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

ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWwood1), 81 (Atlanta), 83 (New England); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Atlanta), 83 (New England)

Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX and DirecTV 710: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Arizona), 136 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 384 (Arizon), 226 (Los Angeles Rams)

Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Baltimore), 83 (Minnesota);| XM: 382 (Baltimore), 83 (Minnesota)

Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 145 (Tennessee), 146 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (Tennessee), 228 (Cleveland)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Tom McCarthy, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Jacksonville), 84 (Indianapolis); XM: 386 (Jacksonville), 227 (Indianapolis)

Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Carolina), 135 (Chicago); XM: 387 (Carolina), 229 (Chicago)

New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dan Miller, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 157 (New Orleans), 82 (Green Bay); XM: 382 (New Orleans), 82 (Green Bay)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Tampa Bay), 81 (Buffalo); XM: 381 (Tampa Bay), 81 (Buffalo)

New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Dan Hellie, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 93 (Miami); XM: 385 (New York Jets), 225 (Miami)

Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Dallas), 83 (San Francsico); XM: 380 (Dallas), 83 (San Francisco)

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 157 (Cincinnati), 82 (Pittsburgh); XM: 383 (Cincinnati), 82 (Pittsburgh)

Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Amanda Balionis (Field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Denver), 93 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 382 (Denver), 225 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 134 (Seattle), 81 (New York Giants); XM: 381 (Seattle), 81 (New York Giants)

Washington at Philadelphia, 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 (Washington), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Washington), 83 (Philadelphia)

Sunday and Monday Referees
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London): Brad Allen
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Terry McAulay
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.: John Hussey
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p:m.: Tony Corrente
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Ed Hochuli

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Team in CAPS)

Favorite             Spread    Underdog            O/U
NEW ENGLAND          –  3 1/2  Atlanta             54 1/2
Tennessee            –  6 1/2  CLEVELAND           46
Jacksonville         –  3 1/2  INDIANAPOLIS        40 1/2
PITTSBURGH           –  5 1/2  Cincinnati          41
MINNESOTA            –  5 1/2  Baltimore           39 1/2
MIAMI                –  3      New York Jets       38 1/2
BUFFALO              –  3      Tampa Bay           44 1/2
Carolina             –  3      CHICAGO             41
New Orleans          –  6      GREEN BAY           47 1/2
LOS ANGELES RAMS     –  3 1/2  Arizona             47 1/2 (1)
Dallas               –  6      SAN FRANCISCO       47
Seattle              –  5 1/2  NEW YORK GIANTS     38 1/2
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS –  1 1/2  Denver              41 1/2

(1) Game in London, Rams are designated as the home team

Monday’s Game

Favorite             Spread    Underdog            O/U
PHILADELPHIA         –  5      Washington          48 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

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

Atlanta
OUT: LB Jordan Tripp (Concussion)

New England
OUT: CB Stephon Gilmore (Concussion), LB Havea Langi (Back), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Johnson Bademosi (Abdomen), TE Jacob Hollister (Chest), LB Elandon Roberts (Ankle)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: S Joshua Robinson (Concussion), DE Ryan Russell (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Shanderious Alexander (Hamstring), DE Robert Ayers (Knee), LB Lavonte David (Ankle), DE Noah Spence (Shoulder, S Keith Tandy (Hip), S Terrell Ward (Hip), QB Jameis Winston (Right Shoulder), LB Adarius Glanton (Hamstring)

Buffalo
OUT: TE Charles Clay (Knee), LB Ramon Humber (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Edwin Gaines (Groin), CB Leonard Johnson (Hamstring), WR Jordan Matthews (Thumb)

Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: S Demetrious Cox (Ankle), T John Theus (Concussion), RB Foswhitt Whittaker (Ankle), LB Luke Kuechly (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kelvin Benjamin (Knee), S Kurtis Coleman (Knee), K Graham Gano (Right Knee), DE Charles Johnson (Groin), C Ryan Kalil (Neck), G Gregory Van Roten (Shoulder)

Chicago
OUT: WR Markus Wheaton (Groin)
DOUBTFUL: CB Sherrick McManis (Hamstring), LB John Timu (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Benny Cunningham (Hamstring), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (Chest), C Hroniss Grasu (Hand)

Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Johnathan Cyprien (Hamstring), WR Corey Davis (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Delanie Walker (Calf), LB Derrick Morgan (Abdomen), RB DeMarco Murray (Hamstring)

Cleveland
OUT: LB James Burgess (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jason McCourty (Ankle), WR Kenneth Britt (Knee), WR Sammie Coates (Hamstring), S Jabrill Peppers (Toe)

New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Shoulder), WR Willie Snead (Hamstring)

Green Bay
OUT: LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), S Morgan Burnett (Hamstring), QB Aaron Rodgers (Right Collarbone), LB Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: G Lane Taylor (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Davon House (Quadricep), C Corey Linsley (Back), CB Damarious Randall (Hamstring)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: C Brandon Linder (Illness)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Leonard Fournette (Ankle), S Tashaun Gipson (Neck), WR Marqise Lee (Knee)

Indianapolis
OUT: QB Andrew Luck (Left Shoulder), RB Robert Turbin (Elbow), LB Anthony Walker (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: TB Darrell Daniels (Knee), S T.J. Green (Hamstring), C Ryan Kelly (Knee)

Arizona at Los Angeles Rams in London, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. London time)

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: RB Andre Ellington (Quadricep), LB Karlos Dansby (Hamstring), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf), DT Olsen Pierre (Ankle), DT Xavier Williams (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: S Cody Davis (Thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Mark Barron (Thumb)

New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: TE Jordan Leggett (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

Miami Dolphins
DOUBTFUL: WR DeVante Parker (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Orlandus Branch (Knee), CB Xavien Howard (Ankle), CB Byron Maxwell (Foot), C James Pouncey (Concussion)

Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: WR Breshad Perriman (Concussion), C Matthew Skura (Knee), RB Terrance West (Calf), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle), LB
Timothy Williams (Thigh)
DOUBTFUL: WR Chris Matthews (Thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Carl Davis (Thigh), CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh), T Ronnie Stanley (Mouth), DT Brandon Williams (Foot), S Anthony Levine (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Shoulder), CB James Smith (Achilles), WR Mike Wallace (Back), TE Ben Watson (Knee), S Lardarius Webb (Knee)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), CB Nicholas Easton (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (Hip), CB Tramaine Brock (Hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (Hamstring), T Riley Reiff (Ankle)

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. 4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: WR Tyler Boyd (Knee), TE Ryan Hewitt (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Adam Jones (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Ross (Knee), S Derron Smith (Ankle)

Pittsburgh
OUT: DE Stephon Tuitt (Back)
DOUBTFUL: T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring)

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

Dallas Cowboys
OUT: CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Justin Durant (Groin)

San Francisco
OUT: RB Kyle Juszczyk (Back), DE Aaron Lynch (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Aravious Armstrong (Shoulder), LB Brockway Coyle (Shoulder), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), LB Greg Watson Groin)

Denver at Los Angeles Chagers, 4:25 p.m.

Denver
OUT: WR Cody Latimer (Knee), QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder), WR Isaiah McKenzie (Ankle), LB Corey Nelson (Elbow), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle), T Donald Stephenson (Calf), T Menelik Watson (Calf)

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: WR Keenan Allen (Shoulder), T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), DT Corey Liuget (Back), S Adrian Phillips (Neck), RB Melvin Gordon (Shoulder)

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

Seattle
OUT: DE Cliff Avril (Neck), G Luke Joeckel (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jeremy Lane (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Michael Bennett (Heel), DT Nazar Jones (Knee), RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle), DE Marcus Smith (Ankle)

New York Giants
OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), LB Calvin Munson (Quadricep), C Weston Richburg (Concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle), RB
Paul Perkins (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sterling Shepard (Ankle)

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday

Washington
OUT: G Tyler Catalina (Concussion), CB Josh Norman (Rib), T Ty Nsekhe (Core Muscle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bashuad Breelan (Knee), S Deshazor Everett (Hamstring), LB Mason Foster (Shoulder), RB Rob Kelley (Ankle), S Stefan McClure (Knee), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: RB Wendell Smallwood (Knee), CB Ronald Darby (Ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (Calf), LB Marvin Kendricks (Hamstring)

Sunday and Monday Weather
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 58 degrees
Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London): Mostly cloudy and 55 degrees
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 73 degrees
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly cloudy and 70 degrees
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 68 degrees
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 64 degrees
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 73 degrees
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 86 degrees
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 70 degrees
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 78 degrees
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 93 degrees
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p:m.: Partly cloudy and 73 degrees
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 66 degrees

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

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The 1972 Miami Dolphins can celebrate. They can exhale.

Thanks to Pittsburgh coming into Kansas City last Sunday and knocking the Chiefs out of the ranks of the unbeatens, they still remain the only team in the Super Bowl era to run the table in the regular season.

Speaking of wins, the New York Giants broke their five-game losing streak and walked out of Denver with a 20-10 win over the Broncos Sunday night. San Francisco and Cleveland remain as the only winless teams in the 2017 campaign.

Week seven features a pair of rematches. First, the New York Jets travel to the Sunshine State for a week four rematch with the Miami Dolphins and for the third year in a row, the two teams that met in the previous season’s Super Bowl meet again as the Atlanta Falcons travel to Foxboro for a Sunday night contest with New England.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 7

CARDINALS CLIMBING CHARTS: Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards with two touchdowns in his Arizona debut in the Cardinals’ 38-33 win over Tampa Bay in Week 6.

Peterson has 11,962 career rushing yards in 128 games. With 38 rushing yards on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, he would reach 12,000 career rushing yards in the fourth-fewest games in NFL history.

The players to reach 12,000 career rushing yards in the fewest games:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO REACH 12,000 RUSHING YARDS)
Jim Brown – Cleveland (115)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis (118)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (125)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego (132)^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas (133)^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (128)*
*Has 11,962 career rushing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

​With a rushing touchdown on Sunday, Peterson, who has 99 career rushing touchdowns, will become the ninth player in NFL history with 100 career rushing touchdowns and would reach the mark in the fifth-fewest games.

The fewest games to reach 100 career rushing touchdowns:
PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES TO 100 RUSHING TDS)
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego (93)^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas (99)^
Jim Brown – Cleveland (113)^
Shaun Alexander – Seattle (119)
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis (152)^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (128)*
*Has 99 career rushing touchdowns
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two rushing touchdowns on Sunday, Peterson will pass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (100) and SHAUN ALEXANDER (100) for the seventh-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER RUSH TDS)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (164)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (145)^
Marcus Allen – Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City (123)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (110)^
Jim Brown – Cleveland (106)^
John Riggins – New York Jets and Washington (104)^
Shaun Alexander – Seattle (100)
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis (100)^
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona (99)
Barry Sanders – Detroit (99)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 138 receiving yards and a touchdown catch against Tampa Bay in Week 6. Peterson (99 career rushing touchdowns) and Fitzgerald (107 career receiving touchdowns) can become the first pair of teammates in NFL history with 100 rushing touchdowns and 100 receiving touchdowns, respectively.

Fitzgerald has 14,854 career receiving yards. With 81 receiving yards on Sunday, he will pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (14,934) for sixth all-time in career receiving yards.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER RECIEVEING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,854)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

EVERY GAME EVERSON: Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen recorded a sack in the Vikings’ 23-10 win over Green Bay in Week 6.

Griffen, who has seven sacks this season, has recorded a sack in all six of Minnesota’s games. With a sack on Sunday against Baltimore, Griffen would become the sixth player to record a sack in each of his team’s first seven games to start a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players to record a sack in each of their team’s first seven games of a season:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON)
Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis (2009)
DeMarcus Ware – Dallas (2008)
Robert Mathis – Indianapolis (2005)
Shaun Ellis – New York Jets (2003)
William Fuller – Philadelphia (1994)
Everson Griffen – Minnesota (2017)*
*Six games

AMAZIN’ ANTONIO: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had eight catches for 155 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown catch with 3:24 remaining, in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City last week.

Brown leads the league with 48 receptions for 700 receiving yards this season. With two receptions and 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Cincinnati, he would join Wes Welker (2011) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 50 receptions and 800 receiving yards through their team’s first seven games of a season.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(RECEPTIONS, RECIEVEING YARDS)
Wes Welker, New England (2011)(57, 824)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2017)(48, 700)*
*Through six games

ROOKIE RUSHERS: Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt had 110 yards from scrimmage (89 receiving, 21 rushing) in the Chiefs’ Week 6 game.

With 115 scrimmage yards on Thursday, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 885 scrimmage yards, will become the second rookie in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in his team’s first seven games of a season. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,045 in 1983) has accomplished the feat.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM”S FIRST 7 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 1,045)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 991)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016 – 949)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 927)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago (1934 – 919)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 885)*
*Through six games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Jacksonville running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 130 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, in the Jaguars’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6. Fournette is the only rookie in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 75 yards in consecutive games.

With two touchdowns at Indianapolis on Sunday, Fournette, who leads the NFL with six rushing touchdowns, will tie John Henry Johnson (eight in 1954) and Billy Kilmer (eight, 1961) for the third-most rushing touchdowns by a rookie through a team’s first seven games of a season.

The rookies with the most rushing touchdowns in their team’s first seven games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RUSHING TDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 7 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 12)^
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (1982 – 9)^
Billy Kilmer, San Francisco (1961 – 8)
John Henry Johnson, San Francisco (1954 – 8)^
Many tied with 7
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017 – 6)*
*Through six games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

50K CLUB: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has 49,680 passing yards and 329 touchdown passes in 14 career seasons.

With 320 passing yards on Sunday against Seattle, Manning would become the seventh player in NFL history with 50,000 career passing yards.

The players with 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 (67,432)*
Tom Brady – New England (63,541)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (49,680)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 257 yards with two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 24-17 win at the New York Jets.

Brady, who has 187 career regular-season victories, surpassed Pro Football of Famer Brett Farve (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 212 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a starting quarterback.

Brady threw two touchdown passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the win. Brady and Gronkowski have connected on 71 career touchdown passes, the second-most from a quarterback to a tight end in NFL history. Only Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (85) of the Los Angeles Chargers have more.

Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson threw three touchdown passes in the Texans’ 33-17 win over Cleveland. Watson has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

Watson has 12 passing touchdowns in the past three games, the most in league annals by a rookie in any three-game span.

This season, Watson has 15 passing touchdowns, the most ever by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes, running back Adrian Peterson made his Cardinals debut, rushing for two touchdowns and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a touchdown catch in the Cardinals’ 38-33 win against Tampa Bay.

Palmer has accounted for 302 career touchdowns (294 passing touchdowns, eight rushing touchdowns), Peterson has 104 career touchdowns (99 rushing, five receiving) and Fitzgerald has 107 career touchdown catches. They are the only QB-RB-WR trio of teammates in NFL history to account for at least 300, 100 and 100 total touchdowns, respectively.

Fitzgerald, who has 14,854 career receiving yards, surpassed Steve Smith, Sr.(14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history. Fitzgerald’s 14,854 receiving yards puts him in some pretty good company, as he trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 with San Francisco) for the most receiving yards by a player with a single team.

Peterson, who has 50 career games with at least 100 rushing yards, is the ninth player in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in 50 career games.

Los Angeles Rams kick returner Pharoh Cooper returned the game’s opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown and Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette had a 75-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars’ first play from scrimmage in the Rams’ 27-17 win, marking the first game in the Super Bowl era with two touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the first 30 seconds of a game.

Fournette, who had a 90-yard touchdown run in the Jaguars’ Week 5 win at Pittsburgh, is the first rookie in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 75 yards in consecutive games. Fournette has scored a touchdown in each of the first six games this season, joining Robert Edwards (1998) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first six games of a season.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 186 yards with two touchdowns in the Saints’ 52-38 win over Detroit. Brees has 55,084 passing yards with the Saints and is only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 55,000 passing yards with a team. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Brett Farve (61,655 with Green Bay) and Dan Marino (61,361 with Miami) and Tom Brady (63,541 with New England) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had eight catches for 155 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City.

Brown, who has 9,077 career receiving yards in 107 career games, tied Randy Moss (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

Chicago rookie running back Tarik Cohen threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller in the Bears’ 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore. Cohen is the first Bears rookie running back to throw a touchdown pass since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers on October 10, 1965 (26 yards to Dick Gordon).

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 6

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first six weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 8,352 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 6 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 6 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 6*
2017 – 8,352
2014 – 7,693
1983 – 6,916
1971 – 6,726
2013 – 6,592
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 59 touchdowns through Week 6, the most through the first six weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 6 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 6*
2017 – 59
1983 – 57
2014 – 52
2013 – 50
1971 – 47
*Excludes 1987 season

TOUCHDOWNS FOR ALL: In Week 6, there were a total of 15 non-offensive touchdowns scored throughout the NFL – eight interceptions, two kickoffs, two punts, two fumbles and one blocked punt.

That marks the second-highest total of non-rushing/passing touchdowns scored in a single week since 1970 (16 in Week 15, 1998).

The most non-rushing/passing touchdowns in a single week since 1970:

SEASON – WEEK (MOST NON-RUSHING/PASSING TDS IN A SINGLE WEEK)
1998 – 15 (16)
2017 – 6 (15)
2002 – 2 (14)
1992 – 2 (14)
2011 – 1 (14)

HUNTING HISTORY: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 110 scrimmage yards (89 receiving, 21 rushing) in the Chiefs’ Week 6 loss against Pittsburgh.

Hunt has at least 100 scrimmage yards in all six games this season and is the only rookie in NFL history with 100 or more scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

Hunt’s 885 scrimmage yards, which lead the NFL, are the third-most by a rookie in their team’s first six games, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (933 in 1983) and Billy Sims (914 in 1980).

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 6 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 933)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980, 914)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017, 885)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007, 857)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016, 801)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FEROCIOUS FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first six games this season, is the second rookie in NFL history to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season, joining New England’s Robert Edwards (1998).

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017)
Robert Edwards, New England (1998)

Fournette, who had a 90-yard touchdown run in Week 5, rushed for a 75-yard touchdown on the Jaguars’ opening play from scrimmage last week. He is the first rookie in NFL history with touchdown runs of at least 75 yards in consecutive games.

STELLAR STEELERS: Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL had 191 scrimmage yards (179 rushing, 12 receiving) and one touchdown while wide receiver Antonio Brown had 155 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Steelers’ 19-13 win at Kansas City last week.

Bell (706 scrimmage yards) and Brown (700) are the first pair of teammates in NFL history with at least 700 scrimmage yards apiece through their team’s first six games of a season.

CARDINALS CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer completed 18 of 22 passes (81.8 percent) for 283 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 139.4 rating in the Cardinals’ 38-33 victory against Tampa Bay last week.

Palmer, who has 294 touchdown passes in his 14-year NFL career, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (291) for the 12th-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER TD PASSES
Peyton Manning – 539
Brett Favre – 508^
Drew Brees – 475*
Tom Brady – 469*
Dan Marino – 420^
Fran Tarkenton – 342^
Eli Manning – 329*
Philip Rivers – 324*
Aaron Rodgers – 310*
Ben Roethlisberger – 308*
John Elway – 300^
Carson Palmer – 294*
Warren Moon – 291^
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^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown in Week 6. Fitzgerald, who has 14,854 receiving yards in his 14-year career, surpassed Steve Smith, Sr. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards all-time.

Fitzgerald’s 14,854 receiving yards trail only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 with San Francisco) for the most receiving yards by a player with a single team.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER REC. YARDS
Jerry Rice – 22,895^
Terrell Owens – 15,934
Randy Moss – 15,292
Isaac Bruce – 15,208
Tony Gonzalez – 15,127
Tim Brown – 14,934^
Larry Fitzgerald – 14,854
Steve Smith, Sr. – 14,731
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his Arizona debut last week, marking his 50th career game with at least 100 rushing yards. Peterson is the ninth player in NFL history to have 50 games with at least 100 rushing yards.

The players with the most 100+ yard rushing games:

PLAYER – GAMES WITH 100+ RUSH YARDS
Emmitt Smith – 78^
Walter Payton – 77^
Barry Sanders – 76^
Eric Dickerson – 64^
Jerome Bettis – 61^
Jim Brown – 58^
Edgerrin James – 57
Curtis Martin – 57^
Adrian Peterson – 50

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

The NFL heads into Week 7 after another exciting weekend. In Week 6, eight games were decided by seven points or fewer. Over the past two weeks, 18 of the league’s 28 games (64.3 percent) have been decided by seven points or fewer.

Among the thrilling action in Week 6 were numerous comeback attempts and victories. Both the Miami Dolphins (17 points) and New England Patriots (14) rallied from 14+ point deficits to win. The Detroit Lions (35 points) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31) each trailed by more than 30 points yet pulled within one score in the fourth quarter before falling just short.

In the NFL, the unpredictable is the predictable. Anything can happen and we mean anything. As the saying goes, “On any given Sunday…”

As the season approaches the halfway point, there are currently 22 teams with a .500 or better record. The Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) top the AFC while the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) own the NFC’s best mark. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 77 of the previous 94 teams (81.9 percent) to start 5-1 made the playoffs.

Through the first six weeks, there are 21 teams either in or within one game of first place in the division. And while the standings remain close, there is plenty of football left to be played. Since 1990, 87 clubs have made the playoffs after starting 3-3 or worse. Last year, three teams with a 3-3 record or worse through six games advanced to the postseason – Miami (2-4), Detroit (3-3) and the New York Giants (3-3).

As for last week, let’s just say it was a week we’d rather forget. 5-9 (worst.week.ever) and for the year, 55-27. There’s still a lot of football left between now and Super Bowl LII. Byes this week? Houston and Detroit. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle return from their week vacay and are in action Sunday.

Week 7 began Thursday night as AFC West rivals Kansas City and Oakland squared off on the West Coast, with the Raiders coming from behind to win 31-30. On Sunday, the NFL will return to Twickenham Stadium – the UK’s famed rugby venue – when the Los Angeles Rams face the Arizona Cardinals at 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX for the league’s third of four games in London this season. The Sunday action concludes with a pair of primetime contests as New England hosts Atlanta in a rematch of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the week closes out in the City of Brotherly Love as the Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia to meet the Eagles in a key NFC East showdown on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Here are Sunday and Monday’s picks for week 7.

ATLANTA (3-2) at New England (4-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Matt Ryan. Tom Brady. They meet again. This time, it’s not in Houston, it’s in Foxboro as for the third straight year, the two team that met in a Super Bowl meet in the regular season the next year. The defending Super Bowl champions host the team they defeated to win their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

Atlanta let a 17-0 halftime lead against Miami at home get away from them as the Dolphins would score their 20 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged as they fell to the Dolphins 20-17. The defending NFC champs allowed RB Joseph Ajayi to run for 130 yards, while Miami outrushed Atlanta 138-100, while Ryan threw for 248 yards with a pair of sacks and for the Dolphins, Jay Cutler threw for 151 yards and a pair of TDs in the come-from-behind win in the Big Peach. As was the case two weeks prior, the Falcons had a chance to reclaim the lead late but could not, as Ryan was picked off by Reshad Jones to end the threat. Atlanta, losing their second game in a row and their second home game, went 6 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:36. Miami on third down tries? 5 of 12 (2 of 3 on fourth down). The Dolphins ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 34:24.

The defending Super Bowl champs broke a 14-14 tie at the half in the Meadowlands against the New York Jets, coming away 24-17 winners over their AFC East rivals. Brady threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Rob Gronkowski, while the Pats outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 118-74 (New York’s Josh McCown did manage to throw for 354 yards with a pair of TDs of his own but was sacked four times and picked off twice). The contest did have its own drama in the fourth quarter, when Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught what they and their fans thought was a TD which would have at best tied the contest up. The play was reviewed by replay and the call on the field was reversed. Needless to say, GangGreen fans were not happy and suffice to say, neither were the Jets. New York managed to make it a 7-point contest with 3:40 left when Chris Catanzaro connected on a 28-yard field goal but that was as close as they could come as the Pats managed to run out the clock and take the win. For New England, who picked up their 11th straight road win, they were 7 of 13 on third down tries at Met Life Stadium and kept the ball for 26:20, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 9 of 17 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:40.

New England leads the series 7-6 but Atlanta has outscored the Pats 300-249. New England has won the last four regular season meetings, including a 30-23 in the Georgia Dome in 2013. Atlanta’s last win over the Pats came in Foxboro, when they left Gillette Stadium 41-10 winners in 1998.

They met in Super Bowl 51 (or LI for you Roman numeral fans) and for one half, the Falcons had New England on the ropes, leading 21-3 at the half, then the Pats took over, outscoring Atlanta 25-7 in regulation, then using an 8-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:58 of overtime to take a 34-28 win and their fifth Lombardi trophy. Both teams rushed for 104 yards in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. Brady threw for 466 yards and a pair of TD, while Ryan threw for 284 yards and a pair of TDs of his own (both men were sacked five times in the contest). New England on third down conversions in Super Bowl LI went 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 40:31 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down), while Atlanta was 1 of 8 on third down, keeping the ball for 23:27.

New England was favored by 3 in Super Bowl LI and covered the spread when they won by 6 and both clubs wiped out the 59 over/under by scoring 62 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Pats as a 3 1/2 point favorite and the over/under is 54 1/2. Since this is another rematch and there’s always the revenge theme in hand, this one alone is 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?”)

New England’s looking to prove that the meeting in Houston was not a fluke, Atlanta’s looking to break their two-game losing streak and revenge in that order. Revenge wins out here. Falcons shock Brady and the Pats and hold their own Boston Tea Party with the upset in Foxboro.

Tampa Bay (2-3) at Buffalo (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of former ACC QBs meet in upstate New York as Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Buffalo Bills and Tyrod Taylor.

Tampa Bay erased a 24-0 lead at the intermission in Glendale and made things interesting in the second half, as they would outscore Arizona 33-14 but lost to the Cardinals 38-33. The Bucs were outrushed 1600-68 and Arizona RB Adrian Peterson made his debut in the desert, as he rushed for 134 yards and a pair of TD, while Winston threw for 61 yards before being knocked out of the contest with a shoulder injury (Ryan Fitzpatrick took over, throwing for 290 yards and three TDs. For the Cardinals, Carson Palmer threw for 283 yards and three TDs, connecting with All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald on one of those tosses. Tampa Bay was 7 of 14 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:37, while Arizona ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:23, going 4 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

The Bills, tied with Miami for second in the AFC East, fell to Cincinnati 20-16 last Sunday. The Bengals rallied from a 13-10 deficit in the third quarter (they were tied 10-10 at the half) and then reclaimed the lead for keeps when Randy Bullock connected on a 29-yard field goal with 3:33 left in regulation. Buffalo did outrush the Bengals 82-62 but Cincy’s Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with A.J. Green on one (Taylor threw for 166 yards with a TD and an interception and was sacked six times). The Bills on third down tries went 6 of 18 and kept the ball for 29:59, while the Bengals went 6 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 30:01.

Tampa Bay leads the series 7-3 and the Bucs have outscored Buffalo 215-156. Tampa Bay won the last meeting, coming away 27-6 winners in the Sunshine State in 2013, while Buffalo’s last win in the series came in upstate New York, with the Bills winning 33-20. Buffalo’s favored by 3 and the overunder’s 44 1/2. Bills wing it in upstate New York and takes the win at home.

Carolina (4-2) at Chicago (2-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Fresh off their Thursday night loss to Philadelphia, the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton pay a visit to the Windy City to face off against Da Bears.

Philadelphia broke a 10-10 tie at the half at Bank of America Stadium and took down the Panthers 28-23 last Thursday night. The Eagles outrushed Carolina 101-80, while Newton threw for 239 yards and a TD to rookie TE Christian McMcCaffrey but was sacked twice and picked off three times, while the Eagles’ Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three TDs in the road win. Carolina went 4 of 16 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 31:26, while the Eagles were 5 of 14, 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:34.

Chicago needed overtime in Baltimore to take a 26-23 win in Charm City. Da Bears led 17-10 after three quarters of play and led 24-16 with 1:37 left in regulation before the Ravens tied things up on a 77-yard punt return by Michael Campanaro and a 2-point conversion try from QB Joe Flacco (180 yards) to TE Nick Boyle. The Ravens won the toss in overtime but did not score in their first attempt. Chicago then took advantage and used an 8-play, 71-yard drive that used 3:34 of clock, ending when Bears K Conner Barth connected on a 40-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the OT. Da Bears rushed for 231 yards in the contest (Baltimore ran for 125 yards), with RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 167 yards, while rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 113 yards. Chicago went 5 of 17 on third down and kept the ball for 36:45, while the Ravens kept the ball for 31:09, going 3 of 18 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Chicago holds a 5-3 lead in the series and Da Bears have outscored Carolina 179-162. Carolina won the last meeting, taking a 31-24 win in the Tar Heel State in 2014, while Da Bears were 23-22 winners in the Windy City in 2012. Carolina’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 41. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Carolina’s trying to stay in first place in the NFC South, while Da Bears are trying to catch Minnesota in the NFC North. Carolina covers the 3 on the road and takes the win.

Tennessee (3-3) at Cleveland (0-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Tennessee, involved in a three-way tie for first in the AFC South, travels to Cleveland to face the winless Browns along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Titans erased a 13-9 deficit at the half against Indianapolis last Monday night and came away 36-22 winners at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee outscored the Colts, who had Jordy Brissett (212 yards, TD) under center for Andrew Luck, 27-9 in the final 30 minutes of action and sealed the deal when RB Derrick Henry was going to run out the clock and instead ran for 72 yards for a TD with 47 seconds left. Henry ran for 131 yards in the contest to lead all rushers, including the final scoring play of the contest, as the Titans outrushed the Colts 168-85, with Marcus Mariota throwing for 306 yards and a TD, While the Titans were 6 of 13 on third down tries in the Monday night contest, they were 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 35:53. As for the Colts? Third down tries? Indy was 2 of 9. Fourth down? 0 of 1 and Indy kept the ball for 24:07.

The winless Browns could never get on track against Houston last Sunday in the Lone Star State, falling to the Texans 33-17 at NRG Stadium. Cleveland trailed 24-3 at the half but managed to outrush Houston 134-123 in the 16-point loss. Cleveland’s Kevin Hogan threw for 140 yards and a TD but was sacked four times (picked off three), while Houston’s DeShaun Watson threw for 225 yards and three TDs. The Browns were 3 of 14 on third down conversions and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:56, while the Texans, who kept the pigskin for 29:04, went 5 of 13 on third down.

Cleveland leads the series 35-29, which includes games that took place when Tennessee was in Houston and known as the Oilers and they’ve outscored Tennessee 1,278-1,254. The Titans were winners in their last meeting, taking a 28-26 win in the Volunteer State last year (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2015 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 28-14).

They met in Nashville in week six and the Browns trailed 14-13 at the half before making a contest of it late. Tennessee got 284 yards of passing from Mariota with three TDs, while the Browns’ Keesler threw for 336 with a pair of TDs and six sacks. Tennessee outrushed Cleveland 137-40 and the Titans were 7 of 13 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 31:01, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 28:59, going 3 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 7 and the Titans were winners by 2. Both teams did manage to cover tie 45 1/2 over/under, combining for 54 points. In the Sunday contest, the Titans are favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. Cleveland’s bad. They’re not 6 1/2 bad but Tennessee takes this one, even though Cleveland makes this close.

New Orleans (3-2) at Green Bay (4-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. It’s gumbo vs. Bratwurst as New Orleans and Drew Brees makes their way to Lambeau to face off against the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers in Green Bay.

The Saints led Detroit 31-10 at the half, then found themselves being outscored by the Lions 28-21 in the second half but still managed to take a 52-38 win in the Superdome. The contest was somewhat close in the early parts of the fourth quarter before Detroit and New Orleans traded interceptions for TDs and the 90 combined points was the second most since 2013. New Orleans outrushed Detroit in the slugfest 193-66 (Saints RB Mark Ingram led all rushers with 114 yards and a pair of TDs), while Matthew Stafford burned the Saints for 312 yards and three TDs with five sacks and three interceptions (Brees threw for 186 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of interceptions). New Orleans, who forced five Detroit turnovers, went 2 of 12 on third down (they struck paydirt in their only fourth down try) and kept the ball for 32:11, while the Lions were 27:49 in time of possession, going 9 of 18 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay limps back home to Lambeau after their 23-10 loss at Minnesota. In addition to losing the contest, they lost Rodgers to a separated shoulder early in the contest and may miss the entire season. Green Bay kept things close in the first half, trailing 14-10 at the break, before Minnesota used three Kurt Horbath field goals in the second half to seal their fate. Rodgers threw for only 18 yards before leaving the contest with the injury and his replacement, Brandon Hundley, threw for 157 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off three times. Green Bay was 4 of 17 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:51, while the Vikings outrushed Green Bay 112-72, got 239 yards from Case Keenum (who took over for Sam Bradford), going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:09.

The Packers lead the series 16-8, which includes games that were played in Milwaukee and at old Tulane Stadium and Green Bay has outscored New Orleans 680-562. New Orleans won the last meeting in the Big Easy in 2014, taking a 44-23 win, while Green Bay’s last win over the Saints came in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst in 2012 by a final of 28-27. New Orleans is favored by 6 and the over/under is 47 1/2. When these teams are good, they’re really good; when they’re bad, there’s really bad. Packers may not have Rodgers under center but they prevail in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Jacksonville (3-3) at Indianapolis (2-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Hoosier State with losses under their belts as the Colts host Jacksonville at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville got burned by a pair of Los Angeles special teams TDs, one from Pharoh Cooper, who returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a TD before the fans got to their seats at EverBank Field and the other from Malcolm Brown, who returned a blocked punt eight yards for another score enroute to a 27-17 loss last Sunday. The contest had both star running backs breaking the 100-yard barrier, as Rams RB Todd Gurley (116) and Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (130, TD) each rushed for 100 yards in the contest in the Sunshine State. The other bright spot for Jacksonville was that they outrushed Los Angeles 169-142 in the contest, while Blake Bortles threw for 241 yards and a TD with five sacks and an interception (The Rams’ Jared Goff threw for 124 yards and TD, while he was sacked three times). The Rams were 4 of 13 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 28:01, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:59, going 4 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Colts let a 13-9 lead at Tennessee get away from them as the Titans roared back to take a 36-22 win at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee outscored the Colts, who had Jordy Brissett (212 yards, TD) under center for Andrew Luck, 27-9 in the final 30 minutes of action and sealed the deal when RB Derrick Henry was going to run out the clock and instead ran for 72 yards for a TD with 47 seconds left. Henry ran for 131 yards in the contest to lead all rushers, including the final scoring play of the contest, as the Titans outrushed the Colts 168-85, with Marcus Mariota throwing for 306 yards and a TD, While the Titans were 6 of 13 on third down tries in the Monday night contest, they were 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 35:53. As for the Colts? Third down tries? Indy went a somewhat dismal 2 of 9 and stuggled on fourth down, going 0 of 1 and kept the ball for 24:07.

Indy leads the series 22-10 and they’ve outscored Jacksonville 797-639. They split last year’s meetings, with the Jaguars winning on the other side of the Atlantic, while the Colts won in the Hoosier State.

Meeting number one… week four in London at Wembley Stadium. Jacksonville took the first meeting 30-27 and led 17-6 at the half before the Colts roared back in the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 21-13. Both Bortles (207 yards) and Luck (234 yards threw a pair of TDs, with Luck being sacked six times in the game. Jacksonville outrushed Indy 136-94 and went 3 of 11 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth) and kept the ball for 27:21, while the Colts were 32:39 in time of possession, going 9 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Indy would get revenge in the final week of the season, taking a 24-20 win in Indy. The Colts erased a 17-3 deficit at the half and took the win in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring Jacksonville 17-3. Jacksonville outrushed Indy 182-94, with Corey Grant leading all rushers with 122 yards and a TD, going 4 of 14 on third down and keeping the ball for 29:36, while the Colts were 2 of 10 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:24.

Indianapolis was favored by 2 1/2 and the Jaguars covered, winning by 3 and the 49 1/2 over/under was a memory, as both clubs combined for 57 points in the week four contest in London. In the season finale in the Hoosier State, Indy barely missed the 4 1/2-point spread, winning by four and both clubs missed the 47 over/under, tallying only 44 points. The oddsmakers like Jacksonville as a 3 1/2-point favorite in the Hoosier State and the over/under’s 40 1/2. They’re both coming off losses and somebody’s in a bad mood. Jacksonville’s been playing some decent football but not great football, while the Colts are looking to get their ship afloat. Jacksonville makes this one close but the Colts come away with the win, even though they won’t cover the 3 1/2.

Arizona (3-3) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX and DirecTV 710. The third game in the London series takes place at Twickenham Stadium on the other side of the Atlantic as a pair of NFC West foes take the world stage.

Arizona led Tampa Bay 24-0 at the intermission in Glendale, before the Bucs made things interesting in the second half, as they would outscore Arizona 33-14. The Desert Angry Birds did prevail at University of Phoenix Stadium, coming away 38-33 winners. Arizona outrushed the Bucs were outrushed 160-68 and Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson made his debut in the desert, as he rushed for 134 yards and a pair of TD, while Jaemis Winston threw for 61 yards before being knocked out of the contest with a shoulder injury (Ryan Fitzpatrick took over, throwing for 290 yards and three TDs. For the Cardinals, Carson Palmer threw for 283 yards and three TDs, connecting with All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald on one of those tosses. Tampa Bay was 7 of 14 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:37, while Arizona ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:23, going 4 of 9 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

Los Angeles used a pair of special teams TDs against Jacksonville, one from Pharoh Cooper, who returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a TD before the fans got to their seats at EverBank Field and the other from Malcolm Brown, who returned a blocked punt eight yards for another score for their 27-17 win last Sunday. It was also the battle of running backs, as Rams RB Todd Gurley (116) and Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (130, TD) each rushed for 100 yards in the contest in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville outrushed Los Angeles 169-142 in the contest, while Blake Bortles threw for 241 yards and a TD with five sacks and an interception (The Rams’ Jared Goff threw for 124 yards and TD, while he was sacked three times). The Rams were 4 of 13 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 28:01, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:59, going 4 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games that took place in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis, when the Rams called those cities home and the Cardinals were in Chicago and St. Louis, Arizona leads the series 38-36-2 and have outscored the Rams 1,504-1,457. The clubs split the two meetings last year, with each taking wins in the other team’s stadium.

Los Angeles broke a 10-10 tie in the desert and came away 17-13 winners in Glendale in week four. The Rams took the lead for good with 2:36 left in the contest when Case Keenum and WR Bruce Quick connected on a 4-yard TD strike (the pass was his second TD of the afternoon). Arizona outrushed the Rams 118-41, while Keenum threw for 266 yards and Palmer threw for 288 yards with a TD and an interception. The Rams were 6 of 14 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 27:51, while the Desert Angry Birds ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:09, while going 6 of 13 on third down.

The Desert Angry Birds would get their revenge on New Years Day in Los Angeles in week 17, taking the Rams to the woodshed 44-6 on the West Coast. Leading 16-6 at the half, Arizona would score the final 28 points of the game unchallenged. Arizona outrushed Los Angeles 84-52 and Palmer threw for 255 yards and three TDs, connecting with Larry Fitzgerald on one of those throws. Arizona on third down? 4 of 14. Arizona on fourth down? 1 of 2 and the Desert Angry Birds kept the ball for 27:58, while the Rams ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:02, going 2 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Although Arizona were favored by 8 1/2, the Rams were winners by only 4 points and neither team covered the 43 over/under, scoring only 30 points in the week four contest in the desert. Arizona easily covered the 6-point spread in the season finale, winning by 38 and the 41 over/under was taken care of, as the two teams combined for 50 points. Even though this one’s on the other side of the pond, the Rams are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The Rams have been playing pretty good football of late, while the Desert Angry Birds are trying to catch them in the NFC West. Arizona covers the 3 1/2 on the other side of the Atlantic and wins in merry olde England.

New York Jets (3-3) at Miami (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in the Sunshine State in a week three rematch as the Dolphins host the New York J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Jets saw New England break a 14-14 tie at the half in the Meadowlands against New England, falling to the defending champs 24-17. New England’s Tom Brady threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Rob Gronkowski, while the Pats outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 118-74 (New York’s Josh McCown did manage to throw for 354 yards with a pair of TDs of his own but was sacked four times and picked off twice). The contest did have its own drama in the fourth quarter, when Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught what they and their fans thought was a TD which would have at best tied the contest up. The play was reviewed by replay and the call on the field was reversed. Needless to say, GangGreen fans were not happy and suffice to say, neither were the Jets, who eventually managed to make it a 7-point contest with 3:40 left when Chris Catanzaro connected on a 28-yard field goal but that was as close as they could come as the Pats managed to run out the clock and take the win. For New England, who picked up their 11th straight road win, they were 7 of 13 on third down tries at Met Life Stadium and kept the ball for 26:20, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 9 of 17 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:40.

Miami erased a 17-0 halftime deficit against Atlanta as the Dolphins would score their 20 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged as they fell to the Dolphins 20-17. The defending NFC champs allowed RB Joseph Ajayi to run for 130 yards, while Miami outrushed Atlanta 138-100, while Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 248 yards with a pair of sacks and for the Dolphins, Jay Cutler threw for 151 yards and a pair of TDs in the come-from-behind win in the Big Peach. As was the case two weeks prior, the Falcons had a chance to reclaim the lead late but could not, as Ryan was picked off by Reshad Jones to end the threat. Atlanta, losing their second game in a row and their second home game, went 6 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 25:36. The Dolphins on third down tries in Atlanta went 5 of 12 (2 of 3 on fourth down)  and they ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:24.

It’s a rematch from week three in the Meadowlands and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! took care of the Dolphins, coming away 20-6 winners. GangGreen scored the first 20 points of the contest unchallenged before Miami ended the bid for a shutout, scoring their only points of the game when DeVante Parker and Cutler connected on a 3-yard TD pass as time expired. New York outrushed Miami 103-30 and Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD, while Cutler threw for 220 yards and three sacks. Miami was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down conversions (the ‘Fins were 0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 36:08.

In the week three contest, New York covered the 6-point spread, winning by 13 but both teams missed the 41 1/2 over/under, combining for only 27. This time, Miami’s favored by 3 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 38 1/2. If revenge is a dish best served cold, the Dolphins will be going back for seconds. Miami covers the 3 and wins in the Sunshine State.

Baltimore (3-3) at Minnesota (4-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. It’s a whole lot of purple in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Minnesota hosts the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore went to overtime against Chicago at home and fell to Da Bears 26-23 in Charm City. The Ravens trailed 17-10 after three quarters of play and trailed 24-16 with 1:37 left in regulation before the Ravens tied things up on a 77-yard punt return by Michael Campanaro and a 2-point conversion try from QB Joe Flacco (180 yards) to TE Nick Boyle. Baltimore won the toss in overtime but did not score in their first attempt. After Baltimore punted, Chicago then took advantage and used an 8-play, 71-yard drive that used 3:34 of clock, ending when Bears K Conner Barth connected on a 40-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the OT. Da Bears rushed for 231 yards in the contest (Baltimore ran for 125 yards), with RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 167 yards, while rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 113 yards. Chicago went 5 of 17 on third down and kept the ball for 36:45, while the Ravens kept the ball for 31:09, going 3 of 18 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Vikings took Green Bay to task last Sunday in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, knocking Aaron Rodgers out of the contest (separated shoulder) and taking a 23-10 win at US Bank Stadium in the process. Minnesota led 14-10 at the half, then used three Kurt Horbath field goals in the second half to seal the Packers fate. Rodgers threw for only 18 yards before leaving the contest with the injury and his replacement, Brandon Hundley, threw for 157 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off three times. Green Bay was 4 of 17 on third down conversions (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:51, while the Vikings outrushed Green Bay 112-72, got 239 yards from Case Keenum (who took over for Sam Bradford), going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:09.

Baltimore leads the series 3-2 and the Ravens have outscored Minnesota 137-123. Baltimore won the last meeting with Minnesota, coming away 29-26 winners in Charm City in 2013, while the Vikings’ last win came in the Twin Cities by a final of 33-31 in 2009. The Vikings are favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Both numbers make sense. The Ravens are trying to keep pace with Pittsburgh, while the Vikings are trying to keep Detroit and Green Bay in their rear-view mirror. Ravens make it close but Vikings prevail in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Dallas (2-3) at San Francisco (0-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of teams trying to right their ships meet in northern California as the 49ers host Dallas at Levis’ Stadium.

The Cowboys come back from their bye week after their 35-31 loss to the Packers at AT&T Stadium two weeks ago. Dallas saw a 21-6 lead at the intermission in the Lone Star State get away from them as Green Bay, with Aaron Rodgers (221 yards, 3 TDs) under center, leading another drive which silenced Cowboys fans, when he and WR Davante Adams connected on a 12-yard TD pass with 11 seconds left in regulation. Dallas then got the ball back after the kickoff and tried several hook and ladder passes to move the ball down the field, which failed. Dallas outrushed Green Bay 163-160 and the two teams’ leading running backs were huge, as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (116 yards) and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (125 yards, TD) each reached the 100 yard barrier. Dallas, led by Dak Prescott’s 251 yards passing, went 7 of 12 on third down (3 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:06. As for the Packers? They kept the ball for 24:54, going 3 of 7 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

A San Francisco rally to take the win on the road fell short, as the 49ers dropped a 24-26 decision at Washington in Landover last Sunday. San Francisco trailed 17-7 at the half before they stormed back in the second half, outscoring Washington 17-9. The 49ers made it a 2-point game with 1:58 left in regulation when rookie QB C.J. Beathard, who took over for Blaine Hoyer and WR Aldrick Robinson connected on a 45-yard TD strike. After a Washington punt, San Francisco got the ball back with 52 seconds left and that’s where things got a little too exciting for the Redskins fan base. With 36 seconds left, Bethard then threw a pass to Pierre Garçon that was ruled incomplete at first. The 49ers then got a reprieve as the original call on the field was reversed and the 49ers got a first down out of the deal. San Francisco then had four more shots at the win but the drive stalled when Bethard was picked off by Kendall Fuller and Washington fans were able to exhale. Washington outrushed San Francisco 94-85 and Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and a pair of TDs. Washington went 7 of 14 on third down conversions at Fed Ex Field and kept the ball for 36:52, while the 49ers went 6 of 17 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 23:08.

The 49ers lead the series 15-12-1 (which includes games played at Keezar Stadium, the Cotton Bowl, Cowboys Stadium and Candlestick Park) and San Francisco has outscored Dallas 741-641. They met last year in northern California and the Cowboys were 24-17 winners (San Francisco’s last win over Dallas came in 2014, when they took a 28-17 win in the Lone Star State).

In the week four affair at Levis’ Stadium, the Cowboys broke a 17-17 tie after three quarters when K Dan Bailey connected on a 22-yard field goal with 4:11 left in regulation to take the lead for good. San Francisco led 14-0 early in the second quarter before Dallas rallied to tie things up in the second quarter. Dallas outrushed San Francisco 194-106, with Elliott rushing for 138 yards and a TD, while Prescott threw for 245 yards and a pair of TDs, while Gabbert threw for 196 yards and a TD. Dallas was 6 of 14 on third down and held the ball for 36:27, while the 49ers were 8 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 23:33.

Dallas covered the 3-point spread in the week four contest, winning by 7 but both teams combined for 41 points, barely missing the 46 over/under. The odds makers like Dallas as a 6-point favorite in wine country and the over/under’s 47. If you’re a fan of either team, by all means, watch this one. Otherwise, you might want to watch that “Handmaid’s Tale” marathon on HBO. Dallas wins this one but expect San Francisco to make it closer than the 6.

Cincinnati (2-3) at Pittsburgh (4-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s a pair of AFC North foes in the Steel City as Cincinnati takes on Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in a late-afternoon contest in western Pennsylvania. Both teams enter the contest with wins under their belts.

Cincinnati came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Buffalo 20-16 last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals rallied from a 13-10 deficit in the third quarter (they were tied 10-10 at the half) and then reclaimed the lead for keeps when Randy Bullock connected on a 29-yard field goal with 3:33 left in regulation. While Buffalo did outrush the Bengals 82-62, Cincy’s Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with A.J. Green on one (Taylor threw for 166 yards with a TD and an interception and was sacked six times). The Bills on third down tries went 6 of 18 and kept the ball for 29:59, while the Bengals went 6 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 30:01.

Pittsburgh dashed Kansas City’s hopes of an unbeaten season at Arrowhead last Sunday, beating the Chiefs 19-13 last Sunday. The Steelers erased a baseball-like 3-2 first quarter deficit and then led 12-3 at the intermission before the Chiefs rallied to pull to within 6 with 2:17 left to play. Kansas City had one last rally to take the lead and got as close as Pittsburgh’s 48 yard line before Alex Smith’s pass attempt to WR De’Anthony Thomas fell short of its mark (the two had connected on a 57-yard TD pass earlier in the period). Smith threw for 246 yards and was sacked three times, while Ben Roethlisberger threw for 252 with a TD. Pittsburgh held the Chiefs to 28 yards rushing, holding rookie RB Kareem Hunt to 21, while they rushed for 194 yards, with LeVeon Bell leading all rushers with 179 yards and a TD. Pittsburgh went 4 of 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 36:39, while the Chiefs went 3 of 11 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 23:21.

Pittsburgh leads the series 58-35 (which includes games played at Three Rivers and Riverfront Stadiums), the Steelers have outscored Cincy 2,048-1,639 and they have won the last three contests, including sweeping the series last year (the Bengals’ last win over Pittsburgh came in 2015, when they walked out of Heinz Field with a 16-10 win).

First meeting… week two in the Steel City. Roethlisberger threw for 259 yards and three TDs as the Steelers held off Cincinnati 24-16 at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 10-6 at the half but the Bengals somehow found a way to make things a bit too exciting for the home team, pulling to within 8 when Dalton and HB Giovani Bernard connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 3:25 left in regulation. Cincinnati was outrushed 124-46 and Dalton threw for 366 yards in the loss. The Bengals were 4 of 16 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:05, while the Steelers ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:55, going 7 of 17, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Pittsburgh completed the sweep in week 15 along the banks of the Ohio River, erasing a 20-9 deficit at the break and coming away 24-20 winners. The Steelers took the contest in the second half, scoring the final 15 points of the contest unchallenged, shutting out Cincinnati in the process. Pittsburgh outrushed the Bengals 97-76 (Bell led all rushers with 93 yards) and Roethlisberger threw for 286 yards and a TD, while Dalton threw for 157. Cincinnati did a little better on third down tries in the rematch, going 6 of 12 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 27:28, while the Steelers ruled the clock again, holding the pigskin for 32:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down tries.

Pittsburgh covered the 3 1/2-point spread in the week two contest at Heinz Field, winning by 8. That’s the good news. The bad news was that neither club covered the 48 1/2 over/under, combining for 44 points. In the week 15 contest along the shores of the Ohio River, Pittsburgh won by 4, covering the 3-point spread and both clubs matched the 44 over/under exactly. Pittsburgh’s favored by 5 1/2 in the Steel City and the over/under’s 41. When they play well, both offenses can score points, when they play badly, they hurt themselves. It’s possible that they could fight for the AFC North title. Cincy will make this one close but Pittsburgh prevails at home and could cover the 5 1/2.

Denver (3-2) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of AFC West foes meet in Los Angeles, not San Diego, as the Chargers host Denver at Stub Hub Center.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants marched into Sports Authority Field and took a 20-10 win over the Broncos in the Mile High City. Big Blue led 17-3 at the half and never looked back, holding Denver to 46 yards on the ground, while the Giants ran for 148 (with RB Orleans Darkwa leading all rushers with 117). Even though he didn’t have Odell Beckham, Jr. with him, Eli Manning still had a decent game, throwing for 128 yards, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 376 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice. The Giants were 4 of 14 on third down in the Sunday night contest and held the ball for 30:36, while Denver went 5 of 17 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:24.

The Chargers picked up their second win in a row, taking down AFC West and instate rivals Oakland 17-16 in the Bay Area. The Los Angeles trailed 10-7 at the half, went through a scoreless third quarter and trailed 16-14 with 7:51 left before the Bolts went to work and sent Raider fans home miserable when Nick Novak (San Diego’s second kicker of the season) connected on a 32-yard field goal as time expired. Los Angeles used an 11-play, 78-yard drive that used 4:09 to seal Oakland’s fate, giving them their second win in a row. Oakland outrushed the Chargers 109-80, while Derek Carr threw for 171 yards, a TD and a pair of interceptions. For the Chargers, Philip Rivers threw for 268 yards and a TD to RB Melvin Gordon (Gordon also had a rushing TD as well). Oakland was 6 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:57, while the Chargers were 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the pigskin for 32:03.

The Broncos lead the series 63-50-1, which includes games that were played in San Diego but the Chargers have outscored Denver 2,453-2,447. The two AFC West teams split their meetings last year, with each taking wins in their respective ballparks.

Meeting one took place in San Diego in week six at Qualcomm. The Chargers led 10-3 at the half, then held off a late Denver rally to come away 21-13 winners. Denver scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap in the Thursday night contest before San Diego held them off. The Chargers outrushed Denver 99-84, Rivers threw for 178 yards with a TD, while Siemian threw for 230 yards (each was sacked twice). San Diego was 3 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 33:28, while the Broncos were 6 of 15 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:32 (Denver was 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Chargers were 1 of 1).

Denver would get revenge at home at Sports Authority Field in week eight, erasing a 7-3 first quarter deficit and taking a 27-19 win in the Mile High City. The Broncos took control of things after the first 15 minutes of play, leading 10-7 at the half and never looked back. San Diego did outrush Denver 123-57 in the rematch but this time, Siemian outpaced Rivers, throwing for 276 yards to Rivers’ 267 (Rivers threw a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw three interceptions). Third down tries? San Diego was 7 of 17, Denver 5 of 16 and both clubs struggled on fourth down (the Chargers were 0 for 2, Denver was 0 of 1) conversions. San Diego did rule the clock, holding the ball for 33:08 to Denver’s 26:52.

In the week six contest at Qualcomm, the Chargers covered the 3 point spread (Denver was favoreD), winning by eight. As for the 44 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as both teams combined to score 34 points. Denver was favored by 6 in the week eight contest in the Mile High City and won by 8 and both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under with 46 points. The Chargers are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. The last time they met in California, the Chargers prevailed. This will not be the case this time. Denver gets revenge in Cali and covers the 1 1/2 with the win.

Seattle (3-2) at New York Giants (1-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. It’s East coast meeting West Coast as Seattle travels to upstate New Jersey for a late-afternoon contest with Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the Meadowlands.

The Giants broke their five-game losing streak in Denver last Sunday night, taking a 20-10 win over the Broncos in the Mile High City. Big Blue led 17-3 at the half and never looked back, holding Denver to 46 yards on the ground, while the Giants ran for 148 (with RB Orleans Darkwa leading all rushers with 117). Even though he didn’t have Odell Beckham, Jr. with him, Manning still had a decent game, throwing for 128 yards, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 376 yards with a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice. The Giants were 4 of 14 on third down in the Sunday night contest and held the ball for 30:36, while Denver went 5 of 17 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 29:24.

Seattle comes back from their bye week after they took down the Los Angeles Rams 16-10 at the Coliseum. The Seahawks broke a 10-10 tie with a pair of Blair Walsh field goals in the second half. The Rams did manage to outrush their NFC West foes 100-62, while Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards and a TD pass to TE Jimmy Graham (Los Angeles’ Jared Goff threw for 288 yards but was picked off twice and sacked twice) for the win. Seattle went 8 of 17 on third down tries in Cali and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Rams were 8 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:44.

While the Giants lead the series 9-8 and have outscored Seattle 391-320, the Seahawks have won the last three meetings, including taking a 38-17 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2014, while the Giants were 41-7 winners in 2010 in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 38 1/2. The Giants have either looked good or looked bad this season, while Seattle’s trying to catch up with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. Seahawks win in the Meadowlands and covers the 5 1/2.

Washington (3-2) at Philadelphia (5-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week seven action concludes in the City of Brotherly Love as a pair of NFC East foes meet at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia, sitting in first place in the NFC East, takes on Washington in a Monday night matchup.

Washington held off a late San Francisco rally to take a 24-26 win over the 49ers in Landover last Sunday. The Redskins led 17-7 at the half before San Francisco stormed back in the second half, outscoring Washington 17-9. The 49ers made it a 2-point game with 1:58 left in regulation when rookie QB C.J. Beathard and WR Aldrick Robinson connected on a 45-yard TD strike. After a Washington punt, San francisco got the ball back with 52 seconds left and that’s where things got a little too exciting for the Redskins fan base. With 36 seconds left, Bethard, who threw for 245 yards when he took over for Blaine Hoyer, threw a pass to Pierre Garçon that was ruled incomplete at first. After replay took a look at the play, the call on the field was reversed and the 49ers got a first down out of the deal. San Francisco then had four more shots at the win but the drive stalled when Bethard was picked off by Kendall Fuller and Washington fans were able to exhale. Washington outrushed San Francisco 94-85 and Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and a pair of TDs. Washington went 7 of 14 on third down conversions at Fed Ex Field and kept the ball for 36:52, while the 49ers went 6 of 17 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 23:08.

Philadelphia broke a 10-10 tie at the half at Bank of America Stadium and took down the Panthers 28-23 last Thursday night. The Eagles outrushed Carolina 101-80, while Newton threw for 239 yards and a TD to rookie TE Christian McMcCaffrey but was sacked twice and picked off three times, while the Eagles’ Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three TDs in the road win. Carolina went 4 of 16 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 31:26, while the Eagles were 5 of 14, 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 28:34.

The Redskins lead the series 85-73-5 (which includes games that took place in Boston when the team was known as the Boston Braves and played their home games in Fenway Park), while the Eagles have outscored Washington 3,402-3,254. Washington has won the last five meetings and swept the season series last year (Philadephia’s last win over Washington came in 2014, when the Eagles were 37-34 winners in the City of Brotherly Love).

First Meeting? Week six in Landover. Washington led 21-14 at the intermission and held the Eagles in check in the second half to win 27-20. The Redskins outrushed Philly 230-94 (Washington’s Matt Jones led all rushers with 135 yards and a TD), while Cousins threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs. For the Eagles, Carson Wentz threw for 179 yards but was sacked five times in the loss. Washington was 7 of 13 on third down tries in Landover and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Eagles held the pigskin for 25:47, went 4 of 12 on third down.

Meeting number two… the City of Brotherly Love in week 14 and the ‘Skins swept the series, coming away 27-22 winners. Cousins threw for 234 yards and a pair of TDs, while Wentz threw for 314 yards and a TD with four sacks. Washington erased a 13-7 lead at the break and outrscored Philadelphia 20-9 in the final 30 minutes of action, outrushing the Eagles 107-95 in the rematch. The Eagles were 9 of 18 on third down tries (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:38, while the Redskins went 2 of 7 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down, holding the pigskin for 23:22.

The Eagles are 32-27 on Monday nights, while the Redskins are 28-40 (both teams played two Monday night contests, Washington was swept in those two games, while the Eagles split those contests).

Philly was favored by 2 in the week six contest in Landover and the Redskins covered, winning the contest by 7. Both teams scored 47 points in that contest, covering the 45 over/under. In the rematch in the City of Brotherly Love in week 14, the Redskins cover the 1-point spread, winning by 5 and both teams covered the 46 1/2 over/under, as they scored 49 points. Philly’s favored by 5 in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 48 1/2. It’s possible that these two could decide the NFC East at the end of the season. Will Redskins fans sing “Hail to the Redskins” or will they sing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” Tuesday morning? Philly fans think they’ll be using the word “HELL!” Eagles cover the 5 and win in the City of Brotherly Love.

And then there were two.

Atlanta and Kansas City remain unbeaten through play in week three. Both the Falcons and Chiefs won on the road, while Baltimore, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Miami, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Denver and Detroit took losses.

While the Falcons and Chiefs remained unblemished, the Giants, Bengals, Browns, Chargers and 49ers have yet to win a game. It’s only week four, so there’s still time for those teams.

In a weekend that was filled with protests throughout the NFL for the comments made by Donald Trump at a rally in Alabama last Friday, the NFL prevailed as players took knees or joined arm in arm with teammates and in some cases, various owners got involved.

SEVEN FROM WEEK 3: Jacksonville defeated Baltimore 44-7 in front of 84,592 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in the first of a record four 2017 London Series games in the United Kingdom.

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis had three touchdown catches, the most touchdown receptions by a player in a London Series game since its inception in 2007 and tied with Allen Robinson (December 6, 2015 at Tennessee) and Jimmy Smith (September 10, 2000 at Baltimore) for the most TD catches in a single game in franchise history. The Jaguars have won their past three London Series games, scoring at least 30 points in each of those victories.

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 percent) for 378 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 146.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-33 win over Houston. Brady has six career games with at least five touchdown passes and no interceptions, the second-most in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (seven) has more such games.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a touchdown reception in the team’s win against Houston. Gronkowski, who appeared in his 91st career game on Sunday, has 70 career touchdown catches and is the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 70 career touchdown receptions. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth (80 games), Jerry Rice (81) and Don Hutson (85) and Randy Moss (89) reached 70 career touchdown receptions in fewer games.

•Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 183 scrimmage yards (172 rushing, 11 receiving), including a 69-yard touchdown run in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win at the Los Angeles Chargers. Hunt has six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in his first three career games, tied with Billy Sims (1980 Detroit Lions) and Dutch Sternaman (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games. Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards through three games, surpassed Sid Blanks of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games. Only Sims (562) has more scrimmage yards in his first three career games.

•Philadelphia rookie kicker Jake Elliott may not have been wearing khakis but he connected on a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory over the New York Giants. Elliott’s 61-yard field goal is the longest by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the third-longest game-ending field goal in league annals, trailing only Tom Dempsey (63 yards, November 8, 1970) and Matt Bryant (62, October 22, 2006).

•Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green had 10 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ overtime loss at Green Bay.

Green, who recorded his 500th reception and his 50th touchdown catch in his 89th career game on Sunday, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald as the only players in NFL history with at least 500 catches and 50 touchdown receptions in his first 90 career games.

•New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had nine catches, including two touchdown receptions in the team’s loss at Philadelphia. Beckham, who has 301 receptions in 45 career games, reached 300 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing Anquan Boldin, who recorded his 300th career reception in his 47th career game.

•Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 percent) for 369 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 142.1 passer rating in the Vikings’ 34-17 win against Tampa Bay in Minneapolis. Keenum is the second quarterback in franchise history (Tommy Kramer, December 14, 1980 vs. Cleveland) to complete at least 75 percent of his passes with at least 360 passing yards, three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single game.

After an exciting week of close games and tight finishes, the NFL heads into Week 4. Last week, eight games were decided by six points or fewer, including two overtime contests. All eight of those games were decided in the final two minutes or OT.

The chances of making the playoffs after a 3-0 start are good but far from certain. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 100 of the 136 teams (73.5 percent) to start 3-0 have qualified for the postseason. However, last season only one of the five teams to start 3-0 – New England – advanced to the playoffs.

There are currently 18 teams with a 2-1 record or better – Atlanta (3-0), Baltimore (2-1), Buffalo (2-1), Carolina (2-1), Dallas (2-1), Denver (2-1), Detroit (2-1), Green Bay (2-1), Jacksonville (2-1), Kansas City (3-0), Los Angeles Rams (2-1), Minnesota (2-1), New England (2-1), Oakland (2-1), Philadelphia (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Tennessee (2-1) and Washington (2-1) – and 10 of them did not make the playoffs in 2016 (Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Washington). Those 10 clubs are all candidates to be turnaround teams in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league are off to a fast start. Through the first three weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 4,308 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 3 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
2017 – 4,308
2008 – 3,483
1971 – 3,427
2014 – 3,385
2016 – 3,344

Rookies have also totaled 30 touchdowns through Week 3, the most through the first three weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
2017 – 30
1978 – 29
1984 – 28
1980 – 26
1975 – 25

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

•Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win over the Chargers and Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 34-17 win over the Buccaneers. Hunt (401 rushing yards) and Cook (288) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in rushing. Hunt has scored six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in his first three career games, tying Billy Sims (1980 Detroit Lions) and Dutch Sternaman (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games.

•Philadelphia rookie kicker Jake Elliott converted a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory over the New York Giants. Elliott’s 61-yard field goal is the longest by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the third-longest game-ending field goal in league annals, trailing only Tom Dempsey (63 yards, November 8, 1970) and Matt Bryant (62, October 22, 2006).

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Seven quarterbacks passed for at least three touchdowns without an interception in Week 3, tied for the second-most such games in a single week in league annals.

The most performances with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single week in NFL history:

SEASON – WEEK (QUARTERBACKS WITH 3+ TD PASSES AND 0 INTERCEPTIONS)
2013 – 14 (9)
2017 – 3 (7)
2016 – 16 (7)
2015 – 12 (7)
2007 – 14 (7)
1995 – 12 (7)

The quarterbacks with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in Week 3:

PLAYER, TEAM (TD PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Tom Brady, New England (5/0)
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (4/0)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (4/0)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (3/0)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (3/0)
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (3/0)
Case Keenum, Minnesota (3/0)

HUNT MAKES HISTORY: Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt had a 69-yard touchdown run with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 24-10 win against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3. Hunt has scored a touchdown of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games to start his career, becoming the only player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards through three games, surpassed Sid Blanks of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first three career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980; 562)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017; 538)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (1964; 452)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934; 435)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (2005, 434)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994; 432)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FALCONS FAST START: Atlanta defeated the Detroit Lions 30-26 in Week 3 to improve to 3-0 on the season, becoming the sixth team since the current 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl the previous season.

The previous five teams to accomplish the feat all advanced to the postseason.

The teams since 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl in the previous season:

TEAM (YEAR, RECORD; SEASON RESULT)
Atlanta (2017, 3-0; ????)*
Seattle (2006, 9-7; advanced to NFC Divisional)
Green Bay (1998, 11-5; advanced to NFC Wild Card)
New England (1997, 10-6; advanced to AFC Divisional)
Buffalo (1992, 11-5; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVII)
Buffalo (1991, 13-3; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVI)
*Through three games

POWERFUL PRATER: Detroit kicker Matt Prater converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including makes of 55 and 57 yards, in the Lions’ Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Through three games, Prater has converted four field goals of at least 55 yards, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most field goals of at least 55 yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, FGs MADE/FGs ATTEMPTED)
Matt Prate, Detroit (2017, 4/4)*
Blair Walsh, Minnesota (2012, 3/3)
Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams (2012, 3/7)
Morten Anderson, Atlanta (1995, 3/4)^
Fred Steinfort, Denver (1980, 3/3)
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DREAM SEASON: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 183 scrimmage yards (172 rushing, 11 receiving) and one rushing touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win at the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.

With 30 scrimmage yards in Week 4 against Washington on Monday Night Football, Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards in his first three games, would surpass ADRIAN PETERSON (549 yards in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (567 in 1983) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 745)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 567)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 549)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 538)*
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934 – 536)
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FINDING PAYDIRT: Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the team’s 41-39 win at San Francisco. Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gurley and Hunt have six touchdowns each through three games this season. With three touchdowns in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH and STEPHEN DAVIS for the second-most touchdowns by a player in his team’s first four games to start a season.

The players with the most touchdowns in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON-TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958-10)^
Stephen Davis, Washington (1999-9)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995-9)^
Many tied with 8
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017-6)*
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017-6)*
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two touchdowns each in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would become the first pair of players to each have eight total touchdowns through their team’s first four games in the same season in NFL history.

Hunt, who currently leads all rookies with six total touchdowns, needs two touchdowns to tie Bill Paschal of the 1943 New York Giants (eight touchdowns) for the most touchdowns by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Bill Paschal, New York Giants (1943 – 8)
Many tied with 6
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 6)*
*Through three games

YARD WORK: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 27-24 overtime win against Cincinnati in Week 3.

Rodgers, who ranks second in the NFL with 967 passing yards this season, has at least 300 passing yards in each of his team’s first three games. With at least 300 passing yards against Chicago on Thursday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 300 or more passing yards in each of his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with 300 or more passing yards in each of their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR – GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2013 – 4)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 4)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2009 – 4)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (2000 – 4)^
Steve Young, San Francisco (1998 – 4)^
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2017 – 3)*
*Through three games (Rodgers played Thursday night)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Three quarterbacks – New England’s Tom Brady, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Kansas City’s Alex Smith – have at least 750 passing yards, six touchdown passes and no interceptions through Week 3. Brady, Brees and Smith look to join an exclusive club this week.

Brady, who has 1,092 passing yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions, is looking to become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2015.

Brees (867 passing yards, six touchdowns) and Smith (774, seven) are looking to join Brady, Peyton Manning and Don Meridith as the only quarterbacks to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, PASSING YARDS/TD PASSES; INTERCEPTIONS)
Tom Brady, New England (2015 – 1,387/11; 0)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 1,470/16; 0)
Don Meredith, Dallas (1966 – 1,089/14; 0)
Tom Brady, New England (2017 – 1,092/8; 0)*
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2017 – 867/6; 0)*
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017 – 774/7; 0)*

*Through three games

BAKER’S COUSINS: Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 percent) for 365 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.7 passer rating in the Redskins’ 27-10 win over Oakland in Week 3.

Cousins, who has 12,897 career passing yards, will be playing in his 50th career game when the Redskins visit Kansas City on Monday Night Football. With 103 passing yards against the Chiefs, Cousins would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 13,000 passing yards in his first 50 career games.

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

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

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (14,331/57)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (13,864/62)^
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (13,551/52)
Dan Marino, Miami (13,514/57)^
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (13,450/48)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (12,897/43)*
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

STILL KICKING: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri has made 534 career field goals during his 22-year career. With four field goals against Seattle on Sunday night, Vinatieri would tie GARY ANDERSON (538) for the second-most made field goals in NFL history.

The players with the most career made field goals in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER MADE FGS)
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota (565)^
Gary Anderson – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota and Tennessee (538)
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (534)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to make at least 250 field goals with two different teams, converting 263 with New England (1996-2005) and 271 with Indianapolis (2006-present).​

Don’t count out any teams yet. For the teams that have one win or no wins, there’s hope. Since 1990, 73 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs. That includes two teams last season – Detroit and Miami. So, entering Week 4, hope is still very much alive for everyone.

As for last week… not the best week but not the worst. We went 8-8 and for the season, 30-17. A lot of football left to be played. Anything can happen and as they say “on any given Sunday…” Week four got underway at Lambeau as the Packers and Bears met on Thursday night (Green Bay prevailed against their NFC North rivals) and concludes Monday night when the Chiefs host Washington at Arrowhead. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week four.

Buffalo (2-1) at ATLANTA (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of division leaders meet in the Big Peach as the defending NFC champions host the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Buffalo broke a 13-13 tie in upstate New York against Denver and took a 26-16 win over the Broncos. Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka connected on four field goals and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 213 yards an a pair of TDs in the win. Denver did manage to outrush the Bills 111-75 and Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards with a pair of interceptions and three sacks (Taylor was sacked four times). The Bills were 6 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:26, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 29:34, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Atlanta escaped Detroit with a 30-26 win over Detroit at Ford Field last Sunday afternoon. The Falcons led 20-13 at the half in the Motor City and then saw the Lions chip away at the lead. Atlanta literally and figuratively snatched victory out of the jaws of the Lions’ mouth when Detroit thought they had the contest won with 8 seconds left when Matthew Stafford (264 yards, TD) and Golden Tate III thought they had scored the game winner from one yard out. The play was reviewed and the call was reversed. With no timeouts for Detroit, there was a 10-second runoff, under NFL rules, which meant the game came to an end. Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman ran for 106 yards and a TD and the Falcons outrushed Detroit 151-71 but Matt Ryan (294 yards, two TD) struggled, throwing three interceptions. Atlanta was 4 of 9 on third down tries at Ford Field and held on to the ball for 32:35, while Detroit was 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 27:25.

Atlanta leads the series 7-4, have outscored Buffalo 250-220 and the Falcons have won the last four meetings, including taking a 34-31 overtime win at Rodgers Centre in Toronto in 2013 (Buffalo’s last win in the series came in 1995, when they took a 23-17 decision in Orchard Park). Atlanta’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Buffalo’s a pretty decent team and they’re looking to knock the Falcons out of the ranks of the unbeaten. Atlanta? They’ve got other plans, such as staying unbeaten. The Falcons may not cover the 8 but they win at home in the Big Peach.

New Orleans (1-2) at Miami (1-1), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) on FOX. The second of four games on the other side of the Atlantic takes place in London as New Orleans and Miami meet in merry ole England.

The Saints took Cam Newton (167 yards) and Carolina to task last Sunday in Charlotte, as New Orleans came away 34-10 winners at Bank of America Stadium. Leading their NFC South rivals 17-6 at the half, New Orleans pulled away from Newton and the Panthers in the final 30 minutes of play. Drew Brees threw for 220 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Saints outrushed Carolina 149-132, picking Newton off three times, while picking him off four times. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:09, while Carolina kept the ball for 28:51, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions.

Miami was held to a final-second TD by Jay Cutler to WR DeVante Parker as the clock struck :00, losing to the New York Jets 20-6. Miami trailed 20-0 at the half and trailed by that score after three quarters of play. Miami found themselves being held by the Jets to 30 yards rushing, while the Jets ran for 103 yards themselves. Cutler threw for 220 yards and the lone TD in the contest and was sacked three times, while the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD. Miami on third down? A somewhat dismal 1 of 12 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while New York went 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 36:08.

Miami leads the series 6-5, while outscoring the Saints 246-227. New Orleans came away with wins in their last two contests with the Dolphins, including a 38-17 victory in the Big Easy in 2013, while Miami’s last win over the Saints came in 2005 in Baton Rouge (when the team had to play there because of Katrina) by a final of 21-6. New Orleans is an 8 1/2-point favorite on the other side of the pond and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both teams struggled last week, which could make this one interesting to watch. You might want to set the VCR for this one if you’re going to early church services in the Eastern and Central time zones. Miami may not cover the 8 1/2 but they win in merry old England.

Jacksonville (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. After their trip to London, Jacksonville makes its way on their 938-mile trip up I-95 for a date with the New York Jets in East Rutherford.

Jacksonville took Baltimore to task last Sunday in London, taking down the Ravens 44-7 at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars led 23-0 at the half and 44-0 after 45 minutes of play before the Ravens got their lone TD, a 6-yard TD pass from Ryan Mallett to Ben Watson with 3:24 left in the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Baltimore 166-134 and held Joe Flacco to 28 yards passing with a pair of interceptions and eight sacks, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 244 yards and four TDs without a sack or an interception. Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries but found success on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and Jacksonville kept the ball for 34:03, while Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), keeping the pigskin for 25:57.

GangGreen held AFC East foe Miami to a final-second TD by Jay Cutler to WR DeVante Parker as the clock struck :00, coming away 20-6 winners in the Meadowlands at Met Life Stadium. New York led throughout the contest, leading 20-0 at the half and led by that score after three quarters of play. GangGreen rushed for 103 yards, while holding Miami to 30 yards. Cutler threw for 220 yards and the lone TD in the contest and was sacked three times, while the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD. Miami on third down was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while New York went 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 36:08.

The Jaguars lead the series 6-5 and have outscored GangGreen 212-185. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last three contests, with the last victory coming in 2015 by a final of 28-23 in the Meadowlands (Jacksonville’s last win also came in upstate New Jersey, as the Jaguars were 24-22 winners in 2009).

Jacksonville’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Jaguars win in Jersey and covers the 3 1/2.

Pittsburgh (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in Charm City as the defending AFC North champs meet the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Pittsburgh dropped a 23-17 overtime decision to Chicago last Sunday in the Windy City at Soldier Field. Bears running back Jordan Howard rushed for 37 yards in overtime, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 23-17 win against Pittsburgh in Week 3. Howard (164 scrimmage yards, two rushing touchdowns) and rookie running back Tarik Cohen (102 scrimmage yards) both eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in Chicago’s first win of the season. Pittsburgh trailed 17-7 at the break at Soldier Field before the Steelers stormed back in the second half of regulation, sending the contest into overtime in the Windy City. Chicago won the toss in overtime and wasted very little time if any in front of the home crowd, using a 4-play, 74-yard drive that used a whopping 93 second to send Bears fans home happy.

Chicago rushed for 220 yards in the contest, with Howard leading the way on the ground, while holding the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger (235 yards, TD, three sacks) to 70 yards on the ground. For Chicago, Mike Glennon threw for 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. Da Bears were 4 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 33:59, including the game-winning drive in OT, while the Steelers were 4 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 27:34.

Baltimore suffered against Jacksonville last Sunday, falling to the Jaguars 44-7 at Wembley Stadium. Jacksonville led 23-0 at the half and 44-0 after 45 minutes of play before the Ravens got their lone TD, a 6-yard TD pass from Ryan Mallett to Ben Watson with 3:24 left in the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Baltimore 166-134 and held Joe Flacco to 28 yards passing with a pair of interceptions and eight sacks, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 244 yards and four TDs without a sack or an interception. Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries but found success on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and Jacksonville kept the ball for 34:03, while Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), keeping the pigskin for 25:57.

The Steelers lead the series 22-20 and have outscored Baltimore 829-814. They split last year’s meetings in AFC North action, each winning at home.

First meeting… week nine in Charm City and the Ravens survived a late Pittsburgh rally to take a 21-14 win. The Ravens led 13-0 after 45 minutes of play before Pittsburgh stormed back in the final quarter to make it a seven-point contest. Roethlisberger threw a 23-yard TD pass to WR Antonio Brown with 8:38 left in regulation, then took matters into his own hands and feet, scoring from 4 yards out with 48 seconds left. Then things got really interesting when the Steelers tried an onside-kick. Chris Boswell whiffed on his first try, then kicked the ball. The ball never went the required 10 yards and the Steelers were penalized for illegally kicking the ball, which Baltimore declined. Baltimore then ran out the clock and took the win at home. If you were looking for a lot of rushing in that first meeting, forget it. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier and Baltimore won that battle, outrushing Pittsburgh 50-36. Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards and the lone TD in the contest, while Flacco threw for 241 with a TD and three sacks. If the rushing game was bad, then third down tries in this one were dismal. Pittsburgh? 4 of 16 (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down). Baltimore? 4 of 17. The Ravens ruled the clock in Charm City, keeping the ball for 32:10, while the Steelers kept it for 27:50.

Meeting number two… week 16 in the Steel City on Christmas night. While the rest of America were unwrapping their gifts from the visit from the fat man in red, it was a winner-take-all situation for the Ravens and Steelers. The winner? AFC North champs. The loser? Out of the post-season altogether. Baltimore let a 24-20 lead late in the contest get away from them as the Steelers roared back at home at Heinz Field, coming away with the 31-27 win to take the AFC North title. Pittsburgh led 7-6 at the half in the Steel City, then trailed 17-10 after three quarter. Pittsburgh got off the deck and took the win when Roethlisberger (279 yards, three TDs) and Brown connected on a 4-yard TD strike with 9 seconds left, sending Steelers fans home merry and bright and with an AFC North title in their stockings, while the Ravens were left with coal and switches. Unlike the first meeting, the rushing game in the second contest was much better as the Steelers’ LeVeon Bell rushed for 122 yards and a TD (the Steelers ran for 127 yards, while the Ravens tallied 122) and Flacco threw for 262 yards and a TD with a pair of sacks. Baltimore on third down in the winner-takes-all affair? 9 of 17 (0 of 1 on fourth down), while the Steelers were 3 of 7 and the Ravens ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 34:37 to Pittsburgh’s 25:23.

The Ravens’ 7-point win allowed them to cover the 1 1/2-point spread but the 44 over/under was untouched, as both teams tallied 35 points. Although the Steelers did win the rematch at Heinz Field on Christmas night, they didn’t cover the 5-point spread, winning by 4. Both clubs did manage to cover the 44 over/under, scoring a combined 58 points. Vegas likes the Steelers as 3 point favorites on the road with the over/under coming in a 42 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are coming off losses and the Ravens are trying to recover from jet lag from their trip to London last week. Baltimore makes this one close but Pittsburgh gets back on track and takes the win on the road.

Cincinnati (0-3) at Cleveland (0-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of winless Buckeye State teams meet in upstate Ohio as Cincinnati makes the 248-mile drive up I-71 to take on the Cleveland Browns along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Bengals lost their third contest in a row, falling to Green Bay 27-24 in overtime at Lambeau Field. The Bengals led 21-7 at the half before Green Bay roared back in the second half. After the Bengals failed to score in their possession in overtime, the Packers took control of things and used a 5-play, 70-yard drive that used 77 seconds of clock and sealed Cincy’s fate when Mason Crosby connected on a 27-yard field with 6:22 left in the extra period. Cincinnati outrushed Green Bay in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst 110-64 and Andy Dalton threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR A.J. Green) but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Aaron Rodgers burned the Bengals for 313 yards and three TDs, connecting with Jordy Nelson on two of them. Cincinnati on third down went 4 of 12 and kept the ball for 34:17, while the Packers were 7 of 15 on third down, holding the ball for 29:21.

Cleveland, sitting in last place in the AFC North, losing 31-28 at Indianapolis. The Andrew Luck-less Colts led 28-14 at the half before Cleveland stormed back in the second half to make the contest close. The Browns did manage to outrush Indy 111-92 and rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 242 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times, while Luck’s replacement, Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yards with three sacks and a TD. Cleveland went 5 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:33, while the Colts were 8 of 17 on third down tries, holding the ball for 33:27.

The Bengals lead the series with their instate rivals 48-39, they’ve outscored Cleveland 1,887-1,722 and Cincy has won the last five meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win over the Bengals? 2014, when the Browns were 24-3 winners in Cincinnati).

Week seven saw the two Buckeye State teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River and the Bengals took Cleveland to the woodshed, coming away 31-17 winners at Paul Brown Stadium in the first meeting. The Bengals led 21-7 at the intermission and never looked back, outrushing Cleveland 271-180 (Cincy’s Jeremy Hill led all rushers with 168 yards, while Cleveland QB Kevin Hogan ran for 104; each man scored a TD in the contest). Hogan threw for 100 yards in the loss, was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Dalton threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR A.J. Green). The Bengals were 5 of 10 on third down conversions in the first meeting, keeping the ball for 28:12, while the Browns kept the ball for 31:48, going 6 of 14 on third down.

Cincinnati made it a clean sweep in the series, traveling to Cleveland in week 14, taking a 23-10 win at FirstEnergy Stadium, along the shore of Lake Erie. The Bengals led throughout the contest, taking a 20-0 lead at the intermission and outrushed Cleveland 213-169 (Hill ran for 111 yards and a TD for the Bengals, while Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell led all rushers with 113). Dalton threw for 180 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Tyler Eifert, while Robert Griffin III threw for 104 yards and was sacked three times in the contest. As was the case in the first meeting, the Bengals ruled third down tries, going 8 of 15, while Cleveland was 6 of 14 (they were successful in their only fourth down attempt) and held the ball for 34:53 to Cleveland’s 25:07.

Week seven… Bengals favored by 10, won by 14. The over/under was 46 and both teams covered with 48. Week 14… the odds-makers liked Cincy again, this time by 6. The Bengals didn’t disappoint the boys and girls in Vegas, covering that spread with their 13-point win in upstate Ohio. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? That stayed safe, as both combined for 33 points.  Cincinnati’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 40. Both teams are somewhat bad and someone has to win this game. You might want to change the channel and watch that “Bar Rescue” marathon on Spike (Jon Tapper blowing a gasket? PRICELESS!) Cincy breaks the streak and wins in Cleveland.

Tennessee (2-1) at Houston (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. It’s an AFC South matchup in the Lone Star State as the Tennessee Titans return to their roots to face off against the defending AFC South champs in Houston.

Tennessee came away 33-27 winners over Seattle last Sunday at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 30-14 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans 13-3. Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs, while Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and four TDs. Tennessee outrushed Seattle 195-69 (Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 115 yards and a TD) and kept the ball for 32:41, going 4 of 14 on third down tries, while the Seahawks, who held the ball for 27:19, went 4 of 12 and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Houston let a 33-28 lead in Foxboro get away from them as they fell to the defending champions 36-33 at Gillette Stadium. The Texans trailed 21-20 at the break before they took the lead when K Ka’imi Fairbairn opened the scoring in the final quarter with a 31 yard field goal, then Fairbain added a 36-yarder with 2:24 left in regulation. New England then went to work and took the lead back and for keeps when Tom Brady and Brandon Cooks connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left. Houston outrushed New England 125-59, while Brady threw for 378 yards and five TDs, including the game winner. Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 301 with a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice in the loss in Foxboro. Houston went 6 of 14 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:38, while New England was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:22.

Tennessee leads the series 16-14, while the Texans have outscored the Titans 684-605. They split last year’s contests, each winning at home.

Week four… Houston was the site of the first meeting and it was the Texans coming away 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. Houston led 20-17 at the intermission and held off the Titans in the second half to seal the win. Tennessee outrushed Houston 124-115 but Brad Osweiler ruled the roast in the air, throwing for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mariota threw for 202 yards for Tennessee. Both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down tries in the contest and Tennessee went 7 of 15 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:42. As for Houston… the Texans kept the ball for 28:18, going 5 of 12 on third down in the Lone Star State.

Game two… Nashville… week 17. The Titans got revenge in the Volunteer State and put a dent in Houston’s march to the post-season, coming away 34-17 winners at Nissan Stadium. Although Tennessee, who did not have Mariota under center (broken leg) led 14-0 at the half before the Texans took the second half, outscoring Tennessee 17-10. Tennessee again outrushed Houston, this time by a 103-46, while Osweiler threw for 253 yards and a TD. Mariota’s replacement, Matt Cassell threw for 150 yards and a TD but was sacked four times in the win. Tennessee was 9 of 16 on third down tries in the rematch and again ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:52, while the Texans were 3 of 15 on third down (4 of 6 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:08.

Houston was favored by 6 1/2 in the week four contest in the Lone Star State and covered with the 7-point win and both teams covered the 40 over/under by combining to score 47 points. In the week 17 rematch and season finale, the Titans covered the 3-point spread, winning by 17 and both clubs easily covered the 40 over/under with 51 points. Tennessee’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. In the grand scheme of things, these two could contend for the AFC South title. However, Houston’s the defending champs and they’re at home. Texans cover the 1 1/2 and wins deep in the heart of Texas.

Los Angeles Rams (2-1) at Dallas (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of first place teams meet in Jerry World Sunday afternoon as the Los Angeles Rams travel to Arlington to meet the Dallas Cowboys.

Los Angeles held off San Francisco 41-39 in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium last Thursday night. The Rams led 24-13 at the half, before the 49ers made a second-half run, pulling to within two but could come no closer. Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 126-113, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three TDs. For the 49ers, Blaine Hoyer threw for 332 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. The Rams on third down were 8 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:43, while San Francisco was 9 of 18 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:17.

Dallas broke a 14-14 tie after three quarters and came out 28-17 winners in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. Dallas outrushed Arizona 99-49 in the prime time affair in the desert, while Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR Larry Fitzgerald) but was sacked six times. For Dallas, Dak Prescott threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Dez Bryant on one), while Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 80 yards and a rushing TD. Dallas went 2 of 9 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 23:45, while Arizona was 8 of 18 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 36:15.

Including games played in the Cotton Bowl and in St. Louis, the Cowboys lead the series 13-11, have outscored the Rams 548- 529 and have won the last three meetings, including a 34-31 win in St. Louis in 2015 (the Rams last win came in 2008, when they came away 34-14 winners in St. Louis). Dallas is favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. This one could be one of the better games of the day. Dallas covers the 6 1/2 and wins in Arlington.

Detroit (2-1) at Minnesota (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair NFC North rivals meet in the Twin Cities as the Lions and Vikings meet at US Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Detroit fell from the ranks of the unbeatens as Atlanta sent Lions fans home unhappy, with the Falcons winning 30-26 last Sunday afternoon. Detroit trailed 20-13 at the half in the Motor City before the Lions chipped away at the lead. The Falcons literally and figuratively snatched victory out of the jaws of the Lions’ mouth when the home team thought they had the contest won with 8 seconds left when Matthew Stafford (264 yards, TD) and Golden Tate III thought they had scored the game winner from one yard out. But like Cinderella, the clock struck midnight, the horses turned back into mice and the carriage went back to being a pumpkin. The play was reviewed and the call was reversed. With no timeouts for Detroit, there was a 10-second runoff, under NFL rules, which meant the game came to an end. Detroit was outrushed by Atlanta 151-71 and Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman ran for 106 yards. Matt Ryan (294 yards, two TD) struggled, throwing three interceptions. Atlanta was 4 of 9 on third down tries at Ford Field and held on to the ball for 32:35, while Detroit was 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 27:25.

The Vikings took Tampa Bay to task last Sunday in the Twin Cities last Sunday, coming out on top of the Buccaneers 34-17. The Vikings, who held Winston (328 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) and the Buccaneers to 26 yards on the ground, tallying 125 yards of their own. Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 369 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Vikings led 21-3 at the half. Minnesota went 7 of 13 on third down tries at US Bank Stadium and kept the ball for 37:46, while Tampa Bay went 22:14 in time of possession and 1 of 6 on third down.

Minnesota leads the series 71-38-2 and have outscored Detroit 2,395-2,062. Detroit did manage to sweep the series last year, taking wins in the Motor City and in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Minnesota’s last win over the Lions came in 2015, when they won 28-19 in the Motor City).

Their first meeting took place in week nine in the Twin Cities and the Lions prevailed 22-16 in overtime at US Bank Stadium. The Lions led 10-3 before the Vikings took a 16-13 lead with 23 seconds left when RB Robert Ellison scored on a 1-yard run. That lead would not last long for Vikings fans as Detroit would score the last 12 points of the contest, first tying the contest with :00 left when Matt Prater nailed a 58-yard field in regulation, then ending the contest when Golden Tate III scored on a 28-yard pass from Stafford with 8:21 left in the overtime. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-78 and Stafford threw for 219 yards and a pair of TDs, including the game winner. Detroit went 7 of 14 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 33:31, while the Vikings were 6 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 33:08.

Detroit made the sweep a reality in week 12 on Thanksgiving afternoon, coming out on top 16-13 and once again, it was Prater to the rescue, kicking a 48-yard field goal to erase a 13-10 deficit and then connecting on a 40-yarder as the clock struck :00. Boldin opened the scoring in the contest when he and Stafford connected for the game’s first TD, a 2-yard strike with 7:14 left in the first. Minnesota then proceeded to take the lead in the final quarter, thanks to a 28-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. That lead didn’t last very long, thanks to Prather’s two field goals that gave the home team the win. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 94-82 and Stafford threw for 232, while Bradford threw for 224. Third down tries? Detroit was 6 of 14, Minnesota was 2 of 10 and neither found success on fourth down (Minnesota was 0 of 1, Detroit was 0 of 2). Minnesota did manage to rule the clock, holding on to the ball for 31:31 to Detroit’s 28:29.

Minnesota was favored by 6 1/2 in the week nine contest. While the Lions won by 6, barely missing the spread. As for the 42 over/under? The two clubs missed it by 4 points. In the Thanksgiving Day matchup in week 12 in the Motor City, the Lions covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 3, which was good. As for the 43 over/under? There were only 29 points scored, so that number was untouched. Minnesota’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Both clubs are trying to stay atop the NFC North mountain and it’s possible that both could make the post-season party. Minnesota wins and covers the 2.

Carolina (2-1) at New England (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Newton. Brady. They meet in Foxboro. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs square off in Foxoboro as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Carolina Panthers.

Newton (167 yards) and Carolina were taken to the woodshed by NFC South foe New Orleans last Sunday in Charlotte, as the Saints left the Tar Heel State 34-10 winners at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers never lead in the contest, trailing 17-6 at the half, before the Saints pulled away from Newton and the Panthers in the final 30 minutes of play. Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 220 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Saints outrushed Carolina 149-132, picking Newton off three times, while picking him off four times. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:09, while Carolina kept the ball for 28:51, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions.

The defending Super Bowl champs erased a 33-28 deficit in Foxboro and 36-33 winners at Gillette Stadium over Houston. The Texans trailed 21-20 at the break before they took the lead when K Ka’imi Fairbairn opened the scoring in the final quarter with a 31 yard field goal, then Fairbain added a 36-yarder with 2:24 left in regulation. New England then went to work and took the lead back and for keeps when Tom Brady and Brandon Cooks connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left. Houston outrushed New England 125-59, while Brady threw for 378 yards and five TDs, including the game winner. Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 301 with a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice in the loss in Foxboro. Houston went 6 of 14 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:38, while New England was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:22.

Carolina leads the series 3-2 but the Pats have outscored the Panthers 112-87. Carolina’s last win over the defending Super Bowl champs came in 2013, when the Panthers came way 24-20 winners in Charlotte, while New England’s last win in the series came in 2009 in Foxboro by a final of 20-10. New England’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. These two teams participated in the last two Super Bowls (Carolina losing to Denver, New England beating Atlanta), which makes this contest pretty interesting. New England wins this one but expect Carolina to make it closer than 8 1/2.

New York Giants (0-3) at Tampa Bay (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Jameis. Eli. A pair of young gun QBs meet on Florida’s left coast as Tampa Bay hosts the New York Giants. Both teams enter the late Sunday afternoon contest with losses under their respective belts.

The winless Giants let a 24-21 lead at Philadelphia get away from them as Eagles K Josh Elliot connected on a pair of fourth quarter field goals by Jake Elliott, including the game-winner as the clock struck :00 to fall 27-24 in the City of Brotherly Love. Philly led 14-0 after three quarters of play before the Giants roared back in the fourth, as Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a pair of TDs in the fourth. Manning threw for 366 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice in the contest, while the Eagles outrushed Big Blue 193-49. New York on third down went 3 of 10 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:28, while the Eagles kept the ball for 37:32, going 5 of 14 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay were taken to task last Sunday in the Twin Cities last Sunday, losing to Minnesota 34-17. The Vikings, who held Winston (328 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) and the Buccaneers to 26 yards on the ground, while tallying 125 yards of their own. Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 369 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Vikings led 21-3 at the half. Minnesota went 7 of 13 on third down tries at US Bank Stadium and kept the ball for 37:46, while Tampa Bay went 22:14 in time of possession and 1 of 6 on third down.

New York leads the series 13-6, have outscored Tampa Bay 334-304 and won the last four regular season contests, including coming away 32-18 winners in the Sunshine State in 2015 (Tampa Bay’s last win over the Giants came in 2003, when the Buccaneers were 19-13 winners at Raymond James Stadium).

San Francisco (0-3) at Arizona (1-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. It’s a battle for the NFC West cellar as San Francisco travels to Glendale for a contest with Arizona. Both clubs enter the Sunday afternoon contests with home losses from last week’s action.

San Francisco picked up their third loss of the 2017 campaign, falling to the Los Angeles Rams 41-39 in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium. Trailing 24-13 at the half, the 49ers made a second-half run, pulling to within two but could come no closer. The Rams’ Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 126-113, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three TDs. For the 49ers, Blaine Hoyer threw for 332 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. The Rams on third down were 8 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:43, while San Francisco was 9 of 18 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:17.

The Desert Angry Birds let a 14-14 tie after three quarters get away from them against Dallas last Monday night, falling to the Cowboys 28-17 in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. Dallas outrushed Arizona 99-49 in the prime time affair in the desert, while Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR Larry Fitzgerald) but was sacked six times. For Dallas, Dak Prescott threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Dez Bryant on one), while Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 80 yards and a rushing TD. Dallas went 2 of 9 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 23:45, while Arizona was 8 of 18 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 36:15.

The 49ers lead the series 29-22 and San Francisco has outscored Arizona 1,179-1,039. However… Arizona has won the last four meetings, sweeping last year’s series (San Francisco’s last win came in 2014, when the 49ers were 20-17 winners at old Candlestick Park).

First meeting? Week five in Santa Clara. Arizona’s David Johnson rushed for 157 yards and a pair of TDs as the Desert Angry Birds took down San Francisco 33-21 at Levis’ Stadium. Arizona would break a 7-7 tie at the intermission and outscore the 49ers 26-14 in the last 30 minutes of action. Arizona outrushed San Francisco 172-151 and QB Drew Staton, who took over for Palmer, threw for 124 yards and a pair of TDs to All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona’s defense took advantage of three 49ers turnovers, sacking Blaine Gabbert seven times, including a sack that resulted in a safety for the game’s final scoring play. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down in the Thursday night affair and kept the ball for 31:44, while the 49ers were 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the pigskin for 28:16.

The Desert Angry Birds made it a clean sweep in the series, taking a 23-20 win in the desert in the week 10 affair in Glendale. Arizona led 20-13 at the end of the third quarter (they led 20-10 at the half) before Colin Kaepernick (210 yards, TD, three sacks) tied things up with a 4-yard TD run with 1:55 left to play in regulation. Using a 12-play, 69-yard drive that used all of the 1:55 that was left, Arizona’s Chris Catanzaro connected on a 34-yard field goal as the clock struck :00. Unlike the first meeting, the second was nothing to write home about rushing-wise (neither club breached the 100-yard mark; the 49ers did manage to outrush Arizona 83-80. Palmer was back this time, throwing for 376 yards with a TD and two interceptions. Arizona on third down tries was 50 percent at 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 32:18 (which included the game-winning drive), while the 49ers were 7 of 17 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:42.

Arizona covered the 4-point spread in the Thursday night affair in week five, winning by 12. Both teams combined for 54 points, more than enough to cover the 43 1/2 over/under. Although the Desert Angry Birds completed the sweep, they won by 3, which meant they didn’t cover the 13 1/2-point spread and the 48 1/2 over/under was safe as both teams could only scored 43 points total. Arizona’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The Desert Angry Birds win this one but San Francisco makes it closer than the 7.

Philadelphia (2-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. The winless Los Angeles Chargers host Philadelphia as cheesesteak meets fish tacos in a late afternoon Sunday matchup on the West Coast.

The Eagles erased a 24-21 deficit at Philadelphia and came away 27-24 winners over the New York Giants last Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles K Jake Elliot connected on a pair of fourth quarter field goals, including the game-winner as the clock struck :00 to fall 27-24 in the City of Brotherly Love. Philly led 14-0 after three quarters of play before the Giants roared back in the fourth, as Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a pair of TDs in the fourth. Philly got the ball back with 13 seconds left in regulation and used all of that clock, driving the ball 19 yards in three plays, with Elliot putting his 61-yard try through the uprights. Manning threw for 366 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice in the contest, while the Eagles outrushed Big Blue 193-49. New York on third down went 3 of 10 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:28, while the Eagles kept the ball for 37:32, going 5 of 14 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The Chargers could never get on track against AFC West foe Kansas City, as the Chiefs manhandled Los Angeles 24-10. The Bolts made things close, trailing 17-10 at the half and kept things scoreless in the third before Kansas City pulled away to seal the win on the West Coast. Kansas City outrushed Los Angeles 189-104, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 172 yards and a TD. Although Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards for the Chargers, the Chiefs made life less than pleasant for him, as they sacked him twice and picked him off three times, while Alex Smith threw for 155 yards and a pair of TDs. San Diego was 5 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and held the ball for 29:34, while Kansas City was 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, ruling the clock as they kept the ball for 30:26.

The Chargers lead the series 7-4 (including contests that were played when the Chargers were in San Diego), Philadelphia has outscored the Bolts 216-211 but San Diego has won the last two contests, with the last win coming in 2015 by a final of 33-30 in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles’ last win came in 2005 in Philly by a final of 20-17. Los Angeles is favored by 1 and the over/under is 47. While the Chargers are not as bad as their record indicates (and they’ve played three close games this season), Philadelphia prevails by covering the 1 on the road, sending Charger fans home sad.

Oakland (2-1) at Denver (2-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. They meet again. A pair of AFC West rivals squarer off in the Mile High City as Oakland and Denver, tied for first, meet in Denver.

Oakland did not have a good trip to the East Coast last Sunday night against Washington as the Redskins came away with the 27-10 loss at Fed Ex Field. Oakland was held to 32 yards on the ground and Derek Carr threw for 118 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice, while Kirk Cousins burned Oakland for 365 yards and three TDs without an interception (Washington ran for 116 yards in the Sunday night affair in Landover). Oakland was 0 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 21:54, while the ‘Skins in holding the ball for 38:06, were 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Denver saw Buffalo break a 13-13 halftime tie in upstate NeW York and dropped a 26-16 decision against the Bills. The lone bright spot in the contest was that they did manage outrush the Bills 111-75 and Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka connected on four field goals and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 213 yards an a pair of TDs in the win. Denvers’ Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards with a pair of interceptions and three sacks (Taylor was sacked four times). The Bills were 6 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:26, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 29:34, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Including games that were played in Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 61-50-2 and have outscored Denver 2,412-2,330. The two AFC West rivals split the two meetings in 2016, with both teams winning at home.

Round one… week nine in Oakland. The Silver and Black led 20-10 at the half and came away 30-20 winners in northern California. Oakland’s Latavius Murray ran for 114 yards and three TDs in the contest, while Oakland held Denver to 33 yards rushing, tallying 218 yards on the ground. Carr threw for 184 yards in the game, while Trevor Siemian threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs (Siemian threw an interception, both men were sacked twice). Denver went 3 of 11 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for a somewhat dismal 18:32, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the Broncos defense on the field, holding the pigskin for 41:28, while going 5 of 14 on third down.

Even though they were out of the post-season race to defend their Super Bowl title, Denver got revenge on Oakland in the week 17 finale in the Mile High City, coming away 24-6 winners. Denver led 17-0 at the half and held Oakland, who won a Wild Card spot, to a 32-yard TD pass from Connor Cook (150 yards, sack, interception) to WR Amari Cooper with 3:09 left in the third quarter. This time, Denver outrushed Oakland 143-57 and Siemian threw for 206 yards in the win. The Broncos on third down? 5 of 15 (1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:25. Oakland on third down? 2 of 11 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Silver and Black kept the pigskin for 24:35.

Denver was favored by a 1 in the week nine contest and the Raiders covered the spread, winning by 10. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? It was covered as well, as both clubs scored 50 points. Denver did cover the 2 1/2-point spread in the season finale with their 18-point win but the 42 over/under was untouched, as there were only 30 points tallied. The odds-makers like Denver in this one at home, favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Denver covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Indianapolis (1-2) at Seattle (1-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week four Sunday play concludes in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as Seattle hosts Indianapolis at CenturyLink Field.

The Colts were 31-28 winners over Cleveland at Indianapolis last Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Andrew Luck-less Colts led 28-14 at the half before Cleveland stormed back in the second half to make the contest close. Cleveland did manage to outrush Indy 111-92 and rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 242 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times, while Luck’s replacement, Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yards with three sacks and a TD. Cleveland went 5 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:33, while the Colts were 8 of 17 on third down tries, holding the ball for 33:27.

Seattle fell to Tennessee 33-27 last Sunday at Nissan Stadium. Seattle trailed 30-14 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans 13-3. Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs, while Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and four TDs. Tennessee outrushed Seattle 195-69 (Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 115 yards and a TD) and kept the ball for 32:41, going 4 of 14 on third down tries, while the Seahawks, who held the ball for 27:19, went 4 of 12 and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in Baltimore, the Colts lead the series 7-4 and Seattle leads in scoring by a 248-241 margin. Indy’s won the last two meetings, taking a 34-28 win in the Hoosier State in their last meeting in 2013, while the Seahawks’ last win came in 2005 in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbuck by a final of 28-13.

Seattle’s favored by 13 in the Pacific Northwest and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams have been playing better football than their records indicate. 13 points is a little steep, though. Indy will make this one closer than 13 but Seattle prevails in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Washington (2-1) at Kansas City (3-0), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week four closes out in the Midwest as the unbeaten Chiefs host Washington in prime time at Arrowhead Stadium as both teams come into the contest with wins under their respective belts.

Washington took care of business last Sunday night against Oakland in Landover, taking a 27-10 win over the Silver and Black at Fed Ex Field. The Redskins held Oakland to 32 yards on the ground and Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three TDs without an interception, while Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 118 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice (Washington ran for 116 yards in the Sunday night affair in Landover). Oakland was 0 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 21:54, while the ‘Skins in holding the ball for 38:06, were 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Kansas City manhandled the Los Angeles Chargers 24-10 at StubHub Center last Sunday. Kansas City led 17-10 at the half and both teams kept things scoreless in the third before Kansas City pulled away to seal the win on the West Coast. Kareem Hunt ran amok, rushing for 172 yards and a TD as Kansas City outrushed Los Angeles 189-104. Although Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards for the Chargers, the Chiefs made life less than pleasant for him, as they sacked him twice and picked him off three times, while Alex Smith threw for 155 yards and a pair of TDs. San Diego was 5 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and held the ball for 29:34, while Kansas City was 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, ruling the clock as they kept the ball for 30:26.

Kansas City leads the series 8-1, the Chiefs have outscored Washington 263-146 and the defending AFC West champs have won the last six meetings, including a 45-10 win in Landover in 2013. Washington’s lone win? It came in 1983, when the Redskins called RFK Stadium home, coming away 27-12 winners. In Monday night contests all-time, the Chiefs are 23-18, while Washington is 28-40 (the Redskins played two MNF games and lost both).

Normally, we don’t make Monday night games “DRILL WORTHY.” We’re going to make an exception here. (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?”

Kansas City’s favorer by 7 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are playoff contenders and could very well win their divisions. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City these days. Washington makes it close but Chiefs prevail and remain unbeaten.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times listed Eastern)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday and Monday Officials

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

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team listed in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games

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

Monday’s Game

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

*Game in London, Miami is designated home team

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

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

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

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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

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

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.

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

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

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.

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

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

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

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

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

Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.

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

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

Matthew Slater (Hamstring)

Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

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

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

Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

Two weeks down, 15 to go.

It’s week three of the 2017 NFL season. There’s still a lot of football left to play between now and the end of the season. For the teams that are in the ranks of the unbeaten, it’s a chance to hang on for their spot at the table. For those that are winless, there’s still time.

Eight teams are off to strong starts at 2-0: Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland and Pittsburgh. Two others – Miami (1-0) and Tampa Bay (1-0) – will attempt to join them this week.

Among the undefeated teams are the Ravens, Panthers, Broncos and Buccaneers, who each missed the playoffs last season and are candidates to be turnaround teams in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The chances of making the playoffs after a 2-0 start are good but far from a sure thing. Since 1990, when the current playoff format was adopted, 138 of the 220 teams (62.7 percent) to start 2-0 have qualified for the postseason.

However, with 14 games remaining, there’s plenty of time to turn things around. Since realignment in 2002, 60 percent of the playoff teams (108 of 180) started the season at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight of 12 last year.

Also this week, the NFL returns to London for the first of a record four games in the UK this season. On Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in a contest that will be streamed globally on Yahoo (https://nflstream.yahoo.com). Ravens and Jaguar fans will not be left out of the loop. They will get to see their teams locally on their CBS affiliates in both the Jacksonville and Baltimore markets. The Jaguars are returning to London for the fifth consecutive year while the Ravens are making their first trip to the UK for the franchise’s first international game.

SEVEN THINGS FROM WEEK 2: New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 30 of 39 passes (76.9 percent) for 447 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.6 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-20 win at New Orleans. Brady has 52 career games with at east three touchdown passes and no interceptions, passing Peyton Manning (51) for the most such performances in NFL history.

Brady (61,849 passing yards and 456 touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (66,402 and 466) entered the game with a combined 128,251 passing yards and 922 touchdown passes. Both totals are the most in NFL history for opposing starting quarterbacks in a game.

Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt rushed for two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia at Arrowhead Stadium. Hunt, who scored three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in his NFL debut last week, is the first player in NFL history to have at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games.

Hunt has scored five touchdowns in his first two career games. Only Dutch Sternaman (six) of the 1920 Decatur Staleys has scored more touchdowns in his first two career games.

Hunt had a 53-yard rushing touchdown in the win over Philadelphia. Combined with his 78-yard touchdown reception in Week 1, Hunt is the third player in NFL history to record a 50+ yard scrimmage touchdown in each of his first two career games (Dub Jones, 1950 and Alan Ameche, 1955).

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a touchdown catch in the team’s loss against Miami. Gates has 112 career touchdown catches and passed Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history.

Gates’ 112 touchdown receptions are the sixth-most in NFL history.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 35 passes (65.7 percent) for 243 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.8 passer rating in the Steelers’ 26-9 win over Minnesota at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown pass in 45 consecutive home games, the third-longest streak in NFL history and the longest active streak. Only Drew Brees (60 games) and Tom Brady (47) have longer streaks all-time.

Baltimore recorded four interceptions and three sacks in the team’s 24-10 win against Cleveland. The Ravens, who had five sacks and intercepted four passes in Week 1 at Cincinnati, are the only team with at least four interceptions and three sacks in each of its first two games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The Ravens are the third team since 1970 – and the first since the 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers – to have at least four interceptions in each of the first two games of a season. The 1971 Cleveland Browns are the only other team to accomplish the feat since 1970.

Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas started his 162nd consecutive game in the Browns’ loss at Baltimore. Thomas, who entered the game having played 9,996 consecutive offensive snaps, reached 10,000 consecutive snaps played on the Browns’ fourth offensive play of the game.

Thomas, who played every snap of today’s game and extended his consecutive snap streak to 10,062, has not missed an offensive snap in his 11-year NFL career.

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore had a rushing touchdown in the Colts’ overtime loss to Arizona, his 75th career TD run.

Gore, who also has 16 career receiving touchdowns, is the sixth player in NFL history with at least 75 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in his career, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen, Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Walter Payton and La Dainian Tomlinson.

ROCKING ROOKIES: Youth is being served! Rookies across the league are off to a fast start. Through the first two weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 2,733 total yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through two weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most total yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 2 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 2
2017 – 2,733
2008 – 2,455
1979 – 2,130
2016 – 2,057
1976 – 2,048

Rookies have also totaled 19 touchdowns through Week 2, the most through two weeks of a season since 1978 (21).

The seasons with the most total touchdowns by rookies through Week 2 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 2
1978 – 21
1975 – 20
2017 – 19
2010 – 17
1984 – 17
1980 – 17

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

•Three rookies rank in the top five in rushing yards through Week 2: Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (1st in NFL, 229 yards), Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (3rd, 191) and Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (5th, 140).

•Hunt has scored five touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving) in his first two career games. Only Dutch Sternaman (six) of the 1920 Decatur Staleys has scored more touchdowns in his first two career games.

•Hunt and Detroit rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay are both tied for second in the NFL with two receiving touchdowns.

•Detroit rookie cornerback Jamal Agenw (88-yard punt-return touchdown) is the only player in the league this season with a kick-return touchdown.

•Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster had a four-yard touchdown catch in the Steeler’s 26-9 win over Minnesota in Week 2.

Smith-Schuster, who is 20 years old, is the youngest player to score a touchdown in the NFL since 1964 (Chicago’s AndyLivingston) and the youngest NFL player to catch a touchdown pass since 1930 (Green Bay’s Arnie Herber).

300-CLUB: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 343 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ loss at Atlanta in Week 2. Rodgers’ second touchdown pass of the game – a one-yard shovel pass to running back Ty Montgomery – was the 300th of his career. He is the 11th quarterback in NFL history with 300 career touchdown passes.

Rodgers’ 300th touchdown pass came on his 4,742nd career attempt, the fewest attempts at the time of a player’s 300th touchdown pass in NFL history.

The players with the fewest career pass attempts to reach 300 touchdowns:

PLAYER – PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH CAREER TD PASS
Aaron Rodgers – 4,742
Peyton Manning – 5,306
Tom Brady – 5,321
Dan Marino – 5,460^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GOLDEN GATES: Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a touchdown catch in the Chargers’ Week 2 loss to Miami. Gates now has 112 career touchdown receptions, surpassing Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most by a tight end in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS, CAREER TD CATCHES)
Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers (2003-present, 112)*
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1997-2013, 111)
Rob Gronkowski – New England (2010-present, 69)*
Jason Witten – Dallas (2003-present, 65)*
Shannon Sharpe – Denver and Baltimore (1990-2003, 62)^

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FAST START: Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson had a 49-yard touchdown run in the Texans’ 13-9 win at Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football. Watson’s touchdown run was the longest by a quarterback in his first career start in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the longest touchdown runs in their first career start in NFL history:

PLAYER – DATE (TEAM, YARDS)
Deshaun Watson – September 14, 2017 (Houston, 49t)
Tim Tebow – December 19, 2010 (Denver, 40t)
Joe Flacco – September 7, 2008 (Baltimore, 38t)

JOLTING JONES: Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones had three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia in Week 2.

Jones is the first player since Pittsburgh’s James Harrison in 2007 to have at least three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in a single game.

PLAYER – DATE (TEAM, SACKS/FORCED FUMBLES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Chris Jones – September 17, 2017 (Kansas City, 3/2/1)
James Harrison – November 5, 2007 (Pittsburgh, 3.5/3/1)

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: Get your fish and chips! The 2017 London Series begins in Week 3, with the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting the Baltimore Ravens, at London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. on Yahoo. It will be the first of a record four games to be played in London this season. On Sunday, October 1 at 9:30 a.m. on FOX, the Miami Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium. The action will move to Twickenham Stadium for the final two London games, the first of which will feature the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. on FOX. The 2017 London Series will conclude on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Network, as the Cleveland Browns take on the Minnesota Vikings.

The London Series has seen some very close contests since its inception in 2007. In the first 17 games, 10 have been decided by one score, including a tie between the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins on October 30, 2016.

The 17 regular-season games played in London:

DATE (WEEK) – RESULT
October 30, 2016 (8) – Cincinnati 27, Washington 27 (OT)
October 23, 2016 (7) – New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10
October 2, 2016 (4) – Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27
November 1, 2015 (8) – Kansas City 45, Detroit 10
October 25, 2015 (7) – Jacksonville 34, Buffalo 31
October 4, 2015 (4) – New York Jets 27, Miami 14
November 9, 2014 (10) – Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17
October 26, 2014 (8) – Detroit 22, ATLANTA 21
September 28, 2014 (4) – Miami 38, Oakland 14
October 27, 2013 (8) – San Francisco  42, Jacksonville 10
September 29, 2013 (4) – Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27
October 28, 2012 (8) New England 45, St. Louis Rams 7
October 23, 2011 (7) – Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18
October 31, 2010 (8) – San Francisco 24, Denver 16
October 25, 2009 (7) – New England 35, Tampa Bay 7
October 26, 2008 (8) – New Orleans 37, San Diego 32
October 28, 2007 (8) – New York Giants 13, Miami 10

CAREENING KAREEM: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 109 scrimmage yards (81 rushing, 28 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 Week 2 win against Philadelphia.

With 98 scrimmage yards in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Hunt, who has 355 scrimmage yards in his first two games, would surpass SID BLANKS of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452 yards) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first three career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 562)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (1964 – 452)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934 – 435)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (2005 – 454)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994 – 432)^
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 355)*
*Through two games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two touchdowns against the Chargers, Hunt would pass Billy Sims and Dutch Sternaman for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most career touchdowns in their first three career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TOUCHDOWNS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980-6)
Dutch Sternaman, Decatur Staleys (1920, 6)
Many tied with 5
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017, 5)*

*Through two games

Hunt is the first player in NFL history with at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARIES: Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes in the Raiders’ 45-20 win over the New York Jets in Week 2.

Carr, who has 86 career touchdown passes, will be making his 50th career start on Sunday Night against Washington. With four touchdown passes against the Redskins, Carr would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 90 touchdown passes in his first 50 career games.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER – TEAM (TD PASSES THROUGH 50 GAMES)
Dan Marino – Miami (114)^
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams (101)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (91)
Johnny Unitas – Baltimore Colts (91)^
Carson Palmer – Cincinnati (90)
Derek Carr – Oakland (86)*
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell, who will be playing in his 50th career game on Sunday at Chicago, has 6,188 career scrimmage yards. With 107 scrimmage yards on Sunday, Bell would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson for the third-most scrimmage yards in NFL history through his first 50 career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards through 50 career games:

PLAYER – TEAM (SCRIMMAGE YARDS THROUGH 50 GAMES)
Edgerrin James – Indianapolis (6,506)
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego (6,425)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams (6,294)^
Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh (6,188)*
Terrell Davis – Denver (6,048)^
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant each had a touchdown catch in Week 2. Both players can join some elite company in Week 3.

Gronkowski, who has 69 touchdown catches in 90 career games, and Bryant, who has 68 TD receptions in 99 games, can each join Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Don Hutson and Lance Alworth and Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history with at least 70 touchdown catches in their first 100 career games.

The players with the most receiving touchdowns in their first 100 career games:

PLAYER – TEAM (RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH 100 GAMES)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (87)^
Don Hutson, Green Bay (86)^
Randy Moss, Minnesota (84)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (78)^
Rob Gronkowski, New England (69)*
Dez Bryant, Dallas (68)**
*Through 90 career games
**Through 99 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CATCH IT LIKE BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had four catches in his season debut in Week 2.

With eight catches on Sunday at Philadelphia, Beckham, who has 292 receptions in 44 career games, would reach 300 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history.

The players to reach 300 career receptions in the fewest games:

PLAYER, TEAM (FEWEST GAMES TO 300 CAREER RECEPTIONS)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (47)
Jarvis Landry, Miami (49)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (51)
Lionel Taylor, Denver (54)
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (55)
Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (44)*
*Has 292 career receptions

DAZZLING DEFENSES: Carolina defeated Buffalo 9-3 in Week 2 to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Panthers have not allowed more than three points in each of their first two games.

With three or fewer points allowed against New Orleans on Sunday, Carolina would become the first team since the 1937 Chicago Bears to allow three or fewer points in each of its first three games of a season.

Baltimore defeated Cleveland 24-10 last week behind five total takeaways (four interceptions, one fumble recovery) to improve to 2-0.

Baltimore has recorded five takeaways in each of the team’s first two games of the season. With five takeaways against Jacksonville in London on Sunday, the Ravens would become the first team since the 1962 Green Bay Packers to force at least five turnovers in each of the team’s first three games of a season.

CLIMBING THE RANKS: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 1,134 catches for 14,484 receiving yards and 104 touchdowns in his 14-year career. With 97 receiving yards against Dallas on Monday Night Football, Fitzgerald would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (14,580) for the eighth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Steve Smith, Sr. – Carolina and Baltimore (14,731)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (14,580)^
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,484)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 13,153 rushing yards in his 13-year career. With 107 rushing yards against Cleveland on Sunday, Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. The seven players ahead of Gore on the NFL’s all-time rushing list are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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 (16,716)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (15,269)^
Curtis Martin – New England and New York Jets (14,101)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (13,684)^
Jerome Bettis – Los Angeles/St. Louis and Pittsburgh (13,662)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta (13,259)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,153)*
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We had a much better week in week 2 than we did in week 1… we went 13-3. For the year, that’s 22-9. Not bad. Week three got underway in Santa Clara Thursday night as the Rams held off San Francisco and closes out in the desert as Arizona hosts Dallas in a Monday night contest in Glendale.

There’s a lot on the football plate this week, so let’s get to it. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week three.

ATLANTA (2-0) at Detroit (2-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of unbeatens meet in the Motor City to open week three Sunday action as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons face off against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Atlanta picked up their second win in as many tries in the 2017 campaign, taking Green Bay to the woodshed in their new nest, Mercedes Benz Stadium, coming away 34-23 winnners over the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. For the Falcons, it ws their first open air game in the Big Peach since 1991. Atlanta led 24-7 at the intermission last Sunday night and never looked back, holding Green Bay to 59 yards on the ground,
while rushing for 141. Atlanta’s DeVonta Freeman led all rushers with 84 yards and Ryan (19 of 28) threw for 252 yards, while Aaron Rodgers (33 of 50) threw for 343 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down tries in the prime time contest in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 28:37, while Green Bay kept the pigskin for 31:23, going 5 of 12 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down tries.

The Lions knocked off the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday night to improve to 2-0. Detroit broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter and took the lead back for keeps with Stafford (15 of 21, 122 yards) and TE Eric Ebron connected on a 7-yard TD pass with 8:43 left before halftime. The Giants somehow managed to keep things close before rookie CB/KR Jamal Agnew returned a punt 88 yards for his first career touchdown to extend Detroit’s lead in the fourth quarter and break the hearts of Giants fans at Met Life Stadium. Detroit outrushed New York 138-62 and sacked Eli Manning (22 of 32, 239 yards) five times, picking him off once. Detroit was 7 of 15 on third down conversions Monday night and held the ball for 32:47, while the Giants were 4 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 27:13 (Both clubs failed in their fourth down tries, Detroit going 0 of 1, while the Giants were 0 of 2).

Detroit leads the series 24-12 and have outscored Atlanta 803-744. Detroit’s last win in the series came in 2014, when both clubs crossed over the big pond (Atlantic Ocean) and played in London, with the Lions coming away 22-21 winners, while Atlanta’s last win over the Lions took place in the Motor City in 2012 by a final of 31-18. Atlanta’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 49. Both numbers make a lot of sense, which makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 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?”

Detroit’s trying to unseat Green Bay in the NFC North… the Falcons are the defending NFC champs. Atlanta prevails in this one and covers the 3.

Baltimore (2-0) at Jacksonville (1-1), 9:30 p.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) (Network TBA). A pair of AFC teams, separated by 757 miles, meet on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean as the Ravens and Jaguars meet in the first of four contests that will take place in merry old England.

The Ravens improved to 2-0 after their 24-10 win over AFC North foe Cleveland last Sunday in Charm City. Baltimore led 21-7 at the half and never looked back, holding the Browns to 93 yards on the ground and took advantange of five Cleveland turnovers (the Ravens ran for 136) and Joe Flacco threw for 217 yards and a pair of TDs, going 25 of 34 on the day.  Neither club wowed their fan base last Sunday on third down conversions at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday… the Ravens? 4 of 11. Cleveland? 2 of 12 (1 of 2 on fourth down). The Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:24, while Cleveland kept it for 26:36.

Jacksonville suffered their sixth home opener loss last Sunday at EverBank, losing to Tennessee 37-16. Tennessee led 6-3 at the half in the Sunshine State before the Titans pulled away in the second half for the win, outscoring Jacksonville 31-9 in the last 30 minutes of action. Tennessee outrushed the AFC South foes 179-99 and Marcus Mariota threw for 215 yards, while Blake Bortles threw for 223 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. Both teams were 6 of 13 on third down tries and the Titans kept the ball for 30:46 to Jacksonville’s 29:14.

Jacksonville leads the series 11-9 and have outscored Baltimore 431-394. Their last meeting took place last year in the Sunshine State and the Ravens were 19-17 winners (Jacksonville’s last win over Baltimore was in Charm City in 2015 by a final of 22-20.

The week three contest at EverBank Stadium saw the Ravens take a 13-7, then hold off the Jaguars in the second half (Jacksonville outscored Baltimore 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action). Baltimore outrushed Jacksonville 84-48 and Flacco threw for 214 yards (two sacks, two interceptions), while Bortles threw for 194 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off three times.

Third down tries? Not a lot to talk about in the contest; Baltimore? 3 of 13. Jacksonville? 6 of 16. (The Ravens were sucessfull in the only fourth down try in the contest and to paraphrase Mick Jagger, time was on the side of Baltimore, who kept the ball for 31:06 to Jacksonville’s 28:54.

Baltimore was a 1 1/2 point favorite and the over/under was 45 1/2. Both temas failed to cover the 36 over/under and the Ravens barely covered the spread, winning by 2. Baltimore’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 39. You might want to set the VCR for this one and watch it when you get back from 9:30 mass. Jacksonville pulls the upset and wins on the other side of the Atlantic.

Pittsburgh (2-0) at Chicago (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Pittsburgh travels to the Windy City for a meeting with the struggling Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Pittsburgh held Minnesota in check last Sunday at Heinz Field, as they beat the Sam Bradford-less Vikings 26-9. The Steelers rushed for 102 yards (LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 82), sacked backup QB Case Keenum (20 of 37, 167 yards), held Minnesota to 91 yards rushing, while Ben Roethlisberger (243 yards) threw a pair of TD passes in the lopsided win. Pittsburgh on third down tries went 3 of 13 and held the ball for 34:22. As for Minnesota, they kept the pigskin for 25:38, going 5 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

Chicago was held to a fourth quarter TD catch by WR Deonte Thompson as they dropped a 29-7 decision to Tampa Bay in the Sunshne State last Sunday. Da Bears trailed 26-0 at the intermission and never got on track in the Buccaneers’ season opener. Chicago, was outrushed 117-20 and turned the ball over four times at Raymond James Stadium, while Mike Glennon threw for 301 yards and the lone TD with a pair of interceptions. Glennon’s counterpart, Jameis Winston, threw for 204 yards and a TD to Mike Evans for the game’s first TD. Both clubs did quite well on third down conversions in the Sunshine State, Chicago was 7 of 14 (0 of 2 on fourth down), while the Bucs were 8 of 15 and Tampa Bay ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:11 to Chicago’s 26:49.

Including contests that were played at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and Three Rivers Stadium (the Steelers were known as the Pittsburgh Pirates before 1940), Da Bears lead da series 18-7-1 and Chicago has outscored Pittsburgh 587-390. Chicago won the last meeting 40-23 in the Steel City, while Pittsburgh’s last win came in 2005 in the Steel City by a final of 21-9.

Pittsburgh’s a 7 1/2-point favorite in the Windy City and the over/under’s 45. Da Bears are not a bad team… but the Steelers are better. Pittsburgh wins this one but expect Chicago to make it closer than the 7 1/2.

Denver (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC rivals meet in upstate New York as the Broncos travel to Orchard Park for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Buffalo Bills.

Denver endured a 62-minute weather delay against Dallas last Sunday, then took Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to task at Sports Authority Field at Mile High 42-17. Denver led 21-10 at half and were never really threatened by Dallas in the second half for their second win at home. Denver was led by C.J. Anderson, who accounted for 118 yards and TD as the Broncos outrushed Dallas 178-40 and Trevor Siemian threw for 231 yards and four TDs (two to WR Emmanuel Sanders). Prescott threw for 238 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Dez Bryant and the other to TE Jason Witten, while being sacked twice and picked off twice. Denver went 9 of 15 on third down tries in the Mile High City and kept the ball for 33:50, while the Cowboys were 3 of 14, 2 of 5 on third and fourth downs and held the ball for 26:10.

IT was a day for field goal kickers as Carolina’s Graham Gano connected on three of them as the Panthers took a 9-3 win over Buffalo last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina outrushed Buffalo 77-69 and Newton threw for 228 yards but was sacked six times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 125 yards and three sacks. Buffalo, who got their lone score, thanks to a Stephen Hauschka field goal from 45 yards, went 4 of 13 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:07, while the Panthers kept the ball for 38:53, while going 7 of 16.

Buffalo leads the series 19-16-1 and have outscored Denver 855-795. Denver did manage to win the last meeting between the two teams, taking a 24-17 win in the Mile High City in 2014, while Buffalo came away 40-14 winners in upstate New York in 2011. Denver’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. This one’s going to be pretty entertaining, so it’ll be worth your time. Denver covers the 3 and wins in upstate New York.

Houston (1-1) at New England (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of playoff teams meet in Foxboro as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

Houston held off Cincinnati last Thursday night in the Queen City, coming away 13-9 winners over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans led 10-6 at the break to take the road win. Houston outrushed Cincinnati 168-82 and the Houston defense sacked Andy Dalton three times in the win. Houston and Cincinnati each went 4 of 15 (Cincy went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Texans kept the ball for 32:15, while the Bengals kept the pigskin for 27:45.

The defending Super Bowl champs led New Orleans 30-13 and Brady and the Patriots took a 36-20 win out of the Big Easy last Sunday. New England outrushed the winless Saints 119-81 and Brees threw for 356 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brady burned the Saints for 447 yards and three TDs, including one to TE Rod Gronkowski. New England on third down tries went 6 of 12 and kept the  ball for 35:06, while the Saints, who held the pigskin for 24:54, went 4 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The defending Super Bowl champs lead the series 6-1, have outscored the Texans 220-112 and have won the last four regular season contests, including taking a 27-0 win in Foxboro last year (Houston’s lone win over the Pats came in 2009 in the Lone Star State by a 34-27 count.

They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season.

Meeting one. Week three at Gillette Stadium. LeGarrett Blount rushed for 105 yards and a pair of TDs as the Brady-less Pats took Houston to the woodshed, shutting out the Texans 27-0. New England led 10-0 at the half and never looked back, scoring the final 17 points of the contest in the fourth quarter unchallenged. New England outrushed Houston 185-109 and while Jacoby Brissett was no Tom Brady that evening, he did manage to throw for 103 yards without an interception and had a rushing TD of his own. The Pats were 4 of 14 on third down tries in western Massachusetts and kept the ball for 28:38, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 31:22, while going 6 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth down tries.

Meeting number two… AFC Divisional Playoff. While Houston did manage to get on the scoreboard, the Pats came away with the 34-16 win to advance to the AFC Championship Game. Brady. (287 yards, two interceptions, two sacks) was back under center in this one, throwing a pair of TDs passes to eliminated the Texans from further post-season action. Leading 17-13 at the break, New England found another gear and pulled away from Houston in the final 30 minutes of play. Houston did manage to outrush New England 104-98 and Brock Osweiler threw for 198 yards but was sacked thre times and picked off three times. As was the case in the regular season affair, third down conversions were nothing to talk about. Houston? The Texans had a problem, going 3 of 16, while the Pats were 5 of 14 in the playoff contest. The Texans again ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:30 to New England’s 27:30.

While the Texans were favored by 2 1/2, New England easily covered the spread with their 27-point shutout win. However.. neither team came anywhere near the 41 over/under, as New England mustered the 27 points. In the divisional playoff contest, the Pats covered the 16-point spread, winning by 18 and both clubs covered the 44 1/2, scoring 50 points.

New England’s favored by 13 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 45 1/2. The over/under makes sense, the spread doesn’t. Houston is not 13 points bad. The Texans will make a game of it but New England prevails in this one.

Miami (1-0) at New York Jets (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in upstate New Jersey as Miami travels to the Meadowlands and Met Life Stadium for a meeting with the New York Jets.

Miami had to wait a week to open their season because of Irma but made the wait worthwhile for Dolphins fans as they survived a scare from the Los Angeles Chargers, taking a 19-17 win on the West Coast. Miami trailed 10-3 at the half before they came back in the second half, then took the win when the Chargers’ Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal try sailed wide right at the clock ran down to :00. Miami outrushed Los Angeles 111-44, with Jay Ajayi rushing for 122 of those yards (Miami had three rushers with negative yardage) and Jay Cutler threw for 230 yards and a TD. Miami went 5 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:22, while the Chargers kept it for 26:38, going 2 of 8 on third down (Miami was 0 of 1 on fourth down).

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were also on the West Coast but did not fare as well as Miami, dropping a 45-20 loss at Oakland last Sunday. It was the Michael Crabtree show for the Raiders as he caught three TD pass from David Carr (230 yards, three TDs), while RB Marshawn Lynch added a rushing TD in his hometown. The Jets had a pair of bright spots in the lost. First was Jevon Kearse, who caught a 34-yard TD pass from Josh McCown (166 yards, two TDs, four sacks). Oakland outrushed 180-126 and forced a pair of Jets fumbles in the contest. The second bright spot for GangGreen? They went 7 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:58, while the victorious Raiders were 8 of 12 and held on to the ball for 31:02.

The Jets lead the series 53-48-1 (which includes games that were played at Shea Stadium and the Orange Bowl) and the Dolphins have outscored New York 2,237-2,199. Miami swept last year’s series, taking wins in the Sunshine State and in the Meadowlands (New York’s last win over Miami came in 2015, when they took a 38-20 win at Met Life Stadium.

The first meeting took place in the Sunshine State at Hard Rock Stadium in week nine and the Dolphins held off a late New York rally to come away 27-23 winners. Miami led 14-13 at the break and New York made things a lot closer than Dolphins fans wanted them to in the last 30 minutes of action. While GangGreen outrushed Miami 140-137, Miami’s Jay Ajayi led all rushers with 111 yards and a TD. Ryan Tannehll threw for 149 yards with a TD and was not picked off, while the Dolphins defense sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick (193 yards, two interceptions) three times. Miami was 5 of 11 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:22, while the Jets, who held the pigskin for 29:38, was 3 of 11 on third down.

Miami made it a clean sweep with their AFC East rivals, leading 13-10 at the half and coming away from the Meadowlands with the 34-13 win in week 15. Miami took control of things in the second half, outpacing GangGreen 21-3. Once again, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! managed to outrush Miami 116-67 but Matt Moore, who took over for Tannehill, burned them for 236 yards and four TDs at Met Life Stadium. Third down tries? Miami 5 of 12, the Jets 5 of 15 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and Miami kept the ball for 27:28, while the Jets held it for 32:32.

Miami covered the 3 1/2-point spread with their 4-point win in week nine in the Sunshine State and both clubs took care of the 44 1/2 over/under with 50 points. The Dolphins’ 21-point win helped them eclipse the 2 1/2-point spread and the 38 over/under was no issue as both clubs merged to score 47 points. Miami’s favored by 6 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Miami remains unbeaten in this one, taking the win, although the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! could make this one closer than 6.

Cleveland (0-2) at Indianapolis (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of winless teams meet in the Hoosier State as both teams are looking for their first win of the 2017 campaign.

Cleveland fell to AFC North rival Baltimore 24-10 last Sunday in Baltimore. The Browns trailed 21-7 at the half and never got on track, rushing for 93 yards on the ground and turned the ball over five times (the Ravens ran for 136).Third down tries were nothing to write home about as neither club breached the 50 percent mark. Baltimore was 4 of 11, while the Browns were 2 of 12 (1 of 2 on fourth down) and Baltimore ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:24, while Cleveland kept it for 26:36.

The Andrew Luck-less Colts fell to Arizona 16-13 in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium. Frank Gore (TD) and Adam Vinatieri (2 FGs) were responsible for all of the Colts’ scoring in the contest as Jacoby Brissett (216 yards) was under center for the second game in a row. Indy led 10-3 at the half before the Cardinals rallied back in the second half to tie the contest up. thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 3:25 left in regulation. After Arizona intercepted Brissett, it was Dawson to the recuse, connecting on a 30-yarder with 8:02 left in the extra period. Arizona outrushed Indy 83-76 and Carson Palmer threw for 332 yards and TD (both Palmer and Brissett were sacked four times). Arizona was 6 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and held on to the ball for 28:49, while the Colts kept the ball for 33:09, going 8 of 18 on third down.

Including contests that were played when the Colts were in Baltimore and the Browns were in Cleveland before their move to Charm City, the series is tied 14-14 and the Browns have outscored Indy 572-527. The Colts won the last meeting between the two clubs, when they came away 25-24 winners in 2014 along the shores of Lake Erie, while the Brownss went to Indianapolis and took a 27-19 win in 2011.

New York Giants (0-2) at Philadelphia (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Separated by 96 miles along I-95, they meet again. Giants vs. Eagles. A pair of NFC East rivals meet in the City of Brotherly Love and both teams are coming off losses.

The winless Giants dropped a 24-10 decision Monday night against Detroit at Met Life Stadium. New York finally dented the endzone early in the second quarter when Manning and TE Evan Engram connected on an 18-yard TD pass. That tie would not last very long as Detroit broke it in the second quarter and took the lead back for keeps with Stafford (15 of 21, 122 yards) and TE Eric Ebron connected on a 7-yard TD pass with 8:43 left before halftime. The Giants somehow managed to keep things close before rookie CB/KR Jamal Agnew returned a punt 88 yards for his first career touchdown to extend Detroit’s lead in the fourth quarter and break the hearts of Giants fans at Met Life Stadium. Detroit outrushed New York 138-62 and sacked Eli Manning (22 of 32, 239 yards) five times, picking him off once. Detroit was 7 of 15 on third down conversions Monday night and held the ball for 32:47, while the Giants were 4 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 27:13 (Both clubs failed in their fourth down tries, Detroit going 0 of 1, while the Giants were 0 of 2).

A Philadelphia rally last Sunday at Arrownhead fell short, as the Chiefs and their former head coach Andy Reid took his former team 27-20. Kansas City led 6-3 at the half before both offenses decided to open things up in the final 30 minutes of play.  The Chiefs outrushed Philly 112-107 and the Kansas City defense sacked Carson Wentz (333 yards) six times in the game, while Alex Smith threw for 251 yards with four sacks. The Eagles were 8 of 15 on third down conversions at Arrowhead and held the ball for 30:49, while the Chiefs were 5 of 12, holding the ball for 29:11.

The Giants lead the lead series 83-79-2, which includes contests that were played at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds, Veterans Stadium, New Haven, the Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium. Big Blue has outscored the Eagles 3,153-3,089. They met last year and they split the two contests, each winning at home.

Meeting one… week nine in the Meadowlands and the Giants and Eli were 28-23 winners at Met Life Stadium. New York led 21-10 at the half but Philly used a pair of Caleb Sturgis field goals to narrow the gap on the road. The first meeting didn’t have a lot in the rushing game, as neither club breached the 100-yard barrier. Philadelphia did manage to outrush New York 96-54 and Manning threw for 257 yards and four TDs, two of those to WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Philadelphia was 3 of 15 on third down tries in the Meadowlands (1 of 4 on fourth down) and held the ball for 32:40, while the Giants were 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 27:20.

Meeting two… week 16 in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles got revenge on their NFC East rivals, taking a 24-19 win at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 21-13 at the half and proceeded to hold off the Giants in the second half, despite being outscored 6-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Once again, the Eagles won the rushing battle, outpacing Big Blue 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD, while Manning threw for 356 yards but was picked off three times. The Giants in the rematch in the Keystone State went 10 of 22 (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:04, while the Eagles were 4 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:56.

Winning by 5 in the first meeting in the Meadowlands allowed the Giants to cover the 3-point spread and the 51 points scored by both teams covered the 43 over/under. Although they were the underdog in the Thursday night meeting before Christmas Eve, Philadelphia covered the 2 1/2-point spread and both teams covered the 41 1/2 over/under with 43 points. The oddsmakers like the Eagles to win by 6 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Philadelphia may not cover the 6 but they do win at home.

Tampa Bay (1-0) at Minnesota (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Tampa Bay travels to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for an indoor meeting with the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium.

Tampa Bay held Chicago to a fourth quarter TD catch by WR Deonte Thompson as they opened their 2017 campaign by a 29-7 final in the Sunshne State last Sunday. Tampa Bay held at Da Bears in check, leading 26-0 at the intermission and kept things in check through a scoreless third quarter. Chicago was outrushed 117-20 and turned the ball over four times at Raymond James Stadium, while Mike Glennon threw for 301 yards and the lone TD with a pair of interceptions. Glennon’s counterpart, Jameis Winston, threw for 204 yards and a TD to Mike Evans for the game’s first TD. Both clubs did quite well on third down conversions in the Sunshine State, Chicago was 7 of 14 (0 of 2 on fourth down), while the Bucs were 8 of 15 and Tampa Bay ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:11 to Chicago’s 26:49

Minnesota was held in check last Sunday at Heinz Field, as the Sam Bradford-less Vikings fell to Pittsburgh 26-9. Minnesota, with Case Keenum under center, was held to 91 yards on the ground, while the Steelers rushed for 102 yards (LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 82), Keenum was 20 of 37, for 167 yards and was sacked three times, while Ben Roethlisberger (243 yards) threw a pair of TD passes in the lopsided win. Pittsburgh on third down tries went 3 of 13 and held the ball for 34:22. The Vikings kept the pigskin for 25:38, going 5 of 15 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

The Vikings lead the series 32-22, have outscored Tampa Bay 1,149-983 and won the last meeting between the two teams, coming away 19-13 overtime winners in the Sunshine State in 2014, while the Bucs’ last win over the Purple Gang came in 2012 in the old Metrodome (now the parking lot for US Bank Stadium) by a final of 36-17. The Vikings are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Minnesota is trying to forget the loss in Pittsburgh, while the Bucs are marching onward in an attempt to replace Atlanta as king of the NFC South mountain. Tampa Bay covers the 2 1/2 and wins on the road.

New Orleans (0-2) at Carolina (2-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Drew Brees vs. Cam Newton. Gumbo vs. BBQ. A pair of NFC South foes with the goal of knocking Atlanta off the top of the NFC South mountain meet in the Tar Heel State.

The Saints trailed the defending Super Bowl champs 30-13 in the Big Easy and fell to Tom Brady and the Patriots 36-20. New England outrushed the winless Saints 119-81 and Brees threw for 356 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brady burned the Saints for 447 yards and three TDs, including one to TE Rod Gronkowski. New England on third down tries went 6 of 12 and kept the  ball for 35:06, while the Saints, who held the pigskin for 24:54, went 4 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

On the other side of the coin, Carolina got three Graham Gano field goals and took a 9-3 win over Buffalo last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina outrushed Buffalo 77-69 and Newton threw for 228 yards but was sacked six times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 125 yards and three sacks. Buffalo, who got their lone score, thanks to a Stephen Hauschka field goal from 45 yards, went 4 of 13 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:07, while the Panthers kept the ball for 38:53, while going 7 of 16.

Carolina leads the series 24-20 (which includes one game played in Baton Rouge because of Katrina) and the Panthers have outscored New Orleans 980-948. They split last year’s series, with each winning in their home ballparks.

First meeting… week six in the Big Easy. New Orleans led 21-14 at the intermission, then held off Newtons and the Panthers 41-38 on a 52-yard field goal by Will Lutz with 11 seconds left. Newton tied things up at 38-38 with 2:58 left in regulation when he scored on a 2-yard TD run. Then Newton and WR Devin Funchess connected on the 2-point conversion to even things up. New Orleans then used an 11-play, 41-yard drive that took 2:47 to come to fruition. Carolina outrushed New Orleans 103-63 and Newton threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brees threw for 465 yards and four TDs (both Newton and Brees threw an interception). New Orleans was 8 of 16 on third down in the contest, keeping the ball for 28:55, while the Panthers were 3 of 11 on third down, holding the ball for 31:05 (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Meeting nubmer two… week 11 in Charlotte. Carolina held the Saints off in the second half, taking a 23-20 win at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers led 20-3 at half before the Saints rallied to make things closer than Carolina fans would have liked, scoring the last 17 points of the game unchallenged. This time, it was New Orleans winning the rushing battle, outpacing Carolina 107-50 and Brees threw for 285 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 192 yards and a TD (Brees was sacked three times, while Newton was sacked twice). Both clubs had trouble on third down tries in the rematch (New Orleans was 4 of 13, 2 of 2 on fourth down; Carolina was 7 of 17) and the Saints ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:15 to Carolina’s 27:45.

Carolina was favored by 2 1/2 in the week six affair in the Big Easy and the Saints covered the spread with the 3-point win. As for the 55 1/2 over/under? Both teams covered that, combining for 79 points. In the second meeting in the Tar Heel State, the Panthers barely missed the 3 1/2-point spread with their 3-point win and the 52 1/2 over/under was safe, as both teams could only muster 43 points. Carolina’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 48. Carolina’s trying to stay unbeaten, New Orleans is trying to break into the win column. Saints fans will have to wait another week. Carolina wins this one in the Tar Heel State but expect New Orleans to make things closer than 6.

Seattle (1-1) at Tennessee (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. It’s grunge vs. country as Seattle heads to the Music City for a late-afternoon against the Tennessee Titans.

The defending NFC West champs rallied in the final minutes at home in the Pacific Northwest and came awayt 12-9 winners over san Francisco at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers led 9-6 with 7:06 left to play before Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and WR Paul Richardson connected on the game’s only TD to take the win. San Francisco did outrush Seattle 159-131, with the 49ers Carlos Hyde led all rushers with 124. Although San Francisco sacked Wilson three times, he did manage to throw for 198 yards and the game-winning TD. San Francisco went 2 of 12 on third down conversions in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and kept the ball for 23:02, while Seattle ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 36:58, while going 8 of 19 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Tennessee gave Jacksonville their first loss in AFC South action, coming away 37-16 winners in the Sunshine State. Tennessee led 6-3 at the half in the Sunshine State, then pulled away in the second half for the win, outscoring Jacksonville 31-9 in the last 30 minutes of action. Tennessee outrushed the AFC South foes 179-99 and Marcus Mariota threw for 215 yards, while Blake Bortles threw for 223 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. Both teams were 6 of 13 on third down tries and the Titans kept the ball for 30:46 to Jacksonville’s 29:14.

The Seahawks lead the series 10-5, which includes contests that were played when the Titans were in Houston and known as the Oilers. Seattle has outscored Tennessee 298-274 and won the last meeting between the teams, coming away 20-13 winners in the Pacific Northwest, while Tennesse’s last win also came in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2009 by a final of 17-13.

Tennessee’s a 2 1/2-point favorite and the over/under’s 43. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are 1-1 and at the end of the day, somepne’s going to be 2-1. That someone will be Seattle. Seahawks pull the upset on the road and covers the 2 1/2.

Cincinnati (0-2) at Green Bay (1-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. The winless Bengals travel to the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst to square off against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Cincinnati fell to Houston 13-9 last Thursday night in the Queen City at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals trailed 10-6 at the break but could come no closer. Houston outrushed Cincinnati 168-82 and the Houston defense sacked Andy Dalton three times in the win. Houston and Cincinnati each went 4 of 15 (Cincy went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Texans kept the ball for 32:15, while the Bengals kept the pigskin for 27:45.

Green Bay was taken to the woodshed by Alanta in their new nest, Mercedes Benz Stadium, falling to the Falcons 34-23 in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Green Bay never led in the contest and trailed 24-7 at the intermission. The defending NFC champs held Green Bay to 59 yards on the ground, while rushing for 141. Atlanta’s DeVonta Freeman led all rushers with 84 yards and Ryan (19 of 28) threw for 252 yards, while Aaron Rodgers (33 of 50) threw for 343 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down tries in the prime time contest in the Big Peach and kept the ball for 28:37, while Green Bay kept the pigskin for 31:23, going 5 of 12 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down tries.

The Bengals lead the series 7-5, they’ve outscored the Packers 264-219 and have won the last three contests, including taking a 34-30 win in Cincinnati in 2013, while the Packers last win in the series came in 1998 in the Queen City by a 13-6 final.

Green Bay’s favored by 9 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Bengals fans will get their first win. It won’t be at Lambeau. Green Bay may not cover the 9 but they win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst.

Kansas City (2-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. Although one team’s changed location, it’s still a rivalry as Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers meet in an AFC West showdown on the West Coast.

Kansas City held off a late Philadelphia rally last Sunday at Arrownhead, allowing Andy Reid to beat his former team 27-20. The Chiefs led 6-3 at the half before both offenses decided to open things up in the final 30 minutes of play.  The Chiefs outrushed Philly 112-107 and the Kansas City defense sacked Carson Wentz (333 yards) six times in the game, while Alex Smith threw for 251 yards with four sacks. 8 of 15 on third down conversions at Arrowhead and held the ball for 30:49, while the Chiefs were 5 of 12, holding the ball for 29:11.

The Chargers let a 10-3 halftime lead against Miami get away from them, as they fell to the Dolphins a 19-17. Once again, the Chargers had a chance to tie or take a win but Chargers fans got their hearts broken for a second week in a row as  Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal try sailed wide right at the clock ran down to :00. Miami outrushed Los Angeles 111-44, with Jay Ajayi rushing for 122 of those yards (Miami had three rushers with negative yardage) and Jay Cutler threw for 230 yards and a TD. Miami went 5 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:22, while the Chargers kept it for 26:38, going 2 of 8 on third down (Miami was 0 of 1 on fourth down). For the Chargers, it was their sixth loss by 6 points or less and they’re 1-13 in contests decided by 7 points or less.

Including games played in Dallas, when the Chiefs were known as the Texans and the Chargers were in Los Angeles, Kansas City leads the series 58-54-1, have outscored the Bolts 2,466-2,283 and have won the last six meetings, sweeping the 2016 series (the Chargers’ last win over the Chiefs came in 2013, when the Chargers took a 27-24 overtime win at Qualcomm).

The two clubs got things underway right out of the box in week one, meeting at Arrowhead and the Chiefs needed overtime to take a 33-27 win. San Diego led 21-3 at the half before Kansas City roared back in the second half, tying things up with 63 seconds left in regulation when Stephen Ware scored from 5 yards out. Then in the overtime, Kansas City went to work, using a 10-play, 70-yard drive that used 5:07 of clock and sent their fans home happy when Alex Smtih (363 yards), who threw two TD passes, scored on a 2-yard TD run with 9:53 left, while the Chargers’ Philip Rivers threw for 243 yards in the overtime contest. San Diego outrushed the Chiefs 155-83 in the game and Kansas City went 5 of 13 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 31:06. As for the Chargers? The Bolts were 7 of 15 on third down and kept the ball for 34:01.

Round two… San Diego in week 17 and the Chargers said farewell to San Diego, falling to the Chiefs 37-27 at Qualcomm. Kansas City took control of things early in the season finale, leading 20-10 at the half and never looked back. The Chiefs were outrushed again, as San Diego tallied 129 yards to Kansas City’s 103 and Rivers threw for 269 yards to Smith’s 264 (both threw a pair of TD passes). Kansas City ruled the roost on third down tries in the season finale, going 8 of 12 and kept the ball for 30:48, while the Chargers were 3 of 10 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down and the Bolts held the ball for 29:12.

The Chiefs barely missed the 7-point spread in the season opener, winning by 6 but both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under with 60 points. In the rematch, which closed out the season for both teams and sent the Chargers up I-5 to Los Angeles, Kansas City’s 10-point win allowed them to cover the 4 1/2-point spread and the 45 over/under was easily covered by the teams combining for 64 points. Kansas City? Favored by 3. The over/under? 46. If you’re a Chiefs fan, watch this one by all means; if you’re a Chargers’ fan, you might want to consider watching that “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” marathon on Ion (We always thought Gorin was the smartest kid in class). Chiefc over the 3 and win in sunny Cali.

Oakland (2-0) at Washington (1-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s West Coast meeting East Coast as Oakland travels to Landover for a meeting with the Washington Redskins in the NBC Sunday Night game at Fed Ex Field.

Oakland took care of the New York Jets 45-20 on the West Coast last Sunday. Michael Crabtree and Derek Carr (230 yards, three TDs) was more than enough offense for the Silver and Black last Sunday afternoon, while RB Marshawn Lynch added a rushing TD in his hometown. Oakland outrushed 180-126 and forced a pair of Jets fumbles in the contest. The second bright spot for GangGreen? They went 7 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:58, while the victorious Raiders were 8 of 12 and held on to the ball for 31:02.

Washington led 20-10 at the half at the Coliseum against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday and hung on to win 27-20 on the Left Coast. Los Angeles’ Greg Zuerlein managed to pull his club even at 20-20 with 7:16 left in regulation before the Redskins took the lead back for keeps when Kirk Cousins (179 yards, TD, 18 of 27) and WR Ryan Grant connected on an 11 yard TD pass with 1:49 left in the contest and Redskins linebacker Mason Foster sealed the win with an interception on the Rams’ final drive. Washington running back Chris Thomspon rushed for two touchdowns (seven and 61 yards) in the second quarter against the Rams and finished the game averaging 25.7 yards per carry. Washington outrushed the Rams 229-92, while Jarred Goff threw for 224 yards and a TD for Los Angeles. The Rams on third down tries were 5 of 12 (they did have success in their only fourth down conversion) and held the ball for 23:41, while Washington was 5 of 13 and held the ball for 36:19.

The Silver and Black lead the series 7-5 and they’ve outscored Washington 265-263, which includes games that were played when the Raiders were in Los Angeles. However… Washington’s won the last two meetings, taking a 24-14 win in Oakland in 2013, while the Raiders’ last win over the Redskins came in Lanover in 2005 by final of 16-13. The Raiders are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 54. Both numbers make a lot of sense. This one may be worth watching, so you might want to tape “NCIS: Los Angeles” this week. Will Washington fans sing “Hail To The Redskins” or will they sing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” this week? Hail sounds a lot better. Washington covers the 3 and pulls the upset in Landover.

Dallas (1-1) at Arizona (1-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week three ends in the desert as Arizona welcomes Dallas to Glendale for a Monday night contest in the desert.

Dallas endured a 62-minute lighting delay in Denver and fell to the Broncos 42-17. Denver led 21-10 at half and were never really threatened by Dallas in the second half for their second win at home. Denver was led by C.J. Anderson, who accounted for 118 yards and TD as the Broncos outrushed Dallas 178-40 and Trevor Siemian threw for 231 yards and four TDs (two to WR Emmanuel Sanders). Dak Prescott threw for 238 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Dez Bryant and the other to TE Jason Witten, while being sacked twice and picked off twice. The Broncos went 9 of 15 on third down tries in the Mile High City and kept the ball for 33:50, while the Cowboys were 3 of 14, 2 of 5 on third and fourth downs and held the ball for 26:10.

Arizona needed overtime to take a 16-13 win over Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.Indy led 10-3 at the half before the Cardinals rallied back in the second half to tie the contest up. thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 3:25 left in regulation. After Arizona intercepted Brissett, it was Dawson to the recuse, connecting on a 30-yarder with 8:02 left in the extra period. Arizona safety Tyran Mathieu’s interception on the first play of overtime set up Dawson’s game winner. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed Indy 83-76 and Carson Palmer threw for 332 yards and TD (both Palmer and Brissett were sacked four times). Arizona was 6 of 15 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries and held on to the ball for 28:49, while the Colts kept the ball for 33:09, going 8 of 18 on third down.

Dallas leads the series 55-31-1, which includes games that were played in St. Louis, the Cotton Bowl and Cowboys Stadium and the Cowboys have outscored Arizona 2,016-1,511. However… the Desert Angry Birds have taken wins in the last four meetings, including coming away 28-17 winners in Arlington in 2014, while Dallas’ last win came in 2006 in the desert by a final of 27-10.

Dallas on Monday Night? 45-33. Arizona on Monday night? 9-15-1. Both teams played one game under the prime time lights and both teams took wins.

 

After a Super Bowl for the ages, the draft, mini-camps and training camps, football season is finally here and kicked off last Thursday night in Foxboro as the New England Patriots got their accolades, Super Bowl rings and the Lombardi Trophy. The hunter is NOW the hunted as the other 30 teams start their trek to perhaps getting their own Lombardi. For teams that were in the post-season last year, it’s a chance to get back to the post-season party. As for those teams that struggled last year, it’s a chance to get some revenge. The beauty of the regular season is that if you lose this week, you have a whole week to think about what went wrong. It’s not the end of the world. Two teams have already started the journey Thursday night in western Massachusetts, while the other 30 teams will get their shot this weekend. Miami and Tampa Bay will have to sit out a week because of Hurricane Irma.

After all those days of OTA’s, preseason games, sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, the 2017 National Football League season got underway last Thursday night in Foxboro as the New England Patriots got their rings and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxboro. That was the first of a 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule that comes to an end on Sunday, December 31 with 16 division games that will take place in week 17.

Like we said… The hunter is now the hunted.

New England has the Lombardi Trophy for now. There are 31 other teams that would like nothing more than to knock the Pats off the mountain.

SUPER STARTERS: History indicates that the best way for a team to start its drive toward a Super Bowl championship is to win in Week 1.

The 51 Super Bowl winners have a 41-9-1 record in the Kickoff Weekend games of their title seasons. The Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots, who hosted Kansas City in the season opener Thursday night, have won their past eight home openers played on Kickoff Weekend and 12 of their past 13 overall in Week 1.

Since 1978 when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, teams that are victorious in their season openers are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of an opening game:
•Of the 570 teams which won openers…297 went to the playoffs (179 won division titles).
•Of the 571 teams which lost openers…137 went to the playoffs (79 won division titles).

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

In 2016, nine of the 12 playoff teams – Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Kansas City, New England, the New York Giants, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Seattle – were victorious on Kickoff Weekend.

STRONG OUT OF THE GATE: Over the past 10 years, six teams – New England (.758), Denver (.706), Dallas (.676), Green Bay (.676), Baltimore (.647) and Arizona (.618) – have a winning percentage of at least .600 through the season’s first month. Those six clubs have combined for 37 playoff berths and nine Super Bowl appearances – including five Super Bowl championships – during the span.

On Thursday night, the Patriots, who have an NFL-best 25-8 record in the month of September since 2007, hosted Kansas City and Denver (24-10, .706), who own the second-highest opening-month winning percentage in the NFL over the past 10 seasons, host the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC West showdown in the second game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader at 10:20 p.m. on ESPN.

Teams with the best opening month records over the past 10 seasons (2007-16): (Thursday’s game not included)

TEAM (W-L, PCT)(PLAYOFF BERTHS)(SUPER BOWL BERTHS)(SUPER BOWL WINS)
New England (25-8, .758)(9)(4)(2)
Denver (24-10, .706) (5)(2)(1)
Dallas (23-11, .673) (4)(0)(0)
Green Bay (23-11, .676) (9)(1)(1)
Baltimore (22-12, .647) (6)(1)(1)
Arizona (21-13, .618)(4)(1)(0)

OUT OF THE BLOCKS: Dallas hosts the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, as the two NFC East rivals meet on Kickoff Weekend for the fourth time in the past five seasons. The contest will feature two of the NFL’s most successful teams in season openers. The Cowboys’ .661 winning percentage (37-19-1) is tied with Denver for the highest of any team in NFL history, while the Giants have the third-most wins on Kickoff Weekend (50).

The teams with the best winning percentage on Kickoff Weekend:

TEAM (KICKOFF WEEKEND RECORDS, WIN PCT.)
Dallas (37-19-1, .661)
Denver (37-19-1, .661)
Houston Texans (9-6-0, .600)
Chicago (54-38-5, .587)
Green Bay (54-39-3, .581)
New York Giants (50-37-5, .575)
Note: Ties prior to 1972 did not count in winning percentage.

The teams with the most wins on Kickoff Weekend:

TEAM (KICKOFF WEEKEND WINS)
Chicago (54)
Green Bay (54)
New York Giants (50)
Detroit (47)
Pittsburgh (42)

STARTING STREAKS: Some clubs have excelled in openers. Below is a sampling of notable active NFL Kickoff milestones and streaks:

•Chicago, who hosts Atlanta to open their 2017 campaign, have the most wins (65) all-time in home openers.

•Dallas, who welcomes the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, have 32 wins in home openers since 1970, the most in the NFC.

•Denver, who hosts the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, have posted a 43-13-1 (.768) record in home openers, the top mark in the NFL. Denver has won 23 of its past 26 home openers.

•Green Bay, who welcomes Seattle on Kickoff Weekend into Lambeau, have won their past four home openers. The Packers are tied with the Bears for the most wins (54) on Kickoff Weekend.

•Houston, who hosts Jacksonville on Kickoff Weekend, have won six of their past seven home openers.

•San Francisco, who hosts Carolina on Kickoff Weekend, have the NFL’s longest active winning streak (six) on Kickoff Weekend.

START ME UP: Some players have excelled in openers. Below is a sampling of notable individual performances on NFL Kickoff Weekend:

•New Orleans running back Adrian Peterson has 885 rushing yards in 10 career season-opening games and needs 115 yards to become the fifth player with at least 1,000 rushing yards in season-opening games. The four players to accomplish the feat are Emmitt Smith (1,247), Walter Payton (1,067), Edgerrin James (1,062) and Jim Brown (1,043). Smith, Payton and Brown are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

•Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 918 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions in 13 career season-opening games and needs 82 yards to become the fifth player with at least 1,000 career receiving yards and eight touchdown catches in season-opening games, joining Jerry Rice (1,385 yards, nine TDs), Andre Reed (1,225, 10), Randy Moss (1,194, 10) and Don Maynard (1,025, nine). Rice, Reed and Maynard are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

MR. 300: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has 297 touchdown passes with 72 interceptions in 12 career seasons. With three touchdown passes against Seattle on Sunday, Rodgers would become the 11th quarterback in NFL history with 300 career touchdowns passes and the first quarterback in league history to reach 300 career passing touchdowns with fewer than 100 interceptions.

The quarterbacks who reached 300 career touchdown passes with the fewest interceptions:

QUARTERBACK – TEAM(S) (INTERCEPTIONS AT TIME OF 300TH TOUCHDOWN PASS)
Tom Brady – New England (115)
Philip Rivers – San Diego (142)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (152)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (153)
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (160)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (72)*
*Has 297 career touchdowns passes entering Week 1

START ’EM EARLY: Cleveland rookie quarterback De Shone Kizer, a second-round pick (No. 52 overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft, is expected to make his first career start against Pittsburgh on Sunday. With a start by Kizer on Sunday, at least one rookie quarterback will have started in Week 1 in 10 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

The rookie quarterbacks to start in Week 1 since 2008:

SEASON – QUARTERBACK (TEAM, STARTING RECORD AS ROOKIE)
2008 – Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens, 11-5)
2008 – Matt Ryan (Atlanta, 11-5)
2009 – Mark Sanchez (New York Jets, 8-7)
2009 – Matthew Stafford (Detroit, 2-8)*
2010 – Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams, 7-9)*
2011 – Andy Dalton (Cincinnati, 9-7)
2011 – Cam Newton (Carolina, 6-10)*
2012 – Robert Griffin III (Washington, 9-6)
2012 – Andrew Luck (Indianapolis, 11-5)*
2012 – Ryan Tannehill (Miami, 7-9)
2012 – Brandon Weeden (Cleveland, 5-10)
2012 – Russell Wilson (Seattle, 11-5)
2013 – E.J. Manuel (Buffalo, 4-6)
2013 – Geno Smith (New York Jets, 8-8)
2014 – Derek Carr (Oakland, 3-13)
2015 – Marcus Mariota (Tennessee, 3-13)
2015 – Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay, 6-10)*
2016 – Dak Prescott (Dallas, 13-3)
2016 – Carson Wentz (Philadelphia, 7-9)
2017 – DeShone Kizer (Cleveland, 0-0)^
^Expected to start in Week 1
*No. 1 Overall Pick

RUN FORREST RUN! A tough, reliable running game allows an offense to command a game’s pace and in the majority of contests, it can also control the game’s result.

In 2016, NFL teams with a 100-yard rusher posted a 68-27-1 record for a .714 winning percentage. That rated higher than clubs with a 100-yard receiver (94-73-2, .562) or a 300-yard passer (56-60-2, .483).

Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,268 rushing yards last season, despite playing only 12 games. The Steelers were 6-0 in games in which Bell rushed for at least 100 yards.

“Le’Veon’s one of the greatest players on our team,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethilsberger told KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Gazzette. “He’s one of the best running backs in the world. It’s an honor to play with him.”

Over the past five years, teams have compiled a 359-141-6 record (.715) a player has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. By comparison, clubs with a 100-yard receiver have a .558 winning percentage (509-403-4), while offenses with a 300-yard passer have won 51.5 percent of their games (316-298-3).

Here are the winning percentage of teams with a 100-yard rusher, 100-yard receiver or 300-yard passer over the past five seasons:

100-YARD RUSHERS
YEAR: W-L-T, WIN PCT.
2012: 83-35-1, .702
2013: 60-33-2 .642
2014: 75-23-2 .760
2015: 73-23 .760
2016: 68-27-1 .714
Total :359-141-6 .715

100-YARD RECEIVERS
YEAR: W-L-T WIN PCT.
2012: 92-78-1 .541                                      :
2013: 98-82 .544
2014: 105-74-1 .586
2015: 120-96 .556
2016: 94-73-2 .562
Total: 509-403-4 .558

300-YARD PASSERS
YEAR: W-L-T WIN PCT.
2012: 61-65 .484
2013: 60-58 .508
2014: 70-52-1 .573
2015: 69-63 .522
2016: 56-60-2 .483
Total: 316-298-3 .515

EVERY NFL SNAP STARTS UNDER CENTER: It all starts with the guy under center. Nothing begins on an NFL field without the quarterback. NFL QBs put together a historically proficient and prolific year in 2016.

The league-wide completion percentage (63.0) tied the previous record set in 2015, while the league-wide passer rating (89.3) ranked second behind only the 2015 season (90.2). There were touchdown passes thrown in 2016, the fourth-highest total in NFL history.

Games averaged 700.8 total net yards per game, the mark in NFL annals (705.3 in 2015). Explosive offenses fueled that trend, with an average of 483.0 yards per game, the second-highest total all-time in 2015).

The league-wide interception percentage of 2.3 percent lowest of any season in NFL history, surpassing previous mark of 2.4 in 2015. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, despite missing four games for his role in Deflategate, finished the 2016 season with interception percentage (two INTs in 432 passing attempts), the third-lowest interception percentage quarterback since 1960. Brady passed for 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions last season, recording the highest touchdown/interception ratio history.

There were 57 individual performances with three touchdown passes without an interception in 2016, the highest of any season in NFL history (59 in 2015, 2014). Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the league with seven games of at least touchdown passes without an interception, tied third-most in a single season in NFL history.

“It’s a passing league,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Light told the Tampa Tribune. “It’s a quarterback-driven league, so you want a great quarterback. If you’ve got a great quarterback, you’ve got a chance.”

As professional football has evolved, the sophistication and importance of the passing game have grown consistently. Defenders have grown stronger and faster while defensive coordinators have become more creative. Moving the ball downfield three yards at a time via the run has grown increasingly difficult.

This trend has helped allow the growing number of star NFL quarterbacks – ranging from established veterans like Brady, Rodgers, Drew Brees and Ben Roethilsberger to talented youngsters like Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott – to fully showcase their passing talents.

An NFL-record 13 passers reached the 4,000-yard mark in 2016, eclipsing 2015 for the most of any season in NFL history (12). Brees led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards, the fourth-highest passing yardage total in league history. Brees is the first player to lead the league in passing yards seven times, extending his NFL record.

Five quarterbacks recorded a 100+ passer rating in 2016, led by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, whose 117.1 rating was the fifth-highest in NFL history.

4,000+ PASS YARDS
PLAYER – YARDS
Drew Brees – 5,208
Matt Ryan – 4,944
Kirk Cousins – 4,917
Aaron Rodgers – 4,428
Philip Rivers – 4,386
Matthew Stafford – 4,327                –
Joe Flacco – 4,317
Andrew Luck – 4,240
Carson Palmer – 4,233
Russell Wilson – 4,219
Andy Dalton – 4,206
Jameis Winston – 4,090
Eli Manning – 4,027

30+ PASS TDs
PLAYER – TDs
Aaron Rodgers – 40
Matt Ryan – 38
Drew Brees – 37
Philip Rivers – 33
Andrew Luck – 31

100+ PASSER RATING
PLAYER – RATING
Matt Ryan – 117.1
Tom Brady – 112.2
Dak Prescott – 104.9
Aaron Rodgers – 104.2
Drew Brees – 101.7

TIGHT ENDS ON THE RISE: NFL tight ends have been performing at an historic level and the 2016 season was no different.
Last year, tight ends recorded the second-most catches (2,494) and receiving yards (27,340) in a single season for the position.

SINGLE-SEASON TIGHT END RECORDS: Last season, four tight ends – Baltimore’s Dennis Pitta (86), Kansas City’s Travis Kelce (85), Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph (83) and Carolina’s Greg Olsen (80) – reached the 80-reception mark, tied for the most tight ends with at least 80 receptions in a single season in NFL history.

In 2016, Olsen recorded 1,073 receiving yards and became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had seven receiving touchdowns in 2016 and has 111 career touchdown catches, tying Tony Gonzalez for the most by a tight end in history.

Gates brought his career receiving yardage total to 11,192, becoming the third tight end in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards, joining Gonzalez (15,127) and Dallas’ Jason Witten (11,888).

The importance of the tight end position was evident in this year’s NFL Draft as well. Three tight ends – O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay, No. 19), Evan Engram (New York Giants, No. 23) and David Njoku (Cleveland, No. 29) and) – were chosen in the first round, tied for the most first round tight ends (1970 and 2002) since the advent of the common draft in 1967.

YEAR – REC. YARDS
2015 – 27,553
2016 – 27,340
2013 – 27,284
2011 – 27,080
2012 – 26,197

YEAR CATCHES
2015 – 2,518
2016 – 2,494
2012 – 2,401
2013 – 2,384

SEASON MOST TEs W/ 80+ RECEPTIONS IN SINGLE SEASON
2016 – 4
2014 – 4
2011 – 4
2004 – 4
Many tied with 3

CONVERSION: Excelling on third down extends drives and keeps your opponent off the field, which can be an important factor in winning games.

Last season, six playoff teams converted at least 40 percent of their third-down attempts – Green Bay (46.7 percent), New England (45.8), Detroit (42.6), Dallas (42.3), Atlanta (42.1) and Pittsburgh (41.1).

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb understands the importance of converting. “We talk about it continuously,” Cobb told the Milwaukee Sentinel. “Being able to break a tackle and picking up a first down is important. We try and do that consistently throughout games.”

Converting on third down extends drives ultimately leading towards the end zone. Last season, nine of the top 10 offensive scoring teams converted at least 40 percent of third downs. Atlanta and New England, who met in Super Bowl LI, both converted at least 40 percent of third downs last season.

FOURTH-AND-ONE: In fourth-and-one situations, the offense or defense must not only overpower its opponent but also outsmart it in order to retain or gain possession. It is an art that must be studied for mastery.

Three teams were perfect on fourth-and-one conversions in 2016 (minimum five attempts) – Dallas, Cleveland and Carolina. Three teams with perfect fourth-and-one conversion rates (minimum five attempts) are tied for the most in a single season in NFL history (2005).

Just as converting on third and fourth downs are important for the offense, it’s equally important for the defense to stop scoring drives and save games.

A stop on fourth-and-one for a defense is as important as forcing a turnover. While the offense needs to convert to prolong its drive hoping to control the clock and find the end zone, the defense can hand the ball over to its offense with field position by stifling an offense.

Thirteen teams stopped at least half of their opponents’ fourth-and-one attempts, including seven playoff teams – Houston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Miami, New York Giants and Oakland.

TOTAL MILES TRAVELED AND NOTES ON 2017 TRAVEL (Mileage is based on the estimated round-trip distance for every regular-season road game)

Talk about frequent flyer miles! All 32 teams will board a plane or bus during the season to get from stadium to stadium during any given season.

• The total distance traveled by all teams during the regular season will be 564,820 miles.

• The teams of the NFC West (110,848) have the highest combined mileage total of all divisions.

• The remaining division totals ranking from highest to lowest are the AFC West (90,546), NFC East (80,956), AFC East (75,105), AFC South (67,352), NFC South (56,146), AFC North (48,797) and NFC North (35,070).

• Five teams – the Los Angeles Rams (32,600), Oakland (30,899), Arizona (30,035), Miami (27,520) and the Los Angeles Chargers (26,134) – will “travel around the world” at least once. A trip around the globe is 25,000 miles.

Below are the teams and the distance they will travel in 2017 (please return your trays to the upright position).

TEAM – MILES
1. Los Angeles Rams – 32,600
2. Oakland – 30,899
3. Arizona – 30,035
4. Miami – 27,520
5. Los Angeles Chargers – 26,134
6. Jacksonville – 24,522
7. Seattle – 24,121
8. San Francisco – 24,092
9. New York Giants – 21,883
10. New Orleans – 20,968
11. Washington – 20,762
12. Philadelphia – 20,227
13. Denver – 18,842
14. Houston – 18,546
15. Dallas – 18,084
16. Baltimore – 18,055
17. New England – 17,830
18. New York Jets – 16,483
19. Cleveland – 16,386
20. Kansas City – 14,671
21. Tampa Bay – 13,683
22. Buffalo – 13,272
23. Tennessee – 13,048
24. Atlanta – 11,687
25. Indianapolis – 11,236
26. Minnesota – 10,460
27. Carolina – 9,808
28. Chicago – 8,318
29. Detroit – 8,218
30. Green Bay – 8,074
31. Cincinnati – 7,662
32. Pittsburgh – 6,694

2017 NFL STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
TEAM (OPPONENTS’ 2016 PCT AND RECORD) (GAMES VS. TEAMS, .500 OR BETTER) (GAMES VS. 2016 PLAYOFF TEAMS)
Denver (.578; 147-107-2) (8) (10)
Kansas City (.576; 147-108-1) (8) (11)
Los Angeles Chargers (.568; 145-110-1) (8) (11)
Oakland (.564; 144-111-1) (6) (11)
Buffalo (.561; 143-112-1 (7) (10)
Miami (.547; (140-116-0) (5) (9)
Washington (.543; 138-116-2) (7) (9)
New York Jets (.535; 137-119-0) (7) (9)
New York Giants (.535; 135-117-4) (6) (10)
Dallas (.531; 134-118-4) (7) (10)
Philadelphia (.531; 134-118-4) (7) (10)
New England P(.527; (135-121-0) (7) (9)
Atlanta (.521; 133-122-1) (6) (9)
Tampa Bay (.518; 132-123-1) (7) (8)
New Orleans (.510; 130-125-1) (6) (10)
Carolina (.504; 129-127-0) (6) (9)
Los Angeles Rams (.482; 121-130-5) (5) (9)
Green Bay (.480; 122-132-2) (6) (10)
Chicago (.479; 122-133-1) (6) (10)
San Francisco (.475; 119-132-5) (5) (8)
Cleveland (.469; 119-135-2 (5) (10)
Detroit (.469; 119-135-2) (5) (9)
Arizona (.467; 118-135-3) (6) (10)
Baltimore (.461; 117-137-2) (7) (10)
Houston (.455; 115-138-3) (4) (9)
Seattle (.455; 115-138-3) (5) (8)
Pittsburgh (.453; 115-139-2) (5) (10)
Minnesota (.453; 115-139-2) (6) (9)
Cincinnati (.449; 115-141-0) (5) (11)
Tennessee (.439; 111-142-3) (6) (9)
Jacksonville (.439; 111-142-3) (4) (9)
Indianapolis (.424; 107-146-3) (4) (8)

NFL fans continue to tune in to the sport they love. Here’s a look at what’s in store on TV in 2017. The regular-season schedule – spanning 17 weeks and 256 games – kicked off on Thursday night in New England and concludes on Sunday, December 31 with 16 division games. The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 7 on NBC at 8:30 p.m. will feature the defending champion New England Patriots hosting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 p.m. featuring Seattle traveling to Lambeau to take on Green Bay. week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing Cincinnati taking on Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 10 when Dallas hosts the New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium. Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 11 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. Minnesota hosts New Orleans at 7:10 p.m. in the first contest, while Denver hosts the Los Angeles Chargers at 10:20 p.m. in the nightcap.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m. at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium and will be simulcast nationally on ABC and ESPN. It marks the first time the Pro Bowl will air on both broadcast and cable networks.

A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests have already been announced, including the Seahawks at the Giants (4:25 PM ET, CBS) in Week 7 and Minnesota at Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. on CBS in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 31. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

Other highlights of the schedule include:

In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, September 17 in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC when they take on Green Bay in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

The Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7 on Sunday night, October 22 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 23. The first game will send the Vikings to Detroit to face the Lions at 12:30 p.m. on FOX for the second consecutive year. The late afternoon game will feature the Los Angeles Chargers visiting Dallas at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and the holiday concludes with Washington Redskins hosting the NeW York Giants in Landover on NBC at 8:30 p.m.

In Week 16, NBC’s Sunday Night Football game (Minnesota at Green Bay) will move to Saturday night, December 23 at 8:30 p.m. on  NBC due to Christmas Eve and is not subject to flexible scheduling. Christmas Day will feature a doubleheader on Monday, December 25 with Houston hosting Pittsburgh at 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime) in the first game and Oakland visiting Philadelphia at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN in primetime.

The NFL’s international slate includes four games in London – the fi rst time the league will play four games in the UK – and one in Mexico City. On Sunday, September 24, Jacksonville will host the Baltimore Ravens at London’s Wembley Stadium (9:30 AM ET) in a contest that will be streamed globally by Verizon. The next weekend, on Sunday, October 1, Miami will host New Orleans at Wembley at 9:30 a.m. on FOX. In Week 7, the Los Angeles Rams will host Arizona at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, October 22 at p.m. on FOX. The following week, Cleveland will host Minnesota at Twickenham on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Network. The NFL returns to Mexico City on Sunday, November 19 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS when Oakland hosts New England at Estadio Azteca.

The NFL has partnered with Amazon Prime this season and will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 (Thursday, September 28) when the Packers host Chicago. NBC’s Tri-Cast package begins in Week 10 (Thursday, November 9) when the Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals. Additionally, NFL Network will also exclusively televise a seven-game schedule comprised of three Thursday Night Football games, three late-season Saturday contests and a Sunday morning London matchup.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 11.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 4 in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium on NBC.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m. on ABC/ESPN at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks.

In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot.

Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

Additionally, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

In the 2017 season, the City of Angels will have two teams for the first time since the 60s as the Chargers make their way up I-5 to relocate in Los Angeles, where they first started. The Atlanta Falcons will move into their new stadium, Mercedes Benz Stadium, located next to their old nest, the Georgia Dome. Speaking of new… this season, six NFL teams – the Buffalo Bills (Sean McDermott), Denver Broncos (Vance Joseph), Jacksonville Jaguars (Doug Marrone), Los Angeles Chargers (Anthony Lynn), Los Angeles Rams (Sean McVay) and San Francisco 49ers (Kyle Shannahan) – welcome new head coaches.

Once again, the NFL will have divisional games in the final week to close things out. Some games will have playoff implications, other games will be revenge matches.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 p.m. featuring the Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packers. Week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Packers at Lambeau Field.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 10 when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in a key NFC East matchup.

Will there be Monday Night Football? Of course! As an added bonus, Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 11 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints at 7:10 p.m. in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in the nightcap at 10:20 p.m.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16 and there will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced  when the 2017 schedule was released, including the Seahawks traveling to upstate New Jersey to play at the New York Giants at 4:25 p.m. on CBS in Week 7 and the Vikings at the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. on CBS in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The 2017 schedule will also have an international flavor, as the international slate includes four games in London – the first time the league will play four games in the UK – and one in Mexico City. On Sunday, September 24, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. with distribution to be announced at a later date). The next weekend, on Sunday, October 1, the Dolphins will host the Saints at Wembley at 9:30 a.m. on FOX. In Week 7, the Los Angeles Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. in an NFC West matchup on FOX on Sunday, October 29. The following week, the Cleveland Browns will host the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Network. The NFL will return to Mexico City on Sunday, November 19 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS when the Oakland Raiders and Derek Carr host the Patriots and Tom Brady at Estadio Azteca.

Other highlights of the schedule include:

In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, September 17 in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC when they host the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

As was the case last year, the two teams that met in last year’s Super Bowl will meet this year. New England hosts Atlanta in week 7 on Sunday night, October 22nd at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s a rematch of Super Bowl LI in Houston, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.

Yes, there’s football on Turkey Day. Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 23. The first game will send the Vikings to Detroit to face the Lions at 12:30 p.m. on FOX for the second consecutive year as NFC North foes meet in the Motor City. The late afternoon game will feature the Chargers visiting the Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and the holiday concludes with an NFC East matchup in Landover as the Washington Redskins host Eli Manning and the New York Giants on NBC at  8:30 p.m.

The playoffs (PLAYOFFS?! PLAYOFFS! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!) will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes. Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 4 in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium on NBC.

It’s time to get “Back to Football!”

The preseason is over. Training camp? Done.

Time to get it on for real.

“Being selected to play in the season-opening game and having a league-high six prime-time contests is a tremendous honor and a tribute to our team and organization,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the Kansas City Star. “We’ve already started preparation for these teams and we know we have a lot of great challenges ahead of us.”

Home teams have won 13 of the last 14 openers since 2002. That’s not bad at all and it keeps your fan base happy.

The NFL primetime kickoff games since 2002 (Home teams in CAPS):

September 5, 2002 at Giants Stadium – San Francisco 16, NEW YORK GIANTS 13 (San Francisco’s Jose Cortez kicks a 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the NFL’s first Thursday night opener since 1949.)

September 4, 2003 at FedExField – WASHINGTON 16, New York Jets 13 (Washington kicker John Hall converts a game-winning 50-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to lift the Redskins.)

September 9, 2004 at Gillette Stadium – NEW ENGLAND 27, Indianapolis 24 (New England quarterback Tom Brady passes for 335 yards and three TDs as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat the Colts.)

September 8, 2005 at Gillette Stadium – NEW ENGLAND 30, Oakland 20 (New England quarterback Tom Brady throws for 306 yards and two TDs while running back Corey Dillon adds two scores for the defending Super Bowl champions.

September 7, 2006 at Heinz Field – PITTSBURGH 28, Miami 17 (Pittsburgh quarterback Charlie Batch, subbing for Ben Roethlisberger, passes for three TDs and running back Willie Parker adds 115 rushing yards as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat Miami.

September 6, 2007 at RCA Dome – INDIANAPOLIS 41, New Orleans 10 (The Super Bowl champion Colts rack up 452 yards of offense as quarterback Peyton Manning passes for 288 yards and three TDs.)

September 4, 2008 at Giants Stadium – NEW YORK GIANTS 16, Washington 7 (Quarterback Eli Manning scores a TD and the Giants’ defense allows just 209 total yards as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat division-rival Washington.

September 10, 2009 at Heinz Field – PITTSBURGH 13, Tennessee 10 (OT) (Pittsburgh’s Jeff Reed kicks a 33-yard game-winning field goal in overtime as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat Tennessee.)

September 9, 2010 Louisiana Superdome – NEW ORLEANS 14, Minnesota 9 (New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees throws for 237 yards and a TD to lead the Saints past the Vikings in a rematch of the 2009 NFC Championship Game.)

September 8, 2011 at Lambeau Field – GREEN BAY 42, New Orleans 34 (Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes for 312 yards and three TDs and the Packers’ defense makes a goal-line stand on the game’s final play as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat the Saints.)

September 5, 2012 at MetLife Stadium Dallas 24, NEW YORK GIANTS 17 (Dallas quarterback Tony Romo throws for 307 yards and three TDs, including two to Kevin Ogletree, as the Cowboys defeat the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.)

September 5, 2013 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High – DENVER 49, Baltimore 27 (Denver quarterback Peyton Manning ties an NFL single-game record with seven TD passes as the Broncos knock off the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens.)

September 4, 2014 CenturyLink Field – SEATTLE 36, Green Bay 16 (Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson throws two TDs while running back Marshawn Lynch rushes for 110 yards and two scores as the defending champion Seahawks win at home.)

September 10, 2015 at Gillette Stadium – NEW ENGLAND 28, Pittsburgh 21 (New England quarterback Tom Brady throws four touchdown passes as the defending champion Patriots defeat the Steelers.)

September 8, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High – DENVER 21, Carolina 20 (Denver running back C.J. Anderson scores two touchdowns as the Broncos defeat the Panthers in a rematch of Super Bowl 50.)

ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW… Since 1978 when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, teams that are victorious in their season openers are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of an opening game:

Of the 570 teams which won openers…298 went to the playoffs (179 won division titles).

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

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

In 2016, nine of the 12 playoff teams – Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Kansas City, New England, the New York Giants, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Seattle – were victorious on Kickoff Weekend.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Seattle Seahawks, who host San Francisco in Week 2, have won eight consecutive home openers, the longest active streak in the league…the Baltimore Ravens (14-7), who host Cleveland in Week 2, have a .667 winning percentage in home openers, the third-best mark in the AFC…the Pittsburgh Steelers, who open at home in Week 2 against Minnesota, have the most wins (49) among AFC teams in home openers…and the Detroit Lions, who begin the year by hosting Arizona, have a 52-35 (.598) record in openers at home, the third-most wins in NFL history.

HEAD COACHES: New England’s Bill Belichick is 15-7 (.682) on Kickoff Weekend and his 15 wins are the most among active head coaches…Belichick and Kansas City’s Andy Reid (10-8; .556) are the only active head coaches who have won at least 10 Kickoff Weekend games and own an opening weekend winning percentage above .500…Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis has won three consecutive games on Kickoff Weekend, the longest current streak among active head coaches… Dirk Koetter (1-0) of the Buccaneers, Ben McAdo (1-0) of the Giants and Doug Pederson (1-0) of the Eagles are the only active head coaches with perfect records on Kickoff Weekend.

YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME! (Apologies to Herm Edwards!)… With only 16 games per team, every game is important. It’s just that, some weeks, some games seem to be even more important!

The following is a 2017 Weeks 1-17 list of “Headline Games” but far from the only ones:

Week  1: Kansas City at New England Thursday-night Kickoff Weekend opener features meeting of 2016 playoff clubs.
Week  2: Miami at Los Angeles Chargers/Green Bay at Atlanta – Chargers return to Los Angeles and Atlanta opens Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Week  3: Baltimore at Jacksonville (London) – 2017 international slate of games kicks off at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Week  4: Chicago at Green Bay – NFL’s oldest rivalry continues on Thursday Night Football in battle of NFC North foes.
Week  5: Kansas City at Houston – Texans host Chiefs in Sunday Night Football meeting of 2016 AFC division winners.
Week  6: Indianapolis at Tennessee – Battle between two contenders from AFC South on Monday Night Football.
Week  7: Atlanta at New England – Super Bowl LI rematch on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Week  8: Minnesota at Cleveland (London) – Showdown at Twickenham Stadium is last of four games played in UK in 2017.
Week  9: Atlanta at Carolina – Past two NFL MVPs – Matt Ryan and Cam Newton – face off in NFC South battle.
Week 10: Seattle at Arizona – NFC West rivalry will be tri-cast on NBC, NFLN and Amazon Prime.
Week 11: New England at Oakland (Mexico City) – Oakland hosts New England as NFL returns to Mexico for second consecutive year.
Week 12: Minnesota at Detroit/Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas/New York Giants at Washington – Thanksgiving triple-header featuring food, family and football!
Week 13: Denver at Miami – Broncos first-year head coach Vance Joseph squares off against his former team.
Week 14: Dallas at New York Giants – Giants host Cowboys as NFC East foes square off at MetLife Stadium.
Week 15: Chicago at Detroit/Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City – Saturday double-header features two divisional matchups.
Week 16: Pittsburgh at Houston/Oakland at Philadelphia – Christmas Day doubleheader showcases three teams from 2016 playoff field.
Week 17: 16 Division Matchups Final weekend features all division games with playoff berths on the line!

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE… The 2016 season was full of excitement, but that should be no surprise. Unpredictability is the norm in today’s NFL. Close games and great comeback victories, new teams making the playoffs and winning divisions, consistent teams excelling once again, records falling and so much more. The NFL never fails to surprise and 2016 was no different.

The 2016 season featured many exciting games with close finishes, as 57 percent were decided by one score – 146 of 256 games were decided by eight or fewer points, the most of any season since the NFL adopted the two-point conversion in 1994.

Games continued to have a flare for the dramatic, as tight contests frequently came down to the wire. In 2016, there were 72 games in which the winning team trailed at some point in the fourth quarter, the most such games in a season in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of 70 in The Detroit Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter in 2016, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The teams with the most wins after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:
2016 – Detroit (8)
2009 – Indianapolis (7)
Many tied with 6

The 2017 season promises more of the same. Every enters the new year with hope.

Six teams that missed the postseason in 2015 – Atlanta (11-5) Dallas (13-3), Detroit (9-7), Miami (10-6), the New York Giants (11-5) and Oakland (12-4) – advanced to playoffs. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

MILESTONES: In the 2017 campaign, players and teams will have opportunities to set milestones on the gridiron.

PLAYER MILESTONES

Drew Brees (New Orleans) needs 290 completions to surpass Peyton Manning (6,125) for the second-most all-time. Brees needs 465 completions to surpass Brett Favre (6,300) for the all-time record. In 16 seasons, Brees has 5,836 completions. Brees has led the league in completions five times and can tie Dan Marino (six) for the all-time record.

Brees can extend his NFL record streak of consecutive seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes. Brees has passed for at least 30 touchdowns in each of the past nine seasons and can surpass Favre (nine) and Peyton Manning (nine) to become the only quarterback to throw at least 30 touchdown passes in 10 different seasons.

Brees needs 35 touchdown passes to join Peyton Manning (539) and Favre (508) as the only players with 500 career touchdown passes. In seasons, Brees has touchdown passes.

Brees needs 3,889 passing yards to join P. Manning (71,940) and Favre (71,838) as the third quarterback with 70,000 career passing yards. In 16 seasons, Brees has 66,111 passing yards.

Brees needs f ve games with at least four touchdown passes to surpass P. Manning (35) and move into first place on the NFL’s all-time list for games with at least four touchdown passes.

Brees can become the first player to lead the league in passing yards eight times in his career. Sonny Jurgensen (five) and Dan Marino (five) are tied for the second-most such seasons in NFL history. Brees led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards in 2016.

Brees can extend his NFL-record streak of seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards. Brees has passed for at least 4,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons.

Brees has four seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes and can become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 35 touchdown passes in five seasons.

Brees can become the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 40 touchdowns in three seasons. Brees has two seasons with at least 40 touchdown passes.

Tom Brady (New England) has six seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes and can join Favre (nine), Peyton Manning (nine) and Brees (nine) as the only players to pass for at least 30 touchdowns in seven seasons. Brady has four seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes and can become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 35 touchdowns in five seasons. He has led the league in touchdown passes four times in his career and can tie Brees (five) as the only players to lead the league in touchdown passes five times.

Brady has 183 regular-season wins and needs four wins to pass Peyton Manning (186) and Favre (186) for the most regular-season wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 51 career games with three touchdown passes and no interceptions and needs one to pass P. Manning (51) for the most such games in NFL history. Brady has passed for at least 4,000 yards eight times in his career and can join Peyton Manning (14) and Brees (11) as the only players to pass for 4,000 yards in nine seasons.

Eli Manning (New York Giants) needs 1,786 passing yards to become the seventh player in NFL history with 50,000 career passing yards. In 13 seasons, Manning has 48,214 passing yards, Manning needs 30 touchdown passes to become the sixth player NFL history with 350 career touchdown passes. In 13 seasons and has 320 touchdown passes.

Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers) needs 4,167 passing yards to become the seventh player in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards. In 13 seasons, he has 45,833 passing yards. Rivers has 3,811 career completions and needs 189 to become the eighth player in history with at least 4,000 completions.

Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) needs 3,186 passing yards to become the seventh player in NFL history with 50,000 career passing yards. In 13 seasons, he has 46,814 passing yards. Roethlisberger can become the eighth player in NFL history with 4,000 career completions. In 13 seasons, Roethlisberger has 3,804 career completions.

Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) needs three touchdown passes to become the 11th player in NFL history to reach the 300 mark. In 12 seasons, Rodgers has 297 touchdown passes. Rodgers can become the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 40 touchdowns in three seasons.

Rodgers has passed for at least 40 touchdowns in two seasons. Rodgers has four seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes and can become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 35 touchdown passes in five seasons.

Carson Palmer (Arizona) needs 15 touchdown passes to become the 11th player in NFL history to reach 300 career touchdown passes (see Rodgers note). In 13 seasons, Palmer has 285 touchdown passes.

Matt Ryan (Atlanta) has passed for at least 4,000 yards in six consecutive seasons and can become the second player in NFL history with 4,000 passing yards in seven consecutive seasons, joining Brees (11)

Matthew Stafford (Detroit) has passed for at least 4,000 yards in six consecutive seasons and can become the second player in NFL history with 4,000 passing yards in seven consecutive seasons, joining Brees (11).

Derek Carr (Oakland) needs 3,000 passing yards to become the sixth player in NFL history to start their career with four consecutive 3,000 yard seasons.

Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay) needs 35 touchdown passes to become the fourth player in NFL history to pass for at least 85 touchdowns in his first three seasons. In two seasons, Winston has 50 touchdown passes.

Adrian Peterson (New Orleans) needs 10 rushing touchdowns to join LaDainian Tomlinson (nine) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 10 touchdowns in at least nine different seasons. Peterson is currently tied with Emmitt Smith (eight).

Peterson has six 200-yard rushing games in his career. He needs one 200-yard game to surpass O.J. Simpson (six) for the most all-time.

Peterson needs three rushing touchdowns to become the ninth player in NFL history with 100 rushing touchdowns. In 10 seasons, Peterson has 97 rushing touchdowns.

Peterson needs 566 rushing yards to pass Thurman Thomas (12,074), Franco Harris (12,120), Marcus Allen (12,243), Edgerrin James (12,246), Marshall Faulk (12,279) and Jim Brown (12,312) to move into 10th all-time in rushing yards. In 10 seasons, Peterson has 11,747 rushing yards.

Frank Gore (Indianapolis) needs 1,000 rushing yards to join Curtis Martin (10), Barry Sanders (10), Walter Payton (10) and Emmitt Smith (11) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in at least 10 different seasons. In 12 seasons, Gore has rushed for 1,000 yards nine times.

Gore needs 935 rushing yards to become the fifth player in NFL history to reach 14,000 career rushing yards. In 12 seasons, Gore has 13,065 rushing yards.

Darren Sproles (Philadelphia) needs 672 all-purpose yards to move into fifth place in NFL history. In 12 seasons, Sproles has 19,011 all-purpose yards.

Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona) needs 75 receptions to join Jerry Rice (1,549) and Tony Gonzalez (1,325) as the only players in NFL history to record 1,200 receptions. In 13 seasons, Fitzgerald has 1,125 catches.

Fitzgerald needs eight touchdown catches to pass Gonzalez (111) and Antonio Gates (111) and move into sixth place all-time. In 13 seasons, Fitzgerald has 104 touchdown receptions.

Brandon Marshall (New York Giants), needs 59 receptions to become the 15th player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches. In 11 seasons, Marshall has 941 receptions.

Mike Evans (Tampa Bay) has at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and can become the third player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, joining A.J. Green and Randy Moss.

Jason Witten (Dallas) needs 112 receiving yards to join Gonzalez (15,127) as the only tight ends in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards. In 14 seasons, Witten has 11,888 receiving yards.

Witten needs 11 receptions to become the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 1,100 career receptions. In 14 seasons, Witten has 1,089 catches.

Antonio Gates (Los Angeles Chargers) needs one touchdown catch to pass Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most all-time by a tight end.

Rob Gronkowski (New England) has three seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards and can join Gonzalez (four) and Witten four) as the only tight ends with at least four seasons with 1,000 receiving yards.

Julius Peppers (Carolina) needs 6.5 sacks to become the fourth player with 150 sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. In 15 seasons, Peppers has 143.5 sacks.

J.J. Watt (Houston) can increase his NFL record total of 20-sack seasons. In six seasons, Watt has two seasons with 20 sacks, the most since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Watt has three seasons with at least 15 sacks and can tie Reggie White (four) for the most seasons with at least 15 sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Watt has led the league in sacks twice in his career and can become the first player to lead the league three times since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Elvis Dumervil (San Francisco) needs one sack to reach 100 career sacks. In 10 seasons, Dumervil has recorded 99 sacks.

Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis) needs to convert 36 fi eld goals pass Morten Andersen (565) for the most made fi eld goals in NFL history. In 21 seasons, Vinatieri has converted 530 field goals. Vinatieri needs 22 points to become the third player in NFL history to record 2,400 career points. In 21 seasons, Vinatieri has 2,378 points.

Stephen Gostkowski (New England) has led the league in scoring fi ve times in his career and can surpass Don Hutson (five) and Gino Cappelletti (five) as the only player to lead the league in points scored six times.

Gostkowski has led the league in field goals three times in his career and can join Lou Groza (five), Ward Cuff (four) and Jack Manders (four) as the only player to lead the league in field goals at least four times.

With 30 field goals, Gostkowski will join David Akers (five) and John Carney (five) as the only players in NFL history with five seasons of 30 or more field goals.

Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland) needs 100 points to become the 12th NFL player with 11 career seasons scoring at least 100 points.

Janikowski needs 23 made field goals to move into eighth on the NFL’s all-time made field goals list.

Matt Prater (Detroit) needs four field goals of at least 50 yards to climb into the top five of converted 50-yard field goals in NFL history. In 10 seasons, Prater has 36 field goals of at least 50 yards.

TEAM MILESTONES

New England needs one Super Bowl victory to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers (six) for the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.

The Patriots have recorded a winning record in 16 consecutive seasons (2001-16) and can surpass San Francisco (1983-98) and Dallas (1970-85) for the most consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record since the 1970 merger.

New England has qualified for the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons (2009-16), tied with Green Bay (2009-16), Pittsburgh (1972-79), the Los Angeles Rams (1973-80), Dallas (1966-73) and San Francisco (1983-90). With a playoff berth, New England would tie Dallas (1975-83) and Indianapolis (2002-10) for the most consecutive playoff appearances (nine) in NFL history.

Dallas needs seven wins to reach 500 regular-season victories. Dallas’ all-time regular-season record is 493-367-6.

Denver needs 12 victories to reach 500 total victories. Denver’s all-time record is 488-412-10.

Baltimore needs four victories to reach 200 total victories. Baltimore’s all-time record is 196-162-1.

Many NFL owners will be celebrating notable milestones in 2017, including Arizona’s William V. Bidwill, whose family has reached the 85th anniversary of when his father, Charles V. Bidwill, purchased the team when the franchise was located in Chicago.

Here are some of the notable owner milestones for 2017:

FRANCHISE – OWNER (RELATIONSHIP; YEAR ACQUIRED – MILESTONE)
Arizona Cardinals – William V. Bidwill (Son of Charles W. Bidwill; 1932 – 85th Anniversary)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Arthur J. Rooney II (Grandson of Art Rooney; 1933 – 85th Season)
Cincinnati Bengals – Mike Brown (Son of Paul Brown; 1967 – 50th Anniversary)
Indianapolis Colts – James Irsay (Son of Robert Irsay; 1972, 45th Anniversary)
San Francisco 49ers – Denise DeBartolo York (Daughter of Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.; 1977 – 40th Anniversary)
Carolina Panthers – Jerry Richardson (1993 – 25th Season)
Seattle Seahawks – Paul Allen (1997 – 20th Anniversary)
Atlanta Falcons – Arthur M. Blank (2002 – 15th Anniversary)
Miami Dolphins – Stephen M. Ross (2008 – 10th Season)
Cleveland Browns – Jimmy Haslam (2012 – 5th Anniversary)

There are also going to be some celebrations of anniversaries of events that took place on the field over the last half century.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
125th – William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player (1892).
120th – The Latrobe Athletic Association football team becomes the first team to play a full season with only professional players (1897).
115th – A precursor to what would eventually become the Super Bowl called the World Series of Pro Football is played for the first time (1902).
95th – The American Professional Football Association changes its name to the National Football League (1922).
85th – The Washington Redskins franchise plays its first season. The team is founded in Boston and is called the Braves (1932).
85th – Official statistics are kept for the first time (1932).
85th – On December 18, 1932, the NFL has its first playoff game and first indoor game. Chicago’s Wrigley Field is scheduled to host the game but a blizzard makes it impossible to play and the game is moved indoors to Chicago Stadium.
85th Season – The Pittsburgh Steelers franchise plays its first season. The team is called the Pirates (1933). The Philadelphia Eagles franchise plays its first season (1933).
65th – The Pittsburgh Steelers are the last pro team to abandon the single-wing in favor of the T-formation (1952).
55th – The NFL reaches a single-network agreement with CBS for telecasting all regular season games for $4.65 million annually (1962).
55th Season – The Pro Football Hall of Fame is established (1963).
55th Season – The Chiefs franchise moves to Kansas City (1963).
50th – The Green Bay Packers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in the coldest NFL game on record: the 1967 NFL Championship dubbed forevermore as the “Ice Bowl.”
50th – On August 15, 1967, Denver defeats Detroit in a preseason game, 13-7, to notch the AFL’s fi rst win over an NFL team.
45th – The Miami Dolphins complete the NFL’s only perfect championship season (1972).
45th – The “Immaculate Reception” touchdown was scored in an AFC Divisional playoff game by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Franco Harris on December 23, 1972.
45th – The inbounds lines are moved closer to the center of the field so that they are 23 yards, 1 foot, 9 inches from the sidelines (1972).
30th – The first two NFL games on ESPN produce the two highest-rated and most-watched sports programs in basic cable history (1987).
15th – The NFL kicks off the season on Thursday night for the first time in history (2002).
15th – The Houston Texans franchise is founded (2002).
10th – The first regular season game is played in London, as the New York Giants defeat the Miami Dolphins 13-10 at Wembley Stadium (2007).
10th – The New England Patriots become the first team to complete a perfect regular season since the league expanded to a 16-game season (2007).

Seven divisional rematches grace the Sunday and Monday part of week one’s schedule. Week one got underway in Foxboro and ends in Denver as the Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers in the second game of a Monday night twin-bill.

The NFL returns this week and it’s time to get back to football. That means the next five months will be packed with the sizzle and suspense that comes only with the National Football League and will culminate with Super Bowl LII, which will be played on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.

America’s favorite sport roared back into action Thursday night in the first game of NFL Kickoff 2017 Weekend. The opener featured Super Bowl champion New England hosting Kansas City.

Everybody is ready for the unique unpredictability of the NFL. And every team enters the new season with hope.

Last year, 146 games (57.0 percent) were decided by one score (eight points or fewer), the most of any season in NFL history. And there were six new playoff teams in 2016: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, the New York Giants and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The 2017 season promises more of the same. As the season begins, it comes packed with changes, quests and questions:

•CAN THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PATRIOTS REPEAT?: It’s tough, having happened only eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967. The last team to accomplish the feat was New England in 2004 (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX).

•MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: New Orleans QB Drew Brees (66,111) needs 3,889 passing yards to become the third QB in NFL history with 70,000. Brees (465) needs 35 touchdown passes to become the third player ever to reach 500…New England QB Tom Brady (183) needs four wins for the most victories by a starting QB…

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (48,214), Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (46,814) and Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers (45,833) can each reach 50,000 career passing yards… New Orleans RB Adrian Peterson can become the second player in NFL history to rush for 10+ TDs in nine seasons…

Indianapolis RB FRANK GORE can become the fifth player all-time to rush for 1,000+ yards in 10 seasons…Arizona WR LARRY FITZGERALD (1,125) can become the third player in NFL history to record 1,200 receptions…Carolina DE JULIUS PEPPERS (143.5) needs 6.5 sacks to become the fifth player with 150…and Indianapolis K ADAM VINATIERI (530) needs 36 field goals for the most in NFL history.

•NEW COACHES/PLAYERS IN NEW PLACES: There are six new head coaches hired to lead their teams in 2017 – Vance Joseph in Denver, ANTHONY LYNN with the Los Angeles Chargers, DOUG MARRONE in Jacksonville, Sean McDermott in Buffalo, Sean McVay with the Los Angeles Rams and Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.

And there are a lot of well-known players with new teams, including RBs Le Garrette Blount (Philadelphia), Jamaal Charles (Denver), Eddie Lacy (Seattle), Marshawn Lynch (Oakland) and Adrian Peterson (New Orleans); WRs Brandin Cooks (New England), DE Sean Jackson (Tampa Bay), Alshon Jeffery (Philadelphia), Brandon Marshall (New York Giants) and Sammy Watkins (Los Angeles Rams); TE Martellus Bennett (Green Bay); and defenders CB A.J. Bouye (Jacksonville), DE Calais Campbell (Jacksonville), CB Stephon Gilmore (New England), CB Joe Haden (Pittsburgh), S Tony Jefferson (Baltimore), DE Julius Peppers (Carolina), DL Sheldon Richardson (Seattle) and S T.J. Ward (Tampa Bay).

•ON-THE-FIELD TRENDS IN 2016: Close games and comeback victories…new teams making the playoffs…consistent teams excelling again…records falling…young players making their mark…and QBs performing at record levels.

In 2016, 135 games (52.7 percent) were decided by seven points or fewer, the most in NFL history…There were 184 games (71.9 percent) within one score in the fourth quarter, the most ever… There were 72 comeback victories by a team trailing in the fourth quarter, the most in NFL history… The margin of victory was 10.23 points per game, the lowest figure since 1935 (10.08)…A total of 11,661 points and 1,306 touchdowns were scored, both the third-most ever in a season… Games averaged 700.8 total net yards, the second-best mark in NFL history… The league-wide completion percentage (63.0) tied the previous record (2015) and the league-wide passer rating (89.3) ranked second in league annals (90.2 in 2015). The league-wide interception percentage of 2.3 percent was the lowest in NFL history.

•NEW RULES: With player health and safety remaining a priority, here are some of the key rules changes for 2017:

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Makes permanent the rule that automatically disqualifies a player that is penalized twice in the same game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. These types of fouls include:

Throwing a punch or kick without making contact

Use of abusive or threatening language

Any act that constitutes taunting

Also, it is now an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

Replay Reviews: All sideline replay monitors will be replaced with a hand-held device and designated members of the NFL Officiating department will be authorized to make the final decision on replay reviews from the NFL league office.

Leaping: Prohibits a player who is off the line of scrimmage from running and jumping over offensive lineman on the line of scrimmage in an attempt to block a FG or PAT attempt.

Touchbacks: For the 2017 season, after a touchback resulting from a kickoff or safety kick, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 25-yard line. The rule, which was also used in 2016, was approved on a one-year basis for 2017.

Crackback Blocks: Prohibits crackback blocks by a backfield player in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.

Defenseless Receiver Protection: Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection when the defender approaches him from behind or the side.

Overtime: The length of preseason and regular season overtime periods is reduced from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

Clock Stoppages: All illegal acts to conserve time are not permitted after the two-minute warning of either half. The previous rule applied inside of one minute of either half.

Additionally, after conversations with more than 80 current and former players, Commissioner Goodell announced in May that the league will relax its rules on touchdown celebrations to allow players more room to express themselves.

The 2017 season will also start with a postponement in Miami as the Dolphins home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium, will not be played in Miami on Sunday, the NFL announced Tuesday. In a statement from the league office, in the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate. Both clubs have a BYE week on November 16th (week 11) and will meet in Miami for that contest.

Now normally, we’d select a game and call that contest “DRILL WORTHY.” Since you’ve been so patient with waiting for the draft and the release of the regular season and pre-season schedules, we figure that we would make every game on the Sunday and Monday docket “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?”

Last year, we were 183-83 as far as picks go. That’s not bad. It would have been better if we had all of our picks right… but then again, that would be boring. Having said that, here are Sunday and Monday’s picks for week 1.

ATLANTA (11-5) at Chicago (3-13), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. It’s chicken and waffles vs. deep dish pizza as the defending NFC champs travel to the Windy City for their season opener with Chicago at Soldier Field.

The Falcons made it all the way to Super Bowl LI before letting a 21-point lead against New England get away from them in Houston get away from them, allowing New England to tie things up in regulation, then falling to the Pats 34-28 in overtime. Atlanta ruled the roost in the NFC South, losing just one contest in that division and the Falcons easily outrushed their opponents 1,928-1,672, while MVP QB Matt Ryan threw for 4,944 yards and 38 TDs (6 of them to All Pro WR Julio Jones) with only seven interceptions. Chicago finished last in the NFC North and would like to change that and unseat Green Bay as king of the NFC North mountain. The Monsters of the Midway closed out the 2016 campaign losing their last four in a row.

Da Bears lead the series 14-12, have outscored Atlanta 498-447 and have won the last two meetings in the series, with Chicago coming away 27-13 winners in 2014 in the Big Peach. Atlanta’s last win over Chicago also came in the Peach State, as the Falcons would take Da Bears to task by a final of 21-14 in 2009. Atlanta’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under is 48 1/2. Chicago’s better than their 3-13 record but they’re playing the defending NFC champs. Atlanta wins in the Windy City and covers the 6 1/2.

New York Jets (5-11) at Buffalo (7-9), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in upstate New York as GangGreen travels to the shores of Lake Erie for a contest with the Bills. It’s also the debut of Sean McDermott as he roams the sidelines for the Bills. Both clubs are looking to forget their somewhat dismal seasons in the AFC East, as they look to unseat New England as leaders of that division.

Bill starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was not a lock to play in the team’s season opener Sunday against the New York Jets. According to head coach Sean McDermott, Taylor is still making his way through the concussion protocol.

“I think he’s getting better, but he’s still in the concussion protocol,” McDermott told USA Today. It should be noted that a player in the concussion protocol can still practice as part of the Return-to-Participation process.

League guidelines state that a player may be considered to return to practice only after the player has returned to baseline status with rest and exertion, has repeat neurophysiological testing, which is interpreted by the team neuropsychology consultant as back to baseline levels of functioning, and has completed the Return to Participation protocol. He also must be cleared by the Team Physician and the Independent Neurological Consultant. With it being so early in the week, McDermott has not set a drop dead date to turn to backup QB Nate Peterman as the starter for this week’s game.

“With any starter it gets to the point in the week where you have to say, ‘Hey we’re going to have to go one way or another,’” McDermott said. “We’ll cross that road when we come to it.” Third-string QB T.J. Yates is also still in the concussion protocol, which is what prompted the signing of QB Joe Webb.

The Bills lead the series 59-53 and have outscored GangGreen 2,330-2,296 (including contests that were played when the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were known as the Titans and played their home games at Shea Stadium) The two AFC East rivals met last year and it was GangGreen taking the series in contests in upstate New York and New Jersey.

Round 1 – Week two in upstate New York on a Thursday night. The Jets, then led by Rex Ryan, led Buffalo 20-10 at the half in Orchard Park and then held off the Bills 37-31. New York outrushed Buffalo 123-86, with Jets RB Matt Forte leading all rushers with 100 yards in the contest. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 374 yards passing (24 of 34) outpaced Tyrod Taylor, who threw for 297 yards and three TDs. The Jets on third down tries in the first meeting went 8 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 39:12, while the Bills, who were 3 of 10 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, kept the pigskin for 20:48.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! completed the sweep of the series in the Meadowlands in week 17, taking a 30-10 win in a game that meant nothing for either club, since both were long out of the playoff picture. GangGreen led 10-3 at the half after a scoreless first quarter and proceeded to pull away from the Bills. New York outrushed Buffalo 127-68 and Fitzpatrick threw for 210 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jets RB Bilal Powell ran for 122 yards. Neither club did anything to write home about on third or fourth downs in the season finale (Buffalo was 6 of 16 and 0 of 1, while the Jets were 4 of 13 and 0 of 2) but as was the case in the first meeting, the Jets ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:27, while Buffalo held it for 28:33.

In the week two contest in the Meadowlands, GangGreen was favored by 1 and the over/under was 40. New York won by 6, covering the spread and both clubs combined for 68 points, covering the over/under. Buffalo’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 40. While these teams were somewhat bad last year, this one may be worth your time and energy. GangGreen makes this one interesting but the Bills prevail in upstate New York

Baltimore (8-8) at Cincinnati (6-9-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. It’s a pair of AFC North rivals meeting along the shores of the Ohio River as the Ravens travel to the Queen City. The Ravens took Pittsburgh to the edge in a Winner-take-all contest in the Steel City to determine the champion for that division before falling to the Steelers on Christmas night, while the Bengals, who will be without the services of LB Vontaze Burfict (suspension) are looking to get back to the playoffs.

There have been 42 games played between these two teams and the series is even 21-21 and Baltimore has outscored Cincy 895-  783. Both teams split last season’s contests, each taking wins at home.

The first meeting took place in Charm City in week 12 and the Ravens led 16-3 at the half, holding off the Bengals to come away 19-14 winners at M&T Bank Stadium. Neither club ran for 100 yards in that first meeting but the Ravens managed to outrush Cincy 92-64 in the win. Flacco threw for 234, while Dalton threw for 283 (each had a TD pass in the contest and both men combined to be sacked five times; Flacco was sacked twice, Dalton sacked three times). Both clubs were a dismal 5 of 16 on third down tries, while the Bengals, who turned the ball over twice, went 1 of 1 on fourth down tries (Baltimore was 1 of 2). Time was the ally of the victorious Ravens, who held the pigskin for 31:17, while the Bengals held the ball for 28:43.

The second meeting was along the shores of the Ohio River in week 17 to close out the season and with neither team going to the post-season dance, it was a win for the Bengals, who took care of the Ravens 27-10 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals led 20-3 at the half and never looked back, outrushing Baltimore 153-72 (Cincy’s Rex Burkhead led all rushers with 119 yards and a pair of TDs). In the season finale, Dalton threw for 226 yards for the home team, while Flacco threw for 267 yards and three sacks. The Ravens were much better on third down in the second meeting, going 8 of 16 (1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:18. The Bengals struggled on third down at 1 of 8 but managed to rule the clock and kept the ball for 30:42.

Baltimore covered the 4 1/2 spread in the week 12 contest but neither club covered the 40 1/2 over/under, scoring only 31 ponits. The Bengals covered the 2 1/2 spread in the finale but as was the case in the first meeting, the over/under of 41 1/2 was safe with both clubs combining for a whopping 37 points. Cincy’s a 3-point favoring in this one and the over/under’s 42. Both numbers make sense. Cincinnati may not cover the 3 but they take the win at home.

Pittsburgh (11-5) at Cleveland (1-15), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of teams that went in opposite directions meet along the shores of Lake Erie as Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh made it all the way to the AFC championship game before falling to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro, seeing their Super Bowl hopes die at Gillette Stadium. For the Browns, it’s a chance to right their ship, as they struggled in the AFC North, taking their lone win at home on Christmas Eve.

Pittsburgh leads the series 70-58, have outscored Cleveland 2,617-2,459 and the Steelers have won the last four meetings, including taking wins last year, along the shores of Lake Erie in week 11 and in the Steel City in week 17. (Cleveland’s last win over Pittsburgh came in 2014, when they were 31-10 winners along the shores of Lake Erie.)

In the first meeting (week 11) in Cleveland, the Steelers led the Browns 14-0 at the half and never look back, coming away 24-9 winners in the Buckeye State. LeVeon Bell accounted for all 146 of Pittsburgh’s rushing yards, while the Browns were held to 33 in that first meeting. Neither club did much to talk about in the first meeting on third down (Pittsburgh was 5 of 12, Cleveland was 4 of 15) but both clubs did strike paydirt on fourth down (Pittsburgh 1 of 1, Cleveland 5 of 6) and the Steelers ruled the clock in the first contest, holding the ball for 33:58 to Cleveland’s 26:02.

The defending AFC North champs completed the series sweep in front of the home folks at Heinz Field in week 17, taking a 27-24 overtime win in the Keystone State. Pittsburgh led 21-14 with 3:28 left in regulation when the Browns’ Greg Atkinson scored on a 5 yard run. In the overtime, the Browns took the lead when K Chris Parkey connected on a 34-yard field goal with 7:17 left in the extra period. Pittsburgh, needing to either tie the contest or take the win, chose to take the win at home and they did. Landry Jones, taking over for Roethlisberger, engineered a 9-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:20 of clock and ended when Jones (277 yards, three TDs) and WR Chris Hamilton connected on a 26-yard TD strike with 2:57 left in overtime. The Steeler rushing game went missing as if they were on a milk carton, tallying only 69 yards, while the Browns’ Isiah Crowell ran amok, tallying 152 of his team’s 231 yards in the contest. Cleveland on third down? 8 of 15 and the Browns held the ball for 38:54, while Pittsburgh went 3 of 14 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and the Steelers held on to the pigskin for 33:09.

The Steelers covered the 9-point spread in the first meeting, winning by 15 but neither club covered the 49 over/under, tallying only 33 points. The second meeting, Pittsburgh failed to cover the 7-point spread with their 3-point win but Cleveland and Pittsburgh scored 51 points, allowing them to cover the 44 over/under. The Steelers are a 9 1/2-point favorite on the road and the over/under’s 46 1/2. If you’re a Steelers’ fan, watch this one. On the other hand, if you’re a Browns fan, you might want to consider watching that “Bar Rescue” marathon on “Spike” (there’s nothing better than seeing Jon Tapper blow a fuse!). Steelers cover the 9 1/2 and win in Cleveland.

Arizona (7-8-1) at Detroit (9-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Arizona leaves the desert and heads to Detroit for a meeting at Ford Field with Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. For Arizona, they would love to take Seattle to task and win the NFC West, while the Lions look to go back to the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since they did the feat in the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

The Lions lead the series 31-28-5, which includes contests that took place when the Lions were in Portsmouth and known as the Spartans and the Cardinals called the Windy City home before moving to St. Louis and Arizona. Detroit has outscored Arizona in the series 1,147-1,062. However… the Desert Angry Birds have won the last seven meetings in the series, with Arizona coming away 42-17 winners in the Motor City in 2015, while Detroit’s last win came in 2005 (also in Detroit) by a final of 29-21.  Arizona’s favored by 2 in the Motor City and the over/under is 48. Lions roar over the Desert Angry Birds in the Motor City and covers the 2.

Jacksonville (3-13) at Houston (9-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. They’re separated by 871 miles and they’re both in the same division. The Jaguars, who lost 10 of their last 11 games in 2016, will have a familiar face at the helm as Doug Marrone takes the interim title off and takes over as the team’s fifth head coach in their history. As for the Texans, while they were the defending AFC South champs, they have bigger things to deal with, such as helping their community recover from Hurricane Harvey last August. Houston and J.J. Watt took Oakland to task in the first round of the AFC playoffs at home before traveling to Foxboro and losing to New England in the divisional round.

Houston holds a 19-11 lead in the series along I-10, they’ve outscored Jacksonville 693-594 and have won the last six contests, including sweeping last year’s games. Both contests were close, both were single-digit wins and the Texans were on the good end of those games, taking wins in the Sunshine State and Lone Star State. (Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in the 2013 campaign, when they swept the Texans, with their last win coming in the Sunshine State by a final of 27-20).

Contest number one… week 10 at EverBank Field. Houston led 14-10 at the half and then held off the Jaguars in the second half for a 24-21 win. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 181-80 in the three-point win in the Sunshine State and that was a good thing, because Bortles out-passed Osweiller 265-96 (each threw a pair of TDs).  Jacksonville was 10 of 17 on third down tries in the loss at home and kept the ball for 32:10, while the Texans, who held on to the ball for 27:50, went 7 of 15 on third down tries (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Contest number two… week 15 in Houston at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville actually led 20-11 after 45 minutes of play before the Texans rallied in the final 15 minutes of the contest, coming away 21-20 winners. Trailing 13-5 at the break, Houston outscored Jacksonville 16-7 in the second half to take the 1-point win. Neither club shattered the 100-yard barrier in the first meeting (Jacksonville tallied 67, while the Texans mustered 79) and Houston’s Tom Savage took over for Osweiller, throwing for 260 yards, while Bortles tallied 92. As far as third down tries in the first meeting? Jacksonville was 3 of 13, Houston was 4 of 14 (both were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:42, while Jacksonville kept it for 23:18.

In the week 10 contest in the Lone Star State, the Texans were favored by 1 1/2 and would come away with the 3-point win to cover the spread. Both clubs did well in covering the 42 1/2 over/under, scoring 45. In the week 15 meeting in north Florida, the Texans were favored by 6 but won by a single point. That was the bad news. The good news? Both Jacksonville and Houston covered the 39 over/under with their 41 combined points. Houston’s favored by 5 and the over/under is 39 1/2. Jacksonville gave the Texans a scare in both meetings last year and they could very well do the same. Houston will play inspired football after their city was hit by Harvey two weeks. Texans cover the 5 and win at home.

Oakland (12-4) at Tennessee (9-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of up and coming quarterbacks meet in the Music City as the Silver and Black come east to square off against the Tennessee Titans. For the Raiders and David Carr, who will call Oakland home for the last time before heading to Las Vegas, while they watched Kansas City win the AFC West, they did managed to get into post-season play as a Wild Card team, losing to J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans 27-14 in the Lone Star State. As for Tennessee and Marcus Marriota, although they failed to make the post-season and finish at the .500 mark after going 2-14 the season before, Tennessee was a much improved ball club, which made Titans fans happy.

Including games played in Houston, when the Titans were known as the Oilers and the Raiders called Los Angeles home, the Silver and Black lead the series 25-20 but the Titans have outscored Oakland 1,050-1,010.

The Silver and Black and the Titans met in week three in the Music City last year and the Raiders were 17-10 winners in that affair. Oakland took a 17-3 lead with them to the half and then held off the Titans in the second half for the 7-point win. Tennessee outrushed Oakland 181-123 with Titans RB DeMarco Murray (TD) accounting for 114 of those yards. Mariota threw for 214 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Carr threw for 249 with a TD and an interception (each man was sacked in the contest). The Titans were 2 of 12 on third down conversions and 0 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 30:57 at Nissan Stadium, while the Raider were 5 of 13 and held on to the pigskin for 29:03. Tennessee won by 7, covering the 1 1/2 spread and the 47 over/under was safe as the Silver and Black and the Titans could only muster 27 points. Tennessee’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. The 50 1/2 is a bit high. The 2 1/2 makes sense. Tennessee covers the 2 1/2 and wins in the Music City.

Philadelphia (7-9) at Washington (8-7-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. They meet again in the nation’s capital. A pair of NFC East rivals with a lot of history under their belts meet in Landover as the Redskins host Philadelphia at Fed Ex Field. Both clubs are looking to rule the NFC East and take out Dallas in the process. Philly lost five in a row in mid-season before beating the playoff-bound New York Giants and Dallas to close out the campaign. After winning the NFC East two seasons ago, Washington came back to Earth last year and missed the post-season party, falling to their 8-7-1 mark.

The Redskins lead the series with their NFC East rival 85-73-5… but the Eagles have outscored Washington 3,402-3,254.  Washington has won five of the last six meetings and swept the series with the Eagles in the 2016 campaign, taking wins at Landover and Philadelphia in weeks 6 and 14. (Philly’s last win in the series came in the City of Brotherly Love in 2014 by a final of 37-34.

Contest number one… Landover in week 6. Washington led 21-14 at the break at FedEx Field, then held off their NFC East rivals to come away 27-20 winners. While they sacked Wentz twice in the contest, the Redskins also outrushed Philly 230-94 and ‘Skins RB Matt Jones led the way with 135 yards and a TD (Cousins threw for 263 yards with a pair of TDs). Washington was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in northern Maryland and held the ball for 34:13, while Philly kept the ball for 25:47, going 4 of 12 on third down.

Game two… the City of Brotherly Love… week 14. The Redskins completed the series sweep, erasing a 13-7 deficit at the break to take a 27-22 win. Washington took the lead for keeps in the final two minutes of play when RB Chris Thompson scored on a 25-yard run with 1:56 left in regulation. As was the case in the first contest, Washington outrushed Philly 107-95 and Cousins threw for 234 yards and a pair of TDs, while Wentz threw for 314 yards and a TD (Wentz was sacked four times, Cousins was sacked twice). The Eagles were 9 of 18 on third down tries at Lincoln Financial Field (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:38, while the ‘Skins were 2 of 7 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, holding on to the ball for 23:22. Philly was favored by 2 in the first contest in Landover and the ‘Skins covered with their 7-point win at home and both teams covered the 45 over/under with 47 points. In the second meeting in the City of Brotherly Love, the Eagles were again the favorite and the spread that day was 1 point, the over/under was 46 1/2 and Washington covered the spread, winning by 5 and the over/under was covered that day with 49 points. Although they’re the road team, the Eagles are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 48. Philly’s trying to stop a team that’s given them fits. The Redskins? They want to stay the course. Washington fans will be singing “Hail to the Redskins” this week. Washington covers the 1 1/2 and wins in Landover.

Indianapolis (8-8) at Los Angeles Rams (4-12), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of teams looking for a chance to right their ships meet in Tinseltown as Chuck Pagano’s Colts travel to Los Angeles for a late afternoon (Eastern time) contest with the Rams. Indy finished 8-8 for the second straight season and still will not have the services of Andrew Luck (broken leg) and need to improve if Pagano wants to stay as head coach. As for the Rams, they have a new man on the sidelines as they hired Sean McVay to take over for a Los Angeles team that lost their last seven contests in 2016 and was outscored 221-75 in those games.

Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard announced Monday that the team’s starting quarterback will not suit up for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, adding that “no timetable” exists for Luck’s return.

The decision comes as no great surprise to Colts fans. Still on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery, Luck has been a ghost all summer, missing all of training camp and the entire preseason. Colts owner Jim Irsay prefaced the confirmation by saying that “the odds are most likely he (Luck) probably won’t open up against the Rams.”

In his place, backup Scott Tolzien will make the start against Los Angeles, an ominous scenario after the overwhelmed quarterback struggled mightily from wire-to-wire during the preseason. The team also acquired quarterback Jacoby Brissett from New England in exchange for wide-out Phillip Dorsett but Ballard weighed in Monday, saying: “It’s Tolzien’s job [for now], because Brissett has to get up to speed.”

Including contests that were played when the Rams were in Los Angeles and then St. Louis and the Colts were in Baltimore, the Colts lead the series 23-18-2 but the Rams have outscored the Colts 950-936. Their last meeting took place in the Hoosier State in 2013, when the Rams came away 38-8 winners. Indy’s last win over the Rams came in 2009 when they played in St. Louis and Peyton Manning was under center, with the Colts coming away 42-6 winners. The Rams are favored by 4 1/2 on the West Coast and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Even with no Andrew Luck under center, Indy takes this one on the road, although the Rams make this one closer than 4 1/2.

Seattle (10-5-1) at Green Bay (10-6), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. Wilson. Rodgers. Two QBs with Super Bowl rings meet in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as Seattle travels to Green Bay for a late afternoon meeting at Lambeau. Both teams won their respective divisions, allowing them to advance to the post-season, where they would eventually meet Atlanta and both lost in the Peach State (Seattle losing 36-20 in the NFC divisional playoffs, Green Bay losing in the NFC Championship game 44-21). Although they went 3-3 in their last six games, the Seahawks did manage to take the top spot in the NFC West over Arizona and took Detroit to task in the first round of the playoffs in the Pacific Northwest before losing at Atlanta in the Divisional Round. Green Bay won their last six regular season contests, taking Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the Wild Card round at Lambeau, then won in Dallas in the Divisional round in the final seconds before losing a chance to take on Brady and the Pats as they were manhandled by Atlanta in the Big Peach.

Green Bay leads the series 10-7, have outscored Seattle 445-351 and have won the last two meetings, including last year’s affair at Lambeau Field (Seattle’s last win in the series came in 2014 in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, coming away 36-16 winners).

The Seahawks and Packers met in week 14 in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and Green Bay were 38-10 victors at Lambeau. Rodgers and Jordy Nelson connected for a pair of TDs in the win on the Frozen Tundra and the Packers were never really threatened, leading 21-3 at the half. Seattle did outrush Green Bay 136-93 but Rodgers threw for 246 yards and three TDs, outpacing Russell Wilson, who tallied 240 yards, while being sacked three times and picked off five. Green Bay, who took advantage of six Seattle turnovers, was 4 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:10, while Seattle held on to the ball for 31:50 (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down). Green Bay took the 28-point win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst (they were favored by 3) and the 46 over/under was taken care of, as both clubs scored 48 points. Green Bay’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 51. A pair of playoff teams last year meeting in upstate Wisconsin could very well be a preview for the post-season and this one could go into overtime. Seattle will make things tough for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers but Green Bay prevails at home in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst, although they won’t cover the 3.

Carolina (6-10) at San Francisco (2-14), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers travel to northern California for a meeting with the San Francisco 49ers at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. After making it to Super Bowl 50 on the same field and losing to Denver, the Panthers struggled in the 2016 campaign, finishing last in the NFC South behind Atlanta. Meanwhile, losing 13 in a row and finishing in last in the NFC West, the 49ers hired Kyle Shannahan away from Atlanta to right their ship on the West Coast.

Carolina leads the series 12-7, outscoring San Francisco 494-423 and won the last five regular season meetings, including last year’s contest in Charlotte (San Francisco’s last win in the series came in 2001, when they came away 25-22 overtime winners in Charlotte (they swept the series last year when both team were in the NFC West).

Newton and the Panthers met San Francisco last year in the Tar Heel State and Carolina came away with the 46-27 win at Bank of America Stadium in week two. Leading 17-10 at the half, Carolina proceeded to floor the gas and outscore the 49ers 29-17 in the final =30 minutes of action. Carolina easily outrushed San Francisco 176-65, with Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker running for 100 yards and Newton throwing for 353 yards and four TDs (San Francisco’s Blaine Gabbert threw for 243 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice and picked off twice). Carolina was 7 of 15 on third down tries in the lopsided win, while the 49ers were 4 of 12 and 0 for 1 on third and fourth down conversions. Carolina also ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 35:54, while the 49ers kept it for 24:06.

New York Giants (11-5) at Dallas (13-3), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of NFC East foes meet in the Lone Star State in the first Sunday night game of the 2017 season as Eli Manning and the New York Giants travel to Arlington to meet Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry World.

Both teams were found themselves in the post-season and both suffered opening losses to Green Bay. The Giants found themselves on the short end of a 38-13 loss to the Packers at Lambeau in the Wild Card round and then Dallas fell to Aaron Rodgers and the Pack at home in the Divisional Round, losing a heart-breaker in Arlington by a 34-31 final.

For the Cowboys, it is off-field distractions that have had the team in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Elliot, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 TDs last year, found himself in the ire of commissioner Roger Goodell, who wanted to suspend the star for 10 games for domestic violence. Elliot, along with the NFLPA, appealed the decision and the NFLPA also got the legal system involved as well, petitioning to a federal court to stop any suspension. Meanwhile, the arbitrator that was hearing the case ruled that the six-game suspension would stand. That was the bad news. The good news? Because the ruling came late, Elliot would be allowed to play on Sunday night and he is slated to do so.

Including contests that took place at Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, Dallas leads the series 62-45-2 and have outscored the Giants 2,449-2,119. Although the Cowboys won the NFC East, the Giants managed to sweep the series, taking wins along the Jersey shore and in the Lone Star State and have won three of the last four meetings in the series (Dallas’ last win in the series came in 2015, when they took a 27-26 win in the Lone Star State).

The first meeting took place in Arlington to open the 2016 campaign and a Dallas rally in the final minutes of action fell short as the Giants came away 20-19 winners. Dallas trailed 13-9 at the half and actually led 19-13 with 13:59 left in regulation before Manning and WR Victor Cruz took the lead back on a 3 yard TD pass with 6:13 left. Big Blue outrushed Dallas 113-101 in the season opener, while Prescott (227) outpaced Manning (207 yards, 3 TDs) as Dallas got as far as their 46-yard line when WR Terrance Williams caught a Prescott pass but failed to get out of bounds and the clock ran out. Both teams did well on third down tries (New York was 5 of 10, Dallas was 10 of 17) and the Cowboys ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 36:43 to New York’s 23:17.

That was game one.

Game two… the Meadowlands in week 14 and as was the case in the first meeting, the second meeting was close. For Cowboy fans, the result was the same as the Giants were 10-7 winners. Dallas led 7-0 at the half at Met Life Stadium before the Giants shut out Dallas in the second half, scoring all their points in the third quarter. This time, Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a 61 yard TD strike (New York’s first points came on a 39-yard field goal by Robbie Gould) to take the lead for keeps. This time, it was Dallas that would outrush New York 108-93 (Ezikel Elliot led all rushers with 107 yards) and Manning threw for 193 yards and the lone TD, while Prescott threw for 165 with a pair of interceptions (both were sacked three times). As well as they did on third down tries in the first meeting, such was not the case in the rematch, with neither team breaking the 50 percent mark (Dallas was 1 of 15, while the Giants were 2 of 14) but both clubs did reasonably well on fourth down (Dallas was 1 of 2, New York was 2 of 2). Time was the ally of New York, as the Giants kept the ball for 30:52 to Dallas’ 29:08.

New York covered the 1-point spread in the first meeting in Arlington and the two teams combined for 39 points, missing the 46 over/under. In the second contest, the Giants won by three in the Meadowlands, Dallas was favored by 3 and the Giants won by that margin, covering the spread. As for the over/under of 47 1/2? Neither club came close, scoring only a somewhat dismal 17 points.

Dallas is favored by 4 1/2 in the Sunday night matchup and the over/under’s 48. This could be one of the better Sunday night games. Dak gets revenge on Eli. Dallas covers the 4 1/2 and wins in the Lone Star State.

New Orleans (7-9) at Minnesota (8-8), 7:10 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The first of two Monday night games take place in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as the Vikings host the Saints at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings will see a familiar face in a different uniform, as Adrian Peterson returns as a Saint. Peterson, who played for Minnesota for 10 seasons, rushed for only 8 yards all last year before sitting out with an injury, moved on to the Big Easy when he was not resigned by his old club. New Orleans in their last seven games actually played decent but not great football, going 3-4 in those that contests and found themselves behind Atlanta in the NFC South. The Vikings managed to stay close to Green Bay and Detroit in the NFC Central as they won their first five contests before stumbling in divisional play the rest of the season.

Minnesota leads the series 18-10 and have outscored the Saints 703-512. New Orleans has won the last three regular season meetings in the series, with their last win coming in 2013 in the Big Easy by a final of 20-9. Minnesota’s last win over the Saints also came on the bayou, with the Purple Gang taking a 30-27 win in 2008. Both teams are below the .500 mark on Monday night (Minnesota is 27-31, while the Saints are 18-21; Minnesota was 1-1 last year, while the Saints lost their only meeting in the 2016 campaign).

Minnesota’s favored by 3 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 48. It’s the first Monday night game of the 2017 season and it

Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) at Denver (9-7), 10:20 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC West rivals that aren’t exactly crazy about each other meet in the Mile High City as Denver hosts the Los Angeles Chargers. Yes. You read that correctly. The Chargers have moved on to bigger and better pastures.

The Chargers missed the post-season party again, losing their last five contests and forcing Charger ownership to make two changes. One was on the sidelines. Mike McCoy? Out as head coach and they hire Anthony Lynn as the team’s 16th head coach in the club’s history. The second change? They waved farewell to San Diego after 56 years in southern California, loaded up their trucks and moved to Beverly (Hills, that is… swimming pools, movie stars) and Los Angeles. They’ll call Stub Hub Center home while a new stadium will be built for them and the Rams.

Denver fell from Super Bowl champs to bust last season, winning their first four contests before falling to eventual NFC champ Atlanta at home in week five. The Broncos managed to right their ship but failed to make the post season. Denver also got some much needed help under center when they signed QB Brock Osweiler away from the Cleveland Browns.

Including games that were played in Los Angeles when the Chargers were in Tinseltown and before they moved down the coast and the Broncos played at Mile High Stadium, Denver leads the series 63-50-1, while the Chargers lead in scoring 2,453-2,447. The then-San Diego Chargers and Denver split their two contests in the 2016 campaign, with each taking wins at home.

Week 6, Qualcomm Stadium on a Thursday night. The “Bolts led Denver 10-3 at the break in southern California before holding off a late Bronco rally to come away 21-13 winners. Neither team breached the 100-yard rushing barrier in the AFC West showdown but San Diego did manage to outrush Denver 99-84 in the game and Trevor Siemian did manage to outpace Rivers 230-178 (each had a TD pass and each was sacked twice). Each club turned the ball over twice in San Diego and each struggled on third down tries in the first meeting (Denver 6 of 15, San Diego 3 of 13) and both clubs had only one fourth try (the Broncos was 0-1, while San Diego was 1 of 1). San Diego ruled the clock in the first meeting, keeping the ball for 33:28, while Denver held the pigskin for 26:32.

Denver would get their revenge in the second meeting in the Mile High City two weeks later in week 8 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Taking a 10-3 lead at the half at home and came away 27-19 winners. San Diego did manage to outrush Denver again, this time tallying 123 yards on the ground to Denver’s 57 (the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 111 of those yards). That was the good news for Charger fans. The bad news? Rivers (267 yards) was sacked four times and picked off three, while Siemian threw for 276 yards with one pick. As was the case in the meeting in San Diego in week 6, both teams had their problems on third down (Denver was 5 of 15, San Diego was 7 of 17) and both clubs stumbled on fourth down (Denver was 0 of 1, San Diego 0 of 2). San Diego once again ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:08, while Denver kept the ball for 26:52.

On Monday night, the Bolts are break-even at 22-22, while the Broncos are 31-37-1 (Denver was 1-0 last year, while Los Angeles’ last appearance was in 2015, where they went 0-2). In the week six contest in San Diego, the Broncos, who were the defending Super Bowl champs at that time, were favored by 3 and the over/under was 44 1/2. San Diego covered the spread in that first contest, winning by 8 but both clubs missed the over/under of 44 1/2, tallying only 34 points. As for the week 8 contest in the Rockies? Denver won by 8, covering the 6-point spread and both the Broncos and Bolts covered the 44 1/2 over/under with 46 points. Denver’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 43. Week one closes out with an interesting matchup in which one team is in a new city and the other is trying to re-establish itself in the AFC West. Chargers make this one interesting but Denver comes away with the win and covers the 3.

You know who your team was going to play.

You know where your team was going to play.

As far as the when, you had to be patient and wait.

Last Thursday night, your wait was over, thanks to the National Football League. The league announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2017, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 7 in New England and concludes on Sunday, December 31 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 7 on NBC at 8:30 p.m. in Foxboro will spotlight the defending champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 p.m. when salmon and Starbucks travels to the land of beer, cheese and bratwurst as Seattle takes on Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Packers at Lambeau Field.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 10 when NFC East foes Dallas and the New York Giants square off at 8:30 p.m. in the Lone Star State at AT&T Stadium.

For those of you wondering if there are going to be two games on the first Monday of the season, the answer is yes. Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 11 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. Minnesota hosts the New Orleans Saints at 7:10 p.m. in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Denver Broncos in the nightcap at 10:20 p.m.

ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

The league will have a select number of games that will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced as well, including the Seahawks at the Giants in the Meadowlands at 4:25 p.m. on CBS in Week 7 and the Vikings traveling to the Tar Heel State for a meeting with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. on CBS in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 31. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

Other contests include…

In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, September 17 in primetime  at 8:30 p.m. on NBC when they host the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

The Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7 on Sunday night, October 22 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.

Will there be football on Thanksgiving?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 23 and yes, the Lions and Cowboys are at home. The first game will be an NFC North contest in the Motor City as Detroit hosts the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field at 12:30 p.m. on FOX. As for Dallas, they are the late afternoon contest in the Lone Star State when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and the Turkey Day trifecta concludes in Landover with an NFC East contest as Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants make their way to Landover in prime time to face the Washington Redskins at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

In Week 16, NBC’s Sunday Night Football game as NFC North foe Minnesota and Green Bay meet at Lambeau as that contest will move to Saturday night, December 23 at 8:30 p.m., due to Christmas Eve and is not subject to flexible scheduling. Christmas Day will feature a doubleheader on Monday, December 25 with the Houston Texans hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime in the first game and Oakland traveling to the City of Brotherly Love, visiting the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN in primetime.

There are contests with an international flavor, so break out the fish and chips and tequila! The NFL’s international slate includes four games in London – the first time the league will play four games in the United Kingdom and one in Mexico City. On Sunday, September 24, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. with distribution to be announced at a later date(set those VCRs NOW!).

The next weekend, on Sunday, October 1, Jacksonville’s neighbor to the South, the Miami Dolphins, will host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley at 9:30 a.m. on FOX, In Week 7, it’s an NFC West matchup in Merry Ole England as the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. on FOX. The following week, the Cleveland Browns will host the Vikings at Twickenham on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFLN and the league heads back South of the Border as the Oakland Raiders take on Tom Brady and the Pats at 4:25 p.m. on CBS on Sunday, November 19 at Estadio Azteca.

The NFL has partnered with Amazon Prime this season and will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime Video) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 on Thursday, September 28 when the Packers host the Chicago Bears. NBC’s Tri-Cast package begins in Week 10 on Thursday, November 9 when the  Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals. Additionally, NFL Network will also  exclusively televise a seven-game schedule comprised of three Thursday Night Football games, three late-season Saturday contests and a Sunday morning London matchup.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 11.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 4 in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium  on NBC.

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally.

Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

For ticket information, fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/tickets.

2017 NFL SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern and subject to change)

WEEK 1 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 7
Kansas City at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

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

Monday, September 11
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. on ESPN
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 2 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Green Bay at ATLANTA, 8:30 p.m. on NBC
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, September 18, 2017
Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 3 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 21
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 24
ATLANTA at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London), TBD
Denver at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 25
Dallas at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 4 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 28
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 1
Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 p.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London) on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m on CBS
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 2
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 5 (Byes: ATLANTA, Denver, New Orleans and Washington)

Thursday, October 5
New England at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 8

Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 9
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 6 (Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle)

Thursday, October 12
Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 15
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England  at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 16
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 7 (Byes: Detroit and Houston)

Thursday, October 19
Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 22
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, October 23
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 8 (Byes: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Tennessee)

Thursday, October 26
Miami at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 29
ATLANTA at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on NFLN
Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 30
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 9 (Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh)

Thursday, November 2
Buffalo at New York Jets, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, November 5
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
rizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 6
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 10 (Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia)

Thursday, November 9
Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 12
Dallas at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on cBS
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 13
Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 11 (Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New York Jets, San Francisco and Tampa Bay)

Thursday, November 16
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 19
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Giants on CBS
Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Oakland in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 20, 2017
ATLANTA at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 12 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, November 23
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 26
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBs
Miami at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 27
Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 13 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, November 30
Washington at Dallas, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, December 3
Minnesota at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 4
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 14 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, December 7
New Orleans Saints at ATLANTA, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, December 10
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
Seattle at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBs
Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at New York Giants, 4:@5 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

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

WEEK 15 (Byes: NONE)

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 NFLN
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

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 CBS
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 (subject to change)

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

WEEK 16 (Byes: NONE)

Saturday, December 23
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, December 24
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOx
Miami at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, December 25
Pittsburgh at Houston, 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Oakland at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 17 (Byes: NONE)

Sunday, December 31
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
GAME TBD, 8:30 p.m. on NBC