Eastern time) contest with Seattle at Century Link Field.

San Francisco was held to three points and 217 total yards (51 rushing, 166 passing) in their 23-3 Week 1 loss to Carolina at Levi’s Stadium. Panthers QB Cam Newton threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Russell Shepard (40 yards) and running back Jonathan Stewart (nine) in the win. In his NFL debut, rookie running back Christian McCaffery led the team with five receptions and 85 scrimmage yards (47 rushing, 38 receiving). Carolina led the 49ers 13-0 at the break and held them to a Robbie Gould field goal from 44 yards out with eight seconds left in the third. Carolina outrushed San Francisco 116-51 and the Panther defense sacked Blaine Hoyer (24 of 35, 193 yards, interception) four times on the West Coast last Sunday. Carolina was 7 of 13 on third down tries in Santa Clara and kept the ball for 34:21. San Francisco in the loss was 2 of 11 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth down and were able to keep the ball for 25:39.

Seattle let a 3-0 halftime lead get away from them at Lambeau and lost to the Packers 17-9 last Sunday. The Packers erased that deficit at the half and took the lead for keeps when RB Ty Montgomery scored from six yards out to open the scoring in the second half. Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson then connected on a 32-yard TD pass in the final seconds of the third quarter for their second TD of the day. Rodgers threw for 311 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off once, while the Packers sacked Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson (158 yards) three times. It was not much of a rushing game in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but Seattle outrushed Green Bay 90-84 in the loss. Green Bay was 9 of 16 on third down tries at Lambeau and kept the ball for 39:13, while Seattle kept the pigskin for 20:47, while going 3 of 12 on third down.

Seattle leads the series 21-15, the Seahawks have outscored the 49ers 858-647 and they have won the last six meetings, sweeping the last three series in the process, including taking last year’s contests.

First meeting… week three in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks and the Seahawks led 24-3 at the break at CenturyLink Field, coming away 37-18 winners. Chris Michael rushed for 106 of Seattle’s 127 yards in the first meeting, while San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde ran for 103 of their 135 yards in the contest (both men had a pair of rushing TDs). Seattle was 9 of 14 on third down tries in the Pacific Northwest and kept the ball for 35:57, while the 49ers were 4 of 15 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 24:03.

Second meeting… week 17 in wine country. Seattle completed the sweep, winning the NFC West and taking a 25-23 win at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara. The Seahawks led 19-14 at the half in the season finale, holding off the 49ers in the final 30 minutes of play. This time, it was the Stephen Hauschka show, as the Seattle kicker connected on four field goals in the contest, which would be the last time 49er fans saw Colin Kaepernick (who threw a fourth-quarter TD pass to Garrett Celek) under center for their club. Seattle outrushed the 49ers 87-62 and Wilson threw for 258 yards and a TD, while Kaepernick threw for 215 but was sacked five times. Unlike the first meeting, neither club did anything to talk about third-down wise, as Seattle was 3 of 12, while San Francisco went 2 of 11 (the 49ers were 2 of 3 on fourth down, while the Seahawks were 0 of 1). Time was on the side of the 49ers, as San Francisco kept the ball for 30:26, while the Seahawks held it for 29:34.

In the week three contest in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, the Seahawks won by 19, allowing them to cover the 9 1/2-point spread. Both teams combined for 55 points, which allowed them to cover the 40 1/2 over/under. Seattle was favored again in the season finale as a 9 1/2 point favorite but won by only 2. Seattle and San Francisco did manage to cover the 43 over/under by combining for 48 points. Seattle’s favored by 13 1/2 (the largest spread of the season so far) and the over/under’s 43 1/2. The 43 1/2? Makes sense. 13 1/2? Not so much. San Francisco’s been known to struggle but they’re not 13 1/2 bad. Still, Seattle’s had their number the last few years and that’s not going to change. Seahawks win this one in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks but expect San Francisco to give them a lot of problems in the contest.

Detroit (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week two concludes in the Meadowlands as the New York Giants host Detroit Monday night in prime time.

The Lions opened the season with a 35-23 win over Arizona as the team rallied from a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit. Last season, Detroit won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Cardinals and has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most by a QB in the NFL over that span. Rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay had two touchdown catches in the fourth quarter, including a 45-yarder, in his NFL debut. Detroit outrushed Arizona 82-45 in the Motor City and Carson Palmer threw for 269 yards with a TD and three interceptions. Arizona was 6 of 15 on third down conversions at Ford Field, keeping the ball for 26:40, while the Lions, who held on to the pigskin for 33:20, were 50 percent on third down at 8 of 16 (the Lions were 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Cardinals were 1 of 1).

The Giants have won 50 home openers in franchise history and are one of only four teams all-time with at least 50 victories in home openers. Last week at Dallas, Giants quarterback Eli Manning (220 yards, three sacks, interception) started his 200th consecutive game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (297) and Peyton Manning (208) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games. Held to a third-quarter field goal by Aldrick Rosas, the Giants trailed 16-0 at the break and could never get on track in their Sunday night season opener in Arlington. New York was held to 35 rushing, while Dallas’ Ezikel Elliott ran for 104 yards on the night. Dallas was 8 of 15 on third downs and kept the ball for 34:14, while the Giants were 4 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 25:46.

The Giants are favored by 4 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Both clubs are below the .500 mark on Monday nights (the Lions are 14-17-1 and lost their only contest last year, while the Giants are 24-37-1 and went 1-1 in their two contests in 2016). while it’s not one of the best Monday night contests ever, it’s worth your time, so go ahead and tape “Scorpion” this week. Eli’s coming, kids. Both teams will be 1-1 at the end of the night. Giants cover the 4 and win in the Meadowlands.

Houston (0-1) at Cincinnati (0-1), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of teams looking for their first win of the 2017 season meets along the shores of the Ohio River to open play in week two as the Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans at Paul Brown Stadium. Both teams enter the week two contest with home losses under their belts.

The defending AFC South champs could only muster a third-quarter TD pass from rookie QB Deshaun Watson to WR DeAndre Hopkins in their 29-7 loss at home to Jacksonville last Sunday. The Texans trailed 19-0 at the intermission at NRG Stadium before they would get on the board for their only tally of the contest. Watson (12 of 23, 102 yards, TD, interception, four sacks) took over for Tom Savage (7 of 13, 62 yards, six sacks) in the AFC South contest in the Lone Star State. Houston was held to 93 yards on the ground, while Jacksonville rookie RB Leonard Fournette made his presence known, rushing for 100 of his team’s 155 yards and Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards and a TD with no picks.

Jacksonville, taking advantage of four Houston turnovers (3 fumbles, interception), went 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth tries and held on to the football for 30:05, while the Texans on third and fourth down were 5 of 12 and 0 of 1, keeping the pigskin for 29:55.

Cincinnati gave up 20 points in the first three quarters of play at Paul Brown Stadium to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday and were shutout 20-0. The Bengals were outrushed by Baltimore 157-77 and Andy Dalton was sacked five times and picked off four times, throwing for 170 yards. Cincy did themselves in with five turnovers in the contest and went 4 of 13, 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for a mere 26 minutes, while the Ravens, led by Joe Flacco’s 121 passing yards, went 6 of 14 on third down, holding the ball for 34 minutes.

Hpuston leads the series 5-4 but the Bengals have outscored the Texans 168-158. Houston has won the last five regular season contests, including taking a 12-10 win last year in the Lone Star State, while the Bengals’ last win came in 2005 in Cincy by a final of 12-10. They met in Houston in week 16 and the Texans trailed 3-0 at the break and took the lead for keeps when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out with 8:41 left in the contest. Houston outrushed Cincinnati 95-50 (Blue led all rushers with 73 of those yards) and Savage threw for 176 yards with four sacks, while Dalton threw for 268 yards with a TD and an interception and was sacked three times. Cincinnati was 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down in the week 16 contest and kept the ball for 28:54, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 31:06, going 4 of 14 on third down.

Houston covered the 2-point spread with their 2-point win but neither team covered the 41 over/under, tallying only 22 points. This time, the Bengals are favored by 5 and the over/under’s 38. It’s still early and one loss doesn’t make a season. In the end, someone’s going to come out of this with the win Thursday night. Cincy covers the 5 at home and evens their mark

Weather: Partly cloudy and 69 degrees

Referee: Clete Blakeman

TV: 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Houston), 83 (Cincinnati) | XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Houston), 83 (Cincinnati)

Injury Report

Houston
OUT: G Jeff Allen (Ankle), TE Stephen Anderson (Concussion), RB Alfred Blue (Ankle), LB Brian Cushing (Concussion), WR Will Fuller (Shoulder), TE Ryan Griffin (Concussion)

Cincinnati
OUT: G Trey Hopkins (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Ross (Knee), TE C.J. Uzomah (Ankle), S Shawn Williams (Elbow)

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football Leauge, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

NFL Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 118 (Atlanta), 135 (Chicago); XM: 386 (Atlanta), 228 (Chicago)

New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 113 (New York Jets), 93 (Buffalo); XM: 385 (New York Jets), 226 (Buffalo)

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 157 (Baltimore), 125 (Cincinnati); XM: 387(Baltimore), 230 (Cincinnati)

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); Westwood One: John Sadak, Ben Leber; SIRIUS: 84 (Pittsburgh), 146 (Cleveland); XM: 388 (Pittsburgh), 231 (Cleveland)

Jackonsville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Jacksonville), 121 (Houston); XM: 384 (Jacksonville), 227 (Houston)

Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Oakland), 82 (Tennessee); XM: 382 (Oakland), 82 (Tennessee)

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710:  Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Philadelphia), 83 (Washington); XM: 381 (Philadelphia), 83 (Washington)

Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Arizona), 113 (Detroit); XM: 380 (Arizona), 29 (Detroit)

Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Indianapolis), 136 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 380 (Indianapolis), 232 (Los Angeles Rams)

Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter): Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 82 (Seattle), 83 (Green Bay); XM: 82 (Seattle), 83 (Green Bay)

Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Carolina), 81 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Carolina), 225 (San Francisco)

New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Dallas); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (New York Giants), 83 (Dallas)

Monday’s Games
Minnesota at New Orleans, 7:10 p.m. on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter): Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Ross Tucker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (New Orleans), 83 (Minnesota)

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. on ESPN: Beth Mowins, Rex Ryan; Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Ed Werder (Field reporter) | SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 145 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Denver); XM: 88 (Westwood1), 227 (Los Angeles Chargers), 226 (Denver)

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)

Sunday, September 10

Favorite             Spread   Underdog               O/U

Atlanta               – 6 1/2 CHICAGO                48 1/2
BUFFALO               – 8 1/2 New York Jets          40
HOUSTON               – 5     Jacksonville           39 1/2
WASHINGTON            – 1 1/2 Philadelphia           48
DETROIT               – 2     Arizona                48
TENNESSEE             – 2 1/2 Oakland                50
CINCINNATI            – 3     Baltimore              42
Pittsburgh            – 9 1/2 CLEVELAND              46 1/2
LOS ANGELES RAMS      – 4 1/2 Indianapolis           41 1/2
GREEN BAY             – 3     Seattle                51
Carolina              – 5     SAN FRANCISCO          47 1/2
DALLAS                – 4 1/2 New York Giants        48

Monday, September 11

Favorite             Spread   Underdog               O/U
MINNESOTA             – 3     New Orleans            48
DENVER                – 3     Los Angeles Chargers   43

Sunday and Monday Referees

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.: John Parry
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Monday: Gene Steratore
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. Monday: Terry McAulay

Sunday and Monday Injury Report
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta
QUESTIONABLE: T Austin Pasztor (Chest)

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: CB Prince Amukamara (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Kyle Long (Ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Finger)

New York Jets at Buffalo

New York Jets
OUT: S Rontez Miles (Eye)

Buffalo
OUT: DT Jerel Worthy (Concussion)

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: CB Sheldon Price (Concussion)

Cincinnati
OUT: TE Christopher Uzomah (Ankle)
S Shawn Williams (Elbow)

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Alvin Dupree (Shoulder)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: DT Danny Shelton (Knee)

Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: LB Deone Bucannon (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Iupati (Tricep), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf)

Detroit
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), T Corey Robinson (Foot)

Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Ankle), RB Timothy Yeldon (Hamstring)

Houston
OUT: RB Alfred Blue (Ankle), WR William Fuller (Shoulder)

Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: S Keith McGill (Foot), RB Jamize Olawale (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cory James (Knee), K Sebastian Janikowski (Back)

Tennessee
OUT: CB LeShaun Sims (Groin)

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia: Philadelphia reported no injuries

Washington
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jamison Crowder (Hip), C Spencer Long (Knee)

Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: CB Vontae Davis (Groin), C Ryan Kelly (Foot), QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder), WR Chester Rogers (Hamstring), G
Ian Silberman (Lumbar)

Los Angeles Rams: Los Angeles Rams reported no injuries

Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: LB Michael Wilhoite (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jarran Reed (Shoulder), CB Richard Sherman (Thigh), DE Frank Clark (Wrist), WR Tyler Lockett (Knee), RB
Thomas Rawls (Ankle)

Green Bay
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle)

Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: LB Jared Norris (Groin)
DOUBTFUL: DT Vernon Butler (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Alexander Love (Ankle), QB Cam Newton (Right Shoulder)

San Francisco
DOUBTFUL: S Jimmie Ward (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Aaron Lynch (Back)

New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: LB Keenan Robinson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Odell Beckham (Ankle)

Dallas
OUT: LB Anthony Hitchens (Ankle)

New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Monday

New Orleans

OUT: DE Trey Hendrickson (Illness), TT Terron Armstead (Shoulder), LB Nate Stupar (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Stephone Anthony (Ankle)

Minnesota

OUT: G Danny Isadora (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Tramiane Brock (Groin)

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. Monday

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: WR Mike Williams (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Jeremiah Attaochu (Hamstring), WR Dontrelle Inman (Groin), TE Sean McGrath (Knee), S Tre Boston (Calf)

Denver
OUT: RB Devontae Booker (Wrist), DE Jared Crick (Back), DT Zachariah Kerr (Knee), QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Kyle Peko (Foot)

Sunday and Monday Weather

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 66 degrees
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 63 degrees
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 69 degrees
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 67 degrees
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 80 degrees
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 75 degrees
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 68 degrees
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 88 degrees
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 69 degrees
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 86 degrees
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 82 degrees
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Monday: Game Indoors
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. Monday: Mostly cloudy and 74 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League; odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.