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Denver (4-9) at Indianapolis (3-10), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. A pair of AFC teams with almost no playoff hopes open action in week 15 as the Indianapolis Colts return to Indianapolis to face off against the Denver Broncos.

Denver aims for its second consecutive win after defeating the New York Jets 23-0 in Week 14. The Broncos led 13-0 at halftime at Sports Authority Field, then added more fuel to the fire by scoring their last 10 points of the contest unchallenged. Denver outrushed the Jets 84-59 and held Josh McCown to 46 yards passing, sacking him four times and knocking him out of the contest with a broken hand, while Trevor Siemian threw for 200 yards, connecting with WR Demaryius Thomas on a 20-yard TD strike in the first quarter. Denver went 7 of 17 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:35, while New York was 3 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the pigskin for 22:25.

The Colts return home from chilly and snowy Buffalo and looks to rebound following a 13-7 overtime loss at Buffalo last week. Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards at New Era Stadium in a contest that was played pretty much in a blizzard (game time temperature? 32 degrees with snow and a wind chill of 16) in upstate New York. Indy trailed 7-0 at the break, then tied things up with 76 seconds left in regulation when TE Jack Doyle and QB Jacoby Brissett connected on a 3-yard TD strike, sending the contest into overtime. Buffalo won the toss in overtime but failed to score in their first possession and the Colts did likewise when they had the ball in the overtime.

The Bills then got the ball back after a Colts punt with 2:25 left in the extra period and they wasted little time to take the win, using a five-play, 65-yard drive that took 52 seconds, sending their fans home happy if not warm when LeSean McCoy dashed through the snow and scored from 21 yards out to take the win. Buffalo rushed for 227 yards (McCoy led all rushers with 156 yards), while the Colts tallied 163 in the overtime loss. Brisset threw for 65 yards while Nick Peterman threw for 57. The Colts went 4 of 16 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down and held the ball for 36:02, while Buffalo kept the pigskin for 32:25, going 10 of 18 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver leads the regular season series 13-10 (including games that took place in Baltimore) and the Broncos have outscored the Colts 526-483 in those contests. Denver won the last meeting with the Colts in the Mile High City last year, taking a 34-20 win last year (Indy’s last win over the Colts came in 2015 in the Hoosier State by a final of 27-24).

They met in week 2 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the Broncos broke a 3-3 first quarter tie, taking a 13-6 lead with them to the break, then outscoring the Colts in the second half by a 21-14 margin. Denver outrushed Indy 134-83, Siemian threw for 266 yards for Denver, while Andrew Luck threw for 197 yards with a TD but was sacked five times and picked off once. Denver was 5 of 11 on third down and the Broncos ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:41, while the Colts went 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 29:19.

In the week two contest in the Rocky Mountains, Denver was favored by 6 and covered the spread, winning by 14. Both clubs combined for 54 points, covering the 46 over/under. In the Thursday evening contest in Indy, Denver’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under is 40 1/2. It’s safe to say that neither team will reach the .500 mark or will be going to the post-season, so feel free to watch “Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal” this week. Denver covers the 1 1/2 and wins in the Hoosier State.

Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kenny Albert, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Denver), 83 (Indianapolis);| XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Denver), 83 (Indianapolis)

Referee: Terry McAulay

Injury Report

Denver
OUT: QB Paxton Lynch (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Domata Peko (Knee)

Indianapolis
OUT: WR Donte Moncrief (Ankle), C Ryan Kelly (Concussion), TE Darrell Daniels (Hamstring), CB Nathan Hairston (Concussion), CB Rashaan Melvin (Hand)

Weather Information: Game indoors; if roof is open, cloudy and 27 degrees

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

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

Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 134 (Indianapolis), 121 (Buffallo) | XM: 382 (Indianapolis), 227 (Buffalo)

Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Minnesota), 82 (Carolina); XM: 387 (Minnesota), 82 (Carolina)

Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 146 (Cincinnati); XM: 386 (Chicago), 229 (Cincinnati)

Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 137 (Green Bay), 138 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (Green Bay), 225 (Cleveland)

San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (San Francisco), 132 (Houston); XM: 384 (San Francisco), 228 (Houston)

Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 136 (Oakland), 81 (Kansas City);| XM: 385 (Oakland), 81 (Kansas City)

Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Dallas), 83 (New York Giants); XM: 383 (Dallas), 83 (New York Giants)

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Detroit), 108 (Tampa Bay); XM: 381 (Detroit), 226 (Tampa Bay)

New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 108 (Denver); XM: 388 (New York Jets), 226 (Denver)

Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Washington), 81 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 381 (Washington), 81 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Tennessee at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Jay Feely (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Tennessee), 138 (Arizonaz); XM: 383 (Tennessee), 225 (Arizona)

Seattle at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Derek Rackley; SIRIUS: 137 (Seattle), 83 (Jacksonville) | XM: 380 (Seattle), 83 (Jacksonville)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Philadelphia), 82 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 382 (Philadelphia), 82 (Los Angeles Rams)

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

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

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

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                Spread      Underdog                   O/U
Detroit                 –  2        TAMPA BAY                  38 1/2
CINCINNATI              –  7        Chicago                    39 1/2
BUFFALO                 –  3        Indianapolis               46
KANSAS CITY             –  4        Oakland                    47 1/2
Minnesota               –  3        CAROLINA                   41
Green Bay               –  3        CLEVELAND                  40 1/2
HOUSTON                 –  2 1/2    San Francisco              42 1/2
Dallas                  –  5        NEW YORK GIANTS            42
JACKSONVILLE            –  3        Seattle                    39
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS    –  6        Washington                 46
New York Jets           –  1        DENVER                     41
Tennessee               –  3        ARIZONA                    44
LOS ANGELES RAMS        –  2        Philadelphia               50 1/2
PITTSBURGH              –  7        Baltimore                  41

Monday’s Game
Favorite                Spread      Underdog                   O/U
New England             – 11        MIAMI                      47

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Darrell Daniels (Hamstring), CB Rashaan Melvin (Hand), WR Donte Moncrief (Ankle), C Ryan Kelly (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Christopher Milton (Neck), T Denzelle Good (Illness), C Michael Person (Ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: G John Miller (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T Seantrel Henderson (Back), T Cordy Glenn (Foot), CB Leonard Johnson (Knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (Knee), DT Kyle Williams (Groin)

Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: TE David Morgan (Concussion), T Mike Remmers (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: C Patrick Elflein (Shoulder)

Carolina
OUT: LB Sha’Quille Thompson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Devin Funchess (Shoulder), C Tyler Larsen (Foot), TE Greg Olsen (Foot), WR Kaelin Clay (Shoulder), C Ryan Kalil (Neck)

Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Dallas
QUESTIONABLE: T La’el Collins (Back), DE David Irving (Concussion), CB Orlando Scandrick (Back), WR Brice Butler (Foot), DT Maliek Collins (Foot), LB Justin Durant (Concussion), T Tyron Smith (Back)

New York Giants
OUT: LB B.J. Goodson (Ankle), G Justin Pugh (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Chad Wheeler (Concussion), CB Eli Apple (Hip), RB Orleans Darkwa (Illness), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Finger), WR Travis Rudolph (Hamstring), WR Sterling Shepard (Hamstring)

Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: S Adrian Amos (Hamstring), DT Eddie Goldman (Hip), LB Pernell McPhee (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S DeAndre Houston-Carson (Ankle)

Cincinnati
OUT: LB Vontaze Burfict (Concussion), CB Adam Jones (Groin), CB D’Andre Kirkpatrick (Concussion), RB Joe Mixon (Concussion), LB Nicholas Vigil (Ankle), S Shawn Williams (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Gene Atkins (Toe), S Brandon Wilson (Ankle), CB Darqueze Dennard (Knee), LB Vincent Rey (Hamstring)

Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Green Bay P
OUT: CB Demetri Goodson (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: CB Davon House (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Nicholas Perry (Foot), G Lucas Patrick (Hand), DT Quinton Dial (Chest)

Cleveland
DOUBTFUL: S Jabrill Peppers (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Danny Shelton (Chest), DE Tyrone Holmes (Knee), CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (Knee)
WR Sammie Coates (Knee), TE Seth DeValve (Hip)

Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: G Jonathan Feliciano (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: LB Corey James (Knee), DE Jihad Ward (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: CB David Amerson (Foot), DE Denico Autry (Hand), WR Amari Cooper (Ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (Ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Hip)

Kansas City
OUT: C Mitchell Morse (Foot), S Eric Murray (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Tamba Hali (Knee)

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: T Richard Wagner (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: P Sam Martin (Right Foot), RB Ameer Abdullah (Neck), CB Jamal Agnes (Knee), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Ankle), G Thomas Lang (Foot), T Corey Robinson (Foot), QB Matt Stafford (Right Hand), C Travis Swanson (Knee)
DE Cornelius Washington (ShoUlder)

Tampa Bay
OUT: CB Vernon Hargreaves (Hamstring), DT Clinton McDonald (Back), S Josh Robinson (Hamstring), S Terrell Ward (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ryan Russell (Knee)

San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
QUESTIONABLE: T Trenton Brown (Shoulder)

Houston
OUT: RB Alfred Blue (Concussion), T Julien Davenport (Shoulder), LB Jelani Jenkins (Concussion), WR Braxton Miller (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Groin)

Seattle at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: G Oday Aboushi (Shoulder), S Kameron Chancellor (Neck), DT Nazar Jones (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Dion Jordan (Neck)

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Allen Hurns (Ankle)

Tennessee at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: LB Derrick Morgan (Knee)

Arizona
OUT: WR John Brown (Toe), RB Adrian Peterson (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Josh Mauro (Ankle), WR Jamarcus Nelson (Knee), DT Corey Peters (Ankle), CB Patrick Peterson (Hamstring), T Edwin Veldheer (Elbow)

New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: LB Bruce Carter (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Matt Forte (Knee), G Brian Winters (Abdomen)

Denver
OUT: G Ronald Leary (Back), QB Paxton Lynch (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Adam Gotsis (Illness), DT Domato Peko (Knee), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle)

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

Washington
OUT: WR Maurice Harris (Concussion), S Montae Nicholson (Concussion), TE Jordan Reed (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Zach Brown (Hamstring), DE Terrell McClain (Toe), T Morgan Moses (Ankle), C Chase Roullier (Hand), LB Martrell Spaight (Ankle), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABL:E WR Michael Williams (Knee), DT Corey  Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Corey Liuget DT Toe Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: LB Joseph Walker (Neck), TE Zach Ertz (Concussion)

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: CB Dominique Hatfield (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Connor Barwin (Forearm), LB Alec Ogletree (Elbow), WR Robert Woods (Shoulder)

Baltimore at Pittsburgh. 8:30 p.m.

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: LB Za’Darius Smith (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: G Jermaine Eluemunor (Shoulder), WR Jeremy Maclin (Back), LB Clinton Mosley (Back)

Pittsburgh
OUT: CB Joseph Haden (Fibula), LB Tyler Matakevich (Shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Michael Mitchell (Ankle)

New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Monday

New England
OUT: T Marcus Cannon (Ankle), LB Kyle Van Noy (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dion Lewis (Illness), DE Deatrich Wise (Foot), LB Marquis Flowers (Knee), CB Stephon Gilmore (Ankle), WR Chris Hogan (Shoulder), S Brandon King (Hamstring), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin), WR Matt Slater (Hamstring), T LaAdrian Waddle (Ankle)

Miami
OUT: G Jermon Bushrod (Foot), QB Matt Moore (Foot), RB Damien Williams (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: CB Cordrea Tankersley (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Michael Thomas (Knee), DT Davon Godchaux (Knee)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 30 percent chance of snow and 30 degrees
Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 42 degrees
Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 33 degrees
Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow and 33 degrees
San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 65 degrees
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. : Sunny and 52 degrees
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 38 degrees
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 38 degrees
New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 55 degrees
Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 79 degrees
Tennessee at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.; Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 78 degrees
Seattle at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 52 degrees
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 79 degrees
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.: Cloudy and 32 degrees
New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 57 degrees

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

It’s getting close to the end.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFC

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

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

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

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division with:

1.PIT win or tie

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

1.Buffalo loss or tie

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

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth with:

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

 

NFC

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

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

1.Philadelphia win or tie  OR

​2.Dallas loss or tie

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

Minnesota clinches NFC North division with:

1.Minnesota win or tie OR

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

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

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

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

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

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

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

The players with the most career receptions in NFL history:

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

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

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

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,267)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RUSHING YARDS)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (18,355)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (16,726)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (15,269)^
Curtis Martin – New England and New York Jets (14,101)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,697)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 14

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

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

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

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

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

With 26 receiving yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Fitzgerald will surpass Randy Moss (15,292) for the third-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (15,267)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They still don’t like each other.

Don’t expect Christmas greetings or Facebook friend requests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flacco.

Roethlisberger.

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh won by 17 in the week four contest, allowing the Steelers to cover the 3 point spread. However, neither club covered the 44 over/under, as Pittsburgh and Baltimore combined for 35 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Steelers and they’ve made them 7 point favorites and the over/under’s 41. Saying that this one’s not “DRILL WORHTY” is like saying Frosty was not a snowman. (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

The National Football League Monday announced the following scheduling change for Week 15 (Sunday, December 17)

The Houston at Jacksonville game will be cross-flexed to FOX and remain at 1 p.m.

The following is the final schedule for Week 15 (All times Eastern):

WEEK 15

Thursday, December 14
Denver at Indianapolis, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Saturday, December 16
Chicago at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 17
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Oakland, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 18
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

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

Minnesota at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 137 (Minnesota), 82 (Atlanta); XM: 381 (Minnesota), 82 (Atlanta)

Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Detriot), 134 (Baltimore);| XM: 385 (Detroit), 229 (Baltimore)

New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 93 (New England), 119 (Buffalo); XM: 380 (New England), 230 (Buffalo)

San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 157 (San Francisco), 135 (Chicago); XM: 387 (San Francisco), 227 (Chicago)

Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Tim Brando, Greg Jennings, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 121 (Tampa Bay), 83 (Green Bay); XM: 388 (Tampa Bay), 83 (Green Bay)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 112 (Indianapolis), 145 (Jacksonville); XM: 383 (Indianapolis), 225 (Jacksonville)

Denver at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 146 (Denver), 132 (Miami); XM: 384 (Denver), 228 (Miami)

Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Kansas City), 133 (New York Jets); XM: 382 (Kansas City), 226 (New York Jets)

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Houston), 81 (Tennessee); XM: 386 (Houston), 81 (Tennessee)

Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 93 (Cleveland), 145 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 380 (Cleveland), 225 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Arizona); XM: 389 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Arizona)

Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 137 (Carolina), 82 (New Orleans); XM: 381 (Carolina), 82 (New Orleans)

New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter)
SIRIUS: 138 (New York Giants), 81 (Oakland); XM: 382 (New York Giants), 81 (Oakland)

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

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Pittsburgh), 83 (Cincinnati); XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (Pittsburgh), 83 (Cincinnati)

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

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams listed in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite             Spread    Underdog               O/U
ATLANTA              –  3      Minnesota              47 1/2
BALTIMORE            –  3      Detroit                42
New England          –  8 1/2  BUFFALO                49
CHICAGO              –  3 1/2  San Francisco          40
GREEN BAY            –  2      Tampa Bay              43
JACKSONVILLE         –  9 1/2  Indianapolis           41
Denver               –  1      MIAMI                  39 1/2
Kansas City          –  1      NEW YORK JETS          44
TENNESSEE            –  6      Houston                43
Los Angeles Rams     –  7      ARIZONA                45
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 14      Cleveland              43
NEW ORLEANS          –  4 1/2  Carolina               48
OAKLAND              –  8 1/2  New York Giants        42
Philadelphia         –  5      SEATTLE                47

Monday’s Game
Favorite             Spread    Underdog               O/U
Pittsburgh           –  5 1/2  CINCINNATI             43 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Minnesota at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: T Mike Remmers (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Eric-Nathan Kendricks (Hip)

Atlanta
OUT: CB Desmond Trufant (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Franklin Weatherspoon (Illness)

Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: CB Jamal Agnew (Knee), C Travis Swanson (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Ameer Abdullah (Neck), G Thomas Lang (Foot)

Baltimore
OUT: G Jermaine Eluemunor (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Alex Collins (Calf), T Ronnie Stanley (Knee), CB Marlon Humphrey (Thigh), LB Clinton Mosley (Ankle)
CB James Smith (Achilles)

New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New England
OUT: T Marcus Cannon (Ankle), WR Chris Hogan (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: C Jams Andrews (Illness), LB Marquis Flowers (Knee), DE Trey Flowers (Rib), LB Trevor Reilly (Concussion), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin), WR Matt Slater (Hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (Calf), T LaAdrdian Waddle (Ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: WR Kelvin Benjamin (Knee), T Cordy Glenn (Foot), G John Miller (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Patrick DiMarco (Ankle), TE Nick Oleary (Back), TE Charles Clay (Knee), WR Jordan Matthews (Knee), DE Eddie Yarbrough (Chest)

San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
QUESTIONABLE: T Trenton Brown (Shoulder), S Adrian Colbert (Thumb), CB James Witherspoon (Ankle)

Chicago
OUT: LB Isaiah Irving (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: S Adrian Amos (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Deon Bush (Ankle), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (Ankle), LB Bryce Callahan (Knee), G Josh Sitton (Concussion)

Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE Robert Ayers (Concussion), CB Vernon Hargreaves (Hamstring), RB Doug Martin (Concussion), DT Clinton McDonald (Back), S Terrell Ward (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Jameis Winston QB (Right Shoulder), TE Cameron Brate (Hip), WR DeSean Jackson (Foot)

Green Bay
OUT: CB Kevin King (Shoulder), RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: G Lucas Patrick (Hand), LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), DT Kenneth Clark (Ankle), RB Aaron Jones (Knee), LB William Matthews (Groin)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Darrell Daniels (Hamstring), C Ryan Kelly (Concussion), CB Rashaan Melvin (Hand), DT Hassan Ridgeway (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Donte Moncrief (Groin)

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Allen Hurns (Ankle), LB Telvin Smith (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Lerentee McCray (Hamstring), G Patrick Omameh (Quadricep), T Jeremy Parnell (Knee)

Denver at Miami, 1 p.m.

Denver
OUT: G Ronald Leary (Back), QB Paxton Lynch (Ankle), DT Domata Peko (Knee), DE Derek Wolfe (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Shane Ray (Wrist), LB Todd Davis (Ankle), TE Jeff Heuerman (Knee)

Miami
OUT: G Jermon Bushrod (Foot), QB Matt Moore (Foot), S Maurice Smith (Abdomen), RB Damien Williams (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Senorise Perry (Concussion), S Michael Thomas (Knee)

Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: LB Donald Ford (Back), S Eric Murray (Ankle), RB Charcandrick West (Not Injury Related)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Tamba Hali (Knee), WR Albert Wilson (Hamstring)

New York Jets
OUT: CB Juston Burris (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Xavier Cooper (Knee), RB Matt Forte (Knee), G Brian Winters (Abdomen)

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Houston
OUT: WR William Fuller (Ribs), LB Brennan Scarlett (Foot), T Julien Davenport (Shoulder)

Tennessee
Rishard Matthews WR Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

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

Cleveland
OUT: WR Sammie Coates (Knee)

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: WR Michael Williams (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Casey Hayward (Calf), K Nick Novak (Back), DT Corey Liuget (Toe)

Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: T John Theus (Illness)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Greg Olsen (Foot), LB Thomas Davis (Hamstring), C Ryan Kalil (Neck), RB Christian McCaffery (Shoulder), LB Sha’Quille Thompson (Foot)

New Orleans
OUT: TE Jacoby Fleener (Concussion), S Marcus Williams (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Thigh), CB Marshon Lattimore (Ankle)

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: LB Connor Barwin (Forearm), WR Robert Woods (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Lance Dunbar (Knee), RB Malcom Brown (Knee)

Arizona
OUT: WR John Brown (Toe), LB Deone Bucannon (Ankle), S Johnathan Ford (Knee), DT Corey Peters (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Adrian Peterson (Neck), DT Josh Mauro (Ankle), TE Troy Niklas (Back)

New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck)
DOUBTFUL: G Justin Pugh (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Damon Harrison (Elbow)

Oakland
OUT: WR Amari Cooper (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB David Amerson (Foot), G Gabriel Jackson (Ankle), LB Cory Jame (Knee), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Hip)

Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: LB Joseph Walker (Neck)

Seattle
OUT: S Kameron Chancellor (Neck), LB Josh Forrest (Foot), G Oday Aboushi (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: DE Dion Jordan (Neck), DT Nazar Jones (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Donell Alexander (Shoulder), T Duane Brown (Ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (Ankle), S Earl Thomas (Heel), LB Bobby Wagner (Hamstring)

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Pittsburgh
OUT: CB Joseph Haden (Fibula), TE Vance McDonald (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: S Michael Mitchell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Antonio Brown (Toe)

Cincinnati
OUT: LB Vincent Rey (Hamstring), LB Nicholas Vigil (Ankle), S Shawn Williams (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Michael Johnson (Back)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Minnesota at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 63 degrees
Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 54 degrees
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 45 degrees
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 49 degrees
Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 47 degrees
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 72 degrees
Denver at Miami, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 79 degrees
Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 47 degrees
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 62 degrees
Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 67 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 75 degrees
Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 56 degrees
Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and 42 degrees
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Mostly cloudy and 56 degrees

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

 

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.

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

Here are the changes.

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

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

WEEK 14

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

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

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