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Three spots in the post-season have been filled. Baltimore, Kansas City and the New Orleans Saints have all punched their dance cards for the post-season party. The Ravens, Chiefs and Saints have all won their respective divisions. Nine spots remain and some, if not all could be filled soon.

For those that are not going to be in the post-season, it’s a chance to evaluate talent for next season and perhaps upset the playoff plans of other teams. In the bigger picture, 12 teams will have a second season, with one small twist.

You win, you advance.

You lose, your next game’s next year. It’s not rocket science. At the end of the day when week 17 concludes, there will be 12 more teams extending their season. 12 teams fighting to either get another Lombardi Trophy or get a Lombardi of their own.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK 14: With a 23-16 victory at New England, combined with Oakland’s Week 14 loss against Tennessee, Kansas City clinched the AFC West for the fourth-consecutive season.

With a 24-17 win at Buffalo, Baltimore clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive year.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson threw three touchdowns and one interception for a 102.5 passer rating and added 40 rushing yards in the Ravens’ Week 14 win at Buffalo. Jackson has 1,017 rushing yards this season and joins Michael Vick (1,039 rushing yards in 2006) as the only quarterbacks with at least 1,000 rushing yards in a single season in NFL history.

Denver rookie quarterback Drew Lock, making his first-career road start, passed for 309 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 136.0 passer rating in the Broncos’ 38-24 win at Houston. Lock is the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first-career road start.

Denver running back Philip Lindsay had 55 scrimmage yards (51 rushing, four receiving) and a rushing touchdown on Sunday. Lindsay, who had 1,278 scrimmage yards as a rookie in 2018, has 1,004 scrimmage yards this season and is the third undrafted player with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first two seasons in the common draft era.

San Francisco wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had seven receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass, in the 49ers’ 48-46 win at New Orleans. Sanders, who recorded both a passing and receiving touchdown with Denver in Week 7 of the 2018 season, joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Walter Payton and LaDainian Tomlinson, along with Odell Beckham, Jr. as the only non-quarterbacks to record both a passing and receiving touchdown in multiple games since 1970.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw five touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown on Sunday. Brees has 11 career games with at least five touchdown passes, the most such games in NFL history. Brees became the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with five passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Mark Malone (Week 1, 1985), Aaron Rodgers (Week 7, 2019) and Mark Rypien (Week 11, 1991).

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 391 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 140.4 passer rating in the Titans’ 42-21 win at Oakland. Tannehill joined Aaron Rodgers (three games in 2011) as the only players to complete at least 75 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 130 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) in three consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.

Tannehill also joined Russell Wilson (five games in 2015) as the only players with four consecutive games with at least two passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 125 or higher in NFL history.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler registered 101 rushing yards and 112 receiving yards, including an 84-yard touchdown reception, in the Chargers’ 45-10 win over Jacksonville. Ekeler joins Arian Foster (Week 7, 2011), Priest Holmes (Week 13, 2001 and Week 12, 2002) and Pierre Thomas (Week 17, 2007) as the only undrafted running back to have at least 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in a single game in the common draft era.

Ekeler has eight touchdown receptions in 2019, the most by an undrafted running back in a single season in the common draft era.

Tennessee rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown registered a 91-yard touchdown reception against Oakland while Atlanta rookie wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus recorded a 93-yard touchdown reception against Carolina, marking the first time that two rookies each recorded a touchdown reception of at least 90 yards in the same week in the common draft era. Zaccheaus’ 93-yard touchdown was his first career catch, marking the longest first-career reception in NFL history.

Additionally, Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Diontate Johnson had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown on Sunday against Arizona. Week 14 marks the first time since Week 11 of the 2010 season (David Gettis, Marc Mariani and Bryan McCann) that three rookies each recorded a touchdown of at least 85 yards.

Other notable performances from Sunday include: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 313 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 109.1 passer rating in the Falcons’ 40-20 win over Carolina. Ryan, who has 50,279 career passing yards, reached 50,000 passing yards in his 186th career game and became the second-fastest quarterback to reach 50,000 career passing yards in NFL history, trailing only Drew Brees (183 games).

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 456 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions for a 107.3 passer rating, and added a rushing touchdown, in the Buccaneers’ 38-35 victory over Indianapolis.

Winston is the third quarterback in NFL history to record at least 450 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Norm Van Brocklin (Week 1, 1951) and Billy Volek (Week 15, 2004). In his fifth NFL season, Winston has a career-high 4,115 passing yards in 2019 and has three career seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards. Winston joins Peyton Manning (four seasons), Andrew Luck (three), Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (three) and Matthew Stafford (three) as the only quarterbacks with at least 4,000 passing yards in three of their first five NFL seasons in league annals.

Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey had 135 scrimmage yards (82 receiving, 53 rushing) on Sunday. McCaffrey, who had 1,965 scrimmage yards in 2018, leads the NFL with 1,946 scrimmage yards this season and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and LaDainian Tomlinson along with Ezekiel Elliott and Edgerrin James as the only players in league annals with at least 1,900 scrimmage yards in two of their first three career seasons.

Washington running back Adrain Peterson rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against Green Bay. He has 14,036 rushing yards and 109 rushing touchdowns in his 13-year NFL career. Peterson became the sixth player in NFL history with at least 14,000 rushing yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton as the only players in NFL history with at least 14,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns.

Minnesota defensive end Danielle Hunter registered three sacks, including his 50th career sack, in the Vikings’ 20-7 win over Detroit. Hunter, who is 25 years and 40 days old, has 52.5 career sacks and is the youngest player to reach 50 career sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

Indianapolis linebacker Darius Leonard, appearing in his 25th career game, recorded two interceptions, including an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown, on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Leonard, who has 12 sacks and six interceptions since entering the NFL in 2018, is the first player to register at least 10 sacks and five interceptions in his first 25 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a match-up of original teams and/or a game in which history was made. The NFL has designated the Indianapolis-New Orleans matchup as the NFL100 Game of the Week because the contest features the teams from Super Bowl XLIV. On February 7, 2010, in Miami Gardens, Florida, the Saints dedicated their 31-17 victory to the New Orleans community, ravaged four years earlier by Hurricane Katrina. Trailing 10-6, Saints head coach Sean Payton surprised everyone by calling for an onside kick to open the second half and the Saints recovered to set up a go-ahead, 16-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas. Indianapolis went back on top 17-13 with a 4-yard touchdown run by Joseph Addai but the Saints shut out Indy’s high-powered offense over the game’s final 21 minutes. Brees guided New Orleans on a nine-play touchdown drive to take a fourth-quarter lead, hitting Jeremy Shockey from 2 yards out and Tracy Porter returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown, the final points in the Saints’ first world championship.

AFC SOUTH FIGURES TO GO DOWN TO WIRE: Tennessee (8-5), climbing into the heart of the AFC playoff race with four straight wins, hosts Houston (8-5) on Sunday. The two organizations that sit knotted atop the AFC South not only share roots in the city of Houston, they also meet twice in the season’s final three weeks, including a Week 17 rematch at NRG Stadium. And don’t count out Indianapolis (6-7), who are still in the hunt thanks to a 3-2 division record.

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill last week completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 391 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 140.4 passer rating in the Titans’ 42-21 win at Oakland. Tannehill joined Aaron Rodgers (three games in 2011) as the only players to complete at least 75 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 130 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) in three consecutive games in a single season in NFL history. Tannehill also joined Russell Wilson (five games in 2015) as the only players with four consecutive games with at least two passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 125 or higher in NFL history.

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: Through the first 14 weeks of the 2019 season, five teams – Buffalo (9-4), Green Bay (10-3), Minnesota (9-4), Pittsburgh (8-5) and San Francisco (11-2) – are in playoff position after missing the postseason a year ago. From 1990-2018 – a streak of 29 consecutive years – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. In 2018, seven of the 12 playoff teams missed the postseason the year before.

DIVISION-WINNING REBOUNDS: The NFL in 2002 expanded to 32 teams and realigned into eight divisions. Since that time, in 15 of the past 16 years, at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs. Heading into Week 15, two teams – Green Bay (NFC North) and San Francisco (NFC West) – lead their respective divisions after missing the postseason in 2018.

BREES, BRADY IN RACE FOR MANNING’S RECORD: In Week 15, New England quarterback Tom Brady (536) will get the first shot at the NFL’s career passing touchdowns record, held by Peyton Manning (539), when the Patriots travel to Cincinnati Sunday. Saints quarterback Drew Brees (537) will follow on Monday Night Football when New Orleans hosts Indianapolis. Since 1950, eight players have held the career mark, one of the game’s most hallowed records.

The players that have held the NFL’s career passing touchdowns record, since 1950:

PLAYER (TOUCHDOWN PASSES; SEASONS HELD)
Sammy Baugh: 187; 1950-61 (HOF)
Bobby Layne: 196; 1962-63 (HOF)
Y.A. Tittle: 212; 1963-66 (HOF)
Johnny Unitas: 290; 1966-75 (HOF)
Fran Tarkenton: 342; 1975-95 (HOF)
Dan Marino: 420; 1995-2007 (HOF)
Brett Favre: 508; 2007-14 (HOF)
Peyton Manning: 539; 2014-

NOTE – With 187 touchdown passes, Baugh and Layne were tied at the end of the 1961 season

Brees last week threw five touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown against San Francisco. Brees has 11 career games with at least five touchdown passes, the most such games in NFL history. He also became the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with five passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Mark Malone (Week 1, 1985), Aaron Rodgers (Week 7, 2019) and Mark Rypien (Week 11, 1991).

FOOTBALL IS FAMILY: Buffalo (9-4) and Pittsburgh (8-5) meet on Sunday Night Football in a game with significant AFC playoff implications. The game is also significant to the Edmunds family and in NFL history. Pittsburgh running back Trey Edmunds, 24 and safety Terrell Edmunds, 22, will square off against their brother, Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, 21.

Sunday’s contest is expected to be the first known NFL game in 92 years with three brothers on the same field. The last time it is believed to have occurred was the end of the 1927 season when Joe, Cobb and Bill Rooney played for the Duluth Eskimos.

In the 2018 NFL Draft, Tremaine (Number 16, Buffalo) and Terrell (Number 28, Pittsburgh) became the first pair of brothers to be selected in the first round of the same draft. The Edmunds’ father, Ferrell Edmunds, was a two-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end during his seven-year NFL career with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.

BEARS-PACKERS REACHES 200: Chicago and Green Bay renew one of the richest rivalries in sports history on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Sunday’s contest is the 200th meeting in the series, including postseason.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has thrown three touchdown passes in each of his past two games, wins over the Lions and Cowboys, respectively. Meanwhile, in his past eight games at Lambeau Field against Chicago, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has 23 passing touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 116.0.

LAST-SECOND WIN IN STARTING DEBUT: Denver and rookie quarterback Drew Lock, who has won his first two starts, head to Kansas City to meet Kansas City Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. On December 1, Lock led the Broncos to a dramatic walk-off win over the Chargers, 23-20, in his first NFL start. The last quarterback to do that prior to Lock was his opponent Sunday, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who made his first NFL start at the end of his 2017 rookie season on the same field in Denver. Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the Broncos, 27-24, as time expired on December 31, 2017,

Lock, making his first-career road start last week, passed for 309 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 136.0 passer rating in the Broncos’ 38-24 win at Houston. He became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first career road start.

Denver running back Phillip Lindsay had 55 scrimmage yards (51 rushing, 4 receiving) and a rushing touchdown on Sunday. Lindsay, who had 1,278 scrimmage yards as a rookie in 2018, has 1,004 scrimmage yards this season and is the third undrafted player with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first two seasons in the common-draft era.

Playoff scenarios abound in week 15 (PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?) and while three teams (Baltimore, Kansas City and New Orleans) have accepted their RSVP’s to the post-season party, there are still nine spots left and three of those spots could be filled this weekend. Here are the scenarios for week 15 (you may want to take notes, there’ll be a quiz afterward…. this may cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show).

Playoff Scenarios for week 15

AFC

CLINCHED:

Baltimore – AFC North
Kansas City – AFC West

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye with:

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

Baltimore clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) Baltimore win + NE loss + Kansas City loss or tie

Buffalo (9-4) at Pittsburgh (8-5), Sunday at 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Buffalo clinches playoff berth with:
Buffalo win

New England (10-3) at Cincinnati (1-12), Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS

New England clinches playoff berth with:
New England win or tie

NFC

CLINCHED:

New Orleans – NFC South Division

Green Bay (10-3) vs. Chicago (7-6), Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX

Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:
Green Bay win + Los Angeles Rams loss or tie OR
Green Bay tie + Los Angeles Rams loss

San Francisco (11-2) vs. ATLANTA (4-9), Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on FOX

San Francisco clinches playoff berth with:
San Francisco win or tie OR
Los Angeles Rams loss or tie OR
Minnesota loss + Green Bay loss

Seattle (10-3) at Carolina (5-8), Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX

Seattle clinches playoff berth with:
Seattle win + Los Angeles Rams loss or tie OR
Seattle win + Minnesota loss OR
Seattle win + Green Bay loss + Minnesota tie OR
Seattle tie + Los Angeles Rams loss

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 15

PASSING HISTORIC MILESTONES: Both New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and New England quarterback Tom Brady – who rank first and second in career passing yards in NFL history, respectively – can reach another historic milestone in Week 15.

If Brady has four touchdown passes on Sunday against Cincinnati or Brees has three touchdown passes against Indianapolis on Monday Night Football, they would surpass Peyton Manning (539 touchdowns) for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (537)
Tom Brady – New England (536)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508) (HOF)
Dan Marino – Miami (420) (HOF)

Additionally, if Brady – who has 19 touchdown passes in 2019 – has at least one touchdown pass on Sunday, he would surpass Manning (16 seasons) for the most seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes in NFL history. With three touchdown passes on Monday, Brees will also reach 20 for the season, tying Manning with 16 such seasons in his career.

The players with the most seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (SEASONS WITH 20+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Tom Brady – New England (16)*
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (16)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (15)#
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (15) (HOF)
*Has 19 touchdown passes in 2019
#Has 17 touchdown passes in 2019

PETERSON CONTINUES TO CLIMB: Last week, Washington running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown, becoming the sixth player in NFL history with at least 14,000 career rushing yards (14,036) and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton as the only players with at least 14,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns (109) in NFL history.

If Peterson has at least 66 rushing yards on Sunday against Philadelphia, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin (14,101) for the fifth-most career rushing yards in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAMS (RUSHING YARDS)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (18,355) (HOF)
Walter Payton – Chicago (16,726) (HOF)
Frank Gore – San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami and Buffalo (15,306)*
Barry Sanders – Detroit (15,269) (HOF)
Curtis Martin – New England and New York Jets (14,101) (HOF)
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans, Arizona and Washington (14,036)*
*Active

Additionally, Peterson needs one rushing touchdown on Sunday to tie Payton (110) for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAMS (RUSHING TDS)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (164) (HOF)
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (145) (HOF)
Marcus Allen – Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City (123) (HOF)
Walter Payton – Chicago (110) (HOF)
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota, New Orleans, Arizona and Washington (109)*
*Entering Sunday

STACKING WINS IN SEATTLE: Since entering the NFL in 2012, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to at least nine wins in each of his eight seasons under center, becoming the first quarterback to accomplish the feat in NFL history.

With a win at Carolina on Sunday, Wilson would tie Tom Brady (86 wins) for the most regular-season wins through a quarterback’s first eight seasons in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most regular-season wins through their first eight seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (WINS)
Tom Brady, New England (86)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (85)*
*In eighth season

GOLDEN GAROPPOLO: San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 26 of 35 attempts (74.3 percent) for 349 passing yards and four touchdowns with one interception for a 131.7 passer rating in a 48-46 win over New Orleans in Week 14. That marked Garoppolo’s fourth consecutive game completing at least 70 percent of his pass attempts with a passer rating of 110 or higher.

By completing at least 70 percent of his pass attempts and having a passer rating of 110 or higher on Sunday against Atlanta, Garoppolo would tie for the longest such streak of games in a single season in NFL history (minimum 10 attempts).

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games completing at least 70 percent of their passes and a passer rating of 110 or higher in a single season in NFL history (minimum 10 attempts):

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018 – 5)#
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2015 – 5)
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco (2019 – 4)*
*Active streak
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

DUCK HUNTING FOR WINS: In Week 14, Pittsburgh rookie quarterback Devlin Hodges led the Steelers to a 23-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, marking his third-career win in his third-career start.

With a win against Buffalo on Sunday Night Football, Hodges would tie Virgil Carter (four wins in 1968) and Phil Simms (four in 1979) for the third-longest streak of wins by a rookie quarterback to begin a career in the Super Bowl era (1966-present).

The rookie quarterbacks with the most consecutive wins to begin their careers in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE WINS)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004 – 13)
Mike Kruczek, Pittsburgh (1976 – 6)
Virgil Carter, Chicago (1968 – 4)
Phil Simms, New York Giants (1979 – 4)
Devlin Hodges, Pittsburgh (2019 – 3)*
*Active streak

Additionally, with a win, Hodges would become the first undrafted rookie quarterback to win each of his first four starts in the common draft era (1967-present).

TEN AGAIN: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas – who leads the NFL with 121 receptions and 1,424 receiving yards this season – had 11 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown in Week 14, marking his seventh game with at least 10 receptions in 2019.

With at least 10 receptions against Indianapolis on Monday Night Football, Thomas would surpass Andre Johnson (seven games in 2008) and Wes Welker (seven in 2009) for the most games with at least 10 receptions in a season in NFL history.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – GAMES)
Andre Johnson, Houston (2008 – 7)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (2019 – 7)*
Wes Welker, New England (2009 – 7)
*Entering Sunday

GURLEY AMONG GREATS: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has 10 total touchdowns this season (nine rushing, one receiving), having rushed for a touchdown in each of his past two games. Gurley, who is in his fifth NFL season, leads the NFL with 66 touchdowns since entering the league in 2015.

With a touchdown on Sunday at Dallas, Gurley would tie Adrian Peterson (67 touchdowns) for the fifth-most touchdowns through a player’s first five seasons in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS; TOUCHDOWNS)
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego (2001-05; 80) (HOF)
Emmitt Smith – Dallas (1990-94; 75) (HOF)
Shaun Alexander – Seattle (2000-04; 72)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco (1985-98; 70) (HOF)
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota (2007-11; 67)
Todd Gurley – St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2015-19; 66)*
*In fifth season

Week 15 got underway in Baltimore as the Ravens clinched the AFC North in the season’s final Thursday night contest in Charm City and concludes in the Big Easy as New Orleans hosts the Indianapolis Colts. As for week 14, going 8-8 was a lot better than we hoped and for the season. we’re 111-5. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 15.

ATLANTA (4-9) at San Francisco (11-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. Atlanta makes its final trip outside of the Eastern Time Zone as they travel to Santa Clara to face off against the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams took wins in last week’s play.

Atlanta ruined the debut of Carolina interim head coach Perry Fewell as the Falcons broke their two-game losing streak, taking the Panthers to task, coming away 40-20 winners in the Big Peach last Sunday. Atlanta led 13-10 at the intermission thanks to a 35-yard field goal by K Youngho Koo as time expired, then proceeded to score 20 points (a pair of Koo field goals, a 13-yard run by Davonte Freeman and a 93-yard pass from Ryan to Olamide Zaccheaus) in the third and fourth quarters unchallenged.

Freeman led all rushers with 84 yards and the TD as the Falcons outrushed their NFC South rivals 159-100 in the win to complete the sweep. Ryan threw for 313 yards and two TDs, (one to Calvin Ridley, the other to Zaccheaus, the longest of his career), while Kyle Allen threw for 293 with a passing TD as well as a rushing TD (Allen was sacked five times and picked off twice, while Ryan was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Atlanta was 5 of 12 on third down and was the ruler of the clock, keeping the ball for 31:45, while the Panthers went 3 of 10 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 28:15.

The 49ers had a tougher time than the Falcons did in getting their win in New Orleans but Robbie Gould sent San Francisco fans that were in attendance in the Big Easy home happy as they took a 48-46 win as the clock struck :00. The 49ers, in first place in the NFC West, took a 28-27 lead with them to the locker room before New Orleans K Will Lutz gave the Saints the lead back with a 55-yard field goal early in the third quarter. San Francisco took the lead back with 9:40 left in the quarter when TE George Kittle and QB Jimmy Garoppolo connected on a 5-yard TD toss. New Orleans would eventually take a 1-point lead at 46-45 with 53 seconds left when Drew Brees and WR Tre’Quan Smith would connect on an 18-yard TD pass. San Francisco would get the ball back with the 53 seconds left on the clock and used the available time to have a 7-play, 63-yard drive aided by a 28-yard pass from Garoppolo to Kittle (which was aided by a facemask penalty by the Saints) and got themselves in position to help Gould kick the field goal. After a 49ers time out, Gould connected on the try that sailed through the uprights as time expired.

In the contest that had seven lead changes and 10 TD passes, San Francisco outrushed New Orleans 162-116 and both Brees and Garoppolo threw for 349 yards (Garoppolo threw four TDs, Brees, threw 5, WR Emmanuel Sanders threw a TD and caught a TD pass; Garoppolo was sacked three times and threw an interception) in the Big Easy. San Francsico was 6 of 12 on third down and went 1 of 1 on fourth down and would keep the ball (including the final 53 seconds of the contest) for 28:37, while the Saints actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:23, while going 5 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

San Francisco leads the series 46-30-1 and the 49ers have outscored Atlanta 1,834-1,358. Their last meeting took place in the Big Peach in 2016 at the old Georgia Dome and the Falcons came away 41-13 winners, while San Francisco’s last win came at Candlestick Park in 2015 by a final of 17-16.

San Francisco’s favored by 11 on the West Coast and the over/under’s 46 1/2. The 46 1/2 is nice… the 11-point spread is a bit on the naughty side. The 49ers are looking to take back control in the NFC West, while the Falcons want to ruin San Francsico’s party. While Atlanta won’t cover the 11 on the West Coast, they will take care of business in Santa Clara and take the win.

Seattle (10-3) at Carolina (5-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Hoping for a playoff spot, the Seattle Seahawks make their way to the Tar Heel State for an early afternoon (early morning kickoff in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks) to face off against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. Both teams would wind up taking road losses in last week’s play.

Seattle fell back to second in the NFC West as Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were taken to task by the Los Angeles Rams 28-12 at the Coliseum last Sunday night. The Seahawks watched the defending NFC champions erase a 3-0 lead, scoring 21 points in the first half unchallenged to lead by 18 at the intermission, using a rushing TD from RB Malcom Brown and passes from Goff to WRs Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. After Seahawks LB Quintin Diggs picked off Kupp and returned the ball 55 yards for a TD in the third, RB Todd Gurley II restored order for the home team, scoring on a 7-yard romp to keep Seattle in check.

Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 162-106 and Gurley led all rushers with 79 yards, while Chris Carson led Seattle with 76 and the Rams defense sacked Wilson (245 yards) five times and picked him off once, while Goff threw for 293 yards with a pair of inteceptions to go with the two TD tosses. The Rams were 7 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 31:04, while Seattle, who held on to the pigskin for 28:56, went 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Carolina’s woes continued in the Big Peach last Sunday as the Falcons ruined the debut of interim head coach Perry Fewell as the Panthers dropped their fifth in a row, falling 40-20 last Sunday. Atlanta led 13-10 at the intermission thanks to a 35-yard field goal by K Youngho Koo as time expired, then proceeded to score 20 points (a pair of Koo field goals, a 13-yard run by Davonte Freeman and a 93-yard pass from Ryan to Olamide Zaccheaus) in the third and fourth quarters unchallenged.

Freeman led all rushers with 84 yards and the TD as the Falcons outrushed their NFC South rivals 159-100 in the win to complete the sweep. Ryan threw for 313 yards and two TDs, (one to Calvin Ridley, the other to Zaccheaus, the longest of his career), while Kyle Allen threw for 293 with a passing TD as well as a rushing TD (Allen was sacked five times and picked off twice, while Ryan was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Atlanta was 5 of 12 on third down and was the ruler of the clock, keeping the ball for 31:45, while the Panthers went 3 of 10 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 28:15.

The Seahawks lead the series 7-3 and have outscored Carolina 201-159. Their last meeting? Last year in the Tar Heel State and the Seahawks walked out of Bank of America Stadium 30-27 winners (Carolina’s last win came in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2015 by a final of 27-23).

Their week 12 contest at Bank of America Stadium was a slugfest to the end as Carolina led 13-10 at the break, only to see Seattle chip away at the lead and the Seahawks would tie the contest up with 3:26 left to play on a 35-yard TD pass from Wilson to WR David Moore. After Carolina and Seattle exchanged punts, Seattle would get the ball back with 1:40 left in regulation. The Seahawks would use all of that 1:40, using a 7-play, 45-yard drive, ending the contest with a 31-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired.

Carolina outrushed Seattle 220-75 with Panthers RB Christian McCaffery leading all rushers with 125 yards and a rushing TD, along with a TD pass from Newton (McCaffery also had 11 catches for 112 yards). Newton threw for 256 yards with no sacks but was picked off once, while Wilson threw for 339 yards with a pair of sacks (each threw a pair of TD passes). Seattle was 6 of 14 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and including the final 1:40 of the contest, ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 30:26, while Carolina kept the pigskin for 29:34, going 3 of 8 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest in the Tar Heel State, Carolina was favored by 3 1/2 but the Seahawks would win only by 3. The two clubs did manage to cover the 47 1/2 over/under, merging for 57 points. Seattle’s favored by 6 in the Tar Heel State and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Seattle’s looking to make their way into the post-season, while the Panthers are looking to give interim head coach Fewell his first win with Carolina. That win will have to wait a week. Seattle may not cover the 6 but they take the win in the Tar Heel State.

New England (10-3) at Cincinnati (1-12), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Tom Brady vs. Andy Dalton. Two of the best QBs in the NFL meet along the shores of the Ohio River as New England takes on the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Both teams look to right their ships after coming off losses in last week’s action.

New England’s 21-game win streak at Gillette Stadium came to an end Sunday against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City as the Chiefs would survive a last-second scare from Brady and the defending champs and leaving Foxboro 23-16 winners. New England took an early 7-0 lead in the AFC Championship rematch when Brady and Julian Edleman connected on a 37-yard TD pass. Kansas City, who clinched the AFC West, would proceed to score all 23 of their points in the contest unchallenged, leading 20-7 at the break. New England’s Brandon Bolden would make the contest a 10-point affair with 4:23 left in the third (New England went for 2 and failed) and Nick Folk’s 29-yard field goal halfway through the fourth would make it a six-point contest. Kansas City would then hold off a last-ditch effort by Brady and the Pats, shutting them down in Kansas City’s territory as Brady’s pass to Edleman was incomplete.

Kansas City and New England failed to breach the 100-yard barrier in the contest but New England outrushed Kansas City 94-75 and Mahomes threw for 283 yards, while Brady tallied 169 yards (Brady was sacked three times; both Brady and Mahomes threw a TD pass and both were picked off once; Eldeman had eight catches for 95 yards) in the air. New England on third down? 2 of 12 (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:39, while the Chiefs ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:21, going 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

After taking their first win of the season two weeks ago against the New York Jets, Cincinnati found themselves being brought back to to Earth by Cleveland as the Browns would wind up taking down their AFC North/Buckeye State rivals 27-19 at First Energy Field. The Browns took a 14-13 lead at the break, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring the Bengals 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of action along the shores of Lake Erie. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 179-146 and fantasy players got their wishes granted as Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (146 yards, TD) and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (106 yards) each led their teams on the ground, while Mayfield threw for 192 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Andy Dalton, in his second contest since being benched, threw for 262 yards with an interception (Dalton was sacked twice, Mayfield sacked once).

Cleveland was 7 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 25:29, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock and held the ball hostage for 34:31, while going 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The Patriots lead the series 16-9, have outscored the Bengals 524-518 and have won the last two contests (both in Foxboro), with New England’s last win coming in 2016 by a final of 35-17, while Cincinnati’s last win came in the Queen City in 2013, with the Bengals leaving Paul Brown Stadium 13-6 winners. New England’s favored by 10 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. While the Bengals are bad, they’re not 10 points bad. New England may not cover the 10 but they right their ship on the way to the playoffs, taking the win on the road.

Tampa Bay (6-7) at Detroit (3-9-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Motor City as Tampa Bay makes its way to Detroit to face the Lions at Ford Field.

Tampa Bay held off a late Indianapolis rally in the Sunshine State and came away 38-35 winners at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers trailed 27-21 at the intermission along Florida’s West Coast and trailed 35-21 late in the third before they would go to work, scoring their final points unchallenged, taking the lead for good when Winston and WR Breshad Perriman would connect on a 12-yard TD toss late in the final quarter. Indianapolis would get as close as midfield with 1:56 left in regulation but got no further as Jacoby Brissett’s pass attempt on fourth down sailed incomplete.

The two clubs did not breach the 100-yard rushing barrier but Tampa Bay did outrushed the Colts 75-66 and Winston threw for 456 yards with four TDs (including the game-winner; Winston was picked off three times and sacked once), while Brissett threw for 252 yards with a pair of TD passes (Brissett was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Tampa Bay was 8 of 15 on third down but struck gold on fourth down, hitting pay dirt in their only attempt and kept the ball for 34:15, while the Colts were 6 of 16 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 25:45.

The woes for Lions fans continued in the Twin Cities as Minnesota gave Detroit their sixth loss in a row, coming away on the short end of a 20-7 loss at US Bank Stadium. Detroit trailed 17-0 at the intermission and could never get themselves on rack, scoring their lone TD with 2:09 when WR Kenny Golladay caught a 10-yard TD pass from Derrick Blough. Minnesota outrushed the Lions 120-70 and Blough threw for 205 yards but was sacked five times and picked off twice to go with the lone TD toss, while Kirk Cousins threw for 242 yards and a TD (Cousins was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Detroit was 7 of 16 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:18, while the Vikings ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 33:42, going 5 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Including games played at Tiger Stadium, the Silverdome and old Tampa Stadium, Detroit leads the series 31-26 and have outscored the Buccaneers 1,223-998. Each team’s last wins came in the other team’s facilty; Detroit’s last win was in Tampa Bay in 2017, with the Lions leaving the Sunshine State 24-21 winners, while Tampa Bay’s last win was in the Motor City in 2013 by a final of 24-21. Tampa Bay’s favored by 4 in the Motor City and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Sorry, Lions fans. Your losing streak will move to seven. Tampa Bay covers the 4 and wins in the Motor City.

Chicago (7-6) at Green Bay (10-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. They meet again, this time in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers hosts Mitchell Trubisky and Chicago in an NFC North rematch from opening night. Both teams took wins at home last week.

Chicago held off Dallas 31-24 at Soldier Field last Thursday night. Dallas used a 17-play, 75 yard drive that used 8:57 of clock to take an early 7-0 lead when RB Ezekiel Elliott scored from a yard out. Da Bears would erase that deficit in the second quarter as Trubisky and WR Allan Robinson would connect on the first of their two TDs, scoring on a 5-yard toss early in the second quarter to tie things up. K Eddie Pineiro would give Chicago the lead for keeps, connecting on a 36-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead. Robinson and Trubisky would hook up again with 10 seconds to go before the intermission on a 8-yard toss to lead 17-7 at the break. Elliott would pick up his second TD of the contest, scoring from 2 yards out in the thrid before Trubisky would take matters into his own feet, scoring on a 23-yard run to give Chicago a 17-point lead with 13:22 left in the contest. Dallas would add a 19-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper and a 31-yard field goal by Brett Maher with eight seconds left to narrow the gap.

Chicago outrushed Dallas 151-82 with Bears RB David Montgomery leading the way with 86 yards (Elliott had 81 for Dallas with the two TDs) and Trubisky threw for 244 yards and three TDs (two of them to Robinson), while Prescott threw for 334 yards and the Cooper TD (both were sacked twice and Trubisky threw an interception). Da Bears were 7 of 12 on third down in the Windy City and the Monsters of the Midway kept the pigskin for 32:18, while Dallas, keeping the ball for 27:42, went 6 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Green Bay held off Washington 20-15 at Lambeau Field last Sunday. The Packers, kings of the NFC North mountain, led 14-6 at the half and held off the Redskins, breaking their brief 2-game win streak to seal the win. Green Bay outrushed Washington 174-121 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading everyone with 134 yards and a TD, while Adrian Peterson led Washington with 76 and a TD of his own. Rodgers threw for 195 yards and a TD pass to TE Robert Tonyan, while Dwayne Haskins threw for 170 yards with a TD (both men were sacked four times and Haskins threw an interception). Green Bay was 5 of 13 on third down at Lambeau and the Packers were Mick Jagger-like and had time on their side, keeping the ball for 30:24, while Washington kept the ball for 29:36, going 4 for 11 on third down conversions.

They met in the season opener on a Thursday night in week one in the Windy City and the Packers held off Da Bears 10-3 at Soldier Field. Green Bay erased a 3-0 first quarter deficit, took a 7-3 lead into the intermission, then stopped Chicago in the closing seconds to take the win. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier and Green Bay outrushed Chicago 48-47, with Rodgers throwing for 203 yards with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham, while Trubisky threw for 228 yards and an interception (both men were sacked five times and Rodgers did not throw an interception. Green Bay went 2 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 31:03, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 28:57, going 3 of 15 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

In the season opener in the Windy City, Chicago was favored by 3 and the Packers covered, winning by 3. The 46 1/2 over/under stayed untouched, as both teams combined for only 13 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Packers this time around, making them 5-point favorites in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and the over/under’s 41. Chicago’s looking for revenge from the season opening loss at Soldier Field, while the Packers would love to sweep the series and put Da Bears in their rear-view mirror. Green Bay covers the 5 at Lambeau, sweeps the series for the first time since the 2012 season and takes the win in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst.

Denver (5-8) at Kansas City (9-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Fresh off their upset win in Foxboro and taking the AFC West title, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs return to Arrowhead Stadium to face off against the Denver Broncos in a matchup that had both teams winning on the road in last week’s play.

Denver broke Houston’s 2-game win streak in the Lone Star State as Drew Lock and the Broncos took the Texans 38-24 at NRG Stadium. The Broncos took a 31-3 lead at the intermission, then held off the Texans in the second half as Houston outscored Denver 21-7 in the final 30 minutes of play, making the contest closer than the score indicated. Houston outrushed Denver 134-90, with Texans RB Carlos Hyde leading all rushers with 73 yards (Broncos RB Patrick Lindsay led Denver with 51 yards and a TD) and Lock throwing for 309 yards and three TDs, while DeShaun Watson threw for 292 yards and a TD to DeAndre Hopkins (Lock was sacked once and threw an interception, while Watson was sacked three times and threw a pair of picks). Denver was 5 of 8 on third down tries and kept the ball hostage for 31:25, while the Texans, who kept the pigskin for 28:35, went 6 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

Kansas City ended New England’s 21-game win streak at Gillette Stadium, surviving a last-second scare from Tom Brady and the defending champs and leaving Foxboro 23-16 winners. New England took an early 7-0 lead in the AFC Championship rematch when Brady and Julian Edleman connected on a 37-yard TD pass. Kansas City, who clinched the AFC West, would proceed to score all 23 of their points in the contest unchallenged, leading 20-7 at the break. New England’s Brandon Bolden would make the contest a 10-point affair with 4:23 left in the third (New England went for 2 and failed) and Nick Folk’s 29-yard field goal halfway through the fourth would make it a six-point contest. Kansas City would then hold off a last-ditch effort by Brady and the Pats, shutting them down in Kansas City’s territory as Brady’s pass to Edleman was incomplete.

Kansas City and New England failed to breach the 100-yard barrier in the contest but New England outrushed Kansas City 94-75 and Mahomes threw for 283 yards, while Brady tallied 169 yards (Brady was sacked three times; both Brady and Mahomes threw a TD pass and both were picked off once; Eldeman had eight catches for 95 yards) in the air. New England on third down? 2 of 12 (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:39, while the Chiefs ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:21, going 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Sunday contest in the Show-Me State is a rematch of their week seven Thursday night contest in the Mile High City and the Chiefs held Denver to a 1-yard TD run by Royce Freeman (the Broncos missed the extra point) in the early stages of the first quarter, then proceeded to score all 30 of their points (they led 20-6 at the half) unchallenged to come away 30-7 winners. Neither club came close to the 100-yard rushing barrier at Empower Field at Mile High as the Chiefs outrushed Denver 80-71 (Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy led all rushers with 64 yards). Mahomes threw for 76 yards in the win before he left the contest with a knee injury (Mahomes threw a TD pass to Tyreek Hill and did not have an interception), with Matt Moore taking over, throwing a TD pass and 117 yards, while Joe Flacco threw for 213 yards and was sacked eight times. Kansas City went 5 of 15 on third down (the Chiefs were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:13, while the Broncos were 1 of 13 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down and held the ball for 27:47.

In the week seven contest in the Mile High City, the Chiefs were favored by 2 and covered, winning by 23 but the 37 combined points did not come close to the 48 1/2 over/under. In the rematch at Arrowhead, the Chiefs are favored by 11 and the over/under’s 47. The 47? Makes a ton of sense. The 11? Not too sure about that. Denver’s a lot better than most of us think and while they’ll give the Chiefs problems at Arrowhead, Kansas City pulls off the sweep, taking their ninth win in 10 tries in the series.

Miami (3-9) at New York Giants (2-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling teams meet in upstate New Jersey as the Miami Dolphins make their second trip to Met Life Stadium in a week for a meeting with the New York Giants. Both clubs took road losses in last week’s play.

Miami watched a 2-point lead late in their contest with the New York Jets get away from them as GangGreen would rally from behind, taking a 22-21 last second win at Met Life Stadium. GangGreen led 16-9 at the break before Miami stormed their way back in the second half to lead 21-19 with 93 seconds left. That would be all the time the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would need, as they engineered a 7-play, 49-yard drive that used all of the available time left on the clock as K Steven Ficken connected on a 44-yard field goal as time expired.

Miami outrushed GangGreen 122-112 with Jets RB Bilal Powell leading all rushers with 74 yards, while Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins with 65 yards rushing. Fitzpatrick would throw for 245 yards with a pair of sacks, while Jets signal called Sam Darnold threw for 270 yards with a pair of TDs (one to WR Robby Anderson) and was sacked once (both threw an interception in the contest). GangGreen was 5 of 13 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball (including the final 93 seconds of the contest) for 29:54, while the Dolphins ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:06 and went 4 of 13 on third down.

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

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

The Giants lead the series 6-2, have outscored the Dolphins 143-121 and have come away winners in the last three meetings, including a 31-24 win in Miami in 2015, while Miami’s last win came in the Meadowlands in 2003 by a final of 23-10. The Giants are favored by 3 1/2 in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 48. Both teams are bad and we wouldn’t blame you one bit if you were to skip this one, get that milk and cookies ready for Santa and watch the “Grumpy Cat Chirstmas” movie this week. Miami would love nothing more than to leave the Meadowlands with a win and they’ll do it, covering the 3 1/2.

Houston (8-5) at Tennessee (8-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Two AFC South teams connected to the same city by history and tied for the top spot in the divsion meet in the Music City as Tennessee hosts the Houston Texans. The Titans were formerly the Houston Oilers, while the Texans became their replacement after the Oilers left for Nashville.

Denver broke Houston’s 2-game win streak in the Lone Star State as Drew Lock and the Broncos took the Texans 38-24 at NRG Stadium. The Broncos took a 31-3 lead at the intermission, then held off the Texans in the second half as Houston outscored Denver 21-7 in the final 30 minutes of play, making the contest closer than the score indicated. Houston outrushed Denver 134-90, with Texans RB Carlos Hyde leading all rushers with 73 yards (Broncos RB Patrick Lindsay led Denver with 51 yards and a TD) and Lock throwing for 309 yards and three TDs, while DeShaun Watson threw for 292 yards and a TD to DeAndre Hopkins (Lock was sacked once and threw an interception, while Watson was sacked three times and threw a pair of picks). Denver was 5 of 8 on third down tries and kept the ball hostage for 31:25, while the Texans, who kept the pigskin for 28:35, went 6 of 13 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

Tennessee broke a 21-21 halftime tie with Oakland, scoring 21 second half points unchallenged to come out on top on the West Coast 42-21 last Sunday. The Titans used touchdowns from RB Derek Henry (10-yard run), TE Jonnu Smith (17 yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill) and LB Jayon Brown (46-yard fumble return) to take the win on the road against Oakland in the second half. Tennessee outrushed Oakland 161-97 and Henry accounted for 103 of those yards with a pair of TDs, with Tannehill throwing for 391 yards and three TDs (two to Brown), while Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Foster Moreau; Carr was sacked twice and Tannehill threw an interception). Tennessee went 8 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 29:12, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:48, while going 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee leads the series by a slim 17-16 margin and the Texans have outscored Tennessee 805-680. Tennessee and Houston split the two meetings in the series last year, each winning in their home facilties.

Their first meeting was in the Music City in week two and the Titans pulled off a 20-17 win at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee led 14-7 at the intermission, took a 14-10 lead with them at the end of the third quarter before Houston would take their only lead of the contest with 13:25 left in regulation when Watson and RB Will Fuller connected on a 39-yard TD pass. Houston’s lead would be short-lived as Titans K Ryan Succop tied the contest with a 42-yard field goal halfway through the quarter. Succop would give Tennessee the lead back with 60 seconds left in the contest, nailing a 31-yarder through the uprights. Tennessee then went on to hold off a late Houston rally, stopping the Texans’ hopes of either tying the contest or winning it outright.

Houston outrushed Tennessee 148-100 with Texans RB Lamar Miller leading all rushers with 68 yards, while Henry led Tennessee with 56. Watson threw for 310 yards with a pair of TDs but threw an interception and was sacked four times, while Blaine Gabbert threw for 117 yards with a TD to Taywan Taylor with a sack. Tennessee was 5 of 15 on third down (the Titans were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:22, while the Texans held on to the ball for 29:38 and went 5 for 11 on third down.

They would meet in the Lone Star State in week 12 and the Texans would get their revenge at home, erasing a 10-7 first quarter deficit and taking a 34-17 win at NRG Stadium. Houston scored 17 points in the second quarter unchallenged, taking a 24-10 lead with them to the intermission. Houston again outrushed the Titans, tallying 281 to Tennessee’s 105 and Miller led all rushers with 162 yards and a TD. Watson threw for 210 yards and a pair of TDs to Derek Thomas (Watson also had a rushing TD), while Marcus Mariota threw for 303 yards with a pair of TDs (Mariota was sacked six times, neither man threw an interception). Houston was 4 of 11 on third down conversions (the Texans were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and they would keep the ball for 29:58, while the Titans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:02, while going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Houston was favored by 1 1/2 in the week two contest in the Music City and Tennessee’s 3-point win allowed them to cover the spread but the two clubs missed the 44 over/under by seven in that meeting. In the week 12 contest in the Lone Star State on a Monday night, Houston was favored again, this time by 6 1/2 and the Texans covered, winning by 17 and both covered the 41 1/2 over/under with 51 points. Tennessee’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 48. The winner of this game? They will have first place in the AFC South to themselves. The loser? They’re not out of the playoff picture but will have to work to stay in it. Houston pulls the upset in the Music City and takes the win but expect Tennessee to make things closer than 3.

Philadelphia (6-7) at Washington (3-10), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of NFC East rivals meet in Landover as Philadelphia and Carson Wentz makes the 131-mile, 2-hour trip down I-95 to face the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field.

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

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

Washington saw their brief win streak come to a end in Green Bay, as the Packers held off Washington 20-15 at Lambeau Field last Sunday. Green Bay led 14-6 at the half and held off the Redskins, breaking their brief 2-game win streak to seal the win. Green Bay outrushed Washington 174-121 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading everyone with 134 yards and a TD, while Adrian Peterson led Washington with 76 and a TD of his own. Rodgers threw for 195 yards and a TD pass to TE Robert Tonyan, while Dwayne Haskins threw for 170 yards with a TD (both men were sacked four times and Haskins threw an interception). Green Bay was 5 of 13 on third down at Lambeau and the Packers were Mick Jagger-like and had time on their side, keeping the ball for 30:24, while Washington kept the ball for 29:36, going 4 for 11 on third down conversions.

They met in the City of Brotherly Love in week one in the season opener and the Eagles held off Washington 32-27 at Century Like Field. Philadelphia erased a 20-7 deficit at the intermission in the City of Brotherly Love and outscored Washington 25-7 to take the win. Wentz and DeSean Jackson hooked up on a 53-yard TD pass with 5:07 left in the third to take the lead for good. Alshon Jeffery (2-yard TD run in the third) and Jake Elliott (22-yard field goal in the fourth), sealed Washington’s fate (the Redkins would score in the closing seconds on a 4-yard TD pass from Case Keenum to Trey Quinn with six seconds left).

Philadelphia outrushed Washington 123-28 and Wentz threw for 313 yards and three TDs (two of them to Jackson, the other to Jeffery), while Keenum threw for 313 yards with three TDs (each was sacked once but neither threw an interception). Philadelphia went 11 of 17 on third down (the Eagles were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and they would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 34:27, while the Redskins, who kept the ball for 25:33, went 5 of 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In the season opener in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles were favored by 10, they would win by only five at Lincoln Financial Field but both clubs easily covered the 44 over/under, tallying 59 points. Philadelphia’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. The Eagles are fighting for their playoff lives, while the Redskins would like nothing more than to derail Philadelphia’s chances. Redskins fans will be singing “Hell, it’s the Redskins” this week instead of “Hail to the Redskins.” Philadelphia covers the 6 and wins in Landover.

Cleveland (6-7) at Arizona (3-9-1), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of former Heisman Trophy QBs meet in the desert as Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns travel to Glendale to face off against the Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray at State Farm Stadium. The Browns are looking to get themselves to the .500 mark, while the Desert Angry Birds look to stop the Browns in their tracks.

Cleveland brought Cincinnati back to Earth after the Bengals won their first game two weeks ago, taking down their AFC North/Buckeye State rivals 27-19 at First Energy Field. The Browns took a 14-13 lead at the break, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring the Bengals 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of action along the shores of Lake Erie. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 179-146 and fantasy players got their wishes granted as Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (146 yards, TD) and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (106 yards) each led their teams on the ground, while Mayfield threw for 192 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Andy Dalton, in his second contest since being benched, threw for 262 yards with an interception (Dalton was sacked twice, Mayfield sacked once).

Cleveland was 7 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 25:29, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock and held the ball hostage for 34:31, while going 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

A last-second rally by the Desert Angry Birds fell short in Glendale as the Steelers came away 23-17 winners last Sunday. Arizona trailed 13-10 at the intermission, then rallied in the final 30 minutes of their contest at State Farm Stadium to make it a 3-point contest with 6:44 when Murray and RB David Johnson connected on a 24-yard TD pass before Steelers K Chris Boswell connected on a 25-yard field goal with 1:42 left in the contest.

Pittsburgh outrushed Arizona 140-71 and Murray threw for 194 yards with a pair of TDs, while Pittburgh’s Delvin Hodges threw for 152 yards and a TD to WR Diontae Johnson (Murray was sacked five times, Hodges was sacked three times; Murray threw three interceptions, while Hodges threw an interception). Both teams were 4 of 11 on third down (on fourth down, the Steelers were 0 of 1, while the Desert Angry Birds were 1 of 3) and the Steelers ruled the clock, holding the ball for 31:54 to Arizona’s 28:06.

Including games that took place in Chicago and St. Louis, Cleveland leads the series 33-14-3 and they have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,264-913. The Cardinals have won the last three meetings in the series, coming away 34-20 winners in Cleveland in 2015, while Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2003 in Cleveland by a final of 44-6. Cleveland’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 47. Cleveland would like to be at the .500 mark and perhaps make the post-season; as for the Cardinals? They want to put an end to that dream. Browns cover the 2 1/2 in the desert and wins in Glendale.

Jacksonville (4-9) at Oakland (5-8), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. A pair of struggling teams meet on the West Coast as Oakland hosts Jacksonville in the Raiders’ final home game at the Coliseum. Both teams took losses at home in last week’s play.

Jacksonville saw a 3-0 lead thanks to a Josh Lambo field goal late in the first slip away from them as the Los Angeles Chargers scored 24 first half points unchallenged to fall to Philip Rivers and the Chargers 45-10 at TIAA Stadium. Trailing 31-3 at the half, the Jaguars could not get themselves on track in the Sunshine State, dropping their fifth contest in a row. Jacksonville was outrushed by the Chargers 195-88 (Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette led his team with 50, while Chargers RB Austin Elker led all rushers with 101 yards), with Gordon Minshew II throwing for 162 yards and a TD to Nick O’Leary, while Rivers threw for 314 yards and three TDs, one of them to Elker (Rivers was sacked once, Minshew was sacked twice). Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions (they went 2 of 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:37, while the Chargers only needed to keep the pigskin for 29:23, going 6 of 8 on third down tries.

Raiders fans watched as Tennessee broke a 21-21 halftime tie with Oakland, scoring 21 second half points unchallenged to come out on top on the West Coast 42-21 last Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum. Tennessee, tied for first in the AFC South, used touchdowns from RB Derek Henry (10-yard run), TE Jonnu Smith (17 yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill) and LB Jayon Brown (46-yard fumble return) to take the win on the road against Oakland in the second half. Tennessee outrushed Oakland 161-97 and Henry accounted for 103 of those yards with a pair of TDs, with Tannehill throwing for 391 yards and three TDs (two to Brown), while Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Foster Moreau; Carr was sacked twice and Tannehill threw an interception). Tennessee went 8 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 29:12, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:48, while going 4 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The series? Even at 4-4 and the Jaguars have outscored the Silver and Black 171-152. Oakland has won the last three meetings, including a 33-16 win in Jacksonville in 2016, while the Jaguars’ last win in the series came in the Sunshine State in 2010 by a final of 38-31. Oakland’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Given the problems that both clubs have had this season, those numbers make a great deal of sense. Raiders close out their years in Oakland and takes the win at the Coliseum, covering the 6.

Los Angeles Rams (8-5) at Dallas (6-7), 4:25 p.m. on on FOX and DirecTV 716. A pair of teams fighting for a playoff spot meet in Arlington as Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams make their way to the Lone Star State for an afternoon showdown with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.

The Rams knocked Seattle back to second in the NFC West as they took Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to task 28-12 at the Coliseum last Sunday night. The defending NFC champions erased a 3-0 lead, scoring 21 points in the first half unchallenged to lead by 18 at the intermission, using a rushing TD from RB Malcom Brown and passes from Goff to WRs Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. After Seahawks LB Quintin Diggs picked off Kupp and returned the ball 55 yards for a TD in the third, RB Todd Gurley II restored order for the home team, scoring on a 7-yard romp to keep Seattle in check.

Los Angeles outrushed Seattle 162-106 and Gurley led all rushers with 79 yards, while Chris Carson led Seattle with 76 and the Rams defense sacked Wilson (245 yards) five times and picked him off once, while Goff threw for 293 yards with a pair of inteceptions to go with the two TD tosses. The Rams were 7 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 31:04, while Seattle, who held on to the pigskin for 28:56, went 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

A late Dallas rally at Chicago fell short as Da Bears came away 31-24 winners at Soldier Field last Thursday night. Dallas used a 17-play, 75 yard drive that used 8:57 of clock to take an early 7-0 lead when RB Ezekiel Elliott scored from a yard out. Da Bears would erase that deficit in the second quarter as Trubisky and WR Allan Robinson would connect on the first of their two TDs, scoring on a 5-yard toss early in the second quarter to tie things up. K Eddie Pineiro would give Chicago the lead for keeps, connecting on a 36-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead. Robinson and Trubisky would hook up again with 10 seconds to go before the intermission on a 8-yard toss to lead 17-7 at the break. Elliott would pick up his second TD of the contest, scoring from 2 yards out in the thrid before Trubisky would take matters into his own feet, scoring on a 23-yard run to give Chicago a 17-point lead with 13:22 left in the contest. Dallas would add a 19-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper and a 31-yard field goal by Brett Maher with eight seconds left to narrow the gap.

Chicago outrushed Dallas 151-82 with Bears RB David Montgomery leading the way with 86 yards (Elliott had 81 for Dallas with the two TDs) and Trubisky threw for 244 yards and three TDs (two of them to Robinson), while Prescott threw for 334 yards and the Cooper TD (both were sacked twice and Trubisky threw an interception). Da Bears were 7 of 12 on third down in the Windy City and the Monsters of the Midway kept the pigskin for 32:18, while Dallas, keeping the ball for 27:42, went 6 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Including games played in Anaheim, St. Louis, the Cotton Bowl and Texas Stadium, the Cowboys lead the series 13-12 and have outscored the Rams 578-564. Their last regular season meeting was in 2017 in Arlington and the Rams would leave Jerry World (aka AT&T Stadium) 35-30 winners, while Dallas’ last win came in St. Louis by a final of 34-31 in 2014. Dallas is favored by 3 in the Lone Star State and the over/under’s 47. Given that there’s a lot at stake for both clubs, it’ll be worth your time to watch, which makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 59 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

For one team, they’ll put themselves a little closer to the playoff party; for the other, their jobs will be a little harder. The Rams shock the world and pull off the upset with the win in Jerry World, even though Dallas will make it closer than 3.

Minnesota (9-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-8), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers host Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings in a late-afternoon (Eastern) contest.

Minnesota extended Detroit’s losing streak to six in a row, coming away 20-7 winners at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings led 17-0 at the intermission, scoring those point in the first half unchallenged and held the Lions to a fourth quarter TD with 2:09 left when WR Kenny Golladay caught a 10-yard TD pass from Derrick Blough. Minnesota outrushed the Lions 120-70 and Blough threw for 205 yards but was sacked five times and picked off twice to go with the lone TD toss, while Cousins threw for 242 yards and a TD (Cousins was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Detroit was 7 of 16 on third down tries (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:18, while the Vikings ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 33:42, going 5 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Bolts erased a 3-0 deficit at Jacksonville, as the Jaguars would take that lead thanks to a Josh Lambo field goal late in the first slip by scoring 24 first half points unchallenged to take a 45-10 win at TIAA Stadium. The Chargers led 31-3 at the half, while the Jaguars could not get themselves on track in the Sunshine State, dropping their fifth contest in a row. Jacksonville was outrushed by the Chargers 195-88 (Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette led his team with 50, while Chargers RB Austin Elker led all rushers with 101 yards), with Gordon Minshew II throwing for 162 yards and a TD to Nick O’Leary, while Rivers threw for 314 yards and three TDs, one of them to Elker (Rivers was sacked once, Minshew was sacked twice). Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions (they went 2 of 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:37, while the Chargers only needed to keep the pigskin for 29:23, going 6 of 8 on third down tries.

The series is even at 6-6 and the Chargers have outscored the Purple Gane 300-279 (which includes contests that were played in Bloomington and San Diego). Their last meeting was in the Twin Cities in 2015 and the Vikings prevailed 31-14, while the Chargers’ last win in the series came in San Diego in 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium by a final of 24-17. Minnesota’s favored by 3 on the West Coast and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Minnesota’s trying to keep pace with the Packers in the NFC North, while the Chargers want to ruin the Vikings’ party. That’s not going to happen. Minnesota covers the 3 and takes the win.

Buffalo (9-4) at Pittsburgh (8-5), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A couple of AFC teams, looking for a post-season invite, meet in the Steel City as Buffalo and Pittsburgh meet at Heinz Field Sunday night.

The Bills watched Baltimore pick up their ninth win in a row, holding off a late Buffalo rally to come away 24-17 winners at New Era Field in Orchard Park, clinching a spot in the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 10-6 at the intermission in upstate New York and led 24-9 with 9:49 left in the contest before the Bills rallied to make it a 7-point contest with 7 minutes left when Cole Beasley and Jeff Allen connected on a 3-yard TD toss and a two-point conversion. The Ravens then put an end to a Bills rally that would have tied the contest up when Allen’s pass to WR John Brown sailed incomplete.

Baltimore outrushed Buffalo 118-104 with Bills RB Devin Singletary leading all rushers with 89 yards on the ground. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson threw for 145 yards with three TDs, a sack and an interception, while Allen threw for 146 yards with the TD toss to Beasley (Allen was sacked six times but did not throw an interception). Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down tries in upstate New York and ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:49, while the Bills, who kept the pigskin for 27:11, went 4 of 17 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh held off a late Arizona rally in the desert last Sunday, as the Steelers stopped the Desert Angry Birds 23-17 winners last Sunday in Glendale. Pittsburgh led 13-10 at the intermission before Arizona rallied in the final 30 minutes of their contest at State Farm Stadium to make it a 3-point contest with 6:44 when Murray and RB David Johnson connected on a 24-yard TD pass before Steelers K Chris Boswell connected on a 25-yard field goal with 1:42 left in the contest.

Pittsburgh outrushed Arizona 140-71 and Murray threw for 194 yards with a pair of TDs, while Pittburgh’s Delvin Hodges threw for 152 yards and a TD to WR Diontae Johnson (Murray was sacked five times, Hodges was sacked three times; Murray threw three interceptions, while Hodges threw an interception). Both teams were 4 of 11 on third down (on fourth down, the Steelers were 0 of 1, while the Desert Angry Birds were 1 of 3) and the Steelers ruled the clock, holding the ball for 31:54 to Arizona’s 28:06.

The Steelers lead the series Steelers 14-8, they’ve outscored Buffalo 510-391 and have won the last six meetings, including a 27-20 win in upstate New York in 2016, while Buffalo’s last win came in 1999 in Orchard Park by a final of 24-21. The Steelers are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 37. For the winner, their hopes for the post-season are safe; for the loser, their hopes are cracked but not completely shattered. Pittsburgh keeps hope alive at Heinz Field and covers the 1 1/2 with the win.

Indianapolis (6-7) at New Orleans (10-3), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 15 closes in the Big Easy as New Orleans and Indianapolis meet at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Both teams are looking to recover from close losses in last week’s play.
A late rally by the Colts fell short as Tampa Bay held off Indianapolis and came away 38-35 winners at Raymond James Stadium. Indianapolis led 27-21 at the intermission along Florida’s West Coast and took a 35-21 lead late in the third before Tampa Bay would go to work, scoring their final points of the contest unchallenged, taking the lead for good when Winston and WR Breshad Perriman would connect on a 12-yard TD toss late in the final quarter. Indianapolis would get as close as midfield with 1:56 left in regulation but got no further as Jacoby Brissett’s pass attempt on fourth down sailed incomplete.

The two clubs did not breach the 100-yard rushing barrier but Tampa Bay did outrushed the Colts 75-66 and Winston threw for 456 yards with four TDs (including the game-winner; Winston was picked off three times and sacked once), while Brissett threw for 252 yards with a pair of TD passes (Brissett was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Tampa Bay was 8 of 15 on third down but struck gold on fourth down, hitting pay dirt in their only attempt and kept the ball for 34:15, while the Colts were 6 of 16 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 25:45.

Saints fans had their hearts broken in the Big Easy last Sunday as San Francisco left town 48-46 winners thanks to a 30-yard field goal by Robbie Gould as the clock struck :00. San Francisco took a 28-27 lead with them to the locker room before New Orleans K Will Lutz gave the Saints the lead back with a 55-yard field goal early in the third quarter. San Francisco took the lead back with 9:40 left in the quarter when TE George Kittle and QB Jimmy Garoppolo connected on a 5-yard TD toss. New Orleans would eventually take a 1-point lead at 46-45 with 53 seconds left when Drew Brees and WR Tre’Quan Smith would connect on an 18-yard TD pass. San Francisco would get the ball back with the 53 seconds left on the clock and used the available time to have a 7-play, 63-yard drive aided by a 28-yard pass from Garoppolo to Kittle (which was aided by a facemask penalty by the Saints) and got themselves in position to help Gould kick the field goal. After a 49ers time out, Gould connected on the try that sailed through the uprights as time expired.

In the contest, a potential NFC playoff game that had seven lead changes and 10 TD passes, San Francisco outrushed New Orleans 162-116 and both Brees and Garoppolo threw for 349 yards (Garoppolo threw four TDs, Brees, threw 5, WR Emmanuel Sanders threw a TD and caught a TD pass; Garoppolo was sacked three times and threw an interception) in the Big Easy. San Francsico was 6 of 12 on third down and went 1 of 1 on fourth down and would keep the ball (including the final 53 seconds of the contest) for 28:37, while the Saints actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:23, while going 5 of 11 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

New Orleans leads the series 7-5 (including contests played at old Tulane Stadium and in Baltimore) and the Saints have outscored the Colts 278-265. New Orleans’ last win in the series came in the Hoosier State, where they left 27-21 winners, while the Colts’ last win in the series came in Indianapolis in 2007 by a final of 41-10.

The Colts are 23-17 on Monday night but have not played an MNF game since 2017, where they went 0-1. New Orleans is 20-22 but won both their contests last year. New Orleans finds themselves being favored by 8 points in the Big Easy with a 45 over/under. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams have the capacity to put up points. The Saints have already claimed the NFC South and want to be home for the playoffs, while the Colts find themselves in the conversation to be in the AFC playoff race. You might want to consider taping “All Rise” and “Bull” this week. Colts pull off the upset in the Big Easy and take the win on the road, although New Orleans could make things closer than the 8.

The NFL announced scheduling changes for Week 15 on Sunday, December 15. The Buffalo/Pittsburgh contest has moved from 1 p.m. on CBS to 8:20 p.m. on NBC, while the Minnesota/Los Angeles Chargers game has moved from 8:20 p.m. on NBC to 4:05 p.m. on CBS. The league also announced start times for the three Saturday games on the schedule for week 16.

The following are the updated Week 15 and 16 schedules (all times Eastern):

Week 15

Thursday, December 12
New York Jets at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon

Sunday, December 15
ATLANTA at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 16
Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Week 16

Saturday, December 21
Houston at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on NFL Network
Buffalo at New England, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 22
Jacksonville at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas Cityat Chicago, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 23
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Parades, Black Friday Sales, in-laws grousing about the food and picky eaters.

There’s always football on Thanksgiving.

This year, NFL fans will get a chance to shove food in their faces and watch football. The schedule makers have once again given football fans a pigskin buffet with not one, not two but three games on the tube.

How did all of this get started, you ask?

Glad you asked.

We’re about to explain it to you.

Pass the rolls, please.

In 1920, there were a total of six games that were played on Turkey Day. While we will never know who liked dark meat or light, we can tell you that the home teams that day did quite well, going four for six. The idea of professional football on Thanksgiving Day? It came as a way to make money and for the new league we know now as the National Football League a chance to get some recognition.

The NFL Historians and the good folks at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio tell us that the Chicago Bears introduced their newest star, Illinois RB Red Grange – “the Galloping Ghost” to a standing room-only crowd at Wrigley Field of 36,000 fans in a contest against their cross-town rivals the Chicago Cardinals. Even though the two teams fought to a 0-0 tie, they had their star, the league got its much-needed recognition and the rest, they say is history. Even though he got a black eye for his effort (probably from either being tackled or reaching for the mashed potatoes before the prayer was said), Grange tallied 92 yards rushing, 56 yards on punt returns, throwing six passes and had an interception to stop a Cardinals drive. Newspapers reported that he took home a whopping $12,000 for his day of work, most of which went to his manager C.C. “Cash and Carry” Pyle.

Grange would travel the nation over the next several months on a barn-storming tour. More than 400,000 spectators – from coast to coast – saw the fabled All-America from the University of Illinois display his athletic talents on the football field. With Grange as his star attraction, Pyle organized a rival league called the American Football League in 1926. Grange starred for the New York Yankees. While the Yankees had moderate success, the league failed. Grange rejoined the Bears in 1927 but suffered a serious knee injury that sidelined him through the entire 1928 season. He came back in 1929 and played with Chicago through 1934. While known as a runner, Grange was better as a defensive back. More importantly for the NFL, the name recognition of Red Grange was instrumental in attracting large crowds for the professional game. His signing with the Bears helped the league succeed and grow to a new level in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

As for the two major teams that play at home on Thanksgiving Day… Detroit and Dallas?

The Lions began playing on Turkey Day in 1934 when they played the Chicago Bears and lost to Da Bears by a final of 19-16. We’re still not sure who got the drumstick or if the Lions liked dark or white meat and we’re not even sure if the Bears liked gravy on their dressing. Detroit did find the win column the next year, as they would beat Chicago and gain some revenge, taking a 14-2 win.

The Lions and Bears (sorry, no tigers… oh my!) would play Chicago three more times from 1936 to 1938, when some guy named Hitler ruined the party and would eventually force America and the rest of the world into the Second World War. While America was out saving the world from a madman that was bent on killing 6 million people because of their religion, Thanksgiving Day football went into hibernation, plus it was kind of hard to throw a football when you’re trying to throw a grenade.

The war ended, Hilter’s dead (probably from overeating, if the Russians didn’t get him first), the Germans and Japanese are in the process of being punished for starting the Second World War and things did get back to normal in 1945 when the Lions once again took the stage, losing to the Cleveland Rams (yes, kids… the Rams were in Cleveland before they loaded up the truck and moved to Los Angeles and then to St. Louis before coming back to Tinseltown) by a 28-21 final. Things didn’t go well for Detroit for four more seasons (probably due to over-eating before, during and after the game) before beating up on the New York Yanks 49-14 in 1950.

Detroit will have played a grand total of 76 games on Thanksgiving Day and even when the team was bad, fans still come to the game. Why? Probably because their fathers brought their kids to the games and they in turn brought their kids. Even when the team was bad, fans still came out and to watch their team. Some came before they sat down to eat and some leaving early to get home to eat. While the Lions have been the home team on Thanksgiving, their opponents have changed from year to year and Detroit’s most common opponent is Green Bay. The second most common opponent? Da Bears.

There have been blowouts and there have been some really good games in the series. Have there been shutouts, you ask? Yes, just as sure as your aunt Grace is going to serve that orange and rum cheesecake for dessert. (Pack the Pepto, it’s gonna be a long day). Seven contests have been shutouts but the Lions only have won one contest where they did the deed, a 24-0 win over Chicago in 1979 and three games have gone into overtime (think of it as going for seconds of your sister’s mashed potatoes). The first overtime contest took place in 1980, when Chicago beat Detroit 23-17 on a 95-yard kickoff return by David Williams. The last overtime game in the series was in 2017 against Houston, as the Texans would win it on a 32-yard field goal by kicker Shanyne Graham.

As for the Cowboys… America’s Team didn’t make it onto the Thanksgiving Day Stage until 1966, when their first contest took place in the Cotton Bowl against the St. Louis Cardinals. They won that contest 46-21 in the Lone Star State that day. The Cowboys have always played their games later in the afternoon. Think of it as dessert after you’ve cleaned your plate while being forced to sit at the kids’ table with your ugly cousin Terri (although she’s gotten a lot better looking lately and is about to go off to college next year). They started out winning their first six contests before finally losing to San Francisco in 1972. The only year America’s Team did not grace the nation’s TV screens was in 1975 but they came back the following year before skipping the 1977 season but returned the following year and they’ve been with us ever since… think of that really bad gravy your cousin Marge made three years ago. It’s that bad (we’re speaking of the gravy, not the football). The Cowboys have played 45 games on Thanksgiving, winning 30 of them with 15 losses.

Is this the end of football on Turkey Day? Far from it. In 2006, the NFL decided that if two games on Thanksgiving Day were good, then three must be great and that was the case when they when prime time for football fans. It’s like going back and making a turkey and ham sandwich with cranberry sauce as a snack.

2019 will give football fans three chances to watch as much football and shove as much food in their faces as they can do so (use your common sense when eating, no elbows on the table and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s the one that turned 57, dates a 42-year old football coach and once wiped out your Super Bowl party last year by eating an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?” The girl’s a bottomless pit!).

Food and football. The NFL and Thanksgiving. The only other holiday that joins food and football is Super Bowl Sunday (which technically is not a holiday but some think it should be). It seems that the powers that run the National Football League knows what they’re doing. Mind your manners, no belching at the table and try not to cheer with your mouth full, k?

Here’s a history of football on Thanksgiving (source: the National Football League; home teams in CAPS)

November 25, 1920
AKRON PROS 7, Canton Bulldogs 0
Decatur Staleys 6, CHICAGO TIGERS 0
ELYRIA (Ohio) ATHLETICS* 0, Columbus Panhandles 0
DAYTON TRIANGLES 28, Detroit Heralds 0
CHICAGO BOOSTERS* 27, Hammond Pros 0
All-Tonawanda (New York) 14, ROCHESTER JEFFERSONS 3
* Non league team. Games between league teams and non league teams counted in standings in 1920.

November 24, 1921
Canton Bulldogs 14, AKRON PROS 0
Buffalo All-Americans 7, CHICAGO STALEYS 6

November 30, 1922
Buffalo All-Americans 21, ROCHESTER JEFFERSONS 0
CHICAGO CARDINALS 6, Chicago Bears 0
RACINE LEGION 3, Milwaukee Badgers 0
Oorang Indians 18, COLUMBUS PANHANDLES 6
CANTON BULLDOGS 14, Akron Pros 0

November 29, 1923
CANTON BULLDOGS 28, Toledo Maroons 0
CHICAGO BEARS 3, Chicago Cardinals 0
GREEN BAY PACKERS 19, Hammond Pros 0
Milwaukee Badgers 16, RACINE LEGION 0
AKRON PROS 2, Buffalo All-Americans 0

November 27, 1924
AKRON PROS 22, Buffalo Bisons 0
Chicago Bears 21, CHICAGO CARDINALS 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 32, Dayton Triangles 7
CLEVELAND BULLDOGS 53, Milwaukee Badgers 10 (at Canton, Ohio)
Green Bay Packers 17, KANSAS CITY BLUES 6

November 26, 1925
CHICAGO BEARS 0, Chicago Cardinals 0
Kansas City Cowboys 17, CLEVELAND BULLDOGS 0 (at Hartford, Connecticut)
Rock Island Independents 6, DETROIT PANTHERS 3
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 31, Green Bay Packers 0

November 25, 1926
New York Giants 17, BROOKLYN LIONS 0
Los Angeles Buccaneers 9, DETROIT PANTHERS 6
CHICAGO BEARS 0, Chicago Cardinals 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 20, Green Bay Packers 14
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 8, Providence Steam Roller 0
CANTON BULLDOGS 0, Akron Pros 0

November 24, 1927
Chicago Cardinals 3, CHICAGO BEARS 0
POTTSVILLE MAROONS 6, Providence Steam Roller 0
Green Bay Packers 17, FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 9
Cleveland Bulldogs 30, NEW YORK YANKEES 19

November 29, 1928
Providence Steam Roller 7, POTTSVILLE MAROONS 0
DETROIT WOLVERINES 33, Dayton Triangles 0
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 2, Green Bay Packers 0
CHICAGO BEARS 34, Chicago Cardinals 0

November 28, 1929
New York Giants 21, STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 7
FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 0, Green Bay Packers 0
Chicago Cardinals 40, CHICAGO BEARS 6

November 27, 1930
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 7, New York Giants 6
BROOKLYN DODGERS 33, Providence Steam Roller 12
Green Bay Packers 25, FRANKFORD YELLOWJACKETS 7
CHICAGO BEARS 6, Chicago Cardinals 0

November 26, 1931
Green Bay Packers 38, PROVIDENCE STEAM ROLLER 7
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 9, New York Giants 6
CHICAGO BEARS 18, Chicago Cardinals 7

November 24, 1932
CHICAGO BEARS 34, Chicago Cardinals 0
Green Bay Packers 7, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0
STATEN ISLAND STAPLETONS 13, New York Giants 13

November 30, 1933 Chicago Bears 22, CHICAGO CARDINALS 6
New York Giants 10, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 29, 1934
CHICAGO CARDINALS 6, Green Bay Packers 0
Chicago Bears 19, DETROIT LIONS 16
New York Giants 27, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 28, 1935
New York Giants 21, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0
CHICAGO CARDINALS 9, Green Bay Packers 7
DETROIT LIONS 14, Chicago Bears 2

November 26, 1936
DETROIT LIONS 13, Chicago Bears 7
New York Giants 14, BROOKLYN DODGERS 0

November 25, 1937
Chicago Bears 13, DETROIT LIONS 0
BROOKLYN DODGERS 13, New York Giants 13

November 24, 1938 DETROIT LIONS 14, Chicago Bears 7
BROOKLYN DODGERS 7, New York Giants 7

November 23, 1939#
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 14

November 28, 1940#
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7, Pittsburgh Steelers 0

# In 1939 and 1940, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving one week earlier. Various states celebrated on the date declared by the President, while other states recognized the traditional fourth Thursday of the month. In 1941, Thanksgiving was sanctioned by Congress to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which it has been ever since.

November 22, 1945
Cleveland Rams 28, DETROIT LIONS 21

November 28, 1946
Boston Yanks 34, DETROIT LIONS 10

November 27, 1947
Chicago Bears 34, DETROIT LIONS 14

November 25, 1948
Chicago Cardinals 28, DETROIT LIONS 14

November 24, 1949
Chicago Bears 28, DETROIT LIONS 7

November 23, 1950
DETROIT LIONS 49, New York Yanks 14
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, CHICAGO CARDINALS 17

November 22, 1951
DETROIT LIONS 52, Green Bay Packers 35

November 27, 1952
DETROIT LIONS 48, Green Bay Packers 24
DALLAS TEXANS 27, Chicago Bears 23 (at Akron, Ohio)

November 26, 1953
DETROIT LIONS 34, Green Bay Packers 15

November 25, 1954
DETROIT LIONS 28, Green Bay Packers 24

November 24, 1955
DETROIT LIONS 24, Green Bay Packers 10

November 22, 1956
Green Bay Packers 24, DETROIT LIONS 20

November 28, 1957
DETROIT LIONS 18, Green Bay Packers 6

November 27, 1958
DETROIT LIONS 24, Green Bay Packers 14

November 26, 1959
Green Bay Packers 24, DETROIT LIONS 17

November 24, 1960
DETROIT LIONS 23, Green Bay Packers 10
(AFL) – NEW YORK TITANS 41, Dallas Texans 35

November 23, 1961
Green Bay Packers 17, DETROIT LIONS 9
(AFL) – NEW YORK TITANS 21, Buffalo Bills 14

November 22, 1962
DETROIT LIONS 26, Green Bay Packers 14
(AFL) – New York Titans 46, DENVER BRONCOS 45

November 28, 1963
DETROIT LIONS 13, Green Bay Packers 13
(AFL) – Oakland Raiders 26, DENVER BRONCOS 10

November 26, 1964
Chicago Bears 27, DETROIT LIONS 24
(AFL) – Buffalo Bills 27, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 24

November 25, 1965
DETROIT LIONS 24, Baltimore Colts 24
(AFL) – SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 20, Buffalo Bills 20

November 24, 1966
San Francisco 49ers 41, DETROIT LIONS 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 26, Cleveland Browns 14
(AFL) – Buffalo Bills 31, OAKLAND RAIDERS 10

November 23, 1967
Los Angeles Rams 31, DETROIT LIONS 7
DALLAS COWBOYS 46, St. Louis Cardinals 21
(AFL) – Oakland Raiders 44, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 22
(AFL) – SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 24, Denver Broncos 20

November 28, 1968
Philadelphia Eagles 12, DETROIT LIONS 0
DALLAS COWBOYS 29, Washington Redskins 20
(AFL) – OAKLAND RAIDERS 13, Buffalo Bills 10
(AFL) – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 24, Houston Oilers 10

November 27, 1969
Minnesota Vikings 27, DETROIT LIONS 0
DALLAS COWBOYS 24, San Francisco 49ers 24
(AFL) – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 31, Denver Broncos 17
(AFL) – San Diego Chargers 21, HOUSTON OILERS 17

November 26, 1970
DETROIT LIONS 28, Oakland Raiders 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 16, Green Bay Packers 3

November 23, 1972
DETROIT LIONS 37, New York Jets 20
San Francisco 49ers 31, DALLAS COWBOYS 10

November 22, 1973
Washington Redskins 20, DETROIT LIONS 0
Miami Dolphins 14, DALLAS COWBOYS 7

November 28, 1974
Denver Broncos 31, DETROIT LIONS 27
DALLAS COWBOYS 24, Washington Redskins 23

November 27, 1975
Los Angeles Rams 20, DETROIT LIONS 0
Buffalo Bills 32, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 14

November 25, 1976
DETROIT LIONS 27, Buffalo Bills 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 19, St. Louis Cardinals 14

November 24, 1977
Chicago Bears 31, DETROIT LIONS 14
Miami Dolphins 55, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 14

November 23, 1978
DETROIT LIONS 17, Denver Broncos 14
DALLAS COWBOYS 37, Washington Redskins 10

November 22, 1979
DETROIT LIONS 20, Chicago Bears 0
Houston Oilers 30, DALLAS COWBOYS 24

November 27, 1980
Chicago Bears 23, DETROIT LIONS 17 (OT)
DALLAS COWBOYS 51, Seattle Seahawks 7

November 26, 1981
DETROIT LIONS 27, Kansas City Chiefs 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 10, Chicago Bears 9

November 25, 1982
New York Giants 13, DETROIT LIONS 6
DALLAS COWBOYS 31, Cleveland Browns 14

November 24, 1983
DETROIT LIONS 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 3
DALLAS COWBOYS 35, St. Louis Cardinals 17

November 22, 1984
DETROIT LIONS 31, Green Bay Packers 28
DALLAS COWBOYS 20, New England Patriots 17

November 28, 1985
DETROIT LIONS 31, New York Jets 20
DALLAS COWBOYS 35, St. Louis Cardinals 17

November 27, 1986
Green Bay Packers 44, DETROIT LIONS 40
Seattle Seahawks 31, DALLAS COWBOYS 14

November 26, 1987
Kansas City Chiefs 27, DETROIT LIONS 20
Minnesota Vikings 44, DALLAS COWBOYS 38 (OT)

November 24, 1988
Minnesota Vikings 23, DETROIT LIONS 0
Houston Oilers 25, DALLAS COWBOYS 17

November 23, 1989
DETROIT LIONS 13, Cleveland Browns 10
Philadelphia Eagles 27, DALLAS COWBOYS 0

November 22, 1990
DETROIT LIONS 40, Denver Broncos 27
DALLAS COWBOYS 27, Washington Redskins 17

November 28, 1991
DETROIT LIONS 16, Chicago Bears 6
DALLAS COWBOYS 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 10

November 26, 1992
Houston Oilers 24, DETROIT LIONS 21
DALLAS COWBOYS 30, New York Giants 3

November 25, 1993
Chicago Bears 10, DETROIT LIONS 6
Miami Dolphins 16, DALLAS COWBOYS 14

November 24, 1994
DETROIT LIONS 35, Buffalo Bills 21
DALLAS COWBOYS 42, Green Bay Packers 31

November 23, 1995
DETROIT LIONS 44, Minnesota Vikings 38
DALLAS COWBOYS 24, Kansas City Chiefs 12

November 28, 1996
Kansas City Chiefs 28, DETROIT LIONS 24
DALLAS COWBOYS 21, Washington Redskins 10

November 27, 1997
DETROIT LIONS 55, Chicago Bears 20
Tennessee Titans 27, DALLAS COWBOYS 14

November 26, 1998
DETROIT LIONS 19, Pittsburgh Steelers 16 (OT)
Minnesota Vikings 46, DALLAS COWBOYS 36

November 25, 1999
DETROIT LIONS 21, Chicago Bears 17
DALLAS COWBOYS 20, Miami Dolphins 0

November 23, 2000
DETROIT LIONS 34, New England Patriots 9
Minnesota Vikings 27, DALLAS COWBOYS 15

November 22, 2001
Green Bay Packers 29, DETROIT LIONS 27
Denver Broncos 26, DALLAS COWBOYS 24

November 28, 2002
New England Patriots 20, DETROIT LIONS 12
DALLAS COWBOYS 27, Washington Redskins 20

November 27, 2003
DETROIT LIONS 22, Green Bay Packers 14
Miami Dolphins 40, DALLAS COWBOYS 21

November 25, 2004
Indianapolis Colts 41, DETROIT LIONS 9
DALLAS COWBOYS 21, Chicago Bears 7

November 24, 2005
Atlanta Falcons 27, DETROIT LIONS 7
Denver Broncos 24, DALLAS COWBOYS 21 (OT)

November 23, 2006
Miami Dolphins 27, DETROIT LIONS 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 19, Denver Broncos 10

November 22, 2007
Green Bay Packers 37, DETROIT LIONS 26
DALLAS COWBOYS 34, New York Jets 3
Indianapolis Colts 31, ATLANTA FALCONS 13

November 27, 2008
Tennessee Titans 47, DETROIT LIONS 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 34, Seattle Seahawks 9
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 48, Arizona Cardinals 20

November 26, 2009
Green Bay Packers 34, DETROIT LIONS 12
DALLAS COWBOYS 24, Oakland Raiders 7
DENVER BRONCOS 26, New York Giants 6

November 25, 2010
New England Patriots 45, DETROIT LIONS 24
New Orleans Saints 30, DALLAS COWBOYS 27
NEW YORK JETS 26, Cincinnati Bengals 10

November 24, 2011
Green Bay Packers 27, DETROIT LIONS 15
DALLAS COWBOYS 20, Miami Dolphins 19
BALTIMORE RAVENS 16, San Francisco 49ers 6

November 22, 2012
Houston Texans 34, DETROIT LIONS 31 (OT)
Washington Redskins 38, DALLAS COWBOYS 31
New England Patriots 49, NEW YORK JETS 19

November 28, 2013
DETROIT LIONS 40, Green Bay Packers 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 31, Oakland Raiders 24
BALTIMORE RAVENS 22, Pittsburgh Steelers 20

November 27, 2014
DETROIT LIONS 34, Chicago Bears 17
Philadelphia Eagles 33, DALLAS COWBOYS 10
Seattle Seahawks 19, SAN FRANCISCO 49ers 3

November 26, 2015
DETROIT LIONS 45, Philadelphia Eagles 14
Carolina Panthers 33, DALLAS COWBOYS 14
Chicago Bears 17, GREEN BAY PACKERS 13

November 24, 2016
DETROIT LIONS 16, Minnesota Vikings 13
DALLAS COWBOYS 31, Washington Redskins 26
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 7

November 23, 2017
Minnesota Vikings 30, DETROIT LIONS 23
Los Angeles Chargers 28, DALLAS COWBOYS 6
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 20, New York Giants 10

November 22, 2018
Chicago Bears 23, DETROIT LIONS 16
DALLAS COWBOYS 31, Washington Redskins 23
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 31, Atlanta Falcons 17

Thanksgiving Day standings Of current NFL franchises. While this includes American Football League (AFL) games, it does not include All-America Football Conference (AAFC) games.

Team (Last Game; W-L-T, Pct.)
Arizona (2008; 6-15-2, .304) (a)
ATLANTA (2018; 1-2-0, .333)
Baltimore (2013; 2-0-0, 1.000)
Buffalo (1994; 3-4-1, .438) (b)
Carolina (2015; 1-0-0, 1.000)
Chicago (2018; 18-15-2, .543) (c)
Cincinnati (2010; 0-1-0, .000)
Cleveland (1989; 0-3-0, .000) (d)
Dallas (2018; 31-19-1, .618)
Denver (2009; 4-7-0, .364)
Detroit (2018; 37-40-2, .481)
Green Bay (2015; 14-20-2, .417)
Houston (2012; 1-0-0, 1.000)
Indianapolis (2016; 2-1-1, .625) (e)
Jacksonville (Never; 0-0-0, .000) (f)
Kansas City (2006; 5-5-0, .500) (g)
Los Angeles Chargers (2017; 3-1-1; .700) (h)
Los Angeles Rams (1975; 3-1-0, .750) (i)
Miami (2011; 5-2-0, .714)
Minnesota (2017; 6-2-0, .750)
New England (2012; 3-2-0, .600)
New Orleans (2018; 2-0-0, 1.000)
New York Giants (2017; 7-5-3, .567)
New York Jets (2012; 4-4-0, .500)(j)
Oakland (2013; 3-4-0, .429)
Philadelphia (2015; 6-1-0, .857)
Pittsburgh 2016 2 6 0 .250
San Francisco 2014 2 2 1 .500 (k)
Seattle (2014; 2-2-0, .500)
Tampa Bay (2006; 0-1-0, .000)
Tennessee (2008; 5-2-0, .714) (l)
Washington (2018; 3-8-0, .273)

Key
(a) Chicago Cardinals (1920–1959), St. Louis Cardinals (1960–1987), Phoenix Cardinals (1988–1993)
(b) Does not include 1–0 record of unrelated AAFC team of same name
(c) Decatur Staleys (1920), Chicago Staleys (1921)
(d) Does not include 3–0 record when team was a member of the AAFC
(e) Baltimore Colts (1953–1983)
(f) Only active franchise to have never played on Thanksgiving
(g) Dallas Texans (1960–1962), does not include 1–0 record of unrelated NFL Dallas Texans
(h) San Diego Chargers (1961–2016)
(i) Cleveland Rams (1937–1945), does not include 1936 AFL’s Cleveland Rams
(j) New York Titans (1960–1962)
(k) Does not include 1–0 record when team was a member of the AAFC
(l) Houston Oilers (1960–1996), Tennessee Oilers (1997–1998)

Thanksgiving Day records of defunct teams (League teams only, since 1920.)
Team (W-L-T, Pct.)
Frankford Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1.000) (Defunct in 1931)
New York Yankees* (2-0, 1.000) (Defunct in 1949)
Pottsville Maroons (2-0, 1.000 (Defunct in 1928)
Boston Yanks (1-0, 1.000) (Defunct in 1948)
Buffalo Bills* (1-0, 1.000) (Defunct in 1949) (a)
Dallas Texans (1-0, 1.000) (Defunct – 1952) (b)
Los Angeles Buccaneers (1-0, 1.000) (Defunct in 1926)
Oorang Indians (1-0, 1.000) (Defunct – 1923)
Rock Island Independents (1-0, 1.000) (Defunct in 1925)
All-Tonawanda Lumberjacks (1-0, 1.000) (Defunct in 1921)
Akron Pros (3-1-1, .700) (Defunct in 1926)
Buffalo Bisons (1-1-1, .500; Buffalo All-Americans (1920–1923) (Defunct in 1929)
Canton Bulldogs (1-1-1, .500) (Defunct in 1926)
Cleveland Bulldogs (1-1, .500)(Defunct in 1927)
Dayton Triangles (1-1, .500) (Defunct in 1929)
Kansas City Cowboys (1-1, .500; Kansas City Blues (1924)(Defunct in 1926)
Milwaukee Badgers (1-1, .500 (Defunct in 1926)
Brooklyn Lions (0-1, .000) (Defunct in 1926)
Chicago Tigers (0-1, .000) (Defunct in 1920)
Detroit Heralds (0-1, .000) (Defunct in 1920)
New York Yanks (0-1, .000) (Defunct in 1950)
Providence Steam Roller (0-1, .000) (Defunct in 1931)
Racine Legion (0-1, .000) (Defunct in 1926)
Toledo Maroons (0-1, .000) (Defunct in 1923)
Brooklyn Dodgers* (0-2, .000) (Defunct in 1949)
Chicago Hornets* (0-2, .000; Chicago Rockets (1946–1948) (Defunct in 1949)
Columbus Panhandles (0-2, .000) (Defunct in 1926)
Detroit Panthers (0-2, .000) (Defunct in 1926)
Hammond Pros (0-2, .000) (Defunct in 1926)
Rochester Jeffersons (0-2, .000) (Defunct in 1925)
Los Angeles Dons* (0-3, .000) (Defunct in 1949)
*All-America Football Conference team.

(a) unrelated to current NFL team with this name
(b) does not count AFL’s Dallas Texans, which are now the Kansas City Chiefs

The last currently active franchise to have never played on Thanksgiving through 2018 is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who joined the league in 1995.

An idiosyncrasy in the NFL’s current scheduling formula, which has been in effect in its basic form since 2002, effectively prevented teams from the AFC North from playing the Lions or Cowboys on Thanksgiving, as the formula had the AFC North playing in Dallas or Detroit in years when the other team was slated to play the AFC game on Thanksgiving. These teams, under the television contracts in place at the time, could only play in the third (night) game. With the changes in the scheduling practices in 2014, the division is no longer barred from participating in the game (since both CBS and Fox can choose teams from either conference; because of the idiosyncrasy, the AFC North team would, if chosen, always play on Fox). In practice, the changes have led to fewer AFC games, as the league has regularly scheduled the Lions and Cowboys’ division rivals for the contests so that ratings are maximized; eight out of the twelve Thanksgiving games involving the Lions or Cowboys since 2014 have involved a team in the same division, while only two (a 2017 contest between the Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers and a 2019 contest between the Cowboys and Buffalo Bills) have involved the AFC.

The Los Angeles Rams have the longest active appearance drought of any team, with their last appearance coming in 1975. Among current NFL markets, Cleveland has had the longest wait to have a team from its city play on Thanksgiving; the Browns last appeared in 1989, several years before suspending operations in 1995 and have not appeared in the game since rejoining the league as an expansion team in 1999.

Since 2010, several appearance droughts have ended. New Orleans, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Houston, and Carolina all played their first Thanksgiving games during this time frame. San Francisco likewise played their first Thanksgiving game since 1972 in 2011 and the Los Angeles Chargers, who last played on the holiday in 1969 (while the team was still an AFL franchise in San Diego) before actually joining the league, appeared for the first time as an NFL member in 2017.

Indianapolis (6-4) at Houston (6-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. A pair of AFC South rivals, tied for first in the division, open play in week 12 as Houston hosts the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium.

Indianapolis comes into the Thursday night contest with a 33-13 win at home against Jacksonville under their belts. After Jacksonville’s D.J. Chark gave them a 7-0 lead in the first, the Colts evened things up with 35 seconds left in the quarter on a 13-yard run by RB Marlon Mack. Indianapolis then broke the tie on a 34-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to take a 10-3 lead with them to the intermission, then scored 14 third quarter points unchallenged and added a 7-yard TD run by Nyheim Hines to widen the deficit. Jacksonville would score again late in the contest when Chark scored on a 20-yard TD toss from Nick Foles but the Colts then proceeded to add insult to injury when rookie LB Bobby Okereke scored on a defensive 2-point conversion to close things out.

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

The Texans were taken to task by Lamar Jackson and Baltimore Sunday afternoon in Charm City, as the Ravens manhandled Houston 41-7. After a scoreless first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens took a 14-0 lead with them to the break and scored 13 more points in the third quarter unchallenged as they would lead 27-0 after three quarters of play. Houston ended Baltimore’s bid for a shutout when RB Carlos Hyde scored from a yard away early in the fourth quarter. Baltimore outrushed the Texans 263-122 and Hyde led the Texans with 65 yards while Baltimore’s Gus Edwards led all rushers with 112 yards and a TD. Jackson burned Houston for 222 yards with four TDs and a sack and no interceptions, while DeShaun Watson threw for 169 yards with an interception and six sacks. Houston went 2 of 10 on third down tries (they were 1 of 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:41, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:19, going 5 for 9 on thrid down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

The Thursday contest in the Lone Star State is a rematch of their week seven meeting in the Hoosier State, where the Colts came away 30-23 winners. The Colts led 14-9 at the half at Lucas Oil Stadium, then increased that lead to 21-9 early in the third quarter before the Texans would eventually make the contest a 5-point contest before Indianapolis restored order when WR Zach Pascal got himself a sack in the end zone for a safety.

Houston outrushed the Colts 100-62 with Brissett throwing for 326 yards and four TDS without an interception (he was sacked once; Pascal had six catches for 106 and a pair of TDs), while Watson threw for 308 yards and a TD, with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. The Colts were 8 of 16 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down conversions) and were the rulers of time, keeping the ball for 32:52, while the Texans held on to the pigskin for 27:08 and went 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week seven contest, the Colts were favored by 1 and covered the spread, winning by 7 and both teams took care of the 47 1/2 over/under with 53 total points. This time, Houston’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 45. Houston and Indianapolis, both tied for first in the AFC South, are in survival mode with the winner having an upper hand on the divison, while the loser can look forward to at best being a Wild Card team. Houston gets their revenge Thursday night in the Lone Star State, taking the win and covering the 3 1/2.

Broadcast Information – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Houston); XM: 225 (Indianapolis), 226 (Houston)

Referee: Ronald Torbert

Injury Report

Indianapolis
OUT: RB Marlon Mack (Hand), CB Shakial Taylor (Ankle), S Khari Willis (Concussion), WR Parris Campbell (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), WR T.Y. Hilton (Calf) CB Abdurrahman Ya-Sin (Ankle), TE Mo Alie-Cox (Thumb)

Houston
OUT: CB Lonnie Johnson (Ankle), S Justin Reid (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Back), RB Bradley Roby (Hamstring)

Weather: Game indoors; if roof is open, cloudy and 72 degrees

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

And then there were none.

If you were hearing champange corks from south Florida Monday night, it’s because the last undefeated team lost Monday night in Santa Clara. There are no more unbeaten teams in the National Football League, so that means that the 1973 Miami Dolphins are safe for another year. Seattle took care of their NFC West rivals in overtime Monday night in Santa Clara, edging the 49ers 24-21. Yes, the Seahawks were Jimmy Stewart and the 49ers? They were Liberty Valance.

As for the rest of the season? To quote Sonny and Cher, “the beat goes on.” Week 10 is in the books. The weather’s turning a little colder, the leaves are turning color a little faster and football continues. Nothing’s been decided and everyone still has a chance to make the post-season, even the Bengals. 18 of the 32 NFL teams are at .500 or better going into play and at the end of the season, 12 of 32 will be fighting to either get another Lombardi Trophy or get one of their own. Winning puts you one step closer, while losing doesn’t knock you out but makes your task a little harder.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK 10: Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 15 of 17 pass attempts (88.2 percent) for three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark and added a career-long 47-yard touchdown run in the Ravens’ 49-13 win over Cincinnati.

Jackson, who also had a 158.3 rating in Week 1, became the second quarterback to record a passer rating of 158.3 (minimum 10 attempts) in multiple games within a single season in NFL history, joining Ben Roethlisberger (two games in 2007).

Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters had an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win. Along with Peters’ 67-yard interception return for a touchdown in Week 7 and Marlon Humphrey’s 70-yard fumble recovery touchdown in Week 9, Baltimore is the first team since 1970 to record a defensive touchdown of at least 65 yards in three consecutive games.

Peters has returned six interceptions for touchdowns in his five-year career, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Lem Barney (six) for the second-most by a player in his first five seasons in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston (nine) had more.

New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones had 308 yards and four touchdowns while Arizona rookie quarterback KYLER MURRAY passed for 324 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Week 10.

With Jones and Murray, Week 10 of the 2019 season is the first week in which two rookie quarterbacks each recorded at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history.

Jones, who also had four touchdown passes in Week 8, is the fifth rookie quarterback with at least two games of four touchdown passes in NFL history, joining Robert Griffin III (two games in 2012), Marcus Mariota (two in 2015), Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (three in 1961) and DeShaun Watson (three in 2017).

Making his 10th career start, Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes to wide receiver Christian Kirk in the Cardinals’ Week 10 loss.

From Week 4 to Week 10, Murray attempted 211 consecutive passes without an interception, surpassing Derek Carr (176 attempts in 2014) and Dak Prescott (176 in 2016) for the longest streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Murray, who has 2,553 passing yards and 351 rushing yards in his first 10 starts, joined Daunte Culpepper (2000), Cam Newton (2011) and DeShaun Watson (2017-18) as the only quarterbacks to record at least 2,500 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in their first 10 career starts in NFL history.

With Murray (22 years and 95 days old) and Kirk (22 years and 357 days old) connecting on three touchdowns, it marked the first time since November 11, 1962 (Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton and Charley Ferguson) that two players under the age of 23 connected on three touchdowns in a single game.

Making his 25th career start, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 446 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 119.2 rating in the Chiefs’ Week 10 loss. Mahomes has 8,007 career passing yards, the most by a quarterback in his first 25 starts in NFL history.

Mahomes, who has 68 career touchdown passes, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (65 touchdown passes) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 25 career starts in NFL history.

With his 16th career game of at least 300 passing yards, Mahomes tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (16 games) for the most games with at least 300 passing yards in a quarterback’s first 25 career starts in league annals.

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry recorded 188 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the Titans’ 35-32 win against Kansas City.

Henry has three career games with at least 170 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in his four-year NFL career, tied for the fifth-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (six), Eric Dickerson (six) and Earl Campbell (five), as well as Jamal Lewis (four) had more.

New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas had 13 receptions for 152 yards in the Saints’ Week 10 loss against Atlanta.

Thomas has 407 receptions in 56 career games and surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. (61 games) as the fastest player to reach 400 career receptions in NFL history. Currently in his fourth season, Thomas surpassed Jarvis Landry (400 receptions) for the most receptions by a player in his first four seasons in league annals.

Thomas, who has 1,027 receiving yards this season, joins Mike Evans (2014-17), A.J. Green (2011-14) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998-2001) as the only players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first four seasons in NFL history.

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles and a 25-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Jets’ 34-27 win over the New York Giants.

Since 2000, Adams is the sixth player to record two sacks, two forced fumbles and a touchdown in a single game, joining Cliff Avril (Week 8, 2011), Jason Gildon (Week 13, 2000), Orlando Scandrick (Week 5, 2019), Jyles Tucker (Week 17, 2007) and Mike Vrabel (Week 8, 2007).

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a match-up of original teams and/or a game in which history was made. The NFL has designated Sunday’s New England-Philadelphia match-up as the NFL100 Game of the Week because the contest pairs the teams from two previous Super Bowls. In Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota, the Eagles and quarterback Nick Foles orchestrated a critical touchdown drive that drained 7:01 off the fourth-quarter clock. On that 14-play, 75-yard march, Foles completed 8 of 10 passes, including an 11-yard scoring strike to Zach Ertz as Philadelphia retook a lead it would not relinquish in a 41-33 triumph over New England, the Eagles’ first NFL title since 1960 and first-ever Super Bowl championship. Just before half, Foles caught a 1-yard TD pass from Trey Burton, branding the phrase “Philly Special” into Super Bowl lore. The Patriots (613) and Eagles (538) combined for a Super Bowl record 1,151 net yards. Thirteen years earlier, on February 6, 2005, at Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, the Patriots captured their third Lombardi Trophy over a four-year stretch, a 24-21 win over the Eagles. New England linebacker and current Titans head coach Mike Vrabel caught a 2-yard touchdown from Tom Brady to break a 7-7 tie in the third quarter. Game MVP Deion Branch, who had 11 receptions for 133 yards, set up that touchdown with three key grabs. Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison had fourth-quarter interceptions in the first Super Bowl ever to enter the final stanza in a tie game.

WATSON-JACKSON SHOWDOWN MARQUEES WEEK 11: Two of the NFL’s most exciting young quarterbacks square off Sunday when Houston meets Baltimore. Last week, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson recorded his second 2019 game with a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark, and became the second player in NFL history (Ben Roethlisberger, 2007) to post two 158.3 passer ratings in the same season. He also added a career-long 47-yard touchdown run in Baltimore’s win at Cincinnati. The Texans’ DeShaun Watson earlier this season posted his own 158.3 rating, in Week 5, and became the first player ever to pass for at least 400 yards and five touchdowns with five-or-fewer incompletions in a single game.

Watson enters Week 11 ranked fourth in the NFL with a 107.1 passer rating, while Jackson is ninth with a 101.7 mark. Sunday’s matchup is the second time in NFL history that two starting quarterbacks under the age of 25 with a passer rating of 100-or-better will square off in Week 11 or later. The first was a year ago this week, November 19, 2018, when Jared Goff (113.0 rating, 24 years, 36 days old) and the Rams defeated Patrick Mahomes (117.4 rating, 23 years, 63 days old) and the Chiefs 54-51.

AFC WEST CLUBS CLASH SOUTH OF BORDER: The NFL returns to Mexico when the Los Angeles Chargers host Kansas City on Monday Night Football. Estadio Azteca, which is 7,201 feet above sea level, will host a regular-season NFL game for the fourth time (also 2005, 2016 and 2017).

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who makes his 26th career start this week, has 8,007 career passing yards, the most by a quarterback in his first 25 starts in NFL history. Mahomes, who has 68 career touchdown passes, also surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (65 touchdown passes) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 25 career starts in NFL history.

DEFENSES TURNING OFFENSIVE: Since the beginning of 2018, Chicago and the Los Angeles Rams are tied for second in the NFL with seven defensive touchdowns. Those clubs clash in Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football on the West Coast. Baltimore leads the NFL with eight defensive touchdowns since the beginning of 2018, while the New York Jets also have seven, tied with the Bears and Rams.

Overall in Week 10, despite only 13 games on the schedule, NFL teams combined to score nine defensive touchdowns, the most since Week 6 of 2017 (10 defensive touchdowns).

DOLPHINS ON WINNING STREAK: There’s always hope in the NFL. Miami hosts Buffalo on Sunday with an opportunity to win a third consecutive game. San Francisco was the most recent team to open a season with seven-or-more consecutive losses and then win three-or-more games in the same season. The 49ers in 2017 began 0-7 but won their final five games. Now, just two years later, San Francisco owns a share of the NFL’s best record at 8-1.

PATRIOTS BID FOR 19 STRAIGHT: With a win on Sunday at Philadelphia New England can move to 9-1 and clinch a 19th consecutive winning season. In NFL history, the only team to string together at least 19 winning seasons was Dallas, who assembled a streak of 20 winning campaigns from 1966-85.

Among the other three major professional league sports, a franchise has authored 19-or-more consecutive winning seasons on only seven occasions: New York Yankees (39, 1926-64), Montreal Canadiens (32, 1951-52 to 1982-83), Boston Bruins (29, 1967-68 to 1995-96), New York Yankees (27, 1993-2019), Detroit Red Wings (24, 1991-92 to 2015-16), San Antonio Spurs (22, 1997-98 to 2018-19) and Utah Jazz (19, 1985-86 to 2003-04).

MARGIN OF VICTORY IS SHRINKING: With a season-high six teams on their byes this past week, the NFL played just 13 games. Eleven of those 13 games were separated by one possession (eight points or fewer). In 36 games this season, a team has won or tied after trailing in the fourth quarter.

The most games decided by eight- and seven-or-fewer points through 10 weeks in NFL history:

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT-OR-FEWER POINTS THROUGH WEEK 10
2016 – 87
2019 – 81
2015 – 81
1999 – 79
2010 – 79

MOST GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN-OR-FEWER POINTS THROUGH WEEK 10
2016 – 81
2019 – 77
2015 – 76
1999 – 73
Many with 72

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 11

YOUNG STARS BATTLE IN BALTIMORE: A match-up between two young quarterbacks highlights Week 11 in the NFL as Houston travels to Baltimore on Sunday. Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson and Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson are the first two players with at least 15 passing touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and a passer rating of 100 or higher through their team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history.

With two passing touchdowns on Sunday against Baltimore, Watson would become the fifth player in NFL history to have at least 20 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns through his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history. Two of the past three players to accomplish the feat earned the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award that season.

The players with at least 20 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, PASS TDS/RUSH TDS)
Cam Newton, Carolina (2015, 20/6)#
Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota (2000, 20/5)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 20/5)#
Don Meredith, Dallas (1966, 22/5)
Deshaun Watson, Houston (2019, 18/5)*
*Through nine games
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

Baltimore leads the NFL with an average of 197.2 rushing yards per game in 2019. Jackson leads all quarterbacks with 702 rushing yards this season and surpassed Michael Vick (650 yards in 2006) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback through his team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history last week.

If Baltimore running back Mark Ingram, who has 619 rushing yards and ties for the AFC-lead with eight rushing touchdowns, rushes for 81 yards against Houston, Jackson and Ingram would become the fourth pair of teammates to each rush for at least 700 yards in their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

The teammates each with at least 700 rushing yards through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

SEASON – TEAM (PLAYER, RUSH YARDS; PLAYER, RUSH YARDS)
2006 – ATLANTA (Warrick Dunn, 813; Michael Vick, 704)
1973 – Cincinnati (Essex Johnson, 755; Boobie Clark, 735)
1973 – Miami (Mercury Morris, 840; Larry Csonka, 748) HOF
2019 – Baltimore (Lamar Jackson, 702; Mark Ingram, 619)*
HOF – Hall of Fame

ZEKE GOES FOR 5,000 IN 50: Since entering the league in 2016, Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 4,836 rushing yards.

Appearing in his 50th career game on Sunday against Detroit, Elliott needs 164 rushing yards to become the fifth player with at least 5,000 rushing yards through their first 50 career games in NFL history. The other four players to accomplish the feat are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most rushing yards in their first 50 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RUSHING YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (5,597) HOF
Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers (5,411) HOF
Jim Brown, Cleveland (5,248) HOF
Terrell Davis, Denver (5,062) HOF
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (4,836)*
*Through 49 career games
HOF – Hall of Fame

RACKING UP YARDS: Last season, Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey had 107 receptions and surpassed Matt Forte (102 in 2014) for the most receptions by a running back in a single season in NFL history. Since entering the NFL in 2017, McCaffrey leads all running backs with 235 receptions.

With four catches on Sunday against Atlanta, McCaffrey would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (238 receptions) for the most receptions by a running back in their first three seasons in NFL history.

The running backs with the most receptions in their first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (238) HOF
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (235)*
*In third season

In nine games, McCaffrey, who leads the NFL with 153.9 scrimmage yards per game, ranks second with 989 rushing yards and ranks fourth among running backs with 396 receiving yards in 2019. Last week, he became the fifth player with at least 125 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in seven of his team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history.

On Sunday, McCaffrey needs 104 receiving yards and 11 rushing yards to become the first player with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook leads the NFL with 1,415 scrimmage yards, while McCaffrey ranks second with 1,385 scrimmage yards. With at least 85 scrimmage yards from Cook against Denver and at least 115 scrimmage yards from McCaffrey on Sunday, 2019 would mark the first season in which two players have at least 1,500 scrimmage yards through Week 11 in the Super Bowl era.

MAKING IT LOOK BIG EASY: New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 86 receptions and 1,027 receiving yards this season. Last week, Thomas, who has 407 receptions since 2016, surpassed Jarvis Landry (400 receptions) for the most receptions through a player’s first four seasons in NFL history and reached 400 receptions in the fewest games (56) in league annals.

With four receptions on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Thomas would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (89 receptions in 2002) and Julio Jones (89 in 2015) for the most receptions by a player through his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis 2002 (89) HOF
Julio Jones, ATLANTA (2015 – 89)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans (2019 – 86)*
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2018 – 85)

*Through nine games
HOF – Hall of Fame

Additionally, with four receptions, Thomas would become the first player in NFL history to have at least 90 receptions in each of his first four seasons.

TERRIFIC TANDEM IN TAMPA: Tampa Bay wide receivers Mike Evans (924 receiving yards) and Chris Godwin (840) rank second and fourth in receiving yards, respectively, in the NFL this season.

If Godwin has at least 60 receiving yards on Sunday against New Orleans, Evans and Godwin would become the fourth pair of teammates each with at least 900 receiving yards through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

The teammates each with at least 900 receiving yards through their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:

TEAM – SEASON (PLAYER – REC. YARDS; PLAYER – REC. YARDS)
Denver – 2014 (Demaryius Thomas – 1,105; Emmanuel Sanders – 954)
St. Louis Rams – 2000 (Isaac Bruce – 1,094; Torry Holt – 945)
Houston Oilers – 1961 (Charley Hennigan – 1,245; Bill Groman – 980)
Tampa Bay – 2019 (Mike Evans – 924; Chris Godwin – 840)*
*Through nine games

Additionally, if Evans has at least 76 receiving yards on Sunday, he would join Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1999-2003) as the only players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history.

Byes in week 11: Green Bay, New York Giants, Seattle and Tennessee. Washington, New England, Jacksonville, Houston, Denver and Philadelphia return to action from their break. Week 11 began in the AFC as Cleveland held off Pittsburgh in a brawl-filled contest Thursday night and heads south of the border on Monday night as AFC West/AFC foes Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers meet in Mexico City.

Last week was not as good… we wound up going 5-8 but we’re still ahead of the curve for the season at 64-59. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 11.

ATLANTA (2-7) at Carolina (5-4), 1 p.m on FOX and DirecTV 710. They’re separated by 245 miles and four hours of driving along I-85. They’re two of the major cities in the Southeast and the nation. While their rivalry isn’t anything like the Atlanta-New Orleans rivalry, it’s still important. Atlanta and Matt Ryan makes their way northward to face off against NFC South rival Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.

The Falcons broke their seven-game losing streak last Sunday in the Big Easy as they manhandled Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, holding the NFC South leaders to three Will Lutz field goals to take a 26-9 win out of the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Atlanta broke a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter, took a 13-6 lead with them to the break and floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of action. New Orleans pulled themselves to within four with 6:05 left in the third before the Falcons scored their final 13 points of the contest unchallenged.

Holding New Orleans to 52 yards on the ground, Atlanta took care of business against their NFC South foes, tallying 143 yards with Brian Hill leading all rushers with 61 yards. Ryan, returning from the ankle injury he suffered against Seattle two Sundays ago, showed no ill effects, throwing for 182 yards with a pair of TDs (one to Hill, the other to Austin Hooper), while the Falcons defense sacked Brees (287 yards) six times, while Ryan was sacked once and threw an interception. Atlanta went 6 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:46, while the Saints kept the ball for 26:14, going 3 of 12 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

A late rally at snowy Lambeau Field fell short for Carolina as they fell to Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay 24-16. Green Bay used a pair of Aaron Jones TDs in the first 30 minutes of play to take a 14-10 lead, then the Panthers stopped a late Green Bay rally in the closing seconds of the first half, as Greg McCoy stopped Packers RB Jaamal Williams short of the goal line to close things out.

The Packers would score 10 more points in the third quarter unchallenged on Jones’ third TD of the day and a Mason Crosby field goal before the Panthers would pull themselves to within eight with 11:58 left in the contest when Christan McCaffrey scored on a 3-yard run. Carolina then went for two in hopes of making their defict six but Kyle Allen’s try was incomplete. Green Bay would later punt the ball back to Carolina, who took the ball at their 11-yard line. They would make their way down the field and using a pair of Green Bay penalties, had four tries inside the 5-yard line.

Three incomplete passes later, the Panthers decided that the best course of action would be to use McCaffery, who got as close as the goal line but did not break the plane. The play was reviewed by replay and the ruling on the field became the law of the land. Green Bay out-rushed Carolina 163-120 and McCaffrey led all rushers with 108 yards (Jones led Green Bay with 93 yards) and Allen threw for 307 yards and three sacks and an interception to go with the TD toss, while Rodgers threw for 233 yards and a pair of sacks but no interceptions. Carolina was 4 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1) and kept the ball for 28:38, including the final 2:25 of the contest, while the Packers ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:22, going 4 of 9 on third down conversions.

The Falcons lead the series 30-18, they’ve outscored Carolina 1,028-943 and have won the last three meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s contests (Carolina’s last win in the series came in 2017, when they came away from Bank of America Stadium 20-17 winners).

Meeting number one… week two in the Big Peach at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta came away 31-24 winners. Atlanta led 17-10 at the break and took a 24-10 lead with them to the end of the third quarter before the Panthers stormed back in the final 15 minutes to make the contest a seven-point affair. Atlanta out-rushed Carolina 170-121 and Falcons RB Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 107, with Newton leading Carolina with 42 yards on the ground. Newton threw for 335 yards and three TDs, while Ryan threw for 272 yards and a pair of TDs to Austin Hooper and Calvin Ridley (Newton was sacked twice in the contest, both Ryan and Newton threw an interception). Atlanta went 6 of 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:42, while Carolina ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:18, going 5 for 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Falcons completed the sweep of the series in the Tar Heel State in their week 16 affair at Bank of America Stadium, manhandling the Newton-less Panthers 24-10 on the Sunday before Christmas Eve. The Falcons broke a 10-10 tie at the half and became Scrooges in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in the period unchallenged. Atlanta out-rushed the Panthers 194-141 and Brian Hill led all rushers with 115 yards (Christian McCaffrey led Carolina with 101 yards) and Ryan threw for 239 yards and three TDs (Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu and Ridley), while Todd Heinicke threw for 274 yards with a TD (Heinicke was sacked twice and threw three interceptions, while Ryan was sacked once). Atlanta went 4 of 10 on third down conversions and held the ball for 22:31, while the Panthers ruled the clock, holding the ball for 37:29, going 7 of 14 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The Falcons were favored by 5 1/2 in the Big Peach and covered, winning by 7 and both teams took care of the 44 over/under, tallying 55 points. In the week 16 contest in the Tar Heel State, the Panthers were favored by 3 and the Falcons’ 14-point win allowed them to cover but neither team covered the 48 over/under, as the two teams merged for 34 points. The odds-makers like the Panthers at home and the boys and girls in Vegas favored them by 5 1/2 with a 51 over/under. Panthers may be finer in Carolina but Atlanta proves that the win in New Orleans was not a fluke and takes the win in the Tar Heel State and could very well cover the 5 1/2.

Dallas (5-4) at Detroit (3-5-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of teams in the playoff hunt meet in the Motor City as Dallas travels to Detroit to face off against the Lions at Ford Field. Both clubs took close losses in last week’s action.

Dallas’ rally in the fourth quarter against Minnesota fell short as the Cowboys fell 28-28 at AT&T Stadium Sunday night. Dallas trailed 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, tying the contest up with 1:54 when Randall Cobb caught a 22-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott before the Vikings took things into the intermission when Dan Bailey connected on a 26-yard field as the first half came to an end. Bailey would add a second field goal against his former club halfway through the third quarter before the Cowboys reclaimed the lead when WR Amari Cooper and Prescott connected on a 12-yard TD strike. Minnesota would reclaim the lead for keeps with 2 seconds left in the third when Delvin Cook ran in from 2 yards, then Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on the 2-point try. Dallas would make the contest a 4-point affair with 10 minutes left in the contest when Brett Maher connected on a 23-yard boot.

With no time outs and 17 seconds left in the contest, Dallas got the ball back after a Vikings punt and Prescott used two short passes to TE Blake Jarwin, getting them on the Vikings’ side of the 50-yard line but Cowboys fans would see their hopes dashed when Prescott was picked off by Javon Kearse in the end zone to end the contest. Minnesota out-rushed Dallas 153-50, with Cook leading all rushers with 97 yards and the third quarter TD, Prescott threw for 397 yards and three TDs with a sack and the interception, while Cousins threw for 220 yards with two TDs, both to Rudolph. Dallas was 9 of 16 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:33 (including the final 17 seconds of the contest), while the Vikings ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:27, going 8 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Detroit watched a 6-0 lead against NFC North rival Chicago get away from them as the Bears stormed back to take a 20-13 win at Soldier Field last Sunday. The Lions took that 6-0 lead with a pair of Matt Prahter field goals before the Bears would erase that lead with 25 seconds left before the break when Mitch Trubisky and TE Ben Braunecker connected on a 18-yard toss. Trubisky would add 3rd quarter TD passes to Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel to take the lead to 20-6 before Kenny Golladay and Jeff Driskell (taking over for Matthew Stafford – back) would put the Lions to within 7 with 5:53 left in the contest. After Detroit and Chicago exchanged punts, the Lions got the ball back with 1:41 and would get themselves as close as Chicago’s 25-yard line, where the drive and game ended.

Neither club breached the 100 yard barrier in the contest in the Windy City but Detroit did manage to outrush Chicago 98-81 and Driskell threw for 269 yards with the TD, while he was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Trubisky accounted for the three TDs with 173 yards of passing and five sacks. Detroit was 7 for 18 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and including the final 1:41 of the contest, kept the ball for 31:54, while the Bears kept the ball for 28:06, going 2 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place at the Cotton Bowl, Tiger Stadium, the Silverdome and Cowboys Stadium, the Cowboys hold a 14-11 lead in the series, have outscored the Lions 676-482 and won the last two contests in the series, including 26-24 win in Jerry World last year (Detroit’s last win in the series came in 2013 in the Motor City by a final of 31-30 at Ford Field.)

Dallas led 13-10 at the intermission at AT&T Stadium in week four, then watched the Lions storm their way back to 24-23 lead with 2:17 left in the contest when Stafford and WR Golden Tate connected on a 38-yard TD toss. Dallas would use all of the 2:17 left in the contest and made their way down the field, using nine plays and 55 yards and sent Cowboys fans home happy as Brad Maher connected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired. Dallas outrushed the Lions 183-96, with Elliott leading everyone with 152 yards; Prescott threw for 255 yards, Stafford threw for 307 yards, both were sacked twice and neither threw an intercption. Dallas went 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 30:05 (including the final 2:17 of the contest), while the Lions were 6 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:55.

In the week four contest at AT&T, Dallas was favored by three but won by only 2 but both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under with 50 points. Dallas is favored by 3 1/2 in the Motor City and the over/under’s 51. Dallas has lost two contests to the NFC North already this year. They’re not going to lose again this time around. Dallas covers in the Motor City and wins this one.

New Orleans (2-7) at Tampa Bay (3-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Drew Brees vs. Jameis Winston. A pair of NFC South foes square off in the Sunshine State as the Saints make their way to Raymond James Stadium to face off against the Buccaneers.

Brees and the Saints were held to three Will Lutz field goals against NFC South rival Atlanta, as the division leaders were taken to task 26-9 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Atlanta broke a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter, then led for good as they took a 13-6 lead with them to the break and floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of action. New Orleans pulled themselves to within four with 6:05 left in the third before the Falcons scored their final 13 points of the contest unchallenged.

New Orleans was held to 52 yards on the ground, while Atlanta took care of business against their NFC South foes, tallying 143 yards with Brian Hill leading all rushers with 61 yards. Ryan, returning from the ankle injury he suffered against Seattle two Sundays ago, showed no ill effects, throwing for 182 yards with a pair of TDs (one to Hill, the other to Austin Hooper), while the Falcons defense sacked Brees (287 yards) six times, while Ryan was sacked once and threw an interception. Atlanta went 6 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:46, while the Saints kept the ball for 26:14, going 3 of 12 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Tampa Bay rallied against Arizona last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, taking a 30-27 win over the Desert Angry Birds last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The Buccaneers led 17-13 at the intermission in the battle of Heisman winners, then watched Arizona erase that deficit to take a 27-23 lead with 7:22 when WR Christian Kirk caught a 15-yard TD pass from Kyler Murray. Tampa Bay would reclaim the lead for good with 1:43 left in regulation, using a 6-play, 92-yard drive that used 1:57 of clock and ended with a 1-yard TD run by Peyton Barber. The Buccaneers would then stop a late Arizona rally in its tracks to take the win in the Sunshine State.

Tampa Bay outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 118-75 and Murray threw for 324 yards and a pair of TDs (he was sacked twice and threw an interception), while Winston threw for 358 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions to go with a TD toss. Tampa Bay went 7 of 15 on third down in the Sunshine State and kept the ball for 36:03, while the Desert Angry Birds went a somewhat dismal 1 of 10 on third down (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:57, including the final 1:43 of the contest.

New Orleans leads the series 33-21 and have outscored Tampa Bay 1,216-1,027. The two NFC South foes split last year’s contests, each winning in the other team’s building.

Round one… the season opener in the Big Easy and the Buccaneers survived a slugfest, leaving the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the 48-40 win. Tampa Bay led 31-24 at the half, then asserted its will on the Saints in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring New Orleans 17-16 and held off a late Saints rally. Tampa Bay outrushed New Orleans 112-43 and Ryan Fitzpatrick (taking over for Winston) threw for 417 yards and four TDs, while Brees threw for 439 yards with three TDs (Brees was sacked once and neither man threw an interception). Tampa Bay was 8 of 13 on third down conversions in the Big Easy and kept the ball for 32:09, while New Orleans, holding the pigskin for 27:51, went 4 of 9 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

New Orleans got their revenge in week 14 at Raymond James Stadium, erasing a 14-3 deficit at the break and scored 25 second half points unchallenged to take a 28-14 win out of the Sunshine State. Zach Line (1-yard TD pass from Brees), Brees (1-yard TD run), Mark Ingram (17-yard TD run) and Lutz accounted for the scoring in the second half to take the lead for good. Tampa Bay out-rushed New Orleans 105-100 and Winston threw for 213 yards with a pair of TDs to Cameron Brate, while Brees threw for 201 yards and the Line TD toss. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock as they held on to the ball for 31:53, while the Buccaneers kept the ball for 28:07, going 6 of 14 on third down.

In the season opener in the Big Easy, the Saints were favored by 9 1/2 and Tampa Bay would win by 8 but both teams easily covered the 49 1/2 over/under, tallying 88 points. In the week 14 contest in the Sunshine State, New Orleans covered the 8 1/2-point spread, winning by 14 but both teams missed the 57 1/2 over/under, combining to scored 42 points. New Orleans is favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 51. The Saints are still stinging from the loss to Atlanta at home last Sunday, while the Buccaneers would love nothing more than to take a win in the NFC South and take down their rivals in the process. Saints may march into Raymond James on Sunday but Tampa Bay marches out with the win, although expect the Saints to make things closer than 5 1/2.

Houston (6-3) at Baltimore (7-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of contending teams meet in Charm City as the Baltimore Ravens welcome the Houston Texans to M&T Bank Stadium. Both teams were winners in their last contests, which took place away from their home fields.

Houston, returning from their bye, held Jacksonville to a Josh Lambo field goal in the second quarter and took care of the Jaguars 26-3 at Wembley Stadium in London two Sundays ago. The Texans led throughout the contest, taking a 9-3 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, scoring the last 17 points of the contest unchallenged. Houston held Jacksonville to 74 yards of rushing, while the Texans’ Curtis Hyde led all rushers with 160 yards (the Texans rushed for 216 yards on the other side of the Atlantic. Houston passing-wise was paced by DeShaun Watson, who threw for 201 yards and a pair of TDs, while Gardner Minshew led Jacksonville with 309 yards (Minshew was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Watson was sacked once) Both clubs were 4 of 11 on third down on the other side of the pond (the Texans were 1 of 1 on fourth down, Jacksonville was 0 of 2) and Houston kept the ball for 32:33 to Jacksonville’s 27:27.

Baltimore completed their sweep of AFC North rival Cincinnati, taking the Bengals to task 49-13 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Ravens led from start to finish in the contest that gave the Bengals their eighth loss in a row and took a 28-10 lead with them to the intermission. Baltimore then proceeded to score 21 third quarter points unchallenged to seal the Bengals’ fate. While Cincinnati out-rushed Baltimore 157-136 with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading the way with 114 yards, Lamar Jackson burned the Bengals for 223 yards and three TDs and had a rushing TD of his own, while backup QB Ryan Finley, who took over after Andy Dalton was benched, threw for 167 yards and a TD (Jackson was not sacked or threw an interception, Finley threw a pick and was sacked twice). Baltimore on third down tries went 4 of 6 (the Ravens were perfect in their only fourth down attempt) and kept the ball for 23:49, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock and held the ball for 36:11, going 7 of 15 on third down, 1 of 4 on fourth down.

Baltimore leads the series 7-2 and the Ravens have outscored Houston 222-182. Their last meeting took place in Charm City in 2017 and the Ravens came away 23-16 winners, while Houston’s last win came in the Lone Star State in 2014 by a final of 25-13. Baltimore’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 49 1/2. There’s a chance that these two could meet in the post-season and both are playing decent football of late. Houston pulls the upset on the road in this one, taking the win on the road and could very well cover the 4.

Jacksonville (4-5) at Indianapolis (5-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Hoosier State as Indianapolis hosts Jacksonville at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Jaguars are coming off their bye week with a loss, while the Colts lost to another Florida team at home last week.

Jacksonville returns from their break after they fall to Houston 26-3 in London at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars, held to 30-yard field goal by Josh Lambo with 1:48 to go before halftime, trailed 9-3 at the intermission before the Texans floored the gas in the final 30 minutes of play, scoring the last 17 points of the contest unchallenged. Houston held Jacksonville to 74 yards of rushing, while the Texans’ Curtis Hyde led all rushers with 160 yards (the Texans rushed for 216 yards on the other side of the Atlantic. Houston passing-wise was paced by DeShaun Watson, who threw for 201 yards and a pair of TDs, while Gardner Minshew led Jacksonville with 309 yards (Minshew was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Watson was sacked once) Both clubs were 4 of 11 on third down on the other side of the pond (the Texans were 1 of 1 on fourth down, Jacksonville was 0 of 2) and Houston kept the ball for 32:33 to Jacksonville’s 27:27.

Miami held off Indianapolis 16-12 at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Dolphins, picking up their second win in a row, led 10-0 at the intermission, then held off a late Colts rally in the closing seconds by using a pair of Jason Sanders field goals to come away with the win and stopping a Colts drive that would have given the home team the win. Indianapolis, who actually led 12-10 with 11:30 left in the contest on a 1-yard pass from Blaine Hoyer to TE Jack Doyle, out-rushed Miami 109-70 with Hoyer throwing for 204 yards and three interceptions, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 169 yard with an interception (Fitzpatrick was sacked three times, Hoyer was sacked once). Miami went 6 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 31:28, while the Colts, holding the ball for 28:32, went 5 of 13 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The Colts lead the series 23-13 and have outscored the Jaguars 836-728. The two AFC South foes split last year’s series, each taking wins in their home fields.

The first meeting? Week 10 in Indianapolis and the Colts led Jacksonville 29-16 at the intermission, then held off the Jaguars to win 29-26 at Lucas Oil. Jacksonville would score their final ten points of the contest in the second half unchallenged, making the contest a bit too close for Colts fans in the Hoosier State, with the Colts ending Jacksonville’s comeback bid on a lost fumble with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville outrushed Indianapolis 91-81 and both Fournette (Jacksonville) and Jordan Wilkins (Indianapolis) each rushed for 53 yards in the contest (Fournette had a rushing TD), while Andrew Luck threw for 285 yards and three TDs and Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 320 yards and a pair of TDs (neither threw an interception, Luck was sacked once). Jacksonville was 9 of 17 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:10, while the Colts, holding the pigskin for 24:50, went 6 of 11 on third down.

Jacksonville was looking for revenge in their week 13 contest at TIAA Bank Field and they got it, using a pair of Josh Lambo field goals to take a 6-0 win in the Sunshine State. Lambo’s first field goal from 30 yards with 2:02 left before the half was the first scoring of the contest, with Jacksonville taking the 3-0 lead at the break. After a scoreless third quarter, Lambo would close out the scoring for the Jaguars, connecting on a 37-yarder early in the fourth. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the Sunshine State but Jacksonville did manage to out-rush the Colts 79-41 and Luck threw for 248 yards and an interception, while Cody Keesler, taking over for Bortles, threw for 150 yards (both were sacked three times, neither had a TD toss, Luck had an interception). Both teams struggled on third down tries in the Sunshine State; the Colts were 5 of 18 on third down (they were 0 of 3 on fourth down), the Jaguars were 6 of 15 on third down and the Colts kept the ball for 30:27 to Jacksonville’s 29:33.

In the week 10 Hoosier State showdown, the Colts were favored by 3 and covered, winning by 3 and both teams covered the 46 1/2 over/under with 55 points. The Colts were favored in the week 13 rematch in Jacksonville by 4 and while the Jaguars covered, winning by 6, the 47 over/under stayed safe as Jacksonville’s two field goals were all of the scoring in the contest. Indianapolis is favored by 3 and the over/under’s 44. Both teams are chasing the Texans for first place in the AFC South and the winner is a bit closer, while the loser isn’t out but will have a little more work to do. Colts cover the 3 and win back home again in Indiana.

Denver (3-6) at Minnesota (7-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. One team returns from their bye week, the other came away with a close win on the road last Sunday night. Minnesota returns to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to take on the Denver Broncos at US Bank Stadium.

Denver returns to action after their bye week, shutting down Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns 24-19 at Empower Field at Mile High two Sundays ago. Denver led 17-12 at the break and took a 24-12 lead with them to the fourth quarter before the Browns made things a bit closer than Broncos fans would like when Josh Landry and Mayfield connected on a 9-yard TD toss with 10:47 left in regulation. Denver would then hold off a late Browns rally late in the contest as Cleveland would get the ball back with 7:21 left in the contest and would get as close as Denver’s 28 yard line before being stopped. The Broncos then restored some order and ran out the clock to take the win in the Rocky Mountains.

Denver out-rushed Cleveland 127-90 (Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay would lead all rushers with 92 yards and a TD) and Brock Allen threw for 193 yards and three TDs, while Mayfield led the Browns with 273 yards and the Landry TD (neither man threw an interception; Mayfield was sacked twice and Allen was sacked three times). Denver was 3 of 9 on third down and kept the ball for 24:30, while the Browns actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 35:30, going 6 of 15 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The Vikings held off a late Dallas rally in the fourth quarter, edging the Cowboys 28-28 at AT&T Stadium Sunday night. Minnesota led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, before Dallas would wind up tying the contest up with 1:54 when Randall Cobb caught a 22-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott before the Vikings took things into the intermission when Dan Bailey connected on a 26-yard field as the first half came to an end. Bailey would add a second field goal against his former club halfway through the third quarter before the Cowboys reclaimed the lead when WR Amari Cooper and Prescott connected on a 12-yard TD strike. Minnesota would reclaim the lead for keeps with 2 seconds left in the third when Delvin Cook ran in from 2 yards, then Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and TE Kyle Rudolph connected on the 2-point try. Dallas would make the contest a 4-point affair with 10 minutes left in the contest when Brett Maher connected on a 23-yard boot.

Dallas got the ball back after a Vikings punt with 17 seconds in the contest and no time outs. Prescott used two short passes to TE Blake Jarwin, getting them on the Vikings’ side of the 50-yard line but Cowboys fans would see their hopes dashed when Prescott was picked off by Javon Kearse in the end zone to end the contest. Minnesota out-rushed Dallas 153-50, with Cook leading all rushers with 97 yards and the third quarter TD, Prescott threw for 397 yards and three TDs with a sack and the interception, while Cousins threw for 220 yards with two TDs, both to Rudolph. Dallas was 9 of 16 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 26:33 (including the final 17 seconds of the contest), while the Vikings ruled the clock, holding the ball for 33:27, going 8 of 14 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The series? All tied at 7-7. Denver has outscored the Vikings 316-305 and have won the last three meetings in the series, including a 23-20 win in the Mile High City in 2015; Minnesota’s last win in the series came in the Twin Cities in 2003 by a final of 28-20. Minnesota’s favored by 10 and the over/under’s 39. This one may not meet the criteria to be “Drill Worthy” but it could be somewhat entertaining. Minnesota wins in the Land of 10,000 Lakes but expect the Broncos to make things closer than 10 points.

New York Jets (2-7) at Washington (1-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. They have a combined record of 3-15 and sit in last place in their respective divisions. A pair of struggling teams meet in Landover as Washington hosts the New York Jets at Fed Ed Field.

GangGreen led their fellow Met Life Stadium tenant the New York Giants 14-13 at the half last Sunday, then floored the gas in the second half, taking a 34-27 win over Big Blue. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would outscore the Giants 20-14 in the final 30 minutes of play, erasing a 27-24 deficit in the process. Jets RB LeVeon Bell would give GangGreen the lead back and for good early in the fourth quarter, scoring from a yard away to reclaim the lead. The contest was not much of a rushing affair and neither club breached the 100-yard barrier but GangGreen did out-rush Big Blue 76-23, with Jets QB Sam Darnold throwing for 230 yards with a TD, while the Giants’ Daniel Jones threw for 308 yards with four TDs (Jones would be sacked six times, Darnold was sacked twice; neither threw an interception). The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 13 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and played keep-away with the ball, holding the clock for 30:44, while Big Blue, keeping the ball for 29:16, went 8 of 18 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Washington comes back from their bye after they were held to three Dustin Hopkins field goals in Buffalo, with the Bills coming away 24-9 winners in upstate New York. The Bills took a 13-6 lead with them to the locker room at the half, then took control of things in the final 30 minutes of play, holding Washington to a third quarter field goal. The lone bright spot for Washington was that they did out-rush Buffalo 127-122 with Redskins RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 108 yards and Denvin Singletary leading Buffalo with 95 yards and a TD. Dwayne Haskins, making his first NFL start, threw for 144 yards, while Josh Allen threw for 160 yards and a TD to Cole Beasley (Allen also had a rushing TD). Washington was 2 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:13

Washington leads the series 8-3 and have outscored the Jets 248-192. GangGreen has won the last two meetings, including a 34-20 win in the Meadowlands in 2015, while Washington’s last win in the series came in 2007 (also in the Meadowlands), as they would need overtime to take a 23-20 win. Washington’s favored by a point and the over/under’s 38. Take a pass on this one (unless you’re a fan of one of these teams). Washington fans have been saying “Hell, it’s the Redskins” of late. They won’t this Sunday. “Hail to the Redskins!” Washington covers at Landover and takes the win.

Buffalo (6-3) at Miami (2-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They meet again and this time, it’s in Miami. AFC East foes Buffalo and Miami meet in the Sunshine State in a rematch from week seven in upstate New York.

A late Buffalo rally fell short as Cleveland edged the Bills 19-16 last Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland led 9-7 at the break, then trailed 16-12 with 1:44 left when WR Rashard Higgins and QB Baker Mayfield connected on a 7-yard TD toss. The Bills would get the ball back with the 1:44 left and made their way down the field to set up what they hoped would be the game-tying field goal that would send the contest into overtime but Stephen Hauschka’s 53-yard field goal try sailed wide left. Cleveland then got the ball back and ran out the clock to take the win.

Cleveland out-rushed Buffalo 147-84, with Browns RB Nick Chubb leading everyone with 116 yards; Mayfield threw for 238 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game winner), while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 266 yards with a pair of rushing TDS (neither man threw an interception, Allen was sacked once, Mayfield was sacked twice). The Browns were 4 of 11 on third down (they went 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:46, while the Bills, keeping the ball for 28:14, went 5 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Miami held off Indianapolis 16-12 at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Dolphins, picking up their second win in a row, led 10-0 at the intermission, then held off a late Colts rally in the closing seconds by using a pair of Jason Sanders field goals to come away with the win and stopping a Colts drive that would have given the home team the win. Indianapolis, who actually led 12-10 with 11:30 left in the contest on a 1-yard pass from Blaine Hoyer to TE Jack Doyle, out-rushed Miami 109-70 with Hoyer throwing for 204 yards and three interceptions, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 169 yard with an interception (Fitzpatrick was sacked three times, Hoyer was sacked once). Miami went 6 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 31:28, while the Colts, holding the ball for 28:32, went 5 of 13 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth down.

They met in upstate New York in week seven and the Bills came away 31-21 winners at New Era Field. Miami led 14-9 at the half, then Buffalo took control of things in the fourth quarter (they played a scoreless third quarter) and outscored the ‘Fins 22-7 in the final 15 minutes of action. Josh Brown gave Buffalo the lead for keeps with 13:50 left in the contest when he and Allen connected on a 20-yard toss. Fitzpatrick would make it a 3-point contest with 1:45 left, then Dolphins fans would have their hopes and hearts shattered when S Micah Hyde returned the onside kick attempt 42 yards for Buffalo’s final TD. Buffalo out-rushed Miami 117-109 and Allen threw for 202 yards and a pair of TDs, while Fitzpatrick threw for 282 with a passing TD to go with his rushing score (Fitzpatrick threw an interception, while Allen was sacked twice). Miami was 7 of 13 on third down tries (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:31; as for Buffalo? They kept the pigskin for 26:29 and went 3 for 10 on third down tries.

The Bills were favored by 17 in upstate New York and Buffalo wound up winning by 10. As for the 52 combined points? It was more than enough to cover the 40 1/2 over/under. The Bills are favored again in the rematch in the Sunshine State, by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. The Bills are looking to sweep the Dolphins for the first time since 2013, while the Dolphins are looking for revenge. Revenge wins out in the Sunshine State. Miami may not cover the 5 1/2 but they do take the win at home.

Arizona (3-6-1) at San Francisco (8-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. They meet again. A pair of NFC West rivals renew accquaintaces, this time in wine country as San Francisco hosts Arizona in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium. Both took losses in last week’s action.

A last-second rally by the Cardinals fell short as Tampa Bay held them off last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, taking a 30-27 win over the Desert Angry Birds last Sunday in the Sunshine State. Arizona trailed 17-13 at the intermission in the battle of Heisman winners, then erased that deficit to take a 27-23 lead with 7:22 when WR Christian Kirk caught a 15-yard TD pass from Kyler Murray. Tampa Bay would reclaim the lead for good with 1:43 left in regulation, using a 6-play, 92-yard drive that used 1:57 of clock and ended with a 1-yard TD run by Peyton Barber. The Buccaneers would then stop a late Arizona rally in its tracks to take the win in the Sunshine State.

Tampa Bay out-rushed the Desert Angry Birds 118-75 and Murray threw for 324 yards and a pair of TDs (he was sacked twice and threw an interception), while Winston threw for 358 yards with four sacks and a pair of interceptions to go with a TD toss. Tampa Bay went 7 of 15 on third down in the Sunshine State and kept the ball for 36:03, while the Desert Angry Birds went a somewhat dismal 1 of 10 on third down (they were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:57, including the final 1:43 of the contest.

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

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

The Seahawks got the ball back and San Francisco held them in check, forcing a Seattle punt. San Francisco could not do anything after three Jimmy Garapollo passes went incomplete. The 49ers punted the ball back to Seattle with 85 seconds left in the extra period and Seattle made sure the 49ers would never see the pigskin again, using a 7-play, 40-yard drive that took 85 seconds of clock and ended when Jason Myers connected on a 42-yard field goal to end the 49ers’ bid for a perfect season. Seattle out-rushed San Francisco 147-87, with Carson leading all rushers with 89 yards and the TD. Wilson threw for 232 yards in the overtime contest, while Garapollo threw for 248 yards (both threw a TD, both were sacked five times and both threw an interception) in the Monday night affair. San Francisco went 6 for 15 on third down tries in Santa Clara (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:41, while Seattle kept the ball for 35:19, while going 7 for 15 on third down tries.

They met in week nine in the desert and the 49ers hung on to take the 28-25 win at State Farm Stadium. San Francisco led 21-7at the intermission, then held off a late Arizona rally in the final quarter to take the Thursday night win. Arizona out-rushed San Francisco 153-101, with Cardinals RB Kenyon Drake leading the way with 110 yards and a rushing TD, while San Francisco was led by Matt Breida with 78. Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and four TDs (connecting with Emanuel Sanders and George Kittle on two of the tosses, he was sacked once), while Murray threw for 241 yards with a pair of TDs and three sacks (neither threw an interception). San Francisco was 11 of 17 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 34:31, while the Desert Angry Birds kept the ball for 25:29, going 2 of 8 on fourth down.

In the week nine contest in the desert, the 49ers were favored by 10 but won by only 3. The two teams did manage to cover the 43 over/under with 53 points. San Francisco’s favored by 11 in the rematch in wine country and the over/under’s 45. History has a strange way of repeating itself, the 49ers are not in a good mood after Monday and they’re looking to take it out on the Desert Angry Birds. The 49ers may not cover the 11 but they’ll complete the sweep of the series at home by taking the win over Arizona.

New England (8-1) at Philadelphia (5-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They last met in Super Bowl 52 and the Eagles swooped away with the Lombardi. This time, both teams are coming off bye weeks and both are still in the hunt. The Eagles and Carson Wentz host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a late afternoon contest at Lincoln Financial Field.

Brady and the Patriots were taken to task by Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in Charm City 37-20 two Sundays ago. New England trailed 17-13 at the intermission, then watched the wheels come off as the Ravens would give the defending Super Bowl champs their first loss by outscoring New England 20-7 in the second half of action. Baltimore out-rushed New England 210-74 with Ravens RB Mark Ingram leading everyone with 115 yards and QB Lamar Jackson threw for 163 yards with a passing TD and had a rushing TD, while Brady threw for 285 yards and a TD toss to Mohammed Sanu (Brady was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Jackson was sacked once). New England was 5 of 13 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 22:59, while the Ravens ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 37:01, while going 5 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Wentz and Philadelphia took care of Chicago 22-14 at Lincoln Financial Field two Sundays ago in the City of Brotherly Love. A pair of Jake Elliott field goals and a Wentz TD pass to TE Zack Ertz gave the Eagles a 12-0 lead at the intermission. Eagles RB Jordan Howard would give the Eagles a 19-0 lead with 10:37 left in the third before Chicago’s David Montgomery would score a pair of TDs on 1-yard runs to pull them to within five before Elliot would push the lead back to eight and sealed the contest with 25 seconds left, booting a 38-yard field for the contest’s final points. Howard led all rushers with 82 yards as the Eagles out-rushed Chicago 146-62 and Wentz threw for 239 yards with the TD toss to Ertz, while Mitch Trubisky threw for 125 yards (neither Wentz or Trubisky threw an interception; Wentz was sacked four times, Trubisky was sacked three times). Philadelphia went 8 of 18 on third down (the Eagles were perfect in their only fourth down try) and the Eagles were stingy with the clock, as they kept the ball for 40:18, while Chicago kept the ball for 19:42, going 2 for 10 on third down.

The Eagles lead the series 7-5 and have outscored the Pats 283-269. Their last regular season meeting came in 2015 in Foxboro and the Eagles left Gillette Stadium 35-28 winners, while New England’s last win came in the City of Brotherly Love in 2011 by a final of 38-20.

Given that there’s a history between these two clubs, it’s only fair 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 59 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

The odds makers like the Patriots as 3 1/2-point favorites in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make this one well worth your time to watch Sunday afternoon. New England’s looking to avoid losing two in a row; as for the Eagles, they want to let the Patriots know that the Super Bowl win was not a fluke. Philadelphia probably won’t cover the 3 1/2 but they do take the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cincinnati (0-8) at Oakland (5-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders host the winless Cincinnati Bengals on the West Coast in a late afternoon AFC contest.

The Bengals were taken to task 49-13 by Baltimore at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati trailed from start to finish in the their eighth loss in a row and trailed 28-10 at the intermission. Baltimore then proceeded to score 21 third quarter points unchallenged to seal the Bengals’ fate. While Cincinnati out-rushed Baltimore 157-136 with Bengals RB Joe Mixon leading the way with 114 yards, Lamar Jackson burned the Bengals for 223 yards and three TDs and had a rushing TD of his own, while backup QB Ryan Finley, who took over after Andy Dalton was benched, threw for 167 yards and a TD (Jackson was not sacked or threw an interception, Finley threw a pick and was sacked twice). Baltimore on third down tries went 4 of 6 (the Ravens were perfect in their only fourth down attempt) and kept the ball for 23:49, while the Bengals actually ruled the clock and held the ball for 36:11, going 7 of 15 on third down, 1 of 4 on fourth down.

The Silver and Black held off a late Philip Rivers rally in Oakland and came away 26-24 winners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum over the Los Angeles Chargers. Oakland held a 17-14 lead at the break before the Chargers took over after a 27-yard field goal by Michael Badgley with 25 seconds left in the third and a 6-yard TD toss from Rivers to RB Austin Ekeler to lead 24-20 with 4:02 left in the contest. Oakland reclaimed the lead for keeps, using a 3-minute drive that used 10 plays and 75 yards when RB Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run. Los Angeles would get the ball back on the ensuing kickoff with 62 seconds left and made their way down the field and got themselves as close as Oakland’s 30-yard line, when Rivers was picked off by Karl Joseph to end the threat.

The Chargers out-rushed Oakland 146-78 in the Thursday night affair in northern California, with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 108 yards and a TD (Jacobs led Oakland 71). Carr threw for 218 yards with a TD, while Rivers threw for 207 yards and a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked five times and threw three interceptions, including the one that ended Los Angeles’ hopes, while Carr was sacked three times without an interception). Oakland was 4 of 12 on third down tries (they had one fourth down try and had success) and kept the ball for 25:50, while the Chargers were the rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 34:10, going 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including games played in Los Angeles and at old Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field, the Raiders lead the series 18-11 and have outscored the Bengals 659-577. However…. the Bengals have come away winners in the last three meetings, including taking down the Silver and Black 30-16 last year at Paul Brown Stadium (Oakland’s last win in the series came in 2009 in Oakland by a final of 20-17).

The week 15 contest along the shores of the Ohio River saw the Bengals take a 20-7 at the intermission, then hold off a late Oakland rally to take the win at home. Mixon led all rushers with 129 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bengals outrushed Oakland 171-68 and Jeff Driskell, taking over for Dalton, threw for 130 yards with a sack and an interception, while Carr threw for 263 yards with five sacks (each threw a TD pass, Driskell threw an interception). Although the Bengals were 8 of 19 on third down tries at Paul Brown Stadium, they were 2 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 33:19, while the Raiders, holding on to the pigskin for 26:41, went 3 of 14 on third down.

Cincinnati was favored by 3 1/2 in the week 15 contest and the Bengals covered, winning by 14 and both clubs BARELY covered the 45 1/2 over/under, tallying 46. Oakland’s favored by 10 1/2 on the West Coast and the over/under’s 48 1/2. The over/under is reasonable, the 10 1/2? It leaves one scratching their heads. Cincinnati’s bad but not 10 1/2 bad. Oakland takes this one at home but we can expect the Bengals to make things a lot closer than the 10 1/2.

Chicago (4-5) at Los Angeles Rams (5-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. The Windy City meets sunnny California as Chicago travels to Los Angeles for a Sunday night prime time contest with the Rams at the Coliseum.

A late Los Angeles rally in Pittsburgh fell short as the Steelers hung on to give the Rams a 17-12 loss at Heinz Field. Although the Steelers led 14-7 at the intermission in the Steel City, the Rams managed to outscore Pittsburgh 5-3 in the last 30 minutes of action and trailed by only 2 with 12:40 left in the contest when Steelers QB Mason Rudolph was sacked by Aaron Donald in the end zone for a safety before Chris Boswell connected on a 32-yard field goal with 2:46 left in regulation to give the home team a little more breathing room. After the teams exchanged the ball on punts, the Rams would get it back with 61 seconds left in an attempt to take a win on the road. Los Angeles would get as close as their 42-yard line, thanks to two penalties and their hopes of winning would come to an end when Mike Fitzpatrick intercepted Jarod Goff to seal the win.

Los Angeles did manage to out-rush the Steelers 88-42 with Rams RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 73 yards, while Rudolph threw for 242 yards and a TD; Goff threw for 243 yards with a pair of interceptions (Goff was sacked four times, Rudolph was sacked three times, including the sack for the Rams’ safety). The Steelers were 5 of 13 on third down conversions (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:40, while the Rams were a dismal 1 of 14 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 28:20.

Da Bears erased a 6-0 deficit against NFC North rival Detroit as they stormed back to take a 20-13 win at Soldier Field last Sunday. The Lions took that 6-0 lead with a pair of Matt Prahter field goals before the Monsters of the Midway would erase that lead with 25 seconds left before the break when Mitch Trubisky and TE Ben Braunecker connected on a 18-yard toss, taking the lead for keeps at that point. Trubisky would add 3rd quarter TD passes to Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel to take the lead to 20-6 before Kenny Golladay and Jeff Driskell (taking over for Matthew Stafford – back) would put the Lions to within 7 with 5:53 left in the contest. After Detroit and Chicago exchanged punts, the Lions got the ball back with 1:41 and would get themselves as close as Chicago’s 25-yard line, where the drive and game ended.

Neither club breached the 100 yard barrier in the contest in the Windy City but Detroit did manage to outrush Chicago 98-81 and Driskell threw for 269 yards with the TD, while he was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Trubisky accounted for the three TDs with 173 yards of passing and five sacks. Detroit was 7 for 18 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and including the final 1:41 of the contest, kept the ball for 31:54, while the Bears kept the ball for 28:06, going 2 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Including contests that were played in Cleveland, St. Louis, Anahiem, Champaign-Urbana and Wrigley Field, Da Bears lead the series 53-35-3, have outscored the Rams 2,116-1,829 and have won the last contests, including a 15-6 win last year in the Windy City (the Rams’ last win in the series came in 2013 in St. Louis by a final of 42-21).

They met at Soldier Field in week 14 on a Sunday night (game time temperature, for those that are interested? A balmy 29 degrees with a 25-degree wind chill) and the first half was a field goal contest as Chris Parkey and Greg Zuerlein each kicked a pair of field goals to send their teams into the locker room tied at 6-6. Chicago then went to work in the second half, getting a safety courtesy of nose tackle Eddie Goldman and a 2-yard TD toss from Trubisky to OL Bradley Sowell on a tackle-eligible play. Chicago outrushed the Rams 194-52 and RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 101 yards; Trubisky, despite being picked off three times, threw for 110 yards with the third-quarter TD, while Goff threw for 180 yards with four picks (Trubisky was sacked once, Goof was sacked three times). Chicago was 7 of 16 on third down conversions and the Monsters of the Midway kept the pigskin for 36:49, while the Rams, who held on to the ball for 23:11, went 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 3 on fourth down.

In the week 14 Sunday night affair, the Rams were favored by 3 and the Monsters of the Midway covered, winning by 9 but the 52 1/2 over/under stayed intact, as both teams merged for only 21 points. The odds makers in Vegas like the Rams and they are favored by 7 with a 41 1/2 over/under. Both numbers make a ton of sense and both clubs are in the playoff hunt, trying to catch Green Bay and San Francisco respectively. This will be closer than the 7 but the Rams prevail in Hollywood, taking the win.

Kansas City (6-4) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Stadio Azteca in Mexico City, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Forget the records. A pair of AFC West/AFL rivals meet south of the border as Patrick Mahomes and first-place Kansas City takes on the Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City to close out play in week 11. Both teams are looking for wins after close losses on the road last week.

Kansas City had a chance to send their contest with Tennessee into overtime last Sunday in Nashville but Harrison Butker’s 52-yard attempt as time expired was blocked by Titans DB Joshua Kalu and came up on the short end of a 35-32 loss in Nashville. Tennessee and Kansas City went into the intermission tied at 13-13 before the Chiefs took a 32-27 lead when Butker connected on a 39-yard field goal with 3:14 left in the contest. Tennessee did not waste a lot of time on their drive to reclaim the lead, getting the ball back with 81 seconds after a Chiefs’ field goal try failed, using 4 plays, 61 yards and 58 seconds to reclaim the lead when WR Adam Humphries and Ryan Tannehill connected on a 23-yard TD toss. Tannehill then took matters into his own feet when he scored on the two-point conversion.

The Chiefs were not going away and got the ball back with 23 seconds left in the contest and made their way down the field, getting as close as Tennessee’s 34-yard and stayed there after Mahomes threw an incompletion, setting the Chiefs up for what they hoped would be the score that would have sent the contest into overtime. Chiefs fans would get their hearts broken as Kalu broke through the line, blocked the kick and ended the Chiefs threat.

Tennessee’s Derrek Henry led all rushers with 188 yards and a pair of TDs as the Titans outrushed Kansas City 225-97 and Mahomes threw for 446 and three TDs (connecting with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on two of the passes), while Tannehill threw for 181 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game-winner) to go with his two-point try (neither threw an interception; Mahomes was sacked twice, while Tannehill was sacked four times). Kansas City was 7 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:51, including the final 23 seconds of the game, while the Titans, keeping the ball for 22:09, went 2 of 8 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

A late rally by Rivers and the Chargers fell short in Oakland two Thursdays ago as Oakland came away 26-24 winners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Oakland held a 17-14 lead at the break before the Chargers took over after a 27-yard field goal by Michael Badgley with 25 seconds left in the third and a 6-yard TD toss from Rivers to RB Austin Ekeler to lead 24-20 with 4:02 left in the contest. Oakland reclaimed the lead for keeps, using a 3-minute drive that used 10 plays and 75 yards when RB Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run. Los Angeles would get the ball back on the ensuing kickoff with 62 seconds left and made their way down the field and got themselves as close as Oakland’s 30-yard line, when Rivers was picked off by Karl Joseph to end the threat.

The Chargers outrushed Oakland 146-78 in the Thursday night affair in northern California, with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon leading the way with 108 yards and a TD (Jacobs led Oakland 71). Carr threw for 218 yards with a TD, while Rivers threw for 207 yards and a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked five times and threw three interceptions, including the one that ended Los Angeles’ hopes, while Carr was sacked three times without an interception). Oakland was 4 of 12 on third down tries (they had one fourth down try and had success) and kept the ball for 25:50, while the Chargers were the rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 34:10, going 3 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including games played in Dallas (when the Chiefs were known as the Texans), at Swope Field and Qualcomm Stadium, Kansas City leads the series 61-55-1 and have outscored the Bolts 2,586-2,363. Each team won contests in the other’s facility, spliting the series last year.

The two AFC West/AFL rivals didn’t wait long as they opened the 2018 campaign in Los Angeles in week one, with Kansas City coming away 38-28 winners. Tyreek Hill caught a pair of TD passes from Mahomes and opened the scoring in the contest with a 91-yard punt return. Mahomes threw for 256 yards and four TD tosses in the contest, even though the Chiefs were outrushed by the Chargers 123-106 and Rivers threw for 424 yards and three TDs (both Rivers and Mahomes were sacked once, with Rivers throwing an interception). Kansas City was 4 of 10 on third down and held on to the ball for 25:34, while the Chargers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 34:26, while going 3 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Chargers got their revenge in the rematch at Arrowhead in week 15, rallying late in the contest to come away 29-28 winners. Los Angeles trailed 14-7 at the intermission and found themselves trailing 21-14 at the end of three quarters before outscoring Kansas City 15-7 in the final quarter. Justin Jackson put the Chargers to within seven with 3:49 left when he scored from 3 yards out. After the Chargers got the ball back on a Chiefs’ punt, they would use an 8-play, 60-yard drive that took 2:33 of clock, capping it when WR Mike Williams and Rivers connected on a 1-yard TD toss with 4 seconds left in the contest.

Los Angeles outrushed Kansas City 119-60 and Rivers threw for 313 yards, while Mahomes threw for 243 yards (both threw a pair of TDs; Mahomes was sacked twice, Rivers was sacked five times and threw an interception) for the Chiefs. Both clubs were 6 of 10 on third down (the Chargers were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Chargers kept the ball for 33:16 to Kansas City’s 26:44.

In the season opener on the West Coast, the Chargers were favored by 3 1/2 and the Chiefs covered, winning by 10 and both teams took care of the 42 1/2 over/under by tallying 66 points. As for the week 15 contest on a Thursday night in Arrowhead? The Chiefs were favored by 3 1/2 but the Chargers won by 1 and both clubs tallied 57 points, covering the 53 over/under. The boys and girls in Vegas think highly of the Chiefs and they’re favored by 3 1/2 with a 52 1/2 over/under. Both come into the Monday night contest south of the border with losses under their belts from last week and both want to keep their place in the AFC West. You might want to tape “All Rise” and “Bull” this week. Chiefs recover from their loss in Nashville and wins in Mexico City, covering the 3 1/2.

Los Angeles Chargers (4-5) at Oakland (4-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. They’ve been AFC/AFL West rivals since the 60s. They share the same state and are separated by 373 miles along I-5. Thursday night, Philip Rivers and the the Los Angeles Chargers make that trip northward to square off against Derek Carr and their AFC West foes in a key Thursday night battle to open play in week 10. Both teams were in their home facilities last Sunday and both teams defeated NFC North opponents in the process.

Los Angeles led Green Bay from start to finish last Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park, taking down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 26-11 in Carson. The Chargers scored the first nine points of the contest unchallenged thanks to three Michael Badgley field goals, taking a 9-0 lead with them to the intermission. Badgley would add another field goal at the halfway point of the third quarter and the Chargers would score the first TD of the game when Melvin Gordon II tallied his first of two TDs from a yard out.

Green Bay would then end any bid for a Charger shutout when K Mason Crosby connected on a 54-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the third. Gordon would add a second TD early in the fourth quarter to all but ice the contest away from the Packers on the West Coast. Gordon led all rushers with 80 yards and the two TDs as the Chargers outrushed Green Bay 159-45 and Rivers threw for 294 yards without a sack, while Rodgers threw for 161 yards and a TD to Jamaal Williams with three sacks (neither QB threw an interception).

The Bolts were 5 of 11 on third down on the West Coast (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and were stingy with the football, keeping it away from the Packers for 35:51, while Green Bay went 2 of 10 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), holding on to the pigskin for 24:09.

Oakland held off a late Detroit rally last Sunday on the other side of San Francisco Bay, coming away 31-24 winners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Oakland took a 17-10 lead with them to the break on the West Coast, only to see that lead get away from them as the Lions would tie things up at 17-17 on a Matt Prater field goal from 23 yards out with 4:45 left in the third. Oakland then reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter, as Carr and rookie TE Foster Moreau connected on a 3-yard TD toss to lead by 7, then clung to that lead until the Lions and Matthew Stafford and WR Josh McKissic connected on a 26-yard TD pass to re-tie the contest. Oakland would then get the final word in the contest, first with Carr and WR Hunter Renfrow connecting on a 9-yard TD pass with 2:04 left in the contest, then held off a late Detroit rally as the Lions would get to the Raiders’ 1-yard line before Stafford’s pass attempt to TE Logan Thomas fell short.

oakland outrushed Detroit 171-90 and rookie RB Josh Jacobs led all rushers with 120 yards and a pair of TDs in the win, Carr threw for 289 yards and a pair of TDS (including the game-winner), while Stafford threw for 406 yards and three TDs (Stafford was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Carr was sacked once). Oakland was 7 of 13 on third down tries and the Raiders held the ball for 32:50, while the Lions kept the ball for 27:10, going 5 of 11 on third down (both clubs were 1 of 2 on fourth down conversions).

The Silver and Black lead the series 62-54-2 (which includes contests that were played in Los Angeles and San Diego) and have outscored the Chargers 2,563-2,555. However, the Chargers have won the last four meetings, including sweeping the last two series and taking last year’s contests (Oakland’s last win in the series came in 2016, when the Raiders left Qualcomm Stadium with a 19-16 win.)

The first meeting…. week 5 in Carson at StubHub Center. The Chargers led Oakland 17-3 at the half and came away with the 26-10 win. Rivers (339 yards, no interceptions) threw a pair of TD passes in the contest with one sack, while Carr threw for 268 yards with a TD (Carr was sacked three times and threw an interception). Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the contest but the Chargers, who forced a pair of Oakland turnovers, outrushed the Raiders 79-41. Los Angeles went 7 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 34:40, while the Silver and Black, keeping the pigskin for 25:20, went 4 of 11 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Chargers completed the series sweep in northern California at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, leaving that facility 20-6 winners in week 10. Los Angeles erased a 3-0 lead, took a 10-3 with them to the intermission and took control from there, holding Oakland to a Daniel Carlson field goal in the fourth quarter. Rivers in the rematch threw for 223 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with Gordon and Keenan Allen on both tosses (Rivers was sacked once and threw an interception), while Carr threw for 243 yards with four sacks. Gordon led all rushers with 93 yards but the Silver and Black barely outrushed the Chargers 114-113 in the contest. Third down tries in the rematch? Oakland was 5 of 15 (the Silver and Black was 1 of 3 on fourth down), while the Chargers were 2 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down). As far as the clock was concerned, the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:10, while the Chargers held the ball for 28:50.

In the week five contest in Carson, the Chargers were 5 1/2-point favorites and covered, winning by 16. As for the 53 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as both team combined for 36 points. In the week 10 rematch in northern California, the Chargers covered the 9 1/2-point spread that they were favored by, winning by 13 but the 50 1/2 over/under stayed in tact as both clubs merged for only 26 points.

Vegas likes the Chargers as a 1-point favorite in Wine country Thursday night and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers are reasonable. Both teams are trying to catch Kansas City and take the top spot away from the Chiefs in the AFC West. The winner is a little closer to that goal. Chargers cover the 1 and takes the win on the road.

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 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Oakland); XM: 225 (Los Angeles Chargers), 226 (Oakland)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: WR Geremy Davis (Hamstring), RB Justin Jackson (Calf), CB Roderic Teamer (Groin)
OUT: DT Cortez Broughton (Illness), DT Justin Jones (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Denzel Perryman (Knee), T Samiuela Tevi (Knee), DT Brandon Mebane (Knee)

Oakland
OUT: DE Arden Key (Foot), DE Josh Mauro (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: T Trenton Brown (Knee), WR Dwayne Harris (Foot), C Rodney Hudson (Ankle)

Weather: Sunny and 61 degrees

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

San Francisco (7-0) at Arizona (3-4-1), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. The only unbeaten team in the NFC travels to the desert for a week nine NFC West Thursday night contest in Glendale as San Francisco and Arizona meet at State Farm Stadium.

The 49ers took their seventh win in as many tries last Sunday afternoon at Levis Stadium, taking Carolina to task 51-13 in Wine Country. San Francisco, holding on to first place in the NFC West, led 27-3 at the half and never looked back, holding the Panthers in check for the rest of the contest. Tevin Coleman ran for 105 yards and three TDS in the contest, as the 49ers outrushed Carolina 232-130 (Christian McCaffrey led Carolina with 117 yards and a TD). Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 175 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Coleman, the other to newly accquired WR Emanuel Sanders), despite being sacked three times (one for a safety) and throwing an interception, while Carolina’s Kyle Allen threw for 158 yards, was sacked seven times (three times by rookie LB Nick Bosa) and picked off three times (once by Bosa). San Francisco went 5 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 33:01, while the Panthers, holding the ball for 26:59, went 2 of 13 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

New Orleans welcomed the return of Drew Brees, then held Arizona to three Zane Gonzalez field goals as they dropped a 31-9 decision in the Big Easy Sunday afternoon. The Desert Angry Birds led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, then watched as New Orleans erased that lead and Arizona trailed 10-6 at the intermission and would be outscored 21-3 in the final 30 minutes of play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Arizona found themselves held to 40 yards of rushing, while the Saints tallied 137 (Saints RB Latavius Murray led all rushers with 102 yards and a TD), Brees threw for 373 yards and three TDs without a sack (he was picked off once), while Kyler Murray threw for 220 yards with three sacks. New Orleans went 7 of 12 on third down and kept the ball to themselves, ruling the clock for 37:59, while the Desert Angry Birds were 2 of 12 on third down (they went 0 of 2 on fourth down) and held the ball for 22:01.

While the 49ers lead the series 29-26 and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,237-1,123 (including contests that took place in Chicago, St. Louis, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park), Arizona has won the last eight meetings in the series, including sweeping last year’s contests (San Francisco’s last win in the series came in 2014, when they left Candlestick Park 20-17 winners).

Their first meeting took place in Santa Clara in week five and it would be Arizona coming away 28-18 winners at Levis Stadium. The Desert Angry Birds led 13-6 at the intermission, then after a scoreless third quarter, outscored San Francisco 14-12 in the final frame. San Francisco did outrush their NFC West foe 147-56 and C.J. Bethard threw for 349 yards and a pair of TDs but threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked four times, while Cardinals QB Josh Rosen threw for 170 yards with a TD and a sack. San Francisco went 10 of 17 on third down tries (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 40:12, while the Desert Angry Birds, keeping the ball for 19:48, went 2 of 12 on third down tries.

Arizona completed the sweep in the desert in the week eight rematch at State Farm Stadium, rallying in the final seconds to come away 18-15 winners. San Francisco led by a baseball-like score of 5-3 at the half, then watched as Arizona would outscore the 49ers 15-10, with WR Christian Kirk scoring the game-winner with 34 seconds left when he and Rosen connected on a 9-yard TD toss. Rosen, who threw a TD pass to all-pro WR Larry Fitzgerald (8 catches for 102 yards) earlier in the contest, threw for 252 yards, despite being sacked three times with an interception. Bethard threw for 190 yards with a TD for the 49ers in the loss (Bethard was sacked four times). As was the case in the first meeting, the 49ers outrushed Arizona 107-88 and went 5 of 14 on third down tries and once again, they would rule the clock, keeping the ball for 32:19, while the Desert Angry Birds, keeping the ball for 27:41, while going 6 of 14 on third down tries.

In the week five contest in wine country, San Francisco was favored by 4 and the Desert Angry Birds covered with the win by 10 points and both teams covered the 41 over/under with 46 points. In the week eight contest in the desert, the Desert Angry Birds were favored by 1 and covered the spread, winning by 3; however, the 43 1/2 was intract as both teams combined for only 25 points. San Francisco’s favored by 7 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Arizona would love nothing more than to end the 49ers’ win streak, while the 49ers want to keep the streak alive. The streak lives on. San Francisco prevails in the desert and covers the 7 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: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen; SIRIUS: 81 (San Francisco), 83 (Arizona); XM: 225 (San Francisco), 226 (Arizona)

Referee: Brad Rogers

Injury Report

San Francisco
DOUBTFUL: T Joe Staley (Fibula)
OUT: RB Kyle Juszczyk (Knee), T Mike McGlinchey (Knee), CB James Witherspoon (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Matt Breida (Ankle), RB Dominique Mostert (Knee), TE Levine Toilolo (Groin)

Arizona
OUT: DE Zach Allen (Neck), RB Chase Edmonds (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Justin Murray (Knee), RB David Johnson (Ankle)

Weather Forecast: Game Indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 73 degrees

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