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Back to work!

Back to sweating in the summer heat, learning playbooks that are so big they make “War and Peace” look like a comic book.

Back to rookies fighting for their first NFL jobs, free agents fighting to stay on an NFL roster, fighting with teammates on the field as things get heated, along with the weather.

Back to sleeping in dorms for the first time since they were in college.

It’s back to work for all 32 NFL teams. For New England, it’s the hunter now becoming the hunted, as the defending Super Bowl champs. For the other 31 teams, it’s their chance to replace them as the NFL’s king of the mountain, so to speak.

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2017 this week, starting Wednesday, July 19 as rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report.

The Arizona Cardinals, who will take on the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, August 3 on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Friday, July 21. By Saturday, July 29, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (21 of 32, 66 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017,” Saints owner Tom Benson told the Mobile Register and WKRG-TV. “This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season.”

The numbers may prove that training at home is a popular league-wide trend but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of holding camp away from their facilities.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the teams that “come together” away from home, holding camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 52nd consecutive year.

“There’s some intrinsic value to being here, some things that you can’t measure,” says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on holding training camp at St. Vincent College. Tomlin told KDKA-TV, “Those are things that I think about when I think about training camp and those are the things that make me really excited about bringing a team to an environment like this.”

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return for their 60th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEAR – NFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2000 – 10 of 31 (32%)
2001 –  9 of 31 (29%)
2002 – 10 of 32 (31%)
2003 – 14 of 32 (44%)
2004 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2005 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2006 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2007 – 16 of 32 (50%)
2008 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2009 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2013 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2014 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2015 – 21 of 32 (66%)
2016 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2017 – 21 of 32 (66%)
Overall – 295 of 574 (52%)

*Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters.

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAM – TRAINING CAMP, CITY (YEARS)
Green Bay Packers – Saint Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin (60)
Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota (52)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania (52)

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbors to the north.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate, stock up on that bug spray (the mosquitoes in the South have been known to carry off small children) and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

November has arrived and the NFL season enters its second half. Baseball season’s over, which means that football has the stage to itself for a while.

At the midpoint, there are nine teams with a .600 or better winning percentage, including two teams with just one loss – New England (7-1) and Dallas (6-1). The AFC West boasts three teams with a .700+ winning percentage – Denver (6-2, .750), Oakland (6-2, .750) and Kansas City (5-2, .714) – and the NFC East is the only division with all four teams holding a winning record – Dallas (6-1), the New York Giants (4-3), Philadelphia (4-3) and Washington (4-3-1).

On the field, the games have been close, including three overtime games in Week 8. Through the first eight weeks, 88 games have been within one score in the fourth quarter, the most such games in a season’s first eight weeks in NFL history.

The first half of the season has been packed with thrilling comebacks and close finishes, but the excitement will only intensify as the playoff push begins. And there’s still plenty of football to be played so don’t count teams out yet.

Since 2000, 40 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, there were five such teams: Houston (3-5), Kansas City (3-5), Washington (3-5), Seattle (4-4) and Pittsburgh (4-4).

Of those 40 clubs, five have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including the 2001 New England Patriots, who won Super Bowl XXXVI.

STILL IN THE MIX: History shows that a losing record at this point of the season does not negate a team’s chances of making the playoffs. Since 2000, 40 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, there were five such teams: Houston (3-5), Kansas City (3-5), Washington (3-5), Seattle (4-4) and Pittsburgh (4-4).

Of those 40 clubs, five have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including the 2001 New England Patriots, who won Super Bowl XXXVI.

AWESOME AJAYI: Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has rushed for 418 yards over his past two games on his way to becoming the fourth player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards in consecutive games.

With 182 yards on Sunday against the Jets, Ajayi would join Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson (647) and Walter Payton (604) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 600 yards in a three-game span.

Most rushing yards over a three-game span in NFL history:

PLAYER – SEASON, TEAM (RUSHING YARDS OVER 3-GAME SPAN)
O.J. Simpson – 1976, Buffalo (647)
Walter Payton – 1977, Chicago (604)
O.J. Simpson – 1976, Buffalo (594)
Ricky Williams – 2002, Miami (587)
Earl Campbell – 1980, Houston (583)
Jay Ajayi – 2016, Miami (418)*
*In two games

CLUTCH CARR: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr passed for 513 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions last week in Oakland’s 30-24 overtime victory over Tampa Bay.

With 387 passing yards on Sunday night against Denver, Carr would become the fifth player with 900 passing yards in a two-game span in NFL history.

The most passing yards in a two-game span in NFL history:

PLAYER – SEASON, TEAM (MOST PASSING YARDS IN TWO-GAME SPAN)
Phil Simms – 1985, New York Giants (945)
Tom Brady – 2011, New England (940)
Billy Volek – 2004, Tennessee (918)
Drew Brees – 2006, New Orleans (908)
Derek Carr – 2016, Oakland (513)*
*In one game

BIG TIME BREES: Saints quarterback Drew Brees has passed for 18 touchdowns this season, including two four-touchdown games, bringing his career total to 446.

With four touchdown passes on Sunday at San Francisco, Brees would become the third player in NFL history to throw 450 touchdown passes, joining PEYTON MANNING (539) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508).

The quarterbacks with 450 touchdown passes:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Brett Favre – Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (446*)
*Active

SUPER SACKERS: Green Bay linebacker Julius Peppers registered a sack last week against Atlanta, bringing his career total to 139.5. With 2.5 sacks on Sunday against Indianapolis, Peppers would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan (141.5) for the fifth-most sacks since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

Denver linebacker De Marcus Ware has 136.5 career sacks, the ninth-most all-time. With 1.5 sacks on Sunday night at Oakland, Ware (136.5) would pass Pro Football Hall of Famers John Randle and Richard Dent (137.5) for the eighth-most sacks since 1982.

The players with the most sacks in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo and Washington (200)^
Reggie White – Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina (198)^
Kevin Greene – Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Chris Doleman – Minnesota, Atlanta, San Francisco (150.5)^
Michael Strahan – New York Giants (141.5)^
Jason Taylor – Miami, Washington and New York Jets (139.5)
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (139.5)*
Richard Dent – Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis and Philadelphia (137.5)^
John Randle – Minnesota and Seattle (137.5)^
DeMarcus Ware – Dallas and Denver (136.5)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LORENZO ON THE RISE: Entering his tenth season with nine career sacks, Bills linebacker LORENZO ALEXANDER leads the NFL with nine sacks this season. With one sack against Seattle on Monday night, Alexander would become the first player to begin his career in 1982 or later with a career total of fewer than 10 sacks to record 10 sacks in his 10th season.

ICYMI: Oakland quarterback Derek Carr passed for 513 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Raiders’ 30-24 overtime win at Tampa Bay. Carr completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Seth Roberts with 1:45 remaining in overtime for the game-winning score. Carr became the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (October 28, 1962) and Ben Roethlisberger (October 26, 2014).

New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 315 yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 41-25 win at Buffalo. Brady has 26 career wins against the Bills, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (26 vs. Detroit) for the most victories against a single opponent in NFL history. The victory also marked Brady’s 48th career win in October, the most in the month in NFL history. Brady has 25 career games with at least four touchdown passes, the third-most in NFL history behind Peyton Manning (35) and Dew Brees (29).

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: In a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game, Carolina defeated Arizona 30-20 in Charlotte. Carolina, who defeated Arizona 49-15 in the 2015 NFC Championship Game (January 24, 2016), is the first team since 2003 to win both a Championship Game and the rematch the following season by 10+ points each. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in the 2002 NFC Championship Game (January 19, 2003) and 17-0 in the 2003 regular season (September 8, 2003).

A tie is kinda like kissing one’s sister and the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals smooched and played to a 27-27 tie in the first-ever overtime game played in London. The third of three 2016 International Series games in the United Kingdom was played in front of a sellout crowd of 84,488 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Sunday’s tie marks the second consecutive week there has been a tie (Seattle-Arizona in Week 7). It is the first time there have been ties in back-to-back weeks since 1997 (Weeks 12-13). In Week 12, 1997, Baltimore and Philadelphia tied 10-10. The following week (Week 13), the New York Giants and Washington tied 7-7.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 458 yards, the most ever in an International Series game. Cousins has 15 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen for the most in franchise history.

In the fourth quarter, Cousins threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jamison Crowder. It marked the 100th touchdown scored in London in the 17th overall game in the NFL International Series.

Week nine began in Tampa with Atlanta beating Tampa Bay 43-28 Thursday night in the Sunshine State and the Sunday action concludes in Oakland as a pair of AFC West rivals engage with the defending Super Bowl champs taking on the Raiders and it’s Buffalo wings vs. Salmon as the Bills travel to the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks on Monday night to face Seattle. Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England and Washington have byes this week, while Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, the New York Giants, Pittsburgh and San Francisco return to action from byes last week. As for last week, 11-2. For the season… 79-39. There’s still a lot of football left to play and we haven’t even discusssed Thanksgiving.

Pittsburgh (4-3) at Baltimore (3-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The road to the AFC North travels through Pittsburgh and that’s where a pair of divisonal rivals meet at the Steelers travel to Baltimore for an early afternoon contest in Charm City.

Both teams return to action from the bye week and both teams had losses on the road before their week off. Pittsburgh fell to Miami 30-15 at Hard Rock Stadium and saw QB Ben Roethlisberger (189 yards, TD, 2 interceptions) leave the contest with a knee injury. They also saw Miami RB Jay Ajayi rush for 204 yards and a pair of TDs. Pittsburgh led 8-3 with 5:39 left in the opening 15 minutes of action before Miami went to work on the Steelers, scoring 16 points unchallenged, trailing 16-8 at the break.

The Ravens are thankful they don’t have to go to the Meadowlands again in the 2016 season and dropped their second contest at MetLife Stadium in as many weeks, this time losing to the New York Jets 24-16. The Ravens led 16-14 at the intermission before seeing New York and Ryan Fitzpatrick score their final 10 points of the contest without a challenge. Jets RB Matt Forte ran for 100 of New York’s 155 yards, while they held Baltimore to a somewhat dismal 6 yards on the ground and picked off Joe Flacco twice.

The Steelers lead the series 21-19 and they have outscored Baltimore 784-766. That’s the good news for Steeler fans. Here’s the bad news. Baltimore won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Pittsburgh’s last win over Baltimore came in 2014, when they won 42-23 in the Steel City.)

The first meeting… week four in the Steel City and the Ravens trailed 13-7 at the half at Heinz Field and needed overtime to come away 23-20 winners. Baltimore got three Jeff Tucker field goals to tie and take the win on the road in the final quarter and overtime. It was a battle of the running backs in the first meeting, as Baltimore’s Justin Forsett (150 yards) and Pittsburgh’s LeVeon Bell (129 yards) found holes in the other team’s defense, while Joe Flacco threw for 189 yards and a TD, while being sacked four times and Michael Vick, who took over for Roethlisberger, threw for 124 yards and a TD with four sacks.

Round two… week 16 in Charm City. For the Ravens, second verse, same as the first. Baltimore led 13-3 at the break and then held off the Steelers 20-17. As was the case in the first meeting, both teams rushed for over 100 yards (Baltimore ran for 121, while Pittsburgh tallied 110) and the Steelers’ DeAngelo Williams led all rushers with 100 yards and a pair of TDs in the loss. Roethlisberger (220 yards) did return to the lineup but was not very effective, as he was sacked three times and picked off twice (the Steelers had three turnovers), while Ryan Mallett took over for Flacco and threw for 274 yards with a TD and no interceptions.

The Ravens are favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Both teams have struggled at times and both have lost two contests in a row. Pittsburgh may (or may not) have Ben Roethlisberger but they get revenge on Baltimore and cover the spread in Charm City.

Jacksonville (2-5) at Kansas City (5-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC teams with mirror image records meet in Kansas City as the Chiefs host Jacksonville at Arrowhead.

Jacksonville trailed 27-0 at Tennessee at the half last Thursday night and rallied late in the final 30 minutes of action but still came up on the short end of a 36-22 loss to the Titans. The Jaguars trailed 27-0 at the half before outpacing their AFC South rivals in the Music City. While being held to 48 yards rushing, Jacksonville saw Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray run for 123
yards (the Titans managed to tally 214 yards) but the one bright spot for the Jaguars was Blake Bortles (three TDs), who managed to outpass Marcus Mariota 337-270.

For the Chiefs, it was good news/bad news at Indianapolis last Sunday. First the good news. They led the Colts 17-7 at the half and went on to win in the Hoosier State 30-14. The bad news? They lost the services of Alex Smith to a first half concussion. Smith had left the contest because of the injury and came back to throw for 127 yards and a TD but left the contest again. With that, Nick Foles (223 yards and a pair of TDs) took over and will be under center Sunday at Arrowhead. Kansas City did find themselves being outrushed by the Colts 105-88 but did manage to sack Andrew Luck six times.

While Jacksonville leads the series 6-4, Kansas City has outscored the Jaguars 221-209 and has won the last two meetings, including a 28-2 win in the Sunshine State in 2013, while Jacksonville’s last victory over the Chiefs came in 2009 (also in the Sunshine State) by a 24-21 final.

Kansas City’s favored by 9 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Jacksonville’s not that bad but even without Alex Smith in the lineup, they’ll drop their second contest in a row. Chiefs win this one at home but expect Jacksonville to make it closer than 9 points.

New York Jets (3-5) at Miami (3-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling AFC East rivals meet in the Sunshine State when Miami hosts the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium.

New York trailed lowly Cleveland 20-7 at the break in upstate Ohio, then rallied to survive with a 31-28 win in their hands last Sunday. GangGreen outscored Cleveland 24-8 in the final 30 minutes of play and managed to outrush Cleveland 171-68 but the Browns’ Josh McCown managed to outpace Ryan Fitzpatrick (two sacks) 341-228. Jets running back Matt Forte rushed for two touchdowns in the team’s 31-28 win at Cleveland last week. Forté is one of four players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns (51), 500 receptions (507) and 20 receiving touchdowns (20), joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk and Herschel Walker, while wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who had four catches for 93 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. Enunwa leads the Jets with a career-high 36 catches (502 yards) and three touchdown receptions.

Miami returns from their bye week, returning to action after their 28-25 win over Buffalo at home two Sundays ago. Miami trailed 10-6 at the half before restoring order at home. Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 214 of Miami’s 256 yards, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 204 yards in the 3-point win in the Sunshine State.

Miami, who has won two contests in a row, has amassed more than 450 total yards of offense in each of the team’s past two victories and Ajayi has rushed for 200+ yards in each of the team’s past two games and is one of four players in NFL history with back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances – Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson (twice) and Earl  Campbell and Ricky Williams. Ajayi is the only player since at least 1970 to rush for 200+ yards in two of his first three career starts.

GangGreen leads the series 53-46-1 and the Dolphins lead in scoring 2,176-2,163 (which includes games that took place at Shea Stadium and the old Orange Bowl). The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! won three of the last four contests, including sweeping the 2015 series, taking wins in London and in upstate New Jersey (the last Dolphins’ win in the series came in 2014 when they came out of the Meadowlands 16-13 winners).

The first meeting was in week four across the pond in London and GangGreen took a 20-7 and came out 27-14 winners. Curtis Ivory ran for 166 of his team’s 207 yards, while the Jets held Miami to 59 on the ground. Fitzpatrick threw for 218 yards and a TD, while Tannehill threw for 198 yards and a pair of TDs but also threw a pair of interceptions.

Round 2… upstate New Jersey and for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, it was second verse, same as the first, coming away 38-20 winners. New York led 14-0 at the half at MetLife Stadium and never looked back, holding Miami to 12 yards rushing, while tallying 137. Although Tannehill (3 TDs) did outpace Fitzpatrick in passing yardage 351-277, Fitzpatrick managed to throw four TDs in the second meeting.

Miami’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 4 1/2. When they play well, the Jets and the Dolphins are decent teams but not great teams. The winner pulls a little bit closer to the Pats in the AFC East… the loser? They get a rock. vice may not be nice but Miami pulls a Crockett and Tubbs on GangGreen and covers the 3 1/2.

Dallas (6-1) at Cleveland (0-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A resurging Dallas Cowboys, led by rookie QB Dak Prescott travels to the shores of Lake Erie to face a winless Cleveland Browns team.

Dallas trailed 13-10 at the break against Philadelphia in Arlington and then fought their way back to tie things up at 23-23 with 3:04 left in regulation when WR Dez Bryant and Prescott connected on a 22-yard TD pass and then the home crowd home happy when he and TE Jason Witten connected on a 5-yard TD pass to take a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles last Sunday night. Prescott had a rushing TD of his own and threw for 287 yards and the two TDs in the contest that saw the first-place Cowboys outrush Philadelphia 187-97.

The Browns saw their best opportunity to break into the win column get away from them against the New York Jets last Sunday in Cleveland and eventually fell to the Jets 31-28. Browns fans had their hearts broken as Cleveland was outpaced by the Jets 24-8 in the final 30 minutes of play and were outrushed 171-68. The lone bright spot for Cleveland was Browns QB Josh McCown, who managed to outpace Ryan Fitzpatrick (two sacks) 341-228.

Cleveland leads the series 15-12 and has outscored Dallas 585-525. Dallas has won the last three meetings in the series, with their last win coming in 2012 in the Lone Star State by a final of 23-20 in overtime (Cleveland’s last win in the series? 1994, in Dallas, when they were 19-14 winners).

Dallas is favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under is 47. If you’re a Cowboys’ fan, by all means, watch this one. On the other hand… if you’re a Browns’ fan, you’re much better off watching that “NCIS” marathon on USA (and yes, seeing Abby smack Tony on the head is pretty damned funny!). Dallas covers the 7 1/2 and wins on the road.

Detroit (4-4) at Minnesota (5-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of contending NFC North rivals meet in the Twin Cities as the first-place Minnesota Vikings host Detroit in the Land of 10,000 Lakes at US Bank Stadium.

Both enter the Sunday contest in Minneapolis with losses under their belts. The Lions enter with a 20-13 loss at Houston last Sunday. Detroit trailed the Texans 14-3 at the intermission but outscored them 10-6 in the last 30 minutes of action, pulling to within 7 on a 34-yard field goal by Matt Prater with 2:53 left in regulation. The Lions were held to 58 yards on the ground but Matthew Stafford threw for 240 yards and a TD.

The Vikings dropped their second game in a row, falling to Chicago 20-10 in the Windy City Monday night. Minnesota trailed Da Bears 10-3 at intermission at Soldier Field and were held to 57 yards on the ground, while Chicago’s Jordan Howard ran for 153 of his team’s 158 yards.

Including contests that were played at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Tiger Stadium, the Metrodome and the Silverdome, the Vikings lead the series 71-36-2, have outscored Detroit 2,366-2,024 and swept last year’s series, taking wins in the Motor City and the Twin Cities (Detroit’s last win over Minnesota came in 2014, when they swept the series).

TCF Bank Stadium, on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in week two. Minnesota led 17-10 at the half and came away 26-16 winners. Detroit found themselves held to 38 yards rushing, while Adrian Peterson ran for 134 of Minnesota’s 199. Stafford did manage to outpace Bridgewater with 286 yards passing and a pair of TDs (connecting with Megatron… aka Calvin Johnson on one of those throws) but Detroit turned the ball over three times (two fumbles, Stafford interception).

Round two… week seven in the Motor City and the Purple Gang completed the sweep, taking a 28-19 win over the Lions. Minnesota trailed 17-15 at the intermission before pulling away to outscore Detroit 13-2 in the last 30 minutes of action. Once again, the Vikings outrushed Detroit 140-77 and Bridgewater (316 yards) and Stafford (256 yards) each threw a pair of TDs but Stafford was sacked seven times in the contest at Ford Field.

Minnesota’s favored by 6 1/2 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 42. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are playoff contenders and both would love to keep the Packers at bay. Expect this one to be a lot closer, given what’s at stake here. Vikings win this one but expect Detroit to make things closer than the 6 1/2.

Philadelphia (4-3) at New York Giants (4-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. They’re separated by a mere 96 miles and they’re 90 minutes apart by car. They’re also chasing the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles and rookie QB Carson Wentz make the trip down I-95, leaving the City of Brotherly Love for a date with Eli Manning and the New York Giants in upstate New Jersey.

The Eagles let a 13-10 at the break against Dallas in Arlington get away from them Sunday night as the Cowboys clawed their way back to tie things up at 23-23 with 3:04 left in regulation when WR Dez Bryant and Prescott connected on a 22-yard TD pass and then the home crowd home happy when he and TE Jason Witten connected on a 5-yard TD pass to take a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles last Sunday night. Prescott had a rushing TD of his own and threw for 287 yards and the two TDs in the contest that saw the first-place Cowboys outrush Philadelphia 187-97.

Eli and the Giants return to the Meadowlans after their bye week. Their last action was across the pond in London as they took on and defeated the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 at Twickenham. New York broke a 10-10 tie at the half and scored the game-winning TD in the final quarter when RB Rashad Jennings scored from a yard out with 9:23 left to play. Although Manning threw for 196 yards, he had no TDs or interceptions and the Giants ran for a somewhat less-than-impressive 36 yards (the Rams were not much better with 74) but New York’s defense stepped by, picking off Case Keenum four times.

The Giants are seeking their third consecutive win. Giants safety Landon Collins had two interceptions, including a 44-yard touchdown return, in the victory over the Rams and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. According to Next Gen Stats, Collins recorded the most total distance traveled (111.7 yards) on an interception-return touchdown this season.

Including contests that were played at old Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Meadowland Stadium and JFK and Veterans Stadium in New York and Philadelphia, the Giants lead the series 82-78-2 and have outscored the Eagles 3,106-3,042. However, the Eagles have won five of the last six meetings, sweeping last year’s series in the process (New York’s last win came in 2013 by a final of 15-7 in the City of Brotherly Love).

Meeting one… week six in the City of Brotherly Love and Philadelphia held the Giants to a first-quarter TD catch by Odell Beckham from Manning, coming away 27-7 winners. The Eagles led 17-7 at the break and proceeded to shut out Big Blue in the second half. New York was held to 81 yards rushing and Manning threw for 189 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions, while Philly ran for 158 on the ground (De Marco Murray accounted for 112 of those yards with a TD) and Sam Bradford threw for 280 yards with three interceptions and a TD.

Meeting two… week 16 at Met Life and with both teams out of the post-season party (by then, Chip Kelly had been fired and Tom Coughlin was about to step down), both clubs played with almost nothing to lose. Philly led 21-20 at the half and then held on to take the 35-30 win in upstate New Jersey. Despite the five-point loss, New York’s Rashad Jennings led all rushers in the week 16 rematch with 170 yards and a TD as the Giants outrushed Philadelphia 208-120 and both Bradford (320 yards) and Manning (302 yards) threw a pair of TDs in the contest.

The favorite in this one? New York by 3. The over/under? 43. It’s the youth of Wentz vs. the experience of Eli. Experience wins this one. Giants cover the 3 and win in upstate New Jersey.

Carolina (2-5) at Los Angeles (3-4), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. Cam Newton and the defending the NFC champions travel to the Left Coast for a late-afternoon contest (Eastern time) with the Los Angeles Rams.

Carolina once again manhandled Arizona, taking the Cardinals 30-20 in Charlotte last Sunday. The Panthers outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 141-24 and sacked Carson Palmer eight times. The Panthers forced a pair of Arizona turnovers in the NFC Championship rematch at Bank of America Stadium.

The Rams are back in action after their bye week and a 17-10 loss to the New York Giants in London the week before. Los Angeles and the Giants were tied 10-10 tie at the half before New York scored the game-winning TD in the final quarter when RB Rashad Jennings scored from a yard out with 9:23 left to play. Los Angeles did manage to rush for 74 yards but Case Keenum was picked off four times.

Including contests that took place in St. Louis and at Clemson University, the Panthers leads the series 11-8 and each team has scored 392 points in the 19 meetings. Carolina won the last meeting with the Rams, coming away 30-15 winners in Charlotte in 2013, while the Rams were last victorious over the Panthers in 2010 in St. Louis by a 20-10 count.

Carolina’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 45. The Panthers know they need to win to keep up with Atlanta, who won Thursday night in Tampa. Carolina may be on the Left Coast but they’ll be finer in LA. Panthers cover the 3 and win in Tinseltown.

New Orleans (3-4) at San Francisco (1-6), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. It’s gumbo meets wine country as the Saints travel to northern California for a meeting with the 49ers at Levis Stadium.

New Orleans erased a 14-13 deficit at the intermission in the Big Easy and came away 25-20 winners over Seattle last Sunday. The Saints took the lead for the first time and for keeps with 12:24 left in regulation when Drew Brees (265 yards) and WR Brandin Cooks connected on a 2-yard TD pass, then sealed the deal with a 41-yard field goal by Will Lutz with 1:57 and held off a late Seattle charge led by Russell Wilson. Saints RB Tim Hightower ran for 102 of New Orleans’ 123 yards, while the Saints defense held the Seahawks to 74.

San Francisco returns to play after their 34-17 loss against Tampa Bay two Sundays ago (they had a bye last week). Although they trailed 17-14 at the half, Tampa Bay pulled away from the 49ers and were held to a Pat Dawson field goal in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay outrushed San Francisco 249-160 (the Bucs’ Josh Rodgers led all rushers with 154 yards) and Colin Kaepernick (143 yards, TD) was sacked four times with an interception, while Jameis Winston burned San Francisco for 269 yards and three TDs.

Including contests that were played at old Tulane Stadium, Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park, the 49ers hold a 47-25-2 lead in the series (they were both in the NFC West before realingment) and they’ve outscored New Orleans 1,791-1,354. San Francisco won the last meeting between the clubs in 2014 in the Big Easy by a final of 27-24, while the Saints were 23-20 winners (also in the Big Easy) in 2013.

New Orleans’ a 3-point favorite and the over/under’s 51. If you’re a Saints fan, by all means watch; if you’re a 49ers fan, you might want to take a pass on this one. Gumbo wins this one. Saints cover the 3 and win in wine country.

Indianapolis (3-5) at Green Bay (4-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. Luck vs. Rodgers. A pair of QBs with losses under their belts meet in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst on the not-quite frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The Colts meet with Green Bay in upstate Wisconsin.

Despite outrushing the Chiefs 105-88, Indy fell to Kansas City 30-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts trailed 17-7 at the half and knocked Alex Smith (concussion) out of the contest before he went on to throw for 127 yards and a TD. For the Colts, Luck was sacked six times in the loss, throwing for 210 yards and a pair of TDs.

Green Bay let a 32-26 lead at Atlanta get away from them as the Falcons reclaimed the lead for keeps, falling 33-32 in the Big Peach. The Falcons’ game-winning score came when Matt Ryan (288 yards, 3 TDs, two sacks) and Mohamed Sanu connected on an 11-yard TD pass with 31 seconds left to play. Green Bay led 24-19 at the intermission at the Georgia Dome before the Falcons’ DeVonta Freeman gave them the lead again with 3:31 left in the third quarter. Green Bay would then take the lead back for the last time when Rodgers (246 yards, four TDs, three sacks) and WR Jeff Janis hooked up on a 7-yard strike with 3:58 left in regulation. After the Falcons reclaimed the lead, using an 11-play, 75-yard drive that used 3:27 of clock, Green Bay got the ball back and got as far as their 32-yard line before three Rodgers’ pass attempts fell short.

The Colts lead the series 21-20-1 (including games that were played in Baltimore and Milwaukee), have outscored Green Bay 950-922 and won the last meeting in the series, coming away 30-27 winners in the Hoosier State in 2012 (Green Bay’s last win over the Colts came in 2008 at Lambeau by a final of 34-14)

Green Bay’s favored by 7 at Lambeau and the over/under’s 54. In the battle of pitchmen (Luck – AmeriTrade; Rodgers – State Farm), it’s one QB with a Super Bowl ring, while the other is looking for his first. Better doublecheck that one, Colts fans. Packers bounce back in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst but expect the Colts to make this one close.

Tennessee (4-4) at San Diego (3-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s Marcus Mariota vs. Philip Rivers in sunny southern California as San Diego and Tennessee meet at Qualcomm.

The Titans led 27-0 at the intermission against Jacksonville and went on to beat the Jaguars 36-22 at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee held Jacksonville to 48 yards rushing, while DeMarco Murray run for 123 yards of his team’s 214 yards, allowing them to reach the .500 mark. Mariota threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs in the win over Jacksonville.

San Diego fell to Denver last Sunday in the Mile High City, as the defending Super Bowl champs got pay back for their week five loss at Qualcomm and fell to the Broncos 27-19 winners at Sports Authority Field at Mile High last Sunday. San Diego kept it close for the first 30 minutes of play and trailed 10-7 at the half before Denver pulled away from the Chargers in the second half. Melvin Gordon ran for 111 of San Diego’s 123 yards, while Denver was held to 57 and Rivers threw for 267 yards wtih a pair of TDs but threw three interceptions in the rematch.

Including games that took place in Los Angeles and Houston, San Diego leads the series 25-14-1 and the Bolts have outscored the Titans 1,025-867. Tennessee won the last meeting, taking a 20-17 win in the Music City in 2013, while the Chargers’ last victory in the series came in 2012 at Qualcomm by a final of 38-10.

The Bolts are favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 47. Both numbers make sense. Both QBs are pretty decent and this could be a lot closer than 5 1/2. Tennessee makes it interesting but San Diego takes this one and wins at home.

Denver (6-2) at Oakland (6-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Rivals square off in prime time as Denver and Oakland meet in the “Black Hole.”

The defending Super Bowl champs got a measure of revenge against San Diego, paying back the Chargers for their week five loss at Qualcomm to come away 27-19 winners at Sports Authority Field at Mile High last Sunday. Denver led 10-7 at the half and pulled away from the Chargers in the second half. San Diego did outrush Denver 123-57 (Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 111 yards) but Trevor Siemian (276 yards) outpaced Philip Rivers (267 yards, two TDs, three interceptions) in the rematch.

Oakland also picked up a win last week and won another contest in the Sunshine State, staying on the East Coast and needing overtime to come away 30-24 winners at Tampa Bay last Sunday. Oakland, who trailed 10-3 at the half, had a chance to win in regulation but K Sebastian Janikowski’s 52-yard try as time ran out sailed wide right. The Bucs and Raiders each had chances to score in the overtime before Oakland made the most of their last chance in the extra period, using a 5-play, 60-yard drive that used 1:36 and ended the contest when Derek Carr and WR Seth Roberts connected on a 41-yard TD strike with 1:45 left in overtime. Oakland outrushed Tampa Bay 128-102 and Carr threw for 513 yards and four TDs, while Jameis Winston for Tampa Bay threw for 180 yards and a pair of TDs.

Oakland holds a 60-49-2 lead in the series (including games that were played in Los Angeles) and they have outscored Denver 2,376-2,286. They met last year and split the series, each taking wins on the road.

Week five… Oakland. The Broncos erased a 7-3 deficit at the intermission and came away 16-10 winners. Denver used a pair of Brandon McManus field goals and a 74-yard interception return by Chris Harris to come from behind. Denver, despite being held to 43 yards on the ground, got 266 yards from Peyton Manning, while Oakland was not much better running the ball, tallying 65 and turned the ball over three times.

The Raiders got their revenge in week 14 in the Mile High City and took a 15-12 win at Sports Authority Field. Denver led 12-0 at the half before Oakland scored their 15 points in the second half unchallenged. As was the case in the first meeting, neither team came anywhere near the 100 yard rushing barrier (Denver 34, Oakland 27) and Brian Osweiler (who took over for Manning) threw for 308 but was sacked five times, while Carr (135 yards) threw a pair of TDs passes in the come-from-behind win.

Denver’s favored by 1 in the clash of the titans and the over/under’s 43 1/2. They’re both 6-2 and fighting for first in the AFC West, they’re rivals in the AFC West and that makes this one so “DRILL WORTHY” it’s not close to funny. (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

They’ll meet again in Week 17 in Denver, when there could be snow on the ground and it could be for all the marbles. You might want to tape “The Simpsons” this week. Denver wins this one and covers (barely) the win on Sunday night.

Buffalo (4-4) at Seattle (4-2-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. It’s Buffalo wings vs. Salmon, grunge and Starbucks as Buffalo and Seattle meet to close out play in week nine at Century Link Field. Both clubs come into the Monday night contest with losses under their belts.

The Bills were manhandled by New England and Tom Brady 41-25 in upstate New York. Trailing 24-10 at the break, the Bills could never really get on track in Orchard Park and were outscored by New England 17-15 in the second half. Buffalo’s lone bright spot in the AFC East contest was that they did outrush the Pats 167-72, while Brady burned them for 315 yards and four TDs (Tyrod Taylor threw for 183 yards in the loss at New Era Field in Orchard Park).

Seattle let a 14-13 lead against New Orleans at the intermission in the Big Easy get away from them and fell to the Saints 25-20 last Sunday. The Saints took the lead for the first time and for keeps with 12:24 left in regulation when Drew Brees (265 yards) and WR Brandin Cooks connected on a 2-yard TD pass, then sealed the deal with a 41-yard field goal by Will Lutz with 1:57 after K Steven Hauschka made it a 2-point game with 6:38 left. Seattle had one last chance to come away with the win but Russell Wilson’s TD try to WR Jermaine Kearse failed when he could not complete the catch inbounds. Seattle was held to 74 yards rushing, while Saints RB Tim Hightower accounted for for 102 of New Orleans’ 123 yards on the ground.

Seattle leads the series 7-5 (which includes a 2012 meeting in Toronto) and have outscored the Bills 295-286. The 2012 meeting North of the border was the last time they met and Seattle came away 50-17 winners at Rodgers Centre, while the Bills’ last win came in upstate New York by a final of 34-10 in 2008. The Bills are 17-24 on Monday night all-time and lost their only primetime meeting last year, while the Seahawks are 22-8 and won their only meeting in 2015. Seattle has won seven consecutive Monday-night games at home.

Seattle’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44. Buffalo’s trying to catch New England in the AFC East, while the Seahawks are trying to hold on to the top spot in the NFC West. Wings vs. Salmon. Salmon wins this one and covers the 7.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Green Bay at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Atlanta). XM: 225 (Green Bay), 82 (Atlanta).

Washington at Cincinnati, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on FOX; Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field Reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Brady Poppinga. SIRIUS: 108 (WestWood1), 83 (Washington), 93 (Cincinnati). XM: 227 (WestWood1), 226 (Washington), 225 (Cincinnati).

New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 83 (Cleveland). XM: 386 (New York Jets), 226 (Cleveland).

Seattle at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Holly Sonders (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 121 (Seattle.), 146 (New Orleans). XM: 383 (Seattle), 229 (New Orleans).

Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713:Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Arizona), 81 (Carolina). XM: 385 (Arizona), 225 (Carolina.).

New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (New England), 82 (Buffalo). XM: 380 (New England), 82 (Buffalo).

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Oakland), 157 (Tampa Bay). XM: 382 (Oakland), 227 (Tampa Bay).

Kansas City at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707 Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 112 (Kansas City), 93 (Indianapolis). XM: 384 (Kansas City), 228 (Indianapolis).

Detroit at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 135 (Detroit), 84 (Houston). XM: 381 (Detroit), 230 (Houuston).

San Diego at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 138 (San Diego), 83 (Denver). XM: 231 (San Diego), 226 (Denver).

Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field Reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Philadelphia), 81 (Dallas). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Philadelphia), 225 (Dallas).

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Minnesota), 81 (Chicago). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Minnesota), 225 (Chicago).

Sunday and Monday Officials
Green Bay at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Washington at Cincinnati, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) – Carl Cheffers
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. – Pete Morelli
Seattle at New Orleans, 1 p.m. – Ed Hochuli
Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m. – Walt Coleman
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. – John Parry
Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. – Terry McAulay
Kansas City at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. – Craig Wrolstad
Detroit at Houston, 1 p.m. – Brad Allen
San Diego at Denver, 4:05 p.m. – Tony Corrente
Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. – Jerome Boger
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on Monday – Gene Steratore

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite          Spread    Underdog            O/U
ATLANTA           –  3      Green Bay           52 1/2
CINCINNATI        –  3      Washington          46 1/2
New England       –  6 1/2  BUFFALO             47 1/2
CAROLINA          –  3      Arizona             48
New York Jets     –  3      CLEVELAND           43 1/2
KANSAS CITY       –  2 1/2  Indianapolis        50
TAMPA BAY         –  1      Oakland             50
HOUSTON           –  3      Detroit             45 1/2
Seattle           –  3      NEW ORLEANS         48
DENVER            –  6      San Diego           44 1/2
DALLAS            –  4 1/2  Philadelphia        43 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite          Spread    Underdog            O/U
Minnesota         –  5 1/2  CHICAGO             41

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

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

Green Bay
OUT: TE Jared Cook (Ankle), CB Damarious Randall (Groin), CB Quinten Rollins (Groin), RB James Starks (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Randall Cobb (Hamstring), G Thomas Lang (Hip), LB William Matthews (Hamstring), WR Ty Montgomery (Illness)

ATLANTA
OUT: RB Tevin Coleman (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Dwight Freeney (Quadricep)

Washington at Cincinnati, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London)

Washington
OUT: RB Matt Jones (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bashaud Breeland (Ankle), TE Vernon Davis (Groin), C Spencer Long (Chest), WR Jamison Crowder (Groin), LB Terence Garvin (Hip), WR DeSean Jackson (Hamstring), CB Josh Norman (Concussion), TE Jordan Reed (Concussion), G Brandon Scherff (Shoulder), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Cincinnati – Cincinnati reported no injuries.

Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: TE Darren Fells (Ankle), LB Alex Okafor (Calf), DT Edward Stinson (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: S Tony Jefferson (Illness), WR John Brown (Hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (Hamstring), T Edwin Veldheer (Finger)

Carolina
OUT: DT Vernon Butler (Ankle), T Michael Oher (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Kony Ealy (Illness), DT Paul Soliai (Foot), CB Daryl Worley (Concussion), CB James Bradberry (Foot), CB Robert McClain (Hamstring)

New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New England
QUESTIONABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), WR Julian Edelman (Foot), DT Woodrow Hamilton (Shoulder), CB Jonathan Jones (Hip), WR Malcolm Mitchell (Hamstring), LB Elandon Roberts (Ankle), DT Vincent Valentine (Back)

Buffalo
OUT: WR Marquise Goodwin (Concussion), S Aaron Williams (Neck)
DOUBTFUL: RB LeSean McCoy (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Corbin Bryant (Shoulder), TE Charles Clay (Knee), DT Marcell Dareus (Hamstring), RB Mike Gillislee (Foot), T Cordy Glenn (Ankle), LB Jerry Hughes (Hand), LB Lerentee McCray (Knee), G John Miller (Shoulder), WR Robert Woods (Foot)

New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: LB Bruce Carter (Quadricep), LB Darron Lee (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: C Nick Mangold (Ankle), T Brent Qvale (Neck), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ankle), CB Darryl Skrine (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Ryan Clady (Shoulder), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle)

Cleveland
OUT: QB Cody Kessler (Concussion), WR Corey Coleman (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Marcus Burley (Hamstring), CB Joseph Haden (Groin), CB Jamar Taylor (Groin)

Detroit at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: LB DeAndre Levy (Knee), CB Darius Slay (Hamstring)
QUESTIONALBLE: TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), CB Nevin Lawson (Foot), DT Etuini Ngata (Shoulder), T Riley Reiff (Illness), T Corey Robinson (Ankle), TE Cole Wick (Knee)

Houston
OUT: LB Brian Peters (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jadeveon Clowney (Elbow), S Quintin Demps (Calf), RB Jonathan Grimes (Ankle), RB Lamar Miller (Shoulder)

Kansas City at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: RB Jamaal Charles (Knee), G Jordan Devey (Ankle), CB David White (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: T Mitchell Schwartz (Ankle)

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Dwayne Allen (Ankle), DT Henry Anderson (Knee), DE Kendall Langford (Knee), LB Curt Maggitt (Ankle), G Jack Mewhort (Tricep), WR Chester Rogers (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Donte Moncrief (Shoulder)

Seattle at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: DE Michael Bennett (Knee), S Kameron Chancellor (Groin), CB DeAndre Elliott (Hamstring), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Ankle), RB Thomas Rawls (Fibula), TE Luke Willson (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Bradley Sowell (Knee), WR Tyler Lockett (Thigh)

New Orleans
OUT: LB Stephone Anthony (Hamstring), WR Jacob Lampman (Knee), CB Sterling Moore (Abdomen), CB Delvin Breaux (Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Knee), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Quadricep), C Senio Kelemete (Neck), RB Daniel Lasco (Hamstring), T Andrus Peat (Groin)

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: T Stacy McGee (Ankle)
QUESTIONALBLE: G Vadal Alexander (Ankle), WR Andre Holmes (Hip), RB Taiwan Jones (Knee), S Brynden Trawick (Shoulder), T Menelik Watson (Calf)

Tampa Bay
OUT: RB Doug Martin (Hamstring), DT Clinton McDonald (Hamstring), DE Robert Ayers (Ankle), C Joseph Hawley (Ankle), DT Gerald McCoy (Calf)

San Diego at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego
OUT: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (Ankle), CB Craig Mager (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: S Jahleel Addae (Collarbone)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Hunter Henry (Concussion), WR Travis Benjamin (Knee), LB Denzel Perryman (Shoulder), WR Tyrell Williams (Knee)

Denver
OUT: RE Cortrelle Anderson (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: C Matthew Paradis (Hip), LB Brandon Marshall (Hamstring), CB Aqib Talib (Back), LB DeMarcus Ware (Forearm)

Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia
OUT: LB Caelan Kamuela Grugier-Hill (Hamstring), DT Bennie Logan (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Taylor Hart (Ankle)

Dallas
OUT: DE Ryan Davis (Hamstring), QB Tony Romo (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Charles Green (Foot), CB Morris Claiborne (Concussion), LB Kyle Wilber (Neck), TE Chris Witten (Chest), WR Dez Bryant (Knee), RB Lance Dunbar (Knee), DE David Irving (Ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (Back), CB Orlando Scandrick (Hamstring), T Tyron Smith (Back)

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Minnesota
OUT: DT Sharrif Floyd (Knee), G Zachary Kerin (Hand), RB Jerick McKinnon (Ankle), S Andrew Sendejo (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Concussion), CB Marcus Sherels (Wrist), TE MyCole Pruitt (Knee), WR Jarius Wright (Ankle)

Chicago
OUT: CB Deiondre’ Hall (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), G Kyle Long (Tricep), WR William Royal (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bryce Callahan (Hamstring), RB Jeremy Langford (Ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (Knee), WR Cameron Meredith (Stomach), CB Tracy Porter (Knee), G Josh Sitton (Ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Green Bay at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. (Game indoors)
Washington at Cincinnati, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London)(Partly cloudy and 58 degrees)
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Overcast with a 50 perecent chance of rain and 55 degrees)
Seattle at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 80 degrees)
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain and 48 degrees)
Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Mostly sunny and 88 degrees)
Kansas City at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, overcast with a 50 percent chance of an isolated thunderstorm and 69 degrees)
Detroit at Houston, 1 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly sunny and 81 degrees)
San Diego at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 75 degrees)
Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, clear and 81 degrees)
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on Monday (Partly cloudy and 53 degrees)

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

We’re at the halfway point!

As the NFL enters Week 8, one of the themes of the season has been close games. Through the first seven weeks, 80 games have been within one score in the fourth quarter, the most such games in a season’s first seven weeks in NFL history.

And not only are the games close but the standings are also tight. As the season nears the halfway point, 25 of the 32 teams are either in or within two games of the top spot in the division. So even for teams that sit in the bottom of their divisions, there’s still hope.

Currently, there are 16 teams with a winning record. Since 1990, when the 12-team playoff format was adopted, 274 of the league’s 312 playoff teams (87.8 percent) had a winning record through seven games. But nothing is a given in the NFL. There have been 38 teams since 1990 which had a .500 or lower record after seven games to advance to the postseason. That includes four teams last season – Houston (2-5), Kansas City (2-5), Seattle (3-4) and Washington (3-4).

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: London calling! The 2016 International Series in the United Kingdom concludes in Week 8 with the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on FOX and it will be the last of three games played in London this season. The New York Giants defeated Los Angeles 17-10 last week in the first-ever game played at London’s Twickenham Stadium and Jacksonville beat the Indianapolis 30-27 in Week 4 at Wembley.

The NFL will return to Mexico City on Monday, November 21 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN when Oakland hosts Houston in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States.

The International Series has seen some very close contests since its inception in 2007. In the first 16 games in London, nine have been decided by one score, including both games so far this season.

The 16 regular-season games played in London, England:

DATE (WEEK) – Score
October 23, 2016 (7) – New York Giants 17, Los Angeles 10
October 2, 2016 (4) – Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27
November 1, 2015 (8) – Kansas City 45, Detroit 10
October 25, 2015 (7) – Jacksonville 34, Buffalo 31
October 4, 2015 (4) – New York Jets 27, Miami 14
November 9, 2014 (10) – Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17
October 26, 2014 (8) – Detroit 22, ATLANTA 21
September 28, 2014 (4) – Miami 38, Oakland 14
October 27, 2013 (8) – San Francisco 42, Jacksonville 10
September 29, 2013 (4) – Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27
October 28, 2012 (8) – New England 45, St. Louis 7
October 23, 2011 (7) – Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18
October 31, 2010 (8) – San Francsico 24, Denver 16
October 25, 2009 (7) – New England 35, Tampa Bay 7
October 26, 2008 (8) – New Orleans 37, San Diego 32
October 28, 2007 (8) – New York Giants 13, Miami 10

CLOSE GAMES: There have been 80 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 7, the most such games in the first seven weeks of a season in NFL history. So if you like really close contests, then this is the year for you.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 7:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN THE 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 7
2016 – 80
2013 – 77
2004 – 76
2012 – 74
2015 – 73
2010 – 73
2007 – 73

Seven teams – Baltimore, Carolina, Detroit, Indianapolis, the New York Giants, Tennessee and Washington – have had all of their games within one score in the fourth quarter this season.

PASSING FANCY: Quarterbacks have been historically efficient through Week 7 of the 2016 season, combining for a league-wide completion percentage of 63.5, on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history (63.0 in 2015). The current league-wide passer rating of 90.0 is on pace to be the second-highest all-time (90.2 in 2015).

The league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average, currently at 7.25, is on pace to tie the highest of any season in the Super Bowl era (2015).

The seasons with the highest league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average in the Super Bowl era (since 1966):

SEASON – YARDS/PASS ATTEMPT
2015 – 7.25
2014 – 7.21
2011 – 7.20
1983 – 7.18
1989 – 7.15
2016 – 7.25*
* Through Week 7

AMAZING AJAYI: Miami running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 214 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins’ 28-25 win against Buffalo at Hard Rock Stadium. Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 6, is the first player since 1970 to rush for 200 yards in two of his first three career starts.

Ajayi became the fourth player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards in
consecutive games and he’s in some pretty good company, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson (twice) and
Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

The players with consecutive 200-yard rushing performances:

PLAYER – TEAM, SEASON (WEEK – RUSHING YARDS; WEEK – RUSHING YARDS)
Jay Ajayi – Miami, 2016 (6 – 204; 7 – 214)
Ricky Williams – Miami, 2002 (13 – 228; 14 – 216)
Earl Campbell – Houston, 1980 (7 – 203; 8 – 202)
O.J. Simpson – Buffalo, 1976 (12 – 273; 13 – 203)
O.J. Simpson – Buffalo, 1973 (13 – 219; 14 – 200)

CONSISTENT KICKER: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI made both field-goal attempts in the Colts’ 34-26 win at Tennessee. Vinatieri has now converted 43 consecutive field-goal attempts, the longest streak in NFL history.

The most consecutive field goals made in NFL history:
PLAYER, SEASONS (CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE)
Adam Vinatieri, 2015-present (43)*
Mike Vanderjagt, 2002-2004 (42)
Gary Anderson, 1997-1998 (40)
Matt Stover, 2005-2006 (36)
*Active streak

COOL BREES: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 367 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a 110.3 passer rating in the Saints’ 27-21 loss at Kansas City.

Brees, who has four 300-yard passing games this season, is the first quarterback in NFL history with 100 career 300-yard passing games.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(MOST CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAMES)
Drew Brees – New Orleans and San Diego (100)*
Peyton Manning – Denver and Indianapolis (93)
Tom Brady – New England (73)*
Dan Marino – Miami (63)
Brett Favre – Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (62)
*Active

DETROIT DRAMA: Detroit quarterback Matthew STafford threw the game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds remaining in the Lions’ 20-17 win against Washington at Ford Field.

The comeback victory marked the third consecutive week in which Detroit overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win at home, becoming the fifth team in NFL history to come from behind in the fourth quarter to win at home in three consecutive weeks in the same season (1926 Frankford Yellow Jackets, 1990 Buffalo Bills, 2009 Indianapolis Colts and 2011 Arizona Cardinals).

Stafford, who passed for 266 yards in the victory and was playing in his 100th career game, has 27,890 passing yards, the most by any player in his first 100 games to begin a career.

MARVELOUS MATTHEW: Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw the game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds remaining in the Lions’ 20-17 win against Washington in Week 7, the 24th game-winning drive in the 4th quarter or overtime in his eight-year career.

With a game-winning drive in the 4th quarter or overtime on Sunday at Houston, Stafford would tie Peyton Manning (25) and Jake Plummer (25) for the second-most such drives in a player’s first eight seasons since 1970.

The most game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or overtime in a player’s first eight seasons since 1970:

PLAYER – TEAM (GAME-WINNING DRIVES IN 4TH QUARTER OR OT IN FIRST EIGHT SEASONS)
Matt Ryan – Atlanta (30)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (25)
Jake Plummer – Arizona and Denver (25)
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (24)*
*In his eighth season

RISING RYAN: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who has passed for at least 300 yards four times this season, leads the league with 2,348 passing yards.

With 406 passing yards on Sunday against Green Bay, Ryan would surpass Philip Rivers (2,753 yards in 2015) for the second-most passing yards through eight games in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards through eight games:

PLAYER – TEAM, SEASON (MOST PASSING YARDS THROUGHT EIGHT GAMES)
Peyton Manning – Denver, 2013 (2,919)
Philip Rivers – San Diego, 2015 (2,753)
Drew Brees – New Orleans, 2011 (2,746)
Andrew Luck- Indianapolis, 2014 (2,731)
Tom Brady – New England, 2015 (2,709)
Matt Ryan – Atlanta, 2016 (2,348)*
*Through seven games

ELITE ELLIOTT: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot leads the NFL with 703 rushing yards. He has rushed for at least 130 yards in four consecutive games, the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

With 130 rushing yards against Philadelphia on Sunday night in Arlington, Elliott would become just the seventh player in NFL history to rush for at least 130 yards in five consecutive games.

The players to rush for 130+ yards in five consecutive games:

PLAYER – TEAM, SEASON (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 130+ RUSH YARDS)
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, 1984 (6)
Earl Campbell – Houston Oilers, 1980 (6)
Chris Johnson – Tennessee, 2009 (5)
Larry Johnson – Kansas City, 2005-2006 (5)
Clinton Portis – Denver and Washington, 2003-2004 (5)
Barry Sanders – Detroit, 1997 (5)
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas, 2016 (4)*
*Active streak

GREAT GREEN: Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green had eight receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 31-17 victory over Cleveland last week. The performance marked Green’s ninth career game with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown, the fourth-most among players in their first six seasons.

With at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in London on Sunday against Washington, Green would tie Randy Moss (10) for the third-most such games in a player’s first six NFL seasons.

The players with the most games with 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in their first six NFL seasons:

PLAYER – TEAM (MOST GAMES WITH 150+ REC. YARDS & TD CATCH IN FIRST SIX SEASONS)
Lance Alworth – San Diego (13)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco (11)
Randy Moss – Minnesota (10)
A.J. Green – Cincinnati (9)*
*In his sixth NFL season

Carolina and Dallas had byes last week and return to the gridiron this weekend. Byes this weekend: Baltimore, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Last week was pretty good. How good? 11-3 good, which means for the season we’re 68-37.

Week 8 began on Thursday night with an AFC South matchup as Tennessee beat Jacksonville 36-22 in Nashville and the action continues “across the pond” on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. on FOX when Washington faces Cincinnati at London’s Wembley Stadium. The game marks the third and final 2016 International Series game in the United Kingdom. In Week 4, the Jaguars defeated Indianapolis  30-27 at Wembley and last week, the New York Giants knocked off Los Angeles 17-10 at London’s Twickenham Stadium.

The action in week eight concludes with a pair of primetime contests as Dallas hosts Philadelphia in an NFC East showdown on Sunday night on NBC at 8:30 p.m. and Minnesota traveling to the Windy City for a visit with Chicago on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. in a battle of NFC North rivals.

With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 8.

Green Bay (4-2) at ATLANTA (4-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs (Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan) meet in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for a late-afternoon NFC matchup, which could be a preview of the playoffs.

Green Bay took care of Chicago last Thursday night at Lambeau, taking a 26-10 win over the Bears. The Packers led 6-3 at the break before pulling away in the second half, outscoring Chicago 20-7 the rest of the way. Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three TDs, two to WR Davante Adams and the other to WR Randall Cobb. Green Bay, without Eddie Lacy (knee), outrushed Chicago 103-69 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Atlanta let a 27-17 halftime lead against San Diego get away from them in the Big Peach and fell to Philip Rivers and the Chargers 33-30 in overtime. The Falcons did outrush San Diego 130-78 but Rivers outpassed Ryan 371-273 (both men threw a TD pass) to drop their second contest in a row. Atlanta could have won the game in regulation but a 58-yard field goal try by Matt Bryant fell short of its mark. The Falcons then got the ball to start overtime but failed on a fourth down try that would have allowed them to give them a chance at either a game-winning TD or a field goal that would have given them the lead.

Green Bay leads the series 15-12 (which includes contests that took place in Milwaukee and at Fulton County Stadium), have outscored the Falcons 660-553 and have won the last the last three meetings, including a 43-37 win at Lambeau in 2014. Atlanta’s last win came in the Big Peach in 2010 by a final of 20-17. The oddsmakers like the Falcons as 3-point favorite in the Big Peach and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Both offenses have been struggling at times. The Falcons are atop the NFC South mountain, while the Packers are looking to catch Minnesota in the NFC North. It’ll be a lot closer than the 3 but Atlanta breaks their 2-game losing streak in the Big Peach with the win.

Washington (4-3) at Cincinnati (3-4), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. London) on FOX. The final game in London takes place at Wembly Stadium as a pair of playoff teams from 2015 meet in Merry Old England for an early morning start in the Eastern Time Zone.

Washington let a 17-13 lead in Detroit get away from them and dropped a 20-17 decision to the Lions Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. The Redskins led by 4 with 16 seconds left to play when Anquan Boldin and Matthew Stafford connected on an 18-yard TD pass to take the lead for keeps. Despite the loss, there were two bright sides for the defending NFC champs. First, they outrushed the Lions 134-94. Secondly, Cousins outpaced Stafford in passing yardage 301-266 (each QB threw a TD and Stafford was sacked three times, Cousins was sacked twice).

Cincinnati went back to their winning ways last Sunday against the winless Cleveland Browns, taking their instate and AFC North rival to the woodshed and coming away 31-17 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals led 21-10 at the intermisson and never looked back, outrushing Cleveland 271-180 (Cincinnati’s Jeremy Hill ran for 168 yards and a TD, while Cleveland’s Keith Hogan ran for 104). Dalton threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs, including a strike to WR A.J. Green as the first half was coming to an end.

The Bengals lead the series 5-4, while Washington has outscored Cincinnati 197-188. The Bengals have won the last three meetings, including taking a 38-31 win in Landover in 2012, while the Redskins’ last win in the series came in 1991 by a final of 34-27 at old Riverfront Stadium.

The Bengals are favored by 3 across the pond and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Both teams can be either hot or cold at times and there’s a lot of talent on both clubs. If you have the 9:30 mass at church, you might want to tape this one. Even in London, Washington fans will be singing “Hail to the Redskins!” this week. Washington covers the 3 and wins on the other side of the Atlantic.

New England (6-1) at Buffalo (4-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. They meet again and this time, it’s in upstate New YOrk. Bills fans, did we also mention that Tom Brady’s back and has a somewhat chip on his shoulder? A pair of AFC East rival meet for the second time, this time at New Era Stadium.

New England took apart a Ben Roethlisberger-less Pittsburgh Steelers team, coming away 27-16 winners at Heinz Field. New England led 14-10 at the break and never looked back. Brady threw for 222 and a pair of TDs (connecting with All-Pro TE Ron Gronkowski on one strike), while LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 of New England’s 140 of his team’s 140 yards, as the Pats held Pittsburgh to 94.

Buffalo fell to Miami 28-25 in south Florida last Sunday. The Bills let a 10-6 lead at the break get away from them as Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi had his second 200-yard game of the year, joining Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams and O.J. Simpson as the only men to have two consecutive 200 yard games (Simpson did it twice). Miami went on to outscore Buffalo 22-15 in the final 30 minutes of play, outrushing the Bills 256-67 (Ajayi led all rushers with 214 yards and had a TD that started the Miami ball rolling)

They met in Foxboro in week four and the Bills shutout the Brady-less Pats 16-0. Buffalo led 13-0 at the break and held New England in check the rest of the way. RB LeSean McCoy scored the contest’s only TD, connecting with Taylor on a 7-yard TD pass to open the scoring and K Dan Carpenter added three field goals to close out the scoring. Buffalo in the first meeting outrushed New England 134-90 and sacked Jacoby Brissett three times.

In the first meeting, New England was favored by 7 and the over/under was 45. While Buffalo covered the 7, winning by 16, they did not cover the 45, scoring only 16 points. The oddsmakers like the Pats in upstate New York as 6 1/2 point favorites and this time, the over/under’s 47 1/2. For the Bills, it’s a chance to sweep New England for the first time since 1999, while the Pats are looking for revenge from the week four shutout in Foxboro. Buffalo had better duck and cover. Brady’s back and he’s out for revenge for missing the first meeting. He’ll get that revenge, although Buffalo will make it closer than the 6 1/2. New England avoids the sweep and takes the win in upstate New York.

Arizona (3-3-1) at Carolina (1-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. It’s an NFC Championship rematch in the Tar Heel State as Arizona travels to Charlotte for a meeting with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

Arizona and Seattle fought to a 6-6 overtime tie in the desert Sunday night, with Cardinals K Chris Catanzaro connecting on a pair of field goals from beyond 40 yards (46 and 45) but missed a chip shot from 24 yards out that would have given them the win. The Desert Angry Birds led 3-0 at the break before the Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka connected on a 40-yard field with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. Both Hauscka and Catanzaro connected on field goals in the overtime and the game wound up being a tie. Arizona held Seattle to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cardinals’ David Johnson ran for 113 of his team’s 132.

The defending NFC champs are coming back into action after their bye week, with their last action coming in New Orleans, where they lost to the Saints 41-38. Carolina and Cam Newton trailed their NFC South rivals 24-10 at the half and managed to tie the contest when Newton (322 yards, 2 TDs) scored on a 2-yard TD run with 2:58 left in regulation, only to see the Saints take the lead back on a 52-yard field goal by Will Lutz.

Carolina leads the series 8-4 and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 258-216. Their last regular season meeting came in 2013 in the desert and the Desert Angry Birds came away 22-6 winners, while Carolina’s last win in regular season play came in 2010 in Charlotte by a final of 19-12.

The two clubs did meet in 2015 and it was for the NFC championship game in Charlotte and it was not a good day for the Desert Angry Birds as Carolina punched their ticket to Santa Clara and Super Bowl 50 (L), falling to the Panthers and Newton 49-15. Carolina led 24-7 at the intermission and never looked back as Newton threw a pair of TD passes, ran for a TD and the Panthers iced the game away when LB Luke Kuechly picked off Palmer and returned the ball 22 yards for the game’s final score. Carolina outrushed Arizona 152-60 and the Panthers defense forced seven turnovers at Bank of America Stadium.

Carolina’s favored by 3 and the over/under? 48. The Desert Angry Birds are looking for revenge from their loss in the Tar Heel State last January, while Cam and the Panthers are looking to get back on track in the NFC South. Panthers are finer in Carolina and bounce back from the loss in New Orleans two weeks ago, covering the 3.

New York Jets (2-6) at Cleveland (0-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of struggling teams, in the cellars of their respective divisions, meet along the shores of Lake Erie as GangGreen travels to Cleveland for a meeting with the winless Cleveland Browns.

For the second weekend in a row, another New York team handed Baltimore a loss and this time, it was the neighbors of the Giants, the Jets. GangGreen led the Ravens 14-13 at the half at MetLife Stadium and proceeded to shutout the Ravens 10-0 in the last 30 minutes of action for the 24-13 win at home. The win proved to be a bit more costly for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! as Gino Smith got the start, then came out of the contest when he injured his ACL. Ryan Fitzpatrick (120 yards) then came in to lead GangGreen to the win. New York outrushed Baltimore 155-6 (that’s not a misprint… the Ravens had 6 yards on the ground) and Matt Forte accounted for 100 of those yards.

Cleveland lost their seventh game of the 2016 campaign and their 10th overall (including their last three games in 2015) 31-17 at Paul Brown Stadium to Cincinnati. Cleveland trailed 21-10 at the intermisson and could never get on track on the road, as they were outrushed 271-180 (Cincinnati’s Jeremy Hill ran for 168 yards and a TD, while Cleveland’s Keith Hogan ran for 104 and threw for 100).

The Browns hold a 12-10 lead in the series (which includes games that took place at old Muncipal Stadium in Cleveland and at Shea Stadium) and have out scored New York 448-438. However… GangGreen has won the last three contests, all in New Jersey, with the last win in the series coming last year, when they won 31-10 (Cleveland’s last win in the series also came in upstate New Jeresy, as they came away from the Meadowlands 24-18 winners in 2007). The week one meeting at MetLife saw the Jets take a 14-10 lead with them to the locker room at the half after the two clubs were scoreless in the first quarter. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would go on to shutout Cleveland in the second half and make life miserable for Johnny Manziel, who they sacked three times. (New York outrushed Cleveland 154-104 and Fitzpatrick threw for 179 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.)

New York’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Cleveland may rock but the Browns will still be winless. GangGreen covers the 3 and wins in Cleveland.

Kansas City (4-2) at Indianapolis (3-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of resurging teams meet in the Hoosier State as the Colts are back home again in Indianapolis for a meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs held on at home at Arrowhead and beat Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints 27-21. Kansas City led 21-7 at the break, then managed to hold off New Oreleans in the second half and sealed the game with a 41-yard field goal by Chris Santos with 28 seconds left to play in regulation. Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 214 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brees threw for 367 yards and three TDs.

Indy trailed Tennessee 23-20 with 6:02 left to play before striking back to come away 34-26 winners over the Titans last Sunday. Andrew Luck (353 yards, 3 TDs) and TE Jack Doyle teamed up for the TD that gave them the lead for good and Robert Mathis’ fumble recovery took place within eight seconds of each other and all but iced the game away for Indy in the fourth quarter. Tennessee’s Ryan Succop’s 44-yard field goal with 43 seconds left pulled the Titans to within eight but they could come no closer. De Marco Murray ran for 107 yards and a TD (the Titans outrushed Indy 124-81) and Mariota threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times.

Including contests that took place in Baltimore when the Colts called Charm City home, the Colts lead the series 12-8 and have outscored the Chiefs 420-403. Both team’s last wins in the series came away from their home fields; Indy’s last win came in 2012 in Kansas City by a final of 20-13, while Kansas City’s last victory came in Indy in 2011, with the Chiefs coming away 28-24 winners.

The Chiefs are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under is 50. Both numbers make sense. The Colts are trying to keep Houston in their sights, while the Chiefs are trying to keep pace with both Denver and Oakland in the AFC West. Chiefs keep the train going, covering the 2 1/2 and win on the road in the Hoosier State.

Oakland (5-2) at Tampa Bay (3-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. The Raiders continue their trip to the Sunshine State as they travel down I-4 for the 191-mile, 3 1/2-hour trip to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Oakland took Jacksonville to task last Sunday at EverBank Field and came away 33-16 winners in the Sunshine State. Aided by four Sebastian Janikowski field goals (the longest coming from 52 yards out), the Silver and Black led 20-6 at the half and went on to outscore the Jaguars 13-10 in the last 30 minutes of play, picking off QB Blake Bortles (246 yards, TD) was picked off twice in the loss, as Oakland outrushed Jacksonville 144-105.

Tampa Bay swept a 14-0 first quarter deficit against San Francisco last Sunday and came away 34-17 winners over the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick at Levis’ Stadium. The Bucs took a 17-14 lead to the halftime with them and held the 49ers to a second half field goal by Pat Dawson, outscoring them 17-3 in the last 30 minutes of action. James Rodgers ran for 154 of Tampa Bay’s 249 (San Francisco ran for 160), while Jameis Winston threw for 269 yards and three TDs (Tampa Bay sacked Kaepernick, who threw for 143 yards, four times and picked him off once).

The Silver and Black lead the series 6-2 and have outscored Tampa Bay 249-158 (which includes contests that took place when the Raiders were in Los Angeles). Both teams won in the other team’s ballpark for their last win in the series. Tampa Bay came away 42-32 winners in Oakland in 2012, while Oakland’s last win came in the Sunshine State in 2008 by a final of 31-24.

Tampa Bay’s favored by 1 and the over/under’s 50. These two teams are pretty decent. Not great but pretty decent, so that makes this one a good game to watch. Oakland completes their Sunshine State swing and “just wins, baby!” covering the 1.

Detroit (4-3) at Houston (4-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of contending team meet in the Lone Star State as the Texans host Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.

The Lions trailed Washington 17-13 late in the final period of play in Detroit before the Lions rallied to come away 20-17 winners against the Redskins. Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. Washington led by 4 with 16 seconds left to play when Anquan Boldin and Stafford connected on an 18-yard TD pass to take the lead for keeps. Stafford threw for 266 yards and a TD, while the Lions were outrushed by Washington 134-94.

Houston saw a 6-0 first quarter lead against the defending Super Bowl champs get away from them as they fell to the Broncos 27-9 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Texans trailed 14-6 at the break and could never get on track afterward. Brad Osweiler returned to face his former teammates and threw for 131 yards against his old team, while the Texans’ running game tallied 140 yards (Denver tallied 190 yards rushing-wise, with C.J. Anderson accounting for 107 of those yards).

They’ve only met three times and the Texans lead the series 2-1. Houston won the last two meetings, including taking a 34-31 overtime win in the Motor City on Thanksgiving Day 2012, while the lone Lions win came in the first meeting, a 28-16 victory in the Motor City in 2004.

Houston’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 45 1/2. Houston’s sitting on top in the AFC South, while the Lions are a 1/2 game behind Green Bay in the NFC North. This one may well wind up being a pretty good contest. Still, Houston prevails at home and covers the 3 in the process.

Seattle (4-1-1) at New Orleans (2-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. It’s Salmon, grunge and Starbucks vs. crawfish, beingnets and Cafe Au Lait as Seattle travels to the Big Easy for a meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

Seattle and Arizona clawed their way to a 6-6 overtime tie in the desert. Steven Hauschka kicked a pair of field goals in the second half but missed a 28-yard try that sailed wide to the left. Seattle, led by Russell Wilson’s 225 yards in the air, was held to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cardinals’ David Johnson ran for 113 of his team’s 132.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints fell 27-21 to the Chiefs at Arrowhead last Sunday afternoon. Kansas City led 21-7 at the break, then managed to hold off New Oreleans in the second half and sealed the game with a 41-yard field goal by Chris Santos with 28 seconds left to play in regulation. New Orleans had trailed by as much as 10 before Brees and WR Brandon Coleman connected on a 10-yard TD strike with 2:33 left to play. Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 214 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brees threw for 367 yards and three TDs.

The series? Even at 6-6 and the Seahawks have outscored New Orleans 290-241. Seattle won the last meeting with New Orleans in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, coming away 34-7 winners in 2013, while the Saints were 34-19 victors in the Big Easy in 2010.

Seattle’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 48. Given that there are two QBs in this contest with Super Bowl rings, those numbers make a lot of sense. Seattle’s the king of the NFC West mountain, while the Saints are chasing Atlanta in the NFC South. Long live the king! Seattle takes the win in the Big Easy but New Orleans makes it closer than 3 points.

San Diego (3-4) at Denver (5-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712. They meet again and this time, it’s in the house of the defending Super Bowl champs. San Diego and Denver meet in a late-afternoon AFC West rematch in the Mile High City.

San Diego rallied from a 27-17 deficit at the half to come away 33-30 overtime winners in Atlanta. San Diego scored their final 13 points of the contest (10 in the fourth quarter, 3 in the overtime) on a 5-yard TD pass from Rivers to RB Melvin Gordon with 5:59 left. San Diego then tied the score with 18 seconds left on a 33-yard field goal in regulation by Joe Lambo. San Diego then avoided being upset when Matt Bryant’s 58-yard field goal try fell short. In the overtime, Atlanta got the ball first but failed to convert on a fourth down try, allowing the Chargers to get the ball back. Using a 6-play, 19-yard drive that took all of 3:11, Lambo connected on a 42-yard field goal with 9:01 left in the extra period. San Diego has overcome a 17+ point deficit in each of the past three seasons and the Chargers are only the fifth team in NFL history to register a 17+ point comeback victory in three consecutive seasons.

Denver’s defense is allowing 291.6 total net yards per game, the best mark in the AFC. The Broncos are allowing 16.7 points per game, the second-fewest in the AFC. Denver’s defense has recorded 22 sacks this season, the most in the league. Broncos linebacker Von Miller ranks second in the NFL with 7.5 sacks. Denver and Trevor Siemian erased a 6-0 first quarter against Houston Monday night and came away 27-9  winners at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver led the Texans and former Broncos QB Brad Osweiler 14-6 at the intermission. Denver outrushed the Texans 190-140 and C.J. Anderson accounted for 107 of those yards and a TD.

The defending Super Bowl champs are looking to avenge a week six 21-13 loss to the Chargers at Qualcomm. In that contest, the Broncos trailed 10-3 at the half but were outscored by San Diego 11-10 in the final 30 minutes of action. San Diego outrushed Denver 99-84 but Trevor Seimian outpaced Rivers 230-187 (each man threw a TD pass and each was sacked twice).

In the first meeting in Cali, Denver was favored by 3 and the over/under was 44 1/2. The two clubs combined for 34 points, missing the over/under but San Diego’s 8-point win allowed them to cover the spread with ease. This time, Denver’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Revenge is a dish best served cold, as the old saying goes. The Broncos will be going back for seconds. Devner gets their revenge and takes San Diego at home, although the Chargers could make this one closer that the 6.

Philadelphia (4-2) at Dallas (5-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The young guns take center stage on Sunday night in the Lone Star State as rookie top draft pick QBs Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz meet in a key NFC East contest in Arlington.

The Eagles are the only team in the NFL this season to return a kickoff for a touchdown – and they’ve done it in back to back weeks. In Week 6, Wendell Smallwood had an 86-yard kickoff-return touchdown and last week, in the team’s 21-10 win over Minnesota, Josh Huff returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score. Philadelphia is only the fifth team since 1970 to have a kickoff-return touchdown by a different player in consecutive weeks. The Eagles, who outrushed Minnesota 101-93, led 11-3 at the half against Minnesota after the teams played a scoreless first quarter, sacked Sam Bradford six times and forced four turnovers in the win in the City of Brotherly Love. Although he threw a pair of interceptions, Wentz threw for 138 yards and a TD at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dallas returns to action after their 30-16 win over Green Bay at Lambeau Field (the Cowboys had a bye last week). The Cowboys led 17-6 at the break in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst and never looked back. Ezikiel Elliot ran for 157 yards (Dallas tallied 191, holding Green Bay to 78) and Prescott threw for 247 yards and three TDs.

Dallas leads the series 61-49 and has outscored the Eagles 2,386-2,187. The division foes met last year and both teams split the two meetings, with each winning in the other’s stadium.

The first meeting? Week two in Philadelphia and the Cowboys had a somewhat healthy Tony Romo under center before he injured his shoulder in the 20-10 win at Lincoln Financial Field. Dallas led 6-0 at the intermission and then outscored Philly 14-10 in the last 30 minutes of action. Romo threw for 195 yards in the contest before being knocked out with the injury as Dallas ran for 109 yards, while holding the Eagles to a somewhat dismal 9 yards. Dallas ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 40:25, while the Eagles kept it for 19:35.

Meeting number two… week nine in Arlington and this time, it was a Sunday night affair that could have gone either way but the Eagles managed to prevail in the Lone Star State, coming away 33-27 overtime winners. The two rivals found themselves tied at 7-7 at the half, 14-14 at the end of the third quarter and 27-27 at the end of regulation. Dallas managed to tie the contest on a 44-yard field goal by Dan Bailey with 2 seconds left. Philly outrushed Dallas 172-134, with Dallas RB Darren McFadden accounting for 117 of those yards, while Matt Cassell, who took over for Romo, threw for 299 yards and three TDs.

Dallas is favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under is 43 1/2. Two rookie QBs, two teams in the hunt for the NFC East title and looking to bounce back from less-than-impressive seasons in 2015. Just that alone 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 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

4 1/2 spread. 43 1/2 over/under. Two rookie QBs and their teams in contention. This one could very well go to overtime… or not. Dallas takes this one at home but expect the Eagles to make it closer than the 4 1/2.

Minnesota (5-1) at Chicago (1-6), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week eight action closes in the Windy City as a pair of NFC North rivals meet at Soldier Field with Da Bears hosting the first-place Minnesota Vikings in primetime.

Both enter the Monday night affair with road losses under their belts.

Minnesota had a somewhat less-than-impressive day in Philadelphia against the Eagles and fell 21-10 in the City of Brotherly Love. After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings trailed 11-3 at the break and things went from bad to worse, as Sam Bradford was sacked six times and turned the ball over four times (three fumbles, Bradford interception) and were outrushed 101-93 in the 11-point road loss.

Chicago, in last place in the NFC North, fell to divisonal rival Green Bay 26-10 at Lambeau last Thursday. Chicago tried to keep it close and trailed the Packers led 6-3 at the break before the Packers pulled away in the second half, as Da Bears would be outscored by Green Bay in the second half 20-7. Aaron Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three TDs, two to WR Davante Adams and the other to WR Randall Cobb. Green Bay, without Eddie Lacy (knee), outrushed Chicago 103-69 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst, while the Packers took advantage of a pair of Bears interceptions. The one bright spot for Da Bears? They get Jay Cutler (thumb) back under center in hopes of adding another win to their column.

Minnesota holds a 57-50-2 lead in the series (which includes games that took place at Wrigley Field and Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington), they’ve outscored Da Bears 2,293-2,124 and they’ve won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping last year’s series (Chicago’s last win over the Purple Gang came in 2014 by a final of 21-13 in the Windy City).

First meeting… Windy City… week eight. The Vikings erased a 13-10 deficit at the end of the third quarter and came away 23-20 winners. Minnesota scored their final 13 points in the fourth quarter, using a pair of Blair Walsh field goals and a 40-yard TD from Teddy Bridgewater (187 yards) to WR Stefon Diggs for the win. Walsh’s second field goal of the quarter, a 36-yard try, came as the clock struck :00. In the first contest, Adrian Peterson ran for 103 of the Vikings’ 147 yards (Chicago ran for 97) and Cutler threw for 211.

Round two… the Twin Cities… week 15. while the game time temp in the Windy City meeting was a balmy 62 degrees, things were a little on the chilly side (36 with a wind chill of 34) and they played in the great outdoors of TCF Bank Stadium, on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. For the Vikings, second verse, same as the first. Minnesota led Da Bears 17-7 at the half and came away 38-17 winners. Bridgewater (231 yards) threw for four TDs and was interception-free, while Culter was sacked five times and threw an interception in the contest. Once again, the Vikings outrushed Chicago 129-94 and forced a pair of Bears’ turnovers in the win.

Minnesota may the road team but the boys and girls in Vegas like them as 5 1/2 point favorites with a 41 over/under. Both teams played one Monday night contest in 2015, with Chicago picked up a win and the Vikings lost their only MNF matchup. Overall, both teams are below the .500 mark (Chicago 29-36, Minnesota 26-30). Although the records wouldn’t indicate it, this might be worth your time on Monday night. Just don’t overdo on the Halloween candy. Vikings win this one in the Windy City, although Chicago could make it closer than the 5 1/2.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All Times Eastern)

San Diego at ATLANTA, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field Reporter). Westwood One: Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 93 (San Diego), 134 (Atlanta). XM: 232 (San Dieg), 228 (Atlanta).

New York Giants at Los Angeles, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) on NFLN: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Stacy Dales. Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 145 (WestWood1), 83 (New York Giants), 93 (Los Angeles). XM: 145 (WestWood1), 226 (New York Giants), 225 (Los Angeles).

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Buerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS:  132 (Cleveland), 81 (Cincinnati). XM: 384 (Cleveland), 225 (Cincinnati).

Oakland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Oakland), 83 (Jacksonville). XM: 381 (Oakland), 226 (Jacksonville).

Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta, Kevin Manuel (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Buffalo), 134 (Miami). XM: 385 (Buffalo), 228 (Miami).

Baltimore at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Baltimore), 133 (New York Jets). XM: 380 (Baltimore), 229 (New York Jets).

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 121 (Indianapolis), 145 (Tennessee). XM: 382 (Indianapolis), 227 (Tennessee).

Washington at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Washington), 135 (Detroit). XM: 387 (Washington), 231 (Detroit).

New Orleans at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (New Orelans), 84 (Kansas City). XM: 383 (New Orleans), 230 (Kansas City).

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mike Mayock. SIRIUS: 136 (Minnesota), 82 (Philadelphia). XM: 386 (Minnesota), 82 (Philadelphia).

Tampa Bay at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Tampa Bay), 145 (San Francisco). XM: 226 (Tampa Bay), 227 (San Francsico).

New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 81 (New England), 82 (Pittsburgh). XM: 225 (New England), 82 (Pittsburgh).

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Seattle), 81 (Arizona). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Seattle), 225 (Arizona).

Houston at Denver, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Houston), 81 (Denver). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Houston), 225 (Denver).

Sunday and Monday Officials
San Diego at ATLANTA, 4:05 – Bill Vinovich
New York Giants vs. Los Angeles in London, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 in London) – Ronald Torbert
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. – Ed Hochuli
Oakland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. – Jeff Triplette
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. – Brad Allen
Baltimore at New York Jets, 1 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1 p.m. – Jerome Boger
Washington at Detroit, 1 p.m. – Walt Coleman
New Orleans at Kansas City, 1 p.m. – Clete Blakeman
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. – John Hussey
Tampa Bay at San Francsico, 4:05 p.m. – Pete Morelli
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. – Craig Wrolstad
Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. – Terry McAulay
Houston at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on Monday – Carl Cheffers

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorites            Spread        Underdog                 O/U
ATLANTA              –  6 1/2      San Diego                53 1/2
New York Giants      –  3          LOS ANGELES              44 &
Minnesota            –  2 1/2      PHILADELPHIA             40
KANSAS CITY          –  6 1/2      New Orleans              50 1/2
DETROIT              –  1 1/2      Washington               48 1/2
CINCINNATI           – 10          Cleveland                46
Buffalo              –  3          MIAMI                    45
JACKSONVILLE         –  1          Oakland                  49
TENNESSEE            –  2 1/2      Indianapolis             48 1/2
NEW YORK JETS        –  1          Baltimore                41 1/2
Tampa Bay            –  1 1/2      SAN FRANCISCO            47 1/2
New England          –  7          PITTSBURGH               45 1/2
ARIZONA              –  1 1/2      Seattle                  43 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorites            Spread        Underdog                 O/U
DENVER               –  7 1/2      Houston                  41

& – Game in London, Los Angeles is designated home team

Sunday and Monday Injuries

San Diego at ATLANTA, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego
OUT: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (Ankle), S Jahleel Addae (Collarbone0, CB Brandon Flowers (Concussion), WR Travis Benjamin (Knee)

Atlanta
OUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (Concussion), CB Charaun Goodwin (Hamstring)

New York Giants at Los Angeles, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London)

New York Giants
OUT: S Natneal Berhe (Concussion), T Marshall Newhouse (Calf), S Darian Thompson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LS Zak DeOssie (Ankle)

Los Angeles
OUT: DT Michael Brockers (Thigh), CB Trumaine Johnson (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: G Jamon Brown (Hand), WR Nelson Spruce (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DE William Hayes (Ankle), DE Robert Quinn (Shoulder)

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: CB Marcus Burley (Hamstring), WR Corey Coleman (Hand), TE Seth DeValve (Knee), QB Josh McCown (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: CB Joseph Haden (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Terrelle Pryor (Hamstring), DE Xavier Cooper (Shoulder), TE Randall Telfer (Ankle)

Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
QUESTIONABLE: TE Tyler Eifert (Back)

Washington at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Washington
OUT: TE Jordan Reed (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR DeSean Jackson (Shoulder)

Detroit
OUT: TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (Quad), DT Etuini Ngata (Shoulder), RB Theo Riddick (Ankle), T Corey Robinson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Ankle), G Lawrence Warford (Groin), RB Dwayne Washington (Ankle), LB Tahir Whitehead (Abdomen)

Oakland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Oakland
DOUBTFUL: G Vadal Alexander (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Brynden Trawick (Shoulder), G Jonathan Feliciano (Calf), C Rodney Hudson (Knee), G Gabriel Jackson (Knee), RB Taiwan Jones (Knee), RB Latavius Murray (Toe), T Menelik Watson (Calf)

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: T Kelvin Beachum (Knee), DE Jared Odrick (Hip), WR Neal Sterling (Foot), TE Julius Thomas (Ankle)

New Orleans at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: CB Delvin Breaux (Fibula), RB Daniel Lasco (Hamstring), CB Sterling Moore (Abdomen), T Andrus Peat (Groin), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Quad)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Paul Kruger (Back), T Terron Armstead (Knee)

Kansas City
QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Gaines (Knee)

Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: T Seantrel Henderson (Back)
DOUBTFUL: DT Marcell Dareus (Hamstring), WR Robert Woods (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Jerome Felton (Back), RB LeSean McCoy (Hamstring), TE Charles Clay (Ankle), T Cordy Glenn (Ankle), C Patrick Lewis (Knee), CB Kevon Seymour (Shoulder), DT Kyle Williams (Neck)

Miami
OUT: TE Jordan Cameron (Concussion), CB Xavien Howard (Knee), TE Dion Sims (Concussion), RB Arian Foster (Hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (Groin), CB Tony Lippett (Hamstring), LB Spencer Paysinger (Hamstring)

Baltimore at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: LB Elvis Dumervil (Foot), LB Clinton Mosley (Thigh)
DOUBTFUL: WR Stevonne Smith (Ankle), LB Terrell Suggs (Biceps), CB Shareece Wright (Thigh), G Marshal Yanda (Shoulder), S Kendrick Lewis (Thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Joe Flacco (Shoulder), WR Devin Hester (Thigh), T Ronnie Stanley (Foot), WR Kamar Aiken (Thigh), CB Courtney Powers (Thigh), CB James Smith (Concussion)

New York Jets
OUT: TE Braedon Bowman (Knee), LB Darron Lee (Ankle), T Brent Qvale (Neck), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T Ryan Clady (Shoulder), C Nick Mangold (Knee), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle)

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: DT Sharrif Floyd (Knee), TE MyCole Pruitt (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: WR Jarius Wright (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), WR Laquon Treadwell (Thumb)

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: DT Bennie Logan (Groin), LB Marvin Kendricks (Ribs), CB Leodis McKelvin (Hamstring), CB Rond’trique Brooks (Calf)

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Dwayne Allen (Ankle), DT Henry Anderson (Knee), WR Phillip Dorsett (Foot), DT Zachariah Kerr (Ankle), LB Curt Maggitt (Ankle), G Jack Mewhort (Tricep), WR Donte Moncrief (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Darius Butler (Calf), WR Eugene Hilton (Hip), S T.J. Green (Knee), C Jonotthan Harrison (Illness)

Tennessee: Tennessee reported no injuries

Tampa Bay at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE Robert Ayers (Ankle), RB Doug Martin (Hamstring), DT Clinton McDonald (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: C Joseph Hawley (Knee), WR Cecil Shorts (Hamstring), TE Lucas Stocker (Ankle), CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (Knee), DT Gerald McCoy (Calf)

San Francisco
OUT: RB Carlos Hyde (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Glenn Dorsey (Knee), CB Rashard Robinson (Concussion), WR James Smith (Back)

New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.

New England
QUESTIONABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), RB Brandon Bolden (Knee), LB Jamie Collins (Hip), WR Julian Edelman (Foot), DT Woodrow Hamilton (Shoulder), LB Shea McClellin (Concussion), WR Malcolm Mitchell (Hamstring), LB Elandon Roberts (Ankle), DT
Vincent Valentine (Back)

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (Ankle), DE Cameron Heyward (Hamstring), QB Ben Roethilsberger (Knee), S Shamarko Thomas (Groin), C Cody Wallace (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Shoulder), RB DeAngelo Williams (Knee)

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Ankle), RB Thomas Rawls (Fibula), TE Luke Wilson (Knee), DE Quinton Jefferson (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: S Kameron Chancellor (Groin)

Arizona
OUT: DT Edward Stinson (Toe)
DOUBTFUL: WR John Brown (Hamstring), LB Gabriel Martin (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jaron Brown (Knee), QB Carson Palmer (Hamstring)

Houston at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Houston
OUT: S Quintin Demps (Calf), RB Jonathan Grimes (Ankle), CB Kevin Johnson (Foot), LB Brian Peters (Quad)

Denver
OUT: LB DeMarcus Ware (Forearm)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Latimer (Concussion), T Russell Okung (Concussion)

Sunday and Monday Weather

San Diego at ATLANTA, 4:05 p.m. (Game indoors)
New York Giants at Los Angeles, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London)(Partly cloudy and 56 degrees)
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 64 degrees)
Oakland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 72 degrees)
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 78 degrees)
Baltimore at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (Sunny, windy and 56 degrees)
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 71 degrees)
Washington at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
New Orleans at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 67 degrees)
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Sunny, windy and 60 degrees)
Tampa Bay at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (Sunny and 71 degrees)
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 64 degrees)
Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 91 degrees)
Houston at Denver, 8:30 p.m. Monday (Partly cloudy and 71 degrees)

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

The NFL rolls into Week 7 with 14 teams with two losses or fewer, including the league’s lone unbeaten club, the Minnesota Vikings (5-0), who are looking to improve to 6-0. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 34 of the 36 previous teams (94.4 percent) that started 6-0 made the playoffs, 75 of the previous 91 clubs (82.4 percent) that started 5-1 advanced to the postseason and 117 of 185 teams (63.2 percent) that started 4-2 qualified for the playoffs.

However, there’s still plenty of football left to be played and things can change quickly. Since 1990, 84 clubs have made the playoffs after starting 3-3 or worse. Last year, four teams with a losing record through six games advanced to the postseason – Houston (2-4), Seattle (2-4), Washington (2-4) and Kansas City (1-5).

“It’s huge to get a win,” said New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas after the team’s 27-23 victory over Baltimore which evened the Giants’ record at 3-3. “It’s not going to get any easier going down the stretch for the rest of these games, so we had to win this game.”

The next stretch of games for New York starts this Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams at 9:30 a.m. on NFLN at London’s Twickenham Stadium, the first-ever NFL game at the UK’s famed rugby venue. For the Rams, this will be the team’s first trip to London since 2012. The Giants played in the first International Series game in 2007, defeating the Miami Dolphins 13-10 en route to winning Super Bowl XLII that season.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 7

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: The 2016 International Series continues in Week 7 with the Los Angeles Rams hosting the New York Giants at London’s Twickenham Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on NFL Network. It will be the second of three games played in London this season and the first-ever NFL game at Twickenham. Next week, on Sunday, October 30, the Cincinnati Bengals will host the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. on FOX.

The NFL will also return to Mexico City on Monday, November 21 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN when the Oakland Raiders host the Houston Texans in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States.

The International Series has seen some very close contests since its inception in 2007. In the first 15 games in London, eight have been decided by one score.

The 15 regular-season games played in London, England:

DATE (WEEK) – SCORE
October 2, 2016 (4) – Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27
November 1, 2015 (8) – Kansas City 45, Detroit 10
October 25, 2015 (7) – Jacksonville 34, Buffalo 31
October 4, 2015 (4) – New York Jets 27, Miami 14
November 9, 2014 (10) – Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17
October 26, 2014 (8) – Detroit 22, ATLANTA 21
September 28, 2014 (4) – Miami 38, Oakland 14
October 27, 2013 (8) – San Francisco 42, Jacksonville 10
September 29, 2013 (4) – Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27
October 28, 2012 (8) – New England 45, St. Louis Rams 7
October 23, 2011 (7) – Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18
October 31, 2010 (8) – San Francisco 24, Denver 16
October 25, 2009 (7) – New England 35, Tampa Bay 7
October 26, 2008 (8) – New Orleans 37, San Diego 32
October 28, 2007 (8) – New York Giants 13, Miami 10

CLOSE GAMES: Through the first six weeks of the 2016 season, 50 games have been decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the most in a season’s first six weeks in NFL history (1999).

With eight games decided by seven points or fewer in Week 7, the 2016 season would set the NFL record for the most games decided by seven points or fewer through the first seven weeks of a season.

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 7:?

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 7
2012 – 57
1999 – 55
2011 – 54
2010 – 54
2015 – 53
2016 – 50*

*Through 6 weeks

ELECTRIC ELI: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passed for 403 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 27-23 win over Baltimore, becoming the eighth player in NFL history with 300 career touchdown passes (302) and surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (300) for the seventh-most touchdown passes all-time.

Manning, who ranks 10th in NFL history with 45,975 passing yards, needs 259 passing yards on Sunday against Los Angeles to pass Vinny Testaverde for the ninth-most passing yards ever.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (YEARS, CAREER PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (1998-2015, 71,940)
Brett Favre – Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (1991-2010, 71,838)^
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (2001-present, 62,637)*
Dan Marino – Miami (1983-1999, 61,361)^
Tom Brady – New England (2000-Present, 58,810)*
John Elway – Denver (1983-1998, 51,475)^
Warren Moon – Houston Oilers, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City (1984-2000, 49,325)^
Fran Tarkenton – Minnesota and New York Giants (1961-1978, 47,003)^
Vinny Testaverde – Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York Jets, Dallas, New England and Carolina (1987-2007, 46,233)
Eli Manning – New York Giants (2004-Present, 45,975)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

AUTOMATIC ADAM: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri made three field goals without a miss in Indianapolis’ 26-23 overtime loss vs. Houston last week.

Vinatieri, who leads the NFL with 62 points, has converted all 16 of his field goal attempts this season and has not missed a field goal since Week 2 of 2015. With two field goals made without a miss on Sunday at Tennessee, Vinatieri would set the NFL record for the most consecutive field goals made.

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

PLAYER – TEAMS (YEARS, MOST CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE)
Mike Vanderjagt – Indianapolis (2002-2004, 42)
Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis (2015-present, 41)*
Gary Anderson – San Francisco and Minnesota (1997-1998, 40)
Matt Stover – Baltimore (2005-2006, 36)
Active streak

GLEEFUL GRONKOWSKI: New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI had seven catches for 162 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 35-17 win over Cincinnati.

Gronkowski, who has an NFL-best 66 receiving touchdowns since 2010, has 393 receptions in 84 career games. With seven receptions against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Gronkowski would tie Kellen Winslow, Jr. as the third-fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 400 career receptions.

The tight ends to reach 400 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (FEWEST GAMES TO REACH 400 RECEPTIONS)
Kellen Winslow – San Diego (72)^
Jimmy Graham – New Orleans (81)
Kellen Winslow, Jr. – Cleveland (85)
Jeremy Shockey – New York Giants (90)
Jason Witten – Dallas (91)
Rob Gronkowski – New Engalnd (???)*

*Has 393 receptions is 84 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MAGNIFICENT MARCUS: Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters recorded his fifth interception of the season in last week’s 26-10 victory over Oakland.

Peters, who had two interceptions in consecutive weeks earlier this season (list the weeks here), leads the NFL with five interceptions. With two interceptions on Sunday against New Orleans, Peters would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (1993) and Ross Fichtner (1966) for the most interceptions through a team’s first six games in the Super Bowl era.

The players with the most interceptions through a team’s first six games:

PLAYER – YEAR, TEAM (INTERCEPTIONS THROUGH TEAM’S FIRST SIX GAMES)
Rod Woodson – 1993, Pittsburgh (7)^
Ross Fichtner – 1966, Cleveland (7)
Marcus Peters – 2016, Kansas City (5)*

*Has five interceptions through first five games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Carolina and Dallas have byes this week and return to action next week. Week 7 began on Thursday night with an NFC North contest as Green Bay beat Chicago 26-10 at Lambeau Field. The week 7 docket concludes with a pair of primetime matches as the Arizona Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC West showdown on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the Houston Texans visit the Denver Broncos on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

As for last week, not the best week we’ve had at 7-7 (57-34 for the season). It’s a brand new week and that’s why they play the game, as Chris Berman once said. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week seven.

San Diego (2-4) at ATLANTA (4-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of young gun QBs (Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan) meet in the Big Peach as Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers travel to Atlanta for a late afternoon contest with the first-place Atlanta Falcons.

San Diego broke their three-game losing streak, taking down the defending Super Bowl champs 21-13 at Qualcomm Stadium last Thursday night. The Chargers led 10-3 at the half and then held off a late Denver rally to seal the win.

Atlanta saw their four-game win streak come to an end in the Pacifc Northwest by Seattle, losing to the Seahawks 26-24 at Century Link Field. The Falcons let a 24-23 lead get away from them as Seahawks K Stephen Hauschka connected on a 44-yard field goal with 1:57 left to play in regulation. Atlanta saw their last and best chance to take the lead back and the win fall when four Ryan pass attempts fell incomplete. Ryan threw for 335 yards and three TDs, including one to All-Pro WR Julio Jones (7 catches for 139 yards).

Atlanta leads the series 8-1, have outscored San Diego 183-97 and won the last six meetings, with the last Falcons’ win coming in 2012 in San Diego by a final of 27-3, while San Diego’s lone win in the series came in 1988 in Atlanta (when the Falcons called Fulton County Stadium home) by a final of 10-7.

Atlanta’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 53 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense, both teams could easily reach the over/under by halftime. Both teams know something about close losses and this one could be closer than the 6 1/2. Atlanta bounces back in the Big Peach and takes this one, even though it may be closer than the 6 1/2.

New York Giants (3-3) at Los Angeles (3-3), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) on NFLN. It’s fish and chips, round 2. The NFL’s second game on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean gets on track Sunday morning as a pair of .500 teams meet in   the first NFL game played at London’s Twickenham Stadium.

The Giants come to Merry Old England with a 27-23 win over Baltimore in the Meadowlands under their belts. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns last week in New York’s fourth-quarter win, while Giants QB Eli Manning becaume the eighth player in NFL history with 300 career TD passes, connecting with Beckham on the game-winning 66-yard score with 1:24 remaining in the game.

The Rams enter the Sunday morning contest at Twickenham with a 31-28 loss at Detroit. Case Keenum set a franchise record with 19 consecutive completions, while Los Angeles wide receiver Kenny Britt had seven catches for 136 yards and 2 TDs against the Lions, his 11th career 100-yard game and his third multi-TD performance.

Including contests that were played in Cleveland, St. Louis, Yankee Stadium and the Yale Bowl, the Rams lead the series 25-15 and have outscored Big Blue 927-764. However, Giants fans can take heart and consolation that they have come away winners in the last six contests, the last win coming in 2014 in St. Louis by a final of 37-27. The Rams’ last win over the Giants would come also in St. Louis in 2001 by a 15-14 final.

New York’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 44. If you’re a fan of either of these teams and you live on the East coast, set the VCR if you have an early church service. If you’re on the West coast, this might be a good time to eat breakfast before heading off to mass. Giants rule Britainia and the Rams in the process, covering the 3.

Cleveland (0-6) at Cincinnati (2-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. It’s a Buckeye State battle along the shores of the Ohio River as a pair of struggling AFC North teams meet in Cincinnati.

Cleveland remains winless after they fell 28-26 to Tennessee in Nashville last Sunday. The Browns trailed 14-13 at the intermission in the Music City and made a dash for their first win of the 2016 campaign but fell short. Cleveland would eventually putt to within 2 points with 27 seconds left when RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out.

The Bengals found themselves getting manhandled by Tom Brady and New England, as they fell to the Pats 35-17 in Foxboro. Cincinnati led once in the contest, when Andy Dalton scored on a 2-yard run with 3:10 left before the half. From then on, the wheels of the Bengals’ bus fell off, as they would trail 10-7 at the intermisson. In his first home game back, Brady burned Cincy for 376 yards and three TDs, one to his favorite target, TE Rob Gronkowski. The lone bright spot in the contest was that the Bengals did manage to outrush New England 120-79.

The Bengals hold a 46-29 lead in the series (which includes games that took place at old Municipal Stadium along the shores of Lake Erie and Riverfront/Synergy Stadium) and they’ve outscored Cleveland 1,833-1,695. Cincinnati swept the series last year, winning both games in the Buckeye State (Cleveland’s last win over their in-state rivals came in 2014, when they came away 24-3 winners in Cincinnati).

Week nine in Cincinnati… the Bengals led Cleveland 14-10 at the half and then proceeded to pull away from the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium, taking a 31-10 win in front of the home folks. Dalton (234 yards) and Todd Eifert connected on three TD passes at home and Cincinnati racked up 152 yards rushing, holding Cleveland to 69, sacking QB Johnny Manziel three times. The Bengals went 8 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, as they kept the ball for 36:03, while the Browns were 4 of 13 on third down tries and 1 of 2 on fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 23:57.

Game two… Cleveland along the shores of Lake Erie in week 13 and the Bengals proved that the win in south Ohio was no fluke, as they held the Browns to a Travis Coons’ field goal in the second quarter, coming away 37-3 winners. The Bengals led 20-3 at the break and proceeded to shut out the Browns in the second half, scoring their final 17 points of the game unchallenged. Dalton threw for 220 yards, ran for a TD and threw for two more, connecting with his favorite target, WR A.J. Green in the second quarter. Cincy ran amok on the Browns’ defense, tallying 144 yards on the ground, while holding Cleveland to 68 and sacked backup QB Austin Davis three times, picking him off once.

The Bengals in the second contest along the shores of Lake Erie went 5 of 12 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 30:58, while the Browns were 6 of 13 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 29:02.

The Bengals are favored by 10 at home and the over/under’s 46. Cincinnati’s trying to get back to the .500 mark, while Cleveland’s trying to win a game. Cleveland’s bad but they’re not 10 points bad and they’ve played a lot better than their record indicates. The Bengals are the lesser of the evils and they’ll take the win here, although expect Cleveland to make it closer than the 10.

Oakland (4-2) at Jacksonville (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The Silver and Black head East for an early afternoon contest in the Sunshine State with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Oakland fell to Kansas City at home 26-10. Although they trailed 13-10 at the half, the Chiefs managed to pull away from their AFC West rivals, shutting them out in the second half 13-0. Oakland was held to 65 yards on the ground, while the Chiefs’ Spencer Ware ran for 131 of his team’s 183.

Jacksonville suffered no ill effects from their bye week and pulled off a 17-16 win over Chicago last Sunday in the Windy City. Trailing 10-0 at the half at Soldier Field, Jacksonville pulled off the upset on the road, outscoring Chicago 17-6 in the final 30 minutes of play and took the lead for good when WR Arrelious Benn and QB Blake Bortles connected on a TD pass with 2:49 left to play.

The Jaguars lead the series 4-3 and have outscored the Silver and Black 155-119. However, the Raiders were victors in their last two meetings with Jacksonville, coming away 19-0 winners in Oakland in 2013 (Jacksonville’s last win over Oakland came in 2010 in the Sunshine State by a 38-31 count. Jacksonville’s favored by 1 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 49. This one’s not the best one to watch but there is some entertainment value here. Raiders come back to life in the Sunshine State and covers the spread with the win.

Buffalo (4-2) at Miami (2-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC East rivals with opposite records meet in the Sunshine State as Buffalo circles their wagons for a date with the Miami Dolphins.

Both teams took wins last week at home. Bills running back Le Sean McCoyOY rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 45-16 win over San Francisco. Buffalo led San Francisco and Ryan Kaepernick 17-13 at the break and then pulled away from the 49ers in upstate New York, outscoring them 28-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. McCoy ties for second in the NFL with seven total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving) this season. The Bills have won four consecutive games – all by 10+ points – and has outscored its opponents 124-53 in those contests.

Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, made his second career start, rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 30-15 victory over Pittsburgh and sealed the win with a 62-yard TD run with 50 seconds remaining in the game. Miami sacked Ben Roethlisberger twice and picked him off twice in the win at Hard Rock Stadium, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 252 yards without a sack or interception.

Miami leads the series (which includes games played at old War Memorial Stadium, the Orange Bowl and one contest in Toronto) 57-42-1 and the ‘Fins have outscored Buffalo 2,127-1,897. However, the Bills swept the series in 2015, winning in upstate New York and in the Sunshine State.

Week three in Miami Gardens… Buffalo manhandled Miami 41-14. The Bills led 27-0 at the half at Sun Life Stadium (before the name change), while RB Karlos williams ran for 110 yards (Buffalo outrushed the ‘Fins 151-102). Buffalo managed to sack Tannehill (297 yards) twice and pick him off three times, while Taylor threw for 277 yards and three TDs without being sacked or turning the ball over. Buffalo went 7 of 13 on third down conversions in south Florida and kept the ball for 31:53, while the ‘Fins 4 of 13 and 1 of 4 on third and fourth down and held the pigskin for 28:07.

The second meeting… upstate New York in week nine. Wind chill? A balmy 46 (temperature at kickoff was 49). Buffalo led 19-7 at the half at Ralph Wilson Stadium, coming away 33-17 winners when the dust had finally settled. Although the Miami run game was much better in the second meeting and the Dolphins ran for 108 yards, they found themselves being outrushed by the Bills, who tallied 266, with Williams rushing for 110 yards and a pair of TDs, while LeSean McCoy chipped in with 112 and a TD to complete the series sweep. Buffalo again ruled third down tries, going 8 of 13 and possessed the pigskin for 31:13, while Miami kept the ball for 28:47, going 4 of 9 on third down in upstate New York. Buffalo’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 45. Buffalo’s in a race to catch Tom Brady and the Pats, while the ‘Fins are trying to keep up. Bills circle the wagons in the Sunshine State and take the win at Hard Rock.

Baltimore (3-3) at New York Jets (1-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Baltimore makes its second trip to the Meadowlands in as many weeks they square off against the struggling New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

The Ravens saw a 23-20 against the New York Giants get away from them as Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on their second TD pass of the afternoon to fall 27-23. The Ravens led 10-7 at half and led by 3 with 1:24 left to play before Big Blue took the lead for keeps on the Manning TD strike. Baltimore had one last chance to take the win on the road and had help from the Giants thanks to a pair of penalties but Joe Flacco’s (307 yards) final pass fell incomplete.

GangGreen continued to stumble and lost their fourth in a row to Arizona 28-3. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! lone score in the Monday night affair in the desert came on a 39-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the second quarter. From there, the New York offense struggled, rushing for a somewhat dismal 33 yards, as the defense allowed Arizona to tally 171, with David Johnson (3 TDs) ran for 111 of those yards.

Baltimore leads the series 8-1 and after GangGreen won the first meeting in 1997 by a final of 19-16 in overtime in the Meadowlands, the Ravens have managed to pull off eight wins in a row, including a 19-3 win in Charm City in 2013. The Jets are a 1-point favorite at home in upstate New Jersey and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Baltimore may be average at best but they’re the only other NFC North team that’s above .500 right now, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have been a dumpster fire of late. Ravens get out of New Jersey with a win this time and covers the 1.

Indianapolis (2-4) at Tennessee (3-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A struggling Colts team, coming off an overtime loss to Houston, travels to the Music City for a meeting with Tennessee at Nissan Stadium in an AFC South affair.

Indy and Andrew Luck let a 23-16 lead against Houston get away from them last Sunday night in the Lone Star State and fell to the Texasn 26-23 in overtime at NRG Stadium. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and K Nick Novak scored Houston’s final 10 points in the contest unchallenged to take the win in the contest that went an extra period. Indy outrushed Houston 161-158 and Frank Gore (106 yards) and Lamar Miller (149 yards, TD) each led their clubs.

The Titans matched their win total from 2015 and came away 28-26 over Cleveland last Sunday after trailing 14-13 at the intermission in the Music City. The Browns managed to pull to within 2 points with 27 second left when RB Duke Johnson ran in fromy a yard away but Tennessee did not allow the Browns to come any closer.

Including games played in Baltimore and in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers, Indy leads the series 29-13, have outscored Tennessee 1,085-814 and have won 9 of the last 10 meetings (Tennessee’s last win over the Colts came in 2011 when they were 27-10 winners in the Music City) and swept the series in 2015.

Their first meeting took place in week three in the Music City and the Colts found themselves down 27-14 with 3:04 left in regulation before Luck tossed a pair of TD passes late in the fourth to take a 35-33 win over the Titans at Nissan Stadium. Indy led 14-10 at the break before the Titans took the lead in the third quarter, scoring 17 points in the quarter without a challenge. TD passes to Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief proved to be the undoing of Tennessee, as the Colts took the lead back with 5:53 left to play. The Colts outrushed Tennessee 133-88 and while both Luck and Mariota each had a pair of TDs, both were sacked twice and picked off twice. Both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down conversions in the first meeting, while Indy was 4 of 11 and Tennessee was 4 of 13 on third down tries. Tennessee did manage to rule the clock, keeping the ball for 34:59, while the Colts kept the pigskin corraled for 25:01.

Round two,,, the Colts found themselves back home again in Indiana and they pulled off the sweep in the week 17th matchup, coming out on top 30-24. Indy trailed with 2:25 left in regulation when Adam Vinateri connected on a 35-yard field goal to give the Colts the lead for keeps. The Colts led 20-14 at the break before rallying in the second half after Tennessee took the lead on a 1 yard run by David Cobb with 10:25 left before intermission and although they did lose the contest, Tennessee did outrush Indy 137-127. Indy on third down tries was 7 of 17 and kept the ball for 33:17, while the Titans kept it for 26:43, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions.

Tennessee’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under is 48 1/2. The Colts are trying to right their ship, while the Titans are trying to win one more game than they did last year. Sorry, Tennessee, as the old ad once said. You’ll have to wait a week. Colts ride off into the sunset and takes this one, covering the 2 1/2.

Washington (4-2) at Detroit (3-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. The defending NFC East champs travel to the Motor City for a contest in the great indoors of Ford Field against the Detoit Lions.

Both teams took wins at home last week. Washington led Philadelphia 21-14 at the half at FedEx Field last Sunday and came away 27-20 winners in Landover. Washington’s Matt Jones led all rushers with 135 yards (the Redskins tallied 230, holding the Eagles to 94) and Kirk Cousins threw for three TDs, while the Washington defense sacked Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz five times. As for Detroit, they were also winners at home, winning over Los Angeles 31-28. Tied 21-21 after three quarters, the Lions eventually managed to come away with the 3-point win when Matt Prater connected on a 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left to play.

Including games that took place when the Lions played in Portsmouth and were known as the Spartans and the Redskins played their home games in Boston and called themselves the Braves, the Redskins the lead series 27-13 and have outscored the Lions 854-655. However, the Lions have roared themselves toward a trio of wins in the last three meetings, including a 27-20 win in Landover in 2013. Washingoton’s last win in the series came in the Motor City by a final of 25-17 in 2008.

The Lions are a 1 1/2 point favorite at home and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both teams are actually pretty decent, even though they’re in somewhat tough divisons. Lions roar at home and cover the 1 1/2.

New Orleans (2-3) at Kansas City (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. After a tough battle with NFC South foe Carolina last Sunday in the Big Easy, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints head to the Midwest for a showdown at Arrowhead with the Andy Reid-led Kansas City Chiefs.

The Saints found themselves in a battle with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers last Sunday at the Superdome and needed a 52-yard field goal from rookie kicker Will Lutz with 11 seconds left to take a 41-38 win over the defending NFC champs. New Orleans led 31-17 after three quarters of play before allowing Carolina to come back in the final quarter of action. Carolina tied things up at 38-38 when Newton scored on a 2-yard TD run with 2:58 left in the contest. Brees threw for 465 yards and four TDs in the contest, while Newton, coming back from a concussion, threw for 322 and a pair of TDs of his own.

Kansas City went to the West Coast to take on Oakland and came away 26-10 winners over the Raiders. After leading 13-10 at the break, the Chiefs went on to shutout Oakland 13-0 in the last 30 minutes of action. RB Spencer Ware ran for 131 of the Chiefs’ 183, while Kansas City held Oakland to 65 and Smith threw for 224 yards without a TD or interception in the contest.

Each team has a Super Bowl to speak of and the series between the Saints and Chiefs is even at 5-5, with Kansas City outscoring New Orleans 233-226. Each team’s last win in the series came in the other team’s stadium; Kansas City’s last win in the series came in 2012 in the Big Easy by a final of 27-24, while the Saints won at Arrowhead.

The oddsmakers like Kansas City as 6 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. This could be a shootout or it could be a blowout. In any case, everything’s up to date in Kansas City and the Chiefs take this one at Arrowhead, although the Saints will make it a lot closer than the 6 1/2.

Minnesota (5-0) at Philadelphia (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. The lone undefeated team in the NFL comes to the City of Brotherly Love for a meeting with a Philly team that finds themselves on a 2-game losing streak.

The Vikings enter the contest after a bye last week, taking down Houston 31-13 the weekend before in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Philly dropped their second contest in a row, losing in Landover to NFC East foe Washington 27-20. Carson Wentz was sacked five times and the Eagles were held to 94 yards rushing, allowing Washington to run for 230 (RB Matt Jones easily led all rushers with 135).

Minnesota holds a 13-9 lead in the series, the Vikings have outscored Philly 533-507 and have won the last two meetings with the Eagles and won the last two meetings, with the last win coming in 2013 in the Twin Cities by a final of 48-30, while Philly’s last win over the Purple Gang also came in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in 2007 in the Metrodome 23-16.

Minnesota’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 40. Both Wentz and Sam Bradford can put the ball in the air but the Eagles are trying to find themsevles, while the Vikings are looking to stay unbeaten for as long as they can. That streak’ll continue in the City of Brotherly Love as Minnesota covers the 2 1/2 and wins in Philly.

Tampa Bay (2-3) at San Francisco (1-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of struggling teams meet in Wine country in a late afternoon contest when Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay travels to Santa Clara to face the San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick.

Tampa Bay returns to action after their Monday night win over Carolina two weeks ago in Charlotte, while the 49ers limp back home to Levis’ Stadium after their 45-16 loss to Buffalo last Sunday in upstate New York. San Francsico trailed 17-13 at the intermission before the Bills pulled away, outscoring the 49ers 28-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Kaepernick did manage to throw for 187 yards and a TD (his first since week six of the 2015 season) and no interceptions and for 49ers fans, that was the good news. The bad news? They were outrushed by the Bills 312-133, with Bills RB LeSean McCoy doing most of the damage, rushing for 140 yards and three TDs.

San Francisco leads the series 17-4, the 49ers have outscored Tampa Bay 494-295 and they have taken wins in the last two meetings, including a 2013 win over the Bucs by a final of 33-14 in the Sunshine State. Tampa Bay’s last win over the 49ers came in 2010, when they shut out the 49ers 21-0 on the West Coast at Candlestick Park.

Tampa Bay’s a 1 1/2 point favorite in wine country and the over/under’s 47 1/2. You might want to take a pass on this one and watch that “NCIS” marathon on USA Network (Ziva smacking Tony on the head is STILL funny, people!). The Bucs are the lesser evil here and they’ll win and cover the 1 1/2.

New England (5-1) at Pittsburgh (4-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. Tom Brady makes his third trip back from “Deflategate” as the Pats travel to the Steel City for a late afternoon contest with the Steelers in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.

The Pats erased a 7-3 deficit against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals and came away 35-17 winners in Foxboro. Brady threw for 376 yards and three TDs, connecting with his favorite target, TE Rob Gronkowski on one of those throws.

For the Steelers, things went from bad to worse against Miami. First, they trailed the Dolphins 16-8 at the half at Hard Rock Stadium in the Sunshine State, then they lost Ben Roethlisberger (189 yards, TD, 2 interceptions) to a knee injury in the contest, losing 30-15. So instead of Big Ben, the Steelers will put backup QB Landry Jones under center.

Pittsburgh has a 14-10 lead in the series and they may have outscored the Pats 564-520 but… New England won the last two meetings and both contests took place in Foxboro, with the Pats taking a 28-21 last year, while Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came in 2011 in the Steel City by a final of 25-17 at Heinz Field.

In the week one contest at Gillette Stadium on a Thursday night, New England led 21-11 at the end of three quarters before Pittsburgh would make things closer, outscoring the Pats in the final 15 minutes of play. Gronkowski and Brady (288 yards, four TDS) hooked up for three TD passes in the contest, while Roethlisberger threw for 351 yards (both men were sacked twice and Roethlisberger threw an interception). New England was 7 of 11 on third down conversions and the Pats possessed the ball for 27:55, while the Steelers were 7 of 15 on third down but found success on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 32:05.

The boys and girls in Vegas like the Pats as a 7-point favorite and the over/under’s 45 1/2. Even though this not the Brady/Roethlisberger battle that some had longed for, this one’s still is a clash of the titans. Pittsburgh makes this one closer than the 7 but the Pats take the win on the road in the Steel City.

Seattle (4-1) at Arizona (3-3), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. They meet in the desert. Seattle and Arizona, fresh off wins in their home parks, meet in Glendale for a Sunday night NFC West contest.

The Seahawks erased a 24-23 fourth quarter deficit against Atlanta and came away 26-24 winners on a 44-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 1:57 left in the contest at CenturyLink Field. Although he was outpaced by Matt Ryan, who threw for 335 yards and three TDs (one to All-Pro WR Julio Jones), Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tallied 270 yards in the air, while the Seahawks, who held off a late Atlanta rally, outrushed the Falcons in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks 72-52.

Arizona manhandled the New York Jets Monday night in Glendale, taking GangGreen 28-3 in the desert. The Desert Angry Birds finally scored a first-quarter TD, thanks to a 59-yard run by RB David Johnson (111 yards, 3 TDs) and never looked back, holding the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 39-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the second quarter. Carson Palmer threw for 213 yards without a TD or interception in the desert last Monday evening, while the Arizona defense forced a pair of turnovers in the win.

The series? Tied 17-17 and the Seahawks have outscored Arizona 866-651 (which includes contests that took place in St. Louis). The two teams split last year’s meetings, each winning in the other team facility.

Meeting number one took place in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and the Desert Angry Birds came away 39-32 winners. After a scoreless first quarter in the week 10 contest, Arizona led 22-7 at the break. Arizona then proceeded to hold off Seattle, outscoring the Seahawks 17-15 in the final 30 minutes of action at CenturyLink Field. Arizona BARELY outrushed Seattle 117-115 and Palmer threw for 363 yards and three TDs (three sacks), while Wilson threw for 240 yards, a TD and two sacks (each man threw an interception). Seattle was a somewhat dismal 1 of 8 on third down tries and held the ball for 21:08 (the Seahawks had success in their only fourth down try in the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds were 8 of 17 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 38:52.

Round two… week 17 in the desert and Seattle gained a huge measure of revenge, as they held the Desert Angry Birds to a second quarter TD pass from Palmer to Fitzgerald, taking Arizona to the woodshed and coming away from Glendale 36-6 winners. Seattle led 30-6 at the intermission and never looked back, taking the 30-point win on the road. Seattle ran for 145 yards, with Christine Michael doing his best Marshawn Lynch impression, rushing for 102 and the Seahawks defense held Arizona to 27. While Wilson threw three TD passes without an interception, Arizona would not be as fortunate as Palmer and Drew Stanton combined for three interceptions and two sacks. Seattle in the desert was 8 of 15 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:37, while Arizona held it for 23:23, going 5 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

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

Arizona’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. There’s a strong chance that one of these teams could win the NFC West and the other could be a Wild Card team. Seattle covers the 1 1/2 in the desert and pulls off the upset against the Desert Angry Birds in Glendale.

Houston (4-2) at Denver (4-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week seven closes out in the Rocky Mountains as Houston travels westward for a Monday night date wit the defending Super Bowl champs.

Houston needed overtime to come away 26-23 winners over Indianapolis last Sunday in the Lone Star State. The Texans scored their final 10 points of the contest unchallenged thanks to a 26-yard TD pass to TE C.J. Fiedorowicz from QB Brock Osweiler with 49 seconds left in regulation to tie things up and then getting a 33-yard field goal from Nick Novak with 8:10 left in the extra period. Houston’s Lamar Miller and Indianapolis’ Frank Gore each put on a rushing clinic at NRG Stadium in primetime, with Miller rushing for 149 yards and a TD, while Gore had 106 (the Colts outrushed Houston 161-158). The opposing QBs chipped in on the offensive side as well, with Osweiler throwing for 269 yards and Andrew Luck throwing for 252.

The defending Super Bowl champs limp their way back to Sports Authority Field after their 21-13 loss to San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium last Thursday night. Denver and Trevor Siemian trailed the Chargers 10-3 at the half and made things a lot closer than Charger fans would have liked as the defending champs made it an 8-point contest when WR Bennie Fowler caught a 5-yard TD pass with 8:08 left to play and added a 46-yard field goal by Brandon McManus with 27 seconds remaining. After the late field goal, Denver recovered the onside kick, then proceeded to march down the field for the winning score but found themselves stopped short when Siemian’s final pass attempt fell short.

Denver leads the series 3-2 and have outscored the Texans 130-111. The defending Super Bowl champs won the last meeting with the Texans, taking a 37-13 win in the Lone Star State in 2013, while the Texans’ last win came in 2012 in the Mile High City by a final of 31-25.

On Monday night, the Broncos suprisingly are below .500 at 30-37-1, while the Texans are 4-5 with both teams winning their only Monday night contest last year. Denver’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under is 41. Denver’s trying to catch the Raiders and keep pace with them, while the Texans are kings of the mountain in the AFC South. There have been some pretty good Monday night games of late and this one should be no exceptions. Denver gets back to winning and they’ll do it at home to close out week seven, although expect Houston to make it closer than the 7 1/2.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

ATLANTA at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 93 (Atlanta), 81 (Seattle). XM: 228 (Atlanta), 225 (Seattle).

Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Jacksonville), 135 (Chicago). XM: 381 (Jacksonville), 232 (Chicagp).

Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Chris Fischer (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Pittsburgh), 134 (Miami). XM: 386 (Pittsburgh), 230 (Miami).

Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Cincinnati), 82 (New England). XM: 385 (Cincinnati), 82 (New Englan).

Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 121 (Baltimore), 133 (New York Giants). XM: 382 (Baltimore), 231 (New York Giants).

Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 119 (Cleveland), 145 (Tennessee). XM: 382 (Cleveland), 227 (XM).

San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Krista Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (San Francisco), 81 (Buffalo). XM: 380 (San Francisco), 225 (Buffalo).

Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Los Angeles), 83 (Detroit). XM: 388 (Los Angeles), 226 (Detroit).

Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Carolina), 136 (New Orleans). XM: 383 (Carolina), 229 (New Orleans).

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Philadelphia), 93 (Washington). XM: 387 (Philadelphia), 228 Washington).

Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Kansas City), 145 (Oakland). XM: 229 (Kansas City), 227 (Oakland).

Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Dallas), 82 (Green Bay). XM: 2226 (Dallas), 82 (Green Bay).

Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Indianapolis), 81 (Houston). XM: 226 (Indianapolis), 225 (Houston).

New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harland, Kurt Warner, Max Starks. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (New York Jets), 81 (Arizona). XM: 226 (New York Jets), 225 (Arizona).

Sunday and Monday Officials
ATLANTA at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. – Tony Corrente
Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m. – Clete Blakeman
Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. – Ed Hochuli
Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m. – Ronald Torbert
Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m. – Jeff Triplette
Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. – Carl Cheffers
San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m. – Gene Steratore
Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m. – John Hussey
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. – John Parry
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. – Pete Morelli
Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. – Brad Allen
Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday – Jerome Boger

Sunday and Monday Odds

Sunday’s Games
Favorites            Spread        Underdog                 O/U
SEATTLE              –  6 1/2      Atlanta                  46
NEW ENGLAND          –  8          Cincinnati               48
NEW YORK GIANTS      –  3          Baltimore                44 1/2
Carolina             –  2 1/2      NEW ORLEANS              55 1/2
Pittsburgh           –  7          MIAMI                    48
CHICAGO              –  2          Jacksonville             47
BUFFALO              –  7 1/2      San Francisco            44 1/2
DETROIT              –  3 1/2      Los Angeles              43 1/2
TENNESSEE            –  7          Cleveland                45 1/2
Philadelphia         –  2          WASHINGTON               45
OAKLAND              –  1          Kansas City              46 1/2
GREEN BAY            –  4 1/2      Dallas                   47 1/2
HOUSTON              –  3          Indianapolis             46

Monday’s Game
Favorites            Spread        Underdog                 O/U
ARIZONA              –  7 1/2      New York Jets            47

Sunday and Monday Injuries

Atlanta at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: LB Paul Worrilow (Groin)

Seattle
OUT: DE Quinton Jefferson (Thumb), RB Thomas Rawls (Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: S Kameron Chancellor (Groin), DE Frank Clark (Hamstring), RB C.J. Prosise (Wrist), DT Garrison Smith (Oblique)

San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: CB Jimmie Ward (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ahmad Brooks (Groin), DT DeForest Buckner (Foot), DT Glenn Dorsey (Knee), S Jaquiski Tartt (Quadricep)

Buffalo
DOUBTFUL: DT Marcell Dareus (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Cyrus Kouandjio (Ankle), LB Zach Brown (Foot), DT Corbin Bryant (Ankle), TE Charles Clay (Knee), T Cordy Glenn (Ankle), C Patrick Lewis (Knee), P Colton Schmidt (Quadricep), CB Corey White (Shoulder), S Aaron Williams (Ankle)

Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: TE Neal Sterling (Foot), RB William Grant (Toe), WR Rashad Greene (Achilles)

Chicago
OUT: CB Deiondre’ Hall (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: QB Jay Cutler (Thumb), DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), RB Jeremy Langford (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR William Royal (Calf), LB Samuel Acho (Ribs), CB Bryce Callahan (Hamstring), RB Ka’Deem Carey (Hamstring), LB Leonard Floyd (Calf), LB Jerrell Freeman (Wrist), WR Alshon Jeffery (Hamstring), TE Zachary Miller (Ribs), CB Tracy Porter (Knee), G Josh Sitton (Shoulder), LB Willie Young (Knee)

Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles
OUT: CB Trumaine Johnson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Michael Brockers (Hip), DE William Hayes (Ankle), DE Robert Quinn (Shoulder), G Cody Wichmann (Ankle)

Detroit
OUT: TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (Quadricep), DT Etuini Ngata (Shoulder), RB Theo Riddick (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Lawrence Warford (Hip), RB Dwayne Washington (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Ankle), WR Anquan Boldin (Ankle), S Don Carey (Ribs), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Shoulder), G Laken Tomlinson (Neck)

Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (Ankle), DE Cameron Heyward (Hamstring), S Shamarko Thomas (Groin), C Cody Wallace (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sammie Coates (Finger)

Miami
OUT: TE Jordan Cameron (Concussion), CB Xavien Howard (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Reshad Jones (Groin), WR Jakeem Grant (Ankle), TE MarQueis Gray (Calf), S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Knee), RB
Arian Foster (Hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (Groin), S Anthony Steen (Ankle), T Laremy Tunsil (Ankle)

Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
QUT: TE Tyler Eifert (Back)

New England
OUT: LB Jonathan Freeny (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Brandon Bolden (Knee), TE Greg Scruggs (Knee), TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), RB LeGarrette Blount (Hip),
T Marcus Cannon (Calf), LB Jamie Collins (Hip), WR Julian Edelman (Foot), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (Hamstring), LB Shea McClellin (Concussion), WR Malcolm Mitchell (Hamstring), G Joseph Thuney (Shoulder), DT Vincent Valentine (Back)

Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: CB James Bradberry (Foot), DT Vernon Butler (Ankle), T Michael Oher (Concussion), DT Paul Soliai (Foot), CB Robert McClain (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Cam Newton (Concussion), RB Jonathan Stewart (Hamstring), WR Kelvin Benjamin (Knee), DE Charles Johnson (Quadricep)

New Orleans
OUT: T Terron Armstead (Knee), CB Delvin Breaux (Fibula), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Paul Kruger (Back), TE Josh Hill (Ankle), C Senio Kelemete (Hamstring), LB James Laurinaitis (Quadricep)

Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: Elvis Dumervil (Foot)
DOUBTFUL: WR Devin Hester (Thigh), LB Clinton Mosley (Thigh), WR Stevonne Smith (Ankle), G Marshal Yanda (Shoulder), T Ronnie Stanley (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S Kendrick Lewis (Thigh), T Richard Wagner (Thigh), WR Mike Wallace (Chest), CB Shareece Wright (Back)

New York Giants
OUT: S Natneal Berhe (Concussion), T Marshall Newhouse (Calf), S Darian Thompson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Eli Apple (Groin), WR Dwayne Harris (Toe), RB Rashad Jennings (Thumb), LB Devon Kennard (Concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Groin), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Groin)

Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: G Joel Bitonio (Foot), WR Corey Coleman (Hand), TE Seth DeValve (Knee), TE Randall Telfer (Ankle), QB Josh McCown (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Xavier Cooper (Shoulder), CB Tramon Williams (Shoulder), TE Gary Barnidge (Forearm), CB Joseph Haden (Groin)

Tennessee
OUT: DT Al Woods (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Cody Riggs (Hamstring)

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: CB Leodis McKelvin (Hamstring), DT Fletcher Cox (Ankle)

Washington
OUT: WR Joshua Doctson (Achilles)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jordan Reed (Concussion), CB Bashaud Breeland (Ankle), S Su’a Cravens (Concussion), CB Dashaun Phillips (Hamstring)

Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City
Kansas City reported no injuries

Oakland
OUT: G Vadal Alexander (Ankle), RB Latavius Murray (Toe), T Menelik Watson (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Nathaniel Allen (Quadricep), G Jonathan Feliciano (Calf), RB Taiwan Jones (Knee), T Matt McCants (Knee), LB Malcolm Smith (Quadricep), TE Clive Walford (Knee)

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

Dallas
OUT: T Charles Green (Foot), QB Tony Romo (Back), CB Orlando Scandrick (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Lance Dunbar (Knee), T Tyron Smith (Back), LB Kyle Wilber (Neck), K Dan Bailey (Back), WR Terrance Williams (Shoulder), TE Chris Witten (Chest), WR Dez Bryant (Knee), CB Morris Claiborne (Ankle), DE David Irving (Concussion)

Green Bay
OUT: S Ayorunmi Banjo (Hamstring), TE Jared Cook (Ankle), CB Samuel Shields (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: RB James Starks (Knee), RB Eddie Lacy (Ankle), CB Damarious Randall (Groin)

Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: CB Darius Butler (Hand), C Jonotthan Harrison (Illness), DT Zachariah Kerr (Ankle), WR Donte Moncrief (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jaquan Bray (Shin), CB Patrick Robinson (Knee), WR Eugene Hilton (Hip)

Houston
OUT: G Jeffery Allen (Concussion), TE Stephen Anderson (Hamstring), S Quintin Demps (Calf), RB Jonathan Grimes (Ankle), LB Brian Peters (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: T Derek Newton (Ankle), WR William Fuller (Hamstring), CB Kareem Jackson (Hamstring)

New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: LB David Harris (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: C Nick Mangold (Knee), CB Darrelle Revis (Hamstring), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ankle)

Arizona
Arizona reported no injuries

Sunday and Monday Weather
ATLANTA at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Showers and 57 degrees)
Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 67 degrees)
Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 80 degrees)
Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 68 degrees)
Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 69 degrees)
Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 80 degrees)
San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 74 degrees)
Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 68 degrees)
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (Cloudy and 65 degrees)
Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 66 degrees)
Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 83 degrees)
New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday (Game indoors; if roof is open, clear and 85 degrees)

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