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Once again, it’s another trip to the other side of the Atlantic. Get that passport ready… dilly, dilly!

The National Football League today announced the schedule of London Games for 2018, featuring a series of firsts, including a debut at a new stadium and three teams playing a regular-season game in London for the first time.

The 2018 London Games schedule:

Week – Date: Visiting Team vs. Home Team at Site
6 – 10/14/18: Seattle vs. Oakland at Tottenham Hotspur
7 or 8 – 10/21/18 or 10/28/18: Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium
Week 7 or 8 – 10/21/18 or 10/28/18: Tennessee vs. Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium

English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is the site of the first game of the 2018 London schedule in Week 6 on Sunday, October 14, as the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders, the home team in London for a second time, welcome the Seahawks to Tottenham for their first game in London. Tottenham’s new stadium becomes the third venue to stage a regular-season game in the United Kingdom, joining Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium.

The following two weeks, October 21 and 28, two additional teams will make their London debuts as visiting teams. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of 2017 playoff teams, while the Tennessee Titans will face the Los Angeles Chargers. The order of the games, along with all kickoff times, will be confirmed at a later date.

“We continue to be very excited by the growth of the NFL in the United Kingdom,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the New York Times, The Newark Daily News, USA Today, NFL Network and ESPN. “The fans have demonstrated outstanding support and passion for the NFL over the past 11 seasons and we look forward to some great games in London this year. A key feature of our success is playing in iconic, world-renowned venues like Wembley and Twickenham and we look forward to playing in what will be another incredible setting for NFL football at Tottenham’s new stadium.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “London is the international home of the NFL and I am really excited to welcome the world’s best American football stars and their thousands of fans from around the globe back to our city.  I’m delighted Tottenham Hotspur’s fantastic new stadium is joining the line-up of world-class sports arenas in our great city. Spurs’ new ground will stage one game in its first year of opening and in 2019 we look forward to going back to staging at least four NFL games in London. Once again, London has shown why it is the sporting capital of the world and open to the very best sports events.”

By the end of the 2018 season, the NFL will have played 24 regular-season games in London, with 29 of 32 teams having participated.

“This is another important year as we develop our plans for London and the United Kingdom,” NFL Executive Vice President of International and Events Mark Waller told USA Today and the London Times.

“By playing games on three consecutive weeks we will learn a lot, both from the fans buying tickets and attending games and from a logistics and organizational standpoint. We are very excited about playing our first game at Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium and will follow our usual pattern of playing one game in our first season at a new venue, as we did at Wembley and Twickenham in previous years. This enables us to achieve important learnings relating to the fans’ preferences, ticketing, team logistics and local transportation and infrastructure in order to create the best possible experience and environment. We will play an additional game at Tottenham in a future season, over and above the planned two per year, to make up for this.”

The NFL and Tottenham Hotspur announced in 2015 that they had reached agreement for a minimum of two games per year to be played during a 10-year partnership. The state-of-the-art stadium, due to open this summer, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that will be used for NFL games. It will also have customized features such as locker rooms, medical and media facilities and a dedicated entrance.

“This is a milestone year for the club as we look ahead to the opening of our new stadium and all that it will bring to the area of Tottenham,” said Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

“The announcement of the first game of the NFL’s 2018 London Games to take place at our new home heralds the commencement of our 10-year partnership. This is one of the cornerstones of our vision for creating a world-class sports and leisure destination that will make Tottenham a hive of activity 365 days a year and drive the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of London. The NFL will bring a whole new audience to the local area, showcase Tottenham and bring further economic and social benefits with truly global coverage and attraction.”

The NFL kicked off its series of regular-season games in London in 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on their way to winning the Super Bowl. The home of English football has now hosted 18 NFL games, with almost 1.5 million fans in attendance.

“The NFL holds huge value and importance to Wembley Stadium. We are proud to have hosted games under the arch for the past decade and to have played a key role in the growth of the sport,” said Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of the Football Association. NFL games bring people to the stadium from all over the world, provide a boost to the local economy, and are among the highlights of the Wembley events calendar. Working closely together, we have been able to share knowledge and expertise with the NFL and continue to learn a great deal from their events and the activation of their games. We are very excited to be welcoming some outstanding playoff teams to the stadium in 2018 and hope our strong partnership will continue for years to come.”

Three of the six teams playing in London in 2018 have made the playoffs this season (Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Tennessee), while two more finished the season with winning records (Seattle, Los Angeles Chargers).

All four winning teams in the NFL’s 2017 London Games went on to win their divisions: Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South), New Orleans Saints (NFC South), Los Angeles Rams (NFC West), Minnesota Vikings (NFC North).

Ticketing details will be announced by NFL UK on January 18. Anyone interested in registering their interest in attending any of the games can do so at http://www.ticketmaster.com/nfl to ensure they receive all the latest information.

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12 weeks down, five to go.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jones has 563 receptions in 90 career games and passed ANQUAN BOLDIN (558) for the most catches by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (563)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (558)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (554)

Jones has 8,649 receiving yards and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (8,502) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first 90 games in NFL history.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 90 CAREER GAMES)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (8,649)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (8,502)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEAM – SEASON (PLAYER – SCRIMMAGE YDS/TDS)(PLAYER – SCRIMMAGE YDS/TDS)
New Orleans – 2017 (Alvin Kamara – 1,094/9)(Mark Ingram – 1,055/8)
Green Bay – 2014 (Jordy Nelson – 1,066/9)(Eddie Lacy – 1,007/9)
Indianapolis – 2000 (Edgerrin James – 1,586/14)(Marvin Harrison – 1,066/8)^
St. Louis – 2000 (Marshall Faulk – 1,447/15)(Isaac Bruce – 1,185/9)
Indianapolis – 1999 (Edgerrin James – 1,547/9)(Marvin Harrison – 1,118/12)^
Dallas – 1995 (Emmitt Smith – 1,643/20)Michael Irvin – 1,169/8)^
Dallas – 1966 (Dan Reeves – 1,088/14)(Bob Hayes – 1,002/10)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilson ties for third in the NFL with 3,029 passing yards and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-17)
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (2011-16)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2011-16)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (1998-2003)

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

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

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

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

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

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

The quarterbacks with at least 50,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (69,140)*
Tom Brady – New England (64,956)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (50,625)*
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh (49,762)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brown, who has 561 receptions since 2013, can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (563 from 1999-2003) for the most catches by a player over any five-year span in NFL history when the Steelers play at Cincinnati Monday night.

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

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

Brown, who has 7,510 receiving yards since 2013, can also surpass Harrison (7,594 from 1999-2003) for the most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS; RECEIVING YARDS)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1999-2003; 7,594)^
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (2013-17; 7,510)*
Calvin Johnson – Detroit (2011-15; 7,428)
Torry Holt – St. Louis (2000-04; 7,368)
Calvin Johnson – Detroit (2010-14; 7,334)
*In fifth season of span
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Since they’re both tied for first in the NFC South and they’re both divisional rivals, it’s only fitting that this one’s “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

The winner? They have an almost clear shot to win the NFC South. The loser? While they may be out of the race for the divisional title, they’re not out of the playoff party. Carolina’s got a chip on its shoulder and they would love nothing more than to take the Saints to task. They’ll get that chance. Carolina’s finer and they cover the 4 1/2 on the road and take the win.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATLANTA at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter): NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 134 (Atlanta), 133 (New York Jets); XM: 381 (Atlanta), 228 (New York Jets)

Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London) on NFL Network: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Derek Rackley; SIRIUS: 93 (WestWood1), 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Cleveland); XM: 225 (WestWood1), 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Cleveland)

Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 113 (Oakland), 81 (Buffalo); XM: 386 (Oakland), 81 (Buffalo)

Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Chargers), 82 (New England); XM: 385 (Los Angeles Chargers), 82 (New England)

Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 121 (Indianapolis), 112 (Cincinnati); XM: 387 (Indianapolis), 227 (Cincinnati)

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 146 (San Francisco), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 383 (San Francisco), 83 (Philadelphia)

Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Justin Kutcher, Chris Spielman, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 93 (Ne Orleans); XM: 384 (Chicago), 225 (New Orleans)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 157 (Carolina), 138 (Tampa Bay); XM: 382 (Carolina), 226 (Tampa Bay)

Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mike Holmgren; SIRIUS: 81 (Houston), 138 (Seattle); XM: 81 (Houston), 226 (Seattle)

Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 83 (Dallas), 93 (Washington); XM: 83 (Dallas), 225 (Washington)

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

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

Sunday and Monday Referees
ATLANTA at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London): Jeff Triplette
Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m.: Pete Morelli
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.: Terry McAulay
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m.: John Hussey
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Tony Corrente

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Team In CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite             Spread      Underdog                O/U
Atlanta              –  5        NEW YORK JETS           47
Minnesota            –  9 1/2    CLEVELAND               38 #
NEW ORLEANS          –  9        Chicago                 47 1/2
TAMPA BAY            –  2 1/2    Carolina                44
PHILADELPHIA         – 10 1/2    San Francisco           47 1/2
BUFFALO              –  2 1/2    Oakland                 46
CINCINNATI           – 10        Indianapolis            41 1/2
NEW ENGLAND          –  7        Los Angeles Chargers    48
SEATTLE              –  5 1/2    Houston                 45 1/2
Dallas               –  2 1/2    WASHINGTON              50 1/2
Pittsburgh           –  3        DETROIT                 45

Monday’s Game
Favorite             Spread      Underdog                O/U
KANSAS CITY          –  7 1/2    Denver                  45

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Atlanta at New YOrk Jets, 1 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: LB Duke Riley (Knee), LB Jordan Tripp (Concussion)

New York Jets
OUT: TE Jordan Leggett (Knee), T Brandon Shell (Neck), CB Darryl Skrine (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

 

Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 p.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), G Jeremiah Sirles (Knee), DE Stephen Weatherly (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (Hip), WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), T Riley Reiff (Knee), G Nicholas Easton (Calf), WR Michael Floyd (Hamstring)

Cleveland
OUT: DE Myles Garrett (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jason McCourty (Ankle), DT Olumide Ogunjobi (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Trevon Coley (Neck), S Jabrill Peppers (Toe)

Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: CB David Amerson (Foot), CB Gareon Conley (Shin)
DOUBTFUL: S Karl Joseph (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cory James (Knee), P Marquette King (Groin), LB Marquel Lee (Ankle), LB Nicholas Morrow (Ankle), T Marshall Newhouse (Foot)

Buffalo
OUT: TE Charles Clay (Knee), CB Edwin Gaines (Hamstring), LB Ramon Humber (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: G Richie Incognito (Ankle), S Jordan Poyer (Knee)

Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder), CB Rashaan Melvin (Concussion), LB John Simon (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: S Darius Butler (Ankle), S T.J. Green (Hamstring), C Ryan Kelly (Knee)

Cincinnati
OUT: WR Tyler Boyd (Knee), WR Cody Core (Concussion), LB Kevin Minter (Elbow), TE Ryan Hewitt (Knee)

Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Melvin Gordon (Foot), DT Corey Liuget (Back)

New England
OUT: DT Malcom Brown (Ankle), LB Qualin Hightower (Shoulder), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Knee), CB Stephon Gilmore (Concussion), DE Lawrence Guy (Chest), DE Cassius Marsh (Shoulder), LB Elandon Roberts (Ankle)

Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: CB Sherrick McManis (Hamstring), DE Roy Robertson-Harris (Hamstring), LB John Timu (Ankle), WR Markus Wheaton (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Benny Cunningham (Hamstring), C Hroniss Grasu (Hand)

New Orleans
OUT: G Lawrence Warford (Abdomen)

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: DE Aaron Lynch (Calf), CB K’Waun Williams (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trenton Brown (Concussion), G Brandon Fusco (Biceps), WR Marquise Goodwin (Back), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle)

Philadelphia
OUT: LB Jordan Hicks (Achilles)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Ronald Darby (Ankle)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: C Ryan Kalil (Neck), T John Theus (Concussion), RB Foswhitt Whittaker (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Alex Armah (Hamstring), S Kurtis Coleman (Knee), TE Edward Dickson (Ankle), K Graham Gano (Knee), LB  Luke Kuechly (Concussion)

Tampa Bay
OUT: CB Brent Grimes (Shoulder), CB Robert McClain (Concussion), S Joshua Robinson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Christopher Baker (Ankle), DE Ryan Russell (Shoulder), QB Jameis Winston (Right Shoulder)

Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

Houston
OUT: T Chris Clark (Calf), LB Dylan Cole (Hamstring), DE Joel Heath (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jelani Jenkins (Hand), DT Kendall Langford (Back)

Seattle
OUT: G Luke Joeckel (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: C Justin Britt (Ankle), CB Jeremy Lane (Groin), DE Marcus Smith (Ankle)

Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring), K Dan Bailey (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Kyle Wilber (Knee), DT Maliek Collins (Foot), LB Justin Durant (Groin)

Washington
OUT: C Spencer Long (Knee), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle), LB Mason Foster (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T Morgan Moses (Ankle), G Brandon Scherff (Knee), T Trent Williams (Knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (Knee), G Tyler Catalina (Concussion), S Deshazor Everett (Hamstring), S Stefan McClure (Knee), CB Fabian Moreau (Hamstring),
CB Joshua Norman (Rib), LB Preston Smith (Groin)

Pittsburgh at Detroitt, 8:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring), TE Vance McDonald (Knee), DE Stephon Tuitt (Back)

Detroit
OUT: T Emmett Cleary (Ankle), WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring), T Gregory Robinson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Paul Worrilow (Knee), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), WR Golden Tate (Shoulder)

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

Denver
OUT: T Donald Stephenson (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Todd Davis (Ankle), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle), DE Derek Wolfe (Hand), TE Virgil Green (Shoulder)

Kansas City
QUESTIONABLE: G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Knee), LB Justin Houston (Knee)

Sunday and Monday Weather

ATLANTA at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of rain and 66 degrees
Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London): Mostly cloudy and 54 degrees
Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and a 44 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 20 percent chance of rain and 66 degrees
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 43 degrees
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with an 70 percent chance of rain and 67 degrees
Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 66 degrees
Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 57 degrees
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m.: Cloudy with a 70 percent chance of rain and 58 degrees
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m.: Game indoors
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Partly cloudy and 32 degrees

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

 

The NFL season is nearing the halfway point and the standings remain close. Through the first seven weeks, 26 teams have at least three wins. Leading the way are six clubs with at least five victories: Philadelphia (6-1), Kansas City (5-2), the Los Angeles Rams (5-2), Minnesota (5-2), New England (5-2) and Pittsburgh (5-2). Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, nearly 80 percent (197 of 247) of the previous teams to start 5-2 or better advanced to the postseason.

Entering Week 8, there are 20 teams with a .500 or better winning percentage and 14 clubs with a winning record. Since 1990, 285 of the league’s 324 playoff teams (88 percent) had a winning record through seven games.

But nothing is a given in the NFL. There have been 39 teams since 1990 which had a .500 or lower record after seven games to advance to the postseason. That includes five teams over the past two seasons: Houston (2-5), Kansas City (2-5), Seattle (3-4) and Washington (3-4) in 2015 and Miami (3-4) last year. Even winless San Francisco and Cleveland, both 0-7, still have post-season hopes.

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK SEVEN

RISING ROOKIES: Through the first seven weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 9,813 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 7 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 7*
2017 – 9,813
2014 – 9,027
1983 – 8,118
2013 – 7,943
1971 – 7,713

*Excludes 1987 season

Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt, who leads the NFL with 1,002 scrimmage yards and ranks second with six touchdowns, became the second rookie in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in his team’s first seven games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,045 in 1983).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in 2017:

PLAYER, TEAM – SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City – 1,002
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville – 732
Tarik Cohen, Chicago – 454
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota – 444
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina – 443

Rookies have also totaled 71 touchdowns through Week 7, the most through the first seven weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 7*
2017 – 71
1983 – 65
2014 – 64
2013 – 60
1971 – 58

*Excludes 1987 season

The rookies with the most touchdowns in 2017:

PLAYER, TEAM – TOTAL TDS
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville – 7
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City – 6
Evan Engram, New York Giants – 3
O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay – 3
Aaron Jones, Green Bay – 3
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – 3
David Njoku, Cleveland – 3
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh – 3

ZEROING IN: Three teams – Jacksonville and both Los Angeles teams, the Rams and Chargers, held their opponents scoreless in Week 7.

The last time there were more shutouts in a single week was Week 12 of the 1983 season (four).

STREAKING SMITH: Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 342 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 127.3 rating in the Chiefs’ 31-30 loss at Oakland in Week 7.

Smith, who leads the NFL in passer rating (120.5) and ties for second with 15 touchdown passes, has thrown at least one touchdown pass and zero interceptions in seven consecutive games. The seven-game streak is tied for the third-longest in NFL history, trailing only Tom Brady (11) and Milt Plum (10).

Smith and Plum (1960 Cleveland) are the only players in NFL history to throw at least one touchdown pass without an interception in each of his team’s first seven games of a season.

The most consecutive games with a touchdown pass and zero interceptions in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON(S), CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 1+ TD PASS & 0 INTS)
Tom Brady, New England (2010, 11)
Milt Plum, Cleveland (1959-1960, 10)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 7)*
Jake Plummer, Denver (2005, 7)
Many tied with 6
*Active streak

EVERY GAME EVERSON: Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen recorded two sacks in the Vikings’ 24-16 win against Baltimore last week.

Griffen, who ranks third in the NFL with nine sacks, has at least one sack in each of the Vikings’ seven games this season and is the sixth player to record a sack in each of his team’s first seven games of a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with at least one sack in each of their team’s first seven games of a season:

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

JULIO 8K: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had 99 receiving yards with a touchdown catch in the Falcons’ 23-7 loss at New England in Week 7.

Jones, who has 8,076 career receiving yards in 85 games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (8,118) as the only players in NFL history with at least 8,000 receiving yards through 85 career games.

The most receiving yards through a player’s first 85 career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (8,118)^
Julio Jones, Atlanta (8,076)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (7.370)^
Randy Moss, Minnesota (7,258)
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (7,147)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SACKSONVILLE: The Jacksonville Jaguars, led by defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue (2.5 sacks) and Calais Campbell (two), recorded 10 sacks in the team’s 27-0 win at Indianapolis last week.

The Jaguars, who recorded 10 sacks in Week 1, are the first team in NFL history to record at least 10 sacks in two of the team’s first seven games of a season. Jacksonville has a bye this week.

Jacksonville is the third team with at least 10 sacks in multiple games in a single season, joining the 1984 Chicago Bears (two games) and the 1967 Oakland Raiders (two).

Campbell, who has 10 sacks in his first season with Jacksonville, has the most sacks by a player in his first seven games with a team since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The most sacks by a player in his first seven games with a team since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SACKS)
Calais Campbell, Jacksonville (2017, 10)
Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo (2016, 9)
Marcellus Wiley, San Diego (2001, 8.5)
Hugh Douglas, Philadelphia (1998, 8.5)
Charlie Clemons, New Orleans (2001, 8)
Darion Conner, New Orleans (1994, 8)
William Fuller, Philadelphia (1994, 8)

RING THE BELL: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell had 192 scrimmage yards (134 rushing, 58 receiving) in the Steelers’ 29-14 win against Cincinnati last week.

Bell, who recorded his 35th game with at least 100 scrimmage yards in his 54th career game, tied Adrian Peterson (54 games) for the fifth-fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history.

The players to reach 35 career games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 35 CAREER GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (41)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (47)^
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (50)^
Terrell Davis, Denver (53)^
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (54)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (54)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TREMENDOUS TUCKER: Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker converted all three of his field-goal attempts, including a 57-yarder, in the Ravens’ loss at Minnesota in Week 7.

Tucker, who has 30 career field goals of at least 50 yards in 87 career games, reached 30 career 50-yard field goals in the fewest games in NFL history. Detroit kicker Matt Prater (126 games) previously held the record.

The kickers to reach 30 career 50-yard field goals in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER (TEAM(S) – FEWEST GAMES TO 30 CAREER 50-YARD FGS)
Justin Tucker (Baltimore – 87)
Matt Prater (Denver and Detroit – 126)
Jason Elam (Denver – 157)

HELPFUL HEATH: Dallas safety Jeff Heath converted two of three extra-point attempts in the Cowboys’ 40-10 win at San Francisco last week.

Heath, who took over kicking duties following an injury to Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, joined Houston’s Ted Thompson (November 23, 1980) and Detroit’s Wayne Walker (September 26, 1971) as the only non-kickers/punters to convert at least two extra-point attempts in a single game in NFL history.

PLAYER, TEAM (POSITION)(DATE – EXTRA POINTS MADE)
Ted Thompson, Houston (LB)(November 23, 1980 – 4)
Jeff Heath, Dallas (S)(October 22, 2017 – 2)
Wayne Walker, Detroit (LB)(September 26, 1971 – 2)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 8

COMPLETE PERFORMANCE: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1 percent) for 331 yards and one touchdown in the Saints’ 26-17 win at Green Bay in Week 7.

With 12 completions against Chicago on Sunday, Brees, who has 5,988 career completions, would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (6,300) and Peyton Manning (6,125) as the only players with at least 6,000 career completions in NFL history.

Brees, who will play in his 240th career game on Sunday, would reach 6,000 career completions in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing Manning (259) and Favre (286).

The players with the most completions in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CAREER COMPLETIONS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (6,300)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis at Denver (6,125)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (5,988)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CLEAN SHEET: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith passed for 342 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Chiefs’ Week 7 loss to Oakland last Thursday.

Smith, who has three games with at least 300 passing yards, three or more touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, can join Tom Brady (2007) as the only players with four such games in his team’s first eight games to start a season.

Smith, who has 15 touchdown passes and zero interceptions this season, has the fourth-most touchdown passes without an interception to start a season in the NFL history.

The players with the most touchdown passes without an interception to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON-TD PASSES WITHOUT INT TO START SEASON)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013-20)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia (2013-19)
Milt Plum, Cleveland (1960-16)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017-15)

WINSTON ON HIS WAY: Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 384 yards and three touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ Week 7 loss at Buffalo.

Winston has 9,775 passing yards in 38 career games. With 225 passing yards against Carolina on Sunday, Winston would tie Peyton Manning (39 games) for the sixth-fewest games played to reach 10,000 career passing yards.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES TO REACH 10,000 PASSING YARDS)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (36)^
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (37)
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (38)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (38)
Dan Marino, Miami (38)^
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (39)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay (38)*
*Has 9,775 career passing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PASSING FOR 200: Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has passed for 12 touchdowns this season, including three in Week 6.

Stafford has 199 touchdown passes in 115 career games. With one touchdown pass against Pittsburgh on Sunday night, Stafford would tie Tom Brady (116 games) for the fifth-fewest games played to reach 200 career touchdown passes.

The players to reach 200 career touchdown passes in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES TO REACH 200 TD PASSES)
Dan Marino, Miami (89)^
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (99)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (106)
Brett Favre, Atlanta and Green Bay (107)^
Tom Brady, New England (116)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (115)*
*Has 199 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RACKING UP THE YARDS: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell had 192 scrimmage yards (134 rushing, 58 receiving) in the Steelers’ 29-14 win against Cincinnati in Week 7 at Heinz Field last Sunday afternoon.

Bell, who ranks third in the NFL with 898 scrimmage yards this season, has 6,948 scrimmage yards in 54 career games. With 148 scrimmage yards on Sunday night against Detroit, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (7,095) for the most scrimmage yards in a player’s first 55 career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first 55 career games played:

PLAYER, TEAM (SCRIMMAGE YARDS THROUGH 55 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (7,095)^
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (6,969)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (6,948)*
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (6,929)^
Terrell Davis, Denver (6,819)^
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (6,680)^
*Has played 54 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RIDICULOUS ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 117 yards from scrimmage (87 rushing, 30 receiving) in the Chiefs’ Week 7 game against Oakland.

With 98 scrimmage yards against Denver on Monday Night Football, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 1,002 scrimmage yards, will become the fourth rookie in NFL history with at least 1,100 scrimmage yards in his team’s first eight games of a season.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 8 GAMES)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 1,242)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 1,235)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 1,175)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994 – 1,051)^
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016 – 1,046)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 1,002)*
*Through seven games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

EVERY DAY EVERSON: Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen registered two sacks in the Vikings’ 24-16 win over Baltimore in Week 7.

Griffen, who ranks third in the NFL with nine sacks, has recorded a sack in all seven of Minnesota’s games this season. With a sack on Sunday against Cleveland at London’s Twickenham Stadium, Griffen would become the third player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight 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 eight games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis (2009)
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis (2005)
Everson Griffen, Minnesota (2017)*
*Has sack in each of 1st 7 games

SACK ATTACK: Los Angeles Chargers defensive ends Melvin Ingran and Joey Bosa combined for three sacks in the team’s 21-0 victory against Denver in Week 7.

Ingram, who has 8.5 sacks, and Bosa, who has 7.5 sacks, can become the fifth pair of teammates to each record at least nine sacks in their team’s first eight games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The teammates to each record at least nine sacks in their team’s first eight games to start a season since 1982:

TEAM (SEASON: PLAYER – SACKS; PLAYER – SACKS)
Kansas City (2013: Justin Houston – 11; Tamba Hall – 9)
Pittsburgh (2008: James Harrison 10; Lamarr Woodley 9.5)
Tampa Bay (2000: Warren Sapp – 10.5; Marcus Jones – 10)^
Detroit (1983: William Gay – 10.5; Doug English – 9)
Los Angeles Chargers (2017: Melvin Ingram – 8.5; Joey Bosa – 7.5)
*Through seven games
^ Sapp is a Pro Football Hall of Famer

GO THE DISTANCE: Buffalo kicker STEPHEN HAUSCHKA made three field goals, including a 52-yarder, in the Bills’ Week 7 win against Tampa Bay.

Hauschka, who has converted all five of his 50+ yard field goal attempts this season, has made each of the past 12 field goals of at least 50 yards he has attempted. If Hauschka converts his next 50+ yard attempt, he would set the NFL record for the most consecutive 50+ yard field goals made.

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

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

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Chicago rookie safety Eddie Jackson had a 76-yard interception-return touchdown and a 75-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Bears’ 17-3 win against Carolina. Jackson is the first player in NFL history with multiple defensive touchdowns of at least 75 yards in a single game. He is the only rookie in NFL history with two 75-yard defensive touchdowns in a single season.
There were three touchdowns of at least 45 yards scored by rookies on Sunday – a 76-yard interception-return touchdown by Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson, a 75-yard fumble-return touchdown by Jackson and a 46-yard run by Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones. Rookies have scored 16 touchdowns of at least 45 yards this season, the most such scores through the first seven weeks of a season since 1970.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1 percent) for 331 yards with one touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in the Saints’ 26-17 win at Green Bay. Brees threw his 500th career touchdown pass (including the postseason) and is the fourth player in NFL history to reach 500 career touchdown passes (including the postseason), joining Peyton Manning (579), Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (552) and Tom Brady (532 entering Sunday night).

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott completed 16 of 25 passes (64 percent) for 234 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 134 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 40-10 win at San Francisco. He also added a touchdown run.  Prescott has seven career games with at least three touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions. In a player’s first two seasons, only Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino had more (nine).

Jacksonville, led by defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue (2.5 sacks) and Calais Campbell (two), recorded 10 sacks in the team’s 27-0 win at Indianapolis. The Jaguars, who recorded 10 sacks in Week 1, are the first team in NFL history to record at least 10 sacks in two of the team’s first seven games of a season.

Jacksonville is the third team with at least 10 sacks in multiple games in a single season, joining the 1984 Chicago Bears (two games) and the 1967 Oakland Raiders (two). Campbell, who has 10 sacks in his first season with Jacksonville, has the most sacks by a player in his first seven games with a team since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen recorded two sacks in the Vikings’ 24-16 win against Baltimore. Griffen, who has at least one sack in each of the Vikings’ seven games this season, is the sixth player to record a sack in each of his team’s first seven games of a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster had a 31-yard touchdown catch in the Steelers’ 29-14 win at home against Cincinnati. Smith-Schuster, who doesn’t turn 21 years old until November 22, has three career touchdown receptions, the most in NFL history by a player before his 21st birthday.

Byes in Week 8, you ask? Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Tennessee get to play hooky this week. Detroit and Houston come back to action from their week seven vacation. As for last week… things were much better pick-wise, as we went 9-6 and for the year, that puts us at 64-43. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Week eight began in Baltimore as the Ravens shut out Miami 40-0 Thursday night and the Sunday section of the week ends in the Motor City as Pittsburgh and Detroit meet in prime time. Week eight comes to an end in the Midwest as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Denver Broncos in a Monday night AFC West matchup. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for this week.

ATLANTA (3-3) at New York Jets (3-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of struggling teams meet in upstate New Jersey as Atlanta completes its AFC East obligations to take on the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.

The defending NFC champs struggled against New England last Sunday night in Foxboro and fell to the defending Super Bowl champs 23-7 at Gillette Stadium. Trailng 20-0 after three quarters of play (they trailed 17-0 at the break), Atlanta’s only score of the contest came when WR Julio Jones and Ryan connected on a 1-yard TD pass with 4:09 left to play in the contest. New England outrushed Atlanta 162-130 and Ryan threw for 233 yards and the lone TD strike, while Tom Brady threw for 249 yards and a pair of TDs. Atlanta was 2 of 8 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down), keeping the ball for 25:55, while the Pats, who blocked a Matt Bryant field attempt early in the second quarter, ruled the clock by holding the ball for 34:05, while going 7 of 13 on third down Sunday night.

GangGreen let a 21-14 lead at the half in Miami get away from them as they fell to the Dolphins 31-28 at Hard Rock Stadium. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! led by seven at the intermission before the ‘Fins took control of things and came away winners with 22 seconds left when Chris Parkey connected on a 39-yard field goal. Miami outscored the Jets 17-7 in the final 30 minutes of play, scoring those 17 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. The one bright spot for GangGreen was that they outrushed Miami 92-53 ahd Matt Moore took over for Jay Cutler (ribs), throwing for 188 yards and a pair of TDs (Cutler threw for 138 yards and two TDs before the injury). The Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 209 yards and three TDs but was sacked three times in the loss. Miami went 4 of 11 on third down, holding the ball for 31:58, while the Jets were 4 of 11 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 28:02.

Atlahta leads the series 6-5 but the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have outscored Atlanta 209-184 and won the last meeting in 2013 in the Big Peach 30-28. Atlanta’s last win over GangGreen came in the Meadowlands in 2009 by a 10-7 final. Atlanta’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 47. The Falcons have basically had their fill of the AFC East and would love to send a message to that divison, while GangGreen would love nothing more than to see the defending NFC champs go 0-4 against the division. Atlanta’s sending a message and taking this one in the Meadowlands, covering the 5.

Minnesota (5-2) at Cleveland (0-7), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London) on NFL Network. The final game of the 2017 London series takes place at Twickenham Stadium Sunday morning, while most of America is at church as Minnesota and Cleveland make their way across the Atlantic.

Minnesota took Baltimore to the woodshed last Sunday in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, taking down the Ravens 24-16 at Minnesota last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. The first-place Vikings led 9-6 at the intermission in the Land of 10,000 Lakes before they pulled away in the final minutes to take the win. The home team outrushed Baltimore 169-64 (with Minnesota’s Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 113 yards and a TD), while Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 188 yards. As for the Ravens, Baltimore’s Joe Flacco threw for 186 yards (five sacks) and a TD pass to Chris Moore as time expired. Baltimore went 6 of 16 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:59, while Minnesota kept the ball for 32:01, going 7 of 15 on third down conversions.

The Browns were so close, yet fell to Tennessee 12-9 in overtime along the shores of Lake Erie at FirstEnergy Stadium last Sunday, in a contest that was an all-field goal affair. Cleveland trailed 6-3 at the half and then tied the contest up with a pair of Zane Gonzalez field goals in the second, with the game tying score coming with 47 seconds left in regulation. The two teams each had the ball twice and after Cleveland failed in their try to score to win the game or take the lead, the Titans went to work, taking the clock down to the 2-minute warning and the Titans sent Browns fans home in a somewhat chippy mood when Ryan Succop connected on a 47-yard field goal, sending Cleveland to their seventh loss of the 2017 campaign.

Tennessee outrushed the winless Browns 80-66 and Cleveland went 3 of 13 on third down tries (1 of 2 on fourth down), keeping the ball for 32:42, while the Titans were 5 of 17, 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 35:23, including the overtime,

The Vikings lead the series 10-4 and Minnesota has outscored Cleveland 377-224. Cleveland won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 31-27 winners in the Twin Cities in 2013. As for the Vikings? Their last win in the series came in 2009, along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 34-20. Minnesota’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 38. Cleveland’s bad. They’re not 9 1/2 bad but they’ll make things interesting on the other side of the Atlantic. Minnesota wins this one but expect Cleveland to make it closer than 9 1/2.

Oakland (3-4) at Buffalo (4-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The Silver and Black make their way to upstate New York for an early afternooon meeting with the Buffalo Bills along the shores of Lake Erie.

Oakland erased a 24-10 deficit on the West Coast last Thursday night and came away 31-30 winners over AFC West rival Kansas City. The Thursday night contest featured eight lead changes, three Kansas City penalties in the final seconds of the contest and Marshawn Lynch ejected from the contest for making physical contact with line judge Julian Mapp in the second quarter. The Silver and Black pulled to within six with 11:53 left in the final period when Georgio Tavecchio connected on a 26-yard field goal (Tavecchio was in for Sebastian Janikowski).

Oakland then gave their fan base something to smile about when they used and 11-play, 85-yard drive that burned 2:25 of clock and ended with a two-yard TD pass from Derek Carr (417 yards, 3 TDs) to WR Michael Crabtree with :00 left on the clock. The craziness began when with 23 seconds, Carr connected with WR TE Jared Cook on a 29-yard TD pass. The play was reviewed and the call reversed. Carr tried again, from the 1-yard line, connecting with Crabree. That was erased when the Raiders were called for offensive pass interference. Carr then threw an incomplete pass but the Chiefs were called for holding in the end zone, which put the pigskin on the 1-yard line. Kansas City then got caught again for holding and then the Raiders finally struck pay dirt with the Carr to Crabtree strike. Kansas City outrushed the Raiders 94-88, while the Chiefs’ Smtih threw for 342 yards and three TDs. Oakland on third down went 6 of 13 (the Raiders were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:24, while Kansas City, who held the ball for 30:36, went 8 of 15 on thrid down tries in the Thursday night contest.

Buffalo erased a 6-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter, took a 10-6 lead at halftime against Tampa Bay and came away 30-27 winners over Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers last Sunday in Orchard Park. Buffalo trailed 27-20 with 2:28 left in regulation when LeSean McCoy scored from seven yards out (his second TD of the day) to even things up. Then after the Bills stopped Tampa Bay late in the contest, Buffalo used a 7-play drive that used only 21 yards and 2:06 of clock and sent their fans home happy campers when Steven Hauschka kicked a 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds left. McCoy led all rushers with 91 yards, while Buffalo outrushed Tampa Bay 173-69 and Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and a TD, while Winston threw for 384 yards and three TDs. The victorious Bills were 10 of 16 on third down at New Era Field, keeping the ball for 26:50, while Tampa Bay held the pigskin for 33:10, going 6 of 11 on third down tries.

Buffalo holds a 21-17 lead in the series, while the Silver and Black have outscored the Bills 893-802 (which includes contests that took place in Oakland). Oakland won the last two meetings, both in Oakland and the Raiders prevailed 38-24 last season on the West Coast (Buffalo’s last win in the series came in 2011 in Orchard Park by a final of 38-35).

They meet in week 13 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Oakland erased a 10-9 deficit at the break and proceeded to outscore the Bills 29-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland was outrushed by the Bills 212-139, with Bills RB LeSean McCoy leading all rushers with 130 yards on the ground. Oakland’s passing attack was on track, as Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and a pair of TDs (one going to WR Michael Crabtree), while Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 191 yards but was sacked four times. The Bills went 9 of 15 on third down conversions in northern California and kept the ball for 30:15, while the Raiders 5 of 13 on third down (neither team had a fourth down try) and kept the ball for 29:45.

Oakland covered the 3-point spread, winning at home by 14 and the 62 combined points easily eclipsed the 50 over/under in the week 13 contest in Cali. This time, the oddsmakers like Buffalo as a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 46. Both teams have actually played some pretty decent football of late but not great football. While this one’s not “DRILL WORTHY,” it’s worth your time because both teams are in the hunt. Bills cover the 2 1/2 and win in upstate New York.

Los Angeles Chargers (3-4) at New England (5-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The resurgent Chargers make their way to the East Coast for an early afternoon contest in western Massachusetts to take on Tom Brady and the Pats in Foxboro.

The Chargers took Denver to task last Sunday at Stub Hub Center, shutting out the Broncos 21-0. Los Angeles limited the Broncos to 251 total net yards and became the first team to shutout Denver since November 22, 1992. The Chargers, who rushed for 80 yards, held the Broncos to 69, as Philip Rivers threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs, while Trevor Siemian threw for 207 yards with five sacks and an interception in the lopsided loss. The Bolts were 3 of 12 on third down tries in southern California (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:56, while Denver, who turned the ball over three times, kept the pigskin for 31:04, going 3 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

The defending Super Bowl champs took Atlanta to task 23-7 in a rematch of Super Bowl LI at Gillette Stadium last Sunday night. New England led 17-0 at the half and 20-0 after three quarters of play, allowing Atlanta’s only score of the contest came when WR Julio Jones and Ryan connected on a 1-yard TD pass with 4:09 left to play in the contest. New England outrushed Atlanta 162-130 and Ryan threw for 233 yards and the lone TD strike, while Tom Brady threw for 249 yards and a pair of TDs. Atlanta was 2 of 8 on third down (1 of 3 on fourth down), keeping the ball for 25:55, while the Pats, who blocked a Matt Bryant field attempt early in the second quarter, ruled the clock by holding the ball for 34:05, while going 7 of 13 on third down Sunday night.

The Pats lead the series 21-14-2 (including games that were played at Fenway Park and Qualcomm Stadium) and have outscored the Bolts 883-734. Brady and the Pats won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 23-14 winners at Qualcomm in 2014, while the Chargers’ last win in the series came in 2008 (also at Qualcomm) by a final of 30-10. England’s favored by 7 an the over/under is 48. Pats win but given the fact that the Chargers have been hot of late, don’t expect them to cover the 7.

Indianapolis (2-5) at Cincinnati (2-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling AFC teams meet along the shore of the Ohio River as the Bengals host Indianapolis at Paul Brown Stadium. Both teams enter the Sunday contest with losses under their belts.

The Colts trailed Jacksonville 20-0 at halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium and were shut out by the Jaguars 27-0 in the Hoosier State. Indy was outrushed 188-96, with Jacksonville’s T.Y. Yeldon haunting his old team for 122 yards and a rushing TD. Jacoby Brissett threw for 200 yards in the loss but his offensive line failed him, as Jacksonville sacked him ten times, while Blake Bortles threw for 330 yards and a TD. The Colts were 5 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 3 on fourth down conversions) and kept the ball for 27:13, while Jacksonville ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:47, going 8 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh broke a 7-7 tie after one quarter with the Bengals at Heinz Field and sent Cincinnati 29-14 losers last Sunday. After Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown caught a 7-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to open the scoring, the Bengals tied things up when Andy Dalton connected on a 6-yard TD pass to Brandon LaFell in the waining seconds of the first quarter. The two teams then traded TDs again in the second quarter and the Steelers would take the lead for good when Chris Boswell connected on the first of his five field goals in the contest. Pittsburgh outrushed their AFC North rivals 152-71 and Steelers RB LeVeon Bell ran for 134 yards and Rothelisberger threw for 224 yards, while Dalton threw for 140 yards (both men threw a pair of TDs). The Bengals were 3 of 11 on third down tries (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:45, while the Steelers were 2 of 11 and 1 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 35:15.

Including games that were played when the Colts were in Baltimore, Indy holds a 17-10 lead in the series and have outscored the Bengals 693-597. Indy’s last win in the series came in 2014, when the Colts shut out Cincinnati 27-0 in the Hoosier State, while the Bengals’ last win over the Colts came in 2013 along the shores of the Ohio River by a final of 42-28. The Bengals are favored by 10 and the over/under is 40 1/2. If you’re a fan of either team, watch this one by all means; otherwise, may we suggest the “Lifetime Christmas Movie Marathon?” (there’s nothing funnier than Grumpy Cat!) Indy makes it close but Cincy prevails at home.

San Francisco (0-7) at Philadelphia (6-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. The winless 49ers travel to the City of Brotherly Love to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

San Francisco remained winless last week after their 40-10 loss to Dallas in Santa Clara last Sunday. San Francisco trailed 20-3 at the half and could never get on track, as Dallas held them in check during the game. Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott ran for 147 yards and a pair of TDs as Dallas sacked 49ers QB C.J. Bethard (235 yards) five times, while they outrushed San Francisco 265-103 and Dak Prescott threw for 234 yards and three TDs, one to Elliott and the others going to WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten. Dallas went 7 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 32:50, while the 49ers, who held the ball for 27:10, went 6 of 13 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Philadelphia led Washington 17-10 at the intermission last Monday night and came away 34-24 winners in the City of Brotherly Love at Lincoln Financial Field. Carson Wentz threw four TD passes in the NFC East matchup in primetime, while throwing for 268 yards and rushing for 63 yards of his own. Philly outrushed Washington 127-75, while Washington QB Kirk Cousins threw for 303 yards and four TDs but was sacked four times (Wentz was sacked three times). Philly was 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:45, while Washington ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:15 and went 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The 49ers lead the series 18-12-1 (which includes contests that took place at Keezar Stadium, Veterans Stadium and Candlestick Park), while the Eagles have outscored San Francsico 716-709. The 49ers have won the last two contests in the series, coming away 26-21 winners in 2014 in northern California, while the Eagles’ last win over the 49ers came in 2010 (also in San Francisco) by a final of 27-24. Philly’ favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. We admit that the 49ers are bad. They’re not 10 1/2 bad. Still, Philadelphia prevails in this one and takes the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Chicago (3-4) at New Orleans (4-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Deep dish pizza meets gumbo in the Bayou as Chicago travels to New Orleans for a meeting with the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy.

Chicago held Carolina to a Chris Gano field goal in the second quarter as they fell to Chicago 17-3 at Soldier Field last Sunday afternoon. Da Bears’ defense was the star of the show, as DB Eddie Jackson burned Carolina for two TDs off turnovers, first running back a fumble 75 yards for the game’s first score, then picking off Newton with a 76 yard interception return to take a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Although Carolina outrushed Chicago 108-68 and Newton threw for 211 yards, Chicago forced three turnovers (Newton had two interceptions and was sacked five times), while rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 107 yards with four sacks. Carolina went 6 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 38:35, while Chicago needed only 21:25 of clock, going 2 of 11 on third down tries.

New Orleans erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit against Green Bay at Lambeau last Sunday afternoon and took a 26-17 over the Packers in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. Drew Brees threw for 331 yards and a TD and ran for a TD late in the contest, as the Saints took a 14-7 lead with them to the intermission. Mark Ingram ran for 105 yards and a TD, while Green Bay’s Aaron Jones ran for 131 yards and a TD. Green Bay outrushed the Saints 181-161 but kept rookie QB Brett Hundley, who took over for Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone) in check, holding him to 87 yards passing. New Orleans went 8 of 15 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions at Lambeau, keeping the ball for 36:56, while the Packers were 23:04 in time of possession, going 4 of 11 on third down.

New Orleans leads the series 14-13, while Da Bears have outscored the Saints 548-539. New Orleans have won the last three meetings (taking the two meetings in the Windy City) coming away 31-15 winners in 2014, while Chicago’s last win came in the Windy City in 2008, as Da Bears needed overtime to take a 27-24 win at Solider Field. The Saints are favored by 9 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Da Bears make this one an upset in the Big Easy and wins in the Bayou.

Carolina (4-3) at Tampa Bay (2-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of former Heisman Trophy QBs meet in the Sunshine State as Cam Newton and Jameis Winston meet in an NFC South showdown at Raymond James Stadium.

The Panthers found themselves held to a Chris Gano field goal in the second quarter as they fell to Chicago 17-3 at Soldier Field last Sunday afternoon. DB Eddie Jackson burned Carolina for two TDs off turnovers, first running back a fumble 75 yards for the game’s first score, then picking off Newton with a 76 yard interception return to take a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Although Carolina outrushed Chicago 108-68 and Newton threw for 211 yards, Chicago forced three turnovers (Newton had two interceptions and was sacked five times), while rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 107 yards with four sacks. Carolina went 6 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 38:35, while Chicago needed only 21:25 of clock, going 2 of 11 on third down tries.

Tampa Bay and Winston trailed 10-6 at halftime against Buffalo and fell 30-27 last Sunday in Orchard Park. The Bucs led 27-20 with 2:28 left in regulation when LeSean McCoy scored from seven yards out (his second TD of the day) to even things up. Then after Tampa Bay was stopped late in the contest and punted, Buffalo used a 7-play drive that used only 21 yards and 2:06 of clock and sent their fans home happy campers when Steven Hauschka kicked a 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds left. McCoy led all rushers with 91 yards, while Buffalo outrushed Tampa Bay 173-69 and Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and a TD, while Winston threw for 384 yards and three TDs. The victorious Bills were 10 of 16 on third down at New Era Field, keeping the ball for 26:50, while Tampa Bay held the pigskin for 33:10, going 6 of 11 on third down tries.

Carolina leads the series 20-13 and have outscored Tampa Bay 725-572. The Buccaneers swept the series last year (Carolina’s last win came in 2015, when they swept the series enroute to Super Bowl 50, coming away 38-10 winners in Charlotte).

The first meeting? Week five in the Tar Heel State. With Newton out of the lineup (shoulder), Carolina managed to erase a 6-0 deficit at the half at Bank of America Stadium, using a pair of Cameron Artis-Payne rushing TDs to take a 14-6 lead with 6:03 left in the third, only to see that lead disappear when Winston and WR Mike Evans connected on a 26-yard TD pass and two-point conversion to tie things up in the third quarter. Later in the contest, the Bucs used an 11-play, 66-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, using the final 1:49 left on the clock and took the win as time expired when K Roberto Aguayo sent his 38-yard FG try through the uprights. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 136-113 (Tampa Bay’s Jacquizz Rodgers led all rushers with 101 yards) and Winston threw for 219 yards, while Newton’s replacement Derek Anderson threw for 278 yards and a pair of interceptions. Carolina on third down tries in the Monday night contest went 1 of 8 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:51, while Tampa Bay was 6 of 15 on third down and kept the ball for 34:09, including the final 1:49 of the contest.

Tampa Bay made it a clean sweep in the series, taking a 17-16 win in the Sunshine State in week 17. The Bucs broke a 10-10 tie after three quarters of play, taking the lead for keeps when Winston and Evans connected on a 10-yard TD strike with 3:13 left in regulation. Carolina pulled to within one with 17 seconds left when Newton and WR Kelvin Benjamin connected on a 5-yard TD pass. Carolina missed the extra point that would have at best sent the game to overtime and the Panthers tried an onside kick. The onside try failed, Tampa Bay got the ball, ran out the clock and took the win. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 128-112, while Winston threw for 202 yards and Newton (three interceptions) threw for 237 yards.

Carolina was favored by 4 1/2 in the week five Monday night contest in Charlotte and the Bucs came away 3-point winners. The 44 1/2 over/under was safe, as both clubs scored only 31 points. The Bucs were 6 1/2 point favorites in the season finale at Tampa but failed to cover, as they came away 1-point winners. The two clubs also missed the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying only 33 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Buccaneers as a 2 1/2 point favorite in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make sense and both are trying to unthrone Atlanta as the champion in the NFC South, while passing New Orleans for the lead in the division. Carolina makes this one intersting but Tampa Bay prevails at home, even though they may not cover the 2 1/2.

Houston (3-3) at Seattle (4-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. Waston meets Wilson as the Houston Texans travel to the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks to face the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field.

Houston took the winless Browns to task two weeks ago and took a 33-17 win over Cleveland at NRG Stadium. Although the Texans led 24-3 at the half, Cleveland 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.

Erasing a 7-3 deficit against the New York Giants in the Meadowlands last Sunday, Seattle went on to score their final 21 points of the contest on the Jersey Shores unchallenged as the Seahawks took a 24-7 win at Met Life Stadium. Wilson threw for 334 yards and three TDs, one to WR Doug Baldwin after he and Wilson got into a verbal altercation on the sidelines. Seattle held the Giants to 46 yards rushing, while they tallied 104 and held Eli Manning to 134 yards and a TD. Seattle went 6 of 13 on third down in the Meadowlands, while the Giants were 2 of 12 and the Seahawks kept the ball for 35:26 to New York’s 24:34. (Both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down tries.)

The Seahawks lead the series 2-1 and have outscored Houston 72-64. Seattle’s last win came in 2013, when the Seahawks needed overtime in the Lone Star State to win 23-20, while Houston’s lone win in the series also came in Houston in 2009, wit the Texans coming out on top 34-7 winners. Seattle’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under is 45 1/2. This may be worth your while to watch Sunday and both clubs have played better football of late. Seattle covers the 5 1/2 in the Pacific Northwest and wins in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Dallas (3-3) at Washington (3-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Hatfields vs. McCoys. Capulets vs. Montagues. Crips vs. Bloods. Redskins vs. Cowboys. Enough said. Forget their records. These two teams DO NOT LIKE each other. Tied for second place, these NFC East rivals meet in the late afternoon at Fed Ex Field in Landover.

Dallas manhandled San Francisco in Santa Clara last Sunday, keeping the 49ers winless as they took a 40-10 win at Levis Stadium. The Cowboys took a 20-3 lead at the half and never looked back, keeping the 49ers in check during the contest. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 147 yards and a pair of TDs as Dallas sacked 49ers QB C.J. Bethard (235 yards) five times, while they outrushed San Francisco 265-103 and Dak Prescott threw for 234 yards and three TDs, one to Elliott and the others going to WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten. Dallas ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:50 as the Cowboys went 7 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down tries, while the 49ers, who held the ball for 27:10, went 6 of 13 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Washington let a 3-0 first quarter lead against NFC East foe Philadelphia get away from them in the City of Brotherly Love and fell to the Eagles 34-24 last Monday night. The ‘Skins trailed 17-10 at the intermission last Monday night as the Eagles managed to take control the rest of the contest, as Carson Wentz threw four TD passes in the NFC East matchup in primetime, while throwing for 268 yards and rushing for 63 yards of his own. Philly outrushed Washington 127-75, while Washington QB Kirk Cousins threw for 303 yards and four TDs but was sacked four times (Wentz was sacked three times). Philly was 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:45, while Washington ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:15 and went 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Cowboys lead the series 68-42-2 (which includes contests that were played at RFK Stadium, the Cotton Bowl and Cowboys Stadium) and have outscored Washington 2,590-2,162. Dallas swept the series last year, taking wins in Landover and Arlington, while Washington’s last win over their NFC East rivals came in 2015, when Washington left the Lone Star State with a 34-23 win.

The first meeting took place in Landover in week two and the Cowboys led 13-10 at the half, holding off Washigton to take the 27-23 win at Fed Ex Field. Dallas outrushed Washington 102-82, with Elliott leading all rushers with 83 yards and a TD, while Prescott threw for 292 yards and Cousins threw for 364 yards and a TD (Cousins was sacked twice, while Prescott was four times). Dallas was 6 of 12 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:51, while the Redskins, who held the ball for 27:09, went 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Dallas completed the sweep in week 12 in Arlington, taking a 31-26 win Thanksgiving afternoon at AT&T Stadium. Leading 17-6 at the intermission, Dallas needed to hold off a Washington second half rally, as Washington would outscore Dallas 20-14 in the fourth quarter. Dallas outrushed Washington 163-56, with Elliott rushing for 97 yards and a pair of TD, while Prescott threw for 195 yards (Cousins threw for 449 yards and three TDs). Both teams did quite well on third down tries, as Dallas was 4 of 8 and Washington was 8 of 15 and the Redskins actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:24 to Dallas’ 26:36.

Washington was favored by 2 1/2 in the first meeting in Landover and the Cowboys won by 4, allowing them to cover the spread and both clubs took care of the 45 over/under, scoring 50 points. Although Dallas did come away with the win in the week 12 Thanksgiving Day matchup in Arlington, they won by only 5, missing the 7-point spread. However… both teams took care of the 51 over/under, scoring 57 points. Dallas finds themselves favored by 2 1/2 in Landover and the over/under’s 50 1/2. They’re rivals… they have a history of not liking each other (operative word here is NOT)… they’re both trying to catch Philadelphia in the NFC East. Washington will make it tough for Dallas but the Cowboys prevail in Landover and covers the 2 1/2.

Pittsburgh (5-2) at Detroit (3-3), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Roethlisberger vs. Stafford. Week eight Sunday action concludes in the Motor City as the Steelers travel to Detroit for a Sunday evening contest with the Lions at Ford Field.

The Steelers broke a 7-7 tie after one quarter with the Bengals at Heinz Field and came away 29-13 winners over Cincinnati last Sunday. After Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown caught a 7-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to open the scoring, the Bengals tied things up when Andy Dalton connected on a 6-yard TD pass to Brandon LaFell in the waining seconds of the first quarter. The two teams then traded TDs again in the second quarter and the Steelers would take the lead for good when Chris Boswell connected on the first of his five field goals in the contest. Pittsburgh outrushed their AFC North rivals 152-71 and Steelers RB LeVeon Bell ran for 134 yards and Rothelisberger threw for 224 yards, while Dalton threw for 140 yards (both men threw a pair of TDs). The Bengals were 3 of 11 on third down tries (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:45, while the Steelers were 2 of 11 and 1 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 35:15.

Detroit trailed New Orleans 31-10 at the half, then managed to outscore the Saints 28-21 in the second half but still came up on the short end of a 52-38 loss in the Superdome two Sundays ago. The contest was somewhat close in the early parts of the fourth quarter before Detroit and New Orleans traded interceptions like heavyweigh fighters 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.

Including games that took place in 1940, when the Steelers were known as the Pirates and games were played at Tiger Stadium, Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium and the Silverdome, Pittsburgh leads the series 16-14-1. The Lions have outscored Pittsburgh 606-540 in those 31 meetings. However… Pittsburgh has won the last four meetings, including taking a 37-27 win in the Steel City in 2013, while the Lions’ last victory over Pittsburgh came in 1998 in the Motor City and the Lions needed overtime to win 19-16.

Pittsburgh’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 45. You might want to tape Game 5 of the World Series. This one’s good enough to be “DRILL WORTHY.” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

The Lions have played some decent but not great football of late, while Pittsubrgh has somehow bounced back from the shocker against Jacksonville two weeks ago. Steelers cover the 3 and take the Sunday night win.

Denver (3-3) at Kansas City (5-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC West rivals close out week eight on Monday night as Kansas City hosts Denver at Arrowhead.

Denver was taken to task last Sunday at Stub Hub Center, as they were shutout by the Los Angeles Chargers 21-0 last Sunday. Los Angeles limited the Broncos to 251 total net yards and became the first team to shutout Denver since November 22, 1992. The Chargers, who rushed for 80 yards, held the Broncos to 69, as Philip Rivers threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs, while Trevor Siemian threw for 207 yards with five sacks and an interception in the lopsided loss. The Bolts were 3 of 12 on third down tries in southern California (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:56, while Denver, who turned the ball over three times, kept the pigskin for 31:04, going 3 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

The Chiefs lost their second game in a row after winning their first six contests, falling to AFC West rival Oakland 31-30 last Thursday night on the West Coast. Kansas City led 24-10 at the half before Oakland stormed back in the second half in the Thursday night affair, that featured =featured eight lead changes, three Kansas City penalties in the final seconds of the contest and Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch ejected from the contest for making physical contact with line judge Julian Mapp in the second quarter. The Silver and Black pulled to within six with 11:53 left in the final period when Georgio Tavecchio connected on a 26-yard field goal (Tavecchio was in for Sebastian Janikowski).

Oakland then gave their fan base something to smile about when they used and 11-play, 85-yard drive that burned 2:25 of clock and ended with a two-yard TD pass from Derek Carr (417 yards, 3 TDs) to WR Michael Crabtree with :00 left on the clock. The craziness began when with 23 seconds, Carr connected with WR TE Jared Cook on a 29-yard TD pass. The play was reviewed and the call reversed. Carr tried again, from the 1-yard line, connecting with Crabree. That was erased when the Raiders were called for offensive pass interference. Carr then threw an incomplete pass but the Chiefs were called for holding in the end zone, which put the pigskin on the 1-yard line. Kansas City then got caught again for holding and then the Raiders finally struck pay dirt with the Carr to Crabtree strike. Kansas City outrushed the Raiders 94-88, while the Chiefs’ Smtih threw for 342 yards and three TDs. Oakland on third down went 6 of 13 (the Raiders were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:24, while Kansas City, who held the ball for 30:36, went 8 of 15 on thrid down tries in the Thursday night contest.

Kansas City leads the series 59-54 and has outscored Denver 2,607-2,330, which includes games that were played in Dallas when the Chiefs were known as the Texans. Kansas City has won the last three meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Denver’s last win came in 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-24.

First meeting… week 12 in Denver. Kansas City led 9-3 at the break in the Sunday night contest at Sports Authority Field before Denver outscored the Chiefs 21-15 in the second half to tie things up and send the contest into overtime with the score even at 24-24. In the overtime, Denver would score first on a 44 yard field goal by Brian McManus to take a 27-24 lead. Chris Santos would tnen help his team respond with a 37-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the extra period. Denver then got the ball back in the overtime but could not score and punted the ball back to the Chiefs, who used a 4-play, 32-yard drive that used 61 seconds and ended when Santos connected on a 34-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to play to take the 30-27 win. Denver outrushed Kansas City 124-83 and Siemian threw for 368 yards and three TDs (he was sacked five times), while Smith threw for 220 yards and a TD, while being sacked six times. Denver was 9 of 20 on third down conversions and held the ball for 37:19, while the Chiefs went 5 of 17 on third down, holding the ball for 37:39 (both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down tries).

Kansas City gave themselves a really good Christmas present on Christmas night and made it a clean sweep in the second meeting, coming away 33-10 winners at Arrowhead in week 16. Kansas City led 21-10 at the break and then proceeded to score their final 13 points of the second half unchalleneged. Kansas City ran for 238 yards in the win, holding Denver to 63. Smtih threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce for the Chiefs,, while Siemian threw for 183 yards and an interception. While forcing three Denver turnovers, the Chiefs were 9 of 17 on third down tries, while keeping the ball for 38:01. As for Denver? They were 21:59 in time of possession, going 4 of 15 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

In the week 12 Sunday night contest in the Mile High City, the Broncos were favored by 3 1/2 but the Chiefs almost covered that number, winning by 3. Both clubs did manage to cover the 39 1/2 over/under, scoring 57 points. In the week 16 matchup at Arrowhead on Christmas night (also a Chiefs win), Kansas City’s 23-point win allowed them to cover the 4-point spread and the 43 points allowed both clubs to cover the 37 1/2 over/under.

As far as Monday nights go? The Broncos suprisingly are 31-37-1 (they played one MNF contest in 2016 and picked up the win), while the Chiefs are 23-18 (Kansas City last appeared on Mondday night in 2015 and lost that contest. Kansas City’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. This might be one worth watching, so go ahead and tape “Scorpion” this week. Denver will make it tough for the Chiefs but Kansas City bounces back from their two-game losing streak and picks up the win at home in Arrowhead.

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.

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^
*Active
^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.