Archives for category: The Race to Super Bowl LV

Baltimore (6-4) at Pittsburgh (10-0), 3:40 p.m. Wednesday on NBC. They meet again, this time in the Steel City. In a contest that would have taken place Thanksgiving night but first moved to Sunday because of COVID concerns, then moved to Tuesday, then moved again to Wednesday. Baltimore and Lamar Jackson, looking to avenge a loss in Charm City, travels to Heinz Field for a mid-week contest with Ben Roethlisberger and the undefeated Steelers.

Baltimore led Tennessee 14-10 at the intermission, then rallied in the closing seconds of regulation on a 29-yard field goal by Jeff Tucker to tie things up, only to watch Titans RB Derrick Henry score on a 29-yard TD in overtime to fall to Tennessee 30-24 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens trailed by 3 with 2:18 left in the contest when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connecting on a 14-yard TD toss before Turner evened things back up with 15 seconds left to play.

Baltimore would win the toss and got the ball in the overtime but went three and out, punting the ball to Tennessee. It would be the last time the Ravens saw the ball as Tennessee went on a 6-play, 73-yard drive that used 2:37 of clock to take the win. Henry led all rushers with 133 yards and the game-winning score as the Titans out-rushed Baltimore 173-129 with Tannehill throwing for 259 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jackson led Baltimore with 186 yards and a TD (Tannehill was sacked twice, Jackson was sacked once and both men threw an interception). Baltimore went 9 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:06, while the Titans ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:33, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh improved to 10-0 after their 27-3 win over Jacksonville in the Sunshine State. Trailing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Steelers flexed some muscle in the final 45 minutes of play at TIAA Bank Stadium, scoring all 27 of their points unchallenged, taking a 17-3 lead with them to the intermission.

Pittsburgh out-rushed Jacksonville 106-73, with Steelers RB James Conner leading the way with 89 yards, while James Robinson led Jacksonville with 73 yards. Pittsburgh went 7 of 17 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball to themselves for 36:29, while the Jaguars held the ball for 23:31, went 4 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

They met in Charm City in week eight and the Steelers held off a late Baltimore rally to take a 28-24 win at M&T Bank Stadium. Leading 17-7 at the intermission, Baltimore watched Pittsburgh storm back in the second half, outscoring the Ravens 21-7, as the Steelers would take the lead back for keeps when Chase Claypool and Roethlisberger connected on an 8-yard TD toss with 7:29 left in regulation. Baltimore would get the ball back with 52 seconds left after Pittsburgh went 3 and done on an earlier possession and would get as close as the Steelers’ 23-yard line, where a pair of Jackson passes toward the end zone fell incomplete.

Baltimore acutally out-rushed Pittsburgh 265-48 with Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins leading the way with 113 yards, while Conner led Pittsburgh with 47 yards; Jackson threw for 208 yards with four sacks, while Roethlisberger threw for 182 yards with a pair of sacks (both men threw a pair of TDs, with Jackson throwing a pair of interceptions). Pittsburgh went 3 of 9 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 24:38, while the Ravens (including the final 52 seconds of the contest) would rule the clock and hold on to the pigskin for 35:22, while going 8 of 15 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

In the week eight affair in Charm City, the Ravens were 3 1/2-point favorites and the Steelers barely covered, winning by 4. and both clubs took care of the 47 over/under, tallying 52 points. In the mid-week contest at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh’s favored by 10 with a 41 over/under. Pittsburgh wants to stay unbeaten, while the Ravens want revenge. Unbeaten wins out here. Given what both teams have gone through this week, Baltimore will make it closer than the 10 but the Steelers go 11-0 and takes the win at Heinz Field.

Broadcast Information: 3:40 p.m. Wednesday on NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 133 (Baltimore), 136 (Pittsburgh); XM: 226 (Baltimore), 225 (Pittsburgh), 88 (National)

Referee: Ronald Torbert

Injury Report

Baltimore
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (thigh), LB Matt Judon (ankle), G Tyre Phillips (ankle), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle, back), TE Luke Willson (illness), DE Derek Wolfe (illness)

Pittsburgh
OUT: RB Jaylen Samuels (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Joe Haden (knee)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 38 degrees

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

Indianapolis (5-3) at Tennessee (6-2), 8:20 p.m. FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. A pair of AFC South rivals meet for the first time in 2020 as Ryan Tannehill and Tennessee, in the top spot in the division, host second-place Indianapolis, led by Philip Rivers, at Nissan Stadium to open action in week 10. Both clubs were in their home facility last Sunday, with the Titans winning in Nashville, while the Colts let a lead against the Ravens get away from them in the Hoosier State and lost to Baltimore.

Rivers and the Colts watched Lamar Jackson and the Ravens erase a 10-7 lead at the intermission, scoring 17 second-half points unchallenged to take a 24-10 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Colts took that 3-point with 45 seconds left before the intermission on a 43-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankeship before Baltimore went to work, taking the lead for keeps late in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Gus Edwards. Jackson and K Jeff Tucker would add a 9-yard TD run and a 48-yard field goal to close out the scoring in the contest.

The Colts out-rushed Baltimore 112-110 and Rivers threw for 227 yards with the game’s only interception, while Jackson threw for 170 with a pair of sacks. The Colts were 2 of 12 on third down (2 for 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:34, while the Ravens clung to the pigskin for 33:26, going 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee held off a late Chicago rally last Sunday afternoon as the Titans would hold off Da Bears 24-17 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tennessee would score the first 17 points of the contezt unchallenged, taking a 10-0 lead at the break with them, then leading 17-0 after the end of the third quarter before Chicago would rule the fourth quarter of action, outpacing the Titans 17-7 in the final 15 minutes of action. Chicago would pull themselves to within seven with 67 seconds left when Nick Foles and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a 9-yard TD toss. Da Bears, without a time out to their names, tried an onside kick, which the Titans recovered and Tennessee would run out the clock to take the win.

Neither club dented the 100-yard rushing barrier but Tennessee did out-rush Da Bears 92-56 and Tannehill threw for 158 yards, with Foles throwing for 335 yards (each man threw a pair of TDs without an interception and each man was sacked three times). Chicago, who lost a pair of fumbles, went 2 of 15 on third down, 3 for 4 on fourth down and kept the ball in hibernation for 33:54, while the Titans, keeping the ball for 26:06, went 6 of 15 on third down.

Indy holds a 34-16 lead in the series and have outscored the Titans 1,288-988 (which includes contests that were played in Baltimore and in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers). They split last year’s meetings, with each team taking wins in their home facility.

Their first meeting was in week seven in the Hoosier State and the Colts took a 14-7 lead at the half at Lucas Oil Stadium, holding off a late Texans rally to come away 23-20 winners. The Colts used three Jacoby Brissett TDs and a safety late in the contest to seal the win over their AFC South rivals.

While the Texans out-rushed the Colts 100-62, Brissett burned the Texans for 326 yards with the four TDs and no interceptions (Brissett was sacked once), while Watson threw for 308 yards and a TD with a pair of interceptions and three sacks. The Colts were 8 of 16 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and mastered the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:52, while the Texans, who held the ball for 27:08, went 4 of 12 on third down and 1 of 3 on fourth down.

Houston sought revenge in their week 12 meeting at NRG Stadium and they would get that revenge, breaking a 10-10 tie at the intermission in the Lone Star State and coming away 20-17 winners. Trailing 17-13 with 12:34 left in regulation, the Texans would use an 8-play, 86-yard drive to claim the lead for good when Watson and Hopkins connected on a 30-yard TD toss after the Colts’ Jordan Williams scored on a 13-yard run in the third quarter to break the tie.

Williams led all rushers with 104 yards as the Colts out-rushed Houston 175-99 (Carlos Hyde led Houston with 67 yards); Watson threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game-winner to Hopkins) with a sack and an interception, while Brisset threw for 125 yards with a sack. Both clubs did much better on third down tries; the Texans were 6 of 12, Indy was 9 of 15 but both clubs failed on fourth down tries, as Houston was 0 of 2, while Indianapolis was 0 of 1. Time was on the side of the Colts, who kept the ball for 33:17 to Houston’s 26:43.

The Colts were favored by 1 in the Hoosier State week seven contest and they covered, winning by 3 but missing the 47 1/2 over/under, with both teams tallying 43 points. In the week 12 Thursday night contest in Houston, the Texans were 3 1/2 point favorites in the Loine Star State but would win by only 3 and neither club covered the 45 1/2 over/under, tallying 37 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Colts as 2 point favorites in the Music City with a 48 1/2 over/under. Both teams are pretty decent and both could either make the playoffs or stop someone else from doing so. Titans prevail at home in Nashville, taking the win and covering the 2.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 226 (Indianapolis), 225 (Tennessee), 88 (National)

Referee: Brad Allen

Injury Report

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Jack Doyle (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee)

Tennessee
OUT: S Dane Cruikshank (groin), WR Adam Humphries (concussion), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), TE MyCole Pruitt (knee, ankle)

Weather: Clear and 50 degrees

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

Green Bay (5-2) at San Francisco (4-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. They met twice last year, once in the regular season and once in the post-season in the same place. The two teams that fought for the NFC title in 2019 meet again in the same place in 2020 as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers make their way west to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the week nine opener in Santa Clara. Both teams took losses in last week’s action Sunday.

Green Bay let a 14-14 tie with Minnesota at Lambeau Field get away from them as the Vikings scored 14 third quarter points unchallenged as Minnesota held on to take a 28-22 win in the land of cheese, beer and bratwurst. It would be the Dalvin Cook vs. DeVonta Freeman show as the two men would account for all the scoring for both teams (Cook with three rushing TDs and a TD pass, Freeman with three TD passes) in the contest that was played in somewhat windy conditions (NW 23 mph) with a gametime temperature of 34 with a wind chill of 22. Green Bay would rally to make it a 6-point contest with 2:42 left on Adams’ third TD catch of the afternoon and the two-point conversion. Green Bay would then stop the Vikings from running away with the contest, getting ball back with 47 seconds left after a Minnesota punt. The Packer would get themselves as close as Minnesota’s 41-yard line before Rodgers was sacked by DE D.J. Wonnum with 12 seconds left. Rodgers then fumbled the ball and LB Eric Wilson recoved the fumble. After a review, the call on the field stood and the Vikings got their revenge from their week one loss to the Packers in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota out-rushed Green Bay 173-109 and Cook led all rushers with 160 and the three ground TDs; Rodgers threw for 291 yards and the three TD tosses to Adams, while Kirk Cousins threw for 160 yards and the TD toss to Cook (both men were sacked once and neither threw an interception). Green Bay went 5 of 11 on third down (the Packers were 3 of 5 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:12, including the final 48 seconds of the contest; as for the Vikings, they would keep the ball for 27:48, going 4 of 8 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

San Francisco limps back home to Santa Clara after their 37-27 loss to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks Sunday. The 49ers, who lost the services of Jimmy Garappolo (ankle) and TE George Kittle (broken leg) in the NFC West showdown, trailed 13-7 at the break, then watched Seattle outpace them 24-20 in the last 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field.

Seattle out-rushed San Francisco 101-52 and Garoppolo threw for 84 yards with an interception before being replced by Nick Mullins (238 yards, TD), while Wilson burned the 49ers for 269 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR D.J. Metcalf on two of the tosses (Metcalf led all recievers with 161 yards on 12 catches). The 49ers were 6 of 13 on third down (San Francisco was 2 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:02, while the Seahawks were rulers of time, holding the pigskin for 30:58, while going 9 of 15 on third down conversions.

Including games played at Keezar Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium, Candlestick Park and Lambeau Field, the Packers lead the series 32-28-1 and have outscored the 49ers 1,270-1,251. They met twice last year, once in the regular season and once in the post-season and the 49ers took victories in both matchups in Santa Clara (Green Bay’s last win over the 49ers came in 2018 in Lambeau by a final of 33-30.

They met in Santa Clara in week 12 and the 49ers prevailed 38-7 at Levis’ Stadium. San Francisco scored 23 first-half points unchallenged to lead 23-0 at the break. The Packers would score their only points in the contest when Rodgers and DeVante Adams connected on a 2-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion late in the third quarter before San Francisco floored the gas in the half, using a 61-yard TD pass from Garoppolo to TE George Kittle and a 15-yard run by Mostert to seal the win.

While Green Bay out-rushed San Francisco 117-112, Garoppolo threw for 253 yards with a pair of TDs, with Rodgers throwing for 104 yards and a TD (Rodgers was sacked five times, Garoppolo sacked three times, neither threw an interception). Green Bay was a dismal 1 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, as kept the ball for 35:16, while the 49ers held on to the pigskin for 24:44, going 3 of 9 on third down tries.

San Francsico held Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in check in the first half of their NFC Championship at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara, tallying 27 first-half points unchecked and came away with the 37-20 win to claim the George Halas Trophy. The 49ers used three Raheem Mostert rushing TDs in the first half to take the 27-point lead with them to the intermission and never looked back.

Mostert ran roughshod over the Packers, leading all rushers with 220 yards and four TDs as San Francisco out-rushed Green Bay 285-62 and 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo needed to only throw for 77 yards but was not sacked and did not throw an interception, while Rodgers threw for 326 yards, with a pair of TDs (one to Aaron Jones, the other to TE Jace Sternberger) and threw a pair of interceptions with three sacks. San Francisco was 4 of 10 on third down and held on to the ball for 28:47, while the Packers actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:13, while going 3 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In their week 12 contest in Santa Clara, the 49ers were favored by 3 and they would cover the spread, winning by 29 but both clubs barely missed the 45 over/under by one point. In the NFC championship game, the 49ers were again favored, this time by 7 and covered, winning by 17 and this time, both teams took care of the 45 over/under by tallying 57 points. This time around, the Packers are favored on the road as 3 1/2-point favorites and the over/under’s 51. Could this be a playoff prewiew? Who knows. Packers win this one but expect San Francisco to make things closer than the 3 1/2.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson; SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Green Bay), 225 (San Francisco), 88 (National)

Referee: Bill Vinovich

Injury report

Green Bay
OUT: CB Kevin King (quadricep), S Will Redmond (shoulder), S Vernon Scott (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T David Bakhtiari (chest), S Raven Greene (oblique), RB Aaron Jones (calf), T Rick Wagner (knee)

San Francisco
OUT: RB Tevin Coleman (knee), LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), TE George Kittle (foot), WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Richie James (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (groin)

Weather: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and 54 degrees

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

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Pittsburgh), 132 (Baltimore); XM: 386 (Pittsburgh), 228 (Baltimore)

New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (New England), 81 (Buffalo); XM: 384 (New England), 226 (Buffalo)

Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 119 (Tennessee), 146 (Cincinnati); XM: 387 (Tennessee), 229 (Cincinnati)

Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Las Vegas), 121 (Cleveland); XM: 388 (Las Vegas), 230 (Cleveland)

Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady (field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Indianapolis), 108 (Detroit); XM: 389 (Indianapolis), 231 (Detroit)

Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Minnesota), 133 (Green Bay); XM: 383 (Minnesota), 227 (Green Bay)

New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (New York Jets), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 385 (New York Jets), 225 (Kansas City)

Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 94 (Los Angeles Rams), 111 (Miami); XM: 390 (Los Angeles Rams), 231 (Miami)

Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Greg Gumbel. Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Denver); XM: 384 (Los Angeles Chargers), 226 (Denver)

New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (New Orleans), 83 (Chicago); XM: 385 (New Orleans), 225 (Chicago)

San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (San Francisco), 133 (Seattle); XM: 383 (San Francisco), 227 (Seattle)

Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker: SIRIUS: 81 (Dallas), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 226 (Dallas), 225 (Philadelphia), 88 (National)

Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Ron Jaworksi; SIRIUS: 81 (Tampa Bay), 83 (New York Giants); XM: 226 (Tampa Bay), 225 (New York Giants), 88 (National)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m.: Scott Novak
Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m.: Land Clark
Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m.: Tony Corrente
San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Brad Rogers

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday
BALTIMORE – 3 1/2 vs. Pitttsburgh (47)
BUFFALO – 3 1/2 vs. New England (43)
Tennessee – 5 1/2 at CINCINNATI (55)
CLEVELAND – 2 1/2 vs. Las Vegas (53 1/2)
Indianapolis – 3 at DETROIT (50)
GREEN BAY – 6 1/2 vs. Minnesota (54 1/2)
KANSAS CITY – 19 1/2 vs. New York Jets (45 1/2)
Los Angeles Rams – 4 at MIAMI (45 1/2)
Los Angeles Chargers – 3 at DENVER (44 1/2)
New Orleans – 4 at CHICAGO (45)
SEATTLE – 3 vs. San Francisco (54)
PHILADELPHIA – 9 vs. Dallas (43)

Monday
Tampa Bay – 10 1/2 at NEW YORK GIANTS (43)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: S Jordan Dangerfield (quadricep), LB Ulysees Gilbert (back), DE Chris Wormley (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mike Hilton (shoulder), FB Derek Watt (hamstring)

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: RB Mark Ingram (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Anthony Levine (abdomen), CB Jimmy Smith (achilles)

New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m.

New England
OUT: DT Carl Davis (concussion), WR Julian Edelman (knee), WR N’Keal Harry (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Kyle Dugger (ankle), CB Stephon Gilmore (knee), DT Lawrence Guy (ankle), RB Damien Harris (ankle), T Justin Herron (ankle), CB J.C. Jackson (knee), TE Dalton Keene (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), DE John Simon (shoulder), T Joe Thuney (ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: T Cody Ford (knee), CB Josh Norman (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Vernon Butler (groin), DE Jerry Hughes (foot), S Micah Hyde (concussion), DT Quinton Jefferson (knee), CB Cameron Lewis (wrist), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), G Brian Winters (knee)

Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Dane Cruikshank (groin), CB Kristian Fulton (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: C Daniel Munyer (hand), CB Tye Smith (shoulder)

Cincinnati
OUT: T Bobby Hart (knee), C Trey Hopkins (concussion), RB Joe Mixon (foot), T Jonah Williams (stinger)
DOUBTFUL: WR John Ross (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Darius Phillips (knee)

Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m.

Las Vegas
DOUBTFUL: DE Arden Key (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Bryan Edwards (foot, ankle)

Cleveland
OUT: TE Austin Hooper (abdomen), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), G Wyatt Teller (calf)

Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee), C Ryan Kelly (knee)

Detroit
QUESTIONABLE: T Taylor Decker (shoulder), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (not injury related), CB Darryl Roberts (groin, hip), CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring)

Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: CB Holton Hill (foot), CB Mike Hughes (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Dan Chisena (hip), RB Dalvin Cook (groin)

Green Bay
OUT: RB Aaron Jones (calf), CB Kevin King (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: T David Bakhtiari (chest), K Mason Crosby (left calf, back), RB Tyler Ervin (wrist), S Raven Greene (oblique), DT Tyler Lancaster (shoulder), QB John Lovett (knee), S Darnell Savage (quadricep)

New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: LB Blake Cashman (hamstring), S Bradley McDougald (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: WR Jamison Crowder (groin), K Sam Ficken (right groin)
QUESTIONABLE: G Josh Andrews (shoulder), RB Frank Gore (not injury related, hand), LB Jordan Jenkins (ribs, shoulder), T Conor McDermott (illness)

Kansas City
OUT: T Mitchell Schwartz (back), WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
QUESTIONABLE: TE Tyler Higbee (hand)

Miami
OUT: CB Jamal Perry (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Adam Shaheen (shoulder)

Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m.

Los Angeles
OUT: G Trai Turner (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (back), T Storm Norton (knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs)

Denver
OUT: TE Andrew Beck (hamstring), WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep), TE Jake Butt (hamstring), T Demar Dotson (not injury related), RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion), WR Tim Patrick (hamstring), G Austin Schlottmann (not injury related)

New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m.

Mew Orlans
OUT: WR Marquez Callaway (ankle), G Nick Easton (elbow), WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring)

Chicago
OUT: C Cody Whitehair (calf)
DOUBTFUL: WR Allen Robinson (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Eddie Jackson (knee), LB Khalil Mack (ankle), S Sherrick McManis (hamstring), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (quadricep)

San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring), RB Jeffery Wilson (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: LB Kwon Alexander (ankle), WR Richie James (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Kentavius Street (illness), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

Seattle
OUT: CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion, hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: S Ugochukwu Amadi (hamstring), RB Carlos Hyde (hamstring), G Mike Iupati (back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jamal Adams (groin), RB Chris Carson (foot), RB Travis Homer (knee), DE Benson Mayowa (ankle), CB Ryan Neal (hamstring)

Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m.

Dallas
DOUBTFUL: QB Andy Dalton (concussion)

Philadelphia
OUT: T Jack Driscoll (ankle), CB Craig James (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery (calf), CB Cre’von LeBlanc (quadricep), RB Miles Sanders (knee)

Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday

Tampa Bay
OUT: WR Chris Godwin (finger)

New York Giants
OUT: S Adrian Colbert (shoulder), RB Devonta Freeman (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR C.J. Board (concussion)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Pittsburgh (6-0) at Baltimore (5-1), 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain and 54 degrees
New England (2-4) at Buffalo (5-2), 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 70 percent chance of rain and 43 degrees
Tennessee (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-5-1), 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 46 degrees
Las Vegas (3-3) at Cleveland (5-2), 1 p.m.: Windy and overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and 45 degrees
Indianapolis (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Minnesota (1-5) at Green Bay (5-1), 1 p.m.: Overcast, windy and 36 degrees
New York Jets (0-7) at Kansas City (6-1), 1 p.m.: Sunny and 48 degrees
Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at Miami (3-3), 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and 86 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) at Denver (2-4), 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 63 degrees
New Orleans (4-2) at Chicago (5-2), 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy, windy and 37 degrees
San Francisco (4-3) at Seattle (5-1), 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 56 degrees
Dallas (2-5) at Philadelphia (2-4-1), 8:20 p.m.: Part;y cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain and 48 degrees
Tampa Bay (5-2) at New York Giants (1-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Clear and 40 degrees

Broadcast Information, Officials and Injury Report courtesy the National Football Leauge, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Detroit), 132 (Atlanta); XM: 386 (Detroit), 228 (Atlanta)

Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 111 (Cleveland), 121 (Cincinnati); XM: 388 (Cleveland), 230 (Cincinnati)

Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Green Bay), 133 (Houston); XM: 383 (Green Bay), 227 (Houston)

Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Carolina), 83 (New Orleans); XM: 384 (Carolina), 225 (New Orleans)

Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Buffalo), 81 (New York Jets); XM: 385 (Buffalo), 226 (New York Jets)

Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 705: an Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Pittsburgh), 146 (Tennessee); XM: 387 (Pittsburgh), 229 (Tennessee)

Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: oe Davis, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Dallas), 108 (Washington); XM: 389 (Dallas), 231 (Washington)

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV xxx: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); vSIRIUS: 81 (Tampa Bay), 83 (Las Vegas); XM: 226 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Las Vegas)

Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m, on CBS and DirecTV 713: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Kansas City), 133 (Denver); XM: 383 (Kansas City), 227 (Denver)

San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (San Francisco), 83 (New England); XM: 384 (San Francisco), 225 (New England)

Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Jacksonville), 81 (Los Angales Chargers); XM: 385 (Jacksonville), 226 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Seattle), 106 (Arizona); XM: 390 (Seattle), 232 (Arizona); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson

Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 81 (Chicago), 83 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 226 (Chicago), 225 (Los Angeles Rams), 88 (National)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m.: Land Clark
Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.: Craig Wroslstad
Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m.: Scott Novak
Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Brad Rogers
Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m.: John Hussey
Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday: Bill Vinovich

Sunday and Monday Odds (home team in CAPS)

Sunday
ATLANTA – 2 1/2 vs. Detroit (55)
Cleveland – 3 1/2 at CINCINNATI (50 1/2)
WASHINGTON – 1 vs. Dallas (46)
NEW ORLEANS – 7 1/2 vs. Carolina (51)
Buffalo – 12 at NEW YORK JETS (45 1/2)
Green Bay – 3 1/2 at HOUSTON (57)
TENNESSEE – 1 1/2 vs. Pittsburgh (50 1/2)
Tampa Bay – 4 at LAS VEGAS (53)
NEW ENGLAND – 2 vs. San Francisco (43 1/2)
Kansas City – 9 1/2 at DENVER (45 1/2)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 8 vs. Jacksonville (49)
Seattle – 3 1/2 at ARIZONA (56)

Monday
LOS ANGELES RAMS – 6 vs. Chicago (45)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report
Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring)

ATLANTA
QUESTIONABLE: DE Takkarist McKinley (groin)

Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: TE Austin Hooper (illness), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), G Wyatt Teller (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Karl Joseph (hamstring), DT Sheldon Richardson (achilles)

Cincinnati
OUT: CB William Jackson (concussion), RB Joe Mixon (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Ross (illness), S Shawn Williams (hamstring)

Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: RB Tyler Ervin (wrist), DT Tyler Lancaster (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: T David Bakhtiari (chest), CB Kevin King (quadricep), S Darnell Savage (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Montravius Adams (foot), RB Aaron Jones (calf), C Corey Linsley (back), LB Preston Smith (shoulder), TE Robert Tonyan (ankle)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion), LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring)

Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.

Carolina
QUESTIONABLE: CB Eli Apple (hamstring), CB Donte Jackson (toe), G John Miller (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (knee)

New Orleans
OUT: G Nick Easton (concussion), WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S J.T. Gray (hamstring)

Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: WR John Brown (knee), LB Tyrel Dodson (hamstring), T Cody Ford (knee), TE Dawson Knox (calf), CB Josh Norman (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Cameron Lewis (wrist), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), CB Tre’Davious White (back)

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: K Sam Ficken (right groin), G Alex Lewis (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (groin), QB Sam Darnold (right shoulder), T Chuma Edoga (calf), T George Fant (knee)

Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: CB Mike Hilton (shoulder), FB Derek Watt (hamstring)

Tennessee – Tennessee reports no injureis

Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: T Brandon Knight (knee), G Zack Martin (concussion)

Washington
OUT: T Saahdiq Charles (knee), WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (hamstring), DE James Smith-Williams (concussion), WR Isaiah Wright (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T Geron Christian (knee)

Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:05 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: TE Tyler Eifert (neck), LB Myles Jack (ankle), S Jarrod Wilson (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G A.J. Cann (shoulder)

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: G Trai Turner (groin)
DOUBTFUL: T Storm Norton (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (back), WR K.J. Hill (hip), RB Justin Jackson (knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs)

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay
QUESTIONABLE: S Andrew Adams (hamstring)

Las Vegas
OUT: WR Bryan Edwards (foot, ankle), CB Keisean Nixon (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Maliek Collins (shoulder), DE Carl Nassib (toe)

Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: DE Taco Charlton (knee), DE Alex Okafor (hamstring), T Mitchell Schwartz (back), WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring)

Denver
OUT: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep), WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Andrew Beck (hamstring), TE Jake Butt (hamstring), G Dalton Risner (shoulder)

San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m.

San Francsico
OUT: LB Kwon Alexander (ankle), RB Raheem Mostert (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (groin), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trent Williams (ankle), RB Jeffery Wilson (calf)

New England
OUT: DT Carl Davis (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Adam Butler (elbow), S Kyle Dugger (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), DE Derek Rivers (back)

Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: S Jamal Adams (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Iupati (back)

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), LB Kylie Fitts (hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (foot), WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (foot), DT Jordan Phillips (foot)

Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday

Chicago
OUT: S Sherrick McManis (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Deon Bush (hamstring), T Rashaad Coward (finger), LB Khalil Mack (back), CB Buster Skrine (ankle), T Jason Spriggs (thumb, back)

Los Angeles Rams
QUESTIONABLE: TE Tyler Higbee (hand)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, cloudy and 70 degrees
Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 50 degrees
Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly cloudy and 74 degrees
Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 52 degrees
Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 60 degrees
Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and 48 degrees
Jacksonville () at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors
Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors
Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow and 19 degrees
San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 51 degrees
Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open; clear and 81 degrees
Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 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

Three teams remain unbeaten (Seattle, Pittsburgh and Tennessee).

Two teams picked up their first win of the 2020 campaign (Atlanta and New York Giants).

One team (New York Jets) is searching for their first win.

Welcome to week seven. If nothing else, this has been a somewhat interesting season and it’s going to get even more interesting.

The Week 7 NFL menu showcases a historic showdown in Music City, a two-decade-old rivalry renewing in Las Vegas and a pair of defensive headliners squaring off on Monday Night Football. Still hungry?

Don’t worry. With the high volume of close, competitive games and the number of exciting young players making significant contributions on a weekly basis, there’s certain to be something for every NFL palate this week.

CLASH OF NFL TITANS IN NASHVILLE SUNDAY: Two of the NFL’s three remaining undefeated teams square off Sunday when Pittsburgh travels to meet Tennessee in Nashville. It’s only the sixth contest in the Super Bowl era and just the eighth overall NFL game, matching teams that have at least five wins and zero losses.

The games between teams with at least five wins and zero losses​ in NFL history:

DATE: MATCHUP (RESULT)
October 25, 2020: Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0) (???)
November 1, 2015: Green Bay (6-0) at Denver (6-0)(Denver 29-10)*
November 4, 2007: New England (8-0) at Indianapolis (7-0)(New England 24-20)+
October 14, 2007: New England (5-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-0)(New England 48-27)+
October 24, 2004: New York Jets (5-0) at New England (5-0)(New England 13-7)*
October 28, 1973: Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (6-0)(Minnesota 10-9)+
November 4, 1923: Canton Bulldogs (5-0) at Chicago Cardinals (5-0)(Canton 7-3)*
November 13, 1921: Akron Pros (7-0) at Buffalo All-Americans (6-0)(Tie 0-0)
*Won Super Bowl/league championship
+Advanced to Super Bowl

Pittsburgh is off to its best start since opening 7-0 in 1978 en route to a Super Bowl XIII victory. Tennessee has authored the second-best start in franchise history, behind its 10-0 record to open the 2008 season.

The Titans (422.0 yards per game) rank second in the NFL in total offense while the Steelers (285.2 yards allowed per game) rank second in the NFL in total defense.

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill (364 passing yards) and running back Derrick Henry (212 rushing yards) combined last week to make Tennessee the first team in NFL history to have a player eclipse 350 passing yards and another rush for at least 200 yards in the same game.

Henry, who also recorded 211 rushing yards in Week 17 of the 2019 season and 238 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the first player to record a game with at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 at home against Cleveland and joined the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season. Ten Steelers this season have at least one sack, led by Bud Dupree (five) and T.J. Watt (4.5), tied for second and fourth, respectively, in the AFC. Seven Steelers have at least one interception, led by Steven Nelson (two), tied for third in the conference.

Ball security has been a hallmark of each team’s early season success. The Titans rank second in the NFL with three giveaways, while the Steelers (four) rank tied for third. Including postseason, Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has gone 321 consecutive touches (304 carries, 17 receptions) without a fumble. Pittsburgh running back James Conner has gone 198 consecutive touches (157 carries, 41 receptions) without a fumble. Tennessee is tied for the league lead with a plus-six turnover ratio. Pittsburgh (plus-five) is tied for fourth.

Tannehill (113.5) and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (109.1) rank second and fourth, respectively, in AFC passer rating. Roethlisberger has won 13 of his past 19 starts, while Tannehill has won 12 of his past 15, including playoffs.

OLD RIVALS MEET IN LAS VEGAS: Sunday Night Football rekindles a 19-year-old rivalry that started in the 2001 Divisional playoffs. When Las Vegas hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday, Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden and Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady will meet for the third time in their careers.

The most memorable meeting was the first, on January 19, 2002, a snowy evening at Foxboro Stadium, where Brady rallied his Patriots to a 16-13 overtime win over the Raiders to earn his first career playoff win en route to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. One year later, Gruden won his own Super Bowl after joining the Buccaneers in a unique trade, leading Tampa Bay to victory over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Fast forward nearly two decades and Gruden is back guiding the Raiders and Brady is the field general of Gruden’s former team, the Buccaneers. And while those two may have changed teams, the Buccaneers defense as it was in the early 21st Century is again dominating the NFL.

Tampa Bay’s defense, guided by coordinator Todd Bowles, leads the NFL in fewest total yards allowed per game (282.0), fewest total yards allowed per play (4.6), fewest rushing yards allowed per game (64.3) and fewest first downs allowed per game (16.8), while tying for second in the league with 11 total takeaways. Last week, the Buccaneers held the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, Green Bay, to 10 points.

Depending on the amount of touchdown passes thrown earlier in the day by all-time leader Drew Brees (556), Brady (555) on Sunday night could leave the field for the first time as the NFL’s career leader in that category.

Brady last week helped the Buccaneers overcome a 10-point deficit in their win over the Packers. In the NFL this season, there have been 19 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, tied with the 2011 season (19 games) for the most such games through Week 6 in league history.

There have been six games that have featured a team overcoming a deficit of at least 17 points to win this season, the second-most such games through Week 6 in a single season in NFL history. Only the 2011 season (seven games) had more.

MONSTERS OF THE COMEBACK: NFC North-leading Chicago (5-1) has registered two of their five wins by overcoming deficits of at least 16 points (a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in Week 1 and a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit in Week 3). Thanks in part to Chicago, 2020 marks the first year in which at least one NFL team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points to win in each of the first six weeks of a season. The Bears also earned a tough road win at Carolina last week, one of eight NFL games in Week 6 within one score in the fourth quarter.

The Bears travel from one coast to the other this week when they play at the Los Angeles Rams Monday night. The matchup features stalwarts on each defense that have combined to account for three of the last four Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year awards, the Rams’ Aaron Donald (2017-18) and the Bears’ Khalil Mack (2016 with the Raiders).

Donald, Mack and Arizona’s Chandler Jones are the NFL’s only three players with at least 65 sacks and 17-or-more forced fumbles since 2014, when Donald and Mack entered the league eight selections apart in the first round of the NFL Draft. Donald leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks this year while Mack leads the Bears with 4.5. Chicago leads the NFL this season in red-zone defense, allowing touchdowns on just 36.4 percent of opponent drives inside the 20-yard line. And if the game is within one score in the fourth quarter – like 62 of 91 NFL games (68.1 percent) so far this season – that defense will be tested by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who leads the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating (141.1).

MAHOMES MEETS LOCK IN DENVER: Last week, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, appearing in his 37th career game, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 90 career touchdown passes, surpassing the previous mark held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (40 games). Mahomes returns on Sunday to Denver, where he made his first NFL start at the end of the 2017 season. Denver quarterback Drew Lock, who guided the Broncos to a win at New England last week, is 5-3 in his career as a starting quarterback.

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce needs 65 receiving yards to become the third tight end in NFL history with at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first eight seasons, joining Rob Gronkowski (7,179) and Antonio Gates (7,005). Kelce has 6,935 receiving yards in 102 career games.

CLUTCH ROOKIES: The Justin Herbert story adds another chapter this week when the Los Angeles Chargers hosts Jacksonville. The Chargers’ rookie quarterback leads qualified NFL passers in a key metric, third-down passer rating (150.9), significantly ahead of the next-best mark, Patrick Mahomes (136.0). Herbert also leads NFL rookies with an overall 107.1 passer rating.

The other starter in the Chiefs’ backfield, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, leads all NFL players with 682 scrimmage yards (505 rushing, 177 receiving) and ranks second in the NFL with 505 rushing yards, trailing only Derrick Henry (588). Edwards-Helaire ran for a season-high 161 yards to help the Chiefs beat Buffalo in Week 6.

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his first five career games, tied with Martavis Bryant (2014), Willie Gault (1983), Calvin Ridley (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

Rookie wide receiver Ceedee Lamb, whose Dallas Cowboys travels to Landover to play Washington, is tied for the NFL lead in third-down receptions (12). Overall, Lamb leads NFL rookies with 36 receptions and looks to extend his NFL record this week by catching at least five passes in a seventh consecutive game to open a career.

SEAHAWKS, CARDINALS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD SUNDAY: Seattle, 5-0 and off to their best start in franchise history, comes off a bye with a stiff road test at Arizona (4-2) on Sunday.

Seattle in games after its bye under head coach Pete Carroll has an NFC best 7-3 record since he took the reins of the team in 2010. In the NFL, only Baltimore’s John Harbaugh (8-2) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (8-3) have better records after the bye in that span.

Quarterback Russell Wilson in games after a bye has a 6-1 career record, the NFL’s best mark by a starting quarterback since he entered the league in 2013 (minimum four starts). Wilson, who leads the NFL this year with 19 touchdown passes, needs four on Sunday to become the third quarterback in NFL history with at least 250 touchdown passes in his first nine seasons. Wilson, who would join Peyton Manning (275) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (266), has 246 touchdown passes in 133 career games.

The Seahawks have a four-year winning streak in games after a bye. Their last loss was Week 10 of the 2015 season to the Cardinals, in Seattle, 39-32. In that contest, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 10 receptions for 130 yards.
Fitzgerald, who has 1,399 career receptions in 256 games, needs one reception on Sunday to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,549) as the only players in NFL history with 1,400 career catches.

Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (100.2) and Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf (99.2) are the NFL’s top players, respectively, in receiving yards per game this season.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 18, the sixth week of the 2020 season.

Indianapolis overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat Cincinnati, 31-27, in Week 6. Indianapolis is the first team to overcome a deficit of at least 21 points to win in the regular season since Week 1 of the 2016 season (Kansas City trailed 24-3 and defeated the San Diego Chargers, 33-27, in overtime).

The 2020 season is the first season in NFL history in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points and won in each of the first six weeks of the season.

Tampa Bay overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Green Bay, 38-10, on Sunday. There have been 19 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, tied with the 2011 (19 games) and 1987 (19) seasons for the most such games through Week 6 in NFL history.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for two touchdowns with a 104.9 rating while tight end Rob Gronkowski had 78 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ Week 6 win.

Including the postseason, Brady and Gronkowski have connected for 91 touchdowns, surpassing Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (90 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history. Only Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (114 touchdowns) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92) had more.

Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns, his 30th career game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, in the Colts’ Week 6 win.

Rivers is the sixth player to reach 30 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history, joining Drew Brees (67), Tom Brady (51), Peyton Manning (46), Aaron Rodgers (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (33).

Colts tight end Trey Burton had two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) in Week 6. He is the fourth tight end since 2000 with both a receiving and rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Eric Ebron (Week 10, 2018), Coby Fleener (Week 6, 2016) and Rob Gronkowski (Week 13, 2011).

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns, running back Derrick Henry totaled a career-high 264 scrimmage yards (212 rushing, 52 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns, including a 94-yard touchdown run, and tight end Anthony Firsker had 113 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 42-36 overtime win over Houston.

Tennessee is the third team to have a 300-yard passer, 200-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same regular-season game in league annals, joining Cleveland (September 16, 2007) and Kansas City (January 1, 2006).

Henry, who also recorded 211 rushing yards in Week 17 of the 2019 season and 238 rushing yards in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the first player to record a game with at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.

Henry, who also had a 99-yard touchdown run in Week 14 of the 2018 season, is the fifth player in league annals with multiple career rushing touchdowns of at least 90 yards, joining Ahmah Green (two), Bo Jackson (two), Chris Johnson (two) and Lamar Miller (two).

Henry has five career rushing touchdowns of at least 70 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (five) and O.J. SIMPSON (five) for the third-most in NFL history. Only Chris Johnson (seven) and Adrian Peterson (seven) have more.

Appearing in his fifth career game, Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool registered a rushing touchdown in the Steelers’ 38-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Claypool has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his first five career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998), Martavis Bryant (2014), Willie Gault (1983) and Calvin Ridley (2018) for the most touchdowns by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

The Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions in Week 6 and joined the 1985 New York Giants as the only teams in NFL history to record at least three sacks and an interception in each of their first five games of a season.

Denver kicker Brandon McManus converted all six of his field goal attempts, including field goals of 52 and 54 yards, in the Broncos’ 18-12 win at New England in Week 6.

McManus has six career games with at least two 50-yard field goals, tied with Justin Tucker (six) for the most such games in NFL history.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK SEVEN

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Through the first six weeks of the 2020 NFL season, rookies are making immediate impacts around the league.

Entering Week 7, Kansas City running back Clyde Edward-Helaire leads the NFL in scrimmage yards (682) and ranks second in rushing yards (505). Pittsburgh wide receiver Chase Claypool ties for fifth in the NFL with six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing), while Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson ranks fifth in the league with 537 receiving yards.

Including Jefferson, four rookie wide receivers have at least 300 receiving yards this season [Dallas’ Ceedee Lamb (497), Cincinnati’s Tee Higgins (339) and Claypool (335)], tied with the 2013 and 1986 seasons for the most though Week 6 since 1970.

Overall, rookies have combined for a total of 8,509 scrimmage yards in 2020. With at least 1,305 combined scrimmage yards in Week 7, 2020 will surpass the 2017 season (9,813) for the most combined scrimmage yards by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (not including the 1987 season with replacement players).

The seasons with the most combined scrimmage yards by rookies through Week 7 since 1970 (not including 1987):

SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS
2017 – 9,813
2018 – 9,239
2014 – 9,027
2020 – 8,509*
2019 – 8,253
*Through Week 6

YOUNG SLINGERS: In addition to rookie backs and receivers taking the league by storm, rookie quarterbacks are also finding success early in their careers. Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow ranks second in the NFL in completions (160) and eighth in passing yards (1,617). Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert ranks ninth among qualified passers with a 107.1 passer rating through his first four career starts.

If Burrow reaches the 300-yard passing mark at Cleveland on Sunday, he will become the fourth rookie quarterback with at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL history.

The rookies with the most 300-yard passing games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis (2012 – 6)
Daniel Jones – New York Giants (2019 – 5)
Kyler Murray – Arizona (2019 – 5)
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati (2020 – 4)*
*Entering Week 7

Herbert needs at least three touchdown passes on Sunday against Jacksonville to join DeShaun Watson (four consecutive games in 2017) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes in three consecutive games. Herbert threw three touchdown passes in Week 4 and four touchdown passes in Week 5.​

With at least 250 passing yards, Herbert can join Patrick Mahomes as the only players in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards in each of their first five career games. Mahomes had at least 250 passing yards in each of his first 10 games.

FEELING 100: Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr enters Week 7 leading all qualified passers in completion percentage (73.1), while ranking second in passer rating (115.9). In 99 career starts, Carr has 24,235 passing yards, 2,248 completions and 154 touchdown passes, all the most in Raiders franchise history.

With at least 15 completions against Tampa Bay on Sunday night, Carr will surpass Tony Romo (2,262 completions) for the second-most career completions by a player through his first 100 starts in NFL history. Only Matthew Stafford (2,410) has more.

The players with the most career completions through their first 100 starts in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (COMPLETIONS)
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (2,410)
Tony Romo – Dallas (2,262)
Derek Carr – Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2,248)*
*Expected to make his 100th career start on Sunday night

HISTORIC CONNECTION: Last week, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski connected for their first touchdown as members of the Buccaneers. It marked the 91st touchdown connection in their careers, including the postseason, surpassing Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (90 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history.

With another touchdown pass from Brady to Gronkowski at Las Vegas Sunday night, the pair will tie the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92 touchdowns) for the second-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history, including the postseason. Only Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (114) have more.

The quarterback-receiver pairings with the most touchdowns in NFL history, including the postseason:

QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER (TOUCHDOWNS)

Peyton Manning/Marvin Harrison (114)HOF
Steve Young/Jerry Rice (92)HOF
Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski (91)

(Harrison, Young and Rice and in Hall of Fame)

SECOND-YEAR SURGE: Through five games, Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is averaging 99.2 receiving yards per game, the second-highest mark in the league this season and has recorded at least 90 receiving yards in each game.

With at least 90 receiving yards on Sunday at Arizona, Metcalf will become the fifth player to record at least 90 receiving yards in each of his team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.

The players with at least 90 receiving yards in the most consecutive games to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON, GAMES)
Michael Irvin – Dallas (1995, 9) HOF
Dwight Clark – San Francisco (1982 – 8)
Adam Thielen – Minnesota (2018 – 8)
Charley Hennigan – Houston Oilers (1961 – 7)
D.K. Metcalf – Seattle (2020 – 5)*
*Active streak

125 IN 35: Last week, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones recorded eight receptions for 137 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, his 34th-career game with at least 125 receiving yards.

With at least 125 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit, Jones will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (35 games) for the second-most games with at least 125 receiving yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (49) has more such games.

The players with the most career games with at least 125 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (GAMES)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (49)HOF
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland and New England (35)HOF
Julio Jones – ATLANTA (34)

A FANTASTIC FIRST 50: In four games this season, San Francisco tight end George Kittle has totaled 30 receptions for 380 yards, ranking third and second among tight ends, respectively. In 49 career games, Kittle has 246 receptions for 3,325 receptions.

With at least 112 receiving yards on Sunday at New England, Kittle will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (3,436 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a tight end through his first 50 career games in NFL history.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (RECEIVING YARDS)
Mike Ditka – Chicago (3,436)HOF
Kellen Winslow Sr.- San Diego Chargers (3,420)HOF
George Kittle – San Francisco (3,325)*
*Appearing in 50th game on Sunday

With at least three receptions on Sunday, Kittle will surpass Kellen Winslow Jr. (248 receptions) for the third-most receptions by a tight end through his first 50 career games in NFL history. Only Jordan Reed (266) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. (262) have more.

The tight ends with the most receptions in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (RECEPTIONS)
Jordan Reed – Washington (266)
Kellen Winslow Sr. – San Diego Chargers (262)HOF
Kellen Winslow Jr. – Cleveland and Tampa Bay (248)
George Kittle – San Francisco (246)*

*Appearing in 50th game on Sunday

As for last week? 8-6. Not bad. For the season? 58-33. There’s still a lot of football left on the docket and in the words of ESPN’s Chris Berman, “that’s why they play the games!” In case you missed it, there’s been a change in the schedule for this week. The Tampa Bay/Las Vegas game, which was scheduled to be in prime time Sunday night, has been moved to Sunday afternoon and the Seattle/Arizona game, which was to be a 4:25 p.m. start, will be the NBC Sunday night game.

Week seven began in the City of Brotherly Love as the Eagles squeaked by the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night and ends in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Rams hosts Da Bears Monday night. Byes this Week? Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami and Minnesota. Seattle, New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Chargers return to action from their break. Having said that, here are the picks for Sunday and Monday in week seven.

Detroit (2-3) at ATLANTA (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A pair of sub-.500 teams meet in the Big Peach as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons hosts Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Both teams were road winners in last week’s play.

Stafford and the Lions were 36-16 winners over Jacksonville in the Sunshine State last Sunday. Detroit led 17-3 at the half, then proceeded to tale control of things at TIAA Bank Stadium, outscoring the Jaguars 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of play. The Lions held Jacksonville to 44 yards of rushing, while tallying 180 of their own, with rookie RB DeAndre Swift leading everyone with 116 yards and a pair of TDs and teammate Adrian Peterson chipping with 40 yards and a TD of his own. Stafford threw for 233 yards and a TD (Kenny Golloday led all recievers with 105 yards), while Gardner Minshew III threw for 243 and a TD (Minshew was sacked once, both Minshew and Stafford threw an interception in the contest). Detroit was 3 of 12 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:57, while the Jaguars were 24:03 in time of possession, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Atlanta ended their five-game losing streak under interim head coach Raheem Morris in the Twin Cities last Sunday, leaving US Bank Stadium with the 40-23 win. The Falcons scored the first 23 points of the contest uncontested, taking a 20-0 lead with them to the break in the process.

Atlanta out-rushed Minnesota 99-32 with Falcons RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 47 yards. Ryan threw for 371 yards and four TDs (connecting with Julio Jones on two; Calvin Ridley and TE Hayden Hurst had the other two catches), while Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 343 yards with three TDs but also threw three interceptions (two of them leading to Atlanta scoring drives) and was sacked once (Ryan was sacked twice but threw no interceptions).

The Falcons were 9 of 17 on third down tries in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Atlanta was perfect on fourth down, going 3 of 3) and they ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 40:07, while the Vikings, who kept the pigskin for 19:53, went 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Detroit leads the series (which includes games played at Fulton County Stadium, Tiger Stadium, the Georgia Dome, Ford Field and the Silverdome) 24-13 and have outscored the Falcons 829-774. Detroit’s last win over the Falcons did not come in North America; instead, the two teams traveled to London and the Lions were 22-21 winners at Wembley Stadium in 2014, while Atlanta would get revenge on the Lions in the Motor City in 2017, taking down the Lions 30-26. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Falcons as 2 1/2 point favorites in the Big Peach with a 55 over/under. Both teams are better than their records and both are looking to catch Chicago and New Orleans in the NFC North and South, respectively. Atlanta finished strong last year on a four-game winning streak. Could the Falcons be starting a new streak? Their fan base hopes so. Falcons rise up in the Big Peach and covers the 2 1/2 with a win at home.

Cleveland (4-2) at Cincinnati (1-4-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow, Round 2. It’s Round 2 of the Buckeye State series as the Browns make their way south to face off against Cincinnati along the banks of the Ohio River. Both teams took losses on the road in last week’s action.

Cleveland was held to a second quarter TD by WR Richard Higgins as the Steelers took the Browns to task 38-7 last Sunday at Heinz Field. The Browns trailed 24-7 at the intermission, then watched Pittsburgh take control of things in the second half, scoring their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. The Steelers held Cleveland to 75 yards of rushing, while tallying 129, with James Conner leading all rushers with 101 yards and a TD and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 162 yards and a TD, despite being sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw for 119 yards and the Higgins TD but was picked off twice and sacked four times. Cleveland was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down tries (the Browns were not much better on fourth down, going 0 of 3) and they would keep the ball for 25:54, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:06, going 5 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Bengals let a 24-21 lead at Indianapolis get away from them as Philip Rivers and the Colts stormed back in the second half to come away 31-27 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Colts scored 10 fourth quarter points unchallenged to take the win in the Hoosier State, using a 14-yard TD toss from Rivers to TE Jack Doyle and a 40-yard field goal from rookie K Rodrigo Blankenship to seal the deal.

Cincinnati out-rushed the Colts 98-59, with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 54 yards and a TD (Jonathan Taylor lead the Colts with 60 yards. Rivers threw for 371 yards and three TDs, while Burrow threw for 313 yards (Burrow was sacked twice, Rivers was sacked once and each man threw an interception). The Colts were 7 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 25:32, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:28, going 8 of 17 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The contest along the shores of the Ohio River is a rematch of a week two contest that saw the Browns hold off their AFC North and instate rival 35-30 at First Energy Field. Leading 21-13 at the intermission along the shores of Lake Erie, the Browns would hold off a late Cincinnat rally in the fourth quarter, when the Bengals made it a five-point contest with 43 seconds left when Herbert and WR Travis Boyd connected on a 9-yard TD strike.

Cleveland out-rushed Cincinnati 215-68 with Nick Chubb leading all rushers with 124 yards and a pair of TDs (Cincinnati was led by Joe Mixon with 46 yards on the ground). Mayfield threw for 219 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Odell Beckham, Jr.) with an interception but no sacks, while Hebert threw for 316 yards and three TDs (connecting with Mixon and Boyd on two) and was sacked three times without an interception.

Cleveland was 5 of 8 on third down (the Browns were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:21, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 33:39, while going 8 of 18 on third down, 5 of 5 on fourth down. In the week two contest in Cleveland, the Browns were favored by 7 1/2 in the Thursday night contest but would win by only five. The two clubs did managed to cover the 46 over/under, tallying 65 points. Vegas likes the Browns again, this time as a 3-point road favorite with a 50 1/2 over/under. For the Bengals, it’s trying to keep their heads (and paws) above water. For the Browns, it’s a chance to put themselves a bit closer to the post-season. Cleveland rocks… and they win in Cincinnati, covering the 3.

Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay limp into Houston to face off against DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans in the Lone Star State at NRG Stadium. Both teams lost on the road in their contests last week.

Green Bay took a 10-0 lead against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, only to see that lead vanish as the Bucs scored 38 points unchallenged to take a 38-10 win at home. The Packers, knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens, led 10-0 before the wheels would come off the bus, as Tampa Bay CB Jamel Dean picked off Rodgers and returned it 32 yards for a TD. Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones II gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with a 2-yard TD run and from that point, things went from bad to worse for the Packers.

Jones ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bucs out-rushed Green Bay 158-94 in the late afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Brady threw for 166 yards and a pair of TDs (one to favorite target TE Ron Gronkowski), while Rodgers threw for 160 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Green Bay on third down was 7 of 17, while the Bucs were 5 of 12 and the clock was the ally of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:37 to Tampa Bay’s 28:23.

Houston watched Tennessee rally late from a 7-point deficit against Houston as the Titans would take a 42-36 overtime win over the Texans last Sunday. Tennessee led 21-10 at the intermission before the Texans would rally and lead 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation when Brandon Cooks and DeShaun Watson conected on a 1-yard TD toss (Houston went for two and did not make the conversion) before the home team rallied with four seconds left when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connected on a 7-yard TD toss to tie the contest at 36-36.

Tennessee would win the toss to start overtime and they made sure that the Texans would never see the ball again, as they used 6 plays, chewed up 82 yards of field and used 3:30 of clock with Derrick Henry sending Titans fans home happy with a 5-yard TD run, his second of the day.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 263-92 and Henry led all rushers with 212 yards and the two scores (including the game-winner); Tannehill threw for 364 yards with an interception, while Watson threw for 335 yards (Tannehill threw the contest’s only interception; both men were sacked twice and both threw four TDs). Both clubs did well on third down conversions; Houston was 7 of 14 (the Texans were 3 of 3 on fourth down), while the Titans were 6 of 10 and time was the ally of the Titans, who held on to the ball for 31:50 to Houston’s 31:40.

The Packers lead the series 3-1, they’ve outscored the Texans 100-74 and have won the last two meetings in the brief series, including a 21-13 win at Lambeau Field in 2016, while Houston’s lone win in the series also came at Lambeau Field in 2008 by a final of 24-21. Green Bay’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. The Texans are looking for their first win at home, while the Packers look to wash the stench of losing at Tampa Bay off. Scrub-a-dub-dub. Packers cover the 3 1/2 in Houston and wins on the road.

Carolina (3-3) at New Orleans (3-2), 1 p.m.:n FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC South rivals meet in the Big Easy as Teddy Bridgewater returns to New Orleans to face off against Drew Brees and the Saints.

A Carolina rally at home at Bank of America Stadium fell short last Sunday as the Panthers came out on the short end of a 23-16 loss to Chicago. Carolina trailed 13-6 at halftime and would pull themselves to within 7 with 7:46 left in the contest on a 48-yard field goal by Jeff Slye. Carolina would get the ball back with 92 seconds left when Teddy Bridgewater’s first down pass attempt was picked off by Bears CB DeAndre Houston-Carson, ending the drive.

Carolina out-rushed Da Bears 112-63 and Bridgewater threw for 216 yards with four sacks and two interceptions (including the one that ended the Carolina rally), while Nick Foles threw for 198 yards with a TD toss to TE Cole Kmet (Foles threw an interception but was not sacked). Carolina was 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Panthers kept the ball for 31:06, while Chicago, who kept the ball for 28:54, went 7 of 14 on third down tries.

The Saints come back to action after their bye and their 30-27 overtime win over Justin Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers i in the Big Easy two weeks ago. The Bolts led 20-10 at the intermission before the Saints would rally in the fnal 30 minutes of regulation, tying things up with 52 seconds left when backup QB Taysom Hill scored on a 9-yard run. New Orleans would get the ball to start the overtime and used a 9-play, 48-yard drive that would use 4:52 of clock with Wil Lutz connecting on a 36 yard field goal with 5:08 left in the overtime.

The Chargers, needing to either tie things up with a field goal or a TD to win the contest, got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff at their 25-yard line. With some help from a roughing the passer penalty on the Saints, the Chargers would get as close as their own 44-yard line, where four Herbert passes fell incomplete and the Saints took the win. While the Chargers out-rushed the Saints 111-95, Brees threw for 325 yards and a TD, while Hebert threw for 264 yards and four TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest and was sacked twice, while Hebert was sacked three times). New Orleans was 5 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:01, while the Chargers held on to the pigskin for 30:42 and went 8 of 17 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The series? Tied 25-25, with the Saints outscoring Carolina 1,115-1,097. New Orleans swept the series last year, taking wins in the Big Easy and in the Tar Heel State (Carolina’s last win over the Saints came in 2018 in the Big Easy by a final of 33-14).

Their first meeting? Week 12 in the Big Easy and the two teams went at it back and forth and it would be Wil Lutz sending Saints fans home happy with a 34-31 win in the final seconds. Leading 17-15 at the intermission, the Saints would watch Carolina chip away at the lead, using a 4-yard TD run by Christian McCaffrey and a D.J. Moore TD pass from Allen to even things up before the Saints used an 11-play, 65-yard drive that used the remaining 1:56 of the contest with Lutz connecting on the 33-yard field goal try as time expired.

While Carolina out-rushed New Orleans 121-118, Brees burned the Panthers for 311 yards, while Allen threw for 256 yards (both men threw three TDs, Allen was sacked four times, while Brees was sacked twice and threw the contest’s only interception). Carolina was 5 of 13 on third down (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and they would rule the clock and held on to the ball for 31:33, while the Saints were 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the pigskin for 28:27, including the final 1:56 of the contest.

The Saints completed the series sweep in Charlotte, taking a 42-10 win in the season finale. New Orleans led 28-3 at the break and held Carolina in check in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans out-rushed Carolina 115-41 and Brees threw for 253 yards with three TDs, while Allen threw for 295 with an interception (Allen was sacked once, Brees did not have a sack or interception). New Orleans went 4 for 11 on third down and kept the ball for 35:40, while Carolina kept the pigskin for 24:20, going 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest in the Big Easy, the Saints were favored by 9 1/2 but won by three. Both teams did cover the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 65 points. New Orleans covered the 13-point spread in the week 17 finale, winning by 32 and both teams took covered the 46 over/under with 52 points. The Saints are favored by 7 1/2 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. The Saints are trying to repeat as NFC South champs, while the Panthers want to stop that train at the station. Carolina pulls off the upset, taking the win in the Big Easy but expect things to be closer than 7 1/2.

Buffalo (4-2) at New York Jets (0-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They met in week one in upstate New York. This time, Buffalo shuffles its way to upstate New Jersey to face off against the New York J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, who are searching for their first win. Both teams lost their contests in last week’s action.

Buffalo kept Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions close at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, before Kansas City pulled away and left upstate New York 26-17 winners last Monday. Trailing 13-10 at the intermission, Kansas City went on to outscore the Bills 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Kansas City out-rushed the Bills 245-84 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 161 yards in the make-up contest. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Travis Kelce with one sack, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 122 yards with a pair of TDs and the only interception in the contest.

The Chiefs were 9 of 14 on third down tries (the defending Super Bowl champs were perfect on fourth down in their only try) and they would lay claim to the ball for 37:45, while the Bills, who held on the pigskin for 22:15, went 4 of 9 on third down tries.

GangGreen would find themselves shutout in Miami 24-0 at Hard Rock Stadium last Sunday. The Dolphins scored all of their points unchecked, taking a 21-0 lead at the intermission. Even though the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! out-rushed Miami 115-110, Joe Flacco (taking over for Sam Darnold) threw for 186 yards with three sacks and an interception, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 191 yards and three TDs (Fitzpatrick was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions). Neither the Dolphins or Jets breached the 50 percent mark on third down (GangGreen was 2 of 17, 2 of 2 on fourth down; Miami was 1 of 9) and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:55 to Miami’s 28:05.

It’s a rematch from week one in upstate New York as the Bills circled the wagons in Orchard Park, taking a 27-17 win. Buffalo led 14-3 at the break, although GangGreen would outscore the Bills 14-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Allen led all rushers with 57 yards as the Bills out-rushed GangGreen 98-52, with Allen throwing for 312 yards and a pair of TDs, while Darnold threw for 215 yards and a TD toss to Jamison Crowder (both Allen and Darnold were sacked three times and Darnold threw the contest’s only interception). Buffalo was 7 of 14 on third down but struck gold on fourth down, going 1 of 1, keeping the ball hostage for 41:16, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! kept the pigskin for a mere 18:44, while going 4 for 11 on third down.

Buffalo’s 10-point win in the season opener in upstate New York allowed them to cover the 6 1/2-point spread and the 44 combined points easily covered the 39 over/under. Buffalo’s favored by 12 1/2 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 45. The 45? Makes a lot of sense. 12 1/2? That’s a little steep. Granted, GangGreen is bad but not 12 1/2 bad. Still, if nothing else, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! will throw everything at the Bills but Buffalo circles the wagon and takes the win on the road.

Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 705. They both have five wins under their belts. They’re both unbeaten and they meet at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Music City. Pittsburgh and Tennessee meet in the battle of unbeaten teams. Both took wins at home in their last contests.

Pittsburgh held Baker Mayfield and Cleveland to a second quarter TD by WR Richard Higgins as the Steelers took the Browns to task 38-7 last Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 24-7 at the intermission, then floored the gas as they would proceed to score their final 14 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. The Steelers held Cleveland to 75 yards of rushing, while tallying 129, with James Conner leading all rushers with 101 yards and a TD and Ben Roethlisberger threw for 162 yards and a TD, despite being sacked twice, while Baker Mayfield threw for 119 yards and the Higgins TD but was picked off twice and sacked four times. Cleveland was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down tries (the Browns were not much better on fourth down, going 0 of 3) and they would keep the ball for 25:54, while the Steelers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:06, going 5 of 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Tennessee rallied late from a 7-point deficit against Houston as the Titans needed overtime to take a 42-36 win over the Texans last Sunday. Tennessee led 21-10 at the intermission before the Texans would rally and lead 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation when Brandon Cooks and DeShaun Watson conected on a 1-yard TD toss (Houston went for two and did not make the conversion) before the home team rallied with four seconds left when Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown connected on a 7-yard TD toss to tie the contest at 36-36.

Tennessee would win the toss to start overtime and they made sure that the Texans would never see the ball again, as they used 6 plays, chewed up 82 yards of field and used 3:30 of clock with Derrick Henry sending Titans fans home happy with a 5-yard TD run, his second of the day.

Tennessee out-rushed Houston 263-92 and Henry led all rushers with 212 yards and the two scores (including the game-winner); Tannehill threw for 364 yards with an interception, while Watson threw for 335 yards (Tannehill threw the contest’s only interception; both men were sacked twice and both threw four TDs). Both clubs did well on third down conversions; Houston was 7 of 14 (the Texans were 3 of 3 on fourth down), while the Titans were 6 of 10 and time was the ally of the Titans, who held on to the ball for 31:50 to Houston’s 31:40.

Including games played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and games played at the Astrodome and Three Rivers Stadium, the Steelers lead series 43-31, Pittsburgh has outscored the Titans 1,546-1,294 and have won the last two meetings, including a 40-17 win in the Steel City in 2017, while Tennessee’s last win came at Heinz Field in 2013 by a final of 16-9. Tennessee’s favored by 1 in the Music City and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Since these two are unbeaten, it’s only fitting that this one becomes “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 61 last June and dates a 45-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?”)

In the end, one team’s staying unbeaten. The other? They’ll think about what might have been. Steelers roll on, cover the 1 with the win in the Music City and takes the win.

Dallas (2-4) at Washington (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Forget the records. These two teams don’t like each other. They’re not Facebook friends and don’t expect them to break bread anytime soon. Dallas and Washington, the NFC’s answer to the Hatfields and McCoys gets underway in Landover as the first-place Cowboys face off against Washington at FedEx Field. Both teams look to right their ships after losses last week.

A Washington rally in the Meadowlands fell short as the Giants broke their five-game losing streak at home in the Meadowlands, coming away 20-19 winners over Washington at Met Life Stadium last Sunday. The Giants took a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission before Washington chipped way and tied things up with 8:56 left in the contest on a 28-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Big Blue would reclaim the lead with 3:29 left when rookie LB Tae Crowder lived a lineman’s dream, recovering a fumble and returning the ball 42 yards for his first career NFL TD.

Washington made things a lot closer than Giants fans would have liked when they used a 10-play, 75 yard drive that used 2:53 of clock to pull themselves to within one when WR Cam Sims and QB Kyle Allen connected on a 22-yard TD toss. Washington then went for the two-point try in an effort to leave upstate New Jersey with the win but Allen’s pass failed. Washington then went for the onside kick, which the Giants successfully recovered and they would run out the clock to take the win.

New York outrushed Washington 132-86 and Doug Jones threw for 112 yards and a TD, leading all rushers in the contest with 74 yards (Jones was sacked once), while Allen threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs (including the toss to Sims; Jones was sacked once, Allen was sacked three times and both men threw an interception). The Giants were 7 of 11 on third down conversions at Met Life Stadium and held the ball for 26:30, while Washington ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:30, going 8 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

A Dallas team with Andy Dalton under center in place of Dak Prescott was taken to task last Monday night at AT&T Stadium by Arizona as the Cardinals came away 38-10 winners over the Cowboys. Dallas trailed the Desert Angry Birds led 21-3 at the break after a scoreless first quarter, then watched the Cardinals floored the gas, outscoring the Cowboys 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of play.

Dallas was out-rushed by Arizona 261-97 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading all rushers with 164 yards and a pair of TDs (Dallas was led by Ezekiel Elliott with 49 yards). Murray threw for 188 yards with a pair of TDs to Christian Kirk, while Dalton, making his first start in almost a year, threw for 266 yards with a TD toss to Amari Cooper (Dalton threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times, while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 26:23, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 33:37, going 6 of 15 on third down tries (both teams were successful on fourth down tries; Arizona was 1 of 1, Dallas went 3 of 3).

Including contests played in the Cotton Bowl, RFK Stadium and AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys lead the series 73-43-2, has outscored Washington 2,787-2,275 and won the last three meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s series. (Washington’s last win over the Cowboys? 2018 in Landover, when they left FedEx Field 20-17 winners.)

The first meeting? Landover in week two. After a scoreless first quarter, Dallas took a 14-7 lead with them to the half and left FedEx Field 31-21 winners. Elliott ran for 111 yards and a TD as the Cowboys out-rushed Washington 213-47. Prescott threw for 269 yards and three TDs (connecting with Jason Whitten and Amari Cooper on two of the tosses), while Case Keenum threw for 221 yards and a pair of TDs. (both QBs were sacked once and Prescott threw the contest’s only interception). Dallas was 7 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:22, while Washington, keeping the ball for 26:38, went 2 of 4 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Dallas made the series a clean sweep at AT&T Stadium in the week 17 season finale, coming away 47-16 winners. Dallas led 20-10 at the intermission in what would be Jason Garrett’s final game as Cowboys head coach, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes, outscoring Washington 27-6 in that period. Again, Elliott would lead all rushers, tallying 122 yards and a rushing TD (he also had a catch for a TD) as Dallas out-rushed Washington 223-88, while Prescott threw for 303 yards and four TDs (connecting with Michael Gallup on three of them) with Keenum throwing for 206 yards and a TD (Keenum was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Prescott was sacked three times). Dallas was 8 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and the Cowboys kept the ball for 34:15, while Washington closed out the season, going 1 of 12 and 0 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 25:45.

In the week two contest at Landover, Dallas was favored by 5 and covered, winning by 10 at FedEx Field and both teams took care of the 46 1/2 over/under with 52 points. Dallas’ 31-point win in the season finale at AT&T allowed them to cover the 11-point spread and both teams surpassed the 44 1/2 over/under, tallying 63 points. In this year’s first meeting, Washington’s favored by 1 with a 46 over/under. Both numbers make sense and both teams are chasing Philadelphia for the top spot in the NFC East. Dallas pulls off the upset in Landover, covering the 1.

Jacksonville (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4), 4:25 on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of struggling teams face off in southern California as Jacksonville makes the long trip down I-10 to face the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams lost in last week’s action.

Jacksonville watched Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions take a 36-16 win in the Sunshine State last Sunday. The Jaguars trailed 17-3 at the half, then Detroit tale control of things at TIAA Bank Stadium, outscoring the Jaguars 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of play. Jacksonville was held to 44 yards of rushing, while Detroit was tallying 180 of their own, with rookie RB DeAndre Swift leading everyone with 116 yards and a pair of TDs and teammate Adrian Peterson chipping with 40 yards and a TD of his own.

Stafford threw for 233 yards and a TD (Kenny Golloday led all recievers with 105 yards), while Gardner Minshew III threw for 243 and a TD (Minshew was sacked once, both Minshew and Stafford threw an interception in the contest). Detroit was 3 of 12 on third down tries in the Sunshine State (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:57, while the Jaguars were 24:03 in time of possession, going 7 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

A Chargers drive in overtime fell short as Los Angeles fell to New Orleans 30-27 in the Big Easy two weeks ago. New Orleans trailed 20-10 at the intermission before the Saints rallied in the fnal 30 minutes of regulation, tying things up with 52 seconds left when backup QB Taysom Hill scored on a 9-yard run. New Orleans would get the ball to start the overtime and used a 9-play, 48-yard drive that would use 4:52 of clock with Wil Lutz connecting on a 36 yard field goal with 5:08 left in the overtime.

The Chargers, needing to either tie things up with a field goal or a TD to win the contest, got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff at their 25-yard line. With some help from a roughing the passer penalty on the Saints, the Chargers would get as close as their own 44-yard line, where four Herbert passes fell incomplete and the Saints took the win. While the Chargers out-rushed the Saints 111-95, Brees threw for 325 yards and a TD, while Hebert threw for 264 yards and four TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest and was sacked twice, while Hebert was sacked three times). New Orleans was 5 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:01, while the Chargers held on to the pigskin for 30:42 and went 8 of 17 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down. The Chargers are favored by 8 and the over/under’s 49. Both numbers make sense. Chargers take this one on the West Coast but expect the Jaguars to make things closer than 8.

Kansas City (5-1) at Denver (2-3), 4:25 p.m, on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of AFC/AFL rivals meet in the Mile High City as the defending Super Bowl champs travel to Denver to face off against Denver. Both clubs were road winners in their contests last week.

Buffalo kept Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions close at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, before Kansas City pulled away and left upstate New York 26-17 winners last Monday. Trailing 13-10 at the intermission, Kansas City went on to outscore the Bills 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Kansas City out-rushed the Bills 245-84 with Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading all rushers with 161 yards in the make-up contest. Mahomes threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Travis Kelce with one sack, while Buffalo’s Josh Allen threw for 122 yards with a pair of TDs and the only interception in the contest.

The Chiefs were 9 of 14 on third down tries (the defending Super Bowl champs were perfect on fourth down in their only try) and they would lay claim to the ball for 37:45, while the Bills, who held on the pigskin for 22:15, went 4 of 9 on third down tries.

Denver used six Brian McManus field goals in Foxboro to take down Cam Newton and the New England 18-12 in Foxboro last Sunday. The Broncos led 12-3 at the intermission before the Patriots would pull themselves to within six with 3:23 left on a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

Denver out-rushed New England 135-117 with Broncos RB Patrick Lindsey leading the way with 101 yards (Newton led New England with 76 yards and had the contest’s only TD, scoring from a yard out). Denver went 4 of 14 on third down at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:30. As for New England, the Patriots were 27:30 in time of possession and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played when the Chiefs called Houston home and were known as the Texans and games were played at Swope Field and Mile High Stadium, the Chiefs lead the series 65-54, have outscored Denver 2,773-2,428 and have won the last nine meetings, including sweeping last year’s contests in the Show Me State and the Mile High City (Denver’s last win? 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-24).

Empower Field at Mile High was the site of the first meeting, a week seven Thursday night affair in the Mile High City and the Chiefs and Mahomes prevailed 30-6. Denver was held to a first-quarter TD by Royce Freeman and trailed 10-7 after one quarter of play. From that point, Kansas City would score the next 20 points of the contest unchallenged, leading 20-6 at the intermission.

Kansas City out-rushed Denver 80-71 with LeSean McCoy leading all rushers with 64 yards. Mahomes threw for 76 yards and TD before being pulled from the contest when the game was settled, while Joe Flacco threw for 213 yards with eight sacks, while Mahomes was untouched (neither man threw an interception). The Chiefs were 5 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 32:13, while Denver, keeping the pigskin for 27:47, went a dismal 1 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

The Chiefs completed the sweep of the series at Arrowhead in week 15 in a snowstorm and came away 23-3 winners. Holding the Broncos to a McManus field goal in the second quarter, the Chiefs led 15-3 at the half and scored eight third quarter points without a challenge. As was the case in the meeting in Denver, neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but the Chiefs managed to out-rush Denver 92-52 and Mahomes threw for 340 yards and a pair of TDs to Tyreek Hill, while Lock threw for 208 yards (Lock was sacked twice, Mahomes was sacked three times and each QB threw an interception). The Chiefs were 6 of 11 on third down tries in the Show-Me State and they would hold on to the ball for 33:33, while Denver would keep the pigskin for 26:27, going 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week seven Thursday contest in the Mile High City, Kansas City won by 24, allowing them to cover the 2-point spread but the 43 1/2 over/under was intact as the two clubs merged for 36 points. Kansas City was favored again in the week 15 rematch at Arrowhead, this time by 11 and the Chiefs didn’t disappoint the boys and girls in Vegas, covering with the 20-point win but the 47 over/under was intact, as the two clubs combined for 26 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 9 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 45. Chiefs may not cover the 9 1/2 but they’ll leave the Mile High City with the win.

San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Sourdough meets chowder as the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garroppolo met Cam Newton and the New England Patriots square off in Foxboro in a late afternoon affair Sunday at Gillette.

San Francisco held off the Los Angeles Rams 24-16 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday night. The 49ers led their NFC West and in-state rivals 21-6 at the intermission in wine country, then held off the Rams, who outscored them 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francisco out-rushed the Rams 122-113 and Garoppolo threw for 268 yards and three TDs (one to George Kittle), while Jarred Goff threw for 198 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man was sacked and Goff threw the contest’s only interception). San Francsico went 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 37:55, while the Rams kept the pigskin for 22:05, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver used six Brian McManus field goals in Foxboro to take down Cam Newton and the New England 18-12 in Foxboro last Sunday. The Broncos led 12-3 at the intermission before the Patriots would pull themselves to within six with 3:23 left on a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

Denver out-rushed New England 135-117 with Broncos RB Patrick Lindsey leading the way with 101 yards (Newton led New England with 76 yards and had the contest’s only TD, scoring from a yard out). Denver went 4 of 14 on third down at Gillette Stadium and held on to the ball for 32:30. As for New England, the Patriots were 27:30 in time of possession and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played when the Chiefs called Houston home and were known as the Texans and games were played at Swope Field and Mile High Stadium, the Chiefs lead the series 65-54, have outscored Denver 2,773-2,428 and have won the last nine meetings, including sweeping last year’s contests in the Show Me State and the Mile High City (Denver’s last win? 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 31-24).

San Francisco leads the series 8-5 and the 49ers have outscored New England 322-262. New England won the last meeting, as the Patriots left Levis’ Stadium 30-17 winners in 2016, while the 49ers last win over the Patriots came in 2012 in Foxboro by a final of 41-34. New England’s favored by 2 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This one might not be “Drill Worthy” but it’ll be entertaining. Pats bounce back and cover the 1 in Foxboro.

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (1-4), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Tampa Bay and Tom Brady travels to Sin City for a Sunday night meeting with the Silver and Black. The contest, scheduled for prime time, was moved to the late afternoon slot by the NFL.

Green Bay took a 10-0 lead against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, only to see that lead vanish as the Bucs scored 38 points unchallenged to take a 38-10 win at home. The Packers, knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens, led 10-0 before the wheels would come off the bus, as Tampa Bay CB Jamel Dean picked off Aaron Rodgers and returned it 32 yards for a TD. Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones II gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with a 2-yard TD run and from that point, things went from bad to worse for the Packers.

Jones ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bucs out-rushed Green Bay 158-94 in the late afternoon contest in the Sunshine State. Brady threw for 166 yards and a pair of TDs (one to favorite target TE Ron Gronkowski), while Rodgers threw for 160 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions. Neither club had a fourth down attempt in the contest; Green Bay on third down was 7 of 17, while the Bucs were 5 of 12 and the clock was the ally of Green Bay, who held the ball for 31:37 to Tampa Bay’s 28:23.

The Raiders return to play after their bye week and a 40-32 win at Kansas City two weeks ago. Breaking a 24-24 tie at the end of three quarters (it was 24-24 at the half), the Raiders scored 16 fourth quarter points unthreatened to take the road win. Las Vegas out-rushed the defending Super Bowl champs 144-80 with Raiders RB Josh Jacobs leading the way with 77 yards and a pair of TDs. Carr threw for 347 yards and three TDs in the Show-Me State, while Patrick Mahomes had 340 yards with TD to Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins (Mahomes was sacked three times, Carr was sacked once and each man threw an interception).

The Silver and Black lead the series 7-2 (including games played in Los Angeles) and have outscored Tampa Bay 279-182. The Raiders were 30-24 overtime winners in their last meeting, which took place in Tampa in 2016 in their last meeting, while Tampa Bay’s last win came in Oakland in 2012 by a final of 42-32. Tampa Bay’s favored by 3 1/2, according to the boys and girls in Vegas and they’ve given this one a 52 1/2 over/under. If for no other reason, this one might be an entertaining one to watch. Bucs cover the 3 1/2 in Sin City and takes the road win.

Seattle (5-0) at Arizona (4-2), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Russell Wilson vs. Kyler Murray. They meet again as a pair of NFC West contending teams meet in Glendale at State Farm Stadium. Both teams were winners in their last contests; Seattle coming off a bye, while Arizona beating Dallas in prime time Monday night.

Seattle returns from their bye week after their 27-26 win over Minnesota two Sundays ago at Century Link Field. Trailing 13-0 at the intermission in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Wilson and the Seahawks would go to work in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Vikings 27-13 in that time frame and took the lead for keeps with 15 seconds left when they would use a 13-play, 94-yard drive that would use 1:42 of clock and ended with Wilson connecting with D.K. Metcalf on a 6-yard TD toss with 15 seconds left in regulation.

In the contest that had four lead changes, Minnesota out-rushed Seattle 201-124 and Vikings RB Alexander Mattison led all rushers with 112 yards, while Wilson led Seattle with 58 yards. Wilson threw for 217 yards and three TDs (including the game-winner), while Kirk Cousins threw for 249 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Adam Thielen (Cousins was sacked three times, Wilson was sacked four and each threw an interception). Seattle was 0 for 7 on third down but found success on fourth down at 2 of 2 and the Seahawks kept the ball for 20:32, while the Vikings, who actually ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:28, went 6 of 14 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Arizona took a Dallas team with Andy Dalton under center in place of Dak Prescott to task last Monday night at AT&T Stadium and came away 38-10 winner over the Cowboys. The Desert Angry Birds led 21-3 at the break after a scoreless first quarter, then floored the gas, outscoring the Cowboys 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of play.

Dallas was out-rushed by Arizona 261-97 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading all rushers with 164 yards and a pair of TDs (Dallas was led by Ezekiel Elliott with 49 yards). Murray threw for 188 yards with a pair of TDs to Christian Kirk, while Dalton, making his first start in almost a year, threw for 266 yards with a TD toss to Amari Cooper (Dalton threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times, while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 7 of 13 on third down conversions in the Lone Star State and kept the ball for 26:23, while the Cowboys ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 33:37, going 6 of 15 on third down tries (both teams were successful on fourth down tries; Arizona was 1 of 1, Dallas went 3 of 3).

Seattle leads the series with the Desert Angry Birds 21-20-1 (including contests played in St. Louis and at the Kingdome) and Seattle has outscored Arizona 1,036-811. While the two clubs split last year’s contests, they were winners in the other team’s building.

They met in the desert in week four and Seattle came out of State Farm Stadium 27-10 winners. The Seahawks led 20-3 at the break and the two clubs stuck close to each other in the second half. Both clubs ran for 115 yards in the contest, with Carson leading the way with 104 yards. Wilson threw for 240 yards and a TD, while Murray threw for 241 yards (both men were sacked four times, with Murray throwing the game’s only interception). Seattle went 4 of 10 on third down and held the ball for 33:24, while the Desert Angry Birds, going 3 of 9 on third down, kept the pigskin for 26:36.

Arizona sought revenge in the rematch in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and they would get that revenge in week 16, taking a 27-13 win at Century Link Field. The Desert Angry Birds erased a 7-7 first quarter tie, scoring 10 second-quarter points unchallenged and then floored the gas, outscoring Seattle 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. This time, Arizona ran roughshod over Seattle, with the Desert Angry Birds out-rushing Seattle 253-91 and Drake would lead all rushers with 166 yards and a pair of TDs. Murray threw for 118 yards in the Pacifc Northwest, while Wilson threw for 169 yards (both men threw a TD pass without an interception, Wilson was sacked five times while Murray was sacked once). Arizona was 5 of 15 on third down conversions but struck gold in their only fourth down try (1 of 1) and the Desert Angry Birds ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:53, while Seattle kept the pigskin for 25:07, going a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Seattle was favored by 5 in the week four contest in the desert and they covered with their 17-point win. The 48 over/under? It was intact as the two clubs combined for only 37 points. In the week 16 contest in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, Seattle was again favored, this time by 9 1/2 points and the Desert Angry Birds covered, winning by 14 and the 49 1/2 over/under was safe and sound as the two teams would merge to tally 40 points. Seattle’s favored by 3 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 56. Arizona would love nothing more than to give Seattle their first loss. As for the Seahawks? They’re not exactly interested in losing this time around. Seattle covers the 3 1/2 and takes the road win against the Desert Angry Birds.

Chicago (5-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Nick Foles vs. Jared Goff. They meet in Inglewood on a Monday night as Da Bears face off against the Los Angeles Rams.

Da Bears held off a late Carolina rally at Bank of America Stadium fell short last Sunday as Chicago came away 23-16 winners at Charlotte. Carolina trailed 13-6 at halftime and would pull themselves to within 7 with 7:46 left in the contest on a 48-yard field goal by Jeff Slye. Carolina would get the ball back with 92 seconds left when Teddy Bridgewater’s first down pass attempt was picked off by Bears CB DeAndre Houston-Carson, ending the drive.

Carolina out-rushed Da Bears 112-63 and Bridgewater threw for 216 yards with four sacks and two interceptions (including the one that ended the Carolina rally), while Nick Foles threw for 198 yards with a TD toss to TE Cole Kmet (Foles threw an interception but was not sacked). Carolina was 3 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and the Panthers kept the ball for 31:06, while Chicago, who kept the ball for 28:54, went 7 of 14 on third down tries.

San Francisco held off the Rams 24-16 at Levis’ Stadium last Sunday night. The 49ers led their NFC West and in-state rivals 21-6 at the intermission in wine country, then held off the Rams, who outscored them 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. San Francisco out-rushed the Rams 122-113 and Garoppolo threw for 268 yards and three TDs (one to George Kittle), while Jarred Goff threw for 198 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man was sacked and Goff threw the contest’s only interception). San Francsico went 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down tries and kept the ball for 37:55, while the Rams kept the pigskin for 22:05, going 4 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests in Cleveland, Anaheim, St. Louis and games played at the corners of Waveland, Clark, Sheffield and Addison (Wrigley Field), Da Bears lead the series 53-36-3 and have outscored the Rams 2,123-1,846. The two teams have met the last two seasons and each team has taken wins at home; the Rams’ last win came in Los Angeles last year by a final of 17-7, while Da Bears were 15-6 winners in the Windy City the year before.

They met on the West Coast in week 11 at the Coliseum and the Rams led 10-0 at the half after the two teams were scoreless after the first quarter of play, using a 38-yard field goal by Greg Zeurlein and a 1-yard TD run by Todd Gurley. Chicago would end Los Angeles’ bid for a shut out in the third quarter when Mitchell Trubisky and Tarik Cohen connected on a 14-yard TD toss before Los Angeles restored order in the fourth quarter as RB Malcom Brown scored from 5 yards out.

Gurley led all rushers with 97 yards as the Rams out-rushed Chicago 110-74 and Goff threw for 173 yards and Trubisky threw for 190 yards and the TD toss (Goff and Trubisky each threw an interception, with Trubisky being sacked once). The Rams were 3 of 10 on third down and kept the ball for 27:16, while Da Bears actually ruled da clock, keeping the ball for 32:44, going 6 of 17 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Chicago on Monday night? 32-38 but Da Bears won their only Monday night contest last year, while the Rams are 28-33 and lost their only Monday contest last year. The Rams were 6 1/2 point favorites in the week 11 Sunday night contest on the West Coast and the Rams covered, winning by 10 but the 40 1/2 was safe and untouched as the two teams merged for only 24 points. Los Angeles is favored by 6 on the West Coast and the over/under’s 44 1/2. It’s possible that these two teams could very well meet in the post-season and their last two contests in the last two years have been nail-biters. Rams win this one in Cali but expect Da Bears to keep it closer than the 6.

To call week four crazy is an understatement.

Stephen King could not have written a better screenplay.

3 teams (Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Denver) picked up their first wins.

4 teams remain unbeaten (Seattle, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Buffalo)

4 teams are still looking for that first win (New York Jets, New York Giants, Houston and Atlanta)

And then there were two games that were interupted by the COVID 19 virus. New England-Kansas City and Pittsubrgh-Tennessee were slated to play Sunday but had those plans altered by the virus. The Patriots-Chiefs game moved to Monday night, while the Steelers-Titans will play on October 25th. As for this week, Denver and New England, who would have played Monday night in Foxboro, had their plans changed thanks to the virus and that game was postponed and will be made up at a later date and time, according to league sources. Buffalo and Tennessee would find themselves moved to Tuesday night in prime time in Nashville and even that contest is in question.

To say the 2020 NFL regular season has been strange has been an understatement. At least the murder hornets haven’t suited up yet.

Welcome to week five.

Hope thrives in the NFL.

Just ask any of the teams that have erased leads of at least 16 points and won a game in 2020: Dallas, Tampa Bay, Washington or Chicago, who’ve actually done it twice. This year is the first in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points and won in each of the first four weeks of the season in NFL history.

And while comebacks in games are frequent of late, comebacks in seasons the year after missing the playoffs are common as well.

Six teams that missed the 2019 playoffs have started this season with three wins: Chicago (3-1), Cleveland (3-1),Indianapolis (3-1), Los Angeles Rams (3-1), Pittsburgh (3-0) and Tampa Bay (3-1). Since 1990, at least four teams each season have qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason the year before.

Only five rookie head coaches since 2009 have guided their teams to a season-opening record of 4-1 or better. Browns head coach KEVIN STEFANSKI can join that group with a win this week.

The last five rookie head coaches to open their careers 4-1 or better:

COACH, TEAM (YEAR, RECORD)
Matt LaFleur, Green Bay (2019, 13-3)*
Dan Quinn, ATLANTA (2015, 8-8)
Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco (2011, 13-3)*
Jim Caldwell, Indianapolis (2009, 14-2)+
Josh McDaniels, Denver (2009, 8-8)

+Won division and advanced to Super Bowl
*Won division and advanced to conference championship

Green Bay (4-0), who has already this year had opened 3-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1965-66, are off to their best start in five years. Head coach Matt LaFleur has started his career 17-3 (.850), tied for the second-most wins in NFL annals over a coach’s first 20 regular-season games.

The head coaches with the most wins over their first 20 regular-season games in NFL history:

COACH, TEAM (YEARS, WINS)
George Seifert, San Francisco (1989-90, 18)
Matt LaFleur, Green Bay (2019-20, 17)
Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns (1950-51, 17) HOF
Dick Rauch, Pottsville Maroons (1925-26, 17)
Guy Chamberlin, Canton Bulldogs (1922-23, 17) HOF

The Packers and Browns, who with a win over the Colts would have their best season-opening stretch since beginning the 1994 season 6-1, are two of several clubs off to notable starts in 2020.

Kansas City (4-0) is the first team in NFL history to start 4-0 in four consecutive seasons (2017-20). Seattle (4-0) has been 4-0 only twice in franchise history, this year and their Super Bowl XLVIII championship season of 2013. The Seahawks can improve to 5-0 for the first time ever when they host Minnesota Sunday night.

Buffalo (4-0) with a win against Tennessee at Nissan Stadium Sunday, can mark their best start in 29 years, since opening the 1991 season 5-0 en route to a Super Bowl XXVI appearance.

Pittsburgh (3-0), who hosts Philadelphia on Sunday at Heinz Field, has an opportunity for just their third 4-0 start in franchise history and first since 1979, when they won Super Bowl XIV.

The 10 teams this month bidding for their best starts in at least five years:

TEAM, RECORD (BIDS FOR BEST START SINCE…)
Baltimore, 3-1 (Team opened 4-1 in 2012)
Buffalo, 4-0 (Team opened 5-0 in 1991; also 5-0 in 1980; best franchise start was 9-0 in 1964)
Chicago, 3-1 (Team opened 4-1 in 2012; Bears won 7 of first 8 that year)
Cleveland, 3-1 (Team opened 4-1 in 1994; Browns won 6 of first 7 that year)
Green Bay, 4-0 (Team opened 6-0 in 2015; team has bye in Week 5)
Indianapolis, 3-1 (Team opened 4-1 in 2013)
Pittsburgh, 3-0 (Team opened 4-0 in 1979 ;also 4-0 in 1973; best franchise start was 7-0 in 1978)
Seattle, 4-0 (franchise has never been 5-0; team has opened 4-0 twice, 2013 and 2020)
Tampa Bay, 3-1 (Team opened 4-1 in 2005)
Tennessee, 3-0 (Team opened 4-0 in 2008; franchise has opened 4-0 once, in 2008 and never been 5-0)

BILLS, TITANS RENEW MUSIC CITY RIVALRY: Tennessee (3-0) hosts Buffalo (4-0) on Tuesday in an AFC battle of first-place teams. The Titans, who are 10-3 over their last 13 games including postseason, have a plus-five turnover ratio, tied for second in the NFL. Titans running back DERRICK HENRY enters the week ranked fourth in the NFL with 319 rushing yards. Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN ranks second in the NFL in passing yards (1,326) and third in passer rating (122.7) and touchdown passes (12). The Titans also are in a 34-day stretch between road games.

BREES MEETS FORMER CLUB: New Orleans and the Los Angeles Chargers, who square off at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Monday night, have a unique history. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who currently holds the league’s all-time marks in passing yards (78,422) and touchdown passes (555), started his career with the Chargers. In five years with the Chargers (2001-05), Brees threw for 12,348 yards and 80 touchdowns.

On Monday Night Football, Brees ranks third all-time in both career passing yards (7,868) and passing touchdowns (57). Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (9,654 passing yards, 74 touchdowns) and Brett Farve (9,068 passing yards, 69 touchdowns) rank first and second, respectively, in both categories.

The 32nd-overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft, Brees was actually a second-round choice one year before the expansion Houston Texans first took the field as the league’s 32nd franchise.

The first player the Chargers selected that day, RB LaDanian Tomlinson, is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tomlinson so far is one of two Hall of Famers from that 2001 draft, in addition to Steve Hutchinson, selected by the Seahawks at number 17 overall.

Former Chargers general manager John Butler that year acquired the selections used to draft Tomlinson and Brees by trading away the number 1 overall choice to Atlanta. The Falcons then drafted Michael Vick.

PENNSYLVANIA PROMINENCE: Philadelphia crosses the Keystone Sttate to meet Pittsburgh on Sunday in a battle of the top pass-rushing defenses so far in 2020. Philadelphia leads the NFL with 17 sacks while the Steelers rank second with 15.

It’s the 79th installment in a venerable series between franchises that once merged to form one team. In 1943, with the nation in the middle of World War II and many players and coaches serving their country, the “Steagles” went 5-4-1 in the NFL’s Eastern Division.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has 36 enshrined individuals who are Pennsylvania natives. Additionally, 35 Pro Football Hall of Famers attended high school in the state, including quarterbacks George Blanda, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas.

This season, Kickoff Weekend rosters included 60 players that graduated from Pennsylvania high schools, including running backs from both teams in Sunday’s game, Pittsburgh’s James Conner and Philadelphia’s Miles Sanders.

QUARTERBACK COMPARISON: Two of those Pennsylvania quarterbacks, Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Joe Montana, once met as young stars in Super Bowl XIX, when the 49ers defeated the Dolphins, 38-16. Miami and San Francisco meet again Sunday at Levi’s Stadium). And as they were when Marino and Montana were dominating the NFL, young quarterbacks across the league have been outstanding in 2020.

This season, of the 13 quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100 or better, six are 25 years old or younger: the Bills’ Josh Allen, the Rams’ Jarred Goff, the Chargers’ Justin Herbert, the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahones and the Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew.

Through four weeks, quarterbacks age 25 or younger have a combined 56 starts. And in those 56 starts, those young quarterbacks have won 24 times.

Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow passed for 300 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 92.4 rating in the Bengals’ 33-25 win over Jacksonville in Week 4, his first career victory. Burrow, who passed for 316 yards in Week 2 and 312 yards in Week 3, is the first rookie quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games in NFL history.

Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for 290 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 137.9 rating in Week 4 against Tampa Bay. Herbert, who threw touchdown passes of 72 and 53 yards, is the first rookie quarterback with two touchdown passes of at least 50 yards since DeShaun Watson (Week 8, 2017). Herbert has 931 passing yards this season, the second-most passing yards by a rookie quarterback in his first three career starts in NFL history. Only Cam Newton (1,012 in 2011) had more.

DEFENSES ON THE DEFENSIVE: NFL teams have combined to score 371 total touchdowns, 359 offensive touchdowns (passing and rushing combined) and 3,233 total points, all the most in NFL history through Week 4.

Despite those figures, five teams – Indianapolis (14.0), Kansas City (17.5), San Francisco (17.8), Baltimore (18.3) and Pittsburgh (19.3) – remarkably are holding opponents under 20 points per game.

There has been an average of 51.3 points per game scored (both teams combined), the highest total through Week 4 since 1970.

MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST FOUR WEEKS, NFL HISTORY
2020 – 371
2018 – 344
2015 – 332
2012 – 327
2019 and 2013 – 324

MOST OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS IN FIRST FOUR WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – OFFENSIVE TDs
2020 – 359
2018 – 325
2019 – 304
2015 – 301
2016 – 298

MOST TOTAL POINTS IN FIRST FOUR WEEKS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2020 – 3,233
2018 – 3,030
2012 – 2,986
2011 – 2,916
2015 – 2,914

MOST POINTS SCORED PER GAME (BOTH TEAMS) IN FIRST FOUR WEEKS, SINCE 1970

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2020 – 51.3
2018 – 48.1
2012 – 47.4
2015 – 46.3
2014 – 46.2

Green Bay (152 points) leads the NFL in total points scored through the first four weeks, followed by Seattle (142), Dallas (126), Cleveland (124), Buffalo (123) and New Orleans (123). Through the first four weeks, eight teams are averaging at least 30 points per game, the most teams in a single season through Week 4.

THE TEAMS AVERAGING 30+ POINTS PER GAME IN 2020
Green Bay – 38.0
Seattle – 35.5
Dallas – 31.5
Cleveland – 31.0
Buffalo – 30.8
New Orleans – 30.8
Baltimore – 30.5
Tampa Bay – 30.0

SEASONS WITH THE MOST TEAMS AVERAGING 30+ POINTS THROUGH WEEK 4, NFL HISTORY

TEAMS – POINTS PER GAME
SEASON – TEAMS
2020 – 8
2002 – 6
1968 – 6
Many tied – 5

SEVEN FROM LAST SUNDAY: Here is a look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 4, the fourth week of the 2020 season.

Tampa Bay overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4. 2020 is the first season in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points and won in each of the first four weeks of the season in NFL history. Additionally, New Orleans overcame a 14-point deficit to win at Detroit on Sunday.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 360 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a 112.4 rating in the Seahawks’ 31-23 win at Miami in Week 4. Seattle advanced to 4-0 for the first time since 2013, when they went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson has 16 touchdown passes through the first four games of the 2020 season, tied with Peyton Manning (16 touchdown passes in 2013) for the most by a player in his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for a career-high 502 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 112.9 rating in Week 4 against Cleveland. Prescott, who passed for 450 yards in Week 2 and 472 yards in Week 3, is the first player with at least 450 passing yards in three consecutive games in NFL history.

Prescott has 1,690 passing yards in 2020 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (1,557 passing yards in 2000) for the most passing yards by a player in his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for 369 yards with five touchdowns and one interception for a 117.0 rating in the Buccaneers’ 38-31 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4. Brady became the third quarterback in NFL history with 30 career games of at least four touchdown passes, joining Drew Brees (36) and Peyton Manning (35).

Week 4 marked Brady’s seventh career game with at least five touchdown passes, the third-most such games in league annals, trailing only Drew Brees (11) and Peyton Manning (nine). Brady now has 93 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tied with Peyton Manning (93) for the second-most in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (121) has more.

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen passed for 288 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 115.8 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 30-23 win at Las Vegas. The Bills advanced to 4-0 for the first time since 2008.

Allen, who had two touchdown passes with one rushing touchdown in Week 1 and four touchdown passes with one rushing touchdown in Week 3, joins Steve Grogan (1976) as the only quarterbacks with at least two touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in three of his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history. Allen recorded his 20th career rushing touchdown in his 32nd game on Sunday, becoming the second-fastest quarterback to reach 20 career rushing touchdowns in NFL history. Only Cam Newton (27 games) reached the mark faster.

Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow passed for 300 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 92.4 rating in the Bengals’ 33-25 win over Jacksonville in Week 4, his first career victory. Burrow, who passed for 316 yards in Week 2 and 312 yards in Week 3, is the first rookie quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games in NFL history.

Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert passed for 290 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 137.9 rating in Week 4 against Tampa Bay. Herbert, who threw touchdown passes of 72 and 53 yards, is the first rookie quarterback with two touchdown passes of at least 50 yards since Deshaun Watson (Week 8, 2017).

Herbert has 931 passing yards this season, the second-most passing yards by a rookie quarterback in his first three career starts in NFL history. Only Cam Newton (1,012 in 2011) had more.

Cleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. recorded 154 scrimmage yards (81 receiving, 73 rushing) and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in the Browns’ 49-38 win at Dallas in Week 4. Beckham is the fourth wide receiver with two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game since 2000, joining David Patten (Week 6, 2001), Javon Walker (Week 9, 2006) and Mike Williams (Week 15, 2018).

Browns running back Kareem Hunt rushed for two touchdowns in the Week 4 victory. Hunt (five touchdowns) and Cleveland running back Nick Chubb (four touchdowns) are the third set of running-back teammates each with at least four scrimmage touchdowns through their team’s first four games of a season in the Super Bowl era, joining Cincinnati’s James Brooks and Larry Kinnebrew (1985) and Buffalo’s Jim Braxton and Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson (1975).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK FIVE

RECORD-SETTING SCORING, CLOSE GAMES & COMEBACKS: Through Week 4, league-wide scoring continues to trend at a historic rate, as the totals for touchdowns (371) and points scored (3,233) are both the most in NFL history through the first four weeks of a season.

Eight teams are averaging at least 30 points per game, the most ever in a single season through Week 4, and the 51.3 total points per game scored (both teams combined) is the highest total through the first four weeks of a season since 1970.

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2020 – 371
2018 – 344

SEASON – POINTS SCORED
2020 – 3,233
2018 – 3,030

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS PER GAME
2020 – 51.3
2018 – 48.1

While scoring has been up across the league, the games have remained as competitive as ever and are proving that teams are truly never out of a game.

This season, 45 games have been within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in league history through Week 4.

There have been 21 games in which teams have come back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, tied for the second-most through Week 4 in NFL history.

This is the first season in which at least one team has overcome a deficit of 16-or-more points and won in each of the first four weeks of the season in NFL history.

GREEN MACHINES: Green Bay and Seattle are each 4-0 and have scored at least 30 points in each of their first four games of the 2020 season. Seattle hosts Minnesota Sunday night in Week 5, while Green Bay has a bye.

With at least 30 points against the Vikings, the Seahawks would become the sixth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history. Four of the previous five teams to accomplish the feat advanced to the Super Bowl.​

The teams with the most consecutive games of at least 30 points to start a season in NFL history:

TEAM – SEASON (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 30+ POINTS TO START SEASON)
Denver – 2013 (8)#
New England – 2007 (8)#
St. Louis Rams – 2000 (8)
Los Angeles Rams – 2018 (5)#
New England – 2011 (5)#
Green Bay – 2020 (4)^*
Seattle – 2020 (4)*
*Active streak
^Bye in Week 5

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DAK DROPPING DIMES: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott leads the league with 1,690 pass yards this season, the most passing yards by a player in his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history. Prescott – who passed for 450 yards in Week 3, 472 yards in Week 4 and a career-high 502 yards in Week 4 – is the first player in NFL history with at least 450 passing yards in three consecutive games.

With another performance of at least 400 passing yards this season, Prescott – who faces the New York Giants in Week 5 – can become the fourth quarterback with four games of at least 400 passing yards in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 400 passing yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay (2018 – 4)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 4)
Dan Marino, Miami (1984 -4) HOF
Dak Prescott, Dallas (2020 – 3)

Prescott, who has seven career games with at least 400 passing yards, can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (seven games) for the most games with at least 400 passing yards in a player’s first five seasons in league annals.

MAHOMES MAGIC: In 35 career starts, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes has averaged 301.3 passing yards per game, including 19 career games with at least 300 passing yards. Mahomes has reached 300 passing yards twice this season (302 yards in Week 2 and 385 yards in Week 3).

With at least 300 passing yards on Sunday against Las Vegas, Mahomes can become the fourth quarterback with 20 games of at least 300 passing yards in his first four seasons in league annals.

The players with the most games with at least 300 passing yards in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM – GAMES
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams – 26 (HOF)
Dan Marino, Miami – 22 (HOF)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis – 21
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams – 19
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City – 19*
*in fourth season

MVP VS. NO. 1: Last season, at 22 years, 358 days old, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson became the youngest quarterback to win league MVP. In 2020, Jackson has eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing), a 111.3 passer rating and ranks second among quarterbacks with 235 rushing yards.

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow, the number 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, ranks second in the NFL with 116 completions this season and became the first rookie quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games in league annals.

The two AFC North quarterbacks will meet for the first time when the Ravens host the Bengals on Sunday. It will mark the fifth instance in NFL history in which the reigning league MVP and the most recent number 1 overall pick meet as starting quarterbacks. The reigning MVP has won three of the previous four meetings.

The games featuring the reigning league MVP and most recent number 1 overall pick as starting quarterbacks in NFL history:

MVP (TEAM) vs. NO. 1 OVERALL PICK (TEAM) – DATE OF GAME (RESULT)
Lamar Jackson (Baltimore) vs. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati) – October 11, 2020 (???)
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) vs. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) – October 7, 2012 (INDIANAPOLIS 30, GREEN BAY 27)
Peyton Manning (Indianapolis) vs. Alex Smith (San Francisco) – October 9, 2005 (INDIANAPOLIS 28, SAN FRANCSICO 3)
Ken Stabler (Oakland) vs. Steve Bartkowski (ATLANTA) – November 30, 1975 (OAKLAND 37, ATLANTA 34)+
John Brodie (San Francisco) vs. Jim Plunkett (New England) – October 31, 1971 (SAN FRANCISCO 27, NEW ENGLAND 10)

  • Stabler is in the Hall of Fame

80 FOR ODELL: In 79 career games, Cleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has recorded 480 receptions for 6,747 yards and 51 touchdowns.

With at least 38 receiving yards against Indianapolis, Beckham would surpass Torry Holt (6,784 receiving yards) for the third-most receiving yards by a player in his first 80 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in their first 80 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RECEIVING YARDS)
Lance AlworthH – San Diego Chargers (7,854) OF
Julio Jones – ATLANTA (7,676)
Torry Holt – St. Louis Rams (6,784)
Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants and Cleveland (6,747)*
*in 79 career games

With three receptions on Sunday, Beckham would surpass Keenan Allen (482 receptions) for the third-most receptions yards by a player in his first 80 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 80 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RECEPTIONS)
Anquan Boldin – Arizona (502)
Julio Jones – ATLANTA (501)
Keenan Allen – San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (482)
Jarvis Landry – Miami and Cleveland (481)
Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants and Cleveland (480)*
*in 79 career games

RIDICULOUS ROOKIE RECEIVERS: Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson leads all rookies with 348 receiving yards this season, including at least 100 receiving yards in each of the past two weeks.

With at least 100 receiving yards against Seattle Sunday night, Jefferson can become the second player with at least 100 receiving yards in three of his first five career games in the Super Bowl era, joining Byron Williams (1983).

Dallas wide receiver Ceedee Lamb leads all rookie with 21 receptions this season and has had at least five receptions in each of his first four games.

With at least five receptions on Sunday against the New York Giants, Lamb can become the second player with at least five receptions in each of his first five career games in NFL history, joining Terry Glenn (1996).

ALVIN & THE TOUCHDOWNS: In 49 career games, New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara has recorded 5,033 scrimmage yards and 44 scrimmage touchdowns, including 16 career games with at least two touchdowns.

With at least two touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers Monday night, Kamara can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen (16 games) and Steve Van Buren (16), as well as Chuck Foreman (16) for the second-most games with at least two touchdowns in their first 50 career games in NFL history. Only Larry Johnson (18 games) had more.

The players with the most games with at least two touchdowns in their first 50 career games in NFL history:​

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES)
Larry Johnson, Kansas City (18)
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (16)HOF
Chuck Foreman, Minnesota (16)
Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia (16)HOF
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (16)*
*in 49 career games

HERE’S TO YOU, MR. ROBINSON: Jacksonville running back James Robinson leads all rookies with 446 scrimmage yards this season, while recording at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of the last three games.

With at least 90 scrimmage yards on Sunday at Houston, Robinson will become the sixth player with at least 90 scrimmage yards in each of his first five career games in NFL history. He would become the first undrafted player to accomplish the feat.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 90 scrimmage yards to begin a career in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (2018 – 13)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 11)HOF
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 7)
Glenn Davis, Los Angeles Rams (1950 – 5)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 5)
James Robinson, Jacksonville (2020 – 4)*
*Active streak

GARRETT GAME-CHANGER: Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett ties for the NFL lead in sacks (five) and forced fumbles (three) this season. In each of his last three games, Garrett has recorded both a sack and forced fumble.

With a sack and forced fumble on Sunday against Indianapolis, Garrett will become the fourth player to record a sack and forced fumble in four consecutive games since 2000. Each of the previous three players to accomplish the feat have gone on to lead their respective team in sacks on the way to the postseason.

The players with the most consecutive games with at a sack and forced fumble since 2000:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Khalil Mack, Chicago (2018 – 4)
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis (2005 – 4)
Simeon Rice, Tampa Bay (2002 – 4)
Myles Garrett, Cleveland (2020 – 3)*
*Active streak

Week five got underway in the Windy City as Nick Foles and Da Bears held off a late Tom Brady rally at Soldier Field in a Super Bowl QB rematch Thursday night and ends tenatively Tuesday night in Nashville as Buffalo takes on Tennessee at Nissan Stadium. Pittsburgh and Tennessee return from their unplanned bye week, while Detroit and Green Bay have their scheduled week off, with Denver and New England taking byes as well after the postponment of their Monday night contest in Foxboro. As for last week, it was a decent week, as we went 9-6 and for the season, that puts us at 40-23. Because we have more chaos schedule-wise, we’re going to make every game this weekend “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 61 last June and dates a 45-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?”)

With that, there’s stil a lot of football left to play. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week five.

Carolina (2-2) at ATLANTA (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. They’re separated by 245 miles along I-85 and they meet in the Big Peach as NFC South rivals Carolina and Atlanta meet. Teddy Bridgewater and Carolina, sitting in second in the NFC South, travels to Atlanta face off against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, who are still in search of their first win.

Bridgewater and the Panthers took care of Arizona 31-21 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte last Sunday. After scoring the first 14 points of the contest in the first quarter unchallenged, Carolina led 21-7 at the intermission, even though they were outscored by the Desert Angry Birds 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. Carolina outrushed Arizona 168-129 with Panthers RB Mike Davis as the leading rusher with 84 yards and a TD, while Kyler Murray led Arizona with 78 yards. Bridgewater threw for 276 yards and a pair of TD passes along with a rushing TD, while Murray threw for 133 yards and three TDs (Bridgewater threw an interception but was not sacked, while Murray was sacked once without being picked off). Carolina went 7 of 11 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:08, while Arizona, keeping the pigskin for 22:52, went 3 for 9 on third down.

The Falcons dropped their fourth contest in as many tries in the 2020 campaign, as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 30-16 at Lambeau Field last Monday night. Green Bay led from start to finish in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, taking a 20-3 lead with them to the break. Atlanta was out-rushed by Green Bay 88-78 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading the way with 71 yards, while Todd Gurley led Atlanta with 57 yards and a pair of TDs. Ryan threw for 285 yards but found himself being sacked four times, while Rodgers threw for 327 yards and four TDs (connecting with TE Robert Tonyan on three of the passes) without an interception (Rodgers was sacked once). Atlanta went 3 of 12 on third down tries at Lambeau (the Falcons were 2 of 4 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:22, while the Packers, who held on to the pigskin for 29:38, went 6 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Atlanta leads the series 32-18, the Falcons have outscored Carolna 1,097-966 and have won the last five meetings, including sweeping last year’s series (Carolina’s last win over Atlanta came in 2017 in Charlotte by a final of 20-17).

Meeting number one… week 11 at Bank of America Stadium in the Tar Heel State and the Falcons held Carolina to a Joey Slye field goal late in the game to leave Charlotte 29-3 winners. Atlanta scored the first 26 points of the game unchallenged, taking a 20-0 lead with them to the break.

Carolina did manage to out-rush Atlanta 77-54 and Kyle Allen threw for 325 yards but was sacked five times and threw four interceptions, while Ryan threw for 311 yards and a TD to Calvin Ridley, while he was sacked four times but did not turn the ball over (Ridley had eight cathches for 143 yards, with Falcons teammate Julio Jones chipping in with 91 yards, while Carolina was paced by Colin McCaffery with 121 yards on 11 catches). Atlanta went 6 of 14 on third down (the Falcons were successful in their only fourth down try of the afternoon) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:26, while the Panthers, holding on to the pigskin for 28:34, went 2 of 14 on third down, 3 for 5 on fourth down.

The two clubs met in the Big Peach in week 14 and the Falcons made the sweep of the series a reality, taking a 40-20 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The home fans watched Atlanta take a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring Carolina 27-10 in the final 30 minutes of action. This time, it would be Atlanta’s turn to out-rush Carolina, tallying 159 yards on the ground, while the Panthers had 100 yards of rushing. Ryan threw for 313 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Ridley, the other to Olamide Zaccheaus) with one sack but no interceptions, while Allen threw for 293 yards and TD but was sacked five times and picked off twice. Neither club had a fourth down try in the contest and the Panthers were 3 of 10 on third down, while the Falcons were 5 of 12. Atlanta once again ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 31:45, while the Panthers kept it for 28:15.

In the week 11 contest in Charlotte, the Panthers were favored by 5 1/2 but Atlanta’s win by 26 allowed them to cover the spread. Both teams missed the 49 1/2 over/under, as they only could muster 35 points. In the week 14 affair in the Big Peach, the boys and girls in Vegas liked the Falcons and favored them by only 2 points. Atlanta not only prevailed in that contest, they covered as they would win by 20 and the two teams merged for 60 points, easily covering the 48 over/under. Atlanta’s favored by 2 in the Big Peach and the over/under’s 54. Carolina’s looking to end their losing streak against Atlanta, while the Falcons and Ryan look to end their losing streak. Falcons RISE UP in the Big Peach and picks up their first win of the season, covering the 2.

Cincinnati (1-2-1) at Baltimore (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in Charm City as Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens host Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams took wins in last week’s play.

Cincinnati picked up their first win of the 2020 season at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday, holding off Garner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-25. The Bengals trailed 13-10 at the intermission, then proceeded to outscore the Jaguars 23-12 in the last 30 minutes of play, scoring 17 points in the third quarter unchallenged. Bengals RB Joe Mixon led the way for all rushers with 151 yards and a pair of TDs as Cincinnati out-rushed Jacksonville 205-89 and Burrow threw for 300 yards and a TD to Mixon, while Minshew threw for 351 yards and a pair of TDs to WR D.J. Chark, Jr. (both Burrow and Minshew threw an interception; Burrow was sacked once, while Minshew was sackced three times). Both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down tries; on third down conversions, Jacksonville was 2 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:49, while the Bengals, keeping the ball for 33:11, went 4 of 11 on third down.

Baltimore returns to Charm City with a 31-17 win over Washington under their belts at FedEX Field. The Ravens led 21-10 at the break and never looked back in the win over their next-door neighbors. Baltimore out-rushed Washington 144-69 at Landover and Jackson (193 yards, sack, interception) led the Ravens with 53 yards rushing and had a rushing TD of his own, while throwing a pair of TD passes to TE Mack Andrews. Washington’s Dwayne Haskins threw for 314 yards without a TD or sack but did not throw an interception. Baltimore went 5 of 11 on third down (the Ravens were perfect on fourth down, going 2 of 2) and kept the ball for 29:22, while Washington actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:38, went 4 of 13 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The Ravens hold a 25-23 lead in the series, have outscored Cinicinnati 1,061-899 and have won the last three meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cincinnati’s last win over the Ravens came in 2018 when they were 34-23 winners along the shores of the Ohio River).

Round one… week six in Charm City at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore, leading 17-10 at the half, held on to take the 23-17 win. The Bengals came to within seven with 1:28 left in the contest when Andy Dalton scored on a 2-yard run but did not recover the onside kick, allowing the Ravens to run out the clock and take the win. Jackson led all rushers with 152 yards and a TD as the Ravens, rushing for 269 yards (Mark Ingram chipped in with 52 yards and a TD), would hold the Bengals to 33 yards rushing and pick off Dalton (235 yards, two sacks) once, with Jackson throwing for 236 yards with a sack but no interceptions. The Bengals were 5 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 20:18, while the Ravens were rulers of the clock, keeping toe pigskin for 39:42, going 9 of 15 on third down (neither team had a fourth down try).

Baltimore made it a sweep along the shores of the Ohio River in week 10 at Paul Brown Stadium as the Ravens manhandled the Bengals 49-13. Baltimore took a 28-10 lead with them to the break before flooring the gas in the second half, outscoring Cincinnati 21-3 in the last 30 minutes of play. The Bengals did manage to outrush Baltimore 157-136 with Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon leading the way with 114 yards, while Jackson, throwing for 223 yards and three TDs (two to Mark Andrews), ran for 65 yards for Baltimore. Ryan Finley, who took over for Dalton, threw for 167 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and threw an interception (Jackson was not sacked and did not throw an interception). Baltimore was 4 of 6 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 23:49, while the Bengals ruled the clock and played keep-away with the pigskin for 36:11, while going 7 of 14 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth downs.

The odds-makers in Vegas liked the Ravens as 11-point favorites in the week six contest in Charm City and the Ravens came away covering with the 14-point win. However, both teams missed the 48 over/under, tallying only 40 points. Baltimore in the week 10 rematch along the shores of the Ohio River was favored by 9 1/2 and covered that, winning by 36 points. This time, the two teams covered the 45 1/2 over/under with 62 points. The Ravens find themselves being favored as 12-point favorites with a 51 over/under. We can live with the over/under, it’s the 12 that keeps us up at night. Cincinnati’s not 12 points bad and they’ll make it closer than the 12 but the Ravens prevail in Charm City with the win.

Jacksonville (1-3) at Houston (0-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC South rivals, trying to stay out of the cellar in the division, meet in the Lone Star State as DeShaun Watson, J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans host Garner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both look to right their ships after losses last week.

Jacksonville watched Joe Burrow and Cincinnati pick up their first win of the 2020 season at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday, holding off Garner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-25. Jacksonville led 13-10 at the intermission, then watched that lead get away from them as the Bengals proceeded to outscore the Jaguars 23-12 in the last 30 minutes of play, scoring 17 points in the third quarter unchallenged.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon led the way for all rushers with 151 yards and a pair of TDs as Cincinnati out-rushed Jacksonville 205-89 and Burrow threw for 300 yards and a TD to Mixon, while Minshew threw for 351 yards and a pair of TDs to WR D.J. Chark, Jr. (both Burrow and Minshew threw an interception; Burrow was sacked once, while Minshew was sackced three times). Both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down tries; on third down conversions, Jacksonville was 2 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:49, while the Bengals, keeping the ball for 33:11, went 4 of 11 on third down.

Houston enters the contest with a new coach on the sideline as head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien was relieved of his duties Monday after their loss to Minnesota last Sunday and replaced with Romeo Crennel on an interim basis. The Texans also look to pick up their first win of the 2020 season after they were taken to task by Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings 31-23 last Sunday at NRG Stadium. Houston trailed 17-7 at the break but managed to keep the contest close, outscoring the Vikings 17-14 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Minnesota’s Delvin Cook led all rushers with 130 yards and a pair of TDs as his team out-rushed Houston 162-96 and Cousins threw for 260 yards and a TD toss to Adam Thielen, while Watson threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs (both Cousins and Watson were sacked three times but did not throw an interception). Minnesota was 5 of 12 on third down (the Vikings were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:31 to Houston’s 23:29 (the Texans were 3 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down).

The Texans lead the series 23-13, have outscored Jacksonville 786-693 and have won the last four meetings in the series, inclding sweeping last year’s contests (Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in 2017, when the Jaguars swept the series that season).

Houston held off a late Jacksonville rally to come away 13-12 winners at NRG Stadium in their first meeting, a week two contest in the Lone Star State. The Texans led 6-3 at the intermission, then held off the Jaguars with 30 seconds left in regulation when D.J. Chark and Minshew connected on a 4-yard TD toss. Jacksonville missed the two-point try that would have given them the lead and went for the onside kick, which the Texans recovered, allowing them to run out the clock.

Houston out-rushed Jacksonville 126-103, with Texans RB Carlos Hyde leading all rushers with 90 yards, while Minshew led Jacksonville with 56. Watson threw for 159 yards and had a rushing TD, while Minshew threw for 213 yards and a TD (both men were sacked four times but did not throw an interception). Houston was 6 of 15 on third down (the Texans were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:59, while the Jaguars were rulers of the clock, holding the ball for 30:01, while going 3 of 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Houston made the sweep a reality in week nine but not in north Florida… instead, things shifted East, as in the other side of the Atlantic Ocean at Wembley Stadium and the Texans held Jacksonville to a second quarter field goal by Josh Lambo to take the 26-3 win. Houston led 9-3 at the break, then proceeded to score their next 17 points of the second half unchallenged. Hyde accounted for 160 yards to lead all rushers as the Texans out-rushed Jacksonville 216-74. Watson threw for 201 yards and a pair of TDs with a sack (Watson did not have an interception), while Minshew struggled, throwing for 309 yards with a three sacks and a pair of interceptions. Both teams wer 4 of 11 on third down and Houston kept the ball to themselves for 32:33 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the Jaguars held the pigskin for 27:27 and went 0 of 2 on fourth down.

While Houston was favored by 7 in their week two meeting in Houston, the Texans would come way winning by only 1 and the 43 over/under stayed safe, as both teams mustered only 25 points. In the week nine contest on the other side of the Big Pond, the Texans were favored by 1 in the London contest and covered, winning by 23 but the teams missed the 46 1/2 over/under, tallying a mere 29 points. Houston’s favored by 6 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 54 1/2. Both numbers are somewhat reasonable. To paraphrase Jessica Rabbit, “they’re not bad teams, they just play that way.” Texans give Crenrel his first win at NRG Stadium but expect Jacksonville to make things closer than the 6.

Las Vegas (1-3) at Kansas City (4-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They meet again. They STILL don’t like each other. Even though they’ve changed cities over the years, the hate is still there.

Cats vs. Dogs. Capulets vs. Montagues. North vs. South.

Football’s answer to the Hatfields vs. McCoy takes another turn as Pat Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champs host the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead.

Buffalo entered Allegiant Stadium in Vegas last Sunday and came away 30-23 winners in the desert. The Silver and Black trailed 17-13 at the break and made the contest a bit closer than the Bills would have like with 89 second left in regulation when Derek Carr and WR Nelson Agholor connected on a 7-yard strike. The Raiders actually out-rushed Buffalo 86-62 and Carr threw for 311 yards, while Bills signal caller Josh Allen threw for 288 yards (both threw a pair of TDs without an interception; Carr was sacked twice, while Allen was sacked once). The Raiders, who fumbled twice in the contest, went 8 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down and ruled time, keeping the ball for 31:42, while the Bills held the pigskin for 28:18 , going 7 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Chiefs became the first time in the history of the National Football League to win games on consecutive Monday nights as they took care of the Cam Newton-less New England Patriots, taking the 26-10 win at Arrowhead Stadium. The defending Super Bowl champs led 6-3 at the intermission, then proceeded to out-pace New England 20-7 in the final 30 minutes of play. Even though New England out-rushed Kansas City 185-94 (Patriots RB Damian Harris led all rushers with 100 yards), Mahomes burned the Pats for 236 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Tyreek Hill on one of the tosses), while Blaine Hoyer, taking over for Newton, threw for 130 yards (Hoyer was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Mahomes was sacked once without an interception) in the Monday night affair. Kansas City was 4 of 11 on third down tries at Arrowhead and kept the ball for 28:26, while the Patriots actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:34 and went 6 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The Chiefs lead the series 65-52-2 (including contests that were played in Dallas when the Chiefs were known as the Texans and the Raiders were in Oakland and Los Angeles), have outscored the Silver and Black 2,564-2,272 and have taken wins in the last five meetings, inclding sweeping the series last year (the Raiders’ last win in the series came in 2017 in Oakland by a final of 31-30).

Mahomes and the Chiefs erased a 10-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, scoring 28 second quarter points unchallenged to win 28-10 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in their week two meeting. Using four TD passes (two to Demarcus Robinson, one to Travis Kelce and Mecole Hardman), the Chiefs took the lead into the break (the two teams then went scoreless in the final 30 minutes of play) and never looked back.

Although the Chiefs were held to 31 yards rushing (the Raiders ran for 129 yards, with Oakland RB Josh Jacobs leading all rushers with 99 yards), Mahomes threw for 443 yards with the four TDs tosses with no interceptions, while Carr threw for 198 yards and the Raiders’ only TD in the contest (Mahomes was sacked twice, Carr was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions). Kansas City went 8 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 32:35; the Raiders, keeping the ball for 27:25, went 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Chiefs would sweep the series, with the teams meeting at Arrowhead Stadium in week 13 and took a 40-9 win over the Raiders. Kansas City scored their first 30 points unchallenged, leading 21-0 at the half and 31-0 at the end of the third quarter before the Raiders would score their only points of the contest, first with Daniel Carlson connecting on a 34-yard field goal and TE Derek Carrier connecting with Carr on a 4-yard TD toss, only to see Chiefs CB Charvarius Ward score on a 2-point defensive conversion.

Oakland out-rushed the Chiefs 122-96 with Josh Jacobs leading the way with 104 yards and Carr threw for 222 yards and the TD, while Mahomes threw for 175 yards and a TD (Mahomes was sacked once without a pick, while Carr was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions). The Chiefs were 7 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 28:19, while the Silver and Black were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:41, going 3 of 9 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The oddsmakers liked Kansas City as 6 1/2-point favorites in the week two contest and the Chiefs covered, winning by 18. The two clubs only tallied 38 points, missing the 53 over/under. Int he week 13 contest in the Show-Me State, the Chiefs covered the 10-point spread, winning by 31 points but the two clubs barely missed the 51 over/under with 49 ponts. Vegas likes the Chiefs as 12-point favorites in the Show-Me State and the over/under’s 55. The Raiders would love nothing more than to put an end to their misery regarding the Chiefs. As for the Chiefs? They want to stay unbeaten. Kansas City’s going to get their wish and take the win at Arrowhead but expect the Raiders to make the contest closer than the 12.

Arizona (2-2) at New York Jets (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV710. Arizona makes their way to upstate New Jersey for an early afternoon contest with the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium. Both teams took losses in their contests last week.

Arizona watched Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers come away 31-21 winners at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte last Sunday. After the Panthers would score the first 14 points of the contest in the first quarter unchallenged, Arizona trailed 21-7 at the intermission, even though the Desert Angry Birds would outscore Carolina 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. Carolina outrushed Arizona 168-129 with Panthers RB Mike Davis as the leading rusher with 84 yards and a TD, while Kyler Murray led Arizona with 78 yards. Bridgewater threw for 276 yards and a pair of TD passes along with a rushing TD, while Murray threw for 133 yards and three TDs (Bridgewater threw an interception but was not sacked, while Murray was sacked once without being picked off). Carolina went 7 of 11 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (the Panthers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:08, while Arizona, keeping the pigskin for 22:52, went 3 for 9 on third down.

GangGreen is still searching for that elusive first win and found themselves on the short end of a 37-28 loss to Denver last Sunday at Met Life Stadium. The Broncos erased a 7-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter, taking a 17-13 lead with them to the break and proceeded to floor the gas the rest of the way, outscoring the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 20-15 in the final 30 minutes of play.

While the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! out-rushed Denver 129-117, Denver’s Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 107 yards and a pair of TDs, while Darnold, throwing for 230 yards, led GangGreen with 84 yards and had a rushing TD (Darnold was sacked six times but did not throw an interception; Denver’s Brett Rypien threw for 242 yards with a pair of TDs, while he was picked off three times).

GangGreen leads the series 6-3 (which includes games played in St. Louis, Phoenix, Shea Stadium and Giants Stadium) and the Desert Angry Birds have outscored the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 164-161. Their last meeting was 2016 in Glendale andh the Cardinals were 28-3 winners at State Farm Stadium, while GangGreen’s last win came in 2012 at Giants Stadium by a final of 7-6. Arizona’s favored by 7 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 47. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! aren’t a bad football team, although they play like one at times. While Arizona will take this one on the East Coast, don’t expect the Desert Angry Birds to cover the 7 1/2.

Philadelphia (1-2-1) at Pittsburgh (3-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. They’re separated by 304 miles along I-76 and share the same state. Ben Roethlisberger and the undefeated Steelers host the Eagles at Heinz Field in an early afternoon Keystone State contest.

Philadelphia held off a late San Francisco rally on the West Coast last Sunday night as the Eagles left Levis’ Stadium 25-20. The Eagles led 8-7 at the intermission before San Francisco passed them, taking a 14-11 lead with them to the end of the third quarter. A 42-yard pass from Carson Wentz to WR Terry Fulgham and an interception return for a TD by LB Alex Singleton would give the Eagles a 25-14 before the 49ers narrowed the gap with 2:02 when RB Jerick McKinnon scored on a 1-yard run. San Francisco then went for two and failed to convert on the try. San Francisco then forced the Eagles to go three and out and got the ball back with 1:40 left and got as close as Philadelphia’s 33-yard line before time expired.

San Francisco out-rushed the Eagles 116-93 and Wentz threw for 193 yards and the Fulgham TD pass, while Nick Mullins, who took over for Jimmy Garoppolo, threw for 200 yards and a TD to TE George Kittle (Mullins was four times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Wentz threw an interception and was sacked three times). Philadelphia went 4 of 13 on third down tries (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and would keep the ball for 29:29, while the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:31 (including the final 1:40 of the contest) and went 5 of 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh had an unscheduled bye last week as their contest with the Tennessee Titans was pushed back to October 25th because of the COVID 19 virus outbreak that hit the Titans. Their last contest was two Sundays ago at Heinz Field against the Houston Texans and the Steelers rallied to come away 28-21 winners. Trailing the Texans and DeShaun Watson 21-17 at the break, Pittsburgh would score their last 11 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged, taking the lead for keeps with 6:24 when RB James Conner scored on a 12-yard run and Roethlisberger and WR JuJu Smith-Schuester connected on a 2-point conversion. Pittsburgh out-rushed Houston 169-29 with Conner leading all rushers with 109 yards and the game-winning TD. Roethlisberger threw for 237 and a pair of TDs (connecting with Smith-Schuester on one of the tosses) and was sacked twice without an interception, while Watson threw for 264 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times and picked off once.

Philadelphia leads the series 47-28-3 (including games that were played in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Buffalo, New York, Charleston, West Virginia as well as games played when the two teams merged and were known as the Steegals and the Steelers were known as the Pirates and games played at Forbes Field, JFK Stadium, Three Rivers and Veterans Stadium) and the Eagles have outrscored the Steelers 1,477-1,116. Philadelphia won the last meeting, which took place in the City of Brotherly Love in 2016 by a final of 34-3, while Pittsburgh’s last win came in the Steel City in 2012 by a final of 16-14.

The boys and girls in Vegas like the Steelers at 7 1/2-point favorites in western Pennsylvania and the over/under’s 40 1/2. Expect the Eagles to make this one close but the Steelers keep the unbeaten streak going, winning at home.

Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Washington (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams make their way to Landover for an early afternoon showdown (early morning Los Angeles time) with Washington at FedEx Field. Washington looks to pick up their first home win since week one, while the Rams took to keep themselves in the NFC West hunt.

The Rams bounced back from their loss at Buffalo as they took the New York Giants to task 19-7 at SoFi Stadium last Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles took a 10-6 lead with them to the break and never looked back to take the win on the West Coast. While the Giants did out-rush the Rams 136-58, Goff burned Big Blue for 200 yards with a TD toss to Cooper Kupp; for the Giants, Daniel Jones threw for 190 yards with five sacks and an interception (Goff was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). The Rams were 5 of 13 on third down tries in southern California (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:43, while Big Blue actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:17, going 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Washington returns to Landover with a 31-17 loss to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens at FedEX Field last Sunday. Baltimore led 21-10 at the break and never looked back in the win over their next-door neighbors. The Ravens out-rushed Washington 144-69 at Landover and Jackson (193 yards, sack, interception) led the Ravens with 53 yards rushing and had a rushing TD of his own, while throwing a pair of TD passes to TE Mack Andrews. Washington’s Dwayne Haskins threw for 314 yards without a TD or sack but did not throw an interception. Baltimore went 5 of 11 on third down (the Ravens were perfect on fourth down, going 2 of 2) and kept the ball for 29:22, while Washington actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:38, went 4 of 13 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Washington leads the series 24-11-1 (which includes contests that were played in Boston when the Washington team were known as the Braves, as well as games played in Anaheim and St. Louis) and have outscored the Rams 837-691. Washington has won the last two contests in the series, inclding a 27-20 win in Los Angeles in 2017, while the Rams’s last win over Washington came in 2014 in Landover as they would pitch a 24-0 shutout at FedEx Field. The Rams are favored by 7 in Landover with the over/under at 46 1/2. Los Angeles takes care of business in Landover, taking the win and covering the 7.

Miami (1-3)at San Francisco (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of struggling teams meet in wine country as Miami travels to Santa Clara for a meeting at Levis’ Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams took home losses in last week’s contests.

Miami watched Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks remained unblemished after their 31-23 win oin the Sunshine State last week. While Miami did manage to out-rush Seattle 103-98 but Wilson took the Miami secondary to school, burning them for 360 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked twice and picked off once, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 315 yards with a sack and a pair of interceptions. Seattle was 4 of 10 on third down (the Seahawks were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and they would keep the ball for 26:51, while the Dolphins were ball hawks, holding on to the pigskin for 33:09, going 7 of 13 on third down tries.

A late San Francisco rally on the West Coast last Sunday night fell short as the 49ers dropped a 25-20 decision at Levis Stadium against Philadelphia. The Eagles led 8-7 at the intermission before San Francisco passed them, taking a 14-11 lead with them to the end of the third quarter. A 42-yard pass from Carson Wentz to WR Terry Fulgham and an interception return for a TD by LB Alex Singleton would give the Eagles a 25-14 before the 49ers narrowed the gap with 2:02 when RB Jerick McKinnon scored on a 1-yard run. San Francisco then went for two and failed to convert on the try. San Francisco then forced the Eagles to go three and out and got the ball back with 1:40 left and got as close as Philadelphia’s 33-yard line before time expired.

San Francisco out-rushed the Eagles 116-93 and Wentz threw for 193 yards and the Fulgham TD pass, while Nick Mullins, who took over for Jimmy Garoppolo, threw for 200 yards and a TD to TE George Kittle (Mullins was four times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Wentz threw an interception and was sacked three times). Philadelphia went 4 of 13 on third down tries (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and would keep the ball for 29:29, while the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:31 (including the final 1:40 of the contest) and went 5 of 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Including games played at the Orange Bowl, Keezar Park and Candlestick Park, Miami leads the series 7-5 but the 49ers have outscored the ‘Fins 258-198. They last met in 2016 in the Sunshine State and the Dolphins prevailed 31-24, while San Francisco’s last win came on the West Coast in 2012 by a final of 27-13. San Francisco’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 56 1/2. If nothing else, take a pass on this one (unless you’re a fan of either team) and watch that “NCIS” marathon on USA (the idea of Ziva head-slapping Tony? CLASSIC!) San Francisco wins this one but expect the Dolphins to make this one closer than the 9 1/2.

Indianapolis (3-1) at Cleveland (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Philip Rivers and the Indianpolis Colts travel to the shores of Lake Erie for a late afternoon contest with Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Both teams found themselves in the winners’ circle in last week’s action.

Rivers and the Colts gave Chicago their first loss of the 2020 season, as Indianapolis came away from Soldier Field 19-11 winners last Sunday afternoon. The Colts led 13-3 at the break but managed to hold off Da Bears, who would outscore the Colts 8-6 in the final 30 minutes of play to keep the contest close. Indinapolis held Chicago to a season-low 28 yards along the shores of Lake Michigan as the Colts ran for 103 yards. Rivers threw for 190 yards with a TD toss to Mo Alie-Cox, while Foles threw for 249 yards and a TD to Allen Robinson II (Robinson had seven catches for 101 yards; both Foles and Rivers were sacked once and Foles threw the game’s only interception). Chicago went 4 of 14 on third down tries in the Windy City and kept the ball for 27:32, while the Colts ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:28 and went 8 of 19 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

The Browns shocked the football world last Sunday as Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and Cleveland went into AT&T Stadium last Sunday and beat Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys 49-38. Dallas led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter before Cleveland took off in the second and third quarters, scoring 34 points unchallenged (the Browns led 31-14 at the intermission) in those two periods. Cleveland out-rushed Dallas 307-85 and Mayfield threw for 165 yards and a pair of TDs to Beckham (who had a rushing TD as well), while Prescott threw for a season-high 502 yards and four TDs (connecting with rookie WR CeeDee Lamb on two of the tosses; Mayfield was sacked twice, Prescott was sacked three times and threw the game’s only interception). Cleveland on third down tries? 5 for 11 and the Browns were miserly with the clock, keeping the ball for 33:27, while the Cowboys, keeping the pigskin for 26:33, went 6 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including games played in Baltimore, the Colts lead the series 15-14 but the Browns have outscored the Colts 600-558. The Colts have come away with wins in the last three meetings, including a 31-28 win in the Hoosier State in 2017, while Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2011 in Indy by a final of 27-19. Cleveland’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The winner moves themselves a bit closer to the post-season. Cleveland takes the win along the shores of Lake Erie, covering the 1 1/2.

New York Giants (0-4) at Dallas (1-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. Forget tre records. A pair of NFC East rivals, trying to stay out of the cellar in their division, meet at AT&T Stadium. Each team took losses in last week’s play.

The Giants dropped their fourth contest in a row as Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams took Big Blue to task 19-7 at SoFi Stadium last Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles took a 10-6 lead with them to the break and never looked back to take the win on the West Coast. Although the Giants did out-rush the Rams 136-58, Goff burned Big Blue for 200 yards with a TD toss to Cooper Kupp; for the Giants, Daniel Jones threw for 190 yards with five sacks and an interception (Goff was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). The Rams were 5 of 13 on third down tries in southern California (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:43, while Big Blue actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:17, going 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Dallas let a 7-0 lead get away from them against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns at Jerry World (AT&T Stadium) as Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns took Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to task 49-38. The Cowboy let a 14-7 at the end of the first quarter get away from them as Cleveland took off in the second and third quarters, scoring 34 points unchallenged (the Browns led 31-14 at the intermission) in those two periods. Cleveland out-rushed Dallas 307-85 and Mayfield threw for 165 yards and a pair of TDs to Beckham (who had a rushing TD as well), while Prescott threw for a season-high 502 yards and four TDs (connecting with rookie WR CeeDee Lamb on two of the tosses; Mayfield was sacked twice, Prescott was sacked three times and threw the game’s only interception). Cleveland on third down tries? 5 for 11 and the Browns were miserly with the clock, keeping the ball for 33:27, while the Cowboys, keeping the pigskin for 26:33, went 6 of 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests played at Yankee Stadium, the Cotton Bowl, the Yale Bowl, Cowboys Stadium and Giants Stadium, the Cowboys lead the series 68-45-2, have outscored Big Blue 2,626-2,215 and have won the last six contests, including sweeping last year’s series (the Giants’ last win in the series came in 2016 when they were 10-6 winners in the Meadowlands).

Their first meeting? Week one in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium) and the Cowboys scored 14 second quarter points unchallenged to take a 35-17 win. Dallas led 21-7 at the intermission, taking the lead for good when Prescott and TE Jason Whitten connected on a 4-yard TD toss. A second Prescott pass to Amari Cooper with 73 seconds left before the intermission would seal the deal for Dallas.

While Big Blue out-rushed Dallas 151-89 with Giants RB Sequan Barkley leading all rushers with 120 yards (Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot had 53 yards with a rushing TD), Prescott burned the Giants for 405 yards in the air with four TDs, no sacks or interceptions, while Eli Manning threw for 306 yards with a TD (Manning was sacked once; Dallas’ Michael Gallup led all recievers with 158 yards, Cooper had 106 yards, while New York was paced by Evan Engram, who had 116 yards and a TD). Dallas went 6 of 10 on third down tries and played keep-away the ball for 32:18, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 27:42 and went 2 of 11 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

Dallas made the series a clean sweep as they travel to Met Life Stadium in upstate New Jersey, breaking a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter and coming out on top 13-12 at the break, winning 37-18 in the week nine rematch. Dallas ruled the seocnd half of the contest, outscoring Big Blue 24-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. Elliott ran for 139 yards as Dallas would out-rush Big Blue 172-100 and Prescott threw for 257 yards and three TDs, while Daniel Jones, taking over for Manning, threw for 210 yards and a TD (Prescott and Jones each threw an interception, with Jones being sacked five times). Dallas went 4 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 28:04, while the Giants were ballhogs, holding on to the pigskin for 31:56, going 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week one contest at Jerry World, the Cowboys covered the 7-point spread with their 18 point win and the 52 combined points allowed both teams to take care of the 45 1/2 over/under. Dallas in the week nine Monday night affair was favored by 7 and the Cowboys covered the spread, winning by 19 and the two combined for 55 points, covering the 48 over/under. Dallas is favored by 8 1/2 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 54. Both teams are looking for something resembling stabilty; the Giants look for their first win, the Cowboys looking to get back on track. Dallas wins this one at home and could cover the 8 1/2.

Minnesota (1-3) at Seattle (4-0), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. They’re still standing. Russell Wilson and the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks welcome Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings to the Pacific Northwest for a Sunday evening primetime contest.

Minnesota picked up their first win of the 2020 season, as Cousins and the Vikings took the Houstn Texans to task 31-23 last Sunday at NRG Stadium. Minnesota took a 17-7 lead at the break but Houston managed to keep the contest close, outscoring the Vikings 17-14 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Minnesota’s Delvin Cook led all rushers with 130 yards and a pair of TDs as his team out-rushed Houston 162-96 and Cousins threw for 260 yards and a TD toss to Adam Thielen, while Watson threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs (both Cousins and Watson were sacked three times but did not throw an interception). Minnesota was 5 of 12 on third down (the Vikings were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:31 to Houston’s 23:29 (the Texans were 3 of 12 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down).

Seattle remained unblemished after their 31-23 win over Miami in the Sunshine State last week. The Seahawks led 17-9 and stayed one step ahead of Miami throughout the contest. Miami did manage to out-rush Seattle 103-98 but Wilson took the Miami secondary to school, burning them for 360 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked twice and picked off once, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 315 yards with a sack and a pair of interceptions. Seattle was 4 of 10 on third down (the Seahawks were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and they would keep the ball for 26:51, while the Dolphins were ball hawks, holding on to the pigskin for 33:09, going 7 of 13 on third down tries.

The Seahawks lead the series 11-5, have outscored the Purple Gang 432-361 and have won the last five regular season meetings, including a 37-30 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks on a Monday night (Minnesota’s last win came in 2009 in the Twin Cities by a final of 35-9).

Minnesota led 17-10 at the intermission in the week 13 contest at Century Link Field before Seattle stromed back in the second half, outscoring the vikings 27-13 in the last 30 minutes of action, taking the lead for good with 5:46 left in the third on a 29-yard field goal by Josh Myers. Minnesota would get a couple of TD passes from Cousins (one to Laquon Treadwell, the other to Kyle Rudolph) to pull themselves to within four before Myers would connect on a 38-yard field goal to seal the win for Seattle.

Seattle out-rushed Minnesota 218-78 with Seahawks RB Chris Carson leading the way with 102 yards and a TD, with teammate Rashaad Penny chipping with 74 yards and a TD. Wilson threw for 240 yards, while Cousins threw for 276 for the Vikings (both men threw a pair of TDs and an interception, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle went 7 of 15 on third down (the Seahawks were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and had time on their side (apologies to Mick Jagger!), as they kept the ball for 39:45, while the Vikings, keeping the pigskin for 20:15, went 5 of 10 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

In the week 13 prime time contest in the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks were favored by 3 and covered, winning by 7 and both clubs took care of the 49 over/under with 67 points. Seattle’s favored by 7 with a 56 1/2 over/under. The Seahawks would love nothing more than to stay unbeaten, while the Vikings look to knock Seattle out of the ranks of the unbeaten. Seattle doesn’t see that happening. Seattle wins in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans (2-2), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The Los Angeles Chargers continue their Southern swing through the NFC South as they travel to take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy.

The Chargers watched Tom Brady and the Buccaneers erase a 24-14 deficit at Raymond James Stadium, allowing Tampa Bay to come away 38-31 winners in the Sunshine State last Sunday. Trailing by 10 at the intermission, Tampa Bay proceeded to outscore the Chargers 24-7 in the final 30 minutes of action, taking the lead for good as they would use a 9-yard TD toss from Brady to RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn and a Ryan Succop field goal to take the win. Tampa Bay’s Ronald Jones led all rushers with 111 yards as the Bucs out-rushed the Bolts 115-46. Brady threw for 369 yards and five TDs without a sack, while Los Angeles’ Justin Hebert threw for 290 yards with three TDs and was sacked twice (both men threw an interception; Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans led all recievers with 122 yards and a TD). Tampa Bay went 5 of 11 on third down conversions and ruled the clock as they held on the ball for 34:55, while the Chargers, keeping the pigskin for 25:05, was 4 of 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

New Orleans erased a 14-7 first quarter deficit and scored 21 second quarter points unchallenged and came away 35-29 winners at Detroit last Sunday. Brees and the Saints held off a late Lions rally at Ford Field as Detroit made it a 6-point contest with 3:40 when Adrian Peterson scored on a 5-yard run and TE T.J. Hockerson connected with QB Matthew Stafford on a 2-point try. New Orleans would get the ball back and ran out the clock for the road win in the Motor City.

New Orleans easily out-rushed the Lions 164-90 with Saints RB Alvin Kamara leading the way with 83 yards and a TD (Peterson led Detroit with 36 yards) and Brees threw for 246 yards and a pair of TDs to Tre’Quan Smith, while Stafford threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs (including one to Hockerson; both were picked off once, Stafford was sacked three times, Brees was sacked twice). New Orleans went 10 of 14 on third down (the Saints were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and clung to the ball for 36:46, while the Lions, holding the ball for 23:14, went 7 of 14 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

Including games played in San Diego, London and Tulane Stadium, the Chargers lead the series 7-5 and have outscored the Saints 323-234. New Orleans has taken wins in the last three meetings, including a 35-34 win in San Diego in 2016, while the Chargers’ last win in the series came in 2004 on the West Coast by a final of 43-17.

The Chagers on Monday night are 22-24 and took a loss in their only meeting last year, with their last win coming in 2013, while the Saints are 22-22 but won their only meeting in prime time last year. New Orleans is favored by 7 1/2 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. If nothing else, this one might be somewhat entertaing to watch. The Chargers have actually played better than the 1-3 record and could make things closer than the 7 1/2 but New Orleans prevails in the Big Easy.

Tampa Bay (3-1) at Chicago (3-1), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. They met in Super Bowl LII and Nick Foles came out on top against Tom Brady. They meet again, this time wearing different jerseys, with Brady leaving the Pats for Tampa Bay, while Foles traded his Eagles green for Bears Orange and Blue. Tampa Bay and Chicago, both 3-1, meet Thursday night at Soldier Field in the week five opener.

Brady and the Buccaneers erased a 24-14 deficit against the Los Angeles Chargers at Raymond James Stadium and came away 38-31 winners in the Sunshine State last Sunday. Trailing by 10 at the intermission, the Buccaneers proceeded to outscore the Chargers 24-7 in the final 30 minutes of action, taking the lead for good as they would use a 9-yard TD toss from Brady to RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn and a Ryan Succop field goal to take the win. Tampa Bay’s Ronald Jones led all rushers with 111 yards as the Bucs out-rushed the Chargers 115-46. Brady threw for 369 yards and five TDs without a sack, while Los Angeles’ Justin Hebert threw for 290 yards with three TDs and was sacked twice (both men threw an interception; Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans led all recievers with 122 yards and a TD). Tampa Bay went 5 of 11 on third down conversions and ruled the clock as they held on the ball for 34:55, while the Chargers, keeping the pigskin for 25:05, was 4 of 10 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Chicago suffered their first loss of the 2020 season, falling to Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field 19-11 last Sunday afternoon. Da Bears trailed Rivers and the Colts 13-3 at the break but managed to outscore the Colts 8-6 in the final 30 minutes of play to keep the contest close. Chicago found themselves held to a season-low 28 yards along the shores of Lake Michigan as the Colts ran for 103 yards. Rivers threw for 190 yards with a TD toss to Mo Alie-Cox, while Foles threw for 249 yards and a TD to Allen Robinson II (Robinson had seven catches for 101 yards; both Foles and Rivers were sacked once and Foles threw the game’s only interception). Chicago went 4 of 14 on third down tries in the Windy City and kept the ball for 27:32, while the Colts ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:28 and went 8 of 19 on third down, 1 for 2 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead the series 39-20 (which includes games that were played when both teams were in the same division) and they have outscored the Buccaneers 1,279-962. Their last meeting was in 2018 in the Windy City and would be Da Bears coming away 48-10 winners, while Tampa Bay’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 2017 by a final of 29-7.

Tampa Bay’s favored by 5 and the over/under for the Windy City contest is 44 1/2. Brady is looking for some measure of revenge from the loss to Foles in SB LII, while Da Bears are looking to right their ship from their loss at home to the Colts. Da Bears bounce back from their loss at home in the Windy City but expect the Bucs to make things closer than the 5.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Tampa Bay), 83 (Chicago); XM: 226 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Chicago)

Referee: Alex Kemp

Injury Report

Tampa Bay
OUT: WR Chris Godwin (hamstring), RB LeSean McCoy (ankle), WR Justin Watson (chest)
DOUBTFUL: RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Mike Evans (ankle), WR Scott Miller (hip, groin)

Chicago
OUT; S Deon Bush (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: S Sherrick McManis (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Darnell Mooney (shoulder)

Weather: Mostly clear and 59 degrees

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

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

Chicago (2-0) at ATLANTA (0-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 156 (Chicago), 106 (Atlanta); XM: 389 (Chicago), 231 (Atlanta)

Los Angeles Rams (2-0) at Buffalo (2-0), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Los Angeles Rams ), 108 (Buffalo); XM: 383 (Los Angeles Rams ), 228 (Buffalo)

Washington (0-2) at Cleveland (1-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Was), 119 (Cleveland ) | XM: 384 (Was), 229 (Cleveland)

Tennessee (2-0) at Minnesota (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, AJ Ross (field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (Tennessee), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 387 (Tennessee), 225 (Minnesota)

Las Vegas (2-0) at New England (1-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV706: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter): SIRIUS: 132 (Las Vegas), 103 (New England); XM: 388 (Las Vegas), 230 (New England)

San Francisco (1-1) at New York Giants (0-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (San Francisco), 121 (New York Giants); XM: 386 (San Francisco), 227 (New York Giants)

Cincinnati (0-2) at Philadelphia (0-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 105 (Cincinnati), 81 (Philadelphia); XM: 385 (Cincinnati), 226 (Philadelphia)

Houston (0-2) at Pittsburgh (2-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 204 (Houston), 148 (Pittsburgh); XM: 390 (Houston), 232 (Pittsburgh)

New York Jets (0-2) at Indianapolis (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (New York Jets), 121 (Indianapolis); XM: 386 (New York Jets), 227 (Indianapolis)

Carolina (1-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Carolina), 108 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 383 (Carolina), 228 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Detroit (0-2) at Arizona (2-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn, Sara Walsh (field reporter); SIRIUS: 105 (Detroit), 81 (Arizona); XM: 385 (Dettrot), 226 (Arizona)

Tampa Bay (1-1) at Denver (1-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czaeriak (field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (Tampa Bay), 83 (Denver);| XM: 387 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Denver)

Dallas (1-1) at Seattle (2-0), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Dallas), 119 (Seattle); XM: 384 (Dallas), 229 (Seattle)

Green Bay (2-0) at New Orleans (1-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Rod Woodson; SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 83 (New Oorleans); XM: 226 (Green Bay), 225 (New Orleans)

Kansas City (2-0) at Baltimore (2-0), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Baltimore); XM: 226 (Kansas City), 225 (Baltimore)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Chicago at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Washington at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Tennessee at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Las Vegas at New England, 1 p.m. : Ronald Torbert
San Francisco at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Houston at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: Shawn Smith
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m.: Craig Vroslstad
Carolina at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Scptt Novak
Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Land Clark
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m.: Brad Roders
Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. Monday: John Hussey

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams listed in CAPS)
ATLANTA – 3 1/2 vs. Chicago (47 1/2)
NEW ENGLAND – 6 1/2 vs. Las Vegas (47 1/2)
BUFFALO – 2 1/2 vs. Los Angeles Rams (48)
PITTSBURGH – 4 vs. Houston (45)
San Francisco – 4 at NEW YORK GIANTS (41)
Tennessee – 2 1/2 at MINNESOTA (47 1/2)
CLEVELAND – 7 vs. Washington (44)
PHILADELPHIA – 6 1/2 vs. Cincinnati (46 1/2)
INDIANAPOLIS – 10 vs. New York Jets (43 1/2)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – 6 1/2 vs. Carolina (44)
ARIZONA – 6 vs. Detroit (54)
Tampa Bay – 6 at DENVER (43 1/2)
SEATTLE – 5 vs. Dallas (55 1/2)
NEW ORLEANS – 3 vs. Green Bay (51 1/2)
Monday: BALTIMORE – 3 1/2 vs. Kansas City (53 1/2)

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

Chicago
QUESTIONABLE: DT Mario Edwards (glute), LB Khalil Mack (knee)

ATLANTA
OUT: S Ricardo Allen (elbow), CB Kendall Sheffield (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Dante Fowler (ankle), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), T Kaleb McGary (knee), DE Takkarist McKinley (groin), LB Foyesade Oluokun (hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: RB Cam Akers (ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Darious Williams (ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: TE Dawson Knox (concussion), RB Zack Moss (toe), LB Del’Shawn Phillips (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder), CB Taron Johnson (groin), LB Matt Milano (hamstring)

Washington at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Washington
OUT: T Saahdiq Charles (thigh), LB Cole Holcomb (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Morgan Moses (hip), WR Steven Sims (toe)

Cleveland
OUT: LB Jacob Phillips (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (abdomen), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), CB Denzel Ward (groin), LB Mack Wilson (knee)

Tennessee at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: WR A.J. Brown (knee), CB Chris Jackson (hamstring), LB Derick Roberson (illness)

Minnesota
OUT: CB Cameron Dantzler (rib), CB Mike Hughes (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Mike Boone (concussion), CB Kris Boyd (hamstring)

Las Vegas at New England, 1 p.m.

Las Vegas
OUT: T Trenton Brown (calf), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral), WR Henry Ruggs (knee, hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G Denzelle Good (thumb, illness), RB Josh Jacobs (hip), TE Darren Waller (knee), T Sam Young (groin)

New England
OUT; C David Andrews (hand), LB Josh Uche (ankle), RB James White (not injury related)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Adam Butler (shoulder), S Kyle Dugger (foot), WR Julian Edelman (knee), WR N’Keal Harry (ankle), T Isaiah Wynn (calf)

San Francisco at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: RB Tevin Coleman (knee), DE Dee Ford (back), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), LB Dre Greenlaw (quadricep), TE George Kittle (knee), RB Raheem Mostert (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring)

New York Mets
DOUBTFUL: S Adrian Colbert (quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Brandon Williams (groin)

Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: DT Geno Atkins (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Mike Daniels (groin, not injury related), S Shawn Williams (calf)

Philadelphia
OUT: CB Rudy Ford (groin), WR Alshon Jeffery (foot), WR Jalen Reagor (thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Fletcher Cox (abdomen)

Houston at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: RB Duke Johnson (ankle), LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring), WR Kenny Stills (illness)

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh reported no injuries

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

New York Jets
OUT: WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), S Ashtyn Davis (groin), T George Fant (concussion), WR Breshad Perriman (ankle), CB Quincy Wilson (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring), CB Nate Hairston (hip), C Connor McGovern (hamstring)

Indianapolis
OUT: LB Matthew Adams (ankle), CB Rock Ya-Sin (non-football illness)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jack Doyle (knee)

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

Carolina
DOUBTFUL: G Dennis Daley (ankle), DT Kawann Short (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: T Russell Okung (groin)

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: LB Asmar Bilal (calf), DT Justin Jones (shoulder), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs, chest)
DOUBTFUL: DE Melvin Ingram (knee), RB Justin Jackson (quadricep), LB Nick Vigil
QUESTIONABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Rayshawn Jenkins (groin), G Trai Turner (groin)

Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring), S C.J. Moore (calf), T Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot)

ARizona
OUT: C Mason Cole (hamstring), WR Christian Kirk (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Dre Kirkpatrick (neck), DT Jordan Phillips (ankle)

Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: WR Justin Watson (shoulder)

Denver
OUT: CB Davontae Harris (hamstring), QB Drew Lock (right shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: RB Phillip Lindsay (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jerry Jeudy (ribs)

Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Demarcus Lawrence (knee, not injury related), T Tyron Smith (neck)

Seattle
OUT: DE Rasheem Green (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Quinton Dunbar (knee), DE Benson Mayowa (groin), T Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral), CB Neiko Thorpe (hip)

Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m.

Green Bay
DOUBTFUL: WR Davante Adams (hamstring), TE Josiah Deguara (ankle), LB Randy Ramsey (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Kenny Clark (groin), G Elgton Jenkins (back, rib), S Darnell Savage (groin)

New Orleans
OUT: LB Chase Hansen (hip), WR Michael Thomas (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Marcus Davenport (elbow), DE Trey Hendrickson (groin), RB Ty Montgomery (hamstring), DT David Onyemata (calf)

Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Kansas City
OUT: DE Alex Okafor (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dorian O’Daniel (knee, ankle), CB Charvarius Ward (hand), WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck)

Baltimore
OUT: CB Tavon Young (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G D.J. Fluker (shoulder), S Anthony Levine (abdomen), DT Justin Madubuike (knee), WR Chris Moore (finger

Sunday and Monday Weather
Chicago at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 76 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 78 degrees
Washington at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 76 degrees
Tennessee at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Las Vegas at New England, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 76 degrees
San Francisco at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 76 degrees
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 77 degrees
Houston at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 76 dsgrees
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly sunny and 80 degrees
Carolina at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 100 degrees
Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 56 degrees
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 62 degrees
Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m.: Game indoors
Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Partly cloudy and 74 degrees

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

The hunter becomes the hunted. When the 2019 National Football League season got underway, the Kansas City Chiefs were hurting from their loss to Tom Brady in the AFC championship game at Arrowhead. When the 2019 season ended in Miami at the Super Bowl, the Chiefs were holding their first Lombardi Trophy in almost five decades. Since that time, the NFL has had to deal with race and social issues and the Covid 19 virus, among other things.

The draft wasn’t normal as we know it. Instead of being on the Vegas strip as many hoped, it was held in the basement of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. There were very few if any OTAs and there were no pre-season games this year.

Still, there’s going to be football. Granted, there will be some stadiums that will not have fans at all this season or only taking 25 percent of their capacity. There won’t be any games in London or Mexico this year, which marks the first time in nearly two decades that the NFL has not crossed over the Big Pond (Atlantic Ocean) or headed south of the border. The season kicked off in the Show-Me State Thursday night as the Chiefs came away winners against Houston and was the first of 256 contests that will be played in the regular season.

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: New teams making the playoffs and winning divisions, consistent teams excelling once again, records falling and young players making their mark all combined to help shape the story of the 2019 season. Again, Week 17 came right down to the wire as two playoff spots and two division titles – the NFC East and NFC West – were decided on the last day of the season. The excitement of Week 17 was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010.

Every team enters the 2020 season with a trip to Tampa Bay and Super Bowl LV in mind and below are a few reasons why.
Since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs
after failing to make the postseason the year before. Five teams that missed the postseason in 2018 – Buffalo (10-6),
Green Bay (13-3), Minnesota (10-6), San Francisco (13-3) and Tennessee (9-7) – accomplished the feat in 2019.

Speaking of the playoffs…. (playoffs? playoffs? are you kidding me?) NFL clubs voted to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season. Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team qualify for
the playoffs and compete for the Super Bowl.

The vote during a league meeting in March held remotely follows the recommendation of the Competition Committee, Management Council Executive Committee and Media Committee on increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14.

Two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3, and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6 and 7.

AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9 and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

CBS will broadcast one additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. Eastern. The game will also be available via a livestream on CBS All Access. Additionally, as part of CBS’ coverage, a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience.

NBC, its new streaming service Peacock, as well as Telemundo will all broadcast an additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons.

COME FLY WTIH ME: This is your captain speaking. We’re going to be flying around a lot this season, so you might want to buckle that seat belt, turn off the electronic devices and follow the instructions of the flight attendant.

  1. Seattle 28,878
  2. San Francisco 25,485
  3. Los Angeles Chargers 25,387
  4. New England 24,560
  5. Miami 24,528
  6. Las Vegas 24,100
  7. Arizona 22,598
  8. Los Angeles Rams 22,062
  9. New York Jets 21,122
  10. Buffalo 20,026
    11, Dallas 19,295
  11. Denver 18,525
  12. Tampa Bay 15,834
  13. Washington 15,778
  14. Kansas City 15,636
  15. Jacksonville 15,425
  16. Philadelphia 14,826
  17. Houston 14,597
  18. New Orleans 14,013
  19. Carolina 12,634
  20. Minnesota 12,618
  21. Green Bay 12,285
  22. Atlanta 12,143
  23. New York Giants 11,610
  24. Detroit 10,328
  25. Tennessee 9,096
  26. Indianapolis 8,811
  27. Chicago 8,693
  28. Cincinnati 7,496
  29. Cleveland 7,426
  30. Pittsburgh 6,639
  31. Baltimore 6,292

All together, teams will travel approximately 508,846 miles during the 2020 season. The teams of the NFC West (99,023) have the highest combined mileage total of all divisions. For the first time in nearly two decades, all 256 games in the NFL will be on American soil, as the games in London and Mexico City were postponed because of the Covid 19 virus. Each team will travel an average of 15,901 miles this season (Seattle will fly the most, Baltimore will fly the fewest). Oh… and please return your tray to the upright position.

The remaining division totals ranking from highest to lowest are the AFC East (90,236), AFC West (83,648), NFC East (61,509), NFC South (54,624), AFC South (47,929), NFC North (44,024) and AFC North (27,853).

Three teams – Seattle (28,878), San Francisco (25,485) and Los Angeles Chargers (25,387) – will “travel around the world” at least once. A trip around the globe is 25,000 miles. That’s a lot of frequent flyer miles.

SPECIAL PATCHES AND LOGOS: The National Football League will celebrate the start of a new century in 2020 with the kickoff of its 101st season. At least five NFL teams will be dawning special patches in 2020. Dallas and Minnesota will be celebrating their 60th seasons with jersey patches and/or helmet decals, while Baltimore will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a jersey patch.

Miami will wear a jersey patch commemorating the life of Pro Football Hall of Famer and legendary Dolphins head coach Don Shula, with his name and the number “347”, to signify his all-time career wins, the most in NFL history and the New York Jets will also wear a patch in memory of Betty Wold Johnson, mother of Jets CEO Christopher Johnson.

WHAT HAPPENED IN KICKOFF WEEKEND 2019 (ICYMI): A look back at statistical highlights from games played on Sunday, September 8, the first week of the 2019 season.

There were a total of 13 offensive touchdowns of 40-or-more yards, the second-most on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history. Only Kickoff Weekend of the 1991 season (14) had more such offensive scores of at least 40 yards. 13 quarterbacks had a passer rating of 115 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) in Week 1, surpassing Week 3 of the 2017 season (12) for the most in any week since 1970.

Four rookies – Tennessee wide receiver A.J. Brown (100 receiving yards), Baltimore wide receiver Marquise Brown (147), Detroit tight end T.J. Hockenson(131) and Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin (125) – each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their NFL debuts on Kickoff Weekend. It marked the first week in which three-or-more rookies have each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their debuts in NFL history. With 131 receiving yards, Hockenson surpassed Monty Stickles (123 receiving yards on September 25, 1960) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his NFL debut in league history.

Baltimore defeated Miami 59-10 on Kickoff Weekend. The Ravens scored 42 points in the first half, the most by any team in the first half of a season-opening game in NFL history. The Ravens, who scored 47 points on Kickoff Weekend in 2018, are the fifth team in league annals and first since the 1967-68 Oakland Raiders to score at least 40 points in consecutive season-opening games.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 17 of 20 attempts for 324 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the victory. Jackson is the seventh quarterback in NFL history and first since Ben Roethlisberger (November 11, 2018) with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark, in a single game in NFL history.

Baltimore rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown recorded touchdowns of 47 and 83 yards on his first two catches in his NFL debut. Brown became the first player in NFL history with two touchdown receptions of at least 40 yards in his NFL debut and his 83-yard touchdown reception is the second-longest by a player in his NFL debut in the Super Bowl era, trailing only Rick Upchurch (90-yard touchdown reception on September 21, 1975).

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns for a 143.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 40-26 win at Jacksonville. Mahomes, who has 5,759 passing yards in 18 career games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (5,613 passing yards) for the most passing yards by a player in his first 20 career games in NFL history. Mahomes’ 53 touchdown passes are also the most by any player in his first 20 career games.

Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins had nine receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Watkins is the fourth player in NFL history to record at least 195 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions in a season-opening game, joining Frank Clarke (September 16, 1962), Irving Fryar (September 4, 1994) and Hugh Taylor (September 28, 1947).

Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew completed 88 percent of his pass attempts (22 of 25), the highest completion percentage (minimum 15 attempts) by a quarterback in his NFL debut in league annals. Minshew completed his first 13 pass attempts, the longest streak to start a career among players who made their NFL debut over the past 40 seasons.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott completed 25 of 32 attempts for 405 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 rating in the Cowboys’ 35-17 victory against the New York Giants. Prescott is the fourth quarterback to register a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark, on 30-or-more pass attempts in NFL history, joining Jared Goff (33 attempts on September 27, 2018), Ken O”Brien (32 attempts on November 2, 1986) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (30 attempts on October 1, 2000).

The Los Angeles Chargers defeated Indianapolis 30-24 in overtime while Arizona and Detroit played to a 27-27 tie at State Farm Stadium on Kickoff Weekend. At least one game on Kickoff Weekend has gone to overtime in five of the past six seasons.

The contest between the Cardinals and Lions marked the second consecutive season in which a game ended in a tie in Week 1 and the third tie overall on Kickoff Weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns tied on September 9, 2018, while the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos played to a 10-10 tie on September 19, 1971.

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler totaled 154 scrimmage yards (96 receiving, 58 rushing) and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in the victory. Ekeler is the first undrafted player to record at least 150 scrimmage yards, two receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a single game since Dan Reeves (156 scrimmage yards, two receiving touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns) on November 5, 1967.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald recorded eight catches for 113 yards and one touchdown, the 117th touchdown catch of his NFL career. He surpassed Antonio Gates (116 touchdown receptions) for the sixth-most in NFL history.

Other notable performances from Kickoff Weekend 2019 include:

Carolina running back Christian McCaffery had 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 10 receptions for 81 yards, in the Panthers’ Week 1 loss. McCaffrey, who also had 125 rushing yards and 11 receptions in Week 12 of the 2018 season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era to record at least 120 rushing yards and 10 receptions in multiple games.

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell totaled 92 scrimmage yards (60 rushing, 32 receiving) and a touchdown reception in the Jets’ Week 1 loss. Bell, who has 8,088 scrimmage yards in 63 career games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (64 games) to become the fastest player to reach 8,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history.

NEW FACES, NEW PLACES: Three key players have changed uniforms and teams. Tom Brady, who for years called Foxboro and the New England Patriots home, headed to the Gulf Coast of Florida where he will be wearing the colors of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South, Philips Rivers traded in his powder blue and lighting bolt of the Los Angeles Chargers for the Hoosier State and the Indianapolis Colts, Cam Newton heads to Foxboro after years with the Carolina Panthers and Jameis Winston stays in the NFC South but heads to New Orleans after a stint with the Bucs. Also moving… Andy Dalton, who returns to the Lone Star State as a back up to Dak Prescott as he suits up for the Dallas Cowboys after a long stint with Cincinnati.

There are five new coaches that will be roaming the sidelines when things get underway. Joe Judge (New York Giants), Mike McCarthy (Dallas), Matt Ruhle (Carolina), Ron Rivera (Washington) and Kevin Stefanski (Cleveland) will be on the sidelines this season. There will also be new places as well. The Chargers and Rams will call SoFi Stadium in downtown Los Angeles home after the Rams spent time in the Coliseum and the Chargers were residents at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson and the Raiders leave the Black Hole of the Oakland Coliseum for the desert for the great indoors of Allegiant Stadium. Not to be left out of the change party, the Washington team will no longer be called the Redskins and for the season, they’ll be refered to as the Washington football team. They’ll keep the colors they’ve had since they moved to our nation’s capital from Boston in the 1920s.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR (PLAYERS)

Josh Allen, Buffalo: needs three rushing touchdowns to become the second quarterback with at least 20 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons in NFL history joining Cam Newton (28). Allen also needs eight rushing touchdowns to become the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for at least eight touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants: needs 57 receptions to become the seventh running back in NFL history with at least 200 receptions through his first three seasons. Barkley also needs 10 games with at least 100 scrimmage yards to become the third player in NFL history with 30 such games through their first three seasons, joining Eric Dickerson (34) and Edgerrin James (32).

Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland: needs 1,000 receiving yards to become the 10th player with at least 1,000 receiving yards in six of his first seven seasons in NFL history.

Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets: needs 60 receptions to become the sixth running back in NFL history with five seasons of at least 60 receptions. Bell also needs 72 receptions to become the fourth running back with at least 450 receptions in his first seven seasons in NFL history. Bell enters 2020 with 378 career receptions in 77 career games.

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay: needs 16 starts to surpass Brett Favre (298 games) for the most games started by a quarterback in NFL history. Brady also needs two games with at least 300 passing yards to surpass Peyton Manning (93 games) for the second-most such games in NFL history, trailing only Drew Brees (120). With eight games with at least three touchdown passes, Brady would surpass Drew Brees and Peyton Manning (93 games) for the most such games in NFL history. Brady needs one more Pro Bowl berth to surpass Tony Gonzalez (14), Peyton Manning (14), Bruce Matthews (14) and Merlin Olsen (14) for the most Pro Bowl berths in NFL history.

Drew Brees, New Orleans: needs 10 starts to become the third quarterback in NFL history to start 300 games, including the postseason, joining Tom Brady (324) and Brett Favre (322). Brees also needs 25 touchdown passes to join Peyton Manning (16 seasons) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 15 seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes. Brees needs one game with at least two touchdown passes to surpass Peyton Manning (165 games) for the second-most such games in NFL history, trailing only Tom Brady (173). With one game with at least three touchdown passes, Brees would surpass Peyton Manning (93 games) for the most such games in NFL history. Brees needs one game with a passer rating of 125 or higher to surpass Peyton Manning (50 games) for the most such games in NFL history.

A.J. Brown, Tennessee: needs at least 1,000 receiving yards, 50 receptions and five receiving touchdowns to become the ninth player in NFL history to accomplish the feat in each of his first two seasons. Brown also needs five games with at least 100 receiving yards to become the ninth player in NFL history with 10 such games through his first two seasons.

Kevin Byard, Tennessee: needs three interceptions and two sacks to become the sixth player in NFL history with at least 20 interceptions and five sacks through his first five seasons in NFL history.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota: needs 893 passing yards in his first three games of the 2020 season to become the third-fastest player (96 career games) to reach 25,000 career passing yards in NFL history, behind Matthew Stafford (90 games) and Dan Marino (92 games).

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams: needs eight sacks to become the fourth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least eight sacks in each of his first seven seasons. Donald also needs 13 sacks to become the fourth player since 1982 to record at least 85 sacks in his first seven seasons, joining Reggie White (110), DeMarcus Ware (99.5) and Derrick Thomas (85). Donald has 72 sacks in 94 career games.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers: needs 953 scrimmage yards to become the third undrafted player in the common draft era (since 1967) with at least 4,000 scrimmage yards in his first four seasons, joining Arian Foster (6,052) and Willie Parker (4,818). Ekeler has 3,047 scrimmage yards in his first three seasons.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas: needs at least 1,300 rushing yards to the eighth player with at least 1,300 rushing yards in four of their first five seasons in NFL history. Elliott also needs 1,523 yards from scrimmage to surpass Chris Johnson (8,546) for the fifth-most yards from scrimmage through a player’s first five seasons in league history.

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia: needs 93 receptions to surpass Jason Witten (617) for the most receptions by a tight end in his first eight seasons in NFL history.

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay: needs 1,000 receiving yards to become the first player in NFL history to begin his career with seven consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona: needs 22 receptions for 1,400 career receptions, trailing only Jerry Rice (1,549) for most in NFL history. Fitzgerald has 1,378 receptions in 250 career games. Fitzgerald also needs nine touchdown receptions to surpass Marvin Harrison (128) for the fifth-most touchdown receptions in NFL history. Fitzgerald has 120 receiving touchdowns in 16 career seasons. Fitzgerald needs 1,000 receiving yards to become the third player in NFL history with 10 career 1,000-yard seasons, joining Jerry Rice (14) and Randy Moss (10).

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay: needs 139 receiving yards to reach 8,000 career receiving yards, joining Jason Witten (8,948 receiving yards), Tony Gonzalez (8,710) and Antonio Gates (8,321) as the only tight ends with at least 8,000 receiving yards in their first 10 seasons. Gronkowski also needs 1,000 receiving yards to become the first tight end in NFL history with five career 1,000-yard seasons. Gronkowski needs 976 receiving yards to become the fifth tight end in NFL history with 10,000 career receiving yards, including postseason. With nine receiving touchdowns, he would become the third tight end in NFL history with 100 career receiving touchdowns, including the postseason. Gronkowski needs four games with at least 100 receiving yards to surpass Tony Gonzalez (31 games) for the most such games by a tight end in NFL history.

Todd Gurley, Atlanta: needs 12 total touchdowns to surpass Jim Brown (81) for the fifth-most total touchdowns through a player’s first six seasons in NFL history. Gurley also needs 10 rushing touchdowns to become the seventh player with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in five of their first six seasons in NFL history.

Derrick Henry, Tennessee: needs 1,500 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns to become the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons. Henry also needs two games with at least 200 rushing yards to become the third player in NFL history with four such games in his first five seasons.

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona: needs 68 receptions to become the fifth player in NFL history with 700 receptions in his first eight seasons. Hopkins has 632 receptions in 110 career games. Hopkins also needs at least 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions to become the fifth player in NFL history with four such seasons. Hopkins reached those marks during the 2015, 2017 and 2018 seasons. Hopkins needs 800 receiving yards to become the third player in NFL history with at least 800 receiving yards in each of his first eight seasons, joining Gary Clark and Jerry Rice.

Danielle Hunter, Minnesota: could join Reggie White (1986-88, 1990-92) and Jared Allen (2007-09) as the only players with at least 14 sacks in three consecutive seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official NFL statistic. Hunter recorded 14.5 sacks in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore: needs 132 rushing yards to surpass Cam Newton (2,032 yards) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history. Jackson also needs four games with at least 100 rushing yards to tie Michael Vick (10 games) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history. With 672 passing yards and 599 rushing yards, Jackson would become the first player with at least 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards through his first three seasons in NFL history.

Chandler Jones, Arizona: needs 21.5 sacks to surpass Jared Allen (117) and DeMarcus Ware (117) for the second-most sacks by a player in his first nine seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Reggie White had 137 sacks in his first nine NFL seasons. Jones also needs 17 sacks to become the third player since 1982 with three career seasons of at least 17 sacks. Jones had 17 sacks in 2017 and 19 sacks in 2019.

JULIO JONES, Atlanta: needs 1,151 receiving yards to surpass Jerry Rice (13,275 yards) for the most receiving yards through a player’s first 10 seasons in NFL history. Jones also could become the first player with at least 1,250 receiving yards in seven consecutive seasons in NFL history. Jones needs at least 100 receptions and 1,500 receiving yards to become the first player to reach those marks in four different seasons in NFL history.

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans: needs at least 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards to become the first player in NFL history to have at least 500 rushing and receiving yards in each of his first four seasons. Kamara also needs 92 rushing yards and 432 receiving yards to join Roger Craig and Christian McCaffrey as the only players with at least 2,500 rushing and 2,500 receiving yards in their first four seasons in NFL history. If Kamara reaches 3,000 rushing yards, he would join Craig as the only players with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 2,500 receiving yards in their first four seasons. Kamara enters 2020 with 2,408 rushing yards and 2,068 receiving yards.

Travis Kelce, Kansas City: needs 93 receptions to become the second tight end with at least 600 receptions in his first eight seasons, joining Jason Witten (617). Kelce also needs 535 receiving yards to become the third tight end in NFL history with at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first eight seasons, joining Rob Gronkowski (7,179) and Antonio Gates (7,005). Kelce has 6,465 receiving yards in 96 career games. Kelce needs 1,000 receiving yards to become the first tight end in NFL history with five career seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. Kelce had at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons. Kelce needs 90 receptions to become the first tight end in NFL history to record at least 90 receptions in three consecutive seasons. Kelce had 103 receptions in 2018 and 97 receptions in 2019.

Ryan Kerrigan, Washington: needs five sacks to become the ninth player to record at least five sacks in each of his first 10 seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Kerrigan also needs at least five sacks and one forced fumble to join Derrick Thomas as the only players since 1982 to do so in each of their first 10 seasons.

George Kittle, San Francisco: needs 919 receiving yards to surpass Jimmy Graham (3,863) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first four seasons in NFL history. Kittle has 2,945 receiving yards in 45 career games. Kittle also needs 84 receptions to join Jimmy Graham (301) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 300 receptions in their first four seasons. Kittle has 216 receptions in his first three seasons.

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland: needs at least 80 receptions to become the first player in NFL history to record at least 80 receptions in each of his first seven seasons. Landry also needs 102 receptions to surpass Marvin Harrison (665) for the most receptions through a player’s first seven seasons in NFL history.

Darius Leonard, Indianapolis: needs three interceptions to become the third linebacker in NFL history with at least 10 interceptions through his first three seasons.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver: needs 1,000 rushing yards to become the first undrafted player since 1967 to record at least 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first three seasons. Lindsay had 1,037 rushing yards in 2018 and 1,011 rushing yards in 2019. Lindsay also needs 1,200 scrimmage yards to become the fifth undrafted running back since 1967 to record at least three career seasons of 1,200 scrimmage yards. Lindsay had 1,278 scrimmage yards in 2018 and 1,207 scrimmage yards in 2019.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland: needs at least 3,500 passing yards to join Andrew Luck (2012-14), Peyton Manning (1998-2000) and Jameis Winston (2015-17) as the only players with at least 3,500 passing yards in each of their first three seasons in NFL history. With at least 3,500 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes, Mayfield would join Luck and Manning as the only players to do so in each of their first three seasons in league history.

Christian McCaffery, Carolina: needs at least 1,000 receiving and 1,000 rushing yards to become the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat in multiple seasons. McCaffrey also needs 97 receptions to become the third player in NFL history with 400 receptions through his first four seasons, joining Michael Thomas (470) and Jarvis Landry (400). McCaffrey needs at least 2,000 scrimmage yards to become the 11th player in NFL history to record 2,000 scrimmage yards in consecutive seasons. With 1,557 scrimmage yards, he would become the seventh player in NFL history with at least 7,000 scrimmage yards through his first four seasons. McCaffrey need 80 rushing yards and 477 receiving yards to become the first player in NFL history with 3,000 rushing and 3,000 receiving yards in his first four seasons. With six rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns, he would become the first player in NFL history with 30 rushing touchdowns and 20 receiving touchdowns in his first four seasons.

Kyler Murray, Arizona: can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history with at least 3,500 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons. Murray also needs 500 rushing yards to become the fourth quarterback since 1970 to rush for at least 500 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons.

Adrian Peterson, Detroit: needs 1,054 rushing yards to surpass Barry Sanders (15,269) for fourth place on the all-time rushing list. Peterson also needs 13 rushing touchdowns to surpass Marcus Allen (123) for third place on the all-time rushing touchdown list. Peterson needs 750 rushing yards to become the third player in NFL history to accomplish the feat in at least 11 different seasons, joining Emmitt Smith (14 seasons) and Frank Gore (12). With five rushing touchdowns, he would become the fourth player in NFL history to do so in at least 11 different seasons, joining Marcus Allen (13), Emmitt Smith (12) and Walter Payton (11).

Dak Prescott, Dallas: could join Peyton Manning (1998-2002) and Russell Wilson (2012-16) as the only players with at least 3,000 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes in each of their first five seasons in NFL history. Prescott also needs four rushing touchdowns and three touchdown passes to join Cam Newton (2011-15) as the only players with at least 100 touchdown passes and 25 rushing touchdowns through their first five seasons in NFL history.

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis: needs 2,091 passing yards to surpass Dan Marino (61,361) for fifth place on the all-time passing yards list. Rivers also needs 24 touchdown passes to surpass Dan Marino (420) for fifth place on the all-time passing touchdowns list. With 60 completed passes, Rivers would surpass Dan Marino (4,967) for fifth place on the all-time completions list. Rivers needs 4,000 passing yards for his eighth consecutive season with at least 4,000 passing yards, tied with Peyton Manning for the third-longest such streak in NFL history.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: needs 3,054 passing yards to become the 11th quarterback to reach 50,000 career passing yards in NFL history. Rodgers also needs three touchdown passes to surpass Eli Manning (366) for the seventh-most career touchdown passes in NFL history.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: needs one game with at least 300 passing yards to tie Brett Favre (62 games) for the seventh-most such career games in NFL history. Roethlisberger also needs two games with at least 300 passing yards to tie Dan Marino (63 games) for the sixth-most such games in league history. Roethlisberger needs one game with at least three touchdown passes to become the eighth quarterback to have at least 50 games with at least three touchdown passes in NFL history.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta: needs at least 4,000 passing yards to join Drew Brees (12 seasons from 2006-17) as the only players with at least 4,000 passing yards in 10 consecutive seasons in NFL history. Ryan also needs 3,643 passing yards to surpass Peyton Manning (54,828 yards) for the most passing yards through a player’s first 13 seasons in NFL history.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit: needs 4,149 passing yards to surpass Dan Marino (45,173) for the fourth-most passing yards through a player’s first 12 seasons in NFL history.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans: needs 1,000 receiving yards to become the fourth player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first five seasons, joining Mike Evans, A.J. Green and Randy Moss. Thomas also needs 100 receptions to become the third player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions in four consecutive seasons, joining Antonio Brown (six seasons) and Marvin Harrison (four). Thomas needs 90 receptions to become the first player in NFL history with at least 90 receptions in each of his first five seasons. With 1,273 receiving yards he would surpass Torry Holt (6,784 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history. Thomas needs 12 receptions to surpass Jarvis Landry (481 receptions) for the most receptions in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history.

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh: needs at least 13 sacks to join Reggie White (four seasons) and Derrick Thomas (three) as the only players to record at least 13 sacks in three of their first four seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official NFL statistic. Watt recorded 13 sacks in 2018 and 14.5 sacks in 2019.

Russell Wilson, Seattle: needs seven wins to surpass Peyton Manning (92) for the most wins by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history. Wilson has won 86 games in his first eight seasons. Wilson also needs seven wins to surpass Tom Brady (101) for the most wins, including the postseason, by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Jason Witten, Las Vegas: needs 60 receptions for his 16th career season with at least 60 receptions, the second-most in NFL history, trailing only Jerry Rice (17). Witten needs 85 receptions to become the second tight end and fourth player in NFL history with at least 1,300 career receptions. With 23 receiving yards, he would become the second tight end in NFL history with 13,000 receiving yards, joining Tony Gonzalez (15,127).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 1

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

The 54 Super Bowl winners have a 44-9-1 record in the Kickoff Weekend games of their title seasons. The Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City Chiefs, who hosted Houston in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game on Thursday, have won their past five Kickoff Weekend games, the longest active streak in the AFC and tied for the longest active streak in the NFL (Green Bay).

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

Of the 617 teams that won openers…322 went to the playoffs (196 won division titles).
Of the 616 teams that lost openers…148 went to the playoffs (86 won division titles).

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

In 2019, the 12 playoff teams compiled an 11-1 record on Kickoff Weekend and all four participants in the conference championships – Green Bay, Kansas City, San Francisco and Tennessee – were victorious in Week 1.

STARTING STREAKS: The Chiefs aren’t the only team to have excelled in openers. Below is a sampling of other notable active NFL Kickoff milestones and streaks:

The defending AFC North champion Baltimore Ravers, who hosts Cleveland on Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, have won their last four Kickoff Weekend games, the AFC’s second-longest active streak.

Green Bay opens their season on the road against Minnesota in the Land of 10,000 Lakes on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOx. The Packers have won 57 games on Kickoff Weekend, the most in the NFL. Green Bay has won its past five Kickoff Weekend games while the Vikings enter the 2020 season having won their past four openers.

Dallas and Dak Prescott visit the Los Angeles Rams in prime time on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. With a winning percentage of .661 (39-20-1), the Cowboys own the best Kickoff Weekend winning percentage in the NFC.

In the first of two Monday Night Football games on Kickoff Weekend, the New York Giants host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN. The Giants have 50 wins on Kickoff Weekend, third-most among all teams, while Pittsburgh’s 43 wins are the most among AFC teams.

Denver begins the season by hosting Tennessee in the second Monday Night Football contest at 10:20 p.m. on ESPN. The Broncos have also posted a .661 winning percentage (39-20-1) on Kickoff Weekend, the top mark in the AFC. Denver has won seven of its past eight Kickoff Weekend games.

*From 1920-71, tie games were not included in winning percentage

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

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has 39 touchdown passes in 18 career Week 1 games, while Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady has 37 touchdown passes in 17 career Kickoff Weekend games. The two rank first and second in NFL history, respectively, in career touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend and face off this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on FOX.

Brees also leads all players with 5,406 career passing yards on Kickoff Weekend, while Brady ranks third with 4,693. With at least 44 passing yards on Sunday, Brady will surpass Peyton Manning (4,736) for second place on the all-time list.

Detroit running back Adrian Peterson has 999 rushing yards in 12 career season-opening games and needs one rushing yard on Sunday against Chicago at Ford Field at 1 p.m. on FOX to become the fifth player with at least 1,000 rushing yards in season-opening games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith (1,247), Walter Payton (1,067), Edgerrin James (1,062) and Jim Brown (1,043).

Peterson also enters the season with nine career rushing touchdowns on Kickoff Weekend and needs one more to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen (12), Chuck Muncie (11) and Priest Holmes (10) as the only players in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in season-opening games.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who recorded eight catches for 113 yards and a touchdown on Kickoff Weekend in 2019, has 92 receptions in 16 career Kickoff Weekend games, tied for the most all-time. With at least one reception on Sunday at San Francisco at 4:25 p.m. on FOX, Fitzgerald will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (92 receptions) for the most career receptions in season-opening games in NFL history.

Fitzgerald has 1,181 receiving yards in Week 1 games and with at least 45 receiving yards on Sunday can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers Randy Moss (1,194) and Andre Reed (1,225) for the second-most in NFL history. Rice has the most receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend with 1,385.

Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had 154 receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend in 2019, has six career games with at least 100 yards receiving in Week 1, tied for the most all-time. With at least 100 receiving yards against Washington on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, Jackson would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (six) for the most 100-yard receiving games on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history.

START ’EM EARLY: Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, the number 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, is expected to make his first career start on the West Coast against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on CBS. With a start by Burrow, at least one rookie quarterback will have started in Week 1 in 13 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

The rookie quarterbacks to start in Week 1 since 2008:

SEASON – QUARTERBACK (TEAM, STARTING RECORD AS ROOKIE)
2008 – Joe Flacco (Baltimore, 11-5)
2008 – Matt Ryan (ATLANTA, 11-5)
2009 – Mark Sanchez (New York Jets, 8-7)
2009 – Matthew Stafford (Detroit, 2-8)*
2010 – Sam Bradford (St, Louis Rams, 7-9)*
2011 – Andy Dalton (Cincinnati, 9-7)
2011 – Cam Newton (Carolina, 6-10)*
2012 – Robert Griffin III (Washington, 9-6)
2012 – Andrew Luck (Indianapolis, 11-5)*
2012 – Ryan Tannehill (Miami, 7-9)
2012 – Brandon Weeden (Cleveland, 5-10)
2012 – Russell Wilson (Seattle, 11-5)
2013 – EJ Manuel (Buffalo, 4-6)
2013 – Geno Smith (New York Jets, 8-8)
2014 – Derek Carr (Oakland, 3-13)
2015 – Marcus Mariota (Tennessee, 3-13)
2015 – Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay, 6-10)*
2016 – Dak Prescott (Dallas, 13-3)
2016 – Carson Wentz (Philadelphia, 7-9)
2017 – DeShone Kizer (Cleveland, 0-15)
2018 – Sam Darnold (New York Jets, 4-9)
2019 – Kyler Murray (Arizona, 5-10-1)*
2020 – Joe Burrow (Cincinnati) *^
*No. 1 overall pick
^Expected to start Week 1

BRADY & BREES: Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees will face off as division rivals for the first time, as Tampa Bay travels to New Orleans on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on FOX. Brady (age 43) and Brees (41) are the two oldest active players in the NFL, and Sunday’s meeting will be the first in league history between two starting quarterbacks both age 40 or older.

The pair enter the 2020 season as the league’s top-two all-time leaders in passing yards and touchdown passes. Their Week 1 meeting marks the first game since at least 1950 between the league’s top-two all-time leaders in touchdown passes.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (77,416)
Tom Brady – New England (74,517)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (71,940)
The players with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (547)
Tom Brady – New England (541)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)

With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday, Brees (165 games) will surpass Peyton Manning for the second-most such games in NFL history, trailing only Brady (173). With at least three touchdown passes, Brees (93 games) will surpass Manning for the most such games in league annals. Brady enters the season third on the all-time list with 86 games with at least three touchdown passes.

The players with the most career games with at least two touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES)
Tom Brady – New England (173)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (165)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (165)

The players with the most career games with at least three touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (93)
Peyton Manning – Denver and Indianapolis (93)
Tom Brady – New England (86)

If Brees records a passer rating of 125 or higher, he would also surpass Manning (50 games) for the most such games in NFL history.

Other career passing milestones that can be reached in Week 1:

With at least three touchdown passes on Sunday at Jacksonville at 1 p.m. on CBS, Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers (397 career touchdown passes) can become the sixth player with 400 career touchdown passes in NFL history.

With at least 290 passing yards on Sunday against Seattle at 1 p.m. on FOX, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (51,186 career passing yards) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (51,475) for ninth place on the league’s all-time list.

With at least 58 passing yards on Sunday at Minnesota at 1 p.m. on FOX, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (46,946 career passing yards) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for 12th place on the all-time list.

With at least 266 passing yards on Sunday at Atlanta, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson can reach 30,000 career passing yards, becoming the 11th player to do so in his first nine seasons in league history.

RUSHING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson became the youngest quarterback to win league MVP in NFL history last season after leading the league with 36 touchdown passes and rushing for 1,206 yards, the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.

Jackson had five games with at least 100 rushing yards last season, the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history, and enters 2020 with 1,901 career rushing yards through his first two seasons.

With at least 132 rushing yards on Sunday against Cleveland, Jackson can surpass Cam Newton (2,032 rushing yards) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most rushing yards in their first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RUSHING YARDS)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2,032)
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (1,901)*
Russell Wilson, Seattle (1,877)
*Entering third season

RECEPTIONS LEADER: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas led the NFL with 149 receptions for 1,725 receiving yards last season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (143 receptions in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history. He also registered nine games with at least 10 receptions, the most in a single season in league annals.

Thomas enters his fifth NFL season with 470 career receptions and needs at least 12 receptions on Sunday against Tampa Bay to surpass Jarvis Landry (481 receptions) for the most receptions by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first five seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RECEPTIONS)
Jarvis Landry – Miami and Cleveland (481)
Michael Thomas – New Orleans (470)*
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (426)
*Entering fifth season

CLOSING IN ON 800: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 797 receptions for 12,125 yards and 57 touchdowns in 126 career games. Jones needs three receptions on Sunday against Seattle to become the second-fastest player to reach 800 receptions in NFL history.

The players to reach 800 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES TO REACH 800 RECEPTIONS)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (126)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (131) HOF
Andre Johnson, Houston (137)
Julio Jones, ATLANTA (126)*
*Has 797 receptions entering Sunday

ROOKIES NO MORE: The 2019 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray and the 2019 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year, San Francisco defensive lineman Nick Bosa, will meet each other in Week 1, when the 49ers host the Cardinals on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on FOX.

It will mark the third time in NFL history that the two reigning Rookies of the Year will meet on Kickoff Weekend. New England running back John Stephens and New York Jets defensive back Erik McMillan met in Week 1 of the 1989 season, while San Diego Chargers running back Don Woods and Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert met in the season opening game in 1975.

The Kickoff Weekend matchups featuring the reigning Associated Press Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year in NFL history:

SEASON: REIGNING OROY (TEAM); REIGNING DROY (TEAM) – WEEK 1 RESULT
2020: QB Kyler Murray (Arizona); DL Nick Bosa (San Francisco) – ???
1989: RB John Stephens (New England); DB Erik McMillan (New York Jets) – New England 27, New York Jets 24
1975: RB Don Woods (San Diego); LB Jack Lambert (Pittsburgh)(HOF) – Pittsburgh 37, San Diego 0

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 26. The first game will send the Texans to Detroit to face the Lions at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The late afternoon game will feature Washington visiting Dallas at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX. The Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an AFC North showdown as the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh and Heinz Field to face the Steelers on NBC at 8:20 p.m. Eastern

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the 11th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 13. “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights. In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

Week one got underway at Arrowhead as the Chiefs raised their championship bannder and got their rings as World Champions Thursday night and concludes in the Mile High City as Denver hosts Tennessee. As our tradition, we’re going to make all the games for week 1 and 17 “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 61 last June and dates a 45-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 year was a pretty good year pick-wise, as we went 149-119 for the season. Having said all of that, it’s time for the picks for Sunday and Monday in week 1.

Seattle (11-5) at ATLANTA (7-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Salmon meets chicken and waffles as Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks travel to the Big Peach for a showdown with Matt Ryan, newly accquired RB Todd Gurley and the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Seattle leads the series 11-8 and the Seahawks have outscored Atlanta 465-411. Seattle has also won three of the last four regular season meetings, including a 27-20 win in the Big Peach last year (Atlanta’s last win in the series came in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, as the Falcons held off Seattle 34-31 in 2017).

They met in week eight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Seahawks scored 24 first-half points unchecked at the intermission. Atlanta, with Matt Schaub under center (Ryan was injured the week before), proceeded to outscore Seattle 20-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Seattle outrushed Atlanta 151-69 and Seahawks RB Chris Carson led all rushers with 90 yards and a TD, while DeVonta Freeman led Atlant with 39. Wilson threw for 182 yards and a pair of TDs (both to WR D.K. Metcalf), while Schaub threw for 460 yards and a TD to TE Austin Hooper (Schaub was picked off once, Wilson did not throw an interception; both men were sacked twice). Atlanta, who turned the ball over three times (two fumbles, Schaub interception), went 1 of 1 on fourth down (both teams were 3 for 9 on third down) and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the pigskin for 30:47, while Seattle kept the ball for 29:13.

Seattle was favored by 3 1/2 in the week eight contest in the Big Peach and their 7-point road win but both clubs missed the 53 1/2 over/under, as they tallied 47 points. In the first Sunday meeting of the 2020 campaign, Seattle’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 49. Seattle would like to prove that last year’s win was not a fluke. Atlanta would love nothing more than revenge. Revenge wins out here. Atlanta covers the 1 1/2 in the Big Peach and takes the win in the Deep South.

Cleveland (6-10) at Baltimore (14-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of former top draft QBs meet along Baltimore Harbor in Charm City as Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens take on Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns square off in the first of two AFC North meetings.

The Ravens lead the series 31-11 and have outscore the Browns 983-653. The two clubs split their two meetings in the 2019 campaign, each taking wins in their home facilty. Their first meeting was in week four in Charm City and the Browns would prevail 40-25 at M&T Bank Stadium. Cleveland led 10-7 at the intermission, then proceeded to hit the gas in the second half, outscoring the Ravens 30-18 in the final 30 minutes of play. Cleveland outrushed Baltimore 193-173 with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading the way with 165 yards and three TDs, while Mark Ingram led Baltimore with 71 yards. Mayfield threw for 342 yards in the contest with a TD and an interception, while Jackson threw for 247 yards and three TDs (Mayfield was sacked once; Jackson was sacked four times and threw a pair of interceptions.). The Ravens (who turned the ball over three times) went 4 of 10 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:43, while the Browns ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:17, going 6 for 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Ravens got revenge in week 16 along the shores of Lake Erie as Baltimore 31-15 at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium. After a scoreless first quarter in the chill of northern Ohio, Baltimore took a 14-6 lead with them to the break and never looked back, outpacing Cleveland 17-9 in the final 30 minutes of play. This time, Jackson would not only lead with his arm, he led with his feet, leading all rushers with 103 yards, as Baltimore outrushed Cleveland 243-49 (the Ravens held Chubb to 45 yards rushing). Jackson threw for 238 yards and three TDs without a sack or interception, while Mayfield threw for 192 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Beckham) with an interception. Baltimore went 7 of 11 on third down tries (the Ravens were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:19, while the Browns, keeping the pigskin for 25:41, went 3 of 12 on third down tries.

In the week four contest in Charm City, the Ravens were favored by 6 1/2 and the Browns covered, winning by 15. Both teams covered the 45 over/under with 65 points. The Ravens were favored again in their week 16 showdown along the shores of Lake Erie, by 9 1/2 and the Ravens covered, winning by 16 but both clubs missed the 49 1/2 over/under, tallying 46 points. Baltimore’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. The 48 1/2 makes sense, it’s the 8 that has us scratching our heads. Cleveland’s better than their 6-10 record and while they could make things closer than 8, the Ravens prevail in Charm City and takes the win.

New York Jets (7-9) at Buffalo (10-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of Empire State teams meet in upstate New York as the Buffalo Bills welcome their AFC East rivals from the Jersey Shore to Orchard Park.

The Bills lead the series 62-56 (which includes contests played at Shea Stadium, War Memorial Stadium and when the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were known as the Titans) and have outscored GangGreen 2,459-2,408. They met twice in the 2019 campaign, splitting the two contests to start and end the season and taking wins in the other team’s facility.

Meeting number one… week one in the Meadowlands and the Bills erased a 16-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 17-16 win at Met Life Stadium. GangGreen led 6-0 at the break and took a 16-3 lead with them to the fourth quarter before Buffalo circled their wagons and scored 14 fourth quarter points unchallenged, including the game winner when Josh Brown and Josh Allen connected on a 38-yard TD toss with three mintues left in regulation. The Bills then held off a late J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! rally to take the win in upstate New Jersey.

Buffalo outrushed GangGreen 128-68 and Allen threw for 254 yards and the TD to Brown (he also had a rushing TD in the fourth quarter), while Sam Darnold threw for 175 yards and a TD to LeVeon Bell (Allan was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions, while Darnold was sacked four times). Buffalo was 5 of 10 on third down tries (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:59, while GangGreen actually ruled the clcok, keeping the pigskin hostage for 32:01, while going 7 of 17 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The two teams closed out the season in upstate New York and this time, GangGreen prevails 13-6 at New Era Stadium. Darnold and WR Jamison Crowder connected for the contest’s only TD early in the final quarter of play (GangGreen led 3-0 at the half) to take the win, holding off a late Bills’ rally as K Stephen Hauschka connected on a 49-yard field goal with 47 seconds left, then recovering the onside kick to seal the win. Neither club breached the 100-yard mark in the rematch and it would be GangGreen outrushing Buffalo 86-73. Arnold threw for 199 yards and the fourth quarter TD, while backup QB Matt Barkley threw for 199 yards (Barkley was sacked once and threw a pair of interceptions, while Darnonld threw a pick and was sacked twice). The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 5 of 14 on third down and held on to the ball for 31:21, while the Bills kept the pigskin for 28:39, going 4 of 14 on third down conversions.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 2 1/2 in the week one contest in the Meadowlands and while the Bills came away victors, they did not cover, winning by 1 point and both missed the 40 1/2 over/under, tallying only 33 points. Buffalo in the week 16 rematch found themselves favored by 1 1/2 and GangGreen did cover, winning by 7 in upstate New York. As for the 36 over/under? It was as safe as can be, as they merged for only 19 ponits. The Bills are favored by 6 1/2 in upstate New York and the over/under’s 39. These two teams are trying to knock New England off the AFC East mountain and the winner has the edge to completing that task. Bills circle the wagons in Orchard Park and takes the win in upstate New York, covering the 6 1/2.

Las Vegas (7-9) at Carolina (5-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of teams that were struggling last year meet in the Tar Heel State as Carolina begins life without Cam Newton or Ron Rivera as they host Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders. You are reading that correctly. After years of playing in Oakland, the Silver and Black have moved to the desert.

The two teams find themselves tied 3-3 and the Silver and Black has outscored Carolina 140-137. The Raiders were 35-32 winners on the Eastern side of San Francisco Bay in Oakland in 2016, while Carolina’s last win in the series came in the Tar Heel State in 2012 by a final of 17-6. The Raiders are favored by 3 in the Tar Heel State and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Raiders ‘Just Win, Baby” in the Tar Heel State and covers the 3 in Charlotte.

Chicago (8-8) at Detroit (3-12-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Motor City as Chicago and Detroit, both looking to unseat Green Bay on the divisional throne, meet at Ford Field in the season opener for both.

Including games played in Portsmouth, when the Lions were known as the Spartans, games played at Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field, the Pontiac Silverdome and Champaign-Urbana, Da Bears lead da series 101-74-5, have outscored Detroit 3,510-3,223 and have won the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Detroit’s last win over Chicago came in 2017 in the Motor City by a final of 20-10).

Their first meeting took place in the Windy City in week 10 and Chicago held off a late Detroit rally at Solider Field to come away with the 20-13 win. Trubisky (173 yards) threw three TD passes in the contest as Chicago led 7-6 at the intermisson. The one bright spot for the Lions in the contest was that they did outrush Da Bears 98-83 and Jeff Driskell, taking over for the injured Matthew Stafford, threw for 269 yards and a TD to Kenny Golloday (Driskell was sacked twice and threw and interception, while Trubisky was sacked five times without a pick). Detroit went 7 of 18 on third down tries at Soldier Field (the Lions were 0-2 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 31:54, while Da Bears were 2 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 28:06.

Round two… the Motor City in week 13 on Thansgiving Day and the Lions let a 20-17 lead with 2:17 left in regulation get away from them as Da Bears’ David Montgomery caught a 3-yard TD toss from Trubisky to reclaim the lead, taking a 24-20 win at Ford Field. The Lions, leading 17-10 at the intermission, broke a 17-17 tie thanks to a 24-yard field goal by Matt Prather, before Chicago went on a 9-play, 90-yard drive that took 4:23 of clock to reclaim the lead. Chicago then went on to hold off a late Detroit rally to complete the sweep and take the win. Detroit once again outrushed Chicago, this time tallying 105 yards (Detroit’s Bo Scarbrough led all rushers with 83 yards, Montgomery led Chicago with 75 yards), while Chicago ran for 88 yards. Trubisky threw for 338 yards and three TDs (including the game winner), while David Blough, making his first start in the NFL as he took over for Stafford, threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Golladay), while Trubisky threw for 338 yards and three TDs (including the game winner; Trubisky was sacked once, Blough was sacked twice and both threw an interception). Both teams were 50 percent on third down tries in the Thanksgiving Day affair in the Motor City (Chicago was 5 of 10, Detroit was 8-16) and both teams went 0 for 1 on fourth down tries. Chicago ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:50, while Detroit kept the pigskin for 29:10.

Chicago covered the 2 1/2-point spread in the week 10 contest, winning by 6 but the 41 1/2 over/under was safe, as the two teams merged for 33 points. Da Bears were favored in the Thanksgiving Day contest in the Motor City as 2 1/2-point favorites and they would cover, winning by four. This time, both teams covered the 39 over/under, tallying 44 points. Detroit’s favored by 3 in the Motor City and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Lion fans, get readsy to get your hearts broken… again. Da Bears win in the Motor City and covers the 3.

Indianapolis (7-9) at Jacksonville (6-10), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC South rivals open their 2020 seasons in north Florida as Jacksonville hosts the Indianapolis Colts in the Sunshine State.

The Colts lead the series 24-14 and have outrscored Jacksonville 889-779. The two AFC South foes split their meetings last year, each winning at home.

Indy took control of things in the first meeting, a week 11 contest at Lucas Oil Stadium, coming away 33-13 winners in the Hoosier State. The Colts led 10-3 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the third quarter, scoring a pair of TDs in the quarter unchallenged to all but seal the game away. Jacksonville was held to 29 yards of rushing as Colts RBs Jordan Williams (116 yards) and Marlon Mack (109 yards, TD) ran roughshod over the Jaguars. Jacoby Brissette threw for 148 yards with a TD pass to WR Marcus Johnson and had a rushing TD of his own, while Nick Foles threw for 296 yards and a pair of TDs to D.J. Chark for the Jaguars (both Brissett and Foles threw an interception; Brissett was sacked twice, Foles sacked once). The Colts were 4 0f 11 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:52, while Jacksonville, keeping the pigskin for 26:08, went 6 of 14 on third down and 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Jacksonville would get their revenge in week 17 in the Sunshine State, coming away 38-20 winnners at TIAA Bank Field to close the season. Jacksonville scored 22 second half points unchallenged, erasing a 20-16 deficit at the intermission. The Colts once again outrushed Jacksonville by a 132-67 margin but this time around, Gardner Minshew II, taking over for Foles, threw for 295 yards and three TDs, while Brissett threw for 162 yards (both men were sacked three times, with Minshew throwing the game’s only interception). The victorious Jaguars were 9 of 14 on third down tries in north Florida and kept the ball for 33:53, while the Colts, keeping the pigskin for 26:07, went 4 for 12 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Colts covered the 3-point spread in the week 11 contest in the Hoosier State, winning by 20 and both clubs took care of the 43 1/2 over/under with 46 points. In the week 17 rematch in the Sunshine State, while the Colts were favored by 4, Jacksonville covered the spread as they would win by 13 and both clubs took care of the 43 over/under with 53 points. Indy’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Both numbers make a ton of sense. Jacksonville will give the Colts a scare and make it closer than 8 1/2 but Indy prevails in the Sunshine State.

Green Bay (13-3) at Minnesota (10-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of old-fashined NFC North rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers travel to the Twin Cities to meet up against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings,

Including games played at County Stadium, Metropolitain Stadium and the Metrodome, the Packers lead the series 61-53-3 and have outscored the Purple Gang 2,549-2,268. Green Bay swept the series in 2019, taking wins at Lambeau and in the Twin Cities (Minnesota’s last win in the series came in 2018, when the Vikings took a 24-17 win at US Bank Stadium.).

They met in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst in week two at Lambeau and the Packers held off Minnesota 21-16. Green Bay led 21-10 at the intermission before Minnesota would pull themselves to within five with 9:12 left in the third when WR Stefan Diggs connected with Cousins on a 45-yard TD toss. Minnesota out-rushed Green Bay 198-144 with Vikings RB Delvin Cook leading all rushers with 154 yards, while Aaron Jones led the Packers with 116 yards (both men had a rushing TD in the contest). Rodgers threw for 209 yards and a pair of TD (Rodgers did not have an interception), while Cousins threw for 230 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Rodgers was sacked twice, Cousins was sacked once). Green Bay was 5 of 15 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Packers would rule the clock and keep the ball for 34:06, while the Vikings, who kept the pigskin for 25:54, went 4 of 13 on third down at Lambeau.

Green Bay completed the sweep in the series in 2019, meeting in week 16 on a Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium and for the Packers, it was a win they needed to clinch the NFC North title, taking a 23-10 win in the Twin Cities. Green Bay trailed 10-9 at the half, then proceeded to score 14 second-half points unchallenged to take the win on the road. This time around, it would be Green Bay that would outrush Minnesota, as the Packers tallied 184 yards to Minnesota’s 57. Once again, Jones accounted for all of Green Bay’s yardage, tallying a pair of TDs in the second half to go with his 154 yards on the ground. Rodgers, despite being sacked three times and throwing an interception, managed to account for 216 yards with a TD to Diggs (Cousins was sacked five times and threw an interception). In the second meeting, Green Bay was 5 of 15 on third down tries and once again, ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 37:32, while the Vikings, holding on to the ball for 22:28, went 4 for 15 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Green Bay’s 5-point win in the week two contest at Lambeau allowed them to cover the 3-point spread but neither team touched the 43 1/2 over/under, as the two clubs tallied 37 points. In the primetime contest in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Vikings were favored by 4 1/2 and once again, the Packers covered, winning by 13. As was the case in the first meeting, the over/under was untouched (46) as both clubs merged to score 33 points. The Vikings are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46. Green Bay wants to be king of the NFC North mountain for a while, while Minnesota would love nothing more than to dethrone the Packers. Long live the kings. Green Bay wins in the Twin Cities and covers the 3.

Miami (5-11) at New England (12-4), 1 p.n. on CBS and DirecTV 709. Cam Newton makes his Foxboro debut as Tom Brady’s replacement as the Patriots host AFC East rival Miami at Gillette Stadium.

While the Dolphins lead the series 55-51, the Patriots have outscored the ‘Fins 2,335-2,266. They split last year’s contests, each taking wins on the road in the series.

Their first meeting? week two in the Sunshine State and the Patriots and Brady scored 43 points unchallenged to take a 43-0 win over Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. Leading 13-0 at the intermission, the Patriots would go on to tally 30 more points in the second half to pitch the shutout. New England outrushed Miami 126-42 with Sony Michel leading the way with 85 yards and a TD. Brady threw for 264 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Antonio Brown, he also had a rushing TD in the contest), while the New England defense sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick four times (three interceptions) and Josh Rosen three times (Rosen threw an interception). New England was 6 for 11 on third down in the Sunshine State and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:30 to Miami’s 23:30 (the Dolphins were 2 of 15 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down).

Miami would get revenge and knock the Patriots out of the one seed in the AFC playoff race, coming away 27-24 winners in Foxboro to close out the 2019 campaign. Breaking a 10-10 tie at the intermission, the ‘Fins outscored Brady and the Pats 17-10 in the final 30 minutes of action and then held off a late New England rally that would have either evened things up and sent the contest into overtime or given the Pats the win. New England outrushed Miami again, this time by a 135-63 margin and once again, it was Michel that led all rushers with 74 yards and a TD. Brady threw for 221 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked once and threw an interception, while Fitzpatrick (two sacks) threw for 320 yards and a TD without an interception. New England went 3 of 9 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:09, including the final 24 seconds of the game, while the ‘Fins were 5 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:51.

New England in the week two contest in the Sunshine State easily covered the 19-point spread with the 43-point win but barely missed the 47 1/2 over/under. In the rematch in Foxboro to close out the 2019 season, the Pats were favored by 15 but Miami prevailed by only 3. The two teams did manage to cover the 44 1/2 over/under with 51 points. New England’s favored by 6 in Foxboro and the over/under’s 43. Miami could make this one interesting but the Patriots take the win in Foxboro and could very well cover the 3.

Philadelphia (9-7) at Washington (3-13), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. One is the defending NFC East champ. The other changed their team name after nearly 80 years. Philadelphia and Washington meet in Landover to open action Sunday.

While Washington leads the series 85-79-5, which includes contests played in Boston, at RFK Stadium and JFK and Veterans’ Stadiums, the Eagles have outscored Washington 3,587-3,362 and have won the last six meetings, including a sweep of last year’s series (Washington’s last win over the Eagles came in 2016, when they left the City of Brotherly Love 27-22 winners).

They met right off the bat in the City of Brotherly Love in week one and the Eagles left Lincoln Financial Field 32-27 winners. Erasing a 20-7 deficit at the intermission, the Eagles would go on to outscore Washington 25-7 in the final 30 minutes of play, with Carson Wentz throwing a pair of TDs in the half to take the lead for keeps. The Eagles outrushed Washington 123-28 and Wentz threw for 313 yards, while Case Keenum threw for 380 yards (each man threw three TDs without an interception and was sacked once). Philadelphia was 11 of 17 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 34:27, while Washington, keeping the ball for 25:33, went 5 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Philadelphia completed the sweep in the series in Landover in week 15, taking a 37-27 win out of FedEx Field in Landover. Trailing 14-10 at the intermission, the Eagles went to work, outscoring Washington 27-13 in the final 30 minutes of action to seal the win. Philadelphia outrushed Washington 157-101 with Miles Sanders leading all rushers with 122 yards and a TD. Wentz threw for 266 yards and three TDs without an interception (despite being sacked twice), while Washington’s Dwayne Haskins threw for 261 yards and a pair of TDs. Philadelphia was 11 of 16 on third down and played keep away with the ball, holding the pigskin for 36:57 to Washington’s 23:03 (Washington was 4 for 10 on third down).

In the week one contest in the City of Brotherly Love, the Eagles won by five, which meant they didn’t cover the 10-point spread. The two teams did manage to take care of the 44 over/under, tallying 59 points. The Eagles not only took care of business in the week 15 contest in Landover, they cover the 6-point spread winning by 10 and both teams took care of the 40 1/2 over/under with 64 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Eagles as 6-point favorites in Landover with a 43 over/under. Fly, Eagles, Fly! Philly covers the 6 in Landover and takes the win on the road.

Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) at Cincinnati (2-14), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. They’re both looking to right their ships. Los Angeles and Cincinnati meet along the shores of the Ohio River in a late-afternoon contest at Paul Brown Stadium.

Including contests that were played at Qualcomm, Riverfront and Nippert Stadiums, the Chargers lead series 20-14 and have outscored the Bengals 814-743. Their last meeting was in 2018 on the West Coast and the Chargers would prevail 26-21 (Cincinnati’s last win in the series came in 2015 along the shores of the Ohio River by a final of 24-19). The Chargers are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Both clubs want nothing more than to be out of the cellars in their respective divisions. Chargers prevail in Cincy and covers the 3 1/2.

Tampa Bay (7-9) at New Orleans (13-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees. Seven Super Bowl rings between them and they meet in the Big Easy as two NFC South clubs square off in the Superdome. New Orleans leads the Saints lead series 35-21, the Saints have outscored Tampa Bay 1,281-1,068 and have won the last three meetings, including sweeping last year’s series (Tampa Bay’s last win came in 2018 when they left the Big Easy 48-40 winners).

First meeting? Week five in the Big Easy and the Saints held off a late Tampa Bay rally in the fourth quarter to come out on top 31-24. The Saints led 17-10 at the intermission and the two clubs played even football in the final 30 minutes of play, as Tampa Bay would pull themselves to within seven with 13 seconds left when Jameis Winston and WR Chris Godwin connected on a 26-yard TD toss. Tampa Bay would attempt an onside kick, which New Orleans recovered and the Saints would then run the clock out to take the win. Alvin Kamara led all rushers with 62 yards as the Saints out-rushed Tampa Bay 112-94. Winston threw for 204 yards and a pair of TDs (Winston was sacked 6 times), while Teddy Bridgewater, taking over for Brees, threw for 314 yards and four TDs with an interception. The Saints went 8 of 15 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:27, while Tampa Bay held the pigskin for 26:33 and went 3 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Brees would return from his thumb injury in week 11 as the Saints would complete the sweep in the Sunshine State at Raymond James Stadium. New Orleans led from start to finish, as they left Tampa with the 34-17 win under their belts. New Orleans led 20-7 at the intermission and then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring Tampa Bay 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. Brees threw for 228 yards and three TDs with no sacks or interceptions as the Saints outrushed Tampa Bay 109-36 (Kamara led all rushers with 75 yards) and picked Winston (313 yards, two TDs, two sacks) off four times. New Orleans went 7 of 13 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37 minutes, while Tampa Bay, keeping the pigskin for 23 minutes, was 5 of 13 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down.

In the week five contest, New Orleans covered the 3 1/2-point spread, winning by 5 and both teams took care of the 47 over/under, tallying 51 points. New Orleans covered the 5 1/2-point spread in the week 11 contest in the Sunshine State and both clubs took care of the 49 1/2 by combining for 51 points. The Saints are favored by 3 1/2 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 49 1/2. It’s the first of two meetings and the winner (for now) will have first place in the NFC South all to themselves. Tampa Bay pulls off the upset and leaves the Big Easy with the win but expect New Orleans to keep things closer than 3 1/2.

Arizona (5-10-1) at San Francisco (13-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. Jimmy Garoppolo and the defending NFC champions open their regular season against NFC West foe Arizona in wine country. For the 49ers, it’s a chance to go back to the Super Bowl, while for the Desert Angry Birds from Glendale, they look to get themselves out of the NFC West cellar.

Including games that were played in St. Louis at Busch Stadium and at Candlestick Park, the 49ers lead the series 31-26 and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,301-1,174. San Francisco swept the series last year, taking wins in Santa Clara and in Glendale (Arizona’s last win in the series came in 2018, when they 18-15 winners in the desert; the Desert Angry Birds would win the series that year).

Their first meeting was in the desert in week nine and San Francisco held off a late Cardinals’ rally to come away 28-25 winner at State Farm Stadium. Although San Francisco led 21-7 at the intermission, Arizona managed to outscore the 49ers 18-7 in the final 30 minutes of play, coming to within 3 with 4:53 left in regulation when Kyler Murray and WR Andy Isabella connected on an 88-yard TD pass.

It would be as close as Arizona would get as the 49ers and Garapollo would run out the clock to seal the win. Arizona out-rushed San Francisco 153-101 with Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake leading all rushers with 110 yards and a TD; Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and four TDs (connecting with Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle on two of the tosses; Sanders had 112 yards on nine catches), while Murray threw for 241 yards and a pair of TDs (neither threw an interception; Garapollo was sacked once, Muaray was sacked three times). The 49ers were 11 of 17 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and San Francisco ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:31, while the Cardinals, who kept the pigskin for 25:29, went 2 of 8 on third down.

They didn’t have very long to wait and they met two weeks later in week 11 at Levis’ Stadium and San Francisco erased a 16-10 first half deficit to come away with the 36-26 win to sweep the series. The 49ers took the win by outscoring Arizona 26-10 in the final 30 minutes of play. As was the case in the week nine contest, Arizona out-rushed San Francisco, tallying 135 yards to San Francisco’s 34 (Drake would lead all rushers again, running for 67 yards; Murray also had 67 rushing yards in the contest). Garapollo tool Arizona’s secondary to task, throwing for 424 yards and four TDs, while Murray threw for 150 yards and a pair of TDs (Garapollo threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked twice, while Murray was sacked four times).

Neither team breached the 50 percent barrier on third down tries (Arizona was 3 of 10, San Francisco was 6 of 13; the Cardinals were 1 of 1 on fourth down, while the 49ers went 0 of 2) and this time, it was the Cardinals ruling the clock, keeping the ball for 31:23 to San Francisco’s 28:37.

In the week nine contest in the desert (a Thursday night affair), the 49ers were favored by 10 but only came away 3-point winners. As for the 43 over/under? The two clubs took care of it with 53 points in the contest. The odds makers liked the 49ers in the week 11 meeting in Santa Clara but San Francisco would win by only 10 but the two clubs did cover the 45 over/under, tallying 62 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the 49ers as 7-point favorites and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Both numbers are somewhat reasonable. Arizona’s better than their record indicates but the 49ers are the defending NFC champs. 49ers prevail in Santa Clara and cover the 7.

Dallas (8-8) at Los Angeles Rams (9-7), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of .500 teams that missed the playoffs meet in an new facility as Mike McCarthy, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys travel to the West Coast for a Sunday night primetime contest with Sean McVay, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams, as the Rams open the doors to SoFi Stadium.

Dallas holds a slim 14-12 lead in the series (which includes contests that were played in Los Angeles, St. Louis, the Cotton Bowl and Texas Stadium) and have outscored the Rams 622-585. They met last year at AT&T Stadium and the Cowboys prevailed in that contest by final of 44-21 (the Rams’ last win in the series came in 2017 by a final of 35-30 in Dallas).

Their 2019 meeting took place in Arlington in week 15 and the Cowboys erased a 7-7 tie by scoring 30 points unchallenged to seal the win, leading 28-7 at the break. The Rams found themselves held to a season-low 22 yards rushing, while Dallas ran for 263 yards (Tony Pollard – 131 yards, TD and Ezekiel Elliot – 117 yards and a pair of TDs led all rushers). Prescott threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Jason Witten) without being sacked or picked off, while Goff threw for 284 yards with a pair of TDs (one to Cooper Kupp), while he was sacked twice and threw an interception. Dallas on third down went 7 of 13 but found success in their only try on fourth down and held on to the ball for 36:06, while the Rams kept the pigskin for 23:54, while going 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In their week 15 contest in the Lone Star State, the Cowboys covered the 3-point spread, winning by 23 and both clubs covered the 47 over/under with 65 points. In the primetime game on the Peacock Network, the Cowboys are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 52. This one’s is well worth your time, even if there will not be any fans in the seats at SoFi Sunday night and it could be closer than the 3 but in the end, the Rams get their revenge at home and takes the win, even though Dallas could make it closer than 3.

Pittsburgh (8-8) at New York Giants (4-12), 7:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The first of 16 Monday night games in the 2020 season takes place in upstate New Jersey as the New York Giants host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Met Life Stadium. The Monday night contest is the debut of new Giants head coach Joe Judge, who looks to unseat the Eagles in the NFC East.

Including games played at Forbes Field, Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Giants Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium, the Giants lead the series 44-30-3 and have outscored Pittsburgh 1,514-1,294. The Steelers, who were known as the Pirates until 1940, have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 24-14 win at Heinz Field in 2016, while New York’s last win in the series came in 2008 in the Steel City by a final of 21-14.

The Steelers on Monday nigh have had some success, going 48-24 all time and winning both of their contests under the lights last year. As for the Giants? 25-41-1 and Big Blue is 0-2 in their two 2019 contests. Pittsburgh’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 48. This may not be one of the better ones to watch but it could be somewhat entertaining. Pittsburgh covers the 6 and wins along the Jersey shore.

Tennessee (9-7) at Denver (7-9), 10:10 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week one closes out in the Mile High City as Denver hosts Tennessee at Empower Field at Mile High. The Titans look to bounce back after being bounced out of the 2019 post-season party by Kansas City, while the Broncos are looking to make some noise and perhaps unseat the Chiefs in the AFC West. Including games that were played when the Titans were known as the Houston Oilers, the Titans lead the series 22-16-1 and have outscored Denver 993-866. They met last year in the Mile High City and the Broncos pitched a 16-0 shutout in that affair (Tennessee’s last win over Denver came in 2016 in the Music City by a final of 13-10).

They met in week six in the Mile High City and Denver used three Brad McManus field goals and a 2-yard TD run by Phillip Lindsay to take the win, scoring all the points without challenge and taking a 6-0 lead with them into the intermission. Lindsay led all rushers with 70 yards as Denver out-rushed Tennessee 103-39 and Joe Flacco threw for 177 yards with one interception and one sack, while Marcus Mariotta (63 yards) and Ryan Tannehill (144 yards) were sacked seven times (Mariotta threw a pair of interceptions, while Tannehill threw a pick). Both clubs went 2 of 14 on third down (the Titans were 0 of 2 on fourth down) and the Titans would actually rule the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:14 to Denver’s 29:46.

Denver’s 16 points allowed the Broncos to easily cover the 2-point spread but the 39 over/under was untouched as the Broncos could muster only 16 points. Tennessee on Monday night? 23-18 but the Titans have not played under the lights since 2018, where they played two contests and split them. Denver? 32-41-1 on Monday night and lost their only meeting last year. The Broncos are favored by 1 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Denver covers the 1 1/2 and wins in the Mile High City.