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The NFL announced the following schedule change for Week 15 (December 16):

The Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars game originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on FOX will move to 1 p.m. on CBS.

The following is the final Week 15 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, December 13
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon

Saturday, December 15
Houston at New York Jets, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Cleveland at Denver, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 16
Arizona at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 17
New Orleans at Carolina, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

The NFL also announced the following schedule change for Week 16 (December 23):

The New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts game originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on on FOX will move to 1 p.m. on CBS.

The following is the final Week 16 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Saturday, December 22
Washington at Tennessee, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 23
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS

Tampa Bay at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 24
Denver at Oakland, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

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Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All Times Eastern)

ATLANTA at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 125 (ATLANTA), 83 (Green Bay); XM: 383 (ATLANTA), 225 (Green Bay)

New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Otis Livingston (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 105 (Buffalo); XM: 381 (New York Jets), 229 (Buffalo)

Carolina at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Cris Carter, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Carolina), 119 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (Carolina), 228 (Cleveland)

Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 103 (Indianapolis), 82 (Houston); XM: 384 (Indianapolis), 227 (Houston)

Baltimore at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 106 (Baltimore), 113 (Kansas City); XM: 385 (Baltimore), 231 (Kansas City)

New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (New England), 146 (Miami); XM: 382 (New England), 230 (Miami)

New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (New Orleans), 81 (Tampa Bay); XM: 386 (New Orleans), 226 (Tampa Bay)

New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (New York Giants), 94 (Washington); XM: 387 (New York Giants), 232 (Washington)

Cincinnati at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 127 (Cincinnati), 136 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 388 (Cincinnati), 234 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Denver at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 126 (Denver), 108 (San Francisco); XM: 389 (Denver), 233 (San Francisco)

Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Tim Brando, Brady Quinn, Shane Bacon (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Detroit), 81 (Arizona); XM: 392 (Detroit), 226 (Arizona)

Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 78 (Philadelphia), 83 (Dallas); XM: 391 (Philadelphia), 225 (Dallas)

Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Oakland); XM: 390 (Pittsburgh), 227 (Oakland)

Los Angeles Rams at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Chicago); XM: 226 (Los Angeles Rams), 225 (Chicago)

Minnesota at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Scott Kaplan; SIRIUS: 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Seattle); XM: 226 (Minnesota), 225 (Seattle)

Sunday and Monday Officials
ATLANTA at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Carolina at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Baltimore at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
New England at Miami, 1 p.m.: Pete Morelli
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Cincinnati at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: John Hussey
Denver at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Brad Allen

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams listed in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite           Spread    Underdog                O/U
GREEN BAY          –  6      Atlanta                 49
KANSAS CITY        –  7      Baltimore               53 1/2
HOUSTON            –  4 1/2  Indianapolis            48 1/2
Carolina           –  1      CLEVELAND               47
New Orleans        –  8 1/2  TAMPA BAY               57 1/2
BUFFALO            –  3 1/2  NY Jets                 38 1/2
New England        –  8 1/2  MIAMI                   47 1/2
WASHINGTON         –  1 1/2  NY Giants               42 1/2
Denver             –  6      SAN FRANCISCO           43 1/2
Detroit            –  2 1/2  ARIZONA                 40 1/2
LA CHARGERS        – 14      Cincinnati              47 1/2
DALLAS             –  4      Philadelphia            43
Pittsburgh         – 11      OAKLAND                 51 1/2
LA Rams            –  3      CHICAGO                 52 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite           Spread    Underdog                O/U
SEATTLE            –  3 1/2  Minnesota               45

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Atlanta at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons
OUT: TE Logan Paulsen (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: K Matt Bryant (Back)

Green Bay
DOUBTFUL: T Bryan Bulaga (Knee)
OUT: S Raven Greene (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Byron Bell (Knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (Groin), S Kentrell Brice (Ankle), LS Hunter Bradley (Ankle), G Lane Taylor (Foot)

New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Robby Anderson (Ankle), RB Isaiah Crowell (Toe), TE Jordan Leggett (Knee), CB Darryl Skrine (Shoulder)

Buffalo
DOUBTFUL: TE Jason Croom (Groin)
OUT: CB Taron Johnson (Shoulder), QB Derek Anderson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Isaiah McKenzie (Toe)

Carolina at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: K Graham Gano (Left knee), G Aminiasi Silatolo (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Colin Jones (Illness)

Cleveland
OUT: T Austin Corbett (Foot), CB Denzel Ward (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Gaines (Knee), DT Olumide Ogunjobi (Biceps), C Joseph Tretter (Ankle)

Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Mo Alie-Cox (Calf), WR Dontrelle Inman (Shoulder), C Ryan Kelly (Knee), S Michael Mitchell (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Denico Autry (Back), CB Nathan Hairston (Ankle), WR Eugene Hilton (Shoulder), DT Margus Hunt (Knee), CB Christopher Milton (Hamstring)

Houston
OUT: G Zachery Fulton (Hand)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Key’vantanie Coutee (Hamstring), CB Johnathan Joseph (Neck), LB Brennan Scarlett (Ankle)

Baltimore at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: S Tony Jefferson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Alexander Lewis (Shoulder), QB Joe Flacco (Hip), G James Hurst (Back), S Anthony Levine (Ankle)
LB Tim Williams (Ankle), CB Tavon Young (Groin), CB Marlon Humphrey (Groin)

Kansas City
DOUBTFUL: WR Sammy Watkins (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Demetrius Harris (Knee), S James Berry (Heel)

New England at Miami, 1 p.m.

New England
QUESTIONABLE: TE Dwayne Allen (Knee), CB Stephen Gilmore (Ankle)

Miami
OUT: C Jacob Brendel (Calf), CB Xavien Howard (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Knee), C Travis Swanson (Ankle)

New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: T Terron Armstead (Pectoral)

Tampa Bay
DOUBTFUL: CB Carlton Davis (Knee)
OUT: S Justin Evans (Toe), WR DeSean Jackson (Thumb), CB Isaiah Johnson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: T Demar Dotson (Hamstring), CB Brent Grimes (Knee), CB Marvin Stewart (Foot), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Knee)

New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.

New York Giants
QUESTIONABLE: LB Octavious Davis (Ankle), LB B.J. Goodson (Neck)

Washington
OUT: LB Orlando Anderson (Hamstring), G Anthony Bergstrom (Knee), QB Colt McCoy (Left Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Matthew Ioannidis (Shin), LB Zach Brown (Illness), WR Josh Doctson (Hip), C Chase Roullier (Knee)

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

Cincinnati
OUT: LB Vontaze Burfict (Concussion), T Cordy Glenn (Back), CB D’Andre Kirkpatrick (Ankle), CB Tony McRae (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Josh Malone (Hamstring)

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: TE Sean Culkin (Back), DT Brandon Mebane (Not Injury Related)
OUT: RB Melvin Gordon (Knee), CB Trevor Williams (Knee)

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

Denver
OUT: LB Shaquil Barrett (Hip), CB Tramaine Brock (Ribs), CB Chris Harris (Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brandon Marshall (Knee)

San Francisco
OUT: RB Matthew Breida (Ankle), WR Pierre Garcon (Knee), S Jaquiski Tarrt (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB K’Waun Williams (Knee)

Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: RB Kerryon Johnson (Knee), LB Trevor Bates (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Nick Bellore (Ankle), WR Bruce Ellington (Back), DE Kerry Hyder (Illness), LB Devon Kennard (Hip), WR Brandon Powell (Calf), TE Michael Roberts (Shoulder), CB Daris Clay (Ankle), QB Matt Stafford (Back)

Arizona
OUT: LB Deone Bucannon (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: S Budda Baker (Knee)

Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia
OUT: LB Jordan Hicks (Calf), CB Jalen Mills (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Tim Jernigan (Back), Avonte Maddox (Ankle), DE Michael Bennett (Foot)

Dallas
OUT: WR Tavon Austin (Groin), DE David Irving (Ankle), TE Geoffery Swain (Wrist)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Michael Gallup (Illness), T Tyron Smith (Neck)

Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: RB James Conner (Ankle), T Marcus Gilbert (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Morgan Burnett (Back), LB Anthony Chickillo (Ankle)

Oakland
QUESTIONABLE: DT Maurice Hurst (Ankle), G Kelechi Osemele (Toe), RB Doug Martin (Knee), WR Seth Roberts (Concussion), LB Kyler Wilber (Hamstring), CB Daryl Worley (Shoulder)

Los Angeles Rams at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: RB Malcolm Brown (Shoulder)

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: S Deon Bush (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Eddie Jackson (Shin), DT Bilal Nichols (Knee)

Minnesota at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Minnesota
OUT: WR Chad Beebe (Hamstring), TE David Morgan (Knee), CB Trae Waynes (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Eric-Nathan Kendricks (Rib)

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: G Danny Fluker (Hamstring)
OUT: LB Kenneth Wright (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Doug Baldwin (Hip), RB Curtis Madden (Chest)

Sunday and Monday Weather
ATLANTA at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 26 degrees
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 31 degrees
Carolina at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 32 degrees
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Baltimore at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 31 degrees
New England at Miami, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 81 degrees
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 71 degrees
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 30 percent chance of snow and 33 degrees
Cincinnati at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 72 degrees
Denver at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 57 degrees
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast and 54 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.: Clear and 28 degrees
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Partly cloudy and 45 degrees

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)

With four weeks left in regular season play, only one playoff spot out of 12 has been filled and that was courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams clinched the NFC West for the second straight season and will make another trip to the post-season party. One spot down. 11 to go.

There are only four weeks remaining in the regular season to decide who advances to the playoffs for a chance at a trip to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

As the league enters the final quarter of the regular season, there are 19 teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot, including 10 teams that did not advance to the postseason in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Entering Week 14, one team – the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams (11-1) – has clinched a playoff berth as the battle for the remaining spots forges ahead. Three additional teams – Houston (9-3), New England (9-3) and New Orleans (10-2) – can clinch a division title this week.

Two teams that finished in or tied for last place in their division in 2017 – Chicago (NFC North) and Houston (AFC South) – are currently in first place in their respective divisions this season. In 14 of the past 15 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 46 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 23 of them have done so in the past 15 years (2003-17), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: The Los Angeles Rams improved to 11-1 and clinched the NFC West division with a 30-16 victory over Detroit at Ford Field. The Rams have won consecutive division titles for the first time since the 1978-79 seasons.

Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ victory. Gurley has 1,649 scrimmage yards and 19 touchdowns in his team’s first 12 games this season and is the eighth different player in league history to record at least 1,600 scrimmage yards and 18 touchdowns in his team’s first 12 games of a season. Gurley puts himself in some pretty good company, as six of the previous seven players to accomplish the feat are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Those names, you ask? Jim Brown (1958 and 1965), Terrell Davis (1998), Eric Dickerson (1983), O.J. Simpson (1975), Emmitt Smith (1995) and La Dainian Tomlinson (2006)

Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks had four catches for 62 yards in the win and has 1,026 receiving yards this season, his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,000 receiving yards. Cooks, who had 1,173 receiving yards with the Saints in 2016 and 1,082 yards with the Patriots in 2017, is the first player in NFL history to record 1,000+ receiving yards with three different teams in three consecutive seasons. Cooks is the sixth player in league annals to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in a single season for three or more teams at any point in his career.

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 24 of 32 passes (75 percent) for 311 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 102.5 passer rating in the Patriots’ 24-10 victory over Minnesota. With his third-quarter touchdown pass, Brady tied Peyton Manning (579 touchdown passes) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history, including the postseason. Brady also tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (508) for the third-most regular-season touchdown passes in league annals.

•Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahones passed for 295 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 120 passer rating and tight end Travos Kelce recorded 12 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 40-33 win at Oakland.

Mahomes leads the NFL with 41 touchdown passes this season and joined Peyton Manning (44 touchdown passes in 2004 and 41 in 2013) and Tom Brady (41 in 2007) as the only quarterbacks in league history with at least 40 touchdown passes in their team’s first 12 games of a season. Manning and Brady each were named Associated Press Most Valuable Players in those campaigns.
Mahomes has seven games with at least four touchdown passes this season, the second-most in a single season in league annals, trailing only Manning (nine games in 2013).

Kelce, who has 1,082 receiving yards this season and has 1,000+ receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, joined Carolina’s Greg Olsen (three consecutive seasons from 2014-16) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons.

•New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 125 yards and wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. threw a 49-yard touchdown pass and had a touchdown catch in the team’s 30-27 overtime victory over Chicago in the Meadowlands.

Beckham, who also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass and had a 33-yard touchdown catch against Carolina in Week 5, is the first player since 1924 to record multiple games with a touchdown pass and a receiving touchdown in a single season. Eddie Kaw and Benny Boynton of the 1924 Buffalo Bisons are the only players to previously accomplish the feat. Beckham, who leads the Giants with 1,052 receiving yards in 2018, is the only player in league history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and multiple touchdown passes in a single season.

Barkley has 954 rushing yards this season and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans (830 rushing yards in 1936) for the most rushing yards by a rookie in franchise history.

•Houston defeated Cleveland, 29-13, and have won nine consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. The Texans are the first team in league history to win nine consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start to the season.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 224 yards and one touchdown in the victory. Watson, who appeared in his 19th career game today, threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jordan Thomas, marking the 40th touchdown pass of his career. Watson is the fourth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 40 career touchdown passes, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (17 games) and Dan Marino (18) and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahones, who threw his 40th career touchdown pass in his 13th career game last Sunday.

•Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard touchdown run, in the Broncos’ 24-10 victory at Cincinnati.

Lindsay, who has 1,126 scrimmage yards (937 rushing, 189 receiving) this season, is the fourth undrafted rookie since 1970 to record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in a single season, joining Dominic Rhodes (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001), Clark Gaines (1,124 in 1976) and Le Garrette Blount (1,021 in 2010).

•Other notable performances from Week 13 Sunday included:

Tampa Bay safety Andrew Adams tied a franchise record with three interceptions in the Buccaneers’ 24-17 victory over NFC South rival Carolina at Raymond James Stadium.

Adams joined Ronde Barber, who had three interceptions on both December 23, 2001 and December 4, 2005 against New Orleans, and Aqib Talib (three interceptions on October 4, 2009 against Washington) as the only players in franchise history with three interceptions in a single game. Adams is the fifth NFL player since 2010 to record at least three interceptions in a single game and the first since Tennessee’s Kevin Byard on October 22, 2017 against Cleveland.

Chicago defensive tackle Akiem Hicks recorded one sack and rushed for a one-yard score in the Bears’ overtime loss at the New York Giants. Hicks is the second Bears defensive lineman to rush for a touchdown in the regular season, joining William “The Refrigerator” Perry who accomplished the feat twice in 1985 (October 21 vs. Green Bay and November 24 vs. Atlanta).

Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen threw for 231 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 135 yards in the Bills’ loss at Miami. Allen is the fourth player in league history with at least two touchdown passes and 125+ rushing yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (September 18, 1983 at New Orleans), Tobin Rote (November 22, 1951 at Detroit) and Michael Vick (December 19, 2010 at the New York Giants).

Carolina running back Christian McCaffery rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries (10.6 average) and had nine catches for 55 yards with a touchdown in the Panthers’ loss at Tampa Bay. McCaffrey, who would later leave the contest with a foot injury, is the first player in NFL history to recor​d at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in five consecutive games.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 14

WORST TO FIRST: Entering Week 14, one team – the Los Angeles Rams (11-1) – clinched a playoff berth as the battle for the remaining spots forges ahead. Three ​​additional teams – Houston (9-3), New England (9-3) and New Orleans (10-2) – can clinch a division title this week.

Two teams that finished in or tied for last place in their division in 2017 – Chicago (NFC North) and Houston Texans (AFC South) – are currently in first place in their respective divisions this season. In 14 of the past 15 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 46 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 23 of them have done so in the past 15 years (2003-17), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

STAT PATTING: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 41 touchdown passes and ranks second in passing yards (3,923).

With 77 passing yards on Sunday against Baltimore at 1 p.m. on CBS, Mahomes would join Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (1984) and Kurt Warner (1999) as the only first-or-second year quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a single season. Both Marino and Warner were named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The first-or-second year quarterbacks to pass for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(PASSING YARDS/TOUCHDOWNS)
Dan Marino, Miami (1984)(5,084/48)^#
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1999)(4,353.41)^#
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (2018)(3,923/41)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Entering Week 14

RAISING ARIZONA: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 1,281 receptions for 16,053 yards and 115 touchdowns during his 15-year NFL career, all with the Cardinals.

With one reception on Sunday against Detroit at 4:25 p.m. on FOX, Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,281 receptions with San Francisco) for the most receptions by a player with one team in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions for one team in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RECEPTIONS)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (1,281)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1,281)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FIFTH FOR FRANK: Miami running back Frank Gore has 18,414 scrimmage yards in his 14-year NFL career.

With 43 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New England at 1 p.m. on CBS, Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (18,456 scrimmage yards) for the fifth-most scrimmage yards in league annals.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (23,540)^
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (21,579)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (21,264)^
Marshall Faulk – Indianapolis and St. Louis (19,154)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (18,456)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami (18,414)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOUCHDOWN STREAK: Cleveland rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his first nine NFL starts.

With a touchdown pass against Carolina (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Mayfield would become the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to record at least one touchdown pass in each of his first 10 career starts.

The players with a touchdown pass in each of their first 10 career starts since 1966:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1999)^
Brad Johnson, Minnesota (1996-97)
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (2018)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has TD pass in each of first nine starts

SAQUON FROM SCRIMMAGE: New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had 146 scrimmage yards (125 rushing, 21 receiving) in the Giants’ Week 13 overtime victory against Chicago. Barkley leads the NFL with 11 games of at least 100 scrimmage yards in 2018.

With 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday at Washington at 1 p.m. on FOX, Barkley would tie Edgerrin James (12 games in 1999) for the second-most games with at least 100 scrimmage yards by a rookie in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (13 games in 1983) has more such games.

The rookies with the most games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 13)^#
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1999, 12)#
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (2018, 11)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year
*Entering Week 14

RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown has 81 receptions for 1,028 yards and leads the NFL with 12 touchdown receptions this season.

With 10 receptions on Sunday at Oakland at 4:25 p.m. on FOX, Brown, who has 663 receptions since 2013, can surpass Wes Welker (672 from 2007-12) for the most catches by a player over any six-year span in NFL history.

The most receptions by a player over any six-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, RECEPTIONS)
Wes Welker, New England (2007-12, 672)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2013-18, 663)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2004, 649)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In sixth year of span

Brown, who had 154 receiving yards in Week 13, has 8,876 receiving yards since 2013 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (8,759 from 1990-1995) for the most receiving yards by a player over any six-year span in NFL history.

The most receiving yards by a player over any six-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, RECIEVEING YARDS)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2013-18, 8,876)*
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1990-95, 8,759)^
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2004, 8,707)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In sixth year of span

ZACH ATTACK: Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz ranks second in the NFL with 93 receptions and second among tight ends with 978 receiving yards this season.

With seven receptions and 22 receiving yards on Sunday at Dallas at 4:25 p.m. on FOX, Ertz can become the fourth tight end in NFL history to record at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.

The tight ends with at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(RECEPTIONS-RECEIVING YARDS)

Jason Witten, Dallas (2012)(110-1,039)#
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis (2009)(100-1,106)
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (2004)(102-1,252)
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia (2018)(93-978)*
*Entering Week 14
#Single-season record by a tight end

DOMINANT DONALD: Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald leads the NFL with 16.5 sacks this season and has recorded at least two sacks in each of his past three games.

With two sacks on Sunday Night Football at Chicago at 8:20 p.m. on NBC, Donald can become the fourth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least two sacks in four consecutive games in a single season, joining Simeon Rice (five games in 2002) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Kevin Greene (four games in 1998) and Reggie White (four games in 1987).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two sacks in a single season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 2+ SACKS)
Simeon Rice, Tampa Bay (2002-5)
Kevin Greene, Carolina (1998-4)^
Reggie White, Philadelphia (1987-4)^
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams (2018-3)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

Donald, who has recorded at least two sacks in six games this season, can become the fourth player since 1982 to record at least seven games with two-or-more sacks in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Reggie White (eight games in 1987), Chris Doleman (seven games in 1989) and Bruce Smith (seven games in 1990).

The players with the most games with two-or-more sacks in a single season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON-GAMES WITH 2+ SACKS)
Reggie White, Philadelphia (1987-8)^#
Chris Doleman, Minnesota (1989-7)^
Bruce Smith, Buffalo (1990-7)^#
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams (2018-6)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year
*Entering Week 14

JONES-ING FOR MORE: Kansas City defensive lineman Chris Jones ties for fifth in the AFC with 10 sacks this season and has recorded at least one sack in eight consecutive games.

With a sack on Sunday against Baltimore at 1 p.m. on CBS, Jones would become the sixth player since 1982 to record at least one sack in nine consecutive games and the first player since 1982 to record nine consecutive games with at least one sack within a single season.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least one sack since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(SEASONS)(CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A SACK)

DeMarcus Ware – Dallas (2007-08)(10)
Simon Fletcher – Denver (1992-93)(10)
Dwight Freeney – Indianapolis (2008-09)(9)
Kevin Greene – San Francisco and Carolina (1997-98)(9)^
Bruce Smith – Buffalo (1986-87)(9)^
Chris Jones – Kansas City (2018)(8)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

With four weeks remaining on the schedule, much is still to be decided. Thirty of the league’s 32 teams remain in contention as the NFL enters Week 14.

Seven divisional matchups highlight an exciting slate of games in Week 14:

On Sunday afternoon, the Houston Texans welcomes Indianapolis to NRG Stadium at 1 p.m. on CBS in an AFC South battle. The Texans (9-3) lead the Colts (6-6) and the Titans (6-6) by three games in the division and look to extend their league-leading nine game winning streak. Since entering the league in 2017, Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson is one of two NFL quarterbacks (Russell Wilson) with a 100+ passer rating (101.8) and at least 500 rushing yards (644). Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight of his past nine games and ranks second in the league with 32 touchdown passes this season.

New England and Miami square off on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on CBS at Hard Rock Stadium. The Patriots look to clinch their 10th consecutive AFC East title and extend the longest streak of consecutive division titles in NFL history. New England quarterback Tom Brady (579 touchdown passes, including the postseason) needs one touchdown pass to surpass Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history. Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard had two interceptions in Week 13 and has three games with multiple interceptions in 2018, the most in the NFL.

Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the Ravens into Arrowhead Stadium to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 p.m. on CBS. Winners of three consecutive games, the Ravens (7-5) look to maintain their place in the thick of the AFC postseason race, while the Chiefs (10-2) aim to stay atop the AFC West. Jackson, who has won each of his first three starts, is the first rookie quarterback in league history to rush for at least 70 yards in three consecutive games. Mahomes, who leads the NFL with 41 touchdown passes and ranks second with 3,923 passing yards, can become the third first-or-second year quarterback in league annals to throw for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (1984) and Kurt Warner (1999). Both Marino and Warner were named Associated Press Most Valuable Player in those seasons.

A battle of first-place teams in the NFC takes center stage as the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears square off at Soldier Field on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald leads the NFL with 16.5 sacks this season and has recorded at least two sacks in each of his past three games. Rams running back Todd Gurley leads the NFL with 19 touchdowns this season and quarterback Jared Goff ranks second in the NFL with 3,754 passing yards. The duo can make the Rams just the sixth team in league history to have a quarterback with at least 4,000 passing yards and a player with 20+ scrimmage touchdowns in a single season. Bears safety Eddie Jackson has an interception-return touchdown in two of his past three games and leads the NFL with three defensive touchdowns this season.

2018 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 14

NFC

CLINCHED: Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title

Los Angeles Rams (11-1) at Chicago (8-4), Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Los Angeles clinches a first round bye with:

1) Los Angeles Rams win

New Orlens (10-2) at Tampa Bay (5-7), Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1) New Orlens win or tie OR

2) Carolina loss or tie

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

1) Minnesota loss + Philadelphia loss or tie + Washington loss or tie

AFC

Kansas City (10-2) vs. Baltimore (7-5), Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

1) Kansas City win or tie OR

2) Miami loss or tie + Indianapolis loss or tie

New England (9-3) at Miami (6-6), Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

1) New England win or tie

Houston (9-3) vs. Indianapolis (6-6), Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

1) Houston win + OR

2) Houston tie

Los Angeles Chargers (9-3) vs. Cincinnati (5-7), Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on CBS

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

1) Los Angeles Chargers win + Miami loss or tie + Denver loss or tie + Indianapolis loss or tie OR

2) Los Angeles Chargers tie + Miami loss + DEN loss + Indianapolis loss or tie as long as Indianapolis doesn’t tie

Week 14 opened in Nashville with Tennessee downing Jacksonville 30-9 in the Music City and closes on Monday night as the Minnesota Vikings travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in a key NFC matchup at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins second in the league with a 71.3 completion percentage (minimum 200 attempts) and is one of three quarterbacks (Drew Brees and Matt Ryan) with a 70+ completion percentage and at least 3,000 passing yards (3,490) this season. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ranks third in the league with a 5.8 touchdown-to-interception ratio (29 touchdowns and five interceptions) and is one of four NFL quarterbacks with a passer rating of at least 115 this season (115.5).

As for last week? Much better, going 9-7 for the week, which puts us at 111-77 for the season. There’s still a lot of football left before we come to the end. With that, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 14.

ATLANTA (4-8) at Green Bay (4-7-1), 1 p.m. on FOX. A pair of struggling NFC team meet in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons make their way to Lambeau Field for an early afternoon meeting with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Both clubs look to end losing streaks with hopes of making a run into the post-season party.

Atlanta, who will play their second interim coach this season (they faced Gregg Williams, who took over in Cleveland when the Browns let Hue Jackson go; Atlanta would lose that contest in Cleveland), watched Baltimore break a 10-10 tie at the intermission and dropped a 26-16 decision to the Ravens last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta had led 10-7 with 11:33 thanks to a 74-yard fumble return by LB Vic Beasley before Ravens K Jeff Tucker would kick the first of his four field goals with six seconds left before intermission to tie things up at 10-10. Tucker would later go on to add three more field goals, with one coming as part of a 14-play, 60-yard drive that used 8:08 of game clock (19 minutes of actual time; the Ravens had three drives of 10 plays or more in the contest). Baltimore would then seal the Falcons’ fate when Tavon Young picked up a Matt Ryan fumble and returned it 12 yards fpr the score. Atlanta would make it a 10-point game with 4:18 left when TE Austin Hooper and Ryan connected on a one-yard TD toss. Baltimore outrushed Atlanta 207-34 and Jackson threw for 125 yards and had a rushing TD, while Ryan threw for 131 yards and the fourth quarter toss to Hooper (Ryan was sacked three times, Jackson was sacked twice, neither threw an interception). Atlanta, dropping their fourth contest in a row, was 2 for 9 on third down (the Falcons were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 20:21, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:39, going 7 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Green Bay is also looking to break a losing streak, dropping their third in a row, losing at home to Arizona 20-17 at Lambeau Field in a contest that cost Mike McCarthy his job as head coach (he was replaced by offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin in the interim). Green Bay led 10-7 at the intermission before Arizona stormed back in the second half and took the lead with 1:41 left in regulation when Zavier Gonzalez booted a 44-yard field goal to take the 20-17 lead. Green Bay made its way downfield after they got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff and would get as far as Arizona’s 31-yard line with three seconds left in hopes of tying the contest and sending it to overtime but Mason Crosby’s 49-yard try sailed wide to the right, sending Packer fans home unhappy. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed the Packers 182-98 and Rodgers threw for 233 yards and a TD pass to Davante Adams, while Josh Rosen threw for 149 yards for Arizona (Rosen was sacked twice, Rodgers was sacked once and neither man had an interception). Green Bay was a somewhat dismal 3 of 14 on third down but was perfect on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 32:26, while Arizona held on to the pigskin for 27:34, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

While Green Bay leads the series 15-14 and the Packers have outscored Atlanta 715-620, Atlanta has won the last two regular season meeting and both of those wins came in the Big Peach, including a 34-23 win last year (Green Bay’s last win over Atlanta came in 2014 at Lambeau by a final of 43-37).

The teams met in week two and Atlanta broke a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter and took a 24-7 lead with them to the intermission, despite being outscored by Green Bay in the second half 16-10. Atlanta outrushed Green Bay 141-59, while Rodgers threw for 343 yards and a pair of TDs, with Ryan having a TD toss and no interceptions, tallying 252 (Rodgers and Ryan were each sacked three times with Rodgers throwing an interception). Atlanta was 5 for 11 on third down in the Big Peach, keeping the ball for 28:37, while the Packers, who ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 31:23, went 5 for 12 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

Atlanta covered the 2 1/2-point spread with their 11-point win and both teams covered the 54 over/under with 57 points. This time, Green Bay’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 49. For one team, their losing streak comes to an end; for the other, their streak continues and their playoff hopes are damaged beyond repair. Packer fans are going to have their hearts broken this week. Atlanta my not cover the 6 on the road but they walk out of Lambeau with the win.

New York Jets (3-9) at Buffalo (4-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. They meet again. A pair of AFC East/AFL rivals meet for the second time, this time in upstate New York with slim playoff chances as Buffalo and the New York Jets meet along the shores of Lake Erie.

GangGreen let a 16-6 halftime lead against Marcus Mariota and the Titans get away from them, as Tennessee rallied in the final 30 minutes of action to take a 26-22 win at Nissan Stadium, with the Titans outscoring GangGreen 20-6 and chipping away at the New York lead with a pair of Ryan Succop field goals, then taking the lead for keeps with 36 seconds left when WR Corey Davis caught an 11-yard TD pass from Mariota for their first lead of the day. Tennessee then held off a late J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! rall to take the win in the late afternoon contest. GangGreen outrushed the Titans 156-130 with Jets RB Isaiah Crowell leading the way with 98 yards. Mariota threw for 282 yards and a pair of TDs (including the game-winner), while Josh McCown threw for 128 yards (McCown was sacked twice, Mariota sacked three times; both men threw an interception) for New York. The Titans were a somewhat dismal 1 for 11 on third down and kept the ball for 26:38, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:22, going 3 for 14 on third down conversions.

Buffalo’s rally at Miami fell short as the Dolphins held off the Bills 21-17 at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami took a 14-6 lead with them to the intermission in the Sunshine State last Sunday afternoon before the Bills would rally in the second half, outscoring the Dolphins 11-7 in the final 30 minutes of the contest. The Bills would take a 17-14 lead with 12 minutes left in regulation when WR Zay Jones and QB Josh Allen connected on a 25-yard TD pass and the two-point conversion. Miami would restore order later in the period when WR Kenny Stills and QB Ryan Tannehill connected on a 13-yard TD pass to reclaim the lead. Buffalo would later get the ball back with 2:33 left to play and get as close as the Miami 30-yard line with hopes of taking the lead back but Allen’s pass to TE Charles Clay was incomplete. Buffalo outrushed Miami 198-60 and Allen led all rushers with 135 yards, while throwing for 231 yards and a pair of TDs (Allen was sacked twice and picked off twice), while Tannehill led Miami with 137 yards and three TD, while being picked off once and sacked three times. Buffalo was 5 for 13 on third down conversions (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:57, while the Dolphins kept the ball for 27:03, while going 2 for 9 on third down.

Buffalo led the New York Jets 31-3 at Met Life Stadium in the week 10 contest at the intermission and took their AFC East rivals from upstate New York to the woodshed, coming out on top 41-10 to break their four-game losing streak. Bills backup QB Matt Barkley burned GangGreen for 232 yards and a pair of TDs, while Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy ran for 113 yards and a pair of rushing TDs in the lopsided contest. Buffalo outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 212-83, while Josh McCown threw for 135 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions (Barkley was sacked once but did not throw an interception). GangGreen was 1 for 12 on third down tries (they were 2 for 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 20:38, while the Bills ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:22, while they went 8 of 16 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 10 contest in the Meadowlands, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 7 1/2 and Buffalo covered, winning by 31. Both teams easily took care of the 37 over/under, aSEs the two clubs merged to score 51 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like Buffalo again, this time as 3 1/2-point favorites with a 38 1/2 over/under. The winner? They get to keep their slim playoff hopes alive for at least one more week. As for the loser? Their magic number is next year. Bills complete the sweep in upstate New York and take the win, covering the 3 1/2.

Carolina (6-6) at Cleveland (4-7-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of former Heisman winners meet along the shores of Lake Erie as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers travel to Cleveland for a Sunday afternoon meeting with Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Both clubs took road losses in last week’s action.

Carolina was taken to task by Tampa Bay 24-17 last Sunday in Tampa in a battle of two former Heisman winners. The Panthers trailed Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers 17-7 at the break, then rallied to pull themselves to within seven with 2:24 left in the third quarter when Newton and WR Darren Funchess connected on a 10-yard TD pass to trail 24-17. The two clubs then played a scoreless fourth quarter and the Panthers then had one last rally as they got the ball at their 26-yard line, getting as close as their 44-yard line when Tampa Bay was penalized for an enproachment penalty with :00 left on the clock. Because a half or game can’t end on a defensive penalty, Carolina was given an untimed down and the Panther hopes were dashed when backup QB Taylor Heinicke’s last-ditch pass to D.J. Moore fell incomplete. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 168-95 with RB Christian McCaffery rushing for 106 yards before leaving the contest with a foot injury, while Newton threw for 300 for Carolina and Winston throwing for 249 yards (both men threw a pair of TD passes, both were sacked four times and Newton threw four interceptions). Carolina was 3 of 8 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 30:06. As for Tampa Bay? They kept the pigskin for 29:54 and went 6 for 13 on third down tries at Raymond James Stadium.

Cleveland found themselves taken to the woodshed by Houston last Sunday, falling 29-13 at NRG Stadium to the Texans. The Texans led 23-0 at the half and watched the Browns outscore Houston 13-6 in the second half to make the contest closer. Houston outrushed Cleveland 187-31 (Nick Chubb was Cleveland’s only rusher), with Houston’s Lamar Miller leading the way with 103 in the 16-point defeat. Mayfield threw for 397 yards with a TD to Rashard Higgins but threw three interceptions, while Deshaun Watson threw for 224 yards with a TD, despite being sacked four times. Houston was 8 for 16 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 37:35, while the Browns kept the ball for 22:25 while going 2 for 8 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Carolina holds a 4-1 lead in the series and the Panthers have outscored Cleveland 104-72. Their last meeting took place in 2014 in Charlotte with the Panthers taking a 17-13 win, while Cleveland’s lone win in the series came in 2010 along the shores of Lake Erie by a final of 24-23. Carolina’s favored by a point with the over/under 47. The Browns are actually better than their record and have given the NFC South problems this year. Carolina will put an end to that problem as Newton and the Panthers take the win on the shore of Lake Erie and cover the 1.

Indianapolis (6-6) at Houston (9-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC South teams meet in the Lone Star State as Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts come to NRG Stadium to face off against first-place Houston.

The Colts found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-0 shutout at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville, without RB Leonard Fournette, who sat out his one-game suspension for a fight in Buffalo, got a pair of Josh Lambo field goals to pitch the shutout and take the win. After a scoreless first quarter, Lambo’s 30-yard field goal would give the Jaguars a 3-0 lead with 2:03 left before the half to open the scoring in the contest. Jacksonville would then take that lead with them to the break and the contest stayed that way through the third quarter. Lambo would then connect again, this time from 37 yards out for the 6-0 lead. Jacksonville then proceeded to end a Colts threat that would have given Luck the lead late in the contest, as the Jaguars would wind up breaking their seven-game losing streak in the process.

Neither club broke the 100-yard rushing barrier but Jacksonville did win that battle, outrushing the Colts 79-41. Luck did manage to throw for 248 yards but threw an interception, while Cody Kessler threw for 150 yards and no interceptions (both Keesler and Luck were sacked three times).

Houston won their ninth in a row, taking Cleveland and Baker Mayfield to task 29-13 at NRG Stadium to the Texans. The Texans led 23-0 at the half and watched the Browns outscore Houston 13-6 in the second half to make the contest closer. Houston outrushed Cleveland 187-31 (Nick Chubb was Cleveland’s only rusher), with Houston’s Lamar Miller leading the way with 103 in the 16-point defeat. Mayfield threw for 397 yards with a TD to Rashard Higgins but threw three interceptions, while Deshaun Watson threw for 224 yards with a TD, despite being sacked four times. Houston was 8 for 16 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 37:35, while the Browns kept the ball for 22:25 while going 2 for 8 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The Colts lead the series 25-7 and have outscored the Texans 833-619. Indy swept last year’s series, taking wins in the Hoosier State and the Lone Star State, while Houston’s last win came in 2016, when they swept the series that year.

Their first meeting took place in Houston in week nine and the Colts would come away 20-14 winners at NRG Stadium. Indy led 10-7 at the half and then held a late Houston rally to seal the win. While Houston did outrush the Colts 94-92, Jacoby Brissett (taking over for Andrew Luck) threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs to T.Y. Hilton, with Tom Savage (who took over for DeSean Watson) threw for 219 yards and a TD (neither man threw an interception, Brissett was sacked three times, Savage was sacked twice). Both teams were 4 for 14 on third down tries (the Texans were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and the Colts kept the ball for 30:59 to Houston’s 29:01.

The Colts made the sweep of the series official in week 17, taking a 22-13 win to close out the regular season finale for both clubs, since neither was going to be in the post-season. Indy erased a 13-7 deficit at the break and proceeded to shutout Houston the rest of the way, scoring their last 15 points of the game unchallenged. Indianapolis’ RB Frank Gore rand for 100 yards in the contest to lead all rushers, as the Colts outrushed Houston 146-85 and Brissett threw for 114 yards and a TD, while T.J. Yeats threw for 137 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception (Brissett was sacked once but did not throw an interception). Houston went 5 for 11 on third down conversions at Lucas Oil Stadium and kept the ball for 28:47, while the Colts ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:13, going 6 of 13 on third down tries.

In the week nine contest in the Lone Star State, the Texans were favored by 7 and the Colts won by 6. As for the 45 1/2 over/under? It was safe and sound, as both teams merged for 34 points. In the week 17 contest, the Colts covered the 3 1/2-point spread, winning by 9 but as was the case in the earlier meeting, neither team covered the over/under (which was 41), with the two teams combining for 35 points. The Texans in this meeting are favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Both numbers are reasonable and make sense. The Texans are trying to make it 10 in a row and keep hold of first place in the AFC South, while the Colts would love nothing more than to end the streak. Streak on, Texans! Houston covers the 4 1/2 and wins in the Lone Star State.

Baltimore (7-5) at Kansas City (10-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of up and coming QBs meet in the Show-Me State as Baltimore comes to Arrowhead for a meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. Both clubs were road winners in their last contests.

Baltimore used three drives of 10 plays or more to break a 10-10 tie at the intermission and take a 26-16 in Atlanta last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens trailed led 10-7 with 11:33 thanks to a 74-yard fumble return by LB Vic Beasley before Ravens K Jeff Tucker would kick the first of his four field goals with six seconds left before intermission to tie things up at 10-10. Tucker then added three more field goals, with one coming as part of a 14-play, 60-yard drive that used 8:08 of game clock (19 minutes of actual time; the Ravens had three drives of 10 plays or more in the contest). Baltimore then sealed Atlantas’ fate in the Big Peach when Tavon Young picked up a Matt Ryan fumble and returned it 12 yards fpr the score. Atlanta would make it a 10-point game with 4:18 left when TE Austin Hooper and Ryan connected on a one-yard TD toss. Baltimore outrushed Atlanta 207-34 and Jackson threw for 125 yards and had a rushing TD, while Ryan threw for 131 yards and the fourth quarter toss to Hooper (Ryan was sacked three times, Jackson was sacked twice, neither threw an interception). Atlanta, dropping their fourth contest in a row, was 2 for 9 on third down (the Falcons were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 20:21, while the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:39, going 7 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes bounced back from their 4-point loss against the Los Angeles Rams and put an end to Oakland’s dwindling playoff hopes last Sunday as they took the Raiders 40-33 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kansas City led 19-7, then pulled away after the Silver and Black made it a 9-point contest early in the third quarter. Kansas City outrushed their AFC West rival 174-171 and Mahomes threw for 295 yards with four TDs (connecting with TE Travis Kelce on two of them) and no sacks or interceptions, while Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 285 yards with three TDs and three sacks. Kansas City was 6 of 13 on third down (Andy Reid’s Chiefs were successful on fourth down, going 1 of 1) and kept the ball for 29:14, while the Raiders ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:46, going 9 for 12 on third down conversions.

Kansas City leads the series 4-3 and the Chiefs have outscored Baltimore 153-123. Each team took their last win in the other team’s facility; Kansas City’s last win came in Charm City by a final of 34-14 in 2015, while Baltimore’s last win came in the Show-Me State in 2012 by a 9-6 final. Kansas City’s favored by 7 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 53 1/2. For the Chiefs, a win means that they’re one step closer to the AFC West title and a possible number one seed in the post-season; for the Ravens, it’s a chance to pull themselves a little closer to Pittsburgh. We think the Steelers are going to be Chiefs fans today. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City as the Chiefs cover the 7 and win at Arrowhead.

New England (9-3) at Miami (6-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel to the Sunshine State for an AFC East matchup with the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium, with both clubs winning last week’s contest in their home ballparks.

Brady and the Pats took care of business in Foxboro last Sunday against Minnesota, coming away 24-10 winners at Gillette Stadium. New England led 10-7 at the half, then held the Vikings to a third quarter field goal from Dan Bailey to take the home win. New England outrushed Minnesota 160-95 (Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook led all rushers with 84 yards), with James Delvin having a pair of rushing TDs, while Brady threw for 311 yards and a TD with an interception, while Kirk Cousins threw for 201 yards with a TD to WR Adam Thielen (Cousins was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions). Brady and New England was 7 of 14 on third down conversions in Foxboro (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 33:21, while the Vikings held on to the ball for 26:39, going 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Miami held off a late Buffalo Bills rally last Sunday, coming away 21-17 winners at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami took a 14-6 lead with them to the intermission in the Sunshine State last Sunday afternoon before Buffalo rallied in the second half, outscoring the Dolphins 11-7 in the final 30 minutes of the contest. The Bills would then take a 17-14 lead with 12 minutes left in regulation when WR Zay Jones and QB Josh Allen connected on a 25-yard TD pass and the two-point conversion. Miami would restore order later in the period when WR Kenny Stills and QB Ryan Tannehill connected on a 13-yard TD pass to reclaim the lead. Buffalo would later get the ball back with 2:33 left to play and get as close as the Miami 30-yard line with hopes of taking the lead back but Allen’s pass to TE Charles Clay was incomplete. Buffalo outrushed Miami 198-60 and Allen led all rushers with 135 yards, while throwing for 231 yards and a pair of TDs (Allen was sacked twice and picked off twice), while Tannehill led Miami with 137 yards and three TD, while being picked off once and sacked three times. Buffalo was 5 for 13 on third down conversions (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:57, while the Dolphins kept the ball for 27:03, while going 2 for 9 on third down.

The Pats knocked Miami out of the ranks of the Miami fell unbeatens after Brady and New England beat their AFC East rival 38-7 at Foxboro in their week four meeting. The Patroits scored the first 38 points of the contest unchallenged and the Dolphins trailed 24-0 at thee intermission before finally tallying their lone score in the contest when Frank Gore and Brock Osweiler connected on a 6-yard TD toss with 2:42 left to play. Miami found themselves held to 56 yards rushing, while the Patroits would tally 175 of their own (with Sony Michel leading all rushers with 112 yards and a TD) and Brady throwing for 274 yards and a pair of TD passes. New England was 10 of 16 on third down and held on the ball for 36:22, while the Dolphins were 23:38 in time of possession, going 3 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

New England’s 31-point win in Foxboro allowed them to cover the 7-point spread in the week four contest but both clubs barely missed the 47 1/2 over/under, as the two teams combined for 45 points. While the Patriots are the road team, they’re also favored by 8 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 47 1/2. For New England, a win for them means another AFC East title; for the Dolphins, a win for them means that the Pats will have to wait another week. Fins will make Brady and the boys wait another week. New England will make things tough and closer than 8 1/2 for Miami but the Dolphins prevail at home in the Sunshine State.

New Orleans (10-2) at Tampa Bay (5-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. New Orleans and Tampa Bay meet in the Sunshine State in a week one rematch at Raymond James Stadium. While the Saints come in off a road loss two Thursday nights ago, the Buccaneers held off NFC South rival Carolina at home in the Sunshine State.

The Saints were shut out by Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, trailing 13-0 at the break before scoring 10 third quarter points of their own unchallenged and still came up short, falling 13-10 to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Saints would make it a 3-point contest when WR Keith Kirkwood and Drew Brees connected on a 38-yard TD toss with 68 seconds left in the third, then saw a fourth quarter rally that would have either tie things up or given New Orleans the lead when Brees was picked off by CB Jourdan Lewis to end the threat. Dallas, who got a pair of field goals from Brett Maher and a rushing TD by Ezekiel Elliot, outrushed New Orleans 100-65 and Brees threw for 127 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks, while Prescott threw for 248 yards with the TD toss to Elliot and was sacked seven times but had no interceptions. Dallas was 7 for 14 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 36:53, while the Saints held on to the ball for 23:07, going 3 for 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

In a meeting of former Heisman winners, Tampa Bay held off NFC South foe Carolina 24-17 last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers led Cam Newton and the Panthers 17-7 at the break, then watch the Panthers rally to pull themselves to within seven with 2:24 left in the third quarter when Newton and WR Darren Funchess connected on a 10-yard TD pass to trail 24-17. The two clubs then played a scoreless fourth quarter and the Panthers then had one last rally as they got the ball at their 26-yard line, getting as close as their 44-yard line when Tampa Bay was penalized for an enproachment penalty with :00 left on the clock. Because a half or game can’t end on a defensive penalty, Carolina was given an untimed down and the Panther hopes were dashed when backup QB Taylor Heinicke’s last-ditch pass to D.J. Moore fell incomplete. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 168-95 with RB Christian McCaffery rushing for 106 yards before leaving the contest with a foot injury, while Newton threw for 300 for Carolina and Winston throwing for 249 yards (both men threw a pair of TD passes, both were sacked four times and Newton threw four interceptions). Carolina was 3 of 8 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 30:06. As for Tampa Bay? They kept the pigskin for 29:54 and went 6 for 13 on third down tries at Raymond James Stadium.

New Orleans hosted Winston and the Bucs in their week one meetings and the Saints came out on the short end of a 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay in the season opener in the Big Easy. Although they trailed 31-24 at the half, the Buccaneers managed to take control of things in the second half, outscoring the Saints 17-16 in the final 30 minutes of action. Tampa Bay outrushed New Orleans 112-43, while Drew Brees threw for 439 yards with three passing TDs and Alvin Kamara chipping in with a pair of rushing TDs. For Tampa Bay, Ryan Fitzpatrick, taking over for the suspended Jameis Winston, threw for 417 yards and four TDs in the win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Tampa Bay went 8 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 32:09, while the Saints went 4 of 9 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 27:51.

New Orleans was favored by 9 1/2 in the week one meeting in the Big Easy and Tampa Bay came away with the victory but both clubs did cover the 49 1/2 over/under with 88 total points. The odds makers like the Saints as 8 1/2 point favorites in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 57 1/2. New Orleans could very well win the NFC South if they beat Tampa Bay, while the Bucs want to prove that the first win in the Big Easy was not a fluke. While Tampa Bay won’t cover the 8 1/2, they somehow sweep the Saints and take the win at home at Raymond James Stadium.

New York Giants (4-8) at Washington (6-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. It’s an NFC East rematch as Eli Manning and the New York Giants travel to Landover to face off against the Washington Redskins and Mark Sanchez at Fed Ex Field.

The Giants needed overtime in the Meadowlands to take a 30-27 win over the Chicago Bears at Met Life Stadium last Sunday. The Giants trailed 14-10 at the half before rallying in the third quarter to take a 24-14 lead with them to the end of the third quarter. Chicago would storm back in the final 15 minutes of action on the road in upstate New Jersey after the Giants took a 10-point lead late in the fourth when Bears K Chris Parkey kicked a 21-yard field with 73 seconds left. Chicago then got the onside kick and then marched their way downfield, tying the contest as time expired when rookie WR Anthony Miller caught a 1-yard TD pass from RB Tark Cohen to even things at 27-27. New York would win the toss in the overtime and got the ball first, using an 8-play, 49-yard drive that ended when Giants K Aldrick Rosas booted on a 44-yard field goal with 5:57 left in the extra period. Since the Giants kicked a field goal, that did not end the game and allowed Chicago to get the ball back and they did, starting their drive at their 25-yard line and getting as close as their 40-yard before Chris Daniel’s pass attempt to WR Taylor Gabriel was incomplete, ending the game and giving Big Blue the win. The Giants outrushed Da Bears 141-118 and Sequan Barkley led all rushers with 125 yards, while Manning threw for 170 yards and a TD to Odell Beckham Jr., who also threw a TD pass to WR Sterling Shepherd. Daniel threw for 285 yards and a TD in the overtime loss for Da Bears (Daniel was sacked five times and picked off twice, while Manning threw an interception with three sacks). The Giants were 6 of 17 on third down (they were 2 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:13, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 33:58, going 2 for 15 on third down and 4 of 5 on fourth down.

Washington trailed the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles 14-13 at the half at Lincoln Financial Field, then watched the Eagles score 14 fourth-quarter points unchallenged to fall 28-12 in their NFC East meeting last Monday night in the City of Brotherly Love. Washington took a 10-7 lead with 9:23 left before the half when RB Adrian Peterson scored from 90 yards out before the Eagles took the lead back for good when RB Darren Sproles scored from 14 yards away with 1:46 left before the intermission. Washington would make it a one-point contest with 15 seconds left when K Dustin Hopkins booted a 47-yard field goal before the break. That would be the last that the Redskins would see of the scoreboard in the second half as the Eagles would score their 14 second half points, using a 4-yard TD pass from Carson Wentz to Josh Matthews and a pair of Jake Elliot field goals to seal the fate of the Redskins. Philadelphia outrushed their NFC East rivals 130-104, with Peterson leading the way with 98 yards, while Sanchez threw for 100 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception after taking over for Colt McCoy, who broke his leg early in the contest. Wentz threw for 306 yards and two TDs (including one to newly accquired RB Golden Tate) and threw an interception without being sacked. Washington was 2 for 10 on third down conversions and held on to tha ball for 20:41, while the Eagles were 7 of 13 on third down (0 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 39:19.

The Redskins and Giants met in week 8 and Washington held off the New York Giants 20-13 at Met Life Stadium. Washington led 7-3 at the half in upstate New Jersey, then floored the gas as RB Adrian Peterson scored his second TD of the day, scoring from 64 yards away to take a 20-6 lead with 3:06 left in the contest. The Giants would pull themselves to within 7 with 17 seconds left when Manning and TE Evan Engram connected on a 2-yard TD toss. Washington would recover the onside kick and run the clock out to take the win, giving Big Blue their fifth loss in a row. Peterson led all rushers with 149 yards in the NFC East contest as Washington outrushed the Giants 182-37, sacking Manning (316 yards, two interceptions) seven times, while Alex Smtih threw for 178 yards with the TD toss to Peterson without a sack or interception. Washington was 6 of 15 on third down and held the ball for 33:38, while the Giants held the ball for 26:22, going 2 of 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down tries.

In the week 8 meeting in the Meadowlands, Washington was favored by 1 and they covered, winning by 7 but neither team reached the 42 over/under, scoring 33 points. Vegas likes Washington again, this time as 1 1/2 point favorites in Landover and the over/under this time around is 42 1/2. Both clubs are trying to keep pace with Dallas in the NFC East and for the loser, their season and playoffs are pretty much over. For the winner, they’re alive for at least another week. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! Washington pulls the sweep in Landover and covers the 1 1/2.

Cincinnati (5-7) at Los Angeles Chargers (9-3), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. A pair of AFC rivals meet in Los Angeles as Cincinnati, looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, travel to Stub Hub Centre to face off against Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

Cincinnati watched Denver take a 7-3 lead with them to the intermission and saw the Broncos came away with the 24-10 road win last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Denver went on to outscore the struggling Bengals 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of action, outrushing Cincinnati 218-111 in the road win and Denver rookie RB Phillip Lindsay led all rushers with 157 yards and a pair of TDs, while the Bengals were paced by Joe Mixon’s 82 yards on the ground and Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 151 yards and a TD, while Cincinati backup QB Jeff Driskel, who took over for Andy Dalton (thumb) threw for 236 yards with a TD, an interception and four sacks (Keenum was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). Both clubs went 5 for 13 on third down and Cincinnati actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:20 to Denver’s 28:40.

Los Angeles erased a 23-7 halftime defict at Pittsburgh as the Chargers and Philip Rivers would rally in the final seconds to leave Heinz Field with the 33-30 win Sunday night on a 29-yard field goal by K Michael Badgley as time expired. The Steelers let that lead get away from them as the Chargers would chip away at it in the second, when Rivers and WR Keenan Allen connected on a 10-yard TD toss with 1:43 in the third. Rivers and TE Antonio Gates would then connect on the two-point try to narrow the Steeler lead to 23-15. Pittsburgh’s special teams would fail them as CB Desmond King returned a punt 73 yards to open the scoring in the final quarter and the Chargers would even things up when Rivers and Allen connected on a second two-point conversion.

The Bolts then took the lead with 8:09 left in the contest when rookie RB Justin Jackson scored from 18 yards out. Pittsburgh would re-tie the contest, using an 12-play, 78-yard drive that took 3:59 when Ben Roethlisberger and rookie WR Jaylen Samuels hooked up on a 10-yard TD pass with 4:10 left in the contest. Los Angeles got the ball back on the kickoff and would use all of the 4:10 that was left, engineering an 11-play, 64-yard drive, burning all of the clock, aided by a pair of offside penalties on Pittsburgh with Badgley booting the game winner as the clock struck :00. Pittsburgh was outrushed by the Chargers 85-65 with Jackson leading all rushers with 63 yards, while James Conner tallied 60 for the Steelers. Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards for the Steelers, while Rivers tallied 299 yards, with both men throwing a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked twice, Roethlisberger sacked once and threw an interception). Pittsburgh in the Sunday night affair in the Steel City went 3 of 10 on third down (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:48, while the Chargers were 6 for 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:12, including the final 4:10 of the contest.

While the Chargers lead the series 19-14 and the Bolts have outscored Cincinnati 788-722 (which includes contests that were played at Riverfront Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium), Cincinnati has won the last four meetings, including a 24-19 win along the shores of the Ohio River in 2015; the Chargers’ last win in the series came in 2009 at Qualcomm by a final of 27-24. The Chargers are favored by 14 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. If nothing else, this one will be somewhat entertaining to watch. The Bengals are hanging on for dear life in the playoff hunt, while the Chargers are knocking at the door. Los Angeles will bang, bang, bang on the door, sugar (apologies to the B52s!) and take this one at Stub Hub but expect the Bengals to make this one closer than 14.

Denver (6-6) at San Francisco (2-10), 4:05 p.m. on CBS. Denver makes their way to northern California for an early afternoon (Pacific time) contest with the struggling San Francisco 49ers at Levis’ Stadium.

Afte a scoreless first quarter in Cincinnati, the Broncos took a 7-3 lead against the Bengals with them to the intermission and came away with the 24-10 road win last Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Broncos went on to outscore the struggling Bengals 17-7 in the last 30 minutes of action, outrushing Cincinnati 218-111 in the road win. Denver rookie RB Phillip Lindsay led all rushers with 157 yards and a pair of TDs, while the Bengals were paced by Joe Mixon’s 82 yards on the ground and Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 151 yards and a TD, while Cincinati backup QB Jeff Driskel, who took over for Andy Dalton (thumb) threw for 236 yards with a TD, an interception and four sacks (Keenum was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). Both clubs went 5 for 13 on third down and Cincinnati actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:20 to Denver’s 28:40.

San Francisco saw their slim playoff hopes die in Seattle as the Seahawks took the 49ers 43-16 at Century Link Field in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle led 20-6 at the intermission, then proceeded to outscore the 49ers 23-13 in the last 30 minutes of action in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and never looked back. Seattle outrushed San Francisco 168-66 and Nate Mullins threw for 414 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Dante Pettis but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Russell Wilson threw for 185 yards with four TDs and no interception (Wilson was sacked three times). San Francisco went 7 of 16 on third down (they were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and the 49ers actually ruled the clock as they held on to the ball for 32:30, while the Seahawks were 4 for 9 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:30.

The Broncos hold a slim lead in the series 7-6 and have outscored the 49ers 322-299. Their last meeting took place in 2014 in the Mile High City and the Broncos were 42-17 victors, while San Francisco’s last win came in London by a final of 24-16 in 2010. Denver’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Denver’s looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, while the 49ers look to somehow derail the Broncos’ train. That train’s staying on the tracks. Broncos cover the 6 in Napa Valley and takes the win on the road.

Detroit (4-8) at Arizona (3-9), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. A pair of struggling teams meet in the desert as Arizona hosts the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Detroit watched the Los Angeles Rams clinch their second NFC West title last Sunday in the Motor City, beating the Lions 30-16 at Ford Field. The Lions trailed throughout the contest, trailing 13-3 at to the intermission, then watched the Rams run away from them in the second half, outcoring them 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of action. Detroit was outrushed by Los Angeles 149-102 and Rams RB Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and a pair of TDs to seal the win. Jared Goff threw for 207 yards for Los Angeles, while Matthew Stafford threw for 245 for Detroit (Stafford was sacked four times, Goff was sacked once and each threw a TD pass and an interception). The Rams were 5 for 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:16, while the Lions kept the ball for 31:44, going 2 for 17 on third down tries.

Arizona escaped Green Bay with a 20-17 win at Lambeau Field in a contest that cost Mike McCarthy his job as head coach (he was replaced by offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin in the interim). The Desert Angry Birds trailed in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst led 10-7 at the intermission before Arizona stormed back in the second half and took the lead with 1:41 left in regulation when Zavier Gonzalez booted a 44-yard field goal to take the 20-17 lead. Green Bay made its way downfield after they got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff and would get as far as Arizona’s 31-yard line with three seconds left in hopes of tying the contest and sending it to overtime but Mason Crosby’s 49-yard try sailed wide to the right, sending Packer fans home unhappy. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed the Packers 182-98 and Rodgers threw for 233 yards and a TD pass to Davante Adams, while Josh Rosen threw for 149 yards for Arizona (Rosen was sacked twice, Rodgers was sacked once and neither man had an interception). Green Bay was a somewhat dismal 3 of 14 on third down but was perfect on fourth down, going 2 of 2 and kept the ball for 32:26, while Arizona held on to the pigskin for 27:34, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

Including those contests that were played in Chicago and St. Louis, when the Desert Angry Birds called those cities home and the Lions were in Portsmouth as the Spartans and played contests in Tiger Stadium and the Silverdome, the Lions lead the series 32-28-5 and have outscored the Cardinals 1,182-1,085. Their last meeting? Last year in the Motor City, coming away 35-23 to break a 7-game losing streak against Arizona, while Arizona’s last win in the series came in 2015 in the Motor City by a final of 42-17.

The two clubs opened the 2017 campaign at Ford Field and the Lions trailed 10-9 at the half before they would roar back in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Desert Angry Birds 26-13, holding off a late Arizona rally in the process. Stafford (292 yards) threw three TD passes in the second half, connecting with WR Kenny Golladay on two of those tosses, winding up with four on the afternoon, while Carson Palmer threw for 269 yards with three interceptions (Stafford threw an interception, Palmer and Stafford were sacked once). Detroit, who outrushed Arizona 82-45, went 8 for 16 on third down (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:20. As for Arizona? They kept the ball for 26:40 and went 6 for 15 on third down, 1 for 1 on fourth down.

In the season opener, the Lions’ 12-point win allowed them to cover the 2-point spread and the 58 points total allowed both clubs to cover the 48 over/under. Detroit’s favored by 2 1/2 in the desert and the over/under’s 40 1/2. Feel free to take a pass on this one and get that Christmas shopping done or watch that “Grumpy Cat Movie.” Granted, that kitty’s grumpy but he’s really funny! Arizona covers the 2 1/2 and the Desert Angry Birds take the win in Glendale.

Philadelphia (6-6) at Dallas (7-5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. They meet again. Eagles vs. Cowboys, Round 2. The defending Super Bowl champs travel to the Lone Star State to take on Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington in an NFC East rematch at AT&T Stadium.

The defending Super Bowl champions led Washington 14-13 at the half at Lincoln Financial Field, then scored 14 fourth-quarter points unchallenged to take down the Redskins 28-12 in their NFC East meeting last Monday night in the City of Brotherly Love. Washington took a 10-7 lead with 9:23 left before the half when RB Adrian Peterson scored from 90 yards out before the Eagles took the lead back for good when RB Darren Sproles scored from 14 yards away with 1:46 left before the intermission. Washington would make it a one-point contest with 15 seconds left when K Dustin Hopkins booted a 47-yard field goal before the break. That would be the last that the Redskins would see of the scoreboard in the second half as the Eagles would score their 14 second half points, using a 4-yard TD pass from Carson Wentz to Josh Matthews and a pair of Jake Elliot field goals to seal the fate of the Redskins. Philadelphia outrushed their NFC East rivals 130-104, with Peterson leading the way with 98 yards, while Sanchez threw for 100 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception after taking over for Colt McCoy, who broke his leg early in the contest. Wentz threw for 306 yards and two TDs (including one to newly accquired RB Golden Tate) and threw an interception without being sacked. Washington was 2 for 10 on third down conversions and held on to tha ball for 20:41, while the Eagles were 7 of 13 on third down (0 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 39:19.

Prescott and the Cowboys took a 13-0 lead at the half against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, then held off New Orleans in the second half to come away 13-10 winners at AT&T Stadium. Dallas took the lead thanks to a pair of field goals from Brett Maher and a passing TD by Ezekiel Elliot, then held off the Saints after New Orleands broke the Cowboys’ bid for a shutout as Will Lutz connected on a 33-yard field Goal with 10 minutes left in the third, then got to within 7 with 68 seconds left in the third when WR Keith Kirkwood and Brees connected on a 38-yard TD toss. Dallas would then hold off a Saints’ rally in the final minutes of the fourth quarter that would have given New Orleans the lead when Brees was picked off by CB Jourdan Lewis to end the threat. Dallas outrushed New Orleans 100-65 and Brees threw for 127 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks, while Prescott threw for 248 yards with the TD toss to Elliot and was sacked seven times but had no interceptions. Dallas was 7 for 14 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 36:53, while the Saints held on to the ball for 23:07, going 3 for 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The Cowboys led the defending Super Bowl champions 13-3 at the half in Philadelphia in the week 10 meeting, then watched the Eagles tie the contest with 7:27 left in regulation when Zach Ertz caught a 2-yard TD pass from Carson Wentz, rallied to reclaim the thanks to a 1-yard run by RB Ezekiel Elliott with 3:19 left, then held off a late Philly rally to come away from Lincoln Financial Field 27-20 winners Sunday night. The Eagles managed to tie the contest at 13-13 late in the third quarter when Ertz and Wentz connected on a 15-yard toss before Dallas took the lead back when Elliott and Dak Prescott connected on a 7-yard TD toss early in the final quarter of play. After the two teams exchanged TDs later in the period and Dallas re-claimed the lead for a second time, Philadelphia marched their way down the field and got as close as Dallas’ 32-yard line when Philadelphia used several laterals to get the ball into the end zone to no avail.

Elliott led all rushers with 151 yards on the ground with the rushing TD as the Cowboys outrushed Philadelphia 171-71 and  Prescott threw for 270 yards and a TD with four sacks, while Wentz threw for 360 yards and the two Ertz catches for scores (Wentz was sacked twice and threw an interception). Dallas was 8 for 16 on third down (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:22, while the Eagles kept the pigskin for 26:38, going 4 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down.

In the week 10 contest in the City of Brotherly Love, the Eagles were favored by 6 and Dallas covered, coming away with the 7-point win. Both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under, tallying 47 in the Sunday night contest at Lincoln Financial Field. In the rematch in the Lone Star State, the Cowboys are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 43. Dallas is looking to prove that the first win was not a fluke, while the Eagles want revenge and keep their playoff hopes alive. Hope stays alive this SUnday. Eagles get revenge and the win, covering the 4 on the road.

Pittsburgh (7-4-1) at Oakland (2-10), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. Pittsburgh, in first place in the AFC North, travels to Oakland to face off against the struggling Raiders in the Black Hole (aka the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) in a late Sunday afternoon contest on the West Coast. Both teams took losses at home in last week’s action.

The Steelers let a 23-7 lead at the half against the Los Angeles Chargers get away from them as Philip Rivers and the Chargers would rally in the final seconds to leave Heinz Field with the 33-30 win Sunday night on a 29-yard field goal by K Michael Badgley as time expired. The Steelers let that lead get away from them as the Chargers would chip away at it in the second, when Rivers and WR Keenan Allen connected on a 10-yard TD toss with 1:43 in the third. Rivers and TE Antonio Gates would then connect on the two-point try to narrow the Steeler lead to 23-15. Pittsburgh’s special teams would fail them as CB Desmond King returned a punt 73 yards to open the scoring in the final quarter and the Chargers would even things up when Rivers and Allen connected on a second two-point conversion.

Los Angeles then took the lead with 8:09 left in the contest when rookie RB Justin Jackson scored from 18 yards out. Pittsburgh would re-tie the contest, using an 12-play, 78-yard drive that took 3:59 when Ben Roethlisberger and rookie WR Jaylen Samuels hooked up on a 10-yard TD pass with 4:10 left in the contest. Los Angeles would use all of the 4:10 that was left, engineering an 11-play, 64-yard drive, burning all of the clock, aided by a pair of offside penalties on Pittsburgh with Badgley booting the game winner as the clock struck :00. Pittsburgh was outrushed by the Chargers 85-65 with Jackson leading all rushers with 63 yards, while James Conner tallied 60 for the Steelers. Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards for the Steelers, while Rivers tallied 299 yards, with both men throwing a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked twice, Roethlisberger sacked once and threw an interception). Pittsburgh in the Sunday night affair in the Steel City went 3 of 10 on third down (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:48, while the Chargers were 6 for 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:12, including the final 4:10 of the contest.

Oakland saw the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes bounce back from their 4-point loss against the Los Angeles Rams as their AFC West/AFL rivals put an end to Oakland’s dwindling playoff hopes last Sunday, taking down the Raiders 40-33 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kansas City led 19-7, then pulled away after the Silver and Black made it a 9-point contest early in the third quarter. Kansas City outrushed their AFC West rival 174-171 and Mahomes threw for 295 yards with four TDs (connecting with TE Travis Kelce on two of them) and no sacks or interceptions, while Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 285 yards with three TDs and three sacks. Kansas City was 6 of 13 on third down (Andy Reid’s Chiefs were successful on fourth down, going 1 of 1) and kept the ball for 29:14, while the Raiders ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:46, going 9 for 12 on third down conversions.

Including games played in Los Angeles and at Three Rivers Stadium, the Raiders lead the series 12-10 and the Silver and Black have been outscored by the Steelers 475-465. Pittsburgh won the last meeting in the series in 2015, coming away with the 38-35 win at Heinz Field, while Oakland’s last win in the series came on the West Coast in 2013 by a final of 21-18. Pittsburgh’s favored by 11 and the over/under’s 51 1/2. Granted, the Raiders are bad… they’re not 11 points bad. Oakland may be out of the post-season but they would like nothing more than to ruin Pittsburgh’s chances to play some extra football come January. Pittsburgh may not cover the 11 but they take the win in Oakland.

Los Angeles Rams (11-1) at Chicago (8-4). 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of first-place teams meet in the Windy City as the Los Angeles Rams travel to Soldier Field for a Sunday night contest with the Chicago Bears.

The Rams clinched their second NFC West title last Sunday in the Motor City, taming the Detroit Lions 30-16 at Ford Field. Los Angeles led from start to finish, taking a 13-3 lead with them to the intermission, then running away from the Lions in the second half, outcoring them 17-13 in the last 30 minutes of action. The Rams outrushed Detroit 149-102 and Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and a pair of TDs to seal the win. Jared Goff threw for 207 yards for Los Angeles, while Matthew Stafford threw for 245 for Detroit (Stafford was sacked four times, Goff was sacked once and each threw a TD pass and an interception). The Rams were 5 for 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:16, while the Lions kept the ball for 31:44, going 2 for 17 on third down tries.

Da Bears rallied late in the final quarter against Eli Manning and the Giants, only to come away with a 30-27 overtime loss at Met Life Stadium last Sunday. Chicago would storm back in the final 15 minutes of action on the road in upstate New Jersey after the Giants took a 10-point lead late in the fourth when Bears K Chris Parkey kicked a 21-yard field with 73 seconds left. Da Bears then got the onside kick and then marched their way downfield, tying the contest as time expired when rookie WR Anthony Miller caught a 1-yard TD pass from RB Tark Cohen to even things at 27-27. New York would win the toss in the overtime and got the ball first, using an 8-play, 49-yard drive that ended when Giants K Aldrick Rosas booted on a 44-yard field goal with 5:57 left in the extra period. Since the Giants kicked a field goal, that did not end the game and allowed Chicago to get the ball back and they did, starting their drive at their 25-yard line and getting as close as their 40-yard before Chris Daniel’s pass attempt to WR Taylor Gabriel was incomplete, ending the game and giving Big Blue the win. The Giants outrushed Da Bears 141-118 and Sequan Barkley led all rushers with 125 yards, while Manning threw for 170 yards and a TD to Odell Beckham Jr., who also threw a TD pass to WR Sterling Shepherd. Daniel threw for 285 yards and a TD in the overtime loss for Da Bears (Daniel was sacked five times and picked off twice, while Manning threw an interception with three sacks). The Giants were 6 of 17 on third down (they were 2 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:13, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 33:58, going 2 for 15 on third down and 4 of 5 on fourth down.

Da Bears lead da series 52-35-3 (which includes games that took place in Cleveland, St. Louis, Anaheim and Wrigley Field) and have outscored Los Angeles 2,101-1,823. Both teams took their last wins in the series in St. Louis; Chicago came away with the 37-13 win in 2015, while the Rams were 42-21 winners in 2013.

Sunday night has not been kind to either club; Da Bears are 16-22, while the Rams are 10-12. However, there’s a lot on the line as far as playoffs and seedings go, so this one’s “DRILL WORHTY!” (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 58 last June and dates a 43-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?”) The Rams are favored by 3 in the Windy City and the over/under’s 52 1/2. There’s a good chance these two teams could very well meet again in the post-season. Da Bears pull off the upset and takes the win in the Windy City, covering the 3.

Minnesota (6-5-1) at Seattle (7-5), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 14 concludes in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as a pair of playoff contenders square off at Century Link Field. Minnesota makes their way to the Pacific Northwest to face off against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Minnesota came to Foxboro to face off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and it was the Pats coming away 24-10 winners at Gillette Stadium. The Purple Gang trailed 10-7 at the half, then were held to a third quarter field goal from Dan Bailey as the home team took the win. New England outrushed Minnesota 160-95 (Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook led all rushers with 84 yards), with James Delvin having a pair of rushing TDs, while Brady threw for 311 yards and a TD with an interception, while Kirk Cousins threw for 201 yards with a TD to WR Adam Thielen (Cousins was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions). Brady and New England was 7 of 14 on third down conversions in Foxboro (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 33:21, while the Vikings held on to the ball for 26:39, going 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Seattle put an end to San Francisco’s playoff hopes die in Seattle as the Seahawks took the 49ers 43-16 at Century Link Field in the Pacific Northwest. The Seahawks led their NFC West foes 20-6 at the intermission, then proceeded to outscore the 49ers 23-13 in the last 30 minutes of action in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and never looked back. Seattle outrushed San Francisco 168-66 and Nate Mullins threw for 414 yards and a pair of TDs to WR Dante Pettis but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Wilson threw for 185 yards with four TDs and no interception (Wilson was sacked three times). San Francisco went 7 of 16 on third down (they were 1 for 2 on fourth down) and the 49ers actually ruled the clock as they held on to the ball for 32:30, while the Seahawks were 4 for 9 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:30.

Seattle lead the series 9-5 (which includes games that were played in Bloomington, the Metrodome and the Kingdome), the Seahawks have outscored Minnesota 374-324 and they have won the last three regular season contests, including taking a 38-7 win in the Twin Cities in 2015, while the Vikings’ last win came in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2009 by a final of 35-9.

Both teams have done reasonably well on Monday night; the Vikings are 29-31 (the Purple Gang won their two contests in last year’s play), while the Seahawks are 23-9, losing to Atlanta in their only MNF contest last year. Seattle’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Pacific Northwest and the over/under’s 45. Both of those numbers make a ton of sense and both teams are playoff contenders. Minnesota wants to put their day in New England behind them, while the Seahawks would love nothing more than to keep things going. You might want to tape “Bull” this week. Seattle covers the 3 1/2 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and takes the win at home.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Baltimore at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Baltimore), 94 (Atlanta); XM: 381 (Baltimore), 232 (Atlanta)

Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 127 (Denver), 108 (Cincinnati); XM: 384 (Denver), 228 (Cincinnati)

Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 82 (Detroit); XM: 380 (Los Angeles Rams), 227 (Detroit)

Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 125 (Arizona), 119 (Green Bay); XM: 383 (Arizona), 229 (Green Bay)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS  and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 103 (Cleveland), 146 (Houston); XM: 387 (Cleveland), 230 (Houston)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Tom McCarthy, Steve Beuerlein; SIRIUS: 106 (Indianapolis), 113 (Jacksonville); XM: 385 (Indianapolis), 231 (Jacksonville)

Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 98 (Buffalo), 111 (Miami); XM: 382 (Buffalo), 233 (Miami)

Chicago at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 83 (New York Giants); XM: 386 (Chicago), 225 (New York Giants)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 105 (Carolina), 81 (Tampa Bay); XM: 388 (Carolina), 226 (Tampa Bay)

Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Kansas City), 82 (Oakland); XM: 390 (Kansas City), 227 (Oakland)

New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 81 (Tennessee); XM: 389 (New York Jets), 226 (Tennessee)

Minnesota at New England, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Minnesota), 82 (New England); XM: 392 (Minnesota), 225 (New England)

San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (San Francisco), 78 (Seattle); XM: 391 (San Francisco), 234 (Seattle)

Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 81 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Pittsburgh); XM: 226 (Los Angeles Chargers), 225 (Pittsburgh)

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 81 (Washington), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 226 (Philadelphia), 225 (Philadelphia)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Baltimore at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Ron Torbert
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Pete Morelli
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Chicago at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.: Shawn Smith
New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.: Jerome Boger
Minnesota at New England, 4:25 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Tony Corrente

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Team in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite           Spread    Underdog           O/U
ATLANTA            –  1      Baltimore          48 1/2
Denver             –  3 1/2  CINCINNATI         42
Indianapolis       –  4      Jacksonville       47
Carolina           –  3 1/2  TAMPA BAY          55 1/2
HOUSTON            –  5 1/2  Cleveland          47 1/2
MIAMI              –  4 1/2  Buffalo            40
Chicago            –  4      NEW YORK GIANTS    44 1/2
LA Rams            – 10      DETROIT            55
GREEN BAY          – 14 1/2  Arizona            44 1/2
Kansas City        – 15      OAKLAND            55 1/2
TENNESSEE          –  8      New York Jets      40 1/2
NEW ENGLAND        –  5      Minnesota          48 1/2
SEATTLE            –  9 1/2  San Francisco      46
PITTSBURGH         –  3 1/2  LA Chargers        51 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite           Spread    Underdog           O/U
PHILADELPHIA       –  6 1/2  Washington         44

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Baltimore at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
DOUBTFUL: QB Joe Flacco (Hip), G James Hurst (Back)
OUT: S Tony Jefferson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Timothy Williams (Illness), RB Alex Collins (Foot)
RB Gus Edwards (Ankle), S Anthony Levine (Ankle), CB Tavon Young (Groin)

Atlanta – Atlanta reported no injuries

Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Denver
OUT: LB Shaquil Barrett (Hip), CB Tramaine Brock (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brandon Marshall (Knee)

Cincinnati
DOUBTFUL: T Cordy Glenn (Back)
OUT: WR Joshua Malone (Hamstring), CB Tony McRae (Concussion)

Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles Rams reported no injuries

Detroit
DOUBTFUL: TE Michael Roberts (Shoulder)
OUT: RB Nick Bellore (Ankle), RB Kerryon Johnson (Knee), WR Brandon Powell (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Bruce Ellington (Back), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Neck)

Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: LB Deone Bucannon (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: S Johnathan Ford (Heel), S Budda Baker (Knee), T DeMarcus Humphries (Knee), LB Haason Reddick (Neck), WR Chad Williams (Ankle)

Green Bay
OUT: S Kentrell Brice (Ankle), RB Latravion Carson (Rib), DE Michael Daniels (Foot), WR Trevor Davis (Hamstring), S Raven Greene (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: T David Bakhtiari (Knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (Groin), WR Randall Cobb (Hamstring), CB Kevin King (Hamstring), G Lane Taylor (Quadricep)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: T Austin Corbett (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: C Joseph Tretter (Ankle)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: WR Key’vantanie Coutee (Hamstring), DE J.J. Watt (Knee)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Mo Alie-Cox (Calf), C Ryan Kelly (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Michael Mitchell (Calf), TE Erik Swoope (Knee), RB Marlon Mack (Concussion), LB Darius Leonard (Shoulder)

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Darrell Chark (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Ankle), CB Jalen Ramsey (Knee), S Cody Davis (Hamstring), CB Willie Herndon (Ankle), DE Lerentee McCray (Hamstring), CB Quenton Meeks (Knee), T Joshua Walker (Foot)

Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: G John Miller (Oblique), QB Derek Anderson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (Hamstring)

Miami
DOUBTFUL: WR Danny Amendola (Knee), C Travis Swanson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Alexander Derby (Foot), WR DeVante Parker (Shoulder)

Chicago at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: RB Benny Cunningham (Ankle), CB Sherrick McManis (Hamstring), QB Mitchell Trubisky (Right Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Akiem Hicks (Achilles)

New York Giants
OUT: TE Evan Engram (Hamstring), LB B.J. Goodson (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Lorenzo Carter (Hip)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Carolina
QUESTIONABLE: WR Devin Funchess (Back)

Tampa Bay
DOUBTFUL: T Demar Dotson (Knee)
OUT: Carlton Davis (Knee), CB Marvin Stewart (Foot), WR DeSean Jackson (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Lavonte David (Knee), S Justin Evans (Toe), CB Brent Grimes (Knee)

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

Kansas City
OUT: wR Sammy Watkins (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S James Berry (Heel)

Oakland
OUT: CB Leon Hall (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Martavis Bryant (Knee), DT Maurice Hurst (Ankle), DE Arden Key (Knee), CB Daryl Worley (Shoulder)

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

New York Jets
OUT: S Marcus Maye (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Robby Anderson (Ankle), QB Sam Darnold (Foot)

Tennessee
OUT: S Dane Cruikshank (Knee), RB David Fluellen (Knee)

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

Minnesota
OUT: WR Chad Beebe (Hamstring), TE David Morgan (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Stefon Diggs (Knee), CB Xavier Rhodes (Hamstring), CB Mackensie Alexander (Knee)

New England
OUT: TE Dwayne Allen (Knee)

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

San Francisco
OUT: WR Marquise Goodwin (Not Injury Related), S Dennis Reed (Heel), WR Pierre Garcon (Knee), S Josh Garnett (Thumb)

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: S Shalom Luani (Quadricep) RB Curtis Madden (Chest)
OUT: RB C.J. Prosise (Abdomen), LB Kenneth Wright (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Shamar Stephen (Foot)

Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: RB Melvin Gordon (Knee), DT Brandon Mebane (Not Injury Related)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Tyrell Williams (Quadricep)

Pittsburgh
DOUBTFUL: S Morgan Burnett (Back)
OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Alvin Dupree (Pectoral)

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Washington
QUESTIONABLE: CB Quinton Dunbar (Shin), LB Zach Brown (Knee), WR Jamison Crowder (Ankle), DE Matthew Ioannidis (Shin), T Morgan Moses (Knee), RB Adrian Peterson (Shoulder), WR David Quinn (Ankle), TE Jordan Reed (Back)

Philadelphia
OUT: LB Jordan Hicks (Calf), CB Avonte Maddox (Ankle), CB Jalen Mills (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Michael Bennett (Foot), RB Darren Sproles (Hamstring)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Baltimore at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 65 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m.: Overcast and windy with a 30 percent chance of snow and 34 degres
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 79 dgrees
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 82 degrees
Chicago at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Overcast with drizzle and 52 degrees
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 82 degrees
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 54 degrees
New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 66 degrees
Minnesota at New England, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast and 56 degrees
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 45 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 55 degrees
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Mostly clear and 47 degrees

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)

As the season enters December and the weather gets a little colder in the East and Midwest, the NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape. With five weeks remaining in the regular season, there are 20 teams currently in or within one game of playoff position, including 11 teams that did not advance to the postseason in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before, which means that even for those teams that haven’t been to the post-season party in a while, there’s still hope.

Two teams that finished in or tied for last place in their division in 2017 – Chicago (NFC North) and Houston (AFC South) – are currently in first place in their respective divisions this season. In 14 of the past 15 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 46 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 23 of them have done so in the past 15 years (2003-17), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.

As the season approaches the home stretch, four teams have an active winning streak of at least five games, led by New Orleans, who has won 10 consecutive games. The Texans, which have won eight straight games after an 0-3 start to the season, are the first team in NFL history to win eight consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start. Chicago and Indianapolis have both won five consecutive games entering Week 13.

Over the past five seasons (2013-17), Pittsburgh (20-3, .870) own the league’s best record in the final month, which also includes regular-season games played in January. Carolina (17-7, .708) has the best mark in the NFC.

TEAM (W-L, PCT.)
Pittsburgh  (20-3, .870)
New England (18-6, .750)
Carolina (17-7, .708)
Kansas City (17-7, .708)
Green Bay 16-7 (.696)

Quarterback play continues to excel across the league, as 13 quarterbacks have a passer rating of at least 100 (minimum 150 attempts) through the first 12 weeks this season, the most in NFL history in the first 12 weeks of a season. Three quarterbacks – New Orleans’ Drew Brees (127.3), Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (117.9) and Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers (115.7) – have a passer rating of at least 115 through Week 12. No season has featured more than one such quarterback through the first 12 weeks of the season.

Nine players have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns through Week 12, tied with the 2002 season for the most in the first 12 weeks of a season in league history. Of those nine, five players are currently in their first or second seasons – the New York Giants’ rookie Saquon Barkley, Carolina’s Christian McCaffery, Pittsburgh’s James Conner, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara and Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt. Three players – the Rams’ Todd Gurley (1,484 scrimmage yards), the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (1,437) and Barkley (1,410) – are on pace to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards this season.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 20 of 31 passes (64.5 percent) for 283 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 115.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 27-13 victory at the New York Jets. Brady has 79,416 career passing yards (including the postseason) and surpassed Peyton Manning (79,279) for the most passing yards in NFL history, including the playoffs.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had 56 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the team’s Week 12 win. Gronkowski, who is 29 years old, has 78 career touchdown receptions, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens (78) for the third-most touchdown catches by a player prior to turning 30 years old in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Randy Moss (101) and Jerry Rice (95) had more career touchdowns prior to the age of 30.

•Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 28 of 29 passes (96.6 percent), including his first 25 pass attempts, for 259 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 138.4 passer rating in the Chargers’ 45-10 victory over Arizona. Rivers’ 25 consecutive completions are the most by a quarterback in a single game in NFL history and are tied with Ryan Tannehill (25 consecutive completions from Weeks 6-7 in 2015) for the most consecutive passes completed at any point in league history. Washington’s Mark Brunell previously held the record for the most consecutive completions to begin a game, completing his first 22 passes against Houston on September 24, 2006.

Rivers’ 96.6 completion percentage is the highest by a quarterback in a single game in league annals (minimum 20 attempts), surpassing the previous high of 92.3 percent (24 of 26 passing) set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner against Jacksonville on September 20, 2009.

•Cleveland rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 258 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 143.9 passer rating in the Browns’ 35-20 victory at Cincinnati. Mayfield, who recorded a 151.2 passer rating in Week 10 and had a bye in Week 11, is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to record a 140+ passer rating in consecutive games (minimum 20 attempts).

Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb rushed for 84 yards with a touchdown and had three catches for 44 yards and a score in the victory. Chubb, who rushed for 176 yards with a touchdown and had a touchdown catch in Week 10, is one of four rookies in NFL history with both a rushing and receiving touchdown in consecutive games, joining Kink Richards of the 1933 New York Giants, Rodney Culver of the 1992 Indianapolis Colts and Saquon Barkley of the 2018 New York Giants.

Barkley, who scored both a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in Week 11, rushed for 101 yards with a score and had a touchdown catch in the Giants’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 12.

•Baltimore rookie running back Gus Edwards rushed for 118 yards, rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson had 178 passing yards and 71 rushing yards and linebacker Terrell Suggs scored on a 43-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Ravens’ 34-17 victory over Oakland. Edwards, who rushed for 115 yards last week, is the sixth undrafted rookie in the common draft era to record at least 100 rushing yards in consecutive games, joining Branden Oliver (2014), Le Garrette Blount (2010), Dominic Rhodes (2001), Fred Lane (1997) and Clark Gaines (1976).

Jackson, who rushed for 119 yards in his first-career start in Week 11, has 190 rushing yards in his first two NFL starts, the most by a quarterback in his first two career starts in the Super Bowl era.

At 36 years, 45 days old, Suggs is the second-oldest player in league history with a fumble-return touchdown of at least 40 yards, trailing only Carolina’s Sam Mills who returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Oilers on November 24,1996 at 37 years, 174 days old.

•Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans had six catches for 116 yards in the Buccaneers’ 27-9 victory over San Francisco. Evans has 1,073 receiving yards this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (six consecutive seasons from 1998-2003) and A.J. Green (five consecutive seasons from 2011-15) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

•Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz had seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 25-22 victory over the New York Giants. Ertz has 84 catches this season, the most by a tight end in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of 81 set by Keith Jackson in 1988.

Ertz has 405 career catches since entering the league in 2013 and joined Jimmy Graham (434 catches), Jason Witten (429) and Antonio Gates (400) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 400 catches in their first six career seasons.

•Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 343 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 109.8 passer rating in the Colts’ 27-24 win over Miami.

Luck has thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight consecutive games, tying Peyton Manning (eight consecutive games in 2004) for the second-longest streak of consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history. Only Tom Brady (10 consecutive games in 2011) had a longer such streak in a single season.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed 22 of 31 passes (71 percent) for 339 yards with two touchdowns, including a game-tying 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver David Moore with 3:26 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Seahawks’ 30-27 victory at Carolina. Wilson, who completed a 43-yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett to set up the game-winning 31-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired in the fourth quarter, has led 22 game-winning drives in the fourth  quarter or overtime in his career, the most in franchise history.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffery rushed for 125 yards with a touchdown and had 11 catches for 112 yards with a score in the Panthers’ loss to Seattle. McCaffrey is the fifth different player since 2000 to have both 100 rushing and receiving yards and score both a rushing and receiving touchdown, joining Arian Foster (October 23, 2011), Brian Westbrook (September 23, 2007), Steven Jackson (December 24, 2006) and Priest Holmes (December 9, 2001 and November 24, 2002). He is the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

Some of week 13’s Sunday highlights…

Cleveland, who defeated Cincinnati 35-20 in Week 12, visit the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium at 1 p.m. on CBS. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is the first rookie in league history to record a passer rating of 140 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) in consecutive games and has completed 73.9 percent of his passes (65 of 88) with nine touchdowns and one interception for a 129.5 passer rating in his past three games. Houston quarterback De Shaun Watson has 24 touchdown passes and seven interceptions for a 110.4 passer rating and 256 rushing yards with two scores in nine career home games. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leads the AFC with 11.5 sacks and is the only player in the NFL with at least 10 sacks and five forced fumbles (five) in 2018. In his last game against Cleveland (November 16, 2014), Watt recorded a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and caught a two-yard touchdown pass in a Houston victory.

Sunday afternoon features an inter-conference showdown between Minnesota and New England at Gillette Stadium at 4:25 p.m. on FOX. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 29 of 38 passes (76.3 percent) for 342 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 129.5 passer rating in the Vikings’ Week 12 win over Green Bay. Cousins is one of three NFL quarterbacks (Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New Orleans’ Drew Brees) with a 70+ completion percentage (71.1), at least 3,000 passing yards (3,289) and a 100+ passer rating (101.9) this season. New England quarterback Tom Brady, who surpassed Peyton Manning (79,279) for the most passing yards in league history (including the postseason) last week, has 578 career touchdown passes (including the playoffs) and needs two touchdown passes to surpass Manning (579) for the most in league annals.

Sunday’s slate closes with a battle of AFC contenders as the Los Angeles Chargers takes on Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Last week, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed his first 25 pass attempts, the most consecutive completions in a single game in NFL history, and finished the game completing 28 of 29 passes (96.6 percent), surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (92.3 percent on 24 of 26 passing on September 20, 2009) for the highest single-game completion percentage in league annals (minimum 20 attempts). Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota completed 95.7 percent of his passes (22 of 23) in Week 12, also surpassing Warner’s previous record.

Rivers and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were selected with fourth and 11th picks, respectively, in the 2004 NFL Draft and meet as starting quarterbacks for the fifth time in their careers with the head-to-head series tied at two wins apiece. Pittsburgh wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster had 13 catches for 189 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown catch, last week. Smith-Schuster, who had a 97-yard touchdown reception as a rookie last season, joins Gus Tinsley (two) and Lamar Miller (two) as the only players in NFL history with two scrimmage touchdowns of at least 97 yards in their careers.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 13
IN THE HUNT: With five weeks remaining in the regular season, there are 20 teams currently in or within one game of playoff position, including 11 teams that did not advance to the postseason in 2017.

Since 2004, 12 teams with a losing record through 11 games have advanced to the postseason. Five teams – Cincinnati (5-6), Denver (5-6), Miami (5-6), Philadelphia (5-6) and Tennessee (5-6) – have a losing record through 11 games and sit within one game of playoff position.

The teams to qualify for the postseason with a losing record after 11 games since 2004:

TEAM (YEAR, RECORD AFTER 11 GAMES)
St. Louis Rams (2004, 5-6)
Washington (2005, 5-6)
Philadelphia (2006, 5-6)
Washington (2007, 5-6)
San Diego Chargers (2008, 4-7)
New York Jets (2009, 5-6)
Seattle (2010, 5-6)
Washington (2012, 5-6)
San Diego Chargers (2013, 5-6)
Carolina (2014, 3-7-1)
Washington (2015, 5-6)
Green Bay (2016, 5-6)

TOUCHDOWN TOM: New England quarterback Tom Brady has 578 touchdown passes (507 regular-season touchdowns and a league-record 71 postseason touchdowns) in his 19-year NFL career.

With two touchdown passes against Minnesota at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on FOX, Brady would surpass Peyton Manning (579 touchdowns) for the most passing touchdowns in NFL history (including the postseason) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (508) for the third-most regular-season touchdown passes in league annals.

The players with the most passing yards and touchdown passes, including the postseason, in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (579)
Tom Brady – New England (578)

The players with the most regular-season touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (539)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (517
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (508)^
Tom Brady – New England (507)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

KANSAS CITY SHUFFLE: Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes ranks third in the league with 3,628 passing yards, while wide receiver Tyreek Hill ranks third in the NFL with 1,106 receiving yards and running back Kareem Hunt ranks fifth in rushing yards (824) this season.

With 176 rushing yards by Hunt, the Chiefs would join the 1996 New England Patriots as the only teams to have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver all at the age of 24 or younger in a single season since 1970.

The teams with a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1000-yard receiver all at the age of 24 or younger in a single season since 1970:

TEAM, SEASON (PLAYER – POSITION)(AGE/YARDS)
New England, 1996
(Drew Bledsoe (QB)(24/4,086 passing yards)
Curtis Martin (RB)(23/1,152 rushing yards)^
Terry Glenn (WR)(22/1,132 receiving yards)

Kansas City, 2018*
Patrick Mahomes (QB) (23/3,628 passing yards)
Kareem Hunt (RB) (23/824 rushing yards)
Tyreek Hill (WR)(24/1,106 receiving yards)

BAKING WITH MAYFIELD: Cleveland rookie quarterback Tyreek Hill completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 258 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 143.9 passer rating in the Browns’ 35-20 victory at Cincinnati last week. Mayfield recorded a 151.2 passer rating in Week 10 and had a bye in Week 11.

Mayfield, who plays at Houston Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, can join Aaron Rodgers (Weeks 7, 9-10 in 2011) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (Weeks 3-5 in 1999) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to record a passer rating of 140 or higher in three consecutive games (minimum 20 attempts). Both Rodgers and Warner were named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with a passer rating of 140 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 140+ PASSER RATING
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (2011 – 3)#
Kurt Warner – St. Louis (1999 – 3)^#
Baker Mayfield – Cleveland (2018 – 2)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

RYAN’S 11: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan leads the NFL with 3,683 passing yards this season and has passed for 45,479 yards in 11 NFL seasons.

With 150 passing yards on Sunday against Baltimore at 1 p.m. on CBS, Ryan can surpass Peyton Manning (45,628) for the most passing yards by a player in their first 11 seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 11 seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM (SEASONS)(PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (1998-2008)(45,628)
Matt Ryan – ATLANTA (2008-2018)(45,479)*
*In 11th season

1,400 FOR JULIO: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones leads the league with 1,305 receiving yards and has recorded at least 1,400 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons.

With 95 receiving yards on Sunday against Baltimore at 1 p.m. on CBS, Jones can become the first player in NFL history to record at least 1,400 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,400+ RECEIVING YARDS)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2002, 4)^
Julio Jones, ATLANTA (2014-17, 4)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 1,305 receiving yards in 2018

THIELEN MIGHTY FINE: Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen leads the league with 93 receptions this season.

With seven catches at New England at 4:25 p.m. on FOX, Thielen can join Rod Smith and Wes Welker as the only undrafted players to record at least 100 receptions in a single season in the common draft era.

The undrafted players with at least 100 receptions in a single season since 1966:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, RECEPTIONS)
Wes Welker, New England (2009, 123)
Wes Welker, New England (2011, 122)
Wes Welker, New England (2012, 118)
Rod Smith, Denver (2001, 113)
Wes Welker, New England (2007, 112)
Wes Welker, New England (2008, 111)
Rod Smith, Denver (2000, 100)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota (2018, 93)*
*Entering Week 13

COOKING WITH BRANDIN: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the team with 964 receiving yards this season.

Cooks, who had 1,173 receiving yards with New Orleans in 2016 and 1,082 receiving yards with New England in 2017, needs 36 yards on Sunday at Detroit at 1 p.m. on FOX to become the first player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 receiving yards with three different teams in three consecutive seasons.

With 36 receiving yards, Cooks can also become the sixth player in league annals to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in a single season for three different franchises during their career.

The players to record 1,000-yard receiving seasons for three-or-more teams in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS
Brandon Marshall – 4 (Denver, Miami, Chicago, New York Jets)
Irving Fryar – 3 (New England, Miami, Philadelphia)
Tony Martin – 3 (San Diego, ATLANTA, Miami)
Randy Moss – 3 (Minnesota, Oakland, New England)^
Terrell Owens – 3 (San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas)^
Brandin Cooks – 2 (New Orleans, New England)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 964 receiving yards with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018

Playoff Scenarios for Week 13

NFC

Los Angeles Rams (10-1) at Detroit (4-7), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Los Angeles clinches NFC West division title with:

1) Los Angeles Rams win OR
2) Seattle loss OR
3) Los Angeles Rams tie + Seattle tie

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

1) Los Angeles Rams tie + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie OR
2) Los Angeles Rams tie + WAS loss + CAR loss OR
3) Los Angeles Rams tie + DAL loss + MIN loss or tie OR
4) Los Angeles Rams tie + DAL loss + CAR loss OR
5) Los Angeles Rams tie + MIN loss or tie + CAR loss

AFC

Kansas City (9-2) at Oakland, Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

1) Kansas City win + Miami loss or tie + Indianapolis loss + Houston loss + Tennessee loss or tie OR
2) Kansas City win + Miami loss or tie + Indianapolis loss + Houston loss or tie + Baltimore loss or tie + Cincinnati loss or tie OR
3) Kansas City win + Miami loss or tie + Indianapolis loss + Houston loss or tie + Baltimore loss + Los Angeles Chargers loss

Week 13 kicked off on Thursday night as New Orleans and Dallas, both winners at home on Thanksgiving, met in Arlington with Dallas winning 13-10 and concludes in the city of Brotherly Love as the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles host Washington on Monday night. All three Sunshine State teams (Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay) are at home this week and there are no more byes for the rest of the season, as Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams return to action from their 105-point slugfest a couple of Monday nights ago. As for last week? Another sub .500 week but it was a lot better than we hoped, as we went 6-9 for the week, 102-70 for the season. Yes, there’s still a lot of football left and with that, we present the Sunday and Monday picks for week 13.

Baltimore (6-5) at ATLANTA (4-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Crabcakes meets Peach pie Sunday afternoon in the Big Peach as the Baltimore Ravens make their way to Atlanta for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Atlanta Falcons.

Baltimore erased a 7-3 first quarter deficit against Oakland last Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Charm City and came away with the 34-17 win over Oakland. The Ravens would go on to lead 13-10 at the intermission, then outscored the Raiders 21-7 in the second half. Ravens RB Gus Edwards ran for 118 yards for the Ravens, as Baltimore outrushed Oakland 242-67, while rookie QB Lamar Jackson (who took over for Joe Flacco) threw for 178 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Derek Carr led the Raiders with 194 yards and a TD but was sacked three times, Jackson was sacked once). Baltimore was 8 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:12, while the Raiders held on to the pigskin for 25:48, going 3 for 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons found themselves on the short end of a 31-17 final against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy Thanksgiving night. The Falcons, who dropped their third contest in a row, trailed from start to finish as the Saints took a 17-3 lead with them to the intermission and never looked back. Atlanta was held to 26 yards on the ground, while the Saints rushed for 150 yards. Ryan did throw for 377 yards with a pair of TDs to Calvin Ridley and Tevin Coleman but was sacked six times and picked off once, while Drew Brees threw for 171 yards and four TDs (Brees was sacked once and threw an interception). New Orleans forced five turnovers in the win and went 5 for 11 on third down tries, holding the ball for 29:01, while Atlanta actually ruled the clock and kept the pigskin to themselves for 30:59, while going 5 of 15 on third down and 4 of 6 on fourth down.

Baltimore leads the series 3-2 and the Ravens have outscored Atlanta 110-76. Baltimore won the last meeting, which took place in 2014, as the Ravens were 29-7 winners in Charm City, while the Falcons’ last win came in the Big Peach by a final of 26-21 in 2010. However… the boys and girls in Vegas like the Falcons as a 1-point favorite in the Big Peach with a 48 1/2 over/under. Both teams want a spot in the post-season party and Jackson will make his first road start. The Falcons are going to make sure that start is not a good one. Atlanta bounces back in the Big Peach and covers the 1.

Denver (5-6) at Cincinnati (5-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV xxx A pair of 5-6 teams looking to make their way into the AFC playoff party meet along the shores of the Ohio River as the Bengals host Denver at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Broncos broke a 10-10 halftime tie with Pittsburgh last Sunday at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, taking a 24-17 win over the Steelers. Denver would go on to outpace Pittsburgh in the second half 14-7 and took the lead for good with 9:17 in regulation when Broncos RB Philip Lindsay scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Lindsay led all rushers with 110 yards and the TD as Denver outrushed Pittsburgh 124-75 and Case Keenum threw for 197 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Emmanuel Sanders on one of the tosses (Keenum was sacked twice but did not throw an interception), while Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for 462 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, the last coming late in the contest that stopped a Steeler drive. Denver was 3 for 11 on third down conversion in the Mile High City and kept the ball for 25 minutes in the late afternoon affair, while the Steelers ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 35 minutes, going 5 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Cincinnati found themselves being taken to task by AFC North and instate rival Cleveland as the Browns took care of the Bengals 35-20 at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati trailed 28-7 at the intermission and could never get things on track at home. While Cincinnati outrushed Cleveland 129-84, Andy Dalton threw for only 100 yards with a TD and an interception before he left the contest with a thumb injury that will have him sidelined for the rest of the season, while Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield burned their instate rivals for 258 yards and four TDs, including a TD toss to Nick Chubb. The Bengals were 4 for 12 on third down (they were 2 for 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:56, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 32:04, going 5 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Denver holds a 21-10 lead in the series and the Broncos have outscored Cincinnati 672-585. They met last year and the Bengals were 20-17 winners in the Mile High City, while Denver’s last win came in Cincinnati in 2016 by a final of 29-17. In the week 11 contest, the Bengals led 13-7 at the intermission at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, then held off Denver in the second half for the road win out west. Denver did outrush Cincinnati 112-49 and Brock Osweiler threw for 254, while Dalton threw for 154 yards (Dalton threw three TDs, connecting with A.J. Green on one of those tosses, Osweiler threw a TD pass; Dalton was sacked twice without an interception, while Osweiler was sacked three times and threw a pick). Despite the loss, Denver went 12 of 21 on third down (the Broncos were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 35:11, while the Bengals were 7 of 15 on third down and clung to the pigskin for 24:49.

Denver was favored by 2 1/2 in the Mile High City week 11 contest and the Bengals covered with the 3-point win and both clubs BARELY missed the 38 over/under by 1. This time around, the Broncos are favored again, this time by 3 1/2 with a 52 over/under. The winner keeps their playoff hopes alive, while the loser will have to work hard to get to the post-season party. Bengals get themselves back on track at home and take the win, covering the 3 1/2.

Los Angeles Rams (10-1) at Detroit (4-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Fresh off their bye week and becoming a part of football history, the Los Angeles Rams make their way to the Motor City to square off against the Detroit Lions.

The Rams return to action after they and Kansas City combined for a season-high 105 points, as they would come away 54-51 winners in Los Angeles two Monday nights ago. The Rams broke a 23-23 tie at the intermission after they trailed 17-16, then took a 23-17 lead before the Chiefs would even things up. The contest with the Chiefs would be a back and forth affair in a contest that had six lead changes (four in the fourth quarter alone) and was the third-highest scoring contest in league history. Los Angeles would eventually take the lead for keeps with 1:49 left in the contest when QB Jared Goff and TE Gerald Everett connected on a 40-yard TD pass for the 3-point lead. Los Angeles would then put an end to a Chiefs drive late in the contest and took the win at home on the West Coast.

The Chiefs did outrush Los Angeles 98-76 (the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 70 yards on the ground, while Todd Gurley had 55) and Goff threw for 413 yards and four passing TDs, tallying the game’s only rushing TD, while Patrick Mahomes threw for 478 yards and six TDs (Mahomes was sacked three times and picked off three, while Goff was sacked five times but did not throw an interception) for Kansas City, who had their four-game win streak come to an end, while the Rams picked up their tenth win in 11 tries. The Rams were 5 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:23, while the Chiefs kept the pigskin for 29:37, going 5 of 10 on third down (both clubs were 1 for 1 on fourth down).

Lions fans had their hearts broken on Thanksgiving again as dropped a 23-16 decision to NFC North foe Chicago at Ford Field last Thursday. Chicago led 9-7 at the half before the Lions would take a 13-9 lead with 95 seconds left in the third when RB LeGarrette Blount would score from four yards out. The Lions would miss the PAT and take the 4-point lead into the final 15 minutes of play in Detroit when RB Tank Cohen and backup QB Chase Daniel (who took over for the injured Mitchell Trubisky) connected on a 14-yard TD toss early in the fourth. Detroit would roar back to even the score as Matt Prater connected on a 20-yard  field goal before Da Bears would take the lead back for good when Matthew Stafford was picked off by CB Eddie Jackson, who returned the ball 41 yard for the TD. Detroit outrushed Chicago 111-38 and Blount led all rushers with 88 yards and a pair of TDs, Stafford threw for 236 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions and Daniel threw for 230 yards with a pair of TDs and four sacks (Daniel did not have an interception) for Chicago. Detroit went 5 of 14 on third down tries (the Lions were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:46, while Da Bears kept the ball for 27:14, going 3 for 10 on third down.

Including games played in Cleveland, at Tiger Stadium, Anaheim Stadium, the Pontiac Silverdome and in St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 43-40-1 and the Rams have outscored Detroit 1,654-1,561. Detroit won the last contest with the Rams, taking 31-28 win in the Motor City in 2016, while the Rams’ last win over the Lions came in 2015 in St. Louis by a final of 21-14. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Rams as 10-point favorites with a 55 over/under. The 55 makes sense; the 10? That’s a bit on the steep side. Lions make this one interesting but the Rams prevail in the Motor City and takes the win.

Arizona (2-9) at Green Bay (4-6-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of struggling teams meet in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst Sunday when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers host the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau. Both clubs inter the Sunday afternoon contest with road losses from last week’s action.

The Desert Angry Birds lost their third contest in a row, falling to Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers 45-10 at Stub Hub Centre. After leading 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Chargers would shut out Arizona in the final 45 minutes of action, scoring all of their points unchallenged. Los Angeles easily outrushed the Cardinals 178-62 and Arizona watched Chargers QB Philip Rivers go 28 for 29 for 259 yards (Rivers completed his first 25 passes of the contest with no interceptions, even though he was sacked four times), while Josh Rosen threw for 105 yards with a TD pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald and was sacked twice and picked off once. Arizona went 4 for 12 on third down tries (they would go 0 for 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 24:42, while the Chargers ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 35:18, going 3 of 7 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Green Bay looks to bounce back and restore some order in the NFC North after they fell to rival Minnesota 24-17 last Sunday  night in the land of 10,000 Lakes. Tied 14-14 at the break after Vikings K Dan Bailey missed a field goal try that would have given Minnesota the lead at halftime, Minnesota pulled away from Green Bay, outscoring the Packers 10-3 in the second half. Green Bay, losing their fourth game in five contests, was outrushed by Minnesota 91-82 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 198 yards with a TD and four sacks, while Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 342 yards and three TDs, connecting with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on two of those tosses, with no interceptions and a pair of sacks. Green Bay was 2 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 25:23, while the Vikings ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:37, going 7 for 14 on third down (both teams failed in their only fourth down try).

Including games played in Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee, the Packers hold a 44-23-4 lead in the series and have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 1,272-946. Arizona won the last regular season meeting, coming away 38-8 winners in the desert in 2015 by a final of 38-8, while Green Bay’s last win came in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst by a final of 31-17 in 2012. Green Bay’s a 14 1/2-point favorite at Lambeau and the over/under’s 44 1/2. 14 1/2? That’s a bit high. The 44 1/2? We can live with that. Arizona’s not 14 1/2 points bad and while the Desert Angry Birds make things interesting, Green Bay gets back on track at Lambeau and takes the win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Cleveland (4-6-1) at Houston (8-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A couple of resurging teams meet in Houston as the first-place Texans host the much-improved Cleveland Browns at NRG Stadium. Both teams come into the contest with wins under their belts in last Sunday’s action.

Cleveland took instate and AFC North rival Cincinnati to the woodshed last Sunday along the shores of the Ohio River, coming away 35-20 winners at Paul Brown Stadium. Cleveland led 28-7 at the intermission and held the Bengals in check, as Cincinnati could never get things on track at home. Cincinnati outrushed Cleveland 129-84, while Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for only 100 yards with a TD and an interception before he left the contest with a thumb injury that will have him sidelined for the rest of the season. Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield burned their instate rivals for 258 yards and four TDs, including a TD toss to Nick Chubb. The Bengals were 4 for 12 on third down (they were 2 for 4 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:56, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 32:04, going 5 of 10 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Houston also found themselves in the winner’s circle last week as they overcame a 10-7 first quarter deficit against Tennessee last Monday night at home and came out 34-17 winners, avenging their week two loss to the Titans in Nashville. The Texans outscored Tennessee 27-7 in the final three quarters of play and took a 24-10 lead with them to the intermission at NRG Stadium. Houston outrushed the Titans 281-105 (Texans RB Lamar Miller led all rushers with 162 yards and a TD), while DeSean Watson threw for 210 yards with a pair of passing TDs and had a rushing TD in the contest. Tennessee was paced by Marcus Mariota, who threw for 303 yards in the loss with a pair of TD tosses for the Titans (Mariota was sacked six times, Watson was sacked four times and neither man threw an interception). Houston went 4 of 11 on third down tries (the Texans were perfect in their only fourth down try) and kept the ball for 29:58, while the Titans, who held on to the ball for 30:02, went 4 for 12 on third down and 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Houston leads the series 8-3, the Texans have outscored Cleveland 183-147 and Houston has won the last four meetings, including taking a 33-17 win last year in the Lone Star State, while Cleveland’s last win came in 2007 along the shores of Lake Erie, as the Browns were 27-17 winners.

They met in week six at NRG Stadium and despite being outscored by Cleveland in the second half 14-9, the Texans led from start to finish and took a 24-3 lead with them to the intermission. While the Browns did outrush Houston 134-123, Watson burned the Browns for 225 yards and three TDs (Watson was sacked once and threw an interception), while Cleveland’s Kevin Hogan threw for 140 yards with a TD, three interceptions and four sacks. Houston went 5 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 29:04, while the Browns ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:56, going 3 for 14 on third down conversions. In the week six contest at NRG Stadium, the Texans were favored by 9 1/2 and covered with the 16-point win and the 50 points combined allowed both teams to cover the 44 over/under. The Texans are favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The Browns are trying to go where they haven’t been in a while and that’s the playoffs, while the Texans want to bring Cleveland back to Earth. Houston covers the 5 1/2 and wins in the Lone Star State.

Indianapolis (6-5) at Jacksonville (3-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. It’s an AFC South rematch as Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts travel to the Sunshine State for a meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars in north Florida.

The Colts rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing 17-14 after three quarters of play against Miami to come away 27-24 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday afternoon. Indy used a pair of Adam Viniateri field goals and a 12-yard TD pass from Luck to TE Eric Ebron to take the win, with the second Viniateri field goal coming as time time expired, using a 7-play, 44-yard drive that used all of the 2:38 that was left in regulation, sending Colts fans home happy. Luck threw for 343 yards and a pair of TDs to go with a sack and a pair of interceptions, while the Colts outrushed Miami 118-113 (Ryan Tannehill threw for 204 yards and a pair of TDs with a sack and no interceptions) in the come from behind win. The Colts were 4 for 12 on third down but struck pay dirt on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and kept the ball for 31:54 (including the final 2:38), while the Dolphins were 4 for 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 28:06.

The struggling Jaguars suffered two losses Sunday in Orchard Park. First, they lost the services of RB Leonard Fournette after he was ejected for a fight against Buffalo as the league suspended him for one game without pay. Fournette then appealed and lost, which meant that the suspension stood. Fournette will be eligible to return to the Jaguars’ active roster on Monday, December 3 following the team’s December 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Then the team’s rally against the Bills fell short as they would lose their seventh in a row 24-21 at New Era Field. Tied 14-14 at the intermission in upstate New York, the teams played a scoreless third quarter before the Bills broke the tie early in the fourth quarter when QB Josh Allen scored from 14 yards away with 14:52 left in regulation to lead 21-14. Bills K Stephen Hauschka would then add a 22-yard field goal to make it a 10-point game with 3:06 left to play. Jacksonville then would rally and make the contest a 3-point game with 80 seconds left to play when QB Blake Bortles and WR Dede Westbrook connected on a 13-yard TD toss. Jacksonville then tried an onside kick that Buffalo recovered, the Bill ran out the clock and took the win. Fournette rushed for 95 yards and a pair of TDs before his ejection and Jacksonville outrushed Buffalo 226-167 (Allen led Buffalo with 99 rushing yards of his own) and Bortles threw for 127 yards, while Allen threw for 160 yards with no interceptions or sacks (Bortles was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions, both men threw a TD pass in the contest). Buffalo went 2 for 10 on third down in upstate New York, holding on to the ball for 27:18, while Jacksonville actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 32:42, going 5 for 13 on third down tries.

They met in the Hoosier State in week 10 and the Colts came away 29-26 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium. In that contest, Luck had his fourth game in a row without a sack as the Colts won their third game in a row, edging their AFC South rivals in the first meeting. Indianapolis would lead 29-16 at the intermission, then held off a late Jaguar rally as Jacksonville would score their 10 second half points unchallenged, holding off a last-second threat that would have at the very least sent the contest into overtime. Jacksonville did manage to outrush the Colts 91-81 and Blake Bortles threw for 320 yards and three TDs with no sacks or interceptions, while Luck threw for 285 yards with a pair of TDs, an interception and no sacks. Both clubs did quite well on third down tries at Lucas Oil Stadium; Jacksonville was 9 of 17 (they were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 35:10, while the Colts were 6 for 11 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 24:50.

Indy covered the 3-point spread with the 3-point win and both clubs covered the 3 46 1/2 over/under, tallying 55 points. In the rematch in north Florida, the Colts are favored again, this time by 4 points with a 47 over/under. The Colts have gotten really hot of late, while the Jaguars are struggling to keep their heads above water. Colts cover the 4 in Jacksonville and takes the road win.

Buffalo (4-7) at Miami (5-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A pair of struggling AFC East rivals meet in the Sunshine State as Buffalo and Miami, both chasing New England, meet at Hard Rock Stadium. The Bills and Dolphins played close contests in last week’s action, with Buffalo coming away with a win in upstate New York, while the Dolphins look to redeem themselves after a last second loss in the Hoosier State.

Buffalo held off a late Jacksonville rally as they would give Jacksonville their seventh loss in a row, coming away 24-21 winners at New Era Field. Tied 14-14 at the intermission in upstate New York, the teams played a scoreless third quarter before the Bills broke the tie early in the fourth quarter when QB Josh Allen scored from 14 yards away with 14:52 left in regulation to lead 21-14. Bills K Stephen Hauschka would then add a 22-yard field goal to make it a 10-point game with 3:06 left to play. Jacksonville then would rally and make the contest a 3-point game with 80 seconds left to play when QB Blake Bortles and WR Dede Westbrook connected on a 13-yard TD toss. Jacksonville then tried an onside kick that Buffalo recovered, the Bill ran out the clock and took the win. Fournette rushed for 95 yards and a pair of TDs before his ejection and Jacksonville outrushed Buffalo 226-167 (Allen led Buffalo with 99 rushing yards of his own) and Bortles threw for 127 yards, while Allen threw for 160 yards with no interceptions or sacks (Bortles was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions, both men threw a TD pass in the contest). Buffalo went 2 for 10 on third down in upstate New York, holding on to the ball for 27:18, while Jacksonville actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 32:42, going 5 for 13 on third down tries.

Miami let a 17-14 after three quarters of play against Indianapolis and Andrew Luck get away from them as the Colts rallied to come away 27-24 winners at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Colts used a pair of Adam Viniateri field goals and a 12-yard TD pass from Luck to TE Eric Ebron to take the win, with the second Viniateri field goal coming as time expired, using a 7-play, 44-yard drive that burned all of the 2:38 that was left in regulation, sending Colts fans home happy. Luck threw for 343 yards and a pair of TDs to go with a sack and a pair of interceptions, while the Colts outrushed Miami 118-113 (Ryan Tannehill threw for 204 yards and a pair of TDs with a sack and no interceptions) in the come from behind win. The Colts were 4 for 12 on third down but struck pay dirt on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and kept the ball for 31:54 (including the final 2:38), while the Dolphins were 4 for 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 28:06.

Miami leads the series 59-44-1 and while the Dolphins have outscored Buffalo 2,221-1,999, the Bills did manage to sweep last year’s series, taking wins in the Sunshine State and in upstate New York (Miami’s last win in the series came in 2016, when they swept that series.)

Their first meeting? Upstate New York in week 15 at Ralph Wilson Stadium and the Bills would come away 24-16 winners in Orchard Park. Buffalo led 21-6 at the intermission, then held off a late Miami rally to seal the win. Buffalo outrushed Miami 116-100 and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards and a TD, while Cutler threw for 274 yards but was sacked three times and picked off three times. Miami on third down went 5 for 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:25, while the Bills, who held on to the ball for 27:35, went 7 of 15 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The Bills made it a sweep of the series in the Sunshine State two weeks later in week 17 in a contest that Buffalo would need to get into the playoffs. Leading 10-0 at the break at Hard Rock Stadium, the Bills would need to hold off a Miami rally and come away 22-16 winners. Buffalo outrushed Miami in the rematch 126-93 and Taylor threw for 204 yards in the win that would send the Bills to the post-season for the first time in a little over two decades. Buffalo was 5 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 31:04, while Miami was 5 of 13 on third down (1 for 3 on fourth down tries) and held on to the ball for 28:56.

In the week 15 contest along the shores of Lake Erie in upstate New York, the Bills won by 8, allowing them to cover the 3 1/2-point spread but both teams missed the 42 over/under by 2. In the rematch in the Sunshine State in week 17 that closed out the regular season, Buffalo was a 3-point favorite and they covered, winning by 6 but as was the case in the first meeting, both clubs missed the over/under, which was 42 1/2.  Miami is the favorite at home in the Sunshine State as a 4 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 40. Buffalo’s looking to win their third in a row over the Dolphins, while Miami wants no part of that plan whatsoever. Miami covers the 4 1/2 and wins at home in the Sunshine State.

Chicago (8-3) at New York Giants (3-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. The first-place Chicago Bears travel to the Meadowlands for an early afternoon contest with Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

Da Bears broke the hearts of Lions fans Thanksgiving afternoon at Ford Field as the Monsters of the Midway left the Motor City with a 23-16 win over NFC North rival Detroit. Chicago led 9-7 at the half before the Lions would take a 13-9 lead with 95 seconds left in the third when RB LeGarrette Blount would score from four yards out. The Lions would miss the PAT and take the 4-point lead into the final 15 minutes of play in Detroit when RB Tank Cohen and backup QB Chase Daniel (who took over for the injured Mitchell Trubisky) connected on a 14-yard TD toss early in the fourth. Detroit would roar back to even the score as Matt Prater connected on a 20-yard  field goal before Da Bears would take the lead back for good when Matthew Stafford was picked off by CB Eddie Jackson, who returned the ball 41 yard for the TD. Detroit outrushed Chicago 111-38 and Blount led all rushers with 88 yards and a pair of TDs, Stafford threw for 236 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions and Daniel threw for 230 yards with a pair of TDs and four sacks (Daniel did not have an interception) for Chicago. Detroit went 5 of 14 on third down tries (the Lions were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:46, while Da Bears kept the ball for 27:14, going 3 for 10 on third down.

Manning and the Giants watched a 19-11 lead against Philadelphia get away from them as the defending Super Bowl champs rallied in the City of Brotherly Love to come away 25-22 winners at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. The Eagles would take control of things in the second half and took home the win with 22 seconds left when K Josh Elliot nailed a 43-yard field goal to break a 22-22 tie. Philadelphia outrushed Big Blue 127-126, with Giants rookie RB Saquan Barkley leading the way with 101 and a TD. Manning threw for 297 yards and a TD pass to Barkley but was sacked twice and picked off once, while Carson Wentz threw for 236 yards and a TD to TE Zach Ertz (Wentz was sacked three times but did not throw an interception). The Eagles were 3 for 11 on third down (they were a perfect 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:38, while the Giants kept the ball for 27:22, going 5 for 12 on third down conversions.

Da Bears lead da series with Big Blue 28-20-2 and Chicago has outscored the Giants 869-692. Big Blue won the last meeting with Chicago, coming away 22-16 winners in the Meadowlands in 2016, while Chicago’s last win came in the Windy City, taking down the Giants 27-21 in 2013 at Solider Field. Chicago’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The Monsters of the Midway would like nothing more than to run the table and win the NFC North, while the Giants need to run the table, win the rest of the way and get some help. Giants fans will have their hearts not just broken… shattered. Da Bears cover the 4 and win in the Meadowlands.

Carolina (6-5) at Tampa Bay (4-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Cam vs. Jameis. The two Heisman winners meet again, this time in the Sunshine State as both teams look to catch up to New Orleans in the NFC South.

Carolina took a 13-10 lead with them to the break against Seattle last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, only to watch the Seahawks leave Charlotte with a 30-27 last-second win. The Panthers watched Seattle take a 17-13 with 6:45 left in the third quarter when QB Russell Wilson and WR Tyler Lockett connected on a 12-yard TD toss. Carolina would take the lead back with 1:41 in the quarter when RB Collin McCaffrey scored from a yard out for a 20-17 lead. Seattle re-tied the contest with 9:27 left when Sebastian Janikowski booted a 30-yard field goal through the uprights for a 20-20 contest.  McCaffery would give Carolina the lead back when he and Newton were part of a 2-yard TD toss with 6:57 left in regulation. After the two teams traded the ball back and forth, Seattle would get the ball with 1:40 left and the Seahawks would use a seven-play, 45-yard drive and all of that 1:40 to put Janikowski in position to give Seattle the win, which he did on a 31-yard field goal try as time expired. Carolina outrushed Seattle 220-75, with McCaffery doing most of the work, leading everyone with 125 yards on the ground, while Newton threw for 256 yards and an interception (Wilson for Seattle threw for 339 yards, both Newton and Wilson threw a pair of TD tosses, Wilson was sacked twice). Carolina was 3 of 8 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:34, while the Seahawks ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 30:26 (including the final 1:41) and went 6 for 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Tampa Bay had a much better time last Sunday at home at Raymond James Stadium, as they took San Francisco to task and came away with the 27-9 win over the 49ers. The Buccaneers led 13-6 at the intermission in the Sunshine State, then took control of things in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring San Francisco 14-3 in that frame of time. While San Francisco did outrush Tampa Bay 148-108 (Matt Breida led all rushers with 106, Winston (who took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick) threw for 312 yards with a pair of TDs, one sack and no interceptions. San Francisco Nate Mullens made his first road start, throwing for 221 yards with a TD with a pair of interceptions and four sacks for the 49ers, who dropped their second game in a row. Tampa Bay went 7 for 13 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 34:09, while the 49ers were a dismal 1 for 8, holding the ball for 25:51.

They met in week nine in the Tar Heel State and Newton and the Panthers were 42-28 winners at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina, in picking up their third win in a row, took a 35-14 lead with them to the intermission against Tampa Bay at Bank of America Stadium and came away 42-28 winners over their NFC South rivals. The Panthers outrushed Tampa Bay 179-82 (Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey led all rushers with 79 yards and a pair of rushing TDs), while Newton threw for 247 yards and a pair of TDs. Carolina, who sacked Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (243 yards, four TDs, two interceptions) four times, went 4 for 10 on third down (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 31 minutes, while the Buccaneers kept the ball for 29 minutes, going 5 for 12 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Carolina’s 14-point win allowed the Panthers to cover the 6 1/2-point spread and both teams took care of the 54 over/under with 70 points. Carolina’s favored again, this time by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 55 1/2. History seems to have a way of repeating itself and that doesn’t bode well for Tampa Bay. For Carolina, if one win is good, then another’s better. Carolina covers the 3 1/2 on the road and takes the win.

Kansas City (9-2) at Oakland (2-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. Forget the records. It’s football’s answer to the Hatfields and the McCoys. The Capulets vs. the Montagues. The Crips vs. the Bloods. Dogs vs. Cats. They don’t like each other. They’re not exactly Facebook friends either. A pair of AFC West/AFL rivals meet on the other side of San Francisco Bay as the first place Chiefs travel to Oakland to square off against Oakland.

Kansas City, in first place in the AFC West, comes back after their bye week and after combining with the Los Angeles Rams   for a season-high 105 points, falling short by a final of 54-51 in Los Angeles two Monday nights ago. The Rams broke a 23-23 tie at the intermission after they trailed 17-16, then took a 23-17 lead before the Chiefs would even things up. The contest with the Chiefs would be a back and forth affair in a contest that had six lead changes (four in the fourth quarter alone) and was the third-highest scoring contest in league history. Los Angeles would eventually take the lead for keeps with 1:49 left in the contest when QB Jared Goff and TE Gerald Everett connected on a 40-yard TD pass for the 3-point lead. Los Angeles would then put an end to a Chiefs drive late in the contest and took the win at home on the West Coast.

The Chiefs did outrush Los Angeles 98-76 (the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 70 yards on the ground, while Todd Gurley had 55) and Goff threw for 413 yards and four passing TDs, tallying the game’s only rushing TD, while Patrick Mahomes threw for 478 yards and six TDs (Mahomes was sacked three times and picked off three, while Goff was sacked five times but did not throw an interception) for Kansas City, who had their four-game win streak come to an end, while the Rams picked up their tenth win in 11 tries. The Rams were 5 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:23, while the Chiefs kept the pigskin for 29:37, going 5 of 10 on third down (both clubs were 1 for 1 on fourth down).

Oakland let a 7-3 first quarter lead against Baltimore get away from them last Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Charm City and it would be the Ravens that came away with the 34-17 win over Oakland. Oakland trailed  13-10 at the intermission, then was outscored 21-7 in the second half. Ravens RB Gus Edwards ran for 118 yards for the Ravens, as Baltimore outrushed Oakland 242-67, while rookie QB Lamar Jackson (who took over for Joe Flacco) threw for 178 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Derek Carr led the Raiders with 194 yards and a TD but was sacked three times, Jackson was sacked once). Baltimore was 8 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 34:12, while the Raiders held on to the pigskin for 25:48, going 3 for 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in Los Angeles and Dallas when the Chiefs were known as the Texans and the Chiefs would play their home games at Swope Field, the Chiefs hold a 61-52-2 lead in the series and have outscored the Silver and Black 2,421-2,217. The two clubs split last year’s meetings, with each winning at home.

They met in week seven on the West Coast and the Raiders needed to rally to take a 31-30 win at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kansas City led 20-14 at the break before the Silver and Black rallied in the final 30 minutes of action, outscoring the Chiefs 17-10 in that time frame, with the Raiders taking the lead with :00 left on the clock when WR Michael Crabtree and QB Derek Carr connected on a 2-yard TD strike. Kansas City outrushed Oakland 94-88, with Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 87 yards in the contest, while Carr threw for 417 yards (Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 342 yards, each man threw three TDs without an interception and Smith was sacked once) in the last second win. The Raiders were 6 of 13 on third down tries (Oakland was 1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:24, while the Chiefs actually ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 30:36, going 8 for 15 on third down conversions.

Kansas City would get revenge at home in week 14, shutting out Oakland for the first 45 minutes of play at Arrowhead and came away 26-15 winners in the rematch. The Chiefs led 16-0 at the half and took a 26-0 lead into the final quarter before Oakland would end the shutout bid, scoring their lone points unchallenged. Once again, the Chiefs outrushed Oakland, this time tallying 165 yards on the ground to Oakland’s 70, with Hunt leading the way with 116 yards, while Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch had 61 (both men had a rushing TD in the contest). Smith would throw for 268 yard for the Chiefs, while Carr threw for 211 yards for the Raiders (Carr had a pair of interceptions with three sacks, while Smith was sacked four times with a pick). Both clubs were 5 for 13 on third down (the Raiders were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Chiefs ruled the clock again, keeping the ball for 36:40 to Oakland’s 23:20.

In the week seven contest on the West Coast, Kansas City was a 3-point favorite and the Raiders would win but only by a point. Both teams took care of the 47 over/under, tallying 61 points in the meeting. In the second contest in week 14 in the Show-Me-State, the Chiefs covered the 4-point spread with their 11-point win but the 47 1/2 over/under was untouched as both clubs merged for 41 points. The oddsmakers like the Chiefs as a 15-point favorite on the West Coast with a 55 1/2 over/under. The 55 1/2? That makes sense. The 15-point spread? What were they thinking? Granted, the Raiders are bad but they’re not 15 points bad. Still, the Silver and Black will make things harder for the Chiefs but Kansas City takes the win on the West Coast.

New York Jets (3-8) at Tennessee (5-6), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. The New York Jets make their way to the Music City for a late-afternoon contest in Nashville, taking on Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans at Nisssan Stadium. Both teams took losses in their contests in last week’s play.

GangGreen found themselves on the short end of a 27-13 loss to AFC East rival New England last Sunday at Met Life Stadium in the Meadowlands. Tied 10-10 at the break, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! watched Tom Brady and the Pats pull away from them in the second half last Sunday afternoon, outscoring them 17-3 in that frame of time. New England outrushed GangGreen 215-74 and Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel looked like his former self when played at Georgia, rushing for 133 yards and a TD, while Brady was Brady, throwing for 283 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with favorite targets Josh Edelman and Rob Gronkowski on both tosses. New York’s Josh McCown threw for 276 yards with a TD toss to Jevon Kearse but was sacked twice and picked off once. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 6 for 14 on third down tries (GangGreen was 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:34, while New England ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 34:26, while going 5 for 12 on third down and 1 for 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee watched Houston overcome a 10-7 first quarter deficit against last Monday night at home as the Texans came out 34-17 winners, avenging their week two loss to the Titans in Nashville. The Texans outscored Tennessee 27-7 in the final three quarters of play and took a 24-10 lead with them to the intermission at NRG Stadium. Houston outrushed the Titans 281-105 (Texans RB Lamar Miller led all rushers with 162 yards and a TD), while DeSean Watson threw for 210 yards with a pair of passing TDs and had a rushing TD in the contest. Tennessee was paced by Marcus Mariota, who threw for 303 yards in the loss with with a pair of TD tosses for the Titans (Mariota was sacked six times, Watson was sacked four times and neither man threw an interception). Houston went 4 of 11 on third down tries (the Texans were perfect in their only fourth down try) and kept the ball for 29:58, while the Titans, who held on to the ball for 30:02, went 4 for 12 on third down and 0 for 2 on fourth down.

Including games that were played when the Jets played at Shea Stadium and were known as the Titans and Tennessee played their home games in Houston and were known as the Oilers, the Titans lead series 23-19-1 and have outscored the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 1,005-912. GangGreen has won the last two meetings, coming away 30-8 winners in the Meadowlands in 2015, while Tennessee’s last win came in 2013 in Nashville by a final of 38-13. Tennessee’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 40 1/2. If nothing else, you can at least get that Christmas shopping done, because GangGreen’s been struggling a bit. Titans bounce back from the loss in Houston and covers the 8 in Nashville.

Minnesota (6-4-1) at New England (8-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. A pair of playoff contenders meet in western Massachusetts as Minnesota travels to Foxboro for a late afternoon contest with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Vikings, sitting in second in the NFC North, held off divisonal rival Green Bay 24-17 last Sunday night in the land of 10,000 Lakes. Tied 14-14 at the break after Vikings K Dan Bailey missed a field goal try that would have given Minnesota the lead at halftime, Minnesota pulled away from Green Bay, outscoring the Packers 10-3 in the second half. Green Bay, dropping their fourth game in five contests, was outrushed by Minnesota 91-82 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 198 yards with a TD and four sacks, while Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins threw for 342 yards and three TDs, connecting with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on two of those tosses, with no interceptions and a pair of sacks. Green Bay was 2 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 25:23, while the Vikings ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:37, going 7 for 14 on third down (both teams failed in their only fourth down try).

New England went to the Meadowlands last Sunday against the New York Jets and Brady and the Pats would leave Met Life Stadium with a 27-13 win. Tied 10-10 at the break, Brady and the Pats pulled away from the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in the second half last Sunday afternoon, outscoring them 17-3 in that frame of time. New England outrushed GangGreen 215-74 and Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel looked like his former self when played at Georgia, rushing for 133 yards and a TD, while Brady was Brady, throwing for 283 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with favorite targets Josh Edelman and Rob Gronkowski on both tosses. New York’s Josh McCown threw for 276 yards with a TD toss to Jevon Kearse but was sacked twice and picked off once. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 6 for 14 on third down tries (GangGreen was 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:34, while New England ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 34:26, while going 5 for 12 on third down and 1 for 1 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 8-4, which includes contests that were played at Fenway Park, Metropolitan Stadium and the Metrodome, the Pats have outscored Minnesota 260-244 and they have won the last four meetings, including a 30-7 win in the Twin Cities in 2014, while Minnesota’s last win over the Pats came in Foxboro in 2000 by a final of 21-13. The Pats are favored by 5 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. It’s possible that these two could make the post-season and could meet in Atlanta for the Lombardi. New England may not cover the 5 but they’ll win in Foxboro.

San Francisco (2-9) at Seattle (6-5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as San Francisco makes it way up I-5 for an late afternoon (Eastern time) showdown with the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field.

San Francisco was taken to task by Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Tampa Bay coming away with the 27-9 win over the 49ers. The Buccaneers led the 49ers 13-6 at the intermission in the Sunshine State, then took control of things in the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring San Francisco 14-3 in that frame of time. While San Francisco did outrush Tampa Bay 148-108 (Matt Breida led all rushers with 106, Winston (who took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick) threw for 312 yards with a pair of TDs, one sack and no interceptions. San Francisco Nate Mullens made his first road start, throwing for 221 yards with a TD with a pair of interceptions and four sacks for the 49ers, who dropped their second game in a row. Tampa Bay went 7 for 13 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 34:09, while the 49ers were a dismal 1 for 8, holding the ball for 25:51.

Seattle trailed Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 13-10 at the break last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, then rallied late in the contest to come away with the 30-27 last-second win. Seattle would take a 17-13 with 6:45 left in the third quarter when QB Russell Wilson and WR Tyler Lockett connected on a 12-yard TD toss. Carolina responded in kind, taking the lead back with 1:41 in the quarter when RB Collin McCaffrey scored from a yard out for a 20-17 lead. Seattle then went on to tie the contest with 9:27 left when Sebastian Janikowski booted a 30-yard field goal through the uprights for a 20-20 contest. McCaffery would give Carolina the lead back when he and Newton were part of a 2-yard TD toss with 6:57 left in regulation. After the two teams traded the ball back and forth, Seattle would get the ball with 1:40 left and the Seahawks would use a seven-play, 45-yard drive and all of that 1:40 to put Janikowski in position to give Seattle the win, which he did on a 31-yard field goal try as time expired. Carolina outrushed Seattle 220-75, with McCaffery doing most of the work, leading everyone with 125 yards on the ground, while Newton threw for 256 yards and an interception (Wilson for Seattle threw for 339 yards, both Newton and Wilson threw a pair of TD tosses, Wilson was sacked twice). Carolina was 3 of 8 on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (they were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:34, while the Seahawks ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 30:26 (including the final 1:41) and went 6 for 14 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Seattle leads the series 23-15, which includes games played at the Kingdome and Candlestick Park, the Seahawks have outscored San Francisco 894-669 and they have won nine of the last ten meetings with the 49ers (Seattle swept the series last year; the 49ers’ last win in the series came in 2013, when they took a 19-13 win at Candlestick Park).

Round one… week two in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. Seattle broke a 6-6 tie at the intermission and came away with the 12-9 win at Century Link Field. The contest was a field goal affair as Blair Walsh and Robbie Gould would account for all of the scoring until 7:06 of the fourth quarter, when Seattle’s Paul Richardson would score the game’s only TD, catching a 9-yard pass from Wilson. San Francisco outrushed Seattle 159-131, with 49ers RB Carlos Hyde leading all rushers with 124 yards (Seattle’s Chris Carson had 93 yards on 20 carries). Wilson threw for 198 yards and the lone TD strike (he was sacked three times but did not throw an interception) for Seattle, while San Francisco’s Blaine Hoyer threw for 99 yards with a pair of sacks and an interception. Seattle went 8 for 19 on third down (the Seahawks were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:58, while the 49ers kept the pigskin for 23:02, going 2 for 12 on third down.

Seattle then made their way down I-5 to Santa Clara and made it a clean sweep in their week 12 rematch at Levis Stadium, coming away 24-13 winners. After a scoreless first quarter, the Seahawks led 7-3 at the half and outscored San Francisco 17-14 in the final 30 minutes of action. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier in the second meeting but Seattle did outrush San Francisco 90-84 and Wilson threw for 228 yards and a pair of TDs, while C.J. Beathard threw for 201 yards with an interception for the 49ers before he was replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo. Seattle went 5 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 29:31, while the 49ers ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 30:29 and went 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week two contest in the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks were 13 1/2-point favorites and won by only 3 and neither club covered the 48 1/2 over/under with 21 points. In the week 12 contest at Santa Clara, Seattle was favored by 6 1/2 and the Seahawks covered, winning by 11. The 42 over/under stayed intact, as both clubs would merge to score 37 points. The odds makers like the Seahawks in this first meeting as 9 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 46. We won’t blame you at all if you were to watch that “Grumpy Cat Movie” on Lifetime this week and take a pass on this one. Seattle may not cover the 9 1/2 but they take the win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) at Pittsburgh (7-3-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Philip Rivers vs. Ben Roethlisberger. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Steel City in a Sunday night prime-time affair as Pittsburgh hosts the Los Angeles Chargers at Heniz Field.

While picking up their seventh win in eight games, the Chargers handed Arizona their third contest in a row, as Rivers and the Chargers took care of the Cardinals falling to Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers 45-10 at Stub Hub Centre. Los Angeles erased a 10-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter, then shut out Arizona in the final 45 minutes of action, scoring all of their points unchallenged. Los Angeles easily outrushed the Cardinals 178-62 and Arizona watched Rivers go 28 for 29 for 259 yards (Rivers completed his first 25 passes of the contest with no interceptions, even though he was sacked four times), while Josh Rosen threw for 105 yards with a TD pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald and was sacked twice and picked off once. Arizona went 4 for 12 on third down tries (they would go 0 for 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 24:42, while the Chargers ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 35:18, going 3 of 7 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh saw Denver break a 10-10 halftime tie last Sunday at Broncos Stadium at Mile High and watched the home team come away with the 24-17 win over the Steelers. Pittsburgh was then outpaced by Denver in the second half 14-7 and Denver took the lead for good with 9:17 in regulation when Broncos RB Philip Lindsay scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Lindsay led all rushers with 110 yards and the TD as Denver outrushed Pittsburgh 124-75 and Case Keenum threw for 197 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Emmanuel Sanders on one of the tosses (Keenum was sacked twice but did not throw an interception), while Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for 462 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, the last coming late in the contest that stopped a Steeler drive that would have re-tied the contest. Denver was 3 for 11 on third down conversion in the Mile High City and kept the ball for 25 minutes in the late afternoon affair, while the Steelers ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 35 minutes, going 5 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Steelers lead the series 22-7 and have outscored the Bolts 743-525 (including contests that were played in San Diego and at Three Rivers Stadium). Pittsburgh won the last meeting, coming away 24-20 winners at Qualcomm in 2015, while the Chargers’ last win came in the Steel City by a final of 34-24 in 2012. Pittsburgh’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Steel City and the over/under’s 51 1/2. Both numbers sound pretty good, which makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 58 last June and dates a 43-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?”)

As far as prime time goes, the Steelers are 28-20 (Pittsburgh played three SNF games last year and won all three), while the Chargers are 16-18 (their last appearance in prime time came in 2014 and they took a loss). There’s a good chance these two teams could very well meet in the post-season again. The Steelers are looking to bounce back from their loss in Denver, while the Bolts are looking to keep things going and catch up to the Chiefs in the AFC West. Chargers make this one somewhat close but Pittsburgh prevails and covers the 3 1/2 in the Steel City.

Washington (6-5) at Philadelphia (5-6), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 13 closes out in the city of Brotherly Love as a pair of NFC East rivals meet at Lincoln Financial Field. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host Washington in a Monday night contest that could decide their playoff futures.

Washington wound up tied for first in the NFC East after their 31-23 loss to Dallas at AT&T Stadium last Thursday afternoon, Washington trailed 10-7 at the intermission, then watched Dallas outpace Washington 21-16 in the second half to avenge a three-point loss at Landover a few weeks earlier. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 121 yards and a TD as Dallas outrushed Washington 146-80 and Dak Prescott threw for 289 yards and a pair of TDs to Amari Cooper, while Washington’s Colt McCoy threw for 268 yards with a pair of TDs and three interceptions. Dallas went 6 for 14 on third down (the Cowboys were 0 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:23, while the Redskins kept the ball for 26:37, going 4 for 11 on third down conversions in the Thursday afternoon contest.

The defending Super Bowl champs erased a 19-11 deficit at the intermission against Eli Manning and the New York Giants and completed the sweep in their series, taking a 25-22 win at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. The Eagles would take control of things in the second half and took home the win with 22 seconds left when K Josh Elliot nailed a 43-yard field goal to break a 22-22 tie. Philadelphia outrushed Big Blue 127-126, with Giants rookie RB Saquan Barkley leading the way with 101 and a TD. Manning threw for 297 yards and a TD pass to Barkley but was sacked twice and picked off once, while Carson Wentz threw for 236 yards and a TD to TE Zach Ertz (Wentz was sacked three times but did not throw an interception). The Eagles were 3 for 11 on third down (they were a perfect 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:38, while the Giants kept the ball for 27:22, going 5 for 12 on third down conversions.

Including games that were played in Boston when the Redskins were known as the Boston Braves and the teams played games at RFK Stadium, Veterans Stadium and JFK Stadium, the Redskins lead the series 85-75-5, while the Eagles have outscored Washington 3,466-3,295. The defending Super Bowl champs swept the series last year, picking up wins in the City of Brotherly Love and in Landover, while Washington’s last win came in 2016, when they took a 27-22 win to complete the sweep in that series.

Contest one was right off the bat in week one in Landover and the Eagles took care of Washington 30-17. Philadelphia led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, held on to a slim 16-14 lead at the break, then outscored Washington 14-3 in the second half to take the win. While Washington won the rushing battle with the Eagles 64-58, Carson Wentz did manage to throw for 307 yards and a pair of TDs, while Kirk Cousins threw for 240 yards and a TD (Wentz was sacked once, Cousins was sacked four times, each man threw an interception). The Eagles went 8 for 14 on third down in Landover and kept the ball for 34:16, while Washington kept the pigskin for 25:44, while 3 for 11 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Philadelphia pulled off the sweep in week seven at Lincoln Financial Field, erasing a 3-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter and taking a 34-24 win in the process. The Eagles led 17-10 at the intermission and never looked back, outpacing Washington 17-14 in the last 30 minutes of play in the City of Brotherly Love. Wentz (268 yards) and Cousins (303 yards) combined for seven TD passes (Wentz with four, Cousins with three; Wentz was sacked three times, Cousins sacked four with each throwing an interception) while the Eagles outrushed Washington 127-75 in the win in Philly. The Eagles were 50 percent on third down conversions, going 6 for 12 and kept the ball for 29:45, while the Redskins ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 30:15, going 4 for 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week one contest in Landover, the Redskins were favored by 1 1/2 and Philadelphia’s 13-point allowed them to easily cover the spread. Both teams BARELY missed the 48 over/under, scoring 47 points. In the week seven contest at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles’ 10-point win covered the 5-point spread and this time, both clubs covered the 48 1/2 over/under, tallying 58 points. For this one, the defending champions are favored at home by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. Given their histories, those numbers are reasonable. As far as their all-time MNF records go, the Eagles have the better numbers, coming in at 34-27 and Philadelphia played and won two contests last year, while the Redskins are 28-42 and went 0 for 2 last year. This one may not be as exciting as the Chiefs/Rams game two weeks ago but there’s still something on the line here. The winner gets to stay a little closer to Dallas in the NFC East, while the loser will find themselves in a somewhat large hole. Go ahead and tape “Magnum, PI” and “Bull” this Monday. Fly Eagles Fly! Eagles take this one but expect Washington to make it closer than 6 1/2.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 99 (Oakland), 94 (Baltimore); XM: 381 (Oakland), 230 (Baltimore)

Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 127 (Jacksonville), 108 (Buffalo); XM: 384 (Jacksonville), 228 (Buffalo)

Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (Seattle), 83 (Carolina); XM: 380 (Seattle), 225 (Carolina)

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 106 (Cleveland), 119 (Cincinnati); XM: 383 (Cleveland), 229 (Cincinnati)

New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (New England), 82 (New York Jets); XM: 385 (New England), 227 (New York Jets)

New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giants), 81 (Philadelphia); XM: 382 (New York Giants), 226 (Philadelphia)

San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Megan Olivi (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 125 (San Francisco), 105 (Tampa Bay); XM: 386 (San Francisco), 231 (Tampa Bay)

Arizona at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter);
SIRIUS: 136 (Arizona), 83 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 388 (Arizona), 225 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Pittsburgh at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 146 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Denver); XM: 387 (Pittsburgh), 227 (Denver)

Miami at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians, Melanie Collins (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 103 (Miami), 81 (Indianapolis); XM: 389 (Miami), 226 (Indianapolis)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 226 (Green Bay), 225 (Minnesota)

Tennessee at Houston, 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (Field reporter);
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, John Clayton; SIRIUS: 81 (Tennessee), 83 (Houston); XM: 226 (Tennessee), 225 (Houston)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Arizona at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Pittsburgh at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Miami at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Tennessee at Houston, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Craig Wrolstad

Sunday and Monday Odds

Sunday’s Games (Home team listed in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite        Spread   Underdog         O/U
Jacksonville    –  3     BUFFALO          37 1/2
BALTIMORE       – 10 1/2 Oakland          42 1/2
TAMPA BAY       –  3 1/2 San Francisico   55
PHILADELPHIA    –  6     New York Giants  46
CINCINNATI      –  3     Cleveland        47 1/2
New England     –  9 1/2 NEW YORK JETS    46
CAROLINA        –  3 1/2 Seattle          47 1/2
INDIANAPOLIS    –  9 1/2 Miami            50 1/2
LA CHARGERS     – 12     Arizona          45
Pittsburgh      –  3     DENVER           47
MINNESOTA       –  3 1/2 Green Bay        48

Monday’s Game
Favorite        Spread   Underdog         O/U
HOUSTON         – 6 1/2  Tennessee        41 1/2

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: WR Martavis Bryant (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Leon Hall (Back), WR Jordy Nelson (Knee)

Baltimore
OUT: QB Joe Flacco (Hip), G James Hurst (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Alex Collins (Foot), LB Anthony Levine (Ankle), CB Tavon Young (Groin), G Alexander Lewis (Shoulder), LB Timothy Williams (Ankle)

Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Darrell Chark (Quadricep), DE Lerentee McCray (Hamstring), CB Quenton Meeks (Knee), G Josh Walker (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Marcell Dareus (Back), DT Eli Ankou (Calf), G Aaron Cann (Hamstring)

Buffalo
DOUBTFUL: TE Charles Clay (Hamstring)
OUT: QB Derek Anderson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Shaq Lawson (Elbow), C Russell Bodine (Shoulder), CB Taron Johnson (Shoulder), DE Trent Murphy (Knee)

Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: LB Kenneth Wright (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Doug Baldwin (Groin)

Carolina
DOUBTFUL: WR Devin Funchess (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: WR James Smith (Knee)

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

New England
OUT: TE Dwayne Allen (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Tom Brady (Knee), TE Rob Gronkowski (Ankle), G Shaquille Mason (Calf), RB Sony Michel (Knee)

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: G James Carpenter (Shoulder), S Marcus Maye (Thumb)
OUT: QB Sam Darnold (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Robby Anderson (Ankle), LB Brandon Copeland (Elbow)

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: C Joseph Tretter (Ankle), TE David Njoku (Knee)

Cincinnati
OUT: WR Josh Malone (Hamstring), LB Nicholas Vigil (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR A.J. Green (Toe), CB D’Andre Kirkpatrick (Shoulder), T Cordy Glenn (Back)

New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: DE Kerry Wynn (Concussion)

Philadelphia
OUT: LB Jordan Hicks (Calf), CB Sidney Jones (Hamstring), CB Avonte Maddox (Knee), CB Jalen Mills (Foot), RB Darren Sproles (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Rasul Douglas (Knee)

San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: WR Pierre Garcon (Knee), G Joshua Garnett (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Reuben Foster (Hamstring)

Tampa Bay
OUT: LB Lavonte David (Knee), S Justin Evans (Toe), CB Marvin Stewart (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: C Ryan Jensen (Hamstring), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Knee), DE Vincent Curry (Ankle), WR DeSean Jackson (Thumb), RB Ronald Jones (Hamstring), S Jordan Whitehead (Concussion), LB Garrison Sanborn (Knee)

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

Arizona
OUT: LB Deone Bucannon (Chest), S Johnathan Ford (Heel), T DeMarcus Humphries (Knee), WR Chad Williams (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Iupati (Back), S Budda Baker (Knee), K Philip Dawson (Right Hip), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf), DT Corey Peters (Heel), TE John Phillips (Knee), DT Olsen Pierre (Ankle)

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: DT Brandon Mebane (Not Injury Related), RB Melvin Gordon (Hamstring), WR Tyrell Williams (Quadricep)

Miami at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m.

Miami
OUT: WR Jakeem Grant (Achilles)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Hamstring), TE Alexander Derby (Foot), T Ja’Wuan James (Knee), G Theodore Larsen (Neck), S Tim McDonald (Knee), WR DeVante Parker (Shoulder)

Indianapolis
OUT: TE Ryan Hewitt (Ankle), C Ryan Kelly (Knee), TE Erik Swoope (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mo Alie-Cox (Calf)

Pittsburgh at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (Knee), DE Stephon Tuitt (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: G Matt Feiler (Pectoral)

Denver
OUT: LB Brandon Marshall (Knee), S Dymonte Thomas (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bradley Roby (Concussion)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.

Green Bay
DOUBTFUL: S Raven Greene (Ankle)
OUT: DE Michael Daniels (Foot), LB Nicholas Perry (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bashaud Breeland (Groin), S Kentrell Brice (Ankle), CB Kevin King (Hamstring), G Lucas Patrick (Concussion), RB Latravion Carson (Rib), WR Randall Cobb (Hamstring), TE Jimmy Graham (Knee)

Minnesota
OUT: WR Chad Beebe (Hamstring), LB Benjamin Gedeon (Concussion), TE David Morgan (Knee), S Andrew Sendejo (Groin)

Tennessee at Houston, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Tennessee
OUT: RB David Fluellen (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Taywan Taylor (Foot)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: LB Duke Ejiofor (Shoulder), G Zachery Fulton (Shoulder), G Senio Kelemete (Ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Oakland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 54 degrees
Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 41 degrees
Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 58 degrees
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 57 degrees
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 52 degrees
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 53 degrees
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 77 degrees
Arizona at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 72 degrees
Pittsburgh at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 42 degrees
Miami at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.: Game indoors
Tennessee at Houston, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Game indoors

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)

While most of America are in shopping malls and making those Christmas list, there is still football to be played on Sunday and Monday. While three games are in the books, 12 more will take the stage on Sunday and Monday. There’s still football to be played and nothing’s been decided as far as a playoff spot or divisional title goes, so even teams like Cleveland have a chance to either make the post-season or have a say as to who does.

As the saying goes, “on any given Sunday…” That was the gospel last week as those teams that weren’t expected to win won. The first six games from last Sunday were decided by four points or less, so to say that things were close is a huge undestatement.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, made his first-career start on Sunday and is the fifth rookie quarterback selected in the first round of the 2018 Draft to start a game this season, joining Arizona’s Josh Rosen, Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and the New York Jets’ Sam Darnold.

This is the first season in NFL history in which five rookie quarterbacks selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft have started at least one game.

•New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 363 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 153.2 passer rating in the Saints’ 48-7 victory over Philadelphia. Brees has 23 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, including two this season, surpassing New England’s Tom Brady (22) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.

•Houston, led by rookie safety Justin Reid’s 101-yard interception-return touchdown in the second quarter, defeated Washington, 23-21, at FedExField. The Texans are the first team since 1970 to win seven consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start to a season.

Reid’s 101-yard interception-return touchdown is tied for the second-longest interception-return touchdown by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Pete Barnum’s 103-yard return for the Columbus Tigers in the team’s victory over the Canton Bulldogs on September 26, 1926.

Reid is the third player in franchise history with a 100+ yard touchdown, joining Andre Davis (104-yard kickoff-return touchdown vs. Jacksonville on December 30, 2007) and Marcus Coleman (102-yard interception-return touchdown at Kansas City on September 26, 2004).

•New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 17 of 18 passes (94.4 percent) for 231 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 155.8 passer rating and rookie running back Saquon Barkley had 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the team’s 38-35 victory over Tampa Bay.

Manning’s 94.4 completion percentage ties Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (94.4 percent on November 13, 1977) and Craig Morton (94.4 percent on September 27, 1981) for the third-highest in a single game in NFL history (minimum 15 attempts). Only Alex Smith (94.7 percent on October 29, 2012) and Ryan Tannehill (94.7 percent on October 25, 2015) have recorded higher completion percentages in a single game (minimum 15 attempts).

Barkley has 1,268 scrimmage yards (728 rushing, 540 receiving) and 10 touchdowns (seven rushing, three receiving) in his first 10 career games. Barkley is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in their first 10 games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk and Ezekiel Elliott, Adrian Peterson and Billy Sims.

•Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 23 of 29 passes (79.3 percent) for 297 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 143.8 passer rating in the Colts’ 38-10 victory over Tennessee.

Luck has thrown at least three touchdown passes in seven consecutive games, the third-longest streak in a single season in NFL history. Only Tom Brady (10 consecutive games in 2007) and Peyton Manning (eight consecutive games in 2004) have longer such streaks in a single season. Both Brady and Manning were named Associated Press Most Valuable Players in those seasons.

Luck has 161 touchdown passes in 80 career games and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marinno (182 touchdown passes) and Aaron Rodgers (160) as the only players in league history with at least 160 touchdown passes in their first 80 career games.

•Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson recorded 267 total yards (150 passing, 117 rushing) in his first-career start and rookie running back Gus Edwards rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 24-21 victory over Cincinnati.

Jackson and Edwards, who each recorded their first-career games with 100+ rushing yards, are the first pair of rookie quarterback and rookie running back teammates to rush for at least 100 yards each in a single game in NFL history.

On the team’s opening drive, Baltimore rushed 11 times without attempting a pass, punctuated by a seven-yard touchdown run by running back Alex Collins. Baltimore became the third team since 1999 to score a touchdown on an opening drive that featured at least 10 rushing plays without a pass attempt, joining the St. Louis Rams (December 27, 2004 vs. Philadelphia) and the Oakland Raiders (November 9, 2003 vs. New York Jets).

•Other notable performances from Sunday include:

◦Washington running back Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns in the Redskins’ loss to Houston.

Peterson has 105 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Riggins (104) for the sixth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history. The five players with more career rushing touchdowns are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Emmitt Smith (164), La Dainian Tomlinson (145), Marcus Allen (123), Walter Payton (110) and Jim Brown (106).

Peterson has 26 career games with two or more rushing touchdowns, the fourth-most such games in league annals, trailing only Tomlinson (38), Smith (36) and Brown (27).

◦Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott had 201 scrimmage yards (122 rushing, 79 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the Cowboys’ 22-19 victory at Atlanta.

Elliott, who has 4,540 scrimmage yards and 32 touchdowns in 35 career games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (4,731 scrimmage yards, 38 touchdowns) and Edgerrin James (4,842 scrimmage yards, 38 touchdowns) as the only players in NFL history with at least 4,500 scrimmage yards and 30 touchdowns in their first 35 career games in NFL history.

◦Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 401 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 91.3 passer rating in the Chargers’ loss against Denver.

Rivers has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of the Chargers’ first 10 games of the season and is the sixth quarterback in league history with two or more touchdown passes in each of his team’s first 10 games to start a season, joining Aaron Rodgers (13 consecutive games in 2011), Peyton Manning (13 in 2004), Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (12 in 1959), Tom Brady (10 in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marinno (10 in 1984). Four of the previous five quarterbacks to accomplish the feat – Brady, Manning, Marino and Rodgers – were named Associated Press Most Valuable Player in those seasons.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 12

TOP PASSER: New England quarterback Tom Brady has 79,133 passing yards and 576 touchdown passes in 300 career games, including the postseason.

Brady, who faces the New York Jets Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, needs 147 passing yards and four touchdown passes to surpass Peyton Manning (79,279 passing yards and 579 touchdown passes) for the most passing yards and touchdown passes in NFL history, including the postseason.

The players with the most passing yards and touchdown passes, including the postseason, in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (PASSING YARDS; PASSING TOUCHDOWNS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (79,279; 579)
Tom Brady – New England (79,133; 576)

CONSISTENT COLTS: The Indianapolis Colts rank second in the NFL with only 10 sacks allowed this season and have not given up a sack in five consecutive games.

On Sunday against Miami at 4:25 p.m. on CBS, the Colts can become the fourth team to allow zero sacks in six consecutive games within a single season since 1963 when team sacks became an official statistic.

The teams with the most consecutive games without allowing a sack in a season since 1963:

TEAM, SEASON (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITHOUT ALLOWING A SACK)

Miami, 1988 (12)
Washington , 1991 (8)
Miami, 1989 (7)
Indianapolis, 2018 (5)*
*Active streak

SACK MASTERS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers recorded a sack in Week 11 and has 158.5 sacks during his 17-year NFL career.

With two sacks on Sunday against Seattle at 1 p.m. on FOX, Peppers would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Kevin Green (160 sacks) for the third-most sacks since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER – TEAMS (CAREER SACKS)
Bruce Smith – Buffalo and Washington (200)^
Reggie White – Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina (198)^
Kevin Green – Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (158.5)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROLLING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ties for third in the AFC with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown for at least 25 touchdowns in 10 consecutive seasons.

Rivers, who faces Arizona on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on FOX, needs two touchdown passes to tie Drew Brees (11 consecutive seasons) for the second-longest streak of seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in league annals.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis (1998-2010, 13)
Drew Brees – New Orleans (2006-16, 11)
Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers (2008-17, 10)*
*Active streak

NORTH STAR: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown 26 touchdowns against zero interceptions for a 115.6 passer rating in his past 10 games against the NFC North.

Rodgers, who plays at Minnesota on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on NBC, needs three touchdown passes without an interception to have the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception by a player against any division since 2002.

The players with the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception against any division since 2002:

PLAYER, TEAM VS. DIVISION (SEASONS, TOUCHDOWNS)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. NFC North (2013-15, 28)
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. NFC North (2009-14, 28)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. NFC North (2016-present, 26)*
*Active streak

TOUCHDOWN BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown ties for the league-lead with 11 touchdown receptions in 2018 and has recorded at least one touchdown catch in eight consecutive games.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday at Denver at 4:25 p.m. on CBS, Brown would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (nine consecutive games in 1963) and A.J. GREEN (nine consecutive games in 2012) for the third-longest streak of games with a touchdown catch within a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, CONSECUTIVE GAMES)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1987, 12)^
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Los Angeles Rams (1951, 10)^
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (2012, 9)
Lance Alworth, San Diego (1963, 9)^
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2018, 8)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

MAGIC MIKE: Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evansleads the Buccaneers with 957 receiving yards this season.

Evans, who plays against San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, can join Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (six consecutive seasons) and A.J. Green (five consecutive seasons) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards to begin their careers:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE 1,000+ REC. YARD SEASONS TO BEGIN CAREER)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (1998-2003, 6)^
A.J. Green, Cincinnati (2011-15, 5)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay (2014-17, 4)*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 957 receiving yards in fifth season

Byes in week 12? Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams are the last two teams that will have byes in the 2018 campaign. Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, the New York Jets and San Francisco return to action this week. Last week was probably our worst. week. ever, going 4-9 for the week. For the year? 96-61. If it was time to have a bad week, it would be last week. As for the Rams? while they have a bye, they can win the NFC West if Carolina and Cam Newton defeats the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte on Sunday afternoon.

Week 12 got underway on Thanksgiving Day as there were three games on the docket that day with Chicago, Dallas and New Orleans taking wins and ends in the Lone Star State as a pair of AFC South rivals meet in Houston when the Texans host Tennessee at NRG Stadium.

While the rest of America gets their Christmas shopping started, here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week 12.

Oakland (2-8) at Baltimore (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The Silver and Black travel to the East Coast for an early morning contest (10 a.m. in Oakland) to square off against the Baltimore Ravens in Charm City. Both clubs are coming off big close wins in last week’s contest.

Oakland erased a 21-20 deficit late in their contest at Arizona last Sunday to come away 23-21 last-second winners in Glendale. Tied 14-14 at the intermission, the Raiders would take a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter before the Desert Angry Birds would reclaim it in the fourth when QB Josh Rosen and All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 5:02 left in regulation. After the team traded the ball late in the fourth, Oakland would get it back with 1:53 left after Arizona punted the ball to them. Oakland would then use all of that 1:53 to move their way down the field to set up the game-winning kick by Dan Carlson from 35 yards out as the clock struck :00. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 137 yards as the Cardinals barely outrushed Oakland 154-152 and Derek Carr threw for 192 yards with four sacks, while Rosen threw for 136 yards for Arizona with a sack and a pair of interceptions (both threw a pair of TDs, with Rosen connecting with Fitzgerald on both tosses). Oakland went 5 for 15 on third down and kept the ball for 36:01 (including the final 1:53 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds went 3 for 11 on third down, holding on to the ball for 23:59 (neither team had a fourth down try).

Baltimore gave the Cincinnati Bengals their third loss in their last four games as Ravens’ K Jeff Tucker broke a 21-21 tie with a 24-yard field goal with 8:12 left in the contest to take a 24-21 AFC North win in Charm City last Sunday. Baltimore led 13-6 at the half, then the Bengals took a 14-13 lead with 11:46 left in the third quarter when QB Andy Dalton and TE Matt Lengel connected on a 4-yard toss. Dalton would then connect with WR John Ross to take their lead to 21-13 with 5:45 left in the quarter. Baltimore would then tie the contest with 63 seconds left in the third when rookie RB Gus Edwards scored from 11 yards out and then scored on the two-point conversion to tie the contest. Tucker would then give the Ravens the lead back for keeps with the field goal and Baltimore would hold off the Bengals the rest of the contest to take the win. Edwards ran for 115 yards for the Ravens, while rookie QB Lamar Jackson (who took over for the injured Joe Flacco) led all rushers with 117 yards and threw for 150. Baltimore outrushed Cincinnati 265-48 and Dalton threw for 211 yards with the pair of TDs in the AFC North contest. The Bengals went 6 of 14 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 21:51, while the Ravens would be ball hogs and keep the ball for 38:09, going 8 for 16 on third down (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Baltimore leads the series 7-3 and the Ravens have outscored the Silver and Black 267-175. Baltimore last win came last year in Oakland by a final of 30-17, while Oakland’s last win came in 2016 in Charm City, as the Raiders came away 28-27 winners.

They met in week five on the Eastern side of San Francisco Bay and the Ravens led from start to finish, taking a 24-10 lead at the intermssion. Baltimore outrushed Oakland 143-108 and Flacco threw for 222 yards, while Oakland’s Eric Manuel threw for 159 yards and a TD to Michael Crabtree but was sacked three times (neither man threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down (Baltimore at 7 of 14, Oakland 6 of 12) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

In the week five West Coast contest, the Raiders were favored by 2 1/2 and the Ravens covered, winning by 13 and both teams took care of the 39 over/under, tallying 47 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Ravens as 10 1/2-point favorites in Charm City with a 42 1/2 Over/under. The 42 1/2? It’s reasonable. The 10 1/2? Sounds likes someone spiked the egg nog. Baltimore wins this one but expect the Raiders to make it somewhat closer than the 10 1/2.

Jacksonville (3-7) at Buffalo (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC teams that met in the Sunshine State in last year’s Wild Card game meet again in upstate New York as the Jacksonville Jaguars meet Buffalo in an early afternoon contest along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Jaguars watched Pittsburgh erase a 16-6 lead after three quarters as the Steelers scored 14 fourth quarter points unchalleged to take a 20-16 win out of TIAA Stadium last Sunday. Jacksonville led 9-0 at the break, thanks to three Josh Lambo field goals, then got a 2-yard run from RB Leonard Fournette in the third quarter to round out the scoring. It would be the last time that Jacksonville would see the scoreboard as Pittsburgh would chip away at the lead with 2:28 left as Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and TE Vance McDonald connected on an 11-yard TD strike to make it a 16-13 contest. Roethlisberger would later take matters into his own hands and feet as he would score on a 1-yard run with 5 seconds left. After the play was reviewed and confirmed, Jacksonville would get the ball back and had the ball at their 25-yard line but could not get set up for what would have been the game-winning score when Blake Bortles was sacked by T.J. Watt to end the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Pittsburgh 179-26 and Fournette led all rushers with 95 yards and Bortles throwing for 104 yards with six sacks, while Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Antonio Brown on the other toss) and was picked off three times and sacked twice. Pittsburgh was 3 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 22:20, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 37:40, going 6 for 18 on third down (the Steelers were 0 for 2 on fourth down).

Buffalo led the New York Jets 31-3 at Met Life Stadium two Sundays ago and took their AFC East rivals from upstate New York to the woodshed, coming out on top 41-10 to break their four-game losing streak. Bills backup QB Matt Barkley burned GangGreen for 232 yards and a pair of TDs, while Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy ran for 113 yards and a pair of rushing TDs in the lopsided contest. Buffalo outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 212-83, while Josh McCown threw for 135 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions (Barkley was sacked once but did not throw an interception). GangGreen was 1 for 12 on third down tries (they were 2 for 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 20:38, while the Bills ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:22, while they went 8 of 16 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Bills lead the series 8-6 and Buffalo has outscored Jacksonville 314-299. The Bills came away 28-21 winners in upstate New York in 2016, while Jacksonville’s last win in regular season play came on the other side of the Atlantic as they would win 34-31 in London.

They did meet in the AFC Wild Card game in Jacksonville’s Everbank Stadium (now TIAA Stadium) and the Jaguars, the defending AFC South champs, came away 10-3 winners. Tied 3-3 at the break, thanks to field goals from Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka and Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo, Jacksonville’s Ben Koyack would score the only TD in the contest when he and Blake Bortles connected on a 1-yard toss late in the third quarter. Jacksonville would then hold off a late Bills rally that would have given them the win to take back to upstate New York. Jacksonville outrushed Buffalo 155-130 and while Bortles threw for only 87 yards with a sack and no interceptions, he led all rushers with 88 yards (LeSean McCoy led Buffalo with 75). Buffalo was 7 of 18 on third down and actually ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 32:37, while the Jagauars kept the pigskin for 27:23, while going 2 for 12 on third down (both teams were 1 for 1 on fourth down).

In the Wild Card contest, while the Jaguars were favored by 8, they would wind up winning by 7. As for the 39 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, like a bad piece of Christmas fruitcake, as both teams merged for 13 ponits. Jacksonville’s favored again in upstate New York, this time by 3 and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Both numbers are reasonsable and both are looking to go back to the post-season party. Buffalo broke their four-game losing streak in the Meadowlands, while the Jaguars look to break their six-game losing streak. Jaguars put their losing streak out of their misery and takes the win in upstate New York, covering the 3.

Seattle (5-5) at Carolina (6-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. Cam Newton and the Panthers welcome Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks as the two NFC foes meet in the Tar Heel State.

Seattle survived a late Green Bay scare last Thursday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks to take a 27-24 win over the Packers at Century Link Field. The Seahawks trailed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 21-17 at the half and after a scoreless third quarter, Seattle would reclaim the lead, scoring 10 fourth quarter points without a challenge. Seattle outrushed Green Bay 173-48, while Wilson threw for 225 yards and Rodgers threw for 332 (Rodgers was sacked five times, Wilson was sacked three; both men threw a pair of TD passes with no interceptions). Seattle went 6 of 15 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 34:18 (including the final 4:11 of the game; Seattle went 2 for 2 on fourth down), while the Packers were 3 for 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 25:42.

Detroit survived a scare from Newton and Carolina, as the Panthers dropped a 20-19 decision at Ford Field last Sunday. Leading 10-7 at the half, Detroit survived a late fourth quarter rally by the Panthers, as Carolina outscored Detroit 12-10 in the last 30 minutes of play, holding off a two-point conversion by Newton that would have given the Panthers the lead. Neither club breached the 100-yard mark in the contest but Detroit outrushed Carolina 94-56 and Detroit’s Matthew  Stafford threw for 220 yards and a TD to WR Kenny Golladay, while Newton threw for 357 yards and three TDs, connecting with Greg Olson on one of those tosses (Newton was sacked three times and threw and interception, while Stafford was sacked once). Detroit went 4 for 12 on third down tries in the Motor City and held the ball for 31:40, while the Panthers kept the ball for 28:20, going 5 for 11 on third down.

Seattle leads the series 6-3 and the Seahawks have outscored Carolina 171-132. Seattle won the last meeting, taking a 40-7 win in 2016 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, while Carolina’s last win came in 2015 in the Pacific Northwest by a final of 27-23. Carolina’s favored by 3 1/2 at Bank of America Stadium and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Both clubs are trying to earn playoff spots and catch New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC South and West, respectively. Carolina’s lost their last two contests and would like a win at home to right their ship and the same can be said for Seattle. Carolina’s finer at home and covers the 3 1/2 in the Tar Heel State.

Cleveland (3-6-1) at Cincinnati (5-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 701. A pair of Buckeye State and AFC North rivals meet along the shores of the Ohio River as the Cincinnati Bengals host Cleveland at Paul Brown Stadium. While the Browns are coming off their bye week, the Bengals return home after a road loss in Baltimore.

Cleveland returns from their bye after the Browns gave Gregg Williams take his first win as interim head coach by beating Atlanta 28-16 at FirstEnergy Field. Atlanta led 10-7 with 5:04 left before the intermission after Ryan and WR Julio Jones connected on a 1-yard TD toss, In surpassing their win total from 2017 (0) Cleveland would take the lead back and for keeps when RB Nick Chubb and rookie QB Baker Mayfield connected on a 13-yard toss with 55 seconds left to take a 14-10 lead with them to the intermission. Mayfield, who completed his first 13 pass attempts, was not finished as he would connect with RB Duke Johnson on an 11-yard TD toss late in the third quarter. Chubb would not be outdone, as the Falcons thought they had the Browns pinned deep in their territory after a punt. Such was not the case, as Chubb would dash his way into history with the longest rush by a Browns RB since 1952, scampering 92 yards for the score that would all but put things out of reach for Atlanta.

The Falcons would have two more chances to score and eventually did, when Ryan and TE Austin Hooper connected on a 3-yard pass with 4:24 left in regulation. Atlanta then went for the 2-point conversion but Cleveland was successful in stopping the try. Atlanta found themselves outrushed 211-71 with Chubb doing the majority of the damage, leading all rushers with 176 yards on 20 carries. Ryan outpaced the rookie Mayfield, throwing for 330 yards and the two TD tosses, while Mayfield threw for 216 yards with three TDs (neither man threw an interception and Ryan was sacked twice). Atlanta was 5 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down conversions and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 31:23, while Cleveland kept the pigskin for 28:37, going 4 for 8 on third down.

The Bengals dropped their third game out of four as they watched Baltimore K Jeff Tucker break a 21-21 tie with 8:12 left in the contest to fall 24-21 in Charm City last Sunday. Cincinnati trailed 13-6 at the half, then took a 14-13 lead with 11:46 left in the third quarter when QB Andy Dalton and TE Matt Lengel connected on a 4-yard toss. Dalton would then connect with WR John Ross to take their lead to 21-13 with 5:45 left in the quarter. Baltimore would then tie the contest with 63 seconds left in the third when rookie RB Gus Edwards scored from 11 yards out and then scored on the two-point conversion to tie the contest. Tucker would then give the Ravens the lead back for keeps with the field goal and Baltimore would hold off the Bengals the rest of the contest to take the win. Edwards ran for 115 yards for the Ravens, while rookie QB Lamar Jackson (who took over for the injured Joe Flacco) led all rushers with 117 yards and threw for 150. Baltimore outrushed Cincinnati 265-48 and Dalton threw for 211 yards with the pair of TDs in the AFC North contest. The Bengals went 6 of 14 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 21:51, while the Ravens would be ball hogs and keep the ball for 38:09, going 8 for 16 on third down (both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down).

Cincinnati leads the series 50-39 (which includes contests that were played at Riverfront Stadium and Cleveland Munincipal Stadium), the Bengals have outscored Cleveland 1,948-1,745 and the Bengals have won the last seven meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win? A 24-3 win in Cincinnati in 2014).

Meeting one… week four in Cleveland at First Energy Field. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bengals went on to score all 31 of their points unchalleged as tney took down Cleveland 31-7. Cincinnati was never threatened in the contest and led 21-0 at the intermission, giving up Cleveland’s only points in the fourth quarter when Browns RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out with 1:54 left in the contest. Cincinnati outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards with four TDs and no interceptions, while Cleveland’s DeShaun Kizer threw for 118 yards with an interception and a sack (Dalton was sacked three times). The Bengals were 6 for 11 on third down and held on to the ball for 35:02, while the Browns held the pigskin for 24:58, going 5 for 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

That was round one.

Round two… week 12 at Paul Brown Stadium and for the Bengals it was second verse, same as the first. Cincinanti came away 30-16 winners along the shores of the Ohio River on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Cincinnati led 16-3 at the break, then proceeded to floor the gas, outscoring the winless Browns 14-10 in the final 30 minutes of action at home. Cleveland did have a better time of it offensively, outrushed their downstate neighbors 169-152 (Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon led all rushers with 114 yards and a TD) and Kizer threw for 268 yards, while Dalton threw for 214 yards with a pair of TDs (neither man threw an interception, Kizer was sacked three times, Dalton was sacked once). The Bengals went 4 for 10 on third down tries and once again ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:32, while the Browns were 6 of 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down and they would keep the pigskin for 29:28.

In the week four contest along the shore of Lake Erie, Cincinnati, who was favored, easily covered the 3-point spread, winning by 24 but the  40 over/under was barely missed, as both teams merged for 38 points. In the week 12 contest on the shores of the Ohio River, the Bengals were favored by 8 1/2 and they covered with their 14-point win. This time around, the two teams did cover the over/under (which was 38) by scoring 46 points. Cincinnati’s the darlings of the odds makers in Vegas and they’re favored by 3 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Browns are coming off a huge win over Atlanta at home, while Cincinnati’s trying to right their ship in the AFC North. Cleveland’s bubble is about to get popped. Bengals cover the 3 and win at home at Paul Brown.

New England (7-3) at New York Jets (3-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of AFC East rivals coming off byes meet in the Meadowlands as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots make their way to upstate New Jersey for an afternoon contest at Met Life Stadium with the New York Jets.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel became the second former player/coach under Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck to beat their former mentor (Detroit’s Matt Patrica was the other) to beat their mentor this season, as Tennessee took care of Tom Brady and New England 34-10 at Nissan Stadium last Sunday. The Titans led 24-10 at the half, then shutout New England in the final 30 minutes of action in the Music City to take the win. Tennessee outrushed New England 150-40 and kept Brady out of the TD column (Brady threw for 254 yards with no sacks or interceptions), while Mariota threw for 228 yards with a pair of TDs and a pair of sacks. Tennessee went 5 for 12 on third down and held on to the ball for 32:57, while the Pats were 3 for 15 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 27:03.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! trailed Buffalo 31-3 at Met Life Stadium two Sundays ago and fell to their AFC East rivals from upstate New York 41-10. Bills backup QB Matt Barkley burned GangGreen for 232 yards and a pair of TDs, while Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy ran for 113 yards and a pair of rushing TDs in the lopsided contest. Buffalo outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 212-83, while Josh McCown threw for 135 yards with three sacks and a pair of interceptions (Barkley was sacked once but did not throw an interception). GangGreen was 1 for 12 on third down tries (they were 2 for 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 20:38, while the Bills ruled the clock and kept the ball for 39:22, while they went 8 of 16 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 61-53-1, which includes games that were played at Shea Stadium, Fenway Park and Schafer Stadium and the Jets were known as the Titans, the Pats have outscored GangGreen 2,629-2,393 and New England has won the last four contests in the series, including a sweep of last year’s series (New York’s last win came in 2015 in the Meadowlands, when they would need overtime to come away 26-20 winners).

Week six at Met Life… round one. New England broke a 14-14 tie at the intermission and came away 24-17 winners in the Meadowlands. The Pats would hold off a late Jets rally in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Brady threw for 257 yards with a pair of TDs to TE Rob Gronkowski, while Josh McCown also had a pair of TD passes to go with 354 yards of passing (McCown was sacked four times and threw a pair of interceptions, while Brady threw a pack but was not sacked). Both clubs did reasonably well on third down tries in upstate New Jersey (New England went 7 for 13, GangGreen was 9 of 17 and went 1 of 3 on fourth down) and the J-E-T-s! JETS! JETS! JETS! ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:40 to New England’s 26:20.

New England made it a clean sweep in Foxboro in week 17 as both teams closed out the regular season at Gillette Stadium with the Pats coming away 26-6 winners. New England led 21-3 at the intermission and took control of things in the second half, holding GangGreen to a Chris Catanzaro field and sealing New York’s fate when Bryce Petty was sacked in the endzone for a safety in the fourth quarter. New England outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 147-40 and Brady threw for 190 yards and a pair of TDs (Petty was sacked four times, including the sack for a safety, while Brady was sacked twice; neither man threw an interception). As good as they were in the first meeting on third downs, both clubs struggled in the season finale in Foxboro (GangGreen was a dismal 0 for 12, while New England wasn’t much better, going 4 for 15; both clubs were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and this time, New England ruled the clock and kept the ball for 34:49 to New York’s 25:11.

In the week six contest in the Meadowlands, New England was favored by 9 1/2 but won by only 7 and the 47 1/2 over/under stayed in tact, as both teams combined for only 41 points. In the season finale in Foxboro, New England easily covered the W 15-point spread, winning by 20. The 45 over/under? It was untouched, with both teams scoring 32 points. The odds makers like New England as a 9 1/2-point favorite with a 46 over/under. While GangGreen’s struggled of late, they’re not 9 1/2 points bad. They’ll give New England a fight but the Pats prevail in upstate New Jersey.

New York Giants (3-7) at Philadelphia (4-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of NFC East foes meet in the City of Brotherly Love as the New York Giants travel to Lincoln Financial Field for a date with Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl champs.

Big Blue gave Tampa Bay their third loss in a row after Eli and the Giants went on to hold off the Buccaneers 38-35 in the Meadowlands last Sunday. The Giants led 24-14 after three quarters of play (they led 14-7 at the half) before the Buccaneers would go on to rule the fourth quarter, outscoring the Giants 21-14 in the period. Tampa Bay would make the contest a 3-point affair with 2:22 left in regulation when Jameis Winston (who will start against San Francisco) and Mike Evans connected on a 41-yard TD toss. The Bucs then went for the onside kick, the Giants recovered and put an end to Tampa Bay’s hopes for a win. Winston, who took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick (167 yards, three interceptions) threw for 199 yards and a pair of TDs. New York outrushed Tampa Bay 163-151, with Sequan Barkley rushing for 142 yards and a pair of TDs, while Tampa Bay’s Peyton Barber tallying 106 yards and a rushing TD. Tampa Bay went 6 for 9 on third down and 1 for 2 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:07, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 27:53, going 4 for 9 on third down.

The defending Super Bowl champs were taken to task by New Orleans in the Big Easy 48-7 at the Superdome, suffering the worst loss by a defending Super Bowl champ in the modern era. Philadelphia trailed 24-7 at the half and then Eagles fans watched helplessly as the Saints proceeded to shutout Philadelphia 24-0 in the final 30 minutes of play. New Orleans easily outrushed Philadelphia 173-58 and Saints RB Mark Ingram ran for 103 yards and a pair of TDs, while Brees threw for 363 yards with four TDs, no sacks or interceptions. The Saints defense made life less than enjoyable for Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who threw for 156 yards with three sacks and three interceptions in the lopsided affair. New Orleans went 6 for 11 on third down (the Saints were 1 for 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:34, while the Eagles were 3 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 22:26.

They met in the Meadowlands in week six and the Eagles would come away 34-16 winners. The defending Super Bowl champs led 31- 6 at the intermission and never looked back to seal the road win. There were two bright spot for the Giants. Spot number one? They outrushed Philadelphia 147-108 (Sequan Barkley led all rushers with 130 yards and a TD) and Manning threw for 281 yards, while Wentz threw for 278 yards with three TDs (two to Alshon Jeffery, Manning was sacked four times and threw an interception, while Wentz was sacked once without a pick). Philadelphia was 9 for 16 on third down at Met Life Stadium and kept the ball for 32:30, while Big Blue held the ball for 27:30, going 4 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week six contest, Philadelphia’s 21-point Thursday night win in the Meadowlands allowed them to easily cover the 3-point spread and the 47 combined points allowed both clubs to cover the 44 over/under. Philly’s favored by 6 in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 46. The Giants are trying to keep their heads above water, while the Eagles are trying to erase the bad taste of a 41-point loss to New Orleans out of their mouths. FLY EAGLES FLY! The champs bounce back at home and cover the 6.

San Francisco (2-8) at Tampa Bay (3-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of struggling last-place teams meet in the Sunshine State as Tampa Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium.

San Francisco watched the New York Giants end a five-game losing streak as their guests would take a 27-23 come-from-behind win over the 49ers two Monday nights ago at Levis’ Stadium. New York trailed 13-10 at the break, then proceeded to chip away at the deficit and came away with the win when Manning and WR Sterling Shepard connected on a 3-yard TD toss with 53 seconds left in the contest, erasing a 23-20 deficit. San Francisco outrushed Big Blue 124-97 with 49ers RB Matt Breida led all rushers with 101 yards and a TD, while Giants RB Sequan Barkley ran for 67 yards in the contest. Manning threw for 188 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Odell Beckham, Jr. on two of the passes as well as Shepard’s game-winner, while San Francisco’s Nate Mullens threw for 250 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions (Manning was sacked once without an interception). The Giants were 5 of 12 on third down tries in the Monday night West Coast contest and kept the ball for 25:46, while the 49ers kept the ball for 34:14, going 8 for 13 on third down tries (neither club had a fourth down attempt).

Tampa Bay lost their third contest in a row after their 38-35 loss to Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the Meadowlands last Sunday. The Giants led 24-14 after three quarters of play (they led 14-7 at the half) before the Buccaneers would go on to rule the fourth quarter, outscoring the Giants 21-14 in the period. Tampa Bay would make the contest a 3-point affair with 2:22 left in regulation when Jameis Winston (who will start against San Francisco) and Mike Evans connected on a 41-yard TD toss. The Bucs then went for the onside kick, the Giants recovered and put an end to Tampa Bay’s hopes for a win. Winston, who took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick (167 yards, three interceptions) threw for 199 yards and a pair of TDs. New York outrushed Tampa Bay 163-151, with Sequan Barkley rushing for 142 yards and a pair of TDs, while Tampa Bay’s Peyton Barber tallying 106 yards and a rushing TD. Tampa Bay went 6 for 9 on third down and 1 for 2 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:07, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 27:53, going 4 for 9 on third down.
The 49ers lead the series 17-5 and have outscored Tampa Bay 511-329. Both teams took their last wins in the other team’s facility; Tampa Bay’s last win came in San Francisco in 2016 by a final of 34-17, while San Francisco’s last win came in 2014 in the Sunshine State by a final of 33-14. Tampa Bay’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 55. We wouldn’t blame you if you begged your wife or significant other to take you to Victoria’s Secret and miss this one. San Francisco pulls the upset on the road in the Sunshine State and cover the 3 1/2.

Arizona (4-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A struggling Arizona Cardinal team comes to the West Coast for a late afternoon meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers at Stub Hub Centre. Both enter the contest with home losses under their belts.

Arizona watched Oakland erase a 21-20 deficit late in their contest last Sunday, falling to the Raiders 23-21 in the final seconds in Glendale. Tied 14-14 at the intermission, Oakland took a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter before the Desert Angry Birds reclaimed it in the fourth when QB Josh Rosen and All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 5:02 left in regulation. After the team traded the ball late in the fourth, Oakland would get it back with 1:53 left after Arizona punted the ball to them. Oakland would then use all of that 1:53 to move their way down the field to set up the game-winning kick by Dan Carlson from 35 yards out as the clock struck :00. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 137 yards as the Cardinals barely outrushed Oakland 154-152 and Derek Carr threw for 192 yards with four sacks, while Rosen threw for 136 yards for Arizona with a sack and a pair of interceptions (both threw a pair of TDs, with Rosen connecting with Fitzgerald on both tosses). Oakland went 5 for 15 on third down and kept the ball for 36:01 (including the final 1:53 of the contest), while the Desert Angry Birds went 3 for 11 on third down, holding on to the ball for 23:59 (neither team had a fourth down try).

The Chargers saw their six-game win streak come to an end last Sunday at Stub Hub Centre as Denver erased a 2-point deficit and lost 23-22 to the Broncos in an AFC West affair on the West Coast. Leading 19-14 at the end of three quarters (the Chargers led 13-7 at the half), Rivers and the Chargers watched Denver chip away at their lead and trailed 20-19 with 12:17 when Denver RB Phillip Lindsay scored from a couple of yards away. Denver missed the extra point, which gave the Chargers a chance to reclaim the lead, which they did when K Mike Badgley booted a 30-yard field goal with 6:47. Denver and Los Angeles would trade possession of the ball after that and the Broncos would get the ball with 1:51 left in regulation. Denver would use all of that 1:51 that was left, taking a 7-play, 76-yard drive to set up the winning score when Brad McManus sent a 34-yard try through the uprights to take the win on the road. Denver outrushed the Chargers 108-95 and Rivers threw for 401 yards and a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions), while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 205 yards (while Keenum did not have a TD pass, he was not sacked and did not throw an interception). Los Angeles went 9 for 15 on third down tries abd held on to the ball for 37:49, while the Broncos, who kept the pigskin for 22:11 (including the final 1:51), went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place when the Chargers were in San Diego and the Cardinals were in St. Louis, Los Angeles leads the series 9-4 and the Chargers have outscored the Desert Angry Birds 322-267. Arizona won the last meeting with the Chargers, coming out on top 18-17 in the desert in 2014, while the Chargers’ last win came in 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium by a final of 41-10. The Chargers are favored by 12 and the over/under’s 45. The 45 is reasonable. The 12 is a bit over-generous. While Arizona’s bad, they’re not 12 points bad. The Desert Angry Birds will cause problems for the Bolts but the Chargers prevail on the West Coast and takes the win at home.

Pittsburgh (7-2-1) at Denver (4-6), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. Roethlisberger vs. Keenum. A pair of AFC foes meet in the Mile High City as the Steelers travel to Denver for a late-afternoon contest with the Broncos. Both teams took last-second road wins in last week’s action.

Pittsburgh avenged a pair of losses against Jacksonville from last year’s action (a regular season loss and a Divisional loss, both in Pittsubrgh), as the Steelers erased a 16-6 deficit after three quarters at Jacksonville as the Steelers scored 14 fourth quarter points unchalleged to take a 20-16 win out of TIAA Stadium last Sunday. Thanks to three Josh Lambo field goals, the Steelrs trailed Jacksonville led 9-0 at the break, with the Jaguars adding a 2-yard run from RB Leonard Fournette in the third quarter to round out the scoring. From then on, it would be the Ben Roethlisberger show as he and TE Vance McDonald connected on an 11-yard TD toss to narrow the gap to 16-13 with 2:28 left in regulation. Roethlisberger then took matters into his own hands and feet as he would score on a 1-yard run with 5 seconds left to give the Steelers the lead. After the play was reviewed and confirmed, Jacksonville would get the ball back and had the ball at their 25-yard line but could not get set up for what would have been the game-winning score when Blake Bortles was sacked by T.J. Watt to end the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Pittsburgh 179-26 and Fournette led all rushers with 95 yards and Bortles throwing for 104 yards with six sacks, while Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Antonio Brown on the other toss) and was picked off three times and sacked twice. Pittsburgh was 3 of 11 on third down and kept the ball for 22:20, while the Jaguars ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 37:40, going 6 for 18 on third down (the Steelers were 0 for 2 on fourth down).

Denver broke the six-game win streak of the Los Angeles Chargers at Stub Hub Centre, erasing a 2-point deficit and coming away 23-22 final second winners in an AFC West affair on the West Coast. Denver trailed 19-14 at the end of three quarters (they trailed 13-7 at the half), then chipped away at Philip Rivers and the Chargers lead, trailing 20-19 with 12:17 when Denver RB Phillip Lindsay scored from a couple of yards away. Denver missed the extra point, which gave the Chargers a chance to reclaim the lead, which they did when K Mike Badgley booted a 30-yard field goal with 6:47. Denver and Los Angeles would trade possession of the ball after that and the Broncos would get the ball with 1:51 left in regulation. Denver would use all of that 1:51 that was left, taking a 7-play, 76-yard drive to set up the winning score when Brad McManus sent a 34-yard try through the uprights to take the win on the road. Denver outrushed the Chargers 108-95 and Rivers threw for 401 yards and a pair of TDs (Rivers was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions), while Denver’s Case Keenum threw for 205 yards (while Keenum did not have a TD pass, he was not sacked and did not throw an interception). Los Angeles went 9 for 15 on third down tries abd held on to the ball for 37:49, while the Broncos, who kept the pigskin for 22:11 (including the final 1:51), went 3 for 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests at Mile High Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium, the Broncos lead the series 14-8-1 and have outscored the Steelers 516-488. Pittsburgh won their last meeting, taking a 34-27 win at Heinz Field in 2015, while Denver’s last win came in the Mile High City, with the Broncos coming away 31-19 winners in 2012. Pittsburgh’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 47. Both numbers are reasonable and while Denver’s played some decent football, they haven’t been great. Pittsburgh covers the 3 in the Rockies and wins on the road.

Miami (5-5) at Indianapolis (5-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. A pair of .500 teams in contention meet in the Hoosier State as Miami makes their way to Indianapolis for a meeting with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Dolphins return from their bye week after their 31-12 loss to Green Bay at Lambeau Gield. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers led 14-9 at the half, then floored the gas in the second half, outpacing the Dolphins 17-3 in the final 30 minutes of play. Green Bay out-rushed Miami 195-131 with Packers RB Aaron Jones leading all rushers with 145 yards and a pair of TDs (Miami was paced by Frank Gore, who ran for 90 yards), while Rodgers threw for 199 yards with a pair of TDs and no interceptions, despite being sacked twice (Brock Osweiler led Miami with 213 yards of passing with six sacks and an interception). Green Bay went 4 for 10 on third down tries in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:57, while Miami ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 32:03, while going 4 for 14 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth down.

After losing four in a row, the Colts won four in a row, taking down Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 38-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Luck and the Colts took a 24-3 lead at the break and never looked back, proceeding to outscore the Titans 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Indy outrushed Tennessee 102-87 and Luck threw for 297 yards with three TDs and no sacks or interceptions, while Mariota threw for 85 yards with four sacks and a pick before being replaced by Blaine Gabbert, who threw for 118 yards and a TD (Gabbert threw an interception and was sacked once). The Colts went 5 of 10 on third down conversions at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday and kept the ball for 31:16, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 6 for 14 on third down (neither had a fourth down try).

Including contests that took place in Baltimore and at the old Orange Bowl, the Dolphins lead the series 45-26 and have outscored the Colts 1,595-1,231. Each team took road wins in their last meetings in the series; Miami’s last win came in the Hoosier State by a final of 24-20 in 2013, while Indianapolis’ last win came in the Sunshine State by a final of 18-12 in 2015. The Colts are a 9 1/2-point favorite and the over/under’s 50 1/2. While both teams are looking to make the post-season, one of them will take a stumble and we think it’s the Colts. Miami may not cover the 9 1/2 but they do take the win on the road.

Green Bay (4-5-1) at Minnesota (5-4-1), 8:20 p.m. on NBC. A pair of NFC North rivals take to the field in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Green Bay and Minnesota meet in a week two rematch at US Bank Stadium. Both teams took close losses on the road as they chase Chicago for first place in the divison.

Green Bay lost their third game of their last four last Thursday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as Seattle went on to take a 27-24 win over the Packers at Century Link Field. Green Bay and Rodgers led Seattle 21-17 at the half and after a scoreless third quarter before the Seahawks reclaimed the lead, scoring 10 fourth quarter points without a challenge. Seattle outrushed Green Bay 173-48, while Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and Rodgers threw for 332 (Rodgers was sacked five times, Wilson was sacked three; both men threw a pair of TD passes with no interceptions). Seattle went 6 of 15 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 34:18 (including the final 4:11 of the game; Seattle went 2 for 2 on fourth down), while the Packers were 3 for 11 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 25:42.

Mitch Trubisky and Da Bears survived a scare from Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night at Soldier Field, coming away 25-20 winners in the Windy City. Chicago led 14-3 at the intermission in the NFC North contest before the Vikings would go on in the final 30 minutes to outscore Da Bears 20-11. Trubisky threw for 165 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions, while Cousins threw for 262 yards with a pair of TDs (Cousins threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked twice, Trubisky was sacked once) in the contest. Chicago outrushed Minnesota 148-22 and went 6 for 12 on third down and kept the ball for 34:29, while the Purple Gang went 5 for 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held the ball for 25:31.

They met at Lambeau in week two and Packers fans watched a 29-21 fourth quarter lead at Lambeau Field get away from them against Minnesota and got some much needed luck in overtime as they left their NFC North contest with the Vikings tied 29-29. The Packers led 17-7 at the intermission before the Vikings rallied in the second half to outscore Green Bay 22-12. Minnesota then trailed 29-21 with 31 seconds left when QB Kirk Cousins and wR Adam Thielen connected on a 22-yard TD strike to pull to within two. The Vikings then hit paydirt when Cousins and WR Stefon Diggs connected on the 2-point conversion. After the two clubs had the ball twice in the overtime, Minnesota got the ball one more time and marched from their 20-yard line to Green Bay’s 17-yard line. After both clubs burned time outs, Minnesota’s Daniel Carlson attempted a 35-yard field goal try with four seconds left to win the game and send Vikings fans home happy. It was not to be, as the kick sailed wide to the right, allowing Packer fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Green Bay outrushed Minnesota 98-68 and Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards and a TD, despite being sacked four times, while Cousins threw for 425 yards and four TDs. Minnesota was 7 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:52 (including the overtime), while the Packers were 38:08 in time of possession, going 4 of 13 on third down conversions at Lambeau.

In the week two contest in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst, the Packers were favored by 2 and the tie between Green Bay and Minnesota meant that the spread was not covered. As for the 46 over/under? Since both clubs combined for 58 points, that was easily covered. The odds makers in Vegas like the Vikings as 3 1/2 point favorites in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the over/under’s 48. Both numbers make sense and while both teams are trying to catch Chicago in the NFC North, 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 58 last June and dates a 43-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?”)

On SNF, the Packers are 25-13, while the Vikings are 18-17. The winner of this one? They’re one step closer to catching Da Bears. The loser? Their task will get a little harder. Packers get their revenge from the week two tie at Lambeau and pulls off the upset in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, covering the 3 1/2.

Tennessee (5-5) at Houston (7-3), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 12 closes out in the Lone Star State as a pair of AFC South rivals meet in a rematch as Tennessee and Houston meet at NRG Stadium.

Tennessee watched Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts win their fourth in a row, as the Colts went on to take down Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 38-10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tennessee trailed 24-3 at the break and were never ble to get themselves on track, as the Titans were outscored by the Colts 14-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. Indy outrushed Tennessee 102-87 and Luck threw for 297 yards with three TDs and no sacks or interceptions, while Mariota threw for 85 yards with four sacks and a pick before being replaced by Blaine Gabbert, who threw for 118 yards and a TD (Gabbert threw an interception and was sacked once). The Colts went 5 of 10 on third down conversions at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday and kept the ball for 31:16, while Tennessee kept the pigskin for 28:44, going 6 for 14 on third down (neither had a fourth down try).
Houston survived a last second rally against Washington at FedEx Field last Sunday, holding off Alex Smtih and the Redskins  23-21. The Texans led Washington 17-7 at the intermission in Landover, then watched the Redskins take the lead back with 11:57 left to play when Redskins RB Adrian Peterson scored from 7 yards out to lead 21-20. That lead would not last all that long as the Texans would take the lead back with 7:30 left when K Kai Fairbairn nailed a 54-yard field goal for the one-point lead. Washington would eventually get the ball back with 52 seconds left in regulation and got as close as Houston’s 45-yard line and could have won the game with 8 seconds left but Dustin Hopkins’ 65-yard field goal attempt was short of the mark. Washington’s Alex Smith threw for 135 yards with three sacks, leaving the contest after the third sack with a broken leg. Houston outrushed the Redskins 139-124 in the loss at Texans’ QB DeShaun Watson threw for 208 yards and a TD, with three sacks and a pair of interceptions. While Washington was 6 for 15 on third down, they were successful on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:57, while the Texans kept the ball for 29:03, going 4 for 11 on third down. Houston will also be playing with somewhat heavy hearts after the passing of Texans owner Robert McNair this weekend. According to KTRK and the Houston Chronicle, funeral services will be held later this week.

They met in week two in Nashville and Tennessee held off a late Houston rally in Nashville and came away 20-17 winners at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 14-7 at the break before Houston would rally in the second half and outscore Tennessee 10-6 in the final 30 minutes of action. Houston did outrush Tennessee 148-100 with Texans RB Lamar Miller leading the way with 68 yards on the afternoon. Blaine Gabbard, who took over for Mariota, threw for 117 yards and a TD, while Texans QB DeShaun Watson threw for 310 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once. Houston on third down tries went 5 of 11 and held the ball for 29:38, while the Titans ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:22, going 5 of 15 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week two contest, Houston was a 1 1/2-point favorite and the Titans covered with their 3-point win. The 44 over/under was untouched, as both clubs merged for 37 points. The Texans have not done well on Monday Night Football, going 4-9 (they lost both contests they played in last year), while the Titans are 22-17 under the lights, taking a win in their lone contest in 2017. This time, in the Monday night contest in the Lone Star State, the Texans are favored by 6 1/2 with a 41 1/2 over/under. You might want to consider taping those shows you watch on Monday this week. Tennessee wants to prove that the first meeting was not a fluke, while the Texans are at home and playing with somewhat heavy hearts after the death of their owner. As someone once said, “Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose!” It’s Tennessee, not Houston, that will have a problem. Titans make it closer than 6 1/2 but Houston takes the win at home in the Lone Star State.