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It’s a chance for coaches to evaulate rookies and free agents.

It’s also a chance for fans to see their teams for the first time since last January.

While these don’t count, it’s also a chance to work on those tailgating skills.

Even though it’s preseason, are you ready for some football?

The NFL announced Wednesday that they have finalized its 65-game 2018 preseason schedule, which includes a slate of eight nationally-televised games. Start times will be announced later and the 2018 regular season schedule will come out after the draft.

The 2018 preseason will kick off on Thursday, August 2 on NBC at 8 p.m. in Canton, Ohio when Chicago faces off against  Baltimore in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.

The following is the complete 2018 NFL preseason national television, along with the week-by-week schedule:

2018 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Times listed are Eastern)

Thursday, August 2
NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio: Chicago vs. Baltimore, 8 p.m. on NBC

Preseason Week 2 (August 16-20)

Thursday, August 16
New York Jets at Washington, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Monday, August 20
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Preseason Week 3 (August 23-26)

Thursday, August 23
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 8 p.m. on FOX

Friday, August 24
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. on CBS

Saturday, August 25
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers, 8 p.m. on CBS

Sunday, August 26
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 4 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Dallas, 8 p.m. on NBC

2018 NFL PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 2
Chicago vs. Baltimore

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
ATLANTA at New York Jets
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona
Los Angees Rams at Baltimore
Carolina at Buffalo
Chicago at Cincinnati
Minnesota at Denver
Tennessee at Green Bay
New Orleans at Jacksonville
Houston at Kansas City
Tampa Bay at Miami
Washington at New England
Cleveland at New York Giants
Detroit at Oakland
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Dallas at San Francisco
Indianapolis at Seattle

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 16-20
Kansas City at ATLANTA
Miami at Carolina
Buffalo at Cleveland
Cincinnati at Dallas
Chicago at Denver
New York Giants at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Green Bay
San Francisco at Houston
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Seattle at Los Angeles Chargers
Oakland at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville at Minnesota
Philadelphia at New England
Arizona at New Orleans
Tampa Bay at Tennessee
New York Jets at Washington

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 23-26
ATLANTA at Jacksonville
Cincinnati at Buffalo
New England at Carolina
Kansas City at Chicago
Philadelphia at Cleveland
Arizona at Dallas
San Francisco at Indianapolis
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers
Houston at Los Angeles Rams
Baltimore at Miami
Seattle at Minnesota
New York Giants at New York Jets
Green Bay at Oakland
Tennessee at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Denver at Washington

WEEK 4 – AUGUST 30-31
Miami at ATLANTA
Denver at Arizona
Washington at Baltimore
Buffalo at Chicago
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Cleveland at Detroit
Dallas at Houston
Green Bay at Kansas City
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans
New England at New York Giants
New York Jets at Philadelphia
Carolina at Pittsburgh
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco
Oakland at Seattle
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay
Minnesota at Tennessee

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12 weeks down, five to go.

The leaves have fallen or are falling, it’s getting colder and the Fat Man from the North Pole is making preparations for his big day.

With that much time left in the regular season, 14 teams have a .500 or better record and have a shot at the post-season. For San Francisco and Cleveland, their seasons are pretty much over (the 49ers are 1-10, while the Browns are 0-11). When the final game is done on January 1st, 12 teams will be given invitations to the post-season party, 6 from the AFC, 6 from the NFC.

SEVEN THINGS FROM SUNDAY: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20 win over Tampa Bay. Jones has three career games with at least 250 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have multiple 250+ yard receiving games. Jones, who played in his 90th career game today, has 563 catches for 8,649 yards, the most by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history. He passed Anquan Boldin (558) for the most receptions and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (8,502) for the most receiving yards.

Jones caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in the second quarter of today’s game. Sanu, who also threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with Cincinnati in 2012 (September 23, 2012), is the first wide receiver since the 1970 merger to throw multiple career 50+ yard touchdown passes. He is also the first non-quarterback to throw two career 50+ yard touchdown passes since Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (1979, 1983).

Philadelphia defeated Chicago 31-3 to improve to 10-1. It marks the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 10-1 or better (1949, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous three instances. In the Super Bowl era, 38 teams have previously started 10-1 and all 38 made the playoffs, 17 reached the Super Bowl (44.7 percent) and eight won the Super Bowl (21.1 percent). Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes in today’s win and leads the league with 28 touchdown passes. Wentz’s 28 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first 11 games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen (24) in 1961. Wentz has 28 touchdown passes and five interceptions and is the third quarterback in NFL history to have at least 25 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions through his team’s first 11 games, putting himself in some pretty good company, joining Tom Brady (2007, 2015, 2017) and Aaron Rodgers (2011, 2014).

New England defeated Miami 35-17 and improved to 9-2. The Patriots clinched their 17th consecutive season with a winning record, the longest streak since 1970, surpassing the previous record of 16 held by the 1970-1985 Dallas Cowboys and 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers. New England quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes with one interception for a 114.1 passer rating in today’s win. Brady, who turned 40 years old in August, has 26 touchdown passes this season, the most by a quarterback in a single season at the age of 40 or older. Brady has 27 career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions, surpassing Peyton Manning (26) for the second-most in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (28) has more such games.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win at San Francisco. Seattle improved to 7-4 on the season and bounced back from last week’s 34-31 loss against Atlanta. With the victory, Wilson improved to 23-4 (.852) in his career in games following an in-season loss, the best record by a starting quarterback since the 1970 merger (minimum 15 such starts).

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 128 scrimmage yards in the team’s 26-20 win over New Orleans. Gurley, who has 1,344 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns this season, is the fourth player in franchise history to have at least 1,300 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first 11 games of a season. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch (1951), Eric Dickerson (1983) and Marshall Faulk (2000) as the only Rams to accomplish the feat.

New Orleans running backs Alvin Kamara (188 scrimmage yards, two touchdowns) and Mark Ingram (36 scrimmage yards) combined for 224 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ loss at the Los Angeles Rams. Kamara (1,094 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) and Ingram (1,055 scrimmage yards, eight touchdowns) are the first running back teammates to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in a team’s first 11 games in the Super Bowl era.

Carolina defeated the New York Jets 35-27. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly had a 34-yard fumble-return touchdown with 12:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers the lead and Kaelin Clay added a 60-yard punt-return touchdown with 9:54 left to extend Carolina’s lead. It marked the second time in franchise history – and first since the club’s inaugural 1995 season (October 8, 1995 against Chicago) – in which the Panthers scored two return touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a
game.

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 12: ELECTRIC EAGLE: Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 31-3 win against Chicago last week.

Wentz, who leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes, has the third-most touchdown passes by a first or second-year quarterback through his team’s first 11 games of a season in NFL history.

The first or second-year quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes through his team’s first 11 games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(PASSING TDS IN TEAM’S 1ST 11 GAMES)
Dan Marino, Miami (1984)(30)^
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1999)(29)^
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (2017)(28)
Derek Carr, Oakland (2015)(24)
Jeff Garcia, San Francisco (2000)(24)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Philadelphia owns the best record in the NFL at 10-1 and Wentz is the fourth first or second-year quarterback to start 10-1 or better through his team’s first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era.

The first or second-year quarterbacks to start 10-1 or better in his team’s first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(RECORD THROUGH TEAM’S FIRST 11 GAMES)
Dan Marino, Miami(1984)(11-0)^
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (2017)(10-1)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (2016)(10-1)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2013)(10-1)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FLYING FALCON: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20 win over Tampa Bay in Week 12.

Jones has three career games with at least 250 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have multiple 250+ yard receiving games.

Jones has 563 receptions in 90 career games and passed 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)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (563)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (558)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (554)

Jones has 8,649 receiving yards and passed 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)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (8,649)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (8,502)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOM TERRIFIC: New England quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and one interception for a 114.1 passer rating in the Patriots’ 35-17 win against Miami last week.

Brady has 27 career games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions, surpassing Peyton Manning (26) for the second-most in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (28) has more such games.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER –  TEAM(S) (GAMES WITH AT LEAST 4 TD PASSES & 1 OR FEWER INTS)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (28)*
Tom Brady – New England (27)*
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (26)
*Active

DYNAMIC DUO: New Orleans running backs Alvin Kamara (188 scrimmage yards, two touchdowns) and Mark Ingram (36 scrimmage yards) combined for 224 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week.

Kamara (1,094 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) and Ingram (1,055 scrimmage yards, eight touchdowns) are the seventh pair of teammates – and first running back duo – to each have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in a team’s first 11 games in the Super Bowl era.

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)
New Orleans – 2017 (Alvin Kamara – 1,094/9)(Mark Ingram – 1,055/8)
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)(Isaac 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)

^Harrison, Faulk, Smith, Irvin and Hayes are Pro Football Hall of Famers

In the month of November, Kamara became the third rookie in NFL history to total at least 500 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Gale Sayers (October, 1965) and Charley Taylor (November, 1964).

The rookies with at least 500 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – MONTH; SCRIMMAGE YARDS/RUSHING TDS-RECIEVING TDS)
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (2017 – November; 593/3-3)
Gale Sayers, Chicago (1965 – October; 520/3-5)^
Charley Taylor, Washington (1964 – November; 596/3-3)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG GAME BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had 10 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 31-28 win against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football last week.

Through 11 games this year, Brown has five games with at least 10 receptions and 100 yards, tied for the fourth-most such games in a single season in NFL history. Brown, who also had five such games in 2015, is the first player to accomplish the feat in multiple seasons.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; GAMES WITH 10 CATCHES & 100 REC. YARDS)
Andre Johnson, Houston (2008; 7)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2012; 6)
Wes Welker, New England (2009; 6)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2017; 5)*
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh, (2015; 5)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (2002; 5)^
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville (1999, 5)
*Through 11 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 24-13 win at San Francisco last week.

With the victory, Wilson improved to 23-4 (.852) in his career in games following an in-season loss, the best record by a starting quarterback since the 1970 merger (minimum 15 such starts).

The quarterbacks with the best record following an in-season loss since 1970 (minimum 15 such starts):

PLAYER – TEAMS (WINS-LOSSES-TIES, PCT.)
Russell Wilson – Seattle (23-4-0, .852)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (23-5-0, 821)
Tom Brady – New England (42-10-0, .808)
Jeff Hostetler – New York Giants, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Washington (24-8-0, .750)
Joe Montana, San Francisco and Kansas City (36-12-0, .750)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Wilson ties for third in the NFL with 3,029 passing yards and became 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)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-17)
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (2011-16)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2011-16)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (1998-2003)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 13: FLYING HIGH IN PHILLY: Philadelphia the NFL’s best record at 10-1 and can clinch the NFC East division title in Week 13. The Eagles have won nine consecutive games, including each of its past four by at least 20 points.

The Eagles, who play at Seattle on Sunday Night Football, can become the sixth team in NFL history to win five consecutive games all by at least 20 points and the first since the 1999 St. Louis Rams.

The teams with five consecutive wins all by 20+ points in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON – MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS BY 20+ POINTS)
St. Louis (1999 – 5)
Green Bay (1961 – 5)
Houston Oilers (1961 – 5)
Philadelphia (1953 – 5)
Philadelphia (1949 – 5)
Philadelphia (2017 – 4)*
*Active streak

BIG BEN ASCENDS: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has 49,762 passing yards in his 14-year career with the Steelers.

Roethlisberger, who plays at Cincinnati on Monday Night Football, can become the eighth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards.

The quarterbacks with at least 50,000 career 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 (69,140)*
Tom Brady – New England (64,956)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (50,625)*
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (49,762)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Roethlisberger will play in his 197th career game on Monday and can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards in fewer than 200 games, joining Drew Brees (183), Peyton Manning (191), Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (193) and Tom Brady (198).

The quarterbacks to reach 50,000 passing yards in the fewest career games:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO 50,000 PASSING YARDS)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (183)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (191)
Dan Marino – Miami (193)^
Tom Brady – New England (198)
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (196)*
*Has 49,762 career passing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRESCISION PASSERS: Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes and New England’s Tom Brady ranks second with 26 TD passes. Wentz (five interceptions) and Brady (three) are the only quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions this season.

On Sunday, Wentz and Brady can join some elite company. Wentz, who plays at Seattle on Sunday night, can become the third different quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions through his team’s first 12 games of a season, joining Brady (2007) and Aaron Rodgers (2011, 2014).

Brady, who plays at Buffalo on Sunday, can join Rodgers as the only players to accomplish the feat twice. Brady had 41 touchdown passes with five interceptions through his team’s first 12 games of the 2007 season.

The players with at least 30 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions through their team’s first 12 games of a season:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON; TD PASSES – INTERCEPTIONS)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (2014; 32 – 3)^
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (2011; 37 – 5)^
Tom Brady – New England (2007; 41 – 5)^
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia (2017; 28 – 5)*
Tom Brady – New England (2017; 26 – 3)*
*Through 11 games
^Won MVP

ALL-PURPOSE BACKS: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley ranks second in the NFL with 1,344 scrimmage yards (865 rushing, 479 receiving) and leads the league with 11 total touchdowns.

Gurley, who plays at Arizona on Sunday, can become the fifth different player in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns through his team’s first 12 games of a season.

The players with at least 1,000 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns in their team’s first 12 games of a season:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON; RUSH YARDS – REC. YARDS, TOUCHDOWNS)
David Johnson – Arizona (2016; 1,005 – 704, 15)
Priest Holmes – Kansas City (2003; 1,177 – 559, 17)
Priest Holmes – Kansas City (2002; 1,322 – 634, 22)
Thurman Thomas – Buffalo (1991; 1,192 – 522, 12)^
Thurman Thomas – Buffalo (1989; 1,045 – 558, 11)^
Chuck Foreman – Minnesota (1976; 1,035 – 551, 12)
Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (2017; 865 – 479, 11)*
*Through 11 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara ranks second in the NFC with 1,094 scrimmage yards (548 receiving, 546 rushing) and ties for second in the NFL with nine total touchdowns.

Kamara, who plays against Carolina on Sunday, can become the third rookie with at least 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a season in NFL history, joining Billy Sims (1980) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (1964). Both Sims and Taylor were named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year in those seasons.

The rookies with at least 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON; RUSH YARDS – REC. YARDS)
Billy Sims – Detroit (1980; 1,303 – 621)
Charley Taylor – Washington (1964; 755 – 814)^
Alvin Kamara – New Orleans (2017; 546 – 548)*
*Through 11 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 80 catches and 1,195 receiving yards this season.

Brown, who has 561 receptions since 2013, can surpass 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 when the Steelers play at Cincinnati Monday night.

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

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS; RECEPTIONS)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1999-2003; 563)^
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (2013-17; 561)*
Wes Welker – New England (2008-12; 560)
Wes Welker – New England (2007-11; 554)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (2012-16l 547)
*In fifth season of span
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who has 7,510 receiving yards since 2013, can also surpass 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)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1999-2003; 7,594)^
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (2013-17; 7,510)*
Calvin Johnson – Detroit (2011-15; 7,428)
Torry Holt – St. Louis (2000-04; 7,368)
Calvin Johnson – Detroit (2010-14; 7,334)
*In fifth season of span
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LARRY LEGEND: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald leads the NFC with 72 receptions and is closing in on his 10th career season with at least 75 catches.

With three catches against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Fitzgerald would become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 75 catches in 10 seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (13 seasons) and Tim Brown(10) and Tony Gonzalez (10).

The players with the most seasons with at least 75 catches in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS WITH 75+ CATCHES)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco and Oakland (13)^
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (10)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (10)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (9)*
*Has 72 catches entering Week 13
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

AGELESS WONDER: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers has 8.5 sacks this season and ranks fourth in NFL history with 152 career sacks.

Peppers, who turned 37 years old in January, can become the third player with at least 10 sacks in a single season at the age of 37 or older since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Bruce Smith (10 sacks in 2000) and Kevin Greene  (12 sacks in 1999). Peppers and the Panthers take on New Orleans Sunday afternoon on the road.

The players with at least 10 sacks in a single season at the age of 37 or older since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON; AGE/SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Washington (2000; 37/10)^
Kevin Greene – Carolina (1999; 37/12)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina (2017; 37/8.5)*
*Entering Week 13
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

As the calendar turns to December, the NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape. With five weeks remaining in the regular season, there are currently 25 teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot.

Over the past five seasons, the Seattle Seahawks (19-5, .792) own the best record in the final month, which also includes regular-season games played in January. The Pittsburgh Steelers (18-5, .783) have the best mark in the AFC.

TEAM (WINS-LOSSES, PCT)
Seattle (19-5, .792)
Green Bay (18-5, .783)
Pittsburgh (18-5, .783)
Carolina (18-6, .750)
New England (18-6, .750)

“The games in December are the most important regular-season games by far,” says NFL Network analyst and former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci. “It’s extremely important to win in December and to make a run at the playoffs.”

As the NFL season enters the final month, four teams are racing towards the finish line with winning streaks of at least six games – Philadelphia (nine), Minnesota (seven), New England (seven) and Pittsburgh (six).

The Eagles, who own the NFL’s best record, are 10-1 for the fourth time (1949, 1980 and 2004) in franchise history. In the Super Bowl era, 38 teams have previously started 10-1 and all 38 made the playoffs, 17 reached the Super Bowl (44.7 percent) and eight won the Super Bowl (21.1 percent). Philadelphia can clinch the NFC East division title this week with either a Dallas loss on Thursday night or an Eagles win on Sunday night against Seattle.

Week 13 began on Thursday night in the Lone Star State when Dallas broke their three-game losing streak, taking down Washington 38-14 in a key NFC East showdown as both teams are fighting to stay in the mix for a playoff berth. Week 13 Sunday action concludes as the Eagles travel to the Pacific Northwest for a primetime meeting with the Seattle Seahawks at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the week ends in Cincinnati as the Bengals host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in an important AFC North matchup at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

As for last week? 11-5 is nothing to sneeze at. For the season, we’re at 106-17. There’s a lot of football left on the docket as the season winds down. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 13.

Minnesota (9-2) at ATLANTA (7-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons host Minnesota in what could be a playoff preview in the Big Peach.

Minnesota escaped the Motor City last Thursday afternoon, taking a 30-23 win over the Lions at Ford Field. Leading 20-10 at the half, the Vikings would go on to see the Lions outscore them 13-10 in the last 30 minutes of action and would have seen the contest tied when Detroit CB Darius Slay blocked a 45 yard field goal try by Ken Horbath and CB Nevin Lawson returned it  77 yards for a TD. The score was erased when the Lions were called for being offside and Minnesota would run out the clock and take the win. Minnesota outrushed Detroit 136-53 and Case Keenum threw for 282 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Kyle Rudolph, while Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs. Minnesota on third down went 6 of 13 and kept the ball for 34:57, while Detroit was 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:03.

The Falcons manhandled Tampa Bay 34-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday in the Big Peach. Atlanta broke a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter as it was the Julio Jones Show in the second quarter, as the Falcons All-Pro WR caught a pair of TD passes in the period (pass number one came from WR Mohammed Sanu, pass number two came from Ryan). Atlanta led 20-6 at the and never looked back, even though both teams played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Sanu is the first wide receiver since the 1970 merger to throw multiple career 50+ yard touchdown passes. He is also the first non-quarterback to throw two career 50+ yard touchdown passes since Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (1979, 1983).

Ryan threw for 317 yards without a sack or interception, while the Falcons outrushed Tampa Bay 148-94 (Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 97 yards and a pair of TDs). For Tampa Bay, Ryan Fitzpatrick, taking over for Jameis Winston (shoulder) threw for 283 yards with a sack in the loss. Atlanta on third down was 11 of 11 and kept the ball for 30:06, while Tampa Bay held the pigskin for 29:54, going  4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 17-10, the Vikings have outscored Atlanta 643-452 and have won the last two meetings, including a 20-10 win in the Big Peach in 2015, while Atlanta’s last win over the Vikings came in 2011 in Atlanta by a final of 24-14. The oddsmakers in Vegas like the Falcons as a 3-point favorite and the over/under is 47 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams have played some decent football of late. Atlanta covers the 3 and takes the win in the Peach State.

Detroit (6-5) at Baltimore (6-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of contending teams meet in Charm City as Baltimore hosts the Detroit Lions.

Detroit saw defeat snatched from the jaws of victory Thursday afternoon in the Motor City as they sent their fans home heartbroken after their 30-23 loss to Minnesota at Ford Field. Detroit trailed 20-10 at the half, then mounted a comeback in the second half as they outscored their NFC North foes 13-10 in the last 30 minutes of play, coming to within seven with 75 seconds left when Lions CB Daris Slay blocked a 45 yard field goal try by Ken Horbath and CB Nevin Lawson returned it  77 yards for a TD. The score was erased when the Lions were called for being offside and the Vikings would run out the clock and take the win. Detroit found themselves outrushed by the Vikings 136-53, while Stafford threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs in the loss. The Vikings on third down went 6 of 13 and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:57, while Detroit was 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:03.

Baltimore erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit against Houston last Monday night and came away 23-16 winners in Charm City. The Ravens led 17-10 at the half, then held off a pair of late Texans rallies that would have tied the contest up at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore outrushed Houston 139-66 and Joe Flacco threw for 141 yards, while Houston’s Tom Savage threw for 252 yards with a pair of interceptions (the second pick came late in the fourth quarter as the Texans were driving to tie the contest up). The Ravens on third down were 3 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:44. The Texans actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:16, while going 6 of 14 on third down tries.

Baltimore leads the series 3-1 and the Ravens have outscored Detroit 102-64. The Ravens picked up an 18-16 win in the Motor City in 2013 in their last meeting, while Detroit’s lone win in the series came in 2005 in the Motor City by a final of 35-17. Baltimore’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 42. Both clubs are chasing division leaders and would love nothing more than to catch them. For the winner, they’re one step closer in the chase; as for the loser, they’re not out but they’ve got a little more work to do. Ravens cover the 3 and wins in Charm City.

New England (9-2) at Buffalo (6-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. It’s a pair of AFC East rivals meeting in upstate New York as Tom Brady and the Pats travel to Orchard Park for a showdown at New Era Stadium.

New England led Miami 21-10 at the half in Foxboro and came away 35-17 winners at Gillette Stadium. Brady (227 yards, four TDs) and TE Rob Gronkowski connected on a pair of TDs in the contest and the Pats never looked back. New England sacked Matt Moore (215 yards, TD) seven times and picked him off twice, holding Miami to 67 yards rushing, while Deon Lewis accounted for 112 of New England’s 196 yards on the ground. New England went 5 of 12 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Pats kept the ball for 32:41, while Miami went 2 of 11, 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs and held on to the ball for 27:19.

The Bills held off Kansas City, coming away 16-10 winners at Arrowhead last Sunday. Buffalo led 10-3 at halftime, then held off a late Chiefs rally in the second half for the win on the road. Buffalo outrushed Kansas City 104-55 and Tyrod Taylor threw for 183 yards, while the Chiefs’ Alex Smith threw for 199 yards with an interception (each man threw a TD pass). The Bills would wind up going 6 of 17 on third down conversions in the Show-Me State and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:18, while the Chiefs, who held the ball for 26:42, went 2 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 69-43-1 (which includes games that took place at old War Memorial Stadium, Schaffer Stadium and Fenway Park) and the Pats have outscored Buffalo 2,499-2,100. The two AFC East foes split last year’s contests, with each winning in the other team’s facility.

They met in Foxboro in week four and the Pats did not have the services of Brady, who sat out four games for his part in “Inflategate.” Buffalo shut out the Pats 16-0 in the first meeting, leading 13-0 at the intermission and never looked back. Buffalo outrushed New England 134-90 and Taylor threw for 246 yards and a TD, while Jacoby Brissett, taking over for Brady, threw for 205 yards but was sacked three times. The Bills on third down tries at Gillette Stadium went 7 of 15 and kept the ball for 36:11, while the Pats went 1 of 12 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:49.

Round 2… week eight in upstate New York (Orchard Park, to be specific). Brady would be back and the Pats would get revenge on their AFC East rivals, coming away 41-25 winners at New Era Stadium. New England led 24-10 at the half and outscored the Bills 17-15 in the final 30 minutes of play. Buffalo again outrushed New England 167-72 but Brady threw for 315 yards and four TDs, while Taylor threw for 183 before being relieved by E.J. Manuel. The Pats were 9 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 29:51, while the Bills ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 30:09, going 4 of 13 on third down and 2 of 4 on fourth down.

New England was favored by 7 in the week four contest in Foxboro and the Bills covered, winning by 16 but the 45 over/under was intact as the Bills did all the scoring in the contest. New England’s 16-point win in the week eight matchup in upstate New York allowed them to cover the 6 1/2 point spread easily and the 66 combined points was more than enough to take care of the 47 over/under. New England’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 49. The 49 is reasonable. The 8 1/2 is a bit on the steep side. The Bills at times have been bad but they’re not 8 1/2 bad. Buffalo will make this one interesting but New England at the Pats prevail. Pats win but expect Buffalo to make it closer than 8 1/2.

San Francisco (1-10) at Chicago (3-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Sourdough meets deep dish as a pair of struggling teams meet in the Windy City for the second year in a row as San Francisco takes on Da Bears at Soldier Field.

San Francisco found themselves all but out of the post-season race as they dropped a 24-13 decision to the Seahawks last Sunday at Levis Stadium in an NFC West matchup. Seattle led 7-3 at the break and 14-6 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks would eventually pull away from the 49ers, who were held to 84 yards rushing, while Seattle tallied 90 yards rushing of their own. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 228 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Jimmy Graham), while the 49ers’ C.J. Bethard threw for 201 yards with three sacks and an interception before being knocked out of the contest and replaced by Jimmy Graffalo (who will be under center Sunday for San Francisco), who threw their only TD of the contest as the clock struck :00, connecting with RB Lance Murhphy on a 10-yard toss. San Francisco was 5 of 16 on third down but had success on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and kept the ball for 30:29, while the Seahawks were 29:31 in time of possession, going 5 of 13 on third down.

Chicago was held to a third-quarter field goal by Chris Santos by Philadelphia as they were taken to task by the Eagles 31-3 last Sunday. Da Bears trailed 24-0 at the intermission before breaking Philly’s bid for a shutout when Santos connected on a 38-yard field goal with 8:40 left in the third. Chicago was held to a season-low 6 yards on the ground, while the Eagles ran for 176 in the win. Mitchell Trubisky threw for 147 yards for Chicago but was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Carson Wentz threw for 227 yards and three TDs. Chicago went 3 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:52, while the Eagles ruled time and kept the ball for 37:08, going 7 of 16 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead the series 31-30-1 (including games that took place at Wrigley Field, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park) and the 49ers have outscored Chicago 1,371-1,275. Chicago won the last meeting with San Francisco, which took place last year in the Windy City by a final of 26-6, while San Francisco needed overtime at Soldier Field in 2015 to come away 26-20 winners.

They met at Soldier Field in chilly week 13 (game time temp? A balmy 33 degrees with a wind chill of 28) and Da Bears led 7-6 at the half before shutting out the 49ers 19-0 in the second half. Chicago got three TD runs from RB Jordan Howard in the win, as they barely outrushed San Francisco 142-141 (Howard led all rushers with 117 yards, while 49ers RB Carlos Hyde led his team with 92 yards). Matt Barkley threw for 192 yards for Chicago, while Colin Kaepernick was sacked five times, throwing for only four yards (Blaine Gabbert would take over for him but struggled as well, throwing for 35 yards). San Francisco went 4 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 28:42, while Da Bears ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 31:18, going 6 of 14 on third down.

In the week 13 contest in the Windy City, Da Bears covered the 2 1/2 point spread with their 20-point win at Soldier Field. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? It stayed warm, as both clubs combined for 32 points. Chicago’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Windy City and the over/under is 40. Unless you’re a fan of one of these teams, may we suggest that you beg the wife, girlfriend, significant other or gal pal to take you Christmas shopping. It’s almost safe to say that neither of these teams will be invited to the playoff party but we have to pick a winner. Deep dish wins over Sourdough. Da Bears cover the 3 1/2 and wins at home.

Tampa Bay (4-7) at Green Bay (5-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. It’s the battle of the Bays, as Tampa Bay makes its way to the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst to face off against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau.

Tampa Bay saw Atlanta break a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter and watched the Falcons take a 34-20 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday in the Big Peach. Tampa Bay was burned by Atlanta All-Pro WR Julio Jones for 253 yards and a pair of TDs in the second quarter (pass number one came from WR Mohammed Sanu, pass number two came from Ryan). Atlanta led 20-6 at the and never looked back, even though both teams played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Sanu is the first wide receiver since the 1970 merger to throw multiple career 50+ yard touchdown passes. He is also the first non-quarterback to throw two career 50+ yard touchdown passes since Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (1979, 1983).

Ryan threw for 317 yards without a sack or interception, while the Falcons outrushed Tampa Bay 148-94 (Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 97 yards and a pair of TDs). For Tampa Bay, Ryan Fitzpatrick, taking over for Jameis Winston (shoulder) threw for 283 yards with a sack in the loss. Atlanta on third down was 11 of 11 and kept the ball for 30:06, while Tampa Bay held the pigskin for 29:54, going  4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Green Bay rallied late in their Sunday night contest with Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, only to see the Steelers come away with a 31-28 last second win. The Pack and Steelers were tied at 14-14 at the half and led 21-14 with 12:06 left in the third when Packers QB Brett Hundley and WR Davante Adams connected on a 55-yard TD strike. Pittsburgh would eventually take the lead back as WR Antonio Brown caught a pair of Ben Roethlisberger TD passes and took that lead into the latter parts of the fourth, when the Packers used a 12-play, 77-yard drive that used 6:40 of clock to tie things back up when RB Jamaal Williams scored on a 4-yard run with 2:02 left in regulation.

Pittsburgh got the ball back with 17 seconds left in regulation and made the most of those 17 seconds, needing only 4 plays and 35 yards of real estate and took the contest when Chris Boswell connected on a 52-yard field goal. Pittsburgh outrushed Green Bay 121-80 and Hundley threw for 245 yards and three TDs, while Roethlisberger threw for 351 and four TDs, while throwing a pair of interceptions. Green Bay was 6 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:24, while the Steelers were 8 of 13 and held the ball for 33:36, including the final 17 seconds of the contest (both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

The Packers lead the Battle of the Bays 31-21-1 (including contests that were played in Milwaukee and at old Tampa Stadium), Green Bay has outscored Tampa Bay 1,032-853 and the Packers have won the last two meetings in the series, including taking a 20-3 win in the Sunshine State in 2014. As for the Bucs? Their last win over the Packers came in 2009 in Tampa Bay by a final of 38-28. The Packers are favored by 2 and the over/under is 43. While this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” this one is interesting to watch. Packers recover from the loss in the Steel City and cover the 2 at Lambeau.

Indianapolis (3-8) at Jacksonville (7-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. It’s round two of an AFC South matchup as the Colts travel to the Sunshine State to square off against Jacksonville. Both teams enter the Sunday afternoon contest in north Florida with losses under their belts.

The Colts were beaten by Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 20-16 at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. Indy let a 13-6 lead at the half get away from them as the Titans would respond by outscoring the Colts 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, with Tennessee taking the lead for good when Titans RB DeMarco Murray scored from one yard out with 5:59 left in the contest. Tennessee outrushed Indianapolis 92-89 and Mariota threw for 184 yards, while Jacoby Brissett threw for 196 yards but was sacked eight times. The Colts on third down tries went 6 of 14 and held the ball for 31:22, while the Titans went 3 of 8 on third down and held on to the ball for 28:38.

Jacksonville struggled to pull even with Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium last Sunday, only to see the Cardinals pull a rabbit out of their hats to lose 27-24 in the desert. Arizona led 13-3 at the intermission before the Jaguars would eventually tie things up with 7:26 left in regulation when Blake Bortles would scamper in and score on a 17-yard run. After a Jacksonville punt, Arizona got the ball back with 16 seconds left to play and used only 3 plays and 22 yards to set up Phil Dawson to kick a 57-yard field goal with one second left to take the lead back. The Cardinals then kicked off to Jacksonville (with 1 second left), who used several lateral passes in a futile attempt to move the ball down field. Arizona outrushed Jacksonville 108-91, Bortles threw for 160 yards with an interception and three sacks, while Blaine Gabbard threw for 241 yards and a pair of TDs. Jacksonville on third down was 1 of 12 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Jaguars held the pigskin for 25:21, while the Cardinals were 7 of 17 on third down, keeping the ball for 34:39.

They met in the Hoosier State in week seven and Jacksonville shut out Indy 27-0 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Jaguars led 20-0 at the intermission and held the Colts in check in the second half for the road win. Jacksonville outrushed the Colts 188-96 (the Jaguars’ T.J. Yeldon led all rushers with 122 yards and a TD), while Bortles threw for 330 yards and a TD, while the Jacksonville defense sacked Brissett (200 yards) 10 times in the shutout. Jacksonville went 8 of 14 on third down tries (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Jaguars held the ball for 32:47, while the Colts kept the pigskin for 27:13, going 5 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

Jacksonville easily covered the 3 1/2-point spread with their 27-point win but their 27 points meant they did not cover the 40 1/2 over/under. Jacksonville’s favored by 9 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 41. The Colts are not great but they’re not 9 1/2 points bad. However, the Jaguars are making a march toward the playoffs, while the Colts are trying to survive. Expect the Colts to make it a close contest but Jacksonville pulls off the sweep in the Sunshine State and takes the win.

Denver (3-8) at Miami (4-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of struggling AFC teams meet in the Sunshine State when Denver travels to South Beach for a showdown with the Miami Dolphins.

Denver dropped a 21-14 decision at Oakland last Sunday at the Coliseum. The rematch in northern California was anything but civil as Raiders WR Michael Crabtree and Denver CB Aqib Talib would find themselves involved in a brawl on field that made Tyson-Holyfield look calm. Punches were thrown, both players were ejected from the contest and both were suspended two games without pay (after meeting with the ppwers that be, that suspension wound up being reduced to one for both men). Oakland outrushed Denver 104-59 and Derek Carr threw for 253 yards, while Trevor Siemian, who took over for Paxton Lynch (injury) threw for 149 yards (both threw a pair of TDs). Denver on third down went 5 of 14 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Broncos held the ball for 24:06, while the Raiders were 5 of 13 on third down, holding the ball for 35:54.

Miami found themselves trailing New England 21-10 at the half in Foxboro and came away on the short end of a 35-17 loss to Tom Brady and the Pats last Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Brady (227 yards, four TDs) and TE Rob Gronkowski connected on a pair of TDs in the contest and the Pats never looked back. New England sacked Matt Moore (215 yards, TD) seven times and picked him off twice, holding Miami to 67 yards rushing, while Deon Lewis accounted for 112 of New England’s 196 yards on the ground. New England went 5 of 12 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Pats kept the ball for 32:41, while Miami went 2 of 11, 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs and held on to the ball for 27:19.

Including games that were played at the old Orange Bowl and at Mile High Stadium, the Dolphins lead the series 11-5-1 and the ‘Fins have outscored the Broncos 403-317. Denver has taken wins in the last two contests, coming away 39-36 winners in 2014 in the Mile High City in the last meeting, while Miami’s last win over Denver came in 2008 (also in the Mile High City) by a final of 26-17. Denver’s favored by 1 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. We wouldn’t blame you if you chose not to watch this one and instead binge watch the sixth season of “Gilmore Girls.” (Luke and Loreli are really a cute couple and he’d make a hell of a stepdad for Rory!) Miami pulls the upset at home, taking the win and covering the 1.

Kansas City (6-5) at New York Jets (4-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The Chiefs make their second trip to the Meadowlands as they face the other Met Life Stadium tenant in upstate New Jersey when they call on the New York Jets.

Kansas City dropped their fifth game in six tries, coming away on the short end of a 16-10 loss to Buffalo at Arrowhead last Sunday. Buffalo led 10-3 at halftime, then held off a late Chiefs rally in the second half for the win on the road. Buffalo outrushed Kansas City 104-55 and Tyrod Taylor threw for 183 yards, while the Chiefs’ Alex Smith threw for 199 yards with an interception (each man threw a TD pass). The Bills would wind up going 6 of 17 on third down conversions in the Show-Me State and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:18, while the Chiefs, who held the ball for 26:42, went 2 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

GangGreen saw Carolina win their fourth in a row as the Panther defeated them 35-27 last week at Met Life Stadium. Carolina used TDs from linebacker Luke Kuechly (34-yard fumble return) and punt returner Kaelin Clay (60-yard punt return) scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the win, marking the second time in franchise history – and first since the club’s inaugural 1995 season (October 8, 1995 against Chicago) – in which the Panthers scored two return touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a game. The Jets led 20-18 early in the final quarter of play before Kuechly and Clay would score their touchdowns to seal New York’s fate. After Javon Kearse and Josh McCown connected on a 3-yard TD pass to pull to within 5 at 32-27, Graham Gano would push the lead to eight with a 45-yard field goal with 21 seconds left. Carolina outrushed the Jets 145-109 and Newton threw for 168 yards and had a rushing TD of his own, while McCown threw for 307 yards with three TDs (each man was sacked three times). Carolina on third down tries in the Meadowlands went 3 of 14 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 31:50, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 28:10 in time of possession, going 5 of 14 on third down.

Including games that were played at Shea Stadium and old Swope Field, the Chiefs lead the series 18-17-1, have outscored GangGreen 819-698 and Kansas City has won the last two meetings, including winning last year by a final of 24-3 at Arrowhead. (The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! last win over the Chiefs came in 2011 in the Meadowlands by a final of 37-10.

The week three contest at Arrowhead saw Kansas City lead 17-7 at the intermission and outpaced GangGreen in the second half, shutting out the Jets in the process. While GangGreen did outrush the Chiefs 117-72, Smtih burned New York for 237 yards and a TD strike to TE Travis Kelce, while the Chiefs defense picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick (188 yards) six times (the Chiefs forced eight turnovers in the contest). Kansas City was 7 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:05, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the pigskin for 27:55.

Winning by 27 allowed the Chiefs to cover the 3-point spread in the week three contest but both teams combined for 27 points, missing the 43 over/under. This time, the Chiefs are favored by 3 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 44. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are not a bad team but at times they have played that way. The Chiefs are trying to regain their footing after dropping five of their last six. Chiefs cover the 3 1/2 and take the win in the Meadowlands.

Houston (4-7) at Tennessee (7-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. They meet again. This time, it’s in the Music City. Tennessee hosts Houston in an AFC South contest at Nissan Stadium.

Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans rallied to take a 20-16 against Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. Indy let a 13-6 lead at the half get away from them as the Titans would respond by outscoring the Colts 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of play, with Tennessee taking the lead for good when Titans RB DeMarco Murray scored from one yard out with 5:59 left in the contest. Tennessee outrushed Indianapolis 92-89 and Mariota threw for 184 yards, while Jacoby Brissett threw for 196 yards but was sacked eight times. The Colts on third down tries went 6 of 14 and held the ball for 31:22, while the Titans went 3 of 8 on third down and held on to the ball for 28:38.

Houston saw Baltimore erase a 7-0 first quarter lead last Monday night and fell to the Ravens 23-16 in Charm City. Houston kept things close, trailing 17-10 at the half, then saw a pair of late rallies fall short that would have either tied things up or given them the lead. Baltimore outrushed Houston 139-66 and Joe Flacco threw for 141 yards, while Houston’s Tom Savage threw for 252 yards with a pair of interceptions (the second pick came late in the fourth quarter as the Texans were driving to tie the contest up). The Ravens on third down were 3 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:44. The Texans actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:16, while going 6 of 14 on third down tries.

It’s a rematch from week four in the Lone Star State that saw Houston lead 30-14 at the half and walk away 57-14 winners. The Texans outrushed Tennessee 173-86 and picked off Mariota (96 yards) twice, while DeShaun Watson threw for 283 yards and four TDs in the lopsided affair at NRG Stadium. The Texans were 6 of 12 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 39:41, while the Titans kept the pigskin for 20:19, going 2 of 8 on third down.

In the week four contest in Houston, Tennessee was a 1 1/2-point favorite and the Texans covered, winning by 43 and the two clubs combined for 71 points, which covered the 44 over/under.  The boys and girls in Vegas thought they would make the Titans a favorite again and they did, this time by 6 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 43. Both teams are trying to keep pace in an AFC South that for the most part has become a two-team race. Tennessee’s trying to keep Jacksonville at bay, while the Texans are trying to catch both teams. Houston gets revenge and takes the win in the Music City, even though they won’t cover the 6 1/2.

Cleveland (0-11) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-6), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. The winless Cleveland Browns travel westward for a meeting at Stub Hub Center with Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Browns once again found themselves in the Pit of Misery, remaining winless as they completed the sweep with their instate rivals from Cincinnati, as the Bengals wound up taking a 30-16 win last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals led 16-6 at the break, then held Cleveland in check in the second half for the win at home. Cleveland did manage to outrush the Bengals 169-152 but Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD, while Andy Dalton threw for 214 yards and a pair of TDs. The Bengals were 4 of 10 on third down and held on to the ball for 30:32, while the winless Browns were 29:28 in time of possession and went 6 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead at the half at AT&T Stadium against Dallas last Thursday before the Chargers and Philip Rivers would outscore them 25-6 in the final 30 minutes of action, coming away 28-6 winners in the Lone Star State. The Chargers outrushed Dallas 81-79 and Rivers burned the Dallas secondary for 434 yards and three TDs, while Cowboys QB Dak Prescott threw for 179 yards but was sacked twice and picked off twice, one returned by Chargers rookie CB Desmond King 90 yards for a TD. Dallas on third down tries actually did well, going 6 of 11 and kept the ball for 23:55, while the Chargers kept the pigskin hostage, keeping it for 36:05, going 9 of 14 on third, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games that were played at Memorial Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers lead the series 15-9-1 and have outscored the Browns 593-488. They met last year in week 16 on Christmas Eve afternoon (game time temp? 38 degrees with a 30 wind chill) and the Browns survived a last second scare from the Chargers, taking a 20-17 win at First Energy Field (the Chargers’ last win over Cleveland came in 2015 when they were based in San Diego and the Bolts took a 30-27 win at Qualcomm).

In the week 16 contest, Cleveland led 17-10 at the half, then held off a late rally in the final quarter when Chargers’ K Josh Lambo’s 45-yard field goal try sailed wide right of the mark. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34, while Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, while Cleveland’s Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards but was sacked seven times. Each club had 15 third down conversion attempts and the Browns were successful on six of them, while the Chargers found success five times. On fourth down, both teams were perfect, as the Chargers were 2 of 2, while the Browns were 1 of 1. Time was on the side of the Browns, as Cleveland held the ball for 32:29, while San Diego kept it for 27:31.

While San Diego was favored by 6, the Browns would take the win but only by 3. As for the 44 over/under? It was all snug in its bed, as both teams combined for 37 points. The Chargers are favored by 14 and the over/under’s 43. The Browns are bad but not 14 points bad. They’ll at least put up a fight but the Chargers prevail at home.

Los Angeles Rams (8-3) at Arizona (5-6), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in the desert as the Rams travel to Glendale for a week seven rematch with the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Los Angeles, leading the AFC West and winners of five of their last six contest, broke New Orleans’ eight-game win streak, taking a 26-20 victory over the Saints at the Coliseum last Sunday. The Rams led 17-10 at the break before the Saints would eventually pull to within seven with 1:45 when rookie RB Alvin Kamara scored his second TD of the afternoon, catching a 15-yard pass from Drew Brees (Kamara had a 74-yard run earlier in the contest to end the Rams’ bid for a shutout). The Rams would then stop a bid by the Saints to get the ball back to either tie or take the lead when they recovered an onside kick. Los Angeles would then kneel down and run out the clock and take the win. New Orleans did manage to outrush the Rams 123-88 and Kamara led all rushers with 87 yards, while Todd Gurley led the Rams with 74 and the Rams’ Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and Brees threw for 246 yards. The Rams were 3 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:26, while the Saints on third down tries were 3 of 13 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and New Orleans held on to the ball for 24:34.

Arizona broke a 24-24 tie against Jacksonville at University of Phoenix Stadium last Sunday, coming away 27-24 winners in the desert. The Desert Angry Birds led 13-3 at the intermission before the Jaguars would eventually tie things up with 7:26 left in regulation when Blake Bortles would scamper in and score on a 17-yard run. After a Jacksonville punt, Arizona got the ball back with 16 seconds left to play and used only 3 plays and 22 yards to set up Phil Dawson to kick a 57-yard field goal with one second left to take the lead back. (It marked the longest fourth-quarter game-winning field goal in NFL history by a 40-year old kicker (42 years old). The Cardinals then kicked off to Jacksonville (with 1 second left), who used several lateral passes in a futile attempt to move the ball down field. Arizona outrushed Jacksonville 108-91, Bortles threw for 160 yards with an interception and three sacks, while Blaine Gabbard threw for 241 yards and a pair of TDs. Jacksonville on third down was 1 of 12 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Jaguars held the pigskin for 25:21, while the Cardinals were 7 of 17 on third down, keeping the ball for 34:39.

They met in London in week seven and the Rams were 33-0 winners at Twickenham Stadium. Los Angeles led 23-0 at the half and never took their foot off the gas, scoring 10 more second half points unchallenged. Gurley ran for 106 yards and a TD, while the Rams outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 197-95 and Goff threw for 235 yards and a TD (Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 122 yards in the contest before being knocked out with a shoulder injury). Los Angeles on third down went 13 of 19 and kept the ball for 39:01, while Arizona went 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 20:59.

The Rams won by 33, which allowed them to cover the 3 1/2-point spread but their 33 points fell well short of the over/under of 47 1/2. Los Angeles is favored this time around by 7 and the over/under’s 45. Los Angeles wants to stay in first place in the NFC West, the Desert Angry Birds want revenge for their contest in London. Los Angeles may not cover the 7 but they complete the sweep with the win in the desert.

Carolina (8-3) at New Orleans (8-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. Newton vs. Brees. Round two in the Bayou. This time, it’s Carolina BBQ making their way to the Big Easy against Gumbo as the Panthers and Saints, tied for first in the NFC South, meet in the Big Easy.

The Panthers, who have won four in a row, defeated the New York Jets last week 35-27 as linebacker Luke Kuechly (34-yard fumble return) and punt returner Kaelin Clay (60-yard punt return) scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter. It marked the second time in franchise history – and first since the club’s inaugural 1995 season (October 8, 1995 against Chicago) – in which the Panthers scored two return touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a game. The Jets led 20-18 early in the final quarter of play before Kuechly and Clay would score their touchdowns to seal New York’s fate. After Javon Kearse and Josh McCown connected on a 3-yard TD pass to pull to within 5 at 32-27, Graham Gano would push the lead to eight with a 45-yard field goal with 21 seconds left. Carolina outrushed the Jets 145-109 and Newton threw for 168 yards and had a rushing TD of his own, while McCown threw for 307 yards with three TDs (each man was sacked three times). Carolina on third down tries in the Meadowlands went 3 of 14 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 31:50, while the Jets were 28:10 in time of possession, going 5 of 14 on third down.

New Orleans saw their eight-game win streak snapped by the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday on the West Coast. The Saints trailed 17-10 at the intermission but would pull to within seven with 1:45 left in regulation when rookie RB Alvin Kamara scored his second TD of the afternoon, catching a 15-yard pass from Drew Brees (Kamara had a 74-yard run earlier in the contest to end the Rams’ bid for a shutout). With the Saints out of time outs, K Wil Lutz tried an onside kick that Los Angeles recovered. No time outs meant that the Saints could not stop the Rams from kneeling down three times and took the loss. Kamara led all rushers with 87 yards and Todd Gurley paced the Rams with 74 (the Saints outrushed the Rams 123-88), while Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and Brees threw for 246 yards. The Rams were 3 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:26, while the Saints on third down tries were 3 of 13 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and New Orleans held on to the ball for 24:34.

They faced off in Charlotte in week three at Bank of America Stadium and the Saints were 34-13 winners in that contest. New Orleans led 17-6 and got a pair of TD passes from Brees (220 yards) in the 21-point road win. New Orleans outrushed Carolina 149-132 and the Saints defense sacked Newton (167 yards) four times and picked him off three times. The Saints on third down tries? 6 of 12 and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:09, while the Panthers were 7 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:09.

In the week three contest in the Tar Heel State, the Panthers were favored by 6 and the Saints covered, winning by 21;  however… both clubs BARELY missed the 48 over/under by 1 point. The oddsmakers like the Saints as 4 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams can put up points.

Since they’re both tied for first in the NFC South and they’re both divisional rivals, it’s only fitting that this one’s “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 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 have an almost clear shot to win the NFC South. The loser? While they may be out of the race for the divisional title, they’re not out of the playoff party. Carolina’s got a chip on its shoulder and they would love nothing more than to take the Saints to task. They’ll get that chance. Carolina’s finer and they cover the 4 1/2 on the road and take the win.

New York Giants (2-9) at Oakland (5-6), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. After over a decade of being under center for the Giants, someone other than Eli Manning will be calling signals for the Giants as they travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in Northern California. Manning was benched this week in favor of fifth-year signal caller Geno Smith.

The Giants went into the half in their Thanksgiving evening contest with Washington tied at 3-3, only to come out on the short end of a 20-10 loss to their NFC East rivals. The Redskins would take a 10-3 lead with 6:32 left in the third when Kirk Cousins and WR Jamison Crowder connected on a 15-yard TD strike. Cousins would then be the victim of a turnover when Giants CB Janoris Jenkins picked him off and returned the ball 53 yards to tie the contest up with 2:52 left in the third. Washington then restored order in the fourth, as Cousins would connect with WR Josh Doctson on a 14-yard TD strike to take the lead back for good and K Nick Rose would seal the deal, connecting on a 33-yard field goal with 1:49 left in the contest. Washington outrushed the Giants 122-84, with Redskins RB Samaje Perine leading the way with 100 yards, while Cousins threw for 242 yards and the two TDs, despite being sacked six times, while Eli Manning, who will sit this game out in favor of Geno Smith, who will be under center Sunday, threw for 113 yards with four sacks and an interception. Washington went 4 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 34:37, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 25:23, going 2 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

The Raiders got revenge on Denver last Sunday in Oakland and came away 21-14 winners at the Coliseum. The rematch in northern California was anything but civil as Raiders WR Michael Crabtree and Denver CB Aqib Talib would find themselves involved in a brawl on field that made Tyson-Holyfield look calm. Punches were thrown, both players were ejected from the contest and both were suspended two games without pay (that suspension would be reduced to one for both men). Oakland outrushed Denver 104-59 and Derek Carr threw for 253 yards, while Trevor Siemian, who took over for Paxton Lynch (injury) threw for 149 yards (both threw a pair of TDs). Denver on third down went 5 of 14 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Broncos held the ball for 24:06, while the Raiders were 5 of 13 on third down, holding the ball for 35:54.

The Raiders lead the series 7-5, which includes games that were played in Los Angeles when the Silver and Black called Tinseltown home and Oakland has outscored Big Blue 254-225. New York has won the last three meetings in the series, with their last win coming in 2013 in the Meadowlands by a final of 24-20, while the Raiders’ last win over the Giants came in 2001 at old Giants Stadium by a 28-10 count. Oakland’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 42. Both teams at times have played some decent football. The Giants are struggling to keep their heads above water, while the Raiders are at the very least trying to get a wild card spot in the AFC playoffs. Oakland may not cover the 8 1/2 at home but they win baby.

Philadelphia (10-1) at Seattle (7-4), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Cheesesteak vs. Salmon. A pair of NFC contenders meet in the Pacific Northwest as the Eagles travel to Seattle for a prime-time meeting with the Seattle Seahawks.

Philadelphia held Chicago to a third-quarter field goal by Chris Santos as they were took the Bears 31-3 last Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia led 24-0 at the intermission before Chicago put and end to Philly’s bid for a shutout when Santos connected on a 38-yard field goal with 8:40 left in the third. Chicago was held to a season-low 6 yards on the ground, while the Eagles ran for 176 in the win. Mitchell Trubisky threw for 147 yards for Chicago but was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Carson Wentz threw for 227 yards and three TDs. Chicago went 3 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:52, while the Eagles ruled time and kept the ball for 37:08, going 7 of 16 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down.

Seattle all but knocked San Francisco out of the post-season race as they handed the 49ers a 24-13 loss last Sunday at Levis Stadium in an NFC West matchup. Seattle led 7-3 at the break and 14-6 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks would eventually pull away from the 49ers, who were held to 84 yards rushing, while Seattle tallied 90 yards rushing of their own. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 228 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Jimmy Graham), while the 49ers’ C.J. Bethard threw for 201 yards with three sacks and an interception before being knocked out of the contest and replaced by Jimmy Graffalo (who will be under center Sunday for San Francisco), who threw their only TD of the contest as the clock struck :00, connecting with RB Lance Murhphy on a 10-yard toss. San Francisco was 5 of 16 on third down but had success on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and kept the ball for 30:29, while the Seahawks were 29:31 in time of possession, going 5 of 13 on third down.

The Seahawks lead the series 8-7, they’ve outscored the Eagles 323-286 and they’ve won the last three contests with the Eagles, taking a 26-15 win last year in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, while the Eagles’ last win over Seattle was on the road, coming away 26-7 winners in 2008. Philly’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Given that there are two pretty good QBs on the field Sunday night, it’s safe to say that this one is “DRILL WORTHY!” (what the heck? There’s nothing that says you can’t have two “DRILL WORTHY” games, so we’re going to make this one “DW…” For instructions on what to do, see the Carolina-New Orleans game)

This could very well be a playoff matchup and it’s East Coast vs. West Coast. Seattle will make this one exciting to watch but the Eagles prevail on the road and covers the 5.

Pittsburgh (9-2) at Cincinnati (5-6), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC North rivals close out action in week 13 as the Steelers travel to Cincinnati for a Monday night primetime meeting along the shores of the Ohio River.

Pittsburgh saw Green Bay rally to tie in their Sunday night contest at Heinz Field, only to see the Steelers come away with a 31-28 last second win. Green Bay and Pittsburgh were tied at 14-14 at the half and the Packers led 21-14 with 12:06 left in the third when Packers QB Brett Hundley and WR Davante Adams connected on a 55-yard TD strike. Pittsburgh would eventually take the lead back as WR Antonio Brown caught a pair of Ben Roethlisberger TD passes and took that lead into the latter parts of the fourth, when the Packers used a 12-play, 77-yard drive that used 6:40 of clock to tie things back up when RB Jamaal Williams scored on a 4-yard run with 2:02 left in regulation.

Cincinnati kept Cleveland winless in the AFC North as they completed the sweep with their instate rivals, taking a 30-16 win over the Browns last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals led 16-6 at the break, then held Cleveland in check in the second half for the win at home. Cleveland did manage to outrush the Bengals 169-152 but Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD, while Andy Dalton threw for 214 yards and a pair of TDs. The Bengals were 4 of 10 on third down and held on to the ball for 30:32, while the winless Browns were 29:28 in time of possession and went 6 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh got the ball back with 17 seconds left in regulation and made the most of those 17 seconds, needing only 4 plays and 35 yards of real estate and took the contest when Chris Boswell connected on a 52-yard field goal. Pittsburgh outrushed Green Bay 121-80 and Hundley threw for 245 yards and three TDs, while Roethlisberger threw for 351 and four TDs, while throwing a pair of interceptions. Green Bay was 6 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:24, while the Steelers were 8 of 13 and held the ball for 33:36, including the final 17 seconds of the contest (both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

They met in the Steel City in week seven at Heinz Field and Pittsburgh took the 29-14 win. The Steelers led 20-14 at the half and got three Chris Boswell field goals in the final 30 minutes of action to take the win. Pittsburgh outrushed the Bengals 152-71 and Bell ran for 134 of those yards, while Roethlisberger threw for 224 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with Brown and Ju Ju Smith-Schuester on those tosses. Dalton threw for 140 yards for the Bengals with a pair of TDs but was also picked off twice and sacked four times.  Pittsburgh on third down tries went 2 of 11 (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:15, while the Bengals were 3 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held on the pigskin for 24:45.

In the week seven affair in the Steel City, Pittsburgh covered the 5 1/2-point spread, winning by 15 and the over/under of 41 was taken care of, as both teams combined for 43 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Steelers again as 5 1/2 point favorites but the over/under’s now 43 1/2.

The Bengals on Monday night are 11-23, while the Steelers are 44-24. This one could very well be worth your time to watch, so you might want to tape “Scorpion” again this week. The Steelers covered in the week seven contest at Heinz and they’ll do it again. Steelers make it a clean sweep in the series and wins on the road.

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

Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Miami), 157 (Atlanta); XM: 381 (Miami), 228 (Atlanta)

New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 81 (New England), 133 (New York Jets);| XM: 81 (New England), 227 (New York Jets)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 112 (Cleveland), 146 (Houston); XM: 384 (Cleveland), 229 (Houston)

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (San Francsico), 83 (Washington) ; XM: 385 (San Francisco), 83 (Washington)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Green Bay), 82 (Minnesota); XM: 380 (Green Bay), 82 (Minnesota)

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dan Hellie, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Detroit), 145 (New Orleans); XM: 383 (Detroit), 226 (New Orleans)

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 93 (Baltimore); XM: 382 (Chicago), 225 (Baltimore)

Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Tampa Bay), 93 (Arizona); XM: 381 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Arizona)

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Jacksonville); XM: 386 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Jacksonville)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 145 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 108 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Oakland); XM: 380 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Oakland)

New York Giants 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 (WestWood), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Denver);| XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Denver)

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

Sunday and Monday Officials
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Walt Anderson

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                   Spread         Underdog                O/U
ATLANTA                    – 11           Miami                   47
HOUSTON                    –  9 1/2       Cleveland               44 1/2
New England                –  9 1/2       NEW YORK JETS           47 1/2
NEW ORLEANS                –  4           Detroit                 51
Green Bay                  –  3           MINNESOTA               46 1/2
BALTIMORE                  –  7           Chicago                 41 1/2
WASHINGTON                 –  9 1/2       San Francisco           46 1/2
JACKSONVILLE               –  2 1/2       Los Angeles Rams        43 1/2
Tampa Bay                  –  2 1/2       ARIZONA                 44 1/2
KANSAS CITY                –  4           Pittsburgh              46
OAKLAND                    –  3 1/2       Los Angeles Chargers    50 1/2
DENVER                     – 12           New York Giants         40

Monday’s Game
Favorite                   Spread         Underdog                O/U
Indianapolis at Tennessee  NL

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Miami
DOUBTFUL: WR DeVante Parker (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Xavien Howard (Shoulder), CB Byron Maxwell (Foot)

Atlanta
OUT: WR Mohamed Sanu (Hamstring), DE Courtney Upshaw (Ankle), LB Jermaine Grace (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: K Matt Bryant (Back)

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Chicago
OUT: LB John Timu (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: C Hroniss Grasu (Hand), DT Nick Kwiatkoski (Chest)

Baltimore
OUT: C Matthew Skura (Knee), RB Terrance West (Calf)
DOUBTFUL: LB Timothy Williams (Thigh), DT Brandon Williams (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Breshad Perriman (Knee), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle), DT Carl Davis (Thigh), CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh), S Anthony Levine (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Shoulder), CB James Smith (Achilles)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
DOUBTFUL: LB James Burgess (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kenneth Britt (Knee), T Shon Coleman (Knee), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)

Houston
OUT: LB Benjamin Heeney (Knee), CB Kevin Johnson (Knee), S Corey Moore (Concussion), RB Jordan Todman (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: C Gregory Mancz (Knee), LB Benardrick McKinney (Hip)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: S Morgan Burnett (Hamstring), LB Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), CB Kevin King (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs),  T David Bakhtiari (Hamstring), T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle), CB Davon House (Quadricep)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), G Nicholas Easton (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Andrew Sendejo (Groin )

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: LB Paul Worrilow (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Thomas Lang (Back), QB Matt Stafford (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring), T Richard Wagner (Shoulder), RB Dwayne Washington (Quadricep)

New Orleans
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Shoulder), G Andrus Peat (Hip), WR Willie Snead (Hamstring)

New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

New England
OUT: CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Burkhead (Ribs)

New York Jets
QUESTIONABLE: RB Bilal Powell (Calf), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: RB Kyle Juszczyk (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Adrian Colbert (Hamstring), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee), LB Gregory Watson (Groin), CB James Witherspoon (Concussion)

Washington
OUT: CB Josh Norman (Rib), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle)
DOUBTFUL: S Deshazor Everett (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Robert Kelley (Ankle), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: S Joshua Robinson (Concussion), DE Ryan Russell (Shoulder), LB Shanderious Alexander (Hamstring), S Keith Tandy (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (Back), C Alexander Marpet (Illness), LB Lavonte David (Ankle), S Terrell Ward (Hip)

Arizona
OUT: DT Olsen Pierre (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Karlos Dansby (Hamstring), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf), DT Corey Peters (Knee), CB Patrick Peterson (Quadricep), T Edwin Veldheer (Knee)

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

Los Angeles Rams
DOUTBFUL: CB Troy Hill (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Mark Barron (Knee), S Lamarcus Joyner (Hamstring)

Jacksonville
OUT: C Brandon Linder (Illness), WR Arrelious Benn (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: G Patrick Omameh (Hip)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: G Ramon Foster (Back)

Kansas City
OUT: WR Christian Conley (Achilles), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Knee), S Steven Terrell (Concussion), C Mitchell Morse (Foot)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

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

Oakland
OUT: CB Gareon Conley (Shin), CB Antonio Hamilton (Knee), LB Marquel Lee (Ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB David Amerson (Shoulder), LB Cory James (Knee), RB DeAndre Washington (Hamstring)

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

New York Giants
OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), DE Romeo Okwara (Knee), RB Paul Perkins (Ribs), C Weston Richburg (Concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (Ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Landon Collins (Ankle)

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

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Sunday and Monday Weather
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly sunny and 78 degrees
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: partly cloudy and 76 degrees
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 85 degrees
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 77 degrees
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 78 degrees
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 94 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 85 degrees
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 60 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 77 (note: the Bay Area is under a smoke advisory)
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 55 degrees
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 43 degrees

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

Back to work!

Back to sweating in the summer heat, learning playbooks that are so big they make “War and Peace” look like a comic book.

Back to rookies fighting for their first NFL jobs, free agents fighting to stay on an NFL roster, fighting with teammates on the field as things get heated, along with the weather.

Back to sleeping in dorms for the first time since they were in college.

It’s back to work for all 32 NFL teams. For New England, it’s the hunter now becoming the hunted, as the defending Super Bowl champs. For the other 31 teams, it’s their chance to replace them as the NFL’s king of the mountain, so to speak.

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2017 this week, starting Wednesday, July 19 as rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report.

The Arizona Cardinals, who will take on the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, August 3 on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Friday, July 21. By Saturday, July 29, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (21 of 32, 66 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017,” Saints owner Tom Benson told the Mobile Register and WKRG-TV. “This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season.”

The numbers may prove that training at home is a popular league-wide trend but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of holding camp away from their facilities.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the teams that “come together” away from home, holding camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 52nd consecutive year.

“There’s some intrinsic value to being here, some things that you can’t measure,” says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on holding training camp at St. Vincent College. Tomlin told KDKA-TV, “Those are things that I think about when I think about training camp and those are the things that make me really excited about bringing a team to an environment like this.”

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return for their 60th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEAR – NFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2000 – 10 of 31 (32%)
2001 –  9 of 31 (29%)
2002 – 10 of 32 (31%)
2003 – 14 of 32 (44%)
2004 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2005 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2006 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2007 – 16 of 32 (50%)
2008 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2009 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2013 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2014 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2015 – 21 of 32 (66%)
2016 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2017 – 21 of 32 (66%)
Overall – 295 of 574 (52%)

*Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters.

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAM – TRAINING CAMP, CITY (YEARS)
Green Bay Packers – Saint Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin (60)
Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota (52)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania (52)

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbors to the north.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate, stock up on that bug spray (the mosquitoes in the South have been known to carry off small children) and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

The pre-season schedule is not even out but we already know who will play in Canton in August.

The National Football League announced that the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers will travel to Canton in August to kick off the National Football League’s 2016 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. The preseason classic is set for Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The Colts and Packers will close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after three of their famed legends are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Longtime Packers quarterback Brett Farve and the Colts’ former head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison are among the eight-man class that was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. Other members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 include owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., linebacker Kevin  Greene, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.

Favre spent 16 of his 20 NFL seasons with the Packers and led the resurgence of the franchise that resulted in a Super Bowl XXXI victory. He retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns. Dungy coached the Colts for seven seasons during which time the team posted 12 or more wins every year except his first when Indianapolis finished 10-6. He became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he led the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl XLI. Harrison played his entire 13-season career in Indianapolis and racked up 1,102 catches for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He was named First- or Second-Team All-Pro eight times and voted to eight Pro Bowls.

Each team will make their fifth appearance in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

Colts in HOF Game (2-2-0)
·1964 – vs. Pittsburgh (W, 48-17)
·1982 – vs. Minnesota (L, 14-30)
·1996 – vs. New Orleans (W, 10-3)
·2008 – vs. Washington (L, 16-30)

Packers in HOF Game (1-2-1)
·1969 – vs. Atlanta (W, 38-24)
·1980 – vs. San Diego (T, 0-0)*
·1993 – vs. Los Angeles Raiders (L, 3-19)
·2003 – vs. Kansas City (L, 0-9)*
*Games ended early due to lightning and heavy rain.

HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT WEEKEND

The Class of 2016 – DeBartolo, Jr., Dungy, Favre, Greene, Harrison, Pace, Stabler and Stanfel – will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The Enshrinement Ceremony takes place at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN.

Three major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 7, are the nationally televised Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner (Thursday, August 4) on NFL Network, the Concert for Legends, this year featuring Tim McGraw (Friday, August 5) and the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable (Sunday, August 7). It is at the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where members of the Class of 2016 will be presented his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket. At the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, the Class of 2016 will be featured center stage as they share memories of the game and their personal feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

More than 100 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Ceremony celebration. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.

The Concert for Legends, Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game will be held inside the brand new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The venue’s new north stands and fan plaza will be completed in time for the 2016 Enshrinement Week. The second phase of the stadium’s reconstruction will be completed in 2017. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a world-class sports and entertainment complex, is one component of the $476 million Hall of Fame Village project that began in September 2015.

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets to the Enshrinement Weekend events are on sale now and available at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets and by calling
844-4-HOFTIX.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame also offers Official Fan Packages that provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seats and parties with Hall of Famers during the 2016 Enshrinement Week. Official Fan Packages are on sale now at
HOFExperiences.com.

#PFHOF16

About the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission is to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.

Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience the exciting museum that chronicles America’s most popular sport. Millions more are reached through the Hall of Fame’s 100-plus special events held annually outside Canton and through the multiple nationally broadcast programs focused on the selection of the newest Class of Enshrinees – Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel – and the Enshrinement Weekend (August 4-7, 2016).

Now in its third year of traveling, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a large-scale traveling exhibition that presents a panoramic view of pro football’s story and includes hundreds of artifacts from the Hall’s expansive collection. Gridiron Glory will be showcased at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California, site of Super Bowl 50, from now until April 3, 2016 and is scheduled for three-month stays at various museums and cultural institutions through 2019. Enshrinees from the Class of 2016 along with numerous other Hall of Fame members will receive the spectacular Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence by Kay® Jewelers during ceremonies held in NFL stadiums during the 2016 NFL regular season. The Hometown Hall of Famer™ program presented by Ford honors Hall of Fame heroes with a program and permanent plaque to honor the Hall of Famer’s hometown support. Now in its 4th year, the US Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence honors 20 high school students nationally for excellence in community service, academics and athletics. Construction on HOF Village, a $476 million development project, is under way in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.

For more information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame, please visit ProFootballHOF.com; @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.​

His case has been aruged and presented to three commissioners and now newly-elected Commissioner Rob Manfred has it on his plate.

Manfred’s not even commissioner a full year and already he has to deal with the Pete Rose issue.

Yes. THAT Pete Rose. The one that slid into Ray Fosse and broke the Cleveland Indians’ catcher at the 1970 All Star Game. Charlie Hustle.

MLB’s all-time hits leader has been in baseball’s version of time out since 1989 when he agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball after accusations that he bet on Major League games while playing for and managing the Reds. He admitted to the accusations in 2004. The Baseball Hall of Fame voted in 1991 not to allow those who are permanently ineligible to be placed on any voting ballot.

Since that time, Rose has petitioned to former commissioner Bud Selig and the current commissioner in regard of that matter.

Manfred said last Monday that he has received a formal request from Pete Rose to lift his lifetime ban, adding that he is “prepared to deal with it on the merits.”

In an interview at a visit at the Dodgers’ camp with MLB Manfred said that “I do have a formal request from Pete and I intend to communicate with his representatives to talk about how to handle [the review process]. I want to understand details of the Dowd report and [then-Commissioner Bart] Giamatti’s decision and hear what Pete has to say and make a decision once I’ve done that.”

Manfred cautioned that people shouldn’t read any predisposition into his comments in regard to Rose.

Peter Edward Rose is not getting any younger. It’s time that MLB and the Hall of Fame reconsider this matter. It’s not only good for baseball and the fans that support the game through ticket sales, MLB product purchases, et al that are toting the note. After all, it’s their game too. There has been debate as to not only Rose getting in but Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Black Sox. While those men are no longer with us, Rose at the very least deserves to be heard. After all, Jackson and his teammates lived in a time where players were treated like chattle, almost like slaves, that could be bought and sold without consent. Such is not the case now, where a player that has senority can veto a trade. The average professional baseball player’s salary in Shoeless Joe’s day was about $25,000, the same salary that a teacher out of college would make today. That same player today would have a minimum salary of about $750,000. There is also debate that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be enshrined as well. If either Bonds or Clemens get in, then so should Rose and Jackson.

Kennesaw Mountain Landis, who was commissioner at the time of the Black Sox scandal, refused to even hear the player’s side of the story and they were banished from the game, like Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. If Landis had tried that today, there would grievances filed and perhaps lawsuits as well. While Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson lived in different eras, they both should be treated equally and fairly. After all, Manfred did say that he would look at Rose’s case on its merits.

Pete Rose needs to be in Cooperstown and he needs to be in the HOF preferably while he can still draw breath on this Earth and not have Johnny Bench deliver his eulogy at his funeral. Manfred’s predecessor at least tempered justice with mercy. The same can’t be said for Landis or Giamatti, who saw themselves as judge, jury and executioner. Let’s hope that Rob Manfred is as kind as Selig if not kinder.

Pete Rose’s case needs to and deserves to be heard on its merits and needs to be heard as soon as possible, while Rose can still walk and draw breath, not while he’s in a casket.

The clock is ticking for Rose and for MLB.