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They’re still standing.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the lone team that has yet to suffer a loss after their 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night at NRG Stadium. While there’s still a lot of football yet to be played and we haven’t gotten to the halfway point of the season, one would think that the 1972 Miami Dolphins are getting a little nervous. Anything can happen between now and the end of the 2017 campaign. As the saying goes, “on any given Sunday…”

While the Chiefs remain kings of the NFL mountain, San Francisco, Cleveland and the New York Giants are still looking for their first wins of the 2017 season. When week five got underway, four teams were winless. The Los Angeles Chargers broke into the win column last Sunday in the Meadowlands as they beat the Giants 27-22. For those teams that are struggling, there’s still time.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WEEK 6

BRADY’S BUNCH OF WINS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards, ranks second with a 112 passer rating and ties for third with 11 touchdown passes this season.

With a win over the New York Jets on Sunday, Brady, who has 186 career regular-season victories, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 211 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a quarterback.

The most regular-season wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (REGULAR-SEASON WINS)
Tom Brady – New England (186)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (186)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (186)
John Elway – Denver (148)^
Dan Marino – Miami (147)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SUPER SMITH: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith has completed 121 of 158 passes (76.6 percent) for 1,391 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions for an NFL-best 125.8 passer rating while leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start.

With two touchdown passes and no interceptions against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Smith will surpass Randall Cunningham (12 in 1998) for the most touchdown passes without an interception through a team’s first six games of the season.

Smith, who has had a passer rating of at least 100 in every game this season, can join Aaron Rodgers (2011), Tom Brady (2007) and Carson Palmer (2005) as the only players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of his team’s first six games to start a season. Rodgers and Brady both won NFL MVP honors in the years they accomplished the feat.

The players with a passer rating of at least 100 in each of their team’s first six games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2011)
Tom Brady, New England (2007)
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (2005)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017)*
*100+ rating in each of team’s first five games

REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston last Sunday night

With 159 scrimmage yards against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Hunt, who leads the NFL with 775 scrimmage yards, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (933 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first six games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 6 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 983)^
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 914)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 857)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (2016 – 801)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017- 775)*
*Through five games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LEGENDS CLIMB LEADERBOARDS: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers, who ranks third in the NFC with 5.5 sacks this season, has 149 sacks in his 16-year NFL career. With a sack on Thursday against Philadelphia, Peppers will become the fifth player with 150 career sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. All four players currently ahead of Peppers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Peppers, who has 11 career interceptions, would also become the only player in NFL history with at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions.

With two sacks on Thursday, Peppers will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since 1982.

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 Greene – Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco (160)^
Chris Doleman – Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco (150.5)^
Julius Peppers – Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay (149)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who leads the NFC with 32 receptions and ranks fifth in the conference with 327 receiving yards, has 14,716 career receiving yards in his 14-year NFL career.

With 16 receiving yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Fitzgerald will surpass Steve Smith, Sr. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (CAREER RECEIVING YARDS)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle (22,895)^
Terrell Owens – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati (15,934)
Randy Moss – Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee and San Francisco (15,292)
Isaac Bruce – Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco (15,208)
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta (15,127)
Tim Brown – Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay (14,934)^
Steve Smith, Sr. – Carolina and Baltimore (14,731)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (14,716)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FOURNETTE FOR SIX: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette ranks second in the NFL with 466 rushing yards and ties for the league lead with five rushing touchdowns.

With a touchdown on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, Fournette, who has scored at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games this season, will join New England’s Robert Edwards (1998) as the only rookies to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first six games of a season.

PLAYER, TEAM – SEASON
Robert Edwards, New England – 1998
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville – 2017*
*Touchdown in each of team’s first five games

UPSIDE BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 40 receptions and 545 receiving yards.

Brown, who has 8,922 career receiving yards, will be playing in his 107th career game on Sunday at Kansas City. With 88 receiving yards against the Chiefs, Brown will tie Randy Moss (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 career receiving yards.

The players to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games:

PLAYER – GAMES TO REACH 9,000 CAREER REC. YARDS
Lance Alworth – 98^
Calvin Johnson – 102
Torry Holt – 105
Randy Moss – 107
Jerry Rice – 108^
Antonio Brown – 106*
*8,922 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5 percent) for 221 yards with three touchdowns – including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining – and no interceptions for a 122.9 passer rating in the Packers’ 35-31 win at Dallas. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 percent) for 251 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 105.2 passer rating.

The game featured the quarterbacks with the highest career passer ratings in NFL history among players with at least 500 attempts. Including today’s contest, Rodgers has an NFL-best 104.1 career passer rating while Prescott ranks second all-time with a 101.6 mark.

Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 victory at Pittsburgh.

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown. Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The Jaguars’ defense recorded five interceptions on Sunday, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51). The two interception-return touchdowns are the most in a single game in franchise history.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes in the team’s 27-22 win at the New York Giants. Giants quarterback Eli Manning had two touchdown passes in the contest.

The game was the first in NFL history in which the opposing starting quarterbacks were from the same Draft class and each came into the game with at least 300 career touchdown passes. Manning, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, entered the game with 326 touchdown passes while Rivers, who was chosen No. 4 overall, came into the contest with 320 touchdown passes.

The pair’s 646 combined touchdown passes entering the game were the second-most by opposing starting quarterbacks from the same Draft class, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway of the 1983 Draft class, who combined for 699 touchdown passes when they faced each other on December 21, 1998.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over Arizona. Wentz completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter. He is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game.

Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history. Vinatieri, who scored 14 points today, has 2,411 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 48 yards in the victory. Gore, who has 13,304 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All six players ahead of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carolina tight end Ed Dickson had five catches for 175 yards in the Panthers’ 27-24 win at Detroit. Dickson is the second tight end in NFL history to have at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer catches in a single game. Dave Kocourek of the San Diego Chargers had three catches for 175 yards on December 10, 1961 against Buffalo.

Cleveland rookie defensive end Myles Garrett made his NFL debut on Sunday, recording two sacks in the Browns’ loss to the New York Jets at First Energy Stadim.

Garrett, who was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, is the only player selected first overall to record multiple sacks in his NFL debut since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The NFL enters Week 6 after a thrilling weekend of action. In Week 5, 10 of the 14 games (71.4 percent) were decided by six points or fewer – tied for the highest percentage of such games in a single week over the past 25 seasons. The average margin of victory in Week 5 was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest mark in a single week over the past five seasons.

While the competition on the field remains close, so do the standings. There are currently 20 teams with a .500 or better record. Leading the pack is the league’s only remaining unbeaten club, the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the previous 50 teams (88 percent) to start 5-0 made the playoffs.

There are three teams – all in the NFC – with four victories this season: Carolina (4-1), Green Bay (4-1) and Philadelphia (4-1). Two other clubs – Atlanta (3-1) and Denver (3-1) – also have only one loss through Week 5. Since 1990, 111 of the previous 145 teams (76.6 percent) to start 4-1 have made the playoffs.

Heading into Week 6, there are four teams which have currently won at least three consecutive games: Kansas City (five), Green Bay (three), the New York Jets (three) and Philadelphia (three). And while not every team is on a hot streak, there are plenty of games remaining in the season for teams to turn it around. Since 1990, 57 teams have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-3 or worse. There were three such teams last season – Miami (1-4), Detroit (2-3) and the New York Giants (2-3).

So don’t count anyone out. The only thing predictable about the NFL is the unpredictability.

CLOSE GAMES, ROAD WINS & MORE: Ten of 14 games (71.4 percent) in Week 5 were decided by six points or fewer, tied for the highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons.

The highest percentage of games decided by six or fewer points in a single week in the past 25 seasons:

SEASON (WEEK – PERCENTAGE OF GAMES DECIDED BY 6 OR FEWER POINTS)
2017 (5 – 71.4)
2001 (5 – 71.4)
1999 (5 – 71.4)
1993 (5 – 71.4)

 

In Week 5, the average margin of victory was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest average margin of victory in a single week in the past five seasons.

The lowest average score margin in a single week since 2013:

SEASON (WEEK – AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY)
2013 (1 – 7.63)
2013 (2 – 7.63)
2016 (1 – 7.63)
2016 (8 – 7.85)
2017 (5 – 7.93)

Ten teams – Baltimore, Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chagers, Minnesota, New England, the New York Jets and Seattle – were victorious on the road in Week 5, the most road wins in a single week since Week 13, 2015 (11) and the highest road winning percentage (.714) in a single week since Week 10 of the 2015 season (.786).

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 5. Through the first five weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 7,176 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 5 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 7,176
2014 – 6,100
1983 – 5,711
2015 – 5,671
1971 – 5,429
*Excludes 1987 season

Rookies have also totaled 51 touchdowns through Week 5, the most through the first five weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 5 since 1970 (excluding 1987 season):

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 5*
2017 – 51
1983 – 45
2014 – 42
2008 – 40
2015 – 39
1980 – 39
*Excludes 1987 season

SMITH’S SPOTLESS START: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 percent) for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over Houston on Sunday Night Football.

Smith, who has 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season, joined Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Roman Gabriel (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, TD PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 11/0)
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta (1983, 11/0)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 11/0)

ELEMENTARY FOR WATSON: Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 261 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.8 passer rating in the Texans’ loss to Kansas City in Week 5.

Watson became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a single game and the third to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception.

The rookie quarterbacks with at least five touchdown passes in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM; DATE (TOUCHDOWNS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Deshaun Watson, Houston; October 8, 2017 (5/0)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay; November 22, 2015 (5/0)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit; November 22, 2009 (5/2)
Ray Buivid, Chicago; December 5, 1937 (5/0)

Watson, who was 22 years, 24 days old on Sunday, became the third youngest quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a single game, trailing only Matthew Stafford (21 years, 288 days) and Jameis Winston (21, 320).

Watson, who ranks second in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes, has the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in his team’s first five games of a season, surpassing Marcus Mariota, who had nine TD passes in his team’s first five games in 2015.

ON THE HUNT: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 116 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, nine receiving) in the Chiefs’ win over Houston in Week 5.

Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first five games this season, joined Adrian Peterson (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season. Hunt’s 755 scrimmage yards are the third-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983) and Adrian Peterson (782 in 2007).

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 787)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 782)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 775)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 761)

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FIVE FOR FOURNETTE: Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the Jaguars’ 30-9 win at Pittsburgh last week.

Fournette, who has scored a touchdown in each of his first five games this season, is the fifth rookie to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

The rookies with at least one touchdown in each of their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (2017)
Robert Edwards, New England (1998)
Joe Cribbs, Buffalo (1980)
Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts (1955)
Billy Howton, Green Bay (1952)

Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards and is the fifth rookie in league annals with a 90+ yard rushing touchdown.

The rookies with a touchdown run of at least 90 yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE; YARDS)
Bobby Gage, Pittsburgh (December 4, 1949; 97t)
DeMarco Murray, Dallas (October 23, 2011; 91t)
Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders (November 30, 1987; 91t)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (December 13, 1964; 91t)
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville (October 8, 2017; 90t)

DOMINATING DEFENSE: Jacksonville recorded five interceptions, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker Telvin Smith (28 yards) and safety Barry Church (51), in the team’s victory at Pittsburgh.

Jacksonville, which leads the NFL with 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns, is the fourth team in NFL history and the first since the 1984 Seahawks with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season.

The teams with at least 20 sacks, 10 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns in their first five games of a season:

TEAM, SEASON (SACKS/INTERCEPTIONS/DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS)
Jacksonville, 2017 (20/10/4)
Seattle, 1984 (22/11/4)
Cincinnati, 1976 (20/10/4)
Washington, 1973 (26/11/5)

200 AND COUNTING: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had six catches in the Cardinals’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 5.

Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 200 consecutive games, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) and Tony  Gonzalez (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM(S) (SEASONS/CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco and Oakland (1985-2004/274)^
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City and Atlanta (2000-2013/211)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2004-Present/200)*
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1996-2008/190)^
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh (1998-2010/186)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

VICTORIOUS VINATIERI: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 51-yard field goal in overtime, in the Colts’ 26-23 victory over San Francisco last week.

Vinatieri has 24 game-winning field goals in the regular season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and 10 game-winners in overtime, both the most in NFL history.

The kickers with the most regular-season game-winning field goals in overtime in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS IN OVERTIME)
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (10)
Jim Breech – Oakland, Cincinnati (9)
Steve Christie – Tampa Bay, Buffalo, San Diego and New York Giants (9)
Jason Elam – Denver and Atlanta (9)
Jason Hanson – Detroit (9)

Vinatieri, who scored 14 points on Sunday, has 2,413 career points and became the third player in NFL history to score 2,400 career points, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (2,544) and Gary Anderson (2,434).

Last week was a pretty decent week, going 9-5. It’s not great but it’s pretty good. For the season, we’re 50-28. There’s still a lot of football left to play.

Byes in week 6? Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle. Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington return to action this week, which got underway in Charlotte as Philadelphia edged Carolina and Cam Newton 28-23 Thursday night in Charlotte and concludes in the Music City as the Tennessee Titans host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

Miami (2-2) at ATLANTA (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. The defending NFC champions return to the Big Peach for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Miami took care of Tennessee 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The ‘Fins led 10-3 at half time and took their first win at home in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Atlanta returns from their bye week after suffering a 23-17 loss to Buffalo at home in the Big Peach. The defending NFC champs led Buffalo 10-7 at the half before the Bills took the lead for the first time when rookie CB Tre’Davious White picked up a Matt Ryan fumble and ran the ball back 52 yards for a score. The Falcons challenged, saying that Ryan’s arm was going forward and at best should have been ruled an incomplete pass. Atlanta lost the challenge and the Bills took the lead. Stephen Hauschka would kick a 24-yard field goal to make it a 17-10 game. That lead would not last long as Ryan (242 yards, two interceptions) and WR Justin Hardy would tie things up on a 3-yard TD strike. Hausckha would go on to kick two more field goals to give the Bills a 6-point lead but Atlanta would threaten, getting as close as the Bills’ 10-yard line before Ryan threw a pair of incompletions to dash Atlanta’s hopes of the win at home. Atlanta outrushed Buffalo 149-117 in the loss in the Big Peach and the Falcons went 5 of 13 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:15, while Buffalo was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 28:45.

Miami leads the series 8-4 and they have outscored Atlanta 250-223. Miami won the last meeting between the clubs, coming away 27-23 winners in the Sunshine State in 2013, while Atlanta’s last win over Miami came in 2009 in the Big Peach by a final of 19-7.

Atlanta’s favored by 11 and the over/under’s 47. These two teams are pretty good, so we’re going to make this one “DRILL WORTHY” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Expect this one to be closer than the 11 but Atlanta bounces back from the loss to Buffalo and wins at home.

New England (3-2) at New York Jets (3-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of AFC East foes meet in Jersey Meadowlands as the defending Super Bowl champs take on the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.

New England led Tampa Bay 13-7 at the half at Raymond James Stadium last Thursday night, then held off the Buccaneers 19-14. Pats K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! gave Cleveland their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, coming away 17-14 winners along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Patriots lead the series with their AFC East rivals 59-53-1 and New England has outscored the Jets 2,579-2,370. New England took wins in Foxboro and East Rutherford last year (New York’s last win came in 2015, when they took a 26-20 overtime win in East Rutherford).

Their first meeting was in the Jersey Meadowlands in week 12. Brady and the Pats broke a 10-10 tie at the intermission at Met Life Stadium and came away 22-17 winners. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Brady (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs in that first contest, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 269 yards in the loss. The Pats on third down tries in upstate New Jersey went 4 of 14 and kept the ball for 30:36 (New England was 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 5 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:24.

Meeting number two… Foxboro in week 16. With the Jets out of the playoff picture, they tried to make life miserable for the Pats. New England was having none of it, coming out on top 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. New England led 27-0 at the intermission, allowing only a fourth quarter field goal by Nick Folk. Brady threw three TD passes, throwing for 214 yards in the win, while the Pats outrushed New York 114-111. New England in the second meeting went 11 of 18 on third down tries and the Pats held on to the pigskin for 34:43, while GangGreen held on to the ball for 25:17, going 1 of 11 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

New England was an 8-point favorite in the contest that took place the Sunday after Thanksgiving and they would win by only 5. The 47 1/2 over/under was untouched in that contest, as both teams combined for 39 points. In the second meeting in Foxboro in week 16, a contest that was played on Christmas Eve afternoon, the Pats won by 38, allowing them to blanket the 16 1/2-point spread like snowfall on a New England day and both teams matched the 44 over/under by scoring 44 points.

The Pats are favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would love nothing more than to unseat the defending champs, while the Pats want to stay king of the mountain. Pats win in the Meadowlands but expect GangGreen to make it closer than 9 1/2.

Cleveland (0-5) at Houston (2-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of struggling teams meet in the Lone Star State as the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans meet in Houston at NRG Stadium. Both suffered losses at home last weekend.

Cleveland suffered their fifth loss of the 2017 campaign, falling to the New York Jets 17-14 along the shores of Lake Erie. Gang Green led 3-0 at the half and got a pair of TD passes from Josh McCown (194 yards) to take the win. Cleveland, who narrowed the gap to 3 with 1:49 left, did manage to outrush New York 140-34 but were plagued by three turnovers in the contest. New York went 4 of 12 on third down tries and held the ball for 25:34, while the Browns kept the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Texans lost the services of DT J.J. Watt to a broken leg as they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-34 at NRG Stadium. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Houston leads the series 5-3, have outscored Cleveland 150-130 and the Texans have won the last three contests, including a 23-7 win in 2014 in Cleveland (The Browns’ last win in the series came in 2007, when they were 27-17 winners in Cleveland). Houston’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Cleveland’s bad but not 9 1/2 bad. Houston takes this one but Cleveland makes this one close.

San Francisco (0-5) at Washington (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708. A winless San Francisco club limps into Landover as they take on the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field.

The 49ers took their fifth loss in as many tries last Sunday in Indianapolis, dropping a 26-23 overtime loss to the Colts in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the 49ers trailed 16-6 at the end of three quarters but managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Washington saw a 10-7 lead at Kansas City get away from them as they fell to the Chiefs 29-20 at Arrowhead two weeks ago. The Chiefs outscored Washington 22-10 in the final 30 minutes of play and had insult added to injury when Chiefs LB Justin Houston picked up a fumble and ran it back 13 yards for a TD as the clock struck :00. Kansas City outrushed Washington 168-111, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 101 yards. For the Redskins, QB Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and a pair of TDs, while Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 293 yards with a TD and four sacks. Washington on third down conversions in the Monday night affair went 4 of 11 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and the Redskins held the ball for 22:51, while the Chiefs kept the pigskin for 37:09, going 8 of 13 on third downs.

San Francisco leads the series 17-9-1, the 49ers have outscored Washington 655-514 and they have won the last four meetings, including taking a 17-13 win in San Francisco in 2014. Washington’s last win in the series came in Landover in 2005 by a final of 52-17.

Washington’s favored by 9 1/2 and the over/under is 46 1/2. The 49ers are trying to win their first game, while the Redskins are trying to get over the .500 mark after their loss to Kansas City. Washington fans this week will be saying “Hail to the Redskins” instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins” this week. San Francisco makes it close but Washington prevails in Landover.

Green Bay (4-1) at Minnesota (3-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. A pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls it) rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes when first-place Green Bay travels to US Bank Stadium for a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay and Dallas met at AT&T Stadium in an NFC Divisional rematch and this was a game for the ages, as there were six lead changes in their game, which saw the Packers come away with the 35-31 win over Dallas last Sunday. Dallas led 21-12 at the intermission before Green Bay took the lead for the first time as CB Damarious Randall picked off Dak Prescott and returned the pass 21 yards to give the Packers a 28-24 lead with 9:56. Dallas would then use a 17-play, 79-yard drive that used 8:43 of clock, ending when Prescott redeemed himself with an 11-yard run with 73 seconds left in regulation. But Rodgers once again pulled another rabbit out of his hat, as he and WR Davante Adams would connect on their second TD pass of the day, good from 12 yards with 11 seconds left to play. Dallas would get the ball back on the kickoff and after burning a timeout, used several lateral passes to move downfield to Green Bay’s 42 yard line before the drive stalled.

Minnesota led Chicago 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City, then rallied to come away 20-17 winners over the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

It was the battle of running backs as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot (116 yards) and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (125 yards, TD) paced their teams (Dallas outrushed Green Bay 163-160). Rodgers threw for 221 yards in the contest, while Prescott threw for 251 yards and each man threw three TDs. Green Bay went 3 of 7 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 24:54, while Dallas ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 35:06, going 7 of 12 on third down, 3 of 3 on fourth down.

The Packers lead the series 59-49-2 and Green Bay has outscored Minnesota 2,449-2,150. The two NFC North foes split the series last year, each winning at home.

Meeting number one… week two in the Twin Cities on a Sunday night. Minnesota sacked Rodgers five times and won 17-14. Minnesota led 10-7 at the intermission and took a 17-7 lead with them to the fourth quarter before the Packers made the contest a 3-point affair with 12:41 left when Rodgers scored on a 10-yard run (Rodgers did toss a 1-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson to open the scoring in the contest). Green Bay outrushed Miami 83-30, while Rodgers threw for 213 yards. For Minnesota, Bradford threw for 286 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times. Green Bay was 6 of 13 on third down tries (the Packers were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:42, while the Vikings were 4 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 30:18.

Game two of the series went to the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and the Packers would get their revenge. This time, in the outdoors (where the gametime temperature was a balmy 37 degrees with a wind chill of 31), the Packers led 28-13 at the half at Lambeau, then held off the Vikings for the 38-25 win in week 16. Minnesota again outrushed Green Bay 93-40 but Rodgers burned Minnesota for 347 yards and four TDs, despite getting sacked four times, while Bradford threw for 382 yards and four TD (Bradford was sacked four times). The Packers on third down were 6 of 13 and kept the ball for 28:59, while the Vikings held the pigskin for 31:01, going 5 of 15 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions.

Green Bay was favored by 2 1/2 in the first meeting and the Vikings barely covered the spread, winning by 3. The 43 1/2 over/under? That stayed safe and sound, because both clubs combined for only 31 points. In the week 16 matchup at Lambeau, the Packers covered the 6 1/2 spread, winning by 13 and both teams covered the 43 over/under with 63 points.

The Pack? They’re favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Both numbers make sense. Both teams could very well decide who wins the NFC North. Right now, we’re deciding that the Packers are going to win this one on the road and cover the 3 in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in the process.

Detroit (3-2) at New Orleans (2-2), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Bradford vs. Brees. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet in the Big Easy as Detroit makes a trip to the Bayou for a date with the New Orleans Saints.

Cam Newton needed to hold off the Detroit Lions last Sunday in the Motor City by a final of 27-24 at Ford Field. Carolina led 17-10 at the break and 27-10 after three quarters before the Lions roared back to make the contest a 7-point affair when Matthew Stafford and TE Darren Fells connected on their second TD pass of the quarter. Neither club breached or came anywhere near the 100-yard rushing barrier but Detroit did outrush Carolina 50-28, while Stafford threw for 229 yards and was sacked six times (Newton threw for 355 yards and three TDs, while being sacked three times). Carolina went 7 of 16 on third down tries in the win, keeping the ball for 35:23, while the Lions were 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 24:37.

The Saints come back to action from their bye after they shut out Miami 20-0 in London. Leading 3-0 at the intermission, New Orleans scored the final 17 points of the contest on the other side of the Atlantic unchallenged. The Saints, who traded RB Adrian Peterson to Arizona Tuesday, outrushed Miami 86-58 at Wembley Stadium and Brees threw for 268 yards and a pair of TDs. New Orleans went 6 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs in merry ole England and kept the ball for 34:28, while Miami held the pigskin for 25:32, going 1 of 8 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth.

Detroit leads the series 12-11-1 and the Saints have outscored Detroit 485-446. However… the Lions have been victors in the last three contests, with the last win coming last year in the Big Easy by a final of 28-13 (New Orleans’ last win in the series came in 2011 in the Big Easy by a final of 31-17.

In the week 13 matchup in the Big Easy, Stafford and Prater were the stars of the show against the Saints, with Prater kicking five field goals, while Stafford threw a pair of TD passes in the road win. Detroit led 16-6 before they would pull away to take the win. Detroit outrushed New Orleans 85-50 and Stafford threw for 341 yards, while Brees threw for 326 yards with three interceptions. Detroit went 5 of 12 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 36:52; as for the Saints? They held the ball for 23:08, going 6 of 13 on third down.

Although the Saints were favored by 5 1/2, the Lions covered the spread with their 15-point win in the Big Easy. Both teams combined to score 41 points in the contest, which meant that the 53 1/2 over/under was safe. This time, New Orleans is favored by 4 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 51. Both numbers make sense. We’re not saying that this one’s drill worthy but it’s worth your time. Saints cover the 4 at home and give the Lions another loss to a team from the NFC South in the process.

Chicago (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 711. Chicago travels to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Charm City.

Da Bears trailed Minnesota 3-2 last Monday night in the Windy City before falling to the Vikings 20-17 at Soldier Field. In his NFL debut, rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky and Chicago eventually tied the contest up with 12:24 left in regulation when he and TE Zach Milled connected on a 20-yard TD strike, tying things up at 17-17. That tie would not last very as the Vikings used a 6-play, 20-yard drive that took 2:08 and ended with a 26-yard field goal by Keith Fobarth with 12 seconds left to play. Minnesota outrushed Chicago 159-115 and Case Keenum, taking over for Sam Bradford (knee) threw for 140 yards and a TD, while Trubisky threw for 128 yards and an interception in his NFL debut. Minnesota was 6 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 31:24, while Chicago was 3 of 12 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:36.

The Ravens manhandled Oakland 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. Baltimore led 24-10 at the intermission and never looked back, outrushing the Raiders 143-108 in the 13-point win. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Da Bears hold a 3-2 lead in the series but Baltimore has outscored Chicago 77-70. Chicago picked up the win in the last meeting, which took place at Soldier Field in 2013, when they needed overtime to win 23-20, while Baltimore’s last victory in the series also came in the Windy City, as Baltimore were 31-7 winners in 2009. Baltimore’s favored by 7 in Charm City and the over/under is 41 1/2. Ravens may not cover the 7 but they win at home in Charm City.

Tampa Bay (2-2) at Arizona (2-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of NFC teams with losses under their belts meet in the desert as Tampa Bay travels to Glendale for a late afternoon contest with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tampa Bay found themselves falling to the defending Super Bowl champs 19-13 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay trailed 13-7 at the half and could have made things closer but K Nick Folk missed a pair of field goals in the contest. For the Pats, K Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the victory in the Sunshine State, while the Pats outrushed Tampa Bay 113-90. Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and a TD pass, while Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and a TD (Brady was sacked three times, Winston was sacked twice). New England was 4 of 12 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:50, while Tampa Bay was 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 29:10.

Philadelphia manhandled Carson Palmer (291 yards, TD) and the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday afternoon. Philly led 21-7 at the break before scoring their final 13 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards and four TDs in the win in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 122-31. Philadelphia went 9 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:47, while Arizona was 4 of 14 and 2 of 3 of 3 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 24:13.

Including contests that took place in St. Louis, when the Cardinals called that city home, Arizona leads the series 10-9, the Cardinals have outscored Tampa Bay 358-333 and they have taken wins in the last two meetings, including a 40-7 win in desert last year (Tampa Bay’s last win over Arizona came in 2010, when they were 38-35 winners in the desert).

Arizona led 24-0 at the half win the week two contest (they were scoreless after the first quarter) and never looked back, as Palmer threw for 308 yards and three TDs, connecting with Fitzgerald on one of them. The Desert Angry Birds outrushed Tampa Bay 101-85 and picked off Winston (243 yards, TD) four times. Arizona was 6 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:03, while the Buccaneers were 5 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:57. Arizona covered the 7-point spread with the 33-point win in the week two matchup and the two clubs missed the 50 over/under, tallying 47 points. The odds makers like Tampa Bay a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense but the Desert Angry Birds are the better team here. Arizona covers the 2 1/2 and beats Tampa Bay in Glendale.

Los Angeles Rams (3-2) at Jacksonville (3-2), 4:05 p.m. on and DirecTV 713. A pair of contending teams meet in north Florida as the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars meet in a late afternoon contest at EverBank Stadium.

The Rams saw Seattle break a 10-10 halftime time at the Coliseum last Sunday as the Seahawks left Los Angeles with a 16-10 win under their belts in NFC West play. Seattle used a pair of Blair Walsh field goals in the second half to take the win over their divisional rivals. The Rams outrushed Seattle 100-62 and Jared Goff threw for 288 yards and three interceptions, while Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards and a 4-yard pass to TE Jimmy Graham for Seattle’s only TD. Los Angeles went 8 of 15 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:44, while the defending NFC West champs went 8 of 17 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:16.

Jacksonville held Pittsburgh to three Chris Boswell field goals and Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they took down the Steelers 30-9 at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half, using interceptions by LB Tevin Smith and S Barry Church to score TDs in the third quarter. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Including games in St. Louis, the Rams lead the series 3-1 and they have outscored Jacksonville 95-78. The Rams were winners in their last meeting which took place in 2013, when they were 34-20 winners in St. Louis, while Jacksonville’s lone win in the series came in 2009, when they needed overtime to come away 23-20 winners in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This could very well be an entertaining game to watch. Jacksonville covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Pittsburgh (3-1) at Kansas City (5-0), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. They met twice last year, once in the regular season, once in the post-season. While one team remains unbeaten, the other looks to right their ship from a bad game in front of the home crowd. Kansas City and Pittsburgh meet again in an AFC showdown at Arrowhead.

Pittsburgh was held to three Chris Boswell field goals and Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of them returned for TDs as they dropped a 30-9 decision to Jacksonville at Heinz Field last Sunday. The Steelers trailed 7-6 at the half before the Jaguars turned the heat up on Pittsburgh and took control in the second half. Jacksonville took advantage of the five turnovers and got a 181 yard, two TD day from rookie RB Leonard Fournette to take the win. Pittsburgh was 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 31:08, while the Jaguars took advantage of the five Roethlisberger miscues, going 6 of 12 on third down, holding the ball for 28:52.

Kansas City remained unbeaten, as they held off Houston 42-34 at NRG Stadium last Sunday night. Houston trailed the Chiefs 23-7 at the half before they put on a late second half rally that gave Texans fans hope, as they outscored Kansas City 27-19 in the final 30 minutes of play. Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three TD passes, including a 1-yard TD strike as time expired (Watson had five TDs, throwing for 261 yards). Kansas City rookie RB Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards, while the Texans outrushed Kansas City 144-127. For the Chiefs, QB Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three TDs, two of them to RB Charcandrick West in the Sunday night contest. Houston went 3 of 10 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 21:43, while the Chiefs were 9 of 16 on third down tries in the Lone Star State, keeping the ball for 38:17.

Pittsburgh leads the series 21-10 and have outscored the Chiefs 744-563. They met twice in the 2016 campaign, once in the regular season and once in the post-season and Pittsburgh took both meetings (Kansas City’s last win over the Steelers came in 2015 at Arrowhead by a final of 23-13).

Meeting number one… week four in the Steel City. Roethlisberger burned Kansas City for five TDs passes as the Steelers came away 43-14 winners at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 36-0 after three quarters of play (they lead 29-0 at the half) and took control of things in western Pennsylvania. LeVeon Bell led all rushers with 144 yards as Pittsburgh outrushed Kansas City 149 -87, while Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards without an interception. Kansas City’s Alex Smith threw for 287 yards with a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. Pittsburgh was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:24, while the Chiefs were 8 of 17, 2 of 3 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 30:36.

Meeting number two… the AFC Divisional Playoffs in Kansas City. While the regular season meeting was somewhat of a blowout, such was not the case in the second meeting but Pittsburgh did prevail at Arrowhead, coming away 18-16 winners to advance to the AFC Championship for a meeting with New England. Pittsburgh used six Chris Boswell field goals before Kansas City’s Spencer Ware made the contest a 2-point affair, as he scored from a yard out with 2:43 left in regulation. The game, played in somewhat icy conditions (Kansas City was hit with an ice storm the day before) saw Pittsburgh outrush Kansas City 171-61 (Bell led all rushers with 170 yards) and Roethlisberger throw for 224 yards, while Smith threw for 172 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once). Pittsburgh on third down went 7 of 15 and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Chiefs held the ball for 25:47, going 2 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh’s 29-point win in week four on a Sunday night allowed them to cover the 5 1/2-point spread and the 47 1/2 over/under was covered as the two teams combined for 57 points. Pittsburgh covered the 2-point spread in the AFC Divisional Playoff, winning by 2 but neither club covered the 45 over/under, tallying only 34 points.

The Chiefs are favored by 4 and the over/under’s 46. Pittsburgh’s been struggling, the Chiefs have been hot. Kansas City’s staying hot this week. Chiefs cover the 4 and wins at Arrowhead.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) at Oakland (2-3), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They once played in the same city at one point and time. They’re still up I-5 and they’re still in the same state and division. The one difference is that the Chargers moved north to Los Angeles. That means nothing as these AFC West rivals meet in northern California as the Chargers make the 372-mile trip up I-5 for a meeting with the Silver and Black. There was concern that this contest would not be played because of the wild fires in the northern California area but the Raiders were monitoring the situation and determined that it would be safe to play.

The Chargers broke their four-game losing streak last Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands as they came away 27-22 winners over Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. (Beckham would later break his ankle in the contest) Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to rush the Bolts 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Oakland without Derek Carr was held in check by Baltimore 30-17 at the Coliseum last Sunday afternoon. The Raiders were outrushed by the Ravens 143-108 and trailed 24-10 at the intermission. Baltimore sacked E.J. Manuel (159 yards, TD to Michael Crabtree) three times in the win, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards on the West Coast (neither threw an interception). Both clubs were 50 percent on third down tries (Baltimore was 7 of 14, while the Raiders were 6 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Ravens ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:43 to Oakland’s 26:17.

Including contests that took place in San Diego and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 62-50-2, the Silver and Black have outscored the Bolts 2,521-2,462 and the Raiders have won the last four meetings, sweeping the season series last year (The Chargers’ last win over Oakland came in 2014, when they were 13-6 winners at Qualcomm and in that year, they swept that series).

Meeting one… week five along the San Francisco bay and the Raiders trailed 10-9 at the intermission and came away 34-31 winners at the Coliseum. Both Rivers and Carr put on a passing clinic in the first meeting, with Carr (317 yards, two TDs) and Rivers (359 yards, four TDs) throwing for over 300 yards in the contest, while the rushing game for both teams was as if it were on a milk carton and gone missing (Oakland did manage to outrush San Diego 89-72). San Diego did eventually threaten in their final possession when Rivers completed a pass to Travis Benjamin with 11 seconds left for no gain. Benjamin then fumbled the ball out of bounds, the clock ran out and the Raiders took home the win. Oakland was 5 of 14 on third down but hit pay-dirt on fourth down in their only attempt in the contest, keeping the ball for 36:18, while the Chargers, who kept the pigskin for 23:42, went 2 of 8 on third down tries, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland made it a clean sweep of the series and like the first meeting, it was a close contest but the Silver and Black prevailed, taking a 19-16 win at Qualcomm in week 15. Tied 10-10 at the half, the Raiders used a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals to erase a 16-13 deficit and then take the lead for keeps with 2:40 left in regulation. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and Rivers threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked three times, while Carr threw for 213 yards with a TD and a pair of sacks. The Bolts were 8 of 15 on third down tries (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 27:43, while the Raiders ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 32:17, going 4 of 13 on third down.

Favored by 3 1/2 in the week five contest in Northern California, the Raiders would wind up winning by 3. The 50 over/under was not a problem, as both teams would combine for 65 points. The Raiders in the week 15 matchup in southern California covered the 3-point spread (they were favored by 3) but the 50 over/under stayed intact as Oakland and San Diego only scored 35 points. Oakland’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Both teams are trying to catch Kansas City in the AFC West and they’re better than their records indicate. Los Angeles could make this interesting but Raiders take this one at home and covers the 3 1/2.

New York Giants (0-5) at Denver (3-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week six Sunday action concludes in the Mile High City as the winless New York Giants limp into Denver to face the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

For the Giants, their bad luck continued in the Meadowlands last Sunday against the Los Angeles chargers at Met Life. First, they lost all-Pro WR Odell Beckham, Jr. to a broken ankle, then Eli and the Giants went on to lose to the Chargers 27-22. The Chargers led 10-9 at the intermission, then trailed 22-17 with 13:31 left in regulation when Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on a 48-yard TD pass. Los Angeles would score the last 10 points of the contest when Nick Novak made it a 2-point contest with 4:50 left on a 31-yard field goal and took the lead for keeps when Philip Rivers (258 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Melvin Gordon connected on a 10-yard pass with 2:58 left in the contest. New York managed to outrush the Chargers 152-104 and Manning threw for 225 yards (Beckham caught five balls for 97 yards before his departure from the contest) in the loss. The Chargers were 8 of 18 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:45, while the Giants, who kept the ball for 28:15, went 5 of 16 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Denver comes out of the bye week after their 16-10 win over AFC rival Oakland two weeks ago in the Mile High City. The Broncos led 10-7 at the intermission, then held the Raiders off in the second half to seal the win. Denver outrushed Oakland 143-24 and Trevor Siemian threw for 179 yards and a TD, while knocking David Carr (back injury) out of the contest (Carr threw for 143 yards and a TD). Denver in the win went 5 of 16 on third down and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 32:57, while the Raider were 2 of 12 on third down (0 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 27:03

Denver leads the series 6-5, the Broncos have outscored the Giants 232-190 and they have won the last two meetings, including taking a 41-23 win in the Meadowlands in 2013, while the Giants’ last win over Denver came in the Meadowlands in 2005 by a final of 24-23. Denver’s favored by 12 and the over/under’s 40. The Giants are bad. They’re not 12 point bad but they’re bad. If nothing else, they’ll give Denver all they can throw at them. Denver prevails in this one but expect the Giants to make it closer than 12.

Indianapolis (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. A pair of AFC South rivals meet in the Music City as week six play concludes when Tennessee hosts Indianapolis at Nissan Stadium.

Indy needed overtime to take down San Francisco 26-23 in the Hoosier State. Tied at 6-6 at the half, the Colts led 16-6 at the end of three quarters but San Francisco managed to tie things up with 20 seconds left in regulation when Blaine Hoyer (353 yards, 2 TDs) and rookie TE George Kittle connected on a 5-yard TD pass. San Francisco would then fail in its possession in overtime and punted the ball to the Colts, who used an 8-play, 49 yard drive that took 2:01 and ended when K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal with 98 seconds left. Indy outrushed San Francisco 159-66 and Jacoby Brissett, subbing for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 314 yards, despite being sacked four times. San Francisco on third down conversions went 4 of 14 (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:05, while the Colts went 8 of 16 on third down, keeping the ball for 37:17.

Tennessee fell to Miami 16-10 last Sunday in the Sunshine State. The Titans trailed 10-3 at halftime at Hard Rock and saw the Dolphins take their first win in their home park in the process. Miami outrushed Tennessee 100-69 and Jay Cutler threw for only 92 yards but did manage to connect with WR Jarvis Landry for Miami’s only TD in the contest. Miami sacked Matt Cassel four times (subbing for Marcus Mariota) and forced a pair of Titan fumbles, while going 5 of 15 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 29:45, while the Titans were 2 of 13 on third down, holding on to the ball for 30:15.

Including contests in Baltimore and Houston, the Colts lead the series 31-13, have outscored the Titans 1,143-857 and they have won the last 11 meetings in the series, including sweeping the series last year (Tennessee’s last win over the Colts came in 2011 in the Music City, when they were 27-10 winners).

The first meeting? Week seven in the Music City and the Colts took the 34-26 win at Nissan Stadium. Indy led 17-13 at the break before pulling away from the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 107 yards in the contest as the Titans outrushed Indy 124-81, while the Colts’ Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three TDs, while Mariota (three sacks) threw for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. The Titans were 9 of 15 on third down conversions at home, keeping the ball for 27:30, while the Colts were 4 of 10 third-down wise, keeping the ball for 32:30.

Meeting number two… Indy in week 11 and the Colts made it a sweep, taking a 24-17 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts led 21-7 at the half and then held off the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. The Colts were outrushed again by Tennessee, this time by a 97-76 margin and Mariota threw for 290 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked five times, while Luck threw for 262 yards with a pair of TDs and two sacks. Tennessee was 5 of 14 on third down tries (1 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled he clock as they kept the ball for 31:01, while the Colts held the pigskin for 28:59, going 5 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tennessee was favored by 2 1/2 in the week seven contest and the Colts covered the spread, winning by 8. The 60 combined points in the first meeting was more than enough to cover the 48 1/2 over/under. Indy covered the 3-point spread in the rematch in the Hoosier State, winning by 7 but both clubs could only muster 41 points, missing the 53 1/2 over/under.

The Colts on Monday night are 23-16 and won their only contest they played in prime time last year, while the Titans are 21-17, with their last MNF appearance coming in 2014, which was a loss. At the time this column was written, there was no line on this game, according to our odds provider Don Best in Las Vegas. We’re going with Indy to win this one in the Music City.

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

Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Miami), 157 (Atlanta); XM: 381 (Miami), 228 (Atlanta)

New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 81 (New England), 133 (New York Jets);| XM: 81 (New England), 227 (New York Jets)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 112 (Cleveland), 146 (Houston); XM: 384 (Cleveland), 229 (Houston)

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (San Francsico), 83 (Washington) ; XM: 385 (San Francisco), 83 (Washington)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Green Bay), 82 (Minnesota); XM: 380 (Green Bay), 82 (Minnesota)

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dan Hellie, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Detroit), 145 (New Orleans); XM: 383 (Detroit), 226 (New Orleans)

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 93 (Baltimore); XM: 382 (Chicago), 225 (Baltimore)

Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 134 (Tampa Bay), 93 (Arizona); XM: 381 (Tampa Bay), 225 (Arizona)

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Jacksonville); XM: 386 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Jacksonville)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 145 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 108 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Oakland); XM: 380 (Los Angeles Chargers), 81 (Oakland)

New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Denver);| XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Denver)

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Tennessee)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Ed Hochuli
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Walt Anderson

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                   Spread         Underdog                O/U
ATLANTA                    – 11           Miami                   47
HOUSTON                    –  9 1/2       Cleveland               44 1/2
New England                –  9 1/2       NEW YORK JETS           47 1/2
NEW ORLEANS                –  4           Detroit                 51
Green Bay                  –  3           MINNESOTA               46 1/2
BALTIMORE                  –  7           Chicago                 41 1/2
WASHINGTON                 –  9 1/2       San Francisco           46 1/2
JACKSONVILLE               –  2 1/2       Los Angeles Rams        43 1/2
Tampa Bay                  –  2 1/2       ARIZONA                 44 1/2
KANSAS CITY                –  4           Pittsburgh              46
OAKLAND                    –  3 1/2       Los Angeles Chargers    50 1/2
DENVER                     – 12           New York Giants         40

Monday’s Game
Favorite                   Spread         Underdog                O/U
Indianapolis at Tennessee  NL

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Miami
DOUBTFUL: WR DeVante Parker (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Xavien Howard (Shoulder), CB Byron Maxwell (Foot)

Atlanta
OUT: WR Mohamed Sanu (Hamstring), DE Courtney Upshaw (Ankle), LB Jermaine Grace (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: K Matt Bryant (Back)

Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Chicago
OUT: LB John Timu (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: C Hroniss Grasu (Hand), DT Nick Kwiatkoski (Chest)

Baltimore
OUT: C Matthew Skura (Knee), RB Terrance West (Calf)
DOUBTFUL: LB Timothy Williams (Thigh), DT Brandon Williams (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Breshad Perriman (Knee), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle), DT Carl Davis (Thigh), CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh), S Anthony Levine (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Shoulder), CB James Smith (Achilles)

Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
DOUBTFUL: LB James Burgess (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kenneth Britt (Knee), T Shon Coleman (Knee), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)

Houston
OUT: LB Benjamin Heeney (Knee), CB Kevin Johnson (Knee), S Corey Moore (Concussion), RB Jordan Todman (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: C Gregory Mancz (Knee), LB Benardrick McKinney (Hip)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: S Morgan Burnett (Hamstring), LB Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), CB Kevin King (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs),  T David Bakhtiari (Hamstring), T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle), CB Davon House (Quadricep)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), G Nicholas Easton (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Andrew Sendejo (Groin )

Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: LB Paul Worrilow (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Thomas Lang (Back), QB Matt Stafford (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring), T Richard Wagner (Shoulder), RB Dwayne Washington (Quadricep)

New Orleans
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Shoulder), G Andrus Peat (Hip), WR Willie Snead (Hamstring)

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

New England
OUT: CB Nelson Rowe (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Burkhead (Ribs)

New York Jets
QUESTIONABLE: RB Bilal Powell (Calf), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: RB Kyle Juszczyk (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Adrian Colbert (Hamstring), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee), LB Gregory Watson (Groin), CB James Witherspoon (Concussion)

Washington
OUT: CB Josh Norman (Rib), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Core Muscle)
DOUBTFUL: S Deshazor Everett (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Robert Kelley (Ankle), T Trent Williams (Knee)

Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: S Joshua Robinson (Concussion), DE Ryan Russell (Shoulder), LB Shanderious Alexander (Hamstring), S Keith Tandy (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (Back), C Alexander Marpet (Illness), LB Lavonte David (Ankle), S Terrell Ward (Hip)

Arizona
OUT: DT Olsen Pierre (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Karlos Dansby (Hamstring), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf), DT Corey Peters (Knee), CB Patrick Peterson (Quadricep), T Edwin Veldheer (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
DOUTBFUL: CB Troy Hill (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Mark Barron (Knee), S Lamarcus Joyner (Hamstring)

Jacksonville
OUT: C Brandon Linder (Illness), WR Arrelious Benn (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: G Patrick Omameh (Hip)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: G Ramon Foster (Back)

Kansas City
OUT: WR Christian Conley (Achilles), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Knee), S Steven Terrell (Concussion), C Mitchell Morse (Foot)

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jatavis Brown (Ankle), RB Branden Oliver (Hamstring), T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), WR Michael Williams (Back)

Oakland
OUT: CB Gareon Conley (Shin), CB Antonio Hamilton (Knee), LB Marquel Lee (Ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB David Amerson (Shoulder), LB Cory James (Knee), RB DeAndre Washington (Hamstring)

New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (Neck), DE Romeo Okwara (Knee), RB Paul Perkins (Ribs), C Weston Richburg (Concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (Ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Landon Collins (Ankle)

Denver
OUT: WR Cody Latimer (Knee), QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder)

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Sunday and Monday Weather
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly sunny and 78 degrees
New England at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: partly cloudy and 76 degrees
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 85 degrees
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 77 degrees
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 78 degrees
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 94 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 85 degrees
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 60 degrees
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 77 (note: the Bay Area is under a smoke advisory)
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.: Clear and 55 degrees
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 43 degrees

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

Philadelphia (4-1) at Carolina (4-1), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. Carolina and Philadelphia open action in week 6 as the Eagles make their way down the East Coast for a Thursday night meeting with the Panthers. Both teams enter the Thursday contest with wins under their respective belts.

The Eagles manhandled Carson Palmer (291 yards, TD) and the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday afternoon. Philly led 21-7 at the break before scoring their final 13 points of the contest in the second half unchallenged. Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards and four TDs in the win in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 122-31. Philadelphia went 9 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:47, while Arizona was 4 of 14 and 2 of 3 of 3 on third and fourth downs, holding the ball for 24:13.

while the Eagles were blowing out Arizona, the Panthers and Cam Newton needed to hold off the Detroit Lions last Sunday in the Motor City by a final of 27-24 at Ford Field. Carolina led 17-10 at the break and 27-10 after three quarters before the Lions roared back to make the contest a 7-point affair when Matthew Stafford and TE Darren Fells connected on their second TD pass of the quarter.

Neither club breached or came anywhere near the 100-yard rushing barrier but Detroit did outrush Carolina 50-28, while Stafford threw for 229 yards and was sacked six times (Newton threw for 355 yards and three TDs, while being sacked three times). Carolina went 7 of 16 on third down tries in the win, keeping the ball for 35:23, while the Lions were 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 24:37.

Philadelphia leads the series 6-3 and the Eagles have outscored Carolina 230-178. Carolina did come away with a win in the last meeting, taking a 27-16 win over the Eagles in Charlotte in 2015, while Philly’s last win in the series came in 2014 in the City of Brotherly Love by a final of 45-21.

Carolina’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Tar Heel State and the over/under is 45. Right now, both teams are leading their respective divisions, which could mean a possible playoff rematch. Carolina struggled against Detroit, while the Eagles took care of business last Sunday in Philly. Eagles keep the status quo going. Philly covers the 3 1/2 on the road and takes the win.

Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. on CBS and NFL Network: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli

Referee: Pete Morelli

Injury Report

Philadelphia
OUT: CB Ronald Darby (Ankle), T Lane Johnson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Wendell Smallwood (Knee), DT Fletcher Cox (Calf), S Jaylen Watkins (Hamstring), DT Beau Allen (Foot), DE Chris Long (Foot), DT Destiny Vaeao (Wrist)

Carolina
OUT: S Kurtis Coleman (Knee), S Demetrious Cox (Ankle), C Ryan Kalin (Neck)

Weather: Mostly cloudy and 75 degrees

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

 

 

 

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

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Los Angeles Chargers), 93 (New York Giants); XM: 385 (Los Angeles Chargers), 225 (New York Giants)

Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Chris Fischer (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 119 (Tennessee), 145 (Miami); XM: 383 (Tennessee), 229 (Miami)

Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Tom McCarthy, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Buffalo), 121 (Cincinnati); XM: 384 (Buffalo), 228 (Cincinnati)

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 98 (Jacksonville), 82 (Pittsburgh); XM: 386 (Jacksonville), 82 (Pittsburgh)

Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 157 (Arizona), 146 (Philadelphia); XM: 381 (Arizona), 227 (Philadelphia)

Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter): NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 81 (Carolina), 135 (Detroit); XM: 81 (Carolina), 230 (Detroit)

New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 134 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (New York Jets), 226 (Cleveland)

San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (San Francisco), 83 (Indianapolis); XM: 382 (San Francisco), 83 (Indianapolis)

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 145 (Seattle), 136 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 387 (Seattle), 232 (Los Angeles Rams)

Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 93 (Baltimore), 83 (Oakland); XM: 225 (Baltimore), 83 (Oakland)

Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Dallas); XM: 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Dallas)

Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Mayock;SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Houston); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Houston)

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Chicago); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Minnesota), 83 (Chicago)

Sunday and Monday Referees
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Pete Morelli
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: John Parry
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Walt Coleman
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.: Brad Allen
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Terry McAulay
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Jerome Boger

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games

Favorite                Spread       Underdog                     O/U
NEW YORK GIANTS         –  3 1/2     Los Angeles Chargers         44 1/2
CINCINNATI              –  3         Buffalo                      39
CLEVELAND               –  2         New York Jets                39
PHILADELPHIA            –  6 1/2     Arizona                      45
PITTSBURGH              –  8 1/2     Jacksonville                 44
Tennessee               –  3         MIAMI                        43 1/2
INDIANAPOLIS            –  1 1/2     San Francisco                43
DETROIT                 –  3         Carolina                     44
LOS ANGELES RAMS        –  2 1/2     Seattle                      46 1/2
OAKLAND                 –  2 1/2     Baltimore                    39
DALLAS                  –  2         Green Bay                    52 1/2
Kansas City             –  1         HOUSTON                      47

Monday’s Game

Favorite                Spread       Underdog                     O/U
Minnesota               –  2 1/2     CHICAGO                      40

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Buffalo at Cincinnnati, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: LB Ramon Humber (Thumb), WR Jordan Matthews (Thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Edwin Gaines (Groin), T Cordy Glenn (Foot), S Micah Hyde (Knee), CB Shareece Wright (Back)

Cincinnati
OUT: TE Tyler Eifert (Back), TE Ryan Hewitt (Knee), WR John Ross (Knee), S Derron Smith (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jordan Evans (Hamstring)

New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: DE Kony Ealy (Shoulder), RB Matt Forte (Knee), LB Joshua Martin (Ankle), CB Darryl Roberts (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Juston Burris (Foot), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

Cleveland
DOUBTFUL: WR Kenny Britt (Knee), LB Jamie Collins (Concussion)

Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: S Kurtis Coleman (Knee), S Demetrious Cox (Ankle), C Ryan Kalil (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: T Matt Kalil (Groin), DE Julius Peppers (Shoulder), DE Mario Addison (Knee)

Detroit
OUT: WR Kenny Golladay (Hamstring), RB Dwayne Washington (Quadricep), LB Paul Worrilow (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Thomas Lang (Back), DT Etuini Ngata (Shoulder), S Don Carey (Knee), C Travis Swanson (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), LB Jarrad Davis (Neck), T Richard Wagner (Ankle), LB Tahir Whitehead (Pectoral)

San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: S Adrian Colbert (Hamstring), LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee), LB Gregory Watson (Groin)
QUSTIONABLEL: WR Marquise Goodwin (Concussion)

Indianapolis
OUT: TE John Doyle (Concussion), CB Nathan Hairston (Quadricep), QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: RB Matt Jones (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Rashaan Melvin (Hamstring), WR Chester Rogers (Hamstring)

Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Johnathan Cyprien (Hamstring), WR Corey Davis (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Marcus Mariota (Hamstring)

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: DE Terrence Fede (Shoulder), CB Xavien Howard (Shoulder), LB Michael Hull (Shoulder), CB Byron Maxwell (Hamstring), DT Jordan Phillips (Ankle)

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: RB Branden Oliver (Hamstring), WR Michael Williams (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), TE Sean McGrath (Foot), WR Tyrell Williams (Neck), LB Jatavis Brown (Ankle)

New York Giants
OUT: RB Paul Perkins (Ribs), C Weston Richburg (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: G John Jerry (Hamstring), DE Avery Moss (Shoulder), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Shoulder)

Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: T DeMarcus Humphries (Knee), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: G Alexander Boone (Chest), WR John Brown WR (Quadricep), WR Jamarcus Nelson (Hamstring)

Philadelphia
OUT: DT Fletcher Cox (Calf), CB Ronald Darby (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Wendell Smallwood (Knee), S Corey Graham (Hamstring), S Jaylen Watkins (Hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (Wrist)

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: LB Lerentee McCray (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Marqise Lee (Ribs), C Brandon Linder (Illness), WR Jaelen Strong (Hamstring), S Jarrod Wilson (Shoulder)

Pittsburgh
DOUBTFUL: T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring)

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: DE Cliff Avril (Neck), DT Quinton Jefferson (Hand)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jeremy Lane (Groin), RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Michael Wilhoite (Hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: S Lamarcus Joyner (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: G Jamon Brown (Groin)

Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: DT Brandon Williams (Foot), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: S Anthony Levine (Thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (Hand), CB James Smith (Achilles), TE Ben Watson (Calf), S Lardarius Webb (Thigh)

Oakland
QUESTIONABLE: CB David Amerson (Concussion), QB Derek Carr (Back), CB Gareon Conley (Shin), G Gabriel Jackson (Foot), RB DeAndre Washington (Hamstring)

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

Green Bay
OUT: Joe Thomas (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Davon House (Quadricep), CB Quinten Rollins (Ankle), WR Davante Adams (Concussion), T David Bakhtiari (Hamstring), LB Ahmad Brooks (Back), T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle), DT Michael Daniels (Hip)

Dallas
OUT: DE Charles Tapper (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Sean Lee (Hamstring), DT Stephen Paea (Knee), T Tyron Smith (Back), CB Nolan Carroll (Concussion), T La’el Collins (Ankle), CB Anthony Brown (Ankle)

Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Knee), LB Donald Ford (Back), C Mitchell Morse (Foot)

Houston
OUT: G Kyle Fuller (Hamstring), LB Benjamin Heeney (Knee), CB Kevin Johnson (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: C Gregory Mancz (Knee)

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

Minnesota
OUT: T Rashod Hill (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Sam Bradford (Knee), S Jayron Kearse (Groin)

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: LB Nicholas Kwiatkoski (Chest), LB Willie Young (Tricep)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Marcus Cooper (Back), C Hroniss Grasu (Hand)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain and 77 degrees
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 87 degrees
Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 60 percent chance of rain and 69 degrees
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 75 degrees
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and 77 degrees
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 70 degrees
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 72 degrees
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 79 degrees
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 74 degrees
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 87 degrees
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, mostly clear and 86 degrees
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Monday: Clear and 66 degrees

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

And then, there was one.

Kansas City remains the last team that has yet to lose a game in the 2017 campaign. They’re the last ones standing and it seems that the 1972 Dolphins may get worried. Stay tuned.

The NFL heads into the second quarter of the regular season after a thrilling Week 4 which saw nine games decided by seven points or fewer. Nine games were decided in the final two minutes or overtime, including seven in the final minute or OT. And four games featured the winning points scored on the final play of the game.

Along with close games, the standings are also tight. Entering Week 5, 24 of the league’s 32 teams (75 percent) have a .500 or better record.

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) are the league’s only remaining unbeaten team. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 64 of the previous 79 teams (81 percent) to start 4-0 have made the playoffs. However, nothing is a given as the two teams to start 4-0 in 2016 – Denver and Minnesota – both missed the postseason.

All 32 teams know there’s room for improvement. And while not every club has gotten off to a great start, there’s plenty of season left. There’s still a lot of football left to play.

Since 1990, 121 teams (37.3 percent of the 324 playoff clubs) have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-2 or worse. There were four such teams – Detroit (1-3), Miami (1-3), Kansas City (2-2) and the New York Giants (2-2) – last season, including the Chiefs who won the AFC West.

As the NFL enters October, there are six teams with a winning record that did not make the postseason in 2016 – Buffalo (3-1), Carolina (3-1), Denver (3-1), the Los Angeles Rams (3-1), Philadelphia (3-1) and Tampa Bay (2-1). 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.

That’s all part of the unpredictability of the NFL. So entering Week 5, while it certainly helps to be near the top of the standings, don’t count anyone out.

TOM AT THE TOP: New England quarterback Tom Brady leads the NFL with 1,399 passing yards, ties for the league lead with 10 touchdown passes and ranks second with a 116.6 passer rating this season.

With a win over Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football, Brady, who has 185 career regular-season victories as a starting quarterback, would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Peyton Manning for the most regular-season victories by a quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 210 career wins (including the postseason), the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

The most regular-season wins by starting quarterbacks in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (REGULAR-SEASON WINS)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (186)^
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (186)^
Tom Brady – New England (185)(played Thursday night at Tampa Bay )
John Elway – Denver (148)^
Dan Marino – Miami (147)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

LARRY LEGEND: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had four catches, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown catch with 32 seconds remaining in overtime, in the Cardinals’ 18-15 win against San Francisco in Week 4.

With a catch at Philadelphia on Sunday, Fitzgerald, who has a reception in 199 consecutive games, he would put himself in some pretty good company, as he would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (274) and Tony Gonzalez (211) as the only players in NFL history with at least one catch in 200 consecutive games.

The most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS; CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION)
Jerry Rice – San Francisco and Oakland (1985-2004; 274)^
Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City and Atlanta )2000-2013; 211)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (2004-present; 199)*
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (1996-2008; 190)^
Hines Ward – Pittsburgh (1998-2010; 186)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

REMARKABLE ROOKIE: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington on Monday Night Football last week.

With 100 scrimmage yards at Houston on Sunday night, Hunt, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first four games, would join Adrian Peterson (2007) as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team’s first five games of a season.

With 129 scrimmage yards in Week 5, Hunt, who has 659 scrimmage yards in his first four games, would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first five games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first five games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983-787)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007-782)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980-761)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017-659)*
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934-633)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994-633)^
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

STRONG OUT OF THE GATES: Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas. Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over Washington Monday night.

In Week 5, Gurley (596 scrimmage yards, seven touchdowns) and Hunt (659, six) can join Pro Football Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk (2000), Emmitt Smith (1995), Eric Dickerson (1983) and Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Priest Holmes (2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 700 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season.
Gurley is only 404 yards away from the 1,000 mark, while Hunt needs 341 to reach that plateau.

The players with at least 700 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, SCRIMMAGE YARDS/TOUCHDOWNS)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 857/14)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1963, 988/10)^
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 787/9)^
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995, 776/9)^
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (2000, 797.8)^
Priest Holmes, Kansas City (2002, 803/10)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017, 596/7)*
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017, 659/6)*
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GORE GAINING GROUND: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has rushed for 13,256 yards and 76 touchdowns in 13 career seasons. With four rushing yards against San Francisco on Sunday, Gore, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the 49ers and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher (11,073), will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (13,259) for the seventh-most rushing yards in NFL history. All seven players currently in front of Gore are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt Smith – Dallas and Arizona (18,355)^
Walter Payton – Chicago (16,726)^
Barry Sanders – Detroit (15,269)^
Curtis Martin – New England and New York Jets (14,101)^
LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego and New York Jets (13,684)^
Jerome Bettis – Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh (13,662)^
Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta (13,259)^
Frank Gore – San Francisco and Indianapolis (13,256)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRECISION PASSERS: New England’s Tom Brady (10 touchdown passes, zero interceptions), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (eight, zero) and Kansas City’s Alex Smith (eight, zero) each have least eight touchdown passes with zero interceptions through their team’s first four games this season.

In Week 5, Brady and Smith can join Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Roman Gabriel (1969) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through their team’s first five games of a season. Brees, who has a bye this week, will attempt to join the list in Week 6.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes without an interception in their team’s first five games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, TD PASSES/INTS)
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta (1983, 11/0)
Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams (1969, 11/0)
Randall Cunningham, Minnesota (1998, 10/0)
Craig Morton, Dallas (1969, 10/0)
Tom Brady, New England (2017, 10/0)*
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017, 8/)*
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2017, 8/0)*^
*Through four games; Brady played at Tampa Bay Thursday night
^Has bye in Week 5

DEMARCUS DOMINATING: Dallas defensive end Demarcus Lawrence recorded a sack and forced fumble in the Cowboys’ Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Lawrence, who has recorded at least one sack in each of his team’s first four games of the season, leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks. With 1.5 sacks against Green Bay on Sunday, Lawrence would become the fifth player with at least nine sacks in his team’s first five games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in their team’s first five games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR-SACKS IN TEAM’S FIRST 5 GAMES)
Kevin Greene, Carolina (1998-10)^
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis (2013-9.5)
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Green Bay (2001-9)
Mark Gastineau, New York Jets (1984-9)
Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas (2017-7.5)*
*Through four games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PRIMETIME DEBUT: Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall selection of the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft, is expected to make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football against Minnesota.

Trubisky would be the third rookie quarterback selected in the first round to make his first career start on Monday Night Football, joining Detroit’s Chuck Long (December 15, 1986 vs. Chicago) and Philadelphia’s John Reaves (October 2, 1972 vs. New York Giants).

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league continued to make an impact in Week 4. Through the first four weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 5,835 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 4 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
2017 – 5,835
2014 – 4,765
1987 – 4,449
1976 – 4,444
2016 – 4,406

Rookies have also totaled 43 touchdowns through Week 4, the most through the first four weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 4 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 4
2017 – 43
1987 – 37
1978 – 34
Many tied with 33

FOUR MORE: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the Packers’ 35-14 win against Chicago on Thursday Night Football in Week 4.

Rodgers, who has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the fifth-most games with at least four touchdown passes in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (GAMES WITH AT LEAST 4 TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (35)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (31)
Tom Brady – New England (27)
Brett Favre – Green Bay, New York Jets and Minnesota (23)^
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (21)
Dan Marino – Miami (21)^
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

PUT IT ON THE BOARD: Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watons passed for 283 yards with four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 57-14 win against Tennessee.

Houston’s 57 points against Tennessee in Week 4 were the most in franchise history and marked the third highest single-game point total in NFL history with a rookie starting at quarterback.

The highest single game point totals with a rookie starting at quarterback:

QUARTERBACK – TEAM (DATE – POINTS SCORED)
Tony Banks – St. Louis Rams (November 10, 1996 – 59)
Russell Wilson – Seattle (December 9, 2012 – 58)
Deshaun Watson – Houston (October 1, 2017 – 57)
Johnny Unitas – Baltimore Colts (November 25, 1956-56)^
Chris Chandler – Indianapolis (October 31, 1988 – 55)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Watson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (September 17, 1961 vs. Chicago) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game.

Watson, who has seven touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns this season, is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history with at least seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

QUARTER POLL: New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 307 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Carolina in Foxboro.

Brady, who has 1,399 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions, became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2015.

The quarterbacks with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR; PASSING YARDS-TD PASSES/INTs)
Tom Brady, New England (2017; 1,399-10/0)
Tom Brady, New England (2015; 1,387-11/0)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013; 1,470-16/0)
Don Meredith, Dallas (1966; 1,089-14/0)

13K FOR KIRK: Kirk to bridge! Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.7 passer rating in the team’s Week 4 loss to Kansas City.

Cousins, who has 13,117 career passing yards, became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 13,000 passing yards in his first 50 career games.

Cousins, who has thrown 43 interceptions, has the fewest interceptions through 50 career games among the quarterbacks who reached 13,000 passing yards during that span.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS – INTERCEPTIONS)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (14,331 – 57)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (13,864 – 62)^
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (13,551 – 52)
Dan Marino, Miami (13,514-57)^
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (13,450-48)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (13,117-43)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

RUMBLING RUNNING BACKS: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas.

Gurley, who has 596 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS-TOUCHDOWNS)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017, 596-7)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995, 643-9)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1963, 779-7)^
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958, 687-10)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

HUNT STAYS HOT: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 20 receiving) in the team’s 29-20 win against Washington on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

Hunt, who has 659 scrimmage yards through four games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (567) and Adrian Peterson (549) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first four career games.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAMS’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980, 745)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs (2017, 659)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983, 567)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007, 549)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934, 536)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TAG TEAM: New York Jets running backs Bilal Powell (163 rushing yards, 75-yard touchdown run) and rookie Elijah McGuire (93 rushing yards, 69-yard touchdown run) each rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 23-20 overtime win against Jacksonville.

McGuire and Powell are the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game and the fifth pair of teammates in NFL history with rushing touchdowns of at least 69 yards in the same game.

The teammates who scored a rushing touchdown of at least 69 yards in the same game in NFL history:

TEAM – DATE (PLAYER – YARDS; PLAYER – YARDS)
New York Jets – October 1, 2017 (Bilal Powell – 75; Elijah McGuire – 69)
Baltimore – December 20, 2008 (Le’Ron McClain – 82; Willis McGahee – 77)
Pittsburgh – October 7, 1979 (Franco Harris – 71; Rocky Bleier – 70)
Los Angeles Rams – December 3, 1961 (Dick Bass – 73; Ollie Matson – 69)
San Francisco – October 26, 1952 (Hugh McElhenny – 83; Joe Perry – 78)
(Note: Harris, Matson, Perry and McElhenny are Pro Football Hall of Famers)

ELVIS ENTERS RECORD BOOKS: San Francisco linebacker Elvis Dumervil had two sacks in the team’s 18-15 overtime loss at Arizona in Week 4, his first two sacks as a member of the 49ers.

Dumervil, who has 101 career sacks, is the third active player to record at least 100 career sacks.

The active players with at least 100 career sacks:

PLAYER (TEAMS – SACKS)
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay – 148)
Terrell Suggs (Baltimore – 117.5)
Elvis Dumervil (Denver, Baltimore and San Francisco – 101)

MR. AUTOMATIC: Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein converted all seven of his field-goal attempts and both of his PAT attempts in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas in Week 4.

Zuerlein became the eighth player to convert at least seven or more field goals in a single game and his 23 total points scored is tied for the third-highest single-game total by a kicker in NFL history.

The kickers with the highest single-game point totals in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – TOTAL POINTS)
Rob Bironas, Tennessee (October 21, 2007 – 26)
Jay Feely, Arizona (December 12, 2010 – 25)
Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (October 1, 2017 – 23)
Billy Cundiff, Dallas (September 15, 2003 – 23)
Jim Bakken, St. Louis Cardinals (September 24, 1967 – 22)

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY: New Orleans defeated Miami 20-0 in front of 84,423 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in the second of four 2017 London Series games in the United Kingdom. New Orleans, which has not turned the ball over this season, is only the third team in the modern era (since 1933) without a turnover in each of its first four games of a season (1995 St. Louis and 2013 Tennessee).

•Houston rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for 283 yards with four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Texans’ 57-14 win against Tennessee. Houston’s 57 points are the most in a single game in franchise history. Watson put himself in some pretty good company, as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (September 17, 1961 vs. Chicago) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards, four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a single game. Watson, who has seven touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns this season, is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history with at least seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season.

•Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had 215 scrimmage yards (121 rushing, 94 receiving) and a touchdown catch in the team’s 35-30 win at Dallas. Gurley, who has 596 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns this season, joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1958, 1963) and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 575 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season. Under head coach Sean McVay, the Rams have scored 142 points, which is the fourth-highest total by a team in its first four games of a season with a first-year head coach. Only the 2002 Oakland Raiders (Bill Callahan, 162 points), 2000 St. Louis Rams (Mike Martz, 160) and 1920 Buffalo All-Americans (Tommy Hughitt, 149) scored more.

•Carolina quarterback Cam Newton passed for 316 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 33-30 win at New England. Newton, who has six career games with at least three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young, Drew Brees, Jack Kemp, Tobin Rote and Billy Wade for the most such games in NFL history. Newton scored his 50th career rushing touchdown on Sunday and is the only quarterback in NFL history with 50 rushing touchdowns.

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 307 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 104.6 passer rating in the Patriots’ loss to Carolina. Brady, who has 1,399 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions this season, became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games in two different seasons during his career. He also accomplished the feat in 2015.

•New York Jets running backs Bilal Powell (163 rushing yards, 75-yard touchdown run) and rookie Elihan McGuire (93 rushing yards, 69-yard touchdown run) each rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 23-20 overtime win against Jacksonville. McGuire and Powell are the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game.

•Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka converted all three of his field goal attempts, including makes of 55 and 56 yards, in the Bills’ 23-17 win at Atlanta. ​Hauschka, who has converted three field goals of at least 55 yards this season, trails only Detroit’s Matt Prater, who has converted four field goals of at least 55 yards in 2017, for the most by a player in a single season in NFL history.

For week four, we went 11-5, which was a huge improvement. For the year? 41-23. There’s still a lot of football to be played between now and December 31st, when the regular season comes to an end. For this time of year, you lose, your next game’s next week, which is a lot better than the post-season, where if you lose, your next game’s next year.

The first round of byes take place in week five and the teams that will be off this week are Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington. They’ll get back to action next week. Week 5 began Thursday night with the New England beating Tampa Bay Thursday night in the Sunshine State and week 5 concludes with a pair of primetime matches as the Houston Texans host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the Minnesota Vikings visit the Chicago Bears in an NFC North divisional showdown on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week five.

Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at New York Giants (0-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of winless teams, sitting in the bottom of their respective divisions, meet in the Meadowlands as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host the Los Angeles Chargers at Met Life Stadium.

The Chargers lost another close contest last Sunday at StubHub Center, falling to Philadelphia 26-24. Los Angeles trailed 16- 10 at the intermission on the West Coast but managed to make things close, trailing 19-17 with 13:42 left to play in the contest, then pulled to within seven with 6:44 left when Rivers and TE Hunter Henry connected on a 4-yard TD pass and that would be the closest that Los Angeles would get in the contest. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 214-58, with LeGarrette Blount doing most of the work, tallying 136 of those yards.

The winless Giants dropped a 25-23 decision to Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Bucs led 13-10 at the intermission before Manning and the Giants took the lead with 3:16 left in regulation when he and TE Rhett Ellison connected on a 2-yard TD strike. The Giants missed the extra point and led 23-22 at that point. For Giant fans, there was hope. That hope would not last very long. Tampa Bay then proceeded to make their way down the field, using all of the 3:16 on the clock, ending an 9-play, 59-yard drive that ended with K Nick Folk sending a 34-yard field goal try through the uprights for the win. Tampa Bay outrushed Big Blue 111-91 and Winston threw for 332 yards and three TDs without an interception, while Manning threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs in the Sunshine State. The Giants were 8 of 17 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:13, while the Bucs were 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 25:47 (both teams were 0 for 1 on fourth down conversions).

The Chargers lead the series 6-5, have outscored New York 292-259 and have won the last three contests (including games that were played when the Chargers were in San Diego), including a 37-14 win at Qualcomm Stadium in 2013. New York’s last win in the series also came at Qualcomm, when they walked away with a 34-16 win in 1998. The Giants are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. If you’re a fan of either team, feel free to watch this one; otherwise, you might want to beg your wife or significant other to take you shopping at Victoria’s Secret (that way, you’ll have an idea as to what to get her for Christmas). There’s going to be a winner in this one. While the Chargers have played some decent but not great football, the Giants were a playoff team last year. Add to that the fact that Eli’s got two Super Bowl rings and Rivers is still looking for his first. Giants break out of the winless column with the win at home and covers the 3 1/2.

Tennessee (2-2) at Miami (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. Miami returns to the other side of the Atlantic for a meeting in the Sunshine State wit Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium.

Tennesee was taken to task by AFC South rival Houston last Sunday, as the Texans manhandled the Titans 57-14 at NRG Stadium last Sunday. Tennessee could never get on track, trailing 30-14 at the half and saw the defending AFC South champs score their final 27 points of the contest unchallenged. Tennessee was outrushed 173-86 and Mariota threw for only 96 yards with a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 283 yards and four TDs through the air and had a rushing TD of his own as his defense forced five Titan turnovers in the Lone Star State. Tennessee went 2 of 8 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 20:19, while the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:41, while going 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Miami went to London and were shutout by New Orleans and Drew Brees 20-0 at Wembley Stadium. The Dolphins trailed 3-0 at the half before things went haywire for them, as the Saints would score the remaining 17 points of the contest unchallenged. New Orleans rushed for 86 yards, while Miami could only muster 58 and Jay Cutler was sacked four times and picked off once, while throwing for 164 yards (Brees threw for 268 yards and a pair of TDs). Miami in merry ole England was 1 of 8 on third down tries on the other side of the Atlantic (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:32, while the Saints were 6 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 34:28.

Including contests that took place when the Texans were in Houston and known as the Oilers and the Dolphins played their home games at the Orange Bowl, the Dolphins lead the series 19-16 and have outscored Tennessee 667-665. Tennessee won the last meeting between the two clubs last year, coming away 30-17 winners in the Sunshine State (Miami’s last win in the series came in 2015 in Nashville by a final of 38-10).

They met in the Sunshine State in week five and the Titans led 21-14 at the half at Hard Rock Stadium before they would pull away for the road win. Mariota threw for three TDs passes and ran for a TD, while tallying 163 yards of passing. Ryan Tannehill threw for 191 yards for Miami but was sacked six times and picked off twice. Tennessee outrushed Miami 235-51, with RB DeMarco Murray accounting for 121 of their rushing yards. Tennessee went 5 of 12 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 36:44, while Miami kept the ball for 23:16, goning 4 of 11 on third down.

Miami was favored by 3 1/2 in the week five contest and the Titans covered the spread, winning by 13 in the Sunshine State. The two teams combined for 47 points, which coved the 43 1/2 over/under. Tennessee’s favored by 3 and the over/under is 43 1/2. Miami bounces back from last week and takes this one in the Sunshine State.

Buffalo (3-1) at Cincinnati (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC teams have a Sunday afternoon meeting along the banks of the Ohio River when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. Both clubs enter the contest with win under their belts last Sunday afternoon in week four play.

Buffalo knocked Atlanta out of the ranks of the unbeatens last Sunday in the Peach State, taking a 23-17 win over the Falcons last Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bills trailed 10-7 at the break before rookie CB Tre’Davious White recovered a Matt Ryan fumble and returned it 52 yards for a TD. Atlanta challenged the call, saying that Matt Ryan’s arm was going forward and at best should have been ruled an incomplete pass. The powers that be saw things differently and the call on the field stood, giving Buffalo a 14-10 lead. K Stephen Hauschka would add the first of his three field goals to give the Bills a 17-10 lead.
That lead would not last long, as Ryan (242 yards) and WR Justin Hardy would tie things up with a 3-yard TD strike with seven minutes left in regulation.

Hauskcka was not finished, kicking a 56-yarder with 4:44 left to play and then nailing a 55-yarder with 3:06 left to play. Atlanta would eventually have one last drive in the contest and came as close as Buffalo’s 10-yard line before a pair of Ryan incompletions stopped the drive and gave the ball back to the Bills. Atlanta did outrush the Bills 149-117, while QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 182 yards and a TD, while being sacked three times. Buffalo was 6 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 28:45, while the Falcons ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:15, going 5 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Bengals got four TD passes from Andy Dalton last Sunday against Cleveland, breaking their three-game losing streak with a 31-7 win over the Browns last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, Cincy led 21-0 at the half and 31-0 at the end of the third quarter and were never threatened. The Browns’ only tally of the contest came with 1:54 left, when the outcome was already decided, as RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards, in addition to the four TDs. The Bengals were 6 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:02, while the Browns, who suffered their fourth loss in a row, went 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while holding the ball for 24:58.

Buffalo leads the series 16-12 and has outscored Cincinnati 691-619. Buffalo won the last meeting with the Bengals, taking a 16-12 win in Cincinnati last year (The Bengals’ last win over Buffalo came in Orchard Park in 2015 by a final of 34-21).

They met in week 11 at Paul Brown Stadium and the Bengals led 12-10 at the half before David Carpenter kicked a pair of field goals to put the Bills in the win column. Buffalo outrushed Cincinnati 183-93 and Tyrod Taylor threw for 166 yards, while Dalton threw for 207 yards with a pair of interceptions. Buffalo on third down tries went 3 for 12 (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down tries) and the Bills kept the ball for 32:11, while the Bengals were 8 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 27:49.

Cincinnati was favored by 3 1/2 in the week 11 matchup and the Bills covered the spread, winning by four. As for the 46 1/2 over/under? It was untouched, as both teams scored only 22 points. The Bengals were 3 1/2 point favorites in the contest along the shores of the Ohio River and the Bills covered the spread, winning by 4. The 46 1/2 over/under was untouched, as both clubs tallied only 28 points. Cincinnati’s favored by a field goal and the over/under’s 39. Could the Bengals make it two in a row? The oddmakers think so and so do we. Cincy wins but expect the Bills to make things closer than 3.

Jacksonville (2-2) at Pittsburgh (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC matchup in the Steel City.

The Jaguars fell to the New York Jets 23-20 in overtime at Met Life Stadium last Sunday afternoon. The Jags and Jets were tied at 10-10 at the half before they would trailed 20-10 after the third quarter came to an end. Jacksonville would then go on to score ten points of their own in the final 15 minutes of action, with K Jason Myers kicking a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the contest. Jacksonville then failed in their first possession of overtime after winning the toss, which allowed the Jets to get the ball back.

New York used a 4-play, 2-yard drive that used only 70 seconds, which saw the Jets take the win when K Chandler Catanzaro connected on a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the extra period. New York’s Bilal Powell ran for 163 of his team’s 256 yards, while Jacksonville ran for 175 and Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, while New York’s Josh McCown threw for 224 yards with five sacks and an interceptions. Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:08, while the Jets, who kept the ball for 34:24, went 6 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Pittsburgh manhandled Baltimore 26-9 last Sunday in Charm City in an AFC North matchup. Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards in the win and LeVeon Bell rushed for 144 yards and a pair of TDs. Although they 19-0 at the half, Pittsburgh was outscored by the Ravens in the second half 9-7 but did manage to outrush the Ravens 173-82 and picked Joe Flacco (235 yards, four sacks) off twice. The Steelers on third down went 7 of 13 and held the ball for 35:29, while the Ravens were 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 24:31.

This series? Even at 11-11. Jaguars has outscored Pittsburgh 392-375 but the Steelers have won the last three meetings, including coming away with a 17-9 win in the Sunshine State in 2014, while the Jaguars’ last win in the series came in 2007 in the Steel City by a final of 29-22. Pittsburgh’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. The Jaguars are a decent team but not quite great. Pittsburgh wins this one but expect Jacksonville to make it closer than the 8 1/2.

Arizona (2-2) at Philadelphia (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. The Desert Angry Birds head east to the City of Brotherly Love for an early afternoon contest with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arizona trailed 15-12 in overtime against San Francisco before Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 19-yard TD pass in Glendale last Sunday to take an 18-15 win over their NFC West rivals. Tied 6-6 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds trailed late in the fourth quarter before K Phil Dawson tied things up with a 32-yard field goal in regulation. San Francisco would win the toss to start the overtime and took the lead with 2:24 left in the extra period when Robbie Gould connected on a 23-yard field goal. The 49er lead would not last very long, as Arizona would use a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 1:52 of clock and ending with the winning score with 32 seconds left in the game. San Francisco did manage to outrush Arizona 95-51, while Palmer, despite being sacked six time,s threw for 357 yards and the game winning score. The 49ers’ Brian Hoyer threw for 234 yards in the loss and was sacked three times and picked off once. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down tries in the desert and kept the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth and held on to the ball for 33:13.

Philadelphia headed west last week and came out with a 26-24 over the Los Angeles Chargers on the Left Coast. Philadelphia led 16-10 at the intermission at Stub Hub Centre but the Chargers managed to make things close, trailing 19-17 with 13:42 left to play in the contest, then pulled to within seven with 6:44 left when Rivers and TE Hunter Henry connected on a 4-yard TD pass and that would be the closest that Los Angeles would get in the contest. Philadelphia outrushed Los Angeles 214-58, with LeGarrette Blount doing most of the work, tallying 136 of those yards.

Including games that were played in Chicago and St. Louis when the Cardinals called those cities home, Arizona leads the series 57-54-5, while the Eagles have outscored Arizona 2,472-2,286. Arizona’s won the last two meetings, including a 40-17 win in Philly in 2015, while the Eagles’ last win in the series came in 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field by a final of 24-21.

Philadelphia’s favored by 6 1/2 at home and the over/under’s 45. Both numbers make sense. While this one’s not quite “DRILL WORTHY,” it’s worth your time. Philly covers 6 1/2 at home and takes the win.

Carolina (3-1) at Detroit (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of 3-1 teams meet in the Motor City as the Carolina Panthers travel to Detroit for an indoor meeting with the Detroit Lions.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers came from behind in Foxboro, coming away 33-30 winners at Gillette Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champs. New England led 17-16 at the half before Carolina roared back in the final 30 minutes of action. Carolina would eventually take a 23-16 lead with 2:47 left in the third when Newton tossed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Devin Funchess. Newton, who threw for 316 yards and three TDs, would later score from seven yards out with 12:58 left in regulation.

The Pats would eventually pull even when Tom Brady (307 yards, two TDs) and WR Danny Amendola connected on a 1-yard TD strike with 3:09 left. Carolina then went on to use that remaining 3:09, taking a 10-play, 46-yard drive that would send Pats fans home sad when Graham Gano, who missed an extra point earlier in the contest, booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired.
Carolina outrushed New England 140-80 and the Panthers were 6 of 9 on third down tries and held the ball for 28:53 (which included the final drive of the game), while the defending Super Bowl champs were 7 of 14 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 31:07.

Detroit used a Matt Prater field goal and a two-point conversion in the Twin Cities last Sunday to take a 14-7 win over Minnesota last Sunday. Minnesota led 7-3 at the half before the Lions scored their 11 points in the third quarter unchallenged. First, Prater connected on a 37-yard field goal try. Detroit would then take the lead for keeps when RB Ameer Abdullah scored from three yards out with 8 minutes left in the quarter. The Lions then went for two and it was Stafford (209 yards) and T.J. Jones connected on the successful try. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-87 and the Vikings’ Case Keenum threw for 219 yards at US Bank Stadium. Detroit was 3 of 13 on third down tries in the NFC North contest and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings clung to the pigskin for 23:33, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Carolina leads the series 5-2 and have outscored Detroit 171-143. Carolina’s last win in the series came in 2014 in the Tar Heel State by a 24-7 final, while Detroit’s last win came in 2011 by a final of 49-35 in the Motor City. The Lions are favored by 3 and the over/under’s 44. Carolina will make this one interesting but Detroit prevails at home and takes the win, even though they may not cover the 3.

New York Jets (2-2) at Cleveland (0-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A somewhat improved New York Jets team travels to upstate Ohio for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the winless Browns.

As for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, they needed overtime to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 at Met Life Stadium last Sunday afternoon. Tied at 10-10 at the half, GangGreen would leadd 20-10 after the third quarter came to an end. Jacksonville would then go on to score ten points of their own in the final 15 minutes of action, with K Jason Myers kicking a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the contest. Jacksonville then failed in their first possession of overtime after winning the toss, which allowed the Jets to get the ball back.

New York used a 4-play, 2-yard drive that used only 70 seconds, which saw the Jets take the win when K Chandler Catanzaro connected on a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the extra period. New York’s Bilal Powell ran for 163 of his team’s 256 yards, while Jacksonville ran for 175 and Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, while New York’s Josh McCown threw for 224 yards with five sacks and an interceptions. Jacksonville was 4 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 35:08, while the Jets, who kept the ball for 34:24, went 6 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The Browns were burned by four TD passes from Andy Dalton last Sunday against Cleveland, sending them to a four-game losing with a 31-7 loss last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie. After a scoreless first quarter, Cincy led 21-0 at the half and 31-0 at the end of the third quarter and were never threatened. The Browns’ only tally of the contest came with 1:54 left, when the outcome was already decided, as RB Duke Johnson scored from a yard out. The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 86-45 and Dalton threw for 286 yards, in addition to the four TDs. The Bengals were 6 of 11 on third down tries and kept the ball for 35:02, while the Browns, who suffered their fourth loss in a row, went 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while holding the ball for 24:58.

Cleveland leads the series by a slim 12-11 margin and the Browns have outscored GangGreen 476-469. However… the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last four meetings, including a 31-28 victory last year (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2007 in the Meadowlands by a final of 24-18).

The week eight contest along the shores of Lake Erie saw the Browns blow a 20-7 lead at the intermission, allowing GangGreen to win the second half by outscoring the Browns 24-8 to take a 31-28 win. New York outrushed Cleveland 171-68 and while Josh McCown threw for 341 yards and a pair of TDs, he did suffer a sack and was picked off twice. Ryan Fitzpatrick led New York with 228 yards passing and Matt Forte led all rushers with 82 yards and a pair of TDs. GangGreen went 7 of 15 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:41, while the Browns, who held the ball for 26:19, went 8 of 16 on third down tries.

The Jets won by 3, allowing them to cover the 3-point spread exactly and both clubs covered the 43 1/2 over/under with 59 points. Cleveland’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 39. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Browns are looking to pick up their first win of the season. GangGreen’s looking to go over the .500 mark. GangGreen covers the 2 and wins on the shores of Lake Erie.

San Francisco (0-4) at Indianapolis (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of teams trying to restore some sembliance of order meetin the Hoosier State as the San Francisco 49ers search for their first win, coming to Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium for a meeting with the Colts.

San Francisco led 15-12 in overtime against Arizona before they saw that lead get away from them as Arizona QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald connected on a 19-yard TD pass in Glendale last Sunday to take an 18-15 win over their NFC West rivals. Tied 6-6 at the half, the Desert Angry Birds trailed late in the fourth quarter before 49ers K Phil Dawson tied things up with a 32-yard field goal in regulation. San Francisco would win the toss to start the overtime and took the lead with 2:24 left in the extra period when Robbie Gould connected on a 23-yard field goal. The 49er lead would not last very long, as Arizona would use a 7-play, 75-yard drive that used 1:52 of clock and ending with the winning score with 32 seconds left in the game. San Francisco did manage to outrush Arizona 95-51, while Palmer, despite being sacked six time,s threw for 357 yards and the game winning score. The 49ers’ Brian Hoyer threw for 234 yards in the loss and was sacked three times and picked off once. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down tries in the desert and kept the ball for 36:15, while the 49ers were 5 of 19 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth and held on to the ball for 33:13.

For the Colts, they let a 15-10 halftime lead against Seattle last Sunday night get away from them, as Indy would lose 46-18 in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle restored order in the final 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field, outscoring the Colts 36-3 in that frame. Seattle outrushed Indy 194-98, while Russell Wilson threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs and had a rushing TD of his own. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett, taking over for the injured Andrew Luck, threw for 157 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off once. Seattle did quite well on third and fourth down, going 10 of 15 and 1 of 1 in both catagories and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Colts were 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48.

The Colts lead the series 25-18, which includes contests that took place when the Colts were in Baltimore and the 49ers played their home games in Keezar Stadium and Candlestick Park and the Colts have outscored the 49ers 1,017-843. The Colts were 27-7 winners in their last meeting on the West Coast in 2013, while the 49ers’ last win over Indy came in 2001 in the Hoosier State by a final of 40-21.

Indy’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under 43. Both teams are better than their records indicate. You might want to take a pass on this one and watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on “Science Channel” (unless you’re a fan of either team… that Kari Byron is not only smart, she’s kinda cute!). Colts cover the 1 1/2 and win at home again in Indiana.

Seattle (2-2) at Los Angeles Rams (3-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. It’s an NFC West contest as Seattle makes the 1,137 mile trip down I-5 for a meeting with the first-place Rams in the Coliseum. Both teams enter the contest winning their last contest last Sunday.

Seattle chipped away at a 15-10 halftime deficit against Indianapolis last Sunday night and came away 46-18 winners in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. The Seahawks would restore order in the final 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field, outscoring the Colts 36-3 in that frame. Seattle outrushed Indy 194-98, while Wilson threw for 295 yards and a pair of TDs and had a rushing TD of his own. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett, taking over for Andrew Luck, threw for 157 yards and a TD but was sacked three times and picked off once. Seattle did quite well on third and fourth down, going 10 of 15 and 1 of 1 in both catagories and kept the ball for 32:12, while the Colts were 6 of 14 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:48.

Los Angeles erased a 24-16 deficit at AT&T Stadium get away from them as the Rams came back to beat the Cowboys 35-30. Todd Gurley led all rushers with 121 yards in the comeback win, while Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot ran for 85 yards in a losing cause. (the Rams ran for 168, while Dallas tallied 189). Second-year QB Dak Prescott threw for 252 yards and three TDs (two sacks, interception) for Dallas, while Jarred Goff threw for 255 yards with a pair of TDs, connecting with Gurley on one of the tosses. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:28, while the Rams ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 30:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

Seattle leads the series 22-15 and the Seahawks have outscored the Rams 811-714 (which includes contests that were played in St. Louis). They split the two games in the series last year, each winning at home.

Meeting one… Los Angeles in week two. If you liked field goals, this was your game, as all the points came by way of the kickers. The Rams led 6-3 at the half in the Coliseum and came out on top 9-6. Greg Zuerlein and Stephen Hauschka accounted for all of the scoring in that meeting in Tinseltown and neither club breached the 100-yard barrier (Seattle outrushed Los Angeles 67-64) and Wilson threw for 254 yards, while Case Keenum threw for 239 (Keenum was sacked three times, Wilson was sacked twice). Seattle was 4 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 30:03, while the Rams were 3 of 12, keeping the pigskin for 29:57.

Seattle got revenge in front of the home folks in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in their week 15 Thursday night contest at CenturyLink Field, holding the Rams to a 2nd quarter field goal by Zuerlien to take a 24-3 win. Leading 10-3 at the half, the Seahawks controlled the second half, scoring on a pair of Wilson TD passes to take the win. Seattle once again outrushed the Rams, tallying 72 yards on the ground to Los Angeles’ 47 and Wilson threw for 229 yards with the two TDS, while Jarred Goff threw for 135 yards and was sacked four times. The Seahawks on third down in the rematch did a little better job in Seattle than they did in Los Angeles, going 7 of 15 (they did find paydirt in their only fourth down conversion), while the Rams were once again 3 of 12 in the same catagory. Seattle ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:31, while the Rams kept it for 27:29.

In the week two contest in Los Angeles, there were only 12 points scores and the Rams barely missed the 6 1/2 point spread, winning by 6. Seattle did take care of business in the second meeting in the Pacific Northwest, winning by 21, allowing them to cover the 14-point spread. Neither club covered the 38 1/2 over/under in the second contest, as both teams scored only 27 points.

The Rams are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. While no one should sleep on the Rams, be mindful that the Seahawks are the defending NFC West champs. Seattle covers the 2 1/2 on the road and wins in Tinseltown.

Baltimore (2-2) at Oakland (2-2), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. The Silver and Black return home to square off against the Baltimore Ravens in a late afternoon (Eastern) contest in Oakland.

Baltimore was kept in check by Pittsburgh, losing to the Steelers 26-9 last Sunday in Charm City in an AFC North matchup. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 216 yards in the win and LeVeon Bell rushed for 144 yards and a pair of TDs. Although they 19-0 at the half, the Ravens did manage to outscore Pittsburgh in the second half by a 9-7 margin. Pittsburgh outrushed the Ravens 173-82 and picked Joe Flacco (235 yards, four sacks) off twice. The Steelers on third down went 7 of 13 and held the ball for 35:29, while the Ravens were 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the pigskin for 24:31.

Held to 24 yards on the ground last Sunday, the Raiders fell to Denver 16-10 at Sports Authority Field. The Raiders trailed 10-7 at the half before it became a battle of field goal kickers as Denver’s Brian McMannus kicked a pair of third qaurter field goals, while Giorgio Tavecchio, taking over for the injured Sebastian Janikowski, booted a 38 yarder to keep his team close. Denver rushed for 143 yards in the win at home, while Trevor Siemian threw for 179 yards and a TD (Siemian was sacked four times). The Denver defense then closed things out, stopping a late Raider drive that would have given Oakland the lead, when Justin Simmons picked off E.J. Manuel (106 yards), who took over for David Carr (back), who threw for 143 yards to take the win. Neither club did anything to write home about on third down tries…. Oakland went 2 of 12, while the Broncos were 5 of 16 (Oakland was 0 of 3 on fourth down tries) and Denver ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:57, while the Raiders held it for 27:03.

The Ravens lead the series 6-3 and have outscored the Silver and Black 237-158. Oakland has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 28-27 win in Charm City last year (Baltimore’s last win over Oakland came in 2009 in Oakland by a final of 21-13).

They met in week four in Charm City and the Raiders led 14-6 at the half before the Ravens stormed back to give Oakland fans a pre-Halloween scare in the second half. Baltimore outrushed Oakland 130-62 and Flacco threw for 298 yards and a TD, while Carr (199 yards) threw four TD passes, three of them to Michael Crabtree. Oakland was 3 of 12 on third down and held the ball for 25:16, while the Ravens, who kept the ball for 34:44, went 5 of 17 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down tries.

The week four contest in Charm City had Baltimore as a 3 1/2-point favorite and the Raiders came away with the 1-point win. Both teams did manage to break the 46 1/2 over/under by combining for 55 points. The Silver and Black are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 39. Both teams are coming off losses and both would like nothing more than to right their ships. Raiders just win, baby and cover the 2 1/2.

Green Bay (3-1) at Dallas (2-2), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. They met in the post-season last year. They meet again this year. Green Bay travels to Arlington for a late-afternoon contest with the Dallas Cowboys.

Green Bay made life miserable for Chicago at Lambeau last Thursday night, taking down the Bears 35-14. The Packers and Rodgers led 21-7 at the break and were never really challehged in the game. Rodgers threw for 179 yards and four TDs, two of them to Jordy Nelson, although Green Bay was held to 91 yards rushing, while Chicago came away with 103 yards. Green Bay went 7 of 14 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:09, while Chicago kept the pigskin for 31:51, going 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Dallas saw a 24-16 lead at AT&T Stadium get away from them as the Cowboys would fall to the Los Angeles Rams 35-30. Elliot ran for 85 of the Cowboys’ 189 in the loss with a pair of TDs, while Todd Gurley ran amok, leading all rushers with 121 yards in the win (the Rams ran for 168). Second-year QB Dak Prescott threw for 252 yards and three TDs (two sacks, interception) for Dallas, while Jarred Goff threw for 255 yards with a pair of TDs, connecting with Gurley on one of the tosses. Dallas was 7 of 14 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:28, while the Rams ruled the clock by keeping the ball for 30:32, while going 5 of 13 on third down.

Green Bay leads the series 14-13 and the Packers have outscored Dallas 620-575. They met twice, once in the regular season and then again in the post-season.

Meeting one… week 6… Lambeau. Prescott threw for 247 yards and three TD passes, two to Cole Beasley, as Dallas came away 30-16 winners. Dallas led 17-6 at the break and never looked back, outrushing Green Bay 191-78 (Elliot accounted for 157 of those yards), while Rodgers threw for 294 yards and a TD with an interception. Dallas was 3 of 11 on third down tries (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Packers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:10, going 7 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down tries.

That was the first meeting.

The second, you ask?

The Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs. Dallas was the number one seed, while Green Bay was the fourth seed. The site? Arlington. Green Bay led 21-13 at the break, then held off a Dallas rally in the second half and came out 34- 31 winners to advance to the NFC Championship Game and a date in Atlanta. Leading 28-13 at the end of three quarters, Dallas stormed back to tie things up in the final quarter of play and Prescott connected with Jason Witten and Dez Bryant on TD passes (Prescott also scored on a 2-point try) and a 52-yard field goal by Dan Bailey with 35 seconds left. The tie would not last long as Green Bay would use all the 35 seconds left in the contest, when Rodgers threw a deep pass to Jeff Cook for 32 yards. Cook then ran out of bounds at the Cowboys’ 32-yard line. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld. Mason Crosby then put an end to the 6-play, 43-yard drive, kicking the game winner as the clock struck :00. Elliot again led all rushers with 125 yards, as the Cowboys again outrushed Green Bay 138-87 and both Prescott (302 yards) and Rodgers (356 yards, two TDS) threw for over 300 yards in the contest. Both teams were 6 of 11 on third down conversions and Green Bay kept the ball for 29:46, while Dallas had the ball for 30:14.

Green Bay was favored by 4 1/2 in the week six contest and Dallas covered the spread, winning by 14. The 47 1/2 over/under was just missed, as both teams scored 46 points. In the Divisional round, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 but the Packers would win by 3 in the Lone Star State. Green Bay and Dallas did manage to take care of the 52 over/under, tallying 65 points.

Saying that this one is not “DRILL WORTHY” is like saying Wile Coyote likes to fall off cliffs. 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 Co stco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Dallas is favored by 2 and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Could they meet again in the postseason? It could happen. If history has a way of repeating itself, then Green Bay’s in good shape. Packers pull the upset in the Lone Star State and covers the 2 on the road with the win.

Kansas City (4-0) at Houston (2-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of rookies meet in the Lone Star State at Kareem Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson at NRG Stadium.

Kansas City erased a 10-7 deficit against Washington last Monday evening at Arrowhead and came away 29-20 winners to remain unbeaten. Hugh Butker kikcked three field goals and QB Alex Smith (293 yards) and TE Travis Kelce connected on a TD pass (Smith had a rushing TD), while Hunt ran for 101 yards in the contest. Kansas City outrushed the Redskins 168-111 in the come from behind win that ended when LB Justin Houston picked up a Kirk Cousins (220 yards, two TDs) fumble and retured it for a TD as the clock struck :00. Kansas City went 8 of 13 on third down tries and ruled the clock, holding the ball for 37:09, while the Redskins were 4 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 22:51.

Houston last Sunday manhandled the Titans 57-14 at NRG Stadium last Sunday. The Texans led from start to finish in the AFC South contest at NRG Stadium, leading 30-14 at the half and then score their final 27 points of the contest unchallenged. Tennessee was outrushed 173-86 and Mariota threw for only 96 yards with a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, Watson threw for 283 yards and four TDs through the air and had a rushing TD of his own as his defense forced five Titan turnovers in the Lone Star State. Tennessee went 2 of 8 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 20:19, while the Texans ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 39:41, while going 6 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

The series between the Chiefs and Texans? Tied 4-4 and the Chiefs have outscored the Texans 198-165. Houston won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 19-12 win in the Lone Star State last year (Kansas City’s last regular season win came in 2015, when they won 27-20 in Houston).

In that week two contest in Houston, the Texans used four Nick Novak goals in the contest, with the only TD for either team coming in the first quarter of play when Brock Osweiler and Dereck Hopkins connected on a 27-yard TD pass to open the scoring. Houston led 13-3 at the break, although Kansas City ruled the roost in the second half and outscored the Texans 9-6. Kansas City outrushed Houston 119-97, while Osweiler accounted for the game’s only TD pass, throwing for 268 yards, while Smtih threw for 186 with four sacks. Houston went 4 of 15 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:59, while the Chiefs, who kept the ball for 26:01, went 3 of 14 on third down conversions.

Houston covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 7 in the week two contest. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? It was safe, as both teams merged for only 31 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as a 1-point road favorite and the over/under’s 47. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Is this one “DRILL WORTHY?” There’s nothing that says you can’t have two “DRILL WORTHY” games (just be sure to follow the instructions from the Green Bay-Dallas game). Kansas City’s the last team standing that’s unbeaten. Houston would like to knock the Chiefs from that perch. Houston pulls the upset and takes the win at home, covering the 1.

Minnesota (2-2) at Chicago (1-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week five concludes in the Windy City as a pair of NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman would say) meet at Soldier Field on Monday night. Both teams played conference rivals last week and both teams took losses.

Minnesota let a 7-3 halftime lead against Detroit get away from them as the Lions used a Matt Prater field goal and a two-point conversion in the Twin Cities last Sunday to fall 14-7 last Sunday. Minnesota led at the half before the Lions scored their 11 points in the third quarter unchallenged. First, Prater connected on a 37-yard field goal try. Detroit would then take the lead for keeps when RB Ameer Abdullah scored from three yards out with 8 minutes left in the quarter. The Lions then went for two and it was Stafford (209 yards) and T.J. Jones connected on the successful try. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-87 and the Vikings’ Case Keenum threw for 219 yards at US Bank Stadium. Detroit was 3 of 13 on third down tries in the NFC North contest and kept the ball for 36:27, while the Vikings clung to the pigskin for 23:33, going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Chicago struggled against NFC North opponent Green Bay last Thursday night at Lambeau and fell to the Packers 35-14. Chicago trailed 21-7 at the break and could never get on track as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 179 yards and four TDs, two of them to Jordy Nelson. It was also an equally frustrating night for Chicago as LB Danny Trevathan was flagged for a late hit on Nelson in the contest. Trevathan would later be fined and suspended by the league without pay for two games (that suspension would later be dropped to one game). Trevathan will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster next week. The one bright spot was that Da Bears held Green Bay held to 91 yards rushing, while Chicago came away with 103 yards. Green Bay went 7 of 14 on third down conversions (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:09, while Chicago kept the pigskin for 31:51, going 5 of 12 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Minnesota leads the series 58-51-2 and the Vikings have outscored Chicago 2,341-2,154. They split the two meetings last year, with both teams winning in their home facility.

First meeting… week 8 in the Windy City. While Chicago was getting ready to celebrate the Cubs winning the World Series, Da Bears took down Minnesota 20-10 at Soldier Field. Chicago led 13-3 at t he half, holding Minnesota to 57 yards rushing, while they tallied 158 (Chicago’s Jordan Howard led all rushers with 153 yards and a TD). Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a TD pass, while Minnesota’s Sam Bradford was sacked five times, while throwing for 228 yards and a TD. Chicago went 7 of 14 on third down tries in the Windy City and keot the ball for 32:41, while the Vikings held on to the ball for 27:19, going 2 of 13 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Meeting number two… week 17 in the Twin Cities. With both teams out of the playoff picture, Chicago and Minnesota were basically playing with house money in the season finale and the Vikings got revenge from their week 8 loss, taking a 38-10 win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota led 24-10 at the break and scored their final 14 points of the contest unchallenged. Chicago outrushed Minnesota again in the second meeting, tallying 183, while the Vikes tallied 124 and once again, Howard was front and center in this one, rushing for 135 in a losing effort. Bradford threw for 250 yards in the win at US Bank Stadium, tossing three TDs. In the second meeting, it was the Vikings that did well on third down tries, going 6 of 12 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down), while Chicago was 2 of 9 third down wise (1 of 2 on fourth down). Minnesota ruled the clock and kept the ball for 30:12, while Da Bears kept the pigskin for 29:48.

On Monday night, both teams are below the .500 mark all time. Minnesota? 27-31 (they played two games last year in prime time and split the two contests. Da Bears? 30-37 (they too played two games and like the Vikings, split the two contests).

The week eight contest was a Monday night game and the Vikings were favored by 5 1/2. Da Bears covered the 5 1/2, winning by 10. However, the 41 over/under was safe and sound as both teams combined for 30 points. Minnesota covered the 5-point spread in the season finale in the Twin Cities and both teams covered the 41 over/under with 48 points. Minnesota’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 40. While it’s not exactly a great game to watch, it may well be worth your time. That means you might want to tape “Scorpion” this week. Minnesota covers the 2 1/2 in the Windy City and beats Da Bears on Da Road.

 

And then there were two.

Atlanta and Kansas City remain unbeaten through play in week three. Both the Falcons and Chiefs won on the road, while Baltimore, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Miami, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Denver and Detroit took losses.

While the Falcons and Chiefs remained unblemished, the Giants, Bengals, Browns, Chargers and 49ers have yet to win a game. It’s only week four, so there’s still time for those teams.

In a weekend that was filled with protests throughout the NFL for the comments made by Donald Trump at a rally in Alabama last Friday, the NFL prevailed as players took knees or joined arm in arm with teammates and in some cases, various owners got involved.

SEVEN FROM WEEK 3: Jacksonville defeated Baltimore 44-7 in front of 84,592 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in the first of a record four 2017 London Series games in the United Kingdom.

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis had three touchdown catches, the most touchdown receptions by a player in a London Series game since its inception in 2007 and tied with Allen Robinson (December 6, 2015 at Tennessee) and Jimmy Smith (September 10, 2000 at Baltimore) for the most TD catches in a single game in franchise history. The Jaguars have won their past three London Series games, scoring at least 30 points in each of those victories.

•New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 percent) for 378 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 146.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-33 win over Houston. Brady has six career games with at least five touchdown passes and no interceptions, the second-most in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (seven) has more such games.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a touchdown reception in the team’s win against Houston. Gronkowski, who appeared in his 91st career game on Sunday, has 70 career touchdown catches and is the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 70 career touchdown receptions. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth (80 games), Jerry Rice (81) and Don Hutson (85) and Randy Moss (89) reached 70 career touchdown receptions in fewer games.

•Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 183 scrimmage yards (172 rushing, 11 receiving), including a 69-yard touchdown run in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win at the Los Angeles Chargers. Hunt has six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in his first three career games, tied with Billy Sims (1980 Detroit Lions) and Dutch Sternaman (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games. Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards through three games, surpassed Sid Blanks of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games. Only Sims (562) has more scrimmage yards in his first three career games.

•Philadelphia rookie kicker Jake Elliott may not have been wearing khakis but he connected on a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory over the New York Giants. Elliott’s 61-yard field goal is the longest by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the third-longest game-ending field goal in league annals, trailing only Tom Dempsey (63 yards, November 8, 1970) and Matt Bryant (62, October 22, 2006).

•Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green had 10 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ overtime loss at Green Bay.

Green, who recorded his 500th reception and his 50th touchdown catch in his 89th career game on Sunday, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald as the only players in NFL history with at least 500 catches and 50 touchdown receptions in his first 90 career games.

•New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had nine catches, including two touchdown receptions in the team’s loss at Philadelphia. Beckham, who has 301 receptions in 45 career games, reached 300 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing Anquan Boldin, who recorded his 300th career reception in his 47th career game.

•Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 percent) for 369 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 142.1 passer rating in the Vikings’ 34-17 win against Tampa Bay in Minneapolis. Keenum is the second quarterback in franchise history (Tommy Kramer, December 14, 1980 vs. Cleveland) to complete at least 75 percent of his passes with at least 360 passing yards, three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single game.

After an exciting week of close games and tight finishes, the NFL heads into Week 4. Last week, eight games were decided by six points or fewer, including two overtime contests. All eight of those games were decided in the final two minutes or OT.

The chances of making the playoffs after a 3-0 start are good but far from certain. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 100 of the 136 teams (73.5 percent) to start 3-0 have qualified for the postseason. However, last season only one of the five teams to start 3-0 – New England – advanced to the playoffs.

There are currently 18 teams with a 2-1 record or better – Atlanta (3-0), Baltimore (2-1), Buffalo (2-1), Carolina (2-1), Dallas (2-1), Denver (2-1), Detroit (2-1), Green Bay (2-1), Jacksonville (2-1), Kansas City (3-0), Los Angeles Rams (2-1), Minnesota (2-1), New England (2-1), Oakland (2-1), Philadelphia (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Tennessee (2-1) and Washington (2-1) – and 10 of them did not make the playoffs in 2016 (Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Washington). Those 10 clubs are all candidates to be turnaround teams 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.

ROCKING ROOKIES: Rookies across the league are off to a fast start. Through the first three weeks of the season, rookies have accumulated 4,308 yards from scrimmage, the most by rookies through Week 3 since 1970.

The seasons with the most yards from scrimmage by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST SCRIMMAGE YARDS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
2017 – 4,308
2008 – 3,483
1971 – 3,427
2014 – 3,385
2016 – 3,344

Rookies have also totaled 30 touchdowns through Week 3, the most through the first three weeks of a season since 1970.

The seasons with the most touchdowns by rookies through Week 3 since 1970:

SEASON – MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY ROOKIES THROUGH WEEK 3
2017 – 30
1978 – 29
1984 – 28
1980 – 26
1975 – 25

A look at some notable rookie numbers:

•Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win over the Chargers and Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 34-17 win over the Buccaneers. Hunt (401 rushing yards) and Cook (288) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in rushing. Hunt has scored six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) in his first three career games, tying Billy Sims (1980 Detroit Lions) and Dutch Sternaman (1920 Decatur Staleys) for the most touchdowns by a player in his first three career games.

•Philadelphia rookie kicker Jake Elliott converted a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory over the New York Giants. Elliott’s 61-yard field goal is the longest by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the third-longest game-ending field goal in league annals, trailing only Tom Dempsey (63 yards, November 8, 1970) and Matt Bryant (62, October 22, 2006).

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Seven quarterbacks passed for at least three touchdowns without an interception in Week 3, tied for the second-most such games in a single week in league annals.

The most performances with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a single week in NFL history:

SEASON – WEEK (QUARTERBACKS WITH 3+ TD PASSES AND 0 INTERCEPTIONS)
2013 – 14 (9)
2017 – 3 (7)
2016 – 16 (7)
2015 – 12 (7)
2007 – 14 (7)
1995 – 12 (7)

The quarterbacks with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in Week 3:

PLAYER, TEAM (TD PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS)
Tom Brady, New England (5/0)
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (4/0)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (4/0)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (3/0)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (3/0)
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (3/0)
Case Keenum, Minnesota (3/0)

HUNT MAKES HISTORY: Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt had a 69-yard touchdown run with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 24-10 win against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3. Hunt has scored a touchdown of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games to start his career, becoming the only player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards through three games, surpassed Sid Blanks of the 1964 Houston Oilers (452) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a player in his first three career games.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in their first three career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 3 CAREER GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980; 562)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017; 538)
Sid Blanks, Houston Oilers (1964; 452)
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934; 435)
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (2005, 434)
Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis (1994; 432)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FALCONS FAST START: Atlanta defeated the Detroit Lions 30-26 in Week 3 to improve to 3-0 on the season, becoming the sixth team since the current 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl the previous season.

The previous five teams to accomplish the feat all advanced to the postseason.

The teams since 1990 to start a season 3-0 after losing the Super Bowl in the previous season:

TEAM (YEAR, RECORD; SEASON RESULT)
Atlanta (2017, 3-0; ????)*
Seattle (2006, 9-7; advanced to NFC Divisional)
Green Bay (1998, 11-5; advanced to NFC Wild Card)
New England (1997, 10-6; advanced to AFC Divisional)
Buffalo (1992, 11-5; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVII)
Buffalo (1991, 13-3; Advanced to Super Bowl XXVI)
*Through three games

POWERFUL PRATER: Detroit kicker Matt Prater converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including makes of 55 and 57 yards, in the Lions’ Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Through three games, Prater has converted four field goals of at least 55 yards, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most field goals of at least 55 yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, FGs MADE/FGs ATTEMPTED)
Matt Prate, Detroit (2017, 4/4)*
Blair Walsh, Minnesota (2012, 3/3)
Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams (2012, 3/7)
Morten Anderson, Atlanta (1995, 3/4)^
Fred Steinfort, Denver (1980, 3/3)
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DREAM SEASON: Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt had 183 scrimmage yards (172 rushing, 11 receiving) and one rushing touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win at the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.

With 30 scrimmage yards in Week 4 against Washington on Monday Night Football, Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards in his first three games, would surpass ADRIAN PETERSON (549 yards in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (567 in 1983) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Billy Sims, Detroit (1980 – 745)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983 – 567)^
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2007 – 549)
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 538)*
Beattie Feathers, Chicago Bears (1934 – 536)
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FINDING PAYDIRT: Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley had three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the team’s 41-39 win at San Francisco. Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gurley and Hunt have six touchdowns each through three games this season. With three touchdowns in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH and STEPHEN DAVIS for the second-most touchdowns by a player in his team’s first four games to start a season.

The players with the most touchdowns in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON-TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1958-10)^
Stephen Davis, Washington (1999-9)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995-9)^
Many tied with 8
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (2017-6)*
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017-6)*
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two touchdowns each in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would become the first pair of players to each have eight total touchdowns through their team’s first four games in the same season in NFL history.

Hunt, who currently leads all rookies with six total touchdowns, needs two touchdowns to tie Bill Paschal of the 1943 New York Giants (eight touchdowns) for the most touchdowns by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

The rookies with the most touchdowns in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES)
Bill Paschal, New York Giants (1943 – 8)
Many tied with 6
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City (2017 – 6)*
*Through three games

YARD WORK: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 27-24 overtime win against Cincinnati in Week 3.

Rodgers, who ranks second in the NFL with 967 passing yards this season, has at least 300 passing yards in each of his team’s first three games. With at least 300 passing yards against Chicago on Thursday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 300 or more passing yards in each of his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with 300 or more passing yards in each of their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR – GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2013 – 4)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 4)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (2009 – 4)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (2000 – 4)^
Steve Young, San Francisco (1998 – 4)^
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2017 – 3)*
*Through three games (Rodgers played Thursday night)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Three quarterbacks – New England’s Tom Brady, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Kansas City’s Alex Smith – have at least 750 passing yards, six touchdown passes and no interceptions through Week 3. Brady, Brees and Smith look to join an exclusive club this week.

Brady, who has 1,092 passing yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions, is looking to become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2015.

Brees (867 passing yards, six touchdowns) and Smith (774, seven) are looking to join Brady, Peyton Manning and Don Meridith as the only quarterbacks to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season.

The quarterbacks with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (YEAR, PASSING YARDS/TD PASSES; INTERCEPTIONS)
Tom Brady, New England (2015 – 1,387/11; 0)
Peyton Manning, Denver (2013 – 1,470/16; 0)
Don Meredith, Dallas (1966 – 1,089/14; 0)
Tom Brady, New England (2017 – 1,092/8; 0)*
Drew Brees, New Orleans (2017 – 867/6; 0)*
Alex Smith, Kansas City (2017 – 774/7; 0)*

*Through three games

BAKER’S COUSINS: Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 percent) for 365 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.7 passer rating in the Redskins’ 27-10 win over Oakland in Week 3.

Cousins, who has 12,897 career passing yards, will be playing in his 50th career game when the Redskins visit Kansas City on Monday Night Football. With 103 passing yards against the Chiefs, Cousins would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 13,000 passing yards in his first 50 career games.

Cousins, who has thrown 43 interceptions, can have the fewest interceptions through 50 career games among the quarterbacks who reached 13,000 passing yards during that span.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS/INTERCEPTIONS)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (14,331/57)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (13,864/62)^
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (13,551/52)
Dan Marino, Miami (13,514/57)^
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (13,450/48)
Kirk Cousins, Washington (12,897/43)*
*Through 49 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

STILL KICKING: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri has made 534 career field goals during his 22-year career. With four field goals against Seattle on Sunday night, Vinatieri would tie GARY ANDERSON (538) for the second-most made field goals in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – TEAM(S)(CAREER MADE FGS)
Morten Andersen – New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City and Minnesota (565)^
Gary Anderson – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota and Tennessee (538)
Adam Vinatieri – New England and Indianapolis (534)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to make at least 250 field goals with two different teams, converting 263 with New England (1996-2005) and 271 with Indianapolis (2006-present).​

Don’t count out any teams yet. For the teams that have one win or no wins, there’s hope. Since 1990, 73 teams with a losing record after the first three games made the playoffs. That includes two teams last season – Detroit and Miami. So, entering Week 4, hope is still very much alive for everyone.

As for last week… not the best week but not the worst. We went 8-8 and for the season, 30-17. A lot of football left to be played. Anything can happen and as they say “on any given Sunday…” Week four got underway at Lambeau as the Packers and Bears met on Thursday night (Green Bay prevailed against their NFC North rivals) and concludes Monday night when the Chiefs host Washington at Arrowhead. Here are the Sunday and Monday picks for week four.

Buffalo (2-1) at ATLANTA (3-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of division leaders meet in the Big Peach as the defending NFC champions host the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Buffalo broke a 13-13 tie in upstate New York against Denver and took a 26-16 win over the Broncos. Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka connected on four field goals and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 213 yards an a pair of TDs in the win. Denver did manage to outrush the Bills 111-75 and Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards with a pair of interceptions and three sacks (Taylor was sacked four times). The Bills were 6 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:26, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 29:34, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Atlanta escaped Detroit with a 30-26 win over Detroit at Ford Field last Sunday afternoon. The Falcons led 20-13 at the half in the Motor City and then saw the Lions chip away at the lead. Atlanta literally and figuratively snatched victory out of the jaws of the Lions’ mouth when Detroit thought they had the contest won with 8 seconds left when Matthew Stafford (264 yards, TD) and Golden Tate III thought they had scored the game winner from one yard out. The play was reviewed and the call was reversed. With no timeouts for Detroit, there was a 10-second runoff, under NFL rules, which meant the game came to an end. Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman ran for 106 yards and a TD and the Falcons outrushed Detroit 151-71 but Matt Ryan (294 yards, two TD) struggled, throwing three interceptions. Atlanta was 4 of 9 on third down tries at Ford Field and held on to the ball for 32:35, while Detroit was 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 27:25.

Atlanta leads the series 7-4, have outscored Buffalo 250-220 and the Falcons have won the last four meetings, including taking a 34-31 overtime win at Rodgers Centre in Toronto in 2013 (Buffalo’s last win in the series came in 1995, when they took a 23-17 decision in Orchard Park). Atlanta’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. Buffalo’s a pretty decent team and they’re looking to knock the Falcons out of the ranks of the unbeaten. Atlanta? They’ve got other plans, such as staying unbeaten. The Falcons may not cover the 8 but they win at home in the Big Peach.

New Orleans (1-2) at Miami (1-1), 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) on FOX. The second of four games on the other side of the Atlantic takes place in London as New Orleans and Miami meet in merry ole England.

The Saints took Cam Newton (167 yards) and Carolina to task last Sunday in Charlotte, as New Orleans came away 34-10 winners at Bank of America Stadium. Leading their NFC South rivals 17-6 at the half, New Orleans pulled away from Newton and the Panthers in the final 30 minutes of play. Drew Brees threw for 220 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Saints outrushed Carolina 149-132, picking Newton off three times, while picking him off four times. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:09, while Carolina kept the ball for 28:51, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions.

Miami was held to a final-second TD by Jay Cutler to WR DeVante Parker as the clock struck :00, losing to the New York Jets 20-6. Miami trailed 20-0 at the half and trailed by that score after three quarters of play. Miami found themselves being held by the Jets to 30 yards rushing, while the Jets ran for 103 yards themselves. Cutler threw for 220 yards and the lone TD in the contest and was sacked three times, while the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD. Miami on third down? A somewhat dismal 1 of 12 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while New York went 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 36:08.

Miami leads the series 6-5, while outscoring the Saints 246-227. New Orleans came away with wins in their last two contests with the Dolphins, including a 38-17 victory in the Big Easy in 2013, while Miami’s last win over the Saints came in 2005 in Baton Rouge (when the team had to play there because of Katrina) by a final of 21-6. New Orleans is an 8 1/2-point favorite on the other side of the pond and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both teams struggled last week, which could make this one interesting to watch. You might want to set the VCR for this one if you’re going to early church services in the Eastern and Central time zones. Miami may not cover the 8 1/2 but they win in merry old England.

Jacksonville (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. After their trip to London, Jacksonville makes its way on their 938-mile trip up I-95 for a date with the New York Jets in East Rutherford.

Jacksonville took Baltimore to task last Sunday in London, taking down the Ravens 44-7 at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars led 23-0 at the half and 44-0 after 45 minutes of play before the Ravens got their lone TD, a 6-yard TD pass from Ryan Mallett to Ben Watson with 3:24 left in the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Baltimore 166-134 and held Joe Flacco to 28 yards passing with a pair of interceptions and eight sacks, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 244 yards and four TDs without a sack or an interception. Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries but found success on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and Jacksonville kept the ball for 34:03, while Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), keeping the pigskin for 25:57.

GangGreen held AFC East foe Miami to a final-second TD by Jay Cutler to WR DeVante Parker as the clock struck :00, coming away 20-6 winners in the Meadowlands at Met Life Stadium. New York led throughout the contest, leading 20-0 at the half and led by that score after three quarters of play. GangGreen rushed for 103 yards, while holding Miami to 30 yards. Cutler threw for 220 yards and the lone TD in the contest and was sacked three times, while the Jets’ Josh McCown threw for 249 yards and a TD. Miami on third down was a somewhat dismal 1 of 12 (0 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:52, while New York went 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 36:08.

The Jaguars lead the series 6-5 and have outscored GangGreen 212-185. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last three contests, with the last victory coming in 2015 by a final of 28-23 in the Meadowlands (Jacksonville’s last win also came in upstate New Jersey, as the Jaguars were 24-22 winners in 2009).

Jacksonville’s favored by 3 1/2 in the Meadowlands and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Jaguars win in Jersey and covers the 3 1/2.

Pittsburgh (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in Charm City as the defending AFC North champs meet the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Pittsburgh dropped a 23-17 overtime decision to Chicago last Sunday in the Windy City at Soldier Field. Bears running back Jordan Howard rushed for 37 yards in overtime, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 23-17 win against Pittsburgh in Week 3. Howard (164 scrimmage yards, two rushing touchdowns) and rookie running back Tarik Cohen (102 scrimmage yards) both eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in Chicago’s first win of the season. Pittsburgh trailed 17-7 at the break at Soldier Field before the Steelers stormed back in the second half of regulation, sending the contest into overtime in the Windy City. Chicago won the toss in overtime and wasted very little time if any in front of the home crowd, using a 4-play, 74-yard drive that used a whopping 93 second to send Bears fans home happy.

Chicago rushed for 220 yards in the contest, with Howard leading the way on the ground, while holding the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger (235 yards, TD, three sacks) to 70 yards on the ground. For Chicago, Mike Glennon threw for 101 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. Da Bears were 4 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 33:59, including the game-winning drive in OT, while the Steelers were 4 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 27:34.

Baltimore suffered against Jacksonville last Sunday, falling to the Jaguars 44-7 at Wembley Stadium. Jacksonville led 23-0 at the half and 44-0 after 45 minutes of play before the Ravens got their lone TD, a 6-yard TD pass from Ryan Mallett to Ben Watson with 3:24 left in the contest. Jacksonville outrushed Baltimore 166-134 and held Joe Flacco to 28 yards passing with a pair of interceptions and eight sacks, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw for 244 yards and four TDs without a sack or an interception. Jacksonville was 3 of 12 on third down tries but found success on fourth down, going 2 for 2 and Jacksonville kept the ball for 34:03, while Baltimore went 3 of 11 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down), keeping the pigskin for 25:57.

The Steelers lead the series 22-20 and have outscored Baltimore 829-814. They split last year’s meetings in AFC North action, each winning at home.

First meeting… week nine in Charm City and the Ravens survived a late Pittsburgh rally to take a 21-14 win. The Ravens led 13-0 after 45 minutes of play before Pittsburgh stormed back in the final quarter to make it a seven-point contest. Roethlisberger threw a 23-yard TD pass to WR Antonio Brown with 8:38 left in regulation, then took matters into his own hands and feet, scoring from 4 yards out with 48 seconds left. Then things got really interesting when the Steelers tried an onside-kick. Chris Boswell whiffed on his first try, then kicked the ball. The ball never went the required 10 yards and the Steelers were penalized for illegally kicking the ball, which Baltimore declined. Baltimore then ran out the clock and took the win at home. If you were looking for a lot of rushing in that first meeting, forget it. Neither club breached the 100-yard barrier and Baltimore won that battle, outrushing Pittsburgh 50-36. Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards and the lone TD in the contest, while Flacco threw for 241 with a TD and three sacks. If the rushing game was bad, then third down tries in this one were dismal. Pittsburgh? 4 of 16 (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down). Baltimore? 4 of 17. The Ravens ruled the clock in Charm City, keeping the ball for 32:10, while the Steelers kept it for 27:50.

Meeting number two… week 16 in the Steel City on Christmas night. While the rest of America were unwrapping their gifts from the visit from the fat man in red, it was a winner-take-all situation for the Ravens and Steelers. The winner? AFC North champs. The loser? Out of the post-season altogether. Baltimore let a 24-20 lead late in the contest get away from them as the Steelers roared back at home at Heinz Field, coming away with the 31-27 win to take the AFC North title. Pittsburgh led 7-6 at the half in the Steel City, then trailed 17-10 after three quarter. Pittsburgh got off the deck and took the win when Roethlisberger (279 yards, three TDs) and Brown connected on a 4-yard TD strike with 9 seconds left, sending Steelers fans home merry and bright and with an AFC North title in their stockings, while the Ravens were left with coal and switches. Unlike the first meeting, the rushing game in the second contest was much better as the Steelers’ LeVeon Bell rushed for 122 yards and a TD (the Steelers ran for 127 yards, while the Ravens tallied 122) and Flacco threw for 262 yards and a TD with a pair of sacks. Baltimore on third down in the winner-takes-all affair? 9 of 17 (0 of 1 on fourth down), while the Steelers were 3 of 7 and the Ravens ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 34:37 to Pittsburgh’s 25:23.

The Ravens’ 7-point win allowed them to cover the 1 1/2-point spread but the 44 over/under was untouched, as both teams tallied 35 points. Although the Steelers did win the rematch at Heinz Field on Christmas night, they didn’t cover the 5-point spread, winning by 4. Both clubs did manage to cover the 44 over/under, scoring a combined 58 points. Vegas likes the Steelers as 3 point favorites on the road with the over/under coming in a 42 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are coming off losses and the Ravens are trying to recover from jet lag from their trip to London last week. Baltimore makes this one close but Pittsburgh gets back on track and takes the win on the road.

Cincinnati (0-3) at Cleveland (0-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of winless Buckeye State teams meet in upstate Ohio as Cincinnati makes the 248-mile drive up I-71 to take on the Cleveland Browns along the shores of Lake Erie.

The Bengals lost their third contest in a row, falling to Green Bay 27-24 in overtime at Lambeau Field. The Bengals led 21-7 at the half before Green Bay roared back in the second half. After the Bengals failed to score in their possession in overtime, the Packers took control of things and used a 5-play, 70-yard drive that used 77 seconds of clock and sealed Cincy’s fate when Mason Crosby connected on a 27-yard field with 6:22 left in the extra period. Cincinnati outrushed Green Bay in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst 110-64 and Andy Dalton threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR A.J. Green) but was sacked three times and picked off twice, while Aaron Rodgers burned the Bengals for 313 yards and three TDs, connecting with Jordy Nelson on two of them. Cincinnati on third down went 4 of 12 and kept the ball for 34:17, while the Packers were 7 of 15 on third down, holding the ball for 29:21.

Cleveland, sitting in last place in the AFC North, losing 31-28 at Indianapolis. The Andrew Luck-less Colts led 28-14 at the half before Cleveland stormed back in the second half to make the contest close. The Browns did manage to outrush Indy 111-92 and rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 242 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times, while Luck’s replacement, Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yards with three sacks and a TD. Cleveland went 5 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:33, while the Colts were 8 of 17 on third down tries, holding the ball for 33:27.

The Bengals lead the series with their instate rivals 48-39, they’ve outscored Cleveland 1,887-1,722 and Cincy has won the last five meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Cleveland’s last win over the Bengals? 2014, when the Browns were 24-3 winners in Cincinnati).

Week seven saw the two Buckeye State teams meet along the shores of the Ohio River and the Bengals took Cleveland to the woodshed, coming away 31-17 winners at Paul Brown Stadium in the first meeting. The Bengals led 21-7 at the intermission and never looked back, outrushing Cleveland 271-180 (Cincy’s Jeremy Hill led all rushers with 168 yards, while Cleveland QB Kevin Hogan ran for 104; each man scored a TD in the contest). Hogan threw for 100 yards in the loss, was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Dalton threw for 308 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR A.J. Green). The Bengals were 5 of 10 on third down conversions in the first meeting, keeping the ball for 28:12, while the Browns kept the ball for 31:48, going 6 of 14 on third down.

Cincinnati made it a clean sweep in the series, traveling to Cleveland in week 14, taking a 23-10 win at FirstEnergy Stadium, along the shore of Lake Erie. The Bengals led throughout the contest, taking a 20-0 lead at the intermission and outrushed Cleveland 213-169 (Hill ran for 111 yards and a TD for the Bengals, while Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell led all rushers with 113). Dalton threw for 180 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Tyler Eifert, while Robert Griffin III threw for 104 yards and was sacked three times in the contest. As was the case in the first meeting, the Bengals ruled third down tries, going 8 of 15, while Cleveland was 6 of 14 (they were successful in their only fourth down attempt) and held the ball for 34:53 to Cleveland’s 25:07.

Week seven… Bengals favored by 10, won by 14. The over/under was 46 and both teams covered with 48. Week 14… the odds-makers liked Cincy again, this time by 6. The Bengals didn’t disappoint the boys and girls in Vegas, covering that spread with their 13-point win in upstate Ohio. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? That stayed safe, as both combined for 33 points.  Cincinnati’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 40. Both teams are somewhat bad and someone has to win this game. You might want to change the channel and watch that “Bar Rescue” marathon on Spike (Jon Tapper blowing a gasket? PRICELESS!) Cincy breaks the streak and wins in Cleveland.

Tennessee (2-1) at Houston (1-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. It’s an AFC South matchup in the Lone Star State as the Tennessee Titans return to their roots to face off against the defending AFC South champs in Houston.

Tennessee came away 33-27 winners over Seattle last Sunday at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 30-14 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans 13-3. Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs, while Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and four TDs. Tennessee outrushed Seattle 195-69 (Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 115 yards and a TD) and kept the ball for 32:41, going 4 of 14 on third down tries, while the Seahawks, who held the ball for 27:19, went 4 of 12 and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Houston let a 33-28 lead in Foxboro get away from them as they fell to the defending champions 36-33 at Gillette Stadium. The Texans trailed 21-20 at the break before they took the lead when K Ka’imi Fairbairn opened the scoring in the final quarter with a 31 yard field goal, then Fairbain added a 36-yarder with 2:24 left in regulation. New England then went to work and took the lead back and for keeps when Tom Brady and Brandon Cooks connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left. Houston outrushed New England 125-59, while Brady threw for 378 yards and five TDs, including the game winner. Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 301 with a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice in the loss in Foxboro. Houston went 6 of 14 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:38, while New England was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:22.

Tennessee leads the series 16-14, while the Texans have outscored the Titans 684-605. They split last year’s contests, each winning at home.

Week four… Houston was the site of the first meeting and it was the Texans coming away 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. Houston led 20-17 at the intermission and held off the Titans in the second half to seal the win. Tennessee outrushed Houston 124-115 but Brad Osweiler ruled the roast in the air, throwing for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mariota threw for 202 yards for Tennessee. Both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down tries in the contest and Tennessee went 7 of 15 on third down, keeping the ball for 31:42. As for Houston… the Texans kept the ball for 28:18, going 5 of 12 on third down in the Lone Star State.

Game two… Nashville… week 17. The Titans got revenge in the Volunteer State and put a dent in Houston’s march to the post-season, coming away 34-17 winners at Nissan Stadium. Although Tennessee, who did not have Mariota under center (broken leg) led 14-0 at the half before the Texans took the second half, outscoring Tennessee 17-10. Tennessee again outrushed Houston, this time by a 103-46, while Osweiler threw for 253 yards and a TD. Mariota’s replacement, Matt Cassell threw for 150 yards and a TD but was sacked four times in the win. Tennessee was 9 of 16 on third down tries in the rematch and again ruled the clock, holding the ball for 30:52, while the Texans were 3 of 15 on third down (4 of 6 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:08.

Houston was favored by 6 1/2 in the week four contest in the Lone Star State and covered with the 7-point win and both teams covered the 40 over/under by combining to score 47 points. In the week 17 rematch and season finale, the Titans covered the 3-point spread, winning by 17 and both clubs easily covered the 40 over/under with 51 points. Tennessee’s favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. In the grand scheme of things, these two could contend for the AFC South title. However, Houston’s the defending champs and they’re at home. Texans cover the 1 1/2 and wins deep in the heart of Texas.

Los Angeles Rams (2-1) at Dallas (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. A pair of first place teams meet in Jerry World Sunday afternoon as the Los Angeles Rams travel to Arlington to meet the Dallas Cowboys.

Los Angeles held off San Francisco 41-39 in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium last Thursday night. The Rams led 24-13 at the half, before the 49ers made a second-half run, pulling to within two but could come no closer. Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 126-113, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three TDs. For the 49ers, Blaine Hoyer threw for 332 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. The Rams on third down were 8 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:43, while San Francisco was 9 of 18 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:17.

Dallas broke a 14-14 tie after three quarters and came out 28-17 winners in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. Dallas outrushed Arizona 99-49 in the prime time affair in the desert, while Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR Larry Fitzgerald) but was sacked six times. For Dallas, Dak Prescott threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Dez Bryant on one), while Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 80 yards and a rushing TD. Dallas went 2 of 9 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 23:45, while Arizona was 8 of 18 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 36:15.

Including games played in the Cotton Bowl and in St. Louis, the Cowboys lead the series 13-11, have outscored the Rams 548- 529 and have won the last three meetings, including a 34-31 win in St. Louis in 2015 (the Rams last win came in 2008, when they came away 34-14 winners in St. Louis). Dallas is favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. This one could be one of the better games of the day. Dallas covers the 6 1/2 and wins in Arlington.

Detroit (2-1) at Minnesota (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair NFC North rivals meet in the Twin Cities as the Lions and Vikings meet at US Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Detroit fell from the ranks of the unbeatens as Atlanta sent Lions fans home unhappy, with the Falcons winning 30-26 last Sunday afternoon. Detroit trailed 20-13 at the half in the Motor City before the Lions chipped away at the lead. The Falcons literally and figuratively snatched victory out of the jaws of the Lions’ mouth when the home team thought they had the contest won with 8 seconds left when Matthew Stafford (264 yards, TD) and Golden Tate III thought they had scored the game winner from one yard out. But like Cinderella, the clock struck midnight, the horses turned back into mice and the carriage went back to being a pumpkin. The play was reviewed and the call was reversed. With no timeouts for Detroit, there was a 10-second runoff, under NFL rules, which meant the game came to an end. Detroit was outrushed by Atlanta 151-71 and Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman ran for 106 yards. Matt Ryan (294 yards, two TD) struggled, throwing three interceptions. Atlanta was 4 of 9 on third down tries at Ford Field and held on to the ball for 32:35, while Detroit was 3 of 13 and kept the ball for 27:25.

The Vikings took Tampa Bay to task last Sunday in the Twin Cities last Sunday, coming out on top of the Buccaneers 34-17. The Vikings, who held Winston (328 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) and the Buccaneers to 26 yards on the ground, tallying 125 yards of their own. Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 369 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Vikings led 21-3 at the half. Minnesota went 7 of 13 on third down tries at US Bank Stadium and kept the ball for 37:46, while Tampa Bay went 22:14 in time of possession and 1 of 6 on third down.

Minnesota leads the series 71-38-2 and have outscored Detroit 2,395-2,062. Detroit did manage to sweep the series last year, taking wins in the Motor City and in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Minnesota’s last win over the Lions came in 2015, when they won 28-19 in the Motor City).

Their first meeting took place in week nine in the Twin Cities and the Lions prevailed 22-16 in overtime at US Bank Stadium. The Lions led 10-3 before the Vikings took a 16-13 lead with 23 seconds left when RB Robert Ellison scored on a 1-yard run. That lead would not last long for Vikings fans as Detroit would score the last 12 points of the contest, first tying the contest with :00 left when Matt Prater nailed a 58-yard field in regulation, then ending the contest when Golden Tate III scored on a 28-yard pass from Stafford with 8:21 left in the overtime. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 97-78 and Stafford threw for 219 yards and a pair of TDs, including the game winner. Detroit went 7 of 14 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 33:31, while the Vikings were 6 of 14 on third down (1 of 2 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 33:08.

Detroit made the sweep a reality in week 12 on Thanksgiving afternoon, coming out on top 16-13 and once again, it was Prater to the rescue, kicking a 48-yard field goal to erase a 13-10 deficit and then connecting on a 40-yarder as the clock struck :00. Boldin opened the scoring in the contest when he and Stafford connected for the game’s first TD, a 2-yard strike with 7:14 left in the first. Minnesota then proceeded to take the lead in the final quarter, thanks to a 28-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. That lead didn’t last very long, thanks to Prather’s two field goals that gave the home team the win. Detroit outrushed Minnesota 94-82 and Stafford threw for 232, while Bradford threw for 224. Third down tries? Detroit was 6 of 14, Minnesota was 2 of 10 and neither found success on fourth down (Minnesota was 0 of 1, Detroit was 0 of 2). Minnesota did manage to rule the clock, holding on to the ball for 31:31 to Detroit’s 28:29.

Minnesota was favored by 6 1/2 in the week nine contest. While the Lions won by 6, barely missing the spread. As for the 42 over/under? The two clubs missed it by 4 points. In the Thanksgiving Day matchup in week 12 in the Motor City, the Lions covered the 2 1/2-point spread, winning by 3, which was good. As for the 43 over/under? There were only 29 points scored, so that number was untouched. Minnesota’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Both clubs are trying to stay atop the NFC North mountain and it’s possible that both could make the post-season party. Minnesota wins and covers the 2.

Carolina (2-1) at New England (2-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Newton. Brady. They meet in Foxboro. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs square off in Foxoboro as the defending Super Bowl champs host the Carolina Panthers.

Newton (167 yards) and Carolina were taken to the woodshed by NFC South foe New Orleans last Sunday in Charlotte, as the Saints left the Tar Heel State 34-10 winners at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers never lead in the contest, trailing 17-6 at the half, before the Saints pulled away from Newton and the Panthers in the final 30 minutes of play. Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 220 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Saints outrushed Carolina 149-132, picking Newton off three times, while picking him off four times. New Orleans went 6 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 31:09, while Carolina kept the ball for 28:51, going 7 of 14 on third down conversions.

The defending Super Bowl champs erased a 33-28 deficit in Foxboro and 36-33 winners at Gillette Stadium over Houston. The Texans trailed 21-20 at the break before they took the lead when K Ka’imi Fairbairn opened the scoring in the final quarter with a 31 yard field goal, then Fairbain added a 36-yarder with 2:24 left in regulation. New England then went to work and took the lead back and for keeps when Tom Brady and Brandon Cooks connected on a 25-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left. Houston outrushed New England 125-59, while Brady threw for 378 yards and five TDs, including the game winner. Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson threw for 301 with a pair of TDs but was picked off twice and sacked twice in the loss in Foxboro. Houston went 6 of 14 on third down tries and actually ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 33:38, while New England was 6 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:22.

Carolina leads the series 3-2 but the Pats have outscored the Panthers 112-87. Carolina’s last win over the defending Super Bowl champs came in 2013, when the Panthers came way 24-20 winners in Charlotte, while New England’s last win in the series came in 2009 in Foxboro by a final of 20-10. New England’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 48 1/2. These two teams participated in the last two Super Bowls (Carolina losing to Denver, New England beating Atlanta), which makes this contest pretty interesting. New England wins this one but expect Carolina to make it closer than 8 1/2.

New York Giants (0-3) at Tampa Bay (1-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. Jameis. Eli. A pair of young gun QBs meet on Florida’s left coast as Tampa Bay hosts the New York Giants. Both teams enter the late Sunday afternoon contest with losses under their respective belts.

The winless Giants let a 24-21 lead at Philadelphia get away from them as Eagles K Josh Elliot connected on a pair of fourth quarter field goals by Jake Elliott, including the game-winner as the clock struck :00 to fall 27-24 in the City of Brotherly Love. Philly led 14-0 after three quarters of play before the Giants roared back in the fourth, as Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a pair of TDs in the fourth. Manning threw for 366 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice in the contest, while the Eagles outrushed Big Blue 193-49. New York on third down went 3 of 10 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:28, while the Eagles kept the ball for 37:32, going 5 of 14 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.

Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay were taken to task last Sunday in the Twin Cities last Sunday, losing to Minnesota 34-17. The Vikings, who held Winston (328 yards, two sacks, two interceptions) and the Buccaneers to 26 yards on the ground, while tallying 125 yards of their own. Case Keenum, who took over for Sam Bradford (knee), threw for 369 yards and three TDs in the win, as the Vikings led 21-3 at the half. Minnesota went 7 of 13 on third down tries at US Bank Stadium and kept the ball for 37:46, while Tampa Bay went 22:14 in time of possession and 1 of 6 on third down.

New York leads the series 13-6, have outscored Tampa Bay 334-304 and won the last four regular season contests, including coming away 32-18 winners in the Sunshine State in 2015 (Tampa Bay’s last win over the Giants came in 2003, when the Buccaneers were 19-13 winners at Raymond James Stadium).

San Francisco (0-3) at Arizona (1-2), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. It’s a battle for the NFC West cellar as San Francisco travels to Glendale for a contest with Arizona. Both clubs enter the Sunday afternoon contests with home losses from last week’s action.

San Francisco picked up their third loss of the 2017 campaign, falling to the Los Angeles Rams 41-39 in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium. Trailing 24-13 at the half, the 49ers made a second-half run, pulling to within two but could come no closer. The Rams’ Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards and a pair of TDs as Los Angeles outrushed San Francisco 126-113, while Rams QB Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three TDs. For the 49ers, Blaine Hoyer threw for 332 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and threw an interception. The Rams on third down were 8 of 12 on third down tries and kept the ball for 29:43, while San Francisco was 9 of 18 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:17.

The Desert Angry Birds let a 14-14 tie after three quarters get away from them against Dallas last Monday night, falling to the Cowboys 28-17 in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. Dallas outrushed Arizona 99-49 in the prime time affair in the desert, while Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs (one to WR Larry Fitzgerald) but was sacked six times. For Dallas, Dak Prescott threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs (connecting with WR Dez Bryant on one), while Ezekiel Elliott led all rushers with 80 yards and a rushing TD. Dallas went 2 of 9 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 23:45, while Arizona was 8 of 18 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 36:15.

The 49ers lead the series 29-22 and San Francisco has outscored Arizona 1,179-1,039. However… Arizona has won the last four meetings, sweeping last year’s series (San Francisco’s last win came in 2014, when the 49ers were 20-17 winners at old Candlestick Park).

First meeting? Week five in Santa Clara. Arizona’s David Johnson rushed for 157 yards and a pair of TDs as the Desert Angry Birds took down San Francisco 33-21 at Levis’ Stadium. Arizona would break a 7-7 tie at the intermission and outscore the 49ers 26-14 in the last 30 minutes of action. Arizona outrushed San Francisco 172-151 and QB Drew Staton, who took over for Palmer, threw for 124 yards and a pair of TDs to All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona’s defense took advantage of three 49ers turnovers, sacking Blaine Gabbert seven times, including a sack that resulted in a safety for the game’s final scoring play. Arizona was 5 of 16 on third down in the Thursday night affair and kept the ball for 31:44, while the 49ers were 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the pigskin for 28:16.

The Desert Angry Birds made it a clean sweep in the series, taking a 23-20 win in the desert in the week 10 affair in Glendale. Arizona led 20-13 at the end of the third quarter (they led 20-10 at the half) before Colin Kaepernick (210 yards, TD, three sacks) tied things up with a 4-yard TD run with 1:55 left to play in regulation. Using a 12-play, 69-yard drive that used all of the 1:55 that was left, Arizona’s Chris Catanzaro connected on a 34-yard field goal as the clock struck :00. Unlike the first meeting, the second was nothing to write home about rushing-wise (neither club breached the 100-yard mark; the 49ers did manage to outrush Arizona 83-80. Palmer was back this time, throwing for 376 yards with a TD and two interceptions. Arizona on third down tries was 50 percent at 7 of 14 and kept the ball for 32:18 (which included the game-winning drive), while the 49ers were 7 of 17 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:42.

Arizona covered the 4-point spread in the Thursday night affair in week five, winning by 12. Both teams combined for 54 points, more than enough to cover the 43 1/2 over/under. Although the Desert Angry Birds completed the sweep, they won by 3, which meant they didn’t cover the 13 1/2-point spread and the 48 1/2 over/under was safe as both teams could only scored 43 points total. Arizona’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. The Desert Angry Birds win this one but San Francisco makes it closer than the 7.

Philadelphia (2-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-3), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. The winless Los Angeles Chargers host Philadelphia as cheesesteak meets fish tacos in a late afternoon Sunday matchup on the West Coast.

The Eagles erased a 24-21 deficit at Philadelphia and came away 27-24 winners over the New York Giants last Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles K Jake Elliot connected on a pair of fourth quarter field goals, including the game-winner as the clock struck :00 to fall 27-24 in the City of Brotherly Love. Philly led 14-0 after three quarters of play before the Giants roared back in the fourth, as Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. connected on a pair of TDs in the fourth. Philly got the ball back with 13 seconds left in regulation and used all of that clock, driving the ball 19 yards in three plays, with Elliot putting his 61-yard try through the uprights. Manning threw for 366 yards and three TDs but was picked off twice in the contest, while the Eagles outrushed Big Blue 193-49. New York on third down went 3 of 10 (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 22:28, while the Eagles kept the ball for 37:32, going 5 of 14 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.

The Chargers could never get on track against AFC West foe Kansas City, as the Chiefs manhandled Los Angeles 24-10. The Bolts made things close, trailing 17-10 at the half and kept things scoreless in the third before Kansas City pulled away to seal the win on the West Coast. Kansas City outrushed Los Angeles 189-104, with rookie RB Kareem Hunt leading all rushers with 172 yards and a TD. Although Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards for the Chargers, the Chiefs made life less than pleasant for him, as they sacked him twice and picked him off three times, while Alex Smith threw for 155 yards and a pair of TDs. San Diego was 5 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and held the ball for 29:34, while Kansas City was 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, ruling the clock as they kept the ball for 30:26.

The Chargers lead the series 7-4 (including contests that were played when the Chargers were in San Diego), Philadelphia has outscored the Bolts 216-211 but San Diego has won the last two contests, with the last win coming in 2015 by a final of 33-30 in the City of Brotherly Love, while the Eagles’ last win came in 2005 in Philly by a final of 20-17. Los Angeles is favored by 1 and the over/under is 47. While the Chargers are not as bad as their record indicates (and they’ve played three close games this season), Philadelphia prevails by covering the 1 on the road, sending Charger fans home sad.

Oakland (2-1) at Denver (2-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. They meet again. A pair of AFC West rivals squarer off in the Mile High City as Oakland and Denver, tied for first, meet in Denver.

Oakland did not have a good trip to the East Coast last Sunday night against Washington as the Redskins came away with the 27-10 loss at Fed Ex Field. Oakland was held to 32 yards on the ground and Derek Carr threw for 118 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice, while Kirk Cousins burned Oakland for 365 yards and three TDs without an interception (Washington ran for 116 yards in the Sunday night affair in Landover). Oakland was 0 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 21:54, while the ‘Skins in holding the ball for 38:06, were 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Denver saw Buffalo break a 13-13 halftime tie in upstate NeW York and dropped a 26-16 decision against the Bills. The lone bright spot in the contest was that they did manage outrush the Bills 111-75 and Buffalo’s Stephen Hauschka connected on four field goals and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 213 yards an a pair of TDs in the win. Denvers’ Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards with a pair of interceptions and three sacks (Taylor was sacked four times). The Bills were 6 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 30:26, while the Broncos kept the pigskin for 29:34, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Including games that were played in Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 61-50-2 and have outscored Denver 2,412-2,330. The two AFC West rivals split the two meetings in 2016, with both teams winning at home.

Round one… week nine in Oakland. The Silver and Black led 20-10 at the half and came away 30-20 winners in northern California. Oakland’s Latavius Murray ran for 114 yards and three TDs in the contest, while Oakland held Denver to 33 yards rushing, tallying 218 yards on the ground. Carr threw for 184 yards in the game, while Trevor Siemian threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs (Siemian threw an interception, both men were sacked twice). Denver went 3 of 11 on third down conversions (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for a somewhat dismal 18:32, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the Broncos defense on the field, holding the pigskin for 41:28, while going 5 of 14 on third down.

Even though they were out of the post-season race to defend their Super Bowl title, Denver got revenge on Oakland in the week 17 finale in the Mile High City, coming away 24-6 winners. Denver led 17-0 at the half and held Oakland, who won a Wild Card spot, to a 32-yard TD pass from Connor Cook (150 yards, sack, interception) to WR Amari Cooper with 3:09 left in the third quarter. This time, Denver outrushed Oakland 143-57 and Siemian threw for 206 yards in the win. The Broncos on third down? 5 of 15 (1 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:25. Oakland on third down? 2 of 11 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and the Silver and Black kept the pigskin for 24:35.

Denver was favored by a 1 in the week nine contest and the Raiders covered the spread, winning by 10. As for the 43 1/2 over/under? It was covered as well, as both clubs scored 50 points. Denver did cover the 2 1/2-point spread in the season finale with their 18-point win but the 42 over/under was untouched, as there were only 30 points tallied. The odds-makers like Denver in this one at home, favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Denver covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Indianapolis (1-2) at Seattle (1-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Week four Sunday play concludes in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks as Seattle hosts Indianapolis at CenturyLink Field.

The Colts were 31-28 winners over Cleveland at Indianapolis last Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Andrew Luck-less Colts led 28-14 at the half before Cleveland stormed back in the second half to make the contest close. Cleveland did manage to outrush Indy 111-92 and rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 242 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times, while Luck’s replacement, Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yards with three sacks and a TD. Cleveland went 5 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 26:33, while the Colts were 8 of 17 on third down tries, holding the ball for 33:27.

Seattle fell to Tennessee 33-27 last Sunday at Nissan Stadium. Seattle trailed 30-14 after three quarters of play before the Seahawks won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans 13-3. Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and a pair of TDs, while Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and four TDs. Tennessee outrushed Seattle 195-69 (Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 115 yards and a TD) and kept the ball for 32:41, going 4 of 14 on third down tries, while the Seahawks, who held the ball for 27:19, went 4 of 12 and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Including contests that took place in Baltimore, the Colts lead the series 7-4 and Seattle leads in scoring by a 248-241 margin. Indy’s won the last two meetings, taking a 34-28 win in the Hoosier State in their last meeting in 2013, while the Seahawks’ last win came in 2005 in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbuck by a final of 28-13.

Seattle’s favored by 13 in the Pacific Northwest and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams have been playing better football than their records indicate. 13 points is a little steep, though. Indy will make this one closer than 13 but Seattle prevails in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Washington (2-1) at Kansas City (3-0), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week four closes out in the Midwest as the unbeaten Chiefs host Washington in prime time at Arrowhead Stadium as both teams come into the contest with wins under their respective belts.

Washington took care of business last Sunday night against Oakland in Landover, taking a 27-10 win over the Silver and Black at Fed Ex Field. The Redskins held Oakland to 32 yards on the ground and Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three TDs without an interception, while Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 118 yards and a TD but was sacked four times and picked off twice (Washington ran for 116 yards in the Sunday night affair in Landover). Oakland was 0 for 11 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down tries and held the ball for 21:54, while the ‘Skins in holding the ball for 38:06, were 7 of 15 on third down tries.

Kansas City manhandled the Los Angeles Chargers 24-10 at StubHub Center last Sunday. Kansas City led 17-10 at the half and both teams kept things scoreless in the third before Kansas City pulled away to seal the win on the West Coast. Kareem Hunt ran amok, rushing for 172 yards and a TD as Kansas City outrushed Los Angeles 189-104. Although Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards for the Chargers, the Chiefs made life less than pleasant for him, as they sacked him twice and picked him off three times, while Alex Smith threw for 155 yards and a pair of TDs. San Diego was 5 of 13 on third down tries at StubHub Center and held the ball for 29:34, while Kansas City was 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, ruling the clock as they kept the ball for 30:26.

Kansas City leads the series 8-1, the Chiefs have outscored Washington 263-146 and the defending AFC West champs have won the last six meetings, including a 45-10 win in Landover in 2013. Washington’s lone win? It came in 1983, when the Redskins called RFK Stadium home, coming away 27-12 winners. In Monday night contests all-time, the Chiefs are 23-18, while Washington is 28-40 (the Redskins played two MNF games and lost both).

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

Kansas City’s favorer by 7 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 49 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are playoff contenders and could very well win their divisions. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City these days. Washington makes it close but Chiefs prevail and remain unbeaten.

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times listed Eastern)

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 146 (Buffalo), 108 (Atlanta); XM: 385 (Buffalo), 228 (Atlanta)

New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London) on FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter); Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Al Groh; SIRIUS: 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Miami); XM: 81 (New Orleans), 83 (Miami)

Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Otis Livingston (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 126 (Jacksonville), 133 (New York Jets); XM: 382 (Jacksonville), 227 (New York Jets)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter): SIRIUS: 113 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Baltimore); XM: 386 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Baltimore)

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 84 (Cincinnati), 121 (Cleveland); XM: 380 (Cincinnati), 229 (Cleveland)

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; NATIONAL RADIO: John Sadak, Mike Mayock; SIRIUS: 134 (Tennessee), 103 (Houston); XM: 381 (Tennessee), 230 (Houston)

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Dallas); XM: 226 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (Dallas)

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 135 (Detroit), 81 (Minnesota); XM: 384 (Detroit), 81 (Minnesota)

Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 112 (Carolina), 93 (New England); XM: 383 (Carolna), 225 (New England)

New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giant), 83 (Tampa Bay); XM: 227 (New York Giants), 83 (Tampa Bay)

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Sam Rosen, David Diehl, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (San Francisco), 81 (Arizona); XM: 386 (San Francisco), 81 (Arizona)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Kevin Lee, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 108 (Philadelphia), 136 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 228 (Philadelphia), 226 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 93 (Oakland), 82 (Denver); XM: 225 (Oakland), 82 (Denver)

Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Seattle); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (Seattle)

Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Washington), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Washington), 83 (Kansas City)

Sunday and Monday Officials

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. :Terry McAulay
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London): Ed Hochuli
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Gene Steratore
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.: Jeff Triplette
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: John Parry
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.: Brad Allen
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Walt Coleman

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home team listed in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games

Favorite                   Spread      Underdog                    O/U
ATLANTA                    –  8        Buffalo                     48 1/2
New Orleans                –  3        MIAMI*                      49 1/2
NEW ENGLAND                –  8 1/2    Carolina                    48 1/2
DALLAS                     –  6 1/2    Los Angeles Rams            48 1/2
MINNESOTA                  –  2        Detroit                     42 1/2
Tennessee                  –  1 1/2    HOUSTON                     44
Jacksonville               –  3 1/2    NEW YORK JETS               39 1/2
Cincinnati                 –  3        CLEVELAND                   40
Pittsburgh                  –  3        BALTIMORE                   44
TAMPA BAY                  –  3        New York Giants             44
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS       –  1        Philadelphia                47
ARIZONA                    –  7        San Francisco               44
DENVER                     –  2 1/2    Oakland                     46 1/2
SEATTLE                    – 13        Indianapolis                41 1/2

Monday’s Game

Favorite                   Spread      Underdog                    O/U
KANSAS CITY                –  7        Washington                  49 1/2

*Game in London, Miami is designated home team

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: T Cordy Glenn (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Shaw Lawson (Groin)

ATLANTA
OUT: S Ricardo Allen (Concussion), LB Vic Beasley (Hamstring), T Ryan Schraedger (Concussion), DE Courtney Upshaw (Ankle), RB Terron Ward (Neck)

New Orleans vs. Miami in London, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London)

New Orleans
OUT: LB Benjamin Heeney (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Terron Armstead (Shoulder), CB Sterling Moore (Chest), WR Willie Snead (Hamstring), T Zach Strief (Knee)

Miami
OUT: T Eric Smith (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: DT Jordan Phillips (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Jay Ajayi (Knee), LB Kristian Alonso (Shoulder), G Isaac Asiata (Ankle), LS John Denney (Hamstring), LB Rey Maualuga (Hamstring), WR Kenneth Stills (Hand), CB Alterraun Verner (Hamstring), LB Chase Allen (Neck), WR Jakeem Grant (Ankle)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: LB James Harrison (Illness), G Ramon Foster (Thumb), S Sean Davis (Ankle), T Marcus Gilber (Hamstring), S Michael Mitchell (Hamstring)

Baltimore
OUT: CB Jaylen Hill (Thigh), DT Brandon Williams (Foot), TE Maxx Williams (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Ben Watson (Calf)

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: TE Tyler Eifert (Back), LB Jordan Evans (Hamstring), WR John Ross (Knee)
DOUBTFIL: S Derron Smith (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Trey Hopkins (Knee)

Cleveland
OUT: LB Jamie Collins (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sammie Coates (Hamstring), DE Myles Garrett (Ankle), DT Danny Shelton (Calf), TE Randall Telfer (Knee)

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: Lamarcus Joyner (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Cody Davis (Quadricep), C John Sullivan (Hip)

Dallas
G Charles Green (Hip), LB Sean Lee (Hamstring), CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring), CB Nolan Carroll (Concussion), S Kavon Frazier (Knee), LB Anthony Hitchens (Knee), DT Stephen Paea (Knee)

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: S Johnathan Cyprien (Hamstring), WR Corey Davis (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jurrell Casey (Groin)

Houston
OUT: CB Kevin Johnson (Knee), C Gregory Mancz (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Marcus Burley (Knee)

Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: G Zach Kerin (Knee), RB Dwayne Washington (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Kenneth Golladay (Hamstring), C Travis Swanson (Ankle), S Tavon Wilson (Shoulder), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Knee), S Don Carey (Knee), LB Jarrad Davis (Concussion)

Minnesota
OUT: QB Sam Bradford (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Rashod Hill (Knee)

Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: LB Jeremy Cash (Calf), DE Daeshon Hall (Knee), C Ryan Kalil (Neck), WR Curtis Samuel (Back), CB Daryl Worley (Shoulder)

New England
DOUBTFUL: RB Michael Burkhead (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: T Marcus Cannon (Ankle) LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), S Brandon King (Hamstring), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin), WR

Matthew Slater (Hamstring)

Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: Lerentee McCray (Knee), WR Jaelen Strong (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Tashaun Gipson (Knee), LB Donald Payne (Hamstring)

New York Jets
OUT: RB Matt Forte (Knee), TE Jordan Leggett (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Joshua Martin (Ankle), T Brandon Shell (Shoulder), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

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

San Francisco
OUT: LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brockway Coyle (Concussion), RB Carlos Hyde (Hip), RB Kyle Juszczyk (Concussion), S Jaquiski Tartt (Concussion), DE Pita Taumoepenu (Ankle)

Arizona
OUT: G Alexander Boone (Chest), G Mike Iupati (Tricep), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (Quadricep), T DeMarcus Humphries (Knee), WR Jamarcus Nelson (Hamstring)

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

Philadelphia
OUT: DT Fletcher Cox (Calf), CB Ronald Darby (Ankle), S Corey Graham (Hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (Wrist), S Jaylen Watkins (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jordan Hicks (Ankle), S Rodney McLeod S Hamstring

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: Michael Williams (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Joseph Barksdale (Foot), RB Melvin Gordon (Knee), TE Sean McGrath (Foot), LB Hayes Pullard (Knee)

New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.

New York Giants
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jonathan Casillas (Ankle), RB Orleans Darkwa (Back), C Brett Jones (Hip), DE Olivier Vernon (Ankle)

Tampa Bay
OUT: Shanderious Alexander (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: LB Lavonte David (Ankle), S Terell Ward (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (Knee), CB Brent Grimes (Shoulder), DT Gerald McCoy (Ankle), DE Noah Spence (Shoulder), G Justin Sweezy (Back)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland
QUESTIONABLE: WR Michael Crabtree (Chest), CB Gareon Conley (Shin), S Keith McGill (Foot)

Denver
OUT: QB Paxton Lynch (Right Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Latimer (Knee)

Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: QB Andrew Luck (Right Shoulder), WR Chester Rogers (Hamstring), LB Anthony Walker (Hamstring), CB Quincy Wilson (Knee), C Ryan Kelly (Foot), RB Marlon Mack (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S Matthias Farley (Quadricep), CB Christopher Milton (Hamstring)

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: RB C.J. Prosise (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Neiko Thorpe CB Ankle), WR Doug Baldwin (Groin)

Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Monday

Washington
OUT: T Ty Nsekhe (Core Muscle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Will Compton (Ankle), WR Jamison Crowder (Hamstring), LB Mason Foster (Shoulder), TE Jordan Reed (Ribs), S D.J. Swearinger (Hamstring)

Kansas City
OUT: LB Dee Ford, (Back), OL Mitch Mores (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: OL Eric Fisher (Back), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Groin)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. : Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 67 degrees
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. London): Partly cloudy and 64 degrees
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 65 degrees
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 67 degrees
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 66 degrees
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 86 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 81 degrees
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 61 degrees
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers and 88 degrees
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.: Game indoors; if roof is open, sunny and 93 degrees
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Sunny and 75 degrees
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 69 degrees
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 58 degrees
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Monday: Clear and 80 degrees

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

weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.