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The 1972 Miami Dolphins can celebrate. They can exhale.

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

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

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

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The players with 50,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (71,838)^
Drew Brees San Diego and New Orleans (67,432)*
Tom Brady – New England (63,541)*
Dan Marino – Miami (61,361)^
John Elway – Denver (51,475)^
Eli Manning – New York Giants (49,680)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE WEEK THAT WAS WEEK 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

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

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They’re still standing.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the lone team that has yet to suffer a loss after their 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night at NRG Stadium. While there’s still a lot of football yet to be played and we haven’t gotten to the halfway point of the season, one would think that the 1972 Miami Dolphins are getting a little nervous. Anything can happen between now and the end of the 2017 campaign. As the saying goes, “on any given Sunday…”

While the Chiefs remain kings of the NFL mountain, San Francisco, Cleveland and the New York Giants are still looking for their first wins of the 2017 season. When week five got underway, four teams were winless. The Los Angeles Chargers broke into the win column last Sunday in the Meadowlands as they beat the Giants 27-22. For those teams that are struggling, there’s still time.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 6

BRADY’S BUNCH OF WINS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards, ranks second with a 112 passer rating and ties for third with 11 touchdown passes this season.

With a win over the New York Jets on Sunday, Brady, who has 186 career regular-season victories, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 211 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a quarterback.

The most regular-season wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (REGULAR-SEASON WINS)
Tom Brady – New England (186)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (186)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (186)
John Elway – Denver (148)^
Dan Marino – Miami (147)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SUPER SMITH: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith has completed 121 of 158 passes (76.6 percent) for 1,391 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions for an NFL-best 125.8 passer rating while leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start.

With two touchdown passes and no interceptions against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Smith will surpass Randall Cunningham (12 in 1998) for the most touchdown passes without an interception through a team’s first six games of the season.

Smith, who has had a passer rating of at least 100 in every game this season, can join Aaron Rodgers (2011), Tom Brady (2007) and Carson Palmer (2005) as the only players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of his team’s first six games to start a season. Rodgers and Brady both won NFL MVP honors in the years they accomplished the feat.

The players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of their team’s first six games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2011)
Tom Brady, New England (2007)
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (2005)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017)*
*100+ rating in each of team’s first five games

REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night

With 159 scrimmage yards against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 775 scrimmage yards, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (933 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.

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 – 983)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 914)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 857)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016 – 801)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017- 775)*
*Through five games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LEGENDS CLIMB LEADERBOARDS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers, who ranks third in the NFC with 5.5 sacks this season, has 149 sacks in his 16-year NFL career. With a sack on Thursday against Philadelphia, Peppers will become the fifth player with 150 career sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. All four players currently ahead of Peppers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Peppers, who has 11 career interceptions, would also become the only player in NFL history with at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions.

With two sacks on Thursday, Peppers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since 1982.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CAREER SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo and Washington (200)^
Reggie White – Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina (198)^
Kevin Greene – Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Chris Doleman – Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco (150.5)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (149)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who leads the NFC with 32 receptions and ranks fifth in the conference with 327 receiving yards, has 14,716 career receiving yards in his 14-year NFL career.

With 16 receiving yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Fitzgerald will surpass Steve Smith, Sr. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Steve Smith, Sr. – Carolina and Baltimore (14,731)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,716)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FOURNETTE FOR SIX: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette ranks second in the NFL with 466 rushing yards and ties for the league lead with five rushing touchdowns.

With a touchdown on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, Fournette, who has scored at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games this season, will join New England’s Robert Edwards (1998) as the only rookies to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

PLAYER, TEAM – SEASON
Robert Edwards, New England – 1998
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville – 2017*
*Touchdown in each of team’s first five games

UPSIDE BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 40 receptions and 545 receiving yards.

Brown, who has 8,922 career receiving yards, will be playing in his 107th career game on Sunday at Kansas City. With 88 receiving yards against the Chiefs, Brown will tie Randy Moss (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards.

The players to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games:

PLAYER – GAMES TO REACH 9,000 CAREER REC. YARDS
Lance Alworth – 98^
Calvin Johnson – 102
Torry Holt – 105
Randy Moss – 107
Jerry Rice – 108^
Antonio Brown – 106*
*8,922 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5 percent) for 221 yards with three touchdowns – including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining – and no interceptions for a 122.9 passer rating in the Packers’ 35-31 win at Dallas. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 251 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 105.2 passer rating.

The game featured the quarterbacks with the highest career passer ratings in NFL history among players with at least 500 attempts. Including today’s contest, Rodgers has an NFL-best 104.1 career passer rating while Prescott ranks second all-time with a 101.6 mark.

Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 victory at Pittsburgh.

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown. Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The Jaguars’ defense recorded five interceptions on Sunday, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51). The two interception-return touchdowns are the most in a single game in franchise history.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes in the team’s 27-22 win at the New York Giants. Giants quarterback Eli Manning had two touchdown passes in the contest.

The game was the first in NFL history in which the opposing starting quarterbacks were from the same Draft class and each came into the game with at least 300 career touchdown passes. Manning, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, entered the game with 326 touchdown passes while Rivers, who was chosen No. 4 overall, came into the contest with 320 touchdown passes.

The pair’s 646 combined touchdown passes entering the game were the second-most by opposing starting quarterbacks from the same Draft class, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway of the 1983 Draft class, who combined for 699 touchdown passes when they faced each other on December 21, 1998.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over Arizona. Wentz completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter. He is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history. Vinatieri, who scored 14 points today, has 2,411 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 48 yards in the victory. Gore, who has 13,304 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All six players ahead of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carolina tight end Ed Dickson had five catches for 175 yards in the Panthers’ 27-24 win at Detroit. Dickson is the second tight end in NFL history to have at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer catches in a single game. Dave Kocourek of the San Diego Chargers had three catches for 175 yards on December 10, 1961 against Buffalo.

Cleveland rookie defensive end Myles Garrett made his NFL debut on Sunday, recording two sacks in the Browns’ loss to the New York Jets at First Energy Stadim.

Garrett, who was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, is the only player selected first overall to record multiple sacks in his NFL debut since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The NFL enters Week 6 after a thrilling weekend of action. In Week 5, 10 of the 14 games (71.4 percent) were decided by six points or fewer – tied for the highest percentage of such games in a single week over the past 25 seasons. The average margin of victory in Week 5 was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest mark in a single week over the past five seasons.

While the competition on the field remains close, so do the standings. There are currently 20 teams with a .500 or better record. Leading the pack is the league’s only remaining unbeaten club, the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the previous 50 teams (88 percent) to start 5-0 made the playoffs.

There are three teams – all in the NFC – with four victories this season: Carolina (4-1), Green Bay (4-1) and Philadelphia (4-1). Two other clubs – Atlanta (3-1) and Denver (3-1) – also have only one loss through Week 5. Since 1990, 111 of the previous 145 teams (76.6 percent) to start 4-1 have made the playoffs.

Heading into Week 6, there are four teams which have currently won at least three consecutive games: Kansas City (five), Green Bay (three), the New York Jets (three) and Philadelphia (three). And while not every team is on a hot streak, there are plenty of games remaining in the season for teams to turn it around. Since 1990, 57 teams have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-3 or worse. There were three such teams last season – Miami (1-4), Detroit (2-3) and the New York Giants (2-3).

So don’t count anyone out. The only thing predictable about the NFL is the unpredictability.

CLOSE GAMES, ROAD WINS & MORE: Ten of 14 games (71.4 percent) in Week 5 were decided by six points or fewer, tied for the highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons.

The highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons:

SEASON (WEEK – PERCENTAGE OF GAMES DECIDED BY 6 OR FEWER POINTS)
2017 (5 – 71.4)
2001 (5 – 71.4)
1999 (5 – 71.4)
1993 (5 – 71.4)

 

In Week 5, the average margin of victory was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest average margin of victory in a single week in the past five seasons.

The lowest average score margin in a single week since 2013:

SEASON (WEEK – AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY)
2013 (1 – 7.63)
2013 (2 – 7.63)
2016 (1 – 7.63)
2016 (8 – 7.85)
2017 (5 – 7.93)

Ten teams – Baltimore, Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chagers, Minnesota, New England, the New York Jets and Seattle – were victorious on the road in Week 5, the most road wins in a single week since Week 13, 2015 (11) and the highest road winning percentage (.714) in a single week since Week 10 of the 2015 season (.786).

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 5. Through the first five weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 7,176 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 5 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 7,176
2014 – 6,100
1983 – 5,711
2015 – 5,671
1971 – 5,429
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 51 touchdowns through Week 5, the most through the first five weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 51
1983 – 45
2014 – 42
2008 – 40
2015 – 39
1980 – 39
*Excludes 1987 season

SMITH’S SPOTLESS START: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 percent) for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston on Sunday Night Football.

Smith, who has 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, joined Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Roman Gabriel (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, TD PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 11/0)
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta (1983, 11/0)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 11/0)

ELEMENTARY FOR WATSON: Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 261 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.8 passer rating in the Texans’ loss to Kansas City in Week 5.

Watson became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a single game and the third to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception.

The rookie quarterbacks with at least five touchdown passes in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM; DATE (TOUCHDOWNS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Deshaun Watson, Houston; October 8, 2017 (5/0)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay; November 22, 2015 (5/0)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit; November 22, 2009 (5/2)
Ray Buivid, Chicago; December 5, 1937 (5/0)

Watson, who was 22 years, 24 days old on Sunday, became the third youngest quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a single game, trailing only Matthew Stafford (21 years, 288 days) and Jameis Winston (21, 320).

Watson, who ranks second in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes, has the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in his team’s first five games of a season, surpassing Marcus Mariota, who had nine TD passes in his team’s first five games in 2015.

ON THE HUNT: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ win over Houston in Week 5.

Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first five games this season, joined Adrian Peterson (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season. Hunt’s 755 scrimmage yards are the third-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983) and Adrian Peterson (782 in 2007).

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 787)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 782)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 775)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 761)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FIVE FOR FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 win at Pittsburgh last week.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017)
Robert Edwards, New England (1998)
Joe Cribbs, Buffalo (1980)
Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts (1955)
Billy Howton, Green Bay (1952)

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown.

The rookies with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE; YARDS)
Bobby Gage, Pittsburgh (December 4, 1949; 97t)
DeMarco Murray, Dallas (October 23, 2011; 91t)
Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders (November 30, 1987; 91t)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (December 13, 1964; 91t)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (October 8, 2017; 90t)

DOMINATING DEFENSE: Jacksonville recorded five interceptions, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51), in the team’s victory at Pittsburgh.

Jacksonville, which leads the NFL with 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns, is the fourth team in NFL history and the first since the 1984 Seahawks with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season.

The teams with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season:

TEAM, SEASON (SACKS/INTERCEPTIONS/DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS)
Jacksonville, 2017 (20/10/4)
Seattle, 1984 (22/11/4)
Cincinnati, 1976 (20/10/4)
Washington, 1973 (26/11/5)

200 AND COUNTING: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had six catches in the Cardinals’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 5.

Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 200 consecutive games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) and Tony  Gonzalez (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM(S) (SEASONS/CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco and Oakland (1985-2004/274)^
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City and Atlanta (2000-2013/211)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2004-Present/200)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1996-2008/190)^
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh (1998-2010/186)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

VICTORIOUS VINATIERI: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime, in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco last week.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history.

The kickers with the most regular-season game-winning field goals in overtime in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN OVERTIME)
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (10)
Jim Breech – Oakland, Cincinnati (9)
Steve Christie – Tampa Bay, Buffalo, San Diego and New York Giants (9)
Jason Elam – Denver and Atlanta (9)
Jason Hanson – Detroit (9)

Vinatieri, who scored 14 points on Sunday, has 2,413 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Last week was a pretty decent week, going 9-5. It’s not great but it’s pretty good. For the season, we’re 50-28. There’s still a lot of football left to play.

Byes in week 6? Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle. Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington return to action this week, which got underway in Charlotte as Philadelphia edged Carolina and Cam Newton 28-23 Thursday night in Charlotte and concludes in the Music City as the Tennessee Titans host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

Miami (2-2) at ATLANTA (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The defending NFC champions return to the Big Peach for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Miami took care of Tennessee 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The ‘Fins led 10-3 at half time and took their first win at home in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Atlanta returns from their bye week after suffering a 23-17 loss to Buffalo at home in the Big Peach. The defending NFC champs led Buffalo 10-7 at the half before the Bills took the lead for the first time when rookie CB Tre’Davious White picked up a Matt Ryan fumble and ran the ball back 52 yards for a score. The Falcons challenged, saying that Ryan’s arm was going forward and at best should have been ruled an incomplete pass. Atlanta lost the challenge and the Bills took the lead. Stephen Hauschka would kick a 24-yard field goal to make it a 17-10 game. That lead would not last long as Ryan (242 yards, two interceptions) and WR Justin Hardy would tie things up on a 3-yard TD strike. Hausckha would go on to kick two more field goals to give the Bills a 6-point lead but Atlanta would threaten, getting as close as the Bills’ 10-yard line before Ryan threw a pair of incompletions to dash Atlanta’s hopes of the win at home. Atlanta outrushed Buffalo 149-117 in the loss in the Big Peach and the Falcons went 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:15, while Buffalo was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 28:45.

Miami leads the series 8-4 and they have outscored Atlanta 250-223. Miami won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 27-23 winners in the Sunshine State in 2013, while Atlanta’s last win over Miami came in 2009 in the Big Peach by a final of 19-7.

Atlanta’s favored by 11 and the over/under’s 47. These two teams are pretty good, so we’re going to make this one “DRILL WORTHY” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Expect this one to be closer than the 11 but Atlanta bounces back from the loss to Buffalo and wins at home.

New England (3-2) at New York Jets (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC East foes meet in Jersey Meadowlands as the defending Super Bowl champs take on the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.

New England led Tampa Bay 13-7 at the half at Raymond James Stadium last Thursday night, then held off the Buccaneers 19-14. Pats K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! gave Cleveland their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, coming away 17-14 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Patriots lead the series with their AFC East rivals 59-53-1 and New England has outscored the Jets 2,579-2,370. New England took wins in Foxboro and East Rutherford last year (New York’s last win came in 2015, when they took a 26-20 overtime win in East Rutherford).

Their first meeting was in the Jersey Meadowlands in week 12. Brady and the Pats broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission at Met Life Stadium and came away 22-17 winners. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Brady (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs in that first contest, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 269 yards in the loss. The Pats on third down tries in upstate New Jersey went 4 of 14 and kept the ball for 30:36 (New England was 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 5 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:24.

Meeting number two… Foxboro in week 16. With the Jets out of the playoff picture, they tried to make life miserable for the Pats. New England was having none of it, coming out on top 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. New England led 27-0 at the intermission, allowing only a fourth quarter field goal by Nick Folk. Brady threw three TD passes, throwing for 214 yards in the win, while the Pats outrushed New York 114-111. New England in the second meeting went 11 of 18 on third down tries and the Pats held on to the pigskin for 34:43, while GangGreen held on to the ball for 25:17, going 1 of 11 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

New England was an 8-point favorite in the contest that took place the Sunday after Thanksgiving and they would win by only 5. The 47 1/2 over/under was untouched in that contest, as both teams combined for 39 points. In the second meeting in Foxboro in week 16, a contest that was played on Christmas Eve afternoon, the Pats won by 38, allowing them to blanket the 16 1/2-point spread like snowfall on a New England day and both teams matched the 44 over/under by scoring 44 points.

The Pats are favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would love nothing more than to unseat the defending champs, while the Pats want to stay king of the mountain. Pats win in the Meadowlands but expect GangGreen to make it closer than 9 1/2.

Cleveland (0-5) at Houston (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Lone Star State as the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans meet in Houston at NRG Stadium. Both suffered losses at home last weekend.

Cleveland suffered their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, falling to the New York Jets 17-14 along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland, who narrowed the gap to 3 with 1:49 left, did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. New York went 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Texans lost the services of DT J.J. Watt to a broken leg as they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-34 at NRG Stadium. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Houston leads the series 5-3, have outscored Cleveland 150-130 and the Texans have won the last three contests, including a 23-7 win in 2014 in Cleveland (The Browns’ last win in the series came in 2007, when they were 27-17 winners in Cleveland). Houston’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Cleveland’s bad but not 9 1/2 bad. Houston takes this one but Cleveland makes this one close.

San Francisco (0-5) at Washington (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A winless San Francisco club limps into Landover as they take on the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field.

The 49ers took their fifth loss in as many tries last Sunday in Indianapolis, dropping a 26-23 overtime loss to the Colts in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the 49ers trailed 16-6 at the end of three quarters but managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Washington saw a 10-7 lead at Kansas City get away from them as they fell to the Chiefs 29-20 at Arrowhead two weeks ago. The Chiefs outscored Washington 22-10 in the final 30 minutes of play and had insult added to injury when Chiefs LB Justin Houston picked up a fumble and ran it back 13 yards for a TD as the clock struck :00. Kansas City outrushed Washington 168-111, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 101 yards. For the Redskins, QB Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and a pair of TDs, while Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 293 yards with a TD and four sacks. Washington on third down conversions in the Monday night affair went 4 of 11 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Redskins held the ball for 22:51, while the Chiefs kept the pigskin for 37:09, going 8 of 13 on third downs.

San Francisco leads the series 17-9-1, the 49ers have outscored Washington 655-514 and they have won the last four meetings, including taking a 17-13 win in San Francisco in 2014. Washington’s last win in the series came in Landover in 2005 by a final of 52-17.

Washington’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under is 46 1/2. The 49ers are trying to win their first game, while the Redskins are trying to get over the .500 mark after their loss to Kansas City. Washington fans this week will be saying “Hail to the Redskins” instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins” this week. San Francisco makes it close but Washington prevails in Landover.

Green Bay (4-1) at Minnesota (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it) rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes when first-place Green Bay travels to US Bank Stadium for a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay and Dallas met at AT&T Stadium in an NFC Divisional rematch and this was a game for the ages, as there were six lead changes in their game, which saw the Packers come away with the 35-31 win over Dallas last Sunday. Dallas led 21-12 at the intermission before Green Bay took the lead for the first time as CB Damarious Randall picked off Dak Prescott and returned the pass 21 yards to give the Packers a 28-24 lead with 9:56. Dallas would then use a 17-play, 79-yard drive that used 8:43 of clock, ending when Prescott redeemed himself with an 11-yard run with 73 seconds left in regulation. But Rodgers once again pulled another rabbit out of his hat, as he and WR Davante Adams would connect on their second TD pass of the day, good from 12 yards with 11 seconds left to play. Dallas would get the ball back on the kickoff and after burning a timeout, used several lateral passes to move downfield to Green Bay’s 42 yard line before the drive stalled.

Minnesota led Chicago 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City, then rallied to come away 20-17 winners over the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

It was the battle of running backs as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot (116 yards) and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (125 yards, TD) paced their teams (Dallas outrushed Green Bay 163-160). Rodgers threw for 221 yards in the contest, while Prescott threw for 251 yards and each man threw three TDs. Green Bay went 3 of 7 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:54, while Dallas ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:06, going 7 of 12 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

The Packers lead the series 59-49-2 and Green Bay has outscored Minnesota 2,449-2,150. The two NFC North foes split the series last year, each winning at home.

Meeting number one… week two in the Twin Cities on a Sunday night. Minnesota sacked Rodgers five times and won 17-14. Minnesota led 10-7 at the intermission and took a 17-7 lead with them to the fourth quarter before the Packers made the contest a 3-point affair with 12:41 left when Rodgers scored on a 10-yard run (Rodgers did toss a 1-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson to open the scoring in the contest). Green Bay outrushed Miami 83-30, while Rodgers threw for 213 yards. For Minnesota, Bradford threw for 286 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times. Green Bay was 6 of 13 on third down tries (the Packers were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:42, while the Vikings were 4 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:18.

Game two of the series went to the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and the Packers would get their revenge. This time, in the outdoors (where the gametime temperature was a balmy 37 degrees with a wind chill of 31), the Packers led 28-13 at the half at Lambeau, then held off the Vikings for the 38-25 win in week 16. Minnesota again outrushed Green Bay 93-40 but Rodgers burned Minnesota for 347 yards and four TDs, despite getting sacked four times, while Bradford threw for 382 yards and four TD (Bradford was sacked four times). The Packers on third down were 6 of 13 and kept the ball for 28:59, while the Vikings held the pigskin for 31:01, going 5 of 15 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions.

Green Bay was favored by 2 1/2 in the first meeting and the Vikings barely covered the spread, winning by 3. The 43 1/2 over/under? That stayed safe and sound, because both clubs combined for only 31 points. In the week 16 matchup at Lambeau, the Packers covered the 6 1/2 spread, winning by 13 and both teams covered the 43 over/under with 63 points.

The Pack? They’re favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Both teams could very well decide who wins the NFC North. Right now, we’re deciding that the Packers are going to win this one on the road and cover the 3 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in the process.

Detroit (3-2) at New Orleans (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Bradford vs. Brees. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Big Easy as Detroit makes a trip to the Bayou for a date with the New Orleans Saints.

Cam Newton needed to hold off the Detroit Lions last Sunday in the Motor City by a final of 27-24 at Ford Field. Carolina led 17-10 at the break and 27-10 after three quarters before the Lions roared back to make the contest a 7-point affair when Matthew Stafford and TE Darren Fells connected on their second TD pass of the quarter. Neither club breached or came anywhere near the 100-yard rushing barrier but Detroit did outrush Carolina 50-28, while Stafford threw for 229 yards and was sacked six times (Newton threw for 355 yards and three TDs, while being sacked three times). Carolina went 7 of 16 on third down tries in the win, keeping the ball for 35:23, while the Lions were 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 24:37.

The Saints come back to action from their bye after they shut out Miami 20-0 in London. Leading 3-0 at the intermission, New Orleans scored the final 17 points of the contest on the other side of the Atlantic unchallenged. The Saints, who traded RB Adrian Peterson to Arizona Tuesday, outrushed Miami 86-58 at Wembley Stadium and Brees threw for 268 yards and a pair of TDs. New Orleans went 6 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs in merry ole England and kept the ball for 34:28, while Miami held the pigskin for 25:32, going 1 of 8 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

Detroit leads the series 12-11-1 and the Saints have outscored Detroit 485-446. However… the Lions have been victors in the last three contests, with the last win coming last year in the Big Easy by a final of 28-13 (New Orleans’ last win in the series came in 2011 in the Big Easy by a final of 31-17.

In the week 13 matchup in the Big Easy, Stafford and Prater were the stars of the show against the Saints, with Prater kicking five field goals, while Stafford threw a pair of TD passes in the road win. Detroit led 16-6 before they would pull away to take the win. Detroit outrushed New Orleans 85-50 and Stafford threw for 341 yards, while Brees threw for 326 yards with three interceptions. Detroit went 5 of 12 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 36:52; as for the Saints? They held the ball for 23:08, going 6 of 13 on third down.

Although the Saints were favored by 5 1/2, the Lions covered the spread with their 15-point win in the Big Easy. Both teams combined to score 41 points in the contest, which meant that the 53 1/2 over/under was safe. This time, New Orleans is favored by 4 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. Both numbers make sense. We’re not saying that this one’s drill worthy but it’s worth your time. Saints cover the 4 at home and give the Lions another loss to a team from the NFC South in the process.

Chicago (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 711. Chicago travels to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Charm City.

Da Bears trailed Minnesota 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City before falling to the Vikings 20-17 at Soldier Field. In his NFL debut, rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when he and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

The Ravens manhandled Oakland 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. Baltimore led 24-10 at the intermission and never looked back, outrushing the Raiders 143-108 in the 13-point win. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Da Bears hold a 3-2 lead in the series but Baltimore has outscored Chicago 77-70. Chicago picked up the win in the last meeting, which took place at Soldier Field in 2013, when they needed overtime to win 23-20, while Baltimore’s last victory in the series also came in the Windy City, as Baltimore were 31-7 winners in 2009. Baltimore’s favored by 7 in Charm City and the over/under is 41 1/2. Ravens may not cover the 7 but they win at home in Charm City.

Tampa Bay (2-2) at Arizona (2-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of NFC teams with losses under their belts meet in the desert as Tampa Bay travels to Glendale for a late afternoon contest with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tampa Bay found themselves falling to the defending Super Bowl champs 19-13 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay trailed 13-7 at the half and could have made things closer but K Nick Folk missed a pair of field goals in the contest. For the Pats, K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

Philadelphia manhandled Carson Palmer (291 yards, TD) and the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday afternoon. Philly led 21-7 at the break before scoring their final 13 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards and four TDs in the win in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 122-31. Philadelphia went 9 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:47, while Arizona was 4 of 14 and 2 of 3 of 3 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 24:13.

Including contests that took place in St. Louis, when the Cardinals called that city home, Arizona leads the series 10-9, the Cardinals have outscored Tampa Bay 358-333 and they have taken wins in the last two meetings, including a 40-7 win in desert last year (Tampa Bay’s last win over Arizona came in 2010, when they were 38-35 winners in the desert).

Arizona led 24-0 at the half win the week two contest (they were scoreless after the first quarter) and never looked back, as Palmer threw for 308 yards and three TDs, connecting with Fitzgerald on one of them. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed Tampa Bay 101-85 and picked off Winston (243 yards, TD) four times. Arizona was 6 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:03, while the Buccaneers were 5 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:57. Arizona covered the 7-point spread with the 33-point win in the week two matchup and the two clubs missed the 50 over/under, tallying 47 points. The odds makers like Tampa Bay a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense but the Desert Angry Birds are the better team here. Arizona covers the 2 1/2 and beats Tampa Bay in Glendale.

Los Angeles Rams (3-2) at Jacksonville (3-2), 4:05 p.m. on and DirecTV 713. A pair of contending teams meet in north Florida as the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars meet in a late afternoon contest at EverBank Stadium.

The Rams saw Seattle break a 10-10 halftime time at the Coliseum last Sunday as the Seahawks left Los Angeles with a 16-10 win under their belts in NFC West play. Seattle used a pair of Blair Walsh field goals in the second half to take the win over their divisional rivals. The Rams outrushed Seattle 100-62 and Jared Goff threw for 288 yards and three interceptions, while Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards and a 4-yard pass to TE Jimmy Graham for Seattle’s only TD. Los Angeles went 8 of 15 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:44, while the defending NFC West champs went 8 of 17 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:16.

Jacksonville held Pittsburgh to three Chris Boswell field goals and Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they took down the Steelers 30-9 at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half, using interceptions by LB Tevin Smith and S Barry Church to score TDs in the third quarter. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Including games in St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 3-1 and they have outscored Jacksonville 95-78. The Rams were winners in their last meeting which took place in 2013, when they were 34-20 winners in St. Louis, while Jacksonville’s lone win in the series came in 2009, when they needed overtime to come away 23-20 winners in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This could very well be an entertaining game to watch. Jacksonville covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Pittsburgh (3-1) at Kansas City (5-0), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. They met twice last year, once in the regular season, once in the post-season. While one team remains unbeaten, the other looks to right their ship from a bad game in front of the home crowd. Kansas City and Pittsburgh meet again in an AFC showdown at Arrowhead.

Pittsburgh was held to three Chris Boswell field goals and Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they dropped a 30-9 decision to Jacksonville at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Kansas City remained unbeaten, as they held off Houston 42-34 at NRG Stadium last Sunday night. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Pittsburgh leads the series 21-10 and have outscored the Chiefs 744-563. They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season and Pittsburgh took both meetings (Kansas City’s last win over the Steelers came in 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 23-13).

Meeting number one… week four in the Steel City. Roethlisberger burned Kansas City for five TDs passes as the Steelers came away 43-14 winners at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 36-0 after three quarters of play (they lead 29-0 at the half) and took control of things in western Pennsylvania. LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 144 yards as Pittsburgh outrushed Kansas City 149 -87, while Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards without an interception. Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 287 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. Pittsburgh was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:24, while the Chiefs were 8 of 17, 2 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 30:36.

Meeting number two… the AFC Divisional Playoffs in Kansas City. While the regular season meeting was somewhat of a blowout, such was not the case in the second meeting but Pittsburgh did prevail at Arrowhead, coming away 18-16 winners to advance to the AFC Championship for a meeting with New England. Pittsburgh used six Chris Boswell field goals before Kansas City’s Spencer Ware made the contest a 2-point affair, as he scored from a yard out with 2:43 left in regulation. The game, played in somewhat icy conditions (Kansas City was hit with an ice storm the day before) saw Pittsburgh outrush Kansas City 171-61 (Bell led all rushers with 170 yards) and Roethlisberger throw for 224 yards, while Smith threw for 172 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once). Pittsburgh on third down went 7 of 15 and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Chiefs held the ball for 25:47, going 2 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh’s 29-point win in week four on a Sunday night allowed them to cover the 5 1/2-point spread and the 47 1/2 over/under was covered as the two teams combined for 57 points. Pittsburgh covered the 2-point spread in the AFC Divisional Playoff, winning by 2 but neither club covered the 45 over/under, tallying only 34 points.

The Chiefs are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 46. Pittsburgh’s been struggling, the Chiefs have been hot. Kansas City’s staying hot this week. Chiefs cover the 4 and wins at Arrowhead.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) at Oakland (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They once played in the same city at one point and time. They’re still up I-5 and they’re still in the same state and division. The one difference is that the Chargers moved north to Los Angeles. That means nothing as these AFC West rivals meet in northern California as the Chargers make the 372-mile trip up I-5 for a meeting with the Silver and Black. There was concern that this contest would not be played because of the wild fires in the northern California area but the Raiders were monitoring the situation and determined that it would be safe to play.

The Chargers broke their four-game losing streak last Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands as they came away 27-22 winners over Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. (Beckham would later break his ankle in the contest) Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to rush the Bolts 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Oakland without Derek Carr was held in check by Baltimore 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. The Raiders were outrushed by the Ravens 143-108 and trailed 24-10 at the intermission. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Including contests that took place in San Diego and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 62-50-2, the Silver and Black have outscored the Bolts 2,521-2,462 and the Raiders have won the last four meetings, sweeping the season series last year (The Chargers’ last win over Oakland came in 2014, when they were 13-6 winners at Qualcomm and in that year, they swept that series).

Meeting one… week five along the San Francisco bay and the Raiders trailed 10-9 at the intermission and came away 34-31 winners at the Coliseum. Both Rivers and Carr put on a passing clinic in the first meeting, with Carr (317 yards, two TDs) and Rivers (359 yards, four TDs) throwing for over 300 yards in the contest, while the rushing game for both teams was as if it were on a milk carton and gone missing (Oakland did manage to outrush San Diego 89-72). San Diego did eventually threaten in their final possession when Rivers completed a pass to Travis Benjamin with 11 seconds left for no gain. Benjamin then fumbled the ball out of bounds, the clock ran out and the Raiders took home the win. Oakland was 5 of 14 on third down but hit pay-dirt on fourth down in their only attempt in the contest, keeping the ball for 36:18, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 23:42, went 2 of 8 on third down tries, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland made it a clean sweep of the series and like the first meeting, it was a close contest but the Silver and Black prevailed, taking a 19-16 win at Qualcomm in week 15. Tied 10-10 at the half, the Raiders used a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals to erase a 16-13 deficit and then take the lead for keeps with 2:40 left in regulation. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and Rivers threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times, while Carr threw for 213 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks. The Bolts were 8 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 27:43, while the Raiders ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 32:17, going 4 of 13 on third down.

Favored by 3 1/2 in the week five contest in Northern California, the Raiders would wind up winning by 3. The 50 over/under was not a problem, as both teams would combine for 65 points. The Raiders in the week 15 matchup in southern California covered the 3-point spread (they were favored by 3) but the 50 over/under stayed intact as Oakland and San Diego only scored 35 points. Oakland’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Both teams are trying to catch Kansas City in the AFC West and they’re better than their records indicate. Los Angeles could make this interesting but Raiders take this one at home and covers the 3 1/2.

New York Giants (0-5) at Denver (3-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week six Sunday action concludes in the Mile High City as the winless New York Giants limp into Denver to face the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

For the Giants, their bad luck continued in the Meadowlands last Sunday against the Los Angeles chargers at Met Life. First, they lost all-Pro WR Odell Beckham, Jr. to a broken ankle, then Eli and the Giants went on to lose to the Chargers 27-22. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to outrush the Chargers 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Denver comes out of the bye week after their 16-10 win over AFC rival Oakland two weeks ago in the Mile High City. The Broncos led 10-7 at the intermission, then held the Raiders off in the second half to seal the win. Denver outrushed Oakland 143-24 and Trevor Siemian threw for 179 yards and a TD, while knocking David Carr (back injury) out of the contest (Carr threw for 143 yards and a TD). Denver in the win went 5 of 16 on third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:57, while the Raider were 2 of 12 on third down (0 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 27:03

Denver leads the series 6-5, the Broncos have outscored the Giants 232-190 and they have won the last two meetings, including taking a 41-23 win in the Meadowlands in 2013, while the Giants’ last win over Denver came in the Meadowlands in 2005 by a final of 24-23. Denver’s favored by 12 and the over/under’s 40. The Giants are bad. They’re not 12 point bad but they’re bad. If nothing else, they’ll give Denver all they can throw at them. Denver prevails in this one but expect the Giants to make it closer than 12.

Indianapolis (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Music City as week six play concludes when Tennessee hosts Indianapolis at Nissan Stadium.

Indy needed overtime to take down San Francisco 26-23 in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the Colts led 16-6 at the end of three quarters but San Francisco managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Tennessee fell to Miami 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The Titans trailed 10-3 at halftime at Hard Rock and saw the Dolphins take their first win in their home park in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Including contests in Baltimore and Houston, the Colts lead the series 31-13, have outscored the Titans 1,143-857 and they have won the last 11 meetings in the series, including sweeping the series last year (Tennessee’s last win over the Colts came in 2011 in the Music City, when they were 27-10 winners).

The first meeting? Week seven in the Music City and the Colts took the 34-26 win at Nissan Stadium. Indy led 17-13 at the break before pulling away from the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 107 yards in the contest as the Titans outrushed Indy 124-81, while the Colts’ Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three TDs, while Mariota (three sacks) threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. The Titans were 9 of 15 on third down conversions at home, keeping the ball for 27:30, while the Colts were 4 of 10 third-down wise, keeping the ball for 32:30.

Meeting number two… Indy in week 11 and the Colts made it a sweep, taking a 24-17 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts led 21-7 at the half and then held off the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. The Colts were outrushed again by Tennessee, this time by a 97-76 margin and Mariota threw for 290 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times, while Luck threw for 262 yards with a pair of TDs and two sacks. Tennessee was 5 of 14 on third down tries (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled he clock as they kept the ball for 31:01, while the Colts held the pigskin for 28:59, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 2 1/2 in the week seven contest and the Colts covered the spread, winning by 8. The 60 combined points in the first meeting was more than enough to cover the 48 1/2 over/under. Indy covered the 3-point spread in the rematch in the Hoosier State, winning by 7 but both clubs could only muster 41 points, missing the 53 1/2 over/under.

The Colts on Monday night are 23-16 and won their only contest they played in prime time last year, while the Titans are 21-17, with their last MNF appearance coming in 2014, which was a loss. At the time this column was written, there was no line on this game, according to our odds provider Don Best in Las Vegas. We’re going with Indy to win this one in the Music City.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

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

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

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

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

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

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

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

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

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.

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

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

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

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

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

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: G Ramon Foster (Back)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then there were two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Through three games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times listed Eastern)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday and Monday Officials

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

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team listed in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games

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

Monday’s Game

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

*Game in London, Miami is designated home team

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

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

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

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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

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

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.

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

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

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.

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

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

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

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

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

Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.

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

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

Matthew Slater (Hamstring)

Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

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

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

Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

The NFL got back to football last weekend and the season now heads into Week 2.

Everybody wants to get off to a good start as history has shown that teams that are victorious in their season openers are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of an opening game. But that doesn’t mean an 0-1 start is impossible to overcome as nearly 25 percent of teams that lost the opener went to the playoffs. So if you lose in week one, it’s not the end of the world… per se.

Since 1978 when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule (and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982):

Of the 570 teams which won openers… 297 went to the playoffs (179 won division titles)

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

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

Week 2 kicked off with Thursday Night Football as Houston defeated Cincinnati. The two teams have combined for nine playoff berths since 2011 (Cincinnati, five and Houston, four).

On Sunday afternoon, the Chargers make their return to Los Angeles for the franchise’s first home game in LA since 1960 as the team hosts the Miami Dolphins in their regular-season home opener at StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS And that night in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – when they host the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game on Sunday Night Football.

SEVEN THINGS FROM LAST SUNDAY: Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper had two catches for 128 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown reception in the Falcons’ 23-17 win at Chicago. Hooper’s 88-yard touchdown is the longest TD catch by a tight end in a season opener in NFL history.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety LaMarcus Joyner each had an interception-return touchdown and defensive end Morgan Fox recorded a safety in the team’s 46-9 win over Indianapolis.

The Rams are the first team in NFL history to record two interception-return touchdowns and a safety in a season opener.

The Rams’ two interception-return touchdowns are tied for the most ever in a season opener and Los Angeles is the first team to accomplish the feat on Kickoff Weekend since the 2007 Minnesota Vikings (September 9, 2007 vs. Atlanta).

Jacksonville, led by defensive ends Calais Campbell (four sacks) and Dante Fowler Jr. (one sack, 53-yard fumble-return touchdown), defeated Houston 29-7 at NRG Stadium.

The Jaguars had 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in the contest, becoming the second team in NFL history with at least 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in a season-opening game. The Los Angeles Raiders recorded 10 sacks and had a 76-yard interception-return touchdown in the team’s 31-0 victory against the New York Jets on September 8, 1985.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 292 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 113.1 passer rating in the Lions’ 35-23 win over Arizona. Stafford, who led the Lions back from a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit, has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most such drives by a quarterback in the NFL over the span.

Last year, the Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history.

Cleveland rookie quarterback De Shone Kizer passed for 222 yards with a touchdown and rushed for a TD against Pittsburgh in his first career start. Kizer’s start marks the 10th consecutive season a rookie quarterback has started on Kickoff Weekend, the longest streak since at least 1950.

Pittsburgh rookie linebacker T.J. Watt had two sacks and an interception in the Steelers’ 21-18 win at Cleveland. Watt is the first player to record at least two sacks and an interception in an NFL debut on Kickoff Weekend since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

Oakland kicker Giorgio Tavecchio converted all four of his field-goal attempts in the Raiders’ 26-16 victory at Tennessee. Tavecchio, who connected on two 52-yard field goals in the contest, is the first player in league history to make two field goals of at least 50 yards in his NFL debut. He also joins Sebastian Janikowski as the only players in team history to convert multiple 50-yard field goals in a single game.

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 108 of the 180 playoff teams (60 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight teams last season and five division champions – Atlanta (NFC South), Dallas (NFC East), Green Bay (NFC North), Kansas City (AFC West) and Seattle (NFC West).

A look at how playoff clubs in 2015 and 2016 began their seasons:

2015
Team: After 2 games (Playoff Result)
Arizona: 2-0 (Advanced to NFC Championship)
Carolina: 2-0 (Advanced to Super Bowl 50)
Cincinnati: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Denver: 2-0 (Won Super Bowl 50)
Green Bay: 2-0 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Houston: 0-2 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Kansas City: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Houston: 0-2 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Kansas City: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Minnesota: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card
New England: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Championship)
Pittsburgh: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Seattle: 0-2 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Washington: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card)

2016
Team – After 2 games (Playoff Result)
Atlanta: 1-1 (Advanced to Super Bowl LI)
Dallas: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)
Detroit: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card)
Green Bay: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Championship)
Houston: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Kansas City: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Divisional)
Miami: 0-2 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
New England: 2-0 (Won Super Bowl LI)
New York Giants: 2-0 (Advanced to NFC Wild Card)
Pittsburgh: 2-0 (Advanced to AFC Championship)
Oakland: 1-1 (Advanced to AFC Wild Card)
Seattle: 1-1 (Advanced to NFC Divisional)

SACK MASTERS: Jacksonville, led by defensive end Calais Campbell’s four sacks, recorded a league-high 10 sacks in their Week 1 victory at Houston.

With seven sacks on Sunday against Tennessee, the Jaguars will surpass the 1998 Seattle Seahawks (16) for the most team sacks through the first two weeks of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The teams with the most sacks through the first two weeks of a season since 1982:

TEAM – SEASON (MOST TEAM SACKS THROUGH WEEK 2)
Seattle – 1998 (16)
Dallas – 1994 (14)
Houston Oilers – 1982 (14)
Many tied with 13
Jacksonville – 2017 (10)*
*Entering Week 2

BURSTING ONTO THE SCENE: Three rookies – Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (148), Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (127) and Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (100) – rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts last week.

With another 100-yard performance in Week 2, Cook, Fournette and Hunt can each become the first rookie since 2005 (Cadillac Williams) with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season.

The last time multiple rookies rushed for 100 yards in each of their team’s first two games of the season was 1979 when Ottis Anderson of the St. Louis Cardinals and William Andrews of the Atlanta Falcons both accomplished the feat.

The rookies with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (2005)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1999)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980)
Ottis Anderson, St. Louis Cardinals (1979)
William Andrews, Atlanta (1979)
Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers (1978)

KC COOKING: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) and three total touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-27 Week 1 win at New England.

With 200 scrimmage yards in Week 2 against Philadelphia, Hunt would surpass Billy Sims (445 yards in 1980) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first two games of the season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in his team’s first two games of the season:

PLAYER, TEAM; SEASON-SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 2 GAMES OF SEASON
Billy Sims, Detroit; 1980-445
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis; 1994-360
Ottis Anderson, St. Louis Cardinals; 1979-359
Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts; 1955-347
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers; 1964-320
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; 2017-246*
*Entering Week 2

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Kansas City’s Kickoff Weekend victory, can extend his NFL-record streak of five consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown of at least 65 yards.

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has 3,935 passing yards, 24 touchdown passes and four interceptions through 17 career games. If Prescott throws a touchdown pass before an interception on Sunday at Denver, he would reach 25 career touchdown passes with the fewest career interceptions in NFL history.

The players with the fewest career interceptions at the time of their 25th touchdown pass:

PLAYER, TEAM (INTs AT TIME OF 25TH TD PASS)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia (5)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (5)^
Dan Marino, Miami (6)^
Chad Pennington, New York Jets (7)
Robert Griffin III, Washington (8)
Dak Prescott, Dallas (4)*
*24 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has 298 career touchdown passes and can become the 11th player in NFL history with 300 touchdown passes. In 12 NFL seasons, Rodgers, who plays Atlanta on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, has 4,699 pass attempts and can surpass Peyton Manning (5,306) for the fewest pass attempts at the time of their 300th career touchdown pass.

The quarterbacks with the fewest career pass attempts at the time of their 300th touchdown pass:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH TD PASS)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (5,306)
Tom Brady, New England (5,321)
Dan Marino, Miami (5,460)^
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (4,699)*
*298 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TERRIFIC TIGHT ENDS: Dallas tight end Jason Witten had seven receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 victory against the New York Giants in Week 1. Witten, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Cowboys and has 11,947 career receiving yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for the most receiving yards in franchise history.

With 53 receiving yards on Sunday at Denver, Witten will join Tony Gonzalez (15,127) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 12,000 career receiving yards.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1997-2013; 15,127)
Jason Witten – Dallas (2003-present; 11,947)*
Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers (2003-presentp 11,209)*
Shannon Sharpe – Denver and Baltimore (1990-2003; 10,060)^
Ozzie Newsome – Cleveland (1978-90; 7,980)^

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has 111 career touchdown receptions, tied with Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end. With one touchdown catch on Sunday against Miami, Gates will become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions among tight ends.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CAREER TOUCHDOWNS)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (1997-2013; 111)
Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers (2003-present; 111)*
Rob Gronkowski – New England (2010-present; 68)*
Jason Witten – Dallas (2003-present; 64)*
Shannon Sharpe – Denver and Baltimore (1990-2003; 62)^

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: New England quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will meet for the third time in their careers when the Saints host the Patriots on Sunday. The game marks the first time in NFL history in which two quarterbacks with at least 10 Pro Bowl selections (Brady, 12; Brees, 10) will face off against each other in the regular season.

KICKING THINGS OFF: A look at some notes from across the league on Kickoff Weekend 2017:

Dallas defeated the New York Giants 19-3 on Sunday Night Football and the Denver held off the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-21 on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys and Broncos both improved to 38-19-1 (.667*) on Kickoff Weekend, tied for the top mark in the NFL. *Note: Ties for both teams occurred prior to 1972 and do not count in winning percentage.

The Broncos have won six consecutive games on Kickoff Weekend, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Green Bay defeated Seattle 17-9 on Kickoff Weekend at Lambeau Field. The Packers have won their past five home openers and have an NFL-best 55 wins on Kickoff Weekend.

Denver’s Vance Joseph (24-21 vs. Los Angeles Chargers), Buffalo’s Sean Mc Dermott (21-12 vs. New York Jets), and the Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay (46-9 vs. Indianapolis) all won in their Kickoff Weekend debuts.

The Rams’ 46 points under McVay marked the third-highest total in a head coach’s debut since 1933, trailing only the debuts of Bob Snyder with the 1947 Los Angeles Rams (48-7 win at Pittsburgh) and Bud Carson with the 1989 Cleveland Browns (51-0 win at Pittsburgh).

New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 267 yards in the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. Brady (4,075) joined PEYTON MANNING (4,736) and Drew Brees (4,597) as the third quarterback with at least 4,000 career passing yards in season-opening games.

Brees passed for 291 yards with one touchdown for a 104.7 rating in the Saints’ 29-19 loss at Minnesota on Monday Night Football. Brees, who has 34 career touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend, tied Peyton Manning (34) for the most career touchdown passes in season-opening games.

Cleveland rookie quarterback De Shone Kizer made his first-career start against Pittsburgh last Sunday on Kickoff Weekend. At least one rookie quarterback has started in Week 1 in 10 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford completed 27 of 32 passes (84.4 percent) for 346 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 143.0 passer rating in the Vikings’ 29-19 victory over New Orleans on Monday Night Football. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith passed for 368 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions on 28 of 35 passing (80.0 percent) in the Chiefs’ 42-27 win against New England in Foxboro on Thursday night.

Bradford and Smith are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to complete 80 percent of their passes with at least 325 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a season-opening game. Bradford wound up with a passer rating of 143, while Smith on Thursday night had a passer rating of 148.6.

Smith, who led the Chiefs to a victory over the Super Bowl LI Champion Patriots, is the first quarterback in league history with at least 350 passing yards, four touchdowns, a completion percentage of 80 or higher and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.

ROOKIES ROCKET OUT OF GATES: Three rookie running backs – Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (148 rushing yards), Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (127) and Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (100) – each rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts on Kickoff Weekend.

Hunt, Cook and Fournette are the first trio of rookie running backs with at least 100 rushing yards in Week 1 since Ottis Anderson (193 rushing yards), William Andrews (167) and Jerry Eckwood (121) in 1979.

FAST-RISING FALCON: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had four catches for 66 yards in the Falcons’ 23-17 win at Chicago on Kickoff Weekend.

Jones, who has 501 career receptions, reached 500 catches in his 80th career game, tying Anquan Boldin for the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history.

The players to reach 500 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (GAMES)
Julio Jones – Atlanta (80)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona (80)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (84)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (87)
Andre Johnson – Houston (88)

COWBOY CORNERSTONE: Dallas tight end Jason Witten had seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Witten, who has 11,947 career receiving yards in 15 seasons with the Cowboys, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for the most career receiving yards in franchise history.

The players with the most receiving yards in Dallas Cowboys history:

PLAYER, SEASONS (RECEIVING YARDS)
Jason Witten, 2003-2017 (11,947)*
Michael Irvin, 1988-1999 (11,904)^
Tony Hill, 1977-1986 (7,988)
Drew Pearson, 1973-1983 (7,822)
Bob Hayes, 1965-1974 (7,295)^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG-PLAY BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had 11 catches for 182 receiving yards in the Steelers’ 21-18 victory at Cleveland on Kickoff Weekend. His 182 receiving yards are the third-most on Kickoff Weekend in the past 10 seasons.

Brown has six career games with at least eight catches and 180 receiving yards, tied for the third-most in NFL history.

The players with the most career games with at least eight receptions and 180 receiving yards:

PLAYER, TEAM(S) (GAMES)
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams (7)
Charley Hennigan, Houston Oilers (7)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (6)*
Lance Alworth, San Diego (6)^
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (6)
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

IRON-MANNING: New York Giants quarterback ELI Manning passed for 220 yards in their Week 1 loss at Dallas.

Manning, who made his first career start for the Giants on November 21, 2004 against Atlanta, is the third quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (297) and Peyton Manning (208).

The most consecutive games started by a quarterback in NFL history:
PLAYER – TEAM(S); SEASONS (CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota; 1992-2010 (297)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis; 1998-2010 (208)
Eli Manning – New York Giants; 2004-present (200)*
Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers[ 2006-present (177)*
Joe Flacco – Baltimore; 2008-2015 (122)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Last week, we went 9-6, which wasn’t bad, considering that Tampa Bay and Miami didn’t play last week because of Irma. They’ll get to join the other 30 teams in action this week. Week two got underway in Cincinnati last Thursday night and concludes in the Meadowlands as Eli and the Giants host the Detroit Lions in primetime on ESPN on Monday night. With that, here are week 2’s Sunday and Monday picks.

Green Bay (1-0) at ATLANTA (1-0), 8:25 p.m. on NBC. A rematch of last season’s NFC championship closes out play Sunday as the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers in their new nest, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium, which will host Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019, is expected to have its unique retractable roof open for this game (weather conditions permitting) for the first time.

Green Bay took care of Seattle last Sunday 17-9 at Lambeau. The Packers erased a 3-0 deficit at the half and took the lead for keeps when RB Ty Montgomery scored from six yards out to open the scoring in the second half. Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson then connected on a 32-yard TD pass in the final seconds of the third quarter for their second TD of the day. Rodgers threw for 311 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off once, while the Packers sacked Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson (158 yards) three times. It was not much of a rushing game in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but Seattle outrushed Green Bay 90-84 in the loss. Green Bay was 9 of 16 on third down tries at Lambeau and kept the ball for 39:13, while Seattle kept the pigskin for 20:47, while going 3 of 12 on third down.

The defending NFC champs broke a 10-10 tie at the half against Da Bears in the Windy City, then survived a last-ditch rally by Mike Glennon and came away 23-17 winners at Soldier Field. Falcons K Matt Bryant would give Atlanta the lead for keeps with 2:10 left in the third quarter and Ryan and TE Austin Hooper connected on a 88-yard TD pass for Atlanta’s second TD of the day (RB DeVonta Freeman picked up the first one with 4:29 left before halftime). Hooper had two catches for 128 yards, including the 88-yard touchdown, the longest TD reception by a tight end in a season opener in NFL history. Chicago did outrush Atlanta 125-64 and Ryan threw for 321 yards and was sacked twice, while Glennon threw for 213 with four sacks, the fourth sack coming as Chicago was about to take the lead. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down in the Windy City and kept the ball for 30:34, while Chicago held on to the pigskin for 29:26, going 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Packers leads the series 15-13 and have outscored Atlanta 692-586. The Falcons won the last two meetings with Green Bay, taking a 33-32 win in week eight and a 44-21 win in the NFC Championship game in the Georgia Dome (Green Bay’s last win over Atlanta came in 2014 at Lambeau by a final of 43-37).

Meeting number one… week eight in the Big Peach. Atlanta trailed 24-17 at the intermission at the Georgia Dome, then rallied to take a late 33-32 win. Green Bay led 32-26 with 31 seconds left in the contest before Ryan and WR Mohamed Sanu connected on an 11-yard TD strike to give the home team the lead. Green Bay outrushed Atlanta 108-90 in the late-afternoon contest, while Ryan threw for 288 yards (28 of 35) with three TDs, including the game winner. For Green Bay, Rodgers threw for 246 yards (28 of 38) and four TDs (Rodgers was sacked three times, Ryan sacked twice and neither threw an interception). Green Bay on third down tries in the Georgia Dome was 6 of 10 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:17, while the Falcons were 4 of 9 on third down but hit pay-dirt in their only fourth down attempt and kept the ball for 28:43.

That was meeting number one…

Meeting number two… the NFC Championship Game, the final game in the Georgia Dome. The week before, Atlanta knocked out Seattle in the second round of the playoffs the Saturday before, while Green Bay held off Dallas in Arlington the next day. This was for all the marbles and in the end, Atlanta prevailed against Rodgers and the Packers 44-21. Atlanta led from start to finish in the NFC Championship Game, 24-0 at the half and 37-15 after three quarters. Ryan (27 of 38, 392 yards) connected with Sanu on a 2-yard TD pass to open the scoring in the game, then added a 14-yard romp of his own before connecting with All-Pro WR Julio Jones on two more TD passes, the longest coming at 73 yards. DeVonta Freeman (4-yard TD pass) and Tevin Coleman (3-yard TD run) rounded out the Atlanta scoring. Green Bay would eventually end Atlanta’s hopes of a shutout when Rodgers and WR Davante Adams connected on a 2 yard TD strike with 9:19 left in the third quarter. Rodgers (27 of 45, 287 yards, two sacks, interception) would throw two more passes, one to Nelson late in the third quarter and one to Josh Cook late in the fourth. Atlanta outrushed Green Bay 101-99 in the contest and the Falcons were 10 of 13 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 33:39, while the Packers kept the ball for 26:21. going 4 of 10 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

In the week eight contest, the Falcons were favored by 3 and won by one. That was the bad news. The good news? Both teams covered the 52 1/2 over/under by combining for 65 points. In the championship game, Atlanta easily covered the 4-point spread with their 23-point win and as was the case in the first meeting, both teams covered the over/under of 61 with 65 points. Atlanta’s favored by 2 this time and the over/under’s 54. To say that this one is not “DRILL WORTHY” is like saying Bugs Bunny doesn’t like carrots. Having said that… (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?”

History does have a way of repeating itself. For the Falcons, lighting normally strikes twice but in their case, they’re worthy of it striking again. The defending NFC champs cover the 2 and take the win in their new nest.

Buffalo (1-0) at Carolina (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of unbeatens meet in the Tar Heel State as Carolina and Cam Newton host the Buffalo Bills in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium.

Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott notched his first career victory as a head coach last week in the Bills’ 21-12 win over the New York Jets. It will be a homecoming of sorts for McDermott. He spent the previous six seasons as Carolina’s defensive coordinator, helping the Panthers win three division titles and advance to Super Bowl 50.

In last week’s victory over the Jets, running back Le Sean McCoy rushed for 110 yards and quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes. Taylor and Newton are the only players with at least 5,000 passing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2015 season. Buffalo’s defense held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to 38 yards rushing and picked off Josh McCown twice. Buffalo went 8 of 17 on third down conversions in Orchard Park and kept the ball for 33:04, while the Jets were 4 of 14 on third down but did strike pay-dirt in their only fourth down attempt and kept the ball for 26:56.

The Panthers limited San Francisco to three points and 217 total yards (51 rushing, 166 passing) in Carolina’s 23-3 Week 1 victory at Levi’s Stadium. Newton threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Russell Shepard (40 yards) and running back Jonathan Stewart (nine) in the win. In his NFL debut, rookie running back Christian McCaffery led the team with five receptions and 85 scrimmage yards (47 rushing, 38 receiving). Carolina led the 49ers 13-0 at the break and held them to a Robbie Gould field goal from 44 yards out with eight seconds left in the third. Carolina outrushed San Francisco 116-51 and the Panther defense sacked Blaine Hoyer (24 of 35, 193 yards, interception) four times on the West Coast last Sunday. Carolina was 7 of 13 on third down tries in Santa Clara and kept the ball for 34:21. San Francisco in the loss was 2 of 11 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth down and were able to keep the ball for 25:39.

Buffalo leads the series 5-1 and have outscored Carolina 139-92. The Bills won the last meeting between the clubs, coming out on top 24-23 in 2013 at Orchard Park, while Carolina’s only win came in 2005 (also in Orchard Park) by a final of 13-9. Carolina’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Buffalo makes this one worth watching in the first early afternoon contest but Carolina’s finer in Charlotte and while the Panthers may not cover the 7 1/2, they do take the win.

New England (0-1) at New Orleans (0-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Clam chowder meets gumbo as the defending Super Bowl champions travel to the Big Easy to square off against the New Orleans Saints. Both teams enter week two with losses under their belts.

For the Pats, they got taken to task in the season opener in Foxboro, falling to Kansas City 42-27. New England led 17-14 at the intermission before the Chiefs roared back in the second half. New England was outrushed by the Chiefs 185-124 and Pats QB Tom Brady threw for 267 yards but was sacked three times. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) – the most ever by a player in his NFL debut – and scored three touchdowns, while quarterback Alex Smith posted a 148.6 passer rating against the Patriots and became the first quarterback to complete at least 80 percent of his passes (80.0) for 350 yards (368) with four touchdowns (four) and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.

The Saints also lost in their season opener last week, falling to Minnesota 29-19 last Monday night in the Twin Cities. Trailing 16-6 at the half, the Drew Brees-led Saints managed to keep the contest close as both teams scored 13 points in the final 30 minutes of action. It was also the return for RB Adrian Peterson, who played for the Vikings for 10 seasons before heading to New Orleans. Peterson was ineffective, rushing for only 18 yards on 6 carries in the game, while Brees threw for 291 yards and a TD. The Saints were outrushed 129-60, with Vikings RB Dalvin Cook accounting for 127 of those ground yards. Minnesota, led by Sam Bradford’s 346 yards (three TDs), went 9 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 4 of 11 on third downs.

Including games that took place at old Tulane Stadium, the Metrodome, Metropolitan Stadium and the campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Vikings hold a 18-10 lead in the series and have outscored New Orleans 703-512. The Saints have won the last three meetings, including taking a 20-9 win in 2014 in the Big Easy (Minnesota’s last win in the series came in 2008 in the Big Easy by a final of 30-27.

New England’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. The loser may not be in a state of panic yet but it’ll be somewhat hard to bounce back. Pats bounce back from their loss at home last Thursday but expect the Saints to make it closer than 6 1/2.

Cleveland (0-1) at Baltimore (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in Charm City as the Baltimore Ravens host the Cleveland Browns.

Although they rallied, Cleveland fell to Pittsburgh 21-18 last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. The Steelers led 14-7 at the half before the Browns rallied in the second half to make the contest closer than Pittsburgh fans wanted. Cleveland did outrush Pittsburgh 57-35, while Roethlisberger (24 of 36) threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 222 yards and was sacked seven times.

The Ravens’ 20 points in the first three quarters of play at Paul Brown Stadium to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday were more than enough for Baltimore as they shutout Cincinnati 20-0. The Bengals were outrushed by Baltimore 157-77 and Andy Dalton was sacked five times and picked off four times, throwing for 170 yards. Cincy did themselves in with five turnovers in the contest and went 4 of 13, 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for a mere 26 minutes, while the Ravens, led by Joe Flacco’s 121 passing yards, went 6 of 14 on third down, holding the ball for 34 minutes.

The Ravens lead the series 27-9, have outscored the Browns 841-542 and have won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win over the Ravens came in 2015 in Baltimore, when they needed overtime to come away 33-30 winners).

Round 1… week two in Cleveland. The Ravens held on to win 25-20 along the shores of Lake Erie. Trailing 20-12 at the half, Baltimore went on to shutout the Browns in the second half for the win, scoring their final 13 points of the game unchallenged. Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell ran for 133 yards and a TD in the contest, as the Browns outrushed Joe Flacco (25 of 45, 302 yards with two TDs, two interceptions) and the Ravens 145-80. Josh McCown of the Browns threw for 260 yards (20 of 33) with a pair of TD but was sacked three times and picked off twice. Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the first meeting as the Ravens were 10 of 16, while the Browns were 8 of 15 (the Ravens were 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Browns were successful in their only fourth down conversion) in the contest. Baltimore also ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:59, while the Browns kept it for 29:01.

Round 2… week 10 in Charm City. Second verse, same as the first… another Ravens win, this time by a 28-7 final at M & T Bank Stadium. After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens trailed 7-6 at the intermission before they roared back and scored 22 second half points unchallenged. This time around, it was Baltimore that won the rushing battle, tallying 119 to Cleveland’s 33, while Flacco threw for 296 yards and three TDs. Third down tries in the second meeting? Baltimore was 7 of 12, while the Browns were a somewhat dismal 2 of 10 and as was the case in the first meeting, the Ravens ruled the clock, holding the ball for 38:36, while the Browns held on to the pigskin for 21:24.

The Ravens were 6 1/2 favorite in the first meeting but only won by 5. However, both teams covered the 42 1/2 over/under, tallying 45 points. In the week 10 contest on the East Coast, Baltimore easily covered the 10-point spread, winning by 21 but both clubs missed the over/under of 45 1/2 by scoring a mere 35 points. This time, the Ravens are favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. Browns fans can at least have the Indians to look forward to this year. Cleveland makes this one close but Baltimore wins at home nevermore and covers the 7 1/2.

Tennessee (0-1) at Jacksonville (1-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in north Florida as Jacksonville hosts Tennessee at EverBank Field.

Tennessee opened the 2017 campaign with a 26-16 loss against Oakland in Music City last Sunday. Tennessee trailed 13-10 at the half before the Raiders pulled away from the Titans in the second half. Oakland outrushed Tennessee 109-95, with Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch accounting for 76 of those yards. Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 262 yards (22 of 32) in the win, while Tennessee’s Marcus Mariotta threw for 256 yards (25 of 41). Oakland was 5 for 12 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31:39, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:21, going 7 of 14 on third down.

The Jaguars return home to north Florida after they took Houston to the woodshed last Sunday at NRG Stadium, coming away 29-7 winners. Jaguar rookie RB Leonard Fournette made his Jacksonville debut a good one, rushing for 100 yards in the contest and the Jaguar defense allowed only a third-quarter TD pass from rookie QB Deshaun Watson to WR DeAndre Hopkins. Jacksonville led 19-0 at the intermission at NRG Stadium before the Texans would get on the board for their only tally of the contest, sacking Watson (12 of 23, 102 yards, TD, interception) four times. Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards in the win and did not have an interception in the win. The Jags also took advantage of four Houston turnovers in the win (3 fumbles, interception), going 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth tries and held on to the football for 30:05, while the Texans on third and fourth down were 5 of 12 and 0 of 1, keeping the pigskin for 29:55.

Including contests when they were known as the Houston Oilers, the Titans lead the series 24-20 and have outscored Jacksonville 904-862. In their last 16 meetings, they have spilt the two contests, including splitting last year’s games, each taking wins at home.

Meeting number one… Tennessee. Week eight. The Titans led Jacksonville 27-0 at the half, then held off the Jaguars 36-22 at Nissan Stadium. The Titans outrushed Jacksonville 214-48, with RB DeMarco Murray tallying 123 of those yards. Mariotta went 18 of 22 for 270 yards and a pair of TDs, while Blake Bortles threw for 337 yards (33 of 54) with three TDs and a pair of sacks. Both teams did okay on third down tries (Jacksonville was 6 of 13, Tennessee was 9 of 15) and the Jaguars went 0 of 1 on fourth down. The Jaguars held the ball for 25:35 in the first meeting, while Tennessee kept it for 34:25.

Meeting number two… Jacksonville. Week 16. This time, Jacksonville got revenge on their AFC South foes in the Sunshine State, coming away 38-17 winners at EverBank Field. The Jaguars led 19-7 at the half and never looked back. The second meeting was not much a contest as far as the rushing game went, as both teams failed to reach the 100-yard barrier. Jacksonville did win that battle, outrushing Tennessee 84-58 and Bortles (26 of 38) burned the Titans for 325 yards. Third down conversions in the second meeting was nothing to write home about, as Tennessee was 4 of 12, while Jacksonville was 5 of 14 (the Jaguars were 0 of 1 on fourth down). Jacksonville ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:31, while Tennessee kept it for 27:29.

In the week eight affair in the Music City, winning by 14 allowed the Titans to cover the 3 1/2 point spread and the 58 points scored by both teams covered the 44 1/2 over/under. In the week 16 rematch, Jacksonville’s 21-point win in the Sunshine State allowed them to cover the 5-point spread and the 55 combined points took care of the 44 over/under. Tennessee’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. These two teams are trying to unseat Houston as king of the AFC South mountain. Jacksonville stays unbeaten and wins at home, covering the 1 1/2.

Chicago (0-1) at Tampa Bay (0-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Chicago travels to the Sunshine State to try and pick up their first win of the 2017 campaign, as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

Da Bears let a 10-10 halftime tie against Atlanta get away from them in the Windy City, then saw their hopes for a victory against the defending NFC champions die in Atlanta territory when QB Mike Glennon was sacked and came away on the short end of a 23-17 loss at Soldier Field. Chicago did outrush Atlanta 125-64 and Ryan threw for 321 yards and was sacked twice, while Glennon threw for 213 with four sacks, the fourth sack coming as Chicago was about to take the lead. Atlanta was 5 of 11 on third down in the Windy City and kept the ball for 30:34, while Chicago held on to the pigskin for 29:26, going 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Tampa Bay was preparing for a Sunday opener matchup with Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. Those plans came to a somewhat crashing halt, thanks to Hurricane Irma. The league, not wanting to take any chances, erred on the side of caution and safety and decided to move the contest to week 11, where both teams would have had a bye week. They will make that contest up in Miami.

Da Bears lead da series 38-19 and have outscored Tampa Bay 1,224-923. They met last year in Tampa Bay and Jameis Winston and the Bucs were 36-10 winners (Chicago’s last win in the series came the year before, also in Tampa Bay by a final of 26-21). In the week 10 contest in the new Sombrero (as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it), the Bucs led 17-10 at the half and then proceeded to pull away, shutting out Chicago 19-0 in the game’s last 30 minutes of action. Despite being sacked four times, Winston did manage to throw for 312 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jay Cutler (now with Miami) threw for 182 yards and a TD with a pair of interceptions and four sacks (Winston had one pick in the win at home). The lone bright spot for Da Bears was that they did manage to outrush Tampa Bay 122-80, with Bears’ RB Jordan Howard leading all rushers with 100.

Chicago was favored by 1 1/2 and Tampa Bay won by 26, easily covering the spread. The 45 over/under? That was taken care of as well, with both teams scoring 46 points. Tampa Bay’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 43. Could Chicago be 0-2 when the day ends? We think so. Chicago will make it interesting but Tampa Bay comes away with the win, even though they won’t cover the 7.

Minnesota (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of unbeatens meet in the Steel City as the Vikings travel to Pittsburgh for a meeting with Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers at Heinz Field.

Minnesota led New Orleans 16-6 at the break at US Bank Stadium and came away 29-19 winners last Monday night in the Twin Cities. The Vikings made former RB Adrian Peterson feel unwelcome, as they held him to 18 yards on six carries and held his new team to 60 yards rushing. Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three tds, two of them to WR Stefon Diggs and RB Dalvin Cook accounting for 127 of those ground yards. Minnesota went 9 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 31:16, while the Saints kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 4 of 11 on third downs.

Pittsburgh held off Cleveland 21-18 last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. The Steelers led 14-7 at the half before the Browns rallied in the second half to make the contest closer than Pittsburgh fans wanted. Cleveland did outrush Pittsburgh 57-35, while Roethlisberger (24 of 36) threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 222 yards and was sacked seven times.

The Purple Gang leads the series 9-7 and have outscored the Steelers 380-310. Their last meeting took place on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in London in 2013 and Minnesota won that contest 34-27 (Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came in the Steel City in 2009 by a final of 27-17). Pittsburgh’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Steelers knock Minnesota out of the ranks of the unbeatens and win at home, covering the 6 1/2.

Arizona (0-1) at Indianapolis (0-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Arizona and the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts meet in the Hoosier State.

Arizona dropped a 35-23 decision at Detroit last Sunday. The Desert Angry Birds led 17-15 in the fourth quarter before Matthew Stafford and the Lions stormed back to take the win. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Cardinals and has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most by a QB in the NFL over that span. Rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay had two touchdown catches in the fourth quarter, including a 45-yarder, in his NFL debut. Detroit outrushed Arizona 82-45 in the Motor City and Carson Palmer threw for 269 yards with a TD and three interceptions. Arizona was 6 of 15 on third down conversions at Ford Field, keeping the ball for 26:40, while the Lions, who held on to the pigskin for 33:20, were 50 percent on third down at 8 of 16 (the Lions were 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Cardinals were 1 of 1).

The Colts felt like they were Christians being tossed to the lions as they were thumped by the Los Angeles Rams 46-9 on the West Coast. Indy got their only points in the contest thanks to a 20-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri in the first quarter. The Rams went on to coast the rest of the contest and were never threatened. The Colts did manage to outrush Los Angeles 75-63, while Scott Tolzien threw for 128 yards with four sacks before being replaced by QB Jacoby Brissett, who will be under center Sunday afternoon. Indy was shut out on third down tries, going 0 for 10 and on fourth down tries at 0 of 1, holding the ball for 25:35, while the Rams were 5 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 34:25.

They’ll meet for the 16th time and the Colts lead the series 8-7, outscoring the Desert Angry Birds 319-273, which includes contests that took place when the teams were in St. Louis and Baltimore, respectively. Arizona won the last meeting between the two teams in 2013, when the Cardinals were 40-11 winners in the desert. As for the Colts? Their last win in the series came in 2008 in the desert by a final of 31-10.

Arizona’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make sense. If you’re a fan of either team, by all means watch this one. Otherwise, watch the “Bar Rescue” marathon on Spike (there’s nothing better than seeing Jon Tapper blow a gasket!). Arizona may not cover the 7 1/2 but they take the win on the road.

Philadelphia (1-0) at Kansas City (1-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of teams that took wins on the road last week meet in the Midwest as Andy Reid welcomes his old club, the Philadelphia Eagles, to Kansas City for a intra-conference meeting at Arrowhead. Reid spent 14 seasons (1999-2012) with the Eagles, compiling a team-record 130 regular-season wins and 10 postseason victories while capturing six division titles and making five NFC Championship appearances.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns – including a 58-yard TD to wide receiver Nelson Agholor – in the Eagles’ 30-17 win at Washington. Wentz improved to 4-0 in his career as a starter in the month of September with seven touchdown passes, one interception and a 101.8 passer rating. Philadelphia led the ‘Skins 16-14 at the half and then held off Washington the rest of the contest to take the win.

The Eagles sealed the victory over the Redskins when defensive end Brandon Graham forced a fumble on a sack which defensive tackle Fletcher Cox lived a lineman’s dream and returned the ball 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining in the game. Washington did manage to outrush Philly 64-58 but the Eagles’ defense sacked Washington QB Kirk Cousins (23 of 40, 240 yards, TD, interception) four times, forcing four turnovers in the game. Philadelphia on third down tries went 8 of 14 and kept the ball for 34:16, while Washington was 3 of 11 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:44.

In the Kickoff Weekend opener on Thursday night, the Chiefs defeated New England 42-27 in Foxboro. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) – the most ever by a player in his NFL debut – and scored three touchdowns. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith posted a 148.6 passer rating against the Patriots and became the first quarterback to complete at least 80 percent of his passes (80.0) for 350 yards (368) with four touchdowns (four) and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.

Philly leads the series 4-3 and have outscored the Chiefs 169-149, who won the last meeting in the series in 2013, coming away 26-16 winners in the city of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles took a 34-14 win in 2009, also in Philly. Kansas City’s favored by 4 1/2 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make sense. Cheesesteak meets bbq and bbq wins this time. Chiefs win but expect the Eagles to make things closer than the 4 1/2.

New York Jets (0-1) at Oakland (1-0), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of old AFC/AFL rivals meet in northern California as the Raiders host the New York Jets.

For GangGreen, it was too much running back Le Sean McCoy, who burned their AFC East rival for 110 yards and quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes in their 21-12 loss in upstate New York. Buffalo’s defense held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to 38 yards rushing and picked off Josh McCown twice. The Bills went 8 of 17 on third down conversions in Orchard Park and kept the ball for 33:04, while the Jets were 4 of 14 on third down but did strike pay-dirt in their only fourth down attempt and kept the ball for 26:56.

Oakland opened the 2017 season with a 26-16 win over Tennessee in Music City last Sunday. The Silver and Black led 13-10 at the half before pulling away from the Titans in the second half. Oakland outrushed Tennessee 109-95, with Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch accounting for 76 of those yards. Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 262 yards (22 of 32) in the win, while Tennessee’s Marcus Mariotta threw for 256 yards (25 of 41). Oakland was 5 for 12 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31:39, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:21, going 7 of 14 on third down.

Including contests played at Shea Stadium and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 22-17-2 and have outscored the Jets 960-898. They last met in 2015 in Oakland and the Raiders prevailed 34-20 on the West Coast (New York’s last win over Oakland came in 2014 in the Meadowlands by a final of 19-14).

Oakland’s a 14-point favorite on the West Coast, the largest spread of the season so far and the contest has a 43 1/2 over/under. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were a bad team last year, while the Raiders were in the playoffs. New York’s not 14 points bad. They’re somewhat bad and they’ll give Oakland problems but the Silver and Black prevails at home, taking the win.

Miami (0-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s East meeting West as Miami travels westward to face off against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Dolphins were hoping to play their instate rival Tampa Bay last Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium to open the 2017 campaign but Mother Nature stepped in in the form of Hurricane Irma, which hit the southern part of the state. The league, not wanting to take any chances, decided to move the contest to week 11, where both teams would have had a bye week.

The Chargers took AFC West rival Denver to the final seconds and could have sent their Monday night contest at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, falling 24-21 in the Mile High City in the season opener. Los Angeles’ Philip Rivers threw for 192 yards and three TDs in the contest, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw two touchdown passes – both to wide receiver Bennie Fowler III – and rushed for a score in the Broncos’ 3=point win. Siemian joined Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway and Brian Griese as the only Broncos quarterbacks to record multiple touchdown passes and a TD run in a Week 1 opener. Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris sealed the Chargers’ fate by blocking the Chargers’ potential game-tying 44-yard field goal by rookie K Younghoe Koo with one second remaining in the game. Denver outrushed San Diego 140-64 but allowed Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw for 192 yards and three TDs in the contest. Denver was 8 of 15 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:13, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 25:47, went 3 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in San Diego and the old Orange Bowl, where Marlins Field now sits, the Dolphins lead the series 15-13 but the Chargers have outscored the ‘Fins by a slim 628-627. They met last year in San Diego and Miami came away 31-24 winners (San Diego’s last win in the series came in 2015, when they won 30-14 at Qualcomm Stadium). In the week 10 contest, San Diego led 10-7 at the half before Miami stormed back in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Chargers 24-14. Rivers threw for 326 yards and three TDs but was sacked three times and picked off four times, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 240 yards with a pair of TDs. Miami outrushed San Diego 106-70 and was 4 of 10 on third down, while the Chargers were 6 of 11. The Chargers did manage to win the time of possession in the loss, holding the ball for 32:59 to Miami’s 27:01.

In the week 10 contest on the West Coast, San Diego was favored by 4 and the over/under was 49. Miami covered the spread, winning by 7 and both teams took care of the over/under, tallying 65 points. As was the case last year, the Chargers are the favorite, with the odd-makers liking them as a 4 1/2 point favorite. As for the over/under? 45. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Chargers may have gotten a head start with a game under their belts but the Dolphins will be playing not only for themselves, they’ll be playing for the people of the Miami area. Dolphins cover the 2 1/2 and win in Tinsletown.

Dallas (1-0) at Denver (1-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. Dallas travels to the Rocky Mountains for a Sunday meeting with Denver at Mile High Stadium. Both teams enter play in week two with home wins under their belts.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 268 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants. Tight end Jason Witten, who had 59 yards and a touchdown, has 11,947 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for the most in franchise history. Dallas led 16-0 at the break and used four Dan Bailey field goals to take the win.

In the team’s Week 1 victory, the Dallas defense limited the Giants to three points and 233 total yards while recording three sacks – including two by defensive end Demarcus Lawrence – and an interception (cornerback Anthony Brown). Dallas held New York to 35 rushing, while Ezikel Elliott ran for 104 yards on the night. Dallas was 8 of 15 on third downs and kept the ball for 34:14, while the Giants were 4 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 25:46.

Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian threw two touchdown passes – both to wide receiver Bennie Fowler III – and rushed for a score in the Broncos’ 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Kickoff Weekend. Siemian joined Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway and Brian Griese as the only Broncos quarterbacks to record multiple touchdown passes and a TD run in a Week 1 opener. Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris sealed the victory for Denver by blocking the Chargers’ potential game-tying 44-yard field goal by rookie K Younghoe Koo with one second remaining in the game. Denver outrushed San Diego 140-64 but allowed Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw for 192 yards and three TDs in the contest. Denver was 8 of 15 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:13, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 25:47, went 3 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Denver leads the series 7-4, have outscored Dallas 294-258 and have won the last five contests, including coming away 51-48 winners in the Lone Star State in 2013, while Dallas’ last win over Denver came in 1995, when they were 31-21 winners in Irving. Dallas may be the road team but the odds-makers like them as 2 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 43. This one could be worth your time if you’re a fan of either team. Dallas makes it interesting but Denver pulls the upset at home and covers the 2 1/2.

Washington (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. The Washington Redskins head west to face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Tinseltown.

Washington trailed Philadelphia 16-14 at the half at Fed Ex Field last Sunday, then saw the Eagles pull away in the second half to fall 30-17 in Landover. Philadelphia sealed Washington’s fate last week in the opener when defensive end Brandon Graham forced a fumble on a sack which defensive tackle Fletcher Cox made a lineman’s dream a reality and returned the ball 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining in the game. Washington did manage to outrush Philly 64-58 but the Eagles’ defense sacked Washington QB Kirk Cousins (23 of 40, 240 yards, TD, interception) four times, forcing four turnovers in the game. Philadelphia on third down tries went 8 of 14 and kept the ball for 34:16, while Washington was 3 of 11 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:44.

The Rams on the other hand, took Indianapolis to task on the West Coast last Sunday, coming away 46-9 winners. Indy got their only points in the contest thanks to a 20-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri in the first quarter. The Rams went on to coast the rest of the contest and were never threatened. The Colts did manage to outrush Los Angeles 75-63, while Scott Tolzien threw for 128 yards with four sacks before being replaced by Jacoby Brissett. Indy was shut out on third down tries, going 0 for 10 and on fourth down tries at 0 of 1, holding the ball for 25:35, while the Rams were 5 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 34:25.

Washington leads the series 23-11-1, which includes games that took place in Cleveland and St. Louis when the Rams called those cities home and the Redskins have outscored Los Angeles 810-671. Washington won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 24-10 winners in Landover, while the Rams’ last win in the series came in 2014 (also in Landover), when they shut out the “Skins 24-0. The Rams are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. While this one’s not the greatest game on the planet to watch, it’s worth your time. Redskins fans didn’t have a chance to sing “Hail to the Redskins” a lot last week at home. They’ll get that chance this time. Washington covers the 2 1/2 and wins on the West Coast.

San Francisco (0-1) at Seattle (0-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. It’s a pair of winless NFC West rivals meeting in the Pacific Northwest as the 49ers make the trip up I-5 for a late afternoon (Eastern time) contest with Seattle at Century Link Field.

San Francisco was held to three points and 217 total yards (51 rushing, 166 passing) in their 23-3 Week 1 loss to Carolina at Levi’s Stadium. Panthers QB Cam Newton threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Russell Shepard (40 yards) and running back Jonathan Stewart (nine) in the win. In his NFL debut, rookie running back Christian McCaffery led the team with five receptions and 85 scrimmage yards (47 rushing, 38 receiving). Carolina led the 49ers 13-0 at the break and held them to a Robbie Gould field goal from 44 yards out with eight seconds left in the third. Carolina outrushed San Francisco 116-51 and the Panther defense sacked Blaine Hoyer (24 of 35, 193 yards, interception) four times on the West Coast last Sunday. Carolina was 7 of 13 on third down tries in Santa Clara and kept the ball for 34:21. San Francisco in the loss was 2 of 11 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth down and were able to keep the ball for 25:39.

Seattle let a 3-0 halftime lead get away from them at Lambeau and lost to the Packers 17-9 last Sunday. The Packers erased that deficit at the half and took the lead for keeps when RB Ty Montgomery scored from six yards out to open the scoring in the second half. Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson then connected on a 32-yard TD pass in the final seconds of the third quarter for their second TD of the day. Rodgers threw for 311 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off once, while the Packers sacked Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson (158 yards) three times. It was not much of a rushing game in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but Seattle outrushed Green Bay 90-84 in the loss. Green Bay was 9 of 16 on third down tries at Lambeau and kept the ball for 39:13, while Seattle kept the pigskin for 20:47, while going 3 of 12 on third down.

Seattle leads the series 21-15, the Seahawks have outscored the 49ers 858-647 and they have won the last six meetings, sweeping the last three series in the process, including taking last year’s contests.

First meeting… week three in the land of grunge, salmon and Starbucks and the Seahawks led 24-3 at the break at CenturyLink Field, coming away 37-18 winners. Chris Michael rushed for 106 of Seattle’s 127 yards in the first meeting, while San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde ran for 103 of their 135 yards in the contest (both men had a pair of rushing TDs). Seattle was 9 of 14 on third down tries in the Pacific Northwest and kept the ball for 35:57, while the 49ers were 4 of 15 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 24:03.

Second meeting… week 17 in wine country. Seattle completed the sweep, winning the NFC West and taking a 25-23 win at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara. The Seahawks led 19-14 at the half in the season finale, holding off the 49ers in the final 30 minutes of play. This time, it was the Stephen Hauschka show, as the Seattle kicker connected on four field goals in the contest, which would be the last time 49er fans saw Colin Kaepernick (who threw a fourth-quarter TD pass to Garrett Celek) under center for their club. Seattle outrushed the 49ers 87-62 and Wilson threw for 258 yards and a TD, while Kaepernick threw for 215 but was sacked five times. Unlike the first meeting, neither club did anything to talk about third-down wise, as Seattle was 3 of 12, while San Francisco went 2 of 11 (the 49ers were 2 of 3 on fourth down, while the Seahawks were 0 of 1). Time was on the side of the 49ers, as San Francisco kept the ball for 30:26, while the Seahawks held it for 29:34.

In the week three contest in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, the Seahawks won by 19, allowing them to cover the 9 1/2-point spread. Both teams combined for 55 points, which allowed them to cover the 40 1/2 over/under. Seattle was favored again in the season finale as a 9 1/2 point favorite but won by only 2. Seattle and San Francisco did manage to cover the 43 over/under by combining for 48 points. Seattle’s favored by 13 1/2 (the largest spread of the season so far) and the over/under’s 43 1/2. The 43 1/2? Makes sense. 13 1/2? Not so much. San Francisco’s been known to struggle but they’re not 13 1/2 bad. Still, Seattle’s had their number the last few years and that’s not going to change. Seahawks win this one in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks but expect San Francisco to give them a lot of problems in the contest.

Detroit (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week two concludes in the Meadowlands as the New York Giants host Detroit Monday night in prime time.

The Lions opened the season with a 35-23 win over Arizona as the team rallied from a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit. Last season, Detroit won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Cardinals and has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most by a QB in the NFL over that span. Rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay had two touchdown catches in the fourth quarter, including a 45-yarder, in his NFL debut. Detroit outrushed Arizona 82-45 in the Motor City and Carson Palmer threw for 269 yards with a TD and three interceptions. Arizona was 6 of 15 on third down conversions at Ford Field, keeping the ball for 26:40, while the Lions, who held on to the pigskin for 33:20, were 50 percent on third down at 8 of 16 (the Lions were 0 of 1 on fourth down, while the Cardinals were 1 of 1).

The Giants have won 50 home openers in franchise history and are one of only four teams all-time with at least 50 victories in home openers. Last week at Dallas, Giants quarterback Eli Manning (220 yards, three sacks, interception) started his 200th consecutive game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (297) and Peyton Manning (208) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games. Held to a third-quarter field goal by Aldrick Rosas, the Giants trailed 16-0 at the break and could never get on track in their Sunday night season opener in Arlington. New York was held to 35 rushing, while Dallas’ Ezikel Elliott ran for 104 yards on the night. Dallas was 8 of 15 on third downs and kept the ball for 34:14, while the Giants were 4 of 12 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 25:46.

The Giants are favored by 4 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Both clubs are below the .500 mark on Monday nights (the Lions are 14-17-1 and lost their only contest last year, while the Giants are 24-37-1 and went 1-1 in their two contests in 2016). while it’s not one of the best Monday night contests ever, it’s worth your time, so go ahead and tape “Scorpion” this week. Eli’s coming, kids. Both teams will be 1-1 at the end of the night. Giants cover the 4 and win in the Meadowlands.

NFL Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 118 (Atlanta), 135 (Chicago); XM: 386 (Atlanta), 228 (Chicago)

New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 113 (New York Jets), 93 (Buffalo); XM: 385 (New York Jets), 226 (Buffalo)

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 157 (Baltimore), 125 (Cincinnati); XM: 387(Baltimore), 230 (Cincinnati)

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); Westwood One: John Sadak, Ben Leber; SIRIUS: 84 (Pittsburgh), 146 (Cleveland); XM: 388 (Pittsburgh), 231 (Cleveland)

Jackonsville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Jacksonville), 121 (Houston); XM: 384 (Jacksonville), 227 (Houston)

Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Oakland), 82 (Tennessee); XM: 382 (Oakland), 82 (Tennessee)

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710:  Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Philadelphia), 83 (Washington); XM: 381 (Philadelphia), 83 (Washington)

Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Arizona), 113 (Detroit); XM: 380 (Arizona), 29 (Detroit)

Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 145 (Indianapolis), 136 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 380 (Indianapolis), 232 (Los Angeles Rams)

Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter): Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 82 (Seattle), 83 (Green Bay); XM: 82 (Seattle), 83 (Green Bay)

Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Carolina), 81 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Carolina), 225 (San Francisco)

New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Dallas); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (New York Giants), 83 (Dallas)

Monday’s Games
Minnesota at New Orleans, 7:10 p.m. on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter): Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Ross Tucker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (New Orleans), 83 (Minnesota)

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. on ESPN: Beth Mowins, Rex Ryan; Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Ed Werder (Field reporter) | SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 145 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Denver); XM: 88 (Westwood1), 227 (Los Angeles Chargers), 226 (Denver)

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)

Sunday, September 10

Favorite             Spread   Underdog               O/U

Atlanta               – 6 1/2 CHICAGO                48 1/2
BUFFALO               – 8 1/2 New York Jets          40
HOUSTON               – 5     Jacksonville           39 1/2
WASHINGTON            – 1 1/2 Philadelphia           48
DETROIT               – 2     Arizona                48
TENNESSEE             – 2 1/2 Oakland                50
CINCINNATI            – 3     Baltimore              42
Pittsburgh            – 9 1/2 CLEVELAND              46 1/2
LOS ANGELES RAMS      – 4 1/2 Indianapolis           41 1/2
GREEN BAY             – 3     Seattle                51
Carolina              – 5     SAN FRANCISCO          47 1/2
DALLAS                – 4 1/2 New York Giants        48

Monday, September 11

Favorite             Spread   Underdog               O/U
MINNESOTA             – 3     New Orleans            48
DENVER                – 3     Los Angeles Chargers   43

Sunday and Monday Referees

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.: John Parry
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Monday: Gene Steratore
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. Monday: Terry McAulay

Sunday and Monday Injury Report
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta
QUESTIONABLE: T Austin Pasztor (Chest)

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: CB Prince Amukamara (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Kyle Long (Ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Finger)

New York Jets at Buffalo

New York Jets
OUT: S Rontez Miles (Eye)

Buffalo
OUT: DT Jerel Worthy (Concussion)

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: CB Sheldon Price (Concussion)

Cincinnati
OUT: TE Christopher Uzomah (Ankle)
S Shawn Williams (Elbow)

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Alvin Dupree (Shoulder)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: DT Danny Shelton (Knee)

Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: LB Deone Bucannon (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Iupati (Tricep), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf)

Detroit
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), T Corey Robinson (Foot)

Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Ankle), RB Timothy Yeldon (Hamstring)

Houston
OUT: RB Alfred Blue (Ankle), WR William Fuller (Shoulder)

Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: S Keith McGill (Foot), RB Jamize Olawale (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cory James (Knee), K Sebastian Janikowski (Back)

Tennessee
OUT: CB LeShaun Sims (Groin)

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia: Philadelphia reported no injuries

Washington
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jamison Crowder (Hip), C Spencer Long (Knee)

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

Indianapolis
OUT: CB Vontae Davis (Groin), C Ryan Kelly (Foot), QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder), WR Chester Rogers (Hamstring), G
Ian Silberman (Lumbar)

Los Angeles Rams: Los Angeles Rams reported no injuries

Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: LB Michael Wilhoite (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jarran Reed (Shoulder), CB Richard Sherman (Thigh), DE Frank Clark (Wrist), WR Tyler Lockett (Knee), RB
Thomas Rawls (Ankle)

Green Bay
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle)

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

Carolina
OUT: LB Jared Norris (Groin)
DOUBTFUL: DT Vernon Butler (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Alexander Love (Ankle), QB Cam Newton (Right Shoulder)

San Francisco
DOUBTFUL: S Jimmie Ward (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Aaron Lynch (Back)

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

New York Giants
OUT: LB Keenan Robinson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Odell Beckham (Ankle)

Dallas
OUT: LB Anthony Hitchens (Ankle)

New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Monday

New Orleans

OUT: DE Trey Hendrickson (Illness), TT Terron Armstead (Shoulder), LB Nate Stupar (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Stephone Anthony (Ankle)

Minnesota

OUT: G Danny Isadora (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Tramiane Brock (Groin)

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. Monday

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: WR Mike Williams (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Jeremiah Attaochu (Hamstring), WR Dontrelle Inman (Groin), TE Sean McGrath (Knee), S Tre Boston (Calf)

Denver
OUT: RB Devontae Booker (Wrist), DE Jared Crick (Back), DT Zachariah Kerr (Knee), QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Kyle Peko (Foot)

Sunday and Monday Weather

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 66 degrees
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 63 degrees
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 69 degrees
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 67 degrees
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 80 degrees
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 75 degrees
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 68 degrees
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 88 degrees
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 69 degrees
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 86 degrees
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 82 degrees
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Monday: Game Indoors
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. Monday: Mostly cloudy and 74 degrees

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