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Two spots have been clinched.

Ten more remain and some could be clinched this weekend.

Sunday action in week 15 gets underway. While Washington (5-8), Tampa Bay (4-9), Chicago (4-9), San Francsico (3-10), New York Giants (2-11), Houston (4-9), Denver (4-9), Indianapolis (3-10) and Cleveland (0-13) will not be invited to the post-seaosn party, other teams are hoping that their invite are in the mail.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the suspense continues to build as teams make their final playoff push. Twenty-three teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LII.

So as we approach the final three weeks of the regular season, there are still 10 playoff berths up for grabs.

The Steelers will host the New England Patriots (10-3) at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m. on CBS in a showdown between the teams with the best records in the AFC. Pittsburgh will clinch a first-round bye with a win and the Steelers will also secure the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a win combined with a Jacksonville loss. The Patriots will lock up the AFC East with a win or a Buffalo loss. New England will clinch a playoff berth with a Baltimore loss. The Jaguars (9-4), who lead the AFC South by one game over Tennessee (8-5), will secure a playoff berth with a win against Houston. There are also various scenarios for Jacksonville to advance to the postseason this week even if the Jaguars lose.

The Eagles will secure a first-round bye with a win and will claim home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win combined with a Minnesota loss. By winning the NFC East, Philadelphia has completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround and at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons. The Vikings (10-3) will lock up the NFC North with a victory or losses by both Detroit and Green Bay. There are also various scenarios for Minnesota to advance to the postseason this week even if the Vikings lose. The Los Angeles Rams (9-4) can clinch a playoff berth with a win combined with losses by Atlanta, Detroit, Green Bay and New Orleans.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: The Philadelphia Eagles improved to 11-2 and clinched the NFC East division title with a 43-35 victory at the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles, who finished in last place in the division in 2016, completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons.

The Rams and Eagles entered the Sunday game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with each averaging 30.1 points per game, tied for the highest mark in the NFL this season. Today’s contest was the second matchup in December or later between two teams averaging at least 30 points per game since the 1970 merger. The only other instance since 1970 took place on December 11, 1983 between Washington and Dallas.

•Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s 30-13 win over Washington. Rivers has 3,611 passing yards this season and reached the 3,500-yard mark for the 10th consecutive season (2008-17).

Rivers is the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,500 yards in 10 consecutive seasons, joining Peyton Manning (13, 1998-2010) and Drew Brees (13, 2005-17).

•Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a 62-yard run to the Minnesota eight-yard line to set up the game-winning touchdown in the Panthers’ 31-24 win over the Vikings in Charlotte. Newton, who had a 69-yard run in Week 10, is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have multiple 60+ yard rushes in a single season.

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 1:47 remaining in the game, rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. He is the second player in franchise history (Tim Biakabutuka, October 3, 1999) to rush for at least 100 yards and three touchdowns on fewer than 20 carries.

•Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 44 receiving yards in the Cardinals’ 12-7 win over Tennessee in Glendale. Fitzgerald has 15,311 career receiving yards and surpassed Randy Moss (15,292) to move into third place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (22,895) and Terrell Owens (15,934) have more career receiving yards in league history.

•Chicago running back Jordan Howard rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears’ 33-7 win at Cincinnati. Howard, who rushed for 1,313 yards as a rookie last year, has 1,032 rushing yards this season. He is the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.

Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky passed for 271 yards with a touchdown and added a four-yard touchdown run in today’s win. He is the first rookie quarterback in team history with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in a single game since Jim McMahon in 1982 (December 5, 1982).

•Green Bay defeated Cleveland 27-21 in overtime. Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams had two touchdown catches – a one-yard score with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 25-yarder in overtime – in the win.

The Packers, who won on a 20-yard touchdown run by rookie Aaron Jones in overtime last week against Tampa Bay at Lambeau Field, have scored a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in overtime in the same season for the first time in franchise history.

Green Bay has won back-to-back games in overtime for the first time in team annals.

•Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 138 scrimmage yards (116 rushing, 22 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the Chiefs’ 26-15 win against Oakland at Arrowhead.

Hunt, who has 1,435 scrimmage yards (1,046 rushing, 389 receiving) this season, is the second rookie in franchise history with at least 1,400 scrimmage yards, joining Abner Haynes (1,451 scrimmage yards in 1960).

The Keystone State will be well-respresented in the post as both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh clinched division titles last Sunday. The Eagles were the first team from Pennyslvania to clinch when they won the NFC East by beating the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday afternoon on the West Coast, while the Steelers followed suit Sunday with their 1-point win over Baltimore at Heinz Field.

While those dance cards have been punched, there are still other teams that could very well make the post-season dance this weekend. Some of these scenarios are easy, others could cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!). Here are the week 15 scenarios.

2017 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 15

AFC

CLINCHED: Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

New England (10-3) at Pittsburgh (11-2)

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1. Pittsburgh win + Jacksonville loss or tie​

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:
1. Pittsburgh win OR
2. Pittsburgh tie + Jacksonville loss

New England (10-3) at Pittsburgh (11-2)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:
1. New England win or tie OR
2. Buffalo loss or tie

New England clinches a playoff berth with:
1. Baltimore loss or tie

Houston (4-9) at Jacksonville (9-4)

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth with:
1. Jacksonville win OR

2. Jacksonville tie + Buffalo loss or tie OR

3.Jacksonville tie + Baltimore loss or tie OR

4. Buffalo loss + Baltimore loss  OR

5. Baltimore loss + Kansas City-Los Angeles Chargers game does not end in tie

NFC

CLINCHED: Philadelphia – NFC East division title

Philadelphia (11-2) at New York Giants (2-11)

Philadelphia clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1. Philadelphia win + Minnesota loss

Philadelphia clinches a first-round bye with:

1. Philadelphia win  OR
2. Philadelphia tie + Los Angeles Rams loss or tie + New Orleans loss or tie + Carolina loss or tie

Cincinnati (5-8) at Minnnesota (10-3)

Minnesota clinches NFC North division title with:

1. Minnesota win or tie OR

2. Detroit loss or tie + Green Bay loss or tie

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:
1. Seattle loss + Atlanta loss + New Orleans loss OR
2. Seattle loss + Atlanta loss + Carolina loss OR
3. Seattle loss + Atlanta loss + Detroit loss or tie OR
4. Seattle loss + Atlanta tie + New Orleans loss + Detroit loss or tie OR
5. Seattle loss + Atlanta tie + NNew Orleans loss + Carolina loss

Los Angeles Rams (9-4) at Seattle (8-5)

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

1. Los Angeles Rams win + Detroit loss or tie + Green Bay loss or tie + New Orleans loss + Atlanta loss

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 14

TERRIFIC TURNAROUND: Philadelphia defeated the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 last week to clinch the NFC East title for the first time since 2013.

The Eagles, who finished in last place in the division in 2016, completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons. Of the 45 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 22 of them have done so in the past 15 years (2003-17), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

Entering Week 15, six of eight divisions have a team in or tied for first place that finished in third place or worse in its division last year. Three other teams who finished in last place in 2016 – Carolina, Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Chargers – are currently in or tied for first place. If all three of those teams join the Eagles as division champions, it would mark the most “worst-to-first” turnaround teams in a single season in NFL history.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON – TEAM (RECORD; PRIOR SEASON RECORD)
2003 – Carolina (11-5; 7-9)
2003 – Kansas City (13-3; 8-8)**
2004 – Atlanta (11-5; 5-11)
2004 – San Diego (12-4; 4-12)
2005 – Chicago (11-5; 5-11)
2005 – New York Giants (11-5; 6-10)**
2005 – Tampa Bay (11-5; 5-11)
2006 – Baltimore (13-3; 6-10)**
2006 – New Orleans (10-6; 3-13)
2006 – Philadelphia (10-6; 6-10)
2007 – Tampa Bay (9-7; 4-12)
2008 – Miami (11-5; 1-15)
2009 – New Orleans (13-3; 8-8)***
2010 – Kansas City (10-6; 4-12)
2011 – Denver (8-8; 4-12)
2011 – Houston (10-6; 6-10)**
2012 – Washington (10-6; 5-11)
2013 – Carolina (12-4; 7-9)**
2013 – Philadelphia (10-6; 4-12)
2015 – Washington (9-7; 4-12)
2016 – Dallas (13-3; 4-12)
2017 – Philadelphia (11-2; 7-9)*
* Through Week 14
** Tied for last place
*** Won Super Bowl

The Eagles and Rams entered Week 14 with records of 10-2 and 9-3, respectively, and tied for the league lead in points per game (30.1). The two teams combined for 78 points on Sunday, marking the highest scoring game in NFL history between two teams who each entered the game with a record at least six games above .500.

STELLAR STEELERS: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 44 of 66 passes (66.7 percent) for 506 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.7 passer rating in the Steelers’ 39-38 win over Baltimore in Week 14.

Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards three times in his career, having also accomplished the feat on October 26, 2014 (522 yards vs. Indianapolis) and December 20, 2009 (503 vs. Green Bay). New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is the only other player with multiple career 500-yard passing games.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had 11 receptions for 213 yards and running back Le’Veon Bell had 125 scrimmage yards (77 receiving, 48 rushing) with three touchdowns in Week 14. Bell, who leads the league with 1,684 scrimmage yards, and Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards, are the first pair of teammates in NFL history with at least 1,500 scrimmage yards each through their team’s first 13 games of a season.

Brown has six games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards this season, tied for the second-most in a single season in NFL history. Only Andre Johnson (seven in 2008) had more such games in a season.

The players with the most games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(GAMES WITH 10+ CATCHES AND 100+ RECEIVING YARDS IN SINGLE SEASON)
Andre Johnson, Houston (2008)(7)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2017)(6)*
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2012)(6)
Wes Welker, New England (2009)(6)
*Through Week 14

PACKERS PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE: Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams had two touchdown catches – a one-yard score with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 25-yarder in overtime – in the Packers’ 27-21 win at Cleveland.

Adams became the fourth player in NFL history (including the postseason) to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime and the first since New England’s James White accomplished the feat in Super Bowl LI.

The players to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE)
Davante Adams, Green Bay (December 10, 2017)
James White, New England (February 5, 2017)*
Terrell Owens, San Francisco (October 14, 2001)
Wesley Walker, New York Jets (September 21, 1986)
*Super Bowl LI

The Packers, who won on a 20-yard touchdown run by rookie Aaron Jones in overtime in Week 13, have won back-to-back games in overtime for the first time in team history. Green Bay has also joined the 2001 Chicago Bears as the only teams in NFL history to score an overtime touchdown in consecutive games.

TEAM, SEASON (WEEK – OVERTIME TD)(WEEK – OVERTIME TD)
Green Bay, 2017 (13 – Aaron Jones 20-yard run)(14 – Davante Adams 25-yard catch)
Chicago, 2001 (7 – Mike Brown 33-yard INT return)(8 – Mike Brown 16-yard INT return)

RIVERS RUNS THROUGH DEFENSES: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.9 passer rating in the team’s 30-13 win over Washington last week.

Rivers, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 3,611 passing yards, has at least 3,500 passing yards in 10 consecutive seasons and joined Peyton Manning (13, 1998-2010) and Drew Brees (13, 2005-17) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

The quarterbacks with at least 3,500 passing yards in 10+ consecutive seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS)(CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 3,500 PASS YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (1998-2010)(13)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (2005-2017)(13)*
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2008-2017)(10)*
*Active streak

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes to wide receivers Paul Richardson (61 yards) and Tyler Lockett (74 yards) in the Seahawks’ loss at Jacksonville in Week 14.

Wilson is the first quarterback with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes of at least 60 yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner connected with Torry Holt (85 yards) and Isaac Bruce (66) on September 24, 2000.

Wilson has 17 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season and surpassed Eli Manning (15 in 2011) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(4TH QUARTER TD PASSES)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2017)(17)*
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2011)(15)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2016)(14)
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (2015)(14)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013)(14)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2002)(14)
Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts (1959)(14)^
*Through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MAGNIFICENT MC COY: Buffalo running back Le Sean McCoy rushed for 156 yards, including the game-winning 21-yard touchdown in overtime, in the Bill’s 13-7 win against Indianapolis last week in upstate New York.

McCoy, who has 10 career games with at least 150 rushing yards, joined Arizona’s Adrian Peterson (19) as the only active players with at least 10 such games in their careers.

The active players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER GAMES WITH 150+ RUSH YARDS)
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (19)
LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia and Buffalo (10)
Jamaal Charles – Kansas City and Denver (9)

CLUTCH KICKER: Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell converted the game-winning 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ Week 14 win over Baltimore.

Boswell, who made game-winning field goals as time expired in the fourth quarter in both Weeks 12 and 13, is the first kicker since the 1970 merger to make a game-winning field goal with under one minute remaining in the fourth quarter in three consecutive games.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 15

STELLAR STEELER: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown has 9,886 receiving yards in his eight-year NFL career.

Brown, who will play in his 115th career game on Sunday against New England, can tie Calvin Johnson (115) for the fewest games to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history when the Steelers square off against New England in Pittsburgh.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 RECIEVING YARDS)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (115)
Torry Holt, St. Louis (116)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (120)^
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (121)^
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (122)^
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (114)*
*Has 9,886 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards and ties for second with nine touchdown receptions, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in three different seasons, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. Brown also accomplished the feat in 2014 and 2015.

With a touchdown catch on Sunday, Brown will record his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth and Randy Moss for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(MOST CONSECUTIVE 1,200 RECIEVING YARD AND 10 TD SEASONS)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1989-1995)(7)^
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2003)(5)^
Lance Alworth, San Diego (1963-1966)(4)^
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998-2001)(4)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2014-2016)(3)*
*Has 1,509 rec. yards and nine TD catches through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CATCH ME IF YOU CAM: Carolina’s Cam Newton leads all NFL quarterbacks with 585 rushing yards this season.

Newton, who plays against Green Bay on Sunday, can tie Michael Vick (four) for the most seasons with at least 600 rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history. Newton also accomplished the feat in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The quarterbacks with the most seasons of at least 600 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER (TEAMS)(SEASONS WITH 600+ RUSHING YARDS)
Michael Vick (Atlanta and Philadelphia)(4)
Cam Newton (Carolina)(3)*
Randall Cunningham (Philadelphia)(3)
*Has 585 rushing yards through Week 14

PULVERIZING PEPPERS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers has 9.5 sacks this season and is closing in on his 10th career season with at least 10 sacks.

Peppers can join Pro Football Hall of Famers Bruce Smith (13), Reggie White (12) and Kevin Greene (10) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 10 seasons with 10+ sacks.

The players with the most seasons with at least 10 sacks in NFL history:

PLAYER (TEAMS)(SEASONS WITH 10+ SACKS)
Bruce Smith Buffalo and Washington (13)^
Reggie White (Philadelphia and Green Bay) (12)^
Kevin Greene (Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco) (10)^
Julius Peppers (Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay) (9)*
*Has 9.5 sacks through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson ranks second in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and is second among NFL quarterbacks with 482 rushing yards.

Wilson, who plays against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, can become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in multiple seasons, having also accomplished the feat in 2015. Randall Cunningham and Cam Newton are the only other quarterbacks to reach the marks in a single season.

The players with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(TD PASSES)(RUSHING YARDS)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2015)(35)(636)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2015)(34)(553)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (1990)(30)(942)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2017)(29)(482)*
*Through Week 14

BURSTING ON THE SCENE: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas, who had 92 receptions as a rookie last year, ranks second in the NFC with 85 catches this season.

Thomas, who faces the New York Jets this week, needs five receptions to join Odell Beckham, Jr. as the only players in NFL history to have at least 90 catches in each of their first two NFL seasons. Beckham (2014-16) reached 90+ receptions in each of his first three NFL seasons.

BREES FOR 70K: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees ranks third in NFL history with 69,680 career passing yards.

Brees, who plays against the New York Jets on Sunday, needs 320 yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (71,838 passing yards) and Peyton Manning (71,940) as the only players in NFL history with at least 70,000 career passing yards.

The players with 70,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER (TEAMS)(CAREER PASS YARDS)
Peyton Manning (Indianapolis and Denver)(71,940)
Brett Favre (Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota)(71,838)^
Drew Brees (San Diego and New Orleans)(69,680)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who will be playing in his 247th career game, would reach the milestone in the fewest games played.

The players to reach 70,000 career passing yards in the fewest games played:

PLAYER (TEAMS)(GAMES TO 70,000 CAREER PASS YARDS)
Peyton Manning (Indianapolis and Denver)(258)
Brett Favre (Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota)(293)^
Drew Brees (San Diego and New Orleans)(246)*
*Has 69,680 career passing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Week 15 got underway Thursday night as the Broncos defeated the Indianapolis Colts 25-13 in the Hoosier State, while the Lions met Chicago in the Motor City Saturday afternoon and beat Da Bears 20-10 at Ford Field and the Chargers held off the Los Angeles Chargers 30-13 at Arrowhead Saturday night in the Show-Me State. The action continues Sunday as there are six rematches with Sunday play concluding on the West Coast in northern California as the Raiders host Dallas in a Sunday night primetime contest at 8:30 on NBC and week 15 play concludes when Atlanta and Tampa Bay meet in the Sunshine State in a week 12 rematch on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

As for last week? Another 9-7 week. Not bad. For the season? 124-85. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 15.

Miami (6-7) at Buffalo (7-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of contending AFC East rivals, chasing New England, meet in upstate New York, as Buffalo hosts the Miami Dolphins at New Era Stadium. Both won their contests last week in their home ballparks.

The Dolphins delayed New England’s plans to clinch the AFC East last Monday night with a 27-20 win over Tom Brady and the Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami led 13-10 at the break, then held off a late New England second half rally to take the win in the Sunshine State. Miami’s Kenyan Drake led all rushers with 114 yards in the Monday night affair, as his team outrushed New England 120-25, while Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards with three TDs (Brady threw for 233 yards with a TD, while he was sacked twice and picked off twice). Miami was 4 of 14 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:09, while the Pats were 0 of 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 23:51.

Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy ran for 156 yards and the game winning TD in overtime as the Bills defeated Indianapolis 13-7 at snowy New Era Stadium last Sunday. The Bills led 7-0 at the break, then saw the Colts tie things up with 76 seconds left in regulation when TE Jack Doyle and QB Jacoby Brissett connected on a 3-yard TD strike, sending the contest into overtime. Buffalo won the toss in overtime but failed to score in their first possession and the Colts did likewise when they had the ball in the overtime. The Bills then got the ball back after a Colts punt with 2:25 left in the extra period and they wasted little time to take the win, using a five-play, 65-yard drive that took 52 seconds, sending their fans home happy if not warm when LeSean McCoy dashed through the snow and scored from 21 yards out to take the win. Buffalo rushed for 227 yards, while the Colts tallied 163 in the overtime loss. Brisset threw for 65 yards while Nick Peterman threw for 57. The Colts went 4 of 16 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down and held the ball for 36:02, while Buffalo kept the pigskin for 32:25, going 10 of 18 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Miami leads the series 59-42-1, have outscored the Bills 2,189-1,953 and swept last year’s AFC East meetings (Buffalo’s last win in the series came in 2015 when they swept the series that season.)

The first meeting? Week seven in the Sunshine State. Miami erased a 10-6 halftime deficit at Hard Rock Stadium and came away with a 28-25 in the process. Miami, who outrushed Buffalo 256-67 with Joseph Ajayi leading the way with 214 yards, held off a late Bills’ rally in the fourth quarter when Reggie Bush scored from a yard out with 14 seconds left. Ryan Tannehill threw for 204 yards for Miami, while Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 221 yards (each threw a TD pass, Taylor was sacked four times, while Tannehill was sacked once and each did not throw an interception). Buffalo on third down went 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 22:58, while the Dolphins kept the ball for 37:02, going 5 of 12 on third down.

Round two… week 16 in upstate New York. Miami swept the series with the Bills, taking a 34-31 overtime win on Christmas Eve afternoon. Dolphins K Andrew Franks sent the contest into overtime with a 55-yard field goal with six seconds left in regulation (they led 14-7 at the half), then acted in a Grinch-like manner as Franks connected on a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the overtime. Buffalo did outrush Miami 272-261 but once again, Ajayi was the star of the show, rushing for 206 yards, while Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy ran for 128 (each had a rushing TD in the game). Taylor threw for 329 yards and three TDs in the effort for Buffalo, while Matt Moore, who took over for Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and a pair of TDs. Miami on third down tries? 5 of 12. Buffalo on third down? 8 of 18 (the Bills were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and the clock was the ally of Miami, who held the pigskin for 33:40 to Buffalo’s 40:33.

Buffalo was favored by 3 in the week seven contest in the Sunshine State and the Dolphins won by three, covering the spread. Both clubs covered the 45 over/under, scoring 53 points. Buffalo was favored by three again in the week 16 contest in upstate New York and once again, Miami covered the spread and won by three. The 42 over/under? As was the case in the first meeting, both clubs covered that, this time combining for 65 points. The oddsmakers in Vegas like the Bills as 3 1/2 point favorites and the over/under is 39. Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot, both are trying to catch New England in the AFC East. The winner puts themselves a little closer to their goal, while the loser will find themselves in a hole. Miami pulls the upset on the road in upstate New York and takes the win, covering the 3 1/2/

Green Bay (7-6) at Carolina (9-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of teams in the chase for a playoff spot meet in Charlotte as Carolina hosts Green Bay at Bank of America Stadium. The contest could very well mark the return of Aaron Rodgers to the Packers’ lineup after he broke his collarbone at Minnesota.

Green Bay trailed 21-7 after three quarters of play at First Energy Field in Cleveland, then rallied to score their final 20 points of the contest unchallenged to win 27-21 in overtime, while giving the Browns their 13th loss of the season. The Browns let a 121-yard rushing day from Isaiah Crowell get away from them as Green Bay rallied in the fourth to tie the contest up on a one-yard run by rookie RB Davante Adams with 17 seconds left. Cleveland would get the ball to start the overtime but rookie QB DeShone Kizer’s pass was picked off by Josh Jones and the Browns’ best chance for a win came to an end at their 42 yard line. That would be all that Green Bay would need in the extra period, using a 6-play, 42-yard drive that took all of 3:23 when Adams and Brett Hundley connected on a 25-yard TD pass to end the contest. Cleveland outrushed Green Bay 136-85 and Kizer threw for 214 yards with three interceptions, while Hundley threw for 265 yards (each man threw three TDs). Cleveland was 7 of 13 on third down tries in the overtime and kept the ball for 28:38, while Green Bay held the pigskin for 36:17, going 8 of 16 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Carolina held off a late Minnesota rally and took a 31-24 win over the Vikings last Sunday afternoon. The Cam Newton-led Panthers led 24-13 at the end of three quarters before Minnesota roared back in the fourth, pulling to within three when WR Adam Theilen (6 catches for 105 yards) and QB Case Keenum connected on a 52-yard TD pass with 5:36 left to play after they picked Newton off and then tied the contest when K Kyle Horbath connected on a 27-yard field goal with 3:07 left in regulation. Carolina would not be outdone and used a 5-play, 75-yard drive that used 80 seconds of clock to take the lead back and for good when RB Jonathan Stewart scored from one yard out with 1:47 left. The Panthers then held off the late Viking rally that would have at best sent the contest into overtime. Stewart rushed for 103 yards and the game-winning score, as Carolina outrushed Minnesota 216-100 and Newton threw for 137 yards and a TD, while Keenum threw for 280 yards but was sacked six times and picked off twice. Carolina was 5 of 15 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 31:18, while the Vikings, who held the ball for 28:42, went 7 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay leads the series 8-5 and the Pack has outscored Carolina 370-300. Carolina won the last meeting between the teams and that took place in 2015 in Charlotte by a final of 37-29, while Green Bay’s last win came in 2014 at Lambeau, with the Packers taking a 38-17 win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst. Carolina’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 45. Two pretty decent teams with two pretty good qb’s. While this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” it’s worth your time. Carolina makes this one close but Packers prevail on the road and pull the upset.

Baltimore (7-6) at Cleveland (0-13), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Baltimore limps into Cleveland after their loss to Pittsburgh to take on a winless Cleveland Browns team along the shores of Lake Erie.

Baltimore let a 31-20 lead at the end of the third quarter get away from them in Pittsburgh as the Steelers clinched the AFC North with 39-38 comeback win last Sunday night at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 20-14 at the half before the Ravens struck in the third quarter, holing an 11-point lead before the Steelers took the lead back for keeps with 42 second left when Chris Boswell connected on a 46-yard field goal, then held off a late Ravens rally to take the win. Baltimore outrushed Pittsburgh 152-59, with Ravens RB Alex Collins leading all rushers with 120 yards and a TD, while Le’Veon Bell ran for 48 yards and a pair of TDs for the Steelers. However, Roethlisberger ruled the air, as he passed for 506 yards and a pair TDs, while Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards (each threw a pair of TDs). Baltimore was 4 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:10, while the Steelers went 12 of 18 on third down tries last Sunday night, ruling the clock and kept the ball for 33:50.

Cleveland led Green Bay 21-7 after three quarters of play at First Energy Field, only to see the Packers score their final 20 points of the contest unchallenged and dropped a 27-21 overtime decision for their 13th loss of the season. The Browns let a 121-yard rushing day from Isaiah Crowell get away from them as Green Bay rallied in the fourth to tie the contest up on a one-yard run by rookie RB Davante Adams with 17 seconds left. The one bright spot for the Browns was the return of WR Josh Gordon, who came back from his two-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and caught his first touchdown pass since Week 15 of 2013 vs Bears. It had been 1,456 days since his last touchdown. Jason Campbell was the last QB to throw a Pass TD to Gordon.Cleveland would get the ball to start the overtime but rookie QB DeShone Kizer’s pass was picked off by Josh Jones and the Browns’ best chance for a win came to an end at their 42 yard line. That would be all that Green Bay would need in the extra period, using a 6-play, 42-yard drive that took all of 3:23 when Adams and Brett Hundley connected on a 25-yard TD pass to end the contest. Cleveland outrushed Green Bay 136-85 and Kizer threw for 214 yards with three interceptions, while Hundley threw for 265 yards (each man threw three TDs). Cleveland was 7 of 13 on third down tries in the overtime and kept the ball for 28:38, while Green Bay held the pigskin for 36:17, going 8 of 16 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down. The Browns have now gone 0-13 for the 13th straight season.

It’s a rematch of a week two affair in Baltimore that saw the Ravens win 24-10 in Charm City. in that contest, the Ravens led 21-7 at the half and held the Browns in check in the second half. Baltimore outrushed Cleveland 136-93, Flacco threw for 217 yards and a pair of TDs, while Kizer struggled in the meeting, throwing for 182 yards with three interceptions (both QBs were sacked twice). Baltimore went 4 of 11 on third down tries and held the ball for 33:24, while the Browns were 26:36 in time of possession, going 2 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Baltimore was favored by 7 1/2 in the week two contest in Charm City and covered the spread, winning by 14 and both clubs combined for 34 points, missing the 43 1/2 over/under. This time, the Ravens are favored by 7 and the over/under is 40. Baltimore wants to get to the playoffs. Browns fans want the season to be over. Ravens will put Cleveland and their fans a little closer out of their misery and take this one on the road and cover the 7 in the process.

Houston (4-9) at Jacksonville (9-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 707. The struggling Houston Texans make their way east along I-10 to square off against AFC South rival Jacksonville in the Sunshine State in north Florida.

The Texans trailed San Francisco 13-9 at the half at NRG Stadium last Sunday, then saw the 49ers pull away from them as they fell to San Francisco 26-16. Houston also lost the services of QB Tom Savage after he was knocked out of the contest with a concussion late in the first half. T.J. Yates then took over for Savage in the contest and gets the start against Jacksonville Sunday. San Francisco outrushed Houston 102-90 and Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 334 yards and a TD, while Yates threw for 175 yards and a pair of TDs (Savage threw for 63 yards with a pair of sacks before leaving the contest with the injury). The Texans were 3 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:11, while the 49ers ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:49, going 2 of 11 on third down in the win.

Jackonsville held off a late Seattle rally in their contest with the Seahawks and came out on top 30-24 victors at EverBank Field. After taking a 3-0 lead with them to the intermission, the first-place Jaguars proceeded to outscore the Seahawks 27-24 in a second half that turned into a slugfest. Jacksonville, who assured themselves of a winning season for the first time since 2007, outrushed Seattle 156-141, with Jaguar RB Leonard Fournette leading the way with 101 yards of his own, while Blake Bortles (268) and Russell Wilson (271) each threw for over 200 yards in the late Sunday afternoon afffair (Bortles threw a pair of TDs, while Wilson tallied three). Seattle went 2 of 9 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:59, while the Jaguars ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 33:01, going 4 of 12 on third down.

This is a rematch of a meeting that the two clubs had in week one and the Jaguars held Houston to a 4-yard TD pass from DeShaun Watkins to WR Andre Hopkins in the third quarter to take the 29-7 win in the Lone Star State. Jacksonville led 19-0 at the intermission before Houston put an end to Jacksonville’s shutout bid with 3:11 left in the third. The Jaguars outscored Houston 155-93, with Fournette tallying 100 yards of rushing in his NFL debut. Bortles threw for 125 yards without a sack or interception and had a TD pass, while Watson threw for 102 yards with a TD but was sacked four times. Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries in the season opener (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down tries) and kept the ball for 30:05, while the Texans were 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 29:55.

In the season opener in the Lone Star State, Houston was favored by 5 and Jacksonville covered the spread, winning by 22 at NRG Stadium. The two clubs barely missed the 39 1/2 over/under, tallying 36 points. This time, Jacksonville’s favored by 10 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 39. Granted, the Texans don’t have J.J. Watt, they don’t have Watson or Savage but they’re not 10 1/2 points bad. Jacksonville wins this one but expect the Texans to make things closer than the 10 1/2.

Cincinnati (5-8) at Minnesota (10-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. One struggling to stay in the hunt, the other’s trying to win a division. Minnesota returns home to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals at US Bank Stadium.

Cincinnati took a first-quarter lead on a 14-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to Brandon LaFell and came away on the short end of a loss 33-7 to Chicago last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Da Bears took a 7-0 lead to open the scoring in the contest when Jordan Howard scored from 21 yards out. After LaFell gave the Bengals a brief 7-6 lead with 2:15 left in the first, Da Bears would go on to score their next 27 points of the game unchallenged, taking a 12-7 lead with them to the intermission. Chicago ran amok on the ground, tallying 232 yards, with Howard accounting for 147 yards and a pair of TDs, while holding the Bengals to 70 yards rushing, while Mitch Trubinsky threw for 271 yards and Andy Dalton throwing for 141 yards and an interception for the Bengals (each QB was sacked twice and threw a TD pass). Chicago was 4 of 11 on third down (Da Bears were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 38:09, while the Bengals were 21:51 as far as time of possession was concerned, going 3 of 12, 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Minnesota’s bid to win the NFC North stalled as they saw a late rally fall short in Charlotte and fell to the Carolina Panthers 31-24 last Sunday afternoon. Minnesota trailed 24-13 at the end of three quarters before the Purple Gang roared back in the fourth, pulling to within three when WR Adam Theilen (6 catches for 105 yards) and QB Case Keenum connected on a 52-yard TD pass with 5:36 left to play after they picked Newton off and then tied the contest when K Kyle Horbath connected on a 27-yard field goal with 3:07 left in regulation. Carolina would not be outdone, restored order in front of the home crowd and used a 5-play, 75-yard drive that used 80 seconds of clock to take the lead back and for good when RB Jonathan Stewart scored from one yard out with 1:47 left. The Panthers then held off the late Viking rally that would have at best sent the contest into overtime. Stewart rushed for 103 yards and the game-winning score, as Carolina outrushed Minnesota 216-100 and Newton threw for 137 yards and a TD, while Keenum threw for 280 yards but was sacked six times and picked off twice. Carolina was 5 of 15 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 31:18, while the Vikings, who held the ball for 28:42, went 7 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The series? Even at 6-6. Minnesota has outscored the Bengals 253-236 and the Vikings have outscored Cincinnati 253-236. The Bengals were victorious in their last meeting, which took place in Cincinnati in 2013, taking a 42-14 final, while the Vikings’ last win over Cincinnati came in 2009 in the Twin Cities by a final of 30-10. The Vikings are favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under is 42. The 42? Makes sense. The 10 1/2? That’s a little steep. Granted, the Bengals have not exactly been world beaters and they’re not 10 1/2 points bad. Still, there’s not much at stake for the Bengals, while the Vikings look to take over as kings of the NFC North mountain. While the Vikings will win, expect things to be closer than 10 1/2.

New York Jets (5-8) at New Orleans (9-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. The struggling New York Jets make their way to the Bayou for a meeting with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Both clubs lost their games last week on the road.

Denver pitched a shutout against the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! last Sunday in the Mile High City as the Broncos blanked them 23-0. Denver led 13-0 at the break and took control of things in the shutout loss, scoring all of their points unchallenged and losing QB Josh McCown to a broken right hand. Denver outrushed GangGreen 84-59 and McCown threw for 46 yards with four sacks and an interception before leaving the contest with the injury. Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 200 yards in the contest, connecting with WR Demaryius Thomas for a TD pass and the Broncos were 7 of 17 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:35, while GangGreen went 3 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the pigskin for 22:25.

New Orleans saw a last gasp rally fall short in Atlanta as they lost to the Falcons 20-17 last Thursday night in the Big Peach. After the Falcons and Saints took a 10-10 tie with them to the intermission, New Orleans led 17-10 at the end of the third quarter, only to see Atlanta erase that lead, with the Falcons scoring their final 10 points of the contest in the fourth quarter unchallenged. Atlanta’s Mohammed Sanu and Ryan connected on an 8-yard TD strike with 9:55 left in the contest tied things up and Matt Bryant gave the defending NFC champs the lead for keeps with a 52-yard field goal with 3:49 left in regulation. Atlanta then held off a late New Orleans rally when LB Deion Jones picked off Drew Brees in the end zone and gave the ball back to the Falcons. After Saints coach Sean Payton was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he entered the field, Atlanta was able to run out the clock and take the win at home. Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 152-50 and Ryan threw for 221 yards, despite throwing three interceptions, while Brees threw a pair of TDs and was good for 271 yards. Atlanta went 7 of 12 on third down conversions at Mercedes Benz Stadium and kept the ball for 34:41, while the Saints, who kept the ball for 25:19, went 3 of 10 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The series? Tied 6-6 and the Saints have outscored GangGreen 237-198. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! won the last meeting with New Orleans, coming away 26-20 winners in the Meadowlands in 2013, while the Saints were 24-10 winners in the Big Easy in 2009. New Orleans is favored by 15 in the Big Easy and the over/under 47. The 47 is reasonable. The 15 is a little steep. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! at times have played some decent football but not great football, while the Saints are trying to knock Atlanta from the top of the NFC South mountain. GangGreen will make this closer than 15 but New Orleans will take the win at home.

Philadelphia (11-2) at New York Giants (2-11), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. They met in Philly the first time and they meet in the Meadowlands this time. Philadelphia makes their way down I-95 for an NFC East meeting with Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

The Eagles return from their West Coast trip with a 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams last week. Leading 24-14 at the half, Philadelphia held off the Rams in the second half after the Rams took a 28-24 lead with 10:07 left in the third quarter after Blake Countess blocked a punt and returned it 16 yards for a score. While the win allowed the Eagles to clinch the NFC East title, it was costly as they lost starting QB Carson Wentz to a knee injury. Wentz, who threw for 291 yards and four TDs, will be lost for the season and Nick Foles will take his spot the rest of the way. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 139-109 and sacked Rams QB Jared Goff twice, although he threw for 199 yards and a pair of TDs, while Todd Gurley led all rushers with 96 yards and a pair of TDs. The Eagles were 8 of 20 on third down (they went 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 39:12, while the Rams were 20:48 in time of possession, going 2 of 7 on third down tries.

In the return of Manning to the lineup and the debut of Steve Spagnola as interim head coach after Bob McAdoo’s firing last week, the Giants saw Dallas erase a 10-10 tie at the half and dropped a 30-10 decision at Met Life Stadium last Sunday. Dallas outrushed Big Blue 122-102 and Prescott threw for 332 yards with three TDs (Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Rod Smith) and no interceptions, while Manning threw for 228 yards with a pair of interceptions, one going to LB Sean Lee to put an end to a late Giants rally. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries in the Meadowlands and kept the ball for 27:07, while the Giants in their 20-point loss at home ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:53, going 6 of 16 on third down tries.

They met in the City of Brotherly Love in week three and the Eagles took care of the Giants, taking Big Blue 27-24 at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 14-0 after three quarters (the teams were scoreless after one and the Eagles led 7-0 at the half) before the Giants would outscore the Eagles 24-13 in the final 15 minutes of action. Wentz (176 yards) and TE Zach Ertz connected on a 3-yard TD pass in the third quarter, while Manning (366 yards) connected with Odell Beckham Jr. on two TDs strikes and Sterling Shepard on the other. The Giants would lead 24-21 with 3:08 left in regulation before the home team would rely on the foot of K Josh Elliot, connecting on a 46-yard field goal with 51 seconds left and then sending Eagles fans home happy with a 61-yard try as time expired. Philadelphia outrushed the Giants 193-49 and kept the ball for 37:32, going 5 of 14 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth down), while the Giants were 3 of 10, 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 22:28.

In the week three contest, the Eagles were favored by 6 at Lincoln Financial Field but won by only 3 but both clubs covered the 48 1/2 over/under with 51 points. Philadelphia’s favored by 7 1/2 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under this time is 40. Both numbers make sense. The Eagles have already clinched the East and want to be home for the playoffs. The Giants want to see a dismal season come to an end. Giants fans may want to take a pass on this one and watch that “Law and Order SVU” marathon on USA (Stabler getting in the face of a suspect is pretty cool!) Big Blue will make it close but the Eagles prevail in the Meadowlands.

Arizona (6-7) at Washington (5-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. The Desert Angry Birds travel to Landover as the Arizona Cardinals take on the struggling Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Although they were held to four Pat Dawson field goals, Arizona still managed to take a 12-7 win over Tennessee last Sunday afternoon in the desert. Tennessee’s Derek Henry scored the contest’s only TD, a 6-yard run in the second quarter (the teams were scoreless after the first quarter) when the Titans opened the scoring in the game. After that, Arizona erased that lead at the half and scored all 12 of their points unchallenged in the game, pulling themselves to within a game of the .500 mark. Arizona outrushed Tennessee 136-65 and picked off Marcus Mariota (159 yards) twice and sacked him three times, while Blaine Gabbert threw for 178 yards with eight sacks. Arizona was 3 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:49, while the Titans were 26:11 in time of possession, going 4 of 12, 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Washington was taken to the woodshed last Sunday at Stub Hub Center, falling to the Los Angeles Chargers 30-13, trailing 23-6 at the half. Washington was outrushed by the Chargers 174-65 and saw Philip Rivers throw for 319 yards and a pair of TDs, while ‘Skins QB Kirk Cousins threw for 151 yards with a TD, an interception and two sacks. The Chargers were 6 of 15 on third down conversions and held the ball for 35:20, while Washington was 2 of 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:40.

Including games that took place in Boston when the Redskins were known as the Braves and the Cardinals were first in Chicago and then St. Louis, Washington leads the series 74-46-2 and they’ve outscored Arizona 2,710-2,285. However… the Desert Angry Birds have won the last two meetings, taking a 31-23 win in the desert last year (Washington’s last win in the series came in 2011 in Landover by a final of 22-21).

They met in week 13 in Glendale and Arizona led 10-6 at the break, then saw Washington take a 20-17 lead with 66 seconds left in the third before the home team roared back in the final 15 minutes of play, using a pair of Carson Palmer TD passes to take the win. Neither club breached the 100-yard rushing barrier and Arizona barely outrushed Washington 88-87 in the contest at University of Phoenix Stadium, with Palmer throwing for 300 yards and three TDs, while Cousins threw for 271 yards with a TD but was sacked twice and picked off once. Arizona went 10 of 16 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:46, while the Redskins were 5 of 11 on third downs, keeping the ball for 26:14.

The Desert Angry Birds were favored by 2 1/2 in Glendale in the week 13 contest and won by 8 to cover the spread. As for the 49 1/2 over/under? Covered, as both clubs tallied 54 points. Washington is favored by 4 1/2 at Landover and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Last week, Redskins fans were saying “Hell, it’s the Redskins!” This week, it’s “HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!” Washington covers the 4 1/2 and takes the win at home in Landover.

Los Angeles Rams (9-4) at Seattle (8-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Separated by 1,137 miles along I-5, they meet again and the stakes could not be higher. Los Angeles makes its way northward to the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks for an NFC West showdown with the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are coming into the Sunday contest with losses under their belts.

Los Angeles let a 28-24 lead in the third quarter get away from them against Philadelphia last Sunday, losing to the Eagles 43-35 last week at the Coliseum. The Rams trailed 24-14 at the half, then took the four-point lead with 10:07 left when Blake Countess blocked a punt and returned it 16 yards for a score. While the win allowed the Eagles to clinch the NFC East title, it was costly for the visitors as they lost starting QB Carson Wentz to a knee injury. Wentz, who threw for 291 yards and four TDs, will be lost for the season and Nick Foles will take his spot the rest of the way. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 139-109 and sacked Rams QB Jared Goff twice, although he threw for 199 yards and a pair of TDs, while Todd Gurley led all rushers with 96 yards and a pair of TDs. The Eagles were 8 of 20 on third down (they went 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 39:12, while the Rams were 20:48 in time of possession, going 2 of 7 on third down tries.

A late Seattle rally against Jacksonville fell short as the Jaguars held off the Seahawks 30-24 at EverBank Field last Sunday afternoon. After taking a 3-0 lead with them to the intermission, the first-place Jaguars proceeded to outscore the Seahawks 27-24 in a second half that turned into a slugfest. Jacksonville outrushed Seattle 156-141, with Jaguar RB Leonard Fournette leading the way with 101 yards of his own, while Blake Bortles (268) and Russell Wilson (271) each threw for over 200 yards in the late Sunday afternoon afffair (Bortles threw a pair of TDs, while Wilson tallied three). Seattle went 2 of 9 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:59, while the Jaguars ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 33:01, going 4 of 12 on third down.

The Sunday afternoon contest in the Pacific Northwest is a rematch of a week five contest in Los Angeles and the Seahawks came away 16-10 winners. Breaking a 10-10 tie at the half, Seattle used a pair of Blair Walsh field goals to score their last six points of the contest without a challenge. The Rams outrushed Seattle 100-62, with Gurley leading the way with 43 yards, while Wilson threw for 198 yards with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham. Seattle went 8 of 17 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:16, while the Rams were 8 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 28:44.

In the week five contest in Los Angeles, the Rams were favored by 2 1/2 and Seattle covered the spread with their 6-point win. Both teams combined for 26 points, which missed the 46 1/2 over/under. In the rematch in the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks are the darlings of Vegas as 1 1/2 point favorites on Sunday afternoon and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make sense and both would like to be NFC West champs. There can only be one winner. Seattle has had the Rams’ number of late and that trend continues. Seattle covers the 1 and wins in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

New England (11-2) at Pittsburgh (10-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Tom Brady. Ben Roethlisberger.

Their teams are separated by a game for the top position in the AFC playoff race.

They meet again.

A pair of AFC teams looking to lock up the top spot in the AFC playoff race meet in the Steel City Pittsburgh hosts New England in a late afternoon contest at Heinz Field.

New England’s plans to clinch the AFC East last Monday night were put on hold as Miami edged them by a 27-20 margin over Tom Brady and the Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami led 13-10 at the break, then held off a late New England second half rally to take the win in the Sunshine State. Miami’s Kenyan Drake led all rushers with 114 yards in the Monday night affair, as his team outrushed New England 120-25, while Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards with three TDs (Brady threw for 233 yards with a TD, while he was sacked twice and picked off twice). Miami was 4 of 14 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:09, while the Pats were 0 of 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 23:51.

The Steelers have clinched the AFC North and have won eight consecutive games, including last week’s 39-38 comeback win against Baltimore. Pittsburgh chipped away at a 31-20 deficit at the end of the third quarter (they led 20-14 at the half), took the lead back for keeps with 42 second left when Chris Boswell connected on a 46-yard field goal, then held off a late Ravens rally to take the win. Pittsburgh found themselves outrushed by Baltimore 152-59, with Ravens RB Alex Collins leading all rushers with 120 yards and a TD, while Le’Veon Bell ran for 48 yards and a pair of TDs for the Steelers. However, Roethlisberger ruled the air, as he passed for 506 yards and a pair TDs, while Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards (each threw a pair of TDs). Baltimore was 4 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:10, while the Steelers went 12 of 18 on third down tries last Sunday night, ruling the clock and kept the ball for 33:50.

Pittsburgh leads the series 14-11 and the Steelers have outscored New England 580-547. However… the Pats have won the last three meetings, won their meeting last year in Pittsburgh and won a meeting in the AFC Championship game last year in Foxboro (Pittsburgh’s last win over the Pats came in 2011 in the Steel City by a final of 25-17).

The first meeting took place at Heinz Field in week seven and New England took control of things, coming away 27-16 winners. New England led 14-10 at the half, outrushed Pittsburgh 140-94 (with LeGarett Blount leading the way with 127 yards and a pair of TDS) and Brady threw for 222 yards and a pair of TDs, while Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and a TD. New England went 7 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 27:31, while the Steelers ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:29, going 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

They met again, this time in the AFC Championship game in Foxboro and once again, the Pats prevailed and punched their dance card to Super Bowl LI for a meeting with Atlanta, taking down the Steelers 36-17. New England led 17-9 at the half, then pulled away from the Steelers in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring them 19-8 in that time frame. It was not much of a rushing contest, as neither breached the 100 yard barrier but New England outrushed Pittsburgh 57-54 and Brady threw for 384 yards and three TDs, while Roethlisberger threw for 314 with a TD and an interception. Both clubs did well on third down conversions in Foxboro, as the Pats were 11 of 17 and held the ball for 31:26, while the Steelers were 9 of 15 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:34.

New England covered the 7-point spread in the week seven contest in Pittsburgh, winning by 11 on the road but both clubs combined for 43 points, barely missing the 45 1/2 over/under. The Pats in the AFC championship game were favored by 6 and covered, winning by 19 and this time, both teams covered the over/under (which was 51) with 53 total points. The oddsmakers like New England, this time as a 2 1/2 point favorite with a 53 1/2 over/under. Since this one’s for the one seed in the AFC, not making this one “DRILL WORTHY” would not do this contest justice. (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?”

The winner? They get the top spot and home field in the AFC playoff race. The loser? They’ll probably be the number two seed, which in of itself isn’t bad. Pittsburgh would like to get revenge on Brady and the Pats for the two losses last year, while the Pats would like to be king of the mountain in the AFC. Both the spread and over/under make sense. The Steelers are on a tear and they’ll stay that way. Pittsburgh covers the 2 1/2 and takes the win at home over Brady and the Pats.

Tennessee (8-5) at San Francisco (3-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. One team is in the playoff hunt, the other is trying to get through the season. The Tennessee Titans travel to Santa Clara for a late afternoon contest with the San Francisco 49ers at Levis’ Stadium.

Despite holding Arizona to four Pat Dawson field goals, the Cardinals still managed to take a 12-7 win over Tennessee last Sunday afternoon in the desert. Tennessee’s Derek Henry scored the contest’s only TD, a 6-yard run in the second quarter (the teams were scoreless after the first quarter) when the Titans opened the scoring in the game. After that, Arizona erased that lead at the half and scored all 12 of their points unchallenged in the game, pulling themselves to within a game of the .500 mark. Arizona outrushed Tennessee 136-65 and picked off Mariota (159 yards) twice and sacked him three times, while Blaine Gabbert threw for 178 yards with eight sacks. Arizona was 3 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:49, while the Titans were 26:11 in time of possession, going 4 of 12, 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

San Francisco led Houston 13-9 at the half at NRG Stadium last Sunday, then pulled away from the Texans as they took care of Houston 26-16 at NRG Stadium. San Francisco knocked out Houston QB Tom Savage with a concussion late in the first half, forcing the Texans to put T.J. Yates in his place. San Francisco outrushed Houston 102-90 and Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 334 yards and a TD, while Yates threw for 175 yards and a pair of TDs (Savage threw for 63 yards with a pair of sacks before leaving the contest with the injury). The Texans were 3 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:11, while the 49ers ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:49, going 2 of 11 on third down in the win.

Including contests that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and the 49ers played their home games at Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park, San Francisco lead the series 8-5 and have outscored Tennessee 296-260. San Francisco won the last meeting with the Titans, taking a 31-17 win in the Music City in 2013, while Tennessee were 34-27 winners in 2009 in San Francisco. San Francisco’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Tennessee’s trying to catch Jacksonville in the AFC South, while the 49ers are trying to keep their heads above water. Tennesse covers the 2 and wins in Santa Clara.

Dallas (7-6) at Oakland (6-7), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Dak Prescott vs. Derek Carr. A pair of contending teams with young QBs meet in nothern California as Dallas travels to Oakland for a Sunday night meeting with the Silver and Black.

Dallas erased a 10-10 tie against the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium last Sunday as the Cowboys ruined the return of Eli Manning to the lineup and interim head coach Steve Spagnola’s debut by leaving upstate New Jersey with a 30-10 NFC East win. Dallas outrushed Big Blue 122-102 and Prescott threw for 332 yards with three TDs (Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Rod Smith) and no interceptions, while Manning threw for 228 yards with a pair of interceptions, one going to LB Sean Lee to put an end to a late Giants rally. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries in the Meadowlands and kept the ball for 27:07, while the Giants in their 20-point loss at home ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:53, going 6 of 16 on third down tries.

Oakland saw Kansas City get revenge for their one-point loss in northern California in week seven, seeing the Chiefs come away 26-15 winners at Arrowhead last Sunday. Oakland trailed 16-0 at half, then 26-0 going into the fourth quarter before the Raiders scored their only points in that period unchallenged. Kansas City outrushed their AFC West rivals 165-70, rookie RB Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 116 yards and Alex Smith threw for 268 yards, despite being sacked four times and picked off once, while the Chiefs’ defense forced three turnovers, forcing a Raiders fumble and picking off Derek Carr (211 yards) twice, sacking him three times. Both teams were 5 of 13 on third down tries at Arrowhead (the Raiders were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and time was the BFF of Kansas City, who held the ball for 36:40 to Oakland’s 23:20.

The Raiders lead the series 6-5 (which includes games that were played in Los Angeles), while Dallas has outscored the Silver and Black 256-222 and they have won the last two meetings in the series (both in the Lone Star State), with Dallas’ last win coming in 2013 by a final of 31-24, while Oakland’s last win also came in Dallas, as the Raiders were 19-13 winners in 2005.

Dallas is favored by 3 and the over/under is 45 1/2. Both clubs have playoff hopes and would like to be part of the playoff party. Dallas will take this one on the road but expect the Raiders to make things closer than the 3 points.

ATLANTA (8-5) at Tampa Bay (4-9), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Peaches vs. Orange Juice, Round 2. The defending NFC champs make their way to the Sunshine State for a Monday night meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to close out action in week 15.

The Falcons held off a late New Orleans rally and took a 20-17 win over the Saints last Thursday night in the Big Peach. After the Falcons and Saints took a 10-10 tie with them to the intermission, Atlanta erased a 17-10 deficit at the end of three quarters, scoring their final 10 points of the contest in the fourth quarter unchallenged. Mohammed Sanu and Ryan connected on an 8-yard TD strike with 9:55 left in the contest and Matt Bryant gave the defending NFC champs the lead for keeps with a 52-yard field goal with 3:49 left in regulation. Atlanta then held off a late New Orleans rally when LB Deion Jones picked off Drew Brees in the end zone and gave the ball back to the Falcons. After Saints coach Sean Payton was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he entered the field, Atlanta was able to run out the clock and take the win at home. Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 152-50 and Ryan threw for 221 yards, despite throwing three interceptions, while Brees threw a pair of TDs and was good for 271 yards. Atlanta went 7 of 12 on third down conversions at Mercedes Benz Stadium and kept the ball for 34:41, while the Saints, who kept the ball for 25:19, went 3 of 10 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tampa Bay let Detroit off the hook last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, coming out on the short end of a 24-21 loss to the Lions in the Sunshine State. Detroit led 14-7 at the half and took a 21-7 lead with them into the final 15 minutes of action before Tampa Bay managed to storm back and tie the contest with 8:05 left in regulation when QB Jameis Winston allowed OT Leonard Wester to live a linesman’s dream when he caught a 2-yard TD toss. After Tampa Bay punted the ball back to Detroit with 2:54 left in regulation, the Lions made their way down the field from their 23 yard line, using a 9-play drive that used 49 yards of real estate and 2:34 of clock, ending when Detroit K Matt Prater connected on a 46-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to play. The Bucs, without a time out, would get the ball back on the kick off with 15 seconds left but Winston was sacked by DE Ezekiel Ansah, ending the game and ending Tampa’s hopes for the win. In a twist of irony, Tampa Bay outrushed Detroit 133-53 and Winston threw for 285 yards and a pair of TDs, while Matthew Stafford threw for 381 yards and a TD, even though he was picked off twice. The Lions on third down conversions went 5 of 11 and kept the ball for 29:47, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 8 o third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:13.
They met in week 12 in the Big Peach and the Falcons were 34-20 winners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta led 20-6 at the intermission and never lost control of things in the contest that Winston missed because of a shoulder injury. Julio Jones caught a pair of TD passes and Tevin Coleman ran for a pair of TDs (Jones caught one pass from RB Mohammed Sanu, the other from Ryan, as Jones tallied 253 yards in the air, while Ryan tallied 317 yards passing. Atlanta outrushed Tampa Bay 148-94 and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Winston’s replacement, threw for 283 yards in the loss. The Falcons on third down tries went 11 of 14 and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 30:06, while the Buccaneers went 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 29:54.

In the week 12 contest in the Big Peach that took place the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Falcons were favored by 8 1/2 and covered the spread winning by 14. The two teams combined for 54 points, allowing them to cover the 48 over/under. Atlanta has already played one Monday night game, taking a 34-31 win over Seattle in week 11, while the Bucs are 11-9 on MNF. (this is also Atlanta’s third game in prime time this year; the Falcons won in Seattle) Atlanta’s favored by 6 1/2 in the Monday night rematch and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make sense. The last time Atlanta swept Tampa Bay was in the 2014 season, when they took wins in both the Peach State and the Sunshine State that year. While the Bucs may not make the post-season, they would like nothing more than to end Atlanta’s hopes of repeating as NFC South champs. You might want to consider taping “Scorpion” this week. Falcon fans can rest easy and take their brooms out. Atlanta wins in the Sunshine State, even though Tampa Bay will make it closer than the 6 1/2.

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It’s getting close to the end.

For the teams that are struggling, the end cannot come soon enough. For those that are in contention, they are hoping that their end will be in Minneapolis when Super Bowl 52 is over.

There are only four games remaining in the regular season to decide who advances to the playoffs for a shot at a trip to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. As the NFL enters the final quarter of the regular season, there are 22 teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot.

Entering Week 14, no teams have clinched a playoff berth, so there’s still some hope. Four teams – Minnesota, New England, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – can clinch a division title this week. Three others – Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans – can secure a playoff berth. Pittsburgh can also clinch a playoff berth with a Buffalo loss.

In the AFC, New England (10-2) can lock up the AFC East with a win or a Buffalo loss. Pittsburgh (10-2) can secure the AFC North title with a victory over Baltimore. Pittsburgh can also clinch a playoff berth before the team plays on Sunday night with a Buffalo loss. Jacksonville (8-4) has a chance to secure a playoff berth with a win combined with other scenarios.

In the NFC, the Eagles (10-2) can secure the NFC East with a win or a Dallas loss. It would complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround for Philadelphia, which finished last in the division in 2016 and this would be the 14th season in the past 15 years in which at least one team won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place. The Vikings (10-2) can lock up the NFC North with a victory or losses by both Detroit and Green Bay. The Rams (9-3) and Saints (9-3) each have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth with a win combined with other scenarios.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK 13: New England defeated Buffalo 23-3 and improved to 10-2. The Patriots have won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons, the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-1998).

New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 258 yards in today’s win and became the fourth player in NFL history to reach 65,000 career passing yards (65,214), joining Peyton Manning (71,940), Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (71,838) and Drew Brees (69,409).

In his career, Brady has won 55 games in December, the most by a starting quarterback in any calendar month in NFL history.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 25 of 34 passes (73.5 percent) for 269 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 106.1 passer rating in the Saints’ 31-21 win over Carolina. Brees has 6,127 career completions and surpassed Peyton Manning (6,125) for the second-most completions in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (6,300) has more career completions.

Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara had 126 scrimmage yards – 66 receiving and 60 rushing – in Sunday’s win against the Panthers. This season, Kamara has 614 receiving yards and 606 rushing yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (1964) and Billy Sims (1980) as the only rookies in NFL history to have at least 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards.

New Orleans running backs Kamara (126 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns) and Mark Ingram (122 scrimmage yards with a touchdown) combined for 248 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which Kamara and Ingram combined for 200+ scrimmage yards.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 19-10 win over Cleveland. Allen is the first player in NFL history to have at least 10 catches, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in three consecutive games.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ loss against the Los Angeles Rams. Fitzgerald has 1,207 career catches and became the third player in NFL history to reach 1,200 receptions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,549) and Tony Gonzalez (1,325). Fitzgerald, who played in his 214th career game, is the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone (Rice, 221 games and Gonzalez, 247).

Fitzgerald has 82 receptions this season, his 10th career season with at least 75 catches. Only Rice (13) has more such seasons in NFL history.

Fitzgerald has 15,267 career receiving yards and surpassed Isaac Bruce (15,208) to move into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list.

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore rushed for 61 yards in the Colts’ loss at Jacksonville. Gore, who has 13,697 career rushing yards, moved into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers La Dainian Tomlinson (13,684) and Jerome Bettis (13,662). The only players with more career rushing yards are Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith (18,355), Walter Payton (16,726), Barry Sanders (15,269) and Curtis Martin (14,101).

•Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 percent) for 227 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.4 passer rating in the Vikings’ 14-9 win at Atlanta.

Keenum, who had a 114 passer rating in three November games and was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, has posted a passer rating of at least 100 in four consecutive games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (2009) and Daunte Culpepper (2000 and 2004) for the longest streak in franchise history.

•New York Jets wide receivers Jermaine Kearse (157 yards) and Robby Anderson (107) each had at least 100 receiving yards in the team’s 38-31 win over Kansas City.

Last week against Carolina, Anderson (146 yards) and Kearse (105) also had 100-yard receiving games. The duo is the first set of Jets teammates to each have at least 100 receiving yards in consecutive games since 1967 (Weeks 16-17) when Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Maynard and George Sauer accomplished the feat for New York.

•Green Bay rookie running back Aaron Jones rushed for the game-winning 20-yard touchdown with 5:59 remaining in overtime of the Packers’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay. Green Bay has played 41 overtime games in franchise history (including the postseason) and Jones is only the second Packers player all-time to score a rushing touchdown in overtime (Jim Hargrove, October 18, 1987).

Chicago rookie running back Tarik Cohen had a 61-yard punt-return touchdown in the Bears’ loss against San Francisco. Cohen is the first player since Terry Metcalf (1975) and the first rookie since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (1965) to have a punt-return touchdown, rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and passing touchdown in a single season.

There are playoff scenarios this week and resevations to the post-season party could be RSVP’d this weekend. Here are the scenarios for week 14 (this could cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show… apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!)

AFC

New England (10-2) at Miami (5-7), Monday night

New England clinches AFC East division with:
1.New England win or tie OR
2.Buffalo loss or tie

Baltimore (7-5) at Pittsburgh (10-2), Sunday night

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division with:

1.PIT win or tie

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

1.Buffalo loss or tie

Jacksonville (8-4) vs. Seattle (8-4), Sunday

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth with:

1.Jacksonville win + Buffalo loss + Miami loss or tie + New York Jets loss or tie + Los Angeles Chargers loss or tie + Oakland-Kansas City game does not end in a tie

 

NFC

Philadelphia at (10-2) at Los Angeles Rams (9-3), Sunday

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

1.Philadelphia win or tie  OR

​2.Dallas loss or tie

Minnesota (10-2) at Carolina (8-4), Sunday

Minnesota clinches NFC North division with:

1.Minnesota win or tie OR

2.Detroit loss or tie + Green Bay loss or tie

Los Angeles Rams (9-3) vs. Philadelphia (10-2), Sunday

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

1) Los Angeles Rams win + Detroit loss or tie + Green Bay loss or tie + Dallas loss or tie + Carolina loss + Atlanta loss

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 13: LIVING LEGENDS: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Indianapolis running back Frank Gore continue to etch their names in the NFL record book.

Fitzgerald led the Cardinals with 10 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in their Week 13 loss. He has 1,207 career catches and became the third player in NFL history to reach 1,200 receptions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,549) and Tony Gonzalez (1,325).

Fitzgerald, who played in his 214th career game, is the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone (Rice, 221 games and Gonzalez, 247).

The players with the most career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEPTIONS)(GAMES TO REACH 1,200 CATCHES)

Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (1,549)(221)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1,325)(247)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (1,207(214)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Fitzgerald has 15,267 career receiving yards and surpassed Isaac Bruce (15,208) to move into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list.

The players with the most career 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)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,267)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Gore rushed for 61 yards in the Colts’ Week 13 loss and has 13,697 career rushing yards. He surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers La Dainian Tomlinson (13,684) and Jerome Bettis (13,662) to move into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

The players with the most career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER 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)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,697)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers’ 23-20 win at Cincinnati on Monday Night Football last week.

Brown, who has 569 receptions since 2013, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (563 from 1999-2003) for the most catches by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receptions by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(RECEPTIONS)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2013-17)(569)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2003)(563)^
*In fifth season of span
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who has 7,611 receiving yards since 2013, also surpassed Harrison (7,594 from 1999-2003) for the most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(RECEIVING YARDS)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2013-17)(7,611)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2003)(7,594)^
*In fifth season of span
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LEGENDARY LANDRY: Miami wide receiver Jarvis Landry ranks third in the NFL with 80 receptions this season.

Landry, who entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick in 2014, is the only player in NFL history to have at least 80 receptions in each of his first four seasons.

CLUTCH WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, including one in the fourth quarter, in the Seahawks’ 24-10 win over Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football last week in the Pacific Northwest.

Wilson has 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season, tied with Eli Manning (15 in 2011) for the most in a single season.

The players with the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(4TH QUARTER TD PASSES)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2017)(15)*
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2011)(15)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2016)(14)
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (2015)(14)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013)(14)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2002)(14)
Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts (1959)(14)^
*Through Week 13
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

JETS SOARING: New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown completed 26 of 36 passes (72.2 percent) for 331 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 109.8 passer rating and rushed for two touchdowns in the team’s 38-31 win over Kansas City last week.

McCown, who turned 38 years old in July, became the third player in NFL history with at least two rushing touchdowns in a single game at the age of 38 or older.

The players with at least two rushing touchdowns in a single game at the age of 38 or older:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(AGE)(RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS)
Josh McCown, New York Jets (2017)(38)(2)
Doug Flutie, San Diego (2003)(41)(2)
Jim Thorpe, Canton Bulldogs (1926)(38)(2)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DOMINANT DUMERVIL: San Francisco linebacker Elvis Dumervil recorded a sack in the 49ers’ 15-14 win at Chicago last week. Dumervil ranks fourth among active players with 104.5 career sacks.

Dumervil’s sack of Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday marked the 50th different quarterback he has sacked in his 12-year NFL career. Dumervil is the fourth active player to have at least a half-sack against 50 different quarterbacks in his career.

The active players with at least a half-sack against 50 different quarterbacks:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (NUMBER OF QUARTERBACKS SACKED
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (74)
Terrell Suggs – Baltimore (69)
Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis, San Diego, Arizona, Atlanta, Seattle and Detroit (63)
Elvis Dumervil – Denver, Baltimore and San Francisco (50)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 14

TERRIFIC TURNAROUND: The Philadelphia Eagles lead the NFC East and are tied for the best record in the NFL at 10-2. The Eagles, who finished in last place in the division with a 7-9 record in 2016, can clinch the NFC East on Sunday with a win at the Los Angeles Rams or a loss by Dallas.

It would mark the 14th season in the past 15 years that at least one team won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 44 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 21 of them have done so in the past 14 years (2003-16), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON, TEAM (RECORD)(PRIOR SEASON RECORD) _
2003, Carolina (11-5)(7-9)
2003, Kansas City (13-3)(8-8)**
2004, Atlanta (11-5)(5-11)
2004, San Diego (12-4)(4-12)**
2005, Chicago (11-5)(5-11)
2005, New York Giants (11-5)(6-10)**
2005, Tampa Bay (11-5)(5-11)
2006, Baltimore (13-3)(6-10)**
2006, New Orleans (10-6)(3-13)
2006, Philadelphia (10-6)(6-10)
2007, Tampa Bay (9-7)(4-12)
2008, Miami (11-5)(1-15)
2009, New Orleans (13-3)(8-8)***
2010, Kansas City (10-6)(4-12)
2011, Denver (8-8)(4-12)
2011, Houston Texans (10-6)(6-10)**
2012, Washington (10-6)(5-11)
2013, Carolina (12-4)(7-9)**
2013, Philadelphia (10-6)(4-12)
2015, Washington (9-7)(4-12)
2016, Dallas (13-3)(4-12)
2017, Philadelphia (10-2)*(7-9)
* Through Week 13
** Tied for last place
*** Won Super Bowl

THE CLIMB CONTINUES: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 15,267 receiving yards in his 14-year career.

With 26 receiving yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Fitzgerald will surpass Randy Moss (15,292) for the third-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)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,267)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CENTENNIAL BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 88 receptions this season.

Brown, who plays against Baltimore on Sunday night, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 100 catches in five consecutive seasons. Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1999-2002) is the only other player to accomplish the feat in four consecutive seasons.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(MOST CONSECUTIVE 100-CATCH SEASONS)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2013-16)(4)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2002)(4)^
*Has 88 catches through Week 13
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SIXTH AND SEVENTH SEASON SUCCESSES: Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has 791 receiving yards and four touchdown catches this season.

Hilton, who plays at Buffalo on Sunday, can join Gary Clark (1985-92) and Randy Moss (1998-2003) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 850 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of their first six seasons to start a career.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 850 receiving yards and five touchdown catches to begin their career:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 850+ REC. YARDS AND 5+ TDS TO BEGIN CAREER)
Gary Clark, Washington (1985-92)(8)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998-2003)(6)
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (2012-16)(5)*
*Has 791 rec. yards and four TDs in sixth season

Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green ties for fifth in the AFC with 886 receiving yards. Green, who plays against Chicago on Sunday, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 950 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons. Green and Randy Moss are the only players to accomplish the feat in each of their first six NFL seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 950 receiving yards to begin their career:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 950+ RECIEVEING YARDS TO BEGIN CAREER)
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (2011-16)(6)*
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998-2003)(6)
*Has 886 recieving yards in seventh season

ALL-PURPOSE ALL-STARS: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell (1,559 scrimmage yards) and Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (1,502) rank first and second in the NFL in scrimmage yards.

Bell (1,057 rushing yards and 502 receiving yards) and Gurley (939 and 563) can become the seventh and eighth players in NFL history with at least 1,100 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in their team’s first 13 games of a season. They would become the first pair of players to accomplish the feat in the same season.

Bell can put himself in some pretty good company and join Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (1998 and 1999) as the only players to accomplish the feat twice. In 2014, Bell had 1,231 rushing yards and 693 receiving yards in the Steelers’ first 13 games of the season.

The players with 1,100+ rushing yards and 600+ receiving yards in their team’s first 13 games to start a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(RUSH YARDS/RECIEVEING YARDS)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1998)(1,113/823)^
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (1999)(1,180/720)^
Priest Holmes, Kansas City (2002)(1,454/650)
Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (2006)(1,109/680)
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia (2007)(1,110/642)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (2014)(1,231/693)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (2017)(1,057/502)*
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017)(939/563)*
*Through 12 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Week 14 began Thursday night when Atlanta defeated New Orleans 20-17 in the Big Peach in a key NFC South matchup and concludes in prime time on Sunday night as the Steelers host Baltimore at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the action wraps up on Monday night in Miami as the Dolphins host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

There are only four games remaining in the regular season to decide who advances to the playoffs for a shot at a trip to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. As the NFL enters the final quarter of the regular season, there are 22 teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot.

Entering Week 14, no teams have clinched a playoff berth, so there’s still some hope. Four teams – Minnesota, New England, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – can clinch a division title this week. Three others – Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans – can secure a playoff berth. Pittsburgh can also clinch a playoff berth with a Buffalo loss.

In the AFC, New England (10-2) can lock up the AFC East with a win or a Buffalo loss. Pittsburgh (10-2) can secure the AFC North title with a victory over Baltimore. Pittsburgh can also clinch a playoff berth before the team plays on Sunday night with a Buffalo loss. Jacksonville (8-4) has a chance to secure a playoff berth with a win combined with other scenarios.

In the NFC, the Eagles (10-2) can secure the NFC East with a win or a Dallas loss. It would complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround for Philadelphia, which finished last in the division in 2016 and this would be the 14th season in the past 15 years in which at least one team won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place. The Vikings (10-2) can lock up the NFC North with a victory or losses by both Detroit and Green Bay. The Rams (9-3) and Saints (9-3) each have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth with a win combined with other scenarios.

Week 14 began Thursday night when Atlanta hosted New Orleans in the Big Peach in a key NFC South matchup and concludes in prime time on Sunday night as the Steelers host Baltimore at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the action wraps up on Monday night in Miami as the Dolphins host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

As for last week, it was a pretty good week as we went 9-7 for the week,

As for last week, it was a pretty good week as we went 9-7 for the week, for the year, we’re 115-78. There’s a lot off football left on the docket. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday games for week 14.

Indianapolis (3-9) at Buffalo (6-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The struggling Indianapolis Colts travel to upstate New York for a Sunday afternoon AFC contest with the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park. Both teams enter the intra-conference game at New Era Stadium with losses under their belts.

The Colts dropped a 30-10 decision to Jacksonville last Sunday in the Sunshine State at EverBank Field. Indy trailed the Jaguars, tied for first in the AFC South with Tennessee, trailed 16-3 at the half, then saw the Jaguars pull away, outscoring the Colts 14-7 in the second half. While the Colts did outrush Jacksonville 141-96, Jacksonville made life miserable for Jacboy Brissett (174 yards, TD), sacking him four times and picking him off twice, while Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 309 yards and a pair of TDs. The Colts were 5 of 15 on third down conversions in the Sunshine State but found success on fourth down, going 4 of 4 on fourth down and held the ball for 26:13, while Jacksonville went 9 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the pigskin for 33:47.

New England held Buffalo to a 49-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka in the second quarter and took Buffalo to task, taking down the Bills 23-3 at New Era Stadium. The Bills trailed 9-3 at the half in upstate New York before New England pulled away in the final 30 minutes of action. New England outrushed Buffalo 191-183 and Tom Brady burned the Bills for 258 yards, while Tyrod Taylor threw for only 65 yards with three sacks before leaving the contest with a knee injury. Buffalo went 5 of 13, 0 of 3 on third and fourt down tries and kept the ball for 25:59, while New England, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:01, went 5 of 12 on third down conversions.

Buffalo leads the series 36-31-1 (which includes games that were played in Baltimore and at old War Memorial Stadium) and the Bills have outscored the Colts 1,417-1,312. Buffalo came away 27-14 winners in upstate New York in 2015 in their last meeting, while Indy’s last win over the Bills came in 2012 in Indy by a final of 20-13. Buffalo’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 46. The Bills circle the wagon and take this one in upstate New York and cover the 3.

Minnesota (10-2) at Carolina (8-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Case Keenum vs. Cam Newton. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Tar Heel State as Carolina hosts the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium.

Minnesota held Atlanta without a TD for the first time since they were shutout at Carolina in 2015, scoring only three Matt Bryant field goals to come away 14-9 winenrs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday. The Vikings led 7-6 at the half, then saw the Falcons take a 9-7 lead with 11:57 left in the third and took that lead into the fourth quarter, when Minnesota took the lead back for keeps when Keenum (227 yards, two sack) and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on a 6-yard TD pass to open play in the fourth quarter. Minnesota outrushed Atlanta 105-102 and held Matt Ryan to 173 yards in the air in the win. Atlanta on third down was a somewhat dismal 1 of 10 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:58, while the Vikings went 6 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 34:02.

Carolina and Newton dropped a 31-21 decision to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday afternoon in the Big Easy. Carolina trailed 21-14 at the intermission before the Saints pulled away in the second half to take the win. Carolina made it a 10-point contest with 3:57 left in regulation when Newton (183 yards) and WR Devin Funchess connected on a 24-yard TD pass (it was the second TD pass of the day for Newton; he had connected with WR Christian McCaffrey in the first half to pull the Panthers to within seven). Carolina then tried an onside kick which they thought was successful but Funchess’ effort to keep the ball failed after the Saints challenged the call. New Orleans won the challenge and took control after that. New Orleans outrushed Carolina 148-112 and it was the Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara show as Ingram ran for 85 yards and TD, while Kamara chipped in with 60 yards and a pair of rushing TDs of his own and Brees threw for 269 yards in the contest in the Big Easy without being intercepted. New Orleans was 6 of 15 on third down conversions in the rematch (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:21, while the Panthers were 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the pigskin for 26:39.

Minnesota leads the series 8-5, while Carolina has outscored the Vikings 254-236. The Vikings won the last meeting, which took place last year in the Tar Heel State, taking a 27-10 win in Charlotte. The week three contest at Bank of America Stadium saw Minnesota erase a 10-8 halftime lead and shutout the Panthers in the final 30 minutes of play 14-0. Carolina outrushed Minnesota 105-58 but Newton was sacked eight times and picked off three times while throwing for 262 yards. Minnesota on third down went 3 of 12 and kept the ball for 25:08, while Carolina, despite the loss, ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 34:52, going 6 of 16 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Carolina was favored by 7 in the week three affair at Bank of America Stadium and the Vikings covered the spread, winning by 17. As for the 43 over/under? It was untouched as both teams merged for 37 points. Minnesota’s favored by 3 on the road and the over/under’s 41. Minnesota’s trying to keep pace with the Eagles for the top spot in the NFC, while the Panthers look to restore some order in the NFC South. Minnesota pulls the upset in the Tar Heel State and covers the 3 with the win in Charlotte.

Chicago (3-9) at Cincinnati (5-7), 1 p.m. on FOX. Chicago travels to Cincinnati for an NFC-AFC showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals along the shores of the Ohio River. Both teams took losses last week at home and both are trying to catch the leaders in theri respective divisions.

Da Bears let a 14-12 lead get away from them against San Francisco at Soldier Field as the 49ers roared back to take a 15-14 win in the final seconds of the contest in the Windy City. Chicago led 14-9 at the break before the 49ers took control in the second half, scring their last six points of the game unchallenged. Robbie Gould, who kicked for Chicago, came back to haunt his old team in the final seconds of the contest when he sent a 24-yard try through the uprights with four seconds left to play. Da Bears were outrushed 110-62 and Matt Trubinsbky threw for 102 yards, while San Francisco’s Jimmy Graffalo threw for 293 (each was sacked twice and Garaffalo threw an interception). Chicago was 5 of 10 on third down tries and held the ball for 21:13, while San Francisco kept the pigskin for 38:47, going 10 of 18 on third downs.

Cincinnati pulled defeat from the jaws of victory as the Steelers completed the sweep of the series, taking a 23-20 win in Cincinnati last Monday night. The Bengals took a 17-3 with them to the intermission before Pittsburgh roared back in the second half, outscoring the Bengals 20-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. The contest had some scary moments as Steelers LB Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury that stopped the contest and sent him to the hospital with a neck injury (Shazier did not suffer any further injuries and was able to move his arms and legs) in the second quarter. Then, halfway through the fourth quarter, things got somewhat chippy as Steelers WR JuJu Schuster-Smith was flagged for taunting afte a hit in the contest (he would later be suspended by the league for his action) and also in the contest, Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict, who Steeler fans despise, was knocked out of the contest and taken off the field as well. Pittsburgh would eventually tie the contest up when Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on a 6-yard TD strike to tie things up and then take the win in the closing seconds as Chris Boswell conntected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired. In all that chippiness and confusion, the Bengals outrushed Pittsburgh 130-92 and Andy Dalton threw for 234 yards and a pair of TD tosses to WR A.J. Green, while Roethlisberger threw for 290 yards and a pair of TDs as well (connecting with Brown and LeVeon Bell). Cincinnati on third down went 7 of 14 and the Bengals held the ball for 30:11, while the Steelers were 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:49.

Cincinnati holds a 6-4 lead in the series and the Bengals have outscored Chicago 188-181. Da Bears won the last meeting, taking a 24-21 win in the Windy City in 2013, while Cincy’s last win came at home in 2009 by a fnial of 45-10. The Bengals are favored by 7 and the over/under comes in at 39 1/2. Da Bears are actually better than 3-9 and would love nothing more than to ruin someone’s playoff hopes. The Bengals are looking to survive and perhaps take a Wild Card spot. Bengals win this one but expect Da Bears to make it closer than the 7.

Green Bay (6-6) at Cleveland (0-12), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. The contending Green Bay Packers travel to Cleveland for a Sunday afternoon contest with the winless Browns along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Packers needed overtime to take a 26-20 win over Tampa Bay last Sunday at Lambeau. Green Bay led 17-10 at the intermission, before Tampa Bay took the lead back with 6:02 left in regulation when Jameis Winston and TE Cameron Brate connected on an 11-yard TD pass. Green Bay then proceeded to tie things up with 2:01 left when K Mason Crosby kicked a 22-yard field goal, setting the score at 20-20 at the end of regulation. Green Bay won the toss to start overtime and wasted very little if any time, as the Packers used an 8-play, 72-yard drive that used 4:01 of clock to send their fans home happy when RB Aaron Jones scored on a 20-yard romp, giving the Packers the win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. The contest between the Bays was a rushing fan’s dream, as the Packers outrushed Tampa Bay 199-165 (Green Bay’s Jamaal Williams led all rushers with 113 yards and a TD, while Tampa Bay was paced by Payton Barber’s 102) and Winston threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs with seven sacks and Brett Hundley threw for 84 yards for Green Bay. The Bucs on third down tries went 9 of 16 and kept the ball for 37:17, while the Packers were 5 of 12 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:44, including the overtime.

Cleveland reamined winless in the 2017 campaign after their 19-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on the West Coast Last Sunday afternoon. The Chargers led 9-7 at the intermission, thanks to three Todd Coons field goals, including a 22-yarder that gave them the lead with :00 left on the clock (Cleveland had led 7-6 with 1:55 left befroe the intermission when Browns QB DeShone Kizer and TE David Njoku connected on a 28-yard TD strike). Los Angeles would go on to outscore Cleveland 10-3 in the second half, as Philip Rivers and WR Keenan Allen would score the Chargers’ only TD with 10:35 left in the third. While neither team breached the 100-yard barrier, the Chargers did outrush Cleveland 94-89 and Rivers threw for 344 yards, while Kizer threw for 215. The Chargers were 8 of 15 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:57, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 34:57, going 5 of 11 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay leads the series 11-7, the Packers have outscored Cleveland 429-334 and Green Bay has won the last two meetings, taking a 31-13 win at Lambeau in 2013, while Cleveland’s last win over Green Bay came in 2005, when the Browns walked out of Lambeau with a 26-24 win. Green Bay’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 40 1/2. Green Bay wins along the shores of Lake Erie and covers the 3.

San Francisco (2-10) at Houston (4-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Lone Star State as San Francisco travels to Houston for a meeting with the Texans in Houston.

The 49ers erased a 14-12 deficit against Chicago last Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field as the 49ers roared back to take a 15-14 win in the final seconds of the contest in the Windy City. San Francisco trailed 14-9 at the break before the 49ers took control in the second half, scring their last six points of the game unchallenged. Robbie Gould, who kicked for Chicago, came back to haunt his old team in the final seconds of the contest when he sent a 24-yard try through the uprights with four seconds left to play. Da Bears were outrushed 110-62 and Matt Trubinsbky threw for 102 yards, while San Francisco’s Jimmy Graffalo threw for 293 (each was sacked twice and Garaffalo threw an interception). Chicago was 5 of 10 on third down tries and held the ball for 21:13, while San Francisco kept the pigskin for 38:47, going 10 of 18 on third downs.

Houston saw Tennessee break a 10-10 tie at the half and came out on the short end of a 24-13 final against the Titans at Nissan Stadium last Sunday. Tennessee outrushed the Texans 198-53, as Titans’ RB Derrick Henry ran for 109 yards and a TD, while Houston’s Tom Savage threw for 365 yards and a TD but was sacked four times (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota threw for 150 yards and a TD for the Titans). The Texans on third down were 8 of 16 and actually ruled the clock, as theu held the ball for 33:49, while the Titans were 5 of 11 on third down, holding the ball for 26:11 (both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

San Francisco leads the series 2-1 and the 49ers have outscored Houston 75-44. Houston’s lone win in the series came in 2009 in the Lone Star State by a final of 24-21, while San Francisco’s last win came on the West Coast, as the 49ers were 34-3 winners in 2013. Houston’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Houston’s looking to at the very least get a Wild Card spot, while the 49ers would like nothing more than to put an end to that plan. Take a pass on this one and watch that “Law and Order:SVU” marathon on USA (Olivia Benson’s really sexy when she’s questioning a suspect!) Houston not only covers the 2 1/2, they take the win at home in the Lone Star State.

Oakland (6-6) at Kansas City (6-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They meet again.

They still don’t like each other.

Don’t expect Christmas greetings or Facebook friend requests.

It’s round two of an old-fashioned AFL/AFC West matchup as the Raiders and Chiefs, in a three-way tie for first in the AFC West with the Los Angeles Chargers, renew their rivalry as the venue changes from northern California to the Show Me State.

Oakland comes Eastward with a 24-17 win over the New York Giants last Sunday in Oakland. The Silver and Black led the Giants, who had Geno Smith (212 yards, TD, three sacks) under center (they had benched Eli Manning) 10-7 after three quarters of play before they took control of things in the final quarter, shutting out the G-men in that period. Oakland outrushed the Giants 119-65 and Marshawn Lynch ran for 101 yards and a TD, while David Carr threw for 287 and a TD. Oakland on third down went 6 of 15 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:19, while the Giants were 28:41 in time of possession, going 5 of 14 on third down.

The Chiefs, in that three-way tie with the Raiders and Chargers, lost their second game in Met Life Stadium, dropping a 38-31 decision against the New York Jets last Sunday. Kansas City trailed 21-17 at the half, then managed to tie the contest at 24-24 when Chiefs QB Alex Smith connected with WR Tyreek Hill on a 29-yard TD pass with 5:13 left in the third. Afte the Jets reclaimed the lead, Smith and Hill would take the lead for their first and only time, connecting on a 40-yard pass with 9:13. The Jets then proceeded to use a 14-play, 75-yard drive that used 6:58 of clock to reclaim the lead for keeps when QB Josh McCown scored on a 1-yard TD run. The Jets then went for two and at first were stopped by the Chiefs. There were two problems. First, Kansas City’s Stephen Nelson was flagged for holding (which was declined). Then, they added insult to injury when CB Marcus Peters threw an official’s flag into the stands, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty and the ire of head coach Andy Reid (who later suspended Peters for his actions without pay last Wednesday). Peters then left the field and came back but did not re-enter the contest and after the Jets try for two was succesful, the Chiefs got the ball back and got as far as New York’s 19-yard line, where three Smith passes fell short of their mark. New York outrushed Kansas City 157-112 and Smtih threw for 366 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Travis Kelce on the other two TD tosses, while McCown threw for 331 yards and a TD pass to RB Matt Forte. Kansas City was 3 of 8 on third down tries in the Meadowlans (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for a mere 17:11, while the Jets were ball hogs, keeping the ball for 42:49, going 13 of 20 on third down and 1 of 1 on on fourth down.

It’s a week seven rematch that saw the Silver and Black come from behind to win 31-30. Kansas City led 20-14 at the half and took a 30-24 lead into the final minutes of regulation when Oakland stormed back to win the contest but not without some controversy in the waining seconds. First, Carr threw what Raider fans had thought was a TD to TE Jared Cook. The replay officials reversed the call on the field, saying that Cook did not break the plane of the goal line. Carr then connected with Michael Crabtree for a second TD (or so Raider fans though), only to have their hearts broken when Crabtree was called for pass interference. Then after two Chiefs penalties, the Raiders found the promised land when Carr and Crabtree connected on a 2-yard TD strike as the clock struck :00. As was the case for all scoring plays, it was reviewed and upheld and the Raiders took the win. Kansas City outrushed Oakland 94-88 in a contest that saw RB Marshawn Lynch ejected for making contact with an official during the contest. Carr threw for 417 yards, while Smith threw for 342 (each man threw three TD passes) in the Thursday night affair on the West Coast. Kansas City was 8 of 15 on third down conversions and held the ball for 30:36, while the Raiders were 6 of 13 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Silver and Black kept the ball for 29:24.

The Chiefs were 3-point favorites in the week seven contest on the West Coast and the Raiders came away with a 1-point win. As for the 47 over/under? That was taken care of, as both clubs combined for 61 points. This time, the Chiefs are favored by 4 and the over/under is 47 1/2. For these two teams, it’s football’s answer to musical chairs and as long as the music plays, they have a chance. When the music stops, it becomes chaos. The Raiders would like to prove that the first meeting was not a fluke, the Chiefs would like nothing more than to erase the memories of losing five of their last six contests. Kansas City restores order, covers the 4 and takes the win at Arrowhead.

Dallas (6-6) at New York Giants (2-10), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. One team still doesn’t have Ezekiel Elliott. The other will have a future Hall of Famer back under center and a interim head coach on the sidelines. Dallas makes their way to the Meadowland for an NFC East showdown with the NeW York Giants.

Dallas made it a sweep of their series with Washington, taking down the Redskins 38-14 in Arlington last Thursday night. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cowboys took a 17-7 lead with them to the locker room at the half and took control from there, breaking their three-game losing streak in the process. Dallas outrushed Washington 182-56 and Albert Morris did his best Ezekiel Elliott impression, leading all rushers with 127 yards and a TD, while Prescott threw for 102 and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Whitten on both tosses. Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 251 yards and a pair of TDs but Dallas made life for him somewhat miserable, sacking him four times and picking him off twice. Dallas went 7 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 32:28; as for Washington, they held the ball for 27:32, going 6 of 14 on third down tries (both clubs went 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Steve Spagnola takes over for Bob McAdoo after he was fired and Manning returns under center after he was benched in favor of Geno Smith as they fell to the Oakland Raiders 24-17 last Sunday in Oakland. The Silver and Black led the Giants, who had Geno Smith (212 yards, TD, three sacks) under center (they had benched Manning) 10-7 after three quarters of play before they took control of things in the final quarter, shutting out the G-men in that period. Oakland outrushed the Giants 119-65 and Marshawn Lynch ran for 101 yards and a TD, while David Carr threw for 287 and a TD. Oakland on third down went 6 of 15 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:19, while the Giants were 28:41 in time of possession, going 5 of 14 on third down.

They met in Arlington in week one and with Elliott in the lineup, the Cowboys took a 13-0 lead at the break and won 19-3. Dallas held the Giants to a 25 yard field goal by Alex Rosas in the third quarter, while Dan Bailey kicked four field goals in the game, with the only TD coming in the second quarter when Prescott (268 yards) and TE Jason Witten connected on a 12-yard toss. Dallas outrushed the Giants 129-35, with Elliott leading the way with 104 yards on the ground. Manning threw for 220 yards in the loss, was sacked twice and picked off once. Dallas on third down went 8 of 15 and held the ball for 34:14, while the Giants, who kept the pigskin for 25:46, went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas was favored by 4 1/2 in the week one contest in the Meadowlands and won by 16. Neither team touched the 48 over/under, as they combined for 22 points. This time, the Cowboys are favored by 5 and the over/under’s 42. Both numbers make sense. Dallas is trying to make the post-season party, while the Giants are trying to get through the season. Dak vs. Eli. Giants make this one close but Cowboys pull off the sweep and take the win in upstate New Jersey.

Detroit (6-6) at Tampa Bay (4-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Tampa Bay faces another former NFC North rival as Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions come to the Sunshine State for an afternoon contest at Raymond James Stadium.

The Lions pulled to within seven against Baltimore in Charm City last Sunday, only to see the Ravens pull away and take a 44-20 win last Sunday. Detroit trailed 20-0 at the half and pulled to within 7 at 20-13 after three quarters of play before the Ravens took control of the contest in the fourth quarter. Detroit narrowed the gap with 2:15 left in the third quarter when rookie RB Tion Green scored on a 6-yard run. Baltimore then took control of things from that point, outscoring Detroit 24-7 in the final 15 minutes of action. Detroit was outrushed 101-78 and Stafford threw for 292 yards and a TD while being sacked three times and throwing an interception (Stafford would leave the contest with a bruised throwing hand). Baltimore’s Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards for the Ravens, with a pair of TD and no sacks or interceptions at M&T Bank Stadium. Detroit went 4 of 13 on third down and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 30:09, while the Ravens were 29:51 in time of possession, going 5 of 12 on third down tries.

Tampa Bay dropped a 26-20 overtime decision at Green Bay last Sunday at Lambeau. Green Bay led 17-10 at the intermission, before Tampa Bay took the lead back with 6:02 left in regulation when Winston and TE Cameron Brate connected on an 11-yard TD pass. Green Bay then proceeded to tie things up with 2:01 left when K Mason Crosby kicked a 22-yard field goal, setting the score at 20-20 at the end of regulation. Green Bay won the toss to start overtime and wasted very little if any time, as the Packers used an 8-play, 72-yard drive that used 4:01 of clock to send their fans home happy when RB Aaron Jones scored on a 20-yard romp, giving the Packers the win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. The contest between the Bays was a rushing fan’s dream, as the Packers outrushed Tampa Bay 199-165 (Green Bay’s Jamaal Williams led all rushers with 113 yards and a TD, while Tampa Bay was paced by Payton Barber’s 102) and Winston threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs with seven sacks and Brett Hundley threw for 84 yards for Green Bay. The Bucs on third down tries went 9 of 16 and kept the ball for 37:17, while the Packers were 5 of 12 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:44, including the overtime.

Detroit leads the series 30-26 and the Lions have outscored Tampa Bay 1,199-977. Detroit came away 34-17 winners in the Motor City in the last meeting between the clubs, while Tampa Bay’s last win over Detroit also came in the Motor City, as the Bucs walked away with a 24-21 win in 2013. The Lions are favored by 2 and the over/under’s 38 1/2. Tampa Bay could make this contest interesting but Detroit prevails and covers the 2 in the Sunshine State.

New York Jets (5-7) at Denver (3-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Two old AFL rivals meet in the Mile High City as Denver hosts the New York Jets in the Rocky Mountains.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! gave Kansas City their second loss in Met Life Stadium, as GangGreen came survived a scare by the Chiefs and came away 38-31 winners last Sunday. Kansas City trailed 21-17 at the half, then managed to tie the contest at 24-24 when Chiefs QB Alex Smith connected with WR Tyreek Hill on a 29-yard TD pass with 5:13 left in the third. Afte the Jets reclaimed the lead, Smith and Hill would take the lead for their first and only time, connecting on a 40-yard pass with 9:13. The Jets then proceeded to use a 14-play, 75-yard drive that used 6:58 of clock to reclaim the lead for keeps when QB Josh McCown scored on a 1-yard TD run. The Jets then went for two and at first were stopped by the Chiefs. There were two problems. First, Kansas City’s Stephen Nelson was flagged for holding (which was declined). Then, they added insult to injury when CB Marcus Peters threw an official’s flag into the stands, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty and the ire of head coach Andy Reid (who later suspended Peters for his actions without pay last Wednesday). Peters then left the field and came back but did not re-enter the contest and after the Jets try for two was succesful, the Chiefs got the ball back and got as far as New York’s 19-yard line, where three Smith passes fell short of their mark. New York outrushed Kansas City 157-112 and Smtih threw for 366 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Travis Kelce on the other two TD tosses, while McCown threw for 331 yards and a TD pass to RB Matt Forte. Kansas City was 3 of 8 on third down tries in the Meadowlans (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for a mere 17:11, while the Jets were ball hogs, keeping the ball for 42:49, going 13 of 20 on third down and 1 of 1 on on fourth down.

Denver continues their somewhat dismal season after their 35-9 loss at Miami last Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. Denver trailed the Dolphins led 16-0 at the half, then saw the Dolphins take control of the contest early. Miami outrushed Denver 145-103, with Dolphins RB Keyon Drake leading the way with 120 yards and a TD, while Jay Cutler threw for 235 yards and three TDs, with Denver’s Trevor Siemian throwing for 300 yards with three sacks and three interceptions. Miami on third down went 4 of 15 and kept the ball for 34:22, while the Broncos went 1 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down ahd held on to the pigskin for 25:238.

Including games that took place when the Jets were known as the Titans and the Broncos played their home games in Mile High Stadium, Denver leads the series 18-15-1 and have outscored GangGreen 831-731. Denver won the last meeting, which took place in 2014 in the Meadowlands by a final of 31-17, while New York’s last win came in 2010 in the Mile High City by a final of 24-20.

The J-E-T-S! JETSJ! JETS! JETS! are favored by 1 and the over/under’s 41. New York’s looking for a wild card spot, the Broncos are just trying to get through the 2017 campaign. GangGreen covers the 1 and takes the win in the Rockies.

Washington (5-7) at Los Angeles Chargers (6-6), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of contending teams in the playoff hunt meet in Los Angeles as Washington travels to the West Coast to take on Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Washington found themselves trailing Dallas 17-7 at the half last Thursday night in Arlington and came out on the short end of a 38-14 loss in NFC East action in the Lone Star State. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cowboys took that 17-7 lead with them to the locker room at the half and took control from there, breaking their three-game losing streak in the process. Dallas outrushed Washington 182-56 and Albert Morris did his best Ezekiel Elliott impression, leading all rushers with 127 yards and a TD, while Prescott threw for 102 and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Whitten on both tosses. Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 251 yards and a pair of TDs but Dallas made life for him somewhat miserable, sacking him four times and picking him off twice. Dallas went 7 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 32:28; as for Washington, they held the ball for 27:32, going 6 of 14 on third down tries (both clubs went 0 of 1 on fourth down).

The Chargers put themselves in a 3-way tie for first in the AFC West and kept Cleveland winless in the 2017 campaign after their 19-10 over the Browns on the West Coast Last Sunday afternoon. The Chargers used three Todd Coons field goals to lead 9-7 at the intermission, including a 22-yarder that gave them the lead with :00 left on the clock, this coming after Cleveland had led 7-6 with 1:55 left befroe the intermission when Browns QB DeShone Kizer and TE David Njoku connected on a 28-yard TD strike. Los Angeles would go on to outscore Cleveland 10-3 in the second half, as Rivers and WR Keenan Allen would score the Chargers’ only TD with 10:35 left in the third. While neither team breached the 100-yard barrier, the Chargers did outrush Cleveland 94-89 and Rivers threw for 344 yards, while Kizer threw for 215. The Chargers were 8 of 15 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:57, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 34:57, going 5 of 11 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Washington leads the series 7-3 (which includes contests that took place in San Diego) and the Redskins have outscored the Chargers 255-209. Washington needed overtime in Landover to take a 30-24 win in 2013, while the Chargers’ last win came in 2009 at Qualcomm by a final of 23-20. The oddsmakers like the Chargers as 6 point favorites at home and the over/under’s 46. Both numbers make a lot of sense. While this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY!” it’s worth watching. Hail to the Redskins? Not this week. Washington fans will be saying “Hell, it’s the Redskins!” Chargers may not cover the 6 but they take the win on the West Coast.

Tennessee (8-4) at Arizona (5-7), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. Marcus Mariota and the Tennesee Titans make their way to the desert for a late afternoon meeting with the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale.

Tennessee broke a 10-10 tie at the half with Houston and came away 24-13 winners over the Texans last Sunday in the Music City at Nissan Stadium last Sunday. Tennessee outrushed the Texans 198-53, as Titans’ RB Derrick Henry ran for 109 yards and a TD, while Houston’s Tom Savage threw for 365 yards and a TD but was sacked four times (Mariota threw for 150 yards and a TD for the Titans). The Texans on third down were 8 of 16 and actually ruled the clock, as theu held the ball for 33:49, while the Titans were 5 of 11 on third down, holding the ball for 26:11 (both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Arizona struggled against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday in Glendale and came away on the short end of a 32-16 NFC West loss in Glendale. The Desert Angry Birds trailed led 19-13 at the break and were held in check in the final 30 minutes of action. Arizona did manage to outrush Los Angeles 118-90, while Goff threw for 220 yards and a pair of TDs in the rematch. Arizona’s Blaine Gabbert threw for 221 yards in the desert but was sacked six times and picked off twice in the loss. Los Angeles went 3 of 11 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:58, while the Cardinals were ball hogs, holding the pigskin for 31:02, going 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Including games that took place in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and the Cardinals were based in St. Louis, Arizona leads the series 6-4 and the Desert Angry Birds have outscored the Titans 247-219. They last meet in the Music City in 2013 and the Cardinals needed overtime to win 37-34 in that matchup, while Tennessee’s last win in the series came in 2009 (also in Nashville), with the Titans 20-17 victors. Tennessee’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 44. Tennesee’s in the hunt for the AFC South title, while the Desert Angry Birds are looking to make their mark in the NFC West. Tennesee takes the win in Glendale but expect the Desert Angry Birds to make things closer than the 3.

Seattle (8-4) at Jacksonville (8-4), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. Contenders Seattle and Jacksonville meet in north Florida for a late Sunday afternoon kickoff at EverBank Field. Both teams took wins last week to improve their positioning in their march for the post-season.

Seattle ended Philadelphia’s nine-game win streak come to an end in Seattle last Sunday night as the Seahawks took Philly to task and came away 24-10 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Seattle led 10-3 at the intermission, then stopped an early Eagles’ drive when Carson Wentz fumbled and the ball went through the end zone for a touchback. Seattle got the ball back and took control thereafter. Seattle outrushed Philadelphia 101-98 and Wentz threw for 348 yards and a TD (Wentz was sacked three times and picked off once), while Russell Wilson threw for 227 yards and three TDs, connecting with TE Jimmy Graham on one of the passes. Both clubs did reasonably well on third down tries; Philadelphia went 8 of 16, Seattle went 6 of 12 (the Eagles were 2 of 4 on fourth down) and time was on the side of the Eagles, who held the ball for 31:54 to Seattle’s 28:06.

Tied for first with Tennessee in the AFC South, Jacksonville manhandled the Indianapolis Colts at Ever Bank Field last Sunday, taking a 30-10 win in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville took a 16-3 lead at the break, then pulled away from the Colts, outscoring them 14-7 in the second half. While the Colts did outrush Jacksonville 141-96, Jacksonville made life miserable for Jacboy Brissett (174 yards, TD), sacking him four times and picking him off twice, while Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 309 yards and a pair of TDs. The Colts were 5 of 15 on third down conversions in the Sunshine State but found success on fourth down, going 4 of 4 on fourth down and held the ball for 26:13, while Jacksonville went 9 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the pigskin for 33:47.

The Seahawks lead the series 5-2, they’ve outscored Jacksonville 212-129 and they’ve won the last two meetings, including coming away 45-17 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2013, while the Jaguars’ last win in the series came in 2005 in the Sunshine State by a final of 26-14. Jacksonville’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 39. Both numbers make sense and both teams have played some really great football of late and both could very well make the playoffs. Seattle makes it interesting but Jacksonville covers the 3 at home and takes the win.

Philadelphia (10-2) at Los Angeles Rams (9-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV . The future of NFL QB’s comes full circle in Los Angeles as Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles conclude their West Coast trip, making their way down I-5 for a meeting with Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. It’s also the battle of two first-place teams in the NFC.

Philadelphia, which has won nine of its past 10 games, can clinch the NFC East with a win or a Dallas loss. It would complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround for the Eagles, who finished last in the division in 2016. This would be the 14th season in the past 15 years in which at least one team won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place. The Eagles saw their nine-game win streak come to an end in Seattle last Sunday night as the Seahawks took Philly to task and came away 24-10 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. The Eagles trailed 10-3 at the intermission and marched downfield to start the second half but saw that drive stall when Wentz fumbled and the ball went through the end zone for a touchback. Seattle got the ball back and took control thereafter. Seattle outrushed Philadelphia 101-98 and Wentz threw for 348 yards and a TD (Wentz was sacked three times and picked off once), while Russell Wilson threw for 227 yards and three TDs, connecting with TE Jimmy Graham on one of the passes. Both clubs did reasonably well on third down tries; Philadelphia went 8 of 16, Seattle went 6 of 12 (the Eagles were 2 of 4 on fourth down) and time was on the side of the Eagles, who held the ball for 31:54 to Seattle’s 28:06.

The Rams, who have won six of their past seven games, lead the NFC West and can clinch a playoff berth this weekend with a win combined with other scenarios. Los Angeles put themselves one step closer to the NFC West title as they took care of Arizona 32-16 in Glendale. The Rams led 19-13 and held the Desert Angry Birds in check in the final 30 minutes of action. Arizona did manage to outrush Los Angeles 118-90, while Goff threw for 220 yards and a pair of TDs in the rematch. Arizona’s Blaine Gabbert threw for 221 yards in the desert but was sacked six times and picked off twice in the loss. Los Angeles went 3 of 11 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:58, while the Cardinals were ball hogs, holding the pigskin for 31:02, going 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Including games that were played in Cleveland and St. Louis (when the Rams were located in those cities; there was one game in the series that was played in Colorado Springs, with the Rams winning 35-13 in 1935), the Eagles lead the series 19-17-1 and the Rams have outscored the Eagles 734-725. They last met in 2014 in the City of Brotherly Love and the Eagles were 34-28 winners (Philadelphia has won the last four contests), while the Rams’ last win over the Eagles came in 2014 in St. Louis by a final of 20-7.

The Rams are favored by 2 and the over/under on the West Coast is 50 1/2. These two could meet in the NFC playoffs and this could very well be a preview of those playoffs. Rams cover the 2 on the West Coast and takes the win.

Baltimore (7-5) at Pittsburgh (10-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. They meet again, this time in the Steel City.

Flacco.

Roethlisberger.

The AFC North picture could get a little clearer Sunday evening when the Steelers and Ravens meet at Heinz Field. Both teams are coming into Sunday night’s contest with wins under their belts from last week’s action.

Baltimore saw Detroit pull to within seven late in the fourth quarter in Charm City last Sunday, then pull away from the Lions to and take a 44-20 win last Sunday. Baltimore led 20-0 at the half, then saw Detroit score their 13 points in the second quarter unchallenged before taking control of things in the final 15 minutes. Detroit narrowed the gap with 2:15 left in the third quarter when rookie RB Tion Green scored on a 6-yard run. Baltimore then took control of things from that point, outscoring Detroit 24-7 in the final 15 minutes of action. Detroit was outrushed 101-78 and Stafford threw for 292 yards and a TD while being sacked three times and throwing an interception (Stafford would leave the contest with a bruised throwing hand). Baltimore’s Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards for the Ravens, with a pair of TD and no sacks or interceptions at M&T Bank Stadium. Detroit went 4 of 13 on third down and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 30:09, while the Ravens were 29:51 in time of possession, going 5 of 12 on third down tries.

Pittsburgh completed their sweep of AFC North foe Cincinnati, taking a 23-20 win in Cincinnati last Monday night. In a contest that saw seven personal foul penalties and a lot of chippiness, the Steelers trailed 17-3 they roared back in the second half, outscoring the Bengals 20-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. The contest had some scary moments as Steelers LB Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury that stopped the contest and sent him to the hospital with a neck injury (Shazier did not suffer any further injuries and was able to move his arms and legs) in the second quarter. Then, halfway through the fourth quarter, things got somewhat chippy as Steelers WR JuJu Schuster-Smith was flagged for taunting afte a hit in the contest (he would later be suspended by the league for his action after his appeal was denied and will miss the Sunday contest in the Steel City) and also in the contest, Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict, who Steeler fans despise, was knocked out of the contest and taken off the field as well. Pittsburgh would eventually tie the contest up when Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on a 6-yard TD strike to tie things up and then take the win in the closing seconds as Chris Boswell conntected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired. In all that chippiness and confusion, the Bengals outrushed Pittsburgh 130-92 and Andy Dalton threw for 234 yards and a pair of TD tosses to WR A.J. Green, while Roethlisberger threw for 290 yards and a pair of TDs as well (connecting with Brown and LeVeon Bell). Cincinnati on third down went 7 of 14 and the Bengals held the ball for 30:11, while the Steelers were 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:49.

They met in week four in Charm City and the Steelers took Baltimore to task, taking a 26-9 win at M&T Bank Stadium. Pittsburgh led 16-0 at the break and got TDs from RB LeVeon Bell and WR JuJu Smith-Schuseter to take the win on the road. Pittsburgh outrushed Baltimore 173-82, Bell led all rushers with 144 yards and a pair of TDs and Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards, while Flacco threw for 235 yards (each man threw a TD pass, Roethlisberger was sacked once and threw an interception, while Flacco threw a pair of interceptions while being sacked four times). Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and held the ball for 35:29, while the Ravens were 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 24:31.

Pittsburgh won by 17 in the week four contest, allowing the Steelers to cover the 3 point spread. However, neither club covered the 44 over/under, as Pittsburgh and Baltimore combined for 35 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Steelers and they’ve made them 7 point favorites and the over/under’s 41. Saying that this one’s not “DRILL WORHTY” is like saying Frosty was not a snowman. (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?”

Both teams are playoff contenders. Pittsburgh’s looking to stay the one seed in the AFC, while the Ravens want to be part of the playoff picture. Baltimore wants revenge, Pittsburgh wants to sweep. Whip out the Terrible Towels. Steelers complete the sweep and win at home, covering the 7.

New England (10-2) at Miami (5-7), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 14 concludes in the Sunshine State at Tom Brady and the Gronk-less Pats travel to Miami for a Monday night AFC East contest at Hard Rock Stadium.

The defending Super Bowl champs (who will be without TE Rob Gronkowski for this contest after his late hit in Buffalo last Sunday) held Buffalo to a 49-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka in the second quarter and took down the Bills 23-3 at New Era Stadium. The Bills trailed 9-3 at the half in upstate New York before New England pulled away in the final 30 minutes of action. New England outrushed Buffalo 191-183 and Tom Brady burned the Bills for 258 yards, while Tyrod Taylor threw for only 65 yards with three sacks before leaving the contest with a knee injury. Buffalo went 5 of 13, 0 of 3 on third and fourt down tries and kept the ball for 25:59, while New England, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:01, went 5 of 12 on third down conversions.

Miami manhandled Denver last Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, coming away 35-9 winners over the Broncos in the Sunshine State. The Dolphins led 16-0 at the half, taking control of the contest early. Miami outrushed Denver 145-103, with Dolphins RB Keyon Drake leading the way with 120 yards and a TD, while Jay Cutler threw for 235 yards and three TDs, with Denver’s Trevor Siemian throwing for 300 yards with three sacks and three interceptions. Miami on third down went 4 of 15 and kept the ball for 34:22, while the Broncos went 1 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down ahd held on to the pigskin for 25:238.

It’s a rematch of their week 12 meeting in Foxboro that saw Brady and the Pats take a 17-10 lead at the break and came away 35-17 winners at Gillette Stadium. New England outrushed Miami 196-67 in the contest and Brady threw four TD passes in the contest, two of them to Gronkowski and RB Dion Lewis led all rushers with 112 yards. Miami was 2 of 11 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 27:19, while the Pats were 5 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:41.

Miami has already played a Monday night contest, losing at Carolina 45-21 in week 10. As for New England, suprisingly, the Pats are 24-24 on MNF and won their last meeting last year. In the week 12 meeting in Foxboro, New England was favored by 16 and covered, wining by 18. As for the 47 1/2 over/under? Both teams took care of that, combining for 52 points. New England’s favored by 11 and the over/under’s 47. New England can win the East with the victory on Monday night, while the Dolphins would like to delay that party. This one’s worth watching, so you might want to tape “Scorpion” this week. The Pats may not cover the 11 but they take the win in the Sunshine State on Monday night.

The National Football League announced the following scheduling changes for Week 14 (Sunday, December 10).

Here are the changes.

The Dallas-New York Giants game will move from 4:25 p.m. to 1 p.m. on FOX and the Seattle-Jacksonville game will move from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m., also on FOX.

The following is the final schedule for Week 14 (all times listed are Eastern):

WEEK 14

Thursday, December 7
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 11
New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

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

Tampa Bay (4-6) at ATLANTA (6-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Tampa Bay), 137 (Atlanta); XM: 382 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Atlanta)

Cleveland (0-10) at Cincinnati (4-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 108 (Cleveland), 121 (Cincinnati); XM: 384 (Cleveland), 226 (Cincinnati)

Tennessee (6-3) at Indianapolis (3-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 706: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Tennessee), 146 (Indianapolis); XM: 386 (Tennessee), 229 (Indianapolis)

Buffalo (5-5) at Kansas City (6-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 132 (Buffalo), 81 (Kansas City); XM: 380 (Buffalo), 81 (Kansas City)

Miami (4-6) at New England (8-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Miami), 82 (New England); XM: 383 (Miami), 82 (New England)

Carolina (7-3) at New York Jets (4-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Carolina), 133 (New York Jets); XM: 381 (Carolina), 227 (New York Jets)

Chicago (3-7) at Philadelphia (9-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 385 (Chicago), 83 (Philadelphia)

New Orleans (8-2) at Los Angeles Rams (8-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WW1: Tom McCarthy, Brady Poppinga; SIRIUS: 134 (New Orleans), 82 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 382 (New Orleans), 82 (Los Angeles Rams)

Seattle (6-4) at San Francisco (1-9), 4:05 p.m. on FOx and DirecTV 713:  Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Seattle), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 383 (Seattle), 83 (San Francisco)

Jacksonville (7-3) at Arizona (4-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 132  (Jacksonville), 81 (Arizona); XM: 380 (Jacksonville), 81 (Arizona)

Denver (3-7) at Oakland (4-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 93 (Denver), 137 (Oakland); XM: 381 (Denver), 225 (Oakland)

Green Bay (5-5) at Pittsburgh (8-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WestWood1: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Green Bay), 83 (Pittsburgh); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Green Bay), 83 (Pittsburgh)

Houston (4-6) at Baltimore (5-5), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WestWood1: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Houston), 83 (Baltimore); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Houston), 83 (Baltimore)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Miami at New England, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: John Parry
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Pete Morelli
Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Brad Allen

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Teams Listed In CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite               Spread        Underdog          O/U
ATLANTA                –  8 1/2      Tampa Bay         48 1/2
CINCINNATI             –  2 1/2      Cleveland         33
PHILADELPHIA           – 13 1/2      Chicago           44
NEW ENGLAND            – 16          Miami             47 1/2
KANSAS CITY            –  9 1/2      Buffalo           45
Carolina               –  5          NEW YORK JETS     40
Tennessee              –  3 1/2      INDIANAPOLIS      44
Seattle                –  6 1/2      SAN FRANCISCO     42
LOS ANGELES RAMS       –  2 1/2      New Orleans       53 1/2
Jacksonville           –  4 1/2      ARIZONA           38
OAKLAND                –  5          Denver            43 1/2
PITTSBURGH             – 14          Green Bay         41 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite               Spread        Underdog          O/U
BALTIMORE              –  7          Houston           38

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE Robert Ayers (Concussion), CB Vernon Hargreaves (Hamstring), G Evan Smith (Concussion), QB Jameis Winston (Right Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DE William Gholston (Neck)

Atlanta
OUT: T Tyler Sambrailo (Hamstring), RB Devonta Freeman (Concussion)

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m

Cleveland
OUT: WR Sammie Coastes (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: S Derron Smith (Knee)

Cincinnati
OUT: LB Vincent Rey (Hamstring), S Shawn Williams (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Darqueze Dennard (Knee)

Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
QUESTIONABLE: WR Rishard Matthews (Hamstring)

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Darrell Daniels (Hamstring), DT Hassan Ridgeway (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: G Kyle Kalis (Knee)

Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: T Cordy Glenn (Foot), G John Miller (Ankle), RB William Tolbert (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kelvin Benjamin (Knee), TE Charles Clay (Knee), WR Jordan Matthews (Knee), WR Deonte Thompson (Ankle)

Kansas City
OUT: LB Terrance Smith (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Tamba Hali (Knee)

Miami at New England, 1 p.m.

Miami
OUT: G Jermon Bushrod (Foot), DE William Hayes (Back), QB Jay Cutler (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Maurice Smith (Illness), LB Stephone Anthony (Quadricep), T Laremy Tunsil (Illness)

New England
OUT: C Jams Andrews (Illness), T Marcus Cannon (Ankle), WR Chris Hogan (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: TE Martellus Bennett (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Knee), DT Malcom Brown (Ankle), S Patrick Chung (Ankle), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin), WR Matt Slater (Hamstring)

Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Carolina
QUESTIONABLE: CB Captain Munnerlyn (Illness), C Ryan Kalil (Neck), C Tyler Larsen (Foot)

New York Jets
QUESTIONABLE: RB Matt Forte (Knee), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Foot), G Brian Winters (Abdomen)

Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: S DeAndre Houston-Carson (Ankle), DE Roy Robertson-Harris (Hamstring), LB Danny Trevathan (Calf), WR Josh Bellamy (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Akiem Hicks (Knee), CB Bryce Callahan (Knee), T Thomas Compton (Ankle), WR Dontrelle Inman (Groin), G Kyle Long (Ankle), TE Dion Sims (Illness), DE Mitchell Unrein (Knee)

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: DT Beau Allen (Knee), TE Lawrence Burton (Back)

New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: CB Kenneth Crawley (Abdomen), CB Marshon Lattimore (Ankle)

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: RB Malcolm Brown (Knee)

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

Seattle
OUT: G Oday Aboushi (Shoulder), S Kameron Chancellor (Neck), CB Shaquill Griffin (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: RB Michael Davis (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Donell Alexander (Shoulder), T Duane Brown (Ankle), DE Dion Jordan (Neck), LB Bobby Wagner (Hamstring), TE Jimmy Graham (Ankle),  Luke Joeckel (Knee), DT Jarran Reed (Hamstring), LB Michael Wilhoite (Calf)

San Francisco
OUT: S Adrian Colbert (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trenton Brown (Shoulder), RB Dominique Mostert (Shoulder), WR Trent Taylor (Ribs), DE Solomon Thomas (Knee)

Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Allen Hurns (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Patrick Omameh (Quadricep), T Jermey Parnell (Knee), LB Donald Payne (Hamstring)

Arizona
OUT: WR John Brown (Toe), DT Corey Peters (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brittan Golden (Groin), DT Josh Mauro (Ankle), RB Elijhaa Penny (Knee), S Johnathan Ford (Knee), QB Drew Stanton (Knee)

Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Denver
QUESTIONABLE: DE Adam Gotsis (Ankle), DT Domata Peko (Illness), TE Jeff Heurman (Knee), LB Shane Ray (Wrist), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle)

Oakland
OUT: CB David Amerson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: G Gabriel Jackson (Ankle), LB Cory James (Knee)

Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Green Bay
QUESTIONABLE: G Lucas Patrick (Hand), CB Kelvin King (Shoulder), RB Devante Mays (Ankle)

Pittsburgh
OUT: CB Joseph Haden (Fibula), TE Vance McDonald (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Michael Mitchell (Ankle) Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Houston
OUT: T Julien Davenport (Shoulder), WR William Fuller (Ribs), C Gregory Mancz (Shoulder)

Baltimore
OUT: G Jermaine Eluemunor (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Clinton Mosley (Ankle), CB James Smith (Achilles), T Austin Howard (Knee), T Ronnie Stanley (Concussion), RB Terrance West (Calf), LB Terrell Suggs (Ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather Report
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game Indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 59 degrees
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 45 degrees
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 44 degrees
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 66 degrees
Miami at New England, 1 p.m.:  Partly cloudy and 44 degrees
Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 45 degrees
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 46 degrees
New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 73 degrees
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of rain and 64 degrees
Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 85 degrees
Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 61 degrees
Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 36 degrees
Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 48 degrees

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

 

We’re into week 12. While six teams (Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants and Washington) have gotten a head start on things Thanksgiving Day, there’s still football to be played.

While no playoff spots have been decided, one team has all but been eliminated from playoff contention as Cleveland lost their 10th game of the 2017 campaign. There are still teams in the hunt, so anything’s possible between now and the end of the regular season.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New Orleans defeated Washington 34-31 in overtime to improve to 8-2. The Saints, who have won eight consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the first team in the Super Bowl era to win its next eight games immediately following an 0-2 start.

The Saints scored 15 points in the final 2:53 of the fourth quarter to force overtime and won the game on WIL LUTZ’s 28-yard field goal in overtime. New Orleans is the first team to win a game after trailing by at least 15 points in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter since 2011 (Denver vs. Miami, October 23, 2011).

•New England defeated Oakland 33-8 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. With the victory, the Patriots improved to 8-2 and clinched a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Cleveland Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history (1965-85 Dallas Cowboys, 21 consecutive seasons).

New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

•Baltimore defeated Green Bay 23-0 at Lambeau Field and registered the team’s third shutout this season. The Ravens are the fifth team – and first since 2003 (New England) – in the past 30 years to record at least three shutouts in a single season. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat during that span won the Super Bowl in that season – 1991 Washington, 2000 Baltimore and 2003 New England.

•The Los Angeles Chargers had five interceptions – all in the first half – in the team’s 54-24 win over Buffalo. The Chargers are the only team in at least the past 20 years to record five interceptions in the first half of a game.

In Sunday’s contest at StubHub Center, Casey Hayward had two interceptions, Korey Toomer had a 59-yard interception-return touchdown and Tre Boston and Trevor Williams each added an interception.

•Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ loss at Houston. Fitzgerald has 15,157 career receiving yards and passed TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) for the fifth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

Fitzgerald, who has played his entire career with Arizona and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 with San Francisco) are the only players in NFL history to reach 15,000 career receiving yards with a single team.

•Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Thielen, who has 62 catches for 916 yards this season, joins Randy Moss (2003) as the only players in franchise history to have at least 60 catches and 900 receiving yards in the team’s first 10 games of a season.

•Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 22 of 32 passes (68.8 percent) for 322 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.6 passer rating in the Redskins’ overtime loss at New Orleans. Cousins has nine career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen and Joe Theismann for the most such games in franchise history.

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 11: DYNAMIC DUO: New Orleans running back Mark Ingram (155 scrimmage yards, rushing touchdown) and rookie Alvin Kamara (116, receiving touchdown) combined for 271 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 34-31 overtime win against Washington in Week 11.

Ingram, who has 1,019 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns this season, and Kamara, who has 906 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns, are the only running back duo in the Super Bowl era to each have at least 900 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns through their team’s first 10 games of a season.

BIG GAME BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had 10 catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers’ 40-17 win against Tennessee last week.

Brown, who leads the league with 70 receptions and 1,026 receiving yards, has four games this season with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards, tying Andre Johnson (four, 2008) and Julio Jones (four, 2015) for the most such games in their team’s first 10 games of a season.

The players with the most games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards through their team’s first 10 games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; GAMES WITH 10+ CATCHES & 100+ YARDS IN TEAM’S 1ST 10 GAMES)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2017; 4)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (2015; 4)
Andre Johnson, Houston (2008; 4)

Brown has 702 receptions in 111 career games and reached 700 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history.

The players to reach 700 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (FEWEST GAMES TO 700 CAREER RECEPTIONS)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (111)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (114)
Andre Johnson – Houston (120)
Brandon Marshall – Denver, Miami and Chicago (121)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona and Baltimore (123)

FIFTH-GERALD: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ loss to Houston in Week 11.

Fitzgerald has 15,157 career receiving yards and surpassed Tony Gonzalez (15,127) for the fifth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career 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)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,157)*
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SUPER SAINT: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had six catches for 91 yards in the Saints’ 34-31 overtime victory over Washington last week.

Thomas has 157 receptions in 25 career games and passed Anquan Boldin (154) for the second-most catches by a player in his first 25 games in NFL history. Only Odell Beckham, Jr. (176) had more.

The players with the most receptions in their first 25 games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 25 CAREER GAMES)
Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (176)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (157)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (154)
Reggie Bush, New Orleans (143)
Jarvis Landry, Miami (143)

SOARING EAGLE: Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 37-9 win at Dallas last week.

Wentz, who leads the NFL with 25 touchdown passes, has the third-most touchdown passes by a first or second-year quarterback through their team’s first 10 games of a season.

The first or second-year quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through their team’s first 10 games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – PASSING TDS IN TEAM’S 1ST 10 GAMES)
Dan Marino, Miami (1984 – 29)^
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1999 – 27)^
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (2017 – 25)
Jeff Garcia, San Francisco (2000 – 24)
Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts (1957 – 22)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SPLITTING THE UPRIGHTS: Five players converted field goals of at least 50 yards in Week 11, including New England’s STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI, who made a franchise-record 62-yarder in the Patriots’ 33-8 win over Oakland in Mexico City.

There have been 73 made field goals of at least 50 yards this season, the most through the first 11 weeks of a season in NFL history.

The seasons with the most 50+ yard field goals made through the first 11 weeks:

SEASON – 50+ YARD FGS MADE THROUGH 1ST 11 WEEKS
2017 – 73
2015 – 70
2013 – 62
2014 – 61
2011 – 60

Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka made his only field-goal attempt, a 50-yarder, in the Bills’ Week 11 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hauschka, who has converted all six of his 50+ yard field-goal attempts this season, has made an NFL record 13 consecutive 50+ yard field-goal attempts.

The players with the most consecutive made field goals of at least 50 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; MOST CONSECUTIVE FGS MADE OF 50+ YARDS)
Stephen Hauschka – Seattle and Buffalo (2015-17; 13)*
Matt Prater – Detroit (2015-17; 12)
Justin Tucker – Baltimore (2015-16; 12)
Blair Walsh – Minnesota (2012-13; 12)
Robbie Gould – Chicago (2010-13; 12)
*Active streak

Detroit kicker Matt Prater made two field goals, including the game-winning 52-yarder with 1:35 remaining in the Lions’ 27-24 victory over the Bears.

Prater has converted three career game-winning field goals of at least 50 yards with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime, tied with five others for the most such field goals in NFL history.

Prater has made 42 career field goals of at least 50 yards, tied with John Kasay (42) for the third-most in NFL history. Only Sebastian Janikowski (55) and Jason Hanson (52) have more such field goals.

The players with the most career field goals of at least 50 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS MADE)
Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland (2000-present; 55)*
Jason Hanson – Detroit (1992-2012; 52)
Matt Prater – Denver and Detroit (2007-present; 42)*
John Kasay – Seattle, Carolina and New Orleans (1991-2011; 42)
*Active

WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN WEEK 12: THE CLIMB CONTINUES: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 1,194 receptions for 15,157 receiving yards and 108 touchdowns in his 14-year career.

With 52 receiving yards on Sunday against Jacksonville, Fitzgerald will surpass Isaac Bruce (15,208) for the fourth-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)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,157)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With six receptions this week, Fitzgerald will join Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,549) and TONY GONZALEZ (1,325) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,200 career receptions.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER RECEPTIONS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (1,549)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1,325)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (1,194)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Playing in his 213th career game, Fitzgerald would reach 1,200 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing Rice (221 games) and Gonzalez (247).

TOM TERRIFIC: New England quarterback Tom Brady leads the NFL with 3,146 passing yards and a 110.9 passer rating this season.

Brady has 64,728 career passing yards and needs 272 passing yards against Miami on Sunday to become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 65,000 passing yards.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning –  Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (68,894)*
Tom Brady – New England (64,728)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MOVING UP THE RANKS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 13,574 career rushing yards in his 13-year NFL career.

With 89 rushing yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Gore will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JEROME BETTIS (13,662) for the sixth-most rushing yards in NFL history. All six 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/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh (13,662)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,574)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FLYING FALCON: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones has 551 receptions in 89 career games and needs eight catches on Sunday against Tampa Bay to surpass Anquan Boldin (558) for the most catches by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona (558)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (554)
Julio Jones – Atlanta (551)*
*Through 89 games

Jones has 8,396 receiving yards in 89 career games and needs 107 yards on Sunday to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (8,502) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 90 games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES)
Lance Alworth – San Diego (8,502)^
Julio Jones – Atlanta (8,396)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Through 89 games

DYNAMIC DUO: New Orleans running backsMark Ingram (1,019 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns) and rookie Alvin Kamara (906 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns) have each gained at least 900 scrimmage yards and scored seven touchdowns through the team’s first 10 games this season.

Ingram and Kamara can become the seventh pair of teammates – and the only running back duo – in the Super Bowl era to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns through their team’s first 11 games of a season.

The teammates with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first 11 games of a season:

TEAM – SEASON (PLAYER – SCRIMMAGE YDS; TDS / PLAYER – SCRIMMAGE YDS; TDS)
Green Bay – 2014 (Jordy Nelson – 1,066; 9/ Eddie Lacy – 1,007; 9)
Indianapolis – 2000 (Edgerrin James – 1,586; 14 / Marvin Harrison – 1,066; 8)^
St. Louis – 2000 (Marshall Faulk – 1,447; 15 / Issac Bruce – 1,185; 9)^
Indianapolis – 1999 (Edgerrin James – 1,547; 9 / Marvin Harrison – 1,118; 12)^
Dallas – 1995 (Emmitt Smith – 1,643; 20 / Michael Irvin – 1,169; 8)^
Dallas – 1966 (Dan Reeves – 1,088; 14 / Bob Hayes – 1,002; 10)^
New Orleans – 2017 (Mark Ingram – 1,019; 8 / Alvin Kamara – 906; 7)*
*Through 10 games
^Bruce, Harrison, Irvin and Hayes are Pro Football Hall of Famers

DOMINANT DEFENSE: The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed a league-low 14.1 points per game this season and have held opponents to fewer than 10 points in six of their first 10 games.

On Sunday at Arizona, the Jaguars can become the fifth team since 1940 to allow fewer than 10 points in seven of its first 11 games to start a season. The four previous teams to accomplish the feat all advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl that season.

The teams with the most games allowing fewer than 10 points in their first 11 games to start a season since 1940:

TEAM – SEASON (GAMES ALLOWING FEWER THAN 10 POINTS, SEASON RESULT)
Chicago – 1942 (8, Advanced to NFL Championship)
Pittsburgh – 1975 (7, Won Super Bowl)
Chicago – 1963 (7, Won NFL Championship)
Green Bay – 1962 (7, Won NFL Championship)
Jacksonville – 2017 (6)*
*Through 10 games

SHINING STEELERS: Entering Week 12, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell leads the NFL with 886 rushing yards and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the league with 1,026 receiving yards.

The Steelers are looking to join the 1999 Indianapolis Colts and the 1991 Dallas Cowboys as the only teams in the Super Bowl era to finish the year with the league’s leading rusher and receiver.

The teams to finish a season with the league’s leading rusher and receiver in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM – SEASO6N (LEADING RUSHER – RUSH YARDS / LEADING RECEIVER – RECEIVING YARDS)
Indianapolis – 1999 (Edgerrin James – 1,553 / Marvin Harrison – 1,663)^
Dallas – 1991 (Emmitt Smith – 1,563 / Michael Irvin – 1,523)
Pittsburgh – 2017 (Le’Veon Bell – 886 / Antonio Brown – 1,026)*
*Through Week 11
^Harrison, Smith and Irvin are Pro Football Hall of Famers

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson ranks second in the NFL with 2,801 passing yards this season.

With 199 passing yards on Sunday, Wilson will become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.

The quarterbacks with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (2011-16)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2011-16)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (1998-2003)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-16)*
*In sixth season

As the NFL enters Week 12, there are five teams with at least eight wins, led by the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia (9-1), Minnesota (8-2), New England (8-2), New Orleans (8-2) and Pittsburgh (8-2).

The Eagles are the 51st team in the Super Bowl era to start a season 9-1. Prior to this season, all 50 of the previous 50 teams to start a season 9-1 made the playoffs, 23 advanced to the Super Bowl (46 percent) and 11 won the Super Bowl (22 percent).

There were 102 teams to start 8-2 in the Super Bowl era entering this season and 96 made the playoffs (94.1 percent), 30 advanced to the Super Bowl (29.4 percent) and 16 won the Super Bowl (15.7 percent).

Philadelphia and New Orleans currently have the longest active winning streaks in the NFL having each won eight consecutive games. Minnesota and New England each have active six-game winning streaks while Pittsburgh enters Week 12 having won its past five games.

As for last week, we didn’t do too bad, going 8-6 for week 11 and 95-66 for the year. There are no more byes on the docket for 2017, All the byes for the 2017 season have been used and Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets and San Francisco return from their week-long vacations. Week 12 began on Thursday with a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the 12th consecutive year. Traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas hosted games during the day (Detroit hosted and lost a 30-23 heartbreaker to Minnesota, Dallas hosted and fell 28-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington broke a 3-3 halftime tie against the New york Giants to take a 20-10 win over their NFC East rivals Thursday night). After Thanksgiving, the week continues with a full slate of games on Sunday and concludes with a pair of primetime contests. On Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the Green Bay Packers will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers and the week 12 curtain closes in Houston as the Texans host the Baltimore Ravens at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

As an added treat, so you can use those Thanksgiving leftovers, we’re going to make every game “DRILL WORTHY.” (think of it as an early Christmas present) (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?”

Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 12.

Tampa Bay (4-6) at ATLANTA (6-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Separated by a 450-mile, 7 1/2-hour drive along I-75. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make their way to the Big Peach for an NFC South contest against the defending NFC champions.

Tampa Bay comes into the contest after their 30-20 win at Miami in a contest that was slated to be the season opener for both teams but Hurricane Irma intervened and forced the game to be moved to last week. Tampa Bay led the Dolphins 20-7 at the intermission, then held off a late Miami second half rally as the Dolphins outscored Tampa Bay 13-10 in the second half. Miami did outrush their Sunshine State counterparts 83-53 and Miami’s Matt Moore outpaced Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick (subbing for Jameis Winston – shoulder) 282 to 275 (Fitzpatrick threw a pair of TDs in the 10-point win at Hard Rock Stadium). Tampa Bay was 3 of 13 on third down conversions and held the ball for 31:49, while the Dolphns held the pigskin for 28:11, going 6 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The defending NFC South and NFC champs led from start to finish in their meeting with Seattle in an NFC Divisonal rematch last Monday night and the Falcons surived in the land of Grunge, taking a 34-31 prime time win at Century Link Field. Atlanta led 24-17 and stopped a Seattle fake field goal late in the first half when Seahawks TE Justin Wilson was tackled by DT Grady Jarrett with second seconds left before the intermission. Atlanta would lead 34-31 late in the contest and breathed a huge sigh of relief when Blair Walsh’s 52-yard field goal try that would have sent the contest into overtime fell short of the goal posts with 2 seconds left. Seattle outrushed the Falcons 136-89 and Matt Ryan threw for 195 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Mohamed Sanu and TE Levine Toilolo, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who scored on a two-point conversion that pulled his team to within three with three minutes left in regulation, threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Jimmy Graham and WR Doug Baldwin. Atlanta was 9 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:21, while Seattle was 5 of 12 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:39.

Tampa Bay holds a slim 24-23 lead in the series and the Buccaneers have outscored Atlanta 1,011-969. They split the 2016 meetings, each winning in the other team’s facility.

They met in week one in the final season of the Georgia Dome and Tampa Bay led 17-13 at the half, then held off a late Atlanta rally to take a 31-24 win in the Big Peach. winston threw for 281 yards and four TD passes in the season opener for both teams, while Ryan threw for 334 yards and a pair of TDs of his own. Tampa Bay outrushed Atlanta 90-52 in the road win, going 3 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 27:37. Atlanta ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:23, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

That was round one.

Round two? The Sunshine State in week nine on a Thursday night and the Falcons would get revenge on Tampa Bay, taking a 43-28 win at Raymond James Stadium. Atlanta led 20-14 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring Tampa Bay 23-14 in the final 30 minuts of play. Atlanta outrushed Tampa Bay 136-73 and Ryan threw for 344 yards and four TDs, while Winston threw for 261 yards and three TDs. Atlanta, in forcing a pair of Tampa Bay turnovers, went 6 of 10 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:28, while the Bucs were 26:32 in time of possession, going 8 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the season opener in the Big Peach, the Falcons were 3 point favorites and the Bucs covered, winning by 7 and both clubs covered the 47 1/2 over/under, tallying 55 points. In the week nine contest, Atlanta covered the 3-point spread, winning by 15 and as was the case in the first meeting, both teams took care of the over/under (which was 51 1/2) by scoring 61 points. In the Sunday contest at Mercedez Benz Stadium, the Falcons are favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Atlanta’s won three of their last four contests and have the upper hand as the sixth seed in the post-season party. Tampa Bay’s trying to knock the defending champ off their perch. Falcons fans feel they’re staying on the perch. Tampa Bay could make this one closer than 8 1/2 but Atlanta prevails at home.

Cleveland (0-10) at Cincinnati (4-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in southern Ohio as it’s Cleveland’s turn to make the 3 1/2-hour, 249-mile trip down I-71 to face off against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cleveland lost its 10th straight contest of the 2017 campaign, losing 19-7 to Jacksonville at First Energy Stadium. Although the Browns trailed 10-7 at the break, after a scoreless third quarter, the Jaguars would score their final 9 points of the contest unchallenged. The Browns were outrushed 139-50, with rookie RB Leonard Fournette doing most of the work, tallying 111 yards of his own and Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 154 yards and a TD for the winners. Browns QB DeShone Kizer did not have the day he hoped for, throwing for 179 yards while being sacked five times and picked off twice. The Browns on third down conversions went 3 of 13 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 23:05, while the Jaguars were 6 of 20 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 36:55.

The Bengals held off a late Denver rally in the Mile High City and came away 20-17 winners over the Broncos last Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Cincinnati led 13-7 and had their largest lead of the contest at 10 points with 8:56 left in regulation when Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green connected on an 18-yard TD toss. Denver would make it a 7-point contest with 5:05 left to play when Brock Osweiler and WR Demaryius Thomas connected on a 17-yard TD pass. Denver would have one last rally late in the contest but turned the ball over on downs, allowing the Bengals to run out the clock. Denver did outrush Cincy 112-49, while Osweiler threw for 254 yards and the lone TD pass (he was sacked three times with an intercepion) and Dalton threw for 154 yards and three TDs. Denver went 12 of 21 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Broncos ruled time and kept the ball for 35:11, while Cincinnati went 24:49 in time of possession, going 7 of 15 on third down conversions.

It’s a week four Buckeye State rematch, this time along the shores of the Ohio River and the Bengals came away 31-7 winners in Cleveland. After a scoreless first quarter at First Energy Stadium, the Bengals led 21-0 at the half and took a 30-0 lead at the end of three quarters of football before Cleveland’s Darius Johnson would end Cincinnati’s bid for a shutout, scoring from a yard out with 1:54 left in the contest. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Tyler Kroft on two of those tosses. The Bengals in the somewhat lopsided win went 6 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 35:02, while the Browns held the ball for 24:58, going 5 of 16, 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

In the week four contest along the shores of Lake Erie, the Bengals were favored and easily covered the 3-point spread, winning by 24. The two clubs barely missed the 40 over/under, tallying 38 points. This time, the oddsmakers like the Bengals again, this time as 8 1/2 point favorites at home with a 38 over/under. Cincinnati’s making a playoff push. The Browns? They want their season to be over. Bengals put Cleveland one step closer out of their misery and win at home and could cover the 8 1/2.

Tennessee (6-3) at Indianapolis (3-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 706. It’s an AFC South rematch as the Colts host Tennessee at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Hoosier State.

The Titans were taken to the woodshed by Pittsburgh, as the Steelers were 40-17 winners last Thursday night at Heinz Field. Tennessee trailed 16-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 6 after three quarters of play before the Steelers scored 17 fourth quarter points unchallenged. Pittsburgh outrushed Tennessee 65-52 and Mariota struggled in the contest, throwing four interceptions and being sacked five times, while throwing for 306 yards. For Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisbeger threw for 299 yards and four TDs in the contest in Western Pennsylvania, connecting with WR Antoino Brown on threw of them. Tennessee was 5 of 13 on third down tries (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:20, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:40, while going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Colts return to action after their week 11 bye. Before that bye, they let a 10-3 lead against Pittsburgh get away from them as they lost to the Steelers 20-17 in the final seconds of the contest. Indy would lead 17-9 after three quarters of play before Pittsburgh roared back to tie the contest with 11:52 left in the contest when Steelers WR Vince McDonald and QB Ben Roethlisberger connected on a 7-yard TD strike and tied things up when Roethlisberger and WR Martavis Bryant found success on the two-point try. The contest would stay tied until the 3:28 mark, when the Colts punted the ball to Pittsburgh. The Steelers would then use a 10-play, 70 yards that used all of the 3:10 left on the clock when Chris Boswell connected on a 33-yard field goal as the clock struck :00. LeVeon Bell led all rushers, running for 80 of his team’s 88 yards, while the Colts tallied 71. Roethlisberger threw for 236 yards and a pair of TDs, including one to rookie WR Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster, while Jacoby Brissett threw for 222 yards and a pair of TDs, while being sacked three times and picked off once. Pittsburgh went 5 of 13 on third down tries at Lucas Oil and kept the ball for 29:58 (including the final drive of the game), while the Colts were 6 of 15, keeping the ball for 30:02.

They met in Nashville in week six and the Titans took at 36-22 Monday night win in the Music City. Tennessee erased a 13-9 deficit at Nissan Stadium in the first meeting, outscoring the Colts 27-9, capping the scoring in the contest when RB Derrick Henry scored from 72 yards out with 47 seconds left in the game. Henry ran for 131 yards as the Titans outrushed the Cotls 168-85 and Mariota threw for 306 yards and a TD, while Brissett threw for 212.  Tennessee on third down went 6 of 13 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:53, while the Colts were 2 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 24:07.

In the week six prime time contest, Tennessee covered the 8-point spread, winning by 14 and both teams covered the 48 over/under, tallying 58 points. Tennessee’s favored again in the rematch, coming in as 3 1/2 point favorites with a 44 over/under. The Colts at times are better than their record but they’ve also stumbled at times. The Titans are trying to take the AFC South lead back from Jacksonville. Titans complete the sweep of the series and cover the 3 1/2.

Buffalo (5-5) at Kansas City (6-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of old-school AFC foes meet in the Show-Me State as Kansas City, sitting atop the AFC East, takes on the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead.

Buffalo dropped a 54-24 decision over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday on the West Coast. win over Buffalo last week. Buffalo trailed the Bolts 37-7 at the break at Stub Hub Center and could never get on track at Stub Hub Center, even though the Bills outrushed Los Angeles 173-146 (Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD) in a rout that saw the Bills turn the ball over six time (five Nate Peterman interceptions) and Chargers QB Philip Rivers throwing for 251 yards and a pair of TDs. The Chargers on third down were 7 of 14 and held on to the ball for 36:05, while the Bills were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 23:55.

The Chiefs took the New York Giants to overtime in the Meadowlands last Sunday, only to fall to the Giants 12-9 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford. Kansas City trailed 6-3 at the half, as Giants WR Orleans Darkwa scoring the game’s only TD in the first quarter. Kansas City’s Hal Butker would eventually send the contest into overtime before Aldrick would send the Giants to their second win of the season, booting a 29-yard field with 1:59 left in overtime. Kansas City outrushed the Giants 134-112, with Eli Manning throwing for 205 yards, while the Chiefs’ Alex Smtih threw for 230 yards. The Chiefs on third down went 3 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:16, while the Giants kept the ball for 30:50, going 3 of 13, 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

Including games that were played when the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans and contests played at War Memorial Stadium and Swope Field, Buffalo leads the series 23-20-1 and they have outscored the Chiefs 954-892. However… the Chiefs have come away winners in their last three contests, including a 30-22 victory at Arrowhead in 2015 (Buffalo’s last win over the Chiefs came in 2012 in upstate New York by a final of 35-17. The Chiefs are favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Both clubs are trying to get their ducks back in a row. Buffalo’s lost two games in a row in really bad fashion. Make it three. The Bills will keep it close but the Chiefs are up to date in Kansas City and takes the win at home.

Miami (4-6) at New England (8-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC East rivals with seven Super Bowl between them meet in Foxboro as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots welcome the Miami Dolphins to Gillette Stadium.

Miami and Tampa Bay were supposed to meet in week one at Hard Rock Stadium. There was one problem. Irma. She got in the way of their plans and the two teams rescheduled for last week. It was the visiing Buccaneers from Tampa that came away with the 30-20 win at Miami. Miami trailed 20-7 at the intermission, then rallied in the second half and outscored Tampa Bay 13-10 in the second half. Miami did outrush their Sunshine State counterparts 83-53 and Miami’s Matt Moore outpaced Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick (subbing for Jameis Winston – shoulder) 282 to 275 (Fitzpatrick threw a pair of TDs in the 10-point win at Hard Rock Stadium). Tampa Bay was 3 of 13 on third down conversions and held the ball for 31:49, while the Dolphns held the pigskin for 28:11, going 6 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

New England all but manhandled Oakland in Mexico City, taking a 33-8 over the Raiders last Sunday at Estadio Azteca. Leading 17-0 at the half and 30-0 at the end of three quarters, the defending Super Bowl champs held Oakland to a fourth quarter TD when WR Amari Cooper and QB Derek Carr (237 yards) connected on a 9-yard TD toss with 11:43 left in the contest. Brady burned the Raiders for 339 yards and three TDs, while the Raiders managed to outrush New England 109-89. The Pats held the ball for 27:37, going 5 of 10 on third down tries South of the Border, while the Raiders went 7 of 15 on third down and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 32:23.

The Dolphins hold a 52-48 lead in the series and have outscored the Pats 2,154-2,142, which includes contests that took place at Fenway Park, Schafer Stadium and the Orange Bowl. They met last year and New England took wins in the Sunshine State and in Foxboro (Miami’s last win in the series came in 2015 by a final of 20-10 in the Sunshine State).

Round 1… Foxboro, week two. New England led 24-3 at the break, then held Miami off to take a 31-24 win at Gillette Stadium. Jimmy Garoppolo, who took over for Brady (suspension), threw for 234 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Danny Amendola on two of the tosses, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 389 yards and two TDs. New England’s LeGarrett Blount ran for 123 yards and a TD and New England outrushed Miami 161-70 in the first meeting. Both teams were 50 percent on third down tries (Miami was 5 of 10, New England 7 of 14) and the Dolphins, who went 0 of 1 on fourth down, kept the ball for 23:14, while the Pats held the pigskin for 36:46.

There was a rematch in this series (did you think there wouldn’t?).

Round 2… Miami Gardens in week 17. Both teams were in the post-season party and the Pats had already clinched the AFC East title, so there was really nothing to play for, aside from preparing for the playoffs. Brady was back under center and made the Dolphins pay, throwing for 276 yards and four TDs to take the 35-14 win in the Sunshine State. New England outrushed the Dolphins 120-75 and forced a pair of Miami turnovers in the win. Both clubs went 7 of 12 on third down tries and the Pats, who led 20-7 at the half, kept the ball for 31:22, while the Dolphins held the pigskin for 28:38.

New England barely covered the 6 1/2 point spread in the week two contest in Foxboro, coming away 7-point winners and the two teams did cover the 41 1/2 over/under with 55 points. In the week 17 matchup, New England coverd the 9 1/2 point spread in the Sunshine State, winning by 21 and the teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under with 49 points. New England’s favored by 16 points with a 47 1/2 over/under. The 47 1/2 makes sense. The 16’s a bit steep. Miami’s been a somewhat decent team but they haven’t been a great team and are trying to pass the Pats as kings of the AFC East mountain. Long live the king. Pats win but expect Miami to put up a fight in Foxboro and could make it closer than 16.

Carolina (7-3) at New York Jets (4-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panther make their way up the East coast for an early afternoon meeting wit the New York Jets in the Meadowlands. Both clubs come off wins and both teams had byes last week.

Carolina and Newton made quick work of Miami two weeks ago in Charlotte, taking a 45-21 win over the Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers led 17-3 at the half and held serve in the second half, outscoring Miami 28-14. Carolina outrushed Miami 294-100 (Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart led all rushers with 110 yards), while Newton threw for 254 yards and four TDs, outpacing Jay Cutler, who threw for 213 yards and a pair of TDs. The Panthers in the Monday night contest in the Tar Heel State went 11 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 35:39. Miami was not a slouch on third down either, going 7 of 12 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Dolphins held the ball for 24:21.

The Jets also had a bye but their last game was not as succesfull as Carolina’s, as they fell to Tampa Bay 15-10 in Tampa. Tampa Bay broke a 3-3 tie at the half as the Buccaneers would outscore GangGreen 12-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Outrushed 90-56, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! saw Josh McCown sacked six times, throwing for 262 yards, while Ryan Fitzpatrick, who took over for Jameis Winston (shoulder) threw for 187 yards (both threw a TD pass and an interception in the game). The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 3 of 15 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and GangGreen held the ball for 28:06, while the Buccaneers ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:54, going 7 of 16 on third down.

The series is even at 3-3 and the Panthers have outscore GangGreen 125-116. Carolina won the last meeting, coming away 30-20 winners in Charlotte in 2013, while GangGreen’s last win came in the Meadowlands in 2009 by a final of 17-6. Carolina’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 40. Both teams are coming off a break, both clubs are all but going in different directions. New York makes this one interesting but Carolina prevails in the Tar Heel State, taking the win and covering the 5.

Chicago (3-7) at Philadelphia (9-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Deep dish pizza meets cheesesteak as Philadelphia, atop the NFC East mountain, hosts Da Bears at Lincoln Financial Field.

Chicago dropped a 27-24 decision against Detroit in Chicago last week. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 299 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, while Lions K Matt Prater converted the game-winning 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining in the contest. Detroit trailed 21-17 at the intermission at Soldier Field before they rallied to take the win on the road in the Windy City. Chicago rushed for 222 yards, outrushing Detroit, who tallied 65 (Chicago’s Jordan Howard led all rushers with 125 yards and a TD) in the NFC North matchup. The Lions were 3 of 10 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:36, while Da Bears held on to the pigskin for 29:24, going 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Philadelphia maintained control of first place in the NFC East, as they rallied from a 9-7 deficit at the intermission in Dallas to take 37-9 win over the Cowboys (without Ezekiel Elliott) at AT&T Stadium last Sunday night. Philadelphia scored 30 second half points unchallenged to erase the deficit and take the lead in the Sunday night prime time affair. The Eagles rushed for 215 yards in the Sunday night affair, while Dallas tallied 112. Dak Prescott threw for 145 yards in the contest but the Eagles made life miserable for him, as he was sacked four times and picked off three times, while Carson Wentz threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs with no interceptions or sacks. Philadelphia, who played turnover-free football against their NFC East foes, went 5 of 14 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:29, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:31, going 3 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead the series 28-11-1 (which includes games that were played at Wrigley Field) and Chicago has outscored Philadelphia 870-586. The Eagles were 29-14 winners last year in the Windy City in the last meeting between the clubs (Chicago’s last win over Philadelphia came in 2011 in the City of Brotherly Love by a final of 30-24). They met in week two at Soldier Field and the Eagles led 9-6 at the half before proceeding to outscore Chicago 20-7 in the second half. Philadelphia outrushed Chicago 100-64 and Wentz threw for 190 yards and a TD, outpacing Jay Cutler, who threw for 157 yards with three sack and an interception.

Philadelphia covered the 3-point spread in the week two contest that was played on a Monday night, coming away winners by 15 points. Both teams scored 43 points, barely covering the 42 1/2 over/under. Philly’s favored by 13 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Granted, Chicago’s bad but not 13 1/2 bad. They’ll keep it close in the City of Brotherly Love but Philly prevails at home.

New Orleans (8-2) at Los Angeles Rams (8-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. A pair of first place teams meet on the West Coast as the Los Angeles Rams, in first in the NFC West, face off against the New Orleans Saints, in the top spot in the NFC South.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 322 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions but it wasn’t enough as Washington fell to New Orleans 34-31 in overtime at the Superdome. The Redskins let a 15-point lead in the contest in the Big Easy get away from them as Drew Brees (385 yards) connected on a pair of TD passes late in the fourth quarter (one to TE Josh Hill, the other to rookie RB Alvin Kamara) to send the game into overtime, where K Will Lutz sent Saints fans home happy campers with the 3-point win. New Orleans outrushed Washington 160-156 and it was a battle of running backs, as Washington’s Samajie Perine (117 yards) and New Orleans’ Mark Ingram (134 yards) each led their teams with 100-yard days (each had a rushing TD in the overtime contest). Both clubs were 4 of 12 on third down tries (on fourth down, the Redskins were 2 of 2, while the Saints were 1 of 1) and the Redskins ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:11 to New Orleans’ 30:24.

The Rams dropped a 24-7 decison to Minnesota at US Bank Stadium last Sunday. The Vikings broke a 7-7 tie at the half as the Vikings scored their final 17 points in the fourth quarter and did it unchallenged. The Rams were outrushed by Minnesota 171-45, while Minnesota’s Case Keenum threw for 280 yards with a TD and no interceptions. For Los Angeles, Jared Goff threw for 225 yards but was sacked twice in the road loss. The Vikings on third down in the Land of 10,000 Lakes went 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 37:22, while the Rams were 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:38.

Including contests played at old Tulane Stadium and in St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 40-32 and they have outscored the Saints 1,624-1,487. New Orleans won the last meeting between the clubs and that meeting took place last year in the Big Easy, as the home team took a 49-21 win (the Rams’ last win over the Saints came when they were in St. Louis in 2013 by a 27-16 final).

New Orleans led 28-21 in the Big Easy in the Week 12 contest at the half before they would pull away and score their final 21 points of the game in the second half unchallenged. Brees threw for 310 yards and four TDs, while Goff threw for 214 yards and three TDs but was sacked three times. Ingram rushed for 146 yards and a TD, as the Saints outrushed Los Angeles 209-69 and the Saints went 6 of 13 on third down tries (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:56, while the Rams, who held the ball for 24:04, went 2 of 10 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

New Orleans’ 28-point win allowed them to cover the 7-point spread with ease and both teams covered the 45 1/2 over/under with 70 points. The Rams are favored by 2 1/2 in Tinsletown and the over/under’s 53 1/2. The Saints carry a 7-game win streak into the contest, while the Rams are looking to right their ship after their loss in the Twin Cities broke their 4-game win streak. Rams shock the world and cover the 2 1/2 on the West Coast.

Seattle (6-4) at San Francisco (1-9), 4:05 p.m. on FOx and DirecTV 713. An NFC West rematch takes place in wine country as Seattle makes the 839-mile trip down the Pacific Coast down I-5 for a divisional contest with the San Francisco 49ers at Levis’ Stadium.

Seattle took the defending NFC South and NFC champs Atlanta Falcons to the wire and dropped a 34-31 prime time decision at Century Link Field. Seattle trailed 24-17 at half and tried some trickeration before the intermission when Seahawks TE Justin Wilson was tackled by DT Grady Jarrett on a fake field goal with second seconds left before the intermission. Seattle would pull to within three points with three minutes left in regulation before Seahawks fans would have their hearts broken when Blair Walsh’s 52-yard field goal try that would have sent the contest into overtime fell short of the goal posts with 2 seconds left. Seattle outrushed the Falcons 136-89 and Matt Ryan threw for 195 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Mohamed Sanu and TE Levine Toilolo, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who scored on a two-point conversion that pulled his team to within three with three minutes left in regulation, threw for 258 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Jimmy Graham and WR Doug Baldwin. Atlanta was 9 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:21, while Seattle was 5 of 12 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:39.

San Francisco comes back to action after their bye and coming away 31-21 winners at home against Eli Manning and the New York Giants to pick up their first win of the season. The 49ers led 17-13 at the intermission two Sundays ago and then proceeded to outscore the Giants in the final 30 minutes of action 14-8 (the two teams played a scoreless thrird quarter). San Franciso outrushed the Giants 186-114 (49ers RB Carlos Hyde led all rushers with 98 yards) and 49ers QB C.J. Beatherd threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs, while chipping in with a rushing TD of his own, while Manning threw for 273 yards and a pair of TDS. The 49ers were 8 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth and kept the ball for 29 minutes. As for the Giants? They held the pigskin for 31 minutes, going 5 of 14, 3 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

They met in week two in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and the Seahawks came away 12-9 winners at Century Link Field. Tied 6-6 at the intermission and trailing 9-6 in the fourth, Seattle took the lead for keeps when Wilson and WR Paul Richardson connected on a 9-yard TD strike with 7:06 left in regulation, as Seattle used a 10-play, 82-yard drive that consumed 4:30 of clock to take the lead back. Hyde ran for 124 yards in the first meeting, as San Francisco outrushed Seattle 159-131, while Wilson threw for 198 yards and the one TD. Seattle on third down? 8 of 19 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:58, while the 49ers went 2 of 12 on third down, keeping the football for 23:02.

In the week two contest in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle was favored by 13 1/2 but won by only 3 points. As for the 48 1/2 over/under? It was safe and sound, as both San Francisco and Seattle merged for only 21 points. Seattle’s favored again, this time by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 42. Both humbers make sense. Seattle’s in the playoff hunt in the NFC West, while the 49ers would love nothing more than to ruin their plans. History has a way of repeating itself and this time, it favors the Seahawks. Seattle covers the 6 1/2 in wine country and takes the road win.

Jacksonville (7-3) at Arizona (4-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. The first-place Jacksonville Jaguars travel to the desert for a late afternoon contest with the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale.

Jacksonville gave Cleveland their 10th loss in a row in the 2017 season, coming away 19-7 winners at First Energy Stadium. Jacksonville led the Browns 10-7 at the break along the shores of Lake Erie and after a scoreless third quarter, the Jaguars would score their final 9 points of the contest unchallenged. The Jaguars, in the top spot in the AFC South, outrushed Cleveland 139-50, with rookie RB Leonard Fournette doing most of the work, tallying 111 yards of his own, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 154 yards and a TD for the winners. The Jacksonville defense made life somewhat unbearable for Browns QB DeShone Kizer, who, threw for 179 yards while being sacked five times and picked off twice. The Browns on third down conversions went 3 of 13 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 23:05, while the Jaguars were 6 of 20 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 36:55.

Arizona let a 14-10 lead at Houston get away from them at NRG Stadium as the Texans pulled away with the 30-20 win in the Lone Star State. Rookie RB D’Onta Foreman tallied a pair of fourth quarter TDs to give the Texans the lead for keeps to take the win. Houston outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 134-48 and Tom Savage threw for 230 yards for the Texans, while Blaine Gabbard, who took over for Carson Palmer, threw for 257 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice. Houston on third down tries went 8 of 15 and kept the ball for 33:46, while Arizona kept it for 26:14, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

The series tied at 2-2 and Jacksonville has outscored Arizona 99-85. Arizona has come away winners in the last two contests, with their last win coming in 2013 in the desert by a final of 27-14, while the Jaguars’ last win also came in the desert, with Jacksonville taking a 24-17 win in 2005. Jacksonville’s favored by 4 1/2 point and the over/under’s 38. Jacksonville’s looking to stay atop the AFC South mountain. Arizona’s trying to catch the Rams. Go with the cats. Jaguars prevail on the road and cvover the 4 1/2.

Denver (3-7) at Oakland (4-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of AFC West rivals, struggling to keep pace with Kansas City, meet in San Francisco bay as the Silver and Black host the Denver Broncos in a week four rematch.

A Denver rally in the Mile High City fell short as they fell to Cincinnati 20-17 last Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Bengals led 13-7 and had their largest lead of the contest at 10 points with 8:56 left in regulation when Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green connected on an 18-yard TD toss. Denver would make it a 7-point contest with 5:05 left to play when Brock Osweiler and WR Demaryius Thomas connected on a 17-yard TD pass. Denver would have one last rally late in the contest but turned the ball over on downs, allowing the Bengals to run out the clock. Denver did outrush Cincy 112-49, while Osweiler threw for 254 yards and the lone TD pass (he was sacked three times with an intercepion) and Dalton threw for 154 yards and three TDs. Denver did quite well on third down, as they went 12 of 21 (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Broncos ruled time and kept the ball for 35:11, while Cincinnati went 24:49 in time of possession, going 7 of 15 on third down conversions.

Oakland and New Engalnd met in Mexico City and it was the Raiders dropping a 33-8 decision to New England last Sunday at Estadio Azteca. The Silver and Black trailed 17-0 at the half and 30-0 after three quarters before scoring their only TD in the fourth quarter when wR Amari Cooper and QB Derek Carr (237 yards) connected on a 9-yard TD toss with 11:43 left in the contest. Brady burned the Raiders for 339 yards and three TDs, while the Raiders managed to outrush New England 109-89. The Pats held the ball for 27:37, going 5 of 10 on third down tries South of the Border, while the Raiders went 7 of 15 on third down and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 32:23.

In the week four meeting at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Broncos led 10-7 at the break and then held off a late Oakland rally in the final minutes to take the 16-10 win. Denver outrushed Oakland 143-24 and Trevor Seimian threw for 179 yards and a TD, despite getting sacked four times, while Carr threw for 143 yards in the 6-point loss. Denver was 5 of 16 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:57, while the Raiders were 2 of 12 on third down (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 27:03.

In the week four contest, the Broncos covered the 2 1/2 points spread, winning by 6. As for the 46 1/2 over/under? Untouched. Both teams combined for 26 points. This time, the Raiders are favored by 5 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. whoever wins this one is a little closer to Kansas City in the AFC West, while the loser will sit and wonder what if. Take a pass on this one (unless you’re a fan of either team) and watch that “Grumpy Cat Movie” on Lifetime (he’s a cat but he’s funny as hell!). Broncos pull off the sweep and take the win on the road, covering the 5.

Green Bay (5-5) at Pittsburgh (8-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The Sunday action for week 12 draws to a close in the Steel City as Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger hosts Green Bay in prime time at Heinz Field.

Green Bay struggled against Baltimore and were shutout by the Ravens 23-0 at Lambeau Field last Sunday. The Packers trailed 6-0 at the intermission before Baltimore turned on the jets and scored their final 17 points of the game unchallenged. Green Bay did manage to outrush the Ravens 75-58 and Brett Hundley threw for 239 yards but threw three interceptions and was sacked six times, while Joe Flacco threw for 183 yards in the shutout. Green Bay was 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 4 on fourth down) in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and kept the ball for 29:57, while the Ravens went 3 of 14 on third down but hit pay dirt in their only fourth down try, keeping the ball for 30:03.

Pittsburgh took Tennessee to task last week, as the Steelers were 40-17 winners last Thursday night at Heinz Field. The Steelers trailed 16-7 at the intermission before the Titans pulled to within 6 after three quarters of play. Pittsburgh then regained control of things, as they would score 17 fourth quarter points unchallenged. Pittsburgh outrushed Tennessee 65-52 and Mariota struggled in the contest, throwing four interceptions and being sacked five times, while throwing for 306 yards. For Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisbeger threw for 299 yards and four TDs in the contest in Western Pennsylvania, connecting with WR Antoino Brown on threw of them. Tennessee was 5 of 13 on third down tries (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:20, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:40, while going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down tries.

The Steelers are favored by 14 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. The 41 1/2 we agree with. The 14 sounds a bit on the steep side. Green Bay has been in most of their contests and want to catch Minnesota to take control of the NFC North, while the Steelers look to stay on top of the AFC North mountain. Green Bay will make this closer than 14 but Pittsburgh prevails in the Steel City on Sunday night.

Houston (4-6) at Baltimore (5-5), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 12 closes in Charm City as beef brisket meets crabcakes as Houston and Baltimore meet at M&T Bank Stadium in prime time. Both teams enter the Monday night contest with wins under their respective belts.

Houston erased a 14-10 deficit against Arizona last Sunday lead at at NRG Stadium as the Texans pulled away with the 30-20 win in the Lone Star State. Texans rookie RB D’Onta Foreman tallied a pair of fourth quarter TDs to give the home team the lead for keeps to take the win. Houston outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 134-48 and Tom Savage threw for 230 yards for the Texans, while Blaine Gabbard, who took over for Carson Palmer, threw for 257 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice. Houston on third down tries went 8 of 15 and kept the ball for 33:46, while Arizona kept it for 26:14, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

The Ravens defeated the Packers 23-0 at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field last week, registering the team’s third shutout this season. Baltimore is the fifth team – and first since 2003 (New England) – over the past 30 years to record at least three shutouts in a single season. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat during that span won the Super Bowl in that season – 1991 Washington, 2000 Baltimore and 2003 New England. The Ravens led 6-0 at the intermission before they turned on the jets and scored their final 17 points of the game unchallenged. Green Bay did manage to outrush the Ravens 75-58 and Brett Hundley threw for 239 yards but threw three interceptions and was sacked six times, while Joe Flacco threw for 183 yards in the shutout. Green Bay was 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 4 on fourth down) in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and kept the ball for 29:57, while the Ravens went 3 of 14 on third down but hit pay dirt in their only fourth down try, keeping the ball for 30:03.

Baltimore leads the series 6-2 and the Ravens have outscored the Texans 199-166. Houston came away 25-13 winners in 2014 in the Lone Star State in their last meeting, while Baltimore’s last win in the series came in 2013 in Charm City by a final of 30-9. On Monday night, the Ravens are at the .500 mark at 11-11, while the Texans are 4-7. While this one is not exactly the best Monday night contest of the year, it’s worth the time to watch, even if it’s for one half. Baltimore’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 38. Baltimore makes this interesting but Houston pulls the upset on the road and could very well cover the 7.

It’s almost Thanksgiving.

Not quite Thanksgiving but almost Thanksgiving.

It’s week 11 in the 2017 NFL season. Six more weeks of football remain. Playoff spots have yet to be claimed.

Leaves are falling, it’s getting colder. It’s almost time for the Fat Man from the North Pole to make an appearance.

It’s time for Sunday and Monday action in week 11.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK 10: Atlanta defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas. Clayborn’s six sacks are a single-game franchise record (Chuck Smith, five on October 12, 1997) and are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick  Thomas (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 215 yards with two touchdowns for a 104.8 passer rating in the team’s win. Ryan, who has 40,073 passing yards in 151 career games, reached 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing the previous record held by Drew Brees (152).

New Orleans defeated Buffalo 47-10 to improve to 7-2. The Saints, who have won seven consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season.

The Saints rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns against the Bills. New Orleans is the fifth team in NFL history – including the postseason – to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game, joining the 1940 Chicago Bears (December 8, 1940, NFL Championship), 1950 New York Giants (November 19, 1950), 1951 Los Angeles Rams (November 18, 1951) and 1957 Cleveland Browns (November 24, 1957). New Orleans running back Mark Ingram rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s victory, joining George Rogers (November 8, 1981) and Ricky Williams (October 22, 2000) as the only Saints players to rush for at least 130 yards and three touchdowns in a game.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Rams’ 33-7 win over Houston. Goff, who passed for 311 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 146.8 passer rating last week, is the first player in franchise history to pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games. Goff threw a 94-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Woods which is the third-longest offensive play from scrimmage in franchise history and the longest since 1964 (95-yard touchdown pass from Bill Munson to Bucky Pope on December 13, 1964).

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes – including the game-winning score to tight end Eric Ebron with 10:46 remaining in the fourth quarter – in the Lions’ 38-24 win over Cleveland at Ford Field. The performance marked Stafford’s 30th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. Among players who made their NFL debut since 1970, Stafford has reached 30 such game-winning drives in the fewest number of career games (118).

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster had five catches for 97 yards with a touchdown and Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri scored five points (one field goal and two PATs) in the Steelers’ 20-17 win against the Colts. Sunday’s contest marked the first time in NFL history that a player under the age of 21 (Smith-Schuster, 20 years old) and a player over the age of 40 (Vinatieri, 44 years old) each scored a point in the same game.

Jacksonville running back Corey Grant rushed for a 56-yard touchdown – on a fake punt – on fourth down in the Jaguars’ 20-17 overtime win against the Los Angeles Chargers. Grant, who had a 58-yard fourth-down run on a fake punt in Week 3, has two runs of at least 50 yards on fourth down this season, which is as many as all other active players have combined in their careers. Buffalo’s Le Sean McCoy and Kansas City’s Albert Wilson each have one such run.

Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen had eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 38-30 win at Washington. Thielen, who was not drafted out of Minnesota State in 2013, has three career games with at least 150 receiving yards, the most among active players who went undrafted. Seattle’s Doug Baldwin (two) is the only other active undrafted player with multiple 150+ yard receiving games.

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 10: SPRINTING SAINTS: The New Orleans Saints defeated Buffalo 47-10 last Sunday in Orchard Park in Week 10 to improve to 7-2.

The Saints, who have won seven consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season.

New Orleans, led by running backs Mark Ingram (131 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and rookie Alvin Kamara (106 rushing yards, one touchdown), rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns in the victory. New Orleans became the fifth team – and the first since 1957 (Cleveland Browns, November 24, 1957) – in NFL history (including the postseason) to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game.

The teams with at least 295 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history (including the postseason):

TEAM – DATE (RUSHING YARDS/RUSHING TDS)
New Orleans – November 12, 2017 (298/6)
Cleveland – November 24, 1957 (330/6)
Los Angeles Rams – November 18, 1951 (371/6)
New York Giants – November 19, 1950 (423/6)
Chicago – December 8, 1940 (382/7)*
*NFL Championship

CAREER DAY FOR CLAYBORN: Atlanta defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas last week.

Clayborn’s six sacks are a single-game franchise record (Chuck Smith, five on October 12, 1997) and are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

The players with the most sacks in a single game since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE/SACKS)
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City (November 11, 1990/7)^
Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta (November 12, 2017/6)
Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants (September 30, 2007/6)
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City (September 6, 1998/6)^
Fred Dean, San Francisco (November 13, 1983/6)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

15,000 FOR FITZ: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 113 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to Seattle in Week 10.

Fitzgerald, who has 15,066 career receiving yards, became the sixth player in NFL history with at least 15,000 career receiving yards.

The players with the most career 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)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,066)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Fitzgerald, who was 34 years, 70 days old when he reached 15,000 receiving yards, became the second-youngest player in NFL history to accomplish the milestone, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (33 years, 72 days old).

The youngest players to reach 15,000 career receiving yards:

PLAYER – AGE WHEN REACHING 15,000 RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice – 33 years, 72 days^
Larry Fitzgerald – 34 years, 70 days
Randy Moss – 35 years, 244 days
Terrell Owens – 36 years, 279 days
Isaac Bruce – 36 years, 307 days
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROAD WARRIOR: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 266 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 41-16 win at Denver on Sunday Night Football last week.

Brady, who has won 86 career regular-season road starts, surpassed Peyton Manning (85) for the most regular-season road victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

The starting quarterbacks with the most regular-season road victories in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(ROAD WINS)
Tom Brady – New England (86)*
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (85)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota (73)^
Dan Marino – Miami (65)^
Drew Brees – San Diego amd New Orleans (64)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SUPER-CAM: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes and rushed for 95 yards, including a long of 69 yards, in the Panthers’ 45-21 win against Miami on Monday Night Football last week.

Newton, who also threw for five touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on December 20, 2015, is the only quarterback in NFL history with two career games with at least four touchdown passes and 95 rushing yards.

Philadelphia’s Randall Cunningham, who threw four touchdown passes and had 124 rushing yards on November 4, 1990, is the only other quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat in a single game.

The quarterbacks with at least four touchdown passes and 95 rushing yards in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE)(TD PASSES/RUSHING YARDS)
Cam Newton, Carolina (November 13, 2017)(4/95)
Cam Newton, Carolina (December 20, 2015)(5/100)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (November 4, 1990)(4/124)

Newton, who has 4,002 career rushing yards, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 4,000 rushing yards, joining Michael Vick (6,109), Cunningham (4,928) and Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (4,239).​​

The quarterbacks with at least 4,000 career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CARRER GAMES/RUSHING YARDS)
Michael Vick – Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York Jets and Pittsburgh (143/6,109)
Randall Cunningham – Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas and Baltimore (162/4,928)
Steve Young – Tampa Bay and San Francisco (169/4,239)^
Cam Newton – Carolina (103/4,002)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MATTY ICE: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 215 yards with two touchdowns for a 104.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ Week 10 win against Dallas.

Ryan, who has 40,073 passing yards in 151 career games, reached 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing the previous record held by Drew Bress (152).

The quarterbacks to reach 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO 40,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Matt Ryan – Atlanta (151)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (152)
Dan Marino – Miami (153)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (154)
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (159)
Carson Palmer – Cincinnati, Oakland and Arizona (160)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAK ATTACK: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott rushed for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ loss at Atlanta last week.

Prescott, who has 39 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns in 25 career games, is one of four quarterbacks since 1970 to account for at least 50 touchdowns in his first 25 career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (62 touchdowns) and Kurt Warner (60) and Daunte Culpepper (55).

The quarterbacks to account for at least 50 touchdowns in their first 25 career games since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(PASSING TOUCHDOWNS/RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS, TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS)

Dan Marino, Miami (1983-84)(60/2, 62)^
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1998-2000)(59/1, 60)^
Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota (1999-2001)(43/12, 55)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (2016-17)(39/11, 50)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG PLAY BRISSETT: Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett connected on two touchdown passes – a 61-yarder to wide receiver Chester Rogers and a 60-yarder to wide receiver Donte Moncrief – in the Colts’ Week 10 loss to Pittsburgh.

Brissett, who threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in Week 9, is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 60 yards to three different receivers over a two-game span.

The quarterbacks with touchdown passes of at least 60 yards to three different receivers in a two-game span:

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (SEASON)(WEEKS; RECEIVERS (YARDS)
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis (2017)(9-10; T.Y. Hilton (80), Chester Rogers (61), Donte Moncrief (60)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (2014)(12-13; Donte Moncrief (79), Coby Fleener (73), T.Y. Hilton (73)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2009)(13-14; Brandon Jacobs (74), Hakeem Nicks (68), Domenik Hixon (61)
Trent Dilfer, Cleveland (2005)(1-2; Braylon Edwards (80), Frisman Jackson (68), Steve Heiden (62)
Jim Kelly, Buffalo (1989)(3-4; Andre Reed (78), Thurman Thomas^ (74), Don Beebe (63)^
Dave Ryan, Detroit (1946)(7-8; John Greene (88), Billy deCorrevont (72), Bob Cifers (70)
^Reed and Kelly are Pro Football Hall of Famers

RIVERS RISING: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 21 passes with two touchdowns in the team’s overtime loss to Jacksonville last week.

Rivers, who has 4,005 career completions, became the eighth quarterback in league annals to record 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S); CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota; 6,300^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis, Denver; 6,125
Drew Brees – San Diego, New Orleans; 6,051*
Tom Brady – New England; 5,475*
Dan Marino – Miami; 4,967^
Eli Manning – New York Giants; 4,287*
John Elway – Denver; 4,123^
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers; 4,005*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 11: PERSISTENT PATRIOTS: New England has won five consecutive games and is tied for the best record in the AFC at 7-2.

With a win on Sunday against Oakland at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, the Patriots will clinch a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Cleveland Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The 1965-85 Dallas Cowboys had a .500 or better record in 21 consecutive seasons, the longest such streak all-time.

The teams with the most consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASONS), CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH .500 OR BETTER RECORD
Dallas (1965-85), 21
Cleveland (1957-73), 17
New England (2001-Present), 16*
*Active streak

YO, ADRIAN: Atlanta defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a franchise-record six sacks, forced two fumbles and a fumble recovered in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas last week.

Clayborn’s six sacks are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

With 2.5 sacks at Seattle on Monday Night Football, Clayborn would surpass Thomas (eight) for the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(SACKS OVER 2-GAME SPAN)

Derrick Thomas, Kansas City (1990)(8)^
Aldon Smith, San Francisco (2012)(7.5)
Johnie Cooks, Indianapolis (1984)(7.5)
Many tied with 7
Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta (2017)(6)*
*Through one game
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FOUR SCORES AND TWO YEARS: Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, who had a bye in Week 10, threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver in Week 9, his third career game with at least four touchdown passes.

This Sunday night at Dallas, Wentz can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (four) for the second-most games with at least four touchdown passes in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes in their first two seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)(GAMES WITH 4+ TD PASSES IN 1ST 2 SEASONS)
Dan Marino, Miami (1983-84)(6)^
Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota (1961-62)(4)^
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (2016-17)(3)*
*In second season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG GAME GOFF: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.4 rating in the Rams’ 33-7 win against Houston in Week 10.

Goff has passed for at least 300 yards with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in consecutive games, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

With at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Minnesota, Goff will join Tom Brady (2007) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat in three consecutive games.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(WEEKS) (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ YARDS, 3+ TD PASSES AND 0 INTS
Tom Brady, New England (2007)(6-8)(3)
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (2017)(9-10)(2)*
*Active streak

RISING ROETHLISBERGER: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 20-17 win at Indianapolis last week.

With 214 passing yards against Tennessee on Thursday Night Football, Roethlisberger, who has 49,112 career passing yards, would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (49,325) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (68,509)*
Tom Brady – New England (64,389)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (50,307)*
Warren Moon – Houston Oilers, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City (49,325)^
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (49,112)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

Roethlisberger enters Week 11 ranked ninth in NFL history with 3,991 completions. With nine completions on Sunday, Roethlisberger will become the ninth quarterback in NFL history to reach 4,000 career completions.

Roethlisberger, who was selected 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, would join Eli Manning (Number 1 overall, 4,287 completions) and Philip Rivers (Number 4 overall, 4,005) as the only trio of quarterbacks from the same draft class to each record 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER COMPLETIONS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (6,300)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (6,125)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (6,051)*
Tom Brady – New England (5,475)*
Dan Marino – Miami (4,967)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (4,287)*
John Elway – Denver (4,123)^
Philip Rivers – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (4,005)*
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (3,991)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WELL RECEIVED: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas ranks fourth in the NFL with 59 catches this season.

Thomas has 151 receptions in 24 career games, and needs four catches on Sunday against Washington to surpass Anquan Boldin (154) for the second-most catches by a player in his first 25 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 25 games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 25 CAREER GAMES)

Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (176)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (154)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (151)*
Reggie Bush, New Orleans (143)
Jarvis Landry, Miami (143)
*Through 24 games

FIFTH FOR FITZ: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has 15,066 career receiving yards with the Cardinals, had 10 catches for 113 yards in Week 10 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 receiving yards with San Francisco) as the only players in NFL history to reach 15,000 career receiving yards with a single team.

With 62 receiving yards on Sunday at Houston, Fitzgerald will surpass Tony Gonzalez (15,127) for the fifth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career 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)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,066)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROBERT RUNNING RAMPANT: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods had eight receptions for a career-high 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ win against Houston in Week 10.

Woods, who had a 52-yard touchdown catch in Week 9 and a 94-yard touchdown reception in Week 10, can become the fifth player since 1970 with a touchdown reception of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games.

The players to record a 50+ yard touchdown catch in three consecutive games since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(WEEKS)(CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 50+ YARD TD CATCH)
Darnay Scott, Cincinnati (1999)(12-14)(3)
Al Toon, New York Jets (1986)(8-10)(3)
Willie Gault, Chicago (1983)(3-5)(3)
Mel Gray, St. Louis Cardinals (1974)(3-5)(3)
Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (2017)(9-10)(2)*
*Active streak

The final byes for the 2017 season belong to Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets and San Francisco. Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia return to the gridiron this week.

As for last week… a huge improvement. 9-5 last week. 87-80 for the season.

The NFL has entered the second half of the season and the excitement is building as playoff races tighten.

Eleven teams have at least six wins, led by the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia (8-1), Los Angeles Rams (7-2), Minnesota (7-2), New England (7-2), New Orleans (7-2), Pittsburgh (7-2), Carolina (7-3), Jacksonville (6-3), Kansas City (6-3), Seattle (6-3) and Tennessee (6-3). Seven of those 11 teams – Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Orleans, Carolina, Jacksonville and Tennessee – did not make the playoffs last season. 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.

Seven teams currently have an active winning streak of at least four games, led by the Eagles and Saints who have each won seven in a row. The Patriots and Vikings are both riding five-game winning streaks while the Rams, Steelers and Titans have each won four consecutive contests.

New Orleans, which started the season 0-2, is the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season. Last week, the Saints rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns in the team’s 47-10 win at Buffalo. New Orleans became the fifth team – and first since 1957 (Cleveland Browns, November 24, 1957) – in NFL history (including the postseason) to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game.

As the season’s second half continues, there’s a lot to be decided, with plenty of football left to play. So don’t count anyone out. Since 1990, 27 teams have qualified for the playoffs with a losing record through nine games. Last year, two teams – Green Bay (4-5) and Pittsburgh (4-5) – accomplished the feat and both clubs advanced to the Conference Championship Game.

Also in Week 11, the NFL returns to Mexico for the second consecutive year as the Oakland Raiders host the Patriots at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Last year, the Raiders defeated the Houston Texans 27-20 in front of 76,473 fans at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States.

Four of the NFL’s 10 largest single-game attendance totals have come in Mexico, including the top two: 112,376 fans on August 15, 1994 (American Bowl preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers) and 106,424 on August 17, 1998 (American Bowl preseason game between the Cowboys and Patriots). Both of those contests were also played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Estadio Azteca underwent vast renovations in advance of the NFL’s game in 2016 which reduced stadium capacity to approximately 77,000.

Week 11 kicked off on Thursday night when the Steelers hosted and defeated the Tennessee Titans 40-17 at Heinz Field and Sunday action concludes in the Lone Star State when the Cowboys return to Arlington to face off against NFC East for Philadelphia at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The curtain on week 11 comes down on Monday night when the defending NFC champions Atlanta Falcons travel to the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks to face off against Seattle in a NFC Divisional Playoff rematch at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 11.

Jacksonville (6-3) at Cleveland (0-9), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The resurging Jacksonville Jaguars come to the shores of Lake Erie for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Cleveland Browns, who are in search of their first win of the 2017 campaign.

Jacksonville needed overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers and came away 20-17 winners at EverBank Field. The Jaguars trailed 17-14 with 1:48 left in regulation after Blake Bortles threw an interception that would have given the Chargers the win. Los Angeles then failed to run the clock out and punted the ball back to Jacksonville, who used a 6-play, 36-yard drive that took 55 as K Josh Lambo (who played for the Chargers) connected on a 34-yard field goal with 3 seconds left.

There was some craziness in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as the Chargers were originally flagged for pass interference. That would have given Jacksonville field position at that point but Jaguars WR Marqise Lee celebrated a bit too much and drew a flag for taunting. Bortles then threw his second interception of the day and the Chargers got the ball back, with them leading by 3 at that point.

Then, after Jacksonville punted the ball to Los Angeles in overtime, the Jaguars’ A.J. Bouye would pick off Philip Rivers and return the ball to the Charger 1-yard line. Jacksonville got the ball back and that was good news for Jaguar fans. Now for the bad news… during the runback, Jacksonville’s Aaron Colvin was flagged for taunting. That moved the ball back to the Charger 17-yard line. Jacksonville then used a 4-play drive that used only five yards and 1:59 and sent Jaguar fans home happy campers as Lambo would beat his old team with a 30-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbars.

Jacksonville outrushed the Chargers 135-87 and Bortles threw for 273 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Rivers threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs to rookie RB Austin Ekeler. Los Angeles on third down went 3 of 15 and kept the ball for 31:47, while the Jaguars, who played as if they had a rabbit’s foot in their pocket, ruled the clock and kept the ball for 35:01 (including the overtime), going 5 of 18 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Although they led 24-17 late in the third quarter, the winless Browns saw that lead get away from them, courtesy of three Matthew Stafford TD passes to come up on the short end of a 38-24 loss at Detroit last Sunday. The Lions led 17-10 at the intermission before Cleveland used TD runs by RB Isiah Crowell and rookie QB DeShone Kizer to take the lead in the third. RB Theo Riddick, TE Eric Ebron and WR Golden Tate would restore order for the Lions as Stafford would connect with them to take the lead back for keeps. Cleveland actually outrushed Detroit 201-104 (Crowell led all rushers with 90) but Stafford threw for 249 yards and the three TDs, while Kizer threw for 232 yards. While Cleveland was 5 of 13 on third down tries, they struck pay-dirt on fourth down, going 4 of 4 and the Browns ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:34, while the Lions were 25:26 in time of possession, going 5 of 11 on third down.

Jacksonville leads the series 11-5, the Jaguars have outscored the Browns 363-246 and they have won the last two meetings, including coming away with a 24-6 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while Cleveland’s last win over the Jaguars came in 2011, along the shores of Lake Erie, by a final of 14-10. Jacksonville’s favored by 7 1/2 points and the over/under is 37 1/2. Jacksonville’s in contention in the AFC South, while the Browns are trying to pick up win number one. Jacksonville covers the 7 1/2 and wins along the shores of Lake Erie.

Baltimore (4-5) at Green Bay (5-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of contending teams meet in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as the Green Bay Packers host Baltimore at Lambeau Field.

Baltimore fell to Tennessee 23-20 at Nissan Stadium two Sundays ago. The Titans led 16-6 at the half before the Ravens made it a closer contest than Titan fans would have wanted when Joe Flacco (261 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) threw a pair of fourth quarter TD passes, one to RB Javarious Allen and the other to WR Mike Wallace with 46 seconds left to play. Baltimore then tried the onside kick and the Titans recovered the ball and ran out the clock. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier rushing-wise and the Ravens barely outrushed Tennessee 73-71, while Mariota threw for 218 yards with a pair of TDs. Baltimore went 6 of 16 on third down tries but struck pay-dirt on fourth down, as they went 3 of 4 and the Ravens ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:22, while the Titans were 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:38.

Green Bay held off Chicago 23-16 at Soldier Field last Sunday. The Packers led 10-6 at the half and Chicago made it a seven-point game with 3:19 left when Connor Barth connected on a 49-yard field goal. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 160-55 in the contest that was played in rainy conditions in the Windy City, while Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky threw for 297 yards and Packers QB Brett Hundley throwing for 212 yards (each man threw a TD pass in the contest). Chicago went 4 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:07, while Green Bay was 33:53 in time of possession and went 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay holds a 4-1 lead in the series and the Packers have outscored the Ravens 112-108. Green Bay has won the last two contests with Baltimore, taking a 19-17 win in Charm City in 2013, while Baltimore’s lone win over the Packers also came in Charm City, as the Ravens were 48-3 winners in 2005. Baltimore’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot if not winning a divisional title. Baltimore makes this one interesting but Green Bay prevails in the Dairy State, covering the 2 1/2.

Tampa Bay (3-6) at Miami (4-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. They’re in the same state, they’re separated by 283 miles down I-75 and 4 hours and 20 minutes away from each other. Tampa Bay and Miami were scheduled to meet in what would have been the season opener for both clubs but Irma ruined their plans. They finally get to meet.

Tampa Bay broke a 3-3 tie with the New York Jets last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium and came away 15-10 winners in the Sunshine State. Tampa Bay outrushed the Jets 90-56, while Ryan Fitzpatrick, who took over for Jameis Winston (shoulder), threw for 187 yards and a TD pass to Charles Sims III. For the Jets, Josh McCown threw for 262 yards and a TD but was sacked six times and picked off once. The Bucs were 7 of 16 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:54, while the Jets kept the ball for 28:06, going 3 of 15 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth.

Miami comes back to Hard Rock Stadium after their 45-21 loss to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers last Monday night in Charlotte. The Dolphins trailed 17-7 and never got on track in the second half, as the Panthers outscored them 28-14. Carolina outrushed Miami 294-100 in the Monday night affair, with Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart leading the way with 110 yards. Newton threw for 254 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR Devin Funchess on two of those tosses, while Jay Cutler threw for 213 yards and a pair of TDs. Carolina on third down tries went 11 of 14 and kept the ball for 35:39, while the Dolphins went 7 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:21.

They’ve met 10 times in the Sunshine State and each team has five wins to their credit, which includes games that were played at old Tampa Stadium and the Orange Bowl. Tampa Bay has outscored Miami 228-222 and the Bucs took the last meeting, which took place in 2013 at Raymond James Stadium, taking a 22-19 win, while Miami’s last win in the series came in 2009 at Hard Rock by a final of 25-23. The oddsmakers like the Dolphins as 1 1/2 point favorites at Hard Rock Stadium and the over/under’s 40 1/2. These two teams are a lot better than their records and while this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” it could be somewhat entertaining. They’ve had all this time to wait to play. The wait is over. Miami covers the 1 1/2 and wins at home.

Kansas City (6-3) at New York Giants (1-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. The first-place Chiefs make a trip to the Jersey Meadowlands for an inter-conference contest with Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

Kansas City let a 17-14 lead in the third quarter get away from them in Dallas as the Cowboys countered with a pair of TDs to fall 28-17 in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium). Prescott threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdown passes – both to wide receiver Cole Beasley – and added a rushing TD. Prescott joined Cam Newton as the only players in NFL history to have at least 35 touchdown passes (39) and 10 rushing touchdowns (10) in their first two seasons. Dallas led 14-10 at the intermission before the Chiefs took their only lead of the contest in the third quarter when Alex Smith and TE Travis Kelce connected on a 2-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the third quarter. Dallas then took the lead for keeps when RB Ezekiel Elliott scored from 2 yards out and Beasley caught his second TD pass, good from seven yards, to seal Kansas City’s fate. Dallas outrushed Kansas City 131-68 and went 7 of 12 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 31:17, while the Chiefs, who went 4 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:43.

The Giants’ trip to the West Coast was anything but successful as they fell to San Francisco 31-21 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday. Although they trailed 17-13 at the half, San Francisco managed to take control of the contest to take the win. San Francisco outrushed the Giants 186-114 and Manning threw for 273 yards, while C.J. Beathard threw for 288 yards in the win (each threw a pair of TDs). The Giants were 5 of 14 on third down but had success on fourth down, going 3 of 3 and kept the ball for 31 minutes, while the 49ers were 8 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the pigskin for 29 minutes.

Big Blue leads the series 10-3 and they have outscored the Chiefs 307-246. Kansas City won the last meeting with the Giants at Arrowhead in 2013 by a final of 31-7, while the Giants took a 27-16 win at Arrowhead in their last meeting. Kansas City’s favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. The Giants are bad. They’re not 10 1/2 bad but they’re bad and at times, they’ve played some decent football. The Chiefs are trying to erase the loss to Dallas out of their memory bank. Chiefs win in the Meadowlands but expect the Giants to make things a lot closer than 10 1/2 points.

Detroit (5-4) at Chicago (3-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Windy City as Da Bears host Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions at Solider Field.

Detroit trailed winless Cleveland 24-17 late in the third quarter, then took that lead away from the Browns, courtesy of three Stafford TD passes and came away 38-24 winners at Ford Field last Sunday. The Lions led 17-10 at the intermisson before Cleveland used TD runs by RB Isiah Crowell and rookie QB DeShone Kizer to take the lead in the third. RB Theo Riddick, TE Eric Ebron and WR Golden Tate would restore order for the Lions as Stafford would connect with them to take the lead back for keeps. Cleveland outrushed Detroit 201-104 (Crowell led all rushers with 90) but Stafford threw for 249 yards and the three TDs, while Kizer threw for 232 yards. While Cleveland was 5 of 13 on third down tries, they struck pay dirt on fourth down, going 4 of 4 and the Browns ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:34, while the Lions were 25:26 in time of possession, going 5 of 11 on third down.

Chicago made things interesting at home at Soldier Field against Green Bay but came up short, losing to the Packers 23-16. Da Bears trailed Green Bay 10-6 at the half and Chicago made it a seven-point game with 3:19 left when Connor Barth connected on a 49-yard field goal. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 160-55 in the contest that was played in rainy conditions in the Windy City, while Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky threw for 297 yards and Packers QB Brett Hundley throwing for 212 yards (each man threw a TD pass in the contest). Chicago went 4 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:07, while Green Bay was 33:53 in time of possession and went 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead the series 97-72-5 (which includes contests that took place in Portsmouth, when the Lions were known as the Spartans, games played at Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field and the Silverdome) and Chicago has outscored Detroit 3,375-3,105. The two clubs spilt last year’s contests, each taking wins at home.

The first meeting took place in the Windy City at Soldier Field in week four. As the Cubs were getting ready to win the World Series, Da Bears took a 17-14 win over Detroit. Chicago led 7-3 at the intermission and took a 17-6 lead into the final moments of the fourth quarter when WR Andre Roberts returned a punt 85 yards for a TD with 1:52 left to play. Then, instead of kicking the extra point, the Lions chose to go for the 2-point conversion and Stafford (213 yards, two interceptions) and WR Golden Tate found success as they converted to make the contest a 3-point game. Detroit, with no time outs left, attempted a onside kick, which failed and Chicago recovered. The Lions were penalized for illegally touching the ball, Da Bears kept the ball and ran out the clock. Chicago outrushed Detroit 114-66, with Bears RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 111 yards, while Blaine Hoyer threw for 302 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago was 5 of 13 on third down tries at Solider Field (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:14, while Detroit went 4 of 12 on third down and kept the pigskin for 26:46.

That was round one.

Round two. Week 14 at Ford Field and the Lions would get their revenge on their NFC North rivals, taking a 20-17 win in the Motor City. Detroit led 10-3 at the break and had a 13-10 lead with 7:07 left in the final quarter when Da Bears took their only lead of the game, thanks to a Cre’Von LeBlanc interception return of Stafford that went for 24 yards. Lions fans would eventually go home happy as their team would use a 7-play, 76-yard drive that used 3:50 of clock when Stafford (223 yards), who had thrown a 16-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left before halftime, would redeem himself with a 7-yard TD run to take the lead back. Detroit outrushed Chicago 114-92 and Chicago QB Matt Barkley threw for 212 yards and a TD in the rematch. Detroit at home went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:17, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 25:43, going 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

While the Lions were favored by 2 1/2 in the week four contest at Soldier Field, Chicago did take the win by 3 points. As for the 46 1/2 over/under, that stayed safe as both teams combined for only 31 points. As for the week 14 contest in the Motor City, the Lions were 8-point favorites but won by only 3 and the 43 1/2 over/under was untouched as they combined to score only 37 points. Detroit may be the road team but the oddsmakers like them as 3 point favorites in the Windy City and the over/under’s 41. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Chicago makes this one close but Detroit prevails and covers.

Arizona (4-5) at Houston (3-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Arizona and Houston meet at NRG Stadium in a contest between two struggling teams. Both clubs enter Sunday’s contests with losses under their belts.

Arizona lost to NFC West rival Seattle 22-16 in Glendale last Thursday night. The Cardinals trailed 15-7 at the intermission and led 22-10 with 20 seconds left in regulation before Arizona’s Andre Ellington scored from a yard out to pull to within seven. Wilson (238 yards, five sacks) and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a pair of TD passes to take the win, as Seattle outrushed Arizona 75-34, while the Cardinals’ Drew Stanton threw for 273 yards and a TD. Seattle went 3 of 13 on third down conversions at University of Phoenix Stadium and kept the ball for 30:53, while the Desert Angry Birds went 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 29:07.

Houston also lost last week, falling to the Los Angeles Rams 33-7 on the West Coast. Although they trailed 9-7 at the intermission, the Texans saw the Rams pull away from them in the second half, as Los Angeles would score the last 24 points of the contest unchallenged. Houston was outrushed by Los Angeles 104-89 (Todd Gurley led all rushers with 68 yards) and turned the ball over four times. Tom Savage threw for 221 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while the Rams’ Jarred Goff threw for 355 yards and three TDs. Houston was 4 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:29, while the Rams were 31:31 in time of possession, going 6 of 18 on third down (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Arizona and Houston have met three times and the Desert Angry Birds have won the last two contests, taking a 27-24 victory in 2013 in Glendale, while the Texans won the first meeting with Arizona, winning 30-19 in Houston in 2005. Arizona’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 38 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses last week. Houston covers the 1 1/2 in the Lone Star State and wins at home.

Los Angeles Rams (7-2) at Minnesota (7-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of contending NFC teams that could meet in the post-season as the Rams and Vikings meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Los Angeles Rams took Houston to task last Sunday, coming away 33-7 winners on the West Coast. The Rams led at the intermission, then pulled away from the Texans in the second half, as they scored the last 24 points of the contest unchallenged. Los Angeles outrushed Houston 104-89 (Todd Gurley led all rushers with 68 yards) and forced four Texans turnovers in the win. Houston’s Tom Savage threw for 221 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while the Rams’ Jarred Goff threw for 355 yards and three TDs. Houston was 4 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:29, while the Rams were 31:31 in time of possession, going 6 of 18 on third down (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Minnesota held off a late Washington rally in Landover last Sunday, taking a 38-30 win over the Redskins. Minnesota led 28-17 at the half at FedEx Field, then held off Washington in the second half, as the Redskins outscored the Vikings 13-10. Minnesota outrushed Washington 102-81 and Case Keenum threw for 304 yards and four TDs, while Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 327 yards in the contest. Minnesota went 8 of 12 on third down conversions in Landover and kept the ball for 28:54, while Washington went 5 of 14 on third down (3 of 5 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 31:06.

Including contests that were played in Bloomington and St. Louis, the Vikings lead the series 21-14-2, they have outscored the Rams 844-813 and Minnesota has won the last four contests, including a 21-18 overtime win in the Twin Cities in 2015, while the Rams’ last win came in Minneapolis, coming away 41-21 winners in 2006. The oddsmakers like the Vikings at home as 2 point favorites and the over/under for the contest at US Bank Stadium is 46. Both teams have been playing some really good football of late and it’s a chance they could meet in the post-season. Vikings make this one interesting but the Rams come away with the win and cover the 2 on the road in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Washington (4-5) at New Orleans (7-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. The first-place New Orleans Saints welcome Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins to the Big Easy for a Sunday afternoon matchup in the Superdome.

A late Washington rally in Landover last Sunday fell short, as the Redskins lost to Minnesota 38-30. Minnesota led 28-17 at the half at FedEx Field, before Washington put on their rally in the second half, outscoring the Vikings 13-10. Minnesota outrushed Washington 102-81 and Case Keenum threw for 304 yards and four TDs, while Cousins threw for 327 yards for Washington in the contest. Minnesota went 8 of 12 on third down conversions in Landover and kept the ball for 28:54, while Washington went 5 of 14 on third down (3 of 5 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 31:06.

New Orleans manhandled Buffalo 47-10 in Orchard Park last Sunday. Leading 17-3 at the intermission at New Era Stadium, the Saints ran roughshod over the Bills in the second half, outscoring Buffalo 30-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Saints RB Mark Ingram (131 yards, 3 TDs) and rookie RB Alvin Kamara (106 yards, TD) each accounted for part of the Saints rushing game, as New Orleans outrushed the struggling Bills 298-69, while Drew Brees threw for 184 yards. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 41:23, while the Bills were 2 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth and kept the pigskin for a dismal 18:37.

Washington leads the series 17-8 and they have outscored the Saints 609-480. Washington took wins in the last two meetings, including taking a 47-14 win in Landover in 2015, while New Orleans’ last win came in 2009, as the SSaints were 33-30 winners in overtime in Landover. New Orleans is favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 51. The last two weeks, Washington fans have been saying “Hell, it’s the Redskins.” This week, it’s “Hail to the Redskins.” Washington pulls the upset and takes the win in the Big Easy.

Buffalo (5-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-6), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of AFC foes meet in Tinsletown as Buffalo makes its way to the West Coast for a late afternoon contest with the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center.

Buffalo found themselves being taken to task by New Orleans, as they lost to the Saints 47-10 in Orchard Park last Sunday. The Bills trailed 17-3 at the intermission at New Era Stadium, then Saints ran roughshod over the Bills in the second half, outscoring Buffalo 30-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans easily outrushed Buffalo 298-69, as Saints RB Mark Ingram (131 yards, 3 TDs) and rookie RB Alvin Kamara (106 yards, TD) each accounted for part of the Saints rushing game, while Drew Brees threw for 184 yards. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 41:23, while the Bills were 2 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth and kept the pigskin for a dismal 18:37.

The Chargers came out on the short end of a 20-17 loss to Jacksonville at EverBank Field last Sunday. Los Angeles led 17-14 with 1:48 left in regulation after Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw an interception that would have given the Chargers the win. Los Angeles then failed to run the clock out and punted the ball back to Jacksonville, who used a 6-play, 36-yard drive that took 55 as K Josh Lambo (who played for the Chargers) connected on a 34-yard field goal with 3 seconds left.

There was more confusion than a mouse in a Burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!) in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as the Chargers were originally flagged for pass interference. That would have given Jacksonville field position at that point but Jaguars WR Marqise Lee celebrated a bit too much and drew a flag for taunting. Bortles then threw his second interception of the day and the Chargers got the ball back, with them leading by 3 at that point.

Then, after Jacksonville punted the ball to Los Angeles in overtime, the Jaguars’ A.J. Bouye would pick off Philip Rivers and return the ball to the Charger 1-yard line. Jacksonville got the ball back and that was good news for Jaguar fans. Now for the bad news… during the runback, Jacksonville’s Aaron Colvin was flagged for taunting. That moved the ball back to the Charger 17-yard line. Jacksonville then used a 4-play drive that used only five yards and 1:59 and sent Jaguar fans home happy campers as Lambo would beat his old team with a 30-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbars.

Jacksonville outrushed the Chargers 135-87 and Bortles threw for 273 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Rivers threw for 235 yards and a pair of TDs to rookie RB Austin Ekeler. Los Angeles on third down went 3 of 15 and kept the ball for 31:47, while the Jaguars, who played as if they had a rabbit’s foot in their pocket, ruled the clock and kept the ball for 35:01 (including the overtime), going 5 of 18 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Jacksonville leads the series 11-5, the Jaguars have outscored the Browns 363-246 and they have won the last two meetings, including coming away with a 24-6 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while Cleveland’s last win over the Jaguars came in 2011, along the shores of Lake Erie, by a final of 14-10

Including games that were played in Los Angeles at Qualcomm Stadium and old War Memorial Stadium, the Chargers lead the series 22-10-2 and have outscored the Bills 814-565. The Chargers were winners in their last two meetings with the Bills, taking a 22-10 win in upstate New York in 2014, while the Bills’ last win over the Chargers came in 2008 in Orchard Park by a final of 23-14. The Chargers are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Both teams are looking to get back on track in the AFC and both want to get back to the playoffs. Bills circle the wagons on the West Coast and take the win, covering the 3 1/2.

Cincinnati (3-6) at Denver (3-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of struggling AFC teams look to right their respective ships in Denver as Cincinnati comes to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to face off against the Broncos.

The Bengals enter the Sunday afternoon contest in the Rockies, losing 24-20 against Tennessee last Sunday. Last week, Tennessee’s defense limited Cincinnati to 53 rushing yards in the win at Nissan Stadium, while the Titans, who tallied 180 yards on the ground, led 17-13 at the intermission in a game that saw a Bengals player get ejected for the second week in a row, when LB Vontaze Burfict was tossed for making physical contact with an official. Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for 264 yards for the Titans, despite being sacked four times, while Andy Dalton threw for 265 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR A.J. Green on one. Tennessee went 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 40:09, while the Bengals were 1 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 19:51.

The struggling Broncos trailed New England led 27-9 at the break and could never get on track last Sunday night and dropped their fifth straight contest, losing to Tom Brady and the Patriots 41 16 t Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. While Denver outrushed New England 118-99, Brady burned the Broncos for 266 yards and three TDs. The defending Super Bowl champs went 4 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:43, while the Broncos, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:17, went 8 of 15 on third down tries.

Denver leads the series 21-9, which includes contests that took place at Mile High Stadium and Riverfront Stadium, the Broncos have outscored Cincinnati 655-565 and Denver has won the last two meetings, including taking a 29-17 win last year along the shores of the Ohio River, while the Bengals took a 37-28 win at Paul Brown Stadium in 2014.

Denver led 16-14 at the break in the week three meeting at Paul Brown and took further control of things in the second half, outscoring the Bengals 14-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Cincinnati did outrush Denver 143-52, while Seimian threw for 312 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR Emmanuel Sanders on two of those tosses. For the Bengals, Dalton threw for 206 yards, while being sacked four times with an interception. The Broncos were 6 of 12 on third down in the win, keeping the ball for 27:54, while the Bengals ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:06, going 5 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth.

In the week three contest, the Bengals were 3 1/2 favorites and Denver covered, winning by 12 and both clubs covered the 41 1/2 over/under, scoring 46 points. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Rockies and the over/under’s 40. Take a pass on this one and get that Christmas shopping done.. or watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel (you can reject this reality and substitute your own). Bengals win this one on the road but expect Denver to make it closer than 2 1/2.

New England (7-2) vs. Oakland (4-5) in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s the final International Series game of the 2017 season as Oakland makes its second trip south of the border as Derek Carr and the Silver and Black travel to Mexico City for an AFC showdown with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Patriots lead the AFC East and are tied for the best record in the AFC (7-2) and have won five consecutive games, including last week’s 41-16 victory at Denver. New England led 27-9 at the break and never looked back in the Sunday night contest at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. While Denver outrushed New England 118-99, Brady burned the Broncos for 266 yards and three TDs. The defending Super Bowl champs went 4 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:43, while the Broncos, who ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:17, went 8 of 15 on third down tries.

Oakland led Miami 13-9 at the half in the Sunshine State, then held off a late Dolphins rally to take a 27-20 win at Hard Rock Stadium in the Sunshine State two weeks ago. Miami outrushed Oakland 86-84 in front of the home crowd and Jay Cutler threw for 311 yards with three TDs and no interceptions, while Carr threw for 300 yards. Miami went 5 of 12 on third down Sunday night (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:04, while the Raiders were 30:56 in time of possession, while going 8 of 15 on third downs.

New England holds a 16-14-1 lead in the series, that includes games that were played in Los Angeles and at Fenway Park, while the Silver and Black have outscored New England 760-700. New England won the last four meetings and took a 16-9 win in Foxboro in 2014 in their last meeting, while the Raiders’ last win came in 2002 in Oakland by a final of 27-20.

This is not the first time the Silver and Black has been in Mexico for a regular season game. They took on Houston at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on a Monday night at came away 27-20 winners on November 21. In that contest, Carr threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winning 35-yard score to wide receiver Amari Cooper with 4:43 remaining. Houston and Oakland were tied at 10-10 at the half before the Raiders pulled away in the final minutes of the contest. Carr threw for 295 yards in the contest, while the Texans outrushed Oakland 124-30 (Texans’ RB Lamar Miller led all rushers with 104 yards and a TD). Oakland was 4 of 11 on third down in the international meeting (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:33, while Houston, led by Brad Osweiler, who threw for 243, ruled the clock and kept the ball for 36:27, while going 8 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down. New England’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under is 52. New England sits as king of the AFC East mountain, while the Raiders are looking to catch up to Kansas City in the AFC West. Pats take this one South of the border but expect Oakland to make it closer than 6 1/2.

Philadelphia (8-1) at Dallas (5-4), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Wentz vs. Prescott. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Lone Star State on the Sunday night before Thanksgiving as the first-place Eagles travel to Arlington to face off against Dallas at AT&T Stadium.

Philadelphia took Denver to the woodshed two weeks ago in the City of Brotherly Love and came away 51-23 winners. The Eagles never lost focus, leading 31-9 at the half as the Broncos used Brock Osweiler under center for the slumping Trevor Siemian. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 199 yards and four TDS, while Osweiler threw for 208 yards with a TD to WR  Demaryius Thomas, while he was sacked three times and picked off twice. Philly easily outrushed Denver 197-35, with newly accquired RB Jay Ajayi leading all rushers with 77 yards and a TD. Denver went 3 of 13 on third down conversions at Lincoln Financial Field (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:06, while the Eagles, who kept the ball for 29:54, was 5 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

The Ezekiel Elliott-less Cowboys were no match for the defending NFC champs, as Atlanta took Dallas and Prescott to the woodshed, coming away with a 27-7 win in the Big Peach last Sunday. Prescott (176 yards) scored the game’s first points with an 11-yard run in the first quarter but Atlanta would go on to shut out Dallas the rest of the way, scoring all of their points unchallenged. Atlanta led 10-3 at the break, then dodged a major bullet when K Mike Nugent’s 38-yard field goal try hit the crossbar and bounced harmlessly to the right, which gave Atlanta momentum to take the win. Atlanta outrushed Dallas 132-107, with Falcons RB Tevin Coleman leading all rushers with 83 yards and a TD, while Ryan connected with TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy for his two TD passes, throwing for 215 yards. It was the Falcon defense that made life miserable for Prescott, as defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks in the contest. Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:06, while Dallas was 5 of 11 third down-wise and kept the ball for 27:54 (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down). Elliott dropped his appeal Wednesday and will sit out the remaining five games, rejoining the club in week 16 when they host Seattle.

Dallas leads the series 62-50 (including contests that were played at the Cotton Bowl, Veterans Stadium and Cowboys Stadium) and the Cowboys have outscored Philadelphia 2,428-2,237. They met twice last year as NFC East rivals and they split the two meetings, taking wins in front of their home crowds.

The first meeting took place in the Lone Star State in week eight on a Sunday night and the Cowboys needed overtime to take a 29-23 win at AT&T Stadium. Dallas trailed Philadelphia 13-10 at the break and would trail 20-10 with 6:20 left in the third quarter before they would chip away and even things up when Prescott and WR Dez Bryant connected on a 22-yard TD strike with 3:04 left in regulation, completing an 11-play, 90-yard drive that consumed 3:22 of clock.

Dallas won the toss to start overtime and got the ball and played keep-away from the Eagles in the extra period, as they would use a 12-play, 75-yard drive that burned 7:12 of clock and sent Cowboys fans home happy when Prescott and TE Jason Witten connected on a 5-yard TD pass to take the win. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 187-97, with Elliott leading all rushers with 96 yards, while Prescott threw for 287 with the two TDs. For Philadelphia, Wentz threw for 202 yards and a TD, while Darren Sproles ran for 86 yards. Dallas went 4 of 14 on third down (the Cowboys were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and they kept the ball for 33:57, which included the overtime, while the Eagles kept the ball for 33:15, while going 6 of 15 on third down tries.

That was round one.

Round two took place in the City of Brotherly Love in week 17 and if revenge was a dish best served cold, then the Eagles went back for seconds, as they were 27-13 winners at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia erased a 10-10 tie at the half and Wentz and Zach Ertz connected on a pair of TD tosses in the win. Wentz threw for 245 yards in the contest, while Prescott threw for 85 yards and a pair of interceptions. Tony Romo did make what would be his last regular season appearance in a Dallas uniform, going 3 for 4 for 29 yards and a TD. Philadelphia outrushed Dallas 114-69 and Elliott was a non-factor in the contest (he suited up but did not play). Philadelphia went 6 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth) and the Eagles held on to the ball for 35:42, while Dallas, who had already clinched the NFC East, kept the pigskin for 24:18, going 5 of 12 on third down conversions.

This one’s “DRILL WORTHY” There’s no two ways about it. (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?”

Dallas covered the 4 1/2-point spread in the week eight contest, winning by 6 and both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under with 52 points. In the season finale on New Year’s Day, Philadelphia won by 14, allowing the Eagles to cover the 6-point spread but the two teams barely missed the 42 1/2 over/under, tallying 40 points. The Eagles are favored by 4 in Arlington and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both numbers are making a lot of sense. Philly’s atop the NFC East mountain, while the Cowboys will have to adjust to life without Ezekiel Elliott until Christmas Eve afternoon. Philly covers the 4 and wins on the road.

ATLANTA (5-4) at Seattle (6-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. They met twice last year. They meet again. It’s peach pie vs. Salmon as Atlanta travels to Seattle for a Monday night contest in the Pacific Northwest.

The defending NFC champs manhandled Dak Prescott and the Ezekiel Elliott-less Cowboys 27-7 in the Big Peach last Sunday. Prescott (176 yards) scored the game’s first points with an 11-yard run in the first quarter but Atlanta would go on to shut out Dallas the rest of the way, scoring all of their points unchallenged. Atlanta led 10-3 at the break, then dodged a major bullet when K Mike Nugent’s 38-yard field goal try hit the crossbar and bounced harmlessly to the right, which gave Atlanta momentum to take the win. Atlanta outrushed Dallas 132-107, with Falcons RB Tevin Coleman leading all rushers with 83 yards and a TD, while Ryan connected with TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy for his two TD passes, throwing for 215 yards. It was the Falcon defense that made life miserable for Prescott, as defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded a career-high six sacks in the contest. Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:06, while Dallas was 5 of 11 third down-wise and kept the ball for 27:54 (both clubs were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

Seattle edged Arizona 22-16 in Glendale last Thursday night. The Seahawks led 15-7 at the intermission and led 22-10 with 20 seconds left in regulation before Arizona’s Andre Ellington scored from a yard out to pull to within seven. Wilson (238 yards, five sacks) and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a pair of TD passes to take the win, as Seattle outrushed Arizona 75-34, while the Cardinals’ Drew Stanton threw for 273 yards and a TD. Seattle went 3 of 13 on third down conversions at University of Phoenix Stadium and kept the ball for 30:53, while the Desert Angry Birds went 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 29:07.

Seattle leads the series 10-5 and the Seahawks have outscored Atlanta 407-357. They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season.

Meeting number one… week six in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Atlanta saw a 24-17 lead after three quarters get away from them as Seattle rallied to take a 26-24 win at Century Link Field. Seattle led 17-3 at the break before Atlanta scored 21 third quarter points unchallenged. Ryan (335 yards) connected with WRs Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and TE Levine Toilolo to take the lead after 45 minutes of play. Christine Michael then made it 24-23 when he scored from a yard out with 4:43 left. Atlanta then blocked Stephen Hauschka’s extra point try to keep the lead but Hauschka would redeem himself by connecting on a 44-yard field goal with 1:57 left in regulation. Atlanta got the ball back and had four chances to take the road win but all four of Ryan’s pass attempts failed and Seattle would run out the clock and take the win. Seattle outrushed Atlanta 72-52 and Michael led all rushers with 64 yards, while Wilson threw for 270 yards. The Falcons on third down tries went 3 of 11 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:51, while Seattle ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 30:09, going 5 of 14 on third down.

Meeting number two… the NFC Divisional Game in the Big Peach. The Falcons got their revenge on Seattle in the next-to-last game in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit, led 19-10 at the break and came away 36-20 winners to advance to a date with Green Bay in the NFC Championship game. While Seattle did outrush Atlanta 101-99, the Falcons defense sacked Wilson (225 yards) twice (once for a safety) and picked him off three times. Ryan threw for 338 yards with three TDs, connecting with Jones, Sanu and Tevin Coleman on the strikes and the Falcons played turnover-free football in the Big Peach. Atlanta was 6 of 12 on third down conversions in the Georgia Dome and kept the ball for 33:19, while the Seahawks were 26:41 in time of possession, going 5 of 11 on third down tries.

In the week six contest in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle was favored by 6 1/2 but won by only 2. However… both teams covered the 46 over/under, tallying 50 points. Atlanta found themselves favored by 4 1/2 in the Divisional playoff game in the Big Peach and won by 16, covering the spread and both teams covered the 51 over/under with 56 points. Seattle’s favored by 3 in the rematch in the Pacific Northwest and the over/under’s 45.

On Monday nights, the Falcons are 12-27, while Seattle is 23-8. This one is worth your time to watch, so you may want to tape “Scorpion” this week (Happy is so sexy when she talks science!). The Falcons are still NFC champs and they’ll send that message to Seattle this week. Atlanta pulls the upset in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and pulls the upset, covering the 3.

 

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Dallas at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Dallas), 82 (Atlanta); XM: 382 (Dallas), 82 (Atlanta)

Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 119 (Cleveland), 135 (Detroit);| XM: 387 (Cleveland), 228 (Detroit)

New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 121 (Tampa Bay); XM: 385 (New York Jets), 229 (Tampa Bay)

Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 132 (Pittsburgh), 81 (Indianapolis); XM: 381 (Pittsburgh), 81 (Indianapolis)

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Chargers), 157 (Jacksonville); XM: 383 (Los Angeles Chargers), 227 (Jacksonville)

Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 103 (Minnesota), 134 (Washington); XM: 386 (Minnesota), 225 (Washington)

Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Green Bay), 83 (Chicago); XM: 380 (Green Bay), 83 (Chicago)

New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (New Orleans), 82 (Buffalo); XM: 384 (New Orleans), 82 (Buffalo)

Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Cincinnati), 146 (Tennessee); XM: 382 (Cincinnati), 226 (Tennessee)

Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Brady Poppinga; SIRIUS: 132 (Houston), 81 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 381 (Houston), 81 (Los Angeles Rams)

New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giants), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 380 (New York Giants), 83 (San Francisco)

New England at Denver, 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 (New England), 83 (Denver); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New England), 83 (Denver)

Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: WW1: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Max Starks; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Miami), 83 (Carolina); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Miami), 83 (Carolina)

Sunday and Monday Referees
Dallas at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Terry McAulay
Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Pete Morelli
New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Gene Steratore

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                Spread       Underdog                 O/U
ATLANTA                 –  3         Dallas                   48 1/2
Minnesota               –  1 1/2     WASHINGTON               41 1/2
CHICAGO                 –  5 1/2     Green Bay                37 1/2
Pittsburgh              – 10         INDIANAPOLIS             45
JACKSONVILLE            –  4 1/2     Los Angeles Chargers     40 1/2
NEW YORK JETS           –  2 1/2     Tampa Bay                43 1/2
TENNESSEE               –  4 1/2     Cincinnati               40 1/2
New Orleans             –  3         BUFFALO                  47 1/2
DETROIT                 –  9 1/2     Cleveland                41
LOS ANGELES RAMS        – 12         Houston                  45 1/2
New York Giants         –  2 1/2     New York Giants          42
New England             –  7 1/2     DENVER                   44 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite                Spread       Underdog                 O/U
CAROLINA                –  9         Miami                    38 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Dallas at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas

OUT: RB Ezekiel Elliott (Suspension), K Dan Bailey (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Dez Bryant (Knee), T Tyron Smith (Back), CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring), DT Maliek Collins (Foot)

Atlanta
OUT: LB Duke Riley (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Andrew Levitre (Knee)

New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: S Kenny Vaccaro (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Chest), G Lawrence Warford (Abdomen)

Buffalo
OUT: T Cordy Glenn (Foot), WR Isaiah Jones (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (Knee), CB Edwin Gaines (Hamstring)

Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: T Bryan Bulaga (Knee), S Morgan Burnett (Groin), DT Quinton Dial (Chest)  Did Not Participate In Practice Out
QUESTIONABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (Shoulder), LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), G Justin McCray (Ankle), LB Joe Thomas (Ankle)

Chicago
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bryce Callahan (Knee), T Thomas Compton (Ankle), CB Sherrick McManis (Hamstring), DE Roy Robertson-Harris (Hamstring), TE Dion Sims (Illness), LB Danny Trevathan (Calf), G Kyle Long (Finger)

Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: DT Olumide Ogunjobi (Groin)

Detroit
OUT: G Thomas Lang (Concussion), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Don Carey (Knee), WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring) Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: LB James Harrison (Back)

Indianapolis
OUT: WR Kamar Aiken (Hamstring), LB John Simon (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Eugene Hilton (Groin), CB Quincy Wilson (Knee)

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), LB Hayes Pullard (Neck)

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: G Aaron Cann (Triceps), WR Marqise Lee (Knee), G Patrick Omameh (Knee), T Jermey Parnell (Knee)

New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: RB Matt Forte (Knee), DT Edward Stinson (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: C Jonathan Harrison (Hand), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder), CB Morris Claiborne (Foot), G Brian Winters (Abdomen)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE William Gholston (Neck), QB Jameis Winston (Right Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: CB Robert McClain (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (Ankle), T Demar Dotson (Hamstring), T Donovan Smith (Knee), CB Brent Grimes (Shoulder), DT Gerald McCoy (Shoulder), G Justin Sweezy (Knee)

Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: RB Jeremy Hill (Ankle), LB Kevin Minter (Elbow), DT Patrick Sims (Calf)
DOUBTFUL: S Shawn Williams (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: K Randol Bullock (Back)

Tennessee
OUT G Quinton Spain (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Delanie Walker (Ankle)

Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: T Mike Remmers (Concussion), G Jeremiah Sirles (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Everson Griffen (Foot), S Anthony Harris (Hamstring), DE Stephen Weatherly (Knee)

Washington
OUT: DE Matthew Ioannidis (Hand), DT Arthur Jones (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Zach Brown (Ankle), TE Miles Paul (Concussion), T Trent Williams (Knee), WR Jamison Crowder (Hamstring), G
Shawn Lauvao (Stinger), C Spencer Long (Knee), T Morgan Moses (Ankle), S Montae Nicholson (Shoulder), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle), WR Brian Quick (Concussion), TE Jordan Reed (Hamstring), G Brandon Scherff (Knee)

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

Houston
OUT: LB Dylan Cole (Hamstring), DE Joel Heath (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: RB Malcolm Brown (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: TE Derek Carrier (Hamstring), LB Robert Quinn (Illness)

New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: LB B.J. Goodson (Ankle), LB Devon Kennard (Quadricep), LB Keenan Robinson (Quadricep)
DOUBTFUL: CB Donte Deayon (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), LB Calvin Munson (Quadricep), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle), DE Kerry Wynn (Knee)

San Francisco
OUT: TE George Kittle (Ankle), LB Elijah Lee (Knee), WR Trent Taylor (Ribs), DE Aaron Lynch (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Solomon Thomas (Knee), CB K’Waun Williams (Quadricep)

New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

New England
OUT: DT Malcom Brown (Ankle), T Marcus Cannon (Ankle), WR Chris Hogan (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Knee), CB Stephon Gilmore (Concussion), DE Cassius Marsh (Shoulder), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)

Denver
QUESTIONABLE: WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle), LB Todd Davis (Ankle), T Donald Stephenson (Calf)

Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: S Michael Thomas (Knee), RB Damien Williams (Illness), LB Michael Hull (Shoulder), G Ted Larsen (Biceps), CB Bobby McCain (Hamstring), WR Jakeem Grant (Illness)

Carolina
OUT: C Ryan Kalil (Neck)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Dallas at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, overcast with a 50 percent chance of showers and 48 degrees
Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m.:  Game indoors
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 80 degrees
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors, if roof is open, overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and 43 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 75 degrees
Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 45 degrees
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 42 degrees
New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 45 degrees
Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 57 degrees
Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 70 degrees
New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 64 degrees
New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 47 degrees
Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 52 degrees

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