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The National Football League announced the names of 99 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft and 16 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 23-25 draft in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The following 16 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

Name, Position – College

1 Eno Benjamin, RB – Arizona State
2 Oluwole Betiku, DE – Illinois
3 Lloyd Cushenberry, C – Louisiana State
4 Quartney Davis, WR – Texas A&M
5 Alohi Gilman, DB – Notre Dame
6 Matt Hennessy, C – Temple
7 Darnay Holmes, DB – UCLA
8 Keith Ismael, C – San Diego State
9 Jaylon Johnson, DB – Utah
10 Tony Jones, RB – Notre Dame
11 Terrell Lewis, LB – Alabama
12 Jordan Love, QB – Utah State
13 Elorm Lumor, DE – Rutgers
14 Houston Miller, DE – Texas Tech
15 Kenneth Murray, LB – Oklahoma
16 Isaiah Simmons, LB – Clemson

Each of the 99 players listed below have met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and have renounced their college football eligibility by submitting written notification to the league office on or before the January 17 deadline. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

The players granted special eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft:

Name, Position – College

1 Salvon Ahmed, RB – Washington
2 Cam Akers, RB – Florida State
3 Grayland Arnold, DB – Baylor
4 Devin Asiasi, TE – UCLA
5 Trajan Bandy, DB – Miami-Florida
6 Mekhi Becton, T – Louisville
7 Tyler Biadasz, C – Wisconsin
8 Ross Blacklock, DT – Texas Christian
9 Lynn Bowden, WR – Kentucky
10 Marcus Brown, DE – Missouri Western
11 Hunter Bryant, TE – Washington
12 Quintez Cephus, WR – Wisconsin
13 K’Lavon Chaisson, LB – Louisiana State
14 Saahdiq Charles, T – Louisiana State
15 Ezra Cleveland, T – Boise State
16 Nick Coe, DE – Auburn
17 Trystan Colon-Castillo, C – Missouri
18 Isaiah Coulter, WR – Rhode Island
19 Kamren Curl, DB – Arkansas
20 DeeJay Dallas, RB – Miami-Florida
21 Cameron Dantzler, DB – Mississippi State
22 Gabriel Davis, WR – Central Florida
23 Kyle Davis, WR – Florida Atlantic
24 Grant Delpit, DB – Louisiana State
25 A.J. Dillon, RB – Boston College
26 J.K. Dobbins, RB – Ohio State
27 Jacob Eason, QB – Washington
28 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB – Louisiana State
29 Jordan Elliott, DT – Missouri
30 A.J. Epenesa, DE – Iowa
31 Darrynton Evans, RB – Appalachian State
32 Jake Fromm, QB – Georgia
33 Jonathan Garvin, DE – Miami-Florida
34 Willie Gay, LB – Mississippi State
35 Yetur Gross-Matos, DE – Penn State
36 Pete Guerriero, RB – Monmouth-New Jersey
37 Javelin Guidry, DB – Utah
38 K.J. Hamler, WR – Penn State
39 Harrison Hand, DB – Temple
40 C.J. Henderson, DB – Florida
41 Tee Higgins, WR – Clemson
42 Isaiah Hodgins, WR – Oregon State
43 Noah Igbinoghene, DB – Auburn
44 Austin Jackson, T – Southern California
45 Trishton Jackson, WR – Syracuse
46 Justin Jefferson, WR – Louisiana State
47 Jerry Jeudy, WR – Alabama
48 Dalton Keene, TE – Virginia Tech
49 Solomon Kindley, G – Georgia
50 Cole Kmet, TE – Notre Dame
51 CeeDee Lamb, WR – Oklahoma
52 Javon Leake, RB – Maryland
53 James Lynch, DT – Baylor
54 Justin Madubuike, DT – Texas A&M
55 Cole McDonald, QB – Hawaii
56 Anthony McFarland, RB – Maryland
57 Xavier McKinney, DB – Alabama
58 Thaddeus Moss, TE – Louisiana State
59 Netane Muti, T – Fresno State
60 Tomas Newman, DB – Virginia-Lynchburg
61 Jeff Okudah,DB – Ohio State
62 Albert Okwuegbunam, TE – Missouri
63 Colby Parkinson, TE – Stanford
64 Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – Michigan
65 Jacob Phillips, LB – Louisiana State
66 James Pierre, DB – Florida Atlantic
67 Patrick Queen, LB – Louisiana State
68 Jalen Reagor, WR – Texas Christian
69 Debione Renfro, DB – Texas A&M
70 Amik Robertson, DB – Louisiana Tech
71 Kenny Robinson, DB – West Virginia
72 Kendrick Rogers, WR – Texas A&M
73 Henry Ruggs, WR – Alabama
74 Cesar Ruiz, C – Michigan
75 Darnell Salomon, WR – South Florida
76 Stanford Samuels, DB – Florida State
77 Josiah Scott, DB – Michigan State
78 Laviska Shenault, WR – Colorado
79 Arryn Siposs, P – Auburn
80 Geno Stone, DB – Iowa
81 D’Andre Swift, RB – Georgia
82 Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Alabama
83 Jonathan Taylor, RB – Wisconsin
84 Tabyus Taylor, RB – Virginia Union
85 A.J. Terrell, DB – Clemson
86 Andrew Thomas, T – Georgia
87 Jeff Thomas, WR – Miami – Florida
88 Michael Turk, P – Arizona State
89 Michael Warren, RB – Cincinnati
90 Quez Watkins, WR – Southern Mississippi
91 Curtis Weaver, DE – Boise State
92 Cody White, WR – Michigan State
93 Jedrick Wills, T – Alabama
94 Isaiah Wilson, T – Georgia
95 Antoine Winfield, DB – Minnesota
96 Tristan Wirfs, T – Iowa
97 David Woodward, LB – Utah State
98 Chase Young, DE – Ohio State
99 Toren Young, RB – Iowa

The following players inquired about their draft status and are eligible for selection without the need for special eligibility:

Name, Position – School
1 Deshawn McClease, RB – Virginia Tech
2 Carlos Strickland, WR – Texas-San Antonio
3 J.J. Taylor, RB – Arizona
4 Ty’Son Williams, RB – Brigham Young
5 Josh Uche, LB – Michigan

The number of players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

Year – Players Granted Special Eligibility
2020 – 99
2019 – 103
2018 – 106
2017 – 95
2016 – 96
2015 – 74
2014 – 98
2013 – 73
2012 – 65
2011 – 56

The 2019 regular season has come and gone. The 2020 season? That gets underway September 10. The National Football League announced the opponents for the upcoming 2020 season.

The opponents for all 2020 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team’s home and away match-ups was issued earlier by the NFL.

The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
• Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).
• The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).
• The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).
• Two intra-conference games based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation with the AFC and NFC West divisions. The official 2020 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring (PATIENCE, GRASSHOPPER!). NFL Kickoff 2020 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 10 and the regular season will conclude on Sunday, January 3, 2021 and the season concludes with Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Below are the 2020 opponents with each team placed in their division by order of finish in the standings.

AFC

AFC EAST

1. New England (12-4)
Home: Buffalo, Miami, New York Jets, Arizona, Baltimore, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco
Away: Buffalo, Miami, New York Jets, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

2. Buffalo (10-6)
Home: Miami, New England, New York Jets, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Seattle
Away: Miami, New England, New York Jets, Arizona, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Tennessee

3. New York Jets (7-9)
Home: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Arizona, Cleveland, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco
Away: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

4. Miami (5-11)
Home: Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle
Away: Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Arizona, Denver, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, San Francisco

AFC NORTH

1. Baltimore (14-2)
Home: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New York Giants, Tennessee
Away: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, New England, Philadelphia, Washington

2. Pittsburgh (8-8)
Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tennessee

3. Cleveland (6-10)
Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tennessee

4. Cincinnati (2-14)
Home: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Tennessee
Away: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington

AFC SOUTH

1. Houston (10-6)
Home: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England
Away: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh

2. Tennessee (9-7)
Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh
Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota

3. Indianapolis (7-9)
Home: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New York Jets
Away: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh

4. Jacksonville (6-10)
Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh
Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota

AFC WEST

1. Kansas City (12-4)
Home: Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, Houston, New England, New York Jets
Away: Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

2. Denver (7-9)
Home: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee
Away: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh

3. Las Vegas (7-9)
Home: Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay
Away: Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, Cleveland, New England, New York Jets

4. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
Home: Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, New England, New York Jets
Away: Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

NFC

NFC EAST

1. Philadelphia (9-7)
Home: Dallas, New York Giants, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, Seattle
Away: Dallas, New York Giants, Washington, Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

2. Dallas (8-8)
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, ATLANTA, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Seattle

3. New York Giants (4-12)
Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

4. Washington (3-13)
Home: Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Carolina, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle
Away: Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

NFC NORTH

1. Green Bay (13-3)
Home: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Tennessee
Away: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tampa Bay

2. Minnesota (10-6)
Home: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, ATLANTA, Carolina, Dallas, Jacksonville, Tennessee
Away: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle, Tampa Bay

3. Chicago (8-8)
Home: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York Giants, Tampa Bay
Away: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee

4. Detroit (3-12-1)
Home: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Washington
Away: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Arizona, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Tennessee

NFC SOUTH

1. New Orleans (13-3)
Home: ATLANTA, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, San Francisco
Away: ATLANTA, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Philadelphia

2. ATLANTA (7-9)
Home: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Seattle
Away: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Dalla, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota

3. Tampa Bay (7-9)
Home: ATLANTA, Carolina, New Orleans, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota
Away: ATLANTA, Carolina, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York Giants

4. Carolina (5-11)
Home: ATLANTA, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas
Away: ATLANTA, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Washington

NFC WEST

1. San Francisco (13-3)
Home: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Buffalo, Green Bay, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Dallas, New England, New Orleans, New York Giants, New York Jets

2. Seattle (11-5)
Home: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Dallas, Minnesota, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets
Away: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, ATLANTA, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington

3. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)
Home: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets
Away: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Washington

4. Arizona (5-10-1)
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Seattle, Carolina, Dallas, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets

Building on the tremendous success of NFL games in Mexico, the league will return to Mexico for one game in each of the 2020 and 2021 seasons at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today at his press conference in Miami in advance of Super Bowl LIV.

The date and time of the 2020 Mexico City game, along with the details of the NFL’s 2020 London games, will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring. The continued success and growth of the NFL’s Mexico initiative is further testament to the league’s commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.

A look at the previous regular-season games played in Mexico:​

Date – Opponents & Score (Attendance)

November 18, 2019 – Kansas City 24, Los Angeles Chargers 17 (76,252)
November 19, 2017 – New England 33, Oakland 8 (77,357)
November 21, 2016 – Houston 20, Oakland 27 (76,473)*
October 2, 2005 – San Francisco 14, Arizona 31 (103,467)**

* first Monday Night Football game to be played outside the U.S.
** first regular season game to be played outside the U.S.

Sunday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

ATLANTA (6-9) at Tampa Bay (7-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and 712: Tim Brando, Matt Millen, Sara Walsh (field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (ATLANTA), 119 (Tampa Bay); XM: 387 (ATLANTA), 232 (Tampa Bay)

New York Jets (6-9) at Buffalo (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely; SIRIUS: 113 (New York Jets), 134 (Buffalo); XM: 383 (New York Jets), 228 (Buffalo)

Cleveland (6-9) at Cincinnati (1-14), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Brandon Gaudin, Robert Smith, Megan Olivi (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Cleveland), 136 (Cincinnati); XM: 385 (Cleveland), 230 (Cincinnati)

Chicago (7-8) at Minnesota (10-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Chicago), 82 (Minnesota); XM: 382 (Chicago), 227 (Minnesota)

Miami (4-11) at New England (12-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 137 (Miami), 81 (New England); XM: 380 (Miami), 225 (New England)

New Orleans (12-3) at Carolina (5-10), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (New Orleans), 135 (Carolina); XM: 384 (New Orleans), 229 (Carolina)

Green Bay (12-3) at Detroit (3-11-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Green Bay), 83 (Detroit); XM: 381 (Green Bay), 226 (Detroit)

Los Angeles Chargers (5-10) at Kansas City (11-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 111 (Los Angeles Chargers), 121 (Kansas City); XM: 386 (Los Angeles Chargers), 231 (Kansas City)

Philadelphia (8-7) at New York Giants (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX on FOX and DirecTV 718: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Philadelphia), 83 (New York Giant); XM: 381 (Philadelphia), 226 (New York Giant)

Tennessee (8-7) at Houston (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Tennessee), 82 (Houston); XM: 382 (Tennessee), 227 (Houston)

Pittsburgh (8-7) at Baltimore (13-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 137 (Pittsburgh), 81 (Baltimore); XM: 380 (Pittsburgh), 225 (Baltimore)

Indianapolis (7-8) at Jacksonville (5-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 108 (Indianapolis), 135 (Jacksonville); XM: 384 (Indianapolis), 229 (Jacksonville)

Oakland (7-8) at Denver (6-9), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 211 (Oakland), 136 (Denver); XM: 385 (Oakland), 230 (Denver)

Washington (3-12) at Dallas (7-8), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Washington), 134 (Dallas); XM: 383 (Washington), 228 (Dallas)

Arizona (5-9-1) at Los Angeles Rams (8-7), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (Arizona), 121 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 386 (Arizona), 231 (Los Angeles Rams)

San Francisco (11-3) at Seattle (11-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 81 (San Francisco), 83 (Seattle); XM: 225 (San Francisco), 226 (Seattle)

Sunday Officials
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Brad Rogers
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Miami at New England, 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Ronald Tobert
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.: Brad Allen
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Washington at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: Jerome Boger
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.: Tony Corrente

Sunday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)
TAMPA BAY – 1 1/2 vs. Atlanta (47 1/2)
BUFFALO – 1 1/2 vs. New York Jets (36)
Cleveland – 3 at CINCINNATI (44 1/2)
NEW ENGLAND – 15 1/2 vs. Miami (44 1/2)
New Orleans – 13 at CAROLINA (46)
Green Bay – 12 1/2 at DETROIT (43)
KANSAS CITY – 9 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (44 1/2)
Philadelphia – 4 1/2 at NEW YORK GIANTS (45)
HOUSTON – 3 1/2 vs. Tennessee (45 1/2)
Pittsburgh – 1 1/2 at BALTIMORE (37 1/2)
INDIANAPOLIS – 4 vs. Jacksonville (43)
DENVER – 3 1/2 vs. Oakland (41)
DALLAS – 11 vs. Washington (44 1/2)
LOS ANGELES RAMS – 7 vs. Arizona (45)
San Francisco – 3 at SEATTLE (47)

Sunday Injury Report

ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

ATLANTA
OUT: G Jamon Brown (illness), DE Adrian Clayborn (knee), WR Brandon Powell (wrist)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DT Beau Allen (ankle), WR Chris Godwin (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Donovan Smith (ankle, knee), QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee)

New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: G Tom Compton (calf), G Alex Lewis (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jamal Adams (ankle), DE Henry Anderson (knee, shoulder), WR Robby Anderson (calf), T Kelvin Beachum (back, ankles), RB Kenneth Dixon (illness), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), CB Brian Poole (ankle), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee)

Buffalo
OUT: DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring), WR Andre Roberts (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: WR Odell Beckham (groin, illness), TE Pharaoh Brown (illness), T Kendall Lamm (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (illness), C JC Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)

Cincinnati
OUT: CB William Jackson (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: WR Stanley Morgan (concussion)

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Chicago
OUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), DT Eddie Goldman (concussion), DT Akiem Hicks (elbow)
DOUBTFUL: T Rashaad Coward (knee), T Bobby Massie (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring)

Minnesota
OUT: RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder), LB Eric Kendricks (quad)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee), S Jayron Kearse (foot), RB Alexander Mattison (ankle)

Miami at New England, 1 p.m.
Miami
OUT: CB Jomal Wiltz (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Vince Biegel (elbow), DE Taco Charlton (ankle), WR Allen Hurns (ankle, neck), DT Zach Sieler (ankle, thumb), DE Christian Wilkins (ankle)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), S Terrence Brooks (groin), LB Shilique Calhoun (illness), T Marcus Cannon (ankle), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder), CB Jonathan Jones (groin), CB Jason McCourty (groin)

New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: CB Eli Apple (ankle), S Vonn Bell (knee), S Marcus Williams (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Zach Line (knee)

Carolina
OUT: WR D.J. Moore (concussion), LB Shaq Thompson (foot, shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Corn Elder (illness), LB Marquis Haynes (knee)

Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Green Bay
DOUBTFUL: S Will Redmond (hamstring), RB Danny Vitale (knee), RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jake Kumerow (illness)

Detroit
OUT: DT A’Shawn Robinson (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Devon Kennard (shoulder), LB Steve Longa (quad), K Matt Prater (illness), T Rick Wagner (knee), S Tavon Wilson (hamstring)

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: T Russell Okung (groin)

Kansas City
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (should, not injury related)
QUESTIONABLE: T Cameron Erving (illness), DT Xavier Williams (ankle), G Andrew Wylie (ankle)

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

Philadelphia
OUT: WR Nelson Agholor (knee), TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Jalen Mills (ankle)

New York Giants
OUT: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), T Mike Remmers (concussion), TE Scott Simonson (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Corey Ballentine (back), CB Sam Beal (shoulder), LB Alec Ogletree (back)

Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot), WR Kalif Raymond (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Hollister (ankle)

Houston
OUT: WR Will Fuller (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (achilles), WR DeAndre Hopkins (illness), LB Jake Martin (knee), CB Bradley Roby (hamstring), WR Kenny Stills (knee), T Laremy Tunsil (ankle), QB Deshaun Watson (back)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: RB James Conner (quad), C Maurkice Pouncey (knee)

Baltimore
OUT: RB Mark Ingram (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (ankle), WR Marquise Brown (illness), CB Marcus Peters (chest), CB Jimmy Smith (groin), S Earl Thomas (knee, hand)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle), CB Quincy Wilson (shoulder); DOUBTFUL: DT Denico Autry (concussion), S Khari Willis (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Kenny Moore (ankle), DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (groin), G Quenton Nelson (concussion)

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Michael Walker (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dakota Allen (hamstring), CB A.J. Bouye (wrist), RB Leonard Fournette (neck), QB Gardner Minshew (right shoulder), TE Nick O’Leary (shoulder), WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland
DOUBTFUL: G Richie Incognito (ankle), RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder, illness)

Denver
OUT: T Ja’Wuan James (knee), G Ronald Leary (concussion), T Elijah Wilkinson (ankle)

Washington at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Washington
OUT: S Landon Collins (shoulder), QB Dwayne Haskins (ankle), WR Terry McLaurin (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Troy Apke (knee), T Morgan Moses (knee), CB Josh Norman (illness)

Dallas
OUT: LB Joe Thomas (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Byron Jones (ankle), T Tyron Smith (back), DT Antwaun Woods (hip, ankle)

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

Arizona
OUT: TE Darrell Daniels (biceps)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (calf), QB Kyler Murray (hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: RB Darrell Henderson (ankle), CB Jalen Ramsey (knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Troy Hill (thumb)

San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), DT Jullian Taylor (elbow, knee)
DOUBTFUL: S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Person (neck)

Seattle
OUT: T Duane Brown (knee, biceps), WR Malik Turner (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Quandre Diggs (ankle), C Ethan Pocic (core)

Sunday Weather

ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 79 degrees
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 100 percent chance of rain and 44 degrees
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with an 80 percent chance of rain and 62 degrees
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Miami at New England, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 42 degrees
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain and 67 degrees
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 40 degrees
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain and 42 degrees
Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast with an 80 percent chance of rain and 46 degrees
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast and 77 degrees
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 34 degrees
Washington at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 61 degrees
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 45 degrees

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

The end is near.

The season began in Foxboro with the New England Patriots raising another banner and getting their rings and ends in Seattle as the Seahawks and 49ers decide who will be NFC West champs.

When the final game of the 2019 NFL regular season comes to an end in the Pacific Northwest, there will be 12 teams that will continue their season and make their way to the post-season.

As for the other 20 teams? They’ll be making changes in their rosters and coaching staffs. Monday will NOT be a good day to be a head coach in the NFL if your team doesn’t make the playoffs. For teams that won’t be playing in the post-season, lockers will be cleaned out and those teams will be second-guessed and picked over like the bones of a Christmas Turkey.

For those 12 that are still standing, it’s their second season with one twist.

Win. Advance to the next round.

Lose. Your next game is in September of 2020.

when the Super Bowl comes to an end in Miami in February, one team will be holding a Lombardi Trophy.

There’s still football left for this Sunday, though. All the games this week are rematches, which makes some of them for all the marbles. It’s a chance for the teams that won the first time to prove that the first time was not a fluke, while the losers are looking for revenge and a chance to knock a team out of the post-season party. Think of it as football’s answer to Dirty Santa without the spiked egg nog.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Baltimore defeated Cleveland, 31-15, to clinch a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Ravens are the number one seed in the AFC for first time in franchise history.

With their 23-20 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday, Houston clinched their second-consecutive AFC South division title.

Minnesota clinched a playoff berth for the second time in the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams’ loss at San Francisco on Saturday night. Green Bay can clinch the NFC North division title with a victory on Monday.

On Saturday, New England defeated Buffalo 24-17, to clinch their 11th-consecutive AFC East division title, the most consecutive division titles won by one team in NFL history.

Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota and San Francisco have each qualified for the postseason after missing the playoffs last season. From 1990-2019 – a streak of 30 consecutive years – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had 12 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 38-28 victory at Tennessee.

Thomas has 145 receptions in 2019 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (143 in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history. Thomas, who leads the NFL with 1,688 receiving yards this season, has 5,475 receiving yards in his first four seasons and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (5,396) for the most receiving yards in a player’s first four seasons in league annals.

Baltimore rushed for 243 yards in their Week 16 win at Cleveland. The Ravens are the seventh team since 1970 and first since the 1978 Kansas City Chiefs (eight) and 1978 New England Patriots (11) with at least eight games of 200-or-more rushing yards in a single season. Baltimore has 3,073 rushing yards in 2019 and joined the 1978 New England Patriots (3,165 rushing yards) and 1973 Buffalo Bills (3,088) as the only teams with at least 3,000 rushing yards in a single season in league annals.

With quarterback Lamar Jackson (1,206 rushing yards) and running back Mark Ingram (1,018), the Ravens are the seventh team in NFL history and first since the 2009 Carolina Panthers (Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams) to have two players with at least 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

Indianapolis running back Nyheim Hines recorded punt return touchdowns of 84 and 71 yards in the Colts’ 38-6 win against Carolina. Hines is the fifth player with at least two punt return touchdowns of 70-or-more yards in a single game in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen (November 22, 1951) as well as Darrien Gordon (November 9, 1997), Leroy Irvin (October 11, 1981) and Eric Metcalf (October 24, 1993).

Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey had 15 receptions and 173 scrimmage yards (119 receiving, 54 rushing) on Sunday.

McCaffrey has 109 receptions in 2019, surpassing his total in 2018 (107) for the most catches in a single season by a running back in NFL history and became the first running back in league annals with multiple career seasons of at least 100 receptions. McCaffrey has nine games with at least 150 scrimmage yards this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (1999 and 2001) and Chris Johnson (2009) as the only players with at least nine such games in a single season in NFL history.

New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones passed for 352 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 132.1 rating in the teams’ 41-35 overtime victory at Washington. Jones is the first rookie with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single game in NFL history. Jones, who also had four touchdowns passes in both Week 8 and Week 10, is the third rookie quarterback with at least three games of four-or-more touchdown passes in league annals, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (1961) and DeShaun Watson (2017).

Giants running back Saquon Barkley totaled a career-high 279 scrimmage yards (189 rushing, 90 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Week 16 victory. Barkley is the fifth player with at least 275 scrimmage yards and both a rushing and receiving touchdown in a single game since 1970, joining Priest Holmes (Week 13, 2001 and Week 12, 2002), Chris Johnson (Week 2, 2009), Herschel Walker(Week 15, 1986) and Delvin Williams (Week 9, 1976).

Barkley also joined Billy Cannon (December 10, 1961), Delvin Williams (November 7, 1976) and Priest Holmes (November 24, 2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 175 rushing yards, 90 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a single game.

Washington running back Adrian Peterson rushed for a touchdown on Sunday. Peterson has 111 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton (110) for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.

Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had 10 receptions for 166 yards in the Falcons’ 24-12 win over Jacksonville. Jones, appearing in his 125th career game, has 12,047 receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. Jones registered his 15th career game with at least 150 receiving yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (30 games), Lance Alworth (17), Terrell Owens (17) and Don Maynard (15), as well as Calvin Johnson (15) as the only players with at least 15 such games in league annals.

Arizona linebacker Chandler Jones recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles in the Cardinals’ 27-13 win at Seattle. Jones, who had 17 sacks in 2017, has a career-high 19 sacks this season and joined J.J. Watt (2012, 2014-15), Elvis Dumervil (2009 and 2014), Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan (2001 and 2003) and DeMarcus Ware (2008 and 2010) as the only players with at least 17 sacks in multiple seasons since 2000.

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz had four receptions in the Eagles’ 17-9 win against Dallas and has 525 receptions during his seven-year NFL career, surpassing Jason Witten (523) for the most catches by a tight end in his first seven seasons in league annals.

Miami rookie defensive tackle Christian Wilkins had his first-career touchdown reception in the Dolphins’ 38-35 overtime win against Cincinnati. Wilkins joins William “The Refrigerator” Perry (November 3, 1985) as the only rookie defensive linemen to record a receiving touchdown in the Super Bowl era.

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week has featured an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a match-up of original teams and/or a game in which history was made. The NFL has designated the San Francisco-Seattle game as the NFL 100 Game of the Week because the division rivals engaged in an epic NFC Championship Game on January 19, 2014. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17, to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII after overcoming an early 10-0 deficit. In the third quarter, Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch scored on a 40-yard run to knot the game at 10-10. After Anquan Boldin caught a 26-yard touchdown from Colin Kaepernick to vault San Francisco back on top, 17-10, Doug Baldwin returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to set up a Stephen Hauschka field goal. In the fourth quarter, QB Russell Wilson and WR Jermaine Kearse connected on 4th-and-7 for a 35-yard touchdown pass to give Seattle its first lead at 20-17. The Seahawks used three fourth-quarter takeaways – a Michael Bennett fumble recovery (forced by a Cliff Avril sack) and interceptions by Kam Chancellor and Malcom Smith, with an athletic assist from Richard Sherman – to seal the victory.

Five teams remain in contention for two remaining playoff berths. Six clubs will fight for three remaining first-round byes. Home-field advantage and two division titles are up for grabs in the NFC. All 16 games are division contests and, with one week to go, there are still 15 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV.

Including 2019 with the Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota and San Francisco, since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

It’s all on the line in Week 17. Ten of the 12 playoff teams have been determined. Six of the eight divisions have been clinched and there’s still plenty to play for in Week 17.

In the AFC, five teams have already punched their tickets to the postseason: Baltimore (13-2, AFC North and home-field advantage), Buffalo (10-5, playoff berth), Houston (10-5, AFC South), Kansas City (11-4, AFC West) and New England (12-3, AFC East). The Bills are locked in as the number five seed in the post-season.

Oakland (7-8), Pittsburgh (8-7) and Tennessee (8-7) are vying for the final AFC Wild Card berth, while the Chiefs and Patriots are fighting for the AFC’s lone remaining first-round bye.

In the NFC, five teams have locked up playoff spots: Green Bay (12-3, NFC North), Minnesota (10-5, playoff berth), New Orleans (12-3, NFC South), San Francisco (12-3, playoff berth) and Seattle (11-4, playoff berth). Minnesota is locked in as the six seed in the post-season.

San Francisco and Seattle play on Sunday Night Football. The winner captures the NFC West and possibly home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, while the loser enters the playoffs with an NFC Wild Card berth.

In the NFC, the road to Super Bowl LIV in Miami will go through one of four cities, as Green Bay, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle all have an opportunity to earn the conference’s top seed on Sunday.

Philadelphia needs a win at the New York Giants to lock up the NFC East. A Giants win opens the door for Dallas, which would then get into the postseason with a home win over the Redskins.

2019 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 17: Playoff scenarios abound in the final week of the regular season. While all four AFC divisional spots are taken, there is one more wild card spot left. As for the NFC? Two division titles (East and West) are up for grabs. Pay close attention… this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a Burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!)

AFC

CLINCHED:
Baltimore – AFC North and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs
Houston – AFC South
Kansas City – AFC West
New England – AFC East
Buffalo – playoff berth

Kansas City (11-4) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (5-10), 1 p.m. on CBS

Kansas City clinches a first-round bye with:
Kansas City win + New England loss

New England (12-3) vs. Miami (4-11), 1 p.m. on CBS

New England clinches a first-round bye with:
New England win or tie OR
Kansas City loss or tie

Oakland (7-8) at Denver (6-9), 4:25 p.m. on CBS

Oakland clinches a playoff berth with:
Oakland win + Pittsburgh loss + TEN loss + IND win + OAK clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over Pittsburgh*
*Oakland clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over Pittsburgh if ONE of the following teams win or tie:

Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles Chargers OR New England

Pittsburgh (8-7) at Baltimore (13-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

Pittsburgh win + Tennessee loss or tie OR
Pittsburgh tie + Tennessee loss OR
Tennessee loss + Indianapolis win + Oakland loss or tie OR
Tennessee loss + Indianapolis win + Pittsburgh ties Oakland in strength-of-victory tiebreaker*

*Pittsburgh ties Oakland in strength-of-victory tiebreaker if ALL of the following teams win:
Minnesota, Green Bay, Kansas City and Miami

Tennessee (8-7) at Houston (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

Tennessee win OR
Tennessee tie + Pittsburgh loss or tie OR
Pittsburgh loss + IND loss or tie

NFC

CLINCHED:
Green Bay – NFC North
New Orleans – NFC South
Minnesota – playoff berth
San Francisco – playoff berth
Seattle – playoff berth

Dallas (7-8) vs. Washington (3-12), 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:
Dallas win + Philadelphia loss

Green Bay (12-3) (at Detroit (3-11-1), 1 p.m. on FOX

Green Bay clinches a first-round bye with:
Green Bay win OR
New Orleans loss OR
Green Bay tie + SF loss OR
Green Bay tie + New Orleans tie

Green Bay clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
Green Bay win + San Francisco loss or tie OR
Green Bay tie + San Francisco loss + New Orleans loss or tie

New Orleans (12-3) at Carolina (5-10), 1 p.m. on FOX

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:
New Orleans win + Green Bay loss or tie OR
New Orleans win + San Francisco loss or tie OR
New Orleans tie + Green Bay loss OR
New Orleans tie + San Francisco loss OR
San Francisco loss + Green Bay win or tie

New Orleans clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
New Orleans win + Green Bay loss or tie + San Francisco loss or tie OR
New Orleans tie + Green Bay loss + San Francisco loss

Philadelphia (8-7) at New York Giants (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:
PHI win or tie OR
Dallas loss or tie

San Francisco (12-3) at Seattle (11-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC

San Francisco clinches NFC West division title with:
San Francisco win or tie

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:
San Francisco win OR
San Francisco tie + Green Bay loss or tie OR
San Francisco tie + New Orleans loss or tie

San Francisco clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
San Francisco win OR
San Francisco tie + Green Bay loss or tie + New Orleans loss or tie

Seattle (11-4) vs. San Francisco (12-3), 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Seattle clinches NFC West division with:
Seattle win

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:
Seattle win + Green Bay loss

Seattle clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
Seattle win + Green Bay loss + New Orleans loss

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 17

PLAYOFF PUSH: All 16 games are division contests in Week 17 and there are still 15 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV.

In 15 of the past 16 years, at least two teams have won their division the season after missing the playoffs. With a win over Minnesota on Monday Night Football in Week 16, Green Bay (12-3) clinched the NFC North.

If San Francisco (12-3) defeats Seattle (11-4) on Sunday Night Football, the 49ers would clinch the NFC West, marking the 16th time in the last 17 seasons at least two teams have won their division the season after missing the playoffs.

In the AFC, five teams have already punched their tickets to the postseason, including all four division winners: Baltimore (13-2, AFC North and home-field advantage), Houston (10-5, AFC South), Kansas City (11-4, AFC West), New England (12-3, AFC East) and Buffalo (10-5, playoff berth).

Five teams have also locked up playoff berths in the NFC: Green Bay (12-3, NFC North), New Orleans (12-3, NFC South), Minnesota (10-5, playoff berth), San Francisco (12-3, playoff berth) and Seattle (11-4, playoff berth).

WILSON WINNER: Seattle’s Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to the postseason for the seventh time in eight seasons as the team’s starting quarterback and is the first quarterback to lead his team to a winning record in each of his first eight seasons in NFL history.

With a win over San Francisco on Sunday Night Football, Seattle will capture the NFC West division title and Wilson will earn his 87th regular-season win, surpassing Tom Brady (86 wins) for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback through his first eight seasons in NFL history.

SAINTS GO MARCHING INTO RECORD BOOKS: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 279 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a Week 16 victory, as the Saints earned at least 12 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

With another performance of at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Carolina (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Brees will become the fourth player with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in at least four consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2015 – 5)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2014 – 4)
Tom Brady, New England (2007 – 4)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2019 – 3)*
*Active streak

​​Brees also leads the league with a 75.3 completion percentage in 2019 (among qualified passers) and is on pace to break his own single-season completion percentage record for the second-consecutive season. The 19-year veteran entered 2019 with four of the top five single-season completion percentages in league annals. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr (71.1 percent) and Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill (70.7) also each own completion percentages over of at least 70 percent entering Week 17.

The players with the highest single-season completion percentages in NFL history among qualified passers:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – COMPLETION PERCENTAGE)

Drew Brees, New Orleans (2019 – 75.3)*
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2018 – 74.4)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2017 – 72.0)
Sam Bradford, Minnesota (2016 – 71.6)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2011 – 71.2)
Derek Carr, Oakland (2019 – 71.1)*
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee (2019 – 70.7)*
*Entering Week 17

New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 145 receptions in 2019 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (143 in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history. Both Thomas and Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have recorded at least five receptions in all 15 games this season.

If Thomas has at least five receptions at Carolina and Hopkins has at least five receptions on Sunday against Tennessee, they would become the fifth and sixth different receivers with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978, when the 16-game schedule was implemented.

The players with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Jarvis Landry, Miami (2017)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2014)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2013)
Pierre Garcon, Washington (2013)
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville (2001)
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston (2019)*
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (2019)*
*In 15 games

Additionally, with at least 12 receptions on Sunday, Thomas would become the first player with at least 12 receptions in three consecutive games in NFL history.

DUAL-THREAT BACKS: Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey registered 173 scrimmage yards (119 receiving, 54 rushing) last week, his ninth game with at least 150 scrimmage yards this season.

With at least 150 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New Orleans, McCaffrey, who leads the league with 2,294 scrimmage yards in 2019, would tie Chris Johnson (10 games in 2009) for the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 150 scrimmage yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Chris Johnson, Tennessee (2009 – 10)
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (2001 – 9)(HOF)
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (1999 – 9)(HOF)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (2019 – 9)*
*Through 15 games
(HOF) – Hall of Fame

With at least 216 scrimmage yards on Sunday, McCaffrey would surpass Johnson (2,509 scrimmage yards in 2009) for the most scrimmage yards in a single season in league annals.

Additionally, McCaffrey ranks second among all running backs this season with 933 receiving yards, trailing only the Los Angeles Chargers’ Austin Ekeler (950). If McCaffrey has at least 67 receiving yards against New Orleans and Ekeler has at least 50 receiving yards at Kansas City, they would become the fourth and fifth running backs with at least 1,000 receiving yards in a single season since 1970.

The running backs with at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 1970:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEIVING YARDS)
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (1999 – 1,048)(HOF)
Lionel James, San Diego (1985 – 1,027)
Roger Craig, San Francisco (1985 – 1,016)
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (2019 – 950)*
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (2019 – 933)*
*Through 15 games

McCaffrey, who ranks second in the NFL with a career-high 1,361 rushing yards this season, can join Roger Craig (1985) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (1999) as the only players with at least 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history.

HISTORY DOWN SOUTH: In his 125th career game, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones, who has 12,047 career receiving yards, had 10 catches for 166 yards in the Falcons’ Week 16 victory and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

Jones, who ranks third in the league with 1,316 receiving yards in 2019, needs at least 84 receiving yards on Sunday at Tampa Bay, to tie Rice (six seasons) for the most seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards in NFL history.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston leads the league with a career-high 4,908 passing yards entering the season’s final week and has thrown for at least 375 yards in five different games in 2019.

With at least 375 passing yards on Sunday against Atlanta, Winston would tie Peyton Manning (six games in 2013) for the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 375 passing yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES WITH 375+ PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 6)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2013 – 5)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay (2019 – 5)*
*Through 15 games

REMARKABLE ROOKIE RECEIVERS: Tennessee’s A.J. Brown (927 receiving yards) and Washington’s Terry McLaurin (919) lead all rookies in receiving yards this season and each have a chance to reach 1,000 receiving yards in their first NFL seasons.

If Brown has at least 73 receiving yards at Houston and McLaurin has at least 81 receiving yards at Dallas, the 2019 season would join 2014 and 1986 as the only seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history.

The seasons featuring multiple rookies with at least 1,000 receiving yards in NFL history:

SEASON: ROOKIES (TEAM – RECEIVING YARDS)
2014: Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants – 1,305), Mike Evans (Tampa Bay – 1,051), Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina – 1,008)
1986: Bill Brooks (Indianapolis – 1,131), Ernest Givins (Houston Oilers – 1,062)
2019: A.J. Brown (Tennessee – 927), Terry McLaurin (Washington – 919)*
*Entering Week 17

Because it’s the final weekend of the regular season and it’s the Christmas season, we’re going to do what we did to start the season and make every Sunday contest “DRILL WORTHY!” (even the bad games!) (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 59 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

Last week? Best. Week. EVER. 12-4 for the week, 134-106 for the season. That being said, here are the Sunday picks for week 17.

ATLANTA (6-9) at Tampa Bay (7-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and 712. They meet again. Matt Ryan vs. Jameis Winston. Atlanta and Tampa Bay meet in the Sunshine State at Raymond James Stadium in an NFC South rematch. The Falcons closed out their home season with a huge win against Jacksonville, while the Buccaneers saw their playoff hopes come to an end at the hands of the Houston Texans last Saturday afternoon.

Atlanta picked up a win against the AFC South as they took down Jacksonville 24-12 in the Big Peach Sunday afternoon. The Falcons led from start to finish in the home finale, using a pair of first-quarter TDs from DeVonta Freeman (one rushing, one passing), taking a 17-3 lead with them to the break.

Atlanta out-rushed Jacksonville 135-115 with Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette leading all rushers with 71 yards (Brian Hill led Atlanta with 66 yards), while Ryan threw for 384 yards and a TD to Freeman (Ryan’s favorite target, Julio Jones, led all recievers with 10 catches, good for 166 yards) with Gardner Minshew II throwing for 181 yards and a TD to Chris Conley (Ryan was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions, while Minshew was sacked three times). Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down in the Big Peach and was somewhat “Grinch-like” with the ball, keeping it for 33:07, while the Jaguars kept the pigskin for 26:53, going 3 of 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down.

Tampa Bay watched Houston erase a 17-17 tie at the intermission last Saturday afternoon, then had a final-minute drive stall as the Texans left Tampa Bay with the AFC South title and a 23-20 win. Houston opened the first half scoring when Winston was picked off by CB Bradley Roby, who returned the ball 27 yards for a TD before the fans were settled in their seats. Winston would eventually atone for that error, as Tampa Bay would tie things up with 13 second left when he and WR Justin Watson scored on an 8-yard TD toss. Kai Fairbairn and Matt Gay would trade field goals in the third quarter, tying the contest at 20-20 before Fairbairn gave Houston the lead for good with 7:11 left in the contest on a 37-yard field goal.

Tampa Bay would get the ball back with 21 seconds left in the contest after the teams traded punts after the Fairburn field goal and the hopes of a win for the Buccaneers came to an end when Winston was picked off by Issac Hyman to end the threat. Tampa Bay out-rushed Houston 106-68 with Ronald Jones leading the way for all rushers with 77 yards and a TD (Houston was led by DeShaun Watson with 37 yards, Carlos Hyde had Houston’s lone rushing TD). Winston threw for 335 yards and the Justin Watson TD but was sacked three times with four interceptions (including the one that ended the contest), while DeShaun Watson threw for 184 with five interceptions and a sack. Tampa Bay went 9 of 17 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and including the final 21 seconds of the contest, kept the ball for 30:28, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 29:32, going 4 of 14 on third down but had success in their only fourth down try.

They met in the Big Peach in week 12 and Tampa Bay came away with the 35-22 win over their NFC South rivals. Atlanta led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, then watched the Buccaneers score 12 second-quarter points unchallenged to lead 19-10 at the intermission. Tampa Bay, who would get TDs from DL Veta Vea and DT Ndamukong Suh, outscored Atlanta 16-12 in the final 30 minutes of action to seal Atlanta’s fate. Tampa Bay out-rushed Atlanta 133-57 and Winston threw for 313 yards with a pair of TDs (Winston was picked off twice), while Ryan threw for 271 yards, was sacked six times and picked off once before being replaced by Matt Schaub (55 yards, TD to Calvin Ridley). Tampa Bay went 6 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:22, while the Falcons actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for for 31:38, while going 4 of 16 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest in the Big Peach, Atlanta was favored by 4 1/2 and Tampa Bay covered, winning by 13 and both teams covered the 52 over/under, tallying 57 points. This time, the odds-makers in Vegas like Tampa Bay as 1 1/2-point favorites and the over/under comes in at 47 1/2. A Tampa Bay win gives the Bucs second place to themselves behind New Orleans in the NFC South, while the Falcons are looking for revenge from their loss in the Big Peach from their week 12 contest and a win for them would tie them with Tampa Bay. The tie binds here. Atlanta covers the 1 1/2 in the Sunshine State and wins in Tampa Bay for the second straight year.

New York Jets (6-9) at Buffalo (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. They met in the Meadowlands to start the season and now they meet in upstate New York to close things out. Buffalo hosts the New York Jets in Orchard Park to close out the 20199 regular season.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! damaged Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes last Sunday at Met Life Stadium, holding off the Steelers 16-10 in upstate New Jersey. The Steelers and Jets went into the locker room tied at 10-10 after Robbie Anderson and Steven Ficken opened New York’s scoring (Anderson scoring on a 23-yard pass from Sam Darnold and a 54-yard field goal by Ficken for the Jets) before Chris Boswell (49-yard field goal) and WR Dioante Johnson (29-yard TD pass from Mason Rudolph) evened things up. Ficken would give the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! the lead back for keeps with a pair of field goals to make it a 16-10 contest, then held off a late Pittsburgh rally to seal the win in the Meadowlands.

Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the contest but the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did manage to out-rush Pittsburgh 85-75 and Darnonld threw for 183 yards and a TD without an interception (he was sacked twice), while Rudolph (taking over for Delvin Hodges) threw for 129 yards and a TD with a sack. GangGreen went 4 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 28:28, while the Steelers actually ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 31:32, going 3 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Bills watched Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take the AFC East title in Foxboro last Saturday, falling to the Patriots 24-17 at Gillette Stadium. The two AFC East rivals went to the intermission tied at 10-10 before the Bills would take the lead with 7:25 left in the third when Josh Allen and John Brown connected on a 53-yard TD toss. New England then proceeded to chip away at the lead with 10:45 left in regulation when Nick Folk connected on a 20-yard field goal, then took the lead for keeps with 5:06 left in the contest when Patriots RB Rex Burkhead scored from a yard out. New England then went for two and Brady and WR Josh Edleman connected on the try. Buffalo would get the ball back and made their way down the field, getting as close as the Patroits’ 15-yard line before the drive stalled as Allen’s pass to Cole Beasley sailed in complete.

New England out-rushed Buffalo 143-92 with Patriots RB Sony Michel leading the way with 96 yards; Allen threw for 208 yards with a pair of TDs, while Brady threw for 271 yards and a TD to Matt LaCosse (Allen was sacked four times and neither man threw an interception). The Bills were a dismal 2 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:08, while New England ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 38:52, while going 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

They got things started right away, meeting in week one in the Meadowlands and the Bills circled their wagons, coming away 17-16 winners at Met Life Stadium. GangGreen led 6-0 at the break and took a 16-3 lead with them to the start of the fourth quarter before the Bills responded with 14 fourth-quarter points unchallenged, using a 3-yard run by Allen and a 38-yard pass from Allen to WR John Brown to take the lead for keeps. The Bills would then go on to stop a GangGreen rally that could have given the home team the win in the closing seconds of the contest.

Buffalo out-rushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 128-68 with Bills RB Devin Singletary leading the way with 70 yards, while LeVeon Bell led New York with 60. Allen threw for 254 yards with the TD pass to Brown (in addition to his rushing TD) and was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions, while Darnold threw for 175 yards with a TD to Bell and was sacked four times. Buffalo was 5 of 10 on third down tries in the Meadowlands (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:59, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were rulers of time, keeping the ball for 32:01, going 7 of 17 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

GangGreen was favored by 3 in the week one opener in the Meadowlands and while Buffalo won, they did not cover the spread, winning by 1 and the 40 1/2 over/under? It would stay intact, as both teams combined for 33 points. This time, the Bills are favored in upstate New York by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 36. In GangGreen’s defense, they have been playing some decent football of late but they’re not going to the post-season. Bills prove that the first meeting was not a fluke, circles the wagons and covers the 1 1/2 in upstate New York.

Cleveland (6-9) at Cincinnati (1-14), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of struggling Buckeye State teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River as Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals host Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Both teams took losses in last week’s contests.

The Browns struggled against Baltimore and Lamar Jackson as the Ravens left First Energy Field 31-15 winners. After a scoreless first quarter, Cleveland took the lead with 11:53 left before the half when Mayfield and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 1-yard TD pass. Baltimore would later respond with a pair of TD passes from Jackson to TE Mark Andrews to lead by seven at the break. Cleveland would eventually pull themselves to within nine with 8:01 left in the contest when Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a 3-yard TD toss (Cleveland would miss the two-point try). It would be as close as the Browns would get, as the Ravens’ Justice Hill put the nail in Cleveland’s coffin, scoring on an 18-yard run.

Jackson led all rushers with 103 yards, while throwing three TD passes (he threw for 238 yards and was not sacked or intercepted) as the Ravens out-rushed Cleveland 243-49, with Mayfield throwing for 192 yards with the pair of TD passes and an interception. The Ravens were 7 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:19 to Cleveland’s 25:41 (the Brown were 3 of 12 on third down tries).

A Cincinnati rally that sent their contest with Miami into overtime went for nothing as the Dolphins stormed back in overtime and came away 38-35 winners at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins led 21-6 at the intermission and took a 28-12 lead into the final quarter of regulation before the Bengals went on their tear in that period, scoring their last 22 points in that frame unchallenged, tying the contest up as time expired in regulation when TE Tyler Eifert and Andy Dalton connected on a 25-yard TD toss to put them to within 2. Dalton then took matters into his own feet, scoring on the two-point try to send the contest into the extra period. Each team would get the ball twice and each punted to the other team. With 3:19 left in the extra period, Miami would get the ball back and make the most of it, using all of the 3:19 left on the clock on a 10-play, 51-yard drive, sending Dolphins fans home happy with Jason Sanders booting a 37-yard field goal as time expired.

Neither the Bengals or Dolphins breached the 100-yard barrier but Miami did come close and out-rushed Cincinnati 96-59. Fitzpatrick, who has now thrown four TD passes in a game for five different teams, threw for 419 yards, was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Dalton threw for 396 yards with four TDs (two to Tyler Boyd) and was sacked four times. The Bengals were 4 of 18 on third down but perfect in their three fourth down tries, holding on to the ball for 33:36, while the Dolphins ruled the clock and including the final 3:19 of overtime, kept the ball for 36:24, while going 6 of 16 on third down.

They met in week 14 along the shores of Lake Erie and the Browns came away 27-19 winners at First Energy Field. Cleveland led their in-state rivals 14-13 at the intermission, then proceeded to outscore the Bengals 13-6 in the second half, using a pair of Austin Siebert field goals to ice the contest away. Cincinnati out-rushed Cleveland 179-146 with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 146 yards and a rushing TD, while the Browns were led by Nick Chubb, who tallied 106 yards on 15 carries. Mayfield threw for 192 yards and had a rushing TD, while Dalton threw for 262 yards (Mayfield was sacked once and picked off twice, while Dalton was picked off once and sacked twice). The Browns went 7 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:29, while the Bengals ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:31 and 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Cleveland was favored by 8 1/2 in the week 14 contest along the shores of Lake Erie and barely missed the spread, winning by 8. The two clubs did manage to cover the 42 1/2 over/under, tallying 46 points in the contest. Cleveland’s favored again, this time by 3 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Neither team is going anywhere this year and the Browns are looking to finish strong, while the Bengals are preparing to pick first in the 2020 NFL Draft. Cleveland covers the 3 and closes out the season with the win on the road in the Buckeye State.

Miami (4-11) at New England (12-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC East rivals close out the 2019 campaign in Foxboro as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Both teams were winners at home in their contests last week.

Miami overcame a Cincinnati rally that sent their contest with the Bengals into overtime and came away 38-35 winners at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins led 21-6 at the intermission and took a 28-12 lead into the final quarter of regulation before the Bengals went on their tear in that period, scoring their last 22 points in that frame unchallenged, tying the contest up as time expired in regulation when TE Tyler Eifert and Andy Dalton connected on a 25-yard TD toss to put them to within 2. Dalton then took matters into his own feet, scoring on the two-point try to send the contest into the extra period. Each team would get the ball twice and each punted to the other team. With 3:19 left in the extra period, Miami would get the ball back and make the most of it, using all of the 3:19 left on the clock on a 10-play, 51-yard drive, sending Dolphins fans home happy with Jason Sanders booting a 37-yard field goal as time expired.

Neither the Bengals or Dolphins breached the 100-yard barrier but Miami did come close and out-rushed Cincinnati 96-59. Fitzpatrick, who has now thrown four TD passes in a game for five different teams, threw for 419 yards, was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Dalton threw for 396 yards with four TDs (two to Tyler Boyd) and was sacked four times. The Bengals were 4 of 18 on third down but perfect in their three fourth down tries, holding on to the ball for 33:36, while the Dolphins ruled the clock and including the final 3:19 of overtime, kept the ball for 36:24, while going 6 of 16 on third down.

Brady and the New England Patriots took the AFC East title in Foxboro last Saturday, beating AFC East rival Buffalo 24-17 at Gillette Stadium. The two AFC East rivals went to the intermission tied at 10-10 before the Bills would take the lead with 7:25 left in the third when Josh Allen and John Brown connected on a 53-yard TD toss. New England then proceeded to chip away at the lead with 10:45 left in regulation when Nick Folk connected on a 20-yard field goal, then took the lead for keeps with 5:06 left in the contest when Patriots RB Rex Burkhead scored from a yard out. New England then went for two and Brady and WR Josh Edleman connected on the try. Buffalo would get the ball back and made their way down the field, getting as close as the Patroits’ 15-yard line before the drive stalled as Allen’s pass to Cole Beasley sailed in complete.

New England out-rushed Buffalo 143-92 with Patriots RB Sony Michel leading the way with 96 yards; Allen threw for 208 yards with a pair of TDs, while Brady threw for 271 yards and a TD to Matt LaCosse (Allen was sacked four times and neither man threw an interception). The Bills were a dismal 2 of 11 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:08, while New England ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 38:52, while going 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

New England’s win gives them their 11th consecutive division title, extends record for most consecutive division titles since 1970 (Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 7). The Patriots 16th consecutive win over Buffalo ties them for the 3rd longest NFL win streak vs. single opponent and New England’s 13th 12-win season since merger, ties them for the most all-time (San Francisco). As for Brady, his 32nd career win vs. Bills extends the NFL record for wins vs. single opponent.

They met in week two in the Sunshine State and Brady and the Pats pitched a 43-0 shutout at Hard Rock Stadium. New England led 13-0 at the intermission, then proceeded to floor the gas in the second half, scoring their last 30 points of the contest unchallenged. New England out-rushed Miami 126-42 with Michel leading all rushers with 85 yards and a TD, while Brady threw for 264 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions (he was sacked twice) and Fitzpatrick throwing for 89 yards with three interceptions before being benched in favor of Josh Rosen (who threw an interception with 97 yards in the air). New England went 6 of 11 on third down and were misers with the ball, holding on it for 36:30, while the Dolphins, who kept the pigskin for 23:30, while going 2 of 15 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

In the week two contest in Miami, the Patriots easily covered the 19-point spread, winning by 43 but missed the 47 over/under by 4 points. New England’s favored again, this time by 15 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The Dolphins have actually gotten better over the last few weeks but their dream comes to an end in Foxboro. While Miami makes it closer than 15, Brady and the Pats win in Foxboro.

New Orleans (12-3) at Carolina (5-10), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. New Orleans and Carolina meet in the Tar Heel State to close out the 2019 season at Bank of America Stadium. while the Saints rallied on the road to win in Nashville, the Panthers took another loss, this time losing in the Hoosier State.

New Orleans trailed Tennessee 14-10 at the half, then went on a 28-14 run in the second half to come away 38-28 winners at Nissan Stadium. Saints RB Alvin Kamara’s 40-yard run early in the third quarter gave the Saints the lead for good at 17-14. Kamara would then score again in the quarter, scoring from a yard out to give New Orleans a 24-14 lead late in the quarter before Titans WR Tajaé Sharpe would score the first of his two TDs, connecting with Ryan Tannehill from 36 yards to pull them to within 3. New Orleans then pushed the lead back to 10 with 73 seconds left in the third when Drew Brees and TE Jared Cook connected on a 16-yard TD pass. Tennessee would not go away quietly as Sharpe and Tannehill connected on a second TD pass, this one from seven yards with 7:27 left in regulation.

The Titans would get the ball back with 4:25 left but turned the ball over when WR Kalif Raymond fumbled at the Saints’ 38-yard line and New Orleans’ Chauncey Gardner-Johnson would recover in decent field position. The Saints, with a short field, would then go on a 6-play, 25-yard drive that used 1:56 of clock to put a nail in Tennessee’s coffin as WR Michael Thomas, who surpassed Marvin Harrison for the all-time passes caught record, caught a 2-yard TD toss from Brees with 2:10 left. New Orleans then held off a late Tennessee rally, ran out the clock and took the win in the Music City.

Tennessee actually out-rushed New Orleans 149-102 but Kamara led all rushers with 80 yards and the two rushing TDs, while Brees threw for 279 yards and three TDs (two of them to Cook, one to Thomas; Thomas had 12 catches for 136 yards), while Tannehill threw for 272 yards with three TDs (Brees was sacked three times, Tannehill was sacked five times and neither man threw an interception). Both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down; the Saints were 4 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 31:04, while the Titans held the pigskin for 28:56, going 5 of 13 on third down.

Carolina watched Indianapolis use a pair of punt returns from running back Nyheim Hines (84 and 71 yards) in their 38-6 win last Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Carolina was held to a pair of Jeff Slye field goals, trailed 21-3 at the half, then watched the Colts floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of play in the Hoosier State, outpacing the Panthers 17-3.

The Colts out-rushed Carolina 218-87 and Colts RB Marlon Mack led all rushers with 95 yards and a TD, while Collin McCaffrey led Carolina (who lost their seventh contest in a row, with interm head coach Perry Fewell looking for his first win) with 54 yards. Brissett threw for 119 yards and while he did not have a passing TD or interception, he did have a rushing TD in the win, while Will Grier (taking over for Kyle Allen) threw for 224 yards (Grier was sacked five times and threw three interceptions, while Brissett was sacked three times). The Panthers were 4 of 14 on third down (they went 2 of 4 on fourth down) and would actually rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:21, while the Colts, holding the pigskin for 27:39, went 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The contest in week 12 in the Big Easy was a nail-biter to the end and the Saints’ Wil Lutz kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to take the 34-31 win. New Orleans led 17-15 at the intermission before Carolina chipped away at the lead, first pulling to within seven with 88 seconds left in the third when Christian McCaffrey scored on a 4-yard run, then tying things up with 9:23 when WR D.J. Moore and Allen connected on a 2-yard TD pass. Carolina had a chance to take the lead in regulation with two minutes left but Jeff Slye’s 28-yard field goal try sailed wide right. That miss gave the Saints the ball with 1:56 left in regulation and they would use all of that 1:56 on an 11-play, 65-yard drive with Lutz’s try sailing through the uprights.

Carolina actually out-rushed New Orleans 121-118 and both McCaffery and Saints RB Latavius Murray rushed for 64 yards with a TD; Brees threw for 311 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception, while Allen threw for 256 yards with four sacks (each threw three TDs in the contest). New Orleans was 4 of 10 on third down tries (the Saints were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and including the final 1:56 of the contest, kept the ball for 28:27, while the Panthers actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:33, while going 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest in the Big Easy, the Saints were favored by 9 1/2 but won by only three but New Orleans and Carolina cleared the 46 1/2 over/under with 65 combined points. The Saints are favored this time by 13 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The 44 1/2 is reasonable…. the 13 sounds a bit steep. Carolina took them to the edge in their last meeting in the Big Easy and under Fewell, the Panthers have actually played some decent football. New Orleans wants to be home for the playoffs, while the Panthers look for revenge in the Tar Heel State. Carolina’s finer in Charlotte as the Panthers give Perry Fewell his first win as interim head coach, pulling off the upset at Bank of America Stadium.

Green Bay (12-3) at Detroit (3-11-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. The top team in the NFC North (or Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it) meets the bottom team in the divison as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers travel to the Motor City to face off against the Detroit Lions.

Green Bay won the NFC North title in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, overcoming three turnovers (Rodgers interception, two fumbles) to take a 23-10 win over Kirk Cousins and Minnesota Monday night. The Packers trailed 10-9 at the intermission at US Bank Stadium, then proceeded to score their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged, with Green Bay’s Aaron Jones scoring a pair of TDs in the half, including a 56-yard run that sealed the fate of the Vikings.

Jones led all rushers with 154 yards as the Packers out-rushed Minnesota 184-57, with Rodgers throwing for 216 yards and three sacks, while Cousins threw for 122 yards and a TD to WR Stefon Diggs with five sacks (both QBs threw an interception). Green Bay went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 37:32, while the Vikings kept the pigskin for 22:28, going 4 of 15 on third down and 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Detroit lost their eighth contest in a row as Denver erased a 10-10 tie at the intermission and came away with the 27-17 win Sunday afternoon at Empower Field at Mile High. Broncos kicker Brian McManus gave the home team the lead for good, connecting on a 26-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Detroit’s Kenny Golladay would then catch a 3-yard TD pass from Daniel Blough to pull them to within four with 3:51 in the third before Denver scored 14 fourth-quarter points unchallenged, using TDs from WR DaeSean Hamilton and RB Phillip Lindsay to seal the win.

Lindsay led all rushers with 109 yards with the TD as the Broncos out-rushed Detroit 150-96 and Drew Lock threw for 192 yards with the Hamilton TD with no sacks or interceptions, while Blough threw for 117 yards with the Golladay TD with 4 sacks but no interceptions. Detroit went 4 of 11 on third down (the Lions were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 36:08, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay and Detroit met at Lambeau in week six on a Monday night and the Packers prevailed 23-22 in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. The Lions led 13-10 at the intermission before the Packers went to work to erase the lead, tying things at 13-13 with 12:35 left in the third on Mason Crosby’s 48-yard field goal. Detroit’s Matt Prather would give Detroit the lead back with three field goals, with the last score coming with 12:17 left in regulation from 54 yards out. That would be the last that the Lions would see the lead as Green Bay would pull themselves to within two with 9:03 left in the contest when Rodgers and WR Allen Lazard connected on a 35-yard TD pass. After a Detroit punt, Green Bay got the ball back with 6:46 left in the contest and they would use all of that 6:46 to go on a 14-play, 77-yard drive, sending Packers fans home happy campers as Crosby would connect on a 23-yard field goal as the clock struck :00.

Green Bay out-rushed the Lions 170-56 with Packers RB Jamaal Williams leading all rushers with 104 yards; Rodgers threw for 283 yards with the two TDs, a sack and an interception, while Matthew Stafford threw for 265 yards with three sacks and no TDs but no interceptions. Green Bay was 4 of 12 on third down and including the final 6:46 of the contest, kept the ball for 33:04, while the Lions held the pigskin for 26:56, going 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In their Monday night week six contest at Lambeau, the Packers were favored by 4 1/2 but won by 1 and the two teams tallied for 45 points, missing the over/under by 2. Green Bay’s favored by 12 1/2 in the Motor City and the over/under’s 43. Granted, the Lions are bad but they’re not 12 1/2 bad and they would love nothing more than to spoil Green Bay’s playoff plans. Sorry, kitties… not gonna happen. Detroit may make it closer than the 12 1/2 but Rodgers and the Packers prevail in the Motor City with the win.

Chicago (7-8) at Minnesota (10-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Chicago and Minnesota, NFC North rivals, meet in the season finale in the 2019 campaign in the Twin Cities. Both teams look to rebound after losing at home last week.

The Monsters of the Midway were held to a 46-yard field goal by Eddie Pinerio as time expired in the third quarter as Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes would take a 26-3 win over Da Bears at Soldier Field. Kansas City led 17-0 at the intermission as Mahomes used a rushing TD in the first and a TD pass to TE Travis Kelce as part of that scoring binge, tallying all of those first half points unchallenged. Kansas City out-rushed Chicago 106-101 with Chiefs RB Damien Williams leading all rushers with 65 and Mahomes threw for 251 yards with a pair of TDs to go with his rushing TD, while Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 157 yards (neither threw an interception, Trubisky was sacked three times, Mahomes was sacked once). Kansas City was 6 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 33:24, while Chicago, keeping the ball for 26:36, went 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down.

Vikings fans watched Green Bay win the NFC North title in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, as the Packers overcame three turnovers (Rodgers interception, two fumbles) to take a 23-10 win over Kirk Cousins and Minnesota Monday night. The Packers trailed 10-9 at the intermission at US Bank Stadium, then proceeded to score their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged, with Green Bay’s Aaron Jones scoring a pair of TDs in the half, including a 56-yard run that sealed the fate of the Vikings.

Jones led all rushers with 154 yards as the Packers out-rushed Minnesota 184-57, with Rodgers throwing for 216 yards and three sacks, while Cousins threw for 122 yards and a TD to WR Stefon Diggs with five sacks (both QBs threw an interception). Green Bay went 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 37:32, while the Vikings kept the pigskin for 22:28, going 4 of 15 on third down and 0 for 2 on fourth down.

They met in week four in the Windy City and Minnesota left Chicago on the short end of a 16-6 loss to Da Bears. The Vikings trailed 10-0 at the half at Soldier Field and trailed 16-0 at the end of three quarters before they would put a dent in the scoreboard with 2:58 left in the contest when Devin Cook scored from a yard out. The Vikings missed the extra point, which forced them to try the onside kick. Chicago recovered the kick and ran the clock out to take the win. Chicago, who opened the scoring with a Tank Cohen TD pass from backup QB Chase Daniel late in the first quarter, used three Eddie Pineiro field goals to give Da Bears their points. Chicago out-rushed Minnesota 72-40 and Daniel, who took over for Mitchell Trubisky, threw for 195 yards and the TD, while Kirk Cousins threw for 233 yards (Cousins was sacked six times, Daniel was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Minnesota went 5 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:33, while Chicago ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 35:27, going 5 of 16 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Da Bears covered the 2-point spread in the Windy City, winning by 10 at Soldier Field but the 22 total points that the Monsters of the Midway and Minnesota tallied came nowhere near the 38 over/under that was given. Minnesota’s favored by 1 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 36 1/2. Both numbers make a ton of sense. For Da Bears, it’s a chance to make their way to the .500 mark, while for the Vikings (locked in as the 5th seed), they’re preparing for a Wild Card game next week. Minnesota covers the 1 in the Twin Cities and win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Los Angeles Chargers (5-10) at Kansas City (11-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. They met South of the Border in their first meeting. This time, a pair of AFC West/AFC rivals meet in the Show-Me State as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs host Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead.

The Chargers closed out their home half of the 2019 campaign falling short against Oakland last Sunday in Carson at Dignity Health Sports Park, falling to the Raiders 24-17 last Sunday. The Bolts trailed 14-7 at the intermission, then pulled themselves to within seven with 89 seconds left in the contest on a 27-yard field goal by Mark Badgley. Los Angeles then tried an onside kick, which Oakland recovered. The Raiders then proceeded to run out the clock and take the win in their final contest in the state of California.

Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but Oakland out-rushed the Chargers 99-19 with Raiders RB DeAndre Washington leading the way with 85 yards and a TD. Rivers threw for 279 yards and was sacked once, while Derek Carr threw for 291 yards and a TD toss to WR Hunter Renfrow (Renfrow had seven catches for 107 yards; Carr was sacked three times, Rivers was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Oakland was 7 of 14 on third down and kept the ball to themselves for 33:24, while the Chargers kept the pigskin for 26:36, while going 3 of 11 on third down (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

The Chiefs, winners of the AFC West, held Chicago to a 46-yard field goal by Eddie Pinerio as time expired in the third quarter to take a 26-3 win over Da Bears at Soldier Field. Kansas City led 17-0 at the intermission as Mahomes used a rushing TD in the first and a TD pass to TE Travis Kelce as part of that scoring binge, tallying all of those first half points unchallenged. Kansas City out-rushed Chicago 106-101 with Chiefs RB Damien Williams leading all rushers with 65 and Mahomes threw for 251 yards with a pair of TDs to go with his rushing TD, while Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for 157 yards (neither threw an interception, Trubisky was sacked three times, Mahomes was sacked once). Kansas City was 6 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 33:24, while Chicago, keeping the ball for 26:36, went 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 3 on fourth down.

Their week 11 meeting was south of the border in Mexico City and the Chiefs would hold off the Chargers 24-17 at Azteca Stadium. Kansas City led 10-9 at the intermission in the Monday night contest and pushed their lead to 15 with 4:56 left in the third when the Mahomes-Kelce combo connected on a 23-yard TD toss before the Chargers made the contest a 7-point affair with 1:44 left in regulation when Rivers and WR Keenan Allen connected on a 7-yard TD toss. Kansas City then stopped a Chargers’ rally in the final second of the contest when Rivers was picked off by Daniel Sorensen in the end zone to end the threat.

Kansas City out-rushed the Chargers 130-93 with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon leading all rushers with 69 yards, while Mahomes, who threw for 182 yards (TD to Kelce, sack, interception), had a rushing TD. Rivers threw for 353 yards with the Allen TD and was sacked twice, throwing four interceptions, including the one that ended Los Angeles’ hopes of tying the contest in regulation (Chargers RB Austin Ekeler led all receivers with 108 yards on eight catches, Kelce had 92 yards on seven catches). The Chiefs were 6 of 13 on third downs and held on to the ball for 28:58, while the Chargers kept the ball for 31:02, going 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 11 contest in Mexico City, the Chiefs covered the 3-point spread, winning by 7 but the two teams missed the 52 1/2 over/under, tallying 41 points. The Chiefs are the darlings of the boys and girls in Vegas and the powers in the desert have made them 9-point favorites in the Show-Me State and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The Chargers are playing with house money, while the Chiefs would love nothing more than to win and have a bye next week. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City, including the Chiefs. KC covers the 9 and wins at Arrowhead.

Philadelphia (8-7) at New York Giants (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX on FOX and DirecTV 718. The first-place Philadelphia Eagles make the 90-minute, 95-mile trip down I-95 to face off against the New York Giants in a rematch of NFL East rivals. Both teams were huge winners in last week’s action.

The Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive in the City of Brotherly Love as they held off Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys 17-9 at Century Link Field. The Eagles, in first place in the East, held the Cowboys to three Kai Forbath field goals in the late-afternoon contest, took a 10-6 lead with them to the break, while leading from start to finish, holding off a last-ditch Dallas rally in the closing minutes of the contest. Philadelphia held Dallas to 54 yards, while rushing for 118 yards, with Eagles RB Miles Sanders leading the way with 79 yards, including a 38-yard run that sealed the win for the home team. Carson Wentz threw for 319 yards and a TD to TE Dallas Goedert, while Dallas’ Dak Precott threw for 265 yards (Prescott was sacked twice, Wentz was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Philadelphia was 6 of 14 on third down (the Eagles were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 36:12, while Dallas held the pigskin for 23:48, going 3 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Daniel Jones and the New York Giants need overtime against Washington last Sunday before Big Blue prevailed in Landover, coming away 41-35 winners at Fed Ex Field. New York led 28-14 at the intermission before Washington rallied in the second half of the contest, tying things up with 29 seconds left in regulation when Case Keenum (who took over for DeWayne Haskins) scored on a 1-yard run. It would be the last time that Washington would see the football as the Giants won the toss in overtime and Redskins fans watched with horror as the Giants used an 11-play, 66-yard drive that used 5:45 of the extra period and ending with Jones and Kenny Smith scoring on a 3-yard TD toss with 4:15 left to take the win.

Big Blue out-rushed Washington 206-80 with Sequan Barkley leading the way with 189 yards and a TD; Keenum threw for 158 yards and a passing TD to WR Cam Sims after taking over for Haskins (133 yards, 2 TD, 2 sacks, no interceptions), while Jones threw for 352 yards and five TDs (including the game-winner in overtime) with a sack but no interceptions. Both clubs were 8 of 14 on third down (neither had a fourth down attempt at Fed Ex Field) and Washington actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:48, while the Giants held the pigskin for 31:57.

They met in week 14 in the City of Brotherly Love on a Monday night and the Giants welcomed the return of Eli Manning under center, only to watch Philadelphia and Carson Wentz rally late in that contest, falling to the Eagles 23-17 in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. After a scoreless first quarter in the City of Brotherly Love, the Giants took a 17-3 lead with them to the break in the Monday night contest, using a pair of Manning TD passes to WR Darius Slayton, only to see the Eagles chip away at the lead as they would rally to pull themselves to within seven with 1:28 left in the third when RB Boston Scott scored on a 2-yard run, then tie things up with 1:53 left in regulation when Wentz and TE Zach Ertz would connect on the first of their two TD passes, the first coming from 2 yards out. Philadelphia would win the toss in overtime and kept Manning (who took over for Daniel Jones, who had an ankle injury) on the bench, as the Eagles marched their way down the field, using an 8-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:50 of clock, ending with Wentz and Ertz connecting on their second TD pass of the night.

Philadelphia out-rushed their NFC East rivals 118-73 (Giants RB Sequan Barkley led all rushers with 66 yards) and Manning threw for 203 yards, while Wentz threw for 325 yards in the overtime affair (Manning was sacked twice, Wentz was sacked three times but neither threw an interception). The Giants on third down were a somewhat dismal 2 of 12 and kept the ball for 21:59, while the Eagles ruled the clock and including the overtime would keep the ball for 42:51, going 9 of 21 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week 14 contest, the Eagles were favored by 8 in the Monday night contest at Lincoln Financial Field but wound up winning by only 6 and both teams missed the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 40 points. In the rematch in the Meadowlands, the Eagles are again favored, this time by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. For the Giants, they want nothing more than to slow down the Eagles’ march to the post-season, if not stop it all together. As for the Eagles? Win and you’re in. Eagles cover the 4 1/2 in upstate New Jersey and win in the Meadowlands.

Tennessee (8-7) at Houston (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Lone Star State as Tennessee, hoping for a playoff spot, travels to Houston to take on division champion Houston at NRG Stadium.

Tennessee let a 14-10 lead at the half against New Orleans get away from them, then watched as the Saints went on a 28-14 run in the second half to come away 38-28 winners at Nissan Stadium. Saints RB Alvin Kamara’s 40-yard run early in the third quarter gave the Saints the lead for good at 17-14. Kamara would then score again in the quarter, scoring from a yard out to give New Orleans a 24-14 lead late in the quarter before Titans WR Tajaé Sharpe would score the first of his two TDs, connecting with Ryan Tannehill from 36 yards to pull them to within 3. New Orleans then pushed the lead back to 10 with 73 seconds left in the third when Drew Brees and TE Jared Cook connected on a 16-yard TD pass. Tennessee would not go away quietly as Sharpe and Tannehill connected on a second TD pass, this one from seven yards with 7:27 left in regulation.

The Titans would get the ball back with 4:25 left but turned the ball over when WR Kalif Raymond fumbled at the Saints’ 38-yard line and New Orleans’ Chauncey Gardner-Johnson would recover in decent field position. The Saints, with a short field, would then go on a 6-play, 25-yard drive that used 1:56 of clock to put a nail in Tennessee’s coffin as WR Michael Thomas, who surpassed Marvin Harrison for the all-time passes caught record, caught a 2-yard TD toss from Brees with 2:10 left. New Orleans then held off a late Tennessee rally, ran out the clock and took the win in the Music City.

Tennessee actually out-rushed New Orleans 149-102 but Kamara led all rushers with 80 yards and the two rushing TDs, while Brees threw for 279 yards and three TDs (two of them to Cook, one to Thomas; Thomas had 12 catches for 136 yards), while Tannehill threw for 272 yards with three TDs (Brees was sacked three times, Tannehill was sacked five times and neither man threw an interception). Both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down; the Saints were 4 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 31:04, while the Titans held the pigskin for 28:56, going 5 of 13 on third down.

Houston erased a 17-17 tie against Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay at the intermission last Saturday afternoon, then shut down a final-minute drive as the Texans left Tampa Bay with the AFC South title and a 23-20 win. Houston opened the first half scoring when Winston was picked off by CB Bradley Roby, who returned the ball 27 yards for a TD before the fans were settled in their seats. Winston would eventually atone for that error, as Tampa Bay would tie things up with 13 second left when he and WR Justin Watson scored on an 8-yard TD toss. Kai Fairbairn and Matt Gay would trade field goals in the third quarter, tying the contest at 20-20 before Fairbairn gave Houston the lead for good with 7:11 left in the contest on a 37-yard field goal.

Tampa Bay would get the ball back with 21 seconds left in the contest after the teams traded punts after the Fairburn field goal and the hopes of a win for the Buccaneers came to an end when Winston was picked off by Issac Hyman to end the threat. Tampa Bay out-rushed Houston 106-68 with Ronald Jones leading the way for all rushers with 77 yards and a TD (Houston was led by Watson with 37 yards, Carlos Hyde had Houston’s lone rushing TD). Winston threw for 335 yards and the Justin Watson TD but was sacked three times with four interceptions (including the one that ended the contest), while DeShaun Watson threw for 184 with five interceptions and a sack. Tampa Bay went 9 of 17 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and including the final 21 seconds of the contest, kept the ball for 30:28, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 29:32, going 4 of 14 on third down but had success in their only fourth down try.

They met in week 15 in the Music City and Tennessee wound up on the short end of a 24-21 loss to AFC South rival Houston in Nashville. After a scoreless first quarter at Nissan Stadium, Houston scored a pair of second-quarter TD passes from Watson to Kevin Stills to lead 14-0 at the break. Tennessee would even things up in the second half as Titans QB Ryan Tannehill would score on a 3-yard run in the third and a Tannehill TD pass to A.J. Brown early in the fourth quarter before the Texans would take the lead back for good when RB Carlos Hyde scored on a 10-yard run and added to that lead with a 29-yard field goal by Kai Forbath with 3:26 left in regulation. Tennessee would not go away quietly, narrowing the lead to 3 with 2:04 left when Tannehill and RB Dion Lewis connected on an 11-yard pass. Houston later sealed the win in the final seconds of the contest when they sacked Tannehill for an eight-yard loss at their 4-yard line. With no time outs, Tannehill spiked the ball in an effort to stop the clock. There was one problem… there was one second left in the contest and when he spiked the ball, that ended the contest.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 163-140 and Hyde led all rushers with 104 yards along with the TD, while Derrek Henry led Tennessee with 86; Watson threw for 243 yards and the two first-half TDs to Stills, while Tannehill threw for 279 yards and a pair of TDs (Watson was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, Tannehill was sacked twice and threw an interception). Houston was 5 of 10 on third down conversions and held the ball for 31:20, while the Titans kept the pigskin for 28:40 (including the final 2:04 of the contest) and were 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week 15 contest in the Music City, Tennessee was favored by 3 and the Texans covered, winning by 3 but both teams missed the 48 over/under, tallying 45 points. Houston’s favored this time, as the boys and girls in Vegas like them as 3 1/2-point favorites in the Lone Star State with a 45 1/2 over/under. For the Titans, it’s win and wait, while the Texans have their hay in the barn. Houston covers the 3 1/2 in the Lone Star State and takes the win at home.

Pittsburgh (8-7) at Baltimore (13-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. They again, this time they will meet in Charm City. One’s already in the post-season party, the other’s hoping to get an invite. Pittsburgh, with slim playoff hopes, travels to Baltimore to face off against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes took a hit last Sunday at Met Life Stadium against the New York Jets, as they would hold off the Steelers 16-10 in upstate New Jersey. The Steelers and Jets went into the locker room tied at 10-10 after Robbie Anderson and Steven Ficken opened New York’s scoring (Anderson scoring on a 23-yard pass from Sam Darnold and a 54-yard field goal by Ficken for the Jets) before Chris Boswell (49-yard field goal) and WR Dioante Johnson (29-yard TD pass from Mason Rudolph) evened things up. Ficken would give the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! the lead back for keeps with a pair of field goals to make it a 16-10 contest, then held off a late Pittsburgh rally to seal the win in the Meadowlands.

Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the contest but the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! did manage to out-rush Pittsburgh 85-75 and Darnonld threw for 183 yards and a TD without an interception (he was sacked twice), while Rudolph (taking over for Delvin Hodges) threw for 129 yards and a TD with a sack. GangGreen went 4 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 28:28, while the Steelers actually ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 31:32, going 3 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Baltimore and Lamar Jackson took home field advantage for the 2019 AFC playoffs as the Ravens left First Energy Field 31-15 winners last Sunday. After a scoreless first quarter, Cleveland took the lead with 11:53 left before the half when Mayfield and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 1-yard TD pass. Baltimore would later respond with a pair of TD passes from Jackson to TE Mark Andrews to lead by seven at the break. Cleveland would eventually pull themselves to within nine with 8:01 left in the contest when Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a 3-yard TD toss (Cleveland would miss the two-point try). It would be as close as the Browns would get, as the Ravens’ Justice Hill put the nail in Cleveland’s coffin, scoring on an 18-yard run.

Jackson led all rushers with 103 yards, while throwing three TD passes (he threw for 238 yards and was not sacked or intercepted) as the Ravens out-rushed Cleveland 243-49, with Mayfield throwing for 192 yards with the pair of TD passes and an interception. The Ravens were 7 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:19 to Cleveland’s 25:41 (the Brown were 3 of 12 on third down tries).

They met in the Steel City in week 5 and Baltimore needed overtime at Heinz Field to leave the Steel City 26-23 winners. The Ravens led 17-13 at the intermission before Pittsburgh stormed back in the second half to lead 23-20 with 2:37 left in regulation on a Chris Boswell field goal. Jeff Tucker then connected on a 48-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in regulation, then after a Pittsburgh turnover by WR JuJu Smith-Schuster in the overtime, Tucker connected on a 46-yarder with 5:26 left in the extra period to take the win.

Baltimore out-rushed Pittsburgh 138-77 and Lamar Jackson threw for 161 yards with a TD and three interceptions, while Mason Rudolph threw for 131 yards and a TD to Smith-Schuster before being knocked out of the contest with a concussion (Rudolph was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Baltimore was 6 of 15 on third down (the Ravens were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 39 minutes (including the overtime), while the Steelers were 3 of 9 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:34.

Batlimore was favored by 3 1/2 in the Steel City in the week 5 meeting and won the overtime contest by 3 points. The two clubs did cover the 44 1/2 over/under with 49 points. Pittsburgh’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 37 1/2. The Steelers’ playoff hopes are on the line, while the Ravens hold on to the top spot in the AFC playoff party. For the Steelers, it was fun while it lasted. Ravens cover the 1 1/2 and win in Charm City.

Indianapolis (7-8) at Jacksonville (5-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of AFC South rivals close things out in the Sunshine State as Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts travel to TIAA Stadium for a late afternoon contest with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Colts used a pair of punt returns from running back Nyheim Hines (84 and 71 yards) in their 38-6 win over struggling Carolina last Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis, holding Carolina to a pair of Jeff Slye field goals, led 21-3 at the half, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play in the Hoosier State, outpacing the Panthers 17-3.

The Colts out-rushed Carolina 218-87 and Colts RB Marlon Mack led all rushers with 95 yards and a TD, while Collin McCaffrey led Carolina (who lost their seventh contest in a row, with interim head coach Perry Fewell looking for his first win) with 54 yards. Brissett threw for 119 yards and while he did not have a passing TD or interception, he did have a rushing TD in the win, while Will Grier (taking over for Kyle Allen) threw for 224 yards (Grier was sacked five times and threw three interceptions, while Brissett was sacked three times). The Panthers were 4 of 14 on third down (they went 2 of 4 on fourth down) and would actually rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:21, while the Colts, holding the pigskin for 27:39, went 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Jacksonville continued their struggle of a 2019 season, taking a 24-12 loss in Atlanta Sunday afternoon. Jacksonville trailed from start to finish, as the Falcons used a pair of first-quarter TDs from DeVonta Freeman (one rushing, one passing), taking a 17-3 lead with them to the break.

Atlanta out-rushed Jacksonville 135-115 with Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette leading all rushers with 71 yards (Brian Hill led Atlanta with 66 yards), while Ryan threw for 384 yards and a TD to Freeman (Ryan’s favorite target, Julio Jones, led all receievers with 10 catches, good for 166 yards) with Gardner Minshew II throwing for 181 yards and a TD to Chris Conley (Ryan was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions, while Minshew was sacked three times). Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down in the Big Peach and was somewhat “Grinch-like” with the ball, keeping it for 33:07, while the Jaguars kept the pigskin for 26:53, going 3 of 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down.

They met in week 11 in the Hoosier State and Jacksonville could never get themselves on track in Indianapolis as they fell to Jacoby Brissett and the Colts 33-13 at Lucas Oil Stadium. After Jacksonville’s D.J. Chark gave them a 7-0 lead in the first, the Colts evened things up with 35 seconds left in the quarter on a 13-yard run by RB Marlon Mack. Indianapolis then broke the tie on a 34-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to take a 10-3 lead with them to the intermission, then scored 14 third quarter points unchallenged and added a 7-yard TD run by Nyheim Hines to widen the deficit. Jacksonville would score again late in the contest when Chark scored on a 20-yard TD toss from Nick Foles but the Colts then proceeded to add insult to injury when rookie LB Bobby Okereke scored on a defensive 2-point conversion to close things out.

The Colts rushed for 264 yards in the win, with Jonathan Williams (116 yards) and Mack (109 yards) leading the way, while Indianapolis held Jacksonville to a dismal season-low 29 yards. Brissett returned to the lineup, throwing for 148 yards with a TD toss to Marcus Johnson and had a rushing TD of his own, while Foles threw for 296 yards and the two TDs to Chark but was sacked twice and Brissett was sacked three times (both men threw an interception). The Colts went 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 33:52, while Jacksonville, keeping the ball for 26:08, went 6 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Colts were favored by 5 in the week 11 contest in the Hoosier State and easily covered, winning by 20 and both teams combined for 46 points, covering the 43 1/2 over/under. In round two in the Sunshine State, the Colts are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 43. Neither team will be going to the post-season and both teams will make their draft preparations on Monday. Colts cover the 4 in the Sunshine State and takes the win in north Florida.

Oakland (7-8) at Denver (6-9), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of AFC West/AFL foes meet in the Mile High City as Oakland travels to Denver to face off against the Broncos.

The Silver and Black played their final game in the state of California and came away with a 24-17 last Sunday over AFC West/AFL rival Los Angeles Chargers. Oakland led 14-7 at the intermission, then watch the Chargers pull themselves to within seven with 89 seconds left in the contest on a 27-yard field goal by Mark Badgley. Los Angeles then tried an onside kick, which Oakland recovered. The Raiders then proceeded to run out the clock and take the win in their final contest in the state of California.

Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but Oakland out-rushed the Chargers 99-19 with Raiders RB DeAndre Washington leading the way with 85 yards and a TD. Rivers threw for 279 yards and was sacked once, while Derek Carr threw for 291 yards and a TD toss to WR Hunter Renfrow (Renfrow had seven catches for 107 yards; Carr was sacked three times, Rivers was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Oakland was 7 of 14 on third down and kept the ball to themselves for 33:24, while the Chargers kept the pigskin for 26:36, while going 3 of 11 on third down (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Denver gave Detroit their eighth contest in a row as the Broncos erased a 10-10 tie at the intermission and came away with 27-17 winners Sunday afternoon at Empower Field at Mile High. Broncos kicker Brian McManus gave the home team the lead for good, connecting on a 26-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Detroit’s Kenny Golladay would then catch a 3-yard TD pass from Daniel Blough to pull them to within four with 3:51 in the third before Denver scored 14 fourth-quarter points unchallenged, using TDs from WR DaeSean Hamilton and RB Phillip Lindsay to seal the win.

Lindsay led all rushers with 109 yards with the TD as the Broncos out-rushed Detroit 150-96 and Drew Lock threw for 192 yards with the Hamilton TD with no sacks or interceptions, while Blough threw for 117 yards with the Golladay TD with 4 sacks but no interceptions. Detroit went 4 of 11 on third down (the Lions were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 36:08, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

They met in the season opener in Oakland and the Raiders held off a late Denver rally last Monday night at home to take a 24-16 decision. The Silver and Black led 14-0 at the half before Denver made their first dent on the scoreboard in the third when K Brian McManus kicked a pair of 26-yard field goals in the frame. Denver would pull themselves to within eight with 2:15 when Broncos QB Joe Flacco (269 yards, three sacks) and WR Emmanuel Sanders connected on a 1-yard toss. The Broncos then tried and failed on the onside kick attempt, giving Oakland the ball back and allowing them to run out the clock. Oakland outrushed Denver 98-95 and Flacco threw for 268 yards with three sacks, while Derek Carr threw for 259 yards with a TD and no sacks (both Flacco and Carr did not throw an interception). Denver on third down tries went 6 of 13 and the Broncos kept the ball for 27:15, while the Silver and Black held on to the pigskin for 32:45, going 10 of 14 on third down tries. (neither club had a fourth down attempt)

Oakland was favored by 7 in the season opener in northern California and they covered, winning by 8 but the two teams missed the 42 over/under, tallying 40 points. Denver’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 41. Oakland’s playoff hopes are pretty much on life support and the Raiders need a lot of things to happen if they want to be the six seed in the AFC Championship round. As for the Broncos, they would love nothing more than to put Oakland out of their misery. Denver covers the 3 1/2 in the Mile High City and knocks the Raiders out of the post-season.

Washington (3-12) at Dallas (7-8), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. The records? Forget them. They STILL don’t like each other and don’t expect the exchange of Christmas greetings this week. Dallas and Dak Prescott, fighting for its playoff lives, host Washington in a MUST win game for the Cowboys in Jerry World. Both teams took losses on the East Coast last week.

The Redskins, with nothing really to play for, took Daniel Jones and the New York Giants to overtime before Big Blue prevailed in Landover, falling to the Giants 41-35 at Fed Ex Field. Washington trailed 28-14 at the intermission before they rallied in the second half of the contest, tying things up with 29 seconds left in regulation when Case Keenum (who took over for DeWayne Haskins) scored on a 1-yard run. It would be the last time that Washington would see the football as the Giants won the toss in overtime and Redskins fans watched with horror as the Giants used an 11-play, 66-yard drive that used 5:45 of the extra period and ending with Jones and Kenny Smith scoring on a 3-yard TD toss with 4:15 left to take the win.

Washington was out-rushed by Big Blue 206-80 with Sequan Barkley leading the way with 189 yards and a TD; Keenum threw for 158 yards and a passing TD to WR Cam Sims after taking over for Haskins (133 yards, 2 TD, 2 sacks, no interceptions), while Jones threw for 352 yards and five TDs (including the game-winner in overtime) with a sack but no interceptions. Both clubs were 8 of 14 on third down (neither had a fourth down attempt at Fed Ex Field) and Washington actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:48, while the Giants held the pigskin for 31:57.

Dallas watched the Philadelphia Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive in the City of Brotherly Love, holding off Dak Prescott and the Cowboys 17-9 at Century Link Field. Dallas found themselves being held by the Eagles (in first place in the East), to three Kai Forbath field goals in the late-afternoon contest, trailing 10-6 at the break, as the Eagles, who led from start to finish, held off a last-ditch Dallas rally in the closing minutes of the contest. Philadelphia held Dallas to 54 yards, while rushing for 118 yards, with Eagles RB Miles Sanders leading the way with 79 yards, including a 38-yard run that sealed the win for the home team. Carson Wentz threw for 319 yards and a TD to TE Dallas Goedert, while Dallas’ Dak Precott threw for 265 yards (Prescott was sacked twice, Wentz was sacked once and neither threw an interception). Philadelphia was 6 of 14 on third down (the Eagles were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 36:12, while Dallas held the pigskin for 23:48, going 3 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

They met in week two in Landover and after a scoreless first quarter at Washington, the Cowboys erased a 7-0 deficit in the second quarter and came away 31-21 winners at Fed Ex Field, thanks in part to TDs from Prescott to Devin Smith and Jason Witten to take the 14-7 lead with them to the break. Dallas would lead 21-7 with 4:30 left in the third period before Case Keenum (221 yards, TD, sack) and WR Paul Richardson Jr. connected on a 9-yard TD toss to pull themselves to within seven. Dallas would eventually restore order and come out of Landover with the win.

Dallas out-rushed Washington 213-47, with Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 111 yards and a TD, while Prescott threw for 269 yards and three TDs (Prescott was sacked once and threw an interception). Dallas went 7 of 11 on third down tries at Landover and kept the ball for 33:22, while the Redskins kept the ball for 26:38, going 2 of 9 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week two contest in Landover, the Cowboys were favored and their 10-point win allowed them to cover the 5-point spread and the 52 combined points was more than enough to cover the 46 1/2 over/under. Dallas at home? Favored by 11. The over/under? 44 1/2. There will be scoreboard watching in East Rutherford and Arlington to see what the other team is doing and for the Cowboys, it has been a somewhat strange season where they’ve had chance after chance after chance to win the East. For the Redskins, it was a season that fell well short of expectations and cost Jay Gruden his job midway through the season. Fans in Landover have been singing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” a lot this season. Not this time. “Hail” is the word of the day. Washington shocks the world and takes the win in Arlington, knocking Dallas out of the post-season party.

Arizona (5-9-1) at Los Angeles Rams (8-7), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719. The Rams play their final home game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as they host Arizona in an NFC West contest on the West Coast. Both teams were on the road last week, with Arizona taking a win out of Seattle, while the Rams let a lead against San Francisco get away from in Santa Clara.

The Desert Angry Birds damaged Seattle’s hopes of winning the NFC West Sunday afternoon in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks last Sunday, leaving Century Link Field 27-13 winners. Arizona broke a 7-7 first quarter tie, scoring 10 second-quarter points unchallenged, holding the Seahawks to a pair of Josh Myers field goals in the fourth to take the win. Arizona out-rushed Seattle 253-91 with Cardinals RB Kyle Drake leading all rushers with 166 yards and a pair of TDs, with Kyler Murray throwing for 118 yards and a TD (he was sacked once but did not throw an interception) before leaving the contest with an ankle injury, while Russell Wilson threw for 169 yards and TD (Wilson was sacked five times). Arizona went 5 of 15 on third down (the Desert Angry Birds were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and Arizona ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:53, while the Seahawks were a dismal 1 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 25:07.

The Rams let a 28-24 lead at the end of three quarters get away from them as San Francisco K Robbie Gould sent 49ers fans home happy with the 34-31 win at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara last Saturday evening. The Rams trailed 24-21 at the break, then took the lead with 5:06 left in the third when Jared Goff and WR Cooper Kupp connnected on a 21-yard TD toss. The 49ers would proceed to reclaim the lead with 6:06 left in the contest when QB Jimmy Garoppolo and TE George Kittle connected on a 7-yard TD toss. Los Angeles then re-tied the contest on a 52-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein with 2:30 left in regulation. That would be all the time that the 49ers need, as they would use that entire 2:30, using 9 plays and 60 yards and ending with Gould booting a 33-yard field goal as time expired.

San Francisco out-rushed the Rams (who led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter) 119-72, with 49ers RB Raheem Mostert leading the way with 53 yards and a TD, while Todd Gurley led the Rams with 48 yards and a pair of TDs. Goff threw for 323 yards with a pair of TDs (including the toss to Kupp) and an interception (Rams TE Tyler Higbee led all recievers with 104 yards on nine catches, while teammate Robert Woods had eight catches for 117 yards), while Garoppolo threw for 248 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Garoppolo was sacked six times, while his favorite target, TE George Kittle, had five catches for 79 yards). The Rams were 5 of 13 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:21, while the 49ers kept the pigskin for 27:39 (including the final 2:30 of the contest), going 4 for 10 on third down tries.

They would meet in week 13 in the desert and the Desert Angry Birds were held to a fourth-quarter TD by Murray as the Los Angeles Rams came into Glendale last Sunday and left 34-7 winners over the Desert Angry Birds. Arizona had trouble getting themselves on track as the Rams scored their 34 points in the contest unchallenged, leading 20-0 at the half. Arizona’s lone score of the contest came with 8:35 left in the game on Murray’s 15-yard run.

Arizona would be held by the Rams to 74 yards rushing, while the defending NFC champs tallied 132 yards on the ground, with Rams RB Todd Gurley leading everyone with 95 yards and a TD. Rams QB Jarred Goff threw for 424 yards with a pair of TDs (one to Cooper Kupp, the other to Tyler Higbee; Higbee had seven catches for 107, while teammate Robert Woods led all recievers with 172 yards), while Murray threw for 163 yards with six sacks and an interception (Goff was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). The Rams were 8 of 15 on third down but 0 for 1 on fourth down and they would rule the clock and keep the ball for 34:37, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the pigskin for 25:23, going 2 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

In the week 13 contest, the Rams were favored by 4 in Glendale and they would cover, winning by 27 but both teams missed the 46 1/2 over/under, as they would tally 41 points. The Rams are favored again, this time by 7 with the over/under 45. The Rams are trying to end their season above the .500 mark and move into their new stadium with a winning record, while the Desert Angry Birds are looking for revenge from their week 13 drubbing in Glendale. Arizona will have to keep looking. Rams cover the 7 and win on the Left Coast.

San Francisco (11-3) at Seattle (11-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. First place on the line in the NFC West as San Francisco makes their way up I-5 to face off against the Seattle Seahawks in prime time in the Pacific Northwest.

San Francisco K Robbie Gould sent 49ers fans home happy with the 34-31 win at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara last Saturday evening. The Rams trailed 24-21 at the break, then took a 28-24 lead with 5:06 left in the third when Jared Goff and WR Cooper Kupp would connect on a 21-yard TD toss. The 49ers reclaimed the lead with 6:06 left in the contest when QB Jimmy Garoppolo and TE George Kittle connected on a 7-yard TD toss. Los Angeles then re-tied the contest on a 52-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein with 2:30 left in regulation. That would be all the time that the 49ers need, as they would use that entire 2:30, using 9 plays and 60 yards and ending with Gould booting a 33-yard field goal as time expired.

San Francisco out-rushed the Rams (who led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter) 119-72, with 49ers RB Raheem Mostert leading the way with 53 yards and a TD, while Todd Gurley led the Rams with 48 yards and a pair of TDs. Goff threw for 323 yards with a pair of TDs (including the toss to Kupp) and an interception (Rams TE Tyler Higbee led all recievers with 104 yards on nine catches, while teammate Robert Woods had eight catches for 117 yards), while Garoppolo threw for 248 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Garoppolo was sacked six times, while his favorite target, TE George Kittle, had five catches for 79 yards). The Rams were 5 of 13 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:21, while the 49ers kept the pigskin for 27:39 (including the final 2:30 of the contest), going 4 for 10 on third down tries.

Seattle’s hopes of winning the NFC West Sunday afternoon in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks last Sunday were damaged by Arizona, with the Desert Angry Birds leaving Century Link Field 27-13 winners. Arizona broke a 7-7 first quarter tie, scoring 10 second-quarter points unchallenged, holding the Seahawks to a pair of Josh Myers field goals in the fourth to take the win.

Arizona out-rushed Seattle 253-91 with Cardinals RB Kyle Drake leading all rushers with 166 yards and a pair of TDs, with Kyler Murray throwing for 118 yards and a TD (he was sacked once but did not throw an interception) before leaving the contest with an ankle injury, while Russell Wilson threw for 169 yards and TD (Wilson was sacked five times). Arizona went 5 of 15 on third down (the Desert Angry Birds were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and Arizona ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:53, while the Seahawks were a dismal 1 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 25:07.

They met on a Monday night week 10 in Santa Clara and San Francisco fell out of the ranks of the undefeated against Seattle, blowing a chance to win over their NFC West foes in overtime at Levis’ Stadium and fell to the Seahawks 27-24. The 49ers led Seattle 10-7 at the half before the Seahawks took control of things in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in that frame unchallenged when Javeon Clowney recovered a fumble, returning it 10 yards for a TD and added a 1-yard run by Chris Carson for a 21-10 lead. San Francisco would storm back in the final 15 minutes of action in regulation and tied things up with one second left on a Chris McLaughlin field goal from 47 yards.

Seattle would get the ball in the overtime and made their way down the field in hopes of ending the contest with a TD but Russell Wilson was picked off by LB Dre Greenlaw, who ran the ball back to Seattle’s 49-yard line, ending the drive. The 49ers then had a chance to send their fans home happy but the football gods were not going the 49ers way, as the drive stalled and McLaughlin missed a 47-yard try that would have ended the contest.

The Seahawks got the ball back and San Francisco held them in check, forcing a Seattle punt. San Francisco could not do anything after three Jimmy Garapollo passes went incomplete. The 49ers punted the ball back to Seattle with 85 seconds left in the extra period and Seattle made sure the 49ers would never see the pigskin again, using a 7-play, 40-yard drive that took 85 seconds of clock and ended when Jason Myers connected on a 42-yard field goal to end the 49ers’ bid for a perfect season.

Seattle out-rushed San Francisco 147-87, with Carson leading all rushers with 89 yards and the TD. Wilson threw for 232 yards in the overtime contest, while Garapollo threw for 248 yards (both threw a TD, both were sacked five times and both threw an interception) in the Monday night affair. San Francisco went 6 for 15 on third down tries in Santa Clara (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:41, while Seattle kept the ball for 35:19, while going 7 for 15 on third down tries.

In the week 10 contest in Santa Clara, the 49ers were favored by 6 1/2 but Seattle would wind up winning by 3. The two teams did manage to cover the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 51 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the 49ers again, this time making them 3-point favorites with a 47 over/under. A lot is at stake here. The winner? They are NFC West champs; the loser? they get to be the Wild Card team and play next Saturday or Sunday. The 49ers want revenge from their loss in Santa Clara in week 10, while the Seahawks, who reached into their history bag and resigned RB Marshawn Lynch, wants to win the West and perhaps have that first-round bye and possibly host. It’ll be closer than the 3 but Seattle prevails in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, crowning themselves kings of the West.

It’s the next to last Sunday in the NFL and eight spots are now filled for the post-season party. San Francisco, Seattle, Green Bay, New England and Buffalo have all joined Kansas City, Baltimore and New Orleans to further their seasons. With two weeks left, there are still eight spots that need to be filled and that will complete the playoff bracket.

For those that won’t be going to the playoffs, these two weeks are a chance to improve their draft chances and perhaps ruin the chances of a rival. It’s also a chance for those teams to take stock not just on their rosters but their coaching staffs as well.

When play comes to an end in week 17, 12 teams will have earned a spot in the postseason and for those teams, it is their second season with one exception.

You win, you move on.

Lose. Your next game is next year.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK 15: New England defeated Cincinnati, 34-13, to clinch a postseason berth for the 11th-consecutive season, the longest such streak in NFL history.

Green Bay defeated Chicago at Lambeau Field 21-13 and combined with the Rams’ Week 15 loss, clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2016.

With the Rams’ loss in Week 15 at Dallas, San Francisco clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013.

Seattle won 30-24 at Carolina in Week 15 and combined with the Rams’ loss, clinched a playoff berth for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

On Thursday night, Baltimore defeated the New York Jets, 42-21, to clinch their second AFC North division title.

Green Bay, Buffalo and San Francisco each qualified for the postseason after missing the playoffs last season. From 1990-2018 – a streak of 29 consecutive years – five teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

This week, with Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football remaining, 19 players recorded at least two offensive touchdowns (rushing and receiving), including a four-touchdown game from Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake. With two games remaining in Week 15, the 19 such performances of at least two offensive touchdowns are the second-most in a single week in NFL history, trailing only Week 13 of the 1983 season (20 players with at least two touchdowns).

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 286 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 137.7 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 30-24 win at Carolina.

Wilson, currently in his eighth NFL season, has 86 career regular-season wins, tied with TOM BRADY (86) for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback in his first eight seasons in league annals.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had eight receptions and recorded 175 scrimmage yards (88 receiving, 87 rushing) with two rushing touchdowns on Sunday. McCaffrey has six career games with at least 75 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton (six games) for the third-most such games since 1970. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (11 games) and Priest Holmes (nine) had more.

McCaffrey, who had 107 receptions – the most by a running back in a single-season in NFL history – in 2018, has 94 catches in 2019 and joined Larry Centers (1995 & 1996) as the only running backs with at least 90 receptions in multiple seasons in NFL history.

New England quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the team’s Week 15 victory at Cincinnati. Brady, who has 21 touchdown passes in 2019, has 17 career seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes and surpassed Peyton Manninn (16 seasons) for the most such seasons in NFL history.

Patriots running back James White recorded his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on Sunday. White, currently in his sixth NFL season, has 23 career touchdown receptions, tied with Chuck Foreman (23) and Brian Westbrook (23) for the most receiving touchdowns by a running back in his first six seasons since 1970.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 23-3 victory over Denver. Mahomes, currently in his third NFL season, has 17 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (17) for the second-most such games in a player’s first three seasons in league annals. Only Andrew Luck (19) had more.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had 11 receptions for 142 yards on Sunday. Kelce, who has 1,131 receiving yards in 2019, is the first tight end in NFL history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons. He also joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez (four seasons), as well as Rob Gronkowski (four) and Jason Witten (four) as the only tight ends with four career seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards in league annals.

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill had two touchdown receptions against Denver, including a 41-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Hill, currently in his fourth NFL season, has 21 career touchdowns of at least 40 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (21) for the third-most such touchdowns in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Bob Hayes (24) and Randy Moss (23) had more.

Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson had two touchdown passes in the Texans’ 24-21 win at Tennessee in Week 15. Watson has 26 touchdown passes along with seven rushing touchdowns this season. Watson, who had 26 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in 2018, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (1994 and 1998) as the only quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in multiple seasons in NFL history.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston passed for a career-high 458 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 124.9 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ 38-17 win at Detroit. Winston, who passed for 456 yards with four touchdowns in Week 14, is the first player in NFL history with at least 450 passing yards in consecutive games in league annals.

Winston has five games with at least 375 passing yards in 2019 and joined Peyton Manning (six games in 2013) and Drew Brees (five games in 2013) as the only quarterbacks with at least five such games in a single-season in NFL history.

An undrafted rookie, Detroit running back Wes Hills had two rushing touchdowns in his NFL debut in Week 15 and joined Isaiah Crowell (September 7, 2014) as the only undrafted rookies with at least two rushing touchdowns in their first career game in the common draft era.

Other notable performances from Sunday include: Washington running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against Philadelphia. Peterson has 110 career rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton (110) for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history. Peterson has 14,102 career rushing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin (14,101) for the fifth-most rushing yards in league annals.

Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had 13 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 29-22 win over San Francisco. Jones has 11,881 receiving yards since entering the NFL in 2011 and surpassed Torry Holt (11,864) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (11,776) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Jones also has 780 receptions in his first nine seasons and surpassed Brandon Marshall (773) and Wes Welker (768) for the fourth-most receptions in a player’s first nine seasons in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (845) as well as Antonio Brown (837) and Torry Holt (805) had more.

San Francisco tight end George Kittle had a career-high 13 receptions and 134 receiving yards on Sunday against Atlanta. Kittle, who has 2,780 receiving yards since entering the NFL in 2017, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (2,774) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in their first three seasons in league annals.

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made. The NFL has designated the Oakland-Los Angeles Chargers matchup as the NFL100 Game of the Week because the contest recognizes two original AFL teams, each with ties to late Pro Football Hall of Famer Al Davis. From 1957-60, Davis served as the line coach at the University of Southern California before Sid Gillman tabbed him as the Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive ends coach. After helping the Chargers to two division titles in three seasons, Davis had the opportunity to lead his own team in 1963. That’s when he took over the Oakland Raiders and changed the team colors to silver and black, then personified the rival league’s exciting new image by developing the vertical passing game. The upstart AFL finalized a formal merger with the NFL later in the decade and began playing as one league in 1970.

AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Seventeen teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV. Two playoff berths in each conference are up for grabs. Welcome to late December in the NFL.

Buffalo, Green Bay and San Francisco have each qualified for the postseason after missing the playoffs last season. From 1990-2018 – a streak of 29 consecutive years – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Minnesota can join that group with a win on Monday Night Football at home against the Packers. Something significant will happen on Monday night. Either the Packers will clinch the division for the first time since 2016, or the Vikings will clinch a playoff berth. It’s also a division clash featuring teams with 10-or-more wins. That has happened just three times since the beginning of the 2015 season and for the second time the game is featuring the Packers and Vikings.

Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur has an opportunity to become the 10th rookie head coach in NFL history to win at least 12 games in a season.

The rookie head coaches who have won at least 12 games in NFL history, by wins:

COACH, TEAM; W-L-T, PCT (SEASON)
Jim Caldwell, Indianapolis; – 14-2-0, .875 (2009)
George Seifert, San Francisco; – 14-2-0, .875 (1989)
Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco; 13-3-0, .813 (2011)
Steve Mariucci, San Francisco; 13-3-0, .813 (1997)
John Madden, Oakland; 12-1-1, .893 (1969)(HOF)
Matt Nagy, Chicago; 12-4-0, .750 (2018)
Barry Switzer, Dallas; 12-4-0, .750 (1994)
Red Miller, Denver; 12-2-0, .857 (1977)
Chuck Knox, Los Angeles Rams; 12-2-0, .857 (1973)

There are playoff scenarios in week 16 (PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?). You might want to take notes, there’ll probably be a quiz afterward (this could cause more confusion than a mouse in a Burlesque show!)

2019 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 16

AFC

CLINCHED:

Baltimore – AFC North
Kansas City – AFC West
Buffalo – playoff berth
New England – playoff berth
Houston – AFC South

Baltimore (12-2) at Cleveland (6-8), Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye with:

Baltimore win or tie OR
Kansas City loss or tie OR
Kansas City loss

Baltimore clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

Baltimore win OR
Baltimore tie + Kansas City loss or tie OR
Kansas City loss or tie + New England loss

NFC

CLINCHED:

New Orleans – NFC South
Green Bay – playoff berth
San Francisco – playoff berth
Seattle – playoff berth

Green Bay (11-3) at Minnesota (10-4), Monday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:
Green Bay win or tie

Dallas (7-7) at Philadelphia (7-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:
Dallas win

Minnesota (10-4) vs. Green Bay (11-3), Monday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:

Minnesota win or tie OR
Los Angeles Rams loss or tie

IN THE NFC EAST: Dallas can clinch the NFC East division title with a road win over Philadelphia Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Winning a division has proven significant this decade as the last team to advance to the Super Bowl without winning a division title was the 2010 Green Bay Packers, who won Super Bowl XLV. Since, all 16 teams to appear in the Super Bowl have won their divisions. The Cowboys also have 12 seasons of at least 12 victories since 1970.

IN THE NFC SOUTH: New Orleans (11-3), who clinched the division on Thanksgiving night, travel to play in Nashville against Tennessee on Sunday. Including New Orleans, four NFC teams share the best record in the conference. This year marks just the second time since the NFL adopted the 16-game schedule in 1978 that four NFC clubs are tied for the conference’s best record with two-or-fewer weeks to play. It also happened in 2014, when five NFC teams were 11-4 heading into the final week.

Overall, six NFL teams have won at least 11 games, making the 2019 season just the second since 1978 in which six-or-more NFL clubs have won 11-plus through 14 games. It also happened in 2004, when six teams had at least 11 wins heading into the final two weeks.

Drew Brees, who surpassed Peyton Manning’s career passing touchdowns record to close Week 15 on Monday night, also recorded his 36th career game of four-or-more touchdown passes, breaking Manning’s NFL record of 35. Brees (10,093) also needs 77 pass attempts to become the all-time leader in that category; the record is held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (10,169).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 16

PLAYOFF PUSH: Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season after failing to make the postseason the year before. In 2019, Buffalo (10-4), Green Bay (11-3) and San Francsico (11-3) have each clinched playoff berths after missing the postseason last year.

If Minnesota (10-4) defeats Green Bay on Monday Night Football to clinch a playoff berth, 2019 would mark the 30th consecutive season in which at least four teams qualify for the playoffs after missing the postseason the previous year.

MAKING IT LOOK EASY IN BIG BREESY: Last Monday night, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees made history as he threw four touchdown passes to reach 541 in his career and surpass Peyton Manning (539) for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history. In addition to passing Manning, Brees completed 29 of 30 pass attempts to set a single-game NFL record (min. 20 attempts) with a 96.7 completion percentage and completed his final 22 pass attempts of the game.

If Brees completes his first four pass attempts on Sunday at Tennessee, he would set an NFL record for the most consecutive completions in league history.

The players with the most consecutive completions in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM: DATES (COMPLETIONS)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia: 12/30/18 (25)
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee: 11/18/18-11/26/18 (25)
Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers: 11/25/18 (25)
Ryan Tannehill, Miami: 10/18/15-10/25/15 (25)
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia: 11/28/04-12/5/04 (24)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis: 12/14/08-12/18/08 (23)
Drew Brees, New Orleans: 12/16/19 (22)*
*Active streak

In Week 15, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas recorded his eighth game this season with at least 10 receptions, the most such performances in a single season in NFL history. Thomas leads the NFL with 133 receptions and 1,552 receiving yards in 2019. With at least 11 receptions on Sunday, Thomas would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (143 receptions in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (2002 – 143)(HOF)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2015 – 136)
Julio Jones, ATLANTA (2015 – 136)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (2019 – 133)*
*Entering Sunday

Additionally, Thomas – who owns the league record for the most receptions through a player’s first four seasons with 454 – needs 58 receiving yards on Sunday to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (5,396 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards through a player’s first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECIEVING YARDS)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (5,396)(HOF)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (5,339)*
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (5,088)
Jerry Rice, San Francsico (4,881)(HOF)
(HOF) – Hall of Fame

WINNING IN CHIEFS KINGDOM: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 to lead the Chiefs to their fourth-consecutive win. With his two touchdown passes, the 24-year-old quarterback now has 73 touchdown passes in 29 career games.

With two touchdown passes on Sunday Night Football against Chicago, Mahomes would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (31 games) as the fastest player to reach 75 career touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players to reach 75 career touchdown passes in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES TO 75 TD PASSES)
Dan Marino, Miami (31) (HOF)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (35) (HOF)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (29)*
*Has 73 touchdown passes
(HOF) – Hall of Fame

Last week, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce – had 11 receptions for 142 yards in the win and became the first tight end in NFL history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons. This season, Kelce leads all tight ends with 86 receptions and has 496 receptions in 94 career games.

With four receptions on Sunday Night Football, Kelce would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. as the fastest tight end to reach 500 career receptions in NFL history.

The tight ends to reach 500 receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAMS (GAMES TO 500 RECEPTIONS)
Kellen Winslow Sr., San Diego (101) (HOF)
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia (102)
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans and Seattle (106)
Travis Kelce, Kansas City (94)*
*Has 496 receptions
(HOF) – Hall of Fame

Additionally, with four receptions, Kelce would join Jason Witten (523) and Zach Ertz (521) – who reached 500 career receptions in Week 12 – as the only tight ends with at least 500 receptions in their first seven seasons in NFL history.

BY AIR AND C-MC: After recording the most receptions by a running back in a single season with 107 in 2018, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey – who leads all running backs and ranks third overall in the league with 94 receptions in 2019 – joined Larry Centers (1995 and 1996) as the only running backs with at least 90 receptions in multiple seasons in NFL history.

With at least six receptions on Sunday at Indianapolis, McCaffrey would become the fourth player to record at least 100 receptions in two of his first three seasons in NFL history. He would also become the first running back to accomplish the feat.

The players with at least 100 receptions in two of their first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Anquan Boldin, Arizona (2003, 2005)
Brandon Marshall, Denver (2007-08)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (2017-18)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (2018)*
*Has 94 receptions in 2019

In Week 15, McCaffrey recorded 175 scrimmage yards (88 receiving, 87 rushing) and two rushing touchdowns, marking his sixth career game with at least 75 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (six games) for the third-most such games since 1970.

McCaffrey – who leads the NFL with 2,121 scrimmage yards and 18 total touchdowns in 2019 – now has 14 rushing and four receiving touchdowns on the season. With both a rushing and receiving touchdown on Sunday, he would become the fourth player with at least 15 rushing and five receiving touchdowns in a single season in NFL history.

The players with at least 15 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, RUSHING TDs/RECIEVING TDs)
Ahman Green, Green Bay (2003, 15/5)
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (2000, 18/8)(HOF)
O.J. Simpson, Buffalo (1975, 16/7)(HOF)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (2019, 14/4)*
*Entering Sunday
(HOF) – Hall of Fame

FIRST TO 12,000: Last week, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had 13 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 29-22 win over San Francisco. In the win, Jones – who has 11,881 receiving yards since entering the NFL in 2011 – surpassed Torry Holt (11,864) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (11,776) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Appearing in his 125th career game on Sunday against Jacksonville, Jones needs at least 119 receiving yards to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 12,000 receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES TO 12,000 REC. YARDS)
Jerry Rice, San Francsico (142) (HOF)
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (146)
Andre Johnson, Houston (146)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (151) (HOF)
Julio Jones, ATLANTA (125)*

*Has 11,881 receiving yards in 124 games
(HOF) – Hall of Fame

Week 16 got underway in Tampa Saturday afternoon as Houston clinched the AFC South title and ends in the Twin Cities Monday night as a pair of NFC North heavyweights (Green Bay-Minnesota) do battle. New England also joined the Texans as clinching the AFC East and San Francisco rallied to beat NFC West rival Los Angeles. Six of the contests this Sunday and Monday are rematches, which means that the team that won the first time wants to prove that win was not luck or a fluke; for the losing team, they’re playing their verision of “Dirty Santa” and wants revenge. Last week was pretty good, as we went 10-6 for the week, 121-101 for the season. Get the milk and cookies ready for Santa (we hear the old boy likes Chocolate Chip with pecans) and the reindeer feed ready. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 16.

Jacksonville (5-9) at ATLANTA (5-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. They’re separated by 346 miles and a 6-hour drive. They both won in the Bay Area last week. A pair of Southern teams meet in the Big Peach as Atlanta hosts Jacksonville at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Jacksonville ruined Oakland’s farewell party last Sunday afternoon on the West Coast last Sunday as the Jaguars escaped the Oakland Coliseum with a 20-16 win over the Silver and Black. Oakland led 16-3 at the intermisson, then Jacksonville proceeded to score their final 17 points of the second half unchecked, taking the lead for good with 31 seconds left in the contest when WR Chris Conley and QB Gordon Minshew connected on their second TD pass of the quarter. Jacksonville then survived a last-second Oakland rally as the Raiders would get themselves as close as Jacksonville’s 40-yard line before Derek Carr’s pass attempt sailed incomplete.

In their final game at home, the Raiders outrushed Jacksonville 128-87 with Oakland RB Josh Jacobs leading the way with 89 yards. Carr threw for 267 yards with a TD and Jacksonville sacked him four times, while Minshew threw for 201 yards and the two TD passes (he was sacked twice, neither Minshew or Carr threw an interception). Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 25:48, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:12 (including the final 31 seconds of the contest) and went 4 for 11 on third down.

Atlanta stormed back in the final seconds of their contest against San Francisco in Santa Clara, taking a 29-22 win at Levis’ Stadium. Both clubs entered the half tied at 10-10 as 49ers RB Raheem Mostert opened the scoring in the second quarter on a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter. Atlanta would respond as Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones connected on the first of their two TDs in the contest to tie things up with 7:01 left before the half. Falcons K Youngho Koo, the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week, would give Atlanta the lead with 2:36 left before the half before Robbie Gould would tie things up with 24 seconds left. Gould would give the 49ers the lead late in the third quarter and FB Kyle Juszczyk and Jimmy Garoppolo would extend the lead to 19-10 with 10:07 left in the contest on a 2-yard TD toss (Gould would miss the extra point).

Atlanta would narrow the gap to two with 5:15 left in the contest when RB Qadree Ollison scored on a 1-yard run. Gould redeemed himself temporarily by booting a 43-yard field goal with 1:48 left on the clock. The Falcons were not going quietly and Ryan would engineer a 10-play, 70-yard drive that used 1:46 of clock and after an appearant TD pass to TE Austin Hooper was ruled incomplete, it would be Jones that would be his target as he would score from five yards out with 2 seconds left on the clock. Because it was a scoring play and it was inside 2 minutes, the play was reviewed and it was ruled that Jones broke the plane of the goal line to score. Atlanta then chose to kneel down instead of going for the two-point conversion.

San Francisco got the ball back on the kickoff with the last 2 seconds on the clock and used several lateral passes in an attempt to win the contest. Mostert caught one of the laterals but fumbled it, allowing backup WR Olamide Zaccheaus (who caught a Ryan TD pass last week) to scoop up the ball and return it to the endzone untouched. Mostert led all rushers with 54 yards on the ground as the 49ers outrushed Atlanta 120-89 (Atlanta was led by Davonta Freeman with 39); Ryan threw for 210 yards and the two TDs to Jones with a pair of sacks, while Garoppolo threw for 200 yards and the TD to Juszczyk (Garoppolo was sacked once; neither he or Ryan threw an interception). Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down and and kept the ball for 29:12, while the 49ers actually ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:48, going 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The series is tied 3-3, Atlanta has outscored Jacksonville 116-107 and the Falcons have won the last two meetings in the series, with their last win coming in the Sunshine State in 2015 by a final of 23-17, while Jacksonville’s last win came in 2007 at home by a final of 13-7. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Falcons as 6 1/2 point favorites in the Big Peach and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The winner of this contest improves their draft chances, while the loser may have a longer road to travel. Atlanta covers the 6 1/2 in their final home game of the 2019 season and takes the win in the Big Peach.

Baltimore (12-2) at Cleveland (6-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. They meet again, this time along the shores of Lake Erie and once again, Heisman winners meet as Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns host Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North rematch.

Baltimore won the AFC North title as Jackson and the Ravens manhandled the New York Jets 42-21 at M&T Bank Stadium last Thursday night. The Ravens led 21-7 at the break in Charm City, then proceeded to outpace GangGreen 21-14 to take the win at home. Baltimore outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 218-103 with New York’s LeVeon Bell leading all rushers with 87 yards, while Jackson led Baltimore with 86. Jackson burned GangGreen for 212 yards with five TDs (Jackson did not throw an interception and was not sacked), while Sam Darnold threw for 218 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Jamison Crowder, while throwing an interception with a sack. While the Ravens were 2 of 8 on third down in the Thursday night contest, they struck pay dirt on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and held on to the pigskin for 31:38, while GangGreen kept the pigskin for 28:22, going 6 of 14 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The Browns’ march toward the .500 mark took a hit at Arizona as the Cardinals took care of Cleveland 38-24 at State Farm Stadium. Arizona led 21-10 at the intermission, then proceeded to floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of action, allowing the Cardinals to take the win.

Arizona outrushed Cleveland 226-152 with Cardinals RB Kyle Drake leading all rushers with 137 yards and four rushing TDs, while the Browns were paced by Nick Chubb, who tallied 127 yards on the ground with a TD. Mayfield threw for 247 yards and a pair of TD tosses (Mayfield was sacked once and threw an interception), while Kyler Murray threw for 219 yards with a TD (Murray threw an interception but was not sacked). Both clubs did well on third down conversions in the desert; Arizona was 4 of 8 on third down and kept the ball for 29:11, while the Browns actually were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 30:49. while going 9 of 14 on third down (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

They met in week four in Charm City and the Browns shocked Baltimore, leaving M&T Bank Stadium 40-25 winners. Cleveland led 10-3 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the second half, outpacing the Ravens 30-18 in the frame. Cleveland would outrush Baltimore 193-173 with Chubb leading all rushers with 165 yards and three TDs; Mayfield threw for 342 yards and a TD, while Jackson threw for 247 yards and four TDs (Jackson was sacked four times and picked off twice, Mayfield was sacked once and threw an interception) in the battle of former Heisman winners. The Ravens were 4 of 10 on third down conversions (Baltimore on fourth down was 1 of 2) and they would keep the ball for 29:43, while Cleveland ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 30:17, going 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Baltimore was favored by 6 1/2 in the week four contest and the Browns covered, winning by 15 in Charm City and the two clubs combined for 65 points, easily covering the 45 over/under. This time, the Ravens are favored again, this time by 9 1/2 points and the over/under’s 49 1/2. For Baltimore, their hay’s in the barn. They have the division and look to be the top seed in the AFC. As for Cleveland? They’re playing with house money and the house always wins. Cleveland makes this one closer than the 9 1/2 but Baltimore gets revenge along the shores of Lake Erie and takes the win on the road.

Carolina (5-9) at Indianapolis (6-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Both teams eliminated from the post-season party, the Carolina Panthers travel to the Hoosier State to face off against the Indianpolis Colts. Both teams lost to NFC South teams last week.

Seattle denied Panthers interim head coach Perry Fewell his first win of the season as the Panthers dropped their sixth contest in a row, with the Seahawks and Russell Wilson leaving Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium 30-24 winners Sunday afternoon. Seattle led 20-7 at the half in the Tar Heel State, then watched as the Panthers clawed their way back, coming to within seven with 3:14 left in the contest when Curtis Samuel and Kyle Allen connected on a 5-yard TD toss but could not get any closer as the Seahawks would run the clock out to take the win.

Seattle outrushed Carolina (who will send Will Greer in at QB Sunday) 154-145 with Seahawks RB Chris Carson leading the way with 133 yards, while Carolina was led by Christian McCaffrey with 87 yards (both had a pair of TDs); Wilson threw for 286 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions, while Allen threw for 277 yards and the Samuel TD pass (he would be sacked once and threw three interceptions). Carolina was 5 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:42, while the Seahawks would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 31:18, going 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Colts saw their slim playoff hopes come to an end in the Big Easy as Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints took care of Indianapolis 34-7 Monday night. Indianapolis watched Brees and the Saints score all of their points in the contest unchallenged, trailing 20-0 at the break. Indianapolis was held to a dismal 46 yards on the ground, while the Saints ran roughshod over Indianapolis, tallying 117 yards with Alvin Kamara leading all rushers with 66 yards. Jacoby Brissett threw for 165 yards with a sack, while Brees surpassed Brady for the all-time passing yardage lead, tallying 307 yards with four TDs (neither QB threw an interception). Indianapolis was 3 of 12 on third down (the Colts on fourth down went 1 of 2) and kept the ball for 23:38, while the Saints ruled the clock and kept the ball for 36:22, going 5 for 9 on third down tries.

Carolina leads the series 5-1, the Panthers have outscored the Colts by a slim 126-125 margin and have won the last two meetings, including a 29-26 overtime win in Charlotte in 2015, while Indy’s last win came in the Tar Heel State in 2007 by a final of 31-7. Indianapolis is favored by 6 1/2 in the Hoosier State and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Will Greer is no Cam Newton and Brissett is no Andrew Luck. This one’s is nowhere near “DRILL WORTHY” status but it’s worth your time to watch. Colts bounce back and cover the 6 1/2 back home again in Indiana.

Cincinnati (1-13) at Miami (3-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV xxx. A pair of last place teams with a combined 4-24 record meet in the Sunshine State as Miami hosts the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams took losses in last week’s contest.

Cincinnati lost their 13th game in 14 tries as Tom Brady and the Patriots took down the Bengals 34-13 at Paul Brown Stadium. The defending Super Bowl champs erased a 10-7 first quarter deficit and used a pair of Nick Folk field goals in the second quarter to take a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission. New England then used a pair of third quarter TDs (a Brady TD pass to N’Keal Harry and a Stephon Gilmore interception) and a 33-yard TD run by RB Rex Burkhead to seal the deal.

New England outrushed the Bengals 175-164 but Bengals RB Joe Mixon led all rushers with 136 yards, while Sony Michel led the Patriots with 89 yards. Brady threw for 128 yards and the two TD tosses, while Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 151 yards with a TD toss to HB Cethan Carter and was sacked four times (Dalton did not have an interception). New England was 6 for 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:12, while the Bengals ruled the clock and kept the ball for 32:48 and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Miami watched a 10-7 halftime lead lead against Eli Manning and the New York Giants get away from them as Big Blue outscored the Dolphins 29-10 in the second half to take a 36-20 win last Sunday at Met Life. New York took the lead for good with 11:53 left in the third when Manning and WR Darius Slayton would connect on a 5-yard TD pass to lead 14-10. After Dolphins K Jason Sanders booted a 47-yard field goal to pull to within one, the Giants would go on a scoring rampage, scoring 23 points uncontested, using a pair of Sequan Barkley rushing TDs to put the contest out of reach.

Barkley rushed for 112 yards and the two TDs as the Giants outrushed Miami 138-122 and Manning, playing in what some could consider his final home game, threw for 283 yards and two TDs with a sack and three interceptions, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 279 yards with a pair of TDs to DeVante Parker, while being sacked three times. Miami was 3 of 13 on third down (they went 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:53, while the Giants ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 31:07, going 5 of 11 on third down.

Including games played at the old Orange Bowl and Riverfront Stadium, the Dolphins lead the series 15-7 and have outscored the Bengals 486-392. The Bengals have come away with wins in their last two meetings with Miami, including a 27-17 win last year along the shores of the Ohio River (Miami’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 2013, as the Dolphins would need overtime to come out on top 22-20).

The two clubs met at Paul Brown Stadium in week five and Cincinnati erased a 17-0 deficit at the end of the third quarter (Miami led 14-0 at the half) and proceeded to score 24 fourth quarter points unchallenged. Although they were outrushed by the Dolphins 128-103, Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon led all rushers with 93 yards in the win. Dalton threw for 248 yards and a TD pass to Mixon (he was sacked twice and picked off once), while Ryan Tannehill threw for 185 yards with a TD (Tannehill was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions). Cincinnati was 2 of 11 on third down tries and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:35, while the Dolphins kept the pigskin for 29:25, going 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Cincinnati was favored by 6 in the week five contest and the Bengals covered, winning by 10 but the 50 over/under stayed safe, as both clubs combined for 44 points. Miami’s favored by 2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 46 1/2. We don’t blame you if you decide to take a pass on this one and watch that “Grumpy Cat Christmas Movie” this Sunday. Neither team’s going to the post-season and they’re fighting for the top spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. Miami covers the 2 in the Sunshine State and wins at home.

Pittsburgh (8-6) at New York Jets (5-9) , 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV xxx. Struggling to keep their playoff hopes alive, Pittsburgh makes it way to the Meadowlands for an early afternoon contest with the New York Jets. Both teams took losses in their contests last week.

Buffalo held off a late Pittsburgh rally at Heinz Field Sunday night to claim their second post-season invitation in three years, taking a 17-10 win over the Steelers. Buffalo led 7-3 at the break before the Steelers took the lead with 11:18 left in the third quarter when RB James Conner and QB Derek Hodges connected on an 11-yard TD toss. The Bills proceeded to erase that lead, scoring 10 fourth quarter points unchallenged (a 36-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka and a TD pass from Josh Allen to TE Tyler Kroft) to reclaim the lead. Pittsburgh would get the ball back with 91 seconds left in regulation at their 43-yard line, hoping to tie things up and send the contest into overtime. They got some help when Buffalo’s Matt Milano was flagged for facemasking. The Steelers would get themselves as close as Buffalo’s 34-yard line when Hodge was picked off by Levi Wallace to end the threat.

Buffalo outrushed Pittsburgh 130-51 (Bills RB Devin Singletary led all rushers with 87 yards) and Allen threw for 139 yards and the Kroft TD, while Hodges threw for 202 yards and the TD toss to Conner (Allen was sacked once and threw an interception, while Hodges was sacked four times and threw four interceptions, including the one that ended the Steelers’ late drive). Buffalo was 6 of 14 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:20 to Pittsburgh’s 27:40 (the Steelers 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down).

GangGreen found themselves being taken to task by Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens as they watched the Ravens win the AFC North title 42-21 at M&T Bank Stadium last Thursday night. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! trailed throughout the contest as the Ravens led 21-7 at the break in Charm City, then proceeded to outpace GangGreen 21-14 to take the win at home. Baltimore outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 218-103 with New York’s LeVeon Bell leading all rushers with 87 yards, while Jackson led Baltimore with 86. Jackson burned GangGreen for 212 yards with five TDs (Jackson did not throw an interception and was not sacked), while Sam Darnold threw for 218 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Jamison Crowder, while throwing an interception with a sack. While the Ravens were 2 of 8 on third down in the Thursday night contest, they struck pay dirt on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and held on to the pigskin for 31:38, while GangGreen kept the pigskin for 28:22, going 6 of 14 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh leads the series (which includes games played at Shea Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium) 18-5 and they have outscored GangGreen 520-286. The two clubs last met in 2016 at Heinz Field and the Steelers would come away with the 31-13 victory, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were winners in 2014 in the Meadowlands by a final of 20-13. Pittsburgh is favored by 3 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 43. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are playing with house money and would love nothing more than to ruin Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes, while Pittsburgh wants to stay alive for at least one more week. Steelers get their wish and win in the Meadowlands, covering the 3.

New Orleans (11-3) at Tennessee (8-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Drew Brees, looking to add to his passing yardage record, takes his New Orleans Saints team to Music City for an early afternoon meeting with the Tennessee Titans, who are looking to make their way into the post-season party.

The Saints dashed Indianapolis’ slim playoff hopes come as the Colts watched them to an end in the Big Easy as Brees and the Saints took care of Indianapolis 34-7 Monday night. Indianapolis watched Brees and the Saints score all of their points in the contest unchallenged, trailing 20-0 at the break. Indianapolis was held to a dismal 46 yards on the ground, while the Saints ran roughshod over Indianapolis, tallying 117 yards with Alvin Kamara leading all rushers with 66 yards. Jacoby Brissett threw for 165 yards with a sack, while Brees surpassed Brady for the all-time passing yardage lead, tallying 307 yards with four TDs (neither QB threw an interception). Indianapolis was 3 of 12 on third down (the Colts on fourth down went 1 of 2) and kept the ball for 23:38, while the Saints ruled the clock and kept the ball for 36:22, going 5 for 9 on third down tries.

Tennessee wound up on the short end of a 24-21 loss to AFC South rival Houston in Nashville. After a scoreless first quarter at Nissan Stadium, Houston scored a pair of second-quarter TD passes from Watson to Kevin Stills to lead 14-0 at the break. Tennessee would even things up in the second half as Titans QB Ryan Tannehill would score on a 3-yard run in the third and a Tannehill TD pass to A.J. Brown early in the fourth quarter before the Texans would take the lead back for good when RB Carlos Hyde scored on a 10-yard run and added to that lead with a 29-yard field goal by Kai Forbath with 3:26 left in regulation. Tennessee would not go away quietly, narrowing the lead to 3 with 2:04 left when Tannehill and RB Dion Lewis connected on an 11-yard pass. Houston later sealed the win in the final seconds of the contest when they sacked Tannehill for an eight-yard loss at their 4-yard line. With no time outs, Tannehill spiked the ball in an effort to stop the clock. There was one problem… there was one second left in the contest and when he spiked the ball, that ended the contest.

Tennessee outrushed Houston 163-140 and Hyde led all rushers with 104 yards along with the TD, while Derrek Henry led Tennessee with 86; Watson threw for 243 yards and the two first-half TDs to Stills, while Tannehill threw for 279 yards and a pair of TDs (Watson was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, Tannehill was sacked twice and threw an interception). Houston was 5 of 10 on third down conversions and held the ball for 31:20, while the Titans kept the pigskin for 28:40 (including the final 2:04 of the contest) and were 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Tennessee leads the series (which includes contests that took place in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers) 8-5-1 and have outscored the Saints 313-283. Each team’s last win in the series took place in the other’s building; Tennessee’s last win came in the Big Easy as the Titans would need overtime in 2015 to take a 34-28 win, while New Orleans’ last win came in the Music City by a final of 22-17 in 2011. New Orleans is favored by 2 and the over/under’s 51. One team’s in the playoffs already, the other is trying to get in. Tennessee pulls off the upset in Nashville and covers the 2, taking the win and upsetting the Saints in the process.

New York Giants (3-11) at Washington (3-11), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV xxx. A pair of struggling NFC East rivals, separated by a 3-hour, 23 minutes drive down 220 miles along I-95 meet in Landover as the Giants and Redskins meet in a week four rematch at Fed Ex Field.

Miami watched a 10-7 halftime lead lead against Eli Manning and the New York Giants get away from them as Big Blue outscored the Dolphins 29-10 in the second half to take a 36-20 win last Sunday at Met Life. New York took the lead for good with 11:53 left in the third when Manning and WR Darius Slayton would connect on a 5-yard TD pass to lead 14-10. After Dolphins K Jason Sanders booted a 47-yard field goal to pull to within one, the Giants would go on a scoring rampage, scoring 23 points uncontested, using a pair of Sequan Barkley rushing TDs to put the contest out of reach.

Barkley rushed for 112 yards and the two TDs as the Giants outrushed Miami 138-122 and Manning, playing in what some could consider his final home game, threw for 283 yards and two TDs with a sack and three interceptions, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 279 yards with a pair of TDs to DeVante Parker, while being sacked three times. Miami was 3 of 13 on third down (they went 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:53, while the Giants ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 31:07, going 5 of 11 on third down.

Washington watched their hopes of beating NFC East rival Philadelphia come crashing down as the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive with a 31-27 win at Fed Ex Field in Landover. Washington led 14-10 at the intermission against their NFC East rival before the Eagles went to work in the second half, taking the lead late in the third quarter when Wentz and RB Miles Sanders connected on a 15-yard TD toss. That lead with not last very long as Redskins RB Adrian Peterson would help Washington reclaim the lead on a 10-yard TD run with 14:53 left in the contest. Philadelphia took the lead back with 9:59 left in regulation when Wentz and TE Zach Ertz hooked up on a 2-yard TD pass to lead 24-21. Washington’s Dustin Hopkins would kick a pair of field goals late in the quarter to give the Redskins a 3-point lead with 4:52 left in the contest.

Philadelphia then went on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:26 of clock, ending with Wentz and WR Greg Ward giving the Eagles the lead back and for good on a 4-yard TD toss. Washington would get the ball back with 26 seconds left and the Redskins would get as close as Philadelphia’s 42-yard line before Redskins QB Dwyane Haskins fumble and LB Nigel Bradham would live out a lineman’s fantasy, scooping the ball up and running it back 47 yards for a TD as time expired. Philadelphia outrushed Washington 157-101 with Eagles RB Miles Sanders leading all rushers with 122 yards and a rushing TD (Peterson led Washington with 66 yards). Wentz threw for 266 yards and three TDs (including the game-winner), while Haskins threw for 261 yards and a pair of TDs (Wentz was sacked twice, neither QB threw an interception). Neither club had a fourth down conversion in Landover and Washington was 4 of 10 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 23:03, while the Eagles were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 36:57, going 11 of 16 on third down.

In the week four contest in the Meadowlands, the Giants held Washington to a 21-yard field goal by Daniel Hopkins to take the 24-3 win at Met Life Stadium. Big Blue led 17-3 at the intermission, then added a 32-yard interception return by Jabril Peppers late in the thrid quarter to seal Washington’s fate. The Giants easily outrushed Washington 164-55 and Jones, despite throwing a pair of interceptions, threw for 225 yards and a TD to RB Dwayne Gallman Jr. (Gallman led all rushers with 63 yards and had a rushing TD), while Haskins (taking over for Case Keenum) threw for 107 yards and was sacked twice, throwing three interceptions (Keenum threw for 37 yards with a sack and an interception). The Giants were 8 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:09, while Washington, keeping the ball for 23:51, went 2 of 11 on third down.

Big Blue was favored by 3 in the Meadowlands in the week four contest and the Giants would easily cover the spread, winning by 21 but the 49 over/under stayed safe, as the two teams merged for 27 points. Washington’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 43. It’s a safe bet that neither club will be post-season bound and the Giants are looking to avoid the NFC East cellar. For most of the season, fans in DC were singing “Hail to the Redskins,” while others were singing “Hell, it’s the Redskins.” Washington fans will be singing “Hell” this week. Big Blue covers the 2 1/2 in the Meadowlands and takes the win at Met Life.

Detroit (3-10-1) at Denver (5-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. A pair of slumping teams meet in the Rocky Mountains as Detroit and Denver meet in a late afternoon contest at Empower Field at Mile High. Both teams lost last Sunday and both hope to somehow restore some sembilance of order in their season.

Lions fans had their hearts shattered again as Tampa Bay gave Detroit their seventh loss in a row as the Buccaneers took a 38-17 win at Ford Field last Sunday in the Motor City. The Buccaneers, pushing themselves to the .500 mark, scored 21 first half points unchallenged, using TD passes from Winston to WRs Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller to lead 21-3 at the intermission. A pair of Wayne Hills TD runs for the Lions would narrow the gap to seven early in the final quarter of play before Sean Bunting’s 70-yard interception return and a second Winston to Perriman TD pass would seal Detroit’s fate.

Neither club breached the 50-yard barrier, let alone the 100-yard barrier in the contest but Tampa Bay did outrush Detroit 49-45 and Winston threw for 458 yards and four TDs (he was sacked twice and picked off once), while David Blough threw for 260 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. Tampa Bay was 7 of 14 on third down (the Bucs were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, playing keep away with the ball for 33:19, while the Lions went 26:41 in time of possession, going 6 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Kansas City held Denver to a late first half field goal by Brian McManus at Arrowhead last Sunday as the Chiefs took care of Denver 23-3. Denver trailed 12-0 with 1:56 left when McManus would connect on a 32-yard field goal before Chiefs K Harrison Butker booted a 44-yard field goal as time exipred in the first half. Patrick Mahomes would later throw his second TD pass of the contest, connecting with WR Tyreek Hill on a 5-yard TD toss.

Neither club reached the 100-yard rushing barrier in the snowy contest in the Show-Me State but the Chiefs did manage to outrush Denver 92-52 with Drew Lock throwing for 208 yards, while Mahomes threw for 340 yards and a pair of TDs (Lock was sacked twice, Mahomes was sacked three times and each threw an intercetpion). Denver was 5 of 14 on third down (the Broncos were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:27, while the Chiefs were rulers of the clock, holding the pigskin for 33:33, while going 6 for 11 on third down tries.

While Denver leads the series 7-5, Detroit has outscored the Broncos 260-259. Each team won their last game in the series in the other’s facility; Denver’s last win came in the Motor City in 2015 by a final of 24-12, while Detroit’s last win came in the Mile High City in 2011, with the Lions leaving Denver 45-10 winners. Denver’s favored by 6 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 38. If you took a pass on this one and watched that “A Grumpy Cat Christmas,” we wouldn’t blame you one bit. Detroit makes this one closer than the 6 1/2 but Denver prevails in the Mile High City.

Oakland (6-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. Setting the records aside, the Raiders and Chargers meet in hopes of ruining the other’s season in Carson in Los Angeles’ home finale. Both teams took home losses in last week’s action.

Jacksonville not only ruined Oakland’s playoff hopes, they would ruin the Raiders’ farewell party last Sunday afternoon on the West Coast last Sunday as the Jaguars escaped the Oakland Coliseum with a 20-16 win over the Silver and Black. Oakland led 16-3 at the intermisson, then Jacksonville proceeded to score their final 17 points of the second half unchecked, taking the lead for good with 31 seconds left in the contest when WR Chris Conley and QB Gordon Minshew connected on their second TD pass of the quarter. Jacksonville then survived a last-second Oakland rally as the Raiders would get themselves as close as Jacksonville’s 40-yard line before Derek Carr’s pass attempt sailed incomplete.

In their final game at home, the Raiders outrushed Jacksonville 128-87 with Oakland RB Josh Jacobs leading the way with 89 yards. Carr threw for 267 yards with a TD and Jacksonville sacked him four times, while Minshew threw for 201 yards and the two TD passes (he was sacked twice, neither Minshew or Carr threw an interception). Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 25:48, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:12 (including the final 31 seconds of the contest) and went 4 for 11 on third down.

The Bolts found themselves eliminated from the playoff race completely after their 39-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon at Dignity Health Sports Park. Los Angeles trailed 19-10 at the break, then watched as the Vikings would score their last 20 points of the contest unchallenged, using a pair of Mike Boone rushing TDs late in the contest to seal the Chargers’ fate. Minnesota outrushed Los Angeles 137-62, with Chargers QB Philip Rivers throwing for 307 yards and a TD pass to Mike Williams, while Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 207 yards and a TD (Rivers was sacked three times and threw three interceptions, while Cousins threw an interception without a sack). Minnesota went 7 of 15 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:19, while the Chargers kept the pigskin for 27:41, going 6 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The Silver and Black and the Bolts met in Oakland in week 10 on a Thursday night and Oakland came away 26-24 winners at the Coliseum. Oakland led 17-14 at the break and took a 20-17 lead with them to the start of the final quarter of play before Rivers and RB Austin Ekeler connected on a 6-yard TD pass with 4:02 left in the contest. Oakland would reclaim the lead exactly 3 minutes later, using a 10-play, 75-yard drive as Josh Jacobs would counter with an 18-yard run. The Chargers would get the ball back in an effort to reclaim the lead and leave northern California with the win, getting themselves as close as Oakland’s 30-yard line before Rivers would be picked off by Karl Joseph to end the threat.

The Chargers outrushed Oakland 146-78 and Los Angeles RB Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 108 yards and a TD (Jacobs led Oakland with 71 yards). Carr threw for 218 yards and a TD (Carr was sacked three times but did not throw an interception), while Rivers threw for 207 yards with a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked five times and threw a pair of interceptions, including the one that ended the drive for the Chargers). The Chargers on third down went 3 of 10, 1 of 2 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 34:10, while the Raiders, who held on to the ball for 25:50, were 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 10 contest in northern California, the Raiders were 1 1/2-point favorites and they would BARELY cover the spread, winning by 2; however, both clubs covered the 48 1/2 over/under, tallying 50 points. The Silver and Black find themselves favored again, this time by 5 and the over/under’s 47. Both teams are looking to bounce back from their losses last week and the Raiders would like to leave the Golden State with a win under their belts before they head to Vegas next year. They’ll head to Vegas without the win this time. Chargers cover the 5 and takes the win in Carson.

Dallas (7-7) at Philadelphia (7-7), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz. They meet again, this time in the City of Brotherly Love. Brisket meets Cheesesteak as NFC East rivals Dallas and Philadelphia meet at Lincoln Financial Field in a late afternoon contest for first place in the division with a possible playoff spot on the line. Both clubs were winners in their last contests Sunday.

Ending their two-game losing streak, Dallas put a dent the playoff hopes of the Los Angeles Rams, taking a 44-21 win over the defending NFC champs at AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon. Leading from start to finish, Dallas led 28-7 at the half and then floored the gas to keep pace with Philadelphia in the NFC East. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran for a pair of TDs late in the first half and Dallas would never look back afterward.

Dallas held the Rams to a somewhat dismal 22 yards on the ground, while they would rush for 263 yards (Elliott ran for 117 yards with the two TDs, while teammate Tony Pollard led all rushers with 131 yards and a TD. Jared Goff threw for 284 yards with TD passes to Todd Gurley and Cooper Kupp (he was picked off once and sacked twice), while Prescott threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Jason Whitten) and did not record a sack or interception. The Rams were 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 23:54, while the Cowboys ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:06, going 7 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive as they edged Washington 31-27 at Fed Ex Field in Landover. Washington led 14-10 at the intermission against their NFC East rival before the Eagles went to work in the second half, taking the lead late in the third quarter when Wentz and RB Miles Sanders connected on a 15-yard TD toss. That lead with not last very long as Redskins RB Adrian Peterson would help Washington reclaim the lead on a 10-yard TD run with 14:53 left in the contest. Philadelphia took the lead back with 9:59 left in regulation when Wentz and TE Zach Ertz hooked up on a 2-yard TD pass to lead 24-21. Washington’s Dustin Hopkins would kick a pair of field goals late in the quarter to give the Redskins a 3-point lead with 4:52 left in the contest.

With their playoff hopes in limbo, Philadelphia went on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:26 of clock, ending with Wentz and WR Greg Ward giving the Eagles the lead back and for good on a 4-yard TD toss. Washington would get the ball back with 26 seconds left and the Redskins would get as close as Philadelphia’s 42-yard line before Redskins QB Dwyane Haskins fumble and LB Nigel Bradham would live out a lineman’s fantasy, scooping the ball up and running it back 47 yards for a TD as time expired. Philadelphia outrushed Washington 157-101 with Eagles RB Miles Sanders leading all rushers with 122 yards and a rushing TD (Peterson led Washington with 66 yards). Wentz threw for 266 yards and three TDs (including the game-winner), while Haskins threw for 261 yards and a pair of TDs (Wentz was sacked twice, neither QB threw an interception). The Eagles ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:57, while going 11 of 16 on third down, while the Redskins, who held the ball for 23:03, going 4 of 10 on third down.

They met in the Lone Star State in week seven and the Cowboys would prevail 37-10 at AT&T Stadium. Taking a 27-7 lead with them to the intermission, Prescott and the Cowboys would outscore Wentz and the Eagles 10-3 in the final 30 minutes to take the win in Arlington. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 189-115 and Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 111 yards and a TD. Prescott threw for 239 yards and had a rushing TD, while Wentz threw for 191 yards (both men were sacked three times, both threw a TD pass and both threw an interception). Dallas was 8 for 14 on third down and struck gold on their only fourth down try, ruling the clock by keeping the ball for 32:22, while the Eagles went 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:38.

Dallas’ 27-point win in Jerry World allowed them to easily cover the 3-point spread but both clubs barely missed the 48 over/under by 1. Dallas is favored by 2 1/2 in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make a ton of sense. This one, being for all the marbles, makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 59 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal 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?”)

A Dallas win… they win the NFC East. A Philadelphia win… the Eagles stay alive for another week. There’s a lot on the line here and the Eagles are looking for revenge from their week seven loss at Jerry World. For Eagles fans, revenge is like a really good cheesesteak sandwich from Pat’s (or Gino’s). It’s really tasty and this time around, the Eagles will be the ones feasting. Washington covers the 2 1/2 in the City of Brotherly Love and delays Dallas’ hopes of winning the NFC East for another week.

Arizona (4-9-1) at Seattle (11-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV xxx. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in the Land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals make their way to the Pacific Northwest for a rematch with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams were winners in last week’s action.

The Desert Angry Birds put a dent in Cleveland’s hopes of finishing .500 as the Cardinals took care of Cleveland 38-24 at State Farm Stadium. Arizona led 21-10 at the intermission, then proceeded to floor the gas in the final 30 minutes of action, allowing the Cardinals to take the win.

Arizona outrushed Cleveland 226-152 with Cardinals RB Kyle Drake leading all rushers with 137 yards and four rushing TDs, while the Browns were paced by Nick Chubb, who tallied 127 yards on the ground with a TD. Mayfield threw for 247 yards and a pair of TD tosses (Mayfield was sacked once and threw an interception), while Kyler Murray threw for 219 yards with a TD (Murray threw an interception but was not sacked). Both clubs did well on third down conversions in the desert; Arizona was 4 of 8 on third down and kept the ball for 29:11, while the Browns actually were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 30:49. while going 9 of 14 on third down (both teams were 1 of 1 on fourth down).

Seattle put themselves back in first place in the NFC West with San Francisco’s loss to Atlanta, denying Panthers interim head coach Perry Fewell his first win of the season as the Panthers dropped their sixth contest in a row, with the Seahawks and Wilson leaving Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium 30-24 winners Sunday afternoon. Seattle led 20-7 at the half in the Tar Heel State, then watched as the Panthers clawed their way back, coming to within seven with 3:14 left in the contest when Curtis Samuel and Kyle Allen connected on a 5-yard TD toss but could not get any closer as the Seahawks would run the clock out to take the win.

Seattle outrushed Carolina 154-145 with Seahawks RB Chris Carson leading the way with 133 yards, while Carolina was led by Christian McCaffrey with 87 yards (both had a pair of TDs); Wilson threw for 286 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions, while Allen threw for 277 yards and the Samuel TD pass (he would be sacked once and threw three interceptions). Carolina was 5 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:42, while the Seahawks would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 31:18, going 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Arizona and Seattle met in the desert in week four and the Seahawks prevailed 27-10. Seattle led 20-3 at the break and took control of things from that point onward. Both clubs tallied 115 yards of rushing, with Seattle’s Chris Carson leading the way with 104 yards; Wilson threw for 240 yards and despite being sacked four times, he did not throw an interception and had a TD pass to TE Will Dissly, while Murray threw for 241 yards with four sacks and an interception. Neither team attempted a fourth down try in the meeting at State Farm Stadium; Seattle on third down was 4 of 10 and kept the ball for 33:24, while the Desert Angry Birds held the pigskin for 26:36, going 3 of 9 on third down.

Seattle covered the 5-point spread, winnings by 17 but the 48 over/under stayed safe, as the two teams merged for only 37 points. Seattle’s favored again, this time by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 4 1/2. For Arizona, they’re playing with nothing to lose, while the Seahawks want the top spot not only in the NFC West but the top seed in the NFC. We’re not sure about the top seed but Seattle takes the sweep in the series but expect Arizona to make things closer than the 9 1/2.

Kansas City (10-4) at Chicago (7-7), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs travel to the Windy City to meet Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears at Solider Field in primetime action.

Kansas City turned Arrowhed Stadium to a winter wonderland of sorts as they held Denver to a late first half field goal by Brian McManus at Arrowhead last Sunday as the Chiefs took care of Denver 23-3. Denver trailed 12-0 with 1:56 left when McManus would connect on a 32-yard field goal before Chiefs K Harrison Butker booted a 44-yard field goal as time exipred in the first half. Mahomes would later throw his second TD pass of the contest, connecting with WR Tyreek Hill on a 5-yard TD toss.

Neither club reached the 100-yard rushing barrier in the snowy contest in the Show-Me State but the Chiefs did manage to outrush Denver 92-52 with Drew Lock throwing for 208 yards, while Mahomes threw for 340 yards and a pair of TDs (Lock was sacked twice, Mahomes was sacked three times and each threw an intercetpion). Denver was 5 of 14 on third down (the Broncos were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:27, while the Chiefs were rulers of the clock, holding the pigskin for 33:33, while going 6 for 11 on third down tries.

Green Bay held off a late Chicago rally at Lambeau Field last Sunday afternoon as the Packers clinched a playoff spot with a 21-13 NFC North win. Da Bears trailed 7-3 at the intermission before Green Bay used a pair of Aaron Jones rushing TDs in the third quarter before Chicago would pull themselves to within three on a 27-yard field goal by Eddie Pineiro and a 2-yard TD pass from Trubisky to WR Anthony Miller. Chicago would get the ball back with 36 seconds left in the contest at their 22-yard line and they would get as close as Green Bay’s 34-yard line, where the drive that would give Chicago either the win or at the least tie the contest stalled when they fumbled the ball, allowing Green Bay to recover and take the win.

Green Bay outrushed Chicago 100-96 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 203 yards with a TD to Devante Adams (Jones led all rushers with 51 yards and a pair of TDs), while Trubisky threw for 334 yards and the Miller TD (Trubisky was sacked three times and threw an interception, while Rodgers was sacked once). While Chicago was 9 of 20 on third down, they were unsuccessful on fourth down, going a dismal 0 of 3 and Da Bears actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 34:22, while the Packers, going 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down, kept the pigskin for 25:38.

While Da Bears lead the series 7-5, Kansas City has outscored Chicago 224-185. Their last meeting was in Arrowhead in 2015 and Da Bears would leave the Show-Me State 18-17 winners, while Kansas City’s last win came at Soldier Field in 2011, as the Chiefs would leave the Windy City with the 10-3 win. The Chiefs are favored by 5 in the Windy City and the over/under’s 45. As far as the Chiefs are concerned, their hay’s in the barn as they won the AFC West, while Chicago would like to at the very least slow Kansas City down. Chiefs prevail against the Monsters of the Midway and covers the 5 in the Windy City.

Green Bay (11-3) at Minnesota (10-4), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The final Monday night game of the 2019 season takes place in the Twin Cities as Green Bay and Minnesota, fighting for the top spot in the NFC North, meet at US Bank Stadium.

Green Bay held off a late Chicago rally at Lambeau Field last Sunday afternoon as the Packers clinched a playoff spot with a 21-13 NFC North win in their final home game of the 2019 season. Green Bay led Da Bears 7-3 at the intermission, then used a pair of Aaron Jones rushing TDs in the third quarter before Chicago would pull themselves to within three on a 27-yard field goal by Eddie Pineiro and a 2-yard TD pass from Trubisky to WR Anthony Miller. Chicago would get the ball back with 36 seconds left in the contest at their 22-yard line and they would get as close as Green Bay’s 34-yard line, where the drive that would give Chicago either the win or at the least tie the contest stalled when they fumbled the ball, allowing Green Bay to recover and take the win.

Green Bay outrushed Chicago 100-96 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 203 yards with a TD to Devante Adams (Jones led all rushers with 51 yards and a pair of TDs), while Trubisky threw for 334 yards and the Miller TD (Trubisky was sacked three times and threw an interception, while Rodgers was sacked once). While Chicago was 9 of 20 on third down, they were unsuccessful on fourth down, going a dismal 0 of 3 and Da Bears actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 34:22, while the Packers, going 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down, kept the pigskin for 25:38.

Minnesota kept their playoff hopes alive in Carson as the Vikings took care of Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers 39-10 Sunday afternoon at Dignity Health Sports Park. Minnesota led 19-10 at the break, then floored the gas as they would score their last 20 points of the contest unchallenged, using a pair of Mike Boone rushing TDs late in the contest to seal the Chargers’ fate. Minnesota outrushed Los Angeles 137-62, with Chargers QB Philip Rivers throwing for 307 yards and a TD pass to Mike Williams, while Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 207 yards and a TD (Rivers was sacked three times and threw three interceptions, while Cousins threw an interception without a sack). Minnesota went 7 of 15 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:19, while the Chargers kept the pigskin for 27:41, going 6 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

They met in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst in week two and the Packers held off Minnesota 21-16 at Lambeau Field. Green Bay led 17-10 at the break as Rodgers threw a pair of TD passes in the first 30 minutes of play, then held off the Vikings in the third as WR Stefon Diggs and Cousins would connect on a 45-yard TD toss with 9:12 left in the third quarter but then had the extra point try blocked.

Minnesota outrushed Green Bay 198-144 and Minnesota’s Delvin Cook led all rushers with 154 yards, while Jones led Gree Bay with 116 yards (each had a rushing TD). Rodgers threw for 209 yards with a pair of TDs (he was sacked twice but went without an interception), while Cousins threw for 230 yards with the TD toss to Diggs (Diggs was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions). Green Bay was 5 of 15 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and held on to the pigskin for 34:06, while the Vikings, keeping the ball for 25:54, went 4 of 13 on third down.

Green Bay covered the 3-point spread in the week two contest at Lambeau (they would win by 5) but both teams missed the 43 1/2 over/under, tallying 37 points. Both teams have already played on Monday night; the Packers defeated Detroit 23-22 at Lambeau in week six, while the Vikings lost at Seattle in week 13 by a 37-30 final. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Vikings, favoring them by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 46. A lot is on the line; if the Packers win this one, they win the NFC North; if the Vikings win, they hold off Green Bay for at least another week. You might want to tape “All Rise” and “Bull” this week. Packers prevail in the Twin Cities Monday night but expect Minnesota to make it closer than the 4 1/2.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Jacksonville (5-9) at ATLANTA (5-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Jacksonville), 81 (ATLANTA) | XM: 380 (Jacksonville, 225 (ATLANTA)

Baltimore (12-2) at Cleveland (6-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Baltimore), 82 (Cleveland); XM: 383 (Baltimore), 227 (Cleveland)

Carolina (5-9) at Indianapolis (6-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Carolina), 137 (Indianapolis); XM: 382 (Carolina), 228 (Indianapolis)

Cincinnati (1-13) at Miami (3-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady (field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Cincinnati), 133 (Miami); XM: 384 (Cincinnati), 229 (Miami)

Pittsburgh (8-6) at New York Jets (5-9) , 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Pittsburgh), 134 (New York Jets); XM: 385 (Pittsburgh), 230 (New York Jets)

New Orleans (11-3) at Tennessee (8-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh (field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (New Orleans), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 381 (New Orleans), 226 (Tennessee)

New York Giants (3-11) at Washington (3-11), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (New York Giants), 135 (Washington); XM: 386 (New York Giants), 231 (Washington)

Detroit (3-10-1) at Denver (5-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Detroit), 137 (Denver); XM: 383 (Detroit), 228 (Denver)

Oakland (6-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Oakland), 81 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 380 (Oakland), 225 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Dallas (7-7) at Philadelphia (7-7), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Dallas), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 381 (Dallas), 226 (Philadelphia)

Arizona (4-9-1) at Seattle (11-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Arizona), 82 (Seattle); XM: 382 (Arizona), 227 (Seattle)

Kansas City (10-4) at Chicago (7-7), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Brian Griese; SIRIUS: 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Chicago); XM: 225 (Kansas City), 226 (Chicago)

Green Bay (11-3) at Minnesota (10-4), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 225 (Green Bay), 226 (Minnesota)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Jacksonville at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Walt Anderson
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Detroit at Denver, 4:05 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Clay Martin
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Brad Rogers
Kansas Cityat Chicago, 8:20 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Bill Vinovich

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA (-6 1/2) vs. Jacksonville (45 1/2)
New Orleans (-2) at TENNESSEE (51)
WASHINGTON (-2 1/2) vs. New York Giants (43)
Pittsburgh (-3) at NEW YORK JETS (43)
MIAMI (-2) vs. Cincinnati (46 1/2)
INDIANAPOLIS (-6 1/2) vs. Carolina (46 1/2)
Baltimore (-9 1/2) at CLEVELAND (49 1/2)
Dallas (-2 1/2) at PHILADELPHIA (48)
SEATTLE (-9 1/2) vs. Arizona (49 1/2)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (-5) vs. Oakland (47)
DENVER (-6 1/2) vs. Detroit (38)
Kansas City (-5) at Chicago (45)

Monday’s Game
MINNESOTA (-4 1/2) vs. Green Bay (46)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Jacksonville at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: WR D.J. Chark (ankle)

ATLANTA
OUT: G James Carpenter (concussion)

Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
QUESTIONABLE: LB Chris Board (concussion), T Ronnie Stanley (concussion)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dontrell Hilliard (neck), T Kendall Lamm (knee), S Eric Murray (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), C JC Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: LB Marquis Haynes (knee), T Garrett McGhin (ankle), LB Shaq Thompson (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Vernon Butler (illness), WR Curtis Samuel (knee)

Indianapolis
OUT: DT/DE Denico Autry (concussion), CB Kenny Moore II (ankle), CB Quincy Wilson (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S Malik Hooker (hand)

Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: WR A.J. Green (ankle), G John Miller (concussion)

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: C/G Evan Boehm (ankle), DE Taco Charlton (ankle), FB Chandler Cox (shoulder), K Jason Sanders (illness), DT Zach Sieler (ankle)

Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh: No injuries listed.

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: OL Tom Compton (calf), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jamal Adams (ankle), DL Henry Anderson (shoulder), WR Robby Anderson (illness), OL Kelvin Beachum (ankles), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), DL Steve McLendon (knee/hip), CB Brian Poole (concussion/ankle), RB Bilal Powell (ankle), DL Quinnen Williams (neck)

New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: LB Kiko Alonso (quadricep), S Vonn Bell (knee), G Larry Warford (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (concussion), G Andrus Peat (forearm), CB Patrick Robinson (calf)

Tennessee
OUT: WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jeffery Simmons (knee)

New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion)

Washington
OUT: CB Quinton Dunbar (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Landon Collins (Achilles)

Detroit at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: LB Christian Jones (shoulder), DT A’Shawn Robinson (shoulder), T Rick Wagner (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), RB Bo Scarbrough (ribs)

Denver
OUT: DE Adam Gotsis (knee), T Ja’Wuan James (knee), G Ron Leary (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Noah Fant (shoulder/illness), DE Dre’Mont Jones (ankle), NT Kyle Peko (illness), G Dalton Risner (illness), DE DeMarcus Walker (ankle)

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

Oakland
OUT: G Richie Incognito (ankle), RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder), LB Marquel Lee (toe)

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: T Russell Okung (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Justin Jackson (hamstring)

Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: CB C.J. Goodwin (thumb), WR Devin Smith (knee), LB Joe Thomas (knee)

Philadelphia
OUT: T Lane Johnson (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Nelson Agholor (knee), DE Derek Barnett (ankle), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder), CB Avonte Maddox (knee)

Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: WR Christian Kirk (ankle), G Justin Pugh (back), DT Caraun Reid (knee)

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: S Quandre Diggs (ankle), DE Jadeveon Clowney (core)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), T Duane Brown (biceps/knee)

Kansas City at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), G Andrew Wylie (illness/ankle/shoulder)

Chicago
OUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), OL Bobby Massie (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), DT Akiem Hicks (elbow)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Green Bay
OUT: T Yosuah Nijman (elbow, triceps)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Dean Lowry (ankle)

Minnesota
OUT: RB Dalvin Cook (chest)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Alexander Mattison (ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Jacksonville at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 46 degrees
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m.: OVercast with a 40 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms and 77 degrees
Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 44 degrees
New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 52 degrees
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 43 degrees
Detroit at Denver, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 61 degrees
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 64 degrees
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 43 degrees
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast and 45 degrees
Kansas City at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.: Clear and 42 degrees
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Game indoors

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